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A federal appeals court has struck down
Michigan's ban on the consideration of race
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Michigan and other public schools to
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Press reports.
In a 2-1 decision, the 6th Circuit Court of
Appeals said the law burdened minorities
and violated the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment to the
U.S. Constitution.
The decision was based mostly on the way the affirmative action ban
was created. Passed by voters as an amendment to the state constitution,
the only mechanism to change it would be through another statewide
vote. This, judges R. Guy Cole Jr. and Martha Craig Daughtrey said,
places a big burden on minorities who object to it.
The ban's supporters could have chosen "less onerous avenues to effect
political change," they said in the court's opinion.
Michigan pledged to appeal. Jennifer Gratz, a Michigan native who suc-
cessfully sued the University of Michigan over racial preferences before
the 2006 referendum, told the AP she thinks that Friday's decision will
eventually be thrown out. 'It's just a blip. The full 6th Circuit or the
Supreme Court will take it," Gratz said. "Judges are not supreme rulers.
The people voted."

Illinois shuts down its death row
CHICAGO, Ill. A law abolishing death sentences in Illinois went into
effect after decades of complaints from families whose lives were
destroyed after their loved ones were sentenced to death for crimes they
did not commit.
It was on March 2, 2011, when Gov. Pat Quinn signed the bill into law,
making Illinois the 16th state to abolish capital punishment.
At the time, Black leaders were very pleased with the move.
"The whole system is really stacked," the Rev. Jesse Jackson said in
March after Quinn signed the ban into law. "You look at the percentages
of Blacks in prison, on death row and [even] traffic tickets and it's obvi-
ous that race is clearly a strong factor in the criminal justice process. I'm
just glad that the governor went and signed it into law."
Quinn also commuted the sentences of 15 death row inmates-four of
whom are Black-to life in prison without parole.
Since 1977 the state has executed twelve men. There have not been any
executions since 1999, but in 2000 just 48 hours before a man was to be
executed, he was declared innocent. Under the leadership of then-
Republican Gov. George Ryan the sentences of 13 inmates with similar
stories were overturned. He called the state's capital punishment system,
"haunted by the demon of error."
And since 1973, more than 130 people have been released from death
row with evidence of their innocence, according to the Death Penalty
Information Center. The NAACP Legal Defense Fund reports that as of
Fall 2010, Blacks made up 42 percent of death row inmates, whites rep-
resented 44 percent and Hispanics 12 percent.

Nation's largest teacher's union

endorses Pres. Obama's re-election
A year earlier than usual, the nation's largest teachers union on Monday
endorsed President Barack Obama for re-election in 2012.
The National Education Association, which represents 3.2 million
teachers and administrators, approved the recommendation from its polit-
ical action committee at its annual meeting in Chicago.
Obama "shares our vision for a stronger America," NEA President
Dennis Van Roekel said in a statement issued by the group. "He has never
wavered from talking about the importance of education or his dedication
to a vibrant middle class."
Since taking office in 2009, Obama has championed education reform
and used stimulus money to help keep teachers employed. Now he is
calling for maintaining or increasing spending on education despite
negotiating federal budget cuts.

MLK Memorial in controversy
The new Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial in Washington, D.C. is not
without controversy.
The sculpture, located between the Jefferson and Lincoln memories,
stands 30 feet tall -- 11 feet taller than its Presidential neighbors and was
created by Chinese sculptor Lei Yixin, a choice that has drawn out critics
from the sculpting community who question the choice to go outside the
U.S. for the work.
Ed Dwight, a sculptor who'd been on the project earlier, claims that the
late King would be insulted to hear that a sculptor from a Communist
country would be working on his likeness.
"Dr. King would be turning over in his grave if he knew," Dwight told
USA Today. "He would rise up from his grave and walk into their offices
and go, 'How dare you?'"
MLK's family is supportive of the work, and despite critic's thoughts
that the likeness looks too Asian, King's namesake son told USA Today
he's seen "probably 50 sculptures of my dad, and 47 of them are not good
reflections" but that "this particular artist he's done a good job."
The dedication of the memorial, with an expected crowd of 400 thou-
sand people, falls on the 48th anniversary of King's "I Have A Dream"
speech, August 28th.

Volume 24 No. 39 Jacksonville, Florida July 7-14 2011

Ritz debuts long awaited

Black sports exhibit

Shown above is le ritnlda: Negro Leaguer Harold "Buster" Hair,
award winning official John Corker and Coach Henry Williams.

The Ritz Theatre and Museum
debuted their long awaited exhibit
"More Than a Game: African
American Sports in Jacksonville,
1900-1975", last week to much fan-
fare. Following an informative
press conference with many of the
city's legendary coaches, a recep-
tion was held to unveil the artifacts
and memorabilia chronicling 75
years of athletics of Jacksonville's
African-American community.
The interactive exhibit features
much of the untold history of
Jacksonville's Black athletes who
played sports locally and beyond
during the time of segregation.
Hundreds of donated photographs,
documents and personal memora-
bilia allow visitors to take a look
back at the legendary coaches, out-
standing players and great events,
like the incomparable East-West
Classic football game held each
year on Thanksgiving Day.
Artifacts include everything from
Bullet" Bob Hayes' track shoes
worn in the 1964 Olympics to
Coach Nathaniel Farley's original
Stanton jersey. The exhibit is
accented by authentic recordings of
Stanton's award winning marching

band under the leadership of long-
time director Keraa McFarlin. The
exhibit, which is the first of three
parts celebrates the excitement and
participation of the entire African
American community that support-
ed student achievement both on the
field and in the classroom.
During the era of segregation,
Jacksonville's black community
developed high school sports pro-
grams with far-reaching impact.
Challenged and nurtured by their
coaches and supported by the com-
munity, Jacksonville athletes not
only went on to fill the ranks of col-
lege and professional teams, but
also became leaders in the fields of
education, civic service, business,
and countless other professions.
"Without these men up here and
the guidance of my mother, there is
no way I would have been able to
accomplish what I have done," said
12 year NFL veteran Kenny
Burrough. The Raines standout
traveled cross country to attend the
press conference and exhibit open-
ing. "My coaches were everything
to me on and off the field, and there
is no way I would not be here to
honor them."


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Newly elected Councilwoman Kimberly Daniels celebrated inaugural
week with an Independence celebration and free performance at the
Jacksonville Landing starring BeBe and Cee Winans. Following the
packed outdoor performance, they were presented the key to the city by
Cong. Brown. Shown (L-R) is gospel diva CeCe Winan,
Councilwoman Kimberly Daniels, BebeWinans, Congresswoman
Corrine Brown and Glorious Johnson. FMP Photo

Local classmates in attendance included Mrs. Linnic Jean Johnson Brock, Mrs. Beatrice Williams Coleman, Mrs. Faye Davis Cummings and Rev.
Cummings, Mrs. Barbara Reed Garey, Ms. Willie Lee Green, Ernest B. Hall, Mrs. Jimmie Pearl Baity Harper and Harvey, Dr. Theresa Bernice
McCants Hodge, Theodore Jones, Jr., Mrs. Mattie Rushing Lane, Mrs. Bettye Jean Neal Lang, Earl W. Mainor, 'Ms. Mabel McLendon, Mrs. Dorothy
Dezella Cornelius Mitchell, Mrs. Eleanor Wright Moore, Mrs. Gladys Durham Nelson, Mrs. Luvenia Quarterman Newman and Noah, James C. Prime,
Jr., Dr. Henry T. Rhim and Mrs. Rhim, Mrs. Mozella Williams Roux and guest, Mrs. Vermel Green Sims and Rev. Sims, Mrs. Agnes Williams Smith,
Mrs. Alice Straughter Smith, Mrs. Ida Mae White Thomas, Ms. Nevaida Thomas, Dr. Norma Ruth Solomon White and Dr. Eugene L. White.
The Stanton 1951 celebrated was "CELEBRATING THE BIG 6 viewing the exhibit at the James P. morning worship service and a
sixty years last weekend with fes- OH". The bevy of activities includ- Small Ballpark, lunch at the Potter's farewell brunch.
tivities headquartered at the Hyatt ed a meet and greet; tour of the House, Reunion Banquet, Prayer The reunion was chaired by Dr.
Hotel. The theme of the reunion Durkeville Historical Society, Breakfast, Gala and a Sunday Norma White.





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Ritz opens Black sports

in Jacksonville exhibit

Coaching legends Harold "Buster" Hair, John Corker and Henry
Williams preview some of the many artifacts on display.

Retired NFL Kenny Burrough spoke at the exhibit opening and
spoke how the coaches powerful contributions led to his successful
career. Burrough, a wide receiver, graduated from Raines High School
and played for Texas Southern University. He played in NFL 12 sea-
sons for the New Orleans Saints and the Houston Oilers from 1970 to
1981. A two-time Pro Bowl selection in 1975 and 1977, Burrough led
all NFL wide receivers in receiving yards with 1,063 in 1975. He was
one of only a few NFL players to wear Number 00 on his jersey.

