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Man shoots teens over saggy pants
MEMPHIS, TN Teens who wear their pants low are thinking twice
about doing so along Whiteside Street in Memphis, Tennessee.
"It makes me definitely want to pull my pants up," one teen said.
Kenneth Bonds, 45, is charged with shooting a 17-year-old during an
argument last Saturday over the teen's saggy pants. "You want to do
something," said neighbor Cowboy Ward, "but you're not going that far."
Ward does not approve of saggy pants either, but he's never considered
violence. "A clear-minded person wouldn't hurt somebody over how they
dress," he said. According to an affidavit, Bonds confronted two teens
outside his house by yelling at them to pull their pants up.
He's accused of pulling out a black semi-automatic pistol when they
refused and firing several shots. One of the teens was struck in the but-
tocks.The teenager who was shot was taken to hospital, where he was
treated and released.
Meanwhile, Bonds was charged with two counts of aggravated assault.
He bonded out of jail Monday afternoon. Police say Bonds admitted to
them to shooting the teen after a heated argument over saggy pants.
Bonds is due in court next week.
Essence Festival stays in New
Orleans through 2014
NEW ORLEANS The Essence Music Festival will call New Orleans
home through 2014.
Michelle Ebanks, president of Essence Communications, and New
Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu on Wednesday announced a 4-year deal.
The 2011 festival is set for July 1-3.
Essence is one of the largest summer music attractions in New Orleans.
It began in 1995 to mark the 25th anniversary of Essence magazine and
has since grown into a major national venue celebrating black music and
culture. Staged over the Fourth of July weekend, it regularly draws hun-
dreds of thousands of fans.
The festival has been held in New Orleans every year except 2006,
when the Louisiana Superdome and Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
were under renovation after Hurricane Katrina.
Wyclef to run for Haiti prez in 2015
Rapper Wyclef Jean is refusing to give up on his dream of becoming
president of Haiti and is planning to run for office in the 2015 election.
The Fugees star, who lives primarily in the U.S., was ruled out of the
political race in August after Haitian lawmakers decided he did not meet
the necessary residency requirements to be considered eligible for the
upcoming November vote.
Jean officially withdrew his candidacy for the presidency but he insists
he's not quitting politics altogether. He says he is eyeing a return in five
He tells Hip-Hop Weekly, "I'm not a quitter, and the most important
thing for me is, I think, to move Haiti forward, it's gonna take modern
thinking. So, if all goes well, I plan to definitely come back in five years
and give it another shot."
Court refuses to hear appeal from
Klansman in civil rights era case
WASHINGTON The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from
reputed Ku Klux Klansman James Ford Seale for the killing of two black
men in rural Mississippi in 1964.
The high court turned away Seale's appeal without comment.
In March, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the evidence
against Seale was sufficient for the jury conviction in the trial that took
place 43 years after the crimes. Seale, now 75, was convicted in 2007 of
two counts of kidnapping and one of conspiracy to commit kidnapping.
He was given three life sentences.
Authorities say Henry Hezekiah Dee and Charles Eddie Moore, both 19,
were beaten by Klansmen and thrown, possibly still alive, into a muddy
backwater of the Mississippi River.
Thomas Moore of Colorado Springs, Colo., the brother of victim
Charles Moore, said he received a phone call from the Justice
Department, informing him the Supreme Court wouldn't hear the case.
"It's a good feeling for me. It's a good feeling for the family members.
It's been three years since this thing got started and now we can finally
rest and move on with our lives," Thomas Moore said.."
Study finds African American
seniors abused, swindled more often
Senior citizens who are black are more likely to be the victims of psy-
chological and financial abuse as elders of other races.
According to a new survey, published in The Gerontologist African
American elders could be up to five times more susceptible to being
cheated financially. The survey is among only a few that focus on race as
a specific factor in elder mistreatment, says Scott Beach of the
University of Pittsburgh.
Psychological mistreatment includes being yelled at or insulted, having
personal property destroyed, and receiving threats of injury, stoppage of
care, or being sent to a nursing home.
Interestingly, blacks were usually less upset by aggressive behavior, yet
more of them reported being "extremely upset" when deliberately insult-
ed or when their belongings were destroyed.
Older black people reported even higher instances of financial exploita-
tion, which was defined as having checks stolen, having money tampered
with, and being made to sign documents they did not understand.
Volume 24 No.1 Jacksonville, Florida October 7-13, 2010
One Nation One March
,. g A coverges on the Lincoln Memorial
New car among health and wellness offer-
ings of Mt. Calvary's Empowerment Day
Over 1,000 people attended Mount
Calvary's 2nd annual Empowering
the Community Weekend last
week. Social services agencies
were on hand to provide everything
from free pedicures to a job, health
and education fair.
The main event included the
opportunity to walk away with a
computer, flat screen TV or a 2010
Hyundai Elantra Touring.
Committee Chair, Antoine Mickel
stated, "next year we're planning a
bigger event with even bigger
prizes. As the community give to
the church, we give to the commu-
nity." Pictured are the winners:
Latosha Myles, Carolyn Ashley
Hyundai), Renee Turner (notebook
computer), Mount Calvary's' First
Lady Andrea Newman and Senior
Pastor Dr. John Allen Newman.
Hundreds of thousands of people
from across the country converged
upon Washington, D.C., to partici-
pate in a rally to let the U.S.
Congress and the White House
know that job creation and fixing
the ailing economy should be the
number one priority.
The One Nation Working Together
rally at the Lincoln Memorial was
designed to counter the Tea Party
movement's rally in Washington in
August and to caution Americans
that a Republican-controlled
Congress would turn back the
hands of time. Members from var-
ious progressive organizations and
unions traveled by bus, train, air-
plane, and on foot to let national
leaders in Washington know that
political squabbling will do little to
heal Continued on page 5
with See Red
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400+ attend Annual Boys2Men Symposium
Shown above are the teams representing the Boys vs. Men in the annual basketball matchup
The 5th Annual Boys2Men Symposium designed to inspire and motivate young Black males, was held last
weekend to an overwhelming response at the Police Athletic League. The day long event included seminars, the
celebrity basketball game and the annual Rites of Passage Ceremony for young men and parents. The theme foi
this year's free Symposium was "Bring Your "A Game" For more on the event see page 10.
Starletha Cherry, a local domes-
tic violence victim, tells the story
of a violent encounter with her
abuser at the opening of See Red.
Aspiring to break the cycle of
domestic violence, Verizon
Wireless in partnership with
Hubbard House and the
Jacksonville Public Library, is tak-
ing a unique approach to increasing
awareness of the social issue. In
honor of October being Domestic
Violence Awareness Month, See
Red has been created.
The See Red exhibit is a provoca-
tive artistic approach to the issue
that focuses on batterer awareness.
It was created to captivate, educate
and visually motivate passersbys to
stop, recognizes the warning signs
of abuse, and help end domestic
It will be on display at the Main
r Library throughout the month of
"- jJaguars deal a stunner Coming off consecutive lop-
sided losses, the Jacksonville Jaguars and their fans talked all week about
I needing a spark.They got that and more provided by Josh Scobee last
The lovely Tameka Martin wed her Ribault High School classmate week. Scobee's 59-yard field goal on the final play gave the Jaguars a 31-
Freddie Jackson in a double ring ceremony last weekend at Bethel Baptist 28 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. It was the longest field
Institutional Church. Having not seen each other in 15 years, the Trojan goal in franchise history. Shown above is #32 Maurice Jones-Drew who
alumni found love at second sight at a local Winn Dixie. Following a hon- rushed for 105 yards in the game. The win brings the Jag's record 2-2.
eymoon in Key West, the couple will reside in Jacksonville, FL. R. Silverphoto They will face the Buffalo Bills next Sunday.
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Obama: Extended school year could benefit students
Though many students across the
nation may not like an extra month
in the classroom, the extra class-
room time would benefit them,
President Obama said.
"That month makes a difference,"
Obama said during a recent appear-
ance on the "lTodav Show ". 1
mean',s that kids are losing a lot ol'
what they learn during the school
'iyear during the siumnier. It's esp
CaNly severe for poorer kids whoi
niay not see as many books in the
house during the summers; [they]
aren't getting as many educational
According to Obama, American
students are falling behind some of
their international counterparts,
particularly in the math and science
fields. He added that Chinese,
Indian, and other students of fast-
growing countries are already leav-
ing U.S. students in the dust.
