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Jacksonville Fla
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Vol. 4, no. 36 (June 28, 1990)-
General Note:
"Florida's First Coast only quality Black weekly."

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University of Florida
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California High School Students'
Lawsuit Claims Racist Abuse
LOS ANGELES Four Black L.A. high school students claimed in a
civil rights lawsuit that officials haven't done enough to quell racist slurs
and graffiti by white supremacists at a suburban high school.
The lawsuit, which names the William S. Hart Union High School
District, its superintendent and the principal of Valencia High School in
suburban Santa Clarita, was filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.
The lawsuit alleges groups of white students intimidate and insult black
students by using racial slurs, painting white supremacist messages on
bathroom walls and displaying white power stickers on their clothes, cars
and notebooks.
One parent said she moved from the city with her three sons to make a
better life for them, but that her 16-year-old son was forced to transfer
from Valencia High because he was being threatened by what she called
white supremacist gangs. He also observed students with white power
bumper stickers on their cars, including one that read: "I don't brake for
blacks," the lawsuit said.
Attorney Gloria Allred, who represents the students and their families,
said school officials, including the school board, have brushed off par-
ents' concerns. She said blacks represent about 5 percent of the district's
20,000 students.

FBI Opens Probe of Detainee's Beating
Death Following NAACP Request
BALTIMORE The FBI has opened a civil rights investigation into the
beating death of a detainee at a long-troubled jail that has been criticized
for crowded conditions.
Under investigation is the death of Raymond Smoot.
No charges have been filed in the death of Smoot, 51, who was brutal-
ly beaten at the Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Center and died
that night at a hospital. Six guards have been placed on paid administra-
tive leave while the state investigates.
The NAACP requested the federal investigation, saying Smoot's killing
and persistent reports of inhumane conditions inside Central Booking
warrant a federal probe.
Smoot was being held on a theft charge when he was killed.
Herbert Berry of the Maryland Correctional Law Enforcement Union
said guards who witnessed the beating have told him Smoot struck a
guard after refusing to enter his cell.

Fox to Seek Migration Accord
Help from U.S. Black Leaders
MEXICO CITY, Mexico -President Vicente Fox will ask U.S. black
leaders to support a migration accord, his office said .
The announcement is part of Fox's efforts to increase cooperation and
ease tensions with the U.S. black community after comments he made
more than a week ago that were branded racist.
Pe e ---.. On May 13, Fox said Mexican
rat. p migrants take the jobs that "not even
blacks" want in the United States.
S"There's a request that the president

ness of having some personalities in
the African-American community
within the political sphere support
the migration law," presidential
spokesman Ruben Aguilar said.
Many Mexicans were at first puz-
zled by the outcry over Fox's com-
President Fox has already met ment, saying that the president was
with Al Sharpton. justified in his reaction to new U.S.
immigration policies that include extending walls along the border and
cracking down on illegal migrants.
Frustration has grown in Mexico with the failure of the U.S. govern-
ment to approve a migration accord that Pres. Bush widely promoted.

Illinois Votes to Pull Investments Out
of Companies with ties to Sudan
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. Illinois lawmakers have voted to have the state
sell off about $1 billion worth of investments in companies doing busi-
ness with Sudan, part of a nationwide campaign to protest genocide in the
African nation.
If Gov. Rod Blagojevich signs the legislation, Illinois would become the
first state in the nation to pull investments from companies with Sudanese
ties. Similar legislation is pending elsewhere, and Harvard University
also recently announced plans to stop Sudanese investments.
The Sudanese region of Darfur has been the site of an upheaval where
about 180,000 people have died since fighting flared in February 2003.
An estimated 2 million others have been forced to flee the region.
The conflict erupted when rebels took up arms against what they saw
as years of state neglect and discrimination against Sudanese of African
origin. The government is accused of responding with wide-scale abuses
against the African population.
Sen. Jacqueline Collins, who pushed the bill through the Illinois Senate
with unanimous support, said she modeled her proposal on laws passed
in the 1980s that put pressure on South Africa to end apartheid.


Companies that do business in Sudan include oil, agriculture and engi-
neering firms. The country has proven oil reserves of more than 600 mil-
lion barrels.


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S.O.S. Academy 's Brittany Bennefield with classmate Senior class president Loyce Dobson and the Ribault Class of 2005 with Valedictorian
Jessica Richardson in the inset who graduated with a 4.5 GPA. The National Honor Society member will be attending Florida A&M University
in the fall on a full scholarship. FMP Photo

Summer Kicks Off With Festive Graduation Season


As Duval County Schools came to
a close last week, graduation cele-
brations filled local restaurants and
venues with Jacksonville's leaders
of the future. Despite a year marred


by FCAT scores and even the loss
of the district's Superintendent the
school system prevailed. 2005 also
marked the first charter school
graduation ceremony. The School


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Brenda Roundtree and Rev. Kevin Lewis enjoy the festivities
11th Annual Miracle Ashley Street Over
1000 hungry clients and patrons enjoyed delicacies from chefs across the
city at the 11th Annual Miracle on Ashley Street. The annual event which
is the primary fundraiser for the Clara White Mission sits attendees side by
side with the city's homeless and hungry population for a gourmet lunch
of fellowship and entertainment. For more see page 7.


of Success (SOS) Academy matric-
ulated 30 seniors becoming the first
charter school to hold a graduation
in Northeast Florida.
The graduation took place on May


19, 2005 at the Potter House
Christian Academy It was founded
in 1997 offering middle and high
school curriculum, reading pro-
grams and FCAT tutoring.


Accused Murderer of Civil

Rights Worker to Be Tried
A reputed Ku Klux Klansman accused of killing three civil rights
workers in Mississippi four decades ago will stand trial as planned
June 13, a judge has ruled.
The judge denied a defense motion to dismiss the murder charges
because of the alleged selective prosecution of Edgar Ray Killen in io-
lation of the 80-year-old part-time preacher's constitutional rights.
Killen. who uses a wheelchair after shattering both his legs in an acci-
dent in March, is charged with the 1964 murders of James Chaney,
Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner in Neshoba Countl. The
killings focused national attention on the civil rights struggle in the
South and became the subject of the 1988 movie "Mississippi
Burning."
In 1967. the Justice Department tried Killen and 18 other men -
man) of them also reputed Klan members on federal civil rights vio-
lations stemming from the case. Seven were convicted and sentenced
to prison. The all-white jury deadlocked in the case against Killen, and
he was freed. Prosecutors have refused to detail the evidence against
Killen in the new case.

Jax Native Making

Waves on Capital Hill


Cong. Debbie Wasserman Schultz
recently announced the appoint-
ment of Jacksonville native Tracie
Pough to the position of
Washington Chief of Staff.
Pough, a fourth generation
Floridian, was born and raised in
Jacksonville where she was 1988
graduate of Ribault High School.
She completed her undergraduate
studies at Rollins College and holds
a Master degree in Public
Administration and Policy from
Florida State University.
Pough worked in Florida state
government for seven years serv-
ing in positions with the Florida
Legislature and Florida Department
of Juvenile Justice. It was in her
role as Sr. Legislative Analyst
where she first worked with Cong.
Schultz, who at the time was the
House Democratic Whip.
Pough moved to Washington,
D.C. in 2000 to work as the
Southeast Regional Director and
later State Network Director for the
Center for Policy Alternatives -a
non-partisan progressive think-tank
that provides public policy informa-
tion and leadership training to state
legislators.
In 2002, Pough became the Base
Vote Director of the Democratic
Congressional Campaign


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Committee (DCCC), overseeing the
entire national outreach operation
to African-American and Hispanic
voters in the important mid-term
Congressional elections of 2002.
Pough's work at the DCCC caught
the eye of then House Democratic
Whip, Nancy Pelosi, who in 2003
recruited Pough to join her leader-
ship team as a key advisor on edu-
cation, budget and African
American outreach
"Tracie's extensive experience in
state and federal government, com-
bined with her deep roots in Florida
make her a great asset for my office
and to the people of Florida's 20th
Congressional District, whom I
serve," said Rep. Wasserman
Schultz


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Black Enterprise to Issue 33r" Annual


Report on Largest Black-Owned Businesses


NEW YORK, NY Earl G. Graves, Sr., publisher of
Black Enterprise, the nation's premier black business
magazine, has announced that the nation's top grossing
African American-owned industrial/service company,
auto dealership, advertising agency, bank, insurance
company, investment bank, asset management firm and
private equity firm as determined in the publication's
33rd Annual BE 100s Report on black business. The
June issue of Black Enterprise will contain the complete
BE 100s rankings, full eligibility criteria, and company
overview, and is now on newsstands.
The BE 100s report has come to be recognized as
the most comprehensive and respected measure of
black-owned business performance. In developing this
year's rankings, the research and editorial departments
of Black Enterprise collected surveys from hundreds of
companies and information from scores of government
agencies, professional organizations, industry associa-
tions, business information services, entrepreneurs, and
corporations to develop the definitive rankings. The
information requested included total revenues for
calendar year 2004, a detailed description of business
activities, historical data on when the enterprise came
under majority black ownership, and confirmation that
the entity is at least 51% black-owned or blacks own at
least 51% of controlling shares of a publicly traded
company.
Overall, the BE 100s total 280 businesses, including
100 industrial/service companies, 100 auto dealerships,
65 financial service firms and 15 advertising agencies.
Companies on the BE Industrial/Service list alone
posted $14.3 billion in revenues, a 10.6% increase from
$12.9 billion in 2003.


Maryland Heights, Missouri-based World Wide
Technology Holding Co. Inc., a distributor of informa-
tion technology products and services, ranks No. 1 on
the BE Industrial/Service list for the second consecutive
year. Headed by Chief Executive David Steward,
World Wide Technology continues to serve as the
nation's largest black-owned business with 2004
sales of $1.4 billion.
Detroit-based Prestige Automotive ranks No. I on
the BE Auto Dealer list, becoming the publication's
first billion-dollar auto dealer. Prestige is one of four
black companies to break the billion-dollar revenue
mark in the history of the BE 100s. The other three BE
100s companies are TLC Beatrice (1988-98),
CAMAC International (2003), and World Wide
Techonlogy (2003-2004). "The introduction of Prestige
into the echelon of BE 100s companies that have
broken the billion-dollar barrier signals the continued
growth of black-owned businesses," says Executive
Editor Derek T. Dingle. "In coming years, we will see
even more BE 100s companies reach this milestone as
the nation's largest black-owned businesses continue to
stake their claim in the business mainstream."
Other Businesses Holding No. 1 Positions
Advertising Agency: GlobalHue, Southfield, Mich.;
Bank: Carver Federal Savings, New York, NY;
Insurance Company: North Carolina Mutual Life,
Durham, NC; Investment Bank: The Williams Capital
Group LP, New York, NY; Asset Manager: Ariel
Capital Management LLC, Chicago, IL; and Private
Equity Firm: Fairview Capital Partners Inc.,
Farmington, CT.


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Aloha Luau at The Jacksonville Landing
events.


JACKSONVILLE Learn To Read is "Calling All
Volunteers! Teachers are needed to teach adults how to
read. No experience is necessary to just share the joy of
sharing the gift of literacy. Tutor training will be
available on Saturdays, June 11 & 18th, from 9 a.m. to
3:30 p.m. The training will be held at Learn To Read at
917 Children's Way, in San Marco. To volunteer, or for
directions, please call (904) 399-8894. If, you can read,
you can teach another adult how to read.
The First Annual Alphabet Affair is set for Friday,
June 3, 2005 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the
Jacksonville Landing. Tickets are now on sale to
benefit Learn To Read. Come, travel through the
letters of the alphabet celebrating literacy. This will be
the first of many Friday events to be held each summer.
Beginning with the letter "A" an Aloha Luau will
kick off the event which promises to be fun for the after
work crowd. So, round up your crew, don your
Hawaiian shirts and hula down to the Tiki where you
can limbo forliteracy!
Highlights of the event will include hors d'oeuvres,
live'-ei-tertaflent-Tdancing, as well-as Luau festivities
sponsored by Sun Coast RV, Mint Magazine, and the
Jacksonville Landing. For ticket information, please
call Learn To Read at 399-8894, ext. 12.
Learn To Read needs Tutors, but Learn To Read
also needs volunteers for office assistance and special


HCA Patient Account Services has set the pace for
volunteers and deserve "special Kudos" for raising over
$2,100 for Learn To Read's literacy initiatives. HCA
held "Dress Down Days", bake sales, garage sales, and
more, in April to support Learn To Read's efforts.
Would you like to see your boss kiss a pig? Learn
to Read is opening up its nominations to the
community. Nominate your CEO, COO, CFO, Director,
President, Manager or Community Leader to participate
in Learn To Read's 13th Annual "Kiss the Pig for
Literacy" Campaign.
Candidates and their teams will compete by
collecting donations and the candidate who raises the
most money will have the honor of kissing a "real pot
belly pig". Let Heather Corey at 399-8894, ext. 12
know who and why your candidate should kiss a pig!
The list of all lists is limited, so contact her TODAY!
You can nominate your boss by email, but you must do
so by July Ist, email to: h.coreyvlearntoreadinc.org
Learn To Read Inc. is a non-profit, United Way
charter agency whose mission is to increase literacy
awareness and improve adult literacy skills in Duval
County through a volunteer based reading program. We
accomplish our mission by training volunteers to teach
reading, using one-to-one and small group sessions. Be
a part of the solution and change..not just one life, but
many. Contact Learn To Read, today!


