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N.C. Men Sentenced
for Cross Burning
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. Two men con. icted of trn ing to dnve a black
family out of the neighborhood. burning a cross in the family's yard and
hanging a noose on the door. have been sentenced to nearly ti o years in
Jeremy Kratzer. 25. and Ricky "Chase' Hobbs. 23. were found guilty
in March ofconspirng to \ olate the civil rights of Deborah Edw yards and
her four children in April 1999. The men were sentenced last week.
According to prosecutors, the group of teenage boys determined to
drive Deborah Edwards and her four children out of the predorunantly
white conmunnit called 'Nine Mile'.At the time, there\ were the only
black family. They '. ere in the home tor only a week before people in
passing vehicles screamed racial epithets at her. A noose was hung on
their door, and a dead raccoon w\as throw n on their front lawn. On Easter
Sunday 1999, a cross %%as burned in their back \arfd.
Hobbs' brother, Roston 'Chance" Hobbs. 20. and Joshua Hancock. 23.
were both sentenced to three \ears of probation as part of plea agree-
ments with federal authorities
Phillip Foy, 22, also pleaded guilty to conspiring to violate the family's
civil rights. He was charged as a juvenile and the terms of his sentence
First Black Arch Bishop
Appointed in U.K.
Dr John Sentamu, an outspoken critic of racism who once lambasted
V.. ._.- .." the Church of England for being
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,o Britain's first black archbishop yes-
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judge waho fled the regime of Idi
Amin to become Bishop of
S-, rBirmingham, Dr Sentamu %\as
named by Do%% ning Street as the new
Archbishop of York, the second in
the Church's hierarchy.
The appointment %%as .,idel. welcomed d and comes at a crucial time for
the Church, which is confronted b declining numbers and bitter divi-
sion. o\er issues from homosexuality to women bishops.
Speaking at a press conference in London. he acknowledged that the
Church %%as in a "trough" and said that it needed to regain "its vision and
confidence" and be read\ to take risks. A member of a panel appointed
b% the Archbishop of Canterbur-. Dr Ro, an Williams, to help defuse dis-
putes over homosexuality. he called for reconciliation, but made clear
that he stood by traditional teaching.
"\What I hope is that when people violently disagree with one another
in the same family, the \% ill find a language for living together and wa. s
of talking to one another." he said.
CHICAGO A federal judge has dismissed for the second time a la\w-
suit demanding nine defendant companies pay reparations to the descen-
dants of Afncan-American slaves, but the plaintiffs pledged to appeal.
U.S. District Judge Charles Norgle said the 2002 suit seeking compen-
sation from nine defendants including railroads, banks, cigarette makers
and insurance companies lacked merit and belonged in the political
realm, not in the courts.
In 2004, Norgle dismissed the suit but allowed the plaintiffs to refile
with an amended complaint. They did, accusing the companies of \volat-
ing consumer protection laws because their current businesses were built
on profits from buying and selling African-American slaves.
"It's just another step in a big battle." said actl ist Conrad Worrill. who
is helping with the lawsuit brought on behalf of more than a dozen named
and unnamed blacks with ancestors \ ho were slaves.
The next step will be an appeal to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in
Chicago, he said.
6.5 Million South Africans
May Have HIV, Study Says
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (July 11) Mlore than 6.5 rrmillion ot
South Africa's 47 million people could be infected w. ith HIVM according
to a government report released Monday, a sharp increase from previous
A 2004 Health Department survey of more than 16.000 pregnant
women attending antenatal clinics indicated between 6.29 million and
6.57 million South Africans were infected with the virus that causes
AIDS, compared to 5.6 million in 2003.
The state statistical service, Statistics SA, put the figure this year at 4.5
Officials quoted by the South African Broadcasting Corp. blamed dif-
ferences in methodology for the discrepancy.
Prevalence increased among all age groups between the two years, but
was highest in women aged between 25 and 20 nearly *0( percent oft
whom tested HIV-positive.
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Report Cards Reveals
Corporate America Lacking
U.S. corporations are stagnating
when it comes to improving racial
diversity, the NAACP said Monday
as it released report cards measur-
ing 55 companies on their efforts.
Most rankings were virtually the
same as last year, an indication that
some businesses are not making
much effort to improve, said Dennis
C. Hayes, interim NAACP presi-
dent. "The opportunities for
African-Americans to participate in
this American dream depends on all
of us being included," Hayes said.
The report cards were released
during the annual convention of the
National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People,
an annual six-day event.
Companies included were in the
telecom, lodging, finance, retail and
auto industries. They self-reported
their work with blacks in employ-
ment, charitable giving, advertis-
ing, contracting and community
Taken together, four industries got
a C grade. Retail got a D, largely
because five of the 11 companies
examined did not respond to the
NAACP's request for information.
Those companies received Fs.
NAACP officials said that, in the
future, the civil rights group may
organize boycotts of companies that
don't supply diversity information.
"We will no longer allow folks to
just ignore this," said Nelson
Rivers, chief operating officer for
the NAACP. "It really is outra-
BellSouth received the highest
rank of all the companies, a 3.3 out
of a possible four points. Mitsubishi
Motors North America got the low-
est rank, a 1.18. The NAACP said
that the U.S. branch of the Japanese
automaker has many of its black
employees doing either clerical or
administrative work. There are no
blacks on the board of directors or
in recruiting, and the company
spends no money advertising with
black media, the report said.
The NAACP first began compil-
ing the report cards in 1996, when it
probed the hotel industry on diver-
Following 2 Year Hiatus, Lee
Ready to Enter Political Arena
by Daniel Ephraim
She's back in the game! Former
City Councilwoman E. Denise Lee
has re-entered the political arena
after a two year absence. Most
know the outspoken civil servant
for her 20 year tenure on the
Jacksonville City Council.
Her political career is one leg-
ends are made of. She actually first
began in 1976 with an appointment
by the City Council. That same rep-
resentation continued until 1999
when she was forced out of office
due to term limits. Throughout her
twenty year tenure, she holds such
accomplishments to her credit
including: building the swimming
pool at Ribault Senior High School,
Bradham Brooks Northwest
Regional Library on Edgewood
Avenue, The First Tee of
Jacksonville Golf Course on
Golfair Blvd., the building center
at Clanzel T. Brown Community
Center, and Riverview community
center behind K-mart on Lem
Turner Rd. In 1999 she won a seat
in the Florida House of
Representatives but stepped down
to run as state Senate in 2002. Lee,
along with Tony Hill vied to fill the
seat in the state Senate's 1st District
which included parts of St. John's
County. The election, which was
very controversial and divisive on
the North side community forced
Lee to face her first lost in her polit-
ical career. In reflecting on the
experience, she stands tall n her bid.
"I did 20 years which obviously
qualified me. As I said then, I was
the most qualified in the race." Said
After two years of absence from
the political arena she is ready to
reclaim her District 8 Council seat
in the next election (2007).
Lee shares why she chooses to
run for office now, "I have a lot of
political experience." She says. Lee
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Jax Native's First Role is With Denzel Washington
Ten years ago when Cassandra
Freeman graced the halls of
Douglas Anderson School of the
Arts, to many she was just another
creative kid. But her father, activist
Mack Freeman, friends and family
knew better. After securing a full
scholarship to Florida State
University and attaining a MFA
from New York University, Cassie
Freeman was ready for the big time.
Though she just graduated from
graduate school a few short months
ago, Freeman has landed her first
acting "gig" with no other than a
Spike Lee film with the legendary
The crime thriller, "The Inside
Man, also stars such Hollywood
heavyweights as Clive Owen,
William Dafoe and Jodie Foster.
This will be Freeman's first role in
a major film; she is cast as the
fiance of a New York police detec-
tive, Keith Miller, played by Denzel
"I was thrilled when I received the
part in The Inside Man," Cassandra
said. "Not only do I have the oppor-
tunity to participate in a major film
project, but I have the privilege of
working with veterans of the indus-
try, like Denzell and with a brilliant
generous director, Spike Lee. I real-
ize that as a young actress making
her film debut, I am very fortunate.
After this film Cassandra will be off
to Minneapolis at the prestigious
Notice of the role came a week
after her graduating from NYU.
"Ironically enough, I was scouted
in a talent showcase and they called
me for an audition." The next phone
call Cassandra received was for a
meeting with Spike Lee. The rest is
In addition, to the film, she will
also be on the soap opera, the
Guiding Light on August 1st and
Vincent Cirrincione one of the
industry's most prominent talent
managers, who has managed
careers for some of Hollywood's
leading actors, including Halle
Berry and Ruben Santiago Hudson,
currently represents Freeman.
This has been an incredibly diffi-
cult year for Freeman, with the
death of her father followed by the
death her grandfather (U.B.
Kinsey). "I believe my father must
have asked God for a favor, because
to work on this project is a dream,
The Inside Man takes places dur-
ing a hostage situation in which a
tough cop matches wits against a
clever bank robber, who sets to pull
the perfect heist. The film began
shooting June 27 and is scheduled
to play in theaters in March 2006.
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Ford To Pay
Million, and More
CINCINNATI "The EEOC is
pleased to have been able to work
cooperatively with Ford and the
United Auto Workers in reaching a
mutually satisfactory resolution to
this matter," said EEOC Commis-
sion General Counsel Eric Drei-
band. "Employers must consider
how all aspects of selection
processes, including written tests,
may adversely impact members of
a particular demographic group."
