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Serena Now Ranked Number 2
Serena Williams is getting close to a familiar spot the top of the WTA
She jumped from seventh to second in the WTA rankings this week,
two days after winning the Australian Open. Williams captured her sev-
enth Grand Slam title with a 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 victory over Lindsay
Davenport, who remained first in the rankings.
Williams, who beat three of the top four players at the Australian Open,
is the first woman to move to No. 2 from outside the top five in a single
Berry Slams Hollywood
American actress Halle Berry has accused Hollywood producers and
directors of being prejudiced against black women.
Berry hoped she had made a major breakthrough when she won the Best
Actress Academy Award in 2002 for her role in Monster's Ball, but she
has had to resort to developing films herself to create the kind of parts she
The 38-year-old says, "The struggle for the woman of colour to find
good material is still very present, and it's a struggle I fight every day. I
try to make the best out of what comes to me but it's going to be about
making my own reality really.
"I've been called a n**ger straight to my face...but there's also much
more subtle insidious ways that racism occurs here in Hollywood.
"I don't care what anyone says they may think it doesn't exist, but it's
usually those who aren't black who think that
Ga. School Won't Get Confederate
Era Name After Student Protest
CANTON, Ga. A school board voted Friday to halt plans to name a new
high school after a Confederate-era governor, under pfrssure from stu-
dents and parents \\ ho said they did not want to honor someone % ho sup-
The Cherokee County board sent the matter of naming the school back
to a committee of faculty and students, which already has said it wants to
name the school Creekland High. The board had voted last week to name
the high school after former Gov. Joseph E. Brown, a four-term governor
from 1857-65 who made his home in Cherokee County.
Students wearing T-shirts saying "No to Joe" continued their campaign
against naming the school for Brown.
Ivy Cadenhead, an eighth grader at Creekland Middle School, said the
students felt ignored when the board did not follow the recommendation
to name the school Creekland High.
Cadenhead said the issue has prompted students to study Brown's his-
"He was for white supremacy," he said. "We don't want to name our
high school after him."
"Some of my friends are African-American," said sixth-grader Hannah
Hughes. "They don't really want to go to that school if it's named that for
someone who wanted them to be a slave."
One of Jacksonville's school, Nathan B. Forrest High School, was one
of the founders of the Ku Klux Klan.
Honda Settles Discrimination Suits
NASHVILLE, Tenn. American Honda Finance Corp. and three banks
have settled class-action lawsuits brought by black customers who
accused them of racial bias in automobile lending policies.
The suits alleged that company policies routinely allowed car dealers
to charge black customers higher interest rates on auto loans than were
given to whites with similar financial histories.
Under the settlement, American Honda and the three banks Bank One,
Bank of America Corp. and U.S. Bancorp will set tighter caps on how
much car dealers can increase interest charges on car loans.
The settlements awaiting approval in U.S. District Court in Nashville
include a stipulation that the four lenders will offer car loans without any
markups to up to 2.4 million minority consumers.
The banks agreed to cap markups at 2.5 percent on loans up to 60
months, 2 percent on loans between 61 and 71 months and 1.75 percent
on loans of 72 months or more.
Mock Customers to Probe
New Orleans Racism
NEW ORLEANS Hoping to quell accusations of racism following the
New Year's Eve death of a black tourist, the city will employ mock "cus-
tomers" to visit local businesses and report on how they are treated.
Levon Jones, 25, a college student from Georgia, died after a scuffle
outside a Bourbon Street bar. Three bouncers were later charged with
negligent homicide. The coroner said Jones suffocated as one held him in
a headlock for 12 minutes and another pushed down on his back, pre-
venting him from breathing. A third held Jones' legs.
Jones' family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the bar claiming
race was a factor in the fight. Jones was black and the bouncers are white.
The use of mock customers who would be of varying racial back-
grounds and ages was part of a plan outlined by Mayor Ray Nagin and
members of the city's Human Relations Commission.
"Today we are taking steps to determine if patterns of discrimination
exist in our shops, restaurants and nightclubs," Nagin said.
The commission also plans to hold a public hearing, during which peo-
ple can testify about their experiences with French Quarter businesses,
the city said in a news release.
Volume 19 No. 2 Jacksonville, Florida February 3 -9, 2005
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Shown above at the Northwestern Middle School event are former Secretary of Education Rod Paige, Jacksonville Jaguar Jimmy Smith,
Northwestern student Broderick Thomas, Miami Dolphin Cornerback Sam Madison and school principal Saryn Hatcher. B. Btnvel Photo
Game Day Making Super Impact on Jax Community
As Super Bowl XXXIX is and charities are benefitting from skills with area youth. The perks are als.
descending upon Jacksonville, all the cclclriiiei and dignitaries in our not limited to youth. Area hospitals, Jacksonville has been ihe imallc:
f the perks that come with the midst. NFL players are hosting a community centers and entrepre- market to date to host a Super Bow
annual game are following. To ben- variety of events, including every- neurs have also seen the glow of the however come Super Sunday, th
it the Jacksonville community. thing from character building and Super Bowl with free forums, sym- rest of the world will know of ot
Throughout the week, area youth reading to enhancing their athletic posiums and visits with profession- Super City.
Thousands Enjoy Zora's Legacy
Beach Lady Turns 70 With events spanning across the month, Thousands converged on northern
Orlando's Eatonville to experience
Ma'Vynne "Beach Lady" Betsch began the first of many birthday celebra- i
tions last weekend. The well known activist and story teller who made the the annual Zora Neale Hurston
Festival of the Arts. Shown above is
nation recognize American Beach is shown above receiving well wishes Festival of the Arts. Shown above is
music legend Isaac Hayes with
from longtime friend Carol Alexander at her Ritz celebration. FM Powell Photo music lege Isaac ayes w
NAACP Members Comb Personal
Archives to Create Black History Calendar
Shown above (1-r) are Black History Calendar Committee members Lloyd Pearson, Mary Pearson, Sandra
Thompson, Elnora Adkins, Olivia Gay-Davis, and Rodney Hurst at the Niagara Movement Calendar Unveiling.
The diligent NAACP members combed the archives of their personal and family memorabilia to fill the pages of
the annual FCCJ Black History Calendar unveiled last week. The free calendar, loaded with pictures of our own
local heroes and Black history facts, can be picked up from area Burger Kings' and FCCJ campuses. This year's
calendar pays tribute to the NIagara Movement, the predecessor to today's NAACP. 7: Austin Photo
Cong. Corrine Brown, Loretta
Burson, Francis Mobley and
Sandra Hawkins Offiah at the fea-
tured concert. Activities for the
week long festival ranged from
talks and lectures with world
renowned playwrights to book
signing with Maya Angelou. The
festival is traditionally held the last
weekend in January.
Four local women who have
made outstanding contributions to
Jacksonville have been selected for
recognition at the Mayor's
Commission on the Status of
Women's annual Women's History
Month Breakfast. Diane Kerr,
Ju'Coby Pittman, Nina Waters and
Susan R. Wallace, Ph.D. will be
featured as honorees on a specially
designed commemorative poster to
be unveiled at the breakfast on
March 8 at the University of North
Florida University Center.
Pa e 2 M I e ry s F e r s eb u r 2 0
WASHINGTON, DC -The Human
Rights Campaign (HRC) will host
its second annual conference for
gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgen-
der (GLBT) students from Histo-
rically Black Colleges and Univer-
sities (HBCUs) Friday, February 11
through Sunday, February 13,
2005, at its headquarters in down-
Headlining the event will be
Emil Wilbekin, a Hampton Univer-
sity alumni, vice president of brand
development at Marc Ecko and
former editor of Vibe Magazine;
and Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole, a
nationally renown speaker, former
president of Spelman College, who
currently is president of Bennett
College for Women, in Greensboro,
"These students will leave
empowered to affect positive
change in the world around them,"
said Seth Kilbourn, HRC's national
field director. "The conference is a
yearly highlight to the work we are
engaged in every day at these
colleges and universities."
With over 50 students partici-
pating from around the country, up
from 15 last year, the conference
theme is "Claim Your Truth -
Black, Out, Proud and Visible."
Workshops and presenters will
center on being out in your
personal life, on campus, and in the
The event will begin with a
meet and greet open to the public
with Wilbekin Friday evening,
followed by workshops and
training on Saturday. Dr. Cole will
close the weekend with a keynote
speech on Sunday.
"We are fortunate in having
Emil Wilbekin and Dr. Johnnetta
Cole, two distinguished HBCU
luminaries, who believe in this
program," said Brandon Braud,
HRC's field organizer for the pro-
gram. "Their participation speaks
to the importance of this event in
empowering GLBT students on
Students from Bennett, Hamp-
ton, Wiley, Tennessee State,
Morehouse, Spelman, Clark, Fisk,
Paine, Dillard and Howard will be
Historically Black Colleges
"Resource Guide to Coming Out
for African Americans" that
focuses on particular issues that the
black GLBT and the same-gender-
loving community faces in the
coming out process.
"This annual conference is one
way that we demonstrate our
*commitment to diversity which is
L. part of our daily work to ensure
S. that we are inclusive and affirming
Sfor all members of our
community," said Julian High,
SHRC's director of human resources
and diversity. "This conference
could not be possible without the
Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole, President support of the David Bohnett
Bennett College for Women. Foundation and we are truly
grateful to them."
"Last year's conference gave me The Human Rights Campaign is
the tools to improve the environ- the largest national lesbian, gay,
ment for GLBT students on my bisexual and transgender political
own campus," said Jon William organization with members
Patterson College. "I connected throughout the county. It effect-
with other students who had tively lobbies Congress, provides
experiences like mine and now campaign support and educates the
we're all making a difference back public to ensure that LGBT
home." Americans can be open, honest and
Last year's conference also safe at home, at work and in the
marked the launch of HRC's community
Children's Miracle Network to hold
Annual Derby Days Fundraiser at UNF
The Kappa Beta Chapter of
Sigma Chi and the Children's
Miracle Network's 13th Annual
Derby Days is set for a week of
events, February 7th 11th at UNF.
This year, the theme is
"Derbylympics" and the Sigma
Chis are ready to "go for the
gold."Their goal is $10,000.
The events include "Field Day
on Tuesday, February 8th at 3 p.m.;
an all day fundraiser Thursday, at
Wackadoo's restaurant on the UNF
The mission of Derby Days is
simple: to serve the community.
