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AME and
celebrate career
of Dr. R.L.
Page 9

NBC enters
fall season
with a
welcome TV
twist leading
Black actors
Page 11

P.O. Box 117005
Gainesville FL 32611



leaving poverty

- another bad sign

for Democrats
Page 4

The Sordid


of Racial

Page 3

Frederick Douglass bust in the
Capitol held up in political stalemate
Washington, D.C. The stalemate over whether Washington, D.C.,
should have voting rights in Congress apparently is blocking efforts to
put a statue of abolitionist Frederick Douglass in a hall of honor inside
the Capitol building.
The Democratic leadership in the House of Representatives said they
aren't prepared to seek a vote in the closing days of Congress on a meas-
ure that would put a statue of Douglass and Pierre L'Enfant, the architect
who designed the District's layout, in the Capitol's Statuary Hall for fear
that Republicans might add a provision to the measure that would weak-
en the District's tough gun laws.
The hall, which houses statues of two historical figures from each state,
currently has no blacks in it.
The hall is home to stone figures of flamboyant Gov. Louisiana Gov.
Huey Long, former Presidents Ronald Reagan, James Garfield and
Andrew Jackson.

NJ African immigrant sentenced to
27 years for enslaving hair braiders
NEW JERSEY Akouavi Afolabi, who along with her ex-husband and
son operated illegal hair braiding salons throughout New Jersey, received
27 years in prison. The native Togoan forced minors and young women
from ages 10 to 19 to work for no wages or tips under inhumane condi-
tions, was convicted on 22 counts last October.
She was also ordered to pay restitution, totaling $3.9 million.
The children and women were brought over from West Africa on fake
visas. They worked 14-hour days, seven days a week. All of the girl's
earnings were turned over to Afolabi, her ex-husband (Lassissi) and her
33-year-old son (Dereck Hounakey).
The women were kept away from friends and family, and they were not
allowed to keep their passports or any identification. If any of the women
broke the rules, they were punished. The ladies were beaten for making
a simple phone call and even sexual relations minors included.
Both Lassissi and Hounakey pleaded guilty. Lassissi received 24 years
in prison and was also ordered to pay his victims $3.9 million in manda-
tory restitution. Hounakey received a 55-month sentence .

Rangel wins highly contested primary
NEW YORK Embattled Rep. Charles Rangel, 80, prevailed in a
crowded Democratic primary last week with voters in his New York City
district signaling they are willing to stand by the 40-year House veteran
despite more than a dozen ethics charges pending against him.
Rangel beat back five challengers including Adam Clayton Powell IV,
a state assemblyman and son of the legendary Harlem figure Rangel
defeated in 1970. Rangel is all but guaranteed re-election in November in
this heavily Democratic district.
With 83 percent of precincts reporting, Rangel had 52 percent to 24 per-
cent for Powell, his nearest competitor.
"I'm going back to Washington with such pride," Rangel told support-
ers at a gathering in Harlem as returns came in and it appeared he was on
his way to winning. "This isn't a win for Charlie Rangel. This is our com-
munity's win."

Mother charged for traveling
with 13 kids in the car
A Tennessee mother is charged with reckless driving for having 13 chil-
dren in the back of her Ford Explorer. However, she says she did nothing
wrong the night she was arrested.
Police responding to a fight at Memphis' Crystal Palace Roller Rink say
they saw Treshundra Barnes, 25, driving at a high rate of speed while
swerving back and forth, nearly hitting several children.
They say none of the 13 children in the car were wearing seat belts.
"That never happened at all," Barnes claims. "The only thing I was
doing was hitting the brakes...I was constantly hitting my brakes, turning
around, trying to calm my kids down."
While the car was moving, police say several kids were hanging out the
windows, screaming and waving their hands at officers.
She is facing fourteen counts of violating the seat belt law, and she's
charged with not having a driver's license.

Angry Dad apologizes for bus tirade
LAKE MARY, Fla. A father tearfully apologized this wee for acting
like a bully himself when he stormed onto a school bus to confront stu-
dents he believed were harassing his 13-year-old daughter who has cere-
bral palsy.
James Willie Jones is seen angrily gesturing and yelling at students and
the bus driver on video taken by an onboard camera. Footage of the tirade
has drawn thousands of views on YouTube, sparked numerous comments
on social media sites many of them supportive and become a topic
on national talk shows.
"At that time, I was a bully. And I apologize again for that," said Jones.
Jones was charged with disorderly conduct and disturbing a school
function for the Sept. 3 tirade in Sanford, just north of Orlando. He later
posted $2,000 bail and was ordered to stay away from the driver and
county school buses.
His attorney, Deianna Brown, said she is hoping to get the charges
dropped or reduced, and she's offered to have her client give speeches
against bullying as community service.

Volume 23 No.51 Jacksonville, Florida September 23-30, 2010

by Dr. Julianne Malveaux
The 2009 poverty numbers were
released last week, and things are a
lot worse than many economists
thought they would be. The pover-
ty rate jumped up a full percentage
point, from 13.2 to 14.3 percent.
This means that one in seven
Americans live in poverty, 4 mil-
lion more than a year ago. This is
the third year the level of poverty
and the number of poor Americans
has risen.
The poverty rate among African
Americans rose, too, from 24.7 per-
cent to 25.8 percent. The rate for
Hispanics rose from 23.2 percent to
25.1 percent. African Americans
have the highest poverty rate of any
racial ethnic group. In contrast, the

rate for non-Hispanic whites is 9.4
percent, less than half the rate for
African Americans.
The data is bad enough, but New
York University economist Max
Wolff says the data behind the data
are even worse. The younger you
are in American, says Dr. Wolff, the
more likely you are to live in pover-
ty. So while one in 7 Americans is
poor, being young raises the pover-
ty rate to 1 in 4. While one in 4
African Americans is poor, being
young raises the African American
poverty rate to one in 2.5. Some
think that young people will lessen
their chances of being in poverty as
they age, but early poverty experi-
ences are likely to influence future
opportunity. Continued on Page 5

Shown above is Rev. Mark Griffin of Wayman Chapel AME lead-
ing a prayer. Rev. Griffin says churches are the "anchor" of the city.
One Church One Child reignites

campaign for minority adoptions

One Church One Child of Florid and other state agencies recently host-
ed a Winning Team Adoption Prayer Breakfast to engage churches in pro-
moting public adoption and raise awareness of the need to recruit adoptive
parents for Florida's waiting children. Continued on page 3

State Rep. Jennifer Carrol is flanked by her running mate,
Florida Gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott at a recent event.
Ready or not, Black Republicans

are making their mark in politics
She's smart talented with deep resume reads like political gold,
black roots literally. Logged with especially to the Republican party -
political experience, an unblem- her partisan of choice. For some, it
ished history and a stellar military was no surprise that Rick Scott -
career, Rep. Jennifer Carrol's Continued on page 2

Bessie Arline marks centennial birthday


Ms. Bessie Harper Arline marked centennial birthday on September 23 ,
2010. She celebrated her milestone 100th Birthday at The Mandarin
Senior Center. A native of Tiffton, Ga., she was married to the late Willie
Arline for 75 years and together raised seven children while working as a
homemaker and seamstress. A life member of Second Missionary Baptist
Church, she says her secret to long life is to, "trust in God and leave every-
thing to him". FMP

Women of Color present 6th annual Ebony & Ivory Gala

The Women of Color Cultural Foundation presented their 6th annual Ebony & Ivory Gala honoring local women and their contributions in
the Jacksonville community last weekend at the Omni Hotel.The celebration commemorates the organization's tenth year of service to the com-
munity. This years honorees, shown above include: Betty Burney, Lolita Massengill, Dr. Alesia Ford-Burse, Elba Howington, JuCoby Pittman-
Peele, Rosabel Lerum Hill, Atty. Ava Parker, Rocelia Gonzalez, Lian An and Glenda Bonnet Hopkins. For more, see page 10. FMP Photos

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Continued from front
chose her as his running
mate for the Florida guber-
natorial race. 1m
"She's a very credible can-
didate" said former State Rep. Terry
Fields who served with Carrol in
the Florida Legislature and as a
member of the Florida Black
Caucus. "Despite what some may
see of her party status, I can say she
fully participated," said Fields.
In 2003, she became the first
black Republican female elected to
the Florida State Legislature. But
after 20 years in the United States
Navy as a jet mechanic, she's grown
quite comfortable with being differ-
ent. She retired as a lieutenant com-
mander, aviation service officer."At
many of my duty stations, I was
always one of one." Says Carrol.
She credits her Trinidadian
upbringing for giving her the

"With black unemployment at 15.6
percent, African-Americans are
questioning what Democrats have done
for them. But the fact remains a little
bit of something beats a whole not of
nothing." Sophia Jackson voter

strength to surge forward.
"Trinidadian parents don't make no
mess," she says. "It is that tough-
ness I bring to the political process.
The back-stabbing, I've known
since my military days."
And as the economy loses steam,
and President Obama's poll num-
bers sag, Republicans are trumpet-
ing 2010 as "The Year of the Black
Republicans." In 2010, the GOP
fielded more than 30 African-
American candidates for federal
In the unprecedented 2008 elec-
tion, 95 percent of black voters
chose Obama. Yet the attraction
between blacks and the Republican
Party is not so strange as it seems.
For a century after emancipation
in 1863, black voters routinely lined
up behind the Republican Party as
the party of Abraham Lincoln, the
Great Emancipator. Republican

