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Mrs. Perry's free press
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Jacksonville Fla
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Additional Physical Form:
Available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
Additional Physical Form:
Also available on optical disc from Ethnic newswatch.
Dates or Sequential Designation:
Vol. 4, no. 36 (June 28, 1990)-
General Note:
"Florida's First Coast only quality Black weekly."

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University of Florida
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All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
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Jacksonville advocate-free press

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Title:
The Jacksonville free press
Running title:
Mrs. Perry's free press
Physical Description:
v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language:
English
Publisher:
Rita Luffborough Perry
Place of Publication:
Jacksonville Fla
Creation Date:
February 16, 2006
Publication Date:
Frequency:
weekly
regular

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
African American newspapers -- Florida   ( lcsh )
African Americans -- Newspapers -- Florida   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Jacksonville (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Duval County (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Genre:
newspaper   ( marcgt )
newspaper   ( sobekcm )
Spatial Coverage:
United States -- Florida -- Duval -- Jacksonville
Coordinates:
30.31944 x -81.66 ( Place of Publication )

Notes

Additional Physical Form:
Available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
Additional Physical Form:
Also available on optical disc from Ethnic newswatch.
Dates or Sequential Designation:
Vol. 4, no. 36 (June 28, 1990)-
General Note:
"Florida's First Coast only quality Black weekly."

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of Florida
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
aleph - 002042477
oclc - 19095970
notis - AKN0341
lccn - sn 95007355
issn - 1081-3349
System ID:
UF00028305:00057

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Preceded by:
Jacksonville advocate-free press


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Table of Contents
    Main
        page 1
        page 2
        page 3
        page 4
        page 5
    Main: Faith & Spirit
        page 6
        page 7
    Main continued
        page 8
        page 9
        page 10
        page 11
    Main: Around Town
        page 12
        page 13
        page 14
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I Black Detroiters
Realize Economic
Boost From
SuperBowl XL
Despite

Conflicting Views

Page 4



Former NFL

Player Reveals

Trials and

Si Tribulations of

Being Gay in

the League
Page 13


Bob Johnson to Buy

100 Hotels for $1.7 Billion
The development firm controlled by Robert L. Johnson has signed a
deal to buy 100 hotels for $1.7 billion, a significant expansion of the
Black Entertainment Television founder's holdings in hotel real estate
Johnson's RLJ Development LLC announced that it will purchase the
properties, most of them operating under Hilton and Marriott brand
names. fromWhite Lodging Services. The hotels are concentrated in
states that include Illinois, Texas, Colorado. Florida and Indiana.
One of the holding companies Johnson formed after he sold BET to
Viacom in 2001 for S3 billion. RLJ Development currently holds 30
properties. The company will close on 8_" of the White Lodging proper-
ties in the second quarter of 2006. The other 13 are under construction.
and closing is expected within two years. White Lodging, based in
Merrill% ille, Ind., will continue to manage the hotels.
"We are thrilled to add these hotel properties to the RLJ Development
portfolio." Johnson said.
Johnson. who formed BET in 1979 and owns the NBA's Charlotte
Bobcats, is also on the board of directors of Hilton Hotels Corp.

Jubilee Groove Fest Files Suit

Against Boca Raton Resort and Club
Jubilee Groove Fest, LLC announced today that it filed a breach of con-
tract suit against the Boca Raton Resort & Club for its last minute can-
cellation of the 2005 Jubilee Groove Fest.
The Jubilee Groove Fest was scheduled to take place on September 30
through October 2 in Boca Raton. Florida at the five-star Boca Raton
Resort. Jubilee Groove Fest began planning the festival almost a Near in
advance and made the resort aware of the professional and spiritual clien-
tele that was being catered to. The cancellation came after the resort
apparently realized, less than one week before the event, the type of
clientele scheduled to occupy their resort.
Jubilee Groove Fest is in discussion with various locations to resched-
ule the event and get the festival back on track in 2007. Jubilee Groove
Fest 2005 featured a combination of artists. comedians, and poets Pastor
Rudolph McKissick Jr., of Bethel Baptist Institutional Church. and the
Word and Worship Mass Choir were advertised to be some of the head-
liners of the festival.

Harlem Sisters Become First Black

Women to Own a Bowling Alley
Thanks to t\\o enterprising sisters, residents of Harlem w ill now have
a chance to bowl down their very own alley.
When the Harlem Bowling Center opens its doors next month, it will
mark the first time in three decades that the famed northern Manhattan
community, still in the midst ofa residential and economic revitalization.
will have its %erN own bowling alley.
Sharon Joseph and Gail Richards realized it \\as time to bring the bowl-
ing experience back to Harlem, and in doing so, they are making history
as the first black women to own a bowling alley in the United States.
"We want to take the Magic Johnson approach and do similar models,
but only with bowling alley s." Joseph said. "We really believe that we
can take this concept and expand it to other communities as well."
In addition to providing Harlem residents with a social outlet. Joseph
and Richards also want other black \\omen to see that anything is possi-
ble. A 2005 study b. Essence magazine found that the number of black
women interested in starting their ow n business far outweighed the num-
ber of w white w omen -- 50 percent to 29 percent. So Joseph and Richards
know that there are \\omen out there capable of taking the initiative to
build upon a dream, just as they haxe.

FL Bill Calls for Study of Black Boys
Rep. Frank Peterson os St. Petersburg, FL is the sponsor of HB-21.
"Council on the Social Status of African-American Men and Bols".
Petermnan's bill, approved unanimntous.l last week by a House criminal
justice subcommittee, is straightforward. It would create a 19-member
council appointed by Go\. Jeb Bush and House and Senate leaders and
charge it with study ing "conditions" affecting African-American men and
boys, "including. but not limited to, the homicide rates, arrest and incar-
ceration rates, po ert., violence, drug abuse, death rates, disparate annu-
al income levels, school performance in all grade levels including post
secondary levels and health issues." WhTile African Americans make up


less than 15 percent of the Florida population, African-American males
comprise 51.9 percent of Florida's prison population.
Administered by the Florida attorney general, the council would cost
taxpayers an estimated S182.751. A sizeable sum by the standards of any
household budget, but a pittance compared to the proposed $70.8 billion
state budget.

Ghana Launches AA History Month
The African-American Association of Ghana (AAAG) in parmership
with the Du Bois Centre and the US Embass. recently\ launched in Accra
this Near's celebration of the African-American Heritage and History
Month, February 2006. Acti\ cities being run for the celebration, which
is focusing on the contributions of Black Americans to the advancement
of the world community includes an evening with Dr Robert Lee, an
African pioneer in Ghana, contributor and patron in the arts and a Pan
African Youth Day., African-American Jazz Series, a Lecture and
African-American Heritage Month Fundraiser for the AAAG, and a birth-
day celebration for Dr. W.E.B. Dubois.


by Terri Jones
African American history is one
founded on pain and sorrow.
Kidnapped and sold for mere trin-
kets, Africans were beaten, shack-
led and crowded onto ships like
cargo. Millions did not survive the
journey and like cargo, were
thrown overboard. Others were
thrown overboard because they
grew ill or because the captains dis-
covered a need to lighten the load
of the ship. Though the journey
was arduous, the Africans who sur-.
vived unfortunately discovered that
their terror was far from over once
they arrived on the shores of
America.
What a dreadful and hon ific
beginning, but thankfully the
beginning does not dictate the end-
ing. The story does not end there.


There were slaves like Harriet
Tubman who threw caution to the
wind and thought it better to possi-
bly die trying to gain freedom than
survive enslaved. There were
slaves like Phyllis Wheatley, who
did not let intimidation stop her
from being the first African
American to publish a book- at a
time when it was illegal for slaves
to even read; let alone write. There
have been quiet heroes like Rosa
Parks, who silently protested the
evil status quo. There were men of
normal natural stature like Martin
Luther King Jr., who walked among
us as spiritual giants, having
"dreams" of a better future and dar-
ing everyone else to dream too.
The difference between the people
I've mentioned and others who may
Continued on page 5


Gala Celebrates Pastors 30 Years of Service
Friends, Family members and of course the congregation of Dr. Landon
Williams' Greater Macedonia Baptist Church joined in celebrating the
Pastor's 30 years of service to Jacksonville at a Gala event held over the
weekend. Shown above is Rev. Ernie Murray, who was the guest speaker
at the event with his longtime friend, Dr. Williams.
For photo highlights from the Black tie festivities, see page 7.


Shown above at the Florida Caucus of Black State Legislators swearing in is: (L-R): Sen. Tony Hill
(Chairman), Rep. Bruce Antone, D-Orlando-(lst Vice Chairman), Rep. Yolly Roberson, D-Miami
(Secretary) and Rep. Frank Peterman, D-St. Petersburg ( Parliamentarian) being sworn in by Florida
Supreme Court Justice Peggy Quince.
State Legislators Celebrate Black History Month


In recognition of Black History
Month, the members of the Florida
Conference of Black State
Legislators (FCBSL) hosted their
3rd Distinguished Lecture Series
featuring keynote speaker, Dr.
Trudie Kibbe Reed, President of
Bethune Cookman College. Dr.


Reed delivered a speech on Civic
Participation and Social Responsi-
bility. Dr. Reed delivered a speech
on Civic Participation and Social
Responsibility.
"Dr. Reed was outstanding as she
issued the charge for African
Americans to take responsibility for


their future and help our youth
understand their value in today's
society," said FCBSL Chairman
Senator Anthony "Tony" Hill, Sr.,
D-Jacksonville. The festivities,
held at the capital also included the
swearing in of officers for the
upcoming year.


GweniL .aipuit t
Gwen Leaphart is among five
local women selected for the city's
2006 Women's History Month
recognition. The noted retired pub-
lic and civil servant and educator
will be featured with the other hon-
orees in a poster that will be
unveiled at the city's 20th Women's
History Month Breakfast in March.
The theme of the milestone break-
fast is Faces of Women:
Celebrating 20 Years of Strength,
Courage, Spirit and Diversity.
Other honorees include Susan
Hamilton, Dr. Sherry Magill,
Marcia Morales -and Karen
Wolfson.


Jacksonville Links Throw Down with a Hoe Down


Left to right 1st row: Marretta Latimer, Margaret Johnson Southern Area Director, Carolyn Joyner, Evelyn Young, Gwen Leapheart, Jolita Simmons,
Gloria Dean President, Bessie Canty, Barbara Brigety, Pam Seay, Middle row: Johnnetta Moore, Joyce Valcour, Janet Johnson, Wanda Montgomery,
Lois Gibson, Marietta LeBlanc-Jones, Anest McCarty, Marjoria Manning, Vivian Walker, Elizabeth Downing, Terri Stepter, Audrey Gibson. Back row:
Kenyonn Demps, Mari-Esther Norman, Patricia Mitchell, Patricia Divens Area Vice Director, Betty Cody, Marguerite Warren, Jennifer Mumford, Ava
Parker, Betty Davis, Dana Cunningham, Thelma Lewis, Hester Clark, Brenda Simmons, Geraldine Smith, Katharine Massaquoi. FMPowel Photo
The Jacksonville Chapter of Links donned western attire and expressed their best country charm to entertain guests at their annual Western Glitz Gala.
The annual event draws out hundreds to a western gala for food, fun and fellowship with a western theme. For more photo highlights see page 9.


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Black Detroit Gets Economic Lift From

Super Bowl Despite Conflicting Views


Shown above in the inset is Young Investors founder Juan Chisholm. The larger photo shows participants
Amanda and Alice Hicks tallying up their points for the Young Investors Award.

Founder Deems 1st Young Investors

Conference a Success with Over 100 Youth


By Juan P. Chisholm
Founder and Executive Director
Young Investors Inc.
While attending Florida State
University, God inspired me to start
Young Investors Inc., which is a
registered not-for-profit organiza-
tion that uses Christian principles
and biblical teachings to educate
young people on the importance of
financial investing. Since graduat-
ing, God placed it in my heart to
organize a conference catering to
minority youth that will use
Christian principles and biblical
teachings to train young people in
the areas of money management,
building strong credit history,
homeownership, entrepreneurship,
retirement planning, and more.
The conference, affectionately
named the Young Investors
Conference, was held in late
January at the Bethelite Conference
Center. High school and college
students, and young professionals
from all over the state, and other
areas, received valuable informa-
tion on investing, personal finance,
goal-setting, entrepreneur-ship,
homeownership, college admission,
Sand'financial aid. Some of the
speakers included: Ms. Audrey K.
Hicks, President/CEO of AKH
Apparel, LLC
(www.akhapparel.com), and the
Executive Director of the
Revolution Leadership Retreat
(www.revolution-leadership.com),
who facilitated a workshop on
entrepreneurship; Evangelist
Shantae Charles, publish-ed author
of the Church Love book series
(www.churchlove333.com), whom
presented a seminar on Goal-
Setting; and Mr. Antonio Martin
from Florida A&M University
College of Law (www.famu-
law.com) conducted a session on
Public Speaking. In addition, Ms.
Katina Hamilton from Florida State
University conducted a workshop
on financial aid for all high school
seniors in attendance. Other col-
leges present Edward Waters
College, Florida Community
College of Jacksonvillel, and
Jacksonville University.
In addition, the conference par-
ticipants were afforded the opportu-
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games promoting investing and
entrepreneurship for prizes. The
sinners of the "CEO Challenge"
were Dorinda Gborie, Amanda G.
Hicks, and Sharon Adkins. The
winners of the "Counting Game"
were Sabrina Blake, Samatha
Dunn, and James A. Hicks. The sin-
ners of "Guess the Price" were Jerel
Williams, Ty Hillman and Tesha
Campbell. Lastly, the winners of
"Monopoly" were Sabrina Blake
(Andrew Jackson High School).
Other awards such as US Savings
Bonds were awarded to other
deserving students in attendance at
the conference totaling a maximum
of seven awards given in all by
Young Investors. All conference
participants received a catered
breakfast and lunch sponsored by
Papa Johns Pizza and Chick-Fila.
Sponsorship Opportunities are
available for the Young Investors
Conference 2007. Businesses or
individuals interested in these
opportunities can call toll free
1(888) 842-7572. Visit
www.YoungInvestors.org or email
Info@YoungInvestors.org for more
infor-mation regarding sponsor-
ship, volunteer opportunities,
and/or student registration.
Juan P. Chisholm graduated with


honors from Ribault High School in
2000 and received his degree with a
double major in English Literature
and Finance from Florida State
University in 2004. While attend-
ing FSU, he served in the Student
Senate, won the "Brother of the
year" award from Alpha Phi Alpha
Fraternity Inc., and was elected as
the 2004 Florida State University
Homecoming King.


