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in Integration
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Supreme Court Grants Troy
Davis a New Hearing
For Troy Davis, convicted of killing Savannah
off-duty police officer in 1989, his home has
been a been a cell on Death Row since 1991.
With the murder weapon never found, and with
no DNA and no fingerprints, Davis was still
found guilty.
But since then, seven of the nine witnesses
against him have retracted or changed their testi-
1- Davis started his appeals, but in 1993, the
Georgia Supreme Court turned him down and affirmed the conviction
and death sentence.
Later appeals were brought in the federal courts were also denied, one
just this past April. His execution has been postponed three times.
In ordering a new hearing -- Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens
said in part, that it would be an "atrocious violation of our Constitution
and the principles upon which it is based" not to hear all of the new evi-
dence and possibly execute an innocent person.
No date has yet been set for Davis to appear in federal court to hear
the testimony of the nine witnesses.

Bolt Breaks 100-meter World Record
BERLIN Usain Bolt has captured
another world record, winning the 100-
meter race in 9.58 seconds at the world
Bolt shaved 0.11 seconds off the record he
set at the Beijing Olympics, beating defend- '
Adm ica
ing champion Tyson Gay on Sunday, who B '
set a U.S. record of 9.71 seconds. ..
In the fastest 100 ever, Asafa Powell
earned a bronze with a time of 9.84 in- -
The race had been the most anticipated
event of the world championships and lived up to its billing.
Bolt won the Olympic gold in Beijing last year with a world record per-
formance of 9.69.

Doll Pulled as Racially Insensitive
Discount supermat chain Costco is pulling some "Cuddle With Me"
baby dolls from its store shelves because some people find the dolls
offensive. The chain is apologizing
for stocking the dolls that some cus-
tomers have said are racially insensi-
The brown-skinned doll is sur-
rounded by monkeys, and wears a
A J v hat labeled 'lil monkey.' The white
t vi, f doll counterpart on store shelves is
surrounded by pandas, with a hat
that reads 'pretty panda.'
A Costco corporate employee said that John Taylor, of Greensboro,
N.C., initiated complaints calling the doll racially offensive. He recently
purchased the black doll at a North Carolina Costco store.
Arthur Jackson, vice president of general administration for Costcsaid
that all versions of the doll were immediately yanked from store shelves
about a week and a half ago, as they began to receive other complaints.
A chain letter circulated that encouraged consumers to call Costco and
have product number "404860" removed from stores.
Jackson stated, "We offer our sincere apology to anyone who was
offended. That was surely never our intent."

Jesse Jackson Named Chief of
African Tribe Replacing MiJack
SANWI The Rev. Jesse Jackson was honored
at a ceremony with Amon N'Douffou V, king, "
of the Agni people of the Krindjabo kingdom .
along the Ivory Coast.
The king rules over a million members of his
tribe, which venerates Michael Jackson after
making him their prince after he visited the L'

kingdom in 1992. B > :
Villagers deep in the rainforest launched a *
search for a successor to the singer who was
crowned prince of the Agni people 17 years
The tribe held an extravagent two-day royal funeral for Michael
Jackson. Traditional dancers and lookalikes of the dead singer paraded
before the king and 2,000 mourners.
Tribal chiefs appealed to the US embassy to press Jackson's family to
bring his body to the west African country for a burial in accordance with
the local tradition of the Sanwi kingdom.
Jesse Jackson was on a three-day visit to the Ivory Coast, invited by the
association of "Young Patriots", who are supporters of President Laurent
He found himself feted by the tribe and has now inherited the the title
of prince or son of the Agni from the late star, who was not a relation.
Krindjabo lies deep in the tropical rainforest in the southeast of Ivory
Coast. Most people survive by subsistence farming or hand-panning for

Does skin
complexion still
matter in the

Black community?
Page 5

Michael Vick

Deserves a

Chance at

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50 Cents

Volume 23 No.47 Jacksonville, Florida August 20-26, 2009










Veteran educator Gloria Dean Belton offers ideas about literacy initiatives to Candace
Thompson, Marjoria Manning, Betty Davis, Wanda Montgomery, Anest McCarthy and
Jimminda Thompson. M Latimer photo
At a time when social service programs are being cut and community outreach options are decreas-
ing, the Jacksonville Chapter of Links is working to ensure the community is being served especial-
ly children on the First Coast. The industrious organization comprised of women of color recently held
their annual retreat to plan how they will continue to make inroads in transforming the community. For
more on their 2010 plan and to see who is included, see page 7

HIV/Aids Is Not
A Black Disease
The HIV/Aids epidemic,
although very sad for all those
involved has nothing to do with
race. Over 98% of all cases are due
to lifestyle choices. Race has noth-
ing to do with whether a person
engages in risky sexual behavior or
shares IV needles with someone
else. That is simply bad decision
making. Sickle cell anemia, on the
other hand, could be considered a
black disease. One third of all peo-
ple that live in Sub-Saharan Africa
carry the gene for sickle cell. Sickle
cell is genetically inherited. HIV is
acquired overwhelmingly through
lifestyle choices.
The Center for Disease Control
gives the following statistics con-
cerning methods of transmission.
- 487,695 a result of male to
male sexual contact
- 255,859 from injection drug use
- 71,242 from male to male sexu-
al contact and injection drug use
- 176,157from high risk heterosex-
ual contacts
- 18,266 are tagged as other
The best way to cut the growing
HIV/Aids rate is to deal with the
core behaviors that cause the dis-
ease to spread.

Growing Population Provided a "Re-entry"

into Life with Opening of New Center
by M. Latimer "
With America's Black men dis- :
proportionately filling America's
prisons, they often return to their
communities disenfranchised,
underskilled and overwhelmed with
the responsibilities of taking care of
themselves. Without the education
to attain a decent job and a criminal
background, the cycle is constant.
In an effort to readjust the former
offenders back to society. The city
of Jacksonville recently opened the i i
The Jacksonville Re-entry Center, a .
component of The Jacksonville I
With the doors opening just last
week, the Center is already off and
running with a client base utilizing
their services. .. '
Martin Loftin spent more than a -
decade behind bars and sought to *. .:
change his life through the
Jacksonville Re-Entry Center
(JREC). "I've made some serious '
mistakes, but I've worked hard to
pay my debt to society and hope Marion Loftin, an ex-offender released in June 2009, discusses his future with his counselor, Leola
that JREC can provide me with the Williams, a re-entry specialist with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. Williams recognized Loftin's talent as
opportunity for a productive an artist and has encouraged him to pursue education and a career in the field of graphic/commercial art.
future," he said. Loftin, also trained as an electrician and dental lab technician, hopes he will be one the Jacksonville Re-
Entry Center's success stories and will develop a viable vocation. MLatimerphoto

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What to Know Before You Refinance

Have you been part of the refinance mania
that has gripped the US in the last five years?
If not, you should consider it. Refinancing
for lower rates has saved millions of people
billions of dollars. You don't even have to take
money out of your equity you can just save
money or shorten your loan term. Here are
some tips and advice to help you decide if refi-
nancing your mortgage is right for you.

Rate & Term Refinancing Rates
What is a rate and term refi-
nance? This is when you refinance
just to change the interest rate and
the term of your mortgage. You
aren't pulling out any cash or equity
- you are hopefully just negotiating
a better deal for yourself. Your new
interest rate will depend on how
much money you are borrowing
and for what length of time.
Mortgage companies use something

called a 'loan to value' ratio to cal-
culate this. For instance, if you had
an $80,000 home and an existing
mortgage of $40,000, you would
have a loan to value ratio of 50%.
Basically, the higher your loan to
value (LTV) ratio, the higher the
interest rate.
Refinancing Your
High Interest Mortgage
If you have owned your home for
a while and you bought it before

Clarence Otis, Jr.
Each week tens of thousands of
diners eat at an Olive Garden or
Red Lobster restaurant. Few of
these diners know that the CEO
heading these large restaurant
chains is a black man.
Clarence Otis Jr. is the CEO of
Darden Restaurants Inc., the largest
casual dining operator in the nation.
The firm operates nearly 1,400
company-owned restaurants coast
to coast serving 300 million meals

annually. Darden employs 150,000
workers and has annual revenues of
$6 billion.
Born in Vicksburg, Mississippi,
Otis moved to Los Angeles when
he was 6 years old. His father was a
high school dropout who worked as
a janitor.
The family lived in Watts at the
time of the 1965 riots. In the post-
Watts period, Otis recalls being
stopped and questioned by police
several times a year because of the
color of his skin.
A high school guidance counselor
recommended him for a scholarship
at Williams College, the highly
selective liberal arts. institution in
Massachusetts. Otis graduated Phi
Beta Kappa from Williams and
went on to earn a law degree at
Otis landed on Wall Street as a
merger and acquisitions attorney
for J.P. Morgan Securities. He
joined Darden Restaurants in 1995
as corporate treasurer. He became
CEO in 2004.

