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All-Boys Public School for Black
Males Approved by Chicago B.O.E.
The Chicago Board of Education approved plans for Chicago's only
all-boys public high school in a ground- breaking effort to create an edu-
cational environment that will point more N oung African-American men
toward college and successful careers.
The Urban Prep Charter Academy for Young Men was among the new
schools approved by the Board of Education in the latest \ave of charter
schools authorized under Chicago's Renaissance 2010 initiative. The ini-
tiative is designed to create new schools in neighborhoods across the city
to beer meet the diverse needs of Chicago's youth.
Urban Prep. scheduled to open in Fall 2006. will offer a program of
study designed to meet the specific needs of urban young men and to
reverse the dismal graduation rates of this demographic. Open to sru-
dents from all parts of the cit. Urban Prep ill be housed in Englewood
Hieh Schoo;. in a predonuan.tl\ Afican-American community on
Chicago's South Side.
According to research conducted by the Consortium on Chicago School
Research. onl' 310 percent of A.frcan-American male Chicago Public
School students will graduate by age 18 and fewer still will make it to
Police Outnumber Protestors at
White Supremacist Race Rally
KINGSTON. N Y. A rallN organized b5 a white supremacist radio talk-
showe hosting New York drew about 50 supporters and 100 counter demon-
strators. but the\ were outnumbered by police.
Hal Turner invited the Ku Klux Klan and similar groups to help protest
recent attacks on white students bh black students at Kingston High
School. about 60 miles south of Albany.
Police have said the attack% were not motivated by race
Police had 175 to 200 officers at the event. which lasted about an hour,
said Detective Michael Turck. He said he did not know of any arrests.
Turner, of Nonh Bergen. N.J.. had earlier estimated the city would have
to pay $100.000 in overtime for security
W \\e'll come back again and again until we bankrupt this city." Turner
told the cr\o\d.
Mayor Jim Sotile said race relations in Kingston are no different than
in an\ other community.
It's been blow n so far out of proportion, it's vern sad," he said.
BCA Grades School's Hiring
Practices of Minority Coaches
The Black Coaches Association says colleges should be putting forth
more of an effort to hire black coaches in football jobs.
The organization has announced its second report card on head coach-
ing positions in NC.LA football. Among the 30 colleges sampled for
2004-2005, 17 got either a C, D or failing grade for hiring practices
involving African-Americans. The report also sa\s there are only three
black head coaches among I 1 in Di ision IA.
"T\\enty-six percent of the coaches in basketball are African-Amencan
in division one.
\\Wh can't football be there?" Black Coaches Association executive
director Flo\d Keith told Indiana news station \\ISH-TV.
The Black Coaches Association says they're not suggesting that schools
hire coaches just because the\ are black.
"You don't ha\e to hire a black coach, but your process has to be right.
The process isn't e\en right. Last .ear, there were thirt-something
searches and t\o African-Ameri.ans hired out of thirty." said Keith.
Activitsts Seek Historic Marker
for Emmett Till's Church
in a small, nondescript church. the
mutilated bod,, of 14-\ear-old
Emmett fill \as put on ditpla. in an
open casket because his mother
wanted the nation to see \\ hat racism
Historians and acti ists call that
one of the most significant earls
Statements about civil rights and
now, a hall century later, there is a
h -.- movement to turn that church, the
Roberts Temple Church of God in Christ, into a historic cit, landmark.
Across the nation, houses, churches, hotels and other structures, bound
together b\ the struggle for equality, are being designated as landmarks.
listed on the National Register of Historic Places and turned into muse-
Just this year :Fifteen Alabama churches %\here ci iil rights acti itnes
took place were listed on the historic register; New York's Hotel Theresa,
where black entertainers stayed \ hen most hotels ruined them awa%, was
placed on the register; An International Ci' il Rights Center and Museumn
is being built in Greensboro, N.C., where four North Carolina A&T State
University students sat do\w n at a segregated lunch counter in 1960.
Although Chicago was a major destination for millions of blacks who
zame from the South during the Great Migration early in the 20th cenru-
y, the city has lacked a e\ ell-known landmark from the ci\'il rights move-
A proposal to give the church landmark status is likely to come before
ie City Council early next y ear.
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Riots and a Hurri an Have Forced
Sparring Natiogs to Confront Race
In one case. I'_,olyst was alienation are endemic.
Hurricane Katrina: '-~hie other, a "After Katrina, man', French
freak electrocution accident in a took an undisguised glee in pokinu
Paris suburb. What followed the ey es of the Americans... The\,
drownings and dislocationin the said this couldn't happen in
United States. riots across France France:". said SteVen Ekovich, a
.has forced each nation to i nront political s~tce ..rofesg* -at the
problems of racism and ~'oeirty Anencan Univei-ofParis.
that are deeply entrenched btir usu-,u "No whbe Frenc'-are:.ust
ally ignored. sthlned, hoping: m~e senie out
The parallel soul-searching i QfAvhat~ appling e e.
ing place in two countries whre I .v.I fdiffi&i t n e
politicians aid pundits ha\e a~e it
delighted in mocking the otlier 'o. S ..
perceived hypocrisies and flaw\s. xuntries said'
"I'mi rtrsture \ ou can sy that :e 1d S wes ifi.iti pain~
count stem is b ier rse his v Bry an segregation.
than th either w h re willi, .i~France
eell." sai ue MNl~P to ac ge and address racial
h of Internti tensions.
at o'ns. VaiE' ernment \vts "'In France, issues of dinsci inina-
for the problems to occur in orde .;,tion \were not supposed to arise,"
to address them, and :hleir first said Francois Ieisbourg, a leading
reaction is slow and inadequate." French foreign policy aiial,,st
The devastation wreaked hb "Officiall:,. we're all equal.."
Karrina in New Orleans took a dis- The..principle of equality lias
proportionate toll on low-income such weight in France that author-
blacks. with hundreds drowning ties generally do not collect racial
and tens of thousands losing their or ethnic. deinographic data and
homes to flooding in low-lying ha'e shupned U.S.-stnle affirma-
neighborhoods. ti\e actin programs. ...
In France, the deaths of' i "Aflin-natvation in the U.S. at
Muslinm ourths hiding fiom poltoleis' 'east recogntiS at. racism e\'iss,
in an electricity substation rri : .robleins -rJ:i-ked to color."
gered voting nationwide in bleak, ~iinic TrFi 'aiwlo L.rew
immigrant-filled suburban housing u: e ce and l teaches at
projects here joblessness and the i Continued on page 3
Shown above (L-R) are Rev. Roderick Ingram, Pator Robert Brown
and Rev. Costell Cross who all work with Operation New Hope.
Area Clergy Partner in Offering
New Hope for Ex-Offenders
by R. Silver
Ready 4 Work is an ex-offender
re-entry development initiative
through the U.S. Department of
Labor that partners with local faith
In Jacksonville, President Bush
selected Operation New Hope
headed by Pastor Robert Brown for
its strategic partnerships with busi-
nesses, churches and community
non-profit groups. The goal is to
successfully guide individuals exit-
Jacksonville Organizations Work Together and
Apart to Create a Very Special Thanksgiving
Shown above in the process of preparing food baskets for distribution are Post 197 Member Eugene
Sawyer, Willie Simpkins, Ted Green, Clarence Richardson, Charles Chappell, Freddie Tyson, Jimmie
Hamilton and G. Ponds. R. Silver photo
Organizations, clubs, young and old participated in making this Thanksgiving Holiday a very special event for
needy families. Throughout preceding weeks, donations were gathered in a variety of locations throughout the city.
American Legion Post 197 is one such organization. The Northside based veterans not only prepared 50 baskets,
but also provided a Thanksgiving Dinner for over 150 senior citizens. According to Post Commander Ted Green,
the Thanksgiving events provide an opportunity for the dedicated veterans to continue to give back to the com-
munity they serve.
ing the criminal justice system to
becoming productive and positive
citizens through good work ethics,
job training and nurturing a positive
Through the program, the former
offenders are staffed by case man-
agers, mentor coordinators, career
development specialists and their
very own sales and marketing man-
ager who shops for employers to
hire the ex-offenders. The program
has established itself as a win-win
for employers, ex-offenders and the
community at large.
The program is scheduled to
expand to eighteen cities through-
out the U.S.
More than 40 million people
worldwide are now infected with
the AIDS virus, a record 1 million
of them in the USA, the United
Nations has reported
The number of HIV-positive peo-
ple nationwide, which hovered at
about 900,000 for years, has grown
partly because more people get
life-saving drugs and partly
because the government has failed
to reach its long-stated goal of cut-
ting new infections in half, the
report says, citing 2003 U.S. statis-
tics, the latest available.
Roughly 40,000 people in the
United States are infected each
year, nearly half of them African-
American. About 18,000 people
die. Worldwide, AIDS has killed
about 25 million people since it
emerged in the early 1980s, 3.lmil-
lion of them this year alone.
Nearly 5 million people were
infected this year,with two-thirds
of new infections (3 million), were
in sub-Saharan Africa.
State Minority Spending Increases
More than 263% Since 1998-1999
The Governor's Offices has
released data highlighting Florida's
increase in minority spending since
1998-1999. During fiscal year
2004-05, state government spent
$693 million with certified women
and minority-owned businesses
statewide, of which $547 million
was invested by the Governor's
"I am proud of the increases
Florida has seen in minority busi-
ness spending over the last seven
years," said Governor Bush. "I
applaud the commitment of the
many state agency managers and
purchasing agents who continue to
look for new and innovative ways
to expand diversity in state con-
tracting and increase opportunities
for all Florida businesses."