Since 1991, Sigma Chi has had
tremendous success in its effort to
raise money for Derby Days. For
more information, call (904)318-
9799 or visit www.unfsig.net.
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must upload all required documents to be considered
for this position.
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HRC to hold 2 "d Conference for GLBT
REGULAR BUS SERVICE CONTINUES
DURING SUPER BOWL.
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.
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Small business is BIG at the Chamber.
Chamber of Commerce
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February 3 9, 2005
The Chamber's Small Business Center (SBC) provides comprehen-
sive support, training and assistance to Jacksonville's small business com-
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 $11I 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
Franklin Underwrites Women's Health Screenings
Blessed Deliverance Ministries the community and building
sponsored the "Just for Me" character with a focus pri-
Women's Health Clinic on Sat- marily on assisting females
urday, January 22, 2005 at the : in achieving personal devel-
Mary Singleton Senior Citizens opment. The organization's
Community Center. Attorney, mission is to compel women
Fred Franklin, Jr., covered the to excel to their optimum
cost of the medical testing. The potential by ministering to
clinic provided free cholesterol, their spiritual, emotional
glucose and blood pressure and physical needs.
screenings. The Women's I Fred Franklin, Jr., is a part-
Health Clinic also offered a: ner with the law firm of
heart disease seminar, beauty Rogers Towers, PA. His
and health tips and a variety of practice is concentrated in
educational programs offered to the areas of personal injury,
the participants. The St. Vin- wrongful death trial prac-
cent's Hospital Mobile Clinic twice, representing victims in
conducted the screenings. automobile and other acci-
"Heart disease is a much : dent cases and commercial
more serious health concern for' litigation. Franklin, former
African American women than general counsel for the City
many people realize," said .. of Jacksonville, was re-
Franklin. "This was an effort cently named the 2004 Dis-
not only to raise awareness but Shown above is Atty. Franklin at the event tinguished Alumni Award
to empower women, who typi-S wth Poject Coordinator Monica Finch. winner by the Jacksonville
cally care for others, to take University Alumni Associa-
time to care for themselves. Good Blessed Deliverance Ministries tion. Mr. Franklin also serves on
health is important to a happy and (BDM) is a 501c3 not for profit the Board of Directors for St. Vin-
fulfilling life." organization committed to serving cent's Hospital.
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Florida Theater Takes Journey Through Black Music
In celebration of Black History
month, the NFL, Northeast Florida
Foundation for the Arts and Duvall
County Schools presented "The
Journey: A Salute to Black History
Month." Grammy- award winner
Gerald Alston of the Manhattans
and many of Jacksonville's top mu-
sicians guided the audience through
a journey of musical genres -- from
the African drum, through jazz,
blues, gospel, soul, and hip hop --
that continue to play an important
role in our culture. Area performers
rhythmically entertained the audi-
ence with all genres of music rela-
tive to the Black Diaspora.
Following the performance, Jack-
sonville artist Daniel Wynn, who
provided the signature portrait for
the occasion entitled "Spiritual
Rhythms" signed prints of the fes-
tive picture along with Gerald
Alston. Other African American
artists also displayed their artwork
prior to the performance. Tampa
Bay Buccaneers Derrick Brooks
will provided the opening remarks
for the event held in the Florida
How many school days can my
son miss before he is considered
The Duval County public school
district works very closely with the
State Attorney's Office to identify
students that exhibit truant behavior
(patterns of nonattendance). Florida
Statute 1003.26, Enforcement of
school attendance, reads as fol-
lows: If a student has had at least
five unexcused absences, or ab-.
sences for which the reasons are
unknown, within a calendar month
or 10 unexcused absences, or ab-
sences for which the reasons are
unknown, within a 90-calendar-day
Mayor John Peyton and Reading Super Bowl
the tickets for the prize drawing.
Shown above is the performances coordinator Deborah McDuffie, Carita Parks, artist Daniel Wynn and
Grammy Award winner Gerald Alston member of the Manhattans signing an autograph for Vimalak Shi
Archer. FMPowelI PHOTO
period, the student's primary
teacher shall report to the school
principal or his or her designee that
the student may be exhibiting a pat-
tern of nonattendance.- The princi-
pal shall, unless there is clear evi-
dence that the absences are not a
pattern of nonattendance, refer the
case to the school's child study team
to determine if early patterns of
truancy are developing. If the child
study team finds that a pattern of
nonattendance is developing,
whether the absences are excused
or not, a meeting with the parent
must be scheduled to identify poten-
tial remedies, and the principal
shall notify the district school su-
perintendent and the school district
contact for home education pro-
grams that the referred student is
exhibiting a pattern of nonatten-
Are all Duval County elemen-
tary schools going to become K-8
No; the Duval County School
Board has not approved a plan to
change all of the district's elemen-
tary schools. However, John E.
Ford, located at 1137 Cleveland St.,
has been approved to provide Mon-
tessori* education to kindergarten
through eighth grade students in
Duval County beginning in the
2005-06 school year. John E. Ford
will also serve as a Spanish immer-
sion magnet program. For more
information about Ford's program
or any other Duval County magnet'
program, visit Magnet Mania this
Saturday, (January 15th) from 11
a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Jacksonville
Fairgrounds or call (904) 390-2082.
*In a Montessori program, stu-
dents interact in a non-competitive
learning environment that enables
them to remain with the same
teacher for up to three years within
a multi-age classroom.
I would like to thank the School
Board for changing their minds
about closing West Jacksonville
The Duval County School Board
appreciates your continued support
of West Jacksonville and shares the
enthusiasm the community has for
such an outstanding school. Please
know that there was never a recom-
mendation made or approved by the
Duval County School Board to
close the school. While a variety of
staff proposals and options were
being researched-on how to address
the fire damage, the Board never
announced their intent to approve a
Please submit your School Talk ques-
tions by email to school-
talk(ieducationcentral.org, by fax to
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1500+ Students Win Prizes
in Reading Super Bowl
Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton
joined Super Bowl Host Commit-
tee President and Chief Operating
Officer Michael Kelly, Duval
County Public Schools Superinten-
dent John Fryer, Florida Depart-
ment of Education Commissioner
John Winn, community leaders and
thousands of students to draw
prizes for the Reading Super Bowl
at a special celebration from 10
a.mkto 12 p.m. at Hemming Plaza
in front of City Hall.
More than 11,000 public, private
and home schooled students par-
ticipated in the student reading
contest, which ran from June 6,
2004 to Jan. 8 and piggybacked on
a current Duval County Public
School program called "Fryer's
Flyers Book Club." Unlike the
Superintendent's' program, partici-
pants had half the amount of time
to read the same amount of books.
"This contest was a tremendous
success and has provided our
young people with an opportunity
to get involved with Super Bowl
XXXIX in a fun and educational
way," said Mayor Peyton.
Three lucky students Tyler
Brown, fifth grade, Greenland
Pines Elementary; Randall Lester,
fifth grade, Sadie T. Tillis Elemen-
tary; and Bryanna Barksdale, third
grade, Lone Star Elementary each
won a pair of tickets to the big
game itself and thousands more
won prizes donated by the City of
Jacksonville, Jacksonville Super
Bowl Host Committee, local busi-
nesses and cultural organizations.
"It's extremely important to us at
the NFL and the Jacksonville Su-
per Bowl Host Committee to be
involved with programs that sup-
port reading and education," said
Mayor Peyton created a commit-
tee of community leaders to assem-
ble a list of extraordinary prizes
ranging from Universal Studios
tickets to restaurant gift certificates
which inspiring more than 11,000
public, private and home schooled
students to read more than 50
books over six months. The more
books a student read, the more
chances he or she had to win
In addition to the prize drawing,
attendees were also entertained
with performances by the Terry
Parker High School Marching
Band, The Ritz Voices, Im-
provJacksonville Comedy Troupe,
and the William M. Raines High
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by Charles Grigugs
OUT OF TOWN MEDIA HACKS (
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It's time for those who've madeit a choice to make a living
bashing our community to back off
"Jealousy is simply and clearly the fear that you
do not have value. Jealousy scans for evidence to
prove the point that others will be preferred and
rewarded more than you. There is only one alterna-
tive self-value. If you cannot love yourself you will
not believe that you are loved. You will always think
it's a mistake or luck. Take your eyes off others and
turn the scanner within. Find the seeds of your jeal-
ousy, clear the old voices and experiences. Put all the
energy into building your personal and emotional
security. Then you will be the one others envy, and
you can remember the pain and reach out to them."
So you've blown into Jacksonville from City X
for the Super Bowl.
You're a veteran media head who has been
around the big game block a few times.
It's a little early in the week and you need some
time to kill.
So what do you do?
You decide to bash Jacksonville.
You'd think in this day and age of technology and
stuff that seasoned reporters would be able to be a lit-
tle more creative than that.
You see, everyone who knows anything about the
NFL, Super Bowls and large events are aware of the
challenges that a market of this size bring to hosting
the big game.
Those challenges include providing enough hotel
rooms to meet the needs of the those traveling into
town, transportation and nice places to enjoy and get
a bite to eat.
Now the last time I checked, those items had
been scratched off of the media's list of things to
complain about by the NFL.
So at the core, they have nothing to. complain
about. The media, the very ones who seem to be
obsessed with grinding on Jacksonville, are here hav-
ing the times of their lives. Just as they do every year.
For the media, the Super Bowl is a convention of
the weird. A group of big heads with small minds
trapped in their own salty-worlds large market cyni-
cism. By nature, they are built only to seek and
destroy whatever unfamiliar good things that may be
in their path.
That includes good old Jacksonville.
As I've managed to make my way through all of
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sports media hypocrisy have made their way into our
fair city. And like any group of performers who have
a regular routine, this group has shown up in rare
Now, if they don't find it in their hearts to like
Jacksonville, that fine.
And even for those who have made a living off of
playing up the shortcomings of others, they have
come to Jacksonville and stepped way out of bounds.
The bottom line is that these hacks know nothing
If they did, they would pause for a second before
they decided to bash their Super Bowl host.
And if they took a moment to check out the peo-
ple in Jacksonville who do the same thing that they
do, they might be surprised to find out the we tend to
make the best of whatever situation that comes their
way. No animosity towards other cities because
they've never been there before. Just admiration for
the opportunity to experience the hospitality.