the interest rates hit rock bottom -
you have a lot of options available
that can help you save more money.
For instance, even with a simple
refinance at a lower interest rate,
you will be saving money each
month. To take it one step further,
depending on how much equity you
have in your home, if you refinance
at a lower rate and continue to make
the same payments, you can pay off
your home that much faster.
Additionally, you could refinance
into a 15 year mortgage that may
have a shorter term, but still has a
lower interest rate leaving your
payments almost the same, but
helping you to pay your home of
faster. You could also take some
money out of the equity you've built
up and put an addition on your
house or complete any major
repairs. The key is to obtain your
current mortgage information and
compare it to the refinance rates
available today. Don't miss a chance
to save some serious money!
The Best Refinance
Mortgage Options
You can find refinance options all
over the Web, on TV and on the
radio, but before you jump into a
refinance, you need to decide why
you are conducting the refinance.
Do you want to have a lower pay-
ment? Do you want to have a short-
er loan term? Do you want to pull

some equity out of your house? Do
you want to pay off your credit
cards or other debt? Have the
answers to these questions ready
when looking for the right program.
Refinancing Home
Mortgages to Extend Your
A mortgage is basically
like a giant house-
sized savings
account. The "sav-
ings" is your
home equity,
which is the
appreciation of
the value of your
home and the
amount of princi-
ple you have paid
off of your mortgage.
The rest of the money is
paying interest to the bank for
lending you the money. Say you
took out a 30 year fixed mortgage
10 years ago. You've put money
towards your interest and principle
and your home has increased in
value. If interest rates are lower
than they were when you bought
your home, you can refinance and
take out another 30 year fixed mort-
gage. You are now borrowing less
than you had to when you first
bought your home, at a lower inter-
est rate, spread out over more time.
In this situation, depending on your

financial situation, you may also
want to refinance into a shorter term
loan so you can pay off your home
that much more quickly. Review all
of your __

refinance options before choosing a
Refinancing a Home Loan
with an Interest Only Option
Have you heard of interest only
mortgage options? Some folks find
this program very handy and flexi-
ble, and depending on your current
situation an interest-only refinance
might be a solid choice. The pro-
gram is just as it sounds you are

only required to pay payments
towards your interest each month.
This usually reduces the payment
significantly. You can always put
money towards your

want, it just
takes a larger pa) ment.
Some people have used this option
to get into a home that would other-
wise be beyond their means. This
can be risky, but for some it's worth
the risk for the flexibility. A mort-
gage broker or mortgage web site
should be able to advise if this kind
of plan is right for you. There are
pros and cons to every refinance
option so make sure you're educat-
ed before choosing.

Back-To-School Scholarships

for Women and Moms is giving away a $10,000 monthly scholarship
award to a female who is 18 years of age or older. The scholarship award
is designed to help women and moms, who make up nearly two-thirds of
all college students. It can be used to pay for tuition, books, housing, and
To apply, students simply have to register online, view free information
from sponsor colleges and universities, and then confirm their registration.
Females of all ethnic groups and age brackets are eligible to apply.
Applicants must, however, be permanent residents of the United States,
and must be planning to attend or are already enrolled in an undergraduate
or graduate program at any college, university, or trade school.
At the end of the month, one random winner is selected from a drawing
and the scholarship monies are paid in one lump sum directly to the win-
ner upon verification.
The organization behind the web site that provides the scholarship funds
is on a mission to help as many female students as possible by offsetting
their disadvantaged situation. A recent USA Today article revealed that
minority and female enrollment in college lags disproportionately because
of the lack of resources and financial aid that are being made available.
For more details, visit:

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The story of Clarence Otis Jr.

arden CEO leads Red Lobster and Olive Garden

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Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 3

Algust 20-26, 2009

Jacksonville Re-Entry Center Provides Hope, Resources

Ex-offender Randy Anderson discusses his graduation from the jan-
itorial training program at Clara White Mission (CWM) with his
counselor, Stan Grenn, a re-entry specialist with the Jacksonville
Sheriffs Office. After paying his debt to society, Anderson was
released in May 2009 and was able to access resources like CWM's
janitorial training program through the Jacksonville Re-Entry Center

Continued from page 1
Sponsored by the Jacksonville
Sheriffs Office (JSO), JREC is an
organization designed to success-
fully reintegrate former felony
offenders in Duval County. The


with transitional housing, clothing,
transportation, identification, pre-
employment training and more.
Ex-offenders are eligible for
JREC services if they were living in


- On-site felony registration
Assign terms and conditions of pro-
gram participation that complement any
state sanctioned probation or parole
Facilitate former offender's sustained
engagement in treatment, mental health
and supportive health services
Identify an enable stable housing
Provide opportunities for inmates exit-
ing prison or jail to obtain appropriate

committed their
crimes) and were
sentenced in
Jacksonville, and
will be returning
to Jacksonville
when released
from local, state,
or federal jails or
prisons. On aver-
age, 1,700 ex-
offenders return
to Jacksonville
each year from
state correctional
facilities. The
new facility is
centrally located

Marion Loftin, an ex-offender released in June 2009, utilizes the
computers, transportation services and other resources at the
Jacksonville Re-Entry Center (JREC).

Katherine Chadeayne, JSO's re-
entry coordinator and manager of
JREC programming, said that while
the resources offered are important,
the program provides something
else --- hope. "We often see repeat
clients because people feel they
have limited options. In some
instances, crime can be multi-gen-
erational. JREC connects ex-
offenders with resources and with
people who care. We have lots of
success stories and believe that we
can make a real difference in reduc-
ing crime and improving the lives
of others," she said.
"Being in prison is tough; leav-

ing prison and successfully re-
entering society can be tougher.
Helping offenders re-enter society
and not return to a life of crime is
important. I advocate helping ex-
offenders who are serious about
changing their lives," said Sheriff
Rutherford. "JREC connects these
men and women returning home
with all the resources our communi-
ty provides. We know that most ex-
offenders return home, even if it is
the community where they offend-
ed and were arrested, after being
released from jail or prison."

HBCU Hall of Fame Set

to Honor Local Grads

Dr. Ezekiel Bryant
The 2nd Annual HBCU North
Florida Alumni Hall of Fame
Induction Ceremony will take
place on Thursday September 3,
2009 at 7 p.m. in the EWC
Adams/Jenkins Sports Complex.
In addition to meeting the newly
inducted members, participants
will meet and greet the Founding
Members, members of the Class
of 2008 and Members of the
HBCU HOF Steering Committee.
Inductees for the Class of 2009
are: Michelle Carter-Scott, B-CU;
Thomas Maddox, Savannah State;
Kenneth Reddick, Hampton;

Kenneth Reddick
Walter White, FAMU; Geraldine
Orr, EWC; and Dr. Ezekiel
Bryant, EWC, B-CU, FAMU,
Lifetime Achievement Award
The Ceremony is in commemo-
ration of the Bethune-Cookman
University Alumni, Friends &
Supporters National Historically
Black Colleges and Universities
Week, August 30 September 5,
For additional information
please contact: Peggy Turner,
254-8761 or A. Ray Brinson, 996-


program provides a myriad of serv-
ices --- medical screenings and
physical, healthcare, assistance

at 1024 Superior Street, near
McDuff and Commonwealth

Think Tank for African American

Progress Meets in Memphis

Professors with academic expert-
ise and community organizers with
street knowledge will combine
forces to find solutions for the
problems faced by young black
men when The Think Tank for
African American Progress returns
to Memphis this fall.
The theme for this year's event
from Oct. 14-16 is "What is the
Future of Black Boys?" and will
bring in academics and policymak-
ers from throughout the United
The discussions will be held in
college settings as well as commu-
nity venues. Dr. Leon Caldwell, the
chairman of Think Tank and a psy-
chology professor at Rhodes
College who is director of the
Center of the Advancement of

Youth Development, said the inten-
tion is to get past the "do-it-to" and
"do-it-for" mindsets that can doom
social policies.
"Typically, policies or interven-
tions are academic-centric,"
Caldwell said. "That hasn't gotten
us anywhere in terms of how things
have changed. Policy is basically
written, and it is informed not by
the communities in which they are
implemented, but informed by sci-
entists or academics or policymak-
ers, regardless of context. The
Think Tank is really an innovative
model to change that paradigm. We
really want to shift the paradigm in
... how academics engage in com-
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In this 2006 file photo, Burl Toler, right, and Ralph Thomas, mem-
bers of the undefeated 1951 University of San Francisco football team,
applaud after the school's 147th annual commencement exercises in
San Francisco, where team members were awarded with an honorary
degree for refusing to play a bowl game without two of their black
players during the segregation era. Toler, 81, died Sunday, Aug. 16,
2009, at a hospital in Castro Valley, Calif. Toler was also the first
African-American official in NFL history who went on to work one
Super Bowl in a distinguished career.

