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The Jacksonville free press
Running title:
Mrs. Perry's free press
Physical Description:
v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Rita Luffborough Perry
Place of Publication:
Jacksonville Fla
Creation Date:
November 10, 2005
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Vol. 4, no. 36 (June 28, 1990)-
General Note:
"Florida's First Coast only quality Black weekly."

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Table of Contents
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Full Text

NASA Names

First Black


Control Flight

Page 5

Prince Hall

Grand Lodge
Honors Pioneers
With Annual
Awards Banquet
Page 12

_ The Fair

The more

things change,

the more they

stay the same

Page 4

50 Cents

Families File Race Suit Over Fires
INDIAN HEAD, Md. Black residents in an upscale housing develop-
ment ha\e filed a ci' l rights lawsuit against five white men accused of
setting the subdivision on fire last year. claiming the act was racially
The lawsuit, tiled in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt on behalf of 32
Hunters Brooke development residents, seeks unspecified damages.
The lawsuit said the suspects violated federal and Maryland fair hous-
ing laws bi trying to intimidate black home buyers moving into the
development. One suspect. has said the group targeted the homes because
the% knew the buyers were black.
The fires in the homes, most of which were under construction and
unoccupied, caused $10 million in damage and were described by offi-
cials as lan land's \worst case of residential arson. Many residents had to
push back move-in dates to rebuild.
The la. suit also names the security company responsible for the devel-
opment. Security Services of America, because it employed one of the
suspects. Lawyers for the suspects did not comment.

Barden Gets Trump Deal Becoming
4th Largest Black Owned Company
Don Barden. one of the nation's wealthiest African-American busi-
nessmen. has announced a megamillion-dollar
deal with Donald Trump.
Barden announced he has agreed to buy the 300-
room Trump Indiana Inc. casino in Gary. Ind.,
from the multimedia mogul for $253 million in
The deal. which h would d make Barden's Majestic
Star the nation's largest black-owned gaining
compantt, is to lose by Dec. I. and transfer of
the property is expected two weeks later.
If completed, the deal with Trump elevates one of the Motor City's best-
known African-American entrepreneurs to national prominence in the
high-stakes world of casino gaming.
Barden already owns casinos in Indiana. Nevada, Colorado and
Mississippi and a I o stake of Detroit's Greektown Casino. As part of the
Trump deal, he expects to get regulatory approval from the Indiana
Gaming Commission later this month.
He is also chairman of Barden Development Inc.. the parent company
of Majestic Star. It is the eighth-largest African-American-owned com-
pany in America, w ith S372 million in annual revenue. The Trump deal
would catapult the company to the fourth-largest African-American U.S.

Chicago Public Schools Opening
Schools for Black Males Only
Hoping to reverse abysmal high school graduation rates among African-
Amencan teens. Chicago Public Schools officials are planning to launch
the system's first all-boys high school to primarily serve black youths.
The Urban Prep Charter Academy for Young Men, if approved by the
Board of Education later this month, would be pan of the district's grand
plan for school reform dubbed Renaissance 2010.
The initiate e is Mayor Richard Daley's effort to remake the city's trou-
bled schools bh opening, 100 new, independently run schools across the
city over the next fi\e years. Among the other 15 new schools that would
open in fall 2006 and 200'7 would be the system's first virtual elementary
school, a high school operated by the University of Chicago and a busi-
ness-enrrepreneurship high school in the Austin neighborhood.
The Urban Prep academy would be housed inside Englewood High
School and would draw mostly African-American students. Its mission
would be sending its students to a place where a majority of young black
men from the Chicago school system rarely venture: college. Black
males graduate from the Chicago schools at the lowest rate of any demo-
graphic group. B\ one study's measure, just 39 percent of the school sys-
tem's black males who were 13 in 199S had graduated by age 19.

Ali, Franklin and Robinson Among

2005 Presidential Honorees
President George W. Bush will bestow the high-
est US civilian honor on boxing legend Muhammad
Ali, "Hotel Rwanda" hero Paul Rusesabagina and
I I others, the White House said.
Singer Aretha Franklin, US Federal Reserve chief
Alan Greenspan, and golfer Jack Nicklaus will also
receive presidential medals of freedom in a
November 9 ceremony at the White House. This
year. the former chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, General Richard
NlMers; comic actress Carol Burnett: television star Andy Griffith: a his-
torian of Stalin's rule. Robert Conquest will also get the award.
Medals v. ill also go to Radio personality Paul Harvey; the author of the
GI Bill that sent millions of World War II veterans to college. Sonny
Montgomery; baseball great Frank Robinson: and Vinton Cerf and
Robert Kahn. who designed the software code that is used to transmit
data oxer the Internet.
According to family members close to Ali. he has only "months to
lihe". The boxing legend. 63,. has been bravely battling Parkinson's dis-
ease for the last 20 years but his condition is deteriorating rapidly.
Daughter Laila. who has followed in Ali's footsteps by becoming a world
champion boxer, say s her father can now no longer speak and shuts him-
self away from his loxed ones.


Volume 19 No. 43 Jacksonville, Florida November 10 16, 2005

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Shown above are the celebration's host with the man of the hour: Paul
Fields,Sr., John Paul Fields, Rep. Terry Fields, Erwin Lax, Mrs. Fields,
Christopher Davis, Cheryl Brown and Corliss Bannister. (Not shown Steve
Thomas, Carlottra Guyton, Steve Thomas, Pamela Taylor and Don West).
Fields Feted for 21 Year Political Career
State Rep. Terry Fields was honored by a host of family and friends for
over twenty-one years in public service. Fields' career began in 1984 when
he was elected to the Duval County Civil Service Board. Since then, his
political tenure has included eight years on the Jacksonville City Council
and his current office in the Florida House of Representatives.

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Genius in Our M idst Jacksonville's own artist in residence, Daniel Wynn was among the
artists present for the Sankofa Marketplace. The new initiative, held in the Springfield Women's Club, drew
upscale talented African-American artists from around the state in one location. The two day event allowed the
premiere artisans to showcase their talents which ranged from jewelry and crafts to clothing, furniture and plate-
ware. Wynn is shown above with his display including his latest foray in the inset custom furniture.

Shown above is Ms. Lavern Gilmore and Pastor Charlie McLendon at the event.
Food, Fun and Fellowship Highlight Homecoming Kickoff
The Northside Church of Christ kicked off their 28th Annual Homecoming Celebration with an Old Fashioned
Fish Fry that was open to the community. Over 1000 participants flocked to the church grounds on Avenue B. for
old school fellowship on a blessed Saturday afternoon. The afternoon was filled with a bountiful buffet, family
style games, sweet treats and beautiful music. For more on the event which was free and open to all, see page 9.

Parks' Programs
in Reprint to
Prevent Online
Before you pay 150
dollars on E-bay for
a program from the
Rosa Parks funeral,
read on.
Thousands of addi-
tional programs are
going to be printed soon, to keep
people from making money by re-
selling the originals.
The trustee handling the affairs of
the civil rights pioneer says people
are "exploiting" the originals. One
of them attracted a 150-dollar offer
on the Internet auction site.
So, more programs are going to
be printed up. They'll sell for five
to ten dollars apiece. They'll be
available in about a week, and will
be sold mostly online.
And this time, any profits will go
to the Rosa and Raymond Parks
Institute for Self Development,
which sponsors education pro-
grams for young people.

November 10 16, 2005

Page 2 Ms. Perrv's Free Press

Finance Q&A

How Credit Cards Affect Your Credit Score
Q:From the standpoint of FICO ratings, is there any difference
between a credit card from, say, MBNA and one from Bank of
A: It's not the brand but your behavior when using the card that mat-
ters when it comes to FICO scores. As you probably know, the score,
invented by Fair Isaacs Corp., a Minneapolis company, is based in large
part on information in your credit records about how faithfully you pay
your bills. These records are udsed to determine, among other things,
what you'll pay to borrow for a mortgage or a car loan. Bank cards them-
selves carry more weight in the FICO calculation than cobranded gas or
store cards because, the theory goes, they more accurately reflect the
user's general credit behavior. Unfortunately, the score is a black box.
Fair Isaac has never disclosed its specific formula. However, we do
know this much: Credit-card companies will report very late payments
to credit reporting bureaus, and each one can put a dent in your credit
score. Using a huge portion of your available credit can also depress
your score. On the other hand, your score will rise if you use a small part
of your available credit and pay your bills on time.