By Jason Alderman
A friend of mine recently real-
ized his mother needed help man-
aging her finances when he found
her closets filled with oddball pur-
chases like jalapeno jelly beans
and Betty Boop bobblehead dolls.
"It was pretty clear that telemar-
keters were taking advantage of
her friendly nature to sell her junk
she didn't want or need," he said.
Fortunately, his mom welcomed
assistance; but not all families are
so lucky. Some parents are fierce-
ly independent and fear relin-
quishing control over any aspect
of their lives; others may be in
over their heads and too embar-
rassed to ask for help.
Postponing uncomfortable
financial conversations with your
parents may do them and you -
a serious disservice. Chances are,
if you're helping your parents
financially your own retirement
savings probably are suffering.
It's never too soon to become
familiar with your parents' finan-
cial, medical and legal records so
you can step in if needed. If possi-
ble, start those conversations
while they're still in good health
so you'll be able to spot any warn-
ing signals that something may be
Signs to watch for might
Unpaid bills, late payment
notices or utility shut-off warn-
Calls from creditors or collec-
tion agencies.
Indications they've had to
choose between filling prescrip-
tions and buying food, heating or
other necessities.
Overabundant junk mail, mag-
azine subscriptions or cheap
prizes signs they may be targets
of telemarketing or get-rich-quick
Seemingly unnecessary home
improvements; or conversely,
signs that they can't afford needed
Uncharacteristically lavish
spending on vacations, new cars,
Long before your folks require
assistance, offer to help organize
their finances. Set up and periodi-

Carroll's entrance into race adds an air of

mystery and optimism to the Governor's race

presidents held open federal patron-
age appointments as virtually the
only public offices open to
Southern blacks during the Jim
Crow decades. Republicans in
Congress sponsored civil rights leg-
islation in 1866, 1871, 1875, and
1957, plus the Dyer Anti-Lynching
Bill in 1918. In the 1930s, as New
Deal Democrats began cultivating
African-Americans, the Republican
hold on African-American voters
began to fracture. It broke down
completely in the 1960s after
Democratic President Lyndon
Johnson endorsed the civil rights
and voting rights legislation of
1964 and 1965. In 1964, 94 percent
of black voters lined up behind
Johnson, and every Democratic

candidate since has
enjoyed strong black
Rick Scott, the
multi-millionaire who
could potentially be
Florida's next governor
, entered the race with
his own share of prob-

lems. He was at the heart of one of
the largest fraud settlement ever, a
$1.7 billion Medicare settlement
related to charges of overbilling the
state and federal governments. This
marked the largest settlement of its
kind in American history by a hos-
pital corporation he helped to found
and led until he was ousted. When
you Solantics across the city think
Rick Scott. Despite what most
would view as a setback to his pub-
lic image, Scott, pulled off a sur-
prising upset defeating Florida
Attorney General Bill McCollum,
who was a GOP favorite and former
long-time US congressman.
So what does Carroll bring to the
Rick Scott for Florida campaign?
"Uniquely, I bring my legislative
knowledge and experience and my
understanding of the functionality
of government to reduce waste and

the importance of transparency and
accountability." She says.
Being a Republican was a natural
choice for Carrol. "My parents have
been Republicans since the day
they were naturalized as American
citizens," she said in a recent inter-
view. "Black people in America
have the philosophy of the
Republican Party. When asked,
they want less government control,
less taxes, and less government
intrusion in your life but they are so
tied to the Democratic Party."
Today, Blacks in America have
much different issues. At the top of
the list is everything from Black on
Black violence and education to
childhood obesity and the many
facets ailing Black males the list
run the gamut. And on these issues,
black voters have not been well
served by the Democratic leader-
ship a fact that most black voters
readily admit. Not that this trig-
gered any great shift among black
voters. John Kerry captured 88 per-
cent of their support in the 2004
presidential election.
But Democratic pollsters noticed
uneasily that Mr. Kerry's percent-
age had slipped two points from Al
Gore's percentage of the black vote
in 2000, and in swing states like
Ohio in 2004, the percentage of

black voters pulling the Republican
lever went from 9 percent to 16 per-
cent. The Obama candidacy
reversed that slippage. But the
Carroll tap may be a small reminder
that the mere presence of Obama as
the first black Democratic president
may not be enough to satisfy
African-American restlessness with
the Democratic party.
Still, black Republicans will have
to face four decades of skepticism
about GOP bona fides on race, not
to mention the opposition of a
Democratic party with the first
African-American president as its
head. In addition, the current
assault on trailblazing Black incum-
bents and the disrespect of our
leaders don't help. Who can forget
the catcall heard from the audience
as the President gave his State of
the Union not exactly a way to ein
friends. But the most important
question they'll face from black vot-
ers will be the one they've posed
themselves to Barack Obama and
his party: "What have you done for
us lately?" Only if the new black
Republicans can answer that ques-
tion will the pendulum of black
political loyalties fully swing.
Article includes excerpts from
the Express Woman and the

Beaver Street Enterprise Center

hosting MEDWeek Breakfast

The Beaver Street Enterprise
Center will host this year's
MEDWeek events. The public and
business community are invited to
join governmental officials, along
with large and small businesses to
celebrate the accomplishments of
minority and women owned busi-
nesses during a special breakfast on
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at
8.00am. The guest speaker's topic
will be "Changes in government
means opportunities for small busi-
This event will also feature a
Trade Show and an opportunity to
Mix and Mingle with past
MedWeek honorees and successful
local businesses.
There will also be a free seminar,



Strategies for Today" for the Lunch
& Learn series. It will be held on
Thursday, September 30, 2010
from 11:30 a.m. 1 p.m. at the
BSEC. To reserve your seat email: or call
Lionel Smith at (904) 463-3562.
Sponsored by the First Coast
Business Alliance, the FCBA spon-
sors the Minority Economic
Development (MED) Week,
formed in December 1982 by
President Ronald Reagan, which
recognizes the contribution that
minority business owners made
toward the economic development
of our nation. MED Week is a time
that big corporations, government
agencies and small businesses
come together to celebrate minority
businesses all over the country.

Shown above is Pepper Peete at the kick-off of her
Feeding Dreams campaign at the Ritz Theater.
Vote Pepper Peete as General Mills'

Feeding Dreams Grand Champion
General Mills has selected Jacksonville's very own Pepper Peete,
Director of the First Tee of Jacksonville as a Feeding Dreams
Champion.The program recognizes everyday people who positively
impact their communities. They are celebrated with cash prizes and dona-
tions to their favorite charities. Now in it's third year, she joins a roster of
nine others from the southeast vying for the top prize of $10,000 as the
"Grand Champion".
As the executive director, Peete has been instrumental in aiding and
assisting urban children in learning about, playing and benefiting from the
game of golf. To date, over 2,000 youth have graced the First Tee's course
located in Brentwood.
You can vote for Mrs.Peete at Feeding to bring those funds
to the Jacksonville community. The online ballots can be cast once a day

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The Federal Fair Housing Act protects your right to live where you

want. In fact, in any decision regarding rental, sales, or lending, it is

against the law to consider race, color, national origin, religion, sex,

disability, or family status. If you think you've been denied housing,

please call us. Fair Housing. It's not an option. It's the law.

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cally update files containing:
Details of all major posses-
sions and relevant paperwork
(such as property deeds, car regis-
tration, jewelry, etc.)
Outstanding and recurring
debts (mortgage, car loan, medical
bills, utilities, etc.)
All income sources, including
Social Security, retirement and
investment accounts and savings.
Bank accounts, credit cards,
safe deposit box contents and
insurance policies, including pass-
word, agent and beneficiary infor-
Will, trust, power of attorney,
health care proxy and other docu-
ments showing how they want
their affairs handled.
Contact information for
lawyer, accountant, broker, finan-
cial planner, insurance agent and
other advisors.
A few other tips:
Help your folks set up and fol-
low a detailed budget so they
always know how much money is
coming in and going out.
Numerous free budgeting tools are
available at such sites as, the National
Foundation for Credit Counseling
and Practical Money Skills for
Life, Visa Inc.'s free personal
financial management site
Set up automatic bill payment
for monthly bills to avoid late pay-
ment fees. Just make sure the
account is always sufficiently
Schedule a session with a
financial planner to help everyone
understand retirement's impact on
taxes, income and expenses. If
you don't have one, the Financial
Planning Association
) is a good resource.
Take care of these financial
planning details now, so that when
your parents need your help,
you'll be able to give them your
full attention. And while you're at
it, make sure your own files are in
good order so your kids won't face
the same hurdles when you get

When elderly parents

need financial guidance

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The sordid history of racial hoaxes b_.

by Nikole Jones. TR
No one knows why Bethany
Storro decided to mutilate her own
face with acid late last month.
Obviously troubled, she was sane
enough to make a calculated deci-
sion to maximize sympathy and
deflect suspicion. She blamed it on
a black person.
And the fake acid attack became
the latest twist on a tactic as old as
America itself, one that plays into
every long-held stereotype of black
folks as criminal and violent: the
racial hoax. The racial hoax "plays
into long-standing fear and part of
American folklore, that the main
victims of blacks are white
women," says Adrian Pantoja, a
political scientist at Pitzer College
in California who specializes in
American racial attitudes. "It's very

toward a woman who is "white and
pretty."Another person suggested
the attacker should "fear tbr her
life." These were some of the gen-
tler comments.
Random black women who met
the very vague description were
stopped and questioned. Money for
the victim poured in, and fundrais-
ing fliers posted around the 83 per-
cent-white Vancouver called on the
community to "help one of our
own." When a few bloggers and
online commenters and, later, some
mainstream media questioned the
credibility of Storro's story, they
were attacked for even raising a
Katheryn Russell-Brown is
director of the Center for the Study
of Race and Race Relations at the
University of Florida and author of

