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Marriage Down Among America's
Educated Black Women
Fewer highly educated black women in the United States are getting
married and starting a family, researchers say.
Yale University sociology Professor Hannah Brueckner, who co-wrote
a study regarding highly educated black women, said a growing number
of them have been focusing on education rather than families and mar-
riage during the last 40 years.
"In the past nearly four decades, black women have made great gains
in higher education rates, yet these gains appear to have come increas-
ingly at the cost of marriage and family," Brueckner said.
The study on family formation and marriage longitudinal trends in the
specified demographic found the marriage gap between highly educated
black and white women increased dramatically between the 1970s and
recent years. In the 1970s the gap was 9 percent, while that gap rose to
21 percent in 2000-2007.
Brueckner said the growing divide may be due to a lack of acceptable
partners for highly educated black women.
"They are less likely than black men to marry outside their race, and,
compared to whites and black men, they are least likely to marry a col-
lege-educated spouse," he suggested.
HBCU Football Game
.- to be Released on XBOX
Baton Rouge-based Nerjyzed Entertainment
plans to release its long-delayed Microsoft Xbox
360 version of Black College Football Experience
on Sept. 1.
The video game will be the first Microsoft con-
sole game created by an African-American-
S owned company that specifically targets African-
American consumers. Nerjyzed's marketing plans
include having 35 Historically Black Colleges and Universities have
campus parties on Aug. 31 to celebrate the release of "Black College
Football Experience -The Doug Williams edition for Xbox 360."
In late November last year, Nerjyzed launched a national ad campaign
during the Bayou Classic football game between Southern University
and Grambling State University to promote the console version of BCFx.
The nationally televised classic featured six commercials, a Video Game
Zone and spots by NBC on the game.
Former Rep. Jefferson Found
Guilty on 11 of 16 Counts
William Jefferson, Louisiana's first Black
congressman since Reconstruction,
accused of accepting hundreds of thou-
sands of dollars in bribes was convicted in
federal court last week in a case in which
agents famously found $90,000 stashed in
He had represented parts of New Orleans
for almost 20 years, was stoic as the verdict
was read and had little to say afterward.
Asked how he was doing, he said, "I'm
Prosecutors contended Jefferson accepted
more than $400,000 in bribes and sought
millions more in exchange for brokering business deals in Africa. After a
two-month trial, jurors took five days to convict him on 11 of 16 counts
that also included racketeering and money laundering. He was acquitted
on the other five.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Lytle said Jefferson could face more than
20 years in prison under federal sentencing guidelines.
Jefferson had been under investigation since March 2005. In August
that year, FBI agents searched his Washington home and found the cash
in his freezer, wrapped in foil and hidden in boxes of frozen pie crust.
Prosecutors said he had planned to use the money to pay a bribe to the
then-vice president of Nigeria to secure a multimillion dollar telecom-
munications deal there, an accusation Jefferson denied.
Leslie Makes History as First
WNBAer to Hit 6,000 Points
LOS ANGELES Lisa Leslie has become
the first WNBA player to score 6,000
Leslie reached the milestone in the second
quarter of the Los Angeles Sparks' game
against the Indiana Fever, making an 11-
foot jumper as the shot-clock buzzer '
sounded with 11.9 seconds left before half- /
Leslie had 11 points at the break as the
Sparks led 37-22 against the Fever, who
entered the game with a league-best 17-4 record.
Leslie, one of four remaining players from the league's first season in
1997, began the year with 5,909 points but missed 11 games due to a
sprained right knee and bruised right hip.
The eight-time All-Star also began the night tops in career rebounds
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Move on to Dismantle U.S. Civil Rights Commission
The 52-year-old U. S. Commission
on Civil Rights, historically a lead-
ing force for overturning racist poli-
cies and enacting civil rights laws
against Jim Crow segregation, has
become obsolete and must be
replaced, say civil rights leaders
who are moving to make it happen.
Largely because of right wing polit-
ical domination and appointees
Black Caucus Puts Money Where Their
Mouth is to Support Minority Education
State Rep. Jennifer Carroll lauded two youth in her district this week with
$1000 scholarships for essays written on their own personal experience.
Shown above at the presentation held at the Jacksonville Urban League are
(L-R) Lillian Spencer, Reba Johnson. Middleburg High School student
Lonnie Johnson, Rep. Carroll and Ridgeview High School Student
Vanessa Dubrey. Rep. Carroll awarded the funds on behalf of the Florida
Caucus of Black State Legislators. FMPPhoto
Shown above (L-R) are Wynn children Charlene Ward, Helen
Christopher, Bertha Cromartie, Charles Wynn, Barbara Williams,
Joseph Wynn and Suzzette Wilcox.
Family Reunion is a Wynn-Winn for All- The descen-
dants of Charlie and Annie Mae Williams Wynn recently boarded four
buses from the Jacksonville area for their annual Family Reunion in
Akron, Ohio. Held over a four day weekend, the hundreds of family mem-
bers in attendance, which share the surname spelled both "Wynn" and
"Winn", enjoyed a myriad of activities from formal events to cookouts.
The family, which can trace their roots back to 1864 has over fifty-five
descendants in the Jacksonville area alone.
stacked by the former Bush
Administration, rights leaders say
the eight-member Commission has
done little for civil rights progress
lately and over the past several
years has done more to turn back
"There should be a new commis-
sion. You need a commission -
Continued on page 3
Lucille Savannah Wilson-Reid Turns 100
Shown above at the celebration with her offspring are (L-R) STAND-
ING:Towanna Chance, Luester Reid, Samuel Reid,Mary Francis
Berring,Vera Reid Andrews,Christilina Reid, Clifford Reid, Inell Reid,
Alexis McCoy, Joyce Jackson, and Little Tyler Darling- great great
granddaughter. SEATED:Honoree Lucile Savannah Wilson Reid (also in
inset) and her son Eddie B. Reid.
Congratulations are in order for Jacksonville's newest Centenarian,
Ms. Lucille Savannah Wilson-Reid. Family and friends celebrated the
100 year old birthday girl last weekend at Morris Manor Senior
Apartments. Born August 9, 1909 in Albany Ga. to Alice and Samuel
Wilson, good long living is in her blood as her elder sister, Susie
Latimore, is 101. Throughout her long life she had eight children five
of whom are living. Her legacy includes eighteen grandchildren, thir-
ty-eight great-grands, eighteen great- great- grands and still adding.
Her present hobbies include puzzle books, reading her Bible and vis-
iting St. Matthew Missionary Baptist Church on the Eastside. Cody photo.
Death Threats Against
President Up 400 Percent
President Barack Obama is the
target of more than 30 potential
death threats a day and is being pro-
tected by an increasingly over-
stretched Secret Service, according
to a new book.
Since Obama took office, the rate
of threats against the president has
increased 400 percent from the
roughly 3,000 per year under
President George W. Bush, accord-
ing to Ronald Kessler, author of "In
the President's Secret Service."
Some threats to Obama, whose
Secret Service codename is
Bullett Bob Finally has Rightful Place in NFI
Bob Hayes Jr. the son of former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Bob Hayes and former Dallas Cowboys
quarterback Roger Staubach unveil the bust of Hayes during the 2009 Pro Football Hall of Fame
Enshrinement in Canton, Ohio on Aug. 8. Ben Liebenberg photo
Renegade, have been publicized,
including an alleged plot by White
supremacists in Tennessee late last
year to rob a gun store, shoot 88
Black people, decapitate another 14
and then assassinate the first Black
president in American history.
Most however, are kept under
wraps because the Secret Service
fears that revealing details of them
would only increase the number of
copycat attempts. Although most
threats are not credible, each one
has to be investigated thoroughly.
Hall of Fame
Despite more than six years after his
death, the late Bob Hayes, whose light-
ing speed won him fame on Olympic
racks and in NFL stadiums, was
Lducted into the Pro Football Hall of
Hayes was enshrined with four other
layers Bruce Smith, Rod Woodson,
tandall McDaniel and the late line-
acker Derrick Thomas along with
uffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson dur-
ig ceremonies at Canton, Ohio last
Hayes, known as "Bullet Bob," caught
71 career passes for 7,414 yards and
1 touchdowns in an 11-year NFL
career at wide receiver.
Before joining the Dallas Cowboys he
von gold medals in the 100 meters and
x100 meters relay at the 1964 Tokyo
)lympics. He died in 2002 at age 59.
"He was so fast, they did not have an
answer for him," Hayes' son, Bob Jr
aid in introductory remarks. "He revo-
itionized the game of football because
f his world-class speed."
The well known Jacksonville native
attended Gilbert High School and
lorida A& M University.
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HBCUs vs. Ivy League Colleges, WIchIs etr
By: Tonya Pendleton, BAW
Black colleges have long been an
alternative for African-American
students who seek higher education.
