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Baseball Great Kirby Puckett
Dies a Day After Suffering Stroke
Kirby Puckett died this week. a day after the Hall of
Fame outfielder had a stroke at his Arizona home. He
had been in intensive care since having surgery at
: another hospital following his stroke. He was 44.
Puckett carried the Minnesota Twins to World Series
Stiles in 1987 and 1991 before his career was cut short
by glaucoma. His family, friends and former team-
mates gathered at the hospital throughout Monday.
The buoyant, barrel-shaped Pucken broke into the majors in 1984 and
had a career batting average of .318. Glaucoma forced the six-time Gold
Glove center fielder and 10-time All-Star to retire when he went blind in
his right eye.
"On behalf of Major League Baseball, I am terribly saddened by the
sudden passing of Kirby Puckett," baseball commissioner Bud Selig said.
"He was a Hall of Famer in every sense of the term.
Nation of Islam Official Defends
Her Role and Independence
CHICAGO A Nation of Islam official who serves on a Illinois state
hate crimes commission said it's ridiculous that she has been condemned
for remarks made by the organization's leader, Minister Louis Farrakhan.
Sister Claudette Marie Muhammad's comments were her first since four
members of the Governor's Commission on Discrimination and Hate
Criines resigned last week rather than serve with her,.
"For those who try to condemn me because of the honorable Minister
Louis Farrakhan's remarks." she said on a Chicago radio station, "it's
ridiculous. absolutely ridiculous."
Gov. Rod Blagojevich's appointment of Muhammad to the commission
in August drew no public attention until she invited commissioners to
attend a speech given by Farrakhan, who is known for his disparaging
remarks about Jews. whites and gays.
Some commissioners began criticizing her presence on the panel after
Farrakhan's speech Feb. 26 in Chicago that included references to
"Hollywood Jews" promoting homosexuality and "other filth."
The governor said that Muhammad is not responsible for any remarks
Min. Farrakhan has made. He has said he didn't realize he had appointed
a Nation of Islam official until learning about it from news reports.
Congress to Give Tuskegee Airmen
Congressional Gold Medal
The Tuskegee Airmen, the first group of black American fighter pilots,
will receive the Congressional Gold Medal under a bill passed in the
House. The bill. which passed 400-0, would be the airmen's second con-
gressional recognition. Both chambers passed a resolution honoring the
pilots last year.
About 1,000 black pilots were trained to fly and maintain combat air-
planes at the Tuskegee, Ala., air base during World War If. Facing strong
discrimination in the segregated military, the airmen flew bomber
escorts. They were credited with never losing a bomber and with shoot-
ing down more than 100 enemy aircraft. Military officials estimate about
200 of the Tuskegee Airmen are alive today.
The bill requires House and Senate leaders to present a Congressional
Gold Medal, the highest award of the House, collectively to the Tuskegee
Airmen. About 300 medals, including civil rights activist Rosa Parks and
Olympian Jesse Owens, have received the honor since 1776.
African-American Enlistments Decline
War. College. A better job. The answers are as numerous as the ntun-
ber of young black people who are deciding against a military career.
Defense Department statistics show that the number of black active-
duty enlisted personnel has declined 14 percent since 20011.
The decrease is particularly acute among the troops most active in the
Middle East: The number of black enlisted soldiers has dropped by 19
percent and the number of black enlisted Marines has fallen by 26 per-
cent in the same period.
The lack of support for the war by blacks in uniform or not is
striking. A recent poll showed that 69 percent of whites said the war in
Iraq was worth the costs. Only 19 percent of blacks agreed.Despite the
declines, the percentage of blacks in the military continues to exceed the
percentage in the U.S. population. Nineteen percent of the military's
active-duty enlisted force is black, compared to 13 percent of the coun-
Volume 20 No. 6 Jacksonville, Florida March 9 15, 2005
African American Leaders Sign
Covenant with Black America
The Williams Children with their Mother Ms. Williams (seated),
(front L-R) Linda Brown, Cynthia Evans, Estra Williams, Eleanor
Cross, Eleina Green. (Back) Larry Williams Sr., Eugene Williams,
Ernest Williams, and Elijah Williams Jr.
Suprise Celebration Marks Diamond
Birthday for Ms. Ela Mae Williams
In January, the Williams siblings, their spouses, children and grandchil-
dren secretly began plh!nin; fnor il-e surprise hiithd i celebration honoring
their mothers' 75th birthday. Their hard work culminated on Saturday,
March 4, 2006 when Ms. Williams was led to believe that one of her
daughters was taking her out for a special dinner, prompting her to be
dressed in a beautiful pink suit. But, to her surprise they- (cont. on page 5)
Sports World Loses a
Legend in Bernard Wilkes
wins shy of
ball coach in
endary basketball coach Bernard
Wilkes surprised and shocked stu-
dents, fans and friends with his
unexpected death last Sunday.
The 57 year old suffered a heart
attack and' died in his sleep.
Homegoing services for bernard
Wilkes are set for Saturday at 1p.m.
at Abyssinia Missionary Baptist
Church on Kings Road, with visita-
tion Friday at Ribault Senior High
School. His burial site has not yet
Wilkes' legacy places him among
one of Florida's most successful
high school basketball coaches. In
30 seasons at Ribault, Wilkes led
the Trojans to 16 appearances in the
Final Four. His record includes 758
wins and four state championships.
The final game of Wilkes' career
was just last week. Ribault lost to
Orlando Jones High School in a
Class 3A state semifinal game.
Dozens of the nation's most influ-
ential African American leaders
joined broadcaster Tavis Smiley for
the signing of The Covenant with
Black America a national plan of
action to address the primary con-
cerns of African Americans. The
historic was signing was held in
Leaders representing political,
business, civil rights, educational,
business and fraternal organizations
pledged to uphold the 10 key
covenant tenants aimed at improv-
ing the lives of African Americans.
"There is a lot of work to be done.
We're hopeful that this Covenant
generates a great deal of conversa-
tion and energy in the Black com-
munity around moving forward
with progress," said Smiley.
Some of the dozens of signers and
supporters included Bruce Gordon,
NAACP president ,Rep. Jesse
Jackson Jr.; Reginald Weaver, pres-
ident, National Education
Association, Rep. Eddie Bernice
Johnson; Rep. Mel Watt; Samuel C.
Hamilton, grand polemarch, Kappa
Alpha Psi Fraternity, Dr. Sandra L.
Gadson, president, National
Medical Association; Darryl
Matthew, Sr., president, Alpha Phi
Alpha Fraternity and Marie Smith,
board president of president AARP.
Covenant tenets included securing
the right to health care and well-
being and establishing a system of
public education in which all chil-
dren achieve at high levels and
reach their full potential.
"When you make black America
better; you make all of America
better.", said Smiley.
Shown above is Bill Cosby in a meet and greet with some of
Bill Cosby Raises $1M+ for
the Washington Foundation
Bill Cosby, one of America's most
esteemed comedians and entertain-
ers, performed in Jacksonville last
Thursday to help raise funds for the
MaliVai Washington Kids
Foundation (MWKF). The show
Nation Mourns Loss of Artistic
Genius Photographer Gordon Parks
Revolutionary artist Gordon
Parks, who captured the struggles
and triumphs of black America as a
photographer for Life magazine and
then became Hollywood's first
major black director with "The
Learning Tree" and the hit "Shaft,"
died this week at the age of 93.
"Nothing came easy," Parks wrote
in his autobiography. "I was just
born with a need to explore every
tool shop of my mind, andiwith
long searching and hard work. I
became devoted to my restless-
He covered everything from fash-
ion to politics to sports during his
20 years at Life, from 1948 to 1968.
But as a photographer, he was per-
haps best known for his gritty photo
essays on the grinding effects of
poverty in the United States and
abroad and on the spirit of the civil
"Those special problems spawned
by poverty and crime touched me
more, and 'I dug into them with
more enthusiasm," he said.
"Working at them again revealed
the superiority of the camera to
explore the dilemmas they posed."
"The Learning Tree" was Parks'
first film, in 1969. It was based on
his 1963 autobiographical novel of
the same name, in which the young
hero grapples with fear and racism
as well as first love and schoolboy
triumphs. Parks wrote the score as
well as directed.
In 1989, "The Learning Tree" was
among the first 25 American
movies to be placed on the National
Film Registry of the Library of
Congress. The registry is intended
to highlight films of cultural, histor-
ical or aesthetic importance.
The detective drama "Shaft,"
which came out in 1971 and starred
Richard Roundtree, was a major hit
and spawned a series of black-ori-
ented films. Parks himself directed
a sequel, "Shaft's Big Score," in
1972, and that same year his son
Gordon Jr. directed "Superfly." The
younger Parks was killed in a plane
crash in 1979.
Parks also published books of
poetry and wrote musical composi-
tions including "Martin," a ballet
about the Rev. Martin Luther King
Parks was born Nov. 30, 1912, in
Fort Scott, Kan., the youngest of 15
children. In his 1990 autobiogra-
phy, "Voices in the Mirror," he
remembered it as a world of racism
and poverty, but also a world where
his parents gave their children love,
discipline and religious faith.
In addition to novels, poetry and
his autobiographical writings,
Parks' writing credits included non-
fiction such as "Camera Portraits:
Techniques and Principles of
Documentary Portraiture," 1948,
and a 1971 book of essays called
His other film credits included
"The Super Cops," 1974;
"Leadbelly," 1976; and "Solomon
Northup's Odyssey," a TV film
was held at the Florida Theatre
where Mr. Cosby performed in
front of a packed house. The event
raised $1,351,410 in campaign
pledges, sponsorships and ticket
sales. All proceeds from the benefit
show go to support MWKF's
Capital Campaign to build a Youth
Tennis & Education Complex in
one of Jacksonville's most impov-
Cosby has had an unparalleled
entertainment career and is well
known for his support of charities
around the country.
"This foundation saves lives,"
said Cosby in an interview before
the show. "They really support and
promote the 'student' in 'student
athlete'. That is very important. If
they just supported the athlete, I
probably wouldn't be here."
The MaliVai Washington Kids
Foundation (MWKF) was estab-
lished by '96 Wimbledon finalist
MaliVai Washington to introduce
tennis as a tool to develop positive
life skills and encourage academic
achievement in youth who other-
wise might not be exposed to the
sport. MWKF runs a comprehen-
sive five-day-a-week after-school
program in Durkeeville and has
introduced tennis into the lives of
more than 14,000 local children.
"I could not be more pleased that
Mr. Cosby would take the time out
to recognize our efforts to support
the youth in our community," said
MWKF Founder and President,
MaliVai Washington. "We really
appreciate him donating his time
and talents to our cause. We could
not have asked for a better event."
March 9 15, 2006
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L.- .... Gibbs Named JTA Chief of Staff
The Jacksonville Transportation
Authority has named Jacquie Gibbs
to Chief of Staff/Director of
Administration. Ms. Gibbs has
been with JTA for two and one-half
years, serving as the Director of
Administration. Prior to that, she
served as Chief of Procurement and
Supply for the City of Jacksonville.
In her new role, Gibbs will ensure
that the Authority's strategic and
work plans are living documents
and fully implemented. Gibbs'
responsibilities also include quality
assurance and management
"Mrs. Gibbs will serve as an
ombudsman within the Authority,"
said Michael J. Blaylock, JTA's
executive director. "Her guidance
and monitoring of JTA's work plan
objectives and oversight of my
communications will allow me
more time to focus on the major
projects of the Authority."