A black man did

The faked acid attack i

Vancouver, Wash., was

just the latest in a long

line of lies that play on

racial fears. The unusL

twist: blaming a black


strategic because they know they the book
will get the most attention if they Color of C
claim the perpetrator is black." Racial Ho
The election of a black president Protection
has made the racial hoax no less and Other
potent, Pantoja says. "Clearly we has track
have not gone beyond race," he hoaxes. W
says. "The idea of fearing the other, white won
of the fear of blacks, it is going to majority o
take a long time for us to rid our- almost al
selves of those stereotypes. This image of c
fear has been perpetuated by media African AI
and these types of allegations." very linked
Storro, a 28-year-old Vancouver, says. "You
Wash., resident, told police that a these attack
black woman approached her, say- It's a tac
ing, "Hey, pretty girl, would you that once I
like drink of this?" and then flung a from trees
cup of acid in her face. Storro the renown
described the black woman as hav- Mockingb.
ing a look of jealousy and rage. women see
Truth of the matter is she doused and misdei
hersekf with draino. ploy more
Media outlets across the country, mous cases
and then across the world, picked who create
up the story of the cute young to cover up
woman whose cream-colored face
had been disfigured by some One
crazed, angry, anonymous black
woman. They followed her as she Continued
underwent surgery. Oprah called. More thi
(The appearance was later can- tors and
celed.) attended
The police, as in many of these EverBank
cases, were skeptical from the start, the Jacksc
But little could be done to contain all they ca
the tide once the media, and the 457 black
collective imaginations of white adoption.
America, got ahold of it. before,"
The Columbian, the daily news- Member C
paper that broke the story, turned Accordi
off comments to its site as they Children
became openly racist, and white about 850
supremacists staked out the page. adoption i
Commenters called the alleged time. Oft
attacker a savage beast who are Africa
deserved the death penalty. are over tl
Someone said the black woman them more
attacked Storro because of a "life- One Chui
time of hostility and resentment" is to find

axes, White Fear, Black
ism, Police Harassment,
Macroaggressions. She
d more than 100 racial
lhite people -- usually
nen -- perpetrate the vast
of them. Black men are
ways the targets. "The
criminality and race, and
mericans and crime, are
1 in the public mind," she
u get more sympathy for
tic used by white women
had black men swinging
and led to the writing of
wned book To Kill a
ird. White men and
eking to cover up crimes
eds have used the same
recently. The most infa-
s include Charles Stuart,
ed a fictional black man
Sthe murder of his preg-

Church One
From front
an 300 faith leaders, pas-
area church members
the breakfast at
Field. "1 have faith that
onville churches will do
n to find families for the
k children waiting for
The church has done it
said OCOC Board
iordon Jonson.
ing to the Department of
and Families, there are
children available for
n Florida at any given
;hese children, over 450
in American and most
he age of eight making
e difficult to place.
rch One Child's mission
just one family from

nant wife in 1989, and Susan
Smith, who directed attention to a
black male carjacker after she
killed her two children in 1994.
In 2003 a man came to a bank
with a bomb tied around his neck,
claiming that a group of black men
had planted the bomb on him. He
and some of his white friends had
planned the whole thing. In 2008 a
John McCain supporter carved the
letter B into her forehead and
blamed a black man. And last year,
Bonnie Sweeten, a white woman,
told police she and her daughter
had been abducted by two black
men in a Cadillac to cover up a trip
to Disney World.
The connection in many
Americans' minds between black
people and criminality is so strong,
Russell-Brown says, that white per-
lean on the
even when it

lean on stereotypes when creating
the phantom black woman. "That
plays on the whole idea that black
women are jealous of white
women," Brown says. "It's so
offensive in this case because there
are so many media stereotypes of
black women being mean and
Already, Storro is being painted
as the victim, and the harm done to
the black community is being
pushed aside, says Russell-Brown.
In a press conference that revealed
the hoax, the police commander
called Storro "fragile." And an edi-
tor from The Columbian posted a
comment chastising people angry
at the hoax by saying the communi-
ty needed to keep Storro in their
prayers. "Now we've moved away
from 'She falsely accused a black
attacker' to 'We have to help her,' "
Russell-Brown says. "We have
'good victims,' and this denies the
harm of the hoax to African

This file composite sketch released by the
Vancouver, Wash. Police Department shows
the initial suspect that was wanted in con-
nection the attack on Bethany Storro .

/ make sense.
S.With the
Smith case,
Brown says
she was
suspicious because, "Where is a
black guy going to go [unnoticed]
with two young white children?
This is not even an image you can
dredge up."
The Storro case also made little
sense, Russell-Brown says. In a
city as white as Vancouver -- black
people account for just 3 percent of
the population -- a black female
would be the least likely assailant
and most noticeable if she were
fleeing a crime scene. "It does
strain credibility," she says. "But
the press buys the story anyway."
The Storro case is unusual in that
the blame was placed on a black
woman instead of a man. Russell-
Brown did not find a single other
instance of this in her files. But
Lori Brown, a sociologist at
Meredith College, the largest
women's college in the Southeast,
says Storro still had the savvy to

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But that sympathy seemed to
have been waning as Clark County
Deputy Prosecutor Tony Golik
filed three counts of second-degree
theft by deception against Storro
for the $28,000+ dollars in dona-
tions she received after the inci-
dent. That puts the Storro case in
the minority of racial hoaxes.
Charges have been filed in fewer
than half of racial hoaxes, though a
quarter of the time, innocent people
were stopped, questioned and/or
arrested. Maybe that's because
even once the hoax is revealed, for
many, the thought of what could
have been is just as scary.
In explaining the decision to
prosecute in the Sweeten case, the
white female district attorney had
this to say: "It's a terrifying thing
for a community to hear that two
black men in a black Cadillac
grabbed a woman and her daugh-

Out and about in Jacksomville The Ragin
Bulz Motorcycle Club rode into town after attending a softball game in
Georgia. Since 2005 the club has rode through the south supporting local
businesses and charities. Club member Larry Mitchell exclaimed, "motor-
cycle clubs now have more choices to make a difference in the communi-
ty." Shown above taking a break on Edgewood Avenue remembers Larry
Mitchell, Larry Stokes, Eric Pinckney, James Craft, Ed Hanes, Masio
Hodges and Bobby Robinson. KFPphoto

Being fat costs your

wallet and your health

WASHINGTON Obesity puts a
drag on the wallet as well as
health, especially for women.
Doctors have long known that
medical bills are higher for the
obese, but that's only a portion of
the real-life costs.
George Washington University
researchers added in things like
employee sick days, lost produc-
tivity, even the need for extra
gasoline and found the annual
cost of being obese is $4,879 for a
woman and $2,646 for a man.
That's far more than the cost of
being merely overweight $524
for women and $432 for men, con-
cluded the report released this
Why the difference between the
sexes? Studies suggest larger
women earn less than skinnier
women, while wages don't differ
when men pack on the pounds.
That was a big surprise, said study
co-author and health policy pro-
fessor Christine Ferguson.

Researchers had expected every-
body's wages to suffer with obesi-
ty, but "this indicates you're not
that disadvantaged as a guy, from a
wage perspective," said Ferguson,
who plans to study why.
Then consider that obesity is
linked to earlier death. While that's
not something people usually con-
sider a pocketbook issue, the
report did average in the economic
value of lost life. That brought
women's annual obesity costs up
to $8,365, and men's to $6,518.
The numbers are in line with
other research and aren't surpris-
ing, said Dr. Kevin Schulman, a
professor of medicine and health
economist at Duke University who
wasn't involved in the new report.
Two-thirds of Americans are
either overweight or obese, and
childhood obesity has tripled in
the past three decades. Nearly 18
percent of adolescents now are
obese, facing a future of diabetes,
heart disease and other ailments.


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Here in the U.S., we often take
the simple things for granted like
clean water, decent housing, public
education, etc. The lack of those
basic human needs is essentially
the definition of poverty.
Most of us know income low
people I guess that's the political-
ly correct name for poor folks these
days. Although we know that
poverty exist, often times we get so
caught up in our own day to day
lives that we rarely take the time to
fully understand the conditions that
many Americans are living in.
The Census Bureau released data
last week shines the light on the
fact that many Americans are living
in poverty. In fact, one out of every
seven Americans is living below
the poverty line.
The number of people living in
poverty rose by 3 million last year
to 44 million, which is the level
since the government began keep-
ing records around 50 years ago.
What is poverty? According to
Wikipedia, "poverty is the lack of
basic human needs, such as clean
water, nutrition, health care, educa-
tion, clothing and shelter, because
of the inability to afford them."
Well, because we have so many
programs and services to help poor
families I think only a very small
percentage of Americans would fit
in this general category.
However, there are millions liv-