When universities were segregated
- whether by law or custom and
African-Americans couldn't get in,
many an HBCU (historically black
college or university) stepped up to
provide a culturally supportive,
intellectually vigorous learning
environment for them. Yet, contro-
versy remains about HBCUs now
that black students have broader
Are HBCUs still necessary? Are
they simply anachronisms now that
there is more opportunity, or do
they remain a viable way for
African-Americans to achieve their
Parents looking to help their chil-
dren gain every advantage may
think that an Ivy League education
is the way to a successful future, but
that's not necessarily the case.
Here's a look at the advantages and
disadvantages of attending HBCUs.
Everybody knows that there are
some HBCUs that are better known
for their parties and their bands than
their educational programs. But it is
inescapable that many African-
Americans interested in preserving
their cultural identity feel alienated
and isolated at predominantly white
schools. The concept is so contro-
versial that Princeton graduate
Michelle Obama wrote her senior
thesis on it. That thesis, about pre-
serving your cultural identity as an
Ivy League university graduate,
became fodder for critics who
wanted to see her husband lose the
election and was subsequently
removed from public view.
While there are many African-
American graduates of Ivy League
schools who had great experiences,
most HBCU alumnae speak of their
college years as the highlight of
their lives. They cite the rich social
life and the bonding of individuals
with a shared identity. As there are
colleges for all kinds of groups,
including Christian and Jewish col-
leges, why wouldn't HBCU's con-
tinue to be viable, especially in the
face of continuing racism?
While there are certainly scholars
at Ivy League institutions like
Henry Louis Gates at Harvard and
Michael Eric Dyson at Georgetown,
among others at an HBCU, you
are almost certain to have a wealth
of black professors who are experts
in their respective fields. While that
could certainly happen at any
school, HBCUs do tend to attract
professors who also have a passion
for the education of their students
and who are supportive of the
unique challenges of African-
Americans face. If you are interest-
ed in a specific field that is lacking
in African-Americans, having a
professor who is in respected in that
area may be an incentive and an
Companies looking for diversity
are almost certainly going to recruit
on black campuses. Therefore, it
may prove to be to your advantage
to attend an HBCU that has already
proven itself to be a pipeline to
those corporations. Internships and
job opportunities may be easier to
get if you're not competing with an
entire graduating class. An HBCU
may make it easier to find a compa-
ny committed to diversity and help
that company find you as well. Of
course, if you're African-American,
a Princeton/Yale/Harvard degree
has its own cachet, and the very
name can help you get into places
you might not be able to without it.
If you happen to room with Bill
Gates' kid at an Ivy League school,
you probably will have made a
great contact. But what ifhe's a jerk those networks are pretty strong
who never hangs out with you? The and can help you get connected to
great thing about an HBCU is that
chances are you'll make contact
with folks who are in the black
elite, who often send their children
to the schools they went to. If you
join a black fraternity or sorority,
the prominent people and organiza-
tions that they are affiliated with.
However, if you look at the five
black CEO's of Fortune 500 com-
panies, none attended black col-
leges either undergrad or graduate,
so if that is your goal, an Ivy
League school may serve your
One key that may determine
where best a student would fit is the
field of study. Ivy League schools
have great reputations, as many are
the leading institutions of study in
various fields. If you have the
grades and other credentials to get
in, and the school offers a major in
an area that is considered the best in
the field, then, by all means, go
with the Ivy League. For example,
Yale's School of Drama is consid-
ered one of the best outside of
Juilliard for acting. Certain profes-
sions like law, medicine and the sci-
ences may help secure more presti-
gious placements and a more lucra-
tive future. However, future doctors
may not necessarily be better at an
Ivy League university. HBCUs
graduate 70 percent of black den-
tists and doctors, and Morehouse,
Howard and Meharry are all known
for graduating black doctors.
These days, financing college is a
serious investment. When choosing
a college, money has to be a con-
sideration. Harvard University,
arguably the nation's most presti-
gious university, has offered quali-
fied students whose parents make
under $60,000 a free four-year ride.
Other Ivies have followed suit. If
you can get that deal, then, by all
means, head to the Ivy League. But
in some cases, if you stay in state or
if you attend an HBCU, you can
qualify for more grants and loans
than at a mainstream school. There
are sororities, fraternities and alum-
nae groups that offer scholarships
based on where you go and what
you study. You just have to do your
research to determine what works
best for you.
If you're not the next Michael
Jordan, Lebron James or Tiger
Woods, you may find that both
HBCUs and Ivies have their advan-
tages. If you're smart and have a
decent jump shot, an Ivy League
school may give you a chance to go
to school for free based on your ath-
letic talent. Some Ivies have com-
petitive sports teams in non-tradi-
tional sports like tennis, gymnastics
and golf. (Woods went to Stanford.)
The advantage of an HBCU is that
if you're not going to get a Division
One athletic scholarship, HBCUs
are begging for athletic talent, as so
much of it has been siphoned off to
the large sports schools. You might
be able to finance your education
based on being pretty good, but not
great, at the big-time sports like
basketball and football.
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Avoiding Rental Car Surprises
By Jason Alderman
Many folks plan summer vaca-
tions that involve a lot of driving.
For those sticking close to home,
gas and maintenance are usually the
biggest car-related expenses. But if
you're planning to rent a car at your
destination, many other factors can
influence the overall impact on
your travel budget.
Here are a few potential rental
expenses you may not have consid-
Tourism taxes. Many hard-hit
local governments have implement-
ed a variety of taxes on lodging, air-
port usage, rental cars and other
services more likely to impact
tourists than local residents. Factor
these into your budget.
Insurance. Car rental agencies typ-
ically offer their own collision, lia-
bility, theft and other insurance
coverage. Conventional wisdom
says you should avoid this route if
your own insurance plans or ben-
efits available from your credit card
- provide similar coverage.
Before automatically rejecting
rental agency coverage, however,
contact your insurance company
and credit card issuer to make sure
you are fully covered. Consider fac-
tors such as: Rental period; Car
model; Travel outside specified
service areas ; Whether you carry
comprehensive and collision cover-
age on your own car; if you don't,
you may not be covered for a rental
by your insurance carrier ; and
What happens if you violate rental
agreement terms (e.g., allowing
If you decide to forego agency
coverage, bring along your proof-
of-insurance card. One additional
caution: Many standard rental con-
tracts default to "yes" for each type
of insurance, so you must specifi-
cally write "no" to any coverage
you don't want.
Find the right car. You can com-
parison shop at websites like
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www.hotwire.com or www.price-
line.com, order a car directly
through individual rental agency
sites, or buy a package deal includ-
ing airfare and lodging.
In addition, discounts from mem-
bership organizations like AAA,
AARP or frequent flyer programs
can be substantial. Rates vary wide-
ly, so be prepared to wade through
numerous choices for car models
Besides flat daily rental charges,
factor in potential deal-breakers
including airport shuttle conven-
ience, fees for mileage exceeding a
basic allowance, fees to return the
car in another city (sometimes
astronomical), late return fees, gas
tank refilling charges, fees for addi-
tional drivers, surcharges for driv-
ers under 25 the list goes on.
Make sure you see and understand
all fees and taxes before locking in
a reservation. Then, check back
periodically for better deals -
there's usually no penalty to cancel
Inspect the car. Before you drive
off the lot, thoroughly inspect the
car, inside and out, for any pre-
existing damage and have it noted
on your contract; otherwise you
could receive a hefty bill for even
the most minor scratches and dents.
Likewise, when you return the car,
consider taking time-stamped pho-
tos or video to prove it was in good
A rental car is only one element of
your vacation budget. Visa Inc.'s
free personal financial management
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Enjoy your vacation. Just make
sure you don't blow your budget on
unnecessary rental car expenses.
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Dre Hannon (center) Vice President of The J Ville Riders Motorcycle
Club of Jacksonville at the Round Up. FMP Photo Youth are also joining in on the pastime.
First Coast Rider Joins Thousands for 32nd Annual National Biker's Roundup
ATLANTA, Ga Hosted by the
Georgia Round Up Committee, the
32nd Annual National Biker's
Roundup featured bikers and
motorcycle clubs from around the
nation converging on Atlanta Motor
Speedway for six days of biker
camaraderie. The event included a
vendor midway, musical entertain-
ment, showcase displays and drag
The National Bikers Roundup
Rally was first organized in 1977 by
clubs. This year, more than 1000
motorcycle clubs attended, includ-
ing several chapters of the Harley
The event is known as one of the
largest motorcycle camping rallies
in the country. Nearly 30,000
African American motorcyclists
made their way to the 32nd Annual
National Bikers Roundup to recon-
nect and commune with fellow
motorcyclists for six days of musi-
cal entertainment, drag racing, and
Leaders Say Civil Rights Commission Borders on Useless
continued from front
because you need a commission
to do what it did when it was doing
what it was supposed to do, which
is look at all these new problems -
the old ones and the new ones,"
says constitutional law expert Mary
Frances Berry, a former member of
the commission, who served 11
years as its chair. "Discrimination
complaints on the basis of race have
increased exponentially at the
[Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission]. And most of them
are found to be valid. This has just
happened over the past few years."
