Baltimore Mayor Found Guilty
Baltimore's mayor was convicted Tuesday on
a single charge of taking gift cards from a
program intended for the city's poor children
and using them to buy electronics, including
an Xbox video game system.
The misdemeanor charge could eventual-
ly lead to Sheila Dixon's removal from
office, but she said after the verdict she
would return to City Hall and her attorneys
said they would begin an appeal.
Her conviction of fraudulent misappropri-
ation by a fiduciary carries a maximum
penalty of five years in prison, but prosecutors have not yet said whether
they will seek jail time.
The jury acquitted her on three other counts, including felony theft,
and failed to reach a verdict on a second count of misappropriation.
Jurors deliberated more than six days before finding the Democrat
guilty of the single count: Sometime between mid-December 2005 and
late January 2006, when she was City Council president, she solicited at
least $525 in gift cards from developer Patrick Turner and bought elec-
tronics at Best Buy and knickknacks at Target.
Grad Rates between black, white
college football athletes widening
ORLANDO, Fla. The disparity between graduation rates for white
and black college football players at schools headed to bowl games grew
slightly this year, according to a new study.
The annual report by the University of Central Florida's Institute for
Diversity and Ethics in Sport also showed overall academic progress. But
there were 21 schools that graduated fewer than 50 percent of their black
football players, the study found. That's up from 19 last year.
Richard Lapchick, the director of the institute, said the widening gap
between whites and blacks was surprising because those numbers had
closed in recent years.
The study was based onthe 67 NCAA statistics collected from member
institutions that had accepted bowl invitations by Monday.
The study showed 57 schools had graduation success rates of 66 percent
or higher for white football players, which was more than 2.8 times the
number schools with equivalent graduation success rates for black foot-
ball players. That's up from 56 schools last year.
The study found Stanford and Air Force were the best based on APR,
with scores of 984 and 983.
Motorist threatens deputy with
KKK ties over traffic citation
DeLand, Fla A central Florida woman
has given new meaning to white trash. Julie -
Hubbard, 44, was stopped by a sheriffs
deputy in DeLand, Fla., after making an
illegal left turn. According to a sheriffs
report, Sgt. George Maddox, who is African .
American, stopped Hubbard, and when he
approached the woman, she instantly began
abusing the officer with verbal threats.
When Hubbard stepped out of her vehicle,
she continued to threaten Maddock and ,
steadily banged her head on the divider of
Hubbard was so enraged by the fact that Maddock had stopped her that
she reportedly spat on his leg and stomach and also warned him that her
father was a bona fide card-carrying member of the KKK, allegedly
adding that Maddock would "get his." Despite Maddock's efforts to calm
down the volatile woman, Hubbard insisted on hurling death threats and
racial slurs at the patrolman.
When Maddock arrested Hubbard and placed her in te patrol vehicle,
the report also stated that she intentionally urinated in the back seat.
Hubbard was arrested on charges of corruption of a public servant or
family by threat, battery on a law enforcement officer and obstructing an
officer without violence. She is being held on a $21,000 bond.
f For Black women, breast
cancer strikes younger
NMany African-American women don't fit the profile of
the average American woman who gets breast cancer.
/. For them, putting off the first mammogram until 50 as
recommended by a government task force could put
their life in danger.
"One size doesn't fit all," says Lovell Jones, direc-
tor of the Center for Research on Minority health
at Houston's M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
S' Jones says the guidelines recently put out by the
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force covered a
broad segment of American women based on the data
available. "Unfortunately," he says, "the data on African-Americans,
Hispanics and to some extent Asian-Americans is limited."
So while the recommendations may be appropriate for the general pop-
ulation, he says, it could have a deleterious affect on African-American
women who appear to have a higher risk of developing very deadly
breast cancers at early in life.
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COAST QLALI I Y BLACK VEEKL 50Cents
Volume 23 No.11 Jacksonville, Florida December 10- 16, 2009
Black unemployment reaches Great Depression levels
(NNPA) In what is being por-
trayed as a direct rebuke of the
White House's lack of response to
the deepening unemployment melt-
down, Rep. Maxine Waters D-
California, ranking CBC member
on the powerful Financial Services
Committee killed a scheduled
November 19 vote on President
Barack Obama's financial regula-
tion reform bill.
Instead, the congresswoman from
Los Angeles called on the adminis-
tration to do more to put the
nation's most vulnerable workers
back to work.
"The recession has created a
unique systemic risk that threatens
all parts of the African-American
community, including the poor and
the middle class," said Waters in a
statement after shutting down the
vote. I have always been committed
to addressing that risk and I will
continue to do so. This is a critical
Waters led a block of African-
American House Democrats angry
and frustrated that the Obama
administration is mired in heated
partisan battles over healthcare
reform, war troop
levels and fix-
and is -
the plight of
Blacks and Brox ns
on Main Street. The groups
have been hit much harder than any Co
other by unemployment. onti
an vil oran
nued on page 3.
Ribault trailblazers return to inspire students
Pictured (1-r) Ribault principal Dr. James Young, Ribault Alumni Group president Pervalia Gaines (C/O
'97), Ribault integrator Maxine Engram (C/O '69), and Ribault student leaders Raquella Herring (C/O '09)
and Lendward Griffin (C/O '10). During the Civil Rights Era, Engram was one of the first 10 students to
integrate Ribault in the late 1960s. She returned to Ribault to speak to students for the first time in 40
years to promote leadership and achievement. M Latimer photo
by Maretta Latimer president and C/O '97 member grade for several years, the school
For the past six years, members Pervalia Gaines, the group volun- has developed a negative reputation
of the Ribault Alumni Group have teers several times a year with the in the community. The prevailing
organized workshops and training goal of inspiring confidence and belief is that Ribault students are
sessions for Ribault High School success in current students. "With non-achievers, lack discipline, and
students. Lead by organization Ribault receiving a failing FCAT have behavioral problems.
Students encounter those negative
perceptions all the time. We work
to counter that with a message of
hope and limitless possibilities,"
The tenth student leadership
workshop, called "Excellence: No
Limits!", featured several commu-
nity leaders that included Rev. John
Guns, head pastor of St. Paul
Missionary Baptist Church; Irvin
"Pedro" Cohen, program manager
for the New Town Success Zone
initiative; and Ribault alumnus
Maxine Engram, one often students
that made history during the 1966-
67 school year by integrating
Guns encouraged students to
"commit to healthy and productive
activities like studying and volun-
teering. Cohen dispelled many of
the myths that exist in popular cul-
ture and encouraged students to
"make a commitment to succeed"
because "each of you is destined to
be great." While Engram told the
student audience to develop
endurance, perseverance and
resolve. "If Ribault's original ten
students of color could survive the
integration process, these kids can
make it and be successful. I want
these students to rise above the neg-
ative 'press' and focus on achieving.
That's why I finally decided to
come back to Ribault and share my
experiences with current students,"
Ritz talented big winners bring home the money
(L-R) Nalani Quintello, Markis Williams, Ritz Executive Director Carol Alexander, and first place youth winner Angel Brown. Shown right
are the winners in the adult category, the Dazzling Dancers. Codyphotos
The Ritz Theater recently cul-
minated a year of talent and culture
with the Finals of their Amateur
Night series. Performers bravely
graced the Ritz stage throughout the
year in a variety of talents and gen-
res in order to win over the audi-
ence in classic "Apollo" style.
Divided by age into youth and adult
categories, both groups were
judged on the same guidelines.
Winners in the youth category
included 3rd place winner Natalie
Quintello who won the crowd with
Alicia Keyes' version of the number
one hit "No One"; pianist Markis
Williams "Ribbon in the Sky" gar-
nered himself 2nd place and Angel
Brown took top honors singing "I
Have Nothing", originally by
The adult prize went undisput-
edly to the Dazzling Diamond
Dancers. The senior synchronized
dancing troupe born out of the
Mary Singleton senior center.
Dressed in matching sparkles and
hats, the seniors gave new meaning
to Marvin Gaye's classic, "Got to
Give it Up" All first place winners
The Ritz Amateur Night will
begin next year with a new round of
local talent in hopes of making it all
the way to the finals.
December 10-16, 2009
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reaffirmed for ten years
The Southern Association of
Colleges and Schools
Commission on Colleges (SAC-
SCOC) has announced that
Florida A&M University's
(FAMU) accreditation has been
reaffirmed for a 10-year period
with no further reports required
and no recommendations.
