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The Jacksonville free press
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The Jacksonville free press
Running title:
Mrs. Perry's free press
Physical Description:
v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Rita Luffborough Perry
Place of Publication:
Jacksonville Fla
Creation Date:
August 11, 2005
Publication Date:


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African American newspapers -- Florida   ( lcsh )
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United States -- Florida -- Duval -- Jacksonville
30.31944 x -81.66 ( Place of Publication )


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

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Source Institution:
University of Florida
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
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Table of Contents
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    Main: Faith
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    Main: Around Town
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Bright Future
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Find Out Who and What

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enhancing awareness and support for boycotts organized by African
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Condoleezza Rice Heads Forbes' List

of World's Most Powerful Women
.: U.S. Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice has come out
S ahead of 99 female heads of state,
chuef executives and celebrities to
top Forbes magazine's list of the
world's most powerful women for
the second year in a row.
The magazine's gauge of "visibility,
I Imea ird by press citations, and eco-
-B nomic impact" placed China's Vice
Premier Wu Yi second, followed by
Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia
Scandal-tainted Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was
fourth on the list released Friday, but Forbes said she "could soon be off'
if she fails to surai'e impeachment proceedings brought against her amid
allegations of cheating in last year's presidential election.
Rice also won the top position on the magazine's inaugural list last year,
when she was U.S. national security. adviser.
Oprah Winfrey the only other Black woman and the magazine's most
powerful celebnty, was ninth on the list.

Seven Black Cops Sue

Boston Police Department
Seven black police officers %%ho "ere fired after failing a drug test that
relied on hair samples have sued the police department, alleging the
screening method is racially biased. The officers were fired between
2002 and 2004 after the tested positive for cocaine. Members of the
force are tested each year.
The officers' lawyer, said the test results can be skewed by the texture
of black people's hair, and by certain hair-care products
If officers fail the hair test, they can agree to enter a rehabilitation pro-
gram and are then subject to random urine tests. Several of the plaintiffs
refused to participate in such a program.
Last year. the U.S. Transportation Department and the Pentagon said
they "would not use hair, saliva or sweat tests for federal workers because
they were concerned about fairness.
The seven officers want their jobs back and their names cleared.
Rutkowski said.
"African-American hair is different from white hair because, among
other things, it is coarser and thicker," Rutkoskh said. "In fact. those
properties make it far more likely to field a false posime on a hair test
than white hair."

Martha Reeves Advances in

Detroit City Council Primary
Martha Reeves, the lead voice behind such Nlartha and the Vandellas
classics as "Dancing in the Street," "Heat Wave" and "Nowhere to Run,"
has run a successful primary campaign for Detroit City Council and will
next compete in the Nov. 8 general
"I want to jump around up in here,
but we're in the VIP room and everyone
is being very sophisticated," Reeves
said after learning she would advance
along with 17 other council candidates.
As of press time, Reeves was in
ninth place among the 120 candidates
in the running, with 685 of the city's
720 precincts reporting. Only nine
City Council seats are to be filled on
Nov. 8.
If elected, one of Reeves' main objec-
tives is to make sure the city's neigh-
borhoods are adequately policed. She
said it has been a challenge to renovate some of the 18 old buildings she's
acquired since 1999 due to crime in the neighborhoods.
One of my biggest dreams is to put up statues downtown -- statues of
Stevie Wonder ... and Smoke. Robinson. That would be really great.
Reeves said.


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8th grader Coby Floyd, shown above left from Jacksonville was tapped by the NAACP Regional Director to
assist in carrying the banner in the recent commerative March of the 1965 Voting Rights Act in Atlanta. Cody
joined a bus from Jacksonville along with his mother to make the trek for the event organized by the NAACP and
Rev. Jesse Jackson. For more on the march, see page 5.

Boylan Haven Alumna Celebrate Grand Reunion

Shown above (back row) Loretta Coppock LaConnetta Weston, Joy Bryon, LaRita Tanner, Phyllis Holder,
Johnriek Morris, Constance Smiley, Pearl Davis, Audrey Kelly, Carolyn Parker, Minnie McKinzie, Faustine
Carter, Lemira Hinson, Comilla Bush, Margie Witherspoon, Juliet Fields, Carolyn Palmer and Marilyn Pray.
SITTING: Lois Mixon,Virginia Higgins, Linda Belton, Grace Brown President Jacksonville Chapter Boylan
Haven Alumna, Elizabelk Guest, Vivian Calhoun, Camilla Thompson, Gwendolyn Leapheart, Marie Willis and
Roslyn Menchan. FMP Photo
American Beach was the scene of the 2005 Grand Reunion Alumna Association. The former students of the his-
toric northeast Florida all girls school participated in a variety of activities throughout the weekend including
tours, meetings, dinner and gala and concluded with a group worship service.

John H. Johnson
1918 2005
Publisher John H. Johnson,
whose Ebony and Jet magazines
countered stereotypical coverage of
blacks after World War II and
turned him into one of the most
influential black leaders in
America, has died. He was 87.
Johnson broke new ground by
bringing positive portrayals of
blacks into a mass-market publica-
tion and encouraging corporations
to use black models in advertising
aimed at black consumers.
"We have lost a legend, a pioneer,
a visionary," said Earl G. Graves,
publisher of Black Enterprise mag-
azine. "As an American, he was
ahead of his time. Ebony is part of
Americana now.
Born into an impoverished fami-
ly in Arkansas, Johnson went into
business with a $500 loan secured
by his mother's furniture and built a
publishing and cosmetics empire.
Johnson built Ebony from a circu-
lation of 25,000 on its first press
run in November 1945 to a month-
ly circulation of 1.9 million in
1997. Jet magazine, a newsweekly,
was founded in 1951 and has a cir-
culation of more than 954,000.
Continued on page 3

T.D. Jakes Megafest

Draws Ire of Black Press

EWC Names 2005 Coaching Staff

EWC Athletics Department recently announced the new head coach for
the men's basketball team, and held a press conference to preview the
upcoming football season, and present other members of the EWC
Coaching Staff. Shown above L-R: Victor Jones, tight end & 2005 All
Conference selection; Lamonte Massie, football head coach; Archie
Gallon, men's & women's track head coach; Valerie Crimes, women's soft-
ball head coach; President Oswald P. Bronson, Sr.; Johnny Rembert, ath-
letic director; Regina Mosley, women's basketball head coach; Marilyn
Mack, women's volleyball head coach; Anthony L. Mosley, men's basket-
ball head coach and Danny Pearson, men's basketball assistant coach.
Football season kicks off Saturday, February 28th at 5:00 p.m. against
the Elizabeth City State University.

While other media outlets -
including black-owned and black-
formatted radio were paid for run-
ning ads promoting Bishop T.D.
Jakes' annual MegaFest conference
in Atlanta, black newspapers were
only offered free tickets to the
affair's entertainment events in
exchange for their advertising
space, according to The Atlanta
Voice. The Voice, along with the
Atlanta Daily World, the Atlanta
Inquirer and six other black-owned
metro Atlanta newspapers, are call-
ing out the Bishop for his refusal to
show support by purchasing adver-
tising space.
The apparent snub has not gone
over well with the National
Newspaper Publishers Association
(NNPA), a federation of more than
200 black newspapers who had
recently forged a new partnership
with Jakes.
"I'm not surprised at anyone who
gives lip service to supporting the
African- American press financial-
ly, it's disheartening because the

snub is coming from one of the
most charismatic ministers to come
along in my lifetime," says Jim
Washington, publisher of the
Dallas Weekly and president of The
Atlanta Voice. "We have a history
of people who happen to look like
us that support what we stand for,
appreciate the service we provide
and read our paper but who disap-
pear when it comes down to putting
their money where their mouth is.
It's a legacy of ignorance."
NNPA President John Smith, pub-
lisher of the Atlanta Inquirer, also
took offense to Jakes' alleged
"As far as MegaFest is concerned
they only come to us for PR, every-
thing else is an afterthought," Smith
complains. "For the most part in a
commercial venue and in terms of
having a whole marketing plan for
the black entrepreneurs and busi-
ness people that is not happening.
They come into our communities
and for the most part they leave us
as an economic island."


Fritz Pollard

Finally Makes

NFL Hall

of Fame
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Operation New Hope Adds 25K to

Hope Chest for Future Homeowners
be able to further extend its efforts
and reach a larger population of
people in need.
Ag % In nearly six years, ONH has
grown to be one of the premier
builders in the Springfield commu-
S" nity. So far, they have built close to
Sflfifty homes and brought $8.5 mil-
S"lion of developing equity to
{ .f. k Jacksonville. When the program
E F------ began, housing was sold from $40
F EV r,' 9 per square foot and is now over
S $110 -a 300 percent difference.
S.: Building Equity places people in
S E p, '\\ l better position for education and
O -- "increases access to a healthier
i i lifestyle with the potential for a
more promising future." said
S n Phite d e ONH's founder Kevin Gay.
FOi i. IN" Everbank's gift was made possi-
i ........ ... ble through the Company
Contribution Tax Credit Program -
a state established program devel-
S ., oped to motivate companies to
Shown Left to right- Paula Jamison, Kevin Gay, DavidStrickland, Susan White, and Ken Adkins. sponsor nonprofit organizations.
by Natalie Mitchell Operation New Hope was found- candidates must attend a credit Corporate sponsors benefit greatly
Springfield, one of the city's most ed six years ago under the auspices repair educational session offered because they receive 70 to 80 per-
progressive neighborhoods, re- of providing homeownership to by ONH to learn ways of develop- cent to assist with wealth creation will be
ceived an additional boost recently economically depressed residents, ing an execution plan to home own-used to assist with wealth creation
with a $25K donation by Everbank typically people of color. To begin ership. With the hire of a new cred- ad ing f
to Operation New Hope (ONH). the process, prospective housing it repair specialist, ONH will then revitalized Springfield.