Minority Group Files

Complaint With White House
WICHITA, Kan. A group of African-American businesses is asking the
White House to withhold federal funds from three Wichita-area govern-
ments until they agree to spend more with minority contractors.
United Builders and Contractors Inc. includes more than 50 businesses. In
its complaint, the group says less than $500,000 of the nearly $800 million
spent last year by Wichita, Sedgwick County and the Wichita School
District on goods and services went to black-owned businesses.
The group's administrator, Prentice Lewis, said the complaint was filed
July 22 with the office of Vice President Joe Biden because of his involve-
ment with stimulus funds

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At the age of 29 Michael Vick re-
enters the NFL attempting to start
over again. In a league that features
dozens of players with domestic
violence charges, assault and bat-
tery cases and even manslaughter,
it seems improbable that a man
running a dog fighting ring would
be enemy number one in the minds
of many.
Vick was definitely wrong for his
role or sponsorship of the dog
fighting ring, but for people to still
hold a grudge is wrong. Most ani-
mal rights activist site studies that
show animal cruelty and crime
against humans are related.
Since when does a two-year con-
viction turn into a life sentence?
Vick served 18 months of a 23-
month federal conspiracy sentence
for his role in the operation. As
apart of his plea agreement he
vowed to redeem himself by work-
ing with Boys and Girls Clubs and
speaking out against dog fighting.
In fact, I feel that NFL
Commissioner Goddell's suspen-
sion of Vick for the first few regu-
lar season games is not fair consid-
ering the fact that he essentially
paid his debt to society.
A columnist from the
Philadelphia Enquirer wrote the
following, "But Vick's crime is dif-
ferent from most. He was convicted
of running a business centered
around the spectacle of dogs tear-
ing each other to pieces. He was

also convicted of electrocuting one
dog, drowning another, and beating
a third to death."
No one argues that Vick did not
deserve punishment or that his
crimes were not bad, but his crimes
were not related to hurting humans.
He was convicted and sentenced to
serve time in a federal prison.
He lost millions of dollars, and a
couple of years out of his life, yet
some animal lovers want more than
Vick has already given.
Are you serious? Some are even
saying that Vick probably took
pleasure in his torture of animals.
Now folks are jumping to conclu-
sions how would anyone know if
Vick is sincere about his apologizes
without giving him the opportunity
to prove himself?
Obviously these critics don't fol-
low traditional Christian values of
forgiveness and repentance.
Here's the central conflict with
the Vick issue. Either you fall on
the side of Vick deserving a second
chance or shot at redemption or you
feel that once a criminal always a
If you fall on the side of the latter
of the two schools, then you proba-
bly think that this is another exam-
ple of the declining mortal values
in American society.
Or perhaps you feel that this is
another example of money ruling
over everything else? Since Vick is
a big name star that would generate

a lot of money for the NFL that's
what his reinstatement is about.
Last week Vick was featured on
"60 Minutes," and I am no special-
ist, but Vick seemed extremely sin-
cere when speaking to James
Vick said, "There is no way to
explain the hurt and guilt that I felt
and that was the reason I cried so
many nights. That put it all in per-
Brown asked, "You cried a num-
ber of nights? About?"
Vick said, "About what I did.
Being away from my family.
Letting so many people down.
Letting myself down. Not being out
on the football field. Being in a
prison bed, in a prison bunk, writ-
ing letters home ... All because of
the so-called culture 1 thought was
right, I thought it was cool, I
thought it was fun and exciting. It
all led to me lying in a prison bunk
by myself with nobody to talk to
but myself."
Last week 1 wrote about how the
state of Florida leads the nation in
the conviction of minors to life in
prison. I argued that many of these
young men deserve a second
I feel the same way about Vick.
Whether you personally "forgive"
him or not he has served his
required sentence and deserves to
have an opportunity at redemption.
"The weak can never forgive.

Race is not the only reason

for jump in assassination rates

by Earl Ofari
Obama has got-
ten more death
threats in a
shorter period of
time than any
other president
in US history. The legion of right
side talk radio gabbers, the GOP
induced professional mobsters who
commit orchestrated mayhem at
health care townhalls, the birthers,
the countless websites and chat-
rooms that c
rackle with anti Obama venom,
and the endless montage of race
baiting cartoons, characterizations
and depictions of Obama and First
Lady Michelle have created a
viperous climate of hate and that
knows no bounds.
The stock assumption is that race
is the reason that Obama is a bigger
target than any other president.
That's a huge factor. The mere sight
of a black man at the helm is more
than enough to drive countless
loose screw unreconstructed KKK,
Aryan Nation, Skinhead, and the
just plain wacky fringe into a froth.
But anti-black hate is only one rea-
son for the record number of death
threats against him. Threats against
Presidents often come fast and furi-
ous immediately after their elec-
tion. The reasons are varied; many
are the chronic cranks and nut
cases, others hate the views of the
president, fear change, or just get a
titilation from making the threat.
But the GOP strategists and their
stealth talk radio and blog allies are
playing for much bigger stakes than

just bashing a black president. The
stakes are a rework of the GOP to
take back power. A full throttle
destabilization of the Obama
administration on everything from
the economy to health care is the
obvious attack point. The GOP and
their surrogates have snatched a
page from the playbook used
against every Democratic presiden-
tial candidate and president by the
GOP since Nixon. That's create
havoc through character assassina-
tion, rumor mongering, fear, intim-
idation, and emotionally charged
code words. The operative tag
they've slapped on Obama is
socialist. That sets off a Pavlovian
drool; reason quickly goes out the
window and the red flags run up the
mental flagpoles of countless
Obama's message of hope and
change feeds into rightist paranoia.
He has drawn an instant global
throng of admirers who see in him
the embodiment of change and a
fresh direction for US policy on the
war and the easing of global ten-
sions. He's also seen as a potential
president who can put a diverse,
humane face on American foreign
These are the exact qualities that
stir the deep fury, hatred and
resentment among a steadily grow-
ing frenetic number of malcontents
and hate mongers. The thick list of
fringe and hate groups as well as
the hordes of unbalanced violence
prone individuals running free in
America can fill a telephone book.
The long history of hate violence in
America is more than enough to
raise the antenna on the danger of

violence against prominent politi-
cal figures.
The gun culture of the nation,
adds even more fuel and danger to
the mix. Gun and ammo sales have
gun through the roof since Obama's
election, with many openly brag-
ging that they are ready for a war to
win back the country. Whether it's
the wholesale wipeout of families,
gunning down police officers, or
the shoot up of a women's fitness
center, the police invariably find
that the cracked shooter has made
some rant about guns and spouted
wacky extremist views.
Obama, of course, has been the
target of unbounded hate from the
moment that he announced that he
was a presidential candidate in
February 2007. The personal death
threats began flooding in to his
campaign. Obama had the dubious
distinction of being the earliest
presidential contender to be
assigned Secret Service protection
on the campaign trail. As the
crowds grew bigger at Obama ral-
lies and his public visibility grew
even greater, the Secret Service
increased the number of agents
assigned to guard him.
Obama campaign aides and vol-
unteers continued to report occa-
sional racial taunts and jibes when
they passed out literature and
pitched Obama in some areas. This
further increased the jitters that
Obama was at risk. As the show-
down with John McCain heated up
in the general election, the flood of
crank, crackpot, and screwball
threats that promise murder and
mayhem toward Obama continued
to pour in. This prompted the

Secret Service to tighten security
and take even more elaborate meas-
ures to insure his safety.
The troubling question though is
how tight can the Secret Service
clamp the security shield around
Obama as president. The same
report that there's been a four hun-
dred percent leap in death threats
against Obama also noted that the
Secret Service in underagented and
under resource. That's not very
comforting. But threats come with
the presidential turf, a turf that
Obama stands firmly on, and for
some that's just to much to stom-

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Everyone Deserves a Shot at Redemption

Forgiveness is the attribute of the
strong," said Gandhi.
I will flip the coin somewhat.
Now that Vick has been given this
opportunity I think that it would
be a travesty not to help children
and other ex-offenders.
And I am not talking about him
giving a ton of money to nonprof-
its, although that would be great. I
am talking about getting on the
speaking circuit. He says that he's
going to get involved with the Boys
and Girls Clubs then make the best
of it. Vick has to talk to young
adults not just about why dog fight-
ing is wrong, but how you can
overcome obstacles in life.
He should reach out to young
men getting out of jail with the
same message that he telling NFL
executives I made a mistake,
learned from it now I am a better
I am not saying that he needs to
be a preacher, but he has to feel a
sense of obligation to both youth
and folks who have been convicted
of crimes. If you saw Vick on "60
Minutes" then you saw a man who
is either a great actor or is truly
We have all made mistakes -
some of us get caught and some of
us don't. But we all deserve a
chance at redemption.
Signing off from First Timothy
Baptist Church,
Reggie Fullwood