Within days before President
Ammons' arrival in 2007, the
SACSCOC announced that it was
placing FAMU on a six-month
probationary period, the organiza-
tion's most serious sanction, aside
from withdrawing accreditation.
During this same period, FAMU
was undergoing the re-accredita-
tion process which was pushed
back a year so that the university
could make sure it addressed the
issues related to the probation -
compliance with core standards
related to financial and gover-
nance issues. Without accredita-
tion, FAMU students would not be
able to receive federal financial
aid something more than 80 per-
cent of students receive.
"We are proud of the work of our
accrediting team and the campus
community," said FAMU
President James H. Ammons.
"Two years ago scathing financial
audits hinted toward fiscal insta-
bility and uncertainty at FAMU.
We have been through some chal-
lenging times and it is ironic that
at the SACS annual meeting this
year we were the presenters this
time, telling others how to weath-
er the storm. I can truly say that
achieving this milestone was a
team effort and confirms the aca-
demic and administrative strength
of the university."
FAMU has been accredited by
the SACSCOC since 1935. FAMU
achieved a significant first by
becoming the first historically
black institution to become a
member of the Southern
Association of Colleges and
Mayor encouraging city to "revive
In their pur-
suit of a shot at
The Ultimate TEALgate Party on
Thursday Dec. 17, at Jacksonville
Municipal Stadium is your next
opportunity to show your support
for the team. This free event, which
will take place before the national-
By Jason Alderman
At this time of year, many people
pause to reflect on what they'd like
to change about their lives going
forward lose a few pounds, take a
class, spend more time with the
kids. Often, these goals revolve
around personal finances.
But if you've been battered by
economic forces beyond your con-
2010 peaking ARM mortgages
could cause another economic crisis
Many exotic Adjustable Rate
Mortgages (ARMs) will recast in
2010, leading to a mortgage crisis
as large as subprime in the New
Year, according to the Consumer
Mortgage Audit Center.
Option ARMs enable borrowers
to make monthly payments that are
interest and principal, interest only
or just part of the interest due.
When the majority of ARMs begin
to recast in early 2010, housing
bills will inflate and many home-
owners will be forced to repay the
negative amortized balances
they've accumulated over months
and years of paying less than their
full monthly payments of both
interest and principal. Negative
amortization occurs when the
amount of interest due on a loan
becomes higher than the amount of
the actual loan, itself.
Recasting will undoubtedly lead
to another wave of foreclosures as
payments begin to double and
triple. When principal balances go
up and house values continue to
plummet, refinancing will no
longer be an option for homeown-
ers in negative amortization.
To date, only a few Option ARMs
in existence have been modified,
but thousands more homeowners
will rush to modify their loans as
they slip closer to negative amorti-
zation. Acting now to modify your
exotic mortgage may save you from
negative amortization. and, eventu-
ally say experts.
Cause for concern?
Should you be concerned that
your home loan payment is about to
increase, or you simply can not
afford to make your payments and
are facing foreclosure, here are a
few steps the Consumer Mortgage
Audit Center recommends:
Don't wait for a notice from
your mortgage lender in the mail.
Depending on where you live, the
foreclosure process can be very fast
and may never involve you directly.
Waiting for a letter that says "fore-
closure" across the top is not an
option. Act now to get organized.
Run your housing numbers.
Figure out how much you can
afford to pay for housing each
month, so that you're ready to
respond if you get into discussions
with your lender about a loan mod-
ification or solution.
Get your paperwork together.
Most loan modifications take at
least one year to complete. The
more organized you can be, the
faster you'll help your case move
through the system. The minimum
paperwork requirements lenders are
asking for to grant loan modifica-
tions include: income verification
in either the form of 30 days of
paystubs, or most recent tax return,
if self-employed; personal debt
report from one of the three major
credit bureaus, note that everyone is
entitled to one free credit report per
year which can be obtained online
and which lenders use to calculate
personal debt; and, a hardship let-
ter, the format and requirements for
which you should get from your
Consider getting professional
support. Whether you consult a
foreclosure defense attorney in your
state, or a consumer advocacy
group, enlisting professional sup-
port can be incredibly helpful.
Because saving your home can take
months or years, you want to be
sure you have a team on your side.
Most foreclosure defense attorneys
don't charge for their initial consul-
tation and then-if you win your
case-the lender pays the attorney
fees. For consumer advocacy
groups, sometimes you only need to
pay a membership fee to start get-
ting professional advice.
"Depending on each homeown-
er's unique financial situation,
we've seen everything from lenders
modifying mortgages lower to
make them affordable again to
Fannie Mae allowing homeowners
facing foreclosure to shift from
homeownership to home rental,"
said Sylvia Alayon, vice president
of operations for the Consumer
Mortgage Audit Center. "Options
are out there, but you have to do
some work to get to them."
ly-televised game against the
Indianapolis Colts, combines the
excitement of a pep rally with the
interactive fun of the NFL
Experience. Activities begin at 4
p.m. and end just before kickoff at
The Ultimate TEALgate Party
will include a family fun zone filled
with interactive games and football
skill tests. There will be live music,
deejays and karaoke contests.
Former Jaguar players will meet
and greet fans and sign autographs.
This event is open to everyone,
whether you have a ticket to the
game. It reminds us how fortunate
Jacksonville is to host one of 32
teams in the National Football
League. The Jaguars organization
is a $200 million-plus revenue and
culture generating business that
brings jobs, national exposure and
tourism to our city. In terms of
national image, philanthropic sup-
port and community pride, no other
entity has contributed more to our
city than the Jacksonville Jaguars.
If you are able, I encourage you
to show your support for the team
by purchasing tickets. For groups
of 10 or more contact Robert Tilka
at (904) 633-6324 or via e-mail at
email@example.com. You may
resolutions you can
trol (as many have recently), it may a month equals $60 a year.
be tough to craft financial resolu- Drive slower. Each 5 mph you
tions ambitious enough to have a drive over 60 mph costs about
real impact on your situation $0.24 per gallon of gas. Properly
especially if you fear that unfore- inflate your tires, keep the engine
seen obstacles may later force you tuned and cut out aggressive driv-
to scale them back or even lose ing habits and you'll save even big-
ground. ger bucks.
That's why I urge taking baby Shop around for better home and
steps setting small, meaningful car insurance rates, and consider
objectives that provide a sense of raising low deductibles. (Just make
accomplishment and that you can sure your coverage has kept pace
ramp up when your situation with inflation.)
improves. Here are a few exam- Balance your checkbook. Even
ples: though many banks have recently
Scale back expenses. If you can't lowered fees for bounced checks
make a big dent in your monthly and overdrafts, one a month at $25
costs, like refinancing your mort- a pop adds up to $300 a year.
gage or selling an unneeded vehicle Build an emergency fund.
to eliminate a car payment, look for Financial experts usually recom-
lots of little dents that can add up: mend stowing three to six months'
Save $10 a week by having one expenses in an emergency fund.
less fast food meal and to-go cof- That's a good long-term goal, but if
fee; or rent a DVD instead of going it's not currently realistic, don't
out to the movies that might save simply give up without trying -
about $500 a year. stash some of the cash you're sav-
Lower the thermostat in the win- ing above, a few dollars each
ter by 1 degree and save 3 to 5 per- month. You won't miss it and might
cent on your utility bill saving $5 just be saved from having to take
also purchase single game tickets
by visiting www.jaguars.com and
clicking on the banner ad for
the Pride Teal Offer. Each single
game ticket comes with 10 "Jag
Dollars" that can be used for con-
cessions or merchandise inside the
The Ultimate TEALgate Party is
the beginning of reviving the pride
and ensuring that the Jaguars
remain our team. Jacksonville is a
better city because of the
Jacksonville Jaguars, and I encour-
age you to take part in this outpour-
ing of civic pride and team support.
i live with
out an expensive short-term loan to
cover emergency car repairs or an
overdue electric bill.
Get organized. Even if you can't
afford to pay off all bills in full
each month, at least know where
you stand regarding due dates, min-
imum payments due and credit lim-
its so you don't inadvertently rack
up higher interest rates or damage
your credit score. If you're a chron-
ic procrastinator, set up automatic
bill payment with your bank it'll
save on postage as well.