By Charlene Crowell
In recent months a series of set-
tlements by the Federal Department
of Justice signal that charges of dis-
criminatory lending not only have
validity: but occur with amazing
similarity in different locales. In
one week alone, a lawsuit against
mortgage lending practices in the
St. Louis metropolitan area ended
with a $1.45 million settlement to
resolve charges of discriminatory
patterns and practices. Midwest
Bank Centre agreed to open a full
service branch in a majority African
American area of the metro.
Additionally other terms of the set-
tlement call for $900,000 to
increase the amount of lending to
majority African American neigh-
borhoods; $300,000 for consumer
education and credit repair pro-

grams; and $250,000 for outreach
to promote their products and serv-
ices to prospective customers.
In a separate but related action,
Nixon State Bank, of Nixon, Texas
will pay nearly $100,000 to settle a
lawsuit that charged with bank
engaged in discriminatory practices
on the basis of national origin.
Latino borrowers according to the
complaint were charged higher
prices on unsecured consumer loans
a violation of the Equal Credit
Opportunity Act.
If these settlements sound famil-
iar you're right. Earlier this year a
similar settlement focused on
Detroit and the practices of Citizens
Republic Bancorp and Citizens
Bank of Flint, Michigan. In this set-
tlement, the banks agreed to open a
loan office in a Detroit African

American neighborhood and invest
approximately $3.6 million in
Wayne County. In December 2010,
Prime Lending a national mortgage
lender with 168 offices in 32 states,
agreed to pay $2 million to end a
lawsuit that alleged African
American borrowers were
charged higher annual per-

series of laws enacted years ago to
prevent these kinds of practices that
in 2011, some of America's lenders
seem to be thumbing their noses to
fair lending for all Americans.
Million dollar settlements are not
enough to compensate communities

Housing discrimination

centage rates of interest for settlements pale in comparison
prime fix rate home loans
and for home loans guar- toconsumer financial losses
anteed by the Federal
Housing Administration and of color for all the devastating
Department of Veterans Affairs. financial harm that their illegal
Terms of this settlement required practices have wrought. According
Prime Lending to begin in 2011 to to the recently released 2011 State
implement policies to prevent dis- of the Nation's Housing by the Joint
crimination. Beyond these four Center for Housing Studies of
DOJ settlements two additional law Harvard University, nearly half of
suits are still pending on behalf of foreclosure auctions in 2010 were
residents Baltimore, Maryland and located in just 10 percent of the
Memphis, Tennessee. Both of these nation's 65,000 cen-us tracts.
cities have alleged that Wells Fargo According to the new report, home-
Bank violated fair lending laws that ownership rate declined for African
resulted in a higher number of Americans (3.8 percent) and
unnecessary foreclosures in their Latinos (2.1 percent) have outpaced
respective locals. Both cities allege those for white households (1.5 per-
that disproportionate foreclosures cent). As a result these homeowner-
and resulting economic losses were ship declines have erased the home-
caused by steering Black con- ownership gains of the past two
sumers into high cost unsustainable decades.
mortgage loans. CRL's own research previously
In Brooklyn, New York, eight found $350 billion of wealth has
African American home owners been lost to African American and
were awarded more than $1 million Latino family due to foreclosures
in a jury trial against a developer and their rippling effects on neigh-
United Homes. While that defen- borhoods. In the 19th Century
dant already announced plans to file newly freed slaves were promised
an appeal, plaintiffs maintain that 40 acres and a mule. In the 20th
their respective purchases of reno- Century African-Americans were
vated and flipped homes were all joined by progressive organizations
appraised at inflated values reflect- and individuals to fight and win
ed in significantly higher sales civil rights. In 2011 our silver rights
prices. It seems ironic that despite a are the issue.

Camilla and her son Reginald Thompson stand with their donated
exhibit item. The 1946 Roosevelt Theatre Award is a family heirloom
presented to winning African-American football teams.

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Feds to block election law
TALLAHASSEE The American Civil Liberties Union and National
Association for the Advancement of Colored People are among the
groups asking the U.S. Justice Department to reject Florida's new elec-
tion law.
Project Vote, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the Florida
Conference of Black State Legislators also had filed objections through
Justice Department preclearance is required because of past voter dis-
crimination in five of Florida's 67 counties.
Opponents say the new law discriminates against black voters by
reducing the number of early voting days from 14 to eight. They sub-
mitted studies showing a larger proportion of blacks than whites vote
They also object to a provision making it more difficult for groups
such as the League of Women Voters and Boy Scouts to conduct voter
registration drives.

July 7-14, 2011

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Despite the Economy Blacks have

to focus on financial planning

First things first, Mayor Alvin
Brown took office on Friday of last
week, which is monumental for
Jacksonville. Mayor Brown also
named several key staff members -
with each person named being a
good choice including Senator
Tony Hill, State Rep Mia Jones and
former Councilman Kevin Hyde.
This is an excellent start to a
journey that will undoubtedly be a
roller coaster ride at times.
Next week I will into more detail
about the Mayor's new administra-
tion. One of the key issues dis-
cussed by Mayor Brown on the

"We dress good, drive nice
cars, by nice things for out
homes, but are living pay-
check to pay check because
we are not saving or
planning for our future."
campaign trail was the economy
and creating jobs. I want to
approach the economics and finan-
cial management from a different
At one point all rappers were
talking about was their "bling" in
every song. Of course the term
bling refers to the big diamonds
and flashy lifestyles over-hyped by
rappers in almost every song and
music video. But don't be too hard
on Hip Hop or its followers for cre-
ating a culture of materialism and
false wealth.
The culture or mentality has
existed for years. Rappers have
simply helped to make the flashy
and cheesy more popular.
So why is "bling, bling" impor-
tant? Well, it is not, but it is a
microcosm of a much larger socie-
tal problem that is very prevalent
in minority communities espe-

cially African American neighbor-
hoods. Too many we are focused
on short terms goals that are cen-
tered on materialistic things.
When one has to even ponder
between paying for your child's
after school care or getting your
hair and nails done, there's a prob-
lem. All of us have been young and
foolish, but too many of us are old
and foolish as well.
For example, there are many
people who constantly buy nice
things, drive expensive cars and
look like a million dollars when
their bank accounts tell a different
story. And don't get me
wrong, there is nothing
r wrong with looking nice or
wanting nice things, but we
have to keep the bigger pic-
e ture in mind long-term
economic stability.
And that economic stabil-
ity translates into building a
foundation for your families'
financial future. And let me just
say this, a large percentage of
African Americans do not fit into
this category, but there are proba-
bly too many that do.
There's a rap song that refers to
the mentally of overly materialistic
as being "Hood Rich" basically
living from paycheck to paycheck,
but you will go out and buy a
$6,000 set of chrome rims (on
credit) or that fresh new pair of
Jordan's for $200.
The term is basically for those of
us who have not learned to priori-
tize and plan for our financial
future or to be more direct it is
for those who simply value the
wrong things. So hold that thought
as I lay the foundation for my argu-
The reality is that we live in a
capitalistic society and it is not

A broader perspective of our social construct.

By Noval Jones
"Unlike, say, normal people,
America's professional sports stars
reside in a universe that is pure
Fantasy Island...In demanding that
athletes devote 100 percent to their
craft, we are also demanding that
athletes devote zero percent to their
brains." Jeff Pearlman,
Last week marked significant
events in the American labor move-
ment. The National Basketball
Association franchise owners offi-
cially locked out their players. The
NBA's lockout is highlighted by the
ongoing labor dispute between the
National Football League owners
and their players. As shallow as
their disagreements may sound,
these lockouts have been top of
mind for media outlets and many
sports fans.
Also significant last week, Florida
officially implemented a three per-
cent pay cut on state employees.

Florida's new law was hardly a
labor dispute of any kind. State leg-
islators and the governor didn't
lockout the state's employees; they
just decided to take what they want-
This means that hard working
Floridians that include; teachers,
law enforcement, transportation and
health care professionals are being
told how much their service to the
state really matters. These reduc-
tions in pay couldn't have come at
worse time.
For example, last year pay for
Florida's teachers ranked 47th in the
nation. In fact, Florida's average
teacher salary in 2010-2011 was
$46,708. Almost $10,000 lower
than the national average of about
So why is the economic labor sta-
tus of public employees relevant to
the lockout of professional football
and basketball players?

