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Serena Williams stalker charged
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. Authorities have arrested a man for
stalking tennis star Serena Williams after he tried to enter her gated sub-
division in South Florida.
Palm Beach Gardens Police said 40-year-old Patenema Ouedraogo tried
to walk into the subdivision Monday night. Security guards asked
Ouedraogo for his driver's license and found he had been named by
Williams as a suspected stalker.
Williams' attorney, Malcom Cunningham, said he recently filed an
injunction against Ouedraogo after he tried to contact Williams three
He said Ouedraogo pretended to be Williams' assistant while she was at
the Home Shopping Network in Tampa. An arrest report said Ouedraogo
was given access to her dressing room. Williams had him escorted from
the building, but Ouedraogo waited outside.

Detroit NAACP honors confederate

flag toting Kid Rock with award
DETROIT, Mi. Kid Rock accepted the Detroit NAACP's Great
Expectations Award on last weekend, despite protests from members who
object to his use of Confederate-flag imagery onstage.
A group of about 50 people picketed outside the Cobo Center, where the
awards dinner was held. Among them was Adolph Mongo, the head of
the organization Detroiters for Progress, and a boycotting NAACP memb-
ber. He told the Detroit News that Rock's use of the flag is "a slap in the
face of anyone who fought for civil rights in this country."
Rock's point of view is that the flag is part of a Southern rock tradition
inspired by Lynyrd Skynyrd and has nothing to do with how he feels
about black people. In fact, as he accepted the award in honor of his
ongoing support for the city of Detroit, he proclaimed, "I love America,
I love Detroit and I love black people."

Women surpass men in higher degrees
The 1950's housewife has all but vanished. The rise of the new "house-
husband" is on the horizon and becoming more prominent by the day.
Women have taken advantage of getting an education and have reconfig-
ured their position in the home with the opportunities their education
have afforded them.
According to MSNBC, women have been ahead of men in Bachelor's
degrees since 1996, but now, for the first time, women are surpassing
men in more advanced degrees as well. New census data shows that 37
percent of women ages 24 and older and 35 percent of men in the same
age group have advanced degrees. In real numbers, 10.6 million women
have master's degrees or higher, compared to 10.5 million men.
There is a slim margin between them, but that is a major advancement
that depicts the development of the American household. More men are
self-proclaimed stay-at-home dads because of this new trend. But women
still are behind in the workforce when it comes to pay. Women with full-
time jobs still only earn 78.2 percent of what their fellow man earns. And
that number has gone up by 14 percent since 2000.

Efforts underway to erase

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Negro Hill, which dates back to the Gold Rush. But the bodies were
moved in 1954 and someone in an official capacity ordered grave mark-
ers using the slur.
Negro Hill Burial Ground Project leader Michael Harris said that he's
been trying for a decade to get the offensive word removed from the
A county spokesman says a proposal to do so is expected to go to coun-
ty supervisors in the coming weeks.

Homeless mom faces jail

for enrolling son in school
NORWALK, Connecticut A homeless single
f mother who lives in her van pleaded not guilty
Wednesday to stealing nearly $16,000 worth of
education for her son by enrolling the kindergart-
ner in her baby sitter's school district.
*";Tanya McDowell, 33, was arraigned in Norwalk,
where she was arrested April 14 on felony charges
of committing and attempting to commit first-degree larceny.
Prosecutors say McDowell used her baby sitter's address to enroll her
son in Norwalk schools in the fall but should have registered the boy in
nearby Bridgeport, a significantly poorer urban district and the location
of her last permanent address.
Officials call it the first known case of its type in Connecticut, although
similar conflicts have played out elsewhere in the U.S. as districts try to
ensure their scarce local tax dollars are used for local students.

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United States launched a targeted
operation against that compound in
Abbottabad, Pakistan. A small team
of Americans carried out the opera-
tion with extraordinary courage and
capability. No Americans were
harmed. They took care to avoid
civilian casualties. After a firefight,
they killed Osama bin Laden and
took custody of his body."
Jubilant, flag-waving Americans
gathered in front of the White
House and at Ground Zero in New
York to celebrate. The New York
Daily News carried a photo of Bin

Laden day with the head-
line, "Rot in Hell."
For some families, the death of
Osama bin Laden, nearly 10 years
after the murder of their loved ones,
may put them on the road to clo-
sure. For others, however, it merely
re-opened old wounds, wounds that
may never fully heal.
It was George W. Bush who bold-
ly declared shortly after a plane
crashed in Pennsylvania and the
Twin Towers at the World Trade
Center in New York and the
Pentagon went up in flames, "I

want justice. And there's an old
poster out West. I recall, that said,
'Wanted Dead or Alive."'
In 2003, Bush stood on the flight
deck of the USS Lincoln and
declared, "...Major combat opera-
tions in Iraq have ended." Mounted
on the ship was a huge banner that
proclaimed, "Mission
Of course, the mission in Iraq was
not accomplished and still isn't -
and Bin Laden was never found
dead or alive on Bush's watch.
Continued on Page 5

by George Curry
On Sunday night, President
Obama made good on that promise,
announcing that a team of elite
Navy SEALs had taken out Osama
bin Laden for good with two bul-
lets, one to the chest and one to the
head. The surprise attack on Public
Enemy No. 1 took place shortly
before 2 a.m. in Pakistan, ending
one of the most frustrating world-
wide manhunts in history.
Speaking to reporters at the White
House, a subdued President Obama
said, "Today, at my direction, the

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Shvirimp Festival While the World of Nations kept Jacksonville busy,
the interstate was packed as well enroute the short drive for the annual
Shrimp Festival. Held a few miles away in Fernandina Beach, FL, visitors
from all over joined in the event which features artisans, parades, pirates
and of course shrimp in 50 different variations.

Baba Moussae, originally from Kenya beats a drum to traditional
African beats for attendees in the World of Nation's African Village.
He also teaches a drum class at the Jacksonville Landing.
World of Nationzs Thousands of Jacksonville citizens flocked to
Metropolitan Park last weekend for the Annual World of Nations Festival.
The multi-cultural exposition- incorporates countries from around the
world in one place for a sea of food, tradition, entertainment and knowl.
edge. Attendees "visit" each country and get their passport stamped while
learning a bit about the diversity represented within the citizens of
Jacksonville in a festive atmosphere.

Last weekend, AMG Uptown
Salon brought a little Hollywood to
Jacksonville with the debut of the
Ultimate Fashion Show at the
Riverside Garden Club. The event
was hosted by celebrity stylist
Dwight Eubanks,known as the "5th
housewife" of the Real
Housewives of Atlanta reality
Eubanks was charming, sophisti-
cated and reveled in the delight of
the audience. A special highlight of
the show was opera singer Leslie
Christopher who sang for the audi-
ence. Leslie elegantly performed
solo selections with operatic style
and grace. Over 500 people were in
the audience to witness a journey of
models of all sizes depicting vari-
ous scenes from day wear, evening
wear and the symbolic wedding
scene finale. The male models had
the audience in awe as they strode
in wearing nothing but their
The bevy of models showcased -
Continued on page 8

Latarsha Jones, Monica Jackson, Brenda Cruz, Cheryl Holland, Dwight Eubanks, Anne Grimsley, Tangie
Green, Ammeco Alexander and Simone Williams at the event.

