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Media Powerhouse Fires
Exec After Racist Remarks
DES MOINES, IoTa The Des Mlortes-based media company. which
publishes specialty books and magazines including Lades' Home Journal
and Better Homes and Gardens. fired Kevin O'Brien the head of its
organization. in October, citing violations of its equal opportunity poli-
cies. The decision came after documenting his repeated comments criti-
cizing blacks, including: "We'b e got to quit hiding all these black peo-
ple." according a company) memo filed in a la% suit against the execute e.
According to a company% memo uncovered in a search of court documents
this week, an internal investigation found that O'Brien made statements.
often in the context of speaking about a minority employee. that emplo.
racial and ethnic stereotypes and denigrate "omen."
The investigators found that. among other things. O'Brien had urged
colleagues not to hire black people and complained that an Atlanta TV
station %%as "too black "
O'Brien, 62, had been at Meredith for three years. o erseeing 13 tele-
%ision stations and half of Mleredith's 2.600 emplo ees. He %%as credited
%\ ith turning around the broadcast group. % hich reaches 10 percent of TV
households in the country, and earned almost $2 million last year.
Kweisi Mfume to Run for Senate
Former NAACP President Kweisi Mlfume
announced that he vill run for the U.S. Senate in
'I can't be bought. I won't be intirrudated. I
don't know ho\i to quit." Mfume ,aid as his sup-
porters applauded at a Baltimore. MD ne\k s con-
Nlfume. w'ho %~as a five-term Li S congress-
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Baltimore-based National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People, issued the statement after incumbent
Paul Sarbanes announced that he \ ill not run for re-election.
"This is step one in 0hat \\ill be an embarrassment of health for the
Democratic Partyn m 21006." said Derek Walker. spokesman for the
Maryland Democratic Part\.
He also has been mentioned as a possible Democratic candidate for
governor of NMaryland.
laryland traditional \otes Democratic, and \\ent for John Kerr' in
the 2004 presidential election. Sarbanes. the longest sert ing senator in
Nlaryland's history, is serving alongside outspoken Democratic Sen.
New Orleans District Attorney
Target of Race Bias Suit
NEW ORLEANS In a cirn \ here po\ er-sharing between blacks and
whites is still a \ork in progress, Net Orleans' first black district attor-
ney has been hauled into court b 44 whites n ho sa. they \ere illegally
fired en masse and replaced with blacks when he took office.
The racial discrimination trial opened in federal court last week, with
the whitee former employees seeking back paN and unspecified damages
for emotional distress in a lawsuit against Eddie Jordan. the Newi Orleans
prosecutor who in 2000 put Ed%% in Edwards. Louisiana's hich-rolhne for-
mer governor. behind bars.
Jordan has said that he had the right to choose his staff and that the fir-
ings were done for reasons of racial balance.
''This is not discrimination; this is a political effort to create diverse),"
his la\wer Philip Schuler told the jun' ot eight whites and t'o blacks.
The lawyer noted that in New Orleans the workforce is overwhelmingly.
black nearly 70 percent and that Jordan merely. \anted ''a workforce
more reflective of the conmunuty "
Eight days after taking office in 20013. Jordan fired 56 employees all
non-lawyers, such as inestigators, clerks and admmnistrati\e employees,.
and all but three of them \ hire. Oler the next six months, Jordan tent on
to hire 69 people, 64 of them black. Eighteen of which had worked on his
Are Getting Government Jobs
Tougher for Minorities?
Blacks and Hispanics have no trouble getting tapped to lead civil rights
commissions, but the same can't be said \ hen it comes to other top-rank-
ing state government jobs nation ide. a ne\ stud sho\w s.
Titled "Democracy Unrealized." the study notes the 2000 U.S. Census
showed minorities made up 32% of the nation's population. but just 16 '1
held key appointed policy positions in state governments in 2004.
The report looked only at states w here minority groups totaled five per-
cent or more of the population. Leadership job, referred specifically to
agency commissioner or gubernatorial adviser.
While blacks made up 12 percent of the U.S. population in 2000, the)
held 10 percent of the state government policy-leader posts last year.
Blacks held an equitable share of leadership jobs in 11 of 29 states sur-
veyed. Those states include: Indiana, Massachusetts. Illinois. Kansas,
Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Tennessee. Virginia and
In New York, 4.8 percent of leadership jobs were held b) blacks,
despite the fact they made up nearly 16 percent of the state's population
- the lowest ratio is the lowest in the nation.
The highest ratio is in Wisconsin, where nearly\ 19 percent of leader-
ship posts are held by blacks in a state \ here blacks accounted for 5.7
percent of the population in 2000.
Month Also a
Time to Celebrate
,- the Strength
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Lt. Gov. Jennings Joins Jax
Women's Business Owners
Shown above is 2005 Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida Youth
of the Year, Britnie Barber (right) Victory Pointe Club on the
Westside, and her mom, Sonya Jefferson.
B&G Club Selects Youth of the Year
Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast
Florida recently selected Britnie
Barber as Youth of the Year at its
annual dinner.. Barber is a member
of the Victory Pointe Boys & Girls
Club on Jacksonville's Westside.
She will now go on to compete at
the state level, and could advance as
a state winner to compete for the
national honor, where the president
will officially announce the
National Youth of the Year. The
national winner receives a $10,000
Barber, a high school junior, plans
to attend UCLA and then medical
school. She was recognized in part
for her leadership role in the Club
as president, vice-president, and
secretary of the Keystone Club. She
also planned and implemented anti-
drugs activities for youth in the
Victory Pointe community which
included a drug-free march, essay
contest, and a drug-free poster con-
Shown above is Lt. Gov. Jennings and Womens Center Advisory
Board Member Tonya Stewart, owner of A More Confident You.
The Jacksonville Women's Business Center (JWBC) held it's Grand
Opening last week with Florida's Lt. Governor Tony Jennings as the
guest speaker. Lt. Governor Toni Jennings addressed the growth of
women business owners, their contributions to the economy and how
Jacksonville is working to create a business environment where there
companies can thrive. Grand opening guests had the opportunity to net-
work, learn about the Center's programs and services and enjoyed break-
fast. The Business Center is located at 5000-3 Norwood Avenue.
Timeless Activists Re-Enact Selma Civil Rights March
Three year old Ian Eubanks,son of Eugene Eubanks, was one of the many who crossed the Pettus Bridge in the com-
memorative march. afterwards, he had the chance to fellowship with Rev. Jesse Jackson and his wife (inset).
Black politicians must urge that helped lead to passage of the the Rev. Joseph Lowery, a co-
Congress to extend the Voting law. founder of the Atlanta-based
Rights Act, civil rights leaders said The Voting Rights Act of 1965 Southern Christian Leadership
at the finale of the re-enactment of "was the single most significant Conference, told a crowd of nearly
the Selma-to-Montgomery march piece of legislation in the century," 300 marchers at the state Capitol.
In 1965, no blacks held major office
in Alabama. By 2001, there were
more than 755 black elected offi-
cials in Alabama, according to the
most recent figures available.
Across the South, the number has
grown from 70 to nearly 7,000.
The first voting rights march was
halted at the Edmund Pettus Bridge
in Selma by state troopers and sher-
iffs deputies who attacked activists
with clubs and tear gas on March 7,
1965, "Bloody Sunday."
A second march two weeks was
led by the Rev. Martin Luther King
Jr. and had the protection of a feder-
al court order. Marchers went from
the bridge over the Alabama River
to the steps of the state Capitol in
The attack and the marches
inspired passage of the Voting
Rights Act, which barred obstacles
such as literacy tests that were set
up by segregationists to keep blacks
from registering to vote. Certain
provisions of the Voting Rights Act,
such as the use of federal examiners
and a requirement for Justice
Department approval of election
law changes, will be up for renewal
by Congress in 2007.
COAST QUALITY BLACK WEEKLY
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Pag 2 Me
By William Reed
For the first time in history, two
African American are in the top
seats of the nation's aeronautical
industry. Interim leaders for the
moment, both are history-makers
James Bell is top gun at the
world's leading aerospace com-
pany. Bell was named interim
president and chief executive offi-
cer of The Boeing Company in
March 2005 and continues to serve
as Chief Financial Officer (CFO).
As president and CEO, Bell, who
is 56, oversees Boeing's strategic
direction, sets operational and fi-
nancial performance targets, directs
capital expenditures and approves
all key personnel assignments. A
32-year company veteran, Bell has
extensive experience overseeing
business performance and growth
at the $52 billion, 157,000-person
commercial airplane and defense
company. Prior to being named
CFO in 2003, Bell held the position
of senior vice president of finance
and corporate controller. As a
member of the Joint Leadership
Council, a Boeing initiative with
senior DoD and NASA acquisition
executive membership, Bell helped
advance that government-industry
Founded in 1916, Boeing sits
atop the aerospace industry. While
at the helm of Boeing, James Bell's
directions have impact on the lives
of almost every American. Each
I K. Joe*Nah hashAd toW uk( wap
day, more than three million pas-
senger board 42,300 flights on Boe-
ing jetliners, more than 345 satel-
lites put into orbit by Boeing
launch vehicles pass over our heads
and 6,000 Boeing-made aircraft
stand guard for air forces of 23
The other high-flyer is Frederick
D. Gregory, who has been Acting
Administrator of the National
Aeronautics and Space Administra-
tion (NASA) since February 2005.