until economics touches an issue
that people start to really pay atten-
tion. Or to simply state the oblivi-
ous when issues begin to affect
our pocket books that is when we
really start paying attention no
matter who you are.
Most of us know our history, and
when Rosa Parks sat on that bus
and refused to get up she started
the Montgomery Bus Boycott. But
the reason that boycott worked was
because of the collective economic
impact, which was the bottom line
because it forced the bus company
into bankruptcy.
It was the economics of the issue
that made the City of Montgomery
wake up. The bus boycott was suc-
cessful, not simply because blacks
stopped riding the bus, but the end
results of them not riding a sig-
nificant loose of revenue for the
bus company.
African Americans collective
economic clout is a powerful
weapon in this money-driven soci-
ety. We as blacks spend over $425
billion annually in this country, so
we have economic strength, but
too often it's targeted in the wrong
Hopefully, I won't ruffle too
many feathers, but we African
Americans sometimes get caught
up in trying to keep up with the
Jones'. I said this earlier, but we
dress good, drive nice cars, by nice
things for our homes, but are living
paycheck to pay check because we
are not saving or planning for our
We have to begin to change that
mentally. We have to start invest-
ing for our future. And it has to
start with parents and other role
models in the community who
have to start leading by example
and talking to our children about

their finances at an early age.
African Americans have to begin
to stress to our children the impor-
tance of maintaining good credit
and the significance of saving and
investing money properly. In my
opinion, we don't do enough teach-
ing our children based upon our
life experiences.
A wise man once said, "The poor
can't lift themselves up by their
own bootstraps because they have
no boots." And how do you teach
someone who is stuck in a cycle of
poverty that they do not have to go
bootless in a country where there
are more opportunities for minori-
ties than ever before?
I don't have the exact answers,
but I know that we must focus on
breaking the cycle of poverty in
black America, and it will not hap-
pen by simply talking about it. The
time has come for leaders to lead
and for parents to parent their chil-
And we need real programs in
place that help individuals and
families grow and prosper eco-
nomically and independently.
In other words sometimes we
take people fishing and let them
watch us fish without teaching
them how to hook bait and cast the
line, but we expect them to auto-
matically know how to fish from
watching us.
We have a long way to go in the
black community to gain economic
independence. Of course, there
have been some strong strides
made, but a more focused effort is
And as U.S. Representative
Maxine Waters said, "If we join
our economic strength and our
political strength we can make
Black America better."
Signing off from a local tire and


What happened to

Armstrong Williams
Back in the day, Armstrong Williams proved to be "one
of the most recognizable conservative voices in America."
He possessed a pugnacious and provocative style, and
stayed Williams was "on point" when expressing his viewpoints. Most
importantly, he provided conservatives and Christians with what they longed
to hear. In the 1990s, Williams' colloquies regarding Black Americans,
received national attention by pointing out that high percentages of African-
Americans actually hold conservative views. Williams also noted that "polit-
ical leaders dupe Blacks and persuade high numbers of them to swap their
votes for Democratic handouts."
Today, after hitting some bumps along the road, Williams is back on the
national scene with a new book that talks about his current attitude and per-
spective. He still considers welfare as "a new plantation system" and decries
America's obsession with race. Chronicling his personal journey through pur-
gatory, the conservative African-American political commentator has written,
Reawakening Virtues: Restoring What Makes America Great. In his new
book, Armstrong Williams calls for "a renewal of basic virtues that have gone
by the wayside in today's world". Drawing on his upbringing in South
Carolina, Armstrong discusses pertinent issues such as the sanctity of life and
the virtues of capitalism. In the 190-page book, Williams discusses tradi-
tional virtues from a Christian perspective and ultimately argues for a revital-
ization of American society, politics and culture by updating the values of our
founding fathers and bringing them into the 21st century.
It was that "conservative" and "Christian" persona that got him in trouble
in the first place. In 2005, Williams acknowledged that he was paid $240,000
by the U.S. Department of Education to promote its initiatives on his syndi-
cated television program and to other African-Americans in the news media.
That disclosure of payment set off a storm of criticism from Democrats over
the Bush administration's spending to promote its policies to the public.
According to the contract with the Ketchum Agency, a public relations and
marketing firm that had the contract with the Department of Education,
Williams was required to broadcast two one-minute advertisements in which
Education Secretary Rod Paige extolled the merits of its national standards
program, No Child Left Behind.
Neither Ketchum's contract with the Department of Education or Williams'
role to promote Secretary Paige and No Child Left Behind were new to the
way business is done in Washington. While no other contractors who partic-
ipated in the deal were chastised, Armstrong bore the brunt of criticism. He
told the N.Y. Times that the substantial, negative media he had received was
due, at least in part, to his being African-American. He said "The liberal elite
despise Black conservatives. I am a conservative who does not know his
place. If I were White, they wouldn't care."
Williams has a lot to share with readers. He has strong Black bona fides
undergirding his perspectives. A 1981 graduate of historically-Black land
grant South Carolina State University, Williams is a 3rd generation entrepre-
neur and Republican who was reared on the family's S. Carolina tobacco farm
with his nine siblings. Williams' conservative leaning have served him well
among other trailblazers of color. Throughout his career Williams has had
friends in high places. Armstrong Williams served as a Special Assistant to
Clarence Thomas when he was the Chairman of the U.S. Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission. Williams started his broadcasting career in 1991
at WOL, Radio One's flagship station. In 1995, Williams' local show was
syndicated by The Talk America Radio Network. By 2002 Williams rejoined
Radio One Inc. hosting a monthly primetime television special on the TV One
cable network.
A combination of his faith and travails, Armstrong Williams uses
Reawakening Virtues: Restoring What Makes America Great to discuss a
conservative code of conduct that illustrates his strong character.

It's time to lockout the "lockouts"

In the reality that is our current limited

economy, athletes and owners have gone too far.

Apparently, since they
provide no entertainment value,
some of the most important eight-
to-fivers in our lives are considered
to be second-class citizens when it
comes to the future of public serv-
ice. All of this while NFL and NBA
owners and players expect us to be
there for them in their time of eco-
nomic crisis. For example, the
league minimum for NFL players is
just under one million dollars a year.
And the NBA boasts a rookie salary
cap that could feed a family of four
for a decade.
It's a fact that NFL and NBA
players are millionaires and billion-
aires who don't have a clue. They
are led around by agents whose only
interest is to stay rich long after the
athlete's career is over. Players are
trained not to care about political
issues that have major impacts on
the growth and development of the
communities in which they live.
They leave politics to politicians

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and community work to community
activists. That is, of course, until
they find themselves in a position of
disadvantage after their careers are
over. By that time their positions of
influence are diminished and any
understanding of issues of impor-
tance don't rise to a level of action.
Professional athletes have been
pretty much silent on issues of prin-
cipals and ideals that don't impact
their bottom line. The days of pro-
fessional sports activists such as Jim
Brown, Jackie Robinson and the
great Curt Flood are long gone. I'd
even bet that most of them don't
have an inkling about the significant
contribution and impact Flood's
decision and sacrifices made on
their wallets.
In the face of all of society's prob-
lems and issues, why are we being
forced to be concerned about the
purse strings of professional sports
owners and players when they could
care less about ours'? NFL and NBA

The United State provides oppor-
tunities for free expression of ideas.
The Jacksonville Free Press has its
view, but others may differ.
Therefore, the Free Press ownership
reserves the right to publish views
and opinions by syndicated and
local columnist, professional writers
and other writers' which are solely
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sarily reflect the policies and posi-
tions of the staff and management of
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players and owners need to make
themselves aware of society's chal-
lenges then work harder to advocate
for change. If players want the pub-
lic to be sympathetic to their labor
woes then they should cry out in
outrage at the injustices laid at the
feet of people such as public
employees. While NFL and NBA
players are suffering from their own
lockout, they should take a real
close look at the true labor disre-
spect that is being enforced across
the country. Then they should take a
Unfortunately they won't. Rich
athletes are too caught up in their
own matters of vanity to cherish
concerns of the people. In the mean-
time, we as fans are supposed to fol-
low them to the stadium and the
high def big screen like sheep.
Apparently pro athletes are fine
with being known as dead from the
neck up. In all honesty it probably
has its privileges to be absent of val-

ues or political standards.
However, it doesn't have to be
that way. They can choose to join
the reality of everyday people.
The logical thing to do for those
involved in professional sports lock-
outs (both NBA and NFL) is to
wake up and feel the pain and suf-
fering of people who look upon
them for entertainment relief. As
long as they don't realize the impor-
tance of issues outside of the locker
room NFL and NBA players and
owners should never expect the true
respect of the public.
It would be an honorable thing if
the lockout meatheads were to get
their social priority houses in order.
Only then will we as fans look
beyond the jock value.
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"Evening Wrapped In Praise & Face of gospel music no longer just Black
Worship" with Tarra F. Jones _______

Wrapped In Worship Publishing & The Integrity Solution announces the
debut CD release concert of Tarra F. Jones on Friday, July 8, 2011 at
Truth For Living Ministries, located 159 Clark Road, at 7:00 p.m..
"Wrapped In Worship.The Prelude" is a collection of anointed praise and
worship songs that is best described as an awe-inspiring, soulful sound-
ing, lyrical masterpiece that offers songs ofjoy, faith and encouragement.
This project was birthed from pain, pressure, sacrifice and the yearning
to have an increased level of pure worship. Each song will catapult you
into a refreshing place in the presence of God. Tarra brings high energy
with the opening song "Secret Place" yet she also gives you some tra-
ditional, soul-stirring, gut-wrenching church. For more information con-
tact Kishia Kimbrough at (904) 772-1490. The event is FREE and open
to the public.

