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Record-Breaking Crowds Attend Annual Gumbo Cook-Off NEW IBERIA - Recordbreaking crowds of more than 25,000 made the 21st annual World Championship Gumbo Cook-Off a huge success over the weekend of Oct. 8 – 10 in New Iberia. “BP is proud to have participated in this great community event and to show that we truly are here to stay,” said Darryl Pruett, Community Outreach Coordinator for BP’s New Iberia Community Outreach Center. “We are thrilled to have been a part of such a successful Gumbo Cook-Off weekend.” At this year’s gumbo cook-off, 110 gumbos were prepared, which translates to approximately 1,530 gallons or more than 48,900 servings of various types of delicious gumbo. Amateur cooks competed in the seafood, chicken and sausage, and mélange categories, while the professionals competed in the seafood and non-seafood categories. This year, BP proudly sponsored the weekend-long event to celebrate Louisiana cuisine and seafood. BP’s New Iberia Community Outreach Center employees hosted one of more than 50 booths, serving seafood jambalaya, cole slaw and bread to hungry visitors on Saturday afternoon. Results: Amateur Seafood First Place: The Pit Crew from Jenz Trenz & Dock of See cook-off, on page 2



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Strong Black Turnout Could Determine Outcomes of Key House, Senate, and Gubernatorial Races Joint Center Releases Midterm Election Analysis Special to the NNPA from the Joint Center of Political and Economic Studies

Girl Scouts and Kappa Delta sorority partner every year to celebrate the importance of female friendships. Shown here from left, are Girl Scout Brownies Tacora Rheams and Kaisaia Kemp, along with Girl Scout Cadettes Yasmine Jackson and Deja Franklin of Baton Rouge Troop 10022 enjoying an evening of fun with the young women at Kappa Delta house. This year’s National Girls Day at Woman’s Hospital will, once again, highlight healthy living among girls including the importance of girlfriends.

BATON ROUGE — With a desire to spread the word to girls that She Can Do Anything, the theme of the 2010 National Girls Day event, Girl Scouts Louisiana East and Kappa Delta Sorority invite all girls in grades 1 – 5 to participate in this national day of celebration and confidence-building. The National Girls Day event is being held Sunday, November 14, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Woman’s Hospital, 9050 Airline Hwy., Baton Rouge. Events are being held across the country on or around November 14, in an effort to empower girls to real-

ize their dreams and celebrate the power of girls making a difference in their communities. “We encourage girls to adopt healthy living habits by showing them how healthy living choices will support their emotional and physical well-being,” said Kevin Shipp, program specialist for the local Girl Scout council. “This event addresses the ‘whole girl’ rather than just the food she eats, her weight and her exercise habits.” The 2006 study, The New Normal? What Girls Say About Healthy Living, conducted by the Girl Scout Research Insti-

tute, revealed that today’s girls are defining health on their own terms, placing the same value on emotional well-being and self-esteem as they do on diet and exercise . For girls, being healthy is more than just eating right and exercising; it is also about feeling good about oneself and being supported by family and peers. The National Girls Day event will be facilitated by young women of Kappa Delta and staff from Woman’s Hospital and Girl Scouts, with rotatSee girls day, on page 2

Less than three weeks before Election Day, a new analysis shows that African American voters are strategically located in states and districts where, if they turn out in substantial numbers, they could make a difference in who controls the House, the Senate, and up to 14 governorships. The report, In Anticipation of November 2: Black Voters and Candidates and the 2010 Midterm Elections, was released by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, a leading authority on the black electorate that has consistently surveyed and reported on the opinions of African Americans since 1970. The analysis was conducted by David A. Bositis, Ph.D., Senior Political Analyst at the Joint Center, and discussed with a standing room only roundtable of journalists and other political organizations in Washington, D.C. Dr. Bositis said this election could echo mid-term elections in 1986, when significant Black turnout helped Democrats gain House seats and take control of the Senate, and again in 1998, when Demo-

crats picked up governorships in Alabama, South Carolina, and Georgia. “There are 20 House seats and 14 Senate seats in addition to 14 gubernatorial races where the Black vote has the potential to determine the outcome of this year’s elections,” Dr. Bositis said. Widespread predictions that Democrats will endure sweeping losses may be premature, if party leaders are abel to play a strong ground game that includes persuading African Americans to go to the polls in greater numbers than they have in some other mid-term elections, added Dr. Bositis. “The extent of the Democrats’ losses will depend on their ability to turn out their most loyal voters, and no voting bloc will be more important to them than African Americans. If they can mobilize a strong Black turnout, the Democrats can significantly reduce their potential losses,” Dr. Bositis said. “It is clear from this analysis that we have not reached the final chapter of the election story in many key states and Congressional districts, and that African American voters could end up being the authors of events, if they See black turnout, on page 3


Fourth Quarter Rally Falls Short as Jags Fall to Jackson State Tigers JACKSON - JSU’s Rico Richardson’s 28-yard touchdown catch of quarterback Casey Therriault’s sidearm pass with two seconds remaining lifted the Tigers to a dramatic 49-45 win over the Southern Jaguars Saturday night. In the final 2 minutes, 59 seconds, four touchdowns were scored and four lead changes by the two SWAC rivals.

Casey Therriault threw five touchdown passes, including a 28-yarder to Rick Richardson with 2 seconds left, as Jackson State outlasted Southern University 49-45 in a wild Southwestern Athletic Conference finish Saturday night. With the Tigers (5-1, 3-1 SWAC) leading 34-31 with 4:15 remaining, the Jaguars (2-4, 1-3 SWAC) stopped them on

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three plays, taking a 38-34 lead on Richard Wilson’s thrilling 60-yard punt return with 2:59 left. But Jackson State would take the squib kick on the short field and marched it right down the field. After Jackson State reached the Southern five, Therriault threw incomplete on third down, but a pass interference call on SU’s D’Mekus

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Cook created first-and-goal at the 2. B.J. Lee ran it in for a 41-38 Tigers lead at 0:38. On Southern’s next scrimmage play, Jeremiah McGinty hit LaQuinton Evans, who shook the defensive back, and scampered 73-yards down the sideline touchdown, giving the Southern Jaguars a 45-41 See jags, on page 2

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Jonathan Nelson is enjoying better days in this season of his life. His rousing radio single “Expect the Great” is a smash, his new CD “Better Days” is a Top Ten hit....See Page 6


Sharpton, Brazile Headline Series More Louisiana schools and districts are making the grade, according to 2010 State, District and School Performance Scores released by the Louisiana Department of Education today. The number of schools earning a School Performance Score (SPS) of 100 or higher grew significantly, from 361 schools in 2009 to 423 in 2010. ...See Page 3

Civil rights activist, the Rev. Al Sharpton and veteran Democratic Party strategist Donna Brazile headline the list of speakers for Southern University Chancellor’s 2010-2011 Lecture Series. The series, now in its third year..See Page 2

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Rev. Al Sharpton, Donna Brazile to Headline 3rd Annual Chancellor’s Lecture Series BATON ROUGE - Civil rights activist, the Rev. Al Sharpton and veteran Democratic Party strategist Donna Brazile headline the list of speakers for Southern University Chancellor’s 20102011 Lecture Series. The series, now in its third year, will also include Dr. Johnetta Cole, Dr. Julianne Malveaux, Dr. Rani Whitfield, and Talib Kweli. “I am extremely happy with the list of speakers we have assembled this year,” said Southern Chancellor Dr. Kofi Lomotey. “I hope that the community will come out to hear these impressive local and national speakers.” Rani Whitfield, aka The Hip Hop Doc, is scheduled to speak Oct. 27. Whitfield, a Southern graduate and Baton Rouge native, is an author, founder of the Hip Hop Health Coalition, and he has spoken on health issues on nationally syndicated radio shows. Talib Kweli, hip-hop rapper and producer best known for his rap projects with Mos Def and Hi-Tek, will speak on Nov.

