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Hit Hard By
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Leaving a Mark
to Bridge the
Actor-Comedian Nipsey Russell Dies
NipseR Russell, the first black comedian to regularly appear on U.S.
network tele\ vision gamue sho\s, has died of cancer two weeks before his
S I st birthday.
Dubbed "the poet laureate of TV" for the quick-
\wited poems he would recite. Russell died in a
Nex York hospital.
Rujssell got his start after World War Two as the
master of ceremonies at the Baby Grand club in
Harlem. He built a follow% ing and became known to
the mainstream white show business world.
In 1963, near the height of the U.S. civil rights
era, he became the first black performer to appear
as a regular guest on a television game show. "Missing Links," hosted by
Russell later was a frequent guest on other game shows, such as the
"$10,000 Pyramid." and "The Match Game." and hosted his own game
show "Your Number's Up." He also appeared in such films as "Posse,"
with Mario Van Peebles and "Wildcats." with Goldie Haw\n.
Born in Atlanta. Russell graduated trom high school at age 16, majored
in English and European history at the University of Cincinnati and
spoke four languages. Rapp said.
Winnie's House to Become a Museum
The Brandfort House in the Free State \\here Winnie Madikizela-
Mandela, the former African National Congress Women's League presi-
dent. w`as placed under house arrest for more than 10 years by the
apartheid regime. is to he ruined into a museum.
This is part of go enmiienrt an-d ci
Aln aii Ouint of 1 6 million r.-iid lhai already\ been set aside for the con-
struction of the Winnie Mandela Musetun at 802 Mothupi Street in
Majwelnasweu. outside Brandfort. Its current occupant. Elizabeth
Plaatje, will be pro% ided with alternative accommodation.
It is expected that the Winnie Mandela Museum will help this little
town generate much needed income, once it opens its doors in September
of ne\t year.
High Court Denies White
Students' Discrimination Case
The U.S. Supreme Court let stand this week a ruling that three unsuc-
cessful white applicants cannot collect an\ damages from their lawsuit
challenging the Uni ersity of Washington Law\ School's use of race as a
factor in admissions.
WXithout comment or recorded dissent, the justices declined to review
a U.S. appeals court ruling that upheld as legal the policy in effect in the
mid-1990s when Katuria Smith. Angela Rock and Michael Pyle applied
and were rejected.
"The la" school's narrov..l tailored use of race and ethnicity in admis-
sions decisions during 1994-96 furthered its compelling interest in
obtaining the educational benefits that tlow from a diverse student body,"
the appeals court ruled.
The Supreme Court in a major ruling in 2003 upheld the use of racial
preferences in uni\etsir, admission decisions and cited the benefits of a
diverse student bodN. The court upheld the Universirt of Michigan's affir-
mative action program that faiois minorities \ho apply to its law school.
The Supreme Court said it rejected the appeal in an order issued on the
first day of its ne\\ term. The court rejected about 1.800 appeals that had
piled up during their summer recess.
NAACP Backed 'Tolerance'
Bill Awaits Signing
An NAACP-sponsored law requiring instruction in intergroup relations
and tolerance in the public schools has passed the state Legislature and is
on Go\. Arnold Schv..arzeneggei's desk a\\aiting his signature.
Officials said AB 723. requires the state Board of Education to counter
recent surges in hate crimes and intergroup conflicts at California schools
by integrating the teaching of intergroup relations and tolerance into the
existing public school curriculum.
South African Farmer Gets Life
for Feeding Black Worker to Lions
A White South African farmer will spend the rest of his life in jail for
feeding a Black farmnn worker to lions.
Mark Scon-Crossle;,. 37. \as gi'.en life and his Black accomplice,
Simon Mathebiila. \ ho was also worked as a farm laborer for Crossley,
was sentenced Frida, to 15-years in prison for his role in the murder, The
South African Press Association iSAPA) reports.
The grisly killing of 41-year-old farm worker Nelson Chisale was
sparked b\ a dispute between him and his employer, according to testi-
mony at the trial. Chisale had been fired from the farm two months prior
to his murder in Januarl 2'004- allegedly for running a personal errand
during work hours. Some time later, he returned to the farm to collect his
belongings, only to be attacked with machetes, kicked and then tied to a
A few hours later, after being left bleeding for six or seven hours.
Chisale was thrown o'er a fence of a lion enclosure. A post mortem
showed the cause of death as being "mauled by lions."
The labor federation said the killing shows that farmers treat Black
worker s as badl as the\ did during apartheid.
FLORIDA'S FIRST COAST QUALITY BLACK WEEKLY
Volume 19 No. 38 Jacksonville, Florida October 6 12, 2005
Black Student Enrollment .
by D. Chun
Classrooms at the University of
Florida are bursting with an unex-
pected number of new students this
fall. However, the number of black
students among the more than
7,300 entering freshmen is down.
In a state where slightly more than
15 percent of the population is
African-American, blacks comprise
less than 10 percent ofUF's incom-
Enrollment at the state's 11 uni-
versities on the first day of fall
classes topped 281,000, up 3.1 per-
cent from last year. While the
number of minority students
grew overall, black freshmen
enrollment dropped by 1.6 per-
cent to the lowest level since 1999.
Six universities reported fewer
African-Americans among their
entering freshmen. Even Florida
A&M University has more than
1,000 fewer students enrolled this
Officials in higher education
across the state are asking how to
reverse the trend. Many are also
asking whether the real issue is one
of the number of bodies in class-
room seats, or a lack of any mean-
ingful interaction across ethnic and
racial divides on state campuses.
The NAACP points to Gov. Jeb
Bush's 1999 executive order ending
affirmative action programs as the
starting point of a decline in black
college enrollment in Florida.
With college officials no longer
able to consider race as a factor in
recruiting and admitting students,
the state introduced a plan called
One Florida in 2000. The purpose
of One Florida was to guarantee the
best and the brightest -- that is the
top 20 percent -- of Florida high in
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Making a Difference Socially
Making a Difference Socially
Thomas Foster (left) may have
tagged along with his wife Linda
(right) for a Mentoring Mixer host-
ed by the Kesler Mentoring
Eastside's James Spencer 105 and Counting
L AMR, .ll 's-as -"..* M33 .a
Shown above (1-r) are Doris Johnson, Florine Jackson, Vanesser McDuffee (grand daughter) and Charles
Spencer with their father on his birthday, Mr James H Spencer. FMPPhoto
How many people get to be a centurion -- plus? That question can easily be answered by the lively 105 year
old James Spencer. Born October 5, 1900 in Woodbine Georgia, Spencer retired from the military in 1965 and
enjoyed a career at the Alton Box Company. In addition to his countless descendents of children, grand-children
and great grand-grandchildren, Spencer was joined at his celebration by hometown friend Sofia Cook, 100, of
Unity, Racism, Reparations and Ruptured
Levees Among Focus of Million More Movement
The Millions More Movement,
formed to commemorate the 10-
year anniversary of the Million
Man March on Washington, plans
to focus on "justice" for Hurricane
Katrina victims, slavery repara-
tions, and the war in Iraq at its Oct.
15 gathering on the National Mall
The Movement -- which is sup-
ported by a number of liberal,
mainstream civil rights groups,
including the Congressional Black
Caucus -- said it supports the con-
tention that the levees in new
Orleans were intentionally
breached and is calling for a federal
The organization has plans for
lawsuits against the State of
Louisiana and the federal govern-
ment in addition to "specific action
dealing with William Bennett and
his financial sponsors,".
Ten years ago, the Million Man
March drew an unprecedented
number of black men to the nation's
capital, launching what organizers
have called an wave of activism in
America's black community.
Likewise, the Million More
Movement says it has brought
together a "powerful and diverse
coalition of leadership and organi-
zations that are concerned about the
plight of black people in America
and worldwide." This time, women
are invited to join the gathering.
The upcoming event in
Washington is being billed as "the
largest display of unity around a
specific policy agenda that the
black community has ever experi-
The group said this isn't just a
march but the beginning a "seri-
ous, permanent movement that will
not only answer the problems asso-
ciated with Katrina, but many other
ills affecting our community."
A massive memorial for Katrina
victims will also be held during the
March endorsers include: The
Progressive National Baptist
Convention, The Urban League,
Reverend Al Sharpton, The New
Black Panther Party, Southern
Christian Leadership Conference,
The Congressional Black Caucus,
and a litany of unions, elected offi-
cials, pastors, grassroots activists
Connection just to relax after work.
He left however, armed with the
inspiration ready to make a differ-
ence. Over refreshments and testi-
monials, mentors recruited and
meet x\ ith the organization's
founder, Delores Kesler. Seven
years ago, Delores Kesler made an
investment into mentoring that has
birthed more than 4,500 mentoring
relationships. The social mixers are
designed to keep mentors connect-
ed beyond the training. Mentors
from various programs come
together to meet, network, support
and share with one another the suc-
cesses and challenges of their men-
Services Held for
Star of "Mahalia"
Services were held for Mrs.
Alicia Shellman Carlisle who
passed away on Thursday,
September 29th following a brief
illness. In April, the Jacksonville
native received rave reviews for
her acting and vocal performance
in the gospel musical "Mahalia".
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NEW YORK Federal Judge
Constance Baker Motley, who as a
young lawyer represented Martin
Luther King Jr. and
played a pivotal role
in the nation's civil
rights struggle, has
died. She was 84.
career found her
fighting racism in many of the
nation's landmark segregation
cases. After a brief foray into poli-
tics, in 1966 she became the first
black woman appointed to the fed-
eral bench and began a distin-
guished four-decade span as a
t in a League
All His Own
Lump Sum Should You
Invest or Pay Off Debt
If you receive a windfall of cash
(such as a tax refund or collection
of a debt from a friend), you may
face a common dilemma: Invest,
pay off debt, or spend. (Spending is
not considered as an option here.) If
better personal budgeting has
helped you save an additional
amount every month, a debt repay-
ment plan may be preferable to sav-
ing until most of the debt is gone.
Generally, paying off or paying
down a debt that has a higher inter-
est rate is preferable to making an
investment that earns a lower inter-
est rate or rate of return. To make a
fair comparison, you need to calcu-
late the after-tax interest rate on
your debt and investments. If your
investment is not held in an inter-
est-earning account (such as a
money market or savings account,
CD, or money market mutual fund),
calculate the investment's after-tax
If you are paying off a credit card
or auto loan, you can use the APR
as the effective interest rate if avail-
able, or use the stated interest rate
for sake of simplicity. If you are
paying off a mortgage, home equity
loan, or student loan, start by sub-
tracting your income tax bracket
For example, if you are in the 25%
tax bracket for 2004, you would
have 0.75 (1.0-0.25). Then, multi-
ply 0.75 by the loan interest rate.
The result is your after-tax interest
rate on tax-deductible debt. If you
have a mortgage loan of 8% and are
in the 25% tax bracket, your after-
tax interest rate is 6%.
If you plan to invest in a stock,
bond, or mutual fund that invests in
any of these types of securities, you
should have an idea of the invest-
ment's expected return. For exam-
ple, if you invest in a mutual fund
that earns an annual rate of return of
10%, you may decide to use that
return as your expected return. Use
the same calculation rule to calcu-
late the after-tax return on invest-
ment (which is based on expected
You should calculate the after-tax
interest rate or return for invest-
ments held in taxable accounts. For
example, if a taxable investment
earns a 10% return and you are in
the 25% tax bracket, your after-tax
return is 7.5% [(1.0-0.25)*.10].
(Investments in tax-advantaged
accounts are not taxed until you
begin to take money out, which
generally occurs after you retire. If
using a tax-advantaged account, the
interest rate earned on the account
is equal to the after-tax rate to keep
In most cases, the APR on your
credit card debt or an auto loan is
higher than the after-tax interest
rate or after-tax return on an invest-
ment. These types of consumer
debt-particularly credit card debt,
since it is unsecured credit- are
among the most expensive. As a
result, paying off a credit card is
almost always a better deal than
investing. While some investors use
their credit cards to raise funds for
speculative investing, this kind of
leveraging is an extremely risky
practice and should be avoided.
Paying off debt is sometimes a
painful experience. Not only do you
miss a chance to spend, you also
pass opportunities to save or invest.
However, if you've improved your
budgeting efforts and have been
able to save extra money, you will
improve your personal cash flow
further by paying off high-interest
debt. The basic relationship-pay
off debt that has a higher interest
rate than what you earn on your
investments-is a practical step in
the right direction.