Fund Developed for Female Business Ventures

When you consider the statistics of
women-owned businesses, the
numbers are astounding. Women
own 38% of all businesses in the
U.S., or 9.1 million companies, and
employ about 27 million people.
And more than 33% of the 3.25 mil-
lion firms owned by minorities in
the U.S. are owned by women.
Yet, despite the impressive gains
with regard to women and entrepre-
neurship, the picture is not as bright
when it comes to the issue of
financing. Access to credit remains
the No. 1 issue raised by most self-
employed and entrepreneurial
women-no matter what their eco-
nomic circumstances. Many
women fall in between the criteria
of eligibility for some micro-lend-
ing programs and the credit-scoring
systems used by conventional
financial institutions. Women con-
tinue to have less access to financ-
ing for their businesses than male

business owners, and women of
color face even greater difficulties
in gaining access to capital.
In light of this, the timing could-
n't be better for Count-Me-In for
Women's Economic Independence,
a new nonprofit organization aimed
at raising capital to be loaned exclu-
sively to women. The program is
intended to cross the boundaries of
race, religion, economic standing
and political background.
"There is wide recognition among
women and people of color being
left out of or excluded from net-
works and opportunities to get cred-
it,. capital and equity to finance their
businesses," says Nell Merlino, co-
founder and CEO of Count-Me-In.
"This is an innovative way to col-
lect and distribute funding and [we
are developing] a new approach to
credit scoring that is more equitable
to women of all races."
Through the use of the organiza-

The Haskell Company, as Design Builder for the Marine Corps
Reserve Center on Somers Road in Jacksonville, Florida, is soliciting
bids from SB, SDB (SBA certified), WOSB, VO/SDVOSB and
HubZone businesses who are interested in providing goods or services.
All subcontractors must Pre-Qualify by completing and submitting a
Vendor Qualification Form and Letter of Interest prior to submitting a
bid. Plans and specifications are available on a CD available beginning
August 15, 2005 at The Haskell Building (111 Riverside Ave.). Bids are
due September 8, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. at The Haskell Company's corporate
headquarters, 111 Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida. Please direct
all inquires to: Denise Ramsey, Project Manager, (904) 791-4592. the
Haskell Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
The following Divisions of work will be available for bids:
Site Construction, Concrete, Masonry, Metals, Wood & Plastics,
Thermal & Moisture Protection, Doors & Windows, Finishes,
Specialties, Equipment, Furnishings, HVAC.

tion's Website (www.count-me-
in.org) and a media blitz, millions
of women (and men and children)
across the U.S. will be asked to
contribute a minimum of $5 to
Count-Me-In to create a multimil-
lion-dollar national fund for
women. The money will be redis-
tributed in the form of small busi-

ness loans and scholarships of from
$500 to $10,000 for business train-
ing and technical assistance.
To learn how you can participate
or donate funds, check out www
.count-me-in.org, call 877-542-
6445 or write Count-Me-In, P.O.
Box 96064, Washington, D.C.

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Minority Franchisees
Choice Hotels International, InterContinental and Marriott
have introduced incentives in the past year designed to attract
blacks, Hispanics and Native Americans who show promise
as hotel owners and operators reports USA Today.
Incentives for investor groups that are at least 51% owned by
members of targeted minority groups range from waiving
expensive application fees to temporarily lowering royalty
fees. Hotels also provide extensive training and give minori-
ty franchisees first dibs on new properties for sale.
Less than 1%o of about 48,000 hotels in the USA have major-
ity ownership by the targeted minority groups.

Free Workshop Outlines the

"Bottom Line" of Being in Business

Any accountant will tell you when
it comes to business, the numbers
tell the truth. Many business own-
ers would be surprised to learn that
there is not one "bottom line" but
five. Learning how to make better
business decisions by understand-
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"bottom lines" is the key to busi-
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Managing By The Numbers: The
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Available to qualified buyers. Some restrictions apply on interest rates and down payment assistance.

on Thursday, August 25, 2005,
from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Small
Business Center at Gateway, 5000-
3 Norwood Avenue, Jacksonville.
Experts will explain how business
owners can use what the numbers
say to increase all of the bottom
lines-Gross Profit, Operating Profit,
Net Profit, Return on Assets and
Cash Flow.
This free workshop is for existing
business owners and sponsored by
the Small Business Resource
Network. For more information or
to register call 620-2477.

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Pioneering Ebony Publisher Succumbs at 87

Publisher John H. Johnson, left, is seen with actor Bill Cosby, center,
and Rev. Jesse Jackson at a benefit reception for Operation PUSH in
Chicago on April 1, 1982.
Continued from front major league baseball and little
A third magazine, Ebony Man, a black political representation.
monthly men's magazine, was start- With blacks' incomes far below
ed in 1985. white Americans, the idea of a
Johnson launched Ebony just after black publishing company was
World War II, as black soldiers widely dismissed. Civil rights
were returning home. At the time leader Roy Wilkins advised
there were no black players in Johnson to forget the publishing

business and save himself a lot of
disappointment; Wilkins later
acknowledged he gave Johnson bad
Johnson Publishing Co. is the'
world's lar 'est black-owned and-
operated publishing company. It
also includes Fashion Fair
Cosmetics and a book division.
"We try to seek out good things,
even when everything seems bad,"
Johnson once said in explaining the
magazine's purpose. "We look for
breakthroughs, we look for people
who have made it, who have suc-
ceeded against the odds, who have
proven somehow that long shots do
come in."
The Rev. Jesse Jackson said
Johnson gave blacks the first mirror
to see themselves "as a people of'
dignity, a people with intelligence
and beauty."
"John Johnson changed black
America for the good and we are all
indebted to his example," Jackson
said. "A giant has gone to rest."

Back to School this week marked the return of the school year for thousands of youth around the
first coast. Elementary, middle and high school students, many along with their parents, met their teachers and
fellow students as they attended new schools. Shown above at Kirby Smith Middle School on their first day are
(L-R) Nancy Brady with daughter London Brady and Shelisa White (also a Kirby graduate) with daughter Shena

Jacksonville Artist Soul Flower Flowing With Endless Expressions

by Natalie Mitchell
A picture is worth 100 words, but
the insurgence of spoken word on
the emerging poetry scene today, is
simply priceless. The neo-soul,
urban, hip-hop cultural movement
that always opens the mind with
discussion of love's ups and downs
has also become the voice of young
America. At the forefront of this
intriguing expression and emotion,
is the young, multitalented spirit
Soul Flower.
Born Bridgette Hogan in
Newburgh, New York, the Florida
transplant, Soul Flower, has per-
formed before many audiences on
different occasions displaying her
ingenious talents including theatri-
cal plays, talent shows and poetry
jams. "Poetry for me is like taking a
picture, you just do it with words,"
Soul Flower asserts.
"I have a message from God to
witness to those that can relate to
my lifestyle," Soul Flower said.
Similar to the birth of hip hop in the

early 1970's, spoken word, also
known as the "ghetto gospel," is
now a driving force in the black
community and with troubled youth
seeking a familiar voice to articu-
late their adversities. Further, Def
Poetry Jam, presented by music
mogul, Russell Simmons, has
grown to be the premier platform
for spoken word artist to illustrate
their stories and reach listening
audiences across America. As a
spin-off locally, Jacksonville has
many organizations that produce
similar events, but the most promi-
nent one is lifestyle entertainment
company, Nokturnal Escape
Entertainment, LLC, that produces
Soul Release Poetry. In addition to
spreading her message on the poet-
ry scene, Soul Flower shares it as
well at work with foster youth at the
Community Partnership for the
Protection of Children, where she
works as an administrative assis-
tant. Moreover, she typically speaks
for black women like herself. "I

hadn't ever been any other
color...being black is all I know,"
Soul Flower added.
Definitely not a novice to the
intersection of words and expres-
sions, Soul Flower began writing
songs at age 7. Later she was influ-
enced by prolific poets like Paul
Lawrence Dunbar and Langston

