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Serving 24 Years
in Prison for a
Crime He Did
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Back in the
This time on
S Law Still
Racist Sentenced to Hard
Time in a Black Church
CINCINATTI A judge has sentenced a suburban Cincinnati man to
attend a black church for six weeks for threatening to punch a black cab
driver and using racial slurs.
Judge William MallorN Jr. told 36-year-old Brett Haines, "It seems
readily apparent to me that you don't like black people. That's OK with
me. But you have to understand that you are at the whim and authority of
a black judge."
Mallory gave Haines the choice of attending black church services for
six Sundays or spending
30 days in lockup. Haines decided to go the church route, although he
doesn't usually worship on Sunday.
Haines was convicted of disorderly conduct. He was arrested in
November after threatening cab driver David Wilson and Wilson's wife.
Wilson said he \wished the judge had thrown Haines directly behind
bars. because, in his words, "Church don't change e\ erybody."
Debra Lee Elevated to Chairman and
CEO of BET as Founder Departs
Debra L. Lee. already CEO of\ iacom. Inc. sub-
sidiary BET Networks. has been elevated to the
rank of Chairman effective immediately. Lee
assumes, the reins of chairman as BET Founder
Robert Johnson officially ended his employ ment
with the company he founded more than 25 years
S-o. Johnson left BET's Northeast Washington,
DC headquarters for the final time last week amid
a hearty toast b\ senior executties: emotional
cheers and handshakes from BET employees: and
a sea of black and platinum BET-logo balloons
cascadmg across the company's campus as he drove away.
A Harxard-educated lawyer. Lee takes total change of BET at a time
"hen the brand is the most dominant consumer icon for African
Americans: is coming off its most successful viewership season ever: and
an all-time distribution high of more than 80 million homes in the United
States. Canada and the Caribbean. Lee. 51. first joined BET as vice pres-
ident and general cotuisel in 1986.
Episcopalians Propose Sainthood
for Thurgood Marshall
Episcopalians from a church here the late
Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall
worshipped are asking their denomination to .
name him a saint.
Marshall. ahoa died in 1993. was a towering
fid-ure in the civil rights movement and the
first black justice to sit on the nation's highest d
NMembers of St. Augustine's Church in
Washington. D.C.. will seek initial approval
for the honor Frida\ from delegates to the
con mention of the Episcopal Diocese of
T'\o consecutive meetings of the denomination's national legislature -
xhich gathers every three years will then consider the proposal.
it approved, Klarshall's name would be added to the Book of Lesser
Feasts and Fasts, a primary, worship book for the New York-based
denomination. A feast day in his honor would be celebrated NIMa 17, the
anni\ ersary of his victorN in Brown 1. Board of Education.
Criteria for Episcopal sainthood include heatherr the nominee \\as an
extraordinaryr or e\ en heroic" servant of God and whether r the person
ser ed humanitN on behalf of Christ. according to the %%orship book.
Amniong other contemporary\ Episcopal saints are the Re\. Martin Luther
Paul Rusesabagina Honored for
Heroism in South African Genocide
oThe members of the Re\. Leon H.
Sullivan Humanitarian Award
Committee will bestow the mnaugu-
ral "Sullivan A.ward" to Pault
Rusesabagina, hosee story of life-
saving heroism \\as profiled in the
critical' acclaimed film. "Hotel
The award is a global recognition
named in honor of the late. visionary
clergyman and civil rights leader
from Philadelphia, Penn. The exent
will be held at the W\rndham
Franklin Plaza Hotel in Philadelphia on Feb. 19 front 2 to 5:15 p.m.
As part of the program. Rusesabagina will present the first Sulllan
Distinguished Lecture. The exent will also feature an historical art exhib-
it and concert by the Zion Combined Choir, commemorating the life of
Volume 20 No. 1 Jacksonville, Florida January 26 February 1, 2006
Teen entrepreneurs Ronald Lewis, and Marcus Lewis are pictured above with their mother, Debra Lewis,
far left; and basketball legend Bob Lanier, second right; in Orlando, at the Supershow. The Supershow is
a conference and trade show for anyone buying or selling athletic apparel and equipment. The brothers met
Lanier while attempting to strike a deal with Mitchell & Ness Athletic War.
Products of Raines High School
Hit Big with Versatile Internet Business
Raines High School graduate,
Ronald Lewis, 19; and his brother,
Marcus Lewis, 17, a senior at
Raines; have become successful
business men, though they are still
teenagers. Using their innate talent
and a hunger to become business-
men in the athletic and promotions
Over Half of
The National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People
(NAACP) reported this week that
over 50% of the members of both
the U.S. Senate and House of
Representatives were graded "F"
on the NAACP's key civil rights
agenda reflected in votes taken dur-
ing the first session of the 109th
Congress. The voting session ran
from January 4 through December
22, 2005. The legislative report
card cites 233 of the 435 voting
House Members and 52 of the 100
Senators received an "F" grade.
Bruce S. Gordon, NAACP
President and CEO, said, "Since
1914 the NAACP Legislative
Report Card has served as a non-
partisan assessment of how the
U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of
Representatives vote on the core
civil rights issues. It provides an
evaluation of how well each mem-
ber of Congress worked to advance
an agenda that would strengthen -
Continued on page 3
business, the brothers launched the
less than a year ago, in April 2005.
The online one-stop-shop is an
umbrella business that consists of
three divisions: athletics, electron-
ics, and promotions. Collectively,
the business divisions offer athletic
A .. M_
apparel for sports teams, promo-
tional items (i.e. shirts, ink pens,
key chains) for businesses and even
trendy MP3 Players and digital
cameras, which are all popular
among Ron and Marcus' peers.
"All of our friends have cars -
Continued on page 7
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Magnet Mania Nets Thousands of
Interested Students and Parents
Shown above at the Magnet Mania are picking out books is Anne
Hawkins holding her 10 month old Julianna as her brother Saul McDonald
looks on. Ms. Hawkins was attending Magnet Mania in hopes of gaining
greater knowledge about placing her daughter Shannon in the medical pro-
gram at Damell Cookman. For more see page 3.
Poor and Black
By. Askia Muhammad
Special from the Final Call
NNPA President George Bush
and a convoy of five Marine Corps
helicopters carrying staff and
reporters flew from here Jan. 9 to a
country elementary school in nearby
Glen Burnie, Md., to observe the
fourth anniversary of his "No Child
Left Behind" legislation. The setting
was North Glen Elementary School,
where the reading gap between
Black and White children has been
But even as Pres. Bush, flanked by
First Lady Laura Bush and
Education Secretary Margaret
Spellings, lavished praise on North
Glen School, he flew over dozens of
neighborhoods and schools in the
District of Columbia and neighbor-
ing Prince George's County, where
the schools are still failing, and
where practically all the Black and
poor children in those schools have
been left behind.
"This is a school that believes any
child can learn, not just certain chil-
dren," said Pres. Bush at North Glen
School. In 2003, 30 percent fewer
Black third-graders scored profi-
ciently on state tests than did their
White peers. But last year, more
Black third-graders reached profi-
ciency than Whites. Closing the
achievement gap is a cornerstone of
No Child Left Behind, which
requires states to make all students
proficient in math and reading by
2014. Pres. Bush signed the bill into
law in 2002.
But not everyone supports the pres-
ident's education initiatives. In a
first-of-its-kind lawsuit, 10 states
and the National Education
Association (NEA) filed a lawsuit
against Secretary Spellings last year,
alleging No Child Left Behind creat-
ed an unfunded mandate on local
schools districts. Maryland, where
President Bush visited, was not
among those joining that lawsuit.
While the president proudly points
out the system's victories, the suc-
cesses are the exceptions, not the
rule his critics insist.
"For everyone of those we are sav-
ing through a variety of these kinds
of programs, we are losing nine or
10 and we've got to confront it,"
says Marian Wright Edelman,
founder and president of the
Children's Defense Fund. "The
Black community has got to confront
it. The country's got to confront it."
The president and Republicans in
Congress "have failed to live up to
their part of the bargain," com-
plained House Democratic Leader -
Continued on page 7
Rusesabagina. \\ho now resides in Belgium, was the Rwandan hotel
general manager who was instrumental in saving the lives of 1,200 peo-
ple during the 100-day genocide in Rwanda that took place in 1994.
January 26 February 1, 2006
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Volunteer Jacksonville's BLUE-
PRINT for Leadership Class of
2006 held its kickoff luncheon last
week at the Cummer Art Museum
& Gardens. The program is a six-
month leadership program
designed to prepare local leaders
for effective and meaningful com-
munity service on a nonprofit gov-
erning or advisory board.
Speakers and panelists on hand for
the kickoff consisted of a host of
community leaders including:
Mary Blake-Holley, City of
Madeline Scales-Taylor, the
Reverend Zelma Dickerson, Shands
Medical Center, Brenda Priestley
Jackson, Chair Duval County
School Board; Edgar L. Mathis,
Juvenile Justice; and Judy Smith,
CEO & President, Volunteer
Members of the 2006 class
include: Banke Ayileka Shands
Hospital Baptist Hospital;
Stephanie Backstom -
Medtronic/Bee Ready; Eric
Berzsenyi Citi Cards Division of
Citigroup; JoAnn Brooks CSX
Transportation; Dedie Campbell -
HomeBanc Mortgage Corporation;
Mario Chatman Community
Rehabilitation Center; Cristina
Comstock Blue Cypress Golf
Club/Comstock Landscaping & Irr.;
Bill David COJ Jacksonville
Human Rights Commission; Vickie
Inc. ; Timothy Delp Home Banc
Mortgage Company; Viky Divertie
- Solantic; Michael Edwards -
Tabernacle Baptist Institutional
Church; Sean Glenn -Mayo Clinic;
Rosanna Hamrick Citigroup;
Charlotte Gillam-Isaac Walgreens
Pharmacy; Lawrence Jefferson -
Jacksonville Sheriffs Office;
Steffanie Jones Lighthouse
Christian School; Linda Kerdolff -
The Colomer Group; Cheryl
Kinson UF & Shands Jackie Lee -
Shands; Lydia Miller Boys Home
Association; Shawana Montgomery
-Catapult Learning Education
Station ; Shana Pack-Gangluff -
Health Designs & Wellthy, LLC;
Sharon Porter Merrill Lynch;
Karen Prewitt Publix Super
Markets, Inc.; Elouise Saunders -
Volunteers of America Florida;
Valerie Saunders -Title Clearing
House ; David Shaw COJ Parks
Recreation & Entertainment; Lori
Smith State Farm Insurance
;Vanetta Thomas -City of
Jacksonville ; Elizabeth Wierda -
St. Jolms County School District
and Mark Wright Blue Cross &
Blue Shield of Florida.