More Americans leaving poverty

- another bad sign for Democrats

ing in "relative poverty," which
means s the condition of having
fewer resources or less income than
others within a society or country.
Typically, when we think of
poverty we often think of third
world nations, but it effects mil-
lions of Americans on a daily basis.
And we are not just talking about
the homeless individuals you may
see walking in downtown.
Poverty affects families in urban
and rural environments.
Last year, those 44 million
Americans mentioned earlier lived
in homes in which the income was
below the poverty level, which is
about $22,000 for a family of four.
It's hard to believe that so many
Americans are struggling, but it's
further evidence that we have a
long way to go before this reces-
sion is over.
The high unemployment rate is
clearly adding to the poverty prob-
lems we are facing. There are more
children growing up poor, which
could have long-term societal
The Census also reported that
some 50 million Americans do not
have health insurance, which is the
highest since 1987 when the feds

began tracking that figure. As peo-
ple lose jobs they lose health cover-
age and many small companies are
cutting cost and are no longer offer-
ing health care as an option for
So how are people surviving?
Nationally, food banks and shelters
are saying that they are seeing for-
mer donors asking for help. This
recession is affecting rich and poor
alike, and the middle class is cer-
tainly feeling it as well.
Despite the unemployment and
poverty figures, the U.S. median
household income only declined a
little now it's just under $50,000.
But household income is down 4.2
percent since the recession began
and 5 percent from its peak of more
than $52,000 in 1999.
This is probably no surprise to
anyone, but black households are
really feeling the recession.
African American incomes
dropped 4.4 percent compared with
1.6 percent for white households.
W.E.B. DuBois once said, "To be
a poor man is hard, but to be a poor
race in a land of dollars is the very
bottom of hardships."
Between high unemployment,
increased poverty and other eco-

nomic factors, the Democrats are in
trouble. The wagon is officially in
the ditch and there is no short-term
way to get it out.
In the now infamous words of
Bill Clinton chief campaign strate-
gist James Carville, "It's the econ-
omy stupid."
So it was the economy then, and
it's the economy now.
That's why a once very popular
President Obama has seen his
approval rating continue to drop.
We are a "what have you done for
me lately" society. And when the
economy is bad, incumbents gener-
ally don't fair well especially the
country's chief incumbent.
Opponents of Obama's policies
are saying that although govern-
ment spending on programs to gen-
erate jobs and help with the pover-
ty issue is high, those efforts have
not been successful.
The President and the Democrats
are saying that it takes time to work
your way out of a deep recession.
Unfortunately, with midterm elec-
tions here, time is something that
the Democrats don't have.
Signing off from the Clara
White Mission,
Reggie Fullwood

The "Palin Problem" remains no laughing matter

by Earl Ofari
It's time to
rethink Sarah
Palin. From the
moment that
candidate John
Mc Cain
plopped her on his ticket, the
supreme article of political faith
from all pundits, much of the press,
most Democrats, and the GOP
establishment has been that Sarah
Palin is a laughingstock, a
sideshow diversion, an ignoramus
on the issues, a gossip and celebri-
ty starved media creation, and, of
That sent the signal that there
were millions of voters who we
never accept an Obama presid
no matter how well he said or
it. They just simply could not s
ach the idea of a black man in
White House.
course, a closet race tinged crowd
baiter. The Palin allure is built
squarely on elements of these fea-
tures. But what's now painfully
obvious, is the allure has turned
Palin into a political force, threat,
and danger.
The millions of Palin loathers
gag at the thought of this. But her
string of victories by candidates she
endorsed in the primaries, and a
flip-flop in some polls that now
show more people than not say that
she should run, and a more than a
few say that she should win, have
radically changed the game.
The tough to swallow truth is that
she has greater national political
name recognition than any other
Republican and that includes her
former ticket head, McCain. She
energizes and rallies conservatives,
and polls say more Americans self-

identify themselves as conserva-
tives than liberals, let alone pro-
gressives. Palin's motherly, family-
values, fundamentalist pitch fasci-
nates even those who personally
detest her message. This includes
much of the Palin obsessed media.
Her political ineptness, naivete
smacks of a bumbling political
innocence that far from being a lia-
bility endears her to throngs. This
makes her the hot ticket item she is
on the media and lecture circuit. It
also now has more GOP candidates
and some incumbents begging her
and her Tea Party pals to troop
through their neck of the woods
and say a word of praise on their
,e GOP regulars and politi-
S cal pundits still shrug her
off as a possible GOP presi-
ency, dential candidate in 2012.
did And she's still a favored
Vtom- running joke of late night
the comics. But this has
endeared her to many as a
scorned mother non-politi-
cian. That serves to keep her public
stock and appeal high. The
Christine O'Donnell and Joe Miller
GOP senate primary victories in
Delaware and Alaska sent her stock
through the ceiling.
Palin exploits another feeling
that GOP mainstream politicians
have been inept, clumsy, or gun shy
about exploiting. And that's race
and Obama. During the campaign
McCain wisely declared that off-
limits. But Palin didn't. She quickly
trotted out the GOP's old reliable
playbook of racially tinged code
words, phrases, and digs at Obama,
"paling around with terrorists," and
"This is not a man who sees
America as you see America and as
I see America." Far from turning
voter's heads in disgust and revul-
sion at the word play, they got rous-
ing cheers whenever she spewed

them out on the campaign stump.
That sent the signal that there
were millions of voters who would
never accept an Obama presidency,
no matter what he said, or did, and
no matter how well he said or did it.
They just simply could not stomach
the idea of a black man in the
White House, and they would go to
any lengths to get him out of there.
But to make the counter assault on
Obama work, it would take a media
savvy and manipulative, galvaniz-
ing figurehead to rev up the
crowds, and a vehicle to organize
them once they were revved up.
Palin and the Tea Party were the
manna from above to try and
accomplish that. Even while the
much of the press and the pundits
continued to bash her harder than
any GOP candidate since Hoover
Herbert during the presidential
campaign, the crowds that wildly
cheered her didn't slack up one bit.
And neither did the endless refrain
from the Palin cheerleaders that she
was one of us. And since winning
elections is still as much about
which candidate can win the hearts
not the heads of the voters, Palin
was clearly the one who could tug
at the voter's heart strings.
The final vote result proved it.
Despite the colossal baggage
McCain and the GOP carried, and
colossal advantages Obama and the
Democrats had, the majority of
white moderate and conservative
voters, and a large segment of
young whites and independents
still voted for McCain. In the near-
ly two years since Obama's elec-
tion, Palin has been the GOP stalk-
ing horse to stampede the herd of
moderates and conservative inde-
pendents even further away from
The Palin success in grabbing
headlines, firing up anti-Obama
mania, and snapping the heads of

the GOP establishment to attention
hasn't been lost on Palin. She's
adroitly moved her game plan to
the next level, and has extended the
Olive Branch to the GOP main-
stream with saccharine public
appeals for the party to make peace
and target Democrats for the boot
in November. Her party unit pitch
is aimed at doing one thing, and
that's to bring her in from the fringe
cold and establish her as a worthy,
even credible, presidential candi-
date in 2012. So far she's done
everything else right, and there's no
reason to think that she won't make
some headway on this either. This
horrific possibility is more than
enough cause to rethink Palin

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Are you gonna

stand with Obama? '
For the Democrats' Black partisans the message is
simple: Stand With President Obama, Vote November
Leading Democrats are betting that if the midterms are a "referendum on
Obama" they like their odds with the party's African American base. Nine
out of every ten African Americans have an unwavering loyalty towards the
Democratic Party. So, to tap into President Barack Obama's high approval
rating among Blacks the head of Democratic National Committee (DNC)
has approved a $2 million advertising outreach effort among African
Americans for the 2010 November midterm elections. The ad-buy says:
"Stand With President Obama. Vote November 2."
President Obama may be floundering among the rest of the population, but
has a 91 percent approval rating among Blacks. During the Congressional
Black Caucus' recent Legislative Conference in Washington, DNC
Chairman Tim Kaine met with White House aides and civil rights leaders
about Black turnout for the November elections. But counting on a high
turnout among African Americans in the midterm elections is tenuous at
best. Polls show that the enthusiasm gap between Whites and Blacks is
even higher than in past midterm elections: 42 percent of Whites are think-
ing about the November elections, whereas only 25 percent of Blacks are
focused on the midterms.
Kaine's goal is an 8 to 10 percent "Obama bump" over prior midterm par-
ticipation, and says "investment in African American outreach is fundamen-
tal to that effort". The $2 million the DNC is committing is up from
$260,000 in 2006. The ads will go up in key states with sizable Black pop-
ulations such as: Florida, California, Maryland and Illinois. Overall the
DNC has committed $50 million to minority voter outreach.
More than $3.7 billion will be spent in the 2010 midterm elections by var-
ious interest groups, so the $2 million outlay among African American
media shouldn't be a major matter. But, the Black chairman of the
Republican National Committee is accusing Obama & Company of making
"an appeal based on class warfare and race". RNC Chairman Michael Steele
acknowledges that the GOP should do better when it comes to minority out-
reach; but, now as before, has committed no money. The RNC's first
African American chairman admits that the Republican Party has failed to
sufficiently reach out to Blacks, and has employed a "southern strategy" for
the last "40-plus years." Throughout his tenure Steel has repeatedly prom-
ised to do a better job of minority outreach, but has done little but talk loud.
Steele's negative comments on the DNC's minority outreach should be
viewed by Blacks as an affront.
It's good that the Democrats are giving Black media outlets some "walk-
ing around" money, but its young people, Latinos and African-Americans
that have fared the worst under Obama's presidency. Blacks are between the
devil and deep blue sea when it comes to our causes. The Republicans real-
ly don't want us and the Democrats take us for granted.
It's curious as to why those most battered by the economic recession
would be expected to "stand up" for more of the same. Obama's, and the
Democratic-led Congress', economic recovery programs have not possessed
the key elements necessary for all Americans to share equally in improved
prosperity. African Americans are still being hit hard with an unemployment
rate of 15.7 percent; and as high as 50 percent for Black teenagers. Double
digit unemployment is tragic for Americans who are not accustomed to more
than 4 5 percent joblessness, but for African Americans, being in a reces-
sion is nothing new, since we tend to hover at unemployment rates that
exceed those of white Americans by 4 5 percentage points. On the whole,
racial sentiments are playing a role on both sides of this season's advertising
and get-out-the-vote issue. The RNC is pointing to Obama's minority out-
reach to stir White resentment and goose the GOP base. Be the voter Black,
or White, the greatest problem either group has with President Obama is that
an economic recovery means nothing if his policies and practices create no
jobs or wealth-building where they live.


