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The Jacksonville free press
Running title:
Mrs. Perry's free press
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v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Rita Luffborough Perry
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Jacksonville Fla
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December 15, 2005
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"Florida's First Coast only quality Black weekly."

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Table of Contents
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King Tut
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more European
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Richard Pryor

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Actress and Boxer Get

Stamp of Approval from USPS
Boxing great Sugar Ray Robinson and Academy Award winner Hatie
McDaniel are making a comeback well, sort of. The\ are among the
new famous faces to be honored with a stamp by the Li.S. Postal Ser ice.
At the end of January, McDaniel will be featured in the Black Heritage
series. She won an Oscar in 1939 for best supporting actress for her role
in "Gone With The Wind." Robinson will be featured on a stamp in
April, along with a set featuring baseball sluggers like Ro. Campanella
and Mickey Mantle.
Supreme Court to Review

GOP Friendly Texas Districts
The Supreme Court has said it would consider the constitutionality of
a Texas congressional map engineered b\ Rep. Tom DeLa_ that helped
Republicans gain seats in Congress.
The 2003 boundaries helped Republicans win 21 of the state's 32 seats
in Congress in the last election up from 15. Because of past discrimi-
nation against minority voters. Texas is required to get Justice
Department approval for an\ voting changes to ensure the\ don't under-
cut minont, voting.
The Texas case has been to the Supreme Court once before, and justices
ordered a lower court to reconsider the boundaries following a decision
in another redistricting case from Pennsylvania. Justices in that splintered
opinion left little room for lawsuits claiming that political gerrymander-
ing dra\ ing a map to give one political party an ad\ antage violates
the "one-person, one-vote" principle protected in the Constitution. A
lower court panel ruled that the map is constitutional and does not \ io-
late federal voting rights la:w.
The map was used in 2004 elections, and Texas elected one additional
black congressman besides the six additional (OP members. Of the 32
seats, six delegation members are Hispanic and three are black. Minority
and Democratic groups argue that the map reduced by two the number of
districts considered "safe" for minority candidates.

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Nigeria Experiences Second

Fatal Crash in Two Months
ANigerian jetliner filled mostly with schoolchildren on their wa. home
for Chnstmas vacation, crashed in the southern Nigerian city of Port
Harcourt last weekend, killing more than 100 including an American aid
workerReuters reported.
Witnesses said the plane burst into flames when it was attempting to
land, and pieces of the jet were scattered across the runway..
Aviation officials said that the plane missed the runway because an elec-
trical storm was passing through and that lightning had struck the plane.
The plane crash was the second deadly airline crash in Nigeria in less
than two months. In October, 117 people were killed on a passenger jet
shortly after take-off from Lagos. A storm was passing through Lagos.
Nigeria's commercial capital, about the time the flight left.
Nigeria's Sosoliso Airlines. operator of a plane, has been grounded with
immediate effect,by Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo. He also said
that all planes operating in Nigeria would be inspected and grounded if
they were found to be defective in any way.
New Orleans Mayor Nagin

Addresses Evacuees in Houston
HOUSTON With an optimistic spirit. New\ Orleans May or C. Ray
Nagin visited Houston recently to update Hurricane Katrina e\ acuees on
the recovery efforts of the devastated city. Hundreds filled the domed
sanctuary of Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church for an opportu-
nity to hear his address, share their frustrations and regain hope.
"Everything that you didn't like about New Orleans, let's get rid of
it.Everything you dreamed about and wished New Orleans had, let's
make it happen," Mayor Nagin stated.
The visit was one of several meetings Mayor Nagin is convening out-
side of Louisiana as a way to assure displaced residents that the city will
survive and prosper. Although his report revealed that New Orleans is
facing a $200 million budget deficit, he focused on the accomplishments
since the storm-nearly 4 million cubic yards of debris have been
removed; 60 percent of the city now has electricity and about 50 percent
gets natural gas service. He also informed that clean drinking water is
available in many of the neighborhoods and emergency services, such as
911, are functioning.

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Black Caucus to Oppose

Supreme Court Nominee Alito

Shown above (1-r) are the Cooper family Tusheema, Daehara, Larry
and Verna Cooper getting a football signed by Jaguar Marcus Stroud.
Marcus Stroud Leads Way to Help

the Homeless During the Holidays

Joyous smiles and holiday colors
filled the room when Marcus
Stroud of the Jacksonville Jaguars
teamed up with the Pan Hellenic
Council to adopt five homeless
families for the holidays.
"Homelessness is not something
than can be solved by athletes, but
we can hopefully use our populari-
ty to draw attention to this issue,"
said Stroud at the celebration
luncheon at the Police Athletic
League. Stroud followed his state-
ment by presenting five families
with checks for $300 each. "The
holidays are more than gifts. But
sometimes a gift can show people
that you know they exist and that
you care," Stroud added.
Jittery with nerves and apprecia-
tion, Larry Cooper chuckled and
confessed to Stroud and the 78 peo-
ple in attendance, "I am nervous.
This is my favorite player," as he
received his check from the two-
time Pro Bowler on behalf of his
family of three.
Cooper's family and the other four
homeless families are receiving
housing and assistance from the
Clara White Mission. The donation
from Stroud to the families is a
result of a collaborative effort coor-
dinated by Clear Channel and local

fraternities and sororities. The out-
reach is a part of Clear Channel's
December to Remember and the
Marcus Stroud Foundation's Heart
for the Holidays initiative.

Most of Congress' black lawmak-
ers will oppose the confirmation of
Supreme Court nominee Samuel
Alito, officials said.
The Congressional Black Caucus
also opposed the nomination of
now-Chief Justice John Roberts,
but waited until his confirmation
hearings to announce that position.
President Bush nominated the 55-
year-old federal appeals court judge
on Oct. 31. If confirmed by the
Re p i.hlicn.n-controlled Senate,
Alito would succeed retiring Justice
Sandra Day O'Connor. She has
often cast the swing vote on abor-
tion, the death penalty, affirmative
action and other contentious issues.
"The members of the CBC are
concerned about Judge Alito's opin-
ions, many in dissent, in race cases
where his decisions have dispropor-
tionately affected African-
Americans," said Democratic
Congressman Mel Watt, the caucus

"We are troubled by a very con-
servative judicial philosophy that
seems greatly at odds with much of
20th century constitutional
jurisprudence," Watt said.
Democratic Sen. Barack Obama,
a caucus member, has not decided
how he will vote on Alito's nomina-
tion. The other members of the cau-
cus are in the House, which does
not vote on judicial nominees.
The top Democrat on the Senate
Judiciary Committee, Sen. Patrick
Leahy urged the Justice Depart-
ment to release additional docu-
ments on Alito's government career.
The department has made public
thousands of documents from
Alito's career as a government
lawyer and an appeals court judge,
but some documents have been
withheld using exemptions to the
Freedom of Information Act, Leahy

Shown above (L-R) are Link members Sandra Hull Richardson, Barbara Darby, Roslyn Phillips, Diana Spicer,
Arlinda Adams, Francina Dunbar, Mary Walker, Pamela Grant Adams and Santhea Brown.Seated is Chapter
President Norma White. Present but not shown: Deloris Mitchell, Anita Ford,, Pamela Prier, Wanda Willis, Janice
Nelson,, Josephine Fiveash, Chris Bryant, Jackie Lee, Shelly Thompson, Barbara Shuman, Santhea Brown, Judy
Batson and Ruby Newman. R Silver photi
Bold City Links Culminate Year of Service with Holiday Soiree
Members of the bold City Chapter of Links, Inc. recently culminated a year of service to the Jacksonville com-
munity with their annual Christmas Fellowship Soiree. Held at the Hyatt Hotel Riverfront, the festive event allowed
the hardworking group of ladies to relax and enjoy each others company along with their spouses and invited
guests. For more photo highlights, see page 7.

Libyan President Honors Rosa Parks in Special Tribute

Shown above (L-R)is Judge Adam Shakoor, Libyan President
Muammar Gadhafi and Min. Akbar Muhammad.
TRIPOLI, Libya Libyan President Muammar Gadhafi

recently honored the mother of
America's Civil Rights Movement,
Rosa Parks, on the 50th anniversary
of her historic stand in special cere-
monies. Min. Akbar Muhammad,
International Representative of the
Nation of Islam joined Judge Adam
A. Shakoor, the first Muslim judge
in America, in the North African
nation in paying tribute to Ms.
Parks. The historic tribute to Ms.
Rosa Parks was the first by an
African leader. Min. Louis
Farrakhan arranged for the Libyan
foreign ministry to invite Judge
Shakoor who is a co-trustee of the
Rosa L. Parks Trust.
This historic occasion was closed
out by a dedication given by Libyan

Secretary-General, the Honorable
Said Gadhfidan. Following the trib-
ute, President Gadhafi invited
Minister Akbar and Judge Shakoor
for a private meeting to discuss a
wide range of topics about the Civil
Rights Movement in America and
the struggle for justice of the Black
and Native Americans. The discus-
sion focused on Condoleezza Rice,
Colin Powell and other visible
Black leaders that he felt should do
more in shouldering the responsi-
bility of the plight of Black people
in America. He also mentioned
Minister Farrakhan's work with the
Millions More Movement and how
it would impact on the social needs
of the masses inside of America.

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Holidays are Perfect Time

to Discuss Estate Planning
neration after generation, families stay connected. decided by state law. Your parents will simply forfeit
of how they accomplish this is by passing on sto- any control over directing their assets to strangers. As
memories and values and a lifetime of accumu- part of the estate planning process, many people
savings and valuables. Estate planning is one way choose to create a living will or durable power of attor-
sure those connections remain unbroken. ney. These legal tools can prove essential, especially if
e loss of a parent is one of life's difficult mile- a parent develops a life-threatening health problem or
-s. As we grieve and readjust to life without our needs help managing his or her personal affairs. It's
its, many find that the legal and tax issues that essential that you know about these documents and
with processing an estate are complex and some- their contents if you are to assist your parents when
Overwhelming. One way to ease the burden of they need the most help. Without that knowledge, dif-
essing an estate is to talk to your parents about ficult situationscan become even harder for everyone
matters while they are alive. Talking to an older involved.
it about his or her estate plans can be one of the Nine out of 10 older parents say they would be com-
fortable if their children inquired bout the contents of
:ult conversations you'll ever have. It can also be their will. Four out of five parents who didn't have a
of the most impor- will expressed a level of
comfort with their chil-
Syet, a 2005 survey dren suggesting that
found that most they write one. Reach
parents are very out to your parents and
portable with talk- talk to them about their
to their Baby ., plans. You'll both be
ler children (ages .. glad you did.
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ble than you in points to help start the
ig about these mat- conversation off fright:

ters. Consider what the research found:
Older parents are far more likely to report being
comfortable discussing estate planning than their
Boomer children.
Older parents say they are much more comfortable
talking about the contents of their will than Boomers.
Parents without wills are more likely to feel very
comfortable being approached by their children about
writing a will.
Not only are your parents ready to talk about estate
planning, doing so can ultimately help make what is a
very difficult time easier for your family by eliminat-
ing uncertainty and doubt. It can also help your parents
ensure a lasting connection to the values and lives of
family members..
It's not just about the value of money it's about
valuing family. Planning an estate is one of the most
important steps anyone can take to help their families.
Whether your parents are wealthy and have substantial
assets to pass or they have a modest estate, planning
enables them to gain greater control over their finances
and'personal affairs. :
Often, parents find the planning
process useful in helping others.
Research found that most parents,
no matter what their economic situa-
tion, want to help their children and
families. D
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Start with the positive. Nearly all respondents in the
survey indicated they have a positive parent-child rela-
tionship. Discussing estate planning is an extension of
that positive relationship and has real benefits for both
parents and children.
Focus first on things you agree on. Both parents and
their Boomer children are ultimately looking out for
each other's best interests. Talk about how you can
help each other.
Build on shared values. The survey showed that
older parents place more value on helping their chil-
dren accomplish important financial goals such as
improving their lifestyles, enjoying a comfortable
retirement, and educating their grandchildren than
their children realize. Talking about these shared val-
ues can lead to discussions about estate planning.
Boomers should remember that their parents are
comfortable talking about estate planning. If an older
parent has not brought it up, take heart. Your parents
are not only comfortable discussing estate planning,
they are more receptive to suggestions about planning
such as writing a will than you may realize.

