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Bethel Celebrates the
"Vision, Victory and
Pastor's Four Day
Own Star Shine
Housing Still a
1985 Government Test Predicted
New Orleans Levee Would Break
NEW ORLEANS Scientists working on an independent study of a
floodwall that collapsed during Hurricane Katrina have said that a gov-
ernment test 21 years ago predicted the wall could fail.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' built a levee and floodwall system
to test a design similar to the 17th Street Canal in 1985. which "indicat-
ed that failure was imminent," according to a statement from Raymond
B. Seed and Robert G. Bea, in charge of the National Science
Foundation's Independent Levee Investigation Team.
"Not only did they have that in their repertoire of information, they
failed to use it, as best we can tell." Seed said in a telephone interview
from the University of California, Berkeley.
Corps spokesman Wayne Stroupe said his agency knew about the 1985
test, and that he would forward the scientists' statement to a Corps offi-
cial for a response.
Seed said that "sometimes there's separation between the engineers in
the research center and the working Joes in some of the districts. It was-
n't all that surprising. It was just disappointing."
Temple's Famed Basketball Coach
Chaney Announces His Retirement
John Chaney, well known for his
fiery courtside demeanor,
announced his retirement this week,
stepping down as head coach of
Temple University's men's basket-
ball team after a quarter century at
Enshrined in the Naismith
Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
in 2001, Chaney amassed 741 wins
as a coach at Temple and Cheyney State University. making him one of
the most successful coaches in college basketball history.
At 74, it was time to leave. Chaney said during a press conference on
the campus of the North Philadelphia college.
Chaney's announcement came days before the start of the college bas-
ketball tournament affectionately known as March Madness kicke into
full gear. For many years, Chanes and his Temple players were regulars
in the NCAA tournament, making 17 appearances, including five trips to
the Elite Eight regional finals. Chaney earned national Division I Coach
of the Year honors in 1988 when his team ended the season ranked num-
ber one in the country.
NAACP, CBC, Others Urge
Postponing of New Orleans' Election
Civil rights leaders are calling for a rally in New Orleans next month
to protest the April 22 mayoral election, saying the contest should be
postponed because more than 100.000 residents displaced by Hurricane
Katrina may not be allowed to vote.
Many New Orleans residents who are scattered across the country,
unemployed and living in temporary housing, are black.
"One hundred thousand people have been dislocated and disenfran-
chised and because of a natural disaster; the system does not provide an
opportunity for Americans to vote." Hilary Shelton. director of the
NAACP's Washington bureau, told BlackAmericaWeb.com last week.
The demonstration, which is scheduled for April I in New Orleans, has
been endorsed by Rev. Jesse Jackson. president of the RainbowiPUSH
Coalition; Re%. Al Sharpton; Bruce Gordon, president of the NAACP:
Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League, and the
Congressional Black Caucus.
Organizers said the rally will also underscore the need for displaced
black residents to return to New Orleans with jobs and job-training to
help with the city's rebuilding efforts.
Prosecutor: Sickle Cell Disease
Didn't Kill Florida Boy
TAMPA, Fla. Prosecutors confirmed this week that a 14-vear-old boy
who was beaten by guards in a juvenile boot camp did not die of a blood
disorder as a medical examiner initially ruled.
Pam Bondi. a spokeswoman for Hillsborough County State Attorney
Mark Ober, who is investigating the death of Martin Lee Anderson,
declined to comment further on the case except to say it will be "months"
before the probe is complete.
She confirmed statements from Dr. Michael Baden. a noted pathologist
hired by Anderson's family who observed the second autopsy that was
conducted on the teenager's body.
Baden said after observing the 12-hour autopsy that the teen probably
died from a beating by guards, not sickle cell trait, a usually benign blood
disorder, as the medical examiner in the county, where the camp was
located initially ruled.
"My opinion is that he died because of what you see in the videotape,"
said Dr. Michael Baden, referring to a surveillance tape showing guards
kicking and punching Martin Lee Anderson's limp body the day before
want justice. d want the guards and the nurse to be arrested."
No guards had been arrested or fired by press time, but the camp, oper-
ated by the Bay County Sheriff's Office, has been closed.
