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Mrs. Perry's free press
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Jacksonville Fla
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"Florida's First Coast only quality Black weekly."

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Connerly Ends Controversial 12

Year California Regent's Tenure
Ward Connerly, the University of California regent best known for dis-
mantling state programs that gave preferences to minorities, completed
his term with a final plea to fellow board member,. Don't bring back
affirmative action admissions.
"There will be a great temptation for \ ou to relax your attitude about
the use of race." Connerly said in his parting remarks Thursday. 'For
God's sake, don't do it."
After dismantling UC's affirmat\ie action system. Connerls. 65, chaired
a state ballot initiative. Proposition 209, that scrapped similar programs
in public hiring, contracting and education.
His next battleground is Michigan. \where he and others recently
announced they believe the% have enough signatures to get a constitu-
tional amendment similar to Prop. 209 on the No\ ember 2006 ballot
Connerly, who is of black. % hile and Amencan Indian descent. w\as a
catalyst for conflict during his 12 years as a regent He was praised by
supporters as a civil rights hero, denounced by others as a sellout: some
opponents cheered Connerlb's departure during the public comment por-
tion of the meeting.

Documentary Prompting New

Interest in Grave of Jack Johnson
Since Ken Burns' film "Unforgivable Blackness- The Rise and Fall of
Jack Johnson" aired last week on public television, the former African-
American heavyweight champion has recei ed new visitors at his final
resting place in Chucago's Graceland Cemeters
"We've been receiving a number of calls, maybe 20." says Aki Lew,
cemetery administrative manager. "There is a little more public aware-
ness of him. (Previously), unless you were a boxing fan, you might not
know who he was.''
Johnson. who w\as married three times, died in a car crash in 1946. He
bought the Graceland plot in 1912 for family bunals. after the death of
his first wife, Etta, who has a small stone at the foot of the large monu-
ment that reads, "Etta, beloved wife of Jack A. Johnson."
Johnson's eternal neighbors in Graceland Cemetery other Chicago
luminaries, include architects Louis Sullvan and Ludt igg Mies van der
Rohe, retailer Marshall Field and several mayors.

National Baptists Convene in Nashville
Over 10.000 people are na\agating their way around the Opri land Hotel
in Nashville, Tenn.. Separately they represent four different African
American Baptist conventions.
"There are a lot of people who say church doesn't hae anything to do
with politics. Politics affects every aspect of life as it relates to the peo-
ple that we preach to," said National Baptist Convention of .America, Inc.
director Dr. Stephen Thurston.
The conventions believe if they speak together. the 'll speak % ith aloud-
er voice, and someone till hear.
Before 1915, the black Baptist Church existed under one umbrella.
Then the splintering began. This is the first time since that they are
together as one.
One highlight of the convention takes place later in the week when the
Re\. Jesse Jackson is scheduled to speak.

Macy's Settles Discrimination Suit
Macy's has agreed to pay $600,000 to settle a discrimination lawsuit
brought by black and Hispanic customers who said the retail store unfair-
ly targeted them as suspected shoplifters.
New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer. "\ ho represented the
plaintiffs, found that blacks and Hispanics were detained. questioned and
handcuffed more often than v hire customers bN Mlacy's security person-
nel. The case \as brought against Macy's East. \which operates stores in
the Northeast.
Under the settlement terms. Mlacy's has agreed to adopt several meas-
ures to address the problem of investigating alleged shoplifters, including
new training of security personnel and sales people on not engaging in
profiling, and to hire an outside auditor to perform unannounced reviews.

National Protest


Against T-Shirt
A popular online t-shirt outlet
known for being controversial, is
selling a product that insults the
Black community across the board.
They are selling a t-shirt that reads
"Arrest Black Babies Before They Become Criminals".
The company behind this is Tshirthell.com, and the exact link to the
product page is: www.tshirthell.com/store/product.php?productid=332
All are urged to contact the company and insist that they stop the delib-
erate and malicious exploitation of African-Americans.
Below is the name, phone, and email addresses of the owner: Gary
Cohen at 310-403-2788. EMAIL: garyc@tshirthell.com.
This is not the first for TshirtHell.com. They recently drew lawsuits
from the Olsen Twins and were criticized for selling a t-shirt about buy-
ing Christopher Reeve's wheelchair on ebay.

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Hall to Train Olympians

Shown (1-r) are first place winnersMarkisha Brown, Anescia Petty and
Sallye Mathis with Eric Johnson.
MLK Speech Contest Champions

Young Middle School Orators

Twenty students from around
Duval County rallied the cause of
Dr. M.L King in the 3rd annual
speech contest named in his honor.
The students, who had their choice

from a variety of preselected topics
on Black History, were judged on
deliverance, eye contact and articu-
lation. For more photos from the
event, see page 3.

Shown above is Sam Hall (left) with the Mayor of Whistler, British
Columbia Hugh O'Reilly.
Jacksonville's Sam Hall, who has been an avid skier and member of the
National Brotherhood of Skiers, was recently asked to help serve on the
coaching team of the organization's squad of young future Olympians
While attending the annual Western Regional Summit, Hall garnered first
place medals in a number of races. The popular sport, which has garnered
the interest of thousands of Black upwardly mobile sports enthusiasts, is a
networking playground mecca. Participating skiers traditionally range
from a variety of professionals and career oriented individuals.
"You can meet some of everyone on the slopes, and all for a great cause,"
said Hall. Shown in the inset is one of the nation's three Black pilots,
Tanya Schuh, who is also an avid skier.

U.S. Attorney Launches Probe Into Jacksonville Voting

The U.S. Attorneys's Office is
launching an investigation into 59
cases of double voting in the
November presidential election.
Bill Scheu, Duval County's interim
supervisor of elections, said a
review of voting records uncovered
41 cases in which early, absentee
and election day voting were used
to cast more than one ballot, each of
which were counted.
In 18 other cases, provisional bal-

lots were cast on election day but
were not counted after elections
office workers found that the people
had already voted, by absentee or at
an early voting station.
Scheu said that in the 59 cases,
voters either willfully voted or
attempted to vote twice or someone
attempted to use their name.
Just over 380,000 people voted in
the November election in Duval

"I promised the voters of Duval
County a fair, accurate, accessible
and legal election. Unfortunately,
these suspect votes have been cast,
but it has been my goal to ensure
proper legal action is taken against
anyone who choses to compromise
the integrity of the voting process,"
Scheu said.
U.S. Attorney Paul Perez said an
investigation into the cases would
take 60 to 90 days. Conviction on a

charge of double voting carries up
to five years in prison and a $10,000
Jenny Nash, a spokeswoman for
the Florida Division of Elections,
said the department has not
received any other reports of double
voting from other supervisors since
the election.
She said Scheu was correct to turn
the information over to federal

Festivities Planned Honoring Birthday

of Ma'Vynne "Beach Lady" Betsch

Carlton Jones
Jones Tapped to Lead
American Beach Asso.
The American Beach Property
Owners' Association recently elect-
ed Jacksonville businessman
Carlton Jones as their president at
their annual meeting. Jones will also
be the speaker for the Prayer
Breakfast in observance of the 70th
American Beach Anniversary
Celebration on Sunday, January
30th at 11 a.m. at Historic United
Methodist Church on American
Beach, 1415 Lewis Street.

To observe MaVynee Betsch from
afar is an experience in itself. Her
seven-foot long, thick hair weaving
its way to her sandy feet and the sea
shells dangling from her neck are
evidence of her strong principles.
After her career as a famous opera
singer, Betsch has dedicated the last
30 years of her life to protecting
Amelia Island's American Beach,
founded by her great-grandfather in
During the Jim Crow-era of seg-
regation, American Beach was the
vacation destination for African-
Americans, attracting the likes of
Cab Calloway, Ray Charles and
James Brown. The famous land-
mark, which was one of few ocean
beaches open to African-Americans
during times of segregation, is on
the National Register of Historic
Places and is the first stop on
Florida's Black Heritage Trail.
On January 29-31, 2005, Amelia
Island will pay tribute to the 70th

Ma'Vynne Betsch
anniversary of American Beach's

founding and the 70th birthday of
MaVynee Betsch the "Beach
Lady." The two will be honored
during a series of celebrations pre-
sented by the A.L. Lewis Historical
Society each event officially sanc-
tioned by the Jacksonville Host
Committee for Super Bowl
The Amelia Island premiere of the
newly-released documentary, The
Beach Lady, will be a highlight of
each evening, with an introduction
by its Emmy Award-winning direc-
tor, Erica McCarthy. The documen-
tary, showcasing the life and efforts
of Betsch, has been submitted to the
2005 Sundance Film Festival.
During each birthday celebration,
attendees can personally wish
MaVynee and American Beach a
happy 70th birthday, while sharing
a slice of birthday cake with her.
The birthday celebration events are
scheduled as follows:
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Black Enterprise Details America's Top Black CEOs

Black Enterprise Magazine has
released its list of the 75 Most Pow-
erful African Americans in Corpo-
rate America, as featured in the
February 2005 cover story. The list,
which includes 18 CEOs (15 men
and three women), was culled from
the 1,000 largest domestic and in-
ternational corporations traded pub-
licly on the U.S. equities markets.
The top 75 include representatives
hom a total of 62 companies repre-
enting 12 industries.
- The full list includes 15
women-the most to appear on
similar lists compiled by BE.
Young & Rubicam Brands CEO
Ann M. Fudge represents one of

three female chief executives. "I
think African American women
have met the challenges of corpo-
rate America," she says, "and abso-
lutely there is no doubt there will be
an African American woman run-
ning a Fortune 500 company. It's
going to happen."
In 1988 when BE named the 25
Hottest Corporate Managers, the
list was devoid of black chief ex-
ecutives. By 1993, there were 12
presidents and two CEOs among
the 40 African Americans included
in the top tier: Richard D. Parsons,
the then-CEO of Dime Savings
Bank of New York, and Clifton R.
Wharton Jr., CEO of TIAA-CREF.

When BE selected the Top 50
Blacks in Corporate America in
2000, the number of CEOs had
grown to six. This year, the num-
ber of African American CEOs rose
to 18-a 300% increase.
Has progress been made? "Well
yes and no," says BE Founder and
Publisher Earl G. Graves Sr.
"While it is true that the corporate
elite identified in our 2005 list rep-
resent a 300% increase over our
1988 list, it is also true that African
Americans still hold less than 1%
of the tens of thousands of senior-
level, corporate posts at America's
1,000 largest public corporations."

