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50 Cents

Chicago no Disneyworld: 52 shot, 8

dead in record weekend of violence
Chicago, Ill Eight people were killed and at least 52 others were shot
across the city of Chicago from Friday night into early Monday, includ-
ing a baby girl who suffered a graze wound to the neck when gunfire
erupted at a Near West Side barbecue, reports the Chicago Sun Times.
In all of the reported deaths which were unrelated, the victims were
black males between the ages of 19 and 28 with one being a 45 year old.
Law enforcement officials say some of the slaying were most likely
gang related.
In addition to the homicides, at least nine people were shot as early as
Monday morning, including four men and a baby girl who were injured
when gunfire erupted during an outside barbecue.

Gays to receive more benefits
The Labor Department will likely announce Wednesday that the Family
and Medical Leave Act is being tweaked, giving gay federal employees
the right to leave work to care for a child, just as straights can.
It's the latest in a long string of incremental changes President Obama
has quietly made since taking office that have expanded federal benefits
to gays and lesbians.
The current administration has given gay employees long-term health
insurance for their partners, day care, and child subsidies. The Federal
Housing Authority can't consider a loan applicant's sexuality anymore.
And the Census Bureau will count the number of Americans who say
they're part of a same-sex couple.
In his Father's Day address Sunday, the president even mentioned that
modem families took many forms-including having two fathers.
Though some gay-rights activists are frustrated Obama has been slow
to overturn Don't Ask, Don't Tell, they generally agree the little changes
show the White House still cares about them.

Former NBA player, humanitarian
Manute Bol dies at 47
KANSAS CITY, Mo. Manute Bol, a lithe 7-
foot-7 shot-blocker from Sudan who spent 10 sea-
sons in the NBA and was dedicated to humanitar-
ian work in Africa, died Saturday at he age of 47.
Bol died while hospitalized in Charlottesville,
where he was being treated for severe kidney trou-
ble and a painful skin condition.
His decade long NDA career included seasons
with Washington, Golden State, Philadelphia and Miami and later
worked closely as an advisory board member of Sudan Sunrise, which
promotes reconciliation in Sudan. Bol averaged 2.6 points, 4.2 rebounds
and 3.3 blocked shots.
Bol was hospitalized in May after returning to the United States from
Sudan. Prichard said then that Bol was in Sudan to help build a school in
conjunction with Sudan Sunrise but stayed longer than anticipated after
the president of southern Sudan asked him to make election appearances
and use his influence to counter corruption in his home country.
Bol's goal was to build 41 schools throughout Sudan.

African-American man selected by

BP to lead its claim process
"BP is paying all the bills right now," Darryl Willis, the vice president
of resources for BP America, said to the U.S. Senate. By "paying all the
bills," Willis meant that the corporate giant is covering all costs and will
work out later which of its drilling partners might also share some of the
Darryl Willis' face is unfortunately not one that you would expect to see
representing the largess of corporate America. Willis, a black man, has
been put in charge of allocating all resources to Gulf Coast residents
who've been affected by the recent oil spill in the Gulf. His face is expect-
ed by BP to be a source of comfort to many of the people in the gulf who
happen to be black and brown.
So far, the Coast Guard has billed BP and some of its partners $71 mil-
lion for the cleanup and another bill is coming, according to Sen.Tom
Carper (D-Del.), who also serves as the chairman of the Subcommittee
on Federal Financial Management. BP has also paid $90 million in indi-
vidual claims and another $16 million in business claims. The total gov-
ernment cost of the cleanup has been $217 million, according to Craig
Bennett, director of the National Pollution Fund.

Coleman finally cremated,
ashes locked away
While Gary Coleman's ex-wife and ex-girlfriend continue to battle over
his estate, the former child actor was cremated last week, as requested in
his will. No funeral or memorial service will be held.
"The proceeding was conducted in accordance with Coleman's desires
as expressed in his will," said court-appointed attorney Robert Jeffs.
Coleman's remains had been sitting at a Salt Lake City mortuary for three
weeks due to the legal wrangling.
One of Coleman's earlier wills had specified that he wanted to be
remembered in a wake conducted by people to whom he had no financial
ties and who could "look each other in the eyes and say they really cared
personally for [him]."
Coleman's ashes and possessions have been locked away while a judge
figures out who should be the executor of his estate.

Volume 23 No.38 Jacksonville, Florida June 24-30, 2010

Federal Response Grows

As Oil Spill Spreads

by Susan Buchanan
As BP tries to stop the gusher
near Louisiana's coast, President
Obama has signaled in recent
weeks that the federal government
will more closely manage efforts to
combat the Gulf oil spill. On June
1, U.S. Attorney General Eric
Holder opened a criminal investiga-
tion against BP to determine
whether laws were broken in the
April 20 Deepwater Horizon explo-
In the week after the rig accident,

the Administration said the govern-
ment didn't have the technology to
plug the subsea leak. At that time,
BP was expected to lead cleanup
efforts because it was considered
liable for up to $75 million in dam-
ages, along with oil-removal costs,
under the 1990 Oil Pollution Act.
The White House, meanwhile,
pledged to work with Congress to
raise the $75 million cap. Damages
from the spill have since swelled
and now total billions of dollars,
Continued on page 3

100 Black Men and Mentees ofJax

Journey to Fort Lauderdale for Confab

The 100 Black Men of America, Inc. held their 24th annual conference
in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, June 16-20. The theme of this year's conference
was "Mentoring Across a Lifetime." The 100 Black Men of Jacksonville,
Inc. participated by sending three delegates, four mentees and three addi-
tional members. Shown above at the conference are J100 members :
Ronnie King, mentoring chairman, Col. Robert Porter, president, Eugene
Darious and Charles Griggs. Mentees pictured (L-R) : Michael Thompson
(13), Orbi Richardson (15), Tyliek White (9) and Corey Thomas (9).

Black children three times more

likely to die from drowning

Monday marked the official start
of summer, which, for many
Americans, means visits to the pool
and the beach. Unfortunately for
the city of Jacksonville, it also
marked the day it became known
that two more Black children would
die by drowning. Blessing Ibeagwa,
3, and Gerard Ibeagwa, 6, found
their way into a neighbor's pool
where they were found dead by the
homeowners in their Arlington
Black children drown at a rate
more than three times that of white
children. The disparity represents
the second leading cause of unin-
tentional injury-related death for
those younger than 19 .
While 40 percent of white chil-
dren have low or no swimming
ability 70 percent of African-
American children, a YMCA sur-
vey shows.
African-American children with
parents who themselves do not
know how to swim are less likely to
know or to be encouraged to learn
how. And, as for why African-
Americans show less of a proclivi-
ty for swimming, several reasons
are apparently to blame.
African-Americans say that a lack
of access to pools, the expense of
swimming lessons and the idea that

Thousands raised and praised for "Fathers Who Cook"-
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church held their 2nd Annual Fathers Who Cook event benefitting youth campers in
the Jacksonville area. Held at the Gateway Mall the Saturday preceding Fathers Day, over forty fathers from the
Bethel family and beyond served up their best recipes for the hundreds in attendance. Shown above (L-R) are
founder Eugene Eubanks, Michael Blaylock, Michael Edward, Ken Jefferson, Joe Troddie and Michael Jackson.
For more scenes from cooking fathers, see page 3. R. Silver photo

recreational swimming is a cultur-
ally white activity are factors that
inhibit them from learning how to
swim, according to the study, which
was commissioned by the national
governing body of competitive
swimming USA Swimming and
released last month.
Jacksonville is no different, recent
budget cuts show that the funding
for the "Gus and Goldie" swim-
ming lesson program has been cut
leaving public city pools open with
inexperienced swimmers at the
mercy of lifeguards.
The most common reason cited by
African-Americans for not know-
ing how to swim, however, was a
fear of drowning.
The end to this potentially deadly
cycle lies in parents taking precau-
tionary action and making sure
their children know how to swim.
Experts recommends that parents
watch children at all times when in
or near a pool and that parents take
other measures such as installing
protective fences to ensure their
children's safety though a fence did
not stop the Ibeagwa children from
their faste.
New data also suggests that early
swim training may actually lower
drowning rates in children under
the age of 4.