Covering a pre-existing health condition
Q: When I left one job for a new one I signed up for health insur-
ance right away ,but there's a three-month waiting period. If I get
COBRA, I'll have to pay $1,300 a month. Is it worth it? I heard if
you don't have insurance for two months insurers can deny claims
for a pre-existing condition.
A: Although COBRA allows you to keep ouar benefits temporarily
through a former employer's plan. it's pricey because ,Ol'orie footing the
bill. But if you forgo COBRA \ou run the risk that you] ne\\ plan don'tt
cover a pre-existng condition for 12 months. The condition w ill onl\ be
excluded, however, if you get treatment for it in the past six months, and
you've had no health coverage for (generally) more than 63 days.
If you had a shorter break in coverage or no break, each month you
were enrolled in a previous plan cuts the 12 month exclusion period by
a month. In other \\ords, if you had insurance at a preT ious job for 11
months before you signed up for the ne\ plan. a pre-existing condition
will be covered after one month. Your three-month waiting period counts
against the 12 months, so \ou onl need to hate had comerae :at \otur
pre% ious job for nine months. If that's the case. \ou don't need COBRA
to cover a pre-existng condition. However. you do hate to decide
whether r you're killingg to risk having no coverage for three months

Katrina Financial Wreckage Still Looms

Destroyed black businesses shut out of rebuilding effort; thousands of evacuees face eviction

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Shown above left is Patricia Santiago cleans shoes outside her mobile home trailer Santiago lives in the
ninth ward. She had water all the way to the roof and she said she still had eight inches of mud in the house
as of this week. Shown right is Anthony Thompson, 51, makes his bed in a mobile home trailer supplied by
FEMA behind Mother's Restaurant in New Orleans, La.. Nine trailers behind Mother's Restaurant are
being used by workers of the restaurant due to being displaced by Hurricane Katrina.He was renting a
home in the 4th district but left after the house had roof damage from Hurricane Katrina.

Approximately 60,000 black-
owned businesses along the Gulf
Coast have been wiped out by
Hurricane Katrina, and thousands
of displaced residents will soon
face problems with federal housing
aid that threaten to create new prob-
lems across the country.
In the state of Mississippi alone,
nearly 2,000 black-owned business-
es creating sales and receipts of
$126-million were severely affect-
ed, reports All Headline News. In
Louisiana, almost 20,000 black
companies that generated nearly

$866-million were affected by the
storm. In total, black-owned busi-
nesses in the region, previously
generating $3.3 billion a year, may
be gone for good.
While the massive rebuilding
effort in New Orleans should stim-
ulate the economy, the question at
hand for black entrepreneurs is
whether African American busi-
nesses will get a shot at the billions
in reconstruction contracts.
Alden McDonald, president and
CEO of New Orleans-based Liberty
Bank Trust Company, is a member

Adkins Agency Expands Offices to Northeast

The Jacksonville based full-serv-
ice public relations and advertising
firm, The Adkins Agency, expands
and appoints three veteran sales
executives in its Chicago,
Washington D.C. and Atlanta
offices this fall.
This timely expansion will drive
significant growth and develop
more business potential in three
major metropolises where mega
ch heirchs 'oh'd of The Adkins
Agency's key client bases are
Robert Jones, a seasoned sales-
man, has been appointed as partner
and will manage the Chicago office
and Demetrious Reeves will act as a
sales representatives in Washing-
ton D.C., while Monique Chandler-
Walker, also a partner at the firm,

will secure con-tracts in the Atlanta
office. The new appointees will
solicit new churches as clients and
offer them superior communica-
tions solutions customized web-
sites,national radio and television
commercials, media relations,
financial planning and seminar
CEO and founder of The Adkins
Agency, Ken Adkins said, "We are
extremely excited about our expan-
sion and hope that the agency will
grow further." Only in its in-fancy,
the company recently received a
Mosaic Award and was ranked as
the 29th key minority-owned busi-
ness by the Jacksonville Business
The Adkins Agency, founded in
2001 in Jacksonville, Fl,is a full-

service public relations and market-
ing firm. With a committed client
base of 40, the agency offers a
series of communication solutions
and services including: media buy-
ing and planning, financial manage-
ment, corporate identity packages,

media relations, graphic design
work and television and video pro-
duction. For more information,view
the website at www.theadkin-
sagency.com or call (904)-674-

of the rebuilding commission
formed by Mayor Ray Nagin (eight
blacks and eight whites sit on the
16-member board).
He says of the African American
presence in the rebuilding effort:
"We have our work cut out for us,
but black folks have never had it
easy. We've always had to work as
if there was a Depression."
Eugene Cornelius Jr., district
director for Louisiana Office, U.S.
Small Business Administration is
also optimistic about opportunities
for black business. He says, "I can
assure you that we're going to
rebuild New Orleans ... and we're
going to have good and solid repre-
sentation of African Americans in
those rebuilding efforts."
Things are not quite as optimistic
with the housing crisis left in the
wake of both Hurricanes Katrina
and Rita. With more than 1 million
people displaced, problems with
federal housing aid threaten to

spawn a new wave of homeless-
ness, reports USA Today.
In Texas, thousands of evacuees
who found shelter in apartments
face eviction threats because rents
are going unpaid. Representatives
of apartment owners who met with
federal officials in Dallas say about
15,000 Katrina evacuees in Texas
alone face eviction this month for
unpaid rent or for other reasons.
In Louisiana, some evacuees are
beginning to show up in homeless
shelters because they haven't
received federal aid or don't know
how to get it. Directors of homeless
shelters in Baton Rouge say they
have taken in some evacuees from
New Orleans who have nowhere
else to go.
"We're trying to help them get fed-
eral help, but they've sort of slipped
through the cracks," says Michael
Acaldo, CEO of the Society of St.
Vincent de Paul, which operates
several shelters.
The housing crunch could get
tighter this month, because the
Federal Emergency Management
Agency (FEMA) wants to move an
estimated 200,000 Katrina evac-
uees out of hotels as soon as possi-
ble. Advocates for the poor say the
situation will only get worse this
Locally, evacuees are facing sim-
ilar fates as this week several
housed in the Hollybrook area were
threatened with eviction because
their rents have not been paid.
FEMA urged them to contact their
offices as they promised something
'could be worked out" according to
FEMA officials.
"They are the poorest folks ...
and they are the ones who are going
to be left with nothing," says Sheila
Crowley, president of the National
Low Income Housing Coalition.
"It's going to show up at homeless s
shelters everywhere." she said.



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-' !1U (IPWFR W t tKtNU Fewer Minorities Joining the Military

Amid reports of rising deaths
among U.S. troops and waning sup-
port among Americans for the U.S.-
led war in Iraq is a new Pentagon
analysis showing that fewer Blacks
are joining the military.
The number of Black enlisted
troops has declined significantly in
the three military branches between
2000 and 2004 by 15 percent in
the Army, 23 percent in the Marines
and 11 percent in the Air Force,
according to the analysis. The
Navy's number fell only slightly.
the survey showed. The analysis
was triggered by USA Today, which
inquired about number of Blacks

enlisting in the military.
During the four-year peri-
od, Black recruits in all four
services fell nearly a third,
from 38,034 in 2000 to
26,170 in 2004, USA Today
Some of the factors
attributing to the sharp drop .,
among Blacks include a rise :
in Black college attendance vi. -
and the fact that the war in
Iraq is more unpopular among
Blacks than among Whites, accord-
ing to separate public opinion polls
conducted by USA Today.
The Army has been hit hardest by

the declining number of Black
recruits. The Army reported earlier
this year that it repeatedly missed
its recruiting goals this year and
expects more problems in 2006.

Shown above at the event at Alltel Stadiumare (1-r) Tommie Bell, Rev. Brian Campbell, Niecy Johnson,
Zella Dickerson, Elizabeth Means, Dr. Waine Kong, Dr. Maleeka Glover and Dr. Eric Stewart.


