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Va teacher's auctioning of Black
students in lesson sparks outrage
NORFOLK, Va. The superintendent of Norfolk, Virginia schools has
apologized for a controversial classroom lesson.
A fourth grade teacher at Sewells Point Elementary was teaching about
the Civil War and auctioned off a group of African American and mixed
race students as part of the history lesson.
"Why are we going back that far and putting kids up on a stage and
doing a mock slavery exercise, people being sold and bought like they
are animals," questioned Norfolk resident Easter Atwell-White.
"The lesson could have been thought through more carefully, as to not
offend her students or put them in an uncomfortable situation," Wrushen
said in the letter.
Study shows longterm braids
and weaves lead to hair loss
Very tight braiding or weaving may be linked to a permanent type of
hair loss that affects many African American women, according to a U.S.
Prolonged pulling at the hair strands may cause inflammation of the hair
follicle, which has been showed to lead to scarring.
In principle, this could lead to scarring hair loss or central centrifugal
cicatricial alopecia, a type of balding that starts at the top of the scalp and
then spreads slowly to the rest.
"Our survey results suggest there is a high prevalence of central hair loss
among African American women," wrote Angela Kyei, of the Cleveland
Clinic in Ohio, who led the study.
Though the findings couldn't prove that hair grooming was at the base
of the problem, women might still want to take them into consideration,
Taylor declared a low risk offender
S- NEW CITY, N.Y -- Straight from the halls of
athletes behaving badly, former pro football
Star Lawrence Taylor, who pleaded guilty in
January to sexual misconduct and patronizing
an underage prostitute, was declared a low-risk
sex offender this week.
Prosecutors argued for a level 2 designation.
Instead, the judge chose the lower Level 1,
which means a photo of the former New York
Giants linebacker will not be posted on the
online sex-offender registry.
Rockland County Court Judge William Kelly said Taylor's crime was
"The difference between Level 1 and 2 is almost minuscule because of
the notification that has already gone out to the world," said Kelly, who
added that Taylor "would be awfully foolish to go out and do this again."
The girl was 16 -- under the age of consent -- when she met Taylor. He
said she claimed she was 19.
Taylor was sentenced to six years' probation, as agreed when he pleaded
guilty in January.
Olympian Carl Lewis to
Run for NJ Senate
Politics have really taken a turn over the past few
years and a lot more celebrities are running for top
positions, including Olympian Carl Lewis.
The 49-year-old gold medalist has announced his
candidacy for a New Jersey state senate seat and
will be running against Dawn Addiego, the sitting Republican.
He said, "When I run you can see my record I run to win."
Known for his 1984 races at the Los Angeles Olympics, he eventually
became the winner in the 100m, 200m, long jump, and sprint relay
"We cannot rest until we make sure that our families can afford to live
and raise their kids here, that our seniors can remain in their homes and
afford their health and pharmaceutical costs," he said.
Although he was born in Birmingham, Ala., the former athlete has a spe-
cial place in his heart for New Jersey, where he spent much of his child-
Serena Williams back on the court
Serena Williams grabbed her racket and got out
on a tennis court this week which she said was her
"first time back" after a series of health problems,
including blood clots in her lung.
The 13-time Grand Slam singles champion and
former No. 1-ranked player has not played an offi-
cial match since she won the title at Wimbledon in
On Tuesday, Williams tweeted: "Look who I spot-
ted on the court. Her first day back..." That posting came with a link to a
photo of Williams in a neon pink body suit with a racket in her right hand.
Shortly after claiming her fourth singles championship at the All
England Club last year, Williams cut her foot on glass at a restaurant, an
injury that led to two operations. The second surgery was in October, and
she said she spent 10 weeks in a cast and 10 weeks in a walking boot.
The 29-year-old American then was diagnosed in February with blood
clots in her lung. After that, she said she needed treatment for a
hematoma -- a gathering of blood under the skin -- on her stomach.
Despite all of the time away from the tour, she is still at No. 10 in this
week's WTA rankings.
Volume 24 No. 26 Jacksonville, Florida April 14-20, 2011
WE Gt ING TtE COSTS Of OUR FUTURE
By Jasmin K.
incarceration is 4
the message of a
by the NAACP.
The nation's old-
est civil rights
organization is chal-
lenging America to i e-
evaluate its spending prior-
ities in the report. titled
"Misplaced Priorities Uindei
Educate, Over Incaiceilare." lch
was introduced at the National
Press Club in Washington. D.C Int
it, the NAACP calls attention to the
proven fact that exce.si~ e spending
on housing prisoners undermines
education and public safety.
This message will be reiterated in
a forthcoming billboard campaign
calling out the fact that one-fourth
of the world's prisons are located in
%% while the
C 0 LI n 1 r \
3accoLnIIs foI jlIst
fi\e percent of tlie
% 1olld's population oer-
all. In short, America's "tough
on crime" policies have failed.
Not surprisingly, most of those
housed in the prison system-some
2.3 million-are people of color.
would be better
served with treatment programs, a
more successful and economical
alternative to incarceration. It costs
money to sustain the prison sys-
tem-lots of it. The NAACP says
that this money can and must be
SWith hard facts on the table, the
N.AACP has called for a downsiz-
ing of the prison system and for
those finds to be reinvested in
"The first stage is to
move beyond 'tough-on-
crime policies' that have
been a proven failure
and adopt 'smarter
crime' policies that have
been a proven success,"
said NAACP President and
C CEO Benjamin Todd
"OveC r the past decade, the
Florida prison population has con-
tinued to rise precipitously and
crime has.gone up about 16 percent.
You can find experiences like that
across the country that really -
Continued on page 2
Surprise visitor at the Lincoln memorial- Basking in
the absence of a government shutdown, President Obama made an unan-
nouced visit to the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall in Washington
last Saturday to greet a surprised set of visitors enjoying their afternoon.
With cameras snapping, Obama shook hands and said he made the stop
"because Congress was able to settle its differences, that's why this place
is open today."
Obama said he hoped the cooperation between Democrats and
Republicans that yielded a deal would continue.
"I hope you have a great time," the president said as he headed back to
the White House.
From the school house to the jailhouse! New
by Chanel Williams
The Florida NAACP and allied
organizations have opposed
Orlando Sen. Gary Siplin's bill to
ban school kids from wearing their
pants too low saying it could lead to
more legal trouble for Black male
NAACP President Adora Obi
Nweze called it a "clearly discrimi-
In essence it will criminalize the
wearing of saggy pants and thereby
provide a new avenue of interaction
between young people and criminal
justice system. Nweze said.
Siplin's bill (SB302) was
approved 28-11 by the Florida
Senate. Although it calls for no
criminal sanctions, it would prohib-
it students from wearing pants low
so that they expose undergarments
that, in turn expose sexual organs
covered or uncovered.
Violators would receive a warn-
Controversy amongst Florida
A bill to end the unsightly fashion statement in schools has passed.
ing for a first offense and suspen- obligation to educate our children,
sion from school for each subse- Siplin said" But we should also
quent infraction, under the legisla- have an obligation to teach them
tion. Siplin Friday called the meas- how to dress.
ures a "pro-family, pro-education, But the NAACP, ACLU and
pro-employment bill." We have an Advancement Project, a
Washington, D.C. social advocacy
organization said the proposal is
directed primarily at Black males
and could lead to arrests. Jim
Freeman, an attorney with the
Advancement Project, noted that
school suspension can be consid-
ered a probation violation under
Florida law if a student has previ-
ously been arrested and convicted.
Freeman called the legislation a
huge overreach and is part of a
growing number of harsh discipli-
nary penalties aimed at youngsters
for generally minor offenses. The
penalties for normal adolescent
behavior have been ratcheted up.
"Freeman said. The House version
of the legislation (HB-335) has
been amended to remove the poten-
tial penalties but allowing princi-
pals to issue warnings for sagging
pants. The groups said they support
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Seniors now seeing the dark side of reverse mortgages
by Richard Burnett
Thousands of older homeown-
ers in Florida who tapped the
equity in their paid-off homes to
boost their income now face the
possibility of foreclosure as the
number of defaults on such
'reverse mortgages" skyrockets.
More than 30,000 U.S., home-
owners are in "technical default"
on their reverse mortgages and
could lose their homes because
the have failed to pay their prop-
erty taxes or property insurance
premiums, according to a new
research report based on the lat-
est government data.
Florida leads the country in
terms of the number of defaults,
with nearly 5,300 or about 18
percent of the U.S. total, accord-
ing to the CredAbility Group, a
nonprofit service based in
Atlanta. Florida's reverse mort-
gage default rate stands at about
8 percent, compared with a
nationwide rate of 5 percent.
Reverse mortgage defaults gen-
erally have more than double
during the past two years, as cash
strapped homeowners have fallen
behind in paying the insurance
taxes and other household-
upkeep expenses required by
their loan terms.
