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Justics Department says
no to Jack Johnson pardon
*The Justice Department is refusing to back a posthumous pardon for
Jack Johnson, the black heavyweight boxing champion who was impris-
oned nearly a century ago because of his romantic ties with a white
In a letter to Rep. Peter King, the department's pardon attorney, Ronald
L. Rodgers, told that the Justice Department's general policy is not to
process posthumous pardon requests.
In cases like Johnson's, given the time that has passed and the histor-
ical record that would need to be scoured, the department's resources for
pardon requests are best used on behalf of people "who can truly bene-
fit" from them, Rodgers wrote.
The letter was in response to one that King, (R-N.Y.) and Sen. John
McCain (R-Ariz.) had sent to President Barack Obama in October urging
a pardon.
In that letter, the two lawmakers noted that both houses of Congress
has passed a resolution calling for a presidential pardon and said they
hoped the president would be eager to "right this wrong and erase an act
of racism that sent an American citizen to prison."
Rodgers wrote that notwithstanding the department policy, Obama still
has the authority to pardon whomever he wishes, "guided when he sees
fit by the advice of the pardon attorney."

Man charged with assault after

ripping out Black woman's weave
In Colorado, a white man has been charged with a bias-motivated crime
after he allegedly hurled racial slurs at a black woman then dragged her
out of a bar by her hair.
Dustin Meadows, 37, was identified as the man who spilled a beer on
her, then yelled obscenities before ripping out her hair, according to a
report from the Summit County Sheriffs Office.
Meadows has been charged with a felony bias-motivated crime for
assault. He also was charged with four misdemeanors, including harass-
ment and assault.
The victim said the man was dancing behind her while she sat at the
bar and "accidentally spilled a beer" on her, according to the police
"What, no apology?" the victim said to the man, according to the
report. Meadows then started to "cuss at her". He continued to call the
victim racial epithets as he was leaving the bar. When she stood up and
yelled at the man to leave, he "grabbed her by the hair and dragged her
out the door of the bar," the police report says. Several bar patrons helped
the woman get away from Meadows.

Teacher cuts off student's hair

in front of class for punishment
A Milwaukee schoolteacher was arrested, for cutting off a 7 year old
girl's hair.
The little girl, Lamya Cammon, was playing with her hair in class -
causing the beads at the end of her braids to click together loudly. Her
first grade teacher asked Lanya to stop. And when she didn't, she did the
Here's how Lamya explained to WISN 12 In Milwaukee what hap-
She said the teacher called her to the front of the room and cut it in front
of the whole class.
"What did you do?" [The reporter] asked.
"I went to my desk and cried. And they was laughing," Cammon said.
"She threw it away, and she said, 'Now what you gonna go home and say
to your momma?' And I said, 'That you cut off my hair,'" Cammon said.
Lamya has been growing her braids, which are 100% natural, since she
was an infant.
As soon as Lamya's mother found out what the teacher did, she called
police. They charged the teacher with disorderly conduct. If convicted
she faces a fine of $175.

Kwame still in the hotseat
Prosecutors claim ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame
Kilpatrick has violated his probation by not pay-
ing full restitution as part of pleas in two criminal
Kwame Kilpatrick Assistant Wayne County
Prosecutor Athina Siringas said this week that if
money spent by Kilpatrick over the past few
months is not applied to the $1 million he must
pay Detroit, "there should be consequences."
Kilpatrick has said his $6,000 monthly payments
have been halved because his salesman's salary with Texas-based
Covisint has been reduced.
But Wayne County Circuit Court Judge David Groner said Kilpatrick is
in court on a restitution hearing, "not a violation hearing." Groner said
Kilpatrick has to be given notice if he is being charged with probation
Kilpatrick still owes the city about $980,000.
He has been peppered by prosecutors' questions about his spending and
finances over the hearing's several days. On Monday, prosecutors point-
ed out that Kilpatrick failed to report thousands of dollars of assets.
"I'm not that guy," he told reporters. "I'm going to do everything I can
to pay this because I need to get out of your way. I understand the posi-
tion that I'm in."


Volume 23 No.13 Jacksonville, Florida December 17-23, 2009

CBC Members Vows to Escalate Protests if Black Interest Ignored

By Hazel Trice Edney
NNPA Editor-in-Chief
Black members of the powerful
House Finance Committee are still
being applauded this week by the
Black Press and Black leaders
nationally for boldly boycotting a

committee meeting in order to force
a $4 billion allocation to benefit the
Black community. They have told
the NNPA News Service that they
plan to escalate protests if lawmak-
ers continue to ignore the suffering
of their constituents, including
advertising discrimination against

Community Mourning Loss

of Noted Women of Distinction

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June Buggs-Davis
Ms. June Buggs-Davis, 1941 to
2009 well known Funeral Director
and retired teacher, passed away
Friday, December 11, 2009. Her
Celebration of Life will be held
Saturday, December 19, 2009, at
12:00 p.m., in Mt. Bethel Baptist
Church, 11620 Helena Street, where
she also held membership.
A 1959 graduate of New Stanton
Senior High School, she earned a
BS degree in Music from Florida A
& M University, followed by
advanced degrees at Nova
University and Miami Dade
Community College. Her many
affiliations include the FAMU
Alumni Assoc., AKA Sorority, FL
1st Coast Morticians Assoc. of
Duval County, and the Ladies
Auxiliary, FL Morticians Assoc.
and National Morticians Assoc.
She was the Licensed Funeral -
Continued on page 5

Martha Peeler Cummings
The only daughter of Robert and
Elizabeth Peeler, Martha Peeler
Cummings was born October 24,
1924. A Jacksonville, native, she
was a 1942 graduate of Stanton
High School and Edward Waters
College where she attained a
degree in Business Administration.
In 1942 she married David
Cummings and their union brought
forth one daughter, Sandra.
Mrs. Cummings was a life mem-
ber of The West Union Baptist
Church, holding membership over
75 years. There she held many
offices and duties including Sunday
School Superintendent, President
of District 3 and the Choir.
Her diverse career included being
a tailor at Schwobilt Men's
Clothiers and the Personnel
Director at the Afro-American Life
Insurance Company where she -
Continued on page 5

Black newspapers.
"We're out of the box, we're full
speed ahead and we are not going to
sit back and watch our communities
suffer in silence," says U. S. Rep.
Maxine Waters (D-CA), the ranking
Congressional Black Caucus
Member on the Committee, who led

the Dec. 2 boycott.
"The 10 African-American mem-
bers of the Financial Services
Committee have cooperated with
the leadership, we have cooperated
with the administration, we have
supported the bail out and now -
Continued on Page 3

Shown above are Bold City Link members (L-R) Brenda Miller,
Shelly Thompson, Ruth Waters, Mali Vai Washington Center's Ashley
Strickland, Community Development Coordinator and Josephine

Bold City Links Close

2009 Still Giving Back

The Bold City Chapter of The
Links, Incorporated is closing 2009
out with a reason to celebrate.
While planning and hosting a thou-
sand of their fellow sisters in a
regional conference last May, the
chapter continuously supported
their signature program of assis-
tance to young Black males. They
also introduced a new playground
with equipment to combat child-
hood obesity epidemic at the Mali
Vai Washington Tennis Center.
Thankful for their blessings and
the community support, members

of the chapter recently presented
Councilman Warren Jones a plaque
acknowledging his advocacy role
on behalf of children and youths.
His assistance was lauded in
obtaining funds to erect the new,
interactive playground at the
The equipment is purposely locat-
ed next to the City of Jacksonville
Urban Trail where planned Links
activities will take place during the
upcoming year. The Bold City
Chapter's Healthy Lifestyles
Program, for children and youths,
will be implemented from that loca-
tion. The program is designed to
encourage participants to become
physically active and eat healthy.
As an ongoing community partner
of the Foundation, the Bold City
Links also participated in the
Foundation's Holiday Angel pro-
gram by presenting Christmas gifts,
from individual 'wish lists', for four
children who participates at the at
the Center.
The chapter, under the leadership
of its' president Ruth Waters, will
continue their philanthropic efforts
throughout 2010.

