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the Nation's Most Obese
According to findings released last week by the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC), 25.6 percent of the nation's Blacks,
whites and Hispanics are obese significantly overweight.
However, Blacks are the most obese while whites are the least.
The findings are derived from a CDC analysis of Behavioral Risk
Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) surveys conducted during the
three-year period from 2006 to 2008.
The analysis found that 35.7 percent of African Americans are obese
compared to 28.7 percent of Hispanics and 23.7 percent of whites. Black
women were the most likely to be obese.
Obesity is associated with increased risk for premature death because
of the increased likelihood in the obese for coronary heart disease, hyper-
tension, type 2 diabetes and stroke.
Blacks were found to be heaviest in the South followed by the Midwest,
West and the Northeast. There have been no definitive studies on why
Blacks are more likely to be obese that other segments of the population.
However, proposed explanations include poor eating habits, lack of
exercise and possible genetic factors.
Officer Sues Over Gates Discipline
A Boston police officer suspended for using a racial slur against Harvard
professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., says his civil rights have been violated.
Justin Barrett has filed suit against the city's police department, police
commissioner and mayor, accusing them of depriving him of his due
process and civil rights when they moved to fire him after an e-mail he
authored came to light.
Barrett was suspended last week by Boston Police Commissioner
Edward Davis over the e-mail, which compared Gates to a "banana-eat-
ing jungle monkey." Davis stripped Barrett of his badge and gun, later
releasing a statement that called the officer's remarks "racist and inflam-
matory," the newspaper said.
The arrest of Gates at his Cambridge, Mass., home last month generat-
ed a nationwide controversy over racial profiling.
In his lawsuit, Barrett claims the disciplinary actions against him have
caused him "pain and suffering, mental anguish, emotional distress, post-
traumatic stress, sleeplessness, indignities and embarrassment, degrada-
tion and injury to reputation," the Globe said.
SFirst Black Supermodel Dies
New York Naomi Sims, whose appearance as the first
black model on the cover of Ladies' Home Journal in
November 1968 was a consummate moment of the
Black is Beautiful movement, died Saturday in Newark
of cancer. She was 61.
Sims is sometimes referred to as the first black super-
Sims often said childhood insecurities and a painful
upbringing -- living in foster homes, towering over her classmates and
living in a largely poor white neighborhood in Pittsburgh -- had inspired
her to strive to become "somebody really important" at a time when cul-
tural perceptions of black Americans were being challenged by the civil
rights movement and a renewed stress on racial pride.
Boston's Only Black Paper
to Resume Publishing
BOSTON Boston's only black-owned newspaper plans to resume pub-
lication both in print and on the Internet.
The 44-year-old Bay State Banner had suspended publication earlier
this month, blaming a steep drop in advertising.
The paper announced on its Web site that because of "overwhelming
support" from readers and the Boston community, it will be able to restart
publication starting with the Aug. 6 edition.
The announcement came after publisher Mel Miller said he would
accept Boston Mayor Thomas Menino's offer of a $200,000 loan from the
city to avert the shutdown of the financially struggling weekly.
Miller has said he'll maintain the paper's independence despite the loan.
Court Revives Bias Lawsuit
from Capital Police
Washington, DC A federal appeals court revived a discrimination law-
suit brought by more than 250 black police officers last week who claim
they were mistreated by white supervisors with the U.S. Capitol Police.
The black officers had sued in 2001, charging white senior officers had
created a hostile work environment by regularly referring to them with
derogatory terms like "gangsters" and in some cases, denying them pro-
motions to the rank of sergeant or lieutenant.
A lower court judge had dismissed the case, saying most of the black
officers had not fully pursued mediation before filing the lawsuit. A
three-judge appeals panel on Friday reversed that part of the judge's deci-
sion and said they could sue.
Capitol police are responsible for protecting congressional buildings,
lawmakers and visitors to Congress. The discrimination case centered
more on what went on behind closed doors within the force, however.
The legal dispute centered around a little-known part of government
called the Office of Compliance, which handles discrimination claims
brought by congressional or legislative branch employees and whether
the officers' discussions with the Office of Compliance amounted to a
genuine effort to resolve their complaints through mediation before pro-
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Dream on... Is the Possibility of a Post Racial America Just a Myth?
Despite the overwhelming elec-
tion of President Barack Obama,
the inherent prejudice against peo-
ple of color remains alive and well
in American society, said a panel of
Black intellectuals, critics and
activists last week.
"This whole notion of a post-
racial society is ridiculous, we need
to stop saying it, we need to stop
even talking about it," said BET's
Jeff Johnson. "Let's be honest about
the fact that many of us from all
races are racist.... We've lied about
The statement was part of an
assessment of the "State of Black
America," an annual conversation
held at the yearly convention of the
National Urban League, which pro-
duces a report of the same name.
Johnson's statement emerged out
of a conversation that revolved
around you guessed it beer.
Even here at the Urban League,
the media's binge on the Thursday
tete-a-tete between President
Barack Obama, Harvard professor
Henry Louis Gates and Cambridge,
Mass. Police Sgt. James Crowley to
discuss the officer's arrest of Gates
in his own home and the president's
resulting criticism continued.
But unlike some in the media
who saw the meeting as a signifi-
cant step forward in resolving the
issue of racial profiling and the
underlying prejudice, many on the
panel thought it was a mostly empty
"It is a significant brouhaha [but]
I'm not sure it gets to what 'ales'
(ails) us," commented George.
Continued on page 5
Celebrates Annual Reunion
Shown above are proud parents, Mrs. Betty Goggins and Ms. Lynn
Jones with the newlyweds, Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Goggins, Jr. (center).
Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada set the backdrop for Melvin Goggins, Jr.
and the former Krystal Jones as they united in Holy Matrimony at the
Mirage Hotel. Joined by family and friends for their destination wedding,
the four day celebration included dinners, fellowship and off site activities.
Krystal Goggins graduated from Orange Park High School and is
employed by Blue Cross Shield of Florida.
Melvin Goggins of Lake City, Florida, is the proprietor and owner of "Da
Beat Squad" which produces "beats" for renowned artist such as T-Pain,
Alicia Keys and Young Cash.
Following a week long stay in Las Vegas, the couple will reside in
Jacksonville with their daughter Madison Goggins.
Oldest graduates of Boylan Haven: Charlotte Dwight Stewart '39,
Sara S. Potts '37 and Gwendolyn Leapheart '38 were in attendance.
by L. Belton
The Jacksonville Chapter of the
Boylan-Haven Alumnae Associa-
tion hosted a Grande Reunion last
weekend at the Wyndham
The historic school was a trail-
blazer in its time. The Boylan-
Haven School was a school for
African American girls established
by the Women's Home Missionary
Society of the Methodist Church.
EWC Alumni Use Convention to Mobilize Membership
The EWC Alumni Association hosted its 2009 National Convention this past weekend. The four-day event
featured a series of activities that included an opening reception, recognition luncheon, educational work-
shops and a closing banquet. Pictured above celebrating at the convention's "all white" party are (front
row, l-r): Vera Simmons (C/O '57), James Tarver (C/O '80), Elnora Paulk (C/O '82), Daisy Hicks (C/O '72),
Lillie Vereen (C/O '69), Curtis Kimbro (C/O '63), Marguerite Warren (C/O '65), Clarence Fields (C/O '69),
Levi Bell (C/O '69) and Dr. Roy Singleton (C/O '63).
by M. Latimer
The Edward Waters College
(EWC) Alumni Association hosted
its national convention this past
weekend on EWC's campus.
Several hundred alumni and friends
of the College flocked to the four-
day event, attending activities that
included an opening reception,
white linen soiree, outdoor picnic
and educational workshops.
Continued on page 9
Originally, the school was opened
as Boylan Industrial Training
School for black girls. Later it
merged with Haven Home of
Savannah, Georgia and then moved
to 1214 Jessie Street in
Jacksonville. In the early 1930s
Boylan-Haven, at the insistence of
the girls' parents, became a college
preparatory school with grades 5
through 12. In later years a kinder-
garten was also added. Boylan-
Haven closed in 1959 in
Jacksonville in 1959 and merged
with Mather Academy in Camden,
South Carolina. Boylan was attend-
ed by local students as well as stu-
dents from all over the country.
The broad curriculum of the
school included basic subjects such
as Bible, English, foreign language,
math and history as well as sewing
The 2009 Reunion began on
Friday evening, July 31st with "The
Tropical Island Party. Rosalyn
Gates Menchan welcomed the
attendees, attired in resort wear, and
their guests. After the dinner hour,
DJ extraordinaire, Ron Galvin
started the party rolling oldies and
current hits. A highlight of the
evening was Harriett Witsell
Bowen's of Atlanta Georgia. She
entertained the group with a
comedic parody of "Boylan-Haven
School Days" that she wrote just for
A breakfast buffet was the open-
ing event on Saturday morning fol-
lowed by a Rededication Program
and business meeting. During the
evening, Saturday evening, many
attendees gathered in the
Hospitality Room to have snacks,
to reminisce and to look at BHS
memorabilia. Continued on page
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Want to Refinance? Understanding
the Fine Print of Obama's Plan
Do you want to refinance your
mortgage under the Home
Affordable Refinance program?
Good luck. The plan is confusing
For example, under the program,
lenders are supposed to refinance
loans with mortgage insurance. But
they are evasive about whether they
will. You might as well ask a gener-
al about troop movements in
Another example: Last month,
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
announced that they would refi-
nance mortgages at up to 125 per-
cent of current market value.
Sounds great -- but borrowers will
have to wait.
Background: In February, the
Q: I commute daily to work
and I drive a '95 Tahoe SUV. I
want to trade it in for a car or a
more fuel efficient vehicle. How
do I know if my SUV qualifies for
the $4,500 "gas guzzler credit"
President Obama recently enact-
ed? With respect to my trade-in,
do I get $4,500 on my trade-in or
up to $4,500?
A: "Cash for Clunkers," more
formally known as The Car
Allowance Rebate System (CARS),
provides a total of about $1 billion
in incentive money for car owners
to trade in their gas guzzlers for
more fuel efficient vehicles.
Specifically, when you trade in a
less fuel efficient car or truck, you
could qualify to receive up to a
$4,500 rebate from the federal gov-
ernment to help you purchase or
lease a new, more fuel efficient car
or truck. The exact amount depends
upon the cars involved in the trans-
action. This program is slated to roll
out on July 24th, when final eligi-
bility requirements will be released,
and the program will run until
Q: What do we know about the
program and eligibility?
Both the trade-in vehicle and the
new vehicle must meet several con-
ditions in order to qualify for the
1. The trade-in vehicle must be in
drivable condition; be manufac-
tured less than 25 years before the
date of the trade-in (the year of
manufacture is found on the edge or
frame of the driver's door in most
cars); be continuously insured and
registered to the individual seeking
the rebate for at least one year
immediately prior to trade-in and
have a combined city/highway fuel
economy of 18 miles per gallon or
less as calculated by the
Environmental Protection Agency.
