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FLORIDA'S FIRST COAST QUALITY BLACK
Mich. Court Says Affirmative Action
Proposal Should Go on Ballot
LANSING, Mich. A proposal to end some affirmative action programs
in Michigan should be allowed on the November 2006 ballot, the state
appeals court has ruled .
The ruling is a victory for the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative, which
backs the proposed constitutional amendment to ban racial and gender
preferences in government hiring and university admissions.
The group filed the lawsuit after the Board of State Canvassers failed to
approve or reject its ballot petitions this summer.
In its ruling, a three-judge panel of the appeals court said the elections
board was obligated to certify the petitions. There is no dispute that the
petitions are proper and that enough signatures were collected, the court
said. Opponents of the proposed ballot measure have said that an unde-
termined number of signatures were gathered through misrepresentation,
and that black people had been tricked into signing a petition they
thought would protect affirmative action and ci il rights.
Affirmative action has been in the spotlight in Mitchigan for several
years. In June 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a general affirmative
action policy at the University of Michigan law school but struck down
the university's undergraduate formula as too rigid because it awarded
admission points based on race.
Air Force Coach Reprimanded After
Comments About Black Athletes
DENVER Air Force coach Fisher DeBerry met the academy's new
superintendent for the first time and found himself being reprimanded,
but not fired, for statements he made about black athletes and recruiting.
The 67-3 ear-old coach, found himself in an imbroglio over political cor-
rectness for the s-conrd liime in i.ls tldhan 12 momnls.
Last time, it "as about religion in the locker room. This time, it was
about black football players or the lack of them at the academy.
After his meeting with Lt. Gen. John Regni. DeBerry, who is suffering
through a 3-5 season this year. issued an apolog. at a news conference.
His comments included one of his opposing teams"had a lot more
Afro-American pla ers than \%e did and they ran a lot faster than we did."
It just seems to me to be that wa\." he said. "Afro-American kids can
run very well. That doesn't mean that Caucasian kids and other descents
can't run, but it's very obvious to me that the\ run extremely well."
"I realize the things I said might ha' e been hurtful to man\ people and I
want everyone to understand that I never intended to offend anyone,"
DeBerr\ said in his apology .
Black Leaders Pledge to Keep
Fighting for Tulsa Riot Survivors
TULSA, Oklahoma Black leaders rallied on behalf of survivors of
the 1921 Tulsa race riot last weekend. vowing to continue their struggle
Most of the 97 remaining survivors were young children when a white
mob torched the city's prosperous black business district known as
Greenwood. The confirmed death toll was 37, but some estimate up to
300 people died.
After losing several court battles seeking reparations, the survivors' tes-
timony will be used to push for federal reparations legislation in
Congress, said attorney Charles Ogletree.
He also filed a petition for a hearing before the Organization of
American States, a 34-nation organization whose commission examines
alleged human rights violations.
The riot on May 31, 1921, began when police deputized the mob after
armed blacks and whites clashed outside a Tulsa courthouse where a
black man accused of assaulting a white woman was being held.
"I know it has been a long haul, and I know you have told this story
over and over again," said Rep. Maxine Waters, a California Democrat.
"This is our time. We can't afford to give up."
Tuskegee Airmen Visit Air Force Unit
in Iraq To Inspire Young Soldiers
dB -~ ; .. BAGHDAD, Iraq They
came to Iraq to inspire a
younger generation serv-
ing with one of the most
Historic units in the U.S.
Air Force. Instead they
S were humbled by what the
332 Expeditionary Air
Wing has accomplished.
More than 60 years after
Sthe formation of a pioneer-
Tuskegee Airmen Lt. Col. Herbert Carter, left, ing group of black pilots
Lee Archer, middle, and Charles McGee pose known as the Tuskegee
for a portrait at Maxwell Air Force Base. Airmen, three of its aging
members visited their former unit in Balad, a city just north of Baghdad.
"This is the new Air Force, this is the Air Force that represents
America, all of it. It is not an organization of African American pilots try-
ing to break the segregation system they have done it," Lt. Col. Lee
Archer, 85, said in a telephone interview from Balad, where the 332
Expeditionary Air Wing is based.
Archer, America's first black ace of World War II, said that when he sat
down in the dining room with the 700 or so members of the unit, "they
have the same morale we had as a segregated group."
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Excelling student Latoria Brown and her grandmother with program
director Cassandra Barlow.
Excelling Raines H.S. Students
Receive $500 From Local Non Profit
Two Raines High School students
were surprised and elated last week
upon being recognized for their
spring 2005 FCAT reading scores.
Ms. Colette Everson and Mr.
Hakeem Broomfield were awarded
$500 each by Attorney A.
Wellington Barlow, President and
his wife Mrs. Cassandra D. Barlow,
Executive Director of Wisdom +
Knowledge = Understanding, Inc.
(W + K = U), a local non profit
organization conceptualized and
implemented by the couple in 2003.
The checks were awarded to the
students who demonstrated the
greatest improvement comparing
their 2004 and 2005 FCAT reading
A total of 40 (grades 9 and 10)
student participated in an intensive
Study-Skills Workshop facilitated
this year by Mrs. Barlow, from
January March 3.. The pre-select-
ed students met in one-hour ses-
sions twice per-week for a total of
six weeks. The curriculum cov-
ered areas of self-assessment topics
such as Personal Goal Setting to the
more complex topics of Techniques
to improve reading comprehension.
Students were also able to assess
their individual learning styles and
implemented basic study-tech-
niques that were best suited for
their individual learning styles.
Attorney Barlow, a 1979 Raines
honor graduate, twice delivered
motivational speeches emphasizing
the values of internal motivation
and the long-term benefits of appre-
ciating respecting authority,
embracing discipline, self-disci-
pline and the value of delayed grat-
ification. He challenged the stu-
dents to gain all that they could
from the Workshops which are
specifically designed to help the
students master the art of learning
and test-taking, with the specific
purpose of enhancing their chances
of academic and occupational suc-
cess. Barlow appears to be well
qualified to help deserving student
as he overcame huge obstacles and
became an honor roll student and a
two-time graduate of the University
of Florida then passed both the
Florida and Georgia Bar Exams.
The program at Raines began
after Raines H.S. Principal, Dr.
Carol Daniels met with the Barlows
and reviewed statistics from the
success of a W+K=U pilot program
at Northwestern Middle in 2004. At
the awards ceremony, she recog-
nized W+K=U as an "out of the
box" type of corporation that has a
great potential to literally turn stu-
dent's lives around for the better.
The monetary awards put some
teeth to the program by offering the
top performers in each section a
monetary incentive for demonstrat-
ing their success in the Study Skills
Workshop Program by improving
their FCAT reading scores.
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Irvyln Kennebrew (Finance Comm. Chair), Vincent Foster (Program
Committee) and Melissa Wiggins (Registration Comm.)
State Conference of School
Social Workers Convenes in Jax
The 9th Annual State Conference of the Florida Association of School
Social Workers recently held their 59th Annual State Conference in
Jacksonville .Headquartered at the Radisson Riverwalk Hotel, the three
day event brought together social workers from throughout the state
responsible for the welfare of the state's students. The Conference includ-
ed a full day of workshops included everything from "Fathers:The
Invisible Parent" and "Abused Children" to "Behavior" and
"Understanding Children and Their Grief." The multi-cultural organiza-
tion also included a Minority Caucus Meeting in it's agenda. FMP Photo
Black Legislators to Host
Issues Conference in Orlando
Halloween Homes Get a Head
Start on Holiday Decorating
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The day after Thanksgiving, everyone will be prepared to have their
Christmas lights, however a few Jacksonville households got a headstart
on home decorating this Halloween, especially in the Springfield area.
The home shown above on the corer of Liberty and 17th Street delighted
trick-a-treaters and passer bys with real smoke and mirrors and animated
figures. FMP PHOTO
Sen. Tony Hill
The Florida Conference of Black
State Legislators (FBCSL) will host
their 2005 Statewide Issues
Conference November 16th
through November 18th at the Walt
Disney World's Coronado Springs
Resort and Convention Center,the
same weekend as the feted Florida
"The Issues Conference is one of
our biggest community events",
said FCBSL Chairman, Senator
Tony Hill, D-Jacksonville. "We
encourage the Rattlers and Wildcats
and other visitors to the Orlando
area to join us at this very important
The "Issues Conference" will give
African-Americans and other
Florida citizens an opportunity to
meet with Black legislators and
other political power brokers in the
Sunshine State to discuss a variety
of issues and concerns that may be
debated in next year's Florida
Legislators Sen. Gary Siplin, D-
Orlando, and Rep. Bruce Antone,
D-Orlando will serve as local hosts
and will coordinate the event.
"Conference workshop topics
include Legislative Re-districting,
Education, Health Care, Affordable
Housing, Economic Development
and Telecommunications, said Rep.
Antone. "Everyone that has a con-
cern about these important issues is
invited to participate, make com-
ments or ask questions to the work-
For more information about the
FBCSL Issues Conference contact
FCBSL Dir. Ecitrym Lamar,
FCBSL, 400 North Adams Street,
Tallahassee, Florida 32301; 850-
November 3 9, 2005
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Are African Americans
Saving for the Long-Term?
Recent studies show that despite a Marc H. Morial, president of the
significant increase in net worth National Urban League, said, "The
among African Americans, this National Urban League and ICIEF
group directs a smaller share an important
portion of its income goal of helping
to long-term invest- African Americans
nents than other to become econom-
groups with similar ically self-suffi-
ncomes. As a result, cient."
many cannot reach
their retirement and
college savings goals.