NASA is a $15 billion-a-year op-
eration that has 19,050 employees
and 10 centers spread around the
nation. NASA'S major assets in-
clude 40 operational spacecraft,
one Space Station orbital laboratory
and four Space Shuttle orbiters.
Mr. Gregory leads the NASA
team and manages The US Vision
for Space Exploration. Since being
nominated by President Bush as
Deputy Administrator in 2002, the
54-year-old Gregory has been the
Agency's chief operating officer,
responsible for directing and man-
aging many programs as well as
day-to-day operations and activi-
ties. He has extensive experience as
an astronaut, test pilot, and man-
ager of flight safety programs and
launch support operations.
He was selected as an astronaut
in January 1978 and has logged 455
Invitation to Bid
The Haskell Group, as Design Builder for the Arena and Sports
Complex Parking Garages, is soliciting bids from certified Minority
Business Enterprise (MBE) subcontractors and suppliers, who are
interested in providing goods and services. You must be currently
certified under the JSEB Program of the City of Jacksonville. All
sub9p,ntraqrtorsomt Pre-Quajify by. completing, and sulmittihg a
Vendor Qualification Form and Letter of Interest prior to submit-
ting a bid. Plans and specifications can be viewed at The Haskell
Building (111 Riverside Ave.). Bids are due March 31, 2005 at 2:00
p.m. at The Haskell Company's corporate headquarters, 111 River-
side Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida. Please direct all inquiries to:
William H. Glenn II, Project Manager, (904) 357-4258. The Haskell
Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
The following Divisions of work will be available for bids:
Division 2 Site Construction
Division 3 Concrete
Division 4 Masonry
Division 5 Metals
Division 6 Wood & Plastics
Division 7 Thermal & Moisture Protection
Division 8 Doors & Windows
Division 9 Finishes
Division 10 Specialties
Division 14 Conveying Systems
Division 15 Mechanical (HVAC, Plumbing, Fire Protection)
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hours in space: as pilot for the Or-
biter Challenger in 1985, spacecraft
commander aboard Discovery in
1989 and as spacecraft commander
aboard Atlantis in 1991.
Gregory retired as an Air Force
Colonel in December 1993 after
logging 7,000 hours in more than
50 types of aircraft. Throughout
his career, Gregory has remained
involved in the black community
and its issues. Mr. Gregory is a
member of the Tuskegee Airmen
and received awards from the
Charles R. Drew University of.
Medicine and Science, and the Na-
tional Society of Black Engineers
Distinguished National Scientist
Award. He has numerous Honor-
ary Doctorates, including from The
University of the District of Co-
lumbia and Southwestern Univer-
sity. And, in 2004 and 2005, he
was designated one of the 50 Most
Important Blacks in Technology.
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How are You
Going to Spend
Your Tax Refund?
With the April 15 income tax
deadline looming, TrueCredit.com
commissioned a new survey ask-
ing, "How would you be most
likely to spend your tax refund?"
Forty one percent of respondents
reported they would pay credit
card, mortgage or other bills. Con-
ducted by Roper Public Affairs, the
survey also found 28 percent would
buy something they need and 26
percent would save the money.
Only 9 percent said they would
splurge on something fun.
"With interest rates rising, con-
sumers are paying more attention to
their financial situation," said John
Danaher, President of True-
Credit.com. "The average con-
sumer owes $8,400 in credit card
debt these days, so it makes sense
to use a tax refund to reduce their
Life Insurance: How Much Do You Know
How much do you know about the
importance of life insurance? See
how many of these common myths
My employer pays for my life
insurance, so I have enough.
Employer-paid life insurance cov-
erage is probably a group policy that
only covers you while you're em-
ployed there. So, you could be vul-
nerable if you lose your job.
"Individual voluntary life insur-
ance you buy at work is a good solu-
tion for many people," said Monica
Francis, director of product develop-
ment for Colonial Supplemental
Insurance. "Individual plans are
portable, so you can keep the cover-
age if you change jobs or retire."
Most people already have enough
The U.S. Justice Department re-
cently recommended 12 times in-
come for couples without children
and 20 times income for households
with children, reported LIMRA In-
ternational FastFacts in August
2004. The average family is underin-
sured by more than $300,000, it goes
on to say.
I can't afford life insurance.
There are many types of life insur-
ance available to meet different
budgets. Term life plans are often
available for a few dollars a pay pe-
riod. Even a little life insurance is
better than none at all.
I'm single so I don't need life in-
Even if no one else depends on
your income, you may leave behind
bills and final expenses that could be
an unnecessary burden on parents or
My spouse has a good income, so
my lack of coverage wouldn't affect
Widows and widowers say it takes
four to five years before their finan-
cial circumstances returned to what
they were at the time of their
spouses' deaths, LIMRA adds.
My spouse doesn't work outside
the home, so he or she doesn't need
You probably depend on your
spouse for many things you might
have to pay someone else to do:
child care, laundry, cooking, shop-
ping, cleaning, home maintenance,
transportation, errands. Adequate
life insurance for a nonworking
spouse can help protect your family's
way of life.
There's no need to buy life insur-
ance for my children.
Children who die prematurely
may leave behind final expenses
such as funeral costs.
Also, buying and keeping cover-
age for children protects their insur-
ability should they develop a health
condition later that can make it ex-
pensive or impossible to get cover-
I'm young and healthy-I can buy
life insurance later.
It's usually more cost-effective to
buy life insurance when you're
younger. The cost of buying insur-
ance tends to increase as you age.
Also, buying a policy when you're
young and healthy means you'll have
coverage if you develop a health
condition that might make you unin-
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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
Chamber of Commerce
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Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton are inviting all Mayor Peyton's Book
Club members to the Museum Hop, a reading celebration at four Jack-
sonville Museums. The event will take place on Saturday, March 19
from 10 a.m. 2 p.m. and is for four-year-olds and their families
Participating Museums include Jacksonville Museum of Science and
History (MOSH), Ritz Theatre & LaVilla Museum, Jacksonville Mu-
seum of Modem Art (JMOMA), and the Cummer Museum of Art and
Gardens. All families with four-year-old book club members will receive
free admission to the museums. Book club members will enjoy a fun-
filled day of activities which will include: make-and-take crafts, story
times, guided museum tours and a visit with fayor Peyton.
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Older Floridians are essential April 26 & 27
to Florida's future. During the Legislative Ses
Ambassadors for Aging Day *Health screenings
Bridging.Florida's Generations Luncheong
-Ambassadors for Aging D
Wednesday, April 27 Meet-Up for Advocates
lo:oo a.m. 3:00 p.m.
State Capitol Complex
400 S. Monroe Street
Call (850) 414-2000 for details.
Hosted by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs.
If you are bringing a van or bus of participants, please
pre-register your group.
For more info, visit http://elderaffairs.state.fl.us.
DEPARTMENT OF Warm-Up Event:
Statewide Senior Center Pep Ra
STuesday, April 26
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Tallahassee Senior Center
ELDER 1400 N. Monroe Street
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by Jacksonville City Councilman Reginald Fullwood
Women Recognizing the Strength of the Black Community
"The true worth of a race must
be measured by the character of its
womanhood," said Mary McLeod
Bethune. With March being
Women's History Month, one can
only reflect back on the contribu-
tions that women have made and
particularly black women who have
been the strength and backbone of
the African American community.
In my opinion women are quiet
possibly the strongest beings on this
earth. Let me quantify that by say-
ing I am not merely speaking of
physical strength, but a woman's
ability to be a leader and nurturer
makes her very unique.
Sure they are too emotional at
times, but a woman's strength lies
in her ability to encourage and sup-
port her family and the numerous
other responsibilities on her plate.
What is so amazing are the re-
markable strides that they have
made over the years. Much like
African Americans, women in gen-
eral were not allowed to vote and
even once those rights were granted
often faced discriminatory chal-
lenges when attempting to vote.
So black women were essentially
double minorities: they couldn't
vote because they were black and
because they were women. But that
never stopped women like Mary
McLeod Bethune, Shirley Chisholm
and Fannie Lou Hamer.
One of the most prophetic state-
ments I heard regarding the strength
of black women was from W.E.B.
Dubois who said, "I most sincerely
doubt if any other race of women
could have brought its fineness up
through so devilish a fire."
