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ACC Moves Tournaments
Over Confederate Flag
Greensboro, N.C. Concerns about the Confederate flag have led the
Atlantic Coast Conference to move three future baseball tournaments out
of South Carolina.
The league said this week that it instead will hold its championship in
Durham, N.C., in 2011 and '13 and in Greensboro in 2012.
The ACC previously awarded the tournament to Myrtle Beach, S.C.,
from 2011-13. That decision drew criticism from the NAACP, which has
boycotted South Carolina for flying the Confederate flag from the state
Commissioner John Swofford says the tournament was awarded to
Myrtle Beach with the understanding that discussions were held with
groups that had sensitivities regarding the flag, but that "it has become
clear this was not the case."
Quincy Jones May Try
to Buy Back Vibe Magazine
Vibe magazine founder Quincy Jones may attempt to buy back the now-
shuttered hip-hop magazine, according to a published report.
"I'm trying to buy my magazine back now," Jones told EbonyJet.com.
Vibe, one of the best-selling hip-hop magazines in the country, shut
down last week. Its chief executive officer, Steve Aaron, said the maga-
zine has a debt of "several millions of dollars" and also faced a declining
market and decreased advertising revenue.
said, EbonyJet.com reported.
Jones established the magazine in 1993. It had a circulation of about
600,000, according to Aaron.
The closure eliminates jobs for all 48 staff members, Aaron said. The
issue currently on newsstands, featuring Eminem is Vibe's last.
Disclaimer Holds Up
Congress' Apology for Slavery
When Elton John croons "Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word," he very
well could be singing about Congress and its attempt to apologize for the
enslavement and segregation of its African-Americans citizens.
Congress returns from its Fourth of July vacation this week and mem-
bers of the Senate and the House of Representatives will try to resolve a
problem with a Senate-passed slavery apology resolution that has some
members of the Congressional Black Caucus so steamed that they vow to
fight it if the measure reaches the House floor.
Several black lawmakers are miffed because of a disclaimer in the res-
olution has a disclaimer noting that it can't be used to support legal
claims against the United States, meaning the resolution can't used as
evidence of guilt by slave descendants in reparations cases.
Resolution supporters fear that if the disclaimer issue can't be resolved
by Congress' August recess, the chances of getting a formal government
apology for slavery and Jim Crow segregation laws will narrow as law-
makers will get busy with front-burner issues like health legislation,
immigration reform and the confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to
the Supreme Court when they return from their break.
HBCU Paul Quinn College Appealing
the Loss of its Accreditation
Leaders at Paul Quinn College in Dallas, Texas are preparing now to
appeal the loss of its accreditation, handed down last week by the
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
The 137-year-old historically black college had been on probation two
years and has made consistent progress, said its president, Michael
Sorrell. The loss of accreditation is disappointing, but he said the institu-
tion will have a strong case for appeal.
The college president said he had hoped that Paul Quinn's consistent
progress over the past two years would have carried more weight in the
accrediting agency's decision. The number of freshman applications to
the college has increased 600 percent, debt has been reduced and student
and faculty standards have been raised.
Cynthia McKinney Back in the U.S.
Former Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney is back on U.S.
soil after spending almost a week in an Israeli jail.
Her father, former state Rep. Billy McKinney, said she called as soon as
her plane had landed in New York City early Tuesday morning.
Cynthia McKinney had been in custody for the past week when she and
20 others, members of the "Free Gaza Movement, "were swept up by the
Israeli Navy while allegedly trying to sail through a navy blockade.
They had left Cyprus last Tuesday on the Greek-registered ship Arion
with the intention of delivering humanitarian supplies to Gaza. Their ship
was stopped when they tried to pass through the Israeli Navy's security
blockade at Ashdod. Their ship was seized and they were taken into cus-
tody. Gaza is controlled by Hamas, which the U.S. and European Union
classify as a terrorist organization.
They were held in jail a few extra days, until they could appear in an
Israeli court, because Cynthia McKinney and others on the Arion
declined to sign a document Israeli officials offered.
She believed signing the document, written in Hebrew, would be admit-
ting they had violated Israel's blockade, her parents said.
in America II
INS the Future
for Music and
Above All Else
Volume 23 No. 41 Jacksonville, Florida July 9-15, 2009
Payday Loans Still
Wreaking Havoc on
New research from theCenter for
Responsible Lending has found
payday lenders are nearly eight
times more concentrated in
California's Black and Latino
neighborhoods as compared to
White neighborhoods, draining
these communities of $247 million
in payday loan fees.
"Payday lenders contend that they
provide access to credit for under-
served communities," said Leslie
Parrish, a senior researcher at the
Center for Responsible Lending.
"What they are really providing is
access to long-term debt traps
whichtoo often lead to extra over-
draft fees, credit card delinquency,
trouble payingbills including med-
ical expenses, even bankruptcy."
The payday loans work like this:
The customer writes a check to the
lender. The amount on the check -
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200,000+ Attend Essence Festival
Shown above are children attending shown above are: Jabari Prier,
Djontae Mitchell, Uriah Scott, Paige Flowers, Ammarie Ford,
Davvante Scott, Teahunna Royal, Diamond Lewis, Aja'Nay Dowell,
and 4-year old Morgan. Members of the Lois J. R. Silver photo.
Weekend of sisterhood, music and purpose defined the 15th Annual and 4-year old Morgan. Members of the Lois J. RSiveroto
Essence Music Festival held in New Orleans, La. Hundreds of thou- Free Camp M akes Reading a Priority
sands of attendees participated in the event dubbed a "party with a While some children are spending their summer in front of the television
purpose". On hand on one of the many sold out planes bound for the and computer games, the children attending Historic Mountain Zion's
Bayou were LaTasha Fullwood and Kimberly Ansley shown above. Allenites Camp are unlocking the joy of reading. The free summer camp
Joined by their husband the couples returned rejuvenated, well rested includes field trips, reading materials and instructions. To see the dynam-
and entertained after the three day confab. For more on the Festival, ic ladies who make it all possible, see page 3.
see page 9.
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Walking the Walk: African American Attitudes
Toward Money Not Matching Their Actions
Africa-Americans are more opti-
mistic about their financial future
over the next year than the general
population, but the majority of
those responding to a recent survey
acknowledge they don't have a
financial game plan and many don't
know where to start.
A survey commissioned by The
Smiley Group shows 58 percent of
African-Americans expect their
household situation to be better a
year from now, compared to only
30 percent of the general population
sharing similar optimism.
While African-Americans say
they think their financial situation
will improve in the next year, most
of those surveyed indicated they are
not taking deliberate actions to bet-
ter their financial circumstances:
o Less than half say they are
proactive about their financial
o Three in four say they do not
have a written financial plan.
o One in three say they don't
know where to start when it comes
to personal financial planning.