Census sites young
black men as most
difficult to count
As organizing efforts for the 2010
census shift into high gear, the U.S.
Census Bureau is paying particular
attention to what they say is one of
the hardest-to-count segments of
the national populace: 18 to 25
year-old people of color, especially
young men.
Based on census response rates
10 years ago, the populations least
likely to be counted are: 1)
Economically Disadvantaged, 2)
Unattached/Single and 3) Living in
High Density Ethnic Enclaves.

Standing (L-R) at the Christmas Dinner are Padrica Mendez, St.
Bernadette Council members Gloria Mendez and TaKiesha
Washington, Shirley Kemp and Ruby Meyers; and seated (L-R)
Claudette Elps, Marguerite Warren and Fred Meyers.
St. Bernadette Council, a 48-year- lowship, and holiday festivities.
old women's organization formed to Chaired by Carey Cummings and
serve the needs of St. Pius V Mattye Taylor, the event is a sea-
Catholic Church, hosted its annual sonal favorite for many seniors.
Christmas Dinner for Seniors this "The members of St. Bernadette
past Sunday afternoon. Hundreds Council prepare a beautiful
of seniors from various faith com- Christmas dinner every year, buy
munities around Jacksonville gifts, and invite 'seasoned' members
flocked to the Northside church for of the community. We have a
an afternoon of great food, fun, fel- whole lot of fun, eating and sharing

St. Bernadette Council members
(L-R) Theo Crews, Tinye
Dawkins and Mary Walker serve
Christmas dinner to seniors.

TI St. Bernadette Council's Annual
,esou Dinner Benefits Seniors of St. Pius

Should Blacks risk
losing elected seats
for the good of the
Democratic Party?
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December 17-23, 2009

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Will Tiger be the first and last billion dollar athlete?

Can companies afford the risk of
signing multimillion-dollar con-
tracts with celebrity endorsers? The
self-destruction of Tiger Inc. has
some saying the billion-dollar ath-
lete may be a thing of the past.
Celebrity endorsers can help
boost both the sale of products and
their maker's image. But Woods'
hasty and stunning downfall shows
how quickly things can sour when a
superstar athlete's life choices are
exposed in a negative light by
today's real-time tabloid news cul-
Companies "want a safe choice
and it seems like there's almost no
safe choice out there," said Laura
Ries, president of marketing con-
sulting firm Ries & Ries.
Woods and his advisers spent
years cultivating a good-guy image
to go along with his winning ways,
which is how he became sports' first
- and perhaps last $1 billion
earner. It's also what has made his
fall even more jarring.
Most of Woods' $100 million in
annual earnings came not from
tournament winnings but from
companies like Accenture that
wanted to be associated with his

Woods, shown above with wife Elin, had America and sponsors
fooled that he had a wholsome family life, all the while carryon on a
multitude of affairs with over a dozen women around the country.

persona. These image ads are the
types that are least likely to endure.
Ultimately that could mean few
other sports figures will follow in
Tiger Woods' lucrative footsteps.
"There has to be trust, and he's
just taken a grenade to any kind of
traditional agreement that you'd
normally have," said John Sweeney,

director of sports communication at
the University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill's School of Journalism
and Mass Communication.
Accenture severed ties with
Woods on Sunday, two days after
he announced an indefinite leave
from golf to work on his marriage
after admitting infidelities. It said

New program eases

student loan payments

For many professions, the price
of admission is higher education.
Unfortunately, college degree costs
have skyrocketed, so people often
to enter the workforce saddled with
massive student loans and monthly
loan payments that strain their start-
ing salaries.
In response, the Obama
Administration recently launched a
new, more lenient repayment pro-
gram called income-based repay-
ment (IBR) for many types of fed-
erally guaranteed student loans.
IBR may be especially beneficial
for low-income people, the unem-
ployed and those who work at low-
paying, "public service" jobs in
education, the government or non-
profit organizations.
Under IBR, required monthly
payments are capped at an afford-
able level relative to your adjusted
gross income, family size and state
of residence. For example, if you
earn less than 150 percent of the
government's poverty level for your
family size, you would pay zero. As
your income increases, so will your
monthly payment up to no more
than 15 percent of income that
exceeds that same 150 percent of
poverty level.
One of IBR's best selling features
is that the government will forgive
any debt still owed after 25 years of
consistent repayment. Those quali-
fying under the public service defi-
nition must only repay their loans
for 10 years before the balance will
be discharged.
A few other IBR features:
Only certain government-guaran-
teed loans such as Stafford and
Grad PLUS loans qualify; private
loans, Parent PLUS and consolidat-
ed loans containing Parent PLUS
loans do not.

Qualifying loans can be new or
old and for any type of education.
IBR payments are adjusted annu-
ally to reflect changes in income
and family size.
You must submit updated income
documentation to your lender each
year. If your income rises, so will
your payment amount, although
never above what you would other-
wise pay under a standard 10-year
repayment schedule.
There is no qualifying income
ceiling, although higher-income
people would need extremely high
outstanding loan balances to qualify
for IBR.
If, after you've begun repaying
your student loans, your income is
too low to meet payments, contact
your lender, which can determine
whether the loan qualifies for IBR.
IBRs do have several potential
Loans in default are not eligible.
Because IBR will likely extend
the term of your loan, you'll proba-
bly accrue more interest than under
a standard 10-year payoff.
The amount of debt discharged
after 25 years will be subject to
income tax at that time, unless
Congress changes the current law.
(Although, if you are eligible for
the 10-year public service program,
your debt will be discharged tax-
free after you've made 120 month-
ly payments).
If you expect your financial hard-
ship to be temporary, other loan
repayment options, such as eco-
nomic hardship deferment, forbear-
ance and extended repayment, may
be better options. For details on
these options, go to
and search "Trouble Repaying
Debt." FinAid also features a calcu-
lator to compare IBR with standard

and extended repayment options
under a variety of income scenarios
(click "Calculators").
For eligibility details and other
helpful information, you can also
visit the U.S. Department of
Education (go to and search
"IBR") and the Project on Student
Debt (

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Others evaluating their
relationship with Woods
include AT&T Inc. and
Swiss watchmaker Tag
Heuer. Procter & Gamble
Co.'s Gillette brand said it
was distancing itself.

he was "no longer the right repre-
sentative" of the company's values.
That's not surprising since the
global consulting firm had pinned
its entire identity on the golfer and
bragged that he embodied
Accenture's values of perfection
and integrity.
Others evaluating their relation-
ship with Woods include AT&T Inc.
and Swiss watchmaker Tag Heuer.
Procter & Gamble Co.'s Gillette
brand said this weekend it was dis-
tancing itself from him by not air-
ing ads featuring Woods.
Nike Inc., PepsiCo Inc.'s
Gatorade and EA Sports say they
are standing by him.
Some companies are likely to use
the implosion of Tiger Inc. as a
warning that they must closely
scrutinize all off-the-field behavior
of any sports star they're consider-
ing hiring and just how much bene-
fit they're getting.
Even then, they'll likely be wary
of ads that bank on a celebrity's
image and instead go for that star's
endorsement of a product.
"Brands continually will come
back to individuals who they
believe will help them sell more
product," said Rick Burton, former
chief marketing officer of the
United States Olympic Committee
and now a sports marketing profes-
sor at Syracuse University. "The
capitalism of all this is if Tiger can
help somebody sell a brand in the
future, they're going to use Tiger."