Berry, who resigned from the
Commission in late 2004, contin-
ues, "People are still having prob-
lems on their jobs, we've still got
police community issues and
everything. People are getting shot,
every kind of issue you can think
"The fact that Obama is president
doesn't mean that the issues just
went away," she said in the inter-
view with the NNPA News Service.
"It doesn't matter who the president
is. You need an independent watch
dog that will investigate and look at
civil and human rights issues and
try to build consensus and make
recommendations, and work to try
to get something done."
In her new book, "And Justice for
All", an extensively researched his-
tory of the Commission and
America's "continuing struggle for
freedom", Berry says the current
commission must be replaced with
a U. S. Commission on Civil and
Human Rights in order to renew its
power against injustice.
"The addition of human rights
could make clear a concern with the
nexus between race, sex, disability,
age, national origin, sexual orienta-
tion, religious discrimination,
poverty and civil liberties con-
cerns," Berry writes at the conclu-
sion of the 400-page book. "A civil
and human rights commission
could also monitor U. S. compli-
ance with the international human
rights covenants to which we are a
party and encourage adoption of
those we have not approved."
The U.S. Commission on Civil
Rights is supposed to be an inde-
pendent, bi-partisan body that was
established by Congress in 1957
under the administration of
President Dwight D. Eisenhower. It
is primarily a fact-finding body that
looks into allegations of discrimina-
tion based on race, color, religion,
sex, age, disability or national ori-
Berry recalls how the
Commission worked with civil
rights greats Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr., Roy Wilkins, Whitney
Young, and others to document
facts that led to civil rights laws.
"The impact of the U. S.
Commission on Civil Rights is sort
of an overall missing piece of how
we got over," she describes.
While civil rights battles raged in
the streets, lunch counters and jail
cells, the Commission which still
has an advisory committee in each
state would visit communities;
using subpoena power to compel
both Blacks and Whites to give
often shocking testimony about
their personal experiences of injus-
tices as well as those that had wit-
"The commission from that time
until the Reagan Administration
was a force for trying to make
change. They would make recom-
mendations. They worked with
everybody," Berry recalls.
Then the Reagan politics began.
In 1983, two years after he took
office, Reagan fired Berry,
Blandina C. Ramirez and Murray
Saltzman from the commission
after they publicly disagreed with
him on his administration's civil
Rather than accept Reagan's
action, Berry and Ramirez sued and
won back their seats after the
Federal District Court in
Washington, D.C. ruled that the
commissioners served as watch-
dogs. Berry chuckles as she recalls
the judge's comment, "'You can't
fire a watchdog for biting.'"
In her 24 years on the
Commission, Berry became known
for her fights with presidents,
including challenges to Jimmy
Carter, Reagan, George H. W. Bush,
Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.
She resigned from the
Commission in late 2004 amidst
intense disputes with President
Bush and his appointees on the
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Commission. In the book she states,
"President George W. Bush essen-
tially 'fired' me."
Now though she mentions him
by name only three times in the
book she's challenging both
President Barack Obama and
Congress from the outside. She
clearly views his administration as
an opportunity to strengthen the
Commission and return it to its
original mission and purpose.
The movement is growing.
Laura Murphy, a senior consult-
ant for the Campaign for a New
Domestic Human Rights Agenda, a
coalition of more than 50 civil
rights groups that's pushing for a
new Commission, says they're
"The United States has been cited
for its failure to end racial profiling,
for its failure to end the high rate of
incarceration of juveniles. These
are the very issues that a reformed
and strengthened U. S. Commission
on Civil and Human Rights could
give attention to," she says.
Extension Service Seeks Volunteers
for Children and Literacy Program
The Duval County Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Program is
seeking volunteers to be trained in the CAL Program (Children and
Literacy). The program will train community volunteers to read to Pre-K
youth and to assist young children through eight in developing reading
skills. Volunteers will be asked to give a minimum of four hours a month
to the program. Volunteer training will be held on Friday August 28, 2009
from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM at the Extension Learning Center, 1010 N. Mc
DuffAve. Jacksonville, Fl. Trained volunteers will be allowed to select a
convenient school to serve. Call 387-8855 to register for the training.
Ms. Lorraine "Kelle"
Lorraine "Kelle" Spraggins
Longtime Jacksonville resident
Lorraine "Kelle" Spraggins tran-
scended peacefully from this
earth Tuesday, August 11, 2009.
She was born in Atlantic City, NJ
to Mae Augusta Freeman and
Stafford Spraggins, May 1, 1929.
Both parents proceeded her in
death. She grew up, attended
school, worked and spent most of
her life in Atlantic City, where she
is loved and remembered by
many loving and devoted friends.
Her career spans from waitressing
at the famous Club Harlem, Larry
Steel's Smart Affairs (Show Girl),
Resorts International Casino, and
the Hickory House Atlantic Cape
Career Centers Inc. Job
Connection, where she was rec-
ognized for her outstanding serv-
ice and dedication at Atlantic City
Welfare. She also lived in
Pleasantville, NJ where she
bought a home.
In 1981, this beautiful
woman underwent surgery for
Breast Cancer. In April 2005, she
was diagnosed with Alzheimer
disease, and moved to
Jacksonville, Florida to live with
her daughter, Rhonda Silver.
Severe medical problems devel-
oped and Lung Cancer eventually
claimed her life. Lorraine
Spraggins was a very powerful
woman, with a champion spirit.
The brightness of her spirit is cel-
ebrated by her family and friends.
On May 10, 2009 (Mother's
Day) she accepted the call to dis-
cipleship at the invitation of Rev.
Dr. Rudolph W. McKissick Sr., at
Bethel Baptist Institutional
Church. Active in the community,
Ms. Spraggins was a member of
the Mary Singleton "CLUB
FAVOR" and attended "Peaches
NA Basket" Adult Day Care.
She leaves to cherish her
memory: a loving son, Elliott Lee
Jones Jr.; daughter, Rhonda
Silver; grandchildren: Kelle
Adams (Aaron), Sporty D. Jones
(Faylice), Lindsy Bivens (Travis),
and Terrance Kinman; great-
grandchildren, Eric, Michael,
Elliott, Willie, Demari, Jeremiah,
Sporty Jr., Amber, Elijah, Bradley
The Home Going
Celebration information for
Lorraine "Kelle" Spraggins can
be obtained from the Lewis-
Smith Mortuary, 6665 New Kings
Road; telephone: (904) 765-7817.
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s Free Press
When President Obama was
elected 99.9 percent of blacks in
America felt a strong sense of pride
and achievement. Many African
Americans felt like we have essen-
tially done something that we
thought would never see in our life-
Regardless of that sense of
achievement, no one thought that
the next day discrimination and
bigotry would be over in America.
Inequality and injustice are still
alive and well despite having a
In fact, some would argue that
Obama's election has fueled a new
wave of racism and awakened
organizations that had become
irrelevant like the KKK.
Throughout the country hate
crimes have increased significantly
since Obama's election and so have
threats to the president's life.
Every week my managing editor
and I discuss various events and
issues and sometimes readers send
in topics as well. A topic hit my
inbox last week directly related to
the injustice and inequality that I
was just speaking of.
I was forwarded an article from
the Herald-Tribune, which is a
newspaper based in Sarasota,
Florida. This article provided some
great insight to an issue that I have
written about in the past, but never
had the concrete figures to fully
assess the problem.
That issue is juvenile incarcera-
tion rates, and Florida has become
the toughest state in the nation as it
relates to sentencing juvenile
offenders especially black males.
Hats off to Tribune Journalist
Lloyd Dunkelberger for his work
on this issue.
The figures are staggering.
Dunkelberger states, "Outside of
Florida, no other prisoner in the
nation is serving a life sentence
without parole for a juvenile bur-
He adds, "Records show that
Florida has handed out more life
sentences to juveniles for non-mur-
der crimes than have all other states
combined." Wait a minute, let me
restate that fact in case you missed
the significance of it.
----> Florida has handed
out more life sentences to
juveniles for non-murder
crimes than have all other
How do you begin to explain or
justify that fact?
Dunkelberger's article was based
on a preliminary study being con-
ducted by Florida State University.
"Florida has sentenced 77 young
men to spend their lives in prison,
without any chance of release,
based on non-homicide crimes they
committed when they were 17
years old or younger, according to
the research. Data also showed that
six of those 77 youth were 13 or 14
at the time of their crimes.
We all know young folks who
have done stupid things for one rea-
son or another. Those youth
deserve to be punished in some
form, but how do you justify sen-
tencing these young black men to
life in jail for non-murder crimes?
Anyone can turn their life around
despite the crimes they committed
as youth. In fact, I have a cousin
who was apart of a robbery at the
age of 17. He served eight years in
jail and has been out of jail for
nearly 20 years and has been a
Although he had a troubled
childhood, he has been the model
husband, father and has moved up
the latter at his job. He was fortu-
nate enough to have his voting
rights restored and was able to vote
for the first time last year.
