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Woman charged with killing 4 in
TX daycare fire returns from Nigeria
HOUSTON, Tx. A Texas woman who alleged-
ly fled to Nigeria after authorities say four chil-
dren died in a fire at her day care facility is on
her way back to the United States.
Jessica Tata was charged after she left a group
of children alone inside a home with the stove
on, officials have said. Four children died and
three others were injured in the February blaze.
Earlier this month the U.S. Marshall service
has added Tata to its "15 Most Wanted" fugitive list.
Tata allegedly left the seven children unsupervised in the home day-care
facility and drove off in her car in February, authorities have said.
The blaze likely originated on an electric stove, which was on and had
a pot on it containing oil, according to Houston Fire Department arson
investigator Thomas Wood.
A definitive cause for the fire will be announced once the investigation
is complete.

Survey shows 'mixed heritage" is
now the epitome of American beauty
America is a melting pot of cultures that has not been a functioning
community, but it seems that may be changing. It may be that the enter-
tainment industry has a lot to do with this contribution to the new
America-the America that now wants to be darker and curvier. Hip-hop
has penetrated the country's fashion, music, and film industries leaving a
face of color as the vision behind them all.
Allure magazine reported the results of a recent survey they gave to find
out how much the standards for beauty in the U.S. have changed over
the past 20 years. Two decades ago, Allure conduct-
ed the same survey of 2,000 men and women and
the results showed a major difference of what is
attractive and sexy.
Most women of color reported that:
African-American and Hispanic women
are twice as likely as Caucasian women to
report not wanting to change their body.
- 70 percent of those who wish to change their
skin color wanted it to be darker.
- 74 percent of those surveyed believe that
a curvier body type is more appealing
now than over the past 10 years.
But the most surprising was: "64 percent think women of mixed race
represent the epitome of beauty."
In this scenario, diversity works in the U.S. If there is a mix of races
everyone gets to feel good about themselves.

Illinois abolishes the death penalty
The movement to abolish the death penalty recorded a significant
advance last week when Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation
abolishing capital punishment. The action, which comes a decade after
then-Governor George Ryan imposed a blanket moratorium on execu-
tions there, makes Illinois the 16th state to ban capital punishment.
"If the system can't be guaranteed, 100-percent error-free, then we
shouldn't have the system. It cannot stand" a somber Quinn said as he
signed the bill of abolition in the state capitol of Springfield.
Both houses of the Illinois state legislature had approved the abolition
measure in January and sent it to him.
Support for the mushroom had mushroomed after a series of investiga-
tions in the 1990s of 13 prisoners awaiting execution found that they
were innocent or had been convicted improperly. At the time Illinois,
which reinstituted the death penalty in 1979, had executed 12 prisoners.
Ryan imposed his moratorium in 2000 and three years later emptied the
state's death row, commuting the sentences of 167 inmates to life in
prison without the possibility of parole.

NAACP calls Miss.Redistricting

Plan in violation of Voting Rights Act
Jackson, MS. -The NAACP Mississippi State Conference filed a feder-
al lawsuit to stop the Mississippi board of election commission from
adopting what they perceive as a racially discriminatory redistricting
plan that has not been pre-cleared by the U.S. Department of Justice.
"The NAACP calls on the legislators to formulate an equitable redis-
tricting plan that is inclusive of all Mississippians," stated NAACP

President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. "States are required to use
Census results to draw new districts based on population fluctuations;
this must be done without partisan posturing so that fair boundaries are
drawn. We commend the NAACP Mississippi State Conference for their
efforts to protect the voting rights that form the core of our freedom."
United States Census results require every state government to approve
a new redistricting plan that evenly distributes the state's population
among electoral districts. In Mississippi both the House and Senate must
approve each redistricting map before the plans go to the U.S.
Department of Justice for final approval. MS-NAACP filed the suit
immediately after the State Senate voted to break custom with the regu-
lar process for redistricting for state legislative redistricting, thus creat-
ing an impasse in approving new plans to be submitted to the Justice
Department before the end of the regular session on April 4, 2011. If a
new redistricting plan is not adopted this year, legislators could run
twice: once this year under mal-apportioned lines and again next year
under a court ordered plan or a plan adopted during the next session.

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Volume 24 No.23 Jacksonville, Florida March 24-30, 2011

Alvin Brown advances to

General Election in May

over Republican Audrey Moran's
22% of the vote giving him the
4,000+ votes he needed to advance.
The election will be an uphill
battle for the Jacksonville native
who worked his way through
school while working at Winn
Dixie. He is the second major
African-American candidate of
color to advance to the general elec-
tion which will be May 17th against
former Tax Collector Mike Hogan.
Driven by the mantra, "a better
Jacksonville for all" and a dedica-
tion to make Jacksonville more than

Shown above flanked by his wife Santhea and children is Mayoral
candidate Alvin Brown at his Election Night Watch Party. FMP
Standing in front of a cadre of needed 50 percent plus one vote to
supporters, Democrat Alvin Brown avoid a runoff.
- who some even said was a long "To God be the glory", were the
shot, has won a spot to compete in first words Brown spoke behind the
Jacksonville's upcoming mayoral podium to his supporters. He cap-
race. To win this week, a candidate tured the spot with a 24% margin

Thousands vie for top honors at Bob



The 47th Annual Bob Hayes Invitational Track & Field brought thou-
sands of Floirda teens to Raines High School last weekend to compete for
track honors. named for Jacksonville native Bob Hayes, the meet is known
to be a training ground for future Olympians. Shown above is Garrett
Scantling of Episcopal High School displaying his trophies for the Pole
Vault (14'.6) and High Jump (6'.6). For more scenes, see page 5. FMP

Bill passes prohibiting saggy

pants in Florida schools

Sagging pants will soon be a thing
of the past at least in Florida.
According to new bill passed by the
state's House of Representatives K-
20 Education Innovation
Subcommittee last week, students
are no longer allowed to wear their
pants too low and "exposes the
underwear or body parts in an inde-
cent or vulgar manner."
Despite criticism from a local
chapter of the NACCP, which
alleges that it is targeted at black

youth, the bill never actually uses
the term "sagging." It also received
unanimous support in the House,
taking aim at the style of dress, dis-
played by many youth and adults.
The bill theorizes that the fad was
born in the prison system, where
belts were not issued in an attempt
to prevent inmate suicides.
"This pro-family, pro-education,
pro-jobs bill provides each school
district ... adopt a student dress
code of conduct, a policy that
explains to each student their
responsibility," said Rep. Hazelle
Rogers, who also introduced the
measure. "This would make for a
better school district and more pro-
ductive students."
The measure against sagging pants
isn't the first of its kind. In 2009,
Morehouse University banned its
students from wearing sagging
pants, gold grills and other "hip-
hop attire," in accordance with its
"Appropriate Attire Policy."

a 'pass through", Brown is deter-
mined to unite the city.
"I want to thank you and the vot-
ers for sharing our vision," Brown
told a group of supporters Tuesday
night, "the vision and leadership
that says, 'We want to take
Jacksonville to the next level. We
want Jacksonville to be a destina-
tion and not a pass-through. We
want to put Jacksonville back to
Only 29 percent of Jacksonville's
registered voters made their way to
the polls.

Joycelyn Petty (Lady in Brown), Lauren Ousley (Lady in Yellow), Leslie
Ousley (Lady in Blue), Tarra Jones (Lady in Green), Candace Crump
(Lady in Purple), Robin Daniels (Lady in Orange) and Loretta Williams
(Lady in Red) round out the "For Colored Girls" cast. KFP Photo
Stage Aurora's For Ci ..r Girls

delights Jacksonville audiences

The Stage Aurora Theatrical
Company, Inc. opening night per-
formance of For Colored Girls
Who Have Considered Suicide
When The Rainbow is Enuf played
to a riveting audience hungry for
dialect that featured women suffer-
ing mentally, spiritually and physi-
cally. The award winning play and
film was written by playwright
Ntozake Shange and originally per-
formed on Broadway.
The talented players gave new

credibility to local talent present-
ing a spellbinding performance.
Actors captured every movement,
breath and seduction of coming of
age as a woman, experiencing trials
and tribulation while bouncing
back shouting "give me back my
stuff." The play continues through
the end of March.
For tickets contact: Stage Aurora
Performance Hall inside (Gateway
Town Center) 5188 Norwood

Mother/Daughter night out

perfected by Diane Reeves

Willetta Richie, Khalilah Liptrot, LJ Hollo%%a N
Helen Holloway at the Dianne Reeves show (inset). I t
Jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves elec- Jazz Vocal Performance". She is
trifled a sold out Ritz audience last the only singer to have won the
weekend culminating their Ladies Grammy for three consecutive
of Jazz series. recordings.
Considered one of the most The performance was punctuated
important contemporary jazz by a deserved standing ovation of
singers, the Detroit, MI native has jazz lovers.
won for Grammy Awards for "Best

