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5 Year S.C.
Roles in the
Dems, Jackson to Pay
$200,000 in Election Fines
The Democratic Party, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and two groups associ-
ated with the civil rights activist have agreed to pay a total of $200,000
in civil fines for campaign finance violations in the 2000 elections.
At issue in the Federal Election Commission case v, a- about $-450.0(1.1i
in election spending by Jackson, the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition and the
Citizenship Education Fund using funds from the groups. The two non-
profit groups were incorporated. making their monec corporate and sub-
ject to restrictions under federal campaign finance laws.
According to the FEC, the money was used for a partisan get-out-the-
vote effort and voter registration speaking tour that \\ as coordinated \% ith
the Democratic National Committee and included appearances b\
Jackson and Democratic House and Senate candidates.
Federal campaign finance law bans the use of corporate money for parti-
san, candidate-specific federal election acti\ iues.
Under an agreement with the FEC, Jackson and the tno groups \\ i11
share in a $100,000 civil penalty, and the DNC ill also pay $ 100.000.
The commission announced the outcome of the case ThursdaN
The S450,000 in election spending v.as e'entuallb reimbursed by the
Democratic National Committee and Nanous other Democratic entities.
PUSH Disputes Boy Scouts
Funded Minority Numbers
Atlanta's PUSH Coalition has dismissed a Boy Scouts audit of the num-
ber of blacks participating in an inner city youth program, saying the fig-
ures still are unrealistic.
Joseph Beasle\ of the Rainbot?/PUSH Coalition said that although the
Atlanta Area Council released an audit last week claiming more than
5,300 black Bo\ Scouts were registered in the Operation First Class pro-
gram, fe\ er than 500 African-American youth are actually registered.
The report was commissioned by the local Boy Scouts group after
Beasley challenged the council's claim in September that more than
10.)00 boys mainly blacks and other minorities were in the program.
The program provides the boys' registration fee, books, uniforms and
other opportunities, including scholarships for camp.
The recently released audit found that nearly 5,000 boys were falsely
registered in the program, largely because of pressure on Scout officials
assigned to inner city areas to increase membership numbers.
United Way officials are putting together a task force of board mem-
bers and volunteers to examine the audit report and mike decisions on
whether to withhold funding to the council.
Similar allegations have been made in Alabama, i here the FBI is inves-
tigating % whether the Birmingham-based Greater Alabama Boy Scout
Council padded its membership rolls.
Emmett Till's Family
Gathers for Reburial
LSIP, Ill. -Three days after the FBI
exhumed Emmett Till's body to
search for clues to his slaying 50
years ago, his relatives gathered at a
suburban Chicago cemetery for his
The black teenager's body was
found by fishermen in August 1955
after he had been abducted from his
uncle's Mississippi home, reportedly for whistling at a white woman. His
slaying helped kindle the civil rights movement.
Simeon Wright, a cousin who said he was sleeping in the same bed
with Till the night he disappeared, said the service Saturday reminded
him of the lasting impact Till's death has had.
Federal investigators exhumed Till's remains y, saying DNA or other
evidence might help determine who killed the 14-year-old and whether
anyone still alive should be prosecuted. Results from the autopsy have
not been released.
The U.S. Justice Department reopened the Till investigation last year
after reviewing several pieces of information, including a documentary
by a New York filmmaker.
Supermodel Tyson Beckford
Injured In N.J. Car Accident
SECAUCUS, N.J. -- Famous African-American supermodel Tyson
Beckford ended up in the hospital Monday after he crashed his car and it
burst into flames.
The 33-year-old was driving along Route 3 in the
early morning hours, said police. Beckfoid lost
control of his Dodge Ram and he crashed the
vehicle into a utility pole, catching fire.
Before the truck burst into flames, the 'iipcr-
model was able to get hinmiIf out of the truLnk. *j
Beckford was treated for head trauma and LutI
at the Jersey City Medical Center.
The supermodel became famous as the lace ofL
Ralph Lauren's Polo Sport fragrance line and has been named one of
People's 50 Most Beautiful People.
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( L OR I DAY'S FIRST COAST QUALITY BLACK WEEKLY
Volume 19 No. 21 Jacksonville, Florida June 9 15, 2005
Study Confirms Strong Impact of Affirmative Action
Without affirmative action the
number of African-American and
Hispanic students going to elite US
universities would plummet, and
their places would be taken by
Asian, not white, applicants,
according to Princeton University
Although affirmative action to
award places to black students has
been whittled away by legal chal-
lenges, American universities are
still entitled to take race into
account as one factor alongside
SAT test scores when making
admissions decisions, a supreme
court judgment involving the
University of Michigan held last
After looking at more than
124,000 applicants to elite universi-
ties, Thomas Espenshade and
Chang Chung concluded that ignor-
ing race in admissions would result
in dramatic declines in the number
of African-Americans and
They also looked at athletes and
so-called "legacy" applicants,
whose parents are alumni or have
made donations, who are predomi-
nantly white. They concluded their
numbers were so small they did not
displace many minority candidates.
"We're trying to put these admis-
sion preferences in context so peo-
ple understand that lots of students,
including those with SAT scores
above 1,500, are getting a boost,"
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State Sen. Tony Hill
Senator Hill to
State Senator Anthony Hill has
been elected as the 2005-2007
Chairman of the Florida
Conference of Black State
Legislators (FCBSL). The Florida
Conference of Black State
Legislators is a 501 C (3) non prof-
it organization and its primary goal
is to champion legislation as well
as community issues that affect the
less fortunate constituents in the
State of Florida. The FCBSL
accomplishes its mission by work-
ing with the Governor, Legislature,
Cabinet Officials and Private
Corporations throughout Florida.
Sen. Hill will serve a two year
term as Chairman. Other officers
recently elected were: Vice
Chairman State Representative
Bruce Antone (Orlando), Treasurer
- Representative Curtis Richardson
(Tallahassee), and Secretary -
Representative Yolly Roberson
EWC Continues Crucial
Relationship with UNCF
From left, Maurice E. Jenkins, Jr.; Reginald Kirven, Area
Development Director North/Central Florida; Dr. Oswald P.
Bronson, Sr.; and Dr. James McLean, EWC Interim Vice
President/Division of Institutional Advancement.
Edward Waters College and the United Negro College Fund, Inc. are
continuing their longstanding relationship with the signing of the North
Florida Joint Campaign Agreement. The agreement outlines a total full-
year fundraising campaign effort embracing all gifts for general operat-
ing purposes that originate in the geographical area of the authorized
Joint Campaign territory. This includes Jacksonville, Panama City,
Pensacola, Tallahassee, St. Augustine, Lake City, Gainesville, and Ocala.
"We are extremely pleased to enter into this agreement and to carry on
the tradition of excellence that has always been a part of the relationship
between EWC and UNCF," stated Dr. Oswald P. Bronson, Sr., interim
"UNCF funds and support are crucial to our survival." He said
Senate's Anti-Lynching Apology to
be Witnessed by Victim's Descendant
WASHINGTON The great-great
granddaughter of a black South
Carolina farmer who was killed by
a white mob nearly a century ago
will be on hand next week when the
Senate belatedly apologizes for fail-
ing to pass anti-lynching legisla-
Doria Dee Johnson, an author and
frequent lecturer on the subject of
lynchings, says she will be in the
chamber Monday when the Senate
is expected to approve a resolution
expressing remorse for not stopping
a crime that took the lives of at least
4,742 people, mostly blacks,
between 1882 and 1968.
Johnson, from Evanston, Ill., said
her family "lost property and fami-
ly solidarity that still affects us
today" when Anthony Crawford, a
wealthy cotton farmer, was killed in
1916 by several hundred residents
of Abbeville, S.C.
Senate filibusters in the past
blocked House bills and presiden-
tial requests to pass anti-lynching
legislation, she said. "It will be nice
to have an apology from that same
body," she said.
The Senate resolution, sponsored
by Sens. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and
George Allen, R-Va., notes that
nearly 200 anti-lynching bills were
introduced in the first half of the
20th century and that seven presi-
dents between 1890 and 1952 peti-
tioned Congress to end lynching.
But nothing got through the Senate.
The nonbinding measure apolo-
gizes for this failure and expresses
"most solemn regrets of the Senate
to the descendants of victims of
Landrieu's spokesman, Adam
Sharp, said the resolution is expect-
ed to pass on a voice vote. He said
Johnson will be joined in the Senate
on Monday by other descendants of
victims, including a cousin of
Emmett Till, the black
teenager killed in
Mississippi 50 years
ago, reportedly for
whistling at a white
woman. The FBI last
week exhumed Till's
body to search for
clues to his slaying.
Landrieu, in an inter-
view, said lynching
and mob violence
were "an American Doria Dee Johnson with a picture of her great-
form of terrorism" doc- great-grandfather, Anthony P. Crawford
umented in at least 46 states. She
said that now, when the United
States is fighting a war against ter-
rorism, was a good time to apolo-
gize for the past and "remind our-
selves that terrorism existed in the
United States in different ways."
According to Johnson, her great-
great grandfather owned 427 acres
of cotton land and was a communi-
ty leader, starting a school for black
children and a union for black farm-
He was arrested after he accused
a white buyer of cheating him by
giving him less for his cotton than
white farmers were receiving.
Between 200 and 400 local resi-
dents and government officials
hanged him from a pine tree and
riddled his body with 200 bullets,
Pag 2- Mr.PrysFrePesJne91,20
New Career Guide "More Than
Entertainers" Aims to Inspire Black Youth
With the US Department of La-
bor forecasting future labor short-
ages in high-wage jobs in the mil-
lions, author Charles B. Schooler
wants black youth to understand
that pursuing education/highly spe-
cialized skills can lead them to
"For our own economic survival,
Blacks must now make the same
great migration to the classroom
that we once made from Southern
crops to Northern factories. Today,
too many Blacks place all their
energies into pursuing long-shot
dreams of being entertainment su-
perstars, and when those dreams
don't materialize they have nothing
to fall back on," explains the au-
Importantly, the author believes
black youth must first be sold on
the value of education. According
to Schooler, "simply pointing fin-
gers and shouting 'get an education'
More Than Entertainers exposes
black youth to a variety of career
opportunities by featuring 35 black
male and female professionals from
across the country, who share their
personal insight and offer words of
encouragement. (The vast majority
of the participants are black males
under the age of 35 years old).
Educational requirements, potential
employers, and expected pay are
detailed for each career path. Entre-
preneurial avenues are also high-
lighted, and professional career
organizations' web sites are listed
What we need is to get private
enterprise into the ghetto, and put
the people of the ghetto into private
enterprise -- not only as workers,
but as managers and owners. Then
they will have the freedom of choice
they do not have today; then the
economic iron curtain which sur-
rounds the black ghettoes of the
country will finally be breached.