There are probably hundreds of
people out there like my cousin
who did something silly as a youth
and turned their lives around as
Dunkelberger also stated, "The
Tribunes review of state records
shows that some juveniles were
given life without parole for as few
as one or two convictions of non-
Perhaps A. Phillip Randolph said
it best when he said, "Equality is
the heart and essence of democra-
cy, freedom, and justice."
At least the issue isn't being
ignored. Various nonprofits and
human rights groups are pushing a
lawsuit that's headed to the U.S.
Supreme Court. These groups are
claiming the obvious that such
sentences violate the Constitution's
ban on cruel and unusual punish-
AKAs Should be Mindful ot
by Sophia Nelson
In the past two weeks, Alpha
Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. has been
the subject of intense media scruti-
ny as a result of a damaging, civil
lawsuit that was filed by some
members who call themselves
"Friends of the Weeping Ivy." The
news was picked up by the mass
media and all hell has rained down
on dear old AKA, my beloved
sorority, ever since.
We have been called "Criminal
girls with 20 pearls," "She say she
say," "AKA's money gone funny,"
"Sorority girls gone rogue" and
worse. To be candid, it has been
embarrassing for all of us to endure
the negative publicity surrounding
the lawsuit filed against our inter-
national president, Barbara A.
McKenzie, just one year after our
centennial celebration in
Washington, D.C., last July. And it
has been downright heart wrench-
ing to watch our sisters fight each
other publicly with lawsuits and
harsh indictments instead of find-
ing a way to talk to one another
directly and allowing our bylaws
and internal oversight processes to
deal with this matter privately.
As a sorority member, I can't
comment publicly on pending liti-
gation. But as a loyal AKA, I want
to set the record straight about the
very meaningful legacy, enduring
sisterhood and continuing rele-
vance of Alpha Kappa Alpha
despite this latest brouhaha.
Partly as a result of this mess,
there has been much speculation
about whether Greek-lettered
organizations and other traditional
black organizations such as the
NAACP have any relevance in a
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country that elected a black man
If we have learned anything over
the past few weeks with the
House summit, the Sotomayor
nomination and general discussions
about race, and culture, in America,
it is that black and white Americans
often see the same issues quite dif-
ferently. We come to the table with
different life experiences and back-
grounds that shape our opinions
I have been asked many times by
my non-black friends why I joined
a sorority exclusively for black
women, or, better still, why I
founded an organization (iask, Inc.)
for professional black women back
in 2004. My answer is always the
same-these organizations are still
necessary even in the 21st centu-
ry-and they serve a very useful
purpose in the collective cultural
tapestry of America.
I joined AKA for many reasons,
but mainly, I wanted to belong to a
group of like-minded women who
could relate to and share my values
and my unique life experiences as a
black woman in America. It can be
hard on a black woman, both in
academia and in the corporate
world. It's hard to ignore those per-
vasive feelings of invisibility and
isolation. Having a group of sisters,
my "sorors," to help get through it
all has had a big, and positive,
impact on my life. I'm part of an
international sisterhood of more
than 245,000 women. I can go to
any American city-not to mention
most countries-and instantly find
a network of sisters to bond with,
both personally and professionally.
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Jacksonville, FL 32208
It's easy for outsiders to dismiss
the legacy of Alpha Kappa Alpha,
to use this latest dust-up as proof of
its irrelevancy. But we are heirs to
an historic legacy-a legacy that
can't be diminished by all the
recent drama and naysaying.
We were founded in 1908 by col-
lege-aged black women, just one
generation removed from slav-
ery-at a time when American
women had no rights. And for most
of its existence, Alpha Kappa
Alpha has helped to improve social
and economic conditions for all
Americans (not just black
Americans) through our award-
winning social programs. My
favorite example: the Mississippi
Health Project, which brought pri-
mary medical care to the rural pop-
ulations across the state for six
summers in the 1930s. It was the
first mobile health clinic in the
United States and assisted approxi-
mately 15,000 people in the
In 1938, we were the first organ-
ization to lobby Congress for
minority civil rights. We were the
first sorority to gain observer rights
status at the United Nations-way
back in 1946. In 1965, with a $4
million grant, AKA became the
first sorority to operate a federal
job training center: the Cleveland
Job Corps. We're continuing that
I bring all this up to say that AKA
has overcome far greater chal-
lenges than this current lawsuit. A
strong organization does not grow
to be 101 years old without having
endured great successes and great
I think about our founders-nine
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Many people both inside and out-
side of the state of Florida consider
the state to be different from the
traditional southern states. And in
many ways Florida is different
because of the diverse groups that
make up the state, but the state
obviously still harbors deep racial
issues from the past.
And some of my readers may be
saying there he goes again, but I
would challenge anyone to ration-
alize the juvenile incarceration
information being released.
I must say that I am ashamed of
what's going on in this state. We are
essentially convicting children who
have not murdered anyone to
prison for the rest of their lives and
in many cases without parole.
The research also showed that
only, and I did say "only" Florida
has sent juvenile criminals away
for life for burglary, battery and
The data also shows that Forty-
six juveniles in Florida were given
life for armed robbery.
All 1 can say is "wow." The
Sunshine state has certainly
become the Mecca of injustice as it
relates to juvenile crime.
Ultimately, the Supreme Court may
have the last say in this issue, but
that doesn't mean as citizens we
can't do something about through
legislation or referendum.
Change may have come in
Washington DC, but Florida is
moving in the wrong direction.
Signing off from the county jail,
black collegiate women in the early
1900s-brave enough and gifted
enough to see the needs of their
time, and of ours, 100 years later.
Alpha Kappa Alpha has survived
Jim Crow, sexism, racism, a Great
Depression, two world wars, and
witnessed the civil rights move-
ment. It is time for us to return to
our mission and values. It is not
about the colors or the letters we
wear. It is about our legacy. We
need to remember that, this, too,
shall pass. When the dust settles,
our hearts and dear Alpha Kappa
Alpha will be stronger, more loyal
and more true.
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Jefferson, can you
help a brother out?
"He sold his office for the least common denomi-
nator of what public service is about: personal
wealth" said the head of the FBI's Washington office
in regards to the conviction of former congressman
William J. Jefferson. A federal jury recently deemed the New Orleans
Democrat "guilty" of using his congressional office as a criminal enterprise
to enrich himself and his family.
Vernon L. Jackson and William J. Jefferson and their wives spent a pleas-
ant weekend in New York City in the fall of 2004. The Louisville, Kentucky
businessman and the Louisiana congressman watched U.S. Open tennis
from an air-conditioned corporate box, attended The Lion King on
Broadway and shopped together. Rep. Jefferson and his wife had become
trusted friends of the Jacksons. The cord tying the men together was their
shared opinion that Jackson's high-tech company, iGate, was going to save
the government money and give poor Black people around the world access
to information they couldn't otherwise afford.
That cord was well-frayed by the time the FBI investigation that took
"Dollar Bill" Jefferson down began in mid-2005, after an investor alleged
$400,000 in bribes were paid through a company maintained in the name of
Jefferson's spouse and children. Vernon Jackson was supplying the money;
while, under the pretext of helping iGate get business, Jefferson was steal-
ing it away. iGate had a patent to use existing copper telephone lines,
instead of expensive fiber optics, to transmit the Internet and cable televi-
sion. Jefferson was productive for the enterprise: He persuaded the U.S.
Army to test iGate's broadband two-way technology and other iGate prod-
ucts; influenced high-ranking officials in Nigeria, Ghana, and Cameroon;
and met with personnel of the Export-Import Bank of the United States to
facilitate potential financing for iGate business deals.
As he realized the commercial potential of iGate, Jefferson schemed to
take it. Jackson said he paid $330,000 to Jefferson's wife even though she
did no work and routinely received invoices from Andrea Jefferson and The
ANJ Group. Jackson said payments were made after iGate received money
from an African business arrangement William Jefferson helped secure.
Jackson, who is serving a seven-year jail sentence, testified that, "I was pay-
ing him to use his office on behalf of iGate," and said that Jefferson once
personally handed him an ANJ invoice for $200,000.
At trial, Jefferson admitted that his acts were "ethically challenging," and
his attorney said Jefferson was "acting as a private businessman in projects
that included Jackson". Jefferson helped Jackson get a contract with a
Nigerian company, NDTV. Then, forced Jackson to sign an agreement to
pay The ANJ Group $7,500 a month and give the company 1 million shares
of stock. After NDTV paid iGate $5 million, the ANJ Group illustrated their
blood-sucking tendencies, asking Jackson for 29 million more shares, which
gave the Jefferson family 24 percent of a $5 million business they never paid
a dime for.
Jefferson's congressional career spiraled after July 39th, 2005 when he
was videotaped by the FBI receiving $100,000 in a leather briefcase at the
Ritz-Carlton hotel in Arlington, Virginia, telling investor, Lori Mody, who
was wearing a wire, that he would need to give Nigerian Vice President
Atiku Abubakar $500,000 "as a motivating factor" to make sure they
obtained contracts for iGate and Mody's company in Nigeria.