Obama Unveils



President Barack Obama unveiled
the Fatherhood and Mentoring
Initiative on this week, a follow-up
to the national conversation he
launched last year on fatherhood
and personal responsibility.
"My own father left my family
when I was two years old. I was
raised by a heroic mother and won-
derful grandparents who provided
the support, discipline and love that
helped me get to where I am today,
but I still felt the weight of that
absence throughout my childhood,"
Obama said. "It's something that
leaves a hole no government can
fill. Studies show that children who
grow up without their fathers
around are more likely to drop out
of high school, go to jail, or
become teen fathers themselves."
The initiative is a national call to
action to address fatherlessness in
America and includes:
A series of community forums
on fatherhood and personal respon-
sibility, sponsored by the White-
Continued on page 5

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So just how

far have

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in America?
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Ms. Perry's Free Press June 24-30, 2010

J a s o n
My wife and I survived two
major home remodeling projects
and we've got the battle scars to
prove it. Like most people feeling
cramped for space thanks to
two growing children in our case
- we weighed the plusses and
minuses of remodeling versus
moving to a larger home.
Because we live in a great neigh-
borhood with strong local
schools, we ultimately decided to
stay put and remodel, but every-
one's case is different.
Here are a few considerations
to weigh before you decide to
Wishes vs. needs. How neces-

are the
9,e*-- f improve-
ments you
_want? The days when
many improvements paid for
themselves in increased home
value are over for now, especially
such strictly cosmetic upgrades
as new kitchen cabinets or a bath-
room skylight. That doesn't mean
certain projects aren't worth-
while. For instance:
Repairing a leaky roof or faulty
plumbing might spare you from
water or mold damage.
Installing attic and wall insula-
tion and energy-efficient win-
dows or replacing older appli-
ances and light fixtures will
lower utility bills and may be tax-
deductible (visit www.energys- for information on tax
credits and rebates).
The IRS allows tax deductions

for certain home improvements
to accommodate medical condi-
tions or disabilities with a doc-
tor's recommendation. The rules
are complex, so read IRS
Publication 502 at
and consult a tax advisor before
Budgeting. Gather cost esti-
mates for each job or item and
create a chart with columns for
high-, medium- and low-cost
options. Don't forget supplies for
do-it-yourself projects and
always add an extra 20 percent or
more for unexpected expenses. If
contracted labor is involved,
gather three estimates and care-
fully check references and busi-
ness licenses. Also, ask about dis-
counts for grouping multiple
projects together.
Financing options. Ideally,
you've already established a
home improvement savings plan.
But if you're planning to borrow,
proceed with caution. Just a few
years ago, home values were sky-
rocketing and many people took
out a home equity loan (HEL) or
line of credit (HELOC) to tap
their home's equity.
The real estate market's col-
lapse left many people owing
more than their homes were
worth, so now even folks with
excellent credit and significant

home equity have difficulty find-
ing such financing. Lenders now
demand stringent income docu-
mentation and have cut back on
the debt-to-value percentage they
will allow only 60 or 70 percent
or less of the appraised value in
some hard-hit areas. So if your
existing mortgage is over that
amount, you may be out of luck.
Comparison shop. First, ask if
your existing lender offers HELs
and HELOCs. If so, compare
their interest rates, fees and qual-
ification criteria to what other
lenders are advertising. has home equity
rate comparison tools for both
banks and credit unions at www.; but be forewarned,
pickings are slim right now. You
might have better luck talking
directly to lending officers at
local branches.
One important caution: HELs
and HELOCs are considered
secured debt in which your home
is used as collateral for the loan.
If you miss payments or default,
you could lose your home. If
you're not certain you'll be able to
make the payments (worries
about unemployment, prolonged
illness, etc.), it's probably best to
forego remodeling until you have
sufficient savings.

Reverse mortgage could be the right

answer for cash strapped seniors

Many older Americans find
themselves house rich and cash
poor. They own their home, or at
least have significant equity in it,
yet struggle to make ends meet
each month. They could sell their
home, but are not inclined to
move and leave their memories
A reverse mortgage may be the
answer they seek. A reverse
mortgage is a loan against your
home that you do not have to pay
back for as long as you live in
your house. It basically converts
your equity into cash, with no
repayment required until the bor-
rower no longer uses the home as
his or her principal residence.
One version of this product is
the Federal Housing Authority's
Home Equity Conversion
Mortgage (HECM) which allows
borrowers 62 and over to with-
draw some of the equity in their
home, providing a much needed
financial boost to their income.
However, the home must be a sin-
gle family home or a one-to-four
unit home where the borrower
actually lives. Additionally, a
HUD-approved condominium or
manufactured home that meets
FHA guidelines may also be eli-
There are no restrictions on
personal income, but the amount

you can borrow does depend on
your age, the current interest rate,
the appraised value of your home
or FHA's mortgage limits for
your area, whichever is less.
Generally speaking, the more
valuable your home is, the older
you are, the lower the interest rate
and the more you can borrow.
Seniors can use the money as
they see fit, for example, for
emergencies or medical expens-
es, to make home
improvements, or to pay
off debt. Homeowners f
will still be responsible,
however, for the taxes and
insurance associated with
the property.
One requirement to
receiving a HECM is that
the borrower meets with a
HUD-approved housing
counselor who has passed
a special HECM exam
prior to obtaining the loan.
This is a protection to the
consumer, as the terms
and options associated
with a reverse mortgage
can be complicated. For .
instance, consumers need
to fully understand that the
up-front costs can be quite
steep, and that money
received from a reverse
mortgage can be counted

as income or, an asset that
restricts eligibility to some gov-
ernment programs. A reverse
mortgage may not be your best
option, and the counselor's role is
to review all options available.
"Reverse mortgages are the
perfect solution for some people,
but not all. At your counseling
session, feel free to keep asking
questions until you completely
understand the reverse mortgage

product," comments Gail
Cunningham, spokesperson for
the National Foundation for
Credit Counseling (NFCC).
"And, be sure to inquire if there
might be a better option for you.
If your financial need is short-
term, there may be community
programs that can help."
Call toll free (800) 388-2227, r
to find a counselor or visit

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and retirement-plan contributions
will decline after you retire. In
reality, of course, retirees often
find their expenses actually go up
since they have more time to trav-
el and by stuff. So be warned. A
better but more time-consuming

meant expenses consider
whether you can plan to
stay in the same home
and if you'll still be
carrying a mortgage...

method is to create a retirement budget based on what you currently
spend and how you see that changing. Michael Garry, a certified
financial planner in Newtown, Pa., says clients who do that often
enjoy the added benefit of finding financial leaks they can plug right
away. "A lot of people haven't done a budget in years" he says, "so
they're sometime shocked at how much they spend eating out or on
different kinds of memberships." In projecting your retirement
expenses consider whether you can plan to stay in the same home
and if you'll still be carrying a mortgage. Also take a look at health
coast, particularly if you'll no longer be on an employer's plan. Bear
in mind, for example that Medicare, great relief that it is in many
respects, doesn't cover most dental bills. While you're at it, don't for-
get to budget for some fun, however you define it.
Chances are your saving woi't be your only resource for retire-
ment. Most readers of this column will receive Society Security ben-
efits, for example. You can get a prediction of your by using the
Retirement Estimator at Recently the average retiree
benefit was $1.166 a month: $3,119 was the maximum possible at
age 70. For most of us, the number will probably be somewhere
between those two. You may also have a traditional pension coming
from one or more employers. If you don't ready know the likely
amount, ask the plan administrator. Finally, like many retirees, you
may want to keep working, either part-time or fulltime. Include that
income in your totals, too if you're sure it won't fall through.
Now that you've toted up your likely expenses and sources of
income, you can subtract the latter from the former. Whatever's left
is the amount that you'll have to make up from your saving. Just to
use round numbers, let's say you'll need $50,000 a year for retirement
and expect to get $30.000 from Social Security, a pension, and part
time work. That leaves $20,000 to be covered from saving. Financial
planners often use 4 percent as a fairly conservative withdrawal rate.
That is you should be able to withdraw about 4 percent of your assets
each year without running too high a risk of depleting them. (The
actual calculation is 4 percent in year one, with an appropriate adjust-
ment for inflation in each subsequent years). So in this example, you
would need assets of $500,000, 4 percent of which would cover the
$200,000 shortfall. Here's another way to look at it: Determine what
you'll need to withdraw from savings each year, multiply it by 25,
and that's how much you'll need to save. The closer you are to retire-
ment, the more accurate your estimates are likely to be. But even if
the big days is still decades away, it's worth spending a spare hour on.
Because if we ever survey you on whether you're satisfied with your
retirement, we want you to be in the happy group.