Hughes that furthered her talent and
escalated her career to recite poetry.
in Washington D. C., Miami,
Gainesville and at festivals locally.
However, it wasn't until she deliv-
ered her first poem in 1997, at a
poetry jam hosted by nationally
known poet, Al Letson, when she
realized the power of her words and

impact of her expressions upon the
listening audience. "I wrote a poem
about someone that broke my heart
and from that point, the spoke word
artist was born," Soul Flower said.
Of the many poems Soul Flower
has penned and delivered, two
remain to leave the most proverbial
effect in the lives of her audiences
and won the aspiring writer praise-
worthy distinction at Nokturnal
Escape's Poetry Jam last month at
Boomtown. In Reckless Driving,
the talented poet takes the audience
for an excursion through her life as
a reckless driver who's lost com-
plete control of her vehicle, or life.
Soul Flower's eloquent words
describes how she at times in life,
got lost, deviated down the wrong
path, made a left instead of a right
to ultimately arrive at the right des-
tination guided by her pilot, God.
Soul Flower's winning piece, Kool-
Aid draws a parallel between a
refreshing beverage on a hot sum-
mer day and a young dapper broth-

er with a deceitful tongue that even-
tually goes sour as she devours the
glass of Kool-Aid and engages in a
dramatic relationship.
Currently, Soul Flower is prepar-
ing for the lead female role in
August Wilson's 1987 play Piano
Lesson. The first show opens
August 26 and 27 at the Ritz
Theatre. Soul Flower has also col-
laborated with four other poets
nationally and globally to exchange
expressions online at
"I aspire to do much more than
grace the mic," Soul Flower said. "I
have children's books, plays and
novels in my future." Aside from
creating moving poetry, Soul
Flower also bakes an assortment of
delectable cheesecakes including
23 different flavors with six varia-
tions of crust. To further diversify
her product more, Soul Flower
bakes cheesecake in the mini-size
and sells them in sets of a dozen.




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Jacksonville residents who have a complaint regarding a property tax or denial of an
exemption have the right to file a petition for review by the Value Adjustment Board

To be considered, obtain a petition from the Property Appraiser's Office 231 E.
Forsyth Street), or you may obtain form DR-486T Tangible Personal Property)
online from the Florida Department of Revenue. Complete the petition in full, have
it notarized, then file it with the Clerk of the VAB, along with your filing fee of up to
$15.00. Homeowners appealing a homestead exemption denial, and persons with
appropriate certificate or other documentation issued by the Department of
Children and Family Services, will be exempted from paying a filing fee. Location
for filing petitions Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m., are as follows:

August 15 -
September 6

St James Building
117 West Duval Street
1st Floor City Hall, Comm Room
"A" or "B"
Jacksonville, FL 32202

The Clerk must receive these petitions by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 6, 2005.
They can be mailed or delivered in person, but they must be received-not post-
marked-by September 6th, or they cannot be accepted.

For your convenience, petitioners are urged to file prior to September 6th to avoid
the long lines that are typical on the last day of filing.

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Empowering People to Act for Themselves

is the Best Solution for Africa's Dilemma

by Frank Cudjoe
The leaders who gathered at the
G-8 Summit to seek solutions for
Africa's myriad problems, unfortu-
nately overlooked the most obvi-
ous: What matters most to poor
countries not just in Africa, but
everywhere is learning what they
can do and what they cannot do for
In this regard, the lessons of six
decades of post-colonialism pro-
vide powerful examples of policies
that don't work.

drugs imported from American and
European manufacturers. Its claim
that it merely wanted to reduce the
cost of providing drugs to 180,000
poor people with HIV rang hollow
since it was able to accomplish this
simply by negotiating a cost differ-
entiation scheme with the manufac-
turers rather than producing copy-
cat drugs locally.
Though Brazil eventually backed
off their threat, there remains an
even more disturbing, aspect to
Brazil's threat to break pharmaceu-

Throughout the 1950s and
Throughout the 1950s and "For us here in Africa, the
1960s, for example, the gov-
ernments of many countries.in nuts to crack are corrupt
Africa and Latin America excessive government regulate
erected walls of protectionism
by stacking one trade barrier poor education, punitive I
on top of another. taxes on drugs and rampant sA
The plan was to give indus- ages of healthcare professor
tries of these countries the pro- t c
tection to grow without facing and material.

outside competition. What
actually happened was that local
industries floundered growing for
a brief period, but then, without
competition, becoming lazy and
lagging behind the rest of the world
in both technological improvement
and economic growth.
Soon these protected industries
were producing goods that few
people wanted; exports fell dramat-
ically and, in many cases, the
industries usually run by the
cronies of corrupt leaders had to
be subsidized by the state in order
to stay afloat. .
Governments paid for these subsi-
dies by taxing farmers or forcing
them to sell to marketing boards at
fixed prices. In many cases, they
were left with no resort except to
borrow money abroad, which is
one of the reasons why so many
African and Latin American coun-
tries have such large debts.
Brazil is an especially interesting
case. After economic reforms in
the 1990s spurred economic
growth, the left-leaning govern-
ment of President Lulu da Silva
recently came very close to revert-
ing to the old ways.
The Brazilian government threat-
ened to break patents on HIV/AIDS

tical patents. The nation of 186
million people currently benefits
from billions of dollars pumped
into the development of AIDS med-
icines by the research-based phar-
maceutical industry in the U.S. and
As the incidence of HIV/AIDS in
wealthy countries gradually
declines, the demand for newer,
better HIV/AIDS drugs will also
wane. But AIDS is projected to
remain a very serious problem in
many emerging countries, includ-
ing Brazil, for generations to come.
If Brazil and other poorer countries
break the patents on AIDS medi-
cines now, they are likely to find
that fewer, if any, new. and
improved AIDS drugs will be avail-
able for their suffering populations
in the future.
Research-based drug firms are
already reacting to the unfavorable
market conditions for AIDS medi-
cines in poorer countries. Over the
past six years, the number of
HIV/AIDS medicines and vaccines
in the pipeline has decreased by
over 30 percent. In 1999, there
were 12-2drugs and vaecines in the
R&D pipeline; today there are
fewer than 85. This is a cause for

concern because resistance to exist-
ing AIDS medicines is continuous-
ly rising and more effective new
medicines will be needed in the
The people of Africa are particu-
larly concerned because they com-
prise more than half of the world's


by Jacksonville City Councilman Reginald Fullwood

It's Time to Close Forest Park Head Start

HIV/AIDS population -most with- Angela Davis once wrote that,
out access to drugs. "The struggle is much more difficult
For us here in Africa, the real nuts now because racism is more
to crack are corruption, excessive entrenched and complicated." Very
government regulations, poor edu- true words when you look back
cation, punitive local taxes on through black history.
real drugs and rampant shortages The racially motivated actions that
re of healthcare professionals I find so interesting are those acts of
tion, and material, hatred and discrimination that we
ions, Problems abound. knew nothing about. For example,
ocalHIV/AIDS victims in Africa there are old city of Jacksonville
ocl simply cannot afford decent planning documents that basically
hort- meals not to mention clean outline where trash incinerators
mnals water to help gulp down anti- should be located in Negro com-
retroviral medications. munities.
In the long term, govern- One of the city's main incinerators
ments of African countries was in Mixon Town between Forest
including my own Ghana should Street and McCoys Creek Blvd. The
broaden access to economic oppor- strangest thing happened between
tunities through institutional the 1920s and 50s though, for some
reforms. Giving people a stake in reason, cities around the country
society by improving their econom- began placing incinerators and
ic well-being has proven to be one garbage transfer faculties in or very
of the most effective bulwarks close toBlack neighborhoods.
against the spread of HIV/AIDS. It's no secret anymore, old city
An important first step would be planning documents tell the story.
to decentralize ownership and man- But it's not just a local issue; it has
agement of resources and other been an issue with minority commu-
assets. Another would be an effec- nities throughout the country. At the
tive, transparent and accountable time, no one wanted these incinera-
legal framework that combines, tors near their neighborhoods so
encourages and enhances respect what did cities do? They put them in
for private property and the law. areas of town that they had the least
In totality, these reforms can regard for low income predomi-'
increase entrepreneurship and nately black neighborhoods.
innovation, empowering people What many people don't realize is
with information to make life-say- the fact that trash incinerators, land-
ing choices and enabling them to fills and facilities of that nature
purchase insurance against deadly being placed primarily into minority
diseases such as HIV/AIDS. communities is a form of racism to
Africans are unsure, based on past be specific, Environmental Racism.
experience, whether or not-the G-8 Unfortunately, the city and general
nations' agreement to double their public did not know that devastating
annual aid to Africa to $50 billion long-term affects the ash and from
will ever solve the problems facing these sites would have on people
the African continent. But they living close to them. All of the ash
also are increasingly aware that sites are troublesome, but the, one
Other ultimate fate depends on`1taft retl %d thetossPrtion
developing their own self-reliance, of late is the site located at what was
once Forest Park Elementary, but is

now main facility for the Head Start
Preschool Program.
I must admit, I once felt like the
Forest Park site was fine for stu-
dents based upon the information
from the Health Department and
EPA. I would even go as far to make
people aware that I went to Head
Start at that site and I turned out
fine. But me turning out fine does
not make the fact that the school sits
on highly contaminated ground OK.
There is overwhelming evidence'
that suggests that residents of U.S.
poor communities and those of color
in the United States bear a "dispro-
portionate burden of toxic contami-
nation, both through the generation
and release of hazardous chemicals
in their neighborhoods, and via the
location of waste management facil-
ities," according to EPA studies.
Initially, one tends to think that
environmental issues can't be that
bad since people have lived on or
.near these old sites for numerous
years. In fact, my family lived near
one of the sites for several years.
Forest Park is unique because it was
an elementary school that was sur-
rounded by a number of negative
elements. On one side of the school
was a battle slaughter house, the
other side was a city trash incinera-
tor, which of course caused the ash
contamination on the site and a cou-
ple of blocks away was a chicken
Can you imagine people living in
this type of environment? My
grandmother and aunt talk about it
all the time. My mother and her
cousins attended Forest Park and my
brother and I went there for Head
Start. As I continue to learn more
about environmental racism, I am
reminded of a Langston Hughes
quotes. "I swear to the Lord I still
can't see Why Democracy means
everybody but me."