The primary reason
cite for not investing is
lack of knowledge.
The National Urban League and
the Investment Company Institute
Education Foundation (ICIEF)
developed the Investing for Success
program to inspire African
Americans to become more knowl-
edgeable about investing for retire-
ment and to take advantage of
opportunities to accumulate wealth.
and ICIEF recom-
Smend the following
seven steps for
Started, Set Goals,
Understand Risk, Ask Questions,
Develop Realistic Expectations,
Take the Long-Term View, and
Develop an Action Plan.
ICIEF is offering an award-win-
ning web course at
that integrates all the workshop
materials in an interactive, multi-
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From Pain to Profit: How One Family
Got Its Business Off the Ground
by C. Thompson
Lisa Tomlinson, is president and
CEO of GOTTA GET UP, a greet-
ing card company headquartered in
Oakland, Calif. that was born out of
a family's pain and loss. Today, the
self-described "greeting card con-
noisseur," heads up a business forg-
ing ahead on that same family's
pride and its persistence.
The images gracing the company's
cards are based on the original art-
work of Tomlinson's brother, Jon,
who started crafting them after their
mother death in 1989. As a way of
dealing with his grief, Jon
Tomlinson began a series of works
from recycled materials such as
magazines, newspapers, postage
stamps and candy wrappers. He
gave the first pieces to those who
most shared his pain, his two sisters
and his brother. And out of that rit-
ual of grief grew the inspiration for
what is today a profitable, 9-
employee venture with a projected
revenue goal of $550,000. When
Lisa Tomlinson, then a global
GOTTA GET UP Your Afro, a
greeting card design by Jon
human resources executive, got
hers, she remembers thinking:
"This would make a fabulous greet-
ing card." She started researching
"We are breaking into an industry
that is very much into doing things
the same way for 100 plus years,"
She wrote a business plan for her
brother and in 1992, two years after
the difficult moment that produced
it, GOTTA GET UP, was formed.
The company's takes its name from
the last words spoken by their
GOTTA GET UP merchandise is
available on the company's web-
site, www.gottagetup.net and are
can also be found at popular online
marketplaces such as Amazon.com.
A Turn for the Worse
And as painful as its beginnings
were, GOTTA GET UP had more
difficulty ahead: Ten years later it
was Jon Tomlinson's life that hung
in the balance. In 2003 what he
thought was an acute and persistent
sinus infection turned out to be
something far worse, viral meningi-
tis. He lapsed into a coma and
remained in a "vegetative state" for
approximately 70 days while his
family kept constant vigil. Lisa had
to be at her brother's side, so she
left her life in the corporate world
and took the reigns of GOTTA GET
"I left for my brother," she says. "I
Jon's illness was a siren call for
the Tomlinson family. Today, all
four siblings are involved in the
business. A year ago a brother,
Joseph left his investment banking
job to join business full time. Sister,
Jan, who is director of travel for a
major corporation, handles all of
the company's logistical arrange-
ments regarding travel. And Gina,
who works for Clorox, helps
GOTTA GET UP utilize and maxi-
mize online opportunities. To help
the bottom line Lisa and Joseph
have agreed to not to take a salary
for two years. But there are other
compensations: Lisa Tomlinson
says "I've never been so pleased to
get up in the morning to do some-
thing that I love."
Under Lisa's stewardship,
GOTTA GET UP's focus shifted
from just being an artistic
endeavor to one striving to be a
marriage of art and entrepre-
am passionate about having the
world see his work."
Under Lisa's stewardship, GOTTA
GET UP's focus shifted from just
being an artistic endeavor to one
striving to be a marriage of art and
entrepreneurship. Tomlinson would
review the company budget with
here brother each month, and the
basic problem was obvious. While
Jon Tomlinson was absolutely com-
mitted to his art, "He was not build-
ing a business," his sister says, "He
is an artist through and through."
Lisa Tomlinson has broadened
GOTTA GET UP's offerings to
include coasters, paperweights,
postcards, magnets, notepads as
well as a diverse line of blank greet-
ing cards, which the artist might
consider the most expressive in the
line. "Jon always felt people should
take the time to say what needs to
be said in a card," says CEO
Tomlinson. "There must be a spe-
cial reason to send a card. How can
any greeting card say what I you're
Lisa's long term goal is to make
GOTTA GET UP a major player
known for it fine art reproductions.
She does not want the company
pegged as an "alternative greeting
card" line. She hopes that GOTTA
GET UP's museum quality greeting
cards will help make funky, alterna-
tive, fine art card designs more
Paving the Road Beyond
Today, Jon Tomlinson is still
recovering. He eats on his own, dis-
plays good cognitive skills, has
good short and long term memory
and is regaining movement on his
And he is becoming actively
involved in some aspects of the
business. Recently, GOTTA GET
UP leased a 4000 square-foot space
which contains a gallery and ware-
house' along with sales, marketing
and accounting offices Jon helped
select the colors of the office, art-
work displayed, furniture, and
d6cor. Although he is still unable to
create art, GOTTA GET UP is in no
danger of running out of pieces for
reproduction. Prior to his illness,
Jon was quite prolific having creat-
ed over 400 pieces of original art.
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Shown above clockwise top left at the early morning event are:(L-R)
The Jacksonville Chapter of Links pose for a group photo, the days
activity included a professional warm up session, Link Ava Parker
with her niece, (bottom) one of the many vendors on hand to educate
and enlighten and (above) the walkers as they stroll the Gateway Mall.
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Jacksonville Links Walk for Health and Hunger
By M. Lattimer
The nation's recent battles with
Mother Nature have caused many
Americans to experience the plight
of people around the world: hunger
and a lack of access to basic
resources. The Links, Inc., a
national organization comprised of
African American women, decided
to tackle the problem directly with a
Walk for Health and Hunger.
!Hosted in Gateway Mall by the
Jacksonville Chapter of The Links,
Inc. on Saturday, October 29th, this
health awareness event, occurring
since 1996, served its usual pur-
pose: encouraging healthy living in
our communities and supporting
local "soup kitchens."
This year, the activity had a more
"global" thrust increasing aware-
ness and understanding of people in
need, namely the victims of natural
disasters. Jacksonville Links, Inc.
Chapter President Gloria Dean
explains, "We are a group of
women whose purpose is rooted in
friendship and service to others.
The Links care about our communi-
ties. We have contributed financial
resources to our national foundation
to support the survivors of
The Walk began with a warm-up
exercise led by Sergeant Ivan Scott,
a U.S. Army Recruiter, followed by
eight laps around the mall (two
miles). As walkers completed each
lap, they received a string of green
or white beads, distributed by mem-
bers of The Links, Inc. The beads
helped keep track of the laps as well
as proved to be motivation to con-
tinue walking. Walkers enjoyed a
health breakfast (fruit and water)
and had the opportunity for fret
health screenings from Shands o:
North Florida. Other vendors or
site provided attendees with infor-
mation on everything from employ
ment to education to health. Onsite
exhibitors included Infinite Beauty
Options, Gold's Gym, Get Paid to
Travel, Northeast Florida
Community Hospice, Rega
Cinema and Nova University.
I Being female in a male-domi-
a nated construction trade makes her
anything but typical. She was the
only female in the 2005 Northeast
Florida Builders Association
Apprentice Program graduating
class. And, being a single parent
raising three daughters is a bit
unusual for apprentice students in
the NEFBA program.
But, Tyler shares one characteris-
tic with other successful apprentice
graduates. She wanted to make a
better life for herself and her family
and she was willing to work hard to
achieve that goal.
A graduate of the electrical pro-
gram, Tyler admits there were times
along the way she wanted to quit.
"I'm thankful now for the people
who encouraged me not to give
up," she said. "Through the hard
times, it was prayer and help from
people in the apprentice program
and my church, The Potter's House,
that kept me going."
Tyler, now 32, moved to
Jacksonville from Norfolk, Va., in
2001. With three daughters to sup-
port, Tyler came to Jacksonville
with $150 she had earned in anoth-
er pre-apprentice program and
moved in with her sister.
"My sister's husband was sta-
tioned here, and when I first came
here, I worked part time in a day
care facility," Tyler said. "Then I
went to work for Jack Crews at
Crews Electric. He gave me a
chance and helped me get in the
NEFBA Apprentice Program."
Tyler said she's been treated fair-
ly by others in the trades. She does-
n't believe most people treated her
differently because she's female or
a minority, although there have
been times when she thought she
had to work just a little harder to
Tyler had her share of obstacles
during her four years in the pro-
gram. The demand on her time rais-
ing three children was perhaps the
most difficult challenge for her.
Tyler struggled financially at first,
too. She was thankful for the regu-
lar raises she received while an
apprentice that eventually helped
her get on firmer standing. Now she
is looking into buying a home for
herself and her daughters, Emone,
10, Monique, 7, and Tatiana, 6.
She's studying to take the jour-
neyman's exam, and is looking for-
ward to the added security and
financial benefits of being on the
journeyman's pay scale.
Tyler believes other women
should consider the construction
trades as a way to realize their
dreams."Construction trades pay a
lot better than the other jobs I could
have had," she said. "And there's a
lot of opportunity for advancement.
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Everson, Program Director Cassandra Barlow and Attorney Barlow.
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The students were promised that
the student in each section showing
the greatest gain in FCAT reading
would receive a minimum of $250
on up to a maximum of $500.
Colette Everson demonstrated the
greatest reading improvement in
her section while Hakeem
Broomfield showed the greatest
score improvement in his section.
Several of the students who partici-
pated in the W=K=U study skills
workshop were also recognized at
the Honor Roll Awards Assembly
last week, one of whom, Ms.
