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Title:
The Jacksonville free press
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Mrs. Perry's free press
Physical Description:
v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language:
English
Publisher:
Rita Luffborough Perry
Place of Publication:
Jacksonville Fla
Creation Date:
August 4, 2005
Publication Date:
Frequency:
weekly
regular

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Additional Physical Form:
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Dates or Sequential Designation:
Vol. 4, no. 36 (June 28, 1990)-
General Note:
"Florida's First Coast only quality Black weekly."

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University of Florida
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All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
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Harvard's Lone African-American
Board Member Resigns
BOSTON A member of Ha hard's top govern-
ing board who resigned recently was upset about
a proposed raise for the university's president.
according to a copy of his resignation letter
released by the school.
-*- p Harvard Corporation member Conrad K.
Harper also cited his dissatisfaction with
President Lawrence H. Summers' leadership,
including his controversial comments about
women's aptitude for science and math.
At a conference in January. Sunmmers said that differences in men's and
women's abilities may panlr explain w hy fewer women are in line for top
science jobs. He apologized, and committed Harvard to spend $50 mil-
lion on gender equity programs recommended b\ two task forces.
In the letter, Harper said his concerns "came to a head" when the
Harvard Corporation decided last month to give Sunmmers a 3 percent
raise to about $580,000. Summers earned about $563.000 m salary dur-
ing the 2005 fiscal year.
Harper was the only minority on the board. He was elected to the board
five years ago and was on the search committee that selected Summers
in 2001.

Black Panther Foundation to Sell

"Burn Baby Burn" Hot Sauce
OAKLAND, Calif. Former Black Panthers are hoping the phrase
"Bur Baby Bur" will help their non-profit organization market a new
product hot sauce.
The Huey P. Newron Foundation, named for the co-founder of the
1960s militant group, is seeking to trademark the phrase that for many
brings to mind the racially charged 1965 Watts Riots in Los Angeles that
left more than 30 people dead, at least 1,000 wounded and hundreds of
buildings in ashes.
The new line of hot sauce, called Burn Baby Bur: A Taste of the
Sixties Revolutionary Hot Sauce, is aimed at "anyone who wants to have
an extra savory boost to their food," executive director and original Black
Panther David Hilliard said in an interview.
The foundation also plans to produce its own salsa, as well as a cloth-
ing line called Spirit of the Sixties.
Hilliard said the group hopes to start selling the spicN condiment later
this year to commemorate the 40th inni ersary of the 1966 founding of
the Black Panther party.
Sharpton Promotes Racial

Harmony in L.A
Los Angeles The Rev.Al Sharpton has announced he was forming a
coalition to promote racial unity between blacks and Hispanics in the
city, hoping to ease a long-running rivalry over jobs, housing and
schools. Sharpton called for a range of public activities aimed at bring-
ing attention to the shared interests of blacks and Hispanics. from com-
munity forums to church visits to radio appearances. The group, the
Latino & African-American Leadership Alliance. plans a march later this
month on the anniversary of the Watrs racial riots.

Study Shows Sunday News

Talk Shows Lack Diversity
Only about 8 percent of guests on major Sunday morning talk shows
during the last 18 months were African-American, with three people
accounting for most of those appearances, according to a new\ study by
the National Urban League.
Black guests -- newsmakers, the journalists who questioned them, and
experts who offered commentary) -- appeared 176 times out of more than
2,100 opportunities, according to the study. But 122 of those appear-
ances were made by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. former secre-
tary of state Colin L. Powell, and Juan Williams. a journalist and panel
member on "Fox News Sunday."
The study analyzed NBC's "Meet the Press," ABC's "This Week u ith
George Stephanopoulos," CBS's "Face the Nation," Fox News Channel's
"Fox News Sunday," and CNN's "Late Edition." It found that more than
60 percent of programs that aired during the 18-month period had no
black guests. "
Network officials said they rely on guests who are newsmakers, most
of whom are white men in the top echelons of government.

FAMU Offers Own Punishments
Florida A&M volunteered to strip its football program of 2 scholar-
ships over three years and impose a one-year postseason ban on its men's
basketball team next season as the school conceded a "widespread" lack
of institutional control in a recently released internal report.
The school fired football coach Billy Joe in June as part of its effort to
avoid additional penalties for more than 200 violations that surfaced in
nearly every varsity sport at the historically African-American college.
The school's findings revealed that more than 100 athletes in 12 sports
were allowed to compete from 1998-2005 without filling out NCAA-
required eligibility or drug-testing consent forms.
Florida A&M forwarded the report to the NCAA in June but had not
released the details of the proposed scholarship cuts. The NCAA is doing
its own investigation at the school and is expected to make its ruling this
fall.


Volume 19 No. 28 Jacksonville, Florida August 4 10, 2005


Forum Tackles Black Male Crisis


A variety of representatives from various agencies and organizations were on hand to serve on the panel.


By Danielle Ephraim
War? What is it good for?" That
was the question Edwin Starr posed
in his 1970 hit song. "However, this
time we are not talking about a
bloodshed between countries, but a
war between African-African
males. In many cases people are
oblivious to the fact that we are at
war within our own race. As it was


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told, we are in a war to eradicate
illiteracy. Senator Tony Hill and
the Black Male Explorers Program,
recently hosted a community on the
plight of African-American males
in higher education. Statistics were
stated that only 14,500 out of
277,000 college students enrolled
in Florida's universities were
African-American males.


Though African-American males
represent 10% of the state's entire
population, why is it that they com-
prise nearly 40% of the Florida
Department of Juvenile Justice and
48% of the Florida Department of
Corrections incarcerated? Some
may say it starts at home and con-
tinues throughout elementary
school. Continued on page 7


National Rally to
Address Voting
Rights Act
African-Americans
and other people of
color must fight now
to not only reautho-
rize, but strengthen
the Voting Rights
Act of 1965 when key Jackson
anti-discriminatory sections of it
comes up for a Congressional
vote in 2007, say civil rights
activists.
"Most people do not know the
Voting Rights Act is in jeopardy,
and the Voting Rights Act is up
for reauthorization, and the
Voting Rights Act is not being
fully enforced," Jesse Jackson Sr.
said in a recent interview.
Jackson is leading a national
march Saturday in Atlanta to
commemorate the Act's 40th
anniversary and to press for reau-
thorization.
Ninety-five years ago, the 15th
Amendment gave Black men the
right to vote, but was not fully
enforced until the Voting Rights
Act of 1965.


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Al-Shiah Grand Council of Deliberation Travel Early for National Confab
Pictured(left to right): Theresa Williams, Pinkie Hanson, Madgelene Tunsil, Peggy Malone, Eula Brown, Deborah Kelley, Betty Reddick, Mary
Potter, Pat Hughes, Rosa Griffin, Annie L. Wilson, Jeanette Solomon, & Daisy Jones. FM Pouwe Photo
Even in the wee hours of the morning, sisters of the Al-Shiah Grand Council of Deliberation were waiting patiently for their chartered bus after mid-
night on Thursday, July 28 to pick them up for the 94th Biennial Supreme Session of the John G. Jones Imperial Grand Council A.A.O.N.M.S. of North
and South America, and the Supreme Grand Court of the Ancient Arabic Order Daughters of Sphinx. The local Masonic unit will join thousands of
their sisters from around the country for the annual event held this year in Jackson, Mississippi.







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Minorities Increasing Business Ownership

at Higher Rate than National Average


Minority groups and women are
increasing their business ownership
at a much higher rate than the
national average, according to new
tabulations titled Preliminary
Estimates of Business Ownership
by Gender, Hispanic or Latino
Origin, and Race: 2002,from the
U.S. Census Bureau's 2002 Survey
of Business Owners (SBO).
While the number of U.S. busi-
nesses increased by 10 percent
between 1997 and 2002 to 23 mil-
lion, the rate of growth for minori-
ty- and women-owned businesses
was far higher, ranging from 67
percent for native Hawaiian- and
other Pacific islander-owned busi-
nesses to 20 percent for firms
owned by women.
The nation's 23 million businesses
increased their receipts by 22 per-


cent between 199/ and 2002 to
reach $22.6 trillion. Increases in
receipts ranged from a high of 30
percent for black-owned firms to 5
percent for businesses owned by
whites.
Additional highlights of the sur-
vey regarding Black owned busi-
ness include:
- There were 1.2 million black-
owned businesses in 2002, up 45
percent from 1997. Their receipts
were $92.7 billion, up 30 percent
from 1997.
An estimated 94,862 black-
owned businesses had paid employ-
ees and their receipts totaled $69.8
billion or about $735,586 per firm.
Black-owned businesses with no
paid employees numbered 1.1 mil-
lion, up 51 percent from 1997. They
had receipts of $22.9 billion, up 54


22nd Annual MED Week

Highlights International Trade
The nominations are in and the final preparations are underway to
honor First Coast small and mlnorit-owned businesses in a weeklong
celebration September 19-23, 2005. Thirt-nine businesses will be ~ying
for seven awards, including the top honor of Entrepreneur of the Year.
The celebration is part of the 22nd annual Minority Enterprise
Development Week. or MEDWeek for short, and will also feature a visit
to Jacksonville from Her Excellenc% Barbara Jo.ce Masekela,
Ambassador to the U.S. from The Republic of South Africa.
According to organizers, Masekela will discuss the growth and poten-
tial of small businesses engaged in international trade on Thursday. Sept.
22, 2005 at the MEDWeek Awards Luncheon. That morning, the
Ambassador is scheduled to tour of-the JAXPORT shipping operations
at Blount Island and meet small business owners who ship between
Jackson ille and the ports of South Africa
Using the theme "Putting the Pieces together for Building a Successful
Business," the FCBA has teamed up with numerous other organizations
to put together the event that focuses on the accomplishments and eco-
nomic impact minority businesses make on the First Coast.
"Each year, the First Coast celebration brings together more than 2.000
small and minority enterprises, representatives from corporations and
state and federal agencies, all with a common commitment to promoting
and fostering minority business growth and development," said Ronald
Van Johnson. Economic Development Specialist with the Jacksonville
SBA Office.
Hundreds of people will take part in workshops. seminars, trade fairs,
a procurement conference, a golf tournament and an exciting awards
luncheon
Since 1983, the U.S. President has proclaimed a National MEDWeek
observance to recognize the outstanding achievements of Minority
Business Enterprises (MBEs) and to honor those corporations and finan-
cial institutions that support minority business development. The
Jacksonville celebration is one of maun annual regional conferences
dedicated to honoring small and minority-ow ned businesses.
Highlights of the week include a kick off breakfast (September 19th)
Business Matchmaking Elent (September 20th.) Youth Entrepreneur
Summit (September 21st. Awards Luncheon (September 22nd) and a
Golf Tournament on September 23rd.
For more information call Julia Fox at (904) 265-0753.


percent from 1997. Average
receipts of these businesses were
$20,761 per firm.