The school has been operational for
several decades, and now the mes-
sage to the Jacksonville Urban
League, who operates Head Start,
from the black preachers, elected
officials and citizens is simple it's
time to relocate the students and
close the building.
Everyone from the Mayor to the
School Board, and City Council
have committed money and
resources to making the transition of
students into new centers a priority,
now it is time for the Urban League
to step up and fulfill the mission it
was chartered to fulfill, "To enable
African Americans to secure eco-
nomic self-reliance, parity, power
and civil rights."
We can not turn back the hands of
time and change actions of the city
or any individuals, but we can
remove the students from Forest
Park as soon as possible. The
Jacksonville Urban League has
agreed to do just that, but the con-
flict at hand is the time frame.
Community leaders did not want
children to enter the building on the
first day of school, which was
Monday-of this week.
The Urban League originally set a
December 2006 deadline for closing
the school. The School Board,
Mayor's Office, City Council and
others said no way. The new Urban
League goal is December 2005, but
all other interested parties would
like for the move to happen within a
couple of weeks versus a few
Each strategy is critical and impor-
tant to the black community. I
would suggest that our local Urban
League take a refresher course on
their national mission and five point
strategy because obviously there is
a discorinec. t. :
Signing off from Forest Park,
Reggie Fullwood

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Jacksonville Well Represented at Voting Rights March

Shown above is Sandra Thompson of Jacksonville registering a voter, the crowd marching down the street, march leaders and activist Jesse
Jackson (C) marches along with Congresswoman Maxine Water (L), (D-CA) behind an unidentified activist carrying a sign and (bottom) the
legendary Stevie Wonder performs for the crowd. (Photos by Cody Floyd)

by Free Press Staff and Cody Floyd
Saturday, August 6, 2005 will be
a day that 8 year old Cody Floyd
will always remember. He along
with his mother and fellow activists
of all ages boarded a midnight bus
to Georgia to participate in a com-
memorative March for the 1965
Voting Rights Act
As we left Jacksonville I thought,
what if no one else shows up," said
Cody. "I was shocked to see thou-
sands of people at 8am and on a
Saturday. We were a small group
from Jacksonville that fit into a
larger group in Atlanta. As we
waited to start the march, people

.eyprovisions of the Votifng
.1 Rights.Act include:'
*-Sfction 5,; which requires that
1p1a^vwith a history;of voter dis-
ioritiation get federal approval
for any changes in voting proce-
Section 203, which requires more
than 450 counties and townships
.to provide bilingual language
assistance to limited English
speaking voters.
Section 6-9, which authorizes
the Deparunent ofl'.Jlutice.J0,
appoint examiners and. send
obierNers to the polls-.to report
discriminator activities.

acted, as if we were old friends."
Cody and company, which includ-
ed Tonya Austin, Sandra
Thompson, Jacksonville NAACP
Branch Secretary, her grandson
Devritt Thompson, II, Mrs. Mary
Pearson wife of the Late Rutledge
Pearson and NAACP Members.
Ms. J. Randolph Gaines, Ms.
Florence White, Ms. Carlotta
McIntosh, Mr. Willie Campbell and
Mr. Michael Ali joined thousands of
chanting demonstrators marched
along Atlanta's Martin Luther King
Jr. Drive. Marches then packed a
rally at Morris Brown College to
commemorate the 1965 Act and
underscore the electoral threats to
black Americans if temporary pro-
visions of the landmark law are not
re-authorized by 2007.
The spirited rally under a swelter-
ing sun was organized by Rev. Jesse
Jackson and the Rainbow/PUSH
Coalition on the 40th anniversary of
the Voting Rights Act and was
attended by students, educators,
young people, seniors and a host of
celebrities, including Stevie
Wonder, comedian Dick Gregory,
Harry Belafonte, Roberta Flack and
Willie Nelson.
"You got the right to vote,"
Jackson, the founder of the
Rainbow/PUSH coalition shouted
to the crowd. "Everybody got a
right to vote -- that's the message.
This land is our land. The right to
vote -- protect it."
Carrying signs that read "Your Vote
is Your Choice" and "We're Not
Going Back," black marchers filled
the streets and later sat in bleachers
at Hemdon Stadium for several
hours listening to speeches and
Demonstrators also used the rally
to protest Georgia's recently passed
voter identification law, which crit-
ics say is the most restrictive law in
the country.
To the surprise of Cody Floyd, he
was asked by Ms. Alethea Bonello,
NAACP regional youth director
from Atlanta to assist in carrying
the banner on the frontline.
"I was right next to Mrs. Hazel
Dukes. I had never seen that many
people in one place, it was like we
were at a baseball game." He said.

Stevie Wonder told the crowd that
it's "ridiculous" that in 2005, black
Americans must stage mass demon-
strations to demand their right to
vote. But he said the cause is just.
In an interview, Jackson said most
Americans are not aware that the
right to vote is not explicitly stated
in the U.S. Constitution.
The Voting Rights Act was passed
by Congress and signed by Lyndon
Johnson in 1965. The civil rights
legislation, Jackson said, provides
protection'for voters against actions
taken by states to limit participation
in the electoral process, actions
most often targeted toward black,
Hispanic and low income citizens.
Several key provisions of the'legis-
lation expire in 2007, and Jackson
said the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition
is campaigning for the extension of
the law.
Organizers said an estimated

15,000 people attended the rally,
which also included Joseph
Lowery, former president of the
Southern Christian Leadership
Conference; Bruce S. Gordon, pres-
ident of the NAACP, and several
congressional leaders, such as Rep.
John Conyers (D-MI); Rep. Charles
Rangel (D-NY);'Rep. John Lewis
(D-GA); Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
and Maxine Waters (D-CA).
"Forty years later, we're still
marching for the right to vote," said
Lewis, who helped secure passage
of the law in 1965. "Don't give up,
don't give in. Keep the faith, Keep
your eyes on the prize."
Waters said Republicans are trying
to undermine minorities.
"We're here to take on President
Bush," Waters said to wild
applause. "We're here to take on the
new nominee to the Supreme Court,
John Roberts."

Civil rights leaders also cited the
2000 and 2004 presidential elec-
tions as examples for why the
Voting Rights Act is so critical to
minorities, as thousands of votes by
black Americans were thrown out
on technicalities in Florida and
Black residents in Kilmichael,
Mississippi, population 830, per-
sonally understand the importance
of the Voting Rights Act. In the
local elections of 2001, just three
weeks before the election,. the
town's all-white council cancelled
the elections. The Department of
Justice said the decision was a vio-
lation of the Voting Rights Act and
intervened. In 2003, under federal
supervision, the town elected its
first black mayor and three black
"A lot of racial progress has been
made since 1965, but we cannot let

our guard down and allow key pro-
visions of the Voting Rights Act to
expire," Gordon, president of the
NAACP, said in a statement.
The rally, while strictly com-
memorative will remain in the

minds of the young at heart.
"On the way up here, Sandra
Thompson was telling me how she
participated in the 1963 march on
Washington, now I have a piece of
history of my own." Cody said.

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Pastor Encourages Churches to Educate Our Children

Wayman Academy of the Arts Charter

School Looks
By Natalie A. Mitchell
Contributing Writer
Bells ring, teachers greeting
students, and the sounds of eager
children resonates in school hall-
ways throughout the city of Jack-
sonville this week as another year
unfolds. While anticipation is high
for both parties, students and
administrators, it is a day of great
promise for Pastor Mark Griffin,
founder and chairman of Wayman
Academy of the Arts WAA), a
charter school founded in 2000.
Reverend Griffin stated, "The
main reason that we decided to start
a Charter School was to be able to
participate in the process of educa-
ting our black children. Before
integration, the black church was
the primary vehicle for educating
black children. I remember while
growing up as a boy how my father
would take me to his home church
in Malone, Florida and show me
the one-room schoolhouse where
he and his siblings were educated.
The building is now gone, but I
vividly remember the small
building located next to the church.
After the performing arts acad-
emy earned an "F" on the FCAT
during the previous school term,
but Reverend Griffin is hopeful that
the new school year will bring forth
more favorable results, as the staff
will be working hard to bring them
about. To supplement the weekly
instruction, WAA is offering addi-
tional classes to improve FCAT
"We will begin the 2005-2006
school year by offering Saturday
School, the first week in September
through the FCAT exam," Rever-
end Griffin said.