Latoria Brown, received all "As"
during the first nine-week period.
The Barlows founded W+K=U to
start students on the road to learn-
ing practical means to achieve aca-
demic and work-place success
while they are still in middle and
high school instead of waiting until
they get to college. Mrs. Barlow
who heads the program, formerly
worked for the University of North
Florida, where she coordinated pro-
grams for students on academic
probation and suspension. She
counseled students and facilitated
workshops designed to help them to
remain in school, get back on track
and obtain their degrees. She left
her position at UNF in the Fall of
2003, to devote time to helping
under-achieving youth realize their
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50 Cent's 'Get Rich' Tells Black Kids
1L UIL'g gb They've Two Options -- Wealth or Death
by Jacksonville City Councilman Reginald Fullwood
As Mayor I am Committed to Tackling the Tough Issues
As the new Mayor for the city of
Jacksonville I would like to intro-
duce several bold new plans that
will move this great metropolis in
the right direction. Well, I should
quantify my first statement. Since I
will be Mayor for a couple of days
this week Thursday and Friday, I
would like to make some bold
How will I be Mayor for two days
this week some might ask? Well,
because of this annual Chamber of
Commerce Leadership trip, the
Mayor and most of the City
Council will be in Boston. So since
the Mayor, City Council President,
City Council Vice President and
Rules Committee Chair will be out
of town, the "acting" Rules
Committee chair is the city's big
Yes, my dreams have been ful-
filled, I get to be Mayor for a whole
48 hours. What will I ever do? It's
funny you might ask because I have
been compiling a list of city-wide
issues that need to be addressed
immediately. My goal as Mayor
will be not only to address these
issues within the next 48 hours, but
to also find solutions.
Let's see where should I begin?
So many issues so little time. First,
in the great tradition of President
George W. Bush, I must appoint
some of my cronies to key position
throughout city government. My
cousin Keke can fix almost any sort
of car so let's put him in charge of
the Fleet Management division.
One of my old high school bud-
dies is the manager of chicken
crispiness at the Popeyes on Kings
Road, so I can put him in charge of
the city's quality office. My neigh-
bor three houses down does an
excellent job on his lawn, maybe he
would be interested in a job as head
of park maintenance?
OK, now that I have made a few
friendly appointments, it is time to
get to the issues at hand, but where
does one start? Let's begin with one
of the biggest issues in the media
right now, the Jaguar and Gator
Bowl Association lease issue. As
Mayor I am directing my staff to
find some middle ground on this
issue well, if that's possible.
What we need is a good consult-
ant, since the last guy quit on us.
My former Pop Warner football
coach runs a comer store in the
Paxon area and of course he knows
everything about everything. In
fact, when I saw him last week he
had all the answers to this whole
advertising revenue debacle.
Yes, that is the answer hire
Coach Perkins. I may have to dress
him up a little because you can't go
meet with Wayne Weaver and Rick
Catlet wearing coaching shorts and
a tight tee-shirt.
The good thing about this
Chamber trip is that I do not have
anyone here at City Hall to block
my progress. The real Mayor and
City Council leadership are gone
and so let the executive orders
begin. Now let's move on to this
courthouse issue. It is just hard for
me to believe that we can not build
a courthouse for $200 million dol-
lars. I am dumbfounded by these
outrages construction cost. So, my
solution is you utilize some of my
family members to construct a
My uncle Peabow and cousin
Skeeter from Waycross have been
building unpermitted houses and
home additions for years. They
assure me that they can deliver the
courthouse to the citizens on time
and well within the budget. In fact,
Uncle Peabow says that he doesn't
need any construction management
companies or expensive consult-
ants. He says that all he needs is a
limited supply of beer and barbecue
ribs and the courthouse will not be
an issue anymore.
Another issue down and several
more to go. Let me go ahead and
officially bury this Cecil Field issue
for good. The city and all of its
independent agencies have invested
nearly $200 million into the rede-
velopment of Cecil and the com-
munity has clearly spoken.
The Navy ain't happening, so let's
continue the commercial redevel-
opment efforts that this city started
when the Navy initially left the
city. In fact, speaking of commer-
cial redevelopment, I received a
call from a representative of Wally
World and they are looking for a
site for a new theme park.
Since jets make too much noise,
how about a nice theme park for the
Westside? We have a new Cracker
Barrel and hundreds of new homes,
so why not Wally World? Well, let
me think about that for a minute.
The last thing I need are a few thou-
sand angry Westsiders sending e-
mails and knocking on my door.
Let's table the Cecil Field Wally
World issue for now.
Wait a minute. I just received a
call saying that my uncle and
cousin from Waycross, Georgia
were arrested for not pulling build-
ing permits on the Ware County
Civic Center. Dang, there goes my
courthouse solution. Let's table that
issue as well.
Well, let me go ahead and put the
city's budget issues to bed. Now let
me see here, there is this issue that
councilmembers have about not
using one-time funding sources,
and this unfunded pension liability
issue as well. But if I just add this
figure and that figure and carry the
one, then I should be able to bal-
ance this budget for next year.
Oh yeah, I forgot about rising
health care cost and all of these
pending collective bargaining
agreements. And these subsidized
parking rates are really hurting the
general fund. I guess I could cut the
number of city employees, but
that's never popular especially
with an election year coming. Now
I have a headache. Let's table this
budget issue for now as well.
I told my assistant to hold all of
my calls while I am solving all of
government's problems, but she
claims that this is extremely impor-
tant. Coach Perkins is now in the
hospital with some serious personal
health issues. Apparently years of
wearing those tight coaching shorts
have taken its toll and he may be
out of commission for a well.
There goes my chief Jaguar/Gator
Bowl negotiator. Man, no one told
me that this job would be this hard.
One day down, and one more to go.
I hear that my uncle and cousin are
out on bail so there is still hope for
Signing off from the Mayor's
Office, Reggie Fullwood
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It's disturbing that 50 Cent's response to criticism
about advertisements for his new movie was sardonic
and self-congratulatory. "I do appreciate it," he said
after folks in Los Angeles protested a large billboard
promoting the movie, "Get Rich or Die Tryin'," with
the rapper splayed across the board, his muscle-bound,
tattoo-smothered back to the camera and a gun in one
hand, a microphone in the other. "They are helping me
It's not what he said that was shocking. What else
can we expect from men who seem to wear their man-
hood on their sleeves so needy of us to see them as
macho, hard, daaaaaaaaaaangerous that you almost
expect them to apologize if you catch them smiling or
saying anything even close to reasonable.
Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson is, after all, is a man who
brags about having been shot nine times, ignoring
what that says about the apparently superior toughness
of the shooter.
Of course he was going to respond as he did. It's the
big boy equivalent of the "that didn't hurt" schoolyard
What disturbs about 50 Cent's retort is that he's
probably right. You can bet that droves of young peo-
ple will pour into theaters to see the film.
With their parents' money in their pockets, young
fans will fill Paramount's and, to a lesser extent, 50
Cent's, even as they perpetuate negative stereotypes
about poor, urban and black youth; even as they
aggrandize the kind of common violence that makes it
unsafe for their little brothers to step outside to catch
fireflies bugs or for their grannies to watch the sun go
down from the porch; even as they whittle down life's
worthy ambitions to two choices -- wealth or death.
It's not enough to dismiss it as "just a movie." Aside
from the semi-autobiographical nature of the plot -- a
drug dealer who gives up the life for a rap career --
movies like this one have messages. They have inten-
tions. They create the illusion of young black men
with power, when all they really have is weaponry.
With their glocks and their snarls, it's fear they engen-
der, not respect.
I don't have to see the movie to know this: the gang-
sters will look tough and cool. They will have women.
They will have money. They will have cars, clothes
and bling. They will have space. It's an old formula
that's been used in nearly every black exploitation
film since "Superfly."
I do like 50 Cent's beats and his melodies. Millions
do. That's why he's rich and famous.
His lyrics, however, do treason to his people -- some-
thing his patron, Eminem, wouldn't understand and
probably wouldn't care about if he did.
Thank you, 50 Cent. Lord knows, we could use more
creepin' through the 'hood and more brains blown out.
That should fix what ails us.
I suppose it could be argued that there is some
redemptive quality about the plot, considering that 50
Cent does abandon gangsta life, though only to glori-
fy it in rap.
But, even if the main character turned out to be an
empowering brother like Kanye West, kids need to
know that rapping and basketball are not the only
alternatives, not the only reason to put the gun down,
not the only way to get over.
They might start by understanding that there's more
to life than getting rich.
i i Astros Have No Black Players
HOUSTON Joe Morgan worries
about the face of baseball.
Watching the World Series, the Hall
of Famer is troubled by what he
His old team, the Houston Astros,
is down 3-0 to the Chicago White
Sox, but it's not their lineup that
concerns Morgan. It's their makeup.
The Astros are the first World
Series team in more than a half-cen-
tury with a roster that doesn't
include a single black player.
"Of course I noticed it. How could
you not?" Morgan said while the
Astros took batting practice before
the opener in Chicago. "But they're
not the only ones. There are two or
three teams that didn't have any
African-American players this
Morgan said it's a predicament and
h rll..rr. for Ma;nr Lea nue
Baseball. While more players from
around the world are making it to
the majors Japan, Korea, for
example the number of blacks is
"It's a daunting task to get
African-American kids into base-
ball, and I don't see the trend chang-
ing," he said.
The last World Series team with-
out a black player was the 1953
New York Yankees. It wasn't until
1955 eight years after Jackie
Robinson broke the color barrier in
1947 that Elston Howard became
the first black in Yankee pinstripes.