What most of the militants are ask-
ing is to have a share of the wealth
and a piece of the action. Richard
M. Nixon, April 25, 1968.
The unmasking of former FBI
official W. Mark Felt as "Deep
Throat" has given African Ameri-
cans an example of what a con-
cerned president and public policy
can do to change lives and destines.
Although swayed by Establishment
media and pundits, many among
today's blacks middle-class view
Richard"N i\on as "a "iook" instead
of being the reason of their exis-
tence. The man "Deep Throat"
outed. Most blacks who've reached
middle-class positions and incomes,
over the past 40 years hardly realize
Richard Nixon as "the Father of
Black Capitalism and Affirmative
Action" or his effect on the post-
civil rights years and development
of the black middle-class.
Nixon's legacy remains the rea-
son for the African American mid-
dle class. Because of Nixon's ac-
tions it is larger than ever and the
fastest growing segment among
blacks the black middle class
quadrupled in size since 1965.
Since 1967 median household in-
come for blacks increased by nearly
47 percent; seven percent of black
households have incomes of
$75,000 to $99,999, increasing four-
fold between 1967 and 2003; and
today's core of black women consti-
tute ten percent of all female profes-
sionals, technical workers, and man-
agers compared to nearly zero 40
History shows that with Nixon's
exit from the political stage, the
chapter. closed on using public pol-
icy to help the economic status of
blacks. Now, instead of pursuing
our interests through changes in
public policy, African Americans
have fell prey to partisan politics.
Richard Nixon received 32 percent
of the black vote in 1960 and no
Republican presidential candidate
has gotten above 20 percent since.
Unlike today's Republican, or De-
mocrat office-holders, Nixon used
public policy to break down the
barriers of racism and economic
injustice and proved to be key to
black-owned businesses and profes-
sional class growth. Nixon's execu-
tive order was the first presidential
articulation that the economic main-
stream should not be the exclusive
province of white men.
Nixon illustrates a political exam-
ple African American voters should
keep in mind: when there is a strong
presidential commitment and lead-
ership, blacks can make gains. Be-
tween 1969 and 1974, President
Nixon extended Black Americans
more of a helping hand than any
president. He laid the foundation
for a black middle-class by unprece-
dented actions such as: raising civil
rights enforcement budgets; dou-
bling budgets for black colleges;
appointing more blacks to high fed-
eral positions than any president
before him; initiating the first af-
firmative action programs of ap-
prenticeships in union jobs in the
Philadelphia Plan mandating quotas,
and for black scholars in colleges
and universities; inventing "Black
Capitalism" through formation of
the Office of Minority Business
Enterprise (OMBE) and raising U.S.
purchases from black businesses
(from $9 million to $153 million)
and increasing small business loans
to minorities 1,000 percent and in-
creasing U.S. deposits in minority-
owned banks 4,000 percent.
Nixon's actions bred thousands of
successful black entrepreneurs and
hundreds of thousands of black pro-
fessionals. An economic survey in
1981 showed: 45 of the top 100
Latino businesses were formed be-
tween 1969 and 1976; and 56 of the
top 100 black firms of the period.
In 1985, one thousand black busi-
nessmen entrepreneurs, such as Earl
Graves of Black Enterprise maga-
magazine, gave a testimonial
dinner to honor Nixon for estab-
lishing the OMBE (now the Mi-
nority Business Development
America is in the third-
generation of a black middle-class
because President Nixon defended
the use of numerical goals in de-
segregating 1960s and 70s build-
ing trades and industry. "Crook,"
or not, Nixon should be remem-
bered for supporting civil rights
for blacks and equal rights for
to foster mentoring. Simply, More
Than Entertainers intends to open
the possibilities for black youth.
"As Americans, black youth can
be whatever they what to be, but
they first need to see people like
themselves in diverse roles," says
The book also makes an appeal
to Black adults to stack the odds of
success in Black youths favor
through the 'Clear the Path to Suc-
cess Manifesto.' The manifesto is
an analysis of the preventable and
removable roadblocks, which pre-
vent many Black youth from be-
coming successful. Solutions are
also discussed in great detail..
More Than Entertainers is also
positioned to be a fundraising prod-
uct for local churches and profes-
The website, blackcareerbook.com,
serves as the primary distribution
point for the book and provides
useful information for Black adults
wanting to ensure their children
Q: We currently have ap-
proximately $30,000 of out-
standing credit card debt on
seven cards. We have not
made payments and all these
and they are currently in col-
lections. This has occurred as
a result of a career change
that was unforeseen three
years ago. We currently could
afford in our budget approxi-
mately $400 per month al-
though this does not cover
near what the collection agen-
cies desire. Are we ready for
It's been almost three years now
since Clyde Beasley was released
from prison. He had just served 11
years for dealing drugs in LA. How-
ever, his release doesn't seem that
long ago to him because he's been
very busy turning his life around and
building his empire that he calls
Beasley Creations is a billiard de-
sign firm based in Los Angeles that
produces innovative game tables.
Their games tables allow players to
combine the experience of pocket
billiards with the all new sport of
table golf. Not only are they the in-
ventors of table golf, but they own
all the patents for it.
The June 2005 issue of Black En-
terprise Magazine (page 68) recently
recognized Clyde Beasley and his
company for their ability to combine
such fun with innovation. They were
also commended for obtaining the
appropriate patent protection to safe-
guard their million dollar idea.
One of their game tables, The
Original Tee & Cue, was a finalist
bankruptcy/ It is my desire to pay
although at this time in my life path,
I honestly do not have it.
A: Let's be perfectly detached
and frank, your creditors don't care
about you or your life. All they care
about is that agreement that you
signed that said you would pay X
dollars per month on the money
they lent you. Your creditors could
care less if you file or not. Threaten-
ing them with bankruptcy does
nothing. You are only a number on
All creditors have a process in
this year for the SGMA
2005 Sports Product of the
Year Award. The game
table also received exclu-
sive recognition at the
PGA Expo in Orlando, and
at the Billiard Congress of
America Expo in Las Ve-
gas. In addition, the game
table is regularly featured
as a bidding prize on the
hit TV game show "The
Price Is Right".
To move things along
even more, Beasley Crea-
tions recently tapped 23
year-old entrepreneur L
Dante Lee, who is now an
investor and partner in the
company, to help the company to
formulate corporate relationships
with interested major retailers such
as Wal-Mart, Sam's Club, and Dick's
"If all goes well," comments
Beasley. "We should have our prod-
ucts in these major stores by Christ-
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Small business is BIG at the Chamber.
The Chamber's Small Business Center (SBC) provides comprehen-
sive support, training and assistance to Jacksonville's small business com-
Core City Business Recruitment
Doing Business with the Government
Business Research Facilities
Access to Capital
Benefiting thousands of entrepreneurs and small business owners each
year, the SBC boasts a notable track record. This year the SBC helped:
3,377 individuals attend counseling sessions
2,694 individuals attend workshops
create 161 jobs
70 business gain certification
assist with $1 I million in government contracts
assist with $5 million in access to capital
To learn more about the Small Business
Center or to schedule
an appointment, call
Chamber of Commerce
Ducote Federal Credit Union
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Black Enterprise Recognizes
Former Inmate Now Entrepreneur
What Did Richard Nixon Have To
Do With Today's Black Middle Class
Page: 2 Mrs. Perry's Free Press
June 9-15, 2005
As mentioned in the BE article,
Beasley Creations only generated
about $75,000 in revenue in 2004.
However, significantly higher reve-
nue is expected by the end of 2005.
For more information about
Beasley Creations, interested ones
should call (866) GAME-TABLES
or visit www.tablegolf.com.
place to deal with non-payers. It
starts with gentle collections, harder
collections, possibly outside collec-
tions, threats of legal action, possi-
ble lawsuit and then once the debt
charges off it will most likely be
sold and the collection process may
There is nothing that says you
have to file. You can absolutely
attempt to repay them what you can
with what you've got. If you do this
just realize that you are doing this to
honor your original promise, not to
protect your credit report.
The Meaning of James Weldon Johnson's Works Expressed at Festival
Lift Every Voice and Sing, In My Own Words: What the writer means, What the reader feels, What it means to me today .... .......by Rhonda Silver
Dr. Roy Singleton Storyteller David Pough
Student contest winner Demarkus Pinkney
Winner Lexia Williams
DO YOU KNOW AN
It may be your neighbor,
it may be your friend, it
may be your teacher or
your co-worker, someone in
your class or church, do
you know an "Unsung
Hero", someone who helps
others? Someone "who does
good things that benefits
Nominate him or her for
this special honor, use the
form on Page 10.
Text & Photos by Rhonda Silver
After four roaring days of celebrating the 9th Anniversary of the James
Weldon Johnson Arts & Culture Festival, a Heritage Bus Tour and
Family Day on the grounds of the Edward Waters College Campus,
climaxed the event.
The Festival began with a Symposium and Luncheon with discussions
on heritage, education, economics, and historic preservation. A guided
bus tour, art exhibit and reception at Florida Community College's
Downtown Campus, and the J. Rosamond Johnson Piano Competition at
the Historic Mt. Zion AME Church closed the festival events on the first
day, June 1, 2005.
The Jacksonville Landing was the setting of "Inspiring Young Minds"
kicked off the second day of the Festival, followed by a Symposium at
the Jacksonville Urban League; Poetry Reading was a special closing.
The Founder's Day Luncheon honoring Matriarch Sharon Coon was
held on Friday, June 3rd at the Ritz Theatre/LaVilla Museum. A gala
reception followed by a jazz concert left us with praises to sing for years
to come. All participants will eagerly await.the 2006 James Weldon
Johnson Festival celebrating its 10th year.
Founded in 1997 by Matriach Sharon Coon, the festival grew to
inspire the minds of Jacksonville's youth to become productive citizens.
James Weldon Johnson is best remembered for penning the words to "Lift
Every Voice & Sing", which was set to music by his brother, J.
Rosamond Johnson. The festival is held to honor the legacy of James
Weldon Johnson who continues to move us to embrace liberty and
denounce tyranny. It is also held in loving memory of the founder's son
James Lee Coon Jr., a young scholar and co-founder of Tot 'N' Teens
Theatre Inc., who died in 1995.
The James Weldon Johnson Arts & Culture Festival promotes cultural
diversity and enrichment through race relations, performing and visual
arts, public forums, symposiums, exhibits, and literature.
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Where Jacksonville Begins.
Mayor John Peyton invites all residents of Jacksonville to the
1Oth Annual Mayor's
Friday, June 24
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Prime Osborn Convention Center
Continental breakfast and roundtable discussions
Luncheon address by Mayor Peyton.
Annual awards to neighborhoods,
individuals and businesses
Workshops on topics of interest to
More than 100 exhibits, including "City Hall Way"
Prizes and surprises
All summit activities are free
but pre-registration is required!
