Man to Swim English Channel to bring
attention to minority organ donation
HOUSTON A Houston man is risking his life to save his daughter's.
Steven Whitfield says he will swim the English Channel next summer
in order to bring awareness to organ donations in the African American
Whitfield's 26-year-old daughter is in need of a liver and has not been
able to find a match. The lack of African American donors has been a
Of the 100,000 people in this country waiting on organs, African
Americans make up 30,000.
"It could be religion, skepticism and education that prevent many from
giving," Whitfield says.
Whitfield won't be alone when he makes that effort to hit the channel.
He's taking along eight other former TSU swimmers who plan to help
him raise awareness of organ donations in the African American com-
munity. To contact, call International Swimmers for Life at 713-855-
NFL improves diversity hiring
A new study found that the NFL has improved its hiring practices to
The league received an overall B grade in the report released Thursday
by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of
Central Florida. It earned an A- for racial hiring practices and a C on gen-
dler hiring practices. Those are the highest grades the NFL has received
from the institute over the years.
The study analyzed data provided by the league on the racial breakdown
of players and coaches and the racial and gender breakdown of team an d
NFL management and other officials.
The institute had not issued the league a grade on gender since it
received a D+t in 2004 because the NFL had not provided the data. The
league started providing data again this year.
The report cited "sustained progress" in improving racial diversity at the
head coach and general manager positions. The 32-team NFL has six
African-American head coaches and five A~frican-American general
Those coaches are Chicago's Lovie Smith, Indianapolis' Jim Caldwell,
San Francisco's Mike Singletary, Tampa Bay's Raheem Morris,
Pittsburgh's Mike Tomlin and Cincinnati's Marvin Lewis.
COmmiSsion penalizes swim club in
Pennsylvania racism complaint
Pennsylvania, PA A state commission issued a finding of probable
cause that racism was involved in the decision by a suburban
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, swim club to revoke privileges of a largely
minority day care center,
The Valley Swim Club canceled a contract for swimming privileges for
65 children from a day care center after a visit June 29.
Some black and Hispanic children said white club members made racist
comments to them during that visit, asking why black children were there
and raising concerns that "they might steal from us."
The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, in its 33-page find-
ing, details the incident. It notes that the swim club maintains that it can-
celed its relationship with the day care center because members were
requesting that their membership fees be refunded and because of safety
concerns "attendant with overcrowding of the shallow end of the pool by
a large number of non-swimmers."
But the commission, in its finding, stated that the club "routinely has
members at the facility in numbers that are equal in size or exceed the
number of Creative Steps campers." The club has also hosted groups of
similar size without raising safety concerns, the commission said.
Depending on the outcome of that process, the club could face damages
for humiliation and embarrassment, as well as a civil penalty of up to
$50,000, commission spokeswoman Shannon Powers said. The public
hearing, she said, is held before a body of commissioners.
Volume 24 1No.1 Jacksonville, Florida October 1-7, 2009
The Partys Over: Lawmakers
Adjust to Pohitical Reahities
Kezia and Wade Rolle enjoying the Tw~o Spot Lounge
Headliners including Dwele, Sonia Sanchez, Roy Ayers and Maulrice
Hines helped roimd out the festivities ciilin~inating g the 10th
Anniversary celebration of the Ritz Theater and Museum. Organizers
borrowed something old and something new for ten days of history and
culture. For more photo highlights, see page 5. T Austin photos
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push through initiatives that have
long been blocked by Republicans,
such as public health insurance and
sharp funding increases for urban
This is particularly true as the
economic recession takes an out-
sized toll on black communities.
"We want him to stand strong,"
said Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich.
In a conference call recently,
Obama reminded CBC members
that most of them represent politi-
cally safe districts, and that
Democrats must look out for the
interests of vulnerable moderates to
maintain majorities and achieve
"I think for the first time in the
history of America the black com-
munity feels they are in a position
of power," said James Bryant, a
union leader from Sa- 0-oman
there is no more wall
Bryant and others s
ipated that Obama would face
fierce resistance from the right. But
some said they don't understand the
intensity and sometimes persona 1
nature of the opposition
The euphoria over President
Barack Obama's inauguration is
giving way to political reality for
African-American lawmakers as
Democrats grapple with stubborn
challenges facing a long-awaited
"There's certainly a sense of pride
and accomplishment, but there's
also a sense that gains that were
hard-won can be easily lost,"said
Rep. Artur Davis, D-Ala.
Questions remain about how hard
Obama can fight for the anti-pover-
ty, education and health care pro-
posals that helped him win near-
universal support from black vot-
ers. There also is a growing realiza-
tion that he will likely face years of
criticism some of it motivated by
race over his administration's
response to a sour economy and
Some in the Congressional Black
Caucus acknowledge Obama must
govern more from the center to be a
successful president. However,
many of the group's more liberal
lawmakers expect him to seize the
opportunity created by strong
Democratic control of Congress to
Local Authors Lunch and Learn Black History for ASALAH
by M. Latimer
Northeast Florida's elite circle of
African Americ an historians took a
"novel" approach to increasing com-
I~ munity interest in Jacksonville's
.- ,-~ past. The James Weldon Johnson
'~ Branch of the Association for the
:j ~I';~:~r~n~~E~i ~ ~eC~ ~4~F --~ ~~ Study of African American Life a nd
.)ijl History (ASLAH) hosted an author's
panel last Saturday that showcased
if the works of noted local writers and
\ ft encouraged informal discussion of
I black citizenship in the Americas.
