to the top with
woman builds a
business on outfitting
African Barbie dolls
need to know
Al Sharpton's National Action
Network Sued for 70K+ Hotel Bill
Memphis, TN The Peabody hotel in Memphis has filed a lawsuit in
Shelby County Circuit Court against Al Sharpton's National Action
Network seeking payment of almost $70,300, plus more than $17,000 in
attorney's fees and other costs.
Filedthis week, the suit stems from an April 2008 visit by Sharpton and
NAN, which held its 2008 national convention in the city coinciding with
the 40th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s death, reports the
Memphis Daily News.
"The plaintiff furnished and sold services, room rentals, materials and
merchandise to the defendant at its specific instance and request and ...
(the) amount remains past due and unpaid after demand for payment has
been made and payment has been refused," according to the complaint.
The hotel does not spell out if the outstanding debt is a final tab that was
never paid, the remaining portion of a bill or some other amount in dis-
Chuck E. Cheese Accused by three
families of Racial Discrimination
Indianapolis, IN Three African-American families have filed a civil
rights lawsuit against children's restaurant Chuck E. Cheese and a former
Indianapolis store manager of mistreating them because they are black,
The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court alleges Ken McGill, who was
a manager at two different stores, refused to serve them, treated them
rudely or forced them to leave while allowing white families to stay.
The suit claims Irving, Texas-based CEC Entertainment Inc., which runs
the chain, failed to investigate McGill's behavior as the families request-
ed. It seeks damages of at least $500,000.
Italy Elects Black Female Mayor
A black woman backed has been elected mayor of
the small Italian town of Viggiu close to the Swiss
Sandy Cane, elected in local elections held across
Italy last weekend, won by a slim margin of only 38
votes. The 48-year-old mayor will govern the town
and surrounding district of Valceresio, on the border
of Varesotto and the Swiss canton of Ticino.
The daughter of an American soldier and a woman
from Viggiu who emigrated to northern France, Cane was born in
Springfield, Mass. Cane spent the first ten years of her life in the
U.S. and moved to Viggiu in 1971 after her parents divorced.
"In Italy I have been insulted for the color of my skin only once, by a
drunk guy in a nightclub," she said.
In regards to her plans for the town, "I want to bring it back to life,"
Cane said. "The first thing I want to do is clean the town and then little
by little create shows and tours to rediscover Viggiu."
Ex Detroit Mayor Under
Detroit, MI Michigan's office of the Secretary of State wants to know
if Kwame Kilpatrick illegally used $1 million to pay lawyers before his
jail sentence last year.
The ex-Mayor of Detroit served about 100 days after pleading guilty to
corruption and lying under oath, following a sex-charged scandal that
largely divided the city.
Kilpatrick is being investigated to determine if he misused political
funds to pay for his defense, in violation of state law. The politician had
previously settled a lawsuit by ex-cops who said Kilpatrick had them
fired for investigating a case that would've exposed his extra-marital
affair with his chief of staff.
The Secretary of State's request for Kilpatrick's records is just the lat-
est legal question Kilpatrick has faced since leaving jail early this year.
He has already come up thousands of dollars short in making monthly
restitution payments as part of his plea deal, while it was recently report-
ed that he's renting a $6,000-a-month Texas mansion.
Lennox Lewis Inducted into
the Boxing Hall of Fame
Three-time heavyweight world champion Lennox Lewis of Britain was
inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame on last weekend.
The 43-year-old athlete retired in 2003 with a record of 41-2-1, includ-
ing 32 knockouts. He entered the hall in his first year of eligibility.
Lewis, who began fighting as an amateur at the age of 15, said it was
his mother who sparked his interest in boxing, hosting parties to watch
big bouts when he was young.
"I didn't really understand them at first," Lewis said. "People would
come over the house for the big fight. She would be really excited about
it. I remember sitting in front of the t.v. watching all the great fights."
Lewis said he hoped he'd be remembered as a proponent of boxing as
a "magical dance".
"Our sport is usually looked at as a brutal, savage sport," Lennox said.
"I see it as a sweet science, a magical dance. For me, I just wanted to live
up to that, and keep the dignity and the humanistic aspect and the posi-
tiveness of it ... so that people will remember that's what I did for box-
ing," Lewis said.
Volume 23 No. 38 Jacksonville, Florida June 18 24, 2009
Recession far from over for Black America
Forget what all the financial
experts are lining up to tell the
mainstream media that the reces-
sion is over. Americans, especially
black Americans, will be feeling the
effects of this economic crisis for a
For most of us, the numbers that
matter most, such as the unemploy-
ment rate, aren't going to move
nearly as much as we want them to
The unemployment rate for
blacks, now at 14.9 percent, fell 0.1
percent in May, but that's not much
help when you're talking about such
a big number. Analysts say the
overall national unemployment
rate, now at 9.4 percent, up 0.5 per-
cent in May, usually increases for
about six months after the end of a
Algernon Austin, of the
Economic Policy Institute, projects
black unemployment won't fall to
meet the current national unem-
ployment rate for people of all races
for another five years. That's how
long it took for the unemployment
rate for blacks to fall back to pre-
recession levels after the recessions
of the 1980s and 2001.
"This Great Recession is hitting
black America very hard and it will
take a long time for blacks to get
back on their feet," said Austin.
director of EPI's Race. Ethmncirt
and the Economy program
The financial analysts
are looking at other
the real estate mar-
claims for unem-
ployment, to ,...'
is out of ;'
Continuedn page 3 ll
Harvest Dome kicks Fathers Day off with all men deep sea fishing extravaganza
Shown above are Apostle R. J. Washington, Robert Michael, Jr, Matt Travers, Tenny Smith Sr., Michael Simmons, Sr., and Justin O'Dell.
Titus Harvest Dome Spectrum got their Father's Day off to an early start with their first Father's Day Fishing Trip. Held last weekend, the Pastor and
over 45 family, friends and church members spend the day out on the high seas deep see fishing water offshore from Monty's Marina aboard The Majesty,
a 70 ft. long Chesapeake boat. Departing at 7:30 a.m. and returning hot and blessed at 4:00 p.m. with many trophy fish, the group pledges to continue
the newly started tradition. FMP Photo
Playdate challenging Jax's
traditional adult social scene
Shown above is Rita Ford and Tamela Mayhew manning the Playdate
game library. The monthly event held the second Friday of the month
offers a new fresh alternative to the club scene attended by hundreds of
people. Where else in Jacksonville can you meet, greet, have cocktails and
dance while talking trash over a game of Bid Whist in a safe environment.
For more on the popular activity, see back page.
Clanzel Brown gets a facelift City Chiefs
Sandra Hull Richardson and Roslyn Phillips joined longtime activist
Lloyd Pearson, Councilwoman Denise Lee and Mayor John Peyton
last week for the City of Jacksonville's groundbreaking ceremony for
the expansion of the Clanzel T. Brown Community Center. The newly
renovated facility is shown in the inset. The ceremony marked the
beginning of the expansion of the existing community center. For
more on the expansion, see page 7.
A special message
, to all of the real
Dads out there
A ' ille, FL
Page 2 Ms. Perry's Free Press June 18-24, 2009
Over 50? 50 ways
to love your money
By Jason Alderman
There's no getting around it: Baby boomers are officially middle-aged.
Millions of Americans born in 1959 will turn 50 this year; and many
boomers born right after World War II have already begun receiving Social
Chances are that most boomers didn't grow up with the same depression-
era mentality as their parents, which explains why some find it difficult to
live within their means and probably haven't saved as much as they should
for a rainy day or retirement.
And, when you consider soaring costs for health care, energy and food -
coupled with falling housing prices and stock values it's easy to see why
many worry their retirement savings might run out too soon.
Whether you're rapidly approaching the half-century mark or have
already passed it by, here are a few financial questions you should proba-
bly be asking yourself:
If you are over 50 and need help thinking through these questions, check
out "50 Ways to Love Your Money," a clear and simple guide created by
AARP Financial and Chase. It's found at Practical Money Skills for Life,
Visa's free personal financial management site (www.practical-
"50 Ways" contains 50 easy-to-follow tips on how to live happily within
your means, create and manage a budget and use banking products and
other financial services wisely. It also contains web links and phone num-
Am I saving enough for retire-
Do I understand how Social
Security and other retirement
Is my budget realistic? If I
don't already have one, where do
How do interest rates impact
the true cost of loans and credit
What's my credit score and
why is it so important?
How can banking fees and
penalties impact my account bal-
Where can I turn if my debt
gets out of control?
- How can I balance raising kids
and assisting aging parents while
protecting my own financial
bers where you can get more information on a host of important retire-
Answering the question about saving enough for retirement, AARP
Financial and Chase recommend planning to have 60 to 80 percent of pre-
retirement income to maintain your current lifestyle after retirement. How
you get there depends on many factors, including:
Expected benefits from Social Security, 401(k) plan, pension, IRA and
When you started saving.
How your savings and retirement accounts are invested higher-risk
investments like stocks have greater potential for growth, but also greater
risks in the short term.
Age at retirement and expected lifespan.
Expected inflation and tax rates after retirement.
Many online calculators are available to help you estimate your retire-
ment income needs, like the ones offered by Fidelity Investments
(http://personal.fidelity.com/retirement) and Bankrate.com
(www.bankrate.com/calculators). Or consult a professional financial plan-
ner for a more personalized strategy www.plannersearch.org can help
you locate one.
