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Academically recruited
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parent's alma mater
Raines over Stanton
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Sherrod says no to USDA post
Shortly after meeting with Agriculture
Secretary Tom Vilsack this week about a job
offer in the wake of her forced removal, Shirley
Sherrod has announced that she will not accept
the new position.
The two met face-to-face for the first time
since a videotape edited by a conservative blog-
ger to make her appear racist led to her ouster.
Vilsack, who apologized to Sherrod for forcing
her out, had offered her a new position in the
Agriculture Department's Office of Advocacy
and Outreach, which works on civil rights issues.
Sherrod told reporters the new job was tempting, and that she may work
with the agency in a consulting capacity in the future to help it improve
its outreach to minorities, but she did not think she could say yes to a job
"at this point, with all that has happened."
"I look forward to some type of relationship with the department in the
future," she said. "We do need to work on the issues of discrimination
and race in this country."
Formerly the agency's director of rural development in Georgia,
Sherrod was forced to resign after a blogger Andrew Breitbart posted
snippets of a March speech in which she appeared to make racist
remarks. Vilsack and others, including the NAACP, condemned the
remarks before grasping the full context of her speech, which was meant
as a lesson in racial healing.

More African-Americans

heading back south
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Discouraged by the avalanche of foreclosures
around them in Detroit, Mona Ramsey and her husband started looking
at states where they would move.
They considered North Carolina, Florida, Texas -- and finally tacked
Tennessee to the end of their list. In 2007, they moved to Nashville.
Ramsey represents not only continuing strong black migration to the
South but also the trend's economic and cultural impact. Ramsey started
an online business, Sole Sista Shoes, to appeal to a black clientele, and
continued running the makeup company she launched in Michigan,
Phenom Cosmetics.
Demographers noted a growing trend of black families resettling in
Southern states, reflected in the 2000 census. The region had gained
about 3 million black residents since the 1990 count. It added nearly 2
million more from 2000 to 2008, U.S. Census Bureau figures released
this month show, by far the largest gain in black population of any region.
In the 1990s, many black, college-educated professionals wanted to leave
the worsening economic conditions in the urban North, while some want-
ed to move closer to family, a report by the New York-based Schomberg
Center for Research in Black Culture shows. Others moved with compa-
nies relocating in the South.
It was a reversal of the decadeslong flow of Southern black residents
leaving for opportunities in northern urban centers.

National Black Police Association

backs legal marijuana
SACRAMENTO, Ca. Proposition 19, which would legalize marijua-
na in California, has been endorsed by the National Black Police
The group, like the California NAACP, said drug laws disproportion-
ately target blacks, the Los Angeles Times reported. Ron Hampton, a
retired Washington officer who heads the police group, said money going
to enforce drug laws could be better spent improving social conditions.
Neill Franklin, a veteran black police officer who heads Law
Enforcement Against Prohibition, spoke at a conference organized by the
association Thursday in Sacramento.
"I saw with my own eyes the devastating impact these misguided mar-
ijuana laws have on our communities and neighborhoods," he said.
The Drug Policy Association says 22 percent of those arrested for mari-
juana in California are black, although African-Americans are only 7 per-
cent of the state's population.
Proposition 19 would allow people over 21 to grow marijuana and pos-
sess up to an ounce legally.

Georgia judge sends

Troy Davis back to Death Row
SAVANNAH, Ga. A federal judge says
Georgia death row inmate Troy Anthony Davis
failed to prove his innocence after the U.S.
Supreme Court gave him a rare chance to clear
his name.
U.S. District Court Judge William T. Moore '.
Jr.'s ruling Tuesday sets the stage for Georgia to
resume plans for Davis' execution nearly 20
years after a Savannah jury sentenced him to
death for the slaying of off-duty Savannah
police officer Mark M cPhail. t
In June, Moore heard vo days of testimony from witnesses who sought
to cast doubt on Davis' conviction. Some said they falsely incriminated

Davis at his 1991 trial, ether out of spite or under pressure from police.
Others said they had heard another man confess to being MacPhail's

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Volume 23 No. 26 Jacksonville, Florida August 26 September 1, 2010

IMeek makes history as Florida's

I first senate candidate of color

Shown above are Florida Congressional Representatives Kendrick
Meek and Corrine Brown at Brown's headquarters. As expected,
Brown overwhelmingly won her parties nomination for re-election
and Meek makes history as the first Black senate candidate. FMP

South Florida's Congressional
representative can chart his place in
history this week becoming the
state of Florida's first Black senate
candidate and the first African-
American south of the Mason
Dixon line. Battling a candidate
who put up more than $14 million
of his own money, the veteran
Congressman slid to an easy victo-
ry garnering 55% of the vote.
High spending also drove the
state's Senate contest, where
Washington-backed Rep. Kendrick
Meek went into the Democratic pri-
mary with a 10-point lead and
being outspent six to one.
He will now face Republican
Marco Rubio and independent Gov.
Charlie Crist in November.
Jacksonville's well entrenched
and loved Congresswoman Corrine
Brown virtually devoured a politi-
cal unknown. Known for her grass-
roots appeal and fighting for her
constituents, the win just about

Shown above is Laura Dunwoody, Ann parker, Margaret Dyson, Geraldine Griffin, Dorothy Floyd, Mary
Ann Pearson, Marie Wells, Patricia Pearson and Francina King. Seated are honoree and teacher emeritus
Alma Daniels and Conni Neal.
Alma Daniels lauded for 20+ years of teaching God's word For over twenty years,
Mrs. Alma Daniels has faithfully reported on Sunday mornings to Bethel Baptist Institutional Church, not only as
a member, but also as a teacher. In honor of her dedication, colleagues and many of her former students celebrat-
ed her dedication to the Living Faith Church School Class with a luncheon held in her honor.

r : fanfare

In the photo above taken last weekend, trucks transport U.S. mili-
tary Humvees, MRAPs and other vehicles recently arrived from Iraq
at Camp Arifjan in Kuwait. The number of U.S. troops in Iraq has
fallen below 50,000 for the first time since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion
and ahead of the end-of-the-month deadline mandated by President
Barack Obama, the American military said in a statement. The num-
ber is a watershed -American forces will no longer conduct combat
operations in the country but are instead to train Iraqi troops and
help with counterterrorism operations, if asked for by the Iraqis.
While many are not commenting on the well awaited departure,
U.S. President Barack Obama's declining approval rating recalls the
slide in popularity suffered by Ronald Reagan who grappled with a
recession in the early 1980s and lost strength in congressional elec-
tions before bouncing back to win a second presidential term.

guaranteed her an opportunity to
mark the two decade checklist in
Congress. She will now face off
against a Republican candidate.
Locally, three African-American
candidates vied for the Duval
County School Board Distict 4 seat
being vacated by Brenda Priestly-
Jackson. Veteran
educator Paula
Wright reached
an early large
majority victory
over Irvin Cohen
and Alzic Upton
releasing her
from having to
participate in a run-off.
In her circulated campaign lit-
erature, Wright said that if she
worked full time as an administra-
tor, she could work full time for
allof the students. She will now
have her chance.
The next general election will be
November 2 2010.
Mass Marches

to expose vast

racial inequities
By Hazel Trice Edney
NNPA Editor-in-Chief
According to civil rights veteran
the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr., an esti-
mated 23,000 people were arrested
in civil rights protests across
America between Feb. 1, 1960 and
Aug. 28, 1963. On that day, 47
years ago, people not only marched
on Washington, but in cities and
towns around the nation.
"That day a thousand marches
took place around the country at the
same time, marches for justice and
jobs," Jackson recalled in an inter-
view with the NNPA News Service
this week.
As a result of those marches and
the publicity they got, the Civil
Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting
Rights Act of 1965 were passed by
a U. S. Congress that was hard-
pressed to say no to hundreds of
thousands of voters chanting in the
streets. This appears to be the strat-
egy being employed once again as-
Continued on page 5

NNPA Fewer than half of all
Black males nationwide graduate
from high school, according to a
new report which paints a grim pic-
ture of the current state of educa-
tion for African-American males.
The findings are part of The 2010
Schott 50 State Report on Black
Males in Public Education.
According to the report,
only 47 percent of Black
males graduated from high
school in the 2007-2008
school year, compared to 78
percent for White males.
While the disparity is alarm-
ing, the authors of the report said
they believe it's not due to the abil-
ity of Black males intellectual abil-
"It indicates that systemic dispar-
ities evident by race, social class, or
zip code are influenced more by the
social policies and practices that
WE put in place to distribute educa-
tional opportunities and resources

and less by the abilities of Black
males," John H. Jackson, president
and CEO of the Schott Foundation,
wrote in the report. "Currently, the
rate at which Black males are being
pushed out of school and into the
pipeline to prison far exceeds the
rate at which they are graduating

and reaching high levels of aca-
demic achievement."
Nationally, the five worst per-
forming states are New York,
Florida, South Carolina, Louisiana
and Nebraska. Florida has four of
the 10 lowest performing districts
nationally and New York has two,
including New York City and

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Less than 50% of Black males

graduate from high school


The Swami

returns with his

predictions and

the quietest end

to a war ever
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U.S. Postage

August 26-September 1, 2010

rage 2 VMs. Ferry s ree Press

The Color of Monei y

Student Loans, a reality check .

