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NAACP calls for ban on cigarettes
The FDA's deliberations over a possible ban on menthol cigarettes have
touched off a firestorm of debate about how to wean black consumers
from their heavy dependence on cigarettes spiked with the minty flavor-
ing. This week, the debate among African American organizations burst
into the open after the NAACP, joined ranks with the anti-smoking
group, the American Legacy Foundation, in calling for a ban on menthol
as a cigarette flavoring.
The NAACP's appeal came just days after three other African
American groups the Congress of Racial Equality, the National Black
Chamber of Commerce, and the National Organization of Black Law
Enforcement Executives urged the FDA to reject a ban on mentholat-
ed cigarettes. Those groups, testifying before a recent meeting of the
FDA's scientific advisory panel on tobacco products, expressed concern
that banning mentholated cigarettes could spur an illicit market for the
outlawed products in minority communities where they are favored. Such
a trade in banned menthol cigarettes, in turn, would likely drive a range
of illegal activity and put new burdens on law enforcement agencies, they

New Birth Missionary Baptist
sued over sexual harassment
ATLANTA Embattled New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, which
has been under media scrutiny since four young men accused its' pastor,
Bishop Eddie Long, of seducing them, is facing more. This time from a
female employee who says that she was sexually harassed by another
employee in Long's inner circle.
In the civil lawsuit Tama Colson claims that a male employee showed
her a picture of his genitals, and when she complained, he and others
relatiated against her. The suit is against the church, and Long is not
named as a defendant. A church spokesperson said in a statement: "Tama
Colson's complaint allegedly happened in October of 2009. Although,
Tama Colson was aware of the New Birth sexual harassment policy,
[which states the harassment must be reported within 48 hours,] she did
not make her complaint known to New Birth authorities until August of
this year. New Birth moved swiftly to launch an investigation that is
ongoing." For her part, Colson says she talked to a security official at the
church the day the alleged incident occurred

Crack, powder cocaine
sentence guidelines adjusted
WASHINGTON Federal sentencing guidelines have been revised to
conform to a law that reduced a wide gap between prison terms for crack
cocaine and powder cocaine convictions.
The U.S. Sentencing Commission voted 6-1 last week to approve a tem-
porary amendment to federal guidelines.
Earlier this year, Congress passed the Fair Sentencing Act. It changed a
25-year-old law that authorized the same mandatory prison term for hav-
ing 5 grams of crack cocaine as for possessing 500 grams, or 100 times
more, powder cocaine. Critics said the old law discriminated against
blacks, who outnumbered whites among crack users.
The new law reduced the ratio to 18-1 and eliminated mandatory sen-
tences for possessing less than 28 grams of crack cocaine.
A permanent amendment must be submitted to Congress by May.

Faction that lost SCLC files appeal
ATLANTA A faction that lost a lawsuit over who should lead the civil
rights group co-founded by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. filed an
appeal Monday, accusing rival board members of "hijacking" the
Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
Several leaders from the SCLC gathered at a church in southwest
Atlanta to announce the appeal of a Sept. 1 ruling by Fulton County
Superior Court Judge Alford Dempsey. The ruling effectively placed con-
trol of the group with a faction siding with King's daughter, the Rev.
Bernice King, who was elected last October as its leader.
The SCLC has spent nearly a year in court, wrangling over control of
the organization.The SCLC was co-founded by King's father, Martin
Luther King Jr., Ralph David Abernathy, Joseph Lowery and others in
1957 and was a leading force in the civil rights struggle of the 1960s.

Florida family victims of
housing discrimination
Racism is alive and well in Gibsonton, Florida. The U.S. Department
of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that it is charg-
ing the owners of a single-family home in Gibsonton with violating the
Fair Housing Act for engaging in discriminatory housing practices. The
owners allegedly backed out of renting a house to a mother and her three
children because they were black. In addition, the charge states that the
owners used racial slurs when referring to and addressing the family.
The investigation found that Robert and Katherine Cairns initially
agreed to rent a house they own to the family of four. Two days after the
family moved in, however, Robert Cairns refused to accept their rent
payment, ordered the children out of the house while their mother was at
work, and changed the locks on the house. The children were later found
by a relative about a quarter of a mile away under a highway underpass.
When the mother contacted the local police to report the incident and
regain access to the house, Mrs. Cairns allegedly said, "I can't believe

you ['n-word']s called the police on me. You ['n-word]s make me sick. I
just want you ['n-word']s out of my house." The Cairns subsequently
rented the house to another tenant.

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.... ...presidential proportions

Pictured above are Benivia Forester (1), a 36-year-old breast cancer
survivor, and Faye Lance, (r) who lost her father to cancer several
years ago. Lance is also the event chairperson for the American
Cancer Society Relay for Life at the Beaches.

This past Saturday, thousands of
breast cancer survivors and advo-
cates for disease prevention partici-
pated in walks and rallies through-
out Northeast Florida to commemo-
rate October as breast cancer
month. One such event was the
annual "Making Strides Against

thinks pink!
Cancer Walk" at Jacksonville
Beach. Walkers, runners and bikers
traveled 5k to "celebrate life and
breast cancer survivorship." s.
Since 1993, nearly six million
participants have raised more than
$400 million to save lives from
breast cancer.

Shown at the event are Mayoral candidate Alvin Brown, former
President Bill Clinton and Cong. Corrine Brown at the fund raiser.

As the fall elections come to a
close, Jacksonville's highly con-
tested city elections are starting to
heat up. Mayoral candidates are
being seen around the city partici-
pating in forums and holding
fundraisers. This week, Alvin
Brown had none other than
President Bill Clinton stomp for his
campaign at a fundraiser at the
River Club. Brown has important
friends. His other events have

included America's first Black bil-
lionaire Bob Johnson and
acclaimed attorney Willie Gary.
His impressive resume includes
managing. a $4 billion budget,
Presidential adviser and president
of a national organization.
"Jacksonville needs someone to
bring this city together. You don't
need any more downers," Clinton
told the crowd. "Alvin Brown is the
original upper." said the President.

General imparts recipe of success to Ribault students

Jasmine Johnson, Lizbeth Delgado, Erike Lozado, Richard Geroka, Jada Murphy, Devonte Gehis, Shukayla Harrison, Lamar Rodgers,
Keyonna Banks, Willie McCyllatt, and Johanton Dalrymple shown above were some of the students privy to the discussion. FMPphoto
How does a Black man raised in civil rights era St. Augustine, Fl rise to become one of the highest ranking men in the U.S. Marines? That answer
along with his motivation were imparted to students at Ribault High School last week by Major General Ronald Bailey, Commanding General of the
Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego. The north Florida native stressed values and determination to the high school students eloquently citing the
necessity of keeping your integrity, because that is something 'no one can take away from you.' The 33 year veteran also told the students the value of
respect. "Look down, because you never know who under you is looking up," he said.

Biktoberfest ranks high

on area cyclists' travel list

Shown (L-R) from Quarter Mile Cycles are Will Robinson, Danielle
Williams, General Franklin, Camry Ware, Markeith Stony, Kisha
Holloway and Chris Holloway FMP
Biketoberfest, the annual Biking event held in October in Daytona
Beach,FL, drew thousands of biker enthusiasts to the oceanfront commu-
nity. Among those were many from the First Coast. For a few sights and
scenes of bikers of color from Jacksonville, check out page 9.

(L-R) Bro. Andre Neal, Bro. Darrel Brock and Bro Raymond Stiles
journeyed to the Day of Atonement in Tampa, Fl.
Day of Atonement commorated in Tampa
A contingency of close to a hundred of Jacksonville citizens trekked to
Tampa last weekend on the 15th anniversary of the Million Man March.
The events founder, Min. Louis Farrkhan keynoted the address on the date
now dubbed "A Day of Atonement". For more highlights from the event,
see page 9.

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will Democrats
close strong?
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EWC alumni celebrate Homecoming with Annual Spirit Breakfast

EWC Head Men's Basketball Coach from 1958-1967 Thomas
Barton and Jacksonville Alumni President Charles Moore ('75).

