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The Jacksonville free press ( March 31, 2005 )

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Material Information

Title:
The Jacksonville free press
Running title:
Mrs. Perry's free press
Physical Description:
v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language:
English
Creator:
Jacksonville free press
Publisher:
Rita Luffborough
Rita Luffborough Perry
Place of Publication:
Jacksonville Fla
Publication Date:

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
African Americans -- Newspapers -- Florida   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Jacksonville (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Duval County (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Genre:
newspaper   ( sobekcm )
newspaper   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage:
United States -- Florida -- Duval -- Jacksonville
Coordinates:
30.31944 x -81.66

Notes

Additional Physical Form:
Also available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
Additional Physical Form:
Also available on optical disc from Ethnic newswatch.
Dates or Sequential Designation:
Vol. 4, no. 36 (June 28, 1990)-
General Note:
"Florida's First Coast only quality Black weekly."

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of Florida
Holding Location:
University of Florida
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
ltuf - AKN0341
oclc - 19095970
alephbibnum - 002042477
lccn - sn 95007355
issn - 1081-3349
System ID:
UF00028305:00015

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Preceded by:
Jacksonville advocate-free press

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Material Information

Title:
The Jacksonville free press
Running title:
Mrs. Perry's free press
Physical Description:
v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language:
English
Creator:
Jacksonville free press
Publisher:
Rita Luffborough
Rita Luffborough Perry
Place of Publication:
Jacksonville Fla
Publication Date:

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
African Americans -- Newspapers -- Florida   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Jacksonville (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Duval County (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Genre:
newspaper   ( sobekcm )
newspaper   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage:
United States -- Florida -- Duval -- Jacksonville
Coordinates:
30.31944 x -81.66

Notes

Additional Physical Form:
Also available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
Additional Physical Form:
Also available on optical disc from Ethnic newswatch.
Dates or Sequential Designation:
Vol. 4, no. 36 (June 28, 1990)-
General Note:
"Florida's First Coast only quality Black weekly."

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LOOKING BACK
.:-^ k. 20 Years Ago
Calvin Peete
Became TPC's
. First African-
MIT American winner
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SWho Is To


Blame for

Outrageous

Gas Prices?


Page 4


Is It To

Late for

Essence

Magazine?
Page 2


The

History

of Our

Kitchens
Page 8


Miss. Names Parts of

Highways After Victims
JACKSON, Miss. Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour has signed legisla-
tion renaming stretches of highways in honor of victims of two of the
nation's most notorious civil rights slaying.
Lawmakers say the highways are the first state-sponsored memorials to
the victims.
A portion of U S. 49 East in Tallahatchie CountN becomes the" Emmett
Till Memorial Highway" in honor of the black 14-year-old who was beat-
en to death in 1955. supposedly for whistling at a white woman.
A stretch of Mississippi 19 near Philadelphia. believed to be the site of
the murders of James Chaney. Andrew Goodman and Michael
Schwerner. was renamed the "'Chaney. Goodman and Schwerner
Memorial Highway" for the three civil right., workers who% were
ambushed, beaten and shot by the Ku Klux Klan in 1964.
"This is history in the way of Nlississippi trying to change her image,"
said Democratic state Sen. David Jordan. ho represents the district
where Till was killed. "This is health\ for the state, and the state has got
to start looking at it that \way"

Cong. Jesse Jackson Jr.

Admits to Obesity Surgery
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.. D-Ill.. says he underwent
a surgical procedure for the morbidly obese in
order to lose 50 pounds over the last nine months.
In a letter to the editor of the Chicago Sun-Times,
Jackson said he had laparoscopic surgery to carry
out a "duodenal switch." a procedure that doctors
said Jackson -- ,,ho weighed 257 pounds at the
time -- qualified for.
Jackson had pre% iously told reporters he was on
a doctor-supervised diet-and-exercise program and
he received "shots in the butt once a week for three months" as part of the
regime.
The "duodenal sw itch is risk' and one doctor told the Sun-Times it
was hke a gastrointestinal bypass "only more powerful."
The ne% wspaper said the procedure intolked removing part of the stom-
ach and changing the digestive tract so only three feet of the small intes-
tine -- w which is 22-25 feet long -- is used to absorb food. National
Institutes of Health standards limit the procedure to patients more than
100 pounds overweight. It is preformed for health concerns and not cos-
metic reasons, the Sun-Times said.
Jackson in November was elected to his sixth term in Congress

Another Black NBA

Coach Fired
Less than a week after the African-American
coach of the Orlando Magic was fired, another
Black NBA coach received a pink slip. Paul Silas
was fired as coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Assistant Brendan Malone has been appointed
interim coach. Silas' son, an assistant coach, was
also fired. The Cavaliers have lost nine of their last
12 games. Silas %was fined $10.000 last week for
making a derogatory remark about Utah's Carlos
Boozer, according to The Associated Press. The
61-year-old Silas began working with the Caalihers in June 2003. R&B
singer Usher is a part owner of the Cavabiers team.
Silas led the Ca aliers to a 34-30 record this season and the team is cur-
rently seeded fifth in the Eastern Conference playoff race. However.
Cleveland has dropped three straight and nine of its last 12 eames.
The 61-year-old Silas spent fite seasons w ith the Hornets and is the
franchise's career victory leader 'itih a 208-155 record. Although the
club made it to the Eastern Conference semi-final t%\o times during his
tenure, it never succeeded in taking the next step.

Lawmakers Urged to

Rename BWI Airport
The widow of Thurgood Marshall joined those urging lawmakers to
rename Baltimore-Washington Airport in honor of her husband, the
nation's first black Supreme Court justice.
Though the state House approved a bill to add Marshall's name to the
airport, it has stalled in the Senate. Some members think the change
would hurt Maryland's efforts to market the airport as a gateway to
Washington as well as Baltimore.
Marshall, a Baltimore native, helped argue the Brown v. Board of
Education lawsuit that led to the Supreme Court declaring that school
segregation was unconstitutional. He was a federal judge and solicitor
general of the United States before his high court appointment.
Some southern states have added the names of black leaders to their air-
ports. Mississippi's largest airport was named in honor of civil rights
activist Medgar Evers, and New Orleans renamed its airport the Louis
Armstrong New Orleans International Airport in 2001.
Two years ago, Atlanta officials voted to honor the city's first black
mayor, Maynard Jackson, by renaming its airport Hartsfield-Jackson
International.


Volume 19 No. 10 Jacksonville, Florida March 31 April 6, 2005


NUL Urges Lawmakers To Address Black Male


Calling the social challenges fac-
ing black men a "top priority the
National Urban League is notw urg-
ing la" makers to investigate
America's high incarceration rates
of black men.
The actions follow the recent
release of a six-month stud. enti-
tled "Lockdo%%n: The Race to
Incarcerate African-Americans.".
the ci\il rights organization will
also lobby for increased vocational


training and drug treatment for
black inmates. 'The study assessed
the treatment of black male prison-
ers nationwide, stating that black
males in prison are "warehoused"
and not offered ongoing rehabilita-
tion.
The 21-page report and a
February town hall meeting with
black inmates at the Shelb) County
Correction Facility in Memphis,
Tennessee coincides with the


NUL's recently established Natio-
nal Commission on the Black
Male, created to explore racial dis-
parities and social trends that
adversely impact black men.
"The plight of the black male in
America is a subject that is not
being discussed on a national
level," said NUL president Marc
Morial.
"The National Urban League -
Continued on page 9


Incarceration
DID YOU KNOW
Of black males born this
year, 29 percent can expect to
spend some time behind bars.
One in 14 black children
has a parent in jail or prison.
One in 20 black men is
incarcerated, compared with
one in 155 white men.
For every three black men
in college, four are in prison.

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Shown above is Susana Castro of SUVI Technology Group, Inc discussing business opportunities with
Sherry Trotter, DBE Staff Assistantof the Jacksonville Transportion Authority. FMPowe lPHOTO

Matchmaker Creates Business Opportunities


The State of Florida's Department
of Management Services Office of
Supplier Diversity recently held
their 2005 Regional Matchmaker
Workshop at the Radisson


Riverwalk Hotel. The free day long
mini conference included several
workshops on topics such as
"Doing Business with the State"
and :What vendors need to know -


Responding to Bids/RFPs/ITNs".
All of the workshops were designed
to assist vendors with responding to
procurement opportunities.
Continued on page 3


Celebrity Attorney Johnny Cochran Dies at 67


Famed attorney
Johnnie Cochran,
67, perhaps best
known for his
defense of O.J.
Simpson, died this
week at his home
Cochran in Los Angeles.


Cochran had been in a hospice suf-
fering from a neurological problem.
Simpson told CNN: "I loved him as
a good Christian man. I look at
Johnny as a great Christian. I knew
him as that. He was a great guy."
Simpson said he last saw Cochran
at an L.A. Lakers basketball game a


few months ago and found the chic
lawyer to be in good spirits. "We
were praying for him then, and I
still am," Simpson said.
Simpson added that he knew
Cochran long before he hired the
African-American lawyer to lead -
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and Grace and Ronald Galvin.
Family and Friends Celebrate Birthday of Henry Sellers
Over fifty family, friends and acquaintances celebrated the 62nd birthday of Henry Sellers. The Northwestern
Class of 61' graduate enjoyed a variety of activities at the LaVilla Sportsmen Club that included food, fun, fel-
lowship and dancing. Though retired from the military, Sellers spends his days running the ROTC program at
Raines High School. He is also a member of the FlaJax Club, AmVet and the Moles.


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First Coast BBIC
Seminar Series Presents:
"Doing Business with
the City of Jacksonville"
First Coast Black Business Invest-
ment Corporation (FCBBIC) will
present a workshop entitled "Doing
Business with the City of Jackson-
ville." The workshop will be held on
Tuesday, April 12, 2005 from 6:00-
8 p.m. at the Ben Durham Business
Center. This workshop will identify
opportunities to do business with the
City and the City's procurement
process. To register, or for more
information, please call 634-0543 or
visit their website at
www.firstcoastbbic.org.


Be Sure You're Caught Up on New Tax Rules As Deadline Approaches


You may still be digesting the massive tax
changes that occurred in the past four years,
but as one of those late night TV pitchmen
would say, "There's more." The fact that
we're getting significant tax legislation almost
every year makes it hard for tax payers to fig-
ure things out. Here are changes you should
know about:
Free e-filing for everyone. The Internal
Revenue Service's Free File program, which
enables taxpayers to complete and transmit
their returns over the Internet, isn't new, but
now, everybody is eligible to do so for free.
When you visit the IRS Web site
(www.irs.gov), you'll find links to 20 private
tax-software companies participating in the
program. Many, including H & R Block and


Intuit, are offering basic versions of their soft-
ware (Online Tax Program and TurboTax,
respectively) at no charge. Other companies
restrict free filing and software to people with
low incomes, the elderly, that age 18 and un-
der, and members of the military. (Make sure
you go through the IRS Web site, if you go
directly to a company's Web Site you may not
get the free software.) P.S. You may have to
pay to e-file state and local tax returns.
A major new deduction. You may now
take a deduction for sales taxes, but if you do,
you have to give up your deduction for state
income taxes.
The chief beneficiaries of the sales-tax
deduction are residents of the seven states that
have no income tax (Alaska, Florida, Nevada,


South Dakota, Texas, Washington, and Wyo-
ming) If you itemize these deductions, you
should qualify to deduct sales taxes. If not, do
your taxes both ways to see which deduction
saves you the most money.
Didn't save your receipts last year? You
don't have to worry. The IRS has created ta-
bles with average sales-tax deductions, de-
pending on your filing status, the size of your
family, your income, residential consumption
patterns, and your state sales-tax rate.
The tables are only a starting point, how-
ever. Your total deduction may be higher if
you live in a city that imposes sales tax on top
of the state tax. You can add to that total any
sales tax you paid on a vehicle you purchased
in 2004. Even so, you are likely to come out


ahead by deducting your state income tax.
(See "Sales Tax or Income Tax?" above.) To
indicate which tax you choose to deduct, you
need only check the box on Schedule A.
Higher limits for EZ and A filers. If you
have no dependents, you can use Form 1040
EZ, and if you don't itemize deductions, you
can use Form 1040A. This year, you can use
the EZ or A form if you earn less than
$100,000 for single filers or married couples
filing jointly: last year, the income limit was
less than $50,000. You can also use the
1040A if you are married and filing sepa-
rately, head of a household, or a widow or
widower with a dependent child.

*Stay tuned for more tips.


Credit Cards: When To Hold Them, When To Fold Them
With offers arriving in the mail, request that the account be closed tant to carefully decide which cards
department stores offering 10 per- and reported as "closed by con- to close and when to close them.
cent off when you apply and free summer They should "The length of your credit history
gifts being hawked at the mall for then follow up makes up a significant portion of
filling out a form, it can be easy to with a letter your credit score so make sure you
end up with a wallet full of credit stat- keep your oldest accounts open and
cards. But when looking to lighten active," Rhode said. "Closing too
your credit load there is a right n many accounts at once increases
way and a wrong way tod the proportion of the balances
close credit cards. on your cards to your total
"The first thing most people credit limit, which in turn
do when they want to close a could lower your credit score


credit card is take out a pair of
scissors and start cutting, but that
doesn't close an account," said
Steve Rhode, president of Myvesta,
a nonprofit consumer education.
organization. ."To properly close a
credit card account you should send
a certified letter, return receipt re-
quested, to your card issuer and


'S i i O[lnt ise
clo-ed If the\ don't
send you confirmation it's a
good idea to follow up with a phone
call."
According to Rhode, it's impor-


a. well. And if you close a card
%hile still carrying a balance your
creditors might raise your interest
rates as a penalty."
Rhode also recommends review-
ing your credit reports when decid-
ing which cards to close or to check
that closed accounts are being re-
ported properly.