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Girls Day from page 1 ing workshops on how to reduce stress, make nutritional food choices, stay physically fit, and the importance of girl friends. It will also include presentations and activities from community organizations, fitness experts, skin consultants, nutritionists, and other professionals. There is a cost to attend the event for Girl Scouts and for non-Girl Scouts, which includes Girl Scout membership as a special event pathway. Girls will also have the option of joining or being assigned to a troop. Registration is required and

available at or the local council service center at 545 Colonial Drive, Baton Rouge, LA. In 2009, Kappa Delta created the Confidence Coalition, an alliance of organizations and companies committed to promoting confidence in girls and women. That same year, it created National Girls Day (also referred to as International Girls Day) to empower girls to reach their potential. Kappa Delta is active in a number of philanthropic endeavors, including the prevention of child abuse

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Jags from page 1 Jaguars lead with 19 seconds left. O ffensively, Jeremiah McGinty finished going 17 of 24 for 293 yards and three passing touchdown, while also leading the Jags in rushing with 63 yards on 11 carries. Gary Hollimon rushed 20 times for 32 yards. Freshman Lee Mitchell also scored his first career

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led SU with 11 tackles (nine solo), 2.5 tackles for losses and two pass break ups. Corey Ray finished with seven tackles, one sack and two tackles for losses. Virgil Williams had five tackles and Pierre Warford picked up his first interception of the season. Franchot West and Kedy Enabulele each had one sack. On Special Teams, punter Joshua Duran finished with a 41.0 yards per punt average, including placing three punts inside the 20 yard line. William Grsiwold was a perfect four of four on PAT’s and connected on all three field goal attempts, including a long of 43 yards. Richard Wilson was the special teams star, finishing with 122 return yards, including the 60 yard punt return touchdown late in the game. He also had a kickoff return for a touchdown called back due to a penalty.

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THOUGHT FOR to those who won in THE WEEK: Always the primary. plan your work, and A BIG THANK then work your plan. YOU to all who atKerney tended the Family BREAST CANand Friends’ Day at CER AWARENESS the St. James United MONTH continues. Methodist Church All of us have had a near Belle Rose. On loved one or friend hand with this conMarge who is a survivor of gregation was the Mt. Lawrence breast cancer. More Zion Baptist Church and more men are congregation of Donalso survivors of the disease aldsonville. The pastors of and are telling their story. One these congregations are Elva has asked that the cancer pink Jacobs and Felton Caesar reribbon contain a blue stripe to spectively. include the men who are surCLEANING OUT YOUR vivors. This is a good request CLOSET FOR FALL? If you because many do not believe do not know what to do with men could be victims. your unwanted items of clothTHE SUNSHINE FESTI- ing, shoes and kitchen appliVAL WAS A HUGE SUCCESS! ances, donate or drop them off For the past twenty-five years at our local thrift stores in the the festival has had a record area. More and more folks are number of those attending and wanting your items and will lots of good Louisiana food and be a “treasure” to them. Call chefs coming to share their skill. your local store to pick up or This year the chairs decided to delivery them. add a new feature and that was DID YOU HIGHLIGHT the cook off and car show. The FIRE SAFETY WEEK? Whether festival began with a stock car we recognize it or not, we can race in Crescent Park and was never say that it won’t happen the festival’s best fundraiser. to us. We never know what will It continues to be the best and come to us in this life! So, we largest festival in the area. must be prepared. Help your THE ST. CHARLES PAR- children and relatives brush up ISH ALPHA OUTREACH on their fire safety skills. We CENTER wants to share hous- must go over them and show ing and other resources for the our fire escape plan. We must victims of domestic violence make sure and remind our relain our area. Special speakers tives and friends to check out and resource persons are avail- their smoke alarms and make able for any information that is sure they are working. Good needed just for you or some- habits do go a long way to one you know in southeastern prevent fires. Louisiana. COMING UP is the Sisters THE COUNCIL OF THE of Service Women of Excellence AGING has announced their Awards Luncheon on Novemweekly schedule throughout ber 21, 2010. the area. All seniors are asked to PARENT NIGHT maybe do not sit home alone but visit coming up at your child’s their area centers for good food school. Check it out. fellowship and friendship . The HAPPY BIRTHDAY to schedule for this week includes Alicia M. Jenkins, Shawna mental health awareness, fast Reynolds and Willia Jones. exercise, canasta, and gospel WITH LOVE AND SYMand group singing. Check this PATHY to the Bolden and the out! Bradford family. THE MID TERM ELECGo Jags (almost won’t do!!), TION IS COMING. Do not go Tigers, and go Saints!! forget to vote, for every vote counts, whether you accept Love, that or not. A lot is at stake and history will be made if success is not ours. Congrats


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More Schools and Districts Hit State’s Performance Target “Take Back 10 - NO Gains Are Strong and Achievement Gap Is FEAR” Community Narrowing, But More Action Meeting (CAM) Work to Be Done

BATON ROUGE - Councilwoman Tara Wicker and members of the District 10 Leadership Council on October 12th at 6:00 p.m., at Dufrocq Elementary, for the “Take Back 10 - NO FEAR” Community Action Meeting ( CAM ). The October District 10 Leadership Council meeting was converted into a Community Action Meeting (CAM) in an effort to identify and eradicate crime in District 10. CAM ‘s are held to actually mobilize neighborhoods into collective action! This meeting is a follow up to the joint Councilmember crime meeting recently held at the BREC Headquarters. Councilwoman Wicker said, “Over and over citizens at the meeting asked questions such as, How do I get involved? What ACTION can we take to combat crime in our community? Where do I sign up? After speaking with dozens of neighborhood residents and police officials representing District 10, it is evident that a “real action” initiative is wanted and needed to

address crime in this District. This was NOT a “ just talk and complain” meeting, but it was a “Roll Up Your Sleeves and Let’s Get to Work” meeting. I am asking everyone possible from District 10 to participate in this CAM . We have REAL talk about REAL issues with REAL results”. There were several opportunities for citizens to get involved at the CAM including a Pastors Round Table entitled, “Gospel-in-Action”, which connected and mobilized our faith community, a Youth Forum called, “Who Got Next”, a Health and Safety session called, “Eyes on the Street”, a Crime Signals and Symbols discussion called, “Show Me the Crime”, a session for Community Partners, entitled “I Am My Brothers Keeper” and a Crime Policy session called, Law & Order. Participants may also contact the District 10 office at (225) 389-5140 or (225) 389-8720 to register for a free Take Back 10-NO FEAR t-shirt to wear to the CAM meeting.

BATON ROUGE, LA - More Louisiana schools and districts are making the grade, according to 2010 State, District and School Performance Scores released by the Louisiana Department of Education today. The number of schools earning a School Performance Score (SPS) of 100 or higher grew significantly, from 361 schools in 2009 to 423 in 2010. These gains, coupled with the increase in this measure from 2008 to 2009, mean the number of schools hitting the mark of a 100 SPS or higher jumped by 40 percent over the two-year period. Additionally, over the last two years, the percentage of districts earning a District Performance Score (DPS) of at least 100 has doubled. In 2008, only 9 of 69 (13 percent) had a DPS of 100 or more; based on 2010 scores, that figure has nearly doubled to 18 of 70 districts (25.7 percent). Overall, for the third consecutive year, the state’s Growth and Baseline Performance Scores are the highest earned since Louisiana’s accountability system was launched in 1999. And collectively, the Baseline Score has improved by 7.8 points over the last two years. However this year’s 3.1 point gain falls short of the 2010 Growth Target of 5.7, and the 2010 Growth Score of 92.5 falls short of the state’s 2010 Growth Performance Goal of 95.1. State Superintendent of Education Paul Pastorek said the 2010 outcomes signify continuous and robust progress, with schools and districts showing impressive and consistent growth, especially compared to the relatively flat

growth years earlier. But the state’s top education official stressed the gains also indicate more work needs to be done. “Overall, we’re demonstrating strong progress, and there are schools and districts that are making remarkable gains. Their success is a testament to their dedication and hard work, and more importantly, their growth in student achievement demonstrates the power and promise of committing ourselves to high expectations. But we must recognize that this level of improvement is not enough. In order to meet high expectations for students, adults must have a sense of urgency to boost all schools,” Pastorek emphasized. Each year, schools receive numerical scores known as School Performance Scores (SPS). School Performance Scores are calculated for K-6th grade schools using student test scores (90%) and attendance (10%). Schools with a 7th and 8th grade configuration receive an SPS based on attendance (5%), dropouts (5%) and student test scores (90%). High schools (grades 9-12) receive an SPS based on test scores (70%) and their graduation index (30%). District Performance Scores and the State’s Performance Score are a roll up of individual student scores on LEAP, iLEAP and GEE, as well as attendance, dropout and graduation outcomes - calculated using the same formula as School Performance Scores - but using only one year of data. In 1999, Louisiana set 10 and 15 year goals for every school in the state to earn an SPS of 100 or higher by 2009 and for every school in the state to achieve a performance score of 120 by 2014. Growth Goals and Targets are assigned to schools annually based on the success a school makes toward meeting its Growth Target

Black Turnout from page 1 match their turnout rates from other recent mid-term elections,” said Joint Center President and Chief Executive Officer Ralph B. Everett who moderated the roundtable discussion.

