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Maryland Woman Gets
17 years for Enslaving Girl
GREENBELT. Md -- A Nlarn land \woman was sentenced to more than
17 years in prison for forcing a Cameroonian girl to work as a domestic
servant for no pa.y beginning when the girl was 11.
Theresa Mubang, herself onginally from Cameroon, was convicted by
a federal jury in No\ember of involuntary servitude and harboring an
alien. Prosecutors said she forced the girl to cook, clean and take care of
Mubang's young children from Notember 1996 until November 1998.
She also beat the girl. they alleged.
Mubang fled shortly after her conviction and was not in court. Her
attorney. Peter Goldman. said Nlubang's use of a domestic servant was
par of the "cultural norms" she brought from Cameroon, in West Africa.
U.S. Distrct Court Judge Deborah Chasanow rejected that argument
while sentencing Nlubang to 17 years and 6 months in prison.
The offenses "went well beyond any differences in cultural norms."
Chasanow said. "One simple% cannot take advantage of young girls from
.According to prosecutors, Evel.n Chumbow, now 18. slept on the floor
and worked long hours. Nlubang never enrolled her m school and some-
times forced Chumbo\\ to stand all night as a form of punishment.
Chumbo\w eventually fled the home.
Black Woman Vying to Become
Cincinnati's Next Mayor
Cincinnati, OH Vice-Mayor Alicia Reece, speaking to several hun-
dred supporters in her ow n New\ Baptist Church. officially announced her
candidacy to become the citi 's first African-American female mayor only
a few short \ears after race rots shook the cit~ to its core.
Vice-Mayor Reece said the status quo and mediocrity is no longer an
option and that "it i tirnme to make Cincinnati a cit! of action rather than
lust a city of big plans. I have a progressive vision to move Cincinnati
into the future," said Reece.
The vice-mayor. w\ho opposed a massive tax-cut for Convergys after it
failed to pro\ ide prormsed jobs for Cincinnati people, pledged to end tax-
cuts for corporations who don't create new\ jobs for Cincinnati residents
"It's time to put Cincinnau people first," declared Reece. "As mayor. I
will tell companies that if they want Cincinnati tax breaks then they must
provide Cincinnati jobs for Cincinnau people."
Vice-lMayor Reece also pledged to strengthen local neighborhoods.
bring back a Gang Unit to the city, launch a new Homicide Task Force.
fully-fund neighborhood fire stations, and expand after-school program-
ming to keep the cit,'s youth off the streets.
MLK Memorial May
Be Challenged for Donors
WASHINGTON After a disappointing year of raising money, the proj-
ect to build a National Mall memorial to Nlartin Luther King Jr. enters a
critical phase with a looming ri-\al for donors' dollars.
Organizers insist there are plenty of generous people w killing to give to
both the King project and a proposed National Museum of African
American History and Culture, which last month got a major boost when
President Bush said the building belongs on the mall.
The King effort took in just over $5 million in 2004. even though goals
had exceeded $30 million. Total contributions for the project stand at
$35.5 million, barely one-third of the projected cost.
If it cannot reach 6"7 million by next January. the project will not have
enough money to break ground, as scheduled, in 2006 and keep to its pro-
jected 2008 opening.
Most of the money raised so far has come from high-dollar corporate
donors, including $10 million from General Mlotors. $9 rrumllion from Ad
Council. $5 million from designer Tommy Hilfiger, $1.1 million from the
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraterniut and $1 million from Fannie Mac, the mort-
This year could be the last in which the King project does not face the
prospect of going head-to-head with the black history museum for dol-
lars. The museum project is operating with just $3.5 million from the
government and no full-time director or staff.
Motion Denied to
Dismiss Klansman's Charges
PHILADELPHIA, Miss. A judge rejected a motion last week to dis-
miss murder charges against Edgar Ra\ Killen, a reputed Klansman
accused of killing three civil rights w workers in 1964.
Killen's attorneys had argued that prosecutors \ isolated his right to a
speedy trial. Kil-len, 80, was charged in the deaths of James Chaney,
Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman in January. more than 40
years after the slaying.
However, Judge Marcus Gordon denied the motion, saying he saw no
evidence of an intentional delay. He also granted a prosecution request to
sequester the jury during the trial, which begins March 28.
Killen is the first person to be charged by the state with murder in the
killings that focused national attention on the civil rights struggle in the
South and became the subject of the 1988 movie "Mississippi
In 1967, the U.S. Justice Department tried Killen and 18 other men -
many of them also reputed Klan members on federal civil rights iola-
tions stemming from the case. Seven were convicted and sentenced to
prison. The all-white jury deadlocked in the case against Killen. and he
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Volume 19 No. 7 Jacksonville, Florida March 10 16, 2005
Health Disparities a National Embarrassment
WASHINGTON Racial and eth-
nic disparities in health care is "a
national embarrassment" that won't
be solved without a comprehensive
plan that addresses issues ranging
from the federal govern-ment's role
in reducing disparities to increasing
the number of African-Americans,
Latinos and Asian-Americans
enrolling in medical school, accord-
ing to four key CEOs in the health
care industry or foundations.
In a joint forward to a special
issue of Health Affairs magazine
dedicated to racial and ethnic dis-
parities, which was published
Wednesday, the four leaders said,
"Any effort to reduce and eliminate
disparities in health must be com-
prehensive to be effective. It must
include strategies that address the
'triple whammy' confronting com-
munities of color in the United
States: 1) disproportionately low
levels of access to health care, 2)
relatively low levels of health care
quality when such care is made
available, and 3) the adverse social
and economic conditions faced by
people if color in their own commu-
In 2002, the Institute of Medicine
issued a report 'titled, "Unequal
Treatment" that revealed that
African-Americans and Hispanics
receive a lower quality of heath care
than Whites. The special report and
the attention given to it by four
national leaders are intended to
keep the medical community
focused on the problem.
They noted in the forward that
extraordinary progress was made in
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The Rev. Jesse Jackson, far left, along with the Rev. Joseph Lowery, far right, longtime head of the
Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and his wife, Evelyn Lowery, join others in a march across the
Edmund Pettus Bridge, Sunday, March 6, 2005, in Selma, Ala., during a 40th anniversary commemoration
of the historic civil rights-era Selma voting rights march.
Civil Rights Figures Re-Enact Selma March
Rep. John Lewis returned to the
Edmund Pettus Bridge, 40 years
after he braved billy clubs and tear
gas in one of the grimmest, goriest
spectacles of the civil rights move-
Others on hand to commemorate
the marches across the bridge
included the Rev. Jesse Jackson,
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist,
and Lynda Johnson Robb, whose
father, President Lyndon Johnson,
signed the Voting Rights Act into
law later in 1965.
"President Johnson signed that
act, but it was written by the people
of Selma," said Lewis, who was
clubbed on the head during the
"Bloody Sunday" attack on
marchers by state troopers and sher-
iffs deputies on March 7, 1965. He
was among 17 blacks hospitalized
as that march was turned back
while crossing the bridge.
Participants also included singer
Harry Belafonte, who was at the
demonstration 40 years ago, and
Coretta Scott King, whose husband,
the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., led
a second march two weeks later to
the state Capitol.
"The freedom we won here in
Selma and on the road to
Montgomery was purchased with
the precious blood of many," said
King, who crossed the Edmund
Pettus Bridge in a car.
Police estimated the crowd at near-
ly 10,000. A re-enactment of the
five-day march is planned this
week, culminating with a rally at
the Capitol on Saturday.
In a service at Brown Chapel, six
blocks from the bridge, Lewis cited
former President Bill Clinton, who
crossed the bridge with Selma
marchers in 2000, and former
Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman as
white politicians who have greeted
modern civil rights concerns with
Jacksonville's first African-
American newsman, Mack
Freeman, who made history in
1968 as a field reporter for Channel
12, succumbed to a heart attack this
In 1968, He became a Field
Reporter at WFGA/WTLV -12, the
NBC affiliate's First Black news-
man in Jacksonville. Mack
Freeman became a household name
was one of the best known African
Americans in North Florida. He
remained at Channel 12 for the next
His community service includes
serving on the School Base
Management Program of the Duval
County Schools Task Force; serv-
ing on the Duval County Crime
Commission; and serving as the
Sub-Committee Chairman of the
Affirmative Action Committee.
His memberships include the
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, the
NAACP, and the Coalition for
Freeman opened the door for
African Americans in the major
media in the area, and since that
time, many have followed in his
footsteps. Now African-Americans
are anchors and familiar faces on
every station North Florida.
He is survived by five daughters,
two sons, two grandchildren, and
his longtime companion Brenda
Funeral services will be conduct-
ed by Lewis Smith Mortuary. For
further information, contact 765-
Jax 100 Black Men Award $6 Million in Scholarships
Shown left is Brandi Roebuck (right) and her mom celebrating her scholarship offer of a full schol-arship from Alabama A&M University.
Brandi is a senior at Paxon School for Advanced Studies and First Coast High senior, Jocelyn Scott is congratulated by a representative from
Florida State Univer-sity. Ms. Scott received scholarship offers from FSU, Virginia State University, and Alabama A&M University.
The 100 Black Men of
Jacksonville recently sponsored
their Second Annual Infinite
Scholars College Fair at the
Adam's Mark Hotel. Students from
around the state of Florida were
treated to more than 35 colleges and
universities from across the coun-
try. Representatives from the vari-
ous schools were prepared to offer,
on the spot, scholarships to deserv-
ing seniors. Last year more than $6
million in scholarships were award-
ed during the college fair. This
years numbers are expected to
match last year's efforts.