Minority spending among
Governor's agencies increased by
$20 million or nearly 4 percent over
the last year. Since 1998,
Governor's agencies have increased
minority spending by 263.5 percent
or $397 million.
Under the One Florida Initiative,
Governor Bush challenged
Florida's state agencies to increase
minority businesses spending and
expand outreach and services to
minority businesses statewide.
When the initiative was introduced
in 1999, total certified minority
spending among state agencies was
approximately $150 million.
Recognized as Florida's signature
event for women and minority busi-
ness entrepreneurs, Matchmaker
provides a one-stop forum for
minority businesses, state purchas-
ing officers and private industry to
share ideas and develop business
partnerships. During the confer-
ence, DMS also announced the
recipients of the state's minority
business awards. Kyra InfoTech
was named the 2005 State of
Florida Minority-Women Business
Enterprise of the Year.
Kyra InfoTech a Lakeland-based
information technology, certified
minority vendor credits much of
its success to the Governor's One
Florida Equity in Contracting initia-
tive and the support services pro-
vided by OSD. In 2001, the com-
pany took advantage of the stream-
lined minority certification process
offered by the OSD, receiving certi-
fication in less than one week.
As a result, company revenues
from state government business
grew from less than $50,000 to
more than $4 million in just five
years. Kyra InfoTech's state gov-
ernment customers include the
Departments of Children and
Protection, Health, Juvenile Justice
Now with offices in New York,
California, Chicago, Germany and
India, Kyra InfoTech is leading by
example. The company has devel-
oped its own internal diversity poli-
cy, modeled after One Florida, and
is mentoring other minority busi-
Community Development Providing a
Breath of Fresh Air for Golfair Community
.- .. .
Shown above at the g-oundbreaking are (L-R) Joni Foster, Brenda 'elly,
Linda Cooper, Paul,Tutwiler, Aileen Williams andDarrell Griffin.
by Athena Clark
The dawn of a new era began with
the ground breaking of the afford-
able housing sub-division Golfair
Estates, in one of Jacksonville's
The Northwest Jacksonville
Community Development Corpor-
ation (NJCDC), is developing the
15-unit division in partnership with
the Jacksonville Housing
Commission and the Local
Initiatives Support Corporation of
Sitting on the corer of an over-
grown lot with vacant and con-
demned houses, at Myrtle and
Golfair in the 29th and Chase
neighborhood, the development
will be a welcome change to the
present blight of the community.
"The home buyers will range in
all ages," said Paul Tutwiler,
Executive Director of NJCDC, at
the ground breaking. "They will
have long term vestment and inter-
est in the community."
These new residents may be
instrumental in making a positive
change and help bring back an ear-
lier era of pride and home owner-
"It's like planting a new tree all
over again," Tutwiler said. "Some
of these new homeowners are
young with children and will be
adding new life to the community."
Long-time resident Ruth Golden,
75, has lived in the area for over 40
years and has seen the transforma-
tion and deterioration of her neigh-
borhood where the average age of
homeowners is 50, some in their
70s and 80s.
"We need some new blood com-
ing into the neighborhood," said
Golden. "We have quite a few sen-
iors. The younger generations
moved to other parts of town. The
future of our community begins
with the young generation who are
home owners instead of apartment
In the 1930s and 1940s the com-
munity was middle class with
working class people. The resi-
dents that lived there were profes-
sionals and prominent people who
created families that gave root to a
Following integration in the early
1960s, the families moved to other
suburbs in the city, rented out their
homes, leaving behind an aging and
"The stable community that was
here were now housing lots of poor
people, as opposed to a mixed
income-tiered community and it
created a recipe for despair and
crime," Tutwiler said.
The $2.5 million Golfair Estates
will sit on 2.3 acres of property and
will be comprised of fifteen new
homes on a cul-de-sac, with park
space for families and their chil-
dren. Prices of the homes will range
from $105,000 to $135,000, with a
$500 down payment. Construction
is expected to begin early
LISC Jacksonville, provided over
$1.5 million in loans for the project.
However, Joni Foster, Program
Director, LISC Jacksonville, said
Although funding helps in de\elop-
ing these kinds of communities, its
not always a money issue.
"It's not just about the nickels
and the dimes," Foster said. "Its
about the positive changes in the
LISC also provided NJCDC with
feasibility studies, technical assis-
tance and a variety of other needs.
Pete Jackson, Executive Director
of the Mayors Office of Faith &
Community Base Partnerships,
echoes Foster's sentiment.
"This project will spur more
CDC's to get actively involved in
affordable housing development,"
said Jackson. "Homeownership is
one of the foundations for personal
Tutwiler envisions a community
where children can play in the
streets and where cultural institu-
tions such as, museums and gal-
leries will be a reality, instead of a
"Ghetto is not a place, but a frame
of mind," Tutwiler said. "We not
only have to rebuild our communi-
ty physically, but it is our obligation
to rebuild the broken lives in the
process as well. We are an agent of
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African-American Investors Now a Major
Target for Banking/Brokerage Firms
Earlier this month, Harvard
University professor Henry Louis
Gates Jr. told a group of Baltimore
investors the story of black scholar
W.E.B. DuBois' dream to publish
an encyclopedia of African-
DuBois died with his dream unre-
alized, Gates said, because he
lacked the key ingredient to make it
The event at which Gates spoke
was sponsored by Smith Barney,
one in a series it has offered since
1999 geared toward African-
American investors. In recent years
some brokerages, including
Citigroup unit Smith Barney and
Merrill Lynch, have begun market-
ing to African-American investors.
They are responding to growth in
the black middle class and research
that indicates some members of that
group are not investing or not
diversifying their investments. The
key to connecting with African-
American investors has been part-
nering with respected leaders such
as Gates, said Beth James, vice
president of Smith Barney's out-
reach to African-Americans.
Similarly, Merrill has formed part-
nerships with associations of
and other groups, said Dwayne
Redmond, the firm's director of
African-American business devel-
opment. The firm also assigns
teams of financial advisors to mar-
kets with large populations of afflu-
ent African-Americans, he said.
While Merrill's outreach to
African-Americans and other
minority groups has a business
imperative -- capitalizing on growth
in those populations -- Redmond
said it has a social goal, too.
While much of the focus on the
economic power of African-
Americans has focused on their
spending power, said Redmond,
"We want to sort of shift that think-
ing to wealth building, and away
Still, ethnic marketing can be a
tough balancing act, as firms try to
convey that they have the interests
of the group they are targeting in
mind and not just their bottom line.
Many companies have not ventured
"We focus on serving the needs of
individuals and families across the
wealth spectrum," rather than tar-
geting demographic groups, said
Jon Goldstein, a spokesman for
Bank of America's wealth manage-
ment division. Both Merrill and
Smith Barney have marketing
efforts geared to other ethnic and
demographic groups, too.
African-Americans "have much
less wealth than we should," Gates
said. "We had to live hand to mouth
for so long."
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M illennium M missionaries Whoever said door to door salvation was left only to Mormons
and Jehovah Witnesses must not have ran into members of Bethel Baptist Institutional Church's Taking It To The
Streets Ministry. The energetic group of 43 once a month canvases a neighborhood in welcoming and encourag-
ing Christian fellowship. Las weekend, the group conquered Springfield. Among their other projects are the
Angle Tree, Jail & Prisons, Clothes Closet, Field Fellowship and many others. The Ministry is the largest and
most active at the historic church.
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and Contacting the Superintendent
Q: Do students have to go to
school December 19-21? Are
these days part of the Christmas
A:December 19th through 21st are
weather days, approved by the
Duval County School Board as
make-up days for any school day
cancellations due to inclement
weather. If there are no school day
cancellations prior to Dec. 19th,
students are not required to attend
school. These days are not a part of
the Winter Break (December 22-
January 2). For a copy of the full
school calendar, call 390-2126 or
log on to the district's Web site at
Q: Is it true that I can't volun-
teer in my child's school unless I
have been fingerprinted?
A: Earlier this year, the Duval
County School Board approved a
recommendation to adopt a volun-
teer screening policy designed to
enhance the safety of students. This
policy requires that persons inter-
ested in volunteering must com-
plete a volunteer application that is
then screened and processed by the
district's Community Involvement
Office. While fingerprinting is a
level of screening, it is not required
under the Board policy for those
seeking to volunteer in a child's
classroom. Screening does include
(but is not limited to) a review and
check of names against the Florida
Sex Offender Registry.
Q: When does the new superin-
tendent start? How can I reach
A: Duval County Public Schools'
new superintendent Dr. Joseph
Wise begins on Thursday, Nov.
17th. He can be reached at 390-
2115. Dr. Wise's entry and learning
plan, the guide he will use over the
next 100 days to assess and evalu-
ate the effectiveness of the district,
is available on the district's Web
site at www.educationcentral.org.
Please submit your School Talk
questions by email to
by fax at 390-2659, or by mail to
Duval County Public Schools,
Communications Office, 1701
Prudential Drive, Jacksonville, FL
Jacksonville Alliance of Black
Educators invites new members
The Jacksonville Alliance of Black School Educators (JABSE),
Constance S. Hall, President; is an affiliate of the National Alliance of
Black School Educators. As an outgrowth of the National organization, it
is necessary to analyze and apply shared knowledge to the eradication of
problems which stand as obstructions to quality education for children.