Black players accounted for just
about 9 percent of big league ros-
ters this season.
"We know that we have to work
to do," said Commissioner Bud
Selig said. "We'll continue to inten-
ifv nour effnrts I'm verv l ware I'm
World Series watchers will
have to look at the past to
catch a glimpse of an
such as Hall of Famer Joe
extremely sensitive about it, and I
feel badly about it. But we need to
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Jacksonville The Duval County
Health Department (DCHD)
announced the arrival of its
Neighborhood Health van during a
community-welcoming event last
Friday. The new medical mobile
unit will provide free testing for
HI.V/AIDS and other sexually
transmitted diseases throughout
"We are extremely excited about
the new van and our opportunity to
provide better health services to the
community," said David Andress,
DCHD Program Administrator.
"This is just another example of the
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type of outreach we are committed
General service locations for the
DCHD Neighborhood Health van
will include Boulevard
Comprehensive Care Center/Ryan
White Title III satellite clinics,
River Region, IM Sulzbacher
Center, Magnolia Clinic, Azalea
Clinic, Henry Jones Community
Center, Club Jacksonville, Gateway
Community Services and other
areas of Duval County.
For more information on the
DCHD Neighborhood Health van
and community travel locations call
Paula Bums, at 665-2660.
The Greatest to Get His Own Museum
Muhammad Ali is shown next to the model of the Muhammad Ali
Center, June 30, 2003, in Louisville, Ky. The museum celebrating the
life of one of the 20th century's most recognizable figures is to open
The relationship between
Louisville and native son
Muhammad Ali always comes back
to a story of the brash Olympic box-
ing champ, then known as Cassius
Clay, tossing his 1960 gold medal
into the Ohio River in disgust over
But the story may be apocryphal -
Ali later told friends he simply mis-
placed the medal and as the years
passed Louisville and Ali eventual-
ly came to appreciate each other.
Now, Ali's hometown is ready to
unveil a lasting tribute, a museum
celebrating the life of one of the
20th century's most recognizable
The Muhammad Ali Center opens
on Nov. 21, chronicling the life of
"The Greatest" inside and outside
the ring, emphasizing his peaceful
values and vision of global toler-
ance, and setting the record straight
about that infamous gold medal.
"People will be surprised when
they visit the Ali center," said muse-
um spokeswoman Jeanie Kahnke.
"Many people only know of Ali as
a boxer and a three-time heavy-
weight champion of the world.
What they may not know about him
is how he has been a charitable
individual for most of his life. That
has only grown since he has retired
from the ring."
Ali, now 63 and battling
Parkinson's Disease, is expected to
attend a star-studded opening gala
on Nov. 19, along with celebrities
Will Smith, Angelina Jolie, Jamie
Foxx, Jim Carrey, James Taylor and
B.B. King. The event is attracting
guests from England, New Zealand,
Australia, Pakistan, South Africa,
Jamaica and Barbados.
"There are very few in the world
who affect people the way Ali
does," Kahnke said. "We've heard
from people who are suffering from
diseases and young kids who were
born 15 years after Ali's last fight.
Ali gives them the strength to
achieve their own goals and fight
for their own beliefs."
Ali retired in 1981 with a 56-5
record, 37 knockouts and an
Olympic gold medal. By then, the
legendary fighting career was only
part of his story.
He became the world's best-known
Muslim, took a peaceful stand
against the Vietnam War that cost
him his heavyweight title, and has
worked in his later years as a
United Nations peace ambassador,
helping raise awareness and money
for the world's poorest nations.
Organizers broke ground on the
$75 million, 93,000-square-foot
project in 2002. Experts on the
Vietnam War, Islam, civil rights and
other areas helped create a center
related intimately to Ali's life. Some
of the exhibits were reviewed by
longtime Ali coach Angelo Dundee
and biographers Robert Lipsyte and
"When you think about boxing,
you just see the athlete on a stage,"
said curator Susan Shaffer
Nahmias. "For many years, Ali's
story stopped at the ring. This cen-
ter shows a picture of Ali through a
voice that isn't a sports writer."
Numerous exhibits highlight parts
of Ali's life often buried beneath his
One exhibit aims to set the record
straight about the story in Ali's
autobiography of him flinging his
light heavyweight Olympic gold
medal into the river. His since-
denied story says he tossed the
medal in disgust over continued
racism in his hometown after he
was refused service in a restaurant
and harassed by a group of racist
Other displays recall the lighting
of the Olympic flame at the 1996
Atlanta Games, when a trembling
Ali hoisted a golden torch as spec-
tators frantically clicked cameras
and stood to give him a loud, emo-
"He held the torch with the world
watching and, somehow, his dis-
ability enhanced his persona," said
Tom Owen, a Louisville historian
and professor. "He continues to
have an energetic spirit. You see
that man ascending to light the
Olympic torch. What city wouldn't
want to embrace a native son like
Longtime friend Howard
Bingham, a Life magazine photog-
rapher who has shot hundreds of
pictures of Ali since the 1960s, said
it was one of the champ's defining
"I told him,' this is a time when
the world is saying thank you for
what you have done and sacrificed,
and how you've helped people,"'
In a hands-on area designed to
look like Ali's training camp in
Deer Lake, Pennsylvania, visitors
can learn how to shadowbox and hit
a speed bag. Onlookers can gawk at
the Olympic gold medal Ali
received in Atlanta to replace the
one from 1960.
There is also hope the center will
become a place where world lead-
ers can come, share their view-
points and cultivate peace. The
Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace
and Justice, based at the University
of Louisville, plans to hold semi-
nars at the center to promote peace-
making and conflict resolution.
"We are not a world capital. But I
believe they have hope that disput-
ing peoples will come here," Owen
said. "I would love to see
Muhammad Ali come back and put
his blessing and his encouragement
at those tables of reconciliation."
Ali, who lives in Michigan with
his wife, Lonnie, has long hinted at
moving back to the city where he
"He is the most recognized figure
in the history of this city and when
visitors ask about him, I point to the
center," Owen said. "We hope he
has a long and continuing life and
hopefully, one day, he will come
Boxing legend Joe Frazier, left, actor Abe Vigoda, center, and honoree
Don King at the Friars Club Roast, Friday, Oct. 28, 2005, in New
York. The Friars Club honored Boxing promoter Don King Friday at
the New York Hilton hotel.
Donald Trump was among the tal-
ent gathered at the Friars Club last
week to roast the world's most
famous boxing promoter, Don
"I have a catch phrase: 'You're
fired,'" Trump said. "Don King has
a catch phrase: 'Not Guilty."'
The Trump uppercut was the tip of
the iceberg, as 12 friends and
comics, including Colin Quinn, Al
Sharpton, Joe Frazier and Pat
tion anu nil iiig wiLii a goo num--
ber of low blows, including a few
choice racial epithets.
But it was King's hair that occu-
pied most of the comedy material,
followed closely by jabs at the busi-
nessman's criminal past and
rumored shady business practices.
In 1954, King shot a man who
was trying to rob one of his gam-
bling houses and it was ruled a jus-
tifiable homicide. In 1966, he was
convicted of killing an employee
who owed him money, but his sen-
tence was reduced to non-negligent
Sharpton said of both King and
his chief roaster Trump: "We have
two slicksters up here today. One
they call a mogul, the other they
call a mugger. That's race in
When it was King's turn to take
the podium, the 72-year-old lapsed
into his trademark flurry of adjec-
tives, including claims that he was
"the father of hip-hop" and that
"George Walker Bush is a revolu-
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To Celebrate 20h
Church & Pastor's
Dr. R. J. Cameroi
Pastor George Harvey Jr. has
diligently labored, through Christ's
empowerment, at the Mt. Charity
Missionary Baptist Church, 1417
North Laura Street, for the past
twenty years. On Sunday, Novem-
ber 13, 2005, the community is
invited to join Mt. Charity at 11
a.m. and 5 p.m., to worship Christ
for His blessings upon this Pastor
and Church, in the heart of the city,
for these past twenty years.
Pastor Harvey and Mt. ,Charity
is recognized highly throughout the
community for it's consistent
preaching and teaching ministries,
and various community outreaches.
The guest speaker for both
services will be Dr. R. J. Cameron,
pastor of the Mt. Carmel Orthodox
Presbyterian Church, in Somerset,
New Jersey. In addition to serving
as pastor of Mt. Carmel, Dr.
Cameron is also a professor at the
New York School of the Bible.
Harry Burney to
Appear at First AME
World-renowned theatrical and
TV performer Harry Burney will
perform at First AME Church, 91
Old Kings Road, Palm Coast; on
Saturday, November 5th at 4:30
p.m., in the Educational Center.
Mr. Burney appears daily on
Nickelodeon as Ellington in
"Allegra's Window," and it is his
voice that is featured in the HBO
animated movie Jammin' Animals.
The dinner menu features roast
beef or chicken Marsala, roasted
new potatoes, vegetable medley,
fresh garden salad, sweet potatoes,
apple dobbler, and more.
For ticket information and
reservations, call (386) 446-5759.
Katrina Victims Benefit
Bill Pinkney & The
Gospel Drifters to
Appear in Concert
A Gospel Explosion featuring
Bill Pinkney & The Gospel Drifters
will be presented at 5 p.m., Sunday,
November 20th by TRose Produc-
tions and Bishop Lorenzo Hall, at
the Israel United Baptist Church,
6901 N. Main Street, Rev. Eugene
White, Pastor. This gospel musical
evening if FREE. Donations will be
taken for Hurricane Katrina vic-
tims. All are welcome to come and
keep your heart of compassion
Jessie & The Miracles, Singing
Trumpets, Pure Gold, Bishop
Lorenzo Hall, also will appear on
program. Doors open at 4 p.m., so
come early for a good seat.