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Understanding the
In 2006, then-NFL
Commissioner Paul
Tagliablue, and the
NFLPA Executive
Director, the late
Gene Upshaw, struck
Sia deal that the NFL
S Players believed was
1 most beneficial to
them. This deal how-
ever did not sit partic-
ularly well with the
NFL owners, who
wanted to ensure they
would receive a
Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita, left, and greater portion of the
NFL Players Association Executive DirectorNFL's revenues in
DeMaurice Smith, walk to an NFL/NFLPA mediation years to come. In
session at Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 2008, the NFL owners
headquarters in Washington. NFL players have been opted out of the col-

by Ayinde Waring
Decertification. Lockout.
Rookie wage scale. 18 game sea-
son. $1 billion payout. For much
of the first quarter of 2011 (and all
of 2010 for that matter), these
words or phrases have become
unavoidable points of conversation
when talking about the National
Football League. And still with all
of the rhetoric proliferating the air-
waves on sports talk radio shows,
social media and television (net-
work and cable), many of the mil-
lions of NFL fans (and some
employees for that matter) are still
unclear what this all means.
The Players
NFL Players Association
(NFLPA)Executive Director,
DeMaurice Smith; NFL
Commissioner Roger Goodell; 32
NFL Owners; NFL General
Counsel, Jeff Pash; U.S. District
Court Judge David Doty; federal
mediator George Cohen
How Did It Come To This?
The current labor issue has been
brewing for quite some time.

lective bargaining
agreement with the players union,
citing high operation costs and a
desire to have the players con-
tribute more to managing costs. As
a result, there was a salary cap-less
season in 2010, which may seem
beneficial to the players in the short
term, but actually allowed the own-
ers to gain leverage.
In 2009, DeMaurice Smith, a
Washington attorney, was elected
executive director of the NFLPA,
and immediately tried to get the
owners to honor the agreement
signed by Upshaw and Tagliablue.
Negotiations dragged on for
months, as both parties attempted
to sway public opinion, but no
agreement was reached.
Insiders and observers believed
the owners were positioning for a
lockout that the owners could
afford to sit it out, but would force
the players to cave-in because of
financial pressures. The strike sea-
son of 1987 was cited as precedent.
On Jan. 18, 2011 the union filed
a collusion claim against the own-

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ers for what it viewed as a lack of
movement in free agency. Many
players were without contracts
heading into the off-season and the
union believed the owners inten-
tionally did not sign or re-sign
players in an effort to save money
and gear up for an impending labor
On Feb. 18, federal mediator,
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the two sides in an effort to further
negotiations. Several deadlines
were extended, leading the public
to believe that an agreement would
be reached soon. But Cohen even-
tually conceded to the media, "No
useful purpose would be served by
requesting the parties to continue
the mediation process at this time."
On March 1, in Minneapolis,
U.S. District Court Judge David
Doty ruled in favor of the players,
stating that the NFL's contracts
with the TV Networks for $4 bil-
lion, even if no games were played
in 2011, was "lockout insurance."
Finally on March 11, the NFLPA
rejected the owners' last proposal
and decertified.
An antitrust lawsuit would soon
What Are The Main Sticking
Many observers bring up the

owners' call for an 18-game sea-
son, instead of the current 16 (not
counting playoff games), opposed
by the players who cite safety
issues and say it is essentially a pay
cut. The stalemate, however, really
comes down to two basic issues:
The share owners would receive off
the top of the estimated $9 billion
in revenues that the League
receives annually, and the issue of
full disclosure of each team's audit-
ed financial records.
Under the old collective bargain-
ing agreement, the owners received
$1 billion off the top to offset oper-
ating costs and expenses. The rest
of the money would be divided
between the owners (the League)
and the players. Initially the own-
ers wanted an additional $1 billion
off the top, but according to both
sides this number has decreased.
The players association also
wanted full disclosure of all finan-
cial records for the teams and the
owners flatly refused. Smith said
the players were willing to give
back an additional $1 billion off the
top in exchange for an equity posi-
tion in an NFL team or an NFL
League owners balked at this

Opportunities remain to participate in
the city's budget community conversation

Jacksonville residents are
reminded that three Community
Budget Workshops, which provide
unique opportunities to actively
engage in the fiscal year 2011-12
budget preparation process, still
Community Budget Workshops,
facilitated by Jacksonville
Community Council, Inc. (JCCI),
allow citizens to become educated
on the budgetary process and
financial challenges, analyze city
service budgetary information,
speak directly with city depart-
mental representatives about the
services offered and provide feed-
back to city leaders.
An additional benefit for home-
Saturday, April 9, 9-11:30 a.n
Clanzel T. Brown Community Cei
4545 Moncrief Road
Saturday, April 16, 9-11:30 a.i
Cecil Recreation Complex
13611 Normandy Blvd.

owners who register for a work-
shop will be a personalized analy-
sis by the Budget Division of how
their property taxes were affected
by the adjustments that have taken

place in the last two fiscal years.
Like last year, data collected at
each budget workshop will be
compiled by JCCI, and a report
highlighting the results of the
workshop will be posted on
Because seats are limited and
vital information will be dissemi-
nated to participants in advance,
those interested in attending the
workshops listed above must reg-
ister in advance by visiting or by call-
ing (904) 630-CITY (2489).
The fiscal year 2011-12 budget
outreach plan also includes com-
prehensive information regarding
the City of Jacksonville's budget
through a dedicated web-
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n. The site offers visitors
enter, information about the
city's'budget process, rev-
m. enue and expenses. It also
contains descriptions of
internal and external serv-
ices provided by city
departments and divisions and
includes information on their
respective budgets for both the
current year, as well as last fiscal

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Toyota Motor Company Disrespects

and Devalues the Patronage of their

Black Consumer

Chairman, NNPA

I have recently been shocked and appalled by ads that I and other Black publishers saw in several major newspapers (The
New York Times, Chicago Tribune, etc.) confirming that Toyota spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to advertise in white
mainstream daily newspapers "THANKING" their general market consumers for their loyalty and patronage to Toyota during
their time of major controversy and concerns over the safety of Toyota's vehicles.

Thanking their customers is a smart move on Toyota's behalf and one that I applaud. However, we can't overlook the fact
that Black people represent almost 10% of Toyota's American market share, and with a $1.2 billion annual advertising budget
it is not unreasonable for the Black Press to always expect to have a stake in Toyota's advertising (including Black advertising
agencies). Nevertheless, Black newspapers were left off Toyota's latest marketing campaign, sending a clear and direct mes-
sage that the Black consumer is still being taken for granted and Black people are still being disrespected and undervalued.

This is disappointing behavior from a company who was all too eager to send us their press releases and ask us to write sto-
ries and editorials to influence Black America to stay with them in their time of trouble. But now that Toyota's pain has been
essentially eased (for now) by a report issued by the Federal Transportation Department and NASA that found no faults with
Toyota's electronic accelerator controls, the Black press has once again been forgotten along with the Black consumer.

Toyota should note that it is going to take more than a passing grade on a Federal Transportation report card to bring back
the consumer safety confidence enjoyed (for years) by Toyota from American consumers prior to one of the largest vehicle
recalls in U.S. history.

So when the decision was made to advertise in mainstream newspapers from coast to coast "THANKING" their customers
for their loyalty, where was Toyota's loyalty to the 10% of African- American consumers? DON'T WE ALSO DESERVE A

Historically, there has always been an imbalance between what goes out of the Black community and what comes into the
Black community relative to retail goods, services and representation. Despite the fact that the buying power of America's
Blacks is reported to be roughly $1 trillion this year! And it is highly doubtful that Black-owned businesses will report revenue
numbers that are the same and/or reap any of the benefits proportionate to our buying power.

However, the question still remains, why is Toyota undervaluing the Black
consumer and showing our community such blatant disrespect?

Tried, True, and Tested the NNPA (Black Press of America) remains the
gatekeeper for reaching the Black community. Corporations and advertising
agencies wanting and needing to reach the African-American consumer must
understand the relationship of the Black Press with Black people. They must
remember to place their advertising messages on the pages of Black newspa-
pers throughout America, and Black consumers will respond in kind (Black
advertising agencies could help them with this).

"Don't we also

deserve a great

big thank you?"

The days of being silent and complaining among ourselves regarding these unethical and immoral business practices are
When Toyota wanted our help, it had no problem seeking all 200 Black newspapers in America to do just that. Their mes-
sage to Black people was PLEASE HELP US, WE VALUE YOUR BUSINESS. We do not want Toyota to use us for edi-
torial coverage and then overlook us with their advertising dollars.

Black newspapers are not afraid to demand fair representation and a seat to dine at Toyota's table, especially when their food
is purchased with approximately 10% of Black consumer dollars.

We are not interested in fighting with Toyota however, Toyota has enjoyed healthy African- American consumer support,
and despite last year's set back we have remained loyal. If you want to thank Black consumers for our loyalty and keep our
business, do it on the pages of the Black newspapers that Black people READ, RESPECT, TRUST AND OWN!!