By. Charles Hallman
Special to the NNPA from the
Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
DETROIT (NNPA) -- Super Bowl
XL is now history, and the multi-
tude of visitors have returned to
their homes from Detroit, where the
game was played. Detroit is one of
only 12 U.S. cities to ever host a
Super Bowland was preceded by
Jacksonville, Florida. The city got
spruced up for the event, especially
the once-dormant downtown area.
Banners hung from two Brewster
Project towers, the city's well-
known depressed housing area.
Longstanding vacant buildings
were bulldozed and cleared away.
Potholes, a constant reminder to
drivers on how bad Detroit's streets
are, suddenly disappeared.
The city got an extreme makeover
in hopes that the annual, globally
viewed event would finally erase
the negativism usually associated
with the Motor City.
"Detroit is my home, and I already
know what it has to offer," said
Stacie Clayton, Super Bowl Host
Committee vice president for exter-
nal affairs.
"[Visitors] will find it is not as ter-
rible a place as the mass media have
portrayed it," said Detroit Branch
NAACP President Wendell
Anthony.


First Coast BBIC Seminar Series

The Benefits of Staff Leasing


First Coast Black Business
Investment Corporation (FCBBIC)
will present a workshop, "The
Benefits of Staff Leasing" from 6 to
8 p.m., Tuesday, February 21, 2006,
at the Ben Durham Business-
Center, 2933 North Myrtle Avenue.
The presenter will be Greg
Hancock of Matrix Employee
Leasing. This workshop will
demonstrate how employee leasing
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MEETING NOTICE
Jacksonville City Council Member Glorious Johnson, Chair of the
City's Value Adjustment Board, will host a Not-For-Profit
Organization Tax Exemption Forum to be held on Monday,
February 27, 2006 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in the Renaissance
Room, 1st floor, Jacksonville City Hall, 117 W. Duval Street in
downtown Jacksonville.
The forum, co-sponsored by the City of Jacksonville, the Duval
County Property Appraiser and Duval County Tax Collector, is
designed to help private not-for-profit organizations in
Jacksonville, including churches, schools, social service agencies,
and others, understand their eligibility for exemption from local
property taxes and the process and timeline for applying for such
exemptions. Presenters will include Value Adjustment Board Chair
Glorious Johnson, Property Appraiser Jim Overton, Tax Collector
Mike Hogan, and others who will explain what types of activities do
and do not qualify for the property tax exemption, how and when to
make application for the exemption, and how and when to appeal
adverse decisions regarding qualification for the exemption.
All interested p parties are invited to attend.
Further information may be obtained from Elaine Febles, VAB
Aide, City Council Office, 630-1212, ext. 4293 or pefebles@coj.net




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the business. If you are tired of the
daily business management issues
such as payroll forms, annual
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But with this year's signature sea-
son-ending NFL event over, a new
question arises:
Not unlike the previous 39 cham-
pionship games, Super Bowl XL
was typically viewed as a financial
shot in the arm for its host city.
With a population of nearly one
million, the majority of them Black,
city residents and officials expected
nothing less numbers like $300
million generated from the game
and related activities have been oft
discussed.
But how much of this financial
manna from heaven actually goes to
the Black community, queried
Michigan Citizen city editor
Bankole Thompson in "Super Bowl
Blackout." The article was very
critical of the Super Bowl's per-
ceived financial benefits to Detroit.
"There was talk that the Super Bowl
would be a financial miracle for the
city," said Thompson last week.
The article also presented criticism
from some local Black business
owners who felt they weren't get-
ting their fair share of contracts.
Thompson said that several Black
business owners participated in
workshops designed to explain how
they could apply for Super Bowl
contracts, but he called the process
"a bureaucratic strategy" to keep
them out.
Of the 25 Detroit-based busi-
nesses awarded contracts,
according to Clayton, 23 were
Black-owned.
"Overall, between the Host
Committee and the NFL," she said,
"we spent about $5.8 million to
date. I know there are some people
that are disappointed, but there are
people who are very happy with the
work that they have gotten."
"If you got a contract, yes; if you
didn't, it would be a big no!" said
Detroit Urban League
Chairman/CEO N. Charles


Anderson, whose organization met
with the Host Committee.
"Obviously, in a city where the
mayor is African-American
(Kwame Kilpatrick), who has an
interest in economic development
for African-Americans, I don't think
that this was something the Host
Committee could ignore."
NFL officials left impressed, said
Clayton. "I had several conversa-
tions, and they said that they
already learned things in Detroit
that they want to take to South
Florida for next year's Super Bowl."
Anthony believes, however, that
more is needed. "There needs to be
more in the area of prime contrac-
tors," he said.
But Keith questions just how
much money Detroit's Black com-
munity will see from the event.
"Black folks don't own those hotels
downtown or the larger entertain-
ment venues," he pointed out.
If streets can be repaired and
building razed for Super Bowl visi-
tors, Greg Cade said he sees no rea-
son why this can't continue for the
city residents. "Hopefully [the
Super Bowl] will be a shot in the
arm for the businesses here and for
the people who live here."
"The challenge for us is, what
will we do on the sixth of February
and beyond?" said Anderson.
Added Anthony: "The real test is,
can this be an anchor of progress
once the game is over?"
If anything, Clayton said, Detroit
showed the NFL and the world that
it can indeed host a big-time event,
and that local Black businesses can
indeed be involved. "I believe if a
business put in their portfolio that
they had done business with the
Super Bowl, that shows that they
are capable of doing business with
any event that we have coming in
town."


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Patrick Johnson Named Youth of the Year by Boys & Girls Club


T. ...':: ;

Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Florida 2006 Youth of the Year win-
ner, Patrick Johnson with his mom, Paulette Cole. Johnson is a mem-
ber of Victory Pointe Boys & Girls Club on Jacksonville's Westside
and a junior at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. He was one of
seven nominees and the announcement was made at the annual Youth
of the Year dinner last week.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Pointe Boys & Girls Club on
Florida announced Patrick Johnson Jacksonville's Westside. He will
as Youth of the Year at its annual now go on to compete at the state
dinner last night in Jacksonville. level competition, which will be
Johnson is a member of the Victory held in Jacksonville April 2-3,


2006, hosted by BGCNF. From that
level, Johnson could advance to the
regional competition. Youth of the
Year is a national program adminis-
tered by Boys & Girls Clubs of
America that recognizes individual
Club members' exemplary charac-
ter, superior leadership, academic
achievement and outstanding serv-
ice to their Clubs and.communities.
Five regional winners selected
from among the state winners will
compete for the national honor in
Washington, D.C., where the presi-
dent will officially announce the
National Youth of the Year at a
White House ceremony in
September. In addition, the national
winner receives a $10,000 scholar-
ship from Reader's Digest
Foundation, sponsor of the program
since its inception in 1947.
Johnson has been an active Club
member for five years, and he is a
junior at Douglas Anderson School
of the Arts where he focuses on his
singing and schoolwork. At Victory
Pointe Club Patrick serves as a tutor
and mentor to younger Club mem-
bers and is the Club's drama and


dance instructor. After high school
graduation Johnson plans to contin-
ue his singing career and pursue a
degree in business management and
the University of North Florida.
More than 200 people attended
the event, and enjoyed keynote
speaker Joe Caufield's interactive,
entertaining and informative pres-
entation about the history of Boys
& Girls Clubs. Alan Gionet, First
Coast News anchor, was the master
of ceremonies.
Cultural Grant

Applications Due

February 27th
Duval County 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.
CSGP awards are granted based
on an organization's fiscal account-
ability, community outreach and
programming excellence. For more
information: (904)358-3600.


EWC Receives Generous $1 Million Donation


Dr. Gasper and Irene Lazzara
donated $100,000 today to Edward
Waters College towards a commit-
ment of $1 million. This commit-
ment includes the $500,000 the
Lazzaras pledged in 2004 to fund
the Gasper and Irene Lazzara
Scholarship program at EWC. The
newly announced additional funds
will be used for College operations.
"We are pleased to be supporters
of the College," stated Dr. Lazzara.
"The current administration is
doing a good job in addressing the
past issues and I am sure that the
College will use the funds towards
the operations of the College."
Congresswoman Corrine Brown,
who was present for the announce-
ment, added, "We need to continue
to support Edward Waters College.
The Lazzaras have been very gener-
ous to the College and have pledged
their support continuously." '


L to R: Congresswoman Corrine Brown, Dr. Gasper Lazzara, Dr.
Oswald P. Bronson Sr., (EWC President) and EWC Alumnus Betty
Holzendorf. Phyllis Bell-Davis photo.


The Lazzara Scholarship Program
* is used to attract exceptional sru-
dents to EWC. who would help to


enhance its educational environ-
ment and as such, woil6d enable
them to serve as academic role


models. Miriam Jackson, a sopho-
more Biology major and honor stu-
dent, is the current Lazzara Scholar.
As a Lazzara Scholar, Ms. Jackson,
a 4.0 graduate of Monroe High
School in Albany, GA, is eligible
for a four-year scholarship which
covers all normal expenses includ-
ing tuition, student fees, housing,
meals, books, supplies, travel and a
laptop. Participation in a summer
school enrichment program and an
internship is part of the scholarship.
Criteria for the Lazzara
Scholarship includes the following:
a 500 word essay, at least three let-
ters of recommendation, extracur-
ricular attainments, and rank in the
top 25% of the graduating class
with a GPA of no less than 3.0, SAT
score of at least 900 or a minimum
ACT score of 19.,
"The EWC Family is grateful to
Di anid Mrs.~Iazzara for their con-
>imued 'support for' the College,"
stated Dr. Oswald P. Bronson, Sr.,
EWC president.


High schoolers participating in the World Cafe process.
Children's Conference Focused on

Building a Smarter Community


The Jacksonville Children's
Commission joined other organiza-
tions in presenting, "Building a
Smarter Community for Youth"
conference celebrating Jackson-
ville's selection as one of the 100
Best Communities for Young
People by America's Promise-The
Alliance for Youth.
Attended by leaders in the public,
private and non-profit sectors, the
conference focused on the critical
link between youth and economic
prosperity. Conference partici-
pants, including approximately 60
young people, had the opportunity
to recommend ways Jacksonville
can use its strengths, resources and
leadership in new ways to continue
to build a brighter future for its
youngest citizens.
"We know that education and pos-
itive youth development play a
tremendous role in the fabric of our
economy and we are incredibly for-
tunate to have so many caring indi-
viduals and organizations working
to close the gap for our young peo-
ple," said Jacksonville Mayor John
Peyton. "There is no better use for
our collective energy than making
Jacksonville a better place for our
youngest citizens."
Kicking off the day's activities,
conference participants had the
opportunity to test their knowledge
of toutti and community irnprole-,
ment initiatives in Jackson% ille
with an interactive, electronic game
show hosted by Linda Lanier,
Executive Director of the


Jacksonville Children's
Commission.
Nationally renowned researcher
Dr. Suzanne Morse, president of the
Pew Partnership for Civic Change,
served as the keynote speaker. Her
speech, Making Jacksonville
Smarter for Young People: A
Blueprint for Leveraging Current
Leadership and Resources to Invent
a Brighter Future, outlined a frame-
work she believes the city could
embrace to help Jacksonville
become a better community for
young people to achieve their
potential.
The afternoon session featured an
opportunity for attendees to partici-
pate in meaningful table discus-
sions through a process known as
World Caf6. Trained facilitators led
discussions to gain insights and rec-
ommendations from adult and
youth participants for advancing a
Smart Communities strategy for
young people.
In addition, the day was peppered
with entertainment by local stu-
dents including the Douglas
Anderson Jazz Ensemble; an inspi-
rational message by Ashlee Cooper
from Girl Scout Troop 750 of
Simpson United Methodist Church,
and the Paxon Honors Chorale.
: Jacksonville was recognized as
100 Best Communities for Young
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The NAACP: How We Can Get Full Civil Rights and Citizenship
The effects of the late civil strife have been to free the slave and make him a citizen. Yet he is not possessed of the civil rights which citizenship should carry with it. This is wrong, and should be correct-
ed. Social equality is not a subject to be legislated upon, nor shall I ask that anything be done to advance the social status of the colored man, except to give him a fair chance to develop what there is good
in him, give him access to the schools, and when he travels let him feel assured that his conduct will regulate the treatment and fare he will receive. President Ulysses S. Grant 1873


by William
Reed
The concept
of "civil rights"
is a function of
S' *"civil society" -
that sphere of private action free of
government control. But, civil soci-
ety is not free of government action,
because government action secures
the nature of civil society by the
protection of persons against crimi-
nal wrongs. The NAACP has 100
years working toward these protec-
tions. It has always been held in
high regard among America's Black
population. From the beginning,
NAACP membership grew; in 1919
it had 9,000 members and 300 local


branches. Among the next genera-
tion of blacks in the 1930s and 40s,
NAACP membership grew to
500,000 members.
There's hardly an African
American that the NAACP hasn't
helped. Most of its early efforts
were directed against lynching. In
the U.S. in 1911, there were 71
lynching with a black person the
victim 63 times. By the 1950s,
lynching waned and the NAACP
turned to other campaigns for rights
and justice. In the 1990s many
African Americans wrote the organ-
ization off as it became overtly par-
tisan in its legislative redistricting,
voter registration, and lobbying
activities.