Bill Pinkney's Gospel Drifters,
out of Sumter, South Carolina are
the special guests. He is a legend
in the music industry.
Rev. Adkins Prepares for Elder
Ordination and Board Membership
r bership of the Independent Church
Fellowship International Confer-
ence, Saturday, November 12, 2005
The Conference will commence
at noon, at the Tabernacle of New
Life Ministries, 2018 Norwich St.,
Brunswick, Ga. The ordination is
the first step toward pastoral place-
ment stated Fellowship Prelate and
Founder Bishop Terrace Calloway.
"I am so excited," Rev. Adkins,
stated. "I have had so many per-
sonal struggles in my life and for
God to still deem me worthy in
spite of my past is just awesome."
Adkins, an ex-offender; works with
youth and adults who have recently
Rev. Ken Adkins been released from jail and aids
ACKSONVILLE Rev. Kenneth them with job and educational
dkins, CEO and founder, of The placement.
.dkins Agency, is preparing for In addition to his elder
Rider ordination and board mem- ordination, Rev. Adkins will also
become a member of the Fellow-
ship Executive Board, and will
First New Zion serve as Director of Marketing and
Public Relations. In this new
M .B. Celebrates capacity, Adkins and his agency
Swill render communication services
Church & Pastor and plans to follow up his
Anniversaries ordination with the pursuit of a
seminary degree to further his
calling in the ministry. He currently
The First New Zion Missionary holds two earned MBAs.
Baptist Church, 4835 Soutel Drive,
Rev. Dr. James B. Sampson,
Pastor; cordially invites the entire
city of Jacksonville to share in their
84th Anniversary of the Church and
the 20th Anniversary of Pastor
James B. Sampson.
Anniversary Worship Services
will commence at 4 p.m. on
Sunday, November 6, 2005, and on
each Sunday, culminating, Nov.
27th. You are invited to come out
and celebrate as First New Zion
glorifies the Heavenly Father for
the marvelous things He has done.
Enjoy Community Fun
Day in Fernanudna
New Zion Missionary Baptist
Church, Fernandina Beach; inviting
all to enjoy a Community Family
Fun Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on
Saturday, November 12th, Central
Park on Atlantic Ave.. Fernandina
Beach, between 1 I t: and 13th St.
Activities will include Fun
House Castles, Kids Train Rides,
Face Painting, Super Sliders, Horse
Shoes, Volleyball, Checkers, and
much more. Free Fonn for all!
AI lVeW Degifnnlfrtrl
Northslde Church of
51s Anniversary &
The growth of the Northside
Church of Christ, 4736 Avenue B,
can be likened to a tree planted in
rich fertile soil with good
nourishment and water. This type o
preparation and groundwork can
only bring forth new roots, and
produce good fruit. "A New
Beginning" speaks to keeping
salvation real; by sticking to basic
spiritual roots, staying grounded,
and being nourished in the WORD,
thereby producing new seeds and
spreading the gospel.
The celebration opens with a
FREE FISH FRY from 12 noon to
5 p.m., on Saturday, November 5th,
on the church grounds. Numerous
activities include a mega slide, fun
house, jumping games and honey
An exciting WEEK LONG
REVIVAL, November 6-10th will
begin nightly at 7 p.m. Two young
powerful and energized gospel
speakers: Samuell Pounds, Rock-
ford, Ill., and Orpheus Heyward, of
Atlanta, Ga., will deliver the Word.
These ministers are guaranteed to
strengthen the mature biblical
scholar, and cultivate new seeds for
An invigorating SONGEST will
be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday,
November 12't at the Prime Osborn
Homecoming Day, Sunday,
November 13th begins with the
Annual Breakfast Program, 7 a.m.;
Two Worship Services will be held
at 8:45 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. The
Homecoming Dinfier at 12:45 p.m.
The Homecoming Program will
commence at 2:45 p.m. and the day
of celebration concludes with
Group Singing at 4:30 p.m.
Christ to Celebrate
Bro. Charlie McClendon
Churches, their congregations
and the public are invited.
Phi Delta Kappa
The National Sorority of Phi
Delta Kappa Inc., Delta Delta
Chapter will present its 27th Annual
Teach-A-Rama Forum on Saturday,
November 12, 2005, 9 11:30 a.m.
at the Emanuel Missionary Baptist
Church Fellowship Hall, 2407
Division Street. A continental
breakfast will be served.
The topic of discussion will be
"Math Investigation." Mrs. Sylvia
Johnson, Principal of West Jack-
sonville Elementary School, will be
the speaker. Betty R. Burney, chair;
Floria L. Parker is Basileus.
5pm on MONDAY
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
St. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church
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
of Bethel 3:30p.m.
Wednesday Noon Service "Miracle at Midday" 12 noon 1 p.m.
Wednesday 5:00 p.m. Dinner and Bible Study at 6:30 p.m.
Radio Ministry -
WCGL 1360 AM
Thursday 8:15 8:45 a.m.
Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.
WTLV Channel 12
Sunday 6:30 a.m.
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Early Morning Worship 8:00 a.m.
Sunday School 9:15 a.m.
Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.
The Lord's Supper 3:45 p.m. (First Sunday)
Pastor Ernie L. Murray, Sr.
Evangel Temple Assembly of God
Sunday Services November 6th
8:15 a.m. & 10:45a.m.
Come Experience The Praise of God Through Worship
10:45 AM Service Interpreted for the Deaf
FILM: Sunday at 6 p.m. a life changing film
"Beyond the Gates of Splendor"
National Singles Day Sunday November 6th
"Holy Ground Quartet"
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First Annual "Step 4 life" Fashion
Extravaganza to Benefit Lupus Foundation
The First Annual Fashion
Extravaganza to benefit the Greater
Lupus Foundation Chapter will be
held at 7 p.m. on Saturday evening,
December 10, 2005, at the
Bethelite Conference Center, 5865
Arlington Expwy (at University
Blvd.) The community is invited to
participate in several ways.
Sponsored by Deatry & Son's
Shoes, Tfendi's Fashions & Acces-
sories, and Akkire Entertainment,
this First Annual Fashion Extrava-
ganza is an effort to raise money
for the Lupus Foundation Chapter
that services Northeast Florida
The community is invited to
participate by attending the event;
or becoming a sponsor or vendor;
or advertising your business in the
For more formation, call (904)
234-1912; 356-0044 (Deatry's) or
(904) 710-4875 (Trendi's) or visit
the web: email@example.com.
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903 W. Edgewood Ave.
The Ribault Class of 1983
invites the public to attend a
Worship and Praise Service at the
Ribault and Raines Community
Worship Service at 8 a.m. on
Sunday, November 6, 2005, in the
Ribault Senior High School Audi-
torium. The guest speaker will be
Elder Kenneth Middleton Pastor
of One Lord One Faith Christian
The Ribault Senior High School
Choir featuring Andrea Norman
and Shelia Clayton-Christie, will
bring praise in song.
This event is being sponsored to
bring the Ribault and Raines
Community together to praise God
to give both schools an opportunity
to fellowship and strengthen com-
munity relations. The community,
faculty, students, parents, friends
and all graduating classes of both
schools are invited.
The Incomparable Yolanda Adams
In a pioneering move, Grammy-award winning singer Yoland
Adams will feature special musical guests from various genres on he
current "Yolanda Today" tour. Among the artist scheduled to join the
tour are Eddie Levet, Chaka Khan, Kirk Whalum, Ruben Studdard, anc
Mary Mary. The theater tour kicked off the first week of October ir
Houston, Texas, Adams' hometown. The new album is "Day By Day.'
Adams believes the inclusion of mainstream music guests on he
tour continues a mission that she began long ago. "We've been trying
to bridge the gap between what people think are churched and non
churched people. You'd be so surprised how many folks came from the
church that are singing pop and R&B," Adams explains. "The people
that we are having on our tour all came from the church. Most people
of faith don't realize that these are also people of faith.
She performs many of her classic tunes on the tour, but it's the nev
music from "Day By Day" that the singer anticipates showcasing. The
album's first single "Be Blessed" was the most played single fo
numerous weeks on gospel radio stations, and "Someone Watching
Over You," was the most added record at urban adult contemporary
Stellar-award winning artists Israel & New Breed, whose "Liv
From Another Level" release was certified gold by the Recording
Industry Association of America (RIAA); will also be included in the
tour which will introduce "Nuttin But Stringz" two brothers, Bamier
and Tourie Escobar, who fuse classical and urban music with violins
"When I saw these guys on the Tonight Show, and Good Morning
America, I said they are the ones! Knowing what Yolanda stands for, i
was the perfect match and the vibe was there," she added.
"Day By Day", on Atlantic Records, features productions by Jimmy
Jam & Terry Lewis, Kirk Franklin,Shcp Crawford, "Bib" Jim Wright
Gordon Chambers & Barry Eastmond. Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkir
and Kirk Franklin also make guest appearances on the album.
For more information on the tour, visit: ~vWw.Yolanda Adams.org
Celebrates 6" Church
I& Pastor Anniversary
The New Generation Christian
Fellowship is celebrating the 6th
Anniversary of their Pastor and
Church November 2 6th, with
services nightly at 7 p.m. in the
Matthew Gilbert Middle School
Auditorium, 1424 Franklin Street.