Is Time Running out



on Essence Mlagazine?


As April 15 looms, we've been
getting a lot of tax questions at the
Money Adviser. Here are answers,
including the expirations dates on
deductions and the internal Revenue
Service's timeline for coming after
you if you owe additional taxes.
Q. I already sent in my re-
turn but I realize now that I did-
n't claim all of the deductions that
I'm entitled to. Is it too late to do
anything about it?
A. No, you have up to three
years from the date you filed the
original return or two years after the
date you paid the tax (whichever is
later) to file an amended return. So
you can still amend your returns for
2001 (until April 15), 2002, 2003,
and 2004. Use Form 1040X.
Q. My husband and I filed a
joint return for 2003 but have
since learned that our total tax bill
would have been lower if we had
filed separately. Can we file
amended returns?
A. Unfortunately, one you file
jointly, your union as a couple is
irreversible in the eyes of the IRS, at
least for that tax year. You can file
separately in succeeding years, how-
ever, and even go back and forth
from year to year. Curiously, if you
had originally filed separate returns,
you could amend to a joint return.
Q. I don't understand many
of the forms that I've received
from my banks and brokerages.
Should I simply put them in a
shopping bag and let my tax pre-
parer sort them out?
A. If your preparer's fee is
based on the time he spends work-
ing on your return, he may be happy
to wade through your shopping bag
and figure out what is relevant. If
you want to keep the bill within
reason, however, you should try to


do that job yourself. Here's what
your preparer will need: W-2 wage
statements and 1099s reflecting in-
terest, dividends, and other pay-
ments. If you haven't moved your
accounts, it may help to check the
payers listed on your 2003 return to
make sure you haven't missed any-
thing.
Q. I mailed my January
2005 mortgage payment to the
bank in late December. Since the
bank' 'didn't process "the" check
before year-end, it is not reflected
on the Form 1098 interest state-
ment for 2004. Can I deduct the
interest portion of that check on
my 2004 return?
A. You are entitled to deduct
expenses in the year paid. For this
purpose, an item is paid when you
mail the check. Line 10 of Schedule
A (Form 1040) should reflect the
interest reported by the bank on
Form 1098. The additional interest
should be claimed on line 11, de-
scribing it as "additional interest
paid to Bank, but not included on
Form 1098." Remember: Unless
you prepay again at the end of 2005,
you'll only be entitled to deduct 11
months of interest on your 2005
return (even though the 1098 for
2005 will reflect 12 months' worth).
Q. My bank no longer re-
turns canceled checks to me.
Without them, how can I prove
my deductions, such as contribu-
tions, or even that I paid my IRS
bill?
A. A new federal law known
as "Check 21" permits banks cut the
paperwork and handle checks elec-
tronically. Instead of physically
moving checks from one bank to
another, the bank where the check is
deposited can take a picture of the
front and back of the check and


transmit it electronically to your
bank. Legally, an electronically cre-
ated "image replacement document"
(IRD) is the same as the original
canceled check.
While a canceled check or
IRD is generally accepted as proof
that you made a payment, it doesn't
necessarily establish that the pay-
ment was for the purpose claimed.
For example, a check written to a
doctor may represent a deductible or
nondeductible medical expense for a
person who is not a dependent. To
back up your claims, you should
keep bills, receipts, and other docu-
ments. In addition, specific records
are required for certain items, such
as business travel and contributions
over $250.
Q. If the IRS is going to audit
my return, how soon am I likely to
receive notification?
A. Selection of returns for audit
doesn't begin until the filing season
is over. So it's unlikely you'd be
notified before the end of this year.
The IRS generally has up to 36
months from the time you file to
determine if you owe additional
taxes.
Q. I understand that there is
a child tax credit of $1,000 for
children under 17. My wife and I
have two preteens at home, but
the software program I used to
prepare our taxes computed a
credit of only $1,700. Have I done
something wrong, or is there an
error in the program?
A. Probably neither. The credit
is $1,000 per child, but the total is
reduced by $50 for each $1,000 of
income above $110,000 for couples
filing jointly. You didn't indicate
what your income is, but we suspect
that your adjusted gross income
(line 36 of your 1040 return) is be-
tween $115,000 and $116,000. If it
is, your tax credit would have been
reduced by $300.


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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 I jobs
70 business gain certification
assist with $11 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.


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Chamber of Commerce


Tax Tips


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Congressman Presses Colleagues on the "Other" Feeding Tubes


Mayor Establishes Rally


Cong. Mel Watt
By Cash Michaels
Asking his conservative col-
leagues, "How many feeding tubes
have we withdrawn by our own
indifference in this body?," N.C
Congressman Mel Watt doggedly
went after what he felt was the hy-
pocrisy of Congressional Republi-
cans Sunday just before they, and
over 50 Democrats, voted in an un-
usual midnight session to pass a
private law that mandated federal
judicial review the controversial
Terri Schiavo case.
Watt was visibly upset to see
GOP members of Congress fully


envelope themselves with the plight
of one woman, but totally ignore the
impact that Medicare and other so-
cial program cuts will have on the
poor and elderly.
"The compassion comes out in
this one case, but where is the com-
passion when we point out to you
every single day that people are
starving and dying and seeking jus-
tice and you will not hear it?," the
seven-term Charlotte Democrat
asked during the three-hour debate.
Schiavo, 41, is the Florida woman
who has remained in a vegetative
state for the past 15 years after a
chemical imbalance briefly stopped
her heart.
Florida courts have not only con-
firmed her hopeless condition, but
also her expressed wish to friends
and family to be allowed to die if
ever her ability to function was seri-
ously impaired.
Federal courts this week' upheld
those rulings. Because of the long
and emotional court battle between
her husband, who wants her to die,
and her parents, who want their
daughter to live, Congress got in-
volved last week, calling an extraor-
dinary session which saw the Senate
unanimously ratify a private bill on
Schiavo's behalf, and then the


B.E. Entrepreneurs Conference
The Annual Black Enterprise/General Motors Entrepreneurs will be
held May 18-22. 2005, at the Wyndham Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas.
This year's event, themed; Seasons, of Change: Taking Risks, Embracing
Opportunities Texas and is expected to draw up to 2,000 entrepreneurs
and business leaders. For more information, call 800-543-6786.


House, led by conservative Republi-
cans, do the same thing after three
hours of debate Palm Sunday night,
before President Bush signed it into
law.
No Republican answered Watt's
challenge about alleged GOP com-
passion directly, but they were effu-
sive about how important it was for
Congress to stand by Schiavo. "Mr.
Speaker, it is a sad day in America
when a society as great as ours and
filled-with as many opportunities as
ours turns its back on one of its
most vulnerable disabled citizens,"
Rep. Virginia Foxx, a Republican
from Winston-Salem, said on the
House floor.
"It is unfortunate that it has come
to this." Rep. James Sensenbrenner,
the House Judiciary Committee
chairman and Republican from Wis-
consin, declared that Congress must
"reinforce the law's commitment to
justice and compassion' for all
Americans, particularly the most
vulnerable."
But Watt, chairman of the Con-
gressional Black Caucus, wasn't
buying all of the "love," "caring"
and "compassion" many a Republi-
can House member expressed in
wanting Congress to move quickly
to preserve the life of the severely
mentally impaired patient.
"Mr. Speaker, I just came in on
the plane from North Carolina, and I
found myself thinking a lot about
what we are doing here this eve-
ning," Watt told his fellow House
members.
"Wondering, first of all, what this


vote is going to cost the American
people, making a mental calculation
that probably $5 million we are
spending on this one vote this eve-
ning, and wondering how many
children are going to go to bed hun-
gry tonight and how many we could
feed with that amount of money;
how many feeding tubes we have
withdrawn by our own indifference
in this body, by the decisions that
we have made in this body that pit
one group against another."
"I found myself wondering where
the compassion was last week when
we tried to rally the members of this
body behind the Congressional
Black Caucus'. agenda and budget
and pointed out to them that
886,000 more people died over the
last 10 years, African- Americans,
because they did not get the same
kind of quality of medical care that
White Americans got, just the dif-
ference in the qualities," Watt con-
tinued.
"Where was your compassion
when we tried to get you to address
that issue?"
"The compassion comes out in
this one case, but where is the com-
passion when we point out to you
every single day that people are
starving and dying and seeking jus-
tice and you will not hear it?" Watt
asked his conservative colleagues."
"How do we define compassion
here? We have got to look at a big-
ger global picture, I think. You can-
not just react to one person's situa-
tion. Where is your compassion
when we need you?"


Jacksonville Community Fund
In support of his
I community-wide liter-
pRaiacy initiative, Mayor
Vi tJohn Peyton has estab-
Slished the Rally Jack-
p i sonville! Fund at The
hl Community Founda-
Sp tion, Bank of America,
in partnership with the
United Way of North-
r east Florida, has con-
Fedtributed a lead gift of
$50,000 to the Fund.
"I am very excited
that the Jacksonville
has embraced this.ini-
tiative so enthusiastically and that Bank of America has taken a leader-
ship role by making the first gift to the Fund." Said Mayor Peyton.
Individuals, families, businesses, corporations and private founda-
tions can make tax deductible to this Fund. Gifts can be made to:
-. purchase books and supplies for selected early learning centers partici-
pating in the initiative
- provide scholarships to train early learning center workers
- offer incentives to early learning centers to provide standards-based,
quality care and learning services
- provide Rally Jacksonville! Reading backpacks for four-year-olds
- support the Mayor's annual summit on literacy
- help create a community accountability system that measures and
monitors progress through data collection and appropriate program
evaluations and provide financial support for other programs and activi-
ties of the initiative as they are developed.
For more information, please call 356-4483.


Fields Legislation Improves

Banking Among Labor Pools


Matchmaker Workshop. Bridges Gap Between


Minorities and Government Business


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Continued from page 1 fled and discussed, as well as some
Common pitfalls and issues regard- very helpful and insightful tips were
ing 'the various subjects were identi- given in open question and answer


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Shown above (1-r) Dr. Briget
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Vendor Aiyetoro Taylor
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Florida (Bottom) Janice F
Young and Bill Young with
Enviro Resources Corpora-
tion and Terrence Wright
Director Purchasing Ser-
vices Duval County Public
Schools and Dwayne Car-
gileof Distributed Computer
Systems Administrator. and
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Rep. Terry Fields
Representative Terry Fields co-
sponsored and supported House
Bill 525 Labor Pools which suc-
cessfully, passed out of the House
Finance & Tax Committee. House
Bill 525 provides that labor pools
may not charge day laborers "for
directly or indirectly cashing a
worker's check."
Under the present law, labor
pools issue checks on accounts at
banks which permit fee-free cash-


ing of labor pool checks. House
Bill 525 sponsored by Representa-
tive Baxter Troutman seeks to
clarify that labor pools may give
workers the option to use no-fee
check cashing at a local bank or
cash dispensing machines for a -fee
of less than $2.00, so long as the
day laborer has both the option to
receive a negotiable check and
voluntarily elects to use the cash
dispensing machine.
"I believe this allows day labor-
ers who do not have checking ac-
counts to receive some of the same
fee-free banking options that other
bank account holders receive."
Florida employs a substantial num-
ber of day laborers and this legisla-
tion if passed into law, would
grant day laborers convenient and
inexpensive ways to cash their
checks. House Bill 525 has 2 addi-
tional House Committees to pass
through successfully before going
to the floor of the House of Repre-
sentatives and must pass through
the Senate and be approved by the
Governor before it can be passed
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CONDOLEEZA RICE


Affirmative Action Living Large


By William Reed
Blacks every-
_\ where take pride
7..' in Condoleezza
Rice in being
'I "one of the most
powerful women
in the world".
But, is Dr. Rice's
career an example of fighting to
advance the interests of blacks, or
affirmation of the status quo?
The 66th U.S. Secretary of State,
Rice is one of the most influential
African Americans of our time, but
her colorblind ideology hardly pro-
vides positive influence toward ad-
vancing interests of African Ameri-
cans. Unabashed promoter of
American values and ideas, Secre-
tary Rice is recognized in the main-
stream as "an African American
success story". At $170,000-a-
year, Rice is one of the one percent
of African American women who
make $100,000-a-year. She's one
of one percent of black women
who've had a seat on boards of For-
tune 500 companies.
Racial preferences are one of the
most controversial issues in Ameri-
can public policy, but Rice is repeat-
edly reticent on black-oriented is-
sues. Though blacks in America
still suffer statically-sustainable
race-based discrimination; black and
white intellectuals like Ms. Rice
pretend America is colorblind in
laws and practices, and that race-I
based public policy is "unjust". An
enigma to affirmative action,
clearly, had she been white, Ms.
Rice would not have risen so
quickly.
The best example of affirmative
action at work, Rice gained the
proper "access" at the University of
Denver, as prot6g6 of Josef Korbel,
former Secretary of State Madeleine
Albright's father. In 1981, at age
26, she landed a professorship at
Stanford University. In 1985, at a
conference, Rice bowled over Re-
publican foreign policy eminence
Brent Scowcroft. He became the
first of a series of foreign policy
meht to b'r:inlflding George



J
SBy E.O
Hutchison
One in ar
occasional,
series on the
Issues in The
Se L L Michael Jack-
son saga.
Jackson Playing Race Conspiracy
Card
The instant that Santa Barbara
Sheriffs deputies slapped the cuffs
on the ex-pop king, Michael Jackson
screamed that he was the victim of a
conspiracy. In an interview Sunday
with his newfound spiritual mentor,
Jesse Jackson, Mike got even more
explicit and said that he's an easy
target because he's a rich, famous
black man. Jackson cast himself in
the mold of Muhammad Ali, Nelson
Mandela, and Jack Johnson, all high
profile blacks, that allegedly wound
up on the legal hot seat because they
were black.
Jackson first gingerly flipped the
race card on the table when he
charged that Santa Barbara County
Sheriffs deputies roughed him up
when he was being searched. He
implied that black men, even a black
man named Michael Jackson, could
be the victim of police abuse. Those
are instant and identifiable words
that are guaranteed to stir racial pas-
sions, anger, and protest among