African-Americans are more con-
fident than their general-population
peers in their ability to make sav-
ings and investment decisions (52
percent vs. 43 percent), but are also
more likely to indicate they are
struggling with credit card debt (38
percent vs. 32 percent).
On saving for college, nearly half
of all participants with children
under 21 said they are extremely
worried about being able to afford a
college education for their children,
while only about one in 20 say they
actually have a college savings
plan. Only 3% say saving for edu-
cation is the most important goal.
The study also reports that nearly
nine out of 10 African-Americans
acknowledge they do not have a
professional financial advisor,
because they don't think they need
one or think they can't afford one.
Hungry for information
Even though most African-
Payday Loans Squeezing
America's Minority Communities
The loans look attractive to those with little credit or resources.
Continued from front
to the lender. The amount on the
check equals the amount borrowed
plus a fee that is either a percentage
of the full amount of the check or a
flat dollar amount. The customer
must either pay back the full
amount of the check and the fees, or
pay another fee to extend the loan.
The loans too often become cyclical
and take much more money to get
out of, say advocates.
Payday lending is a $40 billion
industry made up of roughly 23,000
lenders, such as Check 'n Go,
Advance America, Cash America
and Check Into Cash, where a typi-
cal borrower takes out between
eight and 10 loans each year,
according to researchers at
Stephens Inc., which follows the
Congress looks at capping loans
Fifteen states and the District of
Columbia have legislated caps on
various amounts. Such a cap has
been introduced in the U.S. Senate
and House, and would not prohibit
California or other states from insti-
tuting their own caps.
"H.R. 1214, the Payday Loan
Reform Act of 2009, creates signif-
icant protections from abusive pay-
day practices by preventing
rollovers and freeing consumers
from the debt trap by mandating a
cost-free 90 day repayment
plan.The bill lowers the effective
APR of a payday loan to 48 percent,
or 15 cents for every dollar loaned,"
said Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-lll.) at
an April 2 congressional hearing of
the subcommittee on Financial
Institutions and Consumer Credit.
"This is a rate that is lower than
23 current state rate caps, including
California, Colorado, New
Hampshire and even my home state
of Illinois.My legislation would
also prohibit unfair mandatory arbi-
tration clauses, increase disclosures
and honor all existing stronger state
protections by creating a federal
floor on which stronger laws can
then be built," he said.
Proposed federal legislation,
which includes several bills,
addresses problems with predatory
payday loans, which bind borrow-
ers in long-term debt at 400 percent
annual interest rates. Congress
passed a 36 percent cap in 2006 to
protect active members of the mili-
tary after the Pentagon testified that
payday loans were affecting mili-
Surprisingly, opponents and
backers of payday loans disagree
with the Gutierrez bill, H.R. 1214.
Michael Calhoun, president of
the Center for Responsible
Lending, commended Rep. Luis
Gutierrez for a commitment to eco-
nomic fairness and financial reform
and his interest in addressing pay-
But, he added, "We continue to
oppose the provisions of H.R. 1214
because they do not address the
fundamental problems with payday
lending that trap borrowers in debt:
The high cost of the short-term
credit and the requirement that the
borrower pay back the loan with a
The payday loan industry has
favored similar bills in states. For
example, states have tried to stop
abusive repeat payday loans by
banning loan renewals like the loan
renewal ban in H.R. 1214 (e.g.
Florida, Oklahoma). Payday
lenders, though, evade this restric-
tion by closing out the loan and
simply re-opening it with a new
identical loan, with no resulting
reduction in the average number of
loans per borrower or interest paid.
Jeff Kursman, spokesman for
Check 'n Go, told The Hill.com that
the bill pre-empts state law and
does nothing to protect the industry
from state legislatures passing
stiffer terms in the future.
Kursman said, "We can't support
that in any way, shape or form."
Americans don't have a formal
advisor or plan, most also respond-
ed that they had a greater interest
than the general population in
obtaining financial planning infor-
mation from seminars, a financial
advisor, an insurance agent, fami-
ly/friends or television.
African-Americans aren't alone
in their tendency to avoid the topic
of finances. Like the general popu-
lation, they rank sex and not having
enough money as the top two topics
they are least comfortable dis-
cussing with family members, far
outranking religion or politics.
admitted more frequently to taking
some type of action to avoid con-
versations about finances (45 per-
cent vs. 39 percent of the general
population). Generally, of those
who are willing to make this admis-
sion, actions taken to avoid the con-
versation included screening calls
and cutting off a relationship.
Of those who aren't actively
avoiding the topic, African-
Americans reported that they are
talking to their children about
financial matters. Three out of four
parents with children under 21 say
they have discussed saving money
with their children, and three-fifths
have done so within the past month.
One out of four have discussed
saving money in the past six
months. However, of those partici-
pants with children in school, eight
out of 10 acknowledge they have
not researched if their school teach-
es about saving money.
"We've got to be a part of the
national dialogue about how to get
beyond this economic crisis," adds
Smilev. "The more we are all
empowered with information, tools
and resources, the more we all can
contribute to making America as
good as its promise."
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Protect Your Money
By Jason Alderman
"If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is."
I low many times have you heard that expression? Even in favorable
economic times, otherwise cautious people can be duped by get-rich-
quick schemes or investments that promise unrealistic returns. But when
times get hard, folks increasingly fall for these scams in their quest to
make ends meet.
Many people, feeling overwhelmed by the complexity of the subject
matter, hire a financial planning professional for advice. However, as
recent headlines have shown, even highly regarded investment experts
sometimes turn out to be con artists simply peddling the latest Ponzi
So how can you protect and grow your assets and plan for your finan-
First, educate yourself. There's a wealth of information available
online, at libraries, bookstores or your local community college. Get
grounded in basic financial concepts such as:
The importance of saving for short- and long-term goals
Creating and living within a budget
How banking, credit and loan products work
Why credit scores are so important
Planning for unexpected events
Helpful resources include:
MyMoney.gov, the U.S. government's website dedicated to teaching
the basics about financial education (www.mymoney.gov)
JumpStart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, a clearinghouse
of materials designed for children (www.jumpstartclearinghouse.org).
AARP, which advises and advocates for people over 50 in all aspects
of their personal and financial lives (www.aarp.org)
Practical Money Skills for Life, Visa Inc.'s free personal financial
management site, featuring interactive tools, articles and other resources
for adults, children and educators (www.practicalmoneyskills.com).
Don't go it alone. Why not form a book club/discussion group where
you can share financial fears, missteps and success stories with mutual-
ly supportive friends? It's sometimes easier to digest information and
make action plans together. A good place to start is by reading "The
Difference: How Anyone Can Prosper in Even the Toughest Times," by
best-selling author and "Today Show" finance editor Jean Chatzky.
