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The Jacksonville free press
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Mrs. Perry's free press
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Rita Luffborough Perry
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Jacksonville Fla
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September 8, 2005
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Vol. 4, no. 36 (June 28, 1990)-
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"Florida's First Coast only quality Black weekly."

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Should Leadership
of the Church
Live Like Kings?

Bishop Long

Thinks So!
Page 2

American Beach
Residents and
Friends Celebrate
Labor Day with
Festive Weekend
of Activites
Page 3

Gladys Knight

Shares Her

Talent and

Page 11

City Mourns

Loss of


Beach Icon
Page 8



Black Leaders Visit Katrina Victims
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tex.). Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.). the
Rev. Jesse Jackson, the Rev. Al Sharpton and talk-show host Oprah
Winfrey were among those who visited Houston's Astrodome to
comfort and console hurricane victims. Former presidents George
H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and their %wies also visited the facility, and
prayed for the evacuees. For more on the Black reaction of the
national tragedy. see page 5.

Jerry Rice Retires From Football
The greatest receiver of all time realized he
would be no better than the fourth recel\er for the
Den\er Broncos It \as no \wa\ for Jerry Rice to
end his career, so he called it qtlits after 20 sensa-

I ne\ er thought I'd ever see this day." Rice said
Monday\ during an emotional news conference at
Broncos team headquarters.
And the NFL ma\ never see anyone like Rice
The 42-year-old receiver, a first-round draft pick out of tin, MiNssissippi
Valley State in 19Q5. leaves the field with 3X NFL records, including the
most career receptions ( 1.549). yardss receiving 122.805 t and louchdow ns
receiving (197)
An a% id golfer \ho was often spotted plaN ing at the resort hotel where
he stayed whilee in Denver. Rice said he is "looking forward to the next
phase of my life."
"There are opportunities out there. I'll approach them like I did football.
with deterrrunation and pride." he said.

Trailblazing Members of the Little
Rock Nine Honored With Monument

Ark. Nearly half a
century after the
faced down a mob to
integrate Little Rock
Central High School.
the Little Rock Nine
stood outside the
Arkansas Statehouse
last %\eek and
unveiled statues of
themselves in that defiant walk.
The sculpture. by John and Cathe Deering. Is called Testament It shows
the Little Rock Nine walking together, a representation of that walk
through the pressing mob to their first day of classes \\ith whites. The
U.S. Postal Service also dedicated a stamp inarkang the entrance of black
students into Central High. The location is hea\l \ ith meaning The nine
statues stand outside the governor's office, where in 1957 Gov. Orval
Faubus called out the National Guard to pre\ ent black schoolchildren
from attending previously all-white Central High following a 1954
Supreme Court ruling. When the nine entered, they \were under the armed
guard of federalized troops.
"The bravery shown by these young people and their families changed
the face of public education n this country said Nancy Rousseau. prin-
cipal of Central High. No\\. 2,400 students celebrate their differences
every day thanks to your courage."

Foreman Moves
I Beyond Grills
Former heavyweight champ
George Foreman, who in recent
Nears is better known as the cre-
ator of the portable and compact
George Foreman grills, is plan-
ning to join \with NMMN Companies
Inc.. to create George Foreman Enterprises, Inc., %which will distribute
other products not yet developed. Foreman, who is also a spokesman for
Casual Male Big & Tall, has proen he can successfully sell items.
Salton, Inc.. which sells Foreman's grills, earned $792 million the first
four years the grill was offered, according to The Associated Press.
Foreman did not disclose %what products his company w\vould produce. but
said they would focus on health, fitness. quality and comfort.

Volume 19 No. 34 Jacksonville, Florida September 8 14, 2005

Katrina Could Prompt New Black "Great Migration"
If refugees end"up building "We advise people that this city soon to clearly predict the long- kids into school and that roba
new, .lives away from New has bsen destroyed,"said New term impact of the devastation of blv will change the.demdgraph-
Orleans. Hurricane KarinaOrlerleans Deputy Police Chief New Orleans, a city of less than ics of the region,'~e said during
profit the largest. U.S. black Warren RilQyy "\\e are simply half a million people more than a visit to Housto, e largest
re4gfement since the 20th cen- asking people'not to come back two-thirds of whom are black. single gathering pofit for the
tu Gv Giat:. Migration Jured tothis city right now." But one scenario would be mas- refugees.
so-t aer blacks to;the Noilt in a Many evacuees -like Percy sire resettlement elsewhere. Because ofthe legacy ofslave0 ,
search for jobs and bette lives. Nlolere. 26. who worked in a "You've got 300,000. 400,000 southern states inc i
lifterviws with refuges in hotel in the famed French quar- people, many of them low income Louisiana, Arkl~
HoUsto ; Which i ex~ ting ter, say they: cannot keep their without a lot of means, who are'. Mississippi. Alabam_, Qeo.
maiy thodis an.s of evaiuees to livs on hold for very !ong. not going to have the ability to and Soqth Carolina ve lis. -
remain, sugge~ti liat tinusands "'If it took a' onth.I 'do back, wait out a year or two or three call. been home tohe great
of blacks w'ho .jst er thing but a year. don't want.to wait years for the region to rebuild," concentration of U.S. blacks
and had no insurIce nl~nd up .that long" fstidi., lolere. said Barack Obama, the only 1900, 85 percent o. [TS
livig-ingTexas o tbh states. 'fopefuily: we're giirg to stay in black member of the U.S. Senate. lived in the South d as-.
Officitls say itdilI ke man, iulston just to sfty out of New "They are going to have to find 1830, mi.,e than peent~
months and maibe even veAr'ir.O leaaxt" for .eti~ebeing. immediate work, immediate Louisia aR s io "lt
before the historic aisrebuilt. xpes cauti that it is too housing, immediately get their black. .':, C tii a

Jacksonville Cares Makes Way to Gulf With Various Convoys

Shown above Dr. Oswald P. Bronson, Sr., EWC president and Congresswoman Corrine Brown talk on the phone with Louisiana Senator
Donald Cravins during the press conference while students and other members of the community listen. Other officials included City Council
leaders Reggie Fullwood and Pat Lockett-Felder. PRI donated the truck that is being used as the "Jacksonville Cares" center for the hurri-
cane relief effort. In the inset (left to right) City Council member Pat Lockett-Felder, Congresswoman Corrine Brown, EWC student
Dominique Grant, and Randy Goodwin of PRI at the "Jacksonville Cares" donation center for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Congresswoman Corrine Brown
along with PRI Productions and
other local elected offi-cials organ-
izing a shipment of supplies to the
victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Headquar-tered at Edward waters
College, citizens answered the call

to donate water, food and other sur-
vival essentials. The collection took
place on the weekend and the trucks
rolled out on Monday afternoon
with the Congresswoman accompa-
nying the goods. She also carried a
check for over $10,000 from Bethel

Baptist Institutional Church who
donated over $10,000. The
Congresswoman stated "We are
going to the heart of the problem
from the hearts of Floridians who
care about our fellow Americans in
this national tragedy".

Several organizations have
worked in cohesive efforts to bring
relief to the Gulf citizens including
the I.LA., Greater Macedonia
Baptist Church, St. Paul Missionary
Baptist Church and local Links

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Brown Fields Wedding
The lovely former Shantrel Brown, daughter of Congresswoman
Corrine Brown, wed her very own Prince Charming, Tyree Fields of
Philadelphia in a dream wedding at Bethel Baptist Institutional
Church.held over the Labor Day holiday weekend, the proceeding events
included a boat ride and several dinners. Following a Mediterranean
Cruise, the couple will reside in Alexandria, MD.More photos on page 9

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Minister's Lifestyle Under Criticism

Should Black
LITHONIA, Ga. Jesus wasn't
broke, and leaders of churches
shouldn't be either.
That's what African-American
Bishop Eddie Long, who heads

"Jesus wasn't broke, and leaders of

Georgia's biggest church, has to say
in defense of his grand lifestyle,
funded largely by the nonprofit reli-
gious charity he started in 1997.
According to tax records, Bishop

Preachers Live Like Kings?
Eddie Long Ministries, Inc. provid- members of New Birth Missionary
ed him with more than $3 million in Baptist Church, where he became
salary and benefits, including a $1.4 pastor in 1987. The charity stopped
million 20-acre home and use of a operating in 2000.
$350,000 Bentley. Long also During his 18-year tenure, New
Birth has swelled from 300 mem-
bers to 25,000. Long told the
Atlanta Journal-Constitution he
heads an international corporation,
not just a church.
"You've got to put me on a differ-
ent scale than the little black
preacher sitting over there that's
supposed to be just getting by
because the people are suffering,"
he said.
Long's charity and his church
were separate organizations, and
his charity was incorporated as a
nonprofit religious corporation not
a church. He and his wife, Vanessa,
were two of the charity's four board
The charity, which Long incorpo-
rated in New York in 1995, made
churches shouldn't be either." $3.1 million in donations to others
Bishop Eddie Long between 1997 and 2000, according
received more than $1 million in to tax records compared to at least
salary, including $494,000 in 2000. $3.07 million paid to Long during
Long maintains the money came the same period.

from royalties, speaking fees and
several large donations not from

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Commission Hosting Equal

Employment Opportunity Symposium

The Jacksonville Human Rights
Commission is hosting an Equal
Employment Opportunity
Symposium to promote the advan-
tages of a diverse workforce with
featured keynote speakers. The
two-day symposium is designed to
provide human resources practi-
tioners, consultants, attorneys and
small business owners current
information on laws, rules and reg-
ulations that impact the employees
in their workforce. Topics include
age discrimination, the Americans
with Disabilities Act (ADA), veter-

ans re-employment guidelines,
family friendly policies and alterna-
tive dispute resolution programs.
Participants will have the oppor-
tunity to learn about the interrela-
tionships between federal, state and
local agencies that monitor and
enforce equal opportunity and
access in the workplace. The sym-
posium will take place on
September 28-29, 2005 at the
University Center at the University
of North Florida. To register, con-
tact the Jacksonville Human Rights
Commission at (904) 630-4911.