Forward A Bright Future
be employed," he said.
Thus far, no other methods of
assessment have been suggested to
measure student's acquired skills in
Sc g a calendar year according to grade
levels, but for WAA, an affiliate of
Wayman Chapel AME Church,
S principal Tracy McGeathy and the
faculty, are initiating a different
approach by offering students the
opportunity to explore some disci-
plines that are soon to be obsolete
in the classroom, such as ballet, tap
and creative dance lessons. Addi-
tonally, students also have access to
Reverend Mark Griffin typical extra curricular activities
including physical education and
The pervasive FCAT debate has computer instruction. Moreover
been a controversial topic through- WAA is accepting the charge to
out the state of Florida after Gov. further educate black students on
Jeb Bush implemented the initiative simple principles.
in 2000. While Governor Bush's Like many other educators have
immediate goal was founded under agreed, Reverend Griffin asserts
the premises of raising academic that Black Americans are the only
standards in Florida schools, it has group of people in the United
also adversely proven to perhaps be States that have totally relinquished
more troublesome, rather than a the responsibility of educating their
rational solution. children to public school systems.
SReverend Griffin, along with Unfortunately, since integration,
other disgruntled parents and stud- Blacks have deferred to allow the
ents, disapproves of the extreme system to not only teach black
weight of determination for promo- children basic instruction, but also
tion or retention of students. to teach them history, which has
"Whereas, I support accountability, traditionally and systematically
I do not believe that the FCAT excluded the contributions and the
should receive as much emphasis in significance of blacks, their values,
determining a student or school's their culture, and their contribu-
success or failure. Because some tions to our country. All of this has
students do not test well, alternative an effect on the future of our
methods ta,assess learning should children -who they will become
You can receive the and how they perceive themselvess
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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.
All Youth Invited to
Attend Youth Church
The Reverend Woodrow Leeks,
Youth Minister at First African
Methodist Episcopal Church of Palm
Coast, Reverend Dr. Gillard S.
Glover, Pastor; 91 Old Kings Road;
announces Youth Church Services
every 1st, 2nd and 4th Sunday, at 10:45
a.m., in the Educational Facility.
Public is invited to Sunday Brunch
On Sunday, August 14, 2005 at
1:30 p.m., a Sunday Brunch will
feature Gospel Recording Artist/Song
Writer Sheila Clayton-Christie. Min-
ister of Music Gloria Leeks said in
the announcement that Ms. Clayton-
Christie recently was featured on the
Donnie McClurkin Artist Showcase.
For Sunday Brunch reservations or
information, call (386)446-5759.

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

Ernie L. Murray, Sr., Pastor
The Saint Thomas Missionary
Baptist Church, 5863 Moncreif Rd.
will celebrate the 19th Anniversary
of Pastor Ernie L. Murray Sr., and
his 40th Year in the Ministry, on
Sunday, August 14, 2005.
Worship will begin at 8 a.m.
with the Reverend Timothy Cole of
West Friendship Baptist Church, as
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 arld
-' "recliv a po\errul blisscng;"firdil
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.

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.rjl., at the Phillippian
Community Church' Muilipurpose
Center, 7578 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

Weekly Services

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

Radio Ministry -
WCGL 1360 AM
S, .A Thursday 8:15 8:45 a.m.
AM 1400
Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.
.- -c- TV Ministry -
WTLV Channel 12
Sunday 6:30 a.m.

Pastor--r anldon L,. Willirams Sx-., 1D. Min
1880 We-estdgewood Arvenue Jacksonville, Florida 32208

"Seeking the lost for Christ" Matthew 28: 19-20
8:00 a.m.-Early Morning Worship 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 11:00 a.m.-Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m.-Prayer Service Wednesday 6:30-7 p.m. Bible Study
TUESDAY & THURSDAY 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m..
Visit ior web site at www.gmbc.net / E-mail GreaterMac@aol.com

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

Pastor Ernie L. Murray, Sr.

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

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

Evangel Temple Assembly of God

I "Want A Spiritual Renewal?"

Sunday, August 14, 2005

8:25 a.m. 10:45 a.m. 6:00 a.m.

Encounter the Presence of God.

The Supernatural Still Happens.

Pastor Garry and Kim Wiggins
5755 Ramona Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32205

Website: www.evangeltempleag.org
Email: evangeljax@comcast.net


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Reality Show Gives Real Peek Into Lives of Williams Sisters .

You don't need to be an avid view-
er of "Venus and Serena: For Real,"
the Williams sisters' new reality
show on the ABC Family channel,
to know that the siblings have a
tight bond, or that they lead unbe-
lievably busy lives between the ten-
nis and their numerous personal
What surprising things we do find
out during the show's run
Wednesday at 10 p.m. is Serena's
devotion to her dog Jackie, Venus'
raw emotions following a touma-

ment loss and their off-the-court
activity of hanging out, visiting
family members, shopping, social-
izing, taking private jets and deal-
ing with their endeavors in fashion
and interior design.
"A lot of times you do see celebri-
ties doing shows, but nobody is
doing what we do," affirmed Venus
last month to the Television Critics
Association in Beverly Hills.
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The cameras also follow Serena
around the offices of her clothing
label Aneres, lounging around the
sisters' home in Boca Raton,
Florida and taking part in a photo
shoot. The activities are reflective
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"Oh really," said Serena, looking
at her sister in shock. Both began to
laugh, along with the room full of
Critics of Venus and Serena often
point to their numerous extra-cur-
ricular activities as a sign that ten-
nis is not a priority, unlike other
professional players whose focus
stays within the sport's double
boundary lines.
"We definitely don't live, breathe
and eat tennis," said Serena. "I per-
sonally can not do something that
much because I would lose a lot of
love for it."
"I think as more time goes by,
there are less misconceptions about
us," adds Venus. "In the beginning
there were a lot of rumors that, 'Oh,
we weren't friendly,' and 'Oh, we
didn't play enough tennis. There's
always something and the better
you do or more covers that you get,
there's always going to be some-
thing. At this stage I think people
are really able to see that we work
very hard for what we do and noth-
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people are just going to see that
we laugh more than anything else,"
Venus summed up. "We're normal
people in somewhat of an abnormal
environment. But we have the same
struggles as everyone else, and peo-
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Mel Davis on the basketball court.
Life of Harlem Globetrotter

Told by Son in Acclaimed Film

Hardwood, nominated for an
Academy Award, is a deeply per-
sonal film journey by Hubert Davis,
the son of former Harlem
Globetrotter Mel Davis. Mel, now a
coach for young basketball players
in Vancouver, recalls falling in love
at first sight with Hubert's mother,
a white woman, at a time when
racism seemed to make their union
impossible. Despite their emotion-
al bond still resonating over 20
years later Mel chose to marry a
black woman, with whom he also
had a son. The filmmaker unites
both sides of his family, speaking
movingly about the complex web

of love, betrayal and family ties that
binds them all. Through personal
interviews, archival footage and
home movies Davis delves into his
father's past in the hope of finding
his own future.
Whatever role racism played in
his decisions, Mel admits basket-
ball played as great a part as any-
thing. Speaking of his manhood, he
admits his love of basketball before
anything else. According to his son,
"This was the film I had to make,
and one only I could make."
The film will be shown on televi-
sion Tuesday, August 16, 2005 at
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DC. The Local Organizing Committee is inviting all individuals,
sororities, fraternities, churches, mosques, temples, and other
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people; and is making it easy for you by sponsoring bus trips. For more
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Representatives by Congressman
Kendrick B. Meek (D-FL) and
Congresswoman Ileana Ros-
Lehtinen. The bill builds upon the
Lupus Research and Care
Amendments introduced by former
U. S. Representative Carrie Meek.
Portions, of that bill passed in the
S U.S. Congress, and is now Public
S */ Law 106-505.
,"An estimated 1.5 to 2 million
Americans are affected by lupus,
mostly women," Meek says.
"Lupus occurs two to three times
more frequently among African
Americans, Hispanics, Asians and
Native Americans are affected by
p. Kendrick Meek lupus, a health disparity that
remains unexplained. This legisla-
on that expands federal tion seeks to address gaps in
ombat lupus, a debili- research and heighten awareness of
ife-threatening autoim- lupus symptoms and health effects
se that is hard to diag- among the public and health
that disproportionately professionals."
ng women of color in The bill titled, the Lupus
bearing years; has been REACH Amendments of 2005, for
Research, Education, Awareness,
Communication, and Healthcare.
The legislation will promote
collaboration within the National
Institutes of Health to enhance
research to identify the causes of
-Lupus, develop more effective
treatments and hopefully, a cure;
improve lupus data collection and
epidemiology, and expand public
Awareness and professional educa-
tion programs aimed at teaching
individuals who are at the greatest

risk for lupus and educating doctors
and other health professionals to
improve diagnosis and treatment.
The bill also authorizes a
comprehensive national-scale study
to determine the incidence and
prevalence of lupus among various
Sandra C. Raymon, president
and CEO of the Lupus Foundation
of America said that health profess-
'sionals need improved treatment
options for their patients with
lupus. She noted that it has been
nearly 40 years since the U. S.
Food and Drug Administration
approved a new medication speci-
fically for lupus, and that the Lupus
REACH Amendments of 2005 will
stimulate additional investment in
research that will lead to the
development of safer and more
effective therapies.
Lupus is the prototypical
autoimmune disease that causes
inflammation and tissue damage to
virtually any organ system to the
body, including the skin, joints and
vital organs such as the heart,
lungs, kidneys and brain. Jupus can
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because its symptoms are similar to
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L-R: Chuck Reynolds, operations manager at the Anheuser-Busch
Jacksonville Brewery; Linnie Finley, director, Community
Development, Jacksonville Urban League; and Syl Robinson, plant
manager at the brewery, gather with members of the 2005 Operation
Brightside team.