Sponsored by the Neighborhoods Department
Information and registration, Neighborhood Services Division:
(904) 630-7398 or email@example.com
Where Florida Begins.
.Jupe 9715, 2005
Ms. Perry's Free Press Page .33
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ffot Strong Sobering
by Charles Griggs
RACE RELATIONS PART DEUX:
LOOKING FOR THE HOOK UP
JCC's follow up study illustrates how little influence blacks have on the
corporate front. Jacksonville lacks relationships that lead to positive change.
LIVE FROM CITY HALL
by Jacksonville City Councilman Reginald Fullwood
The EWC Tigers Will
Live to Fight Another Day
. "We will have to repent in this generation not merely for
the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people, but for the
appalling silence of the good people."
Martin Luther King, Jr.
"In measures of business.ownership and leadership,
racial disparities continue. In 2004, none of the 50fastest
growing private companies identified by The Business
Journal of Jacksonville were headed by black leadership."
JCCI's Race Relations Progress Report
I must admit, I continue to be fascinated with the data that
has been generated by the recent Jacksonville Community
Council, Inc. (JCCI) follow up report on race relations.
The study, titled "Race Relations Progress Report,"
attempts to provide follow up information to the "2002
SBeyond the Talk: Improving Race Relations Study." First of
all, kudos to JCCI for working so approaching
Jacksonville's race issues so matter-of-factly. While most of
the information that's presented in both studies contains no
real revelations to folks in the African American communi-
ty, the work is well justified because the data don't lie.
SAnd although the information in the Progress Report is
startling enough in all areas to send the community into
extreme strategic planning mode, it won't.
And yet will all of the racial drama that the disparities
represent there is one area of the study that just scream out
for more examination and explanation:
None of the 50fastest growing private companies...are
headed by black leadership.
In 2000, less than 4 percent of all chief executive offi-
cers in Jacksonville were black.
This presents a major problem as it relates to forging
opportunities for diversity and inclusion.
My good friend Dr. Melvin Gravely II, author of the book
"When Black and White Make Green: The Next Evolution
of Business and Race," often speaks about actionable rela-
tionships, or "the hook up," and the benefits that this type of
contact building can bring.
"Actionable relationships are those relationships with
whom you have influence and trust; The types relationships
with people who are both willing and able to create access
for you; The types of relationships with people who have
power and influence and are willing to use both in your
behalf. The evidence is clear that these actionable relation-
ships are what matter most. In every case study of black and
minority entrepreneurs (and executives) that had major suc-
cesses, each of them pointed to a person who "hooked them
up," says Gravely.
The problem is that since black folks are less often to be in posi-
tions of influence, they are less likely to "get the hook up."
S Let's be honest, white folks hook eac other up all of the time
(as evident by the face of businesAlbdi'shipih Jackson\lle.'
.' i -
It's not uncommon for some blacks to wonder how som
whites reach their levels of achievement with the union
spired, noncreative work ethic that they display on a dail
basis. The answer is simple, they were hooked up.
For blacks the reality of being hooked up is a little mor
challenging. "These relationships are not easy to create
This is tough stuff. The non-business, attitude changing
comfort zone escaping, stereotype breaking work that ha
years of momentum that must be broken," Gravely explains
Some blacks might even argue that whites in positions c
influence have for decades exercised a self-serving form c
affirmative action. That is when given the opportunity t
promote or advance someone's career move whites ar
more likely to "hook up" someone who looks, acts, an
thinks like them.
Can this be called discrimination?
No, not intentionally. However, this dynamic has been
persuasive factor for so long that it makes it almost impo,
sible for blacks to penetrate the decision-making levels c
corporate Jacksonville. Thus leaving a slew of talent
African American thinkers and doers on the bottom rungs
In the circles that I travel, I am always amazed at the over
looked talent that exist right here in Jacksonville. Bi
because those in positions of influence aren't willing to tak
chances on many of the city's potential stars, Jacksonville
set to remain in the dark ages of diversity advancement.
And.folks that's not me talking, the data says it loud and clea
And while the numbers seem to prove that blacks have n
connection to the t9p, there are few explanations as to why
Sure we can speculate as to why Jacksonville's white bus
ness leaders aren't as comfortable reaching out to local black
in the same manner as their own. But in the spirit of the fac
presented by the study it wouldn't be fair to those who believe
that they are making a difference to be too critical.
Nevertheless, Jacksonville is in a position to do some
thing about this problem that hinders the economic
advancement of an entire community.
Given positions of influence blacks will imitate white
and be more apt to recognize the talent of those who ai
more likely to look, act, and think like them. In turn crea
ing access for more blacks.
Can this be called discrimination?
No, not intentionally. However, it would be just what th
community needs to help close racial gaps in business leach
ership employment, and economic development.
It's a realization that the future of successful race relation
hinges on some individual soul searching, and perhaps risk takin
Because all a person needs to be successful is a hook up
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y timers use that is probably very ap-
propriate at this time.
re When someone or a situation is
e., perplexing or just hard to figure out,
', some say that "The ox is stuck in
s the ditch."
s. That is exactly where Edward
f Waters College has been for the past
o several months stuck in a ditch in
*e with some hope, but little certainty
d on how to get out. But as my grand-
mother would say, "hope and prayer
are enough to make a way out of no
s- Some had put the final nail in the
d college's coffin, many held on their
faith in the college, legal system and
r- community support. That conver-
ut gence of entities made a strong case
ce and has led to last weeks announce-
is ment that EWC and the Southern
Association of Colleges and Schools
r. (SACS) have agreed on a settlement
S of the school's lawsuit against the
ks Let's see how much positive press
ts this story gets. The school has been
'e under extreme scrutiny over the past
six months and it will be interesting
e- to find out what billing this story
es Southern Association of Colleges
re and Schools revoked EWCs accredi-
t- station in December of last year after
a plagiarism issue. The college .ap-
pealed the decision and lost, and
is then filed a lawsuit in federal court
d- alluding to the unfairness of the
1s A judge ordered mediation be-
p. tween the parties, and the settlement
currently being proposed is a result
of that mediation. In the court filing,
S the college agreed to drop ,,iJ law-
suit depending on the outcome df a
June 23 SACS meeting in Ponte
In summary, the college would
probably have to be on probation for
a short time and ultimately keep its'
accreditation. Talk about breathing
a breath of fresh air.
Several months ago I wrote about
how important EWC is to the
neighborhoods surrounding the col-
lege, but let's look at how important
it is to the black economy in Jack-
sonville. I don't have the exact fig-
ures, but it would be easy to argue
that the college is a major employer
of African Americans in Jackson-
ville with between 100 to 150 staff
members according on, the number
of students are at the school at any
As enrollment drops, so does the
need for teachers, administrative
support and even maintenance per-
sonnel. So although the college did
have to make some layoffs, the
situation could have been disastrous
for the school and the community.
Currently in this country African
Americans have the highest unem-
ployment rate of all races at 11 per-
cent, which basically is double the
national rate of 5.2 percent, accord-
ing to the Bureau of Labor Statis-
The unemployment rate in Jack-
sonville mirrors the national average
at a little more than 5 percent. But
again, the black unemployment rate
in the city is doubled.
These stats are important because
if institutions like EWC, that em-
ploy a fairly large number of blacks,
have to close their doors or make
significant jobs cuts it will have a
,ripple effect in the African Ameri-
Albert Einstein once'said, "In the
middle of difficulty lies opportu-
nity." This has certainly been a dif-
ficult position for the college, but
there are many opportunities that the
school can gain from this experi-
For example, former mayor John
Delaney, now president of the Uni-
versity of North Florida has com-
mitted resources to assisting EWC.
Specially, loaning the college
UNF's internal auditor who will act
as interim director of internal audit-
ing for EWC.
It may not be time for a complete
overhaul, but it is time to review,
and improve the school's organiza-
tiohal structure and put the right
people in the right positions. Other
opportunities may include new
processes being put in place to han-
dle the creation and management of
Historically black colleges like
EWC have played a critical role in
this country since they were estab-
lished in the face of Jim Crow, seg-
regation and the systematic degrada-
tion of schools in minority commu-
nities. It is critical that continue to
support these institutions, and it is
extremely important that our youth
understand the roles they played our
past, the present and future.
Edward Waters College will.be a
better institution of higher learning
because of this recent hardship.
Overcoming difficultly is a part of
the human experience, and as John
Hope Franklin once said, "If the
house is to be set in order, one can- i
not begin with the present; he must .
begin with the past."
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Fashion at First
AME of Palm Coast
Luncheon & Show
The Senior Usher Board of First
Coast AME Church of Palm Coast
will be cruising into Fashion with a
Welcome Aboard Luncheon at 12
noon on Saturday, June 11, 2005.
Showtime is 1 p.m.. The Reverend
Dr. Gillard S. Glover is Pastor.
The runway plank is situated at
First AME's Educational Building,
91 Old Kings Road North, Palm
Coast. Tickets and vendor space is
available. For information and
reservations, call Fashion Chair
Delores Hamilton at (386) 447-
0462 or (386) 446-5759 (church).
Greater Israel United
Missionary Baptist Church
to Present Summer Gospel
Extravaganza June 111'
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:
Family & Friends
Day June 12th
The Tabernacle Baptist Insti-
tutional Church, 903 East Union
Street, where Rev. Michael C.
Edwards is pastor; is celebrating
Family and Friends Day on the
Eastside where everyone is invited
to come back to the community and
church where it all started. -
Tabernacle's Family & Friends
Day Worship Service at 11 a.m. on
Sunday, June 12, 2005, will be a
"Casual Dress" Worship Service.
You can wear your casual clothes
and leave your coat and hat home,
or just come as you are: Everyone
Presbyterian to host
Sierra Club Event
Noted nature photographer
Dick Cardell will show you how to
get the best nature photo shots, and
how to. approach wildlife. Beauti-
fully photographed Florida scenery
will be displayed. Prints and slides
of Florida's native plants and
animals. The public is welcome at
7 p.m. on Monday, June 13, 2005.
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St. Philip's Rector Elected to Bishop
St. Philip's Episcopal Church Invites All
to Celebrate the Consecration of the
Bishop of the Seychelles Islands June 19th
JACKSONVILLE The Reverend Province of the Indian Ocean on
Santosh Marray, Rector of St. April 6, 2005, at the Cathedral
Philips Episcopal Church, located Church of St. Paul in Victoria City
in Downtown Jacksonville; has on the Island of Mahe. The Chief
been elected to serve as Bishop of consecrator was the Most Reverend
the Seychelles Islands ,in the Rami Rabenirina, Archbishop of
Anglican Province of the Indian the Province and Bishop of
Ocean. The Diocese of Florida Antananarive, he was assisted by
and St. Philip's invites the general the entire College of Bishops from
public to a Service celebrating his the province.
consecration as Bishop at 5 p.m., The president, vice president,
on Sunday, June 19, 2005; at St. chief justice and other government
John's Cathedral, Church & Market officials were among the 700+ in
Streets in downtown Jacksonville. attendance in the new cathedral.