Books To Help You Know More About Investing


Bull! A History of the Boom and
Bust, Harper Business Publishers
By Maggie Mahar
Bull! A History of the Boom
and Bust, 1982-2004 is now in
paperback with an epilogue in
which author Maggie Mahar adds
her pessimistic outlook for the
stock market in 2005 and 2006.
Mahar's precise, expressive
language is evidence of her career
as an English professor before she
became a financial journalist. She
balances the statistics with
character sketches and narratives of
companies on fire with success and
of those going down in flames.
Her fascinating chapter "Win-
ners, Losers and Scapegoats" traces
the years 2000-2003 as the dust
settled and blame was passed. That
she provides not just the what but
the why gives "Bull!" advantage


Small business is BIG at the Chamber.


The Chamber's Small Business Center (SBC) provides comprehen-
sive support, training and assistance to Jacksonville's small business com-
munity including:
Business Workshops
Core City Business Recruitment
Doing Business with the Government
Business Research Facilities
Access to Capital

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


Chamber of Commerce


Understanding Wall Street
McGraw-Hill Publishers
By Jeffrey B. Little, Lucien Rhodes
Chapters range from basic topics
to discussions of risk, market
manias and global investing.
Reading this book is akin to
attending a finance class, the tone
and format are akin to a textbook.
But the authors' mission of clearing
up the often mysterious world of
Wall Street by emphasizing the
most practical and necessary facts.
Its clear and authoritative.


over similar books and raises the
bar for others.
Stock Market Knowledge for All
Ages, Questions & Answers About
Stocks, Bonds and Mutual Funds
Hardeman, Ten Speed Press
By Susie Vaccaro Hardeman
Topics include such basic infor-
mation as the definition of earnings
per share and what to look for
when finding a broker. A good
introduction to Wall Street, the
book provides a starting point for
teaching young ones and others
alike.


Can You Still Make Money in Real Estate?
By C.M. Brown NAR. Compare that to $689,200 in years of the loan. There are also
You've probably heard a million the bay area of San Francisco, many new loan products for first-
times that real estate is one of the $275,000 in the Bradenton metro time homebuyers, including 100
best investments around. A nice area of Florida, and $82,400 in percent financing programs.
home usually appreciates Get a Copy of Your
in value, you're told. It Credit Report
can produce monthly Before you take the
can produce monthly "rst step is buy-
income if you purchase a first step towards buy-
multi-family dwelling ing a property to live
and rent out the other in or to generate in-
and rent out the other (A) hav c. f come, though, here are
units. Buy a fixer upper, five thn you hee e
goes another line of ad-l 6ou five things you help
vice. Make repairs and you get started:
enhancements and then Know your credit
put it back on the market score and debt-to-
for a profit. .income ratio (your
Still, the soaring hous- gross monthly income
ing market begs the ._ minus minimum
question: how long can a monthly debt pay-
good thing last? Housing ments on loans and
prices are still posting credit cards). You
double-digit gains in The median price of a single family home in the U.S. is don't want to have a
many regions, with new $188,800 with some cities as high as $275,000. But in some areas ratio above 45 percent.
mansy trionsand home like Youngstown-Warren, Ohio, the mid-point in the range of A credit score of 680
saes rain records housing prices is only $82,000. to 740 is viewed as

Of some 136 metropolitan areas Youngstown-Warren, Ohio. good. Anything around 500 or be-
recently surveyed by the National Generally speaking, home prices low is a huge red flag. You're con-
Association of Realtors (NAR), have climbed much faster than fam- sidered a credit risk. Review your
only 6 areas had modest declines. ily incomes over the last four years. credit report six to ten months be-
Typically, if a city's local economy At the same rate, borrowing costs fore you intend to buy. This way
is doing poorly so too is its housing have reached historic lows and you can fix any problems you may
market. In cities where there is job mortgage products have been en- discover or improve debt payments,
growth house prices tend to appreci- hanced to make buying affordable, all of which will improve your over-
ate. The median price of a single such as interest only loans, or lower all credit rating.
family home is $188,800, reports monthly payments in the initials Continued on page 10



Upcoming Conferences


June 28-30 Women in Business
2005: Sharing the Vision, MGM
Grand and Las Vegas Convention
Center, Las Vegas, NV. (202) 588-
9875.
July 1-3 Essence Music Festival,
Louisiana Superdome, New Or-
leans,LA.
www.essencemusicfestival.com
July 9-17 Indiana Black Expo,
Inc., Summer Celebration 2005
35th Anniversary. Indianapolis, IN.
(317) 925-2702.
July 12-17 National Optometric
Association, Houston, TX. (877)
394-2020.
July 13-17 American Black
Film Festival (ABFF), South
Beach, FL (212) 966-2411.
July 14-17 Magic Johnson Foun-
dation, Inc., Los Angeles, CA.
(310) 246-4400. --
July 15-17 Sigma Gamma Rho
Sorority, Inc., Raleigh, NC. (773)
873-9000.
July 17-21 National Association
of Blacks in Criminal Justice,
Dallas TX. (919) 683-1801.
July 17-23 Advancement of Mi-
norities in the Internal Revenue
Service National Convention,
Portland, OR. For further informa-
tion, contact Oregon Convention &
Visitor Services Network at (503)
244-5794.
July 19-24 Kappa Alpha Psi
Fraternity, Inc., St. Louis, MO.
(215) 228-7184.
July 20-24 National Black
Nurses Association, Inc., Chicago,
IL. (301) 589-3200.
July 21-24 Omega Psi Phi Fra-
ternity, Inc., Detroit, MI. (404)
284-5533.
July 22-24 Association of Black
Cardiologists 18"' Annual Dr.
Walter M. Booker Sr. Memorial
Symposium, New York, NY. (678)
302-4222.
July 22-26 National Pharmaceu-
tical Association, Orlando, FL.
(800) 944-6742.
July 22-28 National Organiza-
tion of Black Law Enforcement
Executives (NOBLE), Atlanta,
GA. (708) 658-1529.


July 23-28 National Medical
Association, New York, NY. (202)
347-1895.
July 27-31 National Urban
League and Urban League Young
Professionals, Washington DC.
(212) 558-5384.
July 29-30 Black Flight Atten-
dants of America, Inc. Los Ange-
les, CA. (888) 682-2322.
July 29-August 3 National Den-
tal Association, Las Vegas,NV.
(202) 588-1697.
July 31-August 7 Festival at Sea
Southern Caribbean Cruise, Car-
nival Destiny, San Juan, St. Tho-
mas, St. Kitts and Aruba.
www.beonthego.com.
August Miss Black World Or-
ganization, Inc. New York, NY.
(212)726-8267.
'August 1-5 Blacks ,i'Gop ern-
ment, Orlando, "FL: (202) 667--
3280.
August 1-6 National Black
Theatre Festival, Winston-Salem,
NC. (336) 723-2266.
August 3-7 National Association
of Black Journalists (NABJ), At-
lanta, GA. (301) 445-7100.
August 4-7 Alpha Kappa Alpha
Sorority, Inc., Paradise Island,
Bahamas. (773) 684-1282.
August 4-8 African American
Women in Business, Los Angeles,
CA. (310) 680-0870.
August 14-21 National Black
Police Association, Inc., Toronto,
Canada. (202) 986-2070.
August 17-21 National Black
Data Processing Association, Inc.
(BDPA), Detroit, MI. (301) 220-
2180.
September 1-5 Black Enterprise/
Pepsi Golf & Tennis Challenge,
Miami, FL. (800) 209-7229.
September 8-10 National Afri-
can-American Insurance Asso-
ciation (NAAIA), New York, NY.
(800) 566-2242.
September 21-24 Congressional
Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.,
Washington, DC. (202) 263-2800.
September 23-24 UnityFirst.com
Business World Summit, New
York, NY. (413) 734-6444.


September 29 October 2 Na-
tional Black Public Relations
Society, Las Vegas, NV. (323)
466-8221.
September 29- October 2 9th
Annual United States Conference
on AIDS 2005, Hilton Americas
Hotel, Houston, TX.
www.nmac.org.
October Afro-American Histori-
cal and Genealogical Society,
Inc., Washington, DC. (202) 234-
5350.
October 11-16 National Black
MBA Association, Inc., New Or-
leans,LA. (312) 236-2622.
October 16-19 National Associa-
tion of Investment Companies, La
Jolla, CA. (202) 289-4336.
November 11-13 Association of
Black Cardiologists, Inc. 2005
Congress on the Treatment of Car-
diovascular Disease, Dallas TX.
(678) 302-4222.
November 15-20 National Alli-
ance of Black School Educators
33rd Annual Conference, Detroit,
MI. (202) 608-6310.
November 17 Recycling Black
Dollars 17th Annual Dinner and
Positive Side Awards, Los Ange-
les, CA. (310) 673-7777.


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$1 Million Bounty Raised for African-American Exiled in Cuba


Dr. Charles Simmons (left), member of the Gamma Beta Boule',
Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Inc., at the Fraternity's Annual High Poten-
tial Youth Recognition Program with student and patient Harold A.
Davis.

Local Student Among 250 Selected for the

Gamma Beta Boule Achievement Award


Harold Alexander Davis, son of
Mr. & Mrs. Harold Eugene Davis
and Phyllis Bell-Davis, was one of
250 students who received recogni-
tion for outstanding academic
achievement for the 2004-05 school
year. The Gamma Beta Boule,
Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Inc. recog-
nized these students at their Annual
High Potential Youth Recognition
Program, held recently at Florida
Community College, South Cam-
pus. This is Harold's second award
from the Fraternity.
Harold, a rising senior in the In-
ternational Baccalaureate Diploma
program at Paxon School for Ad-
vanced Studies (PSAS), is a mem-
ber of the PSAS National Honor
Society and the Beta Club. He is an
active member of the Teen Ministry
at Cherry Street Church of Christ,
and is also a jazz pianist, and a jun-
ior docent and employee with the
Cummer Museum of Art and Gar-
dens. Harold has distinguished him-
self as a member of Who's Who
Among American High School Stu-
dents and the National Honor Roll.
Upon graduation in 2006, Harold
will pursue,,a degree in aerospace


engineering.
The Fraternity honors high
achieving students from Duval
County public and private schools
who scored at the 90th percentile or
higher on a national standardized
test and scored at achievement level
4 or higher on Florida Comprehen-
sive Assessment Test (FCAT). The
fraternity has been honoring stu-
dents since 1985. All students re-
ceived certificates indicating out-
standing academic achievement and
trophies or medallions,
During the program, over $22,000
in scholarships were offered by
various colleges and universities, as
well as by the Fraternity, to 12't
grade students who received a com-
posite score of 1000 or higher on
the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).
The speaker for the event was
Cornell Leverette Moore, Esq., the
grand sire archon-elect Sigma Pi Phi
Fraternity, who encouraged the stu-
dents to take advantage of his "10
Be's" plus one, which included be
fair, be available, be good, be hon-
orable, be human, be known, be
needed, be ready, be responsive, be
yourself and be humble.


By Nilsa Muhammad ,
The 32nd anniversary of the death
of New Jersey State Trooper
Werner Foerster was commemo- ---
rated by the state placing a $1 mil-
lion bounty on Assata Shakur, who
was convicted of his murder, but
later escaped from a New Jersey
jail. She now lives in exile in Cuba.
State Police Superintendent Col.
Rick Fuentes told reporters at a that
he hopes the sweetened reward will
encourage someone to come for-
ward with information leading to
the capture of Shakur, formerly
known as Joanne Chesimard.
"On the same day, the Justice
Shakur shown above, has
Department added her name to the
FBI's domestic terrorists list. "When I was in the Black Panther
"Anyone of the mindset that would Party, they (United States) called us
execute a police officer once they terrorists. How dare they call us
were on the ground is dangerous terrorists when we were being ter-
enough to be considered a domestic rorized? Terror was a constant part
terrorism threat," Col. Fuentes said. of my life. I was living under apart-
Attorney General Alberto Gon- heid in North Carolina. We lived
zalez, according to Newsday, per- under police terror."
sonally approved the money from The time is 1973 and an incident
the Justice Department. It will be of what would now be called "racial
paid for information leading to her profiling" takes place on the New
safe capture, but not if she is killed Jersey Turnpike. Ms. Shakur, ac-
in the process. tively involved in the Black Libera-
Would Shakur be concerned that tion Army (BLA), is traveling with
her name is now on the U.S. terror- Malik Zayad Shakur (no relation)
ists list? This writer doubts it. Here and Sundiata Acoli.
is what she said in 2002 in an exclu- State troopers stop them, report-
sive interview with The Final Call edly because of a broken headlight.
newspaper: A trooper also explains they were


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also penned her biography
"suspicious" because they had Ver-
mont license plates. The three are
made to exit the car with their hands
up. All of a sudden, shots were
fired.
That much everybody seems to
agree on. When the smoke cleared,
state trooper Werner Foerster and
Malik Shakur were dead. Ms. Sha-
kur and Mr. Acoli were charged
with the death of state trooper Foer-
ster.
The trial found them both guilty.
The verdict was no surprise, but
many questioned the racial injustice
by the all-White jury and admitted
perjury by the trial's star witness.
"I was shot with my arms in the
air," Shakur said. "My wounds