Currently, U.S. schools offer an
average of 180 school days per
year, according to data from the
Education Commission of the
States, in comparison to 196 and
197 days in countries with the high-
est student achievement levels like
Germany, South Korea, New
Zealand, and Japan.
Ohbama also believes Ihat teachers
should he more highly honored, as
they are in ('hina and other coun-
tries, but he added thill teachers that
aren't doing well should be fired.
While thie (Ohma administration's
"Race to the Top" is mandating
improvement among the nation's
schools, the President believes par-
ents should increase their involve-
ment in the children's education.
Asked about whether his own
daughters' would receive the same
quality education at a D.C. public
school they now receive at their pri-
vate institution, Obama said during
the interview: "I'll be blunt with
you: The answer is no right now."
The president said D.C. public
schools are "struggling."
Critics of the president's plan to
extend the school year believe it
will have a severe economic
impact, saying the extra time would
increase costs for school systems,
cause major losses to the country's
summer hospitality industry and
have a severe impact on summer
"From Memorial Day to Labor
Day, we hire many high school and
college students for summer
employment to work," Joe
McInerney, president and CEO of
the American Hotel and Lodging
Association told Fox News. "If we
don't have those people, there will
not be enough Americans out there
available to fill those positions."
Though the president believes an
extended school year would be
"money well spent," others ques-
tion how struggling states and dis-
tricts could pay for it.
"It comes down to the old buga-
boo, resources," Scott Smith, Mesa,
Ariz. mayor told the AP. "It costs
money to keep kids in school.
Everyone believes we can achieve
greater things if we have a longer
school year. The question is: 'How
do you pay for it?"
Soul Food Festival in Green Cove Springs
Cong. Corrine Brown poses with festival organizers.
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Pi Eta Omega hosts AKA Regional Cluster Meeting I
The Buffalo Soldiers from Marianna, Fl represented in the parade.
Shown above are embers of Alpha Kappa Alpha's Pi Eta Omega chapter who hostedthe recent sorority Cluster III meeting. TMA
Over 250 Alpha Kappa Alpha
Sorority, Inc. members from the
north florida and south Georgia
cluster of its largest region, South
Atlantic, convened their Cluster III
meeting October 2, 2010 at the
Hyatt Riverfront Hotel.
The informational meeting was
hosted by the members of Pi Eta
Omega Chapter, Orange Park, FL.
The newly installed 17th South
Atlantic regional director, Mrs.
Marsha Lewis Brown, from Tampa
was in attendance, along with the
organization's 25th international
president, Jacksonville native Dr.
The meeting theme was "Global
and Timeless Leadership".
Attendees received leadership certi-
fication training and were inspired
by the 28th International President's
2010-2014 service initiatives and
partnerships. Energized attendees
left ready to implement the new ini-
tiatives and continue "Service to All
Mankind" for their local and inter-
national community's quality of life
improvement. For more informa-
tion about the organization's service
programs visit www.akal908.com
Local talent paid homage to Michael Jackson FMPphotos
Fighting breast cancer
as a community; so no one
has to face it alone.
That's fresh thinking.
In 2010, an estimated 207,090 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed
in women in the United States. For every eight women in the United States, one will battle
breast cancer at some point in her life. So whether the disease affects you, a family member,
a friend or a co-worker, it is likely to touch all of us in some way October is Breast Cancer
Awareness Month. In recognition, Winn-Dixie is once again sponsoring the Susan G. Komen
Race for the Cure, which will take place in Jacksonville on October 23rd, 2010. Like you, we're
doing what we can in the fight against breast cancer. To learn more about how you can help, visit
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Turning a vision into reality to uplift our Black
males and tackling the city's budget battle
It's no secret that young African
American males are the highest at-
risk group for everything from
criminal behavior to dropping out
of school to being jobless.
Identifying the problems facing
our communities has never been an
issue, but finding solutions to those
problems has always been a major
At the heart of the challenges
facing the black community is the
disarray of African American
males. A few months ago I wrote
about an initiative that State
Senator Tony Hill was leading to
recruit more minority male teach-
Last week, Senator Hill and other
community leaders announced the
next phase of the initiative essen-
tially turning the vision into a real-
They have created a new
organization called Achieve Instill
Inspire Foundation. This organiza-
tion will essentially provide schol-
arships to black and Hispanic males
who enter college and commit to
majoring in degrees associated
with elementary education.
Why is that so important?
Because only 2 percent of the
nation's 4.8 million teachers are
black men, and in Florida that num-
ber is 3 percent so the recruitment
of more minority teachers has
become a major issue.
School districts around the coun-
try are struggling with this prob-
Not to be stereotypical or gender
bias, but I can assure you that black
male teachers are a critical element
to stabilizing our inner city schools
by providing both role models and
strong disciplinary figures in the
The shortage of black male
teachers compounds the struggles
that many African American young
men face in school. About half of
black male students do not com-
plete high school in four years,
according to national statistics.
Hats off to Senator Hill and the
team taking on this challenge. It
will not be an easy task, but it is a
battle worth fighting.
City's Budget Battle
far from Over
I must say that I don't envy
Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton.
For the past three maybe four years
he and the City Council have faced
the major challenge of presenting a
balanced budget in the midst of a
Here's why the budget process
is such a challenge in tough eco-
nomic times. No one wants to raise
taxes or impose fees, Democrats or
Republicans, but citizens expect
and deserve a certain level of pub-
lic services in return for paying
I was Finance Chair on the City
Council twice so I understand how
hard it is to meet your fiduciary
responsibility and your responsibil-
ity to provide services and pro-
grams for at risk youth, the work-
ing poor, and average citizens.
Some will say cut initiatives
like the Mayor's Jacksonville
Journey, which attempts to put
resources in place to improve inner
city neighborhoods and provide
after school education and recre-
ational programs for youth.
Getting back to that balancing
act if you cut programs like the
Journey then we will continue to
see juvenile crime and inner city
You might say well I live in
Mandarin or the Beaches so those
issues don't affect me, but where
do you work? If crime increases, if
our educational systems struggle
then it's an issue for everyone
because companies will stop mov-
ing here and existing corporations
will look for better work environ-
That is precisely why it is hard to
present a balanced budget during
tough economic times.
"Compassion is not weakness,
and concern for the unfortunate is
not socialism," said Hubert H.
Compassion forces people to see
beyond their personal situation and
realize that "we the people" have a
duty to help and support each other.
Why is compassion relevant?
With the economy still upside
down, the challenges we all face
continue to grow. In government,
politicians magnify those chal-
lenges especially during election
The extra twist this year has been
the police and fire unions. Both
have voted not to take pay cuts and
are at an impasse with their city
negotiations. Mostly lead by FOP,
the groups have hired their own
auditors and attorneys to review the
city's budget and feel that there are
additional cuts that can be made
that wouldn't require public safety
officers take a pay cut.
Most would agree that police
and fire fighters are critical to this
city, but some feel that if every
other city union and general
employees are all taking pay cuts
so should the public safety unions.
The Mayor's office is holding its
ground and both unions will have
to go before a magistrate judge for
mediation before eventually going
to the full City Council for a final
So hold tight, the budget-bal-
ancing act isn't over yet.
Signing off from City Hall,
Republicans Pledge a "Trickbag for America"
By Danny J. Bakewell, Sr.,
National Newspapers Publishers
The Republican Parh has spent
most of the past 'two years as the
"Party of No," opposing nearly
every policy proposed by President
Obama and Democrats in Congress
--a strategy that has worked politi-
cally, according to polls that say
this November's election could
sweep Republicans back into the
majority in the House and possibly
the Senate. But until last week, the
Republican Party had offered no
agenda of its own--so party leaders
finally produced one: the lofty-
sounding "Pledge to America."
Sadly but predictably, this Pledge
is nothing more than a promise to
return to the failed policies that cre-
ated the worst economic crisis
since the Great Depression and
threw millions of Americans out of
work--with most of the pain doled
out to those at the bottom of the
Those who yearn for a return to
George W. Bush's philosophy will
cheer the Pledge's promises of tax
cuts for the rich and lax regulation
of Wall Street. They will applaud
the Republican call to repeal uni-
versal health insurance and to hand
the Social Security Trust Fund over
to Wall Street.
But for African-Americans, this
retrograde Pledge is a recipe for
Our communities were hit hard
by the Great Recession, and the
economic crisis continues. African-
American unemployment now
stands at 16.3%. Working families
are struggling to pay the rent and
keep food on the table. And the sit-
uation is critical for our youngest
generation: among African-
Americans ages 16 to 19, the
unemployment rate is 26.2% -- and
that doesn't include those with low-
paying part-time jobs or those who
have given up looking. For these
youth, the American Dream is turn-
ing into a nightmare.