Gibbs is looking forward to the
challenges of her new position. "It
is exciting to have the opportunity
to assist in bringing together all
parts and projects of the JTA. This
allows us to further establish priori-
ties and develop our work plans for
the coming years," she said. "JTA
has an exciting and busy future and
I am proud to be a part of it."
Black Enterprise Hosts Women of Power Summit
Larry Felix, (right), the first African American director of the US Bureau of Engraving and Printing,
explains the security features of the redesigned $10 note to US Archivist Allen Weinstein at a ceremony
announcing the public introduction of the $10 bill.
African-American Heads Nation's Money Factory
On Thursday, March 2, 2006,
Larry Felix made his first public
appearance as America's first
African American director of the
U.S. Bureau of Engraving and
Felix was joined by officials of
the Department of the Treasury,
Federal Reserve Board, U.S. Secret
Service, and National Archives in
introducing for public circulation a
newly redesigned $10 note in the
rotunda of the National Archives
Building, home of the U.S.
Constitution. The historic setting
included encased copies of the
Emancipation Proclamation and the
13th Amendment, which officially
ended slavery in America.
"Each time we issue a redesigned
denomination, our goal is to ensure
its smooth transition into daily
commerce both domestically and
abroad. Over the past six months,
we have worked with manufactures
of ATMs and other machines that
receive and dispense cash, as well
as retailers, small businesses and
international governments for their
preparation for the redesigned $10
note", said Director Felix.
In an interview following the $10
note introduction ceremony, Felix
spoke about how his daughter
inspired a sense of pride in his
becoming the first African
American director of BEP.
"My daughter said to me that it
is hard to believe there is still a first
black of something," Felix said. "I
just want to make sure that I am not
Felix heads America's Money
Factory. BEP has 2240 employees,
24 percent of which are African
American. With row after row of
multi-million-dollar machines, the
BEP is the largest producer of secu-
rity documents in the US. The BEP
prints billions of Federal Reserve
Notes each year for delivery to the
Federal Reserve System each year.
A 23-year career Treasury
Department employee, Felix spent
the last 13 years at BEP most
recently as the Deputy Director.
During his years at the agency,
Felix has served as Manager of
Marketing, Chief of External
Relations, Associate Director for
Technology, and chaired the Inter-
agency Currency Design bask force.
Felix, who grew up in Ne?\ York
City, holds degrees from the New
York City College of Technology
and the City College at the City
University of New York.
Felix points out that he is a bene-
factor of BEP's outreach to blacks.
The U.S. Treasury first issued paper
U.S. currency in 1862 to make up
for the shortage of coins and to
finance the Civil War. From its
early initial years, the BEP hired
freed slaves, and the last 150 years
blacks gained tenure and impact
inside the BEP. Many Black
Washingtonians lived middle-class
lifestyles due to BEP employment.
Five African Americans have had
their signatures on US currency.
Four African American men whose
signatures appeared on America's
paper money were Blanche K.
Bruce, Judson W. Lyons, William T.
Vernon and James C. Napier. They
served as Registers of the Treasury.
For decades, two signatures were
on most US currency: that of the
Treasurer and the Register. The
fifth African American whose sig-
nature appeared on currency was
Azie Taylor Morton. She served as
the 36th Treasurer of the US from
September 12, 197', to Januar} 20,
Black Enterprise Magazine recently presented its first-ever Women of Power Summit at the Arizona
Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix. The h professional leadership conference designed exclusively for exec-
utive women of color focused on the unique challenges women face both inside and outside the workplace.
Shown above L-R: at the Legacy Awards Gala honoring Dr. ohnetta Cole are: Jerri DeVard, Verizon, Sr.
VP, Brand Management & Marketing; Mitzi Short, Pepsi, VP, Multicultural Marketing & Strategic
Initiatives; Mrs.. Barbara Graves; Earl G. Graves, Sr., Black Enterprise Chairman & Publisher; Valerie
Morris, CNN Financial News; G. Arlivia Gamble, State Farm, VP Agency/ Sales Resources; Lenore
Washington-Graham, Scripps Network, VP, Strategic Resourcing; Ann, Marie Dias Lebrun, Corporate,
Council, BMW or North America L.L.C. (Seated): Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole, President, Bennett College for!
Women; Ernesta B. Procope, President & CEO, EG Bowman Company Inc; Joyce Roch6, President &
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Shown above, the honoree concluded the evening with the cutting of her large birthday cake. (Top right) Summerville Baptist Church Pastor
James W. Henry, the Honoree, Ms. Ela Mae Williams and Mrs. Patricia Henry and Jacksonville's own "Williams'Brothers", led by Larry
Williams, serenade their mother harmoniously a capella.
Children Surprise Ms. Ela Mae Williams With 75th Birthday Party
Continued from front
"stopped" at the Joseph Lee Center
on Perry Street. There as they
entered was the resounding melody
of "Happy Birthday" dedicated to
Mrs. Williams. The nine Williams
children, their spouses, children,
and grandchildren were all there, all
forty-two of them, and several
guests from Mrs. Williams' church,
the Summerville Baptist Church,
Pastor and Mrs. James W. Henry;
Sis. Dotherine Brown and Sis.
A program had been carefully
planned, Elcina W. Green and
James Smith performed the first
selection, followed by The
Williams Grandchildren, who ren-
dered a perfectly performed song
dedicated to their grandmother;
Tracy Cross provided a Historical
Time table in between dynamic
selections by "The Williams
Brothers", led by Larry Williams.
The guest of honor's remarks
were followed by Mrs. Williams'
Pastor, Dr. James W. Henry, who
delivered blessings and closing
remarks were made by Larry
Williams and Eleanor Cross.
Everyone enjoyed a delicious
meal with a variety of meats, sal-
ads, vegetables and other delectable
selections that filled a thirty-six
foot table. Another table was filled
with delicious deserts that included
sweet potato pie, pound cake,
strawberry filled cake, and the
beautifully decorated, and huge
birthday. All prepared by her sons
The evening ended with much
love and best wishes shared by all.
Bill Brown to Be Honored in
Carnegie Hall Performance
Blacksonville.com and Florida
Rights Restoration Coalition
(FRRC) hosts a Day of Action in
Tallahassee on Tuesday, March 14,
2006. Bus transportation to the state
capital will be provided free of
charge, however, donations will be
accepted. Activities will include a
rally, press conference and lobby-
ing time with legislators.
The event's purpose is to rally and
lobby support of legislation to
restore the right to vote to hundreds
of thousands of people with past
felony convictions. Currently, there
are an estimated 800,000 individu-
als in Florida who remain disfran-
chised. Of that 800,000 figure,
approximately 250,000 are African
Americans (16% of the African
American population in Florida).
RSVP fro the bus by calling:
Allison Burrell with Blacksonville
at 904.764.7828 or 904.534.0476 or
The Late Bill Brown
On March 24th at 8pm in
Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall,
soprano Louise Toppin will present
the world premiere of Aspects of
Bill, a collection of 21st Century art
songs written for voice and piano
by seven prominent African-
American composers in memory of
the late concert tenor, William
Brown. Mr. Brown, was an active
performer with the world's premier
orchestras and opera companies as
well as a tireless advocate for
African-American art music and a
champion of new music for voice.
Ms. Toppin will be accompanied by
Grammy nominated classical and
Broadway pianist Joseph Joubert,
currently the Pianist and Associate
Conductor for the Oprah Winfrey-
produced musical, The Color
Purple. Tickets are available by
phone at 212-247-7800or online at
"All of the composers on tonight's
program have written songs, operas
and oratorios premiered by Bill
Brown," writes Ms. Toppin, who
commissioned the music. "I wanted
to create a tribute, a new piece in
his memory. The show will feature
seven distinct compositions, all
world premieres, by T.J. Anderson,
William Banfield, Donal Fox,
Leroy Jenkins, Alvin Singleton,
Julius Williams, and Olly Wilson.
In addition to their personal con-
nections to Mr. Brown, the com-
posers represent various ages,
backgrounds and musical genres
that encompass the broad range of
EWC Lady Tigers
EWC Lady Tigers On
a 20 Game Winning Streak
The Edward Waters College Lady Tigers basketball team made history
last night defeating the Yellow Jackets of Allen University. The Lady
Tigers posted a historic 20-game winning streak in their defeat of the
Yellow Jackets February 28 with a win of 78-50. The overall season
record for the 2005 EIAC champions is 20-9.
"I am excited and I'm very proud of the young ladies," said Regina
Mosley, head coach. "We have had a terrific season and we look forward
to repeating as conference champions and once again, playing in the
national championship in Tennessee with hopes of bringing back the
Antoinette Upshaw led the Lady Tigers with 22 points and 17 rebounds
along with Erika Golding's 22 points.
The Lady Tigers will play this weekend in the Independent Conference
Tournament in Columbia, SC at Benedict College.
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by Jacksonville City Councilman Reginald Fullwood
Far Fom c Racial Harmony
Recently, race relations have been
at the very center of Jacksonville
politics, but what's so interesting
about racial issues is the fact that the
perceptions of our racial conditions
vary based on race. Surprised? Well,
I guess it shouldn't be a surprise that
whites and blacks view racism in a
totally different light.
I personally do not believe that we
are facing racial Armageddon in
Jacksonville; however there are still
some problems that need to be
addressed. It's funny how within a
matter of months or even weeks the
climate in a community can change.
The city "Where Florida Begins"
has always had a history of racial
problems, and it is sad that we are
having conversations like this in
2006, but we are.
It's just like boiling water. There's
a gradual build up and once the
stove is triggered and if the temper-
ature is hot enough the water will
eventually boil. And that's exactly
what has happened in Jacksonville.
The city where economic and
social inequalities don't seem to
exist on the outside, but when you
grab a microscope some of the dirt
becomes a little more obvious.
Sometimes our great city reminds
me of my son who came to me last
weekend after I had told him to
clean his room. After 20 minutes or
so he came and grabbed me and said
that he was finished so I went and
took a look or better yet, I went to
inspect his job.
I walked in the room and sure
enough it looked clean. But when I
looked under his bed and in his clos-
et, it was stuffed with clothes and
toys in places where they couldn't
be seen. Needless to say, the room
really wasn't clean, but my son had
created a perception of cleanliness.
So I tell this story to say that
Jacksonville certainly looks good on
the outside, but when you start look-
ing underneath the rocks and in the
closets and under the rugs you may
see a different reality.
Today, racism and discrimination
are not as obvious, much like my
son's room. Well, I take that back, it
is not as obvious unless someone
puts a noose on your vehicle while
you are at work.
Every year, the JCCI does a state
of the union study or a state of
Jacksonville study that addresses
various issues. One of the most con-
troversial parts of this annual
Quality of Life Progress Report is
the race relations section. This
report has been asking the question
"Is racism a local problem" since
1986, and unfortunately the gap is
moving in the wrong direction.
Instead of the gap between the
white and black perception of
racism decreasing it seems to be
growing. Nearly three quarters of
blacks or 73 percent say that racism
is a problem while 43 percent of
whites feel that it is an issue in this
city. This represents the widest gap
since the annual report began 20
What I find most interesting is that
in 1986 only 46 percent of blacks
felt that racism was a problem in
this city. Fast forward to today and
that figure has grown by nearly 30
Issues like the black fire fighter
having a noose placed on his car,
and claims about a history of big-
otry and discrimination certainly do
not help black folk to see race rela-
tions in a positive light.