Thirty-eight percent of black-
owned firms operated in the health
care and other service industries;
health care and retail trade account-
ed for a fourth of their receipts.
A fourth of the businesses in
Washington, D.C., were black-
owned. Black-owned businesses
accounted for between 12 and 15
percent of firms in Maryland,
Georgia, Mississippi and Louisiana.
The SBO defines business owner-
ship as having 51 percent or more
of the equity, interest or stock in the
business. Respondents to the 2002
SBO were asked to report the per-
cent of ownership, gender, Hispanic
or non-Hispanic origin and race for
up to three primary owners
(Hispanics may be of any race).
Separate reports for minority- and
women-owned businesses will be
issued over the next year and will
include more detailed data on the
number of firms, sales and receipts,
number of paid employees and
annual payroll. Data will also be
presented by geographic area,
industry and size of business.
Subsequently, a separate publica-
tion will be issued highlighting
characteristics of all business own-
ers including non- majority owners.


On October
BI^ ~ 17, 2005, a
new bank-
f ruptcy law,
t h e
Bankruptcy
Abuse
Prevention
a n d
Consumer
Protection
Act of 2005, will go into effect.
This ,new lawy will have a great
impact on consumers, as it will
make it much harder for debtors
to wipe out credit card debt.
Instead the new laws could push
for debtors to file Chapter 13,
which means they will still be
required to repay their outstand-
ing debt over an extended period
of time. Arlene Gordon Oliver,
Esq. is chairperson for the
Bankruptcy Law Section of The
National Bar Association.
Q:How will this new law impact
people who are in financial trouble
and may need to file bankruptcy or
Chapter 7?
A: Anyone who seeks to file (for
Chapter 7 Bankruptcy), will be
forced to undergo a "means test".
The "means test" requires inter alia,
that their gross income will be
measured against the state's medi-
an. If their gross income is higher
than their state's median income,
they will not be able to file Chapter
7, but will be forced to file a
Chapter 13 or Wage Earners
Bankruptcy. This means that they
will have to repay their existing


Essence Magazine Gets
Another New Editor
Angela Burt-
Murray has left her
post as executive
editor of Time
Inc.'s Teen People I
to become the edi- -
tor-in-chief of
ESSENCE, which was placed
under the Time Warner tent earlier
this year. Burt-Murray knows the
lay of the land at ESSENCE, hav-
ing formerly been its fashion and
beauty features editor. She succeeds
Diane Weathers, who stepped down
as Essence editor-in-chief follow-
ing the June issue.
Casino Owner Sues
Michigan Tribe
Don Barden, a
Detroit business-
man and owner
of the largest
black-owned
casino chain is
suing the Lac
Vieux Desert
Band of Lake
Superior Chippewa Indians for
$39.5 million. Barden says the tribe
promised him the money in negoti-
ations with casino owners while fil-
ing a lawsuit against the Michigan
Gaming Control Board. Barden


debt using a portion of their income
over 5 years. In addition, this new
law will require that before filing,
debtors will be required to take
credit counseling classes. This will
prolong the filing process which
could cause debtors to lose their
assets and will also increase the
fees and expenses for filing bank-
ruptcy.
Q: What is the difference between
filing Chapter 7 and filing Chapter
13?
A: Chapter 7 means that the
debtor's debt slate is wiped clean
and they get a "fresh start". Filing
Chapter 13 places the debtor on a
repayment plan to repay their debt
(under the new law debtors will be
required to repay debt over a five 5
year period).
Q: What is the National Bar
Association's view of this new law?
A: As Chairperson of The National
Bar Association Bankruptcy Law
Section, I view these changes as
unnecessary and burdensome. The
process has not only become com-
plicated for debtors, but for their
attorneys as well, who will now
have to sign a "certification" that
they have conducted an investiga-
tion into the debtor's financial
affairs and attorneys will be subject
to sanctions in the event that the
debtor's petition and schedules con-
tained inaccuracies. The new legis-
lation also appears to severely limit
the discretion of Bankruptcy
Judges. I believe that the
Bankruptcy Judges, the Office of
the United States Trustee, the
Chapter 13 Trustees and Chapter 7
Panel Trustees do a very good job at


says he has only received $1.5 mil-
lion.
BE, Radio Giant to
Spit Knowledge
Starting August 15, Black
Enterprise and Clear Channel Radio
will produce radio segments geared
toward African American business
and lifestyle. 'Keys to a Better Life'
will be heard twice daily on 29
Clear Channel stations around the
country.
Dupri After New
Success Recipes
Curious to see if
his music Midas
touch extends to
the food and bev-
erage biz, hit- j
making producer
Jermaine Dupri
has opened a
2,200-square-foot
Caf6 Dupri restaurant in Atlanta.
The CEO of So So Def Recordings
and president of black music at
Virgin Records, Dupri became the
owner of Chicago-based 3 Vodka
Distilling last year.

Phoenix Should Leave
Well Enough Alone
Phoenix had an affirmative action
program that managed to triple


weeding out the abusers. In addi-
tion, debtors who are planning to
file bankruptcy will incur many
more additional charges. For exam-
ple, they will have to pay for credit
counsel in addition to the legal fees
for filing, and the legal costs will be
higher because this filing process
will now be very lengthy.
Q: Do you think this is fair?
A: Most consumers do not abuse
the system. Many of my clients
who file for bankruptcy, have, ad
hardships such as business failings,
health issues and divorce. In many
cases, I have had clients come to me
almost at the eve of foreclosure
sales of their homes or businesses.
When this law goes into effect, it
will be more difficult to save their
assets because before filing for
bankruptcy, debtors will be required
to attend credit counseling classes
up to 180 days before filing and
their legal counsel must certify that
have investigated their financial cir-
cumstances before taking them on
as a client. In addition, before
receiving a discharge, the debtor


sales from minority- and women-
owned businesses to the Arizona
city over the past five years.
Despite, or perhaps because of, that
robust performance, Phoenix let an
outside consulting form essentially
change its diversity program into a
one for owners of all small busi-
nesses, regardless of race or gender.
Why?
Trailblazing
Businesswoman Dies
Mary Washington Wylie, the
nation's first black female certified
public accountant, died earlier this
month in Chicago at 99. Originally
from Mississippi, Ms. Wylie's white
appearance allowed her to get a
business degree from Northwestern
University in 1941. Twenty-seven
years later, she co-founded
Washington, Pittman and
McKeever, still one of the country's
largest black CPA firms.

Bank On the Prowl
for Heavy Hitters
If you happen to have $20 million
that's burning a hole in your pocket,
black-owned Harbor Bank has a
solution. The Baltimore savings
institution, which has $242 million
in assets and is the nation's ninth
largest black bank, just started guar-
anteeing deposits up to $20 million.


must complete an instructional
course (which carries an additional
fee) concerning personal financial
management.
Q: Can a person undergoing hard-
ship still use bankruptcy to stay an
eviction?
A: Bankruptcy will no longer stay
an eviction if a judgment was
obtained prior to the filing.
Q: What are some things debtors
should be more mindful of?
Cre4lj card a.cqppai~p;:Ithink now%,
credit card companies are going to
become more aggressive in inviting
consumers to apply for credit card
applications. Consumers will now
find it more difficult and expensive
to file bankruptcy. This will lead
the credit card companies to garnish
wages, lien bank accounts and pos-
sibly seize other assets. Anyone
who foresees medical issues or
financial problems should seek
counsel now and have someone go
over their financial affairs with
them. Should they need to file
bankruptcy, they should do so
before October 17.


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Black Business Rundown


The New Bankruptcy Law: What You Should Know

A Q & A with National Bar Association's Bankruptcy Law Section Chair Arlene Gordon Oliver, Esq.


August 4 10, 2005


Page 2 Ms. Perry's Free Press





Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 3


Aubusnt 4 10. 2005


Willie Gary Takes on the State of New York


Noted attorney
Willie E. Gary is
taking on the
state of New
bl York in a class
action discrimi-
nation lawsuit
that may involve
Atty. Gary more than
100,000 African American and
Hispanic civil service workers and
could cost the state more than $1
billion in damages.
The suit stems from the use of'bat-
tery' tests, exams used by the state
as an indicator to evaluate employ-
ees who have applied for a broad
range of supervisory and manageri-
al positions. The class, led by plain-
tiff Merton Simpson, 50, who
worked for the state for 23 years,


alleges that the test lacks merit and
is used as a tool to avoid promoting
qualified minorities.
"It was planned that way, this was
no accident," surmises Gary, ranked
as one of BE's top lawyers, in an
exclusive interview with BLACK
ENTERPRISE.
The plaintiffs claim the test has a
disparate impact on African
Americans and Hispanics and that it
does not meet validity criteria under
the Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission's Uniform Guidelines
on Employee Selection Procedures.
On July 8, Judge David N. Hurd of
the Northern District of New York
certified the class, allowing the
affected people sue the state as a
group, rather than individuals who
would have to prove individually


that the state discriminates on a sys-
temic basis, Simpson said at a press
conference.
New York isn't alone. As many as
18 other states are using some form
of a battery test similar to New
York's which may be discriminato-
ry in nature, Gary says.
"It's not about passing [the test]"
Gary explains. "It's about a test that
does not have merit. If you are qual-
ified for a job why should you take
a test that doesn't deal with the
job?"
It is the first case regarding a
state's use of a battery test that Gary
has taken on, but he says there
could be as many as one million
minorities nationwide who may
have been adversely affected by
battery tests.