Upon final approval, the
settlement will resolve the EEOC's
lawsuit against Ford, the National
United Automobile, Aerospace and
Agricultural Implement Workers of
America (UAW), the UAW's Local
863, and both the local and national
Ford-UAW Joint Apprenticeship
Committee. The EEOC's suit was
filed on December 27, 2004. The
settlement will also resolve the
class members' suit against Ford
and the UAW, for which they are
represented by private counsel
(Robison vs. Ford Motor Comp-
any). The text of the settlement
agreement is available online at
The settlement will apply to all
Ford facilities nationwide and
provide significant advancement
opportunities for African American
employees to apprentice for skilled
craft positions, such as electrician,
pipefitter, machine repair and other
jobs. The monetary relief included
approximately $8.5 million for 13
African American employees who
filed Charges of Discrimination
with the EEOC in Cincinnati and
Cleveland, Ohio, as well as, a class
of about 3,400 African Americans
nationwide, who were not placed
on the apprentice list.
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Last year's hurricanes knocked out famed Attorney Willie E. Gary's
coveted "Christmas Party", but Gary, the fabulous partyman is coming
back this year with a "Christmas in July" gala set for August 3rd during
the National Bar Association's 80th Annual Convention in Orlando.
Invited guests include Alonzo Mourning, Shaquille O'Neil, Michael
Jackson, Don King, Marla Gibbs and many more. Old school is in, and
you'll find entertainment by The Manhattans, and The O'Jays. Didn't
get an invitation? Hold on, you can still get a glimpse of the celebrity
attorney at the upcoming Willie Gary Classic at Jacksonville's Alltel
Stadium this fall. Other Gary events besides winning mega million
dollar lawsuits include the Shaw University Homecoming Reception on
October 15th; a Scholarship Gala at the Gary home on December 9th;
and the Willie Gary Celebrity Golf Classic on December 10th. Want to
reserve your space? Call 1(800) 329-GARY.
Your child can take a FREE Practice SAT test, the absolutely
necessary test for your child to be admitted to college, at 10 a.m. on
Saturday, July 16th, at the San Marco Branch Library, 1513
LaSalle Street. Students taking the practice test will be advised of
their strengths and weaknesses to help them better prepare for the
test that counts. Sponsored by The Princeton Review, students
may register online at princtonreview.com/events or by phone at
'Ae you aware that trire' are at least three black stage/film festivals
each year? One of the most impressive is the National Black Theatre
Festival held in Winston Salem, North Carolina, yes, the home of the
"national poet" Maya Angelou. The 16"' Anniversary National Black
Theatre Festival, an international celebration and reunion of"Spririt for
the Entire Family" is set for August 1-6, 2005. Old and new black
actors, directors and producers will be hand, including: Malcolm-
Jamal Warner, CCH Pounder, Kim Fields, Ruby Dee, Ella Joyce,
Melba Moore, Tom Joyner, Woodie King Jr., Barbara
Montgomery, James Avery, Obba Babatunde, Malik Yoba, and a
host of others. The festival will open with a parade of powerful
African drummers followed a grand and royal procession of over 50
celebrities of television, stage and film. The festival also features a
"Midnight Poetry Jam", Theatrical Productions, a Youth/Celebrity
Project, National Youth Talent Show, The Readers' Theatre,
International Colloquium, Workshops and Seminars, Auditions for
actors and interviews for directors, stage managers and technical
artists looking for work in the upcoming season. For information,
just call (336) 723-2266.
Have you heard about Michael "Air" Jordan's prot6gd? It's his 16-
year-old son, Jeffrey Jordan. Jeffrey is reported to have his famous
father's features, as well as, his contagious smile. But, the teenager is
out to prove something -that he can play basketball too! A junior at
Loyola Academy College Preparatory School, the teen plans to follow
in his famous father's footsteps, no easy fete. Jeffrey is only 6 feet tall
so that's where the difference begins. He sparkled at a recent
basketball camp, but wasn't fazed by the attention, he simply looked at
it as being his "coming out party". At home, he has enjoyed many "one
on one" contests with his dad. Jeffrey wants to "play the game" in his
own name, but knows he'll forever be in the shadow of his dad.
Talking about heirs, Elizabeth Bethune, the great-granddaughter
of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, recently graduated from the college
founded by her great-grandmother, Bethune-Cookman College (B-CC)
in Daytona Beach, Florida. Her mother, Dr. Evelyn Bethune is
chairman of the Mary McLeod Bethune Legacy Foundation.
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.
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.
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Japan? Not a Pleasant Place for Minorities
day stay, but said he found officials
often failed to understand or recog-
nize the seriousness of racism and
Discrimination here, especially
Sm against the ancestors of Japan's eth-
"The lack of a strong political will
es.r problem," he told a news confer-
ence after touring several cities to
S meet with officials and minority
groups and visit slums.
Though Japan is a largely homog-
enous society, there are several sig-
nificant minority groups that Diene
said continue to suffer from social
and economic discrimination. He
Doudou Diene, a U.N. special rapporteur on racism and xenophobia, noted the ethnic Koreans and
gestures as he speaks to reporters during a news conference at the Chinese, along with the former
Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan. The U.N. investigator there "burakumin" outcast class, and the
was clear.evidence of discrimination against minorities in Japan and
indigenous Ainu group.
called on the government to pass a national law against it. Diene, who has made similar vis-
TOKYO An independent inves- said he saw little "political will" to its to about a dozen nations, said he
tigator for the United Nations fight the problem. will submit his final report to the
Human Rights Commission said Doudou Diene said he was U.N. General Assembly in March
Monday he believes deep pockets encouraged by the support the gov- next year.
of discrimination exist in Japan but crnment gave him during his nine- He noted that although the gov-
ernm ent "fully cooperated" with
his visit, he felt a contradiction
between the level of the problem as
seen through official eyes and how
the minorities themselves perceived
Without naming names, he said he
was also concerned by the use of
racist or nationalist themes by
politicians seeking to whip up pop-
ular emotions. Diene said he had
been refused a meeting with Tokyo
Gov. Shintaro Ishihara, an outspo-
He also said he was discouraged
by the general exclusion of the
nation-building contributions of
minorities in textbooks.
Diene said his final report will
likely recommend that Japan enact
a national law condemning discrim-
ination, legislation which it now
lacks, and increased consultation
between officials and minority
groups to identify and ease discrim-
Continued from front
also stated that she is qualified for
The former councilwoman will be
seeking the endorsements of
Congresswoman Corrine Brown
and other elected officials.
"Basically anyone who is willing to
support and vote for me," she said.
Lee stated that politics has been
part of her left since around the age
of 21. Yes, politics may come with
sacrifices and much more but Lee
will not let that change the way she
feels about politics. "To some
degree I have experience on getting
some things done that makes a dif-
ference in people's lives and bring
about a quality of life in these
neighborhoods. With politics, it's
one of those things you can do to
help a lot people at one time."
Her experiences over the last two
years has not changed her views of
politics for the worst, but for the
"I've been in politics all of my
adult life. There were many accom-
plishments received and I guess you
can say that's a reason why I have a
passion." Lee says that in between
her absence, she was still involved
in various community involvement
such as: Party politics, different
community meetings or candidates
running for office. "I am just
enhancing and adding to the con-
stituents I serve," she informs.
Lee is quick to add that her focus
is on the present, not the past, so
buckle up Jacksonville, Denise Lee
is coming back!
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Hf o Stronqg SoberIng
by Charles Griggs
GENTLEMEN, THE BOYS
ARE IN BIG TROUBLE
LIVE FROM CITY HALL
by Jacksonville City Councilman Reginald Fullwood
Unity is Critical for Black Community's Voice
Studies show that young black men are not headed to college. A disparity that may
leave a violent hole in the African American community, and society.
"Usually when people are sad, they don't do any-
thing. They just cry over their condition. But when
they get angry, they bring about a change...nobody
can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality
or justice or anything. If you're a man, you take it."
Malcolm X, Malcolm X Speaks, 1965
Like many others out there who from time to time
feel it necessary to share their opinion, I consider
myself to be knowledgeable about the subject matter
that I typically choose to write about. Usually, once I
decide to explore a topic the research leads me to con-
firmations of theories and hunches.
However, every now and then my own education
process leads not to confirmation, but to a state of shock.
Unfortunately, this is one of those instances.
Last week State Senator Tony Hill announced that
he would be hosting a series of town meetings to start
a discussion, and hopefully find solutions, on the lack
of education of young black males.
The four-city tour will be held in Miami, Daytona
Beach, Jacksonville and Tallahassee during the last
week of July.
When I first heard about Hill's efforts I was cool with
it because of the nobility of the cause. But when I lis-
tened a little harder, and dug a little deeper I realized
that this was more than a noble cause, but a necessary.
In fact, you can call it a down right emergency.
The glaring fact that jumped out at and had me run-
ning to my son's bedroom to make sure that he was
still there; a statistic outlining college enrollment for
African American males.
According to a recent study that Hill referenced,
African American males make up 5 percent of the
state's university system enrollment.
ONLY 5 percent.
The number is staggering, mind-boggling and a fast
track to the silencing of the black male as productive
members of society.
And while my son and his immediate group of
friends have their hearts set on someday enjoying the
college experience, the numbers say they are clearly
the exception and not the rule.
As a black male it has taken a lot for me to come to
grips with that tidbit of information.
I don't see how any community that considers itself
progressive can tolerate this type of disparity. I don't
see how a state that boasts about'the opportunity it
. offers to others can accept this type of information
with anything else other than embarrassment. And I
don't see how proud black men can stand idly by
while their legacy slips away.
In 1992 the Jacksonville Community Council
Incorporated (JCCI) fielded a study on "Young Black
Males." The report sought to "discover why a dispro-
portionate number of young black males in
Jacksonville, ages 25 and under, are failing to survive
and thrive, and to suggest ways in which all segments
of the community can be part of the solution to this
The effort was groundbreaking.
Thirteen years later things have obviously gotten
worse, not better.
The study pointed out several things relevant to
today's problems. The study sites the lack of eco-
nomic security, lack of adequate infrastructure in
black neighborhoods, and changing morals and ethi-
cal values as issues that needed to be dealt with to
improve the situation in Jacksonville.