by M. Singletary, BAW
administration wants for-profit
career colleges to
better prepare
students for

and to
de bt
o rates. The
< government
S is threatening
to pull access to
federal student aid for
colleges that fail to show progress.
Under the administration's pro-
posed rules, if a program graduated
a large share of students with exces-

sive debt compared to potential
earnings in their chosen field, it
would be required to disclose this
information to current and prospec-
tive students.
I love this idea, but why don't we
take it further and require every col-
lege that receives federal financial
aid to discuss with incoming stu-
dents who are applying for loans
how much they can expect to earn
in the degree areas they are pursu-
Career counselors or financial aid
personnel would show students data
on the average starting salary for a
certain field. Then the counselor
would calculate -- based on the total
amount of money the student
planned on borrowing -- how much
projected monthly income would be
needed to service the student loans.
This process would be a reality

The high cost of dying

By Jason Alderman
In the past few recessionary years,
most of us have gotten used to
closely watching our expenses for
everything from child rearing to
college to retirement funding.
Another important area where com-
parison shopping makes sense is
funerals. Yes, funerals.
While it may not make for typical
water cooler chatter, dying in
America is expensive and the costs
are often borne by grieving family
members who are in no mood to
Expenses vary widely, but a tradi-
tional funeral and burial can easily
cost $10,000 or more, once you fac-
tor in a burial plot, funeral services,
casket, viewings, flowers, obituary
notices, limousines, etc. But for
those whose religious or personal
beliefs don't require that specific
funeral protocols or traditions be
followed, there are many ways to
reduce costs while still honoring
your deceased loved ones and their
Here are a few ideas you may not
'have considered:
Veterans, their immediate family
members, public health workers
and certain civilians who've pro-
vided military-related service are
entitled to burial at a national ceme-
tery with a grave marker. Burial for
veterans is free, but families are
responsible for funeral home
expenses and transportation to the
cemetery. Go to
for details.
A $255 lump-sum death benefit
that can be used for funeral expens-
es is available to surviving spouses
or minor children of eligible work-
ers who paid into Social Security.
Search "death benefit" at for details.
For many, cremation is a viable,
less expensive option to burial,
even with the same funeral servic-
es. If you plan to hold a viewing
first before the cremation, ask the

funeral home if you can rent an
attractive casket for the ceremony.
Some families prefer not to hold a
public viewing of the deceased. For
them, "direct cremation" or "direct
burial" may make sense. Because
the body is promptly cremated or
interred, embalming and cosmetol-
ogy services are not necessary, sav-
ing hundreds of dollars. Also, with
direct cremation you can opt for an
unfinished wood coffin or heavy
cardboard enclosure for the journey
to the crematorium.
You can purchase a casket and
cremation urn from a source other
than your funeral home, such as
another funeral home, a local casket
store or an online retailer (even
Costco and Walmart sell caskets
online) often for far less money.
By law, funeral homes cannot
assess handling fees or require you
to be there to take delivery.
Many people choose to donate
their body to science. Organizations
are forbidden by law from paying
for donated bodies; however, many
programs will pay for transporting
the body and final cremation. For a
list of body donation programs in
the U.S., go to
grams.html. Also, visit for addi-
tional information on whole-body
or organ donation.
And finally, it pays to know your
rights when it comes to funeral
expenses. The FTC enforces a fed-
eral law commonly known as the
"Funeral Rule," which regulates
how funeral providers must deal
with consumers. Visit for full
Death is the ultimate fact of life; it
pays to be prepared for what
expenses will be so you or your
loved ones won't be forced to
make difficult decisions during
your time of grieving.

check before any federal student
check is cut. I would also require
this for students relying heavily on
private student loans. Is it too much
to hope that many students and their
families would rethink the amount
of debt they would be taking on at a
particular school after actually con-
sidering --before enrollment -- how
much they will earn?
Certainly there are problems in
the for-profit career college sector,
which offers degrees and certifica-
tions in programs ranging from auto
mechanics to business administra-
tion to massage therapy. The
Government Accountability Office
reported recently that in an under-
cover investigation of 15 for-profit
colleges, four of the schools
allegedly encouraged fraudulent
practices and all 15 made deceptive
or otherwise questionable state-
ments to undercover applicants.
In some cases, personnel encour-
aged undercover applicants to lie
about their financial situation so
that they could qualify for federal
I should point out that The
Washington Post Co.'s Kaplan
Higher Education, which operates
for-profit colleges, would be affect-
ed by the proposed requirements.
Kaplan College was involved in the
GAO undercover investigation, and
Post executives said they would
work to eliminate misconduct at its
educational institutions.
It's clear there are significant debt
repayment issues at for-profit
career colleges. Students who
attended for-profit colleges were
more likely to default on federal
student loans than were students
from more-traditional colleges, the
GAO said last year.
Only 36 percent of students at
for-profit schools were paying
down their student loans in 2009,
according to an analysis of
Department of Education data by
the Institute for College Access and
Success, a nonprofit group whose
mission is to help make higher edu-
cation more affordable. At public
colleges, 54 percent of borrowers
were paying down the principal on

their loans, compared to 56 percent
of those from private, nonprofit
schools. These are not great per-
centages either.
"While career colleges play a
vital role in training our work force
to be globally competitive, some of
them are saddling students with
debt they cannot afford in exchange
for degrees and certificates they
cannot use," said Education
Secretary Arne Duncan.
The administration says new
rules for career colleges are needed
as enrollment, debt loads and
default rates have increased. The
department would define whether a
program is preparing students for
gainful employment by using a
two-part test. It would measure the
amount of debt students have com-
pared with their potential income
once they've completed their pro-
gram. And the department would
measure the rate at which all
enrollees, regardless of completion,
repay their loans on time.
The Department of Education is
asking for public comment on the
proposed regulations by Sept. .....
Final regulations are due by Nov.
1 and will take effect in July 2011.
If you want to read more about this
issue or comment, go to, a
new website sponsored by several
nonprofit organizations including
the Institute for College Access and
A recent study conducted for
Sallie Mae by the Gallup organiza-
tion found that both parents and stu-
dents are stretching themselves to
pay for higher education.
We know that for many, a college
education is necessary for financial
upward mobility. But in our zeal to
make sure people get a higher edu-
cation, we've communicated to
them that they need to get a degree
or degrees by any means necessary
-- even if it means taking on
decades of debt.
The administration is on to some-
thing, but it's not just career col-
leges that leave students with a
heavy debt load and no gainful
employment to service that debt.

Shown above is media mogul Oprah Winfrey and executive Ursula
African American women top

list of 'Rags to Riches' CEOs
Aretha Franklin and Annie Lennox sang 'Sisters Are Doing It For
Themselves' way back in the '80s, and this piece of pop wisdom is holding
true for ladies in the new millennium. The Huffington Post just released a
list of the Top Ten CEOs who came up from nothing to make it into the
realms of the fiber-rich -- and the extremely powerful. And, it is quite an
achievement that two of the ten featured are African American women.

Oprah Winfrey and the rel-
atively new CEO of
Xerox, Ursula Bums.
We all know about
Oprah's numerous career
and charity achievements
as a media maven. This
latest recognition of her
prowess comes as Winfrey
grows close to launching
her OWN television net-
work in a unique business
partnership with the
Discovery channel. This
latest business move will
make the billion-dollar
brand of Oprah more pow-
erful than ever.
Ursula Bums, being rela-
tively new to the CEO
scene, you might know
less about. Bums is not

1. Lloyd Blankfein, CEO And Chairman.
Goldman Sachs
2. Larry Ellison. Oracle Co-Founder
3. Ursula Burns, Xerox CEO
4. John Paul Dejoria, Co-founder and
CEO of John Paul Mitchell
5. Oprah Winfrey, Media Mogul
6. Sheldon Adelson, CEO of the Las Vegas
Sands Corp
7. Howard Schultz, Starbucks Chairman
and CEO
8. Guy Laliberte, Cirque Du Soleil
Founder and CEO
9. Roman Abramovich, Oil Tycoon and
Owner of Chelsea FC
10. Li Ka- Shing. Chairman of Hutchison
Whampoa Limited and Cheung Kong

only the first African American woman to lead a major U.S. corporation -
- Bums is also the first woman to succeed another woman as CEO. After
being named CEO of the Xerox corporation in July of 2009, Ursula was
also made the company's chairman in May of 2010.
The personal stories of the CEOs listed are truly amazing, and certainly
an inspiration to anyone seeking to live their dream of becoming an entre-
preneur. From overcoming poverty like Oprah, rough New York City
streets like Ursula, or homelessness -- twice! -- as did the founder of John
Paul Mitchell hair products, these business leaders show that it is possible..
to survive and thrive despite dire economic circumstances. .