Wachovia Corp. has announced
new and enhanced community part-
nerships to benefit African-
Americans. These groundbreaking
national partnerships focus on three
key areas: preserving and promot-
ing African-American history and
culture; enhancing educational
opportunities for African-
Americans; and fostering economic
opportunity for African-Americans.
"Our partnerships reflect feedback
and ideas that we received from
employees, customers and commu-
nity organizations, including many
leaders in the African-American
community," said Wachovia
Chairman and Chief Executive
Officer Ken Thompson.
The new and enhanced partner-
ships reflect a total corporate con-
tribution of more than $10 million
over five years, which will be
enhanced by additional volunteer
support, employee giving and tech-
nical assistance. The national part-
nerships are dedicated to:
Preserving and promoting
African-American history and
culture. A significant partnership
with the Association for the Study
m nt'^='rp"nt^ m lt


of African- American. Life and
History will support public educa-
tion and awareness of African-
American history told from the
African-American perspective. As
part of this partnership, Wachovia
will support the creation of new
curriculum resources for an innova-
tive online education tool devel-
oped by the National Humanities
Center for teachers and students.
- Enhancing educational oppor-
tunities. Funding will support
access to quality education through
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public schools.
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League initiative will help provide
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Edward Waters College has
appointed Dr. Valdrie Walker as the
vice president for the Division of
Academic Affairs.
"Dr Walker brings to Edward
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ence in higher education both as an
administrator and as a faculty mem-
ber specializing in curriculum and
communication," said EWC
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president for Student Affairs at
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VA. She will begin her duties
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first line to creating institutional
excellence that fosters a dynamic
student learning environment. I
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dents are the number one concern
for EWC faculty," said Dr. Walker.


DNA Frees Man After Nearly 20 Years in Prison


because he refused to accept
responsibility for the crime.
But DNA evidence has final-
ly proved what he's been say-
i^ ing all along: He didn't do it.
Doswell, 46, was convicted
in the 1986 rape of a 48-
year-old woman at a hospital
di in Pittsburgh. He was sen-
tenced to 13 to 26 years in
prison. At the time, he was
St the father of two young chil-
dren.
A judge Monday dismissed
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A newly freed Thomas Doswell' hugs girl- family broke into applause.
friend after serving 19 years for a rape he Prosecutors originally
did not commit. opposed DNA testing for
PITTSBURGH During his near- Doswell, but a judge ordered
it. When the tests came back last
ly two decades in prison on a rape
conviction, Thomas A. Doswell mth g
from the victim was not from
was denied parole four times fos ec s
Doswell, prosecutors filed motions


to vacate his sentence and release
him.
The victim and another witness
had picked out Doswell's photo
from a group of eight shown to
them by police.
At the time, Pittsburgh police
identified mug shots of people
charged with rape with the letter
"R." Doswell insisted witnesses
identified him as the rapist only
because "R" appeared under his
mug shot.
According to the Innocence
Project, his photo was the only one
with an "R."
His photo was marked because an
ex-girlfriend had accused him of
rape, but he was acquitted of that
charge. Police officials say they no
longer mark photos of rape suspects
with an "R."
Authorities plan to compare the


DNA sample taken from the victim
with national databanks, but so far
do not have any suspects.
Although Doswell spent nearly
two decades in prison, neither he
nor his family said they were angry.
"I couldn't walk around with
anger and bitterness," said Doswell,
speaking on a cell phone for what
he said was the first time. "It would
have done me more harm than
good."
Doswell spent his years in prison
getting an associate's degree, learn-
ing to speak Spanish and mastering
seven musical instruments, includ-
ing the guitar, saxophone, flute,
drums and trumpet.
"I am so happy to be actually see-
ing him at home instead of in jail,"
said Crystal Glover, Doswell's girl-
friend. "Now we can get on with
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5:30-7:30 p.m.
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Purpose
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by Charles Griggs


I JUST WHEN I WAS

BECOMING A FAN

:: The Jacksonville Jaguars upcoming season has so much promise, even I've decid-
ed to jump on the bandwagon. I just hope not in vain.
S"The test of a first-rate intelligence is the abil- My reluctance to root is probably due to the anti-
Sity to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the septic manner for which I've dealt with the local
same time, and still retain the ability to function. football franchise.
SOne should, for example, be able to see that For years anything that the team has gone through
-things are hopeless and yet be determined to make has had no emotional effect on me whatsoever.
them otherwise." Until now.
-F. Scott Fitzgerald I have to admit that I've been looking forward to
It's been about eleven years since.my first opportu- the start of football season for more reasons than just
nity to examine the National Football League up close covering the Jaguars.
,, and in person. With the success or failure of the Miami Dolphins out
S However, while the arrival of the Jacksonville of my system, I've decided to turn my attention some-
Jaguars to the First Coast made it easier for me to place else. This year I'll be rooting for the Jaguars.'
cover the NFL, it made it next to impossible for me to Don't ask me why.
' keep up with my then favorite team the Miami All I can say is that they seem to have grown on me.
!6 Dolphins. Needless to say, my new found passion for the local
f As a kid I was obsessed with the success and fail- team has been tempered by the controversy surround-
Sure of the Dolphins. So much to the point where ing their future in Jacksonville.
<.watching a game, especially the close ones, was The Jaguars are looking for a new deal with the city
Sometimes mentally unbearable. that will help them sustain profitability, while the
' In fact, to this day, I believe that my nasty nail bit- Mayor's office has decided to draw a line in the sand.
*'ing habit was born out of the excitement that was Both sides have legitimate concerns.
dealt during the 1972 Miami Dolphins perfect season. The Jaguars are representatives of the spirit of
During the years of my obsession with the Aqua Jacksonville. They are a major reason why the city's
,,and Orange I could name players on the roster as if image has moved a few ticks away from the "red-
they were close family members. neck" section. They are our ambassadors in the num-
It was all Miami Dolphins all of the time. ber one entertainment sport in America. Not to men-
i One of the biggest moments of my life was during tion, they are the sole reason that the Super Bowl, the
-my travels, as a part of my youth summer employ- largest event in sports, was played here. It put
c ment, I spotted the Orange Bowl from 1-95 while Jacksonville on the world's stage.
-, passing through Miami. I was so excited to be able to On the other hand, the city has a fiscal responsibil-
actually see the stadium where the Dolphins played, ity to do what is right for the taxpayers. Carefully
even though it was off in the distance, that I talked examining request such as the Jaguars deal is just
about it to my friends for weeks, good business.
It wasn't until Dan Marino became the man of the I must admit I'm a little concerned about the
hour before I was finally able see the.Dolphins in per- future of my now favorite team. I don't like the
son. I had traveled to Miami to see the Dolphins take tone of the negotiations or. the attitudes of many
on the undefeated Chicago Bears. surrounding the situation.
Everything about that experience was superb. The Jacksonville has come a long way since I was
flight, the game and the memories, kid. The fact that I no longer need to look to anoth-
When the Jaguars settled into town I was pretty much er city to root for my favorite team is an accom-
cut off from my beloved Dolphins. Their games directly plishment in pride.,
interfered with the Dolphins which made keeping up Yet, we still have a long way to go.
with rosters and stats much too labor intensive. The impasse that the Mayor's Office and the
After all, what could be better than having your Jaguars are engaged in is a prime example of arro-
own NFL team to study? gance on both sides. This is the type of thing that hap-
The excitement was there and the Jaguars seemed pens when people are too smart for their own good.
to find success with the quickness. Let's hope they get a deal done so that I can root
But while I was content to follow the Jaguars the for my team in the city that I love.
passion wasn't the same as with the Dolphins.
Over the years the Jags have managed to pro- You can send us an e-maiwith your comment to:
vide the same kind of excitement as the Dolphins. griggorama@aol.com.


If They Can
Sometimes you have to give cred-
it where credit is due regardless of
how you feel. Being a student of
politics, I must say that I take my
hat off to President George W. Bush
and the leadership in the
Republican Party for their 2004
campaign and continued political
dominance.
Not only did they beat John Kerry
and the Dems in a surprising fash-
ion, but they also laid a strong
foundation for the upcoming mid-
term elections and the next
Presidential battle in 2008. Some
may not see it, but the Republicans
caught Democrats (including
myself) off guard by focusing on
areas and issues that most of us felt
were inconsequential in the grand
scheme of politics.
No, blacks didn't vote for Bush in
record numbers, but he certainly
received much more support from
African Americans. in this year's
election versus the 2000
Presidential race. While most
black preachers saw through the
moral propaganda, some latched on
to it like it was a cordog or funnel
cake from the Jacksonville Fair.
Another major factor in the 2004
presidential election was the candi-
dates themselves. George W is
often seen as a John Wayne, I may
not be the smartest, but I am going
to protect my people type while
Kerry struggled to escape his past
as a liberal anti-war guy. Americans
didn't want a nice guy President;
they wanted someone they perceive
as being tough on terror with strong
moral values.
Again, it is my John Wayne theo-
ry, which really plays well in rural
America. While Dems focused on
the urban centers of most states,


Find the Right Candidate


Republicans got out and cam-
paigned hard in the rural counties.
But, 2004 is water in the bridge, so
what do Florida Democrats have to
do to win the Governor's race in
2006? Well, it will not be an easy
task. In fact, with the Republican
candidates raising so much money,
it's going to be critical that the win-
ner of the Democratic primary be
able to compete in the money game
as well as the strategy game.
I always say that the best candi-
date can be beaten by the worst if
they do not have money and an
organization to get his or her mes-
sage out to the people.
The Republican candidates are
Attorney General Charlie Christ
and the state's Chief Financial
Officer, Tom Gallagher. Each has
raised a considerable amount of
money, $3.8 and $3.02 million
respectively breaking Governor
Bush's the state fund raising record
for the first quarter of reporting.
If you are impressed by these fig-
ures, then you will be extremely
disappointed by the Democratic
totals.,Congressman. Jim Davis has
raised about $800,000 to date, State
Senator Rod Smith's campaign has
reported approximately $726,000,
and former party leader Scott
Maddox raised $360,000.
My thoughts exactly. It looks like
the Democratic candidates are play-
ing, junior varsity while the GOP
hopefuls are playing full blown var-
sity football. However, the race for
governor is more like a marathon
versus a sprint, and the Republican
primary iyill definitely be highly
contested. Crist and. Gallagher will
Shave to spend all of, their funds to
make it into the general election.
So whomever the Democratic


candidate is, he or she may have a
much more level playing field
when it comes to fund raising. And
if you noticed, I did say he or she,
because although the three Dems
currently in the race are men, there
is a strong push to encourage Betty
Castor to jump in while the water is
still hot.
Many state party leaders and out-
siders feel that the only way for
Dems to win the governor's race is
to draw a much larger name into the
contest, and Castor, who ran well in
2004 against Mel Martinez, proba-
bly has the best shot.
No matter who the Democrat is,
the strategy for victory is no secret.
In 2004, Republicans scored big in
rural/small counties, while
Democrats continued to do well in
urban areas. So in order for Dems
to have any chance of winning, a
strong small county outreach plan
must be implemented.
This plan must focus on the can-
didate's individual values: family
life, health care and insurance
costs, and failed Republican poli-
cies. Candidates have to essentially
redefine the party while defining
themselves.
For example, instead of allowing
Republicans label you as a pro-
abortion candidate come out
strong and say I am absolutely
opposed to abortion, but I believe
that it is a woman's right to choose
not the government's right.
Democrats must stop the'bleeding
before it is too late, and the 2006
race of Governor is the perfect
opportunity to regain momentum in
th.e solid Repubjican.Squoth,
Signing off from the Supervisor
of Elections Office,
Reggie Fullwood


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Pregnant Black Woman Missing
Where's the Coverage?


