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Courthouse Confederate flag at

center of Louisiana murder appeal
The Wall Street Journal reports that the Louisiana Supreme Court is
expected to hear a novel argument Monday that relates to the long-stand-
ing debate over the legacy of the Confederate flag. This time it's come up
in the context of a murder trial.
Felton Dorsey, an African-American man, was sentenced to death in
Shreveport, La., for killing Joe Prock, a white firefighter, during a rob-
bery at the home of Prock's mother. Dorsey claims that he is innocent and
seeks to overturn the conviction on numerous grounds, including that
prosecutors used unreliable accomplice testimony.
But he also contends that prosecutors improperly removed most of the
prospective black jurors from the case, resulting in a jury of 11 whites
and one African American. Here's where the Confederate flag comes in:
Carl Staples, one of the prospective black jurors, was struck from the
case by prosecutors after complaining about the fact that it was flying
outside the courtroom:

Black children hardest hit by asthma
America appears to be undergoing an asthma epidemic. A recently
released report shows roughly 25 million Americans one in every 12
people have asthma.
The report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
reveals that children, especially African American children, are hardest
hit by the life-long ailment which causes wheezing, tightness in the chest,
coughing and shortness of breath. Researchers have been unable to iden-
tify the reasons; but the largest increase in asthma rates is taking place
among Black children who saw a 50 percent rise in the ailment from
2001 to 2009. In fact, as of 2009, 17 percent of all Black children were
asthma sufferers. That percentage is the highest rate in the nation.
Indoor smoking had been thought to be a major asthma ~li'r~ige But
even though the nation is experiencing some success in reducing indoor
smoking, asthma is still rising. Asthma triggers are usually environmen-
tal, such as tobacco smoke, mold, outdoor air pollution and infections
linked to flu, cold-like symptoms, and other viruses.

Memphis' music landmarks

spared from flooding
MEMPHIS, Tn. The Mississippi River rose this week to levels not
seen in Memphis since the 1930s, swamping homes in low-lying neigh-
borhoods and driving hundreds of people from their homes. But officials
were confident the levees would protect the city's world-famous musical
landmarks, including Graceland and Beale Street, and that no new areas
would have any serious flooding.
As residents in the Home of the Blues waited for the river to crest as
early as Monday night at a projected mark just inches short of the record
set in 1937, officials downstream in Louisiana began evacuating prison-
ers from the state's toughest penitentiary and opened floodgates to relieve
pressure on levees outside of New Orleans.
In Memphis, authorities have gone door-to-door to 1,300 homes over to
warn people to clear out, but they were already starting to talk about a
labor-intensive clean up, signaling the worst was likely over,
Sun Studio, where Elvis Presley made some of the recordings that
helped him, become king of rock 'n' roll, was not in harm's way. Nor was
Stax Records, which launched the careers of Otis Redding and the Staple
Singers. Sun Studio still does recording, while Stax is now a museum.

Department of Justice says
Mississippi schools too segregated
JACKSON, Miss. A public school district in Mississippi and the fed-
eral government are divided over whether the schools are complying with
a desegregation order that dates back to the civil rights era.
The Justice Department has asked a judge to order the Cleveland Pubhic
School District "to devise and implement a desegregation plan that will
immediately dismantle its one-race schools," but an attorney for the dis-
trict said it has been following the latest order and sends the federal gov-
ernent updates on its integration attempts.
Before the 1969 order, schools on the west side of the railroad tracks
that run through Cleveland were by law segregated white schools. More
than 40 years later, students and faculty at those schools are still dispro-
portionately white, the Justice Department said.
Similarly, the department said, schools on the east side of the railroad
tracks originally black schools have never been integrated. The
schools on the opposite sides of the tracks are less than three miles apart.

Freedom Riders PBS Documentary

is must see television May 16th
Whatever you plan to do next Monday night (May 16, 2011), make sure
you are home in front of the television or have set your recorder to tape
Freedom Riders, the excellent PBS documentary by filmmaker Stanley
Nelson. And make sure children, related or unrelated, watch the docu-
mentary with you. For nearly two dramatic and informative hours,
Nelson recaptures the 1961 Freedom Riders that desegregated interstate
transportation in the South,
The story of the Freedom Riders is one of courage and a commitment
to equality. Through his documentary, Stanley Nelson reminds us of a
period when many Americans were willing to risk their lives to fight
injustice. The documentary is also a challenge for us to rekindle that lost

Volume 24 No. 30 Jacksonville, Florida May 12-18, 2011

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Mandatory drug testing for wel-
fare recipients soon will be the law
in Florida.
The measure passed the state
Senate 26-11 last week following
78-385 approval by the House in
"It's fair to taxpayers," the gover-
nor said after the vote. "They're
paying the bill. And they're often
drug screened for their jobs. On top
of that, it's good for families. It cre-
ates another reason why people will
think again before using drugs."
Said Gov. Rick Scott wo made the
concept one of his campaign plat-
Scott earlier issued an executive
order requiring random drug testing
of state employees,
The bill makes all adult recipients
of federal Temporary Assistance for
Needy Famnilies benefits pay for the
tests, which usually cost about $35,
but those who pass will be reim-

Recipients who test positive for
any illicit substances -- after dis-
closing all prescriptions they take -
- will lose benefits for a year. A sec-
ond failed test will cost them bene-
fits for three years. Parents will
have to designate another adult to
collect benefits for their children.
"It's a violation of one's rights
said Rep. Reggie Fullwood. "They
need to test everyone receiving
anything from the state if it's about
tax payers dollars."
Florida is now the second state in
the country to approve such a meas-
ure. A federal court in Michigan has
struck down a similar law there,
ruling that universal drug testing
with suspicion of drug abuse was
unconstitutional. Proponents of the
bill say the tests could help force
drug-addicted welfare recipients to
sober up. Opponents object: that the
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Shown above are Mayoral candidates Alvin Brown (left) and Mike
Hogan (right) at a recent forum.

Mayor al Candidates respond

tO Free Press Editorial Board
With less than two weeks to go before the General Election, Mayoral can-
didates Alvin Brown and Mike Hogan are working hard for votes. The two
candidates recently answered questions of interest to the minority commu-
nity from the Free Press Editorial Board, see page 11 for their answers and
decide for yourself which candidate has your best interest at heart.

Re p. Mia Jones to le ad

FlOrida B a ck Ca ucus

Rep. Alan Williams, Senator Arthenia Joyner, Rep. Mia Jones, Sen.
Oscar Braynon, II and Rep. Betty Reed.
State Rep. Mia L. Jones, D-Jacksonville, has been unanimously elected
chairwoman of the Florida Legislative Black Caucus (FLBC).
"It is an honor to be elected to chair the FLBC," said Rep. Jones. "As
Chairwoman, I will be a strong advocate for our Caucus, and for the resi-
dents throughout Florida that we represent."
As Representative Jones takes the helm, she is expected to focus on a
number of Caucus priorities, including wide discrepancies in the areas of
health care and high school graduation rates facing the African American
community. T'he Caucus also remains committed to addressing dispropor-
tionate incarceration and high pregnancy rates affecting black youth.

Shown above are two generations of James Weldon Johnson gradu-
ates: 8th grader, Kenares Clarke, 2009-2011and his mother Patricia
Ann Williamns who attended JWJ from 1970-72 who were onhand at
the closing festivities.

Festivities mark the 58 year closing of
James WVeldont Johntsont Middle School

For the past 58 years, James
Weldon Johnson hlas served the
Afr~ican-American community.
Located on 9th Street, the school
cagd iro le 1 0 Weldon
Janles Weldon Johnson College
Preparatory in 1990. Since then, it
has been a feeder school for many
of Jacksonville's most talented
youth. Now due to expanding
growth, the Northside landmark
will be closing it's doors and relo-
cating to the former Paxon Middle
During the closing Ifestivities, stu-
dents, alumni and faculty had the
opportunity to leaf through 20
annals of time and enjoy students'
performances as they defined the
theme "Then, N~ow and Forever"
through music, dance, drama and
Many teachers, parents and stu-
dents reminlisced ofI the "good old
days" and enjoyed a special cake
designed for the ceremony that
depicted the legacy, the logo and
the love of a school named after
Jacksonville native son James
Weldon Johnson.
"The pur-pose of the move is quite
simple, JWJ has outgrown the 9t1h
street location and will relocate to
Paxon where the building is not

fully occupied," said educator
Vernita Whitfield. Following its
closure, the school will be utilized
by the district.

Thousandsr cele~brate "HMappy Feelin as at Funk Fest



Shown above are ValI Cogdell, Lavell Curry, Jackie Cogdell and Sharon Stubbs enjoying the annual Funk
Fest. The two day event brought top talented acts from yesterday and today to be witnessed by thousands
at Metropolitan Park. For more sights and scenes, see page 9. 7;~lu4,>ims

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Want to beat the the wait of
election day? Take the time
out to early vote courtesy of
the Supervisor of Elections
Office. Recently Cong.
Corrine Brown (shown
right), was joined by several
of her constituents, to cast
their ballot at the Supervisor
of Elections Gateway Office.
You can also vote at your
local library seven days a
week until May 17th. FMPphuot

Standing (L-R) Principal Shana Adams, left standing students Armani Thomas, LaTesha Jackson'
E'1Lexus Wess, Cortinay Norris, ShaKelvin Hudson, Leondrae Johnson, Tyliek White, students kneeling:
Jasmine Butler, Jamesia Hansell, Corey Thomas, Jordan Carson and Kendal Johnson.