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Birmingham Hosts First Annual A.G.

Gaston Economic Empowerment Conference
Millionaire Businessman's Success Despite the Odds Offers Examples to Toda" 's Black Entrepreneurs

If Dr. A.G. Gaston could become
a millionaire during a time of rabid
segregation with little formal edu-
cation and virtually no access to
capital, why haven't black busi-
nesses continued to flourish in the
post-Civil Rights era?
The first annual A.G. Gaston
Economic Empowerment Confer-
ence will probe that question as
well as highlight strategies and op-
portunities aimed at improving the
state of black business. The two-
day conference is set for February
22 23, 2005 in Birmingham. The
theme is "Green Power: Money in
"Birmingham, scene of the Civil
-Rights era's worst atrocity as well
as the home of a business titan,
.seemed the perfect place to host a
:conference that focuses on over-
coming the economic and social
obstacles that challenge the success
.of black businesses," said Bob
Dickerson, Executive Director of
the Birmingham Business Resource
-Center and one of the event coordi-
nators. "Gaynelle Adams Jackson
of Advanced Planning Services is
also coordinating the event."-
Blacks comprise nearly 29 per-
*cent of the Birmingham area s
population, yet own only 8% of
area businesses. And the businesses
.blacks do ojn generate only 93%
Sof the total sales receipts for the
area, according to an analysis of
data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Dr. A.G

1) Save a part of all you earn. Pa
and bank it. You'll be surprised hou
have two or three thousand dollars in
will come along and show you how 1
2) Establish a reputation at a ban
Save at an established institution and
3) Take no chances with your mon
one. A man who can't afford to lose h
4) Never borrow anything that, if f
5) Don't get big-headed with the lit
is. If you stick with the little fellow
make you big.
6) Don't have so much pride. Wea
doesn't make a difference what kind
money in the pocket.
7) Find a need and fill it. Success
needs of people. Once in business, k
people you can find.
8) Stay in your own class. Never
compete with.
9) Once you get money or a reputa
give you money.
10) Once you reach a certain brac

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George Fraser Dr. A.G. Gaston
"It's about what the national aver- racial discrimination was the way
age is and it's terrible," he said. of life in Birmingham.
But what concerns Dickerson is The conference will hold up Gas-
that little is being done to address ton's time-honored principles and
such statistics and the challenges practices as encouragement for
that many black-owned businesses other blacks who must overcome
face today. Years ago, he thought of barriers as they strive to succeed.
starting an annual conference that Black business owners, corporate
made economic empowerment for purchasing managers and represen-
black businesses a local and na- tatives, and small business resource
tional priority, organizations are invited to attend
Dubbed "Entrepreneur of the the conference.
Century" by Black Enterprise The conference promises to:
magazine, Dr. A.G. Gaston (1892- Link black businesses to pro-
1996) was one of the richest black grams and services that aid their
men in America. He overcame pov- development.
erty and the lack of educational Foster business-to-business
opportunities to become a virtual relationships.
giant in the eorld of business and.& Cpnnct corporations to black
co1rnmere- And Gaston l ideise-businesses that they should be do-
phenomenal accomplishmenifs dur- ng business with.
ing a period when abject and overt Promote the achievements of
successful but unsung black busi-
Gaston's nesses.
Topics covered during the con-
ons for Success ference include:
Growing an existing business
y yourself first. Take it off the top owing u ients esn
v fast the money builds up. If you Knowing your client's person-
St the m oney bulds u. If you ality traits how they affect your
the bank, sooner or later somebody bottom line
y bottom line
to double it. Money doesn't spoil. It -What every business owner
-What every business owner
needs to know about partnerships
ik or savings and loan association. and joint ventures
borrow there. Stay away from loan ad joit venture
Corporate partnerships that
really work
ley. Play the safe number, the good really wor
The conference's keynote speaker
ias no business gambling.
as no business gamlin, is George C. Fraser, a dynamic mo-
orced to it, you can't pay back.
rced to it, you can't pay back. tivational speaker and author of
tle fellows. That's where the moneytiv al spakr and author
several books, including the criti-
s, give them your devotion; they'll val bos, inludig te criti
cally-acclaimed bestseller, Success
Runs In Our Race: The Complete
r the same suit for a year or two. It
Guide to Effective Networking in
of suit the pocket is in, if there is t i
the African American Community.
The conference will be held at
sful businesses are founded on the he r n r
the Birmingham Jefferson Civic
eep good books. Also hire the best t m 20 ic
Center Complex, 2101 Richard
Sa w Arrington Jr. Blvd, in Birmingham,
run around with people you can't AL
On-line registration and further
nation for having money, people will Olie station an frer
details about the conference are
available at the official website,
ket, it is very difficult not to make

Small business is BIG at the Chamber.

The Chamber's Small Business Center (SBC) provides comprehen-
sive support, training and assistance to Jacksonville's small business com-
munity including:
Business Workshops
Core City Business Recruitment
Doing Business with the Government
Business Research Facilities
Access to Capital

Benefiting thousands of entrepreneurs and small business owners each
year, the SBC boasts a notable track record. This year the SBC helped:
3,377 individuals attend counseling sessions
2,694 individuals attend workshops
create 161 jobs
70 business gain certification
assist with $ I I million in government contracts
assist with $5 million in access to capital

To learn more about the Small Business
Center or to schedule
an appointment, call
(904) 924-1100.



JTA cares about its riders and will maintain regular bus service during Super Bowl and
the week leading up to it. There will, however, be some route detours in the Downtown
area effective Wednesday, February 2 though Sunday, February 6. For detailed information,
information is available at FCCJ station, on JTA buses or by calling Customer Service at
(904) 630-3100 or TDD (904) 630-3191. Information is also available at www.jtafla.com.


Regional Transportation Solutions

Chamber of Commerce

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Bethune Monument Unveiled on BCC Campus

Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune stands
once again on the historic grounds
of Bethune-Cookman College.
In a momentous centennial un-
veiling, the College community and
its supporters gathered to witness
the presentation of the Dr. Mary
McLeod Bethune Bronze Statue and
the official opening of the Centen-
nial Gardens on the College campus
on Saturday, January 22, 2005.
"We're here today to recall the
dream that became a reality, and to
have our founder on our campus
once again," said Dr. Trudie Kibbe
Reed, newly inaugurated president
of the College.
The unveiling, which coincided
with the inauguration of Dr. Reed,
allowed the community to honor the
legacy of Dr. Bethune and to wit-
ness the transferring of the mantle
from Dr. Oswald P. Bronson, Sr. to
Dr. Reed.
"Today we recognize the lady
who will carry the dream to another
level," said Bronson. "Dr. Bethune
wanted to pass the torch onto a
woman, and she got that 63 years
Helen Williams Bronson, wife of

Dr. Bronson, presented Reed with
the Elephant Award in commemora-
tion of her inauguration as the first
female president since Dr. Bethune.
The founder was fond of elephants
for their wisdom and strength.
Dr. Dorothy Height, President
Emerita of the National Council of
Negro Women, Inc., was also on
hand to extend congratulations to
the College on the occasion of the

"What we have here is something
I think is so symbolic of an educator
and a great public servant," said
Height. "I hope [that] this will re-
mind future generations not just of
the struggle, but also the progress
that has been made here today."
Albert Bethune, grandson of Dr.
Bethune, represented the Bethune
family with his recitation of
"Mother Dear Remembered", which
he also dedicated to the mother of
Dr. Reed.
'Tell them that I served a God
who could make something from
nothing'," read Bethune. 'To the
College community -- they have
weathered the storm; peace and be
A group of ten children from the
Daytona Beach community revealed
the 12-foot bronze statue for the
official unveiling, apparently for the
second time that day. In the true
headstrong fashion of Dr. Bethune,
the statue revealed itself during the
inauguration of Dr. Reed inside the
Mary McLeod Bethune Performing
Arts Center. College staff quickly
put the covering back on the statue
for the unveiling ceremony.

Shown above at the calendar unveiling is (1-r) Cassandra Blackmon (Calendar chair), Dr. Brenda Sim-
mons, Angela Spears (WTLV Channell2), Keith Bradley (Burger King), FCCJ President Dr. Keith Wal-
lace, Mari-Esther Norman and graphic artist Irma Lindsey Parker.

FCCJ Unveils 2005 Black History Calendar

Florida Community College at
Jacksonville recently unveiled their
2005 Black History Calendar. The
theme for this year's calendar is
"The Niagara Movement", the pre-
cursor to the NAACP. Calndars are
available from area Burger Kings
and First Coast News Channel 12 in
addition to the college who have
partnered to present the annual trib-
ute for the past eight years.
The Niagara Movement began in

1905 at the behest of W.E.B. Du-
Bois. The organization's manifesto
in the words of DoBois was, "We
want full manhood suffrage and we
want it now... We are men! We
want to be treated as men. And we
shall win."
Despite the establishment of 30
branches and achievement of a few
scattered civil rights victories at the
local level, the group suffered from
organizational weakness. After the

Springfield race Riot of 1908, white
liberals joined with the nucleus of
Niagara militants and founded the
NAACP. The Niagara Moveme-
ment officially disbanded in 1910,
with the leadership of DuBois form-
ing the main continuity between the
two organizations.
One hundred years later, the or-
ganization sill has a presence that is
noticeable and profound with a
voice that is clearly heard.

The program included First Impressions by Lynn Ed-
wards, Thought of the Day and Greetings by Eugene Butler
Middle School Principal Nongongama Majova-Seana. The
program was presented by Communities in Schools.
Shown above in the photos are: Top left: Johnathan
McKenley, Maurice Thomas,Trey Wright, Asia Brooks,
Leah Morreu, Joy Ruise,.Ale~ah. Khateeb and, Mr. Johnson;
Judge'Gene Holloman informing 'he contestants about what
they would be judged on.; Bottom: Mrs. Brooks, Asia
Brooks, Ms. Yvonne Scott, Markisha Brown and Ms.


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Hot Strong Soeer ns
by Charles Griggs



After years of preparation, the Super Bowl is finally here.
Now go forward, have fun and do good things.