Urban League Convenes for

95th Anniversary Convention


SLatoyia
Figueroa is
far from a
b, blond,
blue-eyed
belle of the
Bible Belt
south. Nor is she a petite house-
wife from a California suburb.
But like Natalee Holloway,
Figueroa has apparently vanished
without a trace, and like Laci
Peterson, Figueroa's loved ones
are as concerned about her where-
abouts as they are for the unborn
child she is carrying.
It's been two weeks since
Figueroa went missing, yet her
story hasn't garnered nearly half
of the national spotlight captured


by Holloway, Peterson, Lori
Hacking or Jennifer Milbanks in
the days following their respec-
tive disappearances. A story about
Figueroa, a 24-year-old mother
from Philadelphia, appeared on
CNN for the first time nearly 10
days after she was reported miss-
ing.
Figueroa was last seen on July
18, and police received a missing
persons report on July 21.
It's not yet known what exact-
ly has happened to Figueroa, a
single mother of a seven-year-old
girl. On the day she went missing,
Figueroa had an appointment
with her obstetrician to check the
health of her five-month-old
fetus. Continued on page 7


Rev. Jesse Jackson (standing) fans civil rights activist Rev. Dr. Joseph
Lowery (C) as Lowery speaks at the 'Civil Rights & Civic Engagement'
workshop as National Council of Negro Women President Dorothy
Height (L), National Education Association President Reg Weaver (R) .
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(L-R) Former Secretary of Transportation Rodney Slater, National Urban League President Marc Morial, and U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton (D-
NY), talk during the National Urban League's 95th anniversary convention in Washington, D.C.


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Patricia Matthews Wilson.
The family and friends of Mrs.
Patricia Matthews honored her
memory at a Memorial Service
held July 21, 2005, at the James
Graham Mortuary. Mrs. Wilson
departed this life on July 18, 2005,
following a lengthy illness.
Patricia Matthews Wilson, was
born to the late James H. and Lena
Matthews, in Palatka, Florida.
SAs a young girl, Mrs. Wilson
was educated at local schools in
Duval County, she graduated from
New Stanton High School in the
Class of 1964, and attended FCCJ.
Mrs. Wilson served in the United
States Army Reserves, and was
employed by Georgia Pacific,
Palatka, Florida; and the Port
'Authority, in Jacksonville,
During her fellowship at Greater
St. Matthew Baptist Church and St.
Paul Baptist Church, she served
faithfully in many capacities.
Other affiliations included the
International F&M Masons and the
Order of Eastern Star, Beatrice


Turner Chapter #480, and the
Sister-Sister Christian Social Club.
Mrs. Wilson was preceded in
death by her husband, Eddie
Wilson, and her sister, Julie Slater.
She leaves to cherish her
memory "Ma Ma" Ann Martin
(John); Sister, Joyce Crompton
(Errol); adopted daughter, Hasina
Knight (Shamiah); Devoted cou-
sins, Wilford Williams; James
Williams (Roberta); Isola Evans,
Ethel Mae Ellis (Carl), Palatka, FL;
Ruby Brown, August, GA; Lillie
Ruth Benjamin (Al), Gainesville,
GA; Wanda Jean Brooks, Texas;
Jessie Lee McCoy, Juanita Harvin,
Loretta, Dorothy, Floretta, Sandra,
and Kenneth Brown, of Jackson-
ville. A host of other relatives, and
friends including: Goddaughters,
Rachel Fells and Jazamine Richard-
son: Devoted friends: Betty Sweet
(Terry); Gwendolyn Robinson, and
Caretaker, Geraldine Murphy.




ATTEND

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SUNDAY


Memorial Service for

Patricia Matthews Wilson


ABC Christian Academy
Expands to include
Middle School this year
The African American commun-
ity in our city can be proud of our
Churches who establish schools to
meet the demand for academic
excellence for our children. The
Potter's House Christian Fellow-
ship and The ABC Christian Acad-
emy, affiliated with Abyssinia Bap-
tist Church, and St. Pius Catholic
School, are highly recognized, as
they strive for excellence.
The ABC Christian Academy,
2360 New Kings Road, accepts the
HEROES Scholarship, JCC/Title
XX, and Universal Pre-K-4 Pro-
gram; and is expanding this year to
include up to the 7th grade. The
Academy began in 1988 has a
hiehlv qualified staff operating
under the supervision of Superin-
tendent Lois Diamond, Principal
Sebastian Miller, and Mary Battle,
Director.
Universal Pre-K for all students
age 4; P.E., Computer training,
Dance, Drama, Music and After
School Tutoring, are just a few of
the extras offered by the Academy.
Greater Macedoeia
To Hold School

Supply Give-A-Way
The Greater Macedonia Baptist
Church, 1880 West Edgewood
Ave., where Rev. Dr. Landon L.
Williams Sr., is pastor; is observ-
ing "Back to School", Saturday,
August 6, 2005, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The public is invited to bring
children who need school sup-
plies, uniforms or school clothing.
Or if you would like to donate
for *- "Back to School" Give-A-
ay, please drop off your
donation at the church ASAP.


Community Evangelistic
Block Party August 28th
The Providence Christian Fell-
owship, 3012 West 12th Street, will
hold a Community Evangelistic
Block Party from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
on Saturday, August 28, 2005.
A Sports Clinic will kick off the
event which also includes Rides,
games, free food, health awareness,
booths, social awareness informa-
tion, vendors, and more.
Gospel Rap Artist Richie Right-
eous will perform. Raffles, FREE
clothing and school supplies will be
provided. All are welcome.

Sword & Shield
Kingdom Outreach
Ministry Invites All
The Sword and Shield Kingdom
Out Reach Ministry of the Chris-
tian Fellowship Gospel Chorus will
lift up Jesus in Praises, Preaching
and Singing from various Chris-
tians form around the city, will take
part, and you are invited.
Attend this special service and
receive a powerful blessing from
our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Be at The Father's House Confer-
ence Center, 1820 Monument
Road, Bldg. #2, on Sunday, August
28th at 3:45 p.m., and be blessed.
First M. B. of Jax
Beach to hold Annual
"Come Together Day"
First Missionary Baptist Church
of Jacksonville Beach, 810 Third
Avenue South; will sponsor their
Annual Come Together Day, from
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday,
August 6,2005. ,. .. ,,,, ,
J" Thete" will 'FR EE" food,
clothing and school supplies. If
you are in need, or know someone
who is please come. All in need
are welcome.


Rev. A. B. Coleman Jr.
A Retirement Celebration will
honor Rev. A. B. Coleman Jr.,
retired pastor of Saint Andrew
Missionary Baptist, on Saturday,
August 27, 2005.
The Retirement Celebration will
be held at 5 p.m., at the Phillippian
Community Church. Multipurpose
tinte, '75'' New Kings Road.
For participation and reservation
information, please call (904) 713-
9831 or (904) 765-4080.


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


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Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Sr.
Senior Pastor


Weekly Services

Sunday Morning Worship 7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.tm
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 I p.m.
Wednesday 5:00p.m. Dinner and Bible Study at 6:30p.m.


Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Jr.
Senior Pastor


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

TVMinistry -
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.
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Evangel Temple Assembly of God


Revival Services

Sunday, July 30th
8:25 a.m. & 10:45 a.m.
Experience God.
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Conference
Pastor Diane Barrino of Mercy
Outreach Church of Deliverance in
High Point, NC, mother of
American Idol Singer "Fantasia";
and Lady Bridgett Battles, of
Power and Praise Tabernacle in
High Point; will be the speakers for
the 2005 Sister Sister Conference,
Priday''and Satur'dy T'Jie''24' &8
25th at the Faith Deliverance
Tabernacle Ministries, 220 Mill
Creek Road. Registration is FREE.
For information, call 724-6016.


St. Thomas Missionary Baptist to
Celebrate 19th Anniversary of their
Pastor, Ernie L. Murrary, Sr.


August 4-10, 2005


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Local Pastor takes
Ministry Nationwide


Bishop Vaughan McLaughlin
The outstanding local pastor and
administrator, Bishop Vaughan
McLaughlin, pastor of The Potters
House Christian Fellowship, is also
highly recognized nationwide.
Bishop McLaughlin's ministry
has expanded The Potters House
Christian Fellowship outside its
location on Lane Avenue to an
expanded facility that was formerly
the Normandy Mall. Other expan-
sions include a school with an
outstanding basketball team and
recognized academic achievement,
in the former telephone building on
Normandy Boulevard, which also
houses a book store and restaurant.
He has been a guest on the
Trinity Broadcasting Network, and
was featured on the cover of the
Charisma and Ministry Today
magazines. Most recently, Bishop
McLaughlin was called on to
preach at the Freedom Christian
Fellowship in Omaha, Nebraska.


Only Fast Food to Close
on Sunday to Give-A-
way 1-Year's Worth of
Food to Customers
Like the Postal Service, Chick-
fil-A has been open for customers
during all types of weather, floods,
freezing rain and 60 mph winds,
but is closed always, on Sundays.
The restaurant chain's closed-on
Sunday policy stands out as a
rarity in the fast food industry. The
chain has maintained Sunday as a
day off to allow employees to
worship and spend time with their
families, since Truett Cathy
founded the company.
The President of Chick-fil-A
Dan Cathy, son of the founder; will
be on hand for the Opening of the
new restaurant located at 4625
Town Center Pkwy, at 6:30 a.m. on
Thursday, August 11, 2005.
The "First 100 Fans" in line on
the opening morning will each
-receive a one-year supply of free
Chick-fil-A Combo Meals coupons
(52), age 18 and older, identifica-
tion required.
Progressive National

Baptist Convention

to Hold Annual

Session in Detroit
The Progressive National Bap-
tist Convention Inc., a vital Baptist
denomination of more than 1,800
churches across the United States,
with membership of over 2.5
million will hold its annual session
August 8-12, 2005 in Detroit,
Michigan. This 44th Annual Session
will meet Tuesday through Friday.