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Retired Duval Teachers United Celebrate Holidays

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Ada Smith, Betty Emanuel and LaRue Stephens listened attentively to the speaker.
Retired Duval Teacher's United Sen. Hill discussed legislative The Retired Duval Teacher's
celebrated the holidays with their issues and thanked the educators for United meets monthly and invites
annual Christmas Luncheon this their continued support. He is con- speakers to present educational and
week. Held at River City Brewery, tinuing to push for an increase in retirement issues. The organization
State Senator Tony Hill was the Retiree benefits, especially insur- is under the leadership of B.J.
speaker for the occasion. ance. Smith.

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Shown above (L-R) Sitting: Nathaniel Farley and Earl Sims. Standing: Claude Simmons, Clarence Wilson,
Torin McKenzie, Jeff English, Charlie Kennebrew, Robert Winters and Frank Powell. (Bottom) Sitting:
Pat Sims and Gwen Leapheart, Standing: Carrie English, Barbara Presha, Linda McKenzie, Vivian Farley,
Begonia Collier, Gwen Simmons, Cheryl Winters, Nora Johnson, Irvlyn Kennebrew, Adrian Wilson,
Sandra Jones, Cynthia Baker, Donna Groomes and Verona Mitchell.
Epicurean Social Club Members of Epicurean Social Club gathered for their annual
Holiday Toast at Arielles Restaurant. The group, composed of men and women who enjoy traveling and social
activities took over the new African-American owned restaurant/nightclub on Arlington Expressway. The social
group enjoyed dinner, dancing and fellowship as they talked about their year's activities and made plans for new
ones in 2006.

NAACP Asks Dionne Warwick to Skip Show at Old Jim Crow Spot

The head of the St. Lucie County
NAACP chapter in the coastal town
of Fort Pierce is hoping that Dionne
Warwick will reconsider playing
her scheduled Jan. 14 gig at the
Sunrise Theatre for its reopening
According to the South Florida

Sun-Sentinel, some blacks in the
area are unwilling to revisit a venue
that for decades made them enter
through the back door and sit in the
"blacks only" areas in the balcony.
In a letter to Carlos Key, general
manager of Red Entertainment Co.,
local NAACP chapter

president Charlie Frank Matthews
requests that Warwick cancel her
appearance at the Sunrise, which
has recently undergone a $12 mil-
lion renovation that didn't sit well
with many black residents.
"The black community -- people
who have given the blood, sweat

and tears for this city -- has been "I'm appalled at the idea of putting
overlooked entirely in this whole Dionne Warwick into a situation
good-old-boy project," Williams like this. They (the theater manage-
wrote in his letter about the theater's ment) are a bunch of good old boys
big-budgeted renovation, fooling this fine lady."
"Opening this.bguldiig iSani iill i To the contrary, some local black
to the black community," he told the community leaders believe the ren-
Sun-Sentinel. ovation should be viewed

as a positive step toward addressing
past transgressions.
Other black performers on the
Sunrise schedule include gospel
singer CeCe Winans, jazz great
Ramsey Lewis and rock'n' roll pio-
neer Bo Diddley

JTA Holds Annual Employee Appreciation

Program and Holiday Celebration at Alltel

Alex Easter and Endya Cummings

CEO of JTA, Michael Blaylock and wife.

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Sherman and Shelia Rothwell, Doug Mclnnis, Joenetta and Marcus
Dixon, Bruce Bell, Jacquie and Craig Gibbs, Eddie and Tammy Shaw.

The Jacksonville Transportation
Authority recently held their
Annual Employee Awards and
Recognition celebration at Alltel
Stadium. The four star event cele-
brates employees and their achieve-
ments from throughout the year.
The evening celebration featured a
full program of entertainment conm-
posed of JTA staff and family. The

lineup included spiritual songs and
poetry by Kaharai Simmons,
Victoria James, Jazzauria Williams
and MaKaila Cobb; the "Christmas
Girls" dancing to Gee Whiz It's
Christmas" and Jeffery and Jesse
Hunnicutt dancing to "Sleigh Ride"
in addition to door prizes
Each year at the awards, the
Authority recognizes employees

Padricka Wiggins

Melvin Wilson Sr. and Ron Brown.

Retta and Sylvester Brooks.
who demonstrate the highest level
of professionalism and dedication
while performing their duties. This
year's honorees were: Rafael
Martinez (Maintenance Employee
of the Year), Norman Snyder
(Driver of the Year), Leo Diaz
(Employee of the Year and
Rudolph Wiggin (Chapman Safety
Award. Fll'oliidl Pholo

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Pryor Should be Remembered as a Trailblazer

I remember it like it was yester-
day. My brother and I listening at
our bedroom door to the Richard
Pryor cassette tapes my stepfather
would listen to on the weekends.
We didn't quite "get it," the maturi-
ty of Pryor's humor, but his cursing
is what fascinated us.
Sometimes we would be heard
laughing to loud and get in trouble
for listening to "grown folk busi-
ness." So we were very familiar
with Richard Pryor at a young age.
For some reason my younger broth-
er loved Pryor's movie "The Toy,"
and could watch it everyday.
Because of his albums and movies
I grew up with very fond memories
of Richard Pryor, the man pretty
much taught me how to curse not
that I am bragging, but it is the
truth. It wasn't until I was older that
I understood how deep Pryor really
was. That is why when he passed
over the weekend at the age of 65 I
had to pause to reflect on his great-
ness as a trailblazing entertainer.
He said things that no one at the
time would even consider saying -
especially about race relations in
America. One of my City Council
colleagues always says that a lot of
truth is told through jokes, and
Pryor specialized in being political-
ly incorrect by using his jokes to
address serious social issues.
He once said, "White people be
going 'why do you hold your
things?' Cause y'all took everything
else." Pryor was so much more than
a funny guy with a filthy mouth. He
was an absolute trailblazer, a pio-
neer, an entertainer who hoped that
through his humor he would break
down racial walls.
"The brutal honesty, artful story-
telling and political undercurrents
that Pryor used... changed not jus
the whole face of comedy but also
the whole dynamic of the black
experience in America without
exploiting stereotypes as many oth-
ers have," says writer Jason Gross.
He died too young and suffered
too much from Multiple Sclerosis,
but Pryor lived his life to the fullest

both on stage and off. He was an
admitted drug and alcohol addict
that used his personal experiences
as the foundation for his success.
At one point Pryor was one of the
highest paid entertainers in
Hollywood, and was one of the first
black performers to have enough
leverage to cut his own deal. In
1983, he signed a $40 million mul-
tiple year contract to do several
movies with Columbia Records.
No other black star had gotten a
deal anywhere close to the one
Pryor landed. He was a comedian,
writer, actor and director that has
over 40 films to his credit, numer-
ous Grammy award-winning
albums, and legendary live comedy
performances. Many people do not
realize that Pryor was also an
Emmy-award winning writer, and
was the co-writer of the classic
comedy hit, "Blazing Saddles,"
which is one of my mother's
favorite movies.
In 1998, Pryor also became the
first recipient of the Mark Twain
Award for Humor. From race rela-
tions, sexuality and politics Pryor
did not hold any punches and every-
one subject to his humor.
One of my favorite Richard Pryor
movies is "Moving." Yeah I know,
most people did not like that movie,
but I thought that it was hilarious.
But "Harlem Nights" is probably
my all time favorite because of the

powerhouse cast Pryor, Red Foxx,
Eddie Murphy and even Arsenio
Hall headlined.
Pryor once said, "When I was a
kid, I always said I would be in the
movies one day, and damned if I
didn't make it. Sometimes I just sit
home and look out the window and
say, 'Daaaaammmmm!'"
Pryor was a truly a comedic legend
and will be missed, but his influ-
ence and style lives on through the
Chris Rock, Robin Williams and
Eddie Murphy's of the world. These
comics and many more cite Pryor as
an inspiration to their careers and
credit him for changing the scope
and content of American comedic
performance. Comedian/actor
Damon Wayans probably summed
it up best.
He said, "By telling the truth about
his pain, Richard Pryor held a mir-
ror up to society, and we were able
to see our fears, our beauty, our
prejudice, or wretchedness, our
hopes, our dreams all of our con-
It is probably fitting to end this
article with a Pryor joke. He once
said, "I went to Zimbabwe... I
know how white people feel in
America now relaxed! Cause
when I heard the police car, I know
they weren't coming after me."
Signing off from the CD store
looking for a little Richard Pryor,
Reggie Fullwood

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S Moore Siblings Maintaining Family Tradition of Holiday "Get Togethers"

Jaguar Fanfare

Lives On
The Jacksonville Jaguars may
have disappointed a few fans with
their loss last weekend to the unde-
feated Indianapolis Colts, but the
loss didn't sway any fan support.
Councilwoman Mia Jones showed
her excitement from her club seat
view as the team finally got on the
board with a touchdown in the
fourth quarter. Next up for the Jags
are the San Francisco Giants in
Alltel Stadium this weekend.
The Jaguars have been surviving
without starting quarterback Byron
Leftwich who broke his ankle. The
team can clinch playoff spot with
the following scenarios: 1) JAC
win + PIT loss + DEN win or tie +
KC loss + SD loss or 2) JAX win +
PIT loss + KC loss + SD loss +
DEN clinches strength of victory
tiebreaker over PIT.

It has been many years since the
large Moore Clan were able to gath-
er together in their entirety, never-
theless the siblings still unite annu-
ally and often throughout the year
to celebrate and commemorate the
traditions their parents instilled in
Lee and Georgie Moore, natives
of Eufaula, Alabama, consisted of
two loving parents and twelve (12)
children, six of whom are still liv-
ing. Three of them, Alice Denson,
Jannie Jackson and Lee Moore Jr.,
now deceased, made their homes in
Jacksonville, Florida. It has been a
tradition for many years that the
family get together for a family
reunion. This December four of the
remaining six siblings, met at the
home of Mrs. Denson and her hus-
band, Tommy, for a "Sibling Get
Attending this year's "Get
Together" were Mrs. Louie
Marshall of Albany, Georgia; Mrs.