Entertainer Lena Home, said,
"Black women have the habit of
survival." And there are so many
examples of strong women. We
have all heard of the strength, forti-
tude and drive of Harriet Tubman,
who lead hundreds of slaves
through the Underground Railroad,
but there are everyday people who
we should acknowledge as well.
Women likes like my grand-
mother who worked some 35 years
for the school board cooking for
students. She knew that she had a
family to help support, and not only
did she work during the day she
worked at home taking care of my
mother and several other nieces,
nephews and other family members
that she would take in.
My grandmother and many other
grandmother or "Big Mamas" have
always been the backbone of our
.families, They are the wise ladies
that not only cook a mean sweet
potato pie, but also can give you
advice on every topic from home
health remedies to relationships.
Today's women play prevalent
roles politics and business in this
country, and many of them do this
while being great mothers and
wives. Once sanctioned primarily
to being nurses, teachers and secre-
taries, women are now dominating
corporate boardrooms, law offices
and the political scene.
What about all of the women
who raise families by themselves? I
am convinced that women are the
strongest living organisms on the
face of the earth. From my mother
to yours, women have done and
continue to do miraculous things.
My heart goes out to "The ladies
having babies on your own, I know
it gets rough and you are feeling' all
alone." Strong words from the rap-
per Tupac Shakur who understood
the value of women growing up in a
single parent household. That's
what is so phenomenal about
women they are natural leaders,
providers, caregivers, and lovers.
A woman can work an eight
hour day, pick up the kids, help the
children with homework, cook a
meal, bathe the kids, do the laundry,
wash the dishes, iron everyone's
clothes for the next day and then
make love to her husband that night.
Man, I got tired from just typing
And as I mentioned before, black
women are certainly unique because
of all of the challenges they have
faced since the days of slavery.
Working as field laborers, nannies
to the plantation owners children
and even mandatory mistresses to
slave owners certainly tested the
will of black women and proved
that sisters have had to go up the
rough side of the mountain.
I can't imagine the pain and
anguish felt from having a child and
that child being taken away and sold
as one would sale a puppy. Or what
about being a designated "bed
wench" against your will or being
raped at anytime or even dying be-
cause of the lack of basic healthcare
- these are all the conditions black
women lived in during slavery.
The legacy of slavery is vast and
much more far-reaching than many
will admit to, but it basically de-
stroyed the black family structure. It
made black women stronger and
took away the black male's respon-
sibility of raising their children.
That is a fact that African American
families deal with today in America.
From Sojourner Truth to Barbara
Jordan and my grandma, black
woman have led when men were not
able to lead or were too afraid. And
as a great man once said, "There
was never a great man who had not
a great woman behind him."
Signing off from the League of
Women's Voter office,
By George Curry
When news broke that a prisoner
awaiting trial on rape charges in
Atlanta had overpowered a sheriffs
deputy, taken her gun, and entered a
courtroom where he fatally shot the
judge presiding over his case, the
court stenographer and, later, two
others, many African-Americans
thought: I hope it's not a brother.
That was the same reaction when
it was learned in 2002 that two sus-
pects John Allen Muhammad and
Lee Boyd Malvo had been cap-
tured after a Washington, D.C.-
area killing spree that left 10 people
dead and three wounded... And it
was the reaction just three weeks
ago when a convicted man shot the
husband and mother of a federal
judge in Chicago.
This time, rather than just exam-
ining what propels certain people to
go on violent rages, we should ask
ourselves another question: Why do
we think it is a collective fault
when some confused African-
American goes berserk? Why and
how does that reflect on all of us?
Intellectually, we know this is
nonsense. Still, when Blacks are
thrust into the national limelight in
a negative fashion, there is the fre-
quently heard refrain: Why did he
have to be a brother?
This wasn't a brother; evidently,
he was a violent criminal.
Brian Nichols, the suspect in the
Atlanta case, was accused of hold-
ing his former girlfriend hostage for
two days in her home because she
was dating someone else, according
to a spokesman for the Sheriffs
office. He allegedly bound her with
duct tape and sexually assaulted
Inside the 8th-floor courtroom at
the Fulton County Courthouse,
prosecutors were preparing to
cross-examine Nichols in connec-
tion with that case. At the time, he
was being moved from a basement
holdover cell to a small room on the
8tn floor where he could change
into regular clothing and enter the
courtroom without handcuffs or
prison garb so as to not prejudice
the jurors against him.
Nichols, it is alleged, took that
opportunity to kill Judge Rowland
W. Bares and Julie Ann Brandau,
the court stenographer. He is said to
have descended to the first floor
and murdered Deputy Hoyt Teasley
during his escape. After terrorizing
Atlanta for more than 24 hours,
Nichols surrendered peacefully
after being surrounded by a heav-
ily-armed SWAT team.
Telephone lines and the Internet
were overheated during the week-
end. And everyone was asking the
question remained: Why did it have
to be a brother?
In many ways, it is an unfair
question. Why should the African-
American community feel shame
because a person of the same race
did something heinous?
At the root of that question is
concern over how others, especially
Whites, perceive African-
Americans. Historically, there are
many reasons for that concern.
However, we should be at the point
in our growth that we should care
more about how we perceive our-
selves than how others look at us.
Let's flip the script. When Ken
Chenault became CEO of American
Express, I didn't hear any Whites
say, "Those Black people sure
know how to run major credit card
companies." Similarly, when Stan
O'Neil was elevated to CEO of
Merrill Lynch & Co., I didn't hear
Whites saying that if an African-
American can run an investment
firms, they can do so many other
tasks previously denied them.
If Whites don't look at successful
African-Americans and then gener-
alize from that, we shouldn't allow
them to look at some of the worst
elements in our community and
somehow extrapolate that they typ-
It's untenable to accept the
flawed notion that the D.C. snipers
or Brian Nichols in Atlanta reflect
poorly on Black people unless
you're willing to say the likes of
Jeffrey Dahmer, John Wayne Gacy,
Ted Bundy, Charles Manson and
Timothy McVeigh reflect nega-
tively on all White people.
This is a tricky game, a game that
we should not play. Yet, we play it.
I participated in the Region 7
conference of the National Associa-
tion of Black Journalists over the
weekend in New Orleans and my
NABJ colleagues said they are still
fielding questions about Jayson
Blair, the serial liar who was once
at the New York Times. Yet, White
journalists aren't getting questioned
about the ethical transgression of
Jack Kelley, the USA Today's
White version of Jayson Blair.
Rather than being even-handed,
these idiotic generalizations pop up
every time something bad happens,
such as the murders in Atlanta.
When the acts of Jeffrey Dahmer
reflect poorly on all Whites, then
and only then should the antics of
Brian Nichols in Atlanta reflect
negatively on all African-
Prmident Buah and the Ito Black Americas
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AKA Regional Conference
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority,
Inc. will hold its 52nd South Atlan-
tic Regional Conference on the
First Coast from April 60 10 at
the Adam's Mark Hotel in Down-
town Jacksonville. Over 2,700
sorority members from Florida,
Georgia and S. Caroline, will con-
verge on Jacksonville. The confer-
ence will include several business
sessions, educational & motiva-
The public is invited to attend
the Public Meeting on Thursday
April 7t at 7:00 p.m. held at the
Adam's Mark Hotel where various
city representatives will welcome
ladies of AKA, including Jackson-
ville resident and former National
president Norma Solomon-White
& Mrs. Irene W. McCollom the
current South Atlantic Regional
Director from Orangeburg S.C.
AKA was originally founded to
promote high scholastic achieve-
ment and to promote unity among
college women. With that in mind,
undergraduate chapters from the
local area including EWC, JU,
UNF, BCC, UF and FAMU will
infuse the undergraduate experi-
ence with a Greek Step Show held
on Friday April 8h at 7:00 p.m.
The AKA's will end their stay in
Jax. On Sunday morning April 10h
with an Ecumenical Service, also
held at the hotel at 10:00am. The
public is welcome to all events.
For more information contact
Cassandra Salter-Barlow at 504-
Barbers to Help Clip Prostate Cancer
The Duval County Health Department (DCHD) and the 100 Black
Men of Jacksonville are enlisting the help of local licensed barbers to
educate African American men on Prostate Cancer. The "Barbers Clip-
ping Prostate Cancer" program will serve as an outreach effort spreading
the word that early screening and early detection saves lies.
As a part of the program, the DCHD will conduct three workshops to
educate barbers on Prostate Cancer, screening and earlN detection.
Training sessions for the Barbers Clipping Prostate Cancer program
will be held at the Jacksonville Urban League. 903 West Union Street,
March 14", 21" and 28'. Barbers who are interested in participating in
the one time, three-hour workshop should register early Lunch will be
served and barbers completing the session will receive a certificate of
completion and a $75 stipend for their participation.
For more information, call 904-665-2520.