Stick to your budget. If you don't
have a budget, make this the year
you create one. Numerous online
tools are available to help. For
example, Practical Money Skills
for Life, Visa Inc.'s free personal
financial management program
udgeting), features budgeting
worksheets and calculators, guide-
lines for living within your means,
budgeting recommendations for
back-to-school, holiday spending,
travel, and much more.
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The Duval County Health
Department is offering free H1NI
flu vaccinations to priority groups.
The groups, recommended by
the Centers for Disease
Control,reccomend the H1N1
vaccine first vaccinations include:
Health care and emergency
medical personnel; pregnant
women; people who live with or
care for infants younger than 6
Continued from page 1
The Black unemployment rate is
officially 15.7 percent nationwide
compared to 9.5 percent for whites.
Members of the Congressional
Black Caucus are troubled by what
they believe is the lack of response
to the economic situation that is
confronting them on the part of the
administration and therefore do not
feel that they could in deference to
the various constituencies that they
resent vote for passage of Mr.
Obama's financial reforms. "This
is an affront to the people we
serve," said one member.
"When it comes to addressing
joblessness in our poorest neigh-
borhoods, there are a lot of heads in
the sand," said another member.
Joblessness for 16-to-24-year old
Black men has reached Great
Depression proportions -- 34.5 per-
cent in October, more than three
times the rate for the general U.S.
population according to the Center
for Labor Market Studies.
The CBC met before
Thanksgiving with Treasury
Secretary Geithner and expressed
dissatisfaction with the administra-
tion's response to the unemploy-
ment situation particularly in Black
and Brown communities.
House Financial Services
Commit tee Chairman Barney
Frank, D-Mass., said the full House
will not vote on financial overhaul
legislation until the second week of
December at the earliest.
Frank originally wanted the
House to vote on the bill when it
reconvened after the Thanksgiving
recess. The legislation is expected
to focus on regulating systemic
risk, winding down failing financial
firms and creating a federal insur-
According to the U.S. Bureau of
Labor Statistics, construction, man-
ufacturing and retail experienced
the most severe job losses in this
down economy, losses that are dis-
months; anyone from 6 months to
24 years of age and anyone from
25 to 64 years who have medical
conditions that put them at higher
risk for influenza related compli-
Residents are encouraged to
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most recent clinic schedules.
For more information call, 877-
proportionately affecting men and
young people who populated those
Traditionally the last hired in
general and first fired, young Black
workers have taken the brunt of the
difficult economy, with cost con-
scious employers eliminating the
apprenticeship, internship and on
the job training programs that gave
thousands of minorities a nurturing
environment and level playing field
in the workplace.
Unemployment continued to
climb in Inland Southern California
last month, but some employers in
Riverside and San Bernardino
counties-and across the state-
were hiring in October, according
to a U.S. Labor Department report.
The jobless rate in the Inland
counties increased to 14.6 percent
in October from 14.3 percent in the
previous month, the state
Department reported. It equaled the
highest unemployment rate since
the state began keeping county-by-
county records in the 1970s, tying a
record set in August.
California's unemployment rate
rose to 12.5 percent in October, also
an all-time high. There were about
2.3 million people without work in
California last month, out of a pool
of about 18.4 million workers.
In the Inland Empire, there were
more than 260,000 unemployed
people out of a work force of
1,788,200. Unemployment among
poor and young people is particu-
larly troubling, economists say
because the consequences can lead
to a widespread desperation and
long term generational poverty. A
member of the Black Caucus put
the problem ofjoblessness into per-
spective saying: "The heartbreak-
ing images that gave the Great
Depression its name are an unfor-
gettable evocation of the need for
people to be gainfully employed."
Healthy Mothers expands
board, holiday focus
Shown above is Sgt. Doris Rogers and community partner Melanie
Lawson at the recent board meeting.
At its annual meeting at the
Florida State College of
Jacksonville, the nonprofit agency
Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies
approved the following officers for
2010: Doris Rodgers, president;
Faye McArthur, vice president;
Stephen Sepe, secretary; and Jim
Molis, treasurer. New board mem-
bers include Betty Burney, Nancy
Dreicer, Crystal Jones, Cheikh
Mboup and Inyam Owete.
The organization works to reduce
infant mortality through prenatal
education, breastfeeding support
and education, family support serv-
ices and its Cribs for Kids safe-
In time for the holidays, HMHB
recently launched their Cribs for
Christmas campaign. For $100, a
crib can be provided to a needy
family in Jacksonville. Local non-
profits and concerned citizens are
urged to remember this worthy
cause during the holiday season.
For more information or to donate
please call 904-854-7100 or go
online at www.hmhbcjaxnfl.org.
Shown (L-R) Rachel Morris Executive Director, Joann Loveless -
International President, Dr. Cleo Higgins Former International
President and Bonita Herring International 1st Vice President.
National SGR officers visit Jax
The local chapter of Sigma
Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. got a
visit from the International
Officers. Members of the Gamma
Omicron Sigma chapter had dinner
with them on Saturday, December
5, 2009. Joann Loveless, the soror-
ity's International President, was
excited to dine with former
International President Dr. Cleo
Higgins and other members of her
sorority. During the dinner, Dr.
Higgins recited an emotional rendi-
tion of the poem "Why Do I Love
You" which is about unconditional
love. Just about everyone was in
tears. Local chapter President,
Dessie Mathews, said, "It was an
honor to dine with two
International Presidents of the
sorority and the Executive Board.
We were also pleased to have as
one of our guests a member of
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc."
President Loveless and other offi-
cers were in Jacksonville for the
annual meeting of the Association
of Fraternity Advisors. The meet-
ing serves as a good networking
tool for the top officers, regional
directors and undergraduate coordi-
nators of Sigma Gamma Rho.
NFCAA Board Meeting
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board of directors meeting, 4:00 p.m., Thursday,
December 17, 2009, 4070 Blvd. Center, 4500
Bldg., Ste. 200. Information 398-7472 ext 224.
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There I was all excited last
Sunday to be supporting my
beloved Jacksonville Jaguars. It
was a fun game because the Jags
were winning and although the
crowd was pretty light the fans
were into the game.
Most people who have been to a
game know that there are periodic
TV timeouts and during those
breaks in play there is typically
some sort of announcement or
Normally the Jags infamous mas-
cot, Jaxson Deville, leads the five
minutes of fun. So as I sat there the
announcer says that one of Jaxson's
friends is on the field and he's had a
rough week or so and needed to be
So as I look down on the field,
Jaxson is escorting a Tiger mascot
onto the field. Once the Tiger mas-
cot turned around and I saw the
Nike hat on his head that I realized
that the tiger was supposed to rep-
resent Tiger Woods.
And all of a sudden a young
white woman with a huge golf club
started chasing the tiger mascot
across the field. Some started
laughing and some were probably
in amazement like me.
In fact, I couldn't believe that the
Jaguars approved a skit that could
potentially be controversial, but I
guess if everyone else is making
fun of Woods then why not pile on.
Although the scene was quite
amusing, and I wondered where
by William Jackson
When the issue of community
libraries and their closures arose in
our community, many banded
together to keep these centers of
learning open. This gives a testa-
ment to the importance of growth
through the written and digital
word. Even those that are home-
less, despite their living challenges,
understand the importance of learn-
In this day of multimedia, inter-
active and digital accessibility, fin-
ger tips cruise over keyboards per-
form a myriad of multitasking
functions that search for and
acquire billions of characters of
information. Inspiring ideas in the
disciplines of science, mathemat-
ics, humanities, and The Arts.
"The Mayors Book Club
a great resource to motive
leading, but it is not effect
if only the Mayor does it"
Contemplating social issues that
Plato, Socrates, Aristotle, Malcolm
X, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
Newton, Gates and others contem-
plated years before. There are no
boundaries to information only
those that are put in place by the
limited imaginations of each per-
son searching and reading.
Denial of learning is neither wel-
comed, nor encouraged, nor
embraced in any successful com-
munity. As a teacher I pose a ques-
tion to ponder of how can there be
a deficiency in reading, literacy and
comprehension within a free socie-
ty that provides access to free
knowledge. Our places of knowl-
edge have open doors allowing
seekers of knowledge to have
access to global information. There
on the flip ...ut is it air
they got that really oversized golf
club from, it seemed over the top.
Or to be more blunt about, it
seemed like a really low blow.
The good book says let he with-
out sin cast the first stone.
