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First U.S. Black female
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dominantly white Congregation in Greenville,
N.C. has been ordained as the nation's first
black female rabbi.
Describing herself as the "new face of
Judaism," Rabbi Stanton achieved the honor
during an ordination in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Stanton, of Blue Ash, was among 14 rabbis ordained at the Plum Street
Temple. She will serve as rabbi of Congregation Bayt Shalom in
Greenville, N.C., beginning this summer.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reported on its Web site that Stanton said her
goals are to break down barriers, build bridges and provide hope.
A native of Cleveland, she studied at Hebrew Union College-Jewish
Institute of Religion, the oldest institution of higher Jewish education of
Reform Judaism in the United States.
upheld in 1964 kidnapping
JACKSON, Miss. A reputed Ku Klux Klansman will remain in prison
after a federal appeals court's split ruling wiped out his acquittal in the
kidnapping of two black teenagers who were slain in 1964.
James Ford Seale, 73, was found guilty in June 2007 of abducting the
teens who authorities said were beaten, weighted down and thrown, pos-
sibly still alive, into a Mississippi River backwater in May 1964.
Seale was serving three life sentences in the kidnapping of Charles
Eddie Moore and Henry Hezekiah Dee when the conviction was thrown
out last year by a panel of three 5th U.S. Circuit Court ofAppeals judges.
The three-judge panel acquitted Seale of the charges in September
based on the argument that the statute of limitation had expired between
the time of the kidnapping and Seale's indictment nearly 43 years later.
He remained behind bars while the government challenged that decision.
The development is significant not only because it will keep Seale
behind bars, but that federal prosecutors will continue to have kidnapping
charges as an option in current investigations into civil rights crimes of
Like father like son: Foreman III
Stops opponent in pro debut
KINDER, La. George Foreman n won in his professional debut, stop-
ping Clyde Weaver at 1:16 ofthe first round at Coushatta Casino Resort.
Foreman, the 26-year-old son of two-time world heavyweight champi-
on George Foreman, floored Weaver with a left hook to the chin. Earlier,
the 6-foot-5, 236-pound Foreman knocked Weaver (0-2) down with a left
hook to the body.
The elder Foreman, who is his son's manager and trainer, didn't watch
the fight, choosing to let his hand-picked corner team guide his son. After
the fight was stopped, the father went into the arena to see his son,
You never know. This guy surprised me. A guy can train in the gym
and look real good. But then they get in the ring and is a flop," the elder
Foreman said. "Now I know he's a fighter."
"The goal was to have my first fight," Foreman said. "The hardest thing
going into the fight was waiting for the undercard to end."
New Naval Academy
class to be most diverse ever
The Naval Academy Class of 2013, scheduled to report on July 1, will
be the most diverse in the academy's 164-year history. Of the 1,230 new
midshipmen slated to enroll, 435, or 35 percent, will be minority mem-
bers. The Class of 2012 set the previous record, with minorities making
up 28 percent of the class.
According to the Academy's Superintendent, they had begun sending
recruiters into distant states and inner cities. Also, academy representa-
tives have been meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus to help
them better understand their role in nominating candidates for admission.
SheHs settles $15.5M Nigerian
Human Rights lawsuit
NEW YORK Royal Dutch Shell agreed to a $15.5 million settlement
Monday to end a lawsuit alleging that the oil giant was complicit in the
executions of activist Ken Saro-Wiwa and other civilians by Nigeria's
former military regime.
Shell, which continues to operate in Nigeria, said it agreed to settle the
lawsuit in hopes of aiding the "process of reconciliation." But Europe's
largest oil company acknowledged no wrongdoing in the 1995 hanging
deaths of six people, including poet Saro-Wiwa.
The lawsuit in U.S. District Court in New York claimed Shell colluded
with the country's former military government to silence environmental
and human rights activists in the country's Ogoni region. The oil-rich dis-
trict sits in the southern part of Nigeria and covers about 400 square
miles. Shell started operating there in 1958.
The lawsuit said in the 1990s, Shell officials helped furnish Nigerian
police with weapons, participated in security sweeps of the area, and
hired government troops that shot at villagers protesting the construction
of a pipeline. The plaintiffs also say Shell helped the government capture
I Get to See
Volume 23 No. 38 Jacksonville, Florida June 11 -17, 2009
Obama Promises 600,000+ Stimulus Jobs
COAST UALITYBLACK EEKLY
He ramped up his stimulus pro-
gram this week even as his advisers
are ramping down expectations
about when the spending plan will
effect a continuing rise in the
Many of the recently announced
stimulus plans already were in the
works, including hundreds of main-
tenance projects at military bases,
about 1,600 state road and airport
improvements, and federal money
states budgeted for 135,000 teach-
ers, principals and school support
The administration had always
viewed the simmer as a peak for
stimulus spending, as better weath-
er permitted more public works
construction and federal agencies
had processed requests from states
Now the new administration -
continued on page 3
NOW On the
down in the
throughout the country with the
recent publication of "Stanton" by
local authors and school alumni
Ronald and Grace Galvin and their
daughter, Tiffany Green.
Since 1868, Florida's oldest con-
tinually operating high school has
been destroyed, rebuild, moved and
refocused, existing under several
names-Old Stanton High School,
New Stanton high School, Stanton
Vocational High School and bow
Stanton College Preparatory
School. Stanton's story accomplish-
ments and pride are showcased
through photographs obtained from
f chool ds
variety o s cor an
remnisenequss ontr andioncult
and their families
It is the hope of all three authors
that the book "will not just remind
d f fl d f th
rea ers o on memories o e
h I d bl f hr
sc oo an nota e figures t oug
h b h 11
te years, ut t at it wi inspire -
Continued on page 3
President Barack Obama prom-
ised this week to deliver more than
600,000 jobs through his $787 bil-
lion stimulus plan this summer,
with federal agencies pumping bil-
tions into public works projects,
schools and summer youth pro-
Claudine Parnell, Val Williams, Gail Howard and Mildred Johnson all participated in the recent hat show.
Marshal Neil Rose Presents 2009 Live Floral Hat Show
The Marchal Neil Rose Garden Club, founded in 1933 by Mrs. M.L. Panther, recently celebrated their 76th
Anniversary with a summer luncheon presenting their Live Floral Hat Show. Hosted at the home of the organi-
zation's current president, Mrs. Julia Bartley, the catered event thrived despite the relenting thunderstorm that
drenched party guests. The well planned lawn party soon turned into a patio party complete with jokes, poetry,
singing and of course the star of the afternoon hats. Judged on criteria of live flowers, originality, beauty and
reflecting of the owners personality, judges picked the top three spots. For more on the event, see page 10. R. Silver
Author Kim McBride is shown with new fan Kay Madrid
Kim McBride Self Publishes Her Dream
Local author Kim McBride held her first book signing this week
downtown at the AMG Uptown Salon. Joined, by friends, family and
new fans, Murray signed Convictions of the Heart, a romance novel
that deals with divorce, love, lust and betrayal. Inspired by her per-
sonal relationships, McBride penned the novel last fall. She decided to
self publish because "the option of landing a contract with a large pub-
lishing house is limited and self publishing is "now the new way to
have your book published for less money, less time and you become
excited that you did it yourself!" LJPhoto
Pictured at the "Fun with Fruit" presentation at Beauclere
Elementary School is Link Monique McCarthy presenting papaya to
students in Kyra Wade's 3rd grade class.
The Links, Incorporated partnered
with Beauclerc Elementary School
to teach first-fifth graders the
importance of good nutrition and
Continued on page 3
According to Center for Disease
Control (CDC) 2008 statistics, 35%
of Florida's youth are overweight
and 25% are classified as obese. To
address this growing health epi-
demic, the Jacksonville Chapter of
Loss of its' Queen,
Ms. Koko Taylor
Kids won't get a "fat chance" at
YOU TOO CAN 811 A IIOMEOWNER!
A Sad But True Tale of the Subprime Loans That Are Preying on Black America
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series of ads by Champagne &
Associates, a real estate agency in
her neighborhood of Dorchester.
The slogan above the agency's
name made Darden optimistic.
"Let's Make History," it said.
Darden went to Champagne's
free seminar with her friend,
Annie Neal. It was held in the
agent's office, facing a traffic-
filled avenue, between a store-
front daycare center and Linda's
African Braiding & Clothing.
Agents had pushed the desks back
to the green stucco to make room
for an audience. The prospective
buyers met two women who
vowed to help them.
The first was Champagne's
owner, Roberta Robinson, a for-
mer mortgage broker wo start-
ed her own real estate shop.
She had an answer or every
question," Darden says.