In other words, our out of town guest need to
learn a little reverse hospitality. Jacksonville is ready
(weather permitting) to host this game. So get ready
for it, and get used to it.
And as you exit Monday after a week of hype and
hoopla, you just might be amazed at how much fun
you experienced right here in good old Jacksonville.
And after all of the excitement has ceased and
you still don't like it here tough.
Delta is ready when you are.
All of the big timers you can handle
As you may already know, Jacksonville is now
playing host to a plethora of celebrities and super-
Sightings have been occurring at malls,grocery
stores all over town.
Many NFL athletes have been attending NFL and
Super Bowl staged events that have involved many
kids from Jacksonville's northside community.
Also, many celebrity events have popped up at
the last minute that feature some of the biggest names
in sports and entertainment.
So look out Jacksonville, there may be a celebri-
ty in your back yard as we speak.
And with all of the big timers in the hood, maybe
they'll shine a little love where it's most needed.
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LIVE FROM CITY HALL
by Jacksonville City Councilman Reginald Fullwood
Did Jacksonville Learn from Houston?
If So, Minority Participation Should Be Up
Houston wants another Super
Bowl, and wants it bad. The city
feels like the game has not only
brought prestige to the city, but help
to revitalize downtown Houston.
With the game making that type of
impact, one could easily understand
why a city would aggressively go
after the game again.
If you have ever been to Hous-
ton, Texas you would know that it is
certainly a black and brown city -
meaning that it boasts a large Afri-
can American and Hispanic major-
ity. Over the past few years, the
league has been very sensitive about
minority issues and the image they
portray to minorities.
From ensuring that black coaches
receive interviews for head coach-
ing jobs, to setting minority partici-
pation goals for the Super Bowl and
other major NFL activities, the
league seems to "understand."
So one would have thought that
last year's Super Bowl would have
been a love fest for diversity -
right? And a city'like Houston with
such a large minority population
should not have had any problems
ensuring black and Hispanic inclu-
sion in last year's activities right?
Well, if you agreed with my ques-
tions then you are wrong.
In Chocolate City (Houston), the
chocolate was left off of the main
menu and used as a very small appe-
tizer. Maybe I am giving the city
and NFL too much credit, the
chocolate was not an appetizer, but
more like those mints or candies
restaurants give you with your
And just in case you still don't
understand what I mean by choco-
late city let me give you the most
recent 2000 Census data that states
that about 68 percent of Houston's
1.9 million residents are either Afri-
can American or Hispanic.
The halftime show may have
been exciting, but there .was very
little excitement generated for black
and Hispanic business owners and
entrepreneurs. Janet Jackson wasn't
the only one exposed on Super
Bowl Sunday, the NFL and City of
Houston were exposed for not
"sharing the wealth."
Houston's Super Bowl is ex-
pected to have had a $330 million
impact to the city's economy of
which $30 million of that was spent
by the NFL and their associated
With this type of infusion of dol-
lars one would expect that a city that
is basically 70 percent minority
would not have problems creating
opportunities for minorities.
Unfortunately, the city obviously
had some problems. According to
several minority groups, blacks and
Hispanics only received around
$1.8 million in business from the
Unfortunately, I haven't been
able to get any "official" minority
participation numbers from the
NFL. I am sure that it is available
somewhere, but it is as hard to get
to as President Bush's National
However, despite the lack or the
presumed lack of minority business
involvement in Houston, I think the
Jacksonville Super Bowl Host Com-
mittee and NFL may have gotten it
right this time. There seems to be a
lot of minority (particularly African
American) participation in various
components of the game and events,
surrounding the big party.
From catering to public relations
and construction projects, blacks
seem to be heavily involved in mak-
ing the Super Bowl as successful as
possible. We will not officially
know the true level of involvement
until after the game and events and
the dust has settled, but I would
expect that our numbers will be
much better here than last year in
Also, we will not know the real
economic impact until several
weeks after the game.
The 2000 Super Bowl in Atlanta,
which was staged during an ice
storm and spawned the Ray Lewis
murder trail controversy, brought
$292 million to the region, accord-
ing to the NFL. "The economic im-
pact of a Super Bowl on a host com-
munity [Jacksonville] is reported to
be more than $300 million," at least
that's what the NFL's Super Bowl
Lighting bridges and creating
entertainment districts is "all good,"
but enabling small and minority
businesses to get a piece of the pie
is far more important to me. This
week's full menu of parties, galas,
concerts and car shows is fine as
well, but for the game to be a real
success we need tangible results.
I hope that we see those measur-
able results in the form of business
development and expansion oppor-
tunities for all of Jacksonville, espe-
cially our small and minority busi-
nesses. The good news is that the
NFL seems to be fine turning its
machine every year let's just hope
that the tune up is complete.
Signing off from the Playboy
,Party -I wish, Reggie Eullwood
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Team Ebony The Gamma Rho Omega chapter of.Alpha Kappa
Alpha Sorority recently presented their annual Fashion Fair Fashion
Show. Shown above is the chapter's Team Ebony who made it all hap-
pen. Shown (L-R) are: Patricia Mitchell, Gamma Rho Omega Chapter
President, Johnetta Moore, Show Co-Chairperson, Levon Burnett, Show
Chairperson, Cassandra Barlow, PR Representative and Michelle Davis-
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Shown above are (1-r) Progressive National Baptist Convention (PNBC) president Major Lewis Jemison, center, answers
questions from the media along with other National Baptist Conventions presidents, from left to right, Dr. Melvin Von
Wade, Dr. Stephen Thurston, and Dr. William Shaw, background, during a news conference. ; Dr. Suzan Cook of the
PNBC speaks about the need for unity as she addresses members of the National Baptist Conventions during the Focus
Forum at the Meeting.; PNBC members sing praises during a prayer service and Rev. Jesse Jackson speaks to a forum.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Four black
Baptist groups whose churches were
a training ground for prominent civil
rights leaders, but split partly over
how that fight should be waged, said
Friday they were embarking on a
new era of cooperation meant to put
the concerns of their community
atop the national agenda.
The National Baptist Convention
USA, the Progressive National Bap-
tist Convention, the National Baptist
Convention of America and the Na-
tional Missionary Baptist Conven-
tion of America hope to reclaim their
historic role as leaders for broad
social change. Among their top is-
sues will be education, health care,
jobs and foreign policy.
"We believe, and the numbers
show it, that we have the power in
terms of black registered voters
across the country to make an im-
pact," said the Rev. Stephen J.
Thurston of Chicago, president of
the National Baptist Convention of
His comments came at the end of
the denominations' joint weeklong
meeting their first in at least 90
years. Together, the convention
presidents said they represent about
15 million Baptists nationwide.
The groups' initial split occurred in
1915, over control of a publishing
house. A similar schism over gov-
ernance issues happened in 1988.
But the most notorious break was
in 19,61, when a fight over the presi-
dency of the National Baptist Con-
vention USA led the Rev. Martin
Luther King Jr. and his supporters to
form the Progressive Baptists. Oppo-
sition to King's strategy of civil dis-
obedience and mass protest- were a
key factor in that split.
The groups say little of conse-
quence now divides them, other than
the independent denominational
structures each has created that
would make full reunification diffi-
cult at this time.
They are now positioning them-
selves collectively as an antidote, not
just for blacks but for all Americans,
to what they call the narrow moral
focus of President Bush and his reli-
Like white. evangelicals, black
Baptists generally oppose abortion
and consider gay sex immoral. In the
presidential race, Republicans made
common cause with some black
leaders over blocking gay marriage,
hoping the issue would chip away at
the overwhelming black support for
However, the Baptist presidents
said they would not highlight either
issue for now because the topics are
divisive and not a priority for their
members, who face poverty, dis-
crimination and other pressing ills.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson, during a
keynote speech, asked the audience
if any of their churches had fielded
requests to perform same-sex wed-
dings. When there was no visible
response among the thousands
packed into a cavernous hotel ball-
room, he wheeled around the po-
dium and shouted, "Then how did
that get in the middle of our
agenda?" People stood and cheered.
The groups' separation from Bush
was underscored Tuesday when he
invited a more sympathetic group of
black pastors to the White House to
discuss Social Security. Speakers at
the Nashville gathering noted the
White House event, and suggested
Bush was being misled about what
matters to blacks.
Even before Bush was elected, the
conventions' national influence had
'waned. Many Baptist leaders turned
inward when the civil rights move-
ment' ended, focusing on congrega-
tion building and local issues, said
the Rev. Robert Franklin, a social
ethics professor at Emory Univer-
sity's Candler School of Theology.
Early voting at Library locations are as follows:
Bradham Brooks NW Branch, 1755 Edgewood Avenue West
Beaches Branch, 600 3rd Street
Mandarin Branch, 3330 Kori Road
Oceanway Temporary Library, 12215 Sago Avenue West*
Pablo Creek Regional Branch, 13295 Beach Boulevard
Regency Square Branch, 9900 Regency Square Boulevard
Southeast Branch, 10599 Deerwood Park Boulevard
Webb Wesconnett Branch, 6887 103rd Street
Willowbranch Library, 2875 Park Street
Early voting hours for all Library locations:
Monday, February 7 through Friday, February 11 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 12 and Sunday, February 13- 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
*Ocean way Temporary Library will be open Saturday, February 12-10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The National Baptist Conventior
USA faced its own massive internal
problems. Its former president, the
Rev. Henry J. Lyons, was convicted
in 1999 of using his position to stea
about $4 million, which he spent or
luxury homes, jewelry and his mis
In an emotional sermon this week
the Rev. Major Lewis Jemison o
Oklahoma City, president of the Pro
gressive National Baptists, acknowl
edged the denominations' lower pro
file, saying "the church must come
out of hiding."
"We must get actively involved ii
the process," he said. "We mus
once again become that redemptive
Despite past troubles and the cur
rent political climate, historic blacl
churches continue to represent thi
majority of black Protestants an
remain at the center of black life
The four denominations plan to ust
that influence in their new campaign
SIn their joint statement Friday, th
convention presidents outlined som
of their positions. They opposed thi
war in Iraq, school vouchers an(
privatization of prisons, and the:
called for an increase in the mini
mum wage and more aid to Africa
the Caribbean and Latin America.