The above information is educa-
tional and should not be interpreted
as financial advice. For advice that
is specific to your circumstances,
you should consult a financial or
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African American Wine Vintner Mac
McDonald in a League All His Own
Mac McDonald is one of a select
few. As the head of Vision Cellars,
a California vineyard and winery in
Sonoma County, he is one of only a
handful of African-American vine-
yard owners in the United States.
McDonald, founder and president
of the Association of African-
American Vintners, broke into the
industry in 1995 by forming a rela-
tionship with Caymus, a respected
wine label. Then, he raised $82,000
in venture capital on his own, pock-
et change in the cash-rich wine
industry. Most winemakers, he
says, come from old money and
most successful people in the busi-
ness are obsessed with the bottom
line. McDonald stresses, though,
that he wants to make money but he
doesn't make it his sole focus. He
and his wife Lil use their own
money to travel around the country,
cultivating a new crop of African-
In a recent interview, McDonald
spoke about what it takes to break
into the winery business.
Q: You're known for wearing
coveralls and a hat everywhere.
A: I could wear Armani suits but I
purposefully don't. I come from
mud, down in the Texas sticks.
When I speak, I'm astounded at
how many non-black people shout
out from the audience, "You know
about possum!" Or, "How about
that moonshine?" It seems my
background breaks down a lot of
the pretense people associate with
wine. No matter what nationality
you are, if you're over 50 and
you've lived in Texas, you've eaten
squirrel and all that stuff.
Q: How much does it take to
start a winery?
A: It can be millions depending on
the location and how big you want
the operation to be. The startup
costs for buying the [grapes], the
manager's salary and so forth are
about the same.
Q: What are the biggest chal-
lenges for African Americans?
A: Finding someone with a big
name to work for. If you're associ-
ated with a big winery, that compa-
ny's reputation gets you noticed.
It's just like working in corporate
America. [The AAAV] wants to
encourage wineries to give African
Americans the opportunity to work.
I see changes already. Yeah, you
can read Esquire and see an article
makers we'd heard about.
Q: What's the minimum educa-
A: You can go to the wine pro-
grams at a good junior college or
you can get a job at a winery and
learn on the job. A regular starting
position, like laborer, involves
washing barrels, working on a
crusher, the machine used to bring
the grapes in, caretaking of the bar-
rels' whole fermenting process, lab
work from time to time. Lab techni-
cian is good for a science back-
Q: So working in the field is not
a grunt job?
A: Tell me about it! The more you
know about the farming, the area,
the way the vines are pruned, the
better product you produce.
Q: What if you don't live in a
wine region like California,
Virginia or New York?
A: Wineries are popping up every-
where. Contact the wineries and tell
them about your interests. Just like
any other major -- once you've got-
ten the education or degree, you
have to go out and learn from peo-
ple who are doing it. The University
of California at Davis has self-study
tapes about making wines. There's
also a magazine called Home
Winemakers that gives an overview
of what you'll need to do.
Q: How does the AAAV assist
people who want to enter the
It is the fool whose own toma-
toesd are sold to him. -Akan Proverb
The wine tasting experience s growing among African-Americans.
about starting a winery, and toss
that off as just someone rich start-
ing a business. In Jet, Ebony and
Black Enterprise, it's a different
story, you relate. The rap culture
talks about other liquors, cognac,
champagne, beer, but this hasn't
happened with wine yet.
Q: How did the AAAV begin?
A: I met Vance Sharp, owner of
Sharp Cellars at a Sonoma County
wine event. We were the only
"faces" there. We were making eye
contact with each other, got togeth-
er and decided it was a good idea to
form an organization with some of
the other African-American wine-
A: We are working with the
University of California to try to get
a student through a program. We
also formed a scholarship that
we're trying to fund. We also met
someone who had her own wine-
tasting club. Now, she has her own
wine and alcohol distributorship.
Q: What's the biggest reward
A: I want to look back and say I
gave Joe a chance to taste my pinot
noir. Joe may not have liked it, but
he is now open to drinking wine
and will start shopping for those he
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pjea',e call us. Fair Housing. It's not an option. It's the law.
Mac McDonald above with a few of his wines.
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Sen. Obama Taks Shop with New Chief Justice
Supreme Court Chief Justice nominee John Roberts, left, and Sen.
Barack Obama, D-Ill., stand in front of a portrait of Thurgood Marshall,
civil rights lawyer and the first African American Supreme Court Justice,
in Obama's office on Capitol Hill. Chief Justice Roberts, secured his con-
firmation from fractured Senate Democrats as President Bush prepared to
announce his nominee for the other vacancy on the Supreme Court. Obama
incidentally was one of the few 22 "No" votes in Roberts confirmation. No
stranger to law, Sen. Obama graduated from Harvard Law School where
he was the first black president of the law review.
Jacksonville's Jagged Edge
Styling Studio and Spa was rec-
ognized in a recent issue of Black
Enterprise as a "premiere place of
business in Jacksonville.
In addition to providing rep-
utable cosmetology services, the
salons owner and creative hair
guru Pekela Riley has orchestrat-
ed Hair Elements a salon exclu-
sive hair conditioning system that
will soon be mass marketed.
Currently, the modern themed
styling studio and spa boasts
houses four stylists with over
twenty-five years of continuous
experience. Other services
include therapeutic massages and
pedicures and a range of hair pro-
cedures and techniques.
Riley attributes her creative
edge to training at FCCJ and
Pivot Point International in
Chicago and attending countless
advances seminars across the
nation to enhance her talents.
"We will set the standard for
service, talent and skill," she said.
Black Enrollment Drops For Florida Colleges/Universities
B.E. Dubs Local Stylist's
Shop "top salon to visit"
Adkins a p p o i n t e d
Priscilla Goudreau-Santos, local
writer, publicist and marketing spe-
cialist as a publicist/associate.
"We welcome Priscilla to our
agency and look forward to utiliz-
ing her media expertise in provid-
ing the highest level of client serv-
ice," Adkins said.
Goudreau-Santos has worked as a
communications specialist in the
Jacksonville area for over twenty
years. In a career that began in 1982
as Assistant Public Relations
Director of Methodist Medical
Center, her career has included
roles as a reporter in many local
Agency, a full
ing and public
led by CEO
K en n e t h
Continued from front
school seniors of all ethnic and
socioeconomic backgrounds a spot
in one of the state's universities.
A spokesman from the governor's
office says that although this year's
numbers show a dip in black enroll-
ment, with 38,922 first-time stu-
dents enrolled in Florida's universi-
ties on the first day of class,
African-American enrollment num-
bers are up by nearly 24 percent
More than 120,000 college stu-
dents in Florida receive the state's
Bright Futures scholarships, funded
by the lottery and paying between
75 and 100 percent of their tuition
Books, housing and other expens-
es are not covered, nor does a
Bright Futures scholarship cover
tuition during the summer session.
Last year, $347 million went out to
aspiring students through the state
The awards are based on high
school grade-point average, SAT
and ACT scores, college preparato-
ry course work and community
service. Financial need doesn't fac-
tor into the equation.
Minority enrollment figures for
the state's community colleges have
climbed almost 30 percent for
Hispanic students and almost 20
percent for African-Americans dur-
ing the past five years, state offi-
As a whole, among the state's 28
community colleges, black enroll-
ment held almost steady between
2004 and 2005, dipping less than a
single percentage point.
Some schools have fared better
than others. Officials at Santa Fe
Community College report that
black freshman enrollment at
Gainesville's two-year school is up
20 percent over last year.
Community colleges operate
under an "open door" admissions
policy. Unlike the state's universi-
ties, they do not have the option of
turning qualified students away.
Carolyn Roberts, an Ocala resi-
dent, chairs the Florida Board of
Governors that oversees the state's
university system. When Roberts
looks at the fall enrollment figures,
she says, "In our strategic plan, our
goal is to have 100 percent reflec-
tion of the state of Florida's popula-
tion in our universities."
She has called on the presidents of
all the state's universities to present
their minority recruitment plan at
the Board of Governor's November
"We want to make it possible for
every student who qualifies to
attend our universities, regardless
of race," Robert said. "We are cer-
tainly going to be aggressive in
meeting those goals."
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Parents, Students & Community Members are invited to attend a
PUBLIC HEARING ON
POLICIES IN DUVAL
COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Thursday, October 13, 2005
EWC Milne Auditorium 7 p.m.
Parents and educators have expressed growing concern over discipline policies
in Duval County Public Schools, including the proposed use of tasers and the
criminalization of students through the M.A.R.S. program, our schools are
beginning to mirror prisons, both in the over-reliance on law enforcement and in
the overuse of suspension, expulsion or arrest as punishments for age appro-
priate, minor behavior that should be handled inside of school and in the home.
WE WOULD LIKE
TO HEAR FROM YOU!
If you have concerns and experiences that you would like to
share at the hearings, contact Olivia Gay-Davis at 904-768-6232
or email Ogdavis@bellsouth.net
This meeting is sponsored by the Jacksonville NAACP
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Growing Adkins Agency Welcomes
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October 6 12, 2005
as Chief Publicist
publications before starting her
own company in 1996.
Pete Jackson to
Direct Faith Based
Mayor Peyton announced that he
Shas asked Chief
.C! o Community
,t Officer Pete
Jackson to assume
i. the Mayor's Office
of Community and
Partnership on a full time basis,
including the Jacksonville Human
Rights Commission Study Circles
program and the Strengthening
Jacksonville's initiative remains
the only locally funded Faith and
Community Based initiative in the
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W1 Up J, JOO
The reaction was swift and
angry to former Reagan honcho
William Bennett's oddball racist
crack that aborting black babies
could reduce crime. The problem
though was that those that instant-
ly denounced Bennett were all
Democrats. Even as calls were
made for an apology, or his firing
from his syndicated national radio
show, neither President Bush or
any other top GOP leader said a
mumbling word about Bennett.
At first glance, that seemed espe-
cially strange since Bush,
Republican National Chair Ken
Mehlman, and top Republican
strategist Karl Rove, have barn-
stormed throughout the country
wining and dining every black
group that will give them a hear-
ing, and have spent millions to
back up their public pledge to
make the Republican Party racial-
ly inclusive. That raised some
hope that their much vaunted out-
reach effort might stop the crude
race baiting that many
Republicans had turned into a fine
art. Even the tout by Senate
Majority leader designate Trent
Lott of segregation that touched
off a furor a few years back didn't
totally smash that hope. Though it
took nearly a week for Bush to
make a stumbling, kind-of, sort of
disavowal of Lott, it was still a
faint signal to Senate Republicans
to dump Lott from his post.
But Bennett's' gaffe came on the
heels of the shocking, and heart
breaking scenes of thousands of
poor blacks in New Orleans flee-
ing for their lives from Katrina's
floodwaters. Blacks blamed
Bush's Bush's catatonic response
to the disaster on racism. Bush and
the GOP have worked overtime
since then to dispel any notion that
the bungled response was racist,
and Bush has even made a few
bold declarations about attacking
poverty, and the racism that fuels
much of that poverty.
But Bush's slight nod to race and
poverty can't easily dispel the
deep suspicion that racism is still
profoundly colors the GOP's racial
thinking and policies. During the
past decade, a parade of
Republican state and local offi-
cials, conservative talk show
jocks, and even some Republican
bigwigs have made foot-in-the-
mouth racist cracks that have got
them in racial hot water. Their
response when called on the car-
pet has always been the same.
They make a duck and dodge
denial, claim that they were mis-
quoted, or issue a weak, half-
hearted apology. And each time,
the response from top Republicans
is either silence, or if the firestorm
is great enough, do a give the
offender a much-delayed mild
verbal hand slap.
But the bigger dilemma for Bush
and the GOP when the Bennett's
of their party pop off is that they
remain prisoners of their party's
racist past. A past in which
Republican Presidents set the tone
with their own verbal bashing.
President Eisenhower never got
out of the Old South habit of call-
ing blacks "nigras." In an infa-
mous and well-documented out-
burst at a White House dinner
party in 1954, Ike winked, nodded
and whispered to Supreme Court
Justice Earl Warren that he under-
stood why white Southerners
wouldn't want to "see their sweet
little girls required to sit in school
alongside some big black buck."
President Nixon routinely pep-
pered his talks with his confidants
with derogatory quips about
blacks. He enshrined in popular
language racially tinged code
words such as, "law and order,
"permissive society," "welfare
cheats," "crime in the streets,"
"subculture of violence," "subcul-
ture of poverty," "culturally
deprived" and "lack of family val-
ues." And President Reagan once
told a black reporter how he
would treat black leaders said, "I
said to hell with 'em."