A new collection of "Footsteps" of
civil rights icons will take their
place in the International Civil
Rights Walk of Fame. This 2006
ceremony will be one of the fea-
tured events of the Annual Trumpet
Awards and is scheduled for
January 23rd, at 10:00 a.m. at the

Roxie Stewart, of Durham, North
Carolina; and Mrs. Jamnie Jackson,
of Jacksonville.
Other family members, spouses,
nieces, nephews and grandchildren
who live in the area dropped by to
share in this occasion. Two siblings,
George Moore Sr. of LaGrange,
Georgia, and McDonald Moore Sr.,
of Mobile, Alabama, were unable to
attend due to illness.
Mrs. Mary Floyd Washington
dropped by for a visit with the fam-
ily. She taught Mrs. Stewart, who is
84, in elementary school in Eufaula,
Alabama. Mrs. Stewart is now
enjoying retirement as an educator
following 38 years of teaching
The family's favorite card game
"Pinochle", conversation and feast-
ing, were enjoyed by all.
The siblings plan to meet in
Durham, North Carolina in 2006,
Their family reunion will be held in
Atlanta, Georgia in August 2006.

Martin Luther King, Jr. National
Historic Site, National Park
Service, located at 450 Auburn
Avenue (Atlanta, GA). The Walk
of Fame, now in its third year,
includes the footprints of President
Jimmy Carter, Justice Thurgood
Marshall, Henry Aaron, Ralph


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Shown above are leven of the twelve offspring of the late Lee and Georgie Moore are pictured above, seat-
ed left to right: Elouise Phillips, Kathleen Pitts, Roxie Stewart, and Jannie Jackson. Standing, left to right:
McDonald Moore Sr., Alice Denson, Lee Moore Jr., William C. Moore, George Moore Sr., Louie Marshall,
and Shorter Moore.

McGill, Mayor Maynard Jackson,
Harry Belafonte and Rosa Parks.
The International Civil Rights
Walk of Fame was created in 2004
to give recognition to those valiant
soldiers of justice who sacrificed
and struggled to make equality a
reality for all. This extraordinary

display has enhanced the historic
value of this geographic area,
enriched the cultural heritage, and
augmented tourist attractions in the
city of Atlanta. The shoes used to
create the footsteps will also be on
display during the unveiling.
The 2006 group of inductees

include: Reverend Joseph E.
Boone; Reverend William Holmes
Borders; Xerona Clayton; Lena
Home; John E. Jacob; Reverend
Martin Luther King, Sr; Reverend
James Orange; Bernard Parks;
Archbishop Desmond Tutu; and
Stevie Wonder.

Special Message from the Superintendent

by Joseph Wise, Superintendent
Returning to Jacksonville to lead
a public school system that served
me during a decade of my child-
hood is both exciting and humbling.
Since arriving last month, it has
become increasingly clear to me
that Jacksonville is thriving and
growing in unimaginable ways due
to highly capable business and civic
leadership. I have already seen
much evidence of exciting
improvements and growth through-
out our city, and in our schools.
Jacksonville you've come a long
Over the past three weeks, I have
visited dozens of schools across the
region and have witnessed some of
the best teaching practices and on-
task learning of my career. This
career span includes previous
employment in five states and edu-
cational leadership work in more
than 40 states. Every sector of our
education system is focused on the
moral, economic, and societal
imperatives to creating and main-
taining a world-class educational
system. The Duval County School
Board members have continuously
emphasized that we must commit to
the academic success of ALL stu-
dents to ensure that they are pre-
pared to achieve their goals and
dreams. I am convinced that the
good work that has been accom-
plished throughout our district will
be built upon in the coming months
and years ahead.
To achieve results that keep the
dreams alive for every Duval
County child, it will take skilled
and deliberate community-wide
partnerships, investments in public
education, and great discipline.
Please know that these dreams
include arts, sports, and other cul-
tural treasures that must continue to
grow and prosper. It is critical that
our standards-based teaching and
learning practices must become
fully understood and implemented
by every educator, student, parent,
and guardian. A one-size, fits-all
learning practice will not bring
about the high level of academic
performance we expect to be
achieved by all students in every
classroom of every day.
Jacksonville must embrace wireless
technology in order for classrooms
to be equipped with optimal tech-
nology tools and services, and pro-
viding all students with nightly
access to a computer and the
Internet. This is critical to ensure an
appropriate modern-day education
for every student. Just as good
behavior in school is important,
good homework tools and habits

for children are more important
than ever before. Work during class
time and school years (K-12) will
no longer suffice.
Mayor John Peyton has raised the
awareness level of school readiness
with his early literacy initiative. We
must ensure that this program
thrives for many generations to
come. Many of the reading levels
required of high school graduates to
perform many jobs out of high
school are now higher than college
requirements. Competence in
Algebra I is no longer the entry-
standard for post secondary jobs.
Geometry and Algebra II skills
have become regular requirements
of most modern-day technical
employees. It is no longer suffi-
cient for students in the primary
grades to "learn to read" so that in
upper grades they can "read to
learn." We must now teach reading
vigorously in each content area in
every grade to ensure that we pro-
duce graduates who become a part
of our city's educated workforce.
Will Jacksonville become the most
literate city in the United States?
Will we eliminate poverty for all
citizens of Jacksonville or allow
poverty to grow? Will we be able
to attract more environmentally
responsible businesses or discour-
age those already here because the
workforce was ill-prepared in
school? Will Jacksonville host
another world-class event like
Super Bowl XXXIX? Will we
become known as an international
city of respect or a city that treats
people differently? Will we allow
further erosion of our democracy,
because we continued to allow too
many poor students to leave school
without the preparation we ensured
for middle-class students? What is
next for Jacksonville? If we all
work together to seek enhanced
investments, improvements, and
involvement in each one of our
schools so that all students reach
their full potential and graduate
from high school with a meaningful
education, the best is yet to come
for Jacksonville.
Jacksonville, you've come a long
way, but we've got a lot of work to
do to achieve greater success. We
invite you to join those of us you
have entrusted to govern and oper-
ate your public schools when we
call for your help. With your help,
results and achievement will be
remarkable, but without your help,
failure will be disastrous! The
stakes are high, but the possibilities
are endless. I am happy and hon-
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First AME of P.C. Holiday Celebrations
The Music Ministry of First African Methodist Episcopal (AME)
Church of Palm Coast, 91 Old Kings Road North, Palm Coast, FL; where
Rev. Dr. Gillard S. Glover is Pastor; will present Christmas Caroling, from
12 noon until 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 17th at the Winn Dixie on
Palm Coast Parkway. The youth of First AME will present a Christmas
Drama and Arts presentation entitled, "One for the Little, Bitty Baby", at
6 p.m., at the church.
On New Year's Eve, Saturday, December 31st, a Ministry Expo will
begin at 8 p.m., followed by a FREE delicious dinner at 8:30 p.m. A New
Year's Concert featuring "New Destiny", the ministers of music and spe-
cial friends, will begin at 10 p.m. New Year's Worship and Welcoming in
the New Year will begin at 11 p.m.
Worship Service and celebration of the Emancipation Proclamation will
begin at 10:45 a.m. on Sunday, January 1, 2006. A reception will follow.
For directions or information, please call (386)446-5759.
New Bethel AME offers "Project Chase,"
"Project Succeed & Project Hollybrook"
New Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, 1231 Tyler
Street, the Duval County School Board, and the Jacksonville Children's
Commission have combined their efforts to institute The Even Start pro-
gram to break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy.
The program is designed to help improve Educational Opportunities,
including earning a GED; improve Employability Skills to obtain a job;
improve Parenting Skills, to be a better parent; and to enhance the ability
to help your child to be successful in school. The program is open to zip
codes: 32204, 32205, 32208, 32209, and the neighboring areas.
Enrollment is available at Project Succeed, Jean Ribault Sr. High
School, 3701 Winton Drive, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday Thursday. For
information call: (904) 768-8697; Project Chase, New Bethel AME
Church, 1231 Tyler St., Monday Thursday, 5:30 8:30 p.m. Call (904)
353-1822; and Project Hollybrook, 104 King Street.
For more information on The Even Start Program, call New Bethel
AME Church at (904) 353-1822.
Spiritual Spoken Word with Open Mike
The public is invited to come out and witness Spiritual Poetry like
you've never heard before when Spirit of Truth Deliverance Ministry pres-
ents an "evening of Spoken Word Spirit of Truth" first Saturday of each
month, beginning Saturday, January 7, 2006, at 5354 Verna Blvd. (near
Lowe's off Cassat). It's free. Call (904) 993-0467).

New Bethel AME Celebrates the
Birth of Christ with a Musical
New Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, 1231 Tyler
Street, Reverend William H. Lamar, IV, Pastor; will celebrate the birth of
Christ with a Christmas Musical at 6:30 p.m., on Friday, December 16,
The youth of the church will be featured as they exhibit their poetic tal-
ents, which will be followed by a play entitled "O Holy Night", with cos-
tumes, music and dance. Tarsha Parker, Jeanette Hall, Josh Felton, Rev.
William H. Lamar IV, will perform as the angel Gabriel, Adrienne Reid
and The New Bethel Dancers, and Michael Mitchner and Abundant Life,
will be featured. The public is invited to the free event.

Annual Toy/Gift Give-A-Way & Gospel
Concert Sponsored by One Accord
First lady Productions, under the direction of One Accord Ministries
International's First Lady, Dr. Vera Goodman, will present the 4th Annual
Toy and Gift Give-A-Way and Gospel Concert, at 7 p.m. on Sunday
evening, December 17th, at One Accord Ministries Inter-national Inc.,
2971 Waller St, (I-10 at McDuffAve). "A Christmas to Remember" is the
The evening will include music, singing, dance and drama, featuring
artists from First Lady Productions and throughout the city. Drawings will
be held for door prizes and games will be provided for the kids. The pub-
lic is invited.

St. Paul AME Closes Revival with
Christmas Community Outreach Day
Saint Paul African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, 6910 New
Kings Rd., Reverend Marvin C. Zanders, Pastor; will culminate their
Annual Winter Revival with 7 p.m. Services on Thursday and Friday.
Reverend John Green, Pastor of Bethel AME Church, Tallahassee, is the
guest speaker.
St. Paul AME will hold their annual Christmas Community Outreach at
the Proctor Center on Saturday, December 17th.
The Christmas Pageant, "Every Knee Shall Bow", will be presented at
6:30 p.m., Saturday, December 24th, Christmas Eve. Christmas Worship
Service, "A Birthday Party For Jesus" is the theme for Christmas Morning
Worship Service at 10 a.m. on Sunday, December 25, 2005. The public is
invited to all services and activities at Saint Paul AME.