Visit www.fueleconomy.gov for
2. The new vehicle (purchased or
leased) must be new (i.e., legal title
has not been transferred to anyone);
have a higher combined city/high-
way fuel economy than your trade-
in vehicle (the specified amounts
vary depending on the cars
involved in the transaction as well
as the rebate amount); have a man-
Obama administration announced
the Making Home Affordable ini-
tiative to prevent foreclosures. A
major part of the plan is the Home
Affordable Refinance program,
known in the mortgage industry as
HARP. It's designed to let home-
owners refinance even if they owe
more than the house is currently
worth because of a decline in prop-
Initially, the Home Affordable
Refinance program was set to allow
people to refinance for an amount
up to 105 percent of the current
value of the home, as long as the
mortgage was owned or guaranteed
by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac.
(See Bankrate's loan-to-value cal-
culator.) Last month, that upper
limit was raised to 125 percent,
meaning that someone could refi-
nance for $125,000 on a house
whose appraised value has plunged
Things haven't turned out as
planned. The Obama administration
had expected up to 2 million home-
owners to take advantage of the
refinancing program by its expira-
tion date of June 10, 2010. But four
months into the 16-month program,
about 13,000 refinances had been
completed, meaning that it was on
track to help 52,000 homeowners,
or about 1,950,000 homeowners
shy of the administration's goal.
That shortfall is equivalent to the
number of houses and apartments in
all of Kentucky.
ash for your Clunker"
ufacturer's suggested retail price of
$45,000 or less and, in the case of
leased vehicles, be leased for at
least five years.
Q: What are the steps for
receiving the rebate?
Once you have decided upon a
new vehicle, visit the Web site
www.cars.gov or call the hotline
number (866) CAR-7891 to deter-
mine whether your new purchase
meets the eligibility criteria. Then,
bring the title, registration and
insurance papers of your trade-in to
a participating dealership. The deal-
ership will then handle the submis-
sion of all required paperwork to
the NHTSA (National Highway
Traffic and Safety Support
Administration), which is the feder-
al agency overseeing the program.
NHTSA will then review the paper-
work and assuming all eligibility
requirements have been met, a
financial credit will be issued to the
dealer within about 10 days. This
credit will be applied to the pur-
chase price of your vehicle.
Q: Are there certain situations
where taking advantage of this
program could be especially ben-
If you own a car which qualifies
and the trade in value is less than
the amount of the rebate, now is a
great time to consider trading in
your old vehicle for a new one. For
example, according to Consumer
Reports, more than 30 models of
gas guzzlers may be worth less in
trade-in value than the rebate of
$3,500 that the government plans to
offer to get them off of the road.
For a $3,500 rebate, new trucks
must only get two miles per gallon
more than the old vehicle, while
new cars must get at least four
miles more per gallon. To qualify
for the full rebate of $4,500, new
trucks must have fuel efficiencies
of at least five miles more per gal-
lon than the trade-in, and new cars
must have at least 10 miles more
Q: Is the cash for clunkers pro-
gram different from the tax cred-
its offered for purchasing fuel
Yes. The federal automobile tax
credits are different from the CARS
rebate program. Tax credits are
issued by the IRS and are specifi-
cally for hybrid and alternative fuel
based vehicles. The credit is based
upon a formula determined by vehi-
cle, weight, technology and fuel
economy. The credit amount calcu-
lated is not directly subtracted from
the price of the vehicle or added to
a trade-in amount; rather, it is
deducted from your overall taxable
income reducing your overall tax
Give yourself a financial tune-up
By Jason Alderman
As we move through one of the
most financially tumultuous years
in many decades, some economists
feel the worst may be over. But
today's continuing high unemploy-
ment rates, troubled housing mar-
ket and tight credit conditions
leave many people feeling anxious
about the future.
Against that backdrop, this is a
good time to examine your current
financial state. Ask yourself where
you want to be by year's end and
how you may need to change
course now in order to reach those
goals. Here are a few action steps:
Reexamine your budget. A lot
could have changed since you last
examined your household budget.
You may need to tweak your
spending and saving habits to get
back on track:
Income: Has your pay increased
or decreased significantly? Has
overtime income diminished? Has
interest income you count on from
savings and investments dropped
Basic expenses: Examine how
much you pay each month for
rent/mortgage, food, insurance,
utilities, gas, clothing and other
basics compared to six months
ago. Have you offset any increases
by boosting your income, or do
you need to trim a few expenses?
Debt: Have you taken out new
loans or amassed new credit card
balances? If you carry forward bal-
ances, are you paying more in
interest due to rising rates?
If you need a budget refresher
course, Visa Inc.'s free personal
financial management site,
Practical Money Skills for Life,
features a step-by-step guide to
building a budget, including sever-
al interactive calculators
Taxes. Nobody likes overpaying
their taxes or underpaying and get-
ting penalized the following April.
Did you receive an overly large
tax refund or have to pay signifi-
cantly more than was deducted
from your paycheck? If so, you
may want to fill out a new W-4
form with your employer and
recalculate your withholding
Do you expect significantly high-
er (or lower) deductions this year?
(For example, deductible mortgage
costs or medical expenses.)
If you make quarterly tax filings,
have you allocated enough to
ensure you won't pay a penalty
Has your home property value
dropped significantly in recent
years? If so, you may be able to
request that your property taxes be
If you plan to buy a home or new
car this year, have you investigated
tax credits for which you may be
eligible? Go to www.irs.gov and
search for "Recovery Act."
Charitable contributions. If you
don't have charitable contributions
automatically deducted, tally up
what you've contributed so far and
decide if it's in line with your goal
for the year. Don't wait until the
expensive month of December to
make last-minute contributions.
Reimbursement accounts. If you
participate in employer-sponsored
health care or dependent care reim-
bursement accounts, determine
whether you're on track to exhaust
your account balances. Again,
don't wait until year's end to
scramble for qualified expenses
that will allow you to fully benefit
from their tax advantages.
Regardless of whether the worst
is behind us or not, it makes sense
to get your own financial house in
order to weather this economic
storm and any future ones.
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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$26 Million in Federal Dollars to Help
Revitalize North and Westside Communities
PGA Bestows Memberships to
Late African-American Pioneers
The PGA of America has bestowed posthumous membership upon
three African-American golf pioneers -- Ted Rhodes, John Shippen and
Bill Spiller -- who were denied the opportunity to become PGA mem-
bers during their professional careers. The PGA also has granted posthu-
mous honorary membership to Joe Louis Barrow Sr. -- better known as
Joe Louis -- the legendary world heavyweight boxing champion who
became an advocate for diversity in golf.
The four will be honored at the 93rd PGA Annual Meeting in
November in New Orleans. Earlier this summer, the PGA of America
Board of Directors voted unanimously to recognize Rhodes, Shippen,
Spiller and Louis, each of whom will be represented by a family mem-
ber in New Orleans.
From 1943 to 1961, The PGA of America's "Caucasian-only clause"
was a part of the Association's by-laws and prevented non-whites from
membership. The clause was removed at the 1961 PGA Annual
housing crisis. NSP qualified devel-
opers purchase the foreclosed
homes and rehabilitate them to pro-
gram standards by connecting the
houses to city water and sewer,
installing air conditioning, carpet-
ing, vinyl floors and equipping the
homes with Energy Star-rated
appliances. All homes will be
inspected and must pass an environ-
mental test and appraisals to ensure
quality and safety for the buyer.
"We are excited for the opportuni-
ty to leverage federal dollars to pro-
vide hundreds of Jacksonville resi-
dents with the opportunity to own a
quality, affordable home," said
Mayor John Peyton. "The NSP pro-
gram is a win-win for all in that it
provides developers and contractors
with much needed work during this
economic downturn, offers families
quality affordable housing and
helps stabilize our neighborhoods."
Eligibility requirements are few.
Prospective homebuyers' income
cannot exceed 120 percent of the
region's median income. The home-
buyer cannot currently own a home
and the NSP home must be used as
the buyer's primary residence.
Realizing the dream of owning a
home is as simple as calling 904-
398-HOME (4663) or registering
on www.nspjax.com. Prospective
buyers will work with an NSP spe-
cialist who will offer guidance
through the entire process. Buyers
can purchase for as little as $500
down and may qualify for up to
$30,000 in down payment assis-
For more information on the NSP
program, call 904-398-HOME
(4663) or visit at www.nspjax.com.
Washington Family Reunion Combines Culture and History to Preserve Family Legacy
W J Heritage Trail re-enactors: Top: Chelsey Washington, Emma
Shipp, Cheryl Know Battle, Takenya Dennand Middle: Sharon Coon,
Garrison Washington, Bottom: Shavon Connell and Naykeria Love
(not shown Kia Nixon).
Dr. Tuwaner Hudson Lamar
The 16th Biennial Washington
Family Reunion event is coming for
the first time to Jacksonville,
Florida, August 7-9, 2009, at the
beautiful Holiday Inn Airport. The
family legacy lives on through
noted icon members like Essie Mae
Washington-Williams, author of,
Dear Senator, A memoir by the
Rev. Lizzie M. Simmons
daughter of Strom Thurmond; The
Honorable John Long, Jr. Planning
and The Honorable Sylvia
Councilwoman/Social Worker, both
from Coatesville, Pennsylvania,
and Richard "Rip" Hamilton,
The Washington Family at their last reunion.
and Sing; picnic at Riverview
Community Center; and a Banquet
at the Holiday Inn Airport. Sunday,
August 9, the reunion will end with
a prayer breakfast.
The Washington Family seal
symbolizes, the spirit in defense of
ones benefactor, honors in the fam-
ily, achievement in the service of
country and race, family members
who have passed on but never for-
gotten, and prosperity of the future
for those that are still to come. The
Washington Family historians have
document on record that the union
of Mason Washington and his wife
Mrs. Lytanna Smith
Florida Co. Chairperson
Highlights of the reunion activi-
ties kicks-off August 7,
Registration, Meet and Greet
Fellowship; Saturday, August 8,
African-American History Tour:
James Weldon Johnson Heritage
Trail, featuring historic re-enact-
ments by local artists, a visit to the
LaVilla Museum, Lift Every Voice
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Gene Hollomon and Emma Shipp.
bore four children, two sons, Felix
and Lee, and two daughters,
Matilda (born blind) and Caroline.
In about 1883, Lee Washington
married Savanna Ealey. To his
reunion eight (8) children were
born, six boys and two girls.
Organizers of this family reunion
and family heritage preservation are
Librated and Emancipated by the
Fruit of the Spirit and they are The
Rev. Lizzie Simmons of the
Christian Methodist Episcopal
Church Fifth Episcopal District,
Chairperson, and Lytanna
Specialist, Nelnet, Inc.) and Dr.
