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Jackson calls for BP Boycott
The Reverend Jesse Jackson joined members of a prominent environ-
mental group in calling for a nationwide boycott of BP, claiming the
company is not moving fast enough to clean up the oil spill in the Gulf
of Mexico.
Jackson and protesters from the Sierra Club were part of a picket line at
a BP station in Chicago, holding a sign that said, "Don't pay the bill for
the spill."
"The birds are already affected. The economy is affected. And the ecol-
ogy is affected," Jackson said. "And now people who have been watch-
ing this drama cannot just watch it and be spectators. It is now time to
act. We do not have to subsidize BP's behavior."
Meanwhile, the White House is facing more pressure to play a bigger
role in the cleanup. Billy Nungesser, the president of Plaquemines Parish
on the Louisiana Gulf Coast, wants President Obama to do much more
than deflect responsibility for the Deepwater Horizon disaster onto oth-
"I'm a big Republican, but the president spent two hours with me and
really impressed me. ... He really seems to care, but I don't think he's
getting good advice," he told Politico. "I don't think they're telling him
the truth about what's going on around here. He needs to get more per-
sonally involved."

Supreme Court sides with minority

firefighters in landmark case
WASHINGTON The Supreme Court ruled this week a group of
African Americans did not wait too long to sue Chicago over a hiring test
they challenged as discriminatory, freeing them to collect a lower court
It is the second time in as many years the high court has tackled dis-
crimination in testing within the firefighting ranks. In a landmark case
last year, the Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision said New Haven, Conn.,
violated white firefighters' civil rights, throwing out an exam in which no
African-Americans scored high enough to be promoted to lieutenant or
In the unanimous opinion, Justice Antonin Scalia wrote for the court
that the applicants' lawsuit over a city of Chicago test used to weed out
potential firefighter trainee applicants was not too late.
Anyone who scored 64 or below was deemed not qualified. But the city
set a second cutoff score of 89 points.. The majority of those in the top-
scoring group were white; only 11 percent were black.
People are supposed to sue within 300 days after an employment action
they seek to challenge as unlawful.
The city says the clock started when it announced the use of the test
scores on Jan. 26, 1996. The first lawsuit in the case was filed on March
31, 1997, 430 days after the city announced the results.
But the plaintiffs say a new act of discrimination also happened each
time the scores were used in hiring firefighter trainees between May 1996
and October 2001.

9 schools in Tennessee have

suspended 50% of Black boys
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Nine Metro middle schools in Nashville, TN
have suspended more than half of all the black boys in the schools.
In some cases, only black boys have been barred from the buildings for
causing problems, and regardless of a school's racial balance, it seems it
is the group suspended most often.
According to the U.S. Department of Education, the parity rate is an
average of 58% for Black boys vs 12% of white males.
The federal statistics don't include why a child is suspended, just how
many were suspended.
"That's a terrible track record," said attorney Larry Woods, who is suing
the school system over inadequate textbooks and resources.
According to Metro's numbers, six elementary schools have suspended
only black males, and four of those schools have a mixed population of
blacks and whites overall. Three elementary schools suspended only
white students, and 10 Metro elementary schools sent no one home.
It isn't just in Nashville -- in Tennessee, African-Americans are four
times as likely to be suspended. Nationally, they're sent home three times
more often than white kids.

Court date set in Sean Bell case
The fiancee of NYPD shooting victim Sean Bell will finally have her
day in court.
A federal judge recently set a July 20 settlement conference to resolve
the wrongful death lawsuit brought by his fiancee, Nicole Paultre-Bell,

and two friends also wounded by cops.
The judge's decision came on the same day as a street in Queens was
to be re-named in honor of Bell last week.
Nearly four years have passed since the unarmed Bell and his pals were
gunned down in a 50-shot barrage outside a Queens strip club.
City lawyers argued for another three-month delay, because police offi-
cials have still not made a decision whether to discipline the five officers
involved in the shootout.
Joseph Guzman, a father of three sons who was critically wounded in
the fusillade, said he is suffering physically and financially with
$330,000 in unpaid medical bills.
"The strain on my wife is unbelievable," he said.
The plaintiffs' lawyer Sanford Rubenstein reminded settlement confer-
ences were held in the civil cases of police torture victim Abner Louima
and unarmed police shooting victim Ousmane Zongo.
Those cases were resolved with multi-millon dollar settlements.

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Volume 23 No.34 Jacksonville, Florida May 27 June 2, 2010

Crime down for third

year, despite economy

Crime in the United States
dropped dramatically in 2009,
bucking a historical trend that links
rising crime rates to economic
woes. Property crimes and violent
offenses each declined about 5 per-
cent, the FBI announced this week,
citing reports from law enforce-
ment nationally.
It was the third straight year of
declines, and this year's drops were
even steeper than those of 2007 and
2008, despite the recession.
Last year's decline was 5.5 percent
for violent crime, including 7.2 per-
cent for murders. The rate for prop-

erty crime was down 4.9 percent,
the seventh consecutive drop for
that category. The declines had
been a more modest 1.9 percent for
violent crime and 0.8 percent for
property crime in 2008 and 0.7 per-
cent and 1.4 percent respectively
the previous year.
The nation's jobless rate hit 10.2
percent last October, reaching dou-
ble digits for the first time in 26
years. The rate was 9.9 percent last
month.Violent crime fell 6.6 per-
cent in the South, 5.6 percent in the
West, 4.6 percent in the Midwest
and 3.5 percent in the Northeast.

Team teal made its' way to the Northside Tuesday evening giving
away season tickets and revving up Jaguar pride at Edward Waters
College. The gymnasium was in a frenzy as former Jaguar Tony
Boselli and team members signed autographs, gave away memorabil-
ia and greeted fans. Shown above is wide receiver Tiquan Underwood
signing an autograph for little Kimira Brayant Edwards and her dad
Clarence Edwards while little sister Kiryana looks on. FMP Photo

Churches hot commodity on the campaign trail- As
many political offices are coming open in the next election, politicians for
local, regional and statewide offices joined Congresswoman Corrine
Brown as she hosted fellow Democrats at area churches last weekend to
excite voters. Candidates on hand included Alex Sink, Chief Financial
Officer and Candidate for Governor, Congressman Kendrick Meek
Candidate for Senator of Florida, Alvin Brown Candidate for Mayor of the
City of Jacksonville, State Senator Dan Gelber and Candidate for Attorney
General and State Representative Audrey Gibson. They are shown above
at Bethel Baptist Institutional Church before attending the 10 a.m. service
at Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church. FMPPhoto

Stanton Class of '47 still giving

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Shown (L-R) Maple Jones and Doris Henry present a $500 check to
Gertrude Peele, and Doris Thornton,Class President. KFPPhoto
Though their days walking the halls of Stanton are long over, the Class
of '47 still embody the qualities of giving back. Sixty three years later,
classmates are still *.i ,;ilc._'-in2 their legacy most recently to the Reed
Educational Campus. A campus that
S. offers free services to tween girls
ages 9 thru 12 attending elementary
school in Northwest Jacksonville's
Royal Palm/Bethune District.

Did you know...

Shown above garnering the first place silver card case are team mates (L-R) Carolyn Joyner and Kenneth
Boston. Coming in second place after a two match are Janet Williams and Reva Oliver.

The Bold City Chapter of Links presented their Old School gala last weekend at the Jacksonville Municipal
Stadium. To the delight of guests and Links alike, attendees donned "old .. I .I 'attire reminiscent of yesteryear
and dined on fried fish and chicken while grooving to old school sounds. The hundreds in attendance participat-
ed in dance and costume contests in addition to a huge round of line dancing. Rounding out the event was a Bid
Whist tournament where only the experienced card sharks played for hours vying for the coveted "Silver Box".
For full photo coverage of the event which raises funds for Links programs ranging from childhood obesity and
mentoring to youth golf and endangered young black males, see page 8.

