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The Jacksonville free press
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Mrs. Perry's free press
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Jacksonville Fla
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Life Better

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Black Men

are Treated

When Diagnosed

Prostate Cancer
Page 4

FBI Closes Probe of
1955 Emmett Till Death
JACKSON. Miss. The FBI says it has completed its investigation into
the 1955 killing of 14-sear-old Emmett Till, a brutal slay ing that helped
galvanize the civil rights movement.
"The investigation is done." said FBI spokesman Nlike Turner.
"There's a report that's being prepared by the case agent."
The report on the reopened case is expected to be delivered before the
end of the year to District Attornev Joyce Chiles of Greenville. who has
said when she receives it she will decide \whether to have a grand jiry
consider indictments.
An all-white jun acquitted RoB Bryant and his half brother. J.W. Nlilam.
in the killing, and the defendants have since died. Many ha.e considered
Till's death and the subsequent trial a catalyst for starting the civil rights
The U.S. Justice Department reopened the case last year. prompted in
part b\ a documentary that found errors in the original investigation and
concluded that several people, some still living. were invoked in Till's
abduction and killing.

Former Black Panther

Ordered back to US
TORONTO A suspected former Black Panther .
member accused of shooting a Chicago police
officer more than 35 \ears ago \%as ordered extra-
dited back to the United States.
Court officials said Joseph Pannell. a former
Toronto Ibrar. workerr \ ho spent more than to
decades li ing in Toi onto. allsc'edlY shot \\ hen he was 19 and a member
of the black In mitanz group.
After the Toronto court ruling, Pannell's wife and four children stood in
protest outside the downtown U.S. Consulate.
"We all hate bleeding hearts right now. but this is not over." said
Pannell's vife, Natercia Coelho. She said the\ would appeal.
The 1969 shooting of patrolman Terrence Knox. who was left paraly zed,
came at the height of notoriety for the Black Panthers.
Pannell 'as arrested but fled the country after he \%as freed on bail in
1973. He apparently lived in Montreal for several 'ears before moving to
Immigration officials caught up with hini in Jul\ 2004. acting on a
request from the FBI. It wasn't t immediately\ clear %\here he \%as being
held or ho\' quickly f the extradition order could be carried out.

N.C. Town Scraps Plans for
MLK Statue Over Appearance
ROCKY MOLNT, N.C. -- After t.o ears of wrTangling about what a
statue of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. should look like. the
city- has decided to scrap the project.
Rock\ Mount's citt council voted 4-2 Monday to end negotiations w ith
a sculptor and spend the $45.O,000 set aside for the statue on winter heat-
ing assistance and other local needs instead.
A city block-sized memorial park a ith a sculpture of King \ as proposed
several years ago. The city, about ani hour east of Raleigh. prides itself oln
its association with King. On No\. 2". 1962. he addressed people in a
high school gy n. usimg for the first time \ words he ouldi rephrase the fl -
loieing AIugust in his famous speech at the Lpncoln ilentorial in
'And so, my friends of Rocky l Mount. I have a dream tonight." he said.
"That one day', right here in Rocky MIount, North Carolina. thle sons of
former slaves and the sons of former slave-owners \ ill meet at the table
of brotherhood."
One statue oras panned as a poor resemblance of King in 2(03. A second
sculptor, depicted King in Clay but it received nany negative re\ ie\\ws.
"\haterer \we do is going to continue to be vilified." said councilmanan
Lamont W'iggins. Other than trying to build a consensus that won't be
realized. I suggest \e spend our money on more pressing issues facing
thdie cint.'

Liquor Store Burned, Owner

Kidnapped for Selling to Blacks
OAKLAND. Calif First, a liquor store was vandalized b a gang of
men in suits and bow ties for selling alcohol to blacks. Then, days later.
the store owner was kidnapped, and the business was burned do' n.
Store owner Ton\ Hamdan ,was found safe in the trunk of a car. about
12 hours after the fire. as police sought to get to the bottom ofthe attacks
No arrests hae been made in the kidnapping, the fire or the vandalism.
and Deputy Police Chief Ho\ward Jordan said it was too soon to sa\
,whether the tw'o attacks are connected.
The fire destroyed of the store's merchandise and caused major struc-
tural damage to the building, police said.
Last week. Hamdan's store and the nearby San Pablo Liquor store were
vandalized by about a dozen men hearing g suits and how ties. The men.
all of whom \ere black. smashed liquor bottles and toppled food racks
while demanding that both stores stop selling alcohol to black people,
authorities said. The %andalism was caught on videotape and 6 of the men
ha\e been identified and ha'e no affiliation \ ith the Nation of Islam. the
religious group usually associated w ith suits and bow-ties.
Investigators were looking into the recent vandalism as hate crimes
because the store owners are of Middle Eastern background and are


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*Although Blacks represeii
13 percent of Florida's adult
population (ages 13+), more
than half of the AIDS cases
reported in Florida in 2004
were in the black communi-
ty. More than 3/4 of Florida's
AIDS cases in children are in
the black community.
Since the beginning of the
epidemic. the black popula-
tion accounts for 44% of the
cumulative AIDS cases in
males and more than two-
thirds of those in females.
HIV/AIDS is the leading
cause of death for both male:
and female blacks aged 25 to
44 in Florida.
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Bob Hayes to be Inducted Into

U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame

Hayes was feted with numerous
honors before his death including
the FAMU Hall of Fame, a statue
from the City of Jacksonville and
the Ring of Honor from the
Dallas Cowboys.
Jacksonville's own Bob Hayes
will be among the distinguished
honorees inducted into the 2006
United States Olympic Hall of
Fame. The Hall of Fame Class of
2006 will be honored during the
U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame

Induction Ceremony on Thursday,
December 8, 2005 in Chicago,
Illinois at the Harris Theatre.
Called the "World's Fastest
Human," Hayes earned a pair of
Olympic gold medals at the 1964
Tokyo Games. In addition to win-
ning the 100 meters with a world-
record-tying time, Hayes ran the
anchor leg of the 4x100m relay,
turning a three-meter deficit into a
three-meter victory and new world
record. As a member of the 1972
Super Bowl-winning Dallas
Cowboys, Hayes became the only
athlete to win both an Olympic gold
medal and a Super Bowl ring.
The Jacksonville native graduated
from Gilbert High School before
going on to Florida A&M
University and his NFL career.
Among the other honorees are:
The 1984 Men's Gymnastics Team;
Olympians Evelyn Ashford, Rowdy
Gaines, Shannon Miller and Kristi
Yamaguchi; Paralympian Diana
Golden-Brosnihan; Coach Herb
Brooks; Jack Shea in the Veterans
category; and Special Contributor
Dick Ebersol.

Rev. C.B. Dailey Honored

with Road Designation

State Senator Anthony C. "Tony"
Hill, Sr. and State Representative
Terry Fields hosted a Road
Designation Ceremony in honor of
Rev. Charles Dailey, longtime pas-
tor of First baptist Church of
Oakland and civil rights leader.
Legislation passed during the
2005 Session designated a portion
of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
between Eighth Street and Jessie
Street in Jacksonville to commemo-
rate Rev. Dailey's memory. Rev.

Thanksgiving at the McKenzies

Back row F rank rowen, loron lVicenzie, ivimcnael mvcKenzie, ana uary mIcKenzie. (Mviaale) Lyntnia
Baker, Linda McKenzie, Alexis Green, Erin Green, Angie McKenzie, Kathlyn McKenzie (Mother); and
Michael McKenzie down front.
Friends and family gathered at the Orange Park home of Torin and Linda McKenzie for a Thanksgiving to
remember. The menu for the day included traditional favorites such as ham, turkey, macaroni and cheese, collard
greens, sweet potato pie and even a special sock-it-to-me cake. Following a delicious meals of seconds and some-
times thirds, everyone enjoyed reminiscing about their high school days (everyone graduated from Andrew
Jackson High School)and football. i$

Dailey was a pioneer in brining
economic development to the area
surrounding his eastside church and
providing affordable housing in the
The ceremony was held on the
service road leading to the corer of
Haines Street and Eighth Street.
FMPowell Photo

Sen. Hill Seeking
Individuals Holding
Records From
60's Era Civil
Rights Arrests
Local legislators in conjunction
with the Civil Rights Committee of
St. Augustine and members of the
J.R. Lee Republican Club are
working with the help of the State
Attorney General and other to
develop the process by which indi-
viduals who have a criminal record,
stemming only from arrests, result-
ing from acts in defense or support
of the Civil Rights Movement, can
have those records cleared.
Cases will be submitted for con-
sideration for a full pardon, of
those individuals who have lived
and worked all of their adult lives
free of criminal activity.
If you were involved in the
Movement from the late 1950's to
the early 1970's, and were arrested
for marching, sitting-in, or any
other act of support, you may be
eligible for this effort.
If you feel you qualify, obtain a
copy of your record and forward it,
along with your contact informa-
tion to Sen. Tony Hill's office,
located at 5600 New Kings Road,
Suite 5, Jacksonville, FL 32209.
For more information, call 924-