Urban League Teams Up With

Anheuser Bush to Employ Youth

Twenty-four local students chose
to "go green" this summer. By join-
ing the Anheuser-Busch Operation
Brightside Green Team, they
improved the quality of life for.area
residents, advancing their educa-
tion and earning money while
they're doing it.
Each summer, the Green Team
takes on a six-week project con-
ducted by the Jacksonville Urban
League. The project provides jobs
for youths from low- to moderate-
level income families.
This marks the 21st year the
Anheuser-Busch brewery in

Jacksonville, through the Operation
Brightside program, has funded
employment for area students. The
Jacksonville area Urban League
administers the program.
One of the core priorities of the
Green Team program is to teach job
skills to the participants.
his year, approximately 63 young
people applied for the 24 Green
Team jobs by completing written
applications and interviews. Team
members range in age from 16 to
21 Were paid $6.15 per hour and
work six hours a day Monday
through Friday for six weeks.

Footsteps of civil rights icons
such as President Jimmy Carter,
Justice Thurgood Marshall and
Rosa Parks were embedded into the
International Civil Rights Walk of
Fame last year (2004) when the
now famed civil rights monument
was created. This year, another
group of foot soldiers who waged
the fight for equality and human
dignity will be added to the Civil
Rights Walk of Fame; and this his-
toric site will serve as a symbol of
pride and a beacon of hope for all
future generations. The unveiling
of this permanent tribute will take
place on Friday, August 26, 2005 at
10:00 a.m. at the Martin Luther
King, Jr. National Historic Site
located at 450 Auburn Avenue
(Atlanta, GA). The Ceremonial
Host for the event is Frank Ski with
WVEE FM (V103) Radio.
The International Civil Rights
Walk of Fame was created in 2004
to give recognition to those brave
warriors of justice who sacrificed
and struggled to make equality a
reality for all, and is expected to
enhance the historic value of this
geographic area, enrich the cultural
heritage, and augment tourist
attractions. The shoes used to cre-
ate the footsteps will also be on dis-
play during the unveiling program.

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Shoes are shown top row (left-to-right) John Conyers (Black -tip);
Nancy Wilson (Black flats); Dick Gregory (Black wing-tip), and
Henry Aaron (Brown Loafers). Center row: Harry Belafonte (Tan
Loafers); Elbert Tuttle (Brown wing-tip); Addie Wyatt (Tan low
heels); and Fred Shuttlesworth (Tan wing-tip) Bottom: Ted Turner
(Black Loafer); Maynard Jackson (Black tip); and Ralph McGill

The International Civil Rights
Walk of Fame will add eleven new
esteemed civil rights leaders to the
Walk of Fame. The 2005 group of
inductees include Henry Aaron,
Harry Belafonte, Congressman
John Conyers, Jr., Dick Gregory,
Mayor Maynard H. Jackson, Jr.,

Ralph E. McGill, The Reverend
Fred L. Shuttlesworth, Ted Turner,
Judge Elbert P. Tuttle, Sr., Nancy
Wilson, and The Reverend Addie L.
The "Walk of Fame" is the brain
child of Xerona Clayton, founder
and executive producer of the

renowned Trumpet Awards and a
civil rights icon in her own right.
Ms. Clayton says, "This is a lasting
memorial to those whose contribu-
tions were testaments to the fact
that human progress is neither.auto-
matic nor inevitable."
Each year more foot soldiers will
be added to the Walk of Fame.
There are hundreds of additional
spaces designated for future place-
ments of worthy footsteps. "We
are looking forward to building a
monument to the civil struggle that
depicts every step taken toward the
goal of justice and the tireless exer-
tions and passionate concern of
these dedicated individuals," said
Ms. Clayton.
The Trumpet Awards Foundation,
Inc., producers of the Annual
Trumpet Awards, will salute the
life and works of Xernona Clayton
during the same time period as the
2005 Walk of Fame. Following the
induction of the honorees into the
Walk of Fame, Ms. Clayton will be
celebrated at a "Diamond Year
Birthday Celebration at the Omni
Hotel at CNN Center. This event,
headlined with a star-studded group
of VIP's will benefit the Trumpet
Awards Foundation Scholarship
Program. For more information,
contact 404-827-1718.

Students Trace Roots at Geneology Camp

Jameel Reese expect-
ed to spend his sum-
mer swimming, hang-
ling out, goofing off
with friends. Instead,
f h he spent it finding
Jameel discovered
his great, great, great
grandfather by -- of all
Antoinette Harrell-Miller, the founder of the things -- going to
African American Genealogy Connection, gives camp. He and six other
New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin a tour of the black children age 7 to
family history display boards at the New 15 attended Youth
Orleans Public Library Genealogy Camp,
S; w. :,~wse ich sought to nur-

ture an appreciation for the strug-
gles of those who came before
"He was trained to be a casket
maker while he was still a slave,"
the soft-spoken 12-year-old said of
his ancestor. "He was sold when he
was 11. He must have cried a lot
The monthlong day camp is the
brainchild of Antoinette Harrell-
Miller, founder of the nonprofit
African American Genealogy
"So many kids have no idea of
their own'history;" she said. "They

don't stop and think about how their
family got here or how they lived."
Harrell-Miller discussed the idea
of the camp on her local cable-
access TV show, "Knowing Your
Family History." She and a group of
parents financed the camp, spend-
ing about $1,200 on this first year.
"Parents started calling me and
saying they wanted their kids to
attend," she said.
The campers pored over records
in the library and The Amistad
Research Center at Tulane
University. They also visited ceme-
teries and older family members

and went to parish courthouses.
They dug through birth and death
certificates, deeds, registrations and
voting lists.
Younger campers, who might
have struggled with some of the
more difficult searches, were asked
to bring pictures of relatives from
"It's pretty rough to have to get up
early in the summer and drag your-
self down to the library, but it was
worth it," said 12-year-old Jordan
Rock. "I found out about 'Wild
Man' Rock, who was a Mardi Gras
Indian master. And., L.C,

Beauregard, he was in my family
and he was a mulatto policeman in
the 1880s."
As fascinated as Jordan was with
his ancestors, his 15-year-old sister,
Amandia, was even more amazed
by the discovery of a white member
of the family tree.
"She was my father's great, great,
great grandmother," Amandia said.
"I was shocked. I never thought of
myself as being white in any way.
Akanke McKinsey, 10, said she
thought the camp might be boring,
but it wasn't: "It was like reading a
story about me," she sid, i, ..

International Civil Rights Walk of Fame

Announces 2005 Inductees of "Footsteps"

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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene

Women are Invited
to Participate in
"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.

Mil More Movement
Town Hall Meeting
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
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 )

Summer Gardening
Beat the heat by coming 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

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-

Jazz & Old School
Music at the Radisson
If you love live jazz and old
school music, you are in for a spe-
cial treat. Come out and mingle
with Jacksonville's professionals,
while enjoying the rhythmic sounds
of two of the hottest bands in town.
Segue and the Fusion Band will be
performing, and DJ Dr. Doom will
be spinning your favorite Old
School hits. The fun will be taking
place at the Radisson Riverwalk
Hotel on Saturday August 13th
from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. For advance
tickets, call (904) 642-8313.

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

Do you know an

Unsu ng Hero?

Someone who is constantly doing for others and put-
ting someone else's needs before their own, a friend that
goes beyond the norm? A tireless volunteer? Nominate
he or she for the Unsung Hero spotlight and they could
win a profile in the Jacksonville Free Press and a $50
gift certificate from Publix Supermarkets.

