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W.E.B. Du Bois, activist,
author and educator,
published the first issue
of the NAACP monthly
magazine, Crisis on
November 1, 1910
Americus Middle School Panthers go
UNDEFEATED.................See page 6B
NOVEMBER 2010 AN EYE FOR US Vol. XIII No. 10
Barbara Davis will celebrate
her birthday on Nov. 26.
NAACP president Matt Wright meets with Wal-Mart leaders on behalf of Sumter County.
Ms. Otha Jewel Linder, age
83, of Desoto, Georgia passed
Wal-Mart Partners with Sumter
Wednesday, November 3, 2010.
Page 5A NAACP President at District Meeting
Wright and the Branch focused on how to prevent how they could improve
MILLARD K. IVES
Secretary, Minister Linda job discrimination in the on what they were current-
Staff Writer Wright to the Marriot con- workplace. Wright gave ly doing. District Manager Kevin Pless wins Sumter County District 3
On Thursday October ference facility in Cordele, several examples of how a Hendrickson wanted to School Board seat.
21, 2010 President Mathis Ga. The Market 33 area manager could have good know more about the his-
Kearse Wright, Jr. was the store managers are: Byron intentions and still create a tory of the NAACP and MILLARD K. IVES
featured speaker at Wal- Fenton (Albany), Dexter job related discriminatory how Wal-Mart might be
Long (Fitzgerald), Mike act. The speech lasted able to help in the future Staff Writer
Mart's Southern Market 33
District meeting. Mr. Harris (Cordele), Alonzo about 30 minutes and with the Civil Rights orga- AMERICUS - Community leader Kelvin W.
Donald Chavis the current McCauley (Tifton), Val afterwards Wright nization's mission. Pless defeated incumbent Donna D. Minich to
local Store Manager asked Shipp (Perry), Donald answered questions from It was discussed that win the District 3 seat in a race for Sumter
President Wright to come Chavis (Americus), and the managers. Wright said Wal-Mart would help the County Board of Education. It was Pless' first
WISE GOES OFF and speak to the group Romona Keener (Eastman that he was very happy NAACP food donation at run at political office. Minich had served the pre-
Author Tim Wise writes a letter about "Diversity and Job - not present) and several with the response he Thanksgiving and vious eight years, two terms, on the board. "I
to conservative white Discrimination." assistant managers were in received from the man- Christmas this year. Also, believed the voters wanted a change that would
Americans, saying election vic- District Manager Gerald attendance. agers because they had the Retail Leader agreed to make fresh the future of our educational system.
tories will be short-lived. Hendrickson welcomed The presentation was plenty of questions about SEE WAL-MART l 6A SEE PLESS l 6A
Bishop defeats Keown in close race It was practically an uphill voters being more concerned the Albany Civic Center on
MILLARD K. IVES
battle for the long-time incum- about his ability to bring jobs Election Night and into the
Staff Writer bent to win a 10th term in and construction projects to morning, The Associated Press
ALBANY - In a rare win for Georgia's 2nd District - a black Fort Benning in his home of prematurely called Keown, a
Southern Democrats, U.S. Rep man in a district narrowly out- Columbus as well as the Southern Baptist minister, the
Sanford D. Bishop Jr., 63, numbered by whites, where Marine Corps Logistics Base winner.
pulled off a win in Georgia's political races are usually in Albany. But Bishop said he knew
Second Congressional District. divided along racial lines. "They knew how involved I that Columbus and Albany had
Final results left Bishop with A man who was the chair- was at helping with jobs, agri- not reported in full and could
LIL WAYNE RELEASED man of President Obama's culture, education and health push back Keown's 6,500-vote
Rapper Lil Wayne, recently 51.4 percent of the vote, edg-
ing out Republican challenger state campaign, and voted for care," he told the Observer. lead.
released from prison after 8
and state lawmaker Mike the stimulus and the health Bishop said that he wasn't "I knew those were my
months of a one year sentence.
Keown with 48.6 percent. care overhaul in a hostile anti- concern with losing influence strongholds," he said.
"Voters looked at the candi- Washington climate. among the Republican And, he had his faith.
dates, examined my back- A man campaigning in a onslaught, adding he would His election-season tour
ground and record, and came region where on Nov. 2, more continue to fight for jobs and a included more than 30 mostly
to the conclusion that I was the than half of his fellow Blue stronger economy. black churches with an anoint-
better person to represent them Dog Democrats would lose, Bishop this election was a ment at Evangelical Faith
in the Legislature," Bishop Republicans would win every However, Bishop said his once-in-a-life time experience Ministries in Albany being his
told the Americus-Sumter senate race and all but one record of delivering jobs for him. final church stop before
Observer. governor's race. pushed him over the top, with Enveloped by supporters at
SEE BISHOP l 6A
Wide Receiver Randy Moss has
moved again! After starting in
New England, then to
Albany Banquet a Success despite Dubose
Minnesota and now Tennessee. Reese said the event present- appointed by the Georgia State
MILLARD K. IVES ed good food, a great Conference of the National
Staff Writer impromptu keynote speech, Association for the
Editorial ..............pg. 2A AMERICUS - Even with ille- great entertainment and well- Advancement of Colored
Local ....................pg. 4A gally appointed officers by the deserved presentations of com- People (NAACP) in October.
Obituaries.............pg. 5A State NAACP, leaders of the munity awards, including one The strife stemmed from
Albany-Dougherty Branch to President William Wright. dues the State NAACP argued
National ..............pg. 8A
remain adamant that they are "I think we did a pretty good the branch owed.
Lifestyles ............pg. 11A job with it, considering the "It seemed like everyone had
Send announcements, wed- the legitimate officers and pro-
ceeded with a successful 33rd State NAACP tried to tie our a good time," Reese said.
dings, anniversaries, correc-
tions, story ideas and letters by Annual Freedom Awards hands," Reese said. Missing was keynote speaker
the 25th of the month at: Celebration Banquet. The Albany Officers decided Michael Thurmond, Georgia
firstname.lastname@example.org Yvonne Reese, branch secre- to go ahead with the planned Commissioner for the
tary, said the Oct. 30 banquet banquet, despite attempts to Department of Labor, who was
at Monroe High School went remove the branch officers and running as a Democrat for U.S.
off well. replace them with those
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2A November 2010 The AmericUSumter Observer
State NAACP versus
with Edward Dubose
The Albany NAACP Branch had a very successful ban-
quet on Saturday, October 30, 2010, in spite of the GA State
President Edward Dubose and his Third Vice President
Ezekiel Holley's efforts to destroy the branch. Holley is the
State Coordinator for the 21st District. Dubose and Holley
tried to stop the NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet from
being held at Monroe High School in Albany. Their actions
have been an-on-going public process to shut down the
Albany Branch. The energy and the intensity of these two
officials fighting so publicly to close down a much needed
local branch is without precedent in GA and in the national
All this negative energy to close a branch down for $400
has to be seen as insane. Never before have we seen such a
public display of animosity from the state level directed
toward a local branch. Sadly, the National NAACP has
turned a blind eye to this escalating and embarrassing, situ-
ation. The National Board knows about the efforts of
Dubose to close down the branch in Albany because the
branch's lawyer, Attorney Maurice King, an experienced
attorney, has spoken with National NAACP lawyers.
Albanians, other branches in GA, as well as members
around the nation, share the disgust with Dubose's vendetta
being publicly played out against the Albany Branch.
Georgians just had an important mid-term state election
and getting out the Black vote was crucial. Apparently, the
outcome of the election was not at the top of Dubose's list
of concerns. Instead of galvanizing branches to get out the
vote, Dubose busied himself with grand-standing in Albany
by "appointing" a new slate of officers at a press confer-
ence. The attempted ouster of the current officers did not
stop Albany from operating; and they have rejected all the
efforts by Dubose to stop them from operating.
For a state president to have had only 61 adults at his
State Convention last month, Dubose and Holley's immedi-
ate goal should be to increase their membership. Dubose
and Holley have a problem as their state conference is not
in "good standing" according to NAACP bylaws. National
requires that a state branch must have a minimum of six
branches, six youth chapters, and six college chapters to be
in compliance. The GA State Conference meets only the six
branches requirement. Luckily, the National Office has not
assessed the basic requirements of the GA Conference. If
they had, Dubose, Holley, and other officers would have
been suspended and the office padlocked. Therefore,
What’s behind the Mad Tea Party?
By Eugene Robinson olic attacks on the president that Rand Paul, a darling of the Tea American people?
instead of shutting down a branch, Dubose and Holley
The first African American I believe is distinctive - and diffi- Party movement, drew thunder- There's an obvious answer, but
should be trying to keep as many of them operating in order cult to it's one that generally comes
president takes office, and ous applause when he said that if
SEE NAACP l 7B almost immediately we see the explain Republicans win, "we get to go from the progressive end of the
birth of a big, passionate nation- without to Washington and take back our political spectrum: Americans
MISSION STATEMENT al movement - overwhelmingly asking government." must fight to take back their gov-
white and lavishly funded - that whether Take it back from whom? ernment from the lobbyists and
The AmericUSumter Observer chronicles the social, politi- race is big-money special interests that
tries its best to delegitimize that Maybe he thinks it goes without
cal, economic and cultural realities of the Black community, playing a shape our laws to suit their own
president, seeks to thwart his saying, because he didn't say.
locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. role. interests, not for the good of the
The AmericUSumter Observer distributes news that is every initiative, and manages to On Sunday, in a last-minute
O n e nation.
truthful, relevant, educational, and motivating to our entire bring the discredited and mori- fundraising appeal, Republican
thing that That may be what some Tea
community. bund opposition party roaring presidential hopeful Mike
struck me Partiers have in mind, but the
back to life. Coincidence? COMMENTARY Huckabee implored his support-
The AmericUSumter Observer will practice journalism of from the EUGENE ROBINSON movement hasn't seen fit to make
enlightenment and empowerment. Truthful information is First, I'll state the obvious: It's beginning ers to help "return American campaign finance reform one of
the key that unlocks the cell door to ignorance, the weapon not racist to criticize President about the Tea Party rhetoric is the government to the American its major issues. And the estab-
that will free our minds from the shackles of mental slavery. Obama, it's not racist to have idea of reclaiming something people." lishment Republicans who are
The AmericUSumter Observer encourages readers to participate conservative views, and it's not that has been taken away. Again, who's in possession of surfing the Tea Party wave -
in the life of this newspaper. Readers opinions and feedback are racist to join the Tea Party. But At a recent campaign rally in the government, if not the while at the same time scheming
vital to this publication s success. there's something about the Paducah, Ky., Senate candidate American people? The non-
nature and tone of the most vitri- American people? The un- SEE TEA l 9B
P.O. Box 1755
217 Forrest Street
Owning Community Supermarkets: A Growing Trend
By Sister Anne Mu min On Thursday, September 9th, I $409 per square foot annually for sumer cooperatives to be incor-
Americus, GA 31709 Muhammad attended a meeting sponsored by an 11,000 square foot store. On a porated as a cooperative corpora-
(229) 924-0880 Our idea in the Ministry of a community in Macon, GA. weekly basis this would mean tion, they reincorporated in
FAX:(229) 924-7080 Agriculture (MOA) is to develop Called the College Hill Corridor that each square foot would have January 1995 under the state of
a chain of cooperatively owned Group, in conjunction with to sell $7.87 of food each week. Wisconsin’s cooperative statutes.
E-Mail -Obsvrj@bellsouth.net Now members buy one class “A”
supermarkets in the black com- Davis farm where they discussed The national average in 2009
munity. We intend to build our organizing a co-op. The Davis was $8.31 per square foot which share (consisting of six individ-
JOHN D. MARSHALL, M.D. own brand name and franchise. farm began a co-op using space means that the proposed store of ual shares) in the co-op.
Publisher We believe that the cooperative in a church located in the College 11,000 square feet has a good The organizers of the proposed
corporation lends itself to the Hill community as a distribution chance of staying open if the cooperatively-owned grocery
SYBIL PATTERSON development of businesses and point. Church leaders and community supports the opera- store in the College Hill commu-
Office Manager an economy based on freedom, Mercer University (which sur- tion. The weekly sales for such a nity realize that they must get
justice and equality. rounds the church) faculty saw store should be about $86,570 “community” support if they are
TRAVIS WALKER But first the co-op will have to the response of the people to for a profitable operation. This to be successful. By definition a
Web Site Designer depend on the masses or grass fresh-locally grown products so means that if an average cus- community is a group of “people
root people in their community now they are partnering with the tomer spent $50 per week, this with common interests living in a
MILLARD K IVES particular area.” The two parts of
to go through the stages of food Davis farm to plan for a gro- store would need 1731 cus-
Staff Writer this definition are very important
buying club to cooperative cor- cery/co-op. tomers per week to be success-
poration to supermarket owner- Research has shown that it ful. for business development. First,
CHRISTOPHER DAVIS the people must have common
ship. As we have been discussing takes three to five years to start a The College Hill Corridor
Layout interests. A divided community
and working on for the last four co-op and $1.5 to $2 million dol- group used the Sevonanda mar-
years in the MOA, the strategy lars. Feasibility analysis of the ket located in little 5 points in cannot be expected to support a
BREANCA DENMARK community owned business.
is: after the buying club reaches College Hill community showed Atlanta as a model. Sevonanda is
Staff Writer Secondly those people who have
25 to 50 members, it should that it could not support a full- a natural foods market whose
incorporate as a “Cooperative scale supermarket with floor mission is “To empower the common interests must live in a
SAMUEL CHRISTIE particular area, because if they
Contributing Editor Corporation”. space of 46,000 square feet, but community to improve its health
When the membership in a could possibly support a smaller and well-being.” They began in live too far away you cannot
given location reaches a level, store of 11,000 square feet. This 1974 and now have 3,000 mem- expect them to support a grocery
Founders: say 500 (that can support a assessment was based on the fact bers who pay $120 per year in store on a regular basis.
store), the internal finances of that the College Hill community membership. The market gener- Let us give you an example. In
Rev. Fer-Rel Malone the Hyde Park Co-op Market of
the co-op can be augmented with spends $6.6 million on food ates $9 million dollars in sales
Rev. Ernest Davis additional debt financing in the annually. Of this amount $4.5 per year and strives to support Chicago, Ill., a cooperatively
Mary Williams form of loans, non-voting pre- million in food is purchased out- farms within a 200 mile radius owned food store started near the
University of Chicago in 1932
John D. Marshall, M.D. ferred stock, bonds or other pri- side of their community. If a gro- from the market. On their web-
and after many years of success,
vate placement instruments to cery store could capture this $4.5 site they state that since Georgia
AN INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER either rent or purchase a store. million, this would represent has no statutes providing for con- SEE TREND l 9B
The AmericUSumter Observer November 2010 3A
Latino Vote Prevent
Republicans From Seizing
Control of the Senate
Robert Creamer Pat Quinn was re-elected by
Huffington Post a margin of fewer than
Republicans won control 20,000 votes. Latinos voted
of the House November 2, for Quinn 83% to 13% for
but their hopes of controlling his opponent. Even at 6% of
the Senate as well were the voters, the support of the
stymied by a firewall of Latino community was deci-
Latino voters who were out- sive.
raged by Republican demo- According to election-eve
nization of Latino immi- polling of Latino voters con-
grants, their Arizona "papers ducted in eight key states
please" law, their proposal to (AZ, CA, CO, FL, IL, NM,
repeal the 14th Amendment, NV, TX), Latinos overall
and their overall opposition voted for Democrats over
to comprehensive immigra- Republicans by approxi-
tion reform. mately 75% to 25% -- a 3 to
The consequences of the 1 margin. That is a stark con-
Republican anti-immigrant trast to six years ago when
rhetoric will likely spread far Latinos voted for Democrat
beyond last Tuesday's elec- John Kerry over George
tion. The fact that Bush by only 59% to 40% --
Republicans have alienated a 3 to 2 margin. There has
the fastest-growing ethnic been a massive swing toward
group in America will have Democrats and away from
far-reaching consequences Republicans in this fastest-
for the party's ability to win a growing group of voters in
Presidential election and the country.
compete nationally over the
Immigration was the major
issue driving these vote
America - He’s Your President for Goodness Sake!
A quick look at the num- totals. In some cases Senior Living Magazine to that unwritten, patriotic rule. upon your country in order to fur- 40 times after that.
bers tells the tale: Republican candidates There was a time not so long Four days before President ther your own narrow political Last spring, President Obama
Senator Harry Reid was depicted Hispanics as gang ago when Americans, regardless Obama’s inauguration, before he views is selfish, sinister and a tad took his wife Michelle to see a
trailing Tea Party icon members and criminals in of their political stripes, rallied officially treasonous as well. play in New York City and
Sharron Angle going into ads that were meant to whip round their president. Once elect- t o o k Subsequently, during his State republicans attacked him over the
Tuesday's election. In fact, up fear among Anglo voters ed, the man who won the White charge of of the Union address, which is cost of security for the excursion.
Reid beat Angle by over 6 about immigration. That kind House was no longer viewed as a t h e pretty much a pep rally for The president can’t take his wife
percent.. The big difference of rhetoric is not understood republican or democrat, but the American America, an unknown congres- out to dinner and a show without
was the Latino vote. Reid as a difference about a policy President of the United States. govern- sional representative from South being scrutinized by the political
beat Angle among Latinos a or issue. It directly offended The oath of office was taken, the m e n t , Carolina, later identified as Joe opposition? As history has
whopping 90% to 8%, and the Latino community's wagons were circled around the R u s h Wilson, stopped the show when proven, a president in a theatre
Latino turnout was up from sense of identity, pride and country’s borders and it was Limbaugh he called the President of the without adequate security is a
12% of the electorate in the self-worth. That drove voter America versus the rest of the boasted United States a liar. The president tragically bad idea.