In 1988, President Bush, Sr. made
furloughed black convict Willie
Horton the poster boy for black
crime and violence and turned the
presidential campaign against his
Democrat opponent, Michael
Dukakis into a rout. He branded a
bill by Senator Ted Kennedy to
make it easier to bring employ-
ment discrimination suits a "quo-
tas bill" and vetoed it. In his auto-
biography, My American Journey,
Colin Powell called Reagan
"insensitive" on racial issues, and
tagged Bush's Horton stunt, "a
The sentiment that underlay the
casual, and sometimes blatant,
racist trash talk of top
Republicans, even Republican
presidents, inevitably percolated
down to the troops. If Bennett, felt
that he could say whatever he
wanted about blacks, and get
away with it, it's because other
Republicans have done the same,
and there was no consequence for
their vile remarks. A defiant
Bennett made it clear that he
would stand by his comments.
Even if he eventually backs off, or
other Republicans eventually
denounce him the damage from
their initial silence has already
While there are many
Republicans who don't utter racist
epithets, use racial code speak, or
publicly denigrate minorities, and
there is no record that Bush has
spoken ill racially, the fact that so
many Republicans have racially
slandered minorities, women and
gays makes it a good bet that the
next public official or personality
hammered for a racist outburst
will be a Republican. And it's also
a good bet that no other top
Republican will immediately rush
in the door to condemn their GOP
pal for it.
m by Jacksonville City Councilman Reginald Fullwood
Council President Attempting to Bridge the Income Gap
Every year the Jacksonville City Council elects a new
president. It's a process that can be more political and
tougher to pull off than actually running for office at
Only having a year to serve, each President attempts
to leave his or her mark on the city by introducing new
initiatives aimed at making government more efficient,
improving quality of life or simply addressing an issue
that they feel is important. Current Council President
Kevin Hyde is doing all of the above.
Hyde introduced legislation to City Council that
would create the Duval County Job Bank board, which
will address the very issue that creates a disadvantage
too many low income families workforce
The Council President's bill will utilize private funds
donated by corporations to provide training and educa-
tion to help workers advance and upgrade their job
skills so they are more marketable when bigger com-
panies come into the area. This job bank board will
basically provide funding and grants to improve job
opportunities for some of our needy residents.
Once funds are raised through private sources, the
city, through WorkSource and other workforce devel-
opment organizations, would then provide job training.
Another unique program, also related to Hyde's job
training project, allows Jacksonville citizens to donate
to help their neighbors receive job training through a
contribution on their JEA billls.
This program is called the Community Prosperity
Scholarship Fund, and it is designed to assist graduat-
ing high school students who want to further their edu-
cation with a college degree, but may not have the
money or resources to pay for college. I didn't realize
this fact until now, but only 22 percent of Jacksonville
residents have college degrees. And I assure you that
the percentage of African Americans with college
degrees is much lower than the overall figure.
Hyde's goal is to have each JEA customer donate at
least one dollar a month. With JEA having some
750,000 customers, a pretty good scholarship fund
would be generated. Those dollars will be matched at
least on a dollar-for-dollar basis by the state. Hyde's
goal is to generate $20 to $30 million, with the first
scholarships being awarded sometime next year.
Talk about leaving a legacy. Hyde's two programs are
very progressive and groundbreaking and should have
a long-term impact on this city and its citizens.
My only concern is that with increasing electric rates
I doubt that many folks have the extra cash or can
stomach giving additional dollars to JEA. Many
Council Presidents have implemented programs that
have "staying" power and many have not, but Hyde's
plan directly addresses the city's goal of raising per
I haven't written much about the Chamber of
Commerce's Blueprint for Prosperity initiatives
because sometimes if you don't have anything good to
say, you shouldn't say anything at all. But I feel that
this "Blueprint" will be more of a political/feel good
plan versus a functional plan. That is just my opinion,
and hopefully I am wrong, but Hyde's plan is a more
direct way to impact the per capital income issue.
If this city is going to bridge the income gap and
develop a more educated and trained workforce, we
need programs like this to help our working poor
become more "workforce ready" and marketable.
According to the Census Bureau, the wealthiest 20
percent of households in 1973 accounted for 44 percent
of total U.S. income. Their share jumped to 50 percent
in 2002, while everyone else's or us poor folk's
incomes fell. For those really poor or the bottom fifth
of the spectrum, their share dropped from 4.2 percent
to 3.5 percent.
Republicans laughed two years ago at John Kerry's
notion that there are "Two Americas." The statistics
don't lie, and the economic pain that low and middle
income Americans are feeling is real. With rising
health care cost, outrageous gas prices and a job mar-
ket as unstable as Michael Jackson's nose, we should
all be concerned. Well, unless you are one of those in
the wealthiest 20 percent.
The New Deal social contract has been canceled,
revoked and thrown out with the trash and so have the
restraints it imposed on both individual and corporate
The income gap has widened to the point where the
lowest paid workers no longer earn a living wage,
while the highest paid workers, such as corporate exec-
utives, board members, etc. earn excessive wages and
are able to grow their assets through those great tax
shelters which greatly favor the wealthy.
Hopefully, one day I will be wealthy and able to
receive the benefits of these great tax breaks for the
rich, and who knows, I may not have these same criti-
cal views anymore because I will be receiving a big
break because I am rich. No, I seriously doubt that
because I believe as Frederick Douglas once said,
"Remember that our cause is one that we must help
each other if we would succeed."
I guess that's the liberal in me or maybe it's the com-
passionate conservatism I practice. Either way, as my
grandmother would say, "Right doesn't wrong anyone."
Signing off from WorkSource, Reggie Fullwood
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October 6 12, 2005
Black Caucus May Get First White Member
The leader of the Congressional
Black Caucus says the group may
let state Rep. Stacey Campfield in
as an honorary member, but says he
first would like a better apology
from the white Republican who
attacked its bylaws as racist.
Campfield said he doesn't want to
be an honorary member and said
the Black Caucus needs to remove
"discriminatory" language so that
lawmakers of any race can join.
The Black Caucus chairman,
Democratic Rep. Johnny Shaw of
Bolivar, said he would consider let-
ting Campfield in as an honorary
member subject to the vote of the
full group. Right now, the group has
a handful of white lawmakers as
Shaw said he thinks it would be
appropriate for Campfield to apolo-
gize in person to his group for say-
ing the Black Caucus' policies
restricting full membership to only
black lawmakers was even more
racist than the white supremacist
Ku Klux Klan.
The issue first arose last month
when it was reported that
Campfield had earlier asked about
joining the group. Campfield was
then accused of being a racist after
using the Rev. Martin Luther King's
"I Have a Dream" speeches part of
his argument on why he should be
allowed into the organization. It
heightened when Campfield made
the KKK comparison.
Campfield issued an apology for
any "misunderstanding" about his
comments and stressed he was only
comparing the bylaws of the Black
Caucus with the KKK. Campfield
didn't back down on Monday, say-
ing the group needs to let in "people
of all races, regardless of the color
of their skin, can become full and
Campfield said he has a large
minority population in the district
he represents and believes he could
be a helpful addition to the Black
Xavier University Library
Black Colleges Hit Hard By
Storm Hope to Return to Glory
Lost amid the chaos of Katrina is
the devastation the storm has
inflicted on the nation's black-col-
New Orleans is home to three his-
torically black universities: Dillard,
Xavier and a branch campus of
Southern. A month ago, 10,000 stu-
dents were attending historically
black colleges here, more than in
any other city in the country, one
federal education official said.
Today, all three New Orleans col-
leges are closed indefinitely,
although Dillard announced plans
to resume some classes on the
Tulane University campus as early
as January, when Tulane reopens.
The New Orleans campuses of
Xavier, Dillard and Southern, and
three others in Mississippi with less
damage, would likely require a
combined $1 billion before they can
reopen, said Lezli Baskerville, pres-
ident and chief executive of the
National Association for Equal
Opportunity in Higher Education,
which represents historically black
colleges and universities.
For these colleges, which have
relatively small endowments -
Dillard's is $46 million; Harvard's,
by comparison, is $25.9 billion -
securing money is a monumental
order, even if insurance covers a
chunk of repairs, as expected.
"We've had a real kick in the gut,"
said Michael Lomax, president and
chief executive of the United Negro
College Fund and Dillard's presi-
EWC Board of Trustees and Senior Staff get direction from Vicki
Minor, vice president/Institutional Advancement, Huston-Tillotson
University, during a three-day retreat.
"From Vision to Action" was the sion on board governance including
theme of the 2005 EWC Board of the Board's responsibility for set-
Trustees Fall Retreat held at the ting policy and ensuring its imple-
Hilton Jacksonville Riverfront. mentation. Ms. Minor focused on
Seventeen Trustees were joined the Board's role in fundraising and
by EWC Senior Staff and the annual giving.
President at this two and one-half
day event which proved to be very
informative, offering direction from
facilitators Dr. Fred Seamon and
Eugene Sherman of MGT of
America, Inc., and Ms. Vicki |
Minor, vice president/Institutional A
Dr. Seamon led a detailed discus- I -F a I k
I U w % W
"We're excited about a lot of
things that are happening at the
College, and the Retreat gives the
Board an opportunity to do strategic
planning and become a more effec-
tive team providing governance,"
said Bishop McKinley Young,
Dr. Seamon said he was pleased
"with the fact that there is no
absence in passion nor vision but
the challenge is getting people who
are willing and people who are
doing...putting the right people in
the right position to do the right
thing makes for an effective board.
You must overcome the challenges
and maximize the opportunities that
will make you a better board and a
better school. "
Dr. Seamon recommended that
the Board does a retreat at least
twice a year.
dent from 1997 to 2004. "This is a
substantial blow, not just to New
Orleans but to African-American
The first task in rebuilding has
been finding a home for displaced
students. Colleges across the nation
have quickly opened their doors,
often at no cost, and fund-raisers
have provided stipends to many stu-
The broader goal of reopening the
New Orleans colleges, however,
has become a daunting proposition.
A chief concern is that students will
never come back, even after the
campuses are cleaned up.
While Southern University, the
only public school among the three,
still draws its student body largely
from the New Orleans region,
Xavier and Dillard have increasing-
ly attracted students from other
states and nations.
At Dillard, for example, the stu-
dent body increased from 1,600 to
2,300 during Lomax's tenure. By
last year, the university had stu-
dents from 34 states and 12 foreign
The lure, as at many historically
black colleges, was a rich academic
and social tradition and a nurturing
environment. But it was also New
Orleans itself its dynamic cul-
ture, its clubs and dance halls and
its large black population.
Quanita Davis, a 19-year-old
from Hacienda Heights, Calif.,
would have been a sophomore at
Xavier this year. Now she is back in
Southern California, trying to find a
new academic home.
She is inclined to stay closer to
home; her current top choice is
Claremont McKenna College.
"Xavier being in New Orleans is
what made the school what it was,"
she said. "And New Orleans is not
going to be the same anymore. It's
never going to be the same."
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The eighth annual Kingsley
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slavery despite having a black
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Hold Retreat, Fall Meeting
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One Lord, One Faith Christian
Assembly One God One Ministry
Elder K. M. Middleton Sr. and
Prophetess Lisa M. Middleton,
founded One Lord, One Faith
Christian Assembley, in 2002, at
5410 Soutel Drive, in Jacksonville;
under the principle of "One God,
Although in its formative years,
One Lord, One Faith Christian
Assembly draws a profound unique
audience on Sunday mornings
because of its divine message,
ultimate goal, and its namesake.
"The church's name was given
unto me as an unction from the
Holy Ghost, endeavoring to keep
the unity of the spirit in the bond of
peace, therefore it being only one
Lord and having only one faith Elder K. M. Middleton Sr. and
(Ephesians 4:5), I have been Prophetess Lisa M. Middleton
instructed to tear down walls of but also in the city of Jacksonville,
denominations and lead God's and worldwide," the Jacksonville
people to victory." Elder Middleton native continued.
Sr. says. All are welcome to visit One
"As Pastor of this flock, my Lord, One Faith assembly, or view
ultimate goal is to bring unity to the the website, www.onelordjax.com.
body of Christ allowing God's
people to walk in and operate in Faust Temple to
their divine calling; to make an Celebrate 64th
impact, not only in our community, el rate
The 121-year old Dayspring
Baptist Church is relocating from
their Jefferson Street location to its
new edifice at 5654 Dunn Avenue.
Interim Pastor Jeffrey K. Rum-
lin says, "The move is a long time
coming for the church, but it is
right on time. There is a fresh,
warm spirit in Dayspring, and the'
congregation is ready to provide
relevant ministries to a growing
community. Northwest Jackson-
ville is one of the fastest growing
areas in the city." The book of
Ecclesiastes states, "To everything
there is a season. A time to break
down and a time to build up."