REGINALD L. SYKES., Jr., M.D., P
Debate Heats Up Over Social Security on Capital Hill
As the president goes on the stump
to press for his Social Security re-
forms, resistance is proving quite
There is evidence that many
Americans believe something needs
to be done to Social Security before
the system falters years from now,
but most don't belief the situation is
quite the "crisis" that President Bush
Further, a new Associated Press
poll released Friday shows Bush is
losing ground in the Social Security
debate, with only 37 percent of
Americans supporting his approach.
In an effort to sell his reforms to
African Americans, the president has
charged that Social Security, which
guarantees payment to elderly and
disabled people, is inherently unfair
to African Americans. Members of
the Congressional Black Caucus
and several experts fervently dispute
"It is puzzling to me that we are
even having this debate about
whether Social Security is good or
not for African Americans," Obama
said Friday. "I frankly found the
statement that the president made
While it's true that. White men
outlive their Black counterparts on
average, Obama said, "the notion
that we would cynically use those
disparities as a rationale for disman-
tling Social Security, as opposed to
talking about how are we going to
close the health disparities gap that
exists, and make sure that African-
American life expectancy is as long
as the rest of this nation ... is stun-
ning to me."
Henry Aaron, a Social Security
specialist with the Brookings Insti-
tute, characterized the president's
statement as "misleading."
"If you calculate just retirement,
the fact that African American men
have lower life expectancies is fully
offset by the progressive benefit
structure," he said.
The charge that Social Security is
Representative Charles Rangel discusses Social Security privatiza-
tion during a Congressional Black Caucus hearing on Capitol Hill.
Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones is at left, and Congressional Black Cau-
cus Chairman Rep. Melvin Watt at right.
unfair to Blacks is not new. The
Heritage Foundation a number of
years ago did a study purportedly
showing that because African Ameri-
cans, on average, live shorter lives
than Whites, they get a smaller re-
turn on the taxes than they pay into
the Social Security system.
RNC Establishes African-American Advisory Committee
State Rep. Jennifer Carroll, for U.S. Congressman J.C. Watts and
Rev. Vivian Berryhill, National Coalition of Pastor's Spouses are
among members of the Committee.
In another sign of its determina-
tion to win black voters, the Repub-
lican National Committee announced
that it has formed an African-
American Advisory Committee.
RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman
said the committee will bring to-
gether respectedd community lead-
ers" who will meet monthly with
RNC leaders -- to "provide a sound-
ing board" for Republican outreach.
"This is an endeavor I take very
seriously, and I look forward to
working with this outstanding group
of individuals to share ideas? grow
our party and continue to achieve
progress for all Americans,"
Mehlman said in a statement.
The Republican Party has made an
active, ongoing effort to reach out to
African-Americans, including a
"Conversations With the Commu-
nity" tour that began in February.
Even before the November elec-
tion, President Bush urged black
voters to take a look at his agenda --
while asking themselves what De-
mocrats have done for them lately.
The effort to bring more African-
Americans into the Republican fold
is attracting the attention of liberal
Democrats such as Jesse Jackson, Al
Sharpton, and Louis Farrakhan -- the
old-school civil rights establishment,
as some conservative black leaders
At a Feb. 26 "State of the Black
Union" symposium in Georgia, liber-
als reportedly chided their more con-
servative counterparts for agreeing to
meet with 'President Bush at the
But a growing (and more vocal)
group of black conservatives com-
plain that Jesse Jackson and other
liberals have failed to provide moral
leadership in the black community
and have instead become spokesmen
for extremist political agendas.
Members of the RNC's new advi-
sory committee represent the busi-
ness, faith and grassroots sectors.
They include: Harry C. Alford, Na-
tional Black Chamber of Commerce
(Wash., D.C.); Renee Amoore, The
Amoore Group (Pa.); Rev. Vivian
Berryhill, National Coalition of Pas-
tor's Spouses (Miss.); The Honorable
Kenneth Blackwell, Ohio Secretary
of State;. The Honorable Lynette
Boggs-McDonald, Nevada Board of
Commissioners (Nev.); Bishop Keith
Butler, Pastor, Word of Faith Inter-
national Christian Center (Mich.);
John Colon, Florida Federation of
Black Republicans (Fla.); Rep. Jen-
nifer Carroll, Florida State Represen-
tative (Fla.); Christopher Garrett,
Impact Strategies, LLC (Wash.,
D.C.); Ed Gillespie, Quinn Gillespie
Associates (Wash., D.C.); The Hon-
orable Alphonso Jackson, HUD Sec-
retary (Wash., D.C.); Kay Cole
James, Former OPM Director
(Wash., D.C.); Dorsey Miller, Flor-
ida Federation of Black Republicans
(Fla.); Robert Shumake, CEO, In-
heritance Investment Group (Mich.);
The Honorable Michael Steele,
Maryland Lieutenant Governor
(Md.); Rev. Joe Watkins, Pastor,
Evangelical Lutheran Church (Pa.);
JC Watts, CEO, The J.C. Watts
Companies (Wash., D.C.), The Hon-
orable Michael Williams, Texas
Railroad Commissioner (Tex.);
Winston Wilkinson, National Com-
mitteeman (Utah) and Bob Wright,
CEO, Deminisions International
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WHO: ALL REGISTERED VOTERS
WHAT: Voting prior to the March 29, 2005 Special Election
WHY: Avoid the Election Day rush; vote at your convenience
WHERE AND WHEN: Early voting hours at the Supervisor of Elections Office,105 East Monroe Street,
Downtown Jacksonville are as follows:
Monday, March 21 through Friday, March 25 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 26 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday, March 28- 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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 Community Center (Temporary Library Early Voting Site), 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, March 21 through Friday, March 25 -10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 26 -1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
There will be no Early Voting Sunday, March 27 in observance of Easter Sunday.
Early Voting Monday, March 28 will be available only at the Supervisor of Elections Office.
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The Greater Macedonia Baptist
Church, 1880 W. Edgewood Ave.,
where Landon L. Williams Sr., D.
Min.; is Pastor; invites friends and
the community to join them at 7
p.m. on Good Friday, March 25,
2005, for an Anointing and Healing
On Easter Sunday evening, The
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 '.wiltl provide children '
with needed information. Encou-
rage children that you're involved
with to come out and benefit from
this worthwhile forum.
All students and/or their parents
are invited to .participate in this
Greater Macedonia Baptist Church
Mass Choir will present an Easter
Cantata, "I Serve A Risen Savior".
The Easter Cantata will being at 6
p.m. on Easter Sunday, March 27th.
Both events are free and every-
one is invited to attend. Close your
Easter Sunday with Blessings at
Greater Macedonia Baptist.
t17 Anniversary to be
celebrated by 3Generation
Gospel Group March 20
Elder Robert Jackson and The
New Spirit Travelers, a three
Generation Gospel Group, will
celebrate their 17th Anniversary at 5
p.m. on Sunday, March 20, 2005, at
Angel Square, 5133 Soutel Drive.
For more information, call Min.
Mary Herring at (904) 766-5822 or
Evangelist Minnie Gomes, (904)
The 2005 Florida A & M
National Alumni Association
Conference will be held on July
20-24, 2005 at the Orlando
Renaissance Resort in Orlando, Fl.
'The three day convention will
include a golf tournament,
seminars, step show, luncheons,
receptions, memorial service and a
gala. For more information, e-mail
,.write to the Association at P.O.
" Box 735'f,:Tallahassee, FL.32314.
CHURCH NEWS TODAY
Deadlines are Monday at 5 PM
St. Thomas Missionary Baptist
Church, 5863 Moncrief Road,
where Ernie L. Murray Sr. is
Pastor; will hold Holy Week
Revival at 7 p.m. nightly, Monday
thru Friday, March 21-24, 2005.
Various Pastors from around the
city will deliver the Word nightly.
Pastor Rudloph W. McKissick
Jr. of Bethel Baptist Institutional
Church, will be the speaker on,
Monday, March 21st.
Pastor Frederick Newbill of
First Timothy Baptist Church will
be the speaker on Tuesday, March
Reverend Timothy Cole of West
Friendship Baptist Church will be
the speaker on Wednesday, March
& Co. to present
7th Procession and
Pageant of Easter
The public is invited to come
out and celebrate Easter with
Padrica Mendez and Ministering
Artists International Inc. as they
present their 7th performance of
"He's Coming Back Again," an
Outdoor Procession and Pageant
Depicting The Passion, Death and
Ressurection of Jesus Christ.
The procession and pageant will
be presented at 5 p.m. on Easter
Sunday, March 27, 2005, in the 700
block 9of W\est [MOpqr Street, in,
Historic La\illa, Downtown Jack-
This annual event is presented
FREE for the community. Every-
one is welcome! Seating will be
provided ard free. secured parking
will be available.
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
Pastor Rudolph McKissick, Jr.