Free dental care from the Northeast

Florida Baptist Association
The Northeast Florida Baptist Association will have their Mobile
Dental Unit out on July 19th from 8:30 a.m. 4:00 p.m. The unit will take
medical financial screenings and appointments at Yulee Baptist Church,
85971 Harts Rd. in Yulee, Fla. These appointments are on a first come,
first serve basis. Only basic dental work (fillings and extraction) are pro-
vided by the MU. No cleaning of teeth, dentures or oral surgery will be
provided. No appointment can be made on the phone, you must appear in
person to make an appointment. For more information contact the
Northeast Florida Baptist Association (904) 225-5941.

St. Mathews presents Glory Train
"The Glory Train" Gospel comedy production will be premiering
Saturday July 9, 2011 at 6 p.m. at St. Matthew A.M.E. Church located at
880 Melson Ave. Tickets are $20.00 for adult and $10.00 for children 9
and under and includes a steak dinner. Come out and enjoy a steak din-
ner as you laugh and rejoice in the Lord! The join us for our Women's
Day Celebration the following days, Sunday, July 10, 2011 at 10:30 a.m.
to order your tickets, contact the church at (904) 388-6900 or email
Sister Barbara Pough, Chairperson, and Sister W.M. Albany, Co-chair-
person. Reverend Gary C. De Sue, Sr. Pastor.

by K. Phan
NEWARK, N.J. The evolution
of Gospel music was evident at the
2011 McDonald's Gospelfest event
Saturday at the Prudential Center,
where performances during the
night's talent competition transcend-
ed ethnic, geographic and artistic
boundaries traditionally associated
with the genre.
In its 28th year, the event is
known as the biggest Gospel cele-
bration in the New York Tri-State
area. This year's show drew a crowd
of over 14,000.
During the competition portion of
the event, over 80 finalists, chosen
from over 40,000 auditions, com-
peted in various Gospel categories
including, Soloists, Youth Choir,
Adult Choir, Praise Dance, Step,
Singing Groups, Instrumentalists
and Gospel Rappers.
The night of praise and worship
also featured a message from
Bishop T. D. Jakes and performanc-
es by contemporary Gospel giants
Kirk Franklin and Donnie
McClurkin, among others.
While Christ-centered message of
the Gospelfest performances has
remained the same over the years,
performers and contestants say they
notice that Gospel no longer as just
a "black," "American," or "singing"
art form.
"It evolves and continues to
progress. There is room for the old
as well as the new," said Grammy-
award winning Gospel singer

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"Gospel music is not black and
not American. It is global," said the
soulful singer, noting that he recent-
ly traveled to Cuba and England and
will head to South Africa soon.
"There are so many different genres
of Gospel music. There are so many
cultures that make up Gospel music.
The thing about Gospel music is
that its message stays the same even
though the music changes with the
Daisuke Ichii, a native Japanese
who came to New York City to
study English, was one of the
singers competing in the Soloist cat-
egory. The 27-year-old, who attends
Abyssinian Baptist Church in
Harlem, received a warm reception
from the crowd for his rendition of
"My Soul Has Been Anchored" by
Douglas Miller.
"Why should only black people
sing Gospel? Anyone who believes
in God can sing the Gospel," Ichii
told CP. "Jesus is my everything and
he has helped me so I want to sing
for God and for other people who
believe in God. Also, for people
who don't believe in God, I want to
share with them that God is good."
A. Curtis Farrow, an Emmy-nom-
inated producer and director of

McDonald's Gospelfest, said the
competition has gone international
this year. During the audition phase
of the competition, he received tape
submissions from as far away as
Germany, France and Japan.
One of the international submis-
sions that made the cut to compete
in this year's Out of Town category
came from a choir team from
Barbados known as the Silvertones.
For their performance, the group
sang a Caribbean-inspired Gospel
song in a local dialect of their coun-
Gospel music was also expressed
in non-singing forms too.
A dance group comprised of 12-
to 18-year-old girls from Miller
Evangelical Christian Union Church
in Brooklyn used praise stepping as
a way to communicate the Gospel to
a younger generation. In stepping,
dancers use their hands and feet to
produce percussion rhythms, often
times in synchronized movements.
"Not everyone likes the same
thing so we bring a new style to
bring people to God. Step brings out
energy and helps us communicate to
others. That's what the teenagers are
into now," Savannah, team leader of
Miller Phi Beta, shared with CP. The

First Church of Palm Coast hosts self

image workshop for young ladies
The First Church of Palm Coast will have a free seminar focusing on
building self-respect and character for young ladies. It is open to young
ladies 12-18 on the topic "How to build a positive self image". It takes place
on July 14th from 1:30-3:3:30 p.m. It will be held at the church, 91 Old
King Rd N. in Palm Coast. Refreshments will be provided. Youth Activities
Director Sophia Booker can be reached for details at 386-446-5759. The
Reverend Dr. Gillard S. Glover, Senior Pastor.
Church news is published free of charge. Information must be
received in the Free Press offices no later than Monday, at 5 p.m.
of the week you want it to run. Information received prior to the
event date will be printed on a space available basis until the
date. Fax e-mail to 765-8611 or e-mail to

group was the only entry for the
Step category.
Kristin, one of the step dancers,
commented to CP, "Our verse is
from Psalm 100, 'Make a joyful
noise unto the Lord.' We use step as
a way to express ourselves differ-
ently. It's not only singing. It's not
only dancing. But we can praise the
Lord so we are making a joyful
noise for the Lord."
Bishop T. D. Jakes who headlined
the event said there is always room
for new worship methods in Gospel
"I think the amazing thing about
Gospel music is that not only does it
lift up the death and resurrection of
our Lord, which is consistent with
the Gospel, but it is uniquely com-
municated depending upon the gen-
eration. It's not locked to sheet
music, it's not held in a box," said
Jakes, pastor of the Dallas-based
megachurch The Potter's House.
"There's going to be diversity," he
continued. "As diverse as we are, as
the people are expressing it, they are
going to be equally diverse. And
there are rooms for traditional and
contemporary and hip hop Gospel
music. The methodologies are
always different but the message
should be the same."
Added McClurkin, who pastors
Perfecting Faith Church in Freeport,
N.Y., "The message of salvation of
Gospel music is always Jesus Christ
- his love, his life, his resurrection,
his coming again, his ability to for-
give anyone and his love that
embraces everyone no matter who
they are. His love is not for those
who go to church. It's for everyone."
"For God so loved the world not
the church the world. That's the
love that we got to portray through
our music and our individual

Bethel Baptist Institutional Church

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

Bishop Rudolph
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America's Prison Juggernaut

Continues to Crush Black Males

by E. O Huthcinson
For a brief moment in the late
1990s there was a glimmer of hope
that America's incarceration jug-
gernaut would slow down. The
Sentencing Project which compiles
an annual report on crime and pun-
ishment in the nation found a slight
percentage drop in the incarceration
rate in state prisons.
That was due to a mix of better
economic times, a slight up tick in
drug and counseling and rehabilita-
tion programs, and better communi-
ty outreach by police departments.
The thaw in the hard-line take no
prisoner approach to crime and
punishment didn't last. In 2007,
according to a report from the
Pew Center of the States, more
persons were in American
jails than ever.
So many, that the United
States now has the shame-
ful distinction of being the
world's runaway jail-
house leader. It locks up
one-quarter of the
world's prison popula-
The Pew report found
three more disturbing
problems in America's
staggering jail numbers.
One is that judges who
would likely opt for commu-
nity based corrections pro-
grams such as fines, restitution;
home detention, probation, elec-
tronic monitoring, and drug diver-
sion programs don't because these
options are scare. The programs are
poorly funded and operated, or are
non-existent. Another problem is
that black males still make up more
than half of America's prison
inmates. They are four times more
likely than whites and twice as like-
ly as Hispanics to be jailed. The dis-
proportionate number of blacks
jailed hasn't budged in the past
decade. The other problem is that a
significant percent of them are
locked up for non-violent petty
crime and drug offenses.
Putting thousands of black men
behind bars for mostly non-violent

offenses has had staggering conse-
quences. It has wreaked massive
social and political havoc on fami-
lies and communities. It has been
the single biggest reason for the
bloat in federal and state spending
on prison construction, mainte-
nance, and the escalation in the
number of prosecutors needed to
handle the continuing flood of
criminal cases.
The stock reason

izing a

huge F
of a generation
of young blacks is that
they are crime-prone and lack fam-
ily values. But reports and studies
by the Justice Department, the U.S.
Sentencing Commission, as well as
universities and foundations con-
firm that broken homes and bad
genes have little to do with crime
rates. High joblessness, failing pub-
lic schools, budget cutbacks in
skills training and placement pro-
grams, the refusal of employers to

hire those with criminal records,
and the gaping racial disparity in
the drug sentencing laws are the
major reasons why far more blacks
than whites are behind bars.
The scapegoat of blacks for
America's crime and drug problem
actually began in the 1980s. Much
of the media quickly turned the
drug problem into a black problem
and played it up big in news sto-
ries and features.
: M a n y

scared stiff of
the drug crisis readily
gave their blessing to drug sweeps.
random vehicle checks, marginally
legal searches and seizures, evic-
tions from housing projects and
apartments. When it came to law
enforcement practices in the ghettos
and barrios, the denial of civil liber-
ties protections, due process and
privacy made a mockery of the
criminal justice system to many
blacks and Latinos.