Tuwaner Hudson Lamar (Professor,
Georgia State University) Co-
Chairs. Area and branch chairs are
Honorable Sylvia Washington,
Coatesville, PA area; Wanda L.
Carolina area; LTC Juanita Lloyd-
Stanton, New York area; LTC Bruce
Washington, Washington, DC area;
Ms. Tracy Parker, Mary Hudson
Parker Branch; Ms. LaKeta
Hudson, Elijah Hudson, Sr., Branch
and Brenda Hudson Martin, and
Samuel Hudson, Sr. Branch.
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The City of Jacksonville has
launched a Neighborhood
Stabilization Program (NSP)
designed to help residents in the
purchase of affordably-priced
homes. The program will match
prospective buyers with renovated
homes in at-risk foreclosure neigh-
borhoods located in zip codes
32206, 32208, 32209, 32244 and
The city is leveraging more than
$26 million in U.S. Housing and
Urban Development funds to help
rebuild neighborhoods caught in the
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How do you Fix Public
Education? A Toolbox Approach
Many organizations and compa-
nies are using the word "toolbox"
to explain training courses or initia-
tive they are using to create solu-
tions to problems.
The concept is very simple.
What's in anyone's toolbox vari-
ous tools or devices right?
So toolbox initiatives or training
sessions simply utilize various
tools/methods to attempt to educate
or fix something. If a mechanic is
simply changing your oil he or she
might use a couple of tools.
But if he is fixing a blown head
gasket in your engine his entire
array of tools will most likely be
needed. So while the concept is
simple, it also provides solutions to
How do you fix public educa-
tion? There's simply no one answer
to the question. It has to be a com-
plete mixture of public policy,
parental involvement, curriculum
and the ability to motivate students.
National Charter Schools like
KIPP have had a lot of success for
several reasons, but one of the most
prominent is that they have figured
out how to motivate students in
ways normal public schools have
And obviously that is one of the
solutions especially for minority
students unique or cultural tech-
niques used to inspire and moti-
have a nice little
con game going
with the birthers. Here's GOP
Chairman MichaelSteele speaking
recently. "The birthers are an
unnecessary distraction." Steele
blasted the birthers for giving the
Democrats a brush to paint the
GOP as a bunch of conspiracy driv-
en wackos. Steele admonished the
birthers to get over it and hit
Obama hard on health care, the
economy, the deficit; in other
words to pound him on the issues
that count. The problem with this is
that it took Steele months to finally
purse his lips to gingerly rap the
birthers, and even then he delivered
his criticism in a statement.
This was especially odd since the
loquacious Steele has never had a
problem spouting his cracks, digs,
and half baked opinions in front of
the cameras and the radio mics. It's
hardly accidental that Steele would
low key his much delayed criticism
of the birthers.
The birthers have been signed,
sealed and delivered by the GOP,
and with good reason, they serve a
purpose. The instant it became
apparent that candidate Obama was
a bona fide presidential candidate
and that he would make health
care, economic recovery, and a
shift toward diplomacy away from
the bombs, guns and bullying of the
Bush administration in foreign pol-
icy, the first alarm bells and whis-
tles sounded among many
The whispers and gossip that
Is it so wrong to use Hip Hop
music to teach multiplication
tables? I don't think so.
When it comes to education we
have to take some of the formal
boundaries off and look at ways to
get parents more involved and stu-
dents more motivated and focused.
Students from low-income fami-
lies face so many distractions that
fusing music and other elements of
culture into education can help
bridge that comprehension gap that
In 1933, Carter G. Woodson
wrote what many consider as one
of the most profound pieces of
African American literature "The
Mis-Education of the Negro."
Woodson basically was saying
that the educational system [public
education] has failed throughout
the years to present authentic
Negro history in schools. And
essentially taught in a rigid struc-
tural way that has not been benefi-
cial to blacks.
It may sound a like simple issue
of history to some, but Woodson
argued that the lack of black histo-
ry being taught in classrooms was
only the tip of the iceberg. He
argued that the neglect and distor-
tion of facts "deprived the black
child and his whole race of a her-
itage, and relegated him to nothing-
ness and nobodyness."
One could easily argue that
Woodson's concerns were extreme-
ly relevant in the past, but what
about today in America? In this
new Information Age is it so much
easier to get information on literal-
ly any topic imaginable.
So whose fault is it that little
Johnny doesn't know black history?
Or whose fault is it that little
Johnny is two-grade levels behind
in reading? There's certainly a lot
of blame to go around, but one can't
fix Johnny's problem with one
You can probably see where I am
headed with this. We as parents
have to be willing to step up or in
when the public school system does
not provide the level of education
or types of curriculums that satisfy
But that's only one tool stronger
parental involvement. Little Johnny
may need to be at a Magnet School
that focuses on reading and phonic
learning. Or maybe Johnny needs
to be at school like Tiger Academy,
which will open it doors this fall.
Tiger will be a charter school that
much like the KIPP model will
focus on longer school days and
more student and parent involve-
ment and accountability.
Maybe another tool is a special-
ized Team Up after school program
that focuses on intensive reading
for two hours a day and helps fill
the gaps from his regular school
And maybe it will take a combi-
nation of tools to help Johnny
become a better student, but we
have to get to a point where we can
evaluate each student and figure
out the best tools for them to be
The education of our children is
so much broader than the schools
they attend. Education has to be
bigger than the school campus,
which takes me back to the first
tool I mentioned when referencing
The responsibility starts and
stops with parents. If the school
system will not figure out the best
"toolbox" solution for your child
then it's on you to at least try to find
tools to help your child succeed.
Take ownership in your child's
education. I hear teachers say it all
the time. The students who normal-
ly succeed are the one's whose par-
ents are active in their child's
school lives and push their children
Figure out which tools you need
your child's education toolbox.
Signing off from Tiger Academy
right off of Edgewood Ave.,
GOP's Birthers Con Game
Obama had been born somewhere
other than on American soil had
long been floating around but they
were fanned almost exclusively by
far out fringe bloggers. When
Obama swept Democratic Party
primary after primary and it looked
like he would be the party's presi-
dential nominee, the bells and
whistles among Republicans
sounded louder. When the econo-
my collapsed and Republican GOP
rival John McCain fumbled and
bumbled through the general elec-
tion, and Obama looked like the
sure winner, the alarm bells and
whistles went off the decibel chart.
The birthers suddenly looked like a
useful tool to create media and pub-
lic havoc and provide the perfect
distraction to peck and nag at
The GOP quickly discovered
another little gem about the
birthers. Though they are ridiculed
as crackpots, their lawsuits have
been summarily tossed out by the
courts, including the Supreme
Court, and the supposed fraudulent
Obama birth certificate has been
thoroughly debunked, the viral
stealth campaign to muddy Obama
has gotten longer legs, so long that
millions now actually believe that
Obama is not an American citizen.
A survey by Research 2000 found
that more than half of Republicans
either think that Obama was born
somewhere other than in the US, or
have doubts about his actual birth-
This proves two things. Far from
being an isolated, on the edge
movement, the birthers have plant-
ed deep a paranoid conspiracy seed
about Obama's legitimate right to
sit in the White House among a
wide body of Americans. It also
shows that the birthers won't go
quietly go away. In fact, the last
thing that Steele and other GOP top
cats want is for them to go away.
The more the media slams them,
the more Democrats lampoon
them, and the more respected GOP
luminaries denounce them, this
serves only to stir more internet
chatter and right wing talk show
gab that Obama may not be a true
The attacks from the mainstream
media and politicians have man-
aged to do what the GOP in its
wildest dreams never believed
could happen when it tacitly gave a
wink and nod to the pseudo birth
certificate issue. It has bestowed a
kind of perverse legitimacy on the
birthers. The mere mention of
Obama's birth certificate will get
talk show phones ringing off the
hook, has gotten front page play in
all the newspapers, and has been
endlessly hashed out on TV talk
shows. Democratic leaning groups
have made a crusade complete with
ads on CNN and other top media
outlets hammering CNN's Lou
Dobbs, and by extension CNN for
continuing to fan the controversy.
President Obama wisely stayed
mum on the issue through the cam-
paign and in the first months in the
White House. He was determined
not give any ammunition to his
nutty tormentors. However, the
recent very public effort by the
White House to douse the birth cer-
tificate fire was probably a mistake.
It will only toss more fuel on the
fire. By simply acknowledging the
controversy, the administration put
a perverse official imprimatur on it.
The survey that showed that many
think Obama is an illegal is alarm-
ing evidence of that.
This is a huge victory for the
birthers and their stealth GOP han-
dlers. The birther movement has
come in out of the fringe cold and
now is a issue that's safe and
acceptable to discuss in polite com-
pany. A tepid statement from Steele
putting down the birthers is part of
the GOP con game.
a Instead of irate demands to correct disparities of
America's discriminatory past, Blacks who have
been designated by the mainstream as our "leaders"
are caught up in the drama of whether such disparities even exist.
To that point, Rev. Jesse Jackson has said that President Barack Obama
has not spent any time with traditional Black leaders and should be more
engaged with Blacks and their needs around issues of poverty and unem-
ployment. Jackson says there is "unfinished business" regarding equity for
Blacks in America's society. But, long-ago sullied by Blacks set on assimi-
lating, Rev. Jackson's assertion of "structural inequity still plaguing Blacks
in America" is dismissed as race hustling and pandering.
Blacks need advocates for racial justice in America. So if not Jesse
Jackson, or Al Sharpton, who? Black Americans make up about 13 percent
of the U.S. population, but on average die younger than whites, earn less
money, are more likely to be imprisoned and get less education. Who has
the "street-cred" to speak, and be heard, on Black issues and aspirations?
Who do you say is "da man"? Name five leading and living Blacks and
undoubtedly, Nation of Islam head Minister Louis Farrakhan will be on the
list. Bean Pies, fish and newspapers are the protocols Farrakhan uses across
Black America. The Farrakhan Factor is activism among Blacks and avoca-
tion of a racial definition (or redefinition) of Black national identity, as
opposed to multiculturalism.
Farrakhan has been a major voice on Black issues and interests for 30
years. The nationally-circulated Final Call newspaper has been a staple in
African Americans' homes since he founded it in 1979. The Final Call is in
the tradition of Black Nationalist philosophies and principles of 1) Black
pride, and 2) economic, political, social and/or cultural independence from
white society. The original version of The Final Call was published by
Nation of Islam Founder Elijah Muhammad in the 1930s as the Final Call to
Islam. It evolved into the Muhammad Speaks Newspaper in the 1960s with
a monthly circulation of 2.5 million. Today's weekly Final Call follows in
the tradition of hard-hitting national and international news and coverage of
political issues affecting Blacks. The Final Call serves a readership in North
America, Canada, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean.