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-i Arab Emirates, and
Venezuela), which controls
almost half of the world's
crude oil supply can increase
or decrease its inventory.
Simply put increase lowers
prices, decrease raises them.
OPEC's monthly report for
Apn1l 2011, cited factors like
the unrest in Libya and the
disaster in Japan as contribu-
~~-tions to increased oil prices.
"Prices initially spiked in
February with the onset of
the supply disruption in
Libya and concerns that sup-
ply outages could spread to
Other producers in the
Mideast and North Africa '
the report says. "Indeed '
Libyan unrest has cut output
Stby almost 80 percent..."
Refining costs, taxes
(which canl determine gas
prices from state to state or
even city to city), marketing
and distribution and gas sta-
tion profits round out the list
of gas pricing factors.
Myths and Facts
One myth, according to
DeHaan, is that certain gas
stations are better than oth-
ers. "I wouldn't necessarily
n say there is higher quality
Hegas but many different refin-
ers add different blending
components and additives,
different detergents," DeHaan
explained. "The government
mandates that all gasoline has a
minimum amount of detergent to
make sure your engine stays
clean. Some manufacturers
argue they have more detergent
(therefore) better gasoline. But
let's just say all gas shipped front

refiners are tested for quality
DeHaan also explained that
yes, using the air conditioner and
not making sure tire pressure is
up to par will waste gas.
However, he said, premium gas
as opposed to unleaded is really
a non-issue. "Buying premium
instead of unleaded is a complete
waste of money," he said.
"There is absolutely no situation
where a car needs premium.
Now, premium is generally used
in higher horse power vehicles or
if you are towing. It (makes the
engine) less prone to knocking.
So, with heavier loads you want
a gasoline that resists pinging a
little bit more. Then you canl
avoid catastrophic engine dam-
age when you're towing. That's
essentially the only difference.
But ,many vehicles don't require
premium and don't need it so it's
a waste."
Gas saving tips
Driving between 30 to 60
miles per hour, minimizing
accelerating and breaking, and
avoiding idling are a few steps
consumers can take to keep gas
in their tanks longer. Also, get-
ting rid of excess weight (unnec-
essary bulky items for example)
and getting regular vehicle main-
tenance can make the most of
gas mileage. Experts also rec-
ommend buying gas early in the
morning when it's cold and the
fuel is denser, getting more gas
into the tank.
Other tips include, combining
trips, taking advantage of ride
sharing, avoiding rush hours and
driving a more fuel-efficient car
if possible. '

While living to the age of 0 was once
a rare feat, it is becoming increasingly
common. You may be surprise to learn
that the fastest growing demographic m
the country is people over the age of 85.
According to the latest life insurance
mortality tables, 38 percent of men and
half of women age 65 today canl expect
to live to the age of 90 or beyond.
Being able to live a long and full life
is good news, of course. But you will
have to plan well to be sure you that you
don't run out of income when you may
need it the most. Here are some sugges-
tion from Dr. Robert Pokorski, The
Hartford's chief medical strategist, for
planning a retirement that may include a
90th birthday celebration:
1. Consider buying a life insurance
policy with an optional longevity rider.
While the main purpose of life insurance
is to provide income to your heirs when
you die, paying extra for a Longevity
Access Rider will allow you to begin
receiving installments of your own
death benefit when you turn 90 and meet
the rider's eligibility requirements. You
are then free to use it to simply enjoy life
or to help ensure you don't outlive your
retirement savings. $500,000 policy
works like this: When you reach the age
of 90, you can elect to receive a guaran-
teed minimum withdrawal benefit of up
to 1 percent of the death benefit of your
life insurance policy. In this example,
you may receive monthly payments of a
much as $5,000 per month for eight
years. Even if you eventually withdraw
the entire death benefit, a guaranteed
residual death benefit will be provided,
subject to the items of the rider. Your
heirs will still receive 10 percent of the
benefit in the case $50,000.
2. Consider purchasing an annu-
ity to cover many of your fixed expens-

es later in life. Making conservative
investments like this can help ensure
that you'll have a reliable source of
income to cover such necessities as rent
or mortgage payments, utilities, pre-
scriptions, groceries, insurance and
transportation. Any other retirement say-
ing you have can be used to cover the
cost of travel and entertainment or to
pay for unforeseen expenses.
3. Postpone retirement. While you
might consider putting off retirement to
be a bad time. You may decide to con-
tinue working in order to increase your
monthly Social Security benefit.
Delaying Social Security from 62 to 67
will increase the amount you will
receive the amount you will receive each
month by 30 percent. Postponing retire-
ment will also increase any pension ben-
efits you will receive in the future. You
could even use the time to try working n
a new field that has always appealed to
4. Plan for a health emergency.
Nobody likes to think about becoming
ill, but planning for health-care emer-
gencies is a part of smart retirement
planning, especially when you consider
that the Center for Disease Control and
Prevention estimates that 70 percent of
retirees will need to pay for chronic care
sometime during their lives. The
Hartford offers life insurance policies
with its Life Access Accelerated
Benefits Rider. If you become chronical-
ly ill and meet the claim criteria, you can
use the money you receive from the
death benefit anyway you like. You can,
for example, use it to pay a family mem-
ber to take care of you. Turning 90 is a
milestone worth celebrating. With good
planning, you could live a long and
comfortable life without worrying too
much about your finances.

As gas prices have tipped to $4 a gallon on the First Coast. Forn
rider Jamil Coleman ditched his SUV to ride the bus around town.
is shown above at the Shell Station on Edgewood and 195.

By Jennifer Bihm
Franklin Kaye mumbled a few
expletives as he watched the dig-
ital numbers on the Shell station
gas pump. Unleaded was $3.75
last week and as he watched the
price move up rather quickly; it
seemed disproportionate to the
slower moving numbers that
showed the amount of gas he
was getting. For a split second,
he seemed taken aback at being
asked his feelings on the amount
of money he was paying for gas.
Then, leaning back against his
SUV, arms folded, unlit cigarette
dangling from his lips, he began
his tirade. He was against pay-
ing $8 for a little over 2 gallons
in his SUV that particular day
and more so about the more than
$100 he ends up paying weekly
that allows him six days of driv-
ing. The Jacksonville resident
makes a daily trip to the
Southside where his wife works
from his home on the northside.
"At least $400 a month I'm
spending on gas, it's ridiculous,"
said Coleman who is 70 years
old. "I drop her off. I go back to
the northside, then I come back.
I have to drive my truck because
riding the bus for me is no good.
It's too much crime."
Like Kaye, others at the gas
station had to briefly pause when
asked about how much they're
paying and how they felt, as if
they had almost quit thinking
about it. Some said they cut out
extras like eating out. Others cut
way down on shopping. While
others like Jamil Coleman, just
quit driving. "I don't drive right