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Shown able left is Dr. Landon Williams of Greater Macedonia Baptist Church representing the faith com-
munity.Dr. Waine Kong of ABC accepts a proclamation from Rev. Brian Campbell of Jerusalem Baptist
Church on behalf of the Mayor's Office. R. Silver Photo

SuperWeekend Preparing to Make

Black Jacksonville Heart Healthy

By Rhonda Silver
The Association of Black
Cardiologists (ABC) hosted a
Community Leaders Forum at
Alltel Stadium last week to bring
attention to a topic we should all be
concerned about your health. Big
plans are were unveiled for "2005
Super Weekend Taking Steps
Toward Better Health", a local heart
healthy campaign designed espe-
cially for Jacksonville. Weekend
activities will provide free screen-
ings on November 19th for blood
pressure, cholesterol, glucose,
weight and body mass index. There
will also be heart healthy literature
available at the event that will be
held at the Hyatt Regency
Riverfront from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The following Sunday, "mini-ser-
mons" will also be preached in ten
area churches.
Nationally, the Super Weekend is
a program designed to increase
awareness and prevention of car-
diovascular disease and stroke
through massive saturation of infor-
mation in African-American com-
munities. According to the ABC,
Duval County has the highest heart
disease and stroke death rates of all
of Florida, yet we are only one
fourth of the population.
The keynote speaker for the event
was Dr. James Gavin, III who was

Although African-Americans make up less than a
quarter of the entire Duval County population.

Their stroke death rate

is 45% higher than any

other residents.

passionate about stopping obesity
and diabetes within our communi-
ties. He also stressed the impor-
tance of managing cholesterol
"This is a explosive global epi-
demic," said Garvin, "we're caught
in the grips of a strange situation.
It's not sufficient that we know. We
must do the kind of things we know
how to do to lower risk factors and
lower deaths." He said.

Cardiovascular disease is the
leading cause of death & major
cause of disability in the US, is the
greatest killer of African-
Americans and claims more than
100,000 lives annually. That death
rate accounts for over 1/3 of all
annual deaths among African-
Americans. The prevalence of high
blood pressure in African-
Americans is the highest in the

HIV Outlaw: Man Sentenced for

Intentionally Spreading Virus

An Ex-D.C. government worker,
who police say has known since
1996 that he has the AIDS virus,
was sentenced to almost 22 years
in prison for luring women and
teenage girls into sexual relation-
ships without telling them that he
had the disease, The Washington
Post reported.
Washington, D.C. Superior Court
Judge Robert I. Richter told 34-
year-old Sundiata Basir, a onetime
assistant to a deputy mayor, that he
"knowingly put uncountable people
at grave risk," calling him a "vio-
lent, self-absorbed outlaw."
Among the victims were a 15-
year-old girl and Basir's wife, who
was then 17, The Post reported.
Basir pleaded guilty to first-degree
child sexual abuse in the former
Parks Statue

Gaining Support
A plan to erect a statue of Rosa
Parks in the U.S. Capitol building
is starting to gain momentum.
Several members of Congress have
filed legislation that would see a
statue honoring the late civil rights
icon placed in the building's famed
Statuary Hall.
Among those who have intro-
duced legislation seeking the statue
are Senators Barack Obama of
Illinois and John Kerry and Edward
Kennedy of Massachusetts. U.S.
Rep. Jesse Jackson Junior has
introduced similar legislation in the
The proposal would make Parks
the first black woman to be repre-
sented in Statuary Hall.

Basir, in his arrest photo, should-
n't have much to smile about.
case, and second degree cruelty to
children n the latter. He also plead-
ed guilty to attempted aggravated
assault in the case of a woman he
had a long-term relationship with
who later became HIV-positive, the
paper reported.
"We have a man who repeatedly
and wantonly went around town,
met young women -- girls -- gained
their trust, and then when they

asked him whether he had AIDS,
when they inquired about whether
they should have unprotected rela-
tions, he outright lied to them,"
U.S. Attorney Ken Wainsteen told
WTOP radio.
Prosecutors said that they were
able to identify seven victims, and
that Basir has fathered seven chil-
dren with six women and girls but
none of the children has been diag-
nosed with HIV. They fear there
may be other women who had rela-
tions with Basir and are unknow-
ingly spreading the virus them-
selves. Washington where one in
20 residents is infected with the
Aids virus has the highest rate of
the disease in the US.
Defence attorneys said Basir was a
standout high school and college
student who suffered from mental
illness and was in denial about hav-
ing Aids.

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by Jacksonville City Councilman Reginald Fullwood

The Fair: Some Things Just Never Change

As Autumn kicks into full gear,
and the weather begins to change
most of us look forward to the annu-
al Jacksonville Agricultural Fair.
Remember when it was this time
of year and the Fair rolled into town
and you were actually excited about
going? Sure you are somewhat
excited now, but it is more so out of
obligation to take your kids or
nieces and nephews.
You used to have an annual fair
countdown amongst friends
because that was the thing to do.
Midnight Madness at the fair was
not only something you wanted to
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keep your status in school.
You would wear your best outfit to
Midnight Madness knowing that
your shoes would be filthy by the
end of the night, but you did not
care because you had to look good.
Now it's a different story for us
who have grown up somewhat.
Now we go to the fair on Sunday
after church with our church pro-
gram in hand (so we can get in for
free). Now instead of pigging out on
those cinnamon rolls, sausage and
corn dogs and cotton candy we are
watching our weight.
That is part of the reason I dislike
the fair, because it challenges your
will to maintain healthy eating
habits. And just as you attempt to
make it through your first hour at
the fair a kid with a large, sweet
smelling funnel cake passes you.
Then someone with one of those
elephant ear things with honey drip-
ping off the side of the plate passes.
Your inner-self says fight it resist
the evil fatty foods. You have just
made it through the first hour at the
fair and you purchase the coupons
necessary for the kids to get on the
various rides and put them on the
Spider (which has been around for-
ever). While you are waiting on the
kids to complete their ride you
notice that the Spider has been
strategically placed near the foot-
long corn dog and chicken on a
stick vendor.
The Greater Jacksonville
Agricultural Fair brings back mem-
ories. Remember when you once
had the stomach and craziness to get
on every wild ride imaginable.
From the super duper blast off roller
coaster rocket to the throw me up,
over and round and around ride -
you were down for it all.These days
you wonder about the last time they
had a safety inspection.
We certainly grow up and out. So
as you walk around the fair the kids
want to get on the Gravitron. Cool,
it looks safe enough. You tear off
those dreaded coupons and notice
that the Gravitron requires four
coupons apiece what, you are
thinking that they are crazy to want

four coupons for the stupid
Gravitron. An hour later you are
fresh out of coupons and the kids
have only been on three rides and of
course they are not having fun yet
so you have to spend another $30 to
$40 on coupons.
Just as you begin to refocus your
attention on the financial binge of
the fair, a wrench is thrown into the
equation. "Daddy or Uncle Reggie -
I want some pizza. Me too Uncle
Reggie, I want a funnel cake with
extra powered sugar. And I want a
cinnamon roll or some elephant
And you know that you have to
feed the kids some fair food. Saving
money by taking them to
McDonald's prior to the fair only
partially works they must consume
some form of fair food.
Now, all bets are off and your diet
is ruined because as you order for
the kids you must sample their food
to ensure that it tastes right. Then
you get the ambition to win some
stuffed animals. And why do we
insist on playing that ridiculous bas-
ketball game with the bent rims.
They know that the rims are bent
and so do we, but the male ego fools
us into thinking that we are different
from the thousands of people who
have just missed their shots.
So after we spend $40 attempting
to win a big bear we talk away with
a whistle and a colorful pencil.
However, we do win at the water
racing game and of course gold fish
game, which is probably the easiest
game at the fair.
Wow three complete hours of rid-
ing, playing games, seeing old
friends and of course eating have
passed before you know it. Despite
gaining three pounds in the process,
meeting fair workers who look like
they live in an alley and being
aggravated by the kids it was a pret-
ty good evening.
I guess the more things change the
more they stay the same well,
almost hopefully by next year I will
be able to fit into the swings again.
Signing off from the Jacksonville
Fairgrounds, Reggie Fullwood

P.O. Box 43580
Jacksonville, FL 32203

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The first African-American to
lead Mission Control is working
shifts as a flight director for the
International Space Station. Kwatsi
Alibaruho completed more than
700 hours of training and began
active duty in August.
Since the beginning of America's
space program, only 58 people have
directed human spaceflight mis-
sions. The flight director class of
2005 is the second largest ever
appointed and the most diverse. The
nine-member group also includes
three women and two Hispanics.
Leading a team of flight con-
trollers, support personnel and
engineering experts, a flight direc-
tor has the overall responsibility to
manage and carry out space shuttle
flights and International Space
Station expeditions. A flight direc-
tor also leads and orchestrates plan-
ning and integration activities with
flight controllers, payload cus-
tomers, space station partners and
"I'm humbled and honored to
serve in the capacity of flight direc-
tor," said Alibaruho, who spent his
childhood in Oakland, Calif., and
Atlanta. "I love the diversity of
challenges in space exploration and
in mission operations," he added.
Alibaruho's father, economist Dr.
George Alibaruho, is from Uganda,