Foreclosure demand dips

as supply continues to rise

U.S. home buyers are less will-
ing to buy foreclosed properties
than they were six months ago,
citing risks like hidden costs, but
demand could grow because of
the government's expanded tax
credit, a survey has revealed.
A continued drop in demand for
the multitude of foreclosed prop-
erties adds a fresh layer of pain to
a housing market just emerging
from a three-year nosedive.
The percentage of Americans
somewhat likely to consider buy-
ing a foreclosed home fell to 43 %
in November, sharply below
May's 55 percent, according to a
survey by Harris Interactive.
The survey was conducted in
November on behalf of, a real estate search
Buyer expectations are becom-
ing more realistic, said Trulia
Chief Executive Pete Flint.
Next year "government inter-
ventions will start to disappear,
shadow inventory will hit the
market and mortgage rates will
start to rise" to around 6 percent
from under 5 percent, he said.
Shadow inventory includes hous-
es that banks now hold but have
yet to put up for sale.
Double-digit unemployment
will push more owners into fore-
closure, further destabilizing the
housing market and pressing
prices down another 5 to 10 per-
cent, said Flint.
Some closely watched meas-
ures show prices have toppled by
about 30 percent on average from
2006 peaks. Although prices are
rising in some areas, the survey
found lingering concern about
buying now, when prices could

fall still further.
Demand for foreclosed proper-
ties, which are often deeply dis-
counted compared with other
homes on the market, is of partic-
ular concern. RealtyTrac expects
over 3 million properties will
receive at least one foreclosure
notice this year, up from a record
2.3 million last year.
The company reported that
November was the fourth straight
month of declines in foreclosure
actions, thanks to various loan
modification efforts. But it said
many of those problem mortgages
would fail anyway.
Real estate investors, renters
and homeowners looking to
"trade up" to a larger house still
show strong interest in foreclosed
properties, the survey found.
Although overall demand
dropped, a large share of current
homeowners looking to trade up
are willing to consider such a pur-
About 24 percent of homeown-
ers are at least somewhat likely to
trade up to a larger home. Of
these, 88 percent are at least
somewhat likely to consider a
foreclosure, the survey found.
Demand from those buyers
could rise due to the government's
new $6,500 tax credit for current
homeowners who buy a new
home. These are the "trade-up" or
"move-up" buyers.
Buyers looking to lock in that
incentive, as well as buyers want-
ing to take advantage of the
$8,000 first-time homebuyer
credit, need to sign contracts by
the end of April and close on
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NASITRA Celebrates 50th Anniversary Operation BlessingI
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Shown above are NASITRA members (L-R) Hal Weston, Henry Roberson, Michael Benefield, Jerome
Bell. George Greenhill, Roger Sherles, Kennedy Mumford, Ulysses Stockling, Eddie Curry and William
Lewis. R. Silver photo

Members of the NASITRA Club
(artisan spelled backwards), cele-
brated their 50th anniversary last
week at the St. Thomas Family Life
Center. The ceremonious evening
included an invocation, tribute to
deceased members, remarks and
benediction by Pastor Ernie
Murray. A highlight of the evening
was a special presentation by

Arnette Green for the organiza-
tion's effort to "buy Black" and
recycle dollars within the African-
American community.
The NASITRA Club was found-
ed on the principles of integrity,
honesty, hard work and reliability
in 1959 by a few forward thinking
skilled craftsmen who worked at
the Naval Air Station referred to as

"Artisans". The club has spent
much of the last fifty years working
to improve the condition of the
community in general and young
men in particular.
The aforementioned traits set the
premise allowing the club to con-
tribute to the educational and social
development of the community
which it has sustained itself over
the years. Benefactors of their phi-
lanthropy include: Edward Water
College, YMCA, Boy Scouts,
Eartha White Nursing Home and
the Clara White Mission.

Though the game was blacked out, over 60,000 fans attended the recent Jaguars disappointing defeat by the
Miami Dolphins 10-14. Shown above are (left) Korey McClendon, Lisa Green, Richard Jones, Johnnie West and
(right) Curtis Gregg and Latria Gregg End Zone. The Jaguars will play a crucial nationally televised game this
Thursday against the undefeated Indianapolis Colts. The Jags will then get a break before the Dec. 27th away
game against the New England Patriots.

The 10 Congressional Black Caucus Members of Congress who sit
on the House Financial Services Committee are, from left, Rep.
Emanuel Cleaver II (Mo.), Rep. Gwen Moore (Wis.), Rep. Mel Watt
(N.C.), Rep. Al Green (Texas), Rep. Andre Carson (Ind.), Rep. Maxine
Waters (Calif.), Rep. David Scott (Ga.), Rep. Gregory Meeks (N.Y.),
Rep. Keith Ellison (Minn.), and Rep. William Lacy Clay, Jr. (Mo.).

Continued from front
we're saying, what do we get for
all of this cooperation? What are we
delivering to our communities?
And the answer is little or nothing."
Describing horrid conditions in
their districts that clearly illustrate
disparate suffering in the African-
American communities, each of the
10 members in separate inter-
views described what their con-
stituents are dealing with and told
why they must continue to act.
"Members of the Congressional
Black Caucus are being bombarded
with requests for assistance by
minority businesses that have no
capital," continued Waters. "The
banks won't lend them any money.
They're either closing down or
threatening to be closed down. The
joblessness is off the scale. Not
only do we have long lines seeking
unemployment, but on
Thanksgiving Day around the
country including the scenes that
came out of Atlanta and Los
Angeles there were thousands of
people standing in line for turkeys
and turkey dinners. In Los Angeles,
I walked a four-block square place
where they were giving out baskets.
In that line were the disabled. One
lady was 94 years old."
Joblessness, frustration, hopeless-
ness the sentiments are synony-
mous from state to state.

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA),
Chairwoman of the Congressional
Black Caucus, is supportive of the
Financial Services Committee's
stance and said in a statement fol-
lowing remarks by President
Barack Obama on job creation and
economic growth. "President
Obama's speech was another sober
reminder of the important work we
must do to grow our economy and
create jobs. While we agree with
the president that support for small
businesses, infrastructure invest-
ment and green jobs is essential, we
also believe that much more needs
to be done, particularly for those
Americans who are hurting most."
What the 10 Black members did
was boycott the committee's final
vote on a broad-sweeping financial
overhaul bill. Instead, they were
over at the White House trying to
obtain greater funding for econom-
ic advances in the Black communi-
ty. The vote passed narrowly, but
the CBC's action effectively forced
$4 billion to the table to go directly
toward helping people keep their
homes after they've lost their jobs.
In addition to the needs of Black
businesses, home owners and the
jobless, a news release describing
the boycott specifically cited the
importance of spending federal
advertising dollars with Black