Most African-

Americans at

least 22% white
The latest study on the genetic
ancestry of American Blacks is
entitled "Characterizing the
admixed African ancestry of
African Americans."
Published in the journal Genome
Biology. the study says the majori-
ty of American Blacks derive their
ancestry from just 500,000 to
600,000 of the millions of Africans
who were forcibly brought to North
America as slaves during the
Middle passage. The African ances-
try of American Blacks comes pri-
marily from six tribal or ethnic
groups: Yoruba (63.7%),
Mandenka (19.2%), Bantu
(13.8%), San (2.0%), Blaka (1.0%)
and Mbuti (0.2%).
Meanwhile, the genetic ancestry
of the typical African American is
22 percent European with around
10 percent of U.S. Blacks being of
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10 things you THOUGHT

were Black owned

10. Black Entertainment
If black is in the name, it must
be black owned, right? The net-
work was founded by an African
American, Robert .lohnson, in the
'80s, but in 2003, BET was sold to
Viacom, which also owns MTV
and VHI. The sale made Johnson
one of the first black billionaires.
9. Def Jam Records
The label, born out of a college
dorm room and built on MCs like
Run-DMC, Jay-Z and Kanye
West, is commonly associated
with its co-founder, Russell
Simmons, who escaped a finan-
cial mishap by selling 50 percent
of the label to Polygram in 1994.

George Forenman's
grills are in name only.

In 1999, Russell sold his stake in
the business to Universal Musical
Group for $100 million. No won-
der the label's more Rihanna than
raps these days.
8. Marc Ecko
If you're into urban wear, then
you may already know that Marc
Ecko is a thirtysomething New
Jersey native who never tried to
pass for black. Instead the man
whose line was once considered
"too white" or "too black" for
some retailers has attracted multi-
ethnic consumers by cleverly tar-
geting urban markets. But where
does the rhino fit?
7. Jimmy Jazz
The 20-year-old company,
which has more than 120 stores
throughout the United States,
housing lines like Baby Phat,
Rocawear and Coogi, was found-
ed by James Kherzie. The young
Brooklynite opened the store as
an alternative outlet for hard-to-
find urban brands. Despite hip-
hop's lyrical mentions of the
brand, the name is based on the
song 'Jimmy Jazz' by punk rock-
ers The Clash.
6. Essence Magazine
The publication that was once
the second largest black publica-
tion hasn't been black owned
since the remaining minority
stake in Essence Communications
Inc. was sold to Time Inc. in 2005.
The corporation originally pur-
chased 49 percent of the popular
African American publication in
2000, leaving the style bible in the
hands of a man more partial to
Brooks Brothers than Carol's

5. 'The Game'
The popular CW show, which is
set to have second life on BEFT,
was created by Mara Brock Akil,
but one of the producers behind
the black dramedy is Kelsey
Grammer. Grammer is best
known for his role on 'Cheers' as
Frasier, and his production
Grarmmnet was also responsible
for the African American comedy
4. The George Foreman Grill
Say it isn't so! The household
staple bearing George Foreman's
name is not owned by the former
heavyweight champion. The
grill's inventor, Michael Boem,
sought out George because he was
a burger freak known to consume
I the item
before fights.
The money
"( behind the
grill? Salton
Inc., which
was later
i acquired by
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SGeorge sold
the rights to
the use of his
name in
,b 1999 for
$127 million and stock options.
3. Church's Chicken
No, we don't think African
Americans have a super-size love
for chicken but we do know that
Church's is scattered across
numerous urban neighborhoods
occupied by minorities. The
founder targeted areas where
Kentucky Fried Chicken, at the
time, would not locate. George
Church started the no-frills chain
in Texas before being acquired by
a public company and then sold to
a private equity firm. ( luIII'l
2. T.V. One
The network that has revived 'A
Different World" is not 1980s
BET in the making. T.V. One is
primarily a partnership between
Radio One's Cathy Hughes and
the mammoth cable company
Comcast Corporation. With origi-
nal programming such as
"Unsung" and the "Michael
Baisden Show", the network gives
the feel that Black interests are at
1. SoftSheen Carson
If you're thinking of hair care
products, items by SoftSheen
Carson probably come to mind.
The 46-year-old Softsheen brand
was acquired by L'Oreal in 1998
and merged with another minority
brand, Carson Products. The com-
pany that helps many black
women maintain their hair is actu-
ally owned by L'Oreal USA,
which is owned by the parent
Parisian company L'Oreal Group.
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l or 11in1\' people, 2009 was a
bumpy ride. Althougli the economy
is slo\\w l rebouindini., times are still
tough for those dealing with signif-
lcanti financial issues such as uneim-
plovyment, lack of health insurance
or foreclosurCe.
\Ve all want to offer friends emo-
tional support during troubling
times, but knowing which approach
is best isn't always easy, since some
people don't want or know how to
ask for help. Here are a few com-
mon-sense approaches, no matter
which side of the equation you're
Banish survivor guilt. Just
because a friend or co-worker lost
their job doesn't mean you can't
discuss yours. Work is part of life
and a natural topic of conversation,
so purposely avoiding it will not go
unnoticed and may create awk-
wardness between you. Just be
careful not to let work issues domi-
nate your conversations.
Vent with caution. It's natural for
laid-off co-workers to want to
unload about former employers. Be
a good listener, be discreet, but be
careful about chiming in yourself.
And, if you're the one venting, be
careful not to make your former
colleagues uncomfortable. Plus,
you never know who's sitting at the
next table.

etiquette i
Join the job hunt. If you're unem-
ployed, feel free to network with
friends, family and former col-
leagues. .lJust don't rely too heavily
on their help; you have to lead the
charge. Likewise, if it's your friend
who's looking, gauge whether he or
she is interested in hearing about
job leads and know when to back
off. You might be able to help revise
their resume, practice interviewing
skills or even just provide a friend-
ly diversion.
Broaden your social activities.
This doesn't mean halting shopping
trips or dining out with a newly
unemployed friend if that's what
you always do together. But try to
come up with other, less costly sug-
gestions and let your friend choose.
For example, seek out more afford-
able restaurants, go to a museum's
free day or just take a walk togeth-
er. If you want to pick up the tab,
make the offer upfront to avoid any
uncertainty, and be gracious
whether your invitation is accepted
or declined.
Borrowing or loaning money.
This is a particularly touchy sub-
ject, no matter which side you're
on. It's hard to turn away a friend in
need, but many people can't afford
to put their own finances at risk
over a personal loan not to men-
tion the potential for hard feelings if
someone defaults. Here are a few

n the new
If you're being asked to loan
money, don't feel obligated to
answer immediately. Consider
whether you can afford it and if the
loan will truly help or merely post-
pone a painful inevitability.
Try borrowing from a bank or
credit union first.
If that doesn't work, third-party
services like Virgin Money
( provide
guidelines and formal loan structure

- for a fee for loans between
Other peer-to-peer lending serv-
ices such as Prosper (www.pros- and Lending Club
( connect
potential borrowers with investors
willing to lend money.
Whenever financial difficulties
arise for you or an acquaintance, the
best things to do are be honest, be
considerate, and most importantly,
be there for each other.

Duval County Public Schools

hiring school police officers

The Duval County School Police
Department (DCSPD) is currently
hiring qualified Florida Certified
Law Enforcement Officers to serve
as patrol officers, school resource
officers (SROs) and investigative
These officers will be certified law
enforcement officers in the state of
Florida, and the district is planning
to recruit individuals who have pre-
viously served with sheriff offices
or school police departments.
Having their own school police
will give the district full authority
of SRO's, meaning that officers will
be on their assigned school campus
full time, available for school per-
sonnel during regular working
hours. These officers will also

patrol school campuses during win-
ter, spring and summer breaks.
The district plans to hire nine
SROs by July 1, 2010 and 15 addi-
tional officers by Oct. 1, 2010. A
full transition of all JSO School
Police to the Duval County School
Police Department, which will con-
sist of 60 officers, will occur by
October 2011.
Qualified candidates must be a
certified law enforcement officer in
Florida, and successfully complete
a polygraph, background check,
oral board, and medical and psy-
chological examinations. Interested
and qualified applicants can apply
online at www.

Tiger's freedom could cost close to a billion dollars

Divorce negotiations between Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren have
turned ugly, according to recent reports.