$350 Billion of Wealth Lost in Communities of Color

(NNPA) As a joint conference
committee of Congress works to
reconcile two versions of the
largest Wall Street financial
reform since the 1930s New Deal,
a new report from the Center for
Responsible Lending (CRL)
details how widespread foreclo-
sures have drained an estimated
$350 billion from communities of
These losses are attributable to
both foreclosed homes and near-
by neighbors whose property val-
ues plummeted as a result of
neighbors' foreclosures. In many
instances, homes near foreclo-
sures leave nearby homeowners
owing a mortgage far more than
their home is now worth.
This loss of wealth may exceed
the total cost paid by the Gulf
Coast states in response to
Hurricane Katrina.
According to Foreclosures by
Race and Ethnicity: the
Demographics of a Crisis, for
every 100 African-American

homeowners, 11 have either lost
their homes or at imminent risk of
foreclosure. For Latino families,
the figures are even worse 17 of
every 100 Latino homeowners are
affected by foreclosures.
"Whether we're talking about
oil spills or housing catastrophes,
it's clear that America needs to
invest in prevention, clean-up and
recovery," said Mike Calhoun,
CRL President. "As Congress
works to finish financial reform
legislation, the rules on home
lending need to get stronger, not
weaker. We need to make sure a
foreclosure crisis of this type
never happens again; and though
so many homes have been lost, it
is not too late to prevent more
The report cites lending indus-
try figures showing that the per-
centage of homes in some stage
of foreclosure in the United States
is the highest on record and five
times the norm. According to
CRL's research, from January

2007 through December 2009,
2.5 million foreclosures were
completed nationwide. Another
5.7 million borrowers are at least
two or more payments behind,
leaving them at imminent risk of
foreclosure. The vast majority of
homes lost to foreclosures were
originated from 2005 through
2008 for owner-occupied borrow-
ers, not speculators.
A related June case study by
CRL shares the ongoing plight of
a 79-year old widow whose only
income is social security. When
Mrs. Louise Golden's husband,
Stanley, suffered a stroke and
their income was drowning in
medical costs, they decided in
2006 to refinance their long-time
home, using the equity in the
house to pay off bills. She and her
husband thought they were get-
ting a 30-year low fixed-interest
Golden passed the following
year and while his spouse was
still grieving, learned that their

loan was actually an adjustable
rate mortgage or ARM. The pay-
ments that began at just over
$1,000 a month rose in excess of
$1,700 a month more than her
modest monthly income.
Unfortunately, Mrs. Golden's
case is repeated throughout much
of the nation and the problem is
particularly severe in Maryland's
Prince George's County where in
2009 the number of foreclosure
filings, 13,412, accounted for 31
percent of similar filings through-
out the state. According to the
Maryland Department of Housing
and Community Development,
one out of every 24 homes in this
county was subject to a foreclo-
sure filing last year, compared to
the statewide rate of one out of
54. Additional CRL research
shows that without regard to eth-
nicity or race, 24 states and 38
counties will also experience a
loss of over $1 billion each in
local house prices and tax bases.
Among the 24 affected states, the

ten worst facing declines in house
values and tax bases are:
California, New York, Florida,
Illinois, New Jersey, Maryland,
Arizona, Massachusetts, Virginia
and Pennsylvania.
As an independent research and
public policy organization, CRL
is among the advocates that are
keeping a close eye on the House
and Senate Conference
Committee on financial reform to
ensure that the policy reforms for
mortgage lending are preserved in
the final bill. Stronger regulatory
oversight, sensible underwriting
standards, and removing financial
incentives for lenders to steer
consumers into higher-cost loans
are among the items CRL
believes will make a significant
difference in preventing similar
crises from recurring.
Rep. Barney Frank (MA),
House Financial Services
Committee, chairs the bi-partisan
conference committee and has a
target goal of sending a bill to the

President by the upcoming
Independence holiday, July 4.
Three members of the
Congressional Black Caucus
(CBC) serve on the full confer-
ence committee: Representatives
Kendrick Meek (FL), Maxine
Waters (CA) and Mel Watt (NC).
Four additional CBC members
are assigned to sub-committees
and specific policy areas. They
are: Representatives Bobby Rush
(IL), Energy and Commerce;
John Conyers (MI), Judiciary;
Elijah Cummings (MD) and
Edolphus Towns (NY), Small
Consumers interested in com-
menting on foreclosures or sub-
committee deliberations are urged
to contact the offices of these
Members of Congress.
To review the complete report,
visit: http://www.responsible-
lending. org/mort gage -




'A A

How much do

you need to retire?

This simple, three-step process
can help you come up with and answer
Survey wizards frm Forbes made a fascinating discovery earlier
this year after analyzing data from more than 13,000 retired sub-
scribers. While people with $500,000 to $999,999 in net worth were
significantly more satisfied in retirement than their counterparts who
accumulated less, any wealth beyond that barely moved the satisfac-
tion needle. We dubbed that range the retirement "sweet spot."
Most of us who are planning for retirement would do well to find
our own sweet spot. And there seem to be no shortage of interested
parties eager to help us with the task. For example the online invest-
ing firm Scottrade put the question to registered investment advisers
in a recent survey. For "average" Americans between 43 and 64, 30
percent of the advisers suggested a goal of $1.5 million, 35 percent
said $2 million to $3 million and 13 percent upped it to millionn or
more. So what's the answer? Will $500,000 do it. assuming that
many of us can even reach that threshold? Or are we likely to need
multiple millions to ensure a satisfying retirement? Obviously this is
one of those highly personal money questions with no universal
answer, but here's one way to think it though
Step 1 (Expenses)
Before you can decided how much to save, it helps to know what
exactly you're saving for -in other words, your future retirement
spending. A quick but crude way to go about it is to use what finan-
cial planners call a "replacement rte" That's the percentage of your
working income that you'll need after you retire. Many advisers sug-
gest 70 to 80 percent, assuming In projecting your retire-
that coasts like commuting taxes

Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 3

(L-R) Richard Holley Financial Design Associates, Dr. Gwendolyn
Lee Keynote speaker, Dr Trudie Kibbe Reed-President, Bethune
Cookman University, Rodney Hurst with the Dr Mary McLeod
Bethune Visionary Award, Wanda Flowers Esq., Chief Employment
Counsel, and Evelyn Walker National Alumni President.

Brenda Simmons and Ruth Waters

Patricia Bivins,Reverend Williams,Derya Williams,Helen Jackson
and Patricia Godboldt. FMP photos
The Bethune-Cookman University National Alumni Association kicked
off their annual convention last weekend with their corporate breakfast.
Held at the Sawgrass Mariott, the guest speaker was National Links
President Dr. Gwendolyn Lee. Visionary awards were also presented to
Rodney Hurst and Lorenzo Laws. The breakfast was a prelude to a host of
activities for alumni visiting from around the country that included strate-
gic meetings, parties, a golf tournament and worship service.

Oil Spill

Continued from front
while no decision has been reached
on the cap.
"We've allowed BP to call the
shots because we assumed it had
the best smarts and technology to
do so," said Oliver Houck, law pro-
fessor at Tulane University. "That
assumption is washing away how-
Six weeks after the explosion,
anger at BP mounted as the well
kept gushing, spraying of disper-
sants continued, wildlife and vege-
tation suffered and recovery work-
ers fell ill. Leaders of coastal
parishes grumbled that sopping up
the concoction lapping their shores
was not a BP priority.
For its part, the Department of
Defense and U.S. Coast Guard
have worked together since late
April on the government's handling
of the spill, with Coast Guard
Admiral Thad Allen overseeing the
Meanwhile, coastal parish lead-
ers, anxious about the June-
October hurricane season, want
assurance that Washington will
provide support.
Experts say a multitude of
resources will be needed to combat
the ever-expanding spill. "We des-
perately need offshore skimming of
oil, and I can't see any other way
than to require government and
military resources to do it," said
Edward Overton, retired Louisiana
State University environmental-
science professor. "People are
needed to make phone calls, find
all the skimmers they can in the
U.S. and other countries, and get
them delivered here, using military
C-117 aircraft, if needed."
Skimmers are equipment used to
recover spilled oil from water.
Meanwhile, in the military arena,
the U.S. Navy has coordinated the
deployment of oil-pollution control
equipment to support spill
response, according to the U.S.
Dept. of Defense. The Navy is pro-
viding containment boom, along
with so-called Modular Skimming
Systems, related pollution-control
equipment and contractors .
Overton had additional sugges-
tions, and said "we need infrastruc-
ture, like floating hotels or a cruise
ship to house the community of
workers used in coastal areas to
remove oil from the water." BP and
its subcontractors have in fact set
up a "flotel" with bunk beds on a
barge at Port Fourchon for 500
workers engaged in clean ups. But
additional lodgings will be needed
as the oil spreads.
Critics of BP see many justifica-
tions for Washington to control the
recovery effort, including the spill's
occurrence in federal waters. Under
the Clean Water Act, President
Obama is authorized to direct
clean-up efforts if oil discharged in
any navigable water poses a threat
to public health or welfare.

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SHown above at the fundraiser are local elected officials (L-R) Hon. Reginald Brown, Hon. Betty Burney,
Robert Johnson, Hon. Mia Jones, Charlie Appleby, Alvin Brown and Eric Smith. T Landy photo
America's first Black billionaire stomps for Alvin Brown
Jacksonville mayoral candidate Alvin Brown kicked off his first campaign fundraiser with none other than
America's first Black billionaire Bob Johnson in attendance. Held at the River Club on Monday, January 21st,
friends, supporters and area politicos convened to give Brown their support and well wishes. Brown has pledge
to run a grass roots campaign reaching out to all facets of the community and giving them a voice.

Sights and Scenes: Fathers Who Cook

Winner of 1st Place in Desserts was Wyman
Winbush (shown right) serving up portions of his
checker-board cake and white chocolate cheese-
cake. R. Silver photo
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church's Second Annual
Fathers Who Cook Event was held last Saturday with
over forty fathers participating. The men were all sold
out of their dishes within hours. Winners included Joe
Trotter for his Fried Basa, Bishop McKissick Sr. for his
Seafood Alfredo, David Footman for his South
Carolina Ribs and Wyman Winbush in the dessert cat-
egory for his cakes. Proceeds benefit camperships for
area youth.
For more information or to apply, visit www.bethe-

Adam Pugh, James Neal and Kenny Howard.
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Michael Edward shows off his cakes.