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Academic Opportunities Highlight, A MN

Willie Gary Classic Weekend

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Our very own EWC will face Shaw in a HBCU Classic Matchup.
Edward Waters College (EWC) Jacksonville and the Jacksonville
Tigers will face Shaw University Economic Development Council
Bears in the Willie E. Gary Classic, (JEDC), is in its fourth year.
Saturday, September 10, 5 p.m., in Classic activities kick off at 10
Raines High School Earl Kitchings a.m. 2 p.m. with College Day at
Stadium. The Classic, which is be- the Prime Osborn Convention
S ing sponsored by the City of Center. The first 700 students to

attend College Day will receive a
free game day ticket to the Classic.
Admissions representatives from
Edward Waters College and Shaw
University will be available to dis-
cuss academic opportunities at both
colleges. Special guests will
include Attorney Willie E. Gary,
EWC President Dr. Oswald P.
Bronson, Sr., and Shaw University
President Dr. Clarence Newsome.
At 11 a.m., the EWC Alumni
Tailgate Party will get underway at
the stadium with a live remote by
Jack-sonville's ESPN Radio 1460
from 2 p.m. 4 p.m.
Pre-game ceremonies will include
Gospel recording star Henrietta
Telfair, a Raines alumnae, who will
perform Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing
as well as the Star-Spangled
Banner, the National Anthem.
Half-time features the Battle of the
Bands between EWC and Shaw
University and a special presenta-
tion by Attorney Gary.
Tickets are on sale at the EWC
Cashier's Office. Tickets will also
be on sale Saturday, September 3
and Monday, September 5 in the
Tookes Building Parking Lot on the
EWC campus. Refreshments will
be available.
For more information, call

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The Second Great Migration?

Continued from front
Between 1940 and 1970 econom-
ic changes prompted 5 million
blacks to quit the south for cities
across the North including Chicago,
Detroit and New York, marking one
of the nation's largest internal
"It could have potentially that kind
of effect," said Obama, whose
father immigrated from Kenya.
New Orleans did not always fol-
low the trend. Historically, far
fewer residents have moved from
New Or-leans than from most

American cities, despite its high
poverty and crime rates.
Nicholas Lemann, author of "The
Promised Land: The Great Black
Migration and How it Changed
America," was wary of predicting
that Katrina would prompt major
"It is kind of early to tell," he said.
But he said as officials elsewhere
accommodate large numbers of
blacks, they should avoid putting
them in confined areas as Chicago
did in the past, which created new
urban woes. "They should think
carefully on how to avoid the sort

of ghetto phenomenon," he said.
Part of the migration trend will be
set by what federal, state and local
agencies do to help refugees re-
build their lives.
"What I do think should be focused
on now is what is the Congress is
going to do when they get back,"
former President Bill Clinton said
in Houston this week."How are we
going to find jobs for these people,
where are they really going to live,
do they need some cash right
"They feel lost."

SAmerican Beach Motorc e C b-
American Beach Motorcycle Club

Residents and friends of historic American Beach,
currently celebrating the 70th year of its founding,
gathered over the Labor Day weekend for activities of
tradition and celebration. Included in the event was "A
Sunday Afternoon at American Beach" held at Evans
Rendezvous. the rendezvous has been a hot spot at the
beach for decades. Guests in attendance enjoyed a live
D.J., dancing, good food and catching up with old

Thomas Waters and Gwen Leaphart

A highlight of the event was a surprise visit by
MaVynne "Beach Lady" Betsch, who was accompa-
nied by her sister, Johnetta Cole and friend Carol
Alexander who graciously told attendees about the
renowned environmentalist's rich history.
On Labor Day, festivities continued with a "Back
in the day" Picnic was held on the beach. The week-
end's activities were organized by the American Beach
Preservation Society under the guidance of Ms. Ruth
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by Dante Moore
Many are quick to criticize the
thousands of individuals who are
looting in New Orleans and other
areas affected by Hunricane
Katrina. However, the million dol-
lar question is: Are they stealing to
survive or to profit? I would say
Stealing food and drinks is
absolutely necessary for survival
to people who are stranded in the
middle of nowhere with nothing -
hterally. With the weather at about
95 degrees plus humidity, many
will die if they don't inade aban-
doned stores and search for some-
thing to eat or drink Because none
of these stores are open for busi-
ness, even if you had money you
couldn't legally pay for the prod-
The media agrees with this and
claims that food and such is okay
to steal, but anything else is unlaw-
ful. Many disagree. What about
baby diapers, toilet tissue, soap,
shoes, and dry clothes? Aren't
these items just as critical to sur-

vival as food and drinks"

access to it.

What does one do in this Banks in the area
siniation" Should they/ ..- ) are closed, and w ill
wat a few more days /' remain closed for
for rescue? months. ATM
Won't most of these/: \machines do
items perish any- -..-' i not \work.
ways? These stores Credit cards
are abandoned, and are useless
will remain closed because phone
for months. Does t lines are need-
really matter whether ed for the
or not people take the .. /transactions. A
items? / person waning to
The biggest criticism receive a check in
stems from the incredible the mail, can forget it
footage of people stealing TVs because the postal sys-

and DVD players This I would
agree to be unlawful. But is it real-
Ever heard of the word "hyste-
na"? Do you know what it really
means? It means a drastic situation
where everyone behaves with
excessive or uncontrollable emo-
tion, such as fear or panic. People
are m a severe panic mode, not just
because tift' could "'di. but
because the\ hate no money or no

tern is down
Perhaps people are stealing DVD
players and TVs to sell them for
money money they don't have
and won't be getting for a long
time. Would a person be stealing
these things to take back to a home
that is destroyed with no power?
I can't say I agree with looting,
but I also can't say I wouldn't be
doing the same thing ifl"','re in a
similar situation.

"I cannot understand how he can put together all these pro-
grams for sending food across the oceans when at home we
have people who are slowly starving to death, we could use
less foreign aid and more home aid." PEARL BAILEY, 1973

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SThe Ir ony of an Apolo g

By Ak'Bar A.
obstruction in the
U.S. Senate kept anti-
lynching legislation from becoming
law during the civil rights era. As a
means of making amends, senators
recently passed a resolution apolo-
gizing for its past failure to stop the
racist murders of black Americans.
The history of lynching and the
government's inaction are a black
eye for America and a sore spot for
many still suffering the conse-
That makes it so terribly ironic
that Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV)
was among the resolution's co-
sponsors. It's no secret that Senator
Byrd is a former Ku Klux Klan
leader and recruiter. That a man
with such a history, repudiated or
not, serves in our government let
alone co-sponsored this resolution -
is absurd and belittles efforts to
make honest amends
Once again, the liberals offer
paper solutions for serious prob-
As the great-grandson of a lynch-
ing victim, I am angered that a for-

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mer "Exalted Cyclops" in the KKK
is excused for his past behavior and
given leadership roles by his politi-
cal party. I question his sincerity.
Up until a deal was struck in the
Senate, Senator Byrd was one of the
liberals filibustering black judicial
nominee Janice Rogers Brown. He
criticized and voted against the con-
firmation of Condoleezza Rice as
our nation's first black female
Secretary of State. Both women
grew up under the strain of Jim
Crow, and each knows true extrem-
ism. When liberals condemn these
two women and praise Senator
Byrd, it stings.
President Bush has appointed
African-Americans to some of the
most important positions in his
administration, and liberals such as
Senator Byrd have rallied against
them. Not even the dovish Colin
Powell could truly gain their appre-
ciation. They are adamant about
defeating just about any proposal
from the President, including
school choice and faith-based pro-
grams supported by a majority of
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little more than superficial rhetoric.
Conversely, they often denounce
and sabotage legislation, policies
and leadership that would provide
significant and positive change.
They champion non-binding meas-
ures that make good press for 24
hours, yet staunchly oppose meas-
ures that would remedy the condi-
tion of our schools and families for
generations to come. It's a typical
misdirection of priorities.
This misdirection runs deep.
Although liberals are quick to
blame "southern conservatives" for
filibustering past anti-lynching leg-
islation, it was southern Democrats
doing the filibustering. These same
partisans opposed civil rights legis-
lation, including Senator Byrd -
who filibustered the Civil Rights
Act of 1964 for over 14 hours.
Republicans certainly have things
in their past they're not proud of, but
the Democrats blatantly try to re-
write history and mislead those too
young to remember. Former vice
president Al Gore, someone known
to spin a tall tale, portrays his father
was a civil rights hero when he
actually tried to kill the Coting
Rights Act of 1964. Liberal pundits