now because my car broke
down," he said. "[But] I'm actu-
ally finding that riding the bus
has been a lot easier on my wal-
let and it's been less stressful."
All reported paying between
$40 and $100 a week to fill up
their tanks.
"There is no reason the gas
prices should be this high," he
continued with vehemence.
But experts say there are a
myriad of factors that have an
effect on gas prices.
How are Gas Prices
"Gas prices will usually peak
sometime in May," this year
being no exception, said senior
petroleum analyst Patrick
DeHaan. "This is because
refineries are doing maintenance
in late winter and early spring.
By the end of May they're done
and gas production goes full tilt."
Full tilt production and a high
demand for gasoline in the
United States seem to have a
major impact on rising gas
prices. Americans make use of
about 20 million, 42 gallon bar-
rels worth of crude oil per day.
Of each 42 gallons, 19 are used
to fill up motorists' tanks.
Despite having enough oil in
its own back yard to be the
world's third largest oil producer,
the U.S. also depends on foreign
oil, mainly The Organization of
Petroleum Exporting Countries
(OPEC), which affects gasoline
costs. OPEC (Libya, Nigeria,
Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Algeria,
Angola, Ecuador, Indonesia,
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but due to our own movement choices. 2010 Census
data how ht2 os ho 2 cteo tha saea est 2000 pol nd
Black strongholds such as: Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, Cleveland and
Washington, DC. Black American political and population losses were fueled
by middle-and-upper-class Blacks leaving cities for the suburbs and large
percentages of Blacks leaving Northern cities for thriving centers in the
The Census Bureau says the nation's population is 308,745,538, up from
281.4 million. The 9.7% growth rate was the lowest since the Great
Depression. Michigan was the only state to lose population; and Nevada,
with a 35 percent increase, was the fastest-growing. Whether upwardly
mobile Blacks know it, or not, the new numbers are a boon for Republicans,
with Texas and Florida leading the way among GOP-leaning states that will
gain House seats, mostly at the Rust Belt's expense.
There are over 37 million Black Americans. Down from 14.8% of the pop-
ulation in 2000, we are 12.3% in 2010. Fifty-two percent of Black
Americans are female and 48 % are male. Afr-ican Americans are the nation's
second-largest minority group. Political clout has left the five counties that
had the largest Black populations in 2000 Cook in Illinois, Los Angeles,
Wayne in Michigan, Kings in New York and Philadelphia all lost Black pop-
ulation. Among the 25 counties with the biggest increase in Black popula-
tion, three-quarters are in the South
More than half of Black Americans live in the South. New York had the
largest Black population of any state as of July 1, 2008 (3.5 million); Georgia
had the largest numeric increase since July 1, 2007 (67,000). The District of
Columbia had the highest percentage of Blacks (56 percent), followed by
Mississippi (38 percent). Cook County, Ill. (Chicago's county) had the
largest Black population of any county (1.4 million), and Orleans Parish, La.
(New Orleans' county) had the largest numeric increase since July 1, 2007
(16,000). Claiborne County, Miss. had the highest percentage of Blacks in
the nation (84 percent).
Places where Blacks had gained "political stronghold" status are losing
Black people. Detroit lost almost 200,000 Blacks. Detroit's 25 percent pop-
ulation drop represents the fastest collapse in American history of any major
city not decimated by a natural disaster. Blacks' percentage ofAtlanta's pop-
ulation shrank from 61% to 53%. But in Atlanta's vast metropolitan area, the
Black population soared to the second-largest Black population after New
York. Chicago lost more than 180,000 African American residents. The
Black population fell 3.5% to 1.6 million. Washington DC's lost its Black
In their quest to "keep us with the Joneses" Blacks are hurting their ballot
power. The number of Black Suburbanites climbed to 58 percent in the
South compared to 41 secn gothe retao the Us b at as u rmth2 e t

since the Civil Rights Act passed in the 1960s. Suburbs anywhere are a huge
draw. Typically, today's middle-class African-American families are making
the same kind of choices as White families: As soon as their kids are school-
age, they move to the suburbs. Suburbs are also luring lower-income Blacks
who are leaving neighborhoods that don't have supermarkets and other retail.
The South is the second most racially and ethnically diverse U.S. region
after the West. Roughly 61 percent of its population is White, 19 percent
black and 15 percent Hispanic. That's compared with a national breakdown
of 65 percent White, roughly 12 percent Black and 16 percent Hispanic.
Blacks are leaving Blue State America for Red State America. Ironically,
because in their "I can go anywhere I want" mindsets, are showing a prefer-
ence for living in the kind of states dominated by Republicans. Because of
Blacks' movements, Republican-leaning states will gain at least a half dozen
House seats.

He should be mindful of the lives
that have been negatively impact-
ed by policies championed by his
biggest supporters.
What Jacksonville needs during
this very important mayor's race is
serious debate on how places like
Eureka Garden can be rebuilt as
thriving communities. We need to
embrace a real conversation lead-
ing to action that will resolve the
deepest social economic problems
in Jacksonville.
Only true a leader can meet this
challenge for Jacksonville. So far
Mike Hogan has only demonstrat-
ed a strategy for pandering and
photo opportunities.
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kill him." I remember thinking -
wow, he actually said that we will
"kill" him not bring him to justice
or bring him in for trial, but we will
kill him.
The former Al Queda leader
dodged American operatives for 10
years, but much like other terrorist
and bad people you can only run
for so long.
Late Sunday night, President
Obama confirmed the rumors and
online chatter stating that bin
Laden had been taken out in
Pakistan living in an urban com-
pound not a cave in the
Afghanistan mountains.
Even the most liberal Americans
would agree that bin Laden needed
to be executed on sight. There is
absolutely no doubt that he spear-
headed the 9/11 events and proba-
bly numerous other terrorist attacks
around the world.
Osama bin Laden death certainly
doesn't mark the end of the war on
terrorism, in fact, we need to be
even more careful and aggressive
about pursuing other terrorist
groups and cells here in the United
States. This major victory does
send the message that the United
States will go to any extent to hunt
down terrorist and make them pay
for their actions.
Some might say that President
Obama didn't have a direct influ-

ence on the killing of bin Laden
and that it's more serendipity than
anything else right place, night
time. I say that that's nonsense.
Foreign affairs and strategies on
terrorism come directly from the
White House.
While the President wasn't on
the ground commanding forces, he
laid the foundation for how we go
after terrorist like bin Laden.
Obama and his aides decided to
focus more on counterterrorism as
the key to his strategy in
Afghanistan and Pakistan versus
the way Bush handled terrorists.
It may surprise some who think
that Democrats are soft, but
Obama's strategy has been much
more aggressive than his predeces-
sor. He drastically increased the
number of drone attacks and put
more folks on the ground in coun-
tries harboring terrorist.
Essentially, Obama pushed for a
substantial expansion of countert-
errorism efforts, including intelli-
gence gathering and live opera-
This operation proves that we
don't have to occupy an entire
country or large portions of a coun-
try to deal with terrorism. So, can
we now start to truly back out of
Afghanistan? I am not 100 percent
sure of that, but we really shouldn't
be in the business of nation build-