A reception will follow this The service was broadcast live on
special service. Vision Baptist
Bishop Marray, a native of
Guyana, came to St. Phillips from Church Celebrates
St. Margaret's in Nassau, Bahamas. Annual Family
He and his wife Nalini have two
children who are University And Friends Day
students in Canada and Florida. Vision Baptist Chuich of
It was during his monthly Jacksonville is hosting its Annual
commute from Florida to Wales to Family and Friends Day on Sunday
attend a class on Canon Law, when afternoon, June 12th at 4 p.m.
a fellow classmate secured his Vision Baptist Church, located
permission to submit his name for at 8973 Lem Turner Road, is under
the nomination to Bishop. He Was the leadership of Pastor Kelvin L.
elected Bishop on February 19. Lewis.
The Reverend Santosh Marray Rev. Ervin A. Jones III, of Life
was consecrated Bishop of the Changing Ministries is the guest
Seychelles in the Anglican speaker. Vision promises a special
Bishop T. D. Jakes evening of great fellowship and
s C e un.
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Zion Christian Church
Third Church & Pastor
Anniversary June 9-12
The Zion Christian Church,
1315 South Lane Ave., Pastor
Jeanette Graham; began its annual
Revival Wednesday evening. This
revival celebrates the Third Church
and Pastor's Anniversary.
Presiding Elder Walter Senior is
the Revival Speaker. Nightly
service continues through Friday,
June 10th when Pastor Cherry
Smith, of.Lakeland, Florida will be
The Anniversary speaker on
Sunday, June 12th will be Bishop
Gregory Davis, of Jacksonville.
The community is invited.
I lace to Host
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, ,
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public, and will be provided by St.
Vincent's Hospital, Duval County
Health Dept., the Hospice, River
Region, and Visiting Physicians.
Women of Power
Purpose & Destiny
Conference is Set
Married or Single Strong
Women, all are invited to attend the
Women of Power, Purpose &
Destiny Conference" Friday, Satur-
day and Sunday, July 15-17, 2005.
Single women: "Hey Girl My
Skirt's on Fire What do I do
when single living Holy, and the
heat is on?"
Married women: Behind every
strong Man is A Strong Woman.
Women of Power, Purpose and
Destiny will gather in Jacksonville
at the Marriott Jacksonville, 4670
There are no registration fees.
To register, call 1(850)847-8635.
Continued from front
said Prof Espenshade. "The most
important conclusion is the nega-
tive impact on African-American
and Hispanic students if affirmative
action practices were eliminated."
According to the study, pub-
lished in thq Social Science Quar-
terly, acceptance rates for African
American candidates would fall
from 33.7% to 12.2%, a decline of
almost two-thirds, while the accep-
tance rate for Hispanic applicants
would almost be cut in half, from
26.8% to 12.9%.
Removing consideration of race
would have little effect on white
students their acceptance rate
would rise by only 0.5 percentage
. points.. Asian-'udie w'%ould fill
nearly four out of every five places
in the admitted class not taken by
African-American and Hispanic
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
Sunday Morning Worship 7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
Church School 9:30 a.m.
1st Sunday Holy Communion 4:50p.m.
3rd Sunday The Preached Word from the Sons and Daughters
of Bethel 3:30p.m.
Wednesday Noon Service "Miracle at Midday" 12 noon 1 p.m.
Wednesday 5:00p.m. Dinner and Bible Study at 6:30p.m.
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Thursday 8:15 8:45 a.m.
Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.
WTLV Channel 12
Sunday 6:30 a.m.
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Early Morning Worship 8:00 a.m.
Sunday School 9:15 a.m.
Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.
The Lord's Supper 3:45 p.m. (First Sunday)
Pastor Ernie L. Murray, Sr.
6REA TER MA CEDONIA BAPTIST CHURCH
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"Seeking the lost for Christ" Matthew 28: 19-20
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Jacksonville, FL 32205
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June 9-15, 2005
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The Reverend Jesse Jackson has
administered spiritual consultation
to the troubled Michael Jackson in
his time of trial and tribulation. It
was not a surprise to see Rev.
Jackson on the scene, where there's
trouble and Rev. Jackson feels that
he can help, he is usually there to
offer comfort, negotiation or more.
If ever Michael Jackson needed
spiritual guidance and comfort it is
certainly now. Only God knows if
Michael is guilty or innocent, but
it's a jury of whites, Hispanics and
"others" who are decide his fate.
Surely, they could have found at
least one African American to
serve on the jury, but then, we must
remember how Michael has aligned
himself with "whites".
Despite the tragedy of circum-
stances sometimes good comes out
of the worse of situations, and it is
good to see "The Jacksons" all
Friday, June 3, 2005, The New
York Post blasted a full color,
almost full page photo of Michael
Jackson on its cover. The really bad
part was the caption "Sweat
Freak!" This was at the same time
that the case was turned over to the
Jury. The good part was that it was
a really good photo of M.J., one
where he actually looked human
and not like some kind of freak as
he is so often depicted. In the
photo he looked like a long-haired
male, nothing freaky, more like
some of the distinguished looking
"long-hairs", in the 1960s.
As a little boy, Michael was one
of the cutest, most talented little
brown boys to achieve worldwide
fame, in a long time. As a cute
brown teenager, he and his brothers
had the world rocking literally in
their hands. Even as the image
began to change, and the white
glove covered his disappearing
dark skin tone, he was still "cute"
in the "Beat It" days.
And, along came the income-
parable "Prince" who became
M.J.'s nemesis. The two rivals
brought some of the best music to
the world in those years, competing
for the top position to reign over
the rock/pop music world. Now,
"Prince" unquestionably reigns. At
the very time when M.J. has
reached his lowest ebb, Prince
reigns. He topped all box office
proceeds on his tour.
What happened to Michael?
What road did Michael travel to
bring him to where he is now? Who
knows? What will the jury decide
as they deliberate? Is Michael a
victim or a perpetrator?
The mother of the so-called
"victim" or "accuser" said Michael
was in love with the boy. Let's get
real! What could be appealing
about an emancipated cancer
stricken young white boy? If M.J.
is the sick depraved person "they"
paint him to be, then he deserves to
be convicted, and not just convicted
but sent to the "crazy house" fc
shock treatments, that might brin
him back to reality. (Do they sti
do shock treatments, like in th
It's hard to believe that Michae
could find an emancipated ill boy
It is much easier to believe tha
Michael or anyone else for tha
matter..... could only find pity fo
the cancer stricken young boy.
The children involved in thi;
sickening episode have one "real
thing in common, other than the
they are "accusers." And, that i
that "they" all received large sum
of money from M.J.
Let's get real..... the children
didn't receive any money, it was
their parents who received money.
Furthermore, not a cent of any
monies they received was awarded
by the laws or courts of this land.
Would you let your child sleep
with a man, a strange man, who
was not even a relative, no matter
how famous he was?
As a mother, and aunt, I could
not under any circumstance or
foresee myself allowing my child
or any other child in my care,
behind a "closed door" (locked?)
with any adult, male or female.
This situation whether "for real"
or created by the "accusers" is so,
If the jury finds M.J. guilty, the
same prosecuting attorney that
convicts him should immediately
investigate the "worthiness" of all
the parents, for the protection of the
Let's get real, what kind of
parent would allow the opportunity
for an accused sexual predator to be
alone with their child, much less to
sleep with the him.
Its already been said that as
soon as the trial is over the "parents
-are preparing to file suit in civil
court against M.J. for more money,
:. One thing M.J. and his attorneys
have maintained all along is that
"the whole thing" has been a plot
"to get money". The rumored
follow-up with civil suits certainly
seems to confirm that scenario.
The sad thing.... No matter
whether M.J. is guilty or innocent
is that his life, and the lives of the
children, have been permanently
tarnished. His family, and a lot of
innocent persons have been hurt.
In the words of the famous
Delaney Sisters, I have had "My
Say". What is yours, we will
welcome your letters.
Do you own a small business
or desire to own a business? Attend
this forum and hear presentations
from the City Procurement Dept.
by Devin Reed, Kevin Holzendorf,
and Dinah Mason.
Sponsored by the National
Business League, the City-wide
Forum will be held at 6 p.m. on
Thursday, June 23rd at the Clanzell
Brown Center, Moncrief Road at
The National Business League
was founded in 1900 by Booker T.
Washington and 400 others that
included Eartha M. M. White in
Boston, Mass. The League encou-
rages Black business development
and growth; and desires to build a
strong economic infrastructure in
the Black Business community.
Mrs. Winona Britt, Well Known
Member of Community, Succumbs
JACKSONVILLE On Thursday,
June 2, 2005, Mrs. Winona Britt,
89, a well known native of this
community passed from this life.
Mrs. Britt graduated from Old
Stanton Senior High School in
1933, and from Florida A& M
University in 1937. She enjoyed a
career in teaching for 36 years, and
retired from the Duval County
School system in 1977.
She was a very active and loyal
member of Ebenezer United
Methodist Church, and a lifelong
member of the United Methodist
Women. She was a life member of
the Gamma Rho Omega Chapter of
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and a
member of the Retired Educator's
Mrs. Britt was preceded in death
by her husband, King David Britt
Jr., her two sons, King David II and
Bryon, sisters, Mae Vanderhorst,
Grace V. Mizell and Ruth V.
She leaves to cherish her
memory a devoted sister, Verdelle
Vanderhorst Bradley (Dr. Walter
O.) of Richmond, Va.; nephews, C.
W. "Bill" Jennings (Ann) of
Orlando, Fla.; Walter Bradley Jr.
(Cynthia), of Richmond, Va.;
Corbert Britt Jr. (Norma Jean);
niece, Diane J. Johnson of Orlando,
Fla.; grandniece Marion Johnson,
of Baton Rouge, La.; grand-
nephews, Christopher Johnson, of
Orlando, Fla., corey and Brandon
Bradley, of Richmond, Va., and
Michael Mizell of Ft. Lauderdale,
Fla.; cousins, Brenda Priestly
Jackson, of Jacksonville, Fla.;
Cassius and DeWitt Priestly,
formerly of Jacksonville; a host of
other relatives and many dear
Mrs. Britt will rest in The
Alphonso West Mortuary, 4409
Soutel Drive; for visitation of
friends on Friday, June 10th, the
family will receive visitors from 5
p.m. until 8 p.m., She will rest in
the church on Saturday, until the
hour of service.
At 6 p.m. on Friday, June 10th,
the Gamma Rho Omega Chapter of
the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority,
Mrs. Pat Mitchell, president; will
conduct the "Ivy Beyond the Wall
Ceremony" at the mortuary.