A 2005 National Opinion Research
Center (NORC) survey found
almost 80 percent of African
Americans thought it "extremely"
or "very" important to civil society.
Viewed by age, more than 80 per-
cent of respondents over 60 viewed
the NAACP as "important"; 80 per-
cent of Blacks 45 to 59 agreed, as
well as those 30 to 44; and 70 per-
cent of blacks 18 to 29 viewed the
NAACP as "important". Eighty
percent of blacks agreed with the
NAACP's agenda; fewer than 3 per-
cent disagreed and 75 percent of
blacks see the NAACP as effective.
The NAACP ranks higher than the
Urban League in familiarity among
whites and higher than every group,


except the Red Cross, among
blacks.
It's up to the African American
middle-class to give the more bang
with their bucks. Bruce Gordon is a
former corporate executive now
heading the venerable group. A sec-
ond-generation active NAACP
member, Gordon's goals for
NAACP stability is to get member-
ship rolls up utilizing platforms and
programs that target and appeal to
retiring Black Baby Boomers, and
their Generation X and Gen Y off-
spring. The organization's num-
bers can reach three million paying
members if it attracts black retirees
and aspiring professionals to con-
nect with NAACP programs to


expand opportunities for black
entrepreneurship, partner with com-
munity service organizations and
health services providers, and
devise programs to use black com-
munities' considerable buying
power as leverage to influence con-
tracting decisions and corporations
decisions to partner with us toward
addressing longtime social prob-
lems.
There is an "alternative black
leadership structure" in America
dedicated to overturning the gains
of civil rights movements and put-
ting a black face on forces opposed
to civil rights legislation. They are
the movement behind legal assaults
on affirmative action and remedies


for discrimination. It will take con-
tributors, and membership numbers
in the millions for groups dedicated
to protections for blacks, such as the
NAACP, to undermine status quo
oriented social forces seeking to
hinder African American socio-eco-
nomic advancement. Hopefully,
Mr. Gordon can exercise political
adroitness in getting the govern-
ment to address protections black
still need. For Black Americans to
realize "social equality," they must
fund organizations such as the
NAACP to help Congress and who-
ever sits in the Oval Office to final-
ly embark on definitive and con-
structive plans for civil rights into
the 21st Century.


Black History or



African History?

By Darryl James
It's Black History Month and wherever you are. you should be either
studying Black History, or planning to create Black History. Instead of dis-
Cussing some great achievements by Black men or Black women. I'd like
to discuss the great achievements that lie ahead of Africans in America.
Those great achievements can only occur after we define ourselves with
some practicality and foresight.
"When it comes to Black History, most Africans in America start stud ming
sometime around the beginning of the slave trade and bring it through to
about the middle of the twentieth century. That's a very short history for a
people with such a nch background.
The problem is that we either define ourselves based on our attachment
to America, or based on our attachment to Africa. As a people, we become
fragmented, because some of us want no attachment to Africa and some of
us want no attachment to America. Further compounding the problem are
two facts: One, that racist Americans (including some self-hating Negroes)
want to deny us the birthright to this nation purchased by the blood, sweat
and tears of our slave ancestors; and Two. that some confused and self-hat-
ing Africans (that will take another column to deal with) want to deny us
the birthright to that continent based on our "impurity," after being mixed
with other races over the centuries.
The argument really comes down to consciousness, because perception
is reality. Whatever we perceive ourselves to be comes into existence. Our
perception of ourselves does not have to be based on what the Devil's chil-
dren in white or black face deliver to us. Our perception of ourselves mun
be based on whatever wxe deliver to ourselves.
Personally. I believe that nearly every ethnicity in America except Blacks
have it right. Italians are still Italian even if they speak no Italian and have
never seen Italy. There are Polish people in this nation who define them-
selves as such even though the original Polish person in their family came
to America four centuries ago.
But what of the African American? We are the only people in this nation
who continue to redefine ourselves based on things outside of our con-
sciousness.
Now, I. already know that vwe are not a monolithic people. That having
been said, if you are not with me, I'd like you to turn awaN, because I will
not be speaking to you or for you.
I split African people from Black people in consciousness only. This is
because they have two different ways of thinking. The Black man across
the planet has embraced such titles as Negro, Colored. Afro-American.
African American, Haitian, Jamaican. West Indian, Brazilian, etc. All of
these titles are basically false, because travel to a land named "whatever"
does not make you a person of '"whatever" culture, or alter your cultural
identity to whatt% er." There is a physiology, a psychology and a spiritu-
ality that Africa delivers to the African across the globe whether you
embrace it or not.
Some people start studying history as Africans, and others start studying
as Blacks. In both groups. many seem to concentrate on Black and/or
African achievements without proper perspective
We can trace many great inventions as well as math. science and art to
Black people, but we will still have only a cursory attachment to those
achievements as long as we fail to fully embrace an understanding of who
those people were and how we are connected to them. That is why it is
extremely important to embrace and celebrate the original consciousness
of the African people, as opposed to the achievements of these people after
they arrived in America.
We should eventually free ourselves from titles and move toward con-
sciousness, but the evolution has to begin somewhere. Black History
Month, which began as Black History week is a great concept, but i
should continue to evolve as our consciousness evolves. It should be year
round, and the celebration must be a constant inward journey of our self to
the root of our existence, beginning with the re-evaluation of the modern
African under Western thought.
Yes. Black people, it is time for us to plan on creating Black History. That
begins with defining ourselves.


Making Sure Our Children Know Their History


By. Marian Wright Edelman
NNPA Columnist
"Those who have no record of
what their forebears have accom-
plished lose the inspiration which
comes from the teaching of biogra-
phy and history." So said Dr. Carter
G. Woodson, the scholar and histo-
rian who is called "The Father of
Black History." He founded Negro
History Week in 1926 to help give
this record and inspiration to other
Black Americans. At the time Dr.
Woodson was alarmed because so
few people, White or Black, knew
anything at all about Black history
and Black people's achievements.
He would even meet other Black
college history professors who had
no idea Blacks had made any sig-
nificant contributions to national or
world history. Dr. Woodson under-
stood just how critical it was to
claim our rightful place in the his-
tory books, and so the national cel-
ebration of Black history was born.
As times changed, Negro History
Week became Black History Week,
and 30 years ago, it officially
became Black History Month. But
-hrotighout the years the celebra-.
tion's symbolism and important
message has always remained'the
same. This year, Black History
Month falls at a time when recent
losses have already made many of


us reflect on our history and how
far we've come.
After Rosa Parks' passing in
October and Coretta Scott King's
passing in January, many people
felt they had witnessed the end of
an era. Parks and. King were
indeed two of the towering figures
in Black American history and I
hope all of our children now know
exactly who they were and what
they stood for.
They should know about our ear-
liest heroes like Phillis Wheatley
and Benjamin Banneker, and free-
dom fighters like Frederick
Douglass, Harriet Tubman,
Sojourner Truth, and so many oth-
ers who were born in slavery but
never gave up in their passion to be
free. They should know about the
next generation of brilliant Black
leaders and thinkers like W.E.B.
DuBois, Booker T. Washington,
and Ida B. Wells-Barnett and about
pioneering inventors and educators
like George Washington Carver
and Carter Woodson himself. They
should study the Harlem
Renaissance and the writers, musi-
cians, and, artists who, changed
American,culture forever.
They should learn about civil
rights leaders A. Phillip Randolph
whose first threatened March on
Washington inspired the second


and Ralph Bunche who won the
Nobel Peace Prize for his U.N.
peacemaking efforts in the Middle
East. He, like Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr., refused to be "ghet-
toized" and saw the connection
between the quest for justice at
home and globally and the need to
stand against violence at home and
everywhere.
They must celebrate all the strong
women who were indispensable in
the struggle for freedom: Fannie
Lou Hamer, Ella Baker, Septima
Clark, and so many more, and bask
in the pioneers who broke barriers
throughout the 20th Century,
including Marian Anderson, the
Tuskegee Airmen, Jackie
Robinson, Thurgood Marshall,
Shirley Chisholm, and Mae
Jemison. Of course they should
applaud our still living legends:
civil and human rights leaders like
Myrlie Evers-Williams and
Dorothy Height, scholars like John
Hope Franklin, and cultural leaders
like Harry Belafonte, Ruby Dee,
and Maya Angelou. The list of
great Black Americans goes on and
on and our children should know
'their stories and be given the tools
and motivation to emulate them.
Finally, we should teach our chil-
dren as much as we can about the
heroes in their own families and try


to be the people we want our chil-
dren to become: the grandparents
and great-grandparents who came
before them and paved their way.
Why is this so important? Family
stories are often the most memo-
rable inspiration of all. They bring
history alive and reinforce the idea
that anyone and everyone can use
their lives to make a difference.
What a thrill it was for me to take
my 4-and-a-half year old grand-
daughter to the Capitol Rotunda
and tell her the Rosa Parks's story
and say over and over again that a
Black woman can do anything and
change the world.
This is a key lesson not just for
Black History Month but every
day. At Coretta Scott King's funer-
al, leader after leader spoke about
how hard she worked during her
lifetime as a champion of freedom
and justice and juggled movement
building with motherhood. She
reminded us all about how much
still needed to be done to realize
Martin Luther King Jr.'s and her
dream America's dream. Every
time we look back at our history to
celebrate, we must remind our-
selves and our children of just how
much unfinished business we must
attend to and be inspired by our
history to write the next chapter.


Racial Profiling: Not Always a Bad Thing


By Leah Sammons
African-Americans suffer from
heart-related illnesses and death at
a significantly higher rate than
whites. In fact, cardiovascular dis-
ease is one of the leading causes of
death in the African-American
community. But help is on the
horizon.
A new drug proven to be highly
effective in its clinical trial stage is
now on the fast track to approval.
The drug is historic for its healing
potential, but it is also controver-
sial because it was basically identi-
fied to be effective through a
process of racial profiling.
The U.S. Food and -Drug
Administration this year officially
approved the drug BiDil after ini-
tially rejecting it in 1997. Why the
change? While the 1997 trials
were conducted primarily on a
white group, recent tests were con-
ducted exclusively on blacks. This
second trial produced very differ-
ent results.
Black heart patients suffer, in
part, from a lack of nitric oxide in
the bloodstream. BiDil enhances
nitric oxide levels. When BiDil's
manufacturer, NitroMed, discov-


ered the drug was especially effec-
tive when given to African-
Americans, it teamed up with the
Association of Black Cardiologists
to sponsor the new tests. The
results showed a significant
decrease in heart failure deaths (43
percent) and a reduced need for
hospitalization (33 percent).
"The success of BiDil for
African-American patients demon-
strates that there can be significant
therapeutic differences for sub-
groups of the population that may
not show up in clinical trials that
only produce 'general population'
results," notes Adolph P. Falcon,
the co-author of the National
Alliance for Hispanic Health study
Genes, Culture and Medicines.
Critics nonetheless worry that
race designations will be linked
with biological differences to rein-
force or fuel traditional racist opin-
ions and similarly exploit blacks.
"This approval of BiDil isn't about
personalizing medicine. It's about
exploiting race to make money by
extending patent protection,"
claims Jonathan Kahn, a law pro-
fessor and ethicist at Hamline
University. But many black health


care organizations are showing
support for the new drug and don't
want BiDil categorized as a "race
drug."
Different physical responses to
BiDil may ultimately result from
genetic differences among individ-
uals rather than simply race. That
means certain whites and
Hispanics may respond better to
the drug than some African-
Americans. Ngozi T. Robinson,
Director of Health Disparities
Initiatives, says race is simply a
proxy right now. He encourages
cellular testing to find how effec-
tive the drug could be on particular
individuals. But, for now, the
social classification of race must
serve as a necessary distinction -
one that may greatly reduce a
major health risk plaguing the
African-American community.
While our society's laws and
intentions seek to treat everyone
equally despite differences in race,
sex, ethnicity and other factors, it's
clear that there are genetic differ-
ences. Dr. James S. Winshall M.D.
of Harvard Medical School
observes: "It also appears that cer-
tain genes, and therefore certain


diseases, seem to be more common
in people who come from a partic-
ular geographical location or have
a particular color skin." Some
geneticists refer to race or skin
color as a "placeholder" a way to
help us to understand something
about a person's underlying genetic
make-up.
If African-Americans suffering
from heart problems benefit from
BiDil, it should be celebrated
instead of feared. The Human
Genome Project, which mapped
human DNA, found that humans
share more than 99 percent of the
exact same genes, but that leaves
room for differences. Should a
drug be withheld simply because it
may play into the fear of a racist
agenda?
Deliberately targeting someone for
mistreatment or unmerited benefit
due to the color of their skin is
abhorrent, but the concept of racial
profiling has acquired an unwar-
ranted bad reputation over the past
few years. It may now be a tool
for improving the health of
African-Americans.
In the case of BiDil, thinking
along racial lines is saving lives.