SBA Loans available to help
small businesses to stay afloat
Divorce = Debt. Tips & Tricks You Need To Know
es, I used to work for the dark didn't have any money to pay, then izing that you were broke and I'd Let's say you owe a deb
as a collection agent," we thought that they must not be be so mad that I wasted my time. $5,000. You also know ti
tins Jennifer Lane of too smart. That just makes a col- You'd be mad because you would scoundrels at the credit card c
'.debthelper.com. "As a for- lector think you have the money to have gotten called every single day panics added $2,000 in interest
insider I know what pushes pay. So if you don't have the and had several messages on your late fees. Why allow them to n
actors into giving you the best money to pay, don't ever call a col- machine regarding a "personal even more money off of you?
election agency. You won't get sym- business matter." shouldn't. The truth is when a(
llectors get paid on commis- pathy, or a listening ear. You are The purpose of that is to under- goes into collections; your crec
and are desperate to hit their wasting the collector's time and stand the collectors mindset so already damaged. Even if you
bers or they will lose their yours, too. when you do have the money, you it off in full with all the added 1
Where I worked I used to get Even if by chance you get a col- can get them to do what you want. your credit report is still goin
percent commission, but I had lector like I was, you would just The goal is to have the collector at reflect that black mark that it \
llect almost $17,000 in gross attract more attention to yourself your mercy, rather than to have it into collections in the first place
rs before even hitting com- because it would instill a glimmer the other way around. Some col- You are better putting that e
on. The credit card company of hope that you had the money to lectors love tormenting consumers, money into your savings acc
almost half of every dollar the pay. At that time, I would hope for so what can you do to torment and striking up a deal with the
cy brought in. I had to collect your money to pay for the things I them back? The answer is simple. election agency to settle the acc
times my base salary in order had wanted, a nice wedding, and a When you have the money to pay for less than what you owe.
ercome that threshold, trip to San Francisco. I would per- off your past due debt in full, think best time to call the collec
is meant collecting a net sist in calling you every day. Then of a strategy to get the best settle- agency is at the end of the mi
nt of $8,400 before I even I would get you on the phone real- ment possible. when collectors are sweating
saw any extra money, and most
months I did it without a problem.
Keep in mind though, that means
getting at least 10 consumers to
pay before it even really counts.
Whenever someone would collect
a payment through a check by
phone we would ring a bell loudly
and cheer. It was exciting, but the
truth is consumers don't really pay
debts because they are sick of
some collector bugging them.
Consumers pay off debt when they
want to clear up their credit usual-
ly to buy a house or a car, but
sometimes just for the sake of a
All collectors knew when a con-
sumer called in it usually meant
they had the money to pay. If they
surpass their goals and get as much
money as possible. Some months I
was desperate. I was always afraid
if I got even one month where I
didn't hit my goals that I was going
to end up getting canned.
Your job as a consumer is to play
on that fear. Make your first call to
the collection agency on the 25th.
Tell them you really want to pay
your debts off. You are looking to
clean up your credit and you have
money in hand. Tell the collector
that you only have $1,000, but you
are willing to do a check by phone
right this instant. The collector is
going to tell you that there is no
way they are going to settle the
account for 20 percent.
Continued on page 7
Starting this week, the SBA will
begin accepting loans for a tempo-
rary new program called America's
Recovery Capital. "ARC" loans of
up to $35,000 are designed to pro-
vide a "bridge" for viable small
businesses with immediate finan-
cial hardship to keep their doors
open until they get back on track.
ARC loans are deferred-payment
loans of up to $35,000, available to
established, viable, for-profit small
businesses that need short-term
help to make their principal and
interest payments on existing and
qualifying business debt. ARC
loans are 100 percent guaranteed by
the SBA and have no SBA fees
associated with them.
ARC loans will be disbursed over
a period of up to six months and
will provide funds to be used for
payments of principal and interest
for existing, qualifying small busi-
ness debt including mortgages,
term and revolving lines of credit,
capital leases, credit card obliga-
tions and notes payable to vendors,
suppliers and utilities. SBA will pay
the interest on ARC loans to the
lenders at the variable rate of Prime
plus two percent.
Repayment will not begin until 12
months after the final disburse-
ment. After the 12-month deferral
period, borrowers will pay back the
loan principal over five years.
ARC loans will be made by com-
mercial lenders, not SBA directly.
For more information on ARC
loans, visit www.sba.gov
For more information about all of
the SBA's programs for small busi-
nesses, call the SBA Answer Desk
at 1-800 U ASK SBA or TDD 704-
344-6640, or visit the SBA's Web
site at http://www.sba.gov.
Foreclosure affects more than just you.
It affects your whole family.
A million families will face losing their homes
this year. Call today for real help and guidance.
Because nothing is worse than doing nothing.
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Page 2 Ms. Perry's Free Press
June 18-24, 2009
There are a few simple rules to playing the collector's
game, and you will always end up winning.
1. The truth is when a debt goes into collections; your credit is already
damaged. Even if you pay it off in full with all the added fees, your cred-
it report is still going to reflect that black mark that it went into collec-
tions in the first place.
2. You are better putting that extra money into your savings account
and striking up a deal with the collection agency to settle the account for
less than what you owe.
3. The best time to call the collection agency is at the end of the month
when collectors are sweating to surpass their goals and get as much
money as possible. Make your first call to the collection agency on the
4. If you don't have the money to pay, don't ever call a collection
agency. You won't get sympathy, or a listening ear. You are wasting the
collector's time and yours, too.
1 5. Collectors get paid on commission and are desperate to hit their
numbers or they will lose their jobs. I was able to accept settlements as
low as 40 percent but only at the end of the month.
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Sen. Hill hosting government
meeting on keeping your home
by Tia Mackey Leathers
The William M. Raines Class of
'99 celebrated its 10-year reunion
this past weekend with a myriad of
activities. Just like the song of the
millennium, Prince's "1999", the
classmates came out to show they
still have many memories to share
Friday, June 12th the class had a
black-and-silver formal affair at the
Hyatt Regency Jacksonville
Riverfront hotel. Over 60 Raines
alumni turned out to "Party like it's
1999!" The former Dean, Kenneth
Reddick, and past teachers Franklin
Smith and Lona Young-Johnson
were also present to celebrate with
their former students. The class
participated in mingling activities
and Raines' favorite sister school,
Ribault's Class of '99, participated
and helped to dance the night away.
Saturday, June 13th the class-
mates connected again with their
Ribault friends and held a com-
bined cook-out and family day at
the A.L. Lewis Center. Over 100
back in 1999. They were welcomed
with open arms, and were truly
blessed by the message "God
Following worship service
Raines Class of '99 enjoyed the
always-fabulous food at the Potter's
House Soul Food Bistro. Some
classmates met-up at Jacksonville
Beach that evening to conclude the
The entire weekend was a true
blessing and was fun for all
involved. Raines and Ribault look
to have a joint event annually to
continue the beautiful partnership
that was created this weekend, and
each class hopes to take a cruise at
the 15th reunion.
Senator Tony Hill
Senator Tony Hill, Chair of the
Legislative Committee on
(LCIR), has announced that the
committee will hold its summer
meeting on June 22 in
Jacksonville's City Council
Chambers, 117 West Duval Street,
from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The
LCIR is statutorily authorized to
serve as a forum for the discussion
and study on intergovernmental
While the morning portion of
the meeting will address various
topics, the afternoon session,
"Assisting Home Owners to Keep
Their Homes," will be devoted to a
panel discussion on homeowner
protection and foreclosure abate-
ment. "You would not know it
from the news but foreclosures are
putting families out on the streets
every single day," said Senator
Hill. Florida is one of the top five
states in the nation for forclosures.
The new administration in addi-
tion to local efforts have all
worked to keep homeowners in
The afternoon panel will com-
prise key stakeholders within the
housing and financial communi-
ties, including staff from the
Offices of U.S. Senators Bill
Nelson and Mel Martinez who will
share valuable information on
efforts by the federal government
to make homes more affordable
for eligible homeowners. As part
of the discussion, resources will be
identified that members of the
audience may wish to contact for
The session is designed to aug-
ment and complement efforts by
other local, state and federal enti-
ties that are working directly with
citizens to address their specific
housing and mortgage mitigation
The afternoon session is sched-
uled from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
and the general public is welcome
to attend. There will be a brief
opportunity for questions at the
end of the panel discussion.
Raines Class of '99 at the H att RegencN Jacksonille Rinerfronl Hotel
Participating members of both classes include (L-R kneeling) Alexis
Peterson (Raines) and Shajuana Neal (Ribault) Top: Danerica
Hardmon (Ribault), Domanick Graham (Raines), Tia Mackey
Leathers (Raines), Tameka Gaines (Ribault), Jona Jackson (Raines)
and Trevis Brown (Ribault).
alumni met up for a day of fun and
fellowship. DJ Al Pete provided the
soundtrack for the afternoon, and
there were bounce houses and a
waterslide for the youth. After a
hearty serving of both barbecue and
seafood, the classmates enjoyed a
fun-filled Raines vs. Ribault kick-
ball game,.where Raines let Ribault
win (or at least that's the way
Raines tells it)!
continued from front
all of which are improving.
On the real estate front, the num-
ber of homes for sale is declining
and the cost to buy a home is
increasing, both good signs.
Consumer spending was up 2.2 per-
cent in the first three months of
2009. Claims for unemployment
insurance fell to 621,000, 4,000
than the week before, continuing a
trend. And other indicators were,
well, less bad than expected.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben
Bernake told Congress in May the
economy should begin growing
again in the next seven months.
The Consumer Confidence Index
jumped from 40.8 in April to 54.9
in May, its highest level in eight
months. Those numbers are based
Saturday evening the Vikings
gathered at Ribault's party to cele-
brate with them, followed by an
after-party at the Big Apple Sports
Bar and Lounge.
On Sunday, June 14th,
Emmanuel Missionary Baptist
Church was the site for the class
worship service, marking 10-years
from the time they'd worshipped
there for Baccalaureate service
on a monthly survey of 5,000 U.S.
But in every report of good news,
in every prediction the worst is
behind us, there's always a note of
caution, a warning that we should-
n't be too relieved just yet.
"The end of the recession does not
mean we won't lose more jobs;
employment is always a lagging
indicator," Brian S. Wesbury and
Robert Stein wrote at Forbes.com.
"And there will be more defaults,
foreclosures and financial market
problems too. But none of these are
Reality id the worst recession the
American economy has seen since
the 1930s is technically ending, at
least according to the experts. But
it's clear that for most us, particu-
larly Black America, it's far from
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Raines Vikings still partying like its 1999
WHEN: Tuesday, June 30, 2009 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00
WHERE: Jacksonville City Council Chamber, 1st floor,
City Hall, 117 W. Duval Street
The Jacksonville Charter Revision Commission invites
members of the general public to attend a public hearing for
the purpose of providing the commission with suggestions
for areas of the City Charter deserving of study by the com-
mission or with proposals for specific amendments to the
Jacksonville City Charter.