The second was Rachel Noyes,
a bartender-turned-mortgage bro-
ker who brought her toddler to
some seminars, and promised to
unlock the secrets of buying real
"I really felt like I was helping
people get into homes," Noyes
said in a recent telephone inter
view. "The one question I always
shed. to drill into your mind, is:
Hot< much can you afford?"
But those who attended the
seminars describing the expe_
rience in interviews and court
papers don't remember it
"As long as you're hon
est with me," Valerie
Hayes recalls Noyes
saying, "I guarantee
you I can you get
you into a loan."
At session's end,
bers to run cred-
going to be
buy a home in
Boston and I
don't want to
go out to
Lo well "
But a couple of
days later her
1 phone rang. It was
Darden had been
preapproved for a loan.
Up to $360,000!
'How is that possible?'
It only took a few weeks
for Frances Darden to find her
drain house a two-family set
on a corner of Harvard Street with
pale yellow siding, a small front
porch and another on the back.
But could she afford it?
Darden says Roberta Robinson
calmly reassured her.
"I have always been about edu-
cating the consumer regarding
real estate since I hit the scene,"
Robinson wrote of herself in an
advertising directory. "I feel the
first step in homeownership is
working with an informed client."
Robinson did not return calls
and her attorney declined to com-
When another bidder pulled out
of a deal for the house, Darden
says Robinson called with more
"She said, 'You have some good
credit, girl, because you got
approved for two houses,"'
"How is that possible?" won
dered Darden, who says she first
told the agents she could afford
only $1,500 to $2,000 a month in
Renters, she was told, would
help her carry the load of her own
home, and the costs would be fur-
Soon, mortgage applications -
almost entirely blank arrived
in the mail. Darden signed and
returned them. In November,
Darden closed on the first house.
In December, she closed on a sec-
She'd been preapproved for
box on the door.
Over the past decade, the mort-
gage industry has turned itself
into a very big tent.
People who might have had
trouble borrowing found it much
easier to get a loan. Lenders
devised new types of loans and
eased standards to bring buyers
into the market.
As a result, homeownership
reached record levels. But as
interest rates rise and the market
cools, it becomes clear many peo-
ple were put into punishing loans
they couldn't afford.
That is particularly evident in
the enormous growth of what the
industry politely calls "stated
income" loans also known as
Stated loans whose borrow-
ers list income and assets without
having to prove anything were
meant for solidly self-employed
buyers. Then they "morphed into
a huge monster," says Connie
Often it's not considered fraud.
It's pushing the envelope. It's a
dollop of distortion topped with a
measure of creative exaggeration.
It's doing whatever it takes.
"There's a huge amount of bro-
ker fraud out there," says Kerstin
Arusha of the Fair Housing Law
Project in San Jose, Cal., which
represents low-income homeown-
ers stuck in such loans. "When
you look at the applications of
many of these borrowers, I see it
reported that they make $10,000
or $12,000 a month, sometimes
$20,000 a month. They always
have $100,000 in personal assets
... You can see that these things
are created by the broker."
MORTGAGE WOES: Banker
Of course, most real estate
agents and mortgage brokers are
But there have been too many
in the last few years "who stretch
the truth ... that make deals hap-
pen that really shouldn't happen,
says Jim Croft, founder of the
Mortgage Asset Research
by A. Geller
BOSTON -- Upstairs at Victory
Chapel Church -- a cinderblock
bunker converted from a long-ago
Ford dealership -- the pews are
reserved for praising heaven.
But downstairs, in a basement
rental hall, a pair of women
preached of worldly wonders.
At 11 a.m. on alternating
Saturday, they set out rows of
folding chairs and spread tables
with urns of coffee and boxes of
Dunkin' Donuts. And they offered
testimony to the bounty of real
estate, encouraging their growing
flock to buy the wood-frame
walk-ups and rowhouses sur-
rounding this workaday stretch of
Columbia Road, just down from
the OJ Car Wash.
The key was trust, they told the
faithful, as the voices of the prac-
ticing choir rang through the
Still, Valerie Hayes was a little
"I really was thinking it would
be at least a year before Pd get a
mortgage," says Hayes, an execu-
tive secretary and mother of
two. She was wary of
borrowine because ,
she \\as saddled
with her own ,
Frances Darden examines mortgage documents in the living room
of her home in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood. Darden was
approved for nearly $900,000 in loans to buy two multi-family
homes, despite the fact that she is on disability and receives just
$1,800 a month.
$360,000. Now she was borrow-
It would cost her $7,194 a
It wasn't until seven months
later, though, after she struggled
to find tenants and maintain the
buildings, that Darden began to
wonder just what had happened.
It began to make sense only when
she studied the finished paper-
When she bought, Darden was
receiving $1,800 a month in dis-
ability payments as she recov-
ered from a collapsed lung -
sometimes supplemented by child
support of $150 a week.
But the mortgage application
described a woman she did not
recognize: an administration
manager for a medical supply
company, earning $114,000 a
Meanwhile, the real Frances
Darden was quickly falling
In June 2005, Darden says she
went to the Champagne office to
demand help in refinancing her
loans. By now, though, the effort
to recruit buyers had outgrown
the space on Blue Hill Avenue
and moved to the church. Some of
the sessions were drawing 40 or
Robinson tried to help her sell
the second home. But Darden was
going through a divorce, tying up
the home's ownership. She was
falling further behind.
Now it had been a year since
she'd become a homeowner. Long
enough for the lender to lay claim
to the investment property and
'I got robbed'
One of the most notable things
about Frances Darden's story is
how much it echoes the others.
Valerie Hayes says she knew
something was very wrong when
she went to close on the $440,000
loan for her house, a two-family
in East Boston. She'd agreed to
$2,300 payments because of
expected rental income. But the
documents listed payments at
$3,300 a month.
"I see the real mortgages and
it's apparent to me I got robbed,"
Hayes says, "but Fm thinking I'm
going to make this work."
Why didn't she walk out?
Because she'd already given up
her old apartment and had a ten-
ant waiting to move in. Within
months, though, maintaining the
building depleted savings already
strained by the mortgage pay-
ments. That's when she noticed
the reference to a second job -
one she never had earning a
fictional $1,846 a month working
Late last year, Hayes moved out
and the lender began foreclosure.
Others are still trying to hold
There's Macdala Louis, a nurs-
ing assistant, who bought on
Edwin Street. Her loan applica-
tion said she had a second job
working for a company, Hart
Professional Cleaning, that does
not appear to exist.
And Jennifer Stone, a medical
assistant who bought a $489,000
home with her partner, a special
"They said we had accounts we
didn't even have. They said we
had $50,000 in the bank," Stone
says. "I didn't even have $700 in
Dorchester, a sprawling mostly
black neighborhood where many
families get by on tight pay-
checks, has many homeowners
who struggle. So when Darden
tion counselor at ESAC, a non-
profit chartered by a number of
Boston churches, it was hardly
out of the ordinary.
It looks like you make pretty
good money, counselor Steve
Bennett told her, studying the
mortgage paperwork. No, Darden
insisted, that's not me.
Bennett wondered. Then he
heard the same story from a sec-
ond homeowner. And a third.
"This was a huge learning
curve," says Robert Pulster, the
agency's executive director.
"What the hell is going on here
and how did this happen?"
In August, Massachusetts' attor-
ney general filed a civil lawsuit in
state Superior Court accusing
Robinson, Noyes and their com-
panies of using "unfair and decep-
tive tactics to target and deceive
low-income consumers into com-
mitting to mortgages they could
not qualify for or afford."
The women pocketed thou-
sands of dollars in commissions
and fees for putting together deals
and loans bound to fail, the suit
Prosecutors have obtained court
orders restricting the activities of
the women and their companies,
both of which have closed. While
the case awaits trial, however,
Robinson has resurrected her real
estate business in a nearby Boston
neighborhood under a new name
- Opulent Realty Inc.
Noyes, who moved to Florida,
recently lost by default after she
stopped appearing in court to con-
test the charges. But damages
have not been set and she contin-
ues to deny any deception.
It was the real estate agents
who "were pushing people into
homes they shouldn't have been,"
Noyes says. Borrowers, too, bear
responsibility, she says.
"With stated income loans .
because there's no documentation,
you're going by what the buyer is
saying," Noyes said. "Who am I
to say: 'You're a liar. You don't
make that.' Should I have had bet-
ter judgment? I don't know."
The borrowers reject that argu-
ment outright. Darden rushes to
her bedroom and returns with a
bag full of documents, pulling out
a copy of the mortgage applica-
tion she signed. It is all but blank.
If they deserve blame, she and
other buyers say, it's for being too
willing to believe and too naive to
On a cool spring evening,
Hayes walks from the modest but
tidy one-bedroom rental she
shares with her college-age son
and daughter, three blocks up to
the home she lost. It takes just a
few minutes, but confirms how
far she has come.