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June 24-30, 2010

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The great Olympian, Jesse
Owens, once said, "After I came
home from the 1936 Olympics with
my four medals, it became increas-
ingly apparent that everyone was
going to slap me on the back, want
to shake my hand, or have me up to
their suite. But no one was going to
offer me a job."
It is that sort of reality and
despair that African Americans had
to deal with throughout our "free"
years in this country. However,
what a difference a day makes.
Today in America, the story is
quite different, and while we all
still have issues of mistreatment
and racial inequalities, a vast
majority would agree that blacks
have far more opportunities in this
country than ever before.
And I am not just talking about
jobs, but also housing, education
and entrepreneurship. Better access
to quality education has been criti-
cal to the development of the black
middle class.
When I visited South African
around six years ago the develop-
ment of a black middle class was
one of the major issues that the
country continued to struggle with.
Like most developing and devel-
oped countries the income gap
between the rich and poor is
Much like South Africa, blacks in
America struggled with the same
issue for decades. But in the early
1900s a middle class lead by edu-
cated blacks started to develop, but
it was very small and of course it
was very much segregated. Today,
the black middle class continues to
grow although the income gap

between the have and have nots has
grown as well.
Again, there seems to be some
steady growth in the black middle
class despite the economy.
According to the organization
Blueprint for Black America,
which runs the website
"," "In
Queens, the median income among
black households, nearing $52,000
a year, has surpassed that of whites
in 2005, an analysis of new census
data shows."
The organization says that, "No
other county in the country with a
population over 65,000 can make
that claim."
The second largest black middle
class resides in Dekalb County,
Georgia, which probably surprises
no one considering the steady
growth of the Atlanta metro area.
Growing up in the inner city, I
certainly didn't know of any black
families living like the Huxtables -
mother a lawyer and father a doc-
tor, but I believed that these people
existed. It wasn't until I became a
teenager that I truly realized that
these people exist and have existed
for many years even far before
the Civil Rights movement.
The problem in the 1980s was
that the number of Huxtable-type
families was so small that it was
hard for many young African
Americans to be inspired by what
they saw on TV. Still today, there is
debate over whether that depiction
of black family life was real.
Today in America, we find that
that group is not only real, but also
alive and growing incredibly creat-
ing a true legitimate black middle

Tea Party for V
I have a the country. Some believe that

t\i ) lter in my
office that is
framed and
where I can see it every day that
I'm there. It was a notice for a Ku
Klux Klan rally in 1982. Red let-
tered and addressed to the "White
Americans" of Georgia, loaded
with messaging for the target audi-

that's why George W Bush became
President in 2000 because the
Republicans knew their time was
up. So the Tea Party crew called the
"religious right" at that time, had to
make their move.
The 2000 election debacle was
an embarrassing demonstration of
the extent the Republicans would
go to maintain power. Now that
they are out of power

While Barak Obama is remark- we see a frenzied
able, he was also inevitable. The effort to get it back.
.... You know, "Take
2000 Census foretold the coming of Our Country Back."e
Obama. Blacks and Hispanics were The Obama effect
destined to constitute upwards of 28- on the Tea Partiers
33 parallels Dr. Martin
33 % of the voters in the country. Luther King's impact
on the Klan. While
ence. It talks about "protecting both men have dispelled political
families, preserving White control and social stereotypes, they caused
of the American way of life, pre- a total panic among those who just
venting the Negro takeover and do not like people of color or the
maintaining political control of fact that their worst fears have been
America. realized. The same issues that per-
Well now. We have a Black petuated the problems for King are
President and a country essentially hanging over the President. No
changed forever, in some respects. matter what Obama does, or how
But like my dad said, "some things effective he is, it will never be
never change" and that is the truth, enough. If you didn't know better
While Barak Obama is remarkable, you would think that the President
he was also inevitable. The 2000 caused the oil spill.
Census foretold the coming of The Tea Partiers are so frenzied
Obama. Blacks and Hispanics they were attacking Congressmen
were destined to constitute and women, all Democrats, in pub-
upwards of 28-33 % of the voters in lic displays of shouting matches

and upper-middle class.
For example, according to the
2000 census, nearly a third of black
families living in metro Chicago
earned more than $50,000 a year
making them, economically, mid-
dle class.
Ken Smikle is founder of Target
Market News, a Chicago-based
news and research company spe-
cializing in African American
media and marketing. His company
tallies up African-American spend-
ing and publishes "the buying
power of black America."
"In the 90s for almost every year
from 1990 to 2000, researchers saw
almost double digit growth in the
percentage of income for black
households," Smikle says.
Chicago, Queens and Atlanta are
all microcosms of most metropoli-
tan areas throughout the country.
Nationwide, African-Americans
reportedly earned an estimated
$656 billion dollars in 2003. That's
more than double the amount
earned a decade before.
The number of black owned
enterprises nearly doubled over the
last decade-five times the rate of
new business creation for the coun-
try as a whole. And not including
rappers and athletes, there are more
black millionaires than ever before.
But there's always a flip side or
better stated: there's always two
sides of every story. And some
would argue that blacks only have
one foot in the door of middle class
Many blacks have professional
jobs that generate fair middle class
incomes, but, for a variety of rea-
sons, we typically have fewer

hom?and hys-
Wh om? t.eteria
out on
cable. Congresswoman Kathy
Castor of Tampa faced the Tea
Party at her town hall meetings. It
really was a frightening power
play. Castor refused to back down,
nor did she abandon her commit-
ment to the healthcare plan or other
responsibilities to her constituents.
Again, this is not about issues but
about Obama. Newsweek recently
asked whether the Tea Party was
racist and the studies cited came to
that conclusion. The article cited
2/3's of their participants were
"racially resentful" and 88% felt
that blacks should work their way
up "without special favors." For
Black people that's not surprising.
It's annoying. It's like taking five
steps forward and eight backward.
The Republicans are known for
"eating their babies" and now face
another phenomenon of their own
making..... Tea Party Candidates
Gone Wild. The pious TP candi-
dates are now running against
Republican standard bearers who
are knocked out of races. That
leaves extreme candidates with a
small ultra-conservative base, to
face mainstream Democrats.
The bigger problem is the" Brick
Wall thrown up paralyzing the
political process and preventing the
election of other Blacks and
minorities to leadership positions.

assets (savings, stocks, bonds, real
estate, businesses) than whites with
the same income. It is an unfortu-
nate fact, but it's true.
We often talk about the income
gap that still exist between minori-
ties and whites, but I subscribe to
you readers that the investment gap
maybe a much larger issue. Nearly
two-thirds of black households
have zero savings or more debt
than savings. At every income
level, blacks save and invest less
than whites do.
And, at every income level,
blacks have a smaller net worth, on
average, than whites. Fifty seven
percent of black households with
annual incomes greater than
$50,000 invest in the stock market,
compared to 81 percent of whites in
the same income bracket, accord-
ing to national surveys preformed
over the past five years.
Because blacks are newer to the
ranks of the middle class, many
blacks had little family exposure to
even basic financial tools.
Only 37 percent of blacks now
earning more than $50,000 report
that their family had a checking
account while they were growing
up, compared to 52 percent of sim-
ilarly situated whites.
Despite the challenges that
African Americans still face in this
country, it's clear that America is
finally beginning to live up to its
creed as the land of freedom and
opportunity. Now if we could get
more young folk to realize that
their futures are limitless.
Signing off from a sort of middle
class neighborhood,
Reggie Fullwood

While many White Americans
aren't saying it, a lot believe that
Barak Obama meets the quota.
What folks need to understand
however is that we live with barri-
cades every day and born with a
sledge hammer in our hands.
Gayle Andrews is a former mem-
ber of the Capitol Press Corps,
adjunct Journalism instructor at
Florida A & M University. She is
a corporate & political consultant
in Tallahassee.