Suggestions and comments may also be sent to the Charter
Revision Commission at any time at its e-mail address,
CharterRevision@coj.net, or to commission staff member
Jeff Clements at 630-1775.
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June 18-24, 2009
Page 4 Ms. Perry's Free Press
As Father's Day approaches I am
looking forward to my customary
tie, shocks and t-shits from
Grandma and maybe dinner.
Of course, for dinner I am sure
that it will be some meal of my
choice and I will definitely get the
"big piece of chicken." There will
not be much fanfare, but I am a Dad
and we are accustomed to playing
second fiddle to Mommy. They
definitely deserve it!
I typically get off easy on
Father's Day not many dads in my
life anymore, but that's nothing
new especially in the African
Growing up I always had a pret-
ty good relationship with my father
and he was certainly involved in
my life. Seems like a pretty simple,
basic statement right? Wrong,
because in the African American
community having a father or bet-
ter yet having a good father apart of
your life is not the norm.
Over my years, I have coached
youth baseball and football teams
and I assure you that seeing fathers
involved in their children's lives
was not a normal site. Yes, it's an
unfortunate reality, but true.
I remember growing up watching
shows like The Jefferson's, Good
Times, Different Strokes, etc. and
all of these shows had positive
father-figures. Even a show like
Good Times that featured a very
poor black family, the Evans, living
in the Chicago projects had a good
They may have been dirt poor,
but James Evans was there working
hard, being a good role model for
Unfortunately, television is tele-
vision and sometimes it's not a
reflection of reality, but a series of
storylines meant to entertain. In
reality, too many black children are
being born to single family house-
holds, and young African American
fathers are not taking care of the
responsibilities that they helped
So what does Father's Day actu-
ally mean? Like comedian Chris
Rock says, "All we get is the big
piece of chicken." Us fathers also
get cheesy ties, tools kits, under-
wear and socks. But hey, it's the
thought that counts. Some so-called
"fathers" don't even deserve a
cheesy tie or socks.
I wish that we could give out
wake up calls for Fathers Day.
Wouldn't be cool if we could go
around hitting wanna be fathers and
M.I.A. daddies upside the head
with a plastic baseball bat that actu-
ally knocked some sense into
You could easily argue that if
more men were involved in their
children's lives crime would be
down and more of our youth espe-
cially young men would have more
of a sense of direction.
I always find myself being criti-
cal of the black folk while at the
same time recognizing the hills, no
the mountains that we have had to
climb in this country.
Yes I am headed there slavery
devastated the black family more
than drugs, crime and poverty ever
could. In fact, one could easily
argue that the break down of the
black family is a direct result of
Frederick Douglas said it best,
"Of my father I know nothing.
Slavery had no recognition of
fathers, as none of families."
If you ever read his autobiogra-
phy you would get a strong under-
standing of the brutality of slavery,
and not just from a physical per-
spective, but also from an emotion-
al and social point of view. Black
women would basically have chil-
dren and raise them until they were
old enough to be sold, hence never
seeing their child again.
Black men were encouraged to
have sex with women to create
more opportunities for master to
make more money from the slave
labor or potential sale of the off-
spring. I know what you are think-
ing it sort of sounds like livestock
being sold versus people right?
So the disconnect that many men
have with their children or respon-
sibilities is rooted in slavery, but
that's no excuse for today's neglect
from many "fathers." I admit that
being a black man in America or
anywhere is hard, but again, that's
no excuse at all for not being apart
of your child's life.
Arthur Ashe said, "Being a black
man in America is like having
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Now that I have officially kicked
some in the butt and others else-
where, let's look at the other side of
the coin. On the other side are the
thousands of black men that are
being responsible fathers. Almost
all of my friends and family mem-
bers that have children are very
involved in their children's lives.
These are the gentlemen that
truly deserve to be recognized this
Sunday. Fathers Day is the day that
we should thank Dads for raising us
and establishing a strong founda-
tion for our futures.
There certainly are not a ton of
Dr. Heathcliff Huxtables out there,
but there are a bunch of James
Evans who are not rich or even
middle class, but work hard every
day to take care of their families
and you have to admire and appre-
ciate that fact.
It's extremely important that
fathers provide the leadership and
stability that children and families.
Our children shouldn't be looking
solely at professional athletes and
entertainers as their role models -
the best feeling ever is for your
child to say that they want to be
Happy Fathers Day to all of the
real fathers out there. Enjoy your
big piece of chicken and maybe a
back rub. Well, now I am getting
carried away, but a brother can
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Africa without France is like a car without a driver.
But, France without Africa is like a car without petrol. -
Gabon President Albert-Bernard Bongo
The death of El Hajj Omar (formerly Albert) Bongo marks the disappear-
ance of one of Africa's more colorful and memorable leaders. Gabon's
President Omar Bongo was the world's longest-serving head of state. Bongo
ruled, possibly looted, the oil-rich jungle-covered African state that straddles
the Equator, for four decades. When President Bongo's death was
announced June 8, 2009, Gabon was enjoying a per capital income ($14,400)
four times that of most Sub-Saharan countries.
Though short in stature (4' 11"), Bongo was the epitome of the "African
Big Man". He had made himself president-for-life of the West Central
African nation of 1.5 million. Gabon is ideally located for oil reserves and
is sub-Saharan Africa's sixth-largest oil producer. The nation shares borders
the Gulf of Guinea to the west, Equatorial Guinea to the northwest,
Cameroon to the north, with the Republic of the Congo curving around
Gabon's east and south.
Despite the high nation per capital income level, most Gabonese, official-
ly observing 30 days of morning, are dry-eyed over the dead president. A
third of the native population lives in poverty, but thanks to oil exports and
a cozy deal with the French company Elf, Bongo took care of his clique and
himself. He was one of the world's richest people. Elf paid Bongo one (US)
dollar for each of the 300,000 barrels of Gabonese oil it pumped each day.
Bongo will be remembered well among the corridors of the Palais de 1'
Elys6es of France, Gabon's former colonial power. French elite played crit-
ical roles in Bongo's progression to a proud and palatial lifestyle. Thanks to
help from French officials close to Gabon's first president, in 1960 Bongo
was appointed to a number of junior ministerial posts before becoming vice-
president and then president in 1967 at the age of 31. Bongo immediately
gave Elf, and then named Elf-Aquitaine, virtually exclusive rights to
Gabon's oil reserves. Elf, which at one stage was owned by the French gov-
ernment, operates in Gabon as a state within a state, providing a base for
French military and intelligence services.
France accounts for 75 percent of Gabon's foreign exports. Most of that
money went to Bongo, his family and the aristocracy of his Bateke tribe.
Bongo trusted few people beyond the French and his own family. A clever
political manipulator, Bongo bought off organized opposition through
patronage. He made his son, Ali-Ben, defense minister and a daughter,
Pascaline. foreign minister, later chef de cabinet. Pascaline's husband, Paul
Tongire, is the current foreign minister.
Bongo spent as much time as he could in Paris, reveling in friendships
with French aristocracy. He owned 33 properties in Paris and Nice with a
combined value exceeding $254 million. He had fleets of Rolls-Royce cars.
Bongo's love of France and oil molded his government's direction. His con-
version to Islam was viewed as purely "opportunistic". Despite the limited
number of Muslims among its population, Gabon held membership in the
Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) from 1975 to 1995.
Bongo's son, Ali-Ben, is poised to assume Gabon's presidency. Omar
Bongo will be remembered by a large number of other Gaboneses who have
his name. He is estimated to have fathered more than 30 children. His home
town, Lewai, was renamed Bongoville. The university, airport, many hos-
pitals and a stadium bear the Bongo name. But, the lack of a true landmark
of his legacy was made in April when news broke that the critically ill Bongo
had been flown to Europe for treatment: Gabonese critics said that despite
Gabon's oil wealth the country did not have the quality of hospitals able to
treat him. Bongo's passing brought cries that "the clique has to go" and
"things need to change". "When you're a Gabonese person you don't feel
that the country is rich because of all the wealth, all the oil, has been
retained by maybe two percent of the population," a teacher in Libreville
told the BBC.
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ON FATHERS DAY, BLACK MEN REMAIN OUR HERO
ON FATHER'S DAY, BLACK MEN REMAIN OUR HERO
fallen. Among them, Sean Bell, 23,
of New York; Oscar Grant III, 22,
of San Francisco; DeAuntae "Tae
Tae" Farrow, 12, of West Memphis,
Ark.; and Martin Lee Anderson, 14,
of Bay County, Fla. They are
among the sons and fathers who
were all too early struck down
amidst injustice. Not to mention the
thousands of Black men who have
died at the hands of other Black
men a dubious "friendly fire" if
Unlike other wars, there is no
flag-draped casket or playing of
"Taps". Yet, the grieving hearts of
loved ones are no less painful; the
tears are no less real. And moreover
the fortitude he displays in having
to fight against the odds is no less
worthy of honor.
The Black man an American
hero, we all know one as he refuses
to cower. His swagger is embold-
ened as he defies statistics that con-
stantly predict his demise. He daily
swims upstream in the murky,
unpredictable waters, daring to
believe in himself and in the power
of his God. Despite the memories of
his fallen brothers, he presses on for
respect. And on Father's Day, we
salute him for his raw courage.
Sean Bell, shot by police while
unarmed on his wedding day.
DeAuntae Farrow, shot by
police, who claim he pointed a
toy pistol at them. Police had
mistaken him for a suspect.
by H.T. Edney
He built America from the ground
up with a few tools, his bare hands
and by the sweat of his brow. While
doing so, he was repeatedly
whipped, lynched, falsely accused
Even now, he braves America's
streets despite the fact that he is
more often stopped, brutalized or
shot by police, blamed for crimes
he did not commit, and incarcerated
at astronomical rates. He even dies
earlier of natural causes than any
other racial group in America a
statistic that some doctors speculate
is partially due to the every day
stresses of being Black.