Finally, don't rule out consulting with a financial planner. Even if you
can't afford ongoing money-management services, consider hiring a
third party temporarily to help you crystallize your financial goals and
trouble-shoot areas where you may be lacking, such as retirement sav-
ings, estate planning or having adequate insurance protection.
Many types of professionals call themselves financial planners but
they don't all have the same training or specialties. Different groups that
certify planners have their own credentialing requirements, regulators
and ethical guidelines, but education and experience requirements vary.
If you don't have a trusted referral, good resources to learn more
about different kinds of planners include the Financial Planning
Association (www.fpanet.org), the National Association of Personal
Financial Advisors (www.napfa.org), and the Certified Financial
Planner Board of Standards (www.cfp.net).
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Hosts 2009 Writers Conference lL _
The University of North Florida
along with the Florida Writers
Association is sponsoring the 2009
Writers Conference Friday, Aug. 7,
through Sunday, Aug. 9, at the
University Center on campus. The
conference is for writers of fiction,
non-fiction and screenplays.
The three-day conference kicks off
on Friday, Aug. 7, starting at 8 a.m.,
featuring keynote speaker Steve
Berry, New York Times best-selling
author of "The Charlemagne
Pursuit," "The Alexandria Link,"
"The Venetian Betrayal," and many
more. He will also present a work-
shop titled Writing Effective
Dialog. The day also holds work-
shops on topics such as Creative
Freelancing, Writing the Killer
Hollywood Thriller, Breaking into
the Chic Lit Market and much
On Saturday and Sunday, August
8 and August 9, writers participate
in fiction, non-fiction and screen-
writing critique workshops. Sunday
afternoon's schedule includes a
marketing panel and a workshop
featuring the UNF Writers
Conference Book & Film Deal
Connection, an opportunity for
attendees to submit their work to
agents, book editors and film pro-
ducers after the conference.
"Every writer wants an easy way
to get their work noticed," said
Sharon Y. Cobb, writers conference
director. "With our Book & Film
Deal Connection, attendees may
pitch their projects to book agents
and editors as well as literary
agents who represent screenplays
and film producers."
The final registration deadline is
July 31. For more information,
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Encourage Community to find the Voice of Truth
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Minority communities around the country generally welcome the pres-
ence of groups that are dedicated to fighting for the rights of those in trou-
ble, or have had hard luck, or whose civil rights have not been protected.
Their causes have good intentions and often help to bring about change 'for
the good'. Last week the Justice Coalition joined forces with the New
Black Panther Party for Self Defense, and Hurting Families with Children
in Crime Inc. to address Shootings (32) by Police in 2008. Mikhail S.
Muhammad, State Chairman, spoke to the community in Springfield,
about Civil and Constitutional Rights, and addressed the recent shooting
death of Kiko Battle. Details of their effort can be found on CNN.com.
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a sold out crowd last week witnessing Grammy nominated artist Anthony
Hamilton at the Florida Theatre. The concert opened up with comedian
Tyler Craig who brought a smile to the fans of Michael Jackson. Hamilton,
shown in the inset, belted out such tunes "Charlene", "Do You Feel Me"
and "Can't Let Go" to the delight of the audience. Photo by Pretty Tony.
Roberts Allenites shown are Madams: Olivia A. Young, Elizabeth T.
Downing, Tasheka Young, Vanestine Small, Deborah Jones, Wanda
Mitchell, and Ginell Harness. RSilver photo
Allenites Encourage Reading for Youth
The Lois J. Roberts Allenites,
a Historic Mt. Zion member club,
sponsors a Reading Camp for chil-
dren each summer. The goal of the
camp is to promote a love for read-
ing beginning with children three
years of age. "Free to the Public"
over twenty-five students are
attending this year. The camp pro-
vides a free lunch and free books.
The Reading Camp sponsored a
Field Trip to Historic Durkeeville
recently. Oliva A. Young,
President of the Lois J. Roberts
Allenites said "As an educator,
there is always been a desire in me
to use the students' time out of
school in more productive ways.
The Historic Mt. Zion AME Church
is pastured by Rev. F. P.
Richardson, Jr., who always sup-
ports "giving back to our youth."
MAD DADS is looking for
"Real Fathers and Real Men" to
help lead our young people to edu-
cation and success, and to become
role models and help lead our youth
to successful lives. For more infor-
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Michael Jackson Should be Remembered for
His Music and Philanthropy Above All Else
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The death of Michael Jackson
not only caught the world by sur-
prise, but it is the end to a life that
was unique, exceptional, odd and
down right crazy at times.
Like most of you I get all sorts of
junk text messages from time to
time. "If you want to be blessed
look up in the sky and say it's a
beautiful day, and then pass this
message on to 10 people you love."
I normally immediately hit
delete. But when I received a text
from my sister, who is certainly not
the most reliable source, about
Michael Jackson's death I was in
disbelief. So I immediately went
online to verify, and was shocked
to find out the Jackson was dead at
the young age of 50.
At first, I sort of brushed it off
thinking that this is simply strange
ending in the life of a man who
obviously had some serious mental
But later that night when I got
home and all of the tributes to
Jackson started on TV it began to
sink in. All of the music videos,
concert footage, interviews, and of
course all of the good and bad
about Jackson was being discussed.
Again, that's when it hit me. It hit
me that Jackson was not only the
best entertainer in American histo-
ry, but perhaps the history of the
It speaks volumes when a couple
hundred inmates in a Philippine
prison are performing the Thriller
dance moves on YouTube. And
that's just the tip of the iceberg.
Hundreds of home and profession-
al videos were uploaded to Youtube
and other webpages with people
showing off the Michael Jackson
1 don't care how macho you are.
Everyone liked Michael Jackson's
music and dancing.
I remember when he came to
Jacksonville in 1984 for the concert
of all concerts. 1 think that 1 cried
for a couple of days because my
mom couldn't afford to take my
brother and I to the concert.
I was only 9 years old, so my
mother felt that it wasn't a big deal
if I didn't go, but 1 vividly remem-
ber being upset because some of
my friends and cousins were going.
I think that I finally forgave my
mom years later because she let me
go see RUN DMC in concert.
Since I am in the mood for con-
fessions, I also remember wanting
one of those Billie Jean jackets
with the zippers and all.
Man, I remember I wanted the
real-looking version of the jacket
that JC Penny's was selling. But of
course, my mom goes out and gets
me the cheap and cheesy looking
Pic N' Save version of the jacket.
Talk about not catching a break.
And of course I had my very own
favorite Michael Jackson moves.
Much like the rest of the world, I
could moon walk with the best of
So I was sitting there watching
old videos and really enjoying the
best of Michael Jackson, but then
of course there is always someone
or some network that wants to
focus on the good, bad and the
One network talked about the
millions that he reportedly paid out
to different families for child
molestation suites and, the strange
way he acquired his children.