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Congressional Black Caucus Conference marks its 40th year Ramona Bronson, birthday boy Terry Haris and Sabrina Hartsfield

WASHINGTON--For the second
year in a row, President Barack
Obama and First Lady Michelle
attended the annual Congressional
Black Caucus Foundation Gala.
The Gala is the last event of the
annual Congressional Black Caucus
Legislative Conference, which is
celebrating its 40th year.
The annual legislative conference
is one of the nation's largest gather-
ings of African Americans. More
than 18,000 business leaders,
celebrities, and civil activists con-
vened in Washington for the event,
which was sponsored by hundreds
of corporations, organizations, and
city and state governments.
Much like his speech to the
Congressional Hispanic Caucus,
President Obama emphasized the
importance of voter turnout for the
2010 mid-term as Democrats strug-
gle to hold on to majorities in
"I need everybody here to go

Young, gifted
continued from front
When young people lived with
non-relatives, two-thirds of them
lived in poverty. This is ominous
data for the hundreds of thousands
of foster children in our country. In
disaggregating the data that were
released last Thursday, Dr. Wolff
show the extreme vulnerability that
urban youth experienced, especially
those that drop out of high school.
Again, these young people are dis-
proportionately African American.
The health insurance data are no
more promising: 50.7 million
Americans, 16. 7 percent of the
population, do not have health
insurance coverage. This data
make it clear why it was so very
important for President Obama to
push hard for national health care.
More than 15 percent of whites lack
health insurance coverage, com-
pared to 21 percent of African
Americans and 32 percent of
Hispanics. The percentage of those
without health coverage is undoubt-
edly tied to the percentage of those
who are jobless or who have cob-
bled together part time jobs without

back to your neighborhoods, to go
back to your workplaces, to go to
churches, and go to the barber-
shops, and go to the beauty shops,
and tell them we've got more work
to do," President Obama told the
crowd at the Walter E. Washington
Convention Center.
Along with a majority of 42
members of the Congressional
Black Caucus, the audience includ-
ed public officials from national,
state, and local communities.
Seated along side the political
heavy hitters were entertainment
personalities, including actor Chris
Tucker, singer Harry Belafonte,
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell,
Attorney General Eric
Holder,Roland Martin, writer
Michael Eric Dyson, and singer
John Legend. Awards were given to
Belafonte, choreographer Judith
Jamieson, actors Danny Glover and
Cicely Tyson, and the Honorable
Calvin Smyre. Rep. Maxine Waters

(D-CA),received one of the loudest
ovations from the crowd, as the
CBC members were individually
introduced. The California
Democrat audience seemed to show
support for Waters, who is in the
midst of an investigation by the
House Ethics Committee and a
pending ethics trial.
Highlights of the legislative con-
ference included a Government
Procurement Fair featuring infor-
mation on how to do business with
more than 20 government agencies,
hosted by Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-
PA); an issue forum by Rep. Gwen
Moore (D-WI) on the challenges
facing the first African American in
the White House; and an issue
forum on minority owned lending
institutions by Rep. Waters.
Additionally, a detailed issue
forum on gang prevention featuring
the CBC bill with the most co-spon-
sors (235), the Youth PROMISE
Act, was detailed and hosted by

and poor in America

Another aspect of this poverty
data is the rising number of people
who are simply hungry in our
nation, people, especially children
who do not have enough to eat.
This week, policy makers will
throng to New York to speak of
world poverty, which is an impor-
tant and challenging issue. At the
same time, some attention must be
paid to the poverty and hunger that
exist right here in the United States.
President Obama has pledged to
end hunger in our country by 2015,
but child nutrition legislation (HR
5504), which needs reauthorization,
languishes in Congress. At the
same time as more people need
food stamps, food stamp benefits
were cut so that budgets could be
While my work focuses on the
economic status of African
Americans and I have been particu-
larly concerned about the growth of
poverty in African American com-
munities, the fact is that poverty has
a most diverse face in this nation.
Eighteen million of our nation's

poor are non-Hispanic whites; near-
ly 10 million are African American,
more than 12 million are Hispanic
and 1.7 million are Asian. There is
a Rainbow Coalition of poor people
in this country, enough to spark a
Poor People's Campaign like the
one Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
planned in 1968. What would hap-
pen if the nation's poor united to
talk about the economic restructur-
ing that is badly needed in this
The new poverty doesn't only
exist in inner cities. Some of the
new poor are in suburbs, wide-eyed
and frightened to be in an econom-
ic predicament they never would
have expected to find themselves
in. Poverty is at a disturbing high in
our nation it is higher than it was
in 1960. Its reach is wide, and not
a single population has been
Still, I am especially sympathetic
to those who are young, gifted, and
poor. What will their lives look like
in the future, if they are shackled
with poverty now?

Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.).A There
were also a myriad of other semi-
nars and braintrusts featuring topics
of importance in the Black commu-
nity in education, job employment.
An issue forum on the needs of the
faith-based community hosted by
Rep. Elijah Cummings,D-MD, was
a popular session as attendees heard
advice regarding the needs of Black
churches as they deal with local
lending institutions during hard
economic times.
Though most of the time at the
conference was spent on issue
forums and their related events,
there were also a host of social
gatherings by members.
As the CBC enters its 41st year
next year, there are likely to be at
least two Black Republican mem-
bers elected in November. With a
possible shift of control to the
Republicans in the U.S. House, this
may mean a big change in the bal-
ance of power for members of the
CBC, who now hold the chairman-
ships of three full standing House
committees and more than 25 sub-
committee chairs.

Angel Peterson, Ebony Russell and Nah-Deh Simmons
Well known Jacksonville comedian Terry Harris held a comedy birthday
roast at the Cuba Libre Restaurant where for once he was the "butt of the
jokes. From "baby mama" jokes to bust out loud laughter, the audience
roared and couldn't stop laughing. Local Jacksonville comedian Ron
Brooks did a great impression of Katt Williams, Crazy Al kept it coming
with more jokes and the ladies in the house, "Storyteller" and "Crazy J"
gave their feminine comedic opinions. The audience was in awe as Terry's
friend Anita Baker presented him with an award recognizing him as father,
friend and comedian. Terry ended the night with jokes about his own "baby
mama", and cracked back on his comedian friends. Terry is a 1980 grad-
uate of Ribault High, 20 year employee of JEA and a member of the Army

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First Baptist of Mandarin's Man to First New Zion Missionary Baptist

Man to Empower and Encourage
First Baptist Church of Mandarin hosts MAN TO MAN 2010 will con-
clude Monday September 27th at 7 p.m. at First Baptist of Mandarin, 3990
Loretto Road, Jacksonville, FL 32223. MAN to MAN is a free conference
aimed at addressing economic, social and spiritual and matters which
impact the whole man. After hearing the Word of God, Man to Man will
have onsite agencies, programs and vendors that will provide assistance and
information about employment, education, health matters, legal concerns
and much more. For more information call 904-268-2422 or visit the web-
site, or register online at

New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist
Planning for 91st Anniversary
New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church located at 1824 Prospect
Street, is having their 91st Church Anniversary under the theme "Restoring
our Faith, Family & Fellowship In God". The Church Banquet is Friday
October 24th at 4 p.m. at the Cypress Community Center, 4012 University
Blvd. North. Praise Night Service is Thursday November l1th at 7 p.m.
Visiting Churches Night is Friday November 12th at 7:00p.m. Other special
services on November 14th include Sunday School at 9 a.m., Morning
Service at 11 a.m. and Youth Explosion at 4 p.m. For more information, call
Deacon Keith at (904) 764-9879. Rev Joe Calhoun, Pastor Emeritus.

Kingdom Builders Ministry
to host Fellowship Bar-B-Que
The Kingdom Builders Ministry will host a Fellowshp BBQ for all
Church-Goers, ages 21-49 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Saturday, September
25th, at the Little Talbot Island State Park, 12157 Hecksher Drive. For more
information, call Sis. Sharon (904)571-6929 or Bro. Henry (904) 296-0066.

Saint Paul AME Women of Allen
Presents Male Cook-Off Taster's Fair
Some of the best food ever, prepared by Saint Paul's men, will be
available for sampling during a "Taster's Fair" Saturday, September 25,
2010. A few of the specialties will be : the "Best Ribs in Town," Smoking'
Collards, Daddy's Peach Pie, Cajun Pasta Delight and Sweet Potato
Surprise.. The community is invited to taste and judge gourmet dishes.
Tasting is slated to be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the J. M. Proctor
Development Center on Saint Paul's Campus at 6910 New King's Road.
For directions or information,call Sis. Cora Reed at (904) 764-2755.

to hold 25th Anniversary Celebration
First New Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 4835 Soutel Drive; invites
the community to the 25th Anniversary Celebration Banquet honoring their
beloved Pastor, Rev. Dr. James B. Sampson. The celebration will com-
mence at 6:10 p.m., Saturday, October 30, 2010, and will be held in the
Church Fellowship Hall, 4810 Soutel Drive (across the street from the
Church. To reserve your space, please call our office at (904) 765-3111.
Sis Sheila Kendrick is Anniversary Chairperson.