If she gets another chance at
ownership, she'll be wiscr, Hayes
says, recalling that Saturday
morning listening to a pitch in the
"I never knew they existed,"
she says, "until I got one."
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Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 3
June 11-17 2009
ing the Jacksonville Chapter
of The Links, Incorporated and the
Minority AIDS Coalition.
In fact, members of the South
African delegation enjoyed home
stays with several African-
American community leaders and
concluded their visit with a "send
off' party at the home of Geno
Hampton, Associate Director of
North/South Florida Human
Simon Ntsele, Station Manager
of Maputland Community Radio,
added, "Everyone has made us feel
so welcome. I came to America to
improve my country's communica-
tions and to address the issues that
plague our communities. I leave
America with wonderful friends,
people that encourage us to execute
our dreams for a better South
Africa, a better world."
South African Media Group
Shares American Concerns, Issues
With its complex economy and
infrastructure, much of South
Africa looks like America.
South Africans are, however, still
developing many industries, includ-
ing mass communications.
Recently, the American State
Department and the Jacksonville
International Visitors Bureau host-
ed a five-member delegation of the
South African Community Radio
Brenda Leonard, the
Administrator for Bush Radio in
Cape Town, South Africa, said, "We
came to America to upgrade our
radio skills and look at how
American radio stations handle
staffing, volunteers, press confer-
ences and fundraising,
Fun with Fru It
But the South African delegation
focused on more than radio man-
agement. They also wanted to learn
how Jacksonville utilized radio to
address social issues.
Derya Williams, chair of the
Minority AIDS Coalition and a vol-
unteer with the Jacksonville
International Visitors Bureau said,
Our visitors were particularly
interested in how Americans man-
aged communications about sensi-
tive topics like HIV and crime -
problems that both Americans and
South Africans face.
The South African delegation had
a busy week in Jacksonville, visit-
ing five radio stations, and consult-
ing with local politicians and entre-
But they also had the opportunity
to socialize and experience
continued from front
others to continue to build on the
proud traditions and history of
Chapters of the book include:
Places Where Students Learned,
Notable Influences Student Life
The Sporting Life, Celebrating the
Arts and Keeping the Spirit Alive.
All together it encompasses 115
pages full of pictures and facts
alumni as well as history buffs
The writing of the book was the
culminating marker in their preser-
vation legacy of the Galvins. Grace
and Ronald Galvin are both mem-
bers of the class of 1962. During
their high school days, both were
active in the popular marching
band. They have remained active
in their support as members of their
class meet regularly like many oth-
ers throughout the year,
In 2001 Grace Galvin created the
Cultural Heritage Committee at
Stanton Preparatory School that has
hosted yearly events that recognize
and celebrate Stanton graduates as
far back as the 1920. This commit-
tee has been instrumental in the
gathering and collecting of histori-
cal materials related to the produc-
tion of the current book, Stanton.
She has been inspired and encour-
aged by the level of interest that all
former faculty staff and students
have shown in helping to preserve
the over 140 years of Stanton histo-
It is the hope of all three authors
that the book will not just remind
readers to fond memories of the
school notable figures through the
years, but hat it will inspire others
to continue to build on th proud tra-
ditions and history of Stanton.
There are numerous active efforts,
events and alumni that continue to
honor the school's history. As such
there are many stories to tell and
memories to be kept alive. And the
school continues to thrive, building
even more history and traditions of
pride and excellence. The authors'
also hope that this book will serve
as only the beginning of a series of
"living documents" of the school's
history-aground work for others to
build upon in the years to come.
"Stanton" will be available at
area bookstores independent retail-
ers and online retailers or through
Arcadia Publishing at www.arcadi-
aliublishing.com on June 22, 2009.
stated the Ugli grapefruit was his
favorite of all the fruits sampled. "I
was kind of scared to taste it, but
was really surprised at how good it
was. If my mom buys it, I would
eat it," he said.
Following the fruit sampling ses-
sion, students played a series of
trivia games that tested their knowl-
edge of unusual fruit, and the win-
ners received healthy snacks and
gift certificates as prizes.
The year-long program also yield-
ed other measurable results.
According to third grade teacher
Kyra Wade, students reported an
increase in their physical activity,
and they utilized their critical think-
ing and artistic skills through an art
poster contest and a technical writ-
ing assignment on healthy snacks.
"This has had an incredibly positive
impact on our students," she said.
"Kids are more interested in health
than you think," said Links' pro-
gram chair Adrianne King. "While
we have a lot more work to do,
these experiences have increased
students' awareness and have made
them think about developing
healthier, happier lives. It's never
too early to teach healthy habits.
Words and photos by M. Latimer
Pictured at the "Fun with Fruit" presentation at Beauclere
Continued from page 1
While Beauclere youth spent
recent months engaged in activities
promoting healthy living, Links fol-
lowed-up with an end-of-school
event called "Fun with Fruit,"
designed to expose them to unusual
fruit. Links' program co-chair
Kenyonn Demps said, "We wanted
the kids to have fun with food. We
also wanted to broaden their experi-
ences and let them see that there are
many foods that taste good and are
good for you."
At "Fun with Fruit," third grade
classes had a chance to taste
coconut, Fuji apples, papaya, plan-
tain and more. One third grader
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A City of Jacksonville Cooperative Effort
continued from front
promises an accelerated pace of
federal spending over the next few
months to boost the economy and
The announcement comes days
after the government reported that
the number of unemployed contin-
ues to rise; the unemployment rate
now sits at 9.4 percent, the highest
in more than 25 years. Hundreds of
thousands of Americans continue
to lose jobs each month, although
fewer jobs were lost last month
Just how much of an impact the
recovery program had on the pace
of job losses is up for debate.
Obama has claimed as many as
150,000 jobs saved or created by
his stimulus plan so far, even as
government reports have shown the
economy has lost more than 1.6
million jobs since Congress
approved funding for the program
Republicans remain critical of
the stimulus spending, slamming it
as a big government program that
ultimately will do little for recov
ery. With only a fraction of the fed-
eral money actually spent thus far,
it's premature to give the stimulus
plan credit for economic trends,
congressional Republicans said.
Federal agencies will release bil-
lions of stimulus dollars to states in
the coming months.
Health and Human Services will
provide funding for 1,129 health
centers to provide expanded serv
ice for 300,000 patients; Interior
will begin improvements on 107
national parks; Veterans Affairs
will start work on 90 medical cen-
ters in 38 states; the Justice
Department will fund 5,000 law
enforcement jobs; the Agriculture
Department will begin 200 new
rural waste and water system proj-
ects- and the Environmental
Protection Agency will begin or
accelerate the cleanup of 20
Obama senior adviser David
Axelrod argues that the stimulus
program is working and points to
fewer jobs lost in May than the
month before as a hopeful sign of
South African Media Group Shares
American Concerns, Issues with Jax
American culture through a
series of dinners, shopping
expeditions and other events
hosted in their honor.
3 According to Derya
Williams, it was important
for local African-Americans
to connect with the delega-
tion. "The International
Visitors Bureau often hosts
guests from around the
/ world. I communicated that
a blacks on the First Coast are
.* .;- : interested in people from
other cultures. These expe-
/ : e riences provide all of us with
At the home of Dr. and Mrs. William Cody are: Dr. Ruben and Barbara great opportunities to learn
Brigety, Lucky Mediwane-SA, Tebogo Masela-SA, Brenda Leonard- SA, so much," she said. As a
Sibusiso Vela Xulu SA, Dr. Geraldine Smith, Johnetta Moore, Gloria Belton, result, Williams involved
Derya Williams, Betty Cody, Dr. William CodyTerri Septer, ones and wife volunteers from a number of
Marietta LeBlanc, links; Ella Simmons, Simon Ntsele, South Africa; Dr. Roy African-American social
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As Unemployment Continues to
unemployment, falling housing
prices and tight credit market and
you have a recipe for some bad
There were 330,477 filings from
January to March of this year,
which is up 10 percent from the
previous quarter and up 35 percent
from a year earlier, according to the
Administrative Office of the U.S.
Consumer bankruptcy filings
rose 33 percent from a year earlier,
while business filings rose 64 per-
But as the old proverb says, "It's
always darkest before the dawn,"
so I am encourage that we have the
right leaders in place.
And besides, there are some
glimmers of hope. A report issued
last week by the Labor Department
shows some evidence that the
recession is loosening its hold. It
outlined the fourth straight month
that the pace of layoffs slowed
So I would say that despite the
economic conditions, we all have
to practice patience. I guess that's
easier said than done, especially if
you have lost your job in a terrible
Signing off from the
Grow Where's My
OK First, I missed out on my 40 smaller than expected, which
acres and a mule decades ago, now shows that the jobless rate is slow-
I may missed out on my stimulus ing down.
cash. Or better yet, I will take a Of course the critics or the
stimulus job is what many "Nattering Nabobs of Negativism,"
Americans are saying. as Spiro Agnew would say, are
And don't be mistaken, I am not already saying that Obama's stimu-
about to go off on a tirade about lus efforts are not working.