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1Ihyllin NINIs (Curlottra Slaton-FA.L Pouwvell C.B. Jackson Bruce Burwell

decry criticism of Senator Byrd's
racist past, saying it's time to move
on. Is it?
Consider Byrd's recent autobiog-
raphy. In it, he sentimentally recalls
watching a KKK parade as a boy,
writing, "[M]any of the best people
were members." The Klan marched
down the streets of my hometown,
but I didn't think it featured "the
best people." And then there's this
line: "One's life is probably in no
greater danger in the jungles of
deepest Africa than in the jungles of
America's large cities."
Can a tiger change its stripes? It
appears not.
Making an effort to apologize for
past ills deserves due respect. But
serious legislators would be more
effective without the distraction of
opportunistic politicians who want
to revise history to restore their per-
sonal legacies.
As someone affected by the evil
of lynching, I can accept the
Senate's apology in good con-
science. But I would exchange my
paper apology, sponsored by a man
with white robes in his attic, for a
meaningful solution to fix public
schools in a heartbeat.

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Tom Joyner Estabishes Relief Fund
Tom Joyner, the top ranked national. syndicated radio
personality and entrepreneur. announced the creation of
the BlackAmericaWeb com Relief Fund. "Hurricane
,- Katnna hit the heart and soul of Black America" says
Joyner. "This is our Tsunami and we want to take care of
those people who now ma\ ha\e family or friends who
ak are goig to be in their homes for an extended period of
time \\e know it's hard and we want to nake it a little easier on every-
body The BlackAmericaWeb.com Rehef Fund w ill accept donations to
pro ide relief in the form of gift cards to support families \who are hous-
ing those displaced by HurrIcane Katrina The Fund \will support indi-
vidual families who have opened their homes to displaced families and
loved ones to supplement their households as relief efforts continue
Relief assistance will be given directly to the families who need assis-
tance. Taking a grassroots approach, the relief iund will partner with
local churches throughout affected regions. Motivational speaker and
personality. Tavis Smiley. Tom Joyner Morrung Sho\\ personalities Sbil
Wilkes and J Anthony Brown have each pledged S I,)1)I
Haircare Manufacturer Helping Cosmetologist
Back to Work Dr Willie Morrow helps Black a
hair care professionals hit by hurricane---Determined to
assist the African American hair care community hit hard -
by the Katrina hurricane, a California hair care manufac- J 'r-
turer has garnered resources to donate over 10li,00i) hair '
care products and skin care items aimed to help impacted
Black barbers and hair stylists get back to work Dr
\Vilhe Morrow, ow ner of California Curl and known for de\elopnmg the
innovative "curl" formula in the 10SO's, is determined to aid African
American hairdressers and barbers stranded by the hurricane "The
black hair care business has always been strong in our community and
now a great number of them have been wiped out of business I'm work-
ing to get these people back into business." said Dr. Morrow. who is cur-
rently making arrangements to ship thousands of much-needed hair care
products and skin care items to the Baton Rouge. LA region


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Evangel Temple in Conjunction with Red Cross

Provides Living
Hurricane Katrina displaced
families will soon enjoy the hospi-
tality of one of Jacksonville's most
community conscious churches, the
Evangel Temple Assembly of God,
pastured by Rev. Cecil Wiggins,
and Rev. Gary Wiggins. Over 300
families are expected to arrive by
Friday of this week.
Evangel Temple has already
taken in a displaced family, and
worked with the Northside Baptist
Church in their efforts to help
victims of the hurricane and flood.
Evangel Temple Assembly of
God, 5755 Ramona Blvd. (at I-10
& Lane Ave.), is asking the public
to help with donations of frozen
meats, desserts, non-perishable
foods, bottled water, napkins, cook-
ing oil, soaps, sanitary wipes, and
other hygiene products. For
information, call (904)781-9393.
Victims are eligible to receive
financial assistance for food, clo-
thing, medicine and other emer-
gency needs, advises the local Red
Cross office.
The Red Cross is also offering
an orientation class for persons
who are interested in volunteering
with the Red Cross. This week a
class scheduled to be held at 6 p.m.
on Thursday, September 1 th at the
Loyal Order of Moose Lodge, 204
N. 8th St., Jacksonville Beach. For
more information, call 651-3302.
The Red Cross is accepting
monetary donations only, however
other local agencies are accepting
food, water, clothing, and more.
to victims; ana secondly to bring to
the church, beginning Labor Day:
non-perishable foods, bottled
water, baby formula, disposable
diapers and other baby needs; as
well as new clothing or clean

Arrangements for 340 Families

clothing for babies, men, ladies,
boys and girls, of all ages.
Items can be take to Greater

One Accord Gospel
Ministries Int. to Present
12-Hour Gospel Benefit
Concert, Saturday, Sept. 10

Bishop Dr. Jan Goodman
One Accord Ministries Inter-
national, headed by Bishop Doctor
Jan Goodman; will present a 12-
hour Gospel Concert to raise funds
for victims of Hurricane Katrina
and the flood with the American
Red Cross, on Saturday, Sept. 10th.
The 12-Hour "We Are Family
Gospel Benefit Concert" will run
from 12noon until 12midnight, on
Saturday at One Accord Head-
quarters, 2971 Waller Street (at I-
10 and South McDuff Avenue) in
Gospel recording artists, groups,
and choirs from North Florida and
other areas are expected to perform.
Come, get in the spirit with
great Gospel singers, and help
those who need your help!

Macedonia Baptist Church, 1880
West Edgewood Ave. 9 a.m. to 5
p.m., daily. Financial and other
contributions will be transported to
the victims under the personal
supervision of Florida State Senator
Anthony "Tony" Hill.

ML Lebanon M. B.

To Celebrate Dual

Day Sept 11
Mount Lebanon Missionary
Baptist Church, 9319 Ridge Blvd.,
where Rev. L. N Yarber is Pastor;
will celebrate its Annual Dual Day
on Sunday, September 11, 2005.
The Pastor for the Day will be
Mount Lebanon Missionary Baptist
Church's First Lady Nancy Yarber.
First Lady Cheryl Dianne
Foreman of Resurrection Baptist
Church will be the speaker for the
11 a.m. service.
Rev. Glenn Foreman Sr., Pastor
of Resurrection Baptist Church will
be in charge of the 3 p.m. service.
The public is invited to attend.
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Greater Macedonia Baptist

Church Collecting Clothing

Senator Tony Hill and Dr. Landon L. Williams Sr.

Dr. Landon L. Williams Sr. urg-
ed has his congregation to support
the New Orleans Hurricane Katrina
and flood victims, first by contri-
buting cash which will go directly
to victims; and secondly to bring to
the church, beginning Labor Day:
non-perishable foods, bottled
water, baby formula, disposable
diapers and other baby needs; as
well as new clothing or clean

clothing for babies, men, ladies,
boys and girls, of all ages.
Items can be take to Greater
Macedonia Baptist Church, 1880
West Edgewood Ave. 9 a.m. to 5
p.m., daily. Financial and other
contributions will be transported to
the victims under the personal
supervision of Florida State Senator
Anthony "Tony" Hill.

Greater Grant Memorial AME to Celebrate Pastor Hanberry's Ministry

The Greater Grant Memorial
AME Church, 5536 Gilchrist Road
(between US-1 N. & Sibbald Rd.),
invite you to celebrate with the
church family as Pastor Tony D.
Hansberry observes his 24th year as
Ordained Elder in the African
Methodist Episcopal Church.
Greater Grant memorial is please to
have him as they appointed pastor.
Greater Grant Memorial id

growing under Pastor Hansberry's
leadership. There are now two
schools housed in the Greater Grant
Educational Building, and there are
plans for other improvements.
Guest ministers on Sunday,
Septeifmb 1', 200d will be:
The Reverend Roger Burton and
the Congregation of New Bethel
AME Church of New Berlin/
Jacksonville, at the 7:45 a.m.

The Reverend Frederick McCu-
llough and the Congregation of the
Greater Allen Chapel AME Church
of Macon, Georgia; will be in
charge of the 11 a.m. service.
The' Reverend Elizabeth Yates
and the Congregation of Greater
Tanner AME Church, Quincy, Fla.
in charge of the 4 p.m. service.
Sunday, September 18, 2005

Bethel Ladies

Night Out '05
Ladies, you are invited to bring
on the "Drama" for Deliverance,
Revelation and Mighty Anointing
at Bethel Baptist Institutional
Church's Ladies' Night Out 2005
with Pastor Rudolph W. McKissick
Jr., that will begin at 7 p.m. on
Friday, September 23rd, in the
Jacksonville Arena.
On Saturday, September 24th
from 10 a.m. to 3 p .m. Ladies'
Night Out will continue with the
Women's Conference at Bethel.
The conference will feature topics:
The Spirit of a Warrior, and more
in enlightening workshops.
Early Bird Registration is avail-
able until September 10th, call (904)
354-1464 for more information.