Young scholars hold book signling at St. Clair Evanzs

Local and national book publish-
er Twyla Prindle of Prindle House
Publishing held "The Writing
Express" workshop at St. Clair
Elementary school last week.
Prindle House teaches "The
Young Writers Program" to ele-
mentary and middle school students
in an effort to increase youth's
interest in writing and publishing
by support, encouragement and
workshops from published authors.
At the Saint Clair Evans Academy
event, students participated in the
book signing of the book "The
Writing Express." Each student
wrote a short story that is highlight-
ed in the book. The eight work pro-
gram is designed to increase stu-

staff and I would pick the best sto-
ries for publication."
The Writing Express book is on
sale at or you can pur-
chase a copy at www.prindle- or at your local Duval
County school, St. Clair elemen-

dents FCAT scores.
"We covered different skills as it
relates to the FCAT, comprehensive
skills, writing, homework and writ-
ing stories for the book," Prindle
explained. "Over the eight weeks
students wrote different personal
insights and once completed, my

RitZ delivers Jax Jazz The much anticipated jacksonville Jazz
Festival may be just a few weeks ago, but Jacksonville got an early taste
of the classic sounds of saxophonist Kim Waters. The acclaimed musician
niade a return performance to the Ritz Theatre last weekend to the delight
of his fans. A feature of the Jazz Jammmi' series, the historical Theatre
brings live jazz to Jacksonville monthly. For upcoming shows, call 632-
5555. TAOTI photo



forum at Sons of

Allen Retreat
Nationally known filmmaker and
speaker Reggie Bullock of A W;ar for
Your Soul fame, will lend his view-
point and motivation at thel0th
annual Sons of Allen Retreat (SOA)
on May 19-21. A Friday evening film
presentation and forum with
Bullock, The State of the Black
Manhood, will begin at 7:00 pm in
the Adams-Jenkins Complex on the
campus of EW. It is free and open to
the public.
The SOA Retreat is an annual
event of the 11th Episcopal District
and purposes to minister to the spiri-
tual, intellectual, economic, and
communal needs of young and adult
men across the district. The 3-day
Retreat includes the following activ-
ities: Thursday Worship Service with
Bishop McKinley Young as messen-
ger; Friday Hour of Power at 10:00
a.m., workshop series, Saturday
morning Commitment Service;
Three-on-Three Hoop It Up, Chess
and Board games competitions, 1:00
pm -3:00pm.
Registration information and a
complete genda is available. The
Greater Grant Memorial AME
Church is the host site of the retreat.
fThe church is located at 5533
Gilchrist Road. Call (904) 764-5992
for more information.

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The new talented 10th

For nearly two decades, Vernon E. Jordan, Jr has been invited to speak at
a Sunday service of the historic Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel on the cam-
pus of Howard University. Jordan, who graduated from Howard University
Law School in 1960, has often described Rankin Chapel as one of the touch-
stones of his hife. Last Sunday, his speech there concerned a different topic,
BlackAmericans'New Talented Tenth, and, with his permission, we reprint it

hey Vernon Jordan
Once again, Dean [Bemnard] Richardson [Dean of Rankin Chapel] has sum-
moned me to the Hilltop, to the beautiful and historic Andrew Rankin
Memorial Chapel, where I first worshipped in September of 1957, my first
year at Howard University Law School.
Since 1992 it has been my great honor to occupy this hallowed pulpit where
Mordecai Johnson, Benjamin Mays, Gardner Taylor, Martin Luther King, Jr.,
Howard Thurman, William Holmes Borders, Vernon Johns, Daniel Hill,
Evans Crawford and others preached, instructed, inspired, and guided this
university family, feeding us with knowledge and understanding while
reminding our consciences to hunger.
Coming here is one of the mountain-top experiences of my life, and I thank
Dean Richardson for another "subpoena" to experience "the sweet torture of
Sunday morning in the Rankin Chapel pulpit."
My subject this morning is the New Talented Tenth, and my text is found
in Psalms, Chapter 116, Verse 12. The text reads: "What shall I render unto
the Lord for all the benefits he has provided me?"
The phrase, The Talented Tenth, was coined by Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois in 1903
to describe the top 10 percent of Black Americans--the men and women he
believed would become the leaders of Black America.
Du Bois wrote, "The Negro Race, like all races, is going to be saved by its
exceptional men. The problem of education ... is the problem of developing
the Best of this race that they may guide the Mass away from the contamina-
tion and death of the worst, in their own and other races."
Fundamentally, Du Bois was saying that the charge of the educated Black
was to lift the veil of ignorance, as Booker T. Washington called it, from the
masses of the newly emancipated Black people.
But unlike Washington, who provided specialized industrial education, Du
Bois said the power of the Black elite would "lie in its knowledge and char-
acter, not in its wealth." In his mind, the awesome and important task was for
the privileged and talented few to elevate the many.
As to the historic Washington Du Bois debate, I take the view that they
were both right. Too often in life, we tend to think the answer is either/or
when actually it is both/and. Washington built a great, lasting institution and
Du Bois gave us a powerful, lasting idea.
Let me explain to you how this subject the Talented Tenth came to me.
Every year at Martha's Vineyard in August, there is an auction for the local
charities, called "The Possible Dreams Auction."
It is the type of auction where you bid money to have Carly Simon come
sing at your home after dinner; or drive in a race car with Al Unser, Jr. who
has won the Indianapolis 500; or go to a premier of a movie with Doug
Liman, who directed the Jason Bourne movies; or dine at the beautiful home
of the late Katharine Graham; or spend an evening on the late Walter
Cronkhite's boat.
For the last 20 years, I have been auctioned off for 18 holes of golf and
lunch at the Farm Neck Country Club.
And, for 19 of those 20 years, I have been "bought" at the auction by White
Last summer, I went to the~driving range to meet the person who paid for
the privilege of witnessing my less-than-mediocre golf game; and for the first
time, the winner was a Black man who had invited two other brothers to play
a foursome of four brothers.
The brother who bought me went to Columbia University, Harvard
Business School and Harvard Law School, and is a partner in a major New
York law firm.
The second brother went to Franklin Pierce University, in New Hampshire,
and Harvard Business School, and is a private-equity partner at a large bank.
The third brother attended Wofford College and Clemson University, both
in South Carolina, of course. He is a partner in a major accounting firm.
As we approached the 10th hole, it dawned on me that these brothers are
the New Talented Tenth.
And, just this fortnight I had meetings with two outstanding Black women:
the one, the chairman and CEO of a Fortune 500 company, and the other -
the chief investment officer of a large state pension fund, where she manages
a $145-billion portfolio.
And, this morning, I stand here speaking to Howard University students
who, like the others, are the New Talented Tenth.
And, the question of the morning is: New Talented Tenth, "What shall you
render unto the Lord for all the benefits he has given you?"
You, by your presence at this university, are the inheritors of a tradition.
You are the runners in the relay race for freedom and justice.
The baton has been passed from Sojourner Truth and Frederick Douglass
to W.E.B. Du Bois and Booker T. Washington, to James Weldon Johnson and
Channing Tobias, to Mary McLeod Bethune and Mordecai Johnson, to
Martin Luther King, Whitney Young, Roy Wilkins, Ruby Hurley and Fannie
Lou Hamer, to John Lewis and Julian Bond and Ruby Doris Smith and
Marion Wright Edelman and from them now to you.
The baton now is in your hands and your first task, I believe, is to assess
the situation,
What then is the state of Black America as you take the baton? When his-
torians record the present moment in time, they can take their test from
Charles Dickens:
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom,
it was the age of foolislmess ... it was the season of Light; it was the season
of Darlaxess ...
Let's begin with the "best of times."
Smece 1~970 the total number of Black elected officials in the United States
lias increased seven-fold from 1,469 to approximately 10,500.
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Back when I was elected in
November of last year I had no idea
how partisan Tallahassee politics
really is. I guess I was somewhat
naive to think that good ideas and
hard work really mean something
in public service.
Well, I can say with at clear con-
science that the Democrats in the
Florida Legislature did their best to
fight for Floridians. But at the end
of the day we lost.
We lost because Florida families
and our most needy lost. Medical
care for low-income families and
seniors got turned upside down and
at the end of the day will probably
be too expensive.
The unemployed are not trying
hard enough. Yes, that's right -
according to Republicans those
who are unemployed just are not
trying hard enough. So the maxi-
mum time you out of work slackers
can be on unemployment was cut
down to 20 weeks from 26 weeks.
Of course, that's kind of a win
because some legislators wanted
unemployment benefits to be as
low as six weeks. God forbid any
of these high and mighty folks
would ever lose their jobs and
apply for unemployment benefits.
And you really poor people who
need food stamps or any kind of
government assistance -well, since
all of you are crack heads, accord-

ing to Republican law makers, then
you have to take a drug test prior to
receiving public funds.
I love the hypocrisy of some of
my Republican colleagues. They
want government out of their lives,
especially when it comes to guns
and religion, but when it comes to
abortions and welfare they want
government to better regulate.
Yes, poor people make sure that
you go to Solantic and get your
drug screening before you even
think about getting help from the
government. I am sure that all of
you can afford to pay whatever
amount the drug test cost.
And you parents sending your
kids to public school well, why
waste your time? You need to find a
good private or charter school to
send your kids to so that our friends
can make money off of your child's
education. No since in wasting
good government money on plain
old public schools, all of those will
be considered as "failing" schools
soon anyway.
For those who missed it educa-
tion funding in Florida was cut by
$1.35 billion, which equals a
decline of $542 per student. That's
an eight percent cut.
Not only are the students being
shorted teachers are being treated
as if they add very little value. The
teacher merit pay bill that passed

provides no protection for good or
bad teachers.
Republicans are getting their
"Reverse Robin Hood on." What
does that mean you might ask?
Well, they are basically taking from
the poor and middle class and con-
tinuing tax breaks for the wealthy.
Yes, it makes perfect sense to cut
school funding at a time when more
and more schools are struggling.
Yes, it makes sense to raise college
tuition at a time graduating students
are struggling to find jobs. In case
you are in college or at: least paying
for a child in college Republicans
voted to raise tuition by 83 percent at
every state university and college,
and allow universities to increase
tuition up to 15 percent.
So who did the Legislature help
this session? Obviously, a bunch of
special interest groups are happy.
The legislature spent more time
debating abortion, gun rights, and
other social issues than was spent
trying to create policies that would
generate jobs and new business
In fact, thousands of jobs were
cut during this session. The raiding
of the $150 million Transportation
Trust fund alone could affect
14,000 private and public jobs.
Looks like over 4,000 state jobs
will be lost from the Governor's
state workforce reduction plan.