They also brought up the issues
he had with his family over the
years, his medical issues and of
course his physical transformation
from a regular black male to a look
that is really unbelievable.
And looking at those old videos,
photos and album covers it really
becomes disheartening because
Jackson obviously had some men-
tal challenges with his physical
He was an attractive young man
who embarked on a series of plastic
surgeries and skin treatments that
almost made him look like some-
thing out of a wax museum.
Yes, Jackson had some serious
personal issues, but that doesn't
take away the fact that he was a
musical genius and the best enter-
tainer the world may ever know.
Jackson was also a kind giving
person, which is a fact that is often
lost in the circus that was his life. I
watched the "We are the World"
video and was reminded about his
role in fighting hunger in Africa
and the dozens of other philan-
thropic efforts he undertook.
According to Wikipedia, Jackson
donated over $300 million to char-
ity over the course of his adult life.
1 mentioned, "We are the World,"
which was co-written with Lionel
Richie in 1985. The song raised
over $100 million for the nonprofit,
USA for Africa. He also wrote and
sang the "Heal the World" single,
and the subsequent tour, were all
donated to charity.
That is the part of Jackson's life
that many people forget. Again, he
certainly had some challenges, but
the good certainly out weighed the
Farewell to the King of Pop, you
will be missed and hopefully
remembered for your impact on
music, culture and philanthropy.
Signing off from home, where
the wife insists on proving the she
still knows the Thriller dance rou-
tine, Reggie Fullwood
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Faust Temple Church Of God In Bishon Jakes Gosnel Tribute Closes Festival
Christ 33rd Pastor's Anniversary
Faust Temple Church Of God In Christ invites members and friends to
celebrate with Bishop R.L and First Lady Martha Dixon in their 33rd
Pastoral Anniversary. Festivities will be held Wednesday July 8th thru
Friday, the 10th at 7:30 pm each night and close out Sunday July 12, 2009
at 4:30 pm. For additional information please contact Missionary Lula
Jones at 573-3035 or the Church at 353-1418. The Church is located at
3328 Moncrief Rd.
Believers of Christ Temple Ministries
Celebrating 16th Church Anniversary
Believers of Christ Temple Ministries, will celebrate 16 years of Ministry
proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ. July 22-26. Hosted by Pastor M. L.
Drinks and First Lady Tanya Drinks, festivities begin with a Revival on
Wednesday July 22nd- Friday July 24th nightly at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday
July 25th at 6:00 p.m., there will be a Banquet at the Ramada Inn
Mandarin. Sunday July 26th at 9:45 a.m. Sunday School and 11:15 a.m.
will be highlighted by special guest speaker: Dr Joe Mack Bankhead of
Friendly Temple Church of God in Christ in Sulligent, Alabama. The
church is located at 5318 C Street. For more information, call 534-0679.
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 began June 8th and end
August 14th. An Extended Camp will be held during the week of August
17th. Camp hours are 6:30 am to 5:45 pm, Monday Friday for ages 3 to
15. Jacksonville Children's Commission funded seat are available. For
information visit our website PFDSY.org or call 765-7173.
Battle of the Choirs
Expanding Minds, Inc. is sponsoring a Battle of the Choirs Contest on
July 11th at 5 p.m.. A $500.00 grand prize will go to the winning choir and
they must have a minimum of 15 people in it. It will be held at the Cathedral
of Faith, 2591 West Beaver Street. For more information: www.expanding-
mindsinc.com or call 887-3309.
Bishop Jakes listens intently as he is celebrated through song.
Inspiring gospel music and mes-
sages reigned supreme inside the
Morial Convention Center on the
final day of the Essence Music
Festival which honored Bishop T.D.
Jakes as part of its 15th annual cele-
Some 7,000 people packed the
convention center hall to witness the
tribute to Jakes, the Dallas pastor
who gave the inauguration day ser-
mon in Washington, D.C. for
President Barack Obama.
"He's such a voice, such a man,"
said Smokie Norfuil just before he
paid Jakes tribute in song. "It's a
privilege to be a part of this celebra-
tion. We're supposed to give honor
to those who honor is due. He's been
such a phenomenal presence in my
life through his preaching ministry,
such a help to me from way back in
the day and now, who knew I'd be
on stage honoring him."
A sermon by Bishop Eddie Long
of Atlanta and performances by
Norful as well as CeCe Winans,
Kirk Franklin and Mary Mary high-
lighted the tribute.
Brian Courtney Wilson, whose
release "Just Love" debuted at No. 2
on Billboard's gospel chart, said he
was glad to have the chance to meet
Jakes. "He's just larger than life and
Boylan-Haven School & Boylan-Haven
Mather Planning Grand Reunion
The Jacksonville chapter of the Boylan-Haven Alumnae Association
invited all alumnae, attendees, and friends to attend the upcoming grand
reunion July 24-26 2009 at the Wyndham Hotel, 1515 Prudential Dr. The
reunion will include a week end filled with entertainment, renewing of
acquaintance, and making new friends. For registration and additional
information, call 466-8540 or 631-8912.
because he's poured into so many
people's lives, having the opportuni-
ty to do so for him is just a bless-
ing," he said.
Wilson and Shari Addison, a
finalist of BET's gospel talent
search show "Sunday Best," both
performed in the festival's market-
place and signed autographs for
Addison, a festival first-timer,
said it's appropriate that Essence
decided to organize such a tribute
for Jakes, pastor of The Potter's
"His anointing is so great and
powerful and he's always so giving.
I always ask, 'Who cares for the
caretaker?' and this is our opportuni-
ty to pour back into him," she said.
"I'm just having a blast," she said.
"I can't believe I'm in the room with
all these powerful people and now,
these people are my peers. I just met
CeCe Winans and she says, 'I
remember you from the show' and
I'm just so honored to be able to be
a part of same ministry that she is."
Lisa Johnson of Atlanta com-
mended Essence on producing the
festival, which has drawn more than
2 million people since its inception
in 1995. Last year, the festival had a
record-breaking 270,000 attendees.
"I think it's awesome that they can
get people together to have fun and
no fighting," she said.
Parishoners Bickering Cause NY
Mega Chuch's New Pastor to Quit
After less than two months on the
job the pastor of a renowned New
York City mega church has resigned
citing a growing riff in the congre-
gation mostly due to his appoint-
Rev. Dr. Brad Braxton has left his
post as Senior Minister of the
Riverside Church after he was cho-
sen to replace their retiring pastor of
In part Braxton's resignation let-
"As a pastor, I have implemented
programs that serve marginalized
communities. As a biblical scholar, I
have analyzed the scripture to
reveal how traditional interpreta-
tions of the Bible have led to those
communities being marginalized in
the first place," reported the N.Y.
Times, adding that "the consistent
discord has made it virtually impos-
sible to establish a fruitful covenant
between the congregation and me
that facilitates the flourishing of the
congregation, the broader commu-
nity, and my family," he noted.