(ext. 120).
Q: Will Duval County be offer-
ing summer school?
A: Only students who scored a
Level 1 on the Reading portion of
the Florida Comprehensive Assess-
ment are eligible to attend a re-
quired Summer Reading School
June 20 through July 15. Summer
Reading School will be offered six
hours a day, five days a week at
various schools throughout the dis-
trict. Information about locations
and transportation will be sent to
parents of students required to at-
tend.
Q: Why did my child not re-
ceive his report card on the last
day of school?
A: The Florida Department of
Education delayed the release of the


could not have happened unless my
arms were in the air. The bullet
went in under my arm and traveled
past my clavicle. It is medically
impossible for that to happen if my
arms were down."
Shakur has long maintained her
innocence in the death of state
trooper Foerster.
"What happened afterward (the
shooting) was typical in the era of
COINTELPRO-the FBI's
crooked, covert operation intended
to destabilize Black movements and
their leaders-and out-and-out ra-
cism," wrote columnist Tonyaa
Weathersbee .on blackameri-
caweb.com.
"They found her guilty in spite of
the fact that forensics experts testi-
fied that she was shot when she was
in a position of surrender and that
no evidence existed to show that she
had fired a weapon."
She added, "I doubt that Shakur
killed Foerster. The forensics testi-
mony, as well as the context of the
times, is what makes me dubious."
The offer'of $1 million for the
capture of. Shakur has already inter-
ested bounty hunter Louis Faccone.
He told Newsday, "I'm going to
jump on it."
Faccone explained that he could
have a two-man team launched to-
ward Cuba from the Florida Keys-
Continued on page 10


results of student performances on
the Florida Comprehensive Assess-
ment Test (FCAT), prohibiting the
district from distributing report
cards with complete information to
students in grades 4-10. The FCAT
is a state standardized test that was
administered to your child in Febru-
ary that determines his or her pro-
motion to the next grade level. It is
expected that the district will re-
ceive complete FCAT information
on or near June 6, 2005. Your
child's report card will then be
mailed to the address listed on your
child's records. Please make sure
that the school has your current
mailing address.
This will be the last School Talk
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RE: FY 2005 Section 5307 Formula Grant

URBANIZED AREA: Jacksonville, Florida
ESTIMATED APPORTIONMENT: $13,563,596
RECIPIENT: Jacksonville Transportation Authority
Notice is hereby given that the Jacksonville Transportation Authority
(JTA) is providing an opportunity for a public hearing to consider its
Amended FY 2004/2005 Program of Projects from which federal funds
are being requested from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).
Funding is generally available on an 80/20 matching basis between
federal and local sources. The public is encouraged to comment on any
and all projects listed below.
Vehicles with Associated Equipment $ 1,388,889
Facility Improvements 887,088
Shop Equipment 50,000
Misc. Support Equipment 118,113
Computer Hardware 1,278,222
Computer Software 1,199,445
Bus Stop Signage & Poles 222,223
Transit Satellite Transfer Amenities 893,529
Enhancement Projects 102,023
Land Acquisition 388,889
Communication Equipment 760,954
Communication System 111,112
Preventative Maintenance 2,516,519
Paratransit Service 750,000
Mobility Access Plan 50,000
Financial Review Audit 250,000
Management Review Audit 380,000
Strategic Planning Study 314,446
Skyway Service Vehicles 44,445
Skyway Shop Equipment 1 38,890
Skyway Computer Hardware 161,112
Skyway Computer Software 561,111
Skyway Security Equipment 333,334
Skyway Misc. Support Equipment 111,112
Skyway Enhancement Projects 55,555
Skyway Rehab Line Equipment 166,667
Skyway Program Administration 222,223
Skyway Satellite Transfer Amenities 11,112
Skyway Facility Improvement/Rehab Stations 166,666
Skyway Preventative Maintenance 2,500,000
CTC Misc. Support Equipment 27,778
CTC Computer Hardware 277,778
CTC Computer Software 177,778
CTC Preventative Maintenance 437.500
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before 5 p.m. on June 27, 2005. If a request is received by the stated
time, a public hearing will be scheduled and the public notified. Mail
requests to:
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First Coast Metropolitan Planning Organization (FCMPO) for the Jack-
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occur as a result of project implementation. These projects will. have no
substantial harmful effects on the environment, nor will they adversely
affect service levels to the elderly or disabled. Details of the Program of
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through June 27, 2005 during normal business hours. This notice will
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by Charles Griggs


SWALLOWED UP IN


POLITICAL HYSTERIA


Senators come to a compromise that avoid fight over filibusters. Some are
happy, some are not. But the people are spared a civics blood-bath.


"Politics, it seems to me, for years, or all too long,
has been concerned with right or left instead of right
or wrong."
-Richard Armour
"It's about trust and mutual respect."
Those were the words that came from a gleaming
Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) Monday night on
ABC's Nightline.
The Senator was commenting on the recently craft-
ed compromise that had been reached by a hand full
of senatorial bystanders to avert a showdown vote
over President Bush's judicial nominees.
With that said, it looks like they bailed us out just
in time.
I may have been a little guilty of looking forward
to the fight over the debate for the right to filibuster
judicial nominees.
It would have been the ultimate civics lesson to see
senators sweat out the threats they've made over the
past several months. The process by which our
nation's leaders decided to get past personal differ-
ences for the good of the country is better than any
Star Wars episode.
Instead of a showdown we have a compromise that
gives a little love to both political sides. The
Republicans get the up or down vote they are looking
for on the President's judicial nominees and
Democrats get to keep the possibility to filibuster
judges in the future.
Not exactly the way some Senators on the extreme
end of both sides of the aisle wanted things to play
out.
It is truly a compromise built on trust.
Something that has been missing from the way
Washington does business for sometime now.
But don't think there weren't some aspects of polit-
ical gain for those 14 senators who crafted this not so
.creative compromise. After all, what they accom-
plished wasn't brain surgery, it was their job.
As evident by the fact that senate leadership wasn't
too hot about the idea of a bunch of middle-grounders
doing the business of building bridges. My guess is
that the senators involved in the compromise were
hearing the grumblings of constituents that weren't
convinced of the need of a filibuster showdown.
I'm pretty sure that they wanted to send President
Bush a clear message after getting them in this situa-
tion in the first place.
It is the president's effort at sending unreasonable
conservative judicial nominees to the senate in the
first lace. Because of the stubbornness that emirates


from the White House the Senate has ended up in this
position of no compromise.
As a result of the compromise the senators say they
hope this will serve as a wake-up call to the White
House to communicate more closely with the Senate
on judiciary nominees, before things can out of hand
on the Senate floor.
Could this be a new way to do business?
Actually, it's the old way that business was done.
Some blame the aggressive arrogance of Republicans
for the mess that this thing has turned out to be. But
Democrats are not without blame.
In the name of holding things down for the people,
things tend to get out of hand on "the Hill." When that
happens Americans are forced to put their lawmakers
in check. In this case, senators were able to decipher
the frustrations of the public when it came to all.of the
squabbling. No one wants-to see elected officials go
to blows over something as simple as "Advise and
Consent."
The bottom line is that they way politicians do
business is a lot different than the way we ordinary
citizens make things work.
We tend to believe that sometimes to not get what
you want is not such a bad thing. Compromise can be
educational, humbling and productive.
The "my way or the highway" attitude that cur-
rently exist in Washington does not work for the best
interest of the people.
We have voted in these representatives to do the
business of the nation, not to engage in tactics that
result in political hysteria.
Isn't it weird that a bunch of also-ran senators were
engaged enough in the will of the people to buck their
leadership and come up with a workable solution?
Isn't this the way they are supposed to work for us
all of the time?
So why can't it be this way all of the time?
Some of us believe that powerful politicians loose
the ability to govern and legislate with an objective
eye as they were elected due to monitary pressures.
As a result we, the public, are left with the residue
of bitter disagreements and political fights.
It's too bad that politicians feel they are more pow-
erful than they actually are. It's also too bad that lead-
ers don't always get the benefit of compromise.
They may not always get what they want, but in
return we, as a people, get what we need.
You can send us an e-mail with your comment to:
griggorama @ aol.com.


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by Jacksonville City Councilman Reginald Fullwood

Black Middle Class Continues to Grow: Facade or Reality?


One of the few shows that my Ken Smikle, founder of Target
wife and I agree on watching on Market News, a Chicago-based
television is one of our all time fa- news and research company special-
vorites "The Cosby Show," which izing in African American media


is in heavy rotation on Nickelodeon.
This groundbreaking show was one
of the earliest glimpses into the life
of the black middle class family
back in the 1980s. Sure the Jeffer-
sons were middle class, but not in
the sense of a traditional family
structure.
We all know that the Evans fam-
ily from "Good Times" was on the
other end of the spectrum, and.my
main man, Fred Sanford was just
trying to survive on a junkman's
income. So Bill Cosby decided to
introduce America to a TV family
that most of us admired. Whether
you were from the poorest family,
the working class or middle class,
you loved watching the Huxtables.
I certainly didn't know of any
black family living as well as the
Huxtables mother a lawyer and
father a doctor, but I believed that
these people existed. It wasn't until
I became a teenager that I truly real-
ized that these people exist and have
existed for many years even far
before the Civil Rights movement.
The problem in the 80s was that
the number of Huxtable-type fami-
lies were so small that it was hard
for many African American to be
inspired by what they saw on TV.
Still today, there is debate over
whether that depiction was real.
Today in America, we find that
group is not only real, but also alive
and growing creating a true legiti-
mate black middle and upper-
middle class.
According to the 2000 census,
nearly a third of black families liv-
ing in metro Chicago earned more
than $50,000 a year making them,
economically, middle to upper mid-
dle class.


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and marketing, tallies up African-
American spending and publishes
"the buying power of black Amer-
ica."
"In the 90s for almost every year


it may seem as if our communities
are in disarray considering where
We have come from in this country
- we are not doing too bad. And
yes, I am talking about the legacy of
slavery and racism, which are issues
that many discount as key factors to
the decay of the black family.
Some may discount these factors,


from 1990 to 2000, researchers saw but they are real. African Americans
almost double digit growth in the have certainly come a mighty long
percentage :of -income for black- Way, so it shouldn't surpriseany-
households," Smikle says, "more that we have not truly
Chicago is a microcosm of most achieved parity with whites, It is
metropolitan areas throughout the virtually impossible when you con-
country. Nationwide, African- sider the hurdles blacks have had to
Americans reportedly earned an overcome and still face.
estimated $656 billion dollars in "Historically, black family assets
2003. That's more than double the were limited to their homes and"
amount earned a decade before. cars," says J. Eugene Grigsby a pro-
The number of black owned en- fessor at UCLA. "This is partly be-
terprises nearly doubled over the cause until the latel970s, middle-
last decade-five times the, rate of class blacks tended to work for the
new business creation for the coun- state or federal governments, which
try as a whole. And not including until recently did not offer invest-
rappers and athletes, there are more ment plans. As the number of blacks
black millionaires than ever before, working in the private sector grew,
But there's always"a -flip side. so did the number of blacks inter-
Some would argue that blacks only ested in investing."
have one foot in the door of middle Because blacks are newer to the
class America. ranks of the middle class, many
Many blacks have professional blacks had little family exposure to
and management jobs that generate even basic financial tools.
fair middle class incomes, but, for a Former National Urban League
variety of reasons, we typically have president Hugh Price once said,
fewer assets (savings, stocks, bonds, "Many of us have been laboring
real estate, businesses) than whites under the false comfort that the ex-
with the same income. pension of the black middle class
We often talk about the income and the creation of individual black
gap that still exist between minori- millionaires have moved African
ties and whites, but I subscribe to Americans closer to parity [with
you readers that the investment t gap whites]: The reality is, no matter
may be a much larger issue. Nearly how great incomes become for indi-
two-thirds of black households have vidual blacks, our wealth is not sus-
zero savings or more debt than sav- trained because we have very few
ings. At every income level, blacks' assets that can be passed on."
save and invest less than whites do. Signing off from a sort of middle
When giving speeches before class neighborhood,
youth I often like to talk about how Reggie Fullwood
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Malcolm X Birthday Celebrated With Exhibit

Opening of His Life at Schomberg Center


Phi Delta Kappa Awards Scholarship to EWC
The Jacksonville Anthropos group of the national sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc., Delta Delta Chapter recently
presented a check for $1,000.00 to Edward Waters College for scholarships. The Anthropos group consist of the
men in the lives of the members of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc., Delta Delta Chapter.
Shown above from left is: Ms. Rebecca Highsmith (Anthropos Sponsor); Ms. Landi Myrick (EWC Financial Aid
Director); Dr. Oswald P. Bronson, Sr. (EWC Interim President); Mr. Donald Parker (Anthropos Treasurer);Mr.
Samuel Holman (Anthropos President); Dr. James McLean (EWC Vice President, Institutional Advancement);
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Dean: Blacks Annoyed by Party's Outreach


Black voters are upset with the weeks I
Democratic Party for coming around being i
just weeks before elections seeking that's a
their votes, said party chairman said. "
Howard Dean in an interview with African
The Associated Press. generate
Taking black voters for granted is We can
a long-standing problem for the party vote for
that dates to the 1960s, said Dean, ful durir
who promised strategy changes even Dean
as he cited diversity at the top of the party ii
Democratic National Committee. and to
"African-Americans are annoyed to wom
with the Democratic Party because ers. In
we ask them for their votes four Bush fa
Art is Where
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Museum will present Art is Where
You Find It! Trash to treasure
hands. The workshop will be held
on Saturday, July 16, 2005 from
10:30 a.m. noon. Participants will
learn to create art with found or
recycled materials with Through
Our Eyjs,,u.mothcr and. daughter
team Bntt*ie ?#id Natalif' McCray. --
Bring your own found and recycled
objects or let the artist's help you
chose. The workshop is for
children and adults. Admission is
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before the election instead of publican candidates with several
n the community now and traditional Democratic voting blocs.
mistake I'm trying to fix," he Dean said he was not concerned
There's a new generation of that there might be a major erosion
-American leaders and a new in the black vote but was worried
ion of African-Americans. about people staying home on Elec-
I't go out and say could you tion Day. "We're going to treat
* us because we were so help- every vote as a swing vote," he said.
ng the civil rights era." During the 2004 presidential race,
has pushed to strengthen the Dean angered many blacks when he
n heavily Republican states said he wanted "to be the candidate
improve the party's outreach for the guys with Confederate flags
en, Hispanics and black vot- on their pickup trucks." He later
the.last presidential election, apologized and called the flag a
hired better than previous Re- "painful symbol" to blacks.