France in

State of

President Jacques Chirac declared
a state of emergency this week,
paving the way for curfews to be
on riot-hit
cities and
4 towns in
an extraor-
measure to
h a 1 t
France's worst civil unrest in
decades after 12 nights of violence.
"The intensity of this violence is
on the way down," National Police
Chief Michel Gaudin said, citing
fewer attacks on public buildings
and fewer direct clashes between
youths and police. He said rioting
was reported in 226 towns across
France, compared with nearly 300
the night before.
The state-of-emergency decree --
invoked under a 50-year-old law --
allows curfews where needed and
has an initial 12-day limit. Police
who have been massively rein-
forced as the violence has fanned
out from its initial flash point in
Paris' northeastern suburbs were
expected to enforce the curfews.
The army has not been called in.
The mayhem sweeping the neg-
lected and impoverished neighbor-
hoods with large African and Arab
communities is forcing France to
confront anger building for decades
among residents who complain of
discrimination and unemployment.
Although many of the French-born
children of Arab and black African
immigrants are Muslim, police say
the violence is not being driven by
Islamic groups.
Nationwide, vandals burned
1,173 cars overnight, compared
with 1,408 vehicles Sunday-
Monday, police said. A total of 330
people were arrested, down from
395 the night before.
Local officials "will be able to
impose curfews on the areas where
this decision applies," Chirac said
at a Cabinet meeting. "It is neces-
sary to accelerate the return to

while his mother, Dr. Gloria
Alibaruho, is from Macon, Ga.
Several of his siblings also were
born in Uganda.
"I caught the 'science bug' very
early from watching science fiction
programs, and I wanted to learn
about real science," Alibaruho said.
Every chance he had, he signed up
for extracurricular activities and

seminars where he dedicated week-
ends and summers to further his
knowledge of science and engineer-
Alibaruho earned a bachelor's
degree in avionics from the
Massachusetts Institute of
Technology, Cambridge, Mass.
Despite his intense interest in sci-
ence, he never thought of working
at NASA until an opportunity arose
through the cooperative education
program at NASA's Johnson Space
Center in Houston.
He said he looks forward to the
challenges ahead while NASA pur-
sues exploration to the moon, Mars
and beyond as part of the Vision for
Space Exploration.
"There is nothing about my job
that is routine," Alibaruho said,
"There is something unique and
challenging to hold my interest
every day. I'm excited about the
prospect of working on new proj-
ects and going through the process
of figuring out how to do long-
duration space exploration mis-
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Bethel Missionary Baptist
Church, located at 2538 Firestone
Road, will host their Annual
Harvest Day Celebration on
Wednesday, November 16th
through Sunday, November 20th.
The guest speaker will be Dr.

Larence London of Detroit,
Michigan who will be delivering
the message each night.
The public is invited to participate
in the free soul food dinner follow-
ing the Sunday Service.
Dr. William Lavant, Pastor.

Johnson Branch YMCA to Hold Prayer Breakfast
On Thursday, November 17th, the James Weldon Johnson Branch
YMCA will hold a Prayer Breakfast in the locations Gymnasium at 8:00
a.m. The purpose of the breakfast is to honor past Board Chairman for their
leadership. The Y is located at 5700 Cleveland Road.For more informa-
tion, call 765-3589.
2nd Missionary Baptist Celebrates Church and
Pastor Anniversary The public is invited to attend the special
service in honor of it's Pastor's (Rev. Odell Smith) 19th and the church's
155th Anniversary on Sunday, September 13th at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. The
theme for the occasion is "The Church Celebrating, Honoring, and
Praising God". The guest speaker will be Rev. Price Wilson of Chipley,
Florida. The church is located at 954 Kings Road.Transportation is avail-
able. For more information call 354-8268.
Mt. Charity Celebrating Church and Pastor's
Anniversary The public is invited to attend the church and
Pastor's 20th Anniversary at Mt. Charity Missionary Baptist Church on
Sunday, November 13th at 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. The church is located
at 1417 North Laura Street. Dr. R.J. Cameron is the guest speaker for both
Thanksgiving Feasting and Fellowship at Mt.
Sinai The Brotherhood Ministry of Mount Sinai Missionary baptist
Church will host Thanksgiving day at"The Mount" on Thursday,
November 24th at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. the community is invited to enjoy a
'no strings attached" day of feasting and fellowship.The church is located
at 2036 Silver Street. Rev. R.L. Gundy, Pastor.

Shown above on stage are the Hope Chapel Thespians performing Wiz
Dom of the Ages. Shown right is Pastor Dr. Jeanette C. Holmes (first
row left) surrounded by church members at the BreakThrough
Conference in Columbus, Ohio.
Hope Chapel Holds 31 Day

Celebration in Honor of Pastor

Hope Chapel Ministries held a
celebration throughout the entire
month of October for Clergy Month
in honor of their Pastor, Dr. Jeanette
Ebenuier Ready
for 141st
Ebenezer United Methodist
Church will hold their 141st
Homecoming Celebration on
Sunday, November 13th at 11:00
a.m. The church is located at 9114
Norfolk Boulevard off of Soutel
Drive. The speaker for the event is
B-CC President Dr. Trudie Kibbe

Holmes for her thirty-two years of
service. The theme for the 31 day
festival was "We Came In Empty,
Now We Are Full."
Pastor Holmes was presented with
a variety of flowers, gifts and spe-
cial programs from Laity on Youth
Night and Sunday morning service
with the leaders of the congregation
presiding. A trip to Columbus, Ohio
also took place during the month
along with several church members
where she attended a Church and
Leaders Conference at the Break
Through World Ministry Center
under the guidance of Pastor Rod

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The month long celebration was tion of "Wiz Dom of The Ages". A
concluded with a dinner and theatri- highlight of the evening was an
cal performance held in the Gladys impromptu appearance by
Hunt Auditorium presented by the Broadway performer and educator
Hope Chapel Thespians under the Roslyn Burroughs who came forth
direction of Allison Holmes from the audience to comment that
Bartley. The talented troupe per- it was one of the most exciting per-
formed the original musical produc- formances she's ever attended.

Evangel Temple Assembly of God

November 13th

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Church school
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The W or d from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel

Pastor Rudolph
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Senior Pasor

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Wednesday Noon Ser vice
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SComehare s in Holy Communion on 1 t Sunday at 4:50 p.m.

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Tuesday 7-30 p.m.
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by Michael Cunningham
Michael Cunningham, the photog-
rapher behind the acclaimed
Crowns: Portarits of Black Women
in Church Hats and George
Alexander, author of Why We
Make Movies: Black Filmmakers
Talk About the Magic of Cinema,
have joined together to produce
Queens: portrait of Black Women
and Their Fabulous Hair, a stun-
ningly documented work of a piv-
otal aspect of African-American
In a book that echoes the charm
and flair of the best-selling Crowns,
Cunningahm and Alexander cele-
brate the glorious hair-styles of
African-American women and their
unique relationship to their hair.
Hair has the ability to unleash all of
life's deepest emotions. Hair is
about identity, beauty, self-accept-
ance, self-expression, self-realiza-
tion, class, status, convenience, fun,
glamour, romance, art, passion, joy,
pain, freedom, enslavement, and
power. Hair can be all those things
and more.
Cunningham's sharp and artful
photographs along with Alexander's
compelling profiles of women
spanning all ages and backgrounds,
transport us from a tribal village in
Africa to a beauty parlor in Harlem,
and reveal to us along the way the
important role a black woman's hair
plays in both her cultural and indi-
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Queens, Cunningham and
Alexander explore the tender nos-
talgia, emotional ups and downs,
and deeply embedded strength
these women find within their ever
changing styles.
It has been said that woman's
crowning glory is her hair and this
book revels in and celebrates that
idea. From intricate braids to
relaxed, flowing tresses, from
dreadlocks to Afros, black women
have literally used their heads to
express themselves. In more than

fifty gorgeous photographs accom-
panied by vivid, personal narra-
tives, black women of all ages talk
intimately, and at turns hilariously,
about their relationship with their
hair and what it means to them.
Tonya Lewis Lee, author of
Gotham Diaries and wife of
Spike,talks about her natural
blondish/reddish hair and how peo-
ple had always eyed her skeptically
until her daughter was born with a
similar color hair and Tonya no
longer had to defend herself.