President Obama not delivering Nonsense, I say. It took us a
because that's just not true. while to get into this mess, it cer-
Unfortunately, it took this country thinly will take more than a few
quite some time to get into this months for us to get out. I will say
financial mess so we shouldn't though, the quicker stimulus
expect any over night solutions. money and opportunities can hit the
However, while the unemploy- street the better.
ment rate continues to grow many In a press conference earlier this
Americans need help sooner rather week, the President said, "Now
than later. we're in a position to really acceler-
And of course, as the old saying ate." Well, I say let's break out the
goes, "When white America has a turbo boosters and get our allocat-
cold, black America has the flu." ing crunk up!
So many folks are hurting. President Obama did also admit
Jobs or the loss of jobs have that he was somewhat dissatisfied
always been key factor that influ- with the progress of the stimulus
ence the economy. Unemployment allocations, but said the administra-
numbers were released this week tion would ramp up spending in the
that show that the jobless rate next few months. So far, the admin-
jumped to 9.4 percent in May. istration has spent only $44 billion,
This number is the highest figure or 5 percent, of the $787 billion
in the U.S. in more than 25 years, stimulus, but as a lot of my not-for-
which many experts feel shows the profit organization friends know
depth and complexity of this reces- there are a lot of grant applications
sion, currently the longest econom- due this summer.
ic downturn since World War II. But getting back to one the key
I guess the good news is that the central components of the stimulus,
reduction in jobs was still much hundreds of jobs are being lost
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every day, so we have to figure out
a way to stop the bleeding.
Since the recession began in
December 2007, the economy has
lost a net total of 6 million jobs.
As the recession bites into sales
and profits, companies have turned
to layoffs and other cost-cutting
measures to survive the fallout.
So far the economy has shed 1.6
million jobs since the stimulus
measure was signed in February.
This week, Obama also repeated
that he would keep his earlier
promise of creating or saving some
600,000 jobs by the end of the sum-
Sort of a dangerous position for
Obama to place himself in, but I
can't say it enough it will take
bold actions to pull us out of this
ditch that we are stuck in.
The White House says that its
goal is to spend 70 percent of the
stimulus money by the end of the
summer of 2010. I am preaching
on my stump to the already con-
verted, but bring on the spending.
Not to add fuel to the fire, but
there are still other troubling eco-
nomic factors to consider. A gov-
ernment report came out this week
that showed U.S. bankruptcy fil-
ings rose in the first quarter to the
highest since 2005.
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Inaugural Ms. Senior PageantProvesAg:e is Nothing but a Number :~C~~~~~
Dropped Charges Protested in Texas Dragging Case
PARIS, Texas Protesters vowed Monday to get the U.S.
Department of Justice to review the dismissal of state murder charges
against two white men in the dragging death of a black friend.
About 150 people attended a rally outside a Texas courthouse, includ-
ing members of the Nation of Islam and the New Black Panther Party.
Some carried signs that read "Where is the Justice for Brandon?" and
expressed anger over what they call a pattern of unequal justice for
whites and blacks in Paris, about 90 miles northeast of Dallas.
"A black man's life is still not worth a white man's life in Paris, Texas,"
said activist Anthony Bond.
Words flew between protesters and a self-described Ku Klux Klansman
but there were no arrests.
ShTo pi 1 a k en ,a adwee rge di Id nsPSolraT y
Finley and Charles Crostley, who were accused of killing their friend
Brandon McClelland. His mangled body was found Sept. 16 on a coun-
try road, and authorities say he'd been dragged more than 70 feet
beneath a vehicle.The two men, who maintain their innocence, were
released Thursday with no restrictions after more than eight months in
it'S clear that the FDA is
Should they be given
the authority to regulate
the 80 billion tobacco
Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 5
June 11-17 2009
Hello friends, my name is Pekela Riley and I'm so excited to share my
experiences with you; as they relate to hair care, skin care, and fashion.
It is hoped that through these articles I can enlighten both my sisters and
my brothers on the best way to keep you looking your best My over thir-
teen years of experience has made me truly passionate about hair and
everything that has to do with style.
Through this column I would like to provide the good people in my
hometown the same advice and quality care that I've been providing to
celebrities and fashionistas around the country. That's right I'm also a
local girl, a graduate of Nathan B. Forrest, but a Trojan at heart/
(That's Jean Ribault High school for all of you who don't know.)
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To ask PK your question or learn more about the products in this article,
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Pictured (1-r) at the inaugural Ms. Senior Jacksonville Pageant are: 2nd Runner Up Gloria Sledge; 1st Runner Up Ann Thcker; Ms. Senior
Jacksonville 2009 Troy Winn; Master of Ceremonies and Channel 4 anchor Richard Nunn; and pageant coordinators Kenyonn and Julius
Demps. Held at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts this past Saturday, this multicultural event showcased the talents of fourteen
local women aged sixty and older, proving that life can be fulfilling at any age.
Senior Jacksonville Troy Winn; 1st
Runner Up and Miss Congeniality
Ann Tucker; 2nd Runner Up Gloria
Sledge; Most Photogenic Josephine
Brooks. The Ms. Senior
Jacksonville Pageant 2010 will take
place September 26, 2010 at the
For more information, visit
by M. Latimer
Those who say you're over the
hill at forty haven't met the partici-
pants in the inaugural Ms. Senior
Jacksonville Pageant. Held this
past Saturday at the Times-Union
Center for the Performing Arts, the
event showcased the talents of four-
teen ladies aged sixty and older
from across the First Coast.
While age was not the primary
focus of the pageant, it was impor-
tant, with participants as old as
eighty-five performing before an
audience of more than 400 people.
Troy Winn, Ms. Senior Jacksonville
2009, expressed that the event
might help change perceptions
about aging. "I'm in my sixties
saaTd.enjo i gdoefabulous life,"
you reach a certain age. Seniors are
a viable and important part of any
Contestants performed a variety
of talents, including singing and
poetic monologues. There was
even a chorus line performance.
They also came from diverse eth-
nic, educational, social and profes-
Pageant coordinator Kenyonn
Demps, a former health care man-
ager, decided more than a year ago
that she wanted to create an event
that would highlight what seniors
have to offer. "I have worked with
seniors for most of my career.
Often they are neglected or over-
looked. That's something I wanted
to change," she said.
She began organizing the pageant
with the help of friends and family.
The pageant grew and drew support
from all over Northeast Florida.
"This was our first event. I was
amazed at the amount of interest,"
sa nnTu 1er, Ist Runner Up, Ms.
Jacksonville, agrees. "This pageant
was an amazing opportunity for me
and other seniors. We have been
embraced by the community. It's
been wonderful," she said.
The Ms. Senior Jacksonville
Pageant 2009 Court includes: Ms.
An Evening at Roy'S Eye spy with the Free Press Eye was
Lynette Jones at the recent 6th anniversary celebration of Roy's Restaurant
at Jacksonville Beach. The private fund raising event at the four star
restaurant included a samphng of many of the restaurant's Hawaiian
themes delicacies along with live entertainment including fire dancers and
a Polynesian band. Proceeds benefitted the Monique Burr Foundation.
Shown above enjoying the celebration is Jacksoliville Jaguars Coach Jack
Del Rio and Robert Davis, CEO of Robert Davis Construction.
feel the food recall process is only fair or poor, while
The FDA is Clearly Overwhelmed
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is supposed 73 percent of adults say they are just as concerned
o t approve new medicines monitor the safety of those about food safety as they are about war on terror.#
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."
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
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
a salmonella outbreak, blamed
first on tomatoes and later on
hot peppers, that infected 1,442
people and resulted in at least
286 hospitalizations in 43 states.
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
regulation of the tobacco
industry. But, the FDA is not
the place for it. Expanding the
FDA's role, when the ineffective food and drug safety
programs that are now in place pose an immediate
threat, is a health hazard all its own.
yHa r dardne e 08n Contamination May Have Been Deliberate, F.D.A. Says." New
#"investigation of Outbreak of Infections Caused by Salmonella Saintpaul." Center
for Disease Control and Prevention. August 28, 2008. URL: http://cdc.gov/Salmonella/
salsn uvDA a broken agency?"The Associated Press. March 3, 2009.
"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.