Federal housing officials and
government certified counseling
groups such as CredAbility have
begun to intervene, offering free
help to keep the troubled home-
owners for losing their proper-
ties. The Federal Housing
Administration which insures
most reverse mortgages would be
on the hook for millions of dol-
lars owed to lenders and
investors if the loans fall into
foreclosure. The hope is that, by
working with people, they will be
able to solve most of the prob-
lems, and that will leave only a
small bucket of them still in trou-
ble. Borrowers can get more
information about the counseling
initiative by calling CredAbility
at 1-888-395-2664, the U.S.
Department of Housing and
Urban Development at 1-800-
So how did these people get
into trouble with a mortgage that
pays them money instead of the
other way around? Many of them
may have already been in finan-
cial strait when they took out
their reverse mortgages, a type of
home-equity loan available only
to homeowners at least 62 years
old. Soaring property-insurance
rates, rising property taxes,
shrinking incomes, health prob-
lems and other factors could also
be responsible for pressuring
their finances. With the ever-
increasing coast of maintaining a
residence, you have seniors liv-
ing on fixed incomes who are
really vulnerable to problems in
the economy. Said Richard
Schram, interim director of
CredAbility's Central Florida
operation. The people who have
defaulted in this case could have
ended up in the same position
even if they didn't have a reverse
mortgage. But the default prob-
lem has given new ammunition
to critics of reverses mortgages
who say the industry's marking
of such loans can be misleading.
They cite a 2009 study by the
U.S. Government Accountability
Office that, among other things
found that people interested in
reverse mortgages were often
told that such loans are foreclo-
sure-proof and that they could
never lose their homes.
Critics also accuse the reverse-
mortgages industry of downplay-
ing in its sales pitches the ongo-
ing costs and fees the homeown-
ers are still responsible for after
taking out a reverse mortgage.
And in many cases, those older
customers are also targeted for
the cross-selling of questionable
annuities and other financial
products. In the past year or so
you also have many more
reverse-mortgage customers who
take out all their proceeds in one
lump sum, instead of getting a
line of creditor monthly payment,
said Susanne Montezemolo, a
vice president at the Center for
responsive Lending consumer-
WEIGHING THE COSTS:
Education Over Incarceration
Continued from front
debunk this myth that took hold in the '90s
that the best way to reduce crime was to ware-
house criminals and law violators, no matter
how small the infraction, or how nonviolent the
S crime," Jealous told the Amsterdam News. "The
first goal is to shift states from failed policies
that have resulted in the mass incarceration of
citizenss toward proven policies that tend to
incarcerate less, cost less, and make us safer. We
call those smarter crime policies.
"The second is to send the savings to the pub-
lic university system and the public education
system more generally," he said.
"As you look across the country at various
states over the past three to four decades, state
prison systems developed these 'tough-on-
crime' policies that resulted in over incarcera-
tion. You see the percentage of the state budget
devoted to prisons go up and the percentage
devoted to paying for public higher education go
"In California, where I grew up in the 1970s,
the state spent 3 percent of its
budget on incarceration and
11 percent on education. Last
year, the state spent 11 percent
on incarceration and only 7.5
percent on public higher edu-
cation. That trend is repeated
across the country. When
Pennsylvania was faced with a
budget crisis, the state took
$300 million out of its public
education budget and added
$300 million to its budget for
jails and prisons in a single
budget year," said Jealous.
"Georgia has the fifth
largest penal system in the
country, three-quarters of
whom are low-level, nonvio-
lent drug offenders-the No. 1
source of the prison popula-
tion, both in growth rate and
size over the last three
decades. This is why states
like New York and others are
shifting the priority from
incarceration to treatment.
South Carolina took that step
last year. For example, people
convicted for possessing crack
are treated the same as those convicted ofpos-
sessing powdered cocaine, something that the
U.S. Congress hasn't even been able to do," he
"This moment is exciting for a few reasons.
There's a lot of financial pressure on states.
Every decision is a tough one and every decision
related to the criminal justice system is now get-
ting full attention in a way that they often don't.
This comes from people on both sides of the
aisle as officials look for ways to creatively cut
budgets and are willing to do tough things to
accomplish that," said Jealous.
"It's also exciting because we've reached a
point where we've tried so many ways to deal
with the increase of drug abuse in the country
and the perceived increase in crime although, in
actual terms, crime has fallen in many places.
It's the consensus that these things have failed.
SPeople on both sides of the aisle are now willing
to look at the evidence and really embrace what
works. It worked in New York. It worked in
South Carolina. It worked in Virginia, where the
governor actually shrank down the number of
prisons and increased a portion of his budget
'dIvoted to historically Black colleges. In these
times when there is so much partisanship, this is
a place where bipartisanship is really possible,"
On the implementation of this plan, Jealous
said: "If you have a state that is taking this on for
the first time, like Georgia is right now, the first
thing to do is to impanel a commission to look at
the state's criminal justice system from top to
bottom-law enforcement strategies, sentencing
strategies and re-entry strategies-and to priori-
tize writing legislation to replace failed policies
with ones that are proven to make us safer. That
tends to result in policies that cost less in the
In 2009, as the nation's economy collapsed into depression,
funding for K-12 and higher education fell while 33 states put
more money into prisons than they had the previous year.
The Pew Center on the States found that five states spent as
much or more on prisons as they did on education, and that 28
states were spending 50 cents on prisons for every dollar spent
The cost of just two years of incarceration is staggering; by
2010, taxpayers in Texas will spend $175 million on prisoners
sentenced in 2008 from 10 of Houston's 75 neighborhoods, 10
percent of the city's population. In Pennsylvania, the cost is
$290 million to imprison residents from 11 neighborhoods. New
York will spend more than half a billion dollars-$539 mil-
lion-to imprison residents from 24 neighborhoods. While
these inmates represent a mere 16 percent of the city's adult
population, the state will exhaust nearly half of its $1.1 billion
budget to incarcerate them.
SThese high levels of incarceration have a direct impact on
education performance in these communities; in Los Angeles,
67 percent of the lowest-performing schools are in neighbor-
hoods with high incarceration rates. In Texas, the rate is 83
percent, Philadelphia is 66 percent.
way that rehab costs less than incarceration, or
in the way that a halfway house, as a first step to
re-entry, costs less than incarceration."
"For decades, law enforcement has been oper-
ating on a broken window theory: The best way
to stop a more serious crime from occurring is to
focus on the smallest infractions in a communi-
ty. It ultimately is inefficient and ineffective," he
"Catching violent criminals should be job one,
and in many instances that's just not the case in
most departments. The ideal is to focus on what
works and what makes us safe. We are calling
on states to put together commissions to focus
on what works and propose a series of reforms,"
advocacy and reaches group.
That means people may be even
be more vulnerable to scams and
being sold financial products that
are not in their interest.
The mortgage industry
insists such criticisms are
exaggerated and misplaced .
especially when the growing
default problem is dis-
cussed. The source of the
problem it says, is the rising
property-insurance premi- ,
ums in Florida, California
and other disaster-prone
states and, in some cases,
rising property takes as
cash-strapped local and state
government seek to balance
Some people are trying to
say this is a problem with
the reverse mortgage. Said
Peter Bell, President of the
Reverse Mortgage Leaders
Association. But that is just
not the case. Many of those
now in default, according to
Bell, would have been fac-
ing foreclosure even earlier
had reverse mortgage com-
panies not loaned them the
money needed to pay required
insurance and tax bills. The
reverse mortgage has actually
provided more protection for
them than under usual circum-
stance he said. Whenever a
homeowner can't pay their taxes,
they run the risk of losing their
property through foreclosure. In
this case, mortgage services have
provided advances on their
these unpaid debts and lender
advances have resulted in an
untenable situation that could put
the FHA insurance fund at risk
behalf to avoid that. The problem
now is that the homeowners are
delinquent on those loans, which
is why federal housing officials
are stepping in to address the sit-
uation before they have to foot
the bill for the industry's govern-
ment insured loans.. Over time
and result in foreclosure proceed-
ing against delinquent seniors,
the FHA said in early January
while the agency is trying to help
elderly avoid foreclosure lends
many have no choice if these
default are not cured.
Courtesy of the Capital Outlook.
Three Blacks on Forbes Magazine
Three Blacks on Forbes Magazine
2011 list of the World's Billionaires
While the United States contin-
ues to have more billionaires than
any other country in the world,
China, Russia and Brazil are mak-
ing rapid gains. Indeed, China's
super-wealthy are growing the
fastest followed by those in Russia.
This is according to the recently
released latest Forbes magazine list
of the "World's Billionaires 2011".
Of the world's 1,210 billionaires,
413 of them are Americans.