State legislators haven't helped
things. Many are scared stiff that a
too aggressive push for increased
funding and expansion of drug
diversion and probation programs
will stir voter backlash. The big
dread is that they will be tarred as
soft on crime, and could be dumped
from office.
That's turned a horrid situation
into a public policy nightmare.
States now do one of two things to
deal with an out control prison pop-
ulation. They enact or try to
strengthen drug treatment and
diversion programs or release pris-
oners. This has little to do with a
ine\ found enlightenment on pun-
i.hmeint. Prisons are big, danger-
, ou,. and inefficient and most of
.ill expensive. It costs twenty
times more to lock up inmates
than to support community
based corrections programs.
States such as California
have been slapped with
federal court orders to pro-
vide better medical treat-
ment to inmates, and to
relive overcrowding. This
costs money; money that
many states don't have. But
any talk of the release of
thousands of prisoners
brings an instant voter outcry.
The states, though, created the
problem with their policy of jail
first, rather than rehabilitation
programs. It's a problem that they
can no longer dodge.
With increasing hard economic
rimes, the prospects of even more
vyoing, and poor blacks being
,steamrolled by the prison jugger-
naut looms even greater. This
increases the urgency for prison and
state officials to cease squandering
scarce resources on wasteful.
racially-flawed criminal justice
policies that target mostly, poor,
and desperate non violent offend-
ers. The answer is to rely on more
sound cost effective and humane
programs such as drug, job, skills
and family support programs to
bring to a screeching halt the incar-
ceration juggernaut.

Two years ago, Sandra's seeming-
ly perfect world with her husband
and two children was shattered.
During a routine physical, her doc-
tor noticed Sandra had swollen
lymph glands in her neck. Sandra
didn't worry when the doctor
ordered an HIV test; after all she
The Strailht-Up Truth
Ahbnii the Down-Low

Women s aio their s torleso
boKtroajal. pain and survival
Joy Marie
was married to a wonderful, God-
fearing man and she had tested
HIV-negative prior to their mar-
riage. Five days later, the test came
back positive and Sandra was dev-
astated. That evening she tearfully
told her husband of her positive test
results. Later that night he went to
the store...never to return. She later
discovered love letters her husband
had written to his former prison
mate. Today, Sandra and her two
children reside in her parents' base-
ment while Sandra struggles with
depression, illness, and debt.
"Unfortunately Sandra's story is
one of many e-mails we receive on
a daily basis," says Joy Marie, the
author of the explosive book, The
Straight-Up Truth About The
Down-Low: Women Share their
Stories of Betrayal, Pain and
Survival (Creative Wisdom Books-
March 2008). Joy Marie is the pen
name of two women who have sur-
vived marriages to down-low men.
Once the down-low was exposed,
its link to the spread of HIV/AIDS
in African-American women was
obvious, despite the lack of scien-
tific data. African-American
women are no more promiscuous
than their white counterparts, how-
ever there is a higher HIV infection
rate amongst black women. One
reason, as Sandra's story suggests,

is the high incarceration rate of
black men.
"Prisons have become a revolving
HIV/AIDS factory in the black
community," says Marie. "Cycles
of imprisonment and release
among black males help contribute
to the high HIV/AIDS rates in
African American women. Black
men in the prison system engage in
high-risk sexual behaviors and
many of them continue to sleep
with men upon their release. Many
of these men lie to their wives and
girlfriends about their homosexual
activities and their HIV status as
well. One prison guard shared how
during his twelve years on duty, he
witnessed countless married
inmates engaging in sexual acts
with other men."
"The black community needs to
wake up and address this elephant
in the room," says Marie. "Our
community leaders would rather
turn their heads than admit that the
secretive homosexual practices of
many black men are endangering
the lives of innocent black women
and their children. We have to take
control of our lives. We must
demand HIV tests in our presence.
We must demand monogamy. We
must demand respect and accounta-
bility from our men. In addition,
we as black women should learn all
we can about HIV/AIDS and how
it's transmitted and the lifestyle fac-
tors that put us at risk for this dis-
ease, especially our involvement
with secretive down-low men."
"There are many warning signs to
detect men on the DL, which we
addressed in our book," says Marie.
"We believe the account of our
experiences and what we have
learned from other women will
bring about awareness and a
heightened sense of self-responsi-
bility. March 10, 2009 is the
National Women and Girls
HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and we
want black women to become
informed and protect themselves
and their children against others
who may not have their best inter-
est at heart."
For more information, please visit

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activities to self enrichment and the civic scene

Willie Wonka
at the Alhambra
Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of
this family classic with this limited
engagement of the classic rags to
riches tale, Willy Wonka at the
Alhambra Theatre! Showtime
dates are through July 24th. Doors
will open at 5:30 p.m. with dinner
from 6:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. Show
starts at 7:30 p.m. To purchase tick-
ets or call the box office today at

Trotters 55th
Meet and Greet
The Trotters Motorcycle Club will
hold present their 55th Annual
Event Meet and Greet will be
Friday, July 8th at 8 p.m. at the
Anchor Hopkins, 2812 West 12th
Street The following Saturday
will begin with a picnic on July 9th
at 12:30 p.m at Snyder and a dance
that evening starting at 8:00 p.m. at
the Post of Snyder Armory, 9900
Normandy Blvd. For more informa-
tion call 755-7124.

Leadership Series
"So You Want To Be an
Entrepreneur", a free workshop
hosted by E3, will offer participants
the opportunity to learn what it
takes as a person to start a business
and gain insight into the challenges
faced and characteristics of entre-
preneurship. The workshop is free
and open to the public. It will be
held Saturday from July 9th 11
a.m. 1 p.m. at 5520 Norwood
Avenue (inside Abzolute Fitness)
To register call 904-683-0143 or

Science Fiction Fest
Ancient City Con IV, a two-day
festival featuring workshops,
games, celebrities and contests cov-
ering all things sci-fi, fantasy,
anime and gaming will be held
July 9 10th at the Hyatt Regency.
Call 588-1234 for more informa-

DEEN Wellness
Grand Opening
From a cadre of professionals to a
major investment in technology, the
Diabetico International Clinic at
Deen Wellness Center offers pro-
grams in weight loss, drugless pain
management, diabetic, cardiac
rehab and telemedicine. It will open
to the community on Saturday,
July 9th at 10 a.m. with Sen Tony
Hill cutting the ribbon. There will
be food, fun, and door prizes. Visit
the the Center at 5290-4 Norwood
Avenue or call 904-765-6002.

Audition for a play
Limelight Theatre will hold audi-
tions for their next show, "A Funny
Thing Happened on the Way to the
Forum", Sunday, July 10th from
6 9 p.m. Auditioners are asked to
arrive 30 minutes in advance to fill
out audition forms and warm up.
The Theatre is located at 11 Old
Mission Avenue, St. Augustine
32084 or contact (904) 825-1164.

Tommy Davidson at
Comedy Zone
Comedian Tommy Davidson will
be headlining at the Jacksonville
Comedy Zone, July 14-17th.
Davidson, is best known as one of
the original stars of the hit televi-
sion show In Living Color. His tal-
ent ranges from stand-up to feature

films acting. For tickets and reser-
vations call 904.292.4242. The
Comedy Zone is located inside the
Ramada Inn/mandarin, 3130
Hartley Rd.

Comedian Chris
Tucker in Concert
After a brief hiatus from the stage
Chris Tucker makes his triumphant
return to the stage. The comedian
will be performing live on Friday,
July 15th at The Moran Theatre at
the Times Union Center at 8:00
p.m. Call 1-877-356-8493 for tix.

Family Fun Day
at the Landing
Make plans for the whole family to
attend The Landing's 2nd Annual
Family Fun Day. The downtown
extravaganza will be filled with
bounce houses, water activities, arts
and crafts and more. It wil be held
on Saturday, July 16, 2011starting
at 10 a.m. inside the Jacksonville

Africa Night
Gala at UNF
There will be an Africa Night Gala
on Saturday, July 16th at the
University of North Florida. It will
be from 6 10 p.m. in the Student
Union Ball Room. The evening will
include authentic African cuisine
and music. There will also be door
prizes and a silent auction. For
more information, call 924-7444.

Dangerous Curves
Full figured fashions
The Dangerous Curves full figured
fashion show will be held on
Saturday, July 16th at the
Wyndham Hotel. Showtime is 7

p.m. For more information call 422-

JHS Pawfessionals
The Jacksonville Humane
Society's Young Professionals
Group, The Pawfessionals will
present the Second annual pawpuz-
zle crawl fundraiser, July 16th .
The event is a a professional pub
crawl through the beaches town
center. Crawl from 1 6 p.m. at 200
first street courtyard, Neptune
Beach. For more info, contact:
Michelle Gilliam at 725-8766 ext.