This past weekend, the Edward
Waters College Alumni Association
hosted its Homecoming 2010 Spirit
Breakfast to celebrate football, tra-
dition and the achievements of out-
standing graduates. For more than
a decade, the event has been at the
center of alumni Homecoming
activities, bringing together six
decades of graduates, some of
whom attended EWC in the 1940s.
This year's Spirit Breakfast was
made memorable with appearance
of alumnus and EWC Interim
President Nat Glover. The event
also featured the induction of the
2010 Class of the EWC Sports Hall
of Fame. Eleven men received this
honor for their contributions to ath-
letics, academics, and for their lead-
ership in the community and vari-
ous fields of endeavor.
The honorees were: Alfred
Benefield, Ivery Black, James

Butler, James Clark, Morris
Grooms, Charles Grover, Jerome
Hill, Louis Hill, Willis Simmons,
Otto Strickland, and Jerome
EWC Basketball Greats from the
1950s the 2000s also received
accolades for their achievements.
They included All-Americans
Latrika Allen, Brad Clark and
Ladarian Raymond; All-Conference
players Jerry Bullard, Joseph Hill
and Willie Thomas; and coaching
greats Thomas Barton, Walter
Fordham and Anthony Mosley.
According to National Alumni pres-
ident Marguerite Warren, the Spirit
Breakfast was created to recognize
outstanding alumni and to recon-
nect graduates with their classmates
and alma mater. "So often, time
and space create barriers. We lose
contact with friends and other
important aspects of our youth. The

Honorees Jerry Bullard ('64), Joseph Hill ('71), and Albert Ussery.

Honorees Latrika Allen ('05), Brad
Clark ('01), and Ladarian Raymond ('07).
Spirit Breakfast helps us to corn- for so many of us. It's now our turn
memorate and remember the posi- to give back," said Warren. Eric
tive opportunities EWC provided Johnson photos

Black Firefighters launch campaign to reduce fire deaths

The International Association of
Black Professional Fire Fighters
launched the "No Child Left Alone
Fire Safety Campaign" during Fire
Prevention Week, last week, in
order to educate Black people
everywhere about the risk of fire in
their communities.
Of all children killed in home

fires, 38 percent were Black accord-
ing to a 2008 report by the U.S. Fire
Administration. According to the
Black Firefighters Association,
African Americans face a risk of
fire death almost twice that of an
individual of another race
Black Firefighters say children
should never be left unsupervised at

home, even for a few minutes. The
risk that a fire starts increases even
when a child is being looked after
by an older child.
There are many steps parents and
guardians can take to protect their
homes and loved ones. According
to the Federal Emergency
Management Agency, the vast

majority of fires that lead to death
have two causes; cooking equip-
ment and cigarettes or other smok-
ing material. Even when there isn't
risk of a major fire in the kitchen,
children are more likely to be scald-
ed or burned by hot food, liquids or
equipment than they are to be
burned in a house fire.

And the lack of smoke alarms
adds a big risk factor. Nearly two
thirds of residential fires that kill
children occur in homes without a
working smoke alarm. The reasons
that more African American chil-
dren die in residential fires is rooted
in historic inequities; low-income
families are more likely to be vic-

tims of fire due to substandard
housing, lack of smoke alarms, eco-
nomic constraints to provide adult
supervision and use of alternative
heating sources.
For more information about how
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100 Black Men honor

legacy of Bernard Gregory
The 100 Black Men of Jacksonville, Inc. hosted its 13th Annual
Bernard V. Gregory Scholarship/Student of the Year Awards Banquet on
16 October at the Hyatt Riverfront Hotel in downtown Jacksonville.
The guest speaker for this year's banquet was the Honorable Judge
Michael F. Andrews of New Port Richey. Judge Andrews serves on the
6th Judicial Circuit.
The banquet, was held in honor of the late community activist Bernard
V. Gregory, saluting the outstanding academic and civic accomplish-
ment of area youth. Saturday's event awarded 22 scholarships and two
Student of the Year awards to deserving area youth. Since the first ban-
quet, hundreds of students have been recognized and tens of thousands
of dollars have been awarded. Scholarships are awarded to provide stu-
dents critical funding as they pursue their college educations. Youth of
the Year honorees receive savings bonds, trophies and gifts which will
serve as future resources for educational pursuits.

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Republicans have the advantage of

enthusiasm, but will Democrats close strong?

With early voting starting this
week it signifies that election sea-
son is almost over. There are less
than two weeks to go before the
critical November 2nd mid-term
elections voter turnout is key for
both Democrats and Republicans.
I have said it time and time again.
Politics is a strange animal. It
interesting that the same spirit of
change or should I say that tidal
wave of change that ushered in
President Obamna is also the theme
two years later.
This time the coin has flipped.
Republicans and Tea Party candi-
dates, who in most cases are the
same I guess, are using the change
theme as well.
In fact, some Conservatives are
using the theme, "Change the
change in 2010."
This whole enthusiasm gap
mantra that I keep hearing about is
apparently real. At first, I wasn't
really buying it, but now I am sold.
There seems to clearly be much
more passion and momentum on
the Republican side of the fence.
Two years ago Democrats,
Independents and moderate
Republicans were fired up. The
economy was terrible, Wall Street
was unchecked, the housing market
started spiraling out of control, and
most people felt like President
George W. Bush was the worse

thing since Milli Vanilli.
What a difference a day makes.
Republicans now appear to have
the upper hand. With the economy
recovering very slowly and
Democrats making a series of divi-
sive moves like health care reform,
the GOP has seized the moment.
And of course, with the unem-
ployment rate still high and the
continuous instability in the hous-
ing market, Democrats are facing
an uphill battle this election cycle.
I hate to sound like a broken
record, but it is still the economy
stupid. That's the bottom line and
will essentially always be one of
the biggest factors every campaign
cycle. When people are hurting
financially they naturally look for
change in political leadership.
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.
But is it too late for Democrats to
fire up their base and turn things
Democrats have traditionally
done a much better job with their
"Get out the Vote" or GOTV activ-
ities. The party has a history of
grassroots campaigning and ener-

gizing voters to turn out in large
numbers, but Republicans are now
using similar grassroots efforts to
mobilize their base as well.
Republicans have a strange
advantage this election season. On
the far, far right, Glenn Beck and
his conspiracy believers have
painted President Obama as the
central figure in a attempt to over-
throw America. We have to take
America back.
I keep trying to figure out who
has America and do they mean take
the country back from Democrats
or take the country back from the
black man who is president?
Whatever the true meaning is I
guess it is irrelevant to some
because the Tea Party and Beck
believers are fueling participation
by the most extreme 10 percent or
15 percent of the electorate.
Here is the other brilliance in
what Republicans are doing this
year. They realize that voters have
short-term memories and are taking
advantage of that fact.
Going back to the economy for a
moment, they are benefiting from
the discontent bred by the econom-
ic downturn that began on their
watch. President Obama has been
in office for less than two years, but
now he and Democrats are being
blamed for an economy that started
going bad nearly three years ago.

Politics is all about the spin.
Although Democrats are facing
major losses this year, they have
seemed to regroup somewhat in
several major battle states and may
not take as many losses as once
We will see how real this enthu-
siasm gap polling really is on
November 2.
An AP-Knowledge Networks
poll released this week shows 67
percent of John McCain voters are
certain to vote in the 2010 election,
compared to only 51 percent of
Obama voters.
The same poll showed that the
majority of Obama voters (59 per-
cent) feel "hopeful" about Obama's
presidency, while the majority of
McCain voters (71 percent) feel
"frustrated." The poll also shows
that 30 percent of Obama voters
think he is maintaining his promise
to change Washington.
The most troubling figure from
this poll shows that about 25 per-
cent of Obama voters say they are
thinking about voting for the GOP
in 2010.
Halloween my be extra scary for
Democrats if they don't get their
voters to the polls.
Signing off from the Highlands
Library early voting center,
Reggie Fullwood