Whether he's wearing a necktie, a
uniform, coveralls, or jeans, he
braves the streets of America when
he goes to work or even to look
for work. Most of the time, he
makes it home. But, all too often he
falls victim to this historic, unde-
clared war on Black males.
Still, he dares to believe in a
nation where his unemployment
rate exceeds all others not just
because of the economic downturn
- but because of a history of race
discrimination that has pressed him
to rock bottom.
His post traumatic stress is not
from Iraq or Afghanistan, but from
Omar Edwards, shot by a fellow
police officer who mistook him
for a criminal.
Oscar Grant III, shot in the
back by police while lying face
down in an Oakland subway.
a lifetime of scaling the dangerous
mine fields of American society.
This is about Joe Blow and John
Qshon Citizen. One might call him
"the average Black man". But,
given the list of daily atrocities he
faces in this nation, there is actually
no "average" Black man.
Rather, this is about "The Black
Man An American Hero". Despite
the odds against him, he has
exceeded every bar that has ever
What is an "American hero"?
Traditionally, the American hero
is deemed as a Super Man type,
someone with exceptional courage
who performs a one-time gallant
deed or a long time public service
that warrants celebrity and perhaps
even a medal. But, for the Black
man, he is a quiet American hero,
unsung, even unsuspecting, deserv-
ing of respect simply for the risks
he takes every day.
The family of 25-year-old Black
New York police officer Omar
Edwards is familiar with this gal-
lantry as they grieve their husband
and father of 18-month-old and 7-
month old children. Struck down in
a hail of bullets from a White police
officer who mistakenly thought him
to be a criminal, Omar is an
NAACP campaigns to save
GA inmate from execution
Stephen Johns, shot by a White
racist working as a security offi-
cer at the U. S. Holocaust
Martin Lee Anderson, suffocat-
ed by guards at a boot camp.
The family of 38-year-old
Stephen T. Johns also knows. When
this husband and father of an 11-
year-old son was felled by the bul-
let of a hate-crazed White suprema-
cist at the U. S. Holocaust Museum,
it was yet another shot that was
"heard around the world". "Big
John" as they called him is
indeed an American Hero.
From coast to coast they have
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Neighborhood association puts federal dollars to work The
Old Floradale Neighborhood Association meets regularly and looks after their neighborhood. They also want
action for their residents and information. Putting their city government to work, Charles Baker, Housing Manager
with the Northeast Florida Community Action Agency, Inc. was present at the Old Floradale Association month-
ly meeting to discuss the Weatherization Assistance program. The program, designed to assist the elderly and fam-
ily units with home energy costs also assists with conservation repairs. Thanks to increased federal grants,
NFCAA can help more Northeast Florida family's manage and decrease home energy bills. NFCAA also has over
$7.1million in grants to assist twice the number of eligible families. Pictured are Charles Baker, Old Floradale
Vice President Ruth Roberts and resident Reggie Williams.
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Troy Davis is scheduled to be
put to death next month. The
NAACP believes he is innocent.
The NAACP is launching a cam-
paign called "I AM TROY" to save
the life of Troy Davis, an African-
American man on death row
believed by many to be innocent of
the charges against him.
Davis will be executed unless
Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue or the
Savannah District Attorney Larry
Chisolm intervene. A new website,
www.IAMTROY.com allows peo-
ple to send an email directly to the
Governor and Chisolm.
Davis has been on Georgia's
death row for nearly 18 years, con-
victed of the murder of police offi-
cer Mark MacPhail in Savannah.
The NAACP points out that there is
no physical evidence linking Davis
to the crime and seven of the nine
witnesses who testified in the case
have recanted or contradicted their
original testimonies, several saying
they were coerced.
The NAACP release states that
one of the witnesses who has not
recanted is the prime alternative
suspect in the case and has been in
and out of jail numerous times.
"Beyond a shadow of a doubt,
this man is innocent," says NAACP
President Benjamin Jealous, who
recently met with Davis for two
hours on death row.
Courts have denied Davis an evi-
dentiary hearing, which would
allow the evidence to be reexam-
ined. The Supreme Court will hear
the case on June 25 but Davis is not
expected to prevail. His execution
could come within weeks after that
Davis is also being denied the
right to speak in person to the
media, including 60 Minutes,
Dateline, and other television pro-
grams, which have requested inter-
views with him. Davis is only
allowed to speak on the phone to
The NAACP will unveil a nation-
al campaign at its Centennial
Convention July 11-16 in New
York aimed toward reversing those
trends. The campaign will include
ongoing efforts to save the lives of
potentially innocent men such as,
Davis and Reggie Clemons, anoth-
er African-American man from St.
Louis, sentenced to death for the
murder of two White girls.
According to an NAACP investi-
gation, in that case, there was no
physical evidence linking Reggie to
the crime: no fingerprints, no DNA,
no hair or fiber samples; nonethe-
less, Clemons was convicted and is
scheduled to be executed on June
June 18-24 2009
Page 6 Ms. Perry's Free Press June 18-24, 2009
BBIC Presents "Fathers Who Cook"
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 of I-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 llth 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
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.
Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19 20
Pastor Landon Williams
Pastor Ernie Murray
Rev. Walter Ellis & the Country Boys
Spirit Filled Gospel Lineup
Headline Birthday Celebration
Billy McGraw's Birthday Celebration will feature a full gospel celebration
of renowned artists. Included in the lineup are Rev. Walter Ellis and the
Country Boys, R.A.D.A.R., Billy Crayton & Christ's Ambassadors and
Rev. Al Danard & New Testament. The spirit filled event will be held on
Saturday, June 27th at the Spirit of Life Worship Center located at 1076
Labelle Street starting at 6 p.m.. For tickets or more information, call 254-
1st Church of Palm Coast Hosts
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.
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.
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Church for Abuse 60 Years Ago
An 81 year old man wants the
Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania
to pay for his alleged sexual abuse
and for the inheritance he claims
they stole from him. Ralph White Jr.
said even if he doesn't live to see a
dime of any money awarded him
he's glad to know the church must
respond to his allegations.
According to papers filed by
White who is suffering from a heart
condition, he claims he was sexual-
ly abused by his pastor in the 1940s
when he was a boy. Now a
Philadelphia Common Pleas Court
had ordered the church to respond
to his lawsuit. White, of West
Philadelphia, is seeking unspecified
damages from the five-county dio-
cese and All Saints parish in
Wynnewood, and the return of his
Last year, the diocese publicly
apologized to White for failing "to
respond adequately to the injuries
and injustices" he endured at the
hands of a priest. But recently rep-
resentatives insisted the church had
"no financial responsibility to Mr.
Michael Rehill, chancellor or
chief legal counsel to the diocese,
called the lawsuit "60 years late."
He predicted that the court would
ultimately reject the lawsuit on the
ground that the statute of limitations
expired long ago.
But White's lawyer, Robert Wade
of Berwyn, said that the proceed-
ings would help determine "who
knew what when," and that in mat-
ters of equity, such as stolen inheri-
tance, "the courts have a great deal
For years, White has said begin-
ning at age 12, he was "repeatedly
raped and sodomized" by the Rev.
Gibson Bell, a friend of his parents.
He also alleges that when, at 19,
he threatened to expose the socially
prominent Bell, the priest and
White's parents (who he contends
knowingly allowed the assaults) had
him jailed for incorrigibilityy" and
then committed to Norristown State
There, he said, he was given 70
insulin shock treatments and
"threatened with a lobotomy." It
took a year for him to win his
release. His father, an architect
whom he describes as "aloof," died
while White was hospitalized.
White further contends that Bell
later "manipulated" his widowed
mother, whom he describes as
"sociopathic" and unloving. Upon
her death in 1955, she left her
$16,000 estate to the priest with
instructions that no one, including
her son, attend her funeral. When
Bell died in 1979, he left about
$7,000 to All Saints parish.
White's lawsuit, filed in
February, seeks the return of that
$7,000 with interest, along with
damages for the psychological dev-
astation caused by his abuse.
"I lost my sense of worth as a per-
son, my dignity, especially since
this treatment came from my
In the White lawsuit, the defen-
dants had asked the court to dismiss
the charges on procedural grounds.
Last month, however, Judge Sandra
Mazer Moss refused to dismiss
them and instructed the defense to
respond to the charges by June 22.
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June 18-24, 2009
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June 18-24 2009
Miss Coco's Liberian Barbies ., "--
An enterprising woman
MONROVIA, Liberia Cora
Taylor holds up a brown Barbie doll
outfitted in one of her creations: a
long dress and headdress in bright-
ly printed African fabric.
"I wanted something else, some-
thing that looked like me," said
Taylor, whose full name is Cora
Ann Elizabeth Evto Taylor
Ferguson, though most of her
friends just call her Miss Coco.
It's hard for any doll to compare
to Taylor, though. With hairdos that
change more often than the weath-
er, from a big afro to a slicked back
ponytail that reveals a subtle streak
of gray, arched eyebrows and a
beauty mark on the top of her right
cheek, she looks elegant even in a
short-shorts green terrycloth jump-
suit and daisy-adorned flip flops.
Taylor, a Liberian who lived in
the U.S. for most of the 20 years of
intermittent civil war that shook
this small West African nation,
moved back to Monrovia in 2004.
During the war, nearly 1 million
people fled, 1 million were dis-
placed and more than 250,000 died.
In a country of only 3 million, it's
safe to say that everyone suffered.
The war devastated Liberia. Now,
six years into the rebuilding
process, things are getting better
but the process is tedious. During
the war, the municipal water and
power grids were completely
destroyed, as was all basic health,
education and other infrastructure.
Everyone who could leave did
leave. Taylor left.
"When I first came back, I cried,"
said Taylor, crying a bit once again.
During the war, she lost her brother
and a score of other relatives. Just
outside her living room window is a
pile or rubble that used to be her
Though Taylor works a full-time
job at a government office in town,
she uses the living room of her
modest but stylishly decorated
home as a studio. With an abun-
dance of energy and creative flair,
Taylor began creating Liberian
fashions for Barbie dolls.