Even back then, these observations presented no
Today is no different. We know what the problems are
and there is only one way to fix it, from within.
While Senator Hill is doing his legwork on the lack
of black males taking advantage of higher education
opportunities, brothers in the community need to get
ready to, "man- up."
To all of those black men out there who have cho-
sen to neglect the needs of young brothers, the vaca-
tion is over.
Young brothers need to know that dreadlocks and
tattoos on the neck don't play well in corporate
America. Someone has to be there to inform them that
white t-shirts maybe some sort of fashion statement in
the hood, but image is everything. And since young
brothers seem to feel that becoming a rap star is some
sort of cultural right of passage, black men need to
show them alternatives that encourage a diversity of
thought and talent.
Every black man, educated and uneducated, should
rethink his past course of action in guidance to youth.
Every black man should realize that extinction is at
hand and whatever action he decides to take could
affect his own survival.
And since fewer and fewer black males are enter-
ing college, everyone should be worried. These young
men have to do something. The alternatives to educa-
tion are all bad news, crime punishment and death.
Gentlemen, it's time to get angry and do what it
takes to bring about change.
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One of the funniest comments I
have heard President Bush make of
late was that he wouldn't allow
party politics and special interest
groups determine who he nominates
as the next Supreme Court Justice to
replace Sandra Day O'Conner.
That was'a good one Georgie, if I
may call you Georgie. But that is
another story for another day. What
is relevant about this pending Su-
preme Court battle and it will be a
battle, is that people, particularly
black folk, now more than ever real-
ize the importance of these critical
In the year 2000, the Supreme
Court educated you on their author-
ity by literally deciding who the
President of the United States
should be between George W. Bush
and Al Gore. Sandra Day O'Conner,
a Republican, stuck with her party
and struck down the Florida recount
with a 5-4 vote.
If you didn't understand the Su-
preme Court's authority in 2003,
they once again informed you when
O'Conner delivered the majority
opinion in favor of the University of
Michigan Law School admissions
case that ruled in favor of affirma-
tive action. Yet another 5-4 vote.
If you still don't quite get it, just
hold on because O'Conner's re-
placement will have to deal with
race and affirmative action issues,;
gay rights, religion, abortion, local
land use laws, and many more is-
sues. It is extremely important that
all citizens be aware of the impor-
tance and authority of the highest
court in the land.
On Monday night, The People for
the American Way, along with sev-
eral other community-based organi-
zation like the Jacksonville Leader-
ship Coalition held a town hall
meeting to discuss issues like the
next Supreme Court Justice appoint-
ment. The focus of the meeting was
to basically get issues out on the
table in a forum that allowed for
community leaders and citizens to
interact with each other.
One of the problems I feel that we
have faced in the black community
is a lack of a cohesive voice, but
how can one have a cohesive voice
when there are so many factions to
contend with? I often ask myself if
it is even realistic to expect all Afri,
can Americans to be in the same
page on the issues that affect our
I am not talking about political
parties and liberal versus conserva-
tives. I am talking about establish-
ing a "black agenda" and working
towards,resolving the issues on that
agenda. Movements like the People
for the American Way town hall
meeting is a very positive step, but,
you always have to ask yourself -
what is next?
That is a question that is rarely
answered. Writer Toni Cade Bam-
bara, once said, "If we have learned
anything from the '50s and '60s, it
is that we need an organized, collec-
tive response to our oppression."
As far back as the 1870s, Freder-
ick Douglas talked about the impor-
tance of black unity. He' stated,
"Remember that our cause is one
and that we must help each other if
we would succeed."
The town hall meeting was also
organized by the African American
Ministers in Action group that was
formed by preachers from around
the country to help voice their con-
cerns about the issues affecting
I say the more organizations the
better, but all should be on the same
wayepength On the local front yery.
positive movements have been hap-
opening. First, a group of ministers
and community leaders formed the
Jacksonville Leadership Coalition,
headed by Rev. R. L. Gundy, Rev.
Lee Harris, and others. This organi-
zation focuses on addressing issues
crucial to the Black community.
Second, African American elected
officials started meeting on a
monthly basis to understand the
issues each person is dealing with
and how they can continue to work
together especially since they serve
the same community.
These are two very positive
movements that weren't simply
needed, but necessary. And meet-
ings will continue to be critical es-
pecially with issues like toxic ash
sites, crime and a widening income
gap still devastate our communities.
But, and there is always a "but,"
now is the time for the people, those
everyday citizens to get more in-
volved in political and social move-
ments. On Monday night Senator
Tony Hill made and excellent point
about the gay marriage issue in the
last presidential election.
He explained that Americans got
so caught up talking about gay mar-
riage when we should have been
addressing the issues that affect our
everyday lives like Social Security,
affordable healthcare, AIDS, job
creation and better wages. These are
some of the issues that affect John
Q Citizen, and the only way to ef-
fectively change is to energize and
empower our communities.
Although we live in a representa-
tive democracy, and people elect
officials to make decisions on their
behalf in local, state and federal
governments, the power still resides
in the people.
Signing off from the People for
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Pastor Gary Williams Addresses
Controversial Issues in New Book
Shown above is Pastor Gary Williams and the front cover of "DeliveranceFrom the Down Low"
by Danielle Ephraim
Dr. Gary L. Williams, Pastor of
the First Baptist Church of
Mandarin writes a book that has
everyone in the Black community
talking "Deliverance from the
Down Low. The book is intended
to help men who are struggling with
their sexuality to understand both
the role and purpose for which he is
created," says Williams.
"What is Down Low?" you may
ask. Williams describes Down Low
(DL) as a man who is secretly
involved in intimate relations with
men, whether they are married, or
single. Some may even be fathers.
He also explains how DL men are
on the rampage, especially in the
Williams goes into depth about
how DL men have a major affect on
the women. "African Americans
make up about 13 percent of the
American population," he said, "but
how is it that we are leading the
country when it comes to
HIV/AIDS." When DL men have
intercourse with men and contract
AIDS, they pass it on to their girl-
friends, or go home to their wife.
She then contracts it, and when she
has a baby that is a triple homicide.
"That's genocide. We are killing
ourselves!" Williams emphasizes.
Williams' book also gives seven
steps to healing, which includes:
Surrendering your life to Jesus and
having faith that God will change
you. "These are some guidelines to
help those struggling with their sex-
quality says Williams.
"This book is not for people who
are looking for a quick fix.
Deliverance comes from prayer and
following God's will on a. daily
basis," says Williams. This book is
for DL men and openly gay men
who have an open heart and mind to
seek deliverance. For deliverance,
one must have a want in the trans-
formation of the heart and renewing
of the mind. Same sex relationships
are not what God intended.
Williams said that the, reason God
ordained Adam and Eve and not
Adam and Steve is, because He
intended for balance to be in the
home. In his book, he states, "We
live in a world where there are no
boundaries. Right is wrong and
wrong is now right. Bad is good and
good is bad. The parameters of life
are no longer permanent but now
erasable. Bisexual is en vogue.
Marital infidelity has become the
norm and is no longer a misnomer.
To be homosexual is to be normal
and to be heterosexual is' to' br
Everything God has set is set with
a purpose. He ordained marriage
for man and woman. He allowed
women to conceive life and man to
have the substance to produce life.
He also granted us with authority.
"Man is not given a position for the
purpose of him doing what he want-
ed to do; rather it was for the pur-
pose" of doing what God wanted
him to do," Williams states in his
book. Authority is there to set
Williams says that the moral
fibers of this country are coming
apart in swatches. In his book he
asks his readers the questions,
"When will it end? When will it
stop? When will it turn around?
Can things be as they were? He
answers, "As long as we remain
like we are, the promise to our pos-
terity will be abyss of sensual
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Mayor John Peyton announced
today that River Region Human
Services has decided to suspend its
pursuit of the Job Corps Center
(known formerly as the Jewish
Community Center) in
Jacksonville's historic Springfield
The building became available
when the Job Corps moved its oper-
ations to a new facility on Golfair
Boulevard and the building was
declared a surplus federal property.
River Region Services sought the
facility under the McKinney Act,
which allows surplus federal prop-
erty to be conveyed to homeless
providers at no cost.
In a letter to Mayor Peyton dated
July 11, 2005, River Region Human
Services' Chief Executive Officer
Derya Williams said, "River Region
Human Services Board of
Directors has agreed to suspend its
pursuit of the former Job Corps
building based on your commit-
ment to assist us in finding compa-
rable accommodations for the serv-
ices we provide." Mayor Peyton
has directed his staff to work with
River Region Human Services to
identify and facilitate the move to a
new facility where River Region
provides critically important servic-
"It is gratifying to know that the
Board of River Region Human
Services and its CEO are willing to
be flexible as they continue their
commitment to care for those in our
community who are in need. While
the Job Corp Building may not be
the best facility for their work, I am
committed to finding a situation
that will more than adequately meet
their needs", said Mayor Peyton.
While supportive of River
Region's mission, Mayor Peyton
opposed the use of the Job Corps
building as being inconsistent with
the Springfield Zoning Overlay.
Further, the Mayor believes strong-
ly that reuse of the Job Corps build-
ing is an important redevelopment
project for the neighborhood and is
best suited for an entity with the
capacity to undertake such a proj-
ect. "This is an aging structure with
historic elements. It needs exten-
sive restoration and renovation. I
firmly believe that River Region's
use of this building would have
become a financial drain and
detracted from their core mission.
I am committed to supporting River
Region's pursuit of their mission."
"As for the Job Corps building, I
remain hopeful that an experienced
and financially viable entity will
take on the reuse of this building.