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Mayor Seeks Input on Raising the Income

Gap Through Blueprint for Prosperity

The City of Jacksonville,
Jacksonville Regional Chamber of
Commerce and WorkSource are
asking members of the Jacksonville
community for feedback on the
draft Blueprint for Prosperity. This
plan will soon be adopted as the
official plan to raise Jacksonville's
per capital income.
Per capital income is the amount
of income earned by all the people
living in a particular area, divided
by the number of people. With a per
capital income index of 96 percent,
Jacksonville is currently below the
national average and below many
competing cities.
Community members from neigh-
borhoods, faith and community-
based organizations, educational
institutions, government entities
and the business community
worked together to produce a
vision, supported by benchmarks
and strategies, for the draft
Blueprint. The plan is structured
around six interdependent founda-
tion areas, which include economic
development, education, racial
opportunity and harmony, infra-
structure, leadership and quality of
Blueprint is a citizen-led initia-
tive, involving 29 focus group
meetings with 355 participants, fol-
lowed by 14 community meetings
with 580 participants and 20 task
force meetings with 382 partici-
pants. The Blueprint Task Force
used the input from the focus
groups and community meetings,
data from the scenarios and their
own knowledge to develop the draft
Task Force members first devel-
oped Key Benchmarks and then
selected strategies to achieve the
benchmarks. Key Benchmarks will
be the driving force during the 10-
to-20-year process and will be used
to measure Blueprint for Prosperity
progress each year. They include:

- Reverse the downward trend by
2010, and then annually increase
Duval County per capital income at
a percentage of the U.S. per capital
income by one percent.
Duval's graduation rate will
exceed 90 percent in 2016, and
more than 90 percent of students
will perform at grade level in read-
ing and math by 2016.
Eliminate the racial/ethnic edu-
cation achievement level and grad-
uation rate gaps by 2016.
- By 2020, 35 percent of Duval's
population age 25 and over will
have a bachelor's degree or higher
and an additional 10 percent will
have an associate's degree.
- Increase average earnings per job
at an annual rate of half a percent
above the U.S. average.
Increase Duval County annual
percentage job growth at a rate
above the Florida average.
- Increase per capital income for all
Duval residents while decreasing
the gap between Whites and all
other racial/ethnic groups by half
by 2020.
- Reduce the Duval poverty rate to
50 percent of the U.S. average
poverty rate in 20 years.
- Reduce by one percent annually
the areas where the poverty rate is
between 10 percent and 20 percent.

- Reduce by two percent annually
the percentage of individuals in
poverty in every zip code in Duval
County where the poverty rate
exceeds 20 percent.
Reduce the birthrate to unwed
mothers by 50 percent by 2016.
- Reduce marriage dissolutions by
50 percent by 2016.
Reduce the murder rate to the
Florida rate by 2011.
"The most exciting aspect of
Blueprint for
Prosperity is that .
it is developed and
implemented by
the community,"
said Jarik Conrad,
executive director
for Blueprint for
Prosperity. "We Conrad
need input from everyone in the
community to ensure that the final
Blueprint will reflect diverse views
and opinionse"
Blueprint for Prosperity volun-
teers will be speaking at communi-
ty meetings throughout the city to
review the plan and solicit feedback
from residents. For a copy of the
plan, visit www.blueprintforpros-
perity.com or call (904) 924-1100
x250. Feedback to the plan is being
solicited both online and through a
written form.

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toring project at Paxon Middle School. Each month, the organization
uses author Jada Pinkett Smith's book, "Girls Hold Up the World," as the
basis for self-esteem and training workshops with 6th-8th graders in
Paxon's Team-Up After School Program.
The industrious group of ladies also assisted Simpson Memorial United
Methodist Church with its outreach ministry to feed the hungry. With so
many communities adversely affected by tragedies this year, members of
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services to those most in need. President Gloria Dean explains, "I think
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AIDS continues to be the leading cause of death for Black
women between 24 34, Black youth represent more than 56% of
the new HIV/AIDS cases among youth in America, and nearly
50% of Black gay men in the U.S. may already be infected.
Knowing someone who is living with HIV/AIDS does not appear
to be the answer, either. I estimate roughly 90 percent of Black
people in America know someone who either is living with
HIV/AIDS or has died from the disease. Yet, we are still compla-
cent. Phill Wilson, Director of the Black AIDS Institute

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J by Jacksonville City Councilman Reginald Fullwood

Black Men are Treated Differently

When Diagnosed with Prostate Cancer

We all know someone who has
survived prostate cancer, and we all
also know those who did not.
Unfortunately, for African
Americans we probably know
more people who didn't survive. A
study completed last year by doc-
tors at the University of Michigan
basically provides some answers to
the reason why black men are
dying from prostate cancer at
alarming rates. It may surprise you,
but race and discriminatory treat-
ment practices may be at the root of
the issue.
From a broad perspective, the
study results show that black men
in the United States are more likely
to die of prostate cancer than white
men. The new research suggests
this disparity may stem from differ-
ences in how the groups are treated
for the disease.
After reviewing the records of
more than 140,000 men diagnosed
with prostate cancer, researchers
found that black and Hispanic men
were less likely to undergo surgery
or radiation than were whites.
Why? There are no real social or
economical factors thrown into the
study, but the truth is as clear as the
heals on a stripper's shoes not that
I would know what stripper wears,
but the racial component is the
obvious factor.

That study noted, "As prostate
tumors became more aggressive--
more likely to spread to other parts
of the body--black and Latino men
became less and less likely to
receive surgery or radiation com-
pared with whites."
It may be hard for some to imag-
ine that disparities exist in an
industry as critical to human life as
the healthcare arena, but the study
acknowledges one of the silent
institutional problems blacks have
had to endure in this country -
unequal treatment based upon race
and ethnicity.
"Although some researchers
believe that black men may have
genetic differences that make their
cancers more deadly, this report
suggests that access to treatment
may also be responsible for the sur-
vival gap between blacks and
whites diagnosed with prostate
cancer," stated co-author Dr. John
In all fairness to the healthcare
industry, it is also important to note
that black men typically do not
help the situation at all because of
our attitudes towards seeking med-
ical care.
There are various reasons why
black men die at higher rates than
any other demographic, including
lack of health insurance. But even

black males with health insurance
often neglect to schedule routine
doctor's appointments.
A man's pride is often the biggest
hindrance because no self-respect-
ing man wants to ask for help or be
seen in the free health clinic. That
is ludicrous. We all need assistance
at some point in life and if you do
not have health insurance there is
nothing wrong with seeking help
versus the alternative of dying.
I have heard numerous brothers
say that they don't feel comfortable
getting their prostate checked, and
I certainly cannot imagine having
to bend over for a doctor to check
my prostate, but it is a necessary
discomfort for survival. New tech-
nology now dispels the former
method of a personal invasion.
So there is no excuse.
Black men have got to start doing
a better job of taking care of their
bodies. Prostate cancer is the most
frequently diagnosed cancer in
men, accounting for 36% of all
cancer cases. An estimated 180,000
men will be newly diagnosed this
year, and 37,000 will die.
The federal government spends
four times as much on breast can-
cer research as prostate cancer
research, and the money raised by
private charities for breast cancer is
estimated to outnumber that for

Sular exams. Brothers are dying
unnecessarily from completely
preventable and treatable causes.
Someone once said, "An ounce of
Prevention is worth a pound of
According to the Centers for
Disease Control, adjusting for age,
men lead in all of the 10 most com-
mon causes of death in the United
States, and women live on average
six years longer than men. A figure
that gets much gloomier for the
black male demographic alone.
Studies show black men don't live
as long as white men and more
black men suffer from life-threat-
ening, but preventable, diseases
than whites do. Black men had an
average life expectancy of 67.8
years. By comparison, White
women lived an average of 74.6
years, Black women lived 74.7
years, and White men had a life
expectancy of 74.6 years.
Another key reason why black
men's health lags in comparison to
others is simply access to services.
Poor black men are 6 times more
likely to be uninsured as our white
counterparts. 25 percent of Black
males are uninsured, compared to
21.5 black females who lack health
Despite the obvious discriminato-
ry practices in the past, black men
have to begin to educate ourselves
on the health issues affecting our
lives. The crisis is here, but it is not
too late to stop it. For as William
Shakespeare once said, "This
above all; to thine own self be
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Medical Center,
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Moving from 'Colored