President Obama and this
Democratic Congress led by
Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority
Whip James Clyburn (the highest-
ranking African American in
Congress) inherited this dire reces-
sion from Bush and the
Republicans, and they've directed
help toward those who need it most
-- despite stiff opposition from
Republicans in Congress. If the
"Party of No" had gotten its way,
the Great Recession could have
been worse than the Great
Depression an economic hurri-
cane instead of a bad storm. They
opposed the Recovery Act. They
opposed healthcare reform. They
opposed ending tax breaks for com-
panies that ship jobs overseas.
They even opposed 7 of the 8 tax
cuts Congress has passed to help
small business owners.
We don't need to imagine what
would have happened if
Republicans ran Congress. We
know their record and now we
can read their Pledge: to restore the
immoral policies of Presidents
Reagan, Bush and Bush II: tax cuts
for millionaires and billionaires
and benefit cuts for everyone else
and of course, nothing special for
It is unconscionable that at a time
of our nation's highest unemploy-
ment in more than 60 years, the
Republicans propose a $4 trillion
tax cut for the rich. They're trotting
out the same tired argument they've
recycled for 30 years: cut taxes for
billionaires, and some of their
wealth will trickle down to the rest
of us. Meanwhile, the Republicans
promise to repeal President
Obama's Recovery Act, which cut
taxes for 110 million families who
don't happen to be rich.
We already know the harmful
impact of trickle-down economics
- nothing ever trickles down for
Blacks, minorities and the poor.
Under Presidents Reagan and
Bush, the economic divide widened
to historic proportions due to huge
tax cuts for millionaires while
workers' wages stagnated.
President Clinton made a dent in
pervasive inequality by raising
taxes on the wealthiest Americans
and investing in education, health-
care, jobs and tax breaks for work-
While turning the budget deficit
into a surplus those policies were
good for all America. But
President George W. Bush pulled a
180 degree turnaround, cutting
taxes for the richest of the rich, let-
ting Wall Street run wild, and slash-
ing federal aid to working families.
The result: rising inequality, the
largest budget deficits in U.S. his-
tory, a cataclysmic financial crisis
and net loss of eight million jobs.
That's what the Republicans
pledge to repeat.
One of the starkest contrasts
between the Democrats and
Republicans can be seen when it
comes to healthcare. Today, one in
five African-Americans is without
health insurance. They can't afford
doctor's bills if they get sick, and an
emergency room visit or hospital
stay can wipe out their life's sav-
ings. But we have reason to hope
that this shameful situation will be
eliminated in a few short years.
Thanks to the landmark Healthcare
Reform Law passed by Congress
and signed by President Obama this
year unless the Republicans
regain control of Congress.
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Do you know who Iam?-
Good, neither do I.
Got nothing to say, but if you pay me I can play the
You can hate me, after you pay me.
My submission is your addition.
What to learn how to stop getting pimped? Pimpin' is a mind game we all
engage in. Everyday, we all are either pimping or being pimped. "We
pimpin all over the world" says Ludacris and that dynamic is prevalent
around the planet. That's why "GhettoPhysics": Will the Real Pimps and
Ho's Stand Up! is a movie deserving to be seen.
The title is somewhat alarming, but "pulling people on the alert" is what
filmmakers William Arnetz and E. Raymond Brown seek to do in the film.
To raise the audience's conscientiousness the film posits the interplay
between Pimps and Ho's as the simplest expression of how power is used in
the world. The documentary takes viewers from the streets to boardrooms,
to the Oval Office, to show how the same dynamic repeated across society.
The only difference, the filmmakers say, is that while the street Pimps wear
colorful clothes and the Ho's wear little at all, their corporate/government
counterparts "do the exact same thing with marketing slogans and slick dou-
ble talk to affect the same results".
"GhettoPhysics" is being released October 8th in Atlanta, Detroit,
Oakland, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. Part "Saturday Night Live"
satire, and part narrative story, the basic tenet of "GhettoPhysics" is that the
Pimp/Ho dynamic is so multilayered that it's hard to see "the game". Are
you a "pimp" of "ho"? By seeing the film and looking at the world through
that dynamic it's possible that you may see the manipulations that keep soci-
ety's Ho's forever in debt, disempowered and marching off to war.
Filmmaker E. Raymond Brown emphasizes the importance of replacing
what most understand the pimp's and the hoe's purpose in the sex trade game
with the analogy of being "the game" of life, power, and capitalism.
"Throughout history the game never changes, only the players do" says
Brown. He says his intention is to wake people. "It's about awareness of
'the game' and letting people know it's up to them to choose the role they
elect to play in every situation". "GhettoPhysics" begins looking at the
evocative world of the Pimp and Ho, and then it moves out to encompass
society and power games going down all around us. While some may be
offended at first by being called a "ho", Brown says "At some point, every-
one is exploiting or being exploited. It is just a matter of learning how to
play the 'game' and turning the right switch on at the right time". Brown
says "It's about awareness and letting people know that it's up to them to
choose the role they play in every situation". Brown says he hopes people
become liberated by his message and find solutions to 'the game of life' for
Between interviews, dramatic scenes and scathing satire, an interesting
thread emerges in "GhettoPhysics" empowerment and hope.
GhettoPhysics uses principles from metaphysics: the theory that a person
plays a major part in creating their own reality; and integrates the conversa-
tion of politics, global economics, and psychology to expand the audience's
world-view to help them create breakthroughs in their lives and lifestyles.
The film includes interviews with notable entertainers and thinkers, such as
Dr. Cornel West, Ice-T, KRS-One, Too Short, Cynthia McKinney, William
H. Amtz and Norman Lear.
"GhettoPhysics" is about self empowerment. People should demand it in
their cities. It's an excellent "street-side commentary" on the eternal power
struggle between those who perceive that they have power and those who
perceive they don't. "GhettoPhysics" makes many valuable points people
need to know. After getting around any drama about the title, moviegoers
will recognize the movie's positive, thought provoking and inspirational
message. "GhettoPhysics" is a movie that will mess with your head. You
are encouraged to see it. Particularly for Black Americans, "GhettoPhysics"
is powerful treatise. All of us need to experience it.
October 7-13, 2010
Page 4 Ms. Perry's Free Press
1 .Jobs Remain No. 1 Priority for One Nation Marchers
Shown above in attendance are (L-R) hostess Robin Gundy, Glorious
Johnson, Hariette Gardner and Sandra Lane.
A Conversation with Glorious Johnson Ms. Robin
Gundy hosted a candidate fundraiser last weekend in her waterfront home
for Mayoral candidate Glorious Johnson. Dubbed "A Conversation with
Glorious Johnson", the two term city councilwoman graciously greeted
each of the attendees at the multi-cultural event that included light hors'
d'oeuvres and straight talk from constituents on how to make the city of
Jacksonville better.. R. Silver photo.
Trickbag for America
Continued from page 4
That is why we Blacks have to
vote and get our neighbors, friends
and community to vote. NNPA and
our 200 Black publishers are asking
our leaders to help us in rallying
our base: churches, sororities, fra-
ternities, Black students, communi-
ty clubs, Black radio, community
organizers, Black social media
experts and all progressive people
That's right: with the U.S. finally
on the brink of joining other devel-
oped nations that guarantee health-
care to all their citizens, the
Republicans want to repeal univer-
sal health insurance, snatching
healthcare away from tens of mil-
lions of people.
The Republicans' Pledge makes it
crystal clear what's at stake in
November. We can't sit home on
Election Day and let the
Republican Party turn back the
clock on our country and on Black
people definitely. I pledge, on
behalf of 200 Black newspapers in
this country, to do what we can to
You can mark my words:If they
take back the House (of
Representatives), they will launch
an investigation on President
Obama that will make the investi-
gation on President Clinton look
like child's play. They will make
his next two years untenable and
miserable, leading up to 2012.
We will also lose two of our most
visionary leaders of the 21st centu-
ry in Speaker Pelosi and Majority
Whip Clyburn. We can't let that
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people's economic paiin in Ihe
allerinmah of one of the longest
recessions since World War 11.
"I came here to support the cause
of the march," Derrick Griffin, 43,
said. "Our leaders here in D.C.
should be about saving jobs and try-
ing to put forth the change we voted
for in 2008," the Fort Washington,
Md., resident said.