And a plan to privatize prisons will
also cut thousands of jobs.
So the self-proclaimed "Jobs
Governor," has a long way to go if
he's going to create all the new jobs
he's been touting.
By the way, I am sure that no
other states in the country are
working on plans to lure new com-
panies by reducing their tax bur-
dens. Oh yeah, did I mention that
Florida is already ranked in the top
five states to do business by major
industry publications.
OK, let's say we start wooing
companies here to the great sun-
shine state with a failing educa-
tion system and less students in col-
lege that whole qualified workforce
thing maybe a problem. So bring
on the jobs, but bring some the
qualified workers with you because
we will not have enough good peo-
ple to fill the jobs.
If you were not keeping track -
the Florida Legislature in the 2011
session, reduced the time
Floridians can be on unemploy-
ment, reduced public school spend~
ing, increased college tuition, raid-
ed affordable housing and trans-
portation trust funds, cut thousands
of state jobs, increased the cost of
Medicaid, and that is just half of
what was done in session.
Signing off from Legislative
rehab, Reggie Fullwood

creation has never worked in the
past, it only makes sense for this
group of lawmakers to adopt it.
Leadership Funds Perhaps the
biggest miscarriage of trust of the
people of the state of Florida, the
Leislature tho ght it smart to
make legal payments to them-
selves that was once illegal.
Leadershili Funds allow corpora-
tions and individuals to donate
large sums of money directly to
elected officials. In the real world
you would call this action paying
off politicians. This action gives
the leadership of the State House
and Senate unprecedented power
to pick and chose which politicians
get to represent you the people.
Governor Scott and Republican
policymakers ran the lawmaking
process of the 2011 Legislative
Session like a Banana Republic.
They were only focused on poli-
cies that served to influence and
entrench themselves in power and
wealth. In the process they have
put the state of Florida on a course
economic and environmental
destruction. They have trampled
all over Florida's tradition of envi-
ronment and innovation,
We can only hope that the people
of Florida have recognized the
2011 session as being blindly
insensitive to Florida's citizenry,
resources and other assets.
At least the carnage is over...for
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g~raba that may cripple F Iorida for decades

of this year's debacle are:
High Speed Rail funding When
Governor Scott turned down $2.4
billion in funding for the new rail
transportation system, Democrats
and Republicans were upset at the
fact that new jobs would not be
coming to the state. Then, the spin
machine took over and
Republicans backed off the money.
Now we find out that the money
will be used to create 15
other states. Brilliant.
Education funding Ask any
company looking to relocate to a
new area what is the most impor-
tant factor for moving a business
and they will tell you that they
look for an educated work force
and good quality of life. So, law-
makers cut ten percent out of edu-
cation funding and, with a straight
face, fully expect industries with
high paying jobs to consider
Florida as a thriving economic
resource destination. Wrong.
Drug testing welfare recipients -
I can't remember the last time that
someone reported a drug addicted
"welfare mom" to the authorities.
Apparently, these people have
become such a nuisance that it's
time we regulate them. While there
is no evidence to suggest this
behavior among people on assis-
tance is an issue, it's the least we

can do to save them from them-
selves. In the meantime, lawmak-
ers and corporate CEOs get the
benefit of the doubt when securing
incentives and tax breaks to help
the rich get richer. In other words,
free money. It's probably not a
stretch to think that this law was
conceived while lawmakers and
lobbyist were smoking crack
Election reform In another
case of "if it isn't broke it must
need fixing the Florida
Legislature decided that too many
of the wrong people have been
making their way to the polls and
they must be stopped. So in their
infinite wisdom, lawmakers have
reduced the time scheduled for
early voting. They have also made
it more difficult for people relocat-
ing to and around Florida to partic-
ipate in elections during early vot-
ing. Again, given there has been no
evidence or complaining of voter
fraud from the public or election
supervisors this new law takes
another swipe at democratic voting
Corporate tax breaks In a state
that is severely cash strapped for
revenue, our lawmakers decided to
give more money to the very peo-
ple who don't need it. And given
that fact that this strategy for job

By Noval Jones
The greed of gain has no time or
limit to its capaciousness. Its one
object is to produce and consume.
It has pity for neither beautiful
nature nor for living human
beings. It is ruthlessly ready with-
out a moment's hesitation to crush
beauty and hife out of them, mold-
ing them into money. "
~Rabindranath Tagore
Finally, the 2011 Florida
Legislative Session has come to an
end. And that giant sucking sound
you've heard for the past two
months has been the life and times
of middle class and poor
Floridians being forced out of
them. The lack of respect for the
human condition of average
Floridians was unprecedented.
From the opening gavel of the ses-
sion to the traditional dropping of
the hanky, lawmakers and
Governor Rick Scott ruled with a
black heart and iron fist.
As a result of Scott's agenda and
the Legislature's actions, Florida
has seen extraordinary setbacks in
human service areas including
education, healthcare and econom-
ic development. Without question,
some of the ridiculous new poli-
cies may lead to catastrophic con-
sequences for the state of Florida.
Some of the gems that came out

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the bill's sponsor, Rep. Jimmie T.
Smith, R-Inverness, said the meas-
ure is necessary to ensure that state
and federal dollars are being spent
on families who truly deserve the
aid and that those who receive the
money don't spend it on drugs. He
argued, student athletes, many pri-
vate employees and soldiers will be
subject to the tests.
More than 21,000 Floridians cur-
rently receiving cash assistance as


league coaches, and managers and a
whole lot more.
Black buying power in 2008 was
$913 billion dollars, and is project-
ed to reach $1 trillion this year.
And yet, in many important ways,
these are also the worst of times.
The conclusion is that the bright-
est lights throw into sharp relief the
shadows. Thus, my message to the
New Talented Tenth is that you can-
not concentrate on the best of what
we have done. You must focus on
the worst and determine what we
need to do. Your obligation, your
responsibility, your challenge as the
New Talented Tenth is to the least
of our brothers and sisters those
who cry out this morning for a crust
of bread and a morsel of meat.
What shall I render unto the Lord
for all the benefits he has given me?
That is the question for you who
graduate in two week. That is the

heads of households will have to
submit to the drug screenings
according to the Department of
Children and Families.
But critics say that the cost of the
tests would often outweigh the say-
ings. They also point out that some
courts have ruled that such require-
ments violate the Constitution's ban
on unreasonable searches.
Critics also worry that the meas-
ures will inadvertently harm chil-

question for the rest of you who
will graduate in years to comte.
Contemplate it. Think on it,
Prepare for it. Study for it. And
then live it! !!!
That, the New Talented Tenth, is
your charge to keep; your calling to
fulfill, your rendezvous with des-
tiny. And to that end, may you nei-
ther stumble nor falter. Rather, may
you mount up with wings like the
eagles; may you run and not be
weary; may you walk together, chil-
dren, and not famnt.
V ernon E. Jordan, Jr: is Senior Manlaging
Director of Lazar~d Freres &i Co., and a
Senior Director of the Board of the NAACP

dren, who are the beneficiaries of
the bulk of welfare funds. Bills in
Florida, New Mexico and else-
where would allow children of par-
ents who fail drug tests to continue
receiving their share of the benefits
through a third-party caregiver.
The enactment of the law will take
time. A House staff analysis found
that the bill does not give the
Department of Children and
Families the authority it need to
create a rule to implement the drug
rests, the analysis found. And the
screenings may open the door for
the agency to remove children from
the home of parents who test posi-
tive for drugs. But nothing in the
bill prohibits the agency from using
the drug test results in child abuse
or neglect investigations. The pro-
posal also could create a conflict of
interest for Scott, who founded the
urgent care chain, Solantic. The
company charges $35 for drug tests,
one of the more popular services
offered by the chain. Scott trans-
ferred ownership of the chain to his
wife Ann after taking office.
The measure provides no funds
for drug treatment.

Continued from front
would force the poorest of
Floridians to fork out money they
can't afford to get cash assistance
for their families.
"If the state is going to go down
the road of moving from a pre-
sumption of innocence standard to
the presumption of guilt for only
the poorest among us, it should at
least bear the cost", argued Rep.
Jeff Brandes of St. Petersburg. But

The Talented 1

continued from page 5
The number of female Black elect-
ed officials has increased greatly.
Black women were 10.9 percent of
all Black elected officials. Now
they are 35.9 percent.
Since 1970, there have been three
Black U.S. Senators, two Black
governors, eight Black lieutenant
governors and one Black president.
Since 1970, the number of Black
state legislators has quadrupled
from 169 to 631.
In 1970, Mississippi had 95 Black
elected officials. Today, it has 950.
There are similar stories in most of
the Old South: Georgia has 640;
Alabama has 757; South Carolina
has 547.
Since 1970, the number of Black
lawyers has grown nearly seven-
fold from 3,000 to 20,000. Much
the same story can be told for the
number of judges, engineers, major

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Custom decorated Bible themed cake
Seniors hold joint birthday celebration Ms. Leola
Brooks, 82, and Mrs. Geraldine Johnson, 90, celebrated their May7th
birthdays together last weekend at the Moncrief Community Center.The
center was filled with capacity with hundreds who gathered to celebrate
the savvy seniors. Reflections were given by both ladies from the past and
present with the event culminating in Mrs. Johnson joining her children
and grand-children on the dance floor for the Cupid Shuffle. R.Silver photo

issued belts to prevent suicide
It could make you look unprofes-
sional, and render you unemploy-
able by many places of business. In
addition, it makes walking a chal-
lenge, and others have even pointed
to potential health effects and the
impact on one's posture.
Not surprisingly, the anti-sagging
laws come at a time when young
people -- particularly poor children
and children of color -- are increas-
ingly criminalized. School is not a
welcoming or nurturing place for
many young people. And at its
worst, with guards, bars and metal
detectors, school canl resemble a
prison. Zero tolerance policies pun-
ish children for the mildest of
infractions. Anld while there are no
jobs for them, there is plenty of
roomn inl the penitentiary.
Meanwhile, although Gov. Scott
hasn't signed the bill into law, there
is an indication of where he may be
headed. In March, he reinstated a
Reconstruction-era law that
restricts the voting rights of ex-
felons. That law was originally
designed to disenfranchise black
voters. The state's prison population
is disproportionately black -- blacks
are 15 percent of Florida's popula-
tion but half of all prisoners -- in a
state with an incarceration rate 25
percent higher than the national
average. As of 2006, 13 percent of
black Floridians were stripped of
their voting rights. This, as Florida
lawmakers, who have received gen-
erous contributions from prison
contractors, are ready to hand over
as many as 14 state prisons to pri-
vate enterprise.
This is all about so much more
than droopy drawers.

by David Love, The Root
The Florida legislature passed a
bill last week that bans saggy pants
in school, allowing for suspension
or other punishment for public
school students who show their
underwear or "butt crack." The
sponsors of the bill -- state Senator
Gary Siplin (D-Orlando) and state
Rep. Hazelle Rogers (D-Lauderdale
Lakes) -- are black. The legislation
awaits Gov. Rick Scott's signature.
In the same breath, the state's
lawmakers also passed a bill ban-

community service for first-time
offenders, and jail time for habitual
offenders. A judge found the law
unconstitutional after a teen was
forced to spend a night in jail. Last
year, the city of Opa-Locka, Florida
imposed a $250 fine and communi-
ty service for those who don't pull
up their pants in public.
And Florida is not alone. Last
month, Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe
beat Florida to the punch by signing
a bill that bans students from wear-
ing clothes that expose "underwear,

the belt and revealing skin or under-
Last year a Bronx man was issued
a summons by a police officer for
disorderly conduct, and wearing
"his pants down below his buttocks
exposing underwear [and] poten-
tially showing private parts."
According to Judge Ruben
Franco, who threw out the sum-
mons, "The issuance of this sum-
mons appears to be an attempt by
one police officer to show his dis-
pleasure with a particular style of
dress," adding that "While most of
us may consider it distastefull, and
indeed foolish, to wear one's pants
so low as to expose the under-
wear...people canl dress as they
please, wear anything, so long as
they do not offend public order and
decency." The judge ruled that the
cop overstepped his bounds, and
that for the conduct in question to
rise to the level of disorderly con-
duct, it must be "public in nature
and must cause inconvenience,
annoyance, or alarm to a substantial
segment of the public."
And last month a Latino high
school student in a suburb of
Wichita, Kansas accused school
officers of hitting him with a Taser
and breaking his arm after he
refused to pull up his pants.
These prohibitions sound like
Victorian-era cross-dressing laws of
the 1800s and early 1900s, which
prohibited women from wearing
pants and required that they wear
dresses. Don't get me wrong, if I put
on my Bill Cosby hat, I canl think of
a number of reasons why someone
would choose not to wear their
pants below their waist. The prac-
tice is associated with prison and
gang culture, as inmates are not