Volume 20 No. 51 Jacksonville, Florida March 16 22, 2006
Colleges Opening Former "Minority Only" Aid to All Students
Under the face of direct threats
from the nation's capital, colleges
and universities from across the
country are giving white students
their grab at thousands of dollars in
fellowships, scholarships and other
programs previously created for
The institutions are reacting to two
2003 Supreme Court cases on using
race in admissions at the University
of Michigan. Although the cases
did not ban using race in admis-
Continue Fight to
vowed at a Tallahassee rally this
week to continue fighting an uphill
battle to restore the voting rights of
felons who have paid their debt to
society. Buses from around the
state commenced on the Capital for
the Restore the Vote Day of Action.
"There are hundreds of thousands
of people in Florida who do not
have the right to vote," said
Howard Simon, executive director
of the American Civil Liberties
Union of Florida. "They have com-
mitted crimes many, years ago, and
they have turned their lives
Florida is one of three remaining
states that does not have an auto-
matic provision to restore the civil
rights of felons once they have
completed their sentences.
Their latest attempt is a compro-,
mise that includes a proposed con-
stitutional amendment that would
restore the rights of most convicted
felons who have completed their
sentences and repaid their victims,
with the exception of the most seri-
ous crimes, including murder, child
abuse and the procurement of chil-
dren for prostitution.
sions to higher education, they did
leave the state of the law unclear,
and with the changing composition
of the court, some university and
college officials fear legal chal-
The affected areas include pro-
grams for high schools and gradu-
Since the actions are just now tak-
ing place, it is too early to deter-
mine the effects of the changes on
the presence of minorities in higher
education and how far the pool of
money for scholarships and similar
programs will stretch.
Just how many institutions have
modified their policies?
That question remains unseen
because colleges and institutions
are not eager to announce the
changes. At least a handful are
seeking to put more money into the
programs as they expand the possi-
ble pool of applicants.
White students are not looking a
gift horse in the mouth. Many are
qualifying for the aid. Last year, in
response to a legal threat from the
Education Department, a St. Louis
university modified the standards
for an undergraduate scholarship
that had previously been for minori-
ties only and was named for the
first African-American dean at the
university. This year, the first since
the change, 12 of the 42 first-year
recipients are white.
Continued on page 3
Shown above at the announcement (L-R) are Wilfredo Gonzalez, City Council President Kevin Hyde,
Jackie Williams, Kelly Madden, Jacksonville Urban League Pres. Dr. Richard Danford, Councilwoman
Mia Jones, National Urban League Pres. Marc Morial and Charles Reynolds. R. Silver, Photo
Urban League to Spearhead Economic Empowerment Center
The Jacksonville Urban League
was joined by the organization's
national president Marc Morial this
week to announce that the local
chapter has been designated as one
of five national pilot centers for the
creation of an Economic
Empowerment Center (EEC), to be
headed locally by Charles
Once operational, the EEC will
provide business training, coach-
ing, access to nationwide financing
and procurement opportunities to
minority and urban business owners
in the Jacksonville area. Business
owners may also benefit from
access to the $127.5 million in New
Market Tax Credits that will be
administered. The goal of the center
is to assist minority businesses in
reaching their next level of growth
and development. The EEC, under-
written by Wachovia Bank, will
launch with twenty other area
The Day the Circus Came to Town
Art Imitates Life in 3D for
Middle School Students
Shown above is Highlands 6th grader Janae Williams with Bold City
member Santhea Brown assisting her with her collage.
The Bold City Chapter of Links culminated their year long signature proj-
ect, Project P.R.A.I.S.E. at Highlands Middle School exposing over 150
youth to monthly cultural forums ranging from Black History and
International Trends to Education and Team Building.For more on the
informative project, see page 5.
Young Kennedy Head Start student Faith Allen won't forget the
day the circus came to town when she had the opportunity to get up
close and personal with Circus staff and performers.Shown above,
ringmaster "Zeke" gives the youngster two coveted tickets to one of
the events sold out performances. The youth were onhand along with
other city officials to preview the circus acts including Onionhead the
Clown, Caribbean dancers, foot jugglers and amazing Chinese bowl
The nationally touring Universoul Circus is the nation's only
African-American owned and operated circus, complete with talent
from around the globe. The Circus performed nightly at the Gateway
Shopping Center. It is described as a show owned by African
Americas but created for everyone's enjoyment. FMPoweliPhoto
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You Can't Divorce Your Debts
Q: Under a court filed divorce agreement, my ex-wife kept our vehi-
cle that was registered in both of our names. The vehicle was eventu-
ally repossessed about four years later by the creditor and now
appears on my credit report as a repossession. Because my ex-wife was
to be responsible for payment of the vehicle under the divorce agree-
ment we made at the time, can the repossession be removed from my
A: As I've said many times, when you divorce your spouse, you do not
divorce your creditors. The divorce agreement stated that your wife was to
keep the vehicle and therefore make the regular payments as well; sadly
she did not. But even though it was supposed to be her responsibility to
make the payments, you are still a co-debtor of the vehicle loan and there-
fore you are legally responsible for the vehicle payments, no matter what
your divorce agreement says.