And don't take this article the
wrong way, I am not attempting to
stir the melting pot up too much and
cause controversy, but if we are
going to move forward and start rec-
ognizing our differences we must
begin to have open dialogue regard-
Even more recently was is the case
where four white firemen sued the
city claiming reverse racism. The
plaintiffs basically said that the
black fire chief at the time, Ray
Alfred didn't promote them to cer-
tain positions because they were
white. A jury ruled in the plaintiffs
I do not believe that most people
white or black would have an issue
with the ruling except the fact that
the jury in the case was all white. I
know Alfred personally I find it
very hard to believe that he would
discriminate against anyone, how-
ever a jury certainly did not agree
The fact that the jury lacked diver-
sity has to be made an issue.
Anytime a case is before a jury deal-
ing with racial discrimination there
has to be diversity in the jury box. I
am not saying that it's impossible
for an all white or all black jury to
be objective, listen to the facts and
make a good decision. I am simply
saying that in a city that is pretty
much 30 percent black, most of our
juries should be representative of
the city's demographics.
The city has not decided if it will
file an appeal. I am no attorney, but
the lack of diversity on the jury is a
serious issue that has caused numer-
ous verdicts to be overturned at the
appeals level. When Alfred says, "I
did not have a jury of my peers." He
certainly is not exaggerating.
Between the JCCI study, the fire-
fighter noose incident and the
reverse discrimination case, racial
issues have definitely been at the
forefront of Jacksonville politics.
The question has to be asked if we
as a city will make race relations an
important agenda item or will we
keep ignoring or hiding our dirty
laundry in the closet?
Signing off from District 9,
Black-on-Black Crime Starts and Stops at Home
By Jimmie L. Hollis
Black-on-black crime is tragic in
more ways than one.
The terror felt by a black crime
victim is stressful and degrading
enough. Knowing that the violence
came from the hands of a black thug
only adds insult to injury.
Such crimes occur almost daily in
black communities across our
nation. Criminals rove our neigh-
borhoods like wild dogs, causing
women and children to barricade
themselves inside their homes.
Contrary to popular belief, racism
is not the main cause of black-on-
black crime. I grew up ten miles
outside East Saint Louis, Illinois
during the late 50s and early 60s. It
was a proud middle-class city
where white and black profession-
als lived as neighbors. By the end
of the 70s, all the white residents
had moved out. So did many black
families. Those who could not
afford to move saw their city quick-
ly overtaken by thugs, criminals,
dope addicts, prostitutes and gangs -
most of whom were black.
Residents soon found themselves
fearing even going to the store.
This wasn't fear from the Klan, but
by blacks preying on their own.
Between 1970 and 1990, I occa-
sionally visited relatives in the East
St. Louis area. I was saddened to
see that even the churches there had
become targets of crime and disre-
spect by black hoodlums. Two of
my childhood friends are ministers
in the area and they often tell me of
the awful crimes perpetrated by
blacks thugs in that city.
Racism didn't cause the evil atti-
tudes, broken families, high rates of
out-of-wedlock births, child abuse
and abortions that plague black
communities. The cause is a lack of
moral foundation, ignorance, apa-
thy, selfishness and greed. Yet, time
and time again, we hear our so-
called leaders repeating the age-old
lie that these black problems stem
from white racism. While some
problems do have racist origins,
black-on-black crime isn't one of
What can be done to fight the
scourge of black-on-black crime?
The first realization we must face is
that it is our problem. Others can
help, but we must do the heavy lift-
ing. Furthermore, we must not
blame our problems on whites.
We must change our attitudes
towards law enforcement to start
working with these agencies and
not against them. We must not glo-
rify drug use and paint violent crim-
inals as "heroes of the 'hood" just
because they are black. The same
black "heroes" praised in rap songs
would not hesitate to murder black
seniors to get a few dollars for
Naturally, there are serious risks
involved because the criminal ele-
ment won't go away without a fight.
Case in point: on February 18,
2003, NPR's "All Things
Considered" highlighted the brutal
crime that occurred in Baltimore in
October of 2002. When Angela
Maria Dawson tried to do some-
thing about drug crime in her neigh-
borhood, black thugs set her home
on fire in the middle of the night.
Dawson and her family perished in
the flames. No doubt black preda-
tors are ruthless and heartless
because killing women and children
means nothing to them.
It will take courage and a will-
ingness to suffer retaliation if we
are to meet this evil head on. But
what is the alternative?
This task will take time, hard
work, involve risks and require a
persistent grassroots movement but
I believe it can be done. It starts in
the home. These bad actors didn't
just appear out of nowhere. They're
It is also of great importance that
black men do not abdicate this task.
Crying and wailing every time a
black child is murdered by a black
thug is in vain. We must act.
I strongly believe that, one day,
we will be held accountable for the
actions or lack thereof for protect-
ing our children, wives, mothers,
sisters and seniors. No excuses will
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Luncheon to Honor Stanton
Classes of 1956, '66, '76, '86 & '96
The Stanton Cultural Heritage
Committee whose goal is to gather,
preserve and celebrate the history
of Stanton, will present the Fifth
Annual Cultural Heritage
Luncheon in Honor of the classes
of 1956, '66, '76, '86 and '96, at
11:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 30,
2006 at Stanton College
The track field will be renamed
in honor of Mr. Edward Orval
Gourdin, valedictorian, class of
1916; who won a "Gold Medal in
1924 at the Olympic Games in
Former faculty, administrators,
and graduates will be in attendance.
Stanton's Old, New, Vocational and
College Preparatory graduates and
cur-rent students will provide enter-
tainment throughout the luncheon.
Reservations of tables can be made
by calling : (904) 630-6760, ext.
118 or 304-1345, no later than
Friday, March 15, 2006.
Stanton's Cultural Heritage
Committee is looking for for-mer
Stanton graduates interested in
sharing their experiences and opin-
ions of Old, New, Vocational and
College Preparatory Stanton,
through oral history interview.
Many of these oral histories and
memorabilia will be included in the
film and book current Stanton stu-
dents are developing.
Yearbooks from 1948, 1949
1952 and 1977 are needed for copy-
ing purposes. Also, old photos, pro-
grams, or any memorabilia, please
bring any you may have, to the
All former faculty and graduates
of Stanton are invited to attend and
take part in the celebration.
"Women on the Water"
Pastors to Release Sermon Book
Six local women pastors have
united to release a joint book of ser-
mons entitled: "Sermons of the
Heart, For the Heart". The book,
which is being published by The
Adkins Agency Publishing Group,
will be released June 2, 2006 at a
book signing and a one-night city
wide revival featuring all six pas-
tors preaching on one subject.
"I am so excited to be a part of
such an anointed project", stated
Dr. Barbara D. Mims, Pastor of the
New Saint James Holy Family
Church and one of the authors.
Others included in this project are
Pastor Deborah Bernard of
Believer's in Christ Ministry, Pastor
Dee Black of Total Praise
Ministries, Pastor Serritta of
Williams Lion of the Tribe of
Judah, Pastor Sharon Jones of All
People International Church, and
Pastor Carol Baker of Total Praise
The Book and the one-night
revival will precede the "Women on
the Water Cruise" November 13th-
18th 2006. The six day-five night
cruise with stops in Key West and
Grand Cayman will feature a
Women's Conference withthe pas-
tors joined by nationally known
preachers and evangelists. The
Women's Conference will also be
airing on The Word Network and
The Black Family Channel.
For more information about the
book or the "Women on the Water
Cruise", call 904-674-090'5.
Hip Hop Town
Hall Meeting to be
Held at the Ritz
The Duval Hip Hop Symposium
Town Hall Meeting will be an
open forum for any and everyone
interested in hip hop music and
what it represents. The goal of
the Duval Hip Hop Symposium/
Town Hall Meeting is to initiate
positive, proactive reforms from
inside the music industry and the
hip hop community. Panelists
and Guest Speakers will consist
of artists, politicians,
ministers/pastors, radio DJs,
Media, Business Owners, Non-
profit organizations, and
Date of event will to be held at
the Ritz Theatre, is Saturday,
March 25, 2006. The doors will
be open at 11 a.m. The
Symposium will begin promptly
at 12 noon. Exhibits will be
available for viewing 3 to 4 p.m.
White House Hosting Conference on Faith-Based
and Community Initiatives in Jacksonville
Williams, recently held their first
Trunk Show at the University Club
benefiting the local Sickle Cell
Tenant Maintenance Shop Roof Replacement
Blount Island Marine Terminal
JAXPORT Project No. B2006-05
JAXPORT Contract No. C-1183R
March 3, 2006
Sealed bid will be received bythJacksonville Port Authority unt
2:00 PM, local time, April 11, 2006, at which time they shall
opened in the Public Meeting Room of the Port Central Office B
ing, 2831 Talleyrand Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida, for Tenant IV
tenance Shop Roof Replacement.
All bids must be submitted in accordance with specifications
drawings for ContracNo. C-1183R which may be examined in, (
obtained from the Procurement and Contract Services Departmi
the Jacksonville Port Authority, located on the third floor of the
Central Office Building, 2831 Talleyrand Avenue, Jacksonville, F
ida 32206. (Please telephone 904/630-3018 for information.)
PRE-BID CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD ON MARCH 28,
2006 AT 10:00 AM IN THE PUBLIC MEETING ROOM, FIRST
FLOOR OF THE PORT CENTRAL OFFICE BUILDING LO-
CATED AT ADDRESS STATED ABOVE. ATTENDANCE BY A
REPRESENTATIVE OF EACH PROSPECTIVE BIDDER IS
REQUIRED. A BID WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED FROM ANY
BIDDER WHO IS NOT REPRESENTED AT SUCH CONFER-
Bid and contract bonding are required.
The mandatory JSEB/MBE participation Goal established for
Director of Procurement and Contract Services
Jacksonville Port Authority
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On Wednesday, April 12, the
White House and the Departments
of Justice, Commerce, Agriculture,
Labor, Veterans Affairs, Health &
Human Services, Housing & Urban
Development, and Education, the
Agency for International
Development and the Small
Business Administration will host a
conference in Jacksonville to help
faith-based and other community
organizations learn more about
President Bush's Faith-Based and
Community Initiative. The Federal
government is working to make
sure that faith-based and communi-
ty groups can compete on an equal
footing for Federal dollars, receive
greater private support, and. face
fewer bureaucratic barriers.
The conference is free, but pre-
registration is required.
Registration is on a first-come,
first-serve basis. Visit
www.fbci.gov to register online.
Q: I turned in a magnet application for my daughter and would like to
know when I can expect a decision about her acceptance?
A: Duval County Public Schools will conduct its magnet lottery during
the 3rd or 4th week of March. Notification will be provided in mid to
Q: When is the graduation date for Forrest High School?
A: Forrest High School will conduct its graduation on May 24, 2006 at
1 p.m. at the University of North Florida. For a complete list of all Duval
County high school graduation dates, visit our website at www.educa-
Please submit your School Talk questions by email to
email@example.com, by fax at 390-2659, or by mail to
Duval County Public Schools, Communications Office, 1701
Prudential Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32207-8182.
We strongly encourage you to reg-
ister online. If you are unable to
register online, print the registration
form attached to this email.
Complete the form and fax it to
703-416-1935. If you are not able
to view the online file, please call
202-456-6718 to have a form faxed
to you. Please register by Thursday,
April 6. If you must cancel your
registration, please send an email to
firstname.lastname@example.org or a fax to the
number listed above.