Gail Brinson and Pam Payne TMA

Few adults of any race find the dagging pants attractive.

ning bestiality, or sexual relations
between human and animals. With
fiscal crises, unemployment and
other problems facing the states,
these hardly seem like pressing
issues, certainly not serious enough
to warrant a law.
In any case, let's stick with the
saggy pants law for now.
An extreme step for something so
trivial, so harmless, this is not the
first attempt by Floridians to hike
up the pants. For example, in 2008,
voters in Riviera Beach, Florida
approved a saggy pants measure
which imposed a penalty of $150 0r

buttocks or the breast of a female."
Proponents believe the law will
improve the learning environment
and stem the violence caused by
student competition over clothing
styles. A similar effort in Tennessee
failed in a state house subcommit-
tee in April, a second attempt in as
many years.
The town of Delcambre,
Louisiana passed an indecent expo-
sure ordinance in 2007 that prohib-
ited the showing of one's under-
wear. In Hahira, Georgia, the city
council passed a law prohibiting
people from wearing pants below

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house for the special guests. The annual event officially kicks off the TPC.
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Racial threats were hurled at one
of the District's most prestigious
Black churches after a visit from
President Barack Obama and The
First Family on Easter Sunday.
Shiloh Baptist Church, in northwest
Washington, became the target of
criticism after a member of the FOX
Nation, a national organization of
White conservatives linked state-
ments made by the church's pastor
on another occasion to Obama's
"We received over 100 calls, from
across the U.S., that were extremely
nasty, disrespectful and challeng-
ing," said Shiloh Pastor Wallace
Charles Smith. "Some were so out-
rageous and vulgar until we had to
hang up."
Shiloh also received faxes from a
group called [Defecating on
Obama] that depicted the president
as an ape. The faxes labeled the

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church congregation as the "Obama
Ass Sniffing Chimps of Shiloh
One fax kept referring to Obama
and the congregation using the "N"
word and called for their deaths.
"The calls seemingly came from
people who were opposed to
Obama's policies and presidency, in
general," said Smith. "They ques-
tioned whether our church was real-
ly Chnistian and claimed that I was
The matter has been turned over
to the U.S. Secret Service, which
provides protection for the president
and his family. Under federal law a
threat against the president is a
In January 2010, Pastor Smith
gave a speech at Eastern University,
in Pennsylvania. In the sermon he
said that people with the mentality
of the Ku Klux Klan wear pinstriped
suits and might be talk show hosts
on FOX-TV. This angered members
of the FOX Nation when it was

President Barack Obama and his family attended the Easter Sunday
service at Shiloh Baptist Church, which was founded by freed slaves in
1863.The president and his family have publicly attended services
occasionally since moving to the White House in January 2009. Last
Easter, the Obamas worshipped at a Methodist church.
brought to their attention by talk following the Obama Shiloh visit
show host Sean Hannity, well that stirred the controversy, which
known for his outspoken remarks apparently led to the onslaught of
against Obama. backlash against the Shiloh minis-
Hannity had several heated shows ter.

You know these are desperate
times when people become ruthless
and even steal from churches. A
Detroit church was robbed at gun
point during Sunday service.
The 20-25 year old suspect got in
line during offering to tithe, so the
congregation thought. Instead, he
took around $200 off the table.
"He just took the money and just
showed them the gun," said Sherry
Williams, the pastor's daughter.

"Said, 'Don't make this any harder'
and pretty much walked off.
The suspect sat in the very back
corner of the church the entire serv-
ice. Members and clergymen said he
had been there before,
"You feel secure in a church. You
feel safe in a church. It's God's
house. You never expect that to hap-
pen, said Detroit Police
Cor mander Steve Dolunt.
He said suspect had a black back-

pack with blue trim. He wore a
black hood and gloves and left the
church on foot.
"I guess it's a cry for help, but to
go to a church? You feel safe there,
and we need the public's help on
this one," Dolunt said. The pastor is
just grateful nobody was hurt and
hopeful the suspect will be caught.
"I guess I have to pray for him.
That (is) about the best I can do,"
Pastor Williams told Fox.

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sponsored by the Women's Missionary Society (WMS)
of First Church of Palm Coast. WMS president Mattie
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on Saturday, May 14, I p.m. to 3p.m. First Church, at
91 Old Kings Road North, is the pastorate of the Rev.
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Baptist Church Health Fair
The community is invited to come and get their health
in check along with a free lunch for the St. Thomas
Missionary Baptist Church Health Fair. Free testing
include cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure and
prostate. It will be held on Saturday, June 11th from 10
a.m. to 2 p.m. The church's Family Life Center is locat-
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New Stanton High
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The New Stanton Sr. High Class of H
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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-
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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
Successfird Futulre." On Thursday, May 26th at 5 p.m., Commencement
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Don't jump on every food fad
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must. Over time, too much of an
OK thing, like alcohol consump-
tion, can shrink brain mass and dis-
rupt signaling chemicals in the
brain reducing memory and cogni-
tive functions.
Stop smoking for two reasons.
Some studies find a link between

cigarette smoking and brain cell
damage, so to be on the safe side,
don 't

whether these changes become per-
If tired nap, and try to get to bed
earlier. Sleep deprivation affects the
brain's ability to store and recall
memories. If stressed take a
break. Meditate, relax or
exercise. Sometimes
physical activity can
help clear the mind.
It also improves
memory by boost-
ing brain chemi-
cals that encour-
age nerve cell
~1~ growth. When
participating in
sports wear a hel-
met and take seri-
ously every bump
to your head. Learn
the symptoms of a
concussion: err on the
side of caution.
Mind the maxim: If it's
good for your heart, it's good for
your brain. The same things that
can cause heart disease and attacks-
plaque buildup and arterial damage
also cause strokes. So when you
watch your cholesterol, control
your blood pressure and exercise
for your heart, your brain benefits,
too. You're not too young to suffer
a stroke, don't ignore symptoms.

Twenty-five percent of all stokes
occur in those younger than 65.
Even children and young adult can
suffer a stroke. Learn its symptoms:
if you think it's happening to you,
call 911. If you think you're suffer-
ing a stroke get help immediately.
In some cases, medical intervention
provided with three hours of onset
can reverse a stroke's effects. Act
now and fast. Every minute counts
because brain cells die every sec-
ond they're deprived of oxygen. A
rapid response sometimes can mean
the difference between your experi-
encing few or no symptoms or suf-
fering permanent, irreversible brain
Use a headset with that cell
phone. Research continues to deter-
mine if radio frequency waves pro-
duced by cell phones increase the
risk of brain trumor. The early stud-
ies are inconclusive some are
flawed. The effects of radio waves
may become known over a long
time, decades, meaning results of
studies could be-too late for many
people chattering on cells today.
Take a cautious approach: Keep
your cell phone away from your
head with the speaker function or a
wired headset. Even a wireless
headset emits some radio frequency

right way
with a wider band that is set with a
solitaire or inset with many small
diamonds. Instead of a small dia-
mond, some couples are opting for
a large colored stone such as a ruby,
amethyst, sapphire, or emerald.
Such color stones are very popular
for second marriages. Make sure
you are dealing with a reliable rep-
utable jeweler who advice and
assistance will help you make a
good selection within your budget.
Prices vary tremendously, depend-
ing on the type of metal used and
the quality of the stone!

by Dr. Keith L. Black
From a glance at the magazine
stand, Americans appear obsessed
with losing weight, cutting their
cardiac risks and seeking to
improve their odds against cancer.
But where's the focus on brain
health? Fortunately there are simple
steps to keep your busiest organ
The brain always has been myste-
rious and many people seem to
believe little can be done to keep it
sharp or to reduce its risk of injury
and disease. Too many of us think
it's a matter of our genes or happen-
stance as to what occurs with mem-
ory loss, brain tumors, strokes and
Other disorder of the brain.
This may be true to some extent
but the same might also be said of
heart ills and many cancers. And
while there may be familial predis-
positions, this doesn't diminish the
need to take steps to improve health
and reduce risk. Keith L. Black,
M.D. chairman of the department of
the Department of Neurosurgery at
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and
director of the Maxine Dunitz
Neurosurgical Institute says
Americans can do more to keep
their minds sharp and brains
healthy even as they age. His sug-
gestions include: the simple and

Ready for
With all of te hoopla surrounding
the hit movie "Jumping the
Broom", who can't help contem-
plating marriage. If your fiance'
hasn't sur-

obvious (wear a helmet for sports)
the simple and less obvious (eat cer-
tain foods to properly fuel the brain)
and the simple and more obscure
(could your cell phone use affect
your risk of brain tumor?
The "simple" of these are
changes most people can work into
their everyday lives. Examples
include: Find a puzzle and solve it.
The brain appears to respond to
"exercise" challenges that help
keep it nimble. Whether games and
puzzles help delay onset of demen-
tia is the subject of debate and
research. But people who keep busy
with activities they enjoy such as
knitting, learning languages and
reading seem to have less memory
impairment in later years. Hard sci-
entific evidence may be yet to
come: keeping your mind active
through "play" and activity certain-
ly won't hurt in the meantime.
Eat a nutrient-rich diet.
Deficiencies in curtain vitamins
have been shown to decrease mem-
ory skills. B vitamins appear to be
key for concentration and memory.
Avoid sugar spikes. Your brain cells
need a steady supply of glucose
(sugar) for fuel; the sugar from sim-
ple carbohydrates cause a spike and
rapid decline in blood sugar levels.
Energy and mental focus peak and