Black Activists Decry G-8 Summit's
"Hollow Commitments" to Help Africa
Black American activists dis-
missed last week's G-8 summit in
Scotland as long on rhetoric and
short on substantial, long-term
assistance for impoverished
"The G-8 produced an uneven
result," said Bill Fletcher Jr., presi-
dent of TransAfrica Forum. "On
the one hand, a commitment was
made to double aid to Africa by
2010. That is very important.
Nevertheless, the Bush administra-
tion has not changed its position on
refusing to increase U.S. assis-
"The struggle certainly contin-
ues," Fletcher said. "It is obvious
that without continued pressure on
the G-8, there will be nothing more
Last week, the White House and
leaders of the world's richest coun-
tries said they created an "historic
commitment" to assist Africa in
bolstering its economic develop-
"Our primary focus in Africa is
going to be to focus efforts on solv-
ing people's problems," President
George W. Bush said last week.
"They've got a problem in
HIV/AIDS, and we're leading the
world when it comes to contribu-
According to the White House,
Bush proposed about $674 million
of additional resources to respond
to humanitarian emergencies in
Africa. The U.S., the White House
says, has already provided nearly
$1.4 billion this fiscal year for
humanitarian needs in Africa, some
World leaders pos
through the United Nations and
some directly to non-governmental
organizations providing relief in
Bush also pledged $1.2 billion to
help Africa eradicate a myriad of
deadly diseases, including AIDS
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)
said the G-8 should be commended
for putting Africa on the agenda,
but she posed one essential ques-
tion. "Will promises made be
promised kept?" she asked.
"Pledges of those dollars must be
made swiftly. Any delay will not be
of any value. The G-8 will not be
successful until people at the bot-
tom of the boats are lifted.!
Africa Action called the G-8 sum-
mit a "stunning failure to deliver on
the promised debt cancellation,
trade reforms and development
assistance" for poor African coun-
;e at the Summit
"This G-8 plan is inadequate and
a contemptuous response to
African demands for justice," Salih
Booker, executive director of
Africa Action, said in a statement
last week. "It is an unapologetic
confirmation of the global
apartheid system in which the most
impoverished continent bankrolls
the development of the rich world."
"Their announcement to increase
aid to Africa is the greatest hoax of
our time," Booker added. "While
they trumpet minuscule increases
in development assistance, they
continue to extract billions of dol-
lars a year in debt repayments from
countries excluded from this
diminutive debt deal."
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Faith, Family and Fun are Eniphasis for
Religious Cnference-MegaFest 2005
ATLANTA This August people
will be on their feet, charged with
the excitement of experiencing
MegaFest 2005 at the Georgia
Dome, with Bishop T. D. Jakes.
MegaFest 2005 is set for Wednes-
day thru Saturday, August 3-6".
More than 140,000 people from 55
countries, attended in 2004.
MegaFest combines Bishop
Jakes' popular conferences: Man-
Power, Women Thou Art Loosed
and the Mega Youth Experience.
MegaKidz, will be available for
children 5 to 12. All events will be
held at the Georgia Dome, Georgia
World Congress Center, Philips
Arena and the International'Plaza.
Bishop Jakes says, "I think
there's a rebirth of spirituality in
this nation unlike anything we've
every seen. When you come to
MegaFest, you can grow spiritually
have fun with the family, and enjoy
great entertainment, all in one place
and in a safe environment."
The speaker lineup includes:
"America's Best Preacher" Bishop
T. D. Jakes, a Time magazine
designation; Financial Guru Suze
Orman, and Jesse Duplantis,
former addict turned Evangelist,
author and TV host, who uses real
life experience and a unique sense
of humor to share the powerful.
message of God's love with people
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Other information, call 634-1993.
Award-winning guest perform-
ers include: Stephen Baldwin,
Steve Harvey, Avery Johnson,
BeBe Winans, Gladys Knight and
Exciting family friendly events:
The Light the World Parade, Livin'
It-Xtreme Sports, hosted by .actor
Stephen Baldwin, combining outra-
geous skateboarding and BMX
stunts with the powerful message
of God's radical love.
11f Episcopal District
The 11I Episcopal District of
the African Methodist Episcopal
(AME) Church Christian Education
Congress will met in Orlando, July
22nd and 23rd. The Presiding
Elder's Retreat will be held at the
Transportation is Available
to Million Man March in
Washington on Oct. 15th
Transportation is available from
Jacksonville to Washington, DC for
the 10th Anniversary Million Man
March in Washington, DC on
Saturday, October 15, 2005.
Reserve your space now for
you, your family, club or organi-
zation by calling: (904) 768-2778,
768-3332 or 610-7668.
The Sanctuary at
Mt. Calvary to Hold
Disturbing the Peace
The Sanctuary at Mt. Calvary,
Dr. John Allen Newman, Senior
Pastor; Min. Phillip Rawls, Pastor
of Youth and College Outreach;
will present their Second Annual
"Disturbing the Peace Youth
Conference 2005" July 29-31st.
Youth and young adults will be
empowered and equipped, during
3-days of worship, music, evangel-
ism, fellowship and'fun.
With services at 7 p.m., Friday;
11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday; and at
7 p.m. on Saturday evening for the
DTP Club Night; and 11 a.m. on
Sunday, July 31st.
There are no registration fees
and all events are open to the
The Bible tells us in the Gospel
of Matthew 11:12, "the Kingdom
of Heaven suffereth violence, and
the violent take it by force." This
year's conference will focus on
youth being radical about their
relationship with Christ, and
enjoying a Godly lifestyle. We are,
calling for leaders in ministry to
come together and bring youth
from all over Jacksonville, and
surrounding areas for this joint
Rev. Dr. Richard L. Wilson, Sr.,
Pastor of West Friendship Baptist
Church, has expanded the ministry
through outreach, preaching and
teaching in the city of Jacksonville
and surrounding areas, for over 52
years. He was called to pastor at
West Friendship Baptist Church on
October 12; 1953, and presently
holds the longest years of pastorate
in the city.
Grace Baptist of East
Springfield to Celebrate
Birthday of Pastor
Emeritus Rev. J. A. Payne
The Grace Baptist Church of
East Springfield, Rev. John Devoe,
Jr., Pastor; 1553 East 21st St.,
invites All Saints of God to the
Birthday Celebration for Pastor
Emeritus, Rev. John A. Payne; at 4
p.m. on Sunday, July 17, 2005.
For more information, please
call Sis. Joan Daniels at 710-7344
or Sister Claudia Campbell at (904)
First Baptist of
Oakland Close "Youth
Explosion 2005" with
Health Fair & Carnival
First Baptist Church of Oakland,
1025 Jessie Street, Rev. Torin T.
Dailey, Interim Pastor; climaxes
"Youth Explosion 2005" with a
Health Fair and Carnival, 10 a.m.
to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 14"h.
Health screenings and school
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Seniors are invited to bring their'
prescriptions. There will be FREE
Food and Fun Activities for all.
For directions, call 354-5295.
Rev. Dr. Richard L. Wilson Sr.
On Wednesday, Thursday and
Friday, August 17-19, 2005, Pastor
Wilson will be honored for his
years of service.
St. Andrew M. B. to
Hold Annual Women's
St. Andrew Missionary Baptist
Church, Rev. Henry Rivers, Interim
Pastor; Rev. L. J. Coleman, Asso-
ciated Pastor, and the members,
invite you to attend their Annual
Women's Day Celebration at 11
a.m. on Sunday, July 24, 2005.
Dr. Cynthia Griffin will explore
the theme: Christian Women
Putting Action to Their Faith,
Women's Ddr~harahrerson, Sls.
Gwen Riers, and'Co-chairperson,
Sis. Dominique Mann; announced
that the colors will be pink and
lime green, for the occasion.
Rev. Ernie L. Murray Sr., and
the St. Thomas Baptist Church; Dr.
Landon L. Williams and Greater
Macedonia Baptist Church; and
Rev. Tom E. Diamond Sr. and
Abyssinia Baptist Church; along
with the East Florida & Bethany
Association, Rev. Odell Smith Jr.,
Moderator; will help celebrate with
services nightly at 7 p.m.
Pastor Wilson is moderator
emeritus of the East Florida 7
Bethany Baptist Association, Vice
President of the Missionary Baptist
Fellowship State Convention of
Florida, and is Secretary of the
Board of Trustees at Florida
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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.
Evangel Temple Assembly of God
July 17, 2005
8:25 a.m. & 10:45 a.m.
"Watchman What of the Night?"
Do you know what time it is on God's Time Table?
S* How close is the coming of the Lord?
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5755 Ramona Blvd.
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Rev. Dr. Richard L. Wilson Celebrates
52 Years of Dedicated Pastorate Service
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
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Wednesday Noon Service "Miracle at Midday" 12 noon I p.m.
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Bethel Baptist Institutional Holds 6th Annual Joshua's Generation Discipleship Conference
Praise and Worship Dr. Rudolph McKissick and
Pastor Jasmin Sculark listen
IL intently to Pastor Marcus Cosby
The 6th Annual JOSHUA's Generation Discipleship Conference Committee
Pastor Otis Moss, Historic
Tabernacle Baptist, Augusta, Ga.
Door Prize Drawing
Bishop Derek Triplett, Hope
Fellowship Church, Daytona Bch.
Pastor Jasmin Sculark,
Shiloh M. B., York, Penn.
Stormy Cleveland and Leofric Thomas to
Perform Benefit for Foster Kids
Pastor Leofric Thomas
JACKSONVILLE In what is
being billed as "Saints Night Out,"
national recording artists Stormy
Cleveland and Pastor Leofric
Swim Meet, June 16
Saturday, June 16th, the for-
mer Jefferson St. Seahorse Team
and other swimmers will be at
the Jefferson Street Pool, corner
Jefferson & 4th St., to express
gratitude and respect to a man
whose passion for his job went
far and beyond the job.