As Chairman of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, I represent 200 Black publishers throughout America. I am
challenging Toyota's Chairman and CEO to do the right thing and meet with me to discuss the future of their relationship with
Black consumers and whether or not we as Black newspaper publishers should continue supporting Toyota or should organize
a campaign to take the African American's brand loyalty to Toyota elsewhere. WE WILL NOT BUY WHERE WE ARE DIS-

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Ending public school sports more than a scary notion
Ending public school sports more than a scary notion

Last week, the Duval County
School Board revealed to the
media/public that because of the
Governor's proposed budget there
might not be any sports programs
in schoolsnext school year. School
officials say that high school sports
may be eliminated by the fall
because of a potential $97 million
budget deficit.
I couldn't walk in church without
folks asking me what was going on.
Is this real, this can't be true it
can't be possible, what are we
going to do, were all of the com-
ments I received.
The question that many folks
have asked me is if the school
board bluffing or is the notion of no
public school sports real?
The math is fairly simple. In the
governor's proposed budget per
student dollars are being cut by as
much as $300 per student. Actually,
it's a little more than that if you
ignore the whole teacher pension
contribution issue, which is another
story within itself.
So with school systems around
the state potentiallyloosing that
type of money teacher pay,
schoolmaintenance, supplies,
sports, and arts it's all up for dis-
So in one essence, the potential
loss of public school sports is real,
but then there is the reality of how

By iGeorge t. curry
Forty-five years ago, Texas
Western University's all-Black
starting lineup defeated No. 1-
ranked University of Kentucky all-
White basketball team for the 1966
NCAA Men's Basketball
Championship. The game, played
at the University of Maryland's
Cole Field House on March 19,
1966, sent major White universities
scouring the country for African-
American players, literally chang-
ing the face of college basketball.
Pat Riley, a member of Adolph
Rupp's losing team and former
coach of the Los Angeles Lakers,
was a member of the Kentucky
team that lost 72-65. Jerry
Bruckheimer, who made "Glory
Road," a movie about the game,
told the El Paso Times: "Pat Riley
told me this great story that Magic
Johnson came into his office when
he was coach of the Lakers and
said, 'Had not David Lattin dunked
that ball over you, I wouldn't be in
here [the NBA]."'
Judging from the controversy
created by former University of
Michigan and Chicago Bulls bas-
ketball star Jalen Rose, one would
be forgiven if he or she thought that
Michigan's all-freshmen and all-
Black "Fab Five" played in the
most historic college games. They
didn't. The team made it to the
NCAA finals twice, losing each

the budget process works. The leg-
islature never passes the budget as
presented by the Governor.
In fact, it is joked about amongst
legislators that the Governor's
budget is a starting point, but does-
n't really mean much to the House
and Senate.
I think I am going to kick off the
bumper sticker wars early. The next
election for Governor is over three
years away, but I am going to get a
bumper sticker made that says,
"Don't blame me, I voted for
Sink." Or an even better one might
be, "Don't blame me I am a lowly
Democrat in the super minority."
The bottom line with all of the
issues that the Governor and
Legislature are forcing down the
throats of citizens is simple. We
live in a Democracy and the people
actually do have power. The time to
get engaged is now!
Frederick Douglas once said, "It
is not light that we need, but fire."
If the Duval County school sys-
tem actually goes down the path of
ending sports programs for finan-
cial reasons it would present a
nightmare for much of the state.
Remember, Duval schools don't
only play each other, but they play
schools around the state. We could
be looking at the possibility signif-
icant scheduling nightmares around
the state.

If you compare other counties to
Duval there's a stark difference
between the student populations. In
St. Johns County for example, the
area median income is much higher
and the public schools are run
almost like private institutions.
The school district pays very lit-
tle for their sports programs. In
fact, most of the costs are covered
by pay-to-play plans and donations
from the booster club.
In Duval County, the story is
much different. Students don't pay
to play sports, which has always
been critical for many of the stu-
dents and families. Many families,
especially in low-income commu-
nities simply can't afford $150 for
their child to play football.
Putting the scheduling issues
aside, most of us who have attend-
ed or been around public school
sports know that it's not just about
the physical sport it's cultural as
Our public sports programs are
about alumni, bands, cheerleaders,
mascots, tailgating and fierce rival-
ries. You ever go to a Ribault and
Raines football game in the 80s or
90s? How about a Paxon and
Jackson game in the 90s? For the
folks on the other side of the river -
there were also some major rival-
ries been to a Parker and Wolfson
game in the 90s?

Public schools sports are an insti-
tution in not just Jacksonville, but
in most cities and towns around the
country. The notion of ending pub-
lic schools sports would be a wrong
Ending sports would be a wrong
move, but unfortunately necessary
for the local school system. How
do you plug a $97 million budget
gap? Yes, I am sort of talking out of
both sides of my mouth.
At the end of the day this is what
I think happens. The Legislature
reduces the cuts to public school
budgets, but the cuts passed are still
pretty significant. I think that sports
programs continue, but the number
of games played and number of
sports played at each school
maybedecreased significantly.
Again, it's an unfortunate sce-
nario, but the Governor doesn't
seem to have any love for public
schools so it's up to the Republican
lead legislature to find some middle
So who wants one of those
bumper stickers I talked about ear-
Perhaps A. Phillip Randolph said
it best, "Nothing counts but pres-
sure, pressure, more pressure, and
still more pressure through broad
organized aggressive mass action."
Signing off from Tallahassee,
Reggie Fullwood

The Pointless Shootout Between

Jalen Rose and Grant Hill

The 1991 University of Michigan
freshmen basketball players were
considered the greatest class ever
recruited. They included Jalen
Rose and Chris Webber, of Detroit,
Juwan Howard, of Chicago, and,
Texas standouts, Jimmy King and
Ray Jackson.
In addition to being talented, they
were brash, talked trash, and popu-
larized baggy gym shorts and
shaved heads.
But, it was Rose's comments in a
documentary that he produced
about the Fab Five that created a
controversy that has gone into
In the documentary, Rose said,
"For me, Duke was a person. I
hated Duke, and I hated everything
Duke stood for. Schools like Duke
don't recruit players like me. I felt
that they only recruited players that
were Uncle Toms."
First, Rose's statement isn't true.
Second, even if it were, they were
exceptionally talented Uncle Toms,
defeating Michigan all four times
the Fab Five faced Duke, including
one national championship game.
To his credit, Rose later said that
was the view he held of Duke at the
time, not today.
Former Duke star Grant Hill
answered Rose in a New York
Times op-ed.
"It was a sad and somewhat
pathetic turn of events, therefore, to
see friends narrating this interest-
ing documentary about their
moment in time and calling me a
bitch and worse, calling all black
players at Duke 'Uncle Toms' and,
to some degree, disparaging my
parents for their education, work
ethic and commitment to each other
and to me," said Hill, who now

plays for the Phoenix Suns.
Calvin Hill, a Yale graduate, had
a successful NFL career as a run-
ning back for the Dallas Cowboys.
His wife is an attorney.
Rose said his father was an NBA
player who had no role in his life.
Largely left out of the public con-
troversy was the clear impression
that Rose hungered for a family
unit that included his father.
Without that, however, he played
on his image of a kid who grew up
on the rough streets of Chicago.
Michael Wilbon, who covered
both Hill and Rose as a columnist
for the Washington Post and now
share duties with Rose as ESPN
commentators, knows both men
"Trust me, Grant Hill and Jalen
Rose ain't all that different,"
Wilbon wrote. "They're a lot more
alike than they are dissimilar, even
if they did come from different
sides of the tracks. And, right now,
way too much is being made of the
fact that they did. Calvin Hill,
Grant's father, was no more an
'Uncle Tom' for providing every
opportunity and advantage for his
kids than Rose would be now for
providing every opportunity and
advantage for his. It's called the
American Dream, and the only real
difference here is the Hills grabbed
hold of it a generation before the
New York Times columnist Bill
Rhoden, a graduate of Morgan
State University, in Baltimore, had
an interesting take on the war of
"My view about the Fab Five,
then and now, was that these young
men had chosen the right pew but
had gone to the wrong church.
Seen through the prism of black

power and empowerment, and also
from the point of view of one who
attended a black college, the Fab
Five had simply made a wealthy
white institution wealthier and had
missed a grand opportunity to cata-
pult a historically black college or
university to the mountaintop of
March Madness."
He continued, "Did Rose have
any idea of the impact they would
have had on history had they elect-
ed to attend a historically black col-
lege or university? Yes, the stage
would have been smaller, television
nonexistent, at first. But the novel-
ty of their act and then the courage
of what they represented would
have attracted attention. The Fab
Five would have been the story of
March Madness, not simply a spec-