America is followed by China with
115; Russia with 101 and Brazil
with 30. Roughly one of every three
billionaires is an American down
from one of every two just 10 years
Meanwhile, the richest person in
the world is Mexico's telecommu-
nications magnet Carlos Slim Helu
whose total wealth has reached $74
billion. He is followed by American
Bill Gates of Microsoft fame with
$56 billion. Third place goes to
another American investor Warren
Buffett with $50 billion. France's
Bernard Amault is fourth with $41
billion and American Larry Ellison
of Oracle is fifth with $39.5 billion.
The richest Black person in the
world is Nigeria's Aliko Dangte. He
ranks #51 on the list with wealth
totaling $13.8 billion. Dangte made
his money in sugar, flour and
cement. The second richest Black
person is South Africa's Patrice
Motsepe. He is #336 on the list with
a fortune of $3.3 billion made pri-
marily in mining. American televi-
sion talk-show diva Oprah Winfrey
is the third richest Black person in
the world. Her wealth is estimated
at $2.7 billion and she ranks #420
on the billionaires list.
No other Blacks in the world
have reached billionaire status,
according to Forbes.
Students can appeal college
financial aid decisions
The college financial aid offer
letters are showing up at the stu-
dent's homes at this time, and many
families are shocked by what they
are seeing. Most often the colleges
are expecting parents and students
to pay more than they desire.
Sometimes they are asking them to
pay above what they can afford and
well above the family's expected
family contribution as calculated on
their FAFSA form.
"Don't throw in the towel just
yet," says Scott Anderson, founder
and CEO of eduLaunchpad.com.
"There is still more that can often
be done. Now is the time to get
your appeals ready," he adds.
The appeals process is essentially
negotiating with the college, but
Anderson recommends you do not
call it negotiating. "Colleges get a
little touchy if you talk about nego-
tiating a financial award. They
seem to think that they are not big
business selling a needed service,"
says Mr. Anderson. Instead, col-
leges and universities have an
The appeals process can take on
many forms. Some schools have
their own paperwork they want stu-
dents to complete to start an appeal.
Other schools will accept just a let-
ter from the student. Students need
to check the colleges' websites
under financial aid to find out the
process for each school. Mr.
Anderson recommends that regard-
less of the specific process, all
appeals should go to a representa-
tive in the college's financial aid
office if possible. The dean or
administrator may be a good
choice, but the better choice is the
representative responsible for your
student's financial award. A quick
phone call to the financial aid office
can get you that answer.
When making an appeal to the
college, keep in mind that financial
aid officers are people too. If a
compelling argument can be made
to a stranger as to why the student's
offer should be increased, then
there is a good chance you will be
successful with the college. It helps
if the student applied to multiple
colleges and has multiple offers on
the table as well. Some schools will
increase their offers simply because
another school had a better offer. It
is also important to have multiple
choices to choose from. Maybe the
student's second choice school is
going to cost $10,000 less than the
first choice school. $10,000 per
year can often change a student's
State your case clearly and suc-
cinctly. For instance, "my wife lost
her job and our income this year
will be $40,000 less than last year's
information on the FAFSA." Or
"My mother-in-law just moved in
with us and we now have to support
her." Provide whatever supporting
financial information you have
available, but do not include infor-
mation that does not pertain to you.
"The number one rule of appeal-
ing a student's financial offer is it
never hurts to ask," says Mr.
Anderson. Families need to go
ahead and ask. The worst thing that
can happen is the college will say
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Jobs Returning to Cities
Why extremists have ruined the art of politics
Thomas Jefferson once said, "I most. Moderate Democrats and
have no ambition to govern men; it Republicans have become collater-
is a painful and thankless office." al damage. It is hard to win elec-
Of course, President Jefferson was tions without appealing to an
a founding father who went on to extreme base, especially with the
be President. economy still slowly recovering.
Why is this quote relevant? Well, Hard economic times help pro-
public service is often times a vide a perfect platform for fringe
thankless job, but thanks to radicals groups that at one point may have
or extremists like many of the tea been considered political wackos to
At some point both the Take the former Fox
News host Glenn
politician and public have Beck for example. He
\to get back to building trust was recently fired or
released from his
andputting the needs of all show on Fox, but he is
the epitome of some-
citizens first. I know it one who has used bad
sounds like some liberal eo m o i
to stir up the fanatical
nonsense, but that's why conservatives and tea
this country was founded. Beck's show was all
about attacking gov-
party folks, politics is being dictat- eminent and Democrats and being
ed by cynics, bigots and hate mon- as mean spirited as he possibly
gers. could. Every night he would bash
Yeah, some are going to say that President Obama and the "liberals"
I sound a little extreme, but I have in Washington. Every night we
lived it. At some point in history, wouldforecast the imminent doom
public service was about trying to of American society unless these
help people. And although there's evildoers were removed from
always been a major two-party sys- office.
ter both sides worked towards a He was a basic nobody who all of
common goal, but with different a sudden had 3 million viewers a
methods of course, night. Beck often made conserva-
Today in America, the extreme tive entertainers like Rush
fringes of both sides of the aisle Limbaugh sound liberal. Yes, and I
have started a war with moderate did use the word, "entertainer"
folks in the middle being hurt the when referring to Limbaugh and
But Beck was so bad that he even
would urge viewers to store food in
their homes and to buy freeze-dried
meals in preparation for the
inevitable break down of civiliza-
tion as we know it.
No I am not making this stuff up
- unfortunately. But before being
canned a few weeks ago, that was
the type of nonsense that people
were following. It's this type of
propaganda that has been at the
foundation of'this tea party move-
I have said it before and I will
proudly say it again, many of the
tea party members have found a
way to use political issues to mask
their racist beliefs. Getting back to
Beck, this guy is not only a radical
antigovernment extremist, but he
used his show to promote his big-
Several months ago, he attacked
Jewish billionaire George Soros, a
Holocaust survivor, calling him a
"puppet master" and "unscrupulous
profiteer" who "sucks the blood
I am not Jewish, but I know that
you have crossed the line when you
call a Holocaust survivor "a col-
laborator" with Nazis who "saw
people into the gas chambers."
That's exactly what Beck said
about Soros, which is far from the
And speaking of crossing the
line, last year, on the anniversary of
Dr. King's "I Have a Dream"
A broader perspective of our social construct.
The hype of shutdowns and work stoppages
Two major media deadlines have involved the United States government
and the National Football League...and America continues to buy it.
By Noval Jones
"Give a man a fish and he will
eat for a day. Teach a man to fish
and he will eat for a lifetime.
Teach a man to create an artificial
shortage offish and he will eat
steak. ~ Jay Leno
If there is one thing Americans
can't get enough of, it's drama.
From the appetite for reality televi-
sion to the latest controversy of sit-
com stars, people love a good story
that is supposed to end badly.
America's craving for the nega-
tive has consistently taken us to
lower and lower expectations of
each other. In turn, we've used
these low opinions of each other to
build empires and exploit others.
For the past two weeks, the U.S.
government has been toying with a
so-called "shutdown" due to the
lack of compromise between
Democrats and Republicans. As a
result of the build up we were
bombarded with story after story
about whom we should point the
finger for all of the collateral dam-
age that would follow. And of
course those who are responsible
for governing have no culpability
in the process. After all, they are
the last ones who would not have
anything to lose. Especially after
all of the spin has been spun.
In reality, there was never any
doubt that a government shutdown
would be avoided. This was just
another scene in the political the-
ater that we must endure everyday.
It's always something that is either
created or morphed to give the
illusion that our political leaders
are fighting for interest of the peo-
ple. Fact is they have proven time
and time again, by example that
the average citizen rates last in a
long list of political priorities.
The drama of a government shut-
down should only fascinate people
inside of the Washington, D.C.
political beltway. And while it may
have seemed like the bottom was
about to fall out of the nation, as
we know it, we were never in any
immediate danger of the country
going to pieces.
Created by instant media access,
America's flair for the dramatic
has grown to levels that call for
constant feeding information.
Sometimes, the desired context
leaves too much room for sensa-
tionalism. Therefore, the thought
and promise of a government shut-
down brought with it guarantees of
advertising revenue gone wild for
media sales representatives nation-
wide. This has happened in an
environment where broadcast and
print media outlets are suffering
from the inroads of everyday blog-
gers, tweeters and Facebook
Now that, from a government
shutdown perspective, everything
is back to normal, how should we
respond to this false hype?
Who should pay the price? And
why don't our politicians respect
us enough to keep their con-
stituents out of financial and polit-
ical harm's way?
One thing is for sure, as long as
Americans act like sheep being led
to slaughter politicians will contin-
ue to treat us like we are.
However, it doesn't have to be
this way. Americans can start to
tell the folks with all of the "coin"
that the marketplace and we in the
voter's both know how to speak
loud and clear. Instead of tuning
into the brain drain that led up to
the eventual compromise on the
U.S. budget, Americans should
ignore the rhetoric and focus on
the end result. Sure, make your
voice heard through response and
debate but reject the media hype
that comes along with the hysteria.