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and nar-
row-mindedness, and many of our people need it
sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charita-
ble views of men and things cannot be acquired by
vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's
--Mark Twain
Look around Jacksonville, a lot of changes have
happened in the past few weeks.
Perhaps not as many as predicted but a signifi-
cant amount just the same.
Look around Jacksonville, after traveling on a
slow road of believability, the Super Bowl is here.
Can you believe it?
The game of games.
The show of shows.
Something for everyone.
And by the way, they do play a game to deter-
mine the champion of professional football.
It's the Super Bowl for crying out loud. And it's
right here in good old Jacksonville.
Even as we wake up this morning, just days away
from the big kick off, there are folks around the coun-
try still scratching their heads as to how this thing
could happen here.
Well, it's time for the scratching to stop.
The big game is coming to the small town with
the big ideas.
Let's face it, Jacksonville has it's problems. In
the minds of many we, by most accounts, are not
"there" yet as a top tier city.
But then again, where is "there?"
Look around, Jacksonville is really not a bad
place. Nice parks, decent economy, improving school
system and smart people all over the place trying to
make it better.
That's all you can ask for.
Don't get me wrong, Jacksonville is not paradise
just yet, But upon further review things, pound for
pound, are much better here than other cities.
Now, with that in mind, it's time to embrace the
opportunity that is here before us.
It's time to feel out the possibilities that come
with international exposure.
We are all aware of the bad things that can hap-
pen when a city like Jacksonville works to stage an
event of this magnitude. However, there is much more
good that can be done as a result of this timely effort
from an entire community.
s r;Sure there aie people withhfo.t.ii'ob itrity.i.

that may feel as if this undertaking is too much for the
"Bold New City of the South" to handle (notice I used
that slogan to describe Jacksonville instead of the one
that was recently unveiled).
As of today, that's their problem.
Things are moving too fast in the right direction
to be held back by those who can't feel the fire.
Super Bowl fans and organizers are arriving as
we speak. Many of them are gazing their eyes upon
Jacksonville for the first time. And no matter who is'
in the drivers seat everyone can look good.
The predictions of heavy handed money infu-
sions as a result of the Super Bowl are still unsqb-
stantiated. We won't know the answers to that ques-
tion for weeks after all our guest are gone.
Yet, I have this feeling that all of the national and
international exposure can't hurt a city that is bending
to find its stride.
And while Jacksonville has a long way to go,
nothing can hurt worse that the things and issues that
have been self inflicted upon this community over the
years. No one from the outside can add to the turmoil
that is the result of the growing pains Jacksonville has
endured over the past 30 years.
Jacksonville is truly a changed city. The fact that
the city has a NFL football team is miracle in itself.
After all, there are several other communities that line
up with the same type if credentials to make an NFL
team its home.
But it has been the ability of the city to rally
around the effort to bring a team to town that made
the results possible. The same can be said for the
effort to nest the Super Bowl.
Now, as a community Jacksonville is poised to do
it again. We have the opportunity to show the world
that J-ville is a world class city.
My goodness people, it's the game of games.
The show of shows.
Something for everyone.
It's the Super Bowl and all of the hoopla that
comes with it is here, in Jacksonville.
And while things may not go as planned for
everyone, it's time to make the most of it from now
until the end of the experience.
After that, we can evaluate the lessons of an
event of this magnitude and learn from'the mistakes
and opportunities.
You can send us an e-mail with your comment to:
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by Jacksonville City Councilman Reginald Fullwood

Super Bowl will Provide Opportunities for All to Enjoy

"Ready or not here we come," many of the parties, symposiums,
said the 100,000 or so people mak- golf tournaments, etc as possible so
ing their travels plans to be in the that the legislative body can garner
city "Where Florida begins" for the full understanding of the true Super
Super Bowl. Bowl experience.
Things are certainly a little cha- Some of my faithful readers
otic on the First Coast these days as maybe thinking: Fullwood is nor-
we ready ourselves for the big mally pretty critical of the Super
game. I haven't heard such buzz on Bowl and the lack of inclusion and
the street in this city since we were impact on the African American
awarded the Jaguar franchise. community. I must admit that I
Last minute construction projects, have changed my tune quite a bit.
bridge lightings, litter clean ups, I find it very interesting and grati-
building renovations; etc. are all on fying that everybody and their
the menu and many more. And if I mama has either planned a party,
hear one more person talking about symposium, marbles tournament or
the Playboy, Maxim, P. Diddy, concert. The events surrounding the
Shaq parties I am going to lose my Super Bowl have shaped up quite
mind. But that's what the big game nicely, so that if you can't afford to
is about- hype, hype, hype. pay $150 to go to the G-Unit party
-lowever, the question continues at Club Tear the Roof of the
to linger in the minds of many Jack- Mother, you can go to free events
sonvillians is will all of this hype like Councilwoman Pat Lockett-
equate to any tangible benefits to Felder's Super Showtime Festival
the city? I have no idea, but I sus- that will feature groups like
pect that it will. Hell, I don't even "Frankie Beverly and Maze."
know if "Jacksonvillian" is a real Again, there is something for eve-
word or not. ryone. For us church folk, and I do
All I know is that I would love to put myself in that category at least
be at the Maxim or Playboy parties, sometimes, there are numerous
unfortunately I might get a "beat events like the Hallelujah Fest at A.
down" from the wifey if I even Phillip Randolph Park, which is free
think too long about going. So once to the public. And if you have a few
again, another dream deferred. And dollars to spend to get your praise
if you know anything about the on, then there is'a Super Bowl Gos-
poem or play A Raisin in the Sun, pel Celebration at Shiloh Metropoli-
we all know what happens to a tan Baptist Church that features
dream deferred. some the best gospel artist in the
But back to Super Bowl XXXIX. country.
Normally, I am here to discuss the For those you love golf there is
serious political and social issues the UCC Youth Celebrity Golf
that affect our communities and this Tournament and Councilwoman
country as a whole. However, today Mia Jones has a Pink Lady Golf
the Swami (that's me) will take off Tournament and there are many
my funny turban hat thing and trans- others scheduled.
form into event promoter supreme. And to continue on the theme of
As an official member of the gov- diversity, there is even a "1st & Pin
ering body of this fair city, I Celebrity Bowling Challenge" and
hereby appoint myselfujtojattend .as. TaMerry's is havingi,a "Super Ce-

lebrity Billiards Benefit."
TaMerry's is located in the heart of
the Northside on Lem Turner Road.
What about the kids? Reggie
loves the kids, and I am happy to
see that "the kids" were not forgot-
ten. My son is excited about the
NFL Experience, which is an inter-
active football theme park located
on the old JEA Southside Electrical
site next to the School Board build-
ing. There is a cost to get in, but it's
not too bad and the proceeds go to
the NFL's YET Center here in Jack-
sonville to help children.
The Willie Gary Classic is pre-
senting a "Dream Big Dreams Role
Model Day" that will feature a ce-
lebrity panel with the mission of
motivating youth. And of course,
the "Snooper Bowl" will be at
Raines High School. Most of us
have heard of the rapper Snoop
Dogg, well this game will feature
his West-Coast youth all-star team
versus a Jacksonville youth all-star
team, and includes celebrity coaches
and a post-game Snoop concert.
Admission is not free to this event
either, but at $6 a person, the kids
will certainly get their monies
Also, there are concerts galore
happening every single night and
not only are there events throughout
the city, but St. Marys, Georgia is
having a Mardi Gras celebration.
Fernandina Beach is having a Super
Shellfish Feast with blue crab races
and blue grass music and dancing.
So many events, so little time.
This event promoter thing is tougher
than it sounds. Hopefully, everyone
will enjoy the Super Bowl in one-
way or another because there is
truly something for all.
Signing off from the Lockett-
Felder Super Duper Fest for the
People. Reggie Fullwood ..u

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The inspiring trio who laud the accomplishments of their young pa-,
tients are pediatricians: Michell Bell, James Joyner, Jr. and Charles

Pediatricians Laud Annual Educa-
tional Triumphs of Young Patients

The pediatric trio of Drs. Charles
Simmons, James Joyner IV and
Michell Bell believe in rewarding
their patients. Especially those pa-
tients who completed the spring
semester with all A's or AB Honor
Roll. To honor the efforts of the
students that excel with their stud-
ies, Simmons and Joyner Pediatrics
hosted their 5th Bi-Annual A- A/B

New Johnson YMCA Facility Underway The James Weldon Johnson Family YMCA's facility
renovation is now underway. Construction crews started demolition work on January 11th. The new building will include a brand new fitness center,
new locker rooms with showers, two multi-purpose rooms, kids watch area and new office space. The project is slated to be completed by this sum-
mer. Current YMCA staff can.be contacted at the Yates YMCA, 221 ;Riverside Avenue at 355-1436.

Continued from page 1
Saturday, January 29 at the Peck
Center in Fernandina Beach on
Amelia Island from 7-10 p.m. The
Peck Center Event will feature a
vibrant performance by the Johnny
Robinson Jazz Band as part of the
festivities. Event sponsored by First
Coast Community Bank.
Sunday, January 30, 2005 at the
Amelia Island Plantation Racquet
Park from 7-10 p.m., sponsored by
the Amelia island Plantation.
Monday, January 31, 2005 at The
Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Plaza
Ballroom from 7-10 p.m., spon-
sored by The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia
In 1935, a time when all Florida
beaches were off-limits to African-
Americans and the same year
Betsch Was born A.L. Lewis envi-
sioned-a beach where employees of
his Afro-American Life Insurance
Company could vacation with their
families. American Beach was
From the 1930's through the
1950's, African-Americans traveled
from across the country to visit

American Beach and the bustling
hotels, restaurants and night clubs
that were established to accommo-
date guests. Then, in 1964, Hurri-
cane Dora destroyed many of the
homes and businesses on the beach,
and segregation in America ended.
African-Americans no longer
needed to travel to Amelia Island
for a beach vacation. American
Beach's prime had ended.
American Beach remains a rich
part of Amelia Island's history. The
Island and its city, Fernandina
Beach, remain an authentic Victo-
rian seaport village, locked in the
charm and enchantment of a by-
gone era. Since 1975, after spend-
ing 10 years in Europe as an opera
singer, Betsch has' strived to protect
American Beach from development
and destruction. Betsch's efforts to
preserve American Beach led to
Senator Bill Nelson nominating her
for induction into the Florida
Women's Hall of Fame in 2004,
describing her as the "educated and
sophisticated" but "colorful and
unconventional" "rescuer of Ameri-
can Beach." It is only fitting that


Betsch is shown above with Ameri-
can Beach resident Ruth Waters in
front of the historic marker
she will be celebrating her 70th
birthday side-by-side with her
great-grandfather's dream Ameri-
can Beach.
The seats to all 70th anniver-
sary/birthday celebrations are free
but limited, and should be reserved
in advance. For more information
and to make reservations to one of
the celebrations, call the Amelia
Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee
Chamber of Commerce at 904/261-
3248 or 866/4-AMELIA.