ing anymore.
We spent billions of dollars occu-
pying Iraq and trying to introduce
and implement a democratic form
of government. Who knows what
will eventually happen in Iraq, but
history shows that it has been
extremely hard for democracy to
survive long term in the Middle
The death of bin Laden will not
cripple Al Qaeda because most ana-
lysts agree that the terrorist organi~
zation is no longer a centralized
operation. Bin Laden has been
more of a symbol or figurehead
than a mastermind since the 9/11
On Sunday night President
Obama said, "For over two
decades, bin Laden has been al
Qaeda's leader and symbol." We
know that men die, but symbols
don't. He will continue to inspire
other terrorist, but a clear message
has been sent by the United States.
To all of the families affected by
the 9/11 terrorist attacks, we know
that this doesn't bring any loved
ones back, but it should provide
some comfort that their lives were
not taken for granted.
This is just one victory in the war
on terrorism; let's not take our eyes
off the ball.
Signing off from Tallahassee'
Reggie Fullwood

Most Americans remember
where they were on September 11,
2001. Well, Americans of a mature
age certainly do. It's a day that will
be remembered as the worst terror-
ist attack ever on American soil.
There are a few dramatic events
over the past 50 years that cannot
be forgotten. The explosion of
Spaceshuttle Challenger, the assig-
nation of President Kennedy, and
the 9/11 terrorist attacks are a few
that stand out.
The man who orchestrated that
series of well-planned attacks was
Osama Bin Laden. Since 2001, we
have hunted him down to no avail.
He has since become the face of
terrorism and Islam extremism.
Well, late Sunday night reports
started to leak out that President
Obama had an announcement to
make perhaps the most important
of his first term in office. Social
media sites like Twitter and
Facebook began to buzz about bin
Laden being captured or killed. The
television news networks then fol-
lowed and reporting that the
President was indeed going to
announce that special forces had
killed bin Laden.
The search for bin Laden had
almost become an "out of sight, out
of mind" notion.
I remember when President Bush
said, "We will hunt him down and

it this point, Mike Hogan should
jtl:0000wh hey sand hwhat h

ousl not cared very much for
what goes on in communities
where Jacksonville's most vulner-
able reside. If so, he has had ample
opportunity to champion policies
that would improve the overall
health and safety for all citizens of
Jacksonville. Instead, Hogan has
chosen to stick with a strategy that
results in a lack of vision for those
citizens who are most at risk to be
exposed to conditions of a place
like Eureka Garden
If Mike Hogan wants us to
believe that he is serious about
Jacksonville's most at risk citi-
zens, he should step away from the
conservative rhetoric and offer
solutions to closing the gap
between the haves and have-nots.

take a look
By Noval Jones
The text message on my iPhone
read, "Hogan is at Eureka Garden,
I couldn't agree more.
Apparently, Jacksonville mayoral
candidate Mike Hogan can feel the
thunder of the Alvin Brown cam-
paign roaring from behind. As a
result, Hogan staged an obvious of
political stunt to show that he cares
about crime in the hood.
In an effort to get closer to the
issues last Friday, mayoral candi-
date Mike Hogan proceeded to
walk and talk his way through
Eureka Garden apartments on the
Westside. The complex is and area
that has a reputation for crime on
steroids. Hogan said that he was
keeping with philosophy of talking
to the people about issues relevant
to Jacksonville.
(Insert standard Hogan out of
touch jokes here)
Before we jump to conclusions
about the sincerity of Hogan's visit
let's explore his background and
campaign philosophy.
First, during the early stages of
the mayoral campaign, Mike
Hogan has gone out of his way to
avoid real issues that effect people
with the greatest need. He has pan-
dered to the farthest right wing of
the Republican Party, including

securing an endorsement from so-
called Tea Party (group that stands
for nothing except conservative
Secondly, Hogan has promised to
cut programs that would benefit
Jacksonville's needy citizens. This
would include and probably start
with crime prevention programs
such as the Jacksonville Journey.
The Journey is an investment that

those who can afford his support.
As a former city councilman,
Hogan was a hard line conserve
tive who demonstrated a lack of
vision for the city. His council dis-
trict, which is located only a few
miles from Eureka Garden, was a
tale of the haves and the have-nots.
Hogan did next to nothing to
improve blighted areas of
Jacksonville's while continuing to

MISS, will you introduce mze to the Tea Party newspaper edi-
.tor that wrote the article on how the Tea Party has improved
race relations in the U.S.A.

has been
credited by

the sheriff
and others as a contributor to a
reduction in crime across the city.
And finally, Hogan snubbed a
recent debate on race relations that
would have at least given him
more insight to some of the issues
he sought clarity on at Eureka
Garden. The insensitivity of ignor-
ing such a glaring issue as race
relations was intended to send a
clear message to the Republican
base. Even more, Hogan's cam-
paign has been so entrenched in
so-called Tea Party pandering that
his political circle involves very
little diversity, if any at all.
So why is the Hogan "Eureka"
moment is a slap in the face of the
people he claims he wants to help?
Simply because Hogan has a
track record that clearly illustrates
how he would govern in favor of

advance agendas of big business
and other legacy groups. During
his political career (and Hogan can
be classified as a career politician)
Hogan has not lifted a legislative
policy finger to help anyone out-
side of his conservative circle.
And the fact that he waited until
three weeks before the election to
show up at one of the most crime
infested communities in the city is
short-sided, disrespectful and in no
way can be classified as leader
ship. Does Hogan think that plan
ning photo opportunities with
sleeves rolled up and sincere,
looks on his face will bring true
understanding of the problems this
community has long been facing?
If he does, then he is even more
out of touch than his so-called Tea
Party extremist supporters.




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Branch NAACP 46th Annual
~Freedom Fund Awards Dinner
9C : according to Isaiah Rumlin,
Zi President of the Jacksonville
Branch NAACP.
In 1967, lawyer Morris Dees had
achieved extraordinary business
and financial success with his book
publishing company. The son of an
Alabama farmer, he witnessed first-
hand the painful consequences of
Q prejudice and racial injustice. He
sympathized with the Civil Rights
Movement but had not become
Qlh~ ~actively involved. A night of soul
searching at a snowed-in Cincinnati
airport changed his life, inspiring
Dees to leave his safe, business-as-
Dees usual world and undertake a new
er andchief .Known for his innovative law-
le S hrn suits that crippled some of
JackonvlleAmerica's most notorious white

supremacist hate groups, Dees has
received more than 20 honora"
degrees and numerous awards. In
1991, NBC aired a made-for-TV
movie called "Line of Fire" about
Dees and his landmark legal victo-
ries against the Ku Klux Klan.
"Morris Dees continues our
impressive slate of Freedom Fund
Awards Dinner speakers. He brings
a global perspective on the current
state of the Civil Rights Struggle, as
well as the ongoing fight against
hatred and racism. He continually
risks his life daily in the fight for
human dignity and respect," said
The dinner will be held Thursday,
June 23, 2011 at the Prime Osborn
Convention Center in Jacksonville,
Florida and begins at 7:00 pm.
Tickets are $60.00. For tickets or
more information, call 764-7578.