People' to 'People of Color'
By. John McCann
Black people man, we have the toughest time with semantics. We can't
figure out what to call ourselves. It's like a science. You almost need an
advanced degree to figure it out:
I mean, if I'm at work, where there're only three other Black people in the
entire newsroom, then, let's see, I better not use the n-word. But if my Black
co-workers and I are riding to lunch in the same car, then I'm free to let the
n-bombs flow.
Dig what I'm saying: Jackie Robinson and Satchel Paige and all those cats
didn't have a problem playing baseball in the Negro League. There's no
shame in Lou Rawls' game when he gets down for the United Negro College
I'm reminded of an editorial cartoon by a University of Florida student. It
showed Kanye West holding a race card, playing off the rapper's comments
about President Bush's slow response toward Black hurricane survivors along
the Gulf Coast.
But the cartoon also depicted Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice retorting,
"Nigga please!"
Granted, I'm no fan of the n-word. But when you think about prim and prop-
er Condoleezza Rice saying it, you have to laugh. So don't trip just because
a White boy drew the cartoon. Chris Rock could say the same thing and you'd
just about pee in your pants from laughing so hard.
I'm telling you, be careful what you ask for. Remember the Texas con-
gresswoman two years ago wanting more Black-sounding hurricane names?
Don't you wonder how she felt when Katrina blew through?
And speaking of what we call ourselves, if we're going to get all huffy with
Andy Rooney about the word Negro, then answer this: What's up with a pre-
historic name like National Association for the Advancement of... Colored
Don't sit there and say you wouldn't get mad if a White person called you
And if you deny it, know what I'd tell you?
"Negro please!"


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Shown above (L-R) Rosa Parks is fingerprinted by police Lt. D.H. Lackey in Montgomery, Ala., in this Feb. 22, 1956 file photo, two months after refusing to give up her seat on a bus for a white passenger on Dec.
1, 1955. She was arrested with several others who violated segregation laws. Parks' refusal to give up her seat led to a boycott of buses by blacks in Dec. 1955, a tactic organized by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.;
Dr. Robert White poses in front of the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ala. White is heading up the 50th Anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott; Unsung heroes E.D. Nixon,
widely known as the chief boycott organizer and (bottom) Claudette Colvin who was arrested with Rosa Parks will be the focus of the anniversary.; and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is welcomed with a kiss by his
wife Coretta after leaving court in Montgomery, Ala., in this March 22, 1956 file photo. King was found guilty of conspiracy to boycott city buses in a campaign to desegregate the bus system, but a judge suspended

his $500 fine pending appeal.
MONTGOMERY, Ala.- With the
death of Rosa Parks, the 50th
anniversary of her arrest and the
historic bus boycott it sparked will
focus on the protest's lesser-known
foot soldiers.
While Parks was remembered for
helping start the modem civil rights
movement by refusing to give up
her bus seat to a white man on Dec.
1, 1955, it took some 40,000 blacks
in Montgomery to back her with
their own defiance.
Led by the Montgomery
Improvement Association and its
president, the Rev. Martin Luther
King Jr., they used car pools and

church vehicles during a yearlong
boycott of the city's segregated
buses. The boycott ended when the
U.S. Supreme Court ruled the seg-
regation was unconstitutional.
"Before (Parks) passed we decid-
ed this would be an opportunity to
honor any and everybody, known
and unknown," said Robert White,
chairman of the anniversary com-
mittee. "We are going to pay more
attention to unsung heroes and
average participants of the boycott."
The 50th anniversary will acknowl-
edge the contributions of people
like Mary Louise Smith, Claudette
Colvin and E.D. Nixon who are

vital to the history of the protest,
White said.
Smith and Colvin also were
arrested for refusing to give up their
bus seat and were among five black
women whose federal court suit,
known as Browder vs. Gayle, led to
the Supreme Court ruling. Nixon
was a prominent activist who was
instrumental in organizing the boy-
White said Colvin has accepted an
invitation to take part in the com-
A week of anniversary events
kicks off Thursday when youths of
different races make an eight-block

march to the Capitol beginning at
the downtown spot where Parks
was arrested now the site of the
Rosa Parks Museum.
They will be invited to offer peti-
tions of their own dreams to public
officials at the Capitol. A Webcast
of the walk will include interactive
forums for children around the
world, according to organizers.
Lynn Beshear, a member of the
walk's steering committee, felt the
commemoration needed an event
that included all the children of
Montgomery black and white.
"It didn't just free black folks, it
was about civil rights for every-

"Who started the Montgomery boycotts? Rosa Parks. Ed Nixon, a
labor leader for the sleeping car porters, started the boycotts.
People start the movement. And then they go out into the streets to
find a Martin Luther King Jr. The miracle of Montgomery is that
King was ready when the people called."
-- Lerone Bennett

body," Beshear said.
Other events include a Dec. 5
reenactment of a meeting where
thousands gathered at a church days
after Parks' arrest and helped lay the
groundwork for the boycott. A few
days later, Alabama State
University will honor the plaintiffs
of Browder vs. Gale.
Anniversary organizers said the

Oct. 24 death of Rosa Parks, at age
92, underscores the need for a new
generation of leaders to continue
the fight for civil rights.
"If you have a grass-roots move-
ment, the movement creates lead-
ers," walk coordinator Wayne Sabel
said. "They (young people) can't
wait for some leaders to come
along. It's up to the people."

Comeback MA

Hard for

New Orleans' F


by M. Foster
NEW ORLEANS Breakfast at
Brennan's,-a tradition since 1.946, is
postponed until next year. Dinner at
Antoine's, a French Quarter delight
for 165 years, won't be served until
January or later. Same story at
Galatoire's, the century-old
Bourbon Street landmark. In this
city where two favorite pastimes
are eating and talking about eating,
Hurricane Katrina caused a massive
case of indigestion for the world-
renowned restaurant industry.
These days, instead of serving up
shrimp remoulade and trout meu-
niere, owners are installing new
coolers, fixing roofs and trying to
replace wait staffs and cooks.
Of the 3,400 restaurants in the
greater New Orleans area before
Katrina, only 26 percent have
reopened, said Tom Weatherly of
the Louisiana Restaurant
Association. Only about 300 of
those are in the city.
"That's mostly the smaller restau-
rants those that had damage on a
smaller scale, had smaller coolers,
had less work needed to return,"
Weatherly said.
One prominent victim was
Commander's Palace in the city's
Garden District, where folks crav-
ing dishes such as fresh Gulf fish
served with a potato crust in a caper
beurre blanc will likely have to wait
until March. The distinctive
turquoise building received heavy
damage when Katrina roared
ashore Aug. 29.
"I'm wishing so much we could be
open for Carnival season," said
Lally Brennan, co-owner of
Commander's, which opened in
1880. "But realistically I know

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Lazone Randolph, executive chef
at Brennan's Restaurant, holds
up a finished banana foster in
New Orleans, La.
even March will be hard."
Of the 10 restaurants owned by the
Commander's Palace branch of the
Brennan family, four have reopened
and three had limited damage and
are expected to open by year's end.
Three others, including
Commander's, will have to be gut-
ted and rebuilt.
Finding waiters, bus boys and
dishwashers is another chore, and
wages are extremely competitive.
Restaurateur Ralph Brennan, for
example, is paying $10 an hour for
dishwashers, up from $6 pre-
But most are intent on serving
Even in her 80s, Leah Chase, co-
owner and chef of landmark restau-
rant Dooky Chase, said she's never
considered abandoning her Creole
and soul food menu. The restaurant,
founded in 1939 by her in-laws,
filled with up to 5 feet of water and
attracted looters and vandals.
"That's been my whole life, and
I'm not going to change," Chase
said. "There've been a lot of prob-
lems solved in that dining room
over a bowl of gumbo. There will
be a lot more."

Democrats to Hold Meeting in New Orleans

The Democratic National
Committee plans to hold a meeting
of about 400 people in New Orleans
early next year as a way to express
confidence in the city's future after
Hurricane Katrina, officials said.
"We are deeply committed to the
resurgence of New Orleans. And
we've been looking for ways to help
in tangible ways," said DNC chair-
man Howard Dean.
The meeting is scheduled for April
20-22, the weekend of the French
Quarter Festival.
It is the DNC's first major meeting
before the midterm elections.
Presidential candidates probably
will be invited.

After Katrina, "we wanted to make downtown Sheraton, he said. Dean down the city. The American
a statement about the Democrats' said the Sheraton was the only full- Library Association, which must
beliefs that New Orleans will come service hotel that was reserving book years in advance because it
back," Dean said. rooms and could handle a conven- brings about 20,000 people to its
The group usually uses only union tion that large, midyear conference, confirmed
hotels but got a special dispensation The convention will be one of the early this month that it will keep its
from labor officials to book the first since the storm virtually shut June 24-27 date in New Orleans.