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
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
www. me ntho ichoice.com
FDA: ILL-SUITED FOR TOBACCO REGULATION
The Parenting Ministry of Bethel Baptist Institutional Church will pres-
ent "Fathers Who Cook" on Saturday, June 20th from 11 a.m. 4 p.m. at the
Gateway Town Center. Whether you are a veteran or novice in the kitchen,
guest chefs can put their best foot forward for the food tasting contest and
the station decorating contest. There will also be a Gospel Jazz Room
.Proceeds from the event will benefit the Bethel Youth Summer Camp
Fund. For more information or to register, call 354-1464.
The Gifts Within Summer Arts Camp
The Gifts Within Summer Arts Camp under the direction of Dr. Tanya B.
Brooks began 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 ofl-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.
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
Ebenezer United Methodist
to hold S rin 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.
Seekmg the lost for Christ .
Matthew 28:19 20 -- -
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
Sunday Morning: Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel
3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m.
* *A Full GospelBaptist Church *
Pastor Robert Lecount, Jr
School of Ministry Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
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Open Baptism Ceremony at Jax Beach
On Sunday, June 12, 2009,from 9 a.m. to 12 Noon, Life Church
International is hosting its first Baptism Ceremony and Summer Beach
Gathering at Jacksonville Beach, in front of the Life Guard Station.
According to Pastor J. Marcellas Williams, "This is for Christians who are
not ashamed of what God did in our lives, and are coming to publicly dis-
play and celebrate it through Baptism".
For information or a ride, call 294-2602.
Summerville Missionary Baptist
Church Vacation Bible School
Summerville Missionary Baptist Church invites the community to their
annual vacation bible school. The action packed week will include Bible
studies games, crafts and fitness activities. It will begin on Suriday June 14
at 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday June 15 thru June 19 the activities are
from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The church is located at 2842 Mars Avenue. For
more information, call 354-8186.
Mt. Nebo Celebrates Dual Anniversaries
The Mount Nebo Missionary Baptist Church family will celebrate the
church's 38th and the Pastor's 22nd Anniversaries the weekend of June 14
-17th at 7 p.m. nightly. The church is under the stewardship of Dr. William
Waldrop and First Lady Saundra. The theme for the event is "Detours to
Destiny" and the celebratory scripture is Genesis 50:20.
Mt. Nebo is located at 8778 Lake Placid Drive East across from Martin
Luther King Elementary School. For more information,. call 768-8916.
Participation Needed for Northside
COmmunity Cleanup Day
Grace and Truth Community Development Corporation in partnership with
the Norwood Neighborhood Association will have their quarterly
Community Clean Up Day on Saturday June 20, 2009.
Participants are asked to meet at Hardee's located at 6914 Norwood Avenue
from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon.Free breakfast and lunch will be provided to
those who actively participate. RSVP your attendance and participation so
organizers can ensure there is enough equipment, water and food for
everyone present to 338-9990.
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Fathers Day Form for Moms & Dads
The First Church of Palm Coast under the direction of Rev. Gillard S-
Glover, has announced a Father's Day forum for both fathers and mothers.
Dr. Lawrence Gary, the Rev. G Vincent Lewis, and the Rev. Gillard S.
Glover are the speakers in an open session of "Re-Engaging Fathers With
The Family: Legal, Spiritual & Psychological Impediments." The forum is
open to single, divorced, and separated parents to recognize the impedi-
ments to the father/child relationship and to help bring about the right
results for making the family whole.
It is scheduled Saturday, June 20, 9:30 a.m. to noon including breakfast-'
however, donations are appreciated. It will be held at the Palm Harbor
Educational Center, adjacent to the church, at 95 Old Kings Road North in
Limited transportation is available. Seating should be reserved prior to
June 19 by calling (386) 446-5759.
Songfest at God's Temple of Love
On June 27th 2009 from 11:00 a.m.to 7:00 p.m. there will be a songfest
on the church grounds with national recording artists the Supreme Seven
Gospel Singers of Tallahassee, Fla. Also appearing will be various artists
from the First Coast such as The Gospel Shepherds, Gospel Cavaliers, Bro.
Floyd Perkins, Bro. Al Andres and a host of others from around the
Jacksonville area. You are invited to come out and enjoy a day of prayer
praise and testimony to the Lord. For further information contact Pastor
Young at 588-8631 or Min. David Scott at 401-9003.
National Baptist Convention VP
to Headline St. Joseph Revival
Doctor Kenneth Maurice Davis is
returning to St. Joseph Missionary
Baptist Church, 485 West First
Street (Black Bottom), to revive to
the saints. Rev. Davis is from
D'Iberville, Mississippi. He is the
Pastor of Tabernacle Missionary
Baptist Church and the fourth vice
president of the National Baptist
Convention of America, Inc.
Dr. Davis was invited to return as
this year's revival evangelist by
Doctor Henry T. Rhim, Senior
Pastor of St. Joseph Missionary
Baptist Church. Pastor Rhim was
moved by the resounding response
of last year's attendees. Many
regarded how touched and enlight-
ened they were by the messages
delivered by Dr. Davis.
The public is encouraged to attend
the series of soul reviving and
strengthening services. There is no
fee to receive God's Word. Join St.
Joseph Missionary Baptist Church
as they continue to "Correct
Attitude and Communication".
Services begin each evening at 7
p.m for Spiritual Revival
2009which will be held June 16 -
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1i p.m.
Dinner and Bible Study
8:OO A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
H:OO 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.
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Sunday 2 PM 3 PM
**FREE TUTORING FOR YOUTH IN ENGLISH, SCIENCE,
HISTORY AND MATH EVERY TUESDAY 6:30 8 P.M.
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AM 1400 Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.
WTLV Channel 12 Sunday's at 6:30 a.m.
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Early Worship 8:00 a.m.
Sunday School9:15 a.m.
Morning 11'orship 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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ronment? Then you may want to
come out for the next Play Date on
June 12th at the Jaguar Stadium
(Touch Down Club). Organizers
call it a "sophisticated nightlife
option for Jacksonville's profes-
sional". The monthly event will
include food, fun, games and
music. For more information, visit
Health Wellness Fest
There will be a Diabetes
Education Exercise Nutrition
(DEEN) Wellness Fest on
Saturday, June 13th from 10 a.m.
to 1 p.m.featuring a variety of
health related resources to increase
a healthy lifespan. It will be held at
ABz-Solute Fitness, 5290-4
Norwood Ave. in the Gateway
Town Center. The free event will
provide health screenings, medical
professionals, workshops, exhibits,
cooking and exercise demos. Call
-904 765-6002 for more info.
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Duval County Extension Office
staffers will present a Summer
ADDeal For Your Excess Clothes
The Millions More Movement Jacksonville Local
Organizing Committee Inc., a non-profit organiza-
tion is now in the process of gathering clothes for.
it's next 'Clothes Give-A-Way.
Please bring them to 916 N.Myrtle Avenue from
9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
JLOC will also come pick up your donation.
For more information, vist their website at :
www.jaxloc.com or call 904-240-9133.
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June 23, 2009 at the Prime Osborn
Convention Center. The dinner
begins at 7:00 p.m. Call 764-1753.
for more information.
Beauty Shop the Play
On Thursday, June 25, 2009,
Shelly Garrett's Beauty Shop 2009
will be at the Florida Theatre for
one night only. For tickets or more
information, call 355-2787.
ISsues & Answers
JCCI monthly Issues & Answers
lunch forum will be held on
Thursday, June 25 at Noon. The
topic will be "STDs & HIV: How do
we stop the epidemic". Bring your
own lunch and reservations are
requested. It will be held at JCCI
Headquarters located at 2434
Atlantic Blvd. For more informa-
tion or to RSVP, email
The Jacksonville Local Organizing
Committee for the Millions More
Movement Inc. will give away
clothes on Saturday, June 27th at
45th and5 DodgeFRoad froim 100
Universal Sisters, a unique one
day event will address specific con-
cerns for women of color including
health, well being and personal
safety. It will be held on Saturday,
June 27th from 8 a.m. 3:30 p.m.
at the Hyatt Riverfront. The event
will include health screenings, a
luncheon and inspirational keynote
speaker Mother Love. For tickets or
more information, call 549-2938.
R & B crooner Anthony Hamilton
will be live in concert on Tuesday
July 2nd at 8 p.m. at the Florida
Theater. For tickets or more infor-
mation, call 355-2787.
Mike Epps in Concert
Comedian Mike Epps will be in
concert on Friday, July 31st at
8:00 p.m.at the Times Union
Center Moran Theater. Ticket prices
range from $39.50- 65.50. Tickets
available at the Jacksonville
Veterans Memorial Arena Box
Office, Ticketmaster outlets, or
charge by phone at (800) 745-3000.
Jamie FOXX in COBCert
eCoomedia chart top R&
concert for on night only at the
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial
Arena. Foxx will take the stage on
Friday, August 28, 2009 at 8 p.m.