Dr. Ruy Teixeira, Senior Fellow with The Century Foundation and the Center for American Progress, a renowned political demographer who participated on the panel commented, “This

election isn’t over yet. While the so-called likely voter poll results look exceptionally bad for the Democrats, it should be remembered that likely voters at this point in the campaign are just

a guess as to who will show up on Election Day.” The report is available on the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies’ website at www.

Take Back the Night Vigils and Candlelight March BaTOn rOUGe - a public demonstration to honor the women who have survived violent crime in our community and to remember those women who are victims of rape, murder, or domestic violence in the

Capital area. The event will also remember the impact on families and children. The statistics are staggering. On average, three women a day are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends in this country.

SU Announces 2010 Homecoming Parade Route BaTOn rOUGe, la southern University’s Homecoming Parade will begin at 8 a.m., on saturday, Oct. 9. The parade begins at the corners of Kaufman street and scenic Highway, then: * heads north up scenic Highway to Harding Boulevard * turns right on Harding Boulevard * continues on Harding, makes a U-turn on Harding

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every month in our community a woman is killed because of domestic violence. since 2007, there have been 44 domestic violence murders in the Capital area with 5 of those murders taking place in 2010. “I think the real horror of domestic violence is that the women and children are injured or murdered by what should be a protective hand. so it is up to the community to provide protection from these secret crimes when the victims reach out for help,” stated anita White, Board President of the Capital area Family Violence Intervention Center (CaFVIC). aSept. report5,by the national Violence 2010 Policy Center study: When Men SWAC/MEAC Murder WomenChallenge 2009, reveals that Orlando, Fla. 12:00 P.M. 1 in louisiana ranks as number the United states in the number (Citrus Bowl Stadium) of murders of women by men, and 67% of those murders are 11, 2010 asSept. a result of domestic abuse. Arkansas-Monticello “This statistic suggests that weBaton still have problems Rouge,major La. 6:00 P.M. to

solve to be sure that all homes are safe,” said Martha Forbes, lCsW, CaFVIC’s executive Director. “Domestic Violence is a major community issue and must be addressed in that manner,” she stated. since 1984 the Battered Women’s Program has held a Candlelight vigil in Baton rouge to provide a ceremony to remember women who have been killed by an intimate partner, women who have been raped, and women who have been murdered but the murder is unresolved. This year, the 24th annual Take Back the night Candlelight Vigil and will occur on sunday, Oct.March 30, 2010 October 17, 2010 at 6:30 pm at @ Alcorn the lsU St. Bell Tower in Baton Alcorn State, Miss. rouge. It will be2:00 heldP.M. rain or shine, because we have the Bell (Jack Spinks Stadium) Tower room reserved, just in case. Prior to the program, there 6, activities 2010 for children and will


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for the previous year and represent the amount of progress a school must make every year to reach the state’s SPS goal of 120 by the year 2014. The maximum amount of growth a school is required to make is 10 points, while the minimum amount is 2 points. Likewise, District and State Growth Goals and Targets are determined using the same method. An analysis of indicators reveals that from 2009-2010, the state made gains in every category used to calculate the State Performance Score, with the exception of the Non-Dropout Index for K-8 students, which dipped slightly. The greatest point gain in the annual state score is a 2.6 point increase, which occurred in the Assessment Index of 9-12 students. Furthermore, the 2010 report issued today demonstrates consistent and annual reductions in the number of failing schools and a narrowing of prior achievement gaps between students of different races and socio-eco-

nomic backgrounds. In 2010, a total of 43 schools (3.4 percent) earned a performance score below 60 - the current minimum score required to avoid the Academically Unacceptable School label. This decline represents a 22 percent drop from 2009, when the performance scores of 55 schools (4.3 percent) fell below 60, and from an historical perspective one might consider that in 1999, 388 schools (32.7 percent) earned an SPS below 60. Based on the percentage of students earning Basic and above on state assessments, the subgroup data released today also points to a further narrowing of the achievement gap between black and white students in Louisiana. Over the last eleven years, the achievement gap in English Language Arts (ELA) has narrowed 10.6 percentage points, from 33.7 in 1999, to 23.1 in 2010. In math, the gap has narrowed by 11.3 points, from 37.9 in 1999, to 26.6 points in 2010.


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Commentary Thursday, October 21, 2010 • The Weekly Press • Page 4

The Way I See It

Understand the Depths of Racism Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack demanded While the matter and received her resigcame and it silently nation. Within hours waned away, I keep after learning of Ms thinking about the case Shirley’s action the pertaining to the sudNAACP President den firing of Ms. Shirley (CEO) Benjamin Todd Sherrod for a statement supported Mr. Vilsack’s that she is accused of action. making during her tenNow, get this William ure as then director of the victim, Mr. Roger Jones a Georgia State Rural Spooner declared in Deployment Program statements to CNN that sponsored by the US Department there was no racial attitude on of Labor. Ms. Sherrod’s part. He is said, She is said to be telling a “I never was treated no better or story about how she hesitated to worse than any other person.” do all she could do to help a poor My main issue on the whole White farmer for acting superior matter is this should not have toward her. This was twenty-four been done in such a hasty manyears ago. I must say that was a ner. I admit, if it did happen the slap in the face for the NAACP way it was said; it should not which is what I call, The Good have been a final reason for firing Shepherd for Black people. Ms. Sherrod from her job. In a hasty response the That Is The Way I See It. By William Jones

Legislative Stalemate Sparks Monetary Action By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist While some economists insist that the recession is over and the U.S. economy is on the mend, one does not come to that conclusion by looking at the labor market. The 9.6 percent unemployment rate reported for the month of September translates into 17.1 percent when those who have dropped out of the labor force, or who are working part time when they want to work full time employment are considered. If the Black unemployment rate, reported at 16.1 percent, also included those in the same situation, the real Black unemployment rate would be 28.7 percent. Try having a conversation about economic recovery with those more than seven million Americans who have not worked in half a year. What economic recovery, they might ask? The fact is that some of the macro numbers do look better, but even Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke has expressed concern about “prolonged high unemployment rates” as these high rates will slow or even derail any recovery. On Friday, October 15, Bernanke spoke to the need for more economic stimulus, but the legislative reality is that there will

be no stimulus coming from the White House if it needs Congressional approval. Despite the fact that this Congress is fully aware of the hardship that many of our nation’s citizens are shouldering, they have rebuffed White House attempts to create jobs for those who do not have them. If the November 2 election produces the results that the Tea Party is hoping for, Democrats will lose control of the House of Representatives and split control of the Senate. The current legislative stalemate will go from bad to worse, and the likelihood of job creation legislation will be next to none. Bernanke version of a monetary stimulus suggests that the Federal Reserve Bank might buy up US assets, such as Treasury bills, to keep interest rates manageable. The Fed will meet on November 2 and 3, coincidentally at the time of the 2010 election. After their deliberations, their decision on economic stimulus will be announced. The Fed’s influence is known by its winks and its nods, as much by what is said in public statements as what is unsaid. Fed Chair Bernanke did not speak to the legislative stalemate on Capitol Hill, but by suggesting See action, on page 7

It’s Time to Do It Again in 2010 By Roslyn M. Brock NNPA Columnist In 2008, we voted for change. We voted for policies that would protect individuals over corporations, we voted for a health care system that would work for all of us, and we voted to move this country forward - and we did it together. It is time that we do something together, again, and that is vote on November 2. There is too much at stake to stay at home, quite simply the future of our economy, our education system and our nation are at risk. It is time for us to stand together to vote and ensure that OUR agenda gets through Congress. We did it in 2008, and we need to do it again in 2010. In the 2008 election, we saw a level of voter participation unparalleled in our nation’s history, particularly with young people and communities of color. For the first time, black women had the highest voter turnout rate among all racial, ethnic and gender groups. The turnout rate of young black voters was higher than that of young voters of any other racial or ethnic group. Midterm elections in 2010 will change the direction of this country if we don’t stand up and get out to the polls and vote. We have already seen dwindling turnout in primaries across this country.