Sure most of us are not having
extramarital affairs especially with
women all around the country. And
most are not crashing our vehicles
into trees because our wife is chas-
ing us with a golf club.
Tiger's situation certainly is a bit
unique, but the way the media has
jumped all over the story it has
become too extreme.
We are a nation that loves
extremes though. That's why they
don't make TV shows about normal
people doing normal things. The
average middle class family is pret-
ty boring. Going to work, taking
care of the kids, doing your lawn
on the weekends, yeah that's pretty
ordinary and tedious stuff.
So when something happens to a
guy who has seemed pretty normal
and discrete about his private life,
the media and people in general
salivate to find out the juicy details.
Some of us seem to find enjoy-
ment in the fact that super star ath-
letes and entertainers have issue
just like us normal folks. Guess
what they are normal people too.
Normal people with unique abili-
ties that help them make lots of
money. However, money and talent
don't make you immune to life's
Most of us aren't simply "black."
Most of us have various ethic back-
grounds throughout our family tree.
Wood's assertion that he's not black
made me feel as if he was not proud
of this African American heritage.
But enough of the past, his feel-
ings about his race are not impor-
tant enough for me to loose sleep
over, and certainly not relevant to
the issues that he is dealing right
I always say that time heals and
reveals so Woods will be fine in a
few months and because our mem-
ories tend to be pretty short, all will
be nearly forgotten in a few years.
Just think about Kobe Bryant's
situation several years ago. He was
arrested and accused of rape in
Colorado. The charges were even-
tually dropped, but Bryant's image
and reputation were drastically
Bryant lost endorsement deals
and fan support. Now let's fast for-
ward to today. Bryant is probably
making more money than ever
from endorsements and has had the
highest selling jersey in the NBA
for the past five years.
So while I find it quite disgusting
that the media is all over Tiger, this
too shall pass.
Signing off from the bushes out-
side of Tiger's gated community,
A community that stresses
education will grow and prosper
are still many men, women and
children lacking basic literacy
skills to make use and digest men-
tally the importance of learning and
using this new knowledge to better
themselves socially and economi-
Our schools have field trips to
these buildings of knowledge, but
sadly many parents do not instill
this continued desire and thirst for
learning. Our community leaders
encourage education and enlighten-
ment, but how many really take
advantage to pursue this quest of
knowledge and understanding?
Referring to our local libraries
is that are in our communities, all
ate that is needed is a library card
ive which is free. More children can
pass the FCAT and more of
those in High School can earn
diplomas at graduation if their
parents had the same zeal at sport-
ing events, shopping trips and in
church as they should have had
throughout the school years and
used this available resource that is
free. More of our youth can create
Facebook and MySpace sites, but
have no desire to read our daily
newspapers, understand how to
research online for productive
careers and jobs.
This is a setup to failure. Did
they not listen to the words of our
President who spoke directly to our
youth? The success and failures of
children in our schools is not just
contingent on the teaching ability
of the teacher, how many comput-
ers are in the classroom, but the
presence of and interaction by par-
ents who want their children to suc-
ceed by having access to unlimited
and new knowledge. More parents
should be diligent and involved in
their children's education, not just
in school, but activities outside of
the school house like going to our
libraries. This is not to say parents
are not trying, this is to say "more"
parents need to be involved and
putting forth more effort to make
sure their child(dren) are successful
and exposed to cultural enhance-
ments that are present in our com-
The Mayors Book Club is a great
resource to motivate reading, but it
is not effective if only the Mayor
does it, what about Read for the
City Council, or Read for my
Pastor, how about Read for a
Jaguar? Suggestion to parents as a
teacher keep pushing your chil-
dren to further academic success
and work on the teachers side -
work with them not against them.
You and your child's teacher have
the same goals for your child
"Success". Do not allow your child
to fail; or provide opportunities and
excuses for failure.
In this future, "...nearly two-
thirds, which is over actually 67%
of all the jobs created over the next
decade, will require a college
degree (White, S. 2006, NCES),
how can more of our children go to
college if they cannot read?
Many children will be faced with
a grave tomorrow if they lack basic
literary skills or if they drop out of
school. Plato commented as equal-
ly, "the direction in which educa-
tion starts a man will determine his
Parents get more involved in
your child's education and experi-
ences in life before the judicial sys-
tem or the funeral director does. If
you do not get involved in your
child's education FCAT will be the
least of theirs and your worries.
Look at our high schools and the
challenges they face with dropout
rates and possible state interven-
tions. If this happens who will
loose in the end and who will peo-
ple start to blame?
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tion, when you are in the public eye
you have to be mindful that you are
being watched at all times and do
your best to walk the straight and
narrow. But again, we are all
Personally, I have never been a
Tiger Woods fan. I have to admire
the guy's abilities on the golf
course, and his business prowess,
but I can't seem to get pass his
comments years ago about not
Yes, it was years ago, but so was
the incident when my cousin broke
my favorite GI. Joe action figure
and I still haven't fully recovered.
And of course I am not advocat-
ing that Woods be some militant
black man or some righteous com-
munity steward like Muhammad
Ali. I guess I was disappointed in
the way Woods began correcting
people regarding his race.
In an article in the Chicago Sun-
Times back in 1995, the reporter,
Brian Hewitt, said, "For the record,
Woods is one-quarter Black, one-
quarter Thai, one-quarter Chinese,
one-eighth American Indian and
And who does that? Not to take
any thing away from his diverse
heritage, but being called black
doesn't exclude you from being
part Thai or Native American.
The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is
servant to the lender. Palms 22:7
In a defining decision, Barack Obama has accepted
responsibility for the War in Afghanistan, announcing deployment of 30,000
additional troops in the hopes of bringing the deteriorating war, in its ninth
year there, to an acceptable conclusion.
Snookered by establishment powers, President Obama ignores the truth
and has embarked on a fool's errand. The U.S. cannot "win" in Afghanistan.
It has a history of being "graveyard of empires". America was already los-
ing when Obama took office. President Obama backed into the realm of
empire in March 2009 and ordered 30,000 troops there. But, rather than
reverse outcomes, U.S. and NATO forces lost even more ground. The
entrenched military/industrial complex is all around Obama and behind the
beguiling that got him to order troop levels in Afghanistan to an all-time
high. Obama's obedience to policies extending American authority and eco-
nomic and political hegemony follows a pattern of American Presidents'
acquiescence to a ruling class agenda for endless war and ongoing repres-
sion. No matter who, every President of the United States is committed to
open-ended deployment in Afghanistan and unbending alliance with Israel."
Obedient to established structures, Obama is in league with policies to
allow America to carry out capitalist globalization at gunpoint. The imperi-
al powers' mindset Barack has bought into allows for policing to the ends of
the earth. For the multi-trillion dollar American military/industrial/complex
there is always another enemy, and threat. Obama's agenda seems eerily
similar to core elements of a doctrine articulated in the Bush National
Security Strategy (2002) which declared American-defined "values of free-
dom are right and true for every person, in every society" ... and that an
overarching goal of U.S. policy is creating "a balance of power that favors
freedom," and the spread of "free markets, and free trade to every comer of
the world." Obama is now on-board to make cases for America's military
superiority and right to wage preemptive war. Fifty-percent of Americans
oppose escalating war in Afghanistan. But, the Generals, Admirals, arma-
ments executives, and now the White House, are unwilling to accept respon-
sibility for a military setback. Bush and Cheney ordered the invasion think-
ing it would be easy going. They were going to wipe out the governments
in Iran, Syria and North Korea. Bush and Cheney's colonial-like fantasy,
now held by Obama, is nourished by "great nation" arrogance and a caste of
corrupt politicians in Congress. Afghans perceive the occupation as a colo-
nial-takeover of their country. After eight years of war, more Afghan armed
insurgent groups now exist in response to America's invasion and they con-
trol large parts of the country.
Under Obama, the institutions of militarism, war and empire remain
intact. His new plan for empire calls for more bombing and drone attacks,
and "Afghanization" the building up of a puppet Afghan army trained and
led by U.S. commanders. This follows his escalation of illegal bombings in
Pakistan. This war has gone very badly. How many more will have to die
for the U.S. to avoid the appearance of defeat? The American Empire is
deep in a domestic economic crisis. As Americans suffer from unemploy-
ment, foreclosures and evictions; the current cost of the wars and occupa-
tions in Afghanistan and Iraq is running at over $225 billion per year or $1.2
billion every two days. The powerful chairman of the House Appropriations
Committee, David Obey says sending more troops would be a mistake that
could "wipe out every initiative we have to rebuild our own
economy...There ain't going to be no money for nothing if we pour it all into
The "Empire" continues, prolonging the plight of the African American
population. At this stage, Blacks are no better off than they were under
Bush. Blacks got nothing from "Stimulus" programs. The Congressional
Black Caucus (CBC) is right in criticizing Obama for not doing enough to
help African-Americans in the economy. Speaking for the CBC, Maxine
Waters said "We can no longer afford for our public policy to be defined by
the worldview of Wall Street".