Pastor Darrell Gilyard of Shiloh
Metropolitan Baptist Church, will
be the speaker on Thursday, March
Concert and Passover Feast
On Good Friday, March 25th, the
St. Thomas Sanctuary Choir will be
presented in concert at 7 p.m. The
Passover Feast will follow.
Friends and the general public
are invited to attend all services.
in Concert March 19
At King Solomon
Dr. Peter W. Knox III, Minister
of Music at King Solomon United
Baptist Church. 2240 Forest Street,
has announced that'the Tuskegee
University Choir will be in concert
at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 19th.
The concert is free and open to the
public. Everyone is welcome.
Greater Macedonia Baptist
Holds Good Friday Service and
Presents Easter Cantata
St. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church
Sunday Morning Worship 7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
Church School 9:30 a.m.
1st Sunday -Holy Communion 4:50p.m.
3rd Sunday The Preached Word from the Sons and Daughters
of Bethel- 3:30p.m.
Wednesday Noon Service "Miracle at Midday" 12 noon 1 p.m.
Wednesday 5:00p.m. Dinner and Bible Study at 6:30 p.m
- McKissick, Jr.
Radio Ministry -
WCGL 1360 AM
Thursday 8:15 8:45 a.m.
Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.
TV Ministry -
WTLV Channel 12
Sunday 6:30 a.m.
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'm. (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.
The Lord's Supper 3:45 p.m. (First Sunday)
Pastor Ernie L. Murray, Sr.
GREATER MACEDONIA BAPTIST CHURCH
3Pastox'- r -aaniron L. 'Wrillia wm SxXr., D. MiNKi
XB 1880 WestrEdgewood Avenue JackHmonviJle, Florida. 32208
"Seeking the lost for Christ" Matthew 28: 19-20
8:00 a.m.-Early Morning Worship 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 11:00 a.m.-Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m.-Prayer Service Wednesday 6:30-7 p.m. Bible Study
:FREE TUTORING IN ENGLISH, SCIENCE; HISTORY & MATH*
TUESDAY & THURSDAY 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Visit oir web site at www.gmbc.net / E-mail GreaterMac@aol.com
LISTEN FOR OUR RADIO BROADCAST EACH SUNDAY 2-3 PM ON WCGL 1360 AM
St Thomas Missionary Baptist
to hold Holy Week Revival
Bethel Opens New Books Store
S "" with the opening of the "Be-The-
Lite Christian Bookstore". Lo-
S cated on the 1st floor of the Ru-
Sdolph W. McKissick, Sr. Educa-
S tional Building, the store is open
Tuesday thru Friday from 10
a.m. 6 p.m. and 9 a.m. 2 p.m.
on the weekend.
The store carries a variety of
Christian oriented products in-
cluding gifts, Bibles, music,
Bethel Baptist Institutional books, souvenirs and greeting
Church recently advanced their cards. For more information, call
ever expanding Christian mission 354-1464 ext. 304..
Greater Macedonia Baptist Church
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Pastor Landon Williams
Good Friday, March 25, 2005 7:00 p.m.
MASS CHOIR EASTER CANTATA
"I Serve a Risen Savior
SEaster Sunday, March 27, 2005 '60Q ,p.m.,,
All services are at the church located at 1880 West Edgewood
Avenue and are free and open to the public.
For more information call 764-9257.
Evangel Temple Assembly of God
It's Time To Visit With Us!
Exciting Children and Youth Ministries.
Preaching Hope and Faith to Fulfill God's Destiny.
Palm Sunday Service
March 20, 2005
8:25a.m. & 10:45 a.m.
"The Real Passion of Christ"
Evening Sermon @ 6:00 p.m.
"One Step Away From
5755 Ramona Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32205
March 17-23, 2005
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March 17-2. 2005 Ms Perry's reePes-P~
Divine Restoration Places New Twist on Reality TV
tion. As the church is restored, the
program will also. reveal, what
makes that church family unique.
The 26-episode, half-hour series
is co-hosted by TV personalities
Catherine Burdon and Jim Codring-
ton and was filmed in the United
States and Canada.
In the premiere episode, Cath-
erine, Jim and the Divine Restora-
tion team perform their 48-hour
magic working with the devoted
congregation of Quinn Chapel AME
Church, on Chicago's south side.
The team and congregation work
together to transform the church's
dilapidated classrooms and office
into a modern place of study.
Quinn Chapel AME Church has
been providing free outreach pro-
grams to everyone in need since the
late 1800s, to help improve local
education and address violence, and
every last resource has gone back
into their community and not into
refurbishing their church building.
Divine Restoration will repeat on
Tuesday, March 29 at 8 PM and
Wednesday, March 30 at 11 PM.
After the special Easter premiere,
new episodes of the series will pre-
miere each Saturday at 8 PM, re-
peating Sundays at 1 PM and 5:30
.PM, Tuesdays at 8 PM and Wednes-
days at 11 PM (all times ET).
"Divine Restoration is a great fit
for TV One s programming and
brand philosophy," said Lee
Gaither, TV One Executive Vice
President of Programming and Pro-
duction. "This series showcases an
important part of African American
culture -- the church -- in all its di-
versity and in its various denomina-
tions, yet it does so in a light-
hearted and entertaining way. The
stories portrayed in each episode
will speak not only to the history of
African Americans, but to their fu-
TV One, the new entertainment
and lifestyle network for African
American adults, puts its own twist
on the home renovation genre, com-
bining human perspiration with di-
vine inspiration in its new series,
Divine Restoration, scheduled to
premiere Easter Sunday, March 27
from 8-8:30 PM. The series features
a wide variety of community
churches whether in need of a little
tender loving care or bursting at the
seams from an expanding congrega-
tion as they embark on a 48-hour
renovation project reminiscent of an
Each episode focuses on a congre-
gation as they tackle makeover pro-
jects, such as enlarging the church's
sanctuary, replacing an outdated
kitchen or fixing a leaking meeting
hall roof, from planning to comple-
2 cups sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
6 eggs, separated
5 Tbsp. flour
4 cups milk
3 tsp. vanilla
1 box vanilla wafers
Slice bananas into 1/4 inch thick
slices. Take a 9 1/2 X 13 1/2 X 2
baking dish and coat the bottom
and sides with wafers then a layer
of banana slices, alternating layers
until just below the top, then set
aside. Combine sugar, flour, salt,
stir in milk. Cook over boiling wa-
ter or in a thick pot over med. heat
until it begins to thicken. Stir
beaten egg yokes into hot mixture
and cook 7 mins. more. Remove
from heat and add vanilla then pour
over bananas and wafers. Top with
a meringue made with the egg
whites (see below) and brown in a
hot oven, 425. Serve warm or
6 egg whites
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
12 Tbsp. sugar
Egg whites need to warm to room
temperature. Place egg whites in a
large mixing bowl, add salt and
vanilla. Beat on high until they just
begin to thicken. Then begin add-
ing the sugar, a little at a time
(beating well between additions).
Continue beating until stiff peaks
are formed. Test by pulling out the
beaters and turn over, peaks should
not curl over. Spread all over pud-
ding, make sure it touches the
edges to prevent shrinking. Take
the back of a spoon and pull up
points to make attractive.
Too Much Drama
Do women like to be fixed up? Not many.
Do women like a fix up arranged by their
mother? Not any!
Meet Donneeka LeBeau. a smart, attractive
woman. LeBeau is a high-profile executive who
isn't interested in being setup on a date. espe-
cially when it's her mother trying to do the
matchmaking! And it doesn't help that her
LDEBR-. HII_LI-_. mother wants to set her up with Braxton
...... Dupree. the most notoriously eligible bachelor
While most women would be thrilled to have the chance to meet a
man like Braxton. Donneeka refuses to be setup. She considers herself to
be an independent woman and the last thing she needs is her push)
mother elbowing her way into her love life. Plus. Braxion Dupree has a
reputation for being a player and Donneeka isn't interested in becoming
his next flavor-of-the-month.
However. Braxton Dupree has always had a thing for Donneeka -
he thinks she's the sexiest, most intelligent woman he knows. He isn't
deterred by the fact that she isn't interested. In fact. he's happy to finally
meet his match in a woman. He is willing to go to any lengths includ-
ing plotting a matchmaking scheme with Mama LeBeau to make Don-
neeka fall in love with him.
Readers will relate to the cat-and-mouse chase that's so often the
case with dating. They'll find humor in Donneeka's stubbornness and
resistance, and reassurance %\hen a supposed player finds hinms'elf head
!ever heels inu4we. 1.7 .. ".. l, ,L,.,l ,IAi^,_.,, r,.
History of the AME Church A Historical Perspective
The African Methodist Episco-
pal Church was started in 1787 in
Philadelphia, Pa. By a group of dis-
inherited Americans whose forefa-
thers came from Africa. The leader
of this group was a 27 year old
"African", Richard Allen. At that
time the word "African" was used to
designate those persons whom we
now call African American.
