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Oct 23rd

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Mo'nique's Oscar - Victory and Setback

(NNPA) - The comedienne, talk show host and actress Mo’nique has become just the fifth African American woman to win an Oscar.  Her portrayal of Mary Jones, the revolting and depraved mother of Precious, was arguably masterful, and she now joins Hattie McDaniel (who played a maid), Halle Berry (who played a sex-starved fool), Whoppi Goldberg (who played a medium in Ghost), and Jennifer Hudson (who played a singer). 
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Weighing the promise of healthcare and finding it wanting

Speaking on ABC’s “This Week”, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi commented, “I think everybody wants affordable health care for all Americans. They know that this will take courage. It took courage to pass Social Security. It took courage to pass Medicare. And many of the same forces that were at work decades ago are at work again against this bill.” 
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Fight campus racism

Since the election of President Obama, we’ve seen a resurgence of racism in every sector of society.  From growing websites that allow users to spew anonymously to on-air personalities sharing their prejudiced views with others, the displays have been, to say the least, disturbing.  Many people believe these types of acts are carried out by lower class, uneducated people, not yet aligned with modern views of tolerance.  The most recent incident, which took place on a college campus, may change all of our views on that.
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Weighing the promise of healthcare and finding it wanting

Speaking on ABC’s “This Week”, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi commented, “I think everybody wants affordable health care for all Americans. They know that this will take courage. It took courage to pass Social Security. It took courage to pass Medicare. And many of the same forces that were at work decades ago are at work again against this bill.” 
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King and the Palestinian struggle for freedom

King and the Palestinian struggle for freedomIn one of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s most memorable writings, his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” he bemoaned the failure of Americans to speak out, to break their silence when witnessing injustice and immoral acts against humankind. He confessed his disappointment that Birmingham’s white Christian and Jewish communities were more devoted to “’order’ than to justice.”
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St. Johns County National Park Service Model

Over the last four years a group of St. Johns County residents have been working to extend the National Park Service (NPS) Gullah-Geechie Cultural Heritage Corridor to St. Johns County.   On Thursday, February 18 and Friday, February 19 we moved one step closer to our goal.  The NPS/Gullah-Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commissioners were in St. Augustine for their first public meeting of 2010 and to view some of our historical sites.  
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Saving the soul of the religious left

A reader recently sent me an email admonishing me for not being more supportive of President Obama.  For reasons that were not immediately clear, he also raised the issue of my confessed Christianity.  The “aha” moment came when he asked, “Do you pray for your leader like you’re instructed in the good book?”  I responded that while I have prayed for the president, I do not do so regularly. That, in his mind, was evidence of my Christian hypocrisy. 
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