If we don’t show up to vote on November 2, we will not be able to move this country forward and we will not be able to make this country work for all of us – not just for the privileged. History has taught us not to blindly believe what we see and not to indiscriminately adhere to what we are told. Engaged voters in 2008 showed that our nation believes in hope and the possibilities of the American Dream. For too many, that Dream remains unfulfilled. While schools crumble, the prison population soars and hospitals close, we edge closer to being the first generation to be worse off than our parents. Small businesses continue to shutter on the brink of extinction, crushing daily the entrepreneurial spirit of thousands who embraced the American Dream. We all can do something to ensure that the forces of progress will continue to move forward. You can visit our Get Out The Vote portal at gotv where you or your family can make phone calls, set up times to go door to door, attend a local event, and many other efforts to get out the vote and make our voices heard. We must continue what we started in 2008 – to put schools before wars, to fight against masSee do it again, on page 7

Black Vote is Critical to Retaining Democratic Majority in Congress By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist With less than two weeks remaining before the Nov. 2 midterm elections, President Barack Obama and his wife, Michele, are frantically reaching out to African-Americans, their most loyal supporters who continue to give the president a 91 percent approval rating. The president and the first lady have phoned in to Black radio shows, met privately with African-American newspaper columnists and bloggers as well as appeared before Black audiences in an effort to drive home the president’s key message: “…Voter turnout is going to be critical. Our numbers and our ability to organize grassroots has to counteract those millions of dollars that are coming in trying to take this election.” A report by David A. Bositis, senior political analyst for the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, underscores the importance of the Black vote: “There are 20 competitive U.S. House elections where Black voters could potentially decide the outcome. Most of these districts are in southern states [15] and only three are held by Republicans. If the Democrats retain half of these seats, it would be difficult for the GOP to gain the 40 seats necessary to regain the majority of the U.S. House. Further, there are two GOP held seats in districts where Black voters are a substantial bloc [DE and LA]

and every Democratic pickup is very popular with African Americans and who will make the GOP’s is under attack from goal of 40 more difficongressional Repubcult to attain.” licans,” Bositis said in A similar picture the Joint Center report. emerges in Senate “If anything, President races, according to Obama in 2010 is more the report titled, “In popular with African Anticipation of NoAmericans than Presivember 2: Black Voters dent Clinton in 1998.” and Candidates and George In that off-year electhe 2010 Midterm ElecE. Curry tion, Democrats won tions”. five additional House “There are 14 competitive U.S. Senate races in seats, something the party of a 2010 where the Black vote could sitting president had not done have a major impact. Only four in 50 years. Another little-discussed of these contests are in southern states, and eight of the [seats] factor that may improve Black are currently held by Democrats, voter turnout is the number of while four Republican seats are African-Americans seeking elecopen seat contests,” the report tive office. Overall, 61 Blacks are runstated. “…If the Democrats win half of these seats, they most as- ning for federal office, includsuredly will maintain majority ing 37 Black incumbents, all of whom are Democrats. Tim Scott, control in the U.S. Senate.” Political commentators cite an unopposed South Carolina an anti-incumbents mood, the so- Republican, will join the new called enthusiasm gap between Congress, the first Black RepubDemocratic and Republican vot- lican to join Congress since J.C. ers as well as the large amount of Watts left in 2003. In addition to the seats now cash being given by anonymous donors to Republican candidates held by Black House incumbents as factors that could lead to the or where one Black is being comGOP recapturing both the Senate fortably replaced by another, four and the House. However, they Congressional seats are in play. are underestimating the likeli- In Louisiana, State Rep. Cederick hood of the Black electorate turn- Richmond is expected to easily ing out in large numbers because reclaim William Jefferson’s old they perceive “their” president House seat from Republican being attacked by the Tea Party Joseph Cao. Dan Seals is competitive in and right-wing zealots such as Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Illinois, but faces an uphill battle Beck. to be elected to the U.S. Senate. “This is a president who Joyce Elliott, Arkansas’ first

Black major party nominee for the U.S. House, and Allen West, a Republican seeking a House seat from Florida, are considered long-shots, according to the Joint Center report. “There is one [incumbent] Black candidate running for governor, Deval Patrick; Patrick is in a tough three-way race, but definite a winnable one,” the Joint Center report stated. “There are two Black candidates for lieutenant governor, Anthony Brown [MD], who is the incumbent and favored to win, and Yvette McGee Brown, who is running with Ted Strickland in Ohio in a race rated as a toss-up; no Black Democrat has ever been elected to statewide office in Ohio. Kamala Harris is the first Black woman nominated by a major party to statewide office in California. She is running to succeed Jerry Brown as Attorney General, and has a good chance to be elected.” President Obama is walking a political tightrope by distancing himself from racial issues while simultaneously mobilizing his Black Democratic base by letting them know that he speaks their language. For example, in a meeting with some Black columnists last week, he said: “There’s the old saying that when America gets a cold, Black America gets pneumonia. Well, that’s true here, too. We have seen obviously a huge spike in unemployment in the See black vote, on page 7

Stop the Bleaching of Black and Latino Voting Districts By Ben F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist Black Americans once again stand at a critical junction in helping to determine the future of the United States of America, and thereby also the future of the world. Fifty million African Americans with a spending power of one trillion dollars and millions of potential votes in the upcoming November 2, 2010 mid-term elections across the nation are well strategically situated to play a major role in determining the outcome of these important elections. There are some who say that every election should get our attention. But, it would be major oversight for us not to see that 2010 will be seen as an evaluative referendum on what happened back in 2008 and a foretaste of what might happen in the 2012 predicted re-election of President Barrack H. Obama. Will the Tea Party be successful this year in its backlash tactics against the Obama Administration? Will the jubilance of the election of the first African American President of the United States, two years ago, give way this year to the forces of bigotry and reaction-

ary politics? Will the termined. majority of all AmeriMillions of dolcans be too quick to lars, however, are now forget the shameful being spent to confuse and disastrous ecoAfrican American votnomic condition that ers. One such decepPresident George W. tive ploy is going on Bush left the country once again in the state in when he departed of Florida with the the White House in so-called “Fair DisBenjamin January 2009? These tricts” Constitutional F. Chavis questions and many Amendments 5 and 6 more will be anthat will re-determine swered by the civic action or how voting districts are to be inaction of African Americans drawn across that state. There and others who care about are similar measures on the balthe future of America, as we lot is the state of California. prepare to hopefully have an These proposals are unfair and unprecedented turn out of our will lead to the “bleaching” of votes on or before November voting districts in those states 2, 2010. and later in all states. Of course, One the leading national this will be a undermining diresearch bodies, the Joint Center saster to the Voting Rights Act. for Political and Economic Stud- The proposed “whitening” of ies in Washington, D.C., just voting districts has a lot of Black released a study on the power people confused and we when of the Black vote in America in we are confused, it can cause a advance of the fast approaching low voter turnout. mid-term elections. Dr. David In Florida, more than A. Bositis led the study for the four million dollars has alJoint Center. He concluded that ready been spent to promote if there will be a strong turnout the “bleaching” of Black and of the African American vote, Latino voting districts. Some the results of who will be in of my colleagues in the Civil control of the U.S. Senate and Rights Movement have been House, as well as 14 different unfortunately sucked into supstate governorships will be de- porting these latest tactics of

voter suppression and disempowerment of black political interests and progress. I stand firmly with Congresswoman Corrine Brown, Congressman John Lewis, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Congressman James Clyburn, and many other members of the Congressional Black Caucus who have publicly spoken out against these regressive and backward ballot initiatives that are designed to undermine and replace the Voting Rights Act with State’s Rights Constitutional Amendments. We need a large Black voter turnout throughout the nation. Let’s not sit back and watch others dismantle our progress. Our communities deserve better. Let us not be confused or apathetic. Let’s tell our young voters and our senior voters that the future is in our hands: Vote early and vote strong. Don’t lose hope. Don’t be confused. Stop the bleaching! Vote for freedom, justice, and equality for all. Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. is Senior Advisor to the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) and President of Education Online Services Corporation

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business SBA Growth Capital Program Provides Record $1.59 Billion in Financing for Small Businesses in FY10 Market-driven program spurs additional capital assistance to help small businesses grow, create jobs at no cost to taxpayers