The Obama "blacklash" continues
By Noval Jones
"You're not supposed to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face
realir"t Wrong is wrong, no matter who says it. -- Malcolm X.
It was a seasonably warm Florida evening on the first Tuesday in
November 2008 when Barack Obama emerged from behind a backstage
curtain to accept victory as the 44th President of the United States. I was
celebrating with friends and what seemed like an amazing cross-section of
diverse Americans who had enough of the partisan politics that divided the
country. People across the world celebrated as America had just over-
whelmingly elected its first African American president in more than 230
years of existence.
But not everyone was feeling the joy of the dawn of the new day in
America. Some folks who never thought they'd see the day a black man
took control of these "good old" United States felt as if they had nowhere
to turn and no one to represent them anymore. At the time, no immediate
shot across the bow was heard. However, by the time Obama took the oath
of office and perched himself firmly in the big chair in the Oval Office
there was no mistake of the intention of those who would "rather be dead
than Red...err, black." The first test came from the mouth of the person
everyone expected to dampen the party, conservative mouthpiece Rush
The vow to defeat "I hope he fails,"
exclaimed Limbaugh.
anything Obama is reversing And with that declaration
decades of progress the honeymoon with
Republicans was over. That
was the signal that conservatives used to begin their "taking our country
back," efforts. Shortly thereafter we all became familiar with the emer-
gence of the so called Tea Party activist. They used Obama's effort to pass
health care reform as (Affordable Care Act) their call to action in blocking
anything the newly elected president tried to champion. By becoming loud,
vitriol and active they convinced themselves and many other Americans
that they were a movement to, again, "take their country back."
The so called Tea Party maneuvered its way through the American elec-
torate during the midterm elections of 2010 and made enough political
noise to secure key congressional seats across the country. Amazingly,
many Americans are so turned off by the rhetoric that continues in
Washington that they tune it out. And that's exactly what conservatives
have counted on to help move their agenda backwards...I mean, forward.
So here we are more than two years after the election of Barack Obama
and in spite of daunting opposition at every turn the President has stood
tall. Things could be better but let's face it, most of his accomplishments
have been made without the overwhelming political support he enjoyed
during his campaign. It's almost as if his supporters, African Americans in
particular, were resigned to the fact that they got him elected and the rest
he could do on his own. Unfortunately, that's not how politics works.
In the meantime, the clock continues to be turned backward. Policy after
policy has been falling by the historical wayside as many Obama support-
ers watch from the sidelines waiting for him to do something.
Conservatives have been bold enough to say whatever they want about
Obama without fear of consequence. The Constitution has been distorted
in ways that would even have some slave owning founding fathers spin-
ning in their graves. And while having smaller government seems like a fis-
cally good idea, it is proven bad policy when Americans suffer as a result.
In fact, nearly every policy decision put forth by conservatives, often in the
name of smaller government, strikes at the very heart of political and social
accomplishments intended to help all Americans. Most of these policies
were put in place to help African Americans gain footing in society.
Upon review, President Obama's agenda was intended to grow the nation
through consensus building and collaboration. His intent was to take the
best of both sides and come up with policies that move the country for-
ward. Instead he has been hampered by politics that champion "the new
racism" of the 21st century. Obama supporters who were so proud to see
him elected to office need to find a way to breathe a strong political wind
behind his sails. The alternative is for the clock to continue to reverse.
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Va. Man freed after 27 years

being wrongly incarcerated

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Kid's got talent Young Master Will Harding brought a Ritz
Theater audience to their feet for his imitation of Michael Jackson. The
youngster won the youth portion of "Amateur Night" last week during the
Ritz semi-finals. His win secures him a spot in the finals for the grand
finale in December for the big bucks. Amateur Night, fashioned after the
famous "Showtime at the Apollo" and held monthly, the show features the
city's best amateur talent judged by audience applause.

Fresh from
the "Blame a
Black Man"
*,1 file. Thomas
of Richmond,
Va. has final-
S ly been freed
to come
Haynesworth home after
serving 27 years in prison for
crimes he did not commit.
Haynesworth was 18-years-old
when he was arrested as he walked
to the market to buy sweet potatoes
and bread for Sunday dinner. A
woman who had been attacked days
earlier saw Haynesworth and told a
police officer he was the man that
attacked her. Haynesworth, who
had no criminal record, told police
they had the wrong man. But five
women ultimately identified him as
their attacker. He was convicted in
three attacks and acquitted in one;
one case was dropped.
In 2005, in the wake of the exon-
erations of five other wrongly con-
victed men, then-Virginia governor
Mark R. Warner (D) ordered a
sweeping review of thousands of
criminal cases from 1973 through
1988. Haynesworth's was among
them. Using technology that wasn't
available in the 1980s, authorities
tested DNA collected from a
January 1984 rape for which

Haynesworth was convicted. The
results cleared him and implicated a
convicted rapist named Leon
Three decades after being impris-
oned, Haynesworth has his free-
dom, but he is still fighting to clear
his name. He was released after
Gov. Robert McDonnell asked the
parole board to review his case.
The state of Virginia is supporting
Haynesworth's bid to have the Va.
Court of Appeals issue a "Writ of
Actual Innocence." "I believe in
Mr. Haynesworth's innocence, and
I will continue to work toward a
complete vindication," Cuccinelli
said in a written statement.
"It's been a long journey,"
Haynesworth said. "I just want to
reflect and sit down and talk to my
momma and eat a meal with her."
How sad is it that case after case
keeps surfacing of where inmates
are innocent of the crimes for
which they were convicted?
Imagine going out for bread and
sweet potatoes at 18-years of age
and never coming home again?
How scared and devastated would
you be? Haynesworth has lost 27-
years of his life. At 46-years-old,
hopefully he will be able to spend
what is left of it with his family and
friends, while still fighting to clear
his name. Nsenga Burton of The Root.

Bethel celebrates Bishop McKissick's 25 years in Ministry

Bishop McKissick (L) looks on as he is spiritually serenaded by son
of Bethel Dr. Cory Brown of The Providence Baptist Church in
Newport News, Va. Also shown is Rev. Bob Dotson and Bishop
McKissick, Sr.. R. Silver,; photo.

The church family of Bethel
Baptist Institutional Church along
with the Full Gospel Baptist
Church Fellowship lauded and cel-
ebrated 25 years in Ministry of
Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Jr. It
also represented his 15th anniver-
sary at the church. The well
planned celebration was open to
the community and included a
Family Game Day with favorites
such as Family Feud, Deal or No

Deal, Price Is Right, Let's Make A
Deal and Minute To Win It.
Guest Ministers for special serv-
ices included Pastor Corey Brown
of Providence Baptist Church in
Newport News, Virginia and
Pastor Jamal Bryant of The
Empowerment Temple in
Baltimore, Maryland. Under his
tutelage, over 10,000 thousand
souls have been added to the min-
istry, bringing the active disciple-

The first family of Bethel: Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Jr., First
Lady Kimberly McKissck and children Joshua and Janai (Jocelyn
not shown).

ship to well over 14,000. Bishop
McKissick, Jr. serves in the capac-
ity of Senior Pastor along with his
father, Bishop Rudolph
McKissick, Sr., who has served the
church now himself for over forty
plus years as Pastor. Their
Pastorate of Bethel is unique, not
only because they are father and
son, but also because both
McKissicks were born and raised
in the Bethel church, both serving

in various capacities before enter-
ing into ministry and eventually
the pastorate.
In June of 2008, he was conse-
crated and elevated into the high
office of Bishop in the Lord's
Church within the Full Gospel
Baptist Fellowship International,
under the leadership of Bishop
Paul S. Morton, Sr. and serves as
the Bishop of the State of Florida
for the Fellowship.

JTA launches jingle contest for Jacksonville youth


Andrew Jackson High School Track and Field: Coach Ernest Stephens,
Michael Jackson (Coach), Joel Huffman, Coy- Mikel Weston, Donovon
Mundy, Ayanna Williams, Tavaris Gadsden, Lynn Cook, Aaron Rogers,
Carlisha Murray, Monica Myrick, Kalib Woods, Vernon Edwards
(Coach), Brianna Bailey andCoach Coron Brelan. FMP Photos


High jump clinics. TMA Photo

Getting kids interested in transit
is not an easy task for any agency.
Five years ago, Jacksonville
Transportation Authority (JTA)
began offering a special pass pro-
gram offering kids and their parents
the opportunity to purchase summer
monthly passes for youth at a
reduced rate June at regular
price, July for free and August at
half price.
The program was launched with
the goal of encouraging adolescents

ages 12 to 17 to ride transit to sum-
mer jobs, volunteering, or to simply
enjoy their summer break by visit-
ing activity centers throughout the
For the second consecutive year,
JTA has expanded the program to
include the Jingle Jam contest in
which area students in grades 7 12
will be given the chance to write
lyrics and perform an original song
about taking transit to a
Jacksonville Suns baseball game.