Pregnant Woman Dissapears
Continued from page 5


Stephen Pouche, the unborn
child's father and Figueroa's
reported boyfriend, accompanied
her to the doctor's office. While not
identified as a suspect, Pouche is
considered by Philadelphia police
to be the last person to see
Figueroa.
Relatives became worried when
Figueroa, a good and caring mother
by all accounts, failed to pick up
her daughter, Izhanae, from
daycare. The next day, she didn't
show up for work at a T.G.I.
Friday's restaurant, where she -is a
waitress. Police say her cell phone
and credit cards have not been used
since July 18, the day she was last
seen.
Figueroa's family and friends,
including Anthony Williams,
Figueroa's high school sweetheart
and Izhanae's father, question
Pouche's supposedly nonchalant
attitude and questionable behavior
regarding the investigation. Pouche
hasn't been actively involved in
distributing fliers throughout the
city, as many of Figueroa's loved
ones have, and last week, he called
in to a popular.radio station to
explain on-air why he thought
Figueroa "went away," citing
"stress" as a major factor.
On July 28, ten days after
Figueroa's disappearance, police
deployed cadets and canine Units to
extensively search a park near
Pouche's home.
A 51-year-old operations
manager from the Philadelphia
metropolitan region, Blair decided
to email CNN personality Nancy
Grace, a former prosecutor known
for speaking up for victims' rights,
about the circumstances
surrounding Figueroa's


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disappearance. Blair, a blogger
with www.allspinzone.com, posted
the message on his website last
week, kicking off a flurry of
activity, from enhanced media
coverage to the start of the $10,000
reward fund to find Figueroa.
Blair, who is white, believes that
race is not the only factor in the
lack of media coverage regarding
Figueroa's story.
"To me, this whole story speaks
of socio-economic divides, as well,
as racial divides," Blair said,
adding that the same thing could
have happened to a young,
pregnant white woman in a low-to-
moderate income area of
Philadelphia whose family simply
didn't have the means or
knowledge to get the story out.
"The crux of the matter is that
nobody was talking about it. It just
seemed like nobody cared," Blair
said, adding that local media didn't
necessarily jump on the story until
days after Figueroa's
disappearance. Media coverage is
important in cases like this, Blair
said, not just to keep the public
informed and alert, but also to keep
pressure on law enforcement to not
let a case go cold.
"(Fair news coverage) is a
dialogue that has been screaming to.
be had," Blair said. "Obviously, it's
a backburner issue until Latoyia is
found, but we really need to have
that dialogue. And I think this is a
great opportunity to have that
national discussion."


Al'Ju Jackson

Goes to the Next

Level in TLC

Competition


PICTURED (front row, squatting) Harold Felder, Kuumba Festival
committee; (second row) far left Nikki Williams, UNF student; Oscar
Mathis, Climb Up-Climb Out Inc.; Lawrence Tunsill, SCLC and Public
School Toxic Waste Control Fighter/Activist; Brother Outlaw, UNF
student; Jennifer "Jaha" Jackson, school teacher; Lance Tunsill, Public
School Toxic Waste Control Fighter/Activist and SCLC; (back row,
far left) Gary Thomas, president, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
Foundation Inc.; Jerome Noisett, Climb Up-Climb Out Inc.; James
Evans Muhammad, teacher and Robert "Bob" Flowers, From Unity to
Loyalty Inc. and SCLC; and Andre X Neal, From Unity To Loyalty
Inc. and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Foundation Inc.

A Meeting of The Minds
Drawn together out of From some things working together
Unity To Loyalty's Inc.'s Town within the. framework of 'a
Hall Meeting for The Millions Covenant that we could never
More Movement held at Edward accomplish individually.
Waters College, a diverse people The real challenge will begin for
some who have known each other us when each of us return from the
for years, and others meeting for Millions More Movement March
the first time, discussed what it that will be held on October 15,
really means to have a Covenant 2005, in Washington, DC.
with black people. Millions More Movement
The one thing we initially all "A Must" for Black People!
agreed on is there is a void among Take the Bus, and ....
black people that has to be filled. In Leav, the Driving to Us"
order to fill that void we must L te t
combine our wisdom, knowledge, Now is the time to start making
understanding, willingness to grow, your plans to be a part of the 10h
and adapt to change, fbr the benefit Anniversary of the historic event of
of all black people. The only way the century the "Million Man
that can happen is for us to leave March". The local organizing com-
our large, sometime troublesome, mittee invites all adults and chil-
uncontrollable egos, outside the dren, organizations, clubs, groups,
room. srorities and fraternities, churches,
Black people have "sit-in, mosques, temples to be a part of the
waded-in, marched-in" and have largest gathering of African Ameri-
never achieved the desired results. cans this year. The date is
We have tried everything except a Saturday, October 15 .
total unified effort with all black For transportation information,
people. The most Honorable Elijah please call (904)768-2778, 768-
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and are willing to use all of our
talents, gifts, resources, plus energy E X C E L I
to work to bring it into fruition.
Since that first meeting, we have EW C T ALu
developed the trust, understanding.
and unity, that we feel is needed to
help our people. We pray that God
will keep us unified, with the right
mindset, pleasant spiritual attitude
that will allow us to accomplish
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ensure a customer-friendly
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authentic and on target, and
The vision of FWC, the i
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Finally, we are excited wi
August 21. If there is anyt
including our distinguished
ignite the start of a dynamic
Respectfully,

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Al'Ju Jackson
NEW YORK, NY Last week on
Wednesday night, Al'Ju Jackson
was joined by her mother, Ju'Coby
Pittman Peele and her grandmother
Coby as they were interviewed by
the dynamic duo T-Boz and Chili
of the popular girls group TLC.
Wednesday night's win was not
easy as she competed against other
contestants, Each was given a song
to devise a performance of in just a
few minutes. Al'Ju made the cut
with T-Boz and Chili, and will go
on to Atlanta, home of TLC to
compete against others from around
the country.

No novice in competitions,
Al'Ju won the Miss Jacksonville
title, Miss Delta Teen, and the title
of Miss Shriner of Florida, as well
as the Leroy Butler Scholarship.

The winner of the competition
will perform with TLC, although
she will not be designated as a
replacement for "Left Eye".


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Dennis Evans has been hired as
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stations WTEV CBS47 and
WAWS FOX 30.
The former Sports Director at
ABC affiliate KTNV in Las Vegas,:
is a Missouri native. He graduated
from Southern Illinois University.
and began his career in St. Joseph,
Missouri. In short order, he was
recruited by the ABC affiliate in'
Kansas City, where he covered the
Kansas City Chiefs and the KU
basketball teams. He also worked
in St. Louis before moving to Las
Vegas, Nevada.
News Director Lynn Heider
says that Evans will join the Clear
Channel Jacksonville team in
August, just a few prior to the start
of the NFL and NCAA college
football seasons.
"We believe Dennis' knowledge,
polish, and energy will make him a
great teammate for weekend anchor
and sports reporter Lee Gordon,"
Heider said.
Dennis is married and the proud
father of two children.


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agenda, including rehearsals. Must read music, and
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n Association of Colleges & Schools (SACS) that our accreditation has been
accredited institution. Where, just a few months ago. there was once deep concern,
out the future of Florida's oldest private institution of higher education. A spirit
es the entire campus. I am pleased to report that we are back on track as one of the
education in Florida, the region and indeed the Nation. It all begins with a vision ---
at undertaking, any great achievement --- must have vision; and EWC is a College

n of a new day with the start of the 2005-2006 academic year' at EWC. This expected
ergirded by the Double E Principle: Excellence & Ethics. This Principle envisions
lly and humanely, whose grammar and expressions represent college level education.
e calls for conduct and attire nurtured by those moral and spiritual values that
tonsible, and well-rounded individual who practices honesty and reverence.
will also guide our day-to-day operations as we interact internally and externally to
atmosphere governed by one's conduct and morals. The Principle also focuses'on
conduct that is honest, accurate and dependable. In this context, ethics critique the
ows through one's character and performance. Ethics, therefore, keeps Excellence
I trie to its inherent nature.
ising star in Northeast Florida. is still a reality: Providing a quality education
ce and ethics.
th the scheduled arrival of new students on August 13 and returning students on
thing 1 can assist you with, please call 904-470-8012. Please also know that we all.
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The Duval County Health
Department (DCHD)
Immunization Program will offer
free back-to-school immunizations
August 8th 12th, at DCHD's
Center for Women and Children,
515 West 6th Street. Vaccines are
available for children 0-18, from
8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Florida law requires that students
must have on file Florida
Certification of Immunization (DH
Form 680) or have an exemption
on file at their school.
To meet the requirements for
Florida certification of immuniza-
tion, a child must have the follow-
ing:
At least four doses of the DTP
(diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis) vac-
cine with the last dose given on or
after the fourth birthday (other-
wise, a fifth dose is required).
At least three doses of OPV
(polio) vaccine with the last dose
given on or after the fourth birth-
day (otherwise, a fourth dose is
required).
The MMR (measles, mumps,
rubella) vaccine given on or after
the first birthday with a definite


recorded date. If the MMR vaccine
was given before the first birthday
or a definite recorded date is not
listed for the MMR vaccine, revac-
cination is required. Kindergarten
through 12th-grade students will
be required to present proof of two
doses of the MMR vaccine.
HIB (haemophilus influenza
type b) vaccination for children
under five years of age.
Hepatitis B series is now
required to attend pre-school
through 6th grade.
Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine,
or documented history of the dis-
ease is required to attend pre-
school through 3rd grade.
Under Florida law, students who
do not have the proper Florida
immunization documents on file at
their school will be excluded from
attending school until documents
are provided.
Other back-to-school health serv-
ices provided by the DCHD
include: WIC Certification,
Physicals and Healthy Start
Registration. For information on
these and other services call 904-
630-3300.