JASE continues to bring forth issues and activities that will address the
needs of students and support their movement toward positive academic
success. Your involvement is needed at the local level to strengthen and
increase support of educational issues that face our educators and the youth
of today. You may visit www.nabsc.org for more information about the
organization, or you may call (904) 858-1943, locally.
Westside Community Fest December
3rd at FCCJ Cecil Education Center
Florida Community College is hosting a Westside Community Fest on
Dec. 3 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Cecil Education Center. The theme is
Safety Awareness. The Community Fest will offer free food, games, a
silent auction and entertainment. For the kids there will be face painting, a
clown, a "moonwalk" station and arts and crafts. Neighbors can enjoy hot
dogs, popcorn and cotton candy. Call 997.2860 for more information.
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"The French talk about how they're
indivisible, but they end up with
More so than the United States,
France has failed to propel signifi-
cant numbers of its racial minorities
to top-rung positions in govern-
ment, business or the media.
"In America, one can talk about a
sizable black middle class, about
influential African-Americans in
Congress, the corporate world,
Hollywood, in ways you don't see
with Muslims in France," said
Charles Kupchan, director of
Europe studies at the New York-
based Council on Foreign
"There may be racism in the
United States, but nobody would
say an African-American is not an
American," Kupchan added.
"Muslims in France find them-
selves feeling like second-class cit-
izens not really part of the French
Catherine Durandin, a Paris-based
expert on trans-Atlantic relations,
said she had been impressed by the
efforts of Americans including
former Presidents Clinton and
George H. W. Bush to raise money
for Katrina's victims.
"The most shocking difference in
France is that there is no solidarity
with the suburbs," she said. "The
main reaction is fear, how to pre-
vent the contagion from spreading
to the more prosperous parts of the
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During the U.S. race riots of the
1960s, and again after rioting in Los
Angeles in 1992, many in France
were quick to criticize U.S. poli-
cies. Then President Francois
Mitterrand suggested in 1992 that
France would avoid such strife
because of its generous social pro-
In the aftermath of Katrina, ele-
ments in the French media seized a
new chance to expound on
America's problems. Now the
French unrest has given some
Americans a chance to point at bad
One of the major U.S. groups urg-
ing a crackdown on illegal immi-
gration cited the French riots as evi-
dence that President Bush should
abandon plans to accommodate
more foreigners under a guest
"France is being ripped apart by
the unemployed and unassimilated
offspring of their own failed guest
worker programs of the 1970s and
1980s," said Dan Stein of the
Federation for American
Immigration Reform. "If we bring
millions of guest workers to this
country, they will never leave. ..
We will face massive social prob-
lems and costs down the road."
Several commentators suggested
that France, more so than the
United States, was likely to be so
chastened by the latest trauma that
it would undertake concrete steps to
fight poverty and discrimination.
Others were skeptical.
"I'm not very optimistic that this
will lead to powerful change in
either country," said Thomas, the
UCLA professor. "There are incred-
ible pressures not to look at these
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2006-07 applications will be available beginning Thursday, December 1,2005, for the following
City of Jacksonville Consolidated Plan federal grant programs:
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quired to attend a mandatory technical assistance workshop. Applications may be picked up at the
workshops or at the JHC Office, 1 West Adams Street, Suite 200, Jacksonville, Florida, 32202, Monday
through Friday from 8AM to 5PM, beginning Thursday, December 1, 2005. At the workshops, JHC staff
will explain the grant application process, project eligibility and provide information to assist with applica-
tion preparation. Please call the JHC office at (904) 588-0172 to let staff know which workshop you will
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Thursday, December 1,2005 3:00 PM
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Jacksonville, FL 32202
Thursday, December 8,2005 6:00 PM
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Jacksonville, FL 32204
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that have not attended a technical assistance workshop. If, after attending a workshop applicants need
additional assistance, JHC staff will be available on Wednesdays from 9:00 am until 12:00 noon at the
address above, or by telephone at (904) 588-0172 beginning December 9,2005.
If any non-English speaking persons or person with mobility, visual or hearing impairments wish to attend
the workshops and have special needs, please notify Jacksonville Housing Commission at 588-0172 in
advance so that accommodations may be made.
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Greetings readers! Yes, I am back! Points to
Ponder has returned to the pages of the Jacksonville
Free Press. For the readers of the longstanding
BlackCoffee column by Charles Griggs, it will no
longer be appearing as Brother Griggs has taken a ,
job as Communications Director for the Duval
County Health Department and his commentary
could place him in an conflicting position.
Therefore, following a a 10+ year legacy, he takes a bow.
Points to Ponder picks up where we last left off with my insightful
reckonings, insights and unsolicited opinions on life and how we live it.
I welcome all my old readers, encourage all new ones and hope you
enjoy weekly visits with this scribe.
Rendezvous With a Nazi
LIVE FROM CITY HALL
by Jacksonville City Councilman Reginald Fullwood
Extending Term Limits Bill Has Its' Merits
A recent bill introduced by public vote. So if we agree that incumbents
Councilwoman Lynette Self has It has been over 13 years since can be beat then why is there a
started a buzz around town about the vote for term limits and many need for term limits? As I said ear-
term limits again. Whether you are still questioning if term limits lier, there are two sides to every
agree with term limits or not, they have had a more positive or nega- story, so I will now put on my pro-
are here and probably here to stay. tive affect on government? Some term limit hat and go back to my
Selfs proposed legislation would say that term limits have been great original question. Are term limits
add an extra term to the two four- and have allowed for new people necessary Yes? The problem with
year terms limitations that council and fresh ideas, but as my grand- running against an incumbent isn't
Members currently face. The bill mother would say, "Everything that an intimidation factor or lack of a
calls for the addition of one four- glitters ain't gold." And there are strong message; it's lack of
year term, which would allow always two sides to every story. resources. Let's face it, in order to
members to serve their constituents My biggest problem with term run a good campaign money is def-
for up to 12 years. This is a meas- limits is the perception that the initely necessary.
ure that will gather debate on both political process doesn't work. Candidates need money to get
sides of the issue the debates Think about this for a minute; are their message out to voters. A can-
around term limits always do. we saying that incumbents can't be didate can have a strong vision and
Proponents say that it is neces- beat? Of course they can, look at passion for the office, but how do
sary. Opponents say that it's not former president's George Bush you communicate or simply get
and that it assumes that the political and Jimmy Carter both were your message out to constituents? I
process doesn't work. In 1992, incumbents that got beaten when love grass roots campaigning, but
77% of Florida's voters passed a vying for re-election. candidates must have multiple
referendum that initiated term lim- Let's look at a typical city coun- touch points. This means that the
its for state and local elected cil election. Representative X has most affective campaigns utilize
municipal officials. The fall out been in office for 12 years, and has door-to-door canvassing, radio,
was really felt back in 1999 when won three elections with each elec- direct mail, newspapers, church
14 of the 19 city council members tion being contested. Rep. X won visits, etc. And what is the means
could not run for re-election due to all three by a large majority. Now, of achieving these multiple touch-
term limits, doesn't that mean that X is doing points money.
Local heavy weight like 17 year something right if his constituents Make no mistake about it, image
City Councilmember Denise Lee; are electing him? Haven't the peo- is very important. An attractive or
20-year members like Eric Smith, ple spoken? expensive piece of campaign litera-
Terry Woods, and Warren Jones The bottom line is that incum- ture will get a lot more attention
were forced out of office. bents can be beat. In fact, former than a simple inexpensive piece.
The largest test for Selfs bill will Councilwoman Maryanne Now that I have taken you around
be getting through the City Council Southwell was an incumbent that the world and back, let's get back to
process. If the bill passed council it didn't make the run-off after her my pro term limits argument.
would be placed on the November, first four years on the council. The Incumbents have the ears of the
2006 general election ballot for a people definitely spoke in her case. key fund-raisers. and get almost all
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FREE PRESS CONTRIBUTORS: Camilla P. Thompson Charles Griggs -
L. Marshall HeadShuts Maretta Latimer Reginald Flullwood E.O. Hutchison -
Rahman Julmson Alonzo Batson Manning Marable Bruce Burwell William Reed
Phyllis Mack Carlottra Slaton-F.M. Powell C.B. Jackson Bruce Burwell
of the endorsements from the
major state and local organiza-
tions. And if an incumbent has
been doing his or her job, most
voters make their decision based
on name recognition and familiar-
The late U.S. Representative
Tillie Fowler stuck to her guns and
kept her pledge to only serve eight
years in Congress. It makes sense
that she would say committed to
her pledge since she was one of the
major advocates for term limits
with the states "Eight is Enough"
Truth be told, U.S. Congress is a
lot different from state and local
politics. Voters may support term
limits, but consistently will return
their own veteran member to
Congress because of the power he
attains via seniority. I am not say-
ing that it is good or bad, but it's a
Getting back to the Self proposal,
some may think that it is a self
serving bill, but it would not bene-
fit any Counci Imembers elected in
1999 or 2003, which means only
two existing members would be
eligible for term extensions. It is
certainly and interesting concept
that deserves some attention.
Believe it or not, sometimes it is
hard to truly serve your entire dis-
trict within eight years. An extra
four years could be the difference
between getting a major drainage
project funded or that it sitting in
the Public Works Department. The
longer a Councilmember serves the
better they understand government
and gain more leverage with the
Mayor's Office to get projects
Again, it boils down to an elected
official's ability to deliver the
money to his or her district.