Kenyan President Dismisses Entire Cabinet
NAIROBI, Kenya President Supporters, that included seven ministerial post.
Mwai Kibaki dismissed his entire cabinet members, had argued the Kenya's current constitution,
Cabinet last week, two days after charter would have cut presidential drawn up in the lead-up to Kenya's
Kenyans handed him a setback by powers and removed some power 1963 independence from Britain,
rejecting a draft constitution that he from the capital, Nairobi. But the has been revised several times to
iad supported. draft's opponents said it diluted create a strong unitary state in
Kibaki said on state-owned televi- reforms, including many checks on which the president has sweeping
lion that he would announce a new existing presidential powers and powers

Cabinet in two weeks, establishment of a powerful prime

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St. Andrew A.M.E. Gospel

Christmas Concert at Beaches
Saint Andrew AME Church, 125 9th Street South, Jacksonville Beach;
invites all from far and near to attend a special Christmas Concert.
The Gospel Christmas Concert will be presented at St. Andrew AME at
7 p.m., on Friday, December 16, 2005. All are welcome. For more infor-
mation, call 249-7624. The concert is free and open to the public.

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 Fellowship Ministry
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-
sherrie20000@yahoo.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.

Orange Park, St. Augustine and Gainesville Churches Present Advent Festival

On Sunday, December 4, Grace
Church in Orange Park will present
an Advent Festival of Lessons and
Carols. This festival event, which
begins at 11:00 a.m., is a traditional
Anglican worship service com-
posed of a stirring collection of
Advent hymns and carols, inter-
spersed between Scripture readings.

The service is intended to heighten
the expectation of the coming cele-
bration of Christmas. Featured are
the Adult Choir, the Voices of Grace
choir and instrumental musicians of
Grace Church.
The Grace Choirs and musicians
will also present this service at 5:00
p.m. on Saturday, December 3, at

St. Cyprian's Episcopal Church in
St. Augustine and at 6:30 p.m. on
Sunday, December 4, at Chapel
House in Gainesville. The Sunday
night service in Gainesville will be
preceded by a supper at 5:30 p.m.
Nursery will be provided for the
service at Grace Church. Grace
Church is located on Kingsley

Public Invited for a Live "Bethlehem Visit"

Having trouble figuring out what
to do for the Holidays? The public
is invited his year, to witness the
Christmas Story brought to life for
your family and friends.
Join Ponte Vedra Presbyterian
Church as they journey back
through the Bible with "A
Bethlehem Visit" Live Nativity.
Participants will be able to stroll
through the re-creation of the city
of Bethlehem as it might have been
on the night of Jesus' birth. The
town is filled with a cast of over
200, portraying the local townspeo-
ple, merchants and craftsmen.
Come and witness the trading of
goods and wares in the market-
place. Pet live animals along the
way, as you seek out the lowly
manger and the Christ Child. Don't
miss out on this wonderful family
The live nativity will take place
December 15, 16, & 17th from
6:30pm 8:30pm.
For more information on "A
Bethlehem Visit," please call Ponte

Vedra Presbyterian Church at 904- located 2.5 miles west of A1A at
285-8225 The church is located at 4510 Palm Valley Road (CR 210).

Mandarin Christian Women Host
Free Personal Enrichment Luncheon

All area ladies are invited to
attend the Mandarin Christian
Women's Club December
Luncheon "Teas & Treasures" on
December 6, 2005 at the Ramada
Inn in Mandarin. The luncheon will
be held from 12:00 1:30 p.m.
Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Krista
Thomas of Special tea Treats and
Treasures will be speaking about
the benefits and differences of
Green, Black, Rooibos and White
Teas. There will be a tea tasting and
instructions on brewing tea. She
will also reference a book called the
12 Teas of Christmas. Speaker,
Bonnilee Ashley, will relate how
she overcame fear. She has had a
diverse career in pubjc qrejations,
travel and administration. Please
bring a Christmas Ornament for an

"Ornament Exchange" at the lunch-
For luncheon costs and reserva-
tions for Lunch and FREE Nursery
call Char at 287-6814 or Mary at
880-2792 or email

Avenue just east of U.S. 17 in
Orange Park. St. Cyprian's
Episcopal Church is located on the
corner of MLK and Lovett St. in St.
Augustine. Chapel House is located
at 1522 W. University Ave. in
Gainesville. For more information
please call 264-9981.
Hope Chapel

Mass Choir in

Free Concert
The public is invited to attend a
concert featuring Reverend Alvin
Darling and The Hope Chapel
Mass Choir. Rev. Darling will be
singing his hit song "All Night"
from the newly released CD "You
Deserve My Worship" on Saturday,
December 9 at 7:00 p.m. in Hunt's
Auditorium located at 9850
Wagner Road (between US-1 and
Trout River Boulevard). Admission
is free. For more information call
(904) 764-2193.

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,
20,1,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. ,

Evangel Temple Assembly of God

Sunday, December 4

8:15 a.m. 10:45 a.m. 6:00 p.m.

5755 Ramona Blvd. Jacksonville, FL32205
\ ebsire: stwsI.e. angellenipleaa.ore Email: et angeljlaitconiica% .nelt

The Church That Reaches Up to GodAnd ut to Man

St. Thcmas tissicnary

I aPtist Church
5863 Moncrief Road Jacksonville, FL 32209
(904) 768-8800 Ba(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.
Lord's Supper
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.
Bible Study

Pastor Ernie Murray, Sr.
Welcomes You!

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

fl Weekly Services

Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Sr.
Senior Pastor

Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
Church school
9:30 a.m.
3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel

Midweek Services
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 Comes e inuiIiI

Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Jr.
Senior Pastor

SRadio Ministry
: WCGL 1360 AM
S" |Thursday 8:15 -8:45 an.
-.4..,." AM 1400 Thursday 7:00 -8:00 p.m. .
iv iTV Ministry I, ,
WTLV Channel12
S Sunday Mornings at 6:30 a.m.

Seeking the

lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19--20

8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30-7 p.m.

Pastor Landon Williams, Sr.
The doors of Macedonia are always open to you and your family. If we may be of any assistance
you in your spiritual walk, please contact us at 764-9257 or via email at GreaterMac@aol.com.

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Love & Dating: A Holiday Gift Guide PRE PREST IB Fi Bc(B

For new relatoinships, the holidays can be a particularly challenging

A wise man once said, "Only fools
rush in..." Make your holiday gift
for your mate thoughtful, yet sim-
ple and inexpensive. You don't want
to appear too eager, which could
potentially set-back all your weeks
of wooing. Fall back on the hefty
price tags. Think home spa acces-
sories for her; for him, apparel rep-
resenting his favorite sports team,
alma mater or fraternity colors. Try
to keep your present under $30.
Gifts Ideas for Her:
Carol's Daughter Jamaican Punch
Bath Trio
1 Year Subscription to Essence
Gifts Ideas for Him:
Greek Apparel
NBA Store

By now you've gotten a peek at
his/her quirks. Apparently you like
them, because you're pondering
what souvenir will reflect your
newfound romance. Take what you
know, wrap it up in paper and top it
with a bow. Does he have a favorite
scent or does she have a favorite
TV Show?
Gifts Ideas for Her:
The Oprah Winfrey Show 20th
Anniversary DVD Collection
- Daily Blossom's Gift Bouquet
Gifts Ideas for Him:
- Cologne -..

Branding Still
by Ilene Mendehlson, OT
As his fraternity brothers heated a
wire hanger shaped in the form of a
Greek letter, Matthew Mitchell felt
sick to his stomach.
For about 10 seconds, as the metal
touched his skin, Mitchell gripped a
fraternity brother's arm. It was the
worst pain he had ever endured. But
he chose to feel this pain, and later
he was glad that he had.
Mitchell, a Phi Beta Sigma mem-
ber at Florida A&M University, was
going through a ritual known as
branding, a burning of the skin that
results in a scar.
A graduate of Oak Ridge High
School in Orlando, Fla., Mitchell
had considered being branded for
three years before going through
with it.
Ultimately, he says, he wanted a
physical representation of his bond
with his fraternity a symbol that
would be with him forever. So he
decided that it would be only fitting
to have the letter Sigma branded on
his left upper arm, close to his
"I'm going to be a Sigma for life,
until the day I die," says Mitchell,
Branding has long been a form of
body art, and in the past century it
has emerged as a tradition among
somne black fraternity and sorority
members. Some Greek organiza-
tions have policies banning the
.: ..r,.-; others don't prohibit it, but
don't condone it, either.
Fraternity brothers say it comes
down to an individual choice of
"It's just like a tattoo," says Aaron
Brown, 23, Mitchell's fraternity
brother at FAMU. "It marks a time
and a life, a milestone in your life
and a commitment to the organiza-
The practice of branding dates
back thousands of years, says
Sandra Mizumoto Posey, a folk-
lorist and professor at California
State Polytechnic University who
has researched the subject.
Branding is most commonly asso-
ciated with slaves and cattle. But
secret societies and religious
orders, such as those in ancient
Greece, also used brands through-