What "designated" Black Leader holds the gravitas of Farrakhan? He and
the Final Call follow in a distinguished line of Black Leaders and move-
ments that have developed Black economic power and community and eth-
nic pride. In the early 20th century, Marcus Garvey preached the ideal of
Black Nationalism as an alternative to assimilation into the predominately
white culture, as did Elijah Muhammad in the 1960s and '70s. As opposed
to Blacks who want to assume the values and issues of their oppressors,
Marcus Garvey encouraged Blacks to be proud and see beauty in their own
kind. The principles of Garveyism were race first, self-reliance and nation-
hood. Race first is the idea that Blacks should support other Blacks first and
foremost and be politically and economically self-reliant. To disseminate
the UNIA's program, Garvey founded the Negro World newspaper in 1918.
Garvey founded the Black Star Line in 1919 as well as the Negro Factories
Corporation. Farrakhan's predecessor, Elijah Muhammad, promoted pro-
grams emphasizing racial separation and self-reliance for Blacks. By the
1970s, the NOI owned bakeries, barber shops, coffee shops, grocery stores,
cleaners,; a printing plant, retail stores, real:estate, a fleet of tractor trailers
and farmland in Michigan, Alabama:and Georgia. .,_: -
Sadly, most people naming five Black Leaders would include President
Obama on the list. But, Obama has revealed himself to be ambivalent on the
need to confront racial disparities. His practice has been to rely on Blacks
in mainstream media to talk to African Americans. If Obama wants to reach
Black America he should engage with Blacks who actually have the ear and
interests of Black Americans. Black publishers, Farrakhan, et al., are the
established messengers to Blacks in America. They serve as essential
sources of information for those who thirst for truth from the American
media; a corporate driven arena muddied with falsehood and deceit'".
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Stewart, Walter Whetston; 2nd row: David Dwight Jr. Mona Norris, Laura Lee, Carolyn Bradley. 3rd row: Laurence Norman and Martin
Jackson. Shown right are honorees Herman Floyd, Minnie Smith and Ozzie Hicks.
Dwight Committee Honors Excellence in Scouting Principles
A special Recognition Reception
was held in the Conference Room
of the North Florida Council Boy
Scouts Building recently for pre-
sentations to the 2009 Honorees
selected by the Dwight Memorial
The outstanding scouters/commu-
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Floyd, Minnie Smith and Ozzie
Hicks. The plaques were presented
by Committee members Beverly
Brown and Mona Norris.
Each award has interesting com-
ments highlighting their work and
commitment. Spokespersons were
Robert Bradley for Herman Floyd,
Tracy Hundley for Minnie Smith
and Violet Stovall for Ozzie Hicks.
For more then twenty years and
David H. Dwight, Sr. Memorial
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Scouts and Cob Scouts attend camp
and supported many other scout
events. Committee members have
reached funds from businesses,
churches, organizations and indi-
viduals to facilitate the scouts in the
Baden Powell District. It is named
in honor of David H. Dwight who
first brought Scouting to boys of
color on the First Coast.
Nominations Sought for Hires Award
The Justice Coalition is now
accepting nominations for the 2009
Ted Hires Legacy Awards. This is
the first year for the event which
was established by the Justice
Coalition to become a lasting trib-
ute to founder, Ted Hires.
There are three categories for
nominees; Ted Hires Legacy
Outstanding Citizen Award, Ted
Hires Legacy Business Award and
Ted Hires Legacy Government
Agency Award. The Civilian
Award recognizes either a victim or
survivor of violent crime who has
exhibited exceptional perseverance
or determination or an individual
who has acted bravely either to aid
a victim or to prevent victimization.
The Business Award recognizes a
local business owner, corporation
or organization outside the victim
assistance field for its service
and/or contribution to victims of
violent crime. The Government
Agency Award honors a govern-
ment agency or organization for its
service to victims of violent crime.
The Ted Hires Legacy Awards
Dinner will take place on
September 17, 2009 starting at 6
p.m. at North Jacksonville Baptist
For more information on spon-
sorships and nomination guidelines,
log on to www.tedhireslegacy.com.
With DNA evidence helping to
free many wrongfully incarcerated
prisoners, there is a sense that the
technology is a magic pill that will
help level the criminal justice play-
But as with most things that seem
too good to be true, reliance on
DNA results alone just may be.
The U.S. Supreme Court, in its
most recent session, ruled 5-4 that
convicted prisoners have no consti-
tutional right to biological evidence
for DNA testing. Rather than estab-
lish a universal standard for dealing
with DNA evidence, the high court
left the process up to the states.
"Establishing a freestanding right
to access DNA evidence for testing
would force us to act as policymak-
ers," Chief Justice John Roberts
wrote for the majority.
Justice John Paul Stevens, who
wrote the dissent in the case that
involved an Alaska man convicted
of rape who sought to have biologi-
cal evidence used against him at
trial retested, said the plaintiff had
demonstrated the right to test the
"The DNA test Osborne seeks is a
simple one, its cost modest, and its
results uniquely precise," Justice
Stevens wrote. "Yet for reasons the
state has been unable or unwilling to
articulate, it refuses to allow
Osborne to test the evidence at his
own expense and to thereby ascer-
tain the truth once and for all."
The Innocence Project says 240
convictions have been reversed
through DNA testing, including 17
defendants on death row.
The Innocence Project, New
York-based Innocence Project,
which has helped reverse 240 con-
victions through DNA testing and
who argued the case before the
Supreme Court, says the federal
government and 47 states have laws
allowing access to post-conviction
DNA testing. Alaska, Massachusetts
and Oklahoma do not. And having
the right to obtain DNA evidence
doesn't guarantee an inmate can get
it. The cost of getting and testing the
evidence can make it difficult for
poor defendants, especially those
represented by public defenders or
lawyers without the resources of a
big firm behind them.
Some argue that DNA- like other
evidence can be tampered with
and doesn't always guarantee a clear
conclusion, while still others say
that DNA is just one tool, used in
conjunction with other evidence, to
build a case. DNA may not prove a
defendant is guilty, but it also may
not prove innocence. And there's
also the risk of prosecutorial mis-
Post Racial America?
Continued from front
Washington University professor
Michael Eric Dyson. "The real
problem is still on the streets where
disproportionate numbers of Black
and Latino men and women are
subjected to arbitrary forms of
Johnson agreed in even starker
"I'm offended by the discussion at
the White House," the political
commentator said, "because if they
were serious about solving this
problem, Gates would be there,
Crowley would be there, but so
would Tyrone and Shaniqua and
other young people who have dealt
with this kind of psychosis from the
police; they are not represented in
Asked by moderator, CNN spe-
cial correspondent Soledad
O'Brien, about Sgt. Crowley's ques-
tioning of Gates' anger at being
asked to produce several IDs and
the professor's lack of gratitude for
the officer's presence, MSNBC
political analyst Michelle Bernard
said she hoped the White House
talk would foster better understand-
"I think the most important thing
that has to come out of this meeting
today is an understanding of where
each person is coming from-that's
what's missing from the debate,"
she said. "I don't think other races
have a fundamental understanding
of why we feel the way we do
She continued, "[But] if we're
going to talk about a quote unquote
'post-racial America' I still don't
understand what that means it's
not just talking about history, it's
talking about what it is that people
feel when a White man shows up at
your door and you've worked very
hard to get where you are and they
say, 'Show me your ID.'"
Where Gates was coming from is
a history of Black men like Sean
Bell and Amadou Diallo, who have
been shot and killed by police, and
longtime criminal policies that dis-
proportionately target Black and
Hispanics, several on the panel
said. And those structural inequities
would not be addressed by looking
only at individual cases like Gates'.
"In 1980, the Reagan administra-
tion institutionalized new criminal
justice policies [and] you began to
see a 70 degree spike in the number
of incarcerations for Black males,"
Jackson said. "So we can't have this
conversation without talking about
the systemic policies and practices.
And you're not going to solve that
macro challenge by just tipping
back a few beers at the White
Johnson said solving that overar-
ching problem of deep-seated
racism is something that has to hap-
pen on a personal level, he's more
concerned about acts of discrimina-
tion within government agencies.
"I don't care if you're racist or
not... I am concerned with the way
you do your job," he said.
Calling for the federal govern-
ment to withhold funding from
police departments that practice
racial profiling and for the empow-
erment of citizen review boards to
conduct reviews of police behavior,
Johnson said it will take the coordi-
nated effort of community organi-
zations to push for those changes.
"If we're going to be serious, it is
not President Obama's job. It is the
job of organizations like the
National Urban League [and] the
NAACP," he said. "There are roles
each of us has to play. But we are
playing checkers instead of playing
chess. And so the movement is,
'well, I want my organization to get
to the end and king me.' And we're
just sliding across the board as
kings and not really making any
Princeton University professor
Melissa Harris-Lacewell said the
idea mirrored comedian and actor,
Bill Cosby's theory that "if we
would all just be sufficiently
respectable pull up your pants,
stop listening to hip-hop, name
your kid Tina instead of Tanisha,
whatever ... you can attain equali-
She said, "If nothing else, the
Gates' arrest proves the lie that is
the Cosby thesis. Education does
not save in that moment."
Dyson mirrored Harris-
Lacewell's concern that Blacks
have to be "super citizens" in order
to be accepted in American society,
saying Gates' case proved that such
effort does not change the basic
facts. "Don't buy the fallacy that
your education and your pedigree -
whether you're at Harvard or the
White House exempt you from
being treated like a n-gg-r," he said,
eliciting cheers. "High-, middle-
class and educated elites must
never think that they're not impli-
cated [in discriminatory acts]
against Taniqua and Shaniqua and
Mohammed because on the wrong
day, that could be your Black a-s
Saying progress lies in the elec-
tion by communities of politicians
that represent their interests, Dyson
added that Blacks also need to hold
those lawmakers responsible -
beginning with President Obama.
"I'm a lover of that brother ... but
you've got to call him on the stuff
he's not doing right," Dyson said,
pointing to what he saw as Obama's
unnecessary "non-apology apolo-
gy" for his criticism of Gates' arrest.
"You shouldn't expect more from
the president of the United States
because he's Black, but you [darn]
sure should not expect less of him."