For more information on how to
get involved in BLUEPRINT for
Leadership, contact Kim Jolmson,
at Volunteer Jacksonville at (904)
332-6767 or e-mail: kim@volun-
Planning Your Last
by Michael G. Shinn, CFP
In the movie, "Last Holiday"
Queen Latifah plays the role of
Georgia Byrd, a lonely sales clerk
with big dreams, trapped in a hum-
drum and boring existence. Her life
changes dramatically when she is
serendipitously diagnosed with a
terminal illness and is told that she
has only three weeks to live. She
throws caution to the wind, cashes
in her 401K and embarks on a
grand European Holiday. In a
touching scene, while elegantly
dressed and reflectively looking in
the mirror, Georgia says to herself,
"Next time around we'll do things
differently. We'll laugh more, love
more and I just won't be afraid." In
Hollywood fashion, this story has a
Your Last Holiday
Suppose you were told that the
next Holiday Season will be your
last here on earth. How would you
react? What would you do differ-
ently? How would you attempt to
fulfill your dreams and life ambi-
tions? Like Georgia, would you
throw caution to the wind and
attempt to go out in a blaze of con-
spicuous consumption? Or, would
you spend your remaining time
focused on family and close rela-
tions? Or, would you just keep on
doing what you've been doing?
What would you do?
Most people won't have that life
changing experience that will cause
them to seriously evaluate where
they are and where they are going.
They will go through 2006, pretty
much doing as they always have
and hoping to maintain the status
quo. Unfortunately, the year will
end just as Tennessee Ernie Ford
sang in his classic ballad, Sixteen
Tons, "You load sixteen tons and
what do you get, a little bit older
and deeper in debt. Saint Peter
don't you call me cause I can't go, I
owe my soul to the company store."
Keys for Financial Success
For most people in America,
achieving their life goals is inextri-
cably intertwined with achieving
their financial goals. There are four
keys to achieving financial success.
Set Goals- Having clearly defined
family financial goals guides the
financial decision making process
in both the short and long term.
The first step is to sit down with
your family and discuss your short,
medium and long-term financial
goals. Write down your goals and
review them at least quarterly.
Start Right Now- Procrastination
stops most people dead in their
tracks, because they just don't do
anything to achieve their financial
goals. Procrastination costs money
and wastes valuable time that can-
not be made up. Start right now to
work on achieving your financial
goals---tomorrow may be too late!
Understand Your Finances- Most
Americans will spend more time in
a week watching television (20
hours) than they will spend in a
year working on or educating them-
selves about their personal
finances. Go to the public library
and read investment books, maga-
zines and newspapers. Watch the
daily financial news reports on tele-
vision. Having a basic understand-
ing of personal finance is a key to
Eliminate Credit Card Debt-
Credit card debt is huge barrier to
achieving financial success. Use
this simple rule, "if you can't afford
to pay for something within the
next thirty days--- don't use your
credit card to buy it." If you have
current credit card debt, don' t add
to it and then figure out a way to
pay it off within the next 12
months. Don't let credit card debt
prevent you from achieving finan-
Fortunately for most of us, we
will have many more holidays to
celebrate. Start right now to
achieve your goals and live your
dreams. The only person that can
change your situation is you, but
you have to start today.
Michael G Shinn, CFP, Registered
Representative and Advisory Associate
of and securities offered through
Financial Network Investment
Corporation, member SIPC. Visit
www.shinnfinancial.com for more
information or to send your comments
or questions to shinnm@financialnet-
work.com. Michael G Shinn 2006.
Nominations Sought for Black
Enterprise Entrepreneur Awards
Black Enterprise Magazine is seeking nominations for the 2006 Black
Enterprise Small Business Awards. Tthe awards recognize outstanding
African American entrepreneurs for business excellence. BLACK ENTER-
PRISE will present awards in the following categories:
- The Emerging Company of the Year honors an organization that has
adopted creative marketing techniques, carved out a special niche or strate-
gically capitalized on general market opportunities.
- The Rising Star award recognizes exceptional business achievement by
persons under the age of 35.
- The Business Innovator of the Year acknowledges an individual who has
broken new ground or developed a new and unique business method.
To be eligible for nomination in these categories, companies must: be
independently owned; be at least five years old; be at least 51% black
owned; and generate annual revenues of at least $250,000 but no more than
$20 million. Businesses should demonstrate a pattern of increasing rev-
enues for the two years preceding the nomination application and must have
a minimum of three employees.
The Kidpreneur/Teenpreneur of the Year award honors a young entre-
preneur or group, age 17 or under, who is committed to advancing the rich
tradition of black business achievement.
Honorees will be announced in Dallas, Texas on May 20, 2006 at the
Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference and Dealmakers Expoand will
also be profiled as one of America's best small businesses in a future issue
of BE. Entries must be received by January 31, 2006.
Nomination forms can be obtained at www.blackenterprise.com/sba or by
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Blueprint for Leadership 2006
Class Officially Kicks Off
Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 3
January 26 February 1 2 6
.- .Despite Openings, No New
SBlack Coaches in the NFL
Shown above are Fiesta Dancers from M.L. King Elementary.
Magnet Mania Had All the Answers
for Interested Parents and Students
The streets of A. Phillip Randolph
were filled Saturday with hand
guiding policeman to direct the
thousands of individuals who sur-
rounded the Fairgrounds. While
many were attending the circus, a
majority circulated in and out of the
Fairgrounds throughout the morn-
ing and early afternoon to learn
about Magnet Mania, the annual
showcasing opportunity provided
by the school system to enlighten
and educate interested students and
parents about the county's award
winning magnet school program.
In addition to the administrators
and teachers on hand to describe
some of the 50+ specialty schools,
students were also in attendance to
recruit some of the 8000 expected
students and families
The county's magnet program was
designed to answer the city's case
of segregating the public school
system. Over the course of the last
fourteen years, the program has
grown from a small experimental
voluntary desegregation plan to
encompassing over 20,000 students
involved in 51 programs in 50
Attendance in the programs are
not mandatory. It's up to each fami-
ly to decide whether to go to their
neighborhood school or to apply for
one of the magnet program offer-
Sheila Edwards attended the Expo
with her four year old daughter eye-
Continued from page 1
The report card shows that of the
100 voting Senators, three received
a "D", four received a "C" and
twelve Senators received a "B".
The remaining 29 voted in support
of the NAACP's grassroots based
civil rights priorities 90% or more
of the time, receiving an "A" grade.
In the House of Representatives,
seven members received a "D"
grade, while 58 of the
Representatives received a "C" or a
"B" grade. The remaining 133 of
the Representatives received an
"A" grade for supporting key civil
rights initiatives 90 to 100% of the
time. Votes in both the Senate and
House were cast, among others, on
education, healthcare, criminal jus-
tice, housing, environmental jus-
tice, civil liberties and the budget.
Four members received "incom-
pletes" as they did not serve the
entire first session.
Hilary Shelton, Director, NAACP
Washington Bureau, said, "We are
extremely disappointed that the full
Congress does not demonstrate a
stronger commitment to a civil
rights agenda that protects all
Americans' civil rights, regardless
of race, gender, ethnicity, national
origin or religious affiliation."
"The NAACP's report card is
updated and distributed twice in
each Congress and each Congress
is two years long," said Shelton.
"Congress has the chance, and the
obligation, to strengthen and
advance America's civil rights
laws. These bills reflect policies
that would work to improve
America's public schools, increase
opportunities to attend college,
bring integrity to the confirmation
of federal judges that respect the
rule of the law in a diverse nation
and improve the quality of life for
The full report card is available
at the NAACP website at
www.naacp.org. The final report
card for the 109th Congress will be
issued at the end of the second ses-
sion when Congress adjourns in the
fall of 2006.
ing potential good programs, but it
was her daughter Maya, currently at
A. Phillip Randolph who was eye-
ing Peterson Academy and a career
as a hair stylist.
"I love doing hair, I always have."
says the fifteen year old. "Matter of
fact, I don't see myself doing any-
By attending the school, she will
learn all aspects of the art and sci-
ence of cosmetology. At the com-
pletion of the course, Maya will be
prepared to take the required state-
board licensing exam. Her studies
would be done in a modem, fully
equipped hair-and-nail salon that is
open to the public, all at no cost to
her. The opportunity eliminates
paying for Beauty School and
equips her to start earning the aver-
age $40,000+ salary that beauti-
t, ljt'mng.' ,wr-t~aii,. :..*":f -a wa..- *~ si
Naseema Hassaan, a librarian at Susie Tolbert was on hand to high-
light the benefits of participating in the school's gifted program.
Administrators and teachers were available discuss their respective
programs with interested parents and students.
Parents can enter the program
through the once a year application
process and enrollment is by a lot-
tery system. Certain students are
given preference based on criteria
such as having a sibling in a pro-
gram already or having active-duty
The application deadline is
WASHINGTON This month, for
the first time, an NFL team traded
for a black head coach. Otherwise,
the annual round of hirings has
been a disappointment to those who
have worked to bring more diversi-
ty to the league's coaching ranks.
Nine out of 10 openings have been
filled, with no net gain in the cur-
rent tally of six black head coaches.
"We have some things to point to
that we think are successful,"
lawyer Cyrus Mehri said at a
forum on hiring practices spon-
sored by the American Constitution
Society. "We had a record number
of interviews this year, over 25,
which will increase or strengthen
the pipeline as we go forward. We
also had for the first time a trade for
an African-American coach.
It's been nearly 3 1/2 years since
Mehri and the late Johnnie Cochran
released a landmark report that crit-
icized NFL hiring practices and
prompted the league to create the
"Rooney Rule," which requires
teams to interview at least one
minority candidate when searching
for a new head coach.
Since then, the number of black
head coaches has increased from
two to six in the 32-team league,
and more blacks are working in
NFL front offices. Still, much more
progress was expected this year
because of the unusually high num-
ber of vacancies.
"The Rooney Rule is doing a good
job," said Michael Haynes, the
league's vice president of player
and employee development. "It's a
nice process, but it does not neces-
sarily mean a commitment to diver-
sity. I think there's a difference.
Right now this is working, but
there's still some pitfalls."
Mehri read the names of the nine
coaches hired to date Oakland is
only team still with an opening.
Black coach Herman Edwards was
traded from the New York Jets to
the Kansas City Chiefs, but most
of the other hires were white assis-
tants, including former New
England defensive coordinator Eric
Mangini, who at age 35 becomes
the NFL's youngest coach.
Mehri then read a list of minority
candidates who weren't chosen: Art
Shell, Jim Caldwell, Tim Lewis,
Ted Cottrell, Donnie Henderson,
Ron Rivera, Maurice Carthon, Jerry
Gray and Greg Blache.
"If you look at the first list and
compare it to the second list, you'll
see that the black coaching candi-
dates were at least as strong, if not
stronger, than those who were
selected," Mehri said. "Each team
could say what their justifications
were, but if you look at it collec-
tively, it still shows that there's an
uphill battle for African-American
Later, it was pointed out that none
of the 32 teams has a minority as its
"I think that would make a huge
difference," Haynes said, "if we
had, say, four African-American or
minority owners. The fact that we
have none, I think that's a big prob-
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LIVE FROM CITY HALL
by Jacksonville City Councilman Reginald Fullwood
Despite the Recent Murders in the City,
Deadly Force Law Still Dangerous
Jacksonville used to have the
unscrupulous distinction for being
the murder capital of the United
States before New Orleans took
that title and ran with it for a while.