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Homeowners can reap consider-
able tax savings this time of year,
taking advantage of deductions for
everything from mortgage interest
to moving costs under certain cir-
Of course, we all know about the
most obvious home-related deduc-
tion-and the one with the biggest
pay-off: interest on your monthly
mortgage payment. Other common
tax breaks are given on the interest
accrued via refinancing and on eq-
uity lines of credit, each based on
specific IRS guidelines.
Apart from these savings,
many homeowners are un-
qualify. You also must be em-
ployed at least 39 weeks during the
next 52 weeks in the vicinity of
your new job location.
Pro-rated mortgage interest on
assumable loans. You can deduct
your share of pro-rated monthly
mortgage interest if you bought a
home and took over its existing
mortgage payments from the prior
You can also reduce capital gains
taxes at the time you sell your home
by making permanent improve-
ments to your home before you sell.
aware of several other de-
ductions dueto them at tax
time. Your tax accountant,
of course, should be well
aware of all the deductions
for which you qualify. Your
real estate attorney is also a
good source to start with
regarding basic real estate
deductions. Please consult
with either or both prior to / .
filing your taxes. 1 740 .
Consider the following "
less well-known deductions, :.
many that are overlooked 3
each April 15:. -
Fees or "points" paid to "-
obtain a mortgage on your F~,, s,u
principal residence. Be
sure to include this itemized "
interest deduction in the year '".'.. .
you bought the home. Each
point represents 1 percent of
the amount borrowed, so if
you paid two points, or
$2,000 on your home mort- .'
gage loan, deduct it.
Fees or points paid when
you refinanced. Unlike those paid The IRS allows home
on your mortgage, this deduction is the cost of many imp
valid over the life of the mortgage, what was paid for the
rather than in the year you refi- the cost basis of the ho
nanced. how the federal gover
Moving costs. If you moved due mines capital gains.
to ajob change last year, your mov- Married homeowner
ing costs may deductible whether lived in a primary resic
you are a renter or an owner. The of the last five years dc
distance from your old home to pay taxes on the first
your new job-must be-at least--50 profit from selling thei
miles..farther.than the distance from single homeowners, the
your old home to your old job to $250,000.
owners to add
use, which is
rs who have
lence for two
o not have to
ir homes; for
Capital improvements that can be
added to a home's basis include
extensive remodeling and restoring
the home's facade; adding rooms or
square footage, such as a bedroom,
bathroom, deck, garage, porch or
patio; installing landscaping, a
driveway, a walkway, a fence, a
retaining wall, a sprinkler system or
a swimming pool; installing a new
roof or re-shingling the current one
and replacing flooring with tile or
wall-to-wall carpet, among other
Finally, if you work full or part
time from your home, you
are also entitled to signifi-
cant tax deductions for part
Sof your household expenses.
.The square footage of your
Work space determines your
A deductions. If you own a
1,500-square-foot house, for
S instance, and your business
area is 500 square feet you
can deduct 33 percent of
your household costs, in-
Scluding homeowners insur-
ance, utilities, repairs, mort-
gage interest and property
Other home-business costs
Share fully deductible, includ-
ing business phone expenses
and the cost of renovating or
painting the business area.
Business insurance premi-
ums are also fully tax-
Other deductions include:
in which a home-business
owner can deduct up to
n100 000 for hluinps epunin-
Business auto expenses, which
start at your door. If you begin your
business day at your home office,
your automobile or truck expenses
are tax-deductible after you leave
your home office.
To be on the safe side, it's a good
idea to consult your tax accountant
if you have any questions about
deductions relating to your home.
Your real estate attorney can also
answer basic questions regarding
real estate related deductions.
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What You Should Know
Perhaps we've grown weary of
cookie-cutter McMansions -
neighborhoods filled with homes
barely discernable from one another.
Or maybe we're inspired by "do-it-
yourself' television shows that con-
vince us that if customized counter-
tops are what we want, we should
Whatever the motivation, more
Americans are choosing to buy va-
cant land on which to design and
build the home of their dreams.
While the hassle factor might in-
crease for those who go it alone, so
too does the satisfaction level. If you
are thinking about buying your own
plot of land with the intention of
building your dream home, consider
the following factors:
Be clear about your site's poten-
tial-and its limitations: In many
cases, land is at the root of most of
the major problems in home con-
struction. That gorgeous piece of
property with the unobstructed view
might be discounted for a reason.
Bring in a planning expert early on
to examine the lot's topography and
to identify problems that might
make the land too difficult and ex-
pensive on which to build. Does the
lot slope at an impossibly steep an-
gle? Is there an issue with rocks or
trees? An architect can help you
answer any of these questions.
Research zoning, land use laws
and other restrictions: Once you've
identified a specific piece of prop-
erty, make sure you know how the
lot is zoned and what is allowable on
the land. Depending on the zoning,
your dream house may not be per-
mitted-in fact, the zoning will tell
you whether or not any kind of
structure is allowable. Utilities are
also a consideration in a vacant-land
purchase: Check to see if the site has
municipal water and sewage. If not,
you could be looking at thousands of
additional dollars in construction
costs to drill a well and install a sep-
tic system. Finally, ask about land
access, which can help you avoid
buying land that you can't get to
because a road you assumed was
public is actually private access.
Shop around thoroughly for
financing. Since land loans pose a
higher risk to lenders than straight
home loans, they tend to require
larger down payments with higher
interest rates than traditional mort-
gage loans. If you plan to build im-
mediately, your costs will go down
when you take out a mortgage on the
structure once it is built. Many do-it-
yourself home builders choose to
take out a home-equity loan on their
current homes to finance the land
and its construction. Since your cur-
rent home secures the home equity
loan, there's less risk to the lender,
which means a lower interest rate.
Assemble an experienced real-
estate team. As is the case when
buying an existing home, having a
team of experienced professionals
representing your interests is essen-
tial when buying raw property. The
team should include a buyer's agent
who specializes in new houses or
vacant property; a real estate attor-
ney who specializes in new-home
contracts and builder's contracts,
especially what the warranty will
and won't cover-in most cases, it
covers very little. To round out the
team, hire a home inspector to check
the house at several points in the
Determine the kind of home you
want. When deciding to build your
own home, you have three choices.
Most common is a tract or produc-
tion house, which is generally built
in developments, large and small,
and chosen from a stock set of plans.
You may have some choices in op-
tions and finishes, but you won't be
able to make large-scale changes. At
the other end of the spectrum is a
custom house-which means you
can have anything you want as long
as you are willing to pay for it. In
between is a semi-custom house, in
which the builder will allow you to
make substantial changes to a stock
plan. Whichever you chose, make
sure you agree on all the changes
and options before you break
ground; every subsequent change
costs both time and money.
Choose your builder carefully.
Make sure the builder is reputable.
Remember that cheaper isn't neces-
sarily better. You need to understand
that you will get what you pay for in
terms of quality materials and ser-
vice. Research well: ask friends and
family, and visit your builder's pre-
vious projects and talk to the home-
owners. Consider hiring a general
contractor or a project manager to
oversee the construction and to deal
with your builder, and be sure to
hire a real estate attorney to review
your contract before you sign.
Builders in high-growth areas may
not be flexible on the terms of the
contract, but it is, important that you
fully understand and can live with
all of the terms and conditions of the
agreement before the contract.
Be prepared for a wild ride.
Construction rarely is finished on
time, so prepare a contingency plan
for where you will live if your new
house isn't ready on time. Be aware
that shortages in building supplies
can affect the cost and your time
schedule, as well. Because of in-
creased demand for concrete in
countries like China and Iraq, as
many as 23 U.S. states are now fac-
ing shortages of the building mate-
rial. Most new-home contracts re-
quire the buyer to close the transac-
tion when the local governmental
authority has issued a certificate of
occupancy. Anything not completed
by the home builder at the time of
closing is a "punch list" item, which
means to expect construction crews
on site well after you've moved in,
correcting the items on the list.
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Small business is BIG at the Chamber.
The Chamber's Small Business Center (SBC) provides comprehen-
sive support, training and assistance to Jacksonville's small business com-
Core City Business Recruitment
Doing Business with the Government
Business Research Facilities
Access to Capital
Benefiting thousands of entrepreneurs and small business owners each
year, the SBC boasts a notable track record. This year the SBC helped:
3,377 individuals attend counseling sessions
2,694 individuals attend workshops
create 161 jobs
70 business gain certification
assist with $ I I million in government contracts
assist with $5 million in access to capital
To learn more about the Small Business
Center or to schedule
an appointment, call
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Samci~th eft.The %dmi t
Chamber of Commerce
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Delta Sigma Theta Presents
32nd Teen Pageant
High school students vie for title March 12th
Pack your imagination and get
ready to tour Paris, France when the
curtain rises for the 32nd Annual
Miss Delta 'Teen Pageant on Satur-
day, March 12, 2005 at the Florida
Theatre. First Coast News Anchor
Angela Spears will serve as the pag-
eant host. The pageant is sponsored
by the Jacksonville Alumnae Chap-
ter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority,
Inc. Tickets are $15.00 and can be
purchased from sorority members or
at the theatre box office the day of
The pageant theme, "An Eve-
ning in Paris", is the perfect back-
drop that will give the audience an
infusion of European culture, art-
istry, and history. "The contestants
are excited and we're enthused to
provide this production for the com-
munity", states Pageant Director
Renee Pollard. "It's (pageant) prom-
Spirit of R<
On April 19, organizations
throughout the nation will observe
Equal Pay Day to recognize the
point in the new year to which a
woman must work in order to earn
the wages paid to a man in the pre-
vious calendar year. Jacksonville's
fifth annual Equal Pay Day lunch-
eon will be held the same day from
noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Southpoint
Sponsored by the Women's
Center of Jacksonville, Mayor's
Commission on the Status of
Women and Women's Digest, the
event will also include optional
During the luncheon, "Spirit of
Rosie" awards will be presented to
women who have exemplified the
spirit of working women. Awards
are given to women who have
achieved success in non-traditional
Lasting Impressions Fashion
Ensemble, Inc. will present The
Dangerous Curves Health and
Beauty Extravaganza on Saturday,
April 16, 2005, at the Ritz Theater
& La Villa Museum. The theme for
the event, "Celebrating Women -
Mind, Body & Spirit!" will join
together women across
Jacksonville they shop, entertain
and become renewed. The
reception begins at 6:00 p.m. and
fashion show begins at 7;00 p.m.