Everything has it's price, and for Tiger Woods, his freedom could cost
him close to a billion dollars.
Wronged wife Elin Nordegren is trying to club an eye-popping $750 mil-
lion out of Tiger Woods in their divorce negotiations, according to reports.
Woods hasn't agreed yet, but if he does he wants total silence from his
soon-to-be ex about the collapse of their marriage forever, according to
the Chicago Sun-Times.
Nordegren has so far said no to signing a lifetime "confidentiality clause"
that would prevent her from writing a book or doing any interviews about
the split.
She reportedly also wants full custody of their two kids even though it
was first thought the couple were going to agree to joint custody.
Sources said the divorce negotiations "have turned extremely testy" and
the couple no longer talk to each other.
Nordegren has spent a lot of time away from Woods in recent months.
She went to Arizona alone for nearly a week recently and took the kids
to Sweden while Woods played golf. She's also enrolled in college.
Woods, meanwhile, is hanging out in Florida with a blond woman, who
looks a lot like Elin, RadarOnline reported.
And the band played on.


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Harry "Nick" Nims

Nims siblings honored by

FAMU Gallery of Distinction

"Each year Florida A&M
University welcomes alumni into
the Gallery Of Distinction to
honor those who have made out-
standing contributions toward
ensuring that children have an
opportunity to achieve a quality
education," stated FAMU President
James Ammons. He continued,
"Their contributions have been
enormous and their achievements
reflect great credit to them, their
families, communities and
Inducted into the 2010 College
of Education Gallery were: Mr.
John Marks, Mr. Jackie Pons, Mrs.
Maggie Lewis-Butler, Mrs. Rosalie
Bruce, Mr. William Gardner, Mrs.
Anita Davis, and posthumously, Dr.
Elsie Wallace, Dr. Johnnie Clarke,
and Mr. Harry "Nick" Nims.
A WWII Veteran, Mr. Nims
helped pioneer the open-space mid-
dle school concept in Leon County
He received the county's first
Administrator of the Year Award
during the 1974-75 school year .
After a career spanning 33 years,
Mr. Nims retired in 1982. He was
inducted into the Negro High
School Basketball Hall of Fame in
2006. As a top basketball player in
high school, he led the Lincoln
Tigers to win ten consecutive black
high school championships,
Mr, Nims and his sister, Mrs.
Sarah Nims Montgomery, of

Jacksonville, are Tallahassee
natives. They are the descendants
of one of Florida's oldest black
families. Mrs. Montgomery was
also honored for her invaluable
contributions and support of
Florida A&M University, College
of Education, and Gallery of
Distinction. She is a member of
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church.

'step it up' for health at EWC

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The Edward Waters College
Schell-Sweet Community Resource
Center has a Senior Wellness
Program called "Healthy
Lifestyles" It involves seniors in
activities to create healthier
lifestyles through exercise, educa-
tional workshops, regular health
screenings, and personal case man-
agement. Participants exercise,
line dance, and work out in the
Fitness Gym at the center two to
four times a week.
Although many of them have
been exercising at the center for
many years the line dancing Senior
Tigers Steppers are quickly grow-
ing dancing to such popular
favorites as the Cupid Shuffle and
the Cha-Cha Slide and also ventur-
ing into Salsa and Hawaiian Dance.
"I enjoy the fact that they are hav-
ing so much fun, getting a great
workout and showing the world that
seniors too can still dance and get
funky" said Senior Wellness
Coordinator, Mary Edwards.
All seniors are welcome to join.
For more information call 470-

Elegant surprise luncheon among celebra-

tions for Beatrice Matthews 75th birthday

Mrs. Beatrice Matthews, a mem-
ber of St. Paul AME Church began
celebrating her 75th birthday at the
beginning of the month with family
and friends in different venues.
Her itinerary included the Stanton
Annual Gala, the Regency Movie
Theater where she received a sur-
prise audience introduction and ser-
enade by movie goers with the
birthday song, a group trip to
Tampa and most recently the Links
Old School Gala.
Beatrice's daughters, La Vonne
Mitchell and La Vettaa Matthews
along with grandson, Rashad
Medlock of Tallahassee, planned an
elegant surprise luncheon for her at
the University Club on May 24,
2010. Family, friends and acquain-
tances from near and far gathered
for food, fun and fellowship..
Beatrice was showered with expres-

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Shown (L-R) are LaVettaa Matthews, LaVonne Mitchell, Rashad
Medlock and birthday girl Beatrice Matthews. FMPphoto
sions of love and many gifts. She which is her actual birthday at the
finalized her birthday on May 26th, Crab Cake Factory with family.

Raines 45th anniversary activities

In honor of their 40th anniver-
sary, Raines high School is plan-
ning a variety of activities.
Friday, June 11. 2010
"A Homecoming Mixer"
Raines High School Courtyard
6:00 10:00 p.m. Free Event
Casual to Semi-Dressy WHITE
Saturday. June 12, 2010
"A Viking Valhalla Affair"
(Alumni Benefit Banquet)
Dinner, dance live music and DJ
Downtown Hyatt Hotel
Attire: A Semi-Formal Affair

Time: 7 10:30 p.m.
Cost: $50 per person
Sunday June 13, 2010
A Viking Worship Experience
William M. Raines Auditorium
Time: 10:30am
Music Provided by Raines
Alumni Gospel Choir

Tickets may be purchased from
the school or you can go on line;w


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Public Notice
The NFCAA Board of Directors Meeting will
be held on Thursday, May 27, 2010 from 10:30
a.m. 11:45 a.m. at the Embassy Suites Hotel,
9300 Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville, Florida
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Democrats ready to repeal "don't ask don't tell"

Obviously, President Obama is
not listening to his chief Monday
morning quarterback/consultant
and "wanna be" chief policy advi-
sor me.
A few months ago, I warned the
good president not to address the
controversial "Don't Ask, Don't
Tell" policy being used by the U.S.
military. I warned Obama that his
cup truly runneth over, and the gays
in the armed forces issues could be
a land mind that you don't want to
deal with in your first term.
Good thing that I am not on
White House payroll I would
probably be fired by now. On
Monday of this week, the adminis-
tration announced a compromise
between lawmakers and the
Defense Department that would
change the policy banning gay men
and lesbians from serving openly in
the armed forces.
The notion of "Don't Ask, Don't
Tell" has always been a sticky sub-
ject. In fact, homosexuals in the
military or better yet how the
government deals with gays in the
armed forces has been an issue
since the days of the American
My advice to President Obama
was to simply set the bar not too
high and take baby steps when it
comes to his first term agenda, but
that's obviously not how the
President rolls.
Taking bold steps continues to be
his mantra, and doing what's right
or what he feels is right for the
country takes precedent over trying

to play it safe for reelection in a
couple of years.
With a compromise reached, a
vote on this major policy change
could come soon. The vote would
essentially be on amendments that
would repeal the Clinton-era poli-
cy, but the key provision in the bill
would ensure that any change
would not take effect until after the
Dept. of Defense (DOD) completes
a study about its impact on troops.
The study is due to Congress in
December of this year.
And it's truly a sticky subject.
Much like the integration of blacks
in to the military there are plenty
of military people and every citi-
zens who disagree with gays being
able to serve.
In fact, in contrast to ongoing
efforts to promote racial integration
in military it's been just the oppo-
site for gays. Opposition to the
armed forces admitting and retain-
ing gay male and lesbian members
has intensified since World War II
according to several sources.
Perhaps the president has some
cover on this issue by allowing
Congress to negotiate with the
DOD and "sort of' take the lead -
it can't be branded as an Obama
lead amendment.
In fact, the administration initial-
ly wanted Congress to wait until
later in the year after the Pentagon
study was completed before bring-
ing up a repeal, but senior lawmak-
ers were determined to move for-
ward on the issue, with or without
administration support.