More African-Americans Joining Online Dating Craze


Chris H. is an attractive brother.
The 29-year-old chemical engineer
is a 6'3" gym-rat with a quick wit
and an easy smile. He owns a home,
makes "close to six figures" and
drives a big, shiny BMW.
And he met his current girlfriend,
Cyrica, on the Internet.
"It's not that I had problems meet-
ing women or getting dates," said
Chris. "But I'd heard some of my
friends talking about a Web site, so
I decided to check it out one day at
work. I saw Cyrica's page, and I just
sent her a quick note. She wrote
back, and we met later that week."
Chris is one of over 40 million


Americans who visited an online
dating service last year, according
to a report by comScore Networks.
Online dating generated $214 mil-
lion in revenue in 2003, and
JupiterResearch has reported that
the industry revenue will top $516
million this year, making it the most
important subscription-based busi-
ness on the Internet.
African Americans make up an
ever-growing chunk of the online
dating market. Even though the
2004 empirical analysis of online
dating, 'What makes You Click: An
Empirical Analysis of Online
Dating' by economists from the


America's Children Healthier Except for Minorities


The adolescent birth rate has
reached another record low, the
death rate for children between ages
-1 and 4 is the lowest ever and young
children are more likely than ever
to get their recommended immu-
nizations, the annual U.S. govern-
ment report on children finds.
But white children are healthier
than black or Hispanic children and
black children are much more like-
ly to die violently, be assaulted or
suffer some other violent crime.
And the first nationwide look at
mental health shows about 5 per-
cent of U.S. children have severe
emotional, cognitive or behavioral


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disorders.
"The over-
whelming
majority of chil-
S dren -- about 83
percent -- are
Reported by
S .. their parents to
S:: be in very good
Sor excellent
health," Dr.
Edward Sondik,
Director of the
National Center
for Health
Statistics, told a
teleconference
with reporters.
And fewer
|P, children are
dying, the
report compiled
by the Federal
S Interagency
SForum on Child
P. and Family
SStatistics found.
In 2002, there
.:. were 31 deaths
'... for every
100,000 children in this age group,
down from 33 deaths per 100,000 in
2001.
"(Deaths) continue to go down
whether from cancer, motor vehicle
accidents, poisoning, drowning.
They are all going down," Sondik
said..
The report found the adolescent
birth rate for 2003 was 22 for every
1,000 girls aged 15 to 17, down
from 23 in 2002 and down from 39
births for every 1,000 girls in 1991.
But the rate of births to black or
Hispanic teen-agers is about double
that of births to white teens, the


report found.
MENTAL DISORDERS
Childhood immunization rates
have peaked at 81 percent of chil-
dren receiving the recommended'
series of vaccines, the report found
-- up from 78 percent in 2002.
But just 76 percent of children
living below the poverty level were
fully vaccinated.
The report for the first time
included mental health statistics
and found that 2.7 million children
have emotional or behavioral prob-
lems. Twice as many boys as girls,
were likely to suffer from such
problems, said Dr. Susan Swedo of
the National Institute of Mental
Health.
S"There were no striking racial dif-
ferences. However, poverty certain-
ly was a factor (with) two times as
many children below (the) poverty
line having difficulties as children
who were not," Swedo told the
briefing.
The rate at which youths were vic-
tims of serious violent crimes went
up, from 10 per 1,000 youth ages 12
to 17 in 2002 to 18 per 1,000 in
2003, the report found. But this is
down from 44 per 1,000 at the 1993
peak.
"It still represents a 60 percent
reduction in the per capital rate com-
pared to 1993," said Larry
Greenfeld, Director of the Bureau
of Justice Statistics at the
Department of Justice.
"Since 1993 about 4.9 million
serious violent crimes against youth
did not occur that would have
occurred had the 1993 rate
remained stable rather than declin-
ing," he said.
"More than 10,000 murders of


children did not occur over the peri-
od since 1993," Greenfield added.
But black male youngsters were
five times as likely as whites to be
murdered.
And more children are poor, with
18 percent of children living below
the official poverty level of $18,810
for a family of four in 2003, up
from 17 percent in 2002.
Overall, there were 73 million
U.S. children in 2003, up from 72.8
million in 2002. "We expect this to
increase to 80 million children in
2020," said the Census Bureau's
Robert Kominski.
Sixty percent of all U.S. children
are white, 19 percent are Hispanic,
16 percent are black, 4 percent are
Asian and 4 percent .ll others, the
report finds.


Health Department Offering

Free School Immunizations


University of Chicago and MIT,
observed that "minorities are large-
ly underrepresented' on many major
dating sites, the researchers noted
the rise in black-only dating Web
sites. Whether you're looking for a
"Black Singles Connection" or'an
"Online Booty Call," there's a Web
site out there for you. There are cur-
rently over 25 active major Web
sites dedicated solely to African-
American dating, but there are also
major online dating services like
Match.com, which features the pro-
files of over 1.5 million Black sin-
gles. Other Web sites are not strict-
ly dedicated to online dating, but
many of their millions of members,
like Chris and Cyrica, use them to
make love connections.
Despite of the Internet's once-
seedy reputation as a haven for porn
sites and casual sex, many couples
are finding true love online. High-
profile Web site eHarmony.com
claims responsibility for 6,000 mar-
riages, and Match.com says that
200,000 people each year find the
relationship that they are looking
for on that site. A 2004 survey
found that 12% of recently married
couples met online and almost one
third of them got together using
Match.com.
"I used to be embarrassed to admit
I met my husband online" says
Dushawn. At the time, the attractive
34 year old single college graduate
felt she was ready for marriage. "I
just got tired of getting involved with
people who didn't have a similar
goal, with the internet, we had
already weeded out the small talk."
Online dating has also shed its
stigma as a gathering place for los-
ers. Shani P., a 22-year-old Howard
University senior with active pro-
files on three separate online dating
sites says that "most of her friends"
are comfortable with Internet
courtship. "I do everything online,"
said Shani. "I shop. I get directions.
I chat with people. Why not find a
date? You have a better chance
meeting someone nice online than


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you do up in a club or a bar some-
where."
Not everyone is convinced,
though. Valerie Cook, a New Jersey
teacher who describes herself as
"very comfortable using the
Internet," is not sold on online dat-
ing. "The fact that someone uses the
Internet to get a date suggests some
sort of deficit in my view," she said.
"There is a sub-textual question:
'why can't he meet someone the old-
fashioned way?"'
Statistically at least, the online
dating pool looks good on paper.
Online daters are more likely to
have a college or post-graduate
degree than the rest of society, and
are more likely to make between
$50,000 and $100,000 than the
average man or woman on the
street.
Interestingly, African Americans
who log on to mainstream sites like
Match.com aren't necessarily look-
ing for other black people. "Among
Caucasians, 48% of all women and
22% of all men declare a preference
for Caucasian mates," says the
study. "On the other hand, only
25% of black women and 8% of
black men declare that they want to
meet only other blacks."
Online jungle fever may be limit-
ed to the mainstream services,
because the proliferation of all-
black dating sites suggests that it
isn't the norm. For couples like
Chris and Cyrica who are "well
past the casual stage," according to
Chris online dating has been a
boon for black love. "When you
stop to think about it, I thank God
for the Internet," said Chris.
"Because, without it, I may never
have even met this beautiful
woman."
Popular sites to try frequented
by African-Americans::
Match.com,
Perfectmarch.com
Happilwsingle.com
Blackplanet.com
Friendlinder.com


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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Wrap the tortillas in foil and warm
them in the oven for 5 to 10 min-
utes, or until softened.
Lay the tortillas out on the work
Service. Spoon on the shrimp salad,
dividing equally between the bread
slices. Roll up the tortillas, and then
r serve immediately, or wrap in plas-
tic wrap and foil for transporting.
Consume the sandwiches within 3
Makehours.
Makes 4 servings.


SHKIMP SALAD SANDWICH
1 1/2 pounds medium to large
shrimp
2 to 3 quarts water
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup thinly sliced green or.
spring onions, bottom and tops
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil or
cilantro or parsley
1/3 cup good quality mayonnaise
or 1/3 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons cider vinegar or
lemon or lime juice
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon (or to taste) hot
pepper flakes or Tabasco sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
8 flour or corn tortillas (about 7-
inch size)
Peel, devein and rinse the shrimp.
Pour the water into a large pot. Stir
in the salt and bring to a rolling
boil.
Add the shrimp and cook for 2 or
3 minutes, or until the shrimp are
pink and just tender. Watch careful-
ly and don't overcook. Drain the
shrimp a-i*tfaside. .
Prepare the salad dressing:
Combine in a large glass or porce-
lain bowl the onions, garlic and
basil or cilantro or parsley. Stir in
the mayonnaise or oil, mixing well.
Add the vinegar or lemon or lime
juice, pepper flakes or Tabasco, salt
and black pepper. Beat briskly with
a fork or whisk until well blended.
Stir in the cooked shrimp, mixing
well. Cover and chill the shrimp
salad several hours or overnight.
To assemble the sandwiches:


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CHICKEN AVOCADO
SANDWICHES
2 whole breast, about 1 1/2
pounds, boneless
3/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground
black pepper
1 teaspoon ground allspice or nut
meg
2 tablespoons peanut or grapeseed
oil
2 ripe avocadoes
2 tablespoons spicy brown mus-
tard, or more if desired
'8 slices whole wheat or firm tex-
tured white bread
Rinse and pat dry the chicken
breast halves. Cut each piece in
half crosswise, for a total of 8 piece.
Discard the skin.
Sprinkle the chicken with the salt,
black pepper, allspice or nutmeg.
Lightly oil a heavy cast-iron griddle
pan or large skillet. Heat the
griddle or skillet over high heat
until real hot. Place in four pieces
of the chicken and cook over high
heat for 3 to 4 minutes, without


Wrapped to Go: Cool Summer Sandwiches

What with the temperature soaring on these midsummer days, now is the time to wrap and pack up afew sandwiches and
catch a cool breeze while chillin' outdoors.
And there is such a variety of sandwiches! You can use smoked or roasted turkey, chicken or ham; barbecued or jerk
chicken or pulled pork, poached or canned salmon and sardines, or thin slices of grilled steak spread with grain mustard or
a garlic vinaigrette laced with choppedparsley or crumbled blue orfeta cheese.
And don'tforget to pile on the veggies. Roasted peppers and sauteed eggplant, zucchini, or mushrooms, add bountiful fla-
vor. And so do crispy lettuce, spinach, sliced tomatoes and avocado, onions and cheese. Who can resist a grilled cheese
sandwich made with a good quality cheddar or even highbrow goat cheese?
Look for whole grain breads, such as whole wheat, rye or pumpernickel, or firm textured white bread. But do check out
international wrappers. Middle Eastern pita breads, Indian roti and chapatis breads, which are usually made from whole


wheat flour, as well as Asian
whole world love sandwiches,
turning over, adding a little more oil
as needed. You can move the chick-
en about in the pan using tong but
don't turn over.
When golden brown, turn over
the chicken pieces and cook 3 to 4
minutes longer, or until the chicken
is springy and its juice runs clear.
Removed the done chicken from
the pan and cook the remaining
chicken in the same way.
To assemble the sandwiches,
brush one side of each slice of bread
with a little of the mustard. Top
with the chicken, dividing evenly.
Peel the avocadoes and cut into thin
wedges. Arrange on top of the
chicken, and then drizzle over a
couple tablespoons of the Basil
Salad Dressing, using recipe below.
Top each sandwich with another
slice of bread, wrap in wax paper or
plastic wrap, and then in foil, for
packing to go.
Variation: Substitute 1 1/2
pounds smoked turkey or cooked
chicken or cooked ham for the
chicken breast. Saute the turkey or
chicken or ham for a couple min-
utes with the spices and then assem-
ble the sandwiches as directed
above. Makes 4 servings.