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Johnson Host Congressional Throwdown
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Friday, Feb. 4" at 8 p.m. Magic School Meets New School" in the
k Johnson and Congresswoman Cor- Duval Ballroom with emcee's AJ
e rine Brown will play hosts to spe- Jamal and Queen Aishah. Special
d cial invited guests that will include performances include Legendary
members of the Congressional Soulman Bobby '"Blue" Bland,
e Black and Hispanic Caucus such as Grammy Award Winner Najee,
S Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Tony Award Winner Melba
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Spiritual Renewal Conference to
bring together All Faiths and Races
Nine area churches have joined Farms Memorial; invite all
forces to sponsor a Conference on churches and their congregation
SSpiritual Renewal at the Mandarin attend this Conference on Spiri
Presbyterian Church, 12001 Man- Renewal; and to take their Spiri
darin Road, February 18-19 2005. Renewal back to all they may m
The sponsoring churches: Deer- Richard J. Foster, Ph
.meadows Baptist, Glynlea Grace Author of Streams ofLiving Wa
United Methodist, Hendricks Ave. Celebration of Discipline,will
.Baptist, Jacksonville District Chris- the keynote speaker.
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rin Presbyterian, New Bethel Afri- 2241, ext. 209 pholes(copuine
can Methodist Episcopal (AME), or Barbara Brice (904) 268-197
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First Timothy to
Present "40 Days of
Purpose" Feb. 9th
First Timothy Baptist Church,
12103 Biscayne Blvd., Frederick
D. Newbill, Pastor; wants to know:
do you want to know God's
Purpose for your life? Are you
searching for direction? Are you
willing to let God transform, you
into the person He created you to
be? If so, please be our guest for an
insightful Biblical Study entitled
"40 Days of Purpose Finding
Purpose In Life".
Biblical Study will commence
on Wednesday, February 9th at 6:45
p.m., and will continue each
Wednesday through March 16.
cl For additional information o
ch directions, please call 757-9878.
ine, FL Southside COGIC t
Artist Steven Hurd
The Southside Church of God ii
Christ (COGIC), 2179 Emerson St.
Bishop Edward Robinson Sr.
Pastor; invites you to joil
Southside COGIC for Praise and
Worship, at 11 a.m. on Sunday
February 6, 2005.
Gospel Recording Artist Stever
Hurd will be ministering with suct
songs as: "Undignified Praise,'
"Zion is Calling Me," "Lead Me t(
ND the Rock," and "Let the Glory o
the Lord Rise Among Us."
All are welcome.
AFa-fi TT hti&flrays
at the Church of
Your Choice With
Women for Christ
to hold 20th Annual
Luncheon Feb. 15th
The Women for Christ of
Jacksonville, cordially invites you
to attend their 20th Annual
Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on
Tuesday, February 15, 2005; at the
Prime Osborn Convention Center.
The guest speaker will be Jan
Silvious, who wants to offer you
God's perspective, hope and encou-
ragement. She is an experienced
Bible teacher and counselor who
speaks regularly for Women of
Faith and Precept ministries.
Jan Silvious is the author of
several books, including "Big Girls
Don't Whine", "Please Don't Say
You Need Me", and "Moving
Beyond the Myths".
For reservations and informa-
tion, call 387-9298 or 388-9973.
11th & 12th Graders
Are Invited to
"College Prep Day"
At St. Thomas M.B.
St. Thomas Missionary Baptist'
Church, 5863 Moncrief Road,
where Ernie L. Murray Sr. is
Pastor; invites all 11th and 12th
grade students, and their Parents to
"College Prep Day" from 9 a.m. to
1 p.m. on Saturday, February 12th.
The St. Thomas Scholarship
Committee emphasizing that "now
is the time for you to start
preparing for college", will present.
" a' FREE .Ahhal Cqll&g~g'ip"Day.
" College repesentatives from-' the
area will be available with valuable
resource and other information.
Brunch will be served.
West Union M. B. to
With the theme, "Ye Are The
Salt Of The Earth, Let's Get
Serious" (St. Matthew 5:13) will
celebrate with an Anniversary
Banquet at 6 p.m. on Saturday
evening, February 12, 2005.
Friends -and the public are
invited to join the West Union
Missionary Baptist Church on this
occasion, at the Holiday Inn (1-295
& Commonwealth Ave.) For more
information please call 353-0681.
NEW YORK Pernessa Seele,
founder and CEO of The Balm In
Gilead, has announced that the 16t
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; thas
c.: hlampioned 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-
5"t Annual Miss
Pageant set for June
The 5t 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.
St. Thomas Missionary Baptist to hold
Wednesday Night Lent Worship Services
The St. Thomas Missionary
Baptist Church, 5863 Moncreif
Road, where Ernie L. Murray Sr. is
Pastor; will begin their Lent
Worship Service each Wednesday
night at 7 p.m. on February 9,
2005. The Lord's Supper will be
You are invited to come, bring
your Prayer Requests, and expect a
Pastor Murray will deliver the
Spoken Word each Wednesday.
Friends, and the public are invited
to attend all services.
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 re gious~, civic and
,ppqlitjicL eadgr5ps vell as all
African Americans today.
To find out how your church
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215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
Sunday Morning Worship 7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
Church School 9:30 a.m.
Ist Sunday -'Holy Communion 4:50p.m.
3rd Sunday The Preached Word from the Sons and Daughters
of Bethel 3:30p.M.
Wednesday Noon Service "Miracle at Midday" 12 noon 1 p.m.
Pastor Rudolph Wednesday 5:00p.m. Dinner and Bible Study at 6:30p.m. Pastor Rudolph
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SGIG Sollie Mitchell, 33Degree Active
Emeritus Honored at 32nd Election Banquet
JACKSONVILLE The gracious
group of Masons of Tillman
Valentine #22 honored Sollie
Mitchell at their 2005 Installation
Banquet. Mitchell, who is a 27+
year member of this consistory was
described as a hard worker, not
only to the Masons, but to
everyone, at any time, and to
whoever wished to call, regardless
of the hour.
The Commander in Chief Travis
Dorsey was selected to greet and
welcome the guests, along with the
brothers of the Consistory, showing
how they appreciated Mitchell as a
jewel. Sollie Mitchell belongs to
every phase of this great
As the guests arrived they felt
an atmosphere of welcome and
unity. The tables were beautifully
decorated with white damask cloths
and folded tan table napkins. The
head table was adorned with red
roses accented with gold beads and
white flowers. The meal began
with ice tea and a French salad of
mixed greens topped with
tomatoes. As the time arrived the
Illustrious Edward I. Norman gave
Loyal Lady Ruler Mae Collins
of the G. T. McCall Assembly #22
Center for Teen
Girls to present
Youth Fashion Gala
The mission of the Morning
Dove Center for Teen Girls is to
mentor, motivate, and encourage
teens from 13 to 19 years old to
develop self esteem while building
character. Educational tutoring is
offered and computer skills are
taught as well as dressing proper to
prepare for interviews.
While emphasis is placed on the
enrichment of character, Morning
Dove Center is hosting a Youth
Fashion Gala at 5 p.m. on Saturday,
March 19, 2005, at Mt. Israel
Missionary Baptist Church, 6901
North Main Street.
SPrioY o fe heV6Stlr'FasFtitbi'a a,
a day of fun, activities, and
entertainment will begin with an
all-you-can-eat breakfast from 8
a.m. to 10 a.m.
All are invited to come out and
share this day with the Morning
Dove Center for Teen Girls. It will
be a blessed, fun-filled day. For
more information, please call Rene
Cromity, president (904) 534-0916.
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HOW TO: NOMINATE AN UNSUNG HERO
Anyone may nominate a person
other than themselves as an Unsung
Hero. You may use the form
always published in this paper. If it
does not allow you enough room to
explain why you think this person
is worthy of the tite "Unsung
Hero", you may continue on paper
and attach it to the completed form.
Sollie Mitchell, 33rd Degree
and Illustrious Patrick Arnwine,
32nd Degree, extended the welcome
and gave the occasion. Ceremonial
toasts were given, followed by the
awards and special presentations.
During the program, an attract-
tive and appetizing dinner was
served and carefully supervised by
the caterer, Annette Hughes.
Afterward, the University of North
Florida Jazz Band furnished beau-
tiful music throughout the evening.
Sollie Michell holds one of the
highest offices in the Masonry, but
for Henry "L.
PLANTATION, Fla. Celebrating
the life of the "Legal Giant With a
Heart to Match", Henry Latimer,
was more than celebrating his
many professional successes.
Latimer through the way ,he
lived his life, as well as, his many
professional accomplishments; was
a "true role model".
Having grown up in the 1940s
and 1950s in the public housing
projects in Jacksonville, attending
segregated public schools, he was
determined "to be somebody, and
not to become a statistic".
He earned a B.A. degree witn
honors, at Florida A&M University
_pd&aAMLA.,degr.ee with hioQrs, in
Supervision and Administration
from Florida Atlantic University in
1967. He taught economics and
history at Fort Lauderdale's black
Dillard High School, but decided to
go to law school.
Latimer was one of only eight
Black students in the University of
Miami's Law School in 1970, but
earned his Juris Doctorate Degree
cum laude in 1973, becoming one
of the university's most distin-
guished law graduates, later serving
on the Board of Trustees.
Governor Bob Graham appoint-
ed him Circuit Court Judge in
Broward County in 1979, and
voters elected him the following
year to serve.a full six-year term.
He stepped down after four-years
to enter private practice.
His integrity, management skills
and ability to get along well with
others enabled him to become th6
first Black attorney to lead a major
south Florida law firm. He became
managing partner of Fine Jacobson
Schwartz Nash and Block in
Miami; and later served as the
partner-in-charge of the national
law firm of Eckert Seamans.
Four years ago he joined the
nationally prominent law firm of
Greenberg Traurig, as a senior
shareholder in the firm's litigation
he did not think of the high office
he held, but was so happy to
express his thanks, gratitude and
appreciation, especially to Com-
mander Chief Travis Dorsey,
brothers and guests.
Mr. Mitchell is also affiliated
with with the Northside Business
Leaders Association; and serves as
a Member of the Emancipation
Proclamation Advisory Board;
serves as Grand Secretary of the
Masons of Florida (Council of
Deliberation); and is a NAACP
Life Member; Alpha Phi Alpha
Fraternity Life Member.
He is a member of Historic Mt.
Zion AME Church; and serves as
the Director of the 6th Street
Scottish Rite Cathedral.