Creditors don't care that you got divorced. Their only concern is that pay-
ments are made on time by at least one of the people who signed their
names on the dotted line. Because your name was one of them, the repos-
session will be listed on your credit report, and unless the information is
untrue, it cannot be removed.
Q: I was told it is a federal offense to owe over $1,000 and not pay it.
I was advised by two lawyers not to pay some bills as I could not afford
to file for bankruptcy protection. I am on a fixed income and coming
up with $700 to file for bankruptcy protection is just more than I could
do. I want to pay my bills but I am curious about the legitimacy of that
statement as it was from a bill collector.
A: It sounds to me like the debt collectors are trying to scare you into
making some payments you really can't afford. The fact of the matter is
that any type of contract you sign, whether it is for a credit card, auto loan
or gym membership, is a legally binding document. When the lenders
agreed to loan you the money, you agreed to pay it back. If you don't hold
up your end of the agreement, you have just broken the contract. It's that
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While spring flowers bloom and
Mother Nature awakens from a
long slumber, many Americans
begin the age-old tradition of
clearing away the dreary signs of
winter and breathing new life into
their surroundings with a little
spring cleaning. But shaking out
the rugs and wiping down the patio
furniture aren't the only tasks that
require a springtime checkup.
Experts recommend taking the
time right now to spring clean your
credit and get the new season off to
a fresh financial start.
"Like a bear that hibernates for
the winter and wakes up in the
spring, right now is the perfect
time to wake up to your own finan-
cial situation and get moving in the
right direction," said Steve Rhode,
president of Myvesta, a nonprofit
consumer education organization.
"This is the time to analyze all
aspects of your financial life, shop
around for better deals and prepare
for the future."
Rhode recommends taking these
steps when spring cleaning your
Read your credit card statements
carefully, checking to see if your
interest rates have gone up or if
there are any errors being billed to
Close old accounts that are no
longer in use such as store or gas
credit cards, but make sure you
leave your oldest major credit card
account open. The length of your
credit history makes up a large
portion of your credit score and
closing the oldest account could
hurt your score.
Shop around for better deals on
insurance, cell phone service and
Develop a savings plan you can
stick with and look for a bank that
pays a high interest rate on savings
accounts. Many online banks are
currently offering very competitive
If you recently had to pay a large
tax bill, adjust your withholding on
your W-2 forms so it won't happen
again next year.
Get a copy of your credit reports to
make sure everything is accurate
and up to date. A consolidated
credit report, containing informa-
tion from all three credit bureaus,
is available online at Myvesta.org.
"It's important to remember that
much like the work that needs to
be done around the house to keep
everything running smoothly, your
finances also require regular
checkups and maintenance,"
March 16 22, 2006
Public Warned of
Social Security Scam
The Social Security Administration
has issued a warning today about a
new email scam that has surfaced
The Agency has received several
reports of an email message being
circulated addressed to "Dear Social
Security Number And Card owner"
and purporting to be from the Social
Security Administration. The mes-
sage informs the reader that someone
illegally is using their number and
assuming your identity and directs
the reader to a website designed to
look like the Social Security's web-
Once directed to the phony web-
site, the individual is asked to con-
firm their identity with "Social
Security and bank information."
Specific information about the indi-
vidual's credit card number, expira-
tion date and PIN number is then
requested. "Whether on our online
website or by phone, Social Security
will never ask you for your credit
card information or your PIN num-
ber," Commissioner Barnhart said.
Black Economic Reform Focus of Convention
Entertainer Harry Belafonte
renewed his criticism of President
George W. Bush and Nation of
Islam leader Louis Farrakhan urged
education reform during the second
day of the 2006 National Black
Peoples Unity Convention.
