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The Jacksonville free press
Running title:
Mrs. Perry's free press
Physical Description:
v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Rita Luffborough Perry
Place of Publication:
Jacksonville Fla
Creation Date:
March 24, 2005
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Vol. 4, no. 36 (June 28, 1990)-
General Note:
"Florida's First Coast only quality Black weekly."

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Your Road

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Black Librarian Alleges

'Pretty Girl' Bias
BOSTON A Harvard University librarian claims in a lawsuit that she
has been rejected repeatedly for promotion because she is Black and is
perceived as just a "pretty girl" whose attire was too "sexy."
IAs a jury was chosen to decide her federal
lawsuit, Desiree Goodwin said she's been
rejected for 16 jobs at Harvard since 1999,
I when she completed her master's degree in
library science after attending night classes at

S Goodwin, 40, also has a master's degree in
SEnglish literature. seen y.eas of experience in
the library of Boston College and another nine
years as an assistant librarian at Harvard.
She said she as shocked when. in late 2001,
her supervisor told her she would ne% er be promoted at Har ard. In court
documents, Goodwin said her supervisor told her she was "a joke" at the
university's main library, where she "was, seen merely as a pretty girl
who wore sexy outfits, lo\ cut blouses, and tight pants."
Goodwin says in her lawsuit that she has suffered emotional distress
and lost $150.000 in wages as result of Harxard's failure to promote her
since 199.

Judge: Ford Affiliate

Charged Minorities More
NASHVILLE, Tenn. A federal judge has said the plaintiffs in a class-
action lawsuit had proved a lending affiliate of the Ford Motor Co. dis-
criminated against Black customers by charging them higher rates on car
After a two-week trial, U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger said she
would rule against Prmus Automotite Financial Ser ices, a unit of the
Ford Motor Credit Corp., but first nould gi\e the two sides 30 days to
negotiate a settlement to end the discnmnination.
The la~ suit lists 11 named plaintiffs, but attorneys said thousands of
black customers were discriminated against and are included in the class
Attorney s said the customers were unfairly charged hundreds of thou-
sands of dollars more than the\ should ha\e been on car loans.
The plaintiffs sought an end to discriminatory practices rather than
damages, but Primus must pay attorney fees.
Several lawsuits alleging discrimination against blacks have been filed
against financing companies for various automakers nationwide since
1998, resulting in five out-of-court settlements. The class-action suit
against Primus \ws the first to go to trial.
The settlements in the other cases hate included company agreements
to place caps on the interest rate markups that dealers can make on loans.

Fire Destroys Historic

Arkansas Masonic Building
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. A fire early last week destroyed the former
headquarters of a malor Black Arkansas social organization, which %was
to be remodeled into a museum on African-American life.
Built in 1911, the building was the national headquarters for the Mosaic
Templars, \ which had chapters in 26 states as well as six foreign countries
Organizers said they have $3 million in state funding for the building,
plus insurance they expect to collect. Preliminary work had begun about
a month ago inside the building so little of the state money had been
The Mosaic Templars began in 1883, providing life insurance and bur-
ial insurance to members. The organization grew to include an arra. of
other benefits as it took on tens of thousands of members, according to
the preservation society. The group helped members achieve standing in
commerce, professions and the arts.
In 1913, Booker T. Washington dedicated the building for the Templars.
In the 1950s the center hosted acts that included jazz greats Cab
Calloway and Ella Fitzgerald.

Civil Rights Group Won't

Boycott the Big Easy
NEW ORLEANS Leaders of a civil rights group have decided not to
pursue a threatened boycott against the city over the death of a black
tourist outside a Bourbon Street bar.
The Rev. Charles Steele, president of the Southern Christian Leadership
Conference, said he is impressed with the way city officials have reacted
to the situation.
In January, Steele threatened to organize a boycott by black tourists
if authorities did not take seriously the idea that racism was part of the
reason Levon Jones died in a fight with three white bouncers.
Jones, 25, a college student from Georgia, died New Year's Eve after a
scuffle outside Razzoo Bar and Patio club in the French Quarter. Three
bouncers were later charged with negligent homicide.
After Jones' death, Nagin said the city would try to determine if pat-
terns of discrimination exist in businesses, restaurants and nightclubs.
The city's Human Relations Commission also scheduled a hearing for
people to testify about their experiences with French Quarter businesses.

50 Cents

Volume 19 No. 9 Jacksonville, Florida March 24-30, 2005

The African-American Price of War

In the two years since the March
20, 2003, pre-dawn invasion of Iraq
launched by President George W.
Bush to topple the regime of
Saddam Hussein, 163 black men
and women have died in the con-
That number represents about 11
percent of the military war deaths
through Jan 26, 2005, according to

figures released oy me departmentt
of Defense. Of the blacks who died
in the war, 132 were in the Army,
24 in the Marines, three in the Air
Force and 4 in the Navy.
Recent data shows more than
1,500 Americans had been killed in
Though blacks make up about 30
percent of the military, the percent-

age of deaths has been less because
of their job placement, said David
Segal, director of the University of
Maryland's Center for Research on
Military Organization.
"Blacks are attracted to military
jobs that have transfer value to the
civilian economy when they leave
the military. Enlisting in the
infantry doesn't do that for you,"
Segal said.
"Historically, blacks have been
over represented in the military, but
not in the combat arms," Segal said.
"A larger percentage of blacks work
in administrative jobs, logistical
services or medical fields."
According to data from the U.S.
Department of Defense, 41 percent
of blacks in the military work in
technical jobs, 47 percent are in
administrative jobs and 12 percent
are in combat.
Because there is no traditional
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Saluting Unsung
Hero Eddie Walker
On any given day, one may find
thirty one year civil service veteran
Eddie Walker in a variety of places.
The Clara White Mission serving
food, cleaning up his organiza-
tion's adopted street, mentoring, or
even cutting hair at the homeless
Continued on page 7

Chance Meeting Unites African Refugees With St.Phillips

Waiting in a Toronto airport for
final clearance in the United States,
Anaclet Pampero and Aloise
Mizambo with their families in tow
had no idea that their American
experience was about to be changed
forever. While going through rou-
tine customs clearance, a conversa-
tion was began between them and
Father Santosh "San" Marray of
Jacksonville's Santosh Murray. The
surprise expressed on the Burundi
natives face when it was realized
that the spiritual man who had just
befriended them was also going to
the same place was astonishing.
Along with their parting greetings
was an invitation to Sunday service
that has greatly enhanced their
American "experience". Their very
first Sunday, Father Murray asked
the church to adopt the two couples
as their family, since then, they
have been in the embrace of the
A year later, the two couples
recently celebrated their anniver-
sary last weekend in America with
the church. In what one church
member dubbed Course 101 in
African Custom & Culture, the Bu-

Shown above is Aloise Mizambo and his 10 year old daughter Vanessa Dusade and Anaclet Bampena and
wife Gabriel Nyandwi with daughter Leona Icoyiremeye (last name means What God Creates) and 4 yr old
son Raulle Mufaransa.
rundi families joined by Porteh stories of exiting their country by There were no tears, but a com-
Sayon from Liberia communicated foot, working and surviving on 5% pulling determination to accept the
in native tongue and English their of their normal pay in a refugee power of prayer and blessings of
past culture, customs and experi- camp and even saving the life of a God in their future defined their
ences. Their testimonies included husband after an attempted robbery. past. Continued on page 7

CRC Celebrates Eleventh Anniversary

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Rev. Reginald Caldwell, Rep. Jennifer Carroll, Sen. Anthony Hill, Carol Wells, Timothy Rose CRC Board Vice-Chair, Dr. Leon Seymore CRC
Board Chair, Reginald Gaffney CRC CEO, Sheriff John Rutherford, Sen. Stephen Wise, Stanley Twiggs CRC COO. FMPOWELL PHOTO

The CRC (Community Rehabi-
litation Center) recently celebrated
their Eleventh Anniversary with
their Annual Board of Directors
Dinner at the Adam's Mark Hotel in

down-town Jacksonville. Over 500
community leaders and citizens
attended the event that was keynot-
ed by Sheriff John Rutherford. The
event is the non-profit organiza-

tion's major fundraiser for the year.
The CRC was formed in 1993
with the expressed purpose of
responding to a community need
for a comprehensive rehabilitation

program. It provides assistance with
substance abuse, HIV/AIDS servic-
es and psychosocial programs serv-
ing those in Duval, Clay and
Nassau counties.

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Above is Alan D. Thornton, Sr., President and Chellie Baker, Vice-President of Legacy Financial En-
terprise at their Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

Black Owned Business Opens Doors to Help

All Potential Homeowners Secure Funding
Legacy Financial Enterprise, Inc. held its Ribbon Cutting Ceremony during its Grand Opening complete with
free food and prizes for everyone. Alan D. Thornton, Sr., President, says that Legacy Financial Enterprise is a
vision from God and that the team of mortgage consultants and he are very excited to help as many people as
they possibly can to secure funding for their homes. The company has an association of realtors and mortgage
consultants to assist borrowers with their home buying experience.
Legacy Financial Enterprise, Inc. is located at 3728 Phillips Hwy.