The cortege will assemble at
6055 Kinnon Drive on Saturday, to
leave for the 11 a.m. Service at
Ebenezer United Methodist
Church, Norfolk Blvd. at Soutel
Dr., Rev. Newton Williams, Pastor.
Interment will be in the Historical
Alphonso West Mortuary, The
Caring Professionals, Debra West,
and Alphonso West, L.F.D., in
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Jacksonville Airport Authority
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise
Goal-Fiscal Year 2006
Jacksonville Aviation Authority has proposed an overall Disadvan-
taged Business Enterprise (DBE) goal of 11.0 % for Airport Im-
provement Projects (AlP's) awarded during FY 2006. The proposed
goal and methodology are available for public inspection at Jack-
sonville Airport Authority's Administration Building during normal
business hours for a period of thirty (30) days beginning June 10,
Jacksonville Airport Authority
Attention: Derrick Willoughby
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the goal for 45 days from the date of this notice. Inquiries may be di-
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June 9-15, 2005
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Jacksonville Omegas Hosts Celebrity
Weekend Focusing on Men's Health
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity will
host its 4th Annual Celebrity Week-
end with activities to include a Wel-
come Reception, June 10, 2005; Lee
Elder Golf Tournament and Net-
working Dance, featuring a special
tribute to golf legend Calvin Peete,
June 11, 2005. The programs will
help the Fraternity to support nu-
merous health initiatives that com-
bat colon & prostate cancer, diabe-
tes, HIV AIDS, Hypertension,
Sickle Cell and Erectile Dysfunc-
The event will bring over 500
executive level participants to in-
clude members of the Fraternity,
civic and government officials, and
corporate executives. 2004 festivi-
ties were graced with the presence
of golfing legend Lee Elder and
NFL Football greats Warren Moon,
James Harris, Doug Williams, Mar-
lin Briscoe, Larry Little, and Eddie
The Welcome Reception and Net-
work Dance will be held at the
Hyatt Regency Hotel, 225 Coast
Line Drive and the golf tournament
will be held at Mill Cove Golf
Course. Free health screenings will
be held Friday, June 10, 2005 from
12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the
Hyatt Regency and Saturday, June
1, 2005 from 12:00 p.m. until 4:00
p.m. at Mill Cove Golf Course.
For more information contact
Bursey Armstrong at (904) 525-
2298 and golf participants should
contact T.C. Newman Mill Cove
Golf Club at (904) 646-4653.
Churches, Organizations Urged to Take Advantage
of Free Materials for Black Diabetes Epidemic
African Americans Given the critical role the
are affected church plays in the African
dispropor- American community, the
tionately by 1 .' Association works closely
diabetes and with churches nationwide
its complica- to promote diabetes educa-
tions. Almost tion and awareness. Afri-
3 million Afri- can American churches
can Americans have always served as the
have diabetes life-center of the com-
and are twice as munity, providing ser-
likely as non- 'vices that nourish the
Hispanic whites L mind, body and soul.
to have diabetes. ;. Diabetes Day
There is much .Church pastors across
you can do to de- the country spread the
lay, prevent, and/ gospel of prevention
or manage this --through Diabetes Day. The goals of
disease. Diabetes Day are simple:
The American Diabetes Associa- Increase awareness' about the seri-
tion is committed to improving the ousness of diabetes
lives of African Americans with Increase awareness of risk factors
diabetes and their families. The Af- Inform church members about the
rican American Initiative is the As- resources available through the
sociation's targeted approach to in- American Diabetes Association
crease awareness of the seriousness At a Diabetes Day, the pastor or a
of diabetes and the importance of designated appointee shares infor-
making healthy .lifestyle choices mation with the congregation about
such as moving more and eating the seriousness of diabetes during
healthier, the service. Out of respect for the
The Association offers a variety religious service, the presentation is
of community-based efforts, printed very brief (approximately 5 min-
materials, videos, and publications utes). All congregation members
including topics on soul food cook- receive diabetes information. Those
ing getting fit, diabetes 101, and at risk for developing the disease are
much more. encouraged to get checked for dia-
betes at their next health care visit.
Congregation members are en-
couraged to call the American Dia-
betes Association at 1-800-
DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) for
more information if they or some-
one they love has, or is at risk for
The American Diabetes Associa-'
tion offers a variety of follow-up
activities for churches interested in
year-round, diabetes awareness pro-
grams such as Project
POWER. Project POWER is the
Association's program strategy tar-
geting the African American com-
munity through the churches. This
program was developed to provide
churches with a foundation to assist
with integrating diabetes awareness
messages and healthy living tips
into the life of the family and
church. These lessons can improve
the health of those church members
living with diabetes, their families
and even the community.
Project POWER is intended to
encourage churches to stay on the
battlefield against diabetes, January
through December. Project
POWER is only available in select
To find out what opportunities are
available in your area, call 1-888-
By S.B. Morris
This parent cared, nurtured and fed
you as a baby, disciplined you as a
teen-ager and financed your college
education. Now, you're an adult
caretaker for your ailing parent, and
the parent-child relationship seems
reversed. With juggling career, fam-
ily, finances and the care of this
needy parent, you're simply over-
whelmed. You don't plan the abuse
or the neglect. But, you find that it's
happening in your home....
As more and more families take on
the responsibility of caring for elder
loved ones, the incidence of elder
abuse is on the rise, according to the
Administration on Aging (AOA).
Each year hundreds of older persons
are abused, neglected and exploited
(financially,, emotionally and physi-
cally) by family members and others.
Camp Florida Friendly Gardening Class
The Jacksonville community is invited to participate in Camp Florida
Friendly. Six sessions of in-depth gardening information offered for
adults. Sessions start at 9:30 am and end at 2:30 pm, with a working
lunch including hands-on activities. Participants bring their own lunch.
Dates and topics are: Tuesday, June 28 -Basic Plant Science, Plant
Propagation; Thursday, June 30 Soils, Fertilizers, All About Lawns;
Tuesday, July 5 Nematodes, Pathology, Entomology, IPM; Thursday,
July 7 Wildlife, Landscape Design, Color & Irrigation; Tuesday, July
12 Trees, Fruit Trees, Citrus and Thursday, July 14 Vegetables,
Mulch, Compost, Natives, Invasives.
You can attend daily sessions by paying $5 each at the door. Pre-
registration is required. For more information call 387-8850.
Law Office of:
Reese Marshall, P.A.
Wills and Estates
214 East Ashley Street
Jacksonville, Florida 32202
Over 30 years experience of professional and
courteous service to clients
The 1998 National Elder.Abuse
Study funded by AOA reported that
adult children comprised the largest
category of perpetrators (47.3 per-
cent), spouses were second with
(19.3 percent), followed by other
relatives (8.8 percent) and grandchil-
dren (8.6 percent), who trailed third
and fourth respectively. Furthermore,.
this problem is happening across
color, class and religious lines, re-
If you're disrespecting and abusing
an elder, get help for yourself and
your elderly loved one. Visit
* Elevated cholesterol
*Obesity and Weight Manage-
*Childcare and Immunizations
Beginning this week, the Ar-
thritis Foundation, in conjunction
with the Duval County Health
Department, will sponsor a free
six-week arthritis self-help course
to take place at three locations.
Locations for the courses in-
clude: Heartland Rehabilitation
Northside, Mt. Sinai Baptist
Church and Riverside Presbyte-
rian. Times and dates are as fol-
June 8th July 13th: Heartland
Rehabilitation, 1215 Dunn Ave-
nue Course meets Wednesday's,
6:00 8:00 p.m.
June 6" July 18t: Mt. Sinai
Baptist Church, 2036 Silver
Street. Course meets Monday's,
6:00 8:00 p.m.
(Participants may join the.
course on June 13th)
June 8th July 13th: Riverside
Presbyterian, 2020 Park Street.
Course meets Wednesday's, 6:00
- 8:00 p.m.
Participants may join the course
at any time.
The Arthritis Self Help Course
encourages self care, team work
and understanding the pain cycle.
During the course, participants
will discuss methods to overcome
pain and implement a plan of ac-
tion. The Arthritis Self-Help
Course is ideal for persons with
arthritis who would like to begin
an exercise and nutrition program.
This course is free 'and open to
the general public. For additional
information and to pre-register,
please call Regina Ballard at
(904) 353.5770. Participants may
also pre-register via email at
Most of the time, hairballs.are not
a life-threatening problem, but they
can develop into a nagging ailment
and they may hide a much more
serious medical condition, says Dr.
John August, a feline specialist at
Texas A&M University's College
of Veterinary Medicine and Bio-
Hairballs occur frequently in cats
because of the way the animals
grodm themselves, August says.
And with more than 60 million cats
out there, there is the potential for a
lot of hairballs.
Cats have been grooming
themselves for thousands of
years. But a cat that has a thick
coat, such as Persians and other
breeds, may collect a lot of matted
hair on its tongue, and when that
hair is swallowed, it can clog up
the digestive .tract. That's when
trouble can start.
"These balls of hair. can irritate
Reginald L. Sykes, Sr. M.D.P.A.
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The Beaches Fine Arts Series (BFAS) 19th Annual Fundraiser
Triathlons. Triathlon volunteers direct traffic to assure the safety of
the competitors or assist with set up, registration, water/food distribu-
tion, race riming, takedown and more. Minimum age: 13. If accompa-
nied by an adult: 10. Motorcyclists are also wanted to drive the offi-
cials during the run. Saturday: June I and July 9". Contact: The
Triathlon # at 270-1771 or Scott Snyder, 613-7996
Teach an Adult How to Read and Help Make Jacksonville the
City that Reads! Tutor Certificate received following the attendance
to Class I -June I I' from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Class 2 -June
18'h from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Continental breakfast is provided.
Minimum age: 18. Contact: Learn to Read. Lesley Ramse) 399-
Men Against Violence Against Women Annual Softball Tour-
nament. Assist % ith this event at Drew% Park and raise awareness of
its cause. Throw balls, sell T-shirts. and much more. 4 and 6 hour
shifts are available. All ages welcome. Friday evening: June 18th -
all day Saturday June 19". Contact: Laine Reinecke-Clavton 354-
"Welcome Baby Bagging Event" Join First Coast Family Center
in filling 5.000 tote bags filled with donated items for families with
newborns. You are wanted to help fill, stack and put bags onto trucks
for delivery on Saturday, June 19"' or Sunday. June 20th or both! Con-
tact: Carol Waters,.272-5040
Braille Writers Wanted. Help Visual Aide Volunteers of Florida
us produce books for the blind. Training classes will be held Thurs-
days from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 from September May at Temple Aha-
vath Chesed on San Jose Blvd. The Braille computer program will be
provided to volunteers to enable them to work from home. Contact:
Lynnette Taylor 287-1275 ADA accessible. Minimum age 18.