The four-day gathering is aimed at
developing a long-term economic
empowerment plan for blacks.
Min. Farrakhan said the U.S.
educational system has failed to
teach blacks basic skills and how to
succeed after graduation and
requires massive restructuring.
"Black people all over America
and all over the world, there is
something wrong with the way we
have been trained in a white
supremacist, racist environment,"
Farrakhan told about 700 people
gathered in the gymnasium of Gary
West Side High School.
"You have not been trained to suc-
ceed," he said. "We must never sell
that lie to the next generation of
black children, that the system
works for all. It does not."
Belafonte was heavily critical of
the White House's handling of hur-
ricane Katrina and its aftermath.
"How can we have Katrina and
tens of thousands of people staring
into the abyss of this tragedy ... and
not have the nation of black folk in
righteous indignation walking on
this nation, saying 'pay attention,'
"What do we need to know? ...
What do we need to have done to us
before we wake up?"
He also repeated criticisms of
Secretary of State Condoleezza
Rice and other black members of
the Bush administration, who he
said had not publicly questioned
White House decisions reg Iraq or
policies that have hurt the poor.
"It means nothing to me if they
are black if they are dishonorable,"
Belafonte said. "It means nothing
to me if they are black and intelli-
gent and sit and hide in places in
government where they can shape
University of Maryland graduate
students compiled notes and out-
lines of speeches, panel discussions
and question-and-answer sessions
under the supervision of convention
Executive Committee member Ron
Walters, a Maryland professor.
Walters said that a final report,
including a detailed agenda for
improving black Americans' eco-
nomic outlook, will be compiled
within a few weeks and distributed
to participants and key leaders of
Convention organizers also will
develop seminars to promote the
agenda with community groups and
activists, including presentations
this summer at Congressional Black
Caucus Foundation workshops that
While numbers at the conference
were smaller than expected, many
who participated were high-ranking
officials in labor unions and organi-
zations such as the NAACP, who
will be key allies in advancing a
new black economic agenda,
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Cochran's Law Firm Now Headed By Whites
Members of the Los Angeles'
black community are shocked and
angry over the revelation that the
law firm of their pride-and-joy, late
attorney Johnnie Cochran, has been
taken over by whites and is deviat-
ing from his civil rights advocacy.
The internationally famous
Cochran, who died March 30, 2005
of a brain tumor at age 67, was
revered among African-Americans
as the champion of their rights in
the court of law and was a legal
icon who became a familiar charac-
ter in the nation's popular culture.
Longtime attorneys and staffers
Pope says Africa is Still Being Abused
VATICAN CITY In a wide-ranging meeting with priests of the Rome
diocese, Pope Benedict expressed concern for Africa observing that big
political and economic interests were still responsible for many of Africa's
problems and that their continued abuse was fomenting conflicts on the
"Africa continues to be the object of abuse by the big powers, and many
conflicts would not have reached their current state if the interest of the
great powers was not behind them," he said.
The Pope did not mention any specific countries or conflicts.
The Vatican leader appeared to be reflecting on his recent conversations
with African bishops who were making their 'ad limina' visits. He said that
the grave economic and social problems of the continent are partially off-
set by the "great hope" and "great faith" growing there.
There are 1.1 billion Catholics worldwide. Africa is home to 144 million
Catholics with 30 million in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Pope's comments were in a transcript released by the Vatican It was
at least the second time since his election last April that the Pope has crit-
icized the role of outside powers in Africa.
Last May, he said Europe was responsible for many of Africa's ills
today, including corruption, violence, arms trafficking and environmen-
The Late Johnnie Cochran
who helped build the Cochran lega-
cy during his 43 years in practice
have left the firm, white people are
occupying leadership positions in
his business and they are practicing
the kind of law he had chosen to
What is going on in Cochran's
penthouse suite of offices in Los
Angeles' tony Hancock Park area is
not only troubling to residents who
idolized Cochran, but to black
activists, former Cochran col-
leagues, other lawyers who had
active associations with him
throughout their careers and to
Cochran's family, as well.
Community activist Najee Ali,
who, because of the nature of his
civil rights activities, frequently
interacted with the Cochran legal
staff, was one of the first to raise the
alarm about the changing scene in
"None of the same lawyers, clerks
and secretaries are there anymore,"
Ali said, "and there are white peo-
ple running the office. I and other
black activists have stopped refer-
ring people to the firm."