Physical Outing: Special night
out at a concert
Gifts for Him or Her:
Specialized Sweets for Your

After the six month benchmark,
consider yourself in a serious rela-
tionship. This doesn't translate into
pressure to go ring shopping, but it
is grounds for appearances at a
Knicks game (i.e., Jay-Z and
Beyonce). Surprise him with a pair
of tickets to see his favorite sports
team or splurge on your gift for her
with a date at the spa.
Gifts Ideas for Her:
- Couple's Day at the Spa
Gifts Ideas for Him:
- Basketball Game, Playoff tickets
Gifts for Him or Her:
-Victoria Secret's Beaded Flyaway

($100 and up)
Mistakes have been made; you've
argued a little and had fun making
up. By now you should have had
plenty of practice on shopping for
your loved one, with Valentine's
Day, Sweeties Day, and Birthday
leading up to Christmas. Make this
holiday a memorable one. Surprise
her with a trip to see the hottest
ticket on Broadway. If you, can't
make it to the Big Apple, give her


the Collector's DVD Giftset that
she keeps hinting at. For him,
unburden his pockets by buying
him that pricey gadget he's been
For an added bonus, accompany
your present with two copies of
"All About Me," one for you and
your mate to complete and
exchange with each other. This
book is just short of a CIA interro-
gation, but by completion you'll
know everything there is to know
about your mate going forward.
Expect to answer questions like,
"Three things you have done in
your life that you regret" or "Yes or
No, you wish you had been born
into a different race."
Gifts Ideas for Her:
The Color Purple Musical
Sex and the City The Complete
T-Mobile Sidekick, II Juicy
Gifts Ideas for Him:
T-Mobile Sidekick II Mister
- iPod Nano
Gifts for Him or Her:
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- 1/2 cup sweetened condensed
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger (ground)
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg (fresh grat-
ed is best)
- 1/2 teaspoon orange extract
(optional. Again I add for holidays)
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Mix sweet potatoes and brown
sugar; beat for about 2 minutes with
electric mixer on medium speed.
Add eggs and beat another 2 min-
utes on medium speed. Blend in
spices, salt and condensed milk.
Add orange and vanilla extract and
beat for about 1 minute. Pour mix-
ture into prepared 9 inch pie shell.
Sprinkle with topping If you like,

potatoes, not yams (I bake mine. 1/4 cup fil
Baking is better) brown sugar


The Will to Change
Men, Masulinity and Love
by Bell Hooks
With the courage, honesty and
compassion that have made her one
of America's most provocative
authorities on modem culture, bell
hooks takes on the interior lives of
men and answers their most inti-
mate questions about love in The
Will To Change: Men, Masculinity,
and Love.
The Will To Change stems from
male responses to hooks's trilogy
All About Love, Salvation, and
Communion, as well as the author's
own personal relationships. In
hook's words: "The Will To Change
....answers the questions about love
asked by men of all ages in our cul-
ture... {it is} a response to ques-
tions about love asked by the men I
know most intimately who are still
working to find their way back to
the open hearted, emotionally
expressive selves they once were.
Before they were told to silence
their longings and close their

~51 '- P

The Will To Change talks about
masculinity and maleness in new
ways. This is not the old macho
ways of thinking about good old
boys jazzed up on New Age rheto-
ric. And not the nasty anti-male
bashing, posing as feminist take on
how a good man is hard to find.
This starts from the onset with the
idea that love is vital to maleness, to
the spiritual and emotional whole-

ness men seek. The author chal-
lenges early feminism and aims to
correct the alienation of men by
providing a blueprint, a way for
men to learn to love and for women
to understand them.
Hooks believe men can find
way to spiritual unity by getting
back in touch with the emotionally
open part of themselves. Only
through this liberation can they lay
claim to the rich and rewarding
inner lives that have historically
been the exclusive province of
women. Men can access these feel-
ings by giving themselves permis-
sion to be vulnerable. As they grow
more comfortable and start believe
that it's okay to feel, to need, and to
desire, they can thrive as equal part-
ners in their intimate relationships.
Everyone needs to love and to
be loved even men. In The Will To
Change, Bell Hooks gets to the
heart of the matter and shows men
how to express the emotions that
are a fundamental part of who they
are whatever their age, ethnicity,
or cultural persuasion.

and bake in 375 degree (PRE-
HEATED) oven for 50-55 minutes
or until knife stuck in center comes
out clean. You can cover the edges
with foil to prevent over browning.
Topping (optional) to add a festive
touch, but just the pie is fine.
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans
- 1/2 cup firmly packed brown
- 2 tablespoons COLD butter
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Mix together with fingers until
crumbly. Sprinkle on top of sweet
potato pie before baking.
NOTE: If baking potatoes, rub
sweet potato skins generously with
butter, then place in baking pan and
bake until tender and syrup begins
to come out.

* There's nothing guilt free about this recipe, but with Grandma cook-
ing it, how can you feel bad about eating it!

Popular Among Fraternities

out history to mark followers,
Posey says.
As for the college Greek system,
the earliest recorded incidence
dates back to 1931, but because of
the secretive nature of fraternities


and sororities, it is difficult to deter-
mine an exact timeline, Posey says.
Although the practice is associated
with black fraternities, there are
exceptions. President George W.
Bush is rumored to be branded with
a symbol of his Yale fraternity,
Delta Kappa Epsilon.
Some believe that the ritual was

inspired by African scarification
traditions. And while branding does
have ties to slavery, fraternity men
with brands dismiss that connota-
It's hard to determine exactly how
many black fraternity members
have brands, but Ricky L. Jones,
University of Louisville professor
and author of Black Haze:
Violence, Sacrifice, and Manhood
in Black Greek-Letter Fraternities,
estimates that more than half do.
Members acquire brands for a
number of reasons. Brands can dis-
play a sense of belonging, a mark of
the successful completion of a chal-
lenging pledgeship. And they can
be a symbol of manhood, of tough-
"It's one of the most prominent and
personal ways you can adopt some-
thing into your identity," Posey
says. "You are physically changing
the shape of who you are."

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Make 2006 Your Year for Healthy Hair

Many of us desire long, healthy
hair. While genetics play a strong
role in the length of your hair, you
can promote growth with these
healthful tips.
Trim, trim, trim. Visit a stylist
biweekly. Every 8 to 10 weeks, ask
your stylist to trim off the minimum
amount, about an eighth of an inch.
Only trim when your hair is dry, not
wet. Split ends are easier to see
when the hair is dry.
Get the blood flowing to the head.

It stimulates the hair follicle and
stimulates hair growth with nutri-
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Massage your scalp with your fin-
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your hair upside down and gently
brush dry hair from root to end.
Exercising pumps blood to the
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the head.
Eat right. Make sure you are eating
well-balanced meals. It's the best
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Search is On for Jax's

Most Photogenic Baby

If your baby is beautiful, funny
and loves the camera we need you
for Jacksonville's Most Photogenic
Baby Contest of 2006.
This annual competition benefits
the pediatric programs at Shands
Jacksonville and Wolfson
Children's Hospital.
Infants through 5-year-olds are
welcome to participate. There will
be four categories including pre-
cious, fashionable, comical and
beautiful. Parents can enter their

baby by attending a photo shoot at
the Orange Park Mall January 5-8
from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. All
photographs will be taken by the
American Performing Arts
The competition will take place at
the Orange Park Mall February 3-5.
The voting will be left up to the
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setting an intimidating. unrealistic
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Christmas." set ,small. achit eablc
goals like. "1 will lose from 2 to 5
pounds this month b\ Iollo~\tng
my plan and exercising."
2. Re-set Your Goals- Each tine
you achieve \our goal. gie ,our-
self a Inon-food!i reward lii..e a
massage or tickets to our fa' orite
team's next game. and then set
another goal.
3. Step bN Step' Each week.
change ONE food habit to a
healthier one Do this ever, werek
For example, change from \.hole
milk to 2-percent milk this week
Next \week. change to I-percent
milk; thie next week tr, nonfti.
4. Your Diet: Dieting doesn't end
when \ou lose all thle weight ',ou
want to lose. Your diet is \,hat
keeps )ou suin, and needs to be
health\. personalized to \our
5. Don't Be Fooled: Read nutri-
tion labels, and ignore the prenx
pictures Just because there's a pic-
ture of fruit on the package doesn't
mean there is fi-t in the package.
Some examples of thinI misleading
packaging are fruit roll-ups. fruit
juice drinks, and cereals ike Fruit
6. Great Start- Eat a non-sw\eet or
just slightly\ sw eetened cereal
ever morning for breakfast.
Kashi GoLean, Shredded heatea.
Bran Flakes and Total are good
choices. So is hot oatmeal.
7. De-Stress: Reduce stress and
mciease inmminitiit b', getting
enough sleep, exercising legula il,.
and eating a nutiient-rich diet
including flesh fruits and \egeta-
8 New Brew- Dunk green tea
instead of coffee foI a mid-morn-
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inmunuity-boosting propertiec-.
9. Light Dinner- HaJe a salad for
dinner. Add a can of wild salmon
to a bag of mi\ed greens. Add a
cup each of chopped tomato.
onion, cucumber, broccoli, shred-
ded carrots and an\ other crunch\