"I'm not color struck, but most
stores just have white dolls and I
wanted something else," explained
Taylor, who describes how when
she visits the U.S. she goes from
store to store looking for the black
versions of Barbie dolls, and at one
builds a business on outfitting African Barbie dolls
point had dolls with three different
shades of brown skin. She can't find
"These are not Barbies. These are
$1 plastic dolls from Japan." She
buys them at discount chain stores
in Texas, Georgia, Maryland and
anywhere else she can find them.
They look like Barbies, with trim
figures and startling bright blue
eyes. They aren't ordinary Barbies,
though. They have brown skin.
Barbie look-alike in lapa in 1992,
she estimates she has sold at least a
thousand dolls. She used to stock
gift shops and boutiques across the
U.S. with her mini-masterpieces,
but now she is selling from her
Monrovia living room and the occa-
sional opportunity out and about
town. She is planning to launch a
website to sell the dolls.
No two dolls are ever alike,
which is partially a result of
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Ms. Coco Taylor with one of her sought after brightly dressed dolls.
Spread out over two small black
wicker coffee tables is the studio
where Taylor makes traditional
African clothes for the Barbies out
of lapa fabric.
Lapa is a brightly colored and
patterned cloth commonly sold in
markets and by tailors everywhere
in West Africa. Across the continent
in East Africa, similar cloth is
called kitenge. These days much of
the fabric is manufactured in China,
although it is still called "African."
Taylor makes miniature outfits out
of the cloth to dress the dolls. She's
bothered that the dolls aren't more
"authentic" (her words) but she
sews away anyway.
Like many Liberians, Taylor rep-
resents a culture spanning two very
different continents. She considers
herself as much American as she
does Liberian. She makes sense -
and art out of it all. The dolls are
a lively cross of the two continents.
She sells her dolls for $50 to her
Texas friends and $25 to mainly
NGO types in Monrovia.
Since Taylor first dressed up a
Taylor's creative process. She never
formally studied art, and to this day
says most of her fashion sense
comes from her mother, who is "the
most beautiful woman I know."
When she was young, she started
making more clothes for her dolls
from scraps of fabric and paper.
Today, she still uses scraps of
fabric. Sometimes she sews the fab-
ric, and sometimes she uses a hot
glue gun and scissors to shape the
dress. But regardless of how the
outfit comes to life, the process
always starts with the hot glue gun.
She glues cotton balls to the dolls'
chests and butts to give them more
"African" figures. Then she cuts all
the hair off so that she can cover
their heads in lapa wraps. The out-
fits are always unique mini-ver-
sions of the styles well dressed
ladies wear out and about town.
But to Taylor, being an African
woman is more than just glamour.
"When I think about the African
women I know, I feel strength.
They are all real women with direc-
tion, looking towards the future."
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Marian Redmon (left) Mayor Peyton help 102-year-old Queen Roberts to the community center and air
conditioning following the recent groundbreaking ceremony for the Clanzel Brown Community Center.
Seniors ready for updated facility with Brown renovation
The 6,000 square-foot center, which currently serves children and seniors, will have an additional 3,500 square-
feet added that will allow for the seniors to have a dedicated space separate from the youth area. The project will
also relocate the existing kitchen so that it can be accessible for both user groups.
The expansion is expected to be completed by late spring of 2010.
Dual Day will be observed at West
Friendship Baptist Church on
Sunday June 28, 2009. The church,
located at 945 Carrie Street, will
begin with men meeting at at 10:15
a.m. and women at 5 p.m. The pro-
gram is chaired by Rev. Timothy
Cole (men) and Rev. Pearl Cole
(women). For more information,
Mt. Ararat Baptist Church will be
celebrating their church and
Pastor's anniversaries June 17-19th
at 7:30 p.m. nightly. It will culmi-
nate at the 4 p.m. service on
Sunday, June 21st. The church is
located at 2503 Myrtle Avenue.
The public is invited to attend. For
more information call 354-7893.
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The collector will probably offer
you a counter settlement. Most like-
ly it will be between 60-70 percent.
Don't wait for the collector to speak
their offer. Tell the collector,
"Fine," and hang up.
Less than a minute later your
phone will ring. Don't answer it.
Let the collector leave a message.
Don't call back just yet. Chances
are after not hearing from you back
from you, the collector will call you
on the 26th. Don't pick up. Listen
their message and their offer, and
don't believe a word of it. On the
27th, call the agency back and
make a firm offer of $1500. They
will most likely say no to a 30 per-
cent settlement, but now they know
you want to pay. They know you
may have a little more money, too.
Again, when the collector declines
your offer say, "Fine," and hang up
Don't call the agency back. I am
certain by the 29th you will receive
a call. Once the 29th approaches
answer the collector's call. Hold
firm on your offer of 1500, and at
this point the collector will be des-
perate. The collector will still prob-
ably reject it, but will come back
with a counter offer. This time lis-
ten to the counter offer. Negotiate
and get it down to at least 40-50
percent of the balance owed. I can
almost guarantee this is possible. I
was able to accept settlements as
low as 40 percent but only at the
end of the month.
At the agency I worked for all the
settlements I made were at my own
discretion. I didn't have to ask a
manager ever; I just had simple
guidelines to follow. From the
beginning of the moth until
around the 23rd, I was only allowed
to offer anywhere between 60-90
percent settlements. Honestly, I set-
tled most around 60-70 percent, but
some collectors are as flexible.
Perhaps that is what made me suc-
cessful, I don't know, but I do know
that consumers have more leeway
with collectors than they may
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by Pekela Riley
Summertime is a carefree time of year, but those of us trying to main-
tain our hair during Florida's harsh summer weather quickly learn hair
care is not so care free. Here are my tips for maintaining your fabulous
locks. If you are new to Jacksonville or if you are a native I know
you've had a time with your hair these past few weeks with the buckets
of rain all around. How many times have you gotten you hair just so,
walk out the door to the car or the bus stop and poof, by the time you've
reached your destination your hair looks like you didn't even try. As
many hair horror stories as there are there are even more products that
claim to be a cure all.
The reason our hair reacts so unfavorably to humidity is because mois-
ture gets into the scalps cuticles and makes the hair shaft expand. Puffy
hair is not the end of the world. There are products that will close the
cuticles, such as ceramic irons or topical products you can apply direct-
ly to your hair. I recommend a product called Encompass, to my clients
and Paul Mitchell also sells a very good silicone based product. The
reason you'll want to use a product with a silicone base, is because it
seals your cuticles, but remember to keep your hair moisturized.
Now that you know how to maintain your do, now it's time to switch
it up for summer. What better time than now to be a little experimental
with your look? Here are three suggestions for each hair length. For
women with short hair, why not try pulling your bangs off your face.
This will not only change up your style but also give your forehead a
break, especially if you are wearing big heavy bangs. Now if your hair
is not quite long enough in the front, then hair extensions are a great
option. A celebrity who is wearing this style well is, Chrisette Michelle.
Now if your hair is medium length, try playing it safe with a few
extensions with highlights by using hair extensions. With extensions
you can really go wild. You can achieve this look through bonding
(glue), a sew-in or clip ins. Go as wild or mild as you want, for your get
away with your honey try an out of the box highlight like a fiery red, or
a deep purple.
And lastly, for my ladies with what is considered to be long hair, a
great way to change your style is by adding texture to your do. Ask your
stylist to give you a braid or twist set. If you need a visual for this one
think Beyonce's little sister Solange Knowles. Believe it or not, her tex-
ture adds style and depth to her hair. Knowles, is getting her texture
through extensions, but trust me; anyone can pull this look off natural-
Ladies remember to keep it simple. Summer is just a fun time of year
so why not have fun with your hair. To recap, go for a curly look maybe
rods or a straw sets or even color. Clip-in, bonding, and sewing in the
weave can help you achieve any of the styles that I spoke of today. And
please, please, keep in mind that we live in a tropical climate, so care for
your hair accordingly, keep your cuticles closed, while maintaining the
moisture that is so needed in our hair. So keep it cool, keep it simple and
save the ringlets for the fall.
To ask PKyour question or learn more about the products in this arti-
cle, visit her on the web or phone at: 636-0787 or email
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What Is Weight Cycling?
cycling is the repeated 1
regain of body weight.
weight cycling is the result
ing, it is often called "yo-y
ing. A weight cycle can ran
small weight losses and gai
lbs. per cycle) to large che
weight (50 lbs. or more per
Is It Harmful?
You may have heard stori
press claiming that weight
may be harmful to your hea
also may have heard that st
one weight is better for y
weight cycling, even if,
obese. However, no convince
dence supports these clair
most obesity researchers
that obese individuals shoi
tinue to try to control their
Won't Losing It Agai
Be Even Harder?
People who repeatedly I
regain weight should not
ence more difficulty losing
each time they diet. Most
have shown that weight
does not affect one's metabc
Weight Metabolic rate is the rat
oss and food is burned for energy
When these findings, weigh
of diet- should not affect the
yo" diet- future weight loss efforts
ige from everyone, whether they h
ns (5-10 or not, experiences a slov
anges in metabolism as they age. I
cycle), older people are often les
ly active then when 1
es in the younger. Therefore, peo
cycling find it more difficult to 1
alth. You as they get older.
:aying at Will Weight Cycling
'ou than Me With More F
you are Weight cycling has
cing evi- proven to increase the am
ms, and tissue in people who lose
believe weight. Researchers ha
uld con- that after a weight cye
weight. have the same amount
in lean tissue as they did
lose and What About Abdomin
experi- Some people are corn
g weight weight cycling can cause
studies to collect in the abdon
cycling People who tend to c
olic rate. excess fat in the abdoi
Not All Bad
e at which (apple-shaped), instead of in the
y. Based on hips and buttocks (pear-shaped), are
it cycling more likely to develop the health
success of problems associated with obesity.
. However, However, studies have not found
have dieted that after a weight cycle people
wing of the have more abdominal fat than they
In addition, did before weight cycling.
s physical- Is Weight Cycling
they were Harmful to My Health?
ople often A number of studies have suggest-
ose weight ed that weight cycling (and weight
loss) may be associated with an
Leave increase in mortality.