By J. Fitzgerald
Documents, photos and memora-
bilia from the life of Malcolm X --
his eighth-grade memo book, his
application for a Nation of Islam
name, the shells from the shotgun
that killed him -- went on display
Monday in observance of what
would have been his 80th birthday.
Many of the exhibits are being
seen in public for the first time, hav-
ing nearly been lost to an online
auction when the rent wasn't paid on
a storage locker in Florida, said Jo-
.seph Fleming, who represented
Malcolm X's six daughters in the
effort to win back the archive.
The daughters have given the
documents to the New York Public
Library for 75 years, and a tiny per-
centage has been organized into an
exhibit, called Malcolm X: A Search
for Truth, at the Schomburg Center
for .Research in Black Culture,
which is on Malcolm X Boulevard
in Harlem. The exhibit runs through
Dec. 31.
Three of the daughters -- Malaak,
Ilyasah and Gamilah Shabazz --
were at the opening earlier this
month. Another, Attallah Shabazz,
joined a news conference at the
Schomburg by telephone.
Ilyasah Shabazz noted that all six
daughters are now older than their
father was when he was assassi-
nated in 1965.
"We were very young. We did not
know Malcolm X the icon. We
knew Daddy the humanitarian," she
said.
But their mother, Betty Shabazz,
who died in a fire in 1997, educated
them about their father's life and
principles, she said.


The daughters of Malcolm X, Gamilah Shabazz (L), Ilyasah Shabazz (C) and
Malaak Shabazz (R) view photographs at the opening of a new exhibition
celebrating the 80th birthday of their father at the Schomburg Center for
Research in Black Culture in New York. The exhibit features photographs
and writings which were acquired prior to auction and will be on display for
research and public viewing.


Many of the photos in the exhibit
are family photos, showing Mal-
colm X praying, traveling in Egypt
or playing with his children, rather
than the more familiar news photos
documenting his public life as one
of the best-known and most contro-
versial black leaders of the 20th
century.
But those pictures are there, too:
Malcolm X with Adam Clayton
Powell Jr., with Dick Gregory, with
Fidel Castro, with Muhammad Ali,
with Redd Foxx. Huge rallies in
Harlem. His body being wheeled
out of the Audubon Ballroom. His
veiled wife, at his funeral.
The papers, many of them hand-
written, include letters to and from
Malcolm X, some from his teenage
years.


In the eighth-grade memo book,
classmates apparently told young
Malcolm Little, as he was then
known, what they thought of him.
"Tall, Dark, Handsome," one says.
"Tall dark and screwey" says an-
other.
In a striking coincidence, his 1961
datebook shows that on May 19 --
his birthday and the day this year
that the exhibit opened to the public
-- he had an appointment at the
Schomburg center.
"It's eerie," said Howard Dodson,
director of the Schomburg. "He was
going to meet my predecessor."
Also unfamiliar are the courtroom
sketches, exhibited in a separate
gallery, from the trial at which three
men were convicted of killing Mal-
colm X.


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Homecoming

Sunday Climaxes

Celebration for

Westside Church of

Christ May 29"
The Westside Church of Christ,
23 West 8th Street corerr Main St.)
began its Homecoming Celebration
May 20, 2005, with a Formal
Dinner at the Hilton Hotel.
Evening workshops at 7 p.m.
nightly continue Thursday, May
26: "How to Study the Bible with
Your Family"; and Friday, May 27:
"Talking to non-Christian Relatives
about the Church". These work-
shops conclude the presentations by
the Jacksonville Strengthening
Families Network and Character
Counts for Teenagers and Young
Children.
A "Homecoming Picnic" with
all the picnic trimmings, in the A.
Philip Randolph Park will begin at
10 a.m. on Saturday, May 28th.
A spiritual uplifting will come
with the "Homecoming Sing-out"
at 6 p.m. on Saturday evening at
the Church.
"Homecoming Sunday" will be
observe throughout Sunday, May
29th. The Westside Church of
Christ is inviting singles and
families throughout North Florida
to experience and benefit from the
workshops, and all Homecoming
activities. All are welcome.


New Hope AME
Church Fellowship
is Set for May 29t
Mark your calendars now to
Fellowship with the Greater New
Hope African Methodist Episcopal
Church, 17th & Davis Streets, under
the pastorate of Rev. Mary F.
Davis, for a Special Outdoor
Worship Service that will begin at
10 a.m. on Sunday, May 29, 2005.
Dinner will commence at the
close of the Worship Service.

The Worship

lace to Host

Health Fair

The Worship Place. Church,
2627 Spring Glen Road, Harold
Rollinson and Victor Martin,
Elders; is conducting a health fair
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June
18, 2005. Marsha Rollinson, R.N.
and Pamela Smith, R.N., B.S.N.,
are Healthcare Ministry Leaders .
The health fair will target the entire
family, children to adults. The
Worship Place Church endeavors to
serve the community's health and
spiritual values.
Services will be free to the
public, and will be provided by St.
Vincent's Hospital, Duval County
Health Dept., the Hospice; River
Region, and Visiting Physicians.


INFORMATION TO BENEFIT THE COMMUNITY
The Jacksonville Free Press, 903 West Edgewood Ave. (across from
Lake Forest elementary 'choo)i, will print your Church, Social
and Community News, at no charge. There is a small charge for all
unsolicited photos, without exception. NEWS DEADLINE is 5PM
Monday each Monday for Thursday's paper. News may be faxed
to: 765-3803, email: JFreePress@AOL.com.


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Saint Paul AME Schedules Summer Camp


and Vacation Bible
Saint Paul African Methodist
Episcopal (AME) Church, 6910
New Kings Road, where The Rev.
Marvin Zanders II, is Pastor; has
scheduled "Camp Whoolp There It
Is" for 2005. The first session will
begin on Monday, May 31st and
will end on June 24th. The second
session takes place June 27th thru
July 22nd.
Sponsored by Hope Community
Economic Development, "Camp
Whoop There It Is" promises to be
a unique, superior and fun filled
camp with many activities.
Certified teachers will be available
to assist students with strategies to
score high on the FCAT. The hours
will be from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.,

St. Andrew Missionary
Baptist to hold Annual
Family and Friends Day
St. Andrew Missionary Baptist
Church, 2600 West 45th Street,
Rev. A. B. Coleman, Pastor: invites
the community to their Annual
Family and Friends Day Celebra-
tion at the 11 a.m. Service on
Sunday, May 29, 2005.
The speaker will be Ms. Elaine
Stewart of the Salvation Army
Ministry.

Bishop T. D. Jakes
Schedules Cruise
Bishop T. D. Jakes, has
announced a summer cruise en-
itled. "'Taking 'Care- ofBusiness ini
Deep Waters." The Empowering'
Session will be sailing July 16-23.
2005. The incomparable Vickie
Winans is the first guest to be
announced. For more information.
please call (972) 851-SAIL.


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


Institute for 2005
Monday thru Friday.
For camp registration informa-
tion, please contact the church
office at (904) 764-2755.
Vacation Bible Institute,
The Vacation Bible Institute is a
"family affair" for youth and
adults. Beginning at 6 p.m. on
Monday evening, June 6th, a family
Spaghetti Dinner will be held in the
J.M. Proctor Center.
This year's theme is "Spotlight
On Jesus" for youth and "God's
Vision or Television" for adults.
The Institute will end on
Wednesday, June 8th. Friends,
family members and neighbors are
invited to share in this enriching
and Spiritual renewal.

Greater Israel United
Missionary Baptist Church
to Present Summer Gospel
Extravaganza June 11"
The Greater Israel United Mis-
sionary Baptist Church, 6901 North
Main Street; will host the Summer
Gospel Extravaganza at 6 p.m. on
Saturday, June 11th.
The Summer Gospel Extrava-
ganza will feature: Walter Ellis &
The Country Boys, of Montgom-
ery, Ala.; the New Holy Lights of
Sycamore, Ga.; The Florida Gospel
Travelers and Ms. Deborah Lim-
bric Rasheed, both of Jacksonville.
For ticket information, please call:
(904) 254-0786.

Kuumba Festival
The Kuumba Festival will be
held on May 28-29, 2005 at the
Clanzell Brown Park. For more
information call 353-2270


Jacksonville Strengthening Families
Network Presents 7 Habits for Highly
Successful Families and Character Counts


Dr. John Covey is the facilitator
for the 7 Habits for Highly
Successful Families and Character
Counts workshops held nightly at
7 p.m. thru Friday, May 27th at the
Westside Church of Christ, 23
West 8th Street during their Home-
coming Celebration that continues
through Sunday, May 29th. These
workshops are targeted towards
teenagers and young children, and
are open to the entire Jacksonville
community.
Covey was heavily involved
with his brother, Stephen R. Covey,
in the design, development and
editing of the book, The 7 Habits of
Highly Effective Families and co-
author of The Proactive Family
Guide Book with Stephen. He is
highly committed to releasing the
potential of people and organiza-
tions, specifically the family
organization. "Dr. Covey is a
prominent figure on the world
stage, traveling throughout the U.S.
and abroad giving speeches and
presentations on the family," said
Pete Jackson, Chief Community
Officer, City of Jacksonville. "We
are truly excited to open our doors
to this wonderful man."
Over the past 38 years, Dr.
Covey has spent many years teach-
ing business management, organi-
zational behavior and marketing.
He was a professor for seven years
at Brigham Young University, and
has worked for 22 years applying
his expertise in the private sector.
Before coming to Franklin Covey
he served for seven years as Man-
ager and Director of Planning and
Leadership Development for a
large international service organi-


zation.
Dr. Covey received a Masters
degree in Business Administration
from Harvard University, and a
Young University. John and his
wife reside in the Rocky Mountains
of Utah, with their children, where
he was honored with one of five
2003 "Fathers of the Year" awards
presented by the Utah's Father's
Day Council.
The Jacksonville Network for
Strengthening Families supports
families as they negotiate the many
challenges presented by today's
world. They want to ensure that all
families in the community have:
Healthy, harmonious family and
marriage relationships; Financial
self-sufficiency; Effective parent-
ing and child-rearing skills; In-
volvement of non-custodial parents
in children's lives; Protection from
child abuse, neglect and domestic
violence; Personal stability and
well-being; Family renewal and
enjoyment.
For more information,, please
call Antoinette Jackson, 665-2548.

Kuumba Festival
Gospel Showcase
The Gospel Showcase at the
11th Annual Kuumba Festival will
begin at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May
29th. The showcase will feature the
Abyssinia GSP Mime, Gloronda
Johnson, and Patrick Robinson, of
Babyboyy Production.
Sunday Gospel begins at 10
a.m., a Workshop will follow, and
then the showcase.The Kuumba
Festival returned to the Clapzel
Brown Center last year.


Weekly Services

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


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Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Jr.
Senior Pastor


Radio Ministry -
WCGL 1360 AM
Thursday 8:15 8:45 a.mi
AM 1400
Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.

TVMinistry -
WTLV Channel 12
Sunday 6:30 a.m.


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Wednesday 12:00 noon (Noon Day Worship)
Thursday 7:30 p.m. (Bible Study)
St. Thomas Bible 4:00 p.m. Training Ministry (4th Sunday)

Early Morning Worship 8:00 a.m.
Sunday School 9:15 a.m.
Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.
The Lord's Supper 3:45 p.m. (First Sunday)


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Evangel Temple Assembly of God


I May 29th

Memorial Day Weekend


8:25 a.m. 10:45 a.m.
The Crabb Family
Your Breakthrough into the Favor of the Lord.
6:00 p.m.
Jim Raley & The Crabb Family


5755 Ramona Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32205

904-781-9393
Website: www.evangeltempleag.org
Email: evangeljax@comcast.net


The Crabb Family


Jim Raley


Pastor Rudolph
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PICTURED (top row, left to right) Tracey Gaffney of WJXT, Channel 4; Clara White Mission President
& CEO Ju'Coby Pittman Peele as she made presentations; Jacksonville Free Press Publisher, Rita Carter
Perry, accepting the award on behalf of the Free Press; and Mrs. Sharon Coon, founder and artistic director of
Tots 'N' Teens Theatre, sponsor of the Annual James Weldon Johnson Festival. SECOND ROW: Celebrity
Chefs; Volunteer.Servers: State Representative Audrey Gibson, Earl Johnson Jr. and Carol Alexander.
JACKSONVILLE Thursday, May 19, 2005, the corer of Jefferson and Ashley Streets, under the Big
White Tent, was the place to be for lunch. Hundreds participated in the 11th Annual Miracle on Ashley
Street, directed by the Clara White Mission's President and CEO, Ju'Coby Pittman Peele and Meg Fisher.
This annual event to benefit the Homeless and Disadvantaged raised $43, 350 with the help of countless
volunteers, and sponsors. A highlight of the event was the "Calling All Angels" citing: You're an angel for
S giving someone wings, the purchase of the special Angel pin will provide 2 meals for those in need. For over
100 years, the Clara White Mission has been dedicated.to serving the needs of the Jacksonville community.
We're proud of what we've accomplished together. There's still much to be done for veterans, struggling
families, and the homeless men and women to come to the mission where they find hot meals and caring
hands; a safe place to stay and unique job skills training. It's not a "hand out", it's a "hand up".
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A highlight of the event was the presentation to volunteers and sponsors that continually support the
Miracle on Ashley Street, of beautifully framed aprons autographed by past volunteers and sponsors. Publix
Supermarkets, represented by Mr. Dwaine Stevens, expressed the company's joy in supporting the mission.
Publix Supermarkets joined Stein Mart and WJXT as Co-Title Sponsors. Citi Cards was Title Sponsor.
The unwavering support of the Jacksonville community makes it all possible. The Clara White Mission
helps fill a void in the social services of the community. Every year the mission provides over 140,000 meals
to the homeless and disadvantaged; 300,000 units of veteran/outreach services; 9,000 hours of youth,
educational, athletic and family services; 12,960 days of transitional housing; and 43,650 hours of culinary
training.
The mission's motto is "Do all the"good you can, in all the places you can, for all the people you can,
while you can," the words of the mission's founder, Dr. Eartha M. M. White, who named and dedicated the
mission in memory of her mother, Clara English White. Dr. White lived on the second floor of the mission
which was formerly the Globe Theatre, her living quarters is preserved as a museum in her honor.
Celebrity Hosts were Deborah Gianoulis and Lex & Terry from Rock 105.
Celebrity Chefs who served their own carefully prepared gourmet dishes, were: Executive Chef Bruce.>
Bailey, Florida Yacht Club; Executive C l1. David Bearl, Southeast Institute of Culnar, ,t ecuti
Chef Matt Beard; Executive Training Cief Patti Beard & Culinary Art Students, Clara White Mission; Chef
Tony Candlore, Carrabba's Italian Grill; Chef Aston Gordon, The Pepper Pot Restaurant; Chef Tom Gray,
Bistro Aix; Chef Annette Hughes, Hughes Florist & Catering; Executive Chef Dan Lundberg, FCTI
Ridgeview High School; Chef Johnnie Jones, Genesis Cafe & Catering;and Executive Chef Jamie Prescott,
Carrabba's Italian Grill.