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Latest Wood's drama affecting money,
re-opening race dialogue within Black community
At the Chevron World Challenge
golf tournament last weekend, the
most famous face in golf was the
man who wasn't there. His absence
was attributed to an auto accident.
Also evidently absent was there
wasn't a single commercial featur-
ing the golfer whose commercial
endorsements are a large part of the
estimated $130 million he earned
His absence is hardly a mystery.
The eruption of stories linking the
most famous athlete in the world to
a growing string of extra-marital
affairs (currently at a dozen) has
made any public appearance even
in a commercial awkward to say
the least. Woods has pleaded for
privacy to deal with what he has
But the private conduct or mis-
conduct of Tiger Woods has
brought with it potentially devastat-
ing public consequences to the
sport of golf he has come to domi-
nate, consequences that could add
up to hundreds of millions of dol-
"Tiger Woods is the face of golf.
He dominates the port as no athlete
says since the 1920's and Babe
Ruth," said Kurt Badenhausen, an
editor at Forbes magazine.
Badenhausen says numbers dra-
matically measure the impact.
When an injury kept Woods out of
the 2008 PGA Championship, rat-
ings dropped 55 percent. When he
came back this year, ratings for the
Tour Championship jumped 83 per-
cent. Counting PGA events and
major tournaments, Woods' pres-
ence led to a 136 percent jump in
ratings. Why? Because Woods is
more than the man who may be the
best golfer who ever lives.
"He transcends," Badenahusen
said. "Young people, old people
That's why Tiger Woods' troubles
may be making sponsors gun-shy.
They want their products linked to
Tiger the champ, Tiger the great
competitor, who won the U.S. Open
on a broken leg-not the Tiger who is
the punch line of a joke.
It's not that Woods himself is fac-
ing any financial worries. He's
already earned a billion dollars or
more, and companies like Nike,
which has built a whole product
line around him, and the video
game maker EA are sanding by
their long-term contracts.
"In the long term, tiger will be
fine," said John Rowaday, an expert
on sports marketing.
The problem is more immediate.
The economy has drained corporate
commitments to major tourna-
ments, so golf badly needs as big
and as engaged an audience as pos-
sible. If Tiger Woods is seriously
diminished on the fairways and
TV screens this non-contact sport
will take a crushing body blow.
Meanwhile, The New York Daily
News reports that Woods' wife, Elin
Nordegren, recently moved into a
$2 million home she purchased in
her native Sweden after Woods was
tied to yet another woman, 36-year-
old porn star Holly Sampson.
So far, there are at least seven
identified women who have been
linked to Woods, according to
They include: Rachel Uchitel, the
34-year-old Manhattan nightclub
hostess, whose alleged hookup with
the golfer triggered the ever-grow-
ing scandal; Jamie Grubbs, the 24-
year-old VH1 Tool Academy reality
show contestant and cocktail wait-
ress who claims she had a 31-
month-long affair with Woods and
provided voicemail to back up her
story; Kalika Moquin, a 27-year-old
club manager from Las Vegas, who
reportedly had a brief sexual rela-
tionship with Woods; Cori Rist, a
31-year-old swimsuit model who
claims to have had a six-month
fling with Woods after meeting him
at a Manhattan club; Jamie Jungers,
a 26-year-old former employee of
Trashy Girls Lingerie, who claims
she met Woods in Las Vegas;
Mindy Lawton, a 33-year-old pan-
cake house waitress from Orlando,
who claims she had a year-long
affair with Woods in 2006 during
which she had sex with him in his
Isleworth home and in a church car
park; and Sampson, who starred in
such racy films as "OMG, Stop
Tickling Me" and "Flying Solo 2."
There are three other unidentified
women also rumored to have had
affairs with Woods, according to
MoneyTimes.com. One of them is a
"36-year-old sex-addicted cougar,"
the site reports.
Does anyone notice all of
Tiger's women are white?
Little attention has been given to
the race of the women linked with
the world's greatest golfer in the
Except in the black community.
When the news and photos were
revealed of his lates liasons, barber-
shops started humming, and Woods'
already tenuous standing among
many blacks took a beating.
On the nationally syndicated Tom
Joyner radio show, Woods was the
butt of jokes all week.
"Thankfully, Tiger, you didn't
marry a black woman. Because if a
sister caught you running around
with a bunch of white hoochie-
mamas," one parody suggests in
song, she would have castrated him.
"The Grinch's Theme Song" did-
n't stop there: "The question every-
one in America wants to ask you is,
how many white women does one
As one blogger, Robert Paul
Reyes, wrote: "If Tiger Woods had
cheated on his gorgeous white wife
with black women, the golfing
great's accident would have been
barely a blip in the blogosphere."
The darts reflect blacks' resist-
ance to interracial romance. They
also are a reflection of discomfort
with a man who has smashed barri-
ers in one of America's whitest
sports and assumed the mantle of
the world's most famous athlete,
once worn by Muhammad Ali and
But Woods has declined to identi-
fy himself as black, and famously
chose the term "Cablinasian"
(Caucasian, black, Indian and
Asian) to describe the racial mix-
ture he inherited from his African-
American father and Thai mother.
This angered some blacks, but it
hasn't stopped them from claiming
Woods as one of their own. Or from
disapproving of his marriage to Elin
Nordegren, despite blacks' histori-
cal fight against white racist oppo-
nents of mixed marriage.
Black women have long felt
slighted by the tendency of famous
black men to pair with white
women, and many have a list of
current transgressors at the ready.
"We've discussed this for years
among black women," said Denene
Millner, author of several books on
black relationships. "Why is it
when they get to this level ... they
tend to go for the nearest blonde?"
This tendency may be more
prominent due to a relative lack of
interracial marriages among aver-
age blacks. Although a recent Pew
poll showed that 94 percent of
blacks say it's all right for blacks
and whites to date, a study pub-
lished this year in Sociological
Quarterly showed that blacks are
less likely to actually date outside
their race than are other groups.
"There is a call for loyalty that is
stronger in some ways than in other
racial communities," said the author
of the study, George Yancey, a soci-
ology professor at the University of
North Texas and author of the book
"Just Don't Marry One."
The color of one's companion has
long been a major measure of
"blackness" which is a big rea-
son why the biracial Barack Obama
was able to fend off early questions
about his black authenticity.
"Had Barack had a white wife, I
would have thought twice about
voting for him," Johnson Cooper
So do Woods' women say some-
thing about the intensely private
golfer's views on race?
"I would like to say no, but I
think it garners a bit of a yes,"
Johnson Cooper said.
Carmen Van Kerckhove, founder
of the race-meets-pop-culture blog
Racialicious, said there have been
frequent discussions on her site
about the fine line between prefer-
ence and fetish.
"Is there and difference between a
white guy with a thing for blondes,
and a non-white guy with a thing
for blondes?" asked Van
Kerckhove, who has a Chinese
mother, a Belgian father and a hus-
band born in America to parents
She claims that Asians don't fully
embrace Woods, either.
"There are two layers of suspi-
cion toward him," Van Kerkhove
said. "One toward the apparent pat-
tern in the race of his partners, and
the second in the way he sees him-
self. ... People have been giving
him the side-eye for a while."
There's nothing wrong with want-
ing a mate who shares your culture,
as long as it's for the right reasons,
the comedienne Sheryl Underwood
said after unleashing a withering
Woods monologue on Tom Joyner's
"Would we question when a
Jewish person wants to marry other
Jewish people?" she said in an
interview. "It's not racist. It's not
bigotry. It's cultural pride."