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speech, Beck and his followers or
minions held a "Restoring Honor"
rally at the Lincoln Memorial.
Of course Beck said that it was a
nonpolitical rally wouldrestore the
values preached by Dr. King, which
is an interesting spin.
And this comes from a man who
has even gone as far as to call
President Obama a socialist and
Marxist. But the most outrageous
commits Beck has made is calling
the president a racist and even
equating the federal debt to slavery.
Yes, I know what you are think-
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even begin to make that type of
comparison? I am not sure, but I
could write an entire article on the
stupidity associated with that state-
At some point both the politician
and public have to get back to
building trust and putting the needs
of all citizens first. I know it sounds
like some liberal nonsense, but
that's why this country was found-
ed. The whole "all men are created
equal thing and that life, liberty and
pursuit of happiness" stuff.
Let us not seek the Republican
answer or the Democratic answer,
but the right answer. Let us not
seek to fix the blame for the past.
Let us accept our own responsibili-
ty for the future.," said John F.
Signing off from the Democratic
Minority Office at the Capital,
As an example, here we go again.
The National Football League
(NFL) owners and its players are
locked in a dispute around the
future of compensation packages.
The owners have created a work
stoppage in hopes of renegotiating
their current deal with league play-
ers. Many are concerned that this
work stoppage will linger into
upcoming 2011 season. And who
wants that? After all, it's our
money that these billionaire own-
ers and milli onaire players are in
jeopardy of losing.
And while the NFL suffers
through its labor problems the
media has done more than enough
to try to keep the league fire burn-
ing in the hearts and minds of fans.
This is creating the same effect as
the prospect of a government shut-
down had on Americans. Owners
and players seem to have no fear
of losing fans or market share, just
as politicians had no concern for
the American constituent.
As far as I'm concerned, all
respect for Congress and the NFL
has been lost until they figure out
how much we matter. No amount
of sensational stories about what
will happen if they don't resolve
self imposed conflicts matter when
you've decided to take those you
serve for granted.
Like me, many people have
already tuned out of the NFL
drama. It's the same stance I took
during the recent government shut-
down hype. This can only mean
one thing, more time for golf in the
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by Judge Greg Mathis
President Obama has taken a lot of
flack from Republicans for his "fail-
ure" to create jobs and get millions of
unemployed Americans back to
work. To hearcritics tell it, he has
done little to nothing in the way of
job creation. However, recent statis-
tics from the U.S. Department of
Labor paint a different picture, one
that shows the President has kept his
word and that, slowly but surely,
Americans are finding jobs.
More than 200,000 jobs were cre-
ated in February and March 2011 -
the most jobs created during a two-
month period since 2006. Big cities,
which need jobs the most, are fairing
very well. According to the U.S.
Department of Labor, more than 75
percent of America's 372 cities
reported lower unemployment rates
in February 2011. Among those
cities that saw a drop in unemploy-
ment claims are Los Angeles, New
York, and Miami.
This is good news for African
Americans, who primarily live in
large cities and struggle to find work
more than other ethnic groups during
economic recessions, and for the
nation as a whole. Continued job
growth no matter how slowly it
happens is a sign that our economy
is, indeed, rebounding.
President Obama recently
launched his bid for re-election.
With Republicans, and even some
Democrats, constantly taking shots at
his presidency, Obama is in for what
will arguably be one of the hardest
fought campaigns of his political
career. One of his key messages on
the campaign trail should be that his
approach to job creation is working.
Republicans, with all their spin and
fear mongering, will try to convince
the voting public that there are no
jobs and that America is worse off
than it was in 2008.
At the same time, elected officials
at both the national and state levels
must continue to ramp up job cre-
ation efforts. Re-election or no, get-
ting Americans back to work is one
of this country's top priorities. Those
in power should make sure they are
doing everything possible to ensure
that the unemployment rate contin-
ues to fall.
Is the NAACP
Can you imagine Black Life in America if there was no .
NAACP? It seems that over time the group served a vital
purpose for African Americans; but these days and across cultures, the
NAACP is about as significant as "Members Only" jackets.
At the NAACP's 101st convention, the head of the Kansas City branch got
the organization's members to pass a meaningless resolution urging people to
"oppose the tea party". Sadly, the resolution was deceitful and overly politi-
cal. With the "Tea Party declaration" and other such tom foolery abound,
isn't it time to address "the NAACP problem"? Black Americans have good
reasons to be upset with the NAACP. But, in our considerations we should
not be too critical of NAACP missteps. Let's first admit that Blacks are often
more comfortable criticizing the NAACP than affirming the work they do.
First, what role does the NAACP play in your life? With the declaration
against the Tea Party, cries bellowed across America that the NAACP was
"out of touch". Not only was the "out of touch" narrative among White
Conservatives, it resounded among masses of Blacks also. Not only is the
NAACP in danger of losing its relevancy, attention is on the NAACP's
President and CEO Ben Jealous, and as to whether he has lost his way. Since
taking the helm, in his efforts to highlight the NAACP, Jealous has just plain
drawn the wrong kind of attention. In addition to the "exposing racism in the
Tea Party" gambit, Jealous & Company showed awful decision-making
awarding Colin Powell its highest Image Award; but it is an issue of an eco-
nomic injustice to Black Newspapers that has caused the most concern over
Jealous and his racial pride and consciousness. Advertising revenue main-
tains Black Newspapers and Jealous admits that "a grave mistake was made"
when advertising inserts were placed only in White newspapers on the eve of
the annual image awards. Jealous said: "This year's NAACP Image Awards
show was a great success. However, the advertising circulars that were sup-
posed to appear in both the mainstream press and Black community newspa-
pers only appeared in the mainstream (White) press."
The advertising debacle sparked a firestorm of criticism from the Black
Press. Ironically, Jealous is a former employee of the Black Press former
association executive director and editor of The Jackson Advocate. Jealous,
like so many Blacks today, either forgot, or distains, where he came from.
New York Beacon's Publisher Walter Smith wrote in an editorial, "We credit
leaders of the NAACP with good sound judgment and common sense at least.
What were they thinking when this decision was made?"
We all make mistakes, so even if Jealous and his NAACP cohorts were
wrong on the resolution, Powell Award and acts that look like "Whites' ice is
colder"; we must also be careful to not be equally wrong in our rebukes of
them. We each need to assess as to which side of the ledger do we fall regard-
ing whether the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
and United Negro College Fund: 1) promote racism or 2) take care of their
own? Many of us are at a juncture as to whether we are race-conscious or
"colorblind". We are in moment where the national dialogue around race
hinges around the fear of Whites being taken advantage of by people of color.
Whether the discussion is Affirmative Action or immigration, it's being sug-
gested that Whites are the "true victims" of contemporary racism. This could
not be any further from the truth. Black people remain disproportionately
poor, locked out of quality neighborhoods and schools, and suffer from indi-
vidual, structural, and institutional racism. While the election of Obama
marked a watershed moment in coalition political participation, it neither
erased nor filled-in the fault line of racial inequality.
Black Americans need to give more positive attention and reverence to the
NAACP. Do you know (or care) who runs your local NAACP? For more of
us to grow, we all should acknowledge and support the work the NAACP
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New director named to
Jacksonville Job Corps Center
Jacksonville Job Corps Center
recently welcomed education and
labor training veteran Kenderson
Hill as its new center director.
"I am excited to join the staff here
at the Jacksonville Job Corps
Center," Director Hill said. "In just
my first couple of weeks on center,
I have observed that both staff and
students are hard working and
determined to succeed. This center
is much more than simply an edu-
cational and vocational institution.
The Jacksonville Job Corps Center
molds young people into productive
citizens by giving them the skills
they need to succeed in a demand-
ing workplace. I think we are mov-
ing in a very positive direction. "
Kenderson Hill comes to the
Jacksonville center from the Turner
Job Corps Center in Albany,
Georgia, where he had been deputy
director since last May and where
he started his Job Corps career in
2000 as social development direc-
In January 2004, Hill moved to the
Iroquois Job Corps Center in west-
ern New York. He assumed the
position as social development
director and remained there through
December 2006. Mr. Hill's next
move took him back to Turner Job
Corps Center, where he served as
the life skills director and then
The local Corps center trains
about 525 students per year. The
young men and women study to
become: carpenters, electricians,
certified nurse assistants, office
administrators, pharmacy techni-
cians and other professionals. The
center's top priority is to teach eli-
gible young people the skills they
need to become employable and to
help place them into meaningful
Job Corps is a taxpayer-supported
education and career technical
training program administered by
the United 'States Labor
Department. The program helps 16
to 24 year old men and women to
improve the quality of their lives
through career technical and aca-
demic training. The Job Corps pro-
gram serves about 60,000 students
each year at 124 centers across the
U.S. and Puerto Rico.