In 2004, segments of his deals went south, the NDTV partnership soured
and the company threatened to expose Jefferson to international and U.S.
authorities if it wasn't repaid. Jefferson eventually worked out an agreement
for iGate to pay $3.5 million and then sought $10 million from Mody to take
over iGate. Mody provided $3.5 million to take NDTV's place in Nigeria
and in two payments wired $89,225 to the ANJ Group. After Mody and
iGate got into a dispute, she contacted the FBI and eventually became a
cooperating witness against Jefferson. It was Mody who gave Jefferson
$100,000 in marked FBI bills as part of a 2005 sting. Agents said that
$90,000 of the money that was intended to bribe Nigeria's vice president
was recovered in Jefferson's Washington home freezer.
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NABJ Elects FAMU Alumna as President
After a week-long convention in
Tampa, Fla., that included panel
discussions, speeches, an awards
ceremony, workshops, a career
fair and elections, the National
Association of Black Journalists
closed its annual convention
Newly elected NABJ President,
FAMU alumna Kathy Times is
an investigative reporter from
Jackson, Miss. She replacing out-
going president Barbara Ciara.
CNN's Roland Martin also
rejoined the board as Secretary.
About 2000 registered members
National Dentists Association Unites Nation's Dental Community in Jax
Camp for Girls
the camp to young girls because she
feels young boys have ample
opportunities when it comes to
sports. While 1972's Title nine has
made remarkable strides for women
athletes, Williams feels much more
needs to be done. Williams said her
own story is proof, citing that as a
young girl she was so good she had
to play with the boys because there
weren't any girl teams for her. "For
girls who love basketball and are
good at it; I promise this will make
them better," said Williams.
If you're interested in registering
for the camp or applying for a
scholarship contact Dorian
Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org or
you can learn more about her and
the skills camp on facebook, by
searching Dorian Williams.
Shown above is Jacksonville Orthodontist and co-chair of the event
Dr. Orrin Mitchell receiving the Life Membership Award from NDA
President Dr. Michael Battle.
The National Dental Association,
the organization compiled of the
nation's minority dentists, recently
held its 96th Annual Convention at
the Hyatt Hotel. Over 1,000 repre-
sentatives of the dental world were
represented including entists, stu-
dents, hygienists, dental assistants
and auxiliaries from across the
nation came to Jacksonville.
The theme of the convention was
Economically and Socially for
Responsible Leadership". President
Michael Battle, the House of
Delegates and the Board of Trustees
deliberated on number of topics, but
their focus included its advocacy
for the inclusion of dental care into
national debate on health care
reform and increasing the number
of minority dentists to serve the
Covention participants which
numbered over 1,000 were privy to
keynote addresses and greetings
from such notables as former
Essence Editor Susan Taylor,
Mayor John Peyton, Colgate-
Palmolive CEO Ian Cook Other
FROM THE STRANGE BUT TRUE FILES
Man Convicted of Groping
Minnie Mouse at Disney
A 60-year-old man has been convicted of groping a woman in a Minnie
Mouse costume at Walt Disney World.
John William Moyer of Cressona, Pa., told the judge he is innocent.
His son said before sentencing that his father would never inappropri-
ately touch a woman.
He was convicted this week of misdemeanor battery and sentenced to
write the victim an apology, serve 180 days probation and complete 50
hours of community service. Moyer must also pay $1,000 in court costs
and possibly undergo a mental evaluation.
The victim says she had to do everything possible to keep Moyer's
hands off her breasts.
The local Auxiliary Committee to the NDA who helped run things
smoothly included(L-R) Carolyn Newton, Jean Aikens, Pat Mitchell,
Gloria Morrison and Helen Polite.
local participants included Joyce President Michael Battle presented
Morgan-Danford, Rev. Dr. Landon the local Civil Rights Award to Dr.
Williams and The American Legion Chester Aikens and the national
Post No. 197 and Women's Civil Rights Award to Dr. Edward
Luncheon guest speaker, author R. Scott, II. The annual NDA golf
LaShanda Holloway. tournament held at the Queens
Dr. Phyllis Varnado chaired the Harbor Country Club was chaired
Civil Rights Luncheon that featured by Dr. Leroy Polite.
Captain Winston Scott, the first The local co-chairman of the con-
black astronaut to command a space vention were Dr. Chester A. Aikens,
shuttle fight, who is now the Dean who served as the NDA president
of the College of Aeronautics at in 1994, and orthodontist Dr. Orrin
Florida Institute of Technology. Mitchell.
Former Ribault Basketball Star Presenting Sports
Dorian is hown above with her
Florida State basketball coach.
by Cristin Wilson
When former Florida State
University basketball star, Dorian
Williams started working with
Carla Carter's two daughters, Carter
said the results were immediate.
She said it was like a lightbulb went
off. "They started to get it. They
understood why they were doing
what they were doing. She was
great with them," said Carter.
In just a few days other young
girls will have the opportunity to
benefit from Williams' experience.
The 2003 Ribault grad was one of
20 students from all over the coun-
try chosen for the McDonald's All
American Game; also chosen for
that year's game NBA superstar,
"It was an exciting time," said
Williams. Her achievements didn't
stop after high school. She was a
starter her freshmen year at FSU
and also tried out for the pros. Now
Williams is helping the next gener-
ation of young ladies by holding her
camp this weekend.
"A lot of kids want to play the
game, but they're not learning cor-
rectly. They're not getting the fun-
damentals which is essential if
they're going to play the game, and
play it to win," said Williams.
Even though there is a fee for the
camp, Williams is offering several
scholarships so young ladies who
are interested will not be deterred
by the cost. She wants to expose as
many girls as possible to the game
that has taught her so much.
"Basketball was such a positive
force in my life. If it helped me it
can help many other girls just like
me. Girls need to have a dream-
they need to know they can com-
pete," said Williams.
Williams said she's only offering
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attended the gathering the organi-
zation describes as the largest
assembly of Black journalists in
"We have a lot of work to do and
I want to say to you that we will
hit the ground running," Times
told guests during her acceptance
speech. "Advocacy is part of our
mission, it is what we do, it is
what we are about."
A number of senior Obama
administration officials attended
the event, including White House
Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett,
EPA Chief Lisa Jackson and Gary
Locke, Commerce Secretary.
"With the addition of Valerie
Jarrett joining the EPA
Administrator and Commerce
Secretary, the NABJ convention
becomes an important opportunity
to gauge the progress of the new
administration on topics from the
environment and green jobs to the
growing political power of
minorities," said outgoing
President Barbara Ciara in a state-
NPR's Michele Norris won the
Journalist of the Year Award. And
sportswriter Michael Wilbon won
the group's annual Lifetime
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Men of Shiloh Missionary in St. Back to School Revival at JC Watts Joins Baptists in Combatting
Augustine Present 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.
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.
Emanuel Missionary Baptist Church
Celebrates 117th Anniversary
Emanuel Missionary Baptist Church will be celebrating 117 years of
spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The anniversary celebration will take
place over 4 days beginning Tuesday, August 18, and continuing on
Wednesday, August 19, and Thursday, August 20, 2009. The celebration
will end with the 11:00 a.m. morning service on Sunday, August 23, 2009.
Nightly service will begin at 7:15 p.m. with Pastor Darryl Edwards and
Greater Bethany Missionary Baptist Church on Tuesday, August 18, 2009,
Pastor David Lattimore and Mt. Ararat Missionary Baptist Church and
Pastor Kelly Brown and Greater Mt. Vernon Missionary Baptist Church on
Wednesday, August 19, 2009 and Pastor R. L. Gundy and Mt. Sinai
Missionary Baptist Church on Thursday, August 20, 2009. Pastor Michael
Warren of Pleasant View Baptist Church in Apopka Florida is the preacher
for the Sunday service.
The community is invited to attend. The church is located at 2407 Rev.
S. L. Badger Jr. Circle, East. Rev. Herb Anderson is pastor. For more infor-
mation, please call the church office at 904 356-9371.
NOTICE: Church news is published free of
charge. Information must be received in the Free
Press offices no later than Monday, at 5 p.m. of the
week you want it to run. Information received
prior to the event date will be-printed on a-space
available basis until the date. Fax e-mail to 765-
3803 or e-mail to JFreePress@aol.com.
Historic Mount Zion AME
The Young People's & Children Department (YPD) of Historic Mount
Zion AME Church invites the young and old to revive and reconnect
through praise, worship and song at the Back to School Revival on Friday
evening, August 14th, with special guest, the Reverend Ron Rawls, pastor
of St. Paul AME Church in St. Augustine. Worship service begins at 7:00
pm. The public is invited to participate and a repast and fellowship will fol-
low the service in the lower auditorium. The church is located downtown at
201 E. Beaver Street, on the corner of Newnan and Beaver streets, and has
an elevator for easy access; Reverend F.D. Richardson Jr. is the pastor.
For additional information and transportation, please call the church
office at (904) 355-9475.
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
. iopen,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.