The conference is part of a series
of regional conferences that are
being held around the country.
These conferences will provide par-
ticipants with information about
Federal programs that are suited to
their needs, the Federal funding
process, and the legal requirements
that may apply to recipients of
Federal funds. They will also offer
practical information on the grant-
writing process and facilitate
opportunities to network with gov-
For more information, please call
202-456-6718, send an email to
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Southside Church of God in Christ
to hold "Spring Conference 2006"
The Southside Church of God in Christ (COGIC), 2179 Emerson Street;
will hold "Spring Conference 2006" with services nightly at 7:30 p.m.,
Tuesday, March 14 Friday, March ,17th.
Bishop Edward Robinson Sr., Pastor, and the congregation invite the
community to be a part of this Anointed Conference. The theme is
"Kingdom Building through Finpos erment of the Holy Spirit!" .,
Greater Grant Memorial Celebrates
Family and Friends Weekend
The Greater Grant Memorial
AME Church, 5533 Gilchrist Road,
Reverend Tony DeMarco Hans-
berry, Pastor; will host their Annual
Family and Friends Day with serv-
ices at 7:45 a.m., and at 11 a.m., on
Sunday, March 12, 2006.
A Fish Fry and Old Fashioned
Gospel Camp Meeting will kick off
Family and Friends Weekend at 5
p.m. on Friday, March 10th. Rev.
Ernie Murray, Pastor, of Saint
Thomas Missionary Baptist Church
will be the speaker at 7 p.m. He is
an anointed man of God who has
taken his church to new heights.
A picnic with food, games, activ-
ities for kids, and good fellow-ship
in Christian love, will be held on
the Church grounds from 10 a.m. to
3 p.m. on Saturday.
Reverend Charletta C. Robinson
of Mother Midway AME Church
will be the speaker for the 7:45 a.m.
Service on Sunday. She is a woman
on fire for the Lord and wants you
to be involved in uplifting God's
Word and Work.
Bishop Adam Jefferson Rich-
ardson, Presiding Prelate of the 2nd
Episcopal District in the African
Methodist Episcopal Church, will
be the speaker for the 11 a.m.
Service. He is world renown for
delivery of messages filled with the
Holy Spirit that prepare you for the
Harvest that the Lord and Savior
has in store for you.
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Tucker patronized the event benefitting the local sickle cell chapter.
Sickle Cell Chapter Benefits from Ingenuity of
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St. Paul AME to hold Ash Wednesday Grace Baptist of Springfield to Present
Lenten Services, Seminar and Concert Women's Conference/Women's Day '06
Saint Paul AME Church, 6910 New Kings Road, Pastor Marvin Zanders
II, and the members, welcome the community to attend Special Services
scheduled this month, Lenten Worship Services at 6:30 p.m. on
Wednesday, March 15, 22 & 29th; the ISIS Seminar will be held from 9
a.m. to 12 noon, on Saturday, March 11llth; and a special concert featuring
The Ritz Voices, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 12th.
First New Zion Missionary Baptist
to hold Evangelism Explosion
First New Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 4855 Soutel Drive, Rev. Dr.
James B. Sampson, Pastor; will host an "Evangelism Exposion" Revival
conference and Worship, March 16-18th, with Services at 7 p.m. Thursday
and Friday evenings. Saturday's workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 12
The guest evangelist will be Rev. Carl Johnson, of the 93rd Street Baptist
Church, Miami, FL; Rev. Fred Young, of Mind for Jesus Ministries, will
be the guest lecturer, and workshop leader.
The essence of the Revival Conference will be to celebrate what Jesus
has called us to do, as individuals and as churches, in our given communi-
ties; to strengthen in evangelism by challenging with the priority of the
Great Commission, by equipping to share the Gospel, and by providing
opportunities for sharing the Gospel with others.
The community is invited to all services and the workshop.
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 information,
call (386) 446-5759.
Sister to Sister Conference at Real
Abundance Life March 9-11th
The Real Life Abundance/Che-Bar Temple will present A "Sister to
Sister Conference, Women of God Saving Lives" Thursday Saturday,
March.-9-11, 2006, at 6644 Arlington Road, nightly at 7 p.m. The Guest
Speakers will be Dr. Sandra Bennett, of Miami, FL; Dr. Twanna Estell, of
Jacksonville; and Pastor Stephanie White, of Jacksonville. For more infor-
mation, call Minister Cassandra Jones (904) 632-1300.
Grace Baptist Church of East
Springfield, 153 East 21st Street,
The Reverend John J Devoe Jr.,
Pastor; will present a Women's
Confer-ence, with the theme:
"Commission and Committed to the
Work of Christ," Thursday -
Saturday, March 16-18th. A Night
of Praise at 7 p.m. will open the
conference Thursday evening; A
Night of Feasting on Friday
evening will begin at 7 p.m.
Saturday's activities begin at 9 a.m.
with several powerful speakers
addressing the conference with
Spiritual Rejuvenation. The
Women's Day Celebration will
begin with Sunday School at 9:30
a.m., followed by Morning Service
at 11 a.m. The closing service will
begin at 3:30 p.m. Sis. Janice
Austin, chair; Sis. Deirdre
McDowell-Sutton, co-chair; Sis.
Antoinette Owens, and Sis. Buena
Reed, conference co-coordinators;
invited the community to join them
for this outstanding "Celebration of
Hope Chapel to Celebrate 33rd
Year of Ministry March 19-26th
Hope Chapel Ministries, 9850 Wager Road (between US 1-N and Sibald),
Dr. Jeannette C. Holmes, Pastor; will celebrate the Thirty-third Year of
Ministry, Sunday, March 19th through Saturday, March 25th. The
Celebration Theme: "Mobilizing Each Other for Ministry to become
Mighty Warriors for the Kingdom of God."
A Pre-Praise Week Celebration begins Monday, March 13th and the
community is invited.
The Celebration officially kicks off with a gala opening on Sunday,
March 19th, and continues all week with festivities and celebrations. On
Wednesday, March 22nd, a Founder's Banquet will begin at 6:30 p.m. at
the Holiday Inn, Baymeadows Road. A Western Carnival will complete the
festivities on Saturday, March 25th. Closing ceremonies will take place on
Sunday, March 26, 2006. The community is invited to all events.
Historic Mt. Zion AME Church Launches 140th
Anniversary Celebration with Men's Day Fellowship
The Blanche R. Coleman Club,
the oldest club at Historic Mt. Zion
African Methodist Episcopal
Church, assisted by Dr. C. B.
McIntosh, Chairman pro Tem of the
Trustee Board; set the pace for the
six-month observance of the
Church's 140th Anniversary, with a
review of its origin. An informative
pictorial narrative of the
Romanesque architectural design
and stained glass windows of the
sanctuary was presented. The deep
vaulted Romanesque ceiling of the
main sanctuary is acoustically pre-
scribed for the M. P. Moller pipe
organ, which was installed in 1908.
The organ is the only manual
pumped leathered bellowed blower
organ in the city. The 450 pipe
instrument has not played for wor-
ship service since 1960, but the
organ is now being restored and
should be in concert order by the
end of the Anniversary Celebration.
"Faithfully Filling Our Legacy"
is the anniversary theme. The
review of the origin of the magnifi-
cent structure reminded the mem-
bership of our foremothers and
fathers who in truly hard times,
erected this sanctuary. The mem-
bership has been challenged to
demonstrate the faith and work nec-
essary to-maintain the sanctuary
and the ministries, it shelters.
The Annual Observance of Men's
Fellowship Day will begin at 10
a.m. on Sunday, March 12th. The
program will focus on the role of
Historic Mt. Zion in the establish-
ment of Boy Scouting for black
boys in Duval County. The first
charter for a Boy Scout Troop for
minorities was granted to Mt. Zion
as a result of the vision and efforts
of the late David H. Dwight. The
influence of Mt. Zion on Boy
Scouting in the region will be a part
of the Men's Fellowship Day.
The celebration of the 140th
Anniversary will continue through
July. Each program will feature a
ministry which influenced the
development of educational, cultur-
al, political/civic institutions and
programs: March The Role of
Mt. Zion in the establishment of
Boy Scouting in the African
American community. April The
History of Edward Waters College
Affiliation with Mt. Zion. May -
Significant Historical Contributions
by the Women of Mt. Zion. June -
Contributions and Civic
Involvement of Mt. Zion. July -
Pipe Organ Concert featuring the
restored M. P. Moller Organ, which
was installed 98 years ago.
The Rev. Fredrick D. Richardson,
pastor; and the members of Historic
Mt. Zion, cordially invited the com-
munity to join the anniversary cele-
brationis. Dates and time of upcom-
ing programs will be announced.
The Church That Reaches Up to Fod And lut to Man
Si Early Worship 8:00 a.m.
S. Sunday School 9:15-a.m.
M- morning Worship10:45a.m.
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Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
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Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel
Pastor Ernie Murray, Sr.
Wednesday Noon Service
12 noon-i1 p.m.
Dinner and Bible Study
at 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
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Evangel Temple Assembly of God
Homecoming Honoring James Bridges
Join us for our Annual Homecoming Celebration Service,
followed by dinner on the church grounds.
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10:45 a.m. service interpreted for the death.
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8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
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11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
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Maggie Lena Walker The Saint Luke Penny Savings
Banks (later through mergers, the Contolidated Bank and Trust
Company) headed b, this teacher and business%oman, opened in
1903 in Richmond. Virginia. She was the first female bank prebi-
dent in the U.S. The bank v. as an outgro tih of the Independent
... ] Order of St. Luke Mutual Aid Society which was headed b NMs.V
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority -
The first Black SororitN was founded at
Maggie Walker Howard University in 1908, by Ethel
Hedgeman Lyle, Beulah E. Burke, Lillie ,
Burke, Margaret Flagg Holmes, Marjorie Hill, Lucy Diggs Stowe,
Marie Woolfolk Taylor, Anna Easter Brown and Lavinia Norman.
It was the second Black Greek-letter group established, the first the = =
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Norma Solomon White of Jackson-
ville, is a past national president. She was also the first national : z
president to be the daughter of an AKA. r Nrm siaw. Wi
I Dr. Norma White
Nladamle C. J. Walker Established the Madame C. J. Walker
Laboratories in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1910. Born Sarah Breedlove
Wa WValker. Madame Walker had invented a process for straightening hair
in 19'. and set up office in Pittsburgh in 1908. In Indianapolis, she
dex eloped products and trained beauticians. She became the first Black
SWoman Millionaire from the sale of her products in the U.S. and the
Caribbean. Her biography is inspirational for any black woman.
-Josephine Baker The St. Louinsa .l
dancer became the '-dark star" of the
Folies Bergere in Paris. France. in
1925. She had appeared in Paris in
"La Revue Neere when lhe was,
,elected. Baker made France her
home and became famous not onl ;a .
for thie 'Folies". but her generosity in .
adopting numerous children of all /
races. t ho lived on her estate.' '
Madame Lillian 2 '
Evanti Debuted in V. 'Si, i
the opera "Lakme" in y r "" -.'
Nice. France, in 1925. ."
She also sang in the *
"Barber of Seville" in
Genoa, Italy; the How- I
ard trained opera singer was the first sL
Black woman to perform with a .
European opera company.
.. Iota Phi Lambda Founded in 1929, by Lola M. Parker, Ethel T.