Now through April 29, con-
tenders can upload their 30760 sec-
ond audition videos to JTA's web-
site or deliver them to JTA offices.
One grand prize winner and two
runnerups will be selected.
Additional details, contest rules,
song requirements and registration
instructions are available on the
JTA website at
The prize pack includes the
opportunity for the grand prize win-
ner to record audio versions of their

Jack & Jill inspiring youth orators

Jack & Jll Chapter Pres. Shauna Allen present certificates to first and
second place winners Malcolm Wilkes, Kathryn Huyghue, Myles Sams
and Speakman Smith. Shown right is event chair Wana Willis.

by Yvonne McClain-Gomes

The Jacksonville Chapter of Jack

& Jill recently held the
Southeastern Region Ann Owen
Gordon Teen Oratorical
Competition and Speak Up Speak
Out Presentations at Edward Waters
College's Milne Auditorium.
The following Teens/Teens pre-
sented on the topic Speak Up Speak
Out: Topic: Healthy Minds, Healthy
Body and Healthy Soul: Allana
Barlow, Morgan Cruse, Myles
Sams (1st place) and Speakman
The Teen Oratorical Competition
topic Stitching the Hems of our
Heritage: Malcolm Wilkes (1st
place) Carly Allen, Sydney Clark,
Lindsay Clark, Brian Holloway,
Kathryn Huyghue, Cameron Spruill
and Courtney Spruill.
The competition was judged by
Dr. Joy Hervey and Dr. Bertha
Minus for volunteering to judge the

jingle in a professional studio and
have it aired on local radio. In addi-
tion, video versions of their jingle
will play on the big screen at an
upcoming Jacksonville Sun's base-
ball game.

Seniors 60+

invited to


Duval County residents 60 years
of age and over are invited to join
in Mayor Peyton's Fish-a-Thon.
The annual event will feature fish-
ing, games, lunch and an awards
ceremony with trophies for most
fish, largest fish, smallest fish, ugli-
est fish and prettiest fish.
The Fish-a-thon will be held on
Wednesday, March 30th from 10
a.m.-2 p.m.
Tournament fishing begins at 10
a.m. with games such as bingo and
horseshoes shortly thereafter.
Judging of th fishing tournament
and the awards ceremony followed
by lunch will take place at noon.
Festivities will be at Kathryn
Abbey Hanna Park, 500
Wonderwood Drive.
Volunteers are also needed to help
serve and clean up. For more infor-
mation or to participate, visit
www.makeascenedowntown or call
(904) 630-3690.

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"Developing Godly Women" is focus

of Open Arms Women's Conference

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Open Arms Christian Fellowship Women's Ministry presented its first
Women's Conference entitled: "Developing Godly women for Kingdom
Women." Pastor Lena Thompson opened with the book of Esther, which
detailed Mordecai's betrayal and the Kings harem which ended with Esther
as the new queen. The moral of the story relayed to the women was to "look
for a real relationship." Pictured are Open Arms members Melissa Story
and her mom Patricia Story giving praise for the speakers. The three day
conference also included speakers: Bishop Carolyn Love, Psalmist Vickie
Farrie and Tarra Connor Jones. Open Arms Pastor Leofric and Lady Sandy
Thomas preside over the church where their arms are open for all to join.

Morgan State Univ. Choir in Concert
Christ Episcopal Church's Music Ministry will present Morgan State
University Choir in Concert on March 24, at 7 p.m. This critically
acclaimed choir of over 130 singers performs classical, gospel and contem-
porary popular music. Known for their excellent performances, the choir
has performed with major orchestras including the New York Philharmonic
Orchestra, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and the Los Angles
Philharmonic. An offering basket will be available for donations. The
church is located at 400 San Juan Dr, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. For infor-
mation call (904) 285-6127 or e-mail to

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Greater Macedonia presents
2011 Women's Conference
Greater Macedonia Baptist Church will present their 2011 Women's
Conference march 25-27 under the theme "For Such a Time As This".
Workshop topics will include th Word, submission, finances, health, prayer,
beauty and dance. The guest speaker lineup will include Mrs. Bessie
Herring of Mt. Bethel Baptist Church on Friday from 6:30 8 p.m.; Mrs.
Lois Diamond of Abyssinia Baptist Church on Saturday from 8 a.m. 1:30
p.m. and Mrs. Michelle Lomax of Titus Harvest Dome Ministries on
Sunday at th e 8 a.m. service. All women are asked to wear white. The
church s located at 1880 West Edgewood Avenue. Dr. Landon Williams,
Pastor. For more information, call 764-9257.

Open Arms hosting 5K Walk
On April 16, 2011, hundreds of civic, community and
business leaders will join together alongside The Open Arms Christian
Fellowship as they host the Annual 5K Charity Walk. The walk begins
promptly at 8:30 a.m. with on-site registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the
church which is located 2763 Dunn Avenue on the Northside. The 5K
Annual Charity Walk in its 3rd year, raises money to benefit Garden City
Elementary School and Highlands Middle School allowing them to provide
a hot breakfast before FCAT testing, purchase basic school supplies and
assist with field trips.
To register for the charity walk or vendor booth, call the church at (904)
766-5797 or register online at

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Seeking the lost for Christ
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Pastor Landon Williams

8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship

9:30 a.m. Sunday School

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


* A Full Gospel Baptist Church *

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

Federal prosecutors portray
Michael Jacques as a racist who was
so upset when Barack Obama was
elected president that he and two
other white men burned down a pre-
dominantly black church in western
Jacques insists through his lawyer
that he's innocent and was coerced
into signing a confession after more
than six hours of interrogation as he
suffered through painkiller and
nicotine withdrawal.
A U.S. District Court jury in
Springfield, Massachusetts, has
heard opening arguments in
Jacques' trial.The Judge has set
aside six weeks for the jury trial.
Prosecutors say Jacques and the
other defendants burned down the
under-construction Macedonia
Church of God in Christ early on
Nov. 5, 2008, just hours after
Obama was elected the nation's first
black president.
The church was to serve the con-
gregation's 300 members, 90 per-
cent of whom were black, and the
head pastor says the faithful are
Prosecutors say the suspects
poured gas inside and outside the
church and lit it ablaze. The build-

Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Sr.
Senior Pastor

Celebrate Church and Pastor
Anniversaries at St. John
St. John Missionary Baptist Church, located at 135 Brickyard Road in
Middleburg, FL 32068. will be celebrating the Church's 130 years of exis-
tence and Dr. C. Edward Preston Sr.'s, 21 years of service. The celebration
will be concluded Friday March 25th at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 27th
at 4 p.m. Come and experience the move of God and be blessed with
singing, praying, and preaching at these services, For further information
call 272-5100.

Family and Friends Day at El Beth El
The pastor, officers and members of El Beth El Divine Holiness Church
invite the community to worship with them and be their special guest at
their Annual Family and Friends Day Celebration. It will be held on April
20th at 11:00 A.M. and 3:00 P.M. The Honorable Sheriff John Rutherford
will be the guest speaker for the 11 a.m.. service and Pastor Frederick
Jacob, Pastor of Great Awakening Ministries Church, will speak at the 3
p.m. service. If you have any questions please contact Dr. Lorenzo Hall
Sr. at 904-710-1586. Dinner will be serving after both services.
The church is located at 723 West 4th Street Jacksonville, Fla.

Anointing Revival at Historic Mt. Zion
Historic Mt. Zion AME Church under the leadership of Pastor Pearce
Ewing, Sr., will be hosting a "Fresh Anointing Revival" March 23-25 night-
ly at 7:30 p.m. Special guests includes the Edward Waters Choir
(Wednesday) and Dr. Walter Thomas Richardson of Sweet Home
Missionary Baptist Church in Perrine, FL. The church is located at 201 East
Beaver Street.

The Macedonia Call

If you are retired, perhaps you feel left out on Sunday
Mornings, or you are waiting for that perfect opportunity to
give a helping hand.

We need Sunday school Teachers!
There are six positions currently open.
Come my brother, my sister and help us. A starter Baptist church,
on the north side of town. Call now at (904) 713-8810. Your decision
is (Our Gain).

This Nov. 5, 2008 file photograph shows firefighters working at the
scene of a fire at the Macedonia Church of God in Christ, which was
under construction in Springfield, Mass.

ing was destroyed; some firefighters
were injured but recovered.
Jacques, 26, of Springfield, is
charged with conspiracy against
civil rights, damage to religious
property, use of fire to commit a
felony and aiding and abetting. The
charges carry up to 60 years in
Benjamin Haskell, 24, of
Springfield, pleaded guilty to civil
rights charges and was sentenced in
November to nine years in prison.

Thomas Gleason, 23, who lived
on the same street as the church,
pleaded guilty last year to charges
similar to the ones against Jacques.
He awaits sentencing and is expect-
ed to testify against Jacques.
A grand jury indictment alleges
that the co-conspirators "used racial
slurs and expressed anger about the
election of Barack Obama" and that
they discussed burning the church
because its members were African-

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.

Bishop Rudolph
McKissick, Jr.
Senior Pastor

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

Grace and Peace

Trial underway for Obama inspired church fire

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

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hot all the time. You still get your period but it's not as
regular or heavy as it once was. Could this be the beginning
of menopause? According to ob/gyn Dr. Laura Corio, author
of "The Change Before the Change", it just may be. Corio
recommends seeing your doctor at the first sign of changes
in your period and asking the following ten questions.