The movement to organize a
church separated from the white
peoples' church was started in re-
sponse to the "Africans" need for
opportunities for self-expression and
fuller involvement in the service of
the worship of the worship of God,
and,in society as a whole.
To foster this program Richard
Allen considered' it important to
conduct night school classes in
which his people could learn how to
help themselves. Out of these night
school classes has come the
church's philosophy of education
with its strong emphasis upon self-
been significantly changed u has not
been significantly change untitnis
day. In addition to the educational
program of the local church, the
A.M.E. Church operates eleven in-
stitutions of higher education.
Most religious groups had their
origin in some theological, doc-
trinal, or ideological dispute or con-
cern. But the A.M.E. Church origi-
nated as a protest against the inhu-
mane treatment those of African
descent, were forced to accept from
the white people belonging to the St.
George Methodist Episcopal Church
in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The A.M.E. Church is a member
of the family of Methodist
Churches. Its founder and first ac-
tive bishop, Richard Allen, felts that
no religious sect or denomination
would suit the capacity of his people
as well as did Methodism with its
emphasis upon then plain and sim-
ple gospel which the unlearned
could understand, and its orderly
system of rules and regulations
which the underdeveloped needed.
He felt that Methodism had what the
"African-" needed to' encourage h:im
to make progress, to worship God
freely, and to fill every office for
which he had the capability.
The "Africans" who started the
A.M.E. Church were very poor and
most of them could not read nor
write. Yet, under the leadership of
Richard Allen, they managed to buy
an old blacksmith shop, and to move
it to a lot at the comer of Sixth and
Lombard St. in Philadelphia, Penn-
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as one of the historic shrines of
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churches were started throughout
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formed the A.M.E. Church: Richard
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first active bishop.
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18 active bishops and more than a
million members scattered through-
out the 50 States in the U.S.A., the
Dominion of Canada, South Amer-
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the West Indies.
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Slim fowl Sister The Africa iAmerical Womai's Guide to Healllthy Weiliht Loss
You go to the bookstore, look-
ing for the right guide to help get
you into shape, but every book
seems to be speaking to some
other woman. The diets are bland
and boring, with no soul food, and
the fitness routines require costly
equipment. As for the ad-
vice...let's just say a sister wasn't
consulted. But all that is about to
change with SLIM DOWN SIS-
TER: The African-American
Woman's Guide to Healthy, Per-
manent Weight Loss by Roniece
Weaver, Fabiola Gaines, and An-
gela Ebron (A Plume Book, on-
sale date: January 2, 2001).
The first comprehensive guide
to achieving and maintaining op-
timal weight and health, and the
first geared specifically to Afri-
can-American women, SLIM
DOWN SISTER is filled with
inspiring. real-life stories about
sisters who have lost weight and
kept it off. Authors Weaver,
Gaines and Ebron explain why
African-American women need to
address excess weight through a
targeted diet and exercise program
before it causes potentially life-
threatening health problems such
as diabetes, hypertension, and
heart disease. Not only are Afri-
can-American women more at risk
for these diseases than other
women's social customs, eating
habits, and leisure preferences all
play a role in contributing to
SLIM DOWN SISTER provides
readers with an easy-to-follow,
gimmick-free plan for eating well,
including a Soul Food Pyramid'
chock-full of nutritionally sound
food choices that satisfy a sister's
preferences, and thirty -five deli-
cious recipes for low-fat versions
of traditional favorites like fried
chicken, .macaroni and cheese,
collard greens, and peach cobbler.
With tips for setting up an all-
important emotional support sys-
tem, charts, and graphs for track-
ing success, a full exercise pro-
gram, and an emphasis on being
healthy not being skinny SLIM
DOWN SISTER is a one-of-a-
kind solution for sisters.
Some startling facts about Afri-
can-American women's health
include : Studies show that over
52% of African-American women
are obese; 31% of African-
American women suffer from high
blood pressure; in 1993, high
blood pressure was attributed as
the cause of death in 23% of black
women, compared to 5% of Cau-
casian women; between the ages
of 34 and 74, African-American
women have a 38% higher chance
of suffering a fatal heart attack
than Caucasian women do; Afri-
can-American women are nearly
three times as likely to die of a
stroke than Caucasian women; in
1993, diabetes was the cause of
death in 27% of African-American
women, almost three times the
number of Caucasian women
killed by the same disease; and at
rest, African-American women
burn 100 fewer calories per day
than Caucasian women.
The fact is, African-American
women are getting heavier. And
obesity can kill. Research shows
that life-threatening diseases like
hypertension, diabetes, heart dis-
ease, and certain forms of cancer
can be directly linked to being
severely overweight, but you don't
have to be obese to suffer health
problems. Each additional pound
puts more pressure on the heart
According to SLIM DOWN
SISTER, "Black women simply
view issues of weight differently
from the way white women do.
From our positive self-image and
affinity for soul food, to our need
for rest and rejuvenation, who we
are as black folks has more to do
with our difficulty losing weight
than we realize."
Sample recipes from SLIM
DOWN SISTER include:
(makes 8 servings)
1 large bunch collard greens (64
ounces cut and washed)
2 cups chicken broth (canned or
2 medium onions, chopped
3 whole garlic cloves, crushed
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
teaspoon black pepper
1. Wash and cut greens. Mix in
a large stock pot with chicken
broth, onions, garlic, red pepper
flakes, and black pepper. To al-
low flavor to blend, prepare dish
earlier in the day; the longer it
blends, the better it tastes.
2. Cook at medium heat until
tender (about 1 hour).
Serving size: 1/2 cup; Calories
Old Fashioned Chicken
(makes four servings)
'1 three-poiiiid-i lidl' chicken
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup flour
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup celery, chopped
1 cup onions, chopped
3 garlic cloves
2 cups chicken broth
1 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon sage
1. Cut chicken into serving
sizes. Rinse pieces and pat dry
with paper towels. Season with
2. Pour flour into a paper bag.
Add chicken pieces to bag and
shake to dust chicken with flour.
Remove chicken from bag
and shake off excess flour.
3. Heat a large skillet until hot,
then add olive oil and chicken.
Brown chicken on both sides.
only until chicken is browned,
not well cooked.) Remove
chicken from pan and set aside.
4. Add celery, onions, and garlic
to pan and sautL. After sauteing
the vegetables, place chicken in
pan and add the chicken broth,
thyme, and sage. Cook until'
chicken is tender and juices run
clear (approximately 20 to 25 min-
Serving size: 1/4 chicken; Calo-
I two-ounce can jalapeno green
2'/ cups skim milk
2 cups egg substitute
3 cups cornmeal mix
1 cup shredded low-fat cheddar
I eight-ounce can whole-kernel
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon ba king powder
1. Drain peppers, rinse under cold
water, and chop into small pieces.
2. Blend milk and egg substitute
in large bowl. Add cornmeal mix,
cheese, corn, sugar, baking pow-
der, and peppers.
3. Pour batter into a greased 13 x 9
x 2 baking pan. Bake in oven at
4000F for 35 minutes or until
bread is golden brown.
Serving size 1 2 x 2-inch square; Calories:
217; Fat: 5 g; Calories from fat: 42; Satu-
rated fat: 1.2 g; Cholesterol: 2 mg; So-
dium: 479 mg; Carbohydrate: 35 g; Dietary
fiber: 3.3 g; Sugars: 4 g; Protein: 9g.
Take Care of Yourself
When you're young, it's easy to take good health for granted. But remember this is the only body that you will
have for the rest of your life. One of the' best ways to prepare for a healthy future is to have regularly scheduled
exams. A list of exams is included to recommended frequency. An asterisk after a test indicates that differing
guidelines exist and you need to check with your doctor. Also, all testing for screening for medical conditions,
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*Eye exam: at least once between puberty and
*HIV test: whenever you engage in risky behavior
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*Pelvic exam: every year
*Skin exam: every three years
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For many women, the early fifties are characterized
largely by the physical and emotional changes brought
on by menopause. At the same time, risks for a number
of illnesses, particularly colorectal cancer, greatly in-
crease. Protecting yourself with regular recommended
exams is the smartest way to stay healthy. The follow-
ing exams are listed according to recommended fre-
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Blood pressure: at leastivery two yea-
Bone mineral density test once for ng pur-
Chlolesterol (total and HDL): every five years; j
epry three to five years ifs~af
Clinical breast exam: every year
Colorectal cancer tests sigmoidoscopyy,
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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 Cafe (1037 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 i-d?-
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
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 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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
FREE of Charge
Pleasefax all your church,
social and community
news to 765-3803.
Deadline is Monday at 5p.m.
of the week you want it to run.
Do you know an
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
win a profile in the Jacksonville Free Press and a $50
gift certificate from Publix Supermarkets.