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St. Thomas Missionary Baptist
Celebrates Pastor's 23rd Anniversary
Pastor Ernie L. Murray, Sr. of St. Thomas
1 M.B.C. will celebrate his 23rd Pastoral
Anniversary with a Semi-Formal Banquet on
Saturday August 8th. Festivities will begin at
at 7 p.m.at the St. Thomas Family Life Center,
2119 Rowe Ave. Rev Richard Curry is the
banquet speaker. The celebration will continue
with worship services Sunday August 9th
beginning at 8:00 a.m.with Minister Brian
S. May speaking. The 10:45a.m. service will be
V keynoted by Rev. Ernie Murray Jr. The 4:00
p.m. guest speaker is Pastor Brian Campbell
-Pastor Murray of Jerusalem Baptist Church. Other participat-
Pastor Murray ing ministers include Pastor Steve Wilson,
Christ Tabernacle Baptist Church, Pastor Pernell Raggins Good Shepherd
Baptists Church, Pastor Torin Dailey, First Baptist Church of Oakland and
Pastor Anthony Q. Robinson, Greater Shiloh Baptist Church of Palatka
Florida. We invite the public to share in these services located at 5863
Men of Shiloh Missionary
Presents Fashions on Parade
The men of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church of St Augustine Fla. will
present "Fashions on Parade" on Saturday August 15, 2009 at 5 p.m. It will
be held at the NAAM Cultural Center, 103 N. Volusia St. You are invited
to participate by modeling your favorite attire: Categories Casual, Church,
and Hat. Chairpersons are Rev. Randy Hezekiah Jr., Pastor and Rev. Willie
Pittman, Assistant Pastor Come and witness the latest fashions for men.
Call Isabelle Jenkins at 904-824-9274 for more information.
Florida Central Second Ecclesiastical
Jurisdictional Holy Convocation 2009
The Florida Central Second Ecclesiastical Jurisdictional Holy
Convocation of the Church of God in Christ will take place August 11-14th
at 7:30 p.m. nightly at the Southside Church of God in Christ, 2179
Emerson Street. The schedule kicks off Tuesday August 11th with opening
night Holy Communion Speaker- Supt. John Lee. On Wednesday, August
12th, Women's Day Supervisor Mildred Eason will preside while speaker
Mother Willie Mae Rivers, General Supervisor Department of Women,
COGIC gives the address. On Thursday August 13th, the workshop session
from 9:00-12:30 (lunch after session) will feature Bishop Rudolph
McKissick, Jr.. Services close on Friday August 14th with the Official
Night featuring Bishop E. Robinson, Sr. Jurisdictional Prelate, Speaker.
Shown above are D.O.C.church members at the last "Quench" campaign
Disciples of Christ Preparing
to "Quench the Violence"
The Disciples of Christ Christian Fellowship under the guidance of Pastor
Robert Le Count, Jr., invite the community to come join them in their annu-
al Quench the Violence Rally. It will be held on August 22, 2009 at
11:00a.m. at the Church. The day will begin with prayer and praise and is
open to the Public. Asking one and all to come letting the city know we
want the violence to STOP. The church is located at 2061 Edgewood
Avenue West. For more information call 765-5683.
Greater Macedonia Back to School JAM
Greater Macedonia Baptist Church of Northside, Dr. Landon L. Williams,
Pastor, will present their Youth Ministry Annual JAM (Jesus and Me) with
free school supplies and free school clothes give away. It will be held on
Friday August 21, 2009 at 7:00 PM. Youth and parents are invited to attend
the free event. Call 764-9257 for more information.
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First Baptist of Oakland Presents
Back to School Festival and Giveaway
The First Baptist Church of Oakland will host a Back to School Jam on
Saturday, Aug. 8th, at Metropolitan Park Pavilion from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
1,000 students are expected to attend and receive free USB flash drives,
backpacks and school supplies distributed to elementary and middle school
students. There will also be a Health and Education Fair, where students can
receive immunizations and physical exams. To round off the event, the
mainstage will feature a Battle of the Bands, games, a free computer give-
away, food vendors, and demonstrations. Call (904) 502-1625 for more
Obama's Spiritual Council:
Five pastors who guide the president
When it comes to spiritual guid-
ance for President Barack Obama
five heads could be better than one.
According to the ew York Times,
Obama prefers to consult a team of
evangelical pastors instead of one
That team has counseled him
through private prayer sessions on
the telephone and for discussions on
the role of religion in politics.
The president has been without a
pastor or a church home since he cut
ties to Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr.
in the heat of the presidential cam-
paign. And despite being slow to
choose a church home in
Washington, D.C., Obama has
received spiritual guidance from a
men, two of
ing Rev. Otis
Moss, Jr., a
graying lion of
the civil rights
Bishop Jakes movement; the
entrepreneurial dynamos Bishop
T.D. Jakes and Rev. Kirbyjon
Caldwell, who also served as occa-
sional spiritual advisers to President
George W. Bush; and Rev. Jim
Wallis, who leans left on some
issues such as military intervention
and poverty programs, but opposes
abortion. None of these pastors is
affiliated with the religious right,
though some are quite conservative
theologically. One of them, Rev.
Joel C. Hunter, is pastor of a con-
servative mega church in Florida
when he was branded a traitor by
some leaders of the Christian right
when he spoke out against global
The pastors say Obama appears
to rely on his faith for intellectual
and spiritual comfort.
"While he may not put 'Honk if
You Love Jesus' bumper stickers on
the back of his car, he is the kind of
guy who practices what he preach-
es," Caldwell, senior pastor of
Windsor Village United Methodist
Church in Houston told the NY
Times. "He has a desire to keep in
touch with folk outside the Beltway,
and to stay in touch with God. He
seems to see those as necessary con-
ditions for maintaining his internal
Seeking the lost for Christ p
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9:30 am. Sunday School
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Au ust 6 12 2009
Boylan Haven Alumnae Celebrate Historical Legacy at Annual Reunion
Standing: Carolyn W. Palmer, Annie McGriff Harris, Elinor Snead Manselle, LaConnetta Young Weston, Ruby Wright-Felder, Grace Y. Brown, Brooke Marilyn Stephens, Jacquelyne W. Way, Lois Waters Mixon,
Minnie Schofield McKinzie, Faustine Boyd Carter, Betty Corbett Speaks, Elaine Moore Smith, Lana Norman, Comilla Mitchell Bush, Elizabeth Watson Alderman, Willard Watson Ward, Carolyn Burdine Parker,
Elaine Pleasant Huffman, Margie Alvarez Witherspoon, Charlotte Dwight Stewart, Betty Williams Howard, and Linda Pearson Belton. Seated: Marie Valdes Wills, Lillian W. Hill, Barbara B. Richardson, Evelyn
Jackson, Lorraine Mizell, Gwendolyn Leapheart, Myrtle J. Rhodes, Camilla P. Thompson, Myrtle Turner, and Sara S. Potts. FwImPoto
Continued from page 1 sented the group with a donation to in their various communities. Church. The local chapter chose The Boylan-Haven alums and their posed for more pictures and said
Alumnus Annie B. McGriff Harris help the National Reunion The reunion weekend concluded Historic Mount Zion as a tribute to families were warmly welcomed by their goodbyes as they left the
presented a fashion jewelry show- Committee with planning for the on Sunday, August 1st, with a sprit long time Jax Chapter officer and Reverend Frederick Richardson and Sunday services. Everyone said
ing throughout the day and as a 2011 reunion. Chapters also high- filled First Sunday service at member, Charlotte Dwight Stewart, his members. they are eagerly anticipating a great
result of purchases made, they pre- lighted various programs presented Historic Mount Zion A.M.E. who is a member of that church. Attendees exchanged addresses, 2011 reunion.
Long before there was Creflo
Dollar, T.D. Jakes and the Eddie
Longs of the spiritual community,
there was Rev. Ike.
The Rev. Frederick J.
Eikerenkoetter II, the flamboyant
minister better known as the Rev.
blessings of material prosperity to a
large congregation in New York and
to television and radio audiences
nationwide, died last week in Los
Angeles. He was 74.
"Close your eyes and see green,"
Rev. Ike would tell his 5,000 parish-
ioners from a red-carpeted stage at
the former Loew's film palace in
New York's Washington Heights,
the headquarters of his United
Church Science of Living Institute.
"Money up to your armpits, a room-
ful of money and there you are, just
tossing around in it like a swim-
He called his philosophy
"Prosperity Now," "positive self-
image psychology" or just plain
The philosophy held that St. Paul
was wrong; that the root of all evil
is not the love of money, but rather
the lack of it. It was a message that
challenged traditional Christian
messages about finding salvation
the Original 'Prophet of Prosperity', Passes at 74
through love and the intercession of
the divine. The way to prosper and
be well, Rev. Ike preached, was to
forget about pie in the sky and to
look instead within oneself for
"This is the do-it-yourself
church," he proclaimed.
"The only savior
in this phi-
who benefited from this
philosophy of self-empowerment
was Rev. Ike himself. Along with
Jim Bakker, Jimmy Swaggart and
Pat Robertson, he was one of the
first evangelists to grasp the power
of television. At the height of his
success, in the 1970s, he reached an
audience estimated at 2.5 million.
In return for spiritual inspiration,
he requested cash donations from
his parishioners, from his television
and radio audiences, and from the
recipients of his extensive mailings
- preferably in paper currency, not
coins. ("Change makes your minis-
ter nervous in the service," he
would tell his congregation.)
He would also, in return, mail his
contributors a prayer cloth.
His critics saw the donations as
the entire point of his ministry, call-
ing him a con man misleading his
flock. His defenders, while
acknowledging his love of luxury,
argued that his church had roots
both in the traditions of African-
American evangelism and in the
philosophies of mind over matter.
Whether legitimately or not, the
money flooded in, making him a
multimillionaire and enabling him
to flaunt the power of his creed with
a show of sumptuous clothes, osten-
tatious jewelry, luxurious resi-
dences and exotic automobiles.
"My garages runneth over," he said.
Frederick Joseph Eikerenkoetter
II was born June 1, 1935, in
Ridgeland, S.C. His father was a
Baptist minister of Dutch-
Indonesian extraction, his mother
an elementary schoolteacher who
taught her son in a one-room
schoolhouse. The couple
1 divorced when he was 5.
His calling came to him
early, he said. "Even when I
y was a young child, the other
kids came to me to solve their
problems," he told the writer
At 14, he became assistant pas-
tor for his father's congregation,
the Bible Way Baptist Church in
Ridgeland. After high school, he
attended the American Bible
College in Chicago, receiving a
bachelor's degree in theology in
1956. After two years in the Air
Force as a chaplain, he returned to
Ridgeland to found the United
Church of Jesus Christ for All
Finding the traditional Christian
message constricting, he moved to
Boston in 1964 to found the
Miracle Temple and to practice
faith-healing. "I was just about the
best in Boston, snatching people out
of wheelchairs and off their crutch-
es, pouring some oil over them
while I commanded them to walk or
see or hear." said the Reverend.
Two years later, still dissatisfied,
he moved to New York City, setting
up shop in an old Harlem movie
theater. There he tinkered with his
act, polishing his patter, introducing
radio broadcasts and taking his
show on the road.