Shultz and President George Bush.
* In 1989, National Security Adviser
Scowcroft had Rice as his Soviet
i analyst for three years. After that,
; she returned to Stanford and became
t the youngest person ever to hold the
provost job, and first woman and
first African-American. Rice
worked 20 years at Stanford, six as
University Provost chief budget
and academic officer responsible for
a $1.5 billion annual budget and
academic programs involving 1,400
faculty members and 14,000 stu-
dents. Rice's bloodlines to the cor-
porate world are long-standing.
Chevron once named an oil tanker
after her. She has been on the
boards of directors of Chevron Cor-
poration, Charles Schwab Corpora-
tion, the William and Flora Hewlett
Foundation, the University of Notre
Dame, the International Advisory
Council of J.P. Morgan, Trans-
america Corporation, Hewlett Pack-
ard, the Carnegie Corporation, Car-
negie Endowment for International
Peace, The Rand Corporation and
KQED, public broadcasting for San
Francisco.
Dorothy Height, Courting Rice,
the National Council of Negro
Women's Chair, championed her for
Secretary of State saying, "She will
be following in the footsteps of our
founder, Mary McLeod Bethune.
The first black woman to be called
upon for policy help by the White
House, when Republican President


Calvin Coolidge asked her to take
r part in a conference on child care in
1928. She went on to work with
Republican and Democratic presi-
dents while always fighting to ad-
vance the interests of Black women
and children". But Dr. Rice is
hardly a Dr. Bethune, whose legacy
is etched in Black History and
started Bethune-Cookman College.
Rice's "voice of fairness" rings as
that of "the controlling interest"
among many people of color. Re-
assuring Arabs, that the U.S. only
wanted to bring "diplomacy and
freedom" to the Middle East, Rice
was lambasted in a Jordanian news-
paper that said: "As for you, black
Condoleezza Rice, swallow your
tongue, remember your origins and
stop talking about liberation and
freedom. Have you not been taught
by your cowboy masters that 'slaves'
cannot liberate themselves, that they
are not capable to capture the large
Islamic world whose cultural roots
are planted in the depths of history.
The slaves who are happy with their
enslavement, 0 Condoleezza, will
continue to be enslaved. They will
never be free and will never free
others."
The editorial caused uproar
among America's establishment, but
if Dr. Rice is to rival Dr. Bethune in
history, she must reveal more.
"affirmative actions" regarding
fighting to advance interests of
blacks.


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by Jacksonville City Councilman Reginald Fullwood


With Gas Prices Getting Out of Control, Who is to Blame?

There I was sitting down with the rent federal administration is partly not what it is doing to address the
wifey to plan a spring vacation for to blame for these gas prices, issue, but what it is not doing.
the family, when she reminded me In 1999, under the Clinton ad- What's even more amazing about
of the outrages gas prices we are ministration, with oil prices rising gas prices is that a few years ago the
experiencing. I reminisced on a re- the White House decided to tap into average price of gas, including all
cent trip to the gas station when I its Strategic Petroleum Reserve grades and taxes, was about $1.07.
recently got in my car and noticed (SPR) in an effort to control prices At self-service pumps, regular gaso-
that it was nearly out of gas. so that family in need could pur- line was about $1.02 per gallon,
Let's see here, oh there's a Hess chase discounted oil for heat. mid-grade was about $1.13 and pre-
gas station. I personally like Hess The SPR is the United States' mium was about $1.21. Premium
because of their low gas prices of emergency oil stockpile, and is the gas now is approximately a dollar
course. I have not purchased gas in largest emergency petroleum supply more today than it is was just three
over a week since I was out of town in the world. to four years ago.
for several days, so as I rolled up to This is oil that we pay for with Not only will these increased gas
the station I notice that regular gas our tax dollars, and I totally under- prices affect my Wally World vaca-
is $2.14 per gallon. stand the need to have such a vast tion, but other motorists planning
That is a bit too much for me, oil reserve especially after the 1973- summer vacations, as well as airline
especially since my tank holds over 74 oil embargo that left the nation passengers, trucking companies and
22 gallons of gas, which equates to crippled. But with the largest re- anyone else that needs gas to get
well, you can do the math. But it serve in the world, one would think from point A to point B.
basically means that that even if I that a certain percentage could be So again, where does the buck
put regular unleaded, which is released to address current crisis', stop with this gas issue? The current
unlikely, in my tank it would cost It cost the government $21 mil- administration has not proposed a
well over $45 to fill up. That's right, lion a year to maintain the oil re- short or long term solution to the
around $47 to be exact, and I do not serve and 1,150 employees, which problem. In fact, representatives
.know anyone, no matter how much doesn't include the annual cost to from the White House recently said
money they have in the bank that is purchase the oil. One can only won- that President Bush "remains con-
not upset about gas prices. der if the mere threat of the release cerned about rising gas prices."
Now, the question is how do I tell of additional oil would prompt "Remains concerned," they say. I
my son that we are no longer going OPEC to find some "creative" solu- remained concerned about the lack
to Wally World, Dolphin Mania tion to reduce current gas prices, of grass in my front yard or about
City and Wet Wild Super Slippery The oil crisis is not only hurting the affect that spinach au gratin
Slide because gas is to high? us here in the United States, but from last night will have on my
Whom shall I tell my son is to countries throughout the world. stomach. The President shouldn't
blame for this deviation in family However, because we consume so say that he remains concerned about
plans? Certainly not me, so I look to much more gas than other large gas prices when they have reached
a higher more prominent politician countries, we are feeling the pain a, this level. He should have been con-
than little old local me. In this great little more cerned 70 cent ago, and should be
country we call America, one need Back to SPR for a moment, be- very bothered right now.
only look to a big white mansion at fore you think that I am being too I am sure that Mr. Bush has not
the top of a hill in Washington D.C. harsh on our President he need only pulled over to a Hess, Racetrack or
to figure out where the buck stops. look back to his father's administra- BP lately, so it is really not affecting
Our president is the man I shall tion as an example of how reserves him directly, but us common folk
tell my son is to blame for the can- can be used to stabilize oil prices, are feeling the pain from his lack of
cellation of the great family fun, During the Persian Gulf War in domestic policy. I just hope that my
cross-country adventure to Wally 1991 to keep oil plentiful and prices son is willing to settle for the back-
World. And why would one blame stable the United States released yard water park (Slip & Slide) for
Mr. Bush for this unfortunate hap- larger amounts from the SPR. now because gas prices have Daddy
penstance? Well, besides me not It was somewhat of a contro\er- checking to see if JTA is going my
wanting to tell the son-that' amtinoo sial decision, but proved 'to be he way.. ..
--cheap -to- pay-$47--every-few miles--best-oeption at the-time -he-problem---Signing-off-f4om-the-W-10 Detroit
for gas, I sincerely feel that this cur- with the current administration is Bus Route, Reggie Fullwood


ackson Eagerly Playing Race Conspiracy Card


many blacks. Many blacks reflex-
ively play the race card because of
their past brutal treatment at the
hands of white police, judges, prose-
cutors, and juries. Jackson's stagger-
ing $3 million bail, the slapping of
handcuffs on him, the small army of
lawmen that ransacked his ranch,
and the seemingly relentless Jack-
son-is-guilty racial tilt in some of
the press, further convinced blacks
that Jackson was tried, judged, and
convicted before he ever set foot in a
courtroom.
When Jackson's home was raided
on the day his greatest hits album
Number Ones was released, some
blacks immediately pounced on that
and saw sinister conspiracy doings.
Others even claimed that Jackson
sealed his doom when he bought the
rights to the Beatles song catalog
and than added insult to injury by
buying ATV publishing in 1985.
This was the firm that controlled the
Lennon-McCarthy music copyrights.
In gobbling up their catalog, he sup-
posedly had stepped beyond ac-
cepted racial parameters for a black.
This supposedly made him a marked
man. If the mainstream media could
relentlessly assault the character of
prominent black men, and prosecu-
tors could orchestrate a damaging
campaign to convince the public of
their guilt even before a trial, than,


many blacks rationalized that every
black was fair game.
Jackson was not just any black.
His fabulous wealth allowed him to
do what he pleased, and when he
pleased. There were no constraints
on what he could or couldn't do,
other than those he put on himself.
For most of his professional career,
the press treated him as celebrity
royalty and did not engage in char-
acter assassination, and other than
the usual celebrity lawsuits, there
were no legal vendettas against him.
When some writers and commenta-
tors seemed to toss the presumption
of his innocence out the window,
many blacks were convinced that he
was already fitted for a prison cell
before the trial had begun. Jesse
Jackson certainly believed that. His
racial suspicion aroused, Jackson
rushed to the ex- pop king's defense.
The arrest he claimed "seemed
aimed to destroy this media mogul."
Fortunately Jackson had the pres-
ence of mind to at least veil his hint
that there was a dark plot to get
Jackson with the qualifying word
"seemed."
The willingness of so many blacks
to see hidden plots and conspiracies
by whites to nail wealthy and fa-
mous ones such as Jackson is often
confused and misinterpreted. The
assumption is that racial loyalty


trumps common sense and that
blacks are willing to excuse, and
even condone bad, even criminal
behavior by other blacks as long as
their persecutors are white. It's a bad
assumption. In a careful reading of
opinion in the O.J. Simpson case,
most blacks did rot say that that he
was incapable of committing mur-
der, but that the system was incapa-
ble of giving him a fair trial.
This proved to be a terribly
wrong-headed fear when Simpson
was acquitted. The blacks that
cheered the ver-
dict were not
cheering Simpson
as a murderer who
beat the rap. They
were cheering a
victory over what
they regarded as a
system hopelessly V
riddled with racial % '
bias against them. &
From the start of
Jackson case, Availab
there was little
evidence that
black suspicion *
that the criminal
justice system is
abusive towards .
them translated
ipso facto into
blind faith in ,


Jackson's innocent.
Aside from scattered, infrequent
quips, and a handful of racial photo-
ops visits to black areas and
churches during his adult profes-
sional career, Jackson never visibly
paraded his racial identity. It ap-
peared that he did the exact oppo-
site-he ran from it. Though he did
take a private interest in black
causes, he did not make a public
point of it. This did not mean that
under his surgically altered face,
garish outfits, and odd lifestyle that


he didn't care about blacks. The per-
ception simply was that he didn't
and that made it all the more pecu-
liar for blacks to see Jackson as a
racial target. Prosecutors and law
enforcement treated him as a special
case. It had nothing to do with race,
and everything to do with his fame,
name, and celebrity notoriety. Still,
Jackson and Jackson have dumped
race and conspiracy back on the
public table. Now that they have,
expect it to lurk even closer to the
surface in Santa Maria.


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Regulators Approve Internet Bank


That Would Target Affluent Blacks


A former executive of OneUnited
Bank, the largest African-American
owned bank in the country, has re-
ceived preliminary approval from
federal regulators to launch an Inter-
net-only bank in Boston that would
target affluent African-American
households across the country.
The bank, to be known as Bank-
Blackwell, would be run by James
R. Mundy, who served as chief op-
erating officer at OneUnited Bank
until fall 2003. Two other members
on the board of directors are also
connected to OneUnited Bank, in-
cluding Michael P. Burley, who
currently serves as the bank's senior
vice president and treasurer.
Mundy and other BankBlackwell
officials declined to comment be-
cause they are in the process of rais-
ing capital.
Robert Patrick Cooper, senior


counsel at OneUnited Bank, de-
scribed BankBlackwell's approach
as a "skimming strategy that only
appeals to the affluent."
OneUnited Bank, which started in
Boston as the Boston Bank of Com-
merce, is now the largest African-
American owned and managed bank
in the country after taking over the
Founders National Bank of Com-
merce in Los Angeles and the Peo-
ples National Bank of Commerce in
Miami.
Bank officials are currently seek-
ing private investors. The bank
plans to go online this summer if it
can raise about $16 million in capi-
tal. To date, it said it has commit-
ments of $860,000 from its officers
and directors.
BankBlackwell says in its filing
with the federal Office of Thrift
Supervision that African-American


Johnny Cochran Succumbs


Johnny Cochran
Continued from page 1
to lead his 'Dream Team' de-
fense. "I was in social circles with
Johnnie and we knew each other in
that way," he said.
. As Simpson's lawyer, Cochran
famously quipped, "If the glove
doesn't fit, you must acquit," when
Simpson tried to -- but couldn't --
fit his hands inside the killer's
gloves.
Cochran's successful defense led
..tSimn .nn' .. a nit.al '.


Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. was born
in Shreveport, Louisiana on Octo-
ber 2, 1937, the great-grandson of a
slave.
He grew up in Los Angeles,
went to UCLA for college and re-
ceived his law degree from Loyola
Marymount University. He passed
the California bar in 1963, took a
job in Los Angeles as a deputy city
attorney in the criminal division.
Two years later, he entered pri-
vate .practice and soon opened his
own firm, Cochran, Atkins & Ev-
ans. By the late 1970s, he had
made his name in the black com-
munity, and was litigating a num-
ber of high-profile police brutality
and criminal cases. In 1978, he
joined the Los Angeles County
district attorney's office, but re-
turned to private practice five years
later.
The People v. O.J. Simpson
brought Cochran worldwide fame,
but while he went on to defend
other celebrities he would also ac-
cept less high-profile names, par-
ticularly when alleged police mis-
conduct was involved.


banks -- unlike His-
panic and Asian /
banks -- have had
relatively limited
reach and not one
African-American
banking institution
currently has assets
exceeding $1 billion. The bank says
the buying power of affluent Afri-
can-Americans is expected to grow
to $921 billion in 2008.
According to US Census figures,
African-American households earn-
ing more than $50,000 grew to 4
million in 2002 from 766,000 in
1970.
At the same time, the 47 African-
American financial institutions cur-
rently operating are located primar-
ily in inner cities and were estab-
lished to provide banking services to
the low-to moderate-income seg-
ment of urban communities, Bank-
Blackwell said in its filing.
"It's an interesting way to get past
the traditional brick-and-mortar lo-
calized banks that have focused on
African-American communities,"
said potential investor Winston Hen-
derson, vice president of Surface
Logix, a drug development com-
pany in Brighton. "The Internet al-
lows you to reach African-
Americans who have moved from
urban areas and provide the most
sophisticated services that more
affluent African Americans may
desire."
In its filing, the company said its
banking services will exploit the
Internet to maintain low overhead
costs and pass on those savings to
its customers. BankBlackwell's fi-
nancial services are designed to sup-
plement, not replace, a customer's
existing checking account.
To open a deposit account with
BankBlackwell, customers must
establish a link between the new
account and a checking account at
another financial institution. This
allows customers to avoid the diffi-
culties of changing banks and to
keep the convenience of ATM net-
works offered by traditional brick-
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Rattler Boosters Launch Campaign


to Restore Dilapidated Facilities


The Rattler Booster organiza-
tion has begun a campaign to reno-
vate and expand the Galimore-
Powell field house. The field house
has fallen into an embarrassing state
of disrepair and the Boosters are
calling on all Rattlers, friends, and
supporters to step up and help repair
the facility before the start of the fall
season kick-off.
Rattler Boosters dubbed the
effort "Blood, Sweat, and Tears" in
honor of legendary Coach Alonzo
"Jake" Gaither, who made the slo-
gan the Rattler football mantra.


Rattler Boosters will launch the
campaign on April 15, with a fund-
raising gala at the Tallahassee-Leon
County Civic Center. The Annual
Orange and Green Spring Football
Scrimmage will follow the Gala on
Saturday, April 16, when the Boost-
ers promise an outstanding game
while the... "Rattlers Snake Around
Bragg Stadium. "
The nation's- number one his-
torically black university continues
to graduate more African-
Americans with baccalaureate de-
grees than any other university. The


academic programs are nationally
renowned because of the out-
standing Schools of Pharmacy,
Business, Architecture, Journalism,
Nursing, Education, Engineering,
and Music. These programs are the
reason the nation's top national
achievement scholars call the uni-
versity home.
The Rattler Boosters urge
alumni, friends, fans to reserve tick-
ets and tables for the "Blood, Sweat,
and Tears" launch. Contact Rattler
Boosters at 850-224-6093 or rattler-
boosters(a),vahoo.com .


Rattler Pride is About Blood, Sweat and Tears


By Senator Al Lawson
When you mention Florida A&M
"w University, accolades follow.
1 FAMU is undoubtedly the number
one historically black university in
the nation, graduating more Afri-
can- Americans with baccalaureate
degrees than any other university.
The academic programs are nationally renowned be-
cause of the outstanding Schools of Pharmacy, Busi-
ness, Architecture, Journalism, Nursing, Education,
Engineering, and Music. These programs are the rea-
son the nation's top national achievement scholars call
the university home. We have begun to look at other
strategies
We have a tremendous academic legacy. FAMU's
legendary football program, once the envy of all in its
class, is now struggling to maintain viability. Some of
the most basic elements of this very important athletic
partner are lacking. The field house built in 1983 is in
shambles. It has had minimal repair since the original
construction 22 years ago. FAMU football players
have had..to train and .condition, with' outdated: and di-
lapidated equipment, and store their personal effects in
lockers that cannot be secured. It is a wonder that they


were able to prepare or have won a game under the
current conditions. Obviously, the field house has not
been part of the campus athletic tour.
The FAMU Boosters understand the dynamics in
play. We know that we must keep the athletics pro-
gram.in top form as the nation's premiere black insti-
tution. It is a critical component in the University's
ability to recruit players. Athletics is also a very im-
portant part of the college experience and our rich
heritage at Florida A&M University. That means we
have to raise the revenue to fix the problem. We have
decided to restore and expand the field house facility
because as Boosters, it is our responsibility. And, the
fact remains that the State of Florida no longer pro-
vides capitol outlay funding for athletic facilities.
FAMUans and all who understand the value and
importance of this extraordinary institution, realize
that this effort is the first of many to come as we rely
less on government funding and more on public-
private partnerships. We know what we have to do,
and I challenge all Rattlers, fans, and supporters to
step up and help us get the job done, beginning with
ihe Galimore-Powell Field House.
Senator .41 Lawson is the Chair of the Board of
Trustees of the Rattler Boosters, Incorporated.


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ATLANTA The Interdenomina-
tional Theological Center will hold
its Charter Day and James H.
Costen Awards Dinner and Silent
Auction on Friday, April 22, 2005,
at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.
The reception and silent auction
will begin at 6 p.m., followed by
dinner at 7 p.m. Ms. Xernona
Clayton of CNN, will serve as the
Mistress of Ceremonies. Black Tie
is optional.
The 2005 Honorees include:
Bishop Charles E. Black, Religion;
Mr. Curley M. Dossman Jr.,
Business; Atlanta Mayor Shirley
Franklin, Government; Dr. Oswald
P. Bronson, retired president of (B-
CC) Bethune-Cookman College,
who is currently serving as interim
president of Edward Waters
College (EWC), Education; Mrs.
Juanita (Ralph) Jones Abernathy,
Civic and Community Affairs; Rev.
Lorraine Jacques White, The Arts;
ms. Elisabeth Williams Omilami,
"Travelin' Shoes"; and Dr. Melva
Wilson Costen, The President's
Award.
Charter Week events highlight
the 2005 Charter Day observation.
A booksigning will celebrate' the
ITC Faculty Authors, 4 to 6 p.m. at
the Costen Center on Wednesday,
April 20th.
The Charles B. Copher Lecture
Series will present Dr. Michael I.
M. Dash, addressing, "Ministry,
.Spirituality, and Discipline for
Engagement," 7 p.m., ITC Chapel.
Honors and Awards Day Wor-
ship will begin, at 11 a.m.,
Thursday,. April ,21"st in the. rITC
Chapel. The ITC Inter-Alumni
Council will meet 1-8 p.m. at the
Atlanta Marriott Marquis.
The Faith Leaders' Conference
"Reentry: The Faith Community


Bethel Bapi
215 Bethel Baptist St
k


Sunday

Is,
3rd Sunday -

Wednesday A
Pastor Rudolph Wednesday
McKissick, Sr.
Senior Pastor


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and Prisoner Aftercare" begins at
9a.m. on Friday morning, April
22nd at the Atlanta Marriott
Marquis. The Conference .will
continue for a second day on
Saturday, April 23rd.

Stage Aurora to
Present "Maialia"

A Gospel Musical
Stage Aurora is bringing a great
Mother's Day Gift to Jacksonville:
"Mahalia" A Gospel Musical.
This powerful play, written by
Tom Stolzt, tells the life story of
the acclaimed Mahalia Jackson,
who was voted the "best gospel
singer" in the entire world..-i ,-,:
',The play,",will beijpreseited
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April
29-May 1st; and May, 6-8th, in the
Ezekiel Bryant Auditorium at FCCJ
North Campus. For ticket' informa-
tion, please call (904) 765-7373.


The Charter Day and James H.
Costen Awards Dinner gets
underway beginning at 6 p.m. at the
Atlanta Marriott Marquis.
The ITC invites you to the
Gardner C. Taylor Faith Flight
Golf Classic on Monday, May 16th.
Registration includes: Flighted
Play, Shot Gun Start, Greens Fee
and Carts, Prizes and Trophies.
CD Release Party
The debut of Carmelita Terry's
CD "I Give You Praise" will be
held during a CD Release Party
sponsored by the Integrity Solution
at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 2,
2005, at New Covenant Ministries,
2360 St. John's Bluff Road South.
.--"I ,,Give .YOU Yu Praise" is
armelita very's, musical journey
of traditional and contemporary
songs that will captivate the hearts
of God's people, and challenge
them to move to a higher level. .
This event is FREE and open to
the public, you are invited!


tist Institutional Church
reet, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464


Veekly Services

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


McKissick, Jr.
Senior Pastor
Radio Ministry -
WCGL 1360 AM
Thursday 8:15 8:45 a.m.
AM 1400
Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.
TV Ministry -
WTLV Channel 12
Sunday 6:30 a.m.


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"Seeking the lost for Christ" Matthew 28: 19-20
8:00 a.m.-Early Morning Worship 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 11:00 a.m.-Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m.-Prayer Service Wednesday 6:30-7 p.m. Bible Study
`:FREE TUTORING IN ENGLISH, SCIENCE, HISTORY & MATH*
TUESDAY & THURSDAY 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Vi,.t our 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


Bethel Baptist

Institutional

Spring Revival

April 3rd 6th

Dr. Rudolph W. McKissick Jr.
and Rev. Rudolph W. McKissick
Sr., Pastors, Bethel Baptist Institu-
tional Church, 215 Bethel Baptist
Street; have announced "Spring
Revival 2005", Sunday, April 3rd
through Wednesday, April 6, 2005.
Dr. Ralph D. West, of the
Church Without Walls, Houston,
Texas; will be the Evangelist.


Services on Sunday, April 3rd
will be at 7:45 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday,
services will be held nightly at 7
p.m. The church is located behind
FCCJ Downtown Campus.
Kuumba Festival
The Kuumba Fesii al will be
"'eld 'on M'ay 28-29", 200 at' 'the
Clanzell Brown Park. For more
information call 353-2270 or visit
www.kuumbafestival.org.


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.


Hope Inc. Presents Teen

Workshop for Boys & Girls 13-18


The "Distinguished Gentlemen
& Elite Ladies of HOPE" combin-
ed workshop for girls and boys,
ages 13-18; is designed to motivate
and inform teens about issues that
are relevant to their young lives
such as: education, health aware-
ness, finance, juvenile justice and
diversity.
.The Workshop Presenters are a
Team of Professionals and Experts,
and parents desiring to attend the
workshops are invited. The Work-
shop Topics include: Planning for
future academic empowerment;
Early and healthy living practices;
How money works; What to know
about the criminal justice system;
and Understanding diversity.
The workshops will be present-
ed from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on

Community News
is Published
FREE of Charge
Please.fax all your church,
social and community.v .
neuw to 765-803. ,'
Deadline is Monday at 5p.m.
of the week you want it to run.


Saturday, April 9th at the Hope
Plaza, 435 Clark Road, 6th Floor.
Parents must call (904) 766-7862
to register their teens. Parental
consent to attend work-shops is
necessary. Teens cannot register
themselves.


AARP Speaker

Is Available to

Address Social

Security Issues
As part of its initiative to
educate Floridians about proposed
changes to Social Security, AARP
Florida has trained a group of
volunteer. speakers to give presen-
tations about "Social Security:
Proposal for Change."
Mrs.. Yvette Ridley has been
selected to speak to the community
about AARP's positions on potent-
ial changes to the Social Security
system. The presentation explains
"How Social Security Works, its
long-term problems of solvency,
ard' AARP"s' position's dn proposals
to strengthen SS and the proposal
to introduce private accounts. Call
1 (866) 595-7678 to schedule.


St. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church
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5863 Moncrief Road Jacksonville, FL 32209 (904) 768-8800 Phone (904) 768-3800 Fax
"The Church That Reaches Up To God And Out To Man"

S.^? 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)
ASt. 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.



Evangel Temple Assembly of God


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Sunday, April 3rd

10:30 a.m.


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5755 Ramona Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32205
904-781-9393
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Dr. Oswald P. Bronson to be honored at ITC

Charter Day/James I. Costen Awards Dinner


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"To restore dignity and self-respect
in black communities by eradica-
ting drug abuse, illiteracy and
criminally, so that people can live
in peace and prosperity without the
constant threat of loss. Our success
is made possible by the application
of rehabilitative and educational
technologies developed by Ameri-
can humanitarian, L. Ron
Hubbard. -Mission Statement of
Ebony Awakenings. -

By Pat Hamey,

Ebony Awakening recently
sponsored a "Tribute to African
American Artists which honored
six artists for their contributions to
African American art. If there is
any group of people who are
respected, honored and acknow-
ledged for their contributions to
America, it is African American
artists.
Art is an expression of you and
what you want to say to others,
what you want others to see and
hear and understand. How you do
that defines the quality of the art
that you create. One of the things
L. Ron Hubbard noted about artists
is that "a culture is only as great as
its dreams and its dreams are
dreamed by its artists." That
certainly can be applied to t he
African American culture and how
we use art to help our culture rise
above trying times. Art has been
the sustenance of our people.
Shrimp Festival
The Eight Flags Shrimp
Festival will be held in historic
downtown Fernandina Beach,
April 29, 30 & May 1, 2005, and
the Annual Shrimp Festival Pirate
Parade will be held Thursday, April
28, 2005 at 6:00 p.m.
Children's Chorus
Spring Concert
The Jacksonville Children's
Chorus will present their Annual
Spring Concert with the theme "A
River Runs Through It" on Sunday,
May 1, 2005 at 4:00 p.m. The
benefit will be held at the Times
Union Center for the Performing
Arts. Dinner will immediately
fpllow thV,9.pet,.,) 'r,,,,.rmre
information, and/or. tickets, please
call 384-6001.