But those were the good old days,
right? Well, not quite considering
that there were 10 homicides in the
city in the first 19 days of 2006.
That is a very scary figure, but the
rash of recent murder doesn't con-
stitute folks turning the city into
the Wild, Wild West. And unfortu-
nately new state gun laws almost
encourage people to go out and
purchase a gun.
Imagine this scenario, you are at
the basketball court playing a little
ball and you get in to a scuffle with
an opponent, which is nothing new
at the park. You push him, he push-
es you and then punches are
thrown. The person you are fight-
ing runs and gets a gun and shoots
The shot wasn't fatal, but when
the police come they don't arrest
the shooter because he has the right
to defend himself with "deadly
force" because he felt that his life
It sounds absurd that a person
could use a gun on an unarmed
man and not be arrested, but it is
real because of the "Deadly Force"
law passed by the Florida legisla-
ture last year. The new law
rearranges the very foundation of
the state's self defense law, and
basically states that victims of vio-
lence don't have to retreat when
attacked, an can fight back even if
they are in a public place.
You might be saying wait a
minute that actually sounds like a
good thing. Victims of crime now
can fight back versus running
away, but the devil is in the details.
Under the bill, a person is justified
in using deadly force when the
force is "necessary to prevent
death, great harm or the commis-
sion of a forcible felony."
Recently, an unarmed man was
shot and killed, but the person
committing the homicide was
released from jail because of the
deadly force law. Apparently the
two men knew each other and
dated the same woman, which had
been the center of several con-
frontations in the past. So the State
Attorney's Office ruled that the
shooter was justified in his use of
It is a very scary thought to me
when a person only needs to justify
a murder by saying that they felt
that their life was threatened. This
could very well be one of those
bills that was passed with good
intentions, but may become a judi-
When you start legislating initia-
tives that are subjective in nature
there is always going to be trouble.
How do you clearly validate if a
situation is necessary to prevent
death or harm?
Going back to my basketball
court analogy, the person who used
the gun could easily argue that
because he was getting beaten pret-
ty badly he ran to get his gun to
prevent more harm. I know that the
example I used is a stretch to some,
but it is not uncommon for fights to
break out on basketball courts.
The bill's supporters including
the National Rifle Association say
it is a necessary self-defense meas-
ure for potential victims of those
crimes. The deadly force legisla-
tion does not change the require-
ments for carrying a concealed
weapon, which is the only good
portion of the bill. People without
permits can still have guns in their
homes or in the glove compart-
ments of cars as long as
they have not been con- -6i
victed of a felony.
We are definitely headed
down a slippery slope, but
the passage of this law last I
year reinforces the danger
of not having firm check
and balances in place in -
government because ot',)f
one-party politics. The
NRA and the Republican
Party are joined at the hip., 7
so their agenda often
becomes the GOP agenda,
and it may surprise some. -
but I am not saying that
that relationship is a bad f
I just think that sometimes to
have to put politics aside and look
at issues like "deadly force" from
a practical perspective. I sympa-
thize with the rights of a citizen to
protect himself in his home, but
this new law has just given a green
light to any person with a short
fuse and a gun to commit homi-
cide as long as they can justify a
Many of us Americans are so fas-
cinated by guns and violence but
the continued need for gun control
is critical. H. Rap Brown once said,
"Violence is as American as cherry
pie." A scary thought that has some
We now live in a society that con-
tinues to be dictated by special
interest politics and folks who are
so focused on their own lives that
the bigger picture no longer mat-
ters. The by-product of this new
retaliation law could be an increase
in violence throughout the state all
in the name of self-defense.
And for some reason I have a feel-
ing that race, social status will
come into play when standing
before a judge or state attorney as
they interpret if the deadly force
you used was truly warranted.
Signing off from the Green Acres
Have We as a Society
Failed the "Homeless ?
By Kimberly Jane Wilson
A hard truth about homelessness in American smacked me in the"inose.
The day bad started out great. As soon as I stepped aboard my bus, how-
ever, the good feelings evaporated like dew in the morning sun. The bus
driver, nonnally a jovial, smiling man who greeted everyone, looked grim,
The passenger sitting behind, him had a pained- expression, and her trem-
bling hand covered her mouth. Had I just walked onto a hijacked bus?
In a way, I had. A homeless man was sitting in the .first row.
The stench of his unwashed body was overwhelm-ming. He reeked of
bodily waste, alcohol and. okl vomit. His expression .was hostile, and hiL4s
hands were balled into fists as if ready to attack. I pretended he wasn't there,,
but my stomach and.stinging eyes -woulduit go along with the ruse. After.
few minutes. I: opened the whdovw and leaned toward the fresh air. At the-
next stop, the passengers seemed to leap.p:as one and rush.from the bus.:
Later. I walked past a church aridhoticed a man and'voman Ill1 call"fOb :
and "Cindy" They're your garden variety fallen-into-the-gutter-and won't
get-up, type of drunks. ,B.oth'are curing as they manage .to sh0ow.up :at thi,
same c&drch every day just as people are entering or leaving service.'Cind&
frequently quotes the Bible or loudly calls anyone who. won't give hertado4-
lar a Pharisee. On days she's gone .too long without a drink, she can. u'.
aggressive. Bob specializes in rushing up to little old ladies andbolding.~oat
his hat while looking as sad as possible. "..
Across the street from the church is one of those tiny parks meantAto b
a miniature oasis in the city. fs ow:'an eyesore where ruined I6 .p1I
pigeons and rats reign supreme. The Bull Woman used to live there. Called'
her that because, on most days, she -sat ih. the park with a blaik'
expression. She never begged and I'm not certain she even realizedT..hat.a.
shapes moving past her eveiy day were human beings. '."- -.'.
Sometimes I'd walk by and see B'ull Woman's exposed br-ast ah"'fe"
Occasionally, she'd talk to someone visible only to herself. Those We
good days. On a bad day the Bull Woman frightened people,and I'c-
never figure out what had set her off. Someone would walk by .and sudden^
ly the Bull Woman became alert as if a bright light had been turned ooile:
Focused on some unlucky person, she'd stand up. curse and rush toward'
them. I wondered how long it-would be before she actually hurt somerhe oeoQ
herself. One day, Bull Woman wasn't ir the park anymore. I never't seW.
Although I've described these people as homeless, that's not quite'aee.
rate. The man on the bus, Bull Woman, and Bob and Cindy, all have prol-.-
lems that go beyond mere.housing. These. poor people aren't'on the s.mstre
because of mean old conservatives, the economy or stingy taxpayers, You
could hand them a rent-free apartment and a simple job requiring no more.
than a few hours of their time per week-and it wouldn't do' any good'.'i
apartment would be trashed or abandoned 'within days, if not hours..The job
would be more than their shattered brains o'ul:handle.. .. .; :,
Sick people are wandering our streets, whether the reasons are mental i-
ness or addiction. If society can be'jdged by how itf treats its mositf* A
members, ours certainly has failed. We who live and -work in the city hayte.
become adept at not seeing the human wrecks urinating on street corrfera;:
sleeping on sidewalks or screaming in the park. We rush past them.'holding
our breath. We ignore the whiff of truth. .
Except for the truly hard hearted, none of us would leave a shooting vie-
tim in the street. If someone was struck by a oar, we'd at least call 911.
Why, the, -do we abandon tbe-meitafl ill.too.,; *
helpless suffering on'our'strets? '. '- : : '
Khnberly Jane ison 's a me ,ber ,h"e N .itn.ed Advisor c of.
African American leadership network Prolecrf21 and a' freelance. ~itW r i N iter
KTrginia. Comments nima, be eiit to Project2l@inatioiialcn&et'eorg., '
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iUanui~y 4r EUhuiarA 1 f.V 6 M. P F
school system. As a lawyer, he
served a stint at the federal Justice
He also served the city for 20
years, as city councilman and then
as mayor a noble choice for a tal-
ented lawyer who didn't need City
Hall to earn a six-figure salary,
Although Campbell made bad
choices in trusting people who
committed crimes under his watch,
he was not aware of their activities,
Martin said. "How does the mayor
of any city know what their
employees are doing?" he asked the
Former Atlanta Mayor's Trial
Starts for Bribery and Forgery
Bill Campbell was mayor of Atlanta from 1994 to 2002.
ATLANTA Former Mayor Bill
Campbell treated city contractors
like "human ATMs," taking tens of
thousands of dollars in cash and
gifts in exchange for favors, prose-
cutors told jurors Monday in open-
ing statements at his federal corrup-
Campbell's attorneys countered
that he would never have abused his
elected position because of his life-
long dedication to civil rights and
Before opening statements, U.S.
marshals quieted dozens of
Campbell supporters who were
singing "We Shall Overcome" in
the hallway outside the courtroom.
Campbell, once considered a ris-
ing star in the national Democratic
Party, is charged with racketeering,
bribery and fraud.
Money he allegedly pocketed
included $50,000 in cash from a
strip club operator who wanted help
getting a liquor license and $55,000
from a computer company vying
for a city contract. Campbell also
allegedly accepted an all-expenses-
paid trip to Paris worth nearly
$13,000 from a water company.
The 2004 indictments against
Campbell, 52, were the result of a
seven-year federal probe that led to
the convictions of 10 city officials
or connaictors. Some are expected
to testify against him.
Prosecutor Sally Yates said that
while in office from 1994 to 2002,
Campbell and his associates made it
clear to contractors that they had to
"pay to play."
Yates cited Campbell's bank
records that showed a drop-off in
ATM withdrawals from his person-
al bank accounts from up to
$20,000 a year to a mere $69 a year.
She pinned that on Campbell's tak-
ing payoffs, and of using city con-
tractors as his "human ATMs."
Lead defense attorney Billy
Martin shook Campbell's hand
before making his opening remarks.
"Bill Campbell has been waiting
for this moment to tell his side of
the story," Martin said. "He may
have done some things he's not
proud of, but it was not bribery and
it was not illegal."
Among his shortcomings may
have been extramarital affairs while
in office, which prosecutors
brought up despite assertions that
the trial is not about Campbell's
personal life.Defense attorneys
urged jurors to leave judgment on
those matters to Campbell's wife of
28 years, who sat behind him.
Martin characterized Campbell as
a man who sought a life of public
service from age 7, when he inte-
grated lie' Raleigh, N.C., public
Florida Man Freed After 24 Years in Prison
TAMPA, Fla. Alan Crotzer
stepped into the warm sunlight out-
side the courthouse Monday and
raised his arms to the sky, celebrat-
ing his freedom after more than 24
years behind bars for crimes he did-
A judge freed the 45-year-old
Crotzer after DNA testing and other
evidence convinced prosecutors he
was not involved in the 1981 armed
robbery and rapes that led to his
130-year prison sentence.
"It's been a long time coming,"
said Crotzer, his black hair graying
at the temples. "Thank God for this
Crotzer walked free more than
three years after he wrote to the
Innocence Project in New York, a
legal clinic that seeks to exonerate
inmates through DNA testing.