1. What is menopause?
I define menopause as going more
than a full year without a period.
Whenever you brown or spot, that's
still your period. We count from the
last time you see any spotting or
bleeding -- a year to the day from
your last period. After that I consider
you post-menopausal. Peri-
menopausal is four to seven years
prior to menopause. The first sign is
a change in your period. The average
age ofperimenopause in this country
is 46 and the average age of
menopause is 50. Premature
menopause is menopause before 40.
Induced menopause is the result of a
surgery (such as a hysterectomy) or
chemotherapy or cancer.
2. How will my body change as
menopause approaches?
There's a horrible statistic that says
between the ages of 45 and 55
women will gain 10 to 20 pounds due
to a slow down in metabolism and
fluctuating hormones. It's usually in
your waistline, in your middle, and in
your breasts. And unfortunately the
waist-to-hip ratio is really important
and if the waist to hip ratio is large
(the waist being largely than the hip),
there is an increased risk for cancer,
heart disease, and diabetes.
3. What are the most common
menopausal symptoms?
You may experience hot flashes,
night sweats, insomnia, migraines,
heart palpitations, joint pain, vaginal
dryness and a decline in libido. Mi-
graines often peak at perimenopause
because the hormones are going up
and down like a yo-yo. When a
woman finally finishes her period
and the hormones stop fluctuating
wildly, the headaches start getting
better. There are also cognitive fea-
tures -- your memory or your clarity
of thinking may be affected by
menopause. And of course, the
weight gain.
4. How can I achieve the best
possible health now?
Try to keep your BMI between 19
and 24 and your waist circumference
ratio below 35. Eat a well-balanced
diet, exercise, take supplements if
necessary. Know your genetic back-
ground and risks and do whatever
you can to decrease those risks. For

instance, if you have breast cancer in terone
your family, you should watch your For some patients
alcohol intake and take vitamin D pies may do enough
and CoQ10. Also, make sure use St. John's Wor
you're up to date with all your HEACHES AND HOT Fl
check ups and tests: Get your
mammograms, bone density
tests, colonoscopies, transvaginal
sonograms, and check your cho- TEETH LOOSEN AND GUM
lesterol and labs regularly. RECED
And I always tell my patients
to start looking at their diet be-
fore they hit 40. Because if you
are heavy in your 30s, then you
are really going to be in trouble RISK OF CARDIOVASCULAR
in your 40s. Exercise is also key. DISEASE
For a lot of people their metabo-
lism slows down and they have
to exercise more and eat less.
Aging alone affects metabolism.
And fluctuating hormones affect
metabolism. So you have to beef BACKACHES
up that exercise and watch your
portions and really look at what
you're eating. Exercise also
makes you feel better and gives
you a better body image, which
is really important for libido as
well. We're all going to age, BODY AND PUBIC HAIR -
we're all going to have BECOMES THICKER AND
menopause, and we're all going DARKER
have our metabolism slow down.
5. What is hormone replace-
ment therapy? And how long
can I be on hormone Rx?
Hormone therapy usually
means progesterone, estrogen
and testosterone. I always like to
start hormones in perimenopause BONES LOSE MASS AND
because that's when you need BECOME MORE FRAGILE

them. You're not supposed to
take hormones 10 years after the
fact; you're supposed to take them
during perimenopause/menopause
when things are changing so that you
get the benefits. And you should try
to use the lowest dosage that's effec-
tive so that if you're taking it for a
longer period of time than five years
it's like the equivalent of taking a
standard dose for five years. So we
try to do the least amount of hor-
mones that a patient feels well with
and we try to do it right in your peri-
menopause when the symptoms are
the most severe. I don't want patients
to be on hormones indefinitely.
6. Are their alternatives to hor-
mone replacement therapy?



ask yoi
The first thing I do
when a patient comes to
me with symptoms is see
how severe the symp-
toms are. We always talk
about alternatives before
we go straight to hor-
mones. I try to treat
symptoms with black co-
hosh, macca root, proges-

cream or fish oils.
the natural thera-
gh for them. I also
t if they're feeling


anxious or depressed or having hot
flashes. There are a lot of alternative
options we may try first if there's no
contraindication for them. If a cock-
tail of black cohosh and progesterone
cream and evening primrose oil
works then I can hold them off HRT
for a little while. But if a patient has
symptoms that are really breaking
through, or is experiencing terrible
hot flashes and not sleeping and none
of the alternatives work, then we'll
go to the hormones.
7. What are custom-com-
pounded hormones? What are bio-
identical hormones?
Custom compounding allows you
to combine different hormones in dif-
ferent concentrations and tailor it to
the patient. Bioidenticals are like the
hormones that your body makes. I al-
ways use bioidenticals over the con-
jugated hormones because I like to
use products that are natural or more
similar to what your body was mak-
ing -- that's how I define bioidentical.
Rather than the premarin from the
horse's urine that's conjugated with
20 different types of estrogen and ten



ur doctor
of them are from the horse. I use
bioidentical estrogen.
8. Do I need to have my bone
density checked? Should I take a
vitamin D supplement?
A bone density at the first sign of a
hot flash or at 50 is suggested. The
American Association of Osteoporo-
sis has said you don't need one until
you are 65 unless you have risk fac-
tors, but I like to know a patient's
baseline before they start menopause
because the minute they hit
menopause, their bone density can







decline in the following five to eight
years. If you didn't have great bones
to begin with or you have a family
history that shows you have a high
risk of osteoporosis then you're
going to start with not such great
bones. I routinely check vitamin D
levels and recommend supplementa-
tion at levels below 30.
9. What's happening to my li-
bido, I feel like I've hit the wall?
The libido is really a tough thing. I
always tell patients it's multifactorial
and it has a lot to do with what's
going on in your life -- your kids,
your mother, your husband, etc.
Local estrogen to the vagina is prob-
ably the first thing you want to re-
place if you are having issues with
libido. If you're on HRT, sometimes
we'll add some estrogen and testos-
terone. Lubricants and some of the
herbal remedies such as gingko and
St. John's Wort are also great.
10. How can I find a menopause
Go to to find a
searchable list of doctors who spe-
cialize in menopause.

How obesity has become

a part of black culture

by Dr. Tyreese reid. TG
Afiican-Americans are the most
obese group in the United States
and it may be by choice.
Obesity is a growing epidemic in
this country, with Americans eating
more and becoming less and less
active. Seventy-three percent of
adults and 43 percent of all children
in the United States are overweight
or obese, according to the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention.
Among African-Americans 20
years and older, more than two-
thirds are overweight or obese de-
fined as a body mass index (BMI)
of 25 pounds or more (h). Accord-
ing to BMI charts, a woman who is
5-feet 5 inches tall and weighs 150
pounds is considered overweight. A
man who stands at 5-feet 8 inches is
considered overweight once he hits
175 pounds. What is often consid-
ered normal is actually unhealthy.
Carrying around those extra
pounds increases the likelihood of
developing type II diabetes and high
blood pressure -- two diseases that
disproportionately affect African-
Americans. Being overweight also
increases the risk of stroke, heart
disease, arthritis and certain can-
cers. In fact, obesity could become
more dangerous for your health
than smoking cigarettes.
Yet, in the African-American
community, the so-called normal
body image is skewed toward the
unhealthy. Studies show a strong
tendency to deem larger body sizes
as acceptable.
It is widely understood within the
African-American community that
curvy, overweight women are con-
sidered more appealing to black
men than normal- or under-weight
women. There is almost a reverse
distortion of body image -- with
thicker women fighting weight-loss

and slender women wanting to gain
weight in order to be accepted.
This may account for the stagger-
ing statistic that 4 out of 5 African-
American women are overweight or
obese. It is even more alarming that
some of these women are making a
choice to live at that weight.
African-American women of all
ages report less exercise than their
white counterparts. Other hin-
drances include not having child
care, time to be physically active,
and not feeling safe being active in
their neighborhoods.
African-American men aren't off
the hook either. Black n men also
exercise less than white women.
and have the highest prevalence of
obesity among all ethnic groups.
However. African-American men
are more active than their female
counterparts, which may be the rea-
son that only 28.8 percent are obese,
compared to 50.8 percent of
African-American women.
With the head of the African-
American family -- the matriarch --
more likely to be overweight and
sedentary, it is no surprise that many
black men and children are also
overweight. Regular exercise, por-
tion-control and healthy eating
habits are not routinely ingrained
into the structure of African-Amer-
ican families.
One in four African-American
girls and almost one in five African-
American boys are overweight. We
are now beginning to see high blood
pressure and type II diabetes -- his-
torically diseases of adulthood -- in
these overweight children. Seven
out of every 10 overweight adoles-
cents will become overweight
adults. That number increases if one
or more parents is also overweight.
Thus, the cycle continues.
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After Oprah appearances, Vanzant returns to best-selling glory /1

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Pieces: How to Get Through What
You're Going Through,' skyrocket-
ed four months after its initial
The no-holds-barred interview -
where Winfrey confronted the spir-

lyanla has once again
S after her Oprah appe,
itual teacher and once-
S- popular media person-
ality about her past
transgressions -- became much fod-
der immediately after its Feb. 16
airing. "[The] tension was so thick
that it seemed to suck the oxygen
out of the room," wrote blogger Dr.