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.

The Rev. John DeVoe, and the
congregation of Grace Baptist
Church, Jacksonville; will be in
charge of the 7:45 a.m. service.
The Rev. Robert Jackson, Pastor
of the New Bethel AME Church,
Altamonte Springs, Fla. will be the
guest speaker at the 11 a.m.
The guest speaker for the
Closing Service at 4 p.m. will be
Dr. Rudolph W. McKissick Jr..
with the Word & Worship Choir of
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church.
All are invited.

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

St. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church

Weekly Services

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

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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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mPastox--T a-3r1lon3 L. 'Willi srrms (Sr., D3. Mini
1880 WestEdtgewood Avenue 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 our web site at www.gmbc.net / E-mail GreaterMac@aol.com

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"

Tuesday 7:30 p.m. (Prayer Meeting and Bible Study)
S'Wednesday 12:00 noon (Noon Day Worship)
j .., Thursday 7:30 p.m. (Bible Study)
L'.s' .. t Thomns Rihio 4:00 n m Training Ministrv (Ith ,cnncla,\

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

Pastor Ernie L. Murray, Sr.

Evangel Temple Assembly of God

Children's Ministry
The Children's Ministry of Evangel Temple Assembly of God is committed to reaching the children of
this generation and those generations to come. Our children's ministry is filled with exciting ways for your
children to get involved. We have a very exciting and power-packed Children's Church.
Student Ministries
The ever-exciting Junior High program is made up of 6 th 9 th graders who have their own activities
through out the year. The Junior High Word study groups meet every Sunday at 9:45-10:35.
Hearts of Fire
The ministry takes the love and acceptance of Jesus to the community, leads them to our youth church and
helps them grow closer to the Savior, Jesus.

5755 Ramona Blvd.

Jacksonville, FL 32205

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

Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Sr.
Senior Pastor

Pastor Cecil and Pauline Wiggins

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Sentember 8-14. 2005

An appeal to all who would be a part

of the Millions More Movement

Open letter from the Honorable
Minister Louis Farrakhan
In the Name of Allah (God), the Beneficent, the
For years, decades and centuries, leaders have
arisen among us who have fought, bled and died to
see us united as a people.
Willie Lynch, a Caribbean plantation owner, de-
veloped a set of protocols that would ensure, if fol-
lowed, that Black people wherever we were found
on the planet would never be able to unite.
So these seeds of dissention and division have
worked 100 percent to keep the former colonial and
slave-master's children in power over us. All that
Willie Lynch advocated in 1712 continues until this
very day.
Those who wish to maintain power and control
over us are fearful of anything or anyone who might
bring unity to a fragmented people. So every leader
who showed such ability or skill was castigated, evil
spoken of, falsely accused, imprisoned, beaten or
killed, only for us to later learn how valuable they
were, male and female, to our advancement as a peo-
From the time that I was a little boy, I hungered to
see us as a united people. When I heard the voice of
the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and Malcolm X, I
believed that the teachings that they presented would
be a unifying force for all of our people. However, in
our lack of understanding of the universal nature of
His Message, we were not permitted with our limited
understanding to unite the whole of our people, but
we were successful in uniting a segment of our peo-
ple, to produce the Nation of Islam as an example of
what a united people could produce in the way of pro-
viding for our necessities of life.
.The Honorable Elijah Muhammad called for a
united front of Black leaders and organizations to plan
the uplift of all of our fallen people. IKwame Ture,
also known as Stokely Carmichael, carried the theme
of a United African Front and worked to produce this
to the end of his days.
I am so thankful to Almighty Allah (God) for the
words that He caused me to write and say that have
become the basis for the call of the 10th Anniversary
of the Million Man March and the creation of the Mil-
lions More Movement.
For the first time in our history, those of us of dif-
ferent ideologies, philosophies, methodologies, de-
nominations, sects and religions, political and frater-
nal affiliations have come together to create the Mil-
lions More Movement. Each of us who have agreed to
work together for the benefit of the.whole of our peo-
ple have said from our particular platforms, based on
our beliefs and understanding or the lack thereof,
words that have offended members of our own people
and others; and our ideology, philosophy, religion and
pronouncements may have hurt the ears and senti-
ments of others outside of our community.
Therefore, this has kept us working inside of our
own circles with those who think as we think or be-
lieve as we believe. As a result, some of us would
never appear on the same stage with one another for
fear of being hurt by association with those with
whom we have serious disagreements.
The Millions More Movement is challenging all
of us to rise above the things that have kept us divided
in the past, by focusing us on the agenda of the Mil-
lions More Movement to see how all of us, with all of
our varied differences, can come together and direct
our energy, not at each other, but at the condition of
the reality of the suffering of our people, that we
might use all of our skills, gifts and talents to create a
better world for ourselves, our children, grandchildren
and great grandchildren.
I cannot fault a Christian pastor for standing on his
platform to preach what he believes, nor a Muslim,
Buddhist, Hindu or a member of any religious or po-
litical party. All of us must be true to what we earnest-
ly believe. I' cannot fault a gay or lesbian person who
stands on their platform to preach what they believe
of self and how the world should view them.
Although what we say on our platform may, in
some way, be offensive to others, we must not allow
painful utterances of the past or present, based on sin-
cere belief or based on our ignorance or based on our
ideology or philosophy, to cripple a movement that

Rev. Al Sharpton, Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and Minis-
ter Louis Farrakhan at the Aug. 15 funeral of Ebony and Jet
publisher John H. Johnson. PHOTO: JEFF ROBERSON, AP
deserves and needs all of us and when I say all, I
mean all of us. We must begin to work together to lift
our people out of the miserable and wretched condi-
tion in which we find ourselves.
Let us remember in this process that not one of us
is qualified to judge the other, for none of us fully un-
derstands the circumstances, conditions and realities
of each:other's lives that make us to think and act as
we think. Therefore, Allah (God) alone is our judge.
It is written in the scripture, "Judge not, that ye be
not judged" (Matthew 7:1). Jesus again instructed us,
"How canst thou say to thy brother, let me pull out the
mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest
not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite,
cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then
shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy
brother's eye" (Luke 6:42).
These principles, if followed, will allow us to
come into a common room with a purpose bigger than
self and, in the process, create lawful dialogue to help
us understand each other, that we may be shaped and
molded, or reshaped and remolded, by our association
with each other.
The Millions More Movement, in causing all of us.
to be together for a common cause, allows the process
of lawful dialogue to begin to help us in our exchange
with one another in the best way. For the Civil Rights
advocates, Nationalists, Pan-Africanists, Christians of
every denomination, Muslims of every sect, students
of every fraternity, Masons, Shriners and Elks to come
into the same room and begin the process of lawful di-
alogue; by our being ableto exchange with one anoth-
er in the best, most peaceful and loving manner, we
Scan help to shape and reshape each other's thinking.
We are allowed to challenge each other's thinking
if we disagree with each other in the spirit of love.
Based upon truth and rational thinking, we come to an
equitable agreement. When we do this, we can begin
to make ourselves into a mighty and powerful force
for change.
Unity, love of self and love for one another have
always been my desire. We stand on the threshold of
the realization of our potential unity and the potential
power that our unity can unleash to bring about a pos-
itive change today because of the Millions More
I am hoping that each of us will rise above our
personal pain, hurt or anger at one another for what
we have said or done in the past or present to offend
each other, that we might strive for reconciliation, un-
derstanding and agreement. Our very lives and the fu-
ture of our people depend upon this; and this is why
we say, "Long live the spirit of the Million Man
Let that spirit be the spirit of the Millions More
Movement, and together we will achieve for our peo-
ple and others in 10 years what we have not been able
to achieve in the 450 years of our sojourn in this
It is written in the scriptures of the Bible: "Not by
might, nor by power, but by My Spirit saith the Lord"
(Zachariah 4:6).
It is written in the Holy Qur'an: "And hold fast by
the covenant of Allah (God) altogether and be not dis-
united. And remember Allah's (God's) favour to you
' when you were enemies, then He united your hearts
so by His favour you became brethren. And you were
on the brink of a pit of fire, then He saved you from it.
Thus Allah (God) makes clear to you His messages
that you may be guided" (Surah 3, verse 102).
Thank you all for reading and striving to adhere to
these words.
The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

Dr. Robert L. Brown

Physician/Philanthropist Succumbs

Dr. Robert L. Brown

JACKSONVILLE- Untimely death
claimed Dr. Robert L. Brown, in
the prime of his career, and life, at
the age of 55. Dr. Brown still had
much to give, much to accomplish.
Like all great men, despite his
success and accomplishments, his
"to do" list remained long.
While in college, Dr. Brown
worked as a DJ at radio station
WJIZ in Albany, Georgia. It was
the same station where Roosevelt
"Rosie" Carter worked and served
as mentor to the young Brown.
Years later he was to run into Rita
Carter Perry while a resident
physician in Jacksonville. She
congratulated him on achieving his
ambition to become a doctor. There
were many opportunities to offer
congratulations time after time.
As medical director of the
Soutel Family Practice Center, part
of the University of Florida Health
Science Center at Shands Jackson-
ville, Dr. Brown came to the city's
northside. There he saw the need
for a grocery store, and like most of
his ambitions, Robert Brown
diligently conferred with Winn-
Dixie officials, bringing about the
successful Winn-Dixie Store,
comer Soutel & Moncrief.
Dr. Brown had envisioned the
need for medical services, long
before he envisioned the Winn-
Dixie Store, as he served on the
Shands faculty. He also accumu-
lated property and leased Winn-
Dixie the land where the store

Dr. Bob Brown and Winn-Dixie produce manager Eddie Jenkins
award a giant basket of fresh produce to Claude Hunter during the
9th annual Community Appreciation Day at the Winn-Dixie on
Moncrief Road earlier this year. Dr. brown was an avid supporter
of the store and company he helped to bring to the community.