~ ;: The assembled group was a "who's
s--t. who" of Jacksonville's black educa-
tors, comprised largely of college
professors and administrators like
... ,,.Camilla Thompson and Carolyn
e Williams, long considered two of the
r~r~s~~~1I-- ~ ~ Imost respected historians on the First
Coast. "We want the members of
s:~ this community to take an interest in
our past. It's such an important part
of who we are," said Thompson, one
--: of ASLAH's founding members.
"We also want them to experience
Local authors and historians Roy Singleton, Jr., Ronald Galvin, Carolyn Williams and Rodney Hurst how much fun it can be learning and
showcase their written works at ASLAH's "Quest for Black Citizenship in the Americas" luncheon. All preserving our history."
four served as luncheon panelists, discussing civil rights and preserving history. Mn~. Latimer photo Continued on page
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William Alexander was all ears at
his mother's home in Riverside dur-
ing President Barack Obama's
back-to-school message to kids
Sept. 8. The Oakland, Calif., ele-
mentary school teacher who was
attending a conference knows the
importance of encouraging children
to stay in school. In 2004 he
became the first in his family to go
"My two older brothers dropped
out of high school," said Alexander.
"My mother and father never fin-
ished. Now I'm trying to save my
two nephews. There aren't a lot of
positive role models out there."
Alexander grew up wanting to
become an elementary school
said he was
the butt of
his Oakland classmates who called
teaching "women's work."
"Guys would tease me. They'd say
stuff like teaching children how to
write their names for the first time
or mediating kiddy temper tantrums
is not 'real' teaching," he recalled.
"They'd go, 'man, there's no money
Alexander attended predominately
Black schools in Oakland for 10
years. He recalls walking into his
high school Advanced Placement
government class and found some-
thing he had never seen,
"I was shocked," said Alexander
"I had never had a Black male
teacher before, except for P.E."
Alexander's experience is remark-
Only 2 percent of the nation's 4.8
million teachers are Black men,
according to the U.S. Bureau of
Labor Statistics. The shortage of
Black male teachers compounds the
difficulties that many African-
American boys face in school.
About half of Black male students
do not complete high school in four
years, statistics show.
"I love teaching. I see myself as a
role model," said Alexander, who is
talking about diversity and recruit-
H i packm oh groigchorus of
educators, politicians and parents
who say encouraging Black ma es
to take pride in their education is
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Andrew Jacksony Class of 1973 members Lou Brady, Sherrine Davis, Roosevelt Williams, Leonard
Ashley, Carl Bradford, Carolyn Anderson, Harold McCoy Felder, honoree Deborah Myhand, Nathan
Leonard, Lavern Jackson, Fernando McGhee, Marilyn Evans, Sheila Brooks, Georgette Sanders and
Frank Powell .
her rise in many positions to the
SLIM Coordinator in the Business
The Mistress of ceremonies for
the retirement gala was Carolyn
Anderson. The spiritually guided
program included prayer by Bishop
Tom Diamond, mime, tribute in
song and even a roasting. The cele-
bration continued the following
Sunday morning for worship serv-
ic; :t Abysinnia Missionary Baptist
Her plans after retirement are to
continue her service by volunteer-
ing and "helping where needed".
The twenty-five year of career of
Mrs. Deborah Myhand came to a
festive close last weekend at a cele-
bration held in her honor at the
Arlington Senior Citizens Center.
Throughout her career at the
United Parcel Service, the viva-
cious fifty-five year old held a per-
fect attendance record.
I made a promise to God 25 years
ago if he blessed me with a good
job at UPS, I would go to work
every day and give 100%" she said.
Myhand began her career in 1984
as a part-time switchboard operator.
Within three years she had begun
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Jacksonville's Sam Newby was
recently appointed Vice Chair of
the African American Republican
LR ad r hipoCounci HaA RC),, b
Greer; the State Rep. Jennifer
Carroll is the Chair.
The AARLC is a council that
advices the state party on African
American issues and affairs. Most
recently, the AARLC developed a
relationship with Black Pastors
where Rep. Carroll was able to
sponsor the Zero Tolerance bill.
The law helps prevent many Black
youth from going into the penal
ssteo~mqcs 1r annpl md meanm"s a
a deterrent from becoming crimi-
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AARLC also plans to host an
Economic Summit for small busi-
nesses across the state. These sum-
mits will take place in Jacksonville,
Miami and the Panhandle.
downmas reewi ntreof e Jostedh
Lee Republican Club (JEL) as he is
the newly elected Chair of the
newly formed Florida Assembly of
Black Republicans (FABR) and he
is also the 2nd Vice Chair of the
local Republican Executive
Committee (REC) of Duval
County. As Chair of the FABR, he
has begun to go to other counties in
the state to help presidents of Black
Republican clubs. He plans to
make him visible and available to
them to help them enlarge their
clubs and become more involved in
their local RECs. He stays busy
bringing churches, the community
and individuals together to make a
difference for all. Mr. Newby, as
Chairman of the Johnson YMCA,
has helped to bring a new enthusi-
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the Year award for 2009 while he
served as president. This is the first
time this award has ever been
awarded to a Black Club.
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ASALAH members gather at "black citizenship" luncheon: (seated)
Lydia Wooden, Rowena Stewart, Ruthine Tidwell (president), Camilla
Thompson, and Priscilla Williamson; (standing) Rochelle Gross, Jerry
Hinton, Wendy Hinton (event chair), Bettye Sessions, Mary Pearson,
Delphina Carter, Delaney Williams, Flora Parker, Khamil Ojoyo, Roy
Singleton, Jr. (event co-chair), Aceta Carter-Kelly, Carolyn Williams,
Clarence Bostick, and Suzan West.