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S Storm Victims to Get Money, but No Hotels


My daughter is interested in enrolling in the Pre-IB program at
Ribault high school. Do I need to schedule a tour as part of a magnet
program requirement?
The Pre-Intemational Baccalaureate program being offered at Ribault
High School next year is not a magnet program. Students who live in the
Ribault and Raines high school attendance areas and meet the academic
requirements are eligible to enroll. The Pre-IB program is a course of
study offered to 9th and 10th grade students in select schools that prepares
them for challenging courses of international education and rigorous
assessment. For more information about the program, please contact the
IB Coordinator at 924-3092 ext. 162.
When is the deadline to enroll my child in a magnet school?
Students interested in attending a Duval County magnet school should
submit applications to the Magnet Programs office by 4:30 p.m. on
February 28 (letters should be postmarked on February 28). Faxed appli-
cations are not accepted. For other magnet program questions, contact the
Magnet Programs office at (904) 390-2082.
I read that school will start later for all public schools in Florida. Is
this true?
There was a recent article in the newspaper about a legislative proposal to
begin schools at a later time. However, last week, the Duval County
School Board approved the 2006-2007 academic calendar, with August 7
as the first day of school. To review the complete calendar, log on to
www.educationcentral.org or request a copy by calling (904) 390-2126.
Please submit your School Talk questions by email to schooltalk@edu-
cationcentral.org, by fax at 390-2659, or by mail to Duval County Public
Schools, Communications Office, 1701 Prudential Drive, Jacksonville,
FL 32207-8182.


Black History 101
Continued from front
have lived during the same time
does not lie in genetics or socializa-
tion. The difference stems from
their perspective. They refused to
allow their painful past to become
their future. Instead their past
served as a foundation upon which
they would build their future.
Though you may have never felt
the sting of a whip, you may have
endured abuse, abandoned by a par-
ent or a spouse or hurt those who
love you in the past because of bad
choices you made. It's not too late.
All you have to do is let your
painful past lead you into a pur-
poseful future.
Forgive Yourself
Our' Histon can lead us to6 a
brighter future as long as we learn
from it, not perpetuate it. You can
begin moving forward by reflecting
over the mistakes you made in the
past, examining them carefully so
that you will not repeat them. Some
people don't want to go back over
their mistakes. They'd rather pre-
tend they didn't have any. That dys-
function is nothing more than pride
and pride always comes before a
fall. Sometimes this is more diffi-
cult than anything else you've had
to do, but you cannot enjoy a ful-
filling future if you make the guilt
of the past a part of it.
Explore Yourself
Now, the only prevention to making
the same mistakes over and over
again is to explore yourself. Find
out what makes you tick. What are
your strengths and weaknesses?
What, in you, caused you to mess
up in the past? What, in you,
caused you to succeed? Get to
know yourself! If you don't know
yourself, you are more likely to
waver in your stances and compro-
mise your standards. Yes, you will
find yourself being easily swayed
by external pressures and moved by
the opinions of others. Not ground-
ed, you will end up battling what I
call, "repetitive dysfunction."
Encourage Yourself
After you have forgiven yourself
for past mistakes and explored
yourself in an effort to prevent
repeating the same mistakes, you
must encourage yourself. People,
in general, are more inclined to say
encouraging things to others than
they are to themselves. However,
the more kind things we think and
say about ourselves, to ourselves,
the better we're bound to feel about
ourselves. Every teacher will tell
you, "Repetition is the key to learn-
ing."
Get to Know the Real "You"
There is an old adage that says, "If
you don't know where you've been,
then you won't know where you're
going". I say, "if you don't know
where you've been, don't worry,
you'll be there again soon". Study
your past and you are less likely to
repeat it. Study it, but don't allow
yourself to get stuck there. Use
your past as a compass and it will
not become your destination.
Reflect over your mistakes, repent
and forgive yourself, but don't stop
there. Explore yourself because


you're worth getting to know.
Encourage yourself daily and sur-
round yourself with positive peo-
ple. Then, find your voice and
express yourself. If you do these
things, like those who came before
you, you will move past the trials of
your past and into the triumphs of
your future, blazing a powerful,
positive trail for many others to fol-
low.


About 12,000 families made
homeless by last year's hurricanes
began checking out of their federal-
ly funded hotel rooms around the
country earlier this week after a
federal judge let FEMA stop paying
directly for their stays.
The Federal Emergency
Management Agency promised the
evacuees from Hurricanes Katrina
and Rita that they will still receive
federal rent assistance that they can
put toward hotel stays or other
housing. But the agency will no
longer pay for their hotel rooms
directly.


The Ritz Chamber Players, the
nation's first chamber music
ensemble series comprised solely
of accomplished musicians span-
ning the African diaspora, in con-
junction with the Riverside Fines
Arts Association, bring together
voices of the Jacksonville commu-
nity for a Musical Celebration of
Black History Month. The concert
opens with the Choir performance
of the national Negro Anthem,
"Lift Every Voice and Sing,". It
will feature Negro Spirituals from
the sacrificial working songs to the
liberation songs that led the slaves
to freedom through the
Underground Railroad. The concert
will also feature works by African-
American composers sung by
Jacksonville choruses, including
the Ritz Voices, the Don Thompson
Choral, the Masterworks Choral,
and choruses from the Paxon
School for Advanced Studies,
Edward Waters College, Edward


Earlier in the day, attorneys for the
evacuees pleaded with U.S. District
Judge Stanwood Duval for a last-
minute reprieve, saying the rent
assistance will not be enough for
decent living accommodations or
continued hotel stays.
But Duval denied the request.
FEMA said the majority of those
checking out had made arrange-
ments for other housing. But some
said they had nowhere to go except
their own cars, a relative's couch or
back to a shelter.
Mary Smith looked for a bus to
take her to one of the lower-income


Waters College Alumni Choir,
Florida Community College at
Jacksonville, and others.
The second half of the program is
entitled "Sacrifice and Liberation."
This Negro spiritual will be direct-
ed by special guest conductor Dr.
Herbert Jones, Artistic Director of
the Oxford Civic Chorus and
Assistant Director of Choral
Activities at University of
Mississippi.
Says Ritz Artistic Director
Terrance Patterson of the collabora-
tive concert, "This concert blos-
somed into a beautiful community
effort between many of
Jacksonville's very fine organiza-
tions in celebration of something
that is uniquely American. I don't
think anyone in the audience will
leave without feeling uplifted."
The concert will be held Sunday,
February 19th at the Times Union
Center for Performing Arts. Fo
more information call 354-5547.


neighborhoods across the
Mississippi River in suburban New
Orleans, where she was told she
might find a rental.
"I only got my rent check last
week. It's not enough time to find a
place," said Smith, 43, for whom
the Crowne Plaza had become
home.
Several said they were heading
back to Houston and Atlanta, their
original evacuation destinations,
giving up jobs in New Orleans in
search of a place to sleep.
About 10,500 families, or 88 per-
cent of the 12,000 homeless fami-


lies, have received rent-assistance
checks from FEMA, said Libby
Turner, the agency's transitional
housing director.
At a meeting of state emergency
managers in Alexandria, Va., acting
FEMA chief R. David Paulison told
reporters the judge's ruling "recog-
nized that we're doing the right,
thing for these people."
This week marks the second wave
of evacuees losing FEMA financing.
of their hotel rooms. Last week, the-
occupants of roughly 4,500 rooms
lost FEMA funding after failing to,
ask the agency for extensions.


Kirby Students Lauded for Musical Excellence
Musical students from around the state gathered last weekend at Baldwin
Middle School for their annual Solo and Ensemble Festival. Hundreds of
students from around the north Florida area participated as solosits and
groups to compete for top honors. Shown above are two Jacksonville alto
saxophonists from Kirby Smith Middle School. The students both received
superior ratings, the highest honor, for their performance. Shown above are
(L-R) Felicia Willis, son Travis Willis Powell, Ann Willis, Long Pham,
and his father Phung Pham were among the ten students participating from
Kirby. To garner their Superior rating, Travis played Celito Lindo and
Long played Impromptu.


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"Sacrifice and Liberation"

A Community Celebration of the Negro Spiritual


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Miss Grace Baptist & Talent Show
The women of Grace Baptist Church of the East Springfield, 1553 East
' -21st Street, Rev. John Devoe, Pastor; invite you to come out and support
,,.their youth, while attending an evening of elegant, praise and fun as they
'present the Miss Grace Baptist and Talent Show. The talent show and pag-
" eant will begin at 5 p.m. on Saturday, February 18, 2006. All are welcome.
Sword and Shield Kingdom Outreach
Ministry 2006 Serious Praise
The community is invited to share in the Sword and Shield Outreach
Ministry's "2006 Serious Praise!" at 3:45 p.m. on Sunday, February 26th,
at the Father's House Conference Center, Building 2, 1820 Monument
Road. Rev. Mattie W. Freeman, Founder/Pastor invites you to hear the
Word and Praise Team, under the direction of Ms. Kenshela Williams
-Evangelist Ethel Pritchard and Pastor Jose L. Bosque, along with Soloist
SSister Pat Speights. You don't want to miss this service.
First AME Opens Sale to Vendors
" 'The Inspirational Choir of First AME Church, 91 Old Kings Road
".North, Palm Coast; is sponsoring a "White Elephant" Sale, Saturday,
March 11, 2006, from 8 a.m. to 2. Vendors are welcome. For more infor-
Smation, call (386) 446-5759.
Mt. Bethel AME's Project
Chase Connects Home and School
New Bethel AME Church, 1231 Tyler Street invites all to join Project
Chase for the opportunity to improve your educational skills, earn a GED,
'employment skills, and parenting skills to help your child be successful in
school. Project Chase meets Monday thru Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30
p.m., free childcare is available. A few slots are still available. For more
.information, please call (904) 353-1822 or 630-7255.


Gullah/Geechee Nation to Speak at
Heritage Activity at O'Neal Memorial
O'Neal Memorial Baptist She has spoken
Church, 474257 State Road, 200 before the
East, Fernandina Beach; Rev. Fred United nations (
A Denson, Pastor, will present twice on behalf .
Queen Quet, Chieftress of the of her people, |p'
Gullah/Geechee Nation for a spe- and works I
cial Black History Month "Tribute throughout the ,
to the Ancestors, at 3 p.m. on Gullah/Geechee
Sunday, February 19, 2006. Queen Nation, from
Quet's presentation is part of her Jacksonville, NC Goodwine
"Save the Sea Islands World Tour to Jacksonville, FL, and 30 miles
2006 Ta de Root." inland, to preserve her people's lan-
Born Marquetta Goodwine, guage, land, traditions, and folk-
Queen Quet is a native of St. ways.
Helena Island, SC; and was elected This spiritual service is open to
and enstooled as the first Queen everyone. For more information, or
Mother and official spokesperson directions, please call (904)277-
for the Gullah/Geechee Nation. 2606.

Central CME Honors Future

Leaders on 60th Anniversary


A highlight of the celebration
of the 60th Anniversary of Central
Metropolitan CME Church, John
W. Walker Jr., Pastor; will be the
presentation of "Future Leaders of
Tomorrow" by the Board of
Christian Education, at 5 p.m. on


Sunday, February 19, 200b.

,Concerts Choirs in Concert at First Timothy
^ The National Sorority of Phi Biscayne Blvd., Rev. Frederick emancipation; and the gospels of
.Delia Kappa Inc., Alpha Gamma Newbill, Pastor; at 4 p.m., Sunday, reformation.
:lChapter, will present the Edward February 19, 2006. The public is invited to come out
-Waters College H. Alvin Greene "The Spirit of The Black Man in and travel on this extraordinary,
*+4nd J. '\. Honeysuckle Memorial America" is the theme which \\ill educational. jomir-ne\ of Black Folk
'Alumni Choir in concert at First be exemplified through the. Negro inAmerica, ihrouih liiusic. It is free
4Timothy Baptist Church, 12103 spirituals of slavery; the hymns of for all.



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



i Weekly Services


SPastor Rudolph
McKissick, Sr.
Senior Pastor


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


Midweek Services
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-i p.m.
Dinner and Bible Study
at 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.