Mr. Mitchell and beloved wife,
Mary Barnett Mitchell, have been
happily married for 53 years. She
has and still stands close to his side
in every endeavor he attempts. He
has no stopping point, as his friends
and well wishers say, "What will
happen if he dies?"
Giving thanks to the master and
his Pastor, Rev. Fred Richardson of
Mt. Zion AME Church, Mitchell's
parting words were, "May the Lord
bless and keep each one of you."
The Benediction was given by
the Illustrious Edward I. Norman
department, where he concentrated
his practice in labor and
employment law and commercial
litigation. He served on the Florida
Supreme Court's Mediation &
Arbitration Rules Committee that
wrote and implemented the State's
Arbitration and Mediation rules.
His distinguished record of
service includes appointment y the
U. S. Senate Judiciary Committee
to serve on the Civil Justice
Advisory Group; appointment by
the Florida Supreme Court to
service on the Racial & Ethnic Bias
Study Commission and the
Commission on Professionalism.
,iriHeiwas aJ9,an ,a.junctprfefispo at
the Florida International University
College of Law.
Active in local, state and
national prestigious bar associa-
tions, Latimer also served the
associations in many capacities. He
was also instrumental in developing
and supporting the mentoring
program for minority students at
the University of Miami Law
School, and helped to expand the
program for minority students at
other law schools throughout the
State of Florida.
He was highly recognized for
his pro bono service and commit-
ment to ensuring that those who
could not afford to pay for his
service, to receive the best legal
representation possible. His work
on behalf of the needy earned him
many distinguished awards and
citations, a source of pride to him,
among his many other citations and
Henry "Lat" Latimer passed on
to glory two days after his 67"'
birthday. A Celebration of Life was
held on January 29, 2005 at the St.
Gregory Catholic Church, Planta-
tion, Florida. Monsignor Noel
Fogarty and Father John Baker,
officiated. Pallbearers were mem-
bers of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.
Black History Month Activities/Commemorations
Black History Month, which began with the "Negro History Week" State Capitol
observance in 1926, can largely be credited to Dr. Carter G. Woodson's In celebration of Black History
pursuit of the history of blacks in America. This observance intent Month the Honorable Jeb Bush,
was to bring national attention to the contributions of black people Governor; Mrs. Columba Bush,
throughout American history. Woodson, who earned his Ph.D. at First Lady; State of Florida; Glenda
Harvard University was deeply disturbed over'the absence of blacks in E. Hood, Secretary of State; and the
the history books of that era, and when mentioned the fact that they Florida Department of State; are
were depicted in an inferior social position. presenting the Art of the "Harleni
In 1915, Dr. Woodson, the son of former slaves, founded the Renaissance Man" James A.
Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History, and a Porter, in the Plaza Level of the
year later, the widely respected Journal of Negro History. There is a Florida State Capitol Building. The
local chapter of ASALH with membership that includes educators and exhibit opened February 1st and
other well known Jacksonville residents such as: Dr. Ezekiel Bryant, will remain through March 17th.
Mrs. Lydia Wooden, Mrs. Elaine Kitchens, Mrs. Camilla Perkins Black History Essay Contest
Thompson, and Mr. Isaiah J. Williams. Many of the members are The Kennedy Community
recognized for their writings and historic presentations. Center is holding a Black History
Fort Mose Celebrates Black History Essay Contest. The topic is "How
The I th Annual Fort Mose Festival -Flight to Freedom, an Has An African American Male
American Celebration, will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 5th. Impacted My Life."
It is an opportunity to enjoy African drumming, dancing, singing, and a For more information on the
special living history presentation and "walk through" exhibit on Fort contest and the contest rules, please
Mose, the first freed-black settlement in America. A full month of call Tameko at (904) 507-3841 or
activities in celebration of Black History will follow. Fort Mose is email meko76()aol.com.
located at Saratoga St. & USI. For information, call (904)461-2035. The contest winner will be
Kingsley Plantation Rings Plantation Back to Life announced at 5:30 p.m. on
Each Saturday during February, Black History Month, presentations Thursday, February 24th.
at Kingsley Plantation will celebrate the cultural contributions of slaves FCCJ Presents Pulitizer Prize
who inhabited the plantation. Anna Kingsley, wife of Zepheniah Winner August Wilson's Play
Kingsley, who established the plantation was a slave herself. The August Wilson's "Fences" will
Events: Kids Corner, February 5th; Guided walks of the slave quarters, be presented Thursday, Feb. 10th at
February 12th; Discovering the Underground Railroad, February 26th; 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 12th at
and the Preservation program at the slave quarters on February 26th. FCCJ Kent Campus, Room F-128.
Kingsley Plantation is located on Fort George Island, off Heckser Drive Also, at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18th
which can be reached from 9A or 1-95 North. All events are free and and Saturday; at FCCJ Downtown.
open to the public. For information, please call (904) 251-3537. FREE. Information: (904)646-2300
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February 3 9, 2005
In the Titeless World of Entertalin-ent...eie
lAge Ain't NothinkL t a Nuvvdber
rock star Lenny
Kravitz had turned 40 not long
ago, I was a bit surprised. It made
me start thinking about the fact that
many R&B, pop and rock stars have
reached ages that take some getting
Let's start with the Jackson 5.
Think back to the Ed Sullivan show,
"The Hollywood Palace," etc.,
along with "bubble gum" hits like
S ABC" and "The Love
You Save." Then consid-
er this: Michael is now
46, Marlon is 47,
Jermaine is 50, Tito is
51 and Jackie is 53.
rival, Prince, is also
has "walked on by" to
age 63 (she'll be 64
next month). Aretha
Franklin is still getting
"respect" at 62. Patti
LaBelle celebrated the
big 6-0 a while back (and
she sounds and looks as
good as ever). Rock Icons
Rod Stewart and Mick Jagger
are 59 and 61, respectively. Now
that he is 71. James Brown would-
n't dare attempt one of those breath-
taking splits that used to be a regu-
lar part of his act.
Good golly, Miss Molly! Little
Richard will be 72 on his birthday
next month. Cher has still got it
going on at age 58, Chubby
Checker is still twistin' and being
63 is apparently not going to stop
Dianna Ross and Mary Wilson,
both 60, have retained most of what
made them "supreme" when the
Supremes soared to mega stardom
in the 1960's Blue-eyed R&B
singer Michael McDonald is 52,
and White soul songstress Teena
Marie is now 46.
El Debarge celebrated his 43rd
birthday in June. Al Green is still
going strong at 58. Morris Day,
who will be 47 next month, is still
"cool." And the distinctive voice of
Ronald Isley, 63, has lost none of its
splendor. Billy Joel, Lionel Richie,
Bruce Springsteen and Bonnie Raitt
are all 55. The creator and undis-
puted king of P-Funk, George
Clinton, is 64. His comrade, Bootsy
Collins, is 53. Then, of course,
there is the amazing Tina Turner,
who will be 66 on November 26.
People live longer today, general-
ly take better care of themselves
and make a point of staying in the
mainstream of society. Many ignore
the stigma attached to being this or
that age. They make friends with
being older and even have fun with
it. So age means less than it used to.
With that in mind, we move on.
Gladys Knight is 60 (her vocal
power has not diminished one iota).
Whitney Houston is 41; Lou Rawls
reaches 70 next month. Chaka
Khan is 51, Smokey Robinson is
64. Melba Moore is as active as
ever at 59. Natalie Cole is still
doing it right, and looking good, at
54. Jeffrey Osborne is still sound-
ing great at 56. B.B. King retains
his King of the Blues title at 79. Al
Jarreau remains the best at what he
does at 64.
Millie Jackson used to make jokes
about having reached, as she put it,
"the big 4-0." Well now she has
reached "the big 6-0." Kurtis Blow,
who had some of the earliest rap
hits, is 45. He is tied with Flava
Flay (real name: William Drayton)
of the political rap group Public
Enemy. Stephanie Mills is 43. Bill
Withers wrote and recorded "Ain't
No Sunshine," and he knows there
"ain't no shame" in being 66.
Roberta Flack isn't going to let
being 63. "kill her softly." The
queen of cool, laid-back song
styling, Sade is 45. The youngest
member of the Dells is 67. Disco
super diva Donna Summer is 54.
Keith Sweat, who played a key role
in popularizing new jack swing, is
43. Nancy Wilson is still thrilling
her legion of fans at 67. Carlos
Santana has never been more popu-
lar than he is today, at 57. James
Ingram is 46.
Anita Baker is a very proud 46
and will be even prouder when she
turns 47 on December 20. Paul
McCartney and Ringo Starr of the
62 and 64,
ly. He start-
ed out as
Wonder and was
often billed as "the
genius." Now he is
54. Janet Jackson is
38. Otis Williams,
at 63, continues to
keep the Temptations
going, and Vanessa
Williams is a love.
Time marches on, and i
is a blessing to be whatever
age you are. The imporuani
thing is to stay current while e
appreciating the past.
The funny thing is, as the artists
careers progresses and spans the
decades, I can remember when they
all first started out. We've all
"grown" together. Oh, and I was
going to print my age, but I can't
remember what it is. They say the
memory is one of
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Bud, Not Buddy
It's 1936 in Flint,
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old Bud may be a
motherless boy on the
run, but Bud's got a
few things going for
He has his own suitcase full of
He's the author of Bud Cald-
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His momma never told him
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clue: flyers advertising Herman E.
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Bud's got an idea that those
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Once he decides to hit the road and
find this mystery man, nothing can
stop him-not hunger, not fear, not
vampires, not even Herman E.
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Enter the hilarious world of
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When Momma and Dad decide it's
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Bucking the Sarge
Luther T. Farrell has got to get
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And as Luther's mother, aka the
Sarge, says, Take my advice and
stay off the sucker path."
The Sarge milked the system to
build an empire of slum housing
and group homes. Luther's just one
of the many people trapped in the
Sarge's Evil Empire-but he's about
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i wins the sci-
ence fair this
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he's got to do is beat his archrival,
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Sparky's escape plans involve a
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world's scariest rat. Oh, and Lu-
ther. Add to the mix Chester X,
Luther's mysterious roommate;
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Bucking the Sarge is a story
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BET Launches Fitness Challenge
It's a brand new year and the BET
Foundation hopes to inspire a brand
new commitment to healthy life-
styles with the 2005 Healthy BET
Fitness Challenge. The national
weight loss and fitness competition
launches on January 24, and boasts
fabulous prizes for the winning
teams along with a chance to train
with "The Hollywood Trainer"
Jeanette Jenkins, the new official
spokesperson for the Healthy BET
campaign. Jenkins, whose superstar
clientele includes rapper/actress
Queen Latifah and some profes-
sional athletes, is one of the coun-
try's leading fitness professionals,
known best for her cutting-edge
style, results-driven techniques and
supreme ability to motivate.