Greater Macedonia Baptist Schedules
Special Christmas & New Year Programs
The Greater Macedonia Baptist Church, 1880 West Edgewood Ave.
Dr. Landon L. Williams Sr., Pastor; will present a Christmas Recital at 4
p.m. on Sunday, December 18, 2005.
New Year's Eve Worship will begin at 10 p.m. on Saturday, December
31st. The community is invited.
"Seeking the lost for Christ" (Matthew 28: 19-20) is Greater Macedonia
Baptist Church's mission. If you are looking for a Church Home, or would
like to witness an enriching Worship Service, Greater Macedonia invites
you to Sunday Morning Early Worship at 8 a.m.; Sunday School at 9:30
a.m.; and Morning Worship at 11 a.m.; First Sunday Community is offered
at Morning Worship Service. Prayer Service is Tuesday Evening at 7 p.m.;
Bible Study, Wednesday, 7 p.m.
FREE Tutoring in English, Science, History and Math is offered to any
and all students in the community on Tuesday and Thursday, from 6:30
p.m. to 8:p.m.

Saint Thomas Holding "Early"
Christmas Morning Service/Program
The Saint Thomas Missionary Baptist Church, 5863 Moncrief Road,
Ernie L. Murray, Sr., Pastor; "the Church that reaches up to God, and out
to man," invites the community to join them for an "Early Rising Worship
Service" at 5 a.m. on Christmas Morning, Sunday, December 25, 2005.
The Annual Christmas Program will be presented by the Drama
Ministry at 9:15 a.m. on Christmas Morning, December 25th.
Morning Worship Service will begin at 11 a.m. The public is invited to
attend all services.

New Year's Eve Worship Services
Southside Church of God in Christ (COGIC), Bishop Edward
Robinson, Pastor; 2179 Emerson Street; invites you to spend New Year's
Eve at Southside COGIC as they bring in the New Year with Praise.
Southside COGIC will host its first annual New Year's Musical, beginning
at 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, January 1, 2006.
MOSAIC Church, 450 Busch Drive, invites all to "Come ring in the
New Year with prayer and praise at New Year's Eve Worship at 10:30 p.m.
on Saturday, December 31, 2005. MOSAIC Church will also host a
Christmas Eve "Gathering" at 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 24th. The
whole family is invited.

Seeking the

lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19--20

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.


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

The Church That Reaches Up to God And Out to Man

St. Thcmas Missicnary

IBaptist Church
5863 Moncrief Road Jacksonville, FL 32209
(904) 768-8800 FBa(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

Weekly Services

Pastor Rudolph
McKissicl, 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.

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Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Jr.
Senior Pastor

.' ; .Radio Ministry
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Sunday Mornings at 6:30 a.m.

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Raines High School Wins "I Choose!

'T.E.A.C.H.'" Program Competition

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Shown (L to R) Front: Jennifer Gray, Breankia Williams, Ms. Torrance,
Breankia Williams, Ms. Jones, Melanie Cuartelon Back: Chris Williams,
Angel Myers, Cyrus Quaranta and Antoine Atwvater.

Raines High School recently won
the first annual "I Choose!
'T.E.A.C.H."' Competition, spon-
sored by Students in Free
Enterprise (SIFE) at the University
of North Florida. Raines was
awarded $2,000 by SIFE to be
used towards a start-up business or
to be applied toward scholarships.
Jean Ribault High School won sec-
ond place and took home $500,
while third place and $250 was
awarded to the Jacksonville Job
Throughout the week program

competition, students received
individualized training about the
free enterprise system through
workshops, interactive hands-on
activities and real life situations.
Topics covered included market-
ing, finance, writing a business
plan and the free enterprise sys-
tem. The program culminated with
the development of unique and
innovative entrepreneurial busi-
ness plans from each school, as
well as a presentation of each proj-
ect proposal to a panel of judges
from the business community.

Shown above are (L-R) Link members with their door prizes Diana :
Spicei, Anita Ford, Mary Walker and Francina Dunbar. Chapter
President Norma White and the traditional Electric Slide lead by
Links Barbara Darby, Ruth Waters, Pam Grant-Adams and Mary
Brown. (R.Silver photo)

Links Host Holiday Soiree
on Friday December 9th, the Bold City Chapter of Links hosted their 8th -
Annual Christmas Fellowship Soiree at the Hyatt Riverfront. The intimate
setting for the invitation only affair was well attended. In her 3rd year as
Chapter President, Norma White describes the organization as one i I
designed to render services in the community and promote fellowship m
among members. A k ",
"Each year we plan numerous activities to support youth in the commu-" '- IS
nity." said White. "since members work so hard throughout the year, we i
like to take this time to fellowship during the holiday season.
The next big event for the dynamic group of women will be the Annual ,
Old School Gala in May 2006 which raises funds for their programs.

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Norries Wilson became the first
black head football coach in Ivy
League history, taking over a
Columbia program that hasn't had a
winning season since 1996.
jL. The former
offensive coor-
dinator was
introduced at a
news confer-
ence at
". .: Columbia's
campus, a day after being hired by
the Division I-AA program.
The Lions were 2-8 this season
and winless in the Ivy League.
"I want to say that we're going to

be successful in football here at
Columbia," Wilson said. "A lot of
people don't believe that. A lot of
my friends call me and say, 'Coach,
what are you doing?' And I say,
'Well, we're going to go win some
games.' We're going to teach them
how to win and leave them with a
great experience in football."
Columbia hasn't won a league title
since sharing the crown in 1961.
Wilson replaces Bob Shoop, who
was fired on Nov. 20th. In 2004,
Wilson's offense led the Big East in
scoring and rushing. The Huskies
slipped from second to last in total
offense this season with injuries
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Glaucoma and YOUR Eyes E17AiJ0

Glaucoma is an eye condition
that develops when too much fluid
pressure builds up inside of the eye,
explains doctors at The Cleveland
Clinic. The increased internal pres-
sure, called intraocular pressure,
can damage the optic nerve, which
transmits images to the brain. If
damage to the optic nerve from
high eye pressure continues, glau-
coma will worsen your vision.
Without treatment, glaucoma can
cause blindness within a few years.
Because most people with glau-
coma have no early symptoms or
pain from this increased pressure, it
is important to see your eye care
doctor regularly so that glaucoma
can be diagnosed and treated before
long-term visual loss occurs. If you
are over the age of 45 and if you
have a family history of glaucoma,
you should have a complete eye
exam with an ophthalmologist
every one to two years. If you have
health problems such as diabetes or
a family history of glaucoma or are
at risk for other eye diseases, you
may need to visit your eye doctor
more frequently.
Why does pressure rise in the
eye to cause Glaucoma?
Glaucoma usually occurs when
intraocular pressure increase. This
happens when the fluid pressure in
the eye's anterior chamber, the area
between the cornea and the iris
rises. Normally, this fluid, called
aqueous humor, flows out of the
eye through a mesh-like channel. IF
this channel becomes blocked, fluid
builds up causing glaucoma. The
direct cause of this blockage is
unknown, but doctors do know that
it is most often inherited,, meaning
it is passed from parents to children.
Less common causes of glauco-
ma include a blunt or chemical
injury to the eye, severe eye infec-
tion, blockage of blood vessels in
the eye, inflammatory conditions of
the eye, and occasionally eye sur-
gery to correct another condition.
Glaucoma usually occurs in both
eyes, but it may involve each eye to
a different extent.
Types of Glaucoma
There are two main types of glau-
coma: (1) Open-angle glaucoma:

Also called wide-angle glaucoma,
this is the most common type of
glaucoma. The structures of the eye
appear normal, but fluid in the eye
does not flow properly through the
drain of the eye, called the trabecu-
lar meshwork. (2) Angle-closure
glaucoma, also called acute or
chronic closed-angle or narrow-
angle glaucoma, this type of glau-
coma is less common, but can cause
a sudden buildup of pressure in the
eye. Drainage may be poor because
the angle between the iris and the
cornea (where a drainage channel
for the eye is located) is too narrow.
Or, the pupil opens too wide, nar-
rowing the angle and blocking the
flow of the fluid through that chan-
Who gets Glaucoma?
Glaucoma most often occurs in
adults over age 40, but it can also
occur in young adults, children, and
even infants. In African Americans,
glaucoma occurs at an earlier age

Women and Heart Disease

Heart disease is the #1 killer of
women in the United States. For
African American women, the risk
for heart disease is especially great.
Heart disease is more prevalent
among black women than others -as
are some of the factors that increase
the risk of developing it, including
high blood pressure, overweight
and obesity, and diabetes.
The good news is that you can
lower their risk of heart disease by
as much as 82% by leading a
healthy lifestyle. The Office on
Women's Health offer the following
steps to better heart health:
1. Don't smoke, and if you do,
quit. Women who smoke are two to
six times more likely to suffer a
heart attack than non-smoking
women. Smoking also boosts the
risk of stroke and cancer.
2. Aim for a healthy weight. It's
important for a long, vigorous life.
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3. Get moving. Make a commit-
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Aim for 30 minutes of moderate-
intensity activity on most, prefer-
ably all, days of the week.
4. Eat for heart health. Choose a
diet low in saturated fat, trans fat,
and cholesterol, and moderate in
total fat.
5. Know your numbers. Ask your
doctor to check your blood pres-
sure, cholesterol (total, HDL, LDL,
triglycerides), and blood glucose.
Work with your doctor to improve
any numbers that are not normal.
To learn more about women and
heart disease visit www.heart-
truth.gov or call the NHLBI Health
Information Center at 301-592-
8573 (TTY: 240-629-3255).

and with greater loss of vision.
You are at an increased risk of
glaucoma if you: *Are of African
American, Irish, Russian, Japanese,
Hispanic, Inuit, or Scandinavian
descent. *Are over age 40. *Have a
family history of glaucoma. *Have
poor vision. *Have diabetes. *Take
corticosteroid medications, such as
Symptoms of Glaucoma
For most people, there are usually
few or no symptoms of glaucoma.
The first sign of glaucoma is often
the loss of peripheral or side vision,
which can go unnoticed until 1 ate
in the disease. Detecting glaucoma
early is one reason you should have
a complete exam with an eye spe-
cialist every one to two years.
Occasionally, intraocular pressure
can rise to severe levels. In these
cases, sudden eye pain, headache,
blurred vision, or the appearance of
halos around lights may occur.
If you have any of the following
symptoms, see immediate medical
care: *Seeing halos around lights.
*Narrowing of vision (tunnel
vision). *Redness in the eye. *Eye
that looks hazy. *Nausea or vomit-
ing. *Pain in the eye.
How is Glaucoma Treated
Glaucoma Treatment may include
prescription eye drops, laser, or
microsurgery. *Eye drops for
Glaucoma: These either reduce the
formation of fluid in the front of the
eye or increase its outflow. Side
effects of glaucoma drops may
include allergy, eye redness, brief
stinging or visual blurring, and irri-
tated eyes. Some glaucoma medica-
tions may affect the heart and lungs.
Be sure to tell your doctor about
any glaucoma medication you are
currently taking or are allergic to.
Laser Surgery for Glaucoma:
Laser surgery for Glaucoma slight-
ly increases the outflow of the fluid

from the open-angle glaucoma or
eliminates fluid blockage in angle-
closure glaucoma. Types of laser
surgery for glaucoma include:
Trabeculoplasty, in which a laser is
used to pull open the trabecular
meshwork drainage area.
Iridotomy, in which a tiny hole is
made in the iris, allowing the fluid
to flow more freely.
Cyclophotocoagulation, in which
a laser beam treats areas of the cil-
iary body, reducing the production
of fluid.
Microsurgery for Glaucoma: A
new channel is created to drain the
fluid thereby reducing intraocular
pressure that causes glaucoma.
Sometimes this form of Glaucoma
surgery fails and must be redone.
Other complication of microsurgery
for glaucoma include some tempo-
rary or permanent loss of vision, as
well as bleeding or infection.
Open-angle glaucoma is most
commonly treated with various
combinations of eye drops, laser
trabeculoplasty, and microsurgery.
Traditionally in the U.S. medica-
tions are used first, but there is
increasing evidence that some peo-
ple with glaucoma may respond
better with early laser surgery or
Talk to your doctor to find out
which glaucoma treatment is right
for you.
Can Glaucoma be prevented?
Glaucoma cannot be prevented, but
if it is diagnosed and treated early,
the disease can be controlled.
What is the outlook for
people with Glaucoma?
At this time, loss of vision caused
by glaucoma is irreversible and
cannot be restored. However, suc-
cessfully lowering eye pressure can
prevent further visual loss from
glaucoma. Most people with glau-
coma do not go blind.