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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.
SMany 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."


To request a copy of the Body & Soul program guide
for your church call 1-800-422.6237.


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Drumming

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*Special guest, actor Obba Babatunde, will present
a special 1 p.m. workshop on Saturday on relationships.
This year the Kuumba Festival will pay a special tribute to Ms. Rosa Park and
all of those men, women and children who made great sacrifices in the success
of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. This Year will mark the 50th Anniversary Ob-
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Beef burgers are the number one hands-down favorite for the grill. And these gourmet creations from Sut-
ter Home Winery's Build A Better Burger Recipe Contest will make your taste buds tingle! They showcase
how versatile ground beef pairs with flavor favorites from basil to portobello mushrooms, Gorgonzola
cheese, sun-dried tomatoes and, of course, wine.
This year marks the 15th anniversary of the contest, and the best burger earns a $50,000 prize! Fire up
your grill and enjoy these winners at home. You'll be inspired to create your own original burger for the

--Cook burgers to medium:doneness (1600F) or
How to Build a Better Burger until centers are no longer pink and juices show
no pink color. Use an instant-read thermometer
-The experts at the Beef & Veal Culinary Cen- gently but thoroughly. Use 1-1/2 pounds of inserted horizontally into the burger to check the
ter recommend using 80% lean ground beef ground beef to make 4 (3/4-inch thick) patties, temperature.
(which has an 80/20 lean-fat ratio) or ground -Cook burgers over medium heat (coals or -For more burger recipes and grilling tips, visit
chuck for the juiciest burgers, gas), turning occasionally. Turn burgers with a www.BeefltsWhatsForDinner.com.
-For the best results, mix and shape patties spatula: do not flatten or press during cooking.


Tuscan Burgers Bruschetta
Total preparation and cooking
time: 45 to 50 minutes
1-1/2 pounds ground beef
% cup crumbled Gorgonzola
cheese
2 tablespoons chopped onion
1-1/2 tablespoons finely chopped
fresh Italian parsley
SSalt & fresh ground black pepper
4 thin slices prosciutto (about 1/2
ounce each)
1-1/2 cups shredded fontina
cheese
8 slices Italian bread
Extra virgin olive oil*
Tomato Topping:
1 medium tomato, chopped
3 tablespoons freshly grated
Parmesan cheese
3 tbsp. finely chopped fresh basil
3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil*
2 tbsp. finely chopped fresh
Italian parsley
2 cloves garlic, minced
Salt and freshly ground black
pepper
1. Combine tomato topping
ingredients inw. small bowl,
seasoning with sail`aarid pepper,, as
desired. Set aside.
2. Combine ground beef,
Gorgonzola cheese, onion and
parsley in large bowl, seasoning
with salt and pepper, as desired,
and mixing lightly but thoroughly.


Lightly shape into four 3/4-inch
thick patties.
3. Place patties on grid over
medium, ash-covered coals. Grill,
uncovered, 13 to 15 minutes to
medium (1600F) doneness, until
not pink in center and juices show
no pink color, turning occasionally.
During .last 2 to 3 minutes of
grilling, top each burger with
prosciutto slice and 1/4 of fontina
cheese.
4. Meanwhile brush both sides of
bread slices with oil. About 2
minutes before burgers are done,
place bread on grid. Grill until
lightly toasted, turning once.
5. Spoon 1/2 of tomato topping
on 4 bread slices; top with burgers
and remaining tomato topping.
Close sandwiches.
Makes 4 servings
Cook's Tip: An equal amount of
baked or boiled (not smoked) thinly
sliced ham may be substituted for
prosciutto.
Napa Valley Basil-Smoked
Burgers
Total preparation and cooking
time: 45 to 50 minutes
1-1/2 pounds ground beef
3 tbsp. soft Italian bread crumbs
3 tablespoons minced red onion
3 tablespoons finely chopped
fresh basil, lightly packed


WINE NOTES


-Sutter Home's executive
chef, Jeffrey Starr, suggests spicy
Zinfandel or a full-bodied Cab-
ernet Sauvignon with these bur-
gers both in the recipes and to
drink. But his best advice: Drink
the wine you like with the food
you like. It's really up to you.
-In celebration of the 15th
anniversary of the contest, a new
cookbook, Build A Better Burger
(Ten Speed Press, $19.95),
chronicles the winery's annual
search for the best burgers. It
contains winning recipes, wine
pairing pointers and more. Look
for it in bookstores or online at
www.buildabetterburger.com
(beginning May 30,2005).
-For complete Build A Better
Burger contest rules, log onto


www.buildabetterburger.com.
Entries will be accepted between
May 30, 2005 and August 26,
2005.









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3 tablespoons Sutter Home
Zinfandel, or other dry red wine
6 oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes,
finely chopped
1-1/2 teaspoons garlic salt
8 large sprigs fresh basil
4 large poppy seed or sesame
seed sandwich rolls, split


Tuscan Burger Bruschetta


4 slices Monterey Jack cheese
(about 3/4 ounce each)
4 leaves red leaf lettuce
4 large slices tomato (about 1/4
inch thick)
4 very thin red onion slices,
separated into rings
4 small sprigs fresh basil
Pesto Mayonnaise:
V2 cup mayonnaise
1 tbsp. prepared basil pesto sauce
1. Combine pesto mayonnaise
ingredients in small bowl. Cover
and refrigerate.
2. Combine ground beef, bread
crumbs, onion, chopped basil,
wine, sun-dried tomatoes and garlic
salt in large bowl, mixing lightly
but thoroughly. Lightly shape into
four 3/4-inch thick patties.
3. Moisten 8 large basil sprigs
with water; toss sprigs directly onto
medium, ash-covered coals just
before grilling patties. Place patties
on grid directly over basil sprigs.
Grill, uncovered, 13 to 15 minutes
to medium (160F) doneness, until
not pink in center and juices show
no pink color, turning occasionally.
About 2 minutes before burgers are
done, place rolls, cut sides down,
around outer edge of grid. Grill
until lightly toasted. During the last
minute of grilling, top each burger
with cheese slice.
4. Spread pesto mayonnaise
evenly over cut sides of rolls. Line
bottom of each roll with lettuce
leaf; top with burger, tomato slice,


onion rings and basil sprig. Close
sandwiches.
Makes 4 servings
Cook's Tip: To make soft bread
crumbs, place torn bread in food
processor or blender container.
Cover; pulse on and off to form
fine crumbs. Regular white bread
can be substituted.
Portobello Burgers
Total preparation and cooking
time: 55 to 60 minutes
1-1/2 pounds ground beef
/4cup finely chopped shallots
3 tablespoons Sutter Home
Zinfandel, or other dry red wine
2 teaspoons ground cumin
/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
4 pieces focaccia bread, about
4 inches wide, cut in half
horizontally or 4 onion rolls, split
16 arugula leaves
/2 cup crumbled goat cheese
Sun-Dried Tomato Mayonnaise:
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup chopped oil-packed sun-
dried tomatoes
Seasoning:


1 tbsp. chopped fresh thyme
S2 tsp. chopped fresh oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
Marinated Portobellos:
/4 cup Sutter Home Zinfandel, or.
other dry red wine
2 tablespoons olive oil*
1 tsp. freshly grated lemon peel
4 large (about 3-inch diameter)
portobello mushrooms, stems
removed
1. Combine sun-dried tomato
mayonnaise ingredients in small
bowl. Cover and refrigerate.
2.Combine seasoning ingredients
in small bowl. Set aside.
3.Prepare portobello mushrooms.
Whisk wine, oil, lemon peel and 1
tablespoon of seasoning mixture in
small bowl until blended. Place
mushrooms in glass dish. Pour
marinade over mushrooms; turn
mushrooms to coat. Setaside.
4. Combine ground beef,
shallots, wine, cumin, red pepper
and remaining seasoning mixture in
large bowl, mixing lightly but


thoroughly. Lightly shape into four
3/4-inch thick patties.
5. Remove mushrooms from
marinade; reserve marinade. Place
mushrooms on grid over medium,
ash-covered coals. Grill,
uncovered, 16 to 18 minutes or
until tender, turning once and
brushing with reserved marinade.
About 10 minutes before
mushrooms are done, move
mushrooms to outer edge of grid.
Place patties in center of grid; grill
13 to 15 minutes to medium
(1600F) doneness, until not pink in
center and juices show no pink
color, turning occasionally.
Remove; keep warm.
6. Place bread, cut sides down,
on grid. Grill until lightly toasted,
about 2 minutes.
7. Spread sun-dried tomato
mayonnaise over cut sides of bread.
Line each bottom bread piece with
4 arugula leaves; top with burger,
mushroom and 2 tablespoons goat
cheese. Close sandwiches.
Makes 4 servings


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Essence's "Party with a Purpose"


Finalizes Festival/Seminar Lineup


(L-R) Dr. Cornel West, Aretha Franklin, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson,
comedian Mo'Nique, Dr. Dennis Kimbro, Kem and lyanla Vanzant,
(bottom) Bobby Blue Bland and Alicia Keyes are just a taste of the


The Essence Festival, has fi-
nalized the schedule for the .Em-
powerment Seminar Series and con-
certs for the three day event. The
popular Empowerment Seminars
will feature a phenomenal lineup of
renowned speakers, authors and
national leaders, at the Ernest N.
Morial Convention Center, and is
the perfect daytime complement to
the Festival's evening concerts at
the Louisiana Superdome.
Friday, July 1
"Embracing Our Brothers," will
be hosted by nationally renowned
playwright David Talbert with key-
note address from Bishop Noel
Jones, pastor of the City of Refuge
Church in Gardena, CA
Author and activist Kevin Powell
will address "The State of Black
Men in America"
"Black Men Speak Their Hearts,"
includes panelists Reverend Conrad
Tillard; interim pastor of the Eliot
Congregational Church of Roxbury
in Boston; Dr. Carl Bell, author,
president and CEO of Community
Mental Health Council and Founda-
tion; actor and choreographer Dar-
rin Henson; and radio personality
Guy Black will serve as moderator
Dr. Cornel West, Princeton profes-
sor, theologian, activist and author
will deliver a keynote address
David Talbert will present an
original play that will highlight
Essence's year-long Take Back the
Music Campaign, featuring actress
Lyn Talbert and actors Mel Jack-
son, Chico Benymon, and Buddy
Lewis. Introduction by Michaela
Angela Davis, Essence executive
fashion and beauty editor and a
Take Back the Music committee
member.
Musical performance by Gospel
artist Micah Stampley.
CONCERTS
Main Stage: Aretha Franklin,
Alicia Keys, John Legend, Ruben
Stoddard, Super lounges: The
Roots, Doug E. Fresh & Slick Rick,
Bobby Blue Bland, Vivian Green,
Lyfe.
Saturday, July 2
"Celebrating Ourselves: Love,


Money and Community," hosted
by minister and author Reverend
Marcia L. Dyson
A fitness workout with actress,
and lifestyle adjustment coach A.J.
Johnson of the AJ Zone.
"Building Wealth" Introduction
by author Dr. Dennis Kimbro, pan-
elists include: entrepreneur who
became a millionaire by the age of
15, Farrah Gray; financial counselor
Glinda Brigforth; Essence senior
writer Audrey Edwards; and Es-
sence finance and careers editor
Lena Sherrod will serve as the mod-
erator.
Musical performance by mother-
and-daughter gospel duo Karen
Clark Sheard and Kierra "Kiki"
Sheard
"Reflections" Novelist Bebe
Moore Campbell reflects on life and
love
"Women in Love and Empow-
ered," the Festival's most popular
seminar will examine relationships
with significant others and will fea-
ture; comedienne Mo'Nique; author
Dr. Julia Hare; author and Professor
of American Studies at the Univer-
sity of California, Santa Cruz, ADr.
Tricia Rose; hip-hop artist Mia X;
Essence contributing writer, Kristal
Brent Zook; boxing champion Laila
Ali; and author and public relations
expert Terrie Williams will serve as
moderator.
lyanla Vanzant will deliver an
inspirational message.
CONCERTS
Main Stage: Destiny's Child,
Kanye West, Teena Marie, Fanta-
sia, Super lounges: Floetry, Mint
Condition, Jeffrey Osbourne, The
Spirit Music Jamia with Me'shell
Ndegeocello, Gordon Chambers.