Way past time Obama learned to play the race card

by Earl Ofari
Obama will
play the race
card when he
needs to play it.
And there's
absolutely nothing wrong with that.
He shouted to a crowd at Bowie
State University in Maryland not to
make him look bad. The pitch to
black voters is to get out in
November and vote like your life
depends on it. That means voting to
save a slew of endangered
Congressional Democrats. The
stakes are well-known. A GOP grab
of the House, even without the
Senate, will almost certainly mean
endless committee investigations
of Obama administration actions,
funding and appropriation stalls
and sabotage, and a relentless no to
every Obama initiative from energy
to immigration reform. The escala-
tion of congressional wars would
be distracting, debilitating, and
pose deep danger to Obama's
reelection bid in 2012.
Appealing directly to black vot-
ers for help is not a desperation
move. It's a smart and necessary
political move. Black voters are
more than just the underpin of the
Democratic Party. They also make
up a significant percent of the vot-
ers in districts in Pennsylvania,
Michigan, Wisconsin, Alabama,
Indiana, and Florida where endan-
gered Democrats are battling insur-
gent GOP candidates to keep their
seats. The strategic placement of
black voters made the difference in
Ohio, North Carolina, and
Pennsylvania in 2008 in his White
House win. In these states McCain

gapped Obama with white blue col-
lar, rural, and older white voters.
Black voters filled in the gap.
November is no different. Polls
show that there is a high interest
among black voters in the mid-term
election. Apathy and indifference is
not as endemic as assumed.
But it will take soul stirring and
direct appeals to insure that they
get to the polls. Obama is the only
Democrat that can do it. He's still
wildly popular among blacks. And
their anger and fear that his presi-
dency is in danger heightens the
sense of urgency to vote.
This isn't the first time Obama
has made a racial pitch. During the
campaign his candidacy was on the
line in the first Democratic presi-
dential primary in January 2008 in
South Carolina. Then Democratic
rival Hillary Clinton was the front
runner. She appeared to have a lock
on the black vote in the state where
blacks made up nearly half the
Democratic voting numbers. A win
there and she would have had the
wind blowing gale force at her back
as she rolled into the other primar-
ies in the South where black voters
made up a substantial percent of the
Democratic primary voters. Obama
quickly dialed up the one African-
American with the name recogni-
tion, cachet and appeal to stir a
racial course correction away from
Hillary. That was Oprah. She held
two giant campaign rallies com-
plete with the gay bashing, but
immensely popular Gospel singer
Donnie McClurkin. Oprah virtually
commanded blacks to do their
racial duty and back Obama. It
worked and the rest is history.
There's another compelling rea-
son to justify Obama's politically

practical and savvy necessity to use
race. The GOP has done it for four
decades and is doing it openly and
quietly this time around.
The shouts, taunts, spitting, cat-
calls, joker posters, N word slurs,
Confederate and Texas Lone Star
flag waving by tea party activists at
their early rallies, the billboards
that crop up along highways and
back roads that depict Obama as a
communist, terrorist, and racially
mocking caricatures, and the recy-
cled racially leaden code words,
slogans, and digs have been an
indispensable political necessity
for the GOP.
The GOP could not have been
competitive during campaign 2008
without the bail out from white
conservative voters. Elections are
usually won by candidates with a
solid and impassioned core of bloc
voters. The GOP's conservative,
white base, vote consistently and
faithfully. And in elections going
back three decades have voted in a
far greater percentage than
Hispanics and blacks in midterm
elections. Polls have repeatedly
shown that they are just as enthusi-
astic about this election partly
stirred by rage at Obama, the
Democrats, and government. The
usual undertow of race is a driving
The GOP leaders have long
known that their constituents can
be easily aroused to vote and shout
loudly on the emotional wedge
issues; abortion, family values,
anti-gay marriage and tax cuts. For
fourteen months, they whipped up
their hysteria and borderline racism
against health care reform. These
are the very voters that GOP presi-
dents and aspiring presidents,

Nixon, Reagan, Bush Sr. and W.
Bush, and McCain and legions of
GOP governors, senators and con-
gresspersons banked for victory
and to seize and maintain regional
and national political dominance.
Obama did the right thing when
faced with the prospect of defeat in
a key presidential primary by
Hillary. He played directly to the
black vote. In November his presi-
dency doesn't hinge on a massive
black voter turnout. His prestige,
legislative agenda, and orderly
White House governance do. If it
takes playing the race card to get
results then there's nothing wrong
with that.
Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an
author and political analyst.

Black in America

While the other networks and their on-air personalities
continue to reflect society's resistance to issues of race
and equity, CNN continues valuable and educational
programming about being Black in America. Blacks and
other "minorities" are on network and cable shows in
abundance, but few outwardly identify with being Black in America. Across
most channels Blacks' image is of a monolithic entity without culture or his-
torical relevance. Even those networks with Blacks in their employ, their
personas and presentations are normally cued to America's "mainstream".
Name a Black on-air personality that you associate with being an advocate
for Black empowerment. CNN and Maria de la Soledad Teresa O'Brien
have taken the boldest steps in the industry toward Black education and
empowerment with the Black in America franchise. Black In America is a
CNN multiplatform programming project with a series of documentaries
that look at the culture and issues of Blacks in America. Now in its third
year of production, the initiative is gaining widespread acclaim igniting dis-
cussions on Black issues. This year Black in America has evolved to include
local partnerships with leadership individuals and groups on issues facing
Blacks. As Soledad and CNN focus on the role of the church in Black life
in the third production set called "Almighty Debt", the franchise's market-
ing practices have evolved to a level deserving of mention.
Much of the success of the series is
based on the tone set by Soledad As Soledad and CNN
O'Brien. The multiracial daughter of
an Irish Australian mechanical engi- focus on the role of the
neering professor and an Afro-Cuban church in Black life in

French and English teacher has been
the face and impetus of the Black in
America franchise since it began in
2008. Soledad & Co. developed one of
the most widely televised documentary
series on the contemporary Black expe-
rience in cable television history. To
which she says: "With each Black in
America I hope to shed light on the

the third production set
called "Almighty Debt",
the franchise's market-
ing practices have
evolved to a level
deserving of mention.

challenges and triumphs of the African American community. My goal is
always to tell the story of how we got where we are today and to measure
the distance traveled". CNN has had high outreach among Blacks since its
founding by Ted Turner in 1980. Xemona Clayton was appointed Vice
President of Urban Affairs in 1988 to forge positive relationships with
Blacks. From the beginning, CNN has faced an increasingly competitive
media environment from more than seventy 24-hour news channels, but
nonetheless retained a dominant position for many years. In 1996 Fox
News was launched and by early 2002 had overtaken CNN in US ratings
race. In 2009 CNN fell behind MSNBC with the 25-to-54-year old demo-
Blacks have always had a presence at CNN and in 2009 the second Black
In America was produced. The National Association of Black Journalists
selected O'Brien as "Journalist of the Year" for the series. "Soledad's work
in the Black In America series offered extraordinary and gripping stories of
successful community leaders who are improving the lives of African-
Americans," said NABJ President Kathy Y. Times. "This was an example of
great reporting, and through her work and platform she shared stories in our
communities that often go untold."
In the third series, Black In America enhances its brand as it delves into
creative and proactive ways an African-American faith community is
addressing the challenges of the economic crisis. For its "Almighty Debt"
documentary, CNN offered kits to individuals and groups interested in hold-
ing their own screenings. In this innovative promotional technique Soledad
O'Brien leads screening sessions that include a discussion forum with local
leaders. Such a forum was convened in the nation's capital by the
Washington Informer local Black newspaper. The panel featured: Soledad,
Pastor Deforest Soaries of the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens, syn-
dicated financial columnist Michelle Singletary, Black Enterprise's Dr. Marc
Lamont Hill and Informer publisher Denise Rolark Barnes.
"Black in America: Churched" debuts across America October 21st.
O'Brien says "The Black In America experience is an American story...a raw
and intimate look at stories that everyone will be able to relate to. I hope this
documentary will open doors to dialogue and understanding."


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Minority single moms have a median wealth of 4%

Smith said.
"Blacks see conservatism and
racism as one in the same. They see
conservatism as hostile to their
interest," he said.
Two black representatives cur-
rently involved in ethics investiga-
tions Eddie Bernice Johnson of
Dallas and Charlie Rangel of New
York have black Republican chal-
"Republicans will have a difficult
challenge, even when facing black
representatives involved in scan-
dals," Smith said. "If Adam Clayton
Powell IV could not beat Charlie
Rangel, I don't believe another can-
didate can do it this time," he said.
"In spite of the scandals, by the
time you get to November, it's a
party line vote," Smith said. "If
these representatives were going to
be unseated, it would have had to
happen in the primaries."
Timothy Johnson says black
Republican candidates will show
their strength in November.
"I listen to 'The Tom Joyner
Morning Show and others. They
don't give black Republicans a
chance," Johnson said.
"It's not about voting for the best
party. It's about voting for the best
person for the job," Johnson said.
"It's about choice, and that's what is
being offered in this election."