Proceeds from the event will
benefit The Hubbard House. For
more information, please call 714-
RAP Home Tour
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
ises to be an evening of entertain-
ment and pleasure."
The pageant offers young
women the opportunity to enhance
their personal development, partici-
pate in community service projects,
display their talent, and receive
scholarship money and prizes. Pro-
ceeds from the pageant help fund
the sorority educational and commu-
nity services projects and enact its
youth initiatives programs. Delta
Sigma Theta is a non-profit woman
organization that sponsors and ad-
ministers educational, civic and
community programs for the public
locally, nationally, and internation-
The lovely young ladies vying
for the title are : Chantel Sibley,
Wolfson High School senior; Brit-
tany Bennett, Wolfson High School
junior; MarNai Lanier, First Coast
High School senior; Courtney
Smith, Forest High School senior;
Theresa Patterson, Douglas Ander-
son School of the Arts junior;
Bridgette McMillian, Stanton Col-
lege Preparatory sophomore; Erica
Watson, Wolfson High School sen-
ior. Miss Rebecca Williams, an hon-
ors junior and head drum major at
First Coast High School, is the
osie" Nominations Sought
careers and have broken through ment has been credited with help-
the "glass ceiling." ing to increase the number of work-
The award is .named- fr Rose ing women to 20 million during the
Will Monroe who became famous four years of war.
as "Rosie the Riveter" while work- The deadline for nominations for
ing as a riveter building B-29 and the award is March 15. For nomi-
B-24 airplanes during World War nation forms and event informa-
II. The "Rosie the Riveter" move- tion, call 722-3000.
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Health Disparities a National Embarrassment
Continued from page 1 number of minority medical school they wrote in the magazine. "The
the United States during the 20th graduates nationwide to 3,000 by overall death rate for blacks today .
Century. Life expectancy improved the year 2000 makes it clear that is comparable to the rate for whites:::
from 49 years at the start of the new strategies are required, thirty years ago, with about
century to 80 years at its close, the "Federal and state governments 100,000 blacks dying, each year
infant mortality rate fell by more have largely ignored the potential who would not die if the death rates
than 90 percent between 1915 and of their influence over medical were equivalent."
1977 and most communicable dis- school through public funding and Trends for some diseases have
eases were either eradicated or the accreditation process." gotten worse, Williams and Jack-'
greatly reduced because of im- He noted that although people of son wrote.
proved sanitation and widely avail- color are more than 25 percent of
able immunizations. the U.S. population, they are only "Death rates from coronary heart
At the beginning of the 21st Cen- 11 percent of medical graduates. disease were comparable for blacks
tury, however, racial and ethnic "Studies have found that patients and whites in 1950, but by 2000, .
barriers still prevail. The leaders are more satisfied with their care blacks had a death rate that was 30'
observed: when there is racial and ethnic con- percent higher than that for
1) The infant mortality rate for cordance between patients and whites," they report. "Death rates
Black babies remains nearly two- physicians," Calman wrote. from heart disease declined mark-
and-one-half times higher than for The article by David R. Wil- edly from 1950 to 2000 for both
Whites; although rates have de- liams, a professor of epidemiology racial groups, but because the de-
creased for both population groups, at the University of Michigan, and cline for whites (57 percent) was
the gap remains largely unchanged Pamela Braboy Jackson, a sociol- more rapid than for blacks (45 per-
compared with three decades ago; ogy .professor at Indiana Univer- racial differences were larger in
2) The life expectancy for Black sity, focused on the social aspects 2000 than in 1950."
men and women in the United of the disparities in health. For cancer,- the disparities are"
States remains at nearly one decade "Racial disparities in health in even worse.
fewer years of life compared with the United States are substantial,"
their White counterparts;
3) Rates of death attributable to
heart disease, stroke, and prostrate
and breast cancer remain much
higher in Black populations;
4) Diabetes disease rates are
more than 30 percent higher among
Native Americans. and Hispanics
than among Whites and
5) Black and Hispanic Americans
receive a lower quality of health
care than their white counterparts, Q: What is the school grade for Brentwood?
even when other factors, such as A: Brentwood Elementary earned an "A" as its School Accountabil-
insurance status and income level, ity grade during the 2003-04 school year, up from a "C" it received in
are controlled for, 2003. School Accountability grades, which are assigned to schools by
"Solving this national embar- the Florida Department of Education, are based upon student perform-
rassment will not be easy," the ances (grades 3-10) on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test
leaders said. "At the outset, it must (FCAT). The 2004-05 School Accountability grades will be issued this
be clear that the strategies for summer.
eliminating disparities in health Q: Does my child have to pass the FCAT to be promoted to the
care and health status will, by ne- next grade?
cessity, be different." A: Yes. Students in grades 3-10 must score a level 2 or higher on the
The special issue of the magazine Reading portion of the FCAT in order to be promoted to the next
carries articles on such topics as grade level, as approved by the Duval County School Board last year
federal policy levers for quality for implementation this school year. There are some exceptions based
improvement, the private sector's upon a student's program of study.
role and response and the need for Q: I turned in my child's magnet application by the deadline.
what is being called cultural com- When will I be notified if my daughter was accepted into a magnet
Neil Caman, president and CEO A: The lottery will be conducted during the first week of April and
of the Institute for Urban Family notification of the results will be made by late April. b
Life in New York, observed: "The Please submit your School Talk questions by email to school-
failure of high-profile efforts by the talk(ii,educationcentral.org, by fax at 390-2659, or by mail to Duval County
Public Schools, Communications Office, 1701 Prudential Drive, Jacksonville,
Association of American Medical FL 32207-8182.
Colleges (AAMC) to increase the
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LIVE FROM CITY HA
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by Charles Griggs
HOOP DREAMS ARE MAJOR
DISRACIION TO EDUCATION
Basketball over shadows opportunities for educational advancement.
Our kids deserve better guidance.
It's JSO's Burden to Prove Tasers Should Be Used
Last week, I stopped by one of violent crimes regardless.
my beloved restaurants in the heart No matter how good the school
of the Northside. Once I walked in
the door, I noticed one of my favor-
ite police officer or "Officer
Friendly" as I used to call them,
eating breakfast. We began to talk
about the prominent issue in the
news these days, the use of tasers
and how effective and/or dangerous
they might be.
kBecause I had already come to the
table with some pretty strong opin-
ions against tasers, it was a much-
needed conversation because it al-
lowed me,to hear the other side of
the story. This gentleman has been
with the Jacksonville Sheriffs Office
for some 30 years and has been a
school resource officer for the past
We talked about the various ex-
periences he has had on the force,
from 'being shot at in the streets, to
being threatened with a knife inside
one of our public schools. I asked
him flat out if he thought that tasers
are necessary in middle schools. I
conceded that they are probably
warranted in high school because of
the size and physical strength of
some high school aged kids.
He felt like he didn'tsee a prob-
lem with them being ih middle
schools because of the number and
severity of incidents he has seen on
the middle school level. Within my
City Council district I have proba-
bly two of the three or four middle
schools with the highest rate of vio-
lent activity Eugene Butler and
Paxon Middle Schools.
Both principals are doing a great
job, and in Butler Middle's case,
their principal has totally changed
the culture and been able to have a
positive impact on the student body.
That doesn't take away from the
fact that there are simply some chil-
dren who are going to, commitment
administrator, many youth some-
times become products of their envi-
ronment and do things derogatory to
education into the schoolhouse.
But the question at hand is does
the violence in our schools warrant
the use of tasers? Officer Friendly
certainly felt the police should have
the option, but .only in extreme
SOn Monday night folks packed
the Lincoln Villas Community Cen-
ter to talk about the use of .tasers
with Sheriff John Rutherford, and
all were opposed to the use of these
devices in our schools. No surprise
though, because most parents can't
get pass the thought of their child
being shot with volts of electricity.
To be specific, a taser is a "Hand-
held weapon that delivers a jolt of
electricity up to 50,000 volts -
from up to 6.5 meters away. The
shot can penetrate up to five centi-
meters of clothing," according to
Taser International, a manufacturer.
Once the target is stunned it trig-
gers an uncontrollable reaction of
contracting muscle tissue, hence
immobilizing the victim. Several
weeks ago Sheriff Rutherford dem-
onstrated how tasers work to the
public by allowing himself to be
shot by one of these devices.
His goal was to show that the
tasers only temporarily debilitate
you and will allow JSO officers to
restrain targets and better control
But and there's always a but, it's
one thing for the Sheriff to be
stunned as an example, but using
one of these devices on children is
still hard to swallow. Locally, Clay
County Sheriff Rick Besler has
modified his taser/stun gun policy to
state that an individual must pose
'" ulable threat to the officer'
and/or another person." His policy
also goes on to state that tasers
should not be used on "any person
who appears frail due to age.(young
or old) or physical infirmity."