Edwards, Mildred G. Hardin, Harriet M. Robinson, Ophelia Harri-
son. Burdette Trigg and Marjorie Tyndall, this sorority was the -
dreamn of Ms. Parker. The sorority is comprised of professional
women and women business owners. The sorority endeavors to en-
courage, nurture and promote the ideals of higher education, in-
creased business acumen and a standard of professionalism; in addi-
tion % ,' t o support and service to the community.
Hattie McDaniel The first African American to
win the coveted "Oscar" won her Academy Award in -
1940. for her role as Mammy in the 1939 acclaimed film
"Gone With the Wind". Ms. McDaniel was not only an .
actress, but was a singer, radio and television (Beulahl
personality. Most recently the US Postal Service issue J
the Hattie McDaniel 39 cent stamp, making her the 29'1'
African American to be honored in the Black Heritage
stamp series. Throughout her career she worked to end
racism and discrimination.- Perhaps this is one reason
that Margaret Mitchell, author of the book Gone With
the Wind, arranged that her will would provide scholar-
ships for blacks to attend college, and in particular.
scholarships to Morehouse College in Atlanta, her
IDelta Sigma Theta Sorority Also was founded at Howard University in 1913,
by twenty-two women including Osceola Macarthy Adams, Marguerite Young Alexander,
Winona Cargile Alexander (of Jacksonville), Ethel Cuff Black, Bertha Pitts Campbell,
Zephyr Chisom Carter, Edna Brown Coleman, Jessie McGuire Dent, Myra Davis Hem-
nlings, Olive C. Jones, Jimmie Bugg Middleton, Pauline Oberdorfer Minor, Vashi Turley
Murphy, Naomi Sewell Richardson, Mamie Reddy Rose, Eliza P. Shippen, Florence
Ltcher Toms, Ethel Canr Watson, Wertie Blackwell Weaver, Madree Penn White, and
Edith Motte Young.
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Students at Howard Uni-
versity also gave birth to this third sorority in 1920. The
five founders were Viola Tyler, Pearl Neal, Fannie Pettie,
S MIrtle Tyler and Arizona Cleaver. The concept was "the
precepts of Scholarship, Service, Sisterly Love and Finer
Womanhood." The Zetas were the first sorority to estab-
lish a chapter in Africa (1948).
SSigma Gamma Rho -
as the vision of students .
who founded the sorority~ in
1922 at Butler University in
Indianapolis, Indiana. The
founding members were:
Mary Lou Allison Little.
Dorothy Hanley White-ide.
Vivian White Marburn. Nan-
nie Mae Gahn Johnson.
Hattie Mae Dulin Redford.
Bessie M. Downey Martin. 'A
aid Cubena McClure. -) V.
I Lena Horne The former Cotton
Club dancer starred with Louis Armstrong
and Duke Ellington in one of the first all-
black movies, "Cabin in the Sky," a musi-
, cal, in 1943. Also in "Stormy Weather".
The Links Two friends, Sarah Scott
and Margaret Hawkins of Philadelphia,
Penusyls ania founded The Links. on No-
vember 9, 1946. They called upon their
friends to "link" their friendship and re- J
sources to form a chain of strength to im-
prove the quality of life and provide hope
for disadvantaged African American citi-
zens. A Link will employ the power of
friendship and love to inspire and support
the efforts of her sister Links as they jour-
ney on this path with her. Four program
facets define the focus for the energies of
The Links: Services to Youth, The Arts,
National Trends and Services, and Interna-
tional Trends. Chapters determine their
cormununity's needs, and they design and
produce programs which effectively ad-
dress those needs.
Alice Coachman This young woman
from Albany, Georgia became the first
Black woman to win an Olympic Gold
medal in high jump at the Summer Olym-
pics in Long, England on August 7, 1948.
She also won 25 national championships.
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Rosa Parks A seamstress in Montgomer
a bus on December 1, 1955. This action resulted in
Mrs. Parks beian Anderson the firsbut Black to perform withhanged the ountrMetropolitan Opera House
fNew York in 20021955, was also thgome first black to placerform at the White House. Above she is
Receiving the Congressational RegistMedal of Honor from First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt
Alabama, Rosa Parks refused to take fira back seat on
A merican and woman to lie n1955. This action resulted in'
following her arrest.
Lorraine Hansberry "A Raisin in the
Sun", the first drama written by a black woman, Lorraine Hansberry (her first play), star-
ring Sidney Poitier, opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on Broadway, March 11,
1959, and ran for 530 performances. A successful movie version, also starring Poitier was
released in 1961.
woman to win
t i ,three gold medals
Sin a single Olym-
R r pics, did so on
1960, in Rome,
tieItaly. The track
and field star won
fo dash, set a world
record in the 200-
Su" meter dash, and
was a member of
relay team that set
a world record.
Charlayne Alberta Hunter and Hamilton E.
Holmes integrated the University of Georgia, January
10, 1961. An plea by Georgia Attorney General Eugene -,4.'
Cook to the U. S. Supreme Court was denied unani-
Grace Bumbry mezzo-soprano, who became the ,.
first Black Opera Singer to sing, in 1961, at the prestig-
ious Wagner Festival in Bayreuth, Germany.
Constance Baker Motley President Lyndon B. Johnson, ap-
i J pointed Constance Baker Motley as a federal judge, in 1966, the first
*: ioman to serve as such. In 1964, she had become the first woman to
lE serve in the New York State Senate, and in 1965 became the first
woman to serve as president of the borough of Manhattan.
Vivian Malone Jones Graduated with a bachelor's degree in management from the Uni-
verity of Alabama, she was the first black graduate of the University, on May 30, 1965.
Barbara Jordan The first black elected state senator in Texas in 1966, became the first
Black and the first wonian from Texas to be elected to theU. S. Congress in 1972.
Diahann Carroll The first black
woman. in 1968, to have her own prime P
time television show when she starred in -
the citcoin "Julia".
Jo. ce London Alexander was sworn
in as the first African-American woman
U. S. Magistrate Judge in Boston in ---
1979. She was only 30, and she became
Chief United States Magistrate Judge in
Oprah Winfrey began her top rated
"The Oprah Winfrey Show" in 1986.
and the rest is history as she has become
one of the country's most popular and
wealthiest persons. .
Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole became .
the first Black woman to serve as Presi-
dent of Spelman College in 1987. The
Jacksonville native is now the 14"' W
President of Bennett College for Women ..
in Greensboro, NC. .._,. '.
Mahalia Jackson The 1,876th Star on
the Hollywood Walk of Fame was post-
humously awarded to Ms. Jackson in -.. --
1988. Diahann Carrol as "Julia"!
Debi Thomas the first Black to win both the U.S. and the World Figure Skating Cham-
pionships in 1986, won an Olympic Bronze Medal at the Winter Games in Alberta, Can-
ada, in 1988. She was inducted into the U. S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame. She retired in
Dr. Vivian Pinn-Wiggins became the
second female to be elected president of
the national Medical Association in
Katherine Dunham President George
..Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush pre-
sented the National Medal of Arts to
Dunham in 1989. The incomparable
Dunham was honored for her dance in-
terpretations which originated in the
West Indies and U.S. She had choreo-
graphed (and often danced) over 150
ballets, 6 Broadway and European
Shows, including "Cabin in the Sky"
with George Balanchine; three operas
and 13 films. Her awards are numerous.
Judith Jamison Choreographer, and
-. --,former Alvin Alley dancer, debuted her
new company, The Jamison Project in
Countess Vaughn A Star Search up and comer as a
child was appearing on television's "227" with Maria
Gibbs in 1988.
Eunice Thomas National President of the Zeta Phi Beta
Sorority in 1989 was appointed Director of the Office of
Community Service in the Department of Health and Hu-
man Services (HHS).
Toni Morrison The author and poet became the first
Black American, and the eighth woman to receive a Nobel
Prize in Literature on October 7, 1993. She also received
the Pulitzer Prize in 1988 for her novel "Beloved".
Carol Mosely-Braun The first Black woman to win a U.
S. Senate Seat was elected on November 3, 1992. She
served until 1998.
Oseola McCarthy A Hattiesburg, Mississippi "washerwoman"
for more than 70 years, who as a senior citizen at 87, gave $150,000
to the University of Southern Mississippi in 1995. President Bill
Clinton awarded her the Presidential Citizens Medal, and escorted
her to the Congressional Black Caucus' annual dinner.
C. Virginia Fields the first Black woman elected to the City
Council from Manhattan in 1989, became the first elected Manhat-
tan Borough President in 1997, and was elected for a second term in.
Alexis Herman became the first Black U. S.
Lisa Leslie L.A. Sparks center, was named MVP of the inaugural
WNBA's All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden in August 1999.
Sylvia Rhone Former Chair/CEO of Elektra Entertainment Group,
Sylvia Rhone, became the first woman to head Motown Records
The Delaney Sisters Sarah "Sadie" Delaney and Dr. i-1 when she was named president, and vice president of Universal Re-
"- Annie Elizabeth "Bessie" Delaney, 104, penned their cords in October 2004.
autobiography "Having Our Say: The Delaney Sisters' .
First 100 Years" in 1993, and penned their second book Shirley Franklin First female Mayor of Atlanta since elected in
"The Delaney Sisters' Book of Everyday Wisdom" two years Oseola McCarthy 2001, was elected chair of the Women's Caucus of the U. S. Confer-
later. "Having Our Say" was adapted into a Broadway play nominated for three Tony ence of Mayors, in 2004.
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Su c ,J .Rep. Kendrick Meek Elected Chairman of the CBCF
Congressman Kendrick B. Meek
of Florida has been elected
Chairman of the Congressional
Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF).
Meek, 39, and in his second term in
the U.S. House of Representatives,
is one of the youngest chairmen in
the CBCF's thirty-year history.
Meek began his three-year term as
Chairman on March 1, 2006.
"It is both an honor and a privilege
to serve as Chairman of the CBCF,"
Meek said. "I look forward to
working closely with the CBCF
Board and Executive Committee,
other friends and stakeholders to
build upon and expand the incredi-
ble work being done through this
Meek pointed out that the CBCF's
strengths include providing educa-
tional opportunities for young peo-
ple through the organization's
scholarship, internship and fellow-
ship programs, the Annual
Legislative Conference and spon-
sorship of health awareness, home
ownership and other empowerment
events in local communities.
"So many of the CBCF's pro-
grams are critical to our communi-
ties," Meek said. "Every dollar we
can raise is another dollar we can
commit towards a college education
for a young student, combating the
health disparities impacting our
communities or helping our con-
stituents achieve the American
dream of owning their first home."
Congressman Meek represents
Florida's 17th Congressional dis-
trict, which includes portions of
northern Miami-Dade and southern
Broward counties. Meek serves on
the House Armed Services
Committee as well as the
Committee on Homeland Security,
where he serves as Ranking
Member on the Subcommittee on
Management, Integration and
NASCAR Pioneer Wendell Scott Left Lasting Legacy
Jacksonville Pastor Bruce
Allen Releasing Solo Project
Jacksonville pastor Bruce Allen
will soon be releasing "Just B.
Allen This Time", the first solo
project fromthe keyboard half of
the award-winning tandem ALLEN
& ALLEN. The CD will be avail-
able in stores on March 28, 2006.