A new report from NYU's
Women of Color Policy Network,
"At Rope's End," offers a definitive
examination of wealth in families
headed by single mothers. The find-
ings are not surprising: women of
color, who bear the compounding
and accumulating weight of racial
and gender inequities in the econo-
my, are most likely to be left with
no wealth. Wealth, as opposed to

Sign of the times or seizing opportunity?

Nearly 40 African-Americans

running as Republicans

There hasn't been a black
Republican in Congress since J.C.
Watts left office in 2003. But at
least 38 black GOP candidates in 21
states are on ballots for the
November general election, with
several challenging incumbent
black Democrats and others with
high name recognition. In our sun-
shine state, local politician Jennifer
Carrol was been selected as the run-
ning mate of Rick Scott's guberna-
torial campaign.
In Chicago's Second
Congressional District, for exam-
ple, Jesse Jackson Jr. won the seat
in 2008 with 90 percent of the vote.
This time, he is being challenged
by Isaac Hayes, a conservative
black Republican who also has
strong ties to the faith community.
Timothy Johnson, vice chairman
of the North Carolina Republicans,
says Hayes' race is just one exam-
ple of the high visibility Republican
candidates are carrying in the
midterm election.
"Blacks to not all look alike. We
do not all think alike. We are just as
diverse as the white community,"
Johnson said.
"We have options. We have
always had options. With the cal-
iber of people we have running for
office this year, we can have quali-
ty representation on both sides of
the aisle," said Johnson, who also
leads the Frederick Douglass
Foundation, organization that
encourages alternative choices in
policy and politics.
But Robert Smith, a political sci-
ence professor at San Francisco
State University, says he doubts
there will be a large number of
black Republicans elected this year
to Congress.
"Sure, there is a large number, but
how many of them are serious can-
didates?" Smith said, referring to
the 38 people seeking House and
Senate seats across the nation.
"It's very difficult for black
Republicans to get elected to
Congress. Those who have been
elected were in majority white dis-
tricts that were conservative,"

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Supported by President Barack Obama and President Bill Clinton,
Teachers and Florida's Working Families

Kendrick Meek is the Real
Democrat in this race. He
is working every day to
bring jobs to the state and
A get Florida's economy
working again for
middle-class Floridians.

* Kendrick Meek has served our community for
over 16 years as a legislator and successfully
fought to reduce class sizes for our children.

* Kendrick Meek fought Jeb Bush's plan to
eliminate affirmative action in Florida's
colleges and state institutions. Kendrick and
State Rep. Tony Hill sat outside the
Governor's office for 25 hours protesting
Bush's plan.

LpEid or y Ka dri

income, is the balance between all
assets and debt; it's what provides a
cushion in hard times and a step up
for children.
With recent cuts to the social
safety net pushed through Congress
by obstructionist Republicans and
defecting Democrats, these
inequities are set to grow. "At
Ropes End" offers a set of propos-
als to prevent this and begin to cre-

ate a more equitable economy.
Among the report's findings:
Single mothers possess only 4
percent of the wealth of single
fathers: $100 compared to $25,300.
Race and ethnicity are signifi-
cant factors. Black and Latino sin-
gle mothers have a median wealth
of zero, whereas white women
report a median wealth of $6,000.
In 2009, 23 percent of white

PRIDE members journey to Sapelo for cultural comfort

Shown above are Felice Franklin, Vanessa Boyer and Linda Johnson with the 54 Massachusetts Regiment
enactment group enroute to the island on the ferry. While there, they also presented the island's Hog
Hammock library with books and fellowshipped with author Tina McElroy Ansa.

Members of the PRIDE Book
Club journeyed to historic Sapelo
Island,G eorgia last weekend to par-
ticipate in the annual Sapelo Island
Festival. The day long cultural
event is a celebrationof Sapelo's
Geechee-Gullah heritage including
its music (the Ring Shout), lan-
guage (Geechee-Gullah), food
(smoked mullet, Low Country Boil)

and traditions such as sweetgrass
basketmaking, seine and cast net-
making. There were also character
demonstrations and other perform-
On the main stage, history of the
Gulah-Geeche culture was shared
and presentations in the native lan-
guages were performed. Many of
the native islanders described that

they had been ashamed of their lan-
guage in the past but now embrace
it and are determined to pass it on to
the younger generation.
"The Geeche language was
almost a secret tongue," said story-
teller Ms. Kohn. "Slaves could talk
to each other but often times could
not be understood by others that
was the whole idea."

women who were heads of house-
holds with children lived in poverty,
compared to 40 percent of African-
American and Latino female-head-
ed households.
Younger single mothers experi-
ence the greatest disadvantage in
terms of wealth and assets. Over
half of single mothers under the age
of 40 have zero or negative wealth.
More than three-quarters of sin-
gle women mothers have debt of
some kind. The most common debt
for single mothers is credit card
debt followed by installment debt.
In the recession, single women
mothers are most likely to be unem-
ployed and as a result, their kids are
more likely bare the full weight of
the economic downturn. But moms
with jobs are also more likely to
have bad ones. The report finds that
the labor market is marred by seg-
regation, with women of color dis-
proportionately relegated to the
lowest wage jobs that provide the
fewest benefits.
The current Congress hasn't done
much to help. Lawmakers have
been busy chopping away at social
service programs in the name of
reducing the deficit. Meanwhile,
Republicans refuse to support any-
thing that might actually move the
deficit downward. And the Obama
administration seems to be strug-
gling to pass even the most pared
down economic initiatives.
The report points to legislative
solutions that include an increase in
child care subsidies and passage of
the Paycheck Fairness Act, which
would require race and gender
wage equity and bolster tax credits
for low-wage single mothers. But it
also also offers solutions that
bypass Congress altogether-
things like better enforcement of
existing racial and gender bias pro-
tections; larger programs to help
low-income women and women of
color enter higher education and
more "culturally competent" finan-
cial literacy.

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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 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 Family Movement Conference,
October 20-22, 2010, in Tallahassee, Florida. It is imperative that our com-
munities 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 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. For more
information, please contact: Dr. Linda T. Fortenberry at (850) 681-0990 or

Donations needed by MMM
Million More Movement Jacksonville Local Organizing Conmmittee, 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

St. Andrew presents
Youth Day
St. Andrews Missionary Baptist
Church, located at 2600 West 46t Street,
invite the community to their annual
Youth Day. It will be held on Sunday,
October 31st with the Rev Michael
Halyard, Associate Pastor of United
Missionary Baptist Church, as the speak-
er. Rev Halyard is a graduate of Ribault
Sr. High school class 2001 and Carolina
University of Theology. Service will
Rev. Michael Halyard begin at 10:45 a.m. Come out and sup-
port the youth with gospel, singing & preaching. For information contact

Youth & Young Adult Conference at
First New Zion Missionary Baptist
First New Zion Missionary Baptist Church will host a youth and adult
conference October 21-24 2010. The schedule includes a Thursday
Worship Service where Marvin McQueen, Jr. is the speaker and Min.
Dwayne Brown will keynote the Friday services.Both start at 7 p.m.
Saturday morning will kick off at 9 a.m. with the Conference Prayer
Breakfast. From 11:00 a.m.-12:30p.m., a Youth Real Talk Rap Session will
include panelist from different areas that affect the life of our youth
On Sunday, October 24, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. will be the Annual Youth Day
Service and the conclusion of the conference with speaker Min Alvin
Hodge. Services are free is open to the public.The church is located at 4835
Soutel Drive, Fl. 32208. For more information, call (904) 765-3111. Dr.
James B. Sampson, Pastor.

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 at the 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

Missionary Baptist
Church celebrating
Summerville Missionary Baptist
Church will celebrate their Church's
110th and their Pastor's 18th anniver-
sary next weekend. Festivities will kick
off on Friday October 22, 2010 at 7:30
p.m. and continue on Sunday October
24, 2010 at 4:00 p.m. Dr. James Henry
Pastor. For more information, call the Dr. James Henry
church at (904) 598-0510. Summerville is located at 690 W. 20th Street.