Live and Let Live

Michael Vick too

Michael Vick's reinstatement to the NFL and
recent signing by the Philadelphia Eagles is a bit of
victory for those who tire of seeing American main-
stream society make Black American athletes "pub-
lic enemy number one" when they screw up. If you
are in synch with values and a mindset that accepts
as fact: Allen Iverson is 'edgy", Michael Irvin is some kind of criminal and
Terrell Owens is a malcontent, you are a part of an American tradition of vil-
ifying Black athletes.
Payback is a mother, so it only seems appropriate that Vick signed his con-
tract in a city like Philadelphia. It is said that Philadelphia sports fans would
boo a cancer patient. During a game in 1998, they threw snowballs at Santa
Claus. And, in 1999, they cheered when the Dallas Cowboys' Michael Irvin
injured his neck and had to be carried off the field. Though he received
offers to other NFL cities, the City of Brotherly Love is where Vick will
make his comeback. And Eagle fans sure as heck aren't going to pay much
attention to animal rights protesters blocking their path to a Super Bowl. In
a city like Philly, where the slogan is: "If you win, we forgive all," Vick
should be right at home.
Twelve percent of Black In 2005 the Atlanta Falcons
men between 16 and 34 signed Michael Vick to a 10-year;
are in jail or prison. $130 million contract extension
re in jail r prison, that guaranteed him an NFL-
Like Vick, they are spend- record $37 million in bonuses.
ing the most productive times That made Vick a successful and
of their lives displaced wealthy young Black athlete.
Many Blacks hold the belief that
and behind bars. Out of it's because of this stature, fame
that genre Vick got a job. and his Blackness, Vick is being
made to suffer society's scorn.
On his signing, it was a humbled Vick that said: "I think everybody deserves
a second chance. You only get one shot at a second chance, and I am con-
scious of that".
Chances are Mike Vick won't ever be able to live down events of Bad
Newz Kennels, the dog fighting ring that landed him in Leavenworth
Federal Penitentiary for 18 months. Despite once being the NFL's highest-
paid player, Vick is now bankrupt. His deal is one-year for $1.6 million,
with a team option for a second year at $5.2 million. None of the money is
guaranteed, so the Eagles face no financial risk if Vick doesn't make the
In 2007 Michael Dwayne Vick, alias "Ookie", was convicted for stran-
gling dogs that didn't show enough promise in the ring. Vick is 29 and an
example of American Black men between the ages of 20 34; one in nine is
incarcerated. It's a sad social statement that 10 percent of the Black male
population aged 25 to 29 is incarcerated. Self-righteous Americana is tone-
deft to this situation; the number of Black men in prison is the largest of any
racial or ethnic group. More African-American men are in jail than in col-
A sad indictment on society is its ongoing persecution and distain of
young Black men like Vick. Twelve percent of Black men between 16 and
34 are in jail or prison. Like Vick, they are spending the most productive
times of their lives displaced and behind bars. Out of that genre Vick got a
job. To keep it Vick will give money, raise money and beg money for ani-
mal rights. As part of his employment, Vick is required to meet with inner
city kids twice a month to talk about his personal experiences with dog fight-
ing and why it's wrong. Russell Simmons, an avid supporter of protection
of animals endorsed Vick's reinstatement.
Vick rushed for 1,039 yards in 2006, the most by a quarterback in a single
season in NFL history. So, don't be surprised if the "Negro felon's" return
brings the NFL bonanza TV ratings. In the world of entertainment, and put-
ting butts in seats, the NFL is King. For league owners, it's all about
Benjamins and Vick's first game is likely to be on pay-per-view. It's a win-
win situation: Philadelphia Eagle's owner Jeffery is going make money, as
will owners of other NFL teams, by bringing Michael Vick back on the field
of play.

(o]otrk:Does Skin Tone Still Matter -| E.ob

Color struck: black people who
are more interested in color than
in... morality, sense of humor, or
being a human.
That is how Dr. Philip M.
Royster, professor of African-
American studies and director of
the African American Cultural
Center at the University of Illinois
defines the

old term.
This color struck mentality is just
one of many possible theories used
in an attempt to rationalize the
recently televised issue of African
Americans using bleaching agents.
While skin-lightening products are
to be used in diminutive amounts to
reduce minor skin discolorations,
African Americans use them in
attempt to lighten their overall com-
plexion in efforts of achieving a
look more comparable to that of a
white person.
Found in a section of Wal-Mart
that appears geared toward the
African-American consumer were
skin lightening agents such as
Eventone and Skin Success.
Exhilarating promises of clearer,
brighter skin all over your body
accompanied the attractive packag-
ing, but on the back of these entic-
ing items were ingredient labels
with potentially hazardous materi-
als and an even darker historical
past than the dark skinned woman
on the cover.
According to Kali, skin lighten-

ing products were frequently adver-
tised in popular African-American
magazines such as Ebony and Jet in
the 1940s.
The popularity of these products
went beyond the cosmetic counter.
They were primarily sold to women
because of the notion that women
needed to have lighter skin to be
, "'It [ % aj the

S capItlated to a false
image of beauty and having our
definition of beauty supplied to us
by somebody outside of ourselves,"
said Kali.
Recently shown on the "Tyra
Banks Show" were several women
willing to undergo life-threatening
procedures to lighten their skin.
One of the women even regularly
bleached her small children's skin.
Despite the risks of using these
products, their popularity does not
seem to be declining, nor does the
historic, yet relevant issues which
have caused their popularity.
Intra-racism, or intra-racial preju-
dice, has been the topic of several
novels and continues to plague the
African-American community,
which some feel is exemplified by
their need to lighten their skin and
straighten their hair. African
Americans' infatuations with physi-
cal characteristics that are more
prominent in whites continue to be
extremely prevalent today. Terms,
such as "pretty hair," that almost
never refer to the kinky, curly hair
found on most African Americans'

heads further exemplify the contin-
ued regression within the African-
American community.
I larlem Renaissance novelist
Wallace Henry Truman discussed
this complex issue in 1929 in "The
Blacker the Berry," a book that
showed the difficulties African
Americans faced within their own
community. The book even touched
on the topic of skin bleaching to try
and inspire African Americans to
overcome these obstacles.
This false yet widely accepted
concept was the premise for many
Unofficial terms and policies of
this era. African-American blood
and features were viewed as dirty
and unwanted. Royster said that
"the almighty drop" was a term that
allowed whites to classify anyone
who had at least one black ancestor
as an African American, thus vul-
nerable to be treated with the preju-
dice often associated with the era.
Sprinkled throughout American
history are several examples of
intra-racism. Many African-
American men would "marry up,"
Royster said. "Dark skinned men
would marry lighter skinned
women so that the children would
be lighter. Just having the light skin
was like...someone giving you a
million dollars," Royster said.
Royster said the general thought
process about skin color was, "The
darker you were, the closer you
were to an animal."
Today the issue of intra-racism is
still a powerful force in many
African Americans' lives. A woman
on the Women's International
Perspective Web site said, "One has
to look good by having fair, lighter
skin," illustrating that these igno-
rant ideals continue to exist even in
Mainstream entertainment artist
Yung Berg said in an interview, "It's

rare that I do dark butts that's
what I call dark skinned women ... I
[don't date women] darker than
The controversy caused by popu-
lar cosmetic company L'Oreal's ad,
in which many felt singer
Beyonce's skin was lightened,
despite denying the claims, shows
that the issue of
African-American women being
too dark for the entertainment
industry continues to be a concern.
Kali said, "This issue affects the
community overall. It affects men
often as far as their choices in
women. It affects children as to
who gets teased."
Royster described his personal
experience with intra-racism within
his own family. Having nine sib-
lings, each varying in the darkness
of their skin tone, he remembers the
torment his older sister endured due
to her dark complexion. Royster
said that out of all his siblings, his
older sister was by far the most
beautiful, but due to her darker skin
tone, she was constantly told other-
wise. "It affected her her whole
life... intra-racism is extremely
powerful," said Royster.
In spite of the bitter memories
that many associate with the divi-
sion due to skin complexion, Kali
and Royster believe that without the
proper education of the African-
American youth, intra-racism will
continue to prosper and adversely
affect the African-American com-
"I think that the way to try to
solve problems related to ignorance
and ill will is to provide people with
the education of how we came to be
called black people or Negro. The
more people understand of that
background, the more freedom
they'll have," Royster said.

Tommy Defoe sued for his right to wear Confederate garb to high

Judge Tosses Suit of Student Who

Sues to Wear the
A federal judge last week threw
out a free-speech lawsuit brought
by a former Tennessee high school
student who wore clothing bearing
the Confederate flag.
Tommy Defoe sued after he was
sent home and then suspended for
insubordination in 2006 for wearing
a T-shirt and belt buckle with the
flag to Anderson County High
School outside Knoxville, Tenn.
Defoe claimed he wanted to display
pride in his Southern heritage.
The case was tried a year ago and
ended with a hung jury. A new trial
had been scheduled, but in his deci-
sion U.S. District Judge Tom Varlan
cited a federal court ruling which
upheld a Confederate flag ban
resulting from a case in nearby
Blount County. Varlan said in his

Confederate Flag
decision that Defoe's free-speech
rights to display the Confederate
battle flag in 2006 were properly
limited by school officials who
"reasonably forecasted a material
and substantial disruption to the
school environment" if the clothing
was permitted.
"We're going to provide a dress
code that is conducive to learning
and that it will not bring attention to
one individual or a group of indi-
viduals," Larry Foster, Anderson
County School Superintendent, told
a local Tennessee TV station.
"We came close to winning at the
last trial and this ruling is essential-
ly saying you have no chance of
winning," said plaintiff Attorney
Van Irion "We are stunned."