Tell that to Miami Dade police
who are just now finalizing taser
usage guidelines after officers used
.one on a 6-year-old boy who was
armed with a piece of glass and a
12-year-old girl who was skipping
school. Maybe it's just me, but a 6
year old wielding a piece of glass
doesn't pose a threat to a police
One of my biggest concerns is not
only use of tasers in our schools, but
the physical effects of the devices.
The manufacturers say that they
have studied the usage and there is
no long-term effects, but how can
you totally trust the makers of these
weapons who have a strong finan-
cial interest in persuading customers
to buy as many devices as possible?
I would say that tasers should not
be used in schools right now, and
especially middle schools, until
more data is collected and the Sher-
iff's office can justify that the level
of violence merits the use of these
potential lethal devices.
In fact, a study funded by the De-
partment of Justice, states, "Little
data exists regarding how electrical
current passes through the human
body," and that "the taser's effects
have not been adequately studied."
My conclusion is simple, tasers
should be used very sparingly on
adults and officers should use them
only in situations that present a true
threat to human life or threat of seri-
ous bodily injury. 'Unfortunately, it
is not up to me it is the Sheriffs
decision, but I would caution him
that some battles are not worth
Signing off from Eugene Butler
Middle l ol Reggie Fullwood
"A man who has never gone to school may steal
from a freight car; but if he has university education,
he may steal the whole railroad."
Last Saturday was a good day for many African
American kids in Jacksonville.
Especially if you were a high school junior or
The weather was nice.
You could hang out with your friends and per-
haps do most of the things that teenagers like to do on
a good looking Saturday.
Two choices that I witnessed come to mind.
Kids had the choice of participating in an event
called Hoop It Up near the Jacksonville Landing. You
know, make a few three pointers, throw a few behind
the back passes or even slam dunk on someone
you've never met before.
Or, they could have participated in the Infinite,
Scholars College Fair sponsored by the 100 Black
Men of Jacksonville, at the Adam's Mark Hotel, and
possibly received a full-college scholarship. .
Hmmm, let me see, basketball...scholarship, bas-
I think I'll choose basketball.
That seems to be the idealism that still permeates
through the minds of black kids all over the city and
throughout the country.
Basketball is King.
Don't get me wrong, I like to hoop too when I
can find a good game. In fact, I wanted to play in the
popular three-on-three tournament myself. Probably
should have, based on some of the talent I saw mak-
ing their way to the downtown courts.
It's hard to explain to a kid with a "Basketball
Jones" that they have a better chance of becoming a
brain surgeon than a professional basketball player.
While studying to be a doctor requires a significant
amount of time and effort, it still falls short of the
endless hours of court time needed to sharpen the
skills to NBA level.
Hard to explain, but true.
The students who took advantage of the college
fair treated themselves to waived admissions fees,
relationship building with various colleges and uni-
versities and, oh yes, free money.
Those'who participated in the college fair were
successful in giving themselves a leg up in the com-
peutive forum of higher education.
'Higher education. That's the engine that drives
success in today's marketplace. That's the thing that
creates value among intellectual thinkers. That's the
thing that gives yputh a road map on their way out of
poverty and hopelessness.
As I watched student after student receive atten-
tion and resources from college after college during
Saturday's event, I couldn't help but.feel bad for those
kids who chose to play basketball that morning.
I couldn't help but wonder about the squandered
opportunities of those who were shooting long range
jumpers instead of scoring academic layups.
Sure, we can blame the absence of more African
American youth, especially black males, on the kids
themselves. We can say that they don't care about
what they do after high school. We may even be able
to say that they weren't made aware of the opportuni-
ties presented during Saturday's event.
Those are excuses that our youth cannot afford to
I guess I'm puzzled at how such an opportunity
for advancement could fall through the cracks for so
many kids. In situations like this, I often think of my
time as a teenager. Would I have had the mindset to
want to attend a college fair over a basketball event?
Given the twenty-four hour basketball round-
robin that Used to be a part of as a teen, I doubt that I
would have made the decision to check out my future
possibilities all by myself.
I'm sure that'some responsible adult would have
been the catalyst of my participation in an event such
as a college fair.
With that being said, it would seem as if the bulk
of the responsibility would fall on adults to make sure
students take advantage of every enrichment opportu-
In any event, in today's world basketball may be
King, but education rules.
And the sooner all students have a clear under-
standing of that model, they will see that meaningful
opportunities will flow like the rivers.
It's imperative that parents, teachers, profession-
als, guidance counselors and students themselves
ignite a different path to success. No longer can we
allow our kids to chase a hoop dream when they are
more likely to experience a nightmare.
The opportunities are limitless for those who
choose to take advantage:
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onent The Bob Hayes Invitational Track
Content -and Field Meet, the nation's most
N coveted track and field event for
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will take place March 18 and 19 in
Jacksonville, Florida. Now it its 41st
S year, event organizers continue to
expose participants to top track and
field coaches, officials and athletes.
"The BHITM was founded by some
of the best track and field coaches in
the southeast, if not the nation. And
its namesake, Bob Hayes was a
Gifted athlete who touched the world
Through his god given talents", said
Coach James Day, event director.
"We are dedicated to providing stu-
dent athletes with a 'world-class
experience' and to celebrate the
achievements of Jacksonville's
Number One Athlete of the 20th Cen-
tury", said Day.
A minimum of 176 teams repre-
S. senting South Carolina, Georgia,
Alabama, Louisiana and Florida
Which equates to over 3500 athletic
participants, will participate in this
year's BHITM. "Allowing Middle
School athletes to participate in an
event of this caliber is uncommon.
These students have the opportunity
to really glean from the High School
athletes. It's amazing how much the
students develop their skills between
their Middle and High School
years", said Day. Many of the High
School participants hold state and
national titles and are touted as
The event was founded in 1964
by coaches: Nathaniel Washington,
Earl Kitchings, Willie Richardson,
Charles Bobby Grover, Edwin
"Butch" Lawson, Jimmy Johnson
and Oliver Walker in honor of Jack-
sonville's .champion, "Bullet" Bob
Hayes after his double gold medal
victory in the 1964 Olympics. Thou-
sands of adoring fans are expected to
fill the stands of Raines High School
on March 18 and 19 for this historic
event. Sunday, March 9, 2005 will
kick-off the schedule of events
Sunday, March 13,
Worship Service 10:45 a.m. TBA
Monday, March 14
Press Conference 10:00 a.m. Hayes
Headquarters, 1805 Myrtle Ave.
Tuesday, March 15
The James "Coach" Day Scholarship
Golf Tournament 8:30 a.m.,
Mill Cove Golf Club
Thursday, March 17
Hayes Hall of Fame Banquet
7:00 p.m., River Place Tower
1301 Riverplace Blvd.
Friday, March 18
The Bob Hayes Developmental
Clinic 11:00 a.m. Middle School
Track Meet 2:00 p.m. Earl Kitch-
For the fourth consecutive sum-
mer Chicago-Kent College of Law
will host the Pre-Law Undergradu-
ate Scholars (PLUS) Program. The
program is designed to provide cur-
rent college freshmen,
sophomores and juniors a
"taste" of the law school
experience. The PLUS
program, which runs from
June 6-July 1, 2005, targets
disadvantaged students and
under represented racial and ethnic
Students in the four-week sum-
mer institute will stay in Chicago
and attend law classes taught by
Chicago-Kent faculty members,
learn to navigate the admissions
process and meet leaders in the le-
gal profession. At the end of the
program students are armed with the
information necessary to pursue a
legal education. As one former stu-
dent commented, "the PLUS pro-
gram was invaluable in
Smy preparation for law
There is no charge to
participate in the pro-
gram, and students re-
ceive a stipend compa-
rable to a summer internship and a
transportation allowance. The dead-
line to apply is Monday, March 28,
2005. For more information about
the PLUS program, please visit the
Chicago-Kent PLUS program web-
site at www.kentlaw.edu/adm/plus
or call 312-906-5286.
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Saturday, March 19
BHITM 8:00 a.m. Earl Kitchings
Stadium, Raines High School.
"Bullet" Bob Hayes was one of the
most accomplished athletes in the
world. He competed in the 1964
Olympics on the United States Track
Team in Tokyo, Japan, at which he
two gold medals. First Hayes tied
the world record and won the 100
meter dash. He then established the
world record in anchoring the 400-
meter relay team. Hayes was dubbed
as the "World's Fastest Human" and
was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys
in the seventh round as a wide re-
During his illustrious profes-
sional football career, Hayes' speed -
and agility changed the way defense
was played. Thus, the NFL installed
'zone defense', which was created to
stop Bob Hayes. Hayes was the driv-
ing force behind the Dallas Cow-
boys' appearance in eight post-
season games, their first Super Bowl
title and two NFC crowns.
Hayes remains the only athlete to
have earned both Olympic gold
medals and a Super Bowl ring. The
life and legacy of Jacksonville's
Number 1 Athlete of the 20th Cen-
tury will be celebrated during the
41st Annual Bob Hayes Invitational
Track and Field Meet events.
Program for College Students
Encourages Legal Careers
In the spirit of faith, the YMCA
of Florida's First Coast, who's
mission is to put Christian prince-
ples into practice, inaugurated this
community celebration of prayer to
specifically seek the Lord's guid-
ance and strength as well as to
reaffirm our faith and to renew the
dedication of our great city and
ourselves to God and His purposes.