Reaching a compromise is
important, but certainly not the end
of the matter. The million-dollar
question is whether or not
Congressional leaders can secure
enough votes to pass both houses.
Republicans have vowed to
maintain "don't ask, don't tell,"
while more conservative
Democrats have said they would
oppose a repeal unless military
leaders had a chance to fully review
and approve of such a change. Let
the fun begin.
Regardless of how you feel about
gays serving in the military, you
have to agree with same-sex cou-
ples deserving hospital visitation
rights and health care benefits.
Well, let me rephrase you don't
have to agree, but it does seem
appropriate and fair.
Here's the issue from 10,000 feet
in the air. Our culture still has not
come to grips with the fact that
gays and lesbians deserve the same
rights as heterosexual couples. It
was an issue in the health care
debate, and a major concern when
we talk about what constitutes a
marriage and what a family unit
actually is.
That's the bigger broader prob-
lem, and until we start to move pass
the stigmas and negative connota-
tion associated with being gay then
policies like "Don't Ask, Don't
Tell" will continue to be needed.
And if you ever read any of my
articles, you know that I try my
best to "keep it real." And since we
are keeping it real reality is that

there are already hundreds of gays
and lesbians already in the military.
Society forces most "down low"
men and women to live double
lives. It is happening every day in
our military. The "Don't Ask, Don't
Tell" policy allows all of us to con-
tinue being cowards and not deal-
ing with reality. Hey, I won't ask
you if you are gay, and please don't
tell me cause I don't want to know.
Don't Ask, Don't Tell, has basi-
cally been a policy of stalling until
a President and military have
matured enough to deal with the
"gay issue."
President Clinton attempted to
address the issue after taking office
back in 1993, and that is how we
are where we are today. Clinton
was met with strong resistance
from the Joint Chiefs of Staff,
Congress, the GOP, and a large per-
centage of the public.
So what's the difference between
addressing the issue in 1993 and
now? Time tends to heal and
reveal, and society has become
more accepting and tolerant of
same sex couples.
And while I understand some of
the concerns with mixing gays and
heterosexuals in close living quar-
ters, at some point we have to rec-
ognize that this change is larger
than a gay rights issue, but more
about human rights.
We all deserve to be treated fair-
ly regardless of our sexual orienta-
Signing off from NAS
Jacksonville, Reggie Fullwood

The dubious company Rand Paul may keep

by Earl Ofari
GOP senate
nominee Rand
Paul took wither-
ing heat for
knocking the
1964 Civil
Rights Act.
Paul's kind of, sort of recant further
fueled fierce debate over whether
he is a homegrown bigot or a prin-
cipled libertarian. It's worth noting
that Paul said much worse about
civil rights in a May 2002 letter to
the editor in response to the
Bowling Green Daily News edito-
rial on enforcing the Federal Fair
Housing Act. He rapped the editori-
al, "Decisions concerning private
property and associations should in
a free society be unhindered. As a
consequence, some associations
will discriminate."
As bad as his 2002 letter affirm-
ing the right to racially discriminate
there's a Paul issue that's even more
ominous. That's the dubious com-
pany that he may keep. It's an odd
ball and dangerous assortment of
fringe gun nut, bible spouting home
schoolers, global conspiracy theo-
rists and abolish government
organizations, all backed by funda-
mentalist race and gender baiting
preachers. The groups are linked
directly and indirectly through the
unofficial Paul related takeback-
kentucky website. Here's a list and
a short take on some of the choicest
organizations in the unofficial Paul
This is a group that believes that
the United States uses weather con-

trol to assail and control other
nations, and that the country is
under the direct control of the
United Nations without any real
sovereignty of its own. This links to
( This
is a group which appears to believe
that the concept of "sustainable
development," (both economic and
environmental), are actually plots
to deny the "liberties" of the peo-
ples of the world, and exert sinister
control of population growth
movement of sovereign nations.
For a representative sample of their
literature see (www.freedomadvo-
pdf). The subject of the publication
refers to a deliberate "dumbing
down" of America in preparation
for a "socialist" takeover.
This site connects directly to the
Take Back Kentucky/Kentucky
Taxpayers United site. It is ultra-
religious and seeks to directly
influence the outcome of local and
national elections. It provides a
storehouse of information about
politicians involved with these
or gani nations .
?id=12&m=19). This is the URL to
register for the site
ter). Also on this page is
?id=lll), which discusses punish-
ments for "Hate Crimes." The
American Family Association of
Kentucky considers it to be inap-
propriate to tell ministers that they
cannot discriminate against homo-
sexuals or other unchristian indi-
Next there's (

This is the site of the Christian
Home Educators of Kentucky.
They have waged a ferocious fight
against state mandates and controls
on how home schooled children are
educated by their emphasis is on a Christian educa-
tion, which includes the concepts
of dispensationalism (their term),
American exceptionalism, and
strong opposition to secular institu-
The list wouldn't be complete
without the obligatory links to
rightwing gun lobby advocacy
groups. The prime gun group list-
ing ( is based in
It's one of the most outspoken
rightside pro gun groups in the
The link to
( links to all
manner of websites. It has links to
Jewish extremist sites, sites advo-
cating direct confrontation with
progressive groups, vigilante sites,
and sites linked directly to vigi-
lantes and militias.
Some organization listed express
a genuine fear of what is known as
"Real ID Tags." These are proposed
radio tracking devices that these
organizations fear the federal gov-
ernment will require be worn by all
Americans at some point in the
future. The language employed by
these organizations in describing
their fears in this area is something
best described as "panic speech."
Then there's
le-smack-radio) where the
Reverend Matt Singleton holds
forth on such enlightened topics as
whether the supposedly mythologi-

cal creatures of the Bible match the
fossil record. Singleton also
appears to believe that the Catholic
Church is on course to take over
For the curious here's the com-
plete list of recommended and affil-
iated groups on the "unofficial" site.
Rolling Thunder(National);
Greasy OnlineGun Owners of
America; Jews for the Preservation
of Firearms Ownership; Armed
Females of America; Legally
Armed; Women Against Gun
Control; continued on page 5

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Just who is

getting paid?

Most candidates don't seek high elected or appointed
government posts with the sole intention of becoming rich from government
job salaries. Compensation for such offices as the U.S. president and other
post is very generous when compared with the average American's salary.
The current salary for United States President is $400,000. But, being
President has done wonders for Barack Obama's personal wealth. Even
though his official salary pro-rated to reflect earnings from his first 345
days in office amounted to $374,460, Mr. Obama declared a total income
for 2009 of more than $5.5 million. Obama's tax returns showed an adjust-
ed gross income of $5,505,409 in 2009 mostly from best-selling book
sales. The Obamas owed $1,792,414 on that.
The President and First Lady's total gross income was $5,623,690. That
included $374,460 in wages, $13,473 in interest, $12,018 in dividends and
$4,230 in other income. Nearly $5.2 million was from book royalties. The
Presidential bestsellers are: "Dreams from My Father" and "The Audacity of
Hope." The first book about Obama's early life and his struggle to find a
racial identity earned about $3.3 million in 2009. "Audacity" a more pol-
icy-oriented book, brought in $2.3 million. Obama, a former law school
instructor and U.S. senator, became a millionaire a few years ago. He earned
about $4 million in royalties in 2007, the year he launched his presidential
campaign. The Obamas gave $329,100 to 40 different charities $50,000 to
the United Negro College Fund. They donated his $1.4 million Nobel Peace
Prize income to charity and paid $163,303 in Illinois state income taxes.
Joe and Jill Biden aren't so well-off. The Vice President's salary is
$227,300. He and his wife's income was $333,182, on which they paid
$71,147 to Uncle Sam. They gave $4,820 to charity and paid $13,897 in
state income taxes. The returns show that the Obamas made as much in
charitable contributions as the Bidens earned in 2009. Ten charities received
contributions from Obama's Nobel cash. Many are Foundations that provide
scholarships for students with extraordinary academic and leadership poten-
tial. The Obamas reduced their tax bite by putting $49,000 in a retirement
plan. Both the Bidens and Obamas live in public housing. The White House
has 132 rooms, 32 bathrooms, a movie theater, bowling alley, billiards room,
tennis court, jogging track and putting greens. The Bidens live in the offi-
cial vice presidential residence at Number One Observatory Circle along
Washington's Embassy Row.
In New York, Governor David Patterson and wife Michelle reported
income of $328,284 last year, up nearly $41,000 because of a pay bump the
state's First Lady received from her employer, Emblem Health Services.
Paterson, under fire for interfering in a domestic violence case against a top
aide, gave nearly $2,000 to charities for abused women in 2009. As gover-
nor of Massachusetts, DeVal Patrick earned $140,650. A former Coca-Cola
General Counsel/Executive VP/Corporate Secretary, Patrick served on
numerous corporate boards.
The average Congressional lawmaker is far wealthier than his or her typ-
ical constituent. There are 237 millionaires in Congress. Just one percent
of Americans are millionaires, but 44 percent of the Members of Congress
are; and they make sure they receive frequent pay raises. Since 1989 a cost
of living increase takes effect each year unless Congress votes against it.
Pay for the average member has more than doubled in the past 20 years. For
example, the average salary in 1983 was $69,800 and $141,300 in 2000.
However, if you were to adjust the 1983 salaries for inflation, members of
Congress made $119,708 in 2000. As of January 1, 2005, members of
Congress make $162,100. The president pro tempore of the Senate and the
majority and minority leaders of both houses are paid $180,100. The speak-
er of the House of Representatives makes $208,100. Reports show the least
wealthy member of Congress is Florida Representative Alcee Hastings,
whose net worth is calculated to be negative $4 million.
According to the US Census Bureau, the 2009 median household income
in America was $50, 323. Asians and Whites earned more than African
Americans and Hispanics.