Refreshing Women Push TV Ministry
Refreshing Women is looking for Christian Talent, soloist, speakers,
praise dancers and poem readers for a free service that is free to the pub-
lic. The show will be air Saturday mornings at 8A.M. on Comcast 29. For
more information call 220-6400 or email CFIGCPUSH
Any Pastor wishing to come on the show in the near future are welcome,
and can have their church name and worship service added to the
Community Shout or Roll, by sending their, church name, address and time
of service to P.O. Box 350117 Jacksonville, Fl. 32235-0117. Please call to
attention Rev. Mattie W. Freeman.

The Christian Girls Club Ministries
The Christian Girls Club Ministries will celebrate their 20th Anniversary
on December 3rd & 4th, 2010 at The Hyatt Regency Jacksonville
Riverfront. All members who have worked with this organization in the
past 19 years, and wish to participate in the Grand Celebration of Life, are
asked to call 398-8517.

Greater Refuge 47th Anniversary
Bishop Gentle Groover and the Greater Refuge Temple are celebrating
their 47th Church Anniversary in conjunction with their Annual Family &
Friends Gathering on Saturday, October 30th and Sunday, October 31st.
Special guests include the Presiding Bishop & 1st Lady of the Church of
our Lord Jesus Christ, Bishop Matthew & Mother Miriam Norwood and
Pastor Kervy Brown who will be featured along with the Temple's Mass
Choir. This year we are proud to salute Mother Catherine Hester Groover
McNair. The church is located at 1317 Rowe Avenue -that's at the corner
of Rowe and Lem Turner on Jacksonville 's Northside.
For more information, call 904-768-4009.

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

Pastor Landon Williams

11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m.
Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m.
lRadio Weekly Broadcast WCGL 1360 AM
Sunday 2 PM 3 PM

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.

A church

that's on the

move in

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 .

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

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

Reginald R. McKinney

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

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

Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Sr.
Senior Pastor

Weekly Services

Bishop Rudolph
McKissick, Jr.
Senior Pastor

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Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
Church school
9:30 a.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel
3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m.

Midweek Services
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1 p.m.

Dinner and Bible Study
at 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.

Come share In Holy Communion on Ist Sundayvaf 4:50 p.m.

Radio Ministry
WCGL 1360 AM Thursday 8:15 -8:45 a.m.
AM 1400 Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.
TV Ministry
WTLV Channel 12 Sunday's at 6:30 a.m.

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CNN's "Almighty Debt" explores African-Americans and their church 1

by Karris Golden
The experience of many black
Americans is shaped by connec-
tions to a particular faith communi-
ty and various religious traditions.
And the United States as a whole
has been shaped by the activism,
strong faith and deep roots of the
black church. Groundbreaking and
earth-shattering events originated
from the black church and often
resulted from its partnerships with
predominantly white churches,
such as Quakers and Mennonites.
All of that historical vaue hower,
seems to be waning in what some

has described as a post racial
According to the Pew Fooundation
and other pollsters, the church's sig-
nificance is less influential in the
lives of today's black Americans.
At many times in the nation's his-
tory, it was the black church that
galvanized movements. What, asks
award-winning journalist Soledad
O'Brien, is its role vital today ?
She asks this and other questions
in her "Black: In America" series on
CNN. The next installment, "The
Almighty Debt" will premiere at 8
p.m. Oct. 21. This installment

explores the range of
issues the black church |
faces and its relevance as
the black community
struggles with crippling
The entire "Black: In
America" delves into cul-
ture, heritage and issues.
O'Brien, a CNN anchor,
hosts the series. Her docu-
mentaries include a far-
reaching piece on Haitian
children before, during and after the
According to CNN, O'Brien's "In

Renowned EWC Choir entertains at St. Phillip's

America" series is devoted to shar-
ing "untold stories in underreported
communities." O'Brien hosts other
series, including "Latino: In
America," "Gay: In America" and
"Census: In America."
Now in its third year, "Black: In
America" has investigated the
church during 2010. The black
church was an extended family dur-
ing segregation. It also served as a
way to centralize power and leader-
ship during the U.S. civil rights
The church's rich past proves it
has been a driving force in the lives
of many blacks. O'Brien asks
whether that's still true and explores
the role of the modem black church.
Throughout the year, "Black: In
America" has looked at whether the
church is keeping black women sin-
gle and explored its role in same-
sex church politics. O'Brien "The
Almighty Debt" looks at how the
church has served the community
through the nation's recession.
She asks, "How does the black
church survive this challenging
landscape? And is it helping blacks
through the worst financial crisis
since the Depression?"
In addition to the television
series, "The Black Pulpit" series
explores various topics related to
black faith communities, such as
the intersection of faith and enter-
tainment, reaction to same-sex mar-
riages and being black and Catholic
or Buddhist.




The Jacksonville Public Library
today announced, "Our World, Our
Words, Our Future" as the 2010
theme for its biennial bookmark
contest. The popular contest began
more than 10 years ago and draws
artists and book lovers of all ages
from around the community.
This year's contest theme will
encourage people to think about
wildlife conservation and their role
in the ecosystem.
Winners will receive a framed
copy of their bookmark. In addi-
tion, full-color bookmarks of win-
ning designs will be distributed in
all library locations to be used by
customers year round.
Entry forms and a list of LOC
poems to inspire the bookmark
design can be downloaded from or picked up at
any library location. Entrants must
be library cardholders. Entries may
be submitted from Oct. 18-Dec. 17,
2010. A special reception announc-
ing the contest winners will be held
during National Library Week,
April 10-16, 2011.

by C. Guyton
St. Philips Episcopal Church host-
ed their 3rd annual "Edward Waters
College Day" at St. Philips last
Sunday afternoon.
Celebrating 144 years of musical
excellence, the renowned Edward
Waters College Concert Choir,
under the direction of Mrs. Barbara
Neely-Bouie, presented a repertoire
of inspirational musicof their inter-

pretations of classic, spirituals,
Gospels and contemporary music.
The Reverend Hugh Chapman
welcomed Interim President
Nathaniel Glover, Mrs. Marguerite
Warren, EWC, National Alumni
President and other EWC Alumni,
where a "love offering" was pre-
sented in support of the College.
Reverend Chapman and Interim
President Glover stressed the

importance for the entire
Jacksonville Community to support
the historical institution.
The event was chaired by Carlottra
Guyton with the support of commit-
tee members, Rev. Hugh Chapman,
Shauna Allen, Arelia Donaldson,
Metro Griffith, Jacqueline Jones,
Gloria Morrison, Dr. Roy
Singleton, Jr., Barbara Lee, and
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Image from the "Black Marriage Negotiations" YouTube
Viral video "Black marriage