The new conspiracy theories
about Bin Laden emerged before
the old ones about where Obama
was born were put to rest.
On Monday, the U.S. 9th Circuit
Court of Appeals in Pasadena,
Calif. granted a client of birther lit-
igator Orly Taitza an opportunity to
challenge the summary dismissal of
a case heard two years ago ques-
tioning whether President Obama
was born in Hawaii. Despite the
White House release of Obama's
long-form birth certificate and
mountains of additional evidence,
some conspiracy buffs refuse to
drop the issue. The only thing miss-
ing from what Obama described as
a carnival is Donald Trump
demanding to see Bin Laden's
death certificate.
Although former President Bush
applauded the capture and killing of
Osama bin Laden, other conserva-
tives are belittling Obama's accom-
Brett Decker, editorial page edi-
tor of the conservative Washington
Times, wrote in a column that
Obama made too many referenceS
to himself when he made the
announcement about Bin Laden'S
death. "Not only is this consistent

with his view that everything is ;
about him, it also reflected the real- CarIHOt or will
ity that this president is weak and t ak u h s
perceived by the world to be a lack-
luster leader who has undermined high-level terrorists
American power," Decker wrote.
"He needs to grab any opportuni- targets and we have
ty he can to make himself. .
believable as a commander in actionable intelligence

chief. Crowds flocked to the
White House gates to cele-
brate Bin Laden's demise, tht
giving this unpopular presi-
dent a rare glimpse of public to
support that won't last long."
Judging by his critics,
Obama won't have support
even when he accomplished
something George W. Bush
couldn't. They have already
resumed their attacks on
Obama's handling of the econ-
Laura Ingraham, spoofing
Obama's comment that Americans
can do whatever we set our mind to,
tweeted, "Like spending according
to my budget and raise the debt ceil-
George E. Cuny,:l formner editor~-rn-chief of
Emege magazine anrd the NNPA Newls Serv~ice, is a
keynote speaker; mIod'erator; anld ledlia coach. He
canl be ,reched through hris Web site wwm~vgeorge-
curiy ,co,,n Youe canl also ./blo~lo hrim at w~ww.twit-

about where they are,
ent I would take actions

Protect the American

people. I firmly believe
that if we know the

whereabouts ofBinz
Ladenz antd his

deputies and we have
exhausted all other

Options, we must
take them out. "

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Neighbors now revel at the bin Laden compound in Pakistan which had previously gone unnoticed.

Continued from front
It was a patient, skilled and
underrated Barack Obama who
proved to be the real "decider" in
the White House. By all accounts,
he was directly engaged in all
aspects of the carefully planned
operation that ended Bin Laden's
life without suffering any U.S.
Obama was apprised that Bin
Laden's hideaway inside of
Pakistan had been pinpointed by
CIA operatives last September.
Over the next few months, addition-
al intelligence information was
developed and on March ..-E- U
13, President Obama held
the first of five National DL
Security Council meetings.
When presented with the
option of bombing the com-
pound, Obama rejected it
and instead favored a riskier
plan to airlift Navy SEALS
by helicopter, having them
storm the compound and con-
duct a room-by-room search
for the terrorist mastermind.
Before leaving to inspect torna-
do damage in Tuscaloosa, Ala.,
the president gave the green
light to launch the attack. On
Sunday, the operation was car-
ried out in secrecy as Obama and
his close circle of security advis-
ers watched on a secure hookup.
Amazingly, there were no leaks to
the media in the nation's gossip-
crazed capital.
Instead of being boastful, Obama
struck a somber tone, praising those
who had carried out the mission,

both Democrats and Republicans
and declaring, "Justice has been
done." In order to minimize the
inevitable pushback from some
Muslims in Arab countries, the
administration noted that they had
observed the Muslim practice of
washing Bin Laden's body and
wrapping it in a white garb before
dumping it in the Arabian Sea with-
in 24 hours of his death,
On Monday, at a previously
scheduled White House dinner of
political leaders and their mates,
President -= :

"I know that the unity that we felt
on 9/11 has frayed a little bit over
the years, and I have no illusions
about the difficulties of the debates
that we'll have to be engaged in, in
the weeks ahead and months to
come," he said. "But I also know
there have been several moments
like this during the course of this
year that have brought us together
as an American family, whether it
was the tragedy in Tucson or, most
recently, our unified response to the
terrible storms that have taken
place in the South. Last night
was one of those moments.
[r! And so tonight, it is my fer-
vent hope that we can harness
some of that unity and some
of that pride to confront the
many challenges that we still
.If Obama had entertained
anly illusions about dupli-
cating the short-lived post
a:\9/11 unity, they would
have quickly dissolved.
Tuesday's Los Angeles
Times carried the head-
line, "Bin Laden's sea
burial fuels conspiracy
The story observed,
"Conspiracy theorists
Ji? on both the left and the
right were quick to
.llal L '"'' inishat Binl Laden
was either still alive
or had been dead for years, pounc-
ing on the government's decision to
slide the body of the world's most
wanted manl off a board into the
Arabian Sea."

Senator Barack Obama
Op-Ed in the Globe Gazette
Mason City, Iowa
A g12, 2007


s~scc~Obamam tried to
rekindle the national unity that was
on display immediately following
the September 11 attack.

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The Fabulous Bells Red Hats of
Jacksonville celebrated National
Red Hat Day in conjunction with
the Gainesville Divas and other
groups. Their celebration included
a meal, shared gifts and fun fellow-
ship. Red Hats was founded in
1998 for women over 50 to band
together for fun and camaraderie.
Members of the Fabulous Bells
include Joyce Hunter, Gloria
Brown, Emma Lovette, Ora Dixon,
Cora Woodard, Virginia Small.
Vermelle Smith, Thomasyna
Payne, Ethel Valentine, Cheryll
Valentine, Gladys Cone, Rose
Shepphard, Dena Williams, Nana
Vidal, Dorethes Stinson, Fitzgerald
Wates, Linda Smith, Wilma
Harrell, Juliette Williams, Frankie
tepherson and Tafferna Bacon.

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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 or con-
tact Julie Watson at 737-0012.