UMC to present
Moving Youth Toward
The Education Ministry of
Simpson United Methodist Church,
1114 Cleveland St. (at New King
Rd.), where Rev. Moses H.
Johnson Jr. is pastor; will present
An Education Forum: Moving
Youth Toward Success, from 9 a.m.
to 12 noon on Saturday, March 19,
This Education Forum will
bring together students, parents and
professionals who will move
students in the right direction as
they plan their careers. A variety of
topics including:, college prep
classes;, SAT & ACT testing
timelines; scholarship essay tips;
financing an education; tips from
current college students and
training and ways parents can help
their children move toward success.
An essential and timely event,
this forum will provide childIen
with needed information. Encqu,-,~
rage children that yo'~'re involved'
with to come out and benefit from
this worthwhile forum.
All students and/or their parents
are invited to participate in this
The Inaugural YMCA Celebra-
tion of Prayer Breakfast will be
held at 8' a.m. o n Thursday, April
14, 2005, at the Prime Osborn
Individual tickets and tables of
ten are available. For information
or reservations, call (904)292-1660
To Present Evening
Of Women in Praise
The Music Ministry of Shiloh
Metropolitan Baptist Church, 1118
West Beaver Street, Darrell L.
Gilyard Sr., Pastor; will present
"Women in Praise" at 5 p.m. on
Sunday, March 13, 2005.
Director of Music and Arts,
Roger D. Sears, plans an anointed
evening of Gospel Music. Evangel-
ist Tarra Conner Jones, Ms. Amy
Hall, Mrs. Keecia King, Mrs.
Karen Winston Rozier and Mrs.
Henrietta Telfair will be among the
anointed women of God to be,
presented in "Women in Praise".
The Ritz Voices to
Appear in Concert
at St. Paul AME
The Women's Progressive Club
of Saint Paul African Methodist
Episcopal (AME) Church, 6910
New Kings Road, where Reverend
Marvin C. Zanders- II, is Pastor;
will present the renowned Ritz
Voices in Concert at 4 p.m. on
Sunda..Mar ic,13, 2005 .
The singing and fellowship will
richly bless persons in attendance.
Mrs. Barbara Preshal is president of
the Women's Progressive Club.
She and the members invite all to
hear this wonderful choir.
Bethel Baptist Institutional
YMCA Invites You to a
Celebration of Prayer
The Rev. Dr. Clifton Davis to MC
Dedication at First AME Church
Rev. Clifton Davis
Church Opens Book Store
The Bethel Baptist Institutional operation are: Sunday: 9 a.m. to 2
Church, 215 Bethel Baptist Street, p.m.; Tuesday Friday: 10 a.m. to
behind FCCJ Downtown, where 6 p.m.; and Saturday: 9 a.m. to .2
Dr. Rudolph W. McKissick Jr. and p.m. Information is available at
Rev. Rudolph W. McKissick Sr. (904) 354-1464, ext. 304 or on the
are Pastors; has opened a book- web at www.bethelite.org.
store, the Be-The-Lite Christian T u
Bookstore, located on the 1st floor TBP Records Tour
in the Rudolph W. McKissick Sr. Stops in Jax Sunday
Educational Building at the Bethel Rev. Peell Raggins and the
compound. Good Shepherd Missionary Baptist
All your Christian reading needs Church, invite you to attend the
can be met at the Be-The-Lite Book TBP Records 2005 Gospel Tour at
Store where you will find: Gifts, 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 13, 2005,
Bibles, Music, Books, Souvenirs, at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, 29
Greeting Cards, and more. Hours of West 6 Street.
Emanuel Missionary TBP Recording Artists appear-
BaptisAt Sets Revival ing in concert include: Rev. Flem-
Baptt Se Revival ing Tarver &The Original Florida
Emanuel Missionary Baptist Spiritualaires; The Mighty Sons of
Church, 2407 Division Street, Rev. Zion, both of St. Petersburg, FLI
Herb Anderson, Pastor; invites you and the Rev. Pernell Raggins and
to be revived and blessed on The Gospel Voices, ofJacksonville.
Tuesday to Thursday, March 15- -A Natio
17th, at 7 p.m. nightly. The Revival AMUNational
Evangelist will be the Rev, Alumni Association
Timothy L. Cole, associate minister Conference
at West Friendship Baptist Church. The 25 A & M
The Revival's emphasis this Te 25 Florida A &
year will be on our youth. The National Alumni Association
youthchoirs of West Friendship, Conference will be held on July
youth choirs of West Friendshipat the Orlando
Summerville, St. Andrews and 20-24, 2005 at the Orlando
Zion Hope Missionary aptist Renaissance Resort in Orlando, Fl.
Churches will help lift up the name The eet day convention will
of Jesus. include a golf tournament,
seminars, step show, luncheons,
First Coast CARES receptions, memorial service and a
Meets March 16th gala. For more information, e-mail
e First Cat C ES (C firstname.lastname@example.org or
The First Coast CARES (Con- write to the Association 'at P.O.
sortium for AIDS Resources, 'ox 7351, Tallahassee, FL 32314.
Evaluation and Services) will meet
at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16 SUBITI YOU ,
2005, m ithe Smtfith utorum of ii ooNEft"iiY '
the Duval County Health Depart- I1 1
ment, 515 West 6th Stieet. Deadlines are Monday at 5 PM
If anyone has a special need,
please contact the Jewish Family &
Community Services at 394-5733.
Mass Choir and the New Destiny
Ensemble in concert, at 7 p.m.,
Friday, March 11th to kick off a
weekend of events dedicating the
church's Educational Building.
Bishop McKinley R. Young,
Presiding Bishop of the 14th
District of the African Methodist
Episcopal (AME) Church, will be
the dedication speaker for First
AME Church's Dedication of its
Education Building. The Dedica-
tion will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday,
March 12, 2005.
Bishop Richard Allen Hilde-
brand will be the guest speaker for
spirit-filled worship at 8 a.m. and
10:45 a.m. on Sunday, March 13.
The Rev. Dr. Clifton Davis will
be the Master of Ceremonies at the
Dedication Banquet for First AME
Church's Educational Building, at
6 p.m. on Sunday, March. 13th.
Rev. Dr. Davis holds a B.A.
degree in Theology from Oakwood
College, Huntsville, AL; a Master
of Divinity degree from Andrews
University, Berrien Springs, MI;
and an Honorary Doctor of Hu-
mane Letters degree from Lincoln
University in Pennsylvania.
The actor, singer, producer,
composer and minister is best
known for his five-year stint as
Rev. Reuben Gregory on the
popular television series, "Amen."
He has guest starred on such TV
shows as "The Jamie Foxx Show"
and "Grace Under Fire". Currently,
he is the host of "Praise The Lord.,-,
and, "Backstage.. Pas_' on te,,,
Trinity Broadcasting Network
For Banquet reservations and/or
information, call (386) 447-7822.
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
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.
1 st 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 5:00 p.m. Dinner and Bible Study at 6:30p.m. Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Sr. McKissick, Jr.
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8:00 a.m.-Early Morning Worship 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 11:00 a.m.-Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m.-Prayer Service Wednesday 6:30-7 p.m. Bible Study
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5863 Moncrief Road Jacksonville, FL 32209 (904) 768-8800 Phone (904) 768-3800 Fax,
"The Church That Reaches Up To God And Out To Man"
JOIN US FOR OUR SERVICES
Tuesday 7:30 p.nm. (Prayer Meeting and Bible Study)
Wednesday 12:00 noon (Noon Day Worship)
Thursday 7:30 p.m. (Bible Study)
St. Thomas Bible 4:00 p.m. Training Ministry (4th Sunday)
Early Morning Worship 8:00 a.m.
Sunday School 9:15 a.m.
Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.
S The Lord's Supper 3:45 p.m. (First Sunday)
Pastor Ernie L. Murray, Sr.
Evangel Temple Assembly of God
It's Time To Visit With Us!
SExciting Children and Youth Ministries.
Preaching Hope and Faith to Fulfill God's Destiny.
60th Homecoming Service
Join Us As We Celebrate
Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 10:30 a.m.
Concert of Gospel Music.
Sermon "With God All Things Are Possible."
Dinner on the Grounds.
palm S3un4day Service
March 20, 2005
"The Real Passion of Christ"
5755 Ramona Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32205
First AME Church of Palm
Coast, 91 Old Kings Road North,
Palm Coast; Reverend Dr. Gillard
S. Glover, Pastor; will present the
of Black State
Legislators to hold
The Florida Conference of
Black State Legislators invite you
to attend Their Early Rise Prayer
Breakfast at 10 a.m. on Saturday,
March 12, 2005. The Breakfast will
be held at the Leon County Civic
Center, 505 W Pensacola Street.
The Special Guest Speaker will
be Bishop Paul S. Morton.
The 9t Annual Scholarship Golf
Tournament will begin at noon on
Friday, March-11 th at the Play ers
Club at Summerbrooke.. ,,.. .,..,
The 13th Annual Gala Celebra-
tion will begin at 7 p.m. at the Leon
County Civic Center.
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"His Rules" God's Practical Road Map for
Becoming and Attracting Mr. or Mrs. Right
By Christopher L. Burge & Pamela Toussaint
Random House/WaterBrook Press
ISBN 1-57856-958-3 .
Are you frustrated by all the
advice for finding Mr. or Mrs.
Right? Most world experts don't
offer the spiritual tools you need to
address the real-life pains,
temptations, and fears associated
with the dating experience. Quickie
solutions.won't cut it, and neither
will a wait-and-see approach. You
want God's views, and His rules -
for becoming and attracting a
lifelong mate. This book offers
many of the answers that you are
Singles face fears, questions, r l
temptations and disappointments in P Ti
their romantic relationships, you .
are not alone. "His Rules" is a
virtual boot camp for singles serious about first
becoming the mate that they have been searching for.