For tickets or more information,
call ticketmaster at 353-3309 or 1-
Gardening Workshop at the
Mandarin Garden Club
Demonstration Garden at 2892
Loretto Rd. It will be held on
Tuesday, June 16th 9:30 a.m. to
12:30 p.m. Find out how to save
money in the landscape, techniques
for growing edibles in containers,
summer survival tips, and other
ideas. Call 387-8850 for more
at the AvenueS
Florida Community College is
hosting a free Summer Education
Fest at the Avenues Mall on June
18 from 5:30 8 p.m. The
Education Fest is an open house
highlighting dozens of FCC1's
200+ programs. The fair will
include department representatives,
workshopsand information on
FCCJ's new bachelor degrees. For
more information call 904-646-
2300 or e-mail email@example.com.
House at BSEC
CentTrheinBeave Street Entaprise
visit their facility on Friday, June
19th for an open house and tour.
From 9 a.m. noon and 4 6 p.m.,
visitors can stop in and see how to
get their entrepreneurial dreams
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American studies at Princeton
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those who watched more than two
hours of TV per day actually con-
sumed more sugary snacks.
Call a Friend Some of the most
successful weight loss programs
involve the buddy system. Whether
it's a friend who is also taking part
in the diet, or just someone who is
willing to lend an ear, make sure to
gab about your weight loss plan
whenever you feel the need for
Keep a Journal A recent study
showed that obese adults who
recorded their food and exercise
habits over a 6-month period actu-
ally lost twenty pounds-nearly
twice the amount of those who did
not keep a record.
Get Enough Sleep Be sure to get
seven hours of sleep at night. Why?
A recent study at the University of
Chicago showed that people who
were deprived of their snooze time
actually had lower levels of the
hormones responsible for control-
In contrast to their white counter-
partners, black men in the United
States live sicker and die younger.
This long-standing phenomenon is
sharply reflected in the poor inter-
national health status of black
males. The past NMA president
discusses major health issues facing
black males and posits a multidi-
mensional strategy for addressing
racial disparities in men's health,
with a national focus on health pro-
nop inaral e clisease pr entio
access, and eliminating structural
In 1990, an article in the New
England Journal of Medicine
reported that "Black men in Harlem
were less likely to reach the age of
65 than men in Bangladesh." A
recent comparison of current feder-
al health data with the 2005 Human
Development Index published by
the United Nations shows that the
poor international health status of
black men in the United States per-
sists in the new millennium. Today,
the average American can expect to
live 5 years longer than a
Palestinian-unless that American
is a black male, in which case he
can expect to die three years sooner.
The life expectancy at birth for
black males nt the U.S. (68.8k
(69.0), Colombia (69.3), and Sri
Lanka (71.5)-populations identi-
fled by the United Nations as hav-
ing "medium human development."
In fact, the average life expectancy
for black males is much closer to
that of Viet Nam, El Salvador, and
Iraq than it is to the life expectancy
of white males in the U.S. What
accounts for this strikingly poor
international health status for black
males in the U.S.? And, most
importantly, what should we do
A reflection of racial
disparities in health
The peculiar paradox of a "Third
World" health status for a group liv-
ing in the richest and most medical-
ly advanced country in the world is
om rl iresGrasping 1this
standing of the enduring racial dif-
ferences in men's health in the
United States. Black males have
the shortest life span of all racial or
ethnic groups in the nation-a fact
that has remained unchanged for at
least the past 100 years. In fact,
black men have the highest overall
mortality rate across all geographic
regions in the U.S. and across all
age groups from birth to age 84,
with the widest racial gaps in mor-
tality occurring in the prime adult
years, ages 25-54.
Racial disparities in men's health
exist across virtually all major
chronic diseases. For example, in
comparison to their white male
counterparts, black men have a 40%
higher incidence of type 2 diabetes
and they are 2 /a more likely to die
ages 22 44 are 20 times more like-
ly to develop kidney failure due to
high blood pressure than are white
males in the same age group. Black
men also have the highest overall
cancer incidence and mortality in
the country and the highest rates of
hypertension in the world.
local agencies would charge for the
service or at a discount to the mar-
ket rate, says Ronald Fatoullah, a
certified elder-law attorney who
practices in Great Neck, N.Y.
Charges vary widely by geography,
from $12 to $20 an hour for person-
al-care services, to $60 to $150 an
hour for geriatric-care management
services, he says.
Like many caregivers who enter
into such agreements, the Gobells
were just looking to be compensat-
ed for the expenses they incurred,
such as money spent on gas, and
time they spent caring for Mr.
Holden, who wanted to remain in
his own home as long as his health
Contracts should also stipulate
how the payment to the caregiver
will be made. Depending on the cir-
cumstances, it can be an upfront
lump-sum payment based on the
senior's life expectancy -- or in reg-
ular installments, like a paycheck.
In the case of lump-sum payments,
it's advisable to put safeguards in
place to prevent a caregiver from
absconding with the funds, and
have a mechanism for the return of
monies in the event that a contract
"Caregivers are also required to
pay income taxes on the compensa-
tion they receive," says Kerry R.
Peck, a managing partner at Peck,
Bloom, Austriaco & Koenig, LLC,
a law firm in Chicago. Depending
on how the contract is structured
(employee versus independent con-
tractor), Social Security and other
payroll taxes may need to be with-
held, and so you'll need to hire an
accountant or payroll service.
Is it safe and is it necessary? Let's
review the facts and you be the
judge for yourself.
FACT #1 There are two main
types of weight loss surgeries'
Bariatric Surgery (Star Jones
option, also known as gastric
bypass surgery) and Lap-Band
Surgery. The danger: Both surgeries
leave the patient nutritionally defi-
cient with a sentence of lifelong
FACT #2 Candidates for surgery
must be at least 100 lbs overweight
with a BMI over 40. Inherent risks
are even more considerable when a
patient is obese. The danger: Since
all patients are obese, it makes it
particularly dangerous when in
combination with being bed-ridden
after surgery, as blood clots can
form in the legs and lungs. If left
unchecked in the lungs, it can be
FACT #3 Weight loss surgery in
fact changes the body's biochem-
istry. The danger: Once the body's
biochemistry is altered, the body is
thrown out its state of natural bal-
ance. It then becomes the breeding
ground for the very diseases and
even more serious ones that often
result from obesity itself.
FACT #4 Star Jones is living
proof that bariatric surgery can pro-
vide lightening fast weight loss.
The danger: Just like people who
hit the lotto become overnight mil-
lionaires and in one year lose it all,
so too is the case when people lose
the weight too fast. Within two
years they regain the lost weight.
This is because they were not psy-
chologically prepared to handle the
success nor properly educated
about the underlying behavioral'
environmental, etc...causes of obe-
These are some strong facts, and
only a fraction of the dangers that
exist with this very extreme weight
loss option. Many physicians that
have a financial interest involved
will downplay or minimize these
dangers, but they are very real and
Most of us that have just an ounce
of common sense can gather that
weight loss surgery does solve one
problem, but inevitably will cause
many more just by sheer virtue of
its extreme nature.
Our desire should be to not only
get the weight off permanently'
but also to be healthier, to look
healthier, with a glow that can light
up Madison Square Garden.
If you want rapid weight loss that
is accomplished safely and natural-
ly without adverse side effects'
there is an alternative that is help-
ing the masses. More importantly'
people are being educated about the
true causes of obesity and subse-
quently are liberated! They are
indeed free and positively exude a
confidence that can only come from
knowing that they can and will
keep the weight off!
For more information on African
American Health, visit www.black-
doctor.org your most trusted
resource for healthier, happier liv-
expenses they incur in providing
care -- at a time when many fami-
lies are struggling.
"We expect the deteriorating
economy to lead to a spike in care-
giver agreement work," based on
historical trends, says Thomas D.
Begley Jr., an elder and disability
law attorney with Begley, Begley &
Bookbinder PC, a law firm in
Caregiver agreements, also
known as personal-service or per-
sonal-care contracts, can reduce
tension among family members. In
the absence of such formal arrange-
ments, a parent may decide to
bequeath a larger slice of an estate
to the primary caregiver, typically
one child, which can lead to the will
being contested by siblings who
In recent years, caregiver agree-
ments have grown in popularity as a
Medicaid planning tool because
they can reduce the size of an
estate, according to Louis Jay
Ulman, a senior principal at Offit
Kurman, a law firm with offices in
the Baltimore-Washington corridor.
That's because a rule change
extended the look-back period for
making gifts to family members to
five years from three.
If properly set up, transfers made
under a caregiver agreement aren't
considered gifts but rather compen-
sation because they are payments
made in return for a service,
Caring for a family member is a
responsibility many people bear. It
can also be a source of income.