negotiations" hit a nerve
by Rohnda Penrice
Last week, a YouTube video called "Black Marriage Negotiations"
spread like a forest fire among the African-American middle class set.
With posts on Facebook, and many sites in between, the 3-
minute-plus animated video, where a professional black woman dictates
what she requires in a mate to a professional black man, has elicited
strong reactions.
In response to the poll that the site con-
ducted asking if the video was a) both funny and sad b) sad or c) funny,
Jbngrace wrote: "I refuse to vote because I don't think it's funny and the
only sad thing about it is that it's getting real old hearing this stereotype
of black women perpetuated when I know PLENTY (sic) of black
women who neither think nor behave like this."
Indeed the animated female has become an all too familiar stereotype,
especially in the last two years. Earlier this year, ABC News ran a spe-
cial report on the single, black female. Her plight, as noted by the popu-
lar black gossip site Bossip, even attracted the attention of Russian TV.
And, of course, she's been the subject of numerous newspaper, magazine
and Internet articles. But what exactly is the problem?
"I can't find any good black man," the highly educated black female
says to a potential mate in the video, who asks "what are you looking
for?" As she rattles off a checklist that includes a six-figure income,
integrity, good character, good credit and loves his mom, requirements
he meets, she later details many restrictions including little to no sex.
As she reiterates her demands, he notes the irony of it all: "wow that's
confusing: career-minded, strong, independent woman who doesn't need
a man but you expect to have your way through life paid for by your
man." Yet, when he finally submits to her unrealistic wish list, she tells
him "you're too weak. I need a man with a backbone who won't let me
run all over him. Besides you're not 6'5 and that's a deal breaker."
Another video "Black Marriage Negotiations (Woman's Perspective)",
detailing the black man's desire to have a wife who works but doesn't
make more money than him, cooks every day, primarily raises the kids
and keeps a "flat" stomach, hasn't proven nearly as popular. In fact, yet
another video "Black Marriage Negotiations Pt. II", which shows a white
co-worker making moves on the potential black mate, has gotten far
more play on YouTube.
While many of us may question the accuracy of the content of these
videos, we can't deny that something is terribly amiss in the black male-
female relationship dynamic. Yes, marriage is on the decline in general
but still the numbers for the African-American community are way out
of sync with the national average and that's been true for some time now.
"In 2001, according to the U.S. Census, 43.3 percent of black men and
41.9 percent of black women in America had never been married, in con-
trast to 27.4 percent and 20.7 percent respectively for whites," declared
the controversial 2006 Washington Post article, "Marriage Is for White
People," by Joy Jones. "African-American women are the least likely in
our society to marry. In the period between 1970 and 2001, the overall
marriage rate in the United States declined by 17 percent; but for blacks,
it fell by 34 percent," it continued.
The statistics are so dire that the Department of Health and Human
Services, Administration for Children & Families has placed special
emphasis on its African-American Healthy Marriage Initiative, which is
a part of its larger Healthy Marriage Initiative. "Research suggests that
child well-being is related to family structure. All things being equal,
children who grow up in healthy married, two-parent families do better
on a host of outcomes than those who do not," reads an AAHMI
So, in the interest of increasing the number of healthy African-
American children, the push has been to create the more ideal two-par-
ent environment for them. That's not to say that a single-parent house-
hold cannot usher a child into healthy adulthood because it has been
done. Statistics, however, suggest that it is more challenging and, thus,
not as successful.
In the face of attitudes like those expressed by both the man and
woman featured in the "Black Marriage Negotiations" videos, however,
such realities matter little. Educational attainment is important but it
does not ensure that a man or woman will make a great parent or part-
ner. Perhaps not having enough firsthand examples of healthy marriages
or positive feedback in popular culture is also a source of blame.

Shown above at the event are the event host committee: (L-R) Gloria Morrison, Barbara Lee, Jaelyn
Guyton, Lauren Allen, Kendra Nixon, Interim EWC President Nathaniel Glover, Monica Smith, EWC
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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.

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

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guests, and fabulous prizes. Times
are from 10 a.m. 8 p.m. For more
information, call 1-800-849-0248.

Caribbean Carnival
The Caribbean community will
have their annual festival and
parade this Saturday, October
23rd. Metropolitan Park will be the
background for a diverse fare of
music, food and entertainment.
Festivities kick off at 1 p.m. For
more information, call 465-1989.

at the Zoo
The Jacksonville Zoo and

Gardens will have its 23rd
Spooktacular October 21-24 and
28-31 from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. This
year's theme, Lands of
Enchantment including a giant slide
and bounce houses, carved and
painted pumpkins and lots of walk-
ing characters and creatures.
Costumes are encouraged for trick-
or-treating, music, dancing, and
delicious food all while viewing
some of their favorite zoo animals.
Visit for a
coupon or for more information.

FAMU Homecoming
Florida A&M University (FAMU)
has scheduled its annual
Homecoming Saturday, October
23 through Sunday October 31.
This year's homecoming theme is
Lights, Camera, Action: The Reel
Rattler Spirit, homecoming visit or
call 850-599-3413.

Festa Italiana
Festa Italiana, a 3-day family
event celebrating Italian-American
traditions and culture, will take
place October 22-24 at 2838
Westberry Road, 32223. The event

will include music, dancing,
Karaoke, kids bounce houses, trivia
games, displays, souvenirs and
homemade Italian cuisine. For
more information, visit www.iacof-
jacksonville.comor call 268-2882.

Ahmad Jamal
in Concert
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-

Free documentary of
Ugandan youth "Go"
There will be a free screening of
documentary film "Go" about the
20+ year war in Uganda and the
effects it has had on the youth of
that region. Great for kids of mid-
dle/high school age and adults
alike. Guest speakers from Uganda
and a raffle will follow. The screen-
ing will be on Sunday, October
24th from 5-7:30 p.m. It will take
place at the Foundation Academy,
3675 San Pablo Rd. S, 32224.

Jacksonville Diversity
Network Discussion
The Jacksonville Diversity
Network will have a discussion on
Tuesday, October 26th with the
theme "Where are you really from".
The open meeting will be held from
7-9 p.m. at 1878 King Street,
Jacksonville ( next to St. Vincent
Hospital) and will feature a genetic
researcher. For more info, visit

El DeBarge in Concert
The Ritz Theater and LaVilla
Museum Jazz Jam will present
artist El DeBarge in concert. The
smooth RnB crooner will be in per-
formance Sunday, October 31st at
8 p.m. For tickets or more informa-
tion, call 632-5555.

Free Evening
of Spoken Word
Come out and enjoy an evening of
Spoken Word at the Ritz Theater on
November 4, 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 musicians gather
to present and hear powerful lyrical
voices in a casual open-mic setting.
Call 632-5555 for info.

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
US Army Field Band, & Joy
Dennis. Activities include foeul
food, BBQ, craft vendors, balloon
rides, a Kids Zone and more. It will
take place in downtown St.
Augustine on Francis Field. For
more info, call 904-827-6891.

Disaster Management
The Jacksonville Local Organizing
Committee Inc., for the Millions
More Movement will present
Disaster 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-

Ponte Vedra Art
& Craft festival
The Ponte Vedra Shopping Center
located at 880 A1A North south of
Sawgrass, will have their annual
Art & Craft festival on November
6-7 from 10 a.m. 4 p.m. daily.
There will be fine arts, crafts, food
and free admission and parking. For
more information, call 352-344-

2010 Pearls and
The Clara White Mission will
present their annual fundraiser,
"Pearls & Cufflinks" on Friday,
November 12, 2010. It will be held
at St. Ephrem's Catholic Church,
4650 Kernan Blvd. For more infor-
mation, call 354-4162.

Fantasia and
Eric Benet
Grammy award winning artist
Fantasia will be in concert with soul
crooner during her "Back to Me"
tour on Saturday, November 13th
at the Times Union Center for
Performing Arts. Tickets are cur-
rently on sale through Ticketmaster.

PRIDE Anniversary
Make you reservation early for the
17th anniversary of PRIDE Book
club on November 13, 2010. It will
be held at the CLARA WHITE
CAFE, 613 W. Ashley Street,
Jacksonville, Fl. 32202. The book
for discussion will be "Thunder on
the River" by Daniel Schafer.
Call Felice Franklin at389-8417
or 703-8264 for more information.

Empty Bowls
The 26th Annual Empty bowls
Luncheon will be held on Tuesday,
November 16th, 2010 at noon at
the Prime Osborne Convention
Center. The Empty Bowls
Luncheon supports those coping
with hunger in North Florida. It
includes local celebrity servers and
handcrafted bowls to participants.
For tickets or more information,
call 353-3663.

Art & Craft Festival
There will be a free Art & Craft
Festival at the St. Augustine Beach
Pier, A1A Beach Blvd on
November 20-21. It will include an
array of fine art, crafts and food.
Admission and parking is free. For
more information, call 352-344-

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- First Lady Michelle Obama under attack...for voting

by Bro. Andre X
TAMPA The Tampa Civic
Auditorium was packed to capacity
with people from all walks of life
of life last weekend to celebrate the
' Holy Day of Atonement ',- the
15th anniversary of the historic
Million Man March
Minister Louis Farrakhan delivered
a near two hour lecture that cen-
tered on the importance of the
March, the circumstances that
brought it about and the pledges 2
million men made on that day.
The Minister urged black people
to take the future into their own
hands. "Ain't nobody going to do
something for us; we're going to

have to do it for ourselves," he said
to more than 8,000 people at the
Tampa Convention Center.
Min Farrakhan reminded the
audience, the work is still not done.
The same lessons apply now:
atonement, reconciliation and
He said the media was some of the
causes of the oppression black peo-
ple have suffered over the years.
That can be overcome, he said, with
Once you free a human being
from ignorance, he can no longer be
a slave, Farrakhan said.
"Ignorance is the enemy of God,"
he said.