Inaugural National Save the
Family Movement Conference
Individuals, Churches and other organizations are invited to join this 21st
Century Movement by attending the first conference, Wednesday, Thursday
and Friday, October 20-22, 2010, in Tallahassee, Florida. It is imperative
that our communities place more emphasis on sustaining family principles
and values. It is because of strong families that we have come thus far.
Families matter. The vision is to bring together Faith-based leaders,
African American Church, Social, Business and Community Leaders, all
are invited to help develop a 2010 Strategic Plan that will outline policies
and programs that champion the family while concurrently advocating the
demise of activities that denigrate and/or demean families.
Dr. R. B. Holmes Jr., Pastor, Bethel Missionary Baptist Church,
Tallahassee, Florida, is President and Founder; and invites your participa-
tion. For more information, please contact: Dr. Linda T. Fortenberry at
(850) 681-0990 or

Historic Mt. Zion AME presents
85th Women's Day Celebration
Historic Mt. Zion AME Church, 201 E. Beaver Street, Pastor F. D.
Richardson; will host its 85th Annual Women's Day Celebration at 10 a.m.,
Sunday, October 10, 2010. The Presiding Elder of the Alachua Central
District of the East Florida Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal
Church, The Rev. Elizabeth Riley Yates, will be the speaker for the occa-
sion. The Rev. Yates is the first female Presiding Elder in the 135 year his-
tory of the East Florida Conference. This year's theme: "Stepping Out On
Faith." The community is invited to this exciting celebration to hear this
anointed Woman of God.
NOTICE: Church news is published free of charge. Information must
be received in the Free Press offices no later than Monday, at 5 p.m. of
the week you want it to run. Information received prior to the event
date will be printed on a space available basis until the date. Fax e-mail
to 765-3803 or e-mail to

Stanton Gala Committee Meeting
Current class leaders, faculty and staff of Old Stanton, New Stanton,
and Stanton Vocational High Schools are urged to attend a Gala/Reunion
Meeting, at 6 p.m., Monday, September 27, 2010 at 6 p.m., Bethel Baptist
Institutional Church, 215 Bethel Baptist Street (First Street Entrance), to
discuss plans for the 2011 Stanton Gala. For more information call Gala
Chairman Kenneth Reddick (904) 764-87985 or visit www,

34th Annual Sunday School
Promotion Day at St. Matthews
St. Matthews Baptist Church will be having their 34th Annual Sunday
Promotion Day which on Sunday, September 26, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. Guest
speaker will be Sis. Saundra Waldrop of Mt. Nebo Baptist Church, who will
speak on the theme: Growing in Christian Knowledge Through The
Scriptures, II Peter 3:18. Also featured will be guest soloist, Bro. Frank
Humphrey of Mt. Vernon Bapt. Church. The public is invited to come cel-
ebrate with us this bless milestone of thirty four years learning the word of
God through Sunday School. The church is located at 3731 Moncrief Rd.
in Jacksonville, For more information call the church at (904) 768-7614.

First Lady Love Day at One Accord
The Temple Family at One Accord Ministries International invites the
public to their First Lady Love Day. It will take place at the Temple locat-
ed at 2971 Waller St. Jacksonville, Fl. on September 26, 2010. Festivities
begin at 11:00a.m. during Morning Worship.

5th Annual Boys2Men Symposium
and Basketball Game
A collaboration of many Jacksonville nonprofit agencies and organiza-
tions, will present the annual Boys2Men Summit. This year's Symposium
will be held Saturday, October 2, from 8:00a.m to 6 p.m. at the Police
Athletic League (PAL), 2165 West 33rd St. Jacksonville, Fl., 32209. The
Boys2Men Rites of Passage of Manhood Ceremony and the much antici-
pated Celebrity Basketball Game will immediately follow the symposium.
The theme this year is: Bring Your "A" Game. For more information or to
register for the free event, call (904) 521-6416.

Tabernacle Baptist Annual Homecoming
Tabernacle Baptist Institutional Church will hold their Homecoming Day
Celebration on Sunday September 26th starting with Sunday School at 9:30
a.m. and church service at 11 a.m. The church is located at 903 East Union
Street. Michael Edards, Sr., Pastor. For more information, call 356-3362.

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.

8:00 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

A church

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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

Where Services Are Often IMITATED

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(904) 389-7790 Office (904) 389-7797 Fax

Bethel Baptist Institutional Church

proudly announces the Consecration

of Bishop Elect

Rudolph W. McKissick, Sr.
to the sacred office of Bishop in the Full Gospel
Baptist Church Fellowship International, under the
leadership of Presiding Bishop, Paul S. Morton, Sr.

Sunday, September 25, 2010

11:00 A.M. in the Main Sanctuary

Reception immediately following ceremony in the
Multi-purpose room of the church. Ticket price $40

Also to commemorate this historic event, Bethel will produce a Souvenir Program
Booklet. Words of congratulations are welcomed by placing an ad. The costs for ads
are: $200.00 for a full page and $100.00 for one half page.

Call the church for more information at 354-1464.

September 23-29, 2010

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How skin of color ages

by Dr. Brooke Benton
Does skin of color age different-
ly? This is an interesting question,
since most people do believe that
Black skin "doesn't crack." In gen-
eral, the process of aging for skin of
color is indeed slower, and typical
signs of aging, such as fine lines
and wrinkles, tend to occur 15 to 20
years later than what is seen with
other groups.
But this is not to say that Black
skin doesn't show its age it just
shows it a little differently.
So while my patients with darker
skin may not complain as much
about wrinkles and fine lines, they
do discuss the following five issues
that are associated with aging skin
of color:
Flesh Moles
Also known as dermatosis papu-
losa nigra (DPN), these are flesh
colored bumps that start in late 20's
and early 30's. Most people of color
will develop these on their face,
neck, chest and back. Patients will
continue to grow them as they have
more and more birthdays. While
these these fleshy bumps are easily
removed, removal will not prevent
the growth of more moles.

Discoloration and
Uneven Skin Tone
This is a major issue for patients
of color and can occur for many
reasons. But first, understand that
no one is uniformly pigmented. The
forehead and chin are often darker
than the cheeks, and the left side of
the face may be darker than the
right, due to unbalanced sun expo-
It is imperative that people of
color use sun protection daily, not
only to help preserve a more bal-
anced complexion, but to avoid
other serious skin conditions,
including skin cancer. While skin
cancer is less likely (although it still
happens Bob Marley died of a
melanoma), many patients of color
have other medical conditions such
as high blood pressure and diabetes,
that require medications that make
the skin more sun sensitive.
Dark Eye Circles
As we age, we lose fat (sadly
only on the face) and portions of the
face can become hollow, and many
people, particularly those with
allergies, may often have discol-
oration under the eyes. This can be

treated with topical medications
that lighten the area, as well as
injectable fillers hyaluronicc acids)
to replace some of the volume lost
through the natural aging process.
Loss Of Volume
Regardless of skin color, every-
one loses volume of the face as they
age. Children and young people
have most of the volume in their
face in the upper portion, like an
inverted triangle. As we age, the
volume is decreased and the skin
sags causing our faces to resemble a
triangle. Many of the cosmetic
treatments are now being aimed at
volume replacement (again, treat-
ments such as injectable fillers can
aid with this).
Hair Loss
This is a huge issue which war-
rants its own article! Women's hair
can thin just like men's hair. This
hair loss can be due to many fac-
tors, including long term chemical.
use, hormonal fluctuations, anemia
and/or medication use. For the best
treatment solutions, hair loss should
be evaluated by a dermatologist. A
standard evaluation may include lab
work and a scalp sample (biopsy).

Baby Shower held for Carmelita Grover Friends and family from all over the state anx-
iously planned a "Pretty in Pink" Baby Shower for Carmelita Grover. The celebration, held at the Clanzel Brown
Community Center, included traditional games, prizes and words of wisdom for the expectant mother. Carmilita's
10 year old daughter JuColesat next to her mom throughout the ladies only event and gushed with pride to know
she will soon be blessed with her new little sister Antonya. The baby is due November 15th. KFP

Florida Dept. of Education seeks volunteers

to manage
The Florida Department of
Education is issuing a call for vol-
unteers to assist in the state's Race
to the Top education reform effort.
Floridians of all backgrounds are

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Paxon Cheerleaders.
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Mckendree,Karissa Hall, Cassandra Ramonow, Raymonica Scott,
Kyra Cummings, Mikayla, Megan Hughes, Octavia McMillian,
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Heeter, Sidney Owens, Danielle Chitty, Maya Gause, Alexxus Altiddor,
Alexis Morrison, Alexis Roulhac, Jordan Payne, Keysheyla, Alexis
Drayton, Ashley Ballard, Lindsey Perry, Mia Parmer, Morgan,Carley
Blank, Hadiyah Jones, Brandi Weintraut, Carol Vo, Kori Adams,
Shawn, Julia, Jasmine, Jada, Alexa Cronin and Tori Corado.

Stanton Blue Devils Prep Squad
Katie Bailey, Alex Clingari, Keturah Young, Kylor Dunnigan,
Katelynne Storey, Jennifer Garcia, Jenifer Stehlin, Mia Nobies,
Hannah Smith, Kaleigh Raulerson, Kyla Taylor, Catherine
Abernathy, Kristina Lavender,Donna McNeal, Alexis Walker, Tamara
Barber, Rodney Walton, Ja Hall, Ashley Ridgeway and Brianna Ellis.

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Lee Generals
Amal Almechatt, Derek Singh, Ikeya Elmore, Makaela Jenkins,
Crystal Thompson, Coach Mironda Stirks, Kaleisha Bryant, Stacieka
Jenkins, Ashley Quinn, Alysse Lenox, Leaha Way, Courtney Powell,
Kenya Campbell, Mikeia Mitchell, Tori Chavis, Phaylicia Jenkins,
Nicole Villar, Nia Ordiase and Myranda Bryant.

$700 million reform grant

encouraged to apply for a position
on one of eight state implementa-
tion committees responsible for
organizing and executing the state's
work as outlined in the grant appli-
cation. Through Race to the Top,
Florida will receive $700 million
with 50 percent of that going direct-
ly to participating school districts
and 50 percent benefiting all dis-
tricts statewide. Volunteers will use
their expertise to assist with
statewide projects.
Examples of committee activities
include developing an instructional
support tool for use by all Florida
educators, researching and develop-
ing a system all school districts can
measure growth in student perform-
ance fairly and accurately, and
establishing a single online portal to
connect educator resources.