His partnership with Winn-
Dixie grew and Dr. Brown created
his own "Community Appreciation
Day" held each year at the store. A
highlight of the affair was a mini-
health fair which Dr. Brown
conducted. Food, games, and live
entertainment brought the people
out, year after year.
One of ten children, who grew
up on his father's farm in Quitman,
Ga., Dr. Brown's quest for educa-
tion which led him to the medical
profession includes a bachelor's
degree in Zoology from Ft. Valley
State College, a master's degree in
Physiology from Tuskegee Institute
and medical school at Florida State
University and he obtained his
medical doctorate from the
University of Florida, and began
his life in Jacksonville as a resident
at University Hospital (Shands).
Despite his pursuit of education,
Dr. Brown also served in the army
after graduating from Fort Valley
State College. He and his beloved
wife, Gloria married and soon the
family grew with four children.
Services will be held for Dr.

Brown on Saturday, September 10,
2005, under the direction of the A.
B. Coleman Mortuary, 5660
Moncrief Road, where visitation
will be from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday,
September 9.
The Homegoing Service will be
at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the
Phillipian Community Church,
7578 New Kings Road. Interment
will be in Quitman, Georgia.
Dr. Brown is survived by his
wife, Gloria Brown; sons, Robert
Lewis Brown Jr. and Derrick
Brown, of Jacksonville; daughter,
Derica Brown, of Tallahassee; and
Calvin Brown, of Gainesville; one
grandchild, seven brothers, one
sister; a host of other relatives; and
many friends.

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American Beach Icon -"The Beach Lady" to miss Dalai Lama Appointment
Beach, FL MaVynee and our world a better place. Sadly, as the celebration ended, career and returned to
o known as the "Beach Wisdom in Action seeks to increase MaVynee Betsch's life had come Beach in 1970, sleepir
a date with the Dalai awareness, and inspire others to full circle. She passed away on at beach to be close to the ]
ovember 6, 2005. find their own paths to compass- 6 a.m. on Monday, September 5, she loved. Preservinl
Sin Action, a San Fran- sionate action by sharing the stories a- .. 2005. American Beach and
-ofit, recently identified of"Unsung Heroes". t According to legend, and every- African American Histot

"The Beach Lady" was to be
honored for her tireless efforts to
save American Beach for future
generations. American Beach, on
Amelia Island, Florida, was bought
by her grandfather in 1935 to give
African American people a place to
go to enjoy the beach and water.
This is only part of Ms. Betsch's
legacy. She was an active
environmentalist aware of how the

Ministers Lifestyle
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Nonprofits are exempt from pay-
ing state and federal income taxes
if they meet certain criteria, but
executives' benefits may not be
excessive according to federal law.
Churches must report to the IRS
how much they pay employees, but
those records are not public. The
charity's tax returns are public re-
Long's benefits were excessive,
said Jeff Krehely, deputy director
of the National Committee for Re-
sponsive Philanthropy, a Washing-
ton-based group that promotes ac-
countability in the philanthropic
"After reviewing the compensa-
tion packages of foundation execu-
tives, including those who have
been written up in the press as be-
ing excessive, I've never seen any-
thing quite like what Long (was)
getting, when you include his sal-
ary, the house and the car," Krehely
Long's tax attorney, J. David Ep-
stein, said the charity's compensa-
tion committee decided to use some
of the charity's assets to pay Long
for his work at New Birth to make
up for years when he was under-
"Bishop Long has never received
the legal amount of compensation
he is due by law," said Epstein, a
Philadelphia lawyer specializing in
church law and producer of a video
for pastors called "How to Maxi-
mize Your Clergy Salary and Bene-
fits Package."
Long used to receive a salary
from New Birth, but now accepts
"love offerings" from church mem-
bers, according to a church
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa),
who chairs a Senate committee
investigating lavish salaries of non-
profit executives, expressed con-
cern upon hearing about Long's
"I'm worried that a few people
are confusing the ringing of a
church bell with the ringing of a
cash register," Grassley said in a
statement to the Atlanta Journal-
Constitution. "When I hear about

MaVynee "The Beach Lady" Betsch 1935-2005

systems work. Her causes were
many but all are examples of her
compassionate nature and her love
for others.
Ms. Betsch, a former opera
singer, was also a talented public
speaker and shared with all who
would listen. Her story, particular-
ly to save the American Beach
Dunes, was one of perseverance,
compassion, understanding, love
and commitment.
Her grandfather, A. L. Lewis,
was one of the founders of
Florida's first insurance company,
the Jacksonville-based Afro-Ameri-
can Insurance Company, and
Florida's first black millionaire. As
an heir, Ms. Betsch had sums of

money or ner own. ner love of me
environment encouraged her giving
most of her inheritance to nature
and environmental causes. Her
former apartment's walls were
covered with cancelled checks she
displayed with great pride.
MaVynee Betsch's attended her
70th birthday celebration which was
celebrated along with the 70th
anniversary celebration of the
founding of American Beach, on
Sunday, September 4, 2005, this
past weekend. The 3-day celebra-
tion continued on Monday. The
celebration was to include the
screening of a new documentary,
The Beach Lady, by filmmaker
Erica McCarthy.

thing about MaVynee Betsch,
including her silver 7-ft. long
decorated hair, is a legend; her
expressed wish was to be cremated,
and her ashes be scattered on the
dunes, and the sea that she loved.
MaVynee Betsch became a
successful opera singer in Europe
after studying at the Oberlin Con-
servatory, but she gave up her

Ms. Betsch, among fifty special
other individuals, to receive special
acknowledgment and blessings
from His Holiness the Dala Lama
at a special event on November 6,
2005, at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in
San Francisco, California.
The honorees were nominated
and chosen based on their loving
kindness and service to others in an
effort to make their communities

leaders of charities being provided
a $300,000 Bentley to drive around
in, my fear is that it's the taxpayers
who subsidize this charity who are
really being taken for a ride."
Long says he represents a "para-
digm shift" in the black church, and
that any problems people have with
his charity stem from people's ex-
pectations that pastors should be
poor. He said his congregation is
inspired by seeing its pastor do
"I'm not going to apologize for

Riverside Arts

Festival set for

this Weekend
The Riverside Arts Festival,
sponsored by Riverside Avondale
Preservation (RAP), returns to
Riverside Park, Park Street at 1-95,
from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday
and Sunday, September 10-11th
More than 160 fine artists and
crafters will exhibit their works that
include glass, watercolors, oils,
pastels, drawings, clay, photogra-
phy, wood acrylics, fiber, graphics,
metal, paper and mixed media. The
artists will compete for part of the
total $10,000 in prize money in a
juried competition.
Kids can be creative in Kids Art
Zone. The Cummer Museum of Art
and Gardens, the Jacksonville
Museum of Modern Art and local
artists specializing in painting and
crafts have fun, free hands on art
projects for children of all ages.
Area musicians will perform at
Center Stage, Saturday, 1la.m. to 4
Animal lovers can enjoy the
Disc-Connected KO's Frisbee Dog
Team perform Saturday and
The Author's Tent will feature
writers from the North Florida area,
lecturing and book signing.
A FREE Bus Tour will allow
you to see the historic Riverside
and Avondale neighborhoods. The
Riverside Presbyterian Church will
open so that visitors may view the
stained glass windows, Saturday
and Sunday.

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her passion.
Ms. Betsch never married. She
is survived by her younger sister,
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cousins; a host of other relatives,
and many friends
A Memorial Service Honoring
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Beach, is anticipated to be held in
about a month.