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Phi Delta Kappa celebrates Founders Day

Shown above at the Founder's Day event is (L-R) guest speaker Dr. Annie Henry Alpha Gamma
Chapter, Delta Delta Basileus Olester Williams and Alpha Gamma Chapter Lonnye DeSue.
On Saturday, May 22, Phi Delta Kappa Sorority, Inc. celebrated its Founders Day in grand style with a banquet
lunch at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront. The Tri-Chapter affair was hosted by the Alpha Gamma,
Delta Delta and Gamma Eta Chapters. The guest speaker was Dr. Annie Henry who spoke on preparing our youth
for life and life's changes. The program was highlighted with Delta Delta presenting its "Soror of the Year" Award
to Sandra Milton. R. Highsmith photo.

Local women shaping up and raking up with Firm

Full figures are big business in
these tough economic times and for
those with big dreams and a lot of
networking savvy, Firm
International is helping them reach
their full potential physically and
The company which is strictly
promoted through home based par-
ties and seminars is new to
Jacksonville and taking the area by
storm. Most recently, six local part-
ners modeled their product line at
the Hyat Hotel proving the rewards
of owning, wearing and selling
their items.
On Monday, there was a "Before
& After" show held at the Hyatt.
Six local FI partners modeled the
garments, proving the rewards of
owning, selling and wearing them.
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Paul Rand
Continued from page 4
Citizens committee for the Right
to Keep and Bear Arms; Second
Amendment Foundation; Law
Enforcement Alliance of America;
NRA-ILA; Second Amendment
Committee; Keep and Bear Arms;
Kentucky Coalition to Carry
Concealed; Save the Guns;
Kentuckians for the Right to Bear
Arms (KRBA); Take Back

Shown above modeling their garments are (L-R) Nell Wall, Lisa
Whitehead, Shawan Davis, Angela Coleman, Stephanie Holloway and
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Ron Paul; Take Back Florida;
Sovereignty International, Inc.;
Libertarian Party of Kentucky;
Meade County Citizens for Better
Kentucky Motorcycle Assoc. /
K.B.A.and Take Back Maryland.
These groups are among the most

extreme, xenophobic, homophobic
and gender and racial hostile groups
in the country. Paul has not publicly
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support from any of these groups.
He doesn't have too. He's their
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Who would have thought? Garrett Morgan did in 1923. The Traffic Signal, developed by Garrett Morgar. -
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Summer Camp Registration Betty Burney says "Enough is
"The Gifts Within Summer Camp 2010" is conducting early registration Our
for ages 3-17. Camp convenes June 14-August 6th. Sign-up with Minister, Enough"- Let's Save Our Children

Dr. Tanya Brooks, Camp Director. For more information please call (904)

Women's Conference at 1st New Zion
First New Zion Missionary Baptist Church will have their annual
Christian Women's Conference & Luncheon on Saturday May 29, 2010 at
8:30 a.m. The conference and luncheon will be held at Zion's Fellowship
Hall located at 4810 Soutel Drive. Registration begins at 8:30a.m
"Conference begins at 9:00 a.m and lunch will be served after the confer-
ence 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. The theme: Allowing God to be Real Though
Praise Prayer and His Presence: Keynote Speaker: Sis Cynthia Robinson,
New Zion Missionary Baptist Church of Fernandina Beach Fl.
To register or more information, call 765-3 111.

1st New Zion Miss. Baptist Christan
Women's Conference & Luncheon
Sis. Cynthia Robinson, of New Zion Missionary Baptist Church of
Femandina Beach, will be the keynote speaker for the Annual Christian
Women's Conference, beginning at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, May 29, 2010. All
activities will be held at First New Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 4810
Soutel Drive, Rev. Dr. James B. Sampson, Pastor. Theme Scripture: Mark
110. The Workshop Theme: Christian Women Honoring God to be Real
through Praise, Prayer and His Presence. To register, please call (904) 765-
3111. All women are invited. "Zion Night Worship Service" begins at 5
p.m., Sunday, May 30th, in the Church Sanctuary, 4835 Soutel Drive.
New Fountain Chapel
AME to hold Seven Up Tea
New Fountain Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Rev. Louis
Kirkland, Pastor; invites the community to share in Seven Up Tea" at 4
p.m., Sunday, May 30th, as we give praise to God for all he has done and
will do for us. Phyliss Richardson, Chairperson.
Greater New Hope AME "Come
Together & Worship Day"
Greater New Hope AME Church, 2708 N. Davis St., and the Rosa
Johnson Missionary Society, will celebrate "Come Together Worship &
Praise Day" at 10 a.m., Sunday, May 30th. Evangelist Rhonda Hightower
Robinson will be the speaker. Bishop C. E. Laney & the Laney Singers will
be on program. Rev. M. F. Davis, Pastor.

Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19 20

School Board Member Betty Burney delivers the facts: "Every 5 Hour4s
a child or teen commits suicide! 1 out of every 50 children in America is
homeless! Bullying and Cyber-bullying are seriously impacting kids!
Thousands of children are not realizing their potential! Pastors of all
faiths, Parents, Grandparents, Community Leaders, Mad Dads, Mad
Mothers, Teachers, Principals, Pastors, and all other interested persons -
Let's discuss, combine, and design Strategies and Solutions for ALL
Children to unleash their inner greatness. Join School Board Member Betty
Burney at St. Paul AME Church, 6910 New Kings Road, at 6 p.m.,
Thursday, June 3rd. Information: (904)924-0756.

First Chronicles
Baptist Welcomes New Pastor
First Chronicles Baptist Church, 2559 West 30th Street, invites the com-
munity to join in welcoming their new Pastor, Rev. Willie Addison Jr. This
historic event will commence on Saturday, June 12th with a "Community
Meet and Greet" on the church grounds from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will
be food, fun, and fellowship This historic event will culminate with the
installation service which will be held on Sunday, June 13th at the Church.
For more information or directions, please call Sis. Emma Buckles at (904)

New 1st Corinth Missionary Baptist
Homecoming, Family & Friends Day
New First Corinth Missionary Baptist Church, 6119 Bagley Road, Rev.
Lewis Parker, Pastor; will observe Homecoming, Family and Friends Day,
at 11 a.m. on Sunday, June 13, 2010. The speaker for the occasion will be
Rev. Joe Merritt of United Baptist Church. For information or directions,
contact Pearl Davis at 765-3738.
One Accord Ministries Int. Inc.
Convenes Summer Program June 14th
"Gifts Within Summer Program 2010, "The Eye of the Beholder" will
convene June 14 thru August 6th at the One Accord Ministries International
Inc., 2971 Waller Street, Bishop Dr. Jan D. Goodman Sr., Pastor. For kids 3
to 17, the program begins daily at 6:15 a.m. and closes at 5:30 p.m. The
Theme for this summer is: "The Eye of the Beholder." Classes will cover
all facets of the visual arts: A Full Scale Performing Arts Program; Dance,
Drama, Mime/Pantomime, Etiquette, Painting, Photography, Modeling, and
other fun things. For more information on the unbelievable weekly fee,
and to reserve as space for your child, please contact Dr. Tanya Brooks at
(904)864-3314 or the Church at (904) 389 7373.