In gospel, we could "lay cur
burdens down" in Church, through
song and praise.
Later, gospel, became a form of
expression for political struggles as
African Americans marched
through the Civil Rights Era with
songs such as "We Shall
Overcome" and "There Will Be No
.Segregation in Heaven."
Today, rap and hip-hop has are
used by youth to express their
opinions on social, economic and
political issues.

The Harlem Renaissance
No other period in the history of
African American Art better illus-
trates the heights to which the
culture can be elevated than the
Harlem Renaissance. Flourishing
for a brief ten years in the 1920s in
New York City, was an unprece-
dented period of black creativity.
The Harlem Renaissance fol-
lowed World War I when black
soldiers, while stationed in Europe,
witnessed the appreciation of jazz,
the only original black American
music, and a high interest in
African cultures. When the
soldiers returned, they wanted the
same level of recognition for Black
expression in America.
Langston Hughes, the famous
Harlem poet, once wrote: "Harlem
was like a great magnet for the
Negro intellectual, pulling him
from everywhere. Once in New
York, the black intellectual had to
live in Harlem, which was not so
much a place as a state of mind, the
cultural metaphor for Black
America itself."
Harlem's art sprang from an
intense sense of race consciousness
and pride in black heritage and
community.
Famous African American
artists who elevated the culture
during the Harlem Renaissance
included Louis Armstrong, W.E.B.
DuBois, Josephine Baker, Zora
Neale Hurston and Billie Holiday.
You know the names. Others, less
well-known but nonetheless who
shared in the birth of Black Art as
an integral part of the American
culture.
"Recognize Your African Heri-
tage'".wast.thenmessage of Alain
Locke, '.*rhe- ..highly educated
philosopher at Harvard University,


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who was the first Black American
Rhodes Scholar. Locke was the
spokesman for artists and writers
of the Harlem Renaissance.
He coined the term "New
Negro" which sounds dated today,
but it described the proud and
independent Blacks living in
Northern cities during that era.
Locke's theories of Black Art
encouraged black artists to
recognize and incorporate their
African heritage within their work.
His artful and powerful message
was that African artistic heritage
was at the center of the black
experience. He, felt that black
artists in America needed to be
liberated, free to express their
heritage.
This is not just seen in the visual
arts, it is what you hear in the deep
and resonant sounds of gospel, it is
what you hear from your pastor on
Sunday, it is our rhythm and color
and dynamism. Our brand of
beauty, our hairstyles, our clothes
and how we wear them, our poetry
and our sculptures are our ART.
These are our expressions and
our contributions to the rest of the
world. The Harlem Renaissance
brought us respect, honor and
acknowledgement because we first
instilled these in ourselves.
What happened after those ten
brief years? Well, what happened
was the same thing that happened
to the rest of America.
Drugs were introduced in Har-
lem and were the ruin of some of
the best artists of the time, certainly
Billie Holiday comes to mind.
The social ills of illiteracy,
crime and immorality have taken
root in our communities and are
destroying artistic expression
today. These ills have degraded our
culture and our people and the
consequences have been very
damaging to our people.
Mr. Hubbard recognized the
tremendous value of art to a culture
when he stated, "The rehabilitation
of that art-ability of a culture is a
tremendously valid .undertaking,
and will repay a culture a thousand
times over for any effort made in
that direction."
It is the time for us to return our
cuftreto fhat,prqud "N'ew Negro"
attitude. .By.. uplifting art .and
cultivating artists who truly uplift


the culture, our culture will grow.
When we consider the
importance of art, art that wakens
our consciousness and changes
minds, we are looking at artists like
those who run the choirs in our
churches, who uplift us in song
and dance, who take care of our


black heritage, who educate our
children, who make cooking an art
and who know how to write, rhyme
and rap out positive messages to
reach our young people. And when
we want to shoot for higher
heights, we are looking at artists'
like those who created the Harlem


Renaissance.
It is of utmost importance to the
uplifting of our culture that we
promote artists like these, and that
we return art to our schools, and
teach our young people about their
true heritage and that they too can
create great art.


ONE OF WORLD'S LARGEST SPIRITUAL EVENTS

T. D. Jakes Returns MegaFest 2005 to

Atlanta, Weekend of August 3-6th


World reknown Bishop T. D.
Jakes, pastor of The Potter's
House, a 30,000 member church in
Dallas; will return MegaFest with
something for everyone, to Atlanta
the weekend of August 3-6, 2005.
After setting an attendance
records at the Georgia Dome, draw-
ing more than 140,000 people, and
reaching 314 million homes in 235
countries worldwide in 2004,
MegaFest is returning to Atlanta,
bigger and better, than ever.
Women, men, and children from
across the country and around the


globe will converge on Atlanta's
top venues: the Georgia Dome, the
Georgia World Congress Center,
Philips Arena, and the International
Plaza.
"This event is becoming the
only way to end your summer and
begin the second half of the year on
a positive, empowering note," said
Bishop T. D. Jakes, the force
behind MegaFest stated. MegaFest
is the culmination of Bishop Jakes'
most powerful conferences,._and
severalF other innovative events,


into a powerful four-day event that
offers something for everyone.
MegaFest is a star-studded
event featuring some of the biggest
names in faith, business, and enter-
tainment such as: Steve Harvey,
Robert Kiyosaki, Kirk Franklin, Sa-
lvador, CeCe Winans, Mary Mary,
Co-Pastor Paula White Stephen
Baldwin, Yolanda Adams, Donnie
McClurkin and Suze Orman.
For information and reserve-
tions, visit 'www.M-ga-Fest.com,
orioall l(877)-TDJ-MEGf \/ V^-''


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T H E A N T I D R U G.


"Churches across the nation


are sing rg te praises



Vickie Winans, gospel artist.and national Body & Soul spokesperson

"Body & Soul is a program designed for African American churches
to embrace and celebrate good health through healthy eating.
As stewards, we have a duty to encourage the people we
love to eat a healthy diet that can help reduce the risk
of high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, stroke
and many types of cancer.
Many churches have successfully used Body & Soul
to inspire members to nourish their bodies as well as
their souls. And what better place to start than in
the church, where so many changes begin."


SPEAKS


Love is talking to your kids about

the "no-weed" rule to keep them


from using marijuana.


To request a copy of the Body & Soul program guide
for your church, call 1-800-422-6237.





"HEIy -^ EAT~tA.9DAY
www.5aday.gov
1.800,422.6237


Call 1.800.788.2800
or visit theantldrug.com for more Information.

Office of National Drug Control Policy
Partnership for a Drug-Free Florida and America
For information or assistance, contact:


River Region Human Services Partnership for a Drug-Free Florida
904-359-6562 305-860-0617
www.miamicoalition.org


Art and African Americans


E.


Join Together Jacksonville
904-356-6900


March 31 April 6, 2005


Ms. Perrv's Free Press Page


PICTURED, left to right, Rev. Willie Frink, MC and Harlem Church of Scientology Pastor; Myra
Baucom and her daughter-Jolyn Baucom-Wright, authors of Celebrations Cookbook; Kay Tolliver,
award-winning educator; Soul Diva Chaka Khan; Rev. Keith Dobbins, musical director of renowned
Without Walls International Choir; Dr, Barbara Ann Teer, director, National Black Theater of
Harlem; Amanda Ambrose, founder of Ebony Awakening, and the Rev. Alfreddie Johnson, pastor of
the True Faith Christian Center, Compton, California; and keynote speaker at the 2005 Tribute to
African American Artists held at the Fort Harrison Hotel in Downtown Clearwater, Florida.












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rican 0r-1619)
ack in this most African
men tarm cattle raisers and
fisherman. nuing, sowing and
harvesting crops were considered
women's work. Cooking was one of
the most important skills a young
girl needed to learn. One traditional
dish called fufu was made of
pounded yams. Fufu was served
with soup, stew, roasted meat and
different sauces. During this time in
history, cooking was done over open
pits. Africans were very skilled in
roasting, frying, stewing, boiling and
steaming their foods. Their native
foods were yams, okra, watermelon,
cassava, groundnuts, black-eyed
peas and rice.
Indentured Servants and Slav-
ery 1619
In August, 1619, the first group
of Africans landed in America at
Jamestown, Virginia. These Afri-
cans were indentured servants. They
gave up four to seven years of labor
just to pay for transportation to
America. Southern plantations con-
sisted of Africans from many differ-
ent tribal nations. These Africans
made up the slave population in
southern America. Verbal exchanges
of recipes on these Southern planta-
tions led to the development of an
international African cooking style
in America. The slaves enjoyed
cooking pork, yams, sweet potatoes;,
hominy, corn, ashcakes, cabbage,
hoecakes, collards and cowpeas. On
these plantations, cooking was done


history of African-American Cooking


Hominy Grits
on an open fireplace with large
swing black pots and big skillets.
African American cooking tech-
niques and recipes were also influ-
enced by Native American Indians
all across the United States. When
Africans were first brought to Amer-
ica in 1619, they lived on farms. In
many areas, local Indians taught
them how to hunt and cook with
native plants. Indian cooking tech


409


American dishes found in African
American cooking.
American Revolution 1776
Between 1773 and 1785 thou-
sands of Africans were brought to
America. They were brought ashore
in Virginia, Georgia and the Caroli-
nas (Sea Island). In America, slaves
were cooks, servants and gardeners.
They worked in the colonial kitch-
ens and on the plantations as field
hands. At the Big House, slaves
cooked such foods as greens, succo-
tash, corn pudding, spoon bread,
corn pone and crab cakes. These
foods were cooked on an open pit or
fireplace. On the plantation, break-
fast was an important and an early
meal. Hoecakes and molasses were.
eaten as the slaves worked from
sunup to sundown.
Reconstruction 1865
Both the northern and the south-
ern armies hired black Americans as
cooks. Most of the cooking through-
out the South was done by black
cooks. Slaves created their own reci-


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Corn pone a.k.a. corn bread
-niques were later introduced into
the southern society by black Ameri-
can cooks. Dishes such as corn pud-
ding, succotash, pumpkin pie,
Brunswick Stew and hominy grits
are a few examples of Native


pes and made the best of hard times
and scarce supplies. Cajun and Cre-


ole cooking developed during this
period. These foods included jamba-
laya, bread pudding, dirty rice,
gumbo and red beans and rice.
Cooking was done on a great big old
fireplace with swing pots and skil-
lets with legs.
Post Reconstruction West-
ward Movement 1865
At the end of the Civil War,
black Americans began to move
westward. They migrated to Kansas,
Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas.
Black Americans became cowboys
and cooks on the cattle drives. Many
black Americans were also pioneers
and as farmers they survived off the
land. They adapted their cooking
habits and formed new ones when
necessary. It was a great challenge
to create good food with primitive
tools and very limited ingredients.
They cooked such foods as: biscuits,
stew, baked beans and barbecued
meat.
The Great Migration 1900-1945
During this period, a large number
of black Americans worked as cooks
in private homes, shops restaurants,
schools, hotels and colleges. Many
moved to such large cities as Chi-
cago, New York, Ohio, Detroit and
Pennsylvania to work. Black cooks,
chefs and waiters also worked in
Pullman cars of the old railroads and
on the steamboats. Many black
Americans also started small busi-
nesses such as fish markets, barbe-
que and soul food restaurants
throughout the United States. These


establishments specialized in fried with high levels of fat and choles-
fish, homemade rolls, potato salad, terol, and increasing their intake of
turkey and dressing, fried pork W ..
chops, rice and gravy and southern .d
fried chicken. Cooking was done on "'
wood burning and gas stoves. '
Civil Rights Movement 1965 -
Present
In the early 60s and 70s, soul
food, the traditional food of black
Americans, was very popular. Soul


foods were candied yams, okra, fried
chicken, pig's feet, chitlin's, corn-
bread, collard greens with ham
hocks and black-eyed peas. Today in
the 90s, soul food preparation has
changed. Black Americans are be-
coming increasingly health con-
scious, thus, they are avoiding foods


fruit, vegetables and fiber. Black
Americans are still in the kitchen
cooking, but now they are owners
and managers of restaurants. Today
is cooking is done on electric, gas
and microwave stoves.