In the extensive resignation letter,
Braxton went on to say the ongoing
struggles in the church over his
election and installation "created a
level of antagonism within the con-
gregation that undermines the com-
munity's efforts to embody harmo-
ny in the name of Jesus Christ."
Braxton, a progressive Christian,
seemed a good match for the church
famously known for being "a
stronghold of activism and political
debate throughout its 75-year histo-
ry. But not all were pleased with the
selection, with some complaining
that Braxton was moving Riverside
away from its tradition of interra-
cial- Continued on page 7
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Williams Sets New Target Ar Ga Slam Win
Williams Sets New Target After Gand Slam Win ..,, ,
Serena Williams is looking to
forge her place in tennis history
after winning her llth grand slam
title at Wimbedon on Saturday.
The 27-year-old American told
CNN that she had set "new goals"
after beating sister Venus 7-6 6-2 to
win the title on the grass of the All-
England club for the third time.
It left her one behind fellow
American and childhood idol Billiie
Jean King on the grand slam all-
time list and Williams admitted she
had re-evaluated how many she
could now win.
"I have totally different goals
Rev. Brad Braxton
continued from previous page
progressivism and toward a conser-
vative style of religious practice. A
group of dissident congregants
even went to the State Supreme
Court in Manhattan to block
Braxton's installation ceremony in
April, despite his election in
September by an overwhelming
margin. Adding to the fire was
knowledge of his pay package,
which exceeded $600,000 a year -
including a $250,000 salary and a
housing allowance. Notably, how-
ever, for a church with 2,700 mem-
bers, Braxton's compensation was
not so out of the ballpark.
"Dr. Braxton's decision to step
down has illuminated the need for
our Church community to gain
clarity on our shared mission, and
the Church Council is looking for-
ward to engaging with the congre-
gation in the deep soul-searching
and conversations that will allow
us to move forward as a stronger,
more unified congregation," said
Jean L. Schmidt, chairperson of the
about how many I want to reach
and 1 now know exactly which
number I want to go to," she said.
"Then hopefully when 1 get there,
I have another number."
Williams can match King by win-
ning the the U.S Open in August
and she said that she was already
"focused" on the next grand slam at
Flushing Meadows in New York.
Australia's Margaret Court holds
the all-time women's record for
grand slam titles with 24, while
Germany's Steffi Grafwon 22.
Despite winning three of the past
four grand slams, Williams remains
at world number two in the WTA
rankings behind Dinara Safina, but
she brushed off the controversy.
"Everybody thinks that I am num-
ber one, so that's fine with me," she
Despite being the higher seeded
player, Serena went into the final as
the underdog after her sister's dem-
When the United Football
League debuts in October, Michael
Vick could be one of its players.
Michael Huyghue, the commis-
sioner of the new four-team league,
says the UFL is willing to give Vick
a place to play provided there
are no pending legal issues. His
rights belong to the Orlando fran-
chise. Huyghue served several sea-
sons in the upper echelons of the
"One of the things that is impor-
tant in our premiere season is to
showcase the quality of talent and
the coaches, and to be able to show
outstanding players who find them-
selves in this quagmire the NFL
creates," Huyghue said. "Michael
Vick might be that kind of player
because he is ... a phenomenal tal-
ent, but he needs transitionining
back into the NFL.
"Also gaining as much wide-
spread exposure for the league as
possible might be addressed with
Huyghue said he will monitor the
Vick situation closely and "if he is
free and clear of legal issues, we
will look at the situation."
Vick already has served an 18-
month sentence in federal prison for
his involvement in a dogfighting
ring. He is under home confinement
until July 20, after which the NFL is
expected to announce whether the
Dementieva in her
last four clash and felt
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Serena Williams holds the championship tro- paired up to win a
phy, after defeating her sister Venus to win the fourth Wimbledon
women's singles final on the Centre Court at women's doubles
Wimbledon, Saturday, July 4, 2009. title as they beat
olition of Safina in the semifinals. A u s t ra l i a s
By contrast, the eventual champi- Samantha Stosur and Rennae
on survived a match point before Stubbs, 7-6 6-4.
Juliet Fields, National VP, EWC Alumni Association, Claudette
Williams, EWC President and Marguerite Warren, National
President of the EWC Alumni Association prepare for the event.
EWC National Alumni Conference
Set for July 30-August 2, 2009
The staff, faculty and leadership
of the EWC National Alumni
Would Consider Hiring Vick
former Atlanta Falcons quarterback
will be suspended.
Vick, the No. 1 overall pick in the
2001 draft, has not played football
since the 2006 season.
The UFL will have teams in
Orlando, New York, Las Vegas and
San Francisco, playing games
mostly on Thursday nights in
October and November. The cham-
pionship game will be Nov. 27, the
day after Thanksgiving.
Orlando acquired UFL rights to
Vick in an allocation draft of play-
ers not under contract in the NFL.
"I don't know if the NFL will sus-
pend Vick," said Dennis Green,
coach of the San Francisco tean
and the chairman of the UFL's com-
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petition committee a role he also
held while coaching in the NFL.
"What he did was very wrong, and
he paid his debt to society. He was
a model inmate, otherwise he never
would have made it out from prison
"Now he has to show he loves the
game and is a responsible citizen.
You can't show you love the game if
you're not able to play the game. So
if Michael Vick were to say, 'I will
play for not a lot of money,' well,
hello. We're here.
"If he is not allowed back into the
NFL and he wants to show he is a
model citizen and he loves the
game, there is not a better situation
While it sounds as if Vick will be
welcomed into the UFL, Huyghue
would not address the situations of
Plaxico Burress, Donte' Stallworth
or other NFL players with legal
"Every player will have to be
unique and different," he said.
Green reiterated there have been
no UFL discussions about those
players, and he emphasized the
UFL will not be an outlaw league.
"We don't want to be known as a
league where if guys are in trouble,
that is where you go," Green said.
Association invite all graduates and
former students from throughout
Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New
York and other states to participate
in their annual National Alumni
Conference. It will be held July 30
- August 2nd here in Jacksonville
on the EWC campus.
The convention will include a
series of activities including an
opening reception, educational
workshops focused on fundraising,
public relations, student recruit-
ment, alumni chapter and scholar-
ship development; a recognition
luncheon; a "white linen" soiree; a
"picnic on the lawn;" and a closing
banquet. Not limited to alumni,
business, civic and community
leaders from Jacksonville, as well
as outstanding alumni and former
faculty and staff, will be honored.
Festivities will conclude with a
church service on Sunday, August
2, 2009, at 10 a.m. at New Bethel
AME located at 1231 Tyler Street.
All proceeds will fund scholarships
for EWC students.
For more information about the
agenda or any other activities, con-
tact Ms. Warren at 765-2210.