"Are you ready for what you wait-
ed so long to hear?" Circuit Judge J.
Rogers Padgett said to Crotzer dur-
ing the brief hearing. "Motion
granted you're a free man."
Members of Crotzer's family and
other courtroom spectators clapped
and cheered as a bailiff removed the
shackles from his wrists and ankles.
Prosecutor Mike Sinacore congrat-
ulated him;. "Trying to fi an error
S.,. .... _,
Alan Crotzer, center, throws his arms up in the air as he leaves the
Hillsborough County Courthouse in Tampa, Fla., with law student
Sam Roberts, left, and attorney David Menschel, right, after being
released from prison. Crotzer spent almost 25-years in prison.Crotzer
spent almost 25-years in prison before being released when DNA evi-
dence proved he did not take part in a 1982 brutal Tampa, rape and
in the system is just as important as according to the Innocence Project.
trying to convict someone who is Crotzer and brothers Douglas
guilty," he said. James and Corlenzo James were
DNA has been used to clear at convicted of robbing a Tampa fam-
least 172 people wrongly convicted ily in 1981., Douglas James and
,of crimes in. 31! states since *1989; Ciotzer ',.ere also found guilty of
kidnapping and raping a 38-year-
old woman and her 12-year-old girl
A victim picked Crotzer out of a
photo lineup. But Douglas James
says Crotzer is innocent. He said he
and his brother were the rapists and
a childhood friend was their accom-
Crotzer, who has never held a pay-
ing job, said he will go live with a
sister in St. Petersburg and try to
find work. His attorneys said they
will seek compensation from the
state for him.
In December, Gov. Jeb Bush
signed a bill allowing Wilton Dedge
to receive $2 million for the 22
years he spent in prison for a rape
he did not commit. Dedge, 44, also
was exonerated by DNA evidence.
"There ain't no compensation for
what they done to me," said
Crotzer, whose mother died while
incarcerated. "But I'm not bitter."
Crotzer said he was looking for-
ward to a barbecue with his family,
who promised him his favorites -
pork chops and banana pudding.
Then, he said, he wanted to take a
bath in a real bathtub.
"I want to soak," he said. "I want
to get some ofthis off me."
Jacksonville Delta's Planning Heart Healthy v
Activities in Celebration of 60th Anniversary :
The Jackson tile Chapter of and reception will benefit the Heart Health Symnpsita.
elta Sigma Theta Sororits, Inc. American Heart Association's Regency Square.M4,all,:Th'i.I
ill be celebrating 60 Nears of Search Your Heart program (a sium is from 11 -3and iIG.fte&tdtB:
nice to the Jacksonville faith-based heart-health and stroke public. The. ,.syt2posiui
ommunitv with a host of activi- prevention program to educate include physical fftines exp
es. To commemorate he occasion, African Americans through hands- nutrition Info ato heartt.al
series of events are being held to on prevention, including health screenings,' infonation about
ise awareness for women and screenings, workshops and activi- women and .heart. disease, aidk
heart disease, and promote heart ties). The gala concert will feature more. .
health on the First Coast. The goal the Ritz Chamber Players. "Cardiovascular disease is the.No
to reach over 60.000 African- The concert will be held at the 1 killer of all Ainerican wom6Dj
mneicans in an effort to enlighten Times-Union Center for the African American women 'are.
id bring awareness to heart Performing Arts Terry Theater. A greater risk for cardiovascular dis.
health. pre-gala reception will begin at ease than any other ethnic-group,:
The 60th vyear anni\ersar, eel- 6:30 pm. The concert will begin at yet we are less likely'to know thark
ration will kick oft on Thursda',. S:15 pm. we may have. major risk" fa rtor'
february 9th with "A Red Dress On Saturday. February 11th the said Pat Sams, Delta 60tli
fTair" Gala Concert. The conceit chapter is hosting a Red Dress Anniversary Chair. .:,
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January 26 February 1, 2006
Praise the Lord Gospel!
New Bethel A.M.E. Church is hosting Michael Michner and Abundant
Life in 'The Fellowship' A program of song featuring many other artist and
churches. The program will be on Saturday, January 28th beginning t 7
p.m. For more information call Mike at: (904)254-8222.
Hope Chapel Thespians to Present
"Gee Wiz-It's the Gospel" at the Ritz
The Hope Chapel Thespians will present "Gee Wiz It's the Gospel!",
a musical theatrical production, at 6:30 p.m., Saturday evening, January
28, 2006, at The Ritz Theatre, 829 N. Davis Street.
The production, already hailed to be one of the newest, creative, capti-
vation and effective ways of portraying the gospel. Please, join us in tak-
ing a timeless look at a classic play, which portrays an eternal message.
"Gee Wiz It's the Gospel", the theatrical play, written, produced and
directed by Allison Holmes Barley.
For more information, call (904) 024-2000, or visit online at www.
True Believers in Christ Christian Center
to Host Bishop, Dr. Jan D. Goodman Sr.
Bishop Dr. Jan D. Goodman Sr., founder and Pastor of One Accord
Ministries International Inc., 2971 Waller Street, Jacksonville; will be the
guest preacher, in fellowship with Believers in Christ Christian Center,
Bishop Don E. Bernard, Pastor; 11565 North Main Street; at 5 p.m. on
Sunday, January 29, 2006, at Believers in Christ Christian Center. The
community is invited.
One Accord believes in supporting other ministries in the work of soul
winning. One Accord is the home of JDG Ministries Inc., and First Lady
productions/GPIP Records, founded by Evangelist, Dr. Vera J. Goodman,
wife of Bishop, Dr. Goodman, who produced "The Rock" the latest CD
recorded by Bishop, Dr. Goodman Sr. and the Voices of One Accord. She
also preaches the Gospel, and ministers at Women's Conferences as well as
at home in One Accord.
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Greater Macedonia Celebrates 30th
Anniversary of Pastor Landon Williams, Sr.
Dr. Landon L. Williams
Dr. Landon L. Willams
Churches have an obligation to
help end the "poisoned atmosphere"
surrounding the acceptance of
homosexuals, the Rev. Al Sharpton
said at a summit organized by a
national black gay rights group.
The group invited religious lead-
ers to brainstorm ways to get their
message of tolerance across to
church leaders, who are some of the
most influential figures in black
communities. Several portrayed it
as a civil rights issue.
"Our dialogue is the possibility of
being acknowledged, loved and
accepted. It can happen," said
Donna Payne, vice president of the
Greater Macedonia Baptist
Church, 1880 W. Edgewood Ave.,
will celebrate the 30th Anniversary
of Pastor Landon L. Williams, Sr.,
the second weekend in February.
An Anniversary Banquet will be
held at 6 p.m., Saturday, February
11llth, at the Philippian Community
Church Multipurpose Center, 7540
New Kings Road. Individual tickets
and tables of 8 are available, tickets
are available, and all churches and
the public are invited to participate.
Please visit the church office by
Sunday, January 29th to assure your
Anniversary Celebration Services
National Black Justice Coalition,
composed of black lesbian, gay,
bisexual and transgender activists.
Sharpton, a former Democratic
presidential candidate who head-
lined Friday's start to the summit,
said black church leaders need to
acknowledge that homophobia
affects everyone's civil rights.
"You cannot talk about civil rights
and limit who's included in the civil
movement," Sharpton said.
He said it is every church's obli-
gation to help end the "poisoned
atmosphere" of acceptance of
have a front seat in the car leading
will be held at 4 p.m., Sunday
February 12th, and at 4 p.m., on
Sunday, February 19, 2006.
The community is invited to join
the Greater Macedonia Church
family as they honor and celebrate
the commitments Dr. Williams has
fulfilled to God, the Macedonia
family, and the community, for the
past thirty years.
Under the direction and leader-
ship of Dr. Williams, a new edifice
was constructed in 1990, and
Greater Macedonia has been led to
provide a beautiful state-of-thee-
arts three story, one and two bed-
room apartment building, Rosa-lind
Villas, for seniors, 55 and above.
The community has also been
enriched with the Agape Clinic
which provides FQHC medical
services for those with low to mod-
erate income, and the uninsured.
The Agape Clinic is staffed with
general practitioners, a pediatrician,
and a full service pharmacy.
Greater Macedonia's next project
will be a Family Life Center for the
Young People in the community.
Tutoring is currently offered on
Tuesday and Thursday evenings for
all youth in the community. For
information on any activities,
please call (904) 764-9257.
Turns to Clergy for Help
toward dialogue, leading toward
tolerance," he said.
In 2004, a predominantly black
Atlanta-area church where Martin
Luther King Jr.'s daughter Bernice
serves as an elder held a march call-
ing for a national ban on gay mar-
riage. The march's organizer,
Bishop Eddie Long, said his fol-
lowers "did not come in a march of
hatred," but the event did not sit
well with gay rights groups.
King's widow, Coretta Scott King,
has called gay marriage a civil
rights issue and denounced pro-
time a church has gone on the side
of exclusion, they have been
wrong," said Pat Hussein, an
activist and summit participant.
The Rev. Kenneth Samuel, pastor
of Victory Baptist Church in the
Atlanta suburb of Stone Mountain,
received a standing ovation when
he called for equality for all people
and an end to hate crimes targeting
"These are heart-wrenching
issues," Samuel said. "Anytime we
talk to people about identity or
sense of values, we have to address
-posed-amendments to ban-it.- .. --. them -with- passion and -intellect
"History has shown that every along with their spirituality."
The Church That Reaches Lip to od And Out to Man
St. Themas Missionarv
5863 Moncrief Road Jacksonville, FL 32209
(904) 768-8800 Be(904) 764-3800
Early Worship 8:00 a.m.
Sunday School 9:15 a m.
Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.
1st Sunday -3:45 p.m.
4th Sunday -Training Ministry
Tuesday 7:30 p.m.
, Prayer Meeting and Bible Study
Wednesday- 12 Noon
Noon Day Worship
Thursday 4:00 p.m.
Pastor Ernie Murray, Sr.
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1 p.m.
Dinner and Bible Study
at 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
ICom share In Holy communIono Ia :50P.M.
WCGL 1360 AM
Thursday 8:15 -8:45 am.
AM 1400 Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.
WTLV Channel 12
Sunday Mornings at 6:30 a.m.
lost for Christ
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.
FREE TUTORING FOR YOUTH IN ENGLISH, SCIENCE, HIS-
TORY AND MATH TUESDAY & THURSDAY 6:30 8 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.
Page 6 Ms. Perry's Free Press
Evangel Temple Assembly of God
New Southwest Campus
Starts Sunday Services on February 26th
9:45 a.m. Sunday School 10:45 a.m. Morning Worship
Heaven's Gate Drama
15th Consecutive Year
Many Lives Changed by this Drama
February 19- 21 @ Central Campus
February 23 24 @ Southwest Cam pus (clay county)
*Each Year Supported by Many Local Churches*
5755 Ramon a Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32205
Website: www.evangeltempleag.org Email: email@example.com
Pastor Cecil and Pauline Wiggins 10:45 a.m. Service Interpreted for Deaf@ Central Campus
. . .......
Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 7
SP. Poor and Black Students Often Left Behind
Continued from front
Rep. Nancy Pelosi in a statement
observing the legislation's fourth
"Over the last four years, they
have shortchanged No Child Left
Behind by $40 billion, leaving
states with new mandates, but not
enough funding, and leaving chil-
dren without the necessary
resources," said Rep. Pelosi.
"Failing to provide a quality educa-
tion undermines our responsibility
to protect our values of fairness and
opportunity for all."
"Under-funding No Child Left
Behind is one in a long line of
Republican attacks on our country's
education system," Pelosi contin-
ued. "Proposed Republican budget
cuts reduce opportunities for young
people by cutting funding for stu-
dent aid by more than $12 billion
and heaping more debt on students.
And for the fourth year in a row,
Republicans have refused to
increase Pell Grants, pricing hard-
working students out of a college
education. Sadly, Republican poli-
cies continue to leave millions of
our children behind," Pelosi said.
Bush defended the anticipated
Democratic Party complaints in his
remarks at North Glen Elementary
School. "I don't think you want the
federal government funding all
public schools," President Bush
said. "But I do think you want the
federal government focusing
money on certain aspects of public
Not so, insists Edelman. "The
only universal child policy we have
in America is the guarantee of jail
or a detention cell after children get
into trouble," she told members of
The Trotter Group, recently in
Nashville, Tenn., in response to a
question from The Final Call.
"Our states are spending, on aver-
age, three times more per prisoner
than per pupil. Too many of the
people who are the product of that
prison industry are our children. We
will guarantee them that cell-it's a
dumb investment policy-but we
won't guarantee them health care or
Headstart or pre-school education
or a decent education. This is a sen-
tence to death, and to prison in this
society," she continued.
The critics do not understand the
No Child Left Behind Act, the
White House insists. The govern-
ment is challenging that "soft big-
otry of low expectations by ending
the shuffling of children through
the system; and building an educa-
tion system that prepares children
for the demands of the global econ-
omy," said a White House state-
,i' ,, -malw .
Pictured (left to right) at the Installation of the Knights of Peter Claver Ladies Auxiliary Officers are:
Inner Guard, Lady Shirley Mosley; Recording Secretary, Lady Michel Peters; Grand Lady Mary George;
Vice Grand Lady Ruby Myers; Mistress of Arms, Lady Claudette Elps; Treasurer, Lady Gloria Mendez; *
Chaplain, Lady Mary Grant; and Outer Guard, Lady Sylvia Bannister.
Peter Craver Ladies Auxiliary Holds Installation
The Knights of Peter Claver
Ladies Auxiliary, Monsignor Wal-
ter Dorcy Court 335, held install-
lation of officers for 2006-2007,
Tuesday, January 21, 2006. The
ceremony was held in the
Crucifixion Church Hall.
The Knights of Peter Claver and
Ladies Auxiliary involve the whole
family with objectives to support
their family, bishop of the diocese,
and to participate collectively in
parish and community activities.
Also, to promote Civic Improve-
ments, encourage lay Apostolic and
Catholic action, contribute to
worthwhile causes, award scholar-
ships, foster recreational assemblies
and facilities; develop youth, and to
provide social and intellectual fel-
lowship for its members as well as
proper guidance and participation
in the ever changing structure of
social and economic life, through
the Catholic lay organization. The
National Headquarter is located in
New Orleans, Louisiana.
The Spirit of Claver is derived
from St. Peter Claver, a Jesuit priest
who proved himself a friend and
advocate to the slaves that landed in
Cartagena, Columbia each month,
from Africa. He administered to the
ill, cleansing their wounds and
feeding them. He formed an elite
group to assist in the services to
others. He died September 8, 1654.
Pope Leo XII declared him a saint
on January 15, 1888.
The St. Peter Claver Auxiliary
continues this saint's work by
preparing baskets for the sick and
shut-ins; holding an annual Sickle
Cell Walk-A-Thon, and supporting
the Cancer Society and education.
The Auxiliary began in 1964 and
has thirty active members. They
fund their work by presenting an
annual banquet and dance fundrais-
er, "under the stars" in April of each
year. They also hold an annual
Christmas party helps to promote
their purpose of friendship, unity
and Christian charity.
Miss Teen Christian Pageant
Attention all young ladies ages 15 19, applications are now being
accepted for the 2006 Miss Teen Christian Pageant. There will be an
Interest Meeting on Saturday, February 4, 2006 At the Main Library
Meeting room Downtown 303 North Laura St. Jacksonville Fl. 32202 for
all young ladies and their families to learn more about this exciting min-
istry. Please contact the Pageant Coordinator, Mrs. Shenita Johnson, at
241-9529 for additional information. The meeting is @ 2:00 p.m.
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ing products from his new clothing line coming out in March.
Continued from front
and were looking for products at a
reduced rate," said Ron, a Student
Ambassador at Florida Community
College of Jacksonville (FCCJ).
But, the biggest accomplishment
for the Lewis brothers thus far was
securing a major contract with the
JH Design Group, the official de-
signer ofNASCAR racecar jackets,
leather goods, athletic apparel and
Through this process, the brot-
hers became more business savvy
and were inspired by their mother,
Dana Lewis, owner of a creative
web design company, to engage in
an industry that they were willing to
work in, and truly enjoy.
L2U's client base now includes a
wide spectrum of clients, including:
Shades Night Club, Auto Direct
Inc., the student organiza-tions at
Raines High School, and the
Cathedral of Faith Church of God
Ron and Marcus have learned the
true meaning of multi-tasking,
between meeting with clients and
attending classes. Ron says, "we
both have part-time jobs (a house-
hold requirement), but, we remain
well organized by having weekly
meetings." Although, their parents
act as business consultants, they
still emphasize the importance of
academics. "Failing school is not an
option...everything else comes sec-
ondary." Next fall, the budding
entrepreneur brothers plan to attend
the Coggin College of Business at
the University of North Florida.
L2Unlimited plans to expand its
marketing strategy by advertising in
diverse outlets to widen their client
base, in addition to becoming certi-
; fied as a Minority Business
Greater Macedonia Celebrates the
30th Anniversary of Pastor
Dr. Landon L. Williams, $r.
Saturday, February n, 2oo6
Phillipian Multipurpose Center
754o New Kings Road
Individual Tickets $30.00
Tables of 8 Available
Tickets Available Church Office
Celebration Worship Services
Sunday, February 12th at 4 p.m.
Sunday, February 19th at 4 p.m.
WI C Healthy Eating for Healthy Families
il,,U may be eligible for free healthy food and nutrit
Are you pregnant?
Do you have a child under 5?
Are you breastfeeding a baby less
than 12 months of age?
If you answer YES to any one of these quest
call to talk with a Duval County WIC repre
at 904 630-3290.
WIC is a special nutrition program for Women,
Infants and Children. If you are pregnant,
breastfeeding or have just had
a baby, you may be eligible for WIC.
WIC helps families become strong and healthy.
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The presence of the disease has become so rampant, there is even now
a Miss HIV pageant where contestants must be HIV positive to enter.
Thirty two-year-old HIV-positive Cynthia Leshomo(R) hugs her doc-
tor after winning the 'Miss HIV Stigma Free' competition in
Gaborone, Botswana early February 27, 2005. The competition aims
to reduce the stigma attached to HIV/AIDS, which has infected rough-
ly a third of the southern African country's population.
The Impact of HIV on Women,
Teen Girls and Young Adults
Statistics show that women account for a growing proportion of new
AIDS diagnoses, rising from 8% in 1985 to 27% in 2003.
Women of color are particularly affected, African American women
account for 67% of estimated new AIDs diagnosis among women in 2003;
Latinas account for 16%.
At least half of all new HIV infections are estimated to be under age 25.
Most young people are infected through sex.
Among youth, teen girls and minorities have particularly been affected. In
2002, teen girls represented about half (51%) of HIV cases (13-19). Young
African Americans represent 65% of AIDS cases (13-19) in 2002. Latino
teens represented 20%.
Can this epidemic be stopped?
To prevent HIV infection, young and old alike must: Abstain from unpro-
tected sex; teens must delay sex until marriage; and if you had unprotect-
ed sex, get tested!
Cultural Grant Applications
Due February 27th
The National Diabetes Education
Program (NDEP) says that
African Americans are at
increased risk for type 2 dia-
betes, and two out of three peo-
ple with diabetes die of a heart
attack or stroke. This is serious
business. But, you can work to
beat the odds.
You can take action to help pre-
vent heart attack and stroke.
For people with diabetes, a key
to preventing heart attack and
stroke is to control the ABCs of
diabetes: blood glucose (sugar),
blood pressure, and cholesterol.
A is for the A1C, a test measuring
average blood glucose control
over three months. B is for blood
pressure, and C is for cholesterol.
Take control. Ask your health
care provider what your ABC
numbers are, what they should be,
and what you can do to reach
those goals. During American
Heart Month (February), the
NDEP offers some lifestyle tips
for how people with diabetes can
help prevent heart attack and
stroke, and live a long, healthy
Be physically active every-
day. Play sports, dance, walk, do
household chores, all help you
lose weight and lower your blood
pressure. Aim to get at least 60
minutes of physical activity every
Eat less fat and salt. Instead
of fries, eat a salad.
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Type 2 diabetes is where the body is still producing insulin but
either not enough and or the body is resistant to it. It is more
common than type 1 diabetes, accounting for at least 75% of
cases. There are strong genetic links with this type of diabetes
and its development is closely associated with obesity. It most
commonly develops in middle age and later life but with rising
obesity levels in the population, is increasingly being seen in
younger adults and even children. Its onset is often insidious
and its presence sometimes only discovered during routine
health checks. Diet and lifestyle measures may be sufficient to
control the disease but some patients will require hypogly-
caemic drugs which increase insulin production or enhance its
effectiveness to insulin.
Duvyl Cotuin cultural organiza-
tions interested in applying for pub-
lic funding 2006-2007 Cultural
Service Grant Program (CSGP)
must submit a pre-application to the
Cultural Council of Greater
Jacksonville by February 27, 2006.
Pre-application forms ( a prerequi-
site) for completing the full CSGP
application (dug, in July) are ,avajl-
able on-line at www.culturalcoun-
cil.org. CSGP awards are granted
based on an organization's fiscal
accountability, community out-
reach and programming excellence.
For more information: (904)358-
Sons & Daughters of WWII Veterans
Have Opportunity to Travel to England
The Sons and Daughters of WWII Veterans will lead a group to England
and France during April 2006 to commemorate the 62nd Anniversary of
these historical events: The D-Day Landings, the Battle of Normandy, and
the drive from France to Bastogne.
A Memorial Service will be held at the American Military Cemetery in
Grance. For information, please call Sy Canton (561) 865-8495.
Arts Award Nominations Sought
The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville is seeking nominations for
the 30th Annual Arts Awards, in the categories of business, educa-tor, indi-
vidual, and small business.