2006 Mid-Terms to 15% in decisions as well as turnout. world with the president of all the publicly showed great restraint in ignoring Remember: “Apart from that,
2010. The Las Vegas Sun quoted people at the helm. that he WILLIAM THOMAS this unprecedented insult and car- Mrs. Lincoln, how did you enjoy
In Colorado's Senate race, Gilberto Ramirez, a first- Suddenly President Barack hoped the ried on with his speech. Speaker the play?”
the consensus polls showed time, recently-naturalized president would fail. Of course, At some point, the treatment of
Obama, with the potential to Nancy Pelosi was so stunned by
Democrat Michael Bennet voter from Reno, Nevada, as when the president fails the coun-
become an exceptional president the slur, she forgot to jump to her
losing by about 1% in a close he explained how Sharron try flounders. Wishing harm
has become the glaring exception feet while clapping wildly, 30 or SEE AMERICA l 7B
race. Instead he won by 1%. Angle's anti-Latino ads influ-
His margin among Latinos enced the fact that he turned
was 81% to 19% and Latino out and the fact that he voted
turnout was up from 9% of
the electorate in 2006 to 13%
for Harry Reid: "She was
depicting me as a gang mem-
ber. I served seven years in
Election Day 2010 and its aftermath
By FinalCall.com News Tea Party loyalists clamor
In the California Senate the Marine Corps."
(FinalCall.com) - What will about taking the country back
race, Barbara Boxer beat Fiorina and Whitman got
happen the day after the 2010 and Republicans seized on that
Carly Fiorina among Latinos on the wrong side of the
elections and the results are in? If sentiment while repeating accu-
86% to 14%, and Latino immigration issue in order to
the political clashing and shout- sations that the president is a
turnout was up from 19% of win Republican primaries.
ing matches that have followed tyrant and government is out of
the electorate in 2006 to 22% Angle, Tancredo, Maes and
Barack Obama taking office are control. Though most Americans
in 2010. Fiorina lost despite Colorado Republican Senate
signs, America can look forward would be pressed to define the
having spent a record-set- candidate Ken Buck overtly
to more acrimony, more strife, words and why they matter,
ting140 million of her own trumpeted their anti-immi-
more insults, more division and President Obama has been called
money on the campaign. gration positions to whip up
more leaders playing on fear to a Marxist and a Socialist. One
Latinos also made the dif- fear and anti-immigrant
manipulate people and wield “respected” GOP leader accused
ference in critical Governors' votes. Turned out that was a
power in Congress and state leg- the president, whose father was
races that will affect the bad call. And it will likely
islatures around the country. Kenyan, of having a Kenyan
playing field shaped by turn out to be a worse and
Few recent elections have been anti-colonial mindset—playing
redistricting. worse call that will effective-
as acrimonious and ugly and again to the narrative that the
In California, Jerry Brown ly prevent Republicans from
inflammatory rhetoric may be at president is not a true American.
won Latinos 86% to 13% winning control of the White who uses the word ‘enemy' for Republican lawmakers who
an all-time high. Compromise is Though the president ran on a
over Republican Meg House. In fact, demogra- fellow Americans, fellow citi- would not simply say, “Yes the
a dirty word and the political platform to clean up Washington,
Whitman, who had endorsed phers tell us that another 1.25 zens. He used it for people who president is a citizen,” or
leaders are at such odds that it D.C. and pursue politics that put
the Arizona law during the million Latinos will reach disagree with his agenda of big- “Certainly the president is a
took comedians to draw some the country first, he hasn't gotten
primary and whose voting age between now and ger government,” House Christian” when both these ques-
250,000 people to the National very far.
hypocrisy on immigration 2012. Minority Leader John Boehner tions arose?
Mall in Washington, D.C., and Actually what he has gotten is
became an issue when it was A major organizational declared in prepared remarks There seems to be no limit to
call for a return to sanity and civil called a tyrant and portrayed as
revealed she had hired an effort by Latino and immi- before an election speech in what politicians will say or do
discourse Oct. 30. someone who is jeopardizing the
undocumented immigrant to gration rights groups helped Ohio. simply to stay in office—so the
Slogans like “don't retreat, country's future.
be her maid, and then treated galvanize voter turn out. The Interesting that Mr. Boehner GOP stuck with the politics of
reload” and questions about The GOP harped on a remark
her badly. level of organization is only finds such language objection- no, simply opposing Democratic
whether the president is really a by the president, a day before
John Hickenlooper won likely to grow over the next able when there seems to have policies, and the Democrats were
citizen show how crazy things midterm congressional elections,
the Colorado Governor's several years. been no limits on insults heaped too afraid to decide on and move
have become in the United who urged Latinos not to kowtow
mansion in a contest with The fact is that as the on the president and no tradition an agenda that they felt was good
States. to enemies of their political
arch anti-immigrant Tom Latino population continues of decorum that is inviolable— for the American people. Instead
Voices of reason are drowned issues and to make a strong
Tancredo and rightwinger to grow, it will rapidly remember the “You lie!” outburst of bringing change based on prin-
out and it seems the louder the showing at the polls. The presi-
Dan Maes. Among Latinos become impossible to put from a South Carolina congress- ciples and national needs, the
voice and the more extreme the dent quickly backtracked saying
he got 77% of the vote, com- together an electoral majori- man during a State of the Union Democrats straddled the fence
position, the more people seem to he should have used a different
pared with 14% and 9% for ty of 270 electoral votes with address in January 2010? and stood for virtually nothing.
listen or the more media airtime word, perhaps opponents.
Tancredo and Maes. that kind of Hispanic opposi- Or do you recall the number of
seems to come. “Sadly, we have a president SEE ELECTION l 7B
And in Illinois, Democrat tion.
LOCAL & REGIONAL
The AmericUSumter Observer November 2010 4A
Electric Hike Yikes!
What price electricity? Georgia Power seeks $1 billion rate hike
By: Don O’Briant | from: AARP never set my thermostat over 70 in the Georgia Watch, a consumer advocacy Nationwide, the average cost of res-
Bulletin winter or under 80 in the summer," group. "Most people are just trying to idential electricity was 11.32 cents per
Mary Pitts of Macon was shocked Jackson said. "I'm opposed to the survive the best they can right now. kilowatt hour for the first six months
when she got a July electric bill of hike. It's going to hurt." They don't have extra cash to send to of this year. In Georgia, it was 9.8
$273 for her two-bedroom house. It The phased rate increase initially Georgia Power to pad their profit cents, ranking the state 31st, accord-
was more than a fifth of her and her would add about $11 to a typical margin." ing to the U.S. Energy Information
husband's combined monthly income monthly residential bill in January. This increase would come on top of Administration.
of $1,348. Five smaller increases through a legislature-approved hike of $3.73 Mary Pitts said she would have to
She was even more upset when she February 2013 would eventually add per month, scaling up to $9 over four cut other expenses to pay higher elec-
learned that Georgia Power Co. was up to an extra $18 a month. years, to pay for Georgia Power's tric bills.
seeking a $1 billion rate increase. In response to the $1 billion nuclear expansion. "You still got to pay for your water,
"My husband and I are on a fixed request, AARP Georgia called on the Georgia Power serves 2.3 million your taxes, your mortgage, your insur-
income for disability, and we didn't PSC to hold hearings, which drew customers in all but four of the state's ance on the house and the car," Pitts
get a cost-of-living [increase] this hundreds of Georgians. The PSC is 159 counties. Georgia Power said. "And you have to eat."
year," said Pitts, 53. "We only have so expected to vote on the proposal Dec. spokesperson Lynn Wallace said the The LIHEAP Clearinghouse offers
much money each month and that's 21. increase is necessary to recover a $5 information on programs to help those
it." "The rate increases would be a big billion investment in capital costs and who are having difficulty paying their
Pitts walked door-to-door collecting blow, especially to older Georgians to meet environmental regulations. Georgia Power electric bill.
Lauretta Jackson speaks out against
98 names on a petition opposing the who pay a large portion of their budg- For those over 65 with household AARP Georgia hopes members
a $1 billion proposed electric rate
rate hike, and presented it to the et for medical and health costs," said income of less than $14,355, a $14 who oppose the proposed $1 billion
increase at a Public Service
Georgia Public Service Commission Will Phillips, associate state director discount a month is available. Apply rate hike request by Georgia Power
Commission hearing in Macon.
at a hearing in Macon. for advocacy for AARP Georgia. online for the Georgia Power Senior will contact the Georgia Public
AARP opposes the Georgia Power
Lauretta Jackson, 60, a clerk at the One former member of the PSC Discount or call 1-888-660-5890 toll- Service Commission online, by e-mail
Bibb County Courthouse, told the agreed the request is ill-timed. free and choose option 8 for more at email@example.com or by tele-
commissioners her electric bills were "The company is asking for one of details. phone at 1-800-282-5813. Or you can
$606 in January and $549 in February the biggest rate increases in history Depression," said Angela Speir "We understand that higher costs write to the PSC at 244 Washington
even though her house is well insulat- and asking for more profit during one Phelps, now executive director of are a problem for people who are St. SW, Atlanta, GA 30334-9062.
ed with double-paned windows. "I of the worst recessions since the Great financially challenged," Wallace said.
Albany NAACP Branch 33rd Annual Freedom Fund Banquet
President William Wright Former Legislator Lawrence Roberts Branch Secretary Yvonne Reese
County Commissioner John Hayes Attorney Maurice King Banquet Attendees
Oglethorpe Funeral Chapel, Inc.
P.O. Box 8 - 607 Kaigler Street
Oglethorpe, Georgia 31068
Telepone: (478) 472-6118
Fax: (478) 472-7964
Jossie M. Meadows, Co-Founder Gretha Meadows-Young, President
C. L. Meadows, Secretary/ Treasurer Thomas E. Meadows, Attendent
William Roger Young, Attendent Clara Williams, Admin. Assistant
5A November 2010 The AmericUSumter Observer
Izora Hall and Ms. Annie and memories to her beloved the path of her parents in rear- Mildred Scott, Pearlean Davis, the pulpwood cutting and
Lloyd Jones; two brothers-in- siblings: Dr. Dorothy Hooks, ing her children. She reared all of Rochester, New York; hauling business. In addition,
law, Mr. Evans Peterson, Jr. Leesburg, FLA., Freddie Mae them with love and under- devoted cousin, Addie Cutts, he worked for Stevens Peanut
and Mr. Willie B. Peterson; Reagan (Marvin), and Willie standing, teaching them spiri- Desoto, Georgia; a host of Warehouse during peanut sea-
and a host of nieces, nephews, Fred Taylor (Felicia special tual love and how to trust in other relatives and friends, son, as well as Carson
cousins other relatives and friend) of Americus, GA. God for their needs and direc- including Lessie Reese and Brothers Tractors in Americus.
friends, including devoted Nieces and nephews she tions. “Trust in the Lord with family. Before retiring in 2000, he was
friends, Ms. Erica Eagles, Mr. helped rear; Chandra Garry all your heart and lean not on employed with the City of
Wallace Bradley, Ms. Yvonne (Cassius), of Atlanta, GA, your own understanding.” Ellaville.
Tyson, Mrs. Doris (Rudolph) Deborah Oates (Orinthius), She leaves a legacy of love On November 4, 2010, Dan
Hurley and Mrs. Ivy (Oscar) and Tameka Nesbitt of and memories to her beloved was called to take his rest. He
Lester, Mrs. Angela (Eric) Americus, GA, Hikeem children: Johnny Kleckley, now joins those who were
Gilyard, Mrs. Eloise (R. L.) “Trey” Garry, Atlanta, GA, Belleglade, Florida, Lynwood called before him - his parents;
Tyson and Mrs. Geneva Mikita Milner, Diamond S. Kleckley (Marilyn Gail), siblings, Charles Hollis, James
Mrs. Jessie Mae Anthony (Ernest) Banks also survive. Taylor, Crystal Tookes, and Parrott, Georgia, Deleria Ferrell Hollis, Kenneth Hollis,
Williams was born in Sumter Lawanda Ross of Americus, Coleman (and friend, Allen Juanita Hollis Thompkins, and
County, Georgia on October GA. Great nephews Javin Turner), Macon, Georgia, Clarence Hollis; daughter-in-
17, 1947 to the parentage of Baker, Shadtavius Nesbitt, Willie Earl Kleckley, law, Cynthia Renee Johnson
the late Mrs. Lee Decie Neal Wartavis Nesbitt, Alaysia and Belleglade, Florida, Lee Hollis; and nephew, Thomas
Anthony and Mr. Cicero Cassius “CJ” Garry Jr. Uncles Andrew Kleckley (Catherine), Wayne Hollis. Left to cherish
Anthony, who survive. She and aunts: Bishop John T. Charleston, South Carolina, his precious memories are his
received her education in the Taylor (Lois), Americus, GA, Clifford A. Kleckley (Phyllis), devoted wife of 51 years,
public schools of Sumter Deacon James Sellars, Macon, Georgia and Barbara Vernice Collier Hollis,
County. At an early age, she Ellaville, GA, Ethel Lee K. Fulks, Americus, Georgia; Willie L. Laster, Jr. transi- Ellaville, Georgia; his chil-
joined the Union Tabernacle Milner, Tommie Brown thirty six grandchildren and tioned from this life on dren, Nina Hollis Smith,
Baptist Church. She was (Alex), Lady B Sims, Celoa fifty one great grandchildren; October 20, 2010. He was a Ellaville, Georgia, Randy
employed by the Sumter Roberts, Elnora Girven, Lillie one brother, three sisters-in- resident of Warner Robins, Hollis (Pat), Americus,
County Correctional Institute Mae Cladd ( Robert), James law and one brother-in-law, Georgia. Willie Laster was Georgia, Steve Hollis,
as Dietary Supervisor. Milliner (Betty), Johnnie B Freddie Lucas (Dora), born in Sumter County where Ellaville, Georgia, Becky
In addition to her father, Mr. Thomas (Freddie Mae) all of Savannah, Georgia, Rosie Lee he attended public schools and Hollis DeLaney (Ben), Warner
Cicero Anthony, Americus, Mr. Johnny Jones, Jr. was Americus, GA, Woodrow Thomas (Clarence) joined Friendship Baptist Robins, Georgia, Vanessa
GA, she leaves cherished born in Sumter County, Wilson (Lizzie) of Chicago. Montezuma, Georgia, Cassie Church as a young man. He Hollis, Ellaville, Georgia, Ted
memories to three daughters, Georgia on August 14, 1945 to She also leaves a host of Nelson, Hartford, worked during his early years Hollis, Sr. (Sandra), Americus,
Ms. Melanie Anthony, Mrs. the parentage of the late Mr. beloved nieces, nephews, and Connecticut; one sister, as an employee of the Soil Georgia, and Kirk Hollis
Angela (Gregory) Brown, Johnny Jones and the late Mrs. devoted cousins Betty Josephine Harvey, Americus, Conservation Service and later (Michelle), Albany, Georgia;
Americus, GA and Mrs. Savannah Bell Jones. Johnny “Nicole” Tyson (Carl), Georgia; and a host of beloved retired from the Sumter thirteen grandchildren, Torell
Kimberly (Sylvester) Baisden, received his education in the Jeanette Clark (Curt), James nieces, nephews, other rela- County Board of Education as Barker (Arthtricia), Tameka
Atlanta, GA; one son, Mr. public schools of Sumter Milliner III (Patsy), and Lynn tives and friends. a Bus Driver who was loved Hollis, Bradley Johnson,
Dewayne Carter, Americus, County. He accepted Christ at Reagan (Thomas). A host of by many. Mr. Laster, as he was Leticia Banks (Anthonio),
GA; one brother, Mr. Clyde an early age and joined the St. beloved friends among whom affectionately known, also Venus Hollis, Lee A. Edwards,
(Connie) Anthony, Americus, Paul A.M.E. Church, are Mary Lou Taylor, Mattie worked at the Southside Pool Jr. (Falicia), Yashika Hollis,
GA; three sisters, Ms. Artie Smithville, Georgia. Johnny Waters and Leola Carter. as Manager and the Sumter Tanisha Hollis, Melissa Hollis,
Scott, Atlanta, GA, Mrs. Hilda worked at Redman, Inc., County Retirement Village, Sandria Hollis, Ted Hollis, Jr.,
(Glenn) Williams, Lithonia, Champion Homes and Plains, Georgia as a Driver. Cody Hollis, and Joy Hollis;
GA and Ms. Janet Jackson, Williams Furniture for many He leaves to mourn his pass- twenty great grandchildren;
Miami, FL; ten grandchildren, years. He was a devoted ing his wife Rena Canady siblings, Mary Ellen Curry
three great grandchildren; one father, a loving and caring man Laster, Daughters Gloria (Charlie), Atlanta, Georgia,
aunt, Ms. Annie R. Landers, to his children. (Tom) Brown, Lulean Laster, Virginia Hollis, College Park,
Columbus, GA; and a host of He leaves to cherish his lov- Diane Laster, and Gradine Georgia, and Lemar Hollis,
nieces, nephews, cousins other ing memories, one daughter, Laster; Stepchildren Hawa Jonesboro, Georgia; brothers-
relatives and friends also sur- Ms. Linda Diane Jones, Cobb, (Carl) Ross, Sherri Wiley, in-law and sisters-in-law, John
vive. GA; two sons, Mr. Jamie Hakeem Broomfield, Collier, Akron, Ohio, David
Baker and Mr. Christopher Elizabeth Wiley and Omega Collier (Doris), Albany,
Baker, Americus, GA; two sis- Wiley; a sister Gladys Hughes Georgia, Geraldine Collier
ters, Ms. Minnie Jones Caple, Ms. Otha Jewel Linder, and a host of relatives and Drone (Alphonso), Akron,
Brooklyn, NY and Mrs. age 83, of Desoto, Georgia friends. Ohio, Mattie Walker, Buena
Rosetta (James E.) Laster, passed Wednesday, November Vista, Georgia, Lacy Collier,
Virginia Beach, VA; one 3, 2010 at Phoebe Sumter Rockford, Illinois, Glazella
brother, Mr. Kenneth Jones, Mrs. Bellezorie Lucas Medical Center, Americus, Collier, Miami, Florida, and
Americus, GA; two grandchil- Kleckley, age 79, 505 Mayo Georgia. Laura Hollis, Racine
dren, Rashun Jones and Street, Americus Georgia died Wake services was held Wisconsin; aunts and uncles,
Shantressa Wilson; one great Thursday, October 28, 2010 in from 6:00-7:00 P.M., Sunday, Jennie Hollis Harper,
grandchild, ; and a host of the Phoebe Putney Memorial November 7, 2010 at Zion Columbus, Georgia, Annie
nieces, nephews, cousins, Hospital, Albany, Georgia. Hope Baptist Church, Desoto, Maude Hollis, Box Springs,
including devoted cousins, Funeral services was con- Georgia. Georgia, and William Hollis,
Ms. Thelma Seay, Ms. Tine ducted 1:00 P.M., Tuesday, Funeral services was con- Midland, Georgia; his nieces
Seay Davis, Ms. Beulah November 2, 2010 at Mt. ducted 11:00 A.M., Monday, and nephews, including devot-
Carter, friends, including a Pleasant Baptist Church, November 8, 2010 at St. John ed niece and nephews, Ethel
Mrs. Willie Ruth Wright special friend and cousin, Ms. Georgia Highway 118, Baptist Church, 244 Allen Hollis Campbell, Darryl
Peterson was born in Lee Doris Pope also survive. Smithville, Georgia. Street, Leslie, Georgia. Aldridge, and Anthony Hollis,
County, Georgia on September Interment followed in the Interment will follow in the all of Ellaville, Georgia, and
3, 1953 to the parentage of the Church cemetery. Zion Hope Baptist Church Christopher Hollis, San Diego,
late Mr. Wardell Wright and Mrs. Bellezorie Lucas Cemetery. Deacon Dan Hollis, age 73, California; a host of other rel-
Mrs. Willie Pearl Smith Kleckley was born December Otha Jewel Linder, affec- 3579 U.S. Highway 19 South, atives and friends.