Quees author and photographer
Michael Cunninghamwas in
Jacksonville recently for a book
signing and discussion on his first
book, "Crowns".
Interior decorator and TV host
Shelia Bridges talks about her bout
with the disease alopecia totalis,
and how she lost all of her hair and
is growing to accept herself as a
completely bald woman. A young
woman honors her cousin with an
elaborate fantasy hairstyle designed
to represent the Twin Towers, while
a student in Ghana explains the cul-
tural meaning behind her braids and
the hope it holds for her future.
Female hairdressers talk about their
passion for their desire to make
black women feel like thwe queens
that they are. Queens brings all the
splendor, diversity, drama, and
glamour of black women and their
fabulous hair vividly to life.

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Long before the Internet and 24-
hour cable news, in many commu-
nities the barbershop served as a
clearinghouse for information. Men
would gather to socialize, debate,
and sometimes even get a haircut.
Taking advantage of the status
barbershops can have as trusted
news outlets, a new digital, grass-
roots effort has been formed that
will bring important health mes-
sages directly toBlack and Latino
men in their communities .
Participating barbershops will
have interactive computer systems
where customers can learn about
prostate cancer, its risk factors and
treatment options-while they wait
for their haircut.
Experts say prostate cancer is the
single most diagnosed of all can-
cers and the second-leading cause
of cancer death in men. African-
American men have an incidence
rate 59 percent greater than white
males and a death rate 128 percent
higher than white men.
Each "Wired Barbershop" kiosk
will feature interactive educational

prevent this, call the following
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blocks your number for five (5)
You can also register on line at:

videos and information. There will
be a voluntary survey to assist
health professionals in better under-
standing communities-at-risk, lead-
ing to more effective treatment
options and disease management.
Men who complete the survey
receive a coupon for a free haircut.
The "Wired Barbershops" are part
of "The Knowledge Net"
(www.theknowledgenet.info), a
health education campaign that will
ultimately provide information
regarding heart disease, obesity,
diabetes and other health issues.
To learn more, visit www.prostate-
online.org/barbershop or call

The Best Beauty Bang for Your

Let's face it: Beauty is all about
looking your best, but no one
wants to spend a fortune on make-
up in order to get that perfect look.
So how's a girl to keep her beauty
look in check? It's simple; get the
most for your money.
There are several products on the
market today that are designed for
two or more uses, and these gems
can keep you on top of the beauty

Clear Mascara is one of the old-
est favorite makeup buys. It works
great for separating lashes and giv-
ing them a natural wet look. Plus, it
also works great as a brow gel to
help hold unruly brows into place.
Cheek and lip stains are formu-
lated to add color on your lips and
cheeks. Their sheer coverage gives
you a pop of color to perk up dull

Beauty Bucks
and washed-out complexions.
Powder eye shadow becomes
the perfect eyeliner when applied
with an eyeliner brush. Use darker
colors like dark brown, black, navy
and charcoal for definition.
Lip liner can give you the same
coverage as a lipstick and with
longer staying power. Simply
apply your lip liner on well-mois-
turized lips.

Minorities More Likely to Suffer Heart Failure

Shown above is Traci Collier getting proper instruction on weight training from Wellness Director
Stephen Blackwell atthe Johnson YMCA's new gym.

Northside Gets State of the Art Gym

After years of desiring good fit-
ness facilities, Jacksonville's
Northside recently saw some of
their prayers answered with the
opening of the Johnson Branch
YMCA's state of the art gym and
fitness center. The 20,000 square
foot facility now includes a variety
of new cybex strength equipment,
aerobic studios, gymnasium and
outdoor swimming pool.
As the holidays gear up, the new
facility is also ideal for those will-
ing to battle holiday weight gain
with weight management classes.
The eight week "Get Real" program
gives participants structured exer-
cise programs, nutrition education,
stress reduction techniques, anti-

Florida students in grades K-12
are invited to participate in the
Governor's annual Black History
Month "Remembering the Past,
Celebrating the Future" essay con-
test. The essay contest is the first in
a month-long schedule of events to
commemorate Florida's African
American hentage. The theme of
the essay contest is "'What Impact
has an African American Athlete
from Florida Had on My Life?"
"African American athletes are
among the many trailblazers that
have contributed to our state and
nation." said Governor Bush. "This
annual essay contest gives children

aging strategies and more. The class
promises to teach you how to reach
your fitness goals with a healthy
For those who enjoy group class-
es, there is an aerobic studio and a
spinning class studio. The gym,

complete with several cable televi-
sions promises to keep everyone
For more information including
rates and operating hours, the
Branch can be reached at 765-3589.

The rate of hospitalization
for heart failure is higher
among blacks and Hispanics
than among other ethnic
groups, according to
researchers in Atlanta and
"Little is known about
racial or ethnic differences in
hospitalizations for heart
failure, the most common
hospital diagnosis for
Medicare enrollees," Dr.
Janet B. Croft, of the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention,
and colleagues write in the
American Heart Journal.
Using data from the Medicare
Provider Analysis Record (1990 to
2000), the team found the overall
rate of heart failure hospitalizations
increased from 20.3 per 1000
Medicare enrollees in 1990 to 22.1
per 1000 in 2000.
The rate was greater among men

1000 enrollees, respectively.
Compared with white enrollees,
black enrollees had a 50 percent
increased risk of heart failure hospi-
talization and Hispanic enrollees
had a 20 percent increased risk. The
likelihood of hospitalization for
heart failure was 50 percent less
likely among Asian enrollees.
Compared with enrollees 65 to 74

years old, those aged 75 to
84 were twice as likely to
be hospitalized for heart
failure. Enrollees older than
85 years of age were four
times more likely to have a
heart failure hospitalization.
"Because Hispanic
Americans and the elderly
are the fastest-growing seg-
ments of the US population,
heart failure will increase in
importance as a public
health concern and will
require increased focus on cultural-
ly competent prevention and treat-
ment strategies in the next decade,"
the investigators point out.
"To combat these disparities,
national professional and patient
education efforts are needed that
focus on developing and imple-
menting culturally competent pre-
vention and treatment strategies,"
Croft's team concludes.

Nominations Needed for Women's History Month Calendar

The Mayor's Commission on the
Status of Women is seeking out-
standing women to honor on the
20th anniversary of the Women's
History Month Breakfast. The event
will be on March 8, 2006, in the
UNF University Center. The com-
mission is accepting nominations of
women who have made lasting con-

tributions to the Jacksonville com-
munity. Four nominees will be rec-
ognized at the event and featured on
a commemorative poster.
Nominees should have:
- Should have made contributions
of lasting value to the community;
- Must reside in Jacksonville or an
adjacent county;

Should serve as an exemplary
role model;
- Should have had life experiences
and/or occupations that have been
varied and meaningful
The commission also will recog-
nize Jacksonville's leaders of
tomorrow during the breakfast, and
on a specially designed slide show a

tthe the event.
Nomination forms for both cate-
gories are on the commission's
website at www.coj.net (search:
women). They also may be
obtained by calling the commission
at (904) 630-1650. The nomination
deadline for both is Nov. 17.
The 2005 poster honorees are

Diane Kerr, Ju'Coby Pittman, Nina
Waters and Susan R. Wallace, Ph.D.
The 2005 "Young Women of
Vision" are Brittany Albertson,
Vontresa Allen, Countenay Bowser,
Jessica Cusano, Jessica Lauren
Frey, Katrina Harmer Blakely,
Tiffany Spatcher, Teneese Thomas,
Yulonda Thompson and Kara Wade

Winning Entries Sought for Governor's Black History Contest

across the state the oppornmityr to
learn more about the contributions
of Florida's African-American ath-
letes, allows them to showcase their
creativity and rewards them for
their talent."
The contest is open to all Florida
K-12 students. A panel of educa-
tors. community and business lead-
ers from around the state ~ ill serve
as judges and select the winning
essays. One winner will be selected
from each of the three grade-level
categories, elementary (grades K-
51, middle (grades 6-8) and high
school (grades 9-12). Winners \\ill
receive a trip to Tallahassee to

attend the annual Black History
Month Reception at the Governor's
Mansion, a personal computer and a
full four-year tuition scholarship
through the Florida Prepaid College
Foundation to a state college or uni-
versit) of their choice.
"African American athletes like
Althea Gibson and John "Buck"
O'Neil were pioneers %who paved
the \ay and opened doors for man\
of our southh toda3. Thanks to their
courage and determination, young
black bo.s and gills are dreaming
big dreams and realizing the impor-
tance of overcoming ad\ersir\ as
the\ stri e for success." said

Senator Al Lawson. Tallahassee-
District 6. "It is our sincerest hope
that our Noungest Floridians
respect, honor and appreciate those
who blazed trails and helped foster
some of the greatest athletic talent
the world has e\er known."
Guidelines for the essay contest
Entries ust be mailed to
blackhistor essa\ /i'mytlorida.coin
or mailed to the Go\ernor's Press
Office, 206 the Capitol.
Tallahassee, FL. 32399, by 5:00
p.m. FIrida3, Januar, 6, 2006.
Each student ma\ enter one
esj\ tip to 1100 words in length.