NCOC Ladies Inspirational Weekend
We cordially invite to the Northside Church of Christ 31St Annual
Inspirational Ladies Day weekend, May, 7th, 8am 12noon. This event is
free and open to all: mothers, sisters, daughters and best friends! Slated to
speak will be Sis. Lynn Sherman keynote speaker and Michelle Banks,
motivational speaker both from the Northside Church of Christ.
For more information contact the Northside Church of Christ for any
questions: Our location: 4736 Avenue B, Jacksonville, Fl., 32209, (904)

New Fountain Chapel A.M.E. Church
Rev. Louis Kirkland, Pastor, invite them to join them to celebrate their
Annual Leona Daniels Day. It will be held on May 15, 2011. Services will
include Church School at 9 a.m., Morning Worship at 10:45a.m.and
Evening Worship at 4:00 p.m., The Church is located at 737 Jessie St.
For more information call (904) 358-2258

IMt. Lebanon Youth Celebration
Mount Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Freddie Sumner,
Pastor, will be celebrating their Annual Youth Extravaganza beginning
Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 4 p.m. in The L.N.Yarber Multi-Purpose
Building. The events will begin with a Banquet. The Grand Finale" of the
evening, will be a Talent Show followed by Praise Dancing and a special
awards presentation. On Sunday May 15th, Mt. Lebanon Christian
Academy Ablaze, Class of 2011 will honor the graduates at their
Baccalaureate during 10:30 a.m. services. Class Theme: Steps toward a
Successful Future." On Thursday, May 26th at 5 p.m., Commencement
exercise and Reception will be held at the Church.
For further information, contact the church at 527-1762.

First Missionary Baptist Church of Fernandina Beach honors Pastor with a surprise birthday celebration. The now 41 years old Rev. Darien
Bolden enjoyed fellowship with classmates, family and friends at the festivities. Shown above is the Pastor with his classmates, the Andrew
Jackson Class of 1988: (L-R) Kevin Brown, Corliss Brown, Brenda Hooper, Sherrine Davis, Rev. Darien Bolden, Sr., Renee Bolden, Darien
Bolden, Jr., Taye Scott, Willie Scott, Dania Davis, Wanda Davis, James Payne and Linda Smith. FMPowvell

Summerville MI.B.C. honors mothers ; r..
WmeDrn al~ppointed byI God to be first
Dr. James W. Henry, Pastor of Summerville Missionary Baptist Church,
will observe Mothers' Day on May 8th during the 11:00 a.m. worship serv- "a v.
ice. Make plans to be a part of the grand day of praise as they honor the ..
Mothers of Summerville. The Worship Center is located at 690 W. 20th St.
Jacksonville, Fl. 32206. For information call (904) 598-0510.

FOod Giveaway at Palm Coast AME c~
A free food giveaway is available to those in need and sponsored by the
Women's Missionary Society (WMS) of First Church of Palm Coast. WMS $
president Mattie DeVore and her team will distribute from the food bank on

Saturday, May 14, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

First Church, at 91 Old Kings Road
North, is the pastorate of the Rev.
Gillard S. Glover. The church can
be reached at 386-446-5759.

Facebook church?
Thou shalt love thy neighbor all
600 million of them?
Hosting the first-ever interactive
service on Facebook, St. Pixels, an
online 3D church, is redefining the
way most people worship.
"Love it or hate it, Facebook is
where people are in 2011," said St.
Pixels pioneer Mark Howe in a
statement. "If the Gospel is for
today's connected culture, it has to
find a distinctive but culturally-
appropriate place within social net-
Designed by Howe, with addi-
tional programming by Barry
Wickett of Dark Green Media and
artwork by Michael Evans and
Anthony Ramm of Carousel
Digital, the multimedia church is
hoping to proclaim Christ through
new media outlets.
Behind computer screens and
il~hones, worshippers will have the
opportunity to listen to Bible read-
ings and a sermon, sing along to
hymns and key in prayer requests.
They'll even be given a chance to
weigh in with an "amen" or "zzzz"
via a real-time feedback meter they
can click.

Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19 20

Shown above is Elder Beverly Clark, First Lady Estelle McKissick,
Keynote speaker for "Women's Health" Shavondra Huggins and Elder
Rosalind Carter.
Bethel's Womenz's Ministry BreakEfast
The Women's Ministry of Bethel Baptist Institutional Church held their
annual breakfast last weekend with the theme "Get ready to be real." The
Mistress of Ceremonies was Sis. Saundra McGlockton who guided the pro-
gramwhich included guest speaker Shavondra Huggins on women's health
and closing remarks by Elder Beverly Clark. R. Silverphoto.

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Ahead of the national premiere of
his latest project, writer and director
Tyler Perry said recently he is
weary of deflecting criticism that
his work lacks substance and is
not an authentic and construc-
tive portrayal of Black
Perry's latest film,
"Madea's Big Happy
Family" opened across the
country last month and is
making millions. He said in a
new conference, prior to the
film's opening that he is particu-
larly irritated by criticism from
filmmaker Spike Lee.
"I'm so sick of .hearing about
damn Spike Lee"PFerry said accord-
ing to reports. Spike can go straight
to hell! You can print that. I am sick
of him talking about me, I am sick
of him saying, 'This is a coon, this
is buffoon'. Lee has dismissed
Perry Perry's artistic vision as low-
brow entertainment which exploit
negative images. Most notably,
Perry's 'Madea' character, which

films to Amos & Andy the first
Black situation comedy to be
broadcast nationally in the 1950s
which contained stereotypical
role of African-Americans.
SLee said that he does not
expect Perry's films to
reflect his own vision of
Black America, but he
insists that "imaging" of
the Black community is
"Each artist should be
allowed to pursue their artis-
tic endeavors, but I still think
there is a lot of stuff our today that
is coonery and buffoonery," Lee
said in a recent interview.
"I am a huge basketball fan, and
when I watch the games on TNT, I
see these two ads for these two
shows (Perry's House of Payne"
and Meet the Browns), I find
myself scratching me head. We got
a Black president, and we going
back to (early Black comedians)
Mantan Moreland and Sleep n Ear."
Perry defended his work, point-
ing out that other ethnicities have
their own versions of his films.
"I've never seen Jewish people
attack Seinfeld and say this is a
stereotype. I've never seen Italian
people attack 'The Sopranos. I've
never seen Jewish people complain-
ing about Mrs. Doubtfire or Dustin
Hoffman in Tootsie", he said in his
online journal at
Perry wrote that his new movie is
just food for the soul, and only his
fans will understand his vision.
"Critics don't get that this is
about more than making a movie
and telling a funny story," he wrote
on his site. He added that detractors
don't get that it's about uplifting
and encouraging the soul. They
don't get that most (Perry film fans)
have been with me long before they
knew who I was, and they don't get
that you have my back.