Already jumping at radio, the lead
single "Best Praise" is just what you
might expect from Bruce a little
jazz, a little praise, a little bit more
on the funky side. This medium
tempo cut has just enough vocals
and just enough praise to fit into a
variety of radio formats. It is defi-
nitely a foot-stomping, hand-clap-
ping soulful-inspired number. One
might say, 'you can feel the keys' on
this one. It features a marching
band drum section as well.
Allen & Allen, which consists of
Bruce Allen & Allen Wiggins (both
now pastors in Florida) will record
another project and tour in the near
future according to Bruce. "We
agreed to the separation, but we
will absolutely perform together
again," says Bruce. "Allen asked
me to do a solo project. The group
is still very much alive." He adds:
"Allen will do a solo project too
and we will come back together and
do more Allen & Allen projects." In
fact, the other half, Allen Wiggins
provides a sax solo on "Ablazing
Grace" just a tease for their fans.
But for now, it is Bruce's time.
The duo produced nine albums over
the past decade or so and garnered
several award nominations includ-
ing winning two Stellar Awards.
His musical skills both in perform-
ance and directing has found him
sharing the stage with stalwarts
such as Yolanda Adams, Richard
Smallwood, Donnie McKlurkin,
Melba Moore, Mary Mary and
Bruce is coining the phrase
"Praise-trumental", a fusion of
praise & worship songs with instru-
mental music. He is on a campaign
to introduce "praise and worship"
to "inspirational jazz", thereby
expanding its audience appeal to
people who appreciate both genres.
"I coined the phrase for this proj-
ect," said Bruce. "In the industry,
we are often times categorized so
we don't always recognize what an
artist's focus is. It is not strictly
instrumental but praise & worship
Originally from St.Louis Pastor
Allen's church is The Church
Fellowship Worship Ministries and
is also in the middle of a promo-
tional tour of key churches in the
country and making stops at
Sunday morning services.
Wendell Scott (shown left) is the first African-American driver to win a NASCAR race. His story was popularized in a film starring Richard
Pryor and Pam Grier called "Greased Lightning" (middle photo. In the third photo, Wendell Scott (center) and his sons Wendell Jr. (L) and
Frankie (R) pose while preparing their car for a NASCAR race
Thirty-three years after his career
ended, the legacy of Wendell Oliver
Scott continues to stand proud.
Scott was the first African-
American driver to win a race in
one of NASCAR's national series.
His triumph, in December 1963,
marked the high point for a man
who made almost 500 career starts
in NASCAR's premier division.
Scott's career on wheels began as
a taxi driver in his hometown of
Danville, Va. He served three years
in the U.S. Army during World War
II where he honed his mechanical
skills in the motor pool. Scott start-
ed racing in 1947. ...., -..
"He had been sneaking out to the
local race track and nobody knew
about it except one of his buddies,"
said Wendell Scott Jr. "That's where
his dreams started."
Scott experienced immediate suc-
cess behind the wheel, finishing
third in his first race. He went on to
win over 100 races in the next
decade at local tracks. In 1959,
Scott enjoyed his best season ever.
He won 22 races and captured the
Southside Speedway track champi-
onship in Richmond as well as the
Virginia State Sportsman Division
In 1961, Scott made the move to
NASCAR's-premier division. Scott
made an impression on NASCAR
stars including Ned Jarrett, Richard
Petty and Glenn and Leonard Woo.
"He was a likeable guy, very like-
able," said Leonard Wood. "He had
a good attitude and fit right in, we
always got along with him good."
"The most help we ever got was
from people in the neighborhood,
but one person I'd like to talk about
as far as helping us was Leonard
Wood of the Wood Brothers," Scott
Jr. said. "He had this respect or love
for the Wendell Scott family."
Over the next 13 years, Scott
would make 495 starts, tying him
for 27th on the all-time list. In his
distinguished career, Scott accumu-
lated 147 top-10 finishes, more than
25% of the races he entered. His
career highlight came at
Jacksonville (Fla.) Speedway Park
on December 1, 1963. Scott won
the 100-mile feature race on the 1/2
mile dirt track to become the first
African-American to win a race in
NASCAR's young history. Scott's
career success earned him an induc-
tion into the International
Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1999.
NASCAR currently awards schol-
arships in tribute to Wendell Scott.
Twelve Wendell Scott Scholarships
are awarded per year to students
from Historically Black Colleges
and Universities and Hispanic
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The Duval County Health
Department (DCHD) hosted events
across the county on February 28th
as part of the 2006 "Step Up,
Florida on our way to healthy liv-
ing!" statewide campaign, which
promotes physical activity and
healthy lifestyles for Floridians of
all abilities. This is the third year
the event swept the state to show-
case the variety of unique local
opportunities each county offers for
This year's slogan for Step Up
Florida was "60 A Day-the
Florida Way" and was designed to
Talk about breast cancer and nat- by 52 percent from 1973 to 1998.
urally, people think of the disease Pailrt of that increase can be account-
that is the number one cancer ed for by better detection, because
waiong womqu.: But the truth is that mammography is much more a\ ail-
breast cancer is on the rise among able than it was 30 %ears ago. But
both women and men, and use of post-mnenopausal estrogen
researchers think the national obesi- supplements has also become rou-
ty crisis may be to blame. tine, and these hate been clearly
With two-thirds of Americans now linked to cancer in women.
overwnveigbht, we can probably expect But in that same period, incidence
more obesity-related cancers. But of breast cancer among men
dn;:the brighter side, weight prob- increased by 26 percent, and that's
.lfis-are extremely treatable, even without the ingested estrogen and
preventable. So to the extent over- without the extra detection offered
weight is contributing to cancer, by manunography, since men typi-
tli^is one risk factor we play actu- cally don't pursue that procedure.
a halae somei.real control over. So what else is going on? Experts
.* st how we-g'd about getting that say the increase in breast cancer in
control appears to be critical, both sexes seems to closely track
ti ... Eypea,-amog 'the .most. the increase in obesity, giving rise
a~l .ted ..qf.p9 ple, .
etrts to lose- weight, evei if their boom in breast cancer.
Vtif epndson it. :And a4bng can- Obesity has been shown to have a
C. at ent iitlCearly. does:',. '...clear relationship with some .can-
-.*^,nsider e-of the l inbers: .crs, but not with others. For
bfetst cancer- id. women increased instance, there does not appear to be
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help participants implement the
United States Department of
Agriculture dietary guidelines that
suggest 60 minutes of physical
activity a day will help manage
body weight and prevent gradual
Activities began at 6:30 a.m. at the
Jacksonville Beach Pavilion with
Sunrise Yoga. Shortly thereafter
two routes escorted "fitness flags"
through the streets of Jacksonville
on its way to the culminating cele-
bration at Hemming Plaza
Duval County events included ffi-
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any correlation between overweight It's tough, especially if you're an know that high insulin levels indi-
and prostate cancer in men. Or older person, and the average age cate a metabolic abnorrnality that
sometimes, the relation is clear, but of diagnosis for breast cancer is leads to diabetes and weight gain.
the reasons aren't. Hence, 62 among women, and 67 among Now recent research shows that ele-
researchers are looking at whether men. 'ated insulin levels are also a risk
acid reflux in o\erwteight people Moti\ation counts, but the factor for breast cancer recurrence.
might account for their greater inci- research show s that it's not enough. Yet \en specific changes in
dence of esophogeal cancer. People need help. For instance, lifestyle and diet can significantly\
But with breast cancer, there is at w'ho would be more motiated to reduce insulin levels in days to
least one known culprit: all that lose \eight than a hea\u person weeks. irmmediatel; reducing those
excess estrogen. Fattr tissue pro- who had already; suru i\ed cancer? disease risks. The disembodied
duces estrogen, in both men and An overweight surixior has a dou- threat of disease is sometimes hard
women. ble xwhajuin\ when it comes to risk for people to get their arms around.
Studies of menopausal women of recurrence, but a study published but \when patients can look at their
make the case most clearly. Before earlier this Near in Obesitr lab results and see how their behav-
menopause, the o\aries are the pri- Research said that even among that ioral- changes directly affect their
mary source of estrogen. But after motivated group, people left to their blbod'chemistit hits home.
menopause, when the ovaries have own devices, or those xwho only had W thappes tfbpatiehfs ,bodies
retired from that duty, fatty tissues a group program did not achieve on the inside as they ilos weight is
are the main estrogen source. much weight loss. more important than the changes
Among postmenopausal women, This is no surprise to those of us they get on the outside, but even at
estrogen levels are 50 to 100 per- who have treated obesity for years. the best health clubs or peer support
cent higher in heavy women, com- We see people who have tried diet groups. the\ won't have air oppor-
pared to those of healthy weight. after diet. joined gym and club and tunit:, to see that.
The same with men. fellowship alike, all to no avail. But It's inspiring to see how people
And when estrogen-sensitive tis- when they are treated with a corn- embrace a fimess and weight-loss
sues get more estrogen exposure. preliensive diet and lifestyle modi- program ',.hen the\ ha'.e more than
that leads to more growth of estro- fiction program that has been just a bathroom scale to tell them
gen-responsive breast tumors. designed specifically for them. that it?s working. Consistent and
Researchers figure that between things change. reliable guidance is essential
11,000 and 18.000 breast cancer In this latest study, the researchers because nobody goes from obese to
deaths per. year could be avoided in were pretty unequivocal, conclud- healthy overnight. It takes time.
.American 'women over age 50, if ing that ?for breast cancer survivors But cancer takes time, too, so the
they cot'id.maintain-aihealthy body to lose weight to reduce risk factors, race is on. With the proper help,
weight throughout their adult lives. mtervention is necessary. Of the this is a race both men and women
;.There at~ iin similatrguesstim*tes different intervention regimens, have great odds of winning. :
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'c.er is,:droving pobleli foii ifeir., bined with attending weekly--- Breast cancer is a growing risk for
there is little research on.mortaity. meetings was most effective -? both men and women, and-it's a
-rates -ar.opgg, males',.aid it Isi'U. W1n.yo u're.f:,ing a chocolate cancer for which the obesity link
'lessA:of a'oteem.th heart dis4si., eat'eah. is perhaps too .abstract has. been clearly establishbt Fat
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But obesity puts men at higher rowly escaped :it. Without some estrogen produces breast cancer.
risk for 'thee diseases, as s to4.O ,'rei rtrainiramg,-it's hard to.equate And in the reverse, weight loss
the imperative is to drop'hat eidess' even greatest br-ger'with a reduces cancer risk. The data are
weight4 or at least some of it. lethaThimor. fBtirt dfessiobal'.sup- clear,-but it doesn't make the task
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DCHD to Hemming Plaza that will
feature City Council members and
Mayor's Office staff.
TheHemming Plaza grand finale
feature yoga, Thai chi, kickboxing
demonstrations, kids obstacle
course, aerobics and more.
Each of Florida's 67 counties have
participated in the month long relay
celebration as participants along
four routes pass a "fitness flag"
from county line to county line.
Duval County retrieved their flag
from Nassau and St. Johns
Counties, as the event culminated in
jacksonville for the grand finale
It is being called a silent epidem-
ic among African Americans.
Alzheimer's disease (AD), a pro-
gressive brain disorder affecting
approximately 4.5 million
Americans nationwide, is reported
to be two to three times more com-
mon in African Americans than in
Caucasians. 0O er the next,30 years, .e-,
the number of African Americans
entering the age of risk (65+) will
more than double to 6.9 million.
With increasing age being a major
risk factor for AD, the magnitude
of this public health crisis will con-
tinue to grow.