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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-
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 CiSni'bcr 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 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.
Play a Board Game
All Jacksonville residents are
invited to enjoy free board game
play at three Jacksonville Public
Libraries. Regardless of age or skill
level, 'with or without a board
game, all are welcome to play or
watch others play. Participants can
muse over old games, learn new
ones and make new friends while
enjoying old ones. Play will be held
at the Graham Library on March
19th and 23rd from 5:30 8:30 p.m.
Bradham Brooks on March 18th,
April 8th and April 22nd from 6:30
8:30 p.m. and the Brentwood
Library on March 24th from 3:30 -
5:30 p.m. Since space is limited,
players are encouraged to reserve a
seat by calling 924-0648.
Femme Horizon will present
their Quarterly Book Discussion on
March 19, 2005 from 2:00 p.m. -
4:00 p.m. The book for discussion
will be Skinny Women Are Evil by
Mo'nique. The discussion will take
place at Island Spice Cuisine, 8132
Lem Turner Rd. To R.S.V.P. or for
more information, email
email@example.com or call
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 irom main hospital.
The meeting will feature a speaker,
refreshments and sharing. For more
information, please email
Boys and Girls Club
Open for Spring Break
Boys & Girls Club of
Northeast Florida (BGCNF) will be
open during spring break week,
March 21-25, 2005, at select
locations. Hours of operation will
be 7:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m. Youth
ages 6-18 are welcome to attend;
there is no cost. For additional
information and locations, contact
the BGCNF administrative office at
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
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Jubilee Groove Fest
Jubilee Groove Fest 2005 will
hold a National Model Call on
March 19, 2005 from 12:00 p.m. -
6:00 p.m. at Be The Lite
Conference Center, 5685 Arlington
Expwy. Selected models will
receive exposure in national
publications for modeling in the
Jubilee Groove Fest 2005 "Fashion
Frenzy" on Saturday, October 1,
2005 at Boca Resort. Please call 1-
888-643-6410 to reserve your space
or for more information.
Auditions for Mahalia
Stage Aurora will be presenting
the Broadway Show "Mahalia" and
are currently casting. Producers are
looking for three females and one
male who can sing and act. At least
one performer must be able to play
the piano/organ. The next audition
will be held on March 22 and 23,
2005 at the St. Stephen Child Care
and Learning Center from 6:00
p.m. 7:00 p.m. each evening. For
more information, contact Gloria
Stephens at 358-2799 from 10:00
a.m. 7:00 p.m.
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-
Boat Ride -
Rabia Temple #8 clown Unit
will present their 2nd Annual All
White Boat Ride from' 8:00p.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.
The Wise Woman
Series at FCCJ
In celebration of Women's
History Month, Florida Community
College Rosanne R. Hartwell
Women's Center will launch a new
speaker series entitled, The Wise
Woman Series. The first program -
Authenticity: Renew, Rebalance
and Reconnect features
motivational speaker, author,
transformational coach and
corporate consultant Sedena C.
Cappannelli. The event, which
consists of a luncheon address,
workshop and book signing, will be
held on Wednesday, March 30,
2005 at the FCCJ Deerwood
Center, 991 Old Baymeadows Rd.
from 11:30 a.m. 4:00 p.m. For
reservations, please call FCCJ at
633-8292. More information is
Much Ado About Books,
Jacksonville's Premier Book
Festival, is an annual fund-raising
event to benefit the Jacksonville
Public Library. This year's event
promises to be better than ever,
with an expanded conference
schedule and more programming
for teens and children. Nationally
acclaimed author Pat Conroy will
speak, along with 40 other award-
winning authors, illustrators,
journalists and novelists during the
two-day book festival. The festival
will take place on April 1-2, 2005
at the Prime Osborne Convention
Center. For more information,
please call 630-1995.
"The Lady From
Florida Community College
Drama Works will present the
Northeast Florida premiere of "The
Lady from Dubuque" by Edward
Albee. Three public performances
will be presented on the Wilson
Center for the Arts Main Stage at
Florida Community College's
South Campus, 11901 Beach Blvd.,
at the following dates and times:
Thursday, March 31, 2005 at 7:30
p.m.; Saturday, April 2, 2005, at
8:00 p.m.; and Sunday, April 3,
2005, at 2:00 p.m. For tickets and
information, call 646-2222 or 646-
3373. "The Lady from Dubuque"
opened on Broadway on January
Matgic Johnson to
Basketball great Ervin "Magic"
Johnson will be in Jacksonville to
discuss HIV on Wednesday,
March 30, 2005 from 3:00 p.m. -
6:00 p.m. Participants will hear
how a simple test helped Earvin
Johnson know his status, protect his
family.and get the medical care he
needs to tell his story thirteen years
after being diagnosed with HIV.
The free event will begin at 3:30
p.m. with a Health Fair, Followed
by a community forum from 5:00 -
6:30 p.m. at Abyssinia Missionary
Baptist Church Banquet Hall, 2630
Kings Rd. You must register to
reserve a seat for this event. Please'
call 1-888-212-4684. For more
information on this community
forum, log on to
San Marco Art Festival
For two days in April San
Marco Blvd. will be transformed
into an. outdoor art gallery. On
Saturday, and Sunday, April 2 and
3, 2005 over 150 artists from across
the nation will gather there for the
8th Annual San Marco Art Festival.
Fine art on display will range from
a broad spectrum of media,
including copper sculptures, hand-
crafted fine jewelry, functional and.
decorative pottery, original
paintings, photography and more.
Hours of operation will be from
10:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. and
admission is free. For more
information patrons can .call
Howard Alana Events at 954-472-
3755 or log on to
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songs that he will perform in the film, one of which fur by toting
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character meets up with the four men and joins them in words "Fur Hi
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Tavis Smiley Show" and produce TJFR Ticke
other programs. Tom Joyner,
Premiering April 29, the show 1 urban morni
will run two hours and is slotted to announced that
air in the Friday-to-Sunday window. The program will The Tom Joyne
feature newsmakers and regular commentators includ- bration at Walt
ing Princeton professor Cornel West and former con- be held Sept. 2-
gressman J.C. Watts. The lineup ii
Smiley will continue to serve as host of his late-night arion, Hamme
PBS talk show "Tavis Smiley" and is creating a series Smokie Norful
of prime-time specials for PBS. The first," American about the event
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ARETHA FRANKLIN MULLS chase a package
admission to e
'HAIRSPRAY' ROLE: Singer in talks to play entrance tothe
Motormouth Maybelle in film adaptation. "You've got
If Aretha Franklin agrees to take on the role of Mo- ou
tormouth Maybelle in a planned big screen adaptation you, Big Maia
of "Hairspray," it would be the icon's first film role RayRay will ha
Berry Graciously Explains Love
Life to Adopted Daughter
Sher 1980 "Blues Brothers" character
n 1998's "Blues Brothers 2000."
SBroadway.com, Billy Crystal is being
SWilbur Turnblad and John Travolta is
front-runner for the drag role of Edna
:h Harvey Fierstein played as part of the
fthe stage version Filming on the project
)egin in September.
ade her restaurant I~
e Ethical Treatment
)wed up in force to
at Madre's, the
restaurant owned -
were trying to do
e, members of the
protested the entertainer's penchant for
signs showing animals being skinned
gns depicted images of Lopez with the
ag" attached, and pictures of orphaned
:he caption, "J.Lo: These Babies Miss
Is She on Your Back?"
was part of an ongoing campaign to
er for "promoting and profiting from the
ustry." Last month, J.Lo introduced her
eetface fashion line during New York
a collection panned by critics and ani-
so launched an anti-J.Lo Web site JLO-
which calls for the actress to back away
ts on Sale
host of the nation's No.
ng radio show, recently
packages are on sale for
er Family Reunion cele-
Disney World Resort, to
includes Damon Wayans, Ashanti, Om-
r, Shirley Caesar, Dr. Bobby Jones,
and Lil iRocc. For more information
s and to book specially priced packages,
FAMILY. A family of four can pur-
e that includes hotel, theme park tickets,
exclusive parties and other events, plus
seminars and workshops.
to bring everybody because you know
a, PawPaw, Cousin Cookie and Uncle
.ve the time of your life," said Joyner.
*When the costume designers
of "Miss Congeniality 2: Armed
and Fabulous" drew a picture of the
tight dress Regina King would be
wearing during a performance
scene, the actress immediately
thought of the food she wouldn't be
able to eat.
"I was like, 'Okaaaaay, no junk
food, huh? Damn," King told us
Friday in Beverly Hills. She had
endured the no junk food diet for
her previous role of Ray Charles'
Margie Hendrix in Universal's
"Ray," and thought the role of up-
tight FBI agent Sam Fuller in a
light comedy opposite Sandra Bul-
lock would be a bit of a break.