African-American Men

Take Care Of Health

The life expectancy and overall
health of many Americans contin-
ues to improve. However, not all
Americans are benefiting equally,
according to the U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services. In
fact, health status is reportedly
strongly correlated to race, gender
and economic level.
According to the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention:
* African American men are 26
percent more likely than white men,
and are nearly twice as likely as
Hispanic men, to die of heart dis-
African American men are near-
ly six times more likely to die of
AIDS than are white men.
* The mortality rate from cancer is
50 percent higher for African
American men than for white men.
To help curb these statistics, 3,000
African-American men recently
attended the ninth annual African
American Men's Health Summit in
Orlando, Florida. The Summit
included informational sessions,
tips and more. A study presented at
the American College of
Cardiology may help control the
trend as well. Called ARIES, the
study is the first-ever large-scale,
prospective trial exclusively
designed to compare the effects of
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Heart disease, diabetes, cancer,
HIV and obesity continue to plague
many Americans which leads many
African American organizations to
continuously have health fairs and
similar events to help reduce health
care disparities and improve early
diagnosis and treatment.
Doctors say knowledge is an
important key for African-
American health as well. These
additional statistics from the
Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention may help keep you
* Hypertension is the greatest con-
tributing factor for coronary heart
disease in African Americans. The
death rate per 100,000 of the popu-
lation from high blood pressure was
highest for African- American
males and females.
The long-term complications of
diabetes-including blindness and
amputation-are more likely to
develop in African Americans.
Obesity poses a serious health
threat to African Americans.
* Only 31 percent of African
Americans say they believe depres-
sion is a health problem.
The African American Men's
Health Summit brought 3,000 peo-
ple together from around Florida.

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i r1| Black Family Experiences Life Being White in New Documentary

Universal will release Prince's new album "3121"
under a new deal with details revealed in a press con-

S\ idco flr the set's first single, "Te Amo
Coia on,C' \ as directed by actress Salma Hayek and
\\ ill 1bk ax ailabile online via Prince's NPG Music
C(lub sitc Ihe clip stars actress Mia Maestro
"Trida" '" Ihe Nlotorcycle Diaries") and was shot in Marrakesh.
"' 1"" is Ihe followw up to 2004's "Musicology," which was released
Ithrouh ;a one-olT deal with Sony's Columbia Records. A tour behind the
:'.:ot dilc\ 1t, million people and grossed $90.2 million, according to
', .. ,Bo o\score. Prince is expected to tour sometime next year.

Studio rnAes move to allow students to mount productions nationwide.
Dream Works, the studio behind the feature film adaptation of
"Dreanmgils," has reportedly paid licensing fees for high schools and col-
leges across the country to mount their own "Dreamgirls" productions.
Bex once. one of the film's stars, is thrilled at the prospect.
"I have been performing since the age of 9, and I know how music can
change the lives of young people," she says, according to the New York
Post. "This is a wonderful way to help schools and community groups
revive a chapter of theater history."
The Bill Condon film, which co-stars Eddie Murphy, Jamie Foxx and
Jennifer Hudson, begins shooting in January for a December 2006 release.

Tevin Campbell, who just celebrated his 29th birthday
last month, has joined the cast of Broadway's
"Hairspray." The "Can We Talk" singer will take over
the role of Seaweed J. Stubbs. Campbell, whose acting
experiences can be counted on one hand (an episode of
-- "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," a guest spot on
"Moesha" and a singing role in Prince's "Graffiti Bridge") is expected to
begin performances on Dec. 13, according to a production spokesperson.

BET will air the world television premiere of Bishop
T.D. Jakes' film "Woman, Thou Art Loosed" on Dec. 16
from 8 to 10 p.m. The film stars Kimberly Elise as a
young woman dealing with the effects of her childhood
sexual abuse. Encore telecasts are scheduled for Dec. 17
at 11 p.m.; Dec. 18 at 1 p.m. and Dec. 26 at 8 p.m.

A Broadway musical that received as many mixed reviews as "The Color
Purple" is not supposed to have ticket sales of more than $350,000 on
opening day. But then again, none of the other productions that were crip-
pled by pre-show reviews had Oprah Winfrey as a producer. An excerpt
of the musical featured on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" two weeks ago led
to $1 million worth of tickets being sold that night. Advance ticket sales
currently hover around $13 million.

For those curious to know how
it would feel to live for one week as
a white person in America, Ice
Cube and filmmaker R.J. Cutler
("30 Days," "The War Room") have
teamed up in an attempt to answer
the question with "Black. White."
The six-episode documentary

series, which uses carefully applied
makeup to make an African-
American family white and a
Caucasian family black so that they
can experience life in different
skins, is being executive produced
by Cutler, Cube and the rapper's
production partner, Matt Alvarez.

"I'm really excited to be a part of
a show that explores race in
America," Cube says.
"'Black. White.' will force people
to challenge themselves and really
examine where we stand in terms
of race in this country."
The African American Sparks fam-
ily of Atlanta and the white Wurgel
family of Santa Monica shared a
home in Tarzana, CA outside of Los
Angeles while the six-week film
shoot took place last summer.
Keith VanderLaan, an Oscar nom-

inee for his makeup on "The
Passion of the Christ," oversaw the
transformations for each of the fam-
ily members before they walked
outdoors to spend time as a member
of a different race.
"This series is an example of how
television can be an extremely pow-
erful and useful medium," Cutler
says. "I believe the Sparks and
Wurgels took a big chance but are
better people for having done so."
The show is due to premiere in

TV One on One host Cathy Hughes interviews Terrence Howard.

Terrence Howard Goes

One on One with TV1

TV One offers viewers an up close
and personal glimpse of one of
Hollywoods leading men of the
year when TV One on One host
Cathy Hughes interviews Terrence
Howard Sunday, Dec. 18 from 10-
11 PM, repeating at 1 AM.
Howard comes off the biggest year
of his career to date with pundits
buzzing about upcoming award
season after his acclaimed starring
role in independent film favorite
Hustle & Flow and supporting roles
in Crash, Four Brothers and Get
Rich Or Die Trying.
He tells Hughes that his acting
career has been greatly influenced
by his great-grandmother, Minnie
Gentry, a stage actress who
appeared on Broadway in a produc-
tion of "Lysistrata" with Sidney
Poitier and later moved into films,
but who may be most recognizable
for the season she played Great

Aunt Gramtee on "The Cosby
Show." As a child, Howard spent
summers with his great-grandmoth-
er and rehearsed plays with her,
with Howard playing all of the
other roles aside from Gentrys.
Howard also talks with Hughes
about his childhood, faith, children,
future aspirations, racism and
recent roles in Hustle & Flow, and
Crash, as well as his favorite roles.
When Hughes asks Howard if he
would have preferred that the role
that really put him on the map be
something other than a pimp, which
he portrayed in Hustle & Flow,
Howard tells her he relished the
role of DJay because they gave me
an opportunity to kill a stereotype.
In a special treat for viewers,
Howard, an accomplished musi-
cian, also plays the guitar and sings
a song he composed at the conclu-
sion of the interview.

The Essential Harry Belafonte
Years before the Civil Rights movement or the explosion of Folk music
- and decades before the popularity of World Beat there was the pioneer-
ing voice and politically charged career of Harry Belafonte. Tall, hand-
some and baritone-voiced, he was leading star of the '50s, familiar to film-
goers as he tackeled roles celebrating African American culture or pushing
a social message (Carmen Jones, Island in the Sun.) To an expanding
music audience, he introduced a humanitarian angle to the Top 10,break-
ing through with hits like "Calypso" and "The Banana Boat Song (Day-O)"
that promoted a cultural awareness of other lands and initiated a shift
towards the social changes of the '60s.
Amazingly until now, a worthy, musical overview of Belafonte's ground-
breaking music from the years 1956 through '74 has never been released.
The Essential Harry Belafonte is the first collection to compile the most
memorable and timelessly relevant tunes of an almost twenty year period
with the RCA and CBS label (1952-1977),and serves as the best introduc-
tion to the enduring legend of Harry Belafonte.

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More Black Families Home Schooling

Denise Armstrong helps her son, Timothy, 8, pick out a book in a local
library in Richmond, Va. Armstrong decided to home school her chil-
dren feeling she could do a better job instilling her values in her chil-
dren than the public school system could.

by Z. Sampson
RICHMOND, Va. Denise
Armstrong decided to home school
her daughter and two sons because
she thought she could do a better
job of instilling her values in her
children than a public school
could. And while she once found
herself the lone black parent at
home-education gatherings that
usually were dominated by white
Christian evangelicals, she's
noticed more black parents joining
the ranks.
"I've been delighted to be running
into people in the African-
American home-schooling com-
munity," Armstrong said.
Home-school advocates say the
apparent increase in black families
opting to educate their children at
home reflects a wider desire
among families of all races to
guide their children's moral
upbringing, along with growing
concerns about issues such as sub-
par school conditions and preserv-
ing cultural heritage.
"About 10 years ago, we started
seeing more and more black fami-
lies showing up at conferences and
it's been steadily increasing since
then," said Michael Smith, presi-
dent of the Home School Legal
Defense Association, a national
advocacy group.
Nationwide, about 1.1 million
children were home schooled in
2003, or 2.2 percent of the school-
age population. That was up from
about 850,000, or 1.7 percent, in

1999, according to the U.S.
Department of Education's
National Center for Education
Statistics. A racial breakdown of
home-schooled students isn't yet
available, the center said.
However, the Home School
Legal Defense Association says the
percentage of black home-school-
ing families has increased, though
hard numbers weren't available.
The numbers are still very low
because most black families lack
the time or economic resources to
devote to home schooling, said
Michael Apple, an education pro-
fessor at the University of
Wisconsin who tracks home