For a complete set of criteria or a nomination form, call 358-3600 or
visit www.culturalcouncil.org. Deadline for nominations will be February
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Recent Student Death Shifts Focus
to Oklahoma Black Fraternities
Oklahoma City, OK The death
of a University of Oklahoma frater-
nity member at a party has brought
scrutiny of the safety measures of
predominantly black Greek-lettered
That's unfortunate and unfair, said
Alpha Phi Alpha alums who said
members are not prone to violence
but do many good things for their
Paul Shanor, a member of Alpha
Phi Alpha's OU chapter, died Jan.
15 after he was shot at a Holiday
Inn in Stillwater. Three others were
Two men arrested in the crime
were not students of any university
or fraternity members, police said.
The tragedy reflects violence in
society, but not Alpha Phi Alpha,
said Jonathan Easter, an OU gradu-
ate from Oklahoma City.
"This is a random occurrence that
In conjunction with Black History
Month, Alltel and Dr. Maya
Angelou today announced the
Words of Wisdom Scholarship
Program, whjch,.asks.-students at-
Historically Black Colleges and'
Universities (HBCU) across the
country, "What words of wisdom
will you pass on to those who come
"Young people have a fresh per-
spective and can express their
insights in ways the next generation
will appreciate and respond to,"
said Regina Woziwodzki, director
happens around the country very
frequently at many different venues
other than black fraternities," Easter
Oklahoma State University is tem-
porarily banning campus parties
hosted by Alpha Phi Alpha and
other Pan-Hellenic groups. It is the
second such ban in 18 months.
Belafonte Continues to Rip
Following Hilary Clinton's
Martin Luther King Day remarks
about the House of Representatives
being run like a "plantation," singer
and activist Harry Belafonte has
compared the Dept. of Homeland
Security to the Nazi Gestapo and
called the president a liar during a
recent speech in New York.
"We've come to this dark time in
which the new Gestapo of
Homeland Security lurks here,
where citizens are having their
rights suspended," Belafonte said
in a speech to the annual meeting of
the Arts Presenters Members
Conference. "You can be arrested
and not charged. You can be arrest-
ed and have no right to counsel."
Belafonte acknowledged that the
9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001
demanded a response by the U.S.,
but said the policies of the Bush
administration were ill advised.
"Fascism is fascism. Terrorism is
terrorism. Oppression is oppres-
sion," said Belafonte, who served
in the Navy during World War II.
He added that Bush became
President "somewhat dubiously and
of multicultural marketing for
Alltel. "We are proud to provide
them with a forum through the
Alltel Words of Wisdom
,;;Scholarship Program as well as the
once-in-a-lifetime experience of
meeting Dr. Maya Angelou."
Ten Grand Prize winners will
receive a $4,000 scholarship to a
participating HBCU institution of
their choice and a trip to Little Rock
to meet Dr. Angelou. Participants
will be judged based on their abili-
ty to adhere to the theme as well as
strike an emotional chord and
The moratorium should not last
long while administrators study
ways to make events safer,
Oklahoma State University
spokesman Gary Shutt said.
"We are talking with the African-
American groups about the best
way to handle on-campus events, as
well as beefed-up guidelines for
on the GOP
... then lies to the people of this
nation, misleads them, misinstructs,
and then sends off hundreds of
thousands of our own boys and
girls to a foreign land that has not
aggressed against us."
Belafonte's words, part of a 45
minute speech on the role of the
arts in a politically changing world,
received roaring standing ovations.
The 78-year-old singer's criticism
comes just two weeks following a
trip to Venezuela, where he called
Bush "the greatest terrorist in the
exude passion through writing.
"I am pleased to be a part of a pro-
gram that empowers young people
to voice their opinions. Wisdom
lives in all of us and the world will.,,
be wonderfully served if these stu-
dents share what they have and
know," said Dr. Angelou.
An internationally respected poet,
writer, civil rights activist and edu-
cator, Dr. Angelou has authored
best-selling titles such as "I Know
Why the Caged Bird Sings,"
"Gather Together in My Name,"
"The Heart of a Woman" and the
collection of poems "Just Give Me
a Cool Drink of Water 'fore I Diiie,"
which was nominated for the
Pulitzer Prize. The first black
woman director in Hollywood, Dr.
Angelou has written, produced,
directed and starred in productions
for stage, film and television.
Essay submission forms are avail-
able on-line or at any participating
Alltel retail store. Contest rules and
off-campus events," Shutt said.
Stillwater police Lt. Mike Metcalf
said there have been problems with
fraternity members in previous inci-
dents. Some fights involved ath-
letes, and guns have been confiscat-
On Nov. 18, 2004, OSU adminis-
trators banned Alpha Phi Alpha and
seven other black fraternities and
sororities from having dances in the
student union after Stillwater police
found a gun Oct. 2 on a man
involved in one of many fights at an
Alpha Phi Alpha dance. The man
was not a student.
Charles Christopher, an alumnus
of OU's Alpha Phi Alpha chapter,
said the fraternity could lose poten-
tial pledges who don't want to be
associated with a negative image.
"It's so amazing with all the great
contributions our young people
make to the community that a bad
apple can ruin the party," said
Christopher, who lives in the Dallas
No violence took place at a Jan. 14
dance at the OSU Student Union,
which was followed by the after-
party at the hotel. That party was
not university-sanctioned but was
Members were trying to bar
access to some people when one
man began shooting randomly into
the hotel suite. Karras Mitchell
Harrison of Oklahoma City has
been charged with murder, and
another man, Louis Jerome Jones of
Oklahoma City, is charged as an
Dr. Maya Angelou
entry forms will be available begin-
ning Jan. 27 at
Entries must be post-marked by
March 3, 2006, and winners will be
presented with their awards on
March 28, 2006. Graduating high
school seniors who will be attend-
ing HBCU institutions also are eli-
gible to participate.
Public Invited to Recount
Ax Handle Saturday
The Ritz Theatre & LaVilla Museum presents, "Witnesses to History: A
Discussion of Ax Handle Saturday", Saturday, February 4, 2006,1-3pm.
This free public program is the first in a series of three programs present-
ed by the Ritz as a prelude to an upcoming exhibition chronicling
the history of African Americans in Jacksonville from the Civil War to
One of the city's bloodiest confrontations of the Civil Rights movement
took place on August 27, 1960 when members of the NAACP Youth
Council sat at the lunch counters of W.T. Grant Department Store and
Woolworth 5&10 Cent Store. The demonstrators were confronted by angry
white men armed with ax handles and baseball bats. The incident drew
national attention and was a pivotal moment in the struggle for freedom
and equal rights for African Americans in Jacksonville.
Witnesses to the incident known as "Ax Handle Saturday" will discuss
their participation in that day and its significance to the history of
Jacksonville. For more information call 904 632-5555.
Gates Grant Assists NAACP in
Boosting Black Graduation Rates "
The Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundation has given the NAACP
a $200.000 "Redesigning the
American High School Initiative" "
grant -or its work in high school
reform initiatives and to -promote ,
efTorts to increase high school
graduation rates for African i
The NAACP, will be working
with the foundation and the
atiotial. Governor's Association '
(NGA).National Constituent Group Bill and Melinda. Gates have
to kick off a national awareness already comltted over $1 billion
campaign to include education and to cambating AIDS in Africa.
policy-focused Capitol Hill briefin- governance. Due to our ability to
gs, a guest speaker series, and "stay expand partnerships and utilize
in school" events. The partnership expertise in education, research and
will also produce regional and. policy we will play an even morp
national education symposiums integral role in positively shaping
to develop strategies for increasing .the future formipori students ar
high school graduation rates.- parents: who a dpen. -
.parentswho depend'7 t
"The NAACP looks forward to NAACP to be their advqcati."'"
this partnership with the Bill & According"i to stats 'foin -le
Melinda Gates Foundation and the Manhattan Institute, nearflyTtie of
NGA -and we are serious: about" every three public high'scnool sit-
increasing graduation rates for. dents fails to graduate.'Forty-four
African. American students," said percent of African Amnerican stu-
oNAACI Interim National dents will not graduate with their
Education Director Dr. Nicole class. :
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department plans to actively impact leave school without the skills they
strategies designed to increase need to succeed in college, work,
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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
Soul Release Poetry
Soul Release Poetry, Jacksonville's
longest running spoken word poetry
event in Northeast Florida, will be
held Saturday January 21st
beginning at 7:30 p.m. at
Boomtown Theatre and
Restaurant's. It is located down-
stairs at The Park Building, #140
Monroe Street across from
Hemming Plaza (park). The event
features an open mic for poets and
singers, hip hop and R&B by guest
DJs and nationally known spoken
word artists. For more information,
C1 JAZZ in Concert
Come Join Cl Jazz for an evening
of dinner and smooth jazz Saturday,
January 28, 2006 at Be-The-Lite
Conference Center 5865 Arlington
Expressway starting at 7:00 p.m.
The Cost of admission is $25.00 per
person. For more information, con-
tact Ron Williams or Wendy
Williams at 904-571-2589 or 904-
714-9256 and online at
Recording Artist George Clinton,
Kendra Foster, and Sativa will be at
Fuel Coffee House at 9:00 p.m. on
Saturday January 28, 2006. Fuel
has a full coffee bar and food menu
along with pool tables, internet,
wifi and perfect lounging environ-
ment with no cover charge. Open to
all ages. For 21+up crowd, Fuel
also serves a wide variety of beer
and wine. For more information call
Audition for a Play
Professor Plum's Playhouse, an
interactive murder mystery dinner
theater is holding and open audition
for "The Bachelorette" on
Saturday January 28th from 1-3
p.m. at 4578 Blanding blvd,
Jacksonville. ALL ROLES ARE
COMPENSATED. Talent should
have good memorization skills and
be prepared to read sides from the
script. Production dates are 2/23/06
- 4/22/06. Headshots and resumes
requested but not required.
Heart 2 Heart at JCA
What can I do to prevent heart
problems? What are the warning
signs I shouldn't ignore? Does what
I eat really affect my heart health?
These are questions we should all
be able to answer. U.F. Doctors will
deliver a "Heart to Heart" informa-
tive lecture to fill participants in on
this crucial information. The free
forum will also include a forum on
heart healthy eating. The free forum
will take place at the Jewish
Community Alliance on Sunday
January 29th from 10:30 11:30
a.m. The JCA is located at 8505
San Jose Blvd. Call 730-2100 for
Lake Forest Nbhood
The Lake Forest Neighborhood
Association will hold its first meet-
ing of the New Year at 6 p.m. on
Tuesday, January 31st, at the
Bradham Library, on Edgewood
Avenue. Emphasis will be on neigh-
borhood enhancement. Bring your
ideas. For information, call (904)
JEA 17th Black
JEA will kick off its 17th Annual
Black History Month Celebration in
the JEA Tower Lobby, at 11 a.m. to
3 p.m., on Wednesday, February 1,
2006. The featured guests will be
The Ngoma Thunder Drummers.