Despite most pastors' message of
inclusiveness, church service is one
of the most segregated places on
Sunday morning. Now a former
U.S. congressman is speaking out
against the problem.
J.C. Watts, the former republican
congressman from Oklahoma, said
Baptist churches should spread their
nets to become the "fishers of men"
Jesus spoke of in Scripture -
regardless of the color of the fish.
Watts made the remarks last week
at the New Baptist Covenant's
Midwest regional meeting. About
400 people gathered for the opening
session that featured the former
Fourth District representative and
University of Okalahoma football
The regional meeting, held for
the first time in 2008 in Atlanta,
brought together a variety of
Baptists of different races and dog-
mas. T. Tomas, executive director of
the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
of Oklahoma, told the Oklahoman
the diversity of attendees was a step
in the right direction.
"We can't re-create what hap-
pened in another place, but we think
there are going to be some of these
heavenly moments with everyone
worshipping together," said
Thomas, 60, adding that the differ-
ent denominations of Baptists work-
ing together regardless of race was
his idea of heaven.
A documentary called "Beneath
the Skin: Baptists and Racism" was
featured and the state's first lady
Kim Henry spoke about the docu-
mentary's importance. The Baptist
faith has about a half dozen branch-
es including Free Will, American,
Progressive and Cooperative
Baptists to name a few.
CHILDREN' CHURCH CHATTER A NO-NO:
Crying rooms becoming the norm on Sunday morning.
More churches are separating parents and their small children from the
main Sunday morning sanctuary to enforce noise control.
Wailing infants and talkative toddlers are regulars in the church's "crying
room," a child-friendly space that lets families attend church without dis-
tracting other members.
This separate sanctuary is becoming a mainstay across the country in dif-
ferent denominations, including Lutheran, Catholic, Presbyterian and
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Progressive Baptists Call for Peace at Annual Conference
By P. Smith
The term "peace church," usually
brings to mind denominations such
as Quakers and the Mennonites.
But now the Progressive National
Baptist Convention proudly wears
that label in its own way, rooted in
its traditions of non-violent civil
The Convention wrapped up its
weeklong annual session last week
in Louisville, KY by announcing a
brace of resolutions calling for,
among other things, a halt to the
wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
"We are a peace church. We are a
peace convention," said the Rev T.
DeWitt Smith Jr., president of the
"We believe in the concept, the
idea, the principle, the fact, that
wars are unjust and the church
should take the stand to say study
war no more," he said, echoing the
words of the traditional African-
American spiritual, "Down by the
While President Barack Obama
has called for an end to the Iraq
War, he has committed to expand-
ing U.S. troop commitments in
The Rev. T DeWitt Smith Jr., right, president of the Progressive
National Baptist Convention, speaks at the end of the annual session
in Louisville. At left is the Rev. Tyrone S. Pitts, general secretary of the
"We are not against the president
trying to do what he can to stem ter-
rorism, but we also know that we
have a lot of terror going on in our
own land," said Smith, a Decatur,
Other resolutions passed by the
convention called for such far-
reaching goals as universal health
care although the resolution did-
n't spell out a specific plan as
well as increasing funding to com-
bat HIV and AIDS; a right to quali-
ty education for all; prison reform
and efforts to combat poverty and
This blend of opposing overseas
wars, while calling for massive
social reforms fits the denomina-
tion's heritage, said the Rev. Tyrone
S. Pitts, general secretary for the
"We always look at it through the
eyes of our founding fathers and
mothers," he said. "Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr. was one of the few
people who stood against the
And, he said, "to be bearers of
peace means we need to be bearers
The Progressive National Baptist
Convention was founded in 1961
with the endorsement of King.
Founders split from the historically
black National Baptist Convention
U.S.A., partly over internal politics
but also because the older conven-
tion did not support King's move-
ment at that time. The two denomi-
nations have since improved ties.
Progressive Baptists say they
have 2,000 American and overseas
churches, with about 1.5 million
members in the U.S., and another
million in the Caribbean, Africa and
Europe. Some congregations are
also affiliated with other Baptist
This year, about 4,000 to 5,000
people attended the convention,
How to Mend a Broken Heart
by Dr. Spirit Atkinson
Loving again is often the hardest
thing to do after you've had your
heart broken. Allowing yourself the
opportunity, space and time to
process, grieve and recover from a
relationship once it's ended, is not
only beneficial, but a necessary step
in moving forward. While the natu-
ral inclination may be to build a
wall around your heat and vow to
never let anyone hurt you again,
there are valuable lessons can be
learned from loves that don't last.
Here are a few tips that can help
you mend a broken heart.
Tip 1 Don't romanticize
When a relationship comes to an
end, avoid the mistake of only
remembering "the good times," or
the things that you miss about the
person. Be honest with yourself
about the good and the bad experi-
ences that were a part of the rela-
tionship. Remember: THERE IS A
REASON THAT THE TWO OF
YOU ARE NO LONGER
TOGETHER. Instead of simply try-
ing to "move on," work toward
understanding some important
things about the relationship, and
yourself. What attracted you to a
relationship with this person? Were
there any "signs" that you missed or
chose to ignore that let you know
that the two of you were not com-
patible? Is there any emotional bag-
gage (i.e. jealousy, insecurity, low
self-esteem) that you may have
come into the relationship with that
may have contributed to the rela-
tionship's demise? The more objec-
tive you can be about the relation-
ship (and your role within it), the
better chance you have of being
able to utilize the relationship as a
stepping stone toward a happier,
healthier one in the future.
Tip 2 Take stock of what
Although the relationship didn't
go the distance, it doesn't mean that
the lessons that you learn from the
experience can't. As you explore the
various aspects of your relationship
(as outlined in Tip 1), take the next
step and apply what you've learned.
If you allowed yourself to take a
gamble on a less than ideal relation-
ship, why did you make that
choice? What changes would you
have to make so that you don't
make the same choice in a future
situation? If there are some previ-
ous wounds that you haven't healed,
what is stopping you from doing so
and at what point will you make the
decision to tend to those wounds? It
is not time that heals all wounds. It
is what you do with that time that
heals those wounds. Take note of
the things that you are doing (or not
doing) that may be preventing you
from moving on. If you find that
you are having difficulty working
this step, spend a little more time
working on Tip 1.
Tip 3 Be open to give &
receive love again.
Don't re-injure yourself or deepen
the wound by closing yourself off
to love. By the same token, don't
rush into a new relationship too
quickly either. Doing so only
increases the likelihood that you'll
make many of the same mistakes
that you did in the previous rela-
tionship and find yourself even
more deeply hurt and disappointed
by yet another broken heart.
Instead, go slowly and use what
you've learned from your previous
relationships to your advantage.
Equally important, don't hold your
new love responsible for the pain
and heartache that you may have
previously experienced. Remind
yourself as often as necessary that
they are not your ex and that the
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your old love and your new one is
Y-O-U. If you see any similarities
between them, then go back to Tip
1 and start from the beginning (i.e.
what contributes to your choosing
the same kind of mate over and
over again?). If you have difficulty
arriving at the answer, seek out a
qualified professional that may be
able to assist you.
Above all, understand that a rela-
tionship coming to an end doesn't
mean that either of you are bad peo-
ple. It simply means that you need
different things in order to be satis-
fied in a relationship. The end of a
relationship is a sign that your
needs are looking to be filled.
Honor yourself by refusing to settle
for a relationship that doesn't have
the ability to nourish you in the
ways you need it to the most.
Stop that Hair from Sheddinq
by Pekela Riley
So who out there has not been getting ready to head out of the door,
getting your hair just right and look down at the vanity counter top and
see hair everywhere! Well ladies there are a few simple steps you can
take to stop hair shedding. First, relax; some hair shedding is very nor-
mal. Believe it or not we lose from 60 to 80 strains a day.
Now you need to figure out is your shedding abnormal. If you suspect
that you are shedding far more than the average amount, then there
might be other factors contributing to your hair loss. Over processing,
certain medications, and stress are all common reason why we lose hair.
If you are dealing with one or more of these factors; I suggest that you
start eliminating one thing at a time from you regime, so you can iden-
tify which one is the culprit. Over the years I've had clients discover
that their medication was actually the cause of the hair loss. And this
can be a freighting realization; but by working with a style we can help
find a solution that will not cause you to stress even more over your
health. One side note, going through "The Change," affects your estro-
gen level, which in turn can influence the rate in which your hair can
shed. A word of caution; be sure to follow
your physician's orders to the T. If they
suggest hormones or vitamins be sure and
Next is the issue of over processing and
when I say over processing, I mean any-
thing that is going in your hair to change
it from its natural state. Many of us use
relaxers, but please make sure to space
them out reasonably. I suggest getting a
relaxer 6 to 8 weeks apart. Another tip to
stop shedding is to stay away from your
brush before your re-touch. Hair of
African descent responds much better to
a wide tooth comb. Many of us have been Un iagnos hair loss could
almost trained to use the tight bristle be a sign of greater problems
brushes to help our edges stay down, but like alopecia shown above.
this actually causes more damage by snapping our dry hair. Natural
moisturizers like organic olive oil and pure patrolmen jelly work best.