Engagement Party Tips.
1. It is a must that you both attend
all engagement parties.
2.Gifts are generally not given and
should not be expected.
3. If a guest chooses to honor
the occasion with a
gift, accept it gra-
ciously and

r; ~R~~eyou note.
S4. The
'may be
a lunch-

dinner or
coc ktail
party. Any time
type is appropriate.
5. Avoid hurt feelings by
inviting guests that you will also be
inviting to your wedding.
6. Invitations may be extended by
phone or by written invitation,
depending on time and formality of
the party.
7. If formal invitations are sent,
and it's not to be a surprise for the
guests, then the invitation could
read 'in honor of" or "Please join us
in celebrating the engagement of".
8. If the engagement announce-
ment is to be a surprise for the
guests, than the invitations should
be a general party invitation, not
mentioning the couple's names
9. Thank the hosts of your engage~
ment party with a note and a small
gift, flowers, or a dinner invitation.
There's no one more excited than
a newly engaged bride to be. For
those next few months there's so
much to do such as planning parties
and also planning for that special
day. Let the engagement period be a
time of growth and understanding
of one another that involves deter-
mining mutual goals for a life
Telling Your Family
Who do you tell first? If your
fiance didn't ask your parents for

smok e .
There's another reason. Smoking is
known to cause lung cancer and
when that disease spreads, one of its
favorite targets is the brain.
Marijuana use has been linked to
cognitive impairment and memory
deficits: it's still hotly debated

If they do not live nearby then tell
then by phone and try to make
arrangements for them to meet your
betrothed as soon as possible. They
should be excited as you are. After
all everyone close to you knows the
time for telling the rest of the world
has come.
All proud parents love to see their
daughter's photo. The formal
announcement may be place in tlo-
cal publications. If the parents of
the bride are divorced, either parent
may announce the engagement but
typically the parent whlom the bride
has lived make it. Both parents

by a relative, a friend or by the
bride herself. It should not be
announced prior to one year before
the wedding and no later than six
weeks ahead of the date.
The Rinj
Since ancient Roman times, a
plain gold ring has symbolized true
everlasting love. Today, the gold
band may be embellished but the
symbolism still remains. The
greater your awareness of the ele-
ments hat determined a diamond or
other gem's quality the better
chances you have of getting the best
quality ring forl your money. T'ry on

design. Many jewelers offer an
opportunity to trade up at a later
date, like an anniversary, or you can
add diamonds to an existing ring.
It is not necessary to have a dia-
mond engagement ring to signify an
official engagement. Many couples
prefer to save the money and com-
bine the engagement and wedding
ring in one. This canl be done nicely

prised you with the presentation of
a ring he selected or a family heir-
loom that has been handed down
through generations, then go shop-
ping abd decide together. Although
this can be something what awk-
ward or touchy, hopefully you have
similar taste and budge ideas. Some
brides (some often second time
around) prefer other gems to dia-
monds, a diamond is the over-
whelming choice of today's bride.
While the element of surprise is
very romantic, the engagement ring
is meant to be worn for a lifetime,
so it's par-tiularly important that the
bride-to-be really loves it. Make
searching for the perfect ring one
that reflects your personal taste and
style, a romantic task shared by the
two of you. Don't buy in a hurry.
The engagement announcement is
generally made during a toast given
by the bride's father or her fiance. A
toast is the perfect way to officially
fill in the guests in on the exciting
news, especially when the news
may be a surprise to them. The
groom's father or other friends may
want to join in on the fun and toast
the happy couple.

p~recededU inl deathl by her husband,
A.C. Carter. Their union was
blessed w'ith thlree children:
Michael. Aceta Carter-Kelley and
Angela Carter.
In 2008, "Del" as she was called
by loved ones, went back to FSCJ
to learn computer skills. Despite
being legally blind, she never
stopped teaching, volunteering or
reaching out to encourage young
people to use their God-given tal-
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Hene meenbners aipsei 1 ude Alpha
Kappa Alpha, Sorority, Bethel
Baptist Institutional Church,
Association for the Study of
Afi-ican American Life: and History
(ASALH), and the founder of 3
An els Publishing
S rvices will in lude a viewing at
Alphonso West Mortuary from 5-8
p.m. on Friday, May 13th and
1-omegoing rites on Saturday, May
14th1 at Bethel Baptist Institutional
Churrch at 1 p.m..

Mrs. Delphenia Carter
By Rohnda Silver
Family and the many extended
friends of Mrs. Delphenia Carter
are mourning her death this week.
She passed away on May 9th 2011
following a 79 year visit on earth.
She was born Delphonia Mainol
on February I3, I9)32 in
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Raper T.I. will be coming home sooner than expected.
The Atlanta native has received a prison release date that \
comes one month earlier than originally planned; he'll be
shedding his orange jumpsuit and leaving the Federal
Correctional Institution (FCI) Low in Forrest City, Ark. \
on Sept. 29, 2011. Upon his release, Clifford Harris, Jr.,
will have completed an 11-month sentence for violating
his parole. He began serving time on Nov. 1, 2010, after
his arrest on drug charges in early September for possession of exctasy.
The Grand Hustle Records CEO plead guilty for violating his parole,
which stemmed from his arrest back in 2007, for gun possession, and did
not face drug charges.
One year later gary Coleman still not buried
The one-year anniversary of the death of actor Gary
Coleman is upon us and still his remains have not been
buried or cremated
He died on May 28 last year and according to his for-
mer manager, Vic Perillo, the burial plans are still on
"' -`Y ~ Ihold due to the legal issues between his parents and his
estranged wife.
His representative urged the press in recently released
open essay to show better respect to the actor by covering more positive
things about him.
Whitney Houston returns to rehab
Well Bobby Brown can no longer be to blame for -~ra -
Whitney's woes. A rep for superstar Whitney f~btBF~~~
Houston confirmed that the singer has checked ~ 4iiiiiiiiiiiiii 6:
herself back into rehab.
Kristen Foster says Houston is in an out-patient
program for drug and alcohol treatment, reports (Y -
the AP. She says it is a voluntary measure and part of Houston's "long-
standing" recovery process. The 47-year-old has struggled with substance
abuse for years. But in 2009, she declared herself healthy and clean.
However, her 2010 tour overseas was troubled: Houston canceled some
dates due to illness and received negative reviews from fans who were dis-
appointed in the quality of her voice and performance. Earlier this year'
she gave an uneven performance in tribute to cousin Dionne Warwick.
It's unclear how long Houston will be in rehab or where she's being treat-
ed; Foster had no further comment. However, Houston has been visible
recently: Last week, she sang on stage with Chaka Khan during Prince's
concert in Los Angeles'

through renewed ima ge
When Wendy Williams started increase appeal of her weekday
rehearsals for ABC's Dancing With syndicated program. "Wendy
The, Stars, her dance partner Tony Williams Show" The show is
Dovolani, expected the talk show already being aired in 54 countries
personality to translate her animat- and ranks 13th among other talk
ed bravado onto the dance floor. shows, according to the Nielsen co.
But Dovolani didn't get what he The success of her talk show, which A
envisioned from Williams, known was renewed for its third season,
for her infectious catchphrase, has generated other opportunities
"How you doing?" He was sur- for Williams. Along with "Dancing
prised to see the typically bold With The Stars, and Drop Dead
Williams was itervous about her Diva, she'll appear on the soap
inept dancing ability during prac- opera "One Life to Live" and host a
tice feeling insecure about her new dating show "Love Triangle"
voluptuous frame while standing on the Game Show Network next
nearly 6 feet tall. month.
"I'm not a dancer, I have two left Everything is starting to take
feet and a hoof," says Williams form for Williams, who said she
bursting into laughter recently wanted to expand beyond her bur-
while on the set of Lifetime's Drop geoning talk show this year. She
Dead Diva, where she was filming says it's been a tough road to her
an episode in which she plays a dynamic rise. It was a course
judge. Now eliminated, er partner Williams doesn't regret.
hoped Williams would overcome "It had to be this hard", she says.
her self-esteem issues on the dance "As a woman, you always have the
floor. "She was always the tall kid option of laying flat on your back
always felt too big to dance", says and getting things easier. But
Dovolani who is entering his 11th there's always going to be a girl like 1
seasons on DWTS. me that'll laugh at women like conse
The 46 year old says the tough that." led to hi
workout regimen trying to learn the Williams spent more than 20 and note
cha-cha has left her in the best years as a radio DJ, building an ties (her
shape of her life, training about five explosive reputation for her auda- profanil
hours a day for weeks. No doubt the cious personality, someone who Houston
extra exposure on the hit dance talked about celebrities and dared to famous)
show has boosted her celebrity and ask them about their dirty laundry, talk and


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ty-spewing Whitney
Sin 2003 may be her most
i. Still, stars came to her to
Sshe has respect within the
. Through all the drama, her
how, The Wendy Williams
nce, garnered 12 million lis-
and she eventually was
a chance to host her own
,n show. For Williams, she
re had to trade in her brash
ock shtick to show a more
e side while having the
Jas a tough transition for
Is to differentiate her radio
persona, until she left radio
. "It was a little bit difficult

for her going back and forth",
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Wendy Williams Show. She would
say, "Is that not good for TV?
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weth raa iowi tre r aviwh mrow
think it's been fairly seamless."
In the past few years Williams
said she's been able to mature as a
host through her lifestyle of being a
mother to her 10 year old son and as
a wife. She also says having less
talk time on television than she had
as a radio DJ has contributed to her
reformed image. "With growth and
age, there come maturity and how -
Continued on Page 9

sounds, leave it to Reverend James
(Bishop T.D. Jakes who also was a
producer) to minister to this dys-
functional menagerie. With him on
the case, it's merely a matter of time
before compromises are reached,
vows are exchanged, and the entire
wedding party's domng the Cupid
Shuffle as the closing credits roll.
The Afr-ican-American answer to
"Meet the Parents!