Traditional Dishes

Fried Okra- 8 pods okra, 1 cup yellow cornmeal, 1 tablespoon flour,
1 teaspoon salt. teaspoon pepper, vegetable oil. Slice okra into V4
inch slices. Wash okra m cold water. Mix cornmeal, flour, salt and pep-
per together. Roll okra in cornmeal mix. Fry in hot skillet for 10 min-
u es until golden brown. Drain on paper towel. (Serves 6)
SFufu 1 large sam. 1 egg. 5 teaspoons evaporated milk, 1 small on-
ion grated, 3 tablespoons butter or margarine, pinch of garlic salt -
Peel and cut \am into small pieces. Boil pieces until tender in V2 cup
water for 20 minutes. Drain off the water and mash until smooth. Add
the egg, milk. onion and garlic salt. Beat and roll into 2 inch balls. If the
mixture is too wet, add a little flour. Fry in butter or margarine until
bro'%n. (Serxes 2-3)
Hominy Grits- I cup grits. I teaspoon salt. 4 cups of water. 3 table-
spoons butter or margarine. Bring water to a boil. Add salt. Slowly stir
in grits. Stir constantly to prevent lumping. Reduce heat and cover for
10 minutes. Serne hot with butter. (Serves 4)


Dieting Tips to Stay on the Right Path
So much goes on around the table 'report on food ambience in Nutri- an average of six ani


while you're eating, and so much of
it can affect your appetite. Subtle
cues-lights, temperature, aromas,
the shape of a wine glass,.a whiff of
espresso-can all tempt you to
overindulge..
But a recent analysis of dozens of
studies on "food ambience" (those
factors around you that tickle the
senses) suggests you don't have to
give in. Instead, experts say, you
can make the environment work for
your %waistline. Here's ho".
Look before you eat
The brighter the lights, the
quicker you'll eat. Physiologically
speaking, light intensity revs up the
nervous system, and you'll often
respond by eating too fast. Result:
You'll end up stuffing your stomach
before your brain can tell you that
you're full. Unfortunately, dim
lighting is no solution, because it
can hide signals of satiety. "We lose
track of what we have eaten," says
Brian Wansink, PhD, a nutrition-
science expert at the University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
That's why people tend to eat more
in candlelit restaurants; they linger,
picking at their plates even if
they're full.
The antidote:. If you have to eat
in a brightly lit restaurant like a
fast-food joint, Wansink says, re-
mind yourself-repeatedly-to eat
slowly. In dimly lit restaurants with
more romantic settings, pick one:
drink, appetizer, or dessert. And
keep yourself attuned to your feel-
ings of fullness. When they come,
ask your server to box up what you
haven't finished.
Dine on the patio
As a general rule, the hotter the
climate, the less people eat, says
Nanette Stroebele, PhD, a neuro-
psychologist at the University of
Colorado Health Sciences Center in
Denver. She co-authored the recent


tion. Heat slows down your me-
tabolism, so your energy needs and
your hunger decline as the mercury
rises. Use that to your benefit.
The smart strategy: Ask for an
outdoor table whenever the weather
cooperates. Out where it's balmy,
people seem to prefer food that's
less dense and usually less caloric
(salads instead of mashed potatoes,
for example).
Tame your tableware
Supersized portions, whether it's
French ipp. lfrtaias..,c.an.nak,
you think bigger is normal. That
may override your "I'm full now"
body sensors. Just as influential are
the size of your plate and the shape
of your cup. It's called the size-
contrast effect, Wansink says: Big-
ger plates trick people into believ-
ing they're getting smaller servings.
So do short, fat glasses. Even bar-
tenders-renowned for their ability
to "eyeball" a shot of alcohol accu-
rately-will fill a shorter glass with
up to 31 percent more than they
pour into a tall, narrow one.
The solution: Avoid jumbo
plates, and choose taller, thinner
glasses.
Play hard to get
"People tend to eat almost every-
thing you put in front of them,"
says John DeCastro, PhD, a profes-
sor and chair of the department of
psychology at the University of
Texas at El Paso. Working along-
side Stroebele on the ambience
study, DeCastro found that conven-
ience is one of the strongest triggers
for overeating and snacking.
Wansink demonstrated the power
of proximity in 2002, when he and
colleagues gave a gift of Hershey's
Kisses to some university secretar-
ies as part of a study. The secretar-
ies ate nine Kisses daily when the
candy was on their desks in trans-
parent bowls. Consumption fell to


were
placed in
opaque
contain-
ers with
lids, and
only four
lhert the
bowls were
positioned
three steps
away. That's
a difference
of up to
2,500 calo-
ries a
month-and a
prescription
for gaining
nearly 12
pounds per
year.
The answer: At
family gatherings
and other occasions
when overeating is
likely, serve the food-
and then put the serving
platters on the
counter or
even in
another
room. Buy fewer ready-to-eat
snacks, de Castro says, so you'll
have, to work harder to nibble when
you're not hungry. Parcel out
snacks into single-serving zip-top
bags, Wansink suggests, and avoid
buying food in-bulk. What if you
just can't resist the price on that 60-
count box of granola bars? Stow
away the extras in the back of the
pantry. Out of sight, out of mind,
out of tummy,


Delicious
Ingredients
- 1 lb. fresh backfin crabmeat
- 1 large egg
- 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp. Old Bay Seasoning, op-
tional
- 2 tbsps. regular, low-fat, or
nonfat mayonnaise
- 8 saltine crackers, crumbled
- vegetable oil for saute'ing
- optional Homemade Cocktail
Sauce

Directions
Carefully remove the cartilage
from the crabmeai. keeping the
pieces as large as possible Blot


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crabmeat with paper towels.
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Worcestershire sauce, Old Bay, and'
mayonnaise until combined. Add
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lightly but thoroughly. Shape the
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large skillet and heat over moderate
heat until hot. Add crab cakes or
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;each side uhtil golden, about. 2to 4
minutes per side.
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SEating Disorders Crossing the Color Line


The common perception is that
eating disorders afflict only white
women, especially upper- and mid-
dle-class women. While those are
the most reported cases, specialists
believe all socio-economic and eth-
nic groups are at risk.
For Liza LeGrand, it all started
with anorexia in her early 20s, self-
starvation that later included epi-
sodes of gorging on food and purg-


ing. At 5-feet-2, she got down to 70
pounds. LeGrand is Puerto Rican
and dealing with what many believe
is a "white woman's" problem.
"For so long there was the belief
that eating disorders only involved
young white women," said Gayle
Brooks, a black psychologist spe-
cializing in eating disorders at the
Renfrew Center in south Florida
where LeGrand was treated. "What


NUL Urges Lawmakers To

Address Black Male Incarceration


Continued from front
report is just the tip of the ice-
berg," said Bishop Ira Combs, a
pastor whose church in Jackson,
Michigan is within miles of the
nation's two largest prisons. "The
worst is yet to come if something
isn't done by African-Americans
for our own communities."
Combs, pastor of Greater Bible
Way Temple, joins prominent
blacks like comedian Bill Cosby
who maintain that black Ameri-
cans -- and parents in particular -
- must take responsibility for the
behavior of black boys.
Still, many black civil rights
activists and criminal justice ex-
perts agree that black men, both
young and old, are targeted un-
fairly by law enforcement offi-
cials. The disproportionate repre-
sentation of blacks in the criminal
justice system, according to the
report, is devastating to many
black families.
Rev.. Jesse Jackson, president of
the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition,
said for many southern states, "the


prison system is
the single biggest
industry." In
South Carolina,
he said, the black
population is 30
percent, yet|
blacks make up
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industry in the


nation's crime index and incar-
ceration rates. An example, Lanier
said, is Mississippi, the state most
heavily populated state by blacks.
It is second in the incarceration
rate, but 22nd in the crime index.
"The data tells us that incarcera-
tion is at the discretion of law
enforcement officials and prose-
cutors," Lanier said. "It says
blacks do not use drugs any more
than whites, but where do police
patrol? They patrol black commu-
nities."
For Morial and the National
Urban League, the National Com-
mission on the Black Male could-
n't have been created soon
enough.,
"I am struck by the number of
black males that are still left be-
hind," Morial said.
"Too many of our children are
growing up without a father in the
home," he said. "Too many of our
young males are drifting into the
underclass of joblessness and
hopelessness. Too many of our
young black males believe that


fined by the abil-
itN to injure or
damage another
man
Bishop Combs
Also said that too
man3 black males
are growing up
e National Urban League without fathers in
n la. ic ;r C !g e single-parent -
e high' incarcerated rates single-parent
norg blea., men in America. households. A
generation of


state 100 years ago was cotton,"
said Jackson. "Today, it's jails."
Jackson said federal lawmakers
should hold congressional hear-
ings to confront he problem. "The
criminal justice system is the most
critical issue of our time," he said.
Dr. James R. Lanier, the archi-
tect of the Urban League report,
said that the six states with the
highest percentage of black in-
mates greater than 63 percent are
Maryland (77%), Louisiana
(74%), and Mississippi (70%),
followed by Alabama, Georgia
and South Carolina.
But Lanier said FBI crime data
shows stark contrasts between the


young -black males, he said, are
becoming adults without appropri-
ate role models and, in many
cases, without enough adult super-
vision.
To give black men the support
they need, Combs said, serious
national discussions about preven-
tion, interdiction, rehabilitation
and inmates' re-entry back into
the community must take place
immediately.
Fifty-six percent of the prison
population in Michigan is black,
Combs said, although black resi-
dents in Michigan represent about
15 percent of the state's popula-
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they saw were exclusively white
women with the problem."
Black and Hispanic women were
thought to be less likely to develop
anorexia and bulimia because more
voluptuous physiques are generally
considered attractive within their
ethnic groups. A study in the Journal
of Counseling in Psychology in 2001
found that African-Americans were
more accepting of larger body
shapes and less concerned with diet-
ing.
Margaret Garner, nutrition director
at the University of Alabama's medi-
cal center in Tuscaloosa, said this
view- was expressed frankly in a
graduate class in health. In the past
25 years, she has counseled only one
black woman with an eating disor-
der. She asked her class why the
number of reported cases among
black women was so low.
"An African-American male stu-
dent readily said that he thought the
reason there were no black females
with this problem is that black men
preferred some meat on the bones of
their girlfriends and white men pre-
ferred them boney," Garner said.
But Laurie Mintz, an associate
professor of counseling psychology
at the University of Missouri-
Columbia, said adoption of
"Western values concerning attrac-
tiveness and thinness may increase
minority women's risk for the devel-
opment of eating disorders."
Research over the last decade has
found these eating disorders among


Since minority and poor
women usually don't fit the profile,
doctors and therapists often fail to
assess them for eating disorders.
Education efforts haven't been
directed toward ethnic groups, so
family and friends often miss the
early signs.
For some poor women, it may
be hard to get adequate treatment.

minority women and lower-income
women, she said. Increasingly, ano-
rexia and bulimia may be becoming
"an equal opportunity disorder,"
Mintz said, citing other researchers.
According to the National Eating
Disorders Association, there are no
reliable statistics on the prevalence
of eating disorders among minori-
ties, but diverse communities are
underrepresented in the research.
Stephen Thomas, director of the
Center for Minority Health at the
University of Pittsburgh, says he has
met only one African-American with
anorexia.
"Other than the color of her skin,
she matched her middle-class white
counterparts when it came to the
important factors associated with the
disease," he said.
He is concerned that these eating
problems may increase as health
agencies target overweight minori-
ties. Two-thirds of Americans are
overweight or obese, and the per-
centages are higher among blacks
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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
Dubuque"
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.
Casting Call
There will be an open casting
call to select extras for the film
"Things That Hang From Trees."
Casters are looking for all shapes
and sizes, as well as some unique
characters and special children to
add color to this creative story. You
should bring a recent photograph,
or you can have your photograph
taken for $2.00 on the site. All
ages, races and types are needed.
The next call will be on Saturday;
April 2, 2005 from 10:00. .a.m.-
2:00p.m. at Plush Night Club; .845
University Blvd. N. shooting
begins on April 4, 2005 and runs
until May 6, 2005 Even if you're
not selected for this film, your
records on file for upcoming
projects. For more information, call
398-7816.


PRIDE Book
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
home 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
632-5555.
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, Nokturnal 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.
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 Wilson Center. This evening
of dance showcases guest artist,
Brian Sanders, a 10 year member
of' Momix Dance Company and
now artistic director of Junk Dance.
For reservations and information
call 646-2222.


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Ladysmith Black
Mambazo Performance
2005 Grammy winners
Ladysmith Black Marmbazo 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.

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.
Art & Soul
The Women's Center of
Jacksonville will present Art &
Soul Surviving to Thriving, an
artistic look at survival. The event
featuring speakers and music will
be held on Thursday, April 7, 2005
from 5:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. The
Center is located at 5644 Colcord
Ave. For more information, please
call Ellen McAnany at 722-3000
ext. 205.
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.


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 give 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 31st,
"The Laramie Project"
The University of North Florida
Department of English will present
the play "The Laramie Project" at
8:00 p.m. on April 8,9,10 in the
Choral Room of the Fine Arts
Center. Additional performances
will be held at 8:00 p.m. on April
14, 15, 16 on The Greens of the
campus. "The Laramie Project"
chronicles the small western town's
loss of innocence following the
1998 hate murder of University of
Wyoming student Matthew
Shepard. The play explores bigotry,
tolerance, fear, courage, hate and
hope. Tickets may be purchased
through the UNF Ticket Box Office
at 620-2878.
Family Fun Day
TaMerry's Sports Caf6, 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 everyone of all ages.
Participants can plan to have fun
and it will be a welcome break
from usual routine. Admission is
free. For more information, please
call 996-7122.
Alley Oop
Charity Bowl
The Stars and Friends of the
Clara White Mission will present
their 7th Annual Alley Oop Charity
Bowl on Saturday, April 9, 2005.
The theme for the event is
"Bowling to Strike Out Hunger."
Bowling will take place at Phoenix
Lanes, 2600 Blanding Blvd. For
more information, please call 358-
4162.


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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, 9th 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-
6589 or log onto
www.asoireeafair.com.'
Poetry Slam
The Five Year Celebration of
Soul Release Poetry continues with
the $150 Soul Release Poetry Slam
at Henrietta's Caf6, 9th and Main,
on Saturday, April 16, 2005 at 7:30
p.m. The first 15 poets to sign up
can compete for $150 cash and
other prizes, to pre-register email
info@noktumalescape.com Each
poem should be no longer than 3
minutes in length, although a 10
second grace period can be given.
For more information, please call
626-2812.

Free Health Fair
On Saturday, April 16, 2005,
St. Vincent's Family Medicine
Center, 2627 Riverside Ave. will
hold a free health fair from 10:00
a.m. 2:00 p.m. The St. Vincent's
Staff will offer a community health
fair with lectures and free
screenings for cholesterol, vision,
speech, hearing and body fat
measurement. Mammograms will
be available by appointment only at
308-3780. For more information,
please call 308-5465.
Broadway Play:
The Producers
The long running Award
winning play "The Producers" will
be in Jacksonville, April 12-17,
2005 at the Times Union Center for
the Performing Arts. The Mel
Brooks penned production has been
dubbed one of the funniest,
fearlessly irreverent things ever
seen on stage. For ticket
information, please call 632-3373.