Wright, who survives. She 4, 1930 in Americus, Sumter tionately known as “Big Ellaville, Georgia, passed
received her education in the Co., Georgia to the late Green Wheel,” was born August 27, away on Thursday, November
public schools of Lee County. Lucas, Sr. and Sarah Johnson 1927 in Desoto, Georgia to the 4, 2010 at Phoebe Putney Thanks to the
She is preceded in death by Lucas. Born in a family of late Arthur Linder and the late Memorial Hospital in Albany,
three children, Mr. Jamal eight children, she was preced- Nellie Holloway Brown. She Georgia. Funeral Homes
Williams, Mr. Dexter Peterson ed in death by six siblings: was reared by the late Luella Funeral services was con-
and Ms. LaShonda Peterson Essie Mae Armstrong, John Whitehead. Otha was educat- ducted 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, of: Oglethorpe
“Bo” Lucas, Willie B. Lucas, ed in the public school system November 9, 2010 at Ebenezer
and a sister, Ms. Walter Mae
Brown. Eddie Lucas, Cora Lee Lucas of Sumter County. She Baptist Church, 1908
In addition to her mother, and Green Lucas, Jr. She was
educated in the public school
acknowledged Christ as her
Savior at a young age and
Dozier Road, Ellaville,
Georgia. Rev. William Laster,
she leaves to cherish her mem-
ories, her companion, Mr. system of Sumter County and became a member of Zion Pastor, officiated. Interment Funeral Home,
Willie Curtis Burton, Plains, Ms. Evelyn Belinda Taylor, received her Christian training Hope Baptist Church, where followed in the Church ceme-
GA; one son, Mr. Willie age 50, of Americus, Georgia in the local churches. At an she served faithfully as tery. Inc., West
Peterson, Albany, GA; seven passed Monday, October 25, early age she joined the band Mother of the Church, Church Deacon Dan Hollis was
daughters, Ms. Dorothy 2010. of Christian believers at the Secretary, Sunday School born to the late Tucker Hollis Mortuary, Inc.,
Graveside service was con- Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church of Benevolence Treasurer, and and Amzie Tookes Hollis on
Brown, Mrs. Carolyn
(Kenneth) Mann, Mrs. Kathie ducted 4:00 P.M., Saturday, Lee County, where she ren- Usher and Choir member. March 29, 1937 in Ellaville,
(Brian) Mercer, Mrs. Laketrice October 30, 2010 at Eastview
Cemetery Ashby Street,
dered her services on the
Usher Board Ministry,
Also, Otha was a longtime
member of the Zion Hope
Schley County, Georgia. He
was educated in the Schley
W i l l i a m s
(Willie) Banks, Ms. Laquita
Peterson all of Americus, GA, Americus, Georgia. Hospitality Committee, Association, where she served County Public School system. Funeral Home,
Ms. Darlene Wright and Evelyn Belinda Taylor was Women Missionary Auxiliary as secretary. In the communi- Reared in a Christian home,
friend, Mr. Thomas Ross, born in Americus, Sumter Board and for a number of ty, she enjoyed spending time Dan acknowledged the Lord Inc., for submit-
Smithville, GA and Ms. County, Georgia to the late dedicated years she served as with the members of the early in life and kept to His
Katherine Peterson, Plains, Fred Lee Taylor and Mary Mother of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Senior Citizens Group of word. He was a devoted mem- ting the obituar-
Ruth Milliner Taylor. She was Church. Being a follower of Americus, Georgia. She was ber of the Ebenezer Baptist
GA; two brothers, Mr. Wardell
(Emma) Wright, Jr., a 1978 graduate of Americus Jesus Christ, she also joined preceded in death by eleven Church family and served
ies of your loved
Smithville, GA and Mr. Calvin High School.
She was preceded in death
the Rahoma Chapter No. 200
Order of Eastern Star.
Left to cherish her memory
faithfully on the Deacon
ones to the
(Bettie) Wright, Americus,
GA; four sisters, Ms. Ira by one brother, George Bellezorie was united in are her siblings, Joanne Later on life’s journey, Dan AmericUSumter
Thomas, Smithville, GA, Ms. Bernard Taylor. She accepted holy matrimony to the late Roberts (Raymond), Miami, met and married the love of
Rose Marie Thomas, Plains, Jesus Christ as her personal Washington Kleckley, Sr. and Florida, Kissie Wilburn, his life, the former Vernice O b s e r v e r
GA, Mrs. Mary Jane (Willie) Savior and joined the to this union they were blessed Decatur, Georgia, Beranclen Collier. They declared their
Williams and Mrs. Vestella Inspirational Church by Faith with thirteen children, six of Clark, Cordele, Georgia, Ollie love and made vows before Newspaper.
(Leon) McCoy, Americus, under the leadership of her whom preceded her in death: Linder, Norfolk, Virginia, man and God to never part on
GA; thirty-eight grandchil- uncle, Elder J.T. Taylor. Tommy Charles Lucas, Bertha Linder, Atlanta, May 9, 1959. Their union wel-
dren, six great grandchildren; Linda, as she was affection- Washington Kleckley, Jr., Georgia, Daricle Linder comed seven loving children.
her aunts and uncle, Ms. ately known, was a caring and Samuel Kleckley, Sr., Deborah (Lois), Dothan, Alabama, Dan was a hardworking man
Bertha Mae Grimes, Mr. loving person. She was known KlecKley, Willie Edward Barbara Jones (Waymon), who usually worked two jobs
Sonny Martin and Ms. for her spunky ways and her Kleckley and Kenneth Sonny Brown, James Brown to support his family whom he
Carolyn Bacon; her sisters-in- robust personality. Kleckley. Bellezorie was a (Charmaine), Willie Brown, loved dearly. For a number of
law, Ms. Orrie Peterson, Ms. She leaves a legacy of love loving mother who followed Bennie Brown (Anne), years, he was self-employed in
The AmericUSumter Observer November 2010 6A
come as far as we think." along with King - refuses to
WALL-MART Reentry/Second Chance Prison
Program which Wal-Mart is
some of the stores in the
future. Wright told the man-
BANQUET Sherrod was unable to attend refer to the illegally expelled
CONTINUED FROM 1A the ceremony. officers as "expelled."
interested in helping the agers that the best way to not CONTINUED FROM 1A Bessie Graber and Easter Reese added the current offi-
NAACP's implementation. commit job discrimination is
District Manager "to do unto others as you Hardy provided the music cers are still involved with the
have input with the $100 sav- Senate at the time of the ban- entertainment. Reese said, community. It wasn't clear in
ings accounts given away to Hendrickson told President would have them to do unto quet. there was over 120 people in the interview with Reese or
youth at the local Freedom Wright that the Wal-Mart team you!" The Americus branch Reese said he got held up in attendance. Attorney King how difficult or
Fund Banquet especially if is looking forward to working has handled ten claims of job a political debate that night. Attorney Maurice Luther awkward it would be with the
these accounts are earmarked with the NAACP. We are look- discrimination against Wal- State Representative Winfred King Jr., gave the crowd an legitimate officers conducting
for educational purposes. Also ing to have him come and Mart with three unresolved Dukes of Albany, the emcee update on the branch's legal their civil-rights work in the
was discussed was the speak at the Warehouse and to cases. for the night, stepped in as a status, adding that the appoint- same area as the illegal interim
substitute and discussed vari- ment of interim officers by the officers.
ous recent legislation that had Georgia State violated the "We're not worried about
supporters broke into prayers porters - as well as the AP - been passed. NAACP constitution. that, we are only concerned
BISHOP and gospel songs. learned he had taken
With the mid-term elections "You can't place people in with doing our duty in serving
three days away, Dukes, a office who aren't elected by a black residents," King said.
CONTINUED FROM 1A "I knew that God didn't Muscogee County by almost member of the Georgia House majority," said King, who The new illegal president
bring me this far to leave me, 15,000 votes. of Representatives, District reminded the audience that the appointed by Dubose is
Election Day. . and I wasn't conceding," he "I felt confident those votes 150, as well as Albany Mayor Albany banquet had more in Marvin Jones, who previously
And, as the numbers were said. would push me over the top," Willie Adams Jr. also urged attendance than that of the served and he left owing the
calling Keown the winner, his After 1 a.m., he and his sup- he said. people to get out and vote Georgia State Conference GA State Conference assess-
"With short notice, Convention last month. ment money.
Representative Dukes did a King contends the State “Why would Dubose replace
Americus High School and a worked for more than 18 great job as a stand in," Reese
PLESS graduate of Troy State years; however, he is extreme- said.
office, led by President
Edward Dubose, expelled the
the current branch president
with someone who didn't pay
CONTINUED FROM 1A University, said his priority ly involved in the community. Shirley Sherrod, former officers in an attempt to place the State NAACP assess-
during this term would be to Aside from his award winning Georgia State Director of their own choices. ments?,” said Matt Wright,
start graduating more students work with AmeriGospel, Rural Development for the King added, “The constitu- Sumter NAACP president.
My connection with the com- within the Sumter County United States Department of
which brings together area tion does not allow the Other illegal officers include
munity has given me this Schools. "We need to use Agriculture, was given the
youth and adults for gospel appointment of interim offi- David Williams, vice presi-
opportunity to serve," said every available resource to Freedom Award. She is a cers.” King and Reese said the dent; the Rev. Rogers
Pless, president and CEO for music and arts workshops, he
assure our children are educat- member of the Albany branch. group still consider themselves Chatmon, second vice presi-
AmeriGospel Inc. Minch is a member of Mentor Plus of
ed and prepared for the next "We have chosen to honor members and officers of the dent; Tammy Green, secretary;
attributed her loss to early and level of life." He added he Sumter County and other com- Shirley Sherrod with this Albany branch. Pricella Stegal, treasurer; Katie
advance voting numbers, wanted to examine some munity groups as well as a year's Freedom Award," said "Our attempted removal was Couch, assistant secretary; and
where Pless dominated. "I real- school policies, including the broadcaster for Sumter Wright. "She had the ability to unconstitutional, and we con- Mary James-Ingram, assistant
ly appreciate and thank the rigorous system of testing that Broadcasting WDEC 94.7 fm. stand up and show the country sider ourselves still officers of treasurer.
various campaign supporters leaves "no room for error." He is a member of Allen and the world that we have not the branch," said Reese, who
from the community," Pless Pless is a quality coordinator Chapel AME Church.
said. Pless, a 1984 graduate of for Norbord Inc., where he has
PUBLIC NOTICE!! Send announcements,
The National Association for the Advancement of
Colored People (NAACP) Americus/Sumter Coun-
ty Branch will hold their 2010 election for Execu-
tive Officers for the local unit #5160. On Monday
evening, November 15, 2010 at the Allen Chapel
A.M.E. Church the election will be held at 7:00 pm.
corrections, story ideas and letters by
All members (whose membership is current) are eligible to vote for the
the 25th of the month at:
candidates of choice. If you have any questions concerning the election
please call the NAACP office at: 229-924-0880. firstname.lastname@example.org
The Americus and Sumter County NAACP will be hosting the United States Equal
Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in February 2011. A full day will be
spent in Americus, Georgia training and answering questions about job discrimination.
DR. ALONZO E. JONES
in Internal Medicine & Cardiology
For an appointment call:
Dr. John D. Marshall s Office:
905-B North Jackson Street
Americus, Georgia 31709
St. Francis Hospital
and The Medical Center in Columbus, GA
The AmericUSumter Observer November 2010 7A
The Good News of The Gospel
Who are The Real Children what are we building today? was a Scientist who saw in the of God in His Creation of Life. of Israel” is in the Bible when
of Israel? The first time that the What has happened to the genetic makeup of the Black A new people; a new race: they are in “The House of
name “Israel” is mentioned in Original Man, that today people man that he could bring out of This is referring to the Pharaoh.” In many places they
the scripture is in the Book of look at us narrowly, as though us a New People who are the Caucasian people, called in the are called “The Israelites,” but
Genesis, where “Jacob” is we never contributed anything opposite of The Original. That Bible “Adam.” And once Yakub there they are described as “The
wrestling with an angel. And to the onward march of civiliza- is not “evil.” That is High was successful in making a Children of Israel” who were
they wrestled through the night, tion? Science! New People, this New People living in a nation that was not
and when the morning came, As students of the Honorable Yakub saw in the Original would then come under the theirs, in a land that was not
Jacob had prevailed. So his Elijah Muhammad, we gave the Man other nations: It is there in name “Israel”: A conqueror, one theirs, under subjection, under
name was changed from answer to that question: “The the Bible, the Book of Genesis, who prevails over an angel by oppression and under tyranny
“Jacob” to “Israel.” original man is the Asiatic where it states: “from one blood God's Permission. Yakub was a of Pharaoh and his people.
Now, this may be controver- Black man, the maker, owner, came all human beings.” great man, and he produced a How long were they there?
sial to you, but the Honorable cream of the planet Earth, God “Blood” is the life fluid of some great people. God told Abraham that his seed
Elijah Muhammad taught us of the universe.” That's a heck living thing, so scholars didn't All of us are under “Israel.” will be in bondage in a strange
that the name “Jacob,” in of a description of you, but it is just say “from Black people All of us, Black people, Brown land, among a strange people,
Arabic, is “Yakub.” Those who so far from your thinking about came all human beings,” they people, Yellow people, Red for 400 years. “After that
make mockery of what God has yourself, that you say, “This said “from one blood”—and people, are under the rule of the time”—God talking—“I'm
revealed to the Honorable must be a dream that some- they left it to us to figure what Caucasian people, and all of the going to come. I'm not sending By the Honorable Minister
Elijah Muhammad say Yakub body's telling me that about blood is genetically powerful races have been affected by anybody. I'm coming!” He said, Louis Farrakhan
was an “evil scientist.” Wrong! me!” enough to produce the entire their rule. “And I will raise up from
He was a Scientist of our peo- However, God says in the human family. Anthropologists (Please study the words of among them a prophet.” Moses. take them through the
ple; he was an Original Man. scripture that: “My Ways are cannot find the Black man's Apostle Paul in the Book of Now Moses was not an “inte- Wilderness into a land of their
When we join the Nation of not yours. My Thoughts are not Origin! We are The Origin, and Romans, from the New Living grationist”; Moses came to sep- own. Isn't that interesting?
Islam, we're just enrolling in yours. I am from above. You are Our Originator is God Himself! Translation Bible: Chapter 2 arate The Children of Israel Now, the Jews say: “We ful-
The Classroom of our God; so from beneath. And as far as the The object of Yakub was to under the section “The Jews from Pharaoh and his people fill that”—but Egypt has the
we have a Student Enrollment heavens are from the Earth is as make a people unalike that and The Law”; and Chapter 3 because God had a Purpose for oldest recorded history; and we
that asks the question: “Who is far away My Thinking is from would be attractive, because of under the sections “God The Children of Israel, and that don't find that in history at all,
the original man?” “Original” your thoughts.” That has deep the “Law of Unalike Attracts Remains Faithful” and “All was to go into a land that had that some people named “Jews”
means “that from which all meaning. and Like Repels.” Yakub would People Are Sinners”.) already been carved out for were in Egypt. They like to
other humans come.” The Purpose for Yakub's New teach a new people a new way The Usurpers of Our them! But they had to break claim that “they built the
Black people were born People of civilization that was in oppo- History away from Pharaoh in order Pyramids when they were
Builders. We were born The Honorable Elijah sition to the Natural Order of Now, the first time we meet a that God may fulfill His
Architects of Civilization. But Muhammad taught us Yakub The Universe and The Nature major picture of “The Children Promise to them, which was to SEE GOSPEL l 9B
We welcome the opportunity to highlight LIFE MORE ABUNDANTLY:
upcoming Christian community events. Let It Go…Arise and Walk
Please submit your church/ministry Jesus of his own accord even
though Jesus called him His
God's grace to justify remain-
ing in sinful behavior (see
son. He had a right to God's Romans 6:1-2). This message
events for the month of December forgiveness, but perhaps he is for those that have truly
was ashamed of the mistakes changed their ways, but have
to email@example.com. Thank you. he had made, didn't think he
deserved to be in God's pres-
allowed the devil to condemn
them for past mistakes. God's
ence, or didn't think that God's beloved-realize this. You can-
grace was sufficient for him. not change the past. But you
It was this man's friends that can live for God in the present.
took him to Jesus. They Don't let anything keep you
bridged the gap and interceded. from growing in God and
Because of their faith, he accomplishing His will in your
received exactly what he need- life. None of us are without
ed to get that huge weight off sins of the past. But, by the
of him and restore his life. grace of God, we can rise up
ANDREA OATES What was it that he needed? again-even after failing numer-
Have you ever held on to He needed to know that his ous times-like just ones do.
things that you should have let sins were forgiven!!! So if I And it is all to the glory of
go of a long time ago? Was it may, I would like to intercede God.
old clothes, wrong mindsets, for you today. Don't be bound another
negative attitudes, or certain The only option we have as moment. In fact, let's pray
poor relationships? Many believers when we sin it to now:
times we have struggled carry- repent. Repentance means to "Heavenly Father, we both
UROLOGY CLINIC, P.C. ing more than we have cared
to mention. But there are
times when, in our walk with
turn away from something that
is not pleasing to God. But it
does not mean to turn back the
know that I am not perfect.