.n soared back into the mainstream
arance (left).
Boyce Watkins about the interac-
tion, which --at times -- didn't seem
appropriate for daytime television.
Nevertheless, the book, which
was published via Tavis Smiley's
SmileyBooks imprint on Nov. 15,
2010, is #1 on the Times' Hardcover
Advice & Misc. list.
"We are thrilled that lyanla's

inspiring message has reached so
many people." offered Smiley. "Her
mission -- to promote family heal-
ing -- affirms why she remains one
of the nation's most beloved teach-
This marks Vanzant's fifth time
on the New York Times' Best
Sellers list, and her first with
SmileyBooks. She previously spent
20 weeks on the list with 'In the
Part metaphorical teaching story,
part wrenching personal chronicle,
.Broken Pieces' is Vanzant's
story about overcoming great loss
after experiencing major triumph.
"A story about how a New York
Times best-selling author ends up
flat broke, looking for a place to
live, how a 37-year relationship
ends in divorce by e-mail," she sur-
mised, adding that she shared "the
intimate details of how an interna-
tionally recognized spiritual teacher
ends up on the edge of the bed in a
million-dollar home slated for fore-
closure, contemplating suicide."

Wyclef recovering from

gunshot wounds in Haiti

B B Hollywood


IRS targeting Forrest Whitaker
and Wife Actor Forest Whitaker is
reportedly in tax trouble.
The state of California filed a $185,253
Stax lien against Whitaker and his wife
Keisha Jan. 26 with the Los Angeles
County Recorder of Deeds.
The tax bill is surfacing almost two years
after the Detroit News reported the Oscar
winner owed $1.27 million
in state and federal taxes
Cedric the Entertainer to helm new game
show NBC today announced its summer lineup
which including a game show hosted Ced the
Titled "It's Worth What?," it is a cross
between "Pawn Stars" and "The Price is
Right," where contestants have to guess the
value of items found in attics, etc.
No rush for Evelyn and Ocho
Unlike many celebrity couples, Chad Ochocinco and "Basketball Wives"
star Evelyn Lozada are not rushing to tie the knot. Instead, they've decid-
ed to be engaged for a year
before the big day so they can
enjoy their children.
"He has four kids. I have one.
We want to be engaged for at
least a year and enjoy our time
with our children, and then
we're going to plan our wed-
ding," Lozada tells People.
For their wedding, she said a
simple ceremony and celebra-
tion will be nice, but there is
sure to be some compromise along the way.
The NFL star is very happy with his blossoming relationship and he says
the key to their success is his grandmother.
"My grandma says, 'Always marry your best friend, because your best
friend will be able to tell you anything and not hide nothing.' That's one of
the things I really like, which is one of the reasons why she's wearing that

Wyclef Jean (R) speaks to reporters after attending Haiti's first pres-
idential debate last week in Port-au-Prince.

Hip hop artist Wyclef Jean was
treated and released from a hospital
in Haiti after receiving a minor
gunshot wound to the hand during a
campaign rally.
Jean, who was in Port-au-Prince
to support fellow musician and
Haiti presidential candidate Michel
"Sweet Micky" Martelly, was shot
Saturday night on the eve of the
country's presidential elections.
Following the incident, a rep
tweeted on his account, "We have
spoken to Wyclef, he is ok. Thank
you for your thoughts and prayers -
- Management"
Spokeswoman Cindy Tanenbaum
said that the wound was superficial.
"He is doing well," she added.
Jean, a Haiti native, runs Yele
Haiti, a foundation focused on pro-

viding aid and relief to the nation
still recovering from a devastating
January 2010 earthquake. He
briefly pursued a bid to be president
of Haiti in September, but was ruled
ineligible by election officials.
Ironically enough, one of the sin-
gles off of his last album is enti-
tled, "Death Threats".

Dr. Henry Louis Gates'

latest documentary to look

at Black in Latin America

Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., will
uncover Latin America's African
roots in the new four-part series,
Black in Latin America,
The series takes a on the influ-
ence of African descent on Latin
America and is Gates' llth docu-
mentary film. It will examine how
Africa and Europe came together to
create the cultures of Latin America
and the Caribbean.
Black in Latin America is the
third of a trilogy that began in 1999
with the broadcast of Professor
Gates' first series for public televi-
sion, Wonders of the African World,
an exploration of the relationship
between Africa and the New World,
a story he continued in 2004 with
America Beyond the Color Line, a
report on the lives of modem-day
African Americans.
Latin America is often associated
with music, monuments and sun,
but each of the six countries fea-
tured Brazil, Cuba, the Dominican
Republic, Haiti, Mexico and Peru,
has a secret history. On his jour-
ney, Professor Gates discovers,
behind a shared legacy of colonial-
ism and slavery, vivid stories and
people marked by African roots.
12.5 million Africans were
shipped to the New World during
the Middle Passage. While just
over 11.0 million survived the jour-
ney, only about 450,000 of them
arrived in the United States. The
rest-over ten and a half million-

were taken to the Caribbean and
Latin America and kept in bondage
far longer than the slaves in the
United States. This astonishing fact
changes the entire picture of the
history of slavery in the Western
hemisphere, and of its lasting cul-
tural impact. These millions of
Africans created new and vibrant
cultures of various African,
English, French, Portuguese and
Spanish influences.
Despite their great numbers, the
cultural and social worlds that they
created remain largely unknown to
most Americans, except for certain
popular, cross-over musical forms.
Gates sets out on a quest to discov-
er how Latin Americans of African
descent live now, and how the
countries acknowledge-or deny-
their African past; how the fact of
race and African ancestry play
themselves out in the multicultural
worlds of the Caribbean and Latin
America. Starting with the slave
experience and extending to the
present, Professor Gates unveils the
history of the African presence in
the countries through art, music,
cuisine, dance, politics and reli-
gion, but also through the presence
of anti-black racism that has some-
times sought to keep the black cul-
tural presence from view.
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What to om social, volunteer, political and sports
What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports


activities to self enrichment and the civic scene

Somebody Almost
Walked Off Wid
Alla My Stuff!
On Thursday, March 24th at 7:00
p., join Dr. Maxine Montgomery at
the Stage Aurora Performance
Hall, 5188 Norwood Avenue for
"Somebody Almost Walked Off
Wid Alla My Stuff:" The evening
will include a discussion and ques-
tion / answer session about Ntozake
Shange's For Colored Girls Who
Have Considered Suicide When the
Rainbow is Enuf and the Black
woman's literary tradition. Call
765-7372 for more information.

For Colored Girl
at Stage Aurora
The award winning play "For
Colored Girls will be presented by
Stage Aurora March 25-27 at the
Stage Aurora Performance Hall,
5188 Norwood Avenue. Tickets are
currently on sale. For more infor-
mation call 765-7372.

Sigma Gamma Rho
Youth Symposium
The ladies of Sigma Gamma Rho
Sorority, Inc. are hosting a Youth
Symposium: "H3: It's All About
Me Healthy Choices, Healthy
Living, Healthy Generations". It
will be held on March 26th from
10 a.m. 2 p.m. at the Regency
Square Mall, near Belk. There will
be free health screenings, child id
and finger printing, entertainment

and more. Middle and high school
students will be able to pick up
information on topics they deal
with daily like childhood obesity
and peer pressure. For more infor-
mation call 521-3826.

Be a First Coast Star
Have you always wanted to be a
star? Does your child want to be a
star? You could be 2011's First
Coast Star? YOU will have the
opportunity to showcase your
singing skills and audition to
become the First Coast Star of
2011. Come to the Jacksonville
landing and be ready too perform
on Sunday, March 27th at noon.

Job & Resource Fair at
The Jacksonville Housing
Authority and other agencies will
present a free job, career and
resource fair on Wednesday, March
30th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the
Brentwood Lakes Neighborhood
Network Center at 3465 Village
Center Dr. S., Building 28. Major
area employers will be attending
and taking resumes. The dress code
is casual business attire; no jeans
and t-shirts. For more information
call 366-6095.

Amateur Night

on Friday, April 1st at 7:30 p.m.
The monthly event always sells out.
For more info call 632-5555 or visit

EWC Celebrity
Golf Tournament
The Edward Waters College 1st
Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament
will be held on Monday April 4,
2011 at the Deerwood Country
Club. Jacksonville Jaguar player
Rasheen Mathis is the honorary
Chairperson. The tournament will
be played as a four person Captains
Choice. For more information, call

Spoken Word
at the Ritz
Join the Ritz Theatre for a free
evening of Spoken Word, Thursday,
April 7 at 7 p.m. Call 632-5555.

Personal Fitness
Trainer Certification
Do you love and enjoy fitness,
physical activity, and being
healthy? Would you like to teach it
to others and get paid? On Saturday,
April 9, 2011, at DEEN Wellness
Center formally ABz-Solute Fitness
located at 5290-4 Norwood Avenue,
there will be a certification work-
shop from 9 a.m. 5 p.m. For more
info or to register, call 765-6002.

at the Ritz
Live theater at the Ritz
Come visit the best local talent out
there at Amateur Night at the Ritz The classic stage play "YOUR

WITH GOD" will be performed on
the stage of the Ritz Theatre,
Saturday, April 9, at 7:30 p.m. For
tickets or more information, call

Jax Facts Speed Dating
JCCI is highlighting the innova-
tive people, programs and results
that serve middle school students in
Duval County Public Schools
before and after the regular school
day. Dinner is provided. It will be
held on Tuesday, April 12th from
5:30 8 p.m. at DuPont Middle
School. To RSVP for the free
forum, email
(Subject line: JAXFacts).