Clothing Assistant. Help provide clothing to families in need.
Sort and display donated clothing, fill orders of agencies, mend minor
tears of new clothing and assist with mailings for special events. Vol-
unteers should wear comfortable clothing and no open toed shores.
Minimum age: 11; unless accompanied bN an adult. Contact Dignity
U Wear. Peggy McDonald 636-9455
Grant Application Writer and Marketing Assistant. Work with
the new\ Director of Development and type grant applications or be a
part of the team that composes marketing materials either at home or
at the office. No experience necessary. Contact Dignity U Wear.
Peggy McDonald 636-9455.
Above are just a sample of volunteer opportunities available
through Volunteer Jacksonville. For more information call 398-
7777 or you can immediately view additional opportunities by visit-
ing our website www.volunteeriacksonville.ore and clicking on Vol-
Dealing with Hairballs
the stomach lining and can inter- contain extra fiber can be ob-
'"fere ';'ith digesti'" funtrions,:tld"itained from a veterinariakiL.-Ttfrom
the most common response of the pet stores and these diets will often
animal is to vomit up the hairball," greatly reduce the severity of hair-
SAugust explains. balls, August says,
"If the condition continues, an Laxatives can be prescribed,
obstruction can form in the diges- but "most of us think there are bet-
tive tract and the cat will either ter ways to deal with hairballs than
show a significant weight loss or at laxatives," August says. You
Sthe least, a loss of appetite." should never give your cat a laxa-
August says there are signs to tive intended for human use, he
watch for if your cat suddenly de- stresses.
velopsan unusual amount of hair- The calendar can also play a big
balls. role with hairballs.
First, if the cat is grooming itself During spring and summer, cats
excessively, it may because of al- tend to shed their hair more often:
lergies or skin parasites. Also, In addition, fleas become a prob-
behavioral problems can cause a lem and allergic reactions to them
cat to groom itself constantly, Au- can mean rhore excessive groom-
gust adds. ing.
The best prevention? "A good Bathing your cat frequently to
brushing at least once a day will prevent hairballs is not recom-i
usually do the trick," August be- mended.
lives. "You will see a lot of ex- "Only if the animal has a skin
cessive hair when you brush the cat condition is bathing recom-
thoroughly, and that hair on your mended," August says. "Usually, a
brush is hair that the cat probably good brushing daily will help re-
would have swallowed." duce or eliminate hairballs. Your
Special diets usually ones that cat will certainly appreciate it."
Simmons and loyner Pediatrics
Charles E. Simmons, III, M.D.
,James A. Joyner, IV, M.D.
Specializing in the Diseases
of Infants, Children
P.H.E.O. Medical Center, Suite 1
1771 Edgewood Avenue, West
Jacksonville, FL 32208
Office Hours By Appointment
Elderly Abuse Rates Up
WE PROVIDE TREATMENT FOR:
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June 9-15 2005
June Y-15, zuu3 Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 9
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Oldest Black Town in U.S.
Wants Property Back
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Shown above (1-r) is the Festival water gun fight, panelist Jacquie Reed with Cong. Jesse Jackson Jr., D.L. Hughley, (middle) Bruce Bruce,
George Wallace, Min. Louis Faarakhan, host Tom Joyner, (bottom) T ler Perry as Madea, Tom Joyner and his wife Donna Richardson, a scene
from the basketball tournament and Frankie Beverly performing.
T.J. Cruise Raises Record Breaking $1 Million
Dozens of celebrities and well-
recognized community leaders
joined over 3,000 dedicated fans and
America's No. 1-rated syndicated
radio personality, Tom Joyner, for
the annual Tom Joyner Fantastic
Voyage May 29 through June
5. The event continued its sold-out,
record-breaking tradition and raised
more than $1 million to benefit the
Tom Joyner Foundation providing
scholarships for students attending
Historically Black Colleges and Uni-
versities (HBCUs). .
Now in its sixth year, the week-
long cruise set sail Memorial Day
weekend. Tyler Perry, Minister
Louis Farrakhan, Brian McKnight,
Mike Epps, Eddie and Gerald
Levert, D.L. Hughley, Chaka Khan,
Judge Mablean Ephraim, U.S. Con-
gressman Jesse Jackson Jr., and U.S.
Representative Carolyn Kilpatrick
all enjoyed various cruise activities
and first-time stops in St. Lucia, St.
Maarten and Barbados. Cruise atten-
dees were treated to daily yoga
workouts, side-splitting comedy"
acts, African-American-focused so-
cial issues forums, intimate discus-
sions and even a surprise violin per-
formance by Farrakhan.
"We believe the Fantastic Voyage
has grown into one of the most ex-
hilarating and exhausting events in
the African American community,"
said Joyner, host of the 'Tom Joyner
Morning Show.' "And as far as all
of the extracurricular activities are
concerned, well, let's just say that
what happened on the cruise, stays
on the cruise!"
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Unlike any other cruise, the Fan-
tastic Voyage brings the Tom Joyner
experience.to life. Old school/R&B
entertainment, hilarious hijinks, and
a fresh alternative to the usual sum-
mer kick-off make the Tom Joyner
Fantastic Voyage the must-attend
event to begin the summer. The next
event is the Tom Joyner Family Re-
union Labor Day weekend at the
Walt Disney Word Resort.
EATONVILLE, FL Eaton-
ville, the oldest black incorporated
municipality in America and the
home of famed author Zora Neal
Hurston, has told the Orange
County School Board that it wants
some 90 acres of vacant and idle
land returned to the community to
help bring economic development to
the small Central Florida town.
The parcels are all that remains of
the 300 acres given to the school
district by the Hungerford Trust
under duress in the 1950s. School
Board officials, as part of a resolu-
tion, agreed then that the land would
be used only to accommodate
"Negro Junior-Senior High school
students" from Eatonville and sur-
rounding communities. The Trust
then deeded the property over to the
school district. Since then, the
school board has sold and disposed
of more than 200 acres at a profit of
8,400 percent and the board ap-
pears ready to sell the remaining
parcels for development.
"Town officials recently re-
searched the circumstances under
which the Hungerford Trust deeded
the 300 acres to the school board in
1951," said Mayor Anthony Grant.
"The research shows that the school
board intentionally delayed building
a public high school for black stu-
dents during those years of segrega-
tion to coerce the trust into surren-
dering its school and land at a big
Historical records show that the
school district paid less than 10 per-
cent of the value of the property.
Town officials say that the threat
that blacks would continue to have
no high school in the north part of
the county was enough to force the
bargain price for the land.
As of 1950 Jones High was the
only high school for blacks in Or-
The Town of Eatonville has asked
that the Orange County School
Board convey the parcels to the
town at no cost so that the historic
community can get the benefit of
the one-time cash infusion resulting
from the land sales. About 86 acres
could be made available for devel-
opment, contributing significantly to
the Town's tax base and potentially
create additional jobs for area resi-
dents regardless of whether the
town or the school district is the
The vacant land located roughly
halfway between downtown Or-
lando and Altamonte Springs is
surrounded by parcels with highly
desirable and economically stable
commercial development, including
retail and office space. Similar uses
on the vacant land would produce a
long-lasting benefit for the Town's
tax base, but the Town wants to be
the seller of the property, not just
the governmental agency benefiting
from the new tax base.
Grant and Eatonville Town offi-
cials have asked the School Board
for time to brief the School Board
on why the conveyance is proper
and a wise use of a publicly owned
asset. A joint session of the school
board and the town council is set for
June 27 at 4:00 PM in the school
board's meeting room.
The $1.4 million from property
sales thus far. have gone to the
schools throughout the county, not
to Eatonville, Mayor Grant said.
The mayor is proposing that the
town set aside the sale money for
scholarships for black college stu-
dents, a museum of the history of
the Hungerford Trust and the Eaton-
ville community, improvements for
Hungerford Elementary School,
which is in Eatonville, and public
works projects for the town. Grant
points out that the $5 to$10 million
in estimated land-sales would be a
huge boost to the town. In contrast,
it would be a loss to the school dis-
trict of only about 1% of its $922
budget for 2005.
"The Orange County School
Board of 2005 now has the power to
contribute significantly to the eco-
nomic health and well-being of the
Eatonville community. "We believe
members of the School Board will
give the last few remaining acres
back ." said Mayor Grant.
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Tyson Returns to the Ring June llth
Former two-time heavyweight
champion "Iron" Mike Tyson (50-5,
44 KOs) will face heavyweight
Kevin "The Colossus" McBride
(32-4, 27 KOs) on Saturday, June
11, 2005 at MCI Center in Wash-
In talking about his highly-
anticipated return to the
ring, Tyson said, "DC is
one of my favorite cities
i in the world. I am so ex-
cited about performing
before these people who
have embraced me like
(i this is my hometown. I
_... plan to give them a show
S that they will never for-
Joining Tyson on this sure
to be exciting card will be
women's boxing cham-
pion Laila Ali (20-0, 17
KOs). The daughter of
Muhammad Ali will de-
fend her WIBA Light
ship in the co-main event
against mixed martial arts
veteran Erin Toughill (6-
1-1; I NC). In the co-
S main event, the 'heir to the
greatest and now the latest, Laila
Ali is making her second area ap-
pearance in less than one year. Ali
fought in Bowie, Maryland last July
before more than 10,000 fans in the
midst of a rain storm. Though the
opponents respect each other, there
appears to be plenty of bad blood.
Bad enough that Ali and Toughill
had to be physically separated in
the lobby of a radio station before a
.Further bolstering the already
strong card will be one of greatest
fighters to emerge from the nation's
capital, former Lightweight and
Junior Welterweight Champion
Sharmba Mitchell (55-4, 30 KOs).
Mitchell will fight on the live
broadcast against an opponent to be
announced. Mitchell headlined the
MCI Center's first-ever boxing
event on April 24, 1999, scoring a
12-round majority decision over
Reggie Green to retain his, WBA
Junior Welterweight Championship
title. The southpaw from Takoma
Park, Maryland suffered a 3rd
Round TKO in a rematch with IBF
Light Welterweight champion
Kostya Tszyu in his last' fight on
November 6, 2004. "To come back
and fight at the MCI Center in front
of my hometown fans is a great
honor and should be a tremendous
experience," said Mitchell who has
never lost a bout in Washington.
The bouts will be shown and dis-
tributed on Showtime Pay Per
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Ribault Club Seeks
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
Jax Community Invited
to Participate in 10th
Anniversary Of Million
Now is the time to start making
your plans to be a part of the 10'
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.