Why are you nominating this person


Nominated by
Contact number

Fax (904) 765-8611
Or mail to: Unsung Hero, C/O Jacksonville Free Press
P.O. Box 43580, Jacksonville, FL 322113

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

Open Community
Empowerment Forum
The public is invited to attend a
Community Empowerment Forum
on using a pro-active approach to
save our children and empowering
the community. Special guest pre-
senters include Dr. Letitia Plummer,
Noted Dentist and Community
Activist from Houston, Texas. Dr.
Plummer works with low income
females in removing decaying gold
teeth and LaFonda Jones, Director
of North Carolina FAMM (Families
Against Mandatory Minimum) The
Forum will take place at HOPE
Plaza Complex, 435 Clark Road,
1st Floor Conference Room on
Saturday, August 13th from 10
a.m. 2 p.m. For further informa-
tion, call 904.786.7883 or

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 Advisory
Council (CPAC) to answer ques-
tions 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 representatives. The
public is encouraged to attend.

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 by bringing in
a sample of a disease or pest prob-
lem. Please call to pre-register at

Home Decorating
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.

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 18,
25, & September 1 and 8th. The
workshops are design to reduce the
stresses and pressures of caregiv-
ing, 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-

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.

Soul Release Poetry
Soul Release Poetry presents inter-
national spoken word poet, QUEEN
SHEBA on Saturday, August 20,
2005 at Boomtown Theater and
Restaurant 1714 North Main Street
in Jacksonville's Springfield area.
The event will start at 7:30pm and
feature an open mic for poets and
singers and hip hop and R&B by a
guest DJ. Admission: $5 poets/$7
audience. For more information call

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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-

3rd Annual Caribbean
Independence Dance
The third annual Caribbean
Independence Dance will be held
on Saturday, August 20th from 9
p.m. to 2 a.m. at The Inn at
Baymeadows, 8050 Baymeadows
Circle West. Ticket price includes
dinner, drinks and a good time with
D,J, Chunks. For more information,
visit jacjksonvillecamival.org.

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.

The Platters, Drifters
& Coasters in Concert
Legendary doo wop groups The
Platters, Drifters and the Coasters
will be in concert at the Times
Union Center Jacoby Hall on
Saturday, August 20th. Showtime
is at 8 p.m. Call Ticketmaster at
353-3309 for tickets or more infor-

Back to School
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

Free Workshop for
Area Small Businesses
Many business owners would be
surprised to learn that there is not
one "bottom line" but five.
Learning how to make better busi-
ness decisions by understanding
and effectively using all five "bot-
tom lines" is the key to business
success. At this free workshop,
experts will explain how business
owners can use these numbers to
increase their cash flow.
Managing By The Numbers: The 5
Bottom Lines will be presented on
Thursday, August 25, 2005, from 6
p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Small Business
Center at Gateway Mall, 5000-3
Norwood Avenue.
For more information or to regis-
ter call 620-2477.

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
A Fish Pond Management
Workshop Series conducted by the
Duval Co. Soil & Water
Conservation District will be held
at the Extension Office, 1010 N
McDuff Avenue on the 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.

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\ Artists Tyrese and Andre 3000 Keep the

f Beats Going on the Set of Four Brothers

Network orders two more episodes.
ly 'The inevitable has happened. Bravo
S ~has ordered up two more episodes of
S its breakout train wreck, "Being
Bobby Brown," pushing the season
I finale to Aug. 25.
"The first eight episodes of 'Being
Bobby Brown' have kept Bravo
viewers buzzing and have even
helped contribute to adding new catchphrases to our pop-culture vernacu-
lar," Bravo president Lauren Zalaznick says. "This is a highly compelling
and engaging series, and we hope two new
episodes will satisfy viewers' appetites for more Bobby and Whitney."
While the Aug. 25 finale will consist of clips from past episodes mixed
with previously unseen footage, the added Aug. 18 episode will be a
"Cribs"-style "inside look" at the Atlanta and New Jersey homes of Brown
and his wife Whitney Houston.
"Being Bobby Brown" debuted to 1.1 million viewers, giving Bravo a
substantial boost in ratings over the network's previous performance in the
Thursday time period. The ratings continue to increase each week, the net-
work says.

Nicole Murphy cites irreconcilable differences.
No word yet on whether Nicole Murphy wants
"half!" in her split from husband Eddie *' I.'*r '
Murphy, but the actor must have thought about
his famous alimony bit from "Raw" when find-
ing out that his wife is seeking,
among other things, "spousal support" in their .i
divorce afterl2 years of marriage.
According to Extra, Nicole has cited irrec- .
oncilable differences and has retained famed
divorce attorney Neal Hersh, who has repre-
sented Brad Pitt and Kim Basinger in their respective divorce cases. In
addition to spousal support, the former model is also seeking custody of
their five kids: Brea,
Shayne, Zola, Miles and Bella Zahra,reports Extra.
Murphy's publicist, Paul Bloch, confirmed that Nicole recently filed
divorce papers in Los Angeles Superior Court.
Eddie and Nicole met in the late 1980s and married in 1993. In 1997,
the actor was pulled over by West Hollywood police after "giving a ride"
to a transsexual hooker.

LECTION' Line honors boxing's first black heavyweight champ.
Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs hopes to capture the essence of renegade boxer
Jack Johnson in a new collection named after the controversial figure for
his Sean John line.
"I don't want some kind of retro stuff, like clothes from 1906," he told
the New York Times. "I want contemporary. If somebody's wearing one of
my track suits, I want it to say 'champion' from two blocks away."
The "Jack Johnson Collection" pays tribute to the gendary boxer, who
became the first African-American heavyweight champion in 1908 after
defeating Tommy Burns in Sydney, Australia. Johnson's life was exam-
ined in the Ken Burs documentary"Unforgivable Blackness," which
aired on PBS stations earlier this year.

"You wanna talk about unprofes-
sional?" laughs Mark Wahlberg,
one of the stars of the upcoming
revenge drama "Four Brothers."
Sitting next to co-star Tyrese
Gibson during interviews for the
film in New York, Wahlberg's cell
phone began ringing, which
launched a Tyrese tirade of tongue-
and-cheek comments about the
actor's unprofessional behavior in
not turning off the phone before-
Quick to defend himself,
Wahlberg says of the R&B singer:
"We'd be in the middle of a big
shootout scene, right? Everybody's
waiting, we're getting ready to roll,
Tyrese's phone rings. And instead of
'Oh my God, I'll turn it off,' he's all
'Hello? Yeah. What you doin'
tonight? Really? Oh it's about to be
on.'" he says with a laugh.
In "Four Brothers," opening
Friday, both actors along with co-
stars Garrett Hedlund and Andre
Benjamin of OutKast play siblings
who decide to avenge the killing of
their mother. That's right, siblings,
whose on-screen family ties were
made more plausible by the chem-
istry oozing from the quartet both
on and off camera.
"It was really natural for us to be
what we were, and it ended up sell-
ing on camera" Tyrese says of the
interracial casting. "It's kind of
hard for us to process the fact that
people are thinking that the bond
was so there because it wasn't like
we were working at that bond. It
just kinda happened."
Off screen, R&B singer Tyrese and
hip hop superstar Andre Benjamin,
a.k.a. Andre 3000, would often
retreat to their respective trailers to
work on music projects. Tyrese was
putting together songs for his new
album (which he will title either
"Alter Ego" or "Private Party"),
while Dre would only admit to
practicing the saxophone between
"It wasn't really a lot, like we did-
n't talk about music all the time,"
explains Andre. "It was about the
work, really."
While 3000 was careful not to

come off perhaps professionally-
distracted during the film's down-
time, Tyrese admits that he "rented
a bunch of equipment" to work on
his album at night in his apartment.
The noise did not go over well with
his neighbors.
"It caused a little hell sometime,
but I got through it," he says.
As for the content and direction of
his new project, he says: "I'm just
getting stuff up off of my chest.
Different ideas come up and I just
like to let it out. And being that
[Andre was there] and I got so
much respect for him musically, we
would be in each other's trailer lis-
tening to each other's music. He
was doing music too, don't put it all
on me."
Desperate to build a reputation

as a serious actor in Hollywood,
Andre says he can only benefit
from being around such seasoned
veterans as Wahlberg and director
John Singleton, whom he spoke to
about the role at length before pro-
duction began.
"I had conversations with him
about what type of director he is,
and he'll always tell you he's an old
school director, because they focus
on the emotion of the film," Dre
says. "A lot of new school directors,
they make [the film] look really
good, they splice and cut and edit,
'but old school directors, they focus
mainly on emotions. He'll tell you,
if you leave the theater and you've
laughed and you've cried, it's emo-

tion working. That's what he works
with, and I've taken that to my job,
so when I'm working on a character,
I'm trying to make sure I'm pulling
all that out."
Roles in "Hollywood Homicide,"
"Be Cool" and the upcoming "My
Life in Idlewyld" have already
given Andre a small taste of the
Hollywood shuffle, which the
Atlanta rapper describes as thera-
peutic at least, so far.
"Music is more challenging, I'll
say that much," he explains. "Only
because in film, [the script is]
already written. It's your interpreta-
tion of it. In music, you start from
scratch. That's the reason why I do
film, because of that challenge,
though; try to get into character and
to pull it off."