Event organizers estimated that
175,000 people gathered on a
slightly breezy, but clear day to
show a united front. They came
from all walks of life and economic
circumstances. Participants includ-
ed the employed and unemployed,
union workers and environmental-
ists, civil rights leaders and civic
leaders, war veterans and peace
activists, student leaders and those
dazzles at the Ritz
Jazz saxophonist Kim Waters
and his band dazzled the Ritz
Theater last weekend with two
sold out shows. Playing original
tunes and beloved favorites, the
cabaret style performance left
both audiences calling the young
legend back for an encore. TMA
from the gay, lesbian, transgender
Speakers at the event included
the Rev. Jesse Jackson of the
Rainbow/Push Coalition, National
Urban League President Marc
Morial, NAACP President
Benjamin Jealous, Rev. Al Sharpton
of the National Action Network -
all of whom stressed the need for
jobs and emphasized the urgency of
The crowd congregated on the
steps of the Lincoln Memorial and
fanned out onto the grounds of the
Washington Monument. There
were throngs of people on both
sides of the Reflecting Pool as well
as those who hunkered down
around the World War II Memorial.
Political and civil rights organiza-
tions set up tables that displayed
their wares and various organiza-
tions passed out literature.
Throughout the four-hour event,
organizations joined in by marching
around the grounds for their respec-
tive causes while others listened to
Most of the marchers donned col-
ored Tee-shirts that announced their
cause or organization and sat
together throughout the event.
The marchers may have been
from different parts of the country,
but the common thread among all
who attended focused on their
financial pain and the lack of jobs.
Jeffrey Dunkin, 53, traveled from
New York City to attend the march
and to show support for fellow New
Yorkers who are suffering in his
home town. "I want to help people
that have lost their jobs," said
Dunkin, who lives in Brooklyn.
Deborah Maxwell, president of
the New Hanover County, N.C.
NAACP, said she and about 20 oth-
ers from her branch, primarily resi-
dents of Wilmington, traveled to
Washington to call for more action
from the federal government.
Maxwell isn't alone. Individuals
from other states also feel the sting
of the recession.
The Detroit Public School sys-
tem laid-off nearly 1,000 school
personnel last August due to budg-
etary problems. However, the
action was stopped when money
was located due to retirements. The
school system has 84,000 non-char-
ter school students and about
15,000 administrators, faculty and
staff. The entire school system has
a total of 138,000 students enrolled
in both public and charter schools.
Many of the participants could
not get close enough to the front of
the Lincoln Memorial or even close
enough to the four Jumbotrons to
hear the speakers.
City Kidz salutes Seniors' Wellness City Kidz Ice Cream shop recently held an appreciation
luncheon for the members of the Wellness program from the Schell-Sweet Resource Center at Edward Waters
College The Wellness programs incorporates seniors from around the city who meet at the center twice a week for
exercise, dance tropue participation and functions promoting and enhancing their well being Shown above are
program coordinators Marie Health and Mary Edwards, with City Kidz owners Rev & Mrs. Bush.
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New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Historic Mt. Zion AME presents Atlanta clergy meet for Long,
Planning for 91st Anniversary 85th Women's Day Celebration ;. ..-, f4e 1 ;-
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 llth 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.
First New Zion Missionary Baptist
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. The vision is to bring together Faith-based leaders, African
American Church, Social, Business and Community Leaders, all are invit-
ed to help develop a 2010 Strategic Plan that will outline policies and pro-
grams 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.. For more information, please contact: Dr. Linda T.
Fortenberry at (850) 681-0990 or LFortenberry@betheltally.org.
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 www.jaxloc.org.
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.
First Baptist Church
Downtown hold Men at The Cross
Saturday October 23, 2010 from 8:00a.m. to 1:00p.m., The First Baptist
Church of Downtown Jacksonville will hold "Men atthe Cross" an
intense men's only event centered on the call to discipleship. You will leave
with a renewed passion to see men know Christ, families come together,
churches under the leadership of God fearing men and workplaces impact-
ed for the glory of God! Discipleship is becoming a way of life for hundreds
of men across the country! Check out our sessions for teen guys as well.
Coast $29.00 individual-$19.00 military-$ 10.00 students. Featured speak-
ers: Joe White, Rick Rigsby, Ted Cunningham; Featured artist: Chris Julian,
David Cobb and Bill Hackworth
Mt. Zion AME 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.
St. Philip's to host EWC Choir
St. Philip's Episcopal Church, under the distinguished patronage of
the Rector and Vestry, will host a sacred concert at 4 p.m., Sunday, October
17, 2010. The renown Edward Waters Choir will be featured along with
other artists. This concert will benefit the College Appeal Fund. For more
information, call Ms. Guyton, Chair, at email@example.com
Atlanta-area church leaders met
at a restaurant late last week to dis-
cuss the situation surrounding fel-
low pastor Eddie Long, who's fac-
ing multiple lawsuits by men who
claim he coerced them into sexual
relationships when they were
Williams Jr. of Salem
Bible Church in .
Atlanta says he pro-
posed to the group
that they "pray for
the situation." He
also stated that
"sins," and "if allega-
tions come out howev- Bishop E
er they are, we are forgiving."
In related news, Democratic
gubernatorial candidate Roy Barnes
canceled a fund-raiser with Bishop
Long last week after news of the
lawsuit broke, but says he has no
plans to give back the $5000 in
campaign contributions donated by
Long, who is pastor of New Birth
Missionary Baptist Church.
"The allegations are troubling but
there's not been one deposition
taken, not one thing. Let's let the
legal process work," said Barnes,
whose political relationship with
Long spans two decades.
Meanwhile, the Atlanta Journal-
Constitution is reporting that
Bishop Long tried to have burglary
charges against one of the men now
accusing him of sexual coercion
Despite the personal intervention
of Bishop Long, the DeKalb County
district attorney will move forward
with its case against two men
accused of breaking into Long's
office at New Birth, the chief assis-
tant DA said.
Four young men filed suit against
Long last week accus-
ing him of sexual
coercion. One of
Robinson, has been
charged with the bur-
glary of Long's office.
Last month, Long
visited former District
asked her to drop the
die Long Assistant District
Attorney Don Geary said.
"He did request we not prosecute
both parties," Geary told The
Atlanta Journal-Constitution on
Keyes-Fleming, who resigned to
take a job with the Environmental
Protection Agency, denied that
request. The acting district attorney
also wants the case to move for-
ward, Geary said.
"The file is still open and we have
no intent to drop the charges,"
Geary said. Robinson and Anthony
Boyd were charged with breaking
into Long's office and taking an
iPod, iPad and jewelry, according to
a police report.
Robinson's attorney, B.J.
Bernstein, said Robinson, 20, com-
mitted the burglary out of "retalia-
tion" after learning that Long was
involved with other men.
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October 7 13, 2010 Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 7
Every single day, almost all of us
put strain on our backs performing
routine behaviors and motions.
Over time, picking up your shoes
the floor or throwing a bag -
over your should on'tl.
be so easy, and nm.\ be
accompanied by o'imnc
serious back pain
But with omnie
awareness of hoxw ourt
daily tasks can a.tfect
your back, and a few sim-
ple changes, you can prevent
yourself from suffering
through one of the most 00
A firm mat- /
tress is best
superfirm mat- ...
tress might actually be ithe
source of your back problem,
A too-soft mattress won't ot'Ife
enough support for your back
On the other hand, a rock-haid
one can increase pressure oni
the spine. Trying to find a niat-
tress to accommodate youii
back problem can seem like
looking for a needle in the
haystack. If an expensive
adjustable mattress isn't an option,
look into modifying your current
mattress. Consider buying a mat-
tress pad to soften a too-firm mat-
tress or a bed board to add some
rigidity to one that's too soft.
Lifting heavy objects will strain
Myth. It's not necessarily how
much you lift, but how you lift that
makes the difference. The proper
form to avoid injury is to: keep your
back straight, grab the object, bring
it close to your body, and then
stand. You should be lifting with
your lower body muscles (thigh and
Back pain isn't always caused
by an injury...
Fact. According to a study in the
Journal of Advanced Nursing,
women who feel overwhelmed at
home or work are more two times
More likely to have lower-back
pain. Mental stress causes
t muscle fibers to tighten and
over time it wears those
fibers down and leaves
you at greater risk for injury.
What's more is that your body's nat-
ural response to stress is to increase
muscle tension which makes exist-
ing back problems even worse.