The former Mia L. Jones and
George C. Davis were married
Easter weekend in Bethel Baptist
Institutional Church.
The bride, daughter of Hannah
M. and Lawrence V. Jones, gradu-
ated from Raines High School and
with a bachelor's degree and a mas-
ter's degree from Florida A&M
University. She is a member of
Alpha Kappa Alpha and is serving
in the Florida House of
The groom, son of Gail C. Davis

and the late George Davis III, grad-
uated from Ribault High School
and attended Florida State College
at Jacksonville. He was honorably
discharged from the U.S. Army
Reserves and is employed by
Marion Graham Mortuaries as a
memorial service representative.
Benita Ford was the matron of
honor, and Derek White was the
best man.
Following a trip to Savannah,
Ga., the couple will live in

entails a Black man dressing in
drag for his role, has equated to
I uhs ad bo ffic sce.
Paeug 's wnrk, b Ilt aroune suce aui
try' embrc of Madea ha po
dce a string of hits and ge erpro-
sttfrArong support fom allrican
Aerican moviegoers of l ages.

"I am sick of him talking about
Black people going to see my
movies," Perry said of Lee's criti-
cism. The feud between the two
filmmakers date back to 2009 when
in an interview with BET reporter
Ed Gordon, Spike Lee compared
Perry's portrayal of Blacks in his

Many fad diets give carbohy-
drates a bad rap, leading you to
believe that they're the cause of
unwanted weight gain. But carbs
are an essential part of a healthy
diet. Before you feast on chicken
and boycott carbs, take a closer
look at the U.S. Food Pyramid.
Carbohydrates are highlighted as an
important part of a healthy diet, and
not banned by any means. Your
body needs a wide variety of foods
to function and stay healthy.
While fats and protein are also
necessary for energy, they're more
of a long-term fuel source, while
carbohydrates fulfill the body's
most immediate energy needs. Why
does the body prefer carbs?
Specifically, because they're easier
and faster to break down and use
than proteins or fats. So don't deny
your body what it needs to keep up
with your active lifestyle.
What Are the TIypes of

There are two types of carbohy-
drates: simple and complex.
Complex carbohydrates, which
should make up most of your car-
bohydrate intake, require more
work and take longer for your body
to break down.
It's a slower process, but that's a
good thing while simple carbo-
hydrates are broken down more
quickly, they don't do much for
your body. Because complex carbo-
hydrates are broken down slowly,
they give your bloodstream a more
consistent level of energy, so you
avoid the "highs and lows" that
simple carbohydrates canl give you.
What's the Best Source ?
You need to get between 50 and
60 per-cent of your daily calories
from carbohydrates. Most should
be whole grains and other complex
carbohydrates, but the fiber in fixtits
and vegetables make them a good

simple carbohydrate choice. If you
don't get enough carbohydrates,
you run the risk of depriving your
body of the calories and nutrients it
needs, or of replacing healthy carbs
with unhealthy fats.
This doesn't mean that you're
never allowed to have a sweet treat
for dessert, a bowl of white rice, or
a baked potato. It just means that
those should be the exceptions
instead of everyday carb selections.
At the same time, you should
also avoid loading up on complex
carbohydrates or making them your
primary source of calories. A diet
too rich in even complex carbohy-
drates or in any food packs
more calories into your body, which
eventually leads to weight gain,

With British commentators still
discussing the nuptials of Prince
William and Kate, South Africa
was already in full marriage regalia,
celebrating the wedding of
Duduzile Zuma, daughter of South
African President Jacob Zuma,
with businessman Lonwabo
The glittering affair was called
"the mother of all parties." It fea-
tured a convoy of 12 Lamborghinis
driving through Inkwenkwezi
Private Game Reserve, just off the
southern coast, carrying the 28 year
old Zuma and her entourage.
Elephants roamed the grounds in
the background as the couple
exchanged vows.
In keeping with the latest styles
of the rich and famous, no expense

was spared in making the a ceremo-
ny worthy of kings. Wearing a
white off-the-shoulder gown that
sparkled with Swarovski crystals,
the bride turned heads with a cus-
tom-made diamond necklace worth
$225,000. She and her bridesmaids
were collectively decked out in
more than 1000 diamonds worth
One of five children, Duduzile
actually has 20 siblings step
brothers and sisters from her
father's five wives and several
flanc~es. A twin brother,
Duduzane, is reportedly on his way
to joining the growing number of
South African Black billionaires,
having shares worth about $1 bil-
lion from a $9 billion Black
empowerment deal.

R. Veeren Chithriki, M.D.
William L. Cody, M.D.

Spike vs. Tyler: Tyler and Spike: Movie makers'

at war over artistic vision of Black America

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Mr. and Mrs. George Davis

JOffS Davls Nuptials

Yeu can eat car bs and stay shim

Mr. and Mrs. Lonwabo Sambudla

Millions in diamonds highlight

African Presidential wedding

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Quentin Tarantino to make film on slavery
Quentin Tarantino is one of those movie makers who just knows no
boundaries and is willing to try anything. In his most recent venture, he's
daring to tackle the American dark past of slavery.
Called a spaghetti western-esque film, "Django Unchained" is about a
German bounty hunter who helps former enslaved man Django rescue his
wife from a plantation owner.
The movie would be a remake of the 1960 film "Django" made by Sergio
Chris Bosh Sues Baby Mama Over VH1's 'Basketball
Wives' Bosh claims his consent was required for use of his mark -
his name -- and that the reality show
is likely to confuse the public into
,. thinking he authorized or sponsored
"Basketball Wives." Bosh also
claims that the show has wrongfully
c nverted his al ou hi hs ad

been harmful and "destroyed" the
commercial value of his "life rights."
He's also suing the defendants for intruding upon his private home life-
Bosh, who signed a lucrative contract as a free agent last off-season and is
currently competing in the second round of the NBA playoffs, wants an
injunction, disgorgement of profits, and further damages.
Bin Laden film in the works
It's only been 24 hours since the announcement of Osama Bin Laden's
death and someone is already set to make a movie.
Filmmakers behind Academy award winning "The Hurt Locker" are get-
ting ready to start production on a project about the work of the fonner
Al-Qaeda leader, and now will be adding that he had been killed. Good
timing. The as-yet-untitled film will center on the Black Ops pursuit of
bin Laden, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because
the person was not authorized to talk about the project's status.
Mike Tysont's Tattoo Artist Sues Warner Bros over
'Hangover HI' The tattoo artist who gave Mike Tyson his distinctive
facial ink is suing Warner Bros. over the similar-looking facial art on Ed
Helms' character in the upcoming "The Hangover: Part II.',
S. Victor Whitmill, an award-winning tattoo artist who calls the Tyson
design "one of the most distinctive tattoos in the nation," is asking for an
injunction to stop the release of the highly-anticipated comedy sequel.
"When Mr. Whitmill created the Original Tattoo, Mr. Tyson agreed that
Mr. Whitmill would own the artwork and thus, the copyright in the
Original Tattoo," argues the complaint.

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thriller), at the right time (before the
onslaught of summer blockbusters).
It's in an ideal location (home of the
upcoming World Cup and
Olympics). The casting is perfect
(new age multi-racial).
Usually when you get in a fast
car, you want to put on your seat-
belt. In this case, leave it off and go
for the ultimate thrill ride!