Dangerous Curves
Lasting Impressions Fashion
Ensemble, Inc. will present The
Dangerous Curves Health and
Beauty Extravaganza on Saturday,
April 16, 2005, at the Ritz Theater
& La Villa Museum. The theme for
the event, "Celebrating Women -
Mind, Body & Spirit!" will join
together women across
Jacksonville they shop, entertain
and become renewed.. The
reception begins at 6:00 p.m. and
fashion show begins at 7:00 p.m.
Proceeds from the event will
benefit The Hubbard House. For
more information, please call 714-
3537.


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Grammy history to win the "Best
Jazz Vocal Album" category three
years in a row will be in concert at
the UNF arena on Thursday, April
21, 2005 from 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
For more information, please call
the UNF Ticket Box Office at 620-
* 2878.
RAP Home Tour
Riverside Avondale
Preservation will present their 31s"
Annual Spring Tour of Homes on
Saturday and Sunday, April 23 and
24, 2005 in the Riverside Avondale
Historic District. Hours are 10:00
a.m. 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and
12 noon 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.
For more information, please call
389-2449.
Spring Tour of Homes
The 31st Annual Spring Tour of
Homes of the Riverside Avondale
Historic District will be held on
April 23-24, 2005 from 10:00 a.m.
5:00 p.m. The self guided tour of
the neighborhood will feature the
largest variety of architectural
styles in Florida. For more
information, lease call 389-2449.
Community Hospice
Food Drive
The Auxiliary of Community
Hospice of Northeast Florida will
hold a Food Drive on Wednesday,
April 27, 2005 from 8:00 a.m. -
4:00 p.m. at the Earl B. Harlow
Center for Caring, 4266 Sunbeam
Rd. Items needed include foods
such as canned meats, individual
puddings, fruit, soups, pasta and
sauce, peanut butter, jellies, and
toiletries. The Auxiliary is also
selling $1 tickets for a May 3rd
drawing. Prizes include a 24" flat
screen stereo/surround sound
television, 14-carat gold jewelry,
artwork jnd more. Winners do not
have to be present at the time of the
drawing. For more information,
please call 268-0803.
Mahalia
A Gospel Musical
Stage Aurora will bring to
Jacksonville Mahalia A Gospel
Musical. The theater's spring
performances will be on April 29,
30 and May 1 in addition to May
6-8. The play tells the life story of
Mahalia Jackson. Performances
will be held in the Bryant
Auditorium at FCCJ North
Campus. For ticket information,
please call 765-7373.
World of Nations
Celebration
The Annual World of Nations
Celebration will be held April 28 -
May 1, 2005 at Metropolitan Park.
Join your friends and neighbors on
an exciting trip around the globe at
the 13th Annual World of Nations
Celebration. Participants will
celebrate the rich cultural traditions
and unique heritage of people from
around the world through cuisine,
artistry and customs from lands
near and far. Saturday night
features an incredible fireworks
showcase choreographed to music
specialty chosen for the World of
Nations Celebration. For more
information, please call 630-3690.


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Marh.Apr 6


Looking Back: 20 Years Ago Calvin Peete


Became the First Black Golfer to Win the TPC


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Calvin Peete
In 1996 the public was introduced
to the nation's most widely known
black golfer in Eldrick Tiger
Woods.
Because of increased media cov-
erage and the success in Tiger's
amateur career, he was a household
name after winning in only his
fourth PGA start and destroying
Augusta National Golf Course to
win the 1997 Masters.
During the mid-1970s, there
were nine black golfers on the PGA
Tour. Rafe Botts, Pete Brown, Jim
Dent, Charlie Sifford, Curtis Sif-
ford, Nathaniel Starks, Bobby
Stroble, Jim Thorpe and Calvin
Peete all were regular members of
the tour.
While these nine golfers won
various tournaments, arguably the
biggest victory preceding Woods'
amazing career was Peete's 1985
TPC at Sawgrass win.
Born in Detroit, Peete was one of
19 children. He overcame a broken
family to pick up golf at the age of
23. "I was introduced to the game
by some friends and really enjoyed
the challenge of it," Peete said. He
set his goal of reaching the PGA
Tour after watching Lee Elder battle
Jack Nicklaus in the 1968 American
Golf Classic in Akron, Ohio.
"From tee to green, I really
thought Elder was better than Nick-
"laus on that da)''" Peete said. '"He


Venus an


(Lee) just wasn't able to get any
putts to fall," he added. Elder took
Nicklaus to five playoff holes be-
fore Nicklaus finally won the event.
That inspired Peete to put his
checkered past behind him and get
in the game. In 1975 he earned his
tour card. Peete was consistently
one of the best in driving accuracy
on the PGA Tour, earning 10 con-
secutive driving accuracy titles.
"The challenge of golf was first to
make contact, make a good swing,
and then repeat it consistently,"
Peete said. He was known as "Mr.
Accuracy" by fellow tour players.
During his career he earned both the
Ben Hogan Award (top amateur
golfer) and the Vardon Trophy (best
scoring average).
Part of his accuracy was attrib-
uted to a fused left elbow, which
was the result of a childhood acci-
dent. He developed a consistent
technique by a rigorous practice
ethic.
In 1985, it all came together as
Peete had his shining moment on
the PGA Tour. Though he ended
his career with 12 victories and
with 11 of them coming between
1982 and 1986, none eclipsed the
TPC win.
Nearly since its establishment,
the TPC has been considered the
"fifth" major. With arguably the
best field in the world, the TPC is
considered by the players on the
PGA Tour as their championship.
When asked about the experience of
the historic win Peete said, "It was
difficult to hit my first shot on that
Sunday." On his mentality heading
to the 17th tee of the signature is-
land green Peete said, "My knees
were shaking so bad I felt like I
couldn't walk. I gathered myself by
saying this is what I had hit all those
practice shots for. I then stepped up
and hit probably the best shot in my
life, to within three feet or so."
A banner symbolizing Peete's
1985 win adorns the driveway up to
the Sawgrass clubhouse. A plaque
bearing the champions of the TPC is
displayed in Peete's honor near the
dri ing'rainge at Sawgrass.


Life after the PGA Tour
Hard times followed Peete's suc-
cess on the PGA Tour, but fortu-
nately, things are again looking up
for him. He was diagnosed with
Tourette's Syndrome in 1999 which
was 14 years after his victory at the
TPC.
Peete realized that he had suffered
with the disorder years before it was
diagnosed, but still went on to a
career on the Senior (now Champi-
ons) PGA Tour. The disorder which
causes involuntary muscle move-
ment and reactions became a prob-
lem for Peete. Vocal tirades and
unexpected twitching all came with-
out the knowledge of his conscious
mind. At times when he realized
what had happened, he would disap-
pear in embarrassment.


desire drives them to be that level
above the others." He says the rest
of the talented players on the tour
are "one step behind" the 'Big
Four'."
He now works with the First Tee
Program of Jacksonville where his
wife Pepper is the executive direc-
tor. He feels the First Tee programs
across the country will give expo-
sure to kids who otherwise wouldn't
have the opportunity to experience
golf.
While Tiger Woods is the only
black (American) golfer, Peete says
there is hope in the exposure offered
by the First Tee program. "In the
60's and 70's, black golfers came up
through caddying. Now with clubs
using golf carts, that is not much of
an option. Kids now see caddying


Shown above at Bike Week in Daytona Beach is Jacksonville's own
Frank Powell on his Harley and some of the many thousands of
Black riders that attend the event.

legal Shield Sought lor Black Bikers


Though Peete is a black golfing
hero, he has yet to meet Tiger
Woods. He does say about the best
golfers in the game including
Woods, "The 'Big Four' (Ernie Els,
Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh,and
Tiger Woods) as you say, have the
advantage of desire. They have an
edge in work ethic and desire be-
cause all of the golfers on tour are
talented, but their dedication and


as demeaning and are not interested
in it," he said. "You can't expect
successful golfers to pick up a club
for the first time at 23 years old like
I did," he added.
Peete was previously a golf in-
structor at the World Golf Village in
St. Augustine, but now lives off the
pension from making so many cuts
during his PGA career and putting
on seminars during various charity
events. "


SOUTH CAROLINA While a
federal lawsuit lumbers toward trial,
attorneys for the NAACP want a
judge to block Myrtle Beach from
enforcing traffic policies they say
discriminate against black bikers
this Memorial Day.
"To prevent further violations of
plaintiffs' constitutional rights dur-
ing Black Bike Week in 2005, the
plaintiffs request this court to enter
a preliminary injunction prohibiting
the city from using its oppressive
one-way traffic pattern along Ocean
Boulevard," said the motion.
The National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People
sued almost two years ago, alleging
the city discriminates against blacks
during a motorcycle rally held each
Memorial Day weekend.
The suit was filed by the Conway
branch of the civil rights organiza-
tion and 18 individual plaintiffs.
It alleges those attending the At-
lantic Beach Bikefest are treated
differently from those attending the
Carolina Harley-Davidson Dealers
Association MNlrle Beach Rall),,a


predominantly white bike rally held
the previous week.
Atlantic Beach is a small, pre-
dominantly black community be-
tween Myrtle Beach and North
Myrtle Beach.
The suit alleges traffic enforce-
ment discriminates against black
bikers and that Ocean Boulevard,
the hotel-lined street closest to the
beach, is limited to one-way traffic,
causing congestion.
It contends that policy is discrimi-
natory causing blacks to feel unwel-
come and that there are far more
police on hand, than during the
Harley rally.
During the black biker rally, the
city deploys "500 to 600 officers
each year, comprising the entire
Myrtle Beach police force plus hun-
dreds of visiting law enforcement
officials from the state and
neighboring jurisdictions," attorney
D. Peters Wilborn noted in a Feb.
24 motion seeking the injunction.
That, he noted, is two to three
times as many as during the Harley
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With Own Reality TV Show


Venus and Serena Williams will take their real lives to television


Can tennis stars Venus and
Serena Williams score a ratings
ace?
That's what ABC Family TV is
hoping for as it unveils a brand-new
reality series starring the sibling
tennis champions.
According to the network, the
yet-to-be-titled series will follow
the sisters around and unveil the
details of their formerly private
personal lives.
"The series will provide our fans
with an up-close, inside look at our
lives away from the tennis courts,"
Venus said in a statement.
"We're very excited to branch out
into a new medium," added Serena.
The six-episode series, which
will bow in July on the family-
friendly network, will feature the
dynamic tennis duo "coming of age,
as they find their place in the world
outside of tennis," per a release
from the network.
Until now, the William sisters
have been known for their quirky
fashion sense, aggressive tennis
styles and numerous championship
titles, often coming up against each
other in tournament play.
Between them, they have 11 ma-
jor singles titles. Currently, Serena
is ranked at No. 4 on the pro circuit
and Venus is rolling in at No. 8,
though both have held the top slot
at one time or another.
It appears that the sisters aren't
satisfied with just breaking into
television, however. They have also


co-written an book for pre-teens
called Venus and Serena: Serving


From the Hip: 10 Rules for Living,
Loving, and Winning.
"It's a great book for teenage girls
who deal with different issues,"
Serena said in a statement.
"Growing up, I would have loved to
have had such a positive role model
to look up to and try to be like and
try to emulate. We love having that
opportunity to say, 'Look, you can
be like us; you can be successful
and at the same time have high
morals and high self-esteem and be
a very nice person at the end of the
day.'"
Lest fans forget, the Williams
sisters are still playing tennis. This
week, they're taking the court in
Key Biscayne for the NASDAQ-
100 Open. Both sisters won their
matches Sunday and are moving on
to the next round,.


Tyson, Ali Join Johnson Pardon Fight
The Joint Association of Boxers (JAB) has gained the support of box-
ing icons Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson in its pursuit of justice for
the former Heavyweight Champion, Jack Johnson.
The former champs have joined a long list of boxers supporting JAB
and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters' campaign to pardon
Johnson. JAB has initiated a petition with professional boxers urging
President Bush to grant Johnson a posthumous pardon and, along with
the Teamsters Union, is lobbying Congress to pass a resolution clearing
Johnson's name.
Johnson was the first
African American to
become the Heavy-
weight Champion of
the World. His
achievements in the
ring contradicted the
stereotypes that be-
A came the justification
for Jim Crow Laws
and institutionalized
racism.
"Racism is a tough
opponent, but we have
come i long way from
the days of Jim Crow,"
said Eddie Mustafa
Muhammad, President
of JAB. "Every boxer,
especially the champions who came after him, owe a lot to Jack John-
son, the least we can do is fight to get his pardon."
"Boxers continue to be exploited and can only build strength by com-
ing together," said Teamsters General President James Hoffa. "Rallying
around Jack Johnson is an important first step in boxers achieving the
dignity and respect they deserve."
JAB urges all professional boxers and boxing fans to sign our petition
for Jack Johnsqn.' The petition can be found at www.boxersunion.orR.


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OUTKAST SUED OVER 'MS. JACKSON
Woman claims she wrote tune after daughter became
pregnant.
Another OutKast song may
end up as exhibit A in a court

filed suit against group members r
Andre 3000 and Big Boi, claim-
ing she's both the writer and
subject of their hit "Ms. Jack- s .
son." I
Jacqueline Jackson says she ,
actually penned the baby-
mama's-mama ode after her pregnant teen daughter, but
the song was "stolen" from her by former business as-
sociate Antonio Seals, who was also a high school
friend of the OutKast duo.
Jackson has charged Big Boi, Andre and Seals with
stealing from her and has filed a complaint with the
Atlanta, Georgia police department. She tells
"Celebrity Justice," "They owe me because that was the
fruit of my labor and I don't think they should reap the
complete reward."

e DIDDY GOT THEM 20s:
Mogul introduces "Sean John
Wheels."
Sean "P. Diddy" Combs can
.. *: feed, clothe and entertain you via
his various restaurants, Sean Jean
S fashion label and original trade
asa rapper, producer and actor.
S. Now the entrepreneur can have
you sitting' on something sparkly
when you roll down the block.
A 50-50 joint venture between Combs' Bad Boy
Worldwide Entertainment Group and Kansas City's
Weld Wheel Industries Inc. has yielded Sean John
Wheels, Diddy's new line of custom, precision-forged
aluminum rims from SJC Wheels LLC that will begin
retailing next month between $700 and $3000 each.
"Wheels have become a fashion statement a badge
of taste and style," Combs said. "We see an opportunity
to bring excitement to the wheel category by delivering
the Sean John sophisticated design with the best quality
production."
Sean John Wheels, available for sports trucks, luxury
SUVs and high-end American- and German-made
automobiles, was introduced Thursday at the New
York International Auto Show.