When you feel stress coming on,
take some time out to relax. A hot
bath or shower can relax your back
muscle fibers. To boost the stress-
relief benefits even more, use
lavender-scented bath beads or
soap. The calming scent lowers
levels of the stress hormone corti-
Sitting up straight keeps your
spine in line...
Myth. Your mom was right about
sitting up straight. It's good for
your back; but sitting up too
straight puts a lot of stress on the
disks in your back, especially when
you sit for a long time. Adjust your
posture a few times daily. Lean
back in your chair with your with
your feet on the ground and make
sure there's a slight curve in your
lower back. Sitting this way dis-
tributes your body weight more
evenly and takes some of the pres-
sure off your spine. If you often
end up slouching at your desk
bN the end of the day, con-
sider using a cushion
to support your lower
back. Also make
sure to take a
i every half
if it's just
a phone call to get
some circulation going.
S Exercise is actually good
for 'our back...
Fact Lrcmcie stiengthens your
back muscles and increases blood
tlow to the disks. helping them
iihs-tand daily strain. Regular
exercise helps prevent obesity
\\ Inch is a major contributor to back
pain. A study in the journal Spine
revealed that overweight people
were nearly three times more likely
to go to the hospital with a back
injury than those at a healthy
weight. Low-impact aerobic exer-
cise, such as walking, swimming,
or using the elliptical machine will
help strengthen your back without
putting excess pressure on your
disks or joints.
Make sure to warm up with at
least 15 minutes of light cardio to
increase blood flow to back mus-
cles, and no matter what muscle
groups you are working on keep
your back straight.
Exercises reduces breast cancer
The Tru-6 Be e 4 ack Pain*
Two hours or more per week of
vigorous exercise, such as aerobics
and running, reduced breast cancer
risks in postmenopausal Black
women by 64 percent, according to
researchers at Georgetown
Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer
Women who engaged in moder-
ate exercise reduced their risks by
17 percent compared to women
who did not exercise.
Researchers compared exercise
routine questionnaires from 97
Black women recently diagnosed
with breast cancer to 102 Black
women who did not have breast
cancer. Postmenopausal women
had greater risk reductions thanks
to exercise than premenopausal
Sheppard, a scientist and profes-
sor at LCCC, said that being phys-
ically active can also reduce the
risks involved with other diseases
prevalent in African-American
communities, including hyperten-
sion and diabetes.
Four out of five Black women
are either overweight or obese, and
disease control is a particularly
important issue for them.
According to the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention,
breast cancer is the second leading
cause of cancer deaths among
Black women behind lung cancer.
Also, while White women have the
highest incidence rates of cancer in
the United States, Black women
are more likely to die from the dis-
ease. Black women are also more
likely to develop triple-negative
breast cancer, a very aggressive
form of the disease.
Sheppard noted that current can-
cer research does not focus specif-
ically on breast cancer in African-
The Real Truth About Bankruptcy
What it is and how it works
by Attorney Bryan Wallace
In these economic conditions, the
word "Bankruptcy" has experi-
enced an "extreme makeover." For
millions of people this year and
2009, bankruptcy has become a
saving grace, enabling people to
realize a fresh financial start in life.
Bankruptcy filings have been on a
steady increase. More than 1.4 mil-
lion people filed Chapter 7 and 13
Bankruptcy in 2009, which is
300,000 people more than 2008
(1.1 million filings), and 600,000
more people than 2007 (880,000
filings). With unemployment in
America slightly below 10 percent,
and many people with mortgages
on their homes that exceed the
value of the home, millions of
Americans are facing the prospect
of being saddled with debt and no
hope in sight. For those people
experiencing financial problems,
Bankruptcy may be a solution.
For starters, there are generally
two types of Bankruptcy that con-
sumers can file, Chapter 7 and
Chapter 13, and understanding the
distinctions is very important.
Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
Chapter 7 Bankruptcy is designed
to provide relief by discharging
mostly all debt, secured and unse-
cured Some examples of unsecured
debts Chapter 7 may eliminate are
credit cards; deficiencies on repos-
sessed vehicles; medical bills; and
most loans. In addition to getting
rid of your debt, Chapter 7 allows
the filer to keep his property,
through reaffirmation, as long as
the payments are current, and there
is no significant equity in the prop-
erty. The one caveat about Chapter
7, is that there are income limita-
tions to how much a person can
make who wishes to file Chapter 7.
In general, most Chapter 7 cases
take between 60 to 90 days to close
from the date of filing.
Chapter 13 Bankruptcy
Chapter 13 Bankruptcy is more or
less a way of reorganizing debt by
reducing unsecured debt and allow-
ing the individual to keep his/her
property and entering into a pay-
ment plan to relieve the debt. In
Chapter 13 bankruptcy, the person
consolidates his debts and makes a
payment on the debt over a 36
month to 60 month period.
Contrary to Chapter 7 Bankruptcy,
in order to file Chapter 13, the per-
son must be working or have a con-
sistent source of income to be
approved. Debts that are generally
consolidated in a Chapter 13 bank-
ruptcy are mortgage arrears, bal-
ances on vehicle loans, student
loans, credit card debts and other
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American women, and the evi-
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through exercise has been incon-
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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.
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.
at the Main Library
Joseph Bruchac, Abenaki
American Indian storyteller and
author, will appear for two free per-
formances as part of The Language
of Conservation initiative at the
Jacksonville Main Library.
Bruchac will tell Native American
stories and share his works of poet-
ry. The free event will be held on
Thursday, Oct. 7 at 10:30 a.m. and
6:30 p.m. in the Hicks Auditorium
(Conference Level). For more
information, call 630-2665.
Frat House the Play
Stage Aurora Theatrical Company
will present Frat House in it's final
weekend Friday October 8th at 7
p.m. and October 10th at 3 p.m. The
performance hall is located inside
the Gateway Town Center. The play
tells the story of Thomas, the son of
a Pastor, who leaves home to attend
college and joins a fraternity
against his father's advice. For tick-
ets or more info call 765-7372.
Comedian Mike Epps
& Friends in Concert
Comedian Mike Epps will be in
concert on Friday, October 8 at 7
p.m.at the Times Union Center. For
tickets call (800) 745-3000.
Come enjoy their carnival midway,
costume contest, vendors, food and
fun at Dogtoberfest. For a mini-
mum $25 donation you can partici-
pate in our famous Trick-or-Treat
walk with your dog. It will be held
Saturday, October 9th at 10 a.m.
at Metropolitan Park.
The annual Jacksonville Black
Expo will be held at the Prime F.
Osborn III Convention Center on
Saturday, October 9th, 2010 start-
ing at 1 la.m. A highlight will be the
2nd Annual Gospel Best
Competition hosted by David &
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-
6 p.m. Sit and enjoy a platter filled
with shrimp, corn, potatoes,
sausage and fried fish as music fills
the air. For more information: call
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
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
Nephew Tommy at
the Comedy Zone
Comedian Eddie Griffin will be at
the Comedy Zone October 14-16
bringing his stand up routine to
Jacksonville. You were first intro-
duced to him on the Steve Harvey
Morning Show. Known as a televi-
sion and film star, Tommy is sure to
please. For showtimes and tickets
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)
The Jacksonville Genealogical
Society will hold their monthly
meeting October 16th, at 1:30 p.m.
at the Webb-Wesconnett Branch
Library, 6887 103rd street on the
Westside. The topic will be
Genealogical Research and the
Internet. For more information,
please email JLaird@bellsouth.net.
The National College Fair of
Jacksonville, a local opportunity for
students and their parents to meet
college and university representa-
tives from across the nation, will be
held on Saturday, October 16th
from 9 a.m. 1 p.m. Held at the
Prime Osborne Convention Center,
more than 150 colleges and univer-
sities will be in attendance. There
will also be forums on everything
from scholarships and financial aid
to essay writing and HBCUs.
Students can pre-register online at
Jaguars vs. Colts
We all kno there is nothing like
Jaguar football. Show some home-
town spirit when the Jacksonville
Jaguars face off against the
Tennessee Titans. The home game
will be Monday, October 18th at
7:30 p.m. at EverBank Field and
televised on ESPN's Monday Night
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
annual event recognizes individuals
and corporations who have made
significant efforts in the areas of
diversity and equal opportunity. For
tickets or more information, call
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.