Signing off from City Hall,
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Have you ever had one of those
awe inspiring experiences that make
you question everything you've ever
I recently had one, and days later it
is still floating in the back of my
mind. While playing a traditional
game of the all American contest of
Poker, I struck up a conversation
with the white gentleman next to
me. The man was a nice, attractive
bald fellow with a nice build and
piercing blue eyes.
Over the course of several hours
we had discussed everything from
game strategies to Iraq, all the way
to his relationship with his kids fol-
lowing his divorce. Needless to say
we had covered a variety of topics in
a short period of time.
As the game began to heat up, he
removed his jacket. Underneath his
jacket, his bare arms revealed a mul-
titude of "White Power" and "Nazi"
I was speechless (truly a rare occa-
I didn't know whether to address
the images before me (considering
the pleasantries we just shared),
leave it alone, mind my own busi-
ness or let out ABW (Angry Black
Woman). The simple situation was
causing me great internal conflict.
I chose not to let ABW out because
she's only allowed out in extreme
situations. I didn't address it
because it was on his person and
whose to say it was any of my busi-
ness to confront someone on what
they chose to wear. Furthermore,
when did I become judge and jury of
mankind. If someone asked me why
I was wearing the color blue
because they found it offensive and
people died to wear that color my
rely would be "don't look". I was-
n't offended, but felt affronted.
But I can't stop thinking about it.
Did I let down my ancestors who
died for the right to vote? Did I
betray the Black woman inside of
me and the blood that flows through
my veins? Or, did I follow the words
of the Bible and do unto others as I
would like them to do unto me?
Needless to say I chose the latter. I
ignored it and treated him like he
had treated me. Our camaraderie
continued with the nine other cultur-
ally diverse assortment of amateur
Poker players that had assembled
around the table.
Perhaps my inner conflict could
have been better soothed if I had
even asked him what the tattoos
meant to HIM, rather than finding
contempt in what they meant to ME.
The whole event reminded me of
days in the 80s when people were
wearing the "X" symbolizing the
work of Malcolm X everywhere. In
response, the white southern com-
munity began wearing their "X" -
the Confederate flag. Mantras such
as "You wear your X, I'll wear
mine", would appear next to it. One
day I saw a bumpersticker with the
Confederate Flag and next to it said,
"heritage not hate". From that I
adopted a somewhat different view
of the Flag, though I still believed it
held deep racial undertones.
I can't think of anything that
would have made the situation with
me and those tattoos any better.
Forget the notion that they were old.
An "admirer" at the table asked
where he had his "work" done and
he told them his best friend did it
LAST WEEK in addition to his
entire back. He didn't even blink.
When he had decided that the
game was enough for him -
"Wayne", as he had introduced him-
self, departed shaking hands with
myself and the Asian gentleman that
sat along his other side. As he
departed, he winked and said again
what a pleasure it was to meet me. I
replied with the consensual reply
and he was gone.
I wondered if Wayne would speak
to me or recognize our interaction if
he was around others with his
shared art. Or Biblically speaking -
would I do the same if I were with
my associates. I think I would just
to prove a point. But dang, would I
have to fear being lynched or is it all
in my mind? Sadly enough, I don't
know the answer.
The experience in itself was truly
amazing to me because I had a
gamut of emotions evolve full cir-
cle, and nobody else knew what I
was going through. In retrospect, I
am thankful for the opportunity to
be able to get to know my new
'friend'. Had I seen his skin art
before we began our conversation, I
probably would have moved, maybe
rolled my eyes or scoffed. Needless
to say, I am not going to go seeking
out skinheads to bond with, but I
will truly think twice before judg-
ing a book by its cover. There is a
time and place for everything-
even when you come face to face
with the barbarian at the gate.
Yes, I'd like to subscribe to
the Jacksonville Free Press!
enclosed is my check money order_
for $35.50 to cover my one year subscription
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Barack Obama to Keynote F
FL Democratic Conference- ;
Barack Obama will
be the keynote
speaker for the
Senator Obama will
Sen. Obama speak to delegates at
the conference's Saturday dinner
event on December 10, 2005.
"I am quite pleased that my col-
league Senator Barack Obama will
join me to deliver our message
about changing the way business is
done in Tallahassee and
Washington DC by putting the
needs of Floridians first and offer-
ing a better deal for working fami-
lies," said Senator Bill Nelson.
Other honorables scheduled to
speak include DNC Chair Howard
Dean, House Democratic Whip
Steny Hoyer, Iowa Governor Tom
Vilsack, Sen. John Edwards, and
Virginia Governor Mark Warner.
In addition, Congressmen John
Lewis, will also address Saturday's
general session For more informa-
tion visit www.fladems.com.
Shown above at the March is Cody Floyd with one of the events sponsors, Sen. Tony Hill, walkers on the March, and author and School Board
member Betty Burney. T Austin Photo
Marchers Take It to the Streets Against Violence
By Cody Floyd
Churches and community groups
came together to march against the
violence in the city of Jacksonville.
The march began at 12 noon on
Ken Knight Drive & Moncrief
Road going up to Richardson Road
and ending at St. Paul AME church.
BET Founder Bob Johnson to Launch Largest
Black-Owned Asset Management Company
Robert Johnson, the founder of
Black Entertainment Television,
said he is looking to set up the
largest asset management company
owned and operated by African
Americans, and is close to inking a
partnership with Deutsche Asset
Management to help build the busi-
The venture will start off with
funds designed to invest in hedge
funds, an area where investors seek-
ing higher returns have shifted sub-
stantial assets in recent years.
There are other minority-owned
asset managers out there, most
notably Ariel Capital Management
LLC with at least $20 billion under
management, but there is room for a
good deal more of the trillions of
dollars available for investment in
the United States to be managed by
minorities, Johnson said.
"I think there should be debate
and dialogue about why that is,"
Johnson told Reuters.
The alliance will help RLJ Cos.,
Johnson's holding company, to sig-
nificantly boost its $800 million in
assets under management, he said
in a statement.
RLJ Cos. will market the funds,
and is the ultimate fiduciary for
them, but Deutsche Asset
Management will provide some
investment expertise, Johnson said.
RLJ Cos. will be the majority
owner of the venture, and funds will
be marketed under its name.
Deutsche Asset Management,
Deutsche Bank AG's (DBKGn.DE:
Quote, Profile, Research) fund
management arm, said the venture
will allow the firm to provide serv-
ices to a more diverse customer
Johnson sold Black Entertainment
Television to Viacom Inc. (VIAb.N:
Quote, Profile, Research) in 2001
for $3 billion.
His holding company owns a
hotel real estate investment compa-
ny, the Charlotte Bobcats profes-
sional basketball team, and
Rollover Systems, which provides
retirement plan rollover services.
Cody Floyd, with City Council member Mia Jones, School Board
member Betty Burney and State Rep. Audrey Gibson.
Area political leaders addressed the know that just because the numbers
crowd in addition to survivors of of marchers today was small, did
crime. The march ended with not mean that they had not made a
words of encouragement to the difference, they already had.
marchers, Sen. Hill let everyone
Volunteer lax Moves Into New Home
m ., -*
(L-R) State Senator James E. "Jim" King, Jr., Judith A.M. Smith, DM,
President and Chief Executive Officer, volunteer Jacksonville; Robert R.
Franskousky, Board Chair, Voluntee Jacksonville; Pat Hannon former
Board Member, Volunteer Jacksonville; Kenneth Reddick, Board mem-
ber, Volunteer Jacksonville and Cong.Ander Crenshaw.
Volunteer Jacksonville Inc.
recently celebrated their brand new
permanent facility with an open
house and ribbon cutting ceremony.
Joining Judith A.M. Smith, DM,
President and Chief Executive
Officer, Volunteer Jacksonville in
the ribbon cutting were United
States Representative Ander
Crenshaw; James E. "Jim" King, Jr.
Florida State Senator, District 8;
S Wally Lee, President, Jacksonville
Chamber of Commerce; Robert R.
Franskousky, Volunteer Jackson-
ville Board Chair as well as former
Board Chairs Pat Hannon; Doug
Milne; Dan Dieterle; Laura Jo
Brunson and Kathy Orr.
Current board members in atten-
dance were Joy Atkins; Laura
Brown; Steven Flatt; Staci
Florencz; Mari-Esther Norman,
Kenneth Reddick and Brenda
Simmons. Also attending were for-
mer board members Laurel
Richardson Moredock; Jim Rice
and Joe Schmidt.
Volunteer Jacksonville's new
address is 6819 Southpoint
Parkway, Suite 1902, Jacksonville
FL 32216. Their phone number is
now (904) 332-6767.
Need an Attorney?
. Personal Injury
. Wrongful Death
I Contact Law Office of
Reese Marshall, P.A.
214 East Ashley Street
Jacksonville, Florida 32202
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It's Not To Late To
Enroll In Project C.H.A.S.E.
An innovative program called Project C.H.A.S.E. is being offered to
help individuals improve their standard of living and quality of life. The
program, Connecting Home and School Enviroments is housed at New
Bethel A.M.E. Church, 1231 Tyler St. It is open to any parent of a child
between 0-7 years of age and who live in zip code areas 32205 or 32209.
The program is designed to help individuals improve their education-
al opportunities by earning a GED, increase their employability skills, and
improve parenting skills to help their children become successful in
school. Free childcare services are provided when participants are in class.