2nd Annual Gospel
Legends Awards
The 2nd Annual Florida Gospel
Legends Awards hosted by Dr.
Jimmy Hill will be held June 5,
2010 at 6:00 p.m. at the Spirit of
Life Worship Center, 1176 La Belle
St. Special guests include The
Swanees Quinte and "Sunday's
Best" contestant Dontavies
Boatwright. For more information,
call 683-2285. Tickets are available
at DJ's Records; Fusion Christian
Stores; Gospel World and Life Way
Christian Stores.

Family & Friends
at New Corinth
New First Corinth Missionary
Baptist Church will observe
Homecoming Family and Friends
Day Sunday June 13, 2010 at
11:00a.m. The speaker for the occa-
sion will be Rev Joe Merit of
United Baptist Church. The Church
is located at 6119 Bagley Rd. Rev.
Lewis Parker Pastor

S:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. 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

Bishop Rudolph McKissick
Dr. Mckissick now a Bishop

Dr. Rudolph McKissick,Sr., long-
time pastor of Bethel Baptist
Institutional Church, has been
bestowed the title of Bishop by the
Full Gospel Baptist Church
Fellowship International. Dr.
McKissick was unanimously
approved by the Bishops Council
under the direction of International

Presiding Bishop Paul Morton for
the official title of Bishop of
Marriage and Family. The news
weas received from Regional
Bishop Oshea Granger with instal-
lation information soon to follow.
Congratulations to the Bethel
Family for this highly honored
recognition. FMP Photo

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

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Thursday High Praise Worship 7:00 p.m.

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(904) 765-5683

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 Communion on 1st Sunday at 4:50 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

: Every 3 Hours A Child

of Teen Commits Suicide

1 out of every 50 children
in America is Homeless Bullying

Cyber-Bulling are

Seriously Impacting Kids

Thousands of Children are

not realizing their Potential!

Let s discuss strategies and
design solutions for all children to
unleash their inner greatness!
For your opportunity to be
heard join Betty Burney
June 3,2010, St. Paul AME Church
6910 New Kings Rd. 6:00p.m.
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Malcolm and Martin, closer than ever thought

by John Blake, CNN
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
was leaving a news conference one
afternoon when a tall man with a
coppery complexion stepped out of
the crowd and blocked his path.
Malcolm X, the African-American
Muslim leader who once called
King "Rev. Dr. Chicken-wing,"
extended his hand and smiled.
"Well, Malcolm, good to see you,"
King said after taking Malcolm X's
"Good to see you," Malcolm X
replied as both men broke into huge
grins while a gaggle of photogra-
phers snapped pictures of their only
That encounter on March 26,
1964, lasted only a minute. But a
photo of that meeting has tantalized
scholars and supporters of both men
for more than 45 years.
As the 85th birthday of Malcolm X
would have been last week, history
has freeze-framed him as the angry
black separatist who saw whites as
blue-eyed devils.
Yet near the end of his life,
Malcolm X was becoming more
like King -- and King was becom-
ing more like him.
"In the last years of their lives,
they were starting to move toward
one another," says David Howard-
Pitney, who recounted the Capitol
Hill meeting in his book "Martin
Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and
the Civil Rights Struggle of the
1950s and 1960s."
"While Malcolm is moderating
from his earlier position, King is
becoming more militant," Pitney
Malcolm X was reaching out to
King even before he broke away
from the Nation of Islam and
embraced Sunni Islam after a pil-
grimage to Mecca, says Andrew
Young, a member of King's inner
circle at the Southern Christian
Leadership Conference, the civil
rights group King headed.
"Even before his trip to Mecca,
Malcolm used to come by the
SCLC's office," Young says.
"Unfortunately, Dr. King was never
there when he came."
How Malcolm became
a 'cultural revolutionary'
Though the men met only once,
they had been portrayed as foes in
the minds of the American public
for years.
Malcolm X burst onto the national
scene in 1959 when he and the
Nation of Islam were featured in a
documentary, "The Hate That Hate
He became the Nation of Islam's
most visible spokesman from his
base in New York. While King
preached about his dream, Malcolm
X said blacks were trapped in a
"It was his critique of America
from the bottom up that was so
shocking," says Young. "He was a
young man with a Ph.D mind, but
he was put out of school. He edu-
cated himself in jail by reading the

Malcolm X's harsh rhetoric helped
decolonizee" black people's minds
by teaching them to be proud of
their African heritage, says James
Cone, author of "Martin &
Malcolm & America."
"King was a political revolution-
ary. Malcolm was a cultural revolu-

abandoned his Muslim faith, Bailey
"The whole idea that he had
become a token integrationist at the
end of his life -- that's a bunch of
jive," Bailey says.
Martin moves



The above photo taken of their only meeting has now become icon-
ic. It resides in the Library of Congress.

tionary," Cone says. "Malcolm
changed how black people thought
about themselves. Before Malcolm
came along, we were all Negroes.
After Malcolm, he helped us
become black."
Despite their differences, both
King and Malcolm X's political
activism flowed from the same
source, says Pitney, the civil rights
"They were fundamentally spiritu-
al men," Pitney says. "While we
remember them for their social and
political activism, they were reli-
gious and spiritual at their core."
Malcolm moves
toward Martin
Malcolm X, though, wanted to be
more than a cultural revolutionary.
He broke with the Nation of Islam
in March 1964 and announced
plans to start a black political
He reached out to King and other
civil rights leaders. In 1965,
Malcolm X traveled to Selma,
Alabama, where King was leading a
campaign, to offer support.
"Brother Malcolm was definitely
making an outreach to some civil
rights leaders," says A. Peter
Bailey, an original member of the
group Malcolm X founded, The
Organization of Afro-American
Unity, and a friend of Malcolm X.
"He believed that the one who
would be most responsive would be
Dr. King."
The Muslim leader had developed
an appreciation for King, Bailey
"He had come to believe that King
believed in what he was doing,"
Bailey says. "He believed in nonvi-
olence; it just wasn't a show. He
developed respect for him. I heard
him say you have to give respect to
men who put their lives on the line."
Malcolm X may have been willing
to join the civil rights cause. But he
never subscribed to nonviolence or

toward Malcolm
King's movement toward Malcolm
began as he shifted the civil rights
movement to the North, friends and
scholars say.
During the last three years of his
life, King became more radical. He
talked about eliminating poverty
and providing a guaranteed annual
income for all U.S. citizens. He
came out against the Vietnam War,
and said American society would
have to be restructured.
He also veered into Malcolm X's
rhetorical territory when he started
preaching black self-pride, says
"King is photographed a number
of times in 1967 and '68 wearing a
'Black is Beautiful' button,' Pitney
A year before King died, the jour-
nalist David Halberstam even told
him he "sounded like a nonviolent
Malcolm X," Pitney says.