Is Leasing the Option For You

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You'll find lease deals everywhere
you look, but you'll have to hunt for
more than a low monthly payment.
Lease a 2005 Suburu Outback
wagon for 48 months with no money
down and pay just $278 a month!
Lease a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica with
$2,500 down over 39 months and
pay only $258 down over 39 months
and pay only $258 a month!
You'll be seeing more offers like
these as manufacturers and car deal-
ers look for lures other than 0 per-
cent financing to get you into a car.
And the deals do look tempting.
Shouldn't you jump at the chance to
The answer is yes, if you don't
mind paying plenty for a car you'll
have to return or buy at the end of
the lease. The ads don't always
show you the true total cost of leas-
ing, which typically includes fees at
the finance charges along the way.
Worse, if a year into the deal you
decide that leasing is not for you,
you can't walk away with out pay-
ing substantial costs.
Fees Coming And Going
Many people who lease have
wound up with lousy deals because
they focus on the monthly payment
without understanding how much
the car itself costs. Indeed, many
leases are based on the manufac-
turer's suggested retail price
(MSRP) instead of a lower price the
buyer negotiates. Also piled on top
of the MSRP are extra charges for
insurance coverage, extended war-
ranties, delivery fees, and other
items consumers will finance.
So here's the deal. When you
lease a car, you are not paying for
its full value, only its projected loss
in value-its depreciation-while it's
in your use, typically 24 to 48
months. Over three years, a $30,000
car might lose half its value. The
remaining half is the residual value.
Paying back only half a car's value,
of course, will leave you with a
smaller monthly payment.
But there are offsets. First is the
mileage restriction. Most leases
limit your use to 10,000 to 15,000

miles per year. (Passenger cars aver-
age 12,200 miles a year.) Then there
is a raft of fees. One biggie: the
"lease acquisition fee," usually
about $600, levied by the automaker
or finance company underwriting
the lease. It isn't always broken out
on the contract, and dealers may
quietly jack up the fee and pocket
the difference. You may also have
to pay a security deposit that is re-
funded unless you default.
When you turn in the car at the
end of the lease, you will encounter
another set of fees: the "lease dis-
posal fee," which runs about $395;
and 15 to 30 cents per mile for ex-
ceeding the mileage limit in the
lease agreement. (Drive fewer miles,
and you've wasted your money for
depreciation you didn't use.) Fi-
nally, there are charges for "excess
wear and tear," which cover all but
the smallest mechanical or cosmetic
The Money Factor
Another significant cost is the
lease finance charge. You might not
think you'd pay a finance charge on
a car you're just borrowing, but con-
sider this: When you drive away in a
$30,000 car, you're tying up some-
one's investment, just as if you took
out a loan. So although you're not
buying the car outright, you'll still
be paying monthly finance charges.
Complicating the matter is the
fact that the finance charge is not
usually expressed as an interest rate
but as a "money Factor." To deter-
mine the equivalent interest rate,
multiply by 2,400. The finance
charges for lessees are generally
higher than for buyers.
The finance charges on a
$30,000 leased over a three-year
period might be around $3,898, or
about $1,027 higher than with a
three-year loan, even if the annual
interest rate for both was 5.7 per-
cent. The extra lease costs would be
partially offset by lower sales taxes.
Other Roads To A Lower pay-
So a lease isn't the cheapest
) way to go. But what are you do if

you can't afford loan payments for
that shiny new ride?
One option is a car loan with a
longer term. As a general rule, loans
are less costly than leases of the
same duration and interest rate. And
a long-term loan, say over 60
months, is likely to cost much less
than leasing twice over the same
period, assuming you'll keep the
vehicle for the entire length of the
loan. If your plan, however, is to sell
or trade in the vehicle early on a
long-term loan, you could pay mo;e
than if you'd simply leased to start
You might also consider pur-
chasing a reliable, well-maintained
used car. After all, it's new to you.
Many cars operate well even when
they are a decade old.
What To Do
If you decide to lease, make
sure you understand the deal before
signing anything. Here's how to
avoid overpaying.
Negotiate the car price. Before
even whispering the word "lease" at
a dealership, haggle as if you were
buying. Only after you've settled on
a price should you announce that
you want to lease.
Buy extra miles up front. If you
know you'll drive more than the
agreement allows, ask for more
miles to be included in the lease.
Study the agreement. Pay par-
ticular attention to restrictions, pen-
alties And end-of-lease procedures.
Verify that everything is exactly as
you negotiated. Examine the capital-
ized cost, which is the sum of the
negotiated vehicle price and fees,
minus the value of any trade-in and
down payment. If it's higher than
you expect, don't sign until you find
out why.
Check the calculations. Before
signing, write down the lease spe-
cifics and verify the numbers using
a lease calculator, such as the free
one at www.bankrate.com. You'll
need to jot down the capitalized
cost, term, residual value, and
money factor. Remember to multi-
ply it by 2,400.

Almost everyone has a com-
puter, a desk, and a file cabinet at
ho6hie-but hbt everyone' qualifies 'for
a home-office deduction. How do
you know whether your office fits
the Internal Revenue Service defini-
tion of n a home office? Size does-
n't count in this case. The space
doesn't have to fill a room; a corer
of your den equipped with a laptop
can qualify. What does
matter is how you use
the area, and how often. /
Here are the rules for
home-office write-office.
You must use the
space exclusively for
work. If your kids use _
your home-office to do K >
homework, or if you use
the space to pay personal
bills and track invest-
ments, you lose the de-
duction. -abel
Tax tip: To make sure
you can prove your time ee
in your home office
means business, keep a log of the
hours you use the office and what
tasks you perform.
You must do most of your work
from home. If you only occasionally
take work home, you won't qualify
for a deduction. Even if you work at
home most days, however, you can't
claim the tax break unless your em-

ployer specifically requires you to
have a home office.
Tax tip: Have your'boss give you a
letter stating that as a condition of
your employment you have an of-
fice at home.
You must deduct only the space
you use. Calculate the percentage of
your apartment, condo, or house that
you use for business. If your rooms

are all about the same size, you can
divide the number of rooms used for
business by the total number of
rooms in your home. For example, if
you use one room in an eight-room
apartment as a home office, one-
eighth of the rent is deductible. Or
you can divide the area used for
business by the total area of your

house. If the office takes up 10 per-
cent of the total, you can deduct 10
percent of your mortgage payments,
interest, and property taxes.
Tax tip: You can also deduct the
same percentage of utility, insur-
ance, and home maintenance costs.
You may also claim Deprecia-
tion. To calculate depreciation, di-
vide the square footage of the office
by the square footage
Sof the entire house.
Apply that percentage
to the fair-market
Value of the property
or the adjusted basis
S s (what you paid plus
improvements and
i^ minus any deprecia-
i tion), whichever is
'/ less. You must depre-
Sciate that amount over
39 years. An IRS ta-
Ry- ble prescribes the
Q percentage, around
I.(*? If 2.6 percent for all but
years 1 and 39. If you
use 10 percent of a $300,000 house
for business, your annual deprecia-
tion would be roughly $780. Your
total home-office write-off in each
year, however; may not exceed your
business earnings for that year. Tax
tip: When you sell the house, all the
allowable depreciation will be sub-
ject to a capital-gains tax.

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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-
munity including:
Business Workshops
Core City Business Recruitment
Doing Business with the Government
Business Research Facilities
Access to Capital

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

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

How and When to Take a

Home Office Tax Write Off

Chamber of Commerce

March 24-30, 2005

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Back row from left to right: Ella Simmons (Team Coordinator
for USA/SA HIV/AIDS International Network), Charles Simmons,
Minerva Bryant (V.P. Clinical Operations for River Region), Derya
Williams (Executive Director and CEO for River Region). Front
row: Ms. Routh Esther Elise (Women's Center of the Association to
Fight Violence Against Women, Cameroon), Mrs. Khady Mbengue
(General Secretary West African Women Association, Senegal),
Jackie Nash (Regional AIDS Program Officer Duval County
Health Dept.), Mrs. Zohra Bent Mohamed (Psychiatrist Consultant
for Tunisian Union for Mentally Handicapped People).

River Region Hosts

Visitors from Africa

Bil Cosby Visits and Raises Funds for B-CC

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Bethune-Cookman College President Dr. Trudie Kibbe Reed, Cosby
Scholar Marlena Moody and Dr. Bill Cosby meet in the Mary McLeod
Bethune Performing Arts Center

Marlena Moody sat in the Mary
McLeod Bethune Performing Arts
Center anxiously awaiting the op-
portunity to meet the man who is
helping her fund her matriculation

through Bethune-Cookman College
on Sunday, March 13.
But as soon as Dr. Bill Cosby
entered the room, the anxiety
quickly went away.