WASHINGTON – At a time when capital was scarce for small business, financing from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s growth capital program increased 23 percent in fiscal year 2010, providing a record $1.59 billion to help small businesses grow and create jobs, according to SBAAdministrator Karen Mills. The fiscal year 2010 volume is the highest single-year volume in the 50-year history of SBA’s Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) debenture program. Increased volume in the program is in part a result of changes made by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Those changes contributed to an increased number of new SBIC licenses, decreased license processing times, and initial capital to new funds rose dramatically. “At a time when access to capital was tight, including from the traditional sources for growth capital, SBA helped fill some of that gap with a record amount of financing through our SBIC program,” Mills said. “Across the country, there are small business owners and entrepreneurs who are wellpositioned to take that next step, grow their business and create good-paying jobs. Our efforts to strengthen our program efficiency and increase funding available through the SBIC program has provided another critical tool to help these small businesses get the capital they need and drive economic growth.” The SBIC program was created to stimulate the growth of America’s small businesses by supplementing the longterm debt and private-equity capital available to them. SBA’s SBIC fiscal year 2010 results included the following: Record High Financing to Small Businesses: Total financings to the SBA SBIC debenture program grew to a 50-year record high of $1.59 billion in fiscal year 2010 – a 23 percent in-

crease over an average $1.29 billion in the four previous years. Debenture program obligations grew to $1.17 billion from an average $750.6 million, another 50-year record high. More Licensed SBICs and Faster Processing Times: Twenty-one (21) new SBIC licensees were issued in fiscal year 2010, a 130 percent increase over the four-year average of 10 per year. Additionally, SBIC license processing time improved to just 5.8 months in fiscal year 2010, a nearly 60 percent decrease from an average of 14.6 months in 2009. Record High Capital Commitment to Support Small Businesses: SBA capital commitments to new funds broke yet another 50-year record increasing to $1.23 billion in fiscal year 2010, a 135 percent jump from an average of $524.3 million in the four previous years. Equally important, the programs attracted record levels of private capital commitments, increasing to $615 million in 2010 from $262.1 million in previous years - another 135 percent increase. Combined total initial capital to new funds increased to $1.845 billion in FY 2010 from an average $786.4 million. SBICs are privately-owned and managed investment firms that are licensed and regulated by SBA. SBICs use a combination of funds raised from private sources and money raised through the use of SBA guarantees to make equity and mezzanine capital investments in small businesses. There are more than 300 SBICs with more than $16 billion in capital under management. Since the SBIC program’s formation in 1958 through April 2009, it has invested approximately $56 billion in more than 100,000 small businesses in the United States. For more information about the SBA’s Investment Division and SBIC program, go to HYPERLINK “ INV” or call 1-800-U ASK SBA.

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Investors and White House Press Banks Over Mortgages NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Investors threatened to seek redress over questionable mortgage bonds and the White House warned it would hold lenders accountable for any illegal foreclosure practices, sending the shares of major banks lower on Tuesday. A group of eight investors accused Bank of America of inappropriately bundling some mortgages into more than $47 billion of bonds. The bank said it would fight being held responsible for the investors’ losses. With pressure mounting for a tougher response by the Obama administration just two weeks before congressional elections, a top Justice Department official was due to meet with housing industry regulators on Wednesday. Bank of America and GMAC Mortgage, two of the largest mortgage servicers, also faced criticism they were acting too fast in announcing the lifting of foreclosure freezes they imposed in response to accusations of shoddy paperwork. The foreclosure fiasco has drawn attention to mortgagerelated problems at banks, including a trend toward these so-called “putbacks” by holders of mortgage securities. Bank stocks had recovered some ground Monday after heavy losses last week on fears the foreclosure problems could curb bank earnings. The putback threat, where investors accuse lenders of misrepresenting the loans that underpin mortgage securities, appeared to unnerve investors once more. “This repurchase issue is now elevated from the undercard to the main event,” said Jefferson Harralson, Atlanta-based bank analyst with Keefe, Bruyette & Woods Inc. “It makes you think the losses on these repurchases will be higher because the litigants have significant resources and are some of the most powerful institutions in the country.” Shares of Bank of America, the

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documents a day, has reignited public anger with banks, blamed for helping cause the recent financial crisis and recession. The Wall Street Journal reported that a four-month probe into five top U.S. mortgage servicers showed some were significantly worse than others in how they handle home loans. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan declined to identify the laggards in an interview, the journal reported, but said the administration plans to make the results of its investigation public in the next few weeks. The decision by Bank of America and GMAC Mortgage to resume foreclosures, coupled with their efforts to play down the severity of their problems, appeared aimed at sending a mes-

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Jonathan Nelson’s Highly Anticipated Sophomore CD “Better Days” Hits Top Ten Jonathan Nelson is enjoying better days in this season of his life. His rousing radio single “Expect the Great” is a smash, his new CD “Better Days” is a Top Ten hit, and his family has relocated to Ft. Lauderdale, FL where he’s joined the staff of The Faith Center Ministries. Rewind a decade to when Nelson lost his job with a computer software company. “Around 2001 when all of the dotcoms went down, I was unemployed and that’s when my passion for writing came alive,” he says. “I began to write all these songs because I was living off of unemployment. That process took me through a whole thing because of my experience. The song `Healed’ definitely came out of that.” Then, gospel star Donald Lawrence heard Nelson perform the song at a music workshop. “When Donald heard `Healed’ he said, `I’m gonna record that song.’” Lawrence did record the song and took it to the Top 10 in 2005. The icing on the cake was that the song won Nelson the Stellar Award as Songwriter of the Year in 2006. The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, presented him with the award. “I was so shocked that I won,” Nelson laughs. “That I didn’t even realize that it was Aretha who gave me the award.” Since then, Nelson has composed hits for artists ranging from Bishop T.D. Jakes to

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There’s Nothing Good About Pornography By Donald Lee As I conclude this 24-part series of columns on marriage and relationships, I close by saying that I pray that this series has blessed you beyond measure and has ministered to you in a way you never thought possible. I’m convinced that so many marriages end in divorce because people have excluded God from the institution He, Himself, created. Without the wisdom and understanding of the Lord being applied to marriage, there’s no solid foundation on which to build good success. I pray that this series has served as further confirmation to married couples who already are working the Word that they are pleasing to God, which is why they are seeing His abundant blessings continuously manifested in their lives. And I thank the Lord for the Word He, through this series, has shared with singles and divorcees alike as it relates to chaste living or overcoming the grief that results from divorce. While a significant portion of this series has dealt with marriage, there also has been quite a bit the Lord has shared concerning non-romantic relationships and how to cultivate them. So, it has really been a treat to bring to you, the general public, this series on marriage and other forms of relationships. And I’m so grateful for the wonderful contributions to this column made by Bre Eaton, an intercessor and associate pastor at God’s Guiding Light Chris-

tian Center in southeast “Proverbs 6:27 Houston and a good says: ‘Can a man take friend and prayer partfire in his bosom, and ner. Pastor Bre has been his clothes not be an integral part of this burnt?’ series from beginning “Absolutely not,” to end. Pastor Bre says. “LustMoreover, I’m ing after people with grateful to Charles our eyes and thoughts Bodwin, pastor of is equivalent to comDonald Christ Memorial Mismitting the sin with sionary Baptist Church them, according to Lee in Dallas, who also is a Matthew 5:28.” good friend who has shared his Pornography is designed wisdom in this series. to lead those who indulge in it The topic we bring this se- down the destructive pathway of ries to an end with is pornogra- perversion and lasciviousness. phy and how there is nothing “Think about it, your spouse good about it. could be hurt if he or she dis“Pornography was never in covers you’ve been committing God’s divine plan for marriage,” ‘adultery’ through the gateway of Pastor Bre says. “There are many pornography,” Pastor Bre says. couples who are battling with People must understand porn addiction. The damaging that pornography is as strong memories from porn activities and addictive as crack cocaine. can last a lifetime and can also Its purpose is to destroy anyone hinder the ability of couples to who gets involved in it. The more enjoy sex in the marriage. a person indulges in it, the less “There are so many dangers sensitive he (or she) is to the voice and distractions connected with of God. pornography,” Pastor Bre says. And like the fire mentioned Merriam-Webster Online in Proverbs 6:27, it consumes Dictionary defines pornography anyone who partakes of it. as a depiction of erotic behav- Someone can be so overtaken by ior (as in pictures or writing) thoughts of illicit sex, or porn, intended to cause sexual ex- that it ultimately gets them into citement. legal troubles, such as having to These images are in X-rated register as a sex offender. It also films, adult magazines and adult can lead to sexually transmitted stores. diseases. “This is a disturbing and Some people have been so frightening issue to many couples victimized by the overbearing in their marriage,” Pastor Bre power of the dark spirit behind says. “Pornography is an issue pornography that they begin to that appears to be innocent and look for sexual pleasure through victimless, but it is far from being incestuous relationships, and sex innocent. with people of their own gen-



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1042 Rosenwald Road • Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70807 Telephone: (225) 775-8252 Pastor Harriet Scott Every other week service Mondays & Fridays....................................................................7:30 p.m. Saturdays..........................................................10.00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

New Birth

Full Gospel Ministries 1283 Rosenwald Road • Baton Rouge, La. 70807 Phone: (225) 775-6713 • Fax: (225) 775-4216

Ivory J. Payne, Pastor

Order Of Service

Sunday Worship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11:00 A.M. Holy Communion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3rd Sunday1:00 P.M. Sunday School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9:00 A.M. Bible Study . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thursday 7:00 P.M.