During the 50s & 60s Mr.
Guinyard formed the first
competitive swim team, and 100s
learned how to swim, and
compete. This meet is open to all.
male and female, young and old.
There is NO FEE, register to
swim in Saturday's Meet by
calling 424-7999 or 762-1999.
Thomas will perform a concert to
benefit children who live in foster
care. This Holy Ghost filled
evening is being sponsored by the
Community Partnership for the
Protection of Children (CPPC).
This Evening of Inspiration is
set for 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday, July
23rd, at Henrietta's, 9th & Main St.
Executive Director of CPPC,
Sandra Durham, states that she is
so excited about the evening. She
went on to say that they are much
honored to have two of the
country's rising gospel stars to
offer to help foster children. Also
appearing will be Spoken Word
Artist "Soul Flower." For more
information, call (904) 924-1680.
Text and Photos by Rhonda Silver
What a glorious time in the Lord
was had July 8-10, 2005, at the 6th
Annual Joshua's Generation Dis-
cipleship Conference. The theme
"Enlarge Your Tent" provided food
for thought and strategy for living
more fruitful and productive lives.
All three days of conference were
held at the Bethel Baptist Institu-
tional Church, where Dr. Rudolph
W. McKissick Sr. and Dr. Rudolph
W. McKissick Jr. are Senior
"Enlarge Your Tent" was the
theme for this years Discipleship
Conference which celebrated the 6th
Annual Joshua's Generation Con-
ference with four awesome, dy-
namic preachers, bringing the
theme into focus.
Pastor Marcus Cosby of Wheel-
er Avenue Baptist Church, Hous-
ton, Texas, seeks to lift all human-
ity through the life changing,
uncompromising Word of God. His
preaching and teaching have open-
ed doors for him across the coun-
try. Bethel was blessed by him as
he ministered to us.."Stop Dream-
ing and, Start Producing!"
Pastor Jasmin Sculark, better
known as Rev. Jazz is the newly
elected Pastor of Shiloh Missionary.
Baptist Church, York, Pennsyl-
vania. She is the founder and presi-
dent of the Daughter of Thunder
Ministry. Like Esther, Rev. Jazz
stands as a "Woman for such a time
as this. Her heart's desire is to be
found faithful in the task God has
given. Blessing Bethel with and by,
"Taking the Limits Off God."
Pastor Otis Moss of Historic
Tabernacle Baptist Church, Augus-
ta, Georgia, has been recognized as
'One of God's Foot Sbldiers' by
Newsweek Magazine. His great
passion for youth and the many
programs he designs and partici-
pates in. echo his commitment to
transform lives. Lecturing on the
importance of "Looking Beyond
Your Present Condition."
Finally, Bishop Derek Triplett
of Hope Fellowship Church, Day-
tona Beach, Florida, masterfully
took the floor. His topic, was
challenging, and his approach was
simple, yet strategic. With a broad
stroke he painted the picture, then
narrowing it down with defining
lines scripture. "Opening The Door
For Overflow" he taught, begins
What a glorious time in the Lord
was had! Truly, thought provoking,
and life encouraging. A new
generational blessing, for the next
generation of believers. Enlarging
their tents, and strengthening their
Rodnie Bryant Makes Some CHANGES
With two chart topping projects
under his belt, He's A Keepa and
My Father's Business, Rodnie
continues to minister on his new
project Change of Seasons, which
shows Rodnie's versatility and ." I
musical talents across the board as
he continues to open doors for new
choirs and singers. Along with '1
CCMC, he has included
newcomers Yet Unseen and H
IYGMC (Indiana Youth Gospel
Rodnie and CCMC have had
countless hits: We offer Praise, A )
Testimony, among them. You will
find a choir hit, praise and worship
songs, youth and traditional gospel,
produced by Daniel Weatherspoon.
Also, available on VHS and DVDs.
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YOU may be eligible for free healthy food and nutrition education.
WIC is a special nutrition program
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pregnant, breastfeeding or have
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much as $35,808.00 per year anm
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than 12 months of age?
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call to talk with a Duval County WIC representative
at 904 630-3290.
you are WIC is also for infants and
just had children under 5 years old.
WIC promotes good health
g and through healthy eating.
There are several Community
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throughout Duval County.
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Dear Annie" I am an African-
American female and have never
been faced with this problem, and
I really do not know how to han-
Recently, an older Caucasian
lady moved into our apartment
complex, and she has hung a
black-faced doll on her patio,
which faces the parking lot. This
doll is of the Al Jolson variety
that was used in times past to ridi-
cule persons of African descent.,
have to pass her patio every day
and look at this atrocity.
I feel dehumanized every time
that I see this doll. To me, this is
the same as displaying a Nazi
swastika. My question is, how do
I approach this woman and tell
her of my feelings? -- Upset in
Dear Arlington: Let's assume
this woman has no idea that this
doll makes her seem racist. Knock
on her door and explain it to h ir,
nicely. Tell her, "I'm sure it isn't
your intention to hurt anyone, so I
though I'd let you know that the
doll on your patio is quite offen-
sive.- Would you mind putting it
inside your apartment?" If she
refuses, talk to the landlord or the
apartment manager. You also can
file a discrimination complaint
with Kentucky's Commission on
Family Visit Supervisor. Supervise visits' between
children and their non-custodial parent. These children
are usually in foster homes and have been removed due
to negligence or abuse. Background check is required and paid for by
the agency. Minimum age: 18 Contact: Kim MacEwan, Family Nurtur-
ing Center of Florida 389-4244x6
;'i Fu'itin'The Woods'Sum-nrerCamp. The ARC Jacksonvillel in part-
nership with Shepherd of the Woods Lutheran Church Announces vol-
unteer opportunities at a new summer camp for children and youth with
or without a disability from the ages of 9-21. Assist with activities such
as fishing, canoeing, arts, crafts, cooking, sports, water fun and cook-
outs. Contact: Madelyn Speagle, 699-6974
June 1 marked the start of Hurricane Season 2005. In the event of
a disaster, Volunteer Jacksonville will coordinate the efforts of unaffili-
ated volunteers through the activation of a Volunteer Reception Center.
Volunteer Jacksonville's Disaster Preparedness Program needs volun-
teers who are interested in assisting with this effort if and when we have
to activate and if your family and home needs are met. Call for more
information: Sue Nelson, 398-7777x16
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. On September 24 thou-
sands of people will gather in Memorial Park in Riverside to participate
in a monumental cancer fund-raising and awareness event. Funds raised
through this event are dedicated to the American Cancer Society's re-
search, education, advocacy, patient and family services. Registration
begins at 7:30 a.m. The walk starts at 9:00 a.m. No minimum age re-
quirement. Contact: Chris Hunter 398-0537 x 326
2005 Camp Healing Powers is a bereavement camp for children
between the ages of 6 -16 held the weekend of September 16-
18. Volunteer for one of the many positions: cabin leaders, assistants,
registration and greeters. Assist with face painting, arts and crafts. The
Cabin Leader position requires having to stay the whole weekend. Other
positions are more flexible. Training is required and will be held TBA
with lunch provided. Minimum age required is 21. Contact: Community
Hospice, Jennifer Matthews 596-6272.
Reginald L. Sykes, Sr. M.D.P.A.
When Dr. Reed meets her goal,
the money will be earmarked for the
ambitious $13 million initiative to
build and maintain a state-of-the-art
home for the B-CC football team.
The Football Training Center will
include locker rooms and showers,'a*
weight room, coaches' offices, meet-
This could be the most beneficial
loss in the history of Bethune-
Cookman College athletics.
Hoping to set an example for her
students at Bethune-Cookman Col-
lege to lead a healthy lifestyle, Col-
lege President Dr. Trudie Kibbe
Reed recently embarked on a diet to
maintain her girlish figure.
However, it's difficult to maintain
a rigid regimen when you're re-
quired to appear at numerous func-
tions and dinners all featuring a
smorgasbord of fattening appetizers
and succulent main courses. And
then there's Dr. Reed's favorite vice
a glass of Dr. Pepper on ice add-
ing to the calorie count.
But being an astute fundraiser,
Dr. Reed seized the opportunity to
j find extra motivation at a recent
S luncheon with members of her
Board of Trustees. One trustee,
Margaret McPhillips pledged
$10,000 to the Football Training
Center gifts initiative if, Dr. Reed
loses 25 pounds before mid-
December. Moments later, Board
Chairman Irving Matthews matched
Pack away the Dr. Peppers.,
"I now have excellent reasons to
get into better shape," smiles Dr.
Reed. "My own personal well-being
and an opportunity to further along
a project that the entire Bethune-
Cookman College family is excited
Dr. Reed is serious about educat-
ing the students on health issues,
often eating alongside them in the
school cafeteria and encouraging
them to avoid the fast foods and try
the salads and sweet potatoes. She
also promotes exercise.
"I believe in the all-around devel-
H S opment of our students," Dr. Reed
d s said.
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coaches and support staff as well
approximately 600-700 young stu-
dent-athletes throughout Florida
participating in the National Youth
Sports Program and summer camps
hosted by B-CC.
Head Coach Alvin Wyatt offered
his encouragement to Dr. Reed.
"I'll personally send my best line-
man to guard her refrigerator if I
have to," Wyatt said. "She's the star
quarterback of this team and the
quarterback has to be in the best
shape for us to win.
"Dr. Reed continues to inspire us
with her innovative ways to raise
funds and take this institution to a
higher level," Wyatt added. "She
has the Wildcat spirit of determina-
tion ... all I can say is that Mr. Mat-
thews and Ms. McPhillips should
already make out those checks
Those wishing: to join Ms.
McPhillips and Mr. Matthews in
Dr. Reed is excited and ready to go!