He began to refine his message to
attract a more striving, stable, mid-
dle-class audience, people who
wanted to hear that their hard work
should be rewarded here and now.
To this end, in 1969, he paid more
than half a million dollars for the
old Loew's movie theater and made
it his headquarters, calling it the
With the move, Rev. Ike stretched
Christian tenets, founding the doc-
trine he named the Science of
Living and thereby relocating the
idea of God to the interior of the
self, calling it "God in me," with the
power to bring the believer any-
thing he or she desired in the way of
health, wealth and peace of mind.
He became, as he told Riley, "the
first black man in America to
preach positive self-image psychol-
ogy to the black masses within a
By the mid-1970s, Rev. Ike was
touring the country and preaching
over some 1,770 radio stations.
Television stations in New York,
Chicago, Atlanta, San Francisco,
Los Angeles and other major mar-
kets were telecasting his videotaped
sermons. A magazine he founded.
Action!, reached more than a mil-
In 1962, he married Eula May
Dent. They had a son, Xavier F.
Eikerenkoetter, who also became an
ordained minister at the United
Church and took over the ministry
when his father retired. They both
survive him. Because of his ,Cj
emphasis on material self-
fulfillment, Rev. Ike alien-
ated many traditional a ro
Christian ministers as well
as leaders of the civil rights Yt
movement, who believed ih
black churches should fur-
ther social reform.
His huge income also provoked
suspicion. Detractors accused him
of preying on the poor, and the
Internal Revenue Service and
Postal Service investigated his busi-
nesses. Though its fortunes have
waxed and waned in the last 20
years, the church continues to oper-
ate from the former Loew's theater,
which maintains tax-exempt status
as a religious property and is occa-
sionally rented to outside promoters
to present concerts.
Rev. Ike could be an electric
preacher, whether at the old theater
or on the road appearing before
standing-room-only audiences. And
lose your eyes and imagine
money up to your armpits,
oomful of money and there
ou are, just tossing around
n it like a swimming pool."
he could make his congregations
laugh, drawing on the Bible to drive
home his message about the virtues
of material rewards. "If it's that dif-
ficult for a rich man to get into
heaven," he would often say, citing
Matthew, "think how terrible it
must be for a poor man to get in. He
doesn't even have a bribe for the
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Grocery Shopping is like Dating:
Top 5 Signs of what to look for in a food and a mate
By Deanna Minich, PhD, CN
Grocery shopping is like going
on a date: you don't know what you
are walking into, but you open
yourself to one of the most intimate
relationships possible. Foods, much
like people, feed our inner and outer
selves, by tickling our emotions,
making our heart swell, and causing
our brains to be engulfed by the
high tide of love. However, before
we get to the point of bliss, we ven-
ture in to a territory full of
unknowns. We swallow the fact that
we don't really know where the
foods (or person) are coming from,
understand what they contain, or
even comprehend the magnitude of
how they impact our health. Yet, in
a short whirlwind, we find our-
selves having to make up to hun-
dreds of decisions in the labyrinth
of aisles lined with potential food
suitors that will eventually change
Trying to make sense of the food
supply as well as dating is no small
feat: it's more than most of us care
to digest. And in the flurry of busy
days, who has time to study the dif-
ferent brands, ingredients, and
nutrition of the thousands of food
and choices we can be confronted
with on a daily basis? It's near
impossible. Here are some quick
tips to give you a checklist of what
to look for when you set your next
date to venture into a relationship
with foods or a person:
1. Go naked Check the extent
to which a food reveals its true self:
gauge your selection by how much
of the food you see compared with
its dressings. If you see more plas-
tic, Styrofoam, cardboard, and
metal than food, there are probably
too many layers to have to unravel
to truly know what you are getting
into, which is not unlike meeting a
woman caked with too much make-
up or a man whose identity rests on
the laurels of his status and accu-
mulation of possessions. Stick to
"naked foods", or foods without
casings, as that is a sign that it prob-
ably hasn't gone through extensive
processing. For example, think
fresh fruits, vegetables, and bulk
foods like whole grains, legumes,
nuts, and seeds. These foods are
typically found along the perimeter
of a store, so jog the outskirts with
your cart and stay away from get-
ting lost in the "guts" of the store
where you'll find more of the
"dressed up" foods.
2. Speak the language of love -If
you happen to be lured by one of
those foods who disguise them-
selves in a
box, can, or
--- --= _. you're getting
S into by scan-
S, ., Nutrition
" 1 Facts label.
' After all, if
you meet a
Sll makes you
I cringe when
-- you probably
won't want to
A Under the list
you may see a
of items which
may make you
shudder or fall
case, make sure that you can recog-
nize most ingredients and ensure
that they "speak to you". For exam-
ple, "Water, beans, and salt" makes
a lot more sense than Don't settle for foods or people that
"potassium metabisulfite, drain, strain, or pain you. Knowing
monosodium glutamateyour foods and lover better can help
and sodium nitrate"; how-
ever, this is only a crude,YOU to find a match made in heaven!
quick way to filter the
food contents. There are some cases
where simple names like "salt" or
"sugar" may not be desirable, and
instances where more sophisticated
names may be valuable like "thi-
amin" (vitamin Bl) and "ferrous
sulfate" (iron). But all in all, check
whether you two are speaking the
3. Look for "true colors" A
person who lacks personality won't
be someone you'd want to be
around. For foods as well as people,
lots of colors are a good indicator of
a spectrum of "dating" potential, as
long as those colors are not of the
pretentious, artificial variety such
as FD&C Yellow No. 5 or FD&C
Blue No. 2. Let your eyes be allured
by the sensuous array of natural
colors: steamy reds like tomatoes
and red bell peppers, playful
oranges such as carrots and squash,
sultry yellows like corn cobs and
lemons, luscious greens found in
broccoli and spinach, and mysteri-
ous blue-purples from the depths of
blueberries and eggplant. Entice
yourself with this entire spectrum
by visiting the produce section. In
the end, the more natural colors you
eat, the more attractive, healthy, and
vibrant you will be!
4. Be wary of "adulteration" -
Most foods have been in bed with
large industries. They are loaded up
with all types of ingredients that
keep them preserved and attractive
on store aisles, just in case no one
swipes them up right away. Beware
of the "fake factor" when it comes
to foods and people or those who
have been around the block too
many times. They can be laden with
extra baggage like partially hydro-
genated oils, fat substitutes, and
dyes a far cry from their true
selves. If artificial colorings, flavor-
ings, or sweeteners have made their
insidious ways into a food, think
twice before committing to it.
"Artificial" anything suggests ques-
tionable effects in the body since
these are not compounds found in
nature. So avoid these cheaters at
all costs! Go with foods you can
5. The food "next door" We
may think that we have to travel to
faraway lands to get the best of any-
thing. We find ourselves on a con-
tinual search for the "perfect part-
ner" when our soulmate may be as
close as our backyard in our garden
or in local farms. With the average
food traveling 1500 miles to the
plate, it's difficult to know what has
made its way into the food. Take the
path of least resistance go with
foods that have local roots and that
have been nurtured in the same
environment that you live in. For
the most part, food from your own
neighborhood will be fresher, con-
sistent with the seasons, and, as a
result, more abundant in nutrients.
In the grocery stores of today,
there are an overwhelming number
of foods that you can take home just
like the multitude of potential dat-
ing options! How do you know you
are choosing the best one(s) for
you? Be the smart, savvy shopper -
know what you are getting into
before you make your way up the
(checkout) aisle. Don't settle for
foods or people that drain, strain, or
pain you. Knowing your foods and
lover better can help you to find a
match made in heaven!
Hair Styles for Mature Women
by Pekela Riley
A stylish middle age woman stopped me the other day and asked, if it
would be appropriate for her to sport the same looks that have been dis-
cussed in the column. And this got my wheels turning, are there still
women in 2009 who still think they can't wear certain styles simply
based on their age? Ladies, ladies, this is the age of the cougar; don't
allow something like age to limit your look. With leading ladies out
there like Ruby Dee, Angela Bassett, and Phylicia Rashad it's easy to
find inspiration. The first thing to consider is your lifestyle and face
shape; these two factors will always take precedent.
As women get older one way to enhance and look younger at the same
at is by getting a shorter cut. More defined styles add definition and
shape to your face. Have you ever seen the TV Land show "She's Got
the Look;" the show is geared toward aspiring models that are over 35!
This season a 72-year-old sliver fox, sported a beautifully defined bob
and her white silver hair still looked youthful. As we age our hair starts
to thin, and hormones change. When you think of pretty youthful hair,
more than often its thick hair you're really thinking about. Thick full
hair is associated with youth, and when cut properly can leave you with
a look that will turn heads.
A classic example, one of my clients is a jogger and used to wear the
standard smooth bob, but it was not doing her justice. Once she allowed
me to cut her hair about an inch all the way around and add color it was
amazing! Her hair now had added depth and the cut provided a youth-
One of the reasons women's hair thins as we get older, is because of
our hormones. Hormones regulate everything in the body. If you're
approaching the "change in life", you might want to consult your doctor
or even dermatologist for treatments. As you age you may also want to
add supplements to your diet. And just remember there are no hard fast
rules on how maturing women should wear their hair.
To ask PK your question or learn more about the products in this
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EWC Alumni Use Annual Convention to Mobilize Membership
Alumni banquet honoree
Eric Johnson (C/O '88) and Dr. Roy
Guests Kiesha Washington and Terri Stepter, EWC alums Pam
Pumphrey (C/O '99), Shelia Williams (C/O '80), Markeisha Coney
(C/O '06) and Markeisha Coney (C/O '06).
EWC alums John Corker (C/O '65), Stephen Jenkins (C/O '80), Ken
Francis (C/O '69) and Rick Payton (C/O '81).
Shown are alumni holding candles of reflection at the recognition
luncheon candlelight ceremony.
Continued from front
For more than thirty years, the
biannual convention has reconnect-
ed EWC graduates and provided
information on fundraising, organi-
zational structure and student
recruitment. Despite the alumni
association's long history, its mem-
bership had dwindled during the
past decade to appro ximately one
"We estimate that four thousand
EWC graduates live on the First
Coast alone. While this convention
was designed for fun and fellow-
ship, it had a very serious underly-
ing purpose," said National Alumni
Association President Marguerite
Warren (EWC C/O '65). "We hope
to motivate alums to participate and
make sure EWC continues to pro-
vide a quality education."
The convention achieved its pur-
pose as EWC alumni came from as
far as New York City and
Washington, DC. Ken Francis, a
24th EWC President Dr. Robert Mitchell presenting an award to
alumni banquet honoree Bishop McKinley Young, Chair of EWC's
Board of Trustees. Maretta Latimer photos
member of the EWC C/O '69, said,
"I loved the atmosphere. The cama-
raderie has been great."