"His Rules" encourages moral choices that will shift the
focus from finding the perfect mate, to becoming the
perfect mate. "It's the most inexpensive, introspective,
pre-marital course on the planet," says one of the
authors, Christopher L. Burge, who gives talks to
spiritually-minded singles on a weekly basis.
Many singles are waiting to get married because
they've seen their parents and friends' relationships fail.
The authors note that for many, "Marriage seems ideal,
then after the first year, it's an ordeal, and two or three
years later they're looking for a "new deal". Both the
authors are single, but they boldly address crucial
questions that are on the minds of their single peers
including, What does a man/woman really need in a
relationship? How do I know if he or she is "the one"?
How do I handle the sex issue?
Can holding off on "putting out" be beneficial? The
authors emphasize in "His Rules" that every time you
go to bed with someone you have connected with them
and everyone they have slept with. HIV/AIDS statis-
tics have also revealed this fact, in addition to the fact
that the virus can lay dormant for as long as 14 years.
Also, that a person can pass on the virus without being
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Phi Delta Kappa Sorority Chapter
Forms Chapter of Anthropos
Whole Family to
Play Board Games
Regardless of age, or skill level,
all Jacksonville residents, families,
are invited to play or to watch
others play board games at three
local libraries from 5:30 to 8:30
p.m. This is an excellent oppor-
tunity to muse over old games, and
learn new ones, while you make
new friends and enjoy old ones.
At the Graham Branch, 2304 N.
Myrtle Ave, Wednesday: March 16
23d, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
At Bradham-Brooks, 1755 West
Edgewood Ave., Friday: April 8 &
22nd, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Some examples of "His Rules" are: Make Sure Your
Relationship Road Map Isn't Upside Down (Get a clue
about what real relationships are about, for your own
sake). *Clean House. If your internal house is dirty,
how can you invite folks to come live with you? *Put
the Kingdom above all (God's not getting relationship
advice from Sex and the City, why are you?) *Quit
Looking Back (Crying about what could've been or
what happened, keeps you from what can be). *Handle
the Heat (Learn how to tame the fire, or get out of the
Using wit, straight talk, and real-life illustrations,
"His Rules" explores relationship guidelines singles can
follow as they seek out lifelong love. These no-
nonsense relationship rules will equip you to get closer
to God. The book will: Challenge you to clean up your
act in preparation for a mate, and give you the savvy
your need to distinguish a godly mate from an imposter.
Because you commit to following God's guidance, your
relationship will not only work, it will last.
Visit your favorite bookstore for a copy of this book
which was released February 2005. If the book is not in
stock, it can be ordered for you. We suggest that you
visit Neferiti's Books, on Lem Turner, between 1-95 and
West Edgewood Avenue.
Women's Business Center Opens
Friday at Gateway Shopping Center
The Jacksonville Chamber of You will have the opportunity to
Commerce and the U. S. Small network with leaders from the
Business Administration will pre- business and government at the
sent Florida Lt. Governor Toni Grand Opening/Open House from 8
Jennings, and Assoc. of Women's to 9:e0 a.m. on Friday, March 11,
Business Centers President Ann 2005. You will learn how the
Marie Almeida; at the grand center's programs and services can
opening and -open house of thdi" benefit you anid'your'business: r,'>
Jacksonville Women's Business A complimentary continental
Center, located in the Small breakfast will be available. Space is
Business Center, 5000-3 Norwood limited, for reservations call (904)
Ave. at the Gateway Shopping 924-1100, ext. 252.
*Lake Park Residents
Lake Park Homeowners will
meet at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday,
March 17, 2005, at the Bradham
Brooks Northwest Library, in the
Asst. Chief Jimmy Holderfield
of the Jacksonville Sheriffs Office
will be the guest speaker. He will
talk about safety in Zone V. All
Lake-Park Homeowners are invited
April, May, June and July are
the months for Neighborhood
Beautification in Lake Park. For
more information, call Bill Hines at
JACKSONVILLE The Delta Delta Chapter of The National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa Inc. has
organized a group of seven men to be p art of their Chapter's Anthropos. The Anthropos are the men of the
sorority's members lives, who support the local Chapter's activities. The Anthropos have indicated
planning for several upcoming events for the sorority. Members pictured left to right: Samuel Holman,
President; Michael McKinney, David Perry, Chaplain; Curtis Kimborough, Secretary; Donald Parker,
Treasurer; Anthony Kennedy, and not shown, Arnold IMerriweather. Sorority Chairpersons are: Jakkie
Stubbs and Rebecca Highsmith; Delta Delta Chapter Basileus is Flora Parker.
The Africana Woman: Her Story in Time
In introducing this book, Dr. Q Was the revolutionary leader o
Dorothy Height, civil rights activist slaves in the late 1600s Jamaica
and retired head of the National she escaped the slave ship as sh
Conference of Negro Women arrived from Africa, and led others
(NCNW) says, "We owe it to to freedom.
ourselves to learn more about the Phyllis Wheatley was the firs
strengths, the valued traditions, the -k writer to be published in this
intellect, creativity and the courage h in 1773. She was born
of women....Africana women have in Boston.
accomplished much against all Mary Jane Patterson, the firs
odds. They have opened new paths black woman to receive a 4-yea
for a greater future." bachelor's degree from an accred
The author, Dr. Cynthia Jacobs ited US college.
Carter is the director of develop- Charlotte Ray became the firs
ment at Howard University, where black woman to practice law in th
she is an instructor in women's DC courts, in 1872.
studies. She has a doctorate in Dr. Haile Tanner Dillon Job
education from the George Wash- nson was the first woman of an
ington University, a master's in color to sit for and pass the medical
international education from the Egyptian Queen Hatshepsut board exam in Alabama in 1891
George Washington University, (1490-58 BC); the first woman to Graca Machel holds th
and a B.S. in business education rule Egypt, who crowned herself distinction of being first lady c
rule Egypt, who crowned herself Diane'Abbot made histo
from Virginia State University. Pharaoh at the death of her when she became the first black
Read the book and learn about husband. wonian member of Great Britain
these and other Africana Women: Nanny, Queen of the Maroons Parliament in 1987.
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'lihat to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
All poet, lyricists, singers and
musicians are invited to attend She
Speaks. The event will be each
Wednesday from 8:00 p.m. 10:00
p.m. at the Fuel Caf6 (1.037 Park
St.) Poets get 1st Drink Free! For
more information, please call 502-
Learn to Read
Learn To Read is sponsoring its
Winter Tutoring sessions to prepare
volunteers to tutor in the
Jacksonville Reads Adult Literacy
Program. Potential tutors will be
required to attend two sessions.
Session will be held on Saturdays
and Thursdays each month
throughout March. For more
information, call 399-8894.
Free GED Classes and
Applications are now being
accepted for the spring semester
GED and ABE classes at
Lewis Center, 3655 Ribault Scenic
Dr. GED Classes are held on
Monday and Wednesdays from
9:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. and ABE
classes are held on Tuesdays and
Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until
1:00 p.m. This is a free program
which offers individual in-depth
instruction. Free childcare is
available to parents with children
from age six weeks to three years
old. Also, transportation is
provided for persons in 06, 08, and
09 zip codes areas. For additional
information, please call 764-5686.
Join a Study Circle
The public is welcome to join
open dialogue and ethnic relations
by joining one of the City of
Jacksonville's sponsored Study
Circles. Each group meets for five
weeks in two weekly sessions to
share stories, experiences and
insights. The participants begin to
see new possibilities and answers
for more inclusive and satisfying
relationships within their
neighborhoods and across our
community. The groups are
forming now. For more
information, contact Bill Davis at
The Buckner Division of
Children's Home Society of Florida
(CHS) is looking for adults to
volunteer for its MODEL (Mentors
Opening Doors Enriching Lives)
Program. Volunteers will mentor
children who have at least one
parent incarcerated in a state or
federal prison. Mentors are needed
in Duval, Clay, Baker, St. Johns
and Nassau counties and must be at
least 21 years old. They will need
to commit to spending one hour per
week with a child for one year. The
ages of children range from 4-15.
To become a mentor or refer a
child, please contact Christine
Schauf at 493-7747.
Grief Support Group
One of the most helpful ways of
coping with the death of a loved
one is to share with others who are
experiencing a similar loss. In this
6-week support group, members
have an opportunity to express their
feelings and thoughts as well as
gain an understanding of grief and
how it impacts their lives. Sharing
is voluntary and confidential. The
meetings will be held March 15,
22, 29 and April 5 beginning at 7
p.m. at the Hospice of Jacksonville,
8130 Baymeadows Way W. Ste.
202. To register or for more
information contact, Richard Marsh
Day at MOSH
The public is invited to
celebrate Women's History Month
and female firsts including Marie
Curie, Amelia Earhart, Aretha
Franklin, and Oprah Winfrey at the
Museum of Science and History.
The celebration, which is open to
the public, will be held on March
11, 2005 from 1:00 p.m. 3:00
p.m. For more information, contact
MOSH at 904-936-7062.. The
Museum is located at 1025
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News may be faxed (765-3805) or
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Someone who is constantly doing for others and putting
someone else's needs before their own, a friend that
goes beyond the norm? A tireless volunteer? Nominate
he or she for the Unsung Hero spotlight and they could
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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
Center Grand Opening
Lt. Governor Jennings will be
Speaking at the grand opening of
the Women's Business Center on
Friday, March 11, 2005, from 8:30
- 9:30 a.m. at 5000-3 Norwood
Ave. The opening will address the
growth of women business owners,
their contributions to the economy
and how Jacksonville is working to
create a business environment
where their companies can thrive.