Gateway Golf Challenge

Kicks off Classic Week
The 52nd Annual Gateway Classic is set for Alltel Stadium on
Saturday, September 17th. The BC-C Wildcats will meet the SC
Bulldogs at 7 p.m.
The Gateway Golf Challenge saluting HBCUs will tee off on
Friday, September 9th, at the Mill Cove Golf Club. The shotgun
start will be at 8 a.m. Foursomes and hole sponsorships are
encouraged. This event celebrates Historic Black Colleges and
Universities that first served the higher education needs of African
Americans: B-CC, EWC, SSU, FAMU, Morehouse and Spelman.
Play golf,, sponsor a hole, participate!
The Hyatt Regency, 225 Coastline Drive, is the B-CC
Headquarters. Reservations can be made by call 1(800)2331234.
Separate Victory Celebrations will be held for College Students,
and for those age 25 and older, but both celebrations will be held at
the Hyatt Regency. Game tickets are deeply discounted for
groups. For ticket information, please call: Ray Brinson at (904)
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Festive Weekend ofActivities Surround
Gala Wedding ofShantrel (Brown) Fields

Friends, family, colleagues, and
associates joined Congresswoman
Corrine Brown for numerous
events leading up to the nuptials of
her only daughter, Shantrel Brown
to Mr. Tyree Fields of Philadelphia.
The whirlwind of events began
on Thursday evening, September
1st with a Dinner Party at the
Jacksonville Kennel Club, hosted
by former State Representative
Betty Holzendorf, and husband,
former Jacksonville City Council-
man King Holzendorf.
On Friday evening, the Wedding

Party and guests enjoyed Dinner
and a River Cruise.
The wedding, conducted by Dr.
Rudolph McKissick Jr. and Rev.
Rudolph McKissick Sr. at Bethel
Baptist Institutional Church on
Saturday evening, solemnized the
union of the lovely bride, Shantrel
A. Brown and Mr. Tyree L. Fields.
The bride was lovely in a Dany
Mizrachi of London, England, cus-
tom designed ensemble. The
groom's ensemble was by Designs
by Jasper, of Nashville, Tennessee.
The bride's attendants included:

Maid of Honor, Ms. Darnella
Robertson; and Matron of Honor,
Mrs. Denise Brewer. The Best Men
were Mr. Stephen Joyner, Mr.
LeRoy Sanders, and Mr. Kenneth
B. Walker.
The Historic Cummer Musuem
of Art & Gardens, in Riverside, was
the perfect setting to culminate the
whirlwind of wedding activities.
The couple will honeymoon on a
Mediterranean cruise. They will
reside in Alexandria, Virginia.
The bride, graduated from the
University of Florida and the
Florida State University College of
Law. She is an attorney employed
as a Government and Public Affairs
Consultant with Alcalde & Fay, in
Arlington, Virginia.
The groom attended California
State University and Southwestern
Christian College, and is a member
of Kappa Alpha Phi Fraternity. He
is founder, president and chief
executive officer of Ideology Inc.,
which provides consulting and
resource services to professional
athletes and teams.
He is the son of Mr. and Mrs.
Leroy (Sandra) Sanders, mother
and stepfather, of Middleton, Ohio;
and Mr. and Mrs. Theodore C.
(Alveria K.), father and stepmother,
Fields, of Dayton, Ohio.
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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.

Literacy Awards
Blueprint for Prosperity Executive
Director Jarik Conrad will be the
keynote speaker for the Literary
Council of Jacksonville's 5th
Annual Literacy Awards Luncheon.
The event will be held on Friday,
September 9th from 12 p.m. 1:30
p.m. at the Omni Hotel. For more
info or reservations call 724-0102.

Couture for the
Up & Cummer
The Cummer Museum of art &
Gardens will have an Up &
Cummers Fashion Show on Friday,
September 9, 8 to 11 p.m. All tick-
ets are $30 at the door. Thei
Museum is located at 829 Riverside
Avenue. For more information, call

Riverside Arts Festival
Saturday and Sunday, September
10th and 11th 2005 will be the

dates for the annual Riverside Arts
Festival. held in Riverside park,
over 140 artists and fine crafts,
hands on children's art activities,
great food, entertainment and free
bus tours of the historic district will
be available. For more information,
call 389-2449.

ASALH Membership
The local branch of the
Association for the Study of African
American Life and History
(ASALH) will have their 3rd annu-
al membership luncheon on
Saturday, September 10th at 11:30
a.m. at the Bethelite Conference
Center, on Arlington Expressway.
For more info call 765-8239.

Become an Arthritis
Exercise Instructor
The Arthritis Foundation of
Northeast Florida is hosting a train-
ing session for anyone interested in
becoming a volunteer instructor for
their Arthritis Foundation Exercise
Program. The training is free and
will be on Saturday, Sept. 10th
from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the
Arthritis Foundation at 314
Palmetto Street. Breakfast and
lunch will be provided. All partici-
pants must register prior to the class
by calling Regina Ballard at (904)

Rally Jacksonville
Kids Enrollment
RALLY Jacksonville, Mayor
Peyton's plan to help every child get
ready to read, will be holding
enrollment events Saturday, Sept.
10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at select-
ed Public Library Branches.
New members will receive a
backpack with reading tools, along
with the first book in an original
series of children's books about
Jacksonville. Additional books in
the series will be mailed each
month. Membership in the club and

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Signups will be held at the follow-
ing branches: Branches: Highlands,
San Marco, Pablo Creek,
University Park and Webb
Wesconnett Regional. For more
information, call 904.630.4754.
Willie Gary Classic
College Fair
The Willie Gary Classic will have
their 3rd Annual College and
Vocational Recruiting Fair on
Saturday, September 10th at the
Prime Osborne Convention Center.
The fair will be held from 10 a.m. to
2 p.m. Participants will have the
opportunity to chat with recruiters
and attend workshops. Transcripts
should be brought to be considered
for on the spot admission and schol-
arships. The first 500 students in
attendance will receive a free ticket
to the EWC/Shaw football game in
Alltell Stadium.
Seasons of
Herbs Workshop
Urban Gardening Field Office
(located behind 1007 Superior
Street) will hold a Seasons of Herbs
Workshop on Tuesday September
13, 2005 10:00 AM -12:00 PM.
Participants will learn what seasons
are best to grow herbs in Florida
and how to turn their potted culi-
nary herb plants into gorgeous topi-
aries. Seating is limited call 387-
8850 to pre-register.

Enchanted Evening
for Ladies Only
All area women are invited to
attend an Enchanted Evening
Dinner at Ramada Inn Mandarin
on Tuesday, September 13, 2005,
at 7:00 p.m. There will be a fashion
show of versatile wear and guest
speaker will be Margolyn Woods,
actress and author, who will tell of
mending broken relationships. This
dinner is presented by Mandarin
Christian Women's Club. Any area
women, both career and homemak-
ers, are cordially invited to attend
this "Ladies Night Out" and may do
so by phoning reservations to Char
- 287-6814 or Mary 880-2792 or
via e-mail caliredchar@hotmail.com.

Volunteer for Children
and Literacy Program
The Duval Extension Family and
Consumer Services program is
seekling volunteers to be trained in
the "CAL" program (Children and
Literacy). The program will train
community volunteers to read to
Pre-K youth and assist young chil-
dren through the 8th grade in devel-
oping reading skills. Volunteers
will be asked to give a minimum of
4 hours a month to the program at a
convenient site such as a school or
nursery. Training will be held on
Wednesday, September 14th from
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the
Extension Center located at 1010
N. McDuffAvenue. To make reser-
vations or more information call

Landscaping Classes
The City of Jacksonville
Agriculture Dept. is sponsoring two
free landscaping classes on
Thursday, September 15, 2005
from 6:30 8:30 p.m. at the West
Regional Branch Library, 1425 S.
Chaffee Road from 6:30-8:30 pm
the topics to be covered are "Native
Plants for NE Florida" and "Saving
money on Maintenance of your
Summer Landscape". Hands-on
activities are included. Please Pre-
register by calling 387-8850.

Comedy Zone
Fundraiser Being Held
for Optimum Health
Optimum Health and Well Being,
a charitable organization benefit-
ting those with HIV and disabling
health issues is having a fundraiser
through ticket sales for the Comedy
Zone September 28th show. The 8
p.m. show includes a dinner and
good time with John Joseph's and
Johnny B.'s show entitled "A One
Man Show With two Guys" and
incorporates comedy, music and
theater. Ticket sale deadline is
September 15th. For more infor-
mation call Walter Morrison or
Valveta Turner at 398-3952.

Gateway Classic
Bethune Cookman College will
hold their 52nd Gateway Classic
Weekend in Jacksonville,
September 16-18th, 2005. For
more information, call event coor-
dinator Harriett Charity at (904)

Florida Gospelfest
The Jacksonville School of music
will present its first 'Florida
Gospelfest at the Jacksonville
Landing on the Center Stage. The
Festival will be held September
17th from 11 a.m. 7 p.m. and
September 18th from 2 5 p.m.
For more information call 665-

Free Health Fair
There will be a Community Health
Fair for the residents of
Jacksonville at the The Avenues
Mall on Saturday, September 17th,
2005 from 10 a.m. 4 p.m.