Anne Roberts, 70, shed tears after
meeting First Lady Michelle
Obama. Voting is important, she
says, because it "keeps people hon-
Though excitement and emotion
ran high, the occasion wasn't a
political rally. Mrs. Obama was
doing her part to promote early vot-
ing by casting her ballot at the
Martin Luther King Community
Center in Chicago.
In her hometown as part of a
Midwestern campaign swing to
assist the beleaguered Democratic
Party, she implored citizens regard-
less of party affiliation to exercise
their right to vote. However, her
mere presence -- including taking
pictures and conversing with vot-
ers, have some Republicans in an
uproar. There has been a con-
tentious debate on whether or not
she violated Illinois election law by
"electioneering within 100 feet of a
polling place."
"Technical violation, perhaps.
But what are mere technical viola-
tions of voting laws to the Obama
administration!" said Tom Fitton,
president of Judicial Watch, a con-
servative, non-partisan, public
interest group that investigates and
prosecutes government corruption.
Mrs. Obama is a private citizen,
and as such, has the same voting

privileges and responsibility as
everyone else. In our current politi-
cal climate when the entire voting
process has been questioned, and
voter turnout can literally shape this
country's future, it would be irre-
sponsible for the First Lady of the
United States not to cast her vote at
the appropriate time and place.
"Even if her conversations didn't
constitute electioneering, they
almost certainly violated the broad-
er Sec. 17-29 ban on engaging in
'any political discussion within any

polling place,'" said Charlie Spies,
an election attorney with Clark Hill,

This unfounded attack shows just
how much some Republicans are
intimidated by the "Obama Effect".
It is not the fault of the Obama
administration that citizens are
excited about what they represent,
and it shows the pettiness of those
conservatives who will leach unto
any and every reason to disparage
the First Lady -- including, but not
limited to where she takes her
daughters on vacation, her
wardrobe, her physique, her com-
plexion, and last but not least, her
right to vote.
It is imperative that voters --
especially those who are disenfran-
chised and historically discriminat-
ed against be encouraged to partici-
pate in this process. As Mrs. Obama
said, It is important to "... get every-
one out there voting. This one
counts, as much as the other one."

Blacks 8x more likely to get HIV
This year's report shows blacks are eight times more likely to get
HIV than whites, meaning that 1 in 22 black Americans will be diag-
nosed with the AIDS virus in their lifetime.
For whites, the number is 1 in 170. For Hispanics, it's 1 in 52, and
Asian Americans have the lowest risk numbers with just 1 in 222.
Let's stop denying the painful truth and looking for excuses outside
of our community. Put the conspiracy rest.
Get tested and protect yourself!

Linda Bennett, Mary Gettis, and Lillian King

Day of Atonement in Tampa, FL
Day of Atonement in Tampa, FL

The first lady casts her ballot in Chicago.

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On the eve of our 25th Anniversary, we continue to pay tribute to the many people, places and events,
that have graced the Free Press pages. Though our celebration has officially yet to begin, we received
such overwhelming response to the "Flipping" page, we will continue the page occasionally to continue
to share with you some of the many memories that have shaped our publication through the years.

Karen Smith and Kevin Cotton participate in a Project Blueprint class orientation at the Ritz Theater
preparing them for leadership roles in the non-profit community.

Shiloh Pastor Darryl Gilyard (right) welcomes new EWC President, Dr. Jimmie Jenkins and his wife
Faleese to the City of Jacksonville.


Family photo Barney Spann and kids

Shown above is Kathy Wilson-Byers on location in South Africa on behalf of the Bold City Chapter of
Links. She was there celebrating the opening of the chapter's African schoolhouse which they solely fund-
ed. She is shown above being congratulated by a Goodwill Ambassador of the country.

Former 101.5 FM Radio Station head Ralph Christian is all smiles as
he poses with mega celebrity Cheryl Lee Ralph.

Tom Joyner receiving the key to the city while politicos look on and participate in his liveradio broadcast.
Shown then was Rep. Willye Dennis, Congresswoman Corrine Brown, Council Member Terry Fields, and
Council Member Warren Jones.

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Have you heard anything
about Social Security
numbers, African
Americans and the 5th
digit of your SSN?
Supposedly, if you are
an African American or a
minority, the 5th digit in
your SSN is even and odd
if you are white!
It has been said if you
take a poll, most African
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Diddy wants majority stake in NFL team
Hip-hop mogul P. Diddy wants to make sporting
history and become the "first black owner" of a top
American football team. The entrepreneur, who has
experienced success in the music, fashion, restau-
rant and alcohol industries, is keen to follow in the
steps of his ex-girlfriend Jennifer Lopez and move
into sports ownership.
But Combs doesn't want to just be a shareholder in
a team like Lopez and her husband Marc Anthony's
deal with the Miami Dolphins he wants to hold a majority stake in an
NFL franchise. He says, "You know there aren't any black owners and I
plan on being the first black owner of an NFL football team. I wanna put
it out there. Not minority owners, majority owners!"
Sade turns down Jay Z
Though she's one of hip-hop's most adored singers,
Sade has rarely allowed a rapper to sample her voice,
and has never accepted an invitation to collaborate, -
despite requests from the biggest names in the game. [|^i -,
In a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times,
Sade revealed that, despite receiving requests by
artists from Drake to Jay-Z, she has never felt comfortable working with
anyone other than her own band.
"I'm too scared," the enigmatic singer said of turning down Jay-Z's recent
request to collaborate. "They'll find me out. It's like 'The Wizard of Oz.'
They'll find out there's nothing there. As for collaborations, I'm collabo-
rating with the band and do what we do. I see myself as a member of this
band who does these songs that we write."
Judge gives McNair widow, kids $500k each while probate
case goes through courts
The widow of Steve McNair has won a request to get $2.5 million from
the late NFL quarterback's estate.
Mechelle McNair had asked a Nashville judge to
unfreeze a portion of the estate so that she and
Steve McNair's four sons could each have
$500,000 until the probate case gets sorted out.
She and Steve McNair had two sons together. The
other two are from previous relationships.
The estate of the former pro, who played 11 sea-
sons with the Tennessee Titans and two with the
Baltimore Ravens, was initially valued at $19.6
million. The bulk of his assets have been frozen since his death.
Steve McNair was 36 when he was killed by his mistress in July 2009.
The woman shot him four times before turning the gun on herself.
He died without a will.
Family Feud rating jump under Steve Harvey
Recruiting Steve Harvey as host and moving production to Orlando has
paid off for the producers of "Family Feud."
Nationally, the game show's household ratings have jumped 40 percent
from the same time a year ago, reports the Orlando Sentinel.
"Feud," taped its current season at Universal Orlando.
VH1 sets date for Latifah's 'Single Ladies' series
The upcoming Queen Latifah-produced movie "Single Ladies" has been
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expanded into a weekly television series for VH1. Today, the cable net-
work announces more details surrounding the project.
The movie, starring Stacey Dash, LisaRaye McCoy, Charity Shea and DB
Woodside, is to become an eight-episode series set to launch in July, 2011,
according to Variety.
Latifah, who was not initially featured in the project, is now scheduled to
make a guest appearance in the expanded TV version. She took inspiration
from Beyonce for the film, about a group of girlfriends who are unlucky in
love, naming it after the singer's hit "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)."
The movie was shot in the summer of 2010 and features guest appear-
ances by Lauren London, Eve, Common, Chilli, and Kim Porter.