- Essay submissions must include:
contestant's name. home address,
telephone number, school, grade
level and essa\ title.
Parental consent forms must be
attached to the essay.
Black History Month dates back
to 1926 when it was tirst organized
as Negro History Week by Carter G.
Woodson to bring national attention
to the contributions of black
Americans. Woodson selected the
second week of February in honor
of the birthdays of pivotal black
supporters Frederick Douglass and
Abraham Lincoln. It became a
national month-long celebration in

"African American athletes like
Althea Gibson and John "Buck"
O'Neil were pioneers who paved
the w ay and opened doors for many
of our youth today. Thanks to their
courage and determination, young
black boys and girls are dreaming
big dreams and realizing the impor-
tance of overcoming adversity as
they strive for success," said
Senator Al Lawson. "It is our hope
that our youngest Floridians
respect, honor and appreciate those
who blazed trails and helped foster
some of the greatest athletic talent
the world has ever known."

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Northside Church of Christ Welcomes 1000+ on Church

Grounds for Annual Homecoming Community Celebration

Volunteers prepare fresh cotton candy for a waiting ine.
Volunteers prepare fresh cotton candy for a waiting line.

Rev. Samuel Pound (above left) and his wife Lisa enjoy the day with
Pastor McLendon, Rev. He was also the Homecoming guest speaker.


Lynn Sherman who coordinated the entire event was still all smiles
with Pastor McLendon as the successful day took place.

-.. -

The very talented Destined For a Purpose was one of the many groups
who entertained attendees with smooth a capella spiritual tunes.

Have you ever gotten the feeling
you were "home"? The sense of
welcome ran rampant down Avenue
B last weekend as over 1000 partic-
ipants converged on the Northside
Church of Christ's expansive
grounds for their 28th Annual
Homecoming Celebration.
Visitors, friends, onlookers and
the hungry found their way to what
resembled an old fashioned country
picnic. Entirely free to the commu-
nity, guests played, dined, fellow-
shipped and prayed throughout the
day. For the young at heart, there
was fair style inflatables, cotton
candy, popcorn and face painting.
For the more mature crowd, lines
waited patiently for 'intellectual'
games such as Scrabble and Chess.
In between, people ate, ate and ate
again. The menu included southern
delicacies such as fresh fried fish,
grits, hotdogs, hamburgers, and
more. Honeydrippers were even
"This is truly amazing" said

Barbara Coleman who was invited
by a friend to attend. "You just don't
see churches give back like this
much anymore."
"This is our way of saying wel-
come and thank-you to our commu-
nity" said Pastor McLendon who
was all smiles at the event. Under
the guidance of event coordinator
Lynn Sherman and a dedicated
committee, each year the well
organized event gets larger and
Well organized would be an
understatement. For an event it's
size, the organizers did not miss a
beat. As soon as you entered the
grounds, everyone was required to
fill out a brief registration and
receive a nametag. Whether it was
playing football, being directed to a
parking place, waiting for food or
playing games, participants were
able to move through the crowds
with ease.
The free community fish fry kicked
off a week of activities for their

All ages enjoyed the "game corner" where novices and pros matched
up on the likes of old favorites such as chess and checkers.

Queens of the Lenonade Line, Janisn Bland and DeDe Tunsil kept the
glasses full of some of the south's best lemonade.

James, Jalesa and Linda Owens heard about the Community Day on
the radio and decided to come out and enjoy the fun.

Members Michael Robinsona and Louis Jackson of the New Man
Ministry soaked in a long day of hard work after setting up the event
earlier in the day and making sure all attendees were safe and happy.

t IT

Ruth Harries led the pack in several games of Scrabble.
week long Revival where services with a songfest at the Prime
were held nightly featuring Rev. Osborne Convention Center.
Samuell Pounds of Rockford, Ill. Homecoming Day (11/13) will
And Orpheus Heyward of Atlanta, begin with a 7 a.m. breakfast and
Ga. Festivities will culminate at 7 two special services at 8:45 and
p.m. on Saturday, November 12th 10:45 a.m. followed by

Everyone who entered was required to register. Meeting them at the
entrance of the NSCOC grounds weer registration committee mem-
bers Gwen Brown, Mannie Clayton and Clausel Russell.

-'; .

Darlene Balentine made sure the grits stayed creamy for the many
who enjoyed the southern tradition of fish and grits.

Renita Williams was on hot dog duty in the plentiful yet never ending
buffet line.

Free face painting was apart of the event for children of all ages. Four
different artists applied the colorful creations throughout the day.

Sheila Tompkins manned the "Ball booth" for youngsters.
Homecoming Dinner at 12:45 p.m. "So many times when churches
The Homecoming Program will have things like this, it's only for
commence at 2:45 p.m. their members. I have even see
"I heard it on the radio and decid- some old friends." He said. "I'll def-
ed to come by," said James Owens initely be back."
who brought his wife and daughter. Mission accomplished.

November 10 16 2005

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

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)

Southern Genealogist's
Exchange Society
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.

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 on (1) 2.0 or higher GPA; (2) recom-
mendation from school guidance counselor, administrator or educator; (3)
positive attitude; and (4) talent performance at the audition. Contestants
will participate in community service projects, attend workshops address-
ing 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 deltateenpageant@yahoo.com.

Register Early for ANnual MLK Parade
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Foundation, Incorporated, of
Jacksonville, Florida will start 2006 with a full weekend of MLK Holiday
Celebration activities. The MLK Parade and the accompanying citywide
activities are planned as acts of joy, celebration, reflection, and introspec-
tion. This years Parade Theme is "Celebrating The Mothers of the
Movement" and the parade route will be through Downtown Jacksonville
on Monday, January 16, 2006 beginning at 10:00a.m. Register via tele-
phone 904-807-6358, on-line at www.mlkfdn.com or Fax at 904-807-

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ting someone else's needs before their own, a friend that
goes beyond the norm? A tireless volunteer? Nominate
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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.

Academy of
Friends Gala
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

W. Edgewood Ave.
Jacksonville, FL 32203

See http://sgesjax.tripod.com or
call 904-778-1000 for information.

PRIDE 12th
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
in Concert
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.

Full Figured
Model Search
The Lasting Impression Fashion
Ensemble, Inc. will have their 2nd
An-nual Dangerous Curves Full
Figured Model Search on Saturday,
November 12th and Sunday,
November 13th at 1 PM. The
audition will take place at the Hyatt
Regency Hotel, 225 Coastline Dr.
For more Information call 714-
3537 or visit them on the web at
www. dangerous curve sj ack-

An Evening with
Desmond Tutu
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

Free Christmas
Toys Registration
If you need assistance with
Christmas Toys we at HJY may be

Do You Have

an Event for

Around Town?
The Jacksonville Free Press
is please to print your public
service announcements and
coming events free of charge.
news deadline is Monday at 6
p.m. by the week you would
like your information to be
printed. Information can be
sent via email, fax, brought
into our office or mailed in.
Please be sure to include the
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able to assist you. We will be at
Philadelphia Baptist Church, 5577
Moncrief Rd. November 12th from
9:00a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Qualified
applicants will be given help on a
first com, first serve basis. Please
call 772-8057 to find out what info
you need to bring.

Learn to Dance
at Tango Passion
Come to an evening of Argentine
Tango! Watch demonstrations of
the elegant and exotic dance that
has become the rage all over the
world, then learn the tango from
Jacksonville's premier dance
instructor Mr. Sarwat Kaluby.
Dancing, champagne, and desserts
will all take place at the Cobalt
Moon Studio at Neptune Beach at
7:30 p.m. on Saturday, November
12. All proceeds will benefit FCCJ's
DanceWorks, a new nonprofit
organization with a mission to
deliver world-class dance experi-
ence to Jacksonville. For advance
tickets, call 646-2352 or email
Lebritia Sindija at

The Auntie
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


The Importance of
Business Insurance
Having the proper business insur-
ance coverage is vital to any busi-
ness. This free workshop will pres-
ent information on the importance
of having the proper business insur-
ance coverage that is specific to
your business needs. Presented by
the Black Business Investment
Corporation (BBIC), the workshop
will be held on Tuesday, November
15th from 6 8 p.m. at the Ben
Durham Business Center, 2933 N.
Myrtle Avenue in the conference
room (Suite 100). For more infor-
mation or to register, call 634-0543.