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Need a job? Don't go to Detroit?
The 82 percent Black Detroit region continues to lead the country's
metropolitan areas in unemployment with a rate of 17.1 percent, accord-
ing to data recently released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics.
The Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn area reported a rate of 18.5 percent, the
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills area reported a rate of 16.2 percent and
Michigan's overall unemployment rate recently rose to 15.2 percent.
Senate Democrats have been pushing to pass the unemployment mod-
ernization legislation that would secure $138.9 million from federal
funds to help Michigan's displaced workers.
The House passed their two-bill unemployment modernization pack-
age months ago, but the bills have been ignored in the Senate
Committee on Commerce and Tourism since.
House Bill 4785 would allow individuals enrolled in a state-approved
job training program to receive unemployment insurance benefits for an
extra 26 weeks.
House Bill 4786 would allow individuals working between 16 and 40
hours per week to become eligible for unemployment insurance bene-
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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 culminating 117 years of
spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. with the 11:00 a.m. morning service
on Sunday, August 23, 2009.
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.

D.O.C. 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.

One Accord Ministries International
Back to School Talent Show
Jacksonville's got talent and it will be on display at One Accord Ministries
International, 2971 Waller Street on the Westside where Bishop, Dr. Jan D.
Goodman, Sr. is pastor.I twill take place on Saturday, August 22, 2009 at
6:00 p.m. There will be singing, dancing and many other talents for you to
enjoy. First, Second, and Third prizes will be awarded.
After a long day of last minute back to school shopping, this is the perfect
way to relax and unwind at the end of the day. It is free and open to the pub-
lic. For more information call (904) 389-7373.

Summerville M.B. Observing
Sunday School Anniversary
Summerville Missionary Baptist Church will be observing their Sunday
School Anniversary on Sunday August 23, at 9:30a.m. Jacksonville and sur-
rounding counties are invited to attend the event. The church is under the
directionof Dr. James W. Henry and is located at 690 W. 20th St. Call (904)
598-0510 for more information.

Believers in Christ Revival Summit 5th Annual Youth Conference

Believers In Christ Christian Center will be having "Revival Summit
2009" on September 5th & 6th 6:00 p.m. nightly at the Clarion Hotel at
the Airport. Our Guest Speaker will be Apostle William Dallas, Senior
Pastor of Higher Standards International Ministries of Atlanta, Georgia.
Apostle Dallas' anointed gifts of prophecy and teaching enables him to
share prophetic revelations directly from God. Guest Psalmist, Bishop
Jerome Henry of Zoe Church International and Praise and Worship Leader,
Elder Farris Long of Rhema Church International. For more information
contact Drs. Don & Deborah Bernard, Pastors at the church office, 904-
908-8858 or check out the website at
Come and receive "YOUR" word from the Lord.

Friendship P.B.C. Hold Summer Revival
and Annual Joint Anniversaries
The Friendship Primitive Baptist Church invite all to come and help cel-
ebrate the end of their Summer Revival 2009. It has been held each
Wednesday night in the month of August culminating on August 26th start-
ing at 7:00 pm. The speaker Wednesday night will be Minster Charles
Johnson. In addition, the Deacon, Deaconess and Trustee Boards will cele-
brate their Annual Joint Anniversary on August 23rd at 3:30pm in the sanc-
tuary of the church located at 1106 Pearce St.
For further information, please contact the church at (904)353-7734

Legends of Gospel at St. James AME
Bro. Marvin Green (renown gospel singer) along with Sis. Barbara
Anderson are presenting "The Legends of Gospel" on Sunday September
13th at 5:00 p.m. in the sanctuary of New St. James A.M.E. The church is
located at 2128 Forest Street. Scheduled to appear on program are, Ruth
Grant, Marva Salary, Pat Kelsey and Kay Houston, Marsha Lowe, Rebecca
Lambert and Angie McBride, Honored Guests are Mary Nealy Ravnell and
Mary Barton. For their many years of service to the gospel community,
Master and Mistress of Ceremonies are Terrance Williams and Elouise
Saunders. Proceeds from this great event will benefit the Trustee Board of
St. James, Rev. Alton Coles pastor

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at Hope Chapel Ministries
The 5th Annual Youth Conference of Hope Chapel Ministries will be held
August 20-22, 2009. This year's theme. Directing Our Youth to the Right in
a Culture Gone Left promises to provide a unique exciting and life chang-
ing perspective to youth of all ages.
The conference starts on Thursday August 20th from 5 to 9 p.m. and
Friday August 21st from 10:00a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The youth conference will
also include two free sessions, a special session for parents, teachers, youth
leaders and pastors on Saturday August 22, 2009 at 11:00am.
If you've wondered if you'll ever understand where the new generation is
coming from and how to reach and Minster of them, then you don't want to
miss guest speaker Elder G. Craige Lewis as he delivers powerful insights
into understanding the 2K teen. Then everyone is welcome for the special
evening service on Saturday August 22nd at 6:30pm with Elder G Craige
Lewis as he ministers a word for youth and adults alike under the powerful,
anointing God has given him. For more information or registration details,
contact us at 764-2193 or 924-2000 or visit us on the web at The church is located at 9850 Wagner Road.

FL Pastor Bans Members from Church

A family feud has torn apart mem-
bers of a church in Coral Ridge,
Florida. Six members of Coral
Ridge Presbyterian Church --
including the daughter of founding
pastor D. James Kennedy -- have
been banned from the premises and
all functions of the Fort Lauderdale
church. The action, announced in a
letter mailed to Coral Ridge mem-
bers over the weekend, is the latest
round in a brewing dispute between
recently appointed Pastor W.
Tullian Tchividjian, who is a grand-
son of evangelist Billy Graham, and
a group of members spearheading
an effort to fire him.
Besides Jennifer Kennedy
Cassidy, Kennedy's daughter, the
people banned are Loma Bryan,
Kaye Carlson, Romeo DeMarco,
and Jim and Jeanne Filosa.
According to the Sun-Sentinel, they
have been ordered to stay off church
property and to cease communica-
tion concerning church business.

The church was a nationally recog-
nized stronghold of Christian con-
servative activism under the former
founding pastor Kennedy.
Tchividjian is former pastor of
New City Church in Margate, which
had merged with Coral Ridge. The
congregation officially selected him
to lead Coral Ridge on March 15,
succeeding Kennedy, who died in
September 2007. In recent weeks,
the dissidents have circulated two
letters and a petition to call a con-
gregational meeting with the goal of
putting Tchividjian out.
The dissidents have also accused
Tchividjian of watering down Coral
Ridge's worship style, de-emphasiz-
ing the Evangelism Explosion
method developed by Kennedy,
selling land at the church's west
campus "to make up for budget
shortfalls,' and appointing an execu-
tive commission with equal power
to the standard church government.

Pastor Ernie Murray
Welcomes you!

8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m.
Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m.
Radio Weekly Broadcast WCGL 1360 AM
Sunday 2 PM 3 PM

Join Us for One of Our Services
Early Worship 8:00 a.m.
Sunday School 9:15 a.m.
Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.
1st Sunday 3:45 p.m.

Lord's Supper & Baptism
3rd Sunday 7:00 p.m.

Bible Study 7:00 p.m.

Noon Day Worship

Youth Church 7:00 p.m.

TheChrc TatReahe.U t*Gd ad uttoMa

Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464

Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Sr.
Senior Pastor

Weekly Services

Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
Church school
9:30 a.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel
3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m.

Midweek Services
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1 p.m.

Dinner and Bible Study
at 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.

Come share in Holy Communlon on 1st Sunday at 4-50. p

Bishop Rudolph
McKissick, Jr.
Senior Pastor

Radio Ministry
WCGL 1360 AM Thursday 8:15 -8:45 a.m.
AM 1400 Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.
TV Ministry
WTLV Channel 12 Sunday's at 6:30 a.m.

Grace and Peace

* *A Full Gospel Baptist Church *

Sunday School
9 a.m.
Morning Worship
10 a.m.
Lord's Supper
Second Sunday
3:00 p.m.
Evening Worship
Every 3rd & 4th
4 :00 p.m.

A church

that's on the

move in

worship with

prayer, praise

and power!

Pastor Robert Lecount, Jr

School of Ministry Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday High Praise Worship 7:00 p.m.