There will also be a Health and
Vendor Fair. The event is set for
Friday, February 10th, 10 a.m. to 3
FCCJ Presents Leroy
Mitchell as James
Florida Community College of
Jacksonville Downtown Campus, is
Do you know an
Someone who is constantly doing for others and put-
ting someone else's needs before their own, a friend that
goes beyond the norm? A tireless volunteer? Nominate
he or she for the Unsung Hero spotlight and they could
win a profile in the Jacksonville Free Press and a $50
gift certificate from Publix Supermarkets.
CITY STATE ZIP_
Why are you nominating this person
having Leroy Mitchell as historic
Jacksonvile native James Weldon
Johnson, on Wednesday February
1, 2006 in room A1068. The pro-
gram will begin at 11 a.m. For more
information call (904)633-8210.
Ritz Theater Presents
Art of Spoken Word
The First Thursday of every
month, the lobby of the Ritz is
transformed into a stage for poets
and poetry lovers of all ages. The
next event is on Thursday,
February 2nd starting at 7 p.m.
Share your talent for verse, or just
come and soak up the creative
atmosphere. The event is free and
open to the public. The Ritz is
located at 829 N. Davis Street. For
more information call 904-632-
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
Witnesses to History:
The Ritz Theatre & LaVilla
Museum will present Witness to
History, a Civil Rights Discussion
discussing the infamous Ax Handle
Saturday when on on August 27,
1960, members of the, NAACP
Youth Council sat at the lunch
counters of W.T. Grant Department
Store and Woolworth 5&10 Cent
Store in downtown Jacksonville.
The discussuib will take place on
Saturday, February 4th at 1p.m.
This public program is the first in a
series of three programs presented
by the Ritz as a prelude to an
upcoming series. For more infor-
mation call 632-5555.
The next book club meeting for the
P.R.I.D.E. Book Club will be held
on Saturday, February 4, 2006.
The book for discussion will be
Manchild In The Promise Land by
Claude Brown. The meeting will
be held at the new Jacksonville
Public Library. For more informa-
tion, please e-mail felicef@bell-
south.net. or call 384-3939.
Spiritual Spoken Word
Spirit of Truth Deliverance
Ministry will present an evening of
spoken word with "Spirit of Truth"
on Saturday, February 4th. 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.
All area ladies are invited to
attend the Mandarin Christian
Women's Club February Luncheon
"Sweet Valentines" on Tuesday,
February 7th at the Ramada Inn in
Mandarin. The luncheon cost
$13.50 inc. and will be held from
12:00 1:30 p.m. Doors open at
11:30 a.m. The luncheon's guest
will be Interior Decorator, Tanya
Pepper who will share how to make
lovely centerpieces a table floral
piece and a cute candy decoration
for the kids that they can eat-up!
Reservations for Lunch & FREE
Nursery can be made by calling
Patsy at 287-2427 or email
The National Society of Black
Engineers Jacksonville Chapter will
meet Thursday, February 9th at
6:30 p.m. All engineers and profes-
sionals are welcome. The meting
willbe held at the New Main
Library Downtown Jacksonville.
For more information visit
2006 Sickle Cell
The Pediatric Sickle Cell Pro-
gram at Shands Jacksonville/
Nemours Children's Clinic & Sickle
Cell Association of America
Northeast Florida Chapter invites
health professionals to join them in
"breaking the sickle cycle." The
Sickle Cell Disease Health Sympo-
sium, "Strengthening Partnerships,
Policies and Services," will be held
Friday and Saturday, February
10th and llth. For information,
please call (904) 244-4178.
Experience Harlem in its heyday
with Fats Waller's high energy, toe-
tapping musical revue "Ain't
Misbehavin". "Ain't Misbehavin"'
is a world of bootlegging, Fox-
Trotting and outrageous mayhem.
The play will have one performance
only on Saturday, February 11th at
7:30 p.m. The show will be at the
Ritz Theater. For more information
Links Western Gala
The Jacksonville Chapter of Links
will present their annual Western
Gala themed "A Celebration of
Country Soul" on February 11th at
the Jacksonville Fairgrounds.
Festivities will kick off at 7:30 p.m.
For more information, contact any
jacksonville Links member or email
This is the one you have been
waiting for! Join the JCA for their
annual Family Wellness Expo &
Open House, co-sponsored by
Coastal Care Medical Center, on
Sunday, February 12, 2006 from 1
4 p.m. There will be health
screenings and a delicious and
healthy cooking demo with Chef
Dan. You can browse over 30
booths, meet Jaguar cheerleaders
and talk with JCA fitness profes-
sionals. For more information, call
Hollie Arnold, Membership
Director, at 730-2100 ext. 234.
2006 AIDS Summit
The 2006 AIDS Summit will be
held on February 16-17, 2006.
This year's theme is "Strike Out
HIV/AIDS". The summit will be
held at the BeThe Lite Conference
Center, 5865 Arlington Express-
way. For additional information call
Lunch & Learn
Music for Your Eyes
The Women's Center of
Jacksonville will present their
February Lunch & Learn Series
"Music for Your Eyes" on Friday,
February 17th from 12 p.m. 1
p.m. The free event will be facilitat-
ed by local artist Liz Bums who
will talk about her inspiration to
paint and the musical influences
that surround her. Participants will
be inspired by Liz's work to create a
painting together. Participants
should bring their own lunch and
drinks will be provided Women's
Center located at 5644 Colcord
Avenue. For more information
concerning the Art & Soul Program
or the Women's Center of
Jacksonville, contact Susan
Demato at 904-333-9616 or artand-
The Riverside Fine Arts
Association and the Ritz Chamber
Players are bringing together an
outstanding group of musicians and
special guest artists to present
Triumphant Voices: A Musical
Celebration of Black History
Month, on Sunday, February 19,
at 3 p.m. at Jacoby Symphony Hall
in the Times-Union Center for the
Performing Arts. The concert is a
celebration of the power of music to
enrich and sustain the spirit, pre-
sented in two distinctly different
program segments. For tickets, call
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MODEL BEVERLY PEELE CHARGED
WITH ID THEFT: l
Model Beverly Peele alleged-
ly bought about $10,000 worth
of large appliances and house-
wares for her home recently on
credit cards that she found in a
lost wallet, police say. .
The 30-year-old was arrested
and charged with two counts of
grand theft by access card, the
Los Angeles County Sheriffs
Department said.. She was released and is scheduled
for a court appearance this week.
Investigators say Peele came up on the credit cards in
a wallet she found in a supermarket. She returned the
wallet to its owner, but not before copying down the
numbers on the charge cards.
According to the complaint, Peele bought furniture, a
refrigerator, a washer and dryer, bedding and other
items for her home with the stolen numbers.
Nicknamed "Baby Naomi," Peele has appeared in a
number of magazine ads and a George Michael video.
USHER ON 2ND MAY DECEMBER?
e h U s h e r
.Ra ym o n d
s e X., seems to really
$ o like older
women and is
Tameka Foster-Glover, who is close to 40 and married
to music producer Ryan Glover. Purportedly Tameka
gave her soon to be ex-husband a Christmas Gift that
he will never forget--she left him. According to inside
sources Ryan came home to fine his wife, kids, and all
their belongs gone. Tameka is said to have moved into
a $700,000 house of her own. The attraction is noth-
ing new and is said to be the reason why Usher's moth-
er and manager fired Tameka back in 2005, but his
momma could not stop him from taking his new love to
St. Barts island in the Caribbean. Tameka is the moth-
er of three boys, one teenage son by a previous rela-
tionship and two children by her husband Ryan. More
than a love triangle to say the least Usher modeled
Ryan's shirts and clothes when he first started his cloth-
ing line RyanKenny.
SPEAKING OF NEW ROMANCES...
Rick Foxx has finally gotten over his former Miss
America ex-wife Vanessa Williams and has the hots for
Sharon Stone according to urnors. It is said to be on
the hush hush, but Rick wants to soon go public. While
Vanessa has hooked up with a 29-year-old actor named
Rob Mack who she became romantically involved
with while shooting UPN's South Beach ," last fall.
Speaking of marriages
Darius McCrary got
married on December
29. The Family
Matters ," star eloped
with his girlfriend, a Las
Vegas showgirl named
Juliette. Darius in the
past dated high profile women like Nona Gaye, Tracee
Ellis Ross Coko of SWV, and Ty James daughter of
Rick James. Some say he may have taken a step down
in a wife.
ESPN LOOKING TO SCORE WITH
BARRY BONDS REALITY TV
ESPN is in talks with Tollin/Robbins Productions to
air a reality series that will follow
San Francisco Giants slugger
Barry Bonds as he pursues the
home run records of Babe Ruth
and Hank Aaron this season.
Under the deal, cameras would
follow the athlete from spring
training in March through the
Major League Baseball season -
both on and off the field, according to the Hollywood
The show is reportedly looking at a 7 p.m. Tuesday
time slot, with several re-airings throughout the week.
Tollin/Robbins, which has a relationship with Bonds,
reportedly went to ESPN with the idea, and discussions
have reportedly been taking place since mid-December.
Bonds has 708 career home runs, trailing Ruth by 6
and Aaron by 47. The show will run as long as it takes
Bonds to pass Aaron. If Bonds were to get injured and
miss a large portion of time, the show would be placed
on hiatus, reports the trade. If he fails to break the
record this season, talks are being held to assure that
the show comes back next year.
PRINCE SLATED FOR SNL SHOW
For the first time since 1981, Prince has been tapped
to perform as the musical guest on NBC's "Saturday
Night Live," the network announced. Booked for the
Feb. 4 telecast featuring Steve Martin as host, Prince
will promote the March 21 release of his new Universal
album, "3121," while Martin will appear in advance of
his new film "The Pink Panther," co-starring Beyonce
Knowles. If Beyonce tags along with Martin (or her
boy Prince for that matter), could it be possible that the
recurring "SNL" skit featuring Fred Armisen and Maya
Rudolph as Prince and. Beyoncehosting a talk show,
will feature the real things? Dig, if U will, the picture.
Remembering Wilson Pickett
by Karu Daniels, BV
Robin Givens is in the news again,
with her starring role in Broadway's
long running musical revival
'Chicago.' The 'Head of the Class'
actress, notoriously known for a
highly publicized year-long mar-
riage to former boxing champ Mike
Tyson, is making history as the very
first African American woman to
play Roxie Hart. "It's interesting
...because you realize that we're
still paving the way," Givens told
Black Voices during rehearsals last
week. "You know sometimes we
think, 'Oh, we're there,' but then
you realize that we're [not]." The
classically trained Sarah Lawrence
College alum was approached to do
the musical while shooting a
Lifetime movie in Vancouver, last
year. "It's funny because I
would've never thought of pursuing
it, but I've seen the show four times
even before getting involved, I
think it's a magnificent show."