Fat? Unfortunately, these studies were
not been not designed to answer the question
jount of fat of how intentional weight loss by
and regain an obese person affects health.
ave found Most of the studies did not distin-
cle people guish between those who lost and
of fat and regained weight through dieting
d prior to from those whose change in weight
may have been due to other reasons,
ial Fat? such as unsuspected illness or
cemed that stress. In addition, most of the peo-
e more fat ple followed in these studies were
ninal area. not obese. In fact, some evidence
;arry their shows that if weight cycling does
minal area have any negative effects on health,
they are seen mostly in people of
low or normal weight. Some studies
have looked at the relationship
between weight cycling and risk
factors for illness, such as high
blood pressure, high blood choles-
terol, or high blood sugar. Most of
these studies have not found an
association between weight cycling
and harmful changes in risk factors.
Is Remaining Overweight
Healthier Than Weight Cycling?
At this time, no conclusive studies
have shown that weight cycling is
harmful to the health of an obese
person. On the other hand, the
health risks of obesity are well
known. Obesity is linked to serious
medical conditions such as: High
blood pressure, Heart disease,
Stroke, Diabetes, Certain types of
cancer Gout, and Gallbladder dis-
ease. Not everyone who is obese
has the same risk for these condi-
tions--a person's sex, amount of fat,
location of fat, and family history of
disease all play a role in determin-
ing an individual's risk of obesity-
related problems. However, experts
agree that even a modest weight
loss can improve the health of an
Diseases Doctors Miss In Black Women
Many diseases that plague
African American women are often
misdiagnosed or not diagnosed at
all by doctors. It's not that they do
this intentionally, in some cases
they are just extremely difficult to
diagnose. In an effort to empower
the BDO female reader through
information, we have decide to
examine the top four most difficult
disease for doctors to diagnose, all
of which commonly hit women in
their 20s and 30s.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
(CFS) More than one million
Americans, approximately 80 per-
cent of them women, suffer from
CFS. It's characterized by fatigue
that won't go away, but other symp-
toms can include sore throat, mus-
cle and joint pain, forgetfulness,
insomnia, weakness, dryness, dry
eyes and mouth, dizziness, skin
sensations, and weight loss. Experts
haven't identified a single cause
and no diagnostic tests are avail-
able. Because of this, doctors treat
symptoms as they appear.
Chronic pain is the number-one
warning sign of this disease.
Sufferers often complain of all-over
musculoskeletal discomfort. Other
symptoms include fatigue, impaired
coordination, insomnia, skin sensi-
tivity and rashes, headaches, anxi-
ety and irritable bowel and bladder.
As with CFS, the cause is unknown
and there's no one "cure," symp-
toms are treated as they occur. A
patient is diagnosed with this condi-
tion if she has widespread pain for
at least three months and tenderness
or pain in at least 11 to 18 specific
points in her body, including inside
her knee joints and crook of the
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
(IBS) Symptoms of IBS, which
affect about 40 million women,
include abdominal pain, bloating,
gas, diarrhea and constipation. No
lab test can diagnose IBS. Before
diagnosing a doctor must first rule
out other gastrointestinal disorders.
Treatment is usually a combination
of stress management, fiber supple-
ments and medications,
An autoimmune disease that
causes the hardening and scarring
of the skin and connective tissue.
Scleroderma may affect multiple
organs and cause kidney failure and
pulmonary hypertension, which can
lead to heart failure. It affects up to
100,000 people in the United
States. Female patients outnumber
males about four to one. Doctors
don't know what causes scleroder-
ma. They usually just treat the com-
plications of the disease as they
Cut back to prevent diabetes
If you have a family history of type 2 diabetes, you are at an increased
risk for the disease. If you are overweight, you have an even greater risk
for type 2 diabetes. Diabetes affects the lives of nearly 4 million African
Americans and their families, but there's hope. Studies show that losing
a small amount of weight by being physically active for 30 minutes, five
days a week and making healthy food choices can help yrou reduce the
risk of type 2 diabetes by more than half Talk to your doctor about your
family history of type 2 diabetes and other diabetes risk factors. Follow
these tips from the National Diabetes Education Program's (NDEP)
More Than 50 Ways to Prevent Diabetes tip sheet to lose weight and
lower your risk for type 2 diabetes:
You can do it, Hewitt. Set a
weight loss goal you can reach
before starting a weight loss plan. If
you are at risk for type 2 diabetes,
aim to lose 5 to 7 percent of your
current weight that's 10 to 14
pounds if you weigh 200 pounds.
Keep track of your daily food
intake and physical activity in a log
book and review it every day to see
how you are doing. Ask family and
friends for support.
Have a small meal, Lucille.
Teaspoons, salad forks, or child-
size utensils may help you take
smaller bites and eat less. Eat less
high-fat and high-calorie foods less
often. Make a small amount of food
look like more by serving your
meal on a salad or breakfast plate.
Keep meat, poultry, and fish por-
tions to about 3 ounces, which is
about the size of a deck of cards.
Eat right, Mike. Make healthy
food choices every day. Keep
healthy snacks such as a cup of fat-
free yogurt, celery sticks, or baby
carrots at home and pack them
when you're on the go. To get more
fiber, add fruits and vegetables to
the foods that you love. Add straw-
berries, blueberries, or bananas to
whole grain cereal. Drink water.
Move more each day, Faye. Try
doing activities you enjoy such as
playing with your children, tossing
a softball, walking the dog, or turn-
ing up the music and jamming
while doing household chores.
Take action, Jackson. Overcome
your physical activity roadblocks.
If you do not want to be physically
active by yourself, form a group of
people to walk, jog, or bike togeth-
er. If you prefer to stay indoors,
work out to fitness videos or DVDs
in your home or walk around a
To order your free copy of the
More Than 50 Ways to Prevent
Diabetes tip sheet,visit
www.YourDiabetesInfo.org or call
1-888-693-NDEP (6337); TTY: 1-
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NFL extends 'Rooney Rule' to senior front-office positions
NFL teams now must interview a minority candidate, just as they must for a head-coaching ,
position, when they are filling the franchise's most senior football personnel position.
NFL teams now must interview a
minority candidate, just as they
must for a head-coaching position,
when they are filling the franchise's
most senior personnel position.
Commissioner Roger Goodell
told all 32 teams this news today,
after talks of this happening heated
up at the spring meeting in May. It
was first suggested by Steelers
chairman Dan Rooney, who over-
sees the league's diversity commit-
tee, and most clubs endorsed it
"The discussion at the league
meeting identified the strong rea-
sons for taking this step, which in
large part simply confirms a recom-
mended practice that clubs have
Commissioner Goodell said. "The
recommendation also recognizes
that this process has worked well in
the context of head coaches, and
that clubs have deservedly received
considerable positive recognition
for their efforts in this respect."
Rooney first adopted the rule to
apply to head coaches in December
2002, and he ended up hiring
Mike Tomlin, who is African- 1
American, two seasons ago
after Bill Cowher moved on.
Tomlin led the Steelers to a G
Super Bowl title in February. tai
The front-office positions ces
for which the new rule applies
includes the titles of general Dr
manager, executive vice pres-
ident of football operations Ros
and the like.
There are five African-
American senior football gr
execs right now Cardinals
GM Rod Graves, Lions GM an
Martin Mayhew, Ravens
GM/executive vice president
Ozzie Newsome, Giants GM/senior
vice president Jerry Reese and
Texans GM Rick Smith. Newsome
and Smith both serve on the
league's Competition Committee.
NFL Executive Vice President of
Football Operations Ray Anderson,
the NFL's senior football executive,
also is African-American.
The league has issued an excep-
tion to the rule to apply to this situ-
Jerry Reese (born July 22,
963) is the current general
manager of the New York
iants.Reese is considered a
ctical genius after the suc-
ws of almost all of the draft
picks from the 2007 NFL
*aft, which included Aaron
vs, Steve Smith, Jay Alford,
Kevin Boss and Michael
Johnson. All of them had
eat seasons for the Giants,
ud contributed greatly in a
Super Bowl XLII victory.
ation, and I think it's smart. If
the position is held or filled by the
owner or a member of his family, or
if a club has a preexisting contrac-
tual commitment filed with the
league office to promote a current
member of its staff if the senior
football operations position
becomes vacant, they do not have to
interview a minority.
"The more thorough the search,
the more likely clubs are to find the
right candidates, and to be able to
groom future leaders from within
their organizations," Goodell said.
Rooney is joined on the NFL's
Workplace Diversity Committee by
Bengals executive vice president
Katie Blackburn, Falcons owner
Arthur Blank, Giants president and
CEO John Mara and Javier Loya, a
limited partner of the Texans.
America's largest Black fraternities unite with
BB/BS to help boys with absent fathers succeed
greatly strengthens our engagement
in African American communities
and will be significant in helping us
serve many more children, particu-
larly growing numbers of boys
whose moms are seeking our help,"
said Judy Vredenburgh, President
and Chief Executive Officer of Big
Brothers Big Sisters of America.
In addition to joining forces with
Big Brothers Big Sisters to develop
new national initiatives, the frater-
cities will expand successful pro-
grams launched in recent years by
individual local agencies and frater-
nity chapters. Big Brothers Big
Sisters is also working to build part-
nerships with two other historically
black fraternities Phi Beta
Sigma, which has a tradition of for-
mal mentoring through its Sigma
Beta Club, and Iota Phi Theta,
which has a history of participation
in Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Conveners hop to draw thousands to the Lincoln Memorial.
National Rally for Responsible
Fatherhood planned for Lincoln Memorial
The year 2009 will mark 100 years since the idea of celebrating Father's
Day was created. The idea for creating a day for children to honor their
fathers began in Spokane, Washington by a woman named Sonora Smart
Dodd who thought of the idea for Father's Day while listening to a
Mother's Day sermon in 1909. Ms. Dodd wanted the world to know how
special her father was to her and all the parental sacrifices he made to raise
her after her mother's death. She described her father as a courageous, self-
less, and loving man. Research has shown that father presence matters in
the lives of children in many positive ways including increased confi-
dence, resilience, and leadership.