WE PROVIDE TREATMENT FOR:
July 14-20, 2005
Page 8 Mrs. Perry's Free Press
supporting Dr. Reed's effort or
make a contribution to the Football
Training Center can contact the Be-
thune-Cookman College Office of
College Advancement at (386) 481-
2950 or visit the initiative's web site
Fundraising is underway for the
project, and over $2 million has
been pledged. A contest pitting local
booster clubs and alumni chapters
nationwide is being held to promote
friendly competition for a worth-
while cause. A super rally to launch
the contest will take place at the
Gateway Classic in Jacksonville
"Bethune-Cookman College sup-
porters have rallied to this cause,"
Dr. Reed said. "This is in an initia-
tive that will ensure the long-term
success, of our great Wildcat team
and will be a source of pride for
alumni and supporters. By taking
part in this project, everyone can
say they win."
Even though we needDr. Reed to,
lose. Just for a little while.
Mrs. Perry's Free Press Page 9
EWC Begins Extensive Marketing,
Recruitment Campaign for Students
The Edward Waters College
Division of Institutional Ad-
vancement (DIA) has started an
aggressive marketing and re-
Over the past two weeks, radio
commercials, daily billboards
and outdoor display boards have
featured Edward Waters Col-
lege's accreditation status and
"Now Enrolling Students".
Various members of the ad- Di
ministration have been guests on th
several radio talk shows discuss- on
ing the status of the College, the is
"Double E Principle" and the 92
overall status of the College.
DIA will continue the efforts in
newspaper advertisements as well as
television advertisements over the
next several weeks.
"We are actively getting the mes-
sage out to the community and
around the state and nation, that
EWC has new direction and new
leadership," stated Phyllis Bell-
Davis, assistant vice president of
Institutional. Advancement. Part of
this campaign also includes reach-
ing out the various member
r. Bronson and Mrs. Bell-Davis we
e guests on "Community Viewpoil
I July 10. Lisa Johnston-Jones seatede
the host of the show which aired
2.7 FM "The Beat" and V101.5 FM.
churches in the AME 1lth Episco-
pal District, as well as to other local
churches, encouraging them to
sponsor students to attend EWC.
"We are affiliated with the AME
Church, who has been a great sup-
porter of the College. We want to
continue the relationship with the
AME Church and encourage each
individual church to award scholar-
ships for students in the congrega-
tions to attend EWC," stated Dr.
James McLean, interim vice presi-
dent for Institutional Advance-
ment. The College has also
started the Annual Giving Cam-
"We are equally excited about
the Annual Giving Campaign
and are seeking financial support
for scholarships and other pro-
grams at the College, including
contributions to bring certain
faculty and administrative sala-
ries in line with other institu-
ere tions of higher education,"
nt" added Dr. McLean.
ed) The Annual Giving Campaign
on kicked off earlier this month
with Dr. Oswald P. Bronson,
Sr., president, making the first
contribution towards his pledge of
"We are excited about what's
going on at EWC and encourage
others to become active and take
part in both the marketing & recruit-
ment campaign as well as the An-
nual Giving Campaign," Dr.
To learn more about both cam-
paigns, contact Dr. McLean at ext.
470-8250 or Mrs. Bell-Davis at ext.
Noted UF Professor Jim Haskins Dies
I Hask J i mn enshrining African-American his- from his New York City home
SHaskins, tory in more than 100 books, died children's literature program
an Eng- Wednesday in his Manhattan apart- tracted him to the school. He w
S lish pro- ment. He was 63. counting books for children
fessor at He is known best for his book complex biographies with ec
I. the Uni- "The Cotton Club," which was the fervor. His subjects ranged from
versity of basis for a hit movie in 1984. "obscure" to the famous, such
S i : A A l.,.nn n fonr hi s hlunnt 'Rnsa Parks and Snike Lee. At
1so IK nown ir lL IUlll,
straightforward teaching style,
Haskins became a UF professor in
1977 and commuted to Gainesville
time of his death, he was working
on a book about Cubs shortstop
Shown above is author J.L. King, the official "down low" poster and his ex wife and author Brenda Browder
Down Low's King on Tour With Ex Wife
Black Consumers Concerned With Store Treatment
A company's treatment of African
American consumers, involvement
in their communities and how they
are portrayed in advertising weigh
on the minds of African Americans
when they shop. McGhee Williams
Osse, co-CEO of Burrell, one of the
nation's leading full-service adver-
shared those findings at the Target
Market News Summit, which exam-
ines the latest trends, findings and
practices in marketing to African-
According to the study, 68 per-
cent of African Americans, com-
pared to 46 percent of non-Hispanic
whites, say how a store treats cus-
tomers based on race is extremely
important in deciding where to
A full 56 percent of African
Americans compared to 17 percent
of Non-Hispanic white consumers
agreed that,,"In the past, I have felt
a security guard/store clerk was
watching me more closely than
other shoppers. "In fact, 88 percent
of African Americans say discrimi-
nation is still a part of most African
Americans' day-to-day lives some-
thing amplified recently when a
Paris Hermes boutique refused to
allow Oprah in to shop. Hermes and
other brands will find that African
Americans are more receptive'and
loyal to brands that respect them
and support their communities.
Forty six percent of African Ameri-
cans compared to 28 percent of
Non-Hispanic Whites said they
were more inclined to buy from a
company that would contribute a
small amount of money towards a
child's future each time a purchase
was made. African Americans also
want to see positive, relevant depic-
tions of their community. Williams
Osse said the report shows that Afri-
can Americans are not homogenous
There is increasing segmenta-
tion among African-American con-
sumers based upon socio-economic
status, yet African Americans still
largely filter every message through
the lens of their ethnicity." He said.
*J.L. King, author of the 2004
bombshell book "Living on the
Down Low: A Journey Into the
Lives of 'Straight' Black Men Who
Sleep with Men," will go on tour
with his ex-wife; author Brenda
Stone Browder, to
share their personal experiences
of the "down low" phenomenon,
and how those going through the
difficulties associated with a partner
living on the down low can heal,
forgive and find love again.
The trek, called "A Conversation
of Reconciliation," is in direct re-
sponse to the
hundreds of requests each of the
authors has received while promot-
ing their separate literary projects.
"Many people have come up to
me, in disbelief that Brenda and I
are friends, and that people really
can heal and move past their differ-
ences," King says. "Hopefully our
tour will teach people how they too,
can move past their pain."
King's book triggered a na-
tional discussion on sexual orienta-
tion and HIV/AIDS prevention.
With :this discussion came the
reality that the New face ofHIV and
AIDS is a black woman, with an
alarming 64 percent of new HIV
infections reported in the U.S. found
among this minority group.
Browder, author of the Essence
bestseller, "On the Up and Up: A
Survival Guide for Women Living
with Men on the Down Low," cred-
its her faith in God and a supportive
family for her making it through
that very difficult time in her life.
Currently a lay speaker and divinity
student, Browder sees it as her min-
istry to assist women and men deal-
ing with the down low phenomenon.
"Given the HIV/AIDS pan-
demic that we have in the black
community, I believe strongly that
'J.L. and I must continue the dia-
logue about human sexual orienta-
tion and, honest relationships with
action," said Browder. "I want
women in particular to know, that
they can find love again-as I did."
"It is estimated that up to 2 mil-
lion American families will have to
cope with the pain and confusion of
when a spouse unexpectedly reveals
their sexual orientation", states
Amity Pierce Buxton, PhD, Execu-
tive Director of the Straight Spouse
Network. "This is why this joint
tour by J.L. and, Brenda is so very
important, and we proudly endorse
it. What better way to spread our
mission of "Reaching
Bridges." Buxton has lead the inter
national organization since 1991,
that has grown to 84 spousal support
groups across the United States and
in 12 foreign countries, including
most recently South Africa.
For tour information and up-
dates on The Conversation of Rec-
onciliation, visit www.jlking.net.
UnitedHealthcare goes the extra mile to expand health care access,
promote better health and support communities.
I was living in south
Florida when I was
diagnosed with cancer.
The doctor said I needed
a bone marrow transplant. My UnitedHealthcare
care management nurse told me I had access to
more than a hundred of the top medical facilities
in the nation. She also helped my family and
me make all of the necessary arrangements.
A few months after my transplant, my doctor
informed me I was cancer free.
Over two million other Floridians rely on UnitedHealthcare for access to the same kind
of quality care Patricia received. Since 1985 UnitedHealthcare has championed giving
consumers access to a nationwide network of centers of excellence for the treatment
of complex and specialized conditions. UnitedHealthcare believes in consumer
choice and participation. WVe offer a full range of option-rich services that enable
customers to make decisions based on their unique needs.
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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
Women are Invited
to Participate in
All poets, lyricists, singers and
musicians are invited to attend "She
Speaks" each Wednesday at 8 p.m.
at the Fuel Cafe', 1037 Park Street.
Jax Community Invited
to Participate in
10th Anniversary Of
Million Man March
Now is the time to start making
your plans to be a part of the 10th
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, fraterni-
ties, 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.
No Joke Entertainment Presents
Comedy in Da Basement on
Thursday July 14th at 9:30 p.m.
The evening includes stand-up
comedy featuring national comedi-
ans from Comedy Central, BET's
Comic View, Apollo & Def Jam.
The event is held at the
Theatre, 140 W. Monroe Street
(Downtown Hemming Plaza, in the
basement below Subway) Every
Thursday at 9:30 p.m. Beer, Wine
and Food Available Call 765-8880
or 399-4550 for more information.
Island Boat Ride
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.
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
SThe 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 chil-
dren and adults. Admission is $5.
Advance registration is recom-
mended. For more information,
please call 632-5555.