McMillan "Getting H

with new Bestsell I

If you've been holding your
breath for the sequel to novelist
Terry McMillan's literary block-
buster, "Waiting to Exhale," it's
time to let go and release all that
pent up oxygen. In her new book,
"Getting to Happy," McMillan
picks up the stories of Savannah,
Gloria, Bernadine, and Robin 15
years after we last heard from them.
Unsurprisingly, a lot has hap-
pened to them. As usual,
McMillan's snappy ear-to-the-
ground dialogue drops you right
into the center of her characters'
lives women who are now their
late 40s and early 50s.
After the incredible commercial
success of "Waiting to Exhale" -
the book and the movie -
McMillan said she had no plans for
a sequel. She had gone through an
ugly public divorce, played out in
the tabloids and in a revealing inter-
view on "The Oprah Winfrey

"I realized how angry I had been
and, well, just how it was eating me
up and how bitter I was," she said
during an interview this week in
Chicago, one of the stops on her
"Getting to Happy" national book
tour. "And I started observing how
many other women were also bitter
and angry. But I was headed for
recovery," McMillan says. "When I
started the book, I hadn't forgiven
my ex-husband, but I have since. "I
think writing the story may or may
not have helped. And, I started real-
izing how many women never
recover. They're bitter forever and
angry. And, I just started to think
about how many women in the age
group from late 40 on [were
McMillan said a lot of women
"just don't recover from a lot of
things" that happen in their lives.
They suffer from the empty nest
syndrome and have regrets about
never having married or having had

Rap star T.I. headed back to

prison after a few months released

Clifford T.I. Harris
A federal judge revoked rapper
T.I.'s probation last week and
ordered him back to prison for 11
months following his arrest last
month in California on suspicion of
drug possession.
The Atlanta native, whose real
name is Clifford Harris Jr., was on
probation after serving 10 months
behind bars on federal weapons
"I think Mr. Harris had had about
the limit of second chances," said
U.S. District Court Judge Charles
Pannell Jr.
During the hearing, T.I. begged the
judge not to send him back to
prison, saying he needed to get help
for drug addiction. He told the
judge he "screwed up" and pleaded
for mercy.
"I screwed up big time, and I'm
sorry. I'm truly and sincerely sorry.
I don't want and I don't need to use
drugs anymore. I want them out of

my life," Harris told the judge, the
Journal-Constitution reported.
Pannell wasn't swayed by the rap-
per's plea.
The Grammy Award-winning
artist is one of the biggest names in
hip-hop, with multiple platinum-
selling albums and singles, produc-
tion credits and roles in films like
"ATL" and "American Gangster."
He also starred in the recently
released "Takers".
He is expected to surrender vol-
untarily to authorities Nov. 1. As a
condition of his release earlier this
year, he was ordered not to commit
another federal, state or local crime
while on supervised release, or to
illegally possess a controlled sub-
stance. He was also told to take at
least three drug tests after his
release and to participate in a drug
and alcohol treatment program.
T.I's attorneys argued that after
reviewing nearly 250 cases with
similar charges, none of those peo-
ple were put back behind bars for
violating probation, Crosby said.
Additionally, the attorneys told the
judge that Harris was addicted to
drugs and has attempted to turn his
life around since leaving prison.

children .
"And there
were a lot
of women
who were
just dis-
ed. I
saw a
lot of
the best-
said. So,
she came
up with four
scenarios that
she thought she
would focus on.
"Then it dawned
on me," she said, "that I
had already written one
book with four female protag-
onists and it just hit me where I had
left off with those four women and
how easily they fit into these new
scheme of things I had chosen. So,
with that in mind, I just decided to
reconsider them."
When we meet up with those pro-
tagonists again, each is at her own
mid-life crossroad: Savannah
decides she wants out of marriage
to her "boring" husband. Robin
spends money she doesn't have and
gets advice on her love life from her
teenage daughter. Bernadine has an
unbearable secret about the man
she's been married to for six years.
And, Gloria, the only one happily
married, finds happiness can slip
away in a moment.
McMillan, who dishes dialogue
from her characters' lips as though
she has lived with them, likes her
characters smart and glib. And,
Bernadine's teenage daughter,
Sparrow, is one sharp, outspoken
young woman. "Kids have a lot
more information at their disposal
than we did," said McMillan, who
is 58, explaining her ability to mas-
terfully handle youthful dialogue.
"They even understand the psychol-
ogy about divorce. They get a lot of
stuff that shrinks spend hours trying
to convince adults about. I wanted
Sparrow to be a little over the top."
As with her other books,
McMillan braces for the criticism
about her male characters. And, to

critics, she has
this to say: "I'm so sick of this
'how I portray Black men in my
books.' I'm sick of it. I'm really
sick of it. I write about characters
who are at odds for whatever reason
and who are experiencing some
level of conflict. And, my feeling
is, in general, that men cause
women grief. They do. They can
love us, but they cause us problems
as well. I'm a novelist. I'm not
writing a fairy tale, so I write about
She said many critics don't whine
"about some of this stuff going on
in this urban lit and these folks
are killing and murdering each
other and there are people out
here who seem to love that."
While "Getting to Happy"
debuted at No. 4 on The New York
Times Bestseller List, McMillan
shares that joy with the fact that a
good friend and fellow writer Isabel
Wilkerson is also on the non-fiction
side of the list with her new book,
"The Warmth of Other Suns." Both
writers' books were released on the
same day. And, McMillan gives
props to Ntozake Shange and her
sister playwright Ifa Bayeza, whose
book "Some Sing, Some Cry" is
getting praise. Now, "if we can get
a brother on the bestseller's list,
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Cops fighting back against being

Diop Kamau, a police officer
who is African American, has made
it his life's purpose to uncover
wrongdoing on the part of cops by
using hidden microphones and
cameras to tape incidents. Some
cops say this is impeding their jobs
because they are scared to aggres-
sively treat aggressive perpetrators.
Without this kind of citizen jour-
nalism, though -- which most infa-
mously began with the Rodney
King beating being videotaped --
many criminals posing as police
officers would still be on the streets.
Kamau was inspired to begin to
uncover these sorts of abuses after
his father was roughed up after a
1987 traffic stop, according to an
article in USA Today. After the inci-
dent, he turned to a second career,
recording police across the country
in often abusive encounters with the

Some of the videos made their
way to network and cable televi-
sion. More recently, new bans are
popping up in states that could pre-
clude citizens from videotaping
police officers. In Illinois,
Maryland and Massachusetts, some
cops have responded by trying to
limit such recordings when they
believe those recordings interfere
with police actions.
In Maryland, motorcyclist
Anthony Graber was charged with
felony violations of Maryland's
wiretapping law for recording a
March 5 encounter with a gun-bran-
dishing state trooper during a traffic
stop. The law requires both parties
to consent to the recording of a pri-
vate conversation. Graber faced a
maximum 16-year prison sentence
if convicted until Horford County

Circuit Court Judge Emory Pitt
threw out the case Sept. 27, saying,
"Those of us who are public offi-
cials and are entrusted with the
power of the state are ultimately
accountable to the public."
To continue to have bans like
these in states across the country
would most certainly be a setback.
The videos have uncovered a num-
ber of police abuses that many citi-
zens have complained about for
years but never had concrete evi-
dence to support their claims in
court. Community activists have
long been preparing young people
on how to react to police on stop-
and-frisks and traffic stops and the
rules for obtaining badge numbers.
And civilian complaint review
boards have monitored police abuse
in recent years, but nothing has
been as damning as the actual

videotapes of police officers abus-
ing citizens that are often first post-
ed to YouTube. They receive so
many hits that mainstream news
organizations are forced to cover
the stories.
Police officers have long been
protected for routine stops by dash
cams that are located in their cars,
so why would they be wary of pri-
vate citizens having the same privi-
Kamau, who helps clients resolve
their grievances with police, says he
counsels many of them to arm
themselves with cameras to support
their cases.
"Video is making victims more
credible," Kamau says. "If Rodney
King would have tried to tell his
story without video, nobody would
have believed it."

Above is the billboard in Chicago, Illionois
Racist Obama billboards

removed amidst death threats

CHICAGO A billboard widely
criticized as racist for its cartoonish
caricatures of President Barack
Obama was taken down Friday
after the unknown person who put
it up received death threats.
The artist, Paul Snover, who was
paid $500 for the artwork on the
billboard, also received hate mail
and threats, the Chicago Tribune
Snover's cartoon showed four
versions of Obama as a terrorist,
a gangster, a Mexican and a homo-
sexual man seated around a
poker table.
A local Tea Party group had
reportedly planned a rally around
the billboard Friday, but it was
taken down before they got to the

"While we do not condone
threats of violence of any kind
against anyone, we are pleased that
the billboard has come down. The
type of rhetoric it articulated has
real consequences," said Brad
Clark, executive director of One
Colorado, a LGBT advocacy group.
"With national attention focused on
the devastating impact of bullying
and harassment in our schools,
adults should be setting the exam-
ple, not fueling the fire. Hateful,
irresponsible messages like these
only serve to perpetuate stereotypes
and harassment against our friends
and neighbors.
"They do not unite a communi-

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Magic Johnson
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small ownership
stake in the Los
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Johnson a bigger portion
of another NBA team in the future.
Johnson bought shares represent-
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Johnson spent his entire 13-year
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beyond a 4.5 percent stake in a
team, and realizing those ambitions
would require him to sell his stake
in the Lakers.


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