A dinner for the participant and their child is provided. Transportation is
available if needed. For more information call (904) 353-1822 or (904)
Volunteers Needed For Prison
Ministers, Missionaries, and Lay Members are needed to give spiritual
visitation to prisoners. Churches are needed to sponsor Angel Trees to give
the children of prisoners toys and clothes at Christmas time. Teachers are
also needed to tutor children of prisoners in math and reading.
Businessmen are needed to provide training jobs to released prisoners.
Contact Sam Roberts at P.O. Box 37676, Fax (904) 765-9214, email new-
email@example.com or call (904) 994-1044. Monthly meetings are
held on the fourth Thursday of each month from 7:00 p.m. -8:30 p.m. at
Watch The Lamb Ministries located at 2519 Soutel Dr. at 11th Avenue. For
directions call (904) 713-9100.
Sword & Shield Presenting
Special Spirit Filled Services
The public is invited to join in a spirit filled worship service presented
by Sword and Shield Kingdom Outreach Ministry on Sunday, November
27th at 3:45 p.m. Special services and the Word will be presented by Dr.
Joy F. Canaday, from Christian Counseling Services and Rev. Mattie W.
Freeman, Sword & Shield Founder/Pastor. The Word and Praise Team
2005, under the direction of Kenshela Williams will also perform in addi-
tion to soloists Sister Pat Speights and Sister Donna Holland. The church
is located in Building 1 at 1820 Monument Road.
Th1e xoamic cf Vim
by Dr. Myles Munroe,
If you are going to be successful in
your vision, you must have a daily,
dynamic personal prayer life with
God. Why? Because you need con-
tinual communion and fellowship
with the Source of vision.
Remember that you were born to
consult God to find out His purpose
for your life so that you can discov-
er your vision. Yet as the "Alpha and
the Omega, the beginning and the
end" (Revelation 1:8 NKJV), God is
not only the author of your vision,
but also your continuing support as
you progress toward its fulfillment.
You will never achieve your vision
without prayer because prayer is
what keeps you connected to the
Vision-Giver. Jesus said in John
15:5, "I am the vine; you are the
branches...Apart from me you can
do nothing." If you stay in touch
with God, you will always be nour-
ished in both life and vision.
Visions can be very demanding. It
can be hard trying to pursue a new
aspect of your vision or doing some-
thing that no one else has ever done
before. It can be stressful trying to
First New Zion Missionary Baptist Set
for Anniversary Celebration Closing
The First New Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 4835 Soutel Drive,
Rev. Dr. James B. Sampson, Pastor, will hold the Closing Service of their
Anniversary Celebrations, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 27, 2005.
First New Zion Missionary Baptist has observed the 84th Anniversary
of the Church's founding, and the 20th Anniversary of Pastor Sampson,
throughout the month of November.
go to school to earn a degree.
Sometimes, youwill feel, "Am I
ever going to make it?" That's a
good time to run to God.
Prayer means getting away from
the noise and confusion of life and
saying, "God, I'm not going back
out there." Yet if you will let Him
encourage and refresh you, by the
time you have finished praying, you
will be saying, "I'm ready to go
ItsB 0 M
St. Andrew AME
Concert at Beaches
Saint Andrew AME Church, 125
9th Street South, Jacksonville
Beach; invites all from far and near
to attend a special Christmas
The Gospel Christmas Concert
will be presented at St. Andrew
AME at 7 p.m., on Thursday,
December 15, 2005. All are wel-
EWC Chamber Choir Presents
Christmas Candlelight Concert
"O, Come Let Us Adore Him", a
Christmas Candlelight Concert will
showcase the Edward Waters
College Chamber Choir, at 7 p.m.
on Sunday, December 9, 2005, at
the Historic Mt. Zion AME Church,
201 East Beaver Street.
The EWC Chamber Choir, under
the direction of Dr. Samuel
Shingles, will present a repertoire
of Baroque, Classical, Renaissance
and contemporary gospel arrange-
ments, will tell the story of Christ's
The concert is FREE, but dona-
tions will be welcome to enhance
scholarships for students.
First A.M.E. Church of Palm Coast Creates Disaster Relief Task Force
The First A.M.E. Church of Palm
Coast, under the leadership of the
Rev. Gillard S. Glover, is respond-
ing to Hurricane Katrina victims by
meeting their needs. The ministry
has formed a Disaster Relief Task
Force, which seeks to provide hous-
ing, food, medical supplies, psy-
chological support and job place-
ment for Hurricane Katrina victims.
The Task Force has collaborated
with the Flagler Housing Authority
led by Chris Beyers.
The church is seeking to serve a
minimum of ten families, and will
pay the cost of rent and utilities for
these individuals for a period of six
months. The First A.M.E. Church
motto as articulated by Rev. Glover
is "The Church where the Spirit
Flows," an acronym for Fellowship,
Learning, Outreach, Worship and
Service. Supporting these families
have been placed with a fifth fami-
Rev. Glover has challenged the
congregation of First A.M.E.
Church to contribute $100,000 to
underwrite the costs of assisting
these families. He has stated that
"The work of the Church is to meet
the needs of the people." However,
no one is excluded from contribut-
ing. Clearly, the more funds that are
available, the more families can be
Anyone wishing to contribute may
make their checks payable to:
Disaster Relief Task Force, Care of
First A.M.E. Church of Palm Coast,
P.O. Box 353967, Palm Coast, FL
32135-3967. All contributions des-
ignated for Disaster Relief will be
used for that purpose only.
For further information, please
contact Rev. Gillard S. Glover,
Senior Pastor, at (386) 4,46-5759.
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
4f Weekly Services
Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1 p.m.
Dinner and Bible Study
at 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
I i I Cion oIstSundyat4:50pm.Ii
Radio Ministry -
.. WCGL 1360 AM4 .
Thursday 8:15 -8:45 a.m.
AM 1400 Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m. "
'1 :, TV Ministry I
Sunday Mornings at 6:30 a.m.
The Church That Reaches Up to God And A ut to Man
St. ThOmas MISsicnarv
5863 Moncrief Road Jacksonville, FL 32209
(904) 768-8800 BF(904) 764-3800
Early Worship 8:00 a.m.
Sunday School 9:15 a.m.
Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.
1st Sunday 3:45 p.m.
4th Sunday Training Ministry
Tuesday 7:30 p.m.
Prayer Meeting and Bible Study
Wednesday- 12 Noon
Noon Day Worship
Thursday 4:00 p.m.
Pastor Ernie Murray, Sr.
U- __ __ __
Evangel Temple Assembly of God
8:15 a.m. &10:45 a.m.
Dynamics of Worship
(You were created to worship.)
Pastor Cecil and Pauline Wiggins
10:45 a.m. Service Interpreted for the Deaf
5755 Ramona Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32205
Pastor Landon Williams, Sr.
8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30-7 p.m.
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great way to enjoy chef-wor-
thy food in moderation.
Portioning out meals also
allows for easy transportation,
from lunch boxes to dinner at
Grandma's. Prep!cook once,
then enjoy over and over.
12 (6- to 7-ounce) boneless, skin-
less chicken breasts
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup chopped fresh rosemary
5 garlic cloves, pressed
3 pinches salt
Fresh ground black pepper to taste
Tear off two lengths of Glad
Press'n Seal wrap, about 15 inches
long each. Put 1 chicken breast in
center on one sheet of wrap; cover
with second sheet. Using either
G(. neth has nto of them (one
for samorN. one for sweetsi.
Oprah's has written his own
cookbooks. The neighbors do\\n
the street nia hae one %isil their
kitchen once a month.
"It's eas' to see w'ih personal
chefs are in hot demand," savs
Da\e Lieberman. personal chef.
author of loung and Hungr and
host of the Food Nertork's Good
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"People are busier than exer and
looking for 'wa s to eat %ell with-
in their lifest les."
"\Nhat man3 t3pes of personal
chefs do isn't necessarily that
hard," explains Lieberman. "It's
primarily about cooking smarter,
and all that it requires is a little
planning." Lieberman offers tips
for incorporating personal chef
know-how into your everyday
meat mallet or small, heavy pot,
pound thick part of cutlet so that
whole breast is about 1/2 inch thick.
Repeat with remaining breasts.
Mix oil, rosemary, garlic, salt and
pepper in bowl, add chicken and
evenly coat with spice mixture. Can
be prepared to this point up to a day
before cooking chicken; just cover
and refrigerate. To prep more than a
day in advance, wrap individual
cutlets in Glad Press'n Seal Freezer
wrap before freezing. Then thaw a
few hours before cooking.
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until browned and cooked through,
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pie crusts and bread dough are
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\our fridge or freezer. Lieberman
also suggests freezing stocks in ice
cube trais. "This is great for left-
o'er %eine. too."
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freeze small quantities of butter
blended with herbs, spices and
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SISTERSPEAK: IS OUR LOVE FOR SALE? ..
by LaVerne Curtis
Love, although complicated at
times, really is easy. It's the
demands and restrictions that we
place on love that make it less than
pleasurable at times. Women grow
up dreaming about love, looking for
a knight in shining armor, but all
too often this fosters an unrealistic
view of what love really is.
Love isn't about the happy end-
ings of the movies. Love is not
about being selfish, but it is about
being patient and gentle. (I mean
the type of love that has longevity.)