Soul Release Poetry
The Soul Release Poetry event is
held every first and third Saturday
at 7:30 p.m. featuring an open mic
for po-ets/singers/lyricists hip-hop,
R&B and reggae by guest DJs
nationally known spoken word
poets. The next event is on July
16th. Soul release is held at
Boomtown Theater and Restaurant
1714 North Main Street (comer 7th
Street For more info visit the web
On Tuesday, July 19, 2005 from
10:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m., there will
be a workshop on "All About
Do you know an
Someone who is constantly doing for others and put-
ting someone else's needs before their own, a friend that
goes beyond the norm? A tireless volunteer? Nominate
he or she for the Unsung Hero spotlight and they could
win a profile in the Jacksonville Free Press and a $50
gift certificate from Publix Supermarkets.
CITY STATE ZIP
Why are you nominating this person
SEND INFORMATION TO:
Fax (904) 765-8611
Or mail to: Unsung Hero, C/O Jacksonville Free Press
P.O. Box 43580, Jacksonville, FL 32203
Brought to you by
Peppers". The two hour workshop
will teach you all there is to know
about peppers and will conclude
with a tour of the demonstration
vegetable garden. The program will
be held at the Urban Gardening
Field Office, 1007 Superior St.
Please call 387-8850 to register.
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 conven-
tion 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.
Get In Shape
Without the Gym
The Rosanne R. Hartwell
Women's Center of Florida
Community College atJacksonville
is offering a free luncheon on the
topic "Getting in Shape Without a
Gym," facilitated by Megan Gurzi.
The lunch will be held on July
20th from 11 a.m.-noon at the
Florida Community College at
Jacksonville, Downtown Campus,
101 W. State Street, Room C-103.
The event is free and open to the
public, however, reservations are
required. Call 904.633.8311 to
make reservations or e-mail smoon-
Ribault Class of 90'
The Ribault Class of 1990 will be
,celebrating their 15th Clas reunion
the weekend of July 22-24,2005.
It's not to late to be apart of the
excitement! Log on to www.rib-
aultl990.com for more information.
Paxon Class of 85'
Paxon High School's Class of
1985 Is Celebrating it's 20th Class
Reunion the weekend of July 21st -
July 24th at several locations all
over town. For additional informa-
tion please 4all: (904) 307-1463 or
(904) 803-5258 or E-mail
Savannah State University Alumni
Association will hold their monthly
meeting on Thursday, July 21st,
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.
The Rosanne R. Hartwell
Women's Center of Florida
Community College at Jacksonville
July Women's Information
Did you know
that 8 out of
bore wi HI
Exchange Luncheon will be held on
July 21st on the topic, "Pilates
Fitness" with Megan Gurzi in the
Martin Center, 501 W. State Street,
fourth floor Board Room, from
noon-1 p.m. Participants are
encouraged to bring a mat to join in
the demonstration. Catering will be
provided by Epicurean Market and
Caf6. Lunch is $8.50, brown-bag-,
gers are welcome. Reservations are
required for all participants and
lunch reservations must be pre-paid
by Tuesday, July 19. Call
904.633.8311 to make reservations.
COOJI Boat Ride
Treat yourself to the night of your
life, with COOJI's (Carnival
Organization of Jacksonville) 3rd
annual Boat Ride on Saturday, July
23rd. Boarding time is 10:30
p.m.and sailing time is 11:00 p.m.-
2 a.m. SHARP dockside next to
Chart House. For more information
call 294-2898, 536-7106 or log on
Live Soul Music
Soul Release Live presents from
DC Wammie Award Winner for
Best Urban Contemporary Group,
OKTBRWRLD "Raw and Natural
Tour" at Boonitown on Saturday,
July 23, 2005 9:00pm. Boomtown
Theater and Restaurant is located at
1716 North Main Street (comer of
7th and Main Street). This event
will also feature an acoustic set by
Damien Lamar (of local soul band,
SOUL) and some of the hottest of
the spoken word poets in northeast
Florida. Admission : $10. For more
information call (904) 626-2812.
Rippingtons in Concert'
Award- winning contemporary
jazz group the Rippingtons will be
in concert on Saturday, July 23 at
8PM at the Florida Theater. For
more information, call 355-2787.
Diversity is Focus
Institute for Teens
The National Conference for
Community, and Justice (NCCJ)
will present its Metrotown Institute
youth leadership program for 10-
12th graders, Monday, July 25th
thru Thursday, July 28, at
Jacksonville University. This 4-day,
3-night residential leadership pro-
gram will offer teens the opportuni-
ty to explore and discuss issues of
diversity in gender, race, religion,
culture and personal development.
Space is limited, for registration
information, call (904) 306-6225.
Town Hall Meeting
There will be a public town hall
meeting on the Status of the Black
Male. The open forum will take
place on Thursday July 28th at the
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EWC Milne Auditorium from 1 5
p.m. and will include a panel dis-
cussion. For more information, con-
tact Roy Mitchell at 759-2552.
The six-part series, "Caregiving
Relationships: For People Who
Care for Adults," will be offered by
the University of Florida / Duval
County Extension Service on
Thursday at 10:00 on August 4,
11, 18, 25, & September 1 and
8th. The workshops are design to
reduce the stresses and pressures of
caregiving, while also strengthen-
ing the caregiving relationship.
They will also address the unique
issue of emotions, relationships,
and respite for the caregiver. To
register, call Sandra at the
Cooperative Extension Office at
387-8855. The classes are free and
open to the public.
The Boylan-Haven Alumnae
Association invites all graduates,
former students and teachers to
attend this year's Grande Reunion.
The Hilton Hotel at 1201
Riverplace Boulevard is the head-
quarters for the three-day event
from August 5-7, 2005. Activities
will include Island Dinner and
Dancing, City Tour, Picnic on
American Beach, Worship at
Ebenezer United Methodist Church
and lots more. For information and
registration please contact Reunion
Chairperson-Linda Pearson Belton
Jax Bold City Lions
Club Golf Tourny
The Jax Bold City Lions Club, a
non-profit organization that pro-
vides Eye Exams, Eye Glasses, Eye
Surgeries and Seeing Eye Guide
Dogs for the less fortunate will hold
a Charity Golf Tournament on
Saturday, August 6, 2005. If you
golf mark your calendar to play and
help a worthy cause.
There will be an 8 a.m. Shotgun
Start. Also 4-Person Captains'
Choice, Hole-ln-One Prizes, Lunch
Buffet, and Awardstfor 1st, 2nd and
3rd Place, Longest Drive, and
Closest to Pin, Drawings, Free Golf
and Prizes Galore.
There is an 80 person maximum'
field, so reserve your space today!
Deadline to register is July 29th.
For information, call (904) 260-
Matthew W. Gilbert
High School All-Class
Plans are in progress for the
January 7, 2006, Matt6hew W.
Gilbert 'High School's 8th Annual
Reunion Celebration. Two repre-
sentatives from each class from
1952 to 1970, are asked to become
involved in the planning.
Planning meetings will begin on
Tuesday, August 16, 2005, at 7
p.m., and thereafter, every other
Tuesday at the Matthew W. Gilbert
Middle School. For more informa-
tion, contact: Matthew W. Gilbert
Alumni: Almeyta J. Lodi at (904)
355-7583 or Vivian W. Williams at
Crowns a Soul
Regina Taylor's "Crowns", a
lively and soul stirring musical is a
moving portrait of African-
American women and how they
define themselves through the hats
they wear, will be brought to life in
Jacksonville through Stage Aurora.
The play will be performed in
FCCJ's North Campus August 19th
and 26th at 8:00 p.m., August 20th
and 27th at 2:00p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
and August 21st and 28th at 3:00
p.m. For more information, please
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 infor-
mation, please send your contact
information via email to:
email@example.com or call
Nicole Bell at (770) 948-3345.
The Big Orange Barbershop
-Chorus will -be 'performing at the -
Florida Theater on August 20th at
7:30 pm. To celebrate its 25th
Anniversary, the Big Show will
include Championship Quartets and
a special performance by the 125-
man Reunion Chorus. Limited
reserved seats and general admis-
sion tickets are available now on
their website at www.bigorange-
chorus.com or by calling (904)
Celebration of Women
Save the date for an evening of
inspiration, creativity and fun as the
Women's Center of Jacksonville
hosts its 10th Annual Celebration of
Women. This event will begin with
a Patron Reception at 6 p.m., with
the program commencing at 7:15
p.m. on Friday, August 26, 2005; at
the Jacoby Symphony Hall in the
Times Union Center for the
Performing Arts. There will be a
silent auction and much more. For
ticket and group sales information,
please call (904) 722-3000.
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LaTanya Richards in Theatrical Play
Samuel L. Jackson's wife LaTanya Richardson Jackson
will star in Connecticut's upcoming Westport Country
Playhouse production of "The Member of the Wedding," by
Carson McCullers. The play centers on an awkward 12-year-
old tomboy (Liz Morton) in a small Georgia town at the end
of World War II. Looking for her place in the world, she
begins to focus on the upcoming wedding of her older brother, sharing her
thoughts in the kitchen with her six-year-old cousin John Henry and fam-
ily servant Berenice (Jackson). It runs July 28-Aug. 14.
Whitney and Bobby Want a Boy '
According to Contact Music, Whitney Houston
and her husband Bobby Brown want to give their
12-year-old daughter Bobbi Kristina a little broth-
er. "We're trying for another baby," Bobby said,
according to the web site. "She wants a boy, and I
want her to be happy."
Nike Does Kobe Again
Nike has decided to ease back into the Kobe Bryant busi-
ness following his arrest two years ago for the alleged sex-
ual assault of a female employee at a Colorado resort.
The shoe corporation, who had given the Los Angeles
Lakers guard a $45 million endorsement deal shortly before
his arrest, is the first company to feature his image in an ad
after his sexual assault charge was dismissed last September.
McDonald's and Nutella both cut Bryant loose from their roster of
celebrity endorsers after his arrest. Bryant's rape charge was dismissed
when the accuser refused to go forward with the case. The athlete gave her
a public apology without admitting any guilt.