The Ritz Theater and LaVilla
Museum Jazz Jam will present jazz
artist the legendary Ahmal Jamal in
concert. The performance will be
Saturday, October 23rd. For tick-
ets or more information, call 632-
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16 year old college freshman chooses FAMU over Harvard F ,
Florida A&M University
(FAMU) freshman, Ralph Jones Jr.,
a 16 year old from Atlanta, Ga.
turned down offers to Howard
University, Fort Valley State
University and Morehouse College
to attend FAMU. In addition to
these institutions, he also turned
down prominent Ivy League institu-
tions such as Harvard University to
become a Rattler.
With an SAT score of 2,120 out
of 2,400, it is understandable how
he was admitted to the top institu-
tions in the U.S.
Jones is a recipient of the Life-
Gets-Better Scholarship and a
National Achievement Finalist.
Jones was awarded $120,000 in
scholarships, which includes a
stipend, tuition and fees, room and
board, books and a laptop.
Being a member of a family who
has a three-generation history of
attending Fort Valley State
University and parents who are
educators, Jones feels that his child-
hood played a huge role in his
"My background growing up is a
little different," said Jones. "My
parents are both educators. My
mother is a first grade teacher and
my dad was a college professor for
some time. Needless to say, a large
focus was on education in my
By the time Jones was four-years
old, he was adding, subtracting,
dividing, reading at the ninth grade
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smooth-talkers. When it comes to ship how
men behaving badly, ladies, it's up Think Li)
to you to change their game at Like a La
least according to the latest author (October
tackling the relationship game. Publishir
Setting the record straight on Chapter'
today's playing field is a mother- Straig h
In Why Do I Have to Think
Like a Man, readers will learn:
.Why men cheat: A woman's rebuttal to
Steve Harvey's philosophy on commitment
Date smarter: How to set your dating stan-
Think Like a Lady: A female counterpart to
Steve Harvey on finding, keeping and under-
standing a man
Dating with boundaries: How to rise above
physical/emotional violence and cheating
Both survivors of emotional and physical
abuse, Hall and Frost are donating a portion
of the book proceeds to battered women
shelters and other agencies that help women.
daughter team whose combined Talk, No
experience in marriage, divorce, With
and dating has involved men from Rhonda F
the NBA, NFL and Hollywood, to ture stra
everyday, normal guys. today's "p
A resounding retort to Steve ioned, nu
Harvey's runaway bestseller Act very wo.
Like a Lady, Think Like a Man and mother-dE
his forthcoming follow-up Straight ships, W
Talk, No Chaser (November 2010, Like a I
Amistad), former NFL wife turned Harvey c
radio and television personality, woman's
level and doing basic algebra.
He credits his success to his par-
ents pushing him and encouraging
him to succeed.
"They want the best, especially
when they see potential," Jones
said. "They wanted the
level of intensity to
stay up or go even
of a fun and
b u t /
that aca- '
"I had fun
Jones said. "I
would raise my
hand, sit in the front
and do all my work. When
school was over, I would relax and
watch T.V. or be with my friends."
As impressive as Jones' ability to
learn at a young age may seem, he
continued to excel by setting a
record of having the highest SAT
scores in the past five years at his
Jones' former SAT math prep
teacher and FAMU alumnae
all passes on her relation- "I
-to in Why Do I Have to diff
'e a Man? How to Think the
ady and Still Get the Man bet-
2010, Farrah Gray ben
ig). There is a 'Bonus whc
response to Steve Harvey's the
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co-author (and mom) "
Frost, Hall uses her signa- wor
ight talk to prove that shoi
player" mentality was fash- the
nurtured and created by the not
men who chastise it. A say,
daughter look at relation- abo
hy Do I Have to Think abo
Man? gives readers what you
would not an uncensored, dar
view on dating.
Kemberlee Pugh Bingham chal-
lenged her students by promising
them an "A" in her class if they
scored high on the SAT test. As a
junior in high school, Jones scored
a 1,910. The following year, he
increased his SAT scores by
more than 200 points.
a "You could never
forget a kid like
RalRalph Jones ph," said
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Ralph Jones peers. He
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Bingham, she immeday, we went
argued his point. I
appreciate a kid whoa
thinks critically; it
shows that they care."
When Jones shared his score with
Bingham, she immediately inquired
what college he planned to attend.
"When I first told her, she was
excited," said Jones, a mechanical
engineering student. "One thing I
can say about FAMU alumni is that
they will lobby for their school.
Before I knew it, she had gone over
to her FAMU billboard and gave me
t's not the man that makes the
erence, it's how you deal with
man that makes the difference
ween heartbreak and a mutually
eficial situation," says Hall,
o was married to Cory Hall of
Cincinnati Bengals and Atlanta
The book is based on more
than 300 interviews with men
and women over 25, and the
authors' own dating drama. It
truths about deal breakers,
commitment, baggage, intima-
cy, what men really want, and
getting what you want in
return. And to say the authors
have "been there, done that" in
love, sex and marriage is an
understatement. They draw on
their life experiences with
marriage, divorce, domestic
violence, single motherhood,
being cheated on and being
We hope to empower all the
men out there selling themselves
rt, hearing but not listening to
men they date, and seeing but
heeding the obvious warnings,"
s Frost. "Getting the guy isn't
ut knowing how they think; it's
ut dating smart, knowing what
want, and raising your stan-
a brochure on the Life-Gets-Better
Scholarship, which was the first
time I heard of the scholarship. She
was like 'Baby did you know you
can go to FAMU for free for four
years with a full scholarship and a
computer?' and I was like 'no
The following year, Jones attend-
ed the recruitment fair that FAMU
hosted in Atlanta, Ga., where he felt
the energy in the room as President
James H. Ammons began to articu-
late the Rattler Charge.
"When Dr. Ammons got up, he
began to say 'When the dark clouds
gather over the horizon' there was
this atmosphere of tension and I
knew something was going to hap-
pen," said Jones. "I did not know
exactly what; it was very exciting.
Then suddenly you heard hissing
from all over the room and you saw
people with fingers in the air and
that is when you start to feel it. I
was like wow! This is something
bigger than what I could have
During the award ceremony,
Ammons awarded Jones with a
$120,000 scholarship for four years
along with a list of other incentives.
It was Jones first scholarship before
he learned about being selected as a
National Achievement Scholar.
"I am so pleased to know that he
decided to attend FAMU," said
Bingham. "I love my alma mater.
When he told me what he made on
the SAT, I was in shock because
you do not come across those
scores in my environment."
Jones expressed that he has
earned his place at FAMU.
"Everything that I have worked
for has helped me earn my place
here," said Jones. "I am going to
earn my right to stay here and when
I graduate, I am going to have
earned my degree."
At only 16, Jones' competitive
edge and independent personality
have given him the tools to set him
apart, he feels, from other students.
"There is no celebration for being
mediocre. The normal people are
forgotten," Jones said. "Everyone
wants to be liked. What greatness is
there for being average?"
Shown above is Tony Brinson,Tanya Wilcher and Tracy Porter par-
ticipating in the JLOC recent clothes Give-A-Way Andr 'e Xphoto
J-LOC provides clothes with dignity
The Jacksonville Local Organizing Committee Inc., for the Millions
More Movement, recently held heir quarterly clothes give-away in the
heart of the city on Myrtle Avenue. Guided by their mission, "Serve The
People", the event proceeded rain or shine despite a dismal forecast.
Participants could also enjoy a free meal.
"Although we presented a clothing event in August, the need of the peo-
ple dictated that we have another one sooner than planned," said Jerome
Noisette J-LOC's chairman.
JLOC Inc., MMM is a non-profit organization committed to providing for
underserved people in Jacksonville. To donate money or volunteer your
service contact us at 904-240-9133 or visit www.jaxloc.org.
Volunteers sought for
Children and Literacy Program
The Duval County Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Program
is seeking volunteers to be trained in the "CAL" program (Children and
Literacy). The program will train community volunteers to read to Pre-
K youth and to assist young children through 8 years in developing read-
ing skills. Volunteers will be asked to give a minimum of 4 hours a
month to the program. Volunteers will be allowed to select a convenient
site at which to serve. This can be an elementary school, daycare facili-
ty, head start program or church nursery. Register for the training at the
Extension Office by calling 387-8855. Training will be held Friday,
October 15th from 9:30a.m to 12:30p.m.
EWC Alumni Host Homecoming
Reception with President Glover
Calling all Edward Waters College alumni and friends. The EWC
National Alumni Association will host a Meet and Greet Reception with
EWC President Nathaniel Glover on Thursday, October 14th at
7:00pm at the -Crowne Plaza Hotel on the Riverwalk (Southbank).