2061 Edgewood Avenue West, Jacksonville, Florida 32208
(904) 765-5683


Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19 20

Pastor Landon Williams

5863 Moncrief Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32209 (904) 768-8800 FAX 764-3800

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Jax Links president Geraldine Smith with workshop guest speaker Marietta LeBlanc. Pat Mitchell, Kenyonn Demps, Barbara Brigerty, Margaret Johnson, Derya Williams, Marguerite Warren and Brenda
Shannon Norwood who provided a presentation on holistic health- Corie Thomas-James and Monique McCarthy discuss addressing the Simmons debate the incorporation of international affairs in the orga-
care --- taking care of the body, mind and spirit, health issues that disproportionately affect minorities, nization's programming.

Common Cause: Jacksonville Links Strategize to Transform the Community

by M. Latimer
The Jacksonville Chapter of The
Links, Incorporated, a community
service organization comprised of
more than 10,000 women of color,
hosted its planning retreat this past
weekend at World Golf Village.
According to the organization's

president, Geraldine Smith, this
annual event provided opportunities
for members to "renew, deepen per-
sonal relationships and reestablish
individual and chapter goals as we
begin strategic planning for the
year." Themed "Celebrating
Friendship and Service through

Love," the retreat focused on team-
building and identification of com-
munity needs and featured an
inspiring workshop from guest
facilitator Shannon Norwood, a
producer for WJXT's "The Morning
Show." Marguerite Warren, a mem-
ber of 28 years, stated it was simply

a time of great fun and productivity.
She said, "We laughed, caught up
and made cohesive plans for serv-
ing our community." Terri Stepter,
chair of the Jacksonville Links'
international trends and service
committee, added, "This was prob-
ably our most successful and enjoy-

able planning meeting. We estab-
lished some clearly-defined,
achievable targets for making a real
difference on the First Coast."
Jacksonville Links' projects will
include "Linkages to Life" (organ
donor awareness), "Undie
Sunday/Undie Monday" (donation

of underwear to Dignity-U-Wear),
Simpson United Methodist
Church's Soup Kitchen, "Childhood
Obesity Awareness" at Beauclerc
Elementary School, and a new sixth
grade girls mentoring program at
Eugene Butler Middle School.

Poitier, Lowery Among Medal of Freedom Winners

Barack Obama awarded the nation's
highest civilian honor to 16 "agents
of change" on Wednesday, high-
lighting their accomplishments as
examples of the heights a person
can reach and the difference they
can make in the lives of others.
"What unites them is a belief ...
that our lives are what we make of
them, that no barriers of race, gen-
der or physical infirmity can
restrain the human spirit, and that
the truest test of a person's life is
what we do for one another,"
Obama said at a ceremony in the
East Room of the White House,
overflowing with guests as well as
White House aides who came to
glimpse the celebrities in their
Film star Sidney Poitier, civil
rights icon the Rev. Joseph Lowery

President Barack Obama presents the 2009 Presidential Medal of
Freedom to Sidney Poitier during ceremonies in the East Room at the
White House in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009

and tennis legend Billie Jean King
joined former Supreme Court
Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and
retired Anglican Archbishop
Desmond Tutu of South Africa in
receiving the honor, the first such
medals awarded by Obama.
Another medal recipient, Sen.
Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., was
at home battling brain cancer and
mourning the death Tuesday of his
sister, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, and
did not attend the ceremony. His
daughter, Kara, accepted the award
for him.
Obama gave posthumous honors
to former Republican Rep. Jack
Kemp of New York, the quarter-
back-turned-politician who died in
May, and gay rights activist Harvey
Milk, who was assassinated in

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Birmingham Mayor Pardons

'60s Civil Rights Protesters
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. Birmingham's mayor offered a blanket par-
don this week to thousands of demonstrators charged during the civil
rights movement in the 1960s, a mostly symbolic forgiveness he
acknowledges few may actually want.
Many blacks who braved police dogs and fire hoses say they carry their
misdemeanor record with them as a badge of honor.
Mayor Larry Langford said he expects many will reject the mass par-
don for that reason, but he felt it was important to offer.
Gwendolyn C. Webb-Happling, who is now a pastor, said she and other
protesters are not interested in a pardon now. She was 14 when she was
arrested in Birmingham in 1963 and spent a week in custody at the city
fairgrounds, charged with demonstrating without a permit. She never
heard any more about the charge after she was released.
"We went to jail for a purpose to be free," she said. "Not just us but
our children and our children's children. We are proud of what we did."
In the three years since Alabama passed a law allowing people charged
during nonviolent civil rights demonstrations to have their records
expunged, officials have not received a single pardon application from
anyone arrested in the Montgomery bus boycott of the mid-1950s, the
Birmingham demonstrations of 1963 or the Selma voting rights march-
es of 1965. The law is known as the Rosa Parks Act,man.
Louisiana and Tennessee both have similar laws.

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Weight Discrimination in the

Workplace: An Emerging Threat

Discrimination in the workplace
has been one of the leading employ-
ment issues a worker faces.Not only
is it an illegal practice but also a
condemned act in the community.
Employment discrimination in the
workplace may take place in vari-
ous forms. It can be discrimination
due to age, sexual preference, reli-

experienced discrimination because
of their weight.
Rebecca Puh of the Rudd Center
for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale
University reveals that the study is
based on surveys of more than
2,000 U.S. adults in 1995-96 and
The institutions involve in the

Somebody may have a problem with your weight and telling every-
one but you.

gious belief or race.However,
recent studies show that another
form of workplace discrimination is
currently on the rise weight dis-
In a study conducted by the
International Journal of Obesity,
weight discrimination, especially
against women, is overwhelmingly
increasing in U.S. society. It is
almost as widespread as racial dis-
From 66 percent in the past
decade, weight discrimination has
increased by 7 percent to 12 per-
cent. Among obese people, approx-
imately 28 percent of men and 45
percent of women said they have


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research are health care, education
or workplace. Respondents say they
are fired, denied a job or a promo-
tion because of their weight.
Manifestations of discrimination
come as insults, abuse and harass-
ment from others.
Sadly, no federal laws against
weight discrimination exist. In
some cities like Washington, D.C.
and San Francisco, discrimination
of whatever form has been banned
Although laws in most cities do
not include weight discrimination,
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Consequently, it has enacted laws

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to promote their well being and
The following Federal laws that
prohibits discrimination in the
DTitle VII of the Civil Rights Act
of 1964 (Title VII) making illegal
employment discrimination based
on race, color, religion, sex, or
national origin;
D the Equal Pay Act of 1963
(EPA) protecting men and women
who perform substantially equal
work in the same establishment
from sex-based wage discrimina-
D the Age Discrimination in
Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA)
protecting individuals who are 40
years of age or older;
[I Title I and Title V of the
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black Americans looking for ways
to donate their time and resources
to the community.
BlackPlanet Rising allows people
to log in and find a range of pro-
grams, activities or places to donate
time, money or a skill, all in one
BlackPlanet Rising partnered
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profit organizations, to help volun-
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fled individuals with disabilities in
the private sector, and in state and
local governments;
0 Sections 501 and 505 of the
Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibit-
ing discrimination against qualified
individuals with disabilities who
work in the federal government;
D Civil Rights Act of 1991 provid-
ing, among other things, monetary
damages in cases of intentional
employment discrimination.
In the State of California, the Fair
Employment and Housing Act
(FEHA) prohibits employment dis-
crimination based upon race, color,
religious creed, ancestry, national
origin, and sex.
It also makes illegal discrimina-
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marital status, sexual preference,
physical or mental disability
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entering their zip code, skills and
interests, including education and
public service.
The site also features profiles of
individuals who have done excep-
tional work, a news section with
information about community serv-
ice and an events calendar that will
list national and regional events to
encourage volunteerism. A couple
of major events are scheduled for
Traditionally, the African-
American community has done
most of its giving through the black
church and on an informal basis
within the community. Site launch-
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Samuel \lesile LBnch is shown above second left.
First White Cheerleaders Recalls