The cinematography makes even
a poverty stricken Rio look oh so
inviting. Ditto the pulsating rhyth-
mic music and the endless parade of
bikinis. There are scenes in a ware-
house where the crew devises their
plan that look like a cheap set in
Burbank, but those are the only
inorganic moments.
This is the right movie (action

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Who can resist the action unleashed by Vin Diesel and Dwayne "The
Rock" Johnson in the 5th film in the Fast Five series.

It's like jumping into a car, shov-
ing it in gear, stomping on the
accelerator and driving recklessly
without a seatbelt. From the open-
ing, adrenalin-pumping prison bus
escape to a heart-pounding car theft
aboard a fast-moving train, Fast
Five throws it down.
Making a return appearance, Car
thief Dom Torreto (Vin Diesel) and
his brother in crime, ex-police offi-
cer Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker),
have hightailed it to Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil hunted by international law
enforcement who suspect them of
theft and murder. The guys plan to
rob a local crime lord of $100 mil-
lion and use the proceeds to get out
of the car thievery business. Can
they do it? Not without help.
They enlist a multi-cultural band
of thieves and drivers (Chris
"Ludacris" Bridges, Tyrese Gibson,

Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Matt
Schulze, Tego Calderon, and Donl
Omar). Their history attracts fed-
eral agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne
"The Rock" Johnson), the ultimate
alpha male, bent on bringing in
them in with a beautiful local offi-
cer as his side kick. The script's
storyline is usually plausible.
Events happen in a logical order
and if you question why a plot point
is in a scene, there is most often an
answer somewhere up the line.
There's a pregnancy, a budding
romance, and an unpredictable
alliance. The plotting adds glue and
mortar. The surprises make this an
unpredictable movie.
The mind-blowing races, chases,
and thrilling escapes are
crack/cocaine for adrenaline
junkies as evidenced by it's $85
million opening weekend.

Solange, Selita, & Cassie: Carol's Dbaughter 's new
faceS Solange Knowles, Selita Ebanks, and Cassie are the face of the
Carol's Daughter's new Poylethnic ad campaign! When I say polyethnic I
mean women who are made up of several ethnicities, Carol's Daughter's
Steve Stoute told ~WWD. If you ask them what they are, they're going to
use a lot of different words to describe themselves. The ad campaign,
along with a complete rebranding of the company's products, will be
released in mid June. Mary J. Blige, who already has released a fragrance
with Carol's Daughter, will release a new scent in August.

Tracee Evans (Meow & Barks), Dwight ]Eubanks, Quincy T. Hart

Jessica Chatman

Kyle H-enderson escorts Anitra Jackson

Contined from front
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Spoken Word
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 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.

Ritz Jazz Jamn
featuring Kim WaterS
Come experience the sweet jazz
sounds of saxophonist Kim Waters
who wil mak ea retr per orm-

ance at the Ritz Theatre. The show
will be on Saturday, May 7th. For
tickets or more info call 632-5555.

Mary Mary in Concert
Gospel artists Mary Mary will be
in concert on Sunday, May 8th at
the Florida Theatre. Showtime is at
7:30 p.m.
For Colored Girls
In honor of Mothers Day, Stage
Aurora will present an encore per-
formance of For Colored Girls on
Mothers Day, Sunday, May 8,
1f. rShowtim lis 3) p.m. in t e r
Gateway Mall. For tickets call 765-
Jax Jeopardy
Con e Jacksonvi)11e hmsmun t
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ceopar y- An Evening o
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 fi-ee
event by e-mailing
(Subject line: Trivia).

Mental Health and
the Black Community
The 29th Annual Conference

Moe luni~ty BIldin dCo 1tion a r
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.

13th Annual VeteranS
Resource Fair
30+ local businesses and organi-
zations will provide information on
job opportunities at the 13th Annual
Veterans Resource Fair on Friday
May 13th and Saturday the 14th at
the Jacksonville Fairgrounds. Job
related services such as resume

writing assistance and job place-
ment assistance will be offered. The
job fair is open to all veterans.
Other available services will
include medical care, haircuts,
food, clothing, shelter and housing
information, debt management and
financial education, substance
abuse information, legal services
and much more. More than 800 vet-
erans were provided services at last
year's event. For additional infor-
mation call 630-3621.

PRIDE Book Club
The May meeting for PRIDE
Book Club, northeast Florida's old-
est and largest book club for people
of color, will meet on Friday, May
13th at 7 p.m. The book for discus-
sion is Perfectly Legal: The Covert
Campaign to Rig the Tax System by
David Cay Johnston. It will be in
the home of Iris Butler on the
Westside at 7 p.m. For directions or
more information, call 703-8264.

American Beach Bid
Whist Tournament
The American Beach Property
Owners Association will present
their 2nd Annual Bid Whist

Tournament on Saturday, May
14th. Play will begin at 2 p.m. and
prizes will be awarded. Players and
non players are all welcome at the
American Beach Community
Center, 1600 Julia Street at
American Beach. There is a' $15
registration fee and seafood dinners
will be available. For more infor-
mation, call 310-6696, e-mail or visit
www. historicamericanbeach. com.

Genealogy Meeting
The S uher G lgit's
Exchange ouoc ey enela ognes
Saturday, May 14, at 10:15 AM at
Edgewater Condominiums
Clubhouse located at 4400
Edgewater Crossing Drive (Just off
Sunbeam Road). The meeting is
free and open to the public. Light
refreshments served. For more
information call 778-1000.

Stanton ClaSS
Of '72 B081 CruisO
In honor of their 40th Reunion, the
Stanton Class of '72 will host their
2nd Reunion Party Boat Cruise
aboard the "Lady St John", May 21,
2011, at 8:30 p.m. The cost is $30
per person which includes food,
fun, cash bar, and great music as
they cruise down the St John River.
Tickets are available by e-mailing or
calling 768-3379.

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. Events include Jimmy
Hill and Angie Cleveland, a health
fair and variety of art in song,
dance, and the spoken word at the A
Philip Randolph Park and is free all

day and open to the public.
For more information go to our
website at: www.africanamerican-

Steve Harvey
ad Kirk F kl~i
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 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

OneJax Humanitarian
Awards Dinner
The 2011 Humanitarian Awards
dinner will be held Thursday, May
26, 2011 at the Hyatt Hotel 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.

Jacksonville Jazz
Festival 2011
The annual Jacksonville Jazz
Festival will be held May 26-29 in
the downtown area. Throughout the
three day experience, attendees will
hear the great sounds of artists such
as Natalie Cole, Herbie Hancock,
George Duke, Mavis Staples:.and
more. For a complete schedule,

Final Week: Through Ocur Eyes Exhibit
The Ritz Theatre and Museum is currently exhibiting Thzrough Our Eyes
2011 For Womzen and Men? of Color: Th~e 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.
For more information, call 632-5555.


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