And there are some sins of my
past that I have had a very
God, we absolutely can go no hands of time and correct your
hard time forgiving myself for.
farther until we lighten our mistakes. In fact, God was so
Lord, I confess not forgiving
loads. adamant about His people con-
myself as sin. Jesus, You died
There is a man in the Bible tinuing to go forward and not
for me so that I am no longer
that needed Jesus to help him being bound by their past that
bound by past mistakes.
lighten his load. What was he He sent Jesus to die for our
Therefore, I forgive myself, as
carrying? A heavy load of sins. Why is that important?
You have also forgiven me.
guilt. So much guilt that it Hebrews 10 says that God was
Now help me to walk in Your
kept him literally flat on his not pleased with animal sacri-
back. The scripture says it like love and grace with myself and
fices for sin because the people
this: with others. May I never
were bound in a cycle of sin
"And, behold, they brought consciousness that prevented allow my past to separate me
to him a man sick of the palsy, their growth. Every year they from Your love or calling upon
lying on a bed: and Jesus see- would be stuck in the same my life. Today, at this very
ing their faith said unto the position. But God's perfect moment, I choose to be free
sick of the palsy; Son, be of will is for us to forgive and from the pains, ghosts, skele-
good cheer; thy sins be forgiv- forget-not just with others, but tons, and hurts of my past. I
en thee." (Matthew 9:2) also with ourselves. And like declare that I am set free by
Dr. Rex O. Ajayi, Palsy, in the original lan- God does, according to Psalm the precious, ever-living Blood
of Jesus Christ. I boldly
guage, meant one that is para- 103, we are to let it go.
Board Certified Urologist lyzed, weak, and disabled. It
is interesting to note the Jesus
So what is it that you're still
holding on to? How long have
declare that I am the righteous-
ness of God in Christ Jesus. In
did not pray strength to his you carried the guilt? How Jesus' Name I pray. Amen."
For prevention, detection, and treatment limbs. He got right down to much time have you lost Now, my brother or sister in
Christ, your sins are forgiven.
the root of the problem-not mulling over things that you
of all urologic conditions such as: having received the forgive-
ness of his sins. You see, the
simply cannot change? The
Bible commands us to forget
God has not covered or con-
cealed them. He has literally
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Republicans Win by Blocking Obama s Jobs Plan
The Editors | The Nation stagnate as the top 1 percent have his National Commission on Fiscal If he's determined to pursue a politics
There's no disguising it—the results accrued a staggering percentage of the Responsibility and Reform, which has of common ground, why not define it
of the midterm elections were, with a nation's wealth. By rescuing instead of laid out an unrealistic and counterpro- as one of economic dignity and social
few exceptions, grim, as candidates reforming the big banks, the White ductive proposal to reduce the federal justice, one that ends the corruption
who are intent on rolling back decades House economic team, led by Wall deficit to 3 percent of GDP by 2015. and special entitlements that have
of economic and social progress were Street–tainted Larry Summers and Tim The president might consider the allowed the very richest to amass great
swept into office. But this is no time to Geithner, ceded populist energy to the dramatic use of executive power to fortunes while the vast majority of
despair. It is time to stand and fight for Tea Party and its corporate funders. rebuild the economy. This would be Americans struggle to make ends
a real debate about ideas and for small- The inadequacy of the president's smart politics, as it would energize key meet? Common ground, if it means
d democracy. recovery program, largely a result of and core constituencies. And it would- making the government more respon-
This was an unearned win for the concessions to the GOP, became a n't hurt if the White House fused a bold sive to the needs of the majority.
Republican Party. The election was political and economic catastrophe for economic program with a clear, con- Common ground, if it means public
overwhelmingly about the lousy econ- the White House. crete and, yes, passionate message. investment in people, in our deteriorat-
omy and high unemployment, and In the end, the Democrats suffered Maybe it's time for the first lady—who ing infrastructure, in research and
Democrats paid the price as voters because the anemic economy hasn't spoke so powerfully on the stump in development that serves human needs
expressed their discontent with the been generating enough jobs—and the the election's final weeks—to explain and rebuilds America's competitive-
party in power. Conservatives of both president failed to convince voters he to her husband that bloodless, analyti- ness in the world. Common ground, if
Tim Geithner, White House eco-
parties are just plain wrong to claim was piloting a consistent course that cal detachment just doesn't cut it. it means ending a wasteful and
the vote represented an ideological would turn things around. Obama might also seek counsel from destructive war in Afghanistan.
shift to the right. Furthermore, the absence of a forceful more jobs and get the economy Elizabeth Warren, who as head of the Common ground, if it means campaign
The quickly congealing convention- and sustained explanation of how con- going—and fight with conviction for new Consumer Financial Protection finance reform that levels the playing
al wisdom claims that President servative policies have failed and will those plans against anyone standing in Bureau is standing with beleaguered field so ordinary Americans' voices
Obama tried to do too much and was continue to fail enabled a right-wing the way. He should take the advice of families versus predatory banks. aren't drowned out by more and more
too liberal. Wrong. The reality is that narrative of empty slogans, fearmon- the more than 300 economists who Robust support for Warren would con- covert and corporate money. And com-
the administration and conservative gering and outright mendacity to gain have urged his administration not to vince voters that the government is not mon ground, if it means listening to
Democrats were too timid in tackling traction. Obama's decision to abandon focus prematurely on deficit reduction. on their backs but on their side. and remobilizing a base that is the
the dire economic crisis inherited from his smart argument about building a Joining the GOP embrace of Social As he made clear in his first post- heart and soul of a renewed and
George W. Bush. The public was alien- new foundation for the economy and Security and Medicare cuts and mean- election press conference, the presi- revived Democratic Party. A rising
ated not because of Obama's over- his premature embrace of deficit spirited austerity makes for bad policy dent remains committed to a politics of American electorate—young people,
reaching but because his team hasn't reduction only left voters confused and bad politics. The Democrats civility and common ground. Fine, but Latinos, African-Americans, single
fought aggressively enough against about the White House's program for should fight for sensible investments, if he meets with Republican obstruc- women, union members—would be an
well-funded and entrenched interests. recovery. especially in infrastructure, green- tion, Obama should channel Harry effective counterweight to the assaults
For thirty years the working and mid- The president must lay out a clear energy initiatives and research and Truman and come out fighting against of an emboldened GOP and its corpo-
dle classes have seen their incomes and bold plan to create jobs, jobs and development. Obama should suspend a know-nothing and do-nothing GOP. rate funders.
Take Israel out of foreign aid
WASHINGTON (JTA) -- A has been put in the overall foreign aid However, until now at least, the see aid for Israel as inextricably
Republican Congress would seek to looping," he said when asked about GOP leadership has backed deferring bound with the broader interest of
remove funding for Israel from the the increasing tendency of to the executive branch when it comes countering isolationism; elevating
foreign operations budget, a GOP Republicans in recent years to vote to foreign spending, albeit after it has Israel above other nations might be
leader said. against foreign operations appropria- completed budgetary negotiations counterproductive in an American
U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor, the tions. "I'm hoping we can see some with the Congress. electorate still made up of diverse eth-
Republican whip and the only Jewish kind of separation in terms of tax dol- The GOP looks set to win at least nic groups; and such a designation
Republican in the House of lars going to Israel." the House in the upcoming Nov. 2 would make Israel more beholden to
Representatives, told JTA that a GOP- Cantor's statement was a sign that elections, partly because of the recent U.S. policy and erode its independ-
led House would seek to defund the Republican leadership was ready surge in conservative activism. ence.
nations that do not share U.S. inter- to defer to the party's right wing on The pro-Israel community has Pro-Israel officials before the inter-
ests, even if it meant rejecting the this matter. Some on the GOP right always backed the president's final view with Cantor had told JTA that
president's foreign operations budget. have suggested including Israel aid in foreign aid budget as a whole and the priority in January would be mak-
Cantor, of Virginia, said he wants to the defense budget, and a number of strongly resisted proposals to separate ing the case to newly elected
protect funding for Israel should that Tea Party-backed candidates have said funding for Israel for a number of rea- Republicans for backing a holistic for-
U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor, the Republican
situation arise. they would vote against what is sons. eign assistance package. whip and the only Jewish Republican in
"Part of the dilemma is that Israel known in Congress as "foreign ops." Among them, pro-Israel activists the House of Representatives.
Karl Denninger, Tea Party
Founder, Blasts Palin, Gingrich &
’Douchebag’ Tea Party Groups
The Huffington Post | Nick Wing
Karl Denninger, an original organizer of the
Tea Party, is out with a livid blog post blasting
current leaders of the conservative movement and
the apparent hypocrisy in their views of the eco-
nomic issues that originally catalyzed its cre-
According to Denninger, "Sarah Palin, Newt
Gingrich, Bob Barr, and douchebag groups such
as the Tea Party Patriots" are to blame for the bas-
tardization of a movement that now seems
focused on "Guns, gays, God," instead of the Tea
Party's original mission: to castigate the federal
government for supporting the "rampant theft" of
taxpayer dollars that went toward "propping up
FAILED private businesses."
Here's the down and dirty of what Denninger
believes the Tea Party was all about:
In short, The Tea Party was and is about the the
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and outrageous theft from all Americans that has
resulted. It is about personal responsibility and
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The Republican Party stealing the anger of a pop-
Denninger's analysis of the movement now led
ulation that was fed up with The Republican
by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and rep-
Party's own theft of their tax money at gunpoint
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Scandals At The Altar: 10 Black Church Leaders
Who ve Incited Controversy and Doubt
The Black Church is back in the spotlight; unfortunately,it s not for reasons related to sound doctrine. Controversy has once again
pushed the organization to the forefront in popular culture. But it s not the first time. African-American congregations have
endured controversy and scandal for decades. Here s a short list of the stories that made headlines.
By The Atlanta Post
Bishop Eddie Long’s case is one of Fellow Georgia Resident and Senior Reverend Jeremiah Wright s name In 2007 mega-church Senior Pastor, the Reverend Jamal Harrison Bryant of
the most damaging scandals to hit the Pastor of the mega-church World almost became kryptonite for President Rev. Frederick K.C. Price, agreed to be Balitmore, MD was the subject of
Black church. He’s currently being Changers International, Creflo Dollar Barack Obama two years ago when the a part of a 20/20 story in which he was ridicule two years ago after his wife
accused for coercing four young men has seen his share of controversy. He’s out-spoken preacher said African- asked to speak about money and reli- Gizelle filed for divorce. She alleged
into sexual relationships. While been painted as the face of the Americans should not sing “God Bless gion. The segment portrayed Reverend that her husband committed adultery,
Bishop Long is fighting those charges, “Prosperity Gospel”, preaching mes- America” but “God damn America.” In Price in an unsavory light using a quote and that he displayed “excessively
he has since become a media sensation sages of wealth to his congregation the sermon the Reverend said the 9-11 that declared “I live in a 25-room man- vicious conduct” that caused “reason-
and followers. At the same time, attacks were done to an America that sion, I have my own $6-million yacht”. able apprehension of bodily suffering so
and the newest poster child for “what
didn’t embrace all of its citizens. The That declaration proved damaging to as to render cohabitation unsafe.” The
is wrong with the black church”. As Pastor Dollar has had his own fortune
media firestorm that followed the both the Pastor and ABC. Apparently the controversy, however, has not put a
pastor of the 25,000 member New called into question. In 2007 he
expose of the 2003 sermon proved to be network used the quote out of context as stronghold on his ministry and populari-
Birth Missionary Baptist Church in refused to hand over financial docu-
too much of a strain for the pastor and he prefaced it by saying “I was pointing ty. Rev. Bryant continues to pastor
Lithonia, Georgia, he has also endured ments ordered by the U.S. Senate his most prominent church member. out that there is such a thing as bad suc- Empowerment Temple AME Church,
criticism from fellow clergy who chal- Finance Committee. At the time Pastor Wright retired in 2008 and President cess.” Airing the piece in its edited state which is the church he and his wife
lenged his teachings which pushed Dollar lived in a $2.5 million mansion Obama moved on from that church. The which also showcased the Reverend founded in 2000. He is also the spiritual
that homosexually is “spiritual abor- and drove a Bentley. President said, at the time, that although Price’s 22,000 member congregation adviser to reality television star
tion”. he did not always agree with the was, in the pastor’s opinion, damaging Omorosa Manigault-Stallworth and
Reverend, he did have “affection” for and he sued ABC for defamation. The appeared as a counselor on her TV One
him like any member of his family. network made a full retraction. dating show “The Ultimate Merger.”
Ten years ago Bishop Clarence Bishop Thomas Weeks III became a
McClendon was known as one of the household name in Black Christian cir-
most dynamic preachers in the cles when he married Prophetess and tel- The Rev. Frederick J. Eikerenkoetter Known to many as the “Hip Hop Terry Hornbuckle, the pastor from
Foursquare Gospel denomination. But evangelist Juanita Bynum in 2002. II, the flamboyant minister better known Pastor”, Bishop Hezekiah Walker hosts Texas who founded the Victory
he claimed the organization was racially Together they built Global Destiny as the Reverend Ike, was one of the orig- Diddy and Lil’ Kim in his church and Temple Bible Church in Arlington
biased and pulled his 10,000-member Ministries based in Duluth, GA into an inators of the “Prosperity Gospel”. At ministers with a type of music that rap with only 15 members in 1986 and
Church of the Harvest International out influential ministry. Five years later, the his United Church Science of Living artists embrace. But a few years ago, grew it to a large congregation that
of the denomination. It was around the best selling author of No More Sheets Institute in New York he would tell his Bishop Walker had more than his musi- could fill an 8000 square feet stadium
same time in 2000 that Bishop filed for divorce from her husband. congregation “close your eyes and see cal taste questioned. His marriage to
McClendon divorced his wife of 16
by 1992 (it was renamed Agape
Shortly afterwards, the battle went pub- green. Money up to your armpits, a wife Monique dissolved and a rumor
years and married for a second time just lic as Weeks attacked his estranged wife Christian Fellowship) fell dramatical-
roomful of money and there you are, just emerged claiming he was homosexual.
one week after the divorce was declared in the parking lot of Atlanta’s ly from grace as he was convicted of
tossing around in it like a swimming The Grammy award winning gospel
final. According to Charisma Now, a Renaissance Concourse Hotel. Bynum drugging and raping three women.
pool.” His lifestyle and prosperity mes- artist vehemently denied the allegations
Christian publication, his ex-wife revealed in a Divorce Court interview He’s now serving time and expected to
sage raised the eyebrows of more than a releasing a statement which read, “the
Tammera said Bishop McClendon told that she had battled with depression and few. He was investigated by the Internal enemy seeks to steal, kill and destroy. be released in 2020.
her that God revealed to him who he was thoughts of suicide after separating from Revenue Service and the United States Character assassination is one of the old-
supposed to marry. She said she then her husband. Dr. Bynum has gone on to Postal Service. Rev. Ike passed away in est weapons.” Shortly thereafter, the
asked him: “How could God show you form a recording label, SonFlower 2009 at the age of 74. Bishop received a public apology from
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Tea Party Republicans Can t Shake off the Stink of Bush
Richard Kim | The Nation Florida Tea Partyer Marco Rubio Sharron Angle, John Raese, Ken Buck York's 19th District how she feels
In the first and signal victory speech bluntly declared, it would be "a grave and, most likely, Joe Miller. Likewise about privatizing Social Security or
of election night, Kentucky Senator- mistake" to believe that "these results in the House, Tea Party candidates eliminating the Department of
elect Rand Paul took to the podium and are somehow an embrace of the picked up victories in Arizona, Education. Then ask Senators Susan
declared himself the leading edge of a Republican Party." Arkansas and Florida, but in Collins and Olympia Snowe how they
"Tea Party tidal wave." That wave, If the GOP didn't win—according to Pennsylvania, a hotbed of local Tea feel about their new colleague Toomey,
Paul made clear, is poised to crash the GOP—then just who the hell did? Party activism, they went 0 for 2 in who thinks it's cool to jail doctors for
down on the very idea of government The expedient answer for a party that races in play while non–Tea Party performing abortions. The possibilities
itself. In his compact, loaded address, still can't shake off the stink of George Republicans went a perfect 5 for 5. for wedge issues that highlight the
Paul pilloried government on at least W. Bush's crony capitalism and profli- Although you wouldn't know it from antigovernment extremism of the Tea
ten occasions while zipping through gate wars is the Tea Party. As a brand- the media coverage, ordinary Party (as well as its religious right ten-
the Tea Party's trigger words: ing technique, it allows the right to sell Republicans constitute the majority of dencies) are ample, and Democrats
Constitution, individual liberty, free- a narrative of rediscovered conser- the new GOP class. Moreover, a num- should have no qualms about exploit-
dom, entrepreneurship, capitalism, bal- vatism, a story of how a movement of ber of successful candidates are only ing them—if the Tea Party doesn't go
anced budgets and an end to the slav- libertarian true believers got lost in the nominally or opportunistically associ- there on its own.