“The New Life”Therefore if any man be in christ he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all thing are become new. —I Corinthians 5:17

Radio Broadcast 1st & 3rd Sunday WXOK at 8:00 am

der, and in other cases, sex with animals. “I’m telling you, it can take years for people to break the stronghold of lust and porn addiction off their spouses’ lives,” Pastor Bre says. “Many couples have to go through extensive counseling and relearn how to have sex with their spouse in a loving way. Sex is a powerful tool that has the ability to bring forth blessing or curses. “Sex is great when it’s within a covenant commitment; however, if it’s done any other way, it can cause a great deal of harm in the marriage,” Pastor Bre says. “One spouse may find it to be temporarily satisfying and innocent, but at what cost to the marriage? This is where the spiritual assaults and attacks enter into the marriage. Pornography affects everyone within the family unit, including the children.” If you or anyone you know struggle with pornography, please seek counseling. Pastor Donald Lee can be reached for comment at (225) 773-2248 or HYPERLINK “mailto:pastordonjlee@” pastordonjlee@ Pastor Bre is at (832) 228-5790 or HYPERLINK “mailto:kingdomprayers4am@” Their intercessory prayer line is toll-free (712) 432-3900 (conference code 954685). The line is open for prayer seven days a week at 4 a.m., 9 p.m. and 10:15 p.m., CST.

St. Mary Baptist Church “The Church that Love Built” 1252 N. Acadian Thruway East • Baton Rouge, LA. 70802 Telephone (225) 387-2926 Rev. Conway L Knighton, Pastor

Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Worship Service - 11:00 a.m. Lord’s Supper - 1st Sunday 11:00 a.m. Prayer Meeting - Wednesday 6:00 p.m. Bible Study - Wednesday 7:00 p.m. Thursday 10:00 a.m.

Good Shepherd Full Gospel B.C. The People’s Church 2865 Mission Drive • Baton Rouge, 70805 • Telephone (225)356-5873 Bishop H. Hayes, Pastor Hour of Power 12 Noon Each Wednesday Sunday School 8:00 AM Church Service 9:00 AM Lord’s Supper 2nd Sunday 6:00 PM Bible Study Wednesday 7:00 PM Sister/ Brotherhood 6:00 PM You Will Be Blessed Under The Anointed Man Of God

NEW HOPE BAPTIST CHURCH 5856 Greenwell Springs Road • Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70806

Telephone: (225) 926-0246 • Facsimile: (225) 927-8500 • Toll Free # 1-888-700-6174 E- Mail Address # Sunday Morning Worship - 10:45 AM Leo D. Cyrus Lord’s SupperPastor -3rd Sundays

Sunday School - 9:30 AM

Sr., Prayer Pastor Service - Wed. @ 6:00 PM

Bible StudySchedule - Wed- @ 7:00 PM Church

Sunday Morning Worship.................................................................10:45 AM Mission Statement: New Hope Baptist Church is a family of baptized believers Lord’ s Supper. ...............................................................................3rd Sundays who worship the Lord our God in spirit and in truth, teach the saved to reach the Sunday . .................................................................................9:30 lost andSchool minister to the needs of others, while encouraging one anotherAMthrough acts of love and living in obedience to Gods Word Prayer Service....................................................................... Wed. @ 6:00 PM Bible Study............................................................................Wed- @ 7:00 PM

Mission Statement: New Hope Baptist Church is a family of baptized believers who worship the Lord our God in spirit and in truth, teach the saved to reach the lost and minister to the needs of others, while encouraging one another through acts of love and living in obedience to Gods Word

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The Lighthouse Gospel Singers to Celebrate 61st Anniversary