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Can the president really

break our oil addiction?

by Earl Ofari Hutchinson
Two surreal things happened within the span of two days. In his televised
address, President Obama again sternly warned that the nation must break its
dependency on oil. He again called on Congress to pass an energy bill that would
vastly expand our hunt for and use of alternative and renewable energy sources.
The next day he sternly tongue lashed BP executives about the monumental dam-
age of their spill, and demanded they cough up billions to pay the damage costs.
They agreed. The tough talk generally about breaking America's oil addiction
publicly played well, and BP paying the damage freight played even better. But
while the president made his umpteenth pitch to break the oil addiction, a slew of
Gulf Coast congresspersons and senators loudly called for Obama to lift the
moratorium on off shore drilling. There's some evidence that the president may
listen to their plea.
Before the BP spill Obama had approved an expansion in off shore drilling.
After the BP spill, he quickly reversed gears. However, he also left the door for a
resumption of drilling when he indicated that he would wait and see what his oil
spill commission came up with about the spill.
The love-public loathe relation that politicians have with big oil has been the
all too familiar pattern. The very moment that House committee leaders very pub-
licly saber rattled BP's hapless CEO Tony Hayward, GOP Senate leaders very
quietly moved to kill off any effort to dump the farcically low $75 million liabil-
ity cap on damages big oil would have to shell out, for well, a Gulf spill. The
Orwellian reason for not tampering with the cap is that it would push all but the
biggest oil giants out of the business of oil exploration and drilling since smaller
companies would be too scared to drill if they knew they would have to pony up
tens of millions for a mishap. Big or little, the drill, baby drill crowd had to be
protected at all cost.
The operative word is always cost. The much touted alternative energy sources,
wind, solar, hydrogen and ethanol are too expensive, too time consuming, and
often not cost effective. Even if congress was willing to do what it publicly claims
it wants to do and push hard to develop these alternative sources, it won't pay
what it will cost. The climate and energy legislation pushed by Obama as it now
stands increases funding for R&D and demonstration of alternative sources by a
paltry $2 to $4 billion. That's a fraction of the $25 to $30 billion per year experts
agree it takes to achieve the technological breakthroughs needed to make clean
energy cheap and scalable. Congress has further tilted the playing field against all
out production and use of all alternative energy sources by taxing it. There is no
tax on foreign oil imports.
It still comes back to supply and demand. In 2008 the United States consumed
23 percent of the world's petroleum nearly 60 percent of this was imported. But
the country holds less than 2 percent of the world's oil reserves. About 40 percent
of the imports came from Canada, Mexico, and Saudi Arabia, and that figure con-
tinues to climb. The naked fact is that the US is running out of oil. The amount
of oil in proven U.S. reserves, reserves that the United States is fairly certain it
can extract oil from in the future, plunged nearly 20 billion barrels the last thirty
years. This means even if the country drilled and produced all the oil reserves it
had they'd be depleted in four years.
Oil is still by any standard relatively cheap. As painful as it is to swallow, for
the foreseeable future, anyway, sustainable. The country consumes over 7 billion
barrels of oil per year. Federal estimates are that the nation's outer continental
shelf could hold more than 80 billion barrels of crude. That includes more than
10 billion barrels off California alone. If the US did not get another drop of oil
from the world's land suppliers, and relied solely on the supply it got froni
California off shore drilling it would fill the country's energy need for twelve
years. The near 100 billion of oil deposits is just in or near US coastal waters. A
2008 International Energy Agency report estimates that reachable conventional
oil located in water more than a quarter-mile deep world-wide is between 160 and
300 billion barrels, with more than two-thirds of that in Brazil, Angola, Nigeria
and, of course, the United States.
The BP spill ratcheted up the much needed war of words from President
Obama and congress about the peril of America's incessant oil addiction, and the
urgency of breaking it. Words are one thing, but the terrifying reality is that to
break the oil addiction, as with any other addiction, it takes a strong will and the
means to do it. So far neither one is there.

June 24-30.~~~~~ 200M.PrysFe rs

Ribault graduate is a role model for young Black males

Terrick Madison
by Jay Christopher
Terrick Madison is one of the few
very special students in the Early
College Program of the Duval
County Public School System..
The program hosted students at
Lee and Ribault High School with

an extensive curriculum. Upon
graduation, students have an AA
degree ready to start their junior
year of college.
Young Tarrick spent his time in
school admirably, seriously and
with concentrated purpose where-
he maintained a 4.27 grade average
in school this year and carried at
least a 3.5 GPA since before join-
ing the program.
He graduated from Ribault High
School with his class at the Moran
Theatre on June 8, but is doubling
graduation with a grand accom-
plishment Terrick has spent his
hours away from school. In addi-
tion to his High School diploma,
he also graduated from Florida
State College with a Associate
degree in computer science. The
AA degree was received even
before he completed studies for his
diploma. A very modest young

FAMU Hosting Marching Band Camp

Florida A&M University (FAMU)
Marching "100" will host its
Annual Band Camp from July 10 -
July 17. The "100" will lend its
talent to hundreds of the nation's
best high school band students.
A myriad of students from
throughout the United States
arrive for the week-long camp in
order to prove their dedication to

service and excellence by emulat-
ing the style of the world-
renowned Marching "100." The
participants will showcase their
new skills and moves to the
FAMU family and the Tallahassee
community at the annual band
camp parade scheduled for Friday,
July 16, at 1 p.m.
For more information. call (850)

man, Terrick enjoys home life to
hanging out with other kids and
studying to learn something worth-
while to advance himself in life.
So many of our youth today
haven't the desire to even finish
high school. This young man has
truly excelled taking advantage of
the education offered for free for
twelve years and our youth should
be taught to take advantage of that

opportunity. It's primary to under-
standing society and how to
eschew the pitfalls that lay in wait.
He has been accepted at the
University of Florida with scholar-
ships and will begin in the summer
term. For the summer he is doing
his internship as an engineer at the
Jacksonville Port Authority.
Congratulations to Tarrick
Madison on a job well done.

Shown above are Jordan Webster, Terrius Vinnett, Leon Fletcher, Jr.
Artist Adrain Pickett, Jr., Kevin Bradley, Gabriona Bell. TMA photo
AKA Summer camp focuses on arts Alpha Kappa
ALpha, Sorority presented their GRO 10 summer camp this week for area
campers age 6-13. For four hours daily, campers participate in a variety of
activities including story time by Elanie Kitchens speaker Norma White,
foster grandparents, dance class by Hermia Williams and an introduction
to art taught by professional artist Adrian Pickett shown above with the

An evening with Paula Deen -Jacksonville's Stacie McCoy
(right) was absolutely ecstatic to spend an evening with her favorite chef,
Paula Deen (above left) last week. The renowned homecooking Savannah
native was in Jacksonville signing autographs and presenting a cooking
demonstration at the Jacksonville Library. She also donated 30,000 pounds
of ham to Second Harvest Food bank during her stay. KFPphoto.

Notorious Jamaican

kingpin finally arrested
KINGSTON, Jamaica The arrest seen around the world. Christopher
"Dudus" Coke, 42, has been arrested in Jamaica. You may recall Coke who
is wanted for extradition to the United States. Last month, at least 73 peo-
ple were killed when Jamaican security forces stormed a Kingston slum
during an attempt to capture him. Coke is charged with conspiracy to dis-
tribute marijuana and cocaine and to traffic in firearms during a period
between 1994 to 2007. Reverend Al Miller took Coke to police, who is
prepared to commit himself to due process and waive his right to an extra-
dition hearing.


Continued from page 1
Office of Faith-based and
Neighborhood Partnerships and the
Office of Public Engagement.
Outreach programs to assist
those who sign up for the program,
including e-newsletters featuring
articles, tips and resources from
prominent leaders in the fatherhood
and family fields and information
about model programs.
Assistance from supporting
organizations, including the
National Parent Teachers
Association, the National
Fatherhood Leaders Group and the
Council of Christian Colleges and
Universities, which have signed up
to advance the initiative.
The president kicked off the ini-
tiative with a mentor barbecue on
the South Lawn of the White House
with Michael Strautmanis, chief of
staff to Valerie Jarrett, and Joshua
Dubois, director of the White
House Office of Faith Based and
Neighborhood Partnerships.
Over the past year, members of
the Obama administration reached
out across the country to hear from
fathers and their families about the
challenges they face. Officials held
events across the country, including
a discussion with Education
Secretary Arne Duncan in New
Hampshire about the link between
fatherhood and educational
achievement and a forum in
Georgia with Attorney General
Eric Holder about fathers in the
criminal justice system.
"As the father of two young
daughters, I know that being a
father is one of the most important
jobs any man can have," the presi-
dent told reporters on Father's Day.
According to their web site:
Men from intact families are
8.7 percent more likely to live with
all of their children under the age of
18 than men who did not.
Children who live with neither
parent are more likely to live in
poverty (47.8 percent); followed by
38.4 percent of children who live
only with their mothers, 19.4 per-
cent who live only with their
fathers and 7.8 percent of those
who live with both parents.
Forty-eight percent of black
children in single-parent house-
holds live with their mothers.
Between 1970 and 2004, the
percentage of two-parent families
in the U.S. decreased from 87.2
percent to 67.6 percent, and single-
parent black families rose to 63
percent by 2004, while the majori-
ty of white and Hispanic children
remained in two-parent families.
"And while no government pro-
gram can fill the role that fathers
play for our children, what we can
do is try to support fathers who are
willing to step up and fulfill their
responsibilities as parents, partners
and providers," Obama said

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June 24-30, 2010

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Gifts within Summer kids' camp

program sponsored by One Accord
The Temple at One Accord Ministries International, Inc. located at 2971
Waller Street, will continue their "The Gifts within Summer Program" June
14th August 6, 2010 from 6:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The program is for kids
ages 3 17. The theme for this summer is: The Eye of the Beholder. Classes
will cover all facets of the visual arts including a full scale performing arts
program. For more information on the unbelievable weekly fee, please con-
tact Dr. Tanya Brooks at (904) 864-3314 or the church at (904) 389-7373.

Book Signing by Lisa Leighton
Arthur Lisa Leighton will be having a book signing June 25, 2010 from
11:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m. Leighton will be available to sign copies of her
Christian children's book. Dressed for Battle; Guide to a Christ Centered
Life of Victory. The book signing will take place at Borders located at 8801
Southside Blvd. on the southside of Jacksonville.