Please join us for an elegant reception to welcome President Glover and
generate spirit for EWC's football season Homecoming. For more infor-
mation, email email@example.com or-eall 904-765-2210.
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October 7 13 2010
Former NFL Wife pens How to Think
Like a Lady and Still Get the Man
PUBLIC NOTICE TO ALL MEMBERS
AND PEOPLE OF INTEREST
JACKSONVILLE BRANCH NAACP
UPCOMING GENERAL ELECTION
The General Membership meetings of the Jacksonville Branch NAACP, for
the purpose of election of officers and at-large members of the executive com-
1. On September 8, 2010, at 7:15 PM (at the Branch Office 5422 Soutel Drive)
there was a election of the Nominating Committee. All members whose member-
ships are current as of 30 days prior to the meeting date may be elected to the
2. On October 14, 2010, at 7:15 PM (at the Branch Office 5422 Soutel Drive)
there will be a report of the Nominating Committee, receipt of Nominations by
Petition, and election of the Election Supervisory Committee. All members whose
memberships are current as of April 1st may be nominated for office or as an at-
large member of the Executive Committee. In order to sign a nominating petition, or
be elected to the Election Supervisory Committee, a member must be current as of
30 days prior to the October meeting.
3. On November 11, 2010, the election of officers and at-large members of the
Executive Committee will take place at the Branch Office 5422 Soutel Drive. Polls
will open from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM. In order to vote in a Branch election, one must
be a member in good standing of the Branch 30 days prior to the election. A form
of identification is required.
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Joseph Boyd, age 11 shown above with the green tie, learns how to tie it from Raymond Bentley, Jr. They
were among several men demonstrating to teens how to tie a necktie during rites of passage ceremony.
Event chair Philip Mobley with Hon. Chair, Rep. B2M mentor Charles Griggs, 5x B2M attendee,
Audrey Gibson and B2M Parent Workshop panelist FAMU junior Brandon Mitchell and B2M Vice
President and CEO Daniel Memorial, Jim Clark. Chair, Officer Ken Jefferson.
400+ attend Annual Boys 2 Men Symposium
by Jackie Boyd
The 2010 Boys2Men Symposium
and Celebrity Basketball game was
again a huge success. This year's
theme, "Bring Your "A" Game",
attracted over 400 teen males and
50 parents, along with a host of
vendors and sponsors who filled the
Police Athletic League (PAL) on
West 33rd Street to capacity.
The annual symposium focuses
on teen males ages 11-18 (high risk
group for academic and social
delinquency), is an antidote to the
County's low graduation rate.
The teens and tweens enjoyed
interactive workshops and a touch-
ing and inspiring Rites of Passage
Ceremony where every young man-
was given a new necktie and dress
shirt and paired with a man who
helped him tie his necktie.
Boys2Men 2010 Chairman Phil
Mobley delivered the message dur-
ing the ceremony, telling the teens
going from manhood to boyhood is
a privilege and an honor, and just as
you leave one phase in life and
embark on a new phase in life, you
must also leave behind those things
that hold you back and keep you
"Every man needs to know how
to tie a necktie," said Mobley.
Dignity U Wear sponsored over 800
new dress shirts and neckties for the
even. Hundreds of teen males from
all walks of life were surrounded by
men who engaged them, talked
with them and helped them.
While the Rites of Passage
Ceremony sparked emotion; the
Celebrity Basketball Game, on the
other hand, sparked another kind of
emotion anticipation and excite-
ment. For many teens who have
attended previous year's
Boys2Men, the basketball game
was the highlight of the day
because they had something to
prove to the men that they indeed
"got game". The youngsters were
determined to take the win this
year. While they played a good
game, the men won again, for the
third straight year 51 to 47.
"The basketball game is more
than a game of basketball, it teach-
es the teens about the game of life,"
said Boys2Men 2010 Vice
Chairman Officer Ken Jefferson .
"They learn how to positively react
to a bad call or what they consider
an unfair play and how to respect
authority. We use this opportunity
as a teaching moment."
Representative Audrey Gibson,
Honorary Chair for the
Symposium, says this is an impor-
tant event because it shows the
teens how important they are and
how so many care about them.
For more photos and highlights
from the event, visit
for updates and pictures from the
event, or face book Boys2Men
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The Jacksonville Free Press is proud
to enter our 24th year of publishing
1,248 consecutive issues of providing news for us, by us, to
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T.L in court to plead for leniency
Rapper T.I. is due back in an Atlanta federal court next
Seek to explain why his probation shouldn't be revoked
i after his recent arrest in Los Angeles.
U.S. District Judge Charles Pannell Jr. has set the hear-
ing for 2 p.m. on Oct. 15, reports the Associated Press.
The same judge sentenced Harris for firearms violations.
An earlier summons signed by Pannell lists three pos-
sible violations of his bond: possession of the drug
ecstasy, testing positive for opiates and associating with a convicted felon.
Los Angeles County Sheriff's officials say the Grammy award-winning
rapper, whose real name is Clifford Harris, was stopped Sept. 1 on a
Hollywood street after making an illegal U-turn. Police say they found
several pills confirmed to be a controlled substance.
Terry's ex to hs gay web series s g -i
Author Terry McMillan's ex, Jonathan : *
Plummer, and Janora McDuffie will host ._ .
NoMoreDownLow.TV. The lifestyle and ,
entertainment web series, set to debut
October 11, is about unveiling the truth
about common myths and dismiss stereo- .
types of same gender-loving people in -
the Black community.
Fresh off his second appearance on the
"Oprah Winfrey Show," Jamaican-born Plummer is widely known for his
summer romance and subsequent union with best-selling author, Terry
McMillan. Their relationship was the inspiration for the smash best-selling
novel-turned-hit movie, "How Stella Got Her Groove Back," in which
Plummer made a cameo appearance. And the rest is her story'? Not exact-
ly. In 2005, Plummer made headlines around the world with the revelation
that he's gay.
Africa United slated to be
the next Slumdog Millionaire
Among the recent flurry of main-
stream films set in Africa there has
been an inescapable common
thread. Blood Diamond, The Last
King of Scotland, Shooting Dogs
and The Constant Gardener: all
well-received, all acclaimed, and
all with white protagonists hero-
ically engaging with a dangerous
and savage continent.
That pattern may be about to
change with the upcoming release
of the acclaimed foreign film
Africa United, dubbed "the rook-
ies' project" by its makers, features
a cast of children aged 11 to 15 who
had never acted before; a writer
producing his first script and a
director making her first feature
Superstar husband and wife
Jay-Z and his wife Beyonce .
Everyone knows that Beyonce and
Jay-Z are one of the most powerful
couples in the biz, but now there's
With the release of the 2010
Guinness Book of World Records,
Hov and BK top the list of Highest
Earning Power Couple with a com-
bined income of $122 million
through June of last year. Beyonce
was the main bread winner, bring-
ing in $87 million through her
clothing line along with a series of
other business ventures. Jay-Z
earned $35 million through music,
his involvement in the 40/40 night
club franchise as well as endorse-
ments and his Rocawear clothing
Africa United is a road movie
about five children who travel
3,000 miles to reach the 2010
World Cup in South Africa. Their
backgrounds are as diverse as the
continent Fabrice, a middle-class
football prot6g6; Dudu, a Rwandan
Aids orphan with a true sense of
determination; Beatrice, his God-
loving and gentle little sister;
Celeste, a proud teenage sex work-
er; and Foreman George, a trauma-
tised former child soldier from the
Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The early screenings have seen
rapturous acclaim for the perform-
ances, including rave reviews and
standing ovations at recent film fes-
* Room *Air
by G. Killday
Will white be the only color on the
red carpet at the 83rd Academy
Although Oscar contenders are
just lining up at the starting gate for
the annual run for the gold, there's
a real possibility that for the first
time since the 73rd Oscars 10 years
ago, there will be no black nomi-
nees in any of the acting categories
at the February ceremony. In fact,
there are virtually no minorities in
any of the major categories among
the early lists of awards hopefuls.
"It's more difficult than ever to get
a picture made with any serious
subject matter -- let alone an eth-
nic-themed one," John Singleton,
an Academy member and two-time
Oscar nominee for 1991's "Boyz N
the Hood," said of the current film-
making environment, which has in
turn narrowed Oscar's choices.