To enter, teams of two should
pair up; log on to
www.ahealthybet.com; upload a
team photograph; and describe in
150 words or less why their team
should be chosen as one of four
Healthy BET Fitness Challenge
finalists. Winners of the initial se-
lection process will be chosen
based on the quality of their essay,
originality and a well-
communicated commitment to
making healthy lifestyle changes.
The four teams selected will jour-
ney to Hollywood for an in-depth
five-day/four-night training session
with Jenkins. Jenkins will evaluate
each team to establish weight loss
and exercise goals for the partici-
pants. Training sessions will also
provide valuable information on
key healthy living basics How to
Stock Your Home with Nutritious
Foods; How to Prepare Delicious,
Low-Fat Meals; How to Eat
Healthy While Dining Out; and
How to Exercise at Home.
Once the initial training sessions
with Jenkins are complete, each
team member will receive a three-
month health club membership;
access to a local team trainer for
one month; and an ample supply of
Honey Nut Cheerios, Chex Ce-
reals and other General Mills prod-
ucts. During the ensuing 12-week
"challenge phase" of the competi-
tion, teams will correspond with
Jenkins on their results as well as
consult with her on maintaining
progress towards their goals.
At the end of the 12-week effort,
teams will be evaluated to deter-
mine whether they've met their ob-
jectives. All teams reaching their
collective goals will receive a three-
day/two-night trip to the 2005 BET
AWARDS at Hollywood's famed
Kodak Theatre, including airfare,
hotel and $500 spending money for
each team member.
Summit Organizers Deadra Green, Dr. Frank Emmanuel, and Delaney Williams
Minority AIDS Coalition Prepares for Annual Summit
The Minority AIDS Coalition of which he will perform at the AIDS
Jacksonville will present AIDS
Summit 2005 on February 17th and
18th at the Radisson Riverwalk
Hotel in Jacksonville. This year's
AIDS Summit features renowned
experts who will be presenting
timely information on topics related
to AIDS. Among the speakers are:
Dr. Robert Fullilove, Associate
Dean for community and minority
affairs and a professor of clinical
sociomedical sciences at the Mail-
man School of Public Health of
Columbia University; Lorenzo
Robertson, professional actor and
creator of his own one-man show
Summit; Lisa Sampson, a Client
Advocate with the Tampa Hillsbor-
ough Action Plan HIV services
program; Michael Payne, Execu-
tive Administrator, Jacksonville
Mayor's Office of Faith and Com-
munity Based Partnerships; Derya
Williams, CEO of River Region
Human Services; Dr. A. Gene
Copello, Executive Director of the
AIDS Institute; M. Lynn Selzer, is
the Regional Services Manager for
Commcare Pharmacy and Avery
Gardner, Prevention Contract Man-
ager for the Duval County Health
The Duval County AIDS Pro-
gram Office will provide classes
including: HIV 501 Counseling and
Testing Update for certified profes-
sionals who work in HIV/AIDS
testing; HIV 104 to provide a basic
understanding of HIV/AIDS to
beauticians, morticians, nurses and
any other professionals who would
benefit from the training.
CEUs will be provided by River
Region Human Services and Flor-
ida A&M University.
The conference is being chaired
by Deadra Greene.
For registration, call, 904-358-
1622, ext. 232.
EWC Students Volunteer to Help
with Homeless During SuperBowl
Edward Waters College (EWC) : i ,
faculty and students were present
Monday, January 31, to kick-off the
partnership between the college and
the Emergency Services and Home- i
less Coalition of Jacksonville, Inc.
(ESHC). EWC is playing a vital i
role as the city of Jacksonville pre-
pares for Super Bowl XXXIX, and
is partnering with ESHC to assist
the homeless population that is
guaranteed to increase over the next
couple of weeks. Approximately
20 EWC students will participate in ,
a 'living laboratory' beginning
Monday, January 31, at the Old -
Stanton High School site, getting
practical research experience by
surveying approximately 300 per- From left, Francis Ikeokwu, Ph.D., chairperson, Business Depart-
sons who will reside at the site until ment; Cedric Williams, music instructor; Wanda Lanier, executive
February 7. The site is located at director of ESHC; Emmanuel Okafor, Ph.D., interim vice president
521 W. Ashley St. for Academic Affairs; Niesha Wood, EWC student volunteer; and
Students will also volunteer with Pamela Jones, EWC student volunteer.
ESHC by registering clients, dis-
tributing meal tickets, supervising services, data entry of guest infor- 7. The project will take about 75
evening meals, organizing registra- nation, and assisting as needed hours to complete.
tion records and guests for shower between January 31 and February
Super Saturday to Provide Free Groceries & More
"Super Saturday" sponsored by the Convoy of Hope will he held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 51 at
the Brentwood Park. There will be FREE Groceries and much more. Also Health Screenings, Credit
Report Services (see Coupon on Page 61, a Car Show, a national Artfest NFL Players signing
autographs, and a "Fun Zone" for children. It will be the largest outreach in the history of the city.
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By Joyce White
During Black History Month the
day Aunt Mary made gumbo for ;he
Mercy Seat Missionary Club ladies
always comes to mind. I was in my
late teens, visiting her from rural
Alabama; she lived in Biloxi.
I can still see her in the kitchen
chopping celery, onions, bell pepper
and garlic; cleaning shellfish, saute-
ing chicken and sausage, stirring the
flour and oil or roux for the gravy,
laughing and talking.
"A gumbo is like a good show;
you got to make it act by act, in lay-
ers," said my aunt, who had lived in
Los Angeles in the early 1940s and
was Hollywood struck. "If you don't,
you end up with a real mess."
The next day shortly before 2 .
p.m., a half-dozen late middle-aged
African-American women filed up
the walk way onto the front porch.
all club members.
"Hi child," "Hi girl," "Hi hon," the
ladies said to me almost in unison, Mary?"
brushing past and into the living In
One of the women looked in my big stea
direction, said off handedly, mat in t
"growing up cute," and then called any dini
to the kitchen, "How you doin' bowed e
GULF COAST GUMBO
This recipe is adapted from my cookbook,
"Soul Food: Recipes and Reflections from
2 pounds medium-size shrimp, in shells
7 cups water
2 pounds fresh okra or
2 10-ounce packages whole frozen okra I
I cup \%ater
1 1 2 pounds smoked sausage, turkeN. as
beef or pork st
2 large red /green bell peppers, or mixture to
2 celery ribs hc
2 large yellow onions a
3 to 4 closes garlic to
112 cup peanut or corn oil
1/4 cup chopped parsley or fresh basil do
I tsp. hot pepper flakes, more if desired
I tablespoon chopped fresh thyme or I 5
1/2 teaspoons dried thyme. crushed se
1/2 cup unbleached flour m
1 ^'^i C d*#"JW1' W1j 4.-
minutes my beloved aunt Cora shouted
1 out of the kitchen, placed a with genuine
ming bowl of gumbo on a could you!"
he center of her old mahog- So bega
ing table, stepped back, and storied dish
ver so slightly. Americans c
4 ba leaves
1 tablespoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
5 to 6 cups hot fish stock
2 cups fresh corn kernels or
2-10 ounce packages frozen corn kernels
3 cups shucked oysters
1 pound crab meat
to 2 tablespoons gumbo file, if desired
Rinse, peel and devein the shrimp and set
ide. Place the shrimp shells in a large
ockpot, cover with 7 cups of water, bring
a boil, cover and simmer for I to I 1.'2
ours and use as fish stock. (If desired. add
sliced onion, bay leaf and a few celen ribs
the stock pot.)
Rinse the okra and cut off the end tip but
)n't cut into the pods. Steam the okra in a
,t filled with a cup of boiling water for 4 to
minutes, or place in a steamer basket and
t in a pot over boiling water for about 7
minutes or until just tender, but still crisp.
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n my introduction to a
that many African-
claim as our own culi-
nary creation, for gumbo was born
during the throes of slavery, pat-
terned after the one pot stews of
West Africa. It is very similar to
Africa's multi-layered Jollofs, a fiery
pot of meat, fish, beef and vegeta-
bles served over rice.
(Omit the steaming if using frozen okra.
Remove the okra from the pot or
steamer, cool completely and then cut cross-
wise into I-inch pieces. Set aside.
Cut the sausage crosswise into I'2 inch-
thick slices. Rinse and drain all the \egeta-
bles. Then, core and chop the bell peppers
and dice the celery. Peel and thinly\ slice the
onions. Finely crush the garlic.
Using a large heavy) pot or kettle lat least 5-
quart), heat 1 4 cup of the oil. Add the sau-
sage, bell pepper, celen, onions, garlic,
parsley or basil, hot pepper flakes and
thyme to the pot.
Saute over low heat 7 or 8 minutes or
until the onions are soft and translucent and
the bell pepper is tender. Remove the vege-
tables from the pot and set aside.
Add the remaining 1I4 cup oil to the pot
and stir in the flour, mining briskly \with a
wire whisk. Cook the flour-oil mixture over
moderate low heat for 10 to 12 minutes,
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Culinary historians generally
agree--but not on much else--that by
the mid-1700s black cooks at New
Orleans plantation kitchens were
making a kind of gumbo during
Lent, which was a pot or "mess of
greens" such as collards, turnips,
mustard greens, cabbage and spin-
ach, simmered and thickened with
This dish was called Gombos
aux Herbes or Gombos Z'herbes,
meaning literally okra with herbs or
greens. Note here that the French
word for okra is "gombo," a deriva-
tion of the African Bantu word for
the shiny green slippery pods.
Gombo eventually slipped to
gumbo, spawning in its wake end-
less variations of the dish.