Friendship Primitive Baptist

presents Annual Youth Day
Friendship Primitive Baptist Church will be observing Annual Youth Day
Service, June 27, 2010. The Youth Day will begin at 9:30a.m.with Sunday
school morning worship at 11 a.m. Special guest speakers Rev. Derrick
Mercer and Minister Tikos Johnson will be closing out the worship at 3

Greater New Hope AME Anniversary
Greater New Hope AME Church will celebrate their church anniversary
with a musical on Sunday, June 27, 2010 at 4:p.m., Artists from around the
city will lift you up in praise. The church is located at 2708 N. Davis St. For
more information contact (904) 356-2121.

El Beth-El Stop the Violence Banquet
Bishop Lorenzo Hall and the El Beth-El family will host the first annu-
al "Stop the Violence" banquet honoring local heroes. Honorees are: State
Attorney Angela Corey, Councilman Johnny Gaffney, Councilwoman
Glorious Johnson, Mr. Hugh Powell C. E. 0. of Cecil Powell Insurance
Company, Ann Dugg Justice Coalition, Elder Donald Foy C.E. 0. of
Madd Dads, Glenn Ellison Founder and C.E.O. of Operation Empowered
Parents and Sheriff John Rutherford The banquet will be held at the
Community Rehabilitation Center, 623 Beechwood Street at 6:30 p.m. on
Thursday, June 24th.

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

Shown above are members of Jacksonville's Ritz Voices at the Empire
State Building in New York City.
Ritz Voices experience trip of a life-

time enroute to Gospelfest completion

Members of the Ritz Voices, the
all teen award winning vocal choir
out of the Ritz Theatre, recently
experienced a trip of a lifetime on
their journey to participate in the
annual McDonald's Gospelfest.
The teens left for their journey via
bus last Thursday and arrived in
NewYork the following day.
While in the big city, the teens had
the opportunity to sight see includ-
ing Times Square and the Empire
State Bulding and see the award
winning broadway plasy "Fela".

Seeking the lost for Christ .
Matthew 28:19 20 i,

8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School

Pastor Landon Williams

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

Under the direction of Tina
Wilson, choir director at Terry
Parker High School, the chorus of
18 practiced diligently to perfect a
three minute selection for the com-
petition, which was held in the
Prudential Center in Newark.
This is the fourth year that the Ritz
Voices have qualified to compete in
the Gospelfest.
McDonald's Gospelfest is a talent
competition that features choirs,
steppers, praise dancers, soloists,
rappers and poets. Rising stars of
all colors, ages, cultures and faiths
will compete in a variety of cate-
gories including Soloists, Youth
Choir, Adult Choir, Praise Dance,
Step, Spanish language Soloists,
Singing Groups, Gospel
Comedians, Gospel Rappers and
Gospel Poets.
The Ritz Voices auditioned and
competed in the "Best Out of Town"
choir. Though they did not win, they
had the opportunity to witness
gospel greats such as T.D. Jakes,
Regina Belle, Dionne Warwick,
Hezekiah Walker, Vickie Winans,
Kurt Carr, J. Moss, Cissy Houston,
Keith "Wonderboy" Johnson and
Roberta Flack.
The Ritz Voices is an ensemble of
Northeast Florida's most gifted
youth, ages 12-18, uniting their tal-
ents to perform contemporary, jazz,
gospel and spiritual art forms.
Highly recognized as one of the
most talented youth choruses in
Florida, the Ritz Voices are request-
ed to perform at various local
events. The chorus has performed
live in concert with Byron Cage,
Barry Manilow, Peabo Bryson and
Gerald Alston.

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worship with

prayer, praise

and power!

Pastor Robert Lecount, Jr

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

Thursday High Praise Worship 7:00 p.m.

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

Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Sr.
Senior Pastor

BET Crowns Leandria Johnson

2010 'Sunday Best' Winner

Leandria Johnson has "leaped
into her destiny." Crowned the sea-
son three winner of BET's SUN-
DAY BEST, the 27-year-old
Orlando, FL native discovered last
night literally what it means to gain
from losing.
The praise and worship leader
came to the New Orleans auditions
with nothing but the clothes on her
back, but left with the title "Sunday
Best," keys to a 2010 Ford SHO and
a future overflowing with profes-
sional possibilities.
Viewers voting online, by text, or
phone sealed her fate as the third
woman to win the title in the three
year run of the show, while many
followers commented online they
wanted her opponent to break the all
female winning streak. The man to
beat was 79-year-old Elder
Goldwire McClendon of
Philadelphia, PA.
Christians have seen Leandria
Johnson's type before in the pages
of scripture. Her journey to Sunday
Best unfolded like the familiar bib-
lical account of the woman with the
"issue" of blood who desperately
pressed her way through a crowd

Host Kirk Franklin, Leandria
just to touch the hem of Christ's
garment. In an interview Johnson
testified that her issue was losing
her home to foreclosure a day
before she auditioned.
Despite this unfortunate news,
Johnson decided to pray and press
her way to the New Orleans
Convention Center to compete for a
chance at having a better life.
Wearing flip flops and gym socks
and an outfit she'd pulled together
from clothing she'd blindly tossed
in a bag, Johnson was almost elimi-
nated because she did not look the
part according to show Judge Erica
After putting her spin on a con-

Leandria Johnson
gregational hymn belting "This is
the day that the Lord has made, I
will rejoice and be glad in it," the
judges lauded her with a standing
ovation, unanimously convinced
that she possessed vocal star power.
Show judge Yolanda Adams told
Johnson about her powerful voice,
"I feel the pain of you, but I feel the
victory of you [sic]."
The emotional dichotomy Adams'
words capture was clearly reflected
in Johnson's song choices during
the finale. She performed a trio of
___ songs includ-
,.,-.- ...- ing "I Love
the Lord,"
"He Was
There," and
"In the Midst
of It All,"
which hap-
pens to be a
Adams classic
and is the
singer's per-
sonal banner.
S There was a
time when the
vocalist didn't
Want to live
Johnson& Goldwirew cn f lv
she confessed
in a one-on-
one conversation with Burrell, but
she believes God kept her "in the
midst of it all."
Thankful she's still here, Johnson,
also a mother of three, encouraged
other struggling young women to
never give up.
"It's never over and always
remember you can do all things
through Christ which strengthens
you," she said.
A living testament to those words
Leandria Johnson has a new song,
"I Shall Leap Into My Destiny" an
inspirational single she performed
after being newly branded "Sunday

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

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.

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Local Miss Teen USA chooses

sexting and bullying as platform

I J 4 W' I
MiKyle Crockett
Miss Teen USA Jacksonville
The 2011 Miss Jacksonville Teen
USA winner MiKyle Crockett
recently announced that she has
selected to team up with Project
S.O.S. to encourage the youth of
Northeast Florida to make healthy
lifestyle choices. Crockett, 17, is an

honor student at Episcopal High
School and the ideal role model to
help model to help motivate and
inspire teens.
As the first African American to
hold the title in Jacksonville she is
aware of the challenges teens are
facing on a daily basis and she
wants to offer support and encour-
"In our community a big problem
is peer pressure, bullying and being
influenced by the wrong messages,
I want to tell teens to be themselves
and that it's okay to be different. In
order to make change, you have to
be different," says Crockett.
Miss Crockett already acts as a
mentor in a club she co-founded
and currently serves as president.
The mentoring club, FOVI, focuses
on helping incoming freshman girls

at Episcopal High School transition
for middle school to high school.
Their motto is "Leading Girls to
lead the future." She is also a varsi-
ty cheerleader and dance captain.
"Teaming up with Project SOS
will enable MiKyle to reach the
broader community in her efforts to
combat peer pressure and highlight
of the many positive things teens
are doing today" said her proud
Project S.O.S. provides educa-
tional programs to students in area
schools, churches and juvenile cor-
rectional facilities. The provide
resources for parents, as well as
help unwed, expectant couple
acquire necessary skills to have a
healthy relationship. For more
information and upcoming events,

NMA meeting informs and educates medical community

Members of the local chapter of
the National Medical Association,
the professional organization for
medical personnel of color, held
their bi-monthly meeting recently
to discuss issues facing the minori-
ty community.
In addition to the guest speaker
who spoke on diabetes, members
also heard from the Duval County
Health Department's Jocelyn
Turner, Vanessa Boyer on infant
mortality, Janice Moore from the
Black Nurse Association and a con-
ference update from Dr. C.B.
McIntosh. In addition, Rep. Mia
Jones gave an update on legislative
issues concerning the medical com-
munity and Atty Jeff Goldhagen
providing legal insight to patients
in a financial crisis.
The chapter meets bi-monthly
and is under the direction of Dr.
Rogers Cain.