Ducote Federal Credit Union

Jacksonvllle's Oldest AlricanAmerican 'redit Inion, Chartered 1938

Current and Retired --
Duval County School
Employees, and
Family Members
Are Eligible to Join _.

New & Used Auto Loans Personal Loans Consolidation Loans
Draft/Checking Savings Payroll Deduction Direct Deposit

2212 N. Myrtle Aven Jacksonville 3220 Phone 04 354-0874

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Honor Roll Party at Dave and
Buster's. The day was filled with
presenting trophies and awards,:
enjoying an abundance of great
food and tons of video game fun!
"Let's keep the grades up and our
attitudes positive!" said Joyner to
the enthusiastic youth. The plan-
ners expect and look forward to an
even larger group next year.

JCCI Seeks New Study Ideas
Each year, JCCI asks members, community leaders, and the public to
identify problems that affect the quality of life in Jacksonville. Citizen
volunteers and JCCI committees then choose one of the issues to be-
come the subjects of an in depth study.
What important challenges does the Northeast Florida community
face in 2005? JCCI needs your ideas. Suggested topics should affect a
large number of people and be of major importance to the area. Ideas
-,oi\can be submitted byj~lluia JCCI.aut.1ii1 i 396-395 1i4fa b~Jghgp to
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The First Thursday of every month, the
lobby of the Ritz is transformed into a
stage for poets and poetry lovers of all
ages. February features readings by
favorite Black poets and original verse by
local writers. FREE

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FEB. 16, 7:30pm
Take a trip to "Catfish Row" with the
American masterpiece, Porgy and Bess
The Concert version of Gershwin's
classic Opera graces the Ritz stage for
an evening of culture; history and must
see musical entertainment. Tickets $25
Presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida

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FEB. 11, 7:30pm
Modeled after the Amateur Night at the
famed Apollo Theatre in Harlem, N.Y,
contestants compete for cash prizes on
the Ritz stage and let the cheer orjeer of
the audience decide who goes home with
the cash. The February show features a
salute to Black Entertainers. $5.50
Sponsored in part by Mc Donalds

FEB. 24-26

A "Griot" is a master storyteller of West African
s. tradition, and you will see Black storytelling at its
best as nationally known storytellers come
together at the Ritz for 3 days of performance
and education. Three stage performances will
5 be open to the public:
Stories of Love Feb. 24, 8pm, $15
Tales and Rhythms Feb 25, 2pm, $7
Night of the Griot Feb. 25, 8pm, $15
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Activities Planned Honoring Birthday of Na'Vynne Betsch

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bring together All
Nine area churches have joined
forces to sponsor a Conference on
Spiritual Renewal at the Mandarin
Presbyterian Church. 12001 Man-
darin Road, February 18-19h, 2005.
The sponsoring churches: Deer-
.meadows Baptist, Glynlea Grace
,-United Methodist, Hendricks Ave.
Baptist, Jacksonville District Chris-
,tian Enrichment School of The
.:United Methodist Church, Manda-
rin Presbyterian, New Bethel Afri-
can Methodist Episcopal (AME),
Orange Park Presbyterian, Orange
Park United Methodist, and Penny

Faiths and Races
Farms Memorial; invite all area
churches and their congregations to
attend this Conference on Spiritual
Renewal; and to take their Spiritual
Renewal back to all they may meet.
Richard J. Foster, Ph.D.,
Author of Streams of Living Water,
Celebration of Discipline,will be
the keynote speaker.
For information and registration,
call Rev. Pearl Boles (904) 264-
2241, ext. 209 pholesi(opume.net
or Barbara Brice (904) 268-1972 or
barbarabrice@;comcast.net. Or visit

First Baptist Church
89 St. Francis Street St. Augustine, FL
(904) 824-6590

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Women of First
AME of Palm Coast
Prayer Breakfast
The Women's Ministry of First
AME Church of Palm Coast, where
The Reverend Dr. Gillard S. Glover
is Pastor: invite the community to
their first Prayer Breakfast of the
New Year. The ministry will host
the breakfast at 9 a.m. on:Saturday,
January 22. 201)05.
First AME Church is located at
91 Old Kings Road North, in Palm
Coast. For information or direc-
tions, call (386) 446-5759.
2005 New Year's
Revival Set For
New Mt. Moriah
Mark your calendar now to be
sure and be present at the 2005
New Year's Revival at Greater
New Mt Moriah Missionary Baptist
Church, 1953 West 9th Street,
where Rev. Dr. Percy Jackson Sr.
and Rev. Dr. Percy Jackson Jr. are
The Revival Evangelists will be
Rev. Darien K. Bolden, of First
Missionary Baptist Church in
Fernandina Beach; Rev. R. E.
SHerring. Pastor Mt. Bethel Baptist;
and Overseer B. E. Williams of
Greater New Jerusalem Full Gospel
Baptist Church.
Services will be held nightly,
January 26, 27 & 280' at 7 p.m. If
transportation is needed, please call
(904) 354-0145.

A Family That Prays
oaou 'ciet he, Stays
Together. Worship
at the Church of
Your Choice With
Your Family.

Household of Faith Church

Preusads 'our Final Destination"

The Household of Faith Church,
925 West Edgewood Avenue,
where Dr. Lewis Williams is
Pastor; will present one captivating
story, "Your Final Destination" on
Sunday, Monday and Tuesday,
January 30, 31st and February 1st, at
7 p.m. nightly. Admission is FREE.
This Destiny Drama Ministries
production is a sanctioned event
sponsored by the Jacksonville Con-
voy of Hope, Christian Professional
Resources, Dr. Robert Gibson, The
Inspirational Network, Comcast.
The Convoy of Hope is a non-
profit organization that partners
with local churches and other
compassionate organizations by
providing resources and training to
assist them in meeting physical and
spiritual needs for the purpose of
making their communities a better
place. Through Convoy of Hope's
Community Outreaches, Disaster
Response and Supply Lines,
hundreds of thousands of families
in the U. S. and around the world
have received tangible help and a
compassionate touch of hope.
The Convoy of Hope promotes:
Unity among churches; Mobiliza-
tion and training of laity; Increased
awareness of community needs;
Conversion growth for AfterCare
churches; Increased credibility and
opportunity in the community.
Churches and the community
are invited to volunteer, as well as,
contribute equipment, supplies,
and./or finances, and help with site.
On Saturday, February 5, 2005,
the Convoy of Hope will distribute
food and other help to the less
fortunate, and help for working

mothers and others; from 10 a.m. to
5 p.m. at the Brentwood Park.
For more information about the
Convoy of Hope, Churches and
other Community organizations are
invited to contact: Dr. Lewis
Williams, (904) 764-8400; or Rev.
Garry Wiggins, Evangel Temple
Assembly of God, 5755 Ramona
Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32205;
(904) 781-9393 or info@convoy

5th Annual Miss
Teen Christian
Pageant set for June
The 5h Annual Miss Teen
Christian Pageant has been set for
June 25, 2005 according to pageant
coordinator, Shenita N. Johnson.
The pageant, sponsored by the First
Missionary Baptist Church of
Jacksonville Beach, is open to
young ladies 15-19 years of age.
For more information or to
receive an application, please call
Ms. Johnson at (904) 241-9529.

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American Beach 70

Anniversary Prayer Breakfast
American Beach, FL Historic Institutional Church, Jacksonville;
families, residents, and friends of will be the speaker.
American Beach will celebrate the The Prayer Breakfast will be
70th Anniversary of the historic held at the Franklintown United
beach community, with a Prayer Methodist Church, 1415 Lewis
Breakfast at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Street, American Beach. This event
January 30, 2005. is sponsored by the American
Rev. Dr. Carlton D. Jones, Beach Property Owners' Associa-
Associate Pastor of Bethel Baptist tion Inc. (ABPOA)

Pastors, Mark Your Calendars fr the
161 Black Church Week af Prayer

NEW YORK Pernessa Seele,
founder and CEO of The Balm In
Gilead. has announced that the 16th
Annual National Observance of
The Black Church Week of Prayer
for the Healing of AIDS, is set for
March 6-12, 2005.
Over the last two decades, The
Balm In Gilead, working with
thousands of faith institutions, has
championed AIDS awareness, pre-
vention and education in the Afri-
can American community. The
Black Church Week of Prayer for
the Healing of AIDS, the organi-

zation's flagship program, is also
the largest HIV/AIDS awareness
campaign targeting African.
"The horrendous HIV/AIDS
epidemic among African Ameri-
cans is growing and who cares?
Steele commented. This is the
fundamental question that we are
asking our religious, civic and
political leadership as well as all
African Americans today.
To 'find out how your church
can get involved, log onto the
website www.balmingilead.org.

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

9 Weekly Services

St. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church

Sunday Morning Worship 7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
Church School 9:30 a.m.
1st Sunday Holy Communion 4:50p.m.
3rd Sunday The Preached Word from the Sons and Daughters
of Bethel 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday Noon Service "Miracle at Midday" 12 noon 1 p.m.
Wednesday 5:00 p.m. Dinner and Bible Study at 6:30p.m.

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Senior Pastor

Radio Ministry -
WCGL 1360 AM
Thursday 8:15 8:45 a.m.
AM 1400
Thursday 7:00 -.8:00 p.m.

TVMinistry -
WTLV Channel 12
Sunday 6:30 a.m.