Integration Role at HBCU

by Sandy Wells,
father belonged to the Ku Klux
In 1957, three years after the U.S.
Supreme Court outlawed "separate
but equal" schooling, Samuel
Wesley Lynch enrolled at histori-
cally all-black West Virginia State
"My father disowned me."
But Lynch didn't back down. The
first white male graduate who lived
on campus, he earned a degree in
biology and education in 1961.
Retired and living in Rancho
Mirage, Calif., Lynch visited
Charleston last week to do some
research on his alma mater, now
West Virginia State University. The
school opened in 1892 as the West
Virginia Colored Institute.
He's writing a memoir about the
first part of his 70-year life, includ-
ing details about his reverse-inte-
gration role at State. "My time at
State was historic," he said, "and I
have to be exact about that."
He enrolled there partly in rebel-
lion against his father, he said. "Dad
wanted me to be a chemical engi-
neer and go to WVU. I wanted to be
a teacher. He said I was on my own.
I enrolled at State because it was
Although Lynch never harbored
the racial hatred espoused by his
father, he did have a mistrust of
During his early days at West
Virginia State, Lynch always sat in
the rear of the room with his back to
the wall. In class one day, a profes-
sor commented that he performed
well but didn't relate to the other
students. She wanted to know why.
"I told her, 'It's because I'm
scared to death of you people. My
father said I should never turn my
back on you because you would
stab me and rob me.'"
That exchange sparked an ongo-

ing dialogue on race relations.
Lynch learned that his classmates
were "diametrically opposed" to the
image portrayed by his father. "I
was a poor white. They were from
professional families, well-dressed,
friendly, outgoing and giving. After
these discussions, I no longer felt
He got along fine with black stu-
dents, he said. "It was the white stu-
dents commuting to campus who
got on my case."
One night near the end of his sec-
ond semester, he heard fire engines
in front of the small house he rent-
ed adjacent to campus. He ran to
the window. A cross burned in the
front yard.
He made a place for himself at
State despite the disparity in skin
color. He earned a slot on the cheer-
leading squad, the only male among
eight black females.
At first, the cheerleaders ignored
him. They didn't believe their rou-
tines suited a male, he said. He won
them over when they discovered he
could do cartwheels from one end
of the gym floor to the other.
"I've discovered that I was not
only the first white cheerleader at
State, I was the first white cheer-
leader in the Intercollegiate Athletic
Lynch devoted much of his early
life to bettering the lives of blacks.
He taught for several years near
Washington, D.C., then spent six
years in Africa teaching literacy
and public health in Toga and
The memoir he's writing ends
with his return from Africa to work
on a master's degree at UCLA.
"After that, my life became like
everyone else's," he said.
"I never saw anything as impossi-
ble. I have stretched the envelope as
far as it can be stretched.
Everything I touch is wonderful.
I've had a wonderful life."

Doctors and nurses demonstrate in Harare during a previous

HARARE Striking doctors at
Zimbabwe's state hospitals refused
to return to work despite a promise
that their allowances would be
restored in their next pay checks
said a union official.
"We are still on strike, the problem
is that we just get promises which
fall short of our expectations, but
negotiations are still taking place
between ourselves and the Health
Services Board," said Brighton
Chizhande, president of the
Hospital Doctors' Association.
The doctors began their strike this
week demanding higher salaries
and the restoration of allowances
which had been withdrawn last
month by the government and other
aid agencies.
The Health Service Board has now
said that allowances for items such

as accommodations, uniforms and
night duty had not been included in
their monthly salaries in error and
would now be restored.
Chizhande said the union and the
board were still negotiating on the
issue of salaries.
Zimbabwe's health service has
been in crisis for some time, with
doctors and nurses frequently strik-
ing for better pay when the econo-
my was beset by hyperinflation
before the installation of a national
unity government in February.
It has also had to cope with a
cholera epidemic which was recent-
ly brought under control.
Doctors in the embattled country,
which are trained on the same med-
ical standards as U.S. doctors, earn
an average of US $200-300 per

Dogfighters Get Creative as Spotlight on Vick Case Fades

When pro quarterback Michael
Vick pleaded guilty to bankrolling a
dogfighting operation in 2007,
there was a spike in reports of dog-
lighting in the United States.
But when the headlines faded, the
blood sport grew stronger and went
even more underground, with thugs
taking inventive precautions to
keep police at bay.
"They know it's just not smart to
have large crowds anymore, so
we've seen fights where you've got
the two handlers, a referee and Web
cams everywhere broadcasting the
fight on the Internet," said Mark
Kumpf, an investigator based in
Ohio who directs the National
Animal Control Association.
Fights are also being staged on
the move -- in 18-wheelers. "These
guys are very sophisticated,"
Kumpf said. "If you're driving
down the road, there could be dogs
in that truck driving next to you that
are dying."
Dozens more dogfighting cases
have been investigated and prose-
cuted since the Vick case, said
Alison Gianotto, who runs the data-

base The database
has also become a popular place for
law enforcement to send reports.
Still, detectives, animal welfare
professionals and prosecutors agree
that the attention the Vick case has
brought to dogfighting has been
positive because more people are
inclined to report their suspicions.
Dogfighting is illegal in all states;
penalties vary but usually include
heavy jail time or steep fines.
"At the height of attention on the
Vick case, things quieted down
across the country with some of
these dogfighters getting out of the
business," veteran animal abuse
investigator Tim Rickey said. "But
then, the headlines went away, and
people thought the attention was
off. It just started right back up,
almost stronger than before."
"Every Saturday night in every
county in Missouri, there is a dog-
fight going on," Rickey said.
While the Vick case was making
its way through the court system,
Rickey, who directs the animal cru-
elty task force at the Humane
Society of Missouri, was initiating

Women Behaving Badly
Continued from front
are crimes where tough action is taken. The intersection between class and
race oftentimes negates justice taken on numerous criminal activities.
"We did turn the comer with the Lorena Bobbitt case," said crime sociol-
ogist Luis Garcia. "There is a double standard when sex is involved."
Sensationalized news stories and socialization leads people to believe
women are committing more crimes, however experts claim that's not the
case. Garcia states because society elevates women, the "how could she do
that," factor will always be there.
Idealistic expectations for women may remain, but officials are looking
for ways to make sure the women in prisons don't. Recidivism rates for
females are low, yet programs are being created to make sure women suc-
cessfully transition back into society.
Garcia stands behind gender specific programming. Due to cognitive and
developmental differences among men and women, processes such as
building trust with treatment leaders or programming that addresses
healthy relationships are needed for female offenders. She also supports
reinforcement and aid once the woman is released.

One of six dogs recovered from a Sumter County, South Carolina,
dogfight waits in a kennel last week.

what would become an 18-month
investigation linking dogfighting
rings in eight states.
That probe led to the July 8 arrest
of 28 people from eight states. As
many as 400 dogs were confiscated
in raids coordinated by federal,
state and local law enforcement
agencies, Rickey said. He said it
was the largest such case involving
dogfighting in the U.S.
While those involved with the
national case declined Monday to
give details about that investiga-
tion, CNN spoke with several
detectives across America who
have worked other dogfighting
cases. Among the abuses they've
Dogs with missing ears and
patches of skin
Animals with teeth shaved
down to the bone
"Vets" who have used leg splints
that are to tight to "treat" animals in
dogfighting rings
Contraptions much like a tread-
mill, that force chained dogs to run
or be choked.
The suffering is incalculable, and

the cost of caring for the animals is
Because the national investiga-
tion originated in Missouri, the
state is harboring about 400 of the
rescued dogs, some that have had
puppies recently.
Investigating dogfighting is dan-
gerous -- and hugely popular in
Russian mafia circles and with drug
traffickers in Mexico, experts say.
Dogfighting is reliant on word of
mouth, and on what one undercover
officer described as "bad character"
references. "If you can get someone
to vouch for you, a match is set up,"
Kumpf said. "They'll meet at a hotel
and come pick you up and drive
you around in an unmarked van."
Driving around town helps shake
any police tail, he said.
Those betting on fights aren't
likely to get paid on site any more.
Money is often kept at another loca-
tion, making it more difficult to
make arrests.
"I hope people realize [dogfight-
ing] is not just about Michael Vick,"
Rickey said. "It's a lot bigger than

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Free Kids Art
Fair at the Avenues
The Avenues Mall will host a Kids
Art Fair on Saturday, August 22.
The event will allow children to
participate in various art lessons.
Then the kids work will be dis-
played throughout the mall until
September 12. For more informa-
tion, visit or
call 363-3054. It is free and open
to the public.

Stage Aurora
Golf Tournament
Stage Aurora will host its 9th
Annual Invitational Golf
Tournament on August 22, 2009 to
raise funds for their Main Stage
Program. The golf tournament will
have a 7:30 A.M. shotgun start 18-
Holes Medal play at the Deerfield
Lakes Golf Club. For more infor-
mation, call the golf committee at

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

Genealogy Meeting
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
more information.

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-

First Wednesday
Art Walk
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.

HBCU Hall of
Fame Induction
The 2nd Annual HBCU North
Florida Alumni Hall of Fame
Induction Ceremony will take
place on Thursday September 3,
2009 at 7 p.m. in the EWC
Adams/Jenkins Sports Complex. In
addition to meeting the newly
inducted members, participants
will meet and greet the Founding
Members, members of the Class of
2008 and Members of the HBCU
HOF Steering Committee. For
additional information please con-
tact: Peggy Turner, 254-8761 or A.
Ray Brinson, 996-7122.

Eastside Come
Together Weekend
Join Jacksonville's Eastside
neighborhoods for a Come Together
Weekend featuring three days of
jazz, gospel and smooth R&B Sept.
5-7. Carol Alexander and Na'im
Rashid will host the event at the A.
Phillip Randolph Amphitheater and
Park. There will also be sympo-
siums in the Jacksonville Children's
Commission from 1-4 p.m. Each
day features a full list of event with
local celebrity hosts. For more
information call 470-9856.

Club Meeting
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
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, September ll1th at the
Hyatt Hotel.. 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

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

Southern Genealogist's
Exchange Meeting
On Saturday, September 12,
2009, the Southern Genealogist's
Exchange Society, Inc. will host
guest speaker Mr. Terri Thompson
at 10:15 a.m. at the Mandarin

Regional Library, 3330 Kon Koad..
Mr. Thompson will be speaking
regarding 15 families of North
Florida, 1783-1821. Meetings are
FREE and open to the public with
light refreshments served.
Night with the Jax
Young Democrats
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
Golf Tournament
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

Smokey Robinson
in Concert
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. Call the box office at
355-2787 for tickets.