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and the
By the time I submit this article
to my editor the polls will still be
open so it is almost impossible to
write about the big Tuesday
Primary election winners.
However, the Swami, that's me of
course, can still forecast with the
best of them.
And although my crystal ball has
been a little foggy of late I still
got it (I think).
Let's start with a real easy one.
Congresswoman Corrine Brown
dismantles her Democratic oppo-
nent (whoever that is). I guess I can
jump the gun and say that no matter
who the Republican is the same
will happen in the general election
as well.
Florida's race for governor has
been a roller coaster ride; well at
least on the Republican side of the
fence. State CFO and Democratic
Gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink
has coasted most of the way draw-
ing very light opposition in the pri-
mary election. In fact, most people
have no idea that someone other
than Sink is running in the
Democratic primary.
But the Republican Primary has
been a totally different story.
Florida Attorney General Bill
McCollum was the clear favorite
months ago, but then enters
wealthy businessman Rick Scott
and $50 million or so of his own
cash, which changed the game dra-
The polls fluctuated over the past
few months showing McCollum
with a big lead then the momentum
shifted showing Scott with a big
lead, and more recently "the polls"

by E.O.
It's no sur-
prise that so
m a n y
Americans think that Obama is a
Muslim. The Pew Research Center
poll found a big increase in the
number of Republicans that think
that. Certainly that was no surprise.
And only slight less surprising the
poll found that lots of Democrats
and Independents also think that
he's a Muslim. No president has
ever had more pejorative labels
slapped on him. He's been branded
a Bolshevik, socialist, Nazi (go fig-
ure that one), an anarchist, leftist,
an alien, and of course, un-
But the Obama is a Muslim tag
carries a special taint. No religious
group in America has been more
distorted, reviled, and demonized
than Muslims. Simply utter the
word, and this instantly conjures up
for many dark images of bombings,
terrorist attacks, war, chaos,
destruction, and fanaticism.
Muslims have stirred the nativist,
xenophobia, and religious intoler-
ance pulse in many Americans that
has always lurked just beneath the
surface in American life.
Politicians have at times played to
that impulse and it in turn translat-
ed it into a massive religious social
revolt, and reaped big gains at the

showed McCollum with a slight
lead again.
McCollum hasn't spent $50 mil-
lion like Scott, but he and the 527
committees that support him have
spent $23 million on his campaign.
No prediction needed on the
Democratic side of the aisle, but on
the GOP side I need a drum roll...
The Swami says Bill McCollum
takes it in a squeaker.
Switching gears to the U.S.
Senate race it's been another wild
ride as well. In a similar scenario
to the Republican Primary,
Congressman Kendrick Meek, of
Miami, was the front-runner and
presumptive Democratic nominee,
and then enters another really rich
dude Jeff Greene.
But unlike Scott, Greene is filthy
rich as in billions so dropping $50
to $60 million on a campaign is not
that big of a deal.
Greene enters the race the day
before qualifying and it's been a
dogfight every since. Both sides
have accented the negatives of each
candidate, but Greene has been
I have personally received more
direct mail from Greene than any
other candidate I can remember.
They guy was sending out two to
three negative pieces about Meek a
week and two or three positive
pieces about him each week. It's
truly amazing what you can do with
unlimited financial resources.
And like Scott, Greene has spent
a considerable amount on TV ads. I
am talking in the range of $30 to
$40 million.
Meek was up in the polls initial-

end to a war ever

ly until Greene's media barrage,
then the tide turned and Greene
went up by double digits in the
polls. But politics is a very unpre-
dictable monster at times, and
believe it or not when you are bash-
ing candidate with direct mail and
TV ads it can actually help the can-
Yes. Greene has probably helped
build Meek's name recognition
throughout the state. And name
recognition is critical in politics, so
Greene's media blitz may end up
hurting more than helping. So who
wins? Where's that drum roll...
With voter turnout expected to be
around 20 percent that low number
will hurt both Scott and Greene.
That means that the party loyalists
are to ones who will determine
which candidate gets the nod.
The Swami says that the tradi-
tional Democratic base sees Greene
as a rich outsider and Meek pulls
out a close one and goes on to face
Governor Charlie Crist and
Republican Marco Rubio in
I don't have enough time or
should I say space to give predic-
tions on all of the races on the bal-
lot like Attorney General, CFO, Ag
Commissioner, etc. But really -
who cares who the Agriculture
Commissioner is?
In a sort of election related story,
this week Haiti's provisional elec-
toral council says the singer-song-
writer Wyclef Jean did not meet
several legal requirements to run
for president in the Nov. 28 elec-
Really that's a shocker. Memo

to Wyclef: How about you actually
go live in Haiti for a while and then
run something like Mayor or the
Legislature first. But really, he
knew that he didn't the meet the
criteria, but it was fun getting the
publicity for a couple of weeks.
Now to something more impor-
tant much more important in fact.
Last week, the last U.S. combat
forces crossed the Iraq border into
Kuwait. It's extremely significant
considering we invaded the country
seven years ago for no apparent
reason thanks to President Bush.
Comedians have joked about it
for years that we could find more
weapons of mass destruction at a
local mall then we did in all of Iraq.
Seven years later and thousands
of military and civilians deaths and
the combat phase of the war or
invasion is finally over. The U.S.
military will still be in Iraq, in fact,
a little less than 50,000 will remain
to continue training Iraqi police and
The Obama withdrawal plan is
slightly ahead of schedule by the
end of the month he called for the
reduction of forces and transition to
a different focus in Iraq.
American resources will now be
concentrated on economic, politi-
cal, cultural, and technological
developments as opposed to just a
military relationship. It seems as if
this troop withdrawal hasn't gotten
as much attention as it should be
getting, but it is election time.
Signing off from the Supervisor
of Elections office,
Reggie Fullwood

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ballot box. The rumor and fear
mongering images of Islam and
Muslims escalated with the emo-
tion throbbing September 11 terror
attacks. The attack stirred tremors
among Muslims that they would
routinely be targeted, subject to
search and surveillance, and pro-
filed at airports.
The profiling alarm bells went
off again after a soldier with a
Muslim name shot up the military
base at Ft. Hood back in November.
The Council on American-Islamic
Relations wasted no time and
issued a loud and vigorous denun-
ciation of the mass killing. The
Council didn't know at that
moment whether Major Nidal
Malik Hasan, the alleged shooter,
was a Muslim by birth, a converted
Muslim, or even a Muslim at all.
The name and the horrific murder
spree was enough to drive the
group to quickly distance itself
from the rampage. Other Muslim
organizations instantly followed
suit and issued their own equally
strong disavowal of Hasan.
This didn't stop the pack of Fox
Network commentators, conserva-
tive radio talk show hosts, writers,
and some officials from again
openly shouting for even tighter
scrutiny of Muslim groups. Airline
bombing suspect Umar Farouk
Abdulmutallab raised the decibel
level on their call for transportation

officials to openly profile Muslims
at airports, train stations, and even
on the open highways.
But this was a mere dress
rehearsal for the Muslim scare
that's dogged President Obama.
His speeches in Cairo last year to a
Muslim and international audience,
his repeated preaching of tolerance
and outreach to the Muslim world,
his occasional tough line on Israeli
settlement expansion, and the top-
per, his White House Ramadan din-
ner, and a his favorable statement
supporting the right to build a
mosque at ground zero. This for
many was smoking gun proof that
Obama is not a closet but an
avowed Muslim. Though some
GOP political strategists have
urged caution about making the
ground zero mosque and Obama a
campaign issue, the GOP will do it
anyway. Fox News, the pack of
right wing talk show hosts, and
bloggers have had a field day doing
everything possible to fan the fire
of anti-Muslim sentiment. They
have even dumped on the table an
outrageously distorted, misstated,
and misunderstood discussion of
Sharia Law, and declared that any
Muslim who believes in it and
practices it does not believe in the
Constitution and by extension can't
be a loyal American.
The implication being that since
Obama is a Muslim than he must

also believe in the strict tenets of
Sharia Law and therefore..... The
dots have never been more wrong-
ly and badly connected.
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Politics back in the day
The older we get, the more we forget. Course some of
those memories need to be filed away. Many crazy things
happened when I transitioned from news reporter to com-
munications director to executive staffer in the Florida
Senate. So when I reflected, much of it was funny but mostly pretty scary.
I was lucky enough to work as Press Secretary to Senate President Gwen
Margolis, a Democrat from Miami, the first women to be elected Senate
President in the nation. Margolis was a liberal and probably one of the
smartest women in American politics. We had just come off a vicious,
exhausting campaign to elect a Senate Democratic majority. The whisper
campaign raged with a message "You don't want a Jew running the Florida
Senate do you?" It became an amplified war cry that didn't work. We took
over the upper chamber, Lawton Chiles became Governor and TK Wetherell
became the Speaker of the House.
I can fairly say it was the last group of powerhouse Democrats and
Republicans who really established Florida as a leader that produced inno-
vative workable solutions to governance. Black Senators Carrie Meek, and
Arnett Girardeau were extremely effective in producing landmark legisla-
tion along with Representatives Corrine Brown, Doug Jamerson, Alzo
Reddick, Betty Holzendorf, Al Lawson and Willie Logan in the state House,
just to name a few. Senators Karen Thurman, Edgar Dunn and the cerebral
Jack Gordon were eloquent in debate and mediated many disputes.....but
none of these great leaders Democrats or Republicans could stop the dis-
turbing transformation of the legislature brought on by Reapportionment.
The dignified lawmaking body morphed into a brawling, nit picking ridicu-
lous group of grown folks fighting over which citizens would be in the leg-
islative and congressional districts they were drawing.
Course every one of those involved in the process had a stake in the out-
come. A small group of members had situations far more contentious than
others. But as we moved past the public hearings and Justice Department
reviews, the process took on a circus like atmosphere that I did my best to
keep from the public. Racist comments escalated, battles over making the
districts all Black versus a certain percentage became the center of debate. I
was privy to one conversation between two close friends that went this way;
Senator 1, I need that community in my district." Senator 2, You know
good and well that they are part of my district.. always have been." Senator
1, But I need them to win." Senator 2, "That's not my problem." Senator
1, Well that means we would be in the same district and I would have to
run against you." Senator 2, Go ahead, run against me. I'll kick your a--."
I won't tell you the outcome, but you can imagine. I was stunned and
became the invisible staffer which was our role when things got weird. The
many episodes were indescribable during Reapportionment
Yet one more horror that almost became front page news, was the real
floor fight between two Senators in the comer of the chamber, where one
pulled a weapon. I was standing next to the Senator about to be done in by
a Senator notorious for being very, very aggressive. A female Republican
Senator stepped between the two men and adroitly defused the testosterone
flair up. All I could do was look up at the Press Gallery, relieved that my
former colleagues were unaware of the confrontation. I always liked that
lady Senator but she was my hero for life after that foolishness. Attorney
Pam Burch Fort, the first Black to be the staff director in the Senate, lead the
powerful Commerce Committee while I was in the Senate and has her own
set of horror stories and we share them with each other when we need to
vent. She has been advocating change in the process for decades now and
is an advisor to Fair Districts Amendments 5 & 6.
The back in the day antics have played out several times since and will
continue to prevent equal representation for the African American commu-
nity unless Amendments 5 & 6 are passed. With all the political progress
made, passage of the amendments would seal the deal that finally benefits
people of color when it comes to fair representation.
Gayle Andrews is a former member of the Capitol Press Corps, and Press Secretary to
Senate President Gwen Margolis during reapportionment in the 1990's. She was also an
adjunct Journalism instructor at Florida A & M University, where she was awarded
Distinguished and Outstanding Graduate status. She is a corporate & political consultant in