Jason Taylor (Laz Alonso), a ris
ing star stock broker, never intro-
duced any of his family members to
his refmned fiance, Sabrina Watson,
(Paula Patton), the whole time they
were dating. After all, her high-
falutin' parents (Angela Bassett and
Brian Stokes Mitchell) have a man-
sion up on Martha's Vineyard, so
he's a little embarrassed about his
humble origins and the fact that his
widowed mom, Pam (Loretta
Devine) works as a window clerk in
a Post Office in Brooklyn.
Nevertheless, that doesn't prevent
Jason from popping the question
after just five months and, when
Sabrina accepts, the two decide to
tie the knot right away at her folks'
place up on the Vineyard. However,
that means that the Taylor and the
Watson clans will finally meet for
the first time on the island.
This sets the stage for the epic
ghetto vs. bourgie clash which
ensues over the course of one event-
ful weekend in Jumping the Broom,
an old-fashioned "fish out of water"
comedy marking the feature film
debut of veteran TV director Salim
Akil ("Girlfriends" and "The
Game"). Not only does this unlike-
ly gathering serve as fodder for
plenty of coarse jokes, but the fes-
tivities also take on the distinct tone
of a soap opera as messy skeletons
come bursting out of the closet.
Not surprisingly, most of the

Paula Patton on Angela Bassett played an upper class mother and
daughter in the film "Jumping the Broom".

because, "They make you feel like
they're taking you back to Africa."
Still, the movie's most divisive
remarks are reserved for sassy
future mother-in-law Pam who feels
"like a bald stepchild at my own
son's wedding" after the bride and
groom initially refuse to incorpo-
rate the heirloom she's brought
along into their solemn ceremony.
Mother Taylor would like the
couple to "Jump the Broom" in
accordance with the longstanding,
cultural tradition dating back to
slave days. The Watson's don't see
the significance.
As hopeless as the situation

laughs come courtesy of the trashy
Taylors while the uptight Watsons
are the ones with the shocking rev-
The film is full of quirky anec-
dotes. For example, flirtatious
Cousin Malcolm (DeRay Davis)
offends a bridesmaid by saying, "I
don't usually talk to dark-skinned
girls, but I'm making an exception
with you." Yet, that doesn't prevent
the ladies man from later develop-
ing a case of Jungle Fever when he
has his head turned by the clumsy
but comely, white wedding planner.
Then there's Jason's Uncle Willie
Earl (Mike Epps), who hates ferries

Wendy Williams star rises

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Brenda Roundtree and Pat Gundy

Brian Harris

D.J. Doctor Doom and Steve Bellamy

Shaune Jones and Ericka Shell

Verdine White of Earth Wind & Fire

Musiq Souchild TMcliustin photos

MC Hammer

tion that transcended color, gender
and generation. This is the ability of
Frankie Beverly and Maze's talent
to musically touch the souls of peo-
ple no matter the age generation or
skin color. True power of music
was shown by the Master himself;
Frankie Beverly who exudes a
humbleness that defies his presence
in music and artistry. Cheryl
Williams has had the opportunity to
attend concerts featuring Maze for
the last 5 years when they come to
Jacksonville, she states that,
"Frankie and Maze have the ability
to bring unity and harmony to peo-
ple that are perfect strangers when
they meet at his concerts, but when
they leave and the show is over
those people are friends."
Jacksonville is better for the per-
formances of Earth Wind and Fire
and Frankie Beverly and Maze. As
one person stated leaving at the end
of the Funk Fest, "this is the best
way to unite Jacksonville and look
past our differences. I wish we
could keep this unity and spirit".

Wendy Williams
continued from page 8
you conduct yourself", Williams
says for most people. "If you put s
microphone in front of their face for
five hours a day six days a week for
23 years, they're bound to tick
someone off. Burstein says,
Williams growth as an interview
was one reason the show became
the first to land an in person inter-
view with legendary Aretha
Franklin after the Queen of Soul's
undisclosed surgery. The interview
aired earlier this month. Aretha is a
fan of Wendy Burstein said. She
appreciated the maturation of
Wendy. Two years ago we know
moments like this would happen, I
think others see that as well. That:
she's different. "
For Williams she hopes to contin-
ue to create her own lane as a host,
like Oprah Winfrey and Ellen
DeGeneres. "There's room for all
of us, she says, "I'm just glad to be
here. I hope to be here until I'm
ready to go."

Brian and Kim Holloway Fankie Beverly

by Cheryl Williams and William
The two (2) day 2011 Funk Fest
started off Funky with performanc-
es by MC Hammer which got the
over 6,000 in attendance in the
mood to groove and dance. The
excitement in Metropolitan Park
was electric in the cool evening air.

Earth, Wind & Fire

Mc Hammer

Musiq Soulchild
Faith Evans


Mother Nature cooperated perfectly
setting up the atmosphere as if in
perfect preparation for a Funk-filled
partying atmosphere for Earth Wind
and Fire. The crowd embracing the
elements that made the evening
atmospherically in harmony with
the music. This being my first time
seeing EWF in concert I instantly
could see why they are one of the
most popular groups in musical his-
tory. Phillip Bailey's vocal talents
were electrifying from beginning to
end. His range of vocal artistic
quality started from a high first
Soprano then flowing melo-dynam-
ically and harmonizing vocal-
dynamic to a soul stroking Bass.
Seasoning by years of 100's of per-
formances, this has not diminished
Earth Wind and Fire's showman-
ship, energy, creativity, artistry nor
the ability to please an audience
ranging multiculturally and in age
that spans decades of appreciation
for the talents of EWF. The crowd
was intimately involved swaying,
dancing, singing and in some cases
overwhelmed with emotion as
songs such as Reasons, After the
Love Is G~one and others flowed
through the air creating an almost
spiritual essence that flowedl even

as the evening concluded on this
first day.
During the course of the perform-
ances the Earth elements seemed to
take pleasure in the excitement of
the music as a cool breeze contin-
ued to caress the crowd, the ground
beneath vibrated to the music,
invigorated from the beats and
tones created by the pulsating
p instrumentations of these talent-
ed entertainers. Earth Wind and
Fire is celebrated and respected
as Rock and Roll Hall of
Famers, Multi Grammy Honors
and Gold, Platinum, and Multi
Platinum Winners. Their per-
formance will be remembered
long after the Funk Fest is over,
The second day of funkiness
was started off and continued by
performances of entertainers
with aspiring musical wishes,
these talented individuals lead
up to the Main Attraction for the
day; Frankie Beverly and Maze,
these iconic entertainers have been
performing over 45 years. Starting
in Philadelphia and expanding their
musical R&B and Ole Skool musi-
cal hits across the country.
The emotional energy started
from the first song and remained
until the last melody. Dancing and
singing to songs that not only
brought the crowd to their collec-
tive feet, but created an atmosphere
where it seemed everyone was in
awe from the lyrics which were
positive and uplifting. There is a
mystic almost spiritual ingredient to
the music of Maze. Unlike other
performers Maze has a connection
that those seasoned with age and
life experiences can relate too.
Songs like Happy Feelings and
That's the Golden Time of Day;
there is a spiritual tone that can
uplift any spirit not respecting anly
color, creed, culture or hue of skin
tone. The force of the power of
music was witnessed when "We
Are One" was sung; creating a
crescendo of harmony and spiritual
synchronization not seen at this
magnitude in Jacksonville.
Everyone was joined in a connec

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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports

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.

Rewind Old School
Come rewind down memory lane
at Rewind Old School. Thesocial
event will be held Saturday, May
14th The Clarion Hotel at the
Jacksonville Airport. The event will
include 6 DJ's in 2 Rooms border-
ing the pool deck.
Purchase your advance tickets at'

Stanton Gala Meeting
The current class leaders of Old
Stanton, New Stanton and Stanton
Vocational High Schools will meet
M nda Ma 16th at Bethel
Baopnis Institat onal Chuach to dis-
cuss plans for the 5th Stanton Gala
on June 25th, 2011. For more infor-
mation visit
or call 764-8795 '

Stanton Class
Of '72 Boat Cruise
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-maihing
stantonclas s72@yahoo. com 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
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-

T~Irail of Tails: Fun
Walk & Festival
Join the Jacksonville Humane
Society for the third annual Trail of
Talls: 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 Humamitarian
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
FeSt val 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,

SPoken Word
at the RitZ
Join the Ritz Theatre for a free
evening of Spoken Word, Thursday,
June 2nd at 7 p.m. Call 632-5555.

Ashley Street
Save the date for the 2011 Clara
White Mission 17th annual
"Miracle on Ashley Street Celebrity
Chefs & Servers" fundraiser. It will
be held on Friday June 3, 2011 at
11 a.m. and showcase some of the
city's top chefs at the Clara White
Mission for lunch. For more infor-
mation, call 354-4162.

Jacksonville Food Fight
The Jacksonville Food Fight will
be held on Thursday, June 9, 2011,
at the EverBank Field Touchdown
Club for Jacksonville's most excit-
ing culinary event. The 21st annual
event will feature 50Jacksonville
restaurants in friendly competition.
More than 1,200 guests attend to
taste everything they see accented
by live music. The event which
raises funds for hunger. For tickets
call 730-8284.

CATS from Broadway
The touring Broadway production
of the musical CATS will be at the
Times Union's Center for
Performing Arts Moran Theater
June 17-19 for multiple shows. For
tickets or more information, call 1-

Real Men Ball
Basketball Tournament
The 100 Black Men of
Jacksonville will present the "Real
Men Ball" Basketball Tournament
on Saturday, June 18, 2011 in the
EWC Gymnasium from 9 a.m. 3
p.m. Tournament prizes range from
$250 $1000. For vendor informa-
tion or to register for the tourna-
ment call 764-2445.

NAACP Freedom
Fund Dinner
Morris Dees, Founder and Chief
Trial Attorney of the Southern
Poverty Law Center will be the fea-
tured speaker at the Jacksonville
Branch NAACP 46th Annual
Freedom Fund Awards Dinner. 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.

Florida's Senior Expo
The City of Jacksonville's 15th
Anna ISen Ex o and Health
Fai will le en d May 11 & 12 at
the Prime Osborn Convention
Center from 9 a.m. 3 p.m.
Admission and parking is free.