Free Health Forum
for Men Over 50
Is it just "part of getting older" or
something more serious? How can
you tell the difference? Learn how
at a free seminar with Dr. Kevin
Billups, an internationally recog-
nized expert in urology and men's
sexual health. Dr. Billups will dis-
cuss enlargement of the prostate,
erectile dysfunction and cardiovas-
cular disease. Also learn about new
treatment options. The free forum
will be held on Tuesday, November
15th at 2 p.m. at the Marriott Hotel

located at 4670 Salisbury Road. For
more information call 279-8357.

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) and enjoy the
show. Please RSVP due to limited
seating to sdowns@unf.edu or

Take the Stress Out
of Holiday Season
The Rosanne R. Hartwell
Women's Center of FCCJ is offer-
ing a free Women's Information
Exchange Luncheon, "Fun or
Frenzy: Taking the Stress out of the
Holiday Season" on Thursday,
November 17th. The luncheon will
be held at the Martin Center, 501 W.
State St., Fourth Floor Boardroom,
noon-1 p.m. and is free and open to
the public.. Call 633-8311 to regis-

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.

Cummer Winefest 2005
The Cummer Museum of Art &
Gardens welcome Vintage 2005 at
Cummer Winefest. The public is
invited to celebrate the Sixth Annual
Cummer Winefest with a splendid
menu, wine pairings and jazz by
The Les DeMerle Orchestra. Enjoy
this year's release of Beaujolais
Nouveau along the St. John River in
the beautiful Cummer Museum
Gardens. Fabulous festivities with
vintners' new releases of select
wines will complement the
evening's catered dining. Cummer
Winefest will be on Thursday,
November 17, 2005 from 5 to 10
p.m. The Museum is located at 829
Riverside Ave. For more informa-
tion, call 899-6007.

Billy Paul in
Concert atthe Ritz
Ritz Theatre & LaVilla Museum
presents the Ritz Old School Rent

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Party featuring Grammy Award
Winning R&B Legend Billy Paul,
November 19th, at, 8pm. The
party will feature live jazz, food,
drinks, dancing and other old
school diversions. For more infor-
mation, please call 904-632-5555.

Chamber Players
Kick Off 6th Season
The Ritz Chamber Players, the
nation's only chamber music
ensemble for classically-trained
black musicians, will kick off its
fifth season, a six-concert series, at
8:00 p.m., Saturday, November
19th in the Terry Theater at the
Times-Union Center for the
Performing Arts. Throughout this
concert season, the Jacksonville-
based ensemble will celebrate the
birthdays of composers Mozart and
Shostakovich. The inaugural con-
cert will include Prokofiev work for
clarinet, string quartet and piano,
followed by a Haydn string quartet
known as "The Razor". For tickets
or more information, call 472
4270 or 354-5547.

Fashion Fusion
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

Black Nativity
Stage Aurora Theatrical Company
brings the Gospel song play "Black
Nativity", written by celebrated
African-American writer Langston
Hughes, to Jacksonville as a holi-
day special December 2-11, 2005
(weekends only). The "Black
Nativity" uses rousing Gospel
music and the poetry of Hughes to
tell the story of the birth of Jesus.
The Nativity will be shown Fridays
at 8:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 2:00
p.m. & 8:00 p.m., and on Sundays
at 3:00 p.m. in the Ezekiel Bryant
Auditorium at FCCJ North
Campus, 4501 Capper Road. Call
Stage Aurora at (904) 765-7373 for
tickets or more information.

"Bogeying 4 Bikes"
Golf Tournament
Akkire Entertainment Inc., will
host their first annual golf tourna-
ment on December 3rd at the Mill
Cove Golf Club. The proceeds of
this event will be used to buy bicy-
cles for the local children in the
communities from the Boys &
Clubs and the YMCA'S just in time
for the local holidays.
If you are interested in partici-
pating as a sponsor or golfer, please
email your information to
akkireent@clearwire.net or call

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Rights acquired to novel based in civil rights era.
Jamie Foxx is to star in the Paramount Pictures film
"Blood on the Leaves," which fol-
lows the mysterious murders of a
series of white racists who were
acquitted of murdering blacks dur-
ing the civil rights era.
Foxx and his partners, Jamie
Rucker King and Marcus King, will
S produce the film based on play-
wright Jeff Stetson's first novel. Stetson perhaps best
known for "The
Meeting," which depicted a hypothetical encounter
between Malcolm X and Dr. King one week
beforeMalcolm's death will also write the screenplay
for "Blood."
In the story, white racists are killed in precisely the
same manner in which they murdered their victims
decades earlier. A brilliant African-American professor
and the son of a prominent minister are accusedof incit-
ing the killings and eventually arrested for one of the
crimes. The highest ranking black district attorney in
the state of Mississippi is appointed to prosecute the
case against him.
Stetson is the former Dean for Faculty and Staff
Affairs for the California State University system. His
newest play, "Love You Better," was produced last
month at the Bushfire Theater in Philadelphia.

HOUSING CHARITY: Singer gives $1 million
to Houston homeless displaced by hurricane.
In response to the devastation caused
by Hurricane Katrina, Beyonce Knowles, her mother
Tina Knowles, singer Kelly Rowland and the Knowles
family are donating $1,000,000 via the family's

Survivor Foundation to St. John's
Downtown and the Bread of Life.
The money will go toward the
development of transitional living
apartments for people who are
homeless as a result of personal or
natural disasters.
The transitional housing devel-
opment is
a collaborative effort between the Knowles', St. John's
Downtown and the Bread of Life, thenon-profit agency
that has addressed the homeless problem in Houston,
TX over the
past 13 years.
St. John's has benefited from the Knowles' philan-
thropy when they built the Knowles/Rowland Youth
Center, which is the site for teen activities and worship,
and was also the donation center for evacuees of the
Katrina hurricane.

Film vets reunitein L.A. for D VD release.
The cast and crew of the 1972 Billie Holiday biopic
"Lady Sings the Blues," including Diana Ross, Billy
Dee Williams and Berry Gordy, reunited on the
Paramount lot to celebrate the film's long overdue
release on DVD.
"You know, it's reunion time, which is so wonder-
ful," the film's star, Diana Ross, said. "You don't get a
chance to get everybody all together. And it's so won-
derful to see Billy Dee and to see B.G. [the film's exec-
utive producer Berry Gordy] and to see some of the
Motown people."
While Billie Holiday devotees have said the film is
not an authentic biography of Lady Day, the film
earned considerable critical praise and five Oscar nom-
inations, including one for Ross.

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Edgy Animation Has Reached a New Level

with the "Boondocks" Television Premiere

Aaron McGruder has been called
a "genius" and "the angriest black
man in America" as he skewered
everything from the Bush White
House to Black Entertainment
Even Rosa Parks almost took a hit
in the new TV version of
McGruder's popular comic strip,
The Boondocks. After the civil
rights icon died:Oct. 24, McGruder
deleted references to Parks from a
scene that showed her scuffling
with fans of alleged child pornogra-
pher R. Kelly.
But the fact that Parks was includ-
ed in the first place demonstrates
that McGruder's show, which pre-
miered Sunday at 11 p.m.on
Cartoon Network's Adult Swim,
will retain the edge that has neriod-

In one show, Granddad starts dating
a younger woman, oblivious to the
fact that she's a prostitute, which
leads to a discussion between Huey
and Riley on whether all women are
Another episode centres on the
resurrection of Martin Luther King
Jr., whose nonviolent message is
ridiculed in a post-9/11 world by
media outlets such as Time
Warner's CNN and Time magazine
(and yes, Cartoon Network is a
division of Time Warner).
"Ultimately I think everyone
draws their own line of what's
shocking and what is inappropriate
in different places," McGruder
says. "For you, some 10-year-old
kids talking about hos may not (be)
that big of a deal. But someone out