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Jaguars Season tickets holder for sixteen season Qierra Brantley,
Zjarard Brantley, Angela Brantley, Deborah Everett, Julius Everett,
Vivian McLaughlin, Levy Everett, Kevin Brantley, and Juanita
McDonald strike a pose at the stadium.
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"Dr. Laura" calls it quits after

backlash from "N word rant"

After making some controversial
statements on the air of her radio
show with the backlash of her using
the N-word, Dr. Laura Schlessinger
ending her show.
"My contract is up for my radio
show at the end of the year and I've
made the decision not to do radio
anymore," she told Larry King.
"The reason is I want to regain my
First Amendment rights. I want to
be able to say what's on my mind
and in my heart and what I think is
helpful and useful without some-
body getting angry, some special
interest group deciding this is the
time to silence a voice of dissent
and attack affiliates, attack spon-
sors. I'm sort of done with that."
"I'm not retiring, I'm not quit-
ting, I feel energized actually," she
continued. "Stronger and freer to
say the things that I believe need to
be said for people in this country."

She will continue writing books
and speak at different events. On
the N-word, she did apologize for
using it.
The Huffington Post reports that
Schlessinger said the outrage over
her use of the N-word led her to feel
as though her First Amendment
rights were being infringed upon.
"Living with the constant fear of
affiliates and sponsors being
attacked is very distracting," she
said. "I never called anybody a bad
word. I was trying to bring and
obviously it has become a national
discussion now I was trying to
make a philosophical point. And I
made it wrong, but I wasn't dissing
anybody. I was trying to make a
point, and for that to say that I
should be silenced is the reason
why I'm saying to you that I'm
obviously losing First Amendment

,. ', .
First Baptist of Oakland provides thousands with
school supplies The First Baptist Church of Oakland under the
direction of Rev. Torrin Dailey, recently held their annual Back to School
rally at Metropolitan park providing thousands of students with supplies.
The weekend included receiving backpacks stuffed with school supplies
and USB drives and a free Health Fair where students received physical.
There was also voter registration and dozens of community vendors.
Abyssinia Missionary Baptist Church also participated in a join youth
service and Empowerment dinner for students and parents.

Desting Glanton, Tamara Spigner, Mattie Spigner, and Marie
Glanton enjoy the game.

During the second quarter #9 Davis Garrard pass was incomplete up
the deep middle to # 84 Troy Williamson. Garrard was injured dur-
ing the play did not return to the game. He is shown above being car-
ried off the field. FMPPhotos.

Continued from page 1
as at least four major marches and
rallies, starting this Saturday, will
hit sidewalks and parks across the
nation for the purposes of calling
attention to social ills and prevail-
ing inequities mainly in America's
Black and Latino communities.
"We've never lost a battle we've
had mass marches for," says
Jackson. "Mass marches laid the
ground work for mass registration.
And forces immediately respond to
the cry of the masses."
Details for the four marches are as
Saturday, Aug. 28, Detroit,
Mich.: "Rebuild America: Jobs,
Justice, Peace" march, led by Rev.
Jesse Jackson Sr.'s Rainbow/PUSH
According to Rev. Jackson, the
march aims to focus on the void in
urban policy. "Dry roots do not pro-
duce fruit. People are disengaging
in politics because their needs are
not being addressed. In Detroit,
Chicago, Memphis, vacant lots
boarded houses rising unemploy-
ment, rising violence and closing
schools are leading to low [voter]
turnout. It's a key to November and
Saturday, Aug. 28, Washington,
D.C. "Reclaim the Dream" March,
sponsored by the National Action
Network, led by the Rev. Al
Sharpton told the NNPA News
Service that the march is intended
to expose the issues still disparately
plaguing Black communities and
then "lay out legislative actions we
want to see enacted."
"Marching is not designed to solve
the problems. Marching is designed
to expose the problem. But, if you
don't expose the problems, no one
is going to solve it because no one's
going to be forced to," Sharpton
says. Sunday, Aug. 29, New
Orleans, La.: Fifth Anniversary of
Hurricane Katrina, sponsored by
the Black Leadershi Forum and
the Hip Hop Caucus.
Saturday, Oct. 2, ashington,
D.C. Mall: "One Nation Working
Together for Jobs, JuStice and
Education for All", sponsored by
the NAACP and more than 200

social and civil rights organizations
around the nation of multiple races
and socio-economic statuses.
The fact that America has its first
Black president has not slowed the
need to press for change in racial
Anyone who thought marching
and rallies would be over due to the
Obama presidency had a "foolish
thought," says Jackson.
Says Jackson, In 2010, nobody
has to get arrested in order to make
an impact, but "People who feel
they can't do it alone feel courage
when they do it together. Marches
involve, action. Moses marched
when Egypt crossed the Red Sea to
Cannon. Jesus marched on Palm
Sunday. Ghandi marched. Dr. King
Marched...We're encouraging peo-
ple to march wherever you are."

continued from page 4
Since his initial statements on the
ground zero mosque, Obama has
kept silence on the controversy.
There's absolutely no need for him
to say anything more about it. The
issue will be fiercely debated by
politicians and much of the public
in the coming weeks. The danger
though is that the issue will incite
more rage in the days immediately
before the ninth anniversary of the
September 11 attack. Expect the
Obama foes, and that's nearly any
GOP candidate or incumbent who
can figure out a way to sneak a line
or two about the attack, the ground
zero mosque controversy and a sly
hint that Obama backed the right to
build the mosque into their speech-
es, to take a dig at Obama. Even
some top Democrats facing tough
reelection battles have
backpedalled fast from Obama's
position on the Mosque.
Democratic Senate Minority
Leader Harry Reid was one. Expect
more Democrats to follow him in
the weeks to come.
The ignorance of so many
Americans about Obama's religious
beliefs if nothing else refutes the
old adage that religion and politics
don't mix. They do, and Obama's
foes have done everything they can
to make sure that that's the case
with him.

Ms. Gwendolyn Leapheart celebrates 89th birthday It was standing roomonly for the 89th surprise birth-
day celebration of Ms. Gwendolyn Leapheart. Friends and family gathered in her home to give praise, gifts and enjoy food and libation for the savvy
senior's festive surprise event. Shown above in attendance are: Frank M Powell, Juliet Fields, Janna Wright, Joshua Wright, Richardean Wrigth,
Richardeen Demps Gwendly Leapheart, Reverend Theresa Waters, Warren Schell, Travis Willis Powell, Anest McCarthy, Earl Sims, Reverend Eddy
Jones, Janine Jones, Barbara Presha, Ada Standford, Margie Witherrspoon, Myrtle Turner, Begonia Collier, Barbara Green, Louise Warren, Clarence
Fields, Patricia Sims, Vontez Wright, Bonnie Cobb, Mary Anne Christie, and Lorenzo McCarthy.


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Third Annual North Florida HBCU
Alumni Hall of Fame Induction
The Alumni of Bethune-Cookman University, Edward Waters College,
Florida A&M University, Hampton University, and Savannah State
University, will sponsor the Third Annual North Florida HBCU Alumni
Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at 6 p.m., Thursday, September 16,
2010. The Hall of Fame Ceremony honors the outstanding achievements
of some of North Florida's Finest HBCU Alumni.
For more information please contact: A Ray Brinson (904) 996-7122;
Marguerite Warren, (904)766-3056; Godfrey Jenkins (904)910-7829; Carol
Marshall (904)762-3400; and Willie Walker (904)358-7104.

Allen & Allen, Stellar Award
Winning Gospel Jazz Duo in Concert
A Summer Gospel Jazz Concert featuring Stellar Award winning Gospel
Jazz Duo Allen & Allen, along with comedian Rod Z as host, Blu Bailey,
spoken word artist, and Another Level Mime Group will be featured in con-
cert, Thursday, August 26th at 7 p.m. The concert venue is The Church
Fellowship Worship Ministries, 8808 Lem Turner Road. For directions or
information, please call (904)924-0000.