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5863 Moncrief Road Jacksonville, FL 32209 (904) 768-8800 Phone (904) 768-3800- Fax
"The Church That Reaches Up To GodAnd Out To Man"
-. Tuesday 7:30 p.m. (Prayer Meeting and Bible Study)
S' Wednesday 12:00 noon (Noon Day Worship)
SThursday 7:30 p.m. (Bible Study)
St. Thomas Bible 4:00 p.m. Training Ministry (4th Sunday.)

Early Morning Worship 8:00 a.m.
Sunday School 9:15 a.m.
Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.
The Lord's Supper 3:45 p.m. (First Sunday)
Pastor Ernie L. Murray, Sr.

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"Seeking the lost for Christ" Matthew 28: 19-20
8:00 a.m.-Early Morning Worship 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 11:00 a.m.-Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m.-Prayer Service Wednesday 6:30-7 p.m. Bible Study
TUESDAY & THURSDAY 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
/Visit our web site at www.gmbc.net / E-mail GreaterMac@aol.com

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Slper Celebraltln of
Athletes, Past, Present
anl .........The Finral
The Jacksonville Super Bowl
Host Committee has sanctioned
two events sponsored by the United
Community Coalition (UCC). The
UCC's mission is to foster econo-
mic opportunity on Jacksonville's
Northside in preparation for the
2005 Super Bowl. and beyond,
through powerful coalition building
and long term strategic planning.
"Uniting Today's Communities
for Tomorrow's Prosperity", the
UCC will is sponsoring "A Super
Celebration of Athletes Past,
Present and The Future" from 11
a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday,
January 29, 2005. at the James P.
Small Park. 8th Street & Myrtle
For more information on the
event or to participate as a sponsor.
vendor, or volunteer, please call
Debra Edwards at (904) 626-9921:
or visit www.unitedcoalition.net
Fort Mose Black
History Celebration
The Fort Mose Historical
Society and the Florida Park
Service will sponsor the I1th
Annual Fort Mose Festival Flight
to Freedom "An American
Celebration" on Saturday,
February 5, 2005 from 10:00a.m.-
4:00 p.m. Enjoy African
drumming, dancing, singing, and a
special living history presentation
on Fort Mose......first free black
settlement in America...., and walk
through the Fort Mose Exhibit.
This ceremony begins a month full
of activities which mark the
celebration of Black History
Month. For more information, call

Resurrection Baptist
Pastor Appreciation
Resurrection Baptist Church,
6046 Moncrief Road West; will
honor their Pastor. Rev. Glenn F.
Foreman Sr., with Appreciation
Services Thursday. Friday, and
Saturday. January 20, 21 & 22nd,
nightly at 7 p.m. Theme:
"Honoring The Watchman".

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Florida Inc. (OCOC) is a licensed an
child placing agency in the State of on
Florida. OCOC was designed to
reach out to prospective adoptive
families with particular emphasis
on churches to locate them for the JA
children in need of permanent for
homes. Since 1988, OCOC has m<
expanded to include recruitment, an
training, approval and retention of 8
both adoptive and foster families. Ba
OCOC strives to' familiarize Pa
church congregations with children
waiting to be adopted or in need of itie
a foster home; To identify families Se
in each Church willing to adopt or En
to foster; To provide support CIh
services to adopting and fostering vic
families and children through, Se:
training, communications and
location of resources; and, To
decrease the time children are in
foster care waiting to be placed
with families to call their own.
You can obtain more informa-,
tion about One Church, One Child.
from the OCOC of Florida, Claudet :
Pepper Bldg., Room 806,-111 West
Madison St., Tallahassee Florida,
32399.-o 1 fie-" 1-888.-282-0886;,
or visit: ww w.ococfl.org. '

Children from the Clara White
ssion's Greater Expectations
ogram in Jacksonville, will enjoy
per Bowl Weekend by having
Opportunity to be honorary
ddies to some NFL greats,
urtesy of the Mill Cove Golf
ub, owned by T.C. and Ruby
wman and John Deere, when
ey- host the National Football
ayers Father's Association on
iday, February 4'.
The Greater Expectations pro-
am targets school-aged children
siding in underserved areas in the
immunity. The program involves
ildren in positive activities such
golf and tennis instruction, as
Ill as academic tutorial.
"The Clara .White Mission has
ide.a difference for young people
d we know that the children will
joy meeting professional football
ayers," said Deborah Taylor, of
hn Deere. "More importantly,
s encourages children to have an
timistic outlook for their future."
The children will meet some of
otball's legends and stars such as
onovan McNabb, Dwight Freeney
d Antwaan Randle El, depending
Super Bowl commitments.

John Deere's donations helped
prepare the course for upcoming
tournaments, and raffle tickets
proceeds for a tractor give-a-way
will be donated to the Mission, in
addition to $10,000 from the John
Deere company will be presented.

Convoy of Hope Meetings
kCKSONVILLE Join our team and family to get involved in this
r food distribution, just come to project to see the Body of Christ
meetings Thursday, January 20h join hearts and hands in sharing
d January 27". from 6:30 p.m. to Jesus to Jacksonville folks,
p.m. at the North Main Street Students, Christians and Churches
iptist Church, 7137 N. Main St., are involved, and we encourage
stor Nick Phoenix. more to do so. We plan to work by
There are volunteer opportune- shifts.
es for Prayer Teams, Health For more information, please
rvices. Setup/Maintenance, Site call Manr at (904) 781-4254: Rev.
entertainment. Safety and Security, Garry Wiggins at 781-9393; Dr.
ildren's Workers, Media Ser- Lewis Williams at 764-8400; dr
:es. Community Services, Guest visit the website: pastormick@
rvices, and Aftercare/follow-up. wordstowords.com. r
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Judge Hatchett Makes Her Case at FAMU

Judge Glenda Hatchett, host of
the "Judge Hatchett" television
show, preached about the trying
times Blacks had to endure and the
obstacles still, to be faced to a
Gaither Gymriasium packed with
Florida A&M 'University students,
alumni and faculty.
"We have traded in a White mas-
ter for a white powder," Hatchett
said, comparirtg Blacks now being
enslaved by drugs instead of the
slave masters of the past.udge Gleda atchett
Judge Glenda Hatchett
SHowever, her main point was get- Hatchett continually asked.
Hatchett continually asked.
ting students 'to realize the dream
itht Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had She discussed tw cases she
seen in her courtroom of
for Blacks and turning it into a real- abuse and neglect.
ity.abuse and neglect.
Sty The first was a case in which
"There is a dream with your name
on it, but what: is your reality?" year-old girl wanted to join a

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Eatonville Gearing Up for Annual Zora Festival

Crowds begin pouring in early for thefestival.
The 16th Annual Zora Neale 50,000 locals and tourists are
Hurston Festival will take place expected to travel throughout
January 26' 30, 2005 in historic Orlando and the surrounding areas
Eatonville, FL. Approximately again for the event. The event cele-

brates the legacy of the legendary
literary figure, Zora Neale Hurston
(1891-1960), the dominant female
voice of the Harlem Renaissance,
whose hometown was Eatonville.
The town of 3,000 residents, locat-
ed 10 minutes north of downtown
Orlando, happens to be the oldest
incorporated black municipality in
the U.S. (1887).
The festival is a five-day affair,
featuring arts and humanities lec-
tures, panel discussions, workshops
and entertainment events. It culmi-
nates with a weekend street festival
comprised of a diverse array of
artists and exhibits. This year, liter-
ary greats, Dr. Maya. Angelou,
Nikki Giovanni and Amiri Baraka
will be among the literary figures
participating. Other literary figures
will also participate in lectures,
panel discussions and workshops.
Rock and Roll Hame of Famer and
Grammy-award winning recording

artist, Isaac Hayes and Gospel sen-
sation Vickie Winans will be the
featured entertainment.
Highlights of the weekends activ-
ities include: Saturday, January,
29: 9 a.ni. 5 p.m. Street Festival
of the Arts Eatonville, FL Located
on E. Kennedy Blvd., between
College & Gabriel Avenues; 10:30
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Zora Neale Hurston's Penchant for
Hats! 3 p.m. Isaac Hayes,
Performance; 8 p.m. ZORA!
Festival Awards Gala- Wyndham
Palace Resort and Spa. Sunday,
January 30: 8:30 a.m.- Worship
Service The Life Center Church ;
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the Arts; 1 p.m. Dr. Maya Angelou
Book Signing Words and Voices
Pavilion, Street Festival. For a com-
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For tickets and other information,
call 407-647-3307.

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and was told part of her initiation
was to kill her mother. The other
involved a boy who was left at a
homeless shelter because of his
mother's drug addiction.
Hatchett reminded the students of
the harsh realities that young peo-
ple are facing and challenged them
to look out for their future.
"We have to do right by our chil-
dren," Hatchett said. "For too many
children, the reality is too dark."
Hatchett told students to honor their
debt to their mothers, fathers and
grandparents, whom they must
strive to pay.
"My grandmother washed clothes
and never saw high school,"
Hatchett said. "I have a debt to
pay," she said, explaining why it
was so important for her to be suc-
Hatchett even questioned
President Bush, asking, "How dare
you say you will free Iraq but there
still is poverty in America?" '
Her final admonition to the stu-
dents: "The reality is yours, claim

Friends and Family Celebrate Legacy of Taye Brown
Over 40 friends and family of the late Taye Brown recently gathered at the Equestrian Center/Taye' Brown
Recreational Center to celebrate the first birthday of his son and namesake, Taye Brown II. Brown, an engineer
and the project manager of the city's Equestrian Center named in his honor, died in an untimely auto accident and
did not have the opportunity to witness his son's birth. The days festivities included children games and was
attended by family and friends including councilpersons Mia Jones and Pat Lockett Felder and Rep. Terry Fields.
The young Taye is the son of Manettii M. Layer and the grandson of William & Hazel Brown. FMPowell Photo

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Alvin Brown. President of the Football Classic (pictured left to right); Willie E. Gary, Attorney and "Copyrighted Material
Chairman of the Football Classic; are pictured with Mrs. Coretta Scott King, Rev. Rudolph W. L
McKissick Sr., Pastor of Bethel Baptist Institutional Church, and essay contest winners.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest Syndicated Content

Winners Announced at 2nd Annual Luncheon Available from Commercial News Providers"