Comedian Earthquake
Television and Def Comedy come-
dian fixture Earthquake will be at
the Comedy Zone, July 28 30,
2011, located inside the Mandarin
Ramada Inn, 3130 Harts Rd Harts
Rd., For more information visit, or call

Youth Poetry Slam
Jax Youth Poetry Slam: A
Competitive Open Mic Event for
ages 11-18 Wednesday, July 20,
2011 5:30-7:30 p.m. Jacksonville
Public Library Downtown Branch -
Hicks Auditorium. Register at (904)

Aurora Jacksonville
Black Arts Festival
Stage Aurora Jacksonville
presents a Black Arts Festival, a
three- day festival of entertainment
showcasing great theatre, dance,
and music. The Festival will be held
July 22 -24. For tickets, contact
Stage Aurora at (904) 765-7372.

Reggae legend Beres

Hammond at Plush
Reggae legend, Beres Hammond
known in particular for his romantic
lover's rock and soulful voice, is
coming to town Wednesday, July
27th at Plush Nightclub. Visit or call (904)

Stage Aurora tributes
Rosa Parks
Witness "A Rose Among Thorns,
a Tribute to Rosa Parks" July 24th
featuring Ella Joyce (TV Star of
ROC and My Wife and Kids) at the
Stage Aurora Performance Hall
inside of Gateway Town Center
located at 5188 Norwood Avenue.
For ticket information, contact
Stage Aurora at (904) 765-7372.

Natural Hair
TRU Roots will present a Natural
Hair Care Workshop on Saturday,
July 30, 2011 at Ventureplex
Training Facility, 7235 Bonneval
Road (off JT Butler & Phillips
Highway) Jacksonville, Florida
32256 Register at http://www.tru-
rootsl .net/id43.html.

Aaron Bing in concert
Saxophonist Aaron Bing will be in
concert Saturday, July 30, 2011,
7:30 p.m. at the Times Union Terry
Theater. For tickets visit www.tick- or call Century
Records at 310-684-2554.

Spoken Word
at the Ritz
Join the Ritz Theatre for a free
evening of Spoken Word, Thursday,
August 4th at 7 p.m. Call 632-

Toast to the Animals
Grab a glass and toast the First
Coast's furriest friends at the
Jacksonville Humane Society's
13th annual Toast to the Animals on
Friday, August 19, 2011 from 6 to
9 p.m. at the Omni Hotel. Guests
will enjoy more than 100 varieties
of wine and beer, gourmet hours
d'oeuvres, desserts and a silent and
live auction. Tickets are available at or or call 725-

Comedian Sheryl
Sheryl Underwood the comedian
that continues to push the envelope
discussing sex, politics, current
events and relationships will be in
concert at the Comedy Zone,
August 19 20, 2011. 3130 Harts
Rd. inside the Ramada Inn. Call
292-4242 for more information.

Women's Health
Channel 7 Symposium
The Annual WJCT Women's
Health symposium is scheduled for
Saturday, August 20th from 7:30
a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Hyatt
Regency Riverfront. The full day
event will feature speakers, break-
out sessions with local health and
wellness experts, free health screen-
ings, continental breakfast, catered
lunch and more. For tickets visit or call 549-2938.

Icons and
Legends concert
Erykah Badu, The O'Jays and
Ricky Smiley will be in concert
together on Saturday, September
17, 2011 at the arena. For tickets
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Questions surround Maxine Waters ethics trial



Sapphire The Kid

'Precious' author Sapphire

debuts new book: The Kid

Since the release of the critically
hailed film Precious, there's been a
buzz around the much-anticipated
sequel to Push, the novel Precious
was based on.
Last fall author Sapphire sold her
novel Kid, a sequel to Push, to
Penguin Press, and it was expected
to come out this summer. The story
focuses on Claireece "Precious"
Jones' son, Abdul Jones, "as he
approaches manhood-alone, bru-
talized and with the soul of an
artist," said the press release.
There hasn't been a black female
author, since maybe Alice Walker,
who has inspired both praise from
the mainstream literary establish-
ment and blistering criticism, par-
ticularly from the black middle
class, until Sapphire arrived on the
scene in the mid-90s taking the
world by storm with her under-
ground urban classic, PUSH. The
author's recent novel, The Kid,
picks-up where the novel PUSH
leaves off with Clarice Precious
Jones, an HIV-positive teenage
mom (who was impregnated by her
father), who by the close of the
heart-wrenching 109-minute film is
seen holding her baby boy, Abdul.
Navigating the hot-cold critical
reception has been a point of frus-
tration for the author, though it
doesn't seem to have deterred her
from continuing to write
unabashedly about taboo subjects
like sexual abuse, the HIV-AIDS
epidemic, and black life at the mar-
gins of society. Her work isn't con-
cered with placating middle-class
black folks who would prefer
"uplifting" tales about the commu-
nity. Rather her work unsettles, dis-
turbs, and hopes to rupture any mis-
placed notions of security her read-
er may have as poverty and the
AIDS epidemic threatens everyone,
says Sapphire. If there's one thing
critics can agree on it's that her
work is not for the faint-of-heart,
naive, or indifferent reader.
Writer Abdul Ali caught up with
Sapphire as she gears up for her
biggest tour ever beginning this
In a telephone interview from the
author's New York apartment in the
Hell's Kitchen neighborhood, she
discussed her new novel that gives
a voice to the millions of orphans
caused by HIV-AIDS, why sexual
abuse is so prevalent in her work,
and the heartbreaking reality that
black children are last in line to be
Q: Is The Kid a sequel to PUSH?
Sapphire: I wouldn't call it that.
Q: Can we say a companion
book, maybe?
This novel continues the journey
of what it means to be young and
black in the epidemic that we live
in -- In the AIDS epidemic, In the
cutting away of social services.
There are even less places for
Abdul when his mother dies than
there were for his mother, Precious.
So I pick up right almost where I
left off. But I'm not telling the same
story emotionally because this is a
whole different character. But some
of the same social conditions do
exist. We will see Precious die of
AIDS. We see her generation will
give birth to the beginning of AIDS
It's a continuation. I think I went
where I needed to go with Precious.
And I wanted to examine the world
through Abdul.
Q: Tell me a bit about how you
birthed this character, Abdul. I
was fascinated with the way his
mind works. What was your
source material?
A: Abdul was born like most of lit-
erature...from reading and reading.
There were novels that were really

important to me. I took a year sem-
inar on the work of Richard Wright.
I took another seminar reading, in
an academic way, the works of
Dostoevsky. And I've always been a
person to read texts, the slave nar-
ratives, The Diary of Anne Frank,
where people are writing and
speaking in the first person.
In PUSH, while it was a difficult
novel to write, I was in my own
country, in the country of the
female with language and words.
For language to have been Abdul's
primary means of expression would
have been a cop-out. He's a boy. I
really wanted to give him some-
thing physical, he was going to
paint or dance, he was going to play
basketball. I didn't know what it
was but I was going to have to tack-
le a medium other than having my
character write letters. I wanted to
give voice to an entity, a spirit that
will manifest itself in deeply physi-
cal ways.
Q: Is Abdul an archetype for
black men? How do we place this
He is not a Bigger Thomas [from
Richard Wright's Native Son]. He's
not James Baldwin's Rufus. The
thing that I didn't feel with Rufus or
Bigger Thomas is that I was always
on the outside of them. And I think
that most people who read this
book will enter into Abdul. And
they will perceive the world as he
perceives it. And his actions will
make sense. They won't seem hor-
rific. They will seem like psycho-
logical compensations for the hor-
ror that he's experienced and they
will seem like actions that allow
him to survive and to keep his psy-
che intact.
He's not an archetype or stereo-
type. I think he's a unique child.
When you read this story you'll
think yeah I've seen him before.
Q: So he's like every black man
in some way?
I think what we will encounter in
many ways is that he will experi-
ence some of the things that every
black man will experience. Before
people know him they perceive
him. Like being a Muslim or a
Catholic. He's large and he is black.
He is perceived in a certain kind of
way. He instills fear in people. In
school people are shocked when he
is the best in class.
Q: Let's talk about the legacy
of abuse in your work: Precious
was abused and we see it happen-
ing to Abdul in the new novel.
What made you continue with
that thread of abuse with Abdul
and why is that subject given so
much real estate in your work?
People are missing [the point]
because the abuse that happened to
Abdul is so intense and the cycle
had been broken. Precious does not
re-abuse. She uses what little time,
money, and energy that she has to
take her little boy to the
Schomberg, seeing that he has a
computer, seeing that he has after
school activities, does his home-
work, etc. Not until the social con-
ditions, the safety net tears when
she dies, does he fall.
Q: And he has to go to multiple
foster homes?
At the funeral, he is still an inno-
cent. He is still in the top reading
group, still on track to be the first
member of his family to complete
college and become a part of the
black middle class. So when that
women dies and there's no safety
net, there's no social services, no
extended family--he falls. And I
don't want people to forget that.
And I don't want people to forget
that if he had been a pretty little
white girl, he probably would have
gotten adopted.