Ladies remember, hair shedding is 100% natural, so don't start count-
ing strains you find on the bathroom floor or on the back of your jack-
et. If you are shedding more than usual, then have an open discussion
with your stylist and together both of you can work on a solution. But
don't look for a fast fix -this issue may take some time to decipher and
fix your problem. Keeping calm about your shedding and be sure to
keep your hair moisturized- will go a long way into keeping you beau-
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Issues & Answers:
JCCI'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.
The Washington Heights Reunion
for residents between the years of
1966-1987 will be on August 15th
at Lonnie C Miller Park off of
Moncrief Road. The event will start
be from 11:00a.m.- 5:30 p.m.
Activities include: door prizes,
games, music, dancing, water slides
for kids, volley and kick ball, cards
and horseshoe tournaments.
Contact Beverly Jenkins at 765-
8597 or Irma Bell at 768-2566 for
full the details.
New York Jet's and former Florida
Gator, Lito Sheppard and the Good
Sheppard Foundation will present a
FREE Back to School Celebration
and Backpack Give-a-way! On
Saturday, August 15, 2009 from
9:30 a.m. toll:00 a.m. at NFL
Youth Education Town (YET), 555
W 25th Street. Over 500 backpacks
will be distributed on a first come
first serve basis. For more informa-
tion, call 260-446-2208,
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.
Choose your own route, or begin at
at 100 N. Laura St.
The September meeting of the
PRIDE Book Club will be held on
Friday, September 11, 2009 at
7:00 p.m. The book for discussion
is "The Breakthrough Politics and
Race in the Age of Obama" by
Gwen Ifill. For more information
call Felice Franklin at 389-8417 or
Ebony and Ivory Gala
The sixth annual Ebony and Ivory
Gala will be held on Saturday,
September 12th at 7 p.m. at the
Omni Hotel. The annual Gala hon-
ors women who have made signifi-
cant contributions in health, educa-
tion, and economic development. It
is presented by The Women of
Color Cultural Foundation. For
additional information contact Dr.
Jackson at 635-5191 or on-line at
Night with the Jax
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
PM.As a songwriter and producer,
he was the most important musical
component to Motown's early suc-
cess, not only on the hits by the
Miracles, but for numerous other
acts as well Tickets are currently on
sale. Call the box office at 355-
Annual Black Expo
The 8th Annual Florida Black
Expo will be held October 10,
2009 from 11 a.m. 7 p.m. at the
Prime Osborn Convention Center.
This years highlights include actors
Idris Elba and David Mann ak Mr.
Brown. For more information, call
The Annual Southern Women's
Show will be held on October 15-
18, 2009 at the Prime Osborn
Convention Center. Don't miss
savvy shopping, creative cooking
ideas, healthy lifestyle tips, trendy
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There Oughta Be a
Law" Variety Show
Tickets are now on sale for the
2nd annual "There Oughta Be a
Law" Lawyer Variety Show. The
show will take place on October
22, 2009, starting at 7:30 p.m., at
the Times-Union Center for
Performing Arts. Attorneys, Judges
and their families will be showing
off their various performing talents.
To set up a time to audition, contact
Patty Dodson at (904) 838-2524.
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Who can't forget the smooth sounds of R & B cr owner Teddy
Pendergrass. "Turn Off the Lights", "Love TKO", "Joy"...the hits go on.
The former lead singer of Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes solo career
ended abruptly due to a car accident and it has left his fans waning and
rumors abundant. Recently, buzz started brewing that popular R&B croon-
er Teddy Pendergrass was on his deathbed. The rumor mill as usual is a bit
The Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter has been hospitalized
at Philadelphia's Bryn Mawr Hospital and is admittedly enduring a health
crisis. The 59-year-old singer has been there for about a month, and the
nature of his illness is not publicly known.
He and his new wife, Joan, addressed the rumors and expressed gratitude
to his loyal legion of fans.
"I wish to thank my fans for their prayers, concerns and love,"
Pendergrass disclosed in a statement. "While I have faced recent health
challenges, I am in the care of my wonderful doctors, wife Joan and fam-
ily." Teddy Pendergrass
"We ask at this time that you respect our privacy," the statement contin-
ued. "Do know that I'm looking forward to continuing my work at the
Teddy Pendergrass Alliance to help people with spinal cord injuries."
Since becoming quadriplegic following a horrific 1982 car accident, the
Kingstree, South Carolina native (real name: Theodore DeReese
Pendergrass) has been actively involved in improving the lives of others
suffering spinal cord injuries through the Spinal Cord Injury Association.
The former Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes front man celebrated his suc-
cessful music career in 2007 at "Teddy 25."
"This year, believe it or not, marks the 25th anniversary of a horrific auto-
mobile accident that drastically changed my life forever," the 'The More I
Get, the More T Want' singer announced during the event. "Instead of being
saddened by this milestone, I am deeply overwhelmed with a sense of grat-
itude to all the people who have helped me overcome the many fears and
difficulties I would ultimately encounter as a disabled person."
Jackson Tribute to
be Televised Globally
Next month's tribute to Michael
Jackson on the grounds of a 17th
century palace in Vienna will fea-
ture a three-hour, star-studded show
to be televised live to a global audi-
ence of 1 billion people, the event
promoter said this week. ,
Georg Kindel of World Awards
Media GmbH said negotiations are
ongoing with networks over rights
to broadcast what's being billed as
Jackson's main global tribute, and
the pop legend's brother Jermaine is
assembling the lineup of about 10
"of the biggest artists of our time."
"Jermaine thinks maybe 1 billion
people will watch the television
show," Kindel said in an interview
with The Associated Press. "It will
be a very special evening for the
millions of fans around the globe."
said, adding that a "significant por-
tion" of the proceeds will benefit
several charities, including the
Larry King Cardiac Foundation,
which helps patients who can't
afford heart surgery.
Kindel said the tribute originally
was planned for London's Wembley
Stadium on Aug. 29, which would
have been Jackson's 51st birthday,
but that Jermaine Jackson decided
instead on Vienna. The singer had
been rehearsing for a series of
London concerts at the time of his
Kindel said the switch took him
by surprise: "Everyone was expect-
ing it would be staged maybe in
London or New York or Los
Angeles," he said.
Explaining Vienna as a venue,
Whitney Houston, Lionel Richie and Madonna are among the celebrities
slated to be on the lineup.
Austrian media reported that
Madonna, U2, Lionel Richie and
Whitney Houston might be among
the artists performing 15-20
Jackson hits on a crown-shaped
outdoor stage in front of
Schoenbrunn Palace. But Kindel
said the lineup is still in the works.
"I don't even know myself" who
will take the stage, he said.
The event will be held in the sec-
ond half of September, he said.
Organizers have pledged to
announce the date and lineup soon.
Tickets go on sale Aug. 20.
Kindel said the show conceived
amid a flurry of events honoring
Jackson since his death June 25 in
Los Angeles also will feature fam-
ily members and unidentified
Hollywood stars reminiscing as
irnages- and video clips of Jackson.
"It will be about Michael Jackson
the man and the humanitarian," he
Black Superhero Luke Cage Ignites Marvel Comics
Luke Cage is a black superhero
unlike any ever imagined. He is a
legend, believed to be invincible,
who returns to the mean streets of
Prohibition Harlem after serving a
10-year sentence on Rikers Island
and finds himself steeped in trou-
ble, says Shawn Martinbrough, the
illustrator of the series.
"All he wants is to be back in the
loving arms of his woman, but cer-
tain powerful men have different
plans for Cage," Martinbrough
Cage's childhood friend, Willis
Stryker, turned godfather of the
streets of Harlem, wants him on his
crew and under his thumb. But a
patrician, Randall Banticoff, whose
wife was murdered in a Harlem
alley, wants Cage to find the killer.
Martinbrough resides in
Washington and New York City and
works as a freelance illustrator and
is director/co-founder of Verge
Entertainment. The first of the four-
part 'Luke Cage Noir' series is due
out this month, and was written by
Mike Benson (HBO's 'Entourage')
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Jermaine Jackson told "Larry King
Live" on Friday that his brother
loved the city and "loved castles."
After Kindel organized a Jackson
remembrance held last month out-
side a mothballed nuclear power
plant west of Vienna, Jermaine
Jackson spent a few hours touring
Schoenbrunn, which his brother
also had visited.
The majestic yellow palace and
its sprawling, sculpted gardens are
nothing like Los Angeles' Staples
Center, where a big Jackson memo-
rial was held last month, Kindel
"You can't compare it with a real
historic palace which was built
hundreds of years ago," he said in
his downtown Vienna office.