Hermia Williams with neo soul artist Dwele
human dignity and respect," said
Hurst. "The Movement was our
quest for citizenship. My book is
an account of the people who led us
to freedom like Rutledge Pearson
and other members of the NAACP.
This is our story."
Other panelists included Ronald
Galvin, who along with his wife
and daughter, wrote "Stanton," a
text about the history of
Jacksonville's oldest African
American high school. Carolyn
Williams, a UNF history professor,
"itrcs dPh ts oJ 1 onile,"
pictorial account of Jacksonville
Event organizer Wendy Hinton
said that ASLAH wanted more
members and hoped the panel dis-
cussion would lead to citywide par-
ticipation in historical preservation.
"Our citizenship quest is a continu-
ous one," said Hinton. "These
authors protect our legacy, our
works, and our memories. All
Jacksonville citizens should be a
part of that."
Continued from front
While academic in nature, the
panel discussion wasn't difficult to
understand. Panelist Roy Singleton,
Jr., a retired University of North
Florida department chair and
award-winning poet, kept the audi-
ence laughing as he talked about
the history of African American cit-
izenship. "All of the poems I have
written have been about black
Americans on quests to do great
things and overcoming obstacles,"
said Singleton. "Our journey to full
outizenship wa saaloeg ad difc
said, 'If a race has no history, it has
no worthwhile truth."'"
Rodney Hurst, author of the best-
selling book, "It Was Never about a
Hot Dog and a Coke," gave an
impassioned speech to the audi-
ence. Known for his roles in
Jacksonville's civil rights move-
ment during the 1960s and politics
in the 1970s and 1980s, Hurst's ora-
tory brought back memories of
leaders such as Martin Luther King,
Jr. "Citizenship is simply about
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school days. And
hearing that achieve-
ment changed when expectations
did "tells me a lot about what we
have to do nationally on education
reform," he said.
Besides visiting classrooms, the
group also had closed meetings
with teachers, administrators and
parents, where they were expected
to discuss Obama's education
Future tour stops include New
Orleans on Nov. 3 and Baltimore on
Ackerman optimistic that the
district is "in a breakthrough
mode," and that a combination
of reforms may be the best way
to help students.
Ackerman, who sat in on the
,Itour, plans to pursue a "renais-
sance" strategy similar to one
Duncan did when he was
schools chief in Chicago.
Philadelphia's first cohort of
"renaissance schools," to be identi-
fled later this fall, will be essential-
ly shut down in June and reopened
next fall with new staffs and new
Gingrich, Sharpton and Duncan
also visited McDaniel Elementary
School in Philadelphia, a high-
poverty school run by the district
that met federal education standards
Ifor several consecutive years.
When Mastery students talked
about teachers not caring, Sharpton
said he was reminded of his own
Continued from page 3
At Mastery, the trio met with about
a dozen 11th graders who attended
the school four years earlier when it
was under district management. At
that time, students said, kids ran
wiexe pctatin weew loeul and
dents -- or even about teaching.
"It was horrible," 17-year-old
Donnell Clark said.
But since 2006, the school has
been run by Mastery Charter
Shro st pau n oIt pha awehras
ing 2,100 students. The visited
Shoemaker campus has outper-
formed some of its more affluent
suburban counterparts on state stan-
Clark and others told the education
advocates that new teachers and
staff made the difference by raising
the academic bar, accepting no
excuses and simply caring about
"Teachers actually invest their
time," Clark said. ..
Public education in Philadelphia is
a mixture of district-run schools,
schools operated by private man-
agement companies and charter
schools, which are public but oper-
ate independently from the district.
It is a high-poverty system where
only about half the students can
read and write at grade level. But
bright spots like Mastery make
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Community Conference at Mt Calvary
The Sanctuary at Mt. Calvary will host Empowerment Conference
Wednesday, September 30th through October 3rd, 2009. Preaching and
teaching of the word in addition to a job fair, health and wellness, social
services, legal clinics, information technology, public safety, education and
a "Taste" of Calvary will all be apart. For more information call 765-7620
or email email@example.com.
FirSt New Zion Holds Appreciation
Banquet for Dr. James Sampson
First New Zion Missionary Baptist Church will have a Appreciation
Banquet for their pastor, Dr. James B. Sampson on Saturday, October 31st
at 6 p.m. in the Zion Fellowship Hall. The theme is "30 Years of
Ministering". The church is located at 4835 Soutel Drive. For tickets or
more information, call 765-3111.
Mt. Olive 127th Anniversary
Mt. Olive Primitive Baptist Church, located at 1319 North Myrtle Avenue,
will have their 127th Church Anniversary celebration every Sunday in
October at 4 p.m. featuring a special guest preacher and choirs. The theme
is "A Church Anointed to Serve".
St. Stephen to Host 134th
East Florida AM/lE Conference
Saint Stephen AME Church will host The Eleventh Episcopal District of
The African Methodist Episcopal Church, 134th session of the East Florida
Annual Conference. The conference will take place October 17 23, 2009'
More the 500 attendees are expected to convene to give an account of the
past year while planning and preparing for the upcoming year. As the atten-
dees gather to report on their stewardship they will hear Annual Sermons,
Pastors and committee reports and the deliberations of commissions. The
Right Reverend McKinley Young presiding Host Bishop, Dr. Dorothyr J.