Givens, who starred on TV in
'The Cosby Show,' 'The Women of
Brewster Place' and in films such as
'Boomerang,' 'Head of State' and
'A Rage In Harlem,' isn't the only
African American newcomer shak-
ing things up with debuts on The
Great White Way. Former R&B
teen star Tevin Campbell is wowing
sold out audiences in the multiple
Tony Award winning 'Hairspray,'
Revs Up Career on Broadway
and celebrated poet/playwright and
actress Sarah Jones is winning rave
reviews for her one-woman show
'Bridge & Tunnel.' "I think that the
success of [these performers] will
not only be measured by the quality
of their performances but also by
ticket sales," theatrical marketing
guru Marcia Pendelton told Black
Voices yesterday. Pendelton has
helped promote Broadway shows
like Tony Award winners 'Def
Poetry on Broadway,' 'AIDA' and
August Wilson's 'King Headley.'
"People of color will be the majori-
ty in the United States in the not too
distant future," Pendelton contin-
ued, "therefore commercial theater
producers as well as non profit the-
aters need to invest in creative mar-
keting and audience development
strategies that will build bridges to
Lackawanna Blues Actress Garners Golden Globe
S. Epatha Merkerson took home
the Golden Globe Award for Best
Actress in a TV Movie or
Miniseries on Jan. 16 for her role in
HBO's 'Lackawanna Blues.' "This
is so amazing," she said from the
podium, during her heartfelt accept-
ance speech in front of celebrity
elite, including Chris Rock, Denzel
Washington, Rosario Dawson,
Jamie Foxx and Mariah Carey. "I
am 53 years old. This is my first
lead in a film. I feel like I'm 16. And
if I wasn't in the middle of a hot
flash, I'd believe that."
In 'Lackawanna Blues,'which
aired last year, Merkerson starred as
Rachel 'Nanny' Crosby -,the matrd-,
arch of a boarding house in upstate
NY circa 1960s. The critically-
acclaimed production was based on
actor Ruben Ruben Santiago-
At 53 years old, acclaimed
actress -S. Epatha Merkerson
centerer" fiss finally 'becbne a
leading lady with her multiple
award winning turn as the matri-
arch in HBO's critically
acclaimed 'Lackawanna Blues.'
Hudson's one-man play and was
produced by Academy Award win-
ner Halle Berry. Merkerson also
won the 2005 Emmy Award for the
role. Born and bred in Saginaw,
Michigan and known to TV audi-
ences mostly as Lieutenant Anita
Van Buren on 'Law & Order,' she
made her film debut as a therapist
in Spike Lee's 1986 breakout 'She's
Gotta Have It.' She's also appeared
on 'The Cosby Show,' and in the
film 'Radio' alongside Cuba
Gooding, Jr. Her stage work
includes a Tony Award nominated
role in August Wilson's 'The Piano
Lesson.' Next up for Merker'oWh, is
the Craig Brew er-directed ldffia
'Black Snake Moan,' starring
Samuel L. Jackson and Justin
Timberlake, due out later this year.
Wilson Pickett, the soulful croon-
er of such R&B classics as
"Mustang Sally" and "In The
Midnight Hour," died of a heart
attack last week, according to his
management company. He was 64.
Chris Tuthill of the management
company Talent Source said Pickett
had been plagued with health prob-
lems for the past year. He lived in
"He did his part. It was a great
ride, a great trip, I loved him and
I'm sure he was well-loved, and I
just hope that he's given his props,"
Michael Wilson Pickett, the fourth
of the singer's six children, told
Washington D.C.'s NBC news affil-
Pickett was known for his distinct,
raspy vocals. The Rock and Roll
Hall of Famer got his start singing
gospel music in church before mov-
ing to Detroit in his teen years. He
became a member of the group the
Falcons, which had a 1962 hit "I
Found a Love" featuring Picket on
lead vocals. The following year,
Picket went solo.
Pickett's "In the Midnight Hour"
made the top 25 on the Billboard
pop charts in 1965 and "Mustang
Sally" did the same in '66.
"A fellow Detroiter, Wilson
Pickett was one of the greatest soul
singers of all time," Aretha
Franklin said in a statement. "He
will absolutely be missed. I am
thankful that I got the chance to
speak to him not too long ago."
Pickett was defined by his raspy
voice and passionate delivery. But
the Alabama-born Pickett got his
start singing gospel music in
church. After moving to Detroit as a
teen, he joined the group the
Falcons, which scored the hit "I
Found a Love" with Pickett on lead
vocals in 1962.
He went solo a year later, and
would soon find his greatest suc-
cess. In 1965, he linked with leg-
endary soul producer Jerry Wexler
at the equally legendary soul label
Stax Records in Memphis, and
recorded one of his greatest hits, "In
the Midnight Hour," for Atlantic
Records. A string of hits followed,
including "634-5789," "Funky
Broadway" and "Mustang Sally."
His sensuous soul was in sharp con-
trast to the genteel soul songs of his
Detroit counterparts at Motown
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with Master Chef Joyce White
Oranges: A Good Squeeze
Hot Citrus Comfort
1 orange, juiced
1 lemon, juiced
1 cup brewed tea, green or black
2 tablespoons honey
2 sprigs fresh mint leaves, if avail-
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Combine in a small saucepan the
orange and lemon juices. Stir in the
tea, honey, mint leaves, ginger and
cinnamon. Bring to a boil, reduce
heat and simmer for 3 minutes.
If desired, remove mint leaves and
serve. Makes 1 serving.
ORANGE BUTTERMILK PIE
This is an old Southern clas- _
sic. Lemon peel and juice can .'
be substituted for the orange.
1 baked single pie crust,
bought or homemade
3 large eggs
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 tbsp. grated orange peel ,,
1 teaspoon vanilla extract .,
1/2 to 1 teaspoon ground cin-
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melt-
ed and cooled
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 teaspoon cider vinegar or
cream of tartar
Prepare and fully bake a 9-inch
pie crust according to recipe direc-
tions in my dessert cookbook
"Brown Sugar," or use a store
bought pie crust. Set the pie crust
Carefully crack the eggs one at
i titfie and place the egg whites into
a large mixing bowl and the egg
yolks into a small bowl.
Set aside the egg whites to warm
to room temperature and return the
yolks to the refrigerator.
When ready to bake, preheat the
oven to 350 degrees.
Transfer the egg yolks to a large
bowl and beat briskly for a few sec-
onds with a wire whisk. Add the
sugar, flour, orange peel, vanilla,
cinnamon and salt and whisk again.
Whisk in the orange juice and but-
ter and beat again until blended.
Stir in the buttermilk and mix well.
Sprinkle the vinegar or cream of
tartar over the egg whites. Using a
standing mixer fitted with the whisk
attachment, or a handheld electric
mixer, beat the whites at medium-
high just until they hold slight
peaks. Stir in a large spoonful of
the egg whites into the filling and
mix well. Fold in the remaining
egg whites, and mix gently but thor-
oughly until blended. Pour the fill-
ing into the prepared pie shell.
Place the pie on the lower shelf
of the hot oven and bake for 35 to
40 minutes or until puffed and
brown, firm, and a knife comes out
almost clean when inserted ii the
Remove the pie from the oven.
Cool on a wire rack and serve at
room temperature with a dab of
whipped cream if desired.
Makes 1 pie for 6 servings.
ORANGE CORN MUFFINS
4 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons grated orange peel
1 2/3 cup yellow cornmeal
1/3 cup unbleached flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon grated orange peel
1 large egg, at room temperature
5 tablespoons peanut or corn oil or
3/4 cup buttermilk, at room tem-
1/3 cup orange juice
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
Generously oil a 12-cup muffin tin
(with 1/2 cup size cups) and warm
in the oven for 5 minutes.
In the meantime, mix together the
sugar and grated orange peel and set
Sift into a medium bowl the corn-
meal, flour, salt, baking powder,
and baking soda. Add the grated
S peel, egg, oil or
melted butter, butter-
Smilk and orange
juice and beat vigor-
ously with a wooden
for 30 seconds.
the hot muffin pan
from the oven. Fill
each muffin cup
about 3/4 full with
batter. Sprinkle the
top of each muffin
with a generous tea-
spoon of the orange sugar.
Pour water into any remaining
empty cups so that the tins don't
burn during the baking. Set the pan
in the oven on the lower shelf.
Bake the muffins for about 20
minutes, or until they are golden
brown and puffed. Remove the pan
from the oven, let the muffins set
for a few minutes in the pan, then
remove and serve hot.
If eating later, reheat in a 350
degrees, before serving. Makes
about 10 muffins.
Who says barbecued ribs are just for the summertime? Honey-Glazed Asian-Spiced Ribs features baby
back ribs rubbed with spices and slow-grilled for an unexpected winter treat.
Bring the Grill Out of Hibernation
For much of the country, the return of winter
weather may call for mulch on the perennials and
covers on the patio furniture but it doesn't have to
signal hibernation season for the grill. In fact,
according to a new survey by the National Pork
Board, more than three out of five Americans (61
percent) said they consider themselves "extreme
grillers" who are willing to don a few extra layers
and brave snow flurries for a grilled meal.
In cooler and warmer climates alike, grillers
across the country cited a number of reasons for
keeping the flame alive year-round, noting the best
aspects of grilling are flavor (62%), menu variety
(47%) and lack of cleanup (35 %).
Honey-Glazed Asian-Spiced Ribs cups wood chips
2 racks baby back pork ribs, mem- cover.
brane attached Mix Chinese f
1/4 cup Chinese five-spice powder black pepper in
1 tablespoon salt mixture over bc
1 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper Wrap in plastic v
1/2 cup guava nectar to 3 hours.
1/2 cup hoisin sauce Place guava ne
1/4 cup honey honey, ginger, ga
2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger flakes in blende:
4 cloves garlic, minced (about 2 and blend until w
teaspoons) Preheat grill to h
1/2 icaspoon red pepper flakes x ood chips. Wn
One hour before grilling, place 4 foil with holes p
"Grilling is an easy way to invigorate your appetite
for a mealtime adventure," says chef, cookbook
author and Food Network star Bob Blumer, a.k.a.
"The Surreal Gourmet." "Vacation is a state of
mind. The flavor of grilled food has the power to
evoke memories of past travels and warm, distant
destinations. Don't be afraid to take a break from
hearty winter dishes and reinvigorate your palate
with summery flavors."
For a surreal meal, serve ribs with an ethnic twist.
Honey-Glazed Asian-Spiced Ribs, recipe courtesy of
Bob Blumer, stars baby back ribs rubbed with
spices and slow-grilled for an unexpected winter
in enough water to
five-spice, salt and
small bowl; rub
oth sides of ribs.
wrap; refrigerate up
ectar, hoisin sauce,
rlic and red pepper
r container. Cover
high. Drain soaked
ap chips in heavy
oked in top. Place
foil packet directly over coals or
lava rocks. When chips begin to
smoke, reduce heat to 2750F. Place
ribs, bone side down, on grill rack.
Cover and grill over indirect heat 2
hours or until meat is very tender,
generously brushing with hoisin-
honey mixture during final 15 min-
utes of grilling.
Transfer ribs to cutting board.
Loosely cover with foil; let rest 10
minutes before serving.
Makes 4 seviiigs,
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