How does one achieve this? I
believe that in some sense, sisters
have minimized the power of love
and what it truly means to embrace
it. Love shouldn't be contingent on clothes are the latest and greatest in
length, width or girth. It certainly fashion, but how much work has
doesn't depend on how fat his bank gone into the internal gifts that we
account is either. Love offer our brothers? You
has gotten mixed attract what you are,
up in all this and a lot of black
'stuff.' And women have
yes, I'll tell become bitter,
you that I, f resentful and
my s el f unpleasant. I
have mud- know that
died the b r o t h e r s
waters of love haven't done
a time or tv.o right by some of
with my own stipu- you, but it's time to
lations. let that go and truly move
Oh sure, sisters do all the right
things to physically prepare for
love: The hair is flawless and the
Up On Table Manners
From social expert Leticia Baldridge
At a seated dinner, always wait
for the host to begin. (If she's
engrossed in conversation and for-
gets to give the signal to start, "jok-
ingly politely say, 'there are people
At a buffet, if you're the first to
arrive at the table with your food,
it's polite to wait five minutes for a
few others to join you unless
there's hot soup.
- If tables aren't provided and
you're balancing a plate on your
knee, feel free to dig right in.
In restaurants the host again takes
the lead. If you're going Dutch
treat, it doesn't matter who starts,
though "it adds a note of civility if
the table defers to an older person
present," Baldrige says. In either
case, it's polite to wait until every-
one is served.
on. Otherwise, how will love find
you sisters? Will love even recog-
nize you? More importantly, how
will anyone have the wherewithal
to penetrate the invisible wall
you've built around yourself?
We've all been hurt and suffered
great losses, but in order for love to
grow and flourish it really is neces-
sary to fertilize the ground upon
which it can grow.
We say men are unworthy of us.
We say that men don't know how to
treat us, when in fact a lot of the
issues could be resolved if we took
our rightful places as queens and
acted accordingly. Love cannot and
will not show up until the time,
work and energy have been put into
making ourselves as beautiful on
the inside as we are on the outside.
We've got to figure out what we
want. Is it love if he drives a Benz?
Or how about if he can whisk you
off to those exotic places? It seems
that we tolerate more from the
brother who is financially stable,
(the white-collar worker, if you
will), then we'll take from the blue-
collar worker, who may dig a ditch
for a living, but also may have a
I read the statistics; I listen to the
talk shows. There is no shortage of
good black men out here. Don't
believe the hype. However, I think
there is a shortage of sisters who
know how to recognize that dia-
mond in the rough. Everything that
glitters ain't gold and there
shouldn't be a price tag on love any-
Look at your laundry list of
requirements for that prospective
man, and ask yourself: can you
offer those same things? Or, with
the right bling does that list become
Is your love for sale?
Note to self: Don't close yourself
off to love, it may show up looking
nothing like you expected.
Shown above atthe show is Roslyn Burroughs as "Auntie Roz".
Auntie Roz Peanut Show Delights
and Educates Area Youth
Jacksonville native Roslyn
Burrough continues to teach and
entertain thousands of children on
the first coast by way of the Auntie
Roz Peanut Show. This show is an
interactive theatrical musical pro-
duction she wrote, produced and
has been performing in
Jacksonville since 2003. The
show's main focus is educating
children about George Washington
Carver and his contributions to sci-
ence...and what fun one can have
while learning. The cast uses story-
lines, songs, dances and skits to
teach lessons on literacy, history,
health, nutrition and character. "The
show is absolutely great! There was
an activity for each learning com-
ponent". said Leola Benjamin,
Teacher, Pokey's Christian
Performances were held
November 14th -22nd at Edward
Waters College inside the Milne
Auditorium. The Auntie Roz
Peanut Show will return to the
EWC's Milne for a weeklong
engagement March 6-11 2006. For
more information about the show,
visit on line at www.auntieroz.com
or call 713-0885. FMPowell Photo
10 Laws of Guaranteed Weight Loss
- On a date, "if a man wants to be
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won't understand what chivalry
entails, so just start." Of course,
don't judge your guy solely on this.
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4. SELF-EXPRESSION -- Being
and doing your true self in action,
words and thinking is essential. Say
what you mean, do what is right for
you and live a life that reflects your
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The Fight for Rosa Continues
Congress OKs Capital Statue, Nephew Fights Will and
Efforts Undwerway to Name a Street in Her Honor
Rosa Parks with Pres. Clinton Old
Even in death, Rosa Parks actions Robe
will be immortalized as everyone High'
from elected officials to grassroots name
leaders mobilize to commemorate
her memory. NoA
Congress voted unanimously to the c
place a statue of civil rights leader graph
Rosa Parks in the Capitol's Statuary renan
Parks, who died Oct. 24 at age 92, in T
refused to give up her seat to a inspi
white man on a Montgomery, Ala., granc
bus in 1955 an act of civil disobe- based
rights movement. their,
Both the House and the Senate If
approved by voice vote a bill plac- will
ing the statue in the Capitol and the d
sent the legislation to President oun
Bush for his signature. and r
"Her statue will symbolize the and s
nation's triumph and progression Clay
from segregation to integration, ly do
from oppression to equality and and b
from division to union," said Rep. perce:
Jesse L. Jackson, Jr., D-Ill., a spon- lion
sor of the legislation. Sen.John elected
Kerry sponsored a similar measure attorm
in the Senate. missi
She would be the first black In o
woman to be represented in
Statuary Hall, where many states
have statues honoring notable peo-
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arks, a former seamstress,
ne the first woman to lie in
r in the Capitol Rotunda,
e the bodies of Abraham
)ln, John F. Kennedy and other
nal leaders have been paid
e. Statuary Hall is next to the
ida. The bill gives the Capitol
itect's office two years to
n a statue.
Jonesboro, Georgia, The street
s in suburban Atlanta's
on County pay homage to the
South and the Lost Cause:
rt E. Lee Drive. Old Dixie
way. And Tara Boulevard,
d for the plantation home in
ne With the Wind."
v, in a move that encapsulates
county's changing racial demo-
iics, some residents want to
me Tara Boulevard for the civil
Pioneer Rosa Parks.
ara Boulevard, of course, was
red by Margaret Mitchell's
SSouthern novel. Mitchell
I the 1936 book on Civil War
s told by her great-grandfa-
who lived in Clayton County.
Tara Boulevard is renamed, it
be another visible symbol of
demographic shift in Clayton
ty, which has long been white
ural and is now mostly black
rton County's population near-
ubled between 1990 and 2000,
lacks now make up nearly 57
nt of the county's quarter-mil-
people. Last year, the county
ed its first black sheriff, district
iey, solicitor general and com-
either Parks' news, a nephew of
civil rights icon Rosa Parks will
contest her 2003 will on grounds
that Parks lacked the mental capac-
ity to sign it because of dementia,
the nephew's attorney said.
The will designates retired judge
Adam Shakoor and Parks' longtime
friend and caregiver, Elaine Steele,
as administrators of her estate.
But William McCauley of Detroit
will object, his lawyer, Darren
Findling, said.. McCauley, 47, also
contends that Parks was unduly
influenced by people around her,
Findling told the Detroit Free Press.
Findling said he hopes the parties
can quickly reach an agreement.
Parks, 92, a widow who had no
McCauley, one of 13 living chil-
dren of Parks' brother, Sylvester
McCauley, filed a petition in Wayne
County Probate Court seeking to be
named the estate's personal repre-
Shakoor and Steele are asking the
court to recognize a will Parks
signed in March 2003 giving them
control of the estate. A Wayne
County probate judge set a hearing
for Jan. 3
Shakoor said he is only acting as
"I am not seeking conflict. I am
just carrying out what Mrs. Parks
expressed," Shakoor said.
Last year, a federal judge named
former Detroit Mayor Dennis
Archer to represent Parks in a law-
suit against a rap group because of
concerns about whether her inter-
ests were being adequately handled.
Medical records show that Parks
had dementia at least as far back as
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Links Southern Area leadership strategize on how they will assist. Shown above (L-r) are: Pat Bivins,
Deputy Area Director of the Southern Area of The Links, Inc.; Ann Macdonald, Director of Parks and
Parkways, City of New Orleans; Dr. Brenda Hatfield, Chief Administrative Officer, City of New Orleans;
Margaret Thompson Johnson, Southern Area Director of The Links, Inc; and Eneid Francis, Secretary of
the Southern Area of The Links, Inc.
Links Strategize and Deliver Katrina Aid
The devastating effects on resi-
dents of the Mississippi and
Louisiana Gulf Coast from hurri-
canes Katrina and Rita might be
slipping from the headlines and
from the forefront of the minds of
many; but for the Southern Area of
The Links, Incorporated, this issue
looms larger than ever. The
Southern Area Executive
Committee, led by Jacksonville's
own Area Director Margaret
Thompson Johnson, embarked on a
three-day "Journey of Discovery"
to learn, to help, and to work for a
better tomorrow for the people and
communities of the Gulf Coast.
"This historic and pioneering jour-
ney provided the fundamental
beginnings of a documentary sum-
marizing the essence of what we
witnessed, learned and now believe,
said Ms. Johnson.
The trip was a result of a call to
action by Dr. Gladys Gary Vaughn,
National President of The Links, to
provide immediate assistance and
to establish a National Disaster Plan
by mobilizing membership to pro-
viding immediate relief, stabiliza-
tion, and bridging to the future for
an ongoing disaster plan.