The church has already begun
Evangelistic campaigns letting the
church's new community now of
A few ministries that will be
available to the community are
child daycare, youth basketball and
Women's Ministry of
Anniversary Oct. 21 l[SI MISSIOlnaryl Iapl
The members of Faust Temple Church to Present
Church of God in Christ (COGIC),
2238 Moncrief Road, Bishop Ladies Night Out Oct. 7
Rushie L. Dixon, Pastor; will Christian Women Raising A
celebrate the 64th Anniversary of Standard in Ministry Excellence I
Faust Temple beginning with a Samuel 25:32-33, is the theme for
Service on Friday, October 21st at ladies Night Out 2005. The
7:30 p.m. Women's Ministry of First Mis-
Anniversary services will sionary Baptist Church, 810 S.
continue with a Musical at 6 p.m. Third Ave., Jacksonville Beach;
on S'ttiudayf'October 221d; fid th' "Rev:. Dr. Marvin McQieen, Senior
closing Service will commence at Pastor; cordially invites all to
4:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 23rd. "Ladies Night Out 2005" at 7 p.m.
Sister Sharon Hunter, Anniver- on Friday, October 7th.
sary Committee Chairperson and Lady Sandy Thomas of the
the Pastor and members invite all to Open Arms Christian Fellowship,
join them in this observance, will be the honored speaker.
aerobics. However, Pastor Rumlin
says, "Our primary focus will
always be on meeting the spiritual
and social needs of our community.
The opportunities that have been
given this congregation are
The Dedication Week Activities
begin with services nightly at 7
p.m. Monday, October 17 through
Thursday, October 20th. The guest
pastors and their churches are:
Monday Pastor Ernie L. Murray
& the St. Thomas Baptist Choir;
Tuesday Pastor H. T. Rhim & the
St. Joseph Baptist Choir; Wednes-
day- A Night of Testimony and a
Prayer Service; Thursday Pastor
Tom E. Diamond & The Abyssinia
Baptist Church Choir.
Interim Pastor Jeffrey K. Rum-
lim will bring the message at the
Sunday, October 23rd 11 a.m.
The Official Dedication Service
will commence at 3 p.m. Pastor O.
L. Blackshear & The Mt. Pleasant
Baptist Church Choir, of Atlanta,
GA; in charge of the service.
Dayspring Baptist Church is "A
Church Expecting Great Things
from a Great God." Be a part of it!
St. Matthew Baptist to Celebrate
Church and Pastor's Anniversaries
St. Matthew Baptist Church,
3731 Moncreif Road, where Rev.
George A. Price is Pastor; invites
the entire community to join them
for the Anniversary Celebration of
the Church and their Pastor on
Sunday, October 16, 2005. The
entire day will be one of praise and
celebration. "Praise ye the Lord, I
will Praise the Lord with my whole
heart, in the assembly of the
upright, and in the congregation" -
(Psalms 111:1), is the theme.
It will be the 104th Anniversary
of the Church, and the 42nd
Anniversary of Pastor George A.
The Third Sunday in October
will be a fulfilled day of worship-
ping and Praising God, for St.
Matthew's many blessings. This
day of celebration will begin with
Sunday School at 9:15 a.m.
followed by Morning Service.
Dr. Ron Rowe, Executive Direc-
tor of the Jacksonville Baptist
Association, will be the guest
Various churches throughout the
city will join us at 3 p.m. when the
youth will be in charge of the
The celebration will culminate
at 6:30 p.m. when the St. Matthew
Baptist Church Choir will be in
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IT'S A NEWDAYAT DAYSPRING
Dayspring to Hold Dedication
Week Services for New Edifice
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
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Sunday Morning Worship 7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
Church School 9:30 a.m.
1st Sunday Holy Communion 4:50p.m.
3rd Sunday The Preached Word from the Sons and Daughters
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Wednesday Noon Service "Miracle at Midday" 12 noon 1 p.m.
Wednesday 5:00p.m. Dinner and Bible Study at 6:30p.m.
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5863 Moncrief Road Jacksonville, FL 32209 (904) 768-8800 Phone (904) 768-3800 Fax
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Thursday 7:30 p.m. (Bible Study)
ST 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)
Pastor Ernie L. Murray, Sr.
Evangel Temple Assembly of God
Sunday, October 9th
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concert singing Songs of Praise
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truly, and prayerfully invites each
and everyone of you to come out,
and spend the entire day of
Blessings, that the Lord has
empowered to each of us.
Baptist Church to
Begin Revival Oct. 12
The Genesis Missionary Baptist
Church, 241 South McDuff Avenue
where Rev. Nelson B. Turpin is
Pastor, and Rev. Calvin O. Honors
Assistant Pastor; will hold Revival
Services, Wednesday, Thursday,
and Friday, October 12-14th, at 7:30
p.m. nightly. The theme is, "Sing
Unto the Lord".
Rev. Greg Williams, Pastor of
Midway Tabernacle Baptist Church
will be the Evangelist for the week.
Unity Day will be observed at
11 a.m. on Sunday, October 16,
2005. Rev. William Lavant, Pastor
of Bethel Missionary Baptist will
deliver the Spoken Word.
On Sunday, October 30th, at 4
p.m., District #4 will be "Encourag-
ing Seniors" at a special program.
Rev. Dr. Q. Thomas, Pastor of
Greater Moncrief Baptist Church,
will deliver the Spoken Word. The6
Greater..-Moncrief, Baptist ChurchJ
Choir will deliver the Service in
The public is cordially invited to
attend all services and programs.
October 6-12, 2005
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Men's Ministry of
Bethel Baptist Inst.
Fishing-trip for Men
The Men's Ministry of Bethel
Baptist Institutional Church, 215
Bethel Baptist Street, where Rev.
,Rudloph W. McKissick Sr. and Dr.
Rudloph W. McKissick Jr. are
Pastors; is sponsoring the K2 Deep
Sea Fishing Trip, Saturday,
October 29, 2005.
All men and boys fishing will
meet and leave from Bethel at 5:30
a.m. Registration is available at the
church. Deacon Reginald Leonard
is in charge. For more information,
please call (904) 354-1464.
Victory AM 1360
26th Anniversary set
for November 5th
William Murphy III, Keith
Wonderboy, Alvin Darling, the
Hope Chapel Mass Choir, Akilah,
The Christianaires, and VJ The
Messenger; are just part of the
array of gospel artists that will
appear on program to celebrate the
26th Anniversary of Victory AM
This anniversary celebration of
WCGL, "where Christ Gets Lifted"
will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday,
November 5, 2005, at The
Cathedral of Faith COGIC, 2591
West Beaver Street.
To reserve your seat, please call:
(904) 766-9955, 766-9285 or 1-800
First New Zion
Conference Oct. 7-9
First New Zion Missionary
Baptist Church, 4835 Soutel Drive,
invites all youth and young adults
to attend the Youth and Young
Adult conference beginning Friday,
October 7, at 7 p.m.; Workshop on
Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and
Sunday, Oct. 9h Service at 11 a.m.
If more information is needed,
please call (904) 765-3111.
Students can receive
Credit for Christian
"The Christian Heritage of
America", an 8-week, 16-Hour
Course, will be presented at New
Life Christian Fellowship on
Hodges Blvd. every Monday night
from 7-9 p.m., October 3rd through
November 28, 2005.
This exciting course is FREE,
and will include videos and great
guest speakers including: Judne
David Gooding, Rev. Ted Corley,
Dr. Steve Gyland, BishopVan
Gayton, and Randall Terry. The
truth about American History "that
has been stolen from history
books" will be taught. Many
schools are offering extra credit in
American History for this course.
To register, or for more
information, please call Judge John
Meisburg at (904) 223-6000.
All invited to attend
"Two are Better than One", a
Three-hour Marriage Seminar will
be presented on Saturday, October
15th. 9 a.m. to Noon by Dr. Joy
Canaday, LMHC. This seminar will
be held at the Father's House
Christian Conference Center, 1820
Monument Road; and is FREE to
the public. For more information,
please call (904) 737-0537.
RETIRED TEACHER OR
COLLEGE STUDENT P/T
Astute reader, with excellent
spelling ability, flexible hours
on Monday and Tuesday, only.
Please call leave, name, and
other information, including
daytime phone number: (904)
P/T, able to greet people, be
congenial; follow instructions,
good handwriting; typing, an
added plus; become part of
team, could become full time.
Call leave name, other
information, including daytime
phone number: (904) 764-6278.
Churches of God in Christ (COGIC)
Contribute $17 Million to Katrina Relief
MEMPHIS, Tenn. the Church of
God in Christ Inc. Charities
Foundation formed a special fund
to help victims of Hurricane
Katrina. The General Board of one
of the world's largest African
American religious denominations
formed the committee led by
Bishop Roy L. H. Winbush, of
Lafayette, Louisiana, to coordinate
the immediate and long-term relief
effort strategy. The church will
contribute more than $1 million in
cash to the relief effort, and
through in-kind donations, services
and collaborative efforts, the
church will facilitate up to $16
million to benefit hurricane
COGIC Presiding Bishop G. E.
Patterson says the General Board is
serious about doing what it can do
to assist Katrina evacuees. "We
have members of the denomination
who have lost their homes,
churches and family members, and
they are in crisis," Bishop Patterson
stated. "Our church through
COGIC Charities is reaching out to
those members and anyone else
affected by this natural disaster."
Bishop Patterson initiated the
relief effort with funds exceeding
$100,000 from his personal
resources and local congregations.
He challenged Bishops, Pastors and
Churches to follow with similar
expressions of generosity and
compassion. The churches in the
Memphis region, as well as
churches throughout the nation, are
The Jacksonville Branch of the
National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People
(NAACP), will host the 41st Annual
Freedom Fund Dinner at 7 p.m. on
Thursday November 10, 2005, at
the Radisson Riverwalk Hotel. The
speaker will be Ms. Aleathia Bon-
ello, Southeastern Regional Youth
and College Division Director.
The NAACP is the oldest, lar-
gest, strongest, and most effective
Civil Rights organization in
America. The Freedom Fund
Dinner is a special event held in the
community each year to give the
association an opportunity to salute
those citizens who have served
Jacksonville in the area of Civil
Rights. It is also an opportunity to
salute those students who have
been identified as Semifinalists in
the National Achievement Scholar-
Bishop Gilbert E. Patterson
President Bishop Worldwide
Church of God in Christ
responding to this national tragedy
by providing hundreds of meals
daily to evacuees..
Bishop Winbush and leadership
of other denominations met with
President George W. Bush in
Washington, DC for a briefing on
the relief effort and to discuss ways
the religious community can assist.
COGIC is offering their former
Saints Junior College campus in
Lexington, Miss. As a site to
relocate 500 to 1000 evacuees. The
275 acre site will accommodate
transitional housing and an
emergency education program.
Many COGIC churches have
coordinated shelters, clothes, cash
and food donations for evacuees.
"Through the denominations
efforts, our congregations and
members of the community have
been reaching out to victims
involved in Hurricane Katrina,"
ship Program for Outstanding
The speaker, Ms. Bonello, is a
dynamic young lady who has her
roots in the NAACP. As Director
of the Youth and College Division,
she is responsible for organizing
and overseeing all youth and col-
lege chapters in the Southeast
Jacksonville Branch President
Isaiah Rumlin, Chairman Jean
Pettis, and Honorary Chairman,
Elizabeth Means, implore you NOT
to miss this special event. There is
a donation for the Dinner, since this
is the major fund-raiser for the
chapter. Church, Corporate, and
organization tables are available.
For dinner reservations and
tickets, please call the NAACP
office at (904) 764-7578, or Mrs.
Elnora G. Atkins, (904) 768-8697.
University of Zoe International, Inc.
6504 Arlington Road, Suite 101
Jacksonville, Florida 32211
Telephone (904) 743-1077
OPEN ENROLLMENT Distance Learning
Degrees Offered: Associate, Bachelor, Master,
Doctor of Philosophy
The University of Zoe International Inc. admits students of
any race, color, and national or ethnic origin to all rights,
privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or
made available to students at our school and does not
discriminate on the basis of race, color, and national or
ethnic origin in administration of our educational policies,
admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and
athletic and other school-administered programs.
Law Office of:
Reese Marshall, P.A.
Wills and Estates
214 East Ashley Street
Jacksonville, Florida 32202
Over 30 years experience of professional and
courteous service to clients
said First Assistant Presiding
Bishop Charles Blake, Pastor of the
West Angeles Church of God in
Christ Church in Los Angeles.