"Within seconds, I was 'com-
pletely at ease," said Moody. "This
was definitely a once in a lifetime
opportunity that I will always cher-
Moody updated Dr. Cosby on her
academic progress and discussed
college life before the legendary
entertainer left to prepare for his
two performances later that evening
The daughter of John T. and
Marcia J. Moody is a junior from
Lacey, Washington majoring in
Chemistry and minoring in Spanish.
She maintains a GPA of 3.27 and
has aspirations of going to medical
school and becoming a pediatrician.
Along with paying attention to her
Sown school work, Marlena is also
active in her school community.
She is a freshmen seminar peer
facilitator, an athletic tutor, and the
secretary for Bethune-Cookman
College's branch of the Florida-
Georgia Louis Stokes Alliance for
Minority Participation (FGLSAMP).

"I am very proud of Ms. Moody
and the excellent way she repre-
sented the College today," said Col-
lege President Dr. Trudie Kibbe
Dr. Reed and Dr. Cosby met ear-
lier in the day, where Dr. Reed
shared her vision for the College's
International Institute'for Civic Par-
ticipation and Social Responsibility
as well as issues of the day.
"It was an enjoyable, productive
visit," Dr. Reed said. "I look for-
ward to continuing a dialogue with
one of our nation's foremost enter-
Prior to his first performance, Dr.
Cosby received a Bethune-Cookman
College football jersey from Athlet-
ics Director Lynn Thompson and his
wife, Michelle. Dr. Cosby delighted
the Wildcat faithful in the audience
by mentioning, that Bethune-
Cookman has beaten archrival Flor-
ida A&M three consecutive years in
the Florida Classic.

Earlier this month, River Region
played host to several visitors from
Africa. Ms. Routh Esther Elise
(Women's Center of the Associa-
tion to Fight Violence Against
Women, Cameroon), Mrs. Khady
Mbengue (General Secretary -
West African Women Association,
Senegal), and Mrs. Zohra Bent
Mohamed (Psychiatrist Consultant
for Tunisian Union for Mentally
Handicapped People) came to
Jacksonville to learn about
women's leadership and develop-
ment in relationship to healthcare,
business, and social issues.
The visit was sponsored by the
U.S. State Department. The visitors

toured several facilities of River
Region Human Services to learn
about the numerous programs and
services the non-profit agency pro-
vides to HIV/AIDS patients
throughout Jacksonville. The tour
was coordinated by the Duval
County Health Department. Derya
Williams, River Region's CEO
says, "It was a pleasure to meet our
friends from Africa, and to show
them what we at River Region are
accomplishing in the fight against
HIV/AIDS. I hope that the things
they've learned from us will help
them in their fight against
HIV/AIDS in Cameroon, Senegal,
and Tunisia."

Volunteers Needed
S The Jacksonville Public Library Foundation is hosting
Much Ado About Books on April 2, 2005 at the Prime
Osborn Center from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Exciting op-
portunities are available for individuals or groups that in-
clude escorting authors, panel discussion monitors, children's area assis-
tants, bookstore assistants, greeters, luncheon monitors, ticket takers, set
up, clean up and much more. Shifts are available. Minimum age: 16.
Contact: Jami Bartlett 630-1703.



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members of the Black Press
of America: The National
Newspaper Publishers
Association express our
1 appreciation to our

readers, advertisers and
supporters. Since the first
Black newspaper, The
Freedom's Journal, was
published in 1827, The
Black Press has served
the community as a
recorder of history, a
reporter of our

n progress and
problems and a

r catalyst for change.
Please join in celebrating the
courage, commitment and
accomplishments of the Black
Press of America in "Educating
and Empowering A Nation."

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By George Curry
Hell no, we won't
go! That was a
Popular chant of
protesters during
the Vietnam War.
Although there
were scattered
anti-war protests
over the weekend to mark the sec-
ond anniversary of the U.S. inva-
sion of Iraq, military-age African-
Americans have been protesting
over the past five years in a quieter,
more profound way fewer are
enlisting in the Army.
Blacks have bravely served in
every American War, even unpopu-
lar ones such as the one in Vietnam.
Unlike many of their elders, how-
ever, an increasing number of
young African-Americans are no
longer willing to risk being shipped
into a war zone to fight for a cause
they do not support.
Department of Defense Youth
and Influencer Polls conducted last
May concluded, "... Black youth
were less supportive of U.S. troops'
presence in Iraq, less likely to feel
the war was justified, more disap-
proving of the Bush administra-
tion's handling of foreign affairs
and more disapproving of its use of
U.S. military forces than were
whites or Hispanics."
The war in Iraq exacerbated a
downward trend among Black
Army recruits. In fiscal 2000, Afri-
can-Americans represented nearly a
quarter of Army recruits. That fig-

ure fell to 22.7 percent in 2001,
S19.9 percent in 2002, 16.4 percent
Sin 2003, 15.9 percent in 2004 and
S13.9 percent through the first four
months of fiscal 2005.
The steady dip in recruitment
does not mean there aren't thou-
sands of African-Americans being
deployed to Iraq. I got a chance to
speak to about a dozen of them last
month when I gave the Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr. address at the Na-
tional Training Center at Fort Irwin,
Calif. The sprawling Army base,
sandwiched between Los Angeles
and Las Vegas, is 37 miles north-
east of Barstow, Calif. and 100
miles from nowhere.
As soldiers lined up to complete
papers before leaving for Iraq, they
told me of their fears and aspira-
tions. Even those who gave the im-
pression that they had reservations
about the war were intent on keep-
ing their end of the bargain. They
recalled in matter-of-fact tones the
personal toll the war was extracting
on their families. Many were send-
ing their wives and kids back home
to live with their parents or in-laws.
A few would leave their families at'
Fort Irwin.
Last year, on the opposite end of
the country Fort Bragg, N.C. -
and the opposite end of the age
spectrum, I had witnessed many
members of the National Guard
about to be deployed to Iraq. Many
were in their 40s and 50s and were
being recalled to fight in what
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woman's) war. Most of these men
and women had served earlier but
their lives were interrupted when
their National Guard units were
In addition to speaking with sol-
diers on both coasts just before they
left, I also visited with some of the
troops in the Persian Gulf. Two
years ago, just before the fall of
Baghdad, the NNPA News Service
sent me to Dohar, Qutar to cover
the daily briefings of Army Brig.
Gen. Vincent Brooks. There, too, I
found service men and women who
had been to Iraq and Afghanistan.
They had risked their lives at a time
when some elected officials back
home were talking about cutting
their benefits. It would later be dis-
closed that if any of them had been
killed during the war, their families
would have received death benefits
of only $12,420. Administration
officials promised to increase that
lump sum payment to $100,000, but
that provision was not included in
the Pentagon's 2006 proposed
budget. Congress will be asked to
make a separate appropriation.
When I think back on the past
two years, having looked into the
eyes of departing soldiers in Cali-
fornia, North Carolina and those
stationed in the Persian Gulf, I keep
asking myself: Was it worth it?
Was it worth disrupting the lives of
middle-age citizens who had al-
ready served their time? Was it
worth it to launch a war based on
lies? Was it worth it to-be led to
war by a group of "chicken hawks"
who talk tough but avoided military
service themselves? When talking
about rebuilding Iraq, shouldn't we
also be talking about rebuilding
urban America?
It is not surprising that a growing
number of young Black men and
vomen are asking these same ques-
ions. Would-be recruits are saying
hat they love their country, they
lon't mind fighting in a just war,
>ut when it comes to fighting in
raq: Hell no, we won't go!