The shaky future of health care for all
It's well documented that African
Americans and other ethnic minori-
ties have disproportionately higher
rates of poor health, including
infant mortality and most chronic
conditions -- heart disease, stroke,
cancer, HIV/AIDS, asthma and dia-
betes, among others. Racial differ-
ences in health have persisted for so
long that they're largely seen as a
standard fact of life, even though,
truth is, these differences are avoid-
able. So when President Obama
tasked Congress with sending a
health care reform bill to his desk in
2009, the Congressional Black
Caucus saw a huge opportunity.
"We'd already introduced a bill
called the Health Equity and
Accountability Act for the past sev-
eral Congresses, so our work on
this issue started long before the
health care reform debate started,"
Virgin Islands Rep. Donna
Christensen told The Root. In
response to the president's charge,
the CBC members promptly accel-
erated their efforts to tackle health
disparities. They conferred with the
National Medical Association and
other black health groups, devel-
oped benchmarks that they wanted
to see in the bill, formed a united
front with other ethnic congression-
al caucuses and met on three occa-
sions with President Obama.
Christensen, a physician and a
chair of the CBC Health Braintrust,
maintains that addressing race and
ethnicity specifically in the legisla-
tion was critical because looking at
differences in insurance coverage
alone does not fully explain why
blacks, on average, aren't as healthy
as whites. Though pleased that the
Affordable Care Act expands cov-
erage through several means,
including expanding Medicaid to
include all people with incomes
barely above the poverty level, she
points out that health disparities
persist regardless of insurance sta-
tus. "Reports have shown that lack
of insurance accounts for maybe 20
percent of what we see in health
disparities," she says.
She also pushes back on the
notion that health disparities are a
matter not for government interven-
tion but of individual behaviors --
that if black folks would just eat
less fatty foods and exercise more,
then much would be solved.
"To some extent, of course it's
about personal behavior, but a lot of
it is environmental," she says,
explaining that poverty and residen-
tial segregation are among the
issue's biggest drivers. "People of
color tend to live in neighborhoods
where environmentally polluting
industries are located. We have
communities with no grocery stores
and an excessive number of liquor
stores, sometimes beyond what city
statutes allow. All of these things
contribute to the socioeconomic
determinants of health."
Darden Restaurants donates $840K to Florida HBCUs
Shown above, the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) accepts an $840,700 donation from the Darden
Restaurants Foundation as part of its "Recipe for Success" scholarship program at the organization's 9th Annual
Mayors' Luncheon. "Recipe for Success" is designed to enable and empower youth to pave their own path to suc-
cess by providing access to the tools and information necessary to navigate the process of postsecondary educa-
tion. Pictured (L to R): Maurice Jenkins, vice president of the Southeast region for UNCF; Dr. Trudie Kibbe
Reed, president of Bethune-Cookman University; Angela Woods, director of the Darden Restaurants
Foundation; Nathaniel Glover, president of Edward Waters College and Sherry Paramore, area develop-
ment director for UNCF.
Gulf states go on spending
spree with BP clean up money
by Nsenga Burton, TR
It looks like money designated
for the BP Oil spill recovery is
being used for questionable purpos-
es. MSNBC is reporting that in the
year since the Gulf oil spill, offi-
cials along the coast have gone on a
spending spree with BP money,
dropping tens of millions of dollars
on gadgets and other gear much
of which had little to do with the
cleanup, an AP investigation shows.
The oil giant opened its check-
book while the crisis was still
unfolding last spring and poured
hundreds of millions of dollars into
Gulf Coast communities with few
In sleepy Ocean Springs, Miss.,
reserve police officers got Tasers.
The sewer department in nearby
Gulfport bought a $300,000 vacu-
um truck that never sucked up a
drop of oil. Biloxi, Miss., bought a
dozen SUVS. A parish president in
Louisiana got herself a deluxe iPad,
her spokesman a $3,100 laptop.
And a county in Florida spent
$560,000 on rock concerts to pro-
mote its oil-free beaches.
In every case, communities said
the new, more powerful equipment
was needed to deal at least indirect-
ly with the spill.
In many instances, though, the
connection between the spill and
the expenditures was remote, and
lots of money wound up in cities
and towns little touched by the goo
that washed up on shore, the AP
found in records requested from
more than 150 communities and
dozens of interviews.
Florida's tourism agency sent
chunks of a $32 million BP grant as
far away as Miami-Dade and
Broward counties on the state's east
coast, which never saw oil from the
Some officials also lavished
lucrative contracts on campaign
donors and others. A Florida county
commissioner's girlfriend, for
instance, opened up a public rela-
tions firm a few weeks after the
spill and soon landed more than
$14,000 of the tiny county's
$236,000 cut of BP cash for a
Minority internship program
seeks 2011 student applicants
The Minority Access National
Internship Program is offering
PAID internships to talented under-
graduate and graduate students who
want to experience the diversity
and scope of career opportunities
available in the federal government
and other participating entities.
Available only to African
Americans, Native Americans,
Hispanic Americans, and Asian
Americans, the program provides
students with the opportunity to
merge academic theory with practi-
cal application in the workplace.
There are many opportunities
available for the 2011-2012 fall,
winter, and summer seasons and
most of the positions are located in
the Washington DC area. All
interns will receive pre-employ-
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career choices, financial manage-
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ment, and recognition for fulfilling
the requirements of the program.
To apply, applicants must submit
an online application with all
attachments; must provide docu-
ments to prove U.S. Citizenship;
must have a minimum 3.0 Grade
Point Average (GPA) on 4.0 scale;
and must have completed at least
their undergraduate freshman year
Applications are reviewed for
academic qualifications, career
goals, professional experience, and
personal interests. Weekly stipends
range from $425 $550.
If transportation is needed for
out-of-town students, funding will
be provided to pay for round-trip
travel from the student's campus or
home residence to and from their
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also available for interns who need
to locate suitable housing, and help
is provided to make all move-in
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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 www.oacfchurch.com.
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.
7 Last Words of Christ at St. Philip's
The Seven Last Words of Christ (A Sacred Cantata for Soli and Chorus )
by Theodore DuBois, will be performed Good Friday, April 22, 2011 at
7:00 p.m. Performing will be Eugenia Chapman, Soprano, Dr. Lorenzo
McCarthy, Tenor Edwards Witsell, Baritone, Henry A. Mack
Organist/Choir Director. St. Philip's is located at 321 Union St. W.
Jacksonville, Fla., 32202. For more information please call (904) 354-1053
Pack the Pew at New Redeemed
The Women of New Redeem Baptist Church, 1614 E. 30th Street where
Rev. Willie Addison Sr. is Pastor, will be presenting "Pack the Pew" on
Saturday April 16th at 6:00p.m. The speaker will be Rev. James W. Henry
Pastor of Summerville Baptist Church. Everyone one is invited to come out
and worship.. Sis Jessie B. Ward, coordinator.
Gospel Explosion at Abundant Life
Abundant Life Christian Center # 2 will host a "Gospel Explosion" on
April 16, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. The church is asking that your choir/praise team
render two selections of your choice to participate. Congregations are also
invited. For more information call 291-2575. The church is located at 2121
kings Rd. Jacksonville, Fl. 32209. Pastors Benjamin & Joann Clark.
AME Churches Holy Week
Celebration slated for April 19-24
The annual Holy Week Services presented jointly by three local AME
churches Greater Grant Memorial, Greater Payne, and AME Church of the
Master, is scheduled for April 19 -24, 2011 and culminates with a sunrise
service on Easter morning. The worship services will begin nightly at 7:00
pm and the Good Friday observance starting at 12:00 noon. All services are
open to the public.
The Holy Tuesday worship service will be on April 19th with the
Reverend F.D. Richardson, Jr., pastor of Greater Grant Memorial AME
Church, as the proclaimer of the Word, and will be held at AME Church of
the Master located at 5637 Vernon Road.
The Reverend Mose Thomas, III is the preacher for the Maunday Thursday
worship at Greater Grant Memorial AME Church located at 5533 Gilchrist
Road. Thomas is the pastor of AME Church of the Master.
The AME Ministers Alliance will host their Good Friday observance, "The
7 Last Words of Christ" beginning at 12:00 noon on Friday, April 22nd at
Greater Payne AME Church, located at 1230 Claudia Spencer Street and
the Reverend Tan C, Moss is the pastor.
The Easter Sunrise Service begins at 6:00 a.m. with Presiding Elder Tony
D. Hansberry delivering the Easter message of salvation. The sunrise serv-
ice will be held at Greater Payne AME Church, 1230 Claudia Spencer
Street; Rev. Tan C. Moss, pastor.
For additional information and transportation, call the Greater Grant
Memorial AME church office at (904) 764-5992.