More than 2,000 people
contributed to the West Angeles
clothing drive and donated more
than $100,000 to the relief effort.
Bishop Blake added, "I ask that
people contribute to the COGIC
Charities Foundation so that we are
better equipped financially to help
the hurricane victims."
The Michigan COGIC Churchs
gave more than $100,000 toward
the relief effort, and are facilitating
the availability of 372 units of
mult-family and senior housing
through section 8. This is in
coordination with federal and state
agencies. Trucks from across the
country have been sent with relief
supplies to the devastated areas
across the south.
First New Zion M.B.
Fall Harvest Fair set
for Saturday-Oct. 15
First New Zion Missionary
Baptist Church, 4835 Soutel Drive,
Rev. Dr. James B. Sampson, Pas-
tor; invites all to their "Fall Harvest
Fair" from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on
Saturday, October 15, 2005.
First New Zion Missionary
Baptist Church is preparing to
celebrate the 84th Anniversary of
the Church, and the 20t
Anniversary for Pastor Sampson.
The Fall Harvest Fair is
designed to promote, inform,
educate and create awareness that
will impact Total Health Care:
Physically, Spiritually & Finaci-
ally. A community health fair will
feature many organizations and
FREE Flu Shots. There will also
be FREE food for all to enjoy.
The Fall Harvest Fair will
feature Heavenly Uplifting Music
and Preaching, and much more.
The public is cordially invited.
The Ribault Full Service
School Oversight Commit-
tee Meeting will be held at
the school, 3701 Winton
Drive, at 6 p.m., Tuesday,
October 11, 2005.
The community came together
October 6, 2005, at Bethel Baptist
Institutional Church, to honor and
commemorate the life of Alicia
Shellman Carlisle. She was the
widow of the late Mr. Seth Carlisle.
Alicia Electa Shellman Evans
Carlisle was born on January 31,
1966, to the late William Shellman
and Ida Logan Shellman Harris
(Ben), of Jacksonville. She attend-
ed local schools, graduating from
Northwestern Junior High and
William M. Raines High School,
class of 1983. Mrs. Carlisle
graduated cum sum laude from
Florida Memorial College.
Mrs. Carlisle was employed by
the Duval County Public School
Board as a District Exceptional
Student Education Job Coach.
Singing since the age of 4, she
has often been compared to the
world famous Mahalia Jackson, so
it was only fitting that she played
and sang the role of the gospel
singer in the gospel musical
"Mahalia", produced by Stage
Aurora, Darryl Reuben Hall,
executive director; in April of this
year. Mrs. Carlisle received rave
reviews for her portrayal of the
beloved Mahalia Jackson.
She was also a member of the
BCD (Becoming Christ Disciples)
singing ensemble, founded by Mr.
Wayne Robinson, at Bethel. The
BCD members: Marian Walker,
Patricia Blaylock, Monica Bentley
Knight, Robin Dickerson, Kenneth
Lesesne, Tarra Jones, Joyce Culler,
Michael Thomas, Arlexie Gray,
Charles Dallas, and Jamie Burton;
accompanied by Wayne Robinson,
sang at her service.
Alica Shellman Carlisle leaves
to cherish her memory: a son,
Brandon William Sherrod Evans;
three daughters, Danielle Laneisha
Carlisle, Darrale Simone Carlisle,
and Nikikia Carlisle; mother, Ida
Logan Shellman Harris (Ben);
among the uncles, Alphonso L.
Logan, of Tarpon Springs, FL;
among the aunts, Dorothy Durham
Lucas (William), Jacksonville; a
loving "other mother", Mary Peter-
son; goddaughter, Laquida Feacher;
godson, Akinlabi Hubbard; father -
in-law and mother-in-law, Willie
Alicia Shellman Carlisle
and Delores Jones; godmother,
Graylayn Lesesne; "other brother"
Franklin Smith; and extended fam-
ily including: Mrs. Patricia Cooper,
Carla Cooper, and "Squeaky".
Bethel Baptist Institutional
Church, where Mrs. Carlisle served
in the music ministry, resounded
with the music that she loved,
performed by the Bethel Baptist
Institutional Church's Mass Choir,
and others. Rev. Rudolph W.
McKissick Sr. and Dr. Rudolph W.
McKissick Jr. presided and deliver-
ed the Eulogy, while Pastors from
around the city participated in the
service, including: Reverend
Michael Mitchell, who gave the
Scripture; and Reverend Isaiah
Rumlin Jr., who rendered prayer.
Reflections were given by: Mr.
Milton Threadcraft (Jr. High Sch.),
Mr. Jimmy Johnson (High School),
Mr. John Gripper, Rev. Wallace
Rasberry, Rev. Harold Hair, and
Ms. Monica Bentley.
The BCD Singing Ensemble, of
which Mrs. Carlisle was a member,
sang, accompanied by Mr. Wayne
Robinson, founder of the group.
The Pallbearers were: Kenneth
Reddick, Harry Walker, Michael
Blaylock, Floyd "Jones, Franklin
Smith, and Kenneth Lesesne.
The Flower Attendants were the
members of the Zeta Phi Beta
Sorority, where Mrs. Carlisle held
Mrs. Carlisle was committed to
rest in the Evergreen Cemetery.
Solomon Glover Funeral Home
in charge, Victor Solomon, L.F.D.
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Homegoing Services held
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Jacksonville Branch NACP
ctber 6-12, 2005
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How much will Medicare prescription drug
coverage cost, what you will get in return
The standard Medicare drug benefit offers insurance
that will pay some of your drug expenses and will pay
some of your drug expenses and will protect you
against very high costs. If you have an additional drug
coverage, from an employer or a state pharmacy
assistance program, for example, this will reduce your
out-of-pocket expenses more.
During a calendar year, here's how the standard plan
The Monthly Premium is the amount you pay each
month to a Medicare drug plan sponsor to purchase
drug coverage. The actual amount will depend on
which plan sponsor you choose. The average premium
for standard drug coverage in 2006 is expected to be
about $32. But some plans will charge more and some
This premium will be in addition to your monthly
premium for Medicare Part B. You can choose to have
the drug premium taken out of your Social Security
check or pay it directly to your Medicate drug plan
sponsor. Each person must pay a premium as an
individual. There are no discounts for married couples.
The Annual deductible is the amount you have to
spend on drugs at the beginning of the calendar year
before your coverage kicks in. In 2006, the deductible
can be no higher than $250, though some plans may set
a lower limit.
Initial Coverage: In 2006, if you have signed up for
Medicare's prescription drug coverage, you will pay a
$250 deductible toward the cost of your drugs. After
you have paid this deductible, the plan will cover 75%
of the next $2,000 of your drug costs, and you will pay
the remaining 25%. In other words, the plan will cover
$1,500 toward this amount, and you will pay $500. At
this point, you will have paid a total of $750, your $250
deductible, plus the $500 just explained....if your drug
costs amount to that much.
Coverage Gap: After the initial coverage limit
described herein, there is a gap in Medicare's coverage
(also known as the "donut hole"). This means that in
2006 you could pay up to an additional $2,850 before
Medicare's coverage continues. While you are in this
coverage gap, the plan will pay nothing toward your
However, if you have extra coverage from a state
program or elsewhere that adds to medicare's, this may
narrow or eliminate the gap. Some drug plans may offer
similar extra coverage, probably for a higher premium.
If you have limited income and qualify for Extra Help,
you will not be affected by the coverage gap.
Public Hearing on
to be held at EWC
JACKSONVILLE Parents, stu-
dents, and the community, are
invited to attend a Public Hearing
on School Discipline Policies in
Duval County Public Schools. The
public hearing will be held at 7
p.m. on Thursday, October 13,
2005, in the Milne Auditorium at
Edward Waters College, 1658
Parents and educators have
expressed growing concern over
discipline policies in our schools,
including proposed use of tasers
and the criminalization of students
through the M.A.R.S. program.
Schools are beginning to mirror
prisons, both in the over-reliance
on law enforcement and in the
overuse of suspension, expulsion or
arrest as punishments for age-
appropriate, minor behavior that
should be handled inside of
schools, and in the home.
These extreme measures are
unproductive and only. serve to
isolate our children and remove
them from a structured educational
environment. Our schools should
be exemplary institutions of
learning, not feeder systems to jail
This public hearing is sponsored
by the NAACP, the Advancement
Project, and the NAACP Legal
Defense and Educational Fund Inc.
If you have concerns and
experiences that you would like to
share at the hearings, please
contact: Olivia Gay-Davis at (904)
768-6232; or email: Ogdavis@bell
Catastrophic Coverage: If you have expenses that
go above the coverage gap, the plan covers up to 95%
of the rest of your prescription costs until the end of the
calendar year. There is no limit to this coverage in any
one year. It is called "catastrophic" because it is
intended to protect you against very high drug bills.
Under the standard drug benefit for 2006, catastrophic
coverage begins after you've spent $3,600 on drugs
out-of-pocket over the course of the year, not including
premiums. ($3,600=$250 deductible+ $500 in co-
payments+$2,850 in the coverage gap.) At this level,
you will pay only $2 a prescription for generic drugs
and $5 a prescription for brand name drugs, or 5% of
the cost of each prescription, whichever is higher.
Who tracks my out-of-pocket expenses in the
Medicare coverage gap? If you continue to get drugs
through your Medicare drug plan during the gap, the
plan will keep track. If you buy any from elsewhere,
you must send the receipts to your plan But only drugs
that are covered by your plan will count toward the
$3,600 out-of-pocket maximum (unless your plan has
allowed you an exception for a drug it doesn't usually
cover). Also, any drugs bought from Canada or other
foreign countries do not count. Once the maximum is
reached, your plan automatically starts your
What if another plan pays for my drugs in the
coverage gap? Whoever provides your other drug
insurance will work with your Medicare drug plan to
ensure that you receive the correct coverage. However,
not all kinds of extra coverage count towards the out-
of-pocket maximum. If they don't, it means it will take
longer to qualify for catastrophic coverage. Drug costs
that do count toward the out-of-pocket maximum
include those that are paid for by a family member and
some state pharmacy assistance programs. Those that
do not count include costs paid by other insurance.
including from employers, unions, workers compensa-
tion or government programs such as veterans and
military retiree benefits.
Can I delay reaching the Medicare coverage gap?
Yes, Using lower-cost drugs will stretch your $2,000
initial coverage. Ask your doctor if a generic drug or
lower-cost brand name drug would work just as well for
you as the one you now take. Using these kinds of
drugs could also reduce your copayments.
To obtain a copy of What You Need to Know
About the New Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage,
call AARP toll-free at 1-888-687-2277, or visit website
The popular Sam Hall, Linda
Sherrer, Carolyn Ettinger and Peg-
gy Cornelius, promise that "Paint
the Night" will be one that you will
enjoy, and long remember. "Paint
the Night" will be held from 7 p.m.
to 10 p.m. on Friday, October 14th
at the J. Johnson Gallery, 177
Fourth Ave. N., Jacksonville Beach
Entertainment will begin the
evening as guests enjoy RED
Martinis and a Silent Auction.
Desserts and Dancing to the music
of ACME will follow. And attire
will be "Red Hot" of course!
Don't miss this fun event to
benefit the Housing Partnership of
NE Florida, and the Neighborhood
Housing Service of New Orleans.
For ticket information, call (904)
Free Home Buyers
Seminar Oct. 20th
The Metro North Community
Development Corporation is spon-
soring a FREE Home Buyers
Seminar at 6 p.m. on Thursday,
October 20, 2005. The Seminar is
open to the public, and will be held
in the Andrew Jackson High
School Cafeteria. All are welcome.
Don't miss this opportunity, for
more information, call 358-1224.
The 21st Annual Empty Bowls
Luncheon, a benefit for Lutheran
Social Services Second Harvest
Food Bank is set for 12 noon on
Tuesday, November 15, 2005.
The luncheon will feature lovely
hand crafted bowls, a silent auc-
tion, celebrity autographed bowls,
and pottery demonstrations. Local
potters and ceramic artists have
donated their time and talents to
create unique bowls.
Area school children have cre-
ated original, hand crafted bowls
for every guest, who will be able to
select the right bowl to take home.
Sponsorships are invited in five
To reserve your sponsorship, or
luncheon space and tickets, please
call Rachel Miller at (904) 353-
The Ribault Full Service
School Oversight Commit-
tee Meeting will be held at
the School, 3701 Winton
Drive, at 6 p.m., Tuesday,
October 11, 2005.