IC enenH O Gq SS d at- pmI


k -2; M
Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Jr.
Senior Pastor


i Radio Ministry
WCGL 1360 AM
Thursday 8:15 -8:45 aan. -
AM 1400 Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m. \
K TV Ministry t -----
SWTLV Channel 12
Sunday Mornings at 6:30 a.m.



The Churcht t has 1pto &,dAnd Outto Man
SUNDAY
S- ].ii : 8 :.,, :Early-Worship 8:00 a.m:
-* -I.i l Sunday School 9:15 a.m.
'IL I'| Morning. Worship 10:45 a.m.
1st Sunday 3;45 p.m.
1 .-Lord's Supper
'4th nday -Training Ministry
*: .hT ubad a 7 :30a .m .
r'tet -Pra tng.arid Bible Study
Wedliesday- 12 Noon
,Noon Day Worship
S Thursday 4:00 p.m, .
Bible Study










M5863 Moncrief Rad Iohville, PL 32209 Pastor Ernie Murray, Sr.
(904) 768"88O0- (904) 764-3800 welcomes Youl


The Board will present a
"Botillion" showcasing young men
who are promising "Leaders of
Tomorrow" because of their out-
standing qualities of Leadership,
Character, and other fine attributes.
Mariea Devoe, chairperson, has a
gala evening planned for the event.
Members of the "Botillion" are:
Jason Johnson, Rashad Dunbar,
Kelvin Wilkes, James Bradley,
Kevin Cooper, John Walker III,
Nolan Love, Zackary Davis,
Tavarus Simon, Gleen Wigham,
Crideon S.nd\. Orlando Palmer.
Rashad Stafford, Masal Williams.
Bainion Laster, and Kenneth
Holmes. The public is invited.


Believers in Christ Host "Feel the
Power Leadership Summit"
Believers in Christ Christian Center, 11565-107 North Main Street,
Bishop Don & Pastor Deborah Bernard, Pastors; will host the "Feel the
Power Leadership Summit" Friday and Saturday, February 24-25, 2006; if
you need more strength and more power, be there! Bishop Terrance
Calloway, Independent Church Fellowship Conference, Brunswick, GA;
will be the speaker at 7 p.m., Friday night; Elder Bernard Reyes of St.
Mary's GA will speak at 10 a.m. on Saturday; and at 3 p.m., Saturday,
Bishop Don Bernard, will address the summit. Guest choirs will be in
attendance.
Love of Christ Community Church
Present "Open Mic Night"
The Love of Christ Community Church, 1481 East 16th Street, will hold
"Open Mic Night" every last Friday Night of the Month, starting Friday,
February 24, 2006, there is no admission charge. For more information,
call DeeDee Vann at (904) 703-6585.

First Baptist of Oakland Culminates
126th Anniversary Celebration
First Baptist Church of Oakland, 1025 Jessie Street, Rev. Torin T.
Dailey, Pastor; invites the community to join them as they close out the
celebration of the Church's 126th Anniversary. The Mass Choir will be
presented in concert on Friday, February 17th at 7 p.m. as they glorify the
name of The Lord in music.
Rev. Mariko Billups, Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, Columbia, SC
will be the guest minister for the Morning Worship Service at 11 a.m. on
Sunday, February 19, 2006. Rev. Eugene Diamond, Pastor, Abyssinia
Baptist Church, Jacksonville; will be the guest minister at the 4:30 p.m.
closing service.
Open Arms Holds Evening of Elegance"
The Marriage Ministry of Open Arms Christian Fellowship, 2763 Dunn
Avenue, Leofric Thomas, Pastor; will present a semi-formal affair, "An
Evening of Elegance", for married couples only, beginning at 7:30 p.m. on
Friday, February 17, 2005; in the Open Arms Christian Fellowship Hall.
The public is invited to come out and enjoy a night of fun, fellowship, and
romance. There will be Dinner, Door Prizes, NMusic and Dancing, with a
,..special, guest soloist. For ticket information call Minister Bernr at 233-
4973 or Sister Bridgette Allen at (904) 707-7303.


1880 Wst. Egevmo Avem.


Seeking the

lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19-20


Pastor Landon Williams, Sr.


8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30-7 p.m.
FREE TUTORING FOR YOUTH IN ENGLISH, SCIENCE, HIS-
TORY AND MATH TUESDAY & THURSDAY 6:30 8 P.M.


The doors of Macedonia are always openi to you sindyour family. If we mav be o anty assistince-t.'1
you in your spiritual walk, please contact us at 764-925'7 or via email at GreaterMac@aoLcOm.';




Evangel Temple Assembly of God


New Southwest Campus

Clay County/Middleburg
Starts Sunday Services on February 26th
9:45 a.m. Sunday School 10:45 a.m. Morning Worship
Thursday @ 7:30 p.m. Prayer and Bible Study


H Heaven~s Gate Draima j.


February 23- 24 @( Southwest Campus (t.y CMir;y
Each Year Supported by-Many Local.Chot 1

5755 Ramona Bh'd. Jacksonville, FL32205

904-781-9393
Website: www.evangeltempleag.org Email: evangekemple@evangeltemple.org
Pastor Cecil and Pauline iggins 10:45 a.m. Service Interpreted for Deaf@ Central Campus


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Greater Macedonia Celebrates 30 years of Pastor's



Faithful Vision and Guidance with Black Tie Gala


Betty Ingram, Mary Meredith and Cladia Campbell


Leroy & Leila Mervin with Fred & Carolyn Gadsden


Lula Thomas and Margaret McClain


Isaac Freeman and Betty Drain


Samuel and Erma Muldrew


Sittin at the head table along with the honoree were Master ot
Ceremonies Sidney Wells, Minister Keith Canady and Myrtis Avery
and husband Min. Willie Avery.


Rutha Mae Gaskins poses with the honoree, Dr.Williams.


w Mary and Elijah Wls
Mary and Elijah Wells


Hundreds of well wishers, church mem-
bers, friends and family braved a rainy
Saturday night to honor the accomplish-
ments and 30th anniversary of Dr. Landon
L.Williams, Pastor of Greater Macedonia
Baptist Church.
Preceding the 6:30 p.m. start time, guests
flowed inside the Philippian Community
Church's Multipurpose Center and were
shown to their seat by one of the elegant
hostesses who were ceremoniously all
dressed in white listening to a live pianist


while waiting for the honoree. The guest of
honor arrived by limousine to a packed
house. Before entering, he graciously
greeted guests and take a few pictures.
The gala affair, chaired by church mem-
bers Debra Drummond and Shenna Myrick
included an evening of testimony and faith
to the accomplished pastor. The highlight of
the evening was the rousing words of guest
speaker Rev. Ernie Murray of St. Thomas
Baptist Church who spoke out of the book
of Jeremiah on the topic, "Don't Quit". The


Mother and daughter Kim Council and Betty Wade


William and Noree Robinson


Kelvin and Susan Philpot
evening's program included solos by Sis.
Ruby Pope, a spiritual dance by Dana
Gardner, delicious food and of closing
words of appreciation by the honoree.
Sidney Wells presided over the event. In
addition to the Banquet, there were also two
celebration services in honor of the Pearl
Anniversary.
Dr. Williams' spiritual career began with
Greater Bethany Baptist Church (1966-
1972) and he first stepped into the doors of
Greater Macedonia in February 1976 where


Johnny and Mary Fisher


Alvin and Willie Mae Surrencey


Deacon Leaonard and Glorida Pressley


the church was located at 3333 Franklin
Street. Under the guidance of Pastor
Williams, a new church and sanctuary was
erected at 1880 West Edgewood Avenue
and officially opened in November of 1990.
Under Dr. Williams' leadership, Greater
Macedonia has been led to provide a beau-
tiful state-of-thee-arts three story, one and
two bedroom apartment building, Rosalind
Villas, for seniors, 55 and above. The
church also opened the Agape Clinic which
provides FQHC medical services for those


with low to moderate income, and the:
uninsured. It is staffed with general practi-:
tioners, a pediatrician, and a full service:
pharmacy. Greater Macedonia's next proj-'
ect will be a Family Life Center for the,
young people in the community.
The 30th Anniversary festivities will cul-
minate at 4 p.m., on Sunday, February 19,,
2006. Dr. Gary Williams, Pastor, The:
First Baptist Church of Mandarin, will be
the speaker at the closing Celebration;
Service that will be held at the church. .


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Oi'tn ss a Major V. for A jcan-Americang
'"..Tp0 'aJy ,a siufferfrom ness capacity proved : are more similar than dissimilar..
fs are it pi larly" hig ence is not con -^. .fimeSA{C. But there are cultural issues that we
Ai*'k" ewbstudy shows. '. ": African-Amerienc were mornio aToall, races and.etiet'..he.' incorporate that might be responsi-
: is co-director -likely to be obes ian white mei:.it- in African-Amneicans. ble for some differences.
I i' ion and pre- 44% vs. 33%. V greater attention not Unforuniately, she notes, many
:cafdi'g i 'ftiCie ,Ochsner Afficanomen we %reoh ;t.Tecing weight;" but in African-Americans face restraints
iiFo 'aiN New Orleans, more likelY Pe than white irmprovinj fitness. The two go on becoming more physically\
'hie arid.1coeages collected data \ together but are separate, too." active...Children in poor communi-
tQp orre" ,i 5 000 mei. 'and % fmera women were Obstacles to Fitness ties attend schools that lack gyms
52 74 whob fder&ent a Iorei thfn White women Sheila P. Dais,.PhD, is professor and physical education teachers.
tU' -.'stressests at the to be severely i;bse 19 vs. 11u. of nursing .a'.tie Uni\ersitr of And a person can't just put on run-
S .' "Even corrciing for obesity. MisSissippi Medical Center in ning shoes and go for a jog or a
.' ;.. Africah-Americans'are slightly less Jackson. She has studied African- walk in a community where person-
ave fcn-American fit,"Lavie tells WebMD,^Eve'ryone .merican children liv ing in the al safety is an issue.
in the s .Wetethree years -the country needs to beth nlang rural south and found high levels of "Those restraints.e\ist," Davis
er thane white men, yet abdit their weight and their fitness. obesity and low levels of fitness. says. "If they were remox ed. ,we
A n-American men's fitness Our data support [that] this. is of "BeingAfrican-American myself, would see more equalization."
capa ity was 7% lower' thpn that of even greater urgency in African- I can conjecture about wlhatis'hp-. bis does not excuse poor diets-or
white taen. The cdS e is con-. Americans." .. opening Davis tells We)MiDYn,;'se ta lifestyles, Davis notes.
sideredignfilcant ... t .. Lavic notes that the best predtgqr the South, in terms of obe'Li6 e S-. sas tbh.re is a critical need for
On average. African-American of premature.depth is poor physicl- differences are not that marked. To-. aressive inter mentions to improve
en inthe studyv',ere fou-ears fitness. He points.,o studies show-'d cAiitagblack obsity.problemn.is to' dict ahd exercise for African-
than the white ,o Vet ig that the best way people can .nithae point' ican-American s fit- reduce their risI of early deah.jIs to ty bem.. In terms of fitness : ..


STcI I : r now the Warnine Sins


A stroke is a medical condition
that occurs when there's a disrup-
tion in the brain's blood supply.
Roughly 80% of strokes occur
when a clot dams up an artery. The
remaining 20% result when a blood
vessel ruptures, boosting internal
pressure within the brain. The
effects of stroke can range from dis-
ability to death.
Stroke in the African American
community has reached dire pro-
portions and statistics prove it:
African American men
between 45-59 years are four
times as likely to* die from a
stroke as Caucasian men of the
same age.
African American men and
women below the age of 45 years
are four times as likely to experi-
ence a stroke than Caucasian
men and women of the same age.
Overall, African American
men and women of all ages are
twice as likely to experience a
stroke, AND to die from a stroke,
than Caucasian men and women
of the ,same age. .
Alarming statistics such as these -
- especially in those younger than
age 60 -- prompted the American
Stroke Association in November
2005 to introduce a campaign tar-
geted at blacks -- Power to End
Stroke. Its goal is to get the word
out in barber shops, beauty salons,
churches, community centers and to
health professionals.