Youth Extravaganza
and Dance
River Region Human Services
will host a Youth Extravaganza and
Dance on Wednesday, September
21st, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the
parking lot at its offices at 330
West State St., across from FCCJ
downtown. Kids and teens from
grades one through twelve are invit-
ed. Entertainment will include a
Drumline and a Parade of Talent.
Winners of a Drug Prevention
Poster and Essay contest will also
be announced. For information on
how to enter the contest, and for

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more information about the event,
call Diane Brown at, 359-6962.

First Coast
CARES Meeting
The General Meeting of the First
Coast CARES (Consortium for
AIDS Resources, Evaluation and
Services) will be held on
Wednesday, September 21st at the
Smith Auditorium, Duval County
Health Department, 515 West 6th
Street at 5 p.m. For more informa-
tion call 394-5733.

Millions More Mvmt.
Town Hall Meeting
The Local Organizing Committee
for the Millions More Movement
(The Power Of One) will chair their
4th Town Hall Meeting on
Thursday, September 22nd at the
Northwest Branch Library from
6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. For infor-
mation concerning meeting or bus
trip to Washington ,D.C.,call 904 -
768-2778,904-355-9395 or 904-

Taste the Music
The St. Johns River City Band
will have their 13th Annual Taste
The Music, Wine Tasting
Celebration will be held Thursday,
Sept. 22 from 5:30-9:30 p.m. on the
12th Floor at the Aetna Building-
South Shore Group, 841 Prudential
Drive. The celebration is one of the
band's major fun raising events and
always provides a very entertaining
evening with plenty of food, fun,
prizes, wine tasting, the popular
silent auction and of course music.
Call (904) 355-4700 for tickets and
more information.

Visual Arts Career Fair
The Jacksonville Museum of
Modem Art will host the Visual
Arts Career Fair on Saturday,
September 24, 2005 from 10am-
7pm. This day-long event is free
and open to the public. Activities
throughout the day will expose high
school and college students to a
variety of careers in the arts. There
will be panel discussions about how
to apply for college, demonstrations
during which students will design
makeup and fashions for a movie
shoot, and art history and studio
workshops that replicate the college
experience. Contact Allison Graff at
366.6911 x 204 for more informa-

Violinist Regina Carter
Presented by 100 Black Men of
Jacksonville, violinist Regina carter
will be in concert on Saturday
September 24th at 8 PM t the
Florida Theater. For tickets, call the
Florida Theater at 355-3787.

Lake Forest
Neighborhood Meeting
The Lake Forest Neighborhood
Association will host their next
meeting on Thursday, September
29th at the Bradham Brooks
Library on Edgewood Avenue
inside of the community room. The

meeting will begin promptly at 6:30
p.m. Some of the issues to be
addressed include: drugs, street
lights, code violations, street
repairs, septic tanks and more. For
more information call paulette
Turner at 446-5015.

Amelia Island
Book Festival
The fifth annual Amelia Book
Island Festival will be held Sept. 29
to Oct. 2 on Amelia Island. The
annual event brings readers and
more than 35 renowned authors
together for author-led talks and
readings, panel discussions, recep-
tions, workshops, luncheons and
book signing. The Festival offers
an informal, friendly setting for
readers to meet and talk with
authors, and for writers to meet
peers in their field, including agents
and publishers. For more informa-
tion, visit www.bookisland.org or
call the Amelia Book Island
Festival hotline at (904) 491-8176.

NAACP Youth Council
The Jaguars "Cool Cat Mobile"
will be on site on Saturday,
October 1, 2005 from 11 a.m.-2
p.m., 5422 Soutel Drive for the
NAACP's Youth Council
Reintroduction to the Community.
Festivities will take place on
Saturday, October 1st at the
Jacksonville Branch NAACP
Headquarters. The event will
include free ice cream and give-
aways. All vendors are welcome.
For more information call 765-1836
or 764-7578.
Real Estate
Investing 101
Learn how to create wealth and
gain financial independence using
real estate with this class sponsored
by the African-American Chamber
of Commerce. A few topics that
will be covered are Types of
Financing, Fixer Uppers, Flipping
vs Renting, Finding & Evaluating
the Property, Making the Offer and
Property Management. The class
will take place on Saturday
October 1st from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Seating is limited. For more infor-
mation, call 904.358-9090.

Eastern Star Ladies of
Peace Old School Prom
Calling all Eastern Stars, Masons,
Fraternities, Sororities, and every-
one else. Ladies of Peace Eastern
Star Chapter is hosting their first
Old School Prom Oct. 1, 2005 at
Mill Cove Golf and Country Club
beginning at 9 p.m.m Dress attire is
Prom wear or semi-formal (no
jeans), and there will be a cash bar.
For tickets contact Pam 504-9595.

Frankie Beverly &
Maze in Concert
The Black Expo weekend will
include a Gala featuring Frankie
Beverly & Maze in concert. The
gala will be held at the Times Union
Center of Performing Arts in the
Moran Theater on Friday October
7th at 8:00 p.m. For ticket informa-
tion, call 355-3309.

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Knight Time : Diva Shares Her Talent and Wisdom

Gladys Knight was one of the leg-
endary singers to bring the house
down at this year's BET Awards.
The superstar, whose music and tal-
ent has stood the test of time, was
honored with a Lifetime
Achievement award and then hon-
ored the audience with a show-stop-
ping performance.
Knight, with or without the Pips, is
a musical gem, as fans jubilantly
heralded her, but she confessed that
she didn't even realize the how pre-
cious her talent was. She called per-
forming in front of the fans during
the awards "awesome" and stated
that realizing it all as a blessing
makes her love performing even
more. .
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time. I'\e realized
that I'\e been
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and I
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it in the beginning. It took me a
while to realize that I had been
blessed with something. I've been
singing for all of this time, but the
other blessing is that every time I
step out on that
stage, it's all brand new for me, and
I just love it. I really do."
A standing ovation isn't new to the
singer, but Knight said that every
applause and cheer motivates her
more on stage. "You do really feel
the love [from the audience], and I
tell people sometimes I'm at the
Flamingo in Las Vegas, and some-
times folks will come in to take a
break from the tables and I was
just telling them that sometimes
R it

know? We're there to entertain you,
so when you bring that love, we
don't have a choice but to give it
right back to you."
With talent that has only been
matured and enhanced over time
like a fine wine, it's expected that
young singers might consider
Knight an influence and a model.
When advising
those aspiring songbirds, Knight
laughingly replied, "Be careful."
Her words of caution are particular-
ly in reference to the image of pop-
ular young singers. "Sometimes we
get into what they're doing and
what they're not doing and then I
thought about it as we were com-
min up ~'ith had this little funky
thing called the r\\ist.
I ieniember our parents and our
grandparents being so outraged
aboul te \he iist. So today, we're
outrage bN a lot of the things that
the do, but I would like to
wani them about the
price that you
may pay for
some of the
that you
have." She
"We have
lost some
things along
the way. So I
would cau-
tion them
about that and
[to] keep certain
things in place your
moral levels,
your con-

how you treat other people. All of
those things need to be in place
while you're doing your own thing."
Just check her repertoire and
you'll find that Gladys can master
any genre, but as of late, the singer
has returned to her gospel roots.
Was this an abrupt musical transfor-
mation? Hardly.
"I didn't just do gospel, gospel is
me. I am so grateful for the plan my
heavenly father had for me because
he gave me the parents that I had.
They were God-fearing and they
didn't groom us for the business.
They just believed in keeping us
busy doing the things we loved to
do, and we loved to sing. I was born
and raised in the church. We'd be on
the bus singing gospel; we'd be
behind the stage singing gospel.
Every album we had, just about, we
put an inspirational song on it
because that's who we are and that
's where we come from," she said.
"Now I'm full force into it because I
can kind of do what I want. And
plus I've matured spiritually. I can
stand flat-footed and say that I need
to give back to him for what he's
done for me."
Currently, Knight is lighting up
Las Vegas, where she headlines five
nights a week at the Flamingo. As
she offered her advice for young
singers, Knight was asked what she
thought about Michael Jackson
making the move to perform in Sin
City, also. Knight, who is credited
with discovering Jackson, simply
said, "[Vegas] would be a good
place for him to play. Michael is
multi-talented. I don't know what
his next step will be, but I hope that
talent doesn't die within him."