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Cong. Maxine Waters
by Nsenga Burton
Brian Gerhart of Colorlines is
reporting that the House Ethics
Committee has yet to make sub-
stantial progress in its corruption
case against Rep. Maxine Waters.
The lingering investigation against
the California Democrat has gar-
nered as much attention for its con-
troversial process as for the alleged
dealings of Rep. Waters. While the
member of the Congressional Black
Congress has repeatedly made clear
her desire to move forward with a
public trial in an attempt to clear
her name, the Ethics Committee
hasn't shown any intent of clearing
up the matter or offering an expla-
nation for the administrative bun-

gles that have plagued the case.
Rep. Waters, who represents
California's 35th congressional dis-
trict, has been the subject of an
ongoing investigation by the Ethics
Committee because she advocated
on behalf of OneUnited Bank, a
black owned financial institution
whose board of directors included
Rep. Waters' husband. The belea-
guered bank ultimately received

$12 million in federal bailout funds
dating back to 2008. Waters was
ultimately charged with three ethics
violations. The day after Rep.
Charles Rangel (D-NY) was found
guilty of ethics violations, the case
against Waters stalled after the rev-
elation that the House Ethics
Committee had engaged in "unethi-
cal practices" in building cases
against former Congressman Ted

Stevens and perhaps, Waters. Two
lawyers were placed on leave
because of "missteps" in gathering
evidence for the pending ethics trial
against Waters. There was never .a
reason given by the House Ethics
committee, although it was
rumored that infighting derailed the
case. Waters, who is eager to clear
her name, has been left in limbo.

Atlanta teachers cheated to improve scores

Award-winning gains by Atlanta
students were based on widespread
cheating by 178 named teachers
and principals, said Georgia Gov.
Nathan Deal. His office released a
report from the Georgia Bureau of
Investigation that names 178 teach-
ers and principals 82 of whom
confessed in what is the biggest
cheating scandal in US history.
This appears to be the largest of
dozens of major cheating scandals,
unearthed across the country. The
allegations point an ongoing prob-
lem for US education, which has
developed an ever-increasing
dependence on standardized tests.
The report on the Atlanta schools,
indicates a "widespread" conspira-
cy by teachers, principals and
administrators to fix answers on the
Criterion-Referenced Competency
Test (CRCT), punish whistle-blow-
ers, and hide improprieties.

On its face, the investigation tar-
nishes the 12-year tenure of
Superintendent Beverly Hall, who
was named US Superintendent of
the Year in 2009 largely because of
the school system's reported gains -
especially in inner-city schools. She
has not been directly implicated,
but investigators said she likely
knew, or should have known, what
was going on. In her farewell
address to teachers in June, Hall for
the first time acknowledged wrong-
doing in the district, but blamed
other administrators.
The Atlanta cheating scandal also
offers the first most comprehensive
view yet into a growing number of
teacher-cheating allegations across
the US, reports of which reached a
rate of two to three a week in June,
says Robert Schaeffer, a spokesman
for the National Center for Fair &
Open Testing, which advocates

against high-stakes testing.
It's also a tacit indictment, critics
say, of politicians putting all bets
for improving education onto high-
stakes tests that punish and reward
students, teachers, and principals
for test scores.
Ten states now use test scores as
the main criterion in teacher evalu-
ations. Other states reward high-
scoring teachers with up to $25,000
bonuses while low scores could
result in principals losing their jobs
or entire schools closing. Even as
the number of scandals grows,
experts say it remains fairly easy
for teachers and principals to get
away with ethical lapses.
In response to cheating scandals,
some states and school districts
have instituted tougher test-audit-
ing standards, employing software
that analyzes erasure rates and pat-


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If Casey Anthony were black

1,, would the verdict be different?

Shown above are Debutantes Brea Parks, Golf Instructor, Alexis Gunns, Honoree Aierress Hanna, Leslye
Randolph, Kelcey Sablon, Jeanette Martin, Golf Instructor, and Hillary Standifer.
AKA Debs participate in a day of golf honoring Aierress Hanna
This year's Alpha Kappa Alpha Debutante Coterie experienced a day of golfing and dinning held at the Hidden
Hills Country club in honor of Debutante Aierress Hanna. Each Debutante was presented with their own personal
caddy for comfort and energy for the unique event. The caddy consisted of a pink basket, extra balls, water, a pink
towel and golf pins. The young ladies will be formally presented to society in December.

"Sign of the times: "Going
Lushena Books has announced stores nationwide last
that Going-Natural: year. Going Natural is a
How to Fall 1 \ guide that supports
in Love with women on their jour-
Nappy Hair ney to transition from
has become the \ taking care of chemi-
best-selling call straightened
book in the US hair to grooming
on hair care. and growing natu-
According to ral hair.
the leading distrib- The bestselling
utor of African- ''\ writer relates,
American publica- "Like so many
tions, the book writ- nappy-haired
ten by Mireille Liong- girls, I started
A-Kong has become to relax my
increasingly popular hair when I
among Black women was 14...I was
since it was picked up by caught in a vicious cycle of

Natural" tops
braiding my hair, growing lovely
healthy naps, then relaxing again
only to have my kinks break down
to my scalp, again." Her moment of
truth came soon after she noticed a
nearly bald spot in the middle of her
permed and damaged strands. "I
desperately wanted my healthy hair
back, nappy and all. I was deter-
mined not to become depended on
weaves to camouflage bald spots".
Both the publication which is
widely popular on, as
well and website have been well-
received by numerous African-
American women. Many laud the
Twist Out Hairstyle of Liong-A-
Kong, wherein strands are first
twisted then taken out to a create

by Imani Perry, Griot
A good portion of the reactions to
the Casey Anthony trial have been
both of shock and anger. Casey
Anthony's lies and her obstruction
of police procedure, matched with
bizarre behavior after her
daughter's disappearance,
led to a widespread public
opinion that indeed she was
guilty of murdering her 2- 4
year-old daughter Caylee.
But there was another
notable reaction. I heard
comment after comment
with the following formula-
tions: Had Casey been a
black woman, she would
have been convicted. And:
while black women are
being jailed for sending
their children to good schools,
white women who murder children
are being let off.
The fact is, we cannot say defini-
tively what would have happened
had the race of the actors been dif-
ferent. The jury would have likely
had a different composition (race
impacts jury selection, even though

bestseller list
full head of crinkles. In fact, readers
of the Going Natural book have
christened it the "hair bible" and the
"the best little book on natural hair
Going-Natural Inc. is a social
business that promotes the beauty
of natural African hair. With the
pageant named "America's Next
Natural Model", an exhibition
called "Bad Hair at its Best" and a
growing social community
(, the
company strives to change the per-
ception of black natural hair. The
ultimate goal is to improve the
health of black women's hair and

it's not supposed to), and the public
attention would likely have been
different (there is far less attention
paid to the deaths of African-
American children than white chil-
dren.) A different case would have

been simply different.
The case struck a nerve because
it reminds us of a larger trend that is
unquestionably a sign of grave
injustice: racial inequality in crimi-
nal law. Research shows that all
things being equal: police, judges
and juries treat African-American
suspects and defendants much more
harshly at every step in criminal
law enforcement. African-
Americans are the most imprisoned
population on the planet.
Moreover, Casey Anthony's first
accusation, that a Latina nanny kid-
napped her child, hearkened back to
the race-baiting of convicted mur-
derers, Charles Stuart and Susan
Smith. Plus, we easily recall the
stories of wrongfully convicted
African-Americans, innocents who
serve years behind bars due to pro-
cedural misconduct or flawed evi-
dence, and the teenage petty drug
dealers who are sentenced to life in
prison before reaching adulthood.
In contrast, this white "middle
class" woman, who many believe to
be guilty of murdering her own
baby, will be going free.
But we should all try harder to

control our outrage. The heart-
breaking reality is that a small child
died and was cruelly left in the
woods to decompose. Violence
against children happens every day,
in the United States and across the
globe. We must wonder, what
kind of world allows us to pre-
tend that this was an anom-
alous tragedy? It was a very
mundane tragedy. In truth,
what captured popular atten-
tion is that the mother and
daughter did not fit the stereo-
typical images of abuser and
It is false to assume that
white and or affluent people do
not abuse children, or do not
experience abuse as children.
What is cruel is when our soci-
ety only seems to care when those
children are abused. And it is a real-
ity that the scourges of extreme
poverty and inequality make it
harder for families of color in
which abuse occurs to find appro-
priate interventions.
We don't serve the interests of
children or racial equality by being
angry that Anthony wasn't convict-
ed of murder. We better serve the
interest of children to use this case
to think about how we reorganize
child welfare and public education
to better protect and nurture kids
and their families. We better serve
the interest of racial justice by
demanding that prison no longer be
used as a punishment for being
black and poor, and a death sen-
tence for one's participation as a cit-
izen. We better serve the interest of
both children and our vision of
racial equality to open our eyes to
the every day violence that goes
along with being a poor child of
color in the United States, with
minimal access to healthy food,
adequate education, high quality
child care and mental health servic-
es for overburdened families.