At the 82nd Oscars in March, it
was a dramatically different story,
thanks to "Precious." The gritty
drama earned six noms, Gabourey
Sidibe and Mo'Nique were nomi-
nated as best actress and best sup-
porting actress, respectively, and
Mo'Nique took home the prize.
Geoffrey Fletcher became the first
black winner of a screenplay Oscar.
And Lee Daniels was just the sec-
ond black director ever to earn a
directing nom. In addition, Morgan
Freeman, picked up his fifth nomi-
nation for playing Nelson Mandela
As Singleton points out, "Pre-
cious" defied the conventional wis-
dom that sees the industry steering
away from serious black films. "It
took home Oscars and made $63
million. This from a picture that
was obviously deemed not com-
mercial on arrival."
This year, the early lineup, in a
review of contenders by The
Hollywood Reporter, is striking for
its near-total absence of actors of
"The King's Speech" focuses on
the very proper British royal fami-
ly; "Black Swan" is set among
pale-skinned New York ballerinas;
"127 Hours" details the survival
saga of one (white) dude; "The
Social Network," "The Kids Are
All Right," "Hereafter" and "The
Town" all feature Caucasian casts
and key creative talent.
And it's still possible, of course,
that a yet un-hyped movie could
surface that will change the com-
plexion of the race.
But several awards consultants
said they can't figure out exactly
where it would come from.
Tyler Perry's "For Colored Girls,"
an adaptation of Ntozake Shange's
1975 play "For Colored Girls Who
Have Considered Suicide When the
Rainbow is Enuf," is one of the few
remaining question marks, since
Lionsgate has not yet begun
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can expect a "white out" at the Oscars
screening the movie, which opens
November 5. The cast includes one
past Oscar winner in Whoopi
Goldberg along with Thandie
Newton, Anika Noni Rose, Kerry
Washington, Loretta Devine,
Phylicia Rashad and Janet Jackson.
But while it marks a serious turn
for Perry, who's known for his
commercial comedies, it's
unclear whether any of the
could emerge from the
ensemble to claim a nomi-
nation. (Jackson's best
shot at a nomination may
be in the song category,
since she's also co-writer
of the tune "Nothing,"
which is on the soundtrack
of Perry's "Why Did I Get
"Perry is currently the
with an ongoing concern
at a studio, and he contin-
ues to, as black people say,
'Hold it down' with pic-
tures that draw a core
black audience as well as
observed. "But, sadly, this
is a sector that most of the
rest of the industry has
neglected as of late with Tyli
If the Oscar nominations,
which will be revealed January 25,
do go to an all-white cast of actors,
that's sure to put the Academy in an
uncomfortable position since it's
been making real efforts to ensure
its own membership is more
But when it comes to bestowing
Oscars, the Academy is at the
mercy of films are available.
"I haven't seen all the movies that
are coming yet," noted Sherak.
"But you can only work with what
is given to you. There has to be
something you are able to vote for."
"It feels kind of circumstantial,"
one member of Hollywood's black
community said about this year's
lack of black contenders. "Maybe
you could get some studio people
to address it, but then there are no
black studio executives, which is
The last time the Academy was
forced to confront the issue was the
68th Academy Awards, which took
place in 1996. Although Quincy
Jones served as the show's produc-
er that year and Goldberg was host,
the Rev. Jesse Jackson used the
awards to protest "the paucity of
nominations of people of color
(which) is directly related to the
lack of films featuring the talents of
people of color." While he didn't
target the actual ceremony at the
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, he
called for a viewer boycott and
Washington opted for the apocalyp-
tic "The Book of Eli," which ran
into decidedly mixed reviews, and
the upcoming action movie
"Unstoppable." Spike Lee concen-
trated on his second documentary
about New Orleans, "If God Is
Willing and da Creek Don't Rise,"
which bowed on HBO last month.
er Perry's "For Colored Girls" may be the last and only opportunity
for Afrian-American thespians to be an Oscar contender.
protests at ABC affiliates.
This year, though, the movies are
looking a lot more monochromatic.
Minority actors certainly are find-
ing work: They are featured promi-
nently in nearly half of 2010's top
20 domestic-grossers, whether it's
Don Cheadle and Samuel L.
Jackson lending their muscle to
"Iron Man 2," Eddie Murphy voic-
ing Donkey in "Shrek Forever
After," young Jaden Smith follow-
ing in his dad Will's shoes in
"Karate Kid" with the help of
Jackie Chan or Jamie Foxx and
Queen Latifah popping up in
"Valentine's Day." But those aren't
the kind of movies that generally
win the Academy's respect.
"It may be an effect of the (2007-
2008) writers' strike," theorized
one awards strategist. "The studios
were all playing it cautious."
Some Academy favorites also just
didn't throw their hat into the ring
this year. Two-time nominee Smith
sat out the year without a new
release. Two-time winner Denzel
ects are now being relegated to spe-
cialty pictures -- as they were in the
'80s before Spike Lee," Singleton
Hollywood might not be taking
full advantage of the potential audi-
ence: According to the MPAA,
Hispanics comprise 15% of the
U.S. population, but they buy 21%
of the movie tickets; blacks, 12%
of the population, buy 11%.
SAG, which issues a report on
minority casting every two years, is
still collecting data on '09 and '10,
which won't be released until next
fall. In 2007, non-Caucasian per-
formers in both film and TV hit a
peak of 29.39%, falling marginally
to 27.5% in 2008. "At this point, it's
hard to tell where we are, but my
feeling is that it's pretty much the
same," Yee said.
Those percentages are not likely
to be reflected at this year's Oscars.
Right now, barring a surprise entry
in the race, the major categories are
in danger of looking like a whites-
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Analysis: Don't count
Kendrick Meek Out
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by Michael Cottman,
Meek believes in
comebacks. And he's
asking voters to jump
on the bandwagon
Meek, the resilient
Florida who is trying
to win a U.S. Senate
seat, is gaining some
weeks before the
Nov. 2 election. And
in a race closely
Florida Democratic Senate candidate Rep.
Kendrick Meek right, hugs Vice President Joe
Biden as Sen. Bill Nelson looks on at left, during
a Florida Democratic Party event.
watched by pollsters
and politicians across the country,
Meek is telling the Florida elec-
torate not to count him out.
The frontrunner, Republican
Marco Rubio, at 41 percent, holds a
commanding lead over independent
candidate Charlie Crist, with 30
percent, but the latest Rasmussen
Report poll shows Meek in third
place with 21 percent.
So why is third place noteworthy?
Because Meek, who was written off
by pundits a few months ago, won a
hard-fought Democratic primary
and is now only nine points behind
Crist, and he could possibly turn
the contest into a two-man race.
At least that's what Meek is hop-
"As expected, Meek is running a
tough race, and it may well pay off
as Democratic voters realize that a
vote for Crist is a vote for someone
who was willing to switch parties
rather than face the music in his
own party," Karen Finney, a
Democratic political strategist said.
And there's a lot at stake: Meek
has given up his House seat in an
attempt to become one of two black
representatives in the Senate. If he
loses, Meek is out of politics.
It's perhaps the gamble of his life.
Meek needs black voters to turn
out like 'they've never turned out
before, but in the meantime, Meek
is getting help from his fellow
Democrats. The Florida
Democratic Party released a sting-
ing new ad that portrays Crist's past
as a partisan Republican by offer-
ing clips of Crist praising George
W. Bush and Sarah Palin, and call-
ing himself "a Jeb Bush
Some political observers think the
Crist campaign is in serious trouble,
which could benefit Meek.
"His only path to victory is to find
a way to be Democratic enough to
win enough Democrats, Republican
enough to win enough Republicans,
and to do that in a way where he
doesn't anger Independents,"
Steven Schale, a Meek supporter,
wrote in a blog. "Not exactly the
easiest thing to do, when
Democrats now have a plausible
alternative in Meek and
Republicans in Rubio."
Last month, during a rally in
Florida, Meek got a boost from
President Barack Obama, and
Meek is hoping to use Obama's
endorsement to rally Democrats
across the state.
"Kendrick has been a champion
of middle-class families and some-
body who has not been afraid to
stand up to the status quo and spe-
cial interests," Obama said. "So, we
need that kind of fighter in the
United States Senate. I need you to
help him get there. We need leaders
like ... Kendrick in this country
because we are facing an incredibly
Meek is facing a challenging time
as well. On Nov. 3, Meek will wake
up either as an influential U.S. sen-
ator or another unemployed black
man in America looking for a job.
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