The causes of stroke are clear:
high blood pressure, obesity, smok-
ing, diabetes, heart disease, heredi-
ty, age and gender (men have a
higher incidence than women) all
contribute to stroke. The good news
is that many of the causes of stroke
can be controlled by lifestyle and
dietary changes; further, if you do
experience stroke, the effects do not
have to be fatal if you receive treat-
ment early enough.
Because of medical breakthroughs
in the last few years, if patients get
to the hospital within three hours,
the effects of the most common
stroke, ischemic or clotting stroke,
can be minimal. Unfortunately,
according to Dr. Ovbiagele, less
than 5% of patients get to the hos-
pital on time, "when it's safe and


effective to administer the t-PA
drug [brand name: Activase]."
Thurber notes that there are stroke
teams that are called in as soon as
someone comes into the ER with
symptoms of stroke. "They imme-
diately give you a CAT scan within
a certain amount of time. They have
to do this to make sure that you're
not bleeding. There's also a check-
list of about 20 :questions that they-
give. If you fit the criteria, they can
administer a drug to stop the
effects. The brain can only be with-
out blood for so long."
To gauge the symptoms of stroke,
Dr. Ovbiagele says start from "head
to feet." The key here is that all of
these symptoms will be "sudden." If
you or someone you know experi-
ence any of these signs, seek med-


ical attention immediately:
Sudden onset of a severe
headache
Sudden onset of a change in
vision
Difficulty speaking or under-
standing words
Numbness or weakness in one
side
Difficulty in walking (described
as "being drunk")
Prompt medical attention can be
the difference between life and
death. In fact, the language around
stroke is now changing to reflect
the medical community's knowl-
edge that stroke can be treated, if
caught in enough time.
But as with anything else, the best
treatment of all is prevention. Dr.
Ovbiagele highlights three things
African Americans can do to imme-
diately decrease their risk:
Lifestyle changes. Eat a healthy
diet, with less sodium, more fish,
and more fresh fruit and vegetables.
Exercise for thirty minutes most
days of the week. If you can't "exer-
cise," increase any ("activity," even
gardening.
Listen to your doctors. Comply
with the medications given includ-
ing dosages and frequency.
"Realize that stroke -- the third
leading cause of death and the lead-
ing cause of adult disability -- can
be prevented," says Dr. Ovbiagele.
"It's not just a stroke of bad luck,
pardon the bad pun."


Prostate Cancer Rates Drop to All Time Low


Prostate cancer deaths will hit an
all time low in 2006 an astounding
10 percent drop from 2005.
"These numbers tout the success
of. annual early detection and
advances in treatment as a result
from public and privately funded
research," National Prostate Cancer
Coalition CEO Richard N. Atkins,
M.D. said. "Spreading the word that
annual screenings work and making
contributions toward the advance-
ment of treatments will make
prostate cancer a memory."


Prostate cancer remains the sec-
ond deadliest cancer among
American men at 27,350 (down
from 30,350 in 2005). The disease
also remains the most commonly
diagnosed non-skin cancer in
American men at 234,460 (up from
232,460 from 2005). Predictions
are made from annual data made
available by the National Cancer
Institute and the American Cancer
Society.
"Prostate cancer survival is at its
brightest moment to date," said


Atkins. "Men diagnosed with
prostate cancer are now living
longer and healthier lives. If every
part of America works together,
prostate cancer can be beat."
When prostate cancer 'is caught in
its early stages, the 15-year survival
rate stands at 77 percent, up from
61 percent in 2005. The 10-year
survival rate after early diagnoses is
up one percent to 93 percent. Five-
year survival rates when prostate
cancer is caught early remain
unchanged at virtual 100 percent.


The U.S. now ranks 28th in
prostate cancer death rates in the
world improving from 13th in
2005. Uganda, Norway and Sweden
rank as the top three nations on the
globe in prostate cancer death rates
respectively while China has the
lowest prostate cancer death rate in
the world. Records continue to
prove the point the prostate cancer
mortality has a strong tie to diet and
obesity as Asian nations, with diets
rich in low fat foods and soy, rank
very low in prostate cancer death.


Hospice Care Now Means

Providing a Haven at Home


By Freeman
Gallmon,
Each year,
hundreds of
o' t 1 thousands of
Americans die
in pain without
g adequate care
or attention.
Have you ever
wondered who would take care of
you if you had a life-limiting ill-
ness?
It's common in African-American
culture, to remain at home and to
rely heavily on our family and com-
munity for support and assistance.
While care for those with life-limit-
ing illnesses can be complicated and
require medical expertise, the care
does not have to be provided in a
hospital setting.
Hospice care is available to
patients in their own home, whether
that is a private residence or a long-
term care facility. The goal is to pro-
vide a family-centered concept of
care with experienced, skilled pro-
fessionals who can be trusted to
handle your medical needs. Hospice
assists patients and families in creat-
ing a dignified, nurturing environ-
ment in the place of your choice.
According to the National Hospice
and Palliative Care Organization, 98
percent of the more than one million
people with life-limiting illnesses
that were served by a hospice pro-
gram in 2004 were cared for in their
own home.
While African Americans suffer
from the highest mortality rates
from cancer and other chronic ill-
nesses, they represent less than 10
percent of patients who receive hos-
pice care. This statistic is unneces-
sarily disproportionate because the
African-American community may
not be properly informed by doc-
tors, clergy or support groups about
the range of options available to
help patients and families cope
physically and psychologically.
Haven Hospice, north Florida's
leader in end-of-life and palliative
care, does not want anyone to need-
lessly suffer because they did not
know about the available services.
To gain a better understanding, let's
review some of the myths and truths
about hospice services:
Myth: Hospice is a place.
Fact: Hospice is a concept, not a
specific place of care. Hospice care
usually takes place within the com-
fort of your own home, but can be
provided in any environment in
which you live, including nursing
homes, assisted living facilities, and
residential care facilities.
Myth: Hospice is only for people
who can accept death.
Fact: Hospice is a generic term for a
unique system of medical care and
support provided for individuals and
their families dealing with a life-
limiting illness. Hospice services
focus on maximizing quality of life
by actively and aggressively manag-
ing pain and other physical symp-
toms, while simultaneously provid-
ing emotional and spiritual care for
you and your loved ones.


Hospice care is about providing
you with choices in how you live
your life. Hospice care neither pro-
longs life nor hastens death. It helps
you balance benefits versus burdens
related to the type of care you
receive.
Haven Hospice welcomes inquiries
from families who are unsure about
their needs and preferences.
Myth: Hospice care is expensive.
Fact: Hospice care is covered by
most insurance carriers, including
Medicare, Medicaid and private
insurers. If you do not have health
insurance, you will still be eligible
for hospice care. At Haven Hospice,
no patient is turned away based
upon their ability to pay.
Myth: You can't keep your own
doctor if you enter hospice.
Fact: Hospice care is provided
through an interdisciplinary team
approach, and your primary care
doctor is part of that team. The team
also includes the hospice medical
director, registered nurse, licensed
social worker, aide, volunteer and
chaplain.
Myth: Hospice is only for people
with cancer.
Fact: More than one fifth of hos-
pice patients nationwide have diag-
noses other than cancer. Haven
Hospice provides care for adult and
pediatric patients with a range of
life-limiting illnesses, including, but
not limited to cancer, heart disease,
stroke, lung disease, liver disease,
kidney disease, multiple sclerosis,
ALS, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and
AIDS.
Myth: You can only access hos-
pice bereavement services if your
loved one was in hospice care.
Fact: As a family centered concept
of care, hospice focuses as much on
the grieving family as it does on the
patient. Haven Hospice also pro-
vides grief services to the communi-
ty at large, serving schools, church-
es and the workplace.
Not-for-profit Haven Hospice
began serving members of the com-
munity in 1979 as Hospice of North
Central Florida. The organization
- was founded because of the need fort
better end-of-life care services in
our community. In October of
2005, the organization changed its
name to Haven Hospice because it
better represents the mission of the
organization to act as a caring,
compassionate and clinically com-
petent HAVEN for residents of our
communities, and their loved ones,
when they are dealing with a life-
limiting illness. The end-of-life
organization specializes in provid-
ing a network of services to patients
in long-term care facilities, hospi-
tals, four Haven Hospice care cen-
ters, or in their own home. Haven
Hospice also provides ongoing grief
and bereavement support services,
pediatric support programs, home
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Sharette Simpkins and Ronald Belton strut on the dance floor. Tammi Fields, Audrey Gibson, Marretta Lattimer and Fred Wilson,


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and Eleanor Hughes.


Links and guests line danced and electric slid the night away.


Pat Mitchell and the official door prize drawer former sheriff Nat
Glover with Jacksonville Chapter President Gloria Dean.


The Jacksonville Chapter of Links
held their much anticipated Western
Gala Glitz last weekend at the'
Jacksonville Fairgrounds. Attendees
moved, grooved and mingled with '
new and old friends to the sounds of '
a live band and country themed
atmosphere. The event, which was
catered by Outback Steakhouse also
included surprise door prizes for the "
many guests.
The Jacksonville Chapter of Links'
annual fundraiser supports the many
programs the chapter provides
throughout the city. Nationally, The
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organization of more than 10,000
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Chicken & Dumplings
Ingredients:
A hen or 5-6 pounds of chicken
1 quart of water
1 cup of milk
1 teaspoon of salt
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon of shortening
3 cups of flour
Season salt (season to suit taste) A
picture of this dish is available on
the CD. Click here for your copy.
Equipment:
Large pot, Measuring cups
Measuring spoons Rolling pin
Bowl
Instructions:
Put water into a large pot and bring
to a boil.
Cut the hen/chicken into pieces.
Place the pieces into the pot of boil-
ing water.
: Reduce heat and simmer for about
2 hours or until tender.
' While the hen/chicken is cooking,
make the dumplings:
Combine the milk, salt, eggs,
shortening, and flour in a bowl.
Stir ingredients until a ball forms
(add more flour if needed)
Use a rolling pin and roll out the
dough into a very thin sheet.
Cut the dough into 1- inch strips.
Then cut the dough into 1/2 inch
squares.
Once the meat has completely
cooked, separate the meat from the


aluminum foil for about 2 1/2 hrs at
350 degrees.

Smothered Pork Chops
Ingredients:
1 package of pork chops
1/2 onion (chopped)
seasoned salt
pepper
2 cups flour
2 cups vegetable oil
Instructions:
Lightly salt and pepper chops and
set aside.
Place flour in large bowl and light-
ly salt and pepper.
Coat the chops with the seasoned


bone.
Drop the bones back into the pot
and lay the meat aside.
Then add the dumpling squares
into the pot a few squares at a time
until all the dumpling squares have
been added.
Cook the dumplings until they are
completely done. (They should float
when they are completely cooked.)
Then add the meat back into the pot
with the dumplings. Add season
salt.
Serve and enjoy.
NOTE: Leaving the bones in the
pot keeps the dumplings from stick-
ing to the bottom and burning.

BAR-B Q Chicken
Ingredients:
Sauce Ingredients:
4 tablespoon catsup
2 tablespoon vinegar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoon worcestershire
2 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 teaspoon mustard
2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
some black pepper & red hot sauce
Chicken
Instructions:
Combine saucc ingredients and
mix them to create the sauce.
Dip each piece in sauce.
Cook in a dish or pan covered with


flour and set aside.
In large skillet or frying pan, heat
vegetable oil, until it sizzles when
pinch of flour is added (about 5 or
so minutes).
Add enough pork chops to fill, but
not over fill pan.
Fry until brown on one side.
Then, turn and repeat frying until
brown on other side.
Remove pork chops and all but
about 3 teaspoons of oil (try to keep
in pieces of the crust from frying).
Add the chopped onions to the oil.
Add about 5 teaspoons of the sea-
soned flour to pan.
Over reduced heat, brown the flour
in the left-over oil and crust.
Add about a cup of water. Bring to
boil.
Then, put fried chops back into pan
with browned flour and water mix-
ture, reduce and simmer for about
20 to 25 minutes, turning chops
occasionally.
Let stand 10 minutes and serve.

Pickled Pig Feet


This recipe and more are in the
cookbook and on the CD.
Ingredients:
3-4 pounds split pig feet
1/2 cup sweet pickle juice
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cup cider vinegar
1-2 teaspoons ground cloves
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (option-
al)
Instructions:
Boil pig feet in enough water to
cover well until tender.
In separate pot mix all remaining
ingredients, bring to a boil.
Pour most of the water off pig feet,
replace that liquid with vinegar
mixture, bring to a boil, then sim-
mer on low for 20-30 minutes.
Comments: May double or
increase vinegar mixture as needed,
if you are cooking a larger amount
of pig feet.

Chitterlings
Ingredients:
20 pounds of chitterlings
4 large onions (chopped, one large
onion for every 5 pounds)
1 large stalk celery (diced)
1 large pod of fresh garlic (minced)
1 large potato (whole)
1/4 cup crushed-dried red peppers
4 tablespoons salt
4 tbs cracked black pepper
Instructions:
Clean each stran individually,
removing ALL traces of matter
wash thoroughly.
Place in a large 10+ quart pot,
cover with water and add all ingre-
dients except potato.
Bring to a rapid boil.
Add potato whole, reduce heat to
medium, cook covered for 6 hours,
stir occasionally, add water as
needed to keep them from drying
out or scorching.
Comments: Chitterlings tend to
cook down. 20 pounds will yield


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Peach Cobbler
Ingredients:
1 large can of Delmonte Sliced
,Peaches
1 stick of butter or margarine
1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla flavor
1 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 box of Pillsbury pie crust mix -
follow the directions to make the
pie crust A picture of this dish is
available on the CD. Click here for
your copy.
Instructions:
Mix peaches and other ingredients
in a large dutch oven pot, and bring
*to a boil.
Pour ingredients into a large casse-
Tole dish.
Roll the pie crust into 1 whole
'sheet to cover the dish, or
cut it into strips and place over the
peach mixture.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Cook until golden brown approxi-
mately 1 hour
Best serve with vanilla ice cream.

'Sour Creme Cake
Ingredients:
1/2 pound butter or margarine soft-
ened (room temperature)
6 eggs separated
3 cups of white sugar
3 cups of sifted cake flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup sour cream


1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring
1 teaspoon almond, or butter, or
lemon, or any one flavor of your
choice


Instructions:
Grease and flour bundt pan.
Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees.