St. Thomas Missionary to begin
Holy Week Revival April 18th
Holy week Revival will begin
Monday April 18, thru Thursday
April 21, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. nightly.
Special nightly speakers promise a
Scheduled to keynote are: Monday
April 18 Bishop Rudolph W.
McKissick Jr. (Bethel Baptist
Institution Church); Tuesday April
19 Bishop Zameriko Jackson (
Kingdom People Christian Center);
Wednesday April 20 Pastor
Darien W. Bolden (First Missionary
Baptist Church); Thursday April 21
- Pastor H.B. Charles, Jr. (Shiloh
Seeking the lost for Christ
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p.m. old Hymns of the Church with
Sis. Mary L. Moore and the St.
Thomas Sanctuary Choir.
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Moncrief Rd. Ernie L. Murray, Sr.
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Global Day of Prayer
The Global Day of Prayer will be celebrated locally at the Veterans
Memorial Arena. Christians will be united across the country as festivities
will be streamed live from 6 10 p.m. Approximately 400 million
Christians in 220 countries participate in the Global Day of Prayer. The pur-
pose of the event is to unite Christians for worship through praise and
prayer while mobilizing the church to become involved in social issues
such as redeveloping urban areas, feeding the poor, clothing the unclothed
and supporting the oppressed. The annual event will take place on
Pentecost Sunday, June 12, 2011 and is expected to draw 15,000+ atten-
dees. For more information, log on to www.globaldayofprayer.com or con-
tact Julie Watson at 737-0012.
Arlington Church of Christ
Annual Ladies' Inspirational Day
Edification, rejuvenation, and education is the focus of this year's Ladies
Inspirational Day, at the Arlington Church of Christ. The event will be held
Saturday, April 30, 2011, at 6215 Arlington Road North. Registration and
continental breakfast begin at 8:30 a.m.; the program starts at 9 a.m. and
will feature three dynamic speakers: Cindy Rodgers, Lee Brooker, and
Linda Lockett-Brown. Lunch will be served immediately following the pro-
gram. Other activities include: poetry, prizes, games, and gift bags.
The theme is "Developing the Godly Personality," with focus scripture:
Ephesians 3:14-21. At this empowering event, every woman will receive
practical tools she can use to evaluate her personal Christian values. All
participants will be challenged with the following questions, "Am I grow-
ing spiritually as I should; And if not, why not?"
The activities and food are free. For further information please contact
the church office at 744-4833, or e-mail email@example.com.
Most Worshipful Union Grand Lodge
141st Grand Communication
The 141st Grand Communication of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge
will take place on Sunday Morning April 17, 2011 (Palm Sunday). Services
will include Praise & Worship Service at 11 a.m. on the 5th Floor
Auditorium of the Masonic Temple which is located at 410 Broad Street.
Brother Randall Gavin, Praise Team Leader. All are welcome.
New Bethel presents 3 Night of Praise
Rev. Roger J. Burton Pastor will be presenting a special program entitled
"Three Nights of Praise and Worship". The services will be Wednesday,
Thursday and Friday, April 13th 14th and 15th beginning at 7:00 p.m.
nightly and will feature fantastic choirs and singers from throughout the
area rendering heart and soul touching music and song. Various preachers
will be delivering the message. The church is located at 9864 New Berlin
Rd. Jacksonville, Fl. (At the foot of the Dames Point Bridge) For more
information, contact Bro. Washington at 576-2346 or the church at (904)
Survey: Churches turn to electronic giving
NASHVILLE -As consumers in
the United States shift increasingly
to online banking and bill payment,
their electronic financial habits are
spilling over into the church.
A recent study by LifeWay
Research found that 14 percent of
all American Protestant churches
offer online giving.
The survey of 1,003 Protestant
congregations was conducted in
September 2010 and sponsored by
LifeWay's Digital Church partner
ServiceU. It found that large
churches are most likely to offer
online giving and that for the most
part, electronic tithes and offerings
are a recent development.
A majority (55 percent) of
churches with average worship
attendance of 500 or more offer
online giving, along with 26 percent
of congregations with attendance of
200 to 499. In contrast, just 9 per-
cent of churches with 100 to 199
attendees offer online giving, as do
7 percent of churches with 50 to 99
attendees and 4 percent with less
than 50 attendees.
Two-thirds (66 percent) of
churches with online giving have
offered it for two years or less. That
includes 26 percent who have
offered it for about two years, 24
percent who have offered it for less
than one year and 16 percent who
have offered it for about one year.
Nine percent of churches offering
online giving have offered it for
about three years, 4 percent for
about four years and 13 percent for
more than four years.
The survey also found that
churches in large cities are more
likely to offer online giving than
congregations in any other setting.
A full 28 percent of churches in
large cities have online giving. Yet
only 15 percent in small citieshave
adopted the practice.
According to data from the
Federal Reserve, the trend toward
electronic transactions in churches
mirrors a trend in American culture
at large. By 2007, 53 percent of U.S.
households used online banking.
That represented a marked increase
from 4 percent in 1995. Similarly,
by 2007, 80 percent used direct
deposit for income or benefits pay-
ments, up from 53 percent in 1995.
Still, the number of churches
offering online giving lags behind
the overall trend toward electronic
transactions. Although 78 percent of
churches have a website, 86 percent
of all congregations do not offer
Tim Whitehorn, president and
CEO of ServiceU and sponsor of the
study, said online giving can help
church members be more consistent
in their giving through automatic
withdrawals from their bank
accounts or credit cards.
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Not in 2011 Skin bleaching a growing problem in Jamaica
REMIX: Redefining Leftovers
Just like the cost of gas, food
costs are rising so quickly, it is hard
to keep up. A way to save even
more and to reduce waste- is to plan
and use up your leftover food.
Left over can be simple and
quickly turned into new dishes with
just a little thought. Here are a few
suggestions to make good use with
your extra food.
RICE: Have a cup or so of rice
lift over from last night's meal that
you don't know what to do with.
Toss it into your lunchtime veg-
etable soup or even chicken broth.
Bulks up the soup bit and saves the
rice for being tossed out.
Make big batches of rice and
freeze in meal size portions to use
later when preparing quick meal.
When freezing individual sized
portions, freeze with leftover veg-
gies meats and sauces for hassle
free & cheap work lunches.
BANANAS: Once a fresh
banana is to ripe to eat don't throw
it out, you can freeze it in a number
of ways like banana bread.
GRAPES: If you can't eat the
grapes fast enough before they start
going bad, try freezing them. First
wash the grapes well, allow to dry,
then lay them neatly on a cookie
sheet (not touching each other).
Place the tray in the freezer and
once the grapes are frozen, transfer
them to a freezer bag or airtight
container. Store in the freezer and
just take out what you need when
you want a cold fruity treat (eat
them as is-frozen-or add to things
like yogurt, smoothies and ice
cream). This also works well for
berries (raspberries, blueberries,
pitted cherries, etc.)
BROCCOLI: When needing just
the broccoli florets, save the
uncooked stems. Wash well and
chop finely. Store in an airtight con-
tainer and refrigerate. Add the stem
bits to salads and cooked dishes
like rice or scrambled eggs. This
helps prevents waste, it also adds a
little health boost to your dishes.
BREAD: Whenever you have
leftover bread on hand that won't
Black Pride is good
for mental health
According to a study conducted by
psychology researchers at
Michigan State University, African
Americans who identify more
strongly with their racial identity
are happier than other Blacks. The
study suggests that "black pride" is
It is just the latest in a series of
studies suggesting that pride in
oneself and one's race produces
positive mental health outcomes.
Previous research has found a rela-
tionship between racial identity and
favorable outcomes such as self-
esteem, Yap said, but none has
made the link with happiness.
The study also explored the rea-
sons behind the connection. Yap
said it may be fueled by a sense of
belongingness -- that is, blacks
with a strong sense of racial identi-
ty may feel more connected to their
racial group, which in turn makes
be eaten in time before it goes stale,
wrap well then freeze. You can
grate the frozen bread easily and
make your own breadcrumbs or
you can turn them into homemade
HAM: A couple ideas for left-
over ham: Cut into steaks wrap
individually in plastic wrap and
then store in freezer bags. Take
them out for lunch or quick meals
as needed. Cut ham into cubs and
store in freezer bags (meal size
potions). Mix in scrambled eggs,
leftover potatoes (hash browns or
breakfast mash) add to pasta salads,
omelettes, whatever you like.
WINE: Freeze leftover wine in
ice cube trays, then remove and seal
in freezer bags. Freeze them until
you need wine for cooking, remov-
ing wine cubes from the bag as
needed. First measure the wine as
you fill you first cube so you know
how much each cub holds. Or if
you find you mainly cook with full
tablespoons of wine for most
sauces and dishes, you can measure
1 tablespoon amount in each cube.