"The issue comes in when you
choose something white because
you think it's better," Underwood
said. "And then you never date a
black woman or a woman of color
or you never sample the greatness
of the international buffet of human
beings. If you never do that, we got
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Maurice Jones Drew came up the middle of the field for a 7 yard
gain. The game ended with quarterback David Grarrard kneeling
three times to give the Jaguars a winning score of 23 to the Houston
Texans 18. FMPPhotos
Alfred Losure, Savannah Losure Roy, Kordell Hinds, and Jared Roy
Stadium employees Ferdinand Delgado and Joyce Smith
The Jaguars have a tough sched-
ule head of them.
On Sunday, the Jags host the 6-6
Dolphins in another key fight for
postseason positioning. Then, four
nights later, the currently 12-0
Colts come to town for a Thursday
Though the league did the Jags no
favors by giving them three home
games in only eleven days apart,
the last chapter in this trio of
December games should be a sell-
Women who have come forth alleging affairs with Woods include (L-R) Rachel Uchitel, Kalika
Moquin, Mindy Lawton, Jamie Jungers, Jaimee Grubbs and Cori Rist.
If you think you can can spot' a
person with HIV, consider this:
Did you even spot the error in the
first six words of this headline?
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Right now, AIDS is the leading cause of death
among African -Americans aged 25 to 44. If
you're having unprotected sex, you're at risk.
Be smart: Use protection, and get tested. For a
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Special Services at Summerville M.B.
Celebrate "History with the Summerville Historians.
The senior citizens of Summerville Missionary Baptist Church will be hon-
ored on Sunday December 20, 2009 during the morning worship. The
church will be showing their support and appreciation for those who blazed
the trail as they worshiped and depended on the almighty God for strength,
patience, guidance and endurance.
The Sunday School Christmas program will also be held on this Sunday
at 5:00 p.m.
Watch Night Service will be held on Thursday December 31, 2009. The
church is located at 690 W. 20th Street.
For more information call 598-0510. Pastor Dr. James W. Henry.
NASITRA 50th Anniversary
NASITRA, INC. will have their 50th Anniversary and Christmas Banquet
at St. Thomas Family Life Center ocated at 2119 Rowe Av. from 7:00 p.m.
to 11:00 p.m. on Saturday December 12, 2009. The Gene White Trio will
perform. It is a black tie event. For tickets or more information, contact
George Greenhill at 704-7192 or 721-5488.
Dr. McKissick to Keynote First
Church AME's 17th Anniversary
First Church of Palm Coast continues with their 17th anniversary with
guest speaker Bishop Rudolph McKissick Jr., senior pastor of Bethel
Baptist Institutional Church in Jacksonville. Dr. McKissick will bring his
choir for the celebration. The date is Sunday Dec. 13th at 5p.m. Plan to
attend First Church under the pastorate of the Rev. Gillard S. Glover at 91
Old Kings Rd. North in Palm Coast. The telephone number is (386) 446-
5759 for more information.
Wayman Chapel sponsors toy
drive to benefit Eureka Gardens
Wayman Ministries are asking the community to please donate
unwrapped toys for the Spirit of Christmas Annual Extravaganza to benefit
families at Eureka Gardens.
Toys can be dropped off at the Spirit of Life Worship Center, 1176 Labelle
Street(corner of Cassat Ave. & Plymouth); Wayman Chapel, 8855 Sanchez
(Baymeadows area) or the Mattie V. Rutherford Education Center, 1514
The deadline is December 18th.
The event will take place on Sunday December 20th in the Wayman
Academy of the Arts gymnasium, 1176 Labelle Street. The families will
be treated to a wonderful meal, music, entertainment and more. Plus toys
for the children.
For more information or toy pick up, contact Speedy Brown at 693-1503
Greater M [hedonfi ,
Bapt[1L llist Churchf t: ____..
Special holiday services
at Greater Macedonia
Greater Macedonia Baptist Church, located at 1880 Edgewood Avenue,
invites the community to participate in their upcoming holiday services.
They include the Mass Choir Christmas Musical on Sunday, December
20th at 5 p.m.; Christmas Day Worship on Friday, December 25th at 10 a.m.
and a New Year's Eve Worship on Thursday, December 31st at 10p.m. Dr.
Landon L. Williams, pastor. For more information, call 764-9257.
One Night Crusade at New Generation
Pastor S.V. Drayton of the New Generation Christian OFellowship invites
the Jacksonville community to participate in a one night Crusade, Saturday
December 19, 2009 at the sanctuary. Services will begin at 7 p.m. at 5606
Avenue B, Jacksonville, Fl. 32209. The crusade will feature Apostle Ernest
and Prophetess Malinda Robinson of the Love of a Dove International
Ministry Inc. For more information call 631-7134.
Youth Gospel Explosion at Zion Hope
The 2010 church Anniversary of Zion Hope Missionary Baptist Church
will take place on December 12th at 6 p.m.. The celebration will kick off
with a Youth Explosion featuring Lil' Kamvai Sims, First Mime
Anniversary, Mario Robinson and Radical Praise of Dayton Beach, Frank
Humphrey, Zion Hope Girls for Christ, Youth Dance of Life Changing
Ministries, Gospel Rappers Fisher of Men of Household of Faith, Gospel
Comedian "Funny Bone" Albert Harris Jr. Kevin McCray, Ministry by
Mime Pastor Jeff Johnson, TS1, Unveil Face, Vocaklz and Storitalerz. The
Master of Ceremony for the evening will be Brother Terrance Williams. For
more information call 764-9353.
Special Services for Bro. Dexter Thomas
The Saint Matthew Baptist Church is presenting a "special service of
Love" for Brother Dexter Thomas a devoted musician to the church. This
special service will convene on the second Sunday, December 13th at 6:30
p.m. at the Church located at 3731 Moncrief Rd. All fellow musicians and
singers of this city as well as the public are cordially invited to share with
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BeBe Winans cleared of
domestic violence charges
A county judge exonerated gospel
music star BeBe Winans from the
accusation of domestic abuse last
week, dismissing all charges with
"This has been a trying year, begin-
ning with the death of my father,"
said Winans, a member of the noted
"Even though this allegation has
affected not just me, but also the
entire Winans family, my children
and certain aspects of my career, I
chose to stay quiet because I knew
the truth," he added in a statement.
"To be exonerated of all charges
shows the power of trusting in God,
and is a wonderful Christmas gift
for me and my children."
On March 11, Winans was arrested
on a misdemeanor domestic assault
charge and was briefly held at the
Davidson County jail after his ex-
wife, Debra Winans, accused him of
pushing her to the ground during a
Feb. 13 "verbal altercation" over
"custody issues ."
The Winans were married for 16
years before divorcing in 2003 and
have a 13-year-old daughter and a
Though late in coming, Debra
Winans said her decision to speak
out was made with the hope that it
would help other abuse victims who
suffer through abuse rather than
reaching out for help.
"Until you realize something's not
changing, you pray all day long,"
she told a local NBC affiliate.
"The power of God is real, but one
thing He's not going to do is go
against someone's will. We make
choices," she added.
After his arrest, BeBe Winans
acknowledged that there was "a
child custody right dispute" that
arose out of his "desire to spend
time with our children as court
However, Winans said the allega-
tions were "nothing less than heart
wrenching" and "inconsistent with
my character and the foundation
upon which I was raised."
He also said he would make no
other comments for the time being
having decided "to say nothing neg-
ative about my children's mother."
After this past Friday's decision by
Judge Gloria Dumas in Nashville,
TN, Winans said the situation has
made him "a changed man."
"But it has also helped me see that
there needs to be legislation that
protects the rights of father's when it
comes to the custody of their chil-
dren," he continued.
"All men are not deadbeat dads; all
men are not abusing women. And
it's unfortunate that the legal system
and society assume the worst before
they hear the truth," said Winans.
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Shown above are (L-R) Jerome Bradham, Deborah Davis, Dannette Brille, Artheria Coleman, Ciara Adams,Yolanda Reed, Stevei McGee,
honoree Latrell Adams, Tina Brown, Sherri Coleman, Britany Jones, Sabrina Chambers, Arthur Coleman Sr, Carolyn Coleman, Lisa Coleman,
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Latrell Adams "Queen for a day" on 38th birthday Mill Cove Country Club was the place for family and friends to
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ally at the festivity hosted by her fiance Steve McGee.The invitation only event included a DJ, food, fellowship, open bar, celebration toast and the cus-
tomary birthday cake.
Dad who shot son over molesting toddler claims temporary insanity
HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. A
15-year-old Michigan boy admitted
raping a 3-year-old girl, enraged his
father so much that the man could-
n't control himself when witnesses
say he forced the teen to strip,
marched him to an empty lot and
shot him through the head, a
defense lawyer said.