King, wife of the late Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr., was the keynote
speaker for the 2nd Annual Willie E.
Gary/Martin Luther King Jr.
Luncheon. Three winners of the "I
Have a Dream" essay contest were
announced at the luncheon.
The luncheon, honoring the life
and work. of Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr., was attended by over 600
community leaders, including
members of the City Council,
Duval County School Board, 100
Black Men of Jacksonville, and the
NAACP. Attendees focused on
every word delivered by Mrs. King,
as she spoke of her husband's
dream and the legacy he left
behind. She also praised the essay
contest winners and encouraged
them to pursue their goals. Guests
were also entertained by the Willie
E. Gary Mass Choir.
The essay contest winners are:

Jasmine Williams, Stillwell Mid-
dle School; Ashley Allman,
Timucuan Elementary School;
and Benjamin Holiday, Ribault
High School. The students
competed for an all expense paid
trip to Atlanta, Georgia to tour the
King Center, during the weekend of
the King Holiday Celebration.
The contest was administered
district wide with the help of the
Academic/Special Programs De-
partment of the DCPS system, and
was sponsored by the Willie Gary
Football Classic. The students
presented their essays during the
. "This unique occasion clearly
defines the Willie E. Gary Football
Classic as more than a football
game; we are an institution
committed to the community, and
to our youth," said Gary.
"I'm always touched by young
people because I believe they are

our future," Mrs. King commented.
She also spoke about the course of
action that should be taken to keep
D.r. King's dream alive. "Some-
times it is hard to go against the
grain, but if you stand up for what
is right, you will become a
stronger, happier person," she said.
"Duval County Public Schools
is pleased to partner with the Willie
Gary Classic in its efforts to
promote literacy among Duval
County students," said Superin-
tendent of Schools, John C. Fryer
Jr. "In addition to highlighting the
remarkable achievements of such a
noble man as Dr. King, the essay
contest provides students with an
opportunity to enhance their
creative writing skills."
Students can prepare and look
forward to the third annual contest
in January 2006.

Unforgivable Blackness J

The Rise and Fall of JacKJohnson

"Born Arthur Jack Johnson
in Galveston in 1878, Jack John- course.
son 'was an inexhaustible tender in those da\ s
of his own legend, a teller of tall" of Jim Crow, and Jack
tales in the frontier tradition of Johnson was derided by the
his native state." He remembered' press and eventually investi-
his father, for instance, as' the gated by the Fledgling FBI on
most perfect physical specimen I charges of having engaged in
have ever seen,' even though l white slavery.
them man was only five and a "He was, Ward writes,' a
half feet tall and was disabled by master of timing in the
a bad leg earned in the Civil ring...Outside the ropes, that
War. Years later, he would allow mastery often deserted him.'
a legend to surround him that he Johnson eventually fled the
single-handedly captured a U- i. charges and lived in exile in
boat on the high seas, 'subdued Paris and elsewhere abroad. On
the Austrian captain and blew up : returning to the U.S., Johnson
the submarine and was rescued 'spent only nine months in fed-
after drifting three days.' eral prison and was released for
"Johnson himself, Ward good behavior, but his magic
writes, was magnificent, handsome, in prize matches. Indeed, he wrote, was broken.......
and-picture-perfect, and he attracted 'I have found no better way of "Good reading for fans of
women of all races as he traveled avoiding race prejudice than to act boxing and American history
from city to city and continent to with people of other races as if alike."
continent, taking on all contenders prejudice did not exist.' It did of

"Super" March
March for Jesus will begin a day of
celebration by the Body of Christ
that takes place on Saturday,
January 29, 2005, the weekend
prior to the Super Bowl.
The "Super" March for Jesus
will gather Christians across
denominational and racial lines to
unite and take the joy of knowing
Jesus beyond the Church walls and
into the streets with joyful music,
proclamations and prayer. This
year's theme is "Lift Jesus High."

for Jesus Saturday Jan. 29th

Worshipping Jesus in public
makes the event a demonstration of
our love for God, our love for one
another, and our love for the city
where we live. Churches rise above
differences to come together
around what we all have in
common, the Lord Jesus Christ.
The "Super" March for Jesus is
all about celebration for what the
Lord has done in our lives.
Stepping Out on Faith, the "Super"
March will begin behind the
Courthouse on Coastline Drive on

the Riverfront at 10:1:5 a.m.
The Super March for Jesus will
continue to Alltel Stadium for a
Prayer Rally. A songbook/Prayer
Script will be provided.
The Super March for Jesus is an
event open to all believers.
Come, lift Jesus high!
Comedian Sinbad will be in
Jacksonville for onle performance
on Thursday, Februniry 10, 2005 at
8:00 p.m. There performance will
be held at the Florida Theater.

Super Saturdav to Provide Free Groceries & More
"Super Saturday" sponsored by the Convoy of Hope will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 5* at
the Brentwood Park. There will be FREE Groceries and much more. Also Health Screenitigs, Credit
Report Services (see Coupon on Page 61, a Car Show, a national Artfest, NFL Playeirs signing
autographs, and a "Fun Zone" for children. It will be the largest outreach in the history if the city.

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Landmark Judge in Several Crucial

Georgia Desegregation Cases Passes

MACON, Ga. Retired U.S. Dis-
trict Judge William Augustus
Bootle, who issued a string of his-
toric civil rights rulings in the
1960s including the 1961 order
allowing blacks to enter the Univer-
sity of Georgia, died at his this
week. He was 102.
Among Bootle's rulings were
ones integrating buses and school
systems and ensuring blacks' place
on voter rolls. Macon's federal
courthouse was named for him in
Bootle "took the lead in bringing
about the elimination of segregation
in the field of education and other-
wise," Carl Sanders, Georgia's gov-
ernor from 1963 to 1967.
"At the time, most politicians
didn't appreciate his attitude and his
decisions," said Sanders, 79. "But
in the long run, when you look back
on the result of what he was trying
to do, you can't help but admit and
admire the courage and the legal
fortitude that he expressed at that
particular time in the history of our
state and the country."
Bootle signed the University of
Georgia order following a week-
long trial that pitted black students
Charlayne Hunter and Hamilton
Holmes Jr. against the school's top
"Someone asked me the other
day, 'Wasn't it hard to make the
decision to let blacks in?'" Bootle
said at the time he turned 100. "I
said it wasn't hard at all. Once you
decide what's right, the making of it
is easy. Right is right."
In response, people in Macon
burned an effigy of the judge, and
Georgia's governor threatened to
cut the university's budget.
But the threats never deterred
Bootle. He ordered the Bibb Transit
Co. to integrate seating on its buses,
and ordered several middle Georgia
counties to restore the names of
blacks who were removed from
voter rolls.'
But his most bitter battle would
be the campaign to desegregate
Bibb County schools, which took
seven years. 'The struggle began in
1963, when a suln %as filed in U.S.
District Court on behalf of 44 black
The following year, Bootle issued
an order directing the school board
to make a "prompt and reasonable
start" toward eliminating separate
school systems. But it would be
1970 before the schools were fi-
nally desegregated.
Bootle also presided over the trial
of Preston King, an Albany man

Preston King, left, and retired Judge William Augustus Bootle,
speak during a news conference at the Judge's Macon, Ga., home in
2000. Bootle, the federal judge who signed the 1961 court order de-
segregating the University of Georgia, died at his home Tuesday,
Jan. 25, 2005. He was 102.

who refused to obey his draft notice
because the board members stopped
calling him "sir" and "Mr. King"
when they saw he was black.
Bootle sentenced King to 18
months in prison in 1961, but King
jumped bond and fled to England.
He could not return to Georgia be-
cause of the threat of arrest.
In December 1999, Bootle wrote
President Clinton and urged him to
pardon King, which Clinton did in
early 2000. King later visited Geor-
gia several times, including a trip to
Bootle's home.
"Someone asked me why I
changed my mind. There's no in-
Bishop T. D. Jakes
Schedules Cruise
Bishop T. D. Jakes, has
announced a summer cruise en-
itled. "Taking Care of Business in
'Deep Waters." The Empowering
Session will be sailing July 16-23,
2005. The incomparable Vickie
Winans is the first guest to be
announced. For more information.
please call (972) 851-SAIL.
Guardian of Our
Souls Prayer Meeting
The Guardian of Our Souls
Prayer Ministry meeting is held at 7
p.m. on the Ist and 2nd Thursday of
each month. The Prayer Meeting is
held at the Father's House
Christian Conference Center, 1820
Monument Road. Bldg. 1, 4. Floor.
For information, please call
Min. Freeman. (904) 221-7322.

consistency between imposing a
sentence and favoring a pardon,"
Bootle said at the time. Back in
those days, he said, "I was just
learning that it was appropriate to
say 'mister' to a black person."
President Dwight D..Eisenhower
nominated Bootle to the federal
bench in 1954, the same year the
U.S. Supreme Court decided the
landmark school desegregation case
Brown v. the Board of Education of
Topeka, Kan. He retired as senior
judge in 1970 but continued presid-
ing over federal cases part-time
until 1981.