It wasn't. Talk about your diary
of a mad black woman. Fuller has
been bounced in and out of various
Bureaus around the country because
of her "attitude problem." She
lands in the office run by Ernie
Hudson's Agent McDonald, where
she is dumped into the low-profile
job of guarding Agent Gracie Hart
(Bullock), whom she can not stand.
They get to scrappin' at every turn,
which required numerous choreo-
graphed fight scenes, one intense
choking exchange and even a dra-
matic rescue King and Bullock
Of course, every zany comedy
must have a lip-sync moment and
this one is no different. Eventually,
Sam and Gracie must infiltrate a
drag club and perform on stage.
But instead of Bullock taking the
comedic spotlight for the lip-sync,
she dished the big comedic moment
off to King, who sacrificed some
choice junk food to squeeze into a
skin-tight dress and impersonate
"In the original script, Sandy's
character was actually the one who
did all that, which just goes to show
how giving she is," King says.
"She's not a person who's like, 'It's
all about me.' Originally, my char-
acter freezes up
and can't sing, and
then she steps in
and does it. She
was like, 'No, I
think Sam needs
to do it. That's the
one moment that
we really fall in
love with Sam.
We need to see
her have fun. She
can't be hard
through the whole
You have to
wonder if the gen-
ance in "Ray"
finally bow down.
The L.A. native
says the caliber of
coming her way
has changed very little, but she has
noticed subtle differences in other
areas. "I would like to think that the
marketing campaign for ['Miss
Congeniality 2'] probably changed
a little bit because I'm in the com-
mercials like crazy, so 'Ray' proba-
bly had a little bit to do with it," she
says. "But unfortunately, there
aren't a lot of great scripts out
there. I will continue to be selec-
tive with what I do. I feel like this
is a great follow-up for 'Ray.'"
King will follow-up
"Congeniality 2" with a CBS pilot
entitled "The Unit," about members
of a Special Forces unit and their
families. If picked up, the show
will mark the artist's first return to
series television following "227,"
which thrust the then 14-year-old
onto the scene in 1985. More than
20 films later, Hollywood is finally
beginning to embrace the skills
we've known she's had since drink-
ing Dough Boy's 40 oz in "Boyz n
It was Regina King who first
told us in the summer of 2003 that
we should stage a boycott against
the Academy Awards if Jamie Foxx
wasn't nominated for "Ray." Now
that Foxx has actually taken home
the Oscar not to mention several
other awards King couldn't be
happier for her co-star.
"I can't explain how awesome
it's been to be a part of it," she says.
"I just really wish that more aspects
of the movie were recognized. I
thought the wardrobe was beautiful.
I feel like Taylor Hackford, the
director, did an incredible job. I'm
so grateful that we won for the
sound and mixing. [But] the
makeup and the hair, I just wish
that there were more avenues for
those people to be praised more."
Hmmm, that's the same thing
folks are saying about King.
Essence Festival Returns to New Orleans with All Star Cast
Hollywood beauty Halle Berry is suspici
interrogated by her adopted daugh- Berr
ter India whenever-
she is linked with a
mysterious man in
actress adopted India ..
after marrying her f
father Eric Benet ''
and, even though she .
is now divorced from ;
Benet, Berry remains
in close contact with
So when Berry was
graphed enjoying -
'dates' with heart-
throb actor Michael Ealy, the pub- of keef
lished pictures prompted a deluge allow i
of phone calls and emails from a life and
y, 38, says: "India called me
up on the phone
and said: 'Who
-] is this Michael
me too with the
/ about us in the
media. I had to
explain to her
that he's a
friend and the
Whole thing had
Been taken out
"It's hard to sort
p that straight but I won't
t to stop me from living my
I having fun."
Organizers of the 2005 Essence
Music Festival have booked some of
urban music's brightest new stars for
Essence magazine's 11th annual
"party with a purpose," set for July
1-3 in the Louisiana Superdome.
Joining Aretha Franklin on the
main stage the first night will be
contemporary R&B singer, song-
writer and pianist, Alicia Keys; John
Legend, the nouveau soul singer
whose 2004 debut was among the
most acclaimed R&B albums of the
year; and "American Idol" crooner
Ruben Studdard. Franklin returns for
the first time since the festival's in-
augural year in 1995.
On July 2, Destiny's Child returns
for the first time since 2001. The trio
will top a roster that also features
Kanye West, veteran R&B singer
Teena Marie and Fantasia.
On July 3, Frankie Beverly and
Maze will close out a night that in-
cludes 1980s hitmaker Lionel
Richie, who's making his first Es-
sence appearance; comedienne and
actress Mo'Nique, and crooner Kerm.
The 2005 festival will kick off a
yearlong celebration of the 35th an-
niversary of Essence magazine, a
lifestyle publication aimed at black
The event rarely features rap, and
organizers have said the violence
depicted in much gangsta rap is in-
appropriate for the Essence audi-
ence. But West's multimillion-
selling CD tends toward spiritual
discussions and more progressive
In the festival's "superlounges," a
Y No jol
similar mix of old and new will be
offered. The Roots, a Philadelphia
hip-hop group, will make its Essence
debut July 1. Also performing that
night will be pioneering hip-hop duo
Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh, soul
singer Bobby Bland, vocalist Vivien
Green and R&B singer-songwriter
The July 2 superlounge bill will
include hip-hop duo Floetry, R&B
group Mint Condition; veteran
singer Jeffrey Osborne and bassist
On July 3, jazz trumpeter Terence
Blanchard will showcase material
from his "Flow" CD, scheduled for
release June 7. Joining him will be
singers Carl Thomas and Regina
Belle, rapper Talib Kweli and reggae
group The Wailers.
In addition to the night concerts,
Essence stages free daytime empow-
erment seminars at the Ernest N.
Morial Convention Center.
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Celebrity Chef Dennis Stewart is assisted by James Wesley at the
Dunn Avenue Store.
Patrons lined up to enjoy the delicacies prepared by Chef Mr. Natural.
Blues guitarist Alvin Newborn entertained customers at the Dunn
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Twins Daquan and Dwane Johnson shared the same birthday as
Publix and enjoyed the cake together at the Gateway store.
Longtime Publix patron Virginia Baker enjoys a slice of cake from
Public associate Dawn Mayer as her daughter Virginia looks on.
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Gateway store manager Dave Lawson serves up Publix's special
Birthday cake to customer Theresa Schell.
2005 marked the 75th anniversary
for Publix Super Markets, and the
company is commemorating the oc-
casion with a company wide cele-
bration. On March 3, every Publix
store in Florida, Georgia, South
Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee
held a simultaneous anniversary
"Every Publix store was be
adorned with nostalgic signs and
festive decorations," said Publix
Spokes-woman Maria Brous.
"Customers were invited to sample
special Apron's Simple Meal
recipes for a traditional southern
meal of Country-Fried Steak,
Peppered Mashed Potatoes and
Southern Green Beans. We'll also
serve up a special anniversary ice
cream (Publix Premium Limited
Edition Chantilly Jubilee) and an
anniversary cake (7-inch Raspberry
Swirl Layer Cake)." The cake was
served by each store's leadership
In addition to the in-store event
and commemorative items, Publix
also placed the anniversary logo on
all truck trailers in the company's
fleet. Guests were treated to every-
thing in the individual stores from
delicacies created by local celebri-
ty Chef "Mr. Natural", to the blues
hits from guitarist Alvin Newborne.
"It's been our pleasure to serve
customers for the past 75 years,"
said Publix President Ed Crenshaw.
"This chainwide anniversary event
is our way of inviting our customers
to be a part of the celebration, as
well as our way of saying 'thanks'
for shopping with us."
In the midst of the Great
Depression, George Jenkins walked
away from the security of a good
job to open the first Publix store in
Winter Haven, Fla. This store set
not only a new precedent for clean-
liness and beauty, but also the
Publix standard for employee rela-
tions. Mr. George, as he was affec-
tionately called by his associates,
established profit-sharing and
employee ownership. Gross annual
sales in the early years averaged
about $100,000, slowly rising to
$120,000 by 1934.
In 1935, a second store opened on
the other side of the downtown
business district. While many of his
competitors' store shelves went bare
for lack of goods, Mr. George tra-
versed the country seeking products
to send back home to stock his
stores. In his travels, he also gar-
nered ideas about how to better the
By 1963, Publix had opened the
Miami Division and constructed a
center to supply the growing num-
ber of stores there. The first Publix
Deli was also installed during this
By the year 2000, Publix debuted
its first in-store Meal Solutions
Center, "Apron's," designed to
show customers how to prepare
healthy and tasty meals. Publix Pix,
a series of gasoline-convenience
stores, was also rolled out. Once
again, Publix was selected as one of
Fortune's 100 Best Companies to
Work for in America, and named
one of the Most Admired
Companies. Publix was ranked 132
on the Fortune 500 iti 2000 and
passed the $16 billion mark in sales
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