eeerahle .ou like.
10. Sweet Promise. Swear off all
.~\eetened bottled beverages for-
eT er Soda sw eetened teas and
bottled juice drinks are empty
calories in a bottle and are linked
,-o increased rates of obesity.
II Pop Corn: In.est in a hot air
popCorn popper It's just as quick
as microi\ a\e popcorn, and it
nmkes a fiber-rich, guilt-free snack
Sibthiut rans fat oi cholesterol.
12. Abstain: Swear off all fried
foods for the next month. Bake,
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Stile or %water in a nonstick pan.
13 Powerful Rule: Adopt "on the
side. please" as ,our rule when
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dressing, sauces and grades.
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and ",irunich\i" are code words for
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products. Bu\ the original ver-

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qualities. Food is either healthy, or
famr. or high in fiber, or high in
calories. Choose based on your
lo. Stop Now: Resign from the
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,,ou need, and if you're full. then
stop and t.ke the rest for a snack
oi meal tomorrow.
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snack that's good for you. A per-
f-ct treat is a 6-ounce cup of calci-
im-fortified hot chocolate; it has
lonl about 5(i to 60 clones
I:,. Sweet fea. A\oid sweetened
leas. eten if they're labeled natu-
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litctose corn sr nRp as the first two
iniredients and about 200 calories.
19. Read Labels: Most bottled
sweetenled be' erages contain at
least 2.5 ser. ings per container, or
about 500 calories per 20-ounce
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Making His Name a Legend

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Shown above: The Alpha Phi Alpha silent march makes its way from
Barton Hall to the site of the fraternity's new centennial memorial in
front of Barnes Hall at Cornell University. (Bottom) Men join in song
at the dedication of the Alpha Phi Alpha centennial memorial.

AlphaDs Make

Pilgrimmage to Cornell

Nearly 1,000 alumni brothers and friends of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity
came to the Cornell campus Nov. 19, a pilgrimage that marked the cen-
tennial of the first Greek-letter fraternity for African-Americans. Alpha Phi
Alpha was founded at Comell in 1906.
During the daylong pilgrimage, hundreds of the fraternity's members par-
ticipated in a silent march from Barton Hall to the site of the fraternity's
new centennial memorial in front of Bames Hall, where a service paid trib-
ute to the fraternity's founding members, known as the "Seven Jewels." An
academic scholarship convocation was held in Sage Chapel, where schol-
arship recipients were recognized and Robert Harris Jr., professor of
African-American history and Cornell's vice provost for diversity and fac-
ulty development, presented a lecture. A farewell reception was held at the
Johnson Museum.
"A pilgrimage is a personal, spiritual, historic and significant journey,
which one takes to a place and for a purpose that has profound meaning to
that individual," stated Darryl R. Matthews Sr., general president of Alpha
Phi Alpha, in a letter to members about the event.

When it comes down to making an
impact in the business, social or
political world, you will rarely find
poker players listed. In the past,
poker was not as big a business as it
is today and, thus, wasn't granted
the respect that other vocations
have been given. As poker has
become big business in the last few
years, that has been changing.
Both Barry Greenstein and Phil
Gordon have received acclaim for
their philanthropic endeavors, and
now Phil Ivey can lay claim to a
place on a very prestigious list of
Americans. Black Enterprise
Magazine recently named their
"Hot List: America's Most Powerful
Players Under 40" and, among the
listings of business CEOs, actors,
scientists and politicians was the
now-familiar name of Phil Ivey.
Alongside golfer Tiger Woods,
actress Halle Berry, model Tyra
Banks and actor Will Smith were
such influential voices as Sam
Martin, the Vice President of HBO
Films and Njema Frazier, a physi-
cist with the National Nuclear
Security Administration. Phil Ivey's
inclusion among such a noted group
is indicative of the prosperity of
poker today.
Ivey first began playing poker at

administrators encouraged the
bright student to college, but he felt
he could make a better living play-
ing poker.
"I would look around at the other
people who were doing it for a liv-
ing, and would think, "They're
making money playing poker?" So,
I would play with them and not be
very impressed. I thought it was the
best thing ever, being able to play
cards for a living. What could beat
that?" he said.
Now at the seasoned old age of
27, Ivey is one of the most recog-
nizable faces in the poker business.
His ability to stare down a competi-
tor is legendary and he is probably
best known as the player that will
move all in. This often results in an
early out from a tournament but
more often it serves the purpose and
builds his stacks of chips. He is
often compared to Tiger Woods but
if he continues to improve his play
people will begin to compare Tiger
to Phil. He shares the record of
three WSOP (World Series of
Poker) bracelets in one year and
much of his success can be attrib-
uted to his consistent, smooth style
of play.
As a professional poker player,
Ivey is no amateur in the bank

Some say his secret to success is within his constantly darting eyes.

the age of 9 when his grandfather
taught him how to play seven card
stud. At the age of 16, he was
sneaking into casinos in his home
city of Atlantic City, NJ.
"Everybody in Atlantic City knew
me as Jerome until I turned 21.
When I turned 21, I walked into the
Tropicana and found the shift man-
ager. I said, "Hey, my name's Phil."
Said Ivey.
Ivey's family members and school

account either. This week alone he
won two major tournaments in
Monte Carlo. Ivey's recent win
marks the sixth final table appear-
ance of the year for the five-time
World Series of Poker bracelet win-
ner, including a victory at the 2005
World Series of Poker $5,000 Pot-
Limit Omaha tournament. In total,
Ivey has taken home more than $3.3
Million in winnings for 2005 alone.
For those that think the life of a

Phil Ivey has been playing in the big leagues since he was 23 years old.

professional poker is easy and
glamorous better think again. Ivey
spends between 50 90 hours per
week in live games. For some, that
is the equivalent of two full time
"It doesn't feel like a full-time job,
because I like to play." Said Iver in
response to his long 'work' hours'.
"A lot of people who play profes-
sionally don't enjoy what they're
doing, and you can tell, and it
makes a difference."
Poker has become a world-wide
phenomenon, with the purses
reaching astronomical levels.
Television has been a driving force
to helping make it such, but no one
can deny that Phil Ivey hasn't
worked hard to make his way onto

the Black Enterprise list. It will also
be very helpful for Ivey in the sense
that, after being recognized in such
a manner, he should be the "face" of
the future of not only poker but a
driving force for bringing the game
even further into the mainstream of
Black America.
Despite the long hours and big
risks, Ivey feels he is into the Poker
game for the lifetime deal. Twenty
years from now, like that of the leg-
endary Doyle Brunson, he still sees
himself as a major player.
"It's just my personality. I'm a risk-
taker. I like to take chances.
Sometimes it's good, sometimes it's
not so good. This is the lifestyle I
have chosen. This is who I am. I am
a gambler." Said Ivey.

Phillis Wheatley Letter Sells at Auction For $253k

Auction Sets Record For Any Letter Written By An African American


Freshman Senator Barack

Obama (D-IL) spoke at a news conference on Capitol Hill in
Washington last week Senator Obama said, 'the American people
don't care about whether the White House is losing another political
war, they care about whether America is winning the war in Iraq so we
can bring our troops home.'

Jack & Jill Donates 150K To Aid

Students Displaced By Katrina

Alice Peoples, Pres. of Jack and
Jill Inc and Grace Speights,
Pres. of Jack and Jill
Foundation present Tom Joyner
with a $50,000 check for the
Tom Joyner Foundation.
Jack and Jill of America
Foundation, the philanthropic arm
of Jack and Jill of America, Inc.
has recently announced a donation
of $150,000 to aid Katrina Relief
The devastation resulting from
Hurricane Katrina affected all
Americans. The disaster forced
individuals and organizations to
identify ways they could help
their fellow Americans in this
time of need. "As a Foundation,
we wanted to continue to support
programs than empower young
people and their future," says
Grace Speights, President, Jack

and Jill Foundation of America.
"Using this as a guide, the
Foundation decided to provide aid
to students enrolled at Historically
Black Colleges and Universities
who were displaced by Katrina."
The Foundation is donatrf
$50,000 to the Tom Joyner
Foundation (shown in photo).This
donation will support displaced
students who have transferred
from Dillard, Southern and Xavier
University to another college or
university. Financial support in
the form of $1,000 grants are
being made available per student
to assist with tuition, books, and
room and board.
Spelman College will also
receive a donation of $50,000 to
assist students from areas devas-
tated by the hurricane. Over 100
students who have transferred to
Spelman from Dillard or Xavier
University will receive financial
support through an emergency
scholarship fund supported by this
donation. The Foundation has also
earmarked an additional $50,000
to aid children affected or dis-
placed by Katrina.