Pastor Leofric Thomas Sr. of the
Open Arms Christian Fellowship
Church, was the opening speaker,
Bishop Vaughn McLaughlin
will be the speaker, Thursday,
Pastor Bruce Allen of The
Church Fellowship will be Friday's
Pastor Sirdelrol and Lady Elveta
Drayton will be honored at an
Appreciation Banquet, to be held at
6 p.m. on Saturday, November 5th,
at The Potter's House Multiplex
Annex 5732 Normandy Blvd. The
attire is formal. For information
and tickets, please call (904)765-
r 4625 or (904) 778-8660.
e Pastor Hosea Beverly, of the
d Love All People Ministry, India-
n napolis, Indiana, will be the closing
S speaker at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Nov.
5th at the New Generation Christian
g Fellowship's temporary head-
- quarters, Matthew Gilbert Middle
e School Auditorium, 1424 Franklin.
e Military Affairs
e Ministry of Bethel to
Iv Host Veteran's Day
r Banquet, Nov. 10th
g The Miiitarv Affairs Nviiiiistry of
y Bethel Baptist Institutionai Church,
215 Bethel Baptist S!reet, where
S Rev. Rudolph W. McKissick Sr.
g and Dr. Rudolph W. McKissick Jr.,
e are Pastors; will pay homage to
n those who have availed themselves
to the service of God and country
g on Thursday evening. November
t 10' 2005 at the Bethelite Christian
Conference Center, 5865 Arlington
S Expressway (formerly the Ramada
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Fashion Fantasy 2005
The Lasting Impression Fashion
Ensemble, Inc. will present
Fashion Fantasy 2005, an Annual
Scholarship Fashion Show &
Vendor Market Place at The Ritz
Theatre & Lavilla Museum on
Saturday, November 5th starting at
6 p.m. For more information call:
904-714-3537 or visit lifemodel-
Market in Springfield
The Sankofa Artists' Market of
Florida will be in Jacksonville's
Historic Springfield district on
Saturday, November 5, 2005 and
Sunday, November 6 2005 from
11:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
This unique event showcases the
work of some of the country's finest
African American artists who are
the forerunners in American Artistic
creation. The show will be at the
Springfield Woman's Club, 210
West 7th Street. The show will fea-
ture Clothing and jewelry design-
ers, doll makers, graphic and fine
artists and home accessory design-
ers. (Ajuried show). Admission is
free and open to the public
Soul Release Poetry
Soul Release Poetry, the longest
running spoken word poetry event
in Northeast Florida, is held every
first and third Saturday of the
month at 7:30 p.m. at Boomtown
Theatre and Restaurant at The Park
Building #140 Monre Street (down-
stairs) across from Hemming
Plaza (park) and around the comer
from Jacksonville Museum of
Modem Art. The event features an
open mic for poets and singers, hip
hop and R&B by guest DJs and
nationally known spoken word
artists. The next show will be on
Saturday November 5th from 7:30
p.m. 12 a.m.
Marai (Mar-nay), a featured per-
former on Florida's Def Poetry Jam
circuit, will sign copies of her book
during a free meet-and-greet ses-
sion at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov.5 at
Henrietta's (9th & Main St. Caf6).
Mamai's new book, Mirrored, is
prose that allows the reader to vic-
ariously experience the lives and
loves of others. Humanity, humility
and the power of an unquenchable
spirit are woven from page to page.
Youth Basketball Registration
The James Weldon Johnson Family YMCA is now accepting registra-
tions for youth basketball for boys and girls ages 4 through 15. We are also
looking for coaches to teach our kids. Registration is now through
November 12th. To register stop by the Y at 5700 Cleveland Road or call
765-3589. You can also download the application at www.firstcoastym-
Miss Delta Teen Pageant Auditions
The Jacksonville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. is
accepting applications for its March 18, 2006 Delta Teen Pageant.
Contestant selection will be based upon the following requirements: (1)
2.0 or higher GPA; (2) recommendation from school guidance counselor,
administrator or educator; (3) positive attitude; and (4) talent performance
at the audition. Also included in this experience are opportunities to par-
ticipate in community service projects, attend workshops addressing key
life management skills, and develop friendships with newfound peers.
High School ladies in grades 10th through 12th are encouraged to apply.
Applications must be submitted by November 11, 2005. For more infor-
mation, please contact your High School Guidance or Student Activities
Office or contact Delta Sigma Theta at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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Old Fashion Fish Fry
The Jacksonville Beach
Elementary Preservation Fund is
sponsoring an old fashioned fish fry
to benefit the Rhoda Martin
Cultural Heritage Museum. The Fry
will be on November 5th from 11
a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Holy
Church of Living God Revival
Center, 1700 Francis Avenue,
Atlantic Beach, FL 32233. Dinners
will include fish, baked beans, salad
and bread. For more information or
directions, please call 241-6923.
The rich legacy of Jacksonville
native and acclaimed songwriter
Charlie "Hoss" Singleton will be
celebrated atthe Sixth Annual
Durkeeville Music Festival. Many
of Singleton's songs went on to be
number one hits for artists such as
Franks Sinatra, Ruth Brown, Ella
Fitzgerald, Elvis Presley and the
Beatles. Emceed by the visionaries
son, Warner Singleton, the evening
will be full of food, fun, dancing
and fellowship. Festivities will be
held on Saturday, November 5th
beginning at 7 p.m. at the Scottish
Rites Cathedral, 29 West 6th Street.
For more information, contact Ms.
Willie Green at 353-8897.
Money Smart, a Passport To
Financial Freedom workshop, will
begin Monday, Nov. 7, 6:00 p.m., at
the Duval County Extension
Education Center, 1010 N. McDuff
Ave. The course will continue on
Monday evenings through Dec. 5.
There is no charge and a certificate
of completion is awarded to those
attending. The series is designed to
give the latest information on finan-
cial planning, saving, and credit.
This program is free and open to the
public. Registration is requested,
The UF Cooperative Extension
Service will be presenting their
final holiday class on Tuesday,
November 8th and will be on
Holiday Hospitality at its Best and
will have a decorative emphasis,
showing easy ideas to produce a
party that looks and tastes like a
true celebration. Each program is
presented at 10 a..m. and again at 7
p.m. Reservations are necessary.
The Duval County Extension
Service will present their Fall
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Vegetable Gardening and Hobbyist
Hydroponics classes on Tuesday,
November 8th, 2005 from 6:00 -
7:00 PM at the West Regional
Library, 1425 Chaffee Rd S. Call
387-8850 to pre-register.
The Jacksonville Branch of the
NAACP will host their 41st Annual
Freedom Fund Dinner on
Thursday, November 10th at 7
p.m. The speaker for the event will
be Alethia Bonello, NAACP
Southeastern Regional Youth
Director. Tickets and information
for the dinner are available at 764-
Voices of the Harlem
Renaissance at the Ritz
The Ritz Theatre & LaVilla
Museum will present "Voices of the
Harlem Renaissance" November
10, 2005, 7 p.m. "Voices of the
Harlem Renaissance" brings togeth-
er three of the leading lights of the
era, Zora Neale Hurston, James
Weldon Johnson, and Langston
Hughes, as they discuss their lives,
their work, and each other in a the-
atrical performance. For more
information or to schedule group
reservations please call Ritz Theatre
& LaVilla Museum at 904-632-
5555 The show is free and open to
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
LiaSalle and Hendricks Ave on
November 10th. The meeting will
be held from 6:30 8 p.m.. If you
are interested in joining NSBE-JAE
contact email@example.com. or
904-412-2010. All are welcome to
Caf6 Night at
The public is invited to participate
in Cummer Cafe Night on
Thursday, November 10 from 6 to
9 p.m. featuring Beyond the Frame:
Impressionism Revisited, The
Sculptures of J. Seward Johnson
exhibition. Get connected at The
Cummer with lively conversation
and great music while enjoying
wine from Simon's Wine Bar.
Members are admitted free and
admission for non-members is $8.
For more information, call 899-
Raines Class of 1981
25 Year Reunion
The William Raines Class of
1981 will have their 25 year reunion
with a 5 night cruise on November
11, 2006 aboard the Carnival
Imagination. Destinations include
the Grand Cayman Islands and
Ocho Rios Jamaica. For more
information, please call Cecilia
Dorsey at 766-8784.
Communities In Schools of
Jacksonville, Inc. (CIS) is hosting
their first Annual "Academy of
Friends" gala, celebrating 15 years
of service and success in
Jacksonville. The event will be held
on Friday, Nov. 11th at 6:30 p.m.at
WJCT Studios. This event is
designed to recognize individuals
and partners who have been essen-
tial to the development and growth
of Communities In Schools of
Jacksonville and will feature a
silent and live auction. For reserva-
tions contact the CIS office at 904)
The Southern Genealogist's
Exchange Society will hold its
monthly meeting at its library/head-
quarters, 6215 Sauterne Dr.,
Jacksonville, Florida, on Saturday,
November 12, 2005, 10A.M. The
speaker will be Don Berry, his
topic: "The First Real Thanksgiving
in America the Huguenots at Fort
Caroline." This will also be the
annual business meeting with elec-
tion of officers. All are welcome.
See http://sgesjax.tripod.com or
call 904-778-1000 for information.
PRIDE will be celebrating their
12th Anniversary on Saturday,
November 12, 2005 at 6:30 at Mill
Cove Golf Club. The book for dis-
cussion, with the author, will be -
BLACK RADIO....Winner Takes
All; America's 1st Black DJ's by
Marsha Washington Geroge. The
cost of the anniversary celebration
which includes dinner is $30.
Checks should be made payable to
PRIDE and mailed to 2968
Herschel Street, Jacksonville, Fl.