Sunday, July 3
"Spirit on High," hosted by
Reverend Andriette Earl
Elder Debra Morton, co-pastor of
the Greater St. Stephen Full Gospel
Baptist Church in New Orleans and
the Greater St. Stephen Choir will
offer worship service.
Inspirational message from Pas-
tor Paula White, co-pastor of With-
out Walls International Church
Musical performance by Gospel
sensation Kim Burrell
Earvin "Magic" Johnson will
offer a testimonial


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Keynote address from Michael
Eric Dyson, minister, author and
commentator
CONCERTS
Main Stage: Maze featuring
Frankie Beverly, Lionel Richie,
Black Eyed Peas, Mo'Nique, Kem,
Super lounges: Carl Thomas, Re-
gina Belle, Terence Blanchard,
Talib Kweli, The Wailers.
The Convention Center is also
home to the Essence Market Place,
which presents artists from around
the country displaying an array of
arts and crafts reflecting Black cul-
ture. There will also be city's fa-
mous cuisine, along with sponsor
activities, festival souvenirs and a
book fair with author signing.
The Essence Music Festival,
known as "the party with a pur-
pose," is the nation's largest annual
African-American event and gather-
ing of musical talent in the world.


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Lady"at Music Fest Finale Concert


The critically-acclaimed Ritz
Chamber Players will pay tribute to
environmentalist MaVynee Betsch,
the outspoken advocate of histori-
cally-Black American Beach, Florida
on Amelia Island.
The double-date concert will help
mark the 70th birthday of Betsch and
her life's work. The conservatory-
trained opera singer-turned-
environmentalist has spent most of
her life fighting to preserve the sea-
side resort, that was home to descen-
dants of slaves before becoming an
enclave for Southern blacks during


Jim Crow segregation. The beach,
co-founded in the 1930s by her great
grandfather, Abraham Lincoln
Lewis, also turned age 70 this year.
"This tribute is fitting and long
overdue for a woman who has
'walked her talk,'" said Ritz Chamber
Players' artistic director Terrance
Patterson. "That MaVynee is herself
a product of the classical music stage
will make these two performances
that even more special and historic."
The first performance that will
feature the musical tribute to Betsch
will be Thursday, June 2nd at 7:30


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Church, 2600 Atlantic Avenue,A in
Fernandina Beach as part of the
Amelia Island Chamber Music Festi-
val.
The second performance is the
Ritz Chamber Players' Season Finale
concert Friday, June 3, 2005 at 8:00
p.m. at the Times-Union Center for
the Performing Arts' Terry Theater,
300 West Water Street in downtown
Jacksonville.
The composition dedicated to
Betsch will be a song cycle by the
late William Grant Still (1895-1978)
entitled "From the Hearts of
Women." Like Betsch herself, the
Mississippi-born Still, long-
considered "the dean of African
American Composers," is an alum-
nus of Oberlin Conservatory of Mu-
sic in Ohio. After Oberlin, Betsch
left the United States to tour Europe,
singing primarily in Germany before
returning to the First Coast in the
1970s due to her health.
Her environmental advocacy and
life have been in part the subject of
books and films, including a PBS
documentary and a feature-length
motion picture, starring Oscar-
nominee Angela Bassett, loosely
based on the history of the beach.
Joining the Ritz Chamber Players
on stage for both concerts will be
musicians from the Amelia Island
Chamber Music Festival. The joint
performances will mark the first col-
laboration between the
"neighboring" musicians.
For more information, log on to
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Assatta Shakur
Continued from page 3
within hours of getting reliable
information about Shakur's where-
abouts.
"Some bounty hunter in Florida
said he plans to try and capture
Shakur;" wrote Ms. Weathersbee.
"I hope he fails. I hope he fails, not
only because I believe that Shakur
was wrongly convicted, but be-
cause I believe it is the height of
hypocrisy for the Bush administra-
tion to put her on the same terrorist
watchlist as Osama bin Laden."
"It is also hypocritical because,
right here in the United States, we
are harboring a number of fugitives
and murderers from other coun-
tries. And it's sheer political lunacy
to compare Shakur to bin Laden;
she hasn't killed 3,000 people, nor
does she have the capability of car-
rying out terrorist attacks against
the United States."
After Shakur's conviction, she
was sentenced to life plus 30 years.
She spent six-and-a-half years in
prison, two of those in solitary con-
finement. During that time, she
gave birth to her daughter Kakuya.
In 1979 she escaped with assis-
tance from her comrades.There was
a nationwide search for her. In
1984, she went to Cuba and was
united with her daughter.
What is it like to live in exile?
What is it like to be away from
family and friends?
"Living in exile is hard. I miss
my family and friends. I miss the
culture, the music, how people talk
and their creativity. I miss the look
of recognition Black women give
each other, the understanding we
express without saying a word,"
she shared.
''I adjusted by learning to under-.
stand:what was going on jn the
world. The'Cubans helped me to
adjust. I learned joys in life by
learning other cultures. It was a.
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Sports Gets

First Black


The Kuumba African Cultural
Arts and Music Fest has grown
from a crowd of 2,000 well wishers
in 1988 to as many as 20,000 in
1997, and is still growing. It has
expanded from a two-day weekend
festival to a series of pre-festival
activities with educational work-
shops and creative performances
spread throughout the course of
several months prior to this most
memorable main event.
The Kuumba Festival was
introduced to the community by
The Carter G. Woodson Committee
for Positive Education of Jackson-
ville, Inc. Kuumba celebrates
creativity, pride, tradition and
culture of the African American
experience. During the past 16


schools, libraries, churches and
businesses are being formed to
present culture and heritage in the
best possible light.
See the art, feel the rhythm and
experience the culture in Jackson-
ville, Florida. This year's special
guest will be Obba Babatunde,
one of Hollywood's busiest actors
who has starred in such hits as
"John Q", "Philadelphia", "That
Thing You Do," "The Tempta-
tions", "Miss Evers Boys",
"Introducing Dorothy Dandridge",
to name a' few. He will also
conduct a workshop on Saturday.

Friday, May 27th
The 2nd Annual Kuumba Fest
UMOJA Banquet will be held at


Fem ale Owner. years, we have moved the festival 7:30 p.m. at the Northside
Former television executive around different areas to promote Conference Center &Banquet Hall,
ore eleision beectve that sense of tradition and 5045 Soutel Drive, Suite 25, in the
Sheila Johnson became the-
s first black femae community. Shops of Sherwood. *
WNBAs first black femalSince 2003, the Jacksonville You are invited to enjoy enter-
this week when she joined a group Transportation Authority and the tainment and a special presentation
that purchased the Washington cultural Council f Greater to The Lost Boys of The Sudan.
,Mystics. Jacksonville has provided bus For reservations and ticket informa-
Johnson, co-founder of Black transportation from all areas of the tion, please call (904) 353-2270, or
paErt-ainhent Television, Hole a city, just Get On The Bus! visit: juumbafestival.org.
part-owner of Lincoln Holdings .., -oth
LLCrt owhihprchasdc h M tics The festival has hosted lecturers Saturday, May 28th
LLC, which purchased the Mystics and performers from various parts The Kuumba Festival will kick
from Abe Pollin's Washington offat am. on Saturday, wh the
Sports & Entertainment. Lincoln' of the globe. They include West. off at 10 am. on Saturday, with the
Holdings, founded bAOL execu- and Northeast Africa, The traditional "African Kings and
Holdings founded by AOL execu- Caribbean, Canada, and from many Queens" Parade. The acclaimed
tive Ted Leonsis, owns the NHL's '
Wastive Td on pits, ns athe NH's other cities across the U.S. designer, Padrica Mendez designs
Washington Capitals and is a Kuumba is a celebration that the garments. The parade will begin
percent partner in the NBA's Wash- 'd em ands i i
Sars an MC C t r, demands dialogue between people.. at Northwester Middle Schooland
ington Wizards and MCI Center It fosters an in-depth understanding proceed to Moncreif Road. The
which Pollin also owns of and an appreciation for diversity parade will also feature floats,
The Mystics saidJohnson is be- U r r.< j'*.
The Mystics said Johnson is be- And, at days end it should cause a dancers, drummers, stilt walkers
lived to be the first black woman Anheuser-Busch
tov be a parwner of threes profes- "new found" respect for .the rich and the famous Anheuser-Busch
to be a part-owner of three profes- heritage and culture of the African Clydesdale Horses, and much
sional sports franchises. Johnson's American community.
stake in Lincoln Holdings is be- Am erican community. more.
ln H in s b- The Kuumba and Woodson The Opening Ceremony will
tween 5 and 1J percent. w Committee outlook for the future is' include the Le Ballet Ivoire
Leonsis said Johnson will hold
thetitles'of president and manaing to promote year round activities. Spectacle, Kribu/Prayer, Tamshi
the titles fpesidntand maThe Kuumba Youth Link Project La Tambiko, and close with the
partner of m the M and ill rep- is an after school cultural arts singing of the Negro National
resent the team at the board of gov-
resent te demand tutoring program. The latest Anthem, "Lift Every Voice and
emors meetings. project is the Eastside Theatre Sing.'
The purchase price for Pollin's Production Company: It is a An introduction of the Royal
share of the Mystics was about $5.5 theater arts company organized to Court of African Kings and Queens
million, which would put the fran- help develop young artist and other will follow.
chise's worth atabout $10 million. aspiring theatrical, performers. A Salute to Rosa Parks and the
Her former husband, Robert L. Throughout the year workshops men, women and children who
Johnson, who co-founded BET and special artistic performances stood for unity, "The Montgomery
with Johnson, is the power of the are presented. Partnerships with Bus Boycott 50th Year Obser-
Charlotte Bobcats of the NBA
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Acclaimed designer Padrica Mendez, far left; and Kuumba
Festival organizer Shadidi Amma, far right; are pictured with
African Kings and Queens a few years ago.


vance." There will be, a dramatic
presentation with special guest,
Brother Obba Babatunde. Alvin O.
Mitchell, Director; Crystal Paris, is
the Contributing Writer.
First Coast News' Ken Amaro
and DJ Will will host a Youth
Rally beginning at 12:30 p.m. The
ETHIO Girls, Glordnda Johnson,
on piano, Jakila Perkins & Co.,
Raw' Talent, YUP/DWI (3P
Entertainment), LMP Praise Rap;
God's Little Pearls Inc., Abyssinia
Dancers, Cultural Moves, 101, will
perform. There will also be
moti national speakers and Give-a-
ways.
Entertainment begins at 2:45
p.m. with Lady G, Shafuta, Monica'
"Mona" Daye, Recorded Music, the
'Song of Life' Ensemble featuring
Bilal Sunni-Ali, Larry, Mona Daye,


and recorded music.
Workshops
Relationships: at 1 p.m. with
Oba Babatunde.
African Dance & Drumming Le
Ballet Ivoire Spectacle at 2 p.m.
Bow Making with William
Clifford at 3:30 p.m.
Community Forum with, the
Leadership Committee, at 4 p.m,
Sunday, May 29th
A workshop, 2 p.m.: Holistic
Yogah and Meditation: The'
Breakthrough Paradigm of High-
er Consciousness, w: ill be|
facilitated by Yogi Ron Adams..
92.5 will present a Gospel
Showcase at 3 p.m. with Patrick
Robinson (Babyboyy Production),
Gloronda Johnson and Abyssinia
GSP Mime.
Closing ceremonies will follow. '


11th Annual Kuumba Festival


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JAYZ, SMITH, MOTTOLA INVEST IN
BEAUTY LINE: Artists pool $10 million to fund
Carol's Daughter cosmetics.
With just $100 to her name and the *J.
simple dream of getting out of debt and "
bankruptcy, Lisa Price left her 9 to 5 ..
job and founded her own cosmetics '
company entitled Carol's Daughter, an
all-natural line of bath and beauty prod-
ucts that would soon see profits of $2
million and make loyal customers 4 -
out of Halle Berry, Jada Pinkett-Smith
and David Sanborn, among others.
Last week, an announcement was made that investors
including Pinkett-Smith and her husband Will Smith,
Jay-Z, Interscope Chairman Jimmy lovine, investor An-
drew Farkas, music mogul Steve Stoute, and Sony's
Tommy Mottola, will pool $10 million for investment in
the company.
The investment will fund a Carol's Daughter flagship
store in Harlem, due to open in the fall, as well as nine
more stores in cities such as Atlanta, Philadelphia and
Baltimore.
Pinkett-Smith, a fan of the brand's Mango Body But-
ter and Lisa's Hair Elixir, will become the face of the
company in an upcoming advertising campaign.
Price's story, which began in her Bedford-Stuyvesant
kitchen where she mixed the formulas for the line, is
chronicled in her 2004 memoir, "Success Never Smelled
So Sweet: How I Followed My Nose and Found My
Passion."
OSCAR BROWN, JR. HOSPITALIZED:
Legendary singer/songwriter/playwright
in stable condition in Chicago.
SAcclaimed entertainer Oscar Brown, Jr.
is in Intensive Care at St. Joseph Hospital
in Chicago. The 78-year-old cultural icon
was admitted to the facility in severe pain
and has reportedly suffered paralysis to both of his legs,
according to industry attorney Jon Waxman.
Brown underwent successful 14-hour emergency
surgery on Monday to stop the spread of an infection in
his lower spine. As of press time, he was in stable con-
dition, but his prognosis is uncertain.
The legendary playwright/singer/songwriter and civil
rights activist is noted for such classic compositions as
"The Snake," "Signifyin' Monkey" and his lyrics for
Miles Davis' "All Blues," BobbyTimmons' "'Dat 'Dere"'
and Nat Adderley's "Work Song."
The Brown family requests prayers from his global
family at this time. To send any personal messages to
Mr. Brown, pleasevisit his websitee at, http://
www.oscarbrownjr.com. .
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Gate City Pl