The lawyer for Jamar Pinkney
Sr., 37, said he will pursue an insan-
ity defense as a Detroit judge ruled
Pinkney should stand trial on first-
degree murder, assault and firearms
charges in his son's Nov. 16 death.
Defense attorney Corbett
O'Meara said Pinkney's son's con-
fession would have driven anyone
"There is no rational response to
the rape of a child," O'Meara said
after the hearing. "He was immedi-
ately remorseful and didn't seek to
hide. He turned himself in to the
Authorities haven't said if they
believe the teen raped the girl and
police have said the matter is not
part of their investigation.
Pinkney's confrontation with his
son came a day after the 3-year-old
underwent an examination at
Children's Hospital of Michigan.
Results of the exam haven't been
released, but the teen's mother said
they indicated her son "had molest-
ed" the girl.
Lazette Cherry testified that her
son talked to her about his contact
with the girl after her exam. Her son
called his father about 3 a.m.
"Daddy, can you please forgive
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me in your heart, forgive what I
did?" she quoted Jamar Pinkney Jr.
as asking his father.
The mother said the elder
Pinkney agreed to come to the
house later to talk further. He
arrived about 10 a.m.
His aunt Yolanda Cherry said she
and her sister talked about getting
help for the teen, while Pinkney Sr.
said he spoke with the toddler's
mother who wanted to press
"Jamar, is there something you
want to tell me?" Yolanda Cherry
quoted Pinkney Sr. asking his son.
"He got on his knees in front of
his dad and said, 'I'm sorry,'" the
"What did you do?" she quoted
the father as asking.
"I humped (the girl)," the teen
replied. "I need counseling."
Pinkney Sr. didn't immediately
respond, Yolanda Cherry said, and
she left to visit her mother's upstairs
apartment. She later heard scream-
ing and banging and rushed down
to find Pinkney Sr. holding a hand-
gun and beating his son.
Both sisters testified Pinkney Sr.
ordered his son to undress and
marched him outside. The teen's
mother said Pinkney Sr. ordered the
boy to kneel in the grass, ignoring
his pleas for mercy.
She said Pinkney Sr. stood behind
the boy and shot him in the head.
"He didn't want anybody to go
back and help him," the mother
said. After Pinkney Sr. left, she
rushed to her son's side.
"He's bleeding, blood coming out
of his mouth," she said. "Somebody
said, 'Get some covers, cover him
up, keep him warm.' So that's what
Defendant Jamar Pinkney Sr. sits at the defense table in the 30th Districl
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Highland Park on Nov. 16. The boy had admitted inappropriate contact
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at Destination park is located off
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Jacksonville. official Public Day event for the
The event opens at 10 am with Society of Historical
activity tables and information Archaeology's 2010 annual con-
booths staffed by archaeologists ference to be held at Amelia
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heritage partners. 904-819-6498, e-mail
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Holiday Grief Workshops
Haven Hospice is hosting holiday
grief workshops open to anyone in
the community who would like tips
on how to get through the holidays
after a loss. They will be held once
a week throughout December at
various locations throughout the
city. They are free of charge. For
more information, contact Margaret
Rose Glenn, at (904) 733-9818.
The annual Nutcracker perform-
ance will be held on Friday,
December 11 at 8 p.m. and
Saturday, December 12 at 2 and 8
p.m. at the Florida Theater. Local
dancers make up the majority of the
cast, with professionals taking the
roles of Sugar Plum Fairy and
Cavalier Contact the box office for
ticket information, 355-2787.
The Ritz Theater will be the loca-
tion for this month's Holiday Artist
Marketplace on Saturday,
December 12, 2009 from 11:00
a.m. 3:00.p.m.Artists featured in
the exhibit offer specially created
items just right for adding to your
collection or for gift-giving. Cost
includes admission to the museum
and gallery: For more information,
The Durkeeville Historical Society
located at 1293 W. 19th Street will
host a book signing featuring local
authors. All of the author's books
focus on Jacksonville history and
the African American
experience.Featured books include:
Matthew Gilbert Grand Reunion
Matthew W. Gilbert Jr.- Sr. High School Alumni Incorporation will pres-
ent its 12th Annual New Year Students and Teachers Grand Alumni
Reunion honoring 60 classes beginning with the Class of 1960 for their
50th Year Reunion.
There will be a special presentation to NFL Hall of Famer and Olympian
Robert "Bob" Hayes.
All alumni, teachers attendees and guests are invited to attend the
Welcome Reception on Friday from 7-11 p.m. and a Banquet the follow-
ing Saturday night from 6:00 p.m. to 1:00a.m. Both events will be held at
the Hyatt Regency River Walk Hotel.
Ticket are on sale now, Purchase Deadline is Sunday December 27, 2009.
No tickets will be available at the door.
For more information,contact Class Leaders or Lydia Jackson-Bell at
Stanton ; It Was Never About a Hot
Dog and a Coke; American Beach
and the American Beach Cook
Book and Historic Photos of
Jacksonville. It will take place from
2 -5 p.m. on December 12th. This
event is free and open to the public.
For more info call 598-9567.
The Jacksonville Chapter of MAD
DADS and Families of Slain
Children are joining forces to host
the "PUMP UP THE LOVE!"
Community Parade. It will be held
Saturday, December 12th at 9:30
a.m. at the corner of Division and
New Kings Rd. The parade will
proceed down New Kings Rd. to
Myrtle (left onto Myrtle); to 13th
St. (right onto 13th St.); into the
Stanton College Preparatory High
School Stadium. Each band will be
given 10 minutes to perform.
Contact MAD DADS at 904 781-
0905 for more information.
Stage Aurora Theatrical
Company's Annual holiday
favorite, Black Nativity written by
Langston Hughes, will come again
to the stage through December
13th (weekends only), in the Stage
Aurora Performance Hall located at
5188 Norwood Avenue inside
Gateway Town Center. Black
Nativity features gospel music,
dance numbers, brilliant costumes
and the majesty of poetry. Tickets
or more information may be pur-
chased on line at www.stageauro-
ra.org or by calling (904) 765-7372
or (904) 765-7373.
STOMP from Broadway
STOMP, the international sensa-
tion, is making its triumphant return
to Jacksonville on December 11-
13, 2009 at the Times Union
Center's Moran Theater for five
performances only. The percussive
hit also brings some new surprises,
with some sections of the show now
updated and restructured. For tick-
ets or more information call (904)
Making your own herb vinegar,
growing strawberries and caring for
for wildlife during the winter
months are some of the topics that
will be covered at the upcoming
Winter Workshop. It will be held on
Monday, December 14th from 10
a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration must be
pre-paid. Call Becky at 387-8850
for more information.
Margaritas for Mutts
Join the Jacksonville Humane
Society's young professionals
group, The Pawfessionals, for
Margaritas for Mutts, a holiday
party, on Wednesday, Dec. 16 from
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Yucatan Taco
Stand, 2429 South 3rd Street in
Jacksonville Beach. Admission is
$5 for members and $10 for non-
members and includes one free
drink and two tacos. More infor-
mation is available at www.jax-
Lynn & Friends Show
Kicks off New Season
Local personality and talk show
host will begin her new season
Wednesday, December 16th with a
taping of a live show at Havana Jax
Cafe. Taping begins at 8:30 p.m.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are
$10.00. Dinner served before the
show. To purchase tickets and
become a part of the studio audi-
ence call Destiny at 329-6879.
Havana Jax is located at 2578
Atlantic Blvd. For more informa-
tion, visit www.lynnandfriends.com.
BCU Wildcats Annual
The Duval/Nassau Alumni
Chapter of Bethune-Cookman
University will be having an
Annual Christmas Party at the
Hyatt Regency Riverfront Hotel on
December 17th at 7:30 p.m. We
welcome all WILDCATS, family
and friends! Please call
904.610.3412 for tickets or visit
ter.org for more information.
Kem in Concert
R&B crooner Kern will be in con-
cert Sunday, December 27, 2009 at
8 p.m. the Florida Theatre. For
more information call 630-4964.
Chamber of Commerce
Annual MLK Breakfast
The Jacksonville Chamber of
Commerce will present their 23rd
Annual Martin Luther King, Jr.