For Black Recruits, War is

Onpi Thina Iran ic A Anftha.r

As my wife flipped through her
April edition of Ebony Magazine I
noticed the bold article titles along
the side of the cover: "Single Sister:
5 Mistakes That can Keep you From
the Alter." Of course I not touching
that one, but there was an article
worth talking about entitled,
"What's Behind All The Changes in
Black Leadership?"
An appropriate title considering
almost.all of the national histori-
cally African American organiza-
tions (i.e., Urban League, NAACP,
United Negro College Fund and
SCLC) have recently changed lead-
ership. At the beginning of the arti-
cle, NAACP Chairman Julian Bond
sets the tone by saying that there is
no need for alarm.
I certainly agree with the infa-
mous Mr. Bond, who once said,
"Once, we thought that segregation
and racism were the same thing, and
that, when segregation was done
away with, racism would be done
away with, too.",
The bottom line is that change can
be a very good thing. I often wrestle
with the issue of term limits and
certainly see both sides of the issue,
but ultimately think that term limits
enable or should I say force change.
Term limits enable new people
with fresh ideas and innovative
ways of handling problems to have
leadership opportunities. But is
change always good in government?
Someone once said, "All change is
not growth, as all movement is not
The flip side is the institutional
knowledge lost from the forced
turnover, and the fact that in most
governmental bodies tenure nor-
mally equates to more power and
influence. But the benefits of fresh
leadership tend to outweigh the
negatives. Charles Kettering once
said, "The world hates change, yet it

is the only thing that has brought
So where am I going with this?
The Ebony article rekindled my
thoughts of having this Black Lead-
ership Expo that I wrote about
around a year and a half ago. The
premise of idea came from the lack
of unity and direction amongst
black leadership here in Jackson-
Since the initial concept, two very
positive things happened. First, a
group of ministers and community
leaders formed the Jacksonville
Leadership Coalition, headed by
Rev. R. L. Gundy. This organization
focuses'on addressing issues crucial
to the African American commu-
nity. Second, African American
elected officials started meeting on a
monthly basis to understand the
issues each person is dealing with
and how they can continue to work
together especially since they serve
the same community.
These are two positive move-
ments that weren't simply needed,
but necessary. And meetings will
continue to be critical especially as
changes occur within leadership
ranks. Soon, a couple City Council
seats and at least one State House of
Representatives seat will be vacated
because ofterm limits.
So change will come whether we
like it on not. As Benjamin Disreali
said, "In a progressive country
change is constant; change is inevi-
table." And there is enough from for
new and old leaders to come to-
gether to put together a black
agenda for our city.
Among some of the issues this
event should address are issue like
Jacksonville's contaminated ash
sites, which are predominately in
the black community, the concept of
a citizen's review board for the
Sheriffs Office and Edward Waters

College. These are examples of is-
sues that need a consolidated voice
from black leadership and strategic
game plan.
From healthcare to housing op-
portunities and minority business
programs and AIDS awareness the
need to be on one accord is signifi-
cant, but lack of continued cohe-
siveness is lacking. It is that 600-
pound elephant standing in the cor-
ner that no one wants to directly
But that's where our black leaders
come into to play. Now is the time
to "rally the troops" and have an
African American Leadership Con-
ference that focuses on creating a
black agenda for Jacksonville that
acts as a roadmap and catalyst for
change. And I am as guilty as any-
one when it comes to my actions
speaking louder than my words. It is
time for the train to leave the station
regardless of who decides to get on.
We know that the problem in
Jacksonville isn't a lack of African
Americans who think that they are
leaders, so I would imagine atten-
dance should be pretty good. Of
course, that is if folks can put their
egos on the self for a day or two. Or
better yet, if we can get enough
black leaders to actually care
enough to attend.
It doesn't matter if you live in
Biscayne Downs, Grand Park, Hid-
den Hills or Ponte Vedra, there
needs to be an overall understanding
and consciousness of African
American concerns throughout the
Ultimately, "leaders" need to
lead. But as the old proverb says,
"An army of sheep led by a lion
could easily defeat an army of lions
led by a sheep."
Signing off from and empty
Prime Osborne Convention Center,
Reggie Fullwood

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March 24-30, 2005

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Magic Johnson to bring Message of

Hope for HIV\AIDS to Jacksonville

The African American commun-
4 ity had experienced a steep rise in
the incidence of HIV/AIDS in the
last decade. Magic Johnson has
teamed up with GlaxoSmith-Kline
(GSK) to bring awareness about
i HIV/AIDs to the Jacksonville com-
munity. Johnson is scheduled to
appear in Jacksonville at 3 p.m. on
0 Wednesday, March 30, 2005, in the
0 Banquet Hall at Abyssinia Mission-
ary Baptist Church, 2630 New
Kings Road. A community forum
will follow at 6:30 p.m. To register
H AIdnes7 in the eveica n tA e
to attend the event, you must call 1-
n r ..i h f r l888-212-4684, although the event
is open and free to the public.

experience being HIV-positive,
which was learned from a simple
test. He will ask each individual to
take steps to stop the spread of
AIDs in the African American
community, and the first step is to
S I I Johnson made the announce-
opyrighted Materia l ment thirteen years ago that he had
S/ & chtested HIV-positive, and was
retiring from professional basket-
SyndCl atd Cot l ball. However, he later played
Sd t I l l M B with the U.S. Olympic basketball
op "team. Since. then, he has been
active, healthy and an inspiration to
Available from Commercial News Providers" many. Johnson established the
Magic Johnson Theater chain, and
is recognized as a highly successful
astute businessman.
"HIV and AIDs are devastating
my community," said Johnson, who
led the Los Angeles Lakers to five
NBA championships, and in 2002,
was inducted into the Naismith
Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

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Lonnie Bunche
Chicago Historical Society Presi-
dent Lonnie C.Bunch will head the
Smithsonian Institution's new mu-
seum of African-American History.
Bunch, 52, a recognized African-
American scholar, has run the his-
torical society since 2001 and ear-
lier this month announced an 18-
month, $22 million renovation of
the society's Lincoln Park head-
quarters for its 150th anniver-
sary.The National Museum of Afri-

can American History and Cul-
ture was approved by Congress
in 1928 but plans were ended by
the Great Depression and World
War II.Congress re-authorized
the museum again in
2003.Bunch previously held.
administrative and curatorial
positions at Washington's
Smithsonian Institution and was
curator of history at the Califor-
nia Afro-American Museum
from 1983 to 1989.
He will head planning and fund-
raising for the museum project
which could cost $300 million
to $400 million and take 15
years to complete.
The National Museum of Afri-
can American History and Cul-
ture was established on Dec. 19,
2003, when President Bush signed
legislation establishing the museum
as part of the Smithsonian Institu-
tion. The new museum will be the
only national museum devoted
exclusively to the documentation
of African American life, art, his-
tory and culture. The museum will
be structured and administered like
all other Smithsonian museums and
will be governed by the Institu-
tion's Board of Regents.



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says that "Statistics show the
dramatic impact of HIV and AIDS
on the African American commun-
ity, and that it has grown worse in
recent years." Johnson continued,
"People living in fear of having the
disease need to find out their status
so they can begin fighting back .
immediately if they test positive for.
the virus. They need to take control
of their lives. Too many African
Americans are dying right now
because they don't know enough
about HIV and AIDS, and are not
getting tested."
Johnson said it was hard to
come out and tell the world thathe
had HIV, but that he felt like it was
something that he needed to do. "I
Earvin "Magic" Johnson also knew I needed to do something
Johnson says that with the help positive about this and have found
of his physician, he has developed the one thing I can do is help
a healthy lifestyle and that he sticks educate people about HIV. That's
with his treatment every single day. why I'm working with GSK to
According to the Center for reach as many people as I can
Disease Control and Prevention through face to face meetings in
(CDC), HIV and AIDS affect the cities across the country. That's
African American community where I tell people about my
more than any other racial group. experience with HIV and what they
African Americans make up need to do to help themselves and
approximately 13 percent of the others."
U.S. population, but more tian 1/3 The CDC statistics are a reality
of the AIDS cases reported since that the African American com-
the beginning of the epidemic are munity across the country must
among African Americans. face. The teenager rate in our
While African American repre- community is alarming. Churches,
sent only 15 percent of U. S. parents, teachers and all others
teenagers, the CDC says that they must get involved to help save our
account for 65 percent of new youth from promiscuous behavior.
AIDS cases reported among teens Teen pregnancy is not cute. Teen
in 2002. Approximately 2/3 of all pregnancy is a signal that teens are
women with AIDS are African having unprotected sex when they
American, the CDC says. Overall, should not be having sex at all. It
the rate of AIDS cases among is up to the Churches, parents, and
African Americans is more than all other adults to educate our youth
2X that of Hispanics and 8X that about the dangers of unprotected
of whites. sex and promiscuous behavior.
I African Americans account for Although, HIV/AIDS testing is
more than half of the 40,000 new not mandated in any American
HIV infections estimated to occur community, it should be encou-
in the U.S. each year, and the raged by every segment of the
CDC states that African Ameri- community. The percentages
cans are 10 times more likely to show that even mandates should be
progress from HIV to full-blown considered just as there are require-
AIDS, compared to whites. ments that youth are required to
The CDC reports that African receive certain vaccinations in
Americans represent 44 percent of order to prevent epidemics of other
Men living with HIV and 67 disease forms. These vaccinations
percent of women living with HII. are required before entering school
GET TESTED! nd proofR*ls required before
Jacksonville is one of the cities entering most colleges.
hardest hit by the disease, with Further steps must be imple-
more than 4,400 people living with mented to help prevent the further
AIDS. African Americans account spread of this life threatening
for 55 percent of AIDS cases in disease. It is not like cancer which
Jacksonville. can't be transmitted; HIV/AIDS.is
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First AME of Palm Coast

Invites All to Easter Services

First AME Church, 91 Old
Kings' Road North, Palm Coast;
The Rev. Gillard S. Glover, Pastor;
will observe Easter Thursday thru
Sunday, and everyone is invited.
A Free Supper will be served on
at 7 p.m. on Maundy Thursday,
March 24th.