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Every ten years, following the
census, each state legislature
around the country is told by the
federal government the number of
congressional seats that it qualifies
for based on population.
During that same process state
legislatures are also charged with
the reapportionment of state house
and senate seats as well. In Florida,
our legislature is one of the more
unique bodies in the country
because the body doesn't necessari-
ly represent the state's demography.
Blacks and Hispanics make up
more than a third of our population,
but only around a tenth of state
elected offices with none in
statewide constitutional elected
Florida has 26 African American
legislators, 19 members of the
House of Representatives and
seven Senators.
So while minority access seats
have helped initially, they have also
relegated blacks and Hispanics to
those districts in many cases.
Diversity is still sorely lacking at
the state legislative level.
Now keep that tidbit of informa-
tion in the back of your mind as we
move on to a slightly different, but
related topic.
One of the biggest issues that
every single state in the union faces
every 10 years is the reapportion-
ment process. Again, it is the
responsibility of each state legisla-
ture to redistrict their state into the
appropriate numbers of congres-
sional districts.
Since a single party usually con-

trols the state legislature, which
would be the Republican Party in
Florida's case, that party typically
attempts to ensure that both the fed-
eral and state seats are drawn to
their advantage.
I always here people associate
the term "gerrymandering" with
minority access seats, but party
gerrymandering is much more
prevalent than racial manipulation.
This exploitation of electoral dis-
tricts or "gerrymandering" is an
illegal process, but that doesn't stop
the controlling party from figuring
out ways to get it done within the
confines of the law.
If you look at the make up of the
state's electorate, Republicans and
Democrats are fairly even, but
there are slightly more registered
Democrats in the state. So why is
the legislature overwhelmingly
That answer is easy mostly
because Republicans have con-
trolled the last two redistricting
And that's where the issue of fair-
ness comes into play.
Well, a nonpartisan or at least
somewhat bi-partisan group called
Fair Districts Florida plans to
attempt to take the politics out of
redistricting by pushing a referen-
dum that would require the legisla-
ture to draw lines based on geo-
graphic boundaries.
The reason I say that organiza-
tion is somewhat bipartisan is
because the organization's chair-
man is a Republican and former
state legislator. His name is Thorn

Rumberger, and he's a Tallahassee
lawyer by trade who participated in
the 1992 redistricting battle and
later vowed to change it.
However, the balance of the
organization's supporters are
minority legislators, civil rights
groups, and Democrats.
Of course, not many Republicans
support the referendum efforts
because it would essentially limit
the amount of "creativity" they
could use when redrawing legisla-
tive districts.
And let me not throw GOP legis-
lators under the bus by themselves
because the measure would affect
some Democrats as well. Most
incumbents are very protective of
the districts they represent and
want to make sure that seats are
drawn so that they have a very high
likelihood of being re-elected.
In fact, the stakes were so high
that a group of Republican legisla-
tors sued to stop the petition drive,
but eventually lost in court.
Now the goal of Fair Districts
Florida is to obtain 676,811 legiti-
mate signatures by February 1,
2010, to put two constitutional-
amendment proposals on the ballot
in the fall.
The referendum certainly makes
a lot of sense when you think about
the current process and the unbal-
anced representation in
Tallahassee. But sometimes there
are unintended consequences that
have to be considered when evalu-
ating a movement of this magni-
Caught in the middle of the

debate are black elected officials.
Perhaps what's most ironic is that
African Americans have clearly
been the most loyal Democratic
voting block since blacks made the
mass migration to the party in the
1950s and 60s.
Because of past discriminatory
practices, the Voting Rights Act of
1965 protects minority access dis-
tricts as a means enabling African
American representation. Here's
the catch though, if a district that a
black elected official holds does
not have a majority minority popu-
lation then that district technically
is not protected by the Voting
Rights Act.
So if the referendum passes, one
of the casualties of war maybe
some of the districts currently held
by blacks and Hispanics. If these
districts are redrawn based on
geography and the minority popu-
lation is diluted, then it may be
much harder for blacks and
Hispanics to be elected or re-elect-
And I am certainly not saying
that it will be impossible or unlike-
ly, but it will certainly be much
harder for minorities to win dis-
tricts with smaller percentages of
blacks and Hispanics.
The stakes are definitely high -
especially with February 1, 2010
being right around the corner. I
haven't fully formed my opinion on
the matter yet, but stay tuned for
more debate.
Signing off from House District
Reggie Fullwood

Obama Again Reminds He's Not Black President Obama

by E. 0. Hutchinson
The Congressional Black Caucus
got another painful reminder that
President Obama is not black
President Obama. In a press inter-
view Obama bluntly said that he
would not propose any special ini-
tiatives for blacks. Obama's sharp
retort was in direct response to
questions about how he'd solve a
glaring problem and a glaring
demand from the Caucus. The
problem is the astronomical high
unemployment rate for blacks,
especially young black males.
Latest job figures show joblessness
for young black males matches and
in some parts of the country tops
the unemployment rate at the
height of the 1930s Great
The Congressional Black Caucus
demanded that Obama specifically
shell out more money and formu-
late more programs to help the
black jobless and to aid cash
strapped minority broadcasters and
minority businesses. The Caucus
lightly saber rattled Obama with
the threat of delaying or even
opposing his financial regulation
plan if he didn't play ball. The
Caucus is about as likely to buck
Obama on the financial legislation
when the final House vote is taken
as the American Bankers
Association is to back it. But the
Caucus made its point. And so did
Obama when he reiterated that he
won't propose any new programs
for blacks.

Obama set that in stone from the
first day of his presidential cam-
paign. In his candidate declaration
speech in Springfield, Illinois in
February 2007, he made only the
barest mention of race. The focus
was on change, change for every-
one. He had little choice. The insti-
tution of the presidency, and what it
takes to get it, demands that racial
typecasting be scrapped. Obama
would have had no hope of winning
the Democratic presidential nomi-
nation, let alone the presidency, if
there had been any hint that he
embraced the race-tinged politics
of Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson.
His campaign would have been
marginalized and compartmental-
ized as merely the politics of racial
symbolism. The month after he got
in the White House he mildly chid-
ed Attorney General Eric Holder
for calling Americans cowards for
not candidly talking about race.
Obama got a bitter taste of the
misery that race can cause a presi-
dent him when in an unscripted
moment he spoke his mind and
blasted a Cambridge cop for cuff-
ing and manhandling Harvard
University professor Henry Louis
Gates. The loud squeals that he was
a bigot, racist and anti police for
siding with Gates bounced off the
Oval Office walls. A chagrined
Obama back pedaled fast and asked
all for forgiveness. There would no
White House repeat of the Gates
Obama has clung tightly to the

centrist blueprint Bill Clinton laid
out for a Democratic presidential
candidate to win elections, and to
govern after he won. The blueprint
required that the Democratic presi-
dential candidate tout a strong
defense, the war against terrorism,
a vague plan for winding down the
Iraq War, tepid proposals to control
greenhouse emissions, mild tax
reform for the middle class, a cau-
tious plan for affordable health
care, pro business solutions to job-
lessness, and make only the most
genteel reproach of Wall Street.
The Clinton blueprint also
required a Democratic presidential
candidate to formulate a moderate
agenda on civil rights, poverty, fail-
ing inner city public schools, the
HIV-AIDS crisis, and the racially
skewed criminal justice system in
written policy statements. And then
say virtually nothing about any of
these things on the campaign trail.
Democratic presidential candidates
Al Gore and John Kerry followed
the Clinton blueprint to the letter
during their campaign and if either
had won, the likelihood is they
would not made these problems
priority items in their White House.
Obama is tugged hard by corpo-
rate and defense industry lobbyists,
the oil and nuclear power industry,
government regulators, environ-
mental watchdog groups, conserva-
tive family values groups, conser-
vative GOP senators and house
members, foreign diplomats and
leaders. They all have their priori-

ties and agendas and all vie hard to
get White House support for their
pet legislation, or to kill or cripple
legislation that threatens their inter-
ests. The health care reform battle
and the decision to escalate in
Afghanistan or near textbook
examples of this. The two dozen
back door meetings Obama had
with the major pharmaceuticals and
private insurers at the White House
in February virtually guaranteed -
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Joe lackson