Young, Host Episcopal Supervisor, The Reverend Jimmie B. Keel Host
Presiding Elder and the Reverend Michael L. Mitchell, host Pastor are all
committed to planning and organizing a spirit filled conference. The
church is located at 913 W. 5th Street.
Screening of Pastor Brown at BBIC
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church's College and Young Adult Ministry
has partnered with Rock Capital Entertainment to bring a movie screening
of "Pastor Brown" to the city on October 3 at 6:00 pm before it is released
nationwide. As families grapple with economic uncertainty, PASTOR
BROWN models the key ingredient for making families work under any
circumstances: forgiveness. For more information, call 354-1464.
Shiloh Baptist of St. Augustine
Shiloh Baptist Church of St. Augustine will present Rev. James Graham
Sr. of James Graham Mortuary as the guest Evangelist at their annual
revival, October 14-16. The church is located at 271 W. King Street. Rev.
Randy Hezekiah Jr. Pastor. For more information call 904-824-3913.
Choir Concert at 1st Deliverance
The Family Chorus under the direction of Minister Ezra Jenkins will be in
concert, on October 11, 2009 at 5 p.m. at the First Deliverance Church of
Jacksonville located at 1957 W. Beaver St. The public is welcome to join
them for an evening of song. as they lift their voices in praise and wor-
ship.Elder Ernest Vining, Pastor. Call 356-9728 for more information.
JON~en in Power Present M/larc Little
On Saturday, October 3rd, Women-N-Power invite all women of God to
come out and experience fellowship, encouragement and motivation. The
Jacksonville Chapter of WoMEN-N-POWER International Ministries will
have Marc Curtis Little, author of Don't Blink When God Calls as the guest
9s eaker. It will be held at the Golden Corral located at 9070 Merrill Road
from 11:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m. For more information, contact Lady Faustina
Andrews at 276-3462.
Holy Feast Days at the House of God
The public is invited to worship with the House of God located at 1916
Meharry Avenue. They will be observing the Holy Feasts Days as outlined
in Leviticus 23rd Chapter. The service times are as follows: Day of
Atonement Yom Kippur Services: September 27th at 8:00 p.m. and
September 28th, at 11:00 a.m.; Feast of Tabernacles Sukkoth Services:
October 2, 2009 at 8:00 p.m.and October 3rd at 10:30 a.m. (Morning
Service) and 2:30 p.m. (Afternoon Service); October 4 9, at 8:00 p.m.,
October 10th at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. To learn more about the signifi-
cance of the Holy Days or for driving directions, call (904) 764-4444.
Hundreds Flock to St. Prus'
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.Leah Hunter and Stephanie Fisher serve food and fun from the Youth
Mimistry booth at St. Pius V Catholic Church's Durkeville neighborhood
festival. Approximately 600 First Coast residents flocked to the public
event, which celebrated "faith, family, fellowship and friendship" and
raised funds to support St. Pius V Catholic Church's outreach programs.
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The percentage of women who
serve as senior pastors in churches
across America has doubled in the
past decade, according to a new sur-
vey by the Barna Group.
That means one in 10 U.S. church-
es employs a woman as leader of the
church Most of the women -
58% work in mainline Protestant
churches, such as the United
Methodist Church, Evangelical
Lutheran Church in America, and
the Episcopal Church.
The UMC and its forerunner has
ordained women for five decades;
the ELCA and its predecessor has
for almost 40 years, and the
Episcopal Church has ordained
women since 1976.
Barna's survey found that female
pastors tend to be more highly edu-
cated than their male counterparts,
with 77% earning a seminary
degree, compared to less than two-
thirds of male pastors (63 percent) .
But male pastors still rake in larg-
er incomes. The average compensa-
tion package for female pastors in
2009 is $45,300, Barna says, while
males earn $48,600. The compensa-
tion gap has closed in the last
decade, though, with females earn-
ing 30% more than they did in 1999,
according to the survey.
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[, va 1| Teachers Missing in Action
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"Afr-ican-American Images" and
more than 20 books believes Black
male teachers expose students to
Black men as authority figures,
help minority students feel that they
belong, motivate Black students to
achieve, demonstrate positive male-
female relationships to Black girls
and provide African-American
youths with role models and men-
"Students relate better to teachers
who look like them," says Roy I.
Jones, director of Call Me MIS-
TER, a program at Clemson
University in South Carolina that
recruits, trains, certifies, and
secures employment for African-
American men as teachers.
"You have to go into the Black
community to the Black churches,
sororities and fraternities, to the
people who know who and where
the potential and existing minority
teachers are," said Emory Malden,
who operates an Atlanta-based
recruitment service that tries to find
Education experts say another
effective strategy is working with
community colleges and four-year
institutions where some experts call
the problem "alarming."
Maiden said college professors,
counselors and administrators must
urge minority students, to consider
teaching as a profession and nurture
their progress. Still, he said that as
more and more minority teachers mn
their 50s and 60s retire, replenish-
ing their numbers will be difficult.
Continued from page 2
"Some of us do not consider
teaching children to write their
names for the first time or how to
count to one hundred as 'real' teach-
ing," he said. "' Some of us, sad to
say don't like being hugged, let
alone giving a hug. We view such
activities as women's work, and that
is our loss."