Shown above is NMA President Dr. Rogers Cain, Betty Collier of
Nurse On Call, guest speaker Dr. Anthony Cannon and Dr. Shelley

Shown above (L-R) are Barbara Johnson, Versa Sales, Leola Givens, Minnie Pinkney, Doretha Brown
and Maxine Patrick. R. Porter photo
Shands retirees celebrate six new members The Duval Medical Center,
Shands, University Hospital Retirees held their semi-annual luncheon honoring six new retirees. Ranging in pro-
fessions from registered nurses and custodial to nursing assistants and human resources, the new retirees were
celebrated at Picadilly Cafeteria by their peers for their careers which numbered in the decades for many of the
honorees. The celebration of over forty guests included the customary invocation, greetings, soloist, lunch and
games. Following the event, a group worship service is held at the church home of one of the members. The old-
est attendee present was Mrs. Virginia Sams Crimes who remains active at the age of 90. The retirees luncheon
began in 1991 as the brainchild of Minnie Pinkney and Betty Sledge.

Adult smokers needed for free online smoking cessation study

The Fred Hutchinson Cancer
Research Center has launched a
new online study to help people
quit smoking. The study, called
WebQuit, is enrolling adult smok-
ers nationwide. Participation is free
to eligible individuals.
The goal of WebQuit is to improve
the effectiveness of online smok-
ing-cessation programs. Study
director Jonathan Bricker, Ph.D., a
clinical psychologist who special-

African doctor creates female condom with

teeth to combat continents rape epidemic

Dr. Sonnet Ehlers shows a spiked female condom, whose hooks she
says stick on a man during rape.

News of the mother continent's
battle with the rape of its' women
has made headlines for year.
Whether it be in the Congo during a
civil war to South African men
"cleansing" themselves through the
rape of virgins, the vile act is a con-
tinental phenomena. Now with the
help of a new type of defense, a
doctor has created a female condom
"with teeth" to combat the problem.
Dr. Sonnet Ehlers of South
Africa developed the device after a
forty year haunting patient visit
"She looked at me and said, 'If

only I had teeth down there,'"
recalled Ehlers, who was a 20-year-
old medical researcher at the time.
"I promised her I'd do something to
help people like her one day."
Forty years later, Rape-aXe was
Ehlers is distributing the female
condoms in the various South
African cities where the World Cup
soccer games are taking place.
The woman inserts the latex con-
dom like a tampon. Jagged rows of
teeth-like hooks line its inside and
attach on a man's penis during pen-

etration, Ehlers said.
Once it lodges, only a doctor can
remove it -- a procedure Ehlers
hopes will be done with authorities
on standby to make an arrest.
Once on a man cannot urinate or
walk. If he tries to remove it him-
self, the teeth grasp tighter.
Determined to make it happen,
she sold her house and car to launch
the project, and she planned to dis-
tribute 30,000 free devices under
supervision during the World Cup
"I consulted engineers, gynecolo-
gists and psychologists to help in
the design and make sure it was
safe," she said.
After the trial period, they'll be
available for about $2 a piece.
It is her hopes the women will
wear this when she's going in unfa-
miliar situations or places.
Critics say the female condom is
not a long-term solution and makes
women vulnerable to more violence
from men trapped by the device.
South Africa has one of the high-
est rape rates in the world, Human
Rights Watch says on its website. A
2009 report by the nation's Medical
Research Council found that 28

percent of men surveyed had raped
a woman or girl, with one in 20 say-
ing they had raped in the past year,
according to Human Rights Watch.
In most African countries, rape
convictions are not common.
Affected women don't get immedi-
ate access to medical care, and
DNA tests to provide evidence are
"Women and girls who experi-
ence these violations are denied jus-
tice, factors that contribute to the
normalization of rape and violence
in South African society," Human
Rights Watch says.
Women take drastic measures to
prevent rape in South Africa, Ehlers
said, with some wearing extra tight
biker shorts and others inserting
razor blades wrapped in sponges in
their private parts.
Critics have accused her of devel-
oping a medieval device to fight
"Yes, my device may be a
medieval, but it's for a medieval
deed that has been around for
decades," she said. "I believe some-
thing's got to be done ... and this
will make some men rethink before
they assault a woman."

izes in smoking-cessation research,
says that online smoking-cessation
programs are improving but still
have a very long way to go.
Participants will not be paid, but
they will receive interactive tools
for dealing with urges to smoke.
They also will receive guides for
quitting smoking, personalized
plans and electronic links for
reaching one-on-one expert help.
Participants will be randomly
assigned by computer (like the toss-
ing of a coin) to one of two online
smoking-cessation programs. The

success rates of participants will
then be compared. He is hopeful
that the study will help adults in
their quest to kick the habit.
Involvement in the study will
entail completing online question-
naires, including several follow-up
surveys. Eligible participants must
be at least 18 and not currently par-
ticipating in other smoking-cessa-
tion programs, among other
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Ritz Jazz Orchestra
featuring Rene Marie
The Ritz celebrates Black Music
Month with America's first musical
art form...JAZZ. The 15-piece phe-
nomenal Ritz Jazz Orchestra featur-
ing sultry jazz vocalist Rene Marie
will melodically seduce you back
into the time of the Savoy when the
Chick Webb Big Band sounds and
little known young vocalist, Ella
Fitzgerald rocked the house. It will
be held on Saturday, June 26th at
8 p.m. Tickets are $22.50. For tick-
ets or more information, call 632-

Free Florida
Landscape class
The Duval County Extension
Office will feature a free class to
"Learn the University of Florida
nine principles for Florida Yards
and Neighborhoods" and how they
can save you time, energy, and
money. Participants will take home
a handout of Florida-Friendly tips
that explain ways to calibrate sprin-
klers, calculate fertilizers, as well as
fertilizer schedules, and how to
measure mulches for your land-
scape. Registration is requested.
Call Becky at the 387-8850. It will
be held on Saturday, June 26,
2010 from 2 3 p.m. at the South
Mandarin Regional Library, 12125
San Jose Boulevard, Jacksonville,
Fl. 32223.

A Day in Harlem
The 60-minute Oscar-nominated
film documents jazz music and its
network of players will be shown at
1 p.m.. Bring the children and a
friend, and share some history. Visit
The Ritz Theatre & LaVilla

Museum for this free event-f-on
Saturday, June 26th. Call 632-
5555 for more information.

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.

Free Summer
Gardening Workshop
There will be a free Summer
Gardening Workshop on
Wednesday, June 30th at 2892
Loretto Rd. From 9:30 a.m to noon,
come learn about gardening and
money saving landscaping tips. For
more information email Beck

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.

Free Evening
of Spoken Word
Come out and enjoy an evening of
Spoken Word at the Ritz Theater on
July 2, 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. Call 632-5555 for info.

Independence fun
at Confederate Park
The Independence Day
Celebration at the Confederate Park
will be a day of fun to honor the
United States Military and all the
service personnel. The celebration
will take place, Saturday July 3,
2010 from 2:30p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
The park is located at 9569
Hubbard St. and the admission is
free. For more information call
(904) 388-2131.

Jazz Fusion at
The Cummer
On Tuesday, July 6, 2010, from 7
to 8 p.m., nationally known poet
Matthew Hernandez leads three
themed nights of spoken word,
music and performance, celebrating
jazz music, musicians and poetry.
FREE Admission. For more infor-
mation, call (904) 355-0630.

First Wednesday
Art Walk
The monthly First Wednesday Art
Walk will be held on Wednesday,
July 7th in downtown Jacksonville.
This months experience includes
galleries and museums, as well as
cultural venues, clubs, restaurants
and businesses. From 5-9 p.m. rain
or shine. Highlights include :
Northstar Substation The
Crucified Saints share gospel, hip-
hop, and inspirational stories.; and
Southlight Gallery complete with
wine, cake and everyone's favorite
80's band, Little Green Men. In
addition The Ivy Ultra Bar will
havy Happy Hour all night.

Why Art Matters: An
Arts Roundtable
The Cummer Museum of Art will
host a roundtable discussion on the
arts in Jacksonville. It will be held
on Tuesday, July 13th 7 to 8 p.m.
Participants at the free open dis-
cussion will review the relevance of
art in the life of Jacksonville with
panelists from the areas of educa-
tion, art collecting and culture
including Martha Barrett, Debra
Murphy, David Strickland, Preston
Haskell and the Cultural Council of
Jacksonville, Inc. For more infor-
mation call (904) 355-0630.

Tommy Davidson at
the Comedy Zone
Funnyman and actor Tommy
Davidson will be in performance at
the Comedy Zone in Mandarin
July 15-17. Davidson's impressions
of Sammy Davis, Jr. and Michael
Jackson, among others, have
become infamous. An original cast-
mate of "In Living Color", he also

starred in "Booty Call", "Ace
Ventura" and three HBO specials.
Call 292-4242 for tickets.

Monica and Friends
live in concert
R&B Star Monica, will be in per-
formance on Friday, July 16th at 8
p.m. at the Florida Theatre with
Trey Songz. For tickets call 355-

SOS Band in Concert
The legendary S.O.S. Band will
be in performance with
Jacksonville jazz artist Aaron Bing
on Saturday, July 17 at Times
Union Center for Performing Arts.
Showtime is 8 p.m. and ticket
prices start at Call 353-3309 for

Studdard and
Aiken in Concert
American Idols Clay Aiken and
Ruben Studdard will visit
Jacksonville on Saturday, July
24th at the Florida Theatre. The
concert will begin at Showtime is 8
p.m. For more info call 355-2787.