The breakfast is free and open to
the public. For reservation'
information; please call 924-1100
Bride and Groom
Classic Fare Catering, 1301
Riverplace Blvd., will host a Bride
and Groom Extravaganza at their
Southbank waterfront location on
Sunday, March 13, 2005 from
12:00 p:m. 4:00 p.m. Over 75
wedding professionals will attend,
showcasing everything from
wedding & reception facilities,
catering, photography, floral
services, ice sculpture and formal
wear. Participants will also enjoy a
tearoom fashion show. Outside
tours will be available on the
Annabelle Lee arid Lady" St. Johns''
riverboats. To keep grooms -to-be
entertained; the event will feature
live music, prizes and a cigar bar.
For more information, please call
354-0076 ext. 212.
First Coast C.A.R.E.S.
The general meeting of the First
Coast C.A.R.E.S. (Consortium for
AIDS Resources, Evaluation and
Services) will be held on
Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at
Smith Auditorium in the Duval
County Health Department, 515
West 6th St. at 5:00 p.m. If anyone
has a special needs or questions,
please call 394-5733.
The Jacksonville Alumni
Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi
Fraternity, Inc. Guide Right
Scholarship & Developemnt
Foundation, Inc. will hold their 11th
Annual Charity & Scholarship Golf
Tournament on Saturday, March
12, 2005, beginning at 1:00 p.m.
with a Shotgun start. The
tournament will be held at the Mill
Cove Golf Course on Monument
Rd. For more information, please
It's never too early to start
teaching your kids to read. Mark
your calendars for Monday, March
14, 2005 from 6:30 8:30 p.m. as
Dr. Michael A. Sisbarro will
present a state of the art interactive
free parenting seminar focusing on
early literacy, brain involvement,
assessment and intervention
options. A certificate of attendance
will be available by request. Please
RSVP to the JCA at 730-2100 ext.
Learn How to
Duval County Extension
staffers will present a program on
Tuesday, March 15, 2005 from
10:00 a.m. noon at the Duval
County Extension Office located at
1010 N. McDuff Ave. Learn all
about growing and using herbs,
butterfly gardening, selecting
fertilizer, and calculating fertilizer
rates. There will also be herbs foif
sale. Please pre-register by calling
The Lake Park Homeowners'
will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday,
March 17, 2005 in the Community
Room of the Bradham Brooks NW
Library, on W. Edgewood. Ave.
April, May, June and July will be
month. An officer of the Sheriff's
Department will speak on safety in
Zone V. For more information,
please call 765-3728.
Restless Leg Syndrome
The Restless Legs Syndrome
Educational Support Group will
meet on Saturday, March 19, 2005
from 2-4 p.m. at Shands Hospital.'
The meeting will take place in
Tower One, 2nd Floor, Mason
Room across from main hospital.
The meeting will feature a speaker,
refreshments and sharing. For more
information, please email
Spending more time worrying
about your parents?
It's natural to worry about aging parents. And
hard to know where to look for help, or even how
to begin. That's where we come in. We're here to
help you find local resources, support services,
and solutions that work for your folks-and for
you. Call our toll-free number and talk to a real
person. Or visit www.eldercare.gov.
There's a way for older
Americans and caregivers to
A public service of the
U.S. Administration on Aging
JCCI Forward Social:
Night at the Symphony
Join JCCI for a special evening
of "Let's Dance" by the
Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra
and pre-show social on Friday,
March 18, 2005. The evening will
begin from 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at
Mongo's Flat Hot Grill ( at the
Jacksonville Landing). There you
can learn more about JCCI Forward
and their upcoming events while
enjoying a special Happy Hour.
The show begins at the Times-
Union Center at 8:00 p.m. Tickets
are complimentary. Respond now
to reserve your seat. Call Tess at
396-3052 or email email@example.com.
Bob Hayes Track Meet
The nation's most coveted
track and field event for middle
and high school students will take
place March 18-19, 2005 at Raines
High School. Now in its 41st year,
event organizers continue to expose
participants to top track and field
coaches. Beyond the track and
field event, there will be a worship
service, golf tournament and a Hall
of Fame Banquet. A minimum of
176 teams representing five states
(over 3500 athletic participants)
will be in the Track Meet. For more
information, "please call 404-346-
MOSH, The Museum of
Science and History, will host an
Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday,
March 19, 2005 from 10:00 a.m. -
1:00 p.m. The annual FREE Easter
Egg Hunt is for children eight years
of age and younger. It will be held
on the Museum grounds and in
adjacent Friendship Park. For more
information, please call the
Care of Me
The Community Hospice of
Northeast Florida "Who's Taking
Care of Me?" A free conference
for women who have devoted their
time to care for ill or aging loved
ones while balancing their careers
and family. The conference will be
held on Saturday, March 19, 2005
from 9:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m.
Registration and the continental
breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m.
The forum will be held at the
Charles Nevaiser Educational
Institute at Community Hospice,
4266 Sunbeam Rd., Building 100.
For more information or to register,
please call the education Hotline at
268-2280 ext. 6808.
The Florida Department of
Management Services and Office
of Supplier Diversity will host the
2005 Regional Matchmaker
Workshop in Jacksonville centering
on the topic, "Doing Business with
the State: What Vendors Need to
Know". On site certification will be
available. The event will be held on
Wednesday, March 23, 2005 at the
Radisson Riverwalk Hotel. For
more information, please call 850-
The St. Augustine Lighthouse
& Museum will host a day of free
family fun at the 13th Annual
Lighthouse Festival on Saturday,
March 19, 2005. Admission to the
tower, museum and grounds is free
all day. The Victorian-era light
station will be filled with living
history activities, children's games.
and crafts, pony rides, live
entertainment, a photo contest, a
silent auction and the Michelob
'Ultra 5K Run/Walk and Fun Run.
For more information about
Lighthouse Festival or the St.
Augustine Lighthouse and
Museum, go to
The Southern Genealogist's
Exchange Society is now meeting
jointly with the Jacksonville
Genealogical Society on every third
Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in the Willow
Branch Library. The next meeting
will be held on March 19, 2005.
For. additional information please
call Mary Chauncey at 781-9300.
The Ritz Chamber Players, the
nation's only all African-American
Chamber Music Society, presents
"A New Day," Spring Concert
2005 on March 19, 2005 at.8:00
p.m. at the Terry Theater in the
Times-Union Center for the
Performing Arts. The performance
will feature Stravinsky L'histoire
du. soldat (The Soldier's Tale). The
nation's first chamber music
ensemble series comprised solely
of accomplished musicians
spanning the African Diaspora
brings a fresh, new energy to the
classical music genre. For more
information call 472-4270.
The., Jackson ville. 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.
Rabia Temple #8 clown Unit
will present their 2nd Annual All
White Boat Ride from 8:00 p.m. -
12:00 a.m. on March 25, 2005.
The evening will feature a live DJ
aboard the Lady St. John as they
cruise down the St. Johns River.
The Boat will load behind Chart
House Restaurant and the ticket
price includes food and door prizes.
Must be 21 to. sail. For more
information, please call 338-4037,
721-0663, or 233-8473.
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March 10 -16, 2005
March 10 -16, 2005
Tenacity like Tyler Perry's is
hard to come by.
With absolutely no reservation,
he takes the first opportunity he
gets and refers to the first 28 years
of his life a "living hell," primarily
due to his and his father's strained
relationship. Therein, the circum-
stances were oft times predicated
by the abuse Tyler's mother suf-
fered at the hands of her husband.
As he readies himself for the
night's main event, the directorial
debut and premier of his first major
film, Diary of a Mad Black
Woman, Perry's mind can't help
drifting to his unpleasant past.
He remembers his mother having
once lost her sight due her case of
diabetes and how her condition
f-nir nt hi; foathr rn It irritated
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him so much that on days when she
had to visit the doctor, Papa Perry
would drop her off at the front
doors of the hospital, leaving her
there to fend for herself. At the
thought of such a heartless scene,
Tyler's emotions remain in tact,
firm and unmoved, as he explains
how God's watchful eye and the
kindness of strangers saw her
through. His position remains so as
the story progresses, finding his
mother cured after only three short
months, her temporary handicap
just that. Its climax comes as
Perry's father is building a fire in
the-backyard. A battery explodes
and the blast huils two 'pieces of"
metal directly into his old man's
eyes, ultimately blinding him for
the same amount of time that
Mama Perry had just endured.
"I said to her, 'Here's your op-
portunity to show him how you
felt, what are you going to do?'"
Perry remembers, citing the cruel
and unusual action his father would
have likely taken. "[Instead] she
nursed him to health. She helped
him. She walked him all the way up
to the doctor. She could not leave
him there. And that just showed me
a woman's unconditional love."
"It's something about women 20-
30 years ago and their mentality of
where they were for their men that
is absolutely amazing, and I was
privileged enough to have grown
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rd to Come By
up at her hip and have some insight
While his soon to be breakout
film, Diary of a Mad Black Woman
appears contemporary; the old
school message is obvious and bla-
tantly encouraging. Through Helen
(Kimberly Elise) and Charles
McCarter (Steve Harris), it is clear
that Perry absorbed more than
enough good along the way to bal-
ance out the bad. Of his 7 produc-
tions (five in which he's produced,
directed and acted), Diary of a Mad
Black Woman, is the New Orleans
native's most familiar and long-
standing obvious reasons for a
coming out party.