He said few school districts
aggressively recruit or encourage
men of any color to teach at the ele-
mentary level. Education experts
claim tragically, never has there
been more of a need for Black
males to step up to~ the plate and
serve as positive role models for
Educators like Dr. Jawanza
Kunjufu, founder and publisher of
woman is to sassy, too independent:
she wants too much from him, for-
getting that she's given him all that
she has. Has it ever occurred to him
that she's sassy because she thinks
that's the only way to truly get his
attention? Has it ever occurred to
him that she's independent because
she has no other choice? Has it ever
occurred to him that she wants
much because she needs much from
him? While he claims to be taking
care of business, we are still fend-
ing for ourselves. Have we done
such a good job of taking care of
Others that no one knows if they can
take care of us as good as we can?
Have we raised the bar so high that
none believe they can step up?
Have we distance ourselves so far
that none believe that they can catch
up? Are we destined to live a life
alone? Who is willing to try and
the Black woman?
woe wo ul wree.
thine moove fo
the fields of the
plantato into th
kitcheion if heomain
house where we
cooked and cleaned
.Iand served to take
care of he planta
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children. Some of
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ulseir cild reas We
dressed the wives
and undressed the
husbands who were
holding us c ptive
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god to let g but
not good enough t
respect and care for
so many of our black men that are
in jail. We support them with our
prayers. We support then with our
money. We even support them with
the gift of conjugal visits. We still
find a way to take care of them. But
who's taking care of the black
We cringe, but accept it when
black men choose white women.
We say that love is love, but some-
thing is missing, the love of us.
We turn to God, our father and
say that we don't need anything or
anybody else, but deep inside we
cry and believe we still need a mate.
The white men satisfy their hunger
with a thin white woman, but won-
der and sometimes long for the taste
of brown sugar. The black man
believes he has arrived with his
white woman, but secretly misses
the thick, sticky, sweet molasses
and acknowledge the black
dresses without need for a bow in
the back to enhance our behinds,
and no one could organized and
take care of the household the way
that we could.
We took care of everything and
everybody, including the men that
came with us. But who took care of
the black woman?
We led a trail to freedom and
risked our lives to help all that
wanted to break free. We went back
to help free more of us and devel-
oped relationships that we believed
would help us and others that we
tried to help gain freedom. We then
worked our fingers to the bone to
survive and make sure that we
could stay free and make it on our
own. We washed clothes and floors.
We cooked and cleaned. We took up
the slack for our men who were not
able to get work, and we comforted
ed. We looked out for them in more
ways than could be counted. But
who took care of the black woman?
We became educated and got bet
ter jobs while caring for our fami-
lies. We took care of our parents
and our siblings and their children.
We moved up in society, then
bought and paid for houses and cars
that would shelter our children and
men. We became managers and
officers, still taking on the responsi-
bility that others either would not or
could not handle. We trusted and
believed in our men. We brought
them clothes. We gave life to and
cared for their babies; many times
without any assistance. But who
took care of the black woman?
We gather in groups to uplift each
other. We praise and worship God'
then bring out tithes into the church
sacrificing ourselves but many of us
are still alone. We continue to sup-
by Adriene Jordan
When we first got off of the boat
we were sold for the anticipated
wealth that the beauty and strength
of our bodies and the strong healthy
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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, October 16, 2009 at the
the Hyatt Regency Downtown
Riverfront Organizers call it a
"sophisticated nightlife option for
Jacksonville's professional". The
monthly event will include food,
fun, games and music. For more
information, visit playdatejax.com.
Free Health Screenings
There will be free cholesterol and
diabetes screenings from noon to
h phmat te Sa Rit sttober o
Edgewood and Commonwealth,
1012 Edgewood Avenue.For more
information call 800-713-3301
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 u a time to audition, contact
Patty Dodson at (904) 838-2524.
or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
National College Fair
A local opportunity for students
and their parents to meet college
and university representatives from
across the nation will take place for
the National College Fair. It will be
held on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009,
from noon-4 p.m. at the Prime F.
Osborn III Convention Center.
Admission is free. The event will be
attended by representatives from
more than 100 colleges and univer-
sities spanning from Hawaii to
Maine. Call 632-3310 for more
The SPAR Council will present
the Springfield Bazaar in the 1300
block of North Main Street on
November 14th from 9 a.m. 4
p.m. The sale will feature antiques,
jewelry, pet supplies, home & decor
and much more. For more informa-
tion call 353-7727.
PRIDE Book Club
PRIDE Book Club, northeast
Florida's oldest andblarg brbbook
heir lo6th at ive sary on Saturd y,
November 14, 2009 at the Clara
White Mission Cafe, 613 West
Aor dicuSso ill be "o~n itob
Book sornaor inf0r aAion c be
obtained by calling 703-8264.
The touring production of Oprah
Winfrey's "The Color Purple" will
be in Jacksonville Nov. 17-22, 2009
at the Times Union Center fr te
Performing Arts. For tickets or
more information, call 633-6110.
Soweto Gospel Choir
The Soweto Gospel Choir was
formed to celebrate the unique and
inspirational power of African
Gospel music. The 26-strong choir
draws on the best talent from the
many churches in and around
Sovieto. They' will be iri concert on
February 10, 2010 at 8 p.m. at the
Florida Theatre. For tickets or more
information, call 355-2787.
Fractions and Memphis Redd. For
tickets ormore information, call the
Florida Theater at 355-2787.
& Fire in COHCert
Legendary R&B group Earth Wind
& Fire will be in concert on
Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 8
p.m. at the Jacksonville Veterans
Memorial Arena. Tickets on sale
now. Call 353-3309.