Mental Health and
the B ack 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-
dthd ery chNstnhdes Behavioral

13th Annual VeteranS
Resource Fair
30+ local businesses and organi-
zations will povidte information on
jo opportun tes at t 1h nua
Veterans hResourc Fai onhFr dy
Mat e Jac and IleFr ay ds. Job
atteJcsonvil Fairgrounds o
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
oi rrna dn Annu at Iid Whist
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 Southern Genealogist's
Exchange Society will meet

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1) As mayor, will you continue to invest in crime prevention through the -II ** ***'
Jacksonville Journey? Do you have any different ideas on how to improve on what **
has been done? The Jacksonville Journey is working, and I would continue to fund the ** .* n
program. The program has helped reduce crime by focusing on high-crime areas, and .. .-.. -a****: It
funding after school programs for 1,700 children. There are a number of things we can -.... .-a,- ..... .,
do to help prevent crime. First, create jobs and put Jacksonville back to work. The best antidote to crime is a job. ..
2) How do you plan to address/tackle the many racial health disparities that have become an epidemic in Jacksonville? As noted in a****- a.*** ***- *. **. .-e the most recent JCCI report, I would bring the stakeholders together from the medical community Shands, Baptist, St. Vincents and not- o I .ee a s H
for-profit organizations, and continue to build on the work those organizations are doing to address the issue.
3) How do you feel about joint use agreements for public facilities (such as schools and parks) that make it possible for more recre-
ation opportunities for the public, youth in particular? I think they're important and can be very effective. It allows not-for-profit organ- a so a -- as *. 1 e a so a
izations to work with the schools. It gives them a safe location. And we don't have to build another facility, so it saves us money. .. .a a-a a***.ese
4) How do you plan to handle citizens requests for meetings with the mayor and idea sharing? My administration will be open, trans- *** ** *** ** *** *
parent and accountable. I plan to have town meetings in each Council District, and I will take department heads and division chiefs with me
so they can see each of the areas and hear the concerns of the residents. a
5) Would you commit to mentoring a child and champion the process through one of Jacksonville's programs such as Take Stock .- -.--* *
in Children, 100 Black Men of Jacksonville or Big Brothers Big Sisters? .. -.- .- .
I'm a lifetime member of 100 Black Men. I'm involved and will continue to be. .. .. .. .. .., ,,, .... ,,,.
7) What do you think is the SINGLE most important issue facing Jacksonville?. How do you propose addressing it? .
There are three important issues: creating jobs, improving education and balancing the city's budget without raising taxes or fees. They are
intertwined. First, we need to create jobs to improve our economy, and I would start with the port. The port is a $19 billion economic engine
that generates 65,000 jobs. By improving the port, we can generate another 35,000 jobs.
8) Race relations have long been a topic addressed and studied throughout our city. What have you done prior to your mayoral eess*...- e e -.
candidacy to ensure that you understand the various views and perceptions among the races? Active memberships and affiliations .. .a*.*-.e....--a.. .-a a*e as
include Families of Slain Children, National Black MBA Association, Jacksonville University Board of Trustees, Jacksonville Chamber es o. a* ** -* *.Ma
Board of Directors, NAACP and 100 Black Men. Hosted an annual forum on access to higher education, which included more than 100 col- s *m
leges and universities in addition to other events. ***** ^1
9) Finish this sentence...Under my administration, Jacksonville's African-American community will... -* r
benefit from no more failing schools, more jobs as a result of increased economic activity and neighborhoods where everyone feels safe. -s e e a
10) What prompted you to run for Mayor? a. I
I want to make available to the next generation the same opportunity I got in Jacksonville the opportunity to go to school and get a good
education, work and raise a family ,,,,.** e a .a ..
11) Name three NEW initiatives that you plan to pursue as mayor that you feel best define your priorities and interests. .e .*-.e*.e e- a-. -- -e* .* *-
First, I plan to pursue a public-private partnership to help develop JAXPORT and create another 35,000 jobs. Next, I would create a pub-
lic-private partnership to finance the hiring of retired teachers to tutor students at the challenged schools in the areas of reading, writing, math
and science. Third, I would create a downtown development authority to oversee the revitalization of downtown. I want downtown to become --. ee. s
a destination, not a pass through. It used to provide 17 percent of the city's property tax revenue. Today, it produces just 3 percent. A vibrant ** -** .n
downtown produces revenue to provide services to the suburbs. '
12) Republicans have controlled the position of mayor for over 12 years now. During that period, the citizens of Jacksonville have ** ^** ^* ****
witnessed tremendous increase in our taxes, cost overruns on every project, why should any citizen vote for another Republican? *
Voters in every election weigh an incumbent's record against the challenger's in addition to considering their plat- **ea .** e a *s
forms and qualifications. Republicans have been in charge of our local government for years, and my oppo- <
nent shares in the responsibility for the financial difficulties the city faces today. This election offers vot- .
ers a choice between my opponent's politics of the past or the shared vision for the future that I pro- ,

13) How far are you willing to take transparency in government for Jacksonville's cit- Id~
izens? ~"X
I will comply with the letter and the spirit of Florida's public records and government in
the Sunshine laws. My administration will be open and transparent. -
14) How will your administration differ from that of Mayor Peyton's on the basis:
A. About the same, B. Small change and C. Drastic change. Please explain.
Every administration sets its own agenda and differs from the previous one. That said, a Y$S~
new mayor would be wise to continue successful programs from a previous administra-
tion. The Jacksonville Journey is an example of one of Mayor Peyton's programs that's
working and should be continued. Another program I would consider bringing back is ;i '
Mayor John Delaney's Intensive Care Neighborhood Program. r F .'
15) The three intervene high schools Raines, Ribault and Jackson are so vital to thej
black community of this city. IF IT WAS UP TO YOU what would be your plan to ;. :
salvage their viability.
My plan is to create a public-private partnership to hire retired teachers to tutor students in
the areas of math, reading, writing and science during the extended day period on campus. That ..rF;:
way the students will get their homework done at school ;Ei -
16) On a scale of 1-10, how important is the growth and sustenance of small and minority
business programs to your administration? How, if at all, is your administration willing to sup- .j- ~r
port them? .: me .:.. ,
From my experience as a senior advisor for Urban Policy during the Clinlton Administration, I know that
small businesses are a major job creator, especially when recovering from a recession. As mayor, I will sup-
port the startup and growth of small businesses in Jacksonville by making small business access to capital, credit and
contracts a top priority. Also, by using savings obtained from streamlining government agencies and processes, my a~dministra-
tion will establish a revolving loan fund that will allow small business to obtain the needed capital and credit to turn good ideas

17) How will you manage the steadily increasing pension obligation that the city of Jacksonville faces every year?. Some
modest adjustments to the current pension plans for city government employees will be necessary to ensure their long-termn sta-nt raiy
ability. We will need to consider raising the retirement age for city employees, as well as changes to the time periodls inl which pen-
sion benefits become fully vested.
18) Is diversity important to your administration? Will you ensure that your senior staff is diverse and represents this
Ensuring that my administration reflects the diverse people and interests of our city will be an important consideration in appoint-
ments at all levels of city government.
19) Please rank in order of importance for the City of Jacksonville: Crime, Education, Economic Development and Citizen
morale. Explain why you chose that order.
Education, economic development, crime and citizen morale. Education is a top priority because a well-educated workforce is vit~
encouraging businesses to locate or expand the number of jobs in Jacksonville. Economic development is also very important because
key to growth and the city's future. Crime is important to everyone, and my goal is to make sure that in our city everyone feels safe in
own neighborhood. Morale is linked to the other three as well as the quality of life in our city. If we have a good education system, a s
economy, low crime rate and good quality of life, morale in Jacksonville will be high.
20) What strategies would you advocate to building a vibrant downtown and what evidence do you have that supports that
issues are viable? Following the successful examples of numerous other cities, I support establishing a downtown development autl
for downtown Jacksonville with the goal of creating pu'olic-private partnerships that would serve as an economic engine for growth.
competitive, Jacksonville also needs a modern convention center that encourages organizations and businesses based in the city to hold
events here, and to attract interest from outside the city in choosing Jacksonville as a gathering place for people and new ideas.
21) How important is the Jaguar's staying in Jacksonville? What efforts would you support on behalf of the city should their
tus in Jacksonville become in jeopardy? The Jaguars are very important to Jacksonville. The City should support the efforts o
Jacksonville Jaguars to identify financial supporters within Jacksonville's business community. We should remember that every tele
Jacksonville Jaguars game markets our city to the world. The Jaguars have a positive impact on the Jacksonville economy, promote tle
national exposure and benefit the quality of life.
22) If you were forced to streamline the city budget. What three offices would you view as being able to be disbanded or ince
rated into other areas? Before making any decisions concerning funding of public services, I would conduct a comprehensive revit
the city budget to consider and evaluate services to determine what's working and cost-effective for city residents. The review will
include input from department and division heads as well as the community.
23) You said you would take a 20% pay cut, what about other members of your staff?
I will ask for the resignations of all mayoral appointees and then begin the process of reviewing which positions ar~e needed and which
aren't. My transition. team will review applications as well as begin a search for the best and brightest people to joinl my admninistr~
Salaries should be competitive enough to enable the city to hire great people, but I anticipate they will be Icss than many of the current sal
at City Hall.
24) As products of Jacksonville, what have you grown to appreciate most about the city? What have you grown to dislike? Ove
years I ve grown to appreciate the many assets that Jacksonville is blessed with our colleges and universities, our r~iver, our beaches
parks, our preservation properties, our quality of life and the people who live here.
25) In terms of your strengths, why do you feel YOU are the best candidate? I'm the best candidate because this election is abo~
future and not the past. I'm not a career politician. I come into this campaign with a vision to take Jacksonville to the next level, to mak
city a destination, not a pass through. I have extensive experience fostering economic development in cities and rural communities ac
America, including Jacksonville.
26) After your first term, how will our city have changed? First, we will have no more failing schools. Our port will be home
nuclear carrier and become a regular stop for post Panamax ships. More people will be working at businesses that have expanded local
well as at new businesses that have relocated here. More people will live, work and visit downtown, which will have experienced an
nomic boom.
27) Jacksonville Journey, The Better Jacksonville Plan, etc... Do you have a signature program your administration would im
ment and how would it differ from its predecessors?
My priority will be to put Jacksonville back to work by creating jobs, fix our education system and put the city's financial house in (
without raising taxes or fees.
28) Both candidates have vastly different but vital government experience. How will your past help you as Mayor?
My experiences have prepared me to be mayor. I have worked with mayors and gover-nors throughout the nation on projects to help
improve their economic situations and create jobs, recover from disasters, improve housing or convert closed military bases into ccon
engines. I will use my experiences working with CEOs and elected officials Republicans and Democrats to take Jacksonville to the
29) In your opinion, what is the role of the Mayor and where does the city draw the line in a public/private partnership wit
citizens. The mayor is the leader. In the case of public-private partnerships, the mayor is the chief marketing officers for the city. In sec
any partnership, I look for a win-win situation. Partnerships need to make good business sense for cycryone involved and they need to
tect the interests of taxpayers. They should also be sustainable.
30) What is the biggest lesson learned from your electoral bid? Throughout
Jacksonville there is a genuine desire to take our city to the next level and to leverage
our city's assets to offer a quality of life that is second to none.

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Daughters are not pleased
with new book on Maalcolm X
Ilyasah and Malaak
Shabazz spoke to The
Associated Press about
"Malcolm X: A Life of
Reinvention." by the late
anning Marable, a high-
Sly respected scholar who
worked for more than 20
gr5 years on the book, died
last week of complica-
tions of pneumonia just
Two of Malcolm X's daughters before publication.
are unhappy that a new biography Malcolm X's daughters did not
alleges their parents' marriage was speak to Marable for the book'
strained and that their mother -- which draws upon thousands of
and possibly their father -- were interviews, government docu-
unfaithful. ments and private papers,
The marriage "was definitely The book has been in the top 10
faithful and devoted because my on's best-seller list,
father was a man of impeccable and the print run has been
integrity, and I think that most increased from 46,000 to 70,000
people, if they're not clear on any- according to its' publisher Viking.
thing, they're clear that he was Viking spokeswoman Carolyn
moral and ethical and had impec- Coleburn said the publisher had
cable character," said Ilyasah no comment about the daughters'
Shabazz. criticisms.