An anonymous attorney who was
closely associated with Cochran
concurs with Ali's observation.
"The office doesn't look the same
as it did when Johnnie was alive,"
he said. "There are a lot of changes
going on over there, and they are
not occurring voluntarily. People
are being forced out, and the part-
ners over there have gone into legal
areas where I know Johnnie said he
did not want to go."
The attorney asked to remain
anonymous because, he said, "I
don't want to be accused of tearing
down the great work Johnnie did.
But all the people who Johnnie
loved and trusted and with whom
he built the practice have been
kicked out, and I think it's disgust-
Schools Opening Up Former Minority Only Scholarships to Avoid Legal Action
Shown above is 87 year old Tuskegee Airmen Howard Baugh with
Sam Hall. Bottom photo is Hall dog sledding in Bormio.
Hall Joins Tuskegee Airmen
on Italian Ski Slopes
Jacksonville resident Sam Hall joined over 500 Florida skiers in Bormio,
Italy for the Sunshine Slopers Ski Club Annual Trip. Throughout the week-
long event, the usually sun inclined visitors partied, skied, dog sled, par-
ticipated in wine tours and a variety of group events. A highlight of the trip
for Hall, who has been to Italy several times, was a surprise encounter
with Tuskegee Airmen Howard Baugh. While in Italy, Baugh was feted by
the Italian government on behalf of the Airmen in addition to a banquet
being thrown in his honor..
Continued from front
Conservati e organizations that
are pushing for the changes see the
shift as a sign of success in elimi-
nating race as a factor in decision
making in higher education.
"Our concern is that the law be fol-
lowed and that nobody be denied
participation in a program on
account of skin color or what coun-
try their ancestors came from,"
Roger Clegg. president and general
counsel of the Center for Equal
Opportunity told the New York
Proponents of minority scholar-
ship programs like Theodore M.
Shaw, president of the NAACP
Legal Defense and Educational
Fund Inc., challenge the notion that
programs for minority snidents hurt
whites. "I-low is it that they con-
clude that the great evil in this
country is discrimination against
white people?" asked Shaw. He also
said protecting scholarships and
other programs for minorities was
"at the top of our agenda."
Thus far, neither the Justice or
Education Department, nor any
other organization on the affirma-
tive action debate, have garnered
any statistics tracking the trend. In
January. The Chronicle of Higher
Education named more than 12
institutions that had made the
The two Supreme Court affirma-
tive action decisions that are
prompting the institutions to take
action involved the University of
Michigan. In Grutter v. Bollinger.
the court upheld the
use of race in admis-
stons decisions at the
law school. It found
that there had been a
"highl% indi% idual-
ized. holistic review
of each applicant's
file" in which race
could be properly\
In Gratz v.
Bollinger, the court
struck down the use
of race in undergrad-
uate admissions, find-
ing that those applica-
tions used a scoring
system that should
not have awarded
points based on race.
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Southern Illinois Unitversi
decree last month with the.Jn.
allow nonruinorities and men;
fellowsbips created for
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dents eligible for $6.8. Jmili
arship previously available
Pepperdine Univ.ersity .
Education Department ove6v,.
terion in its programs;...: i
After the summer of 2O..
longtime seven-week propa
school juniors. Begun in.:,.
strengthening skills in eco.
other areas. Princeton restarit
Woodrov Wilson School Jo i4."
last summer. Now it is opbento;
ing an interest in public senrvO.p
to "cross-culturl issues."
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LIVE FROM CITY HALL
by Jacksonville City Councilman Reginald Fullwoc
Quality Affordable Housing Still
a Critical Issue for African Americans
Martin Luther King, Jr., once
said, "We cannot be satisfied as
long as the Negro's basic mobility is
from a smaller ghetto to a larger
one." That has been the case for
many low-income families, espe-
cially for African Americans.
Many poor families are caught in
cycle of moving from one
depressed neighborhood to another.