"This is not Disneyland," Kindel
..said. But he added: "There's a zoo,
there are parks ... I think (Michael
Jackson) would like the site. It's a
little bit like Neverland, but much
Jennifer Hudson is a Mother
Jennifer Hudson has a new role that of a proud
mother. The 27-year-old Oscar winner gave birth to
her first child, David Daniel Otunga Jr., on
Monday. He is named after her fiance, David
Otunga. The baby weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces. --.w a
The entertainer suffered a tragic blow last fall '
when her mother, brother and nephew were slain in
her native Chicago. Her sister's estranged husband
is charged with the killings.
Hudson, who gained fame first as a top contender on "American Idol,"
won an Academy Award for best supporting actress for her portrayal of
Effie in "Dreamgirls" in 2007. Earlier this year, she won a Grammy for
best R&B album for her self-titled debut CD.
Pinkett Smith's 'HawthoRNe' Gets a
TNT's freshman medical drama "Hawthorne,"
starring and executive-produced by Jada Pinkett
Smith, has been renewed for a second season,
according to the Hollywood trades.
For its first season, "Hawthorne," which anchors
TNT's Tuesday original programming block at 9
p.m., has an average of 3.8 million viewers. The
second season is slated to air in 2010.
Latifa Enjoys Lesbian Night
Meanwhile, spies for the New York Post spot-
ted Latifah and five "stunning women" at
Country Club on West 14th St. for its weekly
Wednesday night lesbian party "Eden." in
New York City.
"She chilled for several hours, ordering bot-
tle service for her friends and chatting up pro-
moter Maggie Collier," the source told Page
Latifah has always declined to discuss her
sexuality and told the New York Times last
year, "I don't care if people think I'm gay or
She's living on Greenwich Street while shoot-
ing her new movie, "Just Wright."
Wanda Sykes Gets Fox Show
Wow, talk about about what seems to be strange
bed partners. We all know that comedian Wanda
soSykes is a huge supporter of President Obama.
And we all know Fox News is a huge hater of the
prez. But those facts didn't stop Fox family
givin wi member Fox-TV, and the funny lady from hook-
u sAs writer Lacey Rose from Forbes.com puts it,
"In a bid to shake up a late-night landscape dominated by white men and
score ratings points along the way, Fox is handing the late-night keys over
to a black woman."
Here's the bottom line. This Fall, Sykes will roll out a Saturday night talk
show in a time slot fomnierl\ occupied by Spike Feresten. In addition to
givinigthe.Emmy winner an opportunity to comment Nb'e- ek'd.iiews-
through skits and panels, the programming decision strengthens the parent
company, News Corporation's, network's late-night footprint.
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New Miss Black USA Says She's No Pageant Girl
Even after they announced her
name and proclaimed Miss
Pennsylvania as the new Miss
Black USA, Shayna Rudd didn't
realize that she had just won. It
wasn't until her pageant roommate
Miss Black Alabama squeezed her
hand that it finally sunk in that she
was the 2009 title holder.
"It was really surprising because
all of the ladies were so fabulous,"
Rudd says about her big win in the
The 22nd Annual Miss Black
USA Pageant, which was hosted by
actor Lamman Ricker and 1994
Miss Black USA Deya Smith, fea-
tured a prolific judging panel that
ranged from Dr. Ian Smith of
Celebrity Fit Club fame to the
Washington Mystics' Nakia Sanford
and Terri Stevens, designer from
Project Runway's season 5, who
told Rudd that she was her pick
because she was "real".
As the new Miss Black USA,
Rudd won a bevy of prizes that
included a $5,000 wardrobe from
Stevens, cash scholarships, a year's
worth of make up from Black Opal
Cosmetics where she will also serve
as a spokesperson, and an expense
paid trip to Ghana, among many
For the next year, Rudd will be
the face of the organization on a
whirlwind of public appearances
until she relinquishes her title.
Rudd's motivation to compete in
Miss Black America came from her
experience of being one of the very
few African-American women to
compete in the Miss America pag-
eant in 2008. She was the reigning
Miss DC, a title she won while a
student at Howard University.
"I was told that one of the reasons
that I didn't do well was because I
was too powerful and that I spoke
with too much conviction," she
remembers. "And that would've
been fine if I did Miss Black USA
but that wasn't going to work with
That comment stuck with her.
Her quick ascent to the Miss
America competition in Las Vegas
in 2008 gave her a bit of a con-
fessed ego -just briefly because she
was swiftly humbled when she
failed to place in the esteemed
Somebody recommended that
Rudd look into Miss Black USA,
and that's just what the 23-year-old
Philadelphia native did.
At the end of the day, the self-
described free spirit shares that her
character, her integrity and her ded-
ication to service are more impor-
tant than crowns and sashays.
"I'm by no means a pageant girl.
You would look at me and be like,
'Miss Black who?'" she says. "I
don't do the diamonds or the glim-
mer. All of that is nice but the
meaning behind it all is what draws
DNA Frees Another Black Man After 23 Years
James Giles, of Dallas, who was released from a Dallas jail in 2007,
right, jokes with Ernest Sonnier as he is released from jail outside of
the Harris County Jail, last week in Houston, Sonnier who spent 23
years in prison for a kidnapping and rape that DNA tests show he may
not have committed was released on bond to his joyful family.
A 46-year-old man walked out of
a Houston prison Friday afternoon
after spending 23 years behind bars
for a sex crime that the evidence
suggests he did not commit.
Ernest Sonnier was convicted of
the crime and sentenced to life in
prison largely on the strength of the
victim's testimony, even though the
forensic evidence gathered from her
body and clothes showed that
someone with a blood type different
from the defendant's had raped her,
lawyers from the Innocence Project
in New York told the New York
"It's just sloppy science, at best,"
said Alba Morales, who represents
Over the last 18 months, genetic
testing of evidence found on the
victim's clothing and at the scene of
the attack had yielded no trace of
Sonnier, the Harris County district
attorney's office said. Instead, it has
implicated two other men. Both are
felons and known associates. One is
awaiting trial for a different rape.
In light of the new evidence,
Judge Michael McSpadden of
Harris County District Court on
Friday ordered Sonnier to be
released pending further investiga-
tion, a first step toward exoneration,
which under Texas law can be
granted only by the state's highest
Donna Hawkins, a spokeswoman
for the district attorney's office,
said the state was not ready to con-
cede Sonnier's innocence, though
prosecutors acknowledge that the
new DNA tests cast strong doubt on
"There is a lot more legwork that
needs to be done before we draw
any conclusions," Ms. Hawkins
Sonnier's case is the latest in a
string of faulty convictions linked
to the Houston Police Department
Crime Laboratory, the center of a
long-running scandal over sloppy
The crime for which Sonnier was
convicted occurred on Christmas
Eve in 1985. Two men abducted a
woman at a gas station in Alief,
Tex., and then repeatedly raped her
during a seven-hour drive to San
Antonio. She escaped at 4 a.m. Six
months later, she picked Sonnier's
picture out of a photo array. Later,
in a police lineup and at trial, she
identified him as one of the attack-
Sonnier and his family have
steadfastly maintained his inno-
cence. As he came out of jail,
hugged his relatives and tried to
come to terms with freedom, he
said he was sure more cases like his
would come to light. "There are
plenty more left in there who are
innocent," he said.
In Texas, the state awards the
wrongly convicted $80,000 for
each year incarcerated making him
potentially eligible for 1,840,000
for his time behind bars.
Vick to Open up on 60 Minutes
Former pro-football star Michael Vickwill have his first post prison
interview on 60 Minutes this Sunday since he admitted two years ago to
running a dogfighting ring a crime that landed him in federal prison for
18 months and got him suspended from the NFL.
The interview, conducted Monday, Aug. 10 in Virginia, will be broadcast
on 60 Minutes this Sunday, Aug. 16 at 7 p.m.
The ex-Atlanta Falcon's quarterback was conditionally re-instated by
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on July 27, a week after he was
released. If a team is interested in him, Vick could be playing again in a
regular league game by the sixth week of the NFL season.
The segment will also include interviews with Wayne Pacelle, national
head of the Humane Society, and Tony Dungy, the former NFL coach who
will be a special advisor to Vick, will also be interviewed.
Chicago Urban League President
to Run for Coveted Senate Seat
Chicago Urban League President
Cheryle Jackson is officially in the
race for a U.S. Senate seat from
Illinois in 2010.
Her only rival in the Democratic
primary at the moment is Illinois
state treasurer Alexi Gianoulias.
In Chicago's African-American
community, Cheryle Jackson is
noted for rejuvenating the Urban
League organization. In only three
years, Jackson, 44, shifted the insti-
tution's focus from civil rights and
social service to economic develop-
"I'm not a politician. My oppo-
nent is, a politician. I'm not that. I'm
a problem solver," said Jackson.
Jackson's primary opponent,
Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, has
big lead in fundraising and contin-
ues to build endorsements from
Jackson's base will include
African-Americans with whom
she's worked closely in recent years
and as the only announced female
candidate she's hopes to get support
from women voters.
"Certainly I'll bring that perspec-
tive to D.C. Being pro-
choice...knowing the particular
challenges that women are faced
with, you know, on the workforce,"
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