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.

Sheryl Underwood
in Concert
Comedian Sheryl Underwood will
be in concert at he Comedy Zone in
Mandarin August 13-15. Sheryl
continues to push the envelope: dis-

cussing sex, politics, current events
and relationships. She is also
national president of Zeta Phi Beta
Sorority. Call 292-4242 for tickets.

Cocktails for a Cause
In celebration of the National
Urban League's 100th year, the
local affiliate will be holding
"Cocktails for a Cause" to learn
about their Centennial Movement,
and to network with community
leaders. It will be held at the
University Club,1301 Riverplace
Boulevard on Wednesday, August
18th from 4:30 7:30 p.m. RSVP
your attendance to or 366-3461.

Cedric the Entertainer
in Concert
Comedian and actor Cedric the
Entertainer will be in concert on
Friday, August 20, 2010 at the
Times Union Center for Performing
Arts. Showtime is 8 p.m. Call 353-

Kuumba Festival 2010
The Carter G. Woodson
Committee for Positive Education
of Jacksonville, Inc. (CGWC) is
kicking off its 22nd Annual
Kuumba Festival of Florida on
Saturday, August 21st, 2010.
11:00am until 8:00pm. The festival
will take place at 500 N. Davis
Street (across from the Lavilla
School of the Arts). For more infor-
mation visit www.kuumbafesti-, or call 1 888-477-0565.

Southern Women's Show
The annual Southern Women's
Show will be held October 21-24 at
the Prime Osborne Convention
Center. The annual event includes
savvy shopping, creative cooking
ideas, healthy lifestyle tips, trendy
fashion shows, great celebrity
guests, and fabulous prizes. Times
are from 10 a.m. 8 p.m. For tickets
or more information, call 1-800-

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Jay-Z sued over unpaid jet bills
A company that leases private jets has filed a
lawsuit against Jay-Z over a number of bills that
yet to be paid in full.
Air Platinum Holding is accusing the rapper of
spending 55 hours on their planes in 2009, but only
paying for 37 hours of service, reports
The company is seeking roughly $137,485 in total
payments for domestic and international air catering and flights.
Khloe buys hubby Lamar a Rolls Royce ,
Not only does Lamar Odom get a championship
ring for helping his Los Angeles Lakers win the
2010 NBA championship, but he reportedly got a
shiny, new Rolls Royce as well thanks to his
wife, Khloe Kardashian.
The star E!'s reality shows "Keeping up with the
Kardashians" plunked down a reported $400,000
for a "drop-top coupe, white on white... fabulous"
Rolls, according to Khloe's mom Kris Jenner.
Kardashian, who tied the knot with Odom following a whirlwind
romance last year, recently said that married life "just keeps getting bet-
ter" and that she always wants to be referred to as a "newlywed."
Anger Grows over Jolie's 'Cleopatra' Casting
The backlash over Angelina Jolie's casting as African
queen Cleopatra in an upcoming biopic is picking up
It all started earlier this month when producer Scott
Rudin announced he was developing the film "for and
with Jolie" based on Stacy Schiff's book "Cleopatra: A
Life." Schiff applauded the choice, telling USA Today,
"Physically, she's the perfect look."
Needless to say, the casting is not sitting well among
many African Americans, to voice outrage over yet
another white actress being chosen to play the Egyptian queen.

CNN examines "Michael

Jackson the Final Days"

Though he died a year ago, the
circumstances surrounding the
death of Michael Jackson are still a
mix of mystery and contradictions.
CNN anchor Don Lemon unspools
the confusing reports still swirling
around his death in MICHAEL
debuting Friday, June 25, at 8:00
p.m. Following Lemon's report, a
special Larry King Live tribute pro-
gram highlighting the music mile-
stones Michael Jackson achieved
during his lifetime will air at 9 p.m.
Lemon's revealing hour allows
viewers to hear directly from Tito
and Jermaine Jackson about their
last contact with their brother and,
how they first learned of their
brother's collapse and death.
Lemon begins by pressing music
producer Rodney Jerkins about
reports that Jackson was too physi-
cally frail to fulfill his nine month,
50-performance THIS IS IT!
engagement in London. Lemon
also confirms with concert promot-
er Randy Phillips, that Jackson had
missed several rehearsals in the run
up to the tour.
Though they had some doubts
about Jackson's ability to manage
the grueling rehearsal and perform-
ance schedule, musical director
Michael Bearden, and concert tour
choreographer Travis Payne, insist
Jackson's dancing and voice were
both strong, that his mood was opti-
mistic and that Jackson's stamina
surpassed that of the dancers
preparing to tour with him, many of
whom were half his age.

Jermaine Jackson, who says he
was unaware of the extent of his
brother's alleged drug use that
other family members and friends
have described, tells Lemon that
there was a conspiracy to kill his
brother. When Lemon asks
Jermaine Jackson directly about the
culpability of Michael Jackson's
last physician, Dr. Conrad Murray,
who is currently standing trial
accused of involuntary manslaugh-
ter, Jermaine Jackson responds
"I think he [Dr. Murray] knows]
the players. And I think if you
squeeze his hand hard enough, he
would say."
Celebrity biographer J. Randy
Tamborelli tells Lemon that
Jackson may have been using the
anesthetic drug Propofol as long as
5 or 6 years ago. "Acute propofol
intoxication," among other condi-
tions, is indicated as the immediate
cause of death on the medical
report from the Los Angeles
Coroner's Department. Jackson
friend Dr. Deepak Chopra has con-
firmed knowledge of Jackson's
extended use of prescription drugs.
Lemon's documentary ends with
intimate reflections from Tito and
Jermaine Jackson on the family's
mourning of the loss of their
beloved brother, son, and friend.
Viewers can also remember
Michael Jackson's life at,
where they can find a photo archive
and follow developments in the
ongoing probe into his death.

Thousands flock to Soul Food Festival at Metro Park

Deborah Lester, Lenard Lester and Carletha Parker, Erica McIntyre, and Joyce
Terrance Lester. Nelson .

Katrina and David Williams Javadday, Tiffany Loren and Nate Morrison

Vick voted

most hated

man in sports

K' "Michael

Hated man in
seca pollnd con-

Michael Vick Forbes maga-
Vick, disliked by 69% of respon-
dents, topped the list that included
five NFL figures among the 10
Oakland Raiders owner At Davis
was second on the list, with 66%
disapproval rating, followed by
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback
Ben Roethlisberger in third at 57%.

Jones was tied for fourth with Tiger
Woods, earning 53% of the vote.
Terrell Owens was the other NFL
employee on the list, with 47%.
Others making an appearance:
baseball's steroid poster boys, Alex
Rodriguez and Mark McGwirer
(McGwire's return to coaching this

year made him eligible for the list),
along with gun-wielding NBA star
Gilbert Arenas.

This year's Soul Food Festival included per-
formers from all genres. Jacksonville native and
promoter Pat Williams pulled out the stops with
the illustrious Chaka Khan headlining the evening
where the audience was prepped by Tevin
Campbel, Joe and Jody Watley. 80s chart toppers
Tony, Toni, Tone also rocked the crowd to their
beats. a highlight of the show was Tito Jackson
and his Jackson Five review who gave the crowd
mixed sounds featuring J5 hits and songs from his
superstar brother Over 4,500 people were in
attendance as the rain did not stop the fans from
gathering at Metro Park for food, fun and stomp-
ing your feet to the music. KFP

Fullwoods and Perry enjoy an "Only in New York" evening
Reginald and LaTasha Fullwood, visiting New York City, NY for an attorneys' conference joined hometown
friend Sylvia Perry while attending a newspaper publishers conference for an evening in the city. The late
evening began with the Fullwoods joining publishers for a late evening at the World Famous Sugar Bar on 72nd
Street owned by Ashford & Simpson for their weekly "Open Mic Night". Reservations are made weeks in advance
for the unscripted talent showcase where you never know who will be in the audience of the small "up close and
personal" venue. Last week's guests and performance for the out of owners included Patti LaBelle singing
"Happy Birthday" to fellow Bluebell Nona Hendryx (shown in inset), Freddie Jackson, Kathleen Battle and of
course, the evening's hosts, Ashford & Simpson" graced the stage. After the Sugar Bar, the night continued to
National Newspaper Publishers Association's President Danny Bakewell's two story Times Square skyline suite
for dessert and cocktails. Enroute they ran into none other than Eddie LeVert who paused to take a picture with
his fans. Shown above are Reginald and LaTasha Fullwood, R &B legend Eddie LeVert and Sylvia Perry.

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Legacy of Bonmald "Track" Eins and i d Timers continues with Father's Day Cookout and Game

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The memory of Ronald "Track" Elps is being continued and build upon
thanks to the Old Timers. This year, Cookie Brown took the helm and
organized a Fathers Day Cookout and Softballl game. Held at Jefferson
Park, this year's events included the game won by the "Young Eastsiders"
a cookout and music. As with all past events, there were hundreds in atten-
dance with no violence and a good time was had by all. KFP

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