TO Host I
JACKSONVILLE The Gate City
Players Duplicate Bridge Club,
Mrs. Marion Gregory, president;
will host a "Grade A" Bridge
Tournament at the Clarion Airport
Hotel, the weekend of May 27t to
May 29, 2005. Mmes. Demetral
Webster and Doris Swinton, are the
tournament cho-chairs.
The Gate City Club is a member
of the American Bridge Associ-
ation Inc. (ABA), which is
headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.
The national president, is Richard
Bowling of Greensboro, NC; the
Southern Section President is Dr.
Gwen Middlebrooks of Atlanta.' .
This event is one of many such.
tournaments which take place
nationwide at local levels, drawing
participants from within the Section
and the Nation. Jacksonville
visitors will include players from
other Florida locations, Georgia,
North and South Carolina, Tenncs-'
see, Alabama and the Grand
Bahamas. Winners will not only
garner bridge points, but trophies
and other awards will be awarded.
The tournament director will be
Andrew Echols of Macon, Georgia.


two parties in 2003 for a P. Diddy Lincoln Navigator,
but the deal fell through over money issues, according
to Ford. Diddy recently introduced "Sean John Wheels,"
his own line of rim designs.
Mariah Carey has been added to the lineup of the
2005 MTV Movie Awards, set to air on
June 9 on the music channel. Rapper
Fat Joe and Nicole Richie will serve as
co-hosts of the network's pre show ac-
tivities.
Earvin "Magic" Johnson will soon
own a piece of the New York skyline, ac-
cording to reports of the business mogul
joining a group positioned to buy the Wil-
liamsburg Savings Bank building the tall-
est structure in Brooklyp. The 75-year-old
landmark is to be purchased for $600 mil-
lion by Canyon-Johnson Urban Fund, where Magic is a
partner, and the Manhattan-based Dermot Co. The
group plans on renovating the34-story building into
about 200 luxury condos with high-end retail stores on
the ground level, reports the New York Post.
The release date for Stevie Wonder's forthcoming
album "A Time To Love" has been
pushed back from June 14 to a date to be
determined. No reason was given for the
move. The set's first single "So What the
Fuss," featuring Prince on guitar and En
SVogue providing background vocals, has
--- registered the highest number of debut
spins in the history of the Billboard Adult R&B chart,
debuting at #13 in its first week of release.
REUUUUUBEN READIES NEW CD' Idol' winner
currently recording new album in Atlanta.
We have Gladys Knight to thank for the title
of Reuben Studdard's forthcoming album,
"The Return of the Velvet Teddy Bear,"
scheduled to drop sometime this fall. Knight,
as a guest judge on the popular Fox talent
show, uttered the phrase in her glowing review of Stud-
dard'sperformance en route to his 2003 win over Clay
Aiken. The Alabama native is currently in an Atlanta
studio working on the project his third for J Records -
with a number of hot producers.
BABYFACE RETURNS ALL 'GROWN & SEXY':
Singer's new set drops July 26
He may still go by the name Babyface, but everything
else about the talented singer/producer, in-
~ c luding the title of his forthcoming album, is
definitely "Grown & Sexy." His ninth al-
bum, on July 26.
Preceding the release will be its first sin-
-gle, "Sorry For the Stupid Things," which
hits Urban and Urban AC radio formats on May 23.
Also in advance of the album's release will be a live
one-hour performance special with an airdate to be an-
nounced soon. The CD was recorded at Brandon's Way
Recording in Los Angeles.


ayers Duplicate Bridge Club

ABA Bridge Tournament
The "Grade A" is the tional tournaments, respectively]
organization's third highest ranking Interested persons may
duplicate bridge tournament, and is (904) 744-0567 for information
preceded by Sectional and Na-


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FAMILY PRACTICE


Dr. Reginald
Sykes
welcomes
Dr. Tonya
Hollinger
to the
practice.


The Bobby Jones International
Gospel Industry Retreat will con-
vene June 12-14 (for the first time
in beautiful Ft. Lauderdale), Flor-
ida at the Broward Center for the
Performing Arts. The Hyatt Re-


from all facets of the gospel music
industry. Leaders of the Gospel
Music Industry will prepare an
agenda to foster the growth of Gos-
pel Music. The entire event is taped
for viewing on The Word Televi-
sion Network.
The Sheridan Gospel Broadcast-
ing Network will return as the mar-
quee sponsor of this great event
and will broadcast live to its many
affiliates, daily.
The information stations will
include: The Gospel Recording
Executives, Attorneys Specializing
in Gospel Music, National Re-
cording Artist, New Artist, Chris-
tian Mime', Christian Comedians,


Christian Instrumentalist.
* The return of the new artist
showcases and the presentation of
today's leading recording artist will
be the focus of the musical presen-
tations. The youth day will be high-
lighted with the students from the
state of Florida's High School for
the Performing Arts and Hip-Hop
Gospel presentations. Sunday's
kickoff will also include top lead-
ers from the state of Florida along
with local city officials.
This three-day Industry affair is
a must for any Christian and Gos-
pel Music supporter in the world.
For more information, visit
www.bobbvjonesgospel.com.


Epps Tapped to Play Legendary Comic

Richard Pryor in Upcoming Biopic


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Funnyman Richard handpicked comedian Mike Epps to portray him in his


He burst on the scene and made
audiences laugh in Ice Cube's Fri-
day movies, now comedian Mike
Epps will tackle the role of a life-
time depicting Richard Pryor.
Epps has just been cast to play
the legendary comic in a feature
film on the comedian's life. Execu-
tive-produced by Pryor and his
wife Jennifer Lee Pryor via their
Indigo Productions banner, the film
will follow Pryor's early childhood
growing up in a whorehouse, his
journey from standup comic to
Hollywood stardom, and the crack-
cocaine road blocks that nearly
took his life along the way.
Epps looks upon the role as a
spiritual undertaking, much like
Jamie Foxx's portrayal of Ray
Charles in Universal's "Ray."
"That [portrayal] was something
sent from somewhere else because
Jamie had been kicking it with Ray,
and hanging with him, and playing
the piano. And then Ray passed and
then Jamie went on to do the
movie. But Richard Pryor is a
fighter, he'll be here for the next 20
years. When I go see him, he looks
at me like, 'Man, I ain't going no-
where. I'm coming to see the
movie and it better be right.'"
Jennifer Lee Pryor first met Epps
when he turned down the role of
Richard Pryor in a planned Show-
time biopic entitled "Pryor Of-
fenses." The script in Epps' opin-
ion was corny. After meeting
face to face with the comedian to
inquire about his arrogance in de-


lining the role, Mrs. Pryor was
impressed with Epps explanation
and respect for her husband a
reverence that saw right through
Showtime's inadequate script. Mrs.
Pryor remembered him when it was
time to cast their new biopic and
invited the comedian to their house
to meet the master.
When Epps got the call that he
was cast in the film, the actor said
he suffered severe anxiety.
Walter Hill, who directed Pryor
in "Brewster's Millions," will helm
the new biopic, which will also
encompass the Illinois-born come-
dian's spiritual journey to Africa
and his 1986 Multiple Sclerosis
diagnosis. On paper, it seems as if
Epps was born to play Richard
Pryor.
"I used to be a crackhead," he
said, in all seriousness. "I smoked
some crack, I don't know my
daddy that good. I'm from the Mid-
west, I got nine brothers and one
sister and we all got different dad-
dies. My mama had us living in a
one bedroom apartment seven
kids with hoes and dope dealers
outside. I went through some tor-
ture, you know what I'm saying?
So it was like I understood him. I
wasn't looking from the outside on
his life like, 'Gee, I would love to
play those experiences.' It was
more like, 'Man, I been through
some of that.'
Ice Cube was really feeling
Epps' sense of humor years ago
when he caught the comedian's set


at the Comedy Store in Los Ange-
les and cast him in .the comedy
"Next Friday." He went on to star
in "3 Strikes," "Bait" with Jamie
Foxx for director Antoine Fuqua,
steadily building a presence in Hol-
lywood, while continuing to kill on
the comedy circuit.
His next two projects before the
Pryor jackpot are "Roll Bounce,".
which stars Bow .Wo.w in a com-
ing-of-age comedy set in the world
of 1970s roller-skate jams, and
"42.4 Percent," about a profes-
sional black woman who starts
dating a white working-class man
in her determination to get married.
But in the meantime, there's
"The Honeymooners," due in thea-
ters June 10 with Ced the Enter-
tainer in the Ralph Kramden role
made iconic by Jackie Gleason in
the original 50s TV se-
ries. Younger audiences won't
have Gleason's co-star Art Carney
in their brains doing battle with
Epps' take on Ed Norton, but it's
those very people who the come-
dian is hoping to lure into theaters.
"This was a white sitcom that
they now want two brothers to re-
make in a movie style," Epps said,
reflecting on being pitched to make
the film. "I said, 'Well, I'm already
black, I can do my version of it, all
due respect to Art Carney. His was
hilarious. When I watched it man,
it cracked me up. It's PG-13, so
babies and grandmas, grand-
daddies, uncles and aunties an' all
them gotta' come see it."


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Sr. _., What .to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
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Ribault Club Seeks
Volunteer Greeters
The grand historic Ribault Club
located at Fort George Island
Cultural State Park is in need of
courteous people with out going
personalities, who enjoy working
with the public, and have an
interest in history and cultural
resources. Training will be
provided to help volunteers
interpret them Club's rich cultural
past. The park.requests a minimum
commitment of 16 hours per
month. Please contact the Talbot
Islands State Parks Volunteer
Coordinator 251-2320 for more
information.

Jax Community Invited
to Participate in 10th
Anniversary Of Million
Man Marc
Now is the time to start making
your plans to be a part of the 10t
Anniversary of the historic event of
the century the Million Man March.
From Unity To Loyalty Inc. invites
all adults and children, families,
single or married, organizations,
clubs,; : groups, sororities,
fraternities, churches, mosques,
temples, to attend the march inn
Washington, D.C. The date of the
history making event is October
17, 2005. For more information
contact Andr'e X Neal or James
Evans Muhammad at (904) 768-
2778 or (904)768-3332.


Florida Folk Festival
The Florida Folk Festival
offers something for everyone, with
activities ranging from ghost stories
and ancient Laotian hymns to a
demonstration of primitive tool use
by U.S.D.A. Forestry Service
employees. The festival will be
held on May -27-29, 2005 at
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center
State Park (near intersections of I-
10 and I -75). More than 300
performers will be present,
including musicians, dancers,
storytellers, crafters and vendors
selling traditional and ethnic food.
For more information, please call
1-877-6FL-FOLK.


NCCJ Humanitarian
Awards Dinner
NCCJ will have their annual
Humanitarian Awards Dinner on
Thursday, May, 26 2005. The 6:45
p.m. dinner will be preceded by a
6:00 p.m. reception. This year
honorees are Dr. Guy Benrubi,
Toni Crawford, Ronnie Ferguson
and the late Tillie Fowler who will
be lauded for their community
service and receive the
organization's Silver Medallion
Award. For more information about
the dinner or for tickets, call 306-
6225.
Comedy in Da
Basement
No Joke Entertainment presents
Comedy in Da Basement stand up
comedy featuring national
-comedians from Comedy Central,
BET's Comic View, Apollo & Def
Jam. The next event will be on
May 26, 2005 from 9:30 p.m.-
11:00 p.m. at ImprovJacksonville
Comedy Theatre, 140 W. Monroe
St. For more information, please
call 765-8880 or 399-4550.
Stanton Class
Of 45' Reunion
All members of the Stanton
High School Class of 1945 are
urged to participate in their
upcoming celebration on May 26-
29, 2005. Class members are urged
and invited to participate in
planning meetings and all ideas ano
suggestions are welcome. For more
information about planning
meetings and activities, call
Dorothy Lucas at 764-1649 or
George Bustamante at 751-2229.
Jax Short
Film Screening
Fresh Ministries and NCCJ
invite the Jacksonville community
for a short film screening. The film
is "Bridges of Peace" which
premiered during Super Bowl.
Week that recognizes the
Jacksonville community's unity
through appreciation of our
diversity. The screening and
reception will be held at 6:00 p.m.
on Thursday, June 2, 2005 at
Henrietta's at 91h and Main. For
more information, email
nccj22@bellsouth.net.


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Bride Tournament
The Gate City Players
Duplicate Bridge Club will host a
Grade "A" bridge tournament at the
Clarion Airport Hotel from May 27
29, 2005. The Club is a member
of the American Bridge
Association, Inc. Winners will not
only garner bridge points, but
trophies and other awards will be
given.
Spring Music Festival
The City of Jacksonville will
present their annual Spring Music
Festival on Saturday, May 28,
2005 at Metropolitan Park. This
year's Memorial Day Weekend free
concert will feature the Godfather
of Soul James Brown and Macy
Gray. For more information, please
call 630-3690.
Kuumba Festival
The 181' Kuumba Cultural
Arts Festival will be held on
Saturday, May 28, 2005 frdm
10:00 a.m. 8:00 p.m. The Festival
will be held in the Clanzel T.
Brown Park.. Food, Arts, Poetry,
Drama, Dance, Educational
Workshops, Community Forum for
more unity and fun with
excitement! Kickoff your Saturday
morning at the 10:00 a.m. with the
parade.
"Beach Lady" Tribute
MaVynee Betsch,
affectionately known as "The
Beach Lady" will be honored by
the Ritz Chamber Players on
Friday, June 3, 2005 with an 8:00
p.m. concert at the Times-Union
Center for the Performing Arts
Terry Theater, and at the Amelia
Island Chamber Music Festival,
Thursday, June 2, 2005 in
Fernandina Beach. The double date
concert will help mark the 70th
birthday of Betsch and her life's
work. The coinposition dedicated
to Betsch will be a song cycle by
the late William Grant Still entitled
"From the Hearts of Women." For
more information, please call 387-
8660.
An Elegant
Evening of Jazz
On June 3, 2005 from 6:30
p.m. to 10:30 p.m., enjoy an
evening of jazz. The James Weldon
Johnson Arts & Culture Festival
featuring international jazz artist
Alice Day will have a Gala
Reception starting at 6:30 p.m.
followed by a concert at 8:00 p.m.
Festivities will be held at the Modis
Bldg., 2nd Floor, Independent Dr.
For more info, please call 353-
7350.