African Americans also tend to be
diagnosed at later stages of the dis-
ease, when cognitive function, such
as learning and memory, has
already substantially declined.
"These findings are important
because they suggest the benefits
of treatment in African-American
patients with mild to moderate
Alzheimer's disease," said Patrick
Griffith, M.D., professor of clinical
medicine (Neurology) at
Morehouse School of Medicine in
Atlanta, who was the study's lead
investigator. "Older African
Americans, caregivers and their
physicians should watch for early
signs of Alzheimer's disease symp-
toms, such as memory loss, and
intervene with treatment."
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March 9 15, 2006
One Block Party You Dont Want to Miss Ima 1I,
A lot of "black" movies roll off
the entertainment assembly line
these days, loud and colorful and
full of "flava," but few of them feel
as genuinely steeped in the sheer
love of all things African-American
as Dave Chappelle's 'Block Party.'
A true blend of genres -- concert
film meets comedy flick meets
documentary -- 'Block Party'
(which could just as easily be
called 'Black Party') resonates
with a rhythmic force that manages
to be, in a surprising variety of
ways, both hard-hitting and tender-
Early in the film, directed by
Michel Gondry, comedian Dave
Chappelle describes the block party
he's planning to host in Brooklyn
as "the concert he always wanted to
see". Top-heavy with some of hip
hop's most socially conscious
artists -- ranging from Talib Kweli,
and dead prez, to Common, Erykah
Badu and the Fugees -- the concert
of Chappelle's dreams threatens at
first to play like some low-rent East
Coast version of Wattstax, but
avoids such a fate by the sheer
force of Chappelle's ultra-ironic
laid-back-ness. At the end of the
day, as serious as some of the
artists are, a feel-good vibe perme-
ates the scene with blazing high
Coveted Oscar Gets
The Memphis rap group Three
6 Mafia and actress Taraji P.
Henson, back rear and song-
writer Cedric Coleman, back
left, perform the Oscar winning
best original song 'It's Hard Out
Here for a Pimp' from the movie
'Hustle & Flow' at the 78th
Academy Awards in Los Angeles.
(shown right) Three 6 Mafia
members Jordan Houston (L)
and Paul Beauregard (C) with
their Oscar for Best Song and
actor Terrence Howard, Oscar'
nominee for best actor for
'Hustle and Flow,' who also per-
formed the song in the movie,
pose at the Governor's Ball after
By NEKESA MUMBI MOODY
Forget the suspense over best
movie or actor or actress the real
question on Oscar night was
whether Three 6 Mafia could actu-
ally perform a cuss-free, non-
graphic version of "It's Hard Out
Here for a Pimp."
In one of the most exciting per-
formances for a best song, usually
characterized by bland performanc-
es of even blander songs, the
Memphis rap group gave a rousing
rendition of their song from "Hustle
& Flow," then took the Oscar home
They are probably the only Oscar
winners to pick up their trophy
wearing throwback jerseys, sneak-
ers and diamond-studded teeth.
Though they thanked all the same
people Phillip Seymour Hoffman
would their mothers, family, etc. _
their euphoric, giddy delivery made
the moment even more surreal.
"I just couldn't believe it. I could-
Houston said backstage. "I had to
run somewhere. I started to run
somewhere. People thought the
police was probably chasing me
It wasn't exactly something you'd
see on the Source Awards, with the
"Fame"-like dancers and choreog-
raphy. But the performance from
the group best known for their raw
street-life rhymes stayed true to the
gritty essence of the song.
"Hustle" actress Taraji P. Henson,
who sang the irresistible hook in the
movie, also belted it out on Oscar
night (wearing a cocktail dress):
"It's hard out here for a pimp, when
you trying' to get the money for the
rent, with the Cadillac and gas
money spent, you got a whole lot of
witches jumpin' ship." Of course,
"witches" was not the word used in
the movie version. We'll let you
guess which word that was.
Still, despite toning down the
Chappelle brings the party to the people in 'Block Party.'
spirits. Your head may be nodding
"P i to the beats of the music, but your
P im pu ed heart gets caught up in the beats of
As hot as the performances are,
played out on a small stage con-
structed on a Bed-Stuy street, it's
the between-song moments that
give 'Block Party' a lot of its ener-
gy. From the on-location bits in
.Chappelle's native Ohio, where he
.presents unwitting folks (white and
black, young and old) with Willy
Wonka-styled "golden tickets" to
the concert and invites Ohio
Central State University's march-
ing band to open the show, to the
only-in-NYC moments, like a visit
to Junior's restaurant and the up-
close-and-personal interview with
rapper L'il Cease, Block Party is
infused with an infectious generos-
S ity of spirit that propels the plotless
movie forward with a genuine
what-next? rhythm. And scenes
between Chappelle and The Roots'
drummer?uestlove, talking music
and comedy and life, give 'Block
Party' a center that holds tight,
even in the hurricane of activity
that hovers around it.
Finally, a brotha who doesn't
need to be a mogul and only wants
to be an artist.A man who appreci-
ates music enough that he can play
'Round Midnight' and 'Misty' on
the piano just to chill himself out.
Finally a brotha who doesn't just
want to make you laugh but wants
to spread something that feels like
actual joy. Imagine that.
Tyler Perry Inks Television Deal
Playwright-turned-filmmaker Tyler Perry has signed
a deal with independent firm Debmar-Mercury to dis-
tribute his original comedy series
"House of Payne" in first-run syndication. According
to trade reports, the half-hour sitcom centers on the
comical situations that pop up when a multigenera-
tional family lives under one roof.
Perry, whose "Madea's Family Reunion" opened at No. 1 last week-
endwith $30 million, is serving as director, executive producer and one of
thewriters on "Payne" but will not star in the show. It is understood, how-
ever, that he may make occasional guest appearances.
Perry decided to partner with Debmar-Mercury rather than seek distri-
bution through a studio or network so that he could retain creative control
over the project while building his brand.
Broadway's Color Purple Forms Touring Company
Can't swing the cash needed for airfare to New York, hotel accommoda-
tions and tickets to see "The Color Purple?" Producers understand the
financial strain and have taken steps to bring the Broadway musical to a
city near you.
The Oprah Winfrey-backed play will begin a national tour in April
2007, beginning with a six-month run at Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre
on April 17. Other cities planned include Los Angeles, Boston, Washington
D.C., Philadelphia, Denver and Atlanta.
The stage production of Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel has
done well at the box office despite lukewarm reviews. According to AP,
it regularly grosses about $900,000 each week, playing to more than 90
percent capacity at one of Broadway's largest theaters.
The musical, which opened last December, to pay back its $11 million
production costs in less than a year.
Latifah and Travolta Join Forces for Hairspray
Queen Latifah will star with John Travolta in New
Line Cinema's upcoming musical film adaptation of
the Broadway musical, "Hairspray."
Travolta will play Edna Turnblad and Latifah will play
Motormouth Maybelle in the film, which is being
directed by Adam Shankman ("The Pacifier,"
( ^ "Bringing Down the House"). Production is scheduled
to begin this fall for a potential summer 2007 release.
Murphy Divorce Drama Thickens
The New York Post is reporting that Nicole Mitchell may have some
ammunition in her divorce battle with actor Eddie Murphy if she decides
to fight their prenuptial agreement.
Sources tell the newspaper that Mitchell's divorce attorney, Glenn
Buzard, may argue that Murphy breached the prenup due to allegations
stemming from his 1997 incident with a transvestite.
Police in West Hollywood questioned the comedian for driving in his
car with a Samoan trannie named Atisone Suiuli. Murphy claimed he was
only giving her/him a ride as a Good Samaritan. The incident spawned a
number of transvestites to come forward with claims of having intiriate
encounters with the actor.. '
once during their performance
because ABC censors thought they
heard the f-word (a network
spokeswoman said they couldn't be
sure what was said). And they got
another bleep during their giddy
acceptance speech, for the same
Hey, it's hard out there for pimp,
if you didn't know.
Though Three 6 Mafia was the
first African-American rap group to
win the honor, they are not the first
_ Eminem was the groundbreaker
for his trophy for "Lose Yourself'
from "8 Mile."
But Eminem did not show up to
accept his award. Three 6 Mafia
"That's how you accept an Oscar,"
joked host Jon Stewart.
"For anyone keeping record,"
Stewart said later, "Martin
Scorsese, zero Oscars. For Three 6
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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
Focus of Free Lecture
The Historical Significance of the
African American Experience in
Jacksonville will be explored in a
free program and lecture on
Saturday, March 4 from 1 3 p.m.
at the Ritz. The African American
community of Jacksonville, Florida
has often been referred to as the
Harlem of the South because of its
vibrant cultural life during the 1930
s, 40s and 50s. This public program
will explore the contributions in lit-
erature, music, art and culture that
grew out of Jacksonville's African
American community. Also, the
team of scholars working on the
upcoming exhibition Crossing the
Color Lines will present the results
of their research. For more infor-
mation, please call 904-632-5555 or
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, call 353-3309.
the Ritz Theatre & LaVilla
Museum is presenting the world-
renowned Cleo Parker Robinson
Dance Ensemble in concert, Friday,
March 10, 2006 at 7:30 p.m.
Tidliess -are available at the,
Museum. Nine Ninas is a nine-
piece suite choreographed by
Christopher Huggins to the emo-
tionally charged music of the High
Priestess of Soul, Nina Simone. For
more information call 632-5555.
Audition for a Play
Professor Plum's Playhouse, an
interactive murder mystery dinner
theater is holding and open audition
for "The Falsettos" on Saturday
March 11th from 1-3 p.m. at 4578
Blanding blvd, Jacksonville. ALL
ROLES ARE COMPENSATED.
Talent should have good memoriza-
tion skills and be prepared to read
sides from the script. Production
dates are 4/20/06 6/3/06.
Headshots and resumes requested
but not required. The Playhouse is
located at 4578 Blanding Blvd. For
more information, call 772-7707.
"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 Saturday March llth at
2:00p.m. & 8:00p.m. and on
Sunday March 12th, 2006 3:00
p.m. All performances will be held
in the Bryant Auditorium at FCCJ
North Campus, 4501 Capper Road.
For more information call 765-
There will be a free lecture on
Genetic Memory: African
Symbolism in African Americans at
the Ritz Theatre Museum.
Conducted by Dr. Jeffries, she will
confront what she calls
"Post-Trauma Slavery Syndrome",
how events from the past continue
to be a severe detriment to our
development today. She examines
the African origins of rap, graffiti,
tap dance and other evidence of
African foundations in. contempo-
rary artistic expression and address-
es the question, "How did I come to
be as I am?" The symposium will
be on Saturday, March 11th from
10:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. Call 632-
5555 or visit www.ritzlavilla.org for
Do you know an
Someone who is constantly doing for others and put-
ting someone else's needs before their own, a friend that
goes beyond the norm? A tireless volunteer? Nominate
he or she for the Unsung Hero spotlight and they could
win a profile in the Jacksonville Free Press and a $50
gift certificate from Publix Supermarkets.
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Violence and the Poor
Focus of Free Lecture
with Renowned Expert
Dr. Elijah Anderson, distinguished
professor of sociology at the
University of Pennsylvania, will
discuss "Violence and the Inner
City Poor" at 7:30 p.m. on Monday,
March 13, at the University Center
on the campus of the University of
North Florida. Anderson is an
expert on the sociology of Black
America and is the author of the
classic sociological work, "A Place
on the Comer: A Study of Black
Street Comer Men." The public can
order tickets for this free lecture
online at www.unf.edu. Click on the
2006 Lectures link.
Do you love a good game of
Scrabble or friendly competition?