BELL PEPPER: If you have
part of a bell pepper left over from
a recipe and no other immediate use
for it, just slice it into strips or dice
it into strips or dice (whichever you
prefer). Seal in a freezer bag and
APPLES: If you have apples that
are no longer that fresh but still
good to eat, here's a tip to use them
up fast: Cut apples into wedges pan
fry slowly in a bit of butter and then
sprinkle win cinnamon. Your kids
will eat them up lickety split! If
you're really ambitions use them to
make an apple crisp or apple pie.
NUTS: Store leftover nuts like
walnuts and almonds in an airtight
container and keep in the freezer.
This will kept them fresh and tasty.
This will also prevent them from
going rancid. Also if using nuts in
baking. Toast them in the oven for
about 10 minutes first cool then add
to batter. They won't sink to the
bottom of the batter as easily.
by D. McFadden
KINGSTON, Jamaica Mikeisha
Simpson covers her body in greasy
white cream and bundles up in a
track suit to avoid the fierce sun of
her native Jamaica, but she's not
worried about skin cancer.
The 23-year-old resident of a
Kingston ghetto hopes to transform
her dark complexion to a cafe-au-
lait-color common among
Jamaica's elite and favored by h
many men in her neighborhood.
She believes a fairer skin could
be her ticket to a better life. So
she spends her meager savings
on cheap black-market creams
that promise to lighten her pigment.
Simpson and her friends ultimate-
ly shrug off public health cam-
paigns and reggae hits blasting the
"I hear the people that say bleach-
ing is bad, but I'll still do it. I won't
stop 'cause I like it and I know how
to do it safe," said Simpson, her
young daughter bouncing on her
People around the world often try
to alter their skin color, using tan-
ning salons or dyes to darken it or
other chemicals to lighten it. In the
Like her TV colleague
Al Roker, Star Jones' new book
"Satan's Sisters" is set in a place
where she once felt at home a tel-
evision studio. The former talk
show hostess who left "The View"
under well-documented bad terms,
has just written a book about a
group of women who surprise! -
are part of a hit daytime talk show.
Looks like Jones didn't have to
stretch much to find material.
In "Satan's Sisters," when a col-
gritty slums of Jamaica, doctors say
the skin lightening phenomenon has
reached dangerous proportions.
"I know of one woman who start-
ed to bleach her baby. She got very
annoyed with me when I told her to
stop immediately, and she left my
office. I often wonder what became
of that baby," said Neil
Persadsingh, a leading Jamaican
been removed from over-the-
counter skin products and sub-
stituted with other chemi-
cals due to concerns
about health risks. In /
the U.S., over-the-
containing up to 2
quinone are rec-
Mikeisha Simpsonof Kingston, Jamaica. Simpson, 23,
hopes to transform her dark complexion to a cafe-au-lait-
ilor common among Jamaica's elite and favored by many
n in her neighborhood. She believes a fairer skin could be
er ticket to a better life, so she spends her savings on blacA-
market concoctions that promise to lighten her pigment.
Most Jamaican bleachers use
over-the-counter creams, many of
them knockoffs imported from
West Africa. Long-term use of one
of the ingredients, hydroquinone,
has long been linked to a disfigur-
ing condition called ochronosis that
causes a splotchy darkening of the
skin. Doctors say abuse of bleach-
ing lotions has also left a web of
stretch marks across some
In Japan, the European Union,
and Australia, hydroquinone has
ognized as safe and
effective by the U.S. Food
and Drug Administration. A
proposed ban by the FDA in
Lightening creams are not effec-
tively regulated in Jamaica, where
even roadside vendors sell tubes
and plastic bags of powders and
ointments from cardboard boxes
stacked along sidewalks in market
districts often unlabeled as to their
Hardcore bleachers use illegal
ointments smuggled into the
Satans Sisters: Jones' book draws
line between fiction and truth
league, Heather Hope, appears on
the TV talk show "The Lunch
Club," she has news that the co-
hosts aren't happy about. Their for-
mer co-host, Melissa "Missy"
Adams, has written a tell-all book
that threatens to, well, tell all. The
show's publicist has to find out
what secrets are being revealed in
the manuscript, but a gossip site is
getting them and posting them
faster than she can gather any info.
"There's no question ... 'Satan's
Sisters' is based, in part, on some-
one I've either worked with,
worked for, interviewed, was inter-
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Call 634-1993 for
viewed by or prosecuted, no ques-
tion," Jones told Billy Bush and Kit
Hoover on "Access Hollywood
But Jones says that her book,
unlike the fictional one, doesn't
dish any real-life secrets of her for-
mer coworkers. But of course,
given that her book is "fiction,"
country that contain toxins like
mercury, a metal that blocks pro-
duction of melanin, which give skin
its color, but can also be toxic.
Some impoverished people resort
to homemade mixtures of tooth-
paste or curry powder, which can
stain skin with a yellowish tint.
Continued on page 8
who knows what is true and not
true? We'd guess only the ladies on
"The View" know for sure.
So far, Jones hasn't been asked
onto "The View" to talk about it,
though she did sit down with "The
View" co-host Joy Behar on HLN
recently. The ladies made nice, and
there was no blood or hair weave
spilled. Jones did tell Behar that she
left "dramatically," but says she
would return to "The View" if
Of course, Jones is creating even
more controversy on "Celebrity
Apprentice," beefing with Nene
Leakes and showing her hardcore
side to win money for her charity
The American Heart Association.
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No teeny boppers for Usher
It's beyond obvious that Usher has a
thing for older women and stylists. The
R&B singer has fallen in love again.
This time with his co-manager and
stylist Grace Miguel (right), who is a
43-year-old former uei Jam exec.
The two were originally spotted
iq- together after he split from his ex-wife
Tameka Foster in 2009.
According to NY Posts' Page Six, Miguel's making all the tough decision
and encouraging him to fire his entire staff and replace everyone with a
new team. Since she has been in his life, his longtime agent, Mark
Cheatham of Creative Artists Agency, has been cut. But he claims to not
know what's going on.
"I don't know anything about it. I've been with Usher for a long time,"
he explained, though the R&B singer is now missing from the agency's
BET working to clean up image
BET CEO Debra Lee says her
cable channel has righted the ship
in terms of its programming, and
she hopes her recent decisions will
at least quiet critics.
It's no secret that BET, including
its co-founder Sheila Johnson, has
been the target of public criticism
for airing shows and music videos
that many deem as offensive and
degrading to women.
However, over the last few
months, BET has exercised its
option not to air certain content and
has even introduced shows like
"Let's Stay Together" and resur-
rected canceled CW series "The
Game." In Debra's opinion, those
measures have gone a long way to
improving BET's image.
"I think the criticism has gone
away. The first thing I did, was to
create more original programming
that shows different images of
women," Debra told FOX
Business, explaining her agenda
once she took control of BET. "Our
sitcoms have started doing that.
We've got more documentaries.
We're now into the drama busi-
As for music videos, Debra said
that BET "grew up" by playing less
of that content in order to explore
other avenues in its programming.
Of the videos it does play, the net-
work CEO said that BET has
become more selective.
"We've gotten more strict on what
we allow on air," Debra said. "We
used to live by broadcast standards,
but as the hip-hop industry got a lit-
tle more risqu6 we had actually had
to bring that back some and say just
because it can be on the air doesn't
mean it has to be on the air."
Most notably BET has declined to
air the videos for Kanye West's
"Monster" and Ciara's "Ride."
Rihanna's raunchy clip for "S&M"
was on the chopping block, too.
"I think Rihanna we've been
working with," said Debra. "And
that's sort of amazed me a little bit,
that I had to say 'No' to women, but
someone had to be the grown-up in
the room. I didn't ask for that job
but someone had to say 'No' in
looking at it from our young audi-
Skin Bleaching this predominantly black
island of 2.8 million people,
where images of fair-skinned peo-
ple predominate in commercials
-, .. for high-end products and in the
social pages of newspapers.
"Bleaching has gotten far worse
and widespread in recent years,"
she said. "(Bleachers) want to be
accepted within their circle of
society. They want to be attractive
People are continuing to danger- to the opposite sex. They want
ously bleach their skin like above. career opportunities. But we are
Continued from page 7 saying there are side effects and
The Jamaican Ministry of Health risks. It can disfigure your face."
does not have data on damage Health officials are running warn-
caused by skin-bleaching agents, ings on local radio stations, putting
though dermatologists and other up posters in schools, holding talks
health officials say they have been and handing out literature about the
seeing more cases. dangers. But a similar anti-bleach-
Eva Lewis-Fuller, the ministry's ing campaign in 2007 called "Don't
director of health promotion and Kill the Skin" did little.
protection, is redoubling education The bleaching trend is sparking a
programs to combat bleaching in growing public debate. Even dance-
I I t 1 R 11 I I IIa r m I W I I
The cast of "The Facts Of Life" (L-R) Mindy Cohn, Kim Fields,
The cast of "Welcome Back, Kotter" included Robert Hegyes Charlotte Rae, Geri Jevell, Lisa Whelchel, Nancy McKeon, and
(Horseshack), Lawrence Hilton Jacobs and John Travolta. Cloris Leachman accept the Pop Culture Award.