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2011 Esse e Festival rocis New OrIeaso4

Mary J. Blige Kem Usher

Reggie and LaTasha Fullwood Reggie and Kim Ansley Darrell and Regina Bouchee

Jl Johnson

Jennifer Hudson

New Edition including Bobby Brown performed



Nike wants Vick back
Last week, Nike announced that it has re-signed
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick to
an endorsement deal. The agreement comes near-
ly four years after the company dropped him amid
his legal troubles.
Nike, which signed Vick as a rookie in 2001, ter-
minated his contract in August 2007 after he filed
a plea agreement admitting his involvement in a
dogfighting ring. Vick spent 21 months in prison. '
Terms of the deal were not released.
"Michael acknowledges his past mistakes," Nike said in a statement. "We
do not condone those actions, but we support the positive changes he has
made to better himself off the field."
Nike and Vick initially renewed their relationship in 2009, when the com-
pany announced it had "agreed to supply product" to the quarterback, who
was not under contract. Nike has similar agreements with several athletes
with whom they don't have endorsement deals.
Mariah Carey joins X Factor
Now that British pop star Cheryl Cole is out at
Simon Cowell's forthcoming U.S. version of "X
/ Factor," there are reports that Mariah Carey is back
in the mix but not as a judge, as had been rumored
last spring before Cole became involved.
Carey will join the reality show as a mentor much
like Simon Cowell's ex-girlfriend Sinitta is on the
UK version.
Although nothing has been officially announced or
confirmed, the news has reportedly stunned Sinitta,
who has worked on the UK version for the last seven years and was
expecting to get the same gig in America.
"Well, let's just say feathers will fly if Mariah takes my spot," Sinitta told
Britain's Daily Star newspaper. "Although she is a mega diva vocally, you
can expect another XF USA drama. I won'tjust roll over and take it. I hope
she can run in high heels."
Mariah is set to join Cowell for the "judges home" stage of the competi-
tion, where potential finalists are invited to their mentor's luxury pads to
perform a song of their choosing.
Jill Scott reveals how she lost 68 pounds
Have you seen Jill Scott lately?
She is looking better than ever. The bold singer dropped 63 pounds, but
she warns there won't be much change in her frame.
With her latest album, "Light of the Sun" which debuted at no.1 on
Billboard 200 this week, Jill is saying she made the transformation by sim-
ple diet and exercise.
It only took eating three low-fat meals a day and working out with her
trainer Scott Parker who had her doing 60 minutes of cardio and strength
training sessions every meeting.
She said her health was on the line and she knew it was time for a change
when she'd "walk up nine steps and be out of breath!" While she is sport-
ing a sleeker physique these days, she said she'll "never be a stick figure."
--Overall -the -singer was-dedicated-to the change since-her-son-Jett;-whe-
was born in 2009, is growing and she wants to be around to help him enjoy
every moment of life.

After back-to-back stomach
clutching renditions of "Not Gon'
Cry" and "I'm Going Down" at the
2011 Essence Music Festival in
New Orleans Sunday night, Mary J.
Blige pulled off an Oprah-worthy
seminar on affirmation with "Just
Fine" to close out the three-day fest,
which celebrates black music and
African-American culture.
The synth-heavy number pierced
to the core of the capacity
Louisiana Superdome crowd. As
Blige danced around in a shimmer-
ing black mini-dress, the audience
took over the number and launched
into a sing-along that reached up to
the fifth level of the arena.
Earlier, Blige told reporters, "I
don't think fans come here to hear
you talk about your new album.
They come to hold their stomachs
when you sing that song that you
love so much. That's what [the fes-
tival] is about. To get that nostalgia.

You gotta give the people what they
want." She certainly obliged.
Sunday also saw a reunited New
Edition including Bobby Brown.
Saturday night's headliner, Kanye
West, arrived through the air via a
cable-enabled lift before he got off
and walked through the crowd to
reach the stage for "Power."
Riffing off recent performances,
West's show was a mix of his past
performances culminating with a
stirring musical testimony to his
mother, "Hey Mama."
Friday night headliner Usher and
Charlie Wilson (Friday's penulti-
mate performer) had an unofficial
generational game of one-upman-
ship. Wilson commandeered the
stage for what felt like an eternity,
though in actuality it was much
closer to two hours, still, surely
more than his allotment. The former
Gap Band singer ran through a
series of his old cohort's hits, from

"Outstanding" to "You Dropped a
Bomb on Me."
Uncle Charlie, as he's been dubbed
by Snoop Dogg, cut into Usher's
constituency when he launched into
"There Goes My Baby." The song
not only shares the title with one of
Usher's tracks, but the swooping
song is best known (at least to the
younger set) as Wilson's dedication
to Snoop and his wife when the
couple renewed their vows. Wilson
smiled, preened and pranced as the
audience swayed from side to side.
The star studded event also held
empowerment seminars atthe con-
vention center with renowned
experts and leaders in addition to an
expansive shopping marketplace
City leaders say the three day fes-
tival pumps 170-million dollars
into the local economy.
Essence Music Festival will be
held in New Orleans for at least the
next three years.

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Area Bikers host Come

Together Day

Pamela Kirkland, Tara Kirkland, Levorica Allen, Valerie Robinson,
Barbara Lewis, Tisa Graham, Brenda Perry, Leon Kirkland, Kenny
Richardson, William "Beck' Faison, Todd Robinson, Carl Graham,
Peter Robison and Lawrence Wilson.

Kongo Riders: Chilly Perry Bonds, Skeet (James Page), Dynamite
(Robert Brooks) and Beat down (Crispin Belton).

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Jax Trotters: Joseph Brown, Nita Hester, Mercida Ellis, Gordon
Shavers, Sabrina McDonald, Marie Jenkins, Anthony Gordon,

River City Ryders: Dominick Mixson, Sonya Powell, Anthony
Coleman, Alysica Collins, Geraldin Siples, Gre'Shawna Doyle, Ralph
Collins, Willie Miller, George Wanton, James King andStephanie

J Vills Stompers

Junk Yard: Lorraine Sirmon (Not Shown), Joyce Waters, Tara
Holloman, Latasha Butler, Stephanie Wanton. FMPphotos

The Kellys

Florida Riders

During the Independence Week,
Jacksonville's area Motorcycle

joined together for fellowship.
Bikers along with their families

P.H.A.T. Ryders Motorcycle Club

Clubs got together for their annual cooked out, showed off their bikes
Come Together Day. Dozens of and their fashions in the summer
clubs small and large, old and new, heat to show off their love of the

African Americans love to ride
motorcycles. They
also love the support
and friendship they
receive as part of a
group or organiza-
tion. Motorcycle
Clubs allow Black
riders to enjoy their
passion with other
like-minded individ-
uals in pursuit of a
Md great goal. Most
Black motorcycle
clubs include uplift-
ing their community
or race. Throughout
the year area clubs can often be
seen hosting food drives and put-
ting on charity rides as well.

Until I found out that

diabetes had me."

5.7 million In the United States have diabetes and
do not know that they have it. American Diabetes Association, 2007

Defeating Diabetes through
Education, Awareness and Leadership

Most clubs are very organized,
with elected leaders and annual
dues. Every year, "Black Bikers"
travel from across the country to
annual events. The largest event is ,. ; -.
the Black Bike Week in Myrtler
Beach. They also venture to .
Daytona Beach and at various spots
locally intermittenly though the
The clubs are not just for men.
These days, several female clubs
have emerged. The PHAT Ryders
(Pretty Hot & Tempting) are eight
years old, host fund raising events
and event have a website. You can
often see them donning their pink
attire on the roadway.
It will be a mistake to refer to
these associations as Black Biker
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gela Spears 4). Mayor Brown at 1st Ladies Luncheon with Duval School Board President Betty Burney 5). Mayor Brown with Bishop T.D. Jakes 6). Mayor Brown and wife Santhea
7). Mayor Brown being presented with his Mayoral Jersey 8). Mayor Brown shooting the hoops 9). Mayor Brown and Family 10). Mayor Brown transition team 11). Bill Price and
Carol Alexander 12). Rahman Johnson and JuCoby Pittman 13). James Richardson and Roslyn Phillips 14). Mayor Brown mock swearing in ceremony 15). Lisa Cohen, Jackie Lee
and Beverly Sanchez 16). Johnetta Moore, Bertha Padgett, Norma White and Ruth Waters 17). Dinah Mason, Angie Dixon, Michael Stewart, Marsha Oliver, and Andrea Collins 18).
Pastor Henry Rhim 19). Warren Lee and Pauline Davis 20). L.J. Holloway 21). Pam Payne, Willard Payne and Rodney Hurst 22). Sandra Thompson and Willye Dennis 23). Mayor
Brown and Ronnie Belton 24). Kenneth and Irvlyn Kennebrew 25). Connie Hall, Tony Hill and Debbie Mackie 26). Ruvenia Toelin and Marian Willie 27). Alice Vinson, Wiletta Ritchey
and Pat Mitchell 28). Roslyn Phillips, Bertha Padgett, Rometa Porter, First Lady Santhea Brown, Norma White, Ruth Waters and Louise Huey 29). The Ladies of Delta Sigma Theta
with Mayor Brown 30). Joanne Manning, Mia Jones, Kenderson Hill and Audrey Gibson.

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