A newly discovered Autograph
Letter Signed by slave poet Phillis
Wheatley the first African-
American to publish a book of poet-
ry sold to a private collector bid-
ding by telephone for $253,000
(including buyers premium) this
afternoon at Swann Auction
Galleries. It is the highest amount
realized at auction for a letter writ-
ten by an African American, and
possibly the highest price ever paid
for a letter written by a woman.
The two-page letter, written in
February 1776 to Wheatley's friend
and sister slave Obour Tanner, dis-
cusses the American Revolution. In
it, she writes, "Even I a mere spec-
tator, am in anxious suspense con-
cerning the fortune of this unnatural
civil Contest. Possibly the ambition
& thirst of Dominion in some, is
designed as the punishment of the

national view of others, tho it bears
the appearance of greater Barbarity
than that of the uncivilized part of
The letter has passed down in the
family of economist and abolition-
ist Amasa Walker. Only 19 others
are known to exist, and all are in
institutional collections in the U.S.
and Great Britain. This is her only
letter ever to appear at auction.
Phillis Wheatley was born in
Africa and brought to Boston as a
slave in 1761. A mere six years
later, she had learned to speak and
write fluent English and had pub-
lished her first poem. Her book,
Poems on Various Subjects,
Religious and Moral, published in
London in 1773, was the first book
of poetry published by an African-
American. She is considered the
founder of the African-American

African American HIV/AIDS

Bill Becomes Law in CA

Amid the robust California cities
of San Francisco, Los Angeles,
Sacramento, San Bernardino and
San Diego, African Americans
make up 11% of the city's popula-
tion and an alarming 25% percent
of new HIV cases reported yearly.
Assemblyman Dymally, sponsored
by the California State Conference
of the NAACP, introduced
Assembly Bill 1142 which will
establish projects and implement
policy with plans to address the dis-
proportionate impact of HIV/AIDS
on the African-American communi-
ty. AB 1142, initiated February 22,
2005 and signed into law by
Governor Schwarzenegger
September 29, 2005 allows for a
concentrated effort to further the
study that HIV/AIDS has on the
African American community,
according to Assemblyman
AB 1142 will specifically coordi-
nate prevention and service net-
works around the state in order to
increase the capacity of core serv-
ice providers. The California
NAACP will continue to advocate
on behalf of California's under-
served ethnic communities for

sound legislation with relentless
vigor. Alice A. Huffman, California
NAACP State President and spon-
sor of Assembly Bill 1142 states,
"We are pleased that Governor
Schwarzenegger has signed this
Bill into law. AB 1142 signifies the
necessary improvements in the
quality of lives for African
Americans and will perform a ded-
icated review into the root causes
and the steadily increasing impact
of this disease on African American
women particularly." African
American women are impacted at a
rate of 19% higher than those of
other races.
AB 1142 intervenes on behalf of
HIV/AIDS impacted African
American communities and
requires action via a Statewide
Steering Committee; an Executive
Director to coordinate the
Initiative; the implementation of
initiative in grossly effected coun-
ties; the establishment of technical
assistance workshops, and an
overview of local, regional and
national efforts concerning health
disparities relating to African
Americans and HIV/AIDS.

(Left) Frontispiece portrait of Phillis Wheatley from her book,
"Poems on Various Subjects," London 1773. A first edition of the first
book of poems by the first black woman poet in America. A copy of
this book sold at Swann Galleries' auction of Printed & Manscript
African-Americana on February 26, 2004 for $17,250. Shown right is
the newly discovered and sold Autograph Letter Signed by Wheatley.
literary tradition. Jeremy Markowitz, Autograph's
"We are extremely pleased with specialist. "The buyer, a private col-
the final price achieved for this his- lector, is thrilled to include it in a
toric itemprobably the most impor- wonderful collection of African
tant piece of African Americana to American literature and art."
come to auction in some time," said

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It's Official, Africa Has First Female

Head of State with Liberian Election
Liberian President elect Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, center, after she gave an
address to the nation in the city of Monrovia, Liberia last week. Ellen
Johnson-Sirleaf, confirmed Wednesday as the winner in Liberia's first
postwar elections, said her victory marked a new beginning for her coun-
try and for African women. She said she wanted to make women around
the world proud. Her campaign foundation was a promise to stamp out cor-
ruption and rebuild her shattered country.

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

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

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:axn@bellsouth.net.

"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.

Register Early for Annual MLK Parade
Th~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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Club Meeting
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
be held on January 6, 2006 at 7:00
pm at the home of Romona Baker.
The book for discussion will be
Lerone Bennett, Jr. For directions
or more information, please call

Jacksonville, FL 32203

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

Breakfast with Santa
MOSH the Museum of Science
and History, will have their annual
Breakfast with Santa for kids on
Saturday, December 3rd at 8:30
a.m. Seatings will be at 8:30, 9:30
and 10:30 a.m. and reservations are
required. For more information call
396-MOSH ext 230.

Jack and Jill Annual
Breakfast with Santa
Jack and Jill, Inc., Jacksonville
Chapter is hosting its annual
Breakfast with Santa on Saturday,
December 3rd at 9 a.m. at the
Marriott at Southpoint, 4670
Salisbury Rd. S. During the cele-
bration, guests will enjoy a full
breakfast, participate in creative
arts and crafts activities, and
receive a visit from Santa Claus.
The organization is also collecting
new children's books to be present-
ed to young residents at the I.M.
Sulzbacher Center, who will be
honored guests at the breakfast.
Tickets are $17.50. For more infor-
mation, please contact Yvonne
Hynes, Marriott, at 296-2222.

UNF Showcases
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.
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

Rip the Runway
Fashion Extravaganza
"Rip the Runway" a Fashion
Extravaganza is an event to pro-
mote community awareness of
HIV/AIDS through the art of fash-
ion by local high school students.
To effectively reach the majority of
those in the black community, they
are taking an approach that will

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educate the community through
music, fashion and fun. The show
will take place on Sunday,
December 4, 200 at 7:00 pm at
FCCJ Kent Campus 3939
Roosevelt Blvd. in the Main
Auditorium. For more information
call 850-284-3520

Sounds of the Holidays
On Sunday December 4th, 2005,
the Jacksonville Beach Pavillion
will be the site of Sounds of the
Holidays. The event will feature
free photos with Santa and music
by community groups. For more
information call 247-6100 ext 3.

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-
Does Conflict
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.

Free Home
Ownership Seminar
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:

16th Annual Mary
Singleton Breakfast
The Sixteenth Annual Mary L.
Singleton Memorial Breakfast will
be held on Thursday, December
8th at the RadissonRiverwalk
Hotel. The breakfast, which cele-
brates justice, peace and social har-
mony, will be honoring Sheriff John
Rutherford and Elizabeth Means.
Doors open at 7:00 a.m. and the
breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. For
tickets and/or more information,
call Jackie Price at 358-2201.

Learn How to "Grow
Your Business in 2006"
the First Coast African American
Chamber of Commerce and Black
Pages USA will present a free
luncheon on "Growing Your
Business in 2006". The complimen-
tary luncheon will be held on
Thursday, December 8th from
11:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m. at Outback
Steakhouse, 8145 Point Meadows
Way. All attendees are asked to
bring an unwrapped Christmas gift
to benefit the children (ages 5 16)
of incarcerated parents. Please
RSVP by December 7th to 727-
7451. A reservation is required to

EWC Chamber Choir
Scholarship Dinner
The Edward Waters College
Department of Fine Arts will pres-
ent "O, Come Let Us Adore Him," a
Christmas candlelight concert fea-
turing the Edward Waters College
Chamber Choir on Sunday,
December 9th. The free concert,
will be held 7 p.m. at the Historic
Mount Zion African Methodist
Episcopal Church, 201 Beaver St.
Throughout the concert the music
will tell the story of Christ's birth
through a musical repertoire of
diverse arrangements. For more
information please call 470-8132.

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"
Fashion Extravaganza
Area organizations have teamed
up together in an effort to raise


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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-
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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.