Alphabet Affair
Everyone is invited to attend the
First Annual Alphabet Affair on
Friday, June 3, 2005. Join Learn to
Read as they travel through the
letters of the alphabet celebrating
literacy. This will be the first of
many Friday events. Beginning
with the letter "A', affairs will be
started with an Aloha Luau. For
more information, please call 399-
8894,ext 12.
"Designing a Florida
Friendly Landscape"
The Duval County Extension
Office located at 1010 N. McDuff
Ave., will have a class on
"Designing a Florida Friendly
Landscape" on June 2, 2005 from
10:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m. Participants
will learn landscape design with
hands-on activities. See how a rain
garden design fits into your plan
with native and drought tolerant
plants. There will also be
demonstrations on water-saving
methods for your shrubs and
ornamentals. Refreshments and
door prizes included. For more
information oc" to register, please
call 387-8850.
PRIDE Book
Club Meeting
PRIDE Book Club will hold
their next meeting on Saturday
June 4, 2005 from 2:00-4:30 p.m.
at the home of Rena Smith in
Middleburg. The book for
discussion is Hard Left: Straight
Talk About the Wrongs of the
Right by Tavis Smiley. For more
information or driving directions
call 291- 4931 or 630-2940. The
next meeting will be held on July 8,
2005. The book for discussion will
be PIANA by Lemuel Mayhem.

From Be-Bop
to Hip-Hop
On Saturday, June 4, 2005
there will be a musical benefit for
the Rhoda L. Martin Cultural
Heritage Center entitled The
Journey: From Be-Bop to Hip-Hop.
Get ready to take an incredible
musical journey you'll never
forget. A stellar cast of
Jacksonville's most talented
entertainers will have you dancing
in the aisles. The play is an
amazing musical adventure that
brings the history of the African
American musical experience alive.
The VIP reception begins at 6:00
p.m. and the production will begin
at 8:00 p.m. at the Nathan H.
Wilson Center for the Performing
Arts at FCCJ South Campus.


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Revive Your
Home Luncheon
There will be a luncheon at the
Ramada Inn Mandarin, 3130
Hartley Rd. on Tuesday, June 7,
2005 from 12:00 p.m. 1:30 p.m.
on the topic of "Revive Your Home
With What You Own." Participants
will learn how to create innovations
for a fresh new look with home
decorator Trish McCrary. Free
child care is available with a
reservation. The event is sponsored
by the Mandarin Christian
Women's Club and is open to the
public. For more information,
please call 230-3355 or Mary at
880-2792.
How to Grow Peppers
On Wednesday, June 8, 2005
from 10:00 a.m.-ll:30 a.m., there
will be a workshop on "All About
Peppers". The two hour workshop
will teach you all there is to know
about peppers and will conclude
with a tour of the demonstration
vegetable garden. The program will
be held at the Urban Gardening
Field Office, 1007 Superior St.
Please call 387-8850 to register.
Career/Education Fair
There will be a Career &
Educational Fair on June 8th and
9th from 10:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m.
daily. The event is free and open to
the public. The two day event will
bring together career oriented
professionals and companies
looking to employ them. The Fair
will be held at the Holiday Inn at
Baymeadows. Parking is free. For
more information, please call 1-
866-294-8977 ext. 801.
Parent Child/Plant
Growing Class
On Wednesday, June 15, 2005
from 10:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m., a
parent/child hands-on workshop
will be held at the Urban Gardening
Field Office, 1007 Superior St.
Participants will make their own
coni iner to 'start Vegetable
seedlings. Take time to' tour the
demonstration garden and show
your child where vegetables really
come from! Please call 387-8850 to
register.

Savannah State
Alumni Meeting
Savannah State University
Alumni Association will hold their
monthly meeting on Thursday,
June 22, 2005 from 6:00 p.m.-7:45
p.m. at the Walker Law Offices,
625 Union St. For more
information, please call Tourea
Robinson at 632-3239.
Gallery Talk
Gallery Talk will present Living
with Your Collection on June 23,
2005 from,6:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m.
Join interior designer Jacqueline
Williams, ASID and museum
curator Lydia Stewart for a peek
inside the homes, interiors, and
corporate collections of some of
Jacksonville's most inventive art
patrons. Explore ways to showcase
your art at home or at work.
Admission is free. The forum will
be held at the Ritz Theatre &
LaVilla Museum, 829 N. Davis St.
For more information, please call
632-5555.


Juneteenth Celebration
Join the Chamber at Celeb's
Corner, 736 A. Phillip Randolph
Blvd. on June 17, 2005 from 6:00
p.m. 10:00 p.m. for a celebration
of fellowship and remembrance
with community business partners
for the annual Juneteenth
Celebration.
Delta Sigma Theta
25th Anniversary
Delta Sigma Theta Omnicron
Beta Chapter will celebrate its 25'h
Anniversary during the weekend of
June 18, 2005. The weekend will
begin with a morning public
service from 8:00 a.m. -10:00 a.m.
beginning in front of Andrew
Jackson High School. A picnic will
convene at Metropolitan Park. The
sisters will worship together at

Bethel Baptist Institutional Church.
For more information, please call
Yvonne Mitchell at 994-5145.
Children's One
Day Art Class
Through Our Eyes artists
Daniel Wynn, Marsha Hatcher,
Glendia Cooper and Laurence
Walden share their creative
techniques with kids of all ages in a
class titled, "I Can Do That! The
class will be held on June 25, 2005
from 10:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m.
Children's Hand-on art
exploration". Participants will get
to try their hand at a variety of
different media including painting,
collage, clay and mixed media.
Workshop for children 7+.
Admission $5. Advance
registration recommended. The
workshop will be held at the Ritz
Theatre & LaVilla Museum, 829 N.
Davis St. For more information,
please call 632-5555.
Summer Slam
COOJI, the Carnival
Organization of Jacksonville Inc.,
will present Summer Slam show
and party on Saturd.), June 25,
2005 featriring li\e The Calypso
King of the world, the Mighty
Sparrow and others. The Slam will
be held at the Bishop Kenny,
Knights of Columbus Club, 1501
Hendricks Ave. The fun will take
place from 9:00 p.m. 2:00 a.m.
For more information, please call
465-1989.
Freedom, Fanfare
and Fireworks
The City of Jacksonville will
have their annual Fourth of July
Celebration on Monday, July 4,
2005 in Metropolitan Park. The
celebration features a star-spangled
fun day with a free concert
featuring national recording artists.
Skyblast, the First Coast's most
spectacular 4'h of July fireworks
display over the St. Johns River.
tops off this great celebration. For
more information, please call 630-
3690.
Jazz at the Landing
Experience smooth jazz at the
Jacksonville Landing with Atlanta
based Xpressions featuring Dee
Lucus who will be performing at
the Twisted Martini on Thursday,
July 15, 2005. The performance
will be free until 9:00 p.m. For
more information call 353-tini.


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prenatal care and ask
your doctor for an HIV
test.

If you have HIV or AIDS,
medical treatment can
help you have a healthy
baby.

Call 1.800.FLA.AIDS
for more information.


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New Card Line Recognizes



Mom on Fathers Day


With a majority of African- number
American households being lead by
women, the ingenuity of honor-
ing single mothers who
have stepped in ,,
for both
roles
of
the
home
is be-
ing
spear-
headed by
TGD Inspi-
rations. The
company has more
developed a women
Line of cards that honors than e
women for their role in rearing are ado
children, ing, rear
The Ohio-based company is run and sing
by Tonja Delaine, a savvy African handed:
American single mom who is turn- handling
ing heads and the traditional Fa- ties for
their's Day into an opportunity to entrepre
honor and recognize the growing capitaliz


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of women
nationwide
who are
serving
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enting
roles.
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DAY MOM


ever
)pt-
ring
gle-
y
Sthe parental responsibili-
rearing children Delaine, an
neur and author, hopes to
:e on this lifestyle while


Mayor's Youth Reading

Program Exceeds Goals


The Office of the Mayor and
Jacksonville Children's Commis-
sion announced that the RALLY
Jacksonville! Book Drive goal for
year one has been met two months


with their contributions."
The books have been distributed
or will be distributed to various
organizations including childcare
centers, after school programs and


early, elementary schools.
Since June 2004,
more than 35 busi- )
nesses, organiza-
tions and eventsM
have generated
323,100 books for .,
Jacksonville's de- ,.. -
serving children. ,- -
Some organizations ,gE AD r VT IT R.EAD NG
or events contrib-


uted upwards of 100,000 books
toward Jacksonville Mayor John
Peyton's goal of collecting one
million books over the next three
years.
"The people of Jacksonville are
truly passionate about helping to
increase early literacy and the suc-
cess of our first year is testimony
to that," said the mayor. "I com-
mend these organizations for
touching the lives of thousands


read and succeed in


RALLY
Jackson-
ville! is
Mayor Pey-
ton's plan
to get every
child in
Duval
County
ready to
school. The


plan aims to make early literacy a
core value in Jacksonville, improve
the quality of child care sites and
increase the number of children
who are ready for school at the
beginning of kindergarten.
. To learn more. information about
RALLY Jacksonville! and Mayor
Peyton's Book Club please visit
the Jacksonville Children's Com-
mission online at www.jaxkids.org


spreading an inspirational message
with her creative card line.
Delaine is herself a divorcee and
has raised three children in a sin-
gle-parent household. The "Happy
Fathers Day, Mom!" card line was
developed through her real-life
experiences of annually greeting




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her girl friends (also single parents)
with the saying, each year.
According to Delaine, "The in-
spirational card line is extremely
relevant to today's ever-changing
household, as the nuclear family of
today may be made up of parents of
the same gender, divorcees, ex-
tended family members and those
who are involved in rearing chil-
dren for themselves, or others."
The card line consists of 10 de-
signs and is available in an assort-
ment of colors with matching enve-
lopes. They are receiving tremen-
dous public response from all that
have seen and read them. Many
people after reading a card get
teary-eyed and tell me that this is a
much-needed specialty item," De-
laine says.
For example, one card reads:
You had the hammer in one
hand, in the other the cooking pan.
With the laundry in a basket, home-
work help if we asked it. Working
hard as you can, doing the work of
both woman and man. Happy Fa-
thers Day, Mom!
Another says:
When things went wrong you
were always there. You showed
your children that you care. You
gave us hope when we had none,
yo&M ''hi'de ouri childhood loads of
fun. For this and more, you are
loved. Happy Fathers Day, Mom!
For more information visit
www.HappyFathersDavMom.com


Author Benilde Little Kicks Off Book Tour With New Novel


Bestselling author Benilde Little
kicked off her national book tour
last week with her latest novel,
"Who Does She Think She Is,", a
richly evocative multigenerational
story about the sacrifices three
women have made for love. In her
wise signature style, Little explores
the nature of the relationship be-
tween mothers and daughters-filled
with love, but fraught with regret
and resentment. Just as in her first
three novels, Good Hair, The Itch,
and Acting Out, Little creates unfor-
gettable characters, makes impor-
tant observations about class-
consciousness and cultural tensions
across color lines, and weaves a tale
about the commonalities across
generations of women-women who
are willing to take risks to "have it
all" in both life and love.
Aisha Branch is getting married,
and if she has her way, the wedding
will be the event of the millennium.
At twenty-six she is still the "baby
girl," the indulged only child of
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Geneva. As the wedding draws
closer, the Branch family is turned
upside-down -- a $7,000 designer
wedding dress? A fiance who's a
"white boy"? But that turmoil is
nothing compared to what happens
when Aisha falls hard for another
man.
All the excitement stirs up old
feelings in the Branch women, and
they reflect separately on their own
lives and relationships, and the
things they wish had turned out
differently. Geneva, a seventy-year-
old powerhouse who always strove
for "Negro respectability," has
never approved of Camille's deci-
sions -- single motherhood, a career
in social work, dreadlocks. Aisha,
the light of Camille and Geneva's
lives, is a bright, beautiful, impul-
sive woman who is used to getting
what she wants, even if she has to
fight for it. Her real father's absence
still looms large in her imagination,
but her stepfather, who came into
her life early on, has always treated
her like a princess Now Aisha has


to choose between marrying her
staggeringly wealthy fiance and
pursuing an elusive older man. For
her part, Camille grapples with
watching her adored daughter live
the kind of life she didn't dare to
dream of, and is just a little bit re-
sentful of Aisha's ignorance of how
hard Camille worked to make it
possible. As the drama of Aisha's
love life unfolds, the three women
take turns narrating their own sto-
ries in Little's most expansive novel
yet.
Stylish and smart, Who Does She
Think She Is? tackles difficult ques-
tions about close family ties -- rela-
tionships characterized by abiding
love but often fraught with regret
and resentment. With her signature
dry wit, quietly resonant insight and
sharp yet compassionate eye, Little
deftly explores one family's expec-
tations and anxieties against the
frenzied backdrop of wedding plan-
ning. The result is a wise, funny and
beautiful book about three genera-
tions of irrepressible women.


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