JCCI Issues Forum
JCCI will present an issues
forum on "Forward Thinking: How
to Effect Change in Jacksonville"
Thursday throughout the month of
June. Participants will learn about
how change happens in
Jacksonville and how to create and
lead change using skills such as
identifying .and leveraging
resources, taking:~initiative, .and
building relationships with
individuals and groups. All
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Raines Class of 7,0'
The Raines Class of 70' will
hold a scholarship golf event on
Saturday, June 11, 2005 at the Mill
Cove Golf Club. Tee time is 8:00
a.m. Non golfing volunteers are in
need and the public is invited
attend. For more information,
please contact Rick Grace at 765-
The First Coast Black Nurses
Association will have their local
meeting at Shands Jacksonville
Hospital, 580 W. 8th St., Tower II
on Tuesday, 'June 14, 2005 from
6:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. in the Blue
Room. For more information,
please call Janneice Moore at 244-
7950 or Dorothy Banks 542-7748.
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
container 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
Start a Mentoring
The Kessler Mentoring
Connection will present a
workshop on "Power of Two: How.
to Start and Maintain a Mentoring
Program" on June 16, 2005 from
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. The workshop,
is for organizations who want to
incorporate one-to-one mentoring
into their programs. This six hour
training: is, designed to equip.
organizations with the best
practices in program management.
The program will be held at 9700
Philips Highway, Suite 102 in the
ATS Center. For. mbre information,
please call Cindy Harpman
Executive Director at 224-1488 or
by email at ,Cyn-
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Comer, 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
Enjoy the beaches annual Latin
Festival, "Fiesta Players" on
Saturday, June 18, 2005 at the
Jacksonville Beach Seawalk
Pavilion. Festivities will be held
from 12:00 p.m. 10:00 p.m. For
more information, please call 242-
Delta Sigma Theta
Delta Sigma Theta Omnicron
Beta Chapter will celebrate its 25th
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.
Free Child Seat
The Florida Highway Patrol is
sponsoring a free community event,
called "Project- Checkpoint."
Designed for traveling parents, the
event includes certified safety seat
technicians performing free child
seat inspections doe parents and
other traveling with children on
Saturday, June 18, 2005 from
10:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m. in the
parking lot of Burlington Coat'
Factory, Westland Park Plaza, 6000
Lake Grey Boulevard. For more
information, please call 779-5202.
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
Come Together Day
The Broadcast Community will
have their annual Come Together
Day rain or shine on Saturday,
June 19, 2005 from 3:00 p.m. -
10:00 p.m. Festivities will be held
in Metropolitan Park. The one day
musical explosion draws crowds
from all over Northeast Florida and
Southeast Georgia. For more
information, please call Tonya
Range at 642-3030.
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.
Laugh and Learn
Theatre is presenting two-part
Laugh & Learn Lunch on
Wednesday, June 22, 2005 and
Wednesday, July 13, 2005 at 11:30
a.m. The topic of the series is
"How to Succeed in Business by
SCreativity." The June 22nd luncheon
highlights business success through
team creativity. The program
includes lunch and 'networking,
plus a one hour workshop
consisting of a brief presentation,
participative exercises and focused
discussions. Seating is limited,
please call 493-7206 for more
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, play 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.
Spending more time worrying
about your parents?
It's natural to worry about aging parents. And
hard to know where to look for help, or even how
to begin. That's where we come in. We're here to
help you find local resources, support services,
and solutions that work for your folks--and for
you. Call our toll-free number and talk to a real
person. Or visit www.eldercare.gov.
There's a way for older
Americans and caregivers to
A public service of the
U.S. Administration on Aging
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The EWC Community
Resource Center will hold a special
tribute to senior citizens on Friday,
June 24, 2005 at 7:30 p.m.
Entertainment will be provided and
will include a musical tribute to
Billie Holiday featuring Fahmeeda,
a fashion show, comedy and
poetry. Proceeds will benefit the
.will wellness programs that take
place at the CRC and will be used
to purchase exercise equipment.
The event is free for seniors. For
more information, please call 470-
8142 ext. 222.
COOJI, the Carnival
Organization of Jacksonville Inc.,
will present Summer Slam show
and party on Saturday, June 25,
2005 featuring live 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
Celebrates 5th Birthday
JCCI will celebrate its 5th
birthday on Tuesday, June 28, 2005
from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at The Grape
in the St. Johns Town Center
(10281 Midtown Parkway). Check
out this new place and enjoy
complimentary appetizers and the
first drink as you connect with
JCCI Forward colleagues and learn
about their latest happenings. The
event is free and open to the public.
For more information, please call
The Duval County Extension
Service presents "Money Mania," a
day camp for youth ages 12
through 18, June 28-30, 9:00 a.m.
to 3:00 p.m. Participants will be
involved in games, activities and
field trips during this 3-day event at
the Extension Service Education
Center, 1010 N. McDuff Ave. The
agenda includes exploring
strategies for making, spending,
and saving money. The cost is $30
to offset the costs of materials. Pre-
registration is necessary. For more
information, please call 387-8855.
Art of Spoken Word
The Ritz Theater and LaVilla
Museum will present "The Art of
The Spoken Word." The forum will
take place on Thursday, July 7,
2005. For more information, please
The Shriner's of Rabia Temple
#8 will present their all "Island
Tropic" Boat Ride on Friday, July
15, 2005 aboard the Lady St. John
Riverboat. Boarding time is 7:00.
p.m. The boat will sail from 8:00 -
12:00 a.m. Contact Earl at 707-
8404 or Lou at 233-0207 for tickets
or more information.
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prenatal care and ask
your doctor for an HIV
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medical treatment can
help you have a healthy
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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 4th of July fireworks
display over the St. Johns River
tops off this great celebration. For
more information, please call 630-
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.
Art is Where
You Find it
The Ritz Theatre & LaVilla
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 Eyes mother and daughter
team Billie and Natalie McCray.
Bring your own found and recycled
objects or let the artist's help you
choose. The workshop is for
children and adults. Admission is
$5. Advance registration. is
recommended. For more
information, please call 632-5555.
How To Grow Peppers
On Tuesday, July 19, 2005
rom 10:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m., there
ill be a workshop on "All About
eppers". The two hour workshop
ill teach you all there is to know
bout peppers and will conclude:
ith a tour of the demonstration
vegetable garden. The program will
e held at the Urban Gardening
ield Office, 1007 Superior St.
lease call 387-8850 to register.
The 2005- Florida A & M
National Alumni Association
Conference will be held on July
20-24, 2005 at the Orlando
,Renaissance Resort in Orlando, Fl:
The three day convention will
include a golf tournament,
seminars, step show, luncheons,
receptions, memorial service and a
gala. For more information, e-mail
write to the Association at P.O.
Box 7351, Tallahassee, FL 32314.
Class of 95' Reunion
The Paxon Senior High School-
Class of 1995 will have their 10
year reunion the weekend of
August 20, 2005. Festivities will
include a Networking Happy Hour,
semi-formal banquet and church
services. All class members who
wish to find out more detailed
information, please send ,your
contact information via email to:
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It's quite evident from her scene-
stealing character in the "Scary
Movie" franchise and stint as a no-
nonsense litigator on "Ally McBeal"
that Regina Hall has emerged as one
of Hollywood's true comedic ac-
tresses. Gabrielle Union, is off-
screen the most authentically funny
human being you'll ever come
across. When word surfaced that
both would star in a movie together,
and that the film would be an all-
black version of "The Honeymoon-
ers" to co-star Cedrick the Enter-
tainer and Mike Epps, one could
only imagine the shenanigans in
ers," opening Friday,
is a contemporary
version of the 1950s
sitcom starring Jackie
Gleason and Art Car-
ney as buddies Ralph
Kramden and Ed
Norton, a bus driver
and sewer worker.
respectively who dab-
ble in get-rich-quick
schemes while their
wives Alice and
Trixie, sit back and
shake their heads.
"Trixie wasn't a
character on the show
that was necessarily Ac
fleshed out," says Hall, who por-
trays the character in the remake. "I
did certainly think a lot about trying
to make the amount of time that she
had matter, whether it was being
funny or being supportive. I had a
lot of thought of 'Who is Trixie?'
because it wasn't there when I
watched a lot of the old episodes."
Along with the challenge of find-
ing a voice for the character who
barely had one in the original series,
Hall was also worried about making
Trixie's relationship with the hap-
less Ed believable and distinct.
"Ralph and Alice have a very
specific dynamic where they love
each other, but they never get
along," explains Hall. "I wanted
Trixie and Ed to be that couple
where you're like, 'They belong
together. Who ,else .would want
him?' That couple you see at a oartv
and they're over there having a
good time, and he thinks she's won-
derful, and she thinks he is too, but
not everyone else agrees, but you
get it? I wanted them to have that
For Union, nailing down the
patience and calm nature of Alice in
the midst of Ralph's aggravating
behavior was as much of a chal-
"I have zero patience for mess.
I'm one of those people fool me
once, shame on you. Fool me twice,
I'm kickin' butt" says Union. "And
some of the roles I've had reflected
that part of my personality. So I
tresses Regina Hall and Gabrielle Ui
struggled with [the role of Alice]
initially, especially in a scene where
she realizes Ralph took their money.
I was acting like Lorena Bobbitt and
[the filmmakers] were like, 'Whoa,
PG-13 here, kiddo.' So I had to pull
"I'm thinking about what my
mom said when I got married," Un-
ion continues. "She was like,
'Sometimes you have to sacrifice a
couple battles to win the war.' I'm
like, 'I'll win every battle, and the
war!' So I had to take myself out of
Alice and get back to the basics of
the characteristics that make up Al-
ice Kramden and not Gabrielle ."
Having to learn patience for the
role actually came in handy for her
when she went home from the set to
her husband, former NFL running
back Chris Howard.
"lt hel6ed mv"'inarriaee when 1'
needed to show a little bit more
calm and a little bit more restraint
and not be the wife that had the
knee jerk reaction to the toilet seat
being left up or him forgetting to-
matoes at the store," she says.
"Whereas before the movie, I had to
learn even on the screen how to
take things a little bit better. I
brought that home."
It's no surprise that Regina and
Gabrielle became close friends as
soon as they met on set. Their tight
friendship remains in tact, which
Hall admits is rare.
"I think a lot of times people
become friends on the set, but when
-you come back to
your real life, it's hard
to maintain that
you go back to your
own friends and you
don't need each
q other," Regina says.
"So I think it's great
that since we've both
come back to L.A.,
we both still keep our
friendship up. I think
that's kind of rare."
An aspect of Hol-
lywood that has be-
come less of a rarity
I in recent months is
union the appetite for re-
makes. "The Honeymooners" will
have to share the marquee this sum-
mer with big budget reworkings of
"Herbie the Love Bug" (in "Herbie:
Reloaded"), "Bewitched," "The
Dukes of Hazzard" and the grand-
daddy of them all, "War of the
Worlds," starring Tom Cruise.
Schultz's approach to making an
all-black version of "The Honey-
mooners" more palatable to the
masses, according to Hall, was to
avoid the mention of race.