Now Celebrating First Anniversary
Premier Black Pediatric Dental Office is
Fun, and on the Brink of Technology
By Natalie A. Mitchell
JACKSONVILLE Mr. Toothbrush, toys, PlayStation2
and dental care, are among just a few of the exciting
aspects available to young patients at the premier dental
office, Pediatric Smiles. The first pediatric dental office
in the North Jacksonville area, Pediatric Smiles is also
the first female and black-owned pediatric dental
practice in the city. The unique practice caters to the
specific needs of younger patients to improve dental
health and self-esteem at its colorful and customer-
Founded in September 2001, Dr. Tanya Wall, DDS
and Dr. Staci Suggs, DDS, opened their private practice
and have expanded its patient base to more than 2,000
children over the last four years. Pediatric Smiles
provides optimum comprehensive and emergency
dental care in a nurturing and safe environment to
infants, children, adolescents and individuals with
special care needs. However, its primary focus lies in
preventive dentistry, which beings before age one (1).
"We encourage parents to bring their children in
early to prevent potential dental decay," Wall said.
To ease patients' anxiety prior to and during dental
visits, the office offer specific books to introduce
children and parents to the world of dentistry and the
importance of proper dental care, for example Barney
Goes to the Dentist is a favorite among several patients.
Parents are welcome to borrow books to read to their
children in between visits.
As apparent in any business, a distinctive business
approach is always beneficial to retain clients. Pediatric
Smiles has incorporated cutting-edge technology to
visually appeal to patients. Each operator room is
designed to entertain patients during visits. But more
exciting, while Wall and Suggs provide treatment,
patients can recline and watch movies or Dora the
Explorer, on televisions built in the ceiling.
"We know that going to the dentist can be a new
and unfamiliar experience for our patients, so we give
them constant praise for cooperation, as well as prizes
Tanya Wall, DDS and Staci Suggs, DDS
and popsicles as incentives for good behavior," Wall
said. The facility also provides X-Box, PS2 and
Nintendo games and several Disney movies in the
"I met Tanya while completing my residency at the
Howard University Dental School," Suggs said. "We
moonlighted at the same Maryland dental office."
Walls, also attending Howard was one year ahead of
Suggs. They developed a friendship that evolved into
their business relationship.
Suggs is a Ribault High School graduate, and is at
home, while Wall is a native of Clemmons, NC, in the
Winston Salem area.
All parents should mark their calendars for Saturday,
October 22nd, that's when Pediatric Smiles, located at
2622 Dunn Avenue, will celebrate its first anniversary.
All are invited to visit during the Anniversary Open
House. For information, please call (904) 751-5126.
EVANSTON, Ill. October is
Breast Cancer Awareness month.
Early detection, thanks to regular
self-exams and mammograms, ups
the chances of successfully treating
and surviving breast cancer, says
Cancer Expert Keith Block, M.D.
While finding the disease early
is important, what if you could help
prevent it from ever developing?
Research is mounting that
women may be able to do just that,
or, at least, greatly lower their risk
of breast cancer, by paying
attention to what they eat and
choosing foods that actually have
breast cancer fighting properties.
"These are not exotic, medicinal
tasting or hard-to-find items, but
foods you can get at the grocery
store," says Dr. Block, medical/
scientific director of the Block
Center for Integrative Cancer Care
and Optimal Health in Evanston,
Illinois. "The key is to incorporate
them into your diet and eat them
For example, "mangoes are rich
in cancer-fighting phytochemicals,
and spinach contains a carotenoid
called lutein that may inhibt breast
cancer growth," says Dr. Block.
"Garlic and onions also contain a
host substances (including flavor-
nols called quercetin and kaemp-
ferol and the antioxidant glutathi-
one) that reduce breast cancer risk.
Red peppers and tomatoes are
loaded with lycopene, a phyto-
Golden Corral Providing
Free Flu Shots to Seniors
Seniors (65+) in the North Florida area will be able to receive
a free flu shot and a Golden Corral "buy one get one free
lunch" coupon at area stores in October. Each of the Five
participating restaurants will open their doors from 11 a.m.
to 2 p.m. so the Duval County Health Department can admin-
ister the shots and provide information to keep from spread-
ing the virus.
chemical that appears to have
tumor blocking properties. Other.
"super foods" with potent cancer
preventing properties include:
Corn, tofu, brown basmati
rice, whole wheat, red beans,
lemon juice, and olive oil.
In fact, use olive oil instead of
other fats for salad dressing and
cooking. According to a study
released earlier this year, oleic acid,
which is found in olive oil. may
help inactivate a cancer gene that is
responsible for up to 30% of all
Changing your diet to include
foolds that may substantially lower
your risk of breast cancer is not
only a smart choice it can be a
delicious one, according to Penny
Block, co-founder of the Block
Center and author of the cook
book, A Banquet of Health, which
features over 200 tantalizing
recipes including many of the
world's favorite traditional dishes,
only with a healthy twist.
The "super foods" can be
incorporated into everything from
entrees to dips and salsas and even
desserts. How you prepare food can
also help lower your cancer risk,,
suggests Penny, who is donating
$5.00 for each cookbook sold
during the month of October to
"Living Beyond Breast Cancer," a
nonprofit organization that empow-
ers all women affected by breast
cancer to live as long as possible
with the best quality of life. For
information about how to order the
cookbook, see: www.blockmd.com.
White bread, sugar and potato
chips are high glycemic foods that
are converted almost immediately
to a rapid spike in blood sugar," Dr.
Block explains. Eating foods that
have a high glycemic index may
raise the risk of breast cancer
among older women.
The glycemic index measures
how fast and how high blood sugar
rises after you eat food containing
According to the American
Cancer Society (ACS), American
women have a o ne in eight chance
of developing breast cancer during
their lifetime. ACS data shows that
about three million (3,000,000) US
Women have breast cancer today.
The Block Center for Integrative
Cancer Care and Optimal Health,
founded in 1980, focuses on treat-
ing the patient as a whole person,
not just treating the diagnosis and
the symptoms. While the Block
Center is a full treatment clinic, it is
involved in collaborative research
with M.C. Anderson Cancer Center
in Houston, Texas, and is also
engaged in clinical cancer research
with other university facilities in
the United States and Israel.
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Any Rich Man Will Do
by Francis Ray
FRANCIS RAY towomanwho
R never thought
: she needed any-
one, a woman
with no friends
or family to
g' m speak of, when
,Ii n she falls on hard
UILL. 00 times? Any Rich
Man Will Do,
by national bestselling author
Francis Ray, is a poignant story
about finding companionship and
encouragement in the most unlikely
Jana Franklin is broke and liv-
ing in a shabby motel. Once a glit-
tering socialite, she is now an out-
cast, a pariah in the elite society she
once ruled. At one point in time,
Jana's only goal had been having
fun, preferably at someone's
expense. Now her free-wheeling
lifestyle has come to a sudden end.
At thirty-two, Jana has no skills to
support herself...at least not those
she could put on a resume...and she
doesn't have a rich man to fall back
on. Without friends, without hope,
Jana, as always, has no one she can
depend on but herself.
In a desperate bid to save her-
self, Jana stumbles into Olivia
Maxwell's luxurious linen shop,
"Midnight Dreams," and meets
Olivia's brother, Tyler-a man she
quickly discovers she cannot
manipulate or toy with. Meeting
Olivia and Tyler changes Jana's life
in ways she never imagined.
Dying In The Dark
Valerie Wilson Wesley's feisty
Tamara Hayle is back in the seventh
book in her highly acclaimed mys-
tery series, Dying In The Dark,
which finds Newark, New Jersey's
#1 private Investigator entrenched
in a sinister case that will demand
her best work yet.
Tamara Hayle is used to dealing
with other people's problems. But
now her past has come back to
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FRE EPUIEl [SS
haunt her liter-
ally. She's been
Sb plagued by ter-
Jones, an old
Ta friend whose
walk on the
wild side led to
her death. Celia's teenage son,
Cecil, begs Tamara to find his
mother's killer only to end up dead
The search for the killer pulls
Tamara deep into her friends trou-
bled life a bullying thug of an ex-
husband; a a handsome former
lover who woos Tamara with charm
and lies; and an angry, jealous
woman who claims that Celia broke
her heart. And those are just the
obvious suspects. As she investi-
gates, all the clues lead to the past
Tamara and Celia shared, and
Tamara fears that past will threaten
her own son. But soon she uncovers
more than she bargained for -
revealing secrets someone would
kill to keep in then shadows.
Einstein on Race
by Fred Jerome and Rodger Taylor
A new book on Albert Einstein
reveals that the brilliant scientist
ly in activities to
bolster black civil
rights, and was
with the ultimate
Paul Robeson. In
fact, both co-chaired the American
Crusade to End Lynching and
shared a dozen other anti-racist
activities.These and other rarely-
known facts about Einstein's civil
rights work are detailed in the
book, "Einstein on Race and
Racism," from authors Fred Jerome
and Rodger Taylor.
The book also tells of Einstein's
support for W. E. B. Du Bois, his
friendship with Marian Anderson
and his many ties with the African
American people living in
Princeton's ghetto in and around
Witherspoon Street. These and
other facts about Einstein's civil
rights work were simply left out of
school history books.
The authors write in the preface:
"One explanation for this historical
amnesia is that Einstein's biogra-
phers and others who shape our
official memories, felt that some of
his 'controversial' friends, such as
Robeson, and activities, such as co-
chairing the anti-lynching cam-
paign, might somehow tarnish
Einstein as an American icon."
According to the authors, Einstein
had clear intentions to make his
politics public especially his anti-
lynching and other antiracist activi-
ties. But "history-molders have
seemed embarrassed to do so; or
T.D. Jakes Takes on The Motherland
Renowned African-American tele-vangelist, TD Jakes preeches to wor-
shipers during a gospel meeting in Nairobi, Kenya. Jakes arrived in Kenya
at the head of a huge delegation for a week long prayer and development
mission aimed at reducing poverty in the East African Nation.
Lionel Tate In
A teenager who once killed a 6-
year-old playmate has been
charged with criminal mischief
after a sheriffs deputy said he
broke the glass in his cell door.
Lionel Tate, 18, has been held
without bail since May. He was
charged with robbing a pizza
delivery man at gunpoint and pro-
Prosecutors filed new charges
on Friday. According to court
records, Tate was shouting at
deputies on Aug. 25 while "bang-
ing on the cell door glass window
... for approximately 30 to 45 sec-
Tate faces a potential life sen-
tence on the robbery charge
because he is on probation as part
of a plea agreement in the 1999
death of 6-year-old family friend
Tate, who was 12 when the girl
was killed, was the youngest per-
son to that point sentenced to life
in prison in modem American his-
tory. He first claimed that he acci-
dentally killed her while imitating
wrestlers he had seen on televi-
The first-degree murder convic-
tion and sentence were reversed
on appeal. Tate was released after
almost three years in prison.
ILA 1408 Raffles Off Ford Taurus
ILA Local 1408 rafffled off a 1998 ford Taurus that had been used by the Vice-President. The raffle tickets
were sold for $ 5.00 each. In spite of the groups of tickets that some bought, Lynn Delay, a maintenance mechan-
ic won the vehicle with the purchase of a single 5.00 raffle ticket. "What is for you, No man can put assunder"
Shown above is ILA President Vincent Cameron handing over the keys and the Title of the Ford Taurus won by
Lynn Delay surrounded by members of the ILA Executive Board.
Drop in Consumer Index Indicates
Increased Economic Woes for Blacks
I el ETAY optt sAdc.
For many black Americans,
experts say, the historic drop in the
Consumer Confidence Index under-
scores a series of economic chal-
lenges caused by rising unemploy-
ment, the recent hurricanes in the
Gulf Coast region and the war in
"From an economic perspective,
this is a difficult time for African-
Americans," said Tanisha A. Skyes,
consumer affairs editor for Black
Last week, the Consumer
Confidence Index experienced its
biggest drop in 15 years. The
Conference Board said its index,
compiled from a survey of U.S.
households, dropped 18.9 points to
86.6 from a revised reading of
105.5 in August -- the biggest slide
since October 1990.
"Today's numbers show that con-
sumers are not very optimistic
about the economy," the chief econ-
omist at A.G. Edwards & Sons told
reporters. "As a result, we will see
consumer spending reduced until
we see some relief on energy prices
... If we don't get some relief, it
looks like it will be a very weak
According to a recent poll by The
Washington Post, consumer confi-
dence continued its downward slide
as a result of Hurricane Katrina.
Sixty percent of Americans said the
U.S. economy is getting worse,
with one in 10 saying it is getting
better and three in 10 seeing no
change, the Post poll revealed.