By the time the Louisiana Terri-
tory was purchased from the French
in 1803, international trade and
forces had converged in the region,
and many hands were stirring the
gumbo pots. Creole cooks nursed
the dish, and French Acadian
(Cajuns) influences provided the
roux, a classic touch for thickening
gravy and sauces. Hot peppers from
the Caribbean and later from New
Iberia, Louisiana, added heat to the
stirring constantly or until the flour turns
the shade of a \\alnut or peanut, but not
deep brown. This is the roux. Watch care-
fully and don't allow the flour to bur. (If
the flour burns, discard and start over
Return the sauteed vegetabless back to the
pot. Then. stir in the tomatoes with the to-
matojuice; ba.' leaves, salt and pepper.
Bring to a boil, stirring briskly, breaking
up the tomatoes into small pieces, and cook
over high heat for 3 or so minutes. Immedi-
atel1 reduce the heat to low and cook the
sauce 30 minutes longer, uncovered, stirring
Without increasing the heat, strain the:
fish stock and pour 5 or so cup of the broth
into the gumbo pot. stirring until well-
blended. If the gumbo sauce is bubbling.
reduce. the heat a bit. Cook uncovered, stir-
ring occasionally, for 40 minutes to 1 hour
or until the liquid thickens to the cnnsis-
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Another local ingredient, dried
sassafras leaves, now referred to as
gumbo file, was borrowed from Na-
tive Americans and used as a thick-
ener, replacing okra. Often a table-
spoon or two of the dried leaves is
stirred into the cooked gumbo after
it is bubbling hot and ready to serve.
And although most professionals
chefs say it is sinful to use both okra
and file at the same time in gumbo,
many home cooks do just that.
"In this neck of the woods if
you don't use both okra and file in
gumbo, people don't like it," said my
oldest brother John, who lives in
Biloxi, not far from Aunt Mary's old
house. "Okra has a woody flavor
and gumbo file gives a nice flinty
No matter. Gumbo is a culinary
delight; silky texture from a
browned roux, deeply flavored broth
bracing with herbs and peppers,
redolent with shellfish, smoky sau-
sage, chicken, duck, ham, veal, okra,
tomatoes, or whatever you like; con-
juring up exotic images of Old
World cuisine. At its best, gumbo is
superior to Bouillabaisse or Paella--
both world famous one pot dishes.
Stir \ ".-',v
into the .
corn, shrimp, osters and crabmeat and
cook, stirring gentle from time to time, over
low heat for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the
shrimp are pink and tender.
Taste the gumbo and add more salt, black
pepper or hot pepper flakes, and a table-
spoon or so of gumbo file, if desired. If you
prefer the gumbo thinner, stir in an\ remain-
ing fish stock.
Remove the gumbo from the heat and
serve over rice.
Makes 10 generous senrings.
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FEB. 10, 7:30pm
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
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 or jeer 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
A "Griot" is a master storyteller of West African
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
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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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 IH. Ic. appearances by NFL
stars, musical and other cnter-
tainment, athletic competitions,
health and communication informa-
tion booths, arts and crafts and food
vendors, history exhibits and his-
toric tours. For more information,
call Carolyn Williams at 598-0102.
Carmichael and Friends will be
honoring Jacksonville Legends on
Friday, February 4, 2005 from
9:00 p.m.- 2:00 a.m. at The Place
(next door to Carl's Main St.
restaurant) Portions of the proceeds
will benefit The United Negro
College Fund. This will be an
unforgettable evening of
entertainment, food and fun for all
who attend. Space is limited. For
ticket information, please call:
Harold Carmichael, 800-949-4452,
Justin Redding, 212-410-1189,
James Daniels, 904-720-5696, Carl
Gamble, 904-598-1255, Nola
Lester, 904 751-2304, Denise Lee,
904-655-1234, Pam Payne, 904-
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.
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.
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
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-leasts one
parent -incarcerated in astaite' 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.
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.
Spending more time worrying
about your parents?
II',, 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
A public service of the CA RE
U.S. Administration on Aging LOCATOR
Show and Sale
The Douglas Anderson School
of Arts will have their annual
Extravaganza Show and Sale of
works on February 9-12th in the
school's art classroom from 6:00 -
8:00 p.m. The Gallery works will
remain on display through March
12th. The school is located at 2445
San Diego Rd. For more
information, please call 346-5620.
Amateur Night at
Modeled after the Amateur
Night at the famed Apollo Theatre
in Harlem, N.Y., Jacksonville
contestants will compete for cash
prizes on the Ritz stage and let the
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.
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.
Forum on Building
The Sierra Club of Northeast
Florida will hold a community
forum on "Building Sustainable
Communities." Then program will
,dijsss,,, ..thf,,.....agping ,of
sustainability in the Jacksonville
community, and how people begin
to take action in their everyday
live. The forum will be held on
Monday, February 14, 2005 at
Lakewood Presbyterian Church,
Parish Hall, 2001 University Blvd.
The forum will begin at 7:00 p.m.
For more information, please call
Jax SuperBowl: How
Did We Do
JCCI Forward will hold their
evening Food for Thought dinner
and discussion with the question,
"Jacksonville and the Super Bowl:
How Did We Do"> The session
will be held from 5;30 7:30 p.m.
at Seven Bridges Girl at Gate
Parkway N. on Tuesday, February
19, 2005 The only requirement is
that you pay for your meal.
R.S.V.P. or get more information
by calling Tes at 396-3052.
Nnenna Freelon In
The Grammy Award winning
musical songstress Nnenna Freelon
will be in concert backed by the
Count Basic Orchestra on Saturday,
February 19, 2005 at 7:30 p.m.
The show. will be held at the
Thrasher-Home Center of the Arts.
For 'more information or tickets,
please call 276-6815.
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.
The Jacksonville Beach
Elementary Preservation Fund, Inc.
is sponsoring a Fish Fry on
Saturday, February 19, 2005 from
11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The Fry will
be held at 376 Fourth Ave S. in
Jacksonville Beach. For more
information, please call 249-7624.
The Jacksonville Children's
Chorus will present their annual
Midwinter Music Workshop for
music educators and choir
directors. The workshop is an
interactive clinic focusing on
building a successful children's
music program. Featured at the
workshop will be nationally
recognized children's choir
conductor Stephen Roddy, founder
and director of the Houston
Children's Chorus. The workshop
will be held on Saturday, February
19, 2005 from 8:15 a.m. 3:00
p.m. at Bethel Baptist Institutional
Church. For more information,
please call 384-6001.
Sisters in the Spirit
The most inspiring musical tour
of early 2005 will be in
Jacksonville for the Sisters in the
Spirit tour. In celebration of
February as "Black History
Month," gospel music superstars
Yolanda Adams, Martha Munizzi
and- 'Rizen jeimvr Kellyv .-Price:
Prdlhete's's Juanita"Bynum iand
health and fitness expert Donna
Richardson Joyner, who will impart
tips contained on her successful
video, "Sweating in the Spirit." The
tour will be in Jacksonville on
Tuesday, February 25, 2005 at the
Times Union Performing Arts
Do you love a good game of
Scrabble or friendly competition?
Learn to Read is inviting the public :
to participate in the 7th Annual
Letters for Literacy on Thursday,
March 3, 2005 at St. John's
Cathedral, 256 E. Church St., from
6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. The evening
will consist of wine, hours
d'oeuvres, silent auction and prizes.
Scrabble teams of six to eight
members will have 30 minutes to
build the highest scoring Scrabble
board. For more information, call
The Ritz Theater will host the
Griot Festival, February 25-27,
2005 at the Museum. A "Griot" is a
master storyteller of West African
tradition, and you will see Black
storytelling at its best as nationally
known storytellers come together at
the Ritz for 3 days of performances
and education. For more
information, please call 632-5555.
If you are pregnant, get
prenatal care and ask
your doctor for an HIV
Florida Department of Health Bureau of HIV/AIDS
Masonic SE Regional
The A.A.O.N.M.S. and the DOI
from Alabama, Florida, Louisiana
and Mississippi will be hosting its
annual Gala Weekend February
25-27, 2005. All Nobles and
Daughters are requested to attend.
Ticket price includes Banquet
Dinner on the night of the 26th.
There will be a "Hospitality Party"
on February 25th starting at 8:00
p.m. until at the MACEO'S Elk's
Lodge located on the corner of W.
Jefferson and W. Duval St. Tickets
for this event are $3.00 at the door.
For more information, please call
655-2766 or 803-9172.
The Harlem Globetrotters will
make their annual stop in
Jacksonville on Wednesday,
March 2, 2005 at the Veteran's
Memorial Arena. Tip off is at 7:00
p.m. The 250 city tour is the 81st
year for the famed troupe. They
were also recently inducted into the
Basketball Hall of Fame. For
tickets, please call 353-3309.
Girl Scouts Women of
Girl Scouts of Gateway Council
will honor six women at the 17th
Annual Women of Distinction
Luncheon at the Radisson
Riverwalk Hotel, March 11, 2005.
This year's honorees are
Congresswoman Corrine Brown,
Rita Cannon, Betty P. Cook, Ann
C. Hicks, Janice G. Lipsky and
Susan Wildes. The luncheon will
take place from 12:00 p.m. 1:30
p.m. and is open to the public with
advance registration required. For
reservations, please call 388-4653
The Jacksonville Orchid
Society, whose sole purpose is to
encourage the study, appreciation
and growing of orchids, both
species and hybrids will have their
annual show on March 19-20,
2005 at the Garden Club of
Jacksonville, 1005 Riverside Ave.,
from 10:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. and
admission is free. For more
information, please call 268-6453.
Before You Tie The Knot, a
marriage preparation class, is
offered every other month at the
Duval County Cooperative
Extension Office. Each class
consists of two evening workshops;
participants must attend both
sessions to receive a certificate of
completion. The classes fulfill the
requirements of Florida
Statute741.0305 and 741.04,
Marriage Preparation and
Preservation Act, which became
effective Jan. 1 1999. A $32.50
discount on the marriage license is
waived. The next class will be held
on February 22 & 24th, To get a
registration packet, call Stephanie
or Sandra at the Cooperative
Extension Office at 387-8855.