Disciples of Christ "Quench the
Violence Rally 2010" Sat. Aug. 28
No matter where you live or where you are churched, find your way to
Disciples of Christ, 2061 Edgewood Ave. West, Pastor Robert LeCount Jr.
A meeting will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, August 21st. Anyone interest-
ed in making a difference where Violence is concerned in our community
are welcome, and prayed for. We are also seeking Prayer Intercessors,
Outreach Ministries, Youth leaders, anyone interested in quelling violence
in our community, in our city. Help plan and organize the "Quench the
Violence Rally" at 12 noon, Saturday, August 28th, be a part of change!
For more information, please call (904)765-5683 or email:

2010 Kuumba Festival Cancelled
The August 28, 2010 22nd annual "Kuumba African/African-American
Cultural Arts and Music Festival has been cancelled because of a serious
short fall in financial support. The Carter G. Woodson Committee for
Positive Education of Jacksonville, Inc. the non profit organization that has
hosted the "Kuumba Festival" say they remain committed to the continua-
tion of this event in the year "2011" and onward to the 25th year of its gen-
erational maturity date and years beyond. "We hope those bom in the year

Shown above (L-R) is Sonia Demps presenting a scholarship check to
winner Alisha Lockley. GMillerphoto
Church of God Sanctuary of Praise
awards scholarship to Alisha Lockley
2010 Douglas Anderson School of the Arts graduate Alisha Lockley,
recently won the L.M. Wright Scholarship. Ms. Sophia Demps presented
Alisha with the $300 check at a banquet held at Church of God Sanctuary
of Praise (C.O.G.S.O.P). The L.M. Wright Scholarship, named for the pas-
tor of C.O.GS.O.P, was awarded based on academic performance, commu-
nity service, and an essay explaining the importance of a college education.
Alisha will be attending FSCJ in the fall.
Greater Grant AME
presents 5th Sunday Celebration
The Lay Organization and Rev. Tony Hansberry of Greater Grant AME
Church invite the community their 5th Sunday Celebration on August 29,
2010. The speaker will be Sis. Peggy Rice Johnson, Steward Director of St.
Andrew AME Church of Jacksonville Beach.. The church is located at 5533
Gilchrest Road. Services start at 10 a.m.

Donations needed by MMM
Million More Movement Jacksonville Local Organizing Committee, Inc
is asking the public to donate clothes hangers, shoes all size and school sup-
plies to their Clothes Give-Away. These items can be dropped off at 916
Myrtle Ave, Monday-Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. till 5 p.m. For
more information visit

Dual Day at Mt. Lebanon
Mount Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church located at 9319 Ridge
Boulevard will be celebrating it's annual Dual Day Sunday Sept 12, 2010.
Church school begins at 9:00 a.m. Morning worship service at 1030 a.m.
The speaker for the morning hour is Matron Vanessa Richmond, Mount
Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church.The event's theme is "The Virtuous
Women and the Men of God".
The afternoon service will begin at 3:30 pm with guest speaker, Pastor
Elwyn Jenkins, TruWay Church of the Risen Christ. For more information
contact 904- 527-1762. Rev. Freddie Sumner, pastor.

St. Stephen Beautillion
Saint Stephen African Methodist Episcopal Church located at 913 W. 5th
Street, with the Reverend Michael L. Mitchell, Pastor is having their 9th
Christian Beautillion, "Honoring Our Heritage on a Journey to Christian
Manhood". It will be held on Sunday August 29, at 4:00 p.m. The
Catherine Dawson Women's Missionary Society. Mary Holley President,
Joann Christian Beautillion Chairperson.

Family & Friends celebration
at New Mt. Moriah
The Greater New Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church and Dr.
Percy Jackson Sr. will host their annual Friends and Family Celebration,
Sunday, August 29, 2010 at 4:00 p.m. The Church is located at 1953 W. 9th
St. For more information, call (904) 457-0141.

Friendship PBC celebrates
Anniversary of Love choir anniversary
Friendship Primitive Baptist Church, located at 1106 Pearce St. with Elder
Bobbie Sheffield Pastor, invite you to attend their Anniversary of the Love
Choir of Friendship Primitive Baptist Church on Sunday, August 28, 2010
at 5:00p.m. Also the church door wills open at 5:00p.m.It will be most
appreciated door your choir to be prepared to render A& B selection of
songs. For more information, call (904) 353-7734.

Holy Tabernacle 5th Morning Service
Holy Tabernacle Church Woman Ministry, located at 6416 Miriam St.
with Bishop R.L. Jones and Pastor Cordona, along with the Women
Ministry of the Holy Tabernacle Church invite the public to share in their
5th Sunday Morning Service. Special guests will be Min. David Perry of
New Life Evangelistic Center and soloist Erika Steward. It will be held
Sunday, August 29, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. For further information, contact
Evangelist P. Williams at (904) 778-2399.

Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19 20

Pastor Landon Williams

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.

Where Services Are Often IMITATED

* Permit and Death
Certificate Assistance
* Funeral Programs
* Embalming
*Traditional Funeral
*Military Funeral Services
*Memorial Service

*Flower Arrangements
*Clergy Coordination
*Dove Release
*Memorial DVD Tributes

Reginald R. McKinney

1138 Edgewood Avenue South Jacksonville, Florida 32205
(904) 389-7790 Office (904) 389-7797 Fax

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 Ist Sunday at 4:50 Pm.

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.

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August 26-September 1, 2010

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

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prayer, praise

and power!

Pastor Robert Lecount, Jr

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

Thursday High Praise Worship 7:00 p.m.

2061 Edgewood Avenue West, Jacksonville, Florida 32208
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Tyra Banks, the diva of the lace-
front wig opened her talk show's
final season with what viewers
may have never thought they'd
ever see her real hair.
She was following fellow-
celebs like Cassie and La La
Vasquez who shaved off portions
of their hair. Then Ciara, never seen
in public without a shoulder-length
weave or braid extensions, started
rocking a short wig. Solange
Knowles, sister of Beyonce, also
created a wave of controversy on
Twitter, when she showed a picture
of her newly shorn head. (Alas.
responses were mostly negati% e i
Not too mention comedian
Chris Rock's documentary,
"Good Hair," which
explores the still-raging
controversy around hair
texture and style in
depth, will just deepen the conver-
But after years of celebrity lace-
front, wig and weave dependence,
could it be that women in the public
eye are starting to embrace natural
hair more? India.Arie, Ledisi,
Goapele and Leela James, like
Alicia Keys and Mya, have all worn
natural hair, though their natural
styles have corresponded to their
varying textures. When Lauryn Hill


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you will have to grow out or cut out
the penned hair first. You will not
be able to loc processed hair. One
way to do it is to get micro-braids
and don't take them out, allowing
them to lock, and then cutting off
the ends as the locs develop. That
can be an easier transition appear-
ance-wise, but if you want thinner
locs or more groomed ones, you can
always just two-strand twist or
palm-roll to better control their

"Natural" generally signifies
hair that is unprocessed by any
chemical addition (excluding hair
color). It can mean locs, twists,
afros, hair pressed by a pressing
comb or flat iron, or wearing hair
in its natural texture.
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that is unprocessed by any chemical that unprocessed hair,
addition (excluding hair color). It that your new
can mean locs, twists, afros, hair permed ends woe
pressed by a pressing comb or flat may be able to e
iron, or wearing hair in its natural using heat via b
texture. (Which does include those iron to keep you
born with straighter hair who long run, you some pewil
choose not to perm it or add exten- cut off some pen
sions or weave to it.) Because of the and heat are the k
damage that perms often cause, take some exp r
many women have returned to up with e rig
unprocessed hair, using flat irons, both.
blow dryers or pressing combs. There are hair
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local hairdressers that do
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care for women who want to leave
perms behind.
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maybe even your waist size, blood pressure and how many months
it's been since you've seen your doctor, but these numbers are not
the only ones you need to remember for your health.
3 Packets of artificial sweeteners is okay to have daily
Artificial sweeteners allow dieters and diabetics to enjoy certain
foods they otherwise wouldn't be able to. Still, the safety of aspartame
and other sweeteners is still questionable.
3 Hours of yoga it takes per week to soothe low-back pain
A study in the journal Spine found that patients with chronic
low-back pain who took two 90-minute yoga classes a week after six
months experienced less back pain than those who followed convention-
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500 Calories to cut each day to lose one pound in a week
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Vitamin D deficiencies-especially in African-
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Sixty million Americans regularly swallow over-the-counter non-
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Carl Strong at
the Comedy Zone
Comedian Carl Strong will be in
concert at the Comedy Zone
August 26-28. You have seen
Comedian Carl Strong on The
Tonight Show, Comedy Central,
BET, and CBS. Carl Strong's brand
of high energy comedy, blended
with his love of music and the
MOTOWN greats; includes impres-
sions, singing and characters in his
performance. For more information
call 292-4242.

Gospel Jazz Concert
Summer Jazz Concert featuring
Stellar award winning Gospel Jazz
Duo Allen & Allen along with
comedian Rod Z as host and spoken
word artist Blu Bailey and mime
group Another Level. The concert
will be Thursday August 26th at
7:00 The Church Fellowship
Worship Ministries, 8808 Lem
Turner Rd. Jacksonville FI 32208.
For more info call 904-924-0000.

Cocktails for a Cause
at the University Club
The Y.E.S. group at the University
Club will host their Cocktails for a
Cause event and JCCI Forward's
10th Anniversary is the cause! The
proceeds received as cash tips will
go towards this year's program. It
will be held on Friday, August

27th from 4:30-7:00 p.m. at the
University Club of Jacksonville,
27th floor 1301 Riverplace Blvd.

Enjoy jazz by the
sea at American Beach
Historic American Beach will con-
clude their Summer Jazz Series on
August 28th. "Instant Groove"
will be held at Burney Park (Comer
of Burney and Ocean) on American
Beach from 5-8 p.m. Bring your
chairs, relax and enjoy food, ocean
breezes and music by the sea.

Riverside Arts Market
RAM (Riverside Arts Market) is a
high energy weekly arts, farmers,
and food market under the 1-95
bridge on the St Johns River, featur-
ing locally made or grown products.
It will be held again on Saturday,
August 28th starting at 10:00a.m.