Some are even caught moving from
one mobile home park to another,
*whtich.presents a different set of
pjtobefis .because those types of
"neighborhoods" are slowing dying
For blacks in America today, the
struggle is not the same as it once
was. It is no longer about not hav-
ing access to certain neighborhoods
or dealing with the open discrimi-
nation policies that many banks
once used. Today, the struggle is
often affordability. And because of
low-wage jobs and a lack of eco-
nomic opportunities for many
minorities, America and even
Jacksonville is still segregated in
Some would be surprised if I said
that segregation is still alive and
well in the United States, and others
would easily agree. Segregation in
the new millennium exists in a dif-
ferent manner than the past. It
exists not by law or open practice,
but by economics as I just
The American Dream is to own a
nice house in a good neighborhood,
but that dream often is not easy to
accomplish. In the past, housing
covenants and a handful of other
methods have kept blacks out of the
suburbs and kept us in the inner
Now, with the renewed interest in
inner-city communities and areas
around the downtown in probably
every major city in the country,
upper income families have redis-
covered many communities were
once forgotten by whites.
From Harlem, New York to
Philadelphia and even places like
Tampa, Florida, neighbors that
were once considered "the ghetto"
are now becoming more attractive
to developers and families. This
reinvestment or resurgence of inter-
est is a good thing, but it may come
at a price. As new and rehabbed
developments come into some of
these areas, it drives property val-
ues up, which can have'a anegative
impact, on poor residents. whol.cafi
not, afford to pay their property
I have heard many African
Americans say that now that it is
becoming popular to move back
into core city communities, city
government is now providing the
resources it should have provided
prior to this renewed interest. But
even with this resurgence of infill
housing and development this city
and many others still suffer from a
lack of opportunities for families in
Some say that there are nearly
40,000 dilapidated houses in the
city. Some say that the number
should be much higher or lower.
Regardless of the exact number, the
need for quality housing particular-
ly affects the African American
community because we typically
live in older communities in inner-
Take our great city for example,
although African Americans are
more integrated than ever, over 60
percent of the blacks still live in the
core city or Northside. Again,
housing becomes a major issue
because the urban core is often the
oldest part of a city, which means
that the housing stock and infra-
structure is old and needs to be
When new subdivisions are built,
new infrastructure is built. And
building standards have changed so
much. For example, the state now
requires retention ponds for all new
development. So if you are build-
ing a new neighborhood, church,
convenient store, etc. you have to
be able to hold and treat your water
run-off. That was not the case when
most of the inner-city communities
One of the biggest problems with
retrofitting or designing infrastruc-
ture projects in urban areas is that
you have to use today's standards,
which increases, project cost
because of ithe densityin, core city
But I don't want to mislead any-
one; we are certainly far more inte-
grated now than ever. U.S. Census
information suggest that 50 percent
of African Americans living in met-
ropolitan areas in 2000 resided in
areas that were not majority black,
up from 43.5 percent in 1990 and a
tremendous improvement over the
28.9 percent in 1960.
So we are more integrated, but the
core city still remains segregated,
but not based solely on race, but
economics being the driving factor.
And as white flight continues (i.e.
whites moving from the city to the
suburbs) segregation and quality
housing problems will continue to
exist. The Brooking report, which
analyzes census data, proves that
cities are becoming less white. "In
1990, whites made up almost 60
percent of the population of the
nation's central cities. By 2000,
whites constituted a bare majority
in these areas (51.4 percent)," says
The Brooking study is only rele-
vant if you believe that minority
areas receive less attention than
non-minority areas. Time after time
I hear people on the north and west
sides of town say, "If this was
Baymeadows or San Marco or
Mandarin you wouldn't treat us like
I am certainly not saying that
those comments are definitely true,
but I think that they have merit. If
you simply look at the conditions in
different neighborhoods you see a
clear contrast, but whose responsi-
bility is it to maintain the integrity
of communities? Some would say
government, while others would
say the individual property owners
in those neighborhoods.
I think that it is a combination of
both. As it relates to the housing
issues we face, the city receives
money from federal and state
sources to use for housing rehab
and homeownership programs. We
do a good job with what we have,
but we have got to do more. As the
price of new homes and property
values increase, affordable housing
will be an even more critical need in
the future. I just hope enough of us
realize it before it is too late.
Signing off from my inner-city
Banking Black: A Way to Fix Stupid
, ., ,i .., ;, ,., a" .
,by William Reed
No matter how mainstream your
mindset may be; at the bottom line,
race still matters.
If African American communities
are to grow in economics, more
race-based consciousness and
strategies will have to be engaged.
Strong financial economic struc-
tures must evolve to stimulate eco-
nomic growth and development
among African Americans. A key
ingredient to African American's
economic strategy is the role black
banks play in our lives.