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At 12noon on Friday, March
25th, there will be "The Seven Last
Words" Service.
The New Destiny Ensemble
will be heard at the Good Friday
Service at 7 p.m. on March 25th.
Easter Sunrise Service will be
held at the Harbourside Inn, 300
Clubhouse Drive at 6 a.m. on
Easter Sunday morning, March 27
Breakfast will follow Sunrise
Service and will be held free to
guests, at First AME.
Easter Service will begin at the
Church at 10:45 a.m. All are

St Thomas Missionary Baptist

to hold Holy Week Revival

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 21 st
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
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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 of West Monroe Street, in
Historic LaVilla, Downtown Jack-
This annual event is presented
FREE for the community. Every-
one is welcome! Seating will be
provided and free secured parking
will be available.

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

Weekly Services

Sunday Morning Worship 7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
Church School 9:30 a.m.
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 1p.m.
Pastor Rudolph Wednesday 5:00 p.m. Dinner and Bible Study at 6:30p.m. Pastor Rudolph

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Thursday 8:15 8:45 a.m.
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Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.

TVMinistry -
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Sunday 6:30 a.m.

Pastor Frederick Newbill

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
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Vision Baptist Church Sponsors 5K
Run to benefit Clara White Mission

Vision Baptist Church, will
sponsor the Inaugural Vision 5K
Run to benefit the Clara White
Mission on Saturday, April 9, 2005.
The Vision 5K Run is estimated
to be a total of 3.1 miles. Starting
at 9 a.m. at the corner of Lem
Turner Road and Grant Street
(8973 Lem Turner Road), the run

will proceed north on Lem Turner
to Capper Road and finish back at
the starting point.
Registration will begin at 8 a.m.
Participants must be 18 years and
older. For more information,
please call (904) 705-5965, 762-
0899 or 234-6927.

More on the History of the AME Church

By Rev. Dr. Granville W. Reed II
Pastor, Mt. Olive AME Church
The March 17, 2005 Jackson-
ville Free Press article "History of
the AME Church" contained an
error in the last paragraph. Please
be advised that Districts were
added at the last conference.
There are 21 active bishops.
They include: Bishop Richard Nor-
ris, 1st Episcopal District; Bishop

Greater Macedonia
Invites All to Good
Friday Anointing &
Sacrament Service
The Greater Macedonia Baptist
Church, 1880 West Edgewood
Ave., where Dr. Landon L.
Williams Sr. is Pastor; invites the
public to come and be blessed at
their "Anointing and Healing
SSacrament Service at 7 p.m. on
Good Friday evening, March 25,
2005. All are welcome.
End your Easter Celebration as
you savor the Greater Macedonia
Baptist Church's Mass Choir Easter
Cantata, "I Serve a Risen Savior".
The Cantata win 'be'pesented at 7
p.m. on Easter Sunday, March 27th.
All events at Greater Macedonia
are free and open to the public.

Adam J. Richardson, 2nd Episcopal
District; Bishop Robert B. Webster,
3rd Episcopal District; Bishop Phi-
lip R. Cousin, 4th Episcopal Dis-
trict; Bishop John R. Bryant, 5th
Episcopal District; Bishop William
P. DeVeaux, 6th Episcopal District;
Bishop Preston W. Williams III, 7th
Episcopal District; Bishop C. Gar-
nett Hlenning, 8th Episcopal Dis-
trict; Bishop T. Larry Kirkland, 9th
Episcopal District; Bishop Gregory
Ingram, 10th Episcopal District;
Bishop McKinley Young, 11th
Episcopal District; Bishop Richard
A. Chappell, 12th Episcopal Dis-
trict; Bishop Vashti McKenzie, 13t
Episcopal District; Bishop David
R. Daniels, 14th Episcopal District;
Bishop, Bishop Samuel L. Green
Sr., 15th Episcopal District; Bishop
Carolyn Guidry, 16th Episcopal
District; Bishop Paul J. M. Ka-
wimbe, 17th Episcopal District;
Bishop Sarah Davis, 18th Episcopal
District; Bishop James L. Davis,
19th Episcopal District; Bishop
Wilfred J. Messiah, 20th Episcopal
District; and Bishop Earl McCloud,
Ecumenical Officer.
Four of the Bishops are from
i:Florida:Bishops, R A. Chappell.,R.
V. Webster, A. J..!Richatdson;:.nd
Samuel L. Green Sr.
Thank you for the article and the

St. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church

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"

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)

Pastnr ErniP ie. Murrav. Sr.

Pastox--T ar-andon L. WtIIIIs mS S*., D. Mini
X1880 West'Edgewood Avenue Jacksonviille, 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
TUESDAY & THURSDAY 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
"'Vsit our web site at www.gmbc.net / E-mail GreaterMac@aol.com

Evangel Temple Assembly of God

Easter Weekend Celebration
March 25th -27th
Friday Good Friday Services at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday Children's Easter Extravaganza from 10:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m.
FREE Candy, Eggs, Games and Food
Easter Egg Hunt for the Children.
Sunday Resurrection Celebration Services 8:25 a.m. 10:45 a.m.
6:00 p.m. Choir Cantata & Drama "The Eyes of Faith"

Jt' iw Tme Vlit With U !

Natalie Grant in Concert
Sunday, April 3, 2005
10:30 a.m.
5755 Ratnona Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32205
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Greater Macedonia Baptist Church


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Pastor Landon Williams



Good Friday, March 25, 2005 7:00 p.m.


"' ,r Serve,,,a Risen Savior "
SEaster Sunday, March 27, 2005 6:00 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.



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The African-American Price of War

Continued from front
"front line" in the Iraq War, anyone
working on the ground or traveling
in the air is subject to hostile action
or accidents.
Army Specialist Katrina Bell-
Johnson, 32, of Orangeburg, S.C.,
died about a month ago on Feb. 21
when the supply truck she was rid-
ing in overturned in Ba'qubah, Iraq,
according to the U.S. Department
of Defense. The cause of the acci-.
dent is under investigation.
Bell-Johnson was sent to Iraq
two months after giving birth to a
baby girl, according to an article
published by the Associated Press.
She was a member of the 418th
Transportation Company, 180th
Battalion based at Fort Hood,
Military officials said they do not
comment on the deaths within spe-
cific racial or ethnic groups.
In the early weeks of the war,
when the combat was very intense,
blacks died at an even higher rate,
according to a report by the Uni-
versity of Maryland's Center for
Research on Military Organization.
One-fifth of the deaths between

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The large congregation learned
that their arrival was not free. They
are still making monthly payments
on their passage courtesy of World
Relief and their housing is only
subsidized for the first 90 days.
Their classes in English.began the
day after their arrival. To the day
the family's adults are working two
jobs each, still mastering English
and attending church. One member
in each family has also completed
Certified Nursing Assistant training
which they paid for. The parents
are knowledgeable of the bus sys-
tem, use bicycles for transportation
and one of the families just learned
to drive and purchased a car.
Following the anniversary cele-
bration, members prepared a recep-
tion including some of their tradi-
tional favorites.
"It was a learning experience for
all," said church member Eleanor
Hughes. "Most of all people should
learn that you can't judge a book
by it's cover, you'd be surprised
what we can learn from each
other," she said.

March 20, 2003 and April 10 were
black soldiers, the Center found.
From the onset of the war on
March 19, 2003 through Feb. 26 of
2004, 79 black soldiers died in Iraq.
That number was 14.3 percent of
the 549 combat deaths for that pe-
riod. Hispanic soldiers accounted
for 11.3 percent of the U.S. military
dead during this time, according to
Department of Defense casualty
A recent report by Scripps How-
ard showed that:
Blacks were more likely than
other racial groups to die in Iraq
from non-hostile causes, and 50
percent more likely than whites to
perish from motor-vehicle acci-
dents, weapons mishaps or from
medical causes, such as heart at-

Unsung Hero
Continued from front
center are among his endless volun-
teer duties. In his spare time, he
works for living at Flight Land
In addition to his volunteer out-
reach in other areas, he also
founded the Family Bowlers Or-
ganization eight and a half years
ago. Composed over 15 families,
the non profit group works, prays
and plays together along with pro-
viding service to the community.
"It's easy to participate" said
Walker, all we ask you to do is fill
out a brief application and be will-
ing to give of your time."
Outside of his service to others,
Mr. Walker's family of four con-
sisting of his wife and three sons,
also oblige his passion for bowling,
golf, football and spending time
with his three year old grandson.
He also devotes time to his mentor
of five plus years who is now in
He finds his greatest inspiration
is his desire to help children and
challenges the Jacksonville com-
munity to join him.
"We don't want your money, or
for you to even bowl.. we just want
your time." He said.
The Jacksonville Free
Press and Publix
Supermarkets is proud
to salute Unsung Hero
Eddie Walker. ,