Root of an

American Dynasty
No matter how mainstream media implies Joe Jackson should be ostra-
cized from "proper society", actions of the family continually contradict that
view. While a large percentage of the American population scorns "Papa
Joe", not so among the Jacksons. Mainstream media's publics' rile has been
up since Joe Jackson sought a $15,000 a month allowance from Michael's
estate. Should Joseph Walter Jackson be bestowed $180,000 per annum
from Michael Jackson's estate? Should Papa Joe be viewed as a rouge, or
Based on traditional American values, Joe Jackson is an African-American
"role-model". Now, a father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Joe Jackson
is the root of his family's successes. During the Thanksgiving holiday peri-
od Papa Joe hosted third son Jermaine, and his brood, and Michael's chil-
dren Prince, 12, Paris, 11, Blanket, 7, and 'secret son' Omer Bhatti at his Las
Vegas ranch. This gathering contrasted with the public's opinion and
ridicule that Joe Jackson is not entitled to a stipend from the estate of his sev-
enth child.
Symbolically, you could say that: From this tree grew mighty oaks. Born
in Arkansas in 1929, Joe married Katherine Scruse in Gary, Indiana in 1949
and maintained his family by working as a crane operator at Gary's U.S.
Steel Company. In the mid-1950s, Joe embarked on a music career with his
brother Luther, playing guitar in a band called The Falcons. The Falcons
never got a record deal, causing Joe to return to U.S. Steel full-time after a
couple of years hiatus.
Like the fathers of Andy Williams and the Williams Brothers, Donnie
Osmond and the Osmond Family, it was the family patriarch's tenacity and
determination behind their children's', and subsequent generations', over-
whelming successes. During the early 1960s, Joe Jackson worked two jobs
to support six boys and three girls. Michael was born in 1958, but by 1964
Joseph had discovered that the three eldest sons, Jackie, Tito and Jermaine,
had musical talent. Seeing that budding talent, Joe helped form an early
incarnation of The Jackson 5 with two neighborhood youths, though even-
tually Marlon and Michael formed the Jackson 5. It was under Joe's strict
leadership that the Jackson 5 polished their talents. In 1967, they turned pro-
fessional, and the group signed with Motown Records in 1968. Much of the
public's perception of him is based on the decline in Joe's managerial role
when Motown CEO Berry Gordy took personal charge of the Jacksons' act.
Rouge you say? All too often Michael Joseph Jackson's success is chron-
icled separate of Papa Joe. All the family attributes Michael's accomplish-
ments directly to Papa Joe. The estate has an estimated worth of $2.5 bil-
lion. It controls billions in assets, future royalties on music rights, real estate
and other holdings. It holds the lucrative Sony/ATV catalog which con-
tains 250 Beatles songs, music from Elvis Pressley and Little Richard. He
still co-owned Neverland Ranch and surrounding 2,600 acres in pristine
Santa Barbara County. Michael's MiJack music catalog is a valuable com-
modity. Since death, Michael's earning power increased. Albums that he'd
previously released have gained new life and racked up 4 million new sales.
Michael had honored his father with an annual "Joseph Jackson Day" at
Neverland Ranch. Joe Jackson represents a father and authority figure most
African American families never know. In the eyes of the Jackson Family,
if anyone deserves an income from the labors of Michael Jackson, it should
be Papa Joe. Now 8, Joe suffers from diabetes and contends that he was sup-
ported by Michael before his death through payments that were made to
Katherine Jackson and was passed on to him. Joe's expenses exceed
$20,000 per month; his income from Social Security is $1,700.
Mrs. Jackson's income from the estate is four times what Joe's requesting.
For her support, and that of Michael's three publicly-known children,
Katherine Jackson, 79, receives $86,000 a month. Katherine supports her
husband's request for a monthly allowance. Jermaine Jackson says it's
ridiculous that his father even had to ask for payments in the first place and
states: "The fact is my father is the estate. He created it."

Community Mourning Loss of

Noted Women of Distinction

Shown above (left) the Edward Waters College Concert Choir performs a medley of Christmas songs by the famed composer Handel. (Right)
Bishop McKinley Young (left) presents Edward Waters College president Claudette Williams with a check for $20,000 at the "Unity in the
Community" Benefit Concert.

Pastors Raise $20,000 for EWC at Benefit Concert at Shiloh

by M. Latimer
Held at Shiloh Metropolitan
Baptist Church last week, the
"Unity in the Community" Benefit
Concert raised more than $20,000
for Edward Waters College.
Organized by Bishop McKinley

Young of the llth AME Episcopal
District, the event was the effort of
the "EWC Unity in the Community
Ecumenical Steering Committee."
The committee is comprised of
church leaders from a variety of
Christian denominations across the

First Coast and includes the follow-
ing: Rev. Landon Williams of
Greater Macedonia Baptist Church;
Rev. Gary Williams of First Baptist
Church of Mandarin; Rev. Mark
Griffith of Wayman Chapel AME;
Rev. Tony Hansberry of Greater

Grant Memorial AME Church;
Presiding Elder and EWC alumnus
Elizabeth Yates of the Alachua-
Central District of the AME East
Conference; and Rev. H.B. Charles,
Jr. of Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist

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June Buggs Davis
Director and part owner of Davis
Funeral Home, and later Buggs-
Bellamy Funeral Services. Prior to
that, from 1963-1987, she was a
Music Educator in the Baker
County and Duval County Public
School Systems, motivating, train-
ing and guiding her young students
to strive for excellence in the field
of music. Her last assignment was
as the Ribault Senior High School
Choral Director.
She is survived by a loving fami-
ly: siblings, Andrew J. Buggs, Jr.
(Betty), Clifford Buggs, Sr.
(Miriam), Charles Buggs
(Georgia), Karen Jenkins
(Godfrey), Barbara Hugley, Harrel
Buggs (JoAnn); nieces/caregivers,
Karen and Sharron Patterson; one
aunt Henrietta Haynes Wolfe, two
uncles Quincy Haynes (Annie) of
Valdosta Georgia, and Hoover
Haynes (Dorothy) Lizella Georgia
and a host of other relatives and
dear friends.
Visitation will be in the church on
Friday from 3-7:00 p.m. and
Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the
hour of service. Interment:
Edgewood Cemetery.
Arrangements are being held by
Buggs Bellamy Funeral Services.
Martha P. Cummings
Continued from front
remained until the company
closed. She later went to work for
The Atlanta Life Insurance

Company until the company relo-
Mrs. Cummings became the "vol-
unteer extraordinaire" in working in
many political campaigns. Most
politicians sought her assistance
due to her demeanor, honesty and
tenacity to get the job done. She
could always be counted on to do
an outstanding job.
She also had the distinction of
being called the "card lady". She
garnered that title for often sending
special greetings to many persons
for all occasions, and remembering
these dates from memory.
Not wanting to stay at home in her
senior years, she enrolled in a com-
puter class at the Schell-Sweet
Center at Edward Waters College,
where she later became a volunteer
for the past seven years. She greet-
ed all who entered the building with
a big smile, and insuring them that
all would be well "Beautiful just
like you and the weather."
She is survived by a loving
daughter, Sandra C. Thompson,
grandchildren, Darryl, and Devritt
Thompson, great-grandchildren,
Devritt, II and Devrionte'
Thompson, aunt, Willye F. Dennis,
uncle, Leo Dennis, Sr., sisters-in-
law, Ruth C. Solomon, and Thelma
C. Howard. And a host of loved
ones who will miss her dearly.
Final rites of service will be held
Saturday December 19, 2009, at 10
a.m. at West Union Baptist Church.
Arrangements are provided by
Lewis and Smith Mortuary.