Celebrate a Cleaner Jacksonville
At Your Neighborhood Fair
We are bringing useful information from various city organizations to your neighborhood. Join your city
council representative and take part in the family fun.
* Ice Cream
* Hot Dogs
* Face Painting
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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-
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 at 100 N. Laura St.
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 17th at the Hyatt Regency.
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
Book Club Meeting
The July meeting for the PRIDE
Book Club, north Florida's oldest
and largest book club for people of
color, will be held on Friday July
10th at 7:00 p.m. hosted by
Clarence Lewis. The book for dis-
cussion is Steve Harvey's "Act Like
a Lady Think Like a Man". You
are requested to bring potluck
refreshments. For directions or
more information, call Romona
Baker at 384-3939 or 703-3428.
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
North Florida Hair
Showcase and Talent
The Annual North Florida Hair
Showcase and Talent Extravaganza
will be at the Florida Theatre on
Saturday July llth from 7 10
p.m.. The evening will include a
hair competition of area stylists
competing for over $5,000 in cash
and prizes. Visit the Florida Theatre
Lecture on Gee's Bend
Quilts at the Cummer
The Cummer Museum of Art &
Gardens is hosting an in-depth dis-
cussion of A Survey of Gee's Bend
Quilts with guest lecturer Elizabeth
B. Heuer, Ph.D., Assistant
Professor of Art History, at the
University of North Florida. The
quilts are on display through
August 2nd and features 21 quilts
created by the women of Gee's
Bend, Alabama, almost exclusively
the descendants of African
American slaves. It will be held on
Tuesday, July 14th at 7 p.m. For
more information, call 355-0630.
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.
Comedy Explosion at
the Florida Theatre
There will be a comedy concert at
the Florida Theater featuring
nationally known comedians
Anthony Anderson, Tommy
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Special K. It will be held on
Saturday, July 25th at 8 pm. For
more information call 451-7482.
African Children's Choir
If you missed the African
Children's Choir in Jacksonville in
May, you'll have a few more
chances to see the internationally
acclaimed Choir in July. Upcoming
performances include Wednesday,
July 22nd 7:00 pm at Murray Hill
Baptist Church, 4300 Post Street;
Sunday, July 26th 9:00am &
11:00am at Southpoint Community
Church, 7556 Salisbury Road;
Sunday, July 26th 6:00 pm at
North Jacksonville Baptist Church,
8531 North Main Street and
Tuesday, July 28th 7:00 pm at
Southside United Methodist
Church, 3120 Hendricks Avenue.
Admission is free!
Dinner & Dance
The Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle
Club will have their annual formal
dinner and dance on Saturday,
July 25th. It will be held at the
Southside Women's Club, 2500
Club Terrace. Doors open at 7 and
dinner will begin at 7:30 sharp.
Keynote speaker will be former
sheriff Nat Glover. For tickets or
more information, call 254-5313.
and Youth Summit
On Saturday, July 25, 2009 at
9:00 am, the Women of Color
Cultural Foundation and other com-
munity partners will present the
10th Annual Health Symposium for
People of All Nations at the
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. The
event is free to the public and will
feature a Youth Summit, free health
screenings, lunch, t-shirts, and
prizes. You must pre-register. For
more information or to register, call
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.
Attend a Butterfly Gardening
Workshop on Saturday, August 1
from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the
Duval Extension Office on 1010 N
McDuff Avenue. Learn about
Florida butterflies and conservation
efforts. Find out how to attract but-
terflies to your landscape and use
Florida-friendly practices to control
pests. Purchase plants to attract but-
terflies at the workshop. The cost is
$10 to attend and you must call
387-8850 to register.
Book Club Meeting
The August meeting for the
PRIDE Book Club, north Florida's
oldest and largest book club for
people of color, will be held on
Saturday August 8th at 7:00 p.m.
hosted Marsha Phelts. The book for
discussion is "Unburnable" by
Marie-Elena John. For directions or
more information, call Romona
Baker at 384-3939 or 703-3428.
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15th Annual Essence Music Festival is
Country's Largest "Party with a Purpose"
Anita Baker Janelle Monae
Frankie Beverly and Maze
Essence Magazine's heralded fes-
tival returned for the 15th time to
New Orleans, La with attendance of
over 200,000 despite the lagging
economy. Festival goers participat-
ed in the customary wellness daily
seminars by day flanked by star
studded concerts at night.
The Convention Center's 5,000
seat setup was full throughout the
day to hear words of wisdom from
everyone including Steve Harvey
on relationships, the status of Black
Americans from the likes of Bill
Cosby, Roland Martin and Soledad
O'Brien and spirituality from
Bishop T.D. Jakes. Gospel singers
Mary Mary even delighted the
crowd. Everyone embraced the fes-
tival's motto, "a party with a pur-
pose," as they listened to panels
about schools, churches, family life
Outside the hall, thousands more
strolled and shopped at more than
200 booths pushing jewelry, books,
art, clothes, food, cars, TV shows,
jobs, service in the Army and FBI,
and education at any number of uni-
versities and schools.
Most of the concerts were not for
the early risers but for music lovers.
The entire series was dedicated to
Inside a sold-out Superdome --
reportedly the largest single-night
attendance in Essence history the
opening night stage included Neo,
John Legend and Beyonce.
Beyonce lived up to the legend of
being a diva. She set a new standard
for clarity relative to size with a
personalized jumbotron. The 10-
foot-tall Beyonce appeared three-
Flanked by an entirely female
band males were relegated to her
dance troupe, the live musicians --
including three percussionists, three
horns, and three backing vocalists
dubbed "the Mamas" -- navigated
through "Naughty Girl," "Freakum
Dress" and "Get Me Bodied"
among other hits. Her set concluded
with a tribute to Michael Jackson
with her hit "Halo" that left no dry
eyes in the house.
At 1:15 a.m. Saturday
night/Sunday morning -- fifteen
minutes after his Essence set was
scheduled to finish Maxwell took
the stage. The preceding act, Anita
Baker, ran late, contributed with her
"You Bring Me Joy" encore.
Discriminating Essence audiences
give every performer a shot, but
patience is not unlimited. Maxwell
tried it, doing himself no favors. As
his set wore on into the wee hours,
thousands of empty seats surround-
ed diehard fans.
At 2:50 a.m., he finally called it
quits with a semi-acoustic
"Whenever Wherever Whatever";
his percussionist tapped out a heart-
beat rhythm. As his final act, he
prompted his musicians to intro-
duce themselves a strange ending
to what even the singer acknowl-
edged was a strange night.
The Essence Music Festival
wrapped up its 15th 'party with a
purpose' Sunday in New Orleans.
Thousands of participants spent
their days in cultural activities and
discussions, and their nights groov-
ing to the sounds of unparalleled
'The concert was loaded with spe-
cial treats. Mid-way through his
Sunday night set in the Superdome,
Lionel Richie announced his inten-
tion to "do something different" at
the Essence Music Festival.