Book Signing
The Beaver Street Enterprise
Center will host a book signing for
"Sharecropper's Son": The Story of
Doc Garland Granger by Susan
Brandenburg. The free event and
lunch will be held on Tuesday,
August 31st from 11:30a.m. -
1:00p.m. The BSEC is located at
1225 W. Beaver Street,
Jacksonville, FL 32204. For more
information, call (904) 265-4700.

War in concert
The Florida Theatre welcomes
WAR to the stage Tuesday, August
31st. An American original; WAR
was the musical crossover phenom-
enon that fused rock, jazz, Latin,
and R&B, while transcending racial
and cultural barriers with a multi-
ethnic line-up. The Florida Theatre
is located at 128 East Forsyth Street
in Downtown Jacksonville. For
tickets, refunds or information
please call the Florida Theatre Box
Office at (904) 355-2787.

Free Evening
of Spoken Word
Come out and enjoy an evening of
Spoken Word at the Ritz Theater on
September 2nd, 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, vocalists and some-
times musicians gather to present
and hear some of the area's most
powerful lyrical voices in a casual
open-mic setting. Call 632-5555 for

Amateur Night
at the Ritz
Enjoy Amateur Night at the Ritz
Theater on Friday Sept. 3rd with
showtime starting at 7:30 p.m.
Modeled after Harlem's "Amateur
Night at the Apollo", the best talent

in the Jacksonville hits the stage
and the audience is the judge. Call
632-5555 for more information.

Jazz Jamm
Jazz Jamm featuring Pieces of a
Dream, will be at the Ritz Theater
on Sept. 4th at 7 and 10 p.m.
Pieces of a Dream, a Philadelphia
based jazz/funk/ r&b outfit will
rock the Ritz Labor Day weekend!
Guaranteed to be a hip and upbeat
evening of groovy melodies, cool
people and a classy atmosphere in
the Ritz Jazz Lounge. A must to be
THERE! 632-5555

Arnez J at the
Comedy Zone
Comedian Arnez J will be at the
Comedy Zone September 3-5.
Diverging from the hard-edged
raunchy and streetwise observation-
al styles of other contemporary
African-American comedians,
Amez J offers comic routines remi-
niscent of an earlier era of comedy.
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Auditorium at the Jacksonville
Public Library. Featuring a cocktail
hour complete with drinks and
passed hors'doeurves, the highlight
of the evening will be a perform-
ance by show host and spoken word
artist Al Letson. For tickets or more
information, call 215-41-.9879.

Club Meeting
The September meeting of the
PRIDE Book Club, Jacksonville's
oldest book club for people of color,
will be held on Friday,
September 10th at 7 p.m. hosted
by Ellen Young and Priscilla
Williamson. The book for discus-
sion will be "The Right Mistake"
by Walter Mosley. For more infor-
mation call 389-8417.

How Sweet the
Sound Gospel Fest
How Sweet the Sound gospel fes-
tival will be held at the Veterans
Memorial Arena on Saturday,
September 11, 2010. Kicking off at
6 p.m. the show hosted by Donald
Lawrence and CeCe Winans will be
a search for the best church choir in
America. For tickets call 1-800-

North FL HBCU Hall
of Fame Induction
The 3rd Annual North Florida
HBCU Alumni Hall of Fame
Induction ceremony will be held on
Thursday, September 16th at
Edward Waters College. The event
will honor the achievements of
some of north Florida's finest
HBCU alumni. For more informa-
tion call 996-7122.

Comedian Mike Epps
& Friends in Concert
Comedian Mike Epps will be in
concert on Friday, October 8 at 7 the Times Union Center. For
tickets call (800) 745-3000.

Men of Soul Tour
The 2010 Men of Soul tour ill be
in Jacksonville for one night only,
Saturday, October 9 at 8 p.m. at the
Times Union Center for Performing
Arts. On stage will be Howard
Hewett, Jeffrey Osborne, Peabo
Bryson, Freddie Jackson. For tick-
ets, call Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-

Jimmy Cliff in Concert
Reggae legend Jimmy cliff will be
in concert at the Florida Theatre on
October 14, 2010. Jimmy Cliff is
an internationally renowned
Jamaican reggae musician. He is
best known among mainstream
audiences for songs like "Sittin' in
Limbo", "You Can Get It If You
Really Want" and "Many Rivers to
Cross". For tickets,c all the box
office at 355-2787.

Comedian Earthquake
at the Comedy Zone
Earthquake, known for his special
brand of urban comedy, will be at
the Comedy Zone October 14-
16th. For tickets and showtimes
call 292-4242.

Jerry Seinfeld
in Concert
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld will be in
concert on Friday, October 15th at
7 p.m. at the Times Unions Center.
For more information call (800)

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 more
information, call 1-800-849-0248.

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Student chooses Raines over #1 school in the country

By Willie B. Hall
It is a busy summer for film
maker Emanuel Washington.
Washington has to interview sever-
al people for the documentary film
project of the history of William
Marion Raines Senior High School.
The project entitled "We
Remember Raines" is capturing the
history and legacy from the former
students and faculty members who
once walked the halls.
I have had the opportunity to sit
in on several of his interviews but
today's interview is a little differ-
ent. Washington is interviewing
Tracey Smith (Raines c/o 1986) and
her 16 year old daughter Diamonde
Smith has fond memories of her
time at Raines. She was extremely
active while attending Raines but
says her favorite activity was cheer-
"The entire Staff at Raines was
like a family. They all looked out
for the students. Teachers made
sure you learned the proper infor-
mation while at Raines and guid-
ance counselors made sure they
advised you on life after Raines. We
had the best of both worlds", said
However in more recent years the
"world" that was once called "the
best", is often looked at as one of
the worst. So when Smith's daugh-

ter began to prepare to enter high
school Raines was not an option.
"I let the media mislead me", said
But the media was not all mis-
leading. The 2008-2009 school year
reported only a 55% graduation
rate, 34% of the student body was
retained and only 7% of 10th
graders were reading at or above
their grade level.
Smith's daughter Diamonde
enrolled in Stanton College
From 2000 to 2003, Stanton
College Prep was ranked first in
Newsweek Magazine's list of the
top 1,000 public schools in the
United States, and is the only
school in the nation to have been in
the top 5 every year from 2000-
2010. Contributing to
Stanton's success is their
premier IB and AP programs
where students take rigor-
ous courses and graduate
Stanton with an associate's
While Diamonde .
excelled academically her
freshmen and sophomore ,
years at Stanton she was not
pleased with her overall expen-
ence at the school.
"The school spirit was just not
there. I couldn't get the right bal-
ance. At Stanton it was all academ-

ics and I need more," said Odom. Certificate of Education) is a pro- and Science, Languages and the
So when Diamonde's mother gram that was implemented by the Arts and Humanities. Upon suc-
happened to visit Raines she was Duval County cessful completion of the program
shocked with what she found. School B:ord. students have the opportunity to
"I was running an errand that The program graduate high school with 45 hours
ended up at Raines when a staff v hich is of college credit.
member began to speak with me administered After Smith spoke with Raines
about the schools programs. She b' a n:n- principal George E. Maxey she fur-
informed me i o t i t their discovered the significant
o f department things he is doing to turn the school
Sf the around. In just the 2009-2010
Li ri U e r i ty school year Maxey has implement-
u f ed study hall immediately after
school, gender based classes and
Saturday school to help students
\ prepare for the SAT and ACT
tests. Maxey has also most
S- recently announced the
addition of several new
elective courses:
SJROTC, Drama,
.Dance, Law
Studies and
"- Photography. The
Raines class of
S 2010 felt the
.' outcome of
SMaxey's addi-
'' tions and
changes as over
75% of the grad-
uating class was
accepted to vari-
Shown above left is Raines legacy Diamonde Odom with her mother Tracey Smith. ous colleges and
Raines's AICE program," said Cambridge in England is comprised universities and 55% of those
Smith. of courses that are divided into accepted received some form of
AICE (Advanced International three subject groups: Mathematics scholarships.

The schools extra curricular pro-
grams also flourished during
Maxey's first year as principal, as
the Varsity Football program had
the highest team G.P.A of any Duval
County Public School team and the
schools Brain Brawl team earned a
"What impressed me most was
the family feel that I felt when inter-
acting with the faculty and staff that
day. That is something I have not
felt at Raines in years," Smith said.
The daughter sat her mother
down for a talk after the mothers
visit and begged her mother to
.allow her to attend. Diamonde feels
the balance of vigorous academics
and well rounded extra curricular
activities is what she needs.
"My mom agreed to allow me to
attend and I immediately signed up
for cheerleading. I had the opportu-
nity to attend the schools summer
cheer camp and was honored to be
named 'cheer captain', she said.
According to Smith, "Raines is
teaching on the same level as
Stanton and using the same text
books, the only thing different is the
name of the school and the spirit
inside of them."
"I am so excited to be entering
my junior year as a Raines Viking,"
Diamonde said.