River Region celebrates and honors achievement River Region Human Services held their annual
Christmas Party and Awards Celebration last weekend for a festive event that include dancing, catered food, a DJ and Door prizes. Receiving the high-
est honor of the evening was former City Councilman King Holzendorf who was recognized for 35 years of dedicated service to the organization. Shown
above at the event are (L-R) Ed McCall V.P of River Region Human Services Kimberly Holzendorf (daughter), honoree King Holzendorf recognized
for 35 years of dedicated service, Derya Williams River Region Human Services CEO, Betty Holzendorf and Minerva Bryant of River Region Human
Services. FMPPHoto

Jamison exiting Alvin Ailey
All good things must come to an end, but for Judith
Jamison, stepping down as as Alvin Ailey American
Dance Theater's artistic director doesn't mean she's com-
pletely severing ties. The 2009-2010 season, which
kicked off Dec. 2 at New York's City Center, celebrates
Jamison's 20th year at the helm of what is arguably the
most renown dance company in the world.
Although Jamison was running two dance companies at the time of
Ailey's death in 1989, she said there was no hesitation in taking over the
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
"I loved the man," Jamison reflected this week from the company's
headquarters in New York City. "I worked with him for 15 years, and
when you are asked by someone you love to take over their life's work,
there is no time for questioning. There was no great dilemma, you just


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meat thermometer-inserted into the thickest
part (not touching bone or fat)-reaches 145F
or desired temperature.

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Prep and Cook: 3 hours
(Makes 8 servings.)

4 carrots (rinsed)
2 medium onions (rinsed)
1 (24-oz) bag baby potatoes (rinsed)
8 celery ribs (rinsed)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 standing rib roast (4-5 lb)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3 sprigs fresh rosemary (rinsed)
3/4 cup horseradish sauce
11/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon pepper

1. Preheat oven to 475F. Peel carrots, remove ends and skin from
onion; cut both into 1-inch pieces. Cut potatoes and celery into
1-inch pieces. Combine all vegetables and olive oil in large bowl,
stirring until evenly coated; transfer to medium-size roasting pan.
Season roast on all sides with salt. Place roast on rack arranged
over vegetables (wash hands). Place roast in oven and immediately
reduce heat to 325'F. Bake 1 hour.
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Worcestershire sauce, and pepper; set aside.
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before slicing; slice and serve.

Prep and Cook: 25 minutes
(Makes 4 servings.)

6 oz part-skim mozzarella cheese
8 Bakery potato rolls
4 teaspoons herb garlic butter, divided
1 (24x 12-inch) sheet aluminum foil

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(Makes 8 servings.)

16 ounces frozen green peas
1 tablespoon water
1/2 cup Caesar salad dressing
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning herb paste

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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.

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(comer ofCassat Ave. & Plymouth); Wayman Chapel, 8855 Sanchez
(Baymeadows area) or the Mattie V. Rutherford Education Center, 1514
Hubbard Street.
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 or 739-7500.
Greater Macedonia to hold
special Holiday Services
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 Mvalinda Robinson of the Love of a Dove International
Ministry Inc. For more information call 631-7134.

Epiphany Baptist presents Sexual
Behavior Ministry for young adults
Epiphany Baptist Church will host its First Sexual Behavior Ministry
Seminar entitled M.A.R.K.:
Managing, Adult, Relationships with Knowledge. It will be held on
Saturday December 19, 2009 at Epiphany Baptist Church from 11:00 a.m.
to 2:30 p.m.
M.A.R.K. is a newly developed program for young adults ranging from
age 12-21 years old to aid in wise decision making. The seminar will
include discussions on abortion, homosexually and prevention methods.
Youth are encouraged to come out and take part in this event. All parents
will be asked to excuse themselves from the area where the seminar will
take place so that their youth will not get discouraged from asking nay
question they may have. Lunch will be served. For more information call
(904) 384-8129. The church is located at 633 S. Mc DuffAve. Jacksonville,
Fl., 32205.

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" Churches Revive Dying Ones

Hermia Williams portrays "Mary" in the Stage Aurora production
of "The Black Nativity" by Langston Hughes. T Austin
Black Nativity brought to life Stage Aurora
Theatrical Company recently presented their Annual holiday favorite,
Black Nativity written by Langston Hughes, December 4 -13th. Held in the
Performance Hall inside the Gateway Town Center, the Black Nativity daz-
zled audiences of all ages with its rousing gospel music, superbly per-
formed dance numbers, brilliant costumes and the majesty of Langston
Hughes' poetry.

Declining and dying congrega-
tions have found a new way to fill
their pews church mergers.
While the practice itself may not
be new, more churches today have
taken on a newer and more success-
ful approach.
In recent years, congregations
across the country that are dwin-
dling in numbers have been contact-
ing larger, healthier, and oftentimes
younger (in terms of attendees)
churches for help. A lot of times
those calls result in "acquisitions" in
which the struggling church adopts
the identity of the larger and func-
tions as an extension campus.
Mergers in the 1950s often
involved declining churches on both
ends and just did not work, whereas
now they involve at least one
healthy church.
Warren Bird, research director at
Leadership Network, sees huge
potential in the new mergers, or
what he calls "declining restarts."

"They become new campuses of
another church and it's very exciting
[to see] the outreach, the conver-
sions, the renewed passion for disci-
pleship ... It's a growing thing," said
Bird, who studied mergers for the
newly released book A Multi-Site
Church Road Trip.
In the book, he details the consol-
idation of a growing church in
Manhasset, N.Y., and a church of
about 34 people just 20 minutes
away. Shelter Rock Church's pastor,
Steve Tomlinson, received a call for
help from a pastoral acquaintance
whose church was experiencing
major decline. After an affirming
vote from both congregations, the
struggling church became Shelter
Rock Church, Syosset campus and
changes were drastic.
The church building was remod-
eled and Shelter Rock's teaching
staff and musicians began leading
the acquired church. As a result,
continued on page 9

Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19 20

Pastor Landon Williams

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

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

Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Sr.
Senior Pastor

Weekly Services

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

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

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

Come share In Holy Communlon on 1st Sunday at 450 p.m.

Bishop Rudolph
McKissick, Jr.
Senior Pastor

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

Grace and Peace

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

Pastor Ernie Murray
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Non-profit steps up to provide Cribs for Christmas
- More Jacksonville babies will be safer and healthier thanks to the dona-
tions rolling in to Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Cribs for Christmas
campaign. Most recently, representatives from Fresh Ministries
Comptroller Dept. (L-R) Shannon Baudino and Karen Lee presenting a
check to HMHB Executive Director Vanessa Boyer. The organization's
other holiday contributors include Delta Sigma Theta and Zeta Phi Beta

TX Nigerians faced with slavery charges
DALLAS -A Nigerian couple faces charges of forcing a widow from
their country to work as an indentured servant for nearly a decade in
A grand jury indicted Emmanuel and Ngozi Nnaji (NAH'-gee) this
week on charges of conspiracy, forced labor, document servitude, alien
harboring and false statements.
Prosecutors say the couple promised the woman a salary and financial
support for her six children in Nigeria. But once she arrived in the
Dallas-Fort Worth area in 1997, authorities allege the Nnajis took her
travel documents, forced her to work long hours with no days off and
refused her requests to return home or be paid.
The Nnajis each face up to 55 years in prison if convicted.

by Michael Cottman, BAW severe impact on our community,"
For Dr. Stephanie Johnson, a said Johnson, who is also a clinical
black neuro-psychologist and researcher. "We need to have more
founder of The International discussions about dementia and
Dementia Research Foundation, her educate the African-American com-
passion for helping African- munity."
American women cope with Johnson's International Dementia
Alzheimer's disease is personal. Research Foundation (IDRF) is a
Johnson's mother, who is 64, was private non-profit foundation based
diagnosed with Alzheimer's in in Washington, D.C. and seeks to
2008, and Johnson's 81-year-old address issues of Alzheimer's
African-Americans may have a higher risk for
diabetes, a disease with a strong connection to
Alzheimer's, vascular dementia and
High blood pressure is more com-
mon among African-Americans. HBP
is a risk factor for stroke, which can
lead to a greater risk for developing
Having high cholesterol increases
the risk for stroke, and may increase the
risk for Alzheimer's.
African-Americans may have a higher rate
of vascular (stroke-related) dementia.
The number of African-Americans entering the age -
of Alzheimer risk (age 65 or older) is expected to more
than double to 6.9 million by 2030.