The call for volunteers will be
open through Friday, October 1.
The committees will incorporate
geographic and professional diver-
sity. If you are a teacher, adminis-
trator, district staff, union represen-
tative, parent, postsecondary facul-
ty, or have an interest in education,
you are encouraged to submit your
request to serve on a committee.
Specific committees will require
technical expertise such as those
focused on information technology
resources. Volunteers interested in a
committee that requires technical
expertise will be asked to verify
specific skills. To learn more about
each committee's scope, member-
ship, and anticipated kick-off time-
line visit the Department's website



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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene

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 on Saturdays starting
at 10:00a.m.until 2 p.m. Leashed
pets are welcome.

Jaxport Art
Gallery Opening
The Jacksonville Port Authority
will open their exhibit "Mixed
Cargo" on Friday, September 24th
from 5-8 p.m with a Gallery
Opening and Awards Reception.
The exhibit features Northeast
Florida artists showing their port
themed mixed media pieces with at
least 50% originating from
JaxPorts Annual Report. It will be
held at the JaxPort Cruise Terminal
located at 9810 August Drive. For
more information or to RSVP, call

Darryl Hall's Frat
House on stage
Stage Aurora Theatrical Company
will present Darryl Reuben Hall's
original FRAT HOUSE
September 24 -October 3rd 2010
(Weekends Only). FRAT HOUSE,
a moder-day 'Prodigal Son' tells
the story of a preachers son who

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joins a fraternity against his father's
advice. It will be held on the Stage
Aurora Performance Hall inside
Gateway Mall. For tickets, call
Stage Aurora at (904) 765-7372.

Celebration honoring
the Beach Lady
There will be a free Fiber Art
Celebration on American Beach
honoring MaVynne "Beach Lady"
Betsch and the 75th Anniversary of
American Beach. It will be held on
Saturday, September 25th at the
American Beach Community
Center located at 1600 Julia Street
from 5 8 p.m. For more informa-
tion, email

Club Meeting
The September meeting of the
PRIDE Book Club, Jacksonville's
oldest book club for people of color,
will be held on Friday, October
1st at 7 p.m. hosted by Debra
Lewis. The book for discussion will
be "Oprah" by Kittie Kelley. For
more information call 389-8417.

Breast Health Fair
The 4th Annual ABC Breast
Health Summit will be held on
Saturday, October 2, 2010 at St.
Paul AME Church Development
Center located at 6910 New Kings

Road from 8:00 a.m. 1 p.m. The
event is free to the public.
Physicians from Mayo Clinic and
survivors will speak about breast
health. There will be a free break-
fast, lunch, and gifts. You must pre-
register at 683-1757 or 956-1500.

Full of Bull Ladies
Fishing Tournament
There will be the Redfish
Tournament with prizes awarded to
the top Junior, Senior, and Lady
anglers in addition to a Kid's Dock
Tournament during the day from 11
a.m. to 1 p.m. The tournament will
be held on Saturday, October 2,
2010 at Mayport starting at 7 a.m.
For more information contact Frank
at 465-4552 or e-mail

Free Evening
of Spoken Word
Come out and enjoy an evening of
Spoken Word at the Ritz Theater on
October 7, 2010. The free event
will start at 7 p.m. Spoken word
night is held on the first Thursday
of every month where poets, writ-
ers, vocalists and sometimes musi-
cians gather to present and hear
some of the area's most powerful
lyrical voices in a casual open-mic
setting. Call 632-5555 for info.


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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.

Eddie Griffin at
the Comedy Zone
Comedian Eddie Griffin will be at
the Comedy Zone October 8-9
bringing his stand up routine to
Jacksonville. Known as a television
and film star, Griffin is sure to
please. For showtimes and tickets
call 292-4242.

Black Expo
The annual Jacksonville Black
Expo will be held at the Prime F.
Osbom III Convention Center on
Saturday, October 9th, 2010 start-
ing at 11a.m. A highlight will be the
2nd Annual Gospel Best
Competition hosted by David &
Tamela Mann.

Low Country
Boil at the beach
The Rhoda L. Martin Cultural
Heritage Center located at 376 4th
Street in Jacksonville Beach ill
sponsor a Low Country Boil on
Saturday, October 9, 2010 from 3-
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with shrimp, corn, potatoes,
sausage and fried fish as music fills
the air. For more information:
http://rhodalmartinculturalheritage- or call 904-241-6923.

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 1-800-745-3000.

Class on "How to get
involved in the city"
JCCI (Jacksonville Community
Council, Inc.) will present a free
symposium on "How to Get
Involved Community
Engagement". Participants will
learn how to get involved in the
community by assessing their own
goals and local options. It will be
held Tuesday, October 12th from
5:30-7:30 p.m. in the JCCI
Conference Room located at 2434
Atlantic Blvd. For more informa-
tion or to reserve your spot, call

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)

Annual Equal
Opportunity Luncheon
The 37th Equal Opportunity
Luncheon sponsored by the
Jacksonville Urban League will be
held on Wednesday, October 20,

2010 at the Hyatt Regency
Riverfront. Starting at 12 noon, the
luncheon will be keynoted by
National Urban League Chairman
John Hofmeister, former President
of Shell Oil Company. The annual
event recognizes individuals and
corporations who have made signif-
icant efforts in the areas of diversi-
ty and equal opportunity. For tickets
or more information, call 366-3461.

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.

Lincolnville Festival
Heritage Festival
The annual Lincolnville Festival
will be held in St. Augustine Nov.
5-7, 2010. Headlining this years
event will be R&B artists Kool &
the Gang. Boyz II Men, The Blind
Boys of Alabama, Percy Sledge, &
Guitar Shorty. Other artists include
The Lee Boys, Willie Green, the
Jazz Ambassadors of the US Army
Field Band, & Joy Dennis.
Activities include soul food, BBQ,
craft vendors, balloon rides, a Kids
Zone and more. It will take place in
downtown St. Augustine on Francis
Field. For more information, call

Disaster Management
The Jacksonville Local Organizing
Committee Inc., for the Millions
More Movement will present
SDisaster Management Specialist
Mrs. Arealia Denby for a 3 day
workshop to certify others in her
specialty. Mrs.Denby has worked
the field with over 20 years of veri-
fiable fieldwork. The workshop will
be held November 5-7, 2010
For more information call 904-

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450+ attend retirement celebration of Dr. and Mrs. R.L. Mitchell

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Mrs. Maggie Jones, President of the Ministers Spouses Alliance of the AME East Conference
joins District Superintendent Dorothy Young in a presentation to the Mitchells. A.Garner photos

Celebration leaders Rev. Tony and Kathi Hansberry

Mamie Davis, Ernest Lane, Gwendolyn Mitchell
Lane and Kathy H. Bailey enjoy the festivities.

Rev. Eugene White delights the
audience with the hymnody melody.

The EWC Choir received a standing ovation.


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Dr. and Mrs. R.L. Mitchell are congratulated by Bisho:

The essence of the warm fall
evening set the pace for the retire-
ment celebration of AME Presiding
Elder Robert L. and Mrs. Delores
M. Mitchell. The memorable
evening was filled with recogni-
tion, praise, love, appreciation and
honors last Sunday evening.
Appropriately, their only child,
Gwendolyn Mitchell Lane and her
husband, Reverend Ernest J. Lane
presented a video and narration,
"The Spiritual Service Road 30
Years of Pastoral Ministry." The
program was presided by Rev. and
Mrs. Tony Hansberry who kept the
evening running smoothly.
For the past thirty years, the
Mitchell's have been spiritual lead-
ers in the Jacksonville community
beginning with his ordination in
1980 in the African Methodist
Episcopal Church by Bishop
Samuel Morris to his first assign-
ment ast Pastor of the AME Church
of the Master.
Mrs. Mitchell, an accomplished
educator, served the District in
many capacities as First Lady of
several churches in addition to the
11th District Women's Missionary
Society, ACE League, Junior
Missionary Society, Usher Board,

Choir, and the Minister's Spou
Alliance. She retired from
Duval County Public Sch
System, after more than thirty ye
of service.
The program included sal
from the Women's
Missionary Society,
Ministers Spouses
Alliance and the
Suwanee North District 195
Churches for their guid- TOU
ance throughout the music
years. One
Special musical trib- to re
utes were rendered Ma
throughout the evening
including, "Because of
Who You Are", by Rev. Fa
Malinda Richie Dir
Samuels and several at Eu
selections by the EWC Pr
College Choir who Ord
received a standing Pre
ovation for their per-
formance. Conf
The Celebratory Word

was given by the Right Rev.
McKinley Young. Bishop Young
graciously set the tone describing
Dr. Mitchell's "no nonsense" can-
dor and expressed gratitude for his
genuine friendship.

p and Mrs. McKinley Young
ises "It's not easy to be a Bishop's
the friend." said Young. "I proudly cel-
lool ebrate him as a colleague and a
ears friend".
Special presentations of the
utes evening were given by Mitchell's

Keynotes in the life of
Dr. Robert L. Mitchell
;2 Stanton High School graduate
rred the world as international
c artists while serving in the Army
e of thefirst two students of color
ceive a doctoral degree from FSU
rried to Deloris (Middlebrooks)
hellfor over 50 years
'her of Gwendolyn (Mitchell) Lane
ector of Guidance and Counseling
gene Butler H.S.
resident of Edward Waters College
gained Minister in AME Church
siding Elder, Central Florida
ference (1995-2010)

childhood friend Ida Shellman on
behalf of the Douglas Anderson
Alumni Association and Dr. Frank
Emanuel, Immediate Past
Polemarch, Southern Province of
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.

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Women of Color celebrate 6th Ebony & Ivory Gala

Members of the Women of Color Cultural Foundation Gerald Minnifield, Jennifer Clayton ,Sheree' Bryant, Helen Jackson, Estella
Dixon, Dee Wilcox, Cynthia Scott, Jennifer Riley and Mary Wards.