Beat egg yolks, sugar, and butter
until creamy.
With beater on low speed, add sift-
ed dry ingredients alternating with


sour cream after each addition.
In a separate glass bowl, beat egg
whites until stiff not dry.
Fold the stiff egg whites into
blended ingredients above.
Add flavoring and blend well.
Pour into prepared bundt pan and
bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
*DO NOT OPEN THE OVEN
DURING THE BAKING
PROCESS.*

Better Than Sex Cake
This recipe and more are in the
cookbook and on the CD.
Ingredients:
1 yellow cake mix
1 8 oz. (small) instant vanilla pud-
ding
1 pineapple; large can crushed
(don't drain)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup walnut or pecan for top;
chopped
1 Cool Whip; large
1 cup shredded coconut
Instructions:
Bake yellow cake according to
directions in a 9x12 pan.
In a saucepan over medium heat,
combine pineapple with juice,
sugar, pudding and coconut.
Simmer 5 minutes.
Using a wooden spoon handle, poke
holes in warm cake.
Evenly cool.
Spread whipped topping evenly


over cake and sprinkle with nuts.
Chill at least 2 hours before serv-
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Fried Cabbage
Ingredients:
1 Head Cabbage
6 Strips Bacon
1 Tablespoon Butter
Pinch of Salt
Instructions:
Shred Cabbage.
Place in pot of water with salt and
bring to boil.
When at boil remove from heat and
drain.
In a skillet fry bacon.
Crumple cooked bacon on a plate.
Using the bacon drippings and but-
ter fry the drained cabbage.
Add bacon to cabbage and simmer
for 5 minutes.

Granny's Fried Corn
Ingredients:
6-8 Large Ears of sweet Yellow
corn (Frozen Corn may be used) 2
Large Green Peppers Diced
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup shortening (cooking oil
may be substituted)
Instructions:
Shuck and de-silk the ears of corn,
then rinse.
Using a sharp knife remove the
kernels from the cob
Mix green peppers, flour, sugar,
salt and pepper together coating the
corn well with the mixture


Heat shortening or oil until one ker-
nel dropped in it sizzles.
Put your corn in the skillet and fry
until the corn is tender and the flour
starts to brown.
Stir frequently to prevent the flour
from sticking.
HINT: You may want to cover the
skillet with a lid to help tenderize
the corn evenly.
Comments: If this recipe is fol-
lowed as written you will have one
of the best side dishes to go with
that special meat or just good old
Sunday Dinner.
Cornbread
Ingredients:
1 3/4 cups white cornmeal
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups buttermilk
1 large egg
3 tbs shortening or bacon grease
Instructions:
Start by preheating your oven to
450 degrees.
Put a 9" cast iron skillet on the
stove over medium heat and put the
shortening in the skillet.
Mix all the dry ingredients togeth-
er in one bowl.
Mix the egg and buttermilk togeth-
er in another bowl.
Mix the dry and wet ingredients
together.
When you start to see little wisps
of smoke coming from the hot
shortening, pour most, not all of the
shortening into the cornbread batter
and mix well.
Then pour the batter into the hot
skillet and enjoy the sizzling sound
that guarantees a nice crisp crust.
Place in the middle of the preheat-
ed oven and bake about 30 minutes,
until nice and brown on top. Serve
with butter, pinto beans or collards
with pot liquor, and consider your-
self blessed. nd if you want some-
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Trip to Africa Helps Black Man Claim Authentic Identity


By. Gordon Jackson
Black history means different
things to different people.
For Rev. Clarence Glover, Black
history came back full circle, facing
him in the most unexpected way.
It doesn't matter which facet of this
multi-dimensional person you will
see. Whether it's Glover, the execu-
tive director of Dallas Independent
School District's multicultural edu-
cation and training program, the
highly demanded public speaker on
multiculturalism and African
American history, or the pastor of
First African Freedom Church in
South Dallas, his October 2004 trip
to Africa deeply affected all phases
of him.
Like a page out of the television
mini-series Roots, and to the envy
of many African Americans who
have tried but failed to find their
African origins, Glover found his.
"I've been blessed to reclaim that
authentic identity," Glover said. "It
became clear to me that much of my
life had been planned."
Glover says that because the trip
across the Atlantic to the mother-
land wasn't planned by him at all.
"The decision was made before me,
before I made the decision myself."
That took place when Glover trav-
eled to Atlanta to attend the funeral
of his Aunt Lavetta Glover Ellis, a
minister at the Hillside Truth
Center. Glover eulogized his aunt
and met the center's director,
Barbara King. A close friendship
developed between the two. When
King planned a trip to Africa, she
invited Glover.
He was otherwise well prepared
for the trip consciously. One of 14
children to cotton farmer Clarence
Glover Sr. and Elizabeth Bradford
Glover, Clarence was submerged
with elder relatives telling him old
stories about his ancestors. He
learned that his great grandparents
operated the first mule-driven, then
steam-operated cotton gins in the
area. That fueled Glover's fascina-
tion with Black history and the role
cotton played. After majoring in
history and philosophy at
Grambling State Uniersity, -,he
gravitated to Black theology,

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School at Southern Methodist
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The knowledge he has acquired
set the backdrop for all that he
would learn in Africa.
While flying across to Africa,
Glover had only one small clue
toward the chance of he finding his
lineage. In the mid 1980s, he met an
African family that shared his last
name. The family eventually moved
back to Liberia before migrating to


Ghana, Glover said.
"That began to cause a spark deep
in my interests," Glover said.
The very first thing Glover did
when he got off the airplane in
Ghana: kiss the ground. The warm
spirit of the people and the scenery
looking out to the Atlantic Ocean
mesmerized him.
"It was breathtaking. I thought I
was walking into the Garden (of
Eden)," he said.
He recounted going to a nearby


church and speaking with the pas-
tor. He became floored by the pas-
tor's response when he asked about
any Glovers who might have
moved back to Ghana.
"Here I am, the first morning,
I've never been to Ghana in my
life," Glover said, also noting that
the country has a population of over
21 million and is about the size of
the state of Oregon.
The pastor asked, "What is your
name, again?"


"Clarence Glover."
"Your journey has ended," said the
pastor.
"Excuse me?"
"The house of Glover is one block
down the street," the pastor told
Glover. He pointed to a blue house
on the other end of the block, and
then took Glover there. The Glovers
from America were introduced to
the Glovers from Africa. As part of
the emotional greetings, one of the
African elder members of the fami-


ly touched Clarence's face, amazed
at the striking resembling features.
Glover was given his official
African greeting.
Glover also visited the Cape Coast
Castle Slave dungeons and the
Village of Bonwire, the home of the
kente cloth,.
Glover now has a deeper sense of
his history. He yearns more than
ever to help African-Americans as a
whole learn theirs. We must reclaim
our rightful place."


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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-
soulwcj@hotmail.com.

Jazz Artist Will
Downing in Concert
Jazz artist Will Downing with spe-
cial guest Gerald Albright will be in
concert on Saturday, February 18
at 8 PM at the Florida Theater. For
tickets or more information call
-353-3309.

Old Fashion Fish Fry
There will be a Fish Fry on
Saturday, February 18th from 11
a.m. to 3 p.m. The Fry will be held
at 376 Fourth Avenue South.
Proceeds from the Fish Fry Dinner


and sale will benefit the Rhoda L.
Martin Museum. For more informa-
tion call Callie Holloway at 249-
7624.

Amtrack Black
History Celebration
Jacksonville's Amtrak station will
present its first Black History
Celebration with the theme
"Honoring Our Leaders of the Past
and Their Lasting Legacy."
Honorees include Cong.Corrine
Brown, news anchor Dawn Lopez
and several Amtrack employees.
The celebration will be held on
Saturday, February 18th from
10:00 am 3:00 pm at the
Jacksonville Amtrak Passenger
Station, 3570 Clifford Lane. For
more information call (800) 872-
7245.

The Ritz Hosts 3rd Sat
Jazz & Blues Lounge
The Third Saturday Jazz and
Blues Lounge at The Ritz featuring
local and national jazz recording
artists. The Caf6 style atmosphere is
relaxed, the crowd is smooth and
the music is always hot.
Jali to Jazz f/Baba Fred Johnson
Quartet, February 18th; Maysa,
March 18th; Rene Marie, April 1st;
and Jon Lucien, April 15th. For
information, call (904)632-5555.

Soul Release Poetry
Soul Release Poetry, Jacksonville's


Y Holding Registration for

Adult and Youth Basketball
The James Weldon Johnson Family YMCA is now accepting teams to
play in the Men and Women's adult basketball league. Team registration is
- now.through February 25. There will be a captain's meeting on Monday,
,February 13th at the Johnson YMCA 5700 Cleveland Road. They are also
'."accepting Tee Ball registrations for boys and girls ages 4 through 9 and
:Baseball registrations for Boys 10-12. We are also looking for coaches to
,teach our kids. Registration is now through November February 17. To
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Monroe Street across from
Hemming Plaza (park). The event
features an open mic for poets and
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Black History
Clasically Speaking
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
389-6222.

FCCJ Gospel
Chorale in Concert
The Florida Community College
of Jacksonville Downtown Campus
Gospel Chorale will be in concert
February 23, 2006 7:00 p.m. in
room A 1068. For more information
call (904)633-8210.

Charlayne Hunter-
Gault Headlines UNF
M.L.K. Luncheon
Charlayne Hunter-Gault, world
renowned journalist, author and
civil rights pioneer, will be the
speaker at the 25th Annual Martin
Luther King Jr. Scholarship
Luncheon, presented by the
University of North Florida's
Intercultural Center for PEACE.
The program will be held on
Thursday, Feb. 23, from noon to 2
p.m. at the University Center on the
UNF campus. Hunter-Gault made
civil rights history as the first
African-American woman to grad-
uate from the University of Georgia
in 1962, and went on to establish
herself as one of television's pre-
mier journalists. For more informa-
tion, contact Ana Linares at (904)
620-2436.

African American
Genealogy Class
"Discovering your Roots:
Genealogy for the African
American" will be the topic for a
free forum at the Jacksonville
Public Libraries main branch on
Thursday, February 23rd.
Jacksonville native Flo Rush-White
will discusses her journey through
eight generations of family history
and the resources that made it pos-


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sible: family photos, library
resources, local genealogical soci-
eties, and the griot storytelling tra-
dition. The event begins at 6 p.m. in
the special collections department.
For more info call 630-2409.

Kem in Concert
Recording Artist Kem will be pre-
forming at the Times Union Center
for Performing Arts Moran Theater,
on Thursday Feb. 23, 2006 at 8:00
p.m. For ticket information call
(904)424-9754 or call ticketmaster
(904) 353-3309

Wakaguzi Forum
Wakaguza Forum will presents
Folklorist Dr.Joseph Mbele at
Edward Waters Collegeon
Thursday, February 23, 2006 at
7:00 p.m.. The Forum will be held
in the Assessment Bldg.on campus.
The theme of Dr. Mbele's lecture is
is "Pan-Africanism Revisited:
Examining America's African
Diaspora". This event is free and
open to members of the general
public. For more information con-
tact Professor Baruti Katembo at
(904)634-1561 or e-mail:mhen-
ga320@yahoo.com.

AA Chamber Breakfast
The 8th Annual Heritage Breakfast
will be held February 24,2006 at
7:30 at the Radisson Riverwalk.
1515 Prudential Drive For more
information all 904-358-9090 or
check out the website:
www.fcaacc.org

NAACP ACT-SO
Competition
The Jacksonville branch of the
NAACP will be hostin the 28th
annual Afro-Aremican Cultural,
Technological and Scientific
Olympics Saturday, February 25,
2006, from 9:00 a.m. until noon at
Douglas Anderson School of the
Arts, 2445 San Diego Rd. Come see
students compete in Sciences,
Humanities, Preforming arts, Visual
Arts, and Business.

Black History Tribute
Rising Stars will present their 6th
Annual Black History Tribut, "The
Destiny of Prince" on Saturday
February 25th. The first show will
be from 2 5 p.m. and the evening
show will be from 7:30 10 p.m. at
the Times Union Center for
Performing Arts. For tickets or
more information, call 514-5504.

Gardening Class
On February 25 or February 28
from 10AM to NOON the Duval
County Extension Service is offer-
ing a class for amateur gardeners to
learn about spring vegetables and
purchase plants after the program.
The class will be held at the Urban
Garden Field Office, located behind
1007 Superior Street. Seating limit-
ed, please call 387-8850 for reser-
vations. There will be a $1.00 regis-
tration fee collected at the door. For
more information call 387-8850.


Environmental Activist
Erin Brockovich
Speaks at UNF
The University of North Florida
presents "An Evening with Erin
Brockovich" at 7:30 p.m. on
Monday, Feb. 27, at the UNF
Arena on campus. She will discuss
how her life experiences have led
her to be an environmental activist.
Her pursuits were outlined in the
hit movie "Erin Brockavich" earn-
ing Julia Roberts an Academy
Award. An interaction between
Brockovich and UNF students will
be held from 8 a.m. until 10:40 a.m.
on Tuesday, Feb. 28.This event is
free and open to the public but tick-
ets are required. Tickets can be
ordered online to www.unf.edu and
clicking on the 2006 Lectures link.