ery of debt. But there was one word corridors of Halliburton and the quag- ated with the Tea Party; these TINOs But there's a bigger lesson for
conspicuously missing from his mires of Afghanistan and Iraq but (Tea in Name Only) include Ron Democrats than just divide and con-
remarks: "Republican." found their way again thanks to an Johnson, who knocked off Russ quer. As much as the Tea Party's
On a night when Republicans pulled uprising of "the people" awakened by Feingold in Wisconsin but whose suc- "throw the bums out" mentality repre-
off the largest shift in party power Obama's government takeover. A lot of cess was largely driven by his personal sents a scary, anti-intellectual
since 1938, converting at least sixty inconvenient truths and players get Rand Paul wealth, and Steve Chabot of Ohio, who nihilism—there's an undeniably
seats in the House, they also seemed, dropped along the way (pro-war secu- rebranded himself early on as a Tea refreshing zing to its claim that
paradoxically, to be an endangered rity hawks; Astroturf-seeding billion- Redcoats has an army come to Partyer in order to reclaim a seat he Washington needs new faces. Sure,
species. In absurd remarks coming aires; the Christian right, whose defini- Washington with so explicit an intent first won in 1994. there's tons of hypocrisy and insinceri-
from a ten-term incumbent, incoming tion of individual liberty doesn't to burn it to the ground. So far, the Tea Party zealots haven't ty when folks like Boehner mouth
House speaker John Boehner pointedly extend to women and gays; Bush's Underneath the "Tea Party forced most of these TINOs and non- these anti-establishment lines. But at
declined to acknowledge this elephant Wall Street bailout), but obviously his- Triumphs" headlines, however, lies a Tea Republicans to take the purity test, least he had the smarts to ape the mood
in the room, pledging instead to take "a torical and factual integrity isn't really fractured, incoherent party whose as they did with Mike Castle in and in some cases actually accommo-
new approach that hasn't been tried the point. It makes a good slogan, and short-term strategy for electoral suc- Delaware, to disastrous effect. But if date it. The Republican Party wrestled
before in Washington—by either along the way it ups the rhetorical ante. cess is every bit as dicey as the formu- firebrands like Paul and Rubio get their this past year—often bloodily and
party." And when the R-word was Reagan's small-government revolution la for New Coke. Paul's, Rubio's and way in crafting legislation, all bets are clumsily (just ask Lisa M-U-R-K-O-
uttered, it was usually in a bizarre ritu- now sounds like a full-fledged no-gov- Pat Toomey's wins were more than off- off. Ask newly elected moderate W-S-K-I)—to co-opt, absorb and redi-
al of self-flagellation. As victorious ernment revolt; not since the British set by defeats for Christine O'Donnell, Republican Nan Hayworth of New rect the new energy on their side.
Blue Dog Democrats PUBLIC NOTICE!!
The National Association for the Advancement of
lose big in Midterms Colored People (NAACP) Americus/Sumter Coun-
ty Branch will hold their 2010 election for Execu-
tive Officers for the local unit #5160. On Monday
Sebastian Jones, ProPublica:
As of now, 20 New Democrats have gone evening, November 15, 2010 at the Allen Chapel
down in defeat while six others are locked in A.M.E. Church the election will be held at 7:00 pm.
races that are too close to call. Many of those
who lost come from conservative districts and All members (whose membership is current) are eligible to vote for the
are members of the Blue Dog Coalition, another
candidates of choice. If you have any questions concerning the election
conservative House coalition, but other New
Democrats also fared poorly. Vice chair Melissa please call the NAACP office at: 229-924-0880.
Bean, a critical player in the group's efforts to
weaken the overhaul of the financial services
industry, is trailing a Tea Party-backed opponent
in her suburban Chicago district. Mike
McMahon, who authored the group's derivatives
proposal that was criticized for having big loop-
holes, was defeated. (A list of the New
Democrats who have lost can be found below.)
Like the New Democrats, many Americans
who went to the polls were focused on economic
matters. However, exit polls reveal voters were
more likely to blame the economic crisis on Wall
Street than on either President Obama or former Vice chair Melissa Bean, Blue Dog
President Bush. Of those who blamed the banks, Democrats Coalition
a solid majority voted against the Democrats, will likely court the New Democrats, since the
suggesting that despite having passed financial other major group of conservative Democrats --
reform legislation, the party couldn't shake off the Blue Dog Coalition -- lost half its members
the notion it was too close to the banks. last night, leaving only 26. Even if the New
In January the new House will be overwhelm- Democrats lose all six of their undecided races,
ingly Republican, so much so that the new major- the group will still have 36 members -- more than
ity may not always need the votes of conservative enough to act as a critical swing bloc on close
Democrats. When it does, however, Republicans votes.
Now White Folks are Mad
Folks: Lets keep a copy in Walter Reed.
our pockets for quick reference You didn't get mad when we
when speaking with our ... let a major US city, New
'friends' on the other side. Orleans , drown.
After The 8 Years Of The You didn't get mad when we
Bush/Cheney Disaster, Now gave people who had more
You Get Mad? money than they could spend,
You didn't get mad when the the filthy rich, over a trillion
Supreme Court stopped a legal dollars in tax breaks.
recount and appointed a You didn't get mad with the
President. worst 8 years of job creations in
You didn't get mad when several decades.
Cheney allowed Energy com- You didn't get mad when
pany officials to dictate Energy over 200,000 US Citizens lost
policy and push us to invade their lives because they had no
Iraq . health insurance.
You didn't get mad when a You didn't get mad when lack
covert CIA operative got outed. Bill O Reilly of oversight and regulations
You didn't get mad when the from the Bush Administration
Patriot Act got passed. people. caused US Citizens to lose 12
You didn't get mad when we You didn't get mad when trillion dollars in investments,
illegally invaded a country that Bush embraced trade and out- retirement, and home values.
sourcing policies that shipped 6
posed no threat to us. You finally got mad when a
million American jobs out of
You didn't get mad when we black man was elected
spent over 800 billion (and President and decided that peo-
You didn't get mad when the
counting) on said illegal war. ple in America deserved the
government was illegally wire-
You didn't get mad when right to see a doctor if they are
Bush borrowed more money sick. Yes, illegal wars, lies, cor-
You didn't get mad when we
from foreign sources than the ruption, torture, job losses by
didn't catch Bin Laden. You
previous 42 Presidents com- the millions, stealing your tax
didn't get mad when Bush rang
bined. dollars to make the rich richer,
up 10 trillion dollars in com-
You didn't get mad when and the worst economic disaster
bined budget and current
over 10 billion dollars in cash since 1929 are all okay with
just disappeared in Iraq . you, but helping fellow
You didn't get mad when you
You didn't get mad when you Americans who are sick...Oh,
saw the horrible conditions at
found out we were torturing Hell No!!
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Mergers between insurers and hospitals expected to accelerate
Analysts say the trend may be pushed Analysts expect to see the major medical business had diminished in Healthcare Policy and medical director
further by health system reform and health plans buy small regional health comparison with its retirement and for system improvement of the Scott &
greater access to financing the acqui- insurers rather than try blockbuster asset management business. White Health Plan.
sitions. mergers of large companies. They said "The medical business continues to He said the AMA has been disap-
By Emily Berry, amednews staff. small insurers might want out of the be one that undergoes rapid change, pointed in federal authorities' recent
Health system reform, in combina- business because of the capital needed which would mean investing addition- failure to block deals, but there are
tion with economic factors and trends to update technology and otherwise al capital into the business to be able to signs federal regulators are looking
in play, is expected to speed consolida- comply with minimum coverage and offer competitive products," he said in more closely at proposed health plan
tion of health insurers and hospitals, spending rules under health system a company news release. "For us, that mergers.
leaving physicians to figure out how reform. For large insurers, such deals just does not make sense." Advocates of stricter antitrust
they should adapt. can pass antitrust muster much more When Principal's 14,000 employer enforcement were heartened when
The prospect for mergers and acqui- easily than mergers with big plans, clients' policies, representing 840,000 Christine A. Varney, assistant attorney
sitions throughout the industry is high analysts said. employees, expire during the next general in the Justice Dept.'s Antitrust
thanks not only to health system One model for these deals is three years, United will get first rights Division, said this year that the depart-
reform, but also more access to financ- Coventry Health Care's purchases in to match them with similar coverage ment would "not hesitate to block the
ing to buy up other companies. In addi- 2010 of two Midwestern plans owned and "renew" those policies. merger or to require the settlement
tion, a change in the 2011 capital gains by small Catholic hospital systems. Effect on doctors concessions necessary to protect con-
tax means privately held companies Analysts said that while the Coventry For physicians, an increasingly con- sumers" if the deal would diminish
will do better to sell this year, said Bill deals were not expressly driven by solidated insurance market is generally competition.
Baker, a Dallas-based health care health reform, they are indicative of plans taking on membership from bad news, experts say. But some of the policy meant to
transaction consultant. He is a partner how mergers will go. companies that drop their health busi- Even before health reform, insur- improve the health care system will
at the consulting firm KPMG, where he WellPoint executives have told ness or pull out of a market. The model ance companies argued in favor of serve to further consolidate markets
leads the health care sector transaction investors they expect consolidation he cited was United's deal to acquire consolidation by promising efficiency that the administration wants to see
advisory group. because of health reform. the membership of Health Net when it of scale, but the resulting efficiencies less concentrated. said John Callahan,
"The overall outcome of the health UnitedHealth Group executives have pulled out of the Northeast in 2009. typically lead only to better profits, not a partner at the Chicago law firm
care bill across numerous sectors is expressed the same sentiment to their A few weeks after Mikan's com- lower premiums, said J. James McDermott Will & Emery who focus-
that it creates models that incentivize investors. ments, United announced a similar Rohack, MD, immediate past president es on transactions in the health sector.
health care companies to be very large Mike Mikan, executive vice presi- arrangement with Principal Financial of the American Medical Association. "Health care reform policies are
-- larger for the sake of driving effi- dent and chief financial officer at Group, which announced Sept. 30 that Dr. Rohack is a cardiologist from driving consolidation, and at the same
ciency," Baker said. "There is going to UnitedHealth Group, speaking to it would leave the health insurance Bryan, Texas, who practices at Scott & time antitrust enforcement is scrutiniz-
be less reimbursement available, less investors at a Morgan Stanley market. White, a physician-led health system ing consolidation," he said.
cash, and you're going to have to have investors conference Sept. 14, said he Larry Zimpleman, Principal's chair, that also operates a health plan. He is Reform is triggering further hospital
scale." sees not only mergers but also large president and CEO, said the company's director of Scott & White's Center for consolidation, analysts said.
The end of killer menthol cigarettes? Have you had a Check-up Lately?
Once aimed at Blacks, menthol cigarettes
may be banned in effort to reduce smoking Call (229) 931-0446 to
By Nisa Islam Muhammad - arettes. As many as 80 percent
WASHINGTON - The
of Black and 30 percent of
Latino smokers prefer menthol
schedule an Appointment!
“African Americanization” of cigarettes compared to only 22
menthol cigarettes may be com- percent of non-Latino Whites.
ing to a halt as the Food and The FDA's Tobacco Products
Drug Administration considers Scientific Advisory Committee
what, if anything, to do about is investigating whether men-
menthol flavoring in efforts to thol covers tobacco's bitter
reduce cigarette smoking. taste—making it easier to
Cigarette smoking remains smoke and harder to quit.
the leading preventable cause of “It is no secret that Blacks
death in America. have long been targeted by mar-
According to researcher keting campaigns for menthol
Phillip Gardiner, in the 1960s cigarettes, a strategy that has
“through the use of television been proven disturbingly effec-
and other advertising media, tive. Almost 50,000 Blacks die
coupled with culturally tailored each year from smoking related
images and messages, the
tobacco industry ‘African
diseases and thousands more
are crippled by smoking related
James V. Palazzolo, MD
Americanized' menthol ciga- ailments. More Black women 25-year period, which corre-
rettes. The tobacco industry
successfully positioned men-
get lung cancer than breast can-
cer and Black men are 50 per-
sponds to increased use of men-
thol cigarettes by this popula-
Thomas J. Ungarino, MD
tholated products, especially cent more likely to get lung tion.
Kool, as young, hip, new, and cancer compared to White “Masking the harsh flavor
healthy,” he explained. men,” said Dr. Louis Sullivan, a and burn of tobacco with a cool
“During the time that men-
thols were gaining a large mar-
former secretary of health and
minty taste is a surefire way to
get children to begin to smoke,
ket share in the African According to research done which is particularly troubling
American community, the by Mr. Gardiner in “The because 45 percent of smokers
tobacco industry donated funds
to African American organiza-
tions hoping to blunt the attack
African Americanization of
Menthol Cigarettes,” Blacks
smoke fewer cigarettes per day,
aged 12 to 17, and 82 percent of
Black or African American
smokers age 12 or older are
Pulmonary Associates and
on their products. Many of
these findings are drawn from
the tobacco industry documents
take fewer puffs per cigarette,
but maintain higher blood lev-
els of cotinine, the major
smoking menthol cigarettes,
and we know that 90 percent of
adult smokers were hooked as
Sleep Apnea Center
disclosed following the Master metabolite of nicotine, and have teens,” said Joseph Califano, of
Settlement Agreement in 1998 higher carbon monoxide con- the National Center on
(an agreement between the four centrations in their blood, com- Addiction and Substance Abuse
largest tobacco companies to
settle Medicaid lawsuits).”
pared with other racial and eth-
at Columbia University.
A FDA panel will meet and
prepare a report scheduled for
Last year FDA banned candy
and fruit-flavored cigarettes in
Over the past 40 years, lung
cancer rates among Blacks have release in March 2011.
Menthol cigarettes account
Intensive Care Medicine
attempts to reduce the number increased significantly com-
of children who start to smoke
and become addicted to tobacco
pared to White Americans,
according to the Centers for
for roughly one-third of the $70
billion U.S. cigarette market, Lung Disease and Allergy
products. Now the agency is Disease Control. A jump in according to industry figures
looking at menthol and flavored
tobacco products other than cig-
1990 lung cancer death rates for
Black males reflects a 20- to
and Blacks smoke 75 percent of
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Veterans Health Care: Why It’s the Wrong Time to Privatize
By Maggie Kozel, MD care has achieved. The gap between in that great bastion of socially pro- try, based on physician quality, clinical than monthly "med checks," and where
Huffington Post our remarkable medical resources and gressive thinking known as the U.S. outcomes and patient satisfaction. We talk therapy is a luxury that few can
In the wake of this midterm election the delivery of that as health care is Navy. Health care priorities were set should be studying the effectiveness of afford, would be unconscionable. As
season, with all its dramatic and widening all the time. We shouldn't be by -- I swear I'm not making this up -- the military's and the VA's healthcare startling numbers of our troops return
rhetorical pledges to America, we surprised. The economic incentives health care professionals, based on systems rather than devising ways to from war with emotional or neurocog-
should not lose sight of the pledges we that we have allowed to drive our clinical evidence, rather than what dismantle what works. Why would we nitive disorders, overwhelming the
have already made. We have promised health care are the same as those insurance company executives decided want to insert veteran care into an VA's capacity, some indeed may be
as a nation to provide our disabled vet- applied to brokerage firms and elec- in strategy meetings. Drug formularies overpriced civilian system that by directed to civilian care. But even in
erans with the best health services that tronics stores. Our private, third party were driven by pharmacists working almost all measures performs less those cases, it is important that the
modern medicine has to offer. We need health care system, based on profit, is with physicians, not by marketing well? civilian psychiatrists be able to turn to
to honor that promise to our veterans, by its very free-market nature focused executives. There was no incentive to One particular danger of dismantling a functional, experienced VA medical
and we need to pay the tab as readily as on minimizing services, cost-shifting create medical conditions just so we the VA system is the gap that would system for specialized training, guid-
we funded the wars that harmed them. to the "consumer," and achieving short could implement expensive tests and create in mental health services. Our ance and support in the treatment of
Calls for privatization of veterans' term goals. Its simply good business. treatments. And no money ever civilian third-party-payer system has these uniquely military conditions.
health benefits, touted by many fiscal Clinical effectiveness and rational pub- changed hands; just show your ID and been particularly inadequate in dealing This is the wrong time for talk of pri-
conservatives as a way of tamping lic health policy take a back seat. This you were in. Before any of us dismiss with psychological and emotional dis- vatization of the VA system. While our
down big government, seems an odd is the club that privatization gets you universal, single-payer health care on orders for our population in general. In nation debates what we want from a
way for us to try and meet those obli- into, complete with plenty of out-of- the basis that it is socialism -- or, even contrast, The VA, bolstered by recent civilian health care system and how we
gations. pocket expenses, denied claims and worse, European -- it is worth taking a funding increases, has been rising to are going to pay for that, let us all
Our civilian health care system, once gaps in coverage. Recent health care closer look at what our own military the challenge of treating and support- pledge to continue providing disabled
the envy of the world, has suffered at legislation has applied little more than and veteran systems have managed to ing the growing number of our veter- veterans with the best option currently
the hands of the modern free market. a bandaid to these ills. accomplish. And before we take the ans who carry the invisible yet debili- available -- that provided by the VA --
We in the U.S. have, by a huge margin, I learned firsthand about universal VA health system away from veterans, tating wounds of war in their hearts until we come up with something even
the most expensive health care in the health coverage -- similar to what dis- we should look at the facts. and minds. To release them into our better for all of us.