Kevin Hart at the
Florida Theatre
Comedian Kevin Hart will be in
performance on Friday, April 15th
at the Florida Theatre. Showtime is
8 p.m. Call the box office at 1-800-

BET Music
Matters Tour
The BET Music Matters tour will
feature Marsha Ambrosius, Melanie
Fiona and Anthony Day. The artists
are committed to giving their audi-
ence a complete musical experience
by combining meaningful lyrics
with passionate performances. It
will be on Saturday, April 16th at
8 p.m. at the Florida Theatre.

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Rhoda L. Martin
Golf Classic
The 4th annual Rhoda L. Martin
Golf Classic will be held on
Monday, April 18th at 11:30-a.m.
The Shotgun Start will begin at
12:30 p.m. at the Jacksonville
Beach Golf Club on Penman Road
South. The tournament fee includes
lunch before golf, 18 holes of golf,
and awards dinner after play. Entry
deadline: Friday, April 15. For more
information, call 241-6293.

Keith Sweat in concert
Keith Sweat, Silk and TruSoul
will be in concert on Friday, April
22 at the Times Union Center.
Showtime is a 8 p.m. For tickets 1-

Diversity Network
Join the Diversity Network for
fellowship and a discussion on
Tuesday, April 26th. The meeting
will be from 6:30-8:30 at the River
House, 1878 King Street next to St.
Viincents Hospital. The subject is
Our HealthCareViews: Exploring
whether it is simply 'access to
healthcare' or 'best healthcare'.
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Shrimp Festival
The annual Shrimp Festival in
Fernandina Beach has been moved
up to the weekend of April 29th.
Attendees will be able to treat them-
selves to a feast of the sea and live-
ly entertainment in the birthplace of
the modern shrimping industry.
There will be food, music, arts,
crafts, antiques and live entertain-
ment Friday Sunday. For more
information, visit www.shrimpfesti-

Dwight Eubanks hosts
Runway Fashion Show
Celebrity stylist Dwight Eubanks
from the Atlanta Housewives will

be hosting "The Ultimate Runway
2011 Fashion Show" at The Garden
Club on Saturday, April 30th with
doors opening at 6 p.m. The Garden
Club is located at 105 Riverside
Avenue. For more information, call
The annual FunkFest two day con-
cert will be held May 5 & 6 at
Metropolitan Park. This years head-
liners include Guy, Maze & Frankie
Beverly, Earth Wind & Fire, Ledisi,
MC Hammer, Musiq Soulchild,
Faith Evans and more artists to be
announced. For tickets or more
info, call 1-800-514-3849.

Steve Harvey
and Kirk Franklin
The Gospel Comedy Tour starring
Steve Harvey and Kirk Franklin
will stop in Jacksonville on
Saturday May 21st at the Veterans
Memorial Arena. Showtime is 8
p.m. Call ticketmaster for tickets.

Trail of Tails: Fun
Walk & Festival
Join the Jacksonville Humane
Society for the third annual Trail of
Tails: Fun Walk & Festival on
Saturday, May 21, 2011 from 10
a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Jacksonville
Landing. Registration is $30 per
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teams of four or more. Registration
includes a T-shirt and goodie bag.
A festival featuring food, fun and
free kid's crafts follows the event.
Call 725-8766 or visit www.jax-

OneJax Humanitarian
Awards Dinner
The 2011 Humanitarian Awards
dinner will be held Thursday, May
'';"iil at the aftrt &tel starting
a 6 p.m. This years honorees
include Nathaniel Glover, Delores
Barr Weaver, Martha Barrett and
Mark Green. For tickets or more
information, call 354-1Jax.

March 24-30, 2011

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Pictured are L-R (seated): Ann Jennings; Deloris Gilyard; Ruth Waters McKay, President; Beverly
McKenzie; Viola Walker; June M. Smith. Standing: Sherald Wilson, Vice President; Carlton Jones,
Immediate Past President; Henry Lee Adams, Jr., Tony Brown; Eugene Emory; and Bill Jennings.
American Beach Property Owners Association elects new board of trustees

The American Beach Property
Owners Association (ABPOA), the
governing body of property owners
of historic American Beach, recent-
ly installed their new slate of
The association was established


Is your fraternity or sorority ready
to be crowned the next Sprite Step
Off champion?
The tournament-style competition
returns with a six-city tour with
teams from across the country com-
peting for two $100,000 grand
prizes in scholarships. Regional
event competitions will take place
in Chicago, New York, Atlanta,
Charlotte, Los Angeles and
This 2011 Sprite Step Off offi-
cially kicked-off with an online
application submission which
began Feb. 10 and concluded on
March 13. Interested fraternities
and sororities entered the competi-
tion by submitting a short perform-
ance video that showcased their
step talents and highlighted their

in 1982 by Ben Durham and cur-
rently holds 220 members on its
roster. Their goal is to create
enhance, improve, promote and
preserve a healthy community for
the African-American ocean front
community just north of

Jacksonville. The officers will serve
for a two year term.
Currently, they are gearing-up for
its' annual Summer Jazz at Burney
Park Series to be held on the fourth
Saturday of May, June, July and

Members of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity from Central State
University perform at last year's competition.
contributions to their community. D.C. on May 21. The event will fea-
The first place fraternity and ture the top 12 teams six fratemi-
sorority winners from each regional ties and six sororities as they
event will receive travel to the compete to see who will bring
championship event in Washington home the Sprite Step Off II crown.

Farrakhan issues stern warning

to Obama about attacking Libya

by Boyce Watkins
In his usually powerful way, the
Minister Louis Farrakhan has taken
to the public airwaves to address
the U.S. government's decision to
attack Libya. The United States has
joined with allied forces to (in their
words) protect the Libyan people
from the alleged tyranny of their
leader. Muammar Gadhafi.
Since it has been alleged that
Gadhafi used his military forces to
attack his own people, the U.S.
government has spoken against
Libyan leadership and has also
begun air strikes on Libyan soil.
Gadhafi has warned the United
States that a war against his country
will be long and that he will win.
Minister Louis Farrakhan, who
has a long-standing friendship with
Gadhafi, went to WVON in
Chicago to speak on the situation.
As expected, Farrakhan is not
happy with the invasion and openly
spoke about U.S. policies that
involve deliberate destabilization of
nations with whom they have a
financial interest.
In the case of Libya, Farrakhan
openly asks President Barack
Obama why he and his administra-
tion are suddenly concerned with
alleged atrocities in this country
while the U.S. government looked
the other way a few years ago,
when the Israelis were engaged in
relentless bombing of Palestinians,
many of them women and children.
Farrakhan also noted that the
U.S. government showed no inter-
est in becoming involved when
numerous human rights violations
were occurring in Rwanda and the
Congo. He argued that the U.S.
government's goal has been to
spend funds arming dissidents in
Libya who do not want to see
Gadhafi in power.
In an even more telling fashion,
Farrakhan noted similarities
between Gadhafi and President
Obama: He mentioned that similar
to Gadhafi, there are millions of
Americans who don't want to see
Obama in power, and that interven-

ing with internal dissent in Libya
would be no different from some-
one doing the same here in the
United States.
Farrakhan asks the president,
"Who in the hell do you think you
are that you can talk to a man that
built a country over 42 years and
ask him to step down and get out?
Can anybody ask you ... to step out
of the White House 'cause they
don't want no black face in the
White House?"
Farrakhan noted that dissatisfac-
tion with Obama and the U.S. gov-
ernment has reached a boiling point
and that the president should be
careful about intervening in another
nation's internal discord.
As arguably the most persuasive
speaker in the United States,
Minister Louis Farrakhan lays out a
very clear and poignant case for his
objections with the U.S. military
action in Libya. The United States
government is already facing mas-
sive budget deficits and two expen-
sive wars in Iraq and Afghanistan,
so one can only wonder how we
expect to afford yet another inter-
vention in the Middle East.
.. ..

Min. Louis Farrakhan
Min. Farrakhan's also pointed out
the selective morality of the gov-
ernment is quite interesting. The
United States stands idly by during
countless revolts in countries
around the world and usually does-
n't have much to say when a gov-
ernment responds with violence
toward its citizens, but for some
reason, the case is different in
Libya, and it appears to be more
than coincidental that the nation
just happens to be sitting on a great
deal of oil.


Scathing Report issued on New Orleans' Police
Highlights racial bias A report released by the Justice
Department last week concludes that New Orleans police officers have
used deadly force without justification, repeatedly made unconstitutional
arrests and failed to adequately protect New Orleans residents. It also con-
cluded that the department has engaged in racial profiling.

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