American Legion
Post 197 Schedules
Super Bowl Affairs
American Legion Post 197,
2179 Benedict Road; will observe
new operational hours January 30th
thru February 5, 2005. to coincide
with Super Bowl XXXIX activities.
The Legion will open at 5 p.m. and
remain open until 2 a.m. Food and
drinks will be available.
A specimliSuper Bow l Party at
the Post. will begin at game-time
on Sunday. February 6"' which will
offer a special treat. You're invited
to come out and join your veterans
for this special occasion. For more
information, call (904) 768-1206.
News Deadline is 5PM each
Monday for publication on

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MODEL Mentors
The Buckner Division of
Children's Home Society of Florida
(CHS) is looking for adults to
volunteer for its MODEL (Mentors
Opening Doors Enriching Lives)
Program. Volunteers will mentor
children who have at least one
parent incarcerated in a state or
federal prison. Mentors are needed
in Duval, Clay, Baker, St. Johns
and Nassau counties and must be at
least 21 years old. They will need
to commit to spending one hour per
week with a child for one year. The
ages of children range from 4-15.
To become a mentor or refer a
child, please contact Christine
Schauf at 493-7747.
American Beach
Founders Day

Soul Release
"Super Bowl Edition"
The Soul Release Live concert
series will continue on' Saturday,
January 29, 2005 for its Super
Bowl Edition. The evening will
consist of two shows: 8:00 10:30
p.m. "soul jazz funk jam session"
featuring Leon "Timbo" Seymore
and his band with special guest
Johri. The Super Bowl Explosion
will be on Saturday,, February 5,
2005 with three shows: 7:00, 9:30
and a 12:00 a.m. "soul jazz funk
jam session." There will also be
spoken word poetry and an after
party with DJs spinning the best in
soul, hip-hop, urban grooves and
more. LL shows will be at
Boomtown Theater and Restaurant,
1714 N. Main St. For more
information about tickets, call 626-

On Saturday, January 29, 2005, Super Bowl
The A.L. Lewis Historical Society Cheerleading Clinic
will be celebrating the 70th The NFL and American All-
birthday of American Beach and Star will host more than 1,000
the Beach Lady. The celebration young women from local
will include the premiere of the Jacksonville schools at the ninth
documentary short film The annual NFL Super Bowl
Beach Lady. The event is free and Cheerleading Spirit Clinic, Sunday,
open to the public and will take January 30, 2005 from 3:00 5:00
place at the Peck Center, located & p.m, at JEA Park as part of the
Elm in Fernandina Beach from p.m., at JEA Park as part of the
Elm in Feandina Beach from NFL Experience. In addition to
7:00 -10:00 p.m. For more practicing cheer and dance skills
information, please call 261-3248. with. professional cheerleaders,
NFL Super Bowl participants will also learn football
fundamentals. The program also
Gospelfest features "Cheerleaders of Life,"
On Saturday,. January 29, 2005 who will speak about their lives
from 11:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m., the and the importance of getting a
NFL Experience will present good education, living drug-free
Jacksonville's leading gospel and striving to achieve one's
performers will be out in force for dreams. Anyone interested in
the NFL's Super Bowl of Gospel participating must have a
Talent Competition at the 14th representative from her school
Annual America Online presents contact American All-Star at 985-
the NFL Experience. More than 893-3009, to sign up for the clinic.
thirty Gospel choirs, soloists, Florida Golf Classic
ensembles: and out-of-town
8'k .T' 'h"," T e",,Florida ShoaUw iCAasssn.
performers will compete a T; orih tda Shto beet lassni
$5,000 cash prize and the honor of wiolf bdtament, to benefit daniel,
being named the premier Gospel
Act of Super Bowl XXXIX. The February 2, 2004 at Cimmarone
event will be held at the Golf & Country Club. The
Jacksonville Southbank. For ticket tournament begins with a shotgun
information call (866).TIX-4NFL. start at 1:30p.m. The "Florida Golf
Classic" will feature a host of
Super Celebration current and former NFL athletes in
of Athletes addition to 12-year NBA Veteran
James P. Small Ball Park 8TH & Spud Webb, among others: Each
Myrtle Ave., will be site of the foursome participating in the
Super Bowl, Celebration of tournament will be partnered with
Athletes. Focus will be on athletes an NFL celebrity. The entry
of the past, present and future. The deadline to participate in the
celebration will be held on tournament is Monday, January 31,
Saturday, January 29, 2005 from 2005. For more information, please
11:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. For more call Madison Shelley at 296-1055,
information, please call 710-4818. ext. 1018. -

Spending more time worrying
about your parents?
It's natural to worry about aging parents. And
hard to know where to look for help, or even how
to begin. That's where we come in. We're here to
help you find local resources, support services;
and solutions that work for your folks-and for
you. Call our toll-free number and talk to a real
person. Or visit www.eldercare.gov.

There's a way for older
Americans and caregivers to
find help.


A public service of the
U.S. Administration on Aging


Super Wellness
Health Fair
Gateway Mall will host a Super
Wellness Health Fair on Sunday,
January 30, 2005 from 1:00 p.m. -
5:00 p.m. at the Gateway Mall. The
Super Wellness Health Fair will
offer a wide variety of health
screening and referrals and provide
health, lifestyle and safety
information. The Fair will target
childhood obesity, prostate cancer
in men and diabetes screenings for
men and women, all medical issues
that threaten the health of African
Americans every day.
The public, is invited for a
"Caribbean Jump Up" Jump!
Prance! Play "Mas" all day as you
sample international Caribbean
Cuisine and enjoy the vibrant sights
and sounds of a Caribbean
Celebration! From 8:00 a.m. 3:00
p.m. on Thursday, February 3,
2005, A Phillip Randolph Park will
be transformed into a Caribbean
paradise. The event is free and
open to the public. For more
information, please call 713-9201.
Battle of the Bands
The Band Bowl: "Battle of the
Marching Bands" Invitational
Showcase, will take the field on
Thursday, February 3, 2005 at
William Raines High School's
Stadium at 6:00 p.m. This event
will 'feature the musical talents of
local high school and HBCU
marching bands. Participating
bands from the Jacksonville area
will demonstrate the best in
musicianship and showmanship in
addition to a performance by the
FAMU Marching 100. Recognition
and prizes will be .awarded, in
addition to the bands receiving
$1.00 from each ticket sold to
support their school's band
program. For more information,
call 622-8389. o aisqc .ju
Superbowl Celebration'
The Durkeeville Historical
Society and the First Coast African
American Heritage Association are
hosting the "Forever Famous
Celebration" to honor black sports
heroes from the Jacksonville area,
on February 4-5, 2005 at the
Jefferson St. Park, from 10:00 a.m.
- 10:00 p.m. The highlight of the
program will be a special tribute to
Jacksonville's Bob Hayes. A
portion of the proceeds from the
event will be donated to the First
Coast Family Center for Prevention
of Child Abuse/Parent Aide.

What's Your Plan
After the Party
The symposium series, How
To Fund Your Dream, will be held
Friday, February 4, 2005 from
ll:00a.m. -1:00 p.m. at the Beaver
St. Enterprise Center, 1225 W.
Beaver St. The symposium
provides an outlet for entertainers,
sports figures, politicians and civic
leaders to give back to their
communities in an unconventional
way. It also exposes, encourages
and educates youth and adults on
life planning decisions and plans of
action. For more information, or to
register call 265-4701.
Celebrity Hoops Game
Game Day Gridiron Celebrity
Hoops VII, the only NFL
sanctioned celebrity basketball
game will be held on Saturday,
February 5, 2005 at Jacksonville
University at 5;00 p.m. Now in its
seventh year, the game heralded as
one of the premier celebrity-driven
events during Super Bowl week.
This year's Game Day players
include football stars Ray Lewis,
Tony Gonzalez, Ty Law, Jerome
Bettis, Michael Vick, prospective
2005 NFL draft picks, actors
Morris Chestnut, Jamie Fox,
Shemar Moore and Blair
Underwood, and music artists
Brian McKnight, Jay-Z and Trick
Daddy. The game will also feature
live entertainment, food, prize
giveaways and opportunities to be
photographed with your favorite
celebrities. For more information
call 404-808-4231.
Kingsley Plantation
Black History
Black History Month will be
celebrated throughout February at
Kingsley Plantation 'with a variety
of events each Saturday. The
'byama, ceI n;1ies j men
contributinn of threenslaTemen
women, and children of the
plantation period by connect
aspects of modern culture with its
plantation or African roots. The
schedule will include February
5th- Kids Corner, February 12th-
Guided walks of the slave quarters,
February 19th Discovering the
Underground Railroad and
February 26th Preservation
program at the slave quarters. The
plantation is located in Fort George
Island on Hecksher Dr. All events
are free and open to the public.


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Forever Famous
Sports Salute
On Friday, February 4, 2005,
Forever Famous ,Celebration:
Highlighting Jacksonville's Black
Sports Heroes, will take place at
the Jefferson St. Park. The free
event will be held from 10:00 a.m.
10:00 p.m. Festivities include a
block party with a special tribute to
Bob Hayes, appearances by NFL
stars musical and other
entertainment, athletic
competitions, health and
communication information booths,
arts and crafts and food vendors,
history exhibits and historic tours.
For more information, call Carolyn
Williams at 598-0102.
Fort Mose Black
History Celebration
The Fort Mose Historical
Society and the Florida Park
Service will sponsor the 11th
Annual Fort Mose Festival Flight
to Freedom "An American
Celebration" on Saturday,
February 5, 2005 from 10:00a.m.-
4:00 p.m. Enjoy African
drumming, dancing, singing, and a
special living history presentation
on Fort Mose......first free black
settlement in America...., and walk
through the Fort Mose Exhibit.
This ceremony begins a month full
of activities which mark the
celebration of Black History
Month. For more information, call
Comedian Sinbad will be in
Jacksonville for one performance
on Thursday, February 10, 2005 at
8:00 p.m. There performance will
be held at the Florida Theater. For
more information, call 355-2787.
Amateur Night at
The Ritz
Modeled after the Amateur
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On Saturday, February 5, 2005,
rapper Snoop Dogg will be at
Raines High School for the
SnooperBowl. Snoop Dogg hosts a
youth football .all-star game
featuring his West-Coast team
against a local all-star team,
including celebrity coaches, a pre-
game cheerleading clinic with The
ROAR and a halftime and post-
game concert. The event will be
held from 10:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m.
For more information, please call
Brodie Waters at 301-3000.
Club Meeting
The next PRIDE Book Club
meeting will be held on Saturday,.
February 12, 2005 from 2:00 p.m.
4:30 p.m. at the home of Sanderia
Smith in Ponte Vedra. The book for
discussion will be Gifted Hands by
Ben Carson, M.D. Bring your swim
suit if you want to relax in the hot
tub after the meeting. Attendees
will also be able to walk on the
beach if the weather.is warm. Feel
free to bring beverages. For more
information, please call 373-0083.
Porgy and Bess
Take a trip to "Catfish Row"
with the American masterpiece,
Porgy and Bess. Gershwin's classic
musical drama graces the Ritz
Stage for an evening of culture,
history and a must see musical. The
show will be held on Wednesday,
February 16, 2005 at 8:00 p.m.
For ticket information, please call
the Ritz at 632-5555. The Ritz
Theatre & LaVilla Museum is
located at 829 N. Davis St.
MOSH Black History
The Museum of Science and
History (MOSH) will have their
annual Black History Celebration
on Saturday, February 19, 2005