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therefore, humble yourselves under the mighty hands of God, that he may exalt you in due time, “casting all your cares upon him, for he cares for you,”(1st Peter 5:6-7). After you finished having- your BATON ROUGE The two nights are open door and efore God tantrum. You may have a Singers stopped Lighthouse Gospel starts at 7:00 p.m. All groups, u are feel- up nose and swollen eyes year and will celebrate their 61st. choirs and soloist arecommissioned invited. (NAPSM)-A survey Did You Know? the words mucus runningon down your lip anniversary October 29Special guest will be Doc by two leading health organizations • Compared to the general public, ly as you and on your face, but 31,dried 2010.tears Friday October 29, McKenzie Thetwo Hiout Lites, found that and although of three African Americans have a higher risk e a good you’ll feel better after emptying 2010 the celebration will be at Lighthouse Juniors, Gospel African Americans (61 percent) exhigh blood pressure and ing HOUSTON — More people Because of the new health of diabetes, • Mammograms ng falling, yourself of those things whichin Determnators New Zion Baptist Church and others will pressed concern about developing will likely seek cancer prevention care reform policies, many health vascular dementia.and well-child • Well-baby • Pap tests all those had been heavy onand yourSaturday heart. Denham Springs join the celebration. heart disease and two out of five (40 and risk-reduction services as a insurance plans now provide visits, • Morewhich than 40help percent of African prevent and • Smoking cessation help Sometimes we the go celebration for weeks October 30, 2010 For more info, please conpercent) expressed concern about result of health care reform, say these preventive services and Americans have high blood presspot cancer and cancer risk fac• Weight, body-mass index ying, you orwill months trying to take matters be at Traveler’s Rest Baptist tact Roosevelt Hafford at 964developing Alzheimer’s, only about experts at The University of Texas cancer screening exams without sure tors(hBP) early and are at risk for stroke, and waist measurements, which he things into our hands and try toLa. solve our Church in Wilson, These 7078. one in 20 are aware that heart health MD Anderson Cancer Center. can lead to greater risk for help determine if someone is at requiring a co-pay, co-insurance whichThese plans may require od knows own problems. We are not super is linked to brain health. Alzheimer’s other higher risk of weight and body “By reducing or eliminat- or a deductible, and more will developing you to see an in-networkordoctor ough. he humans; we can’t handle everythe Alzheimer’s Association is ing co-pays and mandating be required to cover them in the vascular cognitive dementias. to get these services with no out- fat-related cancers ich flows thing alone. We need God’s help. joining forces with the American improved coverage for preven- next couple of years. • every year, more thancoverage 100,000 of-pocket costs. And, • Medical and family history en though We have to let go of those situheart Association to educate African tion services, health care reform Americans stroke. The services covered — and African for some serviceshave maya depend review bling you, ations and let God handle them. Americans that by managing their promises to reduce some of the the date when the law requires on• having high cholesterol increases your age, risk factors and • Personal risk assessment him about there are some things we can’t cardiovascular risk, they may also barriers to cancer screening them to be covered — varies by the screening guidelines. Have Medicaid? risk for stroke and may increase lems and humanly do anything about. strengthen their cognitive health. exams and improve vaccination insurance type. Have a private insurance Starting in 2013, state Medthe risk for Alzheimer’s. LAKELAND, LA - On as the guest choir director and “What’s good for your heart is rates,” says Ernest Hawk, M.D., Have a private insurance plan plan that started before Sept. icaid programs that offer free or October 29 and 30 the Saint panel facilitator. good for your brain,” says Jennifer M.P.H., vice president and divi- that started on or after Sept. 23, Manage 23, 2010? low-cost prevention services will Your Risks Alma Baptist Church will be Saturday, 30, there Manly, Ph.D.,October Alzheimer’s Associa- sion head for Cancer Prevention 2010? If your policy has not get extra money as an incentive. • Watch the numbers. remember hosting a ministry and Bible will bespokesperson. eight workshops offered tion “every healthy and Population Sciences at MD Individual or job-related that changed much, it may be “granddesirable blood pressure is less And, community health centers conference. Saint Alma Baptist byheartbeat the following persons servpumps about one-fifth of Anderson. “We’re optimistic that insurance plans that started on than fathered.” So, it may maybody not are getting more funds to pro120/80 mmhg. Keeporyour page 4 Church is pastored by Dr. Mary ing as presenters: your blood to your brain to carry on more cancers may be prevented or after Sept. 23, 2010 are now weight cover the prevention services in the recommended range vide free and low-cost prevenW. Moss. • daily Rev. processes Thomas Bessix, Pas-probthe of thinking, or detected early when they can required to provide preventive listed above. it also get tive care. So, it should be easier and make sure But, that the totalcan’t cholesgoalofofthe thisnation conference torlem ofsolving New Gideon Baptist the The citizens must and remembering.” be treated most effectively.” services with no out-of-pocket terol rid of anythan prevention services to get cancer screening exams, is less 200mg/dL. is to prepare church ministries Church, Baton Rouge, LA; ncil, build- demand that our leaders free our “By the year 2030, the number of MD Anderson’s Cancer Pre- costs. The cancer preventive you had coverage for on include March vaccines and other prevention • healthy lifestyle choices to movefrom intothe more and • Rev.. Errol Dominque, s in states children falseeffective ideological African Americans age 65 or older is vention Center plans to expand services these plans must cover staying 23, 2010 or raise rates too much. mentally and physically ac- services. efficient means that Pastor of Elmgrove and New ut children and political tugsofofministry war among expected to more than double to 6.9 its facilities and prevention offer- include: If itstaying does, socially it becomes a “new” Keep in mind that many tive, involved, reducwill meet the demands of this Pilgrim Baptist Churches, Baton reaucratic those who put excess profits ahead million,” said emil Matarese, M.D., ings to meet the demand for the • Colorectal cancer screen- ing plan, complete with your intake of fat andprevention cholesterol details of health care are still present age while not comproRouge and Zachary, LA; d SChiP, of children’s lives. American heart Association spokes- cancer screening and prevention ing coverage with no out-of-pocket being hammered out. “The good and not smoking. mising God’s Word. • Rev. Tommie Gipson, s to enact how well did Congress protect person. “Although Alzheimer’s is services that has been growing in • Diet counseling for those costs. Visit or news is that health care reform Workshops have been Pastor of Donaldson Chapel dren Act, children in 2007? Not well enough: not part of normal aging, age is the recent years. “And, we expect to with higher chronic disease call Ask your insurance the American Stroke provider Associa- makes wellness and prevenplanned around issues that Baptist Church, Baton Rouge, ntroduced 276 Members of Congress had greatest risk factor for Alzheimer’s see continued growth as a result risk if your policy tion, a division ofis thegrandfathered. American heart tion top priorities,” Hawk says. we believe will address present LA; bby Scott good CDF Action Council Condisease. So it is important that Af- of changes under the new law,” • Obesity screening and Insurers are required to disclose Association, at (888) 478-7653 or “These are very promising and day issues. In their attempt to • Rev. Jennifer Jonesd Senator gressional Scorecard scores of 80 rican Americans take steps now to Hawk says. counseling this information. important developments for all the Alzheimer’s Association at (800) be comprehensive the scope, a Bridgett, Exective Director of n the Sen- percent or higher, and 198 of those decrease their risk of heart disease, Hawk anticipates that more • Immunizations, includ- 272-3900 Have and Medicare? you’ll receive a bro- Americans, and particularly for preaching and a ministry track PICO; d provide had stellar scores of 100 percent. which research has shown could people will visit the Cancer Pre- ing the Human Papilloma Virus chure with Starting on 2011, the most vulnerable among us — andJan. brain1,health are being offered. The follow• Dr. Keith Smith, Pastor ResearchCenter shows seeking a link between heart and(HPV) brain health, which means impaired Medicare heart including But 231 members scored 60 percent also decrease the risk of cognitive vention individuvaccine will provide cancer information and a free pedometer, underserved communities, who ing issues will be discussed: * of First Christian Community heart function could lead toas impaired h, simpli- or lower—a failing grade from our decline.” alized risk assessments, well brain•function. Pap tests prevention services while supplies last. with no out- often forgo regular screenings revise Bibical preaching, au- Church of Luling, LA; a national school days. as assistance to improve their • Smoking cessation help of-pocket costs, including: because they’re too expensive thentic praise and worship; • Dr. Robert Smith; ilies up to Whether Members of Congress diet, overcome obesity or quit • Referrals for genetic • Mammograms or inaccessible.” • reveal a ministry strategy • Rev. Jason Tolliver, Pasal poverty are liberal, conservative or modsmoking — all lifestyle changes counseling and chemopreven• Flexible sigmoidoscopy or For more information, for growth spiritually and nu- tor of Mount Calvary Baptist house co- erate; Democrat, republican or that can help lower a person’s tion counseling for those with colonoscopy visit merically; Church of New Iberia, LA; ort. how- independent, children need all of cancer risks. a higher breast cancer risk • Prostate cancer screen- focused. • renew their commitment • Rev. Gerald Ann Tobias, er a single them to vote, lobby, speak for and to the work of ministry, and Minister of Christian Educaany other protect them. Adults need to listen • rekindle relations between tion,(NAPSi)-here’s Star Bethlehem an Baptist alert worth ness of diabetes, particularly when increased physical activity can help able in english and Spanish by callo push for carefully to what candidates say brothers and sisters. Church, Baton Rouge, LA. paying attention to: According to it is left undiagnosed and untreated. delay or prevent the onset of type 2 ing the ADA at 1-800-DiABeteS n. they will do for children and famiOn October 29, 2010 a spewillDiabetes be provided. theLunch American Association the day is held on the fourth tuesday diabetes. (1-800-342-2383) or online at www. cil strongly lies and, once they are in office, cial lecture at 6:00 p.m. by Dr. The conference with (ADA), learningwill yourend risk for type 2 of every March. Among the primary risk factors ealth cov- we need to hold them accountable. and Terrebonne. Collectively, the impact more than a third of the a measurement tool to evaluate BATON ROUGE Over the Robert Smith, preacher, profes- worship Smith deliverdiabeteswith could your life. onfour thatyears, day, people are encourfor typeclimate 2 diabetes are being dataover- initiative thoughwill the impact Alert is424 a one-day merica as Please thank your Members of Conschools students in Louisiana. I hope that school and provide next more than 200,000 sor, and author from Beeson ing the preached word.disease that aged to take the Diabetes risk test, weight, sedentary, over the age of call to action, Diabetes is a serious awareness about se children gress with scores of 80 percent or driven interventions through a and 224,825 students-or 33 type per- in the future we will be able to Louisiana students will benefit Divinity School in Birmingham, For registration and conferstrikes nearly 21 million children from either awith paper and pencil or online. and having a PASSS family history of 2cent diabetes is important anytimeschool of the expand this promising model.” of the total Louisiana program called - Positive $13.6 million federal grant 45 comes up above and let those with scores of AL. A workshop service will ence please andinformation, adults in the U.S. it isvisit named aimed the risk at testreducing requires users to answer diabetes. African Latinos, year, so free Diabetes risk tests are Arizona, California, Iowa, population. Approaches forAmericans, Safe and Supportsubstance n in early 60 percentwith or below know Winton you are follow Minister thethe website: www.stalmabap“silent killer” because one-third seven simple questions about age, Native Americans, Asians and Pacific available online by calling