Harlem Globetrotters
The world renouned Harlem
Globetrotter will show off their
skills Wednesday March 1st at
7:00 in the Veterans Memoral
Arena. For ticket information call
353-3309.

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, March
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 informa-
tion call 904-632-5555.

Bill Cosby at TUCPA
Bill Cosby's humor centers on the
human condition, family relation-
ships, and the evolving roles of men
and women. Without resorting to
gimmickry or low-brow humor,
Cosby has touched generations of
Americans with his unique brand of
comic brilliance. Cosby will be
inconcert on Thursday, March 2nd.
For more information call (904)
353-3309 or (904) 301-3786.

"Grease" the Musical
Stage Aurora presents "GREASE"
By Warren Casey and Jim Jacobs.
"Grease is the word". The most
popular, fun-filled musical brought
to life via the big screen will be per-
formed on Friday March 3, 2006
8:00p.m., Saturday March 4, 2006
2:00p.m. & 8:00p.m. and on
Sunday March 5, 2006 3:00p.m.
All performances will be held in the
Ezekiel Bryant Auditorium (FCCJ
North Campus), 4501 Capper Road.
For More Information Please Call
(904) 765-7372.

Landscaping Class
Attendees will learn how to pre-
pare their landscape for spring on
Saturday, March 4, 2006 from
11:00 1:00 PM. The free class will
be at the Mandarin Branch Library,


3330 Kori Road. This class will
teach low maintenance landscape
techniques, how to calibrate sprin-
klers, and how to take soil samples.
You will also hear about 2006 plant
selections and plant trends. Space
is limited. To register, call 387-
8850.

Universoul Circus
The UniverSoul Circus returns to
Jacksonville, March 8-12 at
Norwood Shopping Center, 5290
Norwood Ave. 2006 is the most
ambitious production to date,
breaking new ground with the cir-
cus world premier of Soul on Ice,
Krump hip hop dancing Clowns, a
brand new Ringmaster and the
UniverSoul return of half-pint
Ringmaster sidekick extraordinaire,
Zeke. Ticket price range from $10
to $26 and are on sale now via
Ticketmaster.

Kirk Franklin
in Concert
Kirk Franklin will make a stop in
Jacksonville on national tour in
support of his latest CD Hero along
with Grammy Award winning duo
Mary Mary. In the spirit of the CD's
title, Franklin also plans to cele-
brate and honor "hometown heroes"
in each market. The concert will be
held on Friday March 10, 2006 at
the Times Union performing Arts
Center. For tickets or more informa-
tion, call 353-3309.

GS. Women of
Distinction Luncheon
The Girl Scouts of Gateway
Council will honor six local women
at tlhe 18th annual Women of
Distinction fundraising luncheon at
:the : Hyatt Regency, Jacksonville
Riverfront Hotel, March 17, 2006.
The annual luncheon recognizes
women whose accomplishments in
careers and community service
exemplify the values of Girl Scouts.
This year's honorees are
Representative Audrey Gibson,
Susan Adams Loyd, Kelly Madden,
Susan Remmer Ryzewic and Emily
Balz Smith and the late Fran
Peacock Coker. The luncheon will
take place from 12:00pm 1:30pm
and is open to the public with
advance registration required. For
reservations, please call (904) 388-
4653 ext. 1125 by March 10.

Hotel Rwanda' Hero
to Speak at JU
Paul Rusesabagina, the hero of the
Rwandan genocide portrayed in
Hotel Rwanda, will speak at 7 p.m.,
Tuesday, March 28 at Jacksonville
University's Swisher Gymnasium.
His speech, "Hotel Rwanda: A
Lesson Yet to be Learned," will
touch on the events of the 1994
genocide, the current political cli-
mate in Africa, and the internation-
al response to the current crisis in
Darfur, Sudan. Tickets cost $5 per
person and can be purchased only in
person at J.U. For more informa-
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Sam Jackson and LaTanya Richardson Make it


Work in Hollywood with Double the Star Power


by Jawan Murray, BV
Samuel L. Jackson gets a kick out
of the fact that his acting career
now supersedes his wife's, LaTanya
Richardson Jackson. The actor, who
stars in the forthcoming film
'Freedomland' with his wife, told
me during our interview at The
Regency hotel in New York City
that he loves to tease his spouse
about who's the bigger star.
"There was a time when she was
the more experienced person. We
haven't really worked together since
'Losing Isaiah.' That was kind of
early on in both of our cinematic
careers. Things have changed a lit-
tle bit since then," Jackson laughed.
"As time has gone on, I've kind of
done a little bit more in different
places."
The Chattanooga, Tenn.-bred actor
described working opposite his
wife as "different" and admitted his
marquee status in the film posed
some challenges for them. "For her
to come on this particular set was a
kind of culture shock. She had an


idea, I guess, about how it all
worked. But she got on this set with
me and got to her trailer and it was
very different than mine. The treat-
ment on set and off set is very dif-
ferent." he explained.
When Jackson was feeling gener-
ous, he'd share some of his perks
with his other half. "Occasionally
I'd let her ride in my car from trail-
erland to set. You've got to keep
them in their place though, you
can't let them get used to that," he
joked.
In January 2005, Jackson became
the highest-grossing actor in movie
history with a worldwide box office
total of more than $3.8 billion. The
Oscar-nominated star was bestowed
with the honor of having his hands
and feet cemented on Hollywood
Boulevard in front of Grauman's
Chinese Theatre on Jan. 30, 2006.
"Being able to put my hands and
feet in cement in Grauman's was
kind of surreal. I have this thing
where I am always saying, 'I'm not
a movie star, I'm an actor.' I just


"Occasionally I'd let [LaTanya] ride in my car from trailerland to
set. You've got to keep them in their place though, you can't let them
get used to that," Jackson joked. Shown above is power duo husband
and wife acting team.


happen to be an actor that's very
popular, and I've made some films
that have made some money. But
the hands and feet ceremony is one
of the things you watched when you
were growing up and you saw the
kind of people who put their hands
and feet in cement. It's a more elite
kind of club, I think, than the


Academy Award club. It gave me a
great sense of pride and sort of
speechlessness that there I was
doing something that James Cagney
and people that are Hollywood
icons did. It kind of makes you
admit to yourself, 'OK, maybe I am
a movie star," Jackson shared.


TV Land is about to air the final
installment of its hot Black History
Month series "That's What I'm
Talking About," a discussion of
African American-related topics
among a panel of black Hollywood
notables... and one white guy, N-
Sync's Joey Fatone.
The Feb. 1 premiere episode,
dubbed "Greats, Dates and
Debates," featured journalist Toure,
and actors Harry Belafonte,
Diahann Carroll and Paul Mooney
discussing such topics as influential
black films and television shows.
"It's like the Thanksgiving Day
table," says Tonya Lewis-Lee, one
of the show's producers, along with
Nikki Silver and Orly Wiseman.
Silver adds: "I think that we devel-
oped this show from conversations
that we had amongst the three of us,
and v.e re.ilized v.e \\aiited to open
it up and to let everybody into this
amazing conversation and then
found these amazing guests that
were willing to come on."
Last week's show, "Movers,
Shakers and Playmakers," featured
a more heated discussion among
panelists Wanda Sykes, filmmakers
Spike Lee and John Ridley, civil
rights activist Al Sharpton and
NBA analyst Gregg Anthony.
Among the topics on the table for


that episode was naming a list of
the most influential comedians and
debating the necessity and effec-
tiveness of today's so-called "black
leaders."
In explaining the appeal of the
show to television critics last
month, Anthony said, "As African
Americans, we're just like every-
body else. We deal with the same
issues that everyone else deals with.
We just have a different perspective
because of what's happened in our
country's past. Unfortunately, we
don't always have the opportunity
to present those differing opinions,
and we typically, with our leaders,
only have certain voices that are
heard. I think that's one of the great
assets that this show brought about,
is that you got to see a little depth
and opinions from all different
forums and personalities and gen-
res."
The final show which aired this
week is titled "Riches, Pitches and
Britches,".with the debate focusing
on the greats of black music and
fashion, and urban myths associat-
ed with black culture. The panel
featured comedian D.L. Hughley,
actress Nia Long, music producer
Bud'da, reporter Lola Ogunnaike
and singer Joey Fatone.


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SPIKE LEE WANTS MISS. TO DUMP ITS CONFEDERATE FLAG
Filmmaker says its time for racist symbol to go
*Speaking last week at a Black History Month event at the University of
Mississippi, filmmaker Spike Lee said it's long overdue that the State Flag
- which contains the Confederate cross be lowered, permanently.
"You've gotta do something about that flag," he said. "I know people
say its representative of history. Well, so's the swastika."
The Mississippi state flag contains three stripes blue, white and red
- and a Confederate "Southern Cross" in the upper left comer. While some
consider the symbol an emblem of Southern heritage, others see it as a
reminder of slavery and segregation.
TERRENCE HOWARD BOOKS TWO NEW FILM ROLES
Oscar nominee continues to ride wave of 2005 acclaim
Red hot Terrence Howard, a best actor Oscar nominee for his role in
"Hustle & Flow," has been cast in two new films set to roll camera later
this year.
The Chicago native has signed on for the lead in "PDR" ("Philadelphia
Department of Recreation") where he will star in the real-life story of Jim
Ellis, who in the 1970s transformed a group of troubled inner-city kids into
one of the best swim teams in the country. Howard has also been cast in
the ensemble drama "August Rush" where he will play a social worker
who helps the family reunite.
As previously reported, Howard was also recently cast opposite Jodie
Foster in "The Brave One" for Warner Bros.
REEVES THE COUNCILWOMAN WANTS LIFESIZE STATUES
Martha Reeves, a brand new city councilor in Detroit, has launched a
campaign to build statues of Motown's biggest stars including one of her-
self in the city. The singer, who still tours with her 60s group The
Vandellas, says the endeavor is not about ego. "I want a big statue of the
queen of soul, Aretha Franklin, sitting on a throne with a crown on her
head in the city square," she says, according to Contact Music. "I want a
statue of The Temptations doing the Temptations shuffle. And why not
have one of Martha Reeves and the Vandellas."
ESSENCE FESTIVAL UPDATE
It has been announced that legendary funk band Earth, Wind & Fire and
comedian/actress Mo'Nique will perform at the 2006 Essence Music
Festival. The two acts are joining previously announced artists Mary J.
Blige, LL Cool J, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Toni Braxton and
Cedric "The Entertainer."
MARLEY HOME TO BE DECLARED NATIONAL MONUMENT:
The Jamaican home of reggae pioneer Bob Marley will be declared a
national monument in honor of the late singer's work in promoting his
home country throughout the world. The announcement comes 25 years
following Marley's death of cancer in 1981. His home has since become
the Tuff Gong International music studio, but remains a major tourist
attraction in the Jamaican capital Kingston.


Former NFL Player Tells Story of Being


Gay in the League in Revealing Book
"There was this constant worry in the back of my head about being found out for liking men. I'd venture to say that the stigma of homosexuality
among young black men is three or four times greater than it is for young white men. Because I was a football player, folks just naturally assumed
I was straight ... I was living a closeted life in my own little closeted world. Nobody knew. I doubt anybody even suspected."
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- Excerpte from Chapter 5


by K. Daniels
Roy Simmons played in the NFL
for seven years, enjoying an envi-
able career which began with the
New York Giants and peaked in
1984 when he was one of the famed
"Hogs" on the offensive line of a
Washington Redskins team that
went to the Superbowl. At one
point, Roy seemed to have it all.
Not only fame and fortune, but he
was expecting a newborn baby with
his fiancee, Sheila, the childhood
sweetheart he called "the love of
my life."
Unfortunately, the two never mar-
ried. In fact, he abandoned his
daughter entirely, leaving his ex to
raise the little girl alone. For not
only had Roy been shamelessly
two-timing Sheila with other


women, but he was also very busy
on the down-low, compulsively
seeking out secret liaisons with
homosexuals in parks, gay bars,
bathhouses, men's room stalls, any-
where, anytime it didn't conflict
with his gridiron schedule.
In addition, Roy had a pretty
awesome narcotics habit, over-
imbibing in everything from alco-
hol to amyl nitrite to weed to coke
to crack. So, it's not surprising that
before time he bottomed out, he
found himself broke and out of
football, homeless, on food stamps
and shoplifting, stabbing a drug
dealer, and dressing in drag to satis-
fy strangers at $20 a pop as a male
hooker.
What Roy didn't know till it was
too late to apologize to his innu-


merable, unprotected sex partners
was that he was HIV+ and spread-
ing a lot more than love. Anyhow,
this Prodigal Prostitute has appar-
ently finally found God, and just as
importantly, a book agent, and a trio
of ghost writers. And if you're inter-
ested in the sordid details of what
Roy's life in the closet was like
ought to read Out of Bounds, a
memoir which is, quite frankly, a
strikingly graphic and unapologetic
memoir.
While his co-authors might really
be the ones responsible for the auto-
biography's frank tone, it is only
Simmons himself who emerges as
unsympathetic at the end of this
explicit recounting of his self-
destructive road to Hell and back.
Sad that the first openly-HIV NFL


star would have to be a guy that's so
unlikable, his recently being Born
Again notwithstanding.


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