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Schoolwork is an everyday occ
Armstrong household.
schooling. He said much of the
increase is seen in cities with histo-
ries of racial tensions and where
black people feel alienated and
Some families decide to do it
because public schools don't ade-
quately teach African-American

history and culture, some want to
protect their children from school
violence, "and for some, it's all of
this and religion," Apple said.
Armstrong said she wants her
children ages 12, 10 and 7 to
have a "moral Judeo-Christian
foundation" that public schools
can't provide.
"I felt that my husband and I
would be able to give more of a
tutorial, individual learning situa-
tion than a teacher trying to
address 40 kids at one time," said
Armstrong, who lives in the
Richmond area.
She said she also was concerned
that schools wrongly label some
black boys as learning-disabled
while white children with similar
behavior are not.
To help guide black home-school-
ing families, Joyce and Eric Burges
started the National Black Home
Educators Resource Association in
2000. She said many families were
dissatisfied with their public
schools but weren't aware that
home schooling was legal.
Joyce Burges, of the Baton
Rouge, La., area, says she and
other black home schoolers have
been likened to traitors by people
who think they've turned their
backs on the struggle to gain equal
access to public education. But she
feels that when schools don't teach
children to read, or fail to provide a
safe place to learn, children should
come first.
"You do what you have to do that
your children get an excellent edu-
cation," she said. "Don't leave it up
to the system."
Apple, the
Wisconsin profes-
sor, said improving
public education
for the greatest
S number of students
depends on mass
mobilization by
concerned parents,
but he raises a cau-
tionary note.
"They're trying as
:urance in the hard as they possi-
bly can to protect
their children, and for that they
must be applauded," Apple said.
"But in the long run, protecting
their own children may even lead
to worse conditions for the vast
majority of students who stay in
public schools, and that's a horrible

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ing, it can also be a vivid reminder
of old wounds. Jane Straus, author

St.John Striving to Attract Younger Set

Almost 45 years after its incep-
tion, St. John Knits International is
in the middle of a reincarnation.
The company that Marie Gray
founded in 1962 with her husband,
Robert, in their North Hollywood,
Calif., garage has long been the line
of choice for conservative women
with overbooked calendars or the
desire to appear that way.
A St. John knit set was a stylish
alternative to the business suit, con-
veying ease with power or money.
The chunky gold buttons gave
women an air of authority, while the
signature two-piece designs offered
cover for aging curves.
St. John devotees are willing to
drop $1,000 on a jacket, $500 on a
tank dress, or $225 on an eyelet knit
shell. Many also have Escada in the
closet, a similarly formal line that
can cost twice as much but with a
bit more glam at least until now.
St. John always promised its wear-
ers they'd never be underdressed for
a boardroom, never overstated at
the clubhouse, and never frivolous
in the capitol. Ultimately, though,
those promises gave way to a per-
ception that the line had grown
"Twenty-five years ago, I bought a
navy-blue jumpsuit," said Kathleen
Ivory. "But after that, it seemed
everything was for older women. It
had that dowdy look to it."
Brand loyalty is a powerful force
in the fashion world, but only when
the ranks of diehards are continual-
ly replenished from below. To that
end, the company, based in Irvine,

Calif., is focusing on
drawing in the under-
40 set.
Marie and Robert's
daughter Kelly, the
company's creative
director, is credited
with modernizing the
brand in recent sea-
sons by pushing for
whimsical fringes on
tailored suits, raised
hemlines, and play-
ful chiffon.
The spring/summer
2005 collection
includes jaunty
pieces, such as a one-
shouldered chiffon
shell in blue and 'j
white stripes atop a St. John ha
pair of white jeans, a Af. Jrican
breezy, multicoloredAfr
Visit any sol
caftan, a filmy black Visit any s
Syou will sui
sleeveless dress with Curretly
an asymmetrical rrety t
hemline arching high attract a you
above the knee when in motion, and
plenty of matching jackets and
skirts, some with fringes, others
with ruffles.
Appealing to younger women will
mean getting the word out that St.
John is no longer solely their moth-
ers' brand. Kelly is in charge of the
company's trendiness while her
mother oversees quality as the chief
designer. At home in California,
Kelly's bulldogs are named Gucci
and Dolce (as in Gabbana) "her
favorite lines," said her mother.
"She identifies with a different

Long been a staple of "well to do:
erican women and other socialites. .
rority or social club convention and : '.
rely see a St. John vendor on site.
le traditionally conservative dress designer is updating their look to
nger buyer while still maintaining traditional style.

customer, and I think it's the blend-
ing of the two that has created the
evolution" for the line, Gray said.
And for 22 years, Kelly has been a
staple of company ads. Her short
blond hair, pearly lips, smoky eyes,
and handsome man or men on her
arm have come to signify the St.
John ideal of an icy, commanding
This fall, however, the company
launched an ad campaign with a
new face, Brazillian Supermodel
Giselle Bunchen. St. John also
announced that it had replaced chief
operating officer Bruce Fetter with

Richard Cohen, a man with an
impressive fashion pedigree, hav-
ing held key positions at
Ermenegildo Zegna, Ferragamo,
Burberry and'Bill Blass.
With attempts to broaden appeal,
Gray insists her line isn't earmarked
for any particular age group. Gray,
who lives in Newport Beach, Calif.,
describes her typical customer this
"She's a very modern-thinking
woman who is busy, who leads an
interesting lifestyle. She has chil-
dren. She is multifaceted. And
clothes are important."

of Enough Is Enough!: Stop
Enduring and Start Living Your
Extraordinary Life, says it is impor-
tant to put those old wounds behind
us so that we can enjoy the holidays
with friends and family.
"The holiday season can and
should be an adventure in joy and
inspiration," she says. "If you are
approaching the season with both
excitement and dread, keep these
pointers in mind. They will help
ensure that you leave family gather-
ings with the kind of memories you
want to recall."
Talk to yourself before a family
gathering Remind yourself that
you are inherently worthy of
respect and kindness and that you
don't need to prove yourself at this
time of year. Promise yourself that
if you slip into defending yourself,
your mate, your children, your job,
or your appearance, you will stop as
soon as you notice you are being
goaded. You can even say out loud,
"I don't want to spend my time or
energy defending myself or others.
Let's find a way to talk more pro-
ductively (or kindly)."
Keep reminders close at hand of
how you are valued You may
need to remind yourself that during
the other 50 weeks out of the year,
you are often appreciated by those
in your daily life. If you are cele-
brating away from home, bring
emails, notes, or letters that contain
compliments or loving sentiments,
pictures of those who are your sup-
port system, and a book that lifts
you spiritually and helps you stay
above the fray.
Write a new affirmation every
day and repeat it constantly An
affirmation is a positive thought
you choose to immerse into your
consciousness for a desired result.
One example might be: "I appreci-
ate and acknowledge my own
strengths." Another good one: "I
now give to myself what I think I
need from others." This need could
be understanding, compassion,
respect, or joy.
Don't talk behind others' backs
- Gossip feeds upon itself. If you
don't want it done to you, don't par-

ticipate in it. Make this commit-
ment and you will feel self-respect
when you look in the mirror.
Take some time for yourself -
We all need to regroup and get cen-
tered again. Most of us aren't accus-
tomed to being surrounded by com-
pany 24/7 and our spirits need a
break. Go for a walk or drive, read
a book, take a nap, or do an errand
BY YOURSELF. Take in your sur-
roundings in more detail. While you
are alone, don't rehash past conver-
sations. Do an affirmation instead.
Shop from your heart Let go of
trying to "balance the books," figur-
ing out what to get others according
to criteria such as what they got you
last year or how much they spent.
Let your heart find the perfect gift
that reflects their specialness with-
out putting you into the endurance
of deepening debt.
Be generous with what matters
- Offering compliments, listening
well, giving of your time, helping
with chores--all of your efforts will
make you not only a welcome
member of your group but will help
you to keep your heart open.
"No one can guarantee that this
holiday will be the best one ever,"
says Straus. "But you can decide to
stop enduring and make this season
your lead-in to a new, extraordinary

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December 15 -21, 2005

Beef Brisket With Mushrooms and Pearl Onions

M making your holiday to-do list? Planning holiday meals

your friends and family will love should be an enjoyable
and stress-free task. A few time-saving tips will help you
make the most out of your time in the kitchen and leave
your guests satisfied.
-Updating a holiday menu can be easy to do with a few
touches to family favorites. For a crowd-pleasing dish, put
a new twist on mashed potatoes with cheddar and bacon.
Keep mashed potato flakes on hand to thicken soups.
-Stock up on ingredients that can be used in several
recipes. Pantry staples, such as peanut butter and jelly,
have a variety of uses beyond sandwiches. Use grape jelly
as a glaze for meats, or spice up a traditional holiday
dessert, such as cannolis with orange marmalade.
-Choose one or two dishes that can be made a day ahead,
such as appetizers or snacks and soups. The fresh roasted
taste of peanut butter, added to a simple snack mix, is sure
to please both kids and adults. Most soups and sauces can
also be made the day before, giving ingredients time to
blend flavors.

For more delicious meal ideas and cooking tips,
www.smuckers.com, www.hungryjack.com


Beef Brisket With Mushrooms
and Pearl Onions
4 pounds beef brisket
1 (1-ounce) envelope dry onion
soup mix
1 (10.25-ounce) jar Smucker's Low
Sugar Grape Jelly
1 (12-ounce) jar Crosse &
Blackwell Seafood Cocktail Sauce
2 tablespoons butter
6-ounces fresh sliced mushrooms
1 (16-ounce) package frozen white
pearl onions, thawed
2 tbsp. chopped fresh tarragon
Crisco No-Stick Cooking Spray
Preheat oven to 3500F. Place sheet
of heavy-duty aluminum foil in
shallow roasting pan with foil
extending 6 inches beyond pan on
either side. Spray with no-stick
cooking spray. Place brisket fat-side
down in middle of foil.
Combine dry onion soup mix with
jelly and cocktail sauce in medium
bowl. Pour half of mixture over
brisket; turn brisket fat-side up,
covering with remaining onion
mixture. Bring both sides of foil to
middle and fold foil down on itself

Pumpkin Roll With Crunchy Peanut Butter Cream and Citrus Cream Cannoli

S Citrus Cream Cannoli Combine marmalade, ricotta, powdered sugar, orange
: 1/3 cup Smucker's Sweet Orange Marmalade zest, vanilla and cinnamon in medium bowl. Spoon
(15-ounce) carton ricotta cheese, drained mixture into pastry bag without tip or resealable bag
1 (15-ounce) carton ricotta cheese, drained t,
1/4 cup powdered sugar with one corner cut off. Pipe into shells. Chill at least 2
1 tablespoon fresh orange zest hours and up to 6 hours. Garnish with mini chocolate
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract Dash cinnamon chips, holiday jimmies or decors. Arrange on platter;
14 to 18 purchased cannoli shells sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving.
Mini chocolate chips, holiday jimmies or decors, for Makes 14 to 18
S garnish and additional powdered sugar Note: Cannoli shells are available in your grocer's
cookie aisle or at Italian specialty shops.

several times. Repeat with two
remaining sides. Bake 3 hours or
until fork-tender. Remove from
oven. (Brisket can be cooled and
held in refrigerator overnight at this
In 10-inch skillet melt 2 table-
spoons butter; saut6 mushrooms