So-called "caregiver agreements"
-- formal contracts under which rel-
atives are hired to care for elderly
family members -- have been
around for a while. But with the
economic downturn, more families
may be open to entering into such
arrangements, some attorneys and
caregiver advocates say.
Financial transfers made under a
caregiver agreement generally
aren't considered gifts, an important
consideration if an elderly person
later hopes to qualify for Medicaid,
the joint federal/state program that
covers nursing-home care. The con-
tracts can also provide assurances
to other family members about the
cost and quality of care being deliv-
ered and reward caregivers for the
long hours they put in. The agree-
ments need to be carefully crafted,
and there are tax consequences.
To an aging parent, the idea of
being cared for by a trusted family
member may be appealing. And for
those who want to stay in their own
homes, or need to because they
can't sell their property to fund
entry into a continuing-care retire-
ment community, hiring a relative
can be a money-saving strategy.
For adult children who have more
time to devote to mom or dad, such
arrangements can provide a modest
source of income -- or at least cover
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Shown above is Star Jones before and after weight loss surgery.
Weight loss surgery
popular, but is it safe?
You've heard about it in the
media: Weight loss surgery is .
sweeping the nation by leaps and e.
bounds. Due to widespread cov-
erage of her rapid weight loss
through surgery, Star Jones has
become the poster child within
the black community and abroad
for this option for losing weight.
Many people are considering "
weight loss surgery as a "quick Blues diva Etta James had weight
fix" for a long standing problem. loss surgery after battling the bulge
The question we all have though: for most of her life and career.
Relatives Ca n Be
lawyers say. In order to qualify for
Medicaid, individuals must pass
state-specific means tests for
income and assets. In general, an
individual may not have more than
$2,000 in assets to qualify for
Medicaid. Some property is exclud-
ed, including the primary residence
(within certain limits).
In addition, in order to pass legal
muster, caregiver agreements must
be arms-length, written contracts
that are completed in advance in
which the compensation for the
services is reasonable.
"You can't do the contract after
the fact and say this $100,000 was
for looking after mom," says
Bernard A. Krooks, founding part-
ner of Littman Krooks LLP, a New
York law firm.
It's also wise to solicit input from
family members, in order to avoid
problems later. Recipients of the
care should have a comprehensive
estate plan in place, including pow-
ers of attorney, to ensure their wish-
es are respected if they become
physically or mentally incapacitat-
Contracts should specify duties
the caregiver will be expected to
perform. For instance, when Ralph
Gobell and his wife, Ellen, entered
into a caregiver contract with her
elderly father, Richard Holden,
their joint responsibilities included
making sure Mr. Holden took his
medications, preparing and serving
his meals, running errands, keeping
his house clean and tidy, and paying
his bills, among other things.
Agreements also need to state the
cost of the services. Depending on
circumstances, compensation is
based on the average hourly rate
B. Vereen Chithriki, M.D.
William L. Cody, M.D.
Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 9
BET PICKS UP 'WENDY WILLIAMS
SHOW': BET has picked up cable rights to "The
Wendy Williams Show," a forthcoming daily talk 41
program featuring the New York-based disc jockey .
hosting celebrities, spreading gossip and discussing ,
The cable channel has yet to announce a timeslot
for the show which will begin early afternoon .4
beginning July 13.
STEVIE, ALICIA, LATIFAH BOOKED FOR 'MAN-
DELA DAY': Annual tribute concert to take place July 18 in New York.
Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Queen Latifah, TLC, Aretha Franklin and
Wyclef Jean are among the artists scheduled to perform at the July 18th
"Mandela Day" concert to honor former South African President Nelson
Mandela's 91st birthday.
The celebration will take place at New York's Madison Square Garden
and include more than two-dozen musicians who find the humanitarian
and Nobel Peace Prize winner an inspiration.
Other performers include Dave Stewart, Cyndi Lauper, Jesse
McCartney, and The Soweto Gospel Choir, as well as several African
musicians such as Angelique Kidjo, Baaba Maal, Yvonne Chaka Chaka,
Chris Chameleon, Freshlyground, Emmanuel Jal, Loyiso, Sipho Mabuse,
Vusi Mahlasela, Thandiswa Mazwai and Suzanna Owiyo.
Tickets are available now via Ticketmaster.
WRONGFUL DEATH SUIT AGAINST BRANDY SET-
TLED: Singer to pay $300,000 each to children of woman killed
June 11-17, 2009
Nat'1Black Theater Festival Celebrating 20 Years
WINSTON-SALEM Officials with the National Black Theatre
Festival, an event that draws thousands from all over the world,
announced their plans for the group's 20th anniversary this year.
This will be the second festival held without founder and guiding force
Larry Leon Hamlin, who died in 2007 at age 58.
The Black Theatre Festival's been held very other year since 1989. This
year will also mark the 30th anniversary of the North Carolina Black
Repertory Company, the associated organization also founded by Hamlin.
The festival is a big boost for the city's economy. Some 60,000 people
are expected to return this year.
The festival runs from Aug. 3 through Aug. 8.
For more information about events and tickets, visit the festival's web-
site at www.nbtf.org
for 3 days and
2 nights at the
beautiful Crystal Palace ^ .- -
in Nassau, Bahamas
.- 3 Card Poker
Fri-Sun on a chartered plane from JIA
Call CRSIno Steve
once the smallest financial institu-
tion in Central Florida. The former
Metro Savings Bank has based its
expansion plans on Walmart
branches, according to the Orlando
According to Florida Trend mag-
azine, Urban Trust Bank has about
$400 million in deposits and
expects to become profitable this
year by targeting the "urban mar-
ket" -- defined by Urban Trust
executive Kathy Boden as cus-
tomers who want understandable
products, low fees, competitive
rates and convenient locations.
An Orlando based
bank called Urban Trust
Bank owned and operat-
ed the past three years by
Eg Television (BET)
A L 1. founder and billionaire
to IEp Robert Johnson is com-
5 tas ing to the Tampa Bay
area. The bank, which
already operates branch-
es in Walmart stores, is
buying seven of the giant
chain's in-store bank
branches from Atlanta-
based SunTrust Banks.
They include locations in
Brandon, Lake Wales,
Naples, Osprey and
In 2001, Johnson
became the first African
/ American billionaire
when he sold BET to
... Viacom for $3 billion
and formed RLJ
And yes, this is the
Robert Johnsma's latest expansion gives same Robert Johnson,
urban banking a whole new meaning. now 63, wo was once
married to Sheila Crump, now
Sheila Johnson. BET co-founder
Sheila Johnson, via her company
Salamander Hospitality, bought and
expanded the Inmsbrook Resort and
Golf Club in Palm Harbor, Fla., for
$35 million from Golf Trust of
So this brings two Johnson bil-
lionaires (now divorced) into the
Tampa Bay economy.
The Urban Trust deal to expand
into the Tampa Bay area is the latest
in a multi-year partnership between
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the nation's
largest retailer, and Urban Trust,
been reached in the wrongful-death lawsuit brought
against Brandy on behalf of the children of the woman
kil de rherr Dtecemberd2006 mutlti-car c nMrwan
and Kareem Mohamed-will each receive $300,000.
The boys, who were then 15 and 11, were in the fam-
ily's Toyota Corolla when it was struck by Brandy's
Land Rover, killing their mother, Awatef Aboudihaj.
Still pending are three other suits filed against the
artist: one by the victim's husband and the boys' father,
A settlement has
a radio program, 15 minutes a day,
over in West Memphis, Arkansas
and he would play the blues," she
said in a 1990 interview. "I would
hear different records and things by
Muddy Waters, Bessie Smith,
Memphis Minnie, Sonnyboy
Williams and all these people, you
know, which I just loved."
Although her father encouraged
her to sing only gospel music, Cora
and her siblings would sneak out
back with their homemade instru-
ments and play the blues. With one
brother accompanying on a guitar
made out of bailing wire and nails
and one brother on a fife made out
of a corncob, she began on the path
to blues woman.
Orphaned at 11, Koko a nick-
name she earned because of an
early love of chocolate at age 18
moved to Chicago with her soon-to-
be-husband, the late Robert "Pops"
Taylor, in search for work.
Setting up house on the South
Side, Koko found work as a clean-
ing woman for a wealthy family liv-
ing in the city's northern suburbs.