world, and we rank fairly low among abled veterans now receive -- by serv- The reality is that the VA health care civilian health care system, where psy-
developed nations in what that health ing for eight years as a medical officer system is one of the best in our coun- chiatrists get reimbursed for little more
Sorority launches national
asthma management program Robert V. Glover, JR.,
By FinalCall.com News
Campaign to help asthmatic
children lead productive lives,
NICHD, children with asthma
can lead full and productive
lives through proper diagnosis,
reduce hospital visits, stem control of triggers that spark
school absenteeism episodes and through overall
CHICAGO - Alpha Kappa
Alpha Sorority embarked upon
a national multi-year campaign
management. This can be
achieved through an aggressive
public outreach effort, which is
to educate and enlighten the the purpose of the Asthma
community about how to man- Prevention and Management
age asthma through its Asthma
Prevention and Management
Mrs. Stewart said Alpha
1909 Aberdeen Rd.,
Initiative. The program was
launched in Tampa on October
20 as part of National Head
Kappa Alpha was motivated to
wage a public campaign
because of her familiarity with
Start Awareness Month. The
Sorority will then galvanize
the disease, because asthma
was becoming an epidemic and Albany, Ga 31701
thousands of members who will because it is a disease that is
fan out to the nearly 1,000 com-
munities worldwide where
Alpha Kappa Alpha has chap-
Kappa Alpha was motivated to
wage a public education offen-
manageable, with a few
lifestyle adjustments. With this
knowledge, Attorney Stewart
ters. The initiative is expected sive when the Sorority became contacted the National
to reach millions of people aware of the pernicious effect Institutes of Health for statisti-
afflicted with the disease, with a asthma has on children's quality cal support. As a result of this Board Certified In Cardiovascular Diseases
particular emphasis on reaching of life and on the nation's econ- outreach, the partnership with
minority children. omy. NICHD and the National Heart,
This campaign is being car- According to the National Lung and Blood Institute
ried out in partnership with the
Eunice Kennedy Shriver
Center for Chronic Disease
Prevention and Health
(NHLBI) evolved. With the
data the agencies provided,
National Institute of Child
Health and Human
Promotion (NCCDPHP), asth-
ma accounts for more visits to
Sorority's membership around
Development (NICHD), a pro- the Emergency Room, costs the this program. The overarching
gram under the National nation $3.2 billion to treat annu- goal of the campaign is to
Institutes of Health. NICHD ally, afflicts 5.6 million school- improve the quality of life of
conducts and supports research aged children and can lead to children afflicted, boost their
on all stages of human develop- death. Asthma disproportion- attendance in school, and save
ment, from preconception to ately afflicts low-income, the country money.
minority children, a population
adulthood, to better understand
the health of children, adults,
families, and communities.
Through AKA's Asthma
most vulnerable to the ravages
of the disease but a population
with few outlets where parents
can be informed about the dis-
The initiative is a major pro-
gram under AKA's new admin-
istration, whose theme is
“Global Leadership Through
Join NAACP Today
Prevention and Management Timeless Service.”
Initiative and, in accordance ease and how to manage it. The effort is being spearhead-
with its collaboration with the Reaching this population is the ed by the Sorority's Program
NICHD and the National Heart, core mission of AKA's Asthma Committee, which is chaired by
Lung and Blood Institute Prevention and Management Attorney Sharon Bridges of
(NHLBI), Alpha Kappa Alpha Initiative. Jackson, Mississippi. Dr. Diane
will raise awareness among par- By definition, asthma is a L. Adams, M.D., a member of
ents and childhood educators long-term inflammatory disease the Sorority, is Project Director
about the treatment of child- in which the airways of the of the campaign.
hood asthma through educa- lungs constrict, causing wheez- “Every child should be
tional activities, informational ing, breathlessness, chest tight- afforded the opportunity to live
forums, health fairs and screen- ness, and coughing. It is a life to the fullest, including
ings. The NICHD will partici- potentially debilitating disease those with asthma,” said
pate in the forums and educa- that results in “episodes” when President Stewart. “By marshal-
tional outreach efforts and will the disease is triggered. The ing AKA's members around
disseminate information on NCCDPHP reports that tobacco asthma management, we will
treatment options as part of the smoke, dust mites, furred and impact the quality of life of all
thrust. feathered animals, molds, affected by the ravages of this
According to Attorney chemicals and strong odors in disease. In so doing, Alpha
Carolyn House Stewart, Alpha the school environment can Kappa Alpha will live up to its
Kappa Alpha's newly-installed trigger asthma attacks. 102-year mission of providing
International President, Alpha However, according to the service to the community.”
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Aretha Franklin Resting Lil Wayne
After Detroit Hospital Visit R e l e a s e d
By Dior Noir, Bet.com
Aretha Franklin is at home recuperating after a
stay at Detroit’s Sinai Grace Hospital. The Queen
of Soul’s rep said she was admitted to the hospi-
tal at the recommendation of her doctors, but By Carl Chery, BET.com Staff
wouldn’t elaborate on her medical issue. The Free Weezy movement is now reality.
The past few months have been hectic for Lil Wayne (born Dwayne Carter) was released
Franklin and the stress may be taking its toll. In from Rikers Island in New York this morning
August she canceled a string of performances (November 4) after serving 8 months out of a
after suffering two broken ribs and abdominal one-year prison sentence for gun possession.
pain that resulted from a fall. September found A guard initially told MTV Weezy would have
her at the hospital again, when her son had emer- to serve an extra day due to "miscalculated time,"
gency surgery after being severely beaten. but a spokesperson from Rikers Island confirmed
Following her recent hospital stint, Franklin is that the rapper was freed at 8:35 a.m.
said to be ”resting comfortably.” She’ll be sit- It's sure been an eventful jail stint for Wayne.
ting out of performances for the rest of 2010, so The rapper reached a plea deal on drug charges in
hopefully she’ll take all the time she needs to get Yuma County, Arizona only weeks into his incar- debut, while Nicki Minaj has become the game's
back on her feet. ”I would like to thank my ceration. Yuma authorities initially issued a bench most buzz-worthy femcee in years, breaking sev-
friends, fans and supporters for all the beautiful warrant for his arrest despite him being locked up eral records in the process.
Aretha Franklin flowers and their many well wishes,” she said in in another state. The case ended with Wayne get- Wayne's music has also been ubiquitous
a statement. ting 36 months' probation. He also made news throughout his incarceration. In addition to
after getting caught with contraband when guards appearing on countless songs and videos, the rap-
found him with earphones and a watch that dou- per's own "I'm Not a Human Being," which hit
bled as an MP3 player. stores on his birthday (September 27), debuted at
The Peaches of Atlanta: Nene Needless to say, all eyes were on Wayne in
Rikers. Back in April, news surfaced that a cor-
rectional officer was fired for allegedly spying on
no. 1 on the Billboard charts. Behind bars, Wayne
made enough noise to rank 7th on MTV's Annual
Hottest MCs in the Game list. He also ranked 2nd
Leakes and Sheree Whitfield Wayne while another guard was investigated for
special treatment five months later. Just last
week, Captain Raphael Collazzo was suspended
on BET's Top 10 Rappers of the 21st Century.
According to the Cash Money/Young Money
camp, Wayne will get back to work on "Tha
By Clay Cane
Like it or worship it, "The Real Housewives of for 10 days without pay for paying an unautho- Carter IV" upon being released. The LP's sched-
Atlanta" is a pop culture phenomenon. The rized visit to Wayne while the rapper was in soli- uled to hit stores in 2011. It's also been rumored
ladies of ATL are back with a third season that is tary confinement. that Wayne could be appearing on the final date
everything reality television should be: drama, Wayne's also enjoyed his share of triumphs in of Drake's Light Dreams and Nightmares tour in
over-the-top characters and a diva, Nene Leakes. the last eight months as his Young Money crew Las Vegas on Saturday, November 6. Per MTV,
This season, Nene is dealing with the pressures kept waving the flag proudly. Drizzy emerged Wayne is scheduled to celebrate his homecoming
of fame, marital issues, tested friendships and the into a full-fledged star with his "Thank Me Later" at a Miami Strip Club on the next day.
ongoing catfight with Kim Zolciak.
Sheree Whitfield is not to be upstaged by the
Athens Diva. Always confident in her own skin,
she holds her own working on an aspiring acting
career and dealing with being accused of letting
Dwight Eubanks pump $30,000 into her fashion
Forbes Names Michael Jackson
We here at BET.com had to get the scoop
directly from the ladies themselves. In this inter-
Highest Earning Dead Celebrity
view, Nene and Sheree talk the new season, plas- years after his death. He comes in at no. 2 with
tic surgery, and, why Kim Zolciak may not be as $60 million. "Lord of the Rings" author J.R.R.
Black-friendly as we see. Only these peaches of What s your reaction to that? Tolkien raked in $50 million, largely due to a
Atlanta could give us an interview like this! Sheree: I know for a fact that’s absolutely not two-movie adaptation of his book, "The Hobbit"
When the media is all over you and you re true. The show is totally not scripted. going into production. Cartoonist Charles Schulz
having personal issues do you ever regret Personally, I think maybe she didn’t want to be ranked fourth with $33 million and Beatles front-
being on the show and how your life has the person she really is. Maybe that was the man John Lennon came in at no. 5 with $17 mil-
changed? problem or she pretended to be perfect -- lion. See the full list below.
Nene: I don’t regret being on the show at all. I nobody’s perfect. 1. Michael Jackson $275 million
tell people all the time, had I not been on the Nene, the first reunion episode you said you 2. Elvis Presley $60 million
show some of the things that have happened to questioned why Kim assumed that you and 3. J.R.R. Tolkien $33 million
By Carl Chery, BET.com Staff 4. Charles Schulz $50 million
me or my blessings, those doors would’ve never your family were eating fried chicken. Then,
Icons typically continue to generate income 5. John Lennon $17 million
opened up. Now, I do miss having my privacy. I on this season s preview you make a comment
well after their deaths, but Michael Jackson's tak- 6. Stieg Larsson $15 million
didn’t know it was going to be to this extent. I’m to her, "You better watch your tone and how
ing things to new heights. 7. Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel) $11 million
a private person, I really like to have my privacy you speak to people, especially when you talk-
Making his Forbes List debut, MJ generated 8. Albert Einstein $10 million
but at the same time I understand that’s what hap- ing to a sista !" Although Kim says she has a
$275 million this past year, more money than any 9. George Steinbrenner $8 million
pens when you’re on television. lot of Black friends, do you think there is any
other living star, minus Oprah, and out-earned 10. Richard Rodgers $7 million
Do you feel the same way Sheree? kind of prejudice with her or issues with Black
every celebrity on the Top Earning Dead 11. Jimi Hendrix $6 million
Sheree: This show has allotted all of us, a lot folks in any kind of way?
Celebrity list. 12. Steve McQueen $6 million
of different opportunities and opened several Nene: I don’t think Kim has a lot of Black
Elvis Presley still makes loads of money 33
doors for all of us. I don’t regret doing the show friends. I’ve been knowing Kim a long time and
at all, but, again, you do lose your privacy and I don’t know one Black friend she’s had other
it’s not a good thing. Especially when you have than me. Then, once we started doing this show,
kids, you’re trying to have dinner with your fam-
ily and people want to take pictures.
Now Sheree, today Wendy Williams said she
she has a lot of Black fans. But, Kim is very
White. Let’s be very clear, she’s not a White girl
that dates Black men or that even chooses to hang
Opera singer Shirley
thought you had butt implants or butt pads. out at Black places like that. I’ve been around
Sheree: [Laughs] Anybody that knows Sheree
knows that I work out, baby!
Nene: [Laughs] I’ve been knowing Sheree for
her a long time. There is some form of prejudice
in Kim, I get that. I’ve had that around her.
Some form of prejudice.
Verrett dies at 79 in Mich.
a long time and her butt been the same! Do you feel that way too Sheree? By RONALD BLUM
Sheree: I’m trying to get it down! [Laughs] Sheree: I don’t know Kim. Nene knew Kim NEW YORK (AP) — Shirley Verrett, an
No, no implants! [Laughs] It’s called working better than me. I don’t know of her to have a lot acclaimed American mezzo-soprano and soprano
out. Wendy is hilarious! of Black friends like Kim’s saying. praised for her blazing intensity during a career
When I told people I was interviewing Nene Nene: She has a lot of Black fans. Because she that spanned four decades, died Friday in Ann
I got questions via Facebook and Twitter. The is on a show with Black people they just assume Arbor, Mich. She was 79.
main question was about your nose job. I she must be a White-Black girl. You know, like Verrett, one of the top opera singers of the
think you look beautiful either way. But, I m the White girl who dates Black guys, but that’s 1970s and 1980s, had been suffering from heart
curious, what was the reason you decided to not it. I know that’s how it looks on the show, but trouble, said Jack Mastroianni of IMG Artists,
get a nose job? that ain’t it, child. who was notified of her death by the
Nene: I’ve never said I had a nose job. I’ve People think she is kind of like a Teena Metropolitan Opera Guild.
never, anywhere, come out and said I’ve had a Marie. That s what it looks like sometimes. Born in New Orleans, she was renowned for a
nose job. I’ve just been told that I’ve had one. Nene: Oh no! She ain’t nowhere near a Teena blazing intensity in her performances as a mezzo
[Laughs] I’m doing some things and everybody Marie. She don’t do that --that’s not her thing. for much of her career and a soprano in her later
should just tune in to the show to see what I’ve I couldn t let this interview go by without years. She battled racial prejudice in a predomi-
"She is good-looking, and she has a beautiful
had done. I know there’s been a lot of rumors asking about the gay men on Atlanta nantly white European-centered art form during a
voice that moves smoothly from low tones to
saying I’ve done this and that – a lot of rumors Housewives. Have you guys always been 40-year biracial marriage, according to her auto-
high and plays around freely in the treacherous
are very false. What I have to say about plastic around gay men? biography.
middle without audible shifting of vocal gears,"
surgery is there’s nothing that has ever happened Sheree: [Laughs] My best friend in high Verrett studied at the Juilliard School in New
Allen Hughes wrote in The New York Times.
to me in my life that would make me do anything school was actually gay. I’ve known Lawrence, York and was a 1961 winner of the Metropolitan
"She also has an attractive stage manner and per-
to myself because I love Nene. Whatever I do my hair stylist, way before the show started. Opera National Council Auditions.
sonality. She laughs easily and convincingly,
would just be for me, it wouldn’t be for anybody What about you Nene? Known early in her career as Shirley Verrett-
flirts beguilingly and registers changes of attitude
else. Nothing happened in my childhood. Nene: I love the gays - I’ve been called a man Carter, she made her professional debut in 1957
and feeling without hamming or posing."
Anybody that wants to have plastic surgery and myself, honey! I’m alright with it. and a year later appeared for the first time at the
A year later, she appeared at Milan's Teatro alla
they can afford it – they should go out and get it. Is there a chance of you and Dwight recon- New York City Opera as Irina in Weill's "Lost in
Scala in Saint-Saens' "Samson et Delilah." In
Sometimes we as Black folks get critical when ciling? the Stars." She also appeared in the first televised
1988, she opened the San Francisco Opera season
someone gets work done. I have nothing against Dwight, I’ll speak to Young People's Concert by conductor Leonard
with Placido Domingo in Meyerbeer's
Nene: I know, it’s kind of funny in the African- Dwight if see him anywhere. As far as a friend- Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic from
American community. But, there are a lot of ship? No ma’am! There is no chance at all. I the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
Verrett was part of the second generation of
African-American women that have had things just need to do me right now and he’s not going A debut followed at London's Royal Opera in
black opera singers who followed Anderson's
done. We want to be like anybody else. If you to be a part of me doing me. 1966 as Ulrica in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera,"
breakthrough at the Met in 1955. Coming after
care about yourself – you want to tune up some- You both are in Atlanta. What s your take and two years later she made her Metropolitan
Leontyne Price, she was in a small group of black
thing here or there – it’s falling. Pick it up! on Bishop Eddie Long? Opera debut in the title role of Bizet's "Carmen,"
headliners that included George Shirley, Grace
Sheree, Lisa Wu said she left the show Nene: My first church and the only church I a role she has sung to acclaim at the Spoleto
Bumbry, Reri Grist and Martina Arroyo.
because they were trying to script her story. attended in Atlanta was New Birth. Festival in 1962.
5B November 2010 The AmericUSumter Observer
An Open Letter to the White Right, On the Occasion of Your Recent, Successful Temper Tantrum
By Tim Wise But they lost. your precious feelings, or those of the Just promise you’ll do more than
*NOTE: PLEASE RE-READ THE There were those who wanted to so-called “greatest generation” — a talk this time.
TITLE OF THIS ESSAY BEFORE take us back to a time when children bunch whose white contingent was Please, or as one of your celluloid
GOING FURTHER. NOTICE, IT IS could be made to work in mines and top-heavy with ethical miscreants who heroes might put it, “make my day.”
AIMED AT THE WHITE RIGHT. factories, when workers had no legal helped save the world from fascism They know, but you do not, that jus-
NOT ALL WHITE PEOPLE. ANY- rights to speak of, when the skies in only to return home and oppose the tice is not for the sprinters, but rather
ONE WHO THINKS THIS ESSAY IS every major city were heavy with ending of it here, by doing nothing to for the long distance runners who will
ANTI-WHITE PEOPLE, AS industrial soot that would gather on lift a finger on behalf of the civil rights be hitting their second wind, right
OPPOSED TO THAT SEGMENT sidewalks and windowsills like vol- struggle. about the time that you collapse from
OF THE WHITE COMMUNITY canic ash. It’s OK. Because in about forty exhaustion.