Wyclef fighting to get name on Haitian ballot

Hip-hop star Wyclef Jean charged that Haiti's provisional election
council (CEP) used "trickery" and violated the constitution to reject

his candidacy for president.
Grammy award winning artist
and activist Wyclef Jean said
Sunday he will contest a pro-
nouncement from Haitian election
officials ruling him ineligible to run
for president of Haiti.
"After careful consideration and
much soul-searching, I have made
the decision to contest Haiti's board
of elections' pronouncement stating
that I am ineligible to run for the
presidency of the country," Jean
said in a statement. "I will be seek-
ing a solution through legal chan-
nels, and I urge my countrymen to
be patient through this process."
Jean's name was not on the list of
19 approved candidates released
Friday night by Haiti's Provisional
Electoral Council. At the time, Jean
said, "I respectfully accept the com-
mittee's final decision, and I urge
my supporters to do the same."
He was among 15 prospective

candidates rejected. Elections offi-
cials did not provide a reason to
reporters, but Jean's statement said
they had ruled he was not a resident
of the country.
Jean said Sunday that in the 36
hours following the decision, "I
have been in constant conversation
with my family, friends and advis-
ers, and reading the comments of
good people and supporters
throughout the Haitian diaspora."
He said he has also been closely
monitoring "the situation on the
ground, which I am happy to report
has remained peaceful and thought-
"I, along with my supporters, am
deeply disappointed that I have
been denied the chance to present
my candidacy to Haiti's voters,"
Jean said in the statement. "I want
to continue in my efforts to always
keep Haiti top of mind for the world

-- I don't want to give anyone the
chance to forget the earthquake vic-
tims, or my impoverished home-
land, rich only in human potential
and kindness.
"These facts, and more, inspire
me now," he said. "I am heartened
by the world's focus on Haiti and its
needs, as well as the great spirit of
the Haitian people -- my people,
and I cannot in good conscience
give up my quest to lead Haiti to the
greatness I know in my heart we are
capable of reaching. I cannot sur-
render now, simply because an
obstacle has been set before me;
now is the time I must stand up and
show Haiti -- and the world -- that
my vision of a nation renewed and
redeveloped is a vision for which I
am willing to fight."
Jean announced August 5 on
CNN's "Larry King Live" that he
had submitted paperwork to run for
president. Since then, his possible
candidacy has met with some criti-
cism. Haitian-American rapper
Pras, who once performed along-
side Jean and Lauryn Hill in the
'90s group The Fugees, said he sup-
ported Jean's opponent. And actor

Sean Penn, who has lived in Haiti's
capital, Port-au-Prince, for months
since a January 7.0-magnitude
earthquake devastated the island
nation, also questioned whether
Jean would be able to lead Haiti.
His eligibility had been in ques-
tion after claims that he had not
lived in Haiti for five consecutive
years prior to the election, a
requirement in the nation's constitu-
tion. Jean's lawyer had said his
client met that criteria.
"We in Haiti are united in our
struggles, and we will be united in
our victories and triumphs," Jean
said Sunday. "Now is the struggle -
- let us peaceably bear it and look
forward to the time when our efforts
will pay off, for all my fellow
Haitians. Thank you for your love,
understanding and support."
Jean, who was born in Haiti, shot
to fame in the mid-1990s as a mem-
ber of The Fugees, a U.S.-based
hip-hop and reggae group. He now
performs as a solo artist. He has
been an outspoken proponent of
Haiti through his Yele Foundation,
and was one of the first celebrities
to offer aid after the earthquake.

NAACP Freedom Fund Weekend

August 25-28

Rev. R.W. McKissick, Sr.
Commemorative speaker

Wednesday. August 25th
"Step Back in Time-50 Years"
Welcome Program with
Civil Rights Movement Veterans
Stetson Kennedy, Charles Cobb, Jr.,
Dr. Arnett E. Girardeau, and Rodney L. Hurst, Sr.
Ritz Theatre and Museum
6:00 8:00 p.m.

Thursday. August 26th
Interactive Conversations and Caucus with
The Generation X and The Now Generation
Ritz Theatre and Museum
6:00 pm-8:00pm

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Friday August 27th
A Conversation with Author Dr. James Loewen
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NAACP 50th Anniversary Commemorative Mass
Meeting of the 1960 Sit-ins and Ax Handle Saturday
(Ax Handle Saturday-August 27, 1960)
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
7:30 p.m. Main Sanctuary
Saturday August 28th
50th Anniversary Civil Rights Film Festival
"Scarred Justice:Orangeburg Massacre 10:00 am
"Home of the Brave" (the Viola Liuzzo Story) 12:00 Noon
"Freedom Never Dies: The Harry T. Moore Story" 1:30 pm
Ritz Theatre and Museum
NAACP 45th Annual Freedom Fund Dinner
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DEA seeks Ebonics experts

to help with drug cases
Whoever said bad grammar will classified as "common languages"
get you nowhere just may be and "exotic languages," and
wrong. If you are familiar with Ebonics is considered a connnon
Ebonics, the federal government one spoken in the U.S. only. The
may have a job for you. information was contained in a
The Drug Enforcement contract bid for as many as 2, 100
Administration wants to hire up to linguists for the various DEA field
nine people fluent in Ebonics to offices. The DEA spends about
help monitor, transcribe and trans- $70 million annually on linguistic
late secretly recorded conversa- services.
tions in narcotics investigations The Drug Enforcement
with the DEA Atlanta Division Administration recently sent
after obtaining "DEA Sensitive" memos asking companies that pro-
security clearance. vide translation services to help it
Ebonics, or "Black English," gen- find nine translators in the
rally is defined as a nonstandard Southeast who are fluent in
form of English spoken by Aftican- Ebonics, Special Agent Michael
Americans. Sanders said. The search for trans-
According to the job description, lators covers a wide swath of the
Ebonics experts will decipher the Southeast, including offices in
results of "telephonic monitoring Atlanta, Washington, New Orleans,
of court ordered nonconsensual Miami and the Caribbean
intercepts, consensual listening A controversy over the use of
devices, and other media," the Ebonics and whether it should be
website reported. Documents recognized as an acceptable
shown reveal that Ebonics is dialect, particularly whether it
among 114 languages the DEA has should be used in teaching school-
an interest in. The languages are children, has raged for many years.

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Parents are looking for ways to get their kids back into the
learning mode. Making education a part of the norm is
essential for an easy transition back to school. Not only is it
important for success, but childhood development as well. Exposure
to books in the early childhood stages plays a key role in a child's
reading development, and while most parents and caregivers know
that children benefit from reading time, many struggle to fit it into
their children's hectic schedules.
A survey conducted on behalf of VTech, a leading electronic
learning products provider, found that more than 40 percent of moms
with children ages 3 to 7 years old said that not having enough time
to spend reading with their children is the biggest challenge they face
in trying to make reading a daily activity. And nearly half wished
there were ways to include reading in their child's on-the-go schedule.
Fortunately, there are plenty of fun and practical ways to make
reading a part of everyday family life.
Making Reading Fun
You can help a child develop reading skills even when you're
running errands or doing activities together. By going places and doing
things with children, you help build their background knowledge and
vocabulary, giving them a basis for understanding what they read.
Telling stories and interacting with each other while on the go
helps them develop their listening and thinking skills.
And now there are technologies that let you take interesting reading
material wherever you go. The new V.Reader, the first interactive,
animated e-book system for children, creates an engaging reading
experience for early readers, ages 3 to 7, so they love to learn to read.
"We understand that parents are looking for ways to merge
learning and fun and VTech is excited to offer the V.Reader, which
does exactly that," said Tom McClure, director of marketing, VTech
Electronics North America, LLC. "Parents can trust this cutting-edge
e-book to aid in their children's development while proving how
learning can be fun too."
The touch-and-r d e-book brings stories to life with narration,
characters, animation, graphics, sounds and music. Kids interact as
they listen and follow along with a story, or touch the screen and play
games to learn each wrd and sentence. The V.Reader helps teach
reading comprehension, vocabulary, phonics and word building.
Reading is a skill that requires nurturing. Creating a literacy-rich
home is the best way to engage children with the joys of books and
help them become readers for a lifetime. One convenient way to keep
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downloading new e-book titles. Through the VTech website, new titles
are available at your fingertips to add to your child's V.Reader library.
To find out more about the V.Reader and to download titles, visit
Create a Reading-Friendly Environment
Research' shows that lack of access to books and educational
materials is the single greatest barrier to literacy development in the
US and beyond. Books, magazines, newspapers and other reading
tools should be within easy reach of the whole family. Try designating
a bookcase or shelf where children can keep a personal library.
According to First Book, a nonprofit organization that provides new
books to children in need, a steady stream of new, age-appropriate
books has been shown to nearly triple interest in reading within
months. By visiting, families, teachers and reading
programs can help children from low-income communities build their
own home libraries and start the journey to becoming lifelong readers.
"It's important for beginner readers to continue practicing their
newly acquired reading skills," said Ron Fairchild, founding CEO of
the National Summer Learning Association and a national authority
on how to expand learning opportunities for youth. "Research shows
that access to reading material that matches kids' ability levels and
interests, and assistance to ensure comprehension, are important to
sustaining and advancing reading skills."
Some other tips for helping young readers develop include:
* Read with your child every day, even if it's just for a few minutes.
* Ask open-ended questions, such as "What do you think is going to
happen next?" or "Why do you think he did that?"
Read your child's favorite book over and over.
Find out what interests your child and get reading materials to feed
that interest.
Let children see you read and invite them to read with you.
The US Department of Education (DOE) also recommends that
when reading a book aloud to young children, point to each word as
you read. This helps the child make a visual connection that the
word said is the word seen.