Sykes said many black Americans
-- from blue-collar workers to cor-
porate professionals -- are still fac-
ing unemployment rates that are
twice the rate of whites, and many
blacks have been severely impacted
by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
"For those men and woman con-
tributing to the war in Iraq, there are
many one-parent households in
black communities where moms
and dads and grandparents are rais-
ing children these days, and it's put-
ting a strain on black households,"
She added that many black
Americans who are searching for
jobs, "haven't recovered from the
Consumer experts said the drop in
the index is also a result of
Americans becoming increasingly
anxious about the rising costs of
heating their homes and rising gas
Meanwhile, the government
reported last week that new-home
sales plunged in August by the
largest amount in nine months, con-
tinuing a series of concerns about
the health of the housing market.
"From falling wages and increas-
ing health care costs, to sky-high
gas prices and climbing poverty
rates, the Bush economy is failing
America's working families,"
Karen Finney, communications
director for the Democratic
National Committee, said in a state-
ment. "The only thing worse than
this Bush economy is the last Bush
President George W. Bush, how-
ever, has maintained that America's
economy is steady.
Last month, Bush met with his
economic advisors and according to
the White House website, "from
new jobs to GDP growth to
increased productivity to low infla-
tion, America's economy today is
strong. The economy has generated
nearly 4 million new jobs since
May 2003, and the unemployment
rate is 5 percent, the lowest since
before September 11."
The website says there were
207,000 new jobs created in July
and the economy has created more
than 2.2 million jobs over the past
White House advisors say Bush's
economic plans include making his
tax cuts permanent, restraining
spending by the federal government
and cutting the deficit in half.
According to Rep. Elijah E.
Cummings (D-MD), the Bush
administration is ruining the econo-
my, in part because Bush insists on
awarding tax credits for America's
wealthiest citizens while threaten-
ing more cuts in the domestic budg-
et to care for hurricane survivors.
Cummings added that jobs
Republicans are promising will
most likely be minimum wage posi-
tions that would make it difficult
for many blacks to support their
And for many black Americans
from the Gulf Coast region, finding
housing and jobs will be a major
challenge. Today, more than
100,000 people are still living in
temporary housing, and 400,000
more are in hotel rooms costing up
to $100 a night. A government-
funded Red Cross program that
allows hurricane survivors to stay
in hotels is set to expire on October
15, and federal officials are scram-
bling to find alternative housing
arrangements for homeless fami-
Many have told reporters they
have no idea how they plan to live
after the Red Cross housing dead-
line expires and some economists
predict a significant increase in
poverty across the nation.
"For African-Americans," Sykes
said, "it's a continuous struggle."
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1hIlat to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
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.
at The Ritz
Ritz Theatre & LaVilla Museum
presents their monthly "Amateur
Night at the Ritz", Friday, October
7th at 7:30 p.m.. Amateur Night
presents some of the hottest talent
in Jacksonville with contestants
competing for cash prizes. For more
information, please call 904-632-
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.
Lee & Paxon C/O 84-
87 All Reunion Party
The Robert E. Lee Senior High
School & Paxon High School class-
es of 1984-1987 will host a reunion
party on October 8, 2005 at the
Comedy Act Caf6 located at 3225
Plymouth Street from 9:00 PM until
2:00 AM. The attire is dress to
impress. For tickets, call: Marva at
FAMU Alumni Meeting
The October FAMU Alumni
Meeting will be held on Saturday,
October 8th from 6 8 p.m. at the
Northwest Branch Library on
Edgewood Ave at 6p. For more
information, call 910-7829.
"A Night of Stars"
To celebrate Florida Community
College's 40th year, the Florida
Community College Foundation
will sponsor a gala on October 8,
2005 at 8:00 p.m. The event,
themed "A Night of Stars," will be
held at the College's Deerwood
Center and is open to the public.
Proceeds will benefit Foundation
Scholarships. For more informa-
tion, please 632-3237.
Bust Busters Inc. will have their
3rd Annual Hat Extravaganza and
Brunch on Saturday, October 8th.
Mistress of Ceremony Rep. Audrey
Gibson will lead the audience
through the latest fashions in hats
and accessories in addition to a
gourmet brunch and silent auction.
The Extravaganza will be held at
the Haskell Building, 111 Riverside
Avenue from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. For
more information and/or tickets,
Black Expo 2005
Thomas McCants Media Inc.,
publisher of the Black Pages USA
will host the 4th annual Florida
Black Expo on October 8, 2005
from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Prime
Osborn Convention Center. Florida
Black Expo '05 is a one-day event
that will be held in Jacksonville, FL
featuring over 200 exhibitors and
attracting over 20,000 visitors. The
family-oriented event that exposes
the community to business opportu-
nities and cultural resources. This
year's Expo 05 will include semi-
nars/workshops, health fair, ven-
dors, actor Danny Glover, live
entertainment, youth activities and
food vendors. Call 403-6960 for
more information or to volunteer.
Do you know an
Someone who is constantly doing for others and put-
ting someone else's needs before their own, a friend that
goes beyond the norm? A tireless volunteer? Nominate
he or she for the Unsung Hero spotlight and they could
win a profile in the Jacksonville Free Press and a $50
gift certificate from Publix Supermarkets.
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A meeting for concerned citizens
seeking improved passenger deco-
rum on the city busses will meet on
Tuesday, October 11th from 2:30 -
4 p.m. in the JTA Board Room, 10
N. Myrtle Avenue. The speaker will
be City Council District 8 candidate
Denise Lee. For more information
Public Hearing on
The NAACP will host a commu-
nity hearing on discipline policies
in Duval County Public Schools.
The open forum will be held at
EWC's Milne Auditorium in
Thursday, October 13th at 7 p.m.
On the agenda topics include the
use of tasers and the criminalization
of students through the MARS pro-
gram. parents, students and com-
munity members are encouraged to
attend. Refreshments will be pro-
vided. If you have any experiences
that you would like to share at the
hearing or need more info, contact
Olivia Gay Davis at 768-6232.
The 9th Annual Halfacre memori-
al Golf Tournament will be held on
October 14th, 2005 (raindate
11/18) at the Cimarrone Golf &
Country Club. The tournament's
namesake, Edward Halfacre, began
the junior golf program at the
Johnson Branch YMCA to intro-
duce urban youth to the sport of
golf. For more information call the
The Julius Guinyard Tennis
Association, the only African
American Tennis Club in the
Jacksonville area, will their 9th
Annual Tennis Classic the weekend
of October 14th. Net proceeds will
benefit the junior development pro-
grams of the Association. The clas-
sic will be held at the UNF Tennis
Complex and play will begin on
Friday at 6:30 p.m. for more infor-
mation, call John Lamkin at 724-
O.P. AKA Breast
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Pi Eta Omega Chapter of Orange
Park is hosting its 2nd Annual
Walking Toward a Cure Breast
Cancer Walk/Run on Saturday,
October 15, 2005 from 8:00 a.m. to
11:00 a.m. on River Road (behind
Orange Park Kennel Club) in
Orange Park. Registration fee is
$15 per person. Majority of pro-
ceeds will be donated to the
American Cancer Society. For more
information or to register, call
Sylvia Harrison at 743-1020.
A Ride 4 A Cause
A call is out for all Bikers-Clubs
and Independent Riders to join in
on Saturday October 15th for the
Drive for the Lupus Foundation.
The ride will begin at Applebee's at
the beach at 10 a.m. Kickstands will
go up at 11:00 and will end the ride
at L.C. Miller park on Moncrief Rd.
A light lunch will be provide for
riders. There will also be music and
a flag football game ready to roll
after we finish riding for a worthy
cause. For more information email
A full afternoon of presentations
exploring the life and times of
Zephaniah Kingsley will be offered
at Kingsley Plantation on Saturday,
October 15, 2005 The event the
annual celebration is themed
"Perspectives on Zephaniah
Kingsley and is free and open to
the public. The event recognizes the
rich culture that evolved amongst
slave communities despite the
severe oppression of slavery, and
examines the determination and
strength of those men, women, and
children. Located off Heckscher
Drive, Kingsley Plantation is open
daily, at no charge, between 9:00
a.m. and 5:00 p.m. The day of the
event the park will close at 7:00
p.m. For more information, call
Would you like to learn how to
grow your own vegetables? Staffers
at the Duval County Extension will
offer a program on growing your
own vegetables. You will also
watch a hands-on demonstration to
learn how to turn your vegetables
into a flower garnish to use at your
next feast! The class will be held on
Saturday October 15, 2005 from
10:00 12:30 PM at the Duval
County Extension Office, 1010 N.
McDuffAve. Call 387-8850 to pre-
Jazz Night Out
The Northeast Florida Commu-
nity Action Agency will hold their
first annual Jazz Night Out on
Saturday, October 15th at 7:00
p.m. at the Be-The-Lite Conference
Center. The fund raising event will
feature the smooth jazz vabd C1
along with other local artists. For
more information call 358-7474.
AKA Walk Run
Sfor Breast Cancer
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is
hosting their 2nd Annual Walking
Toward a Cure Breast Cancer
Walk/Run. The event will be held
on October 15th from 8 11 a.m.
on River Road (behind Orange Park
Kennel Club). For more infonna-
tion or to register, call Sylvia
Harrison at 743-1020.
Florida Department of Health Bureau of HIV/AIDS
FCCJ will be hosting a panel dis-
cussion on Domestic Violence on
October 18th from 6 p.m. 8 p.m.
The discussion along with the
"Silent Witness" exhibit will be in
the Kent Campus Courtyard and in
the auditorium of Building F. For
more information call
Alpha Phi Alpha
The Kappa Upsilon Chapter of
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity will be
celebrating its 30th anniversary the
weekend of October 21 23rd.
Kickoff festivities will be on
October 20th at 7 p.m. at EWC
from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the CRC
building. All Kappa Upsilon broth-
ers & Sweethearts past & present
are encouraged to attend. The
Celebration Picnic will be held on
Saturday, October 22nd from 11
a.m. to 3 p.m. at Metropolitan Park.
The Fraternity will have .:.a:
Celebration worship on Sunday,
October 23rd at Greater Faith
Christian Fellowship (Billy Brock
Jr. Pastor & Dr. H.T. Brock, Co-
Pastor) The morning message will
be brought by Bro. Gerald G.
Lumpkin and will begin at 11:15
The National Society of Black
Engineers Jacksonville Alumni
Extension will be having a General
Body membership meeting at the
San Marco Branch Public Library.
1513 LaSalle Street at the comer of
LaSalle and Hendricks Ave. The
meeting will be held on Thursday,
October 20th from 6:30 p.m. to 8
p.m. If you are interested in joining
Metro North Coomunity
Development Corporation is spon-
soring a free home buyers seminar
on Thursday, October 20th at
AndrewJackson High School. The
seminar, which is open to the pub-
lic, will begin at 6 p.m. For more
information call 358-1224.
The AARP Driver Safety Program
course for drivers 50 and older will
be held from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on
Thursday and Friday, October 20th
and 21st at Southside United
Methodist Church, 3120 Hendricks
Avenue,(1 mile north of San
Marco), Jacksonville, FL 32207.
The cost is $10.00 and participants
may receive a discount on auto
insurance. To register call: (904)
Jazz Trio in Concert
An incredible evening of jazz with
Bela Fleck, Stanley Clarke and
Jean-Luc Ponty will be held at the
Florida Theater on Friday, October
21st at 8 PM. Tickets for most
Florida Theatre events also on sale
at all Ticketmaster outlets, through
the Ticketmaster charge-by-phone
line at (904) 353-3309 and online at
Ladies of Elegance
The Ladies of Elegance
Empowerment Cruise will be host-
ed by Women Of Power, Inc. (A
non-profit organization devoted to
empowering all women) on
Saturday, October 22nd from 6:30
- 9:30 p.m. It will be the first moth-
er / daughter cruise held in Duval
County aboard the Lady St. John.
The objective is to promote a strong
awareness in the importance of
obtaining personal success, having
self esteem and to provide informa-
tion on the many opportunities pro-
vided for young ladies and women
in today's society. Tickets are avail-
able in advance. If you are interest-
ed in attending please contact
Nyeika N. Green @ 904-613-4612
22nd Annual Caring
Chefs to benefit CHS
The Children's Home Society of
Florida (CHS) will have its 22nd
Annual Caring Chefs Sunday, Oct.
23, from 7-9:30 p.m. at The
Avenues Mall. Caring Chefs is the
first, biggest and best food tasting
event in Northeast Florida. The has
raised more than $1.9 million for
CHS over the past two decades. The
sell-out crowd will be sampling cui-
sine from more than 50 of the best
kitchens in Northeast Florida.