PROBATION FOR PAULA ABDUL
'Idol' judge charged with criminal hit and run; says
she thought bump was a pothole.
There's nothing pitchy about being charged with a
criminal hit and run.
"Americ.in Idol" judge Paula Abdul was fined and
placed on probation Thursday after pleading no contest
to a misdemeanor charge of hit-and-run driving, stem-


ming from her collision with another car on LA's 101
freeway last December. The Los Angeles city attor-
ney's office filed the count against the former singer
early yesterday.
According to "Celebrity Justice," California High-
way Patrol investigators had interviewed Abdul, who at
first claimed she could not have
been involved in the collision at
7:40 a.m. on Dec. 20, as her car
was in the shop at the time of the -
incident.
CJ has confirmed, however,
that Abdul's car was taken to
Mercedes Benz of Beverly Hills
the day after the accident.
CJ is told Abdul complained
that her car suddenly died on the
freeway, but mechanics could
find nothing wrong. According to
sources Abdul told the CHP she only remembers hit-
ting a pothole around the time of the incident.
"Unbeknownst to Paula, there was some minor con-
tact between the tire of her car and another vehicle on
the roadway," said a statement from her attorney, Neil
E. Meyer. "Paula immediately took full responsibility.
Superior Court Commissioner Patricia Schwartz
sentenced Abdul to 24 months of informal probation.
She also was ordered to pay about $900 in fines and
penalties and to reimburse the other motorist $775 for
the car damage, Mateljan said.

WILLIAMS' WRITE ANOTHER BOOK
New tome targeted to young girls.
Tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams are hoping
to reach girls ages 9 through 12 with their latest book,
"Venus and
Serena: Serv-
hav ing From the
Hip: 10 Rules
for Living,
Loving, and
4Winning,"
1e. which hit
bookshelves
from Hough-
Ston Mifflin.
Among
their words of wisdom: "Don't rush a crush." "We both
really have a lot to say about that," Venus said.
"It's a great book for teenage girls who deal with
different issues," added Serena. "Growing up, I would
have loved to have had such a positive role model to
look up to and try to be like and try to emulate. We
love having that opportunity to say, 'Look, you can be
like us, you can be successful and at the same time
have high morals and high self-esteem and be a very
nice person at the end of the day.'" The sisters are cur-
rently in Key Biscayne, Florida for the Nasdaq-100
Open.


Stevie Wonder Tells What the Fuss is About


Stevie Wonder


Stevie Wonder's new single,
"What The Fuss," from his forth-
coming album, A Time To Love, is
gaining radio play at urban and ur-
ban adult stations across the coun-
try. Recently, Wonder explained the
origin of the song.
Wonder said: 'What The Fuss'
really came from just, you know, a
lot of things that we know are hap-
pening in the world and in this
country and just in society in gen-
eral."
The Grammy-winning singer and
songwriter continued that the song
is a somewhat satirical comment on
the times: "You know, if we live in


a time where every nation is fighting
around the world and we can't all
agree that peace is the way, then,
you know, shame on us. Because
ultimately we will get what we've
not paid attention to. So I think
really it's a song that just talks about
some things. And sort of a sarcastic
song, but then again not really, it's
like, the seriousness of it. But yet,
you know, if it matters to you, to
me, to them, to us, then we'll do
something about. And if it doesn't
we won't. So what the fuss?"
A Time To Love, which is Won-
der's first studio recording in 10
years, is due May 3.


Actress Speaks on Leading Lady Racism


Queen Latifah has joined the
discussion sparked by the now infa-
mous March 14 "Newsweek" article
that examines the Hollywood prac-
tice of casting black leading men
opposite Latina love interests be-
cause all-black couples are harder


to market.
"My take is America's racist,"
she says with authority. "That's
pure racism, and capitalism. It's
like, 'How can we make the most
money? I hate the idea that you
can't have a black couple which


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In the film, Simon Green (Ashton Kutcher, left) tries to win ap-
proval from his soon to be father in la, Percy Jones (Bernie Mac) in
' Guess Who.'

Bernie Mac Film Tops Box Office
Two guesses on who topped the weekend box office. The Bernie Mac
and Ashton Kutcher comedy "Guess Who," an update to the 1967 clas-
sic "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," debuted at No. I with $21 mil-
lion, according to studio estimates.
"Guess Who" stars Mac as a black father who learns his daughter's
boyfriend, Kutcher, is white. It is a reversal of the scenario of "Guess
Who's Coming to Dinner," which starred Spencer Tracy, Katharine
Hepburn and Sidney Poitier in the story about a white woman engaged
to a black man.
While the original was heavy on social commentary amid the civil-
rights movement, "Guess Who" plays the interracial romance angle for"
laughs an African-American audience can appreciate. _


you can, it's just the question of
how much money you want to
make and how bankable it is."
As previously reported, the
"Newsweek" article mentions Will
Smith's "Hitch" co-star Eva Men-
des, who called the practice "lame"
and wished "the mentality wasn't so
closed."
Meanwhile, plum romantic
lead roles will remain out of reach
for black actresses as long as stu-
dios continue its belief that audi-
ences will not to pay to see a black
woman express physical affection
for a black man on the big screen.
"Do you think you alienate a
certain audience because you show
that? I don't think you do," says
Latifah. "I think people use that as
an excuse. I think people use that as
a crutch. There's a whole bunch
more movies with black couples in
it. Some of the major films have
had a black guy teamed up with a
Latina woman, or a white girl, or
me and the white guy. I mean that
whole thing is getting kind of old,
too. It's like I enjoy that, but I can
also do this person."
Will Hollywood's attitude ever
change?
"It's got to come from us. It's
got to come from the studios. It's
got to come from the production
companies," says Latifah. "It's got
to be a conscious effort not to do
that, to show different images and
mix it up. Everybody is not the
same,, we do mix it up sometimes
and it would be nice to see that."
she said.


Beauty Shop
Hollywood never sees a good
thing coming. But their hindsight is
20/20.
With the success of Barbershop,
and its sequel, comes a new for-
mula: Hair salon. African-American
patrons. Laugh lines. Audacious
characters. Season with social is-
sues. Pinch of romance. Count the
money. Beauty Shop is a paint-by-
numbers homage. Flat with a little
luster.
Gina (Queen Latifah), works for
the phony, demeaning, Euro-trash
salon owner Jorge (Kevin Bacon).
Fed up with his put-downs, she quits
and starts her own house of beauty,
stealing some clients.
Her team of hair-burners include:
A wannabe poetess (Alfre
Woodard). A sassy hip-hop sista
(Golden Brooks). A pregnant joke-
ster (Sherri Shepherd). A White girl


Cast of Beauty Shop

is a Hair Raising Experience


studying to be Black (Alicia Silver-
stone). And a metrosexual (Bryce
Wilson). As a new business owner
and a single mom raising a preco-
cious daughter (Paige Hurd), Gina
barely has time to consider the ad-
vances of her handsome upstairs
neighbor (Djimon Hounsou).
The funny one-liners flow inter-
mittently, like a half-empty bottle of
blue rinse: When a patron (Mena
Suvari) boasts about her $8,000
boob job, the pregnant stylist chimes
in, "You could have bought a Saturn
for that!" The price you pay for the
cheeky dialogue is shallow character
development and all-to obvious plot
twists: Jorge plots Gina's demise --
and Stevie Wonder could see it
coming. No risks. No shocks. No
thrills.
The direction (Billie Woodruf)
and production quality is functional


in a WB Network way. Consistent
tone. Decent editing. But the sets
look fake..The costumes too perfect.
The wigs too obvious. The cinema-
tography too glisteny. Beauty Shop
cries out for a grittiness, a realism,
and none shows up.
Why see the movie? The actors.
Within the confines of the material,
they work small miracles.
Woodard's afro-centric/feminist
character spouts exhilarating Maya
Angelou poetry. Shepherd and
Brooks display precision comic tim-
ing. Bacon's droll, affected Austrian
persona evokes chuckles. Hounsou
evolves into a leading romantic ac-
tor. Queen Latifah's smile still
charms. And Della Reese, as a bra-
zen patron who puts her false teeth
in a water glass when her 'do is be-
ing done, steals scenes.
Barbershop broke new ground.


New Kojak Said He Hasn't Always Been a Fan


BOSTON Ving Rhames may
have picked up a lollipop and
stepped into Telly Savalas' shoes for
a new version of "Kojak," but he
wasn't a fan of the TV show as a
child.
"'Kojak' wasn't on in my house. I
grew up in Harlem one block away
from the Apollo Theater, where a
version of Kojak's show was hap-
pening every day in the neighbor-
hood. There were thugs and crimi-
nals and detectives running around.
Why would I want to watch a show
about that?" he told the Boston Sun-
day Globe. "I think I've seen one
rerun."
Rhames, 43, who is best known
for his role as Marsellus Wallace in
the 1994 film "Pulp Fiction" and the


Black Matrix


















Sophia Stewart
Monday, October 4, 2004
ended a six-year dispute involving
Sophia Stewart, the Wachowski
Brothers, Joel Silver and Warner
Brothers. Stewart's allegations,
involving copyright infringement
and racketeering, were received and
acknowledged by the Central Dis-
trict of California, Judge Margaret
Morrow residing.
Stewart, a New Yorker who
has resided in Salt Lake City for the
past five years, will recover dam-
ages from the films, The Matrix I,
II, III as well as The Terminator
and its sequels. She will soon re-
ceive one of the biggest payoffs in
the history of Hollywood, as the
gross receipts of both films and
their sequels total over 2.5 billion
dollars.
Stewart filed her case in
1999, after viewing the Matrix,
which she felt had been based on
her manuscript, "The Third Eye,"
copyrighted in 1981. In the mid-
eighties Stewart had submitted her
manuscript to an ad placed by the
Wachowski Brothers, requesting
new sci-fi works.
According to court documen-


"Mission: Impossible" franchise,
said his Kojak will be different.
"You'll see my Kojak being very
human. He interprets the law of the
streets differently than what's on the
written page. It's not the law to beat
up someone who molests a child. It's
not the law to castrate someone who
rapes a child.
"But if someone does that to your
child, could you understand that
kind of punishment? I'm not saying
you like it, but can you understand
it? I guess that sums up Kojak. He's
a man who happens to be a detec-
tive. He finds his own way to deal
with problems."
"Kojak," which premiered on the
USA Network last week as a two-
hour movie, will begin its regular


weekly rotation on the network
April 3.


Writer Victorious in Court

station, an FBI investigation dis- Magazine, CNN News, Extra, Ce-
covered that more than thirty lebrity Justice, Entertainment To-
minutes had been edited from night, HBO, New Line Cinema,
2 the original film, in attempt to Dreamworks, Newsweek, Village
avoid penalties for copyright Roadshow... many, many more!
infringement. The investigators They are not going to report on
came forward, claiming that the themselves. They have been su-
' executives and lawyers had full pressing my case for years..."
.-' knowledge that the work in Fans who have taken Stew-
`t question did not belong to the art's allegations seriously, have
Wachowski Brothers. These found eerie mythological parallels,
I witnesses claimed to have seen which seem significant in a case
Stewart's original work and that that revolves around the highly
it had been "often used during metamorphical and symbolic Ma-
preparation of the motion pic- trix series. Sophia, the greek god-
tures." dess of wisdom has been referenced
The defendants tried, on sev- many times in speculation about
eral occasions, to have Stewart's Stewart. In one book about the
case dismissed, without success. Goddess Sophia, it reads, "The
Stewart has confronted skepti- black goddess is the mistress of
cism on all sides, much of which web creation spun in her divine
comes form Matrix fans, who are matrix."
strangely loyal to the Wachowski Although there have been
Brothers. One on-line forum, enti- outside implications as to racial
tied Matrix Explained has an entire injustice (Stewart is African-
section devoted to Stewart. Some American), she does not feel that
who have researched her history this is the case. "This is all about
and writings are open to her story. the Benjamins," said Stewart. "It's
Others are suspicious and mocking. not about money with me. It's
"It doesn't bother me," said Stewart about justice."
in a phone interview last week, "I Stewart's future plans involve
always knew what was true." a record label, entitled Popsilk Re-
Some fans, are unaware of the cords, and a motion picture produc-
case or they question its legitimacy, tion company, All Eyez On Me, in
due to the fact that it has received reference to God. "I wrote The
little to no media coverage. Though Third Eye to wake people up, to
the case was not made public until remind them why God put thqm
October of 2003, Stewart has her here. There's more to life than
own explanation, as quoted at money," said Stewart. "My whole
daghettotymz.com. message to the world is about God
"The reason you have not seen and good and about choice, about
any of this in the media is because spirituality prevailing over
Warner Brothers parent company is 'technocracy'."
AOL-Time Warner...this GIANT Stewart is currently having
.owns 95 percent of the media... let discussions with CBS about a pos-
me give you a clue as to what they sible exclusive story and has sev-
own in the media business...New eral media engagements in the near
York Times papers/magazines, LA future to nationally publicize her
Times papers/magazines, People victory.


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