Thirty plus women from the
Southern Area of The Links, Inc.,
including North Carolina, South
Carolina, Georgia, Alabama,
Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana,
began their Journey with a brain-
storming session to share experi-
ences and to provide insight for the
development of a strategic plan for
assistance. Area officers, chapter
presidents, and members of Link
Chapters from Jackson (MS) and
New Orleans boarded a bus in
Jackson (MS) traveling into areas
affected by the storms to view the
damage and meet with community
leaders, religious leaders and gov-
ernmental officials at the local, state
and federal levels. Ms. Johnson
and her committee asked one basic
question, "What are your real needs
and what can The Links, do to assist
Their three day journey included:
A guided tour of the coast in
Gulfport and Biloxi, MS, meetings
with representatives from various
churches, check presentations, and
a fact finding discussion with New
Orleans city officials.
"We've learned so much on our
Journey, and we can now give a
first-hand account of what Katrina
has left behind," said Johnson.
Also high on the list of concerns
was the need to assist Xavier,
Dillard and Southern University
(three HBCU's located in New
Orleans) with rebuild their campus-
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flliat to dofroin social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment andI the civic scene
Jacksonville Fashion Fusion, will
take place on Friday, November
25th 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 and White Dance
The Second Annuakl Black &
White Dinner Dance will be held on
Saturday, November 26th at the
Elks Lodge on Anastasia Island.
Festivities will kick off at 6 p.m.
and live entertainment will be pro-
The next PRIDE Book Club meet-
ing will be held on Friday,
December 2nd at the home of
Debra Lewis. The book for disucs-
sion will be THE KNOWN
WORLD by Edward P. Jones. The
first discussion of the new year will
Entertainers Needed for Family Rallly
Jacksonville Local Organizing Committee are soliciting entertainers to
volunteer their talent for a Millions More Movement Unity Family Rally to
help galvanize our communities for positive change.If you are a
singer,singing group,dancer,dancers,rapper,rappers,church group,step-
pers,greek organization,club,church choir,poet,comedian .There are no age
limitation ,and it is open to male and female. Call 904-355-9395,904-768-
2778 or email:firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Before You Tie The Knot"
Marriage Preparation Class Offered
A wedding is a day, but the relationship is forever. Before You Tie The
Knot, a marriage preparation class, is offered every other month at the
Duval County Cooperative Extension Office. Each class consists of two
evening workshops; participants must attend both sessions to receive a cer-
tificate of completion. There is a $10 registration fee per couple.
The Extension classes fulfill the requirements of Florida Statute 741.0305
and 741.04, Marriage Preparation and Preservation Act, that became effec-
tive Jan. 1, 1999. A $32.50 discount on the marriage license is given to
couples who have completed approved premarital classes and the waiting
period required upon applying for a license is waived. The Extension
classes have been approved by the Circuit Court of Duval County for
licenses issued in this county. The next class will be held November 29th
and December 1st To get a registration packet, call Stephanie or
Sandra at 387-8855. Please note that if a religious ceremony is planned,
it is important that the couple contact their minister, priest, or rabbi.
R~ister Early for Annual MLK Parade
MfebDr. 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 ofjoy, 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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be held on January 6, 2006 at 7:00
pm at the home of Romona Baker.
The book for discussion will be
FORCED INTO GLORY by
Lerone Bennett, Jr. For directions
or more information, please call
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"
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
email@example.com or call
Original One-Act Plays
The University of North Florida's
Department of English will present
"The Playwright's Project," a show-
case of original, one-act plays writ-
ten and directed by UNF students.
The cast features members from the
University and Jacksonville com-
Performances will be held on
Saturday, Dec. 3, at 8 p.m. and
Sunday, Dec. 4, at 2 p.m. in the J.
Brooks Brown Hall (building 39),
room 1016. The event is free and
open to the public.
For more information, contact Dr.
Pam Monteleone at (904) 620-2273
Festival of Lights 5K
The Children's Miracle Network
will present their annual Festival of
Lights 5K. The race will be on
December 4, 2005 beginning at the
Baptist Eye Institute in San Marco.
There will be a one-mile fun run
beginning at 5:30p.m. and the 5K
will begin at 6:00p.m. This event is
for both runners and walkers.
Runners will take to the streets of
San Marco along the bulbman lumi-
nary lit route of over 1,600 luminar-
ies. Participants will also have jin-
gle bells tied to their shoes, filling
the air with holiday sounds. The
runners will be entertained through-
out the course with singing carolers.
There will also be a special Kid
Zone. For more information or to
register, call Amy Davis at 202-
Make You Nervous?
The Rosanne R. Hartwell
Women's Center of FCCJ is offer-
ing a free Workshop, "Does
Conflict Make You Nervous?" in
the Martin Center, 501 W. State St.,
Fourth Floor Boardroom, 1-4 p.m.
The December 6th workshop is
free and open to the public. Call
633-8311 to register.
The Housing Partnership of
Northeast Florida will conduct its
monthly Homebuyer's Orientation
at the Schultz Center, 4019
Boulevard Center Drive on
Tuesday, December 6th at 6 p.m..
If you are looking to purchase a
home and need assistance with the
down payment and closing costs,
you are invited to hear more about
various programs. Seating is avail-
able on a first-come, first-serve
basis and because of limited seat-
ing, no children are allowed. The
session will begin promptly at 6:00.
For more information, please call
Free Festive Fashions
Brunch for Women
Atlantic Beach Women's
Connection is sponsoring a Brunch
showcasing a Festive Fashion Show
at the Selva Marina Country Club,
1600 Selva Marina Drive, Atlantic
Beach on Wednesday, December
7th, at 9:30 a.m. All women are
cordially invited to attend and bring
a friend. Speaker, Bonnilee Ashley
will relate how she overcame fear;
and share of her exciting career in
public relations, travel and adminis-
tration. Reservations are essential
for the Brunch and Free Nursery by
calling Carolyn 221-0670 or Kate
- 221-1598 or via Email:
EWC Chamber Choir
The Edward Waters College
Department of Fine Arts will pres-
ent "0, Come Let Us Adore Him," a
Christmas candlelight concert fea-
turing the Edward Waters College
Chamber Choir on Sunday,
December 9th. The concert, which
is free to the public, will be held 7
p.m. at the Historic Mount Zion
African Methodist Episcopal
Church, 201 Beaver Street.
The concert promises to be a
choral spectacular, as the EWC
Chamber Choir tells the story of
Christ's birth through a musical
repertoire of Baroque, Classical,
Renaissance and contemporary
Gospel arrangements. For more
information please call (904) 470-
8132or (904)470-g131. '
Raines/Ribault Class of
86 Annual Xmas gala
The Ribault and Raines Class of
86' will have their annual jont
Christmas Gala on Saturday,
December 10th from 7:00 pm -
1:00 am at the Clarion Hotel at the
airport.Attire is "After Five" For
more information, contact Ver Lana
(Kitt) McCombs at 868-0528.
"Step 4 Life"
Area organizations have teamed
up together in an effort to raise
money for the Lupus Foundation
that services the Northeast Florida
cities. On December 10, 2005 a
Fashion Show will be held at the
Bethelite Conference Center, with
special guests Demetrius, Brother
Jay, and more. Tickets can be pur-
chased from either Deatry & Son
Shoes,119 W. Adams St. (904) 356-
0044, or Trendi's Salon ,1125
Cersey Blvd. (904) 710-4875. For
further info please call 234-1912.
Winterize Your Garden
Learn how to winterize your
landscape and herb garden with a
free class sponsored by the Duval
County Extension Office. The class
will be held on December 14, 2005
from 10AM-1PM at the Extension's
offices located at 1010 N. McDuff
Ave. Herbs will also be for sale.
Please call 387-8850 to register.
Visit the Riverside Avondale
Historic District on Sunday,
December 18th, 2005 from 6:00
p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for the 21st
Christmas Luminaria. Visible to the
eyes will be over 36,000 luminaria
candles, a live nativity with real
animals and Christmas presenta-
tions by area churches. Drive, walk,
bicycle, or rollerblade through the
free event. For more information
Experience an awe-inspiring
' otal ensemble direct itm South
Africa! The Soweto Gospel Choir
draws on the best talent from the
many churches and communities in
and around Soweto, South Africa.
Performing in eight different lan-
guages, including English, the choir
will be in Jacksonville at the
Florida Theater on Friday,
February 3 at 8 p.m. Tickets for
most Florida Theatre events also on
sale at all Ticketmaster outlets, or at
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CHEADLE IN TALKS TO STAR IN 9/11 FILM:
Actor would play a doctor helping former roommate deal with tragedy.
Actors Don Cheadle and Adam Sandler are current-
ly in talks to star in a Sony Pictures film dealing with
Sept. 11. In the drama "Reign O'er Me," from writer-
director Mike Binder ("The Upside of Anger"),
Sandler would play a man still grieving over the loss
of his family during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. He
runs into his former college roommate (Cheadle), who
has become a doctor and who is determined to help his
old buddy come to grips with his loss. Sony is cur-
rently in talks to acquire Binder's script and would
begin production next year with a budget under $20 million.
HALLECHOSEN FOR NEW VERSACE CAMPAIGN
Donatella selects actress as celebrity face for new season.
The New York Post is reporting that Halle Berry
will be the new face of Versace.According to the
paper, the actress participated in a photo shoot last
weekend in Los Angeles with fashion photographer
Mario Testino for the upcoming print campaign.
"The shoot was beautiful portraits, slightly messy
hair and a wind machine very glamorous," said a
source. Berry follows Madonna and Demi Moore as
Donatella Versace's latest celebrity centerpiece.
BABIES ON THE WAY FOR KOBE AND SHAQ
Wives of the former teammates are reportedly pregnant.