With that, he called out guitarist
Thomas McClary and bassist
Ronald LaPread for what amounted
to half of a Commodores reunion.
Together they sang "Easy", "Too
Hot to Trot", "Just to be Close to
You" ,"Fancy Dancer, "Zoom",
"Brick House" and others before
Richie finished his set with his own
brand of tunes.
Only Frankie Beverly and Maze
could follow Lionel Richie on
Sunday. To mark the 15th anniver-
sary of the Essence Fest and Maze
closing it, a video retrospective pre-
ceded Maze's performance. The
musicians, in their traditional white,
arrived onstage at 1:15 a.m. For the
second consecutive night, Essence
ran nearly two hours behind.
If '09 turns out to be the swan
song for Maze at Essence, Beverly
and company went out on top. For
90 minutes, they demonstrated just
why they are so beloved. They belt-
ed out their hits "Jubu", "Golden
Time of Day", "Back in Stride",
"Happy Feelings" and "We Are
One" among others.
"Thank you for having us here
and honoring us," he said. "When
you're doing what you're supposed
to do, you don't think about that.
When you get things like this, it
really touches you...l don't know
what the hell to say."
So they kept playing. At 2:45
a.m., the St. Augustine High School
Marching 100, in full purple and
gold splendor, marched onto, and
filled, the Essence stage.
The band echoed the Maze
encore, "1 Wanna Thank You,"
which finally closed out the concert
at 3 a.m. Monday morning. "I want
to thank you for giving me what 1
need," Beverly sang.
The diehards who remained in the
Dome could have just as well sung
that line to him.
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I need help. I'm really thinking about getting rid of my relaxer,
because I'm sick of the maintenance, and chemicals I have to put in my
hair every six to eight weeks. I'm strongly considering going natural;
does a natural style necessarily mean true liberation for tresses? What
should my first few steps be? -Alona
Oh so its freedom that you're looking for huh? That makes me think
of that Aretha Franklin song Think, "Freedom, oooh Freedom"... ok, let
me get serious. Going from relaxed hair to a natural state is not as easy
as simply stopping your relaxer, there is a lot of work and energy that
goes into pulling this off successfully.
First, you should have a serious conversation with your current styl-
ist. Ask if he or she does this technique or even suggests it for you. At
Salon PK, we do provide natural service, but mainly for coloring, shap-
ing and rods sets. If you are looking for a two strand twist, be sure to
find a salon that specializes in these types of styles. After you've had
this discussion with your stylist or a one you've newly acquired, the two
of you should map out your, "going natural game plan".
The game plan you follow will depend on a few different things. Let
me just say this as a word of precaution; your
hair type will dictate how manageable
your natural hair will be. Now, I'm
not saying it can't be done if your
hair is coarse in its natural state.
But you will have a more diffi-
cult time with some styles
than say someone with a
looser curl or finer hair. All
hair is beautiful, and a natu-
ral state can be achieved for
If you are trying to main-
tain your current look, that is
you like your hair the length it
is and you wish to keep it that
way while being chemical free,
this too can work. First, realize you
must be open to wearing a braided or
braided weave style for up to six months to
a year. This is because a natural demarcation or
stress is put on the hair while your relaxer is growing out. To avoid or
lessen the amount of shedding or hair loss it is also wise to keep your
hair out of the path of any additional stressors (i.e. excess combing,
brushing, and heat). Think of it this way, if you've seen a rope that is
heavier at its base and imagine it getting thinner toward the end. That
'is how your hair strains will iipear while going from relaxed to natural.
When the coarse or natural hair meets the relaxed hair that is where peo-
ple see their breaking point. So for that reason many people simply cut
their hair first and then allow it to grow in its natural state.
Likewise, I don't want you to think that your hair will automatically
grow down your back; you must go shorter, before you go longer. As a
result your desired style will be a huge factor in this transition. For short,
short cuts think Jada Pinkett, before she became Mrs. Smith. Also, do
not get dismayed when you see your hair shedding. Again, this is natu-
ral and you can expect it to happen. I've seen women start out on the
natural path only to turn running when their hair starts to appear to
break. Again, if you opt for a braided or braided weave style, you can
more easily maintain your current look.
And finally, please have realistic expectations on what your hair can
do. This is the same hair you've had as a young person. Your hair has
changed but not into an entirely different head of hair. And rest assured
that Florida's humidity will also play a role in your current decision.
Every month I have women that come from say the west coast and they
cannot understand what is going on with their once manageable natural
hair. And sure, in a dryer climate I'm sure you could press your hair and
maintain the same look as you had with a relaxer but not so easy in
Florida. Remember that any additional heat is going to cause the bonds
in your hair to weaken thus improving the odds that is will see some
damage. Our humidity will not only increase the amount of heat needed
for your hair, it will also increase the time you spend maintaining it. I
do hope this information helps. Remember to first, have a frank dis-
cussion with your stylist and second the two of you must map out a
game plan for the perfect natural you. Call me to schedule a consulta-
tion, if you have any more questions.
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CNN's Black in America 2 Focuses
on Innovators and Future Leaders
CNN anchor and special correspondent Soledad O'Brien and
Malaak Compton-Rock, humanitarian and wife of entertainer Christ
Rock, traveled to South Africa with 30 young people from Brooklyn as
part of the cultural exchange program, Journey for Change. The pro-
gram engages economically disadvantaged youth, offering them
opportunities to see the world, develop self-confidence and motivate
them to pursue their goals.
CNN's acclaimed Black in interview with media mogul Tyler
America continues this July with Perry and a rare tour of his sprawl-
stories of successful community ing film studios in Atlanta, GA.
leaders who are improving the lives Perry rose from poverty to multi-
of African-Americans. This year, million dollar success, and as the
Soledad O'Brien criss-crossed the owner of a major motion picture
U.S., and included reporting from studio, he talks with O'Brien about
Ghana and South Africa, as she the importance of control and cre-
uncovered the people and programs ative vision.
at the forefront of change people "Soledad will inspire viewers
inspiring volunteerism, programs with the stories of a heroic oncolo-
that are improving access to quality gist who continues her research in
healthcare and education, and lead- Detroit and Ghana despite the
ers working to address financial doctor's fears about her own recent
disparities and develop strong fam- biopsy, and a principal from
ilies. Hartford, CT, who founded a year-
For the documentaries, O'Brien round magnet high school that
reported from Brooklyn, where sends all of its graduates to college.
humanitarian Malaak Compton- These stories are not just inspira-
Rock has created "Journey for tional, they offer approaches to
Change," an innovative program pressing issues that viewers are fac-
aimed at expanding the horizons, ing and can adapt to their lives,"
and improving the confidence of said Mark Nelson, vice president
economically disadvantaged teens, and senior executive producer,
O'Brien and Compton-Rock trav- CNN Productions.
eled to South Africa with over two For the debut evening of CNN's
dozen teens for two weeks oftrans- Black in America 2, O'Brien pro-
formative volunteer service in shan- files community organizers across
ty towns and AIDS orphanages. the country who are creating
O'Brien also had an extensive progress at a local level. From an
innovative Chicago health clinic
that uses barbers to encourage
African-American men to seek the
medical care they need; to the
founder of the "Black Marriage
Day" project who works with cou-
ples in 300 cities to help develop
strong, healthy families. This
evening profiles people working in
ways large and small to make a dif-
The second documentary in the
two-night series focuses on people
who are developing African-
American leaders for tomorrow.