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

Annual Southern
Women's Show
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
fashion shows, celebrity guests, and
fabulous prizes. Show Hours:
Thursday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 10
a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-8
p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. For
more info call (704) 376-6594 or

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.
or at

Oprah's Winfrey
Color Purple
The touring production of Oprah
Winfrey's "The Color Purple" will
be in Jacksonville Nov. 17-22, 2009
at the Times Union Center for the
Performing Arts. For tickets or
more information,, call 633-6110.

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given several gift subscriptions and
truly feel that it is a viable part of our
community. If you care about what's
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Appeal For Your Excess Clothes
The Millions More Movement Jacksonville Local Organizing
Committee Inc., a non-profit organization is now in the process of
gathering clothes for it's next 'Clothes Give-A-Way.
Please bring them to 916 N.Myrtle Avenue from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00
p.m., Monday through Saturday. JLOC will also come pick up your
donation. For more information, vist their website at :

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Former Reality Star Omarosa

Studying to Become a Minister

Pimp Saga Closer to the Big Screen
Robert "Iceberg Slim" Beck's 1969 autobiography, "Pimp: The Story
of My Life," is on its way to the big screen.
Rob Weiss, an executive producer of HBO's
"Entourage," along with several other produc-
cr have acquired film rights to the best-sell-

Born into poverty, Beck became a pimp at
I 8 and rose to kingpin status in the Chicago
underworld. He served several stints in
prison, making one escape. After retiring
from the business he became an insecti-
cide salesman in Los Angeles. During a
call to a college professor, Beck men-
rioned that he had been a pimp, and the
professor encouraged him to write an autobiography.
Three months later, Beck had penned "Pimp."
The book has sold more than 5 million copies and is the second-best-
selling book by a black man, after Alex Haley's "Roots."
"The story is really the birth of the American inner city," said Weiss.
"It speaks of a very specific time in America and its street culture. The
book is filled with broken souls but shows how, in the end, Iceberg

Seminary President Wendy
Deichmann had a welcome gift: a
tiny mustard seed, a reminder of the
Bible passage in which Jesus says
an amount of faith even as small as
a mustard seed makes all things
Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth
says few people have faith in her
transformation, and that made it a
wonderful present.
She's taking classes in the Old
and New Testaments and the
History of Christianity. She's also
required to minister to the sick and
dying at hospitals.


Ohio -
Omarosa has
gone from

boardroom to
her first day
in the class-
rooms of an
Ohio seminary.
The former villain of reality TV
shows such as "The Apprentice"
entered United Theological
Seminary in Dayton on Monday for
studies to become a minister.

Official ballers.

id a way to heal himself. During his working vacation in Phoenix last
er the years, many parties have tried to get a movie adaptation of the weekend, President Obama and the first family
k under way including a rendition starring Ice Cube with Bill Duke ate at Macayo's to celebrate his half-sister's
acting. Pras of the Fugees was trying to mount a film version as birthday. found out that "in addition
ntly as 2004. to having the triple fajitas, Michelle and Barack
e stumbling block has been an ongoing lawsuit between the author's each had a Tres Margarita -- made with Sauza
te and the publisher (Beck died in 1992). With the suit recently set- Tres Generaciones Plata Tequila, Presidente
Weiss and Davis, who had been involved with the project earlier, Brandy and Patron Citronge. His bill ran around
nered with investors Drexler and Left to pounce on the rights, $200 --and he tipped each waitress 20% and an
airing them outright. additional $100 each.

Tempestt Bledsoe & Darryl Bell: A

New 'Reality' With 'Househusbands'

their careers, taking care of their
children. I have nothing but respect
for that."
Respect indeed.
Although the new series may
appear to be just another commodi-
ty among today's prime-time line-
up, show producers wanted to open
up a timely dialogue. The increas-
ing trend of husbands staying at
home and raising families due to
the current economic crisis is a
demographic shift that has hit men
harder then women.
According to U.S. labor statistics,

unemployment rates among men
grew at nearly double the pace of
women in 2008, to 7.9 percent from
5.0 percent for men and to 6.4 per-
cent from 4.8 percent for women.
This is the fact that Bledsoe thinks
will benefit the show's potential
"I think this [program] shows in a
very positive and realistic light
what it is for a man to take over the
role [of child raising], and I have a
lot of admiration for them," she said
during a presentation to TV critics.
"It is easy to cast these men as

something not very manly. ...I think
that's a real disservice. The time is
good to look at this show and see
these men for what they really are."
"The fact that there are men who
are raising their children should
enable stay-at-home dads," said
Bell. "Hopefully, we are looking at
it from the humorous point of view
and everyone enjoys that and
enjoys the dynamic between all of
the guys."
Also featured on 'House
Husbands of Hollywood' are former
Los Angeles Dodger Billy Ashley,
whose wife, Lisa, is a celebrity
makeup artist; former Marine
sniper Grant Reynolds, who is mar-
ried to FOX 11 morning news show
-thost Jillian Reynolds; ,and aspiring-
actor Danny Barclay, whose wife;,
Katherine, is a high-powered LA

While audiences across the
nation are glued to their television
sets for Bravo's hit series 'The Real
Housewives of Atlanta,' FOX
Reality TV has decided to garner
some attention of its own.
Beginning Aug. 15, former
'Cosby Show' and 'A Different
World' stars Tempestt Bledsoe and
Darryl M. Bell will be featured in
the network's all-new reality series,
'Househusbands of Hollywood.'
The show highlights husbands
juggling the household duties of
cooking dinner, planning parties
and chauffeuring kids around Los
Angeles. The men, who also have
career aspirations of their own, will
share stories with each other about
their money-making wives.
Despite the show's title, Bledsoe
and Bell have been together for 16
years and are not married with chil-
dren. Their relationship attracted
executive producer Marilyn
Wilson, who saw a test reel for the
show and thought the couple was
"I think the thing that most peo-
ple will be surprised about is that
we are on the show," said the for-
mer "Cosby" star who became a
household name when she played
Vanessa Huxtable. "Not only do we
not talk about our private life, we
don't do this type of show. We don't
fit into the mold of show, so I con-
stantly get that question. I hope
people will get past the title and see
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Arrest warrant issued in Mass. for
Bobby Brown CANTON, Mass. An
arrest warrant has been issued for Bobby
Brown after he failed to appear in a
Massachusetts court on a contempt complaint.
The judge ordered Brown arrested the next
time the singer is in Massachusetts. He failed
to appear at a June 29 hearing., Brown had fall-
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for the two teenage children he had with for-
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The 40-year-old Brown is supposed to pay $5,500 in child support per
month for the children.
Brown was jailed for four days in 2007 for failing to make the payments.
"Idol" taps Mary J as guest judge as : Singer joins Simon,
Randy and Kara in the ATL.
Mary J. Blige is part of the carousel of female
pop stars serving as guest judges for "American '
Idol" in the absence of Paula Abdul, who will not
return when the new season debuts in January.
Blige is on the second day of a two-day gig along-
side regular judges Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson
and Kara DioGuardi at the Atlanta auditions -
which began Sunday.
As previously reported, Queen Latifah is
rumored to be on Fox's list of guest judges as well.
Steve Harvey Joins Good Morning
The recession has nothing on Steve Harvey. The vet-
eran radio jock who has often carried two or three
S jobs at a time just got another new gig courtesy of
ABC's "Good Morning America."
The comedian will contribute family and relation-
ship-related segments to the morning program, with his
first airing this week.
The 52-year-old Harvey will continue to host his
nationally-syndicated Steve Harvey Morning Show,
heard in 60 markets around the nation. He also just finished hosting his
annual Hoodie Awards, which honors local businesses, churches and high
schools for their community contributions.
Harvey authored the best-selling book "Act Like a Lady, Think Like a
Man," and he previously starred in his self-titled sitcom for seven seasons
on the WB network.
Dancing with the Stars Cast Announced
The 'Dancing With the Stars' season 9 cast has been announced nd it has
a few interesting names. Joining this season's cast are R&B singers Mya
and Macy Gray and sports great Michael Irvin. Other castmates include
Donny Osmond, Chuck Liddell and Kelly Osborn among others.
Michael Jackson to get Birthday Burial
Singer will be laid to rest on Aug. 29, according to Papa Joe.
In an interview with the New York Daily News, Joe Jackson stated that
his son Michael will finally be laid to rest on Aug. 29, which would've
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,,The family patriarch said the burial would take place at 10 a.m. at Forest
Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, Calif., where he is currently being held in a
crypt belonging to Motown founder Berry Gordy, according to reports.


Real life couple Bell and Bledsoe cut their teeth as central
characters on "A Different World" and "Cosby Show" respectively.

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