Literacy Milestones
Most children develop certain skills as they move through
the early stages of learning language. According to the
Department of Education, these are some milestones to be
working toward:
From ages 3 to 4, most preschoolers:
Enjoy listening to and talking about storybooks
Understand that print carries a message
Identify familiar signs and labels
Participate in rhyming games
Identify some letters and make some letter-sound matches
At age 5, most kindergartners:
Retell simple stories
Use descriptive language to explain or to ask questions
Recognize letters and letter-sound matches
Show familiarity with rhyming and beginning sounds
Begin to match spoken words with written ones
At age 6, most first-graders:
Use a variety of ways to help with reading a story such as
rereading, predicting what will happen, asking questions,
or using visual cues or pictures
Read some things aloud with ease
Identify new words by using letter-sound matches, parts of
words and their understanding of the rest of a story or
printed item
Sound out and represent major sounds in a word when
trying to spell
Try to use some punctuation marks and capitalization

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Don't count out Mark Curry

Faith Evans arrested for DUI
Grammy-winning singer Faith Evans has
been arrested after being stopped at a drunk-
en driving checkpoint in the Los Angeles
37-year-old Evans was arrested Saturday
night near Marina del Rey on suspicion of
misdemeanor drunken driving. He says
Evans was held for a few hours and released
on bail Sunday morning. Her car was
The R&B singer is the widow of rapper Christopher Wallace, also
known as the Notorious B.I.G She won a Grammy in 1998 for the song
"I'll Be Missing You."
A reality series chronicling Evans' life is reportedly in production, and a
new album is scheduled for release in October.
Vick quite BET reality show
Football star Michael Vick is apparently not
feeling reality TV cameras up in his face all
the time.
The Philadelphia Eagles backup quarterback 2
has decided to cancel the second season of his
BET show, "The Michael Vick Project," ,-
although the network wants nothing more
than for him to keep it going.
Vick agreed to expose his life on camera fol- -
lowing the incarceration for dog-fighting case. The 10-episode series,
which began its run in January, mainly focused on him searching for per-
sonal and professional redemption while exploring his past.
However, if you're jonesing for a reality football Vick was not the only
game in town.
Another Eagles player, Hank Baskett, is a part of his wife Kendra
Wilkinson's E! series "Kendra." And of course, Cincinnati Bengals stars
Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco have their "The T.O. Show" and
"Ochocinco: The Ultimate Catch" shows.
Tiger and Elin finally divorced
The marriage of Tiger Woods and Elin
Nordegren is now officially over.
The two parties were in a Panama City,
Florida courtroom and reportedly didn't
speak one word to each other throughout the
Elin, according to court officials, had eight
attorneys. Divorce documents obtained by
: TMZ, describe the marriage as "irretrievably
S broken," and reveal that Tiger and Elin
reached a settlement agreement on July 3rd and 4th; Elin wants her
maiden name restored (Elin Maria Pemilla Nordegren), and both Elin
and Tiger have each completed a four-hour parenting course.
Terms of the settlement were not disclosed, but it has been reported that
Elin is set to receive $100 million from Tiger.
Kimora leaving BabyPhat
Kimora Lee Simmons is giving ,
the model wave goodbye to Baby )
;Phat and Phiat Fashions.
The runway diva-turned-fashion
mogul announced her departure f
stating it's time to pursue other L
ventures after spending more /
than a decade at the brands she 1 ,,
helped to launch.
"After 14 years of conceiving
and nurturing Baby Phat, it's
time for me to move on and fur-
ther expand my other businesses and create a new phenomenon," she
announced. "I adore all those who have faithfully been with me since the
Simmons's reality TV show "Kimora: Life In The Fab Lane" is cur-
rently shooting its fourth season.
Plans for Chris Brown/Usher tour scrapped
A Chris Brown fan site is confirming that the singer's planned tour with
Usher has been scrapped.
It was recently hinted by producer Bryan Michael Cox that the pair
were considering teaming up for a US outing. However, those plans have
since been cancelled, according to
Brown's manager says the trek is "definitely not happening," but failed
to provide any further explanation.
Messages on Chris Brown's official Twitter in which he asked fans if
they would like to see the stars touring together have also been removed.
Earlier this year, Brown was forced to cancel his European tour after
being refused entry to the UK over the Rihanna beating.

By Ricardo Hazell, EURW
Once upon a time comedian
Mark Curry was at the top of the
ladder with his own sitcom,
"Hangin' with Mr. Cooper," on
ABC. You couldn't get much high-
er than that for a black comedian
back in the 1990s.
Back when you were seeing
Curry and Holly Robinson-Peete on
a weekly basis it seemed like the
sky was the
limit. But,
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once seemed like a promising
career had suffered some setbacks
that are often times only whispered
about by those in the know. Now,
come tonight, Monday, August
23rd, you will be in the know, too as
TV One's "Life After" presents its
episode on comedian Mark Curry.
"Why did I decide to do it? You
know what? I don't know," Curry
told our Lee Bailey when asked
why he decided to be a subject for
the show. "I like to do an interview
every now and then. I would like to
say to reveal it to my community
every once in a while. TV One is
great, I like TV One. So, I figured,
if Ron Artest can do it I can do it. I
love Ron Artest and I want people
to see what I am doing."
During our interview with Mark
Curry it became quite obvious that
the brother had been through the
ringer in the 10 years or so that "Mr.
Cooper" has been off the airwaves.
But now he's back on his grind and
trying to get his mind right.
It's just because people are
always saying 'What are you
doing?' and I am doing stand up
right now. A lot of people don't
know that. After doing 'Mr.
Cooper' I felt like my stand up
wasn't as (good) anymore. "
Though the mainstream media,
as well as fans of Mark Curry,
might feels as if "Hangin' with
Mr. Cooper" was the pinnacle of
his career, he tells
that it may have been the begin-
ning of his downward spiral.

"I started doing 'Mr. Cooper' and
I felt like I changed into a totally
different person," he explained.
"Money makes you less funny. I
don't know why, but I felt like I
wasn't funny anymore. Before 'Mr.
Cooper' I was funny as heck, but
then I started going 'they don't pay
me enough money to do that. That's
not enough money. Blah, blah,
blah.' You start getting unfunny.
I'm back on the road and I'm funny
again ... the little black clubs that I
wouldn't play, the big rich white
clubs, any club that I can get my
mic on. Now I'm funny, I feel funny
and I am confident that I am funny.
"Curry's 'Mo' Money, Less Funny'
equation is something often mused
about among fans of comedy, but to
hear one actually say it is a little bit
of a trip. So, if we're traveling
aboard that train of thought, one
wonders if Curry's assertion that his
return to funny mean he's broke
now? Is funny to a successful
comedian similar to the Kingdom
of God and a rich man? To Curry
and those like him, funny is heaven
and it's worth the pain.
And speaking of pain, On "Life
After," the comedian talks about an
incident where he was hospitalized
after getting burned when he inad-
vertently knocked an aerosol can of
spray starch off a shelf. The can hit
a metal wall bracket that connected
the water heater to a wall and rup-
tured, causing an explosion and a
fire that engulfed him. He suffered
second degree bums over 18% of

his body.
"Yes I did get burned. But that's
not the focal point of the show. I
won't go into it much, but after that
I had to change my life because I
almost died. I was in a coma for 2
days. It was really, really bad. But it
changed my life and comedy. It was
almost like a revelation for me. I
will be funny, I am going to change
my comedy and I am not going to
care anymore about what I say.
Before I was always picky about
what I said. I was more concerned
with the audience. "
A comedian changing their come-
dy is as risky as a rapper changing
his rhyme style. It's a high risk, low
reward type of thing. But Cooper
says that it was almost as if his
peace of mind depended on it.
"I changed my life and my come-
dy. I'm a comic so my life revolves
around being funny. If I am not
funny then I am depressed," he can-
didly admitted. "That's why some
times you see a comedian that does-
n't do so well and just kind of falls
off. It emotionally affects you
because that's all we got. We've got
a routine and if that routine is terri-
ble then it's like you're walking in a
desert with all the money that you
want. Trust me, all these guys that
used to be comedians, they can
have 20 million in their pocket, but
they all want to do standup. Trust
me. They know if they're funny or
not. I don't want to have it be 'Life
After' being burned because my life
is much more than that. "

Big bailer: Tyler Perry tearing down mansion for dreamhome

One man's trash is another ones treasure- shown above is the pfe- wrecking ball estate recently purchased by Tyler Perry.

The home had been on the market
for 17 years...with an original ask-
ing price of $40 million. But the 58-
acre estate in Johns Creek, Georgia
- with its 18-hole golf course, wed-
ding chapel, band shell and formal
gardens was just purchased for a
bargain basement price of $7.6 mil-
lion by none other than Tyler Perry.
The entertainment mogul says he
plans to demolish the whole com-
pound and build his own home, one
that is environmentally friendly and
made of concrete, according to the
New York Times.
An estate sale was held recently
by the previous owner Larry Dean,
67, who grew up without indoor
plumbing in a low-income section
of Atlanta, founded a financial serv-
ices software company, Stockholder
Systems Inc., in the early 1970s and
became a multi-millionaire.
He and his first wife, Lynda,
spent four years and $25 million
building their own private

Versailles, which they called "Dean
Gardens" and finished in 1992.
Their architect, Bill Harrison, said
each square inch of it was given the
attention to detail of a Faberge egg.
The Deans' dream was to raise
their four children here in an atmos-
phere like "Dynasty," "only happy,"
and then leave the grounds to a
foundation that would open it to the
public for charity events.
But in 1993, shortly after finish-

ing the house, the Deans separated
and the house went on the market. It
has languished there for the last 17
years. One potential buyer, Dean
said, was Michael Jackson, who
wanted the place in 1994 as a sur-
prise for his fiance, Lisa Marie
Presley. But when the media report-
ed Mr. Jackson's plan and ruined
the surprise, he did not sign the con-
Hundreds of strangers and many

friends most in black dresses or
dark suits showed up for the
estate sale Friday night and scruti-
nized every object, from a $10
snow globe to a $60,000 dolphin-
sculpture fountain. And many
walked out the $17,500 leaded glass
and mahogany double front doors,
which came from the Chicago
Cotton Exchange, with an artifact
from Dean's past, the Times report-



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