At night and on weekends, she and
her husband, who would later
become her manager, frequented
Chicago's clubs, where many the
artists heard on the radio per-
"I started going to these local
clubs, me and my husband, and
everybody got to know us," Taylor
said. "And then the guys would
start letting me sit in, you know,
come up on the bandstand and do a
The break for Tennessee-born
Taylor came in 1962, when
arranger/composer Willie Dixon'
impressed by her voice, got her a
Chess recording contract and pro-
duced several singles (and two
albums) for her, including the mil-
lion-selling 1965 hit, "Wang Dang
Doodle," which she called silly, but
which launched her recording
From Chicago blues clubs, Taylor
took her raucous, gritty, good-time
blues on the road to blues and jazz
festivals around the nation, and into
Europe. After the Chess label fold-
ed, she signed with Alligator
In most years, she performed at
least 100 concerts a year. "Blues is
my life," Taylor once said. "It's a
true feeling that comes from the
heart, not something that just comes
out of my mouth. Blues is what I
love, and blues is what I always
In addition to performing, she
operated a Chicago nightclub,
which closed in November 2001
because her daughter, club manager
Joyce Threatt, developed severe
asthma and could no longer manage
a smoky nightclub.
Survivors include her daughter;
husband Hays Harris; grandchil-
dren and great-grandchildren.
Koko Taylor, a sharecropper's
daughter whose regal bearing and
powerful voice earned her the
sobriquet "Queen of the Blues," has
died after complications from sur-
gery. She was 80.
Taylor died last week at
song "Wang Dang Doodle" and
tunes such as "What Kind of Man is
This" and "I Got What It Takes."
Taylor appeared on national tel-
evision numerous times, and was
the subject of a PBS documentary
and had a small part in director
David Lynch's "Wild at Heart."
In the course of her career, Taylor
Gramm_\ awards and won in
Taylor last performed
on May 7 in Memphis,
Tenn., at the Blues
"She was still the
best female blues
singer in the
world a month
ago said Jay
utive director of
I she was the woman
singing the blues. At
80 years old she was
still the queen of the
Born Cora Walton just
outside Memphis, Taylor said
her dream to become a blues
singer \\as nurtured in the cotton
fields outside her family's share-
"I used to listen to the radio, and
when I was about 18 years old, B.B.
King was a disc jockey and he had
Marouane Hdidou, who has turned down a $1.2 million settlement offer;
another $50 million claim by Aboudihaj's parents; and a third by another
man, Donald Lite, who sustained "serious and permanent injuries" in the
smashup. Brandy, meanwhile, has sued another motorist involved in the
crash, accusing Mallory Ham of negligence and blaming her for causing
the chain-reaction pileup.
The California Highway Patrol recommended a misdemeanor
manslaughter charge be brought against the singer-actress, but prosecutors
opted not to press charges due to lack of evidence.
NOBODY WANTS TO RENT TO TERRELL
Terrell Owens can't find a home to rent in Buffalo because his reputation
has preceded him. The incoming Bills receiver Twittered that he's "tripping
about residents" who won't rent a home to him in Orchard Park because
they "(don't) want any drama n their neighborhood. ." T.O. had designs on
rentmg a six-bedroom spot that's also for sale at $489,397. Real estate
agent Bob Wozniak denies T.O.'s gripe, telling the Associated Press the
player has yet to tour the home and that his clients are more than happy for
the receiver to do so. "I don't know how it all got started," lyozniak said.
SANAA LATHAN IN LONDON'S 'HOT
TIN ROOF': Actress joins James Earl Jones,
Phylicia Rashad in West End cast
Sanaa Lathan will join James Earl Jones and
Phylicia Rashad in the London staging of
Broadway's all-black production of "Cat on a Hot
Tin Roof," which premieres in the West End this fall.
Jones and Rashad both appeared in the 2008
Broadway run at the Rialto opposite Anika Noni Rose, who played central
character Maggie the Cat. Lathan will replace Rose in the London produc-
tion. Produced by Stephen Byrd and Alia Jones, the Tennessee Williams
drama will be at the Novello Theater Nov. 21 through April 10.
Hospital about two weeks after hav-
ing surgery for a gastrointestinal
Taylor's career stretched more
than five decades. While she did not
have widespread mainstream suc-
cess, she was revered and beloved
by blues aficionados, and earned
worldwide acclaim for her work,
which including the best-selling
You don't have to be perfect to be a perfect parent.
Blues L eg end Koko Taylor Pass es
Garden Club Focused on Conservation for More than Sixty Years
4.2 --4, -
Shown above are club members (L-R) President and hostess Julia Bentley, Gail Howard, Christina Campbell, Dorothy Bradley, Sally Bryant,
Page 10 Ms. Perry's Free Press
June 11-17, 2009
by M. Latimer
Before it was popular to "go
green," members of the Marechal
Neil Rose Garden Club promoted
protecting the environment. This
past Saturday, members of the
organization celebrated more than
sixty years of conservation with a
hat show and garden party at the
home of Julia Bentley.
Attendees came dressed in their
best spring/summer attire and beau-
tiful hats made of real flowers.
They enjoyed an afternoon of
music and culture, a "fancy tea," a
hat show and parade of hats.
According to president Julia
Bentley, the event was a homage to
the club's rich history. "This organ-
ization has focused on the beautifi-
cation of Jacksonville for more than
six decades. We have had wonder-
ful opportunities to connect with
friends and share our love of all
Founded in 1933 by M.L.
Panther, Jersa Lee and other
African-American female leaders in
Jacksonville, the organization
focused on community service. Its
projects have included several con-
valescent homes, the armed forces
and the African American Chamber
of Commerce. The group has also
planted flowers, plants and trees
and worked to combat forest fires in
Northeast Florida and South
While the Marechal Neil Rose
Garden Circle has enjoyed a pro-
ductive past, the organization is
firmly rooted in the present, with
plans to continue to sow seeds in
"As natural resources dwindle
and environmental concerns grow,
our work is more important now
than ever before," said Bentley.
"We remain excited and hope to
continue to spread our love for the
environment. Growing plants is not
only good for the earth its good for
after the crime and
lively and in an accu-
story manner for the
next 12 hours,"
according to his law-
suit. No evidence was
found on his clothing,
and Halsey made no
admissions, but the
following day he was
another 12 hours until
he signed a detailed
Byron Halsey, a New Jersey man who spent more confession, the law-
than 20 years in prison before being exonerated by suit states.
DNAtesting in the rape and murder of two Plainfield The case of Halsey,
children, has filed a lawsuit against authorities.
48, brings the number
Although Halsey had confessed
of post-conviction DNA exonera-
to the brutal 1985 murders of his
tions in the United States to 238
live-in girlfriend's 7-year-old
daughter and her 8-year-old son, he
Black men make up an over-
maintains that the confession was
whelming majority of those who
coerced. According to the Star-
Ledger- have been freed through DNA evi-
dence, according to the Innocence
While "still suffering the effects
Project, a nonprofit organization
of alcohol," Halsey was taken to
that worked on the Halsey case and
the Plainfield police station the day provides research and legal help
for prisoners seeking to have their
cases overturned by DNA evi-
This year alone, 12 innocent peo-
ple who were convicted have been
exonerated, according to the
Last month, former Tennessee
death row inmate Paul House had
all charges dropped in his 1986
murder conviction after DNA tests
on key evidence failed to match.
In New York, Steven Barnes
served 20 years in prison for a
murder he did not commit. He was
freed last month after a DNA exam
of the murder victim found evi-
dence from another person.
Once a wrongly convicted pris-
oner gets through the years of legal
appeals and court appearances to
unearth the evidence needed to be
freed, he often finds getting com- .
pensated (if there is any just com-
pensation for losing years of free-
dom) for the wrongful conviction
There is no federal standard for
compensation, so the wrongly con-
victed find themselves at the mercy
of a patchwork of state laws that
determine whether they'll be com-
pensated at all and if so how much.
Halsey is seeking unspecified
damages in the suit after serving 22
years. He had faced the death
penalty after his conviction in
After numerous appeals, DNA
evidence from the case was
released in 2006. It was discovered
that DNA taken from the crime
scene matched Halsey's neighbor
and co-worker Clifton Hall. Hall is
scheduled to stand trial for the mur-
ders in September.
Meanwhile, Halsey struggles to
reintegrate into society. When
arrested, he was 24 years old and
held a steady factory job, according
to the Star-Ledger. After his
release, an attorney on his case said
he struggled to find work and
reconnect with family. He now has
a job at Newark Airport and lives
Apollo Theater Celebrates 75
PRINCE: Mariah bet
me $5 that I wouldn't
show up at the Apollo
benefit dressed like a
Who's laughing now?
Prince and Mariah
Carey were among the
's / stars who helped the
Apollo Theater cele-
brate its 75th anniver-
,- sary Monday night with
a fundraising concert
and induction ceremo-
ny for Quincy Jones
and Patti LaBelle, who
became part of the
Apollo Legends Hall of
Anita Baker and The
O'Jays performed for
the star-studded crowd,
and Bill Cosby and wife
Camille were presented
with the Ruby Dee and
Shown above are Mariah Carey and Prince Qsste Davis Arts &
atthe star kudded bash. Humanitarian Award.
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