Learn to Read, Inc. is hosting the
8th Annual Letters for Literacy on
Thursday, March 16th at St. John's
Cathedral, 256 East Church Street
at 6:00 p.m. Call 399-8894 for
AARP Senior Safe
AARP will offer the Driver Safety
Program an 8 hour course for driv-
ers 50 and older. It will be held
from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM on
Wednesday, March 15 and
Thursday, March 16 at North
Florida Motors, 4620 Southside
Blvd. Participants do not have to be
member of AARP. Participants will
receive an appropriate discount on
auto insurance. To register call:
The International Interior Design
Association (IIDA) will present
"Cocktail Couture" event to benefit
Dignity-U-Wear, a locally based
non-profit organization which pro-
vides brand new clothing to those in
need. Cocktail Couture is a friendly
competition among some of
Jacksonville's most talented Design
Teams, using donated industry
materials to create fabulous
"Designer Wear." The fundraiser
will be held on Thursday, March
16th from 6 p.m. 10 p.m. at Fogle
Fine Art & Accessories, 3312
Beach Blvd. For more information
call (904) 636-9455.
Day at MOSH
Visit the Museum of Science and
History on March 17th to recog-
nize Women's History Day : Spend
this Women's History day learning
about Female Firsts! Marie Curie,
Amelia Earhart, Aretha Franklin,
and Oprah Winfrey are just a few of
the wonderful women to make
breakthroughs in women's history!
Children can create crafts that rep-
resent some of the special talents
that these women are remembered
for. Activities will run from 10:00
a.m. to 12:00 p.m
GS. Women of
The Girl Scouts of Gateway
Council will honor six local women
at the 18th annual Women of
Distinction fundraising luncheon at
the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville on
March 17, 2006. This year's hon-
orees 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
.For reservations, please call (904)
388-4653 ext. 1125 by March 10.
Vikings 'Spring Blast
The William M. Raines Class
of 1986 will present The Vikings
'Spring Blast Sch'oIsliitPParN at
the Mill Cove Golf Club, 1700
Monument Road. The party will
start at 9 p.m. For more information
4366, Karen Gibbs-904-339-4697
or Khesahn Barker 904-655-5600.
Maysa at Jazz
and Blues Lounge
The Ritz Theatre & LaVilla
Museum will present contemporary
jazz recording artist Maysa at the
Ritz Third Saturday Jazz and Blues
Lounge on Saturday, March 18th.
The Lounge is a new caf6 style con-
cert series featuring local and
national jazz recording artists.
Maysa brings her authentic, upbeat,
groove to the stage for a memorable
night of smooth jazz. Her deep,
smoky voice is bottomless, and her
sophisticated style will fill your
night with music and soul. For more
information, please call 632-5555.
Landscape Design Class
Learn the nine Florida Friendly
landscape principles and how to put
the right plant in the right place to
benefit from natural rainfall.
Hands-on activities include design-
ing with some native plants and
trees and low-flow irrigation. The
class will be on Tuesday March 21,
2006 from 10 a.m.- 1p.m., at the
Duval County Extension Service,
1010 N. McDuffAve. Call to regis-
with Nikki Giovanni
The public is invited to participate
in an "Evening with Nikki
Giovanni on Wednesday, March 24
,7:30 p.m. The event is hosted by
the Ritz Theater. Yolanda Cornelia
"Nikki" Giovanni, Jr., world-
renowned poet, writer, commenta-
tor, activist and educator has been a
leader in the Black oral poetry
movement. Nikki Giovanni is one
of America's most cherished liter-
ary treasures. For more informa-
tion, call 632-5555.
5k Run & Fitness Walk
"The Johnson Family YMCA w ill
present their inaugural Celebrate
Life 5K Run and Fitness Walk
Saturday March 25th at 8:00am.
The run will take place on
Edgewood Ave. to Vemon Road,
45th Street and Avenue B. There
will also be a Tot Trot, Kids
Challenge run, free health screen-
ings, and fun for the entire family.
To register call 765-3589 or stop by
at 5700 Cleveland Road.
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. For more informa-
tion, call 256-7520.
Robert Cray will be in concert on
Thursday, March 30 at 8 PM atthe
Florida Theater. Cray has been
dubbed one of a precious few active
blues artists with the talent and
vision to successfully usher the
idiom into the future without resort-
ing either to slavish imitation or
simply playing rock while passing
it off as blues. For tickets or more
info, call 353-3309.
Diabetes Exposed 2006
The American Diabetes
Association of North FL is hosting
Diabetes Exposed, a one-day con-
ference with screenings, seminars,
and exhibits designed to give peo-
ple with diabetes and their care-
givers up-to-date information about
diabetes diagnosis, prevention,
treatment, and healthy living. The
Conference will be at the Bethelite
Conference Center on Saturday,
April 1st from 9 3p.m. For more
information, call 904-730-7200.
V101.5 presents Funk Fest
Featuring Frankie Beverly & Maze,
Cameo, Whodini, and the SOS
Band. on Saturday, April 1, 2006 at
Jacksonville Metropolitan Park.
Tickets available at all Chicken
Koop locations, Athletes Foot on
Dunn Ave, and Normandy Blvd.
and DJ's Records and Tapes.
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Former King Speechwriter
Lauded for Banking Inroads
Cemetery Prices Jump After
the Burial of Rosa Parks
Florida Marlin Receives
Clarence B. Jones, center, stands with Martin Luther King III, left, and
Ambassador Andrew Young before Jones was presented with the American
Jewish Congress Isaiah Award,' Wednesday, March 1, 2006, in New York.
A former counsel and speechwriter to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the
first black to be made partner in a Wall Street investment banking firm,
Jones was honored for his contribution to the civil rights movement and
helping bridge the gap between Jews and blacks in the United States.
Florida Lt. Gov. Toni Jennings, left, congratulates Florida Marlins'
Dontrelle Willis as she presents him the Points of Light Award during
baseball spring training in Jupiter, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006. Last fall,
Willis donated equipment and uniforms to more than 40 sandlot youth
baseball players in Little Havana. During Black History Month, the Points
of Light Awards recognize outstanding African Americans in Florida ded-
icated to giving back to their communities. Jacksonville's Mali Vai
Washington also received an award for his work through his Foundation.
Smithsonian Institution Starts Hip-Hop Collection
The Smithsonian Institution on
Tuesday began a search for hip-hop
artifacts, for a future exhibit on the
urban style best known for rap
music, break dancing and baggy
Rap stars and producers who con-
tributed items to the exhibit, includ-
ing Ice-T and Russell Simmons,
said they were surprised to see the
Smithsonian turn its attention to the
three-decades-old art form.
"It validates it," said Los Angeles-
based rapper Ice-T. "It's a good feel-
Hip-hop music got its start in the
South Bronx section of New York
in the 1970s, when largely black
and Puerto Rican youths began lay-
ering samples of sounds from exist-
ing records over driving, bass-
heavy rhythm tracks.
The initial contributions to the
museum's collection include a pair
of turntables used by disc jockey
Grand Master Flash, known for the
seminal 1982 hit "The Message."
and a boom box owned by Fab Five
Russell Simmons, co-founder of the Def Jam label, speaks at a news confer-
ence to launch 'Hip-Hop Won't Stop: The Beat, The Rhymes, The Life,' hip-
hop exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.
Freddy, the original host of "Yo!
MTV Raps," as well as pictures,
album-cover artwork and record-
Officials with the Smithsonian's
National .1MusW.m of American
History said it could be three to five
years before its exhibit on hip-hop
The museum, based in
Washington, receives more than 80
percent of its money from the fed-
eral government and aims to repre-
sent the. breadth of American cul-
ture. Its collections range from the
early American flag which inspired
the national anthem, to costumes
and props from popular television
While hip-hop started out with a
lighthearted, party-focused image,
in the 1990s it developed a harder
edge with "gangsta" rap, which
focused on violence and gang life.
Several noted rappers have died
violent deaths over the past decade,
including Jam Master Jay of Run
DMC, Notorious B.I.G and Tupac
"Hip-hop is not about hooligan-
ism," said Kool Herc, a pioneering
early hip-hop disc jockey. "It's not
about disrespecting other people.
It's about coming to a party and
But Ice-T, a "gangsta" rap pioneer
who was the subject of a heated
national debate in 1992 over his
song "Cop Killer" with the band
Body Count, said rap should not be
blamed for inner-city violence.
"The streets aren't mimicking rap:
rap is reflecting what's going on out
there, unfortunately," he said.
The price to get a spot in Detroit's
Woodlawn cemetery has jumped
thousands of dollars since civil
rights icon Rosa Parks was
entombed there last fall, angering
some relatives who say it cheapens
The spaces in the Rosa L. Parks
Freedom Chapel were priced at
$17,000 before the cemetery gave
spots, for free, to Parks, her hus-
band and her mother. Now, the
spaces cost $24,275, and possibly
as much as $65,000 for the slots
nearest to Parks' crypt
Some of her relatives worry the
prices might cheapen the legacy of
the woman who began the civil
rights movement by refusing to
give up her bus seat to a white man
in 1955. Parks died in October.
Parks' closest living relative,
nephew William McCauley, said
her burial was a "private matter, not
"I know some people might want
to be buried near her, but we're just
private people and so was she," he
told the Detroit Free Press for a
story published Saturday. "When
will people stop taking advantage
of her legacy?"
Woodlawn officials denied that
they are exploiting Parks.
"No, no, I don't think we're profi-
teering at all," said Wade Reynolds,
chief operating officer of Mikocem,
the management company for
Woodlawn and more than 25 other
The new prices will cover the
cost of maintenance and numerous
improvements to the chapel, plus a
No crypts have been sold yet at
the new prices.
Jamaica Set for First
Female Prime Minister
president of the
1 (PNP) in a his-
Miller toric internal vote.
She was voted the first female pres-
ident of the PNP by 1,775 dele-
Simpson Miller will automatically
become Jamaica's Prime Minister
in the next few weeks after P.J.
Patterson steps down from the post
he has held for the last 14
years.This will because since PNP
holds the majority of parliamentary
Today is a great and historic day
for the People National Party and
for Jamaica, and I thank you for
helping me to write history,
Simpson Miller told supporters at
PNP headquarters in Kingston after
her victory was announced. ,, .-.-.
Simpson Miller, who has climbed
the ranks of the PNP for last three
decades, is currently a local govern-
ment minister. She narrowly beat
her nearest competitor,
Dr. Peter Phillips, by 237 votes.
Phillips was seen as the favorite
going into the election, but voters
questioned his record as national
security minister. There were more
than 1,600 reported murders in
2005, and Jamaica has one the
world highest homicide rates.
Her campaign was waged on
themes of empowerment for the
poor, improving the violent crime
rate and uniting class differences.
Jamaican trade union officials,
who supported Simpson Miller
since her days serving as Minister
of Labor, welcomed the victory.
The University and Allied Workers
Union said her victory will posi-
tively impact Jamaican workers.
"She's a woman who's very deter-
mined, a firebrand type of politician
who has really hit home when it
comes ito the majority of people,,-
,especially women, the poor and.the
unemployed," Radio Jamaica's
Kathy Barrett told the BBC.
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