Looks like Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe
Bryant and Miami Heat center Shaquille
,. a. O'Neal have something in common other than
their dislike for each other.
"Entertainment Tonight" reports that Vanessa
Bryant is pregnant with the couple's second
child, while Shaunie O'Neal reportedly told a
Miami TV station that she is expecting a fourth
child with Shaq. The babies in both families are
due in May.
The O'Neals, who married in 2002, are also
raising two children from his previous relationships. =
The Bryants have a daughter, Natalia, who
turns 3 in January. The couple's rep, Rob /
Pelinka, told "Entertainment Tonight": "In
addition to their excitement, Kobe and
Vanessa have been sharing a lot of laughs
because after hitting game-winning shots for
the Lakers, Kobe has been making late-night
food runs for his wife's pregnancy cravings, onlj to
get home with the food and find out her craving has changed."
MARTHA REEVES WINS DETROIT COUNCIL SEAT
Motown star to bring the heat at City Hall.
With 99 percent of the precincts
reporting Wednesday, Motown star
Martha Reeves was in eighth place
p e-.t.. for one of nine seats in the Detroit
is City Council, signaling a sure victory
for the legendary vocalist.
"I want to be the voice of the peo-
ple I spoke to during the campaign
days who don't have one, who think
their opinions don't matter," Reeves said .
Motown legend Smokey Robinson said Wednesday he was pleased to
hear that Reeves had emerged victorious in her campaign.
"Martha is one of my babies," he said. "I'm very happy for her."
Reeves, who received about 5.6 percent of the vote, said she wants to
help eliminate the city's debt and bring new ideas to Detroit from what
she's seen in other cities, such as riverfront development and free parking
to attract new businesses. She also said Detroit should pay tribute to its
"I'm part of the many Motown musicians ... who have reached fame all
over the world. I feel we should be better represented here in Detroit," she
The 64-year-old, who still travels and performs, says she plans to con-
tinue her singing career. As lead singer of Martha and the Vandellas, she
scored a number of Motown hits, including "Heatwave," Dancing in the
Streets" and "Nowhere to Run."
BERNIE MAC TO DEVELOP NEW FOX SERIES:
Sitcom will be in the vein of "All in the Family."
Bernie Mac is coming back for seconds at
Fox. With "The Bernie Mac Show" currently in
its fifth season, the comedian is developing a
new "All in the Family" flavored sitcom as the
first project under his Mac Productions banner,
which has an overall deal with Regency and
20th Century Fox TV.
The series, expected to be set in either New
York or Chicago, will follow a young woman
and her new husband who end up living next
door to her father and mother.
Unlike Archie Bunker and his clan, the fam-
ily for Mac's as-yet-untitled sitcom will be African-American. Mac will
not star in the series, however, the story is loosely based on his recent
experience as a new father-in-
law and Young's own life as a newlywed.
TUCKER FINALLY SIGNS ON TO 'RUSH HOUR 3'
i Twenty million dollar payday helps to clear gridlock.
New Line Cinema feels like it's cruising in the carpool lane now that
hris Tucker has finally agreed to a deal for "Rush Hour 3."
It took an offer of $20 million against 20% of the gross to get Tucker to
gn on. Under the deal, the actor has also agreed to give up script
?proval, which was a major obstacle in previous negotiations. According
Daily Variety, Tucker agreed to let go of script
,proval on the condition that the final draft .'
catches what was pitched by returning screen-
iter Jeff Nathanson. Tucker's co-star, Jackie
lan, will get $15 million against 15% of the
ss, and will also own the film's distribution
hts in China and Hong Kong.
New Line has the option to greenlight the film
May, based on script approval and a budget
studio hopes won't exceed $120 million. The
i will go into production next summer in the U.S. and Paris for a sum-
"Rush Hour 3" will be Tucker's first film since 2001's "Rush Hour 2,"
1ch grossed $226 million in the U.S.
One of the film's stars,
Mo'Nique was the inspiration.
Mo'Nique has been cast in the new
film "Phat Girlz," the real story is
the struggle behind the film's jour-
ney to the big screen.
To get the movie made, producer
Bobby Newmyer simply ignored
the first lesson taught in film school
- never put up your own money.
After pouring every dime he had
into the production including his
kids' college fund his gamble paid
off, as Fox Searchlight handed him
a phatt' check for distribution rights.
"I think it represents a milestone
in that someone was gutsy enough
to tell the story of a fat woman and
of what they go through in this
country," said Steven Imes,
Mo'Nique's brother and manager
"Phat Girlz," follows an acid-
on Gamble to
Story to Screen
tongued, aspiring fashion designer
and another woman who are frus-
trated and obsessed by their weight.
They're thrown a major curveball
when they meet the men of their
dreams inunexpected ways.
Newmyer's Outlaw Productions,
was paid in the mid-seven figures
and will see back end money as part
of the deal. Newmyer and writer-
director Negest Likke had both
seen Mo'Nique in "The Queens of
Comedy." Likke subsequently
wrote the script with the "Domino"
star in mind. Newmyer, who also
wanted to work with Mo'Nique,
quickly bought the screenplay
when it came across his desk.
Newmyer said production on the
film was actually shut down last
year when he ran out of money.
Last November and December, he
went back to the studios with
footage. Still, everyone passed. He
liquidated what he could and took
out second mortgages on homes in
L.A. and Telluride to come up with
the $1.5 million he needed to com-
"I thought we would find financ-
ing partners along the way, but we
didn't," Newmyer said.
Fox was convinced enough to
pay for a test screening, and quick-
ly found out that the movie could
work beyond urban audiences.
"It represents plus-size women
around the world," Likke said.
Shown above is platinum selling rapper and former gang member
Snoop Dogg and activist Jesse Jackson.
Fight Steps Up to Save Tookie Williams
Hundreds gathered in Northern
California outside the San Quentin
State Prison last weekend to protest
the December execution of Crips
co-founder, Stanley "Tookie"
Williams. Snoop Dogg was among
those in attendance.
Snoop -- wearing a
"SaveTookie.org" t-shirt -- was the
final speaker of the day. He argued
that Williams' death would destroy
any hope of individuals trying to
leave the gang life and even said he
was "an inspiration."
"Stanley 'Tookie' Williams is not a
regular guy, he's an inspiration,"
Snoop said during his speech. "All I
want to say to the governor is it's
about keeping this man alive
because his voice needs to be
California's governor, Arnold
Schwarzenegger, will have the final
decision on William's petition for
clemency in the coming weeks.
The former gang member is
scheduled for lethal injection on
December 13 for killing four peo-
ple in 1979 during two separate
Although Williams' voice has
influenced youth to stay away from
violence and the gang lifestyle he
once lived and breathed via a series
of books -- which have been nomi-
nated for the Nobel Peace Prize --
state officials believe Williams is a
brutal murderer who deserves death
and is not a role model for kids.
Snoop Dogg ended the rally by
asking everyone to hold up their
hands in a peace sign. "We love
you, Stanley," Snoop Dogg said.
"Keep your head up, O.G."
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Florida Classic Highlights -SB
Jackson, Wanda and Joy joined father and husband, Dr. Floyd Willis
at Bethel Baptist Institutional Church where he addressed the issue of
heart disease to the large congregation.
Shown above at the annual event is (top to bottom) Miss FAMU and
her court, the packed crowds and the Marching 100. FMPphoto
ORLANDO -- They carried out their assignments. They worked togeth-
er as a team. And they never let up until the people went home.
And that was just the bands.
That's what the Florida Classic is all about. It's a week-long party, a time
to renew friendships and create new ones. And then there's the game, dom-
inated historically by Florida A&M.
FAMU leads the series with its state rivals 44-14-1. Just when Bethune-
Cookman thought it could finally turn the tables and reign supreme for a
little while, the Rattlers made a comeback. And what a comeback it was.
It wasn't just a second-half comeback. It was a comeback in the making
for the past three years.
"This comeback shows the determination we had in the face of all that
adversity we've gone through," said FAMU kicker Wesley Taylor, who
booted the winning field goal in overtime to give the Rattlers a 26-23 vic-
tory at the Florida Citrus Bowl. "This is the turning point for us."
I -.&--IM We.w IVXB M.
Andrew Jackson students Jasmine Bullock, Adrian Williams and
Jacquenta Shoot joined chorale director Betty Bullock at the event.
Free blood pressure screenings were part of the event to address cardiovascular health and obesity in the Black community. Each registered
participant also received a free T-shirt and plenty of material to take home.
Super Weekend 2005 Addressed Heart Healthy Needs of Black Community
By Rhonda Silver
The Association of Black
Cardiologists (ABC) held an excit-
ing, free 2005 Super Weekend at
the Hyatt Regency Downtown. The
event, themed "Taking Steps
Toward Better Health", was a local
heart healthy campaign designed
especially for Jacksonville. The
weekend's activities provided free
screenings for blood pressure, cho-
lesterol, glucose, weight and body
mass index. There was also heart
healthy literature available.
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 including a staple of the
south the church. The following
Sunday, the congregation of 20 dif-
ferent area churches were also
addressed on the needs of being
According to the ABC, Duval
County has the highest heart dis-
ease and stroke death rates of all of
Florida, yet we are only one fourth
of the population.
Cardiovascular disease is the
leading cause of death & major dis-
ability in the US, is the greatest
killer of Blacks and claims more
than 100,000 lives annually.
November 24 30, 2005
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