Dre's dedication to acting has
included the assistance of a vocal
coach to help him lose his Southern
drawl. The actor took a few lessons
to help him shake the dirty South
from his speech pattern and to
adopt the Detroit accent required of
his character.
"We listened to a lot of Detroit
speak and came to find out that
Detroit's accent is damn near
Southern," laughs Dre, who thinks
of his drawl is "a problem" in
Hollywood, but says he's "working
on it."
For years.,Dre had been telling
Singleton that he would love to try
out for one of his films, and for
years, the director brushed him off.

But once Singleton saw 3000 on
screen in other film projects, he
began taking the budding actor seri-
"I was like wow, he's got some-
thing," says Singleton. "I called
him up and I was like, 'Hey man, I
think it's time for us to do some-
thing together.' He's a real good guy
and he's learned something that it
takes actors years to get, and it's
that you don't' have to really do too
much when you're on this big 70
foot screen. You could do just
enough that's in service to the char-
acter. He's really interesting to
watch on film."
Meanwhile, Tyrese, already a vet-
eran of two Singleton-directed
films ("Baby Boy" and "2 Fast 2
Furious") committed to "Four
Brothers" before reading the script,
"because I know John is not gonna
call me about no BS.," said the
Watts native.
His respect for Singleton is as
strong on-camera as it is in the
"He creates that zone that makes
you feel comfortable," Tyrese
explains. "Like walking up with
suggestions and bringing different
ideas to the table to make what
you're doing that much better."
"Four Brothers" is about to jump
on a killer wave created by the
swelling success of "Hustle and
Flow," the critically acclaimed
pimp-with-a-dream film executive
produced by Singleton and part of
his self-described "summer one,
two punch."
So far, "Hustle" has grossed $18.6
million in only 1016 screens since
its nationwide opening three weeks
ago, and is currently No. 10 at the
box office. (By comparison, this
week's No. 1 film "The Dukes of
Hazzard opened on 3785 screens.)
"I'm happy," he says of the Craig
Brewer-directed film. "I mean, the
movie's a hit, everybody's loving it.
I was on 42nd Street last night, the
12:15 show, and people were
applauding and having a goodlrtiii e
The theater was 90 percent full,
so... I guess it's on to the next one -
"Four Brothers."

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ornious Summer Trio -

, Okra es Tomatoes

Golden corn,
sleek okra and
ruby red tomatoes
overflowing with
flavor, all locally
grown and boast-
ing healthy nutri-
ents, are now
starring at the
city's markets.

And what a glorious treat!
Corn and tomatoes are indigenous to the Americas, and okra
made the voyage from Africa to the New World during the Middle
Passage. All three were prime ingredients in the rice kitchens of
the Carolinas, as well as in the soulful cooking of New Orleans
and the rest of the antebellum South.
The trio combines in gumbo, soups, stews, and casseroles, but

they are equally delicious on their own. Popular dishes i
are skillet fried okra and fried green tomatoes. A jar of
pickled okra laden with spice and vinegar is an old down
home treat, and so are crispy corn fritters.
And on a hot summer day who can resist an ear or two
of grilled corn slathered with spices, or a cool corn and
tomato salad, the perfect topping for afew boiled shrimp
or grilled scallops.
Our love for the trio goes way back. African-American
slave cooks borrowed corn from Native American, dried
and turned into cornmeal, which gave rise to that incom-
parable bread, as well as to creamy corn pudding and
souffle-like spoonbread. All late summer's glorious offer-
The following recipes are adapted from my cookbook,
"Soul Food: Recipes and Reflections from African-
American Churches."

4 ears fresh corn (for 2 cups corn
2 pounds fresh okra
3 or 4 medium tomatoes
2 or 3 tbsp. peanut or olive oil
1 tbsp. chopped fresh thyme or
1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 small yellow onion chopped or
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg or mace
1/2 tsp. hot pepper sauce, or to taste
1 1/2 cups chicken or shellfish
broth, or more as needed
Rinse all of the vegetables and
drain. Husk the corn, remove and
discard the silks. Using a sharp
knife, cut off the kernels, scraping
into a bowl.
Cut off the tips of the okra above
the ridge of the pods. Cut the toma-
toes into eights, discarding stems.
Set all three veggies aside.
Heat the oil in a large saucepan.
Stir in the garlic, chopped onions,
thyme, salt, black pepper, nutmeg
and hot pepper sauce. Saute over
medium heat for about 5 minutes,
or until the onions are tender.
Stir in the broth and bring to a
boil. Add the okra pods and the
tomatoes, reduce the heat to medi-
um and cook for 10 to 15 minutes,

or until the okra is just tender.
Stir in the corn and cook for 5 to
10 minutes longer, or until the corn
is tender and the mixture is slightly
thickened. Makes 4 generous serv-

Nothing says summer like an out-
door grill smoking with ears of bur-
nished corn on the cobs. But corn
grilled under the oven broiler is no
slouch either. Directions follow for
both versions.
6 large ears fresh corn, preferably
4 tablespoons peanut or grapeseed
oil, or melted butter
2 or so tbsp. dark rum or brandy
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
2 teaspoons finely crushed corian-

der seeds
1/2 teaspoon ground chile or
cayenne pepper
Heat the grill, using hardwood
charcoal, which isn't full of chemi-
cals. Rinse the corn, pull back the
corn husk and discard about half of
leaves. Remove and discard the
silk. Pull the husks back up around
the corn and soak the ears in a pan
of cold water while the grill heats.
When read to grill, whisk togeth-
er in a cup or small bowl the oil or
butter, rum, black pepper, salt,
crushed coriander seeds, and chile
or cayenne pepper. Squeeze out the
water from the corn husk. Pull back
the husk and brush the ears of corn
all over with the oil-spice mixture.
Pull back up the husks.
When the charcoal is ashy, spread
out the charcoal and place the corn
on the grill. Grill the corn for 15 to

25 minutes, or until the corn is ten-
der and lightly charred, turning
Variation: If you don't have an out-
door grill, husk the corn and
remove and discard the silk. Soak
the ears of corn in a pan of cold
water for about 15 minutes.
When ready to grill, preheat the
broiler. Drain the shushed corn, pat
dry with toweling, and brush with
the spices and oil as directed in
recipe above.
Place the corn on an oiled grill
pan and set the pan about 4 inches
from heat. Grill the corn for 12 to
15 minutes or until lightly charred,
turning over several times with
longhandled tongs.
Makes 4 servings.
4 large green tomatoes
1 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 to 2 teaspoons mild chile powder
Pinch of hot chile powder, if desired
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal, more as
1/3 cup (about) grapeseed or peanut
oil or a mixture of the oils
Rinse the tomatoes, remove stems,
drain and dry. Cut the tomatoes
crosswise into about 1/8-inch slices.
Combine in a paper bag or plastic
bag the salt, black pepper, chile
powder and cornmeal. Carefully
drop the tomato slices into the bag

and shake gently to cover all over
with the cornmeal mixture. If need-
ed, add a little more cornmeal.
Place the cornmeal coated toma-
to slices on a tray or a couple plates
and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or
longer if desired.
When ready to fry, pour about
half of the oil into a heavy large
skillet, preferably cast iron. Place
the skillet on high heat and heat the
oil for 5 minutes. Reduce the heat a
bit, add the tomatoes in one layer,
not crowding.
Fry the tomatoes for 5 to 7 min-
utes, or until golden brown and
crispy, turning over a couple times
with a large metal spatula. When
browned, remove from the skillet
drain on paper towels.
Keep the tomatoes warm while
frying the remaining tomatoes,
adding a little more oil as needed.
Makes 4 servings.

Tomato, Onion and Corn Salad
1 1/2 cups corn kernels from 2
large ears of fresh corn
4 large ripe tomatoes
1 large red or yellow onion
Crispy lettuce leaves, drained and
4 tbsp. olive or grapeseed oil
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 or 3 tablespoons crumbled or
finely grated soft cheese, such

as feta or goat's cheese
2 or 3 tablespoons chopped fresh
basil or cilantro
1/2 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Husk the corn and remove and
discard the silk. Bring a large pan
of water to a rolling ball. Drop in
the corn and cook for 2 minutes.
Remove the pan from the heat and
allow the corn to stand in the water
for 5 minutes. Then drain the corn
and flood with cold water. Pat the
corn dry with toweling.
Using a sharp knives, cut the
corn from the kernels, place into a
bowl and set aside.
Rinse, drain and dry the tomatoes
and onions. Cut the tomatoes
crosswise into 1/8-inch thick slices,
and thinly slice the onion.
Arrange the lettuce leaves on a
large platter, and place on the toma-
toes and onions in an overlapping
pattern. Arrange the corn in the cen-
ter of the platter. Chill the platter of
vegetables for about an hour.
Make the salad dressing: In a
small bowl combine the oil, vine-
gar, and lemon juice. Stir in the
cheese, chopped basil or cilantro,
salt and black pepper, and beat
briskly with a fork or whisk until
creamy and well-blended.
Just before serving, drizzle over
the salad dressing and serve imme-
diately. Makes 4 generous servings.



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