LaShun Pace: It's

No less than Chicago's
renowned pastor, Reverend Clay
Evans, has long since anointed
LaShun Pace as the woman to
"carry the torch left by the mother
of Gospel music, Mahalia
Jackson." And comedian and film
superstar Steve Martin, with whom
LaShun co-starred in the hit movie,
Leap of Faith, proclaimed her one
of "the most natural and effortless
singers" he'd ever heard.
With a host of chart-topping
albums, both as a solo artist and
with her phenomenally gifted

As writer of ten of It's My
Time's eleven songs, LaShun -
who has never sung or written
better-continues to prove herself
not only an artist of prodigious
musical gifts, but a woman unafraid
and unashamed to share the story of
her life, in both it sorrows and
glory, in one deeply personal song
after another.
LaShun gives a breathtakingly
dramatic performance on "For My
Good," a beautifully orchestrated
ballad acknowledging God's om-
niscient guidance and faithfulness
to His children.
Both longtime LaShun fans, as

well as newcomers to

might be surprised-in the most
pleasing of ways-to hear LaShun
turn in the irresistibly catchy and
totally up-to-the minute "Hey"
which she describes as "kind of a
Gospel 'Don't Worry Be Happy.'
It's fun for me, because 'it's just
acknowledging we can't take on
every challenge in life at one time.
Bills are a good example. They're
always going to come in, and even
pile up sometimes. So you just do
your best, one day at a time, get
what you can as soon as you can,
and don't let it get you down in the

My Time
her fold, LaShun takes the listener to

serious Sunday-morning church on
"Emotions," lacing things with a
saucy dose of blues. "I Trust In
You" is a moder-day hymn, with
LaShun laying both riveting recita-
tion and soaring vocals atop the
backing of a resounding Gospel
choir; and "The Lord Will Make a
Way" is nothing short of riveting,
unvarnished vocal-and-piano Gos-
pel that not only stirs the soul, but
makes it abundantly clear the pro-
found debt R&B music owes the

Walking Can Lead the Road to Wellness

siblings, The Anointed Pace
Sisters, LaShun's powerful,
dramatic, one-of-a-kind voice has
won her fans, awards and acclaim
both nationally and around the
world. With the recent release of
It's My Time, the sixth major-label,
solo album of her stellar career, one
would be forgiven for assuming
LaShun is a woman leading a
charmed and certainly blessed life.
And while that couldn't be truer
in many ways, it's also a state of
peace and contentmentAthat's come
at the end of a long road of
hardship, heartbreak, and hurdles.
Rest assured that when LaShun
Pace lifts her astonishing, almost
otherworldly voice in praise and,
worship to the Almighty, it is
anything but an act. LaShun is a
woman who has been down and up,
and up and down again in her
lifetime. But with an ever-abiding
resilience and faith in her Creator,
she has always rebounded-stronger,
wiser and more certain than ever of
the Source from which her strength
.is drawn.

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you adopt a regular walking regi-
men (4 to 5 times weekly)
The benefits of walking are
quickly realized. In comparison,
running is an aerobically vigorous
sport, but runners land with upwards
of 4 times their body weight. This is
the primary reason that many long
distance runners experience knee,
ankle and other joint problems after
they have become seasoned runners.
while walkers always have at least 1
foot touching the ground resulting in
much less jolt on the body
Recent studies suggest walking as
a necessary component of achieving
and maintaining a "Wellness" life-
style. Exerts from these studies and
evaluations are

Do you remember those days in
elementary school when our teach-
ers would instruct us to stand
straight next to our desks while they
led us in physical exercise? This
was quite a common experience
particularly if the weather outside
was too cold or inclement for us to
run and play. The two exercise rou-
tines that were the most popular
were "Head-Shoulders-Hips-
Position" and "Walking In Place." I
remember thinking "Walking In
Place" doesn't feel like "real" exer-
cise. I couldn't have been more
wrong! From all indications, physi-
cal fitness experts are lauding walk-
ing as the ideal exercise because it's
effective, fun and safe.
African-Americans are in the
midst of the most challenging health
crisis in our history. The problems
appear to mount in se'eritN
monthly, particularly the incidence
of disease like hypertension, cancer.
stroke and diabetes. I'm con inced
that the solutions to many of our
problems are simple. Could walking
be one of those solutions? I's an
experience that if utilized cor-
rectly can perhaps help reverse
problematic health concerns
like overweight, hyperten-
sion, obesity and even can-
cer. The benefits gained
from a simple walking plan
may surprise you! It may just
be the Miracle that you've been
looking for! Here's why:
Combined with a good dier.
Walking will help you loose
weight and keep it off.
Walking lowers cholesterol.
Walking aids in lowering
blood pressure.
Walking reduces tension and
Walking helps you sleep bet-
Walking boost your immune
Walking reduces the risk of
Type 2 diabetes.
Walking tones your.muscles.
Walking detoxes your body.
Walking gets you going!
Unlike other physical activities
and sports, when you walk you use
the largest most complex muscles in
your body. This in turn stimulates
your body aerobically and your pri-
mary muscle system becomes
stronger over time particularly if


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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
subcontractors must Pre-Qualify by completing and submitting a
Vendor Qualification Form and Letter of Interest prior to submit-
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about walking is that you can set
your own pace!
Everyone knows how to walk, but
here are 6 key tips and strategies to
gain the most of your walking ex-
1. Plan and schedule your
walks. Clear your calendars at least
a week in advance when beginning
your walking program. Don't sched-
ule any activities immediately be-
fore or after your planned walk so as
to not interfere with your exercise
2. Invest in a good pair of Walk-
ing Shoes. Please don't use your
running shoes and walking shoes
interchangeably! Running shoes and
walking shoes are different. Run-
ning shoes must be softer and walk-
ing shoes must be firmer. A good
pair of walking shoes must fit
well, be light weight, absorb
shock, have good arch sup-
port, offer flexibility with
complete range of motion
from heel to toe, and your
shoe's toe box must have
P plenty of room for your
toes to spread yet firmly
encased. Personally, I
enjoy wearing Reebok
Walking Shoes, because of
the great fit. There a lot of
other excellent brands like
Nike, ASICS, and New
Balance that are readily
available in Sporting Goods
3. Early morning and late after-
noon walks are preferable versus
mid-day walks. Early morning and
late afternoon walks are preferable,
particularly during the summer
given that heat is absorbed from the
sidewalks and pavement..Mid-day
walks can be tough because noon to
3:00 PM are,typically the warmest
hours of the day.
4. Develop a strong walking
technique? When you walk regard-
less of your pace be sure to swing
your arms. Swinging your arms
helps blood to circulate, stimulates
your muscles, and strengthens your
5. Walk on an empty stomach!
If your stomach is full of food this
will cause the energy that should be
channeled towards walking to be
directed towards digestion. If you
must eat something, enjoy a piece of
fruit that is easily digested and will
offer you a burst of energy.
6. Drink plenty of water. Your
body is about 70% water. Drink at
least 12 oz. of water before and after
a walk. However, you can drink
more if you need it. Do not drink
any substitutes (sodas, sports drinks,
milk or fruit juices) in place of wa-
ter when exercising.
Stay Connected! Exciting details
are forthcoming about "The Na-
tional Day of Walking," the largest
national Health & Wellness event
ever directed primarily toward Afri-
can-Americans scheduled for Sum-
mer 2005. The National Day of
Walking kicks off Summer 2005 A
Summer of Wellness campaign.


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Throughout ones life, regular
walking is the primary ingredient
for reducing the risk of cardiovascu-
lar disease.
Women who partake regularly
in physical activity like walking at
least 4 hours weekly, had a 37%
lower risk of developing breast can-
cer when compared to other women
who weren't engaged in any exercise
program at all.
Walking stimulates your lymph
system. One of your lymph system's
key functions is to aid in the produc-
tion of white blood cells which iden-
tify, capture, destroy and remove
disease-causing unwanted bacteria
from your body.
Mile for mile, walking burns
more fat than running the same dis-
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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
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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 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 at 733-
Rabia Temple
Boat Ride
Rabia Temple #8 clown Unit
will present their 2"d 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.
Sapelo Island
Heritage Festival
Sapelo Island will present their
7th Annual spring food, jazz and
blues festival on Saturday, March
26, 2005 from 10:00 a.m. 5:00
p.m. The ferry to the island will be
departing regularly from the
visitor's center at Meridian, GA.
Attendees will experience the
foods, arts and crafts of the
Gulah/Geechee culture. For more
information, please call 912-485-
2197 or email

Annual Mandarin
Art Festival
The 37th Annual Mandarin Art
Festival will be held Saturday,
March 26 27, 2005 from 10:00
a.m. 5:00 p.m. at the Mandarin's
Community Club. Original works
from over 100 national artists will
be on exhibit. Admission is free.
For more information, please call

Calling All Ribault
Chorus Alumni
There will be a special meeting
on March 28, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. in
The Ribault High School
Auditorium. This meeting will be
held to prepare for the Alumni
Spring Concert. The concert will be
at the Florida Theatre of
Performing Arts Center on May 9,
2005. For more information, please
call Dr. Eugene White at 924-3092
ext. 139 or 422-4363.
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
available at
Magic Johnson to
Discuss HIV
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 beiig diagnosed with HIV.
The free event will begin at 3:30
p.m. with a-Health Fair,,Folowed.;
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. or more
information on this Community
forum, log on to

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Unsung Hero?