Tickets include admission, food,
drink and live entertainment. For
more information, call 493-7739.
The UF Cooperative Extension
Service will present three holiday
classes. The first program is
Christmas Dinner Fast and Festive.
It will be held on Tuesday October
25th and will feature healthy and
fabulous meal ideas. The next class
is on Tuesday, November 1st and
will be on Gifts from the Holiday
Kitchen. This program will feature
simple recipes and smart packaging
to make gift giving economical and
easy. The last program, Holiday
Hospitality at its Best will be held
on Tuesday, November 8th and
will have a decorative emphasis,
showing easy ideas to produce a
party that looks and tastes like a cel-
ebration of the first order. Each pro-
gram is presented at 10 l.m. and
again at 7 p.m. Reservations are
necessary. Call 287-8855 to reserve
Learn about fall vegetable gar-
dening and hobbyist hydroponics at
one of the following evening work-
shops. The class will be held
October 24th at the Argyle Branch
Library, 7973 Old Middleburg Rd
South from 6:00 -7:00 PM and
October 26th at the Mandarin
Regional Library, 3330 Kori Rd
from 6:00 7:00 PM. Please call
387-8850 to pre-register.
Do You Have an Event
for Around Town?
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your public service announcements and com-
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Hollywood Takes on the Gospel
FANTASIA JUST NOW LEARNING TO READ
'Idol' winner hid illiteracy, reveals she was raped in new memoir.
*Promoting her new book "Life is Not a
Fairy Tale" on ABC's "20/20", "American Idol"
winner Fantasia Barrino revealed for the first
y 5 c time that she is functionally illiterate and had to
iput on a front during scripted portions of the Fox
talent show during her run in 2004.
"You're illiterate to just about everything. You
don't want to misspell," Fantasia, 21, told
"20/20." "So that, for me, kept me in a box and I
didn't, wouldn't come out."
The singer admitted to signing record deals
and contracts that she couldn't read or understand, and said the most heart-
breaking part of the ordeal is not being able to read to her 4-year-old
"That hurts really bad," she said, adding that her mother and brother
have also struggled with literacy, and she is now learning to read from a
tutor. Also in her memoir, Fantasia reveals that she was raped in the ninth
Grade by a classmate. She says she blamed her flirtation and provocative
attire for the attack. Later that year, the singer dropped out of high school
and became pregnant with Zion at 17.
OTHER MURPHY STILL MAKING MOVIES
Charlie Murphy will play two roles in the night-
club comedy, "Bar Starz," from Comer Stone
Pictures. The actor, whose Hollywood cache sky- ;.. .-
rocketed following a run on Comedy Central's
S"Chappelle's Show," will play Arnie and Clay the
Doorman in the pic described as a satire on the
nightclub scene. Filming begins on Oct. 24.
BACHARACH AND DR. DRE TEAM UP FOR SONGS:
Famed songwriting vet gets his Kanye West on over Dre beats.
Looks like its Dre Day for singer/songwriter Burt
Bacharach but in a good way. The 77-year-old
author of such classic pop hits as "Raindrops Keep
Fallin' On My Head" and "Alfie" has enlisted Dr. Dre
r to produce three tracks on his new album "At This
1" Time," a collection of protest songs due Oct. 24.
Several of the tracks report-
edly criticize President Bush.
Others are general rants at cur-
rent social ills.
"People ask why a man who has been known for
writing love songs all of his life is suddenly rocking
the boat. I had to do it," Bacharach said, according
to Ananova. "This is very personal to me, and this is
the most passionate album I have ever made."
Take a powerful biblical story,
apply it to modem movie sensibili-
ties and you have a formula for a
gripping contemporary tale of fam-
ily, music and hope. That is the
underlying theme of "The Gospel,"
writer-director Rob Hardy's updat-
ed interpretation of the biblical tale
of the Prodigal Son, the story of a
young man who abandons his
father's home to find his stake in
life. He sets off to work for another
family, but finds himself starving
while others prosper. He resolves to
return home and make amends to
his father, who receives him with
open arms after the son admits to
his sins, causing ire and from an
In "The Gospel," opening nation-
wide October 7, Boris Kodjoe of
Soul Food fame stars as a young
man blessed with a gifted voice
who decides to leave his father's
congregation for secular musicafter
a heated dispute. He becomes wild-
ly successful, but a series of person-
al and family tragedies brings him
back into the fold, where he finds
his childhood best friend plans to
take over the congregation from the
ailing father. The congregation is in
disarray and the son attempts to
right the ship, but his friend is
scornful and mistrusting of
Kodjoe's return, thus giving "The
Gospel" a new, yet effective story-
line twist of the Old Testament that
bulges with drama and music.
Written and directed by Rob
Hardy, and Executive-Produced by
Holly Davis-Carter, and Fred
Hammond, "The Gospel" adds yet
another plot twist. In the biblical
version, the son returns to a stable
house, while the movie version, the
congregation is in utter confusion.
Mix in today's most compelling
gospel stars-Donnie McClurkin,
Hezekiah Walker (both in strictly
acting roles), Yolanda Adams,
Martha Munizzi, Kirk Franklin,
Fred Hammond, and, and an arrest-
ing cast of stars include Idris Elba,
Nona Gaye, Keisha Knight-
Pulliam, Clifton Powell, Omar
Gooding, Tamyra Gray, and
Delores "Moms" Winans in promi-
nent roles-and "The Gospel" is a
prescription for success in music,
movie and message.
Undoubtedly, one of the most
compelling elements of "The
Gospel" is its stellar lineup of
gospel music superstars. Holly
Davis-Cater revealed that there was
a specific and important reason for
attracting gospel stars to the proj-
ect: "People will not listen to the
gospel spoken; they are captured by
the gospel song." Yolanda Adams
commented about her participation:
"They said they needed some
gospel stars to play themselves in
this particular film, and I was happy
to participate because it seemed so
real. It was a story of faith and
believing." Kirk Franklin, who
composed the majority of the music
in the movie, says "The Gospel"
allowed him to do something he
had not done in a long time: "It
gave us a chance to do traditional
music that we don't get a chance to
do a lot of." Martha Munizzi, affec-
tionately known as the Teena Marie
of gospel, adds electric energy in
her performance and comments,
"Rob Hardy listened to my music
and asked me to become a part of it,
which I was very glad to do."
"The Gospel" is a marriage of
mainstream Hollywood actors with
the biggest names in gospel music.
Hardy is pleased with the arrange-
ment, summing up: "If the movie
featured all gospel stars, the ques-
tion could be asked, 'Are they real-
ly acting, and is it really gonna be a
good movie? And, if it was a movie
with just Hollywood stars, would it
be authentic?' I think we have a
really good hybrid between the two,
and the musical element adds some-
thing different. And, this movie
comes from a dramatic standpoint
that audiences can really sink their
O.J. Signs Autographs at Horror Convention
A decade after he was acquitted of
killing his ex-wife and her friend,
O.J. Simpson was back in Los
Angeles autographing sports mem-
orabilia for people attending a hor-
ror movie convention.
Simpson said it felt "strange" to
be signing autographs in such a
venue. He said it did not occur to
him that the date nearly coincided
with the 10th anniversary of his
Oct. 3, 1995, acquittal on charges of
murdering his ex-wife Nicole
L Cao Lwe ~ l lHflS(lh
Brown Simpson and her friend
"I don't keep these dates in my
head," he told The Associated Press
while signing various items with
the inscription "O.J. Simpson '68
Heisman," a reference to the year
he won college football's Heisman
He said the only anniversary he
observes is when he and his chil-
dren mark their mother's birthday
with a cake.
After playing at the University of
Southern California, Simpson
became one of the best running
backs in NFL history, mostly with
the Buffalo Bills. After that, he was
an actor, television football com-
mentator and pitchman for Hertz.
Simpson's appearance Friday
night was a private affair in which
he was presented with items sent in
by collectors who paid in advance
for his signature.
Fans who prepaid $95 a ticket to
enter the convention later in the
weekend will have the opportunity
to buy memorabilia and also get
Simpson's signature, as well as buy
souvenirs of horror films and comic
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What America Eats
Much has changed
since 1981, but one thing
remains the same -
turkey tips and holiday
help are only a phone
call away. This holiday
season the Butterball
Turkey Talk-Line (1-
turns 25. Since its
founding, yearly calls
have niniuiplied from
11,000 to more than
100.000. ;iand the staff
has crown from six
home economists to
more than 50.
"After answering calls
from millions of families
over the last 25 years, we
have heard every turkey
said Mary Clingman,
director of the Talk-
"Through the Talk-
Line, we have shown
people how easy it is to
cook a tender, juicy
turkey. It's a great feel-
ing to know we've
improved their holi-
This season, the Talk-
Line will be back in
action on November 1.
For more information
on the Talk-Line, great
time-saving turkey tips
and holiday recipes, or
to e-mail a question to
the experts, visit
25 V Ir !i'. 1 I V.
Taking a fe% quick and easy preparation steps before
your turkey. goes in the oven will enhance the cooking process
and ensure a more enjoyable turkey.
-Cut Doin Cleanup: Prepare for easy cleanup later by
spraying )our turkey pan with PAM No-Stick Cooking Spray
before you start cooking. You'll find yourself spending more
time with family and friends, and less in the kitchen!
-Chill Out: Make sure the turkey is thawed completely.
Allow one day of refrigerator thawing for every four pounds
-Keep Safety First: For optimal food safety, cook raw ingre-
dients for the stuffing and place stuffing in the turkey just
-Simply Spray: Just before roasting, use no-stick cooking
spray on the roasting rack and all over the turkey to achieve
a golden brown color.
Turkey With Apricot-
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 5 hours 30 minutes
Makes 16 servings (6 ounces turkey
and 1/2 cup stuffing each)
PAM OriginalCooking Spray
1 loaf(16 ounces) sourdough bread,
cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1/3 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1 1/2 cup medium onions, chopped
1-1/2 cups chopped celery
4 teaspoons poultry seasoning
1 teaspoon salt
2-1/2 cups chopped chestnuts*
1-1/2 cups chopped dried apricots
1/2 cup dried currants or raisins
2 cups Butterball Chicken Broth
1 Butterball Turkey (16 pounds),
thawed if frozen
1. Preheat oven to 3500F. Spray
large shallow baking pan with no-
stick cooking spray; spread bread
cubes onto bottom of pan. Bake 15
minutes, or until lightly toasted,
stirring once. Set aside.
2. Melt butter in large skillet over
medium heat. Add almonds; cook
and stir 3 minutes, or until lightly
browned. Remove with slotted
spoon; set aside. Add onions and
celery to remaining butter; cook
and stir 5 minutes, or until vegeta-
bles are crisp-tender. Stir in poultry
seasoning and salt.
3. Place bread cubes, vegetables,
chestnuts, apricots, currants and
almonds in large bowl; mix lightly.
Add broth; mix well.
4. Reduce oven to 325F. Remote e
neck and giblets from body and
neck cavities of turkey; refrigerate
for another use or discard. Drain
juices from turkey; dry turkey with
paper towels. Fill neck cavity with
some stuffing. Turn wings back to
hold neck skin against back of
turkey. Fill body cavity with
remaining stuffing. Spray flat roast-
ing rack in shallow roasting pan
with cooking spray. Place turkey,
breast up, on roasting rack. Spray
turkey with cooking spray. Place
small pieces of aluminum foil over
skin of neck cavity and over stuff-
ing at body cavity opening to pre-
vent overbrowning during roasting.
Note: Place extra stuffing (if any
remains) in casserole dish sprayed
with cooking spray; stir in an addi-
tional 1/4 cup broth. Cover and
refrigerate until read, to bake. Bake
covered at 3250F 30 minutes or
5. Roast turkey 4-1/2 hours, or
until meat thermometer reaches
160F when inserted in center of
stuffing and reaches 180F when
inserted in deep in thigh, covering
breast and top of drumsticks with
aluminum foil after 3 hours to pre-
vent overcooking breast. Let turkey
stand 15 minutes before removing
stuffing and carving.
If using fresh chestnuts, one
pound will yield about 2-1/2 cups
of peeled nuts. To roast fresh chest-
nuts, cut an X with the tip of a knife
on the flat side. Heat oven to 4250F.
Place nuts in a shallow pan and
roast 20 minutes. When just cool
enough to handle, peel off shell and
dark skin covering nut. If using
canned chestnuts, a 15-ounce can or
jar will yield 2-1/2 cups peeled
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October 6 12, 2005