A highlight o f the convention
was a recognition luncheon honor-
ing five former EWC faculty and
staff members. The honorees were:
Argenia Anderson, Willye Dennis,
Dorothy Gaither, Geraldine Orr and
Bishop Robert Webster. The lunch-
eon also featured candlelight and
libations ceremonies and a special
tribute to two former EWC
Presidents Drs. Leonard Morse
and William Stewart.
"They were administrators, men-
tors and teachers at EWC who took
a real interest in us," said Roy
Singleton (EWC C/O '63), an
adjunct professor at EWC and
retired University of North Florida
department chair. Singleton, who
was the recognition luncheon mas-
ter of ceremonies, said, "They
encouraged, challenged and saw the
best in their students."
National Alumni President Marguerite Warren (C/O '65) and
National Alumni Vice President Juliet Fields (C/O '69) presenting
$10,000 to EWC President Dr. Claudette Williams.
The conference closed with a
$10,000 donation to the College
and a formal banquet that honored
community members and EWC
graduates who have made signifi-
cant contributions to the College.
The honorees were: Eric Johnson
(EWC C/O '88), who created the
alumni's Internet-based networking
site; keynote speaker Frederick
Harper (EWC C/O '65); CSX CEO
Michael Ward, who donated one
million dollars to EWC; and Bishop
McKinley Young, Chairman of
EWC's Board of Trustees.
Harper, a Howard University pro-
fessor and award-winning author
and editor, said that EWC gave him
the tools he needed to succeed. "I
received the best possible education
at EWC. It's important that we
maintain our commitment to our
alma mater because of what it has
done for us," he said.
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1st Thursday Open
Mic Poetry at The Ritz
The Ritz Theater and LaVilla
Museum along with Allen James of
PoeFaces Incorporated will present
Open Mic poetry on Thursday,
August 6,2009 from 7 9 p.m. The
entire family is invited to partici-
pate. Rules are enforced for
clean/edited lyrical content. For
more information, call 632-5557.
Darryl Hall's Reality
Check at the Fl Theatre
Spinning off popular reality televi-
sion shows, Darryl Reuben Hall's
REALITY CHECK is a live stage
play that brings together eight
strangers who have come together
to live in THE HOUSE OF SONG
for weeks as cameras follow their
every step. The play will be per-
formed August 7 & 8, 2009 at 8:00
p.m. at the Florida Theatre, 128 E.
Forsyth Street. For more informa-
tion and tickets, call Stage Aurora at
NW Jax Health and
The NJCDC will be hosting its 5th
Annual Health and Neighborhood
Day (HAND) on Saturday, August
8th from 10 a.m. 2 p.m.. The free
event will include information
booths from a host of other of non-
for-profits on health, social servic-
es, displays, sign-ups and give-
aways. It will be held at the North
Point. site, located at Myrtle and
Moncrief. There will also be infor-
mation for ex-felons and other
employment opportunities. For
more information, call 764-1805.
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.
Back to School Festival
and Giveaway at Metro
The First Baptist Church of
Oakland will host a Back to School
Jam on Saturday, Aug. 8, at
Metropolitan Park Pavilion from 11
a.m. to 2 p.m. 1,000 students are
expected to attend and receive free
USB flash drives, backpacks and
school supplies distributed to ele-
mentary and middle school stu-
dents. There will also be a Health
and Education Fair, where students
can receive immunizations and
physical exams. To round off the
event, the mainstage will feature a
Battle of the Bands, games, a free
computer giveaway, food vendors,
and demonstrations. Call (904) 502-
1625 for more information.
How to Make
JCCI will host a free community
seminar on How to Make
Community Decisions on Tuesday,
August 11 at 5:30 pm at JCCI head-
quarters. Join Executive Director
Skip Cramer to learn the win-win
methods of consensus building and
facilitation. RSVP to
Lashun@jcci.org. or call 396-3052/
JCCI is located at 2434 Atlantic
Boulevard, Suite 100.
Issues & Answers:
JCCl's Brown Bag Series will
have a luncheon forum open to the
community on "Jacksonville
Journey where are we now". It
will be held on Thursday, August
13th from noon to 1:00 p.m. at
JCCI- 2434 Atlantic Blvd. The
luncheon highlight will be a con-
versation with prominent lawyer,
educator, School Board and
Jacksonville Journey Oversight
Committee member the Honorable
W. C. Gentry. RSVP your atten-
dance to Earlene at 396-3052.
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
Friday, August 14th at the Prime
Osborne Convention Center.
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
Venus, Mars Reunion
All former residents of the
Roosevelt Apartments/ Venus Mars
Court Area are invited to participate
in the annual September reunion
event. If you lived in the neighbor-
hood between Myrtle Ave, and
Boulevard, from 8th Street to 21st
Street, from 1950 to 1975, plan to
meet with us at the Graham Library,
13th & Mrytle, on Saturday,
August 15th at 3:45 p.m.
For additional information, please
contact George Ralph (Jeff)
Cooper, (904) 608-6902, or Joyce
Gray Smith, (904) 703-2751.
OES Five Star Dance
On August 15, 2009 from 9 p.m.
to 2 a.m., the Ladies of Essence
Order of Eastern Star will present
their Five Star Affair and Dance at
the All Occasion Center, 5045
Soutel Drive. There will be food
provided at the BYOB affair that
will also feature a live DJ and raffle.
For more information, call Sis.
Angela Kearse at 955-8157.
Women, Weight &
Why 5th Anniversary
The Fifth Anniversary Celebration
of Women Weight and Why will
take place on Saturday, August 22,
2009 from 6 9 p.m. This year's
honoree will be Clara White
Mission CEO Ju'Coby Pittman
Peele. It will be held at the Orange
Park Country Club. This Fifth Year
Anniversary Celebration event will
feature honorable presentations,
dinner and charitable initiatives.
Vendor booths available at no
charge. For more information call
The Jacksonville Genealogical
Society, Inc., will hold their month-
ly meeting on August 22, 2009, at
the Webb-Wesconnett Branch
Library, 6887 103rd Street,
Jacksonville, Fl., at 1:30 p.m. The
topic will be "Federal-Land States
and Their Land Records." These
records often contain critical evi-
dence that can be used in serious
genealogical investigation. Call
Mary Chauncey at 781-9300 for
Jamie Foxx in Concert
Comedian and chart topping R&B
performer Jamie Foxx will be in
concert for on night only at the
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial
Arena. Foxx will take the stage on
Friday, August 28, 2009 at 8 p.m.
For tickets or more information,
call ticketmaster at 353-3309 or 1-
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.
Next it will be on September 2nd.
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The Jacksonville Young
Democrats will present their first
annual "Night with the Jacksonville
Young Democrats", Sunday,
September 13th at the Prime F.
Osborn Convention Center with a
reception beginning at 5:00 p.m.,
followed by dinner at 6:30. The fea-
tured speakers will be State
Senators Dave Aronberg and Dan
Gelber, the Democratic Candidates
for Attorney General. For tickets or
more information, email justin@jack-
Jax Urban League
The Jacksonville Urban League
will host a Golf Tournament on
September 14, 2009 to benefit the
JUL Scholarship Fund, programs
and services. It will be held at the
Timaquana Country Club and will
include a continental breakfast and
8:30 a.m. shotgun start followed by
lunch, awards and raffle. For more
information, call Linnie Finley at
The Florida Theatre will present
the legendary Smokey Robinson on
Monday, September 21 at 8
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he was the most important musical
component to Motown's early suc-
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Prince's Classic Film,
Twenty-five years ago, Prince
was a diminutive soul/pop singer
from a land not previously known
for its musical contributions.
Minneapolis, Minnesota didn't
have a "sound" or a global icon to
represent it, but that was all about to
change. When the film "Purple
Rain" hit movie theaters on July 27,
1984, it turned its star into a pop
culture phenomenon, anchored by
the classic hits on its brilliant
"Purple Rain" was actually
Prince's fifth studio album, and by
that time, his audience had begun to
expand beyond the African-
American base that were his initial
supporters. But the now classic,
low-budget film (which made over
$100 million in 2009 dollars from a
$7 million budget) would propel
Prince to the kind of music strato-
sphere that few other artists inhabit-
ed and arguably set the stage for
films like Eminem's less successful
"biopic" "8 Mile." That "Purple
Rain" is still as watchable now as it
was 25 years ago is a testimony to
the artist and the bands The
Revolution and The Time that
made it a great movie musical.
To celebrate its 25th anniversary
milestone, here are 25 little-known
facts about "Purple Rain" and its
1. An early, simpler, version of
the unpronounceable symbol that
Prince changed his name to during
his dispute with Warner Bros.
Records is painted on the side of the
gas tank on Prince's motorcycle.
2. The film almost got an X rating
because of the lone sex scene with
Prince and Apollonia. However,
after several seconds were cut from
it, the film got its R rating. Rumor
has it that the more explicit footage
3. Director Albert Magnoli
filmed a second love scene that was
not included in the final cut of the
film. This scene has special mean-
ing because it contains the actual
illusion of purple rain. A snippet of
this scene is included in the theatri-
cal trailer for the film, as well as the
"When Doves Cry" montage. The
scene, as well as the other deleted
footage that led up to it, is also out-
lined in the film's screenplay found
on various Web sites.
4. The film's original screenplay
contained an extremely sexually
explicit scene between Vanity and
The Kid during the "ride of rage"
sequence. It's unknown if the scene
was actually filmed when Apollonia
replaced Vanity as the film's leading
lady. This adds to the mystery sur-
rounding a long rumored early edit
of "Purple Rain" that was given an
X rating by the MPAA.
5. Most of the songs in the movie
were recorded live.
6. James Foley was offered the
job of director by Prince's manage-
ment after seeing a rough cut of
"Reckless." He said he was too
busy and declined, but recommend-
ed his editor, Albert Magnoli.
7. TV writer and producer
William Blinn, who was the execu-
tive producer of the "Fame" TV
series at the time, wrote the first
draft of the script and called it
"Dreams." Prince didn't like the
story, and wanted the word "purple"
in the title.
8. Although Albert Magnoli and
William Blinn shared the writing
credits, it is not known how much
of Blinn's material was used.
Magnoli estimates that only two or
three of Blinn's scenes are in the
final cut of the film.
9. The success of this project ben-
efited just about every division of
Warner Bros. The box office gross-
es helped the film division; the
soundtrack sales helped the record
division; the home video release
helped that division; the promotion-
al videos aired on MTV constantly
helped the music video division ...
and so on.
10. "Mod Squad's"
Clarence Williams III and
Olga Kartalos were the only
two professional actors with
screen credits in the entire
11. Prince's protegee and
then-girlfriend Vanity was
originally slated to be cast as
The Kid's love interest.
However she left the film -
and Prince prior to shooting.
Therefore, the girl group
Vanity 6 became Apollonia 6,
and actress Patricia Kotero
was cast as Apollonia.