John Rice's "Management
Leadership for Tomorrow" mentors
talented African-American profes-
sionals to help them rise to posi-
Martin, this dynamic forum will
include debate and dialogue from
Essence Editor-in-Chief Angela
Burt-Murray; NAACP President &
CEO Ben Jealous; actor/radio talk
show host/author Steve Harvey;
humanitarian & founder of the
Angel Rock Project Malaak
anthropist Holly Robinson Peete;
TV personality Judge Penny Brown
Reynolds; actor and AIDS activist
Sheryl Lee Ralph; principal of
Capital Prepatory Magnet School
Steve Perry; and founder and exec-
utive director of the Black AIDS
Institute Phill Wilson, exploring
creative approaches to community
solutions around the country. The
O'Brien interviewed comedian/radio host/author Steve Harvey from
his studio in Atlanta. Edhvanrd. Pio Roda/cAW
tions of power and success in
America's companies. Compton-
Rock's "Journey for Change" pro-
gram offers teens the opportunity to
see the world and develop self-con-
fidence, and principal Steve Perry's
Capital Preparatory Magnet School
prepares African-American stu-
dents for college.
CNN & Essence: Reclaiming the
Dream will air Saturday, August 1
& Sunday, August 2, 8 p.m.
Moderated by O'Brien, and featur-
ing CNN Contributor Roland
two-hour forum was filmed at the
Essence Music Festival in New
Orleans on July 4 .
Additional investigative reports
examining pressing issues for
African-Americans are also avail-
able now on www.CNN.com/black-
Today's Pioneers will debut on
July 22; Tomorrow's Leaders will
debut on July 23. Both two-hour
documentaries will air at 8p.m. and
BET STILL TRYING
TO SAVE THE GAME
Television is reportedly bend-
ing over backwards trying to 1
land CW's cancelled series
"BET is doing everything it
can to acquire the rights to
Mara Brock Akil's 'The Game,'" a source at the cable network tells
The entire cast is said to be on board for a fourth season, as BET and CBS
Television Studios continue to work toward a lower, cable-appropriate
licensing fee with which new episodes can be produced.
Earlier this year, BET acquired the rights to run repeats of the
BET's possible involvement is but the latest "Hail Mary" pass from "The
Game." As the CW pondered its plans for the 2009-10 TV season, Akil
tried repositioning the sitcom as an hour-long dramedy. To that end,
Season 3's wedding-themed finale was scripted and filmed differently, to
offer the CW a taste of what could be.
If picked up by BET, however, "The Game" would stick to its half-hour
NBA STAR EDDIE CURRY FACING FORECLOSURE
Eddy Curry of the New York Knicks is facing
foreclosure on his Chicago-area home after falling
behind $217,502 in payments on his $3.7 million
mortgage, according to the Chicago Sun-Times
and the New York Times.
The foreclosure filing was made Monday in
Cook County Circuit Court.
The Sun-Times reported that Curry took out a
30-year mortgage, with initial monthly payments
of $28,675, when he purchased the home in the
Burr Ridge suburb in July 2006. Based on that figure, Curry would appear
to be seven months behind on his payments.
Two years ago, Curry and his family were the victims of an armed rob-
bery at the house. Things have gone downhill ever since.
Curry has spent the last year coping with legal troubles, personal anguish
and professional setbacks. A former girlfriend, who is the mother of
Curry's 3-year-old son, was murdered in Chicago in January.
Two weeks earlier, a former driver accused Curry of sexual harassment
in a salacious lawsuit that painted Curry as a bully and a bigot. The suit
was dismissed last month, and the matter was sent to arbitration.
ENQUIRER SAYS USHER WANTS A PATERNITY TEST
The National Enquirer is reporting that Usher wants a paternity test done
on his youngest child 6-month-old Naviyd because he and his soon-to-
be ex-wife Tameka were having little to no sexual relations at the time she
"The first thing Usher said was, 'How did this happen?' because he
was gone a lot, and their sex life was very, very limited," a friend of Usher
told the tabloid. "People have been telling him that around the time the lit-
tle boy was conceived, Tameka got together with another man."
Tameka, however, claims Naviyd is Usher's child and says it was the
singer who was being unfaithful at the time.
Memorial Honors "Greatest Entertainer"
Michael Jackson's memorial
service on Tuesday managed to
honor nearly every element of the
singer's extraordinary life, from
his phenomenal childhood to his
troubled later years.
Motown Records founder
Berry Gordy speaks at the
Michael Jackson's memorial
service on Tuesday managed to
honor nearly every element of the
singer's extraordinary life, from his
phenomenal childhood to his trou-
bled later years.
The audience of thousands stood
and applauded for 45 seconds in
agreement as Motown Records
founder Berry Gordy concluded
that Jackson was not merely the
King of Pop, but the greatest enter-
tainer who has ever lived.
Though the show featured stun-
ning, show-stopping performances
from Mariah Carey, Jennifer
Hudson, and Stevie Wonder,
Jackson's 11-year-old daughter,
Paris Katherine, yielded perhaps
the most emotional reaction. People
who had arrived jovial and ready to
celebrate Jackson's life left in tears
after her raw, simple tribute:
"I just want to say, ever since I
was born, daddy has been the best
father you could ever imagine. And
I just want to say, I love him so
The sight of the little girl and her
two brothers, who their father kept
so long behind masks and protected
from the public eye, was heart-
Others honoring Jackson includ-
ed fellow child star Brooke Shields,
the Rev. Al Sharpton, and Magic
Johnson. U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson
Lee of Texas spoke directly of his
2005 acquittal on child molestation
for 3 days and
2 nights at the
beautiful Crystal Palace
in Nassau, Bahamas
charges. Many in the audience
recited the words with her as she
told them, "in this country you are
innocent until proven otherwise."
Adding to the poignancy of the
event was its location, the Staples
Center, where Jackson had
rehearsed for planned comeback
concerts just weeks earlier.
The event ended with a profound
reminder of Jackson's absence: As
"Man in the Mirror" played, a sin-
gle spotlight beamed down on a
microphone with no one behind it.
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