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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Much Ado
About Books
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
31, 1980.

Club Meeting
The Next P.R.I.D.E. ( People
Reading for Inspiration, Discussion
and Enjoyment) Book Club
meeting will be held on Friday,
April 1, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. at the
lome of Wilene Dozier. The book
for discussion will be: Democracy
Matters: Winning the Fight Against
Imperialism by Cornel West. The
next meeting will be held on May
6, 2005. The book for discussion
will be Piana by Lemuel Mayhem.
For more information and/or
directions, contact Wilene Dozier
at 766-0603.

Ahmad Jamal
The Ritz Theatre and' LaVilla
Museum will welcome celebrated
jazz piano legend Ahmad Jamal to
the stage for an unforgettable night
of classic jazz on Saturday April 2,
2005 at 8:00 p.m. For ticket
information, please call the Ritz at

Georgia Me at
Boom Town
It was just last April when she
performed with the cast of Def
Poetry Jam at the Times Union
Center of the Performing Arts. In
celebration of National Poetry
Month and its five year
anniversary, Noktumal Escape
Entertainment's Soul Release
Poetry will present Tony Award
winning artist Georgia Me, on
Saturday, April 2, 2005 7:30 p.m.
at Boomtown Theater and
Restaurant 1714 N. Main St. The
event features an open mic for
poets and singers, hip-hop and R &
B by DJ Caz. For more
information, please call 626-2812.
Ladysmith Black
Mambazo Performance
2005 Grammy winners
Ladysmith Black Mambazo will
bring their South African vocal'
sounds to the Lazzara Performance
Hall at UNF. Showtime is at 7:30
p.m. for the April 2, 2005
performance. The group has spent
the past three decades fusing the
traditions of South African Zulu
music and Christian Gospel music.
The result is a musical and spiritual
alchemy that has touched a
worldwide audience representing
every corner of the religious,
cultural and ethnic landscape. For
more information and tickets,
please call 620-2878.

FCCJ Spring
Dance Concert
The Florida Community
College Department of Dance will
present their 2005 Spring Dance
Concert on April 8 and 9, 2005 at
the Florida Community, College
South Campus, 11901 Beach Blvd.
in the Wilsori Center. This evening
of dance showcases guest artist,
Brian Sanders, a 10 yedr member
of Momix Dance Company and
now artistic director of Junk Dance.
For reservations and information
call 646-2222.
Family Fun Day
TaMerry's Sports Cafe, 10696-
13 Lem Turner Rd., will host a
Family Fun and Play Day on
Saturday, April 9, 2005 from noon
until 4:00 p.m. The day will feature
food, prizes, games, Black History
and great music. There will be
something for every one of all ages.
Participants can plah to have fun
and it will be a welcome break
from usual routine. Admission is
free. For more information, please
call 996-7122.


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
Marriage Prep
Class Offered
Before You Tie The Knot, a
marriage preparation class is
offered every other month at the
Duval County Cooperative
Extension Office. Each class
consists of two evening workshops;
participants must attend both
sessions to receive a certificate of
completion. The classes fulfill the
requirements of the Marriage
Preparation and Preservation Act
Law. A discount on the marriage
license is given to couples who
have completed approved
premarital classes and the waiting
period required upon applying for a
license is waived. The next class
will be held April 5 and 7, 2005.
To get a registration packet, call
Stephanie or Sandra at the
Cooperative Extension Office at
387-8855 by March 31t.
Jazz Festival
The City in Jacksonville will
present the 2005 Jacksonville Jazz
Festival April 7-10, 2005 at a
variety of venues. This' year's
'festival will include an exciting
lineup including the Great
American Jazz Piano Competition
Jazz Attack, Spyro Gyra, Teddy
Washington, David Sanborn, Noel
Friedline Quintet, Lalah Hathaway,
Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Al
Jarreau, Stanley Clark and George
Duke among others at a variety of
venues. For more information,
please call the Office of Special
Events at 630-3690.
Kids Poetry Slam
There will be a Kid's Poetry
Slam and Open Mic for youth ages
10-13 & 14-17 with cash prizes on
Saturday, April 9, 2005 from 1-5
p.m. The Slam will be held at the
Kennedy Center on Lona St. For
more information, call 502-7444.
Stepping Soiree
Dance Competition
Chicago style stepping will come
to Jacksonville for the 2005
Stepping Soiree. They are looking
for the First Coast's best stepping,
spinning, twirling and dipping
couples to compete. The event
begins at 8:00 p.m. on. April 9,
2005 at Henrietta's, 9h and. Main,
and there will be free stepping
lessons from 7:30 .-8:00. For
registration and ticket information,
please call Soiree Events at 982-
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the event, "Celebrating Women -
Mind, Body & Spirit!" will join
together women across
Jacksonville they shop, entertain
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Black Hollywood Lavishes NAACP Image Awards

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Shown above at the 36th Annual NAACP Awards are
(TOP) L-R: Victoria Rowell holds up her trophy for out-
standing actress in a Daytime Drama for her work in
'The Young and the Restless', Marla Gibbs, Regina
King poses for photographers. King won the outstanding
supporting actress in a motion picture award for her
role in the film 'Ray, Actress Sharon Warren poses for
photographers with NAACP chairman Julian Bond.
Warren, was in the cast of the film 'Ray', Randy Jack-
son, one of the judges on the television reality series
'American Idol' poses with singer Van Hunt, (2nd Row)
Ananda Lewis, Tisha Campbell, Viveca Foxx, Gabrielle
Union, Steve Wonder, (3rd Row) Jasmine Guy, Actress
Kimberly Elise with Daughter Asia, TracieEllis Ross,
man of the evening Jamie Foxx with comedian
Mo'Nique, US Senator Barack Obama (D-Illinois) and
wife Michelle, (BOTTOM) Mekhi Phifer, Kanye West
and actor Taye Diggs.

LOS ANGELES The biopic
"Ray" about the life of legendary
singer Ray Charles won four
NAACP Image Awards, including
an outstanding-actor trophy that
added to its star Jamie Foxx's arm-
ful of honors.
"Ray" was nominated for a lead-
ing seven awards, including out-
standing motion picture and out-
standing actor in a motion picture
for Foxx, who received the best-
actor Oscar at last month's Academy
Foxx exchanged long embraces
Saturday night with presenters Sid-
ney Poitier and Diahann Carroll as
he accepted his NAACP trophy.
The 36th annual Image Awards,
which honor films, television, litera-
ture and music by and about people
of color, were handed out at the
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The
ceremony, hosted by actor Chris
Tucker, is scheduled to air Friday
March 25th on Fox.
"This has been an absolute won-
derful ride," said Foxx, who also
won a Golden Globe and Screen
Actors Guild Award for his por-
trayal of the music legend.
It was the second year in a row
that Ray Charles loomed large at the
Image Awards, which honor works

by and about people of color. He
was inducted into the NAACP Hall
of Fame in 2004, three months be-
fore his death at 73.
Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys
also was a multiple winner, taking
home a pair of trophies for out-
standing song and music video for
"If I Ain't Got You."
Winners were chosen by members
of the National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People, the
nation's oldest and largest civil
rights organization. Other honors for
"Ray" included: Kerry Washington,
outstanding actress in a motion pic-
ture, and Regina King, outstanding
supporting actress in a motion pic-
In her acceptance speech, Wash-
ington said the country needs the
NAACP's activism more than ever.
Speaking at a ceremony that,
unlike most other awards shows,
eagerly blends politics and entertain-
ment, she warned that the rights of
people of color, women and the poor
are "in danger of being stripped"
Academy Award winner Morgan
Freeman won the Image Award for
supporting actor in his role in the
film "Million Dollar Baby."
Freeman and Foxx made Oscar

history earlier this year. For only the
second time in the ceremony's 77
years, blacks earned two of the four
acting awards. Denzel Washington
and Halle Berry won in 2002.
Kanye West was named out-
standing new artist for his album,
"College Dropout," while Grammy-
winner Usher was honored as out-
standing male artist. "American
Idol" winner Fantasia was named

outstanding female artist.
West was humble in his accep-
tance speech.
"I made some mistakes and I
learned from those mistakes," he
told the audience, characterizing the
past year as "a trip."
In the new category of out-
standing independent or foreign
film, the award went to Bishop T.D.
Jakes' drama about abuse, "Woman

Thou Art Loosed." Jakes' novel,
from which the movie was adapted,
also was named best literary work,
U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.,
received the Chairman's Award,
while the Vanguard Award went to
pop star Prince. Talk show host and
entrepreneur Oprah Winfrey also
was inducted into the NAACP Hall
of Fame.