Fatherhood is such a critical matter for families and children that
President Barack Obama, as a Community Organizer and Senator, cham-
pioned legislation that supports responsible fatherhood and made it signa-
ture issue of his successful Presidential campaign.
As the nation celebrates 100 years of Father's Day, father absence in fam-
ilies is a big problem. Well over half of all African-American and Latino
children are born to unmarried parents, typically a marker for periods of
short and long-term father absence. According to recent census data, 24
million children live in father absent homes.
The consequences of father absence on children are many including:
poverty, low-self-esteem, low-academic achievement, juvenile delinquen-
cy, and early pregnancy. To respond to the crisis, Congress passed legisla-
tion that authorized 50 million dollars in funding for fatherhood programs
as part of the 2005 Deficit Reduction Act. While the results of these efforts
have yet to be determined, it was clear that something needed to be done
to abate the father crisis.The overall goal of the rally is to raise awareness
across America regarding the importance of responsible fatherhood in
recognition of the 100 year anniversary of Father's Day.
The rally will be held on Saturday, June 20th from 1-3 p.m. on the steps
of the Lincoln Memorial. It is sponsored by The National Partnership for
Alpna rm Alpna, r.appa Alpna
Psi and Omega Psi Phi, the nation's
Fraternities, have joined forces in
an unprecedented union with Big
Brothers Big Sisters to help black
boys often referred to the organ-
ization by single mothers suc-
ceed. The fraternities which rep-
resent 250,000 college educated-
men, many who are among promi-
nent African American business and
community leaders are not
attempting to replace missing
fathers. Rather, they expect their
involvement with Big Brothers Big
Sisters as mentors, advocates,
fundraisers and influencers, to help
African American boys and other
children break negative cycles.
Most children mentored through
Big Brothers Big Sisters' nearly
400 agencies are from single-parent
families, households experiencing
poverty or homes where a parent is
incarcerated. Independent research
finds children with Big Brothers
Big Sisters mentors are more likely
The issue NASCAR
continually tries to bat-
tle is that the sport of
racing is geared toward
Southern white men
and not inclusive of
people of color. So
when a racial incident
pops up, NASCAR is
quick to take action
and hopes the media
doesn't get wind of it.
The latest case involves N.
the crew chief of Nationwide Series
driver Brendan Gaughan, team
driver Bryan Berry and black
NASCAR driver Marc Davis.
According to the Associated Press,
Berry and Gaughan were both
angry after a pit road accident at the
Nashville Speedway. As the two
men were heading down the pit
road, Davis turned left into the
garage in front of Gaughan, who
ran into Davis' car.
When the two got out of the car,
witnesses say they heard racial
slurs when they were approaching
Davis' car. The witnesses reported
the incident to NASCAR officials,
and the investigation found that
both Berry and Gaughan were
guilty. They have both been sus-
avoid violence, reject illegal activi-
ties and have positive relationships
with their families and others.
The collaborative effort will
expand Big Brothers Big Sisters'
near 20-year national partnership
with Alpha Phi Alpha. Together, the
fraternities will work with the
organization to develop programs
to encourage members and friends
in their large professional, personal
and social networks to also support
the nation's largest donor-supported
network of volunteer mentors for
youth. The men will urge those in
their networks to become Big
Brothers; donate and raise funds for
the top-rated charity; serve on
boards of directors for local agen-
cies in their communities; create
sponsorship partnerships with their
employers; host recruiting and
other engagement events, and pro-
vide enrichment programs for Little
Brothers and boys who are ready to
"This landmark partnership
ASCAR driver Marc Davis
Davis, who is 19, had no comment
on the incident, but his father,
Harry, released a statement.
"NASCAR has clear and precise
policies covering all racing conduct
and procedures," he said in a state-
ment. "Mr. Gaughan and his crew's
actions do not merit response.
NASCAR has resolved the issue."
Rusty Wallace Inc., which owns
Gaughan's team, also released a
statement regarding the incident:
"RWR requires all of our team
members to adhere to the highest
levels of personal conduct at all
times while representing our organ-
ization and its partners," the team
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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-
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 FCCJ's
200+ programs. The fair will
include department representatives,
workshops and information on
FCCJ's new bachelor degrees. For
more information call 904-646-
2300 or e-mail email@example.com.
Arts on the Go
at the Kids Kampus
On Friday, June 19th from 6
p.m. 8pm Come and release your
artistic talents at Kids Kampus,
there will be painting, arts & crafts,
and more at the FREE event. Kids
Kampus is located next to
Metropolitan Park at 1410 Gator
Bowl Blvd. For more information
Grace and Truth Community
Development Corporation will
have their quarterly Community
Clean Up Day on Saturday June
20th. 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.
The Jacksonville Genealogical
Society, Inc. will present a discus-
sion on "Lineage Societies" at their
next meeting. The meeting will be
at 1:30 p.m., June 20, in the Webb-
Wesconnett Branch Library (6887
103rd Street). For more informa-
tion, call 781-9300.
The Soul Food Music Festival
will be held on Saturday, June 20th
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artists include the O'Jays, Evelyn
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The Jacksonville Caribbean
American Association will cele-
brate Caribbean Heritage Month
with a Boat Ride on the St. Johns
River on Saturday, June 20th.
Boarding of the Lady St. Johns at
1501 Riverplace Blvd will take
place at 10 p.m. with the boat
departing at 10:30. For ticket infor-
mation, call 465-1689 or visit jack-
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 jack-
sonville Branch NAACP 44th
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.
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? And will fea-
ture a Health Dept. official. 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, contact
The Jacksonville Local
Organizing Committee for the
Millions More Movement Inc. will
Give-A-Way Clothes, Saturday,
June 27th. The location is 45th and
Dodge Road, from 11:00 a.m. til
5:00 p.m. If you have questions,
want to volunteer or just want to
learn more about the Millions More
Movement visit www.jaxloc.com,
or call 904-240-9133.
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
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speaker Mother Love. For tickets or
more information, call 549-2938.
The Small Business Development
Council at UNF will present V.E.T.
- Veterans Entrepreneurial Training
beginning June 29th. V.E.T. is a
business development program
designed to help Veterans who may
aspire to start a business hone the
skills needed to create, manage and
grow a successful business.
Throughout the five week course,
V.E.T. participants will work on
moving their own business ideas to
become a reality or experience new
levels of growth for existing ven-
tures. Call 620-2476 for more
Art Walk is a free, self-guided tour
of Downtown galleries and muse-
ums, as well as cultural venues,
restaurants and businesses on the
first Wednesday of every month,
rain or shine, this month on July
1st. Choose your own route, or
begin at Headquarters at 100 N.
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.
Play Date Jax
Want to meet and greet fellow
Jacksonvillians ina casual fun envi-
ronment? Then you may want to
come out for the next Play Date on
July 10th. Organizers call it a
"sophisticated nightlife option for
Jacksonville's professional". The
monthly event will include food,
fun, games and music. For more
information, visit playdatejax.com.
Ribault Class of '83
The Ribault Senior High School
Class of 1983 will have a" Summer
time to Unwind" Cookout on July
11, 2009 at Lonnie Miller Park,
11:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m. The cost is
free. Bring your own food (chick-
en, ribs, hotdogs, hamburgers, crabs
etc.) and/or grill. Also bring your
lawn chairs. Come out and join
your classmates for a day of fun
under the sun. For more informa-
tion call Letitia Flanders at 764-
9924 or log onto Classmates.com
Summer Splash Down
at Clanzel Brown Park
On Friday, July 17th from 6 9
p.m., come to the Clanzel Brown
pool for the Sumer Sun Splash
Down. Come and participate in
sack races, egg toss, water balloon
toss, swimming games, and more!
Refreshments will be served while
they last. For more information call
630-4100. The park is located at
4545 Moncrief Rd.
First Coast Adult
The First Coast Tennis Foundation
Adult City Championships returns
July 31 to August 2 at Jacksonville
Golf & Country Club. More than
250 adults of all levels participated
last year so register early. Details
for the event, including registration
procedures can be found at first-
coasttennis.com or call 338-8713.
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.
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The new season o01 TV Une's
"Unsung" has promised even more
explosive and exclusive stories of
some of the greatest talents and
potentials in music. This Sunday at
8 p.m. and 11 p.m., the bio-show
profiles R&B songbird Melba
Last season, fans raved about
"Unsung" episodes on DeBarge, the
Clark Sisters, and the tragedy of
Phyllis Hyman, just to name a few.
In fact, it was Hyman's former
manager, Glenda Garcia that
brought the sliho to Moore. Garcia
and Moore's manager were in dis-
cussion about a record project when
Garcia suggested that TV One do a
profile on Moore.
"'1 sa%\ excerpts of the
I Phllis Hyman profile. I
thought it was very well
done." Moore said of the
h. show. "I knew that if
S ou didn't do it in a
%'%' aa\ of integrity, it
'. could be very nega-
Phyllis' was raw,
but I thought
: they did a beau-
tiful profile on
her. It's honest
and open, but I
S.think it has an
integrity about it."
It was that presentation of integri-
ty that Moore was willing to put her
story out there; the ups and the
"From what I can see in how peo-
ple see me and how they embrace
me, it's been what most people con-
sider, mostly downs," Moore said
of her story. "I deal with it in terms
of it being stepping stones and chal-
lenges. This is the deck of cards
you're dealt, and you love life so
you just keep dealing with it. You
keep breathing and you keep step-
ping. Regardless to what it's per-
ceived as, you have a good life. I
love life and whatever it brings with
it. I keep trying to smile and use it
as an opportunity to be a good
example. This is life and this is how
Moore's story has had its day in
the public eye, though. The Tony
Award winner and Grammy nomi-
nated artist went through a bitter
divorce from Charles Huggins, stat-
ing economic spousal abuse.
According to court records, Moore
alleged that her husband, who she
married in 1976, had cheated her
out of her interest in the entertain-
ment management company they
had built together, leaving her desti-
tute. Soon after the divorce, Moore
was forced to go on welfare.