Duval men

to "Man up
The unmet healthcare needs of
men is a silent crisis in the
Jacksonville community. The inau-
gural Man Up for Health Summit,
June 11-13, is a call for men to take
control of their health.
According to the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention,
African American men can expect
to live approximately 6 years less
than White men (69.7 years versus
75.7 years) and 7 years less than
Black women.
The main event for the weekend
will be the Men's Health Summit
on June 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at
Jean Ribault High School. The
summit aims to increase awareness
among men of preventable health
problems and to encourage the
early detection and treatment of
diseases. Health providers will be


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In the epic PBS civil rights series,
Coretta Scott King, the civil rights
leader's widow, said King never
took Malcolm X's biting criticisms
of his nonviolence stance personal-
"I know Martin had the greatest
respect for Malcolm ...," she said. "I
think that if Malcolm had lived, at
some point the two would have
come closer together and would
have been a very strong force."
Young, King's close aide, says
King had become more militant
near the end of his life.
"It was more radical to deal with
poverty than to deal with segrega-
tion so, in that sense, it's true,"
Young says. "But Dr. King never
wavered in his commitment to non-
violence. In fact, he was getting
stronger in his commitment to non-
violence. It was a more militant
Why they endure
Malcolm X and King never had
the chance, though, to explore an
Malcolm X was assassinated in
Harlem in 1965. King was mur-
dered three years later.
Both were 39 at the time of their
death. Both had been abandoned by
former supporters. And both left
virtually no money to their wives
and young children because they
refused to profit from their
The photo of their meeting
endures. It was taken because both
men happened to be in the Capitol
building that day to listen to politi-
cians debate the 1964 Civil Rights
Act, which would later pass.
Author Cone says the picture
endures because both men embody
the 'yin and yang' deep in the soul
of black America."
Even as King was changing
America, he also realized that
Malcolm X was changing him.
Cone says with a chuckle:
"Martin Luther King once said
that when he listened to Malcolm
speak, even he got angry."


for health"
on hand for free preventive health
screenings (e.g., blood pressure,
diabetes, HIV and STDs, prostate
cancer, vision, and hearing) and for
individualized information sessions
and resources.
The summit will also be a forum
for the exchange of ideas among
health care experts and the commu-
nity on ways to meet the healthcare
needs of men. The event will also
include a Young Males Health
Summit for young men ages 14 to
24 on June 11 at Florida State
College Jacksonville, Downtown.
Other events scheduled for the
weekend include local motorcycle
clubs gathering for a ride around
Jacksonville to increase awareness
about men's health on June 12. On
Sunday, June 13, local churches are
asked to join the effort by encour-
aging men to show support by
wearing blue ties.
For more information about the
Man Up for Health Summit, visit
the Web site www.manup- or call Jocelyn
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back an old friend:
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A few pages of
excerpts from
McMillan's "Getting to
Happy," a sequel to her
"Waiting to Exhale,"
will appear in the next four issues
of Essence, starting with the June
edition out now.
McMillan's "Waiting to
Exhale," published in 1992, tells
of the personal and professional
conflicts of four women living in
Phoenix. The novel sold more
than 1 million copies and is still
cited as a landmark for convincing
publishers of the large audience
size for black fiction.
McMillan, whose other books
include "How Stella Got Her
Groove Back" and "The
Interruption of Everything," said
she had no intention of writing a

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sequel to "Exhale" until
she spoke at a church in
?..-.." Oakland around a year
S,. ago. A resident of the Bay
* '4' Area, the author was still
getting over her vicious,
public feud with ex-hus-
S band and read a poem
about her experience.
"So these women
responded big time to this
poem, and there was this aura,
women crying and all kinds of
stuff. I spoke to them and realized
how many of them had never been
married, how many were
divorced, how many never had
children," she says.
"I wanted to be able to drama-
tize that in some way. I didn't want
to tell just one woman's story. And
that's when it dawned on me that I
had four women I might be able to
turn to. I got the paperback off the
shelf and looked over it and said,
'You know, they were the perfect
It will be released in September.

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camp for young ladies
Girls Inc. of Jacksonville will open their summer camp doors June 14,
2010. The Girls Inc. summer camp is designed to empower girls, ages 5-
15, to understand and value themselves with originality and enthusiasm.
Camp will begin at the Spring Park and Arlington Outreach centers, as
well as the brand new Riverside Baptist Church location. Camp will run
Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and will feature a unique
theme for each of the nine weeks of camp. Each week will include a field
trip that intertwines with that week's theme.
"Mad Science Week" is one of the many themes the girls will be intro-
duced to that will provide them with hands-on activities filled with adven-
ture and explorations at the Museum of History and Science.
Throughout the weeks of summer camp, girls will also be introduced to
an interactive economic literacy program for one hour a day. This program
will highlight recognizing and counting money, budgeting and saving and
career building.
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Siohvaughn Wade's ninth divorce
lawyer quits Dwyane Wade's estranged
wife Siohvaughn just had her ninth divorce
attorney up and quit.
Marsha Fisher filed an emergency motion in
Cook County, IL requesting she be withdrawn
". ., as Siohvaughn's representation in her ongoing
divorce battle with the NBA player.
S" Ironically, Fisher cited the reason as "irrecon-
,. cilable differences."
All except one withdrew from representing
her. One was only used for an appeal, which was subsequently denied.
Kobe settles maid lawsuit for six figures Terms were sup-
posed to be confidential, but according to, Kobe Bryant and his wife paid their
former maid six figures to settle her lawsuit. As
previously reported, the Los Angeles Lakers star
and his wife, Vanessa, were sued by the ex-
employee for wrongful discharge, invasion of pri-
vacy, emotional distress and unpaid wages.
TMZ got its hands on the confidential settlement
documents, which state that Kobe paid $200,000
to the maid in exchange for her dropping the law-
suit. In turn, the Bryants agreed to abandon their countersuit. Under the
terms, the maid is still prohibited from trashing the Bryants in the media.
Alicia Keys expecting? Is that a baby bump
on Alicia Keys? The above photo is sparking rumors
that the singer and her boyfriend/rumored fiance
j Swizz Beatz are expecting. The producer, who was
married to singer Mashonda when he purportedly
began dating Keys about a year ago, is currently
mired in a court battle with his ex-wife over claims
r "that he is delinquent on alimony and child support
Diddy says he'll marry one day Despite
being linked for years to Kim Porter, the mother of
his children, as well as to his rumored sidepiece, Cassie, Sean "Diddy"
Combs recently opened up to 'Extra,' telling the celebrity news show that
he has yet to find the "one." "The whole thing of marriage has been, to
me, abused. It's something that looks good for the tabloids. You make $2
million selling your wedding pictures, and it makes you look cool to your
girlfriends or guy friends. But are you happy inside?"
The media mogul may be turned off by the glitz and glamour of
Hollywood weddings, but there could be some hope for the women in his
life. Diddy says he does plan to get married -- someday. "Sometimes the
best way you can love someone is not marrying them. Because if I'm not
ready, it don't have nothing to do with love. I'm gonna get married one day,
and I'm gonna be right."

Jennifer proudly showing her new size 6 frame

A month following the announce-
ment of her endorsement deal with
Weight Watchers, Academy Award
winner Jennifer Hludson has already
witnessed positive results from the
company's products.
In the new issue of People maga-
zine, Hudson says that she's "in the
best shape" of her life, slimming
down from a size 16 to a slender
size 6.
The actress's newfound weight
loss is also due in part to her forth-
coming role as Nelson Mandela's
ex-wife in the biopic 'Winnie.' The
28-year-old said she was deter-

mined to lose her post-pregnancy
weight, noting that she would do
"whatever it takes to morph into a
"With Weight Watchers, I am
enjoying the weight loss because
I'm doing it the right way. I feel
empowered," she told the weekly
just last month. "Everything from
portion control to what foods will
help keep me satisfied -- it's a
lifestyle change, not a diet."
With production set to begin in
South Africa on May 31, Hudson's
Weight Watchers counselor, Liz
Josefsberg, is more than optimistic

that the actress will '
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On the heels of her
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Justice for slain students Nearly three years ago, two black col-
lege students and a friend were murdered in a schoolyard in Newark, NJ.
This week, a jury returned guilty verdicts for three of the murders and one
attempted murder after deliberating for less than a day.
Rodolfo Godinez, a 26-year old gang member and native of Nicaragua,
was convicted of all charges against him, including multiple counts of rob-
bery, weapons possession and conspiracy. He can get up to 30 years to life
for each murder count, and the sentences can be given out consecutively.
The prosecution did not assert that Godinez was the one who hacked at
the victims with a machete or shot each of them execution-style in the back
of the head. He is accused, however, of being the one who summoned the
other gang members to the schoolyard on the night when the murders took
place. The murders were particularly chilling because all four of the vic-
tims were "good kids" with no criminal history and educational plans for
the future.