Horticulture Open House
The Duval County Extension
Office will have a Horticulture
Open House on October 10th from
9 a.m. 3 p.m. at the Duval County
EM sff Avenue Pickatup th 01ate t
gardening information, plus get
Yo umay brin rin 1 sa ple so r
pH testing, and bring
problems/weeds for troubleshoot-
ing. No r gstratio nr uired.n.CaH
Eddie Griffin live
at the Comedy Zone
Funnyman Eddie Grifffin will be
in concert at the Comedy Zone
October 9th and 10th. Griffin,
who has had his own HDO specials
and starred in multiple Hollywood
films and in the sitcom "Malcom &
Eddie". For tickets and showtimes
call 292-4242 '
Series First Concert
On Friday, October 9th from 7:00
- 9:30 p.m., the Jacksonville Jazz
Series will kick off with their first
concert. It will be a a night of funk,
sass, and class as homage is paid to
Northeast Florida's rich jazz history.
The evening begins with EvenStill,
continues with the The Dot Wilder
Quartet and headlines with The
John Ricci Quartet who will make
your soul dance. It will take place
at Theatre Jacksonville located at
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Annual Black Expo
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2009 from 11 a.m. 7 p.m. at the
I in yearss higli ilounde coer
and David Mann ak Mr. Brown. For
more information, call 727-7451.
Sho eAnnual Su heO tWb e~n
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
Network Book Club
The Jacksonville Diversity
Network Book Club will meet oon
Saturday, October 3rd from 2:30 -
4:30 .m. where they will be read-
ing, and then discussing "Lies My
Teacher Told Me: Everything Your
American History Textbook G~ot
Wrong" by James W. Loewen. It is
free and open to the public. The ses-
sion will be held at Chamblin's
Uptown, 215 N Laura Street in
Springfield. Call 674-0868 for
The One Love Comedy Show
showcasing a variety of nationally
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Hunt, Huggy Lowdown, Shawty
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5941 Richard Street in San Marco
on Friday, October 2nd featuring
guest performance by RnB
songstress Monica. The evening
wil alo mnue a live DJ or
tables or VIP booths call 864-1115.
Calling all Tigers and friends of
Edward Waters College! EWC
alumni will be hosting their annual
Homecoming Spirit Breakfast on
Saturday, October 3rd at 7:15
a.m. in the Adams/Jenkins Sports
Complex at EWC. The event will
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5 11 at Cecil Recreation Complex (13531 Lake Newman Drive and
13611 Normandy Boulevard) and other locations throughout the city.
Senior participants may enter in any of the 20 events, including bowling,
swimming, track and field, cycling, croquet, golf, road race/race walk, ten_
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INTERNET BEAU: Couple jumped the broom
Saturday in Pasadena. G Garvin provided the food.
Actress Essence Atkins, best known for her role on the
UPN sitcom "Half and Half," has married her boyfriend
Jaime Mendez after meeting him less than two years ago
through an online dating site. The couple met on
Valentine's Day of last year through Match.com.
"I wrote him a quick little note that I had read his profile, and then I
signed off, Happy SAD Day that's Single Awareness Day," says Essence,
37. A week later the couple went on their first date, and they were engaged
a year later.
As party favors, guests received match books and travel-sized candles.
But singles guests were given six-month memberships to Match.com.
NEW BLACK CABLE NETWORK DEBUTS: Centric, the
new 24-hour entertainment cable channel replacing BET J, debuted this
Monday at 6 a.m. with aims of entertaining the influential 25 to 54-year-
old African American viewer.
The network features the artists, music, series, movies and reality pro-
gramming that reflects the lifestyle and sophistication of today's African-
American and multi-cultural adult.
Centric kicked off the week with a series of shows that commemorate
the legacy of Michael Jackson.
Viewers can also tune in to the original series "Leading Men" and
"Leading Women," which intimately chronicle the dynamic lives of
celebrities like Boris Kodjoe, Hill Harper, Brian McKnight, Dr. Maya
Angelou, Iman, and Patti Labelle.
Centric will bring viewers the return of "The Soul Train Awards," a two-
hour telecast scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 29 at 9 p.m. from the Georgia
World Congress Center in Atlanta.
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though they were no A bad boy and a mad author
longer married. While affected by singer's decision
he and Brown were
penning the book, Handspike says phrase he
he was dropping Bobby off at n ied ae u
Houston's condo many a night 1Soints when
because, despite the divorce, jons" we
Houston and Brown were still she talked to
together. O e.
He said that Houston was aware adpk
that he and Brown were writing the as astee i
book, but when she caught wind of hn fo
what was mn the book, she pressured h o ta
Bobby to disassociate himself from osn i t
"I feel like he should kick him- were the things
self in the ass," Handspike says of ta h i o
Brown. "Because you know, he a Bb t
actually honored how she was feel- mninete. '
ing about him releasing the book They include,
and the information in the book; according to a
but, yet she went and did the same Handspike, that
thing on Oprah, but more. She in the book,
released more, talking 'bout he spit Bobby Brown
on her. So, she went even further," admitted to get-
Handspike said. ting "married .
He said he was disappointed at for the wrong '
what seemed to be Houston's abili- reason," which
ty to manipulate Brown, asking him he interprets as -
to honor their privacy. On the other the marriage
hand, instead of Brown sharing his being a cover to
story to sell books, Handspike says squash the les-
Houston turned it around and used bian rumors
Whitney Houston's sit down with
Oprah may be gone, but it is not
forgotten. Derrick Handspike the
author of "Bobby Brown, The
Truth, The Whole Truth and
Nothing But" is not happy about
the outcome of Houston's appear-
ance on the Oprah's show.