BASIL SALAD DRESSING
Fresh herbs are in fine supply. You
can capers or rolled anchovies or a
tablespoon of spicy mustard to this
dressing for extra zing. It's great for
drizzling,on sandwiches and tossing
veggies or salads.
1/3 cup olive or grapeseed oil
2 tablespoons vinegar .
1 tablespoon lemon or lime juice
1 clove crushed garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black
pepper
3 to 4 tablespoons chopped fresh
basil
In a small bowl or jar, combine
the oil, vinegar lemon or lime juice,
garlic, salt, black pepper and basil.
Beat briskly with a fork or whisk or
shake vigorously to combine.
Makes about 1/2 cup.


rice paper and Mexican tortillas, both the white and corn variety, make fine wrappers. The
so go for 'em. Here are favorite recipes:


sesame paste. Whirl or puree until
smooth, adding the water if the
mixture is too thick, and scraping
down side of the bowl with a rubber
spatula as needed.
Season the spread with the salt
and pepper. Spoon into a bowl or
plastic container, cover and chill
thoroughly.


CHICKPEA OR
HUMMUS SANDWICHES
Vegetarian friends love this sand-
wich, which goes together in a
snap, using canned chick peas.
Indian breads such as chapatis or
roti are fine too for this sandwich.
1 (15 ounce can) chick peas
2 cloves garlic, finely crushed
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive or grapeseed
oil
2 to 3 tablespoons chopped parsley
or cilantro
1/3 cup tahini, or sesame paste,
available at specialty stores
2 to 3 tablespoons water, if needed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black
pepper
1 red or yellow onion, thinly sliced
4 pita bread pockets, whole wheat
or white
Drain the chick peas, rinse well
with cold water, and drain again.
Place in a blender or food proces-
sor. Add the garlic, lemon juice, oil,
parsley or cilantro, and tahini or


To assemble, cut each pita in half
crosswise. Fill each side with the
hummus stuffing, and top with the
onion slices, dividing evenly
between 8 halves. Wrap in wax
paper or plastic wrap and then in
foil. Makes 4 servings.


THE RAP ON



SANDWICHES

If transporting, wrap the sandwiches firs in wax paper or'
plastic wrap, and then place in the center of a generous size
layer of foil. Bring ends of the foil together in the center and
fold edges over and over until the fold rest against the sand-
wich. Tuck under the fold for extra protection against spillage
addJeaks.
I carry out my sandwiches in a small insulated bag that I have:
had for years. Neat no fuss, and %ery little bother.
Often I stick in a half bottle wine or a beer or two. fresh fruit:
such as berries, peaches or cherries, and a fen cookies or;
brownie, and voila, an elegant menu to enjoy outdoors, while,
throbbing to the likes of Burning Spear.
Caution: If carrying out seafood, like the delightful shrimp'
salad sandwiches, remember to consume within 3 or 4 hours,;
and stick an ice pack inside the insulated bag next to the sand-;
wiches to keep the seafood cool.
Soul note: For tempting sandwich recipes, using roast chicken,:
smoked turkey, shrimp and salmon, as well as pork and beef.
see my cookbook "Soul Food: Recipes and Reflections from
African-American Churches."
And there are literally dozen of cookie and brownie recipes
featured in my dessert cookbook, "Brown Sugar." Both books
are available at local bookstores, and on Amazon.com.


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Women are Invited
to Participate in
"She Speaks"
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 15, 2005. For more
information contact Andr'e X Neal
or James Evans Muhammad at
(904) 768-2778 or (904)768-3332.

FCAACOC Business
to Business Meeting
The First Coast African American
Chamber of Commerce's Special
Events Committee will hold a gen-
eral business to business member-
ship meeting on Friday, August 5th
from 6 8 p.m. The meeting will be
held at 9300 Normandy
Blvd.,Building 5 Suite A at
Herlong Airport. for more informa-
tion, call 358-9090 or visit their
website fcaacc.org..

Boylan Haven
Grand Reunion
The Boylaii -H'en 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
ivill 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
at 904-634-4517.

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 calendarto play and
help a worthy cause.
There will be an 8 a.m. Shotgun
Start. Also 4-Person Captains'
Choice, Hole-in-One Prizes, Lunch
Buffet, and Awards for 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-
8690.

PRIDE Book
Club Meeting
The next PRIDE Book Club meet-
ing will be held on August 6, 2005
(Saturday) from 2:00 3:30 PM at
the home of Marsha Phelps in
American Beach. The book for dis-
cussion will be Hunted Like A
Wolf: The Story of the Seminole
War by Milton Meltzer. For direc-
tions and or more information, call
904-261-0175 or 389-8417.

MM Movement Town
H: all Meetin g"
From Unity To Loyalty Inc.,a
Local Organizing Committee for
the Millions More Movement will
host their 2nd Town Hall Meeting
on Thursday, August 11, 2005 from
6:30 until 9:00 pm in the Schell-
Sweet Building on the campus of.
Edward Waters College 1658 Kings


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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
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Road.. This event is free and open
to the general public For more
information, contact Andr'e X Neal
at 768-2778 James Evans
Muhammad at 768-3332, or Robert
Flowers ( 904 ), ( 904 ) ( 904 )
764-7135.

Free Caregiving
Relationships Class
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 11,
18, 25, & September 1 and 8th.
The workshops are design to reduce
the stresses and pressures of care-
giving, while also strengthening 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 pub-
lic.

Hurricane Hoopla
Party at Cummer Caf6
Celebrate the hurricane season
with a Hurricane Hoopla Party at
The Cummer. The fun event will be
held on Thursday, August 11 for
Cummer Cafd Night from 6 to 9
p.m. Be in the eye of the excite-
ment with great food, tropical
drinks, live music and the classic
film Key Largo. Members are
admitted free and admission for
non-members is $6. For more infor-
mation, call 899-6025.

Summer Gardening
Program
Beat the heat by coining to a
Summer Gardening Program on
Friday, August 12th from 9:30AM
to 1:00 PM. Join Duval County
Staffers at the Mandarin Garden
Club on 2892 Loretta Road to learn
about palm maintenance, gingers,
old-fashion roses and citrus canker.
Call 387-8850 to register. There is a
$5.00 fee to attend.

Vintage Players
"Bits & Pieces", a unique stage
play production of humorous
scenes and monologues will be per-
formed by the Vintage Players on
Saturday, August 13th and 14th
with two shows. Now in their 11th
year, the VPs are the only local the-
atre repertoire company.
Showtimes are at 8:00 p.m. and
2:30 p.m. respectively. The show
will be at the First Coast Theatre,
1014 King Street. For reservations
or more 'information, please call
642-1978.

FAMU Alumni
August Meeting
The next meeting of the FAMU
Alumni meeting will be held on
Saturday, August 13th from 10
a.m. 12:30 p.m. at the Northwest


Branch Library on Edgewood Ave.
For more info, please call 910-
7829.

Family Literacy Fair
FCCJ north Campus is sponsoring
a free Family Literacy fair on
Saturday August 13th from 10
a.m.-1 p.m. It will be held on the
campuses Main Courtyard; 4501
Capper Road; Jacksonville, FL
The Fair includes live perform-
ances by celebrity readers, story-
telling, age-appropriate reading
activities and lists, information
booths, hearing and vision screen-
ings, books, face painting, prizes
and surprises. Lunch will be provid-
ed. For more information call
904.766.6500.

Matthew W. Gilbert
High School All-Class
(1952-70) Reunion
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
(904) 766-2885.

North CPAC
Town Meeting
Mayor John Peyton will host a
Town Hall Meeting with the North
Citizens Planning Advio0ry Council
(CPAC) to answer questions and
address citizens' concerns about
issues in their community. The
meeting wil be held on Tuesday,
August 16th at 6 p.m. at Oceanway
Middle School, 143 Oceanway Ave.
On hand will be Mayor John Peyton
and City of Jacksonville department
directors and agency representa-
tives. The public-is encouraged to
attend.

Troubleshooting
Your Landscape
On Thursday, August 18, 2005,
from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, the
Duval County Extension Office
will be hosting a one day seminar
on Troubleshooting Your
Landscape. The office is located at
1010 N. McDuff Ave. on the
Westside. You can get answers to
your plant problems y bringing in
a sample of a disease or pest prob-
lem. Please call to pre-register at
387-8850.

Home Decorating
Course
The UF Cooperative Extension
Service is offering a program
geared to the do it yourself decora-


tor. The two hour class will teach
the basics of choosing home
improvement projects that will
enhance the value of a home, low
cost new looks, discussion of how
to avoid pitfalls in remodeling,
lighting, windows and floors and
more. The class will be offered at
6:45 p.m. at various locations
August 18th through September
6th throughout the city in all areas
of town. Pre-registration is
required, call 387-8855 for specific
locations and dates.

Crowns a Soul
Stirring Musical
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
call 765-7373.

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 con-
tact information via email to:
phsco95@hotmail.com or call
Nicole Bell at (770) 948-3345.