THAT IS RIGHT WING, CANNOT But they lost. years, half the country will be black or They are like the tortoise to your
READ PLAIN ENGLISH. PLEASE There were those who wanted to brown. And there is nothing you can hare.
TRY AGAIN.* take us back to a time when women do about it. They are like the San Francisco
For all y’all rich folks, enjoy that could not vote, or attend any but a few Nothing, Senõr Tancredo. Giants, to your New York Yankees: a
champagne, or whatever fancy Scotch colleges, or get loans in their own Nothing, Senõra Angle, or Senõra bunch that loses year after year after
you drink. names, or start their own businesses. Brewer, or Senõr Beck. year, until they finally win.
And for y’all a bit lower on the eco- But they lost. And by then you will have gone all You have had this confidence
nomic scale, enjoy your Pabst Blue There were those who wanted to in as a white nationalist movement — before, remember?
Ribbon, or whatever beer you favor. take us back to a time when blacks hell you’ve all but done that now — You thought you had secured your
Whatever the case, and whatever “had no rights that the white man was thus guaranteeing that the folks of position permanently after the over-
your economic station, know this… bound to respect,” – this being the offi- color, and even a decent size minority throw of reconstruction in the wake of
You need to drink up. And quickly. cial opinion of the Supreme Court of us white folks will be able to crush the civil war, after the elimination of
And heavily. before those awful days of judicial you, election after election, from the the New Deal, after the Reagan revolu-
Because your time is limited. activism, now decried by the likes of Presidency on down to the 8th grade tion, after the Republican electoral vic-
Real damned limited. you – and when people of color could student council. tory of 1994. And yet, those you
So party while you can, but mind the legally be kept from voting solely Like I said, this is math. And num- thought you had cowed and defeated
increasingly loud clock ticking away because of race, or holding certain Tim Wise bers don’t lie. are still here.
in the corners of your consciousness. jobs, or living in certain neighbor- Bottom line, this too shall pass. Because those who have lived on the
guys, the keepers of the hegemonic
The clock that reminds you how lit- hoods, or run out of other towns alto- So enjoy your tax cuts a while margins, who have been abused,
and reactionary flame, the folks
tle time you and yours have left. gether when the sun would go down, longer. maligned, targeted by austerity meas-
unwilling to share the category of
Not much more now. or be strung up from trees. Go buy whatever you people buy ures and budget cuts, subjected to
American with others on equal terms.
Tick, tock. Tick, tock. Tick. But they lost. when your taxes get cut: a new car or racism, classism, sexism, straight
Fine, keep it up. It doesn’t matter.
Tock. And you will lose. two, a bigger house, an island. supremacy and every other form of
Because you’re on the endangered
I know, you think you’ve taken So make a note of it. Whatever. oppression always know more about
“your country back” with this election Tweet it to yourself. Go back to trading your derivatives, their abusers than the abusers know
And unlike, say, the bald eagle or
— and of course you have always Put it on your Facebook wall and engaging in rampant financial specula- about their victims.
some exotic species of muskrat, you
thought it was yours for the taking, cuz leave it there so you’ll remember that I tion that produces nothing of value, They have to study you, to pay care-
are not worth saving.
that’s what we white folks are bred to told you so. that turns the whole world into your ful attention, to adjust their body armor
In forty years or so, maybe fewer,
believe, that it’s ours, and how dare It is coming, and soon. personal casino. Whatever. accordingly, and to memorize your
there won’t be any more white people
anyone else say otherwise — but you This isn’t hubris. It isn’t ideology. It Play your hand, and for the love of sleep patterns.
around who actually remember that
are wrong. is not wishful thinking. God play it big. Real big. As in, shoot You, on the other hand, need know
Leave it to Beaver, Father Knows Best,
You have won a small battle in a It is math. for the moon big. As in, try to privatize nothing whatsoever about them. And
larger war the meaning of which you Not even advanced math. Just sim- Social Security, and health care, and this, will surely prove politically fatal
Hole cornpone that you hold so near
do not remotely understand. ple, basic, like 3rd grade math. everything else. Whatever. to you in the end. For it means you will
and dear to your heart.
‘Cuz there is nothing even slightly The kind of math that proves how At least that way everyone will be not know their resolve. Will not fear it,
There won’t be any more white folks
original about you. your kind — mostly older white folks able to see what you’re really about. as you should.
around who think the 1950s were the
There have always been those who beholden to an absurd, inaccurate, nos- We’ve been trying to tell them, but It means you will take their greatest
good old days, because there won’t be
wanted to take the country back. talgic fantasy of what America used to nothing beats seeing it with your own strength — perseverance — and make
any more white folks around who actu-
There were those who, in past years, be like — are dying. eyes, so “Go big or go home,” Bubba. of it a weakness, called losing.
ally remember them, and so therefore,
wanted to take the country back to a And in the pantheon of American “Git ‘er Done.” But what you forget, or more to the
we’ll be able to teach about them accu-
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Posey wins World Series, Moss Traded Again!
Buster Posey #28 of the San Francisco Giants Portrait of Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Dwyane Wade #3, LeBron James #6 and Chris Kevin Garnett #5 of the Boston Celtics cele-
looks on during batting practice against the Lakers before the game against the Portland Trail Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat chat during a game brates his basket in the overtime against the
Texas Rangers in Game Four of the 2010 MLB Blazers at the Staples Center on November 7, against the New Jersey Nets at American Chicago Bulls on November 5, 2010 at the TD
World Series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington 2010 in Los Angeles, California. Airlines Arena on November 6, 2010 in Miami, Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics
on October 31, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. Florida. defeated the Bulls 110-105 in overtime.
(October 30, 2010 - Photo by Christian
Petersen/Getty Images North America)
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss Donovan McNabb #5 of the Washigton Redkins Quarterback Vince Young #10 of the Tennessee
smiles as he runs off the field after an NFL foot- answers questions from the media during a press warms up prior to the start of the game against Titans grimaces in pain during the first quarter
ball game against the Indianapolis Colts, conference at Winter Park on October 7, 2010 in the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on October 31, against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the game
Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010 in Philadelphia. Eden Prairie, Minnesota. 2010 in Detroit, Michigan. at EverBank Field on October 18, 2010 in
Philadelphia won 26-24. (AP Photo/Matt (October 30, 2010 - Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Jacksonville, Florida.
Slocum) Images North America)
Americus Middle School Panthers Still Undefeated
scored on the next play to give making the score 22-20 Championship needing only to
the Panthers a 22-14 lead but Panthers. With only 2:07 left to gain one 1st down. On 3rd
the two point play failed. Ben play in the game and trailing by down and 15 with only 32 sec-
hill took over down by 8 with 2 points with no timeouts left onds left to play Brian Stone
6:35 to play in the fourth quar- Ben Hill had to try an onsides was able to rip off a 50 yard run
ter. The Panther Defense forced kick which was recovered by to seal the game, the undefeated
Ben Hill to use too much time James Davis. The Table was set season, and the Championship
on the drive before finally sur- for the Panthers as they began for the Panthers. The
rendering a touchdown and the drive for the 2010 Mid- Championship is the first since
stopping the two point play South Conference 2007 for the Panthers.
Panthers a 16-8 lead. The the Panther offense was able to
Panthers forced a punt on the keep the ball for the rest of the
next Ben Hill drive and Isaiah third quarter. Omar Barron hit
Americus - The Middle
Carter blocked the punt to for a Dwight Harris for 16 yards on
School Panthers defeated the
turnover. The Panthers took 3rd down with 9 yards to go,
Ben Hill Purple Hurricanes 22-
over in Ben Hill territory and and Barron completed the next
20 to finish an undefeated sea-
the drive stalled when Wesley pass to James Davis for 10
son. The Panthers got on the
Fields was slammed to the more yards. Then on 3rd down
board first with a 68 yard
ground and forced to leave the and 7 Omar Barron completed a
touchdown run from Wesley
game. The Hurricanes went to pass to Sammy Luster for 40
Fields and a two point conver-
work and completed a long yards to set up a first and goal
sion from Brian Stone. Ben Hill
touchdown pass to make the from the 10 yard line. On first
tied the game up on the ensuing
score 16-14 to end the first half. and goal the Panthers ran a
drive and two point conversion.
With the game still in doubt the sweep with Fields who was
Omar Barron then took the next
Panthers defense forced the tackled at the 3 yard line and
kick off back for a touchdown
Hurricanes to punt the ball. had to leave the game because
and Stone again converted the
With Fields back in the game of a concussion. Brian Stone
two point play giving the
7B November 2010 The AmericUSumter Observer
Panama Canal Zone where his young Nelson Mandela.
NAACP poor judgment, and mindless
decisions by the two clearly
in this country.
Black Albanians are well
AMERICA electoral opponent Senator Mandela was the face of change
CONTINUED FROM 2A show that Dubose and Holley aware of how racist the Herald CONTINUED FROM 3A John McCain was born? and charity for all of Africa but
are ill-equipped to provide is with its pro Republican Nobody’s sure. he was too old to make it hap-
good, sound, leadership. Our agenda. To report a disagree- President Obama went from Last month, a 44-year-old pen. The great things Obama
to not run the risk of having leaders must be of sound mind, ment between the NAACP GA woman in Buffalo was quite
offensive to ugly and then to might do for America and the
their own NAACP state office of unquestionable character, State Conference and local taken by President Obama world could go on for decades
shut down by the National and with a vision for the future Albany Branch, as Dubose did when she met him in a chicken after he’s out of office.
The health-care debate,
office. of our state conference. The with the Herald, has offended wing restaurant called Duff’s. America, you know not
which looked more like
We are proud and pleased GA State Conference, nor the many Blacks in Albany. Did she say something about a what you have.
extreme fighting in a mud pit
that the Albany Branch decid- National Office for that matter, NAACP CEO Ben Jealous pleasure and an honour to meet The man is being challenged
than a national dialogue,
ed to fight and stand for what can afford to continue to have attacked the local Albany the man or utter encouraging unfairly, characterized with
revealed a very vulgar side of
is right for Albanians. the wrong leaders in control, Branch in his letter that was words for the difficult job he is vulgarity and treated with the
America. President Obama’s
Branches throughout GA sup- especially those leaders who sent to the Herald. Even if doing? No. Quote: “You’re a kind of deep disrespect to
face appeared on protest signs
port them. And we are pleased are mired down in unethical Jealous is misinformed by hottie with a smokin’ little which no previous president
white-faced and blood-
that Attorney Maurice King financial deals, who display Dubose, Jealous' staff should body.” was subjected. It’s like the day
mouthed in a satanic clown
represents the branch to seek a vindictive behavior, and who have known not to send a letter Lady, that was the President after electing the first black
image. In other tasteless por-
just resolution. Attorney King are embarrassments as to be published in an anti- of the United States you were man to be president, thereby
trayals, people who disagreed
is working with the NAACP spokespersons. Black, bias newspaper, like the addressing, not one of the Jonas electrifying the world with
with his position distorted his
national office legal team. When you have an NAACP Albany Herald. This is Jealous Brothers! He’s your president hope and joy, Americans
face to look like Hitler com-
King says that the appointment official as Dubose who gave a second "rush to judgment" for goodness sakes, not the guy
plete with mustache and swasti- sobered up and decided the bad
of new officers by Dubose is White racist newspaper, the when it comes to Albany. His driving the Zamboni at
ka. old days were better.
illegal. Albany Herald, a derogatory hasty condemnation of Shirley “Monster Trucks On Ice.”
Odd, that burning the flag President Obama may fail
Several branches are meet- "news story" about Blacks Sherrod, an Albany resident Maybe next it’ll be, “Take Your
makes Americans crazy, but but it will not be a Richard
ing to discuss the removal of under his leadership, then he is and a member of the Albany President To A Topless Bar
depicting the president as a Nixon default fraught with lar-
Dubose and Holley. The no different than some of the branch, still haunts NAACP Day.”
clown and a maniacal fascist is ceny and lies. President Obama,
recent unprofessional actions, hateful Tea Party Republicans members everywhere. In President Barack Obama,
accepted as part of the new rude given a fair chance, will surely
Americans have a charismatic
America. leader with a good and honest succeed but his triumph will
Maligning the image of the heart. Unlike his predecessor, never come with a Bill Clinton
leader of the free world is one he’s a very intelligent leader. caveat – “if only he’d got con-
thing, putting the president’s And unlike that president’s trol of that zipper.”
Join NAACP Today life in peril is quite another.
More than once, men with guns
were videotaped at the health-
care rallies where the president
predecessor, he’s a highly
In President Obama,
Americans have the real deal,
Please. Give the man a fair,
fighting chance. This incivility
toward the leader who won
over Americans and gave hope
spoke. Again, history shows the whole package and a leader to billions of people around the
that letting men with guns get that citizens of almost every world that their lives could be
within range of a president has country around the world look enhanced by his example, just
not served America well in the to with great envy. Given the naturally has to stop.
past. opportunity, Canadians would Believe me, when Americans
And still the “birthers” are trade our leader, hell, most of drive by the White House and
out there claiming Barack our leaders for Obama in a see a sign on the lawn that
Obama was not born in the heartbeat. reads: “No shirt. No shoes. No
United States, although public What America has in Obama service,” they’ll realize this
documentation proves other- is a head of state with vitality new national rudeness has gone
wise. Hawaii is definitely part and insight and youth. Think way, way too far.
of the United States, but the about it, Barack Obama is a
problems faced by a country or the poor.
ELECTION suffering under crushing eco- You can probably expect the
CONTINUED FROM 3A nomic failure, war abroad, high blame game, the who is the real
deficits, few jobs, failing edu- American game, the who will
Will things get any better? cation, and huge amounts of fight terrorism game, and who
Not likely. suffering. will defend America game. All
“Gross vanity, greed, lust and With presidential elections of these games are likely to stir
inordinate self-interest have coming in 2012, don't expect the emotions of voters but don't
divided the country along the any renewed sense of national expect substantive attempts to
lines of class, race and sex,” interest or acting in the best resolve many problems.
observed the Honorable interest of the country any time Some pundits are saying a
Minister Louis Farrakhan, in soon. Don't expect thoughtful GOP victory in Congress may
“Torchlight for America,” a voices to urge debate and not force Republicans to find a way
book he wrote and published in denigration and reflection and to actually get things done, but
1993. not knee-jerk reaction. many GOPers have already
“Classism, racism and sex- Don't expect political leaders made defeat of the president in
ism are used to keep the people to put the needs of their con- 2012 their number one priority.
divided, and these three evils stituents and fellow citizens When a political leader's
threaten to sink and destroy the first, don't expect political lead- number one mission is defeat-
entire country. America must ers to get much done. ing an opponent and not pursu-
deal effectively with these lines You can expect more efforts ing an agenda, there is trouble
Christian Community Calendar of division or face anarchy and
revolution,” the Minister
to push President Obama,
already careful on issues of
ahead. And America it seems
remains sadly headed toward
warned. race, to move to the political harder times but blind leaders
CAMPBELL CHAPEL AME CHURCH (Rev. Lodenia Coleman), Americus There are too few voices center. That means keeping a cannot see how their small-
Sunday, November 14th at 4 pm willing to call for a different good distance from anything mindedness is steadily taking
The annual Harvest Day Program will be held. Rev. Verconica Lewis of Butler,GA is the guest approach, a more respectful and that might be construed as giv- the country toward total ruin.
speaker. healthier approach to solve ing too much to Blacks, Latinos
The public is cordially invited to worship with us.
RESTORATION CHURCH OF AMERICUS (Rev. George Edge), Americus
Friday, November 19th at 7 pm
A "Spirit Night" event will be held. Activities include an age- appropriate Christian movie for
a Rap Session for teens and parents. Wear your favorite team jersey or t-shirt. Youth that par-
sports or cheerleading are asked to wear their athletic attire. Door prizes will be given away.
$15 a year in Sumter County
UNION TABERNACLE BAPTIST CHURCH (Rev. Larry Sims), Americus $25 a year outside the county
Friday, November 12th at 6 pm
An Evening of Appreciation for Pastor Larry and First Lady Virginia Sims will be held.
Sunday, November 14th at 8 am and 11 am
The 17th Annual Appreciation Services for Pastor Larry B. Sims, Sr. will be celebrated.
Pastor Melvin McCluster of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church
and Pastor John A. Porter of Huspah Missionary Baptist Church of Hampton, South Carolina
Mann Dental Care
will be in charge of the 8 am and 11 am services respectively.
Saturday, November 20th at 11 am WE WELCOME NEW HOURS BY
The Teen Parenting Support Ministry monthly meeting will be held. PATIENTS APPOINTMENT
Saturday, December 4th from 8 am - 12 pm
The Annual Clothes Giveaway will be held. This event is open to the public.
All items are free: clothing (all sizes), shoes, purses, etc.
Tuesday, December 7th - Thursday, December 9th at 7 pm nightly
Annual winter revival services will be held.
902 South Slappey Blvd.
Mondays, 7 pm: Women's Small Group Fellowship meets.
Mondays, 7 pm: Men's Ministry Fellowship meets.
Albany, GA 31701
1st Saturdays, 10 am - 12 noon: Girls' Mentoring Program meets.
2nd Saturdays, 10 am - 12 noon: Boys' Mentoring Program meets.
We welcome the opportunity to highlight upcoming Christian community events.
Please submit your church/ministry events for the month of December to
In addition, please send your email address to be added to our contacts listing.