grandmother also has dementia.
"Dementia is such a devastating
disease for African-Americans and
people of color, and it's having a

More minority college coaches emerging

College football is finally seeing
a few hiring gains of minorities.
Most recently, Louisville became
the fourth major school since
Thanksgiving to name an African
American head coach with the
appointment of Florida defensive
coordinator Charlie Strong.
Most recently, Virginia gave
Richmond coach and former UVa
defensive coordinator Mike
London a five-year contract for
$1.7 million a year.
The recent hirings brings the
number of minority head coaches in
the 120-school Football Bowl
Subdivision to a total of 13. That
number sets a record in a sport
where nearly two-thirds of all play-
ers are minorities. African
Americans were named last month

to lead programs at Western
Kentucky (Willie Taggart) and
Memphis (Larry Porter).
There could be more. As teams
continue to search for coaches,
Buffalo head coach and ex-
Nebraska quarterback Turner Gill,
who already counts among the 13,
is a Kansas target.
Floyd Keith, executive director of
the Black Coaches and
Administrators, said he's hopeful of
a turning point. "We'll know at the
end of this (hiring and firing)
cycle," he said. "But I don't think
I've ever seen the front end of the
cycle be this productive."
Retired NFL coach Tony Dungy,
who is working with the NCAA on
the issue has expressed encourage-
ment. He's been tracking the loca-

Merging churches
Continued from page 8
attendance grew and even former members returned to the now vibrant
It's been four years now since the merger and Shelter Rock has been
receiving calls from other churches with declining membership.
"I think a lot of churches are looking for a way to get a fresh start on
reaching their communities," Tomlinson told Bird.
While mergers typically result in higher weekly attendance, veterans of
mergers are not likely to frame their success in terms of numbers, accord-
ing to Bird. Instead, they ask such questions as "Is the result a healthier
environment for growth?" or "Are we moving a greater percentage of peo-
ple into service capacity?"
More churches are considering the merger option as U.S. congregations
grow older and smaller.
In 2008, less than half of American congregations from old line and
evangelical Protestantism, to Catholic, Orthodox and other world religions
- reported growth in the past five years of 2 percent or more, according to
the Faith Communities Today 2008 survey. Three years earlier, 58 percent
said they experienced growth in worship attendance.
Also, only 35 percent of congregations said they were spiritually vital and
alive in 2008 compared to 42 percent in 2005.
"Declining churches and, in some cases, dying churches are saying 'we
love Jesus [but] we can't reach the neighborhood," Bird said. "[C]hurch
mergers in this new sense of completely restarting one of them may
hold significant potential for the future health and expansion of the
American church."

tion of hires as much as the num-
bers. Randy Shannon of Miami
was the only one of 2009's nine
minority coaches in one of the six
marquee conferences: Atlantic
Coast, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12,
Pacific-10 and Southeastern.
Virginia's London and
Louisville's Strong makes it three
conferences with minority coaches.
"The BCS schools, that's the
place we have to look, because
that's where you have a chance to
win a national championship." said

disease and related dementias in
ethnic minorities and women by
encouraging the development of
culturally sensitive treatments.
Johnson said it's critical that
African-Americans get diagnosed
early in order to get the necessary
treatment to fight the disease
because blacks have a much higher
rate of dementia than whites. She
said more and more individuals will
face either having to care for some-
one with the disease or succumbing
to it themselves in the years ahead.
Part of her calling, Johnson said,
is to help African-American seniors
get access to information about
Alzheimer's disease because many
do not have access to computers
and the Internet.
She is not alone. The federal gov-

emnment has also recognized the
importance of education about
Alzheimer's disease, and President
Barack Obama proclaimed October
as Alzheimer's Disease Awareness
"The physical and emotional
demands of caring for a loved one
with Alzheimer's

can be
overwhelming, but no one should
face this disease alone," Obama
said. "During National Alzheimer's
Disease Awareness Month, we rec-
ognize all those living with
Alzheimer's disease and honor the
caregivers, including families and
friends, who support them. We also
renew our commitment to research
that is improving treatments for this
illness and may one day prevent it
Johnson, who opened her private
practice in October, is both a clini-
cal and research neuro-psychologist
and is currently the director of the
Office of Applied Psychological
Science for the American
Psychological Association.
She received extensive training in
the area of differential diagnosis of
Alzheimer's disease and related
dementias while completing a post-

doctoral fellowship at the Joseph
and Kathleen Bryan Alzheimer's
Disease Research Center at Duke
University Medical Center.
As the first African-American to
complete a post-doctoral fellowship
at the center, Johnson spent her
time conducting clinical research
on the behavioral and genetic corre-
lates of Alzheimer's dis-
In addi-
tion to

duties at Bryan
ADRC, Johnson
developed a unique research pro-
gram, which explored the role of
depression and environmental
stress in African-Americans diag-
nosed with Alzheimer's. The pro-
gram was developed to improve
clinical diagnosis and increase
access to mental health care in eld-
erly African-Americans.
Johnson said she is one of only
about 50 African-American doctors
in the United States specializing in
Alzheimer's and other forms of
Today, medical experts say more
than five million Americans suffer
from dementia. An estimated 10
million African-Americans may
have severe dementia by the year
"As a nation," Johnson said, "we
need to talk more about dementia
like we talk about heart disease and
other serious illnesses."


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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.

BCU Wildcats Annual
Christmas Party
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
http://duvalnassaubcualumnichap- for more information.

Free Toy Giveaway
Instant Tax Service's Toys for
Tykes program will give away toys
this Saturday, December 19th from
10 a.m. 3 p.m. Locations include

5966-3 Moncrief Road and 6207
Merrill Road. Call 379-8604 or
email Dan Neal at
for more info about participating.
Photo ID, paystub, and proof of
child and income for proof of need

Breakfast with Santa
Stage Aurora will present
Breakfast with Santa on Saturday,
December 19th from 9:00 a.m. -
noon at the Gateway Town Center.
The nominal $5 charge includes a
breakfast buffet and a picture with
Santa. FREE for children under 2.
For tickets or more information,
call 765-7372.

Marc Little
Book Signing
Marc Little will be signing books
at the grand opening of Helen's
Diner in the Victory Plaza, 3328
Moncrief Road, on Saturday,
December 19th, from until 3 p.m.
For more information, email mar-

World Class Corvettes
Holiday Party
World Class Corvettes Of
Jacksonville is having their annual
Christmas Party, and invite the
community to come out and cele-
brate. The party will be held at
Arielles, 7707 Arlington
Expressway at 7 p.m. on Saturday,
December 19th. Special musical
guest will be Miles Jaye. This is a
semi formal affair. For additional
information invitation, and reserva-
tion contact Victor at 769-2093 or
e-mail at jax

Kem in Concert
R&B crooner Kem 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,
ext. 7606.

Dangerous Curves
Plus Size Model Search
Dangerous Curves will present
their 6th annual model search on
Saturday, January 9th at the
Wyndham Riverside Hotel, 1515
Prudential Drive. Tryouts will begin
at noon. For more information call
554-9930 or visit www.dangerous-

Rickey Smiley
in Concert
Funny man Rickey Smiley will be
in concert Saturday, January 9th
at the Florida Theatre. Tickets are
now on sale. For more information,
call 630-4964.

The Harlem
String Quartet
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
in concert
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-
Learn about
Surrogate Parenting
JCCI will present a free noon forum
on Surrogate Parents Making a
Difference in One Child's Life. It
will be held Wednesday, January
13th from Noon to 1:00 p.m. at
JCCI. Participants will join juvenile
court veteran and child literacy
advocate Judge Karen Cole for an
active discussion about a very spe-
cial program helping abused, neg-
lected or abandoned children with
disabilities succeed in school.