Houston is riding the wave of
success musically; her album is
right behind Jay-Z's on the hip hop
chart sales. Houston climbed the
charts from #3 to #2, passing a
benchmark to gold. She has sold an
estimated 554,000 albums.
Handspike, who released the
unauthorized version of Bobby
Brown's autobiography says that
Houston did exactly what she asked
Brown not to do.
"She was coming at Bobby like
'hey, you know, you just trying to
make money off the family; and
you know, why would you go write
a book and reveal this type of infor-
mation?' Yet, she goes on Oprah
and does the exact same thing,"
Handspike said in a recent inter-
"We missed out on millions of
dollars because she was telling him
[Bobby Brown] 'you know, like,
look, why would you want to put
(about Houston). The book als
details the drug usage where Brown
allegedly points to Houston as the
one who introduced him to drugs.
Handspike says that the book gives
a clear account of the drug overdose
Brown had. He says that Houston
was "panicking" about the situation
because "she was in there getting
Handspike says Brown "didn't
really say bad stuff about her
[Houston]." He addressed some of
the family matters, but he also
talked about his own shortcomings'
Neither Brown nor Handspike
hoaee bse in cntedact wihleeac
The two of them had been
friends since 1992, but Handspike
has no communication with Brown
now. He does not know if Brown
will counter the comments Houston
made, but he has his own opinion.
"Thle whole world already been
thinking that he [Bobby Brown]
was the bad influence. The truth has
already been told through his book
cause uh, from what I gather, and
from what, you know, through our
own personal friends and all that. I
know that ... Whitney ain't no punk.
Whitney had a lot of influence."
Handspike stands by his claim
that it was Houston who led Brown
"I know for a fact, she was
already widely connected,"
"Whitney is hard core; she's East
Jersey; she's gangster-ghetto gang-
ster. She's no punk. She's from the
streets. She's got that edge to her,"
He sees her media presence as a
"LTV act" and part of the record
company's attempt to give her a
clean image. Handspike says his
relationship with Brown and
Brown's sisters and family leaves
hin crtan that Bobby was nmt he
have painted him to be. He says
Brown already had the bad boy
image, but Houston is the real cul-
pri~trfor things she didn't mention on
Handspike sounded frustrated
and astounded when he spoke about
aspects of the Brown-Houston rela-
tionship. He said more than once: "I
was just disappointed."
"She's still thriving and making
her moves. I was affected by the
whole situation. I'm having my last
words, you know what I'm saying,
about the whole situation."
Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan arrives for the 64th session
of the United Nations General Assembly at United Nations headquar-
ters last week followed by his son Mustapha.
Simmons Hosts Min. Farrakhan During NY visit
Rap Mogul Russell Simmons played host to Nation of Islam head Louis
Farrakhan and his entourage while Farrakhan was in town to introduce
Libyan leader Moammar Khadaffi outside the UN last week.
Simmons put his out-of-town guests up at his loft near Ground Zero,
according to the New York Post.
"It was my honor to host the Honorable Mimister Louis Farrakhan,"
Simmons told the paper's Page Six. "He was joined by his sons, Louis Jr.,
Mustapha and Joshua Farrakhan, along with their personal chef and at least
75 security personnel. It was quite a scene to see how they set up shop at
The clinic is named for actor Blair Underwood, who has lent his star
power to help draw clients.
this book out trying to make money
off your family?," Hands pike said.
Handspike said the pressure
from Whitney Houston caused
Bobby Brown~ to back out of the
lucrative book deal and "other
opportunities" that they had.
Handspike also claims that Brown
and Houston were still seeing each
other as of last summer, even
Und r ood aA Wascl gon D
on Thursday to help the AIDS
Healthcare Foundation open a new
health clinic in his name.
The city's 3 percent infection rate
is the nation's worst, according to a
study this year by its HIV/AIDS
Administration. And the founda-
tion, which calls itself the country's
largest nonprofit HIV/AIDS health-
care provider, came to the District
because of its status as the "epicen-
ter" of the disease, according to its
director, Michael Weinstein.
t Ut ecwo sid t e a int 'ta p
to talk to those men who are out
there dating women who think this
doesn't concern them," the actor
told the Washington Post. "It does."
The AHF Blair Underwood
Healthcare Center is a 15-room
clinic in Suite 606 at 2141 K St.
with four examination beds and a
single doctor, Roxanne Cox-lyamu.
"We're hoping to get a maximum
of 300 to 500 people," said Cox-
lyamu, the clinic's medical director.
"We have the ability to bring more
In addition, five Magic Johnson
exam vans will roam the city to test
40 to 50 people a day.
Weinstein said Underwood's par-
ticipation is a key to the clinic's
success: "There are not that many
people of his stature who are will-
ing to put their face out there and
their name out there for this issue."
Thes ceremony was attended by
Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) and offi-
cials from the Obama administra-
tion, the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention and the
March of Dimes, reports the
Meanwhile, the foundation is crit-
icizing District health officials for
not sending a representative to the
opening. Weinstein said the city's
top health officials "told us we were
not needed. We have enough
health-care provide ice t uild
the story to sell her album.
"I never understood what was the
problem in the first place with
releasing the book. I thought the
book was written in good taste and
it revealed things he wanted to say,
tell the truth about," Handspike
He alleges that Whitney did use
parts of the book, including a
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Report: Ebony Magazine Is Up for Sale
The outlook for the grand dame of publication, Ebony, in an effort negotiations are underway between
black-owned publishing compa- aimed at securing the survival of the publishing comzpanyi and any, of
nies, Johnson Publishing, looks the nation's oldest magazine devot- the identified parties or other
dimmer by the day. ed to Afr-ican-American hife. It's potential rescuerss.'