12. Scenes of The
Wendy and Lisa kissing were
V. deleted from the final version
of the movie.
13. Wendy and Lisa were
dating throughout their time
in The Revolution, something
that was hinted at but never
fully revealed to the public
(although their positioning on
the poster that was included
in the original "Purple Rain"
album certainly suggests so.) The
two are now with other partners, but
dated for 20 years.
14. Probably due to pacing rea-
sons, when The Revolution is per-
forming "Darling Nikki," the third
verse is omitted from the final film.
It can still be heard on the movie's
15. According to the director's
commentary, three versions of the
love scene were filmed with three
different ratings: A G-rated version,
PG-rated version and R-rated ver-
sion, which is what was used in the
16. Originally, The Kid's father
was to die of his self-inflicted gun-
shot wound to the head. At the last
minute, the director and the produc-
ers decided to let the father live.
17. Two takes of "The matter
with this house ... sequence were
filmed. According to the director's
commentary, the film lab lost the
camera negative for the scenes and
had to use footage from a work
print to include in the film. This
explains the loss of picture quality
during the scene.
18. "Purple Rain" was shopped
around to numerous production
companies, including Indigo Films,
which was owned by Jim Brown
and Richard Pryor. Brown
expressed his disappointment about
not acquiring the project in the
Spike Lee 2002 documentary "Jim
Brown: All American."
19. When Vanity left the project,
her role was first offered to
"Flashdance" actress Jennifer
Beals, who turned it down to go to
20. In "Purple Rain," Appolonia
runs out on a $37.75 cab fare from
the Greyhound station to the First
Avenue nightclub, where the con-
cert numbers were filmed. In reali-
ty, the station and the club are right
across the street from each other.
21. Prince won an Oscar for Best
Original Song Score for "Purple
Rain" in 1984. (The category has
since been eliminated.) The sound-
track sold 14 million copies in the
U.S., but Prince has been quoted as
saying no one will ever be able to
truly determine how many copies of
the album have actually been sold.
22. According to Wendy
Melvoin, the title track for the
movie was truly a collaborative
effort. Prince came in with the
melody and the words and an
"idea" of what the verses would be
like. She played the opening
chords, and everyone in The
Revolution chipped in from there.
23. The "Purple Rain" soundtrack
spent 24 weeks at #1 on the
24. Patty "Apollonia" Kotero
told Spin magazine that she never
dated Prince and was, in fact, dur-
ing the filming of "Purple Rain,"
with rock star David Lee Roth.
25. According to Dr. Fink,
Prince's keyboardist in The
Revolution, just about every mem-
ber of The Revolution, including
him, has approached Prince at one
time or another to work with him
again and he's turned them -a&U-
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Billboard's Comprehensive Albums tally.
For the fifth straight week following his June 25 .* -
death, Michael Jackson continues to dominate the ,
recording charts. .
According to Nielsen Soundscan, the King of Pop
notched 447,000 album sales and 433,000 digital
song downloads for the week ended July 26,
Jackson has averaged sales of roughly 667,400 unit sales per week over
the last five weeks, which would essentially represent a high-water mark
for most current top-sellers debuting an LP.
Overall, discs by Jackson, including the Jackson 5's "Ultimate
Collection," commanded seven spots of the top 20
WAYNE BRADY TO REPLACE GUID-
ING LIGHT Wayne Brady has been tapped to
host an update of the classic game show "Let's
Make a Deal," which CBS has revived to replace its
recently canceled daytime soap "Guiding Light."
"The original "Let's Make A Deal" was a game
show staple when it was hosted by Monty Hall from
1963-1977. Hall will return as a creative consultant
on this latest version.
After announcing in April that "Guiding Light"
would end its 72-year run on Sept. 18, CBS began a search for a replace-
ment that was focused primarily on game shows.
KARDASHIAN AND BUSH CALL IT
QUITSTO 3 YEAR RELATIONSHIP
It looks like Kardashibush is no more. A rep for
Kim Kardashian has confirmed that the reality
star and her longtime boyfriend, New Orleans
Saints running back Reggie Bush, have called it
The pair, who recently returned from a charity
trip to Africa with Kardashian's sister Khloe, just
last May talked about "heading" toward marriage,
but sources tell People their relationship suffered from the time they spent
apart with yet another separation looming with the upcoming NFL sea-
"They never get to see each other, ever," the source says. "It's been a long
time coming. They still love each other and are part of their lives, but
Reggie spends six months out of the year in New Orleans, so it's tough."
Kardashian, 28, the star of "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," had been
dating Bush, 24, since 2007.
CHRIS TUCKER OWES MIL-
LIONS IN BACK TAXES
Actor Chris Tucker owes the state of California
about $3.6 million in back taxes, according to the
Detroit News, which has been putting Uncle
Sam-owing celebs on blast for the past two
weeks. The state reportedly filed a $3,594,409
lien against. Tuckr., on June .2 ifour.y.er
worth of unpaid taxes, the newspaper reported.
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CHefJ e Wants our Int to s it D n wh ek
ChefJeff Waits Your InOut to "Pass ft Down with Now Cookbook | V |
You might know Jeff Henderson
as the spiritually empowered chef
who not only specializes in fine cui-
sine, but also in changing the lives
of inner-city youth.
But this Food Network star is
more than just a television chef.
Having penned a New York Times
best-selling memoir, 'Cooked,' and
a cookbook, 'Chef Jeff Cooks,'
Henderson is a successful author in
his own right. His latest mission is
to spread unity and inspiration
through the love of good food.
Henderson, who stars in 'The
Chef Jeff Project,' recently teamed
up with Tavis Smiley's Smiley
Books to release a cookbook that is
sure to appeal to food connoisseurs.
America 1 Am: Pass it Down
Cookbook' will feature 150 soul-
filled recipes and stories from
everyday home cooks. Henderson
is currently accepting submissions,
and he's looking for family recipes
that have been preserved from gen-
eration to generation.
He is looking for soul-filled,
heart-filled recipes. "We want appe-
tizers, small-food plates, we want
pass-it-down salads, soups, rice
dishes, bean and grain dishes." said
Henderson. They also want the sto-
ries that come with these recipes. "I
interviewed Maya Angelou once,
and she said when she was a little
girl, her mother always kept a pot of
rice on hand. And when she said
that, it brought back so many mem-
ories because old folks, from back
in the day, always had something
left, whether it was a tableware
bowl of some left-
over chili or some
wrapped in foil. It
really made me
think about this
whole project and
how important the
and their family's
name will be men-
To submit a
recipe to 'America I
Am: Pass it Down
al-Hussein is greeted by supporters on her way to court
Woman Faces 40 Lashes for Pants
First FCC Commisisoner Swo
Pres. Barack Obama enjoys a beer with Henry Louis Gates Jr., left,
and police Sgt. James Crowley in The White House.
Obama Invokes Beer Politics
President Barack Obama hosted
a "friendly, thoughtful"talk last
week with Harvard University
scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. and
police Sergeant James Crowley,
whose confrontation led to a
national debate about race involv-
ing the president.
The two men and Obama, who
professed before the meeting to
being "fascinated with the fascina-
tion" about it, spent about 40 min-
utes at a table near the White House
Rose Garden for a conversation
over beers. The talk was intended to
put behind them the controversy
over the July 16 arrest of Gates,
who is black, by Crowley, who is
"Beer summit" ia a clever term,
but this is not a summit, guys." said
Obama. This is three folks having
a drink at the end of the day and
hopefully giving people the oppor-
tunity to listen to each other."
The first female African-
American commissioner of the
Commission has been sworn in.
That familiar name in Washington
is Congressman James Clyburn.
His daughter, Mignon Clyburn, was
sworn in on Monday to be a com-
missioner in the agency..
The FCC is in charge of regulating
the radio, TV, and cable industries.
It's a job Mignon says she accepts
with great honor.
"It's an incredible day," said
Mignon. "A celebration. A culmina-
tion of a dream."
A dream that Clybum says came
true through hard work. She spent
14 years as publisher and editor of a
"I spent five of those years not
only doing that, but delivering the
newspapers," said Mignon.
It's a spirit Mignon hopes to take
with her to Washington.
"I am an entrepreneur in spirit, so
I recognize the challenges of small
business owners and business own-
ers alike," said Mignon.
For 11 years, Clyburn was a state
public service commissioner. She
says she will use her past experi-
ence to help the FCC in its efforts to
get internet service to every
"I am going to concentrate, like
U A Sudanese woman facing 40
lashes for wearing pants declared
she was ready for thousands as she
battles the country's laws.
Irn in a journalist with the United Nations
Mission in Sudan, is on trial after
being arrested July 3 along with 12
other women for wearing trousers
at a restaurant in Khartoum, Agence
Sudanese law calls for 40 lashes
for anyone "who commits an inde-
cent act which violates public
morality or wears indecent cloth-
ing." For women, indecent clothing
includes the outfit Hussein wore
when she was arrested and again
during her first hearing on July 29:
a loose-fitting top, headscarf and
Ten of the women arrested have
already accepted punishment of 10
lashes each, but Hussein and two
my colleagues, on broadband
deployment. I think it's important.
It's a key potential economic driver
for this nation," said Mignon.
Clyburn makes history, becoming
the first African-American woman
to hold the position of FCC com-
The oath was administered by
senior district judge Matthew J.
Perry, Jr. -- a man who made histo-
ry himself as the first African-
American lawyer from the deep
south to be appointed to the federal
President Obama appointed
Mignon Clyburn as one of five
FCC commissioners. It's a job with
a 5 year term.
other women still face charges.
Hussein has appealed her case in
the hope of bringing international
attention to the plight of Sudanese
women. She waived her immunity
as a U.N. worker in the case and
told said her goal is to have the law
regulating clothing repealed.
"If I'm sentenced to be whipped,
or to anything else, I will appeal. I
will see it through to the end, to the
constitutional court if necessary,"
Hussein said. "And if the constitu-
tional court says the law is constitu-
tional, I'm ready to be whipped not
40 but 40,000 times."
Hussein said thousands of
women have been flogged for their
clothing over the last two decades,
but it is not publicized because
those prosecuted fear no one would
believe them. By becoming a voice
for these women, Hussein said,
"I've already won half the battle."
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Ph.D. in education deadline Aug. 21
The University of Pennsylvania will pay for 10 Black men to study for
their Ph.D. in education. Only Black male juniors in college are eligible.
The school is seeking to identify talented Black male undergraduates
who are entering their junior year for participation in our Black Male
Grad Prep Academy, a program that includes a four-day visit to the
University of Pennsylvania in November 2009. Ten Black male juniors
and cover all their travel expenses, lodging and meals.
During their visit to our campus, the selected scholars will learn more
about applying to and succeeding in graduate school, hear about the
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