RAP Home Tour
Riverside Avondale Preservation
will present their 31st Annual
Spring Tour of Homes on Saturday
and Sunday, April 23 and 24, 2005
in the Riverside Avondale Historic
District. Hours are 10:00 a.m. -
5:00 p.m. on Saturday and 12 noon
- 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. For more
information, please call 389-2449
The Jacksonville Children's
Chorus will present their Annual
Spring Concert with the theme "A
River Runs Through It" on Sunday,
May 1, 2005 at 4:00 p.m. The
benefit will be held at the Times
Union Center for the Performing
Arts. Dinner will immediately
follow the concert. For more
information and/or tickets, please
The Jack-onville Pltblic Library
will serve its customers in the
Myrtle Ave. neighborhood with
expanded hours for the Graham
Branch, 2304 N. Myrtle Ave. The
new hours are: Monday: 10-6 p.m.,
Tuesday & Wednesday: 1 9 p.m.,
Thursday through Saturday: 10 6
p.m. For more information call
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BOB JOHNSON TO LEAVE BET
CEO to be replaced by BET president Debra Lee.
Black Entertainment Television
founder/CEO Robert Johnson, who
sold his company for $3 billion in
2000 to media giant Viacom, has de- .:,
cided to step down from his chief post
at the network to devote more time to
his new NBA franchise, the Charlotte
The "Wall Street Journal" reports
that Debra Lee, who has served as BET's President and
Chief Operating Officer since 1996, will replace John-
son by the end of the year. During her stint at the net-
work, Lee has been Executive Vice President of Stra-
tegic Business Development, Executive Vice President
and General Counsel of BET's Legal Affairs depart-
ment, Corporate Secretary, and President/Publisher of
BET's publishing division.
The question ultimately is whether BET will have
more positive and insightful programming under Via-
com than when it was run by its black founder, John-
STAR CALLED ON THE CARPET:
Mrs. Jones Reynolds will cover SAG, Grammy and
Oscar preshows, too.
Apparently, E! Entertainment was happy with the
way Star Jones Reynolds gushed over the talent herd-
ing into the Beverly Hilton for the Golden Globes. The
network has tapped the daytime diva to cover thjs
year's Screen Actors Guild, Grammy
and Academy Awards pre-shows as
"As a true fan of film, television
and musicbbeing named host of all
E!'s 'Live From the Red Carpet'
events this award season is a dream
come true," said Jones Reynolds,
who replaced mother/daughter disas-
ter Joan and Melissa Rivers as the go-to E! carpet bag-
gers. "E! has made award show red carpet arrivals
'appointment television' and I absolutely love partici-
pating in the excitement of these celebrations."
TYRA TALK SHOW SET FOR FALL
Tyra Banks walks the catwalk from prime time tele-
vision to daytime with the forthcoming fall launch of
her new program, "The Tyra Banks Show." Its syndi-
cator, Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution,
announced Tuesday that the talker will debut on 19
Fox-owned TV stations in such major markets as New
York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston,
iallas and Washington.
"Tyra will give a fresh voice to daytime
TV for a new generation of women," he
told reporters at a news conference.
"This is a targeted long-term play for
''us" While there will be famous guests,
Banks. said,. "I don't want it to be extremely celebrity
heavy. I want the focus to be on real issues
affecting women today."
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Black Hollywood Scores Big
with Oscar Nominations
S--Lee Bailey, publisher of the Elec- line, they said.
"s I tronic Urban Report and the host 'By showing studio heads that
and producer of RadioScope, said he films featuring multiple ethnicities
Swas "pleasantly surprised" by the and cultures cannot only be well
Nominations. "I am in agreement received by critics, but also by the
7 with the nominations," he said. "I ticket-buying public, studios just
think it is noteworthy that the Acad- might be more inclined to fund
S emy is giving credit, and'props toethem. Instead of seeing these films
African-American actors for legiti- as a risk financially, studios may
I mately great performances. They are tart to view them as potential
fll f M realizing that African-Americansate' blockbusters or award recipients,
1' 'JJ a legitimate part of the marketplace industry observers said.
as consumers and certainly as ac- An Oscar nomination, even an
tors. We cannot be denied.". Oscar win, does not necessarily
Those nominated agree. "Greater translate into more roles of sub-
roles are being created for 'us aid' stance for minority performers.
S you have to. thank people, ,like "Halle Berry won like what, two
Shownabve are actors Sophie Ok- Denzel [Washingt6nlb 'Sidney ioi-' years ago, and look at what she's
onedo, left, and Don Cheadle of ier and Halle Berry, who are re.'at doing -g nothing,' Morales said.
'Hotel Rwanda.' Black actors, ambassadors," Fox., who potrayd *. Although she became the first
including Cheadle, Okonedo, and the legendary musician Ray Charles' Black woman to win a lead acting
Morgan Freeman received a re- in "Ray" and a kidnapped.cabby in Oscar just two years ago, Berry's
,erd numbil of! in aAioFrsfoir "Collateral," told'USA Today. films have, struggled, critically since
this year's Academy Awards. "tnmUfe sarm' putli'hion. Fr. n, the acclaimed "Monster's Ball." Her
Chisholm Profiled in PBS Special
1972 was an extraordinary year.
Richard Nixon was president, run-
ning for his second, ill-fated term.
The voting age had just changed
from 21 to 18, and millions of new
voters were expected at the polls.
The Vietnam War was in full
swing, as were anti-war protests, a
burgeoning women's movement,
and the rise of the Black Panther
Party. Into the center of this mael-
strom shocking the conventional
political wisdom stepped Shirley
Chisholm, a determined, rather
prim and unapologetically progres-
sive black woman with a powerful
message: Exercise the full measure
of your citizenship; vote and assert
your rights. Quoting Frederick
Douglass, Mrs. Chisholm liked to
remind her audience that "power
concedes nothing without demand
Announcing her candidacy for
president on the evening news,
Walter Cronkite quipped, "A new
hat rather, a bonnet was tossed
into the presidential race today."
As revealed in CHISHOLM '72 -.
Unbought & Unbossed, a new fea-
ture documentary having its na-
tional broadcast premiere on public
television's P.O.V. series, this first-
ever run by a woman and person of
color for presidential nomination
was no laughing matter. Nor was it
a polite exercise in symbolic elec-
tioneering. The New York Democ-
ratic congresswoman's bidengen-
"dered stfidngand' sdr tl"ffii'big-
oted opposition, setting off currents
that affect American politics and
social perceptions to this day.
Shirley Chisholm died at
the age of 80 on January '
1, 2005, at her home in
CHISHOLM '72, di-
rected by Shola Lynch,
will be broadcast as part
of the 2005 P.O.V. series
on Monday, February 7 at
10 p.m. on PBS.
Featuring stirring ar-
chival footage, period
music, interviews with
and observers, and Chisholm's own
commentary then and now -
CHISHOLM '72 is a remarkable
recollection of a campaign that
broke new ground in politics, and
truly reached out to 'the people.'
Among those interviewed are au-
thor/activist Amiri Baraka (then
known as LeRoi Jones), Black Pan-
ther founder Bobby Seale, authors
Susan Brownmiller and Octavia
. Butler, former Congressmen Rever-
end Walter Fauntroy and Ronald
Dellums, Congresswoman Barbara
Lee (D-CA), who got her start in
politics with Chisholm's campaign,
and journalist/historian Paula Gid-
At a time when Americans were
just beginning to contemplate the
possibility of a black man running
for, president, Chisho,lm.,was black
and-female.- (The first woman to
run for president was Victoria
Woodhull, who ran on the Equal
Rights Party ticket and lost to in-
cumbent President Ulysses S. Grant
in 1872.) CHISHOLM '72 de-
scribes Chisholm's formative years,
from modest roots in Brooklyn's
and a childhood in Barbados, to
winning election to the New York
State Assembly and then, in 1968,
to become the first black woman
ever elected to the U.S. Congress.
Although she was no stranger to
controversy, the documentary re-
veals the visceral opposition and
blatant disregard the establishment
and the media showed the Con-
CHISHOLM '72 recaptures the
times and spirit of a watershed
event in American politics, when a
black woman dared to take an equal
place on the presidential dais.
Filmmaker Shola Lynch
"Our goal was to make a docu-
mentary as passionate and powerful
as Chisholm herself," says director
and co-producer Shola Lynch.
"Her story is an important reminder
of the power of a dedicated individ-
ual to make a difference." It also
reminds us that the country belongs
to each of us only if we dare to
claim our place in it.
"I am not the candidate of black
America, although I am black and
proud," she said. "I am not the
candidate of the women's move-
ment of this country, although I am
a woman, and am equally proud of
that. I am the candidate of the
people of America, and my pres-
ence before you now symbolizes a
new era in American political his-
tory." Mrs. Chisholm died on Janu-
aryj'l"at her home in l'orida. '
By. Kevin Herrera
Ever since the Academy Award
nominations were unveiled, a record
five nods for actors of African de-
scent have been cause for celebra-
tion in Black Hollywood circles,
especially among those who have
long struggled to prod the film in-
dustry into increased recognition for
performers of color, and to place
more non-Whites in front of and
behind the camera.
Nominated were Jamie Foxx, re-
cipient of a best actor nomination
for "Ray" and a supporting nod for
"Collateral;" Don Cheadle, nomi-
nated as best actor for "Hotel
Rwanda;" "Rwanda" co-star Sophie
Okonedo, up for best supporting
actress; and Morgan Freeman, best
supporting actor nominee for
"Million Dollar Baby." Up for best
actress is the young Colombian ac-
tress Catalina Sandino Moreno, star
of the acclaimed "Maria Full of
Grace" and one of the few Latinos
ever recognized by the Academy of
Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Advocates of film industry diver-
sity applauded the nominations,
hoping aloud that they signal a shift
in Hollywood's insular, often ho-
who earned his fourth Oscar inomi-
nation for his role as an ex-boxer in
Clint Eastwood's "Million Dollar
Baby," said: "It's evidencee df
what's going on inh Hillywood. 'If
you get the woik, then' you'll get
However, even, as they rejoiced,
other industry observers said, in in-,
terviews that now is not the time to
grow complacent. On the .contrary,
with more attention being placed on
the talents of minorities in film, peo-
ple of color should be aggressively
lobbying studio executives who are
always concerned about the bottom
latest, "Catwomah,' for exa*miple, is
the leading contender for theaninual:
Razzie Awards,. an Oscar parody
whose slogan is: "Enjoying the best
of Hollywood's worst."
"All these nominations are great
and they look good, but good for.
only male African-American ac-
tors," Bulluck said. "We'still have
issues regarding Latinos, "Asia"s,
Native Americans and female actors
and not just in.front of the, camera.
We've come a long way from 'Birth.
of a Nation;' bi't we need ii keep
supporting those who ha en'r'bro-
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