Breakfast on Friday, January 8,
2010 at the the Prime Osborne
Convention Center. The annual
event will begin promptly at 7 a.m.
featuring keynote speaker and
author Rodney Hurst. For tickets or
more information, call 366-6600,
Funny man Rickey Smiley will be
in concert Saturday, January 9th
at the Florida Theatre. Tickets are
now on sale. For more information,
The Harlem Quartet, comprising
First-Place Laureates of the Sphinx
Competition whose mission is to
advance diversity in classical music
to new audiences highlighting
works by minority composers is
coming to Jacksonville. They will
be in concert on Friday, January
15, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. at the Church
of the Good Shepherd. The church
is located at 1100 Stockton Street.
For more info call 387-5691.
Black Eyed Peas
Grammy Award Winning artist
Black Eyed Peas will be in concert
Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at the
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial
Arena. Tickets are currently on sale.
For more information call 745-
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
Soweto. They will be in concert on
February 10, 2010 at 8 p.m. at the
Florida Theatre. For tickets or more
information, call 355-2787.
Boyz II Men in Concert
Boyz H Men hailed by the RIAA
as the most commercially success-
ful R&B group of all time return
to center stage at the Florida
Theatre on Thursday, April 8,2010.
Tickets are now on sale. Call 630-
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Host Lynn Jones Comedian Terry Harris Author A.D. Roberts Atty. Chris Chestnut
Live taping of Lynn & Friends to focus on relationships
Lynn Jones, host of "The Lynn uating, their communication, com-
and Friends Show", is gearing up to mitment and unconditional love for
begin taping her new season. The their partner." said Jones.
kick off the 101st episode will The first show is going to have a
THE PRICE OF A GOOD RELATIONSHIP? panel consist-
ARE YOU MARRIED, BUT DATING? ing of singles,
MEAN WHAT YOU SAY, AND SAY WHAT cohabitating
YOU MEAN! partners, mar-
ARE YOU IN A LOVE A LOVE TRAP? ried couples
begin with "The Relationship ship specialists discussing the key
Series". factors in building a strong relation-
"The shows will have everyone ship.
questioning, and hopefully re-eval- The insightful evening will be on
Wednesday Dec 16th with dinner
from 6-8 p.m.. The show will begin
taping at 8:30 sharp.
Guest panelists for the show
include BET comedian Terry
Harris, "Brilliant Living" author
A.D. Roberts and divorce attorney
Vendors will also be there dis-
playing items that can help bring
the spice back into your life and
The taping will be held at the
Cuba Libre Bar located at 2578
Atlantic Blvd., Jacksonville, Fl
Tickets prices are 2 for $42.00
which includes a special menu to
choose from for a meal for two,
being a part of the studio audience
for the taping of "The Relationship
Series", and time to mix and mingle
after the show, while listening to
smooth music by "The Fusion
If you choose just to come to
the show tickets are $10.00 per per-
son and $15.00 at the door.
For more information, call 534-
Smilevy's career continues to blossom with primtime specials
Whiule some may wonder where
the absence of "color" is on their
local television, they need only look
as far as PBS.
Tavis Smiley and PBS will
expand their relationship next year
with the January premiere of "The
Tavis Smiley Report," a series of
four hour-long primetime specials
that will air throughout 2010.
Smiley will leave his studio chair
in Los Angeles and go on the road
to examine some of the country's
defining moments through those
who have helped to shape history -
from going behind the scenes with
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to
the streets of New Orleans with
director Jonathan Demme to mark
Hurricane Katrina's 5th anniver-
"The Report" will take a look at
the country's most important people
and recent events, from perspec-
tives that are rarely portrayed," says
Smiley. "I will be talking to the peo-
ple and traveling to the places that
have transformed us as a nation,
often in ways we don't even real-
The first special, premiering
Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 8 p.m.
ET/PT, focuses on Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton as she com-
pletes her first year as America's
chief diplomat and looks ahead to
the challenges of the next three
The second "Report," premiering
Wednesday, March 31, at 8 p.m.,
will delve into one of Martin Luther
King Jr.'s greatest speeches,
Vietnam: A Time to Break
Silence," which Dr. King delivered
on April 4, 1967, at Riverside
Church in New York City. The
speech, delivered exactly one-year
prior to the date of his assassina-
tion, is considered pivotal but often
VH1 Serving up a sneak peek
into the "real" lives of NBA wives
The eight-episode half-hour
series will show the wives and gif -
friends of players Shaquille ONeal,
Eric Williams, Antoine Walker,
Jermaine O'Neal and Udonis
"This series will show viewers
not only the glamorous side of
being a celebrity wife but also the
challenges and hard work that go
with it," said Jeff Olde, executive
vice president of programing, VH1.
"You only have to look as far as the
nearest headlines to see what sort of
pressure they are up against to keep
their relationships and their families
together. These women truly have a
strength formed by fire."
Shed Media is producing the
series, with co-star Shaunie O'Neal,
wife of Shaquille O'Neal, also earn-
ing an executive producer credit.
"Having been around these
remarkable women for several
years, I have always recognized
that behind every NBA star is a
strong, exceptional woman, one
Now currently legally separated, shown above is who must deal with the unique
Shaunie and Shquille O'Neal in happier times, challenges of being married too must deal with the
VH1 is getting into the housewife series "Basketball Wives," which game as well as the player,"
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This special will offer a uniquely
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citizens of the Ninth Ward through
their efforts to rebuild their lives.
The topic of the fourth "Report"
will be announced later in 2010.
Meanwhile, Smiley returns for a
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BEYONCE TOPS GRAMMY NODS
Beyonce topped the list of nominees for the 52nd
Grammy Awards, leading the way with 10 nods ahead '
of teenage country star Taylor Swift with eight.
She scooped nominations in the coveted record of -
the year and album of the year categories, for her sin-
gle "Halo" and her chart-topping double-album "I Am
... Sasha Fierce." The former "Destiny's Child" singer
also picked up a nod in the song of the year category.
Trailing Beyonce and Swift in overall nominations
were the Black Eyed Peas, Maxwell and Kanye West with six nods each.
Next year's Grammy Awards will be presented on January 31 at the Staples
Center for Los Angeles.
DAVE CHAPPELLE DOES SURPRISE SET IN NYC
4;q An audience at the famous New York venue
Carolines on Broadway got a surprise recently
when comedian Dave Chappelle popped in to see
his former "Chappelle's Show" castmate Charlie
After a five-minute standing ovation, Chappelle
ended up doing a 30-minute stand-up set, accord-
,ing to The New York Post.
-* "Did you miss me?" he playfully asked the audi-
ence. "A lot's changed since I was on TV. We have
a black president now. Actually, Obama called me
and asked me to help him with his campaign. He said he had two rules for
me don't use the 'N' word, and stay off TV."
Chappelle returned to the club later that night to hang with another
"Chappelle's Show" alum, Paul Mooney, who was headlining the late
show. Chappelle wrote the foreword to Mooney's book, "Black Is the New
KEYSHIA COLE JOINING MOMMY
Keyshia Cole is going to be a mommy and so is
another of her new-found sisters!
R&B singer and reality tv star Keyshia Cole is --
expecting and the baby is due in March. She's been
spotted several places sporting a prominent baby
bump, most recently courtside at a Cleveland
Cavaliers game cheering on her man, Daniel "Boobie" Gibson.???
Although, the couple are having a baby together, they're not planning to
jump the broom just yet.
That isn't the only new addition to Keyshia's family, though. Her moth-
er Frankie has located another of her long-lost children, a 17-year-old
daughter, who is also expecting.
TIMBERLAKE 'I WISH I HAD SUPPORTED JANET
MORE': Singer has second thoughts about distancing himself from
Justin Timberlake apparently has regrets over his treatment of Janet
Jackson in the wake of their 2004 Super Bowl debacle.
At the end of the duo's half time performance, JT ripped open her jacket
to reveal Jackson's naked breast. Jackson called it a "wardrobe malfunc-
tion" at the time. Ne\ ertheless. the brief nipple flash was seen b\ an esti-
mated 140 million viewers of the CBS event.
Timberlake said at the time that he had no idea that Jackson was topless
and quickly distanced himself from Nipplegate.
Nearly six years later, the 28-year-old tells Entertainment Weekly that he
regrets the way that he handled the situation.
"I wish I had supported Janet more. I am not sorry I apologized, but I
wish I had been there more for Janet," he said.
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