32205 by November 2, 2005.
God's Purpose, an up and coming
gospel ministry (singing, dancing
and spoken word) is kicking off
their southeast college tour at the
Robinson Theatre of the University
of North Florida. College students
and teenagers across the city are
uniting to lift the name of Jesus
through the arts. Admission is free.
The concert will be held on
Saturday, November 12th starting
at 7 p.m. For more info, visit
www.godspurpose.net or call
Tameka Johnson at 904-613-8782.
An Evening with
The University of North Florida
will confer an honorary Doctorate
of Humane Letters degree to
Desmond Tutu, Archbishop
Emeritus of Cape Town, at 7 p.m.
on Saturday, Nov. 12, in the Fine
Arts Center, Lazzara Performance
Hall, on the UNF campus. Prior to
the conferment, there will be a con-
versational question and answer
session between the Nobel Peace
Prize winner and UNF President
John A. Delaney. This event is free
and open to the public. Tickets are
limited. Tickets for this free event
can be ordered online at
Roz Peanut Show
The Auntie Roz Peanut Show, a
theatrical production for kids, will
be performed November
14,15,17,18,21,22, 2005 at 9:45
a.m. and 3:45 p.m. The show will
be performed at Edward Waters
College Milne Auditorium, 1658
Kings Road and features early liter-
acy skills, health, nutrition, charac-
ter building and music appreciation.
For tickets or more information,
call 713 0885 or visit
Free Lecture Dance
Lori Belilove & Company, the
resident troupe of the Isadora
Duncan Dance Foundation, will
perform legendary solos and group
works from the Duncan repertory
revealing the life and unique
artistry of Isadora, the spirited icon
of American freedom for women. It
will be presented free at noon on
Wednesday, November 16th at the
UNF Fine Arts Center's Lazzara
Performance Hall. The program is
free and participants are encour-
aged to bring their lunch (we will
provide refreshments) andenjoy the
show. Please RSVP due to limited
seating to firstname.lastname@example.org or
Buddy Guy in Concert
Five-Time Grammy winner
Buddy Guy will be in concert
Thursday, November 17 at 8 PM.
Buddy Guy is one of the greatest
living exponent of classic Chicago
electric blues. In the course of a 45-
year professional career, he has sold
over two million albums; earned
five Grammy Awards; and won
nineteen W.C. Handy Blues Awards
- more than any other single artist.
The performance will be held a the
Florida Theater. For more informa-
tion and/or tickets call 355-3309.
Jacksonville Fashion Fusion, will
take place on Friday, November 25
th 8:00 p.m. at the Radisson
Riverwalk Hotel featuring high
fashion and urban designers by
Jacksonville native's UNTITLED,
Inc (as previously seen at FAMU
Homecoming). Untitled, Inc.
includes men and women's attire for
all ages. For more information call)
626-2818, 707-5337 or email
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November 3 9, 2005
November 3 -9, 2005 is. rw hyrao rie r s s -i rage
B.E.T. Celebrates 25 Years with Stars and Hosts From Past and Present
M o Pr r -a
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Shown (L-R) Snoop Dogg (L) performs with George Clinton (C) and
Bow Wow, BET founder and Chairman Robert L. Johnson accepts
an honorary BET award, Singer Alicia Keys performs the song
'Unbreakable', Earth, Wind & Fire performs 'Let's Groove' (bottom)
Arsenio Hall, left, and Howard Hewett, right, acknowledge fans in the
balcony and Singer Mary J. Blige performs the song 'I'll Be There For
You, You're All I need To Get By' featuring Method Man .
Last week at LA's famed Shrine
Auditorium, BET celebrated 25
years of programming with the pro-
duction of a star-packed 3-hour tele-
cast, 25 STRONG: THE BET SIL-
VER ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL.
The gala featured performances and
appearances by a mix of veteran
acts, contemporary artists and A-list
celebrities such as Diddy, Bobby
Brown, Alicia Keys, Usher, Queen
Latifah, LL Cool J, Nelly, Mary J.
Blige, R. Kelly, Serena Williams,
John Legend, Jermaine Dupri,
Snoop Dogg, Bow Wow, Arsenio
Hall, Hammer, Earth, Wind & Fire,
Parliament Funkadelic, George
Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Method
Man, Donnie Simpson, Steve
Harvey, Yolanda Adams, Pastor
Shirley Caesar, Kirk Franklin,
Donnie McClurkin and New Edition
among many other illustrious enter-
tainers, including a surprise appear-
ance from Whitney Houston.
The night began with a star-stud-
ded red carpet arrivals scene, featur-
ing high-wattage celebs in high
glam gear strolling down it's length
including: Quentin Tarantino, Gayle
King, Michael Keaton, Golden
Brooks, Anthony Anderson, Nick
Cannon, Megan Goode, Duane
Martin, Tisha Campbell Martin,
Tommie Davidson, Laila Ali, and
"It's an incredible night filled with
special memories and tributes,
wrapped around some of the best
performers ever to appear on BET
during our 25 years," said BET
President and CEO Debra Lee. "We
hope viewers will not only remem-
ber this fabulous night for the enter-
tainment, but also for BET Founder
Bob Johnson who received some
well-deserved recognition for his
amazing career and contributions."
As soon as the lights went up at the
Shrine Auditorium, the night clearly
belonged to BET -- from beginning
to end the celebration had the stand-
ing-room-only crowd of 5,000-plus
on its feet. BET has a reputation for
pulling out all the stops in their spe-
cials, and this event was certainly
The A-list assortment of celebri-
ties inside the house to fete BET's
silver anniversary milestone also
included everyone from Mike
Tyson, Tyrese, Bill Duke and
Viacom CEO Tom Freston to cur-
rent and former BET hosts Ananda
Lewis, Big Tigger, AJ Calloway, Dr.
Bobby Jones, Jacque Reid, Ed
Gordon, and Joe Clair.
25 STRONG was filled with *emo-
tion, wonderful surprises, exciting
performances and memorable
moments from BET's past 25 years,
divided into five-year segments
hosted by Queen Latifah (1980 -
1985); Arsenio Hall (1985 1990);
Usher (1990 1995); Diddy (1995 -
2000); and Bow Wow (2000 -
2005), as well as tributes to recently
Rosa Parks and Luther Vandross.
"If you've been alive for the past 25
years, it's impossible for you to not
love this show," said Reginald
Hudlin, BET President of
Entertainment. "Nights like this, I
think I have the best job in the
John Legend serenaded the crowd
from his piano with an unbelievable
tribute to Vandross, which was
introduced by Steve Harvey and the
incomparable Whitney Houston.
Snoop Dogg, Bow Wow, P.,lilaiiiel
Funkadelic featuring George
Clinton and Bootsy Collins rocked
the house with songs from the
roller-skating era to the present in a
funk-inspired old school/new
school pairing. New Edition --
joined by former member Bobby
Brown in a well-received national
television performance comeback --
had the crowd reminiscing of the
"Candy Girl," days, and Alicia Keys
crooned some of the hits that made
her an award-winning superstar.
Hip hop soul diva Mary J. Blige
joined Method Man in a rare per-
formance of their classic hit duet
"You're All I Need," and also world-
premiered a performance of her
song "Can't Hide From Love." LL
Cool J "Rocked The Bells" from the
80's to the present with a hard-hit-
ting set backed by break dancers,
and of course,,it wouldn't be a BET
celebration without singing the
praises of gospel music. The gospel
medley featured Yolanda Adams,
Pastor Shirley Caesar, Kirk
Franklin, Donnie McClurkin and
our very own Dr. Bobby Jones. By
the time Nelly blazed the stage
accompanied by Jermaine Dupri,
Big Gipp, Paul Wall and Ali in a
Dirty South-flavored, bling-laced
collaboration of his world premiere
single "Grillz," the show was a lock
as THE hot topic for 'morning-after'
water cooler conversation.
BET wraps up the evening with a
half-hour telecast of 25 STRONG:
THE POST SHOW at 12 midnight
ET/PT hosted by BET News' Jacque
Reid and introduces BET's newest
face, former CNN Pop Culture cor-
respondent Toure. The show fea-
tures back stage one-on-one inter-
views with top celebs, such as
Usher, Diddy, LL Cool J and Snoop
Dogg, and also takes a look at the
changing face of BET through inti-
mate conversations with past and
present hosts including Ed Gordon,
Ananda Lewis, new ComicView
host Sheryl Underwood, Dr. Bobby
Jones and Donnie Simpson as they
recall their own personal favorite
BET moments; red carpet high-
lights; a special feature look at some
of the most prolific music video
directors of today: Billie Woodruff,
Hype Williams and F. Gary Gray;
and a post-event analysis of the
biggest moments of the night.
BET will air encore performances
of 25 Strong: The BET Silver
Anniversary Special on Friday,
November 4 from 8-11 p.m. ET/PT;
Thursday, November 10 from 8-11
p.m. ET/PT; and Thursday,
November 24.from 8-11 p.m.
MR.BIG GUILTY OF TAX EVASION
Singer faces up to 26 years at January sentencing.
A federal jury in Los Angeles has con-
victed Ronald Isley of five counts of tax
evasion and one count of willful failure
to file a tax return, putting the singer at
risk of spending up to 26 years in prison.
Prosecutors claim Isley, 64, attempted
to evade the IRS by demanding that his
millions of dollars in performance fees
earned between 1997 and 2002 be paid in cash.
He also placed homes and a yacht in the names of his
then-wife or corporations, and cashed royalty checks that
belonged to his late brother, O'Kelly Isley, the government
The Isley Brothers frontman, whose voice powered such
hits as "Shout" and "It's Your Thing," must return to court
for sentencing on Jan. 9.