Winter Peanut Snack Mix
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup Jif Creamy Peanut Butter
& Honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 cups toasted rice and corn cereal
with honey and nuts
1 cup honey roasted peanuts
1 cup pretzels (like midgets or
1/2 cup sunflower kernels
1 (6-ounce) package dried cran-
Preheat oven to 3500F. Combine
butter, peanut butter, vanilla and
cinnamon in microwave-safe bowl.
Microwave on HIGH (100 percent
power) 35 to 45 seconds; stir until
well blended. Combine cereal,
peanuts, pretzels, sunflower kernels
and cranberries in large bowl. Pour
butter mixture over cereal mixture;
toss well to coat. Line sheet pan
with foil; spread mixture evenly
across pan. Bake 8 to 10 minutes,
stirring occasionally; cool. Store in
resealable plastic bag.
Makes about 6 cups

Pumpkin Roll With
Crunchy Peanut Cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup Pillsbury BEST All
Purpose or Unbleached Flour
3 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup canned pure pumpkin
1 (8-ounce) package cream
cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1/3 cup Jif Extra Crunchy Peanut
1 teaspoon almond extract
Smucker's Caramel Sundae
3 tablespoons cocktail peanuts,
Cake: Preheat oven to 3750F. Sift
powdered sugar generously over 12
x 17-inch area of clean kitchen
towel. Grease 15 x 10 x 1-inch
jelly-roll pan. Line pan with waxed

and onions 5 to 8 minutes or until
light golden brown.
Remove brisket from pan; pour off
juices, skimming fat off top.
Remove layer of fat from brisket.
Slice meat across grain into thin

slices. Return meat to roaster. Top
meat with mushroom mixture, meat
juices and tarragon. Cover with foil.
Return to oven to heat through
before serving. Makes 8 servings

Cheddar and Bacon Smashed Potatoes

paper. Grease and flour waxed
paper. Combine pumpkin pie spice,
baking powder, baking soda and
flour in small bowl. Beat eggs in
mixing bowl with electric mixer;
gradually beat in sugar and pump-
kin, scraping bowl between addi-
tions. Add flour mixture. Spread
batter evenly into pan. Bake 10 to
13 minutes or until toothpick insert-
ed in center comes out clean.
Immediately loosen cake around
edges and invert cake onto prepared
towel. Carefully remove paper. Roll
cake, beginning at narrow end.
Cool on wire rack 45 minutes.
Filling: Beat cream cheese, pow-
dered sugar, peanut butter and
extract in medium bowl until well
combined. Unroll cake; spread
peanut butter cream evenly to edges
of cake. Re-roll cake; wrap in plas-
tic wrap and refrigerate several
hours before serving.
Topping: Drizzle with caramel
syrup and chopped peanuts.
Makes 10 servings

Cheddar & Bacon
Smashed Potatoes
2-1/2 cups water
5 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup heavy cream, half-and-half
or milk
1 (4.9-ounce) package Hungry
Jack Cheddar & Bacon Potatoes
2 cups Hungry Jack Mashed
Potato Flakes
1/3 cup crumbled crisply cooked
bacon (4 slices), if desired
Combine water, butter, salt, heavy
cream, sauce mix and potato slices
in 3-quart saucepan; stir. Heat to
boiling; reduce heat to low and
cover. Simmer 12 to 15 minutes,
stirring occasionally, or until pota-
toes are tender. Remove from heat.

Add potato flakes and additional
bacon, if desired. Stir just until
potato flakes are incorporated.
Makes 5 cups or 10 (1/2 cup) serv-
ings Variation: For added zip, stir in
2 tablespoons pure horseradish with
potato flakes.

Hearty Potato Soup With
Caramelized Root
4 slices smoked bacon
2 tablespoons Crisco vegetable oil
1 cup chopped yellow onions
2 leeks, cleaned and sliced (white
and pale green parts only)
2 stalks celery, cleaned and sliced
2 parsnips, cleaned and sliced
2 medium carrots, cleaned and
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 (14-ounce) cans chicken stock
3 cups half-and-half or milk
2 cups Hungry Jack Mashed
Potato Flakes
1/2 teaspoon ground thyme
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon chopped fresh pars-
Cook bacon in 4-quart Dutch oven
over medium-high heat until crispy.
Remove cooked bacon. Cool and
crumble. Set aside. Add oil, onions,
leeks, celery, parsnips and carrots to
bacon drippings in pan. Reduce
heat to medium, cooking slowly,
about 25 minutes or until vegeta-
bles begin to brown lightly. Add
garlic; cook 5 minutes more. Add
chicken stock and bring to boil.
Reduce heat to medium; stir in half-
and-half, mashed potato flakes,
thyme, salt, pepper, parsley and
reserved bacon. Warm through and
Makes 8 servings.

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Yuletide Swing Concert
The St. Johns River City Big
Band, under the Musical Direction
of Michael Davis, will present its
annual holiday extravaganza,
Yuletide Swing on Thursday,
December 15, 2005. Attendees
will enjoy exciting Big Band
arrangements of your favorite holi-
day classics, jazz renditions of
excerpts from The Nutcracker, and
some unique surprises such as guest
vocalists and audience sing-along.
The concert will begin at 7:30PM
at the Terry Theatre at the Times-
Union Center. For ticket informa-
tion, cal 630-0900.

Experience Expressions
Jacksonville is invited to experi-
ence Christmas with class with the
band Expressions performing live
jazz and classic holiday grooves at
Carl's Place. The fun kicks off at 8
p.m. on Friday, December 16th at
Carl's located at 1754 North Main
Street. For more information call
626-1389 or 234-6174.

Roy Ayers 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.

Soul Release Poetry
Soul Release Poetry,
Jacksonville's longest running spo-
ken word poetry event in Northeast
Florida, will be held Saturday
December 17th beginning at 7:30
p. .ii '" Boomtown Theatre and
Restaurant's, Boomtown
Underground. It is located at The
Park Building, #140 Monre Street
(downstairs) across from
Hemming Plaza (park) and around
the corer from Jacksonville
Museum of Modem Art. The event
features an open mic for poets and

singers, hip hop and R&B by guest
DJs and nationally known spoken
word artists. Admission: $5
(poets/with college or military ID)
and $7 (general audience): For
more information, visit

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.

First Coast
C.A.R.E.S. Meeting
The General Meeting of First
Coast C.A.R.E.S. (Consortium for
AIDS Resources, Evaluation and
Services) will be held on
Wednesday, December 21st at
Smith Auditorium at the Duval
County Health Department, 515
West 6th Street at 5:00 p.m. If any-
one has a special need, please con-
tact Jewish Family & Community
Services, 394-5733.

Colors of Christmas
Join Ava Jacques for her final per-
formance as she sings at the
Jacksonville Landing Under the
Christmas Tree in the "Colors of
Christmas". Showtime is from 6:15
- 9 p.m. on December 22nd and is
free and open to the public.

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
Flajax Club. Henry L. Sellers,

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New Year's
Mystery Party
Dave & Busters Restaurant will
be hosting a New Year's Mystery
Party. The annual celebration fea-
tures a three act interactive comedy
mystery dinner theatre, power
cards, dancing, hours d' ouvres,
champagne toast and more.
Festivities begin on December 31st
at 8:00 p.m. Audience members
will have a chance to solve a crime
and win a prize. Tickets are limited.
For more information call 296-

New Year's Eve
Party at The Place
There will be a New Year's Eve
Party featuring live entertainment
and a DJ spinning soulful old
school and stepping sounds of
2005. Festivities will kick off at 9
p.m. on December 31st at The
Place, located at 1754 N. Main
Street. Ticket price include horsd'
oeuvres, party favors, door prizes,
midnight champagne toast and a
breakfast buffet. For more informa-
tion or to purchase tickets, call 751-
2304 or 598-1255.

Laugh in the New
Year with ImprovJax
Enjoy a night ofimprov and stand-
up comedy, live music, a cham-
pagne toast at midnight and fire-
works on the St. Johns River all on
New Year's Eve! The show begins
at 8 p.m. Improv Jacksonville is
located next to the Nine West Shoe
Store in The Jacksonville Landing
at 2 Independent Drive. For more
information or to buy tickets visit
www.improvjacksonville.com or
call (904) 535-0670.

Club Meeting
The 1st bookclub meeting of 2006
for the P.R.I.D.E. Book Club will be
held at 7:00 pn on January 6, 2006
at the home of Romona Baker. The
book for discussion will be
Lerone Bennett, Jr. The next meet-
ing will be held on Saturday,
February 4, 2006. The book for

-Special Occasion

discussion will be Manchild In The
Promise Land by Claude Brown.
The meeting will be held at the new
Jacksonville Public Library. For
more information, please e-mail
felicef@bellsouth.net. or call 384-

Matthew Gilbert
Alumni Gala Weekend
All Matthew W. Gilbert Jr.and Sr.
High School students and teachers
are invited to the 8th Annual New
Year Grand Reunion Celebration on
Saturday, January 7, 2006 at the
Hyatt Regency River Walk Hotel
Former Adams Mark), 225 Coast
Line Dr. The event will feature a
semi formal welcome reception on
Friday, January, 6, 2006 from 7:00 -
11:00 p.m. and a gala celebration
on Saturday, January 7th with a
reception at 6:00 p.m., dinner at
7:00p.m. and a Dance/After Party
from 9:00 p.m. until. Tickets for
the event are $50. There will be no
tickets at the door. For more infor-
mation, please call Almeyta J. Lodi
at 355-7583 or Vivian W. Williams
at 766-2885.

Spiritual Spoken Word
Spirit of Truth Deliverance
Ministry will present an evening of
spoken word with "Spirit of Truth"
on Saturday, January 7th. The
public is invited to come out and
witness Spiritual Poetry like you've
never heard before. The event is
FREE and will have an open mic.
Poets are encouraged to pre register.
Spoken Word at Spirit of Truth will
be held the first Saturday of each
month from 6 8 p.m. The church is
located at 5354 Verna Blvd (near
Lowe's off Cassat). For more infor-
mation, call 993-0467.

Rev. Bernice King
Highlights Annual
MLK Luncheon
The Willie Gary Foundation will
celebrate the life of Dr. Martin
Luther King with their annual MLK
Luncheon on Tuesday, January
10th at 12 p.m. This years speaker
is Dr. King's daughter, Rev. Bernice
King. The Luncheon will be held at


the BeTheLite Conference Center.
For more information or to pur-
chase tickets,ca;; 353-3008.

Harlem Gospel Choir
The Harlem Gospel Choir will be
in concert on Friday, January
13th,at 7:30 p.m. at the Thrasher-
Home Center for the Arts. The
Center is located at 283 College
Drive in Orange Park. For more
information, call 276-6750.

FAMU Alumni Meeting
The Jacksonville Chapter of the
FAMU Alumni Association will
hold it's monthly meeting at the
Highland Branch Library at 10a.m.
on Saturday, January 14th For
more, info please contact 910-7829.

Ritz Chamber Players
The Ritz Chamber Players -will
perform "In Remembrance of the
Dream", a special concert in honor
of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s
birthday. The concert will be held
on Saturday, January 14th, at 7:30
p.m. in the Terry Theater, of the
Times Union Center. For tickets or
more information, call 354-5547.