"They are black, but one of the
things that everyone was conscious
of in the movie was not to make
reference to the fact that they're
black," says Hall. "Let's not make
their blackness become a difficulty
in getting the house. It's not about
racism. They just happen to be
black, but the struggle isn't because
BOBBY BROWN WANTED FOR ARREST:
Warrant issued after singerflakes on hearing.
lawyer for the so-called King of R&B
pulled out an ol' King of Pop excuse to
explain his client's absence from court
'i last week.
SBobby Brown's attorney told a Massa-
/ I i- chusetts family court judge that the enter-
_---L_ -L 1 tainer failed to appear for his child sup-
port case because he fell ill and was taken to an Atlanta
hospital. When the lawyer was unable to offer proof-
and Brown did not suddenly appear the judge
promptly issued a warrant for Brown's arrest.
Famously referred to as the "King of R&B" by his
wife Whitney Houston, Brown failed to make a dead-
line to fund an educational trust for his two children
with Kim Ward, to prove his source of income and to
make the latest monthly child support payment.
Brown was sentenced to 90 days in prison last June
for missing three months of child support payments,
but he avoided jail time after paying about $15,000 on
the spot. If the judge finds Brown has violated the
terms of the latest court order, she can slap the previ-
ous 90-day sentence on him, according to the court's
Register of Probate, Patrick McDermott.
DEBRA LEE REPLACES ROBERT JOHNSON
AT BET: New position is effective immediately.
BET Founder and CEO Robert L.
Johnson has announced the appointment
of Debra L. Lee, currently President and ,
Chief Operating Officer, as his successor
as the company's CEO effective immedi-, .* 7 '
Johnson now becomes Chairman, and
is planning to retire from the company he founded in
1980 by January 2006. Lee will assume the title of
Chairman and CEO following Johnson's retirement
"I could not have chosen a better chief executive and
outstanding leader to succeed me at BET than Debra
Lee, and that's what makes this announcement so im-
portant to me and positive for BET's future," said John-
son. "Few executives in this industry have exhibited
the ability to manage a unique growth company and
shown the commitment to building a successful brand
the way Debra has in her 19 years at BET. She mas-
tered the cable programming industry long ago, and
has a strong executive team in place to support her as
she leads BET within the Viacom family."
JUDGE DENIES GAG ORDER IN
S COSBY CASE: Other women claiming
S harassment will not be kept a secret.
A number of women who claim they
were victims of Bill Cosby will not have
their identities shielded by a gag order in the actor's
sexual molestation case
A federal judge denied the gag order motion filed
by Cosby's team to keep secret the names 6f other po-
tential witnesses who allege similar assaults. Robreno
said those women could, however, seek confidentiality
on an individual basis and he gave them 10 days to do
so. The judge ruled that the allegations against Cosby
by the other women may cause the actor serious em-
barrassment, but that alone did not justify a gag order.
As previously reported, the plaintiff, a former Tem-
ple University employee, sued Cosby in March claim-
ing the comedian drugged and molested her at his
home in Pennsylvania. Cosby denies any wrong-doing,
and says he gave her over-the-counter medication last
year after she complained of being tired and stressed.
Cheadle the 'Gangster;' Don Cheadle so fresh
and so clean on the June "Ebony"
cover is being wooed by Universal
Pictures and director Terry George to
star in "American Gangster" for Brian
Grazer's Imagine Entertainment, re-
i 1 ports Variety. Denzel Washington was
--- attached to star until budget problems
halted the project. George, who directed Cheadle in
"Hotel Rwanda," was hired in March to rework Steve
Zaillian's script to a more manageable budget. Cheadle
would play Frank Lucas, a Harlem heroin kingpin in
the 1970s who, after he was brought to justice, helped
end the corruption and legal loopholes that allowed
him to import the drug from Southeast Asia.
New Jack City Remix Nino Brown himself
would be proud of the new DVD upgrade given to
"New Jack City." On August 23, Warner Home Video
will release a two-disc special edi- --
tion disc featuring director com-
mentary from Mario Van Peebles,
three all-new documentaries and
music videos by Ice-T, Christopher -'
Williams and Color Me Badd. The
urban gangster flick starred Wesley
Snipes as drug lord Nino Brown, while Ice-T and Judd
Nelson played the cops who tried to take him down.
Sam Jackson to cure nympho Samuel L.
Jackson and Christina Ricci are in negotiations to star
in the racially and sexually-charged indie film "Black
S Snake Moan," according to Production
Weekly. Ricci would play a nympho-
maniac who hopes an older bluesman,
played by Jackson, can cure her sexual
S- issues. The Film borrows its name from
Sa 1927 Blind Lemon Jefferson song.
Production is set to begin this summer
in Memphis with director Craig Brew-
ster ("Hustle & Flow").
Macy Takes on fashion Macy Gray is the lat-
est to jump into the fashion world with her own line of
retro clothing, described as "ghetto chic." The singer
will work with stylist Nonja McKenzie (Black Eyed
Peas, Jill Scott) to create designs for her collection,
which bears her real name, Natalie MclntyreI:; ..
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et the table with red, white and blue.
Set the table with red, white and blue.
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Light the sparklers. Unfurl the flag.
It's the Fourth of July! Time to celebrate with a menu that's festive and
fabulous. This year, along with your favorite barbecued ribs or grilled
hamburgers, try a savory appetizer, a sassy salsa,
a summery salad and a refreshing drink all with a unique twist. These four new
recipes feature the sweetness of an-tioxidant-rich cherries and the crunch of
heart-healthy walnuts. Sweet cherries and omega-3-packed walnuts have always
been delicious eaten out of hand, but just watch how they set off taste bud
fireworks at your table!
It's easy to create spiced walnut snacks and appetizers like Festive California
Walnuts. Simply adjust the ingredients to create savory, hot or sweet treats. Serve
snappy Firecracker Cherry Walnut Salsa to brighten up everything from hot
dogs and burgers to grilled fish and poultry. The more jalapeno pepper you use,
the zippier the salsa will be. And if you haven't tried couscous yet, now's the time.
Tiny couscous grains are made from semolina, the same wheat product that is
used in making pasta. Like pasta, it is dried, and has a subtle flavor that adapts
well to a variety of flavorings and addi-tions, and it is equally good served hat
with a sauce or cold in a salad. For Couscous Walnut Cherry Confetti, use a box
of plain couscous, without added seasonings. After a brief soak in hot water,
couscous is ready to use. How easy is that? For a festive beverage, fill a tall glass
with Cherry Lemon Sparkler a sure bet to help tame the heat. This version of
lemonade, kissed with a cherry-flavored syrup made from fresh sweet Northwest
Cherries, looks as festive as it tastes.
Cherry Lemon Sparkler and Couscous Walnut Cherry Confetti
Cherry Lemon Sparkler
Firecracker Cherry Walnut Salsa
and Festive California Walnuts Festive California Walnuts
Firecracker Cherry Walnut Salsa
2 cups Northwest fresh sweet cherries,
pitted and quartered
1/3 cup chopped red onion
1/3 cup fresh white or yellow corn kernels,
OR frozen corn kernels, thawed
1 or 2 jalapefio peppers, halved, seeded
and finely chopped (2 to 4 tablespoons),
OR 1 to 2 tablespoons finely chopped
canned jalapefio pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon grated fresh gingerroot
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped toasted California walnuts
In medium bowl, combine cherries, onion, corn,
jalapefio pepper, parsley, balsamic vinegar, gingerroot
and salt. Stir and toss together with spoon or fork to
mix ingredients evenly. Cover and refrigerate until
serving. Before serving, stir in walnuts.
Makes about 3 cups
Nutritional analysis per tablespoon: 13 calories, Og
protein, 2g carbohydrates, Og fiber 12mg sodium,
Omg cholesterol, Ig total fat, Og saturated fat
1 egg white
1 tablespoon water
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
2 cups California walnuts
Preheat oven to 2250F and line large shallow baking
pan with foil.
Combine egg white and water. Beat until foamy. Add
nuts and toss to coat. Pour mixture into strainer and let
drain 2 to 3 minutes. Combine sugar, cinnamon and
allspice in plastic or paper bag, shaking bag to mix.
Add walnuts; hold bag shut and shake vigorously to
Spread nuts in single layer on prepared baking
sheet. Bake 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Cool
completely, stirring occasionally and breaking nuts
apart if stuck together. (Don't worry if they stick
to the foil, it is easy to peel them off.) Store in tightly
Makes 2 cups
Nutritional analysis per serving (1 ounce): 149
calories, 4g protein, 5g carbohydrates, 2g dietary
fiber, 6mg sodium, Omg cholesterol, Ig saturated fat,
14g total fat
3 cups water
1 cup sugar
1 cup Northwest fresh sweet cherries,
halved and pitted
1 cup fresh lemon juice, refrigerated
1 bottle (1 liter) club soda or seltzer
Northwest fresh sweet cherries with stems
4 long stems fresh mint
Combine water and sugar in small saucepan; add
halved cherries. Bring mixture to boil; reduce heat and
simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cool to
room temperature. Strain syrup into container with
tight fitting lid; discard cherries. Refrigerate syrup
For each serving: Fill tall 12- to 16-ounce glass with
ice. Pour 1/4 cup lemon juice and 1/3 cup syrup over
ice and top with club soda. Garnish with cherries and
Makes 4 servings
Tip: Leftover syrup may be stored, refrigerated,
up to 1 week.
Nutritional analysis per serving: 140 calories, Og
protein, 37g carbohydrates, Ig fiber, 28mg sodium,
Omg cholesterol, Ogfat
Couscous Walnut Cherry Confetti
2 1/3 cups water
1 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste if
1 1/2 cups (one 10-ounce box) dry couscous
1/3 cup olive oil
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1 cup chopped red or green bell pepper,
or a mixture
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
1 cup pitted Northwest fresh s
cherries, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup toasted California walnuts, chopped
Several leaves of butter lettuce
red leaf lettuce
Bring water and salt to boil in large saucepan (about 4-
quart capacity helps grains cook without sticking
together). Stir in couscous, then cover pan and remove
from heat. Let stand just 5 minutes.
Scrape couscous into large bowl. Add olive oil, then
toss and fluff couscous with fork to separate grains and
coat with oil. Cool to room temperature.
Add onion, bell pepper, lemon juice, mint and
ground pepper. Stir and toss with fork to blend ingre-
dients and flavorings. Taste, and add more
salt if necessary. Add cherries and walnuts, then stir
and toss to combine.
Place lettuce leaves around edge of serving bowl or
platter, then mound salad in center.
Makes 6 servings
Nutritional analysis per serving: 341 calories, 7g
protein, 40g carbohydrates, 4g fiber, 396mg sodium,
Omg cholesterol, 18g total fat, 2g saturatedfat
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wonderful holiday as you
plan to Celebrate our
nation's independence !
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