"It offers our people an opportu-
nity to have hope," he says. "What-
ever situations they're going
through, to let people know that
seasons change and everyday is not
always dark. You can forgive. You
can love again. You can move on.
There are so many great mes-
sages... Don't give up on family. If
just one person gets a little bit of
each lesson, then I feel like I've
done what I'm supposed to do."
By his own admission, since the
stage interpretation eventually
found success, the silver screen
version permitted for a more
rounded story, which takes place in
Perry's adopted hometown of At-
lanta. Where the play could only
capture sparing moments of the
characters lives, the movie served
as a tool to uncover countless iiore
"[Onstage] I couldn't show too
much passing of time," he offers,
"and I couldn't show Helen finding
her way through all of this stuff. So
it was a story that I left more stuff
on the shelf with that I wanted to
go back and get."
As he now readies himself for
Madea's Family Reunion and a
Handful of other projects, Perry
appears to be one of the hardest
working men in the film industry.
If not for the fact that he regularly
functions as a director, producer
and actor, then perhaps he'll even-
tually hold claim to that title be-
cause of his undying work ethic.
And with Perry, inspiration comes
from just about anywhere. Whether
he's ear hustling in a grocery store,
or at a roundtable in celebration of
his first major flick, he has a knack
for recognizing the timeless mo-
ments therein. It's his learned wis-
dom and determination though, that
turns those moments into magic.
"That's my life," he says. "The
difficult thing for me is to stop
working. A vacation, if it's more
than a week, I'm in trouble because
I'm pulling out the computer and
I'm trying to work on something."
Even as his close friends attempt
to divert his attention, Perry's mind
state is regularly focused on the
next endeavor. Knowing that he's
survived abominable times, which
once included a verbal beatdown
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by his own mother, Perry ulti-
mately realized that if he wanted
his dreams to come true, then he'd
have to make them. So he did.
In the '90's, while he struggled
mightily to envision his most be-
loved and outrageous character -
Madea hit the big screen, Tyler
put his entire savings into Atlanta's
14h Street Playhouse for a weekend
that only saw a total of 30 people
out of an expected 1,200. Ulti-
mately exhausting all of his funds
and resources, Perry slept in his car
for three months. Needless to say,
he prayed for a better day and fi-
nally found his way through the fire
some six years later. And especially
today, as he opens yet another
chapter, Tyler Perry's outlook is
'"Spirituality is what keeps my
balance," he says.
Prompted chiefly by his unusu-
ally bold preference to do things his
way, Lions Gate Film met Perry on
his terms, offering him total free-
dom on a succession of films. In
that vein, Diary of a Mad Black
Woman features the aforemen-
tioned Elise, Harris, Perry (Madea,
Brian and Joe), Shemar Moore (Or-
lando), Lisa Marcos (Brenda),
Tamara Taylor (Debrah) and Cicely
Tyson (Myrtle). He also nabbed
longtime BET mainstay, Darren
Grant as Director and Hollywood
casting director, Reuben Cannon to
aid in production.
"Lions Gate Films was a big
enough studio for me to get my
movie everywhere and small
enough where I can call and get the
president on the phone," Perry
says, citing a modest 5.4 million
dollar budget for the film. "They're
a great company because they step
back and let the artist be the artist."
Hollywood Gossip Scoop
MENDES, NIA LONG RESPOND TO
'HITCH'S' RACE-BASED CASTING:
Actress sounds offin 'Newsweek'.
in the March 14 issue of
"Newsweek,", "Hitch" star Eva Men-
des speaks out about Hollywood's
penchant for casting Latinas instead
of black actresses as love interests for
black leading men.
"Newsweek" correspondent Alli-
son Samuels asks Mendes, who stars
as Will Smith's love interest in "Hitch," why she is
considered too dark to be paired with a white lead, but
just right for an African-American?
"I don't even know what to say about it anymore,"
Mendes tells the magazine. "Certainly I've benefited,
because I've got to work with Ice Cube, Denzel and
Will. But it's lame. I wish the' mentality wasn't so
Samuels points out in the article that more black
men are married to white women than to Latinas-and
the conventional wisdom is, as actress Nia Long puts it,
"two black characters equals a black film and not just a
movie about two people."
Long says Smith has called her several times about
roles, though not for "Hitch." "Will obviously has say,
but not completely," she says. "If we can't play the girl-
friend, then Hollywood has to figure out what to do
GEORGIA SEEKS TO LAUD FOXX
Black Caucus invites actor to perform in chamber
The Legislative Black Caucus of
Georgia introduced a resolution
i Thursday to officially congratulate
s "Ray" star Jamie Foxx for his best
Sector Oscar win, and invite him to
perform "Georgia on my Mind" inside
the chamber, reports Reuters.
The appearance would mirror a 1979
visit by Ray Charles, who performed for lawmakers
after "Georgia on my Mind" was designated the state
song. Charles' early stand against segregated concert
venues in the Jim Crow South led to the singer being
banned from performing in the Peach State until the
As of press time, the Caucus hadn't gotten an RSVP
from Foxx. The resolution's author, Rep. Quincy Mur-
phy, said lawmakers just wanted Foxx to know how
much they liked the movie.
"It's been tremendous. It has resurrected all this good
will and feeling for Ray Charles," Murphy told Reuters.
NEW ROLES FORUNION
SGabrielle Union has been cast in
ABC's drama pilot "Night Stalker," ac-
cording to "Hollywood Reporter." The h
story updates the 70s series "Kojak: The
Night Stalker," and will feature Stuart
Townsend as a crime reporter whose
beat is supernatural phenomena. Union will play a
newspaper colleague who helps him solve the X-File-
SEAN JOHN THE NEW VIAGRA?
P Diddy is calling his Sean John clothing line "fashion
Viagra" for the effect it has on older men's love lives,
reports Ireland Online. "I tell you no lie, there's a trend
that's going on right now where we have a lot of older
men over 50 that are wearing Sean John and they
have younger girlfriends," he said.
LYNN SWANN FOR GOVERNOR
Ex-Pittsburgh Steeler Lynn Swann is
going to run for governor of Pennsyl-
vania on the Republican ticket, reports
Philadelphia's KWY Radio. The former
wide receiver recently formed a cam-
paign committee, known as "Team 88,"
named after his Steelers jersey number.
In a written statement, Swann says he'll
spend time introducing himself to communities around
the state, while exploring the potential political and
financial support for his candidacy.
BACK ON THE AIR: Conserva-
tive commentator hired by NY station
Hoping to boost ratings, the general
manager of a three-hour radio program ,
on New York's WWRL, 1600 AM has
hired Armstrong Williams as a co-host. The black con-
servative commentator is still being investigated by the
Feds for accepting some $240,000 by the Department
of Education to promote President Bush's No Child
Left Behind policy on his various media appearances.
.Williams, 45, a former clerk for Supreme Court Jus-
tice Clarence Thomas whose column had been printed
in about 50 newspapers nationwide, was dropped in
January by his major syndicator, Tribune Media Ser-
vices, after news of the unethical payments surfaced.
Williams will offer the conservative point of view on
topics during the program, entitled Drive Time Dia-
logue. Williams will host "Drivetime Dialogue" from
his Capitol Hill office as the "conservative" voice, with
Sam Greenfield offering the liberal side from New
York. Williams says he expects callers to ride him
about the controversy at first.
GERALD LEVERT CLEARED OF ASSAULT
Lack of evidence leads to dropped charges.
Gerald Levert escaped charges of drunken driving,
impeding traffic, obstructing police business and resist-
ing arrest in Cleveland after a prosecutor said there
was no evidence of the singer causing serious physical
harm to a policeman.
As previously reported, Levert, 38, was arrested in
his Cleveland hometown on Friday after the singer and
a passenger in his car, James Austin Jr. of Canton, in-
terfered with patrolmen Ronald W. Ross and Daniel
Lentz after Levert's friend was pulled over for speed-
Chris Rock Video Gets Florida Official in Trouble
Six black lawmakers are calling
for the removal of Justice Secretary
Anthony Schembri, the head of the
state's juvenile justice department,
for showing Chris Rock's "How To
Not Get Your Ass Kicked By The
Police" bit at a meeting with
Schembri's spokesman, Tom Den-
ham, said the video was part of a
discussion on racial profiling. He
said Schembri, who is white, previ-
ously used it when teaching college
courses as a way to open up discus-
sion on profiling.
The four-minute clip, from Rock's
former HBO comedy series, features
various scenarios that stress the im-
portance of using common sense
when interacting with police, among
them, not carjacking, stealing, sell-
ing drugs and jumping turnstiles;
driving with a white friend, and
turning down loud rap music when
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scenes where actors dressed as po-
lice pretend to beat up blacks who
didn't follow Rock's advice.
"I found this as being totally
and absolutely racist, there's no way
around it," said Democratic state
Sen. Mandy Dawson, who was
joined by five other black lawmak-
ers. "It doesn't make sense to me to
show this type of video under any
circumstances to the NAACP."
Schembri issued an apology
through Denham. "The secretary is a
very colorful and unusual man and
he likes to push the envelope and
get people to think about things,"
Denham said, adding the video was
never meant to be used to train staff
and administrators, as the lawmak-
William H. Booth, a retired New
York City judge and an NAACP
member who was at the viewing,
said Schembri used Rock's video as
an example of how the media can
contribute to attitudes about profil-
"I've never known him to be
prejudiced in any way," said Booth,
who knew Schembri in New York.
"I don't think he's got a racial bone
in his body."
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