"Crowns" Discussion
and Book Signing
The Jacksonville Chapter of The
Links, Inc., in association with
Stage Aurora will present a com-
munity discussion and book signing
on the book "CROWNS" by:
Michael Cunningham and Craig
Marberry on Saturday, August 20th
from 5 6:30 p.m. CROWNS is a
book of portraits of African-
American women and their furry,
fussy, feathery, and flamboyant
hats. The book discussion will be
held August 20, 2005 at the Ezekiel
Bryant Auditorium at FCCJ North
Campus beginning at 5:00 p.m. For
more information, please contact
Darryl Reuben Hall at (904) 765-
7373.
Big Orange
Barbershop Chorus
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 performance by the 125-man
Reunion Chorus. Limited reserved
seats and general admission tickets
are available now on their website
at www.bigorangechorus.com or by
calling (904) 992.2362.


Back to School
Bowl-A-Thon
Junior Achievement of Florida's
First Coast, Inc. will have their 3rd
Annual JA Back to School Bowl-A-
Thon on Saturday, August 20,
2005. Bowling times are: 11:00
a.m.; 2: p.m.; 5:00 p.m.; 8:00 p.m.
and 11:00 p.m. The event will be
held at Southside Bowl America,
11141 Beach Boulevard (near St.
Johns Bluff). Teams of six are
encouraged to participate, with a
minimum of $50 per bowler. This
will include two games and shoes.
For more information on registra-
tion, please contact Robin
Cartwright, special, events coordi-
nator" for Junior Achievement, at
(904) 398-9944 ext.232 or email
robin@jajax.com.


Fall Vegetable
Gardening Class
On Tuesday August 30th from 10
a.m. to 12 noon, the Duval County
Extension Service is offering a
course on vegetable gardening.
Learn about fall vegetable garden-
ing, composting, and enjoy a hands
on activity of making your own
recycled plant pots. Participants
will take home up to 10 vegetable
plants. Space is limited so call 387-
8850 to register. A fee of $8 will be
collected at the door.


Fish Pond Management
Workshop
A Fish Pond Management
Workshop Series conducted by the
Duval Co. Soil & Water
Conservation District will be held
-at the Extension Office, 1010 N
M cDmiff Avenue on tie westside.
Part I will be held on Wednesday,
August 24th at 5:30pm..Part II will
be held on Tuesday, August 30th at
5:30pm. Topics include Aquatic
Weed Control; Water Quality;
Types of fish to stock; Stocking
rates; Fish -Suppliers; Pond
Maintenance & Management; Pond
Planning, Design, Permits and
much more. Please contact Diane
Thomas at 904-266-0088 ext. 3 to
register and for more info.

Masonic & Eastern
Star Gala
Come outand enjoy an evening of
fun and entertainment with the
illustrious Masons, Eastern Stars
and Veterans at Carl's Reception
Hall, located at 1748 N. Main St.
(on the comer of 8th Street and
Main Street) on Thursday, August
25th, 2005. There will be door
prizes, music (Old School, R&B
and Jazz), food and more.
Networking and Cocktail Reception
begins from 6:00pm 7:30pm.
Drink specials available. Gala
begins promptly at 8:00pm.
Tickets can be purchased by call-
ing Traci at 904-626-1389 or email
her at: protkleen@aol.com.


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GERALD LEVERT PLEADS GUILTY TO ASSAULT
Singer fined and put on probation.
Singer Gerald Levert apologized to Ohio's Cuyahoga
County Common Pleas Court before pleading guilty to
two misdemeanor counts stemming from an altercation
with police during a February traffic stop.
The 39-year-old crooner from Newbury Township was
fined $2,000 and given a year's probation after admitting
to charges of assault and attempted obstruction of official
business.
S At 12:45 a.m. Feb. 25, Levert and a passenger in his car, James Austin
Jr., of Canton, interfered when authorities stopped a friend of Levert's for
speeding. Austin pleaded guilty to a felony count of assault on a police
officer and a misdemeanor count of attempted obstruction of official busi-
ness. His assault charge was more severe because he threw a punch, says
S Cuyahoga County assistant prosecutor Michelle Earley.

BOW WOW WANTS TO SKIP COLLEGE
For now, rapper says higher education is 'not on his mind.'
*With his new album "Wanted" currently sitting at No. 5 on The
Billboard 200, his new joint "Like You" featuring girlfriend Ciara at No.
63 on the Hot 100 (the best chart position of any debut single this week)
and throngs of teenage girls worshiping his every
S paw print, it's no wonder that rapper Bow Wow
doesn't have college in his plans for the foresee-
able future.
"If I do it, it'll be later on. If I had to do it, I'd
major in business," the recent high school gradu-
ate told The Columbus Dispatch before a concert
appearance in the city.
As one would imagine, his decision to put off .-
college has not gone over well with his mama.
"Hey, I never promised her but uh, yeah, college, honestly, is really
not on my mind right now. I'm so busy," said the 18-year-old, who grew up
in nearby Reynoldsburg, Ohio and now lives in Atlanta.

HENDRIX FAKED BEING GAY TO LEAVE ARMY
New book details real story behind musician's discharge.
Jimi Hendrix had made it known that his discharge
from the 101 st Airborne division in 1962 was the result
of him breaking his ankle on a parachute jump, but
according to a new biography about the guitar legend,
he was given his walking papers for suggesting to
Army officials that he was homosexual.
S The revelation, detailed in the forthcoming book
"Room Full of Mirrors," was discovered in military
medical records researched by the book's author Charles Cross. He writes
that in spring 1962, Hendrix told the base psychiatrist at Fort Campbell,
Kentucky that he was in love with one of his squad members.
Eventually, Capt John Halbert recommended him for discharge, citing
his "homosexual tendencies". Cross says Hendrix's insatiable appetite for
women leaves little doubt that he was actually gay. The author also says
the stunt was not pulled for political reasons, as the singer was a rabid anti-
communist at the time who took little issue with the country's escalating
role in Vietnam contrary to his views toward the end of the decade.


"America's Top
Model doesn't
showcase us
(voluptuous
| women)," comedi-
an/actress/author
Mo'Nique says.
So Mo'Nique
decided to devel-
op a similar show
for those who are
the size that most
American women
are, 12 and over. A
two-hour special,
"Mo'Nique's Fat
Chance," will air
the process on
Oprah Winfrey's
Oxygen Network,
Saturday, August
6 at 8 p.m.
They traveled


the country holding casting calls,
produced by Just My Size, where
thousands of women were inter-
viewed to select ten to attend the
"beauty boot camp," to aired on
Oxygen's "Mo'Nique's Fat Chance"
show. They will also compete
before a panel of judges where one
lucky lady is chosen as winner.
Mo'Nique, Robert Verdi, celebrity
stylist and host of E!
Entertainment's "Fashion Police,"
and Janet Freedman designer for
Just My Size are the judges.
"This is a much needed event.
This is a missed market," said one
of the contestant hopefuls that filled
the room. "I wanted to be a part of
it because I just love Mo'Nique, she
is so classy."
Mo'Nique, who says the Fat
Chance competition will be a con-
tinuous show, started in the enter-


Foxx Movie Career Flying High


"He's confident, cocky, smartass -
every fighter pilot we met had a lit-
tle bit of that," says Jamie Foxx,
describing his character in the new
high-octane film "Stealth," that
opened last week.
Foxx follows his Oscar-winning
Ray Charles performance with the
role of Henry Purcell, a Navy fight-
er pilot who must work to wrangle
in a top secret jet that threatens to
start a world war when its artificial
intelligence computer goes hay-
wire.
Foxx, who was sporting the char-
acter's tattoo on the back of his bald
head during the "Ray" promotional
and Oscar whirlwind, spoke to
actual fighter pilots as part of his
research to shape Henry's swagger.
"You have to have a little bit of that
because the things they do up in the
sky, they have to have complete
confidence," he says. "If not, the
wrong move an inch or centimeter
off means death. Henry's a little
bit cocky, a little bit spiritual. He
believes in the signs and numerolo-
gy and all that."


Emotionally-
drained after the
"Ray" shoot, Foxx,
37, was looking for-
ward to a role that
allowed him to
loosen up a bit.
Although some
would argue that the
physical, fast-pace,
high-energy demands
on the cast from
director Rob Cohen
("The Fast and the
Furious") hardly con-
stitutes a laid-back
role, Foxx thought it
was just the break he needed.
"Being able to do a movie where
you can have some fun, where you
can take the emotion and break it
up, and be able to work with some
guys that you really want to work
with, like Rob Cohen, I had fun
with the movie," says Foxx. "Some
of the movies I've had have been
kind of heavy and deep, and this is
just a get-up-on-the-horse and go."
Up next for Foxx are roles in


"Jarhead" as a Marine platoon
leader in Desert Storm, the big
screen adaptation of "Miami Vice"
opposite Colin Farrell, the film
adaptation of the Broadway musical
"Dreamgirls" as shady talent man-
ager Curtis Taylor, Jr. and the newly
announced "Damage Control," as a
young lawyer working for a sports
agency who must work to spin
unflatteryiria stories qaf.the firm's
clients.


tainment business as a stand up
comedian. She left her home-town
of Baltimore for Los Angeles and
landed a starring role on UPN's
"The Parkers." Recently she was
named one of "The Beautiful Ones:
35 of the Most Remarkable Women
in the World" by Essence magazine
(May issue), where she was "cover
girl" twice. She is also a spokesper-
son for Just My Size, a Sara Lee
Branded Apparel. Mo'Nique's book,
Skinny Women are Evil, is a New
York Times best seller."
"Hollywood said we couldn't be
sexy," Mo'Nique said, with tears in
her eyes, to the packed room.
"We're big and beautiful. Every sin-
gle person who showed up has
won...I'm honored to see you. For
those who don't make it, just watch
the show.


Paradise Next

for Oprah
Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Films has
settled on Toni Morrison's 1998
novel "Paradise" as its next TV
movie adaptation for ABC.
They stressed that deals are still
in the process of being hammered
out for the principals on the project,
which is eyed as a four-hour minis-
eries. Darnell Martin is attached to
pen the screenplay adaptation as
well as to direct, they added; earli-
er this year, she directed the
Emmy-nominated TV movie
"Oprah Winfrey Presents: Their
Eyes Were Watching God."
"Paradise," the first novel
Morrison published after winning
the Nobel Prize for literature in
1993, revolves around the murder
of several woman by a group of
black men from a small town of
Ruby, Okla. That story line is set in
1976, but the novel goes back in
time more than 100 years to trace
the turbulent history of the town
and its predominantly black popu-
lation.


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