Robin Givens is getting her Broadway debut as the new
Roxie Hart in "Chicago." Givens, who appeared in the
1980s television comedy "Head of the Class," will join
the long-running musical revival Jan. 16 at the -
Ambassador Theatre. She will appear in "Chicago"
through March 26.
The musical will begin its 10th year on Broadway -
in November.
Model wants $5 mil for unauthorized use of his face.
4 The last we heard from Tyson Beckford, he was
making a narrow escape from his crashed Dodge
Ram truck in New Jersey before it burst into flames.
The supermodel is in the news again, this time for his
$5 million legal action against Sean "Diddy" Combs'
Sean John clothing line for usinghis image without
According to AllHipHop.com, Beckford, 34, filed
a breach of contract and copyright infringement suit against Diddy for con-
tinuing to use his image and likeness in the ad campaign long after his con-
tract had expired.
Beckford, a one time model for Ralph Lauren and Guess, reportedly
made several attempts to handle the issue with Diddy personally before fil-
ing the lawsuit. The trial is set for Feb. 6 in New York.
*The infamous pilfering maid who was charged
with looting the homes of her various celebrity boss-
es in Manhattan said her sticky fingers under Robert
DeNiro's employ was to target his wife, Grace
Hightower. According to the New York Daily News,
Polish immigrant Lucyna
Turyk-Wawrynowicz, 35, told police after her
arrest in June that if Hightower had "treated me better, with more respect,
I probably wouldn't have done this." She continued: "If Mr. DeNiro knew
how badly she treats her kids, he would leave her. ...I didn't steal from
Isabella Rossellini because she treated me well. I only stole from people
who didn't treat me with respect." Turyk-Wawrynowicz is accused of tak-
ing a $95,000 pair of diamond rings from Hightower, a former flight atten-
dant who has been married to DeNiro (on and off again) since 1997.

* I

Terrell Owens
If Terrell Owens has another
falling out with the Philadelphia
Eagles, he's got his own business
to fall back on.
T.O. has muscled into Atlanta's
thriving R&B and hip-hop scene
with Dirty South Studios. No, the
five-time Pro Bowl receiver isn't
getting behind the mike, a la
Deion Sanders and other forget-
table athletes-turned-singers. Get
this, Owens prefers to stay in the
"It's an opportunity for artists to
perfect their craft," Owens said in
an interview with The Associated
Press earlier this summer at his
studio. "They're getting their grind
on, and I respect that. I want to
help them be successful."
"American Idol" winner Ruben
Studdard, actor-singer Jamie
Foxx, rapper Young Jeezy, hip-
hop producers Mannie Fresh and

Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson has written a
ng to help raise funds for the vic-
:is of Hurricane Katrina and will
)n record it.
STentatively titled, "From the
tomn of My Heart," the singer
'Ins to ask other musicians to join
i in recording it, his spokes-

Lil Jon, and R&B group 112 have
recorded at Dirty South. A multi-
platinum quartet, the members of
112 never had recorded in their
hometown until they visited
Owens' studio.
"When we first walked into the
studio, we all said, 'Oh yeah, this
is it,'" said Q, a vocalist with the
Paintings in the lobby, hip furni-
ture and a 50-inch plasma flat
screen TV in the lounge room pro-
vide a comfortable atmosphere for
clients. But Dirty South's ultra-
modern equipment has been the
company's niche.
Two years ago, Owens and his
best friend, Theron Cooper, came
up with the idea of starting a stu-
dio. Their passion for music and
Owens' hefty income made it an
easy decision.
Owens believed the studio's
name had to represent the region.
For now, Dirty South only has
two recording rooms. With a
growing clientele, Owens hopes
to purchase a larger facility that
will include Dirty South and his
foundation that raises money for
Alzheimer's research.
Expanding into different ven-
tures is a good move since the
South is an area heading for suc-
cess," Owens said. "With the
music traffic down here, it's a
chance for a business like this to

woman, Raymone K. Bain, said.
Jackson hopes to record the song
within two weeks in the style of
"We Are the World," which he co-
wrote and produced in 1985 to raise
money for famine relief efforts in
"It pains me to watch the human
suffering taking place in the gulf
region of my country," Jackson, 47,
said in a statement. "I will be reach-
ing out to others within the music
industry to join me in helping to
bring relief and hope to these
resilient people who have lost
Jackson has been mostly reclusive
since he was acquitted of child
molestation charges in California
on June 13.
He has been spending much of his
time in Bahrain as the guest of
Sheik Abdulla bin Hamad Al
Khalifa, whose label, 2 Seas
Records, will produce the single.

Roker's Sunny Post-Surgery Forecast

The effusive Today show staple
underwent microdiscectomy sur-
gery Wednesday after rupturing a
disc in his back.
According to a post on Roker's
online journal punnily titled
"They've Got My Back," the weath-
erman underwent the surgery to
"relieve the pressure on my sciatic
nerve and in turn, ease the intense
pain in my left leg."
The NBC morning personality,
51, was released from the hospital
after a short overnight stay.
Lisa Sharkey, the president of Al
Roker Productions, said that the
procedure went well, though full
recovery and regaining of sensation
may take anywhere from several
weeks to a few months.
The good patient also hopes to

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Al Roker is still looking good following a BIG weight loss

personally update fans on his condi-
tion with another posting on his site
by Friday. And if his original note is
any indication of things to come, he
should hope his fans aren't sticklers
for grammar:
"The pain medication I'm on
while I write this precludes me
from writing much more and I will
blame any misspellings or bad,
igramar on." .,-f,>i or,) -,,s ,
Roker himself is no stranger to
hospital stays. The slimmed-down
meteorologist underwent gastric
bypass surgery in New York's
Lenox Hill hospital in March 2002
and lost more than 100 pounds.
He expects to be back on the air-
waves Sept. 12, reuniting America's
self-proclaimed "first family" after
a three-week absence.

BET Charts New Directions

6 Questions with Reginald Hudlin

In a move that many are calling
long overdue, Black Entertainment
Television (BET) has appointed
writer/director Reginald Hudlin as
President of its Entertainment
Division. Best known for films like,
"House Party," "Boomerang" and
"The Great White Hope," Hudlin is
expected to infuse a much needed
dose of creative direction and con-
tent to the network's woefully unin-
spiring programming boards.
Gregarious, bubbly and serious
about his commitment to transform
the portrayal of Black images,
Hudlin recently sat down with the
RTSC to talk about what viewers
should expect now that he's at the
helm of the world's largest Black
media conglomerate.
Robertson Treatment
Syndicated Column As president
of BET entertainment, what exactly
does your job entail?
Reginald Hudlin: I'm in charge of
all creative content on the channel,
which means what shows go on,
when they go on... all of that. I'll
work closely with other divisions of
the company to ensure maximum
synergy for our programming. I've
also create a new division within
our Entertainment division which
will focus on the acquisition of new
and existing titles for the network.
RTSC: Given your success as a
director can we expect more long
form programming on the network?
RH: Absolutely! We've got so
many ideas on the table that my
staff looks at me in terror. But it's a
good thing because the influx of
ideas has energized the department
creatively. Also, we've been met

Reginald Hudlin President of
BET Entertainment Division.
with a great reception from the
Hollywood community which I am
sure will allow us to deliver some
revolutionary projects for BET's
RTSC: Balancing entertainment
with news and other programming
is an ongoing problem in all of tel-
evision, in particular BET. Tell me
how do you plan to strike a bal-
RH: First of all I don't see it as a
problem. People like information---
they are starved for it in fact, partic-
ularly our audience. I think it's
about acknowledging who our audi-
ence is and identifying how they
want to be informed. What we're
trying to do is reinvent what news is
for our audience and how they want
it to be presented and what news is
relevant to them. We are not inter-
ested in imitating CBS Evening
News or another CNN. If you want

to see that, you can watch those
channels. What we're going to do is
present information that you can
only hear from us. We will have an
approach that is honest, bold and
edgy that you can only get from us.
BET is going to change the way
news is delivered and we're going
to change the kind of news that
we're delivering. Now it's going to
take a while but one of our goals is
to deliver our viewers more news
on than ever before that will be
more provocative and more talked
about than ever before.
RTSC: In what other ways can we
expect for you to expand BET's
market share?
RH: At the end of the day, the heart
of this job is good story telling. If
you tell a good story of any genre
you'll gain the audience's attention.
Presently I'm looking at various
new formats for the network but it
all comes down to knowing your
craft and telling stories that engages
the heart and mind of the viewers.
RTSC: Besides BET what other
projects are you working on?
RH: I recently did a graphic novel
called The Birth of a Nation, which
has performed very well. I've also
fulfilled a childhood dream of mine
by working with Marvel Comics
where I'm writing Spider Man and
reintroduced the Black Panther,
America's first Black super hero. In
addition to those projects, I am also
a director for "Everyone Needs
Chris" which will be airing on Fox
this fall and I am executive produc-
er of the "Boondocks" which is also
coming to TV this fall.
RTSC: What should BET repre-

sent to the African American com-
RH: As a brand ultimately what
we aspire to be in the repository of
all African American culture. We're
about covering everything from
Louis Armstrong to Jimi Hendrix to
Alicia Keys. From Sidney Poitier,
Will Smith and Jamie Foxx.
There are a lot of different ways
of measuring power. .. You can
measure power economically and
you can measure it militarily. But if
you measure our cultural influence,
Black people are a super power and
we need to act like it. BET is the
most powerful Black media compa-
ny on earth, which means we're one
of the most powerful media brands
on earth. I'm all about embracing
who we are and celebrating that.
Best Bets Books
Dream Boogie: The Triumph of
Sam Cooke:
For those who
only know Sam
Cooke through
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Terell Owens Falls

Back on Musical Career

Jackson Writes Song

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