The 6-foot-8 Mikhail Prokhorov,
new owner of the New Jersey Nets,
recently shared a Gracie Mansion
breakfast with Mayor Bloomberg
and Nets minority owner Jay-Z.
"We are soul mates," he said of
the hip-hop mogul. "I'm looking
forward to hanging out with him."
Taking control of the team last
week, he jokingly asked Bloomberg
if he'd like to take over as new
coach of the NBA's worst team.
Prokhorov promised to turn the

Nets into a global brand and said
moving the team to Brooklyn will
help him achieve that dream.
"Brooklyn is home for everyone
from everywhere," he said.
Prokhorov does intend to make
the borough a destination for the
NBA's top players, including free
agents LeBron James and Dwyane
How, exactly?
"I have my own secret," he said


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Jacksonville Jazz
The annual Jacksonville Jazz
Festival will be held May 27-30,
2010 in downtown Jacksonville at
various locations. The lineup will
include Patti LaBelle, Spyro Gyra,
Tito Puente Jr., Chris Botti, Ledisi,
Irvin Mayfield, Spanish Harlem
Orchestra, Bernie Williams, Basia,
Superstars of Jazz Fusion,
Buckwheat Zydeco, among many
others. For more information call

Home made soup class
The City of Jacksonville Canning
Center will offer a workshop on
Tuesday, June 1 from 9 a.m. to
Noon. Learn how to make and can
home-made vegetable soup and
take some home for the family to
enjoy. The cost is $20.00 which
includes all materials. Space is lim-
ited. You must pre-pay to register.
Send your $20 check made payable
to DCOHAC and mail to Canning,
1010 N. McDuffAve., Jacksonville,
FL 32254. Deadline is May 28. Call
Jeannie at 387-8850 to register.

First Wednesday
Art Walk
Let's Dance boogies in on
Wednesday, June 2 for the First
Wednesday Art Walk from 5:00
p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Enjoy a dance
performance by Viva Panama in
Hemming Plaza and experience The
Old Library when the Art Institute
of Jacksonville takes over. Sway to
the rhythm of middle eastern and
Spanish fusion with Madame Xena
at the Twisted Martini, and be a part
of Ezra Marcos' live photo shoot
celebrating diversity at Suite 106
Gallery. This is only a taste of the
fantastic entertainment schedule
June Art Walk has to offer.

Free Evening
of Spoken Word
Come out and enjoy an evening of
Spoken Word at the Ritz Theater on
June 3, 2010. The free event will
start at 7 p.m. Spoken word night is

held on the first Thursday of every
month where poets, writers, vocal-
ists and sometimes musicians gath-
er to present and hear some of the
area's most powerful and profound
lyrical voices in a casual open-mic
setting. For more info call 632-

Club Meeting
The June meeting of PRIDE Book
Club will be held on Friday, June
4, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. hosted by
Linda Riley. The book for discus-
sion will be "The Return of Simple"
by Langston Hughes. For directions
and more information, call 683-

Brooklyn, Campbell
Hill and Mixontown
Annual Picnic
The Jacksonville Westside com-
munities of Brooklyn, Campbell
Hill and Mixontown will have their
Annual Picnic on Saturday, June
5th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the
Johnson Community Center located
at Jackson & Chelsea Streets. For
more information call 768-2665 or

Ritz Jazz Jam
Enjoy a mellow evening of jazz
flavors, smooth sounds and cool
people at the Ritz Theater. The Jazz
Jam will be held on Saturday, June
5th at 8:00 p.m. at the Ritz Theatre
& LaVilla Museum. Call 632-5555
for more information.

Lavell Crawford at
the Comedy Zone
Comedian Lavell Crawford will
bring his urban brand of comedy to
the Comedy Zone in Mandarin
June 10-12 for multiple shows. For
tickets and times call 292-4242.

Man Up for
Health Summit
The Duval County Health
Department in conjunction with the
100 Black Men of Jacksonville,

Inc., will present a Young Males
and Men's Health Summit June 11-
13 at Florida State College
Downtown. There will also be a
Motorcycle Ride for Health starting
at Ribault High School. Festivities
will conclude with a unified Blue
Tie Sunday at area churches. For
free registration, visit www.manup-

White Linen
Comedy Explosion
The All White Linen Comedy
Extravaganza was created by
Marvin Dixon and every show has
SOLD out since it began. This year
it will be held on Friday, June 18th
at 8 p.m. atthe Florida Theatre.
Comedians include Damon
Williams, Henry Welch Hope Flood
and Jacksonville's own Terry
Harris. For tickets call 355-2787.

Soul Food
Music Festival
The annual Soul Food Music
Festival will be held on Saturday,
June 19th starting at 4 p.m. at
Metropolitan Park. Artists this year
include Chaka Khan, Tevin
Cambell and Jody Whatley. Call
Ticketmaster for details at 353-

Old Timers Fathers
Day Game and Picnic
The community is invited to come
out and celebrate Father's Day with
the Old Timers. All participants are
asked to come out and bring their
grill in addition to participating in
the Softball Game. Activities will
be held at Jefferson Street Park on
Sunday, June 20th with the soft-
ball game beginning at 3 p.m.
Music provided by DJ Roach. For
more information call Cookie at
405-3723 or Robert at 521-5774.

Tommy Davidson
in Concert
Comedian Tommy Davidson of
"In Living Color" fame, will be
inconcert at the Comedy Zone for
multiple shows July 15-17. For

showtimes or more information,
call 292-4242.

Madden Family Fun
Day and Tournament
The Bordes-Kohn Foundation, Inc.
will be holding an All Madden
Tournament and Family Fun Day to
benefit Communities in Schools.
There will be activities for non-
tournament participants in addition
to information. It will be held on
Saturday, June 26th at the
Morocco Shrine Temple from 10
a.m. 8 p.m. For more information
call 662-9224.

Ms. Senior
Jacksonville Pageant
The Ms. Senior Jacksonville
Pageant 2010for ladies age 60 and
up will be held on June 26th at 2
p.m. at the Times Union Center for
the Performing Arts. Tickets are
available via Ticketmaster. For
more information visit www.asea- or call 887-8156.

Black Cowboy and
Cowgirl Festival
The Last Chance Ranch in
Callahan will be hosting the 8th
Annual Black Cowgirl and Cowboy
Festival July 1-5 at their ranch
located in Callahan,FL. Participants
from around the country will join in
for blues legend Theodis Ealey a
camping, trail ride, dinner, dance,
vendors and kids area. For direc-
tions or more info, call 879-0342.

Raines / Ribault
Class of '78 Charity
Basketball Game
Raines & Ribault have joined
forces to lay aside their high school
rivalry to benefit the stakeholders
of their respective schools. On July
31, 2010, the Old School/New
School Charity Basketball Game to
bring together families and friends
for a memorable time of fun and
fellowship. To participate or more
information call 410-9603. Stay
tuned for details.

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Club Baron celebrates 64 years of community service with private gala

Yolanda Lanier, Stacey Hautine, Ramonia Williams Ervin Williams, Elnora Williams, Eugene Duncan

Caryn Jones, Jack Jones and David Manor

Geraldine Minnefield and Hal Weston

Ileene Ford and Donald Sparks

Edward and Vernell Robinson

Jeanette Goa and James Scrivens

Club Baron celebrated 64 years of
community service with their
"Helping Hands" summer dance
last weekend.
The formal event was held at the

National Guard Armory on the
The Barons and Baronettes (the
better halves), used the event to
mingle and socialized with fellow

members and over 150 guests.
Entertainment included a live
band whose renditions ranged from
the 50's to current hits.
Baron President Sam Watson

noted "I work for my fellow Barons
and the community." Unlike other
organization galas, the semi annual
event is free to fellow Barons and
Baronettes in addition to their invit-

ed guests. Each member brings
their friends and family to celebrate
their efforts during the year which
include donations during
Thanksgiving, the Eastside Boys

Club, EWC and Bethune Cookman
College among other endeavors.
At the age of 86, retired Pullman
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