"There is an element of show
business to politics," Obama said.
"But I think it's important to remind
ourselves that what's at stake in our
politics is more than just image."
Serious problems exist, he said,
including a lack of health care for all
families, children who are unable to
read and a lack of attention to the
African continent.

O'Jays, Buddy Guy Among Hall of Fame Inductees

Long overdue props were be-
stowed upon the O'Jays Monday
night as the group known for such
classics as "Love Train" and
"Backstabbers" were inducted into
the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
during a ceremony in New York.
But, the artist chosen to officially

usher the group into the
S Hall left founding mem-
S bers Eddie Levert and
Walter Williams scratch-
S ing their heads, accord-
ing to Ananova.
"Anyone who's ever
written, produced or per-
formed something soul-
ful stands in the shadows
of these giants," said
Justin Timberlake, the former N-
Sync member who was given the
honor of enshrining the legendary
group at the Waldorf Astoria cere-
"No offense to Justin, because
he deserves the respect he has
earned, but I could think of a few
people who know more about our

pain and suffering and history," said
Williams, 61.
Nonetheless, Timberlake re-
spectfully paid honor to the group,
following a tribute that began with a
cinematic trip down memory lane,
complete with film clips of the
group during their 70s heyday. The
O'Jays then performed a medley of
their hits, including "Back Stab-
bers," "For the Love of Money" and
"Love Train" before Timberlake
took the floor to officially induct
Levert and Williams, along with the
late William Powell, retiree Bobby
Massey and Sammy Strain.
"After 44 years in this extremely
mean business, finally we're here,.
and it's in order to thank God," said

Meanwhile, Percy Sledge, best
known for the hit single "When a
Man Loves a Woman," was in-
ducted into the Hall by Rod Stewart,
who called the Southern crooner's
signature song, "one of the best per-
formances I've ever heard and I'm
sure you've ever heard."
Blues veteran Buddy Guy was
ushered into the hall by Eric Clap-
ton and B.B. King. Later, both
joined Guy onstage for a rollicking
rendition of "Let Me Love You
Backstage, Guy noted: "My
mother told me before she died ..'. if
you've got any flowers, give 'em to
me now, so I can smell 'em. So y'all
give this to me tonight, I can smell
this, man!"

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Brining in the

A New Twist on Tra

A festive, golden-brown roast turkey and savory side
dishes are guaranteed to bring smiles to friends and
family at the holiday table. After all, there's a comfort in
those well-loved classics. But with a few new twists,
these traditional dishes can be even better.
Start with the turkey. Since you'll want lots of leftovers,
figure on two pounds of turkey per person. Then try
something new brining. Many chefs recommend this
technique, which can transform your turkey into a
mouthwatering masterpiece. Brining your turkey will
help avoid one of the top complaints about meat dry-
The Magic of Brining
Brining is the process of soaking meat in a salt-based tenderiz-
ing solution before cooking it. Salt naturally draws out foods' true
flavors and juices. Any salt can be used, but many chefs prefer
Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt because its flakes dissolve quickly in
water, has no anticaking agents or additives and it tastes fresh and
light, perfect qualities for creating a brine. In addition to plump-
ing up your holiday bird with seasoned moisture, flavor and ten-
derness are retained throughout cooking. And brining does not
make your turkey, stock or leftovers taste salty. In fact, they will
taste better and juicier than usual.
Start some of your own traditions by offering new flavor sensa-
tions to the standard holiday fare, such as the classic mashed pota-
toes. Try using two Wisconsin potato varieties Russet and Yellow
Flesh produced in a nationally recognized, environmentally
friendly way. For an even fluffier result, try adding 1/4 teaspoon
baking soda to the potatoes before you mash them. Freeze dollops
of leftover mashed potatoes and use to thicken soups, stews,
gravies and sauces.
For a complete guide to thawing and cooking a turkey, includ-
ing an online meal planner and leftover turkey recipes, visit
www.honeysucklewhite.com or www.shadybrookfarms.com.

Brined and Roasted Turkey and Apple Dressing served with Garlic Mashed Potatoes and gravy
crumble and cook over medium-
hgig hieat utinil browned. Transfer
mixture to bowl.
3. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons i
butter in saucepan, increase heat to 7 -
medium; saut6 apples, turning fre- /
quently, until they begin to color /i & r-- *
and soften. Add to sausage mixture, GROCERY WAREHOUSE
along with sage, thyme and savory. \ '
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Serves 10 to 12 I PN

Brined and
Roasted Turkey
1 Honeysuckle White or Shady
Brook Farms Whole Turkey, 15 to
18 pounds
Flavored Brine Solution
fi gallon water
fl cup Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt,
plus more as needed
fi gallon apple juice or cider
1 cup maple syrup, warmed
3 tbsp. finely ground black pepper
/cup crumbled fresh or dried sage
1 small tea towel
fi cup (1 stick) butter
Two days before meal:
1. Select container to hold turkey
comfortably, leaving at least 3 inch-
es of space above bird. Be certain
container fits in refrigerator;
remove shelf if necessary.
2. Remove neck and packet of
innards and refrigerate if using for
gravy, or discard. Put turkey into
3. Mix water with salt, apple juice,
maple syrup, black pepper and
sage. Stir until salt and syrup are
dissolved. Pour brine over turkey.
4. If turkey is not fully submerged,
make additional brine 3 table-
spoons kosher salt for each quart of
water and add until turkey is com-
pletely covered. Cover container;
transfer to refrigerator.
Evening before meal:
1. Drain turkey thoroughly, cover
loosely and refrigerate overnight.
Meal day:
1. One hour before cooking, rinse
turkey in cool water and pat dry
with tea towel.
2. Fill both cavities with dressing,
being careful not to pack tightly.
Truss and set turkey, breast side up,
on rack in roasting pan.
3. Preheat oven to 4500F. Melt
butter in medium saucepan. Soak
tea towel in butter until completely

absorbed. Cover entire breast area
of turkey with towel. Be sure legs
are exposed. Drape aluminum foil
loosely over turkey.
4. Place turkey in oven and imme-
diately reduce heat to 325F. Roast
20 minutes per pound, or until
thickest part of leg reaches internal
temperature of 150E. About 1 1/2
hours before turkey is done, remove
aluminum foil and tea towel so
breast skin can brown.
5. Remove from oven and cover
loosely with aluminum foil. Let rest
30 to 60 minutes.
6. Carve and place on platter.
Serves 10 to 12

Apple Dressing
2 pounds sweet-tart apples, peeled,
cored and cut into 1/4-inch slices
fi cup dry white wine Juice of 1
8 tbsp. (1 stick) butter, divided
2 yellow onions, diced
4 large celery stalks, diced
Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt
Ground black pepper
1 pound Honeysuckle White or
Shady Brook Farms Sweet Italian
Turkey Sausage, casings removed
3 tablespoons minced fresh sage
2 tablespoons minced fresh thyme
1 tablespoon minced fresh summer
savory leaves*
10 cups cubed two-day old sour-
dough bread
1 fi cups toasted walnuts, chopped
*Can use dry herbs in place of
fresh; 1 tablespoon = 1 teaspoon
1. Toss first three ingredients and
set aside.
2. Melt 6 tablespoons butter in
saucepan over medium-low heat.
Add onions and celery; saut6 about
15 minutes. Season with salt and
pepper, to taste. Add sausage;

Garlic Mashed Potatoes
10 large Wisconsin potatoes, peeled
and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
12 garlic cloves, peeled and halved
2 fi tablespoons Diamond Crystal
Kosher Salt, divided
1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine,
1 cup whipping cream
1. Place potatoes, garlic and 2 tea-
spoons salt in large saucepan; add
enough water to cover. Bring to
boil; reduce heat.
2. Cover and simmer until pota-
toes are tender; drain. Transfer
potatoes and garlic to mixing bowl;
3. Add butter, cream and remain-
ing salt; beat until smooth.
Serves 10 to 12

Wisconsin Potato
Spice Cake
1 fi cups sugar
fl cup vegetable shortening
1 cup mashed Wisconsin potatoes,
at room temperature
3 eggs, beaten
2 cups all-purpose flour
fi teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
fi teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup milk
3/4 cup raisins
Caramel frosting (prepared)
1. Preheat oven to 3500F. Grease
and flour 9 x 13-inch pan. Cream
sugar and shortening until fluffy.
Add potatoes and eggs; blend well.
2. Combine flour, cinnamon, salt,
nutmeg and baking powder; mix
3. Beat dry ingredients and milk
into creamed mixture until well
4. Stir in raisins. Pour into pan.
Bake 45 to 55 minutes. Cool com-
pletely before frosting. Serves 6