Bring your own lunch.
Refreshments and dessert will be
provided. Seating is limited. RSVP

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.

Father Daughter Dance
Girls Inc. will present their annu-
al Father Daughter Dance that will
take place on Saturday, February
20th at the Hyatt Hotel. All pro-
ceeds will benefit the programs of
Girls Inc. For more information,
call 731-9933.

Boyz II Men in Concert
Boyz II Men hailed by the RIAA
as the most commercially success-
ful R&B group of all time return
to center stage at the Florida
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honoring 60 classes beginning with the Class of 1960 for their 50th Year
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Angie Stone's 'Unexpected' Created from Tragedy

Singer-songwriter Angie Stone album, Stone's father, who had
has always been open to charting been her spiritual and creative men-
new territory, but her latest album, tor, died suddenly.
"Unexpected," is a result of a more "It was totally unexpected,"
personal journey than she had Stone said on her Web site,
planned when she set out on the "And
project. that's where I came up with the title
In the middle of recording the of the album. I really didn't think I

could finish the project, because I
was so grief stricken ... I had to do
a lot of the vocals a second time. I
had to lean on my dad's wisdom
and energy, and try to be open to
what he would have wanted me to
do in order to finish the songs. I can
say that his spirit was literally there
in the studio with me, and I'm
grateful for that."
Unlike 2007's "The Art of Love
and War," which was basically a
neo-soul album, Stone said she
sought to mix it up with a variety of
genres with "Unexpected."
"This album is something that no
one would have anticipated coming
from me," Stone said on the site.
"My father always encouraged me
and everyone else he knew to reach

out and make a leap of faith, and
that's exactly what I've done."
In addition to promoting her
album, released late last month,
Stone is also branching out to film.
She will star with acting prodigy
12-year-old Gabi Wilson in "The
School Gyrls," the story of a girl
singing group. Stone plays the
school's headmistress in the movie
produced by Nick Cannon. It is
scheduled for release in January on
the Nickelodeon network.
The film also features cameo
appearances by Jackie Long, Rev.
Run, Diggy Simmons and Angela
Simmons, with performances by
Kristinia DeBarge and Justin

"Precious" deep in the game

for Golden Globe race

Young actress Gabby Sidibe received a Best Actress nod.

Mavis Spencer, HFPA Pres. Philip Berck and Alfre Woodard
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association named Mavis Spencer as
its selection as Miss Golden Globe for the 67th Golden Globe Awards.
Traditionally, Miss Golden Globe, who assists in the Golden Globes
ceremony, is the daughter of a well-known celebrity.
Mavis, age 18, is the daughter of Golden Globe winner Alfre Woodard
and writer/producer Roderick Spencer. Soon to be a college freshman at
Columbia University, Mavis has appeared in Teen Vogue and InStyle

Gabourey Sidibe and MorNique
have their gowns lined up for award
The 67th Annual Golden Globe
nominations were announced this
week and, as anticipated, by critics
and fans alike, the pair earned nom-
inations for Best Actress and Best
Supporting Actress in a Motion
Picture, Drama, respectfully, for
their performances in "Precious."

Usher, Blige among White House Holiday Entertainment

Mary J. Blige and Usher were part
of an all-star lineup that performed
for President Barack Obama at the
annual "Christmas in Washington"
concert, held Sunday night at the
National Building Museum.
The event, taped for a TNT spe-
cial airing Dec. 20, was hosted by
comedian George Lopez and bene-
fited the Children's National
Medical Center.
Blige sang "The Christmas Song
(Chestnuts Roasting on an Open
Fire)," while Usher crooned "Have
Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."
Other performers included Neil
Diamond, who started the evening
with "Joy to the World" and
"Winter Wonderland," and teen
Internet sensation Justin Bieber,
who sang "Someday at Christmas."
"This season we celebrate that
sacred moment, the birth of a child,
the message of love preached to the
world," Obama said, where he was
joined by first lady Michelle
Obama. "More than 2,000 years
later, that spirit still inspires us."
The president also spoke of help-
ing those in need during the holi-

The film, directed by Lee Daniels
and executive-produced by Oprah
Winfrey and Tyler Perry, also
received honors for Best Motion
Picture, Drama.
Speaking of motion pictures, "The
Princess and the Frog," which stars
Tony Award-winner Anika Noni
Rose, as Disney's first, Black
princess (and grabbed the top spot
at the box office last weekend),
received a nomination for Best
Animated Feature. And last, but
certainly not least, veteran actor,
Morgan Freeman, will compete for
the Best Actor statue for his por-
trayal of Nelson Mandela in
"Invictus" while British actor,
Chitwel Ejiofor is up for Best Actor
in a Mini-Series for "Endgame."

A judge says Nas can afford to pay a little more
per month to support his soon-to-be ex-wife,
Kelis, and infant son. -
A Los Angeles Superior Court Judge ordered the .
rapper to increase his monthly child and spousal
payments to $51,101.
The decision came after a two-day hearing
determined that Nas had made enough money in
recent months to pay more to support Kelis and the former couple's son,
Knight. The rapper has been paying nearly $40,000 a month to support
them since July.
His attorney, Mark Vincent Kaplan, says the judge made the right deci-
sion and that overall, the rapper came out ahead. Nas will no longer have
to pay the expenses of the former couple's Los Angeles home.
Kelis, who gained fame for the song "Milkshake" is working on a new
R. Kelly is writing more chapters, only this
time, it's not for his "Trapped" saga, but for a new
S ] .memoir.
.. The 42-year-old singer, writer and producer says
in a statement issued Wednesday that he is work-
ing on an autobiography with David Ritz that will
"tell it like it is."
He has a lot to talk about. He's one of the best-
selling recording artists in history but also one of
the most controversial.
The book promises to go through all his drama, including child pornog-
raphy charges that ended with an acquittal.
The autobiography is untitled right now, just like his new CD. It's sched-
uled for release by Tavis Smiley's SmileyBooks in 2011.
Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton is facing a
drug charge in Florida.
Banton, whose real name is Mark Anthony
Myrie, has been in U.S. federal custody in Miami
since Thursday after being arrested on a charge of
conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute
more than five kilograms (11 pounds) of cocaine.
The charge stems from a DEA case in Tampa.
Banton's ninth album, "Rasta Got Soul," is nom- *
inated for a Grammy for best reggae album.
Uh oh. It looks like somebody is getting too big for their britches.
The NY Daily News is quoting a source who says NeNe Leakes and Kim
Zolciak are demanding more money to appear on the show than Bravo is
interested in paying.
Supposedly producers are so fed up with their diva-esque requests, they're
quietly making plans to move on without the two.
"Bravo has been taking meetings with some notable and wealthy Atlanta
women about possibly joining the show," says the insider. "They're trying
their best to keep the process under wraps, but they're gearing up to make
a major move in the third season."
The news outlet goes on to state that the newest Southern socialite will
either join the existing Atlanta crew as a sixth housewife or replace
NeNe or Kim.

Sugarland's Kristian Bush, left, Mary J Blige, President Barack
Obama and first lady Michelle Obama and George Lopez sing during
Christmas in Washington at the National Building Museum in
Washington Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009.

days, as well as honoring those in
the military.
Two of the holiday songs were
original numbers. Country group
Sugarland performed "Gold and
Green" and Rob Thomas sang "A
New York Christmas."

After addressing the crowd, the
Obamas stayed on stage with all the
performers to sing carols, starting
with "Hark, the Herald Angels
Sing." The president reportedly
wiped a tear from his eye during the



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