Animated characters Huey, left, Riley, center, and Granddad Freeman
from producer Aaron McGruder's animated series 'The Boondocks. 'The
series follows the adventures of McGruder's junior revolutionary Huey
Freeman and his hip-hop obsessed younger brother, Riley, who live in a
white, middle-class suburb with their cantankerous grandfather. The TV
series version of his popular comic strip 'The Boondocks,'

ically prompted newspapers to pull
the strip.
"For me, it really first has to be a
good story and be funny,"
McGruder says. "If you're doing
sincere comedy, the edgy stuff kind
of happens on its own."
The Boondocks follows the
adventures of junior revolutionary
Huey Freeman and his hip-hop
obsessed younger brother, Riley
(both voiced by actress Regina
King), who live in a white, middle-
class suburb with their cantanker-
ous grandfather.
While the series won't tackle cur-
rent events (the 15-episode order
took 18 months to complete), it's
certainly not lacking in irreverence.

there is gonna flip. There's no way
to know. So I just try to deliver an
amusing and decent story and leave
the shock and the awe to whatever
people have in their own heads."
McGruder began writing the strip
in 1997 while attending the
University of Maryland. Now it's
carried in about 350 newspapers,
although some have moved it to the
editorial page.
A few papers temporarily pulled
the strip for its attacks against the
war in Iraq in 2001. And earlier this
year, several papers dropped it for a
few days because of its use of the n-
word which, not coincidentally, is
sprinkled throughout the TV series.
"This is a country that celebrates

attempts to keep things comfort-
able, we in the media don't always
say things the way things are," adds
Jill Talley, the voice of the show's
only regular white character Tom's
wife, Sarah. "Aaron's saying smart,
pointed things by using kids. In a
kids world, you say what you think.
Most people can identify with it,
because you feel the same way, but
would never dare say it."

by BV K. Pitts
After surviving in the music
industry for over 21 years, it's safe
to say that Freddie Jackson is a vet-
eran. The Grammy-nominated
R&B singer has had over 11
Billboard chart-topping singles, and
earned the respect of his peers and
audience. Now, with a new album
in stores ('Personal Reflections')
and a slim new look to flaunt,
Jackson is preparing to rock us all
again, for old times sake. We
recently got a few minutes with
Jackson and went Off Topic. Check
out what the man we now call
"Smooth Freddie" had to say.
Q: If you were a rapper, what
would your rap name be?
Smooth Freddie, because I tend to
have the qualities to do everything
nice and slow. To take my time and
I like to be real steady with every-
thing and I think I'm real smooth in
my demeanor, and I think that
would suit me very well.
Q: VH1 recently honored old-
school rap artists and as a part of
that ceremony, they paired the
old-schooled hip-hop artists with
starts of today. Which old-school
R&B singer would like to be
paired with?
It would probably be Aretha
Franklin, the "Queen of Soul." I
would imagine that I would be the
king and she would be the queen,
and for the both us together, it
would be like royalty coming
together. I love Aretha Franklin,

croonin' and groovin'.
C was the crowd sings along.
I think the crowd would sing along.
Q: The crowd would sing along?
Because it's so hot.
Q: Hurricane Katrina: Was it a
wake up call or a pointless
It was truly a wake-up call for us
to bring us all together and to unite
each other as one. A little tighter, a
little closer.
Q:Either/Or: Who would you
prefer, Vivica A. Fox or Tracie
Ellis Ross?
I think Vivica A. Fox, she's sexy
and she's looking really good these
days. And I like her demeanor and I
don't know, I like her edge. I have
met Vivica Fox before and I think it
would defiantly be Vivica. She's
down to earth and I think she's
awful sexy and especially now, I
saw her at a show at the Apollo and
she graced the stage and I just want-
ed to run ... actually I told her after
the show, 'Did you hear me scream-
ing more than anyone else in the
audience?' I wanted to grab Vivica
A. Fox and rock her for old time's

Boondocks young and now very
rich creator Arron McGruder.
Richard Pryor as a genius and still
we wonder if we should be using
the word 'nigga' in entertainment,"
says McGruder, 31. "It's a conver-
sation that hasn't gone anywhere in
about 30 years."
Bringing The Boondocks to televi-
sion took several years. Fox made a
pilot two years ago, but McGruder
says the network's plethora of "rigid
creative rules" made the experience
a nightmare.
Cartoon Network "is letting me do
the show I want to do," McGruder
says. And network senior vice pres-
ident Mike Lazzo is making The
Boondocks the centrepiece of the
three-hour Adult Swim late-night
block, which pulls in more of the
coveted 18-to 34-year-old male
demographic than Jay Leno, David
Letterman or John Stewart.
A longtime fan of The Boondocks,
Lazzo believes McGruder's voice is
vital to television n-word and all.
"Aaron is working in an American
tradition which is a vernacular (of)
how he wants to represent this
world," says Lazzo. "(UPN's)
Everybody Hates Chris has done
this. People are expressing them-
selves creatively now in the manner
you saw with All in the Family,
with social issues and racial identi-
ty issues addressed head on."
"I'm shocked at what he's allowed
to get away with," laughs comic
John Witherspoon, who voices
Granddad. "Like this trial of R.
Kelly and the use the n-word,
(although) Dave Chappelle got very
wealthy off of it. But I think this is
going to set a precedent for car-
Audiences seem to be ready.
"People want to see good televi-
sion where issues are being spoken
about, even if it is in an animated
series," says Cedric Yarbrough,
who voices the Freeman's milque-
toast neighbour Tom DuBois. "I
was just watching All in the Family
and was like: Wow, we could never
talk about that on sitcoms now. It's
all about not being offended."
"Through often well-meaning

Freddie Jackson is still
she's a timeless artists.
Q: Which up and coming artist
would you want to be paired
I would love to be paired with
Alicia Keys. I think Alicia Keys,
not only because she's single, but
she's extremely sexy. But I love her
writing abilities and I think she
could churn out something very
special for me and her to both per-
Q: Hypothetical situation: Lamb
and Lynx, the two white child
performers out of California who
are being taught to sing songs
laced with racial hatred, and who
have been labeled as the racist
version of the Olsen Twins by the
media are performing at the
Apollo Theater, in your old
stomping grounds of Harlem.
Which of the following would be
the crowd's response?
A. To boo them off the stage.
B. To rush the stage.
C. To sing along.
D. Pray for them.
E. None of the Above
I think it would be C.
SWhat is C?

M.C. Smooth Freddie?

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Prince Hall Grand Lodge Honors Pioneers at Eighth AnnualAward Banquet

Prince Hall Grand Lodge Honors Pioneers at Eighth Annual Award Banquet


Willie Dennis, Martha Cummings and Sandra Thompson.

Shown above (left to right) Eunice Kirkland, Eula Brown, Kenneth Yates, Pinkie Hanson, Annie Dunn, Ron Mosley, John Simmons, Theresa
Williams, Ann Dingle, Magdelene Tunsill, Charlean Williams, Ann Rogers, Eddie Prime, Karen Jackson, Sandra Lowery and Amanda Peetes.

EWC Crowns 2005 College Queen

Deborah Kelley, Theresa Williams, Peggy Malone, and Patricia Hughes

Most Worshipful Prince Hall
Grand Lodge A.F. & A.M. of
Florida, Inc., Second Masonic
District recently presented their
Eighth Annual Pioneers Award
Banquet at All People International
The gala evening, held in honor of
members with longstanding years
of service to their Lodge, began
with "We've Come This Far By
Faith" sung by all in unison. The
evening's program included soloist
Idella Wynn, presentation of each
of the honorees and guest speaker

Rev. James Henry of Summerville
Missionary Baptist Church. The
Master of Ceremonies was Eddie
Prime, DDGM.
The Honorees and their presenters
(in parenthesis) were: Sarah Potts
(Rachel Donald), Martha
Cummings (Eula Brown),
Benjamin Lowe (Nimmie Hines),
Alice Taylor (Ella Mae Stevens),
Julia Butler (Catherine Clark),
Joseph Sampson (Timothy Sloan),
Helen Williams (Charlean
Williams) and Mercedia Hagans
(Eunice Kirkland). FM Powell Photo


Shown above is the Edward Waters College Court: From left, Miriam Cowans (Miss Sophomore); Tamike Williams (Miss Junior), Shacara Syles
(Miss EWC); and Brittney Lorick (Miss Freshman). Not shown is April Walker, Miss Senior. On Friday, October 28, Dr. Oswald P. Bronson, Sr.,
crowned the 2005-2006 Miss Edward Waters College, Shacara Styles. Miss Styles, a 20-year-old native of Nassau, Bahamas, is a senior majoring in
criminal justice. Photo by Jay Baker

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