TvLand honors Cosby,
Kotter and Facts casts ..
This year's TV Land Awards, air-
ing April 17, took place in New
York City Sunday night with the
casts of "Family Ties," "The Facts
of Life," "The Cosby Show" and
"Welcome Back, Kotter" reuniting
for a near full house, reports TV
Lisa Bonet (now known as
Lilakoi Moon), as usual, was the
lone absent Cosby kid, holding firm
to her "Cosby Show" boycott two
decades after being fired from the
"Lisa has always danced to the
beat of her own drummer, which
has worked for and against her,"
says Malcolm-Jamal Warner
(Theo), who is releasing his third
CD and appears this October in the
new BET sitcom "Reed Between
the Lines." He recalls Bonet show-
ing up for a mini reunion with him,
Tempestt Bledsoe (Vanessa) and
Keshia Knight Pulliam (Rudy) for a
Nickelodeon Favorite Huxtable
contest a few years back. "It was
Lawrence Hilton Jacobs, mean-
hall reggae hits celebrate the prac-
tice, or condemn it.
The most public proponent of
bleaching is singing star Vybz
Kartel, whose own complexion has
dramatically lightened in recent
years. His 'Look Pon Me' contains
the lines: "Di girl dem love off mi
brown cute face, di girl dem love
off mi bleach-out face."
Kartel, whose real name is Adijah
Palmer, insists that skin bleaching
is simply a personal choice .
20-year-old Felicia James said
skin bleaching just makes her feel
special, like she's walking around in
a spotlight. She was taught to
bleach by her older sister and her
"It's just the fashionable thing to do.
After I bleach, I'm cris," she said,
using a Jamaican term for cool.
"Plus, a lot of the boys are doing it
, r I 1710t
while, joined his fellow "Kotter" /c
cast including, for the first time,
John Travolta, who played Vinnie
"It's been very tough trying to get
the whole band back together," says
Robert Hegyes (Epstein), who
named Travolta godfather to his --
kids but hasn't seen Gabe Kaplan .
(Kotter) in years.
Tootie, a.k.a. Kim Fields, was on :*--
hand for the reunion of NBC's "The
Facts of Life." Nancy McKeon (Jo),
the one holdout from ABC's 2001
reunion movie, was on hand to help
honor Charlotte Rae (Mrs. Garrett),
who turns 85 this month.
who turns 85 this month. Sabrina LeBeauf and Keshia Knight Pulliam of the Cosby Show
"We all thought it would be real-
ly nice to do this she's the show's heart and soul," says Nancy, on Disney Channel's Sonny With a
who recurs as Demi Lovato's mom Chance.
Toni Braxton comes clean on bankruptcy and Playboy
Toni Braxton was no holds barred when she sat down with talk show
maven Wendy Williams this week.
On the eve of We TV's "Braxton
Family Values" season premiere
this week, Toni Braxton and her sis-
ters paid a visit to "The Wendy
Williams Show," where Wendy got
a chance to grill Toni on her offer to
pose for Playboy, and the reason
why she filed for bankruptcy twice
in 2010 the most recent in
October, when she admitted to
owing between $10 million and $50
million in unpaid debts.
"What happened was, the first
one was a business bankruptcy. But,
because I secured everything per-
sonally, I had to file [a second
time]," she said Monday. "People
don't understand the bankruptcy is
Braxton said her financial woes
first spiraled out of control after
attempts to strike a deal with credi-
tors failed because she didn't want
to reveal she was struggling with a
"When you file bankruptcy the
bank can take everything... Before
I filed... I tried to work out a deal
with everyone. No one wanted to
work out a deal. They said, 'It was
2008 when the market crashed, or
whatever.' They were like, 'Oh, she
can work.' But I didn't want to tell
people I had lupus."
However, the artist, who publicly
announced her battle with the auto
immune condition in November,
assures fans she's getting back on
her feet and now owes Uncle Sam
As for the Playboy offer, Toni
confirmed that she has been asked
and she's considering it and
answer that didn't sit will with
Wendy, who advised against Toni
taking it all off.
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Kevin Hart at the
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-
Found Poetry Workshop
Be at the Main Library on
Saturday April 16th for a Found
Poetry workshop. The free forum
will start at 2 p.m. Found Poetry is
created by choosing words and
phrases from various sources like
books in order to reframe them into
new poetry works. Call 630-2665
for more information.
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.
Connection Health Fair
Baptist Health is sponsoring
FREE heart screenings with imme-
diate results and counseling, cook-
ing and fitness demonstrations. It
will be held on Saturday, April
16th at the Main Library downtown
from 9-4 p.m. Pre-register at
Jackson Class of 1976
The Andrew Jackson Class of 1976
will be having a meeting to plan for
their 35th Class Reunion. It will
take place on Saturday, April 16th
from 6:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m. at
Joseph's Italian Restaurant on Main
Street. For more information, call
"Ball for City Hall"
Tournament & Drive
Come register to vote, meet
Mayoral Candidate Alvin Brown,
Through Our Eyes Exhibit
The Ritz Theatre and Museum is currently exhibiting Through Our Eyes
2011 For Women and Men of Color: The Art ofRelationships through May
7, 2011. The artwork is fueled by the dialogue resulting from the recent
film, For Colored Girls, and the original 1970 choreopoem, For Colored
Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf. Artwork
explores the complexities of various female-male relationships. You are
also welcome to join for Gallery Talk on Thursday, March 31, 2011 from
7-9 p.m. For more information, call 632-5555.
and enjoy free food and fun for peo-
ple of all ages from 3 to 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 17th, at Charles
"Boobie" Clark Park (Sherwood
Park). Entertainment includes
music, bounce houses and flag foot-
ball activities for kids and a free
"Sweet 16"-style tournament will
consist of a 17 & Under, as well as
an 18 & Older bracket. For more
information, call 764-3144.
Rhoda L. Martin
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.
The Jacksonville Urban League
will host its 4th Annual
Empowerment Summit, April 20th
from 10:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at
903 West Union Street across from
the Ritz Theater. The Summit will
feature workshops on how to get
and keep employment, character
building, personal safety and finan-
cial literacy. There will also be free
breakfast, medication counseling
and health screenings. For more
information contact Julia Henry-
Wilson at 904-366-3473.
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-
Jacksonville Sharks vs.
The theme is 80's Night with edu-
cation appreciation! All students,
teachers and school personnel with
current school ID receive a buy one,
get one free ticket. See live Arena
Football on Saturday April 23rd at
7 p.m. in the Veterans Arena.
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'.
R S V P t o
The annual Shrimp Festival in
Femandina Beach will be held the
weekend of April 29th. Attendees
will be able to treat themselves to a
feast of the sea and lively entertain-
ment in the birthplace of the mod-
er shrimping industry. There will
be food, music, arts, crafts, antiques
and live entertainment Friday -
Sunday. For more information, visit
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 info call 356-
The annual FunkFest two day
concert will be held May 6 & 7 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.
at the Ritz
Join the Ritz Theatre for a free
evening of Spoken Word, Thursday,
May 5th at 7 p.m. Call 632-5555.
The Jacksonville Community
Council, Inc. (JCCI), will host JAX
Jeopardy- An Evening of
Competitive Trivia on Tuesday,
May 10, 2011. It will be an evening
of fun and prizes as your knowledge
of Jacksonville is tested. The event
is free and includes drinks and din-
ner but seating is limited. It will be
from 5:30.-8 p.m. at the Florida
Coastal School of Law-
Baymeadows. Register for the free
event by mailing RSVP@jcci.org
(Subject line: Trivia).
Mental Health and
the Black Community
The 29th Annual Conference
Mental Health and the Black
Community Building Coalitions for
Community Empowerment A
Model for Collective Responsibility
will be held May 12-14, 2011 at
Edward Waters College. It is spon-
sored by the Northwest Behavioral
Health Services and EWC.
Cultural Arts Festival
The Jacksonville African American
Cultural arts Festival is set for May
20th and 21, 2011 featuring live
performers, food from a half dozen
countries and people from around
the world. Friday, May 20th, the
legendary Jimmy Hill and Angie
Cleveland will open the mainstage
Friday night at the St. Thomas
Family Life Center. Saturday will
include a health fair and variety of
art in song, dance, and the spoken
word at the A Philip Randolph
Heritage Park and is free all day and
open to the public.
For more information go to our
website at: www.africanamerican-
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...
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