Nike's Bryant ad can be seen in "Sports Illustrated."
SLil' Kim Hosts Post Sentencing Dinner
Six days before Lil' Kim heads off to prison Sept. 19 for
lying to a federal jury, her new album "The Naked Truth, ",
S will arrive in stores led by the recently-released first single,
"Shut Up B&." According to the New York Post, Kim
and about 30 of her friends hit New York's Acqua Pazza on
West 52nd Street and gorged on tiramisu just hours after her sentencing
hearing last week. The rapper was ordered to spend 366 days in prison for
lying about a 2001 shooting outside New York radio station Hot 97.
Tucker Slowing Up Rush Hour Three
Chris Tucker and his endless demands are behind the major delays in
"Rush Hour 3," according to the actor's co-star in the fran-
___ chise, Jackie Chan.
"He wants too much power. The movie company hasn't
Obliged. He wants final editing rights and the final look at
the movie and so on," Chan told The Associated Press.
While Chan referred to Tucker as "good friend," he ques-
tions whether the actor/comedian has the stature to be so demanding.
"He's still a new actor," Chan, 51, said. "How many movies has he
made? Two-'movies-'haVe 'readyn'm'ale him very famous and made him
moneyney. He needs to learn slowly."
Next "Madea" Installment Officially Begins
Principal photography began this
week in Atlanta on Tyler Perry's big
screen directorial debut, "Madea's
Family Reunion," for Lions Gate
Based on Perry's stage production,
the film continues the adventures of
country matriarch Madea and finds
her attempting to organize the year-
ly family reunion while dealing
with the family's struggles. Reuben
Cannon will produce the picture,
which so far stars Perry, Rochelle
Aytes, Lisa Arrindell Anderson,
Boris Kodjoe, Lynn Whitfield, Blair
Underwood, Jenifer Lewis, Henry
Simmons, Tangi Miller, Keke
Palmer, Dr. Maya Angelou and
"One of the best ways I can show
my gratitude at the public response
to 'Diary' is to try to make the next
one even better," said Perry. "I
know with the great cast we've
assembled that 'Family Reunion' is
going to be a wild time."
Lions Gate Films [LGF] is grin-
ning hard, now that production has
begun on what is sure to be another
cash cow. The studio made a small
mint off of Perry's "Diary of a Mad
Black Woman," which opened at
No. 1 at the box office and generat-
ed over $50 million in domestic
ticket sales. The DVD, released ear-
lier this month, sold 2.4 million
units in the first week alone. LGF
immediately signed Perry to a
multi-picture deal, establishing him
as a franchise for the company for
years to come.
"Discovering Tyler Perry has been a
very rewarding venture for LGF
and we couldn't be prouder of
Tyler's success," said Mike
Paseornek, LGF's President of
Black Gay TV Talk Show
Debuts Across America
Reaching into nearly 16 million
households, the world's first black
gay/lesbian, TV news/talk show
will debut across America on
DirecTV channel 227 and on
Comcast Cable TV101.
The Herndon Davis Reports,
http://herdondavis.com, hosted by
its creator and namesake, is a one
hour long, black gay/lesbian
TV Land Airing 48 Hour
Good Times Marathon
Chicago and follows the lives of the
Evans family as they tackle such
hardships as financial problems and
"d r discrimination. Who can't forget
the host of formidable characters:
4 % Florida Evans (Esther Rolle) is the
.quick witted matriarch of the
i household, while her loving hus-
band, James (John Amos) is the
S. breadwinner and proud father.
STogether, their successful parenting
S skills instill value, pride and moral-
Sw ity in their three children who are
Soften bickering. J.J., the eldest son,
Sis an aspiring artist who became an
instant hit with his catchphrase
"Dyn-O-Mite." Thelma, the teenage
daughter grapples with school, dat-
d ing and her two overly protective
brothers while the youngest,
Award winning cast of the long run series Michael (Ralph Evans), delves into
ge television cable channel unforgettable comedies of its time. politics and education to become
id will launch a 48 hour Good Times will air in its regularly the family's scholastic success.
times marathon beginning scheduled timeslot of 10 p.m. and 1 Willona Woods (Ja'net DuBois),
y, July 23 at 6 a.m. a.m. Mon.-Tues; Thurs.-Sun. begin- family friend and next door neigh-
ed by Norman Lear, the sit- ning July 25. bor, appears frequently in the Evans
is a spin-off from the hit The series, which premiered on household and is always adding her
Judc.aud made icNs.mrk i4., CBS on Febhiaryl, .1974, w-as set",, wi'g,9,4, sarcasmsn .n l ,s ,',
n history as one of the most in the projects on the South Side of aired for five years.
focused, empowerment news pro-
gram. The nationally syndicated
show is a cross between the Chris
Matthews Show (MSNBC) and the
Oprah Winfrey Show. It will tackle
a variety of socioeconomic and
political issues impacting the
gay/lesbian community but from a
distinctly black gay/lesbian affirm-
"From understanding the DL
'down low' phenomena, to fighting
for gay marriage rights, to the chal-
lenges of embracing spirituality,
raising children, and coping with
depression and homophobia, The
Herndon Davis Reports will deeply
explore into the vibrant and diverse
lives of the entire black gay/lesbian
community, past, present and
future" said host Herndon Davis.
In addition, the show is already
looking to expand its 16 million
households to other cable and satel-
lite networks as well. At the show's
visitors are encouraged to use a
template letter to email and fax it to
their local,cable providers request-
ing that the show be added to their
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July 14-20, 2005
Fresh Egg and Sizzling Skillets
You're having one of those days. In the morning, it was breakfast on
the run. It's been busy at work, you've rushed from activity to activity and
the thought of having to plan dinner for the family is another job that
you just don't need right now. You want real food and you want it now.
Breakfast for dinner is the answer to your dilemma comfort food for
the harried. Farm fresh eggs, sizzling skillets of savory potatoes flavored
with strips of colorful bell peppers, onions or perhaps corn and black
beans along with mouthwatering ham, sausage or bacon. Everyone in
the family loves the heartiness of breakfast dinners, and they're a lot eas-
ier to make than you might think.
With ready-made products you cook in your skillet on the stovetop,
you'll have a meal that yourfamily will love with time left over for you to
enjoy the meal, too. Start with fresh eggs, scramble and serve. If you
wish, add your own homemade touches like shredded cheese, chopped
fresh herbs or hot sauce. Then, gather your family at the dinner table,
breathe a sigh of relief, and dig in.
Breakfast for Dinner
Sausage Breakfast Pizza 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
1 package Regular Flavor Jimmy (optional)
Dean Pork Sausage 4 ounces (1 cup) shredded sharp
1 (8.5-ounce) can refrigerated Cheddar cheese
crescent rolls 3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup frozen hash brown potato 1/8 cup milk
cubes, thawed 1/2 teasipoon salt
1/8 cup each diced green, red and 1 teaspoon black pepper
yellow bell pepper (optional) 1/8 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 37/S In large
skillet, cook sausage over medium-
high heat, stirring frequently until
thoroughly cooked and no longer
pink. Separate crescent rolls into 8
triangles. Place in ungreased 12-
inch riinmed pizza pan with points
toward center. Press rolls together,
seal perforations and form circle 1
inch larger in diameter than bottom
of pan. Turn edges under to make
slight rim. Sprinkle cooked sausage
evenly over crust. Top with pota-
loes; add peppers and/or green
onions if desired. Sprinkle with
Combine eggs, milk, salt and pep-
per in small bowl; stir well. Pour
egg mixture evenly over pizza.
Sprinkle with Parmesan. Bake 15 to
20 minutes or until eggs are set and
crusts are golden brown.
Makes 1 pizza
1 package Regular Flavor Jimmy
Dean Pork Sausage
10 eggs, lightly beaten
3 cups milk
2 teaspoons dry mustard
1 teaspoon salt
6 cups cubed bread
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms (option-
1 medium tomato, seeded and
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
Preheat oven to 325F. In large
skillet, cook sausage over medium-
high heat, stirring frequently until
thoroughly cooked and no longer
pink. In large mixing bowl, com-
bine eggs, milk, mustard and salt;
stir well. Distribute half of bread
evenly in buttered 9 x 13 x 2-inch
baking dish. Sprinkle with half of
pepper, half of cheese, half of
sausage and half of each optional
Repeat layering using remaining
bread, pepper, cheese, sausage and
optional ingredients. Pour egg mix-
ture evenly over casserole. Bake
uncovered 55 to 60 minutes, or until
eggs are set. Tent with foil if top
begins to brown too quickly.
Note: May be assembled ahead
and refrigerated up to 12 hours
before baking. Serves 6
Quick Breakfast Skillet
1 tablespoon of cooking oil
1 pouch of Jimmy Dean Breakfast
Skillets (any variety)
1-1/2 cups shredded Cheddar
1-1/2 cups salsa
1-1/4 cups sour cream (optional)
6 flour tortillas (optional)
Beat 6 eggs in small bowl and set
Preheat large nonstick skillet with
oil over medium heat and pour in
pouch contents. Heat, stirring occa-
sionally, 7 minutes, then push mix-
ture to one side of skillet and pour
beaten eggs into other side.
Scramble eggs until cooked (2 to 3
minutes). Stir scrambled eggs and
pouch mixture together until evenly
blended and remove from heat.
Divide among 6 plates and top each
portion with cheese, salsa and sour
cream. Serve with warmed flour
tortillas, if desired. Serves 6
*** Farm fresh eggs are a great source of protein and flavor.
Whether you enjoy them for breakfast or dintier eggs provide
an easy-to-make entree from ingredients you always have on
hand. With only 75 calories, 5 grams of fat and plenty of nutri-
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