M.C. HAMMER TO UNLOAD MUSIC PUB-
If he's big enough to make fun of +,
his financial freefall in the '
Nationwide Insurance commer-
cial, than it was probably a no- .' .
brainer that M.C. Hammer would 'f.
eventually put his music publish- *
ing and copyright assets up for
The rapper, who filed for bank-
ruptcy in 1996, had as much as $20 million during his suc-
cessful career, which saw his debut album "Let's GetIt
Started" move 3 million units, and his 1990 follow up,
"Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em," sell 10 million.
According to Billboard, the sale will include a 50% inter-
est in "U Can't Touch This," which hit No. 1 in 1990 on
Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-HopSingles & Tracks chart, and
a 90% interest in "2 Legit 2 Quit," which peaked at No. 5
on the Hot 100..
Among the copyright assets up for sale are clothing,
dolls, lunchboxes and even his own cartoon.
GABRIELLE UNION & HUBBY SPLIT
Gabrielle Union and her husband have separated after
four years of marriage. Union and Chris Howard
I, announced the split in a statement
SI released the actress' publicist.
"The couple remains close and
Sasks that you respect their privacy
at this difficult time," the state-
*i, Union, 32, married Howard, a
former NFL running back for the
Jacksonville Jaguars, in 2001.
Her screen credits include roles
in "The Honeymooners," "Bad Boys II" and "Deliver Us
From Eva." Her upcoming film, "Running With Scissors,"
also stars Annette Bening, Gwyneth Paltrow and
Union stars in ABC's "Night Stalker," an "X-files"-like
series about investigating crimes connected to the super-
TEEN ACTRESS CORREA-MCMULLEN
KILLED IN SHOOTOUT:
Tara Correa-McMullen, the promising 16-year-old
actress most noted for her portrayal of a former gang mem-
ber in the CBS drama "Judging Amy," was shot to death
amidst gang-related gunfire, police '
Authorities in the Inglewood suburb
of Los Angeles said the actress was
shot several times as she stood out-
side an apartment complex. Two men
with her were wounded. Police .. ":
believe the shooting was gang-relat-
In the eulogy read at her funeral
Friday, Correa-McMullen's parents, Devora Correa and
Thomas McMullen, wrote that their daughter made friends
with everyone, "whether they were a grip or a caterer."
After filming her first movie, "Rebound," which was
released this summer, Correa-McMullen won a recurring
role on "Judging Amy" as a former gang member named
THE MIJAC CHARITY RECORDING HAS
BEGUN: Stars gather at studio in Los Angeles,
Jackson participates via satellite.
Michael Jackson took advantage of the talent gathered
for BET's 25th anniversary last
week by deciding to schedule a
recording session for his all-star
charity single at the same time,
-* reports Billboard.
The singer's publicist, Raymone
Bain, said recording began last week
on the Jackson-penned single, which
was originally titled "From the
Bottom of My Heart," but will be
renamed in the coming days. Jackson, himself, is not in
Los Angeles and is understood to have participated in the
sessions at L.A.'s Conway Studios via satellite and tele-
The single, to benefit victims of the recent hurricanes,
had originally been set to include over a dozen artists. But
Jackson ended up rewriting the song, and as such, "he did-
n't need as many artists as he originally had planned for"
So far, sources confirm to Billboard that Ciara, Snoop
Dogg and Shirley Caesar made a visit to Conway.
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Former "Nurse of the Year" Doris Putnam
Retires After Celebrated 43 Year Career
Shown above and right (L-R) at the event is Dr. Jeffrey
Goldhagen, Executive Director of the Duval County
Health Department, the event's first family: Dr. Wilmenia
Speights, Herbert and Doris Putnam and Tasha and
Herbert Putnam, Jr. and Mrs. Pat Mitchell of the Gamma
Rho Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha giving
remarks on behalf of the Sorority.
Clarence Belton, Jimmie Pearl and Harvey Harper
Estelle McKissick who coordinated the event, speaker, Rev.
Rudolph McKissick Sr. and Mistress of Ceremonies KimMcKissick
Honoree Doris Putnam and Wilnia Lauray
By Rhonda Silver
The Bethelite Conference Center
was host to an evening of reflec-
tions honoring a woman who has
served the Jacksonville community
with 43 years of nursing excellence,
Mrs. Doris T. Putman. Embracing
fond memories, colleagues, family
and friends came together October
28th to celebrate the accomplish-
ments and retirement of a nursing
superstar whose healing touch
reaches far beyond her patients and
Her God given gift of nurturing
and mentoring through the years
has come to fruition, when those in
her field aspire to be like her. This
was literally "Doris' Day!" Dr.
Jeffrey Goldhagen, Dir. Duval
County Health Department
(DCHD) said: "She leaves us with a
challenge to continue the work she
has begun." Canary Girardeau
asked, "How often do you hear
about a nurse being honored?"
Doris T. Putman was chosen
"Nurse of the Year" by the Florida
Nurses Association-District 2, she
received the "Florence Nightingale
Nurse of Distinction Award" from
colleagues at DCHD, in 2000 she
was recognized as one of the "100
Best Nurses in Duval County" and
she is a graduate of the "Public
Health Leadership Program".
As a volunteer, Doris provides
service to the American Cancer
Society locally, and she is a
Disaster Services Instructor for the
American Red Cross. She was an
Adjunct Professor in Public Health
Theory at UNF and, she became the
highest ranking African American
Nurse in DCHD as an Advanced
Registered Nurse Practitioner qual-
ified to open her own practice. She
graduated from Brewster Hospital
(the first nursing school for African
Americans), received her Associate
degree from EWC and earned her
Bachelors & Masters degrees from
the University of North Florida.
The list of he r career accom-
plishments goes on and on, howev-
er she still found time to work as a
devout Christian who continues to
serve as Leader of the Deaconess
Board, Leader of the Health &
Welfare Ministry and Adult Sunday
School Teacher at Bethel Baptist
The diverse action packed pro-
gram was engineered by Mistress of
Ceremonies Kimberly McKissick.
Musical selections were sang by
Helen Wright, Vedia Matthews, Joy
Webster, and the Alpha Kappa
Alpha Sorority. Servanthood trib-
utes and Benediction were given by
Dr. Rudolph McKissick, Sr.
A virtuous woman, wife, mother,
grandmother, mentor and friend. A
blessing from God to us. A multi
faceted task master calls it a day to
the Duval County Health
Department but not an end to a
life of service.
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Lt. Col. Ford Promoted to Colonel
Ft. McPherson, GA- Lt. Colonel
Anthony S. Ford was recently pro-
moted to Colonel, in the United
States Army, at Fort McPherson,
GA. Born at Camp Hanford, in
Richland, Washington; Col. Ford
graduated from Northwest High
School, and Northeast Missouri
State University, St. Louis, MO. He
received his United States Army
Reserve commission in May 1980.
Upon completion or his
Quartermaster Officer's Basic
Course and Advanced Courses,
Infantry Officer's Basic Course,
Combined Arms & Services Staff
School, Command & General Staff
College, Sustaining Base
Leadership & Management
Course, Defense Strategy Course
Colonel Anthony Ford
and the Reserve Components
National Security Course.
Colonel Ford's awards include the
Meritorious Service Medal (w/2
Oak Leaf Clusters), Army
Commendation Medal (w/2 Oak
Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement
Medal (w/Oak Leaf Cluster), Army
Reserve Components Achievement
Medal, National Defense Service
Medal, Global War on Terrorism
Medal, Armed Forces Reserve
Medal 9 (w/Silver Hourglass),
Army Service Ribbon and the Air
Colonel Ford and the former
Alcelia Y. Scott have been married
for thirteen years, they are parents
of one daughter, Ariana. Colonel
Ford is the son of Anita and
William "Bill" Ford, of
Non-Traditional Learning Changes Lives
by Natalie Howard
In the age of interactive learning
environments, in addition to the
hustle and bustle of life, The
Academy for Christian Training
offers a selection of degree pro-
grams for stu-dents aspiring to earn
degrees in biblical studies regard-
less of their responsibilities.
Non-traditional learning envi-
ronment benefits are great at A.C.T.
because it offers evening courses to
help students complete timely
course work outside of their daily
work schedules, Secondly, A.C.T.
features a unique educational ele-
ment that allows for deliv-erance in
their spiritual lives.
"We have both a home study
portion and a life teaching class for
each course that keeps spirit life
going for our students," Founder
and president, Dr. Eldon DeWitt, a
theo-logian and Christian psycholo-
gist said. "We also find many of
our students receive heal-ing need-
ed in their personal lives."
Located in Arlington, and found-
ed in 1992, 20A.C.T. students cur-
rently are earning degrees on both
the undergraduate and doctoral lev-
els in christian counseling and bib-
lical psychology, biblical studies
and theology, christain marriage
and family therapy and pas-toral
ministry. Moreover, the seminary
school is proud to support students
with their ca-reer and spiritual
goals. DeWitt says that the world is
in need of A.C.T. graduates.
"A.C.T. equips saints for current
and future ministry to this world
and the church. There are many
issues of life that only trained
anointed people of God can minis-
ter to," DeWitt said. "The world has
changed dramatically: the local
churches are having over-whelming
needs in forms of troubled people
that need the truth of Christ, who is
the wonderful counselor."
Expanding its options more,
A.C.T. plans to offer online servic-
es and classes to increase enroll-
ment and attract more students.
"We desire to have a small cam-
pus with 300 students and begin
day time classes within 3 years,"
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