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Three Black Men Sue McDonald’s for ’Toilet Bias’
By Jeff Mays alleged race-based slight. that's McRacist.Are Latinos neater in should eliminate the customer-only
Can I get a Big Mac and the key to McDonald's declined to comment, public restrooms than Whites? Do rule and be good neighbors.
the bathroom? saying it hadn't seen the suit. Asians always flush? Last I checked, That said, I've often wondered how
That's what three black men are As a New Yorker, I can tell you that bathroom etiquette had more to do the bathrooms of people's homes look
claiming happened to them when they finding a decent restroom when the with manners, and manners have after using a public restroom.
asked to use a bathroom at a need arises can be difficult. Thank nothing to do with race. Sometimes, it looks like folks have
McDonald's in the Kips Bay neigh- God I have a bladder of steel. My McDonald's didn't get to 999 zillion urinated on the floor on purpose,
borhood of Manhattan. wife, however, is a different story. If people served by doling out McRib decided that they don't have to flush
Christopher White, Abdul Rasuul, we are out for more than a few hours, sandwiches to only white customers. the toilet after No. 2 or both.
and Leroy Johnson allege that they we usually have to run in to a store or People of all races have increased If folks treated public restrooms
were told they had to buy food when restaurant. their cholesterol by downing too like the ones at home, more establish-
they asked to use the restroom at a Some establishments have many McNuggets, McFlurries and, ments would be willing to open their
Third Avenue McDonald's. "Customer Only" signs posted, but uh, Mc "You fill in the blank." bathroom doors.
Meanwhile, they claim, a white many will let you use the bathroom If establishments are going to But shutting those doors solely
woman who did not buy anything was without a purchase if you look sane. reserve their bathroom for customers because of race is not good
allowed to use the restroom. The men The problem is that so many bath- only, they should stick to the rule and McMarketing. Maybe these three men
say they suffered "shock, pain, emo- rooms are so gross that you end up But if McDonald's is deciding not deny people based on skin color. should have went to Burger King and
tional, psychiatric, psychological and not wanting to touch a thing inside which customers to let use the rest- In New York, though, where a good had it their way.
mental injuries" as a result of the the restroom. room based on color or ethnicity, bathroom is hard to come by, they
Don t Let Fear Keep You From Becoming an Entrepreneur
By Tennille M. Robinson that you love to do,” chal- right? But as Gatlin proves, if determine early on what type
Black Enterprise Magazine lenges Tiffini Gatlin , who you really want something, of leader you are. Do you have
How often have you launched her Atlanta-based you’ll do whatever it takes to attributes that will attract fol-
thought about starting your concierge business, The get it. “I was able to get my lowers? Do you make sound
own business only to have a Atlanta Go To Girl , with revenue where it needed to be decisions? It's all about self-
doubt creep into your mind and $5,000 of personal savings. yet still sustain myself.” discovery, and you often
keep you from taking any Gatlin put her startup capital You’re scared you will fail uncover these attributes in your
action? Well, here are two rea- toward incorporating, PR, trav- There's a definite correlation
job experiences (i.e., while
sons you don't have to worry el, and gas, among other between failure and fear, and
working for others). A great
about when you're thinking of things. And even after she left Gatlin encourages those look-
taking the leap and becoming the corporate world – Gatlin ing to take the leap to at least boss sets expectations and
an entrepreneur. worked for nearly seven years try. Because even if the out- understands the needs of
You think you can’t leave in the banking industry – as come isn’t what you anticipat- his/her employees, customers
your job. she got the business up and ed, “you didn’t fail, you just and clients—a vital component
“Look for ways to supple- running, she sold insurance didn’t get the results you in crafting the vision it takes to
ment your income or save so part-time. I know what you’re expected,” Gatlin rationalizes. lead.
you are able to do what it is thinking. What spare time, To help combat those fears,
GOP, U.S. Chamber Of Commerce Push Outsourcing of American Jobs
By Ryan Grim, Lucia Graves nomic growth is not a zero-sum game. companies and make them less com- out to create a diversion," added Sen.
Huffington Post Replacing a job that is based in anoth- petitive with foreign firms. But more Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.). "The
Senate Republicans beat back an er country with a domestic job does broadly, they pressed the case that the question is this: Do Republicans think
effort by Democrats November 2 to not stimulate economic growth or vote was a political stunt since that middle class families should pay
end tax breaks for companies who enhance the competitiveness of Democrats knew they didn't have 60 through their tax subsidies for plants to
send jobs offshore only to import prod- American worldwide companies." votes to cut off the filibuster. The best close up and the cost of shipping jobs
ucts back into the United States. The In 2004, Chamber head Tom thing to do, said GOP senators, is to overseas to be on their back?"
House has passed a series of similar Donohue made the case that outsourc- get out of town. House Democrats are making a sim-
legislation over the past several weeks, ing shouldn't be a concern because "I think that right now all concerns,
ilar attempt to draw a bright line on
as Democrats work to portray only "two, maybe three million jobs, the leader included, are to get this over
jobs between Republicans and
Republicans as in the pocket of Big maybe four" would be lost. "American with, get back home and campaign,"
Democrats. At Tuesday's "Conference
Business at the expense of workers, companies employ 140 million said Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.).
the economy, the trade deficit and the Americans," Donohue said in a CNN "To be honest with you, because of on the Renaissance of American
budget deficit. That message was mud- interview that Chamber opponents are the election, we're not going to get Manufacturing," House Majority
died, however, by the defection of four happy to remind him of. "They provide anything done. We're just wasting-- Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) laid out
Democrats and Independent Democrat health care for 160 million Americans. they're wasting time. My hope is that the agenda for the remaining floor time
Joe Lieberman, who voted against the They provide training in terms of 40 after the election we can come back before the election. "[T]his week the
motion to end a filibuster. billion a year. The outsourcing deal here and get serious about some issues House will vote on three additional
"I wish this election would be a sim- over three or four or five years and the that need to be dealt with," said Sen. bills," he said, according to his pre-
ple referendum on this issue," Dick two or three sets of numbers are only George Voinovich (R-Ohio). pared remarks. "One will make sure
Chamber head Tom Donohue
Durbin, the Senate's number two going to be, you know, maybe two, "They may be forcing it, but what that the government buys American-
Democrat, said on the Senate floor maybe three million jobs, maybe four." immediate double taxation on the earn- we should be taking up right now are made American flags. Another helps
"Who in the world believes that we The bill included a payroll tax holi- ings of their foreign subsidiaries. the tax cuts," argued Sen. George ensure that American workers are
should be rewarding corporations in day for companies that bring jobs back Limiting deferral would hinder the LeMieux (R-Fla.). given every opportunity to earn certifi-
our country for shipping jobs over- from overseas, ended tax breaks for global competitiveness of these Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) pushed cations, degrees, and qualifications for
seas?" plants that shut down to go elsewhere, American companies, impede U.S. back on the GOP argument that the the jobs American industry needs to
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is and blocked companies from deferring economic growth, and ultimately vote was political theater. fill. And the third addresses China's
one powerful answer to Durbin's their tax bill year to year by keeping "Republicans call this a stunt. You go
result in the loss of jobs - both at the unfair currency policy and its harms to
query. The Chamber, which represents money out of the U.S. and you speak to the millions of
companies directly impacted and com- American workers. By deliberately
businesses in the United States, has The U.S. Chamber, in a letter to the American workers who have lost their
panies in their supply chains." keeping the value of its currency low,
aggressively battled the effort to Senate, outlined its opposition to the jobs, because their plants have shut
reduce outsourcing. During the debate measure and said that it may use the Sens. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), Jon down and their companies have moved China is able to sell its goods in the
over the stimulus, the U.S. Chamber vote to rate how friendly to business a Tester (D-Mont.) and Mark Warner to China, and you ask them if they United States at an artificially low
fought efforts to include a provision senator is in the lobby's annual score- (D-Va.) broke with their party to vote think focusing on outsourcing and price--which helps put American man-
that would encourage taxpayer money card. The bill, argued the Chamber, to continue the filibuster, as did the demanding that American companies ufacturers out of business. The bill we
to be spent on products made by would "significantly curtail [tax] chairman of the Senate Finance reinvest in American companies is a vote on this week will help level the
domestic companies. It opposed the deferral [of earnings], reversing long- Committee, Max Baucus (D-Mont.). stunt. I don't think they believe it's a playing field for American businesses
outsourcing bill, arguing in a letter to standing tax policy and subjecting Republicans argued that revoking stunt," he said. and workers."
the Senate that "the concept of eco- American worldwide companies to the tax breaks would punish American "We're hearing a lot of things thrown
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ness of White people who have The Four Gospels tell you Bush was vilified by critics a time - and paid for his fancy-
GOSPEL conquered you, mastered you, about Jesus—not the Jesus of
TEA while he was in office but not pants education with student
CONTINUED FROM 7A and made you into themselves! today, but the historical Jesus CONTINUED FROM 2A with the suggestion that some- loans. I wonder how people
The symbol of the eagle in who spoke in parables. This how the government had been who genuinely cherish the
slaves in Egypt,” but they don't The Seal: The scripture teaches, Jesus spoke in parables so that seized or usurped - that it had American dream can look at a
“Wheresoever the eagles are the people would get a picture to co-opt the movement - would fallen into hands that were not man who lived that dream and
know how it was built today, view the idea of taking money
and can't do it again. These are gathered together, there shall of The Future through the para- those of "the American people." feel no connection, no empathy.
the carcass be.” Now look at ble. The Honorable Elijah out of politics with horror, if Yet this is the Tea Party sugges- I ask myself what's so differ-
usurpers of our history! they thought it might actually
The U.S. Seal and The Star your condition. Who are you? Muhammad said 75 percent of tion about Obama. ent about Obama, and the
You are the remains of a once what you read in the scripture happen. Underlying all the Tea Party's answer is pretty obvious: He's
Great People! for Jesus is about a Future Man So who stole the govern- issues and complaints, it black. For whatever reason, I
This is The Seal of the United
When you go to a funeral that comes at The End of The ment? What makes some peo- appears to me, is the entirely think this makes some people
States of America, where you'll
parlor, you go to visit “the World of Satan. ple feel more disenfranchised legitimate issue of the relation- unsettled, anxious, even suspi-
find the Latin words E Pluribus
remains”: You see the form of I am saying to us, as now than they were, say, during ship between the individual and cious - witness the willingness
Unum, which means “Out of
the person that you once loved, Muslims, Jesus is the most the presidency of George W. the federal government. But of so many to believe absurd
but the spirit is gone out of that important person that we have Bush? why would this concern about conspiracy theories about
But the symbol is of an eagle.
person. They have eyes, but to understand if we're going to After all, it was Bush who oppressive, intrusive govern- Obama's birthplace, his religion
In one talon it has arrows repre-
they can't see! They have ears, see it out of this present world. inherited a budget surplus and ment become so acute now? and even his absent father's
senting “war”; and in the other,
but they can't hear! They have a Study Holy Qur'an, Chapter left behind a suffocating deficit Why didn't, say, government supposed Svengali-like influ-
an olive branch representing
tongue, but they can't speak! 3: Al-Imran (The Family of - I'm not being tendentious, just surveillance of domestic phone ence from the grave.
“peace.” America talks peace,
And they can't walk—some- Amran). Through verses 44-53, stating the facts. It was Bush calls and e-mails get the consti- Obama has made mistakes
but she grows strong through
body has to move them from we're getting a picture of the who launched two wars without tutional fundamentalists all that rightly cost him political
here to there because life is no angels revealing to Mary that making any provision in the worked up? support. But I can't help believ-
The eagle has nine feathers
longer in them. she is going to have a child, and budget to pay for them, who I have to wonder what it is ing that the Tea Party's rise was
that represent the Nine Jurists
You and I are like dust: Tiny that child is going to be named proposed and won an expensive about Obama that provokes and partly due to circumstances
of The Supreme Court. And in a
particles of matter that have no “The Messiah”: “When the new prescription-drug entitle- sustains all this Tea Party ire. I beyond his control - that he's
“halo” above the eagle's head
form, no purpose. angels said: O Mary, surely ment without paying for it, who wonder how he can be seen as different from other presidents,
are 13 Stars. If you were to The Children of Israel: The Allah gives thee good news
draw with your finger over the bailed out irresponsible Wall "elitist," when he grew up in and that the difference is his
preposition “of” means posses- with a word from Him (of one) Street firms with the $700 bil-
six outermost stars, the points modest circumstances - his race.
sion, so where you have “John's whose name is the Messiah,
would make up The Star of lion TARP program. mother was on food stamps for
house”—the apostrophe and Jesus, son of Mary, worthy of
David: “s”—when you break it down, regard in this world and the
This is Israel: The conqueror this means “the house of John,” Hereafter, and of those who are
of the world, the conqueror of or “the house belonging to drawn nigh (to Allah).”
Space, the conqueror of the nienced to come to the store Farrakhan introduced to us the
depths of the sea. The con-
You and I are “The Children
Is “Messiah” a “name,” or a
function? His name was Jesus,
TREND and shop. The heart may be concept of the Local
queror of the People of God! willing but logistics and per- Organizing Committees
But the scripture teaches:
of Israel,” possessed by another the son of Mary, The Messiah. CONTINUED FROM 2A sonal time constraints could (LOCs) as a way to keep the
people! Mastered by a stranger; “And he will speak to the peo-
“Though you exalt yourself living in a strange land! Being ple when in the cradle and prevent full participation from momentum going from the
above the stars of heaven, yet decided to expand in 1999 and
made other than ourselves! So when of old age, and (he will a scattered group. Million Man March. When
set up a much larger store just 9
will I bring you down to the if The Man of Sin made us after be) one of the good ones.” The Macon group have out- those two million Black men
blocks from campus. The
sides of the pit of Hell.” himself, then he made us in Some of the commentators lined what should be included returned to their respective
22,000 square foot grocery
God has come after The rebellion to The Way of God. say, “Well, every child learns to in a development model for the communities, organizing the
store in the new location was
Children of Israel. Children of Israel: You are speak when they're young in grocery/co-op: 1) vision, 2) tal- LOC with a program of com-
subsidized by the more prof-
What is a “child”? A child is the product of White people. the cradle; or two years old, ent, 3) capital, 4) on-going munity building and spiritual
itable but smaller store nearer
a “boy or girl,” “son or daugh- Don't be mad at me. That's what they learn how to talk …”—this communications and educa- and economic development
campus. However, by 2009 the
ter,” “baby, infant.” A child is we've been! So when the isn't talking about that, or when tional programs for your stake- would have us at the point of
Hyde Park Co-op Market had to
“any person or thing regarded Honorable Elijah Muhammad of old age! Jesus died, accord- holders and 5)a good plan. being ready to establish busi-
declare bankruptcy and close
as the product or result of.” said, “Accept Your Own and Be ing to the Bible, when he was Research shows that it takes nesses in those communities.
both store locations even
Black people are not, now, Your Self.” 33 years of age. He never lived three to five years to start a suc- Next, in 1997, Minister
though their smaller store near
“The Children of God”—you Well, who is “Your Self”? among the people to get old, cessful co-op and $1.5 to $2 Farrakhan presented to us the
campus had always been prof-
are “The Children of Israel”! You're not a White person. “My with the hoariness of his hair. million dollars. Other sugges- Exodus Program. He outlined
itable. They over expanded and
You are not made, now, in the Self” is a Righteous Muslim! This is talking about “The tions include: 1) Put together a the program in such a way that
were not able to get the com-
image and likeness of God, you The Good News, Our Goal & Messiah.” steering committee, 2) begin if we had implemented it, we
munity support they needed to
are made in the image and like- The Enemy's Plan keep the 22,000 square foot mentoring with an already would have communities all
store afloat. established co-op, 3) make across the nation, ready to go to
This is why we in the plans with a time-table and work under the nine ministries.
Ministry of Agriculture have budget for the first stage and 4) Such an effort would have
ANNOUNCEMENT been promoting the develop-
ment of buying clubs in cities
get incorporated. If your state
does not have the proper
developed a potential customer
base for any type of business
across the country to be devel- statutes for incorporating a “co- that could have employed our
The Americus and Sumter oped into cooperatively owned operative corporation”, you can people and served their needs.
grocery stores. However, we incorporate as an out of State We pray that we are now ready
County NAACP will be host- stress that before the group Corporation in states like to hear and obey the words of
even opens a small grocery Wisconsin. wisdom of our Minister and
ing the United States Equal store, they should have at least In the NOI, we have faltered develop co-operatively owned
500 members who can be on carrying out two major ini- grocery stores and other infra-
Employment Opportunity Commission depended upon to patronize the tiatives developed by the structure needed to develop an
store each week. This means Honorable Minister Louis independent, profitable and
(EEOC) in February 2011. A full day will that all of the members must Farrakhan that would have safe food production and distri-
live close enough to the pro- established a presence in our bution system for our 40 mil-
be spent in Americus, Georgia training posed location so that over time local communities across the lion or more members of our
they will not feel inconve- country. In 1995, Minister Black nation.
and answering questions about job dis-
are under the illusion that armed resistance” that your side
If you have any questions please call: WHITE everyone is as weak as you, as fetishizes, cuz, see, we don’t
CONTINUED FROM 5B soft as you, as akin to petulant have to be. We don’t need guns.
children as you are, as unable to We just have to be patient.
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which is to say they know how
to lose with dignity.
cope with the smallest setback,
the slightest challenge to the
way you think your country
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And wait for you to pass into
that good night, first politically,
and then, well…
Do you hear it?
And those who suffer know ate. The sound of your empire
how to suffer, which is to say But they are not. dying? Your nation, as you
they know how to survive: a And they know how to knew it, ending, permanently?
skill that is in short supply amid regroup, and plot, and plan, and Because I do, and the sound
the likes of you. they are planning even now — of its demise is beautiful.
You, who could not survive we are — your destruction. So know this.
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To God be the glory!
Congressman Sanford Bishop(D-GA)
I am humbled by the faith you have once again placed in me by renewing my
contract to be your Congressman for the 2nd District. I give honor to God, who
is the head of my life. I give glory to God, for this victory because it is truly His.
I want to thank all of you for hanging in
there, for your support, and for your
perseverance during this incredible
campaign. Because of your work, because
of what all of you have done, not only have
you made "a" difference, you have made
To all the people of the 2nd District: Please
know that this job is a public trust of
responsibility that you have given me to
work for, and in, your behalf in Washington. I will not betray your trust. Thank
you for your confidence.
To God be the glory!
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