MLK Celebration
at M.O.S.H.
The Museum of Science &
History will celebrate the life of
MLK with their annual Martin

-Class reunions
-Family Reunion

Luther King, Jr. Day celebration.
Festivities will kick off on January
16th from 1:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m.
For more information, call 396-

Najee at the
Ritz in Concert
The Ritz Theatre & LaVilla
Museum presents contemporary
jazz recording artist Najee at Jazz
Third Saturdays, a new cafe style
concert series featuring local and
national jazz recording artists. The
concert will be held on Saturday,
January 21st beginning at 8 p.m.
With two platinum and four gold
albums, Najee is one of the biggest
and best names in contemporary
jazz. Tickets are available at the
Ritz box office, For more informa-
tion, please call 904-632-5555. $31.

The Soweto
Gospel Choir
Experience an awe-inspiring
vocal ensemble direct from 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 on
sale at all Ticketmaster outlets, or at
(904) 353-3309.

Free Services Offered at Wellness Center
Struggling with HIV/AIDS, diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease,
stroke, cancer, and other serious health problems? The Wellness Center
of Optimum Health and Well-Being, Inc. can help you. Certified
Specialists work with you to help manage your health through counseling,
education, fitness, and, nutrition. Membership applications are accepted
daily, year round. Must be referred by a physician and services are free.
Located at 2998 Edison Avenue. For more information,call Mr. Walter
Morrison or Dr. Valveta Turner, 904 389-3952.

Register Early for Annual MLK Parade
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Foundation, Incorporated, of
Jacksonville, Florida will start 2006 with a full weekend of MLK Holiday
Celebration activities. The MLK Parade and the accompanying citywide
activities are planned as acts of joy, celebration, reflection, and introspec-
tion. This years Parade Theme is "Celebrating The Mothers of the
Movement" and the parade route will be through Downtown Jacksonville
on Monday, January 16, 2006 beginning at 10:00a.m. Register on-line
at www.mlkfdn.com or Fax at 904-807-6359.

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NCNW Holds 52nd National Convention In Washington, DC

(Above) Shaquille O'Neal being
sworn in as an officer.

Shaq Takes

Oath With

Miami Police
Look out criminals, Officer Shaq
is on the beat. Shaquille O'Neal
was sworn in as a reserve police
officer last week, with the Miami
Heat center choosing to skip a pub-
lic event in favor of a quiet, no-
frills ceremony.
"Officer O'Neal is very consider-
ate toward the other officers, and
he was afraid if he was there he
would have taken away from that
moment for other officers," depart-
ment spokesman Robert Hernandez
said. "This is a very special time for
them and their families."
The former Laker was a reserve
officer in Los Angeles before mov-
ing to South Florida. He spent the
past year training as a Miami Beach
police reserve officer and can now
add the $1-a-year salary to his $100
million, 5-year contract with the
The 7-foot-1 player will be able
to carry a gun, wear a badge and
make arrests, but with his celebrity
status he most likely will not walk
a beat or go undercover. He will
work as time permits in the volun-
teer position.
O'Neal has said he is most inter-
ested in working with the special
victims detective unit to help stop
crimes against children.

The lawsuit filed by famed attor-
ney Willie Gary and his legal team
on behaldf of Don King's defama-
tion and false light lawsuit against
Disney recently received a breath of
hope. Judge Jose E. Martinez ruled
in favor of the Gary team by grant-
ing their motion to remand the case
back to state court. This decision
comes after the defense requested
that the case be removed from state
court and attempted to have it dis-
missed in federal court. Legendary
boxing promoter Don King filed a
$2.5 billion lawsuit against corpo-
rate giants Disney, ESPN, ABC
Cable Networks and Advocate
Communications Inc., last January,
for airing a highly defamatory and
reckless broadcast against King on
Sports Century that also portrays
King in a false light.
"We are delighted with Judge

Nearly 700 women gathered at the
JW Marriott in Washington, D.C.
for the National Council of Negro
Women's (NCNW) 52nd National
Convention. The week-long event
provided African American women
from across the country the oppor-
tunity to shape the national agenda
for NCNW, and served as a plat-
form for members to discuss solu-
tions to societal issues in local com-
munities, such as health, education
and economic empowerment.
"The NCNW National Convention
is a venue for women of all eco-
nomic levels and ages to unite and
discuss ways to increase progress in
the areas of education, health, fam-
ily life, technology and economic
empowennent," said Dr. Dorothy
Height, NCNW chair and president
"This year's convention theme 70
years: Challenges and
Achievements Living the Legacy,

Martinez's decision to remand the
case back to state court," said Gary.
"This victory will be one of many
as we continue to battle on behalf of
our clients," continued Gary.

gave focus to the essence of the
event. Our theme reflects upon
NCNW's efforts to affect positive
changes in our society and improve
the lives of African American
women and their families and com-
munities," said Dr. Height. Since
the founding of the organization by
Mary McLeod Bethune in 1935,
NCNW has grown to include over
39 national affiliate organizations
and 200 sections in 34 states.
The convention kicked off with an
NCNW historical tour. Followed by
a full day leadership development
program for NCNW section leaders
sponsored by NCNW's Dorothy I.
Height Leadership Institute.
Throughout the convention, atten-
dees attended various plenary ses-
sions and meetings, which show-
cased prominent experts. U.S.
Secretary of Education Margaret
Spellings spoke during the Global
Linkage Luncheon and there were

Boxing promoter Don King
"Disney, ESPN, and other defen-
dants had a duty to the public to
make sure they checked their facts
before airing such a defamatory
piece against Don King. Sports

several town hall sessions which
focused on health, closing the edu-
cation gap for African American
children; and economic empower-
ment. The pinnacle of the conven-
tion was the Gala Reception and
Awards Banquet. The Banquet hon-
ored individuals for their long-time
support of NCNW and its pro-
grams. This year's honorees includ-
ed Vivian Malone, Constance Baker
Motely, C. Delores Tucker, NCNW
NY Section and a posthumous
award for Rosa Parks.
Reflecting on the convention,
NCNW executive director Cheryl
Cooper noted, "NCNW has a rich
tradition and history of providing
community service and working on
behalf of women throughout the
world, I am glad that our members
could come together to commemo-
rate the 70th anniversary of our
The National Council of Negro

Century not only falsely portrays
Mr. King as a con artist, and a thug,
but it published statements that are
flat out untrue and could have been
easily verified. In America, the
press must be held accountable for
the truth and accuracy of its publi-
cations and broadcasts. When the
media publish or broadcast state-
ments that show such reckless dis-
regard for the truth, they must give
an account for their actions," Gary
The lawsuit also contends that
Disney, ESPN, and other defen-
dants broadcast statements that
intentionally and recklessly portray
Don King in a false light and create
an inference and innuendo that
King was dishonest and engaged in
illegal activities including physical-
ly endangering others in order to
succeed in his profession.

Secretary Spellings and Kimberly Watkins-Foote present a hat to Dr.
Dorothy Height, Chair and President Emerita of the National Council
of Negro Women at the 52nd Convention.
Women (NCNW) is a council of the NCNW mission is to lead,
national African American women's develop, and advocate for women
organizations and community- of African descent as they support
based sections. Founded in 1935, their families and communities.

Radio One to Launch National Talk Radio Network

The Radio One empire is the
brainchild of owner Cathy Hughes
Radio One Inc. has plans to launch
the first national talk-radio network
geared for a black audience, the
chief executive said.
"We're in the black people busi-
ness," Alfred C. Liggins III said in
a recent conference call. "We are in

the business of aggregating audi-
ence for this particular demo and
providing content to them."
It is Liggins' latest effort to diver-
sify Radio One from a pure radio
company into a catchall for black
consumers, who spend more than
$750 billion a year. He hopes that
strategy will mean growth for the
69-station company despite a
national slowdown in the radio
industry, which has been depressed
for several years with competition
from satellite radio, Internet radio
and MP3 players.
Liggins has spent the last two
years coming up with new ways for
his company to reach black con-
sumers. Last year, he launched TV
One LLC, a cable network backed
by Comcast Corp. that is aimed at
blacks. Earlier this year he bought a
51 percent interest in Reach Media,
which syndicates the popular

"Tom Joyner Morning Show" on
about 115 radio stations nation-
The talk network is his current
"We think the market for talk is
there," Liggins said. "There are
tons of talk options for non-African
The network, which is still being
developed, will air 10 a.m. to 7
p.m. weekdays and include a polit-
ical morning show hosted by Al
Sharpton. Earlier this year Sharpton
signed a deal to host a talk radio
show for Chicago-based Matrix
Media, which syndicates radio pro-
grams. But that show has yet to air,
and Liggins said Radio One has
locked Sharpton into a new agree-
Brothers Doug and Ryan Stewart
of "The 2 Live Stews" sports show
on an Atlanta AM station will host

the afternoon drive. Their three-
hour show brings together hip-hop
and sports talk. Liggins said he is
still trying to negotiate deals with
other talent and could not discuss
the rest of the lineup.
Early next year he plans to put the
talk network on some of Radio
One's AM stations and try to sell it
to other urban outlets not owned by
the company. Liggins said he has
not done any research to determine
whether there is a market for such a
national talk network for blacks,
but the lack of black news pro-
grams convinced him there was

There are 2,179 news talk radio
stations in the country. Their pri-
mary audience, according to radio
research firm Arbitron, is white
men. Only about 7.6 percent of talk
radio's listeners are black.
Radio One began as one talk sta-
tion in 1980, when Liggins' mother,
Catherine L. Hughes, acquired
WOL-AM. She changed the sta-
tion's programming to talk and
hosted a radio show. Now most of
that company's radio stations are
programmed with hip-hop and
R&B music. They also have a
national all Black network, TV-

Agent Charged with Fraud

While Selling Pre Need

Insurance for Marion Graham

An msurance agent has been
charged with using the personal
information of customers, many of
whom %ere elderly, to forge life
insurance policy applications and
steal more than $22,000 in insur-
ance commissions.
Investigators with the Department
of Financial Services, Division of
Insurance Fraud, arrested Herbert
Amos Jones. 48. on 60 felony
counts four counts each of crimi-
nal use of personal identification.
forgery, scheme to defraud and
grand theft. Investigators identi-
fied 15 victims; the oldest was 87.
Jones was booked into the Duval
Attorney's Office in the Fourth
Judicial Circuit of Florida.
"We all bear the cost of insur-
ance flaud through higher premi-
ums, but in this case the victims
were put at risk of financial devas-
tation that too often occurs with
identify theft," said Tom
Gallagher. Florida's chief financial
officer, who oversees the depart-
ment and the Division ofInsurance
Fraud. "We will aggressively pur-
sue anyone who tires to take
advantage of our citizens."

Jones was assigned to sell pre
need burial policies for Marion
Graham Mortuary from late June
to early November 2004. During
that time. the departmrent'h
Division of Agent and Agency
Services received a report that
Jones used customers' personal
information to, complete and sub-
mit fraudulent life insurance policy
applications, including forged sig-
natures, to Great Western Life
Insurance Company. He then sub-
mitted money orders for the first
month's premium to collect com-
missions on the policies. Jones was
terminated from Great Western on
November 3, 2004.
The Department of Financial
Services, Division of Insurance
Fraud, investigates various forms
of fraud in insurance, including
health, life, auto. property and
worker's compensation insurance.
Anyone with information about
this case or another possible fraud
scheme should call the depart-
ment's Fraud Fighters Hotline at 1-
800-378-0445. A reward of up to
$25,000 may be offered for infor-
mation leading to a conviction.

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