Speculation began earlier this unclear whether the company's It's a challenging time for print
year that the company behind other properties, including Jet, media in general, so Johnson
Ebony and Jet magazines was ~~would be part ofa Publishing's plight is not that
on the ropes Then~ possible sale. unusual. Add to that the question of
came thle ,, \.*iiP I~T~o a According whether the brand can stay relevant
ne ws .;,'Si e~ ~ ~ \ZR to media and with younger blacks, and prospects
came ear! ~-~ L~LCi in ves tm ent look even worse. The fact that
er thlL- is .L ex ecu tives black-owned Johnson Publishing
month thatYI~ ,~~$n~ P'familiar with faces this juncture during the year
the Ebon\ the?~eth develop- when a black man -- one whose
Fashion Fai .rl -- mn ts ,social circle the CEO belongs to --
traveling fa~sh- .- Chicago took the White House, is loaded
ion show -- a based Rice, with irony. The publication is not
flamboyant staple ,rytF) the daughter of alone in the world to possibly sell.
of black women's\ ,,V Ebony's legendary founded; the late Essence Magazine, founded by
fund raising efforts ,, John H. Johnson, has approached, African-Americans has been owned
since 1958 -- was among others, Time Inc., Vi~acom, by Time-Warner for the past few
being canceled for the first time in and private investors that include years.
its history. Now comes a buyout firms. Time Inc., the world's Still, no magazine holds the place
Newsweek.com article that says the largest periodical publisher, in the heart of African Americans
company is is putting its flagship already owns Essence, a monthly that Ebony has since its inception in
title, Ebony, up for sale. lifestyle, beauty, and fashion maga- 1945. In addition memories of the
"...It appears Johnson Publishing's zine for Afr~ican-American women. glittering, twirling pageantry of the
chairman and CEO, Linda Johnson Viacom, meanwhile, owns BET Ebony Fashion Fair will live on for
Rice, has reached what must have (Black Entertainment Television). black women of several genera-
been an agonizing decision: Nothing has yet resulted from any tions. It was announced just last
Johnson Publishing is seeking a of Johnson Publishing's overtures, month that the touring fashion show
buyer or investor for its flagship however And it's unclear whether also will cease.
President Barack Obama, second left, and first lady Michelle
Obama, right, are joined by Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Chairman Rep. Kendrick Meek, D-Fla, left, and Congressional Black
Caucus Chairman Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., at the Congressional
Black Caucus Foundation's Annual Phoenix Awards dinner, in
Washington, DC Saturday night.
PreSident Addresses Congressional
Black Caucus Annual Dinner
President Barack Obama resumed
his push to overhaul the health care
system on Saturday night, telling
the enthusiastic audience that there
comes a time when "the cup of
endurance runs over" and to
remember the "fierce urgency of
In a speech to the Congressional
Black Caucus Foundation's annual
dinner, Obama said the country has
been waiting for health reform
since the days of Theodore
Roosevelt and Harry Truman*
The Senate Finance Committee is
in the process of amending a health
care bill introduced by Chairman
Max Bauus o Montana-
Obama spent the past week
focused on international issues
meeting with world leaders in New
York and Pittsburgh.
Before becoming president,
Barack Obama was the only senator
in the all-Democratic, 42-member
Congressional Black Caucus. He
wasn't particularly active in the
group and isn't especially close to
many of its members.
Animosity toward the president
and his policies has boiled over in
recent weeks, most notably with
South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson's
nYou lie!" comment during
Obama's speech to a joint session of
Congress on health care.
Democrats from Jimmy Carter on
down have blamed the increasingly
harsh criticism of Obama on
Obama says it's not racism but an
intense debate over the proper role
of Vilakazi, who was also given a
golden wristwatch at Saturday's
ceremony. "I think getting married
to her for the second time would
make her happy since I will be tak-
ing in three other wives so this will
relieve her in some way."
His "middle wives" as he
described them are Zanele
Langa and Happiness Mdlolo, both
The youngest wife, 23-year-old
Smangele Cele, said she was look-
ing forward to marrying Mbhele,
even though it means she'll have to
share him. She said the wives
planned to live separately, with
their husband rotating between
"It is because of the way in which
he shows his love for me. He loves
me in all ways," she said, adding:
"We will not be living in the same
house and we take each other as
wedding in a white limousine -
with four brides.
The women in white gowns each
received rings and a kiss from the
groom at a ceremony Saturday
attended by hundreds of people. On
Sunday, the families gathered for a
second traditional Zulu wedding
and planned to exchange gifts on
South African law recognizes tra-
ditional polygamous marriages -
even President Jacob Zuma has
three wives. While polygamy
remains common among tribes,
simultaneous weddings are rare.
Mbhele, 44, a municipal manager
in nearby Indaka, said the joint cel-
ebration saved money by combin-
ing the festivities.
Mbhele has already been married
to Thobile Vilakazi for 12 years and
has 11 children, but did not specify
who their mothers are.
"I want her to be happy," he said
Bridegroom Milton Mbbele, with his four brides, left to right,
Happiness, Thobile, Simangele, and Zanele at their western wedding
in Weenen, near Ladysmith, South Africa, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009.
South African law recognizes traditional polygamous marriages, even
President Jacob Zuma has three wives. Yet while polygamy remains
common among several tribes including the Zulus and Swazis, simul-
taneous weddings are rare.
WEENEN, South Africa Milton Mbhele showed up for his
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