But the singer/actress worked
her way through that hard time in
her life, and said that she's thankful
for the lessons she learned from it.
"The key is that I'm a born-again
Christian, she said. "That's my
vocation; that's my job. I'm in the
Lord's face all day and all night and
he tells us that you can't get into the
kingdom of heaven without great
difficulties. It's not a place that's
High school jazz students join Marsalis family
and others for tutorial at the White House
First Lady Michelle Obama host-
ed 150 middle and high school jazz
students in the East Wing on
Monday for Jazz Studio, where
teens participated in workshops led
by famous jazz musicians such as
the Marsalis family.
Jazz Studio is part one of a new
White House music series that will
continue later this year, focusing on
the country and classical genres.
The seminars focused on the influ-
ence American history had on jazz,
improvisation through jazz styles,
and the influence of Duke
Ellington, reports CBS News.
"Today's event exemplifies what
the White House, the people's
house, should be about. This is a
place to honor America's past, cele-
brate its present and create its
future," Mrs. Obama said in a
speech concluding the day's activi-
ties. "And what better example of
this than jazz, America's indigenous
Obama applauded jazz as a demo-
cratic art form and considers it
"America's greatest artistic gift to
"There's probably no better exam-
easy to get into. Whatever it is
you're going though is for a great
purpose. And the art and the fame,
or infamy it's good. You can't
Moore, a Catholic, said that she is
quite devout and that she attends
mass daily. She revealed that even
before she found God again, after
her divorce, she'd faced some seri-
ous issues that had made her
stronger and helped her get through
the nasty breakup from her hus-
band. She had an abortion from her
relationship with actor Clifton
Davis whom she dated in the early
"There was a time when I had
emergency abdominal surgery
because I'd had an abortion with
[actor] Clifton [Davis] and after
that I'd had a [tube] inserted into
my uterus and it ruptured my
appendix and that was a devastat-
ing, terrible illness and a near death
experience and that's probably
when it all started to happen. Many
things happened. My life had come
to a standstill. I'd lost everything. I
was in the process of a long and
tedious recovery. I had to go back to
my mother's house, and when I
moved back, I discovered that she
and my dad had broken up and that
she was very ill. So a lot if catastro-
phes happened at the same time."
"I had to say, 'If you come
through this, what are you going to
do with your life.' I don't recall
being born again then, but it proba-
bly began there," she added.
As described by TV One,
"Unsung" profiles artists that man-
aged to build a dedicated fan base,
but were not able to make the tran-
sition to superstardom. But, perhaps
Moore will get to take another
crack at fame.
"It looks like I might have anoth-
er shot at being an R&B success. I
just signed with Shanachie
Records," Moore said. "It's a duets
project with Phil Perry."
ple of democracy than a jazz
ensemble; individual freedom but
with responsibility to the group,"
Including an anecdote about her
childhood, Obama said that her
grandfather had jazz playing "twen-
ty four hours a day at the highest
volume" as she grew up.
First daughters Sasha and Malia
also attended the event in the first
lady's attempt to "keep them alive
and aware of other kinds of music
other than hip-hop."
Obama praised all of the jazz stu-
dents as "future guardians of
music" in her speech, stating that
she's counting on them to keep the
music vital and evolving for gener-
ations to come."
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USHER'S WIFE UP FOR
DIVORCE FIGHT: Plus,
friends of the couple say they
knew this was coming.
Tameka Foster Raymond is
already getting her legal ducks in
a row for her impending divorce
from R&B star Usher.
The AP is reporting that a
lawyer who represented women in
child-support battles against rapper T.I. and boxer Evander Holyfield is
now a member of Team Tameka.
Usher filed for divorce on Friday after less than two years of marriage.
The singer, whose real name is Usher Raymond IV, has two sons with
Several sources paint a picture of a troubled marriage that started unrav-
eling even before the couple's wedding in September 2007.
The source, who tells People Magazine that there was no third party
breaking up the marriage, says that Usher still lived like a bachelor. "He
just wasn't used to calling her if he was going to be out late," says the
source. "He didn't treat her bad. He just took her for granted."
MIJAC WORKING OUT WITH INCREDIBLE HULK?:
British tabloidsays singer hiredLou Ferrigno to help
him get in shape for summer concerts.
British newspaper The Sun is reporting that Michael
o a Jackson has hired Lou Ferrigno, best known for his TV
n character The Incredible Hulk, as a personal trainer to
S help him get fit for his 50-night concert run.
The 57-year-old former Mr. Universe has reported-
ly been making secret visits to Jackson's Los Angeles
home to help get his stamina up for the show's dance
routines. But the paper quotes sources who say the King of Pop has not
been a cooperative client.
"Lou has been visiting Michael to build him up so he can perform his
dance routines," said the source. "But Jacko refuses to lift weights. He
doesn't want to bulk up."
According to The Sun, the two became friends after Jackson worked out at
the actor's gym in 2007. Previously, the bodybuilder said of the singer:
"Michael is more delicate. Our trainer conditioned him for dancing. He
likes me he feels safe with me, he feels protected. He was nervous about
people looking at him when he was training."
FALCOLN'S OFFICIALLY RELEASE VICK
Michael Vick, currently suspended from the NFL and on house arrest in
Virginia for his role in a dog fighting enterprise, is now officially out of a
The quarterback was released Friday from the Atlanta Falcons and is now
free to sign with any team in the National Football League, reports the
"It's a situation that we have been thinking about for quite some time,"
Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said. "We did our due dili-
gence. We've been searching around the league and were looking for some
interest as far as a trade.
"In the very end, we came to a conclusion that-.it was time. It was best
for both us and Michael Vick to move on, to turn the chapter."
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Ellis Marsalis, rear, talk during a jazz workshop for students hosted
by first lady Michelle Obama, not pictured, in the East Room of the
White House in Washington, Monday, June 15, 2009.
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Playdate focuses on giving professionals prime-time play time
June 18-24, 2009
Erin Majesty, Tonya Butler, Temekqua Anakor
Carlos Wilson, Chris Wilson, T. Wilson, Maxine
Wilsonin a competitive game of spades.
Reggie Johnson, Shamica Banks, Denise Johnson, Latonda Mikell, Tonya Hickson, Tynese Breaux and
andCJ Cady tell jokes over cocktails. Alicia Ricky enjoy friendship over a game of UNO.
by L. Jones
Ask any 20, 30 or 40 something
in Jacksonville and they will tell
you that the social scene is pretty
weak. In that arena themselves,
three Jacksonville entrepreneurs
Gregory McKinney, Damien
Dempsey and Rudy Jamison also
known as the North Florida
Ventures Group started a monthly
event playfully known as play date.
"Play Date," like planned events
for children, is a date to play
games, have fun and find a date -
only for the eighteen and up crowd.
So far ten play dates have been held
Obama's Half Brother Signs Book Deal
Barack Obama's half-brother
George Obama, the youngest of
the senior Obama's seven children
and a resident of Huruma, Kenya,
will write a memoir under a new
deal with publisher Simon &
Tentatively titled "Homeland"
and to be written with author-
journalist Damien Lewis, the
book will tell of George Obama's
fall into crime and poverty as a
teenager and his eventual
embrace of community organiz-
ing a passion shared by the pres-
ident and of advocacy for the
poor, an identification so strong
that he chooses to live among
The work is due in January
George Obama, 27, did not
grow up with his famous 47-year-
old sibling and they never met as
children. George was born six
months before his father died.
"Even had George Obama not
been our President's half brother,
his story is moving and inspira-
tional," David Rosenthal, Simon
& Schuster publisher and execu-
tive vice president, said in a state-
ment Sunday. "It is an object les-
son in survival, selflessness and
Financial terms were not dis-
closed, but an official with knowl-
edge of the negotiations said the
deal was worth six figures. The
official, who was not authorized
to discuss the contract, spoke on
condition of anonymity.
Other Obama relatives are work-
ing on books, including a half sis-
ter, Maya Soetoro-Ng; and the
brother of first lady Michelle
Obama, Craig Robinson. Duke
University Press is releasing the
doctoral dissertation of the presi-
dent's mother, Stanley Ann
Dunham, who died in 1995.
around Jacksonville at various loca-
tions. The first play date was held at
the Karpeles Museum and the most
recent event was held at the
Jacksonville Municipal Stadium
Touchdown Club. In between loca-
tions have included both the
Wyndham and Hyatt hotels.
If you're looking to not bee seen,
Playdate isn't for you. The average
attendance is about 850 people with
it peaking at 1300 playdaters.
Beginning promptly at at 8:00 p.m.,
evening festivities include old
school and new school fun and
games such as Bid Whist, Spades,
Connect 4, Monopoly, Pictionary
and Wii games. Attendees also par-
ticipate in winning prizes, contests
and raffles. Not to mention there is
a live d.j. spinning the latest tunes.
Setting the tone, attendees wear
nametags with nicknames of their
choice ranging from "Flirt" and
Three day Power Conference highlight Go Ye Chapel's
The Redeemed Christian Church
of God, Go Ye Chapel, one of over
320 RCCG parishes in North
America, recently celebrated their
fifth anniversary here in
Jacksonville. Under the leadership
of Pastor Dapo Ogunsina, a three
day Power Conference set the stage
for the festivities featuring
renowned evangelist and mission-
ary, Pastor Daniel Ajayi-Adeniran.
The theme for the weekend activ-
ities was "Power to Prevail". Over
one thousand worshippers from
Chicago, Ill., Detroit, Mi., Tampa
and Tallahassee, FLorida descend-
ed on the First Coast for the three
day celebration. Festivities con-
cluded with a Grand Luncheon at
Dave & Busters
Go Ye Chapel is located at 850
Cesery Road. It is a Bible believing
Pentecostal Church with it's
American headquarters in Dallas,
Texas. Much of the congregation is Shown above (L-R) is Pastor Kennry, Pastor Daniel and Pastor Dapo
of Nigerian descent. customary to be known by your last name.
"Bubbles" to "Good Credit and
Held traditionally the second
Friday of the month, organizers say
the event will continue as long as
the community supports the event.
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