Delaney Keynotes Time
Management Seminar
JCCI will present a one day sem-
inar entitled, "The Time in Your
Life Successfully Managing
Work, Family, and Community. The
seminar will be held on Tuesday,
December 13th from 12:00 4:45
p.m. at Improv Jacksonville inside
the Jacksonville Landing. The fea-
tured speaker is John Delaney,
UNF President and former Mayor
of Jacksonville along with several
special distinguished guests.
Participants will learn how to
include work and family and con-
tribute to the community without
'dropping out.' Seating is limited.
R.S.V.P. by December 9 to Esther at
396-3052 or email esther@jcci.org.

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.

Ronnie Laws in Concert
in Jingle Bell Jazz
The Ritz Theatre & LaVilla
Museum will present Ronnie Laws
in concert for an evening of Jingle
Bell Jazz on Saturday, December
17th beginning at 8:00 p.m. Tickets
are available at Ritz Theatre &
LaVilla Museum box office. For
more information, call 632-5555.

Christmas Luminaria
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
call 389-2449.

FlaJax Dance
The FlaJax Club will have their
76th Annual Anniversary Dance on
Monday, December 26th begin-
ning at 9 p.m. in the evening. This
year's dance will be atthe Radiddon
Riverwalk Hotel. For more infor-
mation, contact any member of the
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A former music partner of the late Ray Charles is suing the filmmakers
of "Ray" for the manner in which he is portrayed in
the movie.
The New York Daily News reports that lawyers
for Garcia (Gossie) McKee, 85, have filed a com-
plaint in California Superior Court against writer-
director Taylor Hackford and distributor Universal,
among others, alleging that "'Ray' falsely depicts
McKee ... plotting to cheat, exploit and take advan-
tage of Charles." Gossie, portrayed in the film by
Terrence Howard, was shown taking advantage of Charles' blindness by
skimming money off the top of their paychecks from club gigs in Seattle.
McKee's attorney, Stephen Rohde, told the Daily News' Lowdown col-
umn: "He was one of the loyal supporters of Ray Charles early in Ray's
career, and that's why it was so disturbing."

Jennifer Lopez is working on a deal with MTV to
produce a reality show that would shadow several
aspiring dancers in Los Angeles who are trying to
become stars. J.Lo's company Nuyorican Prods is
currently in discussions with the music channel,
according to the Hollywood Reporter. The
actress/singer would executive produce the series with Simon Fields, a
partner in her company.

The members of UTFO, best known for the 1985 rap hit "Roxanne,
Roxanne," have decided to reunite and launch a comeback, reports
AllHipHop.com. "We really decided to do this
like a week ago," Kangol Kid told the Web site
S of seeing his group members Mixmaster Ice,
-. i the Educated Rapper and Doctor Ice. "We had
S all met up at a benefit and it felt good for all of
to be together. So we decided that if we felt like
this, we know our fans would enjoy it." The
group's original production team, Full Force,
will again sit behind the boards for the new
album. "We are really happy that they decided to get back and do a
reunion," Full Force's Bowlegged Lou told AllHipHop. "That's our family
and we will still be there to help put in any way we can." The first single
"Get Up and Go" is tipped to hit radio soon.

Forget Nick and Jessica and Brad and Anfelina, we
have more to be concerned with! Terrence Howard f
has reportedly joined Morris Chestnut on Splitsville
Lane. The New York Post is reporting that the "Hustle
& Flow" actor has left his wife of 14 years after she .
revealed her love for an old high school sweetheart.
Howard has reportedly been dating Dayanara Torres
Delgado (a former Miss Universe) the ex-wife of J.Lo's husband, Marc
Anthony. The Latin singer walked down the aisle with Lopez only four
days after his -divorce from Delgado. During a brdak at the recent
Diversification Awards in Hollywood, Howard was spotted by Post spies
outside of the Beverly Hills Hotel phoning
Delgado to warn her that he had spilled the
beans on their relationship during red carpet
Last week, reports surfaced that Moris
t Chestnut and his wife Pam had separated. The
S couple have two children. A couple of weeks
earlier, Gabrielle Union announced her impend-
Chestnut and wife ing divorce from former NFL Jaguar layer Chris
Howard and we can't frget Eddie Murphy and his wife Nicole.

Whoopi Goldberg is not as old as we were all led to believe. The actress
said she added six years to hear real age at the beginning of her career as
a way to get acting jobs. When Whoopi recently celebrated her "50th"
the New York Post paper quipped that she had "somehow subtracted four
years from her age." The actress sent in a photocopy of her passport,
which proved that she was born on Nov. 13, 1955.

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This winter, there's no better time to redis-
cover the joys of slow cooking. From comfort
food to curries, the slow cooker is short on
prep, but long on flavor.
Long gone are the days of the crockery pot as the ubiq-
uitous unwanted wedding gift, the dusty relic of a '70s
kitchen. Slow cooking is back, and it means business this
Although slow cooking has kept some steadfast fans since
its introduction in the 1970s, its popularity has soared in
recent years and for good reason. Available in a variety
of styles, sizes and finishes, modern-day slow cookers ha\ e
wooed cooks old and young alike for their ability to make
succulent, home-cooked meals while you sleep, work or
Want a delicious stew, but don't want to tend a stove-top
stockpot all day? Craving cake hot from the oven, but
don't want to deal with a boiling-hot kitchen? Slow cook-
er to the rescue.
Accompanied by a host of up-to-date cookbooks, written
for new-millennium needs, the versatile slow cooker can go
low-carb, vegetarian, kosher, family-style or pretty much
any style you can imagine.
The beauty of crockery cooking lies in its ability to
accommodate your busy lifestyle. Take a few minutes to
prep the recipe the night before you plan to cook it, or
early in the morning before your day gets underway, and
then all you have to do is pop the crockery insert into the
cooker, plug it in and turn it on. When dinnertime rolls
around, your exertion is usually limited to lifting the lid
and dishing the food out.
Because of its "slow and low" cooking method, the slow
cooker is particularly good for turning large cuts of meat
into mouthwateringly tender dishes. The recipes below
showcase two classic beef preparations pot roast and bar-
becued beef brisket. The crockery cooking method com-
bined with the added flavor infusion of bouillon, such as
Wyler's Beef-Flavor Bouillon Cubes or Granules pro-
vides a particularly savory end product.
After all, you could spend all day in the kitchen making
your own beef broth for BBQ brisket or basting a roast in
the oven ... but when the slow cooker and a few bouillon
cubes do it for you, why would you want to?

Italian Pot Roast
Makes 6 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 6 to 7 hours
3- 4-pound boneless beef chuck
pot roast
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 26-ounce jar Classico di Napoli
(Tomato and Basil) Pasta Sauce
1/2 cup dry red wine or water
3 Wyler's Beef-Flavor Bouillon
Cubes or 3 teaspoons Wyler's
Beef-Flavor Bouillon Granules
6 medium redskin potatoes, quar-
tered (about 1 pound)
1 1/2 cups baby carrots
1 large onion, cut into wedges
In large skillet, over high heat,
brown beef roast on both sides in
hot oil. Remove roast from skillet;
reserve beef juices. Place vegeta-
bles in bottom of cooker. Top with
roast; pour beef juices, 1 cup pasta

sauce, wine and bouillon cubes over
vegetables and roast. Cover; cook
on low setting for 6 to 7 hours or
until roast and vegetables are ten-
der. Transfer roast and vegetables to
serving platter; cover with foil to
keep warm. Reserve 1 cup juices. In
medium saucepan, combine
reserved juices and remaining pasta
sauce. Heat through. Serve with
roast and vegetables.

Barbecued Beef Brisket
Makes 6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 6 to 7 hours
2 cups Jack Daniel's Original No.
7 barbecue sauce
1 medium onion, cut into wedges
3 Wyler's Beef-Flavor Bouillon
Cubes or 3 teaspoons Wyler's Beef-
Flavor Bouillon Granules
1 3- to 4-pound boneless beef

brisket roast
Sandwich buns
In bottom of cooker, combine 1
cup barbecue sauce, onion and
bouillon cubes. Place beef brisket
on top. Cover; cook on low setting
6 to 7 hours or until brisket shreds
easily. Remove brisket from cook-

er; reserve 1 cup cooking juices.
Remove fat layer and shred meat.
Return meat to cooker along with
reserved meat juices and remaining
barbecue sauce. Mix well; adding
more barbecue sauce if needed.
Cook meat mixture on high setting
until hot. Serve on sandwich buns.

Slow Cooking Tips *
Follow these basic guidelines for foolproof slow cooking.
-Rai% vegetabless should be cut into uniform pieces before placing
in the slow cooker.
-Firmer vegetables, such as carrots, potatoes, etc., are usually
placed in the cooker first, and then the meat is added on top.
-\hile the recipe should specify, keep in mind that certain ingre-
dients should be added later in the cooking process, such as: pasta,
dairy products, delicate vegetables and tender fish or seafood.
-While not always necessary, some recipes call for browning meat
prior to putting It in the slow cooker because it enhances the.flavor,
color and texture.


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