Jacquie andCraig Gibbs

Hawthrone Herbert, Vickie Jackson, Denise Boddie

Mr. and Miss Universal Teen 2010, William Freeman and Jessica Polote presented a $1,000 check to Clara White Mission CEO and honoree
JuCoby Pittman Peele (right)who said the funds will be utilized to further the organization's mission.
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Benny Moore and his wife Johnetta strike a pose with Calvin
Burney and his wife, Education honoree Betty Burney.

The Women of Color Cultural
Foundation, Inc. celebrated 10
years of giving back to the commu-
nity on Saturday, September 18,
2010 at the Jacksonville Omni
Hotel. This was the 6th annual
Ebony and Ivory Gala, a black-tie
affair which recognizes women

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Etrudy Dixon, Kathleen Mayhew, Debra Taylor, Marcia Davis,
Patricia Jackson, Brenda Byardand Mary K Nelson.

Gerald Minnifield and Hal Weston

who have made significant contri- Universal Teen Scholarship auction. A special tribute to the check to Clara White Mission
butions in the areas of health, edu- Program and various community honorees was presented by Ms. received to further the organiza-
cation, and economic development, initiatives sponsored by the Sandi Ruiz through song. Dancers tion's mission.
In addition, a community activist Foundation, including the activities entertained the audience with pre- Honorees in their respective area
and a community service agency of the Foundation. cise Salsa and Tango moves. In included: Health & Safety -
were recognized for their outstand- Over 250 people attended the addition, Mr. and Miss Universal Detective Kimberly Clausen,
ing contributions in the community. evening of elegance which included Teen 2010, William Freeman and Glenda Bonnett Hopkins, and
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Lian An, Ph.D., Betty Burney,
Rocelia Gonzalez, Elba Howington
and Rosa Lerum Hill; Community
Activist Dr. Alesia Ford-Burse;
Economic Development Atty.
Ava L. Parker, and Community
Service Agency JuCoby Pittman
Peele of the Clara White Mission.

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BET brings ba
Who isn't tired of watching the
same reruns of the football comedy
"The Game" on BET. But for the
millions of fans out there, they just
can't get enough of the Melanie-
Derwin and friends saga.
Thankfully, you won't have to wait
much longer as Black
Entertainment Television has
resigned the show with the same
cast fans came to love.
It was a sitcom that managed to be
funny and thoughtful, provocative
and insightful, hilarious and
poignant -- until it was unceremoni-
ously canceled by the CW in 2008
after a three-year run.
But ever since The Game was
canceled, Mara Brock-Akil, the
show's executive producer and cre-
ator, has been working diligently to
bring the sitcom back to television.
And now Black Entertainment
Television, has agreed to pick up
its original programming next
January. The original cast (Tia
Mowry, Pooch Hall, Coby Bell,
Hosea, Hosea Sanchez, Rick Fox,
Wendy Racquel Robinson) and
director Salim Akil will also be
returning to the show, which will
pick up two years after the story
lines left off.

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Morgan Freeman's a new divorcee at 73
The divorce, finalized on Sept. 15. puts a definitive
end to the couple's 26-year marriage. The couple who
married in June 1984 and have two children together -
", separated in December 2007, but the news wasn't made
public until the following August. Morgan's business
partner Bill Luckett said at the time "They are involved
in a divorce action. For legal and practical purposes,
they have been separated since December of 2007." The
couple met when Morgan was working in an off-Broadway theatre pro-
duction in 1976 and they married in 1984. Morgan, 73, also has two
other children from previous relationships.
Fans charged $3 to leave fans for Jackson
You know the economy is bad in California when a cemetery starts
charging mourners. Effective immediately, Michael Jackson fans look-
ing to leave flowers at his final resting place will now be hit with a $3
"delivery" fee. Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, CA has decided to
remove the stage where fans were previously allowed to place gifts.
Instead, only floral gifts will be allowed, and cemetery staff will hand-
deliver them inside of Jackson's mausoleum for a $3 fee.
Any gift other than flowers such as teddy bears, posters, picture
frames, candles, etc. will be trashed, according to TMZ. And if the
mausoleum runs out of space, overflow flowers will have to brave the
elements outside. Fans, meanwhile, are still forbidden from stepping
foot inside of the mausoleum.
Jamie Foxx tv show in the works
Jamie Foxx is getting back to his roots in com- .
edy with a new Fox network series tentatively
titled "The Jamie Foxx Project."
Fox TV Studios and producers Eric and Kim
Tannenbaum were behind a sketch comedy pilot
for Fox this past development cycle.
Although some things are bound to change, ris-
ing sketch comedian/actor Affion Crockett
(below), who co-starred in the pilot, will star on the series and produce.
The "Foxx Project" is said to be along the same lines of Foxx's previ-
ous Fox show, "In Living Color," the vehicle that boosted him to fame.
K-Ci and Jojo Air Out Dirty Laundry in Realty Series
Jodeci brothers Cedric 'K-Ci' Hailey and Joel 'Jojo' Hailey are ready
to air out their dirty laundry in reality show "Come Clean" on TV One.
While at the top of their career, they were a household name in the 90s,
the pair have battled alcoholism which may have led to their fall.
The nine-episode series finds the singers living together for the first
time in more than a decade as they undergo radical medical treatments,
physical training and get the help of Pastor Jamal Bryant in an attempt
to stay sober.

Fans are looking forward to the return of the original cast.

The Game was a victim of "nar-
rowcasting," in which upstart or
fledgling networks target a specific
audience to build a network brand
and attract a larger audience with
programming that features the tar-
geted demographic paired with
other groups. The network then dis-
poses of its original audience in
order to attract more "affluent"
advertising dollars. Remember
shows like "In Living Color",
"Living Single" and "Girlfriends "?
That is what black audiences

want: shows that matter. The com-
bination of good storytelling,
respect for African-American audi-
ences and characters, and a huge
following have brought back a
show that satisfied millions of
African-American viewers, which
puts some pressure on the Akils.
Brock-Akil adds, "The fans are a
blessing. We are appreciative of
what we had, but grateful for the
opportunity to prove everyone
wrong about the ability of this show
to succeed."



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by Cherie Saunders
Nearly two years after America
elected its first black president,
NBC will present network televi-
sion's first prime time drama featur-
ing two black actors in the lead.
Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-
Raw make history as married spies
in the J.J. Abrams series
"Undercovers," billed as a "sexy,
fun, action-packed spy drama" in
the vein of Brad Pitt and Angelina
Jolie's "Mr & Mrs. Smith."
The premise: Steven and
Samantha Bloom own a catering
business, but are secretly CIA oper-
atives whose undercover work
takes them to exotic places around
the world.
The network does not appear to
be milking the casting to promote
the show, and producers actually
downplayed the race of its leads
during a panel at a TV critics meet-
ing last month. Co-creator Josh
Reims told reporters that he and
Abrams weren't necessarily look-
ing to make history.
"When we finished the script and
went into the casting process, we
started out by saying, 'Let's just see
every possible incarnation of a per-
son. We don't want to see the same
people we've seen on TV 10 mil-
lion times because it will look like
many other shows that are on TV,
which are perfectly good, but we
want it to look different,'" said
Reims said they auditioned "a
bunch of people" before Boris and
Gugu came in late in the game and
just killed it.
"We didn't go out of our way to

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just as we felt when we were cast-
ing, that it's not something we can
ignore, that we have two black
leads. Obviously, I'm not black. J.J.
is even less black than I am."

say we're hiring two black people
to be the leads of the show, but we
certainly did not ignore the fact that
it would be great if we could do that
and if we found actors who were
great enough," he
Kodjoe, an actor of
German and
Ghanaian heritage, is
certainly aware of the
show's pioneering
casting and is not
afraid to point it out.
"I don't know if
you want to call it
revolutionary, but it's
not the norm," he
says of the show's
two black leads,
"although it should be
the norm because
that's what the world
looks like. The world
is diverse, and we

come in all kinds of
different shapes,
sizes, and shades.
"It is important that we get a
chance to be trailblazers or door
openers or whatever you want to
call it. On the other hand, let's keep
in mind or let's inspire people to
regard it as normal so that more and
more people don't consider it tak-
ing a chance, but just being cre-
Reims admits that the writer's
room at "Undercovers" is not as
groundbreaking as the series itself
when it comes to people of color;
only two black scribes are on staff.
"I would be lying if I said I didn't
notice that they were black when I
was hiring them," said Reims. "I
certainly went out of my way to
interview people who are black and
people who are not. And we felt,

the writers because they are both
really good writers, but if they can
inform anything that I can't inform.
then that's great."
The jury is still out on whether

any of these writers can keep view-
ers tuning in beyond the Sept. 22, 8
p.m. season premiere. Reims says
despite the fate of"Undercovers" in
terms of Nielsen ratings, the casting
may have already left its mark for
seasons to come.
"Yes, we all wish it wasn't such a
big deal at this point in time that
there are two black characters who
are the leads on a major TV show
on a major network, but unfortu-
nately that's the way it is right
now," says Reims. "And even since
the casting of this show was
announced, we've seen other shows
have cast black leads that maybe,
who knows, wouldn't have hap-

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That reality, says Reims, under-
scored the importance of having a
black perspective on the writing
staff. Reims says he and J.J. are not
expecting their two writers of color
to literally speak for the whole race
- as is often the case in writers'
rooms with just one or two black
people in the mix.
"I was on a show a long time ago
called 'Chicago Hope,' and we had
a couple of doctors on the show
who were black," says Reims. "And
we had a writer who was black, and
it used to be, he would get annoyed
because we would be like, 'OK, so
you are the black writer. So what
would they say?' which was ridicu-
lous. And so, that's obviously not
why we have these writers. I have

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