ADA Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, The PASSSand model is designed ive Schools. abuse and improving safety and Member of dissatisfied with their performance. Anderson of St. John Baptist of those with the disease--more than 6 school weight, climate lifestyle and family history-at an as all year long.the learning conditions South Carolina, Tennessee, West to improve “Weareare so increased delightedrisk, to be in schools across islanders covering And pleasePalo convey thatCA same mesChurch, Alto, serving million--do not know they have it. all potential risktotal factors for diabetes. women who babies weighing A freeto Diabetes risk test is drugs avail- Virginia, and Wisconsin were also among the 11have states chosen for related alcohol, tobacco, the state. The grant award are nt mother sage to each presidential candidate. For many, diagnosis may come People scoring 10 points or more are more than 9 pounds at birth. able all year long to determine the risk recipients of the federal grants. and violence by implementing this award, which will help us for Louisiana, officially confirmed dequately We must demand that our leaders seven to 10 years after the onset of at a high risk for type 2 diabetes and the Diabetes risk test is availfor developing type 2 diabetes. At the federal level, the S3 grants targeted interventions; generating to impact student learning in a by the U.S. Department of Educaof the All commit to children as a condition from page 4 will be overseen by the USDOE’s a school safety score for particimore comprehensive and suption late yesterday, is part of the type 2 diabetes. early diagnosis is are encouraged to talk with a health of our vote. Office of Safe and Drug-Free pating schools and enhancing a portive manner,” said Donna collective $38.8 million awarded critical for successful treatment and care professional. we could Schools, which supports efforts support program for students Nola-Ganey, assistant superinto eleven state agencies through can delay or prevent some of the An estimated 54 million AmeriAfrican-American community, then after he retired, he could 70 billion Marian Wright Edelman is Presitendent of the Office of Federal to address mental health needs, to create safe schools, respond the federal agency’s Safe and Supcomplications such as heart diseases, cans have pre-diabetes. those with with all the attendant problems look back and say, well, that cover all dent of the Children’s Defense Fund Schools (S3) grant. blindness, kidneyIdisease, pre-diabetes have blood glucose lev- Programs Support, the LDOE family needs, and academic per- to crises, prevent drug and althat withCouncil that.”whose Leave was something. tend tostroke just and portive at amount and itsgo Action Louisiana will receive a firstamputation. els higher than normal but not high office that will administer the formance. Additionally, the model cohol abuse, ensure the health When the Jackie Robinson focus on getting hits and makor tax cuts No Child Behind® mission is to year award of approximately that’s one reason the ADA holds enough to be diagnosed with type state’s S3 grant. “Our goal is to will allow for the data produced and well being of students, and analogy was used to describe his ing plays.” of richest ensure every child a Healthy Start, million. Over the following ensure the school environment is from the measurement system to teach students good citizenship theBut American Diabetes Alert® Day, $3.2 2 diabetes. Obama back whether President n months aelection, Head Start, a Fairtip-toed Start, a Safe and character. three years, the Louisiana De- conducive to learning, so that our be reported to the public. into safe terrain. Obama continues to get hits or a one-day wake-up call to inform the early intervention via lifestyle o not have Start and a Moral Start in life and For more information on “It is an honor to receive students will be successful.” partment of Education (LDOE) “…It’s not something out will beabout determined American public the serious- will changes suchabout as weight loss and merica: We successful passage to adulthood I strikes the Safe and Supportive Schools these resources and this supNine Louisiana school disreceive $3.4 million think said. families “It’s not in large measure by whether litical will with theabout,” help ofhe caring each year. LDOE’s model, the tricts will participate in the LSSSI: port from the U.S. Department Initiative, please visit: http:// something that members of the African-Americans step up to l adults to and communities. appointment most screenings. Education,” State Superinten- Louisiana Safe and Supportive Caddo,No East Baton Rouge,required Jeffer- offor administration think about. I the ballot box on Nov. 2. Schools Initiative (LSSSI), centers son, Lafayette, Tangipahoa, La- dent of Education Paul Pastorek supportiveschools/2010award r children. think that’s one of those things If you do not have a doctorsaid. and“We have been willnot use this funding to s.html. on developing and implementing fourche, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, that you will look back on with George E. Curry, former edscreened in the last 12 months, these cancer rom page 4 some historical perspective. itor-in-chief of Emerge magazine When Jackie Robinson broke and the NNPA News Service, nation for the last ways, but also engage more of our screenings are available togripped you forour free. ction from page 4 the color barrier in baseball, my is a keynote speaker, moderathree years. unemployed in productive activappropri- we forget o’reilly’s less-thansuspicion is, on a day-to-day tor, and media coach. He can be Presented as part of the comprehensive Cancer Programwho inter- ity. Deficit hawks will say such Those lawmakers lynching informed comments a basis, what he wasregarding worrying reached through his Web site, that stimulus must come from the surances the of working with the unemployed of OurtoLady the Lakepeople and Maryact Bird Perkins. Screenings must engagement will build up a deficit Land Line (225) 356-0703 e obama,’’ dinner shared about he was hits –last andyear howwith was You can monetary side, he has essentially who have not seen employment see the frustration on their faces, that future generations will have possible donor Phone 235-6955 Brooklynatdoing. Heinwas think- alsoCell follow him(225) at www.twitter. echless.’’ Sharpton Sylvia’s harlem? concluded that fiscal stimulus is this made year, to those by who heldgifts. the a frustration that comes from to repay. What price will future GSRASAC ing about winningsurprise games.over And com/currygeorge. ointed out o’reilly expressed E-mail: Goodshepherdbapt@bellsouth. not going to happen. Additionally, 95,000 jobs that disappeared last looking for work, not finding it, generations pay for “prolonged (225) 215-1234 (888)answering 616-4687job ad after job high unemployment”? he Black how similarSylvia’s was to other from net Hours: Mon-Thurs 8am – 8 pm by suggesting a tactic to stimulate month, and to others? the economy, a tactic likely to be We simply pay insufficient ad. The demand for work is so Bernanke’s statement about the noose restaurants in New York restauCancer BreasttoCancer Screening announced on November 3, he is attention the details of working Colorectal crushing that some employers monetary stimulus indicts our a tool of rants. from page 4 Good Shepherd Substance Abuse Center winking to Wall Street investors, people’s lives. We11are remiss, if Screening Tuesday, March are reluctant, even, to advertise stalemated Congress for its recent midation’’ ‘’there wasn’t one person in Intensive Outpatient / Inpatient Therapy March 13 telling them he “has their back” no not10am negligent, in not being aggres- Thursday, employment opportunities, fear- inactivity. While monetary and – 12pm & 1pm – 4pm an-Ameri- Sylvia’s who was screaming, sive joblessness and iced to fight mas- rings for all throughout For Drugs,our Alcohol, Anger matterManagement what happens November sive about job creation. Too many 10am ing the hundreds of applications fiscal policy usually work together –2pm bbed some ‘M-Fer, i want more tea,’’’ LSUHSC Mid City Clinic sive tax breaks for the nation’s great nation. 2. Bankers and brokers should people feel that the unemployed that come when only two or three to reach desired goals, partisany of their he said. N. Foster Driveunemploy- Wal-Mart wealthiest denizens. We must be 2873 Mission Drive Rev.beDonald Britton, MA, LAC comforted by assurances that are1401 at fault for their jobs are available. A government ship has rendered the legislative As the Washington Post’s robO’Neal Lane Baton Rouge as aggressive as parents fightRoslyn M. Brock Chair- Clinical interest rates won’t rise too high ment, even though unemploy- 2171 job creation program would not branch impotent and relegated Baton Rouge, LAis70805 Director we must inson sadly observed on MSNBC Baton Rouge our libraries and the unemployed to the sidelines ing for their children’s lives, or man of the NAACP Board of so that economic growth can be ment is a clear byproduct of the only improve (225) 315-0740 Bishop Harris Hayes, Overseer displays in February, ‘’All you can go by as individuals fighting for their Directors maintained. Who will offer as- economic downturn that has playgrounds, highways and by- of our so-called recovery. re deeply is his words and his actions. And own lives, because we are fightBreast Cancer Screening Colorectal Cancer ong. And he keeps saying these things that ing for our lives. We must be as Screening Friday, March 14 America sound pretty darn racist to me.’’ inclusive as our long-standing viMonday, March 17 10am – 12pm & 1pm – 4pm has talk radio learned anything sion for the 21st Century, because 10am –2pm ingraham from imus’ decline and fall? of Leo S. Butler Community it is here. Our time is here, our y their re- course not, because it didn’t take Brusly Town Hall Center time is now, and on November en though imus too terribly long to get a 601 S. Vaughan Street 950 E. Washington Street 2, we must return to the voting y did offer new gig. Brusly Baton Rouge booths to ensure that freedom, our nation’s media outlets justice and equal opportunity dn’t drop should not provide a platform for estion that racialhostility and hateful speech Breast Cancer Screening Prostate and Colorectal esidential now or in the future. What kind of Cancer Screenings Tuesday, March 18 from page 5 IndicationsFor ForTreatment: Treatment: member of messageare we sending to our chilIndications Wednesday, March 26 5pm – 7pm (Appt required) ommunity dren, our nation and our world? •Low LowBack BackPain Pain 10am –2pm • Woman’s Hospital the 1930s hief reeks in such andepression. historic election year, • Pinched Nerves Ed Price Building Materials 9050 Airline Highway But the administration • Pain in Legs gative ste- we cannot stand aside and allowhas Pain in Legs resisted calls forthe a nationwide 7835 Airline Highway Baton Rouge ••Numbness Americans individuals to use airwaves foreclosure moratorium, wary Baton Rouge • Numbness cular. as an outlet for insensitive and • Burning Sensation of doing anything that could • Burning Sensation st time ei- misguidedcommentary. if you “Not an authentic wreck scene.” further suppress housing sales ••Muscle Spasms estionable hear something that offends you, Muscle Spasms and derail the nation’s anemic ••Arthritis Pains how can speak up. recovery. 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No oil has flowed into the Gulf for weeks. But we know this is just the beginning of our work. BP has taken full responsibility for the cleanup in the Gulf and that includes keeping you informed. Restoring Gulf Communities We can’t undo this tragedy. But we can help people get back on their feet. We have been working with impacted communities since day one. Partnering with local governments and community organizations, my job is to listen to people’s needs and frustrations and find ways to help. We have 19 community centers and teams in four states, listening and helping. Restoring The Economy BP is here in Gulf communities with shrimpers, fishermen, hotel and restaurant owners, helping to make them whole. More than 120,000 claim payments totaling over $375 million have already gone to people affected by the spill. We have committed a $20 billion independent fund to pay all legitimate claims, including lost incomes until people impacted can go back to work. And none of this will be paid by taxpayers. BP has also given grants of $87 million to the states to help tourism recover and bring people back to the Gulf beaches. Restoring The Environment We’re going to keep looking for oil and cleaning it up if we find it. Teams will remain in place for as long as it takes to restore the Gulf Coast. And we’ve dedicated $500 million to work with local and national scientific experts on the impact of the spill and to restore environmental damage. Thousands of BP employees have their roots in the Gulf. We support over 10,000 jobs in the region and people here are our neighbors. We know we haven’t always been perfect, but we will be here until the oil is gone and the people and businesses are back to normal. We will do everything we can to make this right.

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