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cheer or jeer of the audience decide
who goes home with the cash. The
FeBruary 11th show features a
salute to Black Entertainers and
begins at 7:30 p.m. For ticket
information for the show that
usually sells out, call 632-5555.

by honoring local African
American heroes throughout the
past two centuries. Activities for
children include African Folktale
storytelling, scavenger hunts,
crafts, and a planetarium show
about the Underground Railroad.
For more information, please call

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Birds of a Feather... W
Talk about famous folks hanging out to- .
gether. Rapper Ludacris, model Karolina :
Kurkova, singer Beyonce Knowles and her
friend Jay Z (L-R) watched the scoreboard
during a time-out in the NBA game between
the Houston Rockets and the New York
Knicks in New York's Madison Square
Garden, January 21, 2005. The Rockets won
92-91. In other Beyonce news, The
"Dreamgirls" role that Jennifer Holliday
made famous on Broadway could soon be in
the hands of Knowles if the producers of
the upcoming film version have their way. .
Word is the Destiny's Child talent is being ,
approached to play Effie White in the story
about a Chicago singing trio's crossover to
the white-dominated pop charts in the early

Berry Lends Talented Touch to

HBO's Must See Lackawanna Blues

Ruben Santiago-Hudson, left, writer and executive producer, and
actress Halle Berry, executive producer of HBO's 'Lackawanna
Blues,' talk about the film at the HBO day of the Television Critics
Association Winter Press Tour in Los Angeles. 'Lackawanna Blues'
is a coming of-age story set on the eve of desegregation based on
Santiago-Hudson's Obie Award-winning play.
There was no talk of the divorce, no New York, when the city's port
talk of her current love life, and facilities and steel mills drew and
only one passing mention of influx of African Americans from
"Catwoman" as Halle Berry sat the south looking for better paying
before reporters at the bi-annual jobs. Ruben's mother was an ad-
Television Critics Association press dict, so his rearing fell upon his
tour in Los Angeles to discuss beloved neighbor Nanny, who
"Lackawanna Blues," a vibrant new owned a boarding house at 32
HBO film executive-produced by Wasson Ave. In the HBO film,
the actress along with Ruben Santi- Nanny is played by "Law & Order"
I ago-Hudson';, who .wrote -and per- veteran S. Epatha Merkerson; .;
Frformed th e'ffBi'-bidd -yt' ltn 'dtaiiinny s 'houseful of colorful
which the film was based. boarders and neighbors including
Berry said she and Santiago- hustlers, war vets, blues singers,
Hudson began work on the film in a and killers became the men and
two-week window between the end women who shaped the young
of filming for "Catwoman," and the boy's life.
beginning of her forthcoming ABC Berry said of Santiago-Hudson's
film "Their Eyes Were Watching play: "He played every character
God." himself, and he brought them all to
"I got involved in this project life so brilliantly. And not that I
initially because of my love for didn't respect him as an actor be-
Ruben," said Berry. "He and I have fore this from "Seven Guitars" and
known each other over a decade other works that he had done, but
now. He was the first real actor I this was just astonishing to me.
think I ever met when I first moved And when he decided that he
to New York and someone that I wanted to write the screenplay and
always admired and looked up to make it into a movie, I wanted to
and has been a friend. So when I help him in any way I possibly
heard that he was performing his could."
one-man show at the Public HBO was a natural option for
[Theater] in New York, of course I the project, since the network's last
went and I was blown away." relationship with Berry as an execu-
And Berry wasn't the only one. tive producer 1999's "Introducing
The 85 minute, no intermission Dorothy Dandridge" resulted in
stage play was warmly received by high ratings, critical acclaim and a
New York theater critics during its number of awards, including a best
ten-week run in 2001. Hudson actress Emmy and Golden Globe
starred as all 20 of the play's larger for Berry. "Ever since my Doro-
than life roles, moving seamlessly thy Dandridge project, I've felt like
from character to character, some- family," Berry said of HBO. "I've
times within a single conversation, had great relationships with them
"Lackawanna" tells the story of that I've maintained over the years.
Ruben's youth in '50s Lackawanna, They are interested in bringing

quality to the screen. Especially as
African-Americans, they are inter-
ested in bringing our stories to the
screen. They realize its value and
they realize our need to do that."
Berry admits that even with her
hard-earned Hollywood clout, get-
ting her projects an automatic green
light at major studios is still a bat-
"It's still difficult. But what I've
come to realize is that it's difficult
for everybody," she said. "I don't
know how any movie ever gets
made and brought to the screen. I
mean, it's tough. We have all cho-
sen to be a part of an industry that's
extremely competitive, it's highly
subjective, and it takes a lot of hard
work and tenacity and fortitude to
get any project from your mind to
the page and then to the screen.
"Directed by renown Broadway
producer George C. Wolfe,
"Lackawanna Blues" debuts on
HBO Feb. 12 with

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Actress S. Epatha Merkerson
portrays Rachel "Nanny" Crosby
Everyone in black Hollywood is
filling the shoes that Santiago-
Hudson donned in his stage play,
including Delroy Lindo, Ernie Hud-
son, Hill Harper, Louis Gossett Jr.,
Rosie Perez, Mos Def, Terrence
Dashon Howard, Henry Simmons,
Saul Williams, Charlayne Woodard
and Jeffrey Wright. Berry opted to
remain strictly an executive pro-
ducer on the project, but hopes that
her involvement will generate atten-
tion to Santiago-Hudson's amazing
story. "I've discovered one of the
beauties of my career is my fans,"
Berry said. "The people who care
about what I do tend to follow me
in all different directions. I've done
all different kinds of projects and
been involved in different kinds of
movies, and my fans have followed
me. Critics have not always fol-
lowed me, but my fans have always
followed me. And I think it is partly
my responsibility to take them to
uncharted waters."

S Hollywood Gossip Scoop

Why cone forward a year after the
Alleged fact?
S ""It's pointedly bizarre because it's
been a year since it allegedly hap-
.. .. opened, anl she is coming forward,"
', said Walter M. Phillips Jr., the attor-
ney hired to defend Bill Cosby
against allegations of "inappropriate
S touching" by a Canadian woman.
The accuser, a female acquaintance of Cosby's and
former employee at his alma mater Temple University,
told police this month in Canada that the entertainer
fondled her at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in
January 2004.
The woman, now in her mid-30s, left Temple in
April and returned to Canada. She previously played
basketball at the University of Arizona. Arizona
women's basketball coach Joan Bonvicini said the
woman left to pursue a new career after she couldn't
find work coaching a team.
"She's always been honest and upstanding. ... I've
never known her to lie," Bonvicini said of her former
Phillips said the case would "be vigorously de-
fended," and that he expected investigators would need
some time before deciding whether to file charges.

Singer among first wave of
announced performers
Alicia Keys, U2, Tim McGraw
and Green Day are among the -
first acts confirmed to perform
at the 47th annual Grammy
Awards ceremony, to be held
Feb. 13 at Los Angeles' Staples i
Center. All of the announced
acts are multiple Grammy nominees, with Keys up for
eight honors, Green Day for six, U2 for three and
McGraw for two. As previously reported, Queen Lati-
fah will reign over the ceremony and also perform.
Kanye West leads the pack of Grammy nominees with
10 nods, including one for best new artist.

name-calling leads to disorderly conduct charge.
The hell O.J. Simpson's kids must catch on the regu-
lar. When folks started hurling names at 16-year-old
Justin Simpson during his weekly varsity basketball in
Florida's Coconut Grove area, his big sister Sydney, 19,
came to his defense with fists-a-flying, according to

Miami police.
Sydney was arrested following a fight with the
name-callers at Ransom Everglades School, who was
hosting a basketball game against Sydney's alma mater
Gulliver Preparatory School, where Justin..is a junior.
Police responded to the fight outside the gymnasium

where they said Sydney got rowdy and started cursing
out the officers. She also allegedly slapped an officer
on the hand when he tried to arrest her.
Simpson was charged with a misdemeanor count of
disorderly conduct and resisting arrest without vio-
lence. She faces up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine on
the most serious charge. Simpson signed a notice to
appear in court and was released without bond.
Yale Galantei, Simpson's attorney, said the incident
was an argument between friends and no one involved
pressed charges.

Plus cops found weed in his vehicle
during search.
*This is not the way you wanna
resurface after several years off the
music scene. Crooner D'Angelo was
arrested after a traffic stop in subur-
ban Richmond, VA early Sunday for
drunk driving and having some
"brown sugar" in the car.
Chesterfield police Capt. Karl
Leonard said a subsequent search
turned up "what we believe to be
cocaine and marijuana." He said the substances will be
Along with drunk driving, the 30-year-old Rich-
mond native a.k.a. Michael Eugene Archer was
charged with possession of marijuana and possession
of a controlled substance.

DON KING SUES ESPN: Wooly-haired boxing
promoter wants $2.5 billion for defamation.
Don King says he was portrayed in a false light as "a
con artist and a thug" on ESPN's "SportsCentury" pro-
gram last May, and is taking the network to court for
$2.5 billion.
The outspoken boxing
promoter, who has repre-
'. sented fighters from Mu-
j "'1 hammad Ali to Mike Ty-
S,. son, filed the defamation
i i.' suit in Broward County,
SFla naming ESPN, ABC
Cable Networks, Advo-
;cate Communications and
Disney as defendants.
"This case is one of the
worst examples of reck-
less broadcast journalism and blatant disregard for the
truth," lawyer Willie Gary said.
This latest legal matter follows a number of court
room appearances for the flamboyant personality. He
settled a lawsuit for $7.5 million with former middle-
weight champion Terry Norris in late 2003 and still
faces a $100 million lawsuit filed against him by: "-
son. ,Kingalso has beai f haIliw n.q
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S my recipe for living, my history.

Elizabeth Omilami
Humanitarian, Social Advocate, Crusader
Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless Atlanta, Ga.
Main Ingredient: Passion

Elizabeth Omilami's commitment to the
homeless, the hungry and the working
poor was sparked long before she assumed
leadership of Hosea Feed the Hungry and.
Homeless, the organization founded by her
father. Believing "Whenever \ve get too big
to do the little things, we ha\e lost the real
meaning of life," Elizabeth's mission is to
provide more than hot meals, but also
hope for a better life.