May 12-18, 2011

Page 12 Ms. Perry's Free Press

Due to large volume of requests
by Jacksonville-area homeowners
seeking information about a recent
government order that will force
lenders to make retribution for ille-
gal foreclosures, the Neighborhood
Community Foundation has made
the decision to sponsor the second
SAVE YOUR HOME: Foreclosure
Prevention Workshop in
Jacksonville, taking place Saturday,
May 21, 2011 from. 1:00 pm to 3:00
pm at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront
Hotel; 225 East: Coastline Dr.,
Jacksonville, Florida 32202. The
event is free, but advanced RSVP is
;;1;ested by calling (877f) 306-
In April, the federal government
ordered 16 of the nation's largest
mortgage lenders and services to
reimburse homeowners who were
improperly foreclosed upon.
Cit-ibank, Bank of America,

JPMorgan Chase and Wlells Fargo
were among the firms cited in the
joint report by the Federal Reserve,
During the upcoming foreclosure
workshop, homeowners will learn
how the recent governent orders
will impact them as well as the
Florida laws that protect homeown-
ers. In addition, homeowners will
gain information about legal
defenses used in contesting foreclo-
sure in the Florida courts. All atten-
dees will receive a free workbook
highlighting local non-profit agen-
cies that provide relief services.
Prticiptn spoysdoirl include

Goodwill Industries and more. The
event is free and all information
will be provided in both English
and Spanish languages in efforts to
include the growing concerns of
Florida's Hispanic communities.

Lee Brown and Natasha Spencer demonstrate the game.

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Demetrius and Martena Jenkins share a bite before the competition.

School of Law provided the loca-
tion and Halas bakery sponsored
the food. JCCI employee
Demetrius Jenkins commented,
"this event is a community event
that engages leadership, develop-

ment and interaction." Jacquelyn
Lowe was proud of JCCI, "This is
the one night that capsulates the
JCCI Forward's anniversary, where
we've been and where we're going
to make J)CCI history."

Jacksonville Community Council,
Inc. (JCCI) hosted "JAX jeopardy -
An evening of Competitive Trivia"
networking event. Individuals were
split into four teams. Points were 5
- 1 for each answer. The trivia
questions pertained to the history
and legacy of Jacksonville, Florida.
Historic monumental photos of
Jacksonville sat in the back of the

room, while each participant had to
name that place!
Questions such as "Who is the
most famous politician that never
visited Jacksonville?" The answer -
Andrew Jackson, at least they have
no record of it according to organiz-
The event was free and included
drinks and dinner. Florida Costal

Rebecca Williams of Jacksonville was awarded the Bachelor of Arts Shown above at the Bethune Cookman University graduation cere-
in International Studies by BCU President Dr. Trudy Kibbe Reed. monies at The Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Florida are Dr. and
Mrs. Wendell Holmes and former Mayoral candidate Warren Lee who
DAYTNA EAC, F. -As te uderradateand radatedegeespresented a check for $100,000,00 from his foundation to the schools
Bethne-ookan nivrsit clss ithan onorry octrat offor scholarships. He pledged another 100K for the next ten years to
of 2011 headed out into the world divinity of his own. However, he tol$10,0,0.Fpoo
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ellsserts nL s11 a~IS res to t se; step-
ping out into the world that their
journey was only the beginning.
"Don't let this be the last time they
call your namee" Sharpton said.
With his trademark oratory at full
volumer, Sharptonl told hris audience
while they may have all the support
in the world nlow, they must look to
themselves and their falith in God to

aIC~ ter gra uaton ceremonesII~ a~st
week, they had taken with them
more than diplomas and the cheer-
ing well wishes of family members.
The graduates also took away
some advice from honorary class-
mate and commencementt speaker,
the Rev. Al Sharpton,
The civil rights and political
activist joined the 500+ receiving

succeed when all else fails.
"There is a difference between
your launch and your landing,"
Sharpton said, adding that while the
graduates may be taking the first
steps on a path to success Thursday,
there is no guarantee they will reach
that goal.
He said one must look within to

face the challenges of today and
offered the founder of their univer-
sity as an example to make his
Mary McLeod Bethune "founded
t-his college because she would not
allow anyone to define her,"
Sharpton said.

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Al Sharpton key notes Bethune Cookman's largest graduation

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Vote today. Early Voting is

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"Brown has the ability to rally the city,

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Sex crimes in New Orleans now being defined as separate and unequal

May 12-18, 2011

Page 14 Ms. Perry's Free Press

Many inmates, though, have no
choice but to keep their child with
them. Some are foreigners, others
are alone in the world and many
just can't bear to send their baby
One inmate, Moipane Nkwana,
was pregnant with her fifth child, a
much longed for baby boy, when
she was jailed for fraud.
"He is the only boy, with two sets
of twins, girls ... I am in prison with
a boy baby -- why now?" she said.
"At the end of the day you don't
have answers, you just have to take
the challenges and move on."
Nkwana and her child cannot
move on just yet. They're confined
to their tiny cell at night and she
says her son's life, like her own, is
defined by the strict routines of
prison life.
The children are first separated
from their mothers at six months.
While their moms attend rehabilita-
tion, the youngsters are sent to the
prison day care.
The authorities feed, clothe and
educate the children but they say
these babies shouldn't be here in the
first place.
"What we are saying is all these
children have got fathers outside
but the fathers don't pitch up, don't
make themselves available to take
them out of the correctional facility,
so we now become their fathers
inside here," said Zwane.
For many years in South Africa,
children stayed with their incarcer-
ated mothers until they were five.
But prison authorities now say
that's just too psychologically dam-
aging for them.
Correctional services are now
looking at changing the law so no
child will have to grow up in jail in
the future. There have been some
suggestions that a new mother's
sentence should be deferred until
her baby is old enough for her to
leave it behind.
Nkwana's sentence is nearly over
but she knows that one day her son
may ask why he was raised with
strangers on the concrete floors of
Johannesburg's largest prison.
She said: "He will ask you why?
And you just can't answer that."

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Johannesburg (CNN) -- In one
Johannesburg prison there are 27
toddlers locked behind bars. The
only crime they're guilty of is being
born to a mother who broke the law
and was jailed.
They are South A~frica's littlest
inmates, doing time with mom. For
them, home is the cold, dark corri-
Amr and cenest ofthleFJo onnesburg

Prisons around the world struggle
with the question of whether female
inmates should raise their babies
behind bars. In South Africa,
women are allowed to serve time
with their children.
In the Johannesburg Female
Correctional Facility, newborns are
housed with their mothers in a hos-
pital wing in a separate section of
the facility.
But experts have concerns about
what effect growing up in jail --

where the high walls, razor wire
and isolation are intimidating even
for an adult -- has on the babies.
Locking children away behind
bars is not good for them, says
Sisakele Zwane, who runs the over-
crowded women's prison.
"It's not a nice thing. The correc-
tional facility is not conducive to
the grot o aathuman bn, so fo

the correctional facility it is not a
good thing at all," she said.
Authorities in South A~frica face a
dilemma. They know the mothers
need to bond with their babies so
they try to make the prisons child
But they're also aware that raising
a child behind prison walls isn't
ideal and insist that mothers send
their children away -- to stay with
family or go into foster care -- when
they turn two.

Representatives of state and fed-
eral governments, Jacksonville
Transportation Authority (JTA) and
Edward Waters College (EWC) cel-
ebrated the completion of the 2.3
million dollar New Kings Road
Enhancements Project this week.
Led by Congresswoman Cortine
Brown and funded by federal and
state resources, the project entailed

walkway improvements along New
Kings Road, with particular empha-
sis on the E~WC campus.
Brown states, "This project is an
example ofrepresenting the citizens
of a district and utilizing dollars to
truly address community needs."
Project improvements include
lighting and utility upgrades, new
sidewalks, new bus shelters, and the

permanent placement of the EWC
logo in color on the asphalt of New
Kings Road. EWC President
Nathaniel Glover states, "The New
Kings Road Enhancements Project
has improved the safety and securi-
ty of our students, made the campus
more attractive, and helped to cre-
ate an environment more conducive
to learning."

states, if not the only one, that
makes the solicitation of different
sexual acts separate crimes. And it
is the only state that requires peo-
ple who sell their bodies to register
as sex offenders, according to the
Center for Constitutional Rights.
Until last summer, when the
State Legislature amended the law'
a first conviction of a crime against
nature was a felony. Though the
law was changed to make the first
conviction a misdemeanor and the
second a felony, it did not grandfa-
ther in those convicted of first time
offenses before the law was

NEW ORLEANS -- In their
neighborhoods, they are sometimes
taunted with dirty looks and jeers.
Their pictures hang on the walls of
local community centers where
their children and grandchildren
play. And their names and address-
es are listed in newspapers and
mailed out on postcards to every-
one in the neighborhood.
Landing a job or even finding a
landlord willing to give them a
place to stay is a challenge.
These women wear a scarlet let-
ter -- rather, 11 letters -- spelled out
on their driver's licenses in bright
orange text: SEX OFFENDER.
They aren't child molesters or

dered community who engage in
what they call "survival sex." In
March, the Center for
Constitutional Rights filed a law-
suit on behalf of nine anonymous
plaintiffs against the state, Gov.
Bobby Jindal (R) and a host of state
agencies, calling the law unconsti-
In New Orleans, more than 40
percent of the people on the sex
offender registry are on in it
because of a crime against nature
conviction, according to the Center
for Constitutional Rights. Of that
40 percent, well over 80 percent
are black women.
Louisiana is one of only a few

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pedophiles. Most are poor, hard- law, which carries a maximum
luck black women in New Orleans penalty of up to five years in prison
who agreed to exchange favors for and registration as a sex offender.
money. In doing so they violated Opponents of the law say it is
the latest version of Louisiana's discriminatory and targets poor
206-year-old Crime Against Nature women and the gay and transgen-

Pictured (1-r): JTA CEO Michael Blaylock, JTA Board Chair Michael Cavendish, EWC President
Nathaniel Glover, State Sen. Tony H~ill, and State Rep. Mia Jones on the EWC campus. J tnaker photo

EWC, JTA, and state and federal governments

celebrate New Kings Road improvements

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