Why even talk about "economic
empowerment" and not have
deposits in a black bank? Since the
late 1800s, Black banks have been
prime factors in Black Americans'
economic development. Black
banks have a distinct commitment
to us and are places where blacks
have gone over the past 200 years
to facilitate business. After the
Emancipation Proclamation of
1863 ended slavery in the southern
US, blacks were left in chaos.
Though institutionalized slavery
had ended, freed blacks were left
to fend for themselves with literal-
ly nothing. Because institutional
slavery defined them as non-citi-
zens, blacks had no access to
resources needed to matriculate
socially or economically: social
organization (government), institu-
tional education (knowledge base),
and entrepreneurism (delivery of
products and services), blacks of
the period were' in dire need of
ways to facilitate establishment,
development, and distribution.
America's early black middle
class were invariably entrepre-
neurs, with enterprises rooted in
the delivery of vital services to
black communities services the
white community was either unable
or unwilling to deliver. Early black
fortunes were built on industries
such as insurance, undertaking,
banking, media and health and
beauty. In segregated society
enterprising black businessmen
and women insured, buried, lent
money to and portrayed African
Americans fairly in publications.
In the 21st Century, black-oriented
financial institutions represent the
best platforms through which to
build and expand. These basic
processes are rooted in our history.
When today's Blacks figure out
that economic power is built
through mutual interests, we'll rec-
ognize that our interest in black
banking is larger than the amount
posted in a bankbook will ever be.
After slavery, benevolence and
through mutual aid societies, fra-
ternal orders and black churches.
Benevolent societies established
before the end of slavery helped
blacks' transitions into freedom by
providing them with financial
resources. Black fraternal orders
served the race with a commitment
that deserves more prominence in
America's history. ".
Today's black banking core is
represented by the National
Bankers Association (NBA),
founded in 1927. NBA member
banks are in 29 states, 2 territories
and 60 cities. They employ over
15,000 people; have assets in
excess of $31 billion, service 3 mil-
lion depositors and distressed com-
munities beset by social and eco-
nomic problems with employment
opportunities, entrepreneurial capi-
tal and economic revitalization.
As we increase our interest in the
growth of our kind through racial
identification and consciousness,
African Americans residing in
cities that have black-operated
banks will patronize them with
deposits; because such deposits
work toward the overall benefit of
our communities. Race matters,
because black bankers are more
likely than whites to provide us
Those of us serious about increas-
ing wealth can earn dividends that
accrue in many ways by using
black banks. In addition to
depositing funds in these banks,
enterprising African Americans
should buy Black Bank Stock and
encourage businesses we work
with to share some of their
accounts with them. We should
make legislators accountable for
making sure government funds are
deposited in black banking sys-
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S Rahman Johnson Goes One on One with Kirk Franklin
It is hard to picture Kirk Franklin
as anything other than a gospel
music artist. From his hip-hop
meets church boy demeanor to his
impeccable sense of style the King
of Soul Gospel says what he means
and means what he says.
In the middle of the second week
of his HERO tour with Mary Mary
and Philadelphia based Da Truth,
Kirk pulled into Jacksonville ready
to rock the house.
Years ago a gospel concert con-
sisted of a microphone, an artist, a
drum set and a whole lot of shout-
ing! However, Kirk opened a door
for a new wave of showcasing
gospel music. Taking the best parts
of major tours including state-of-
the-art sound, choreographed light-
ing, a mechanical stage and dancers
- his show rivals some of the
biggest pop and R&B artists today.
Spending more than an hour and a
half on stage, he wowed the crowd
of babies to seniors. Even for a man
of 40 years, his enthusiasm and
stamina were amazing. From his
trip down memory lane with tradi-
tional gospel to his-hop personal
story SHOUT, he gave everyone in
his audience something relatable.
Hence, the beauty of Kirk Franklin
and his message.
It was a wonder that Kirk had any
energy after a show like his but he
was in the halls of the concert
venue making jokes with fans and
the crew after the show. Back here,
he was just one of the boys. But his
light was evident. So when, I was
invited in the dressing room for our
interview, it was like talking to
someone I had known for years.
He had just finished his after show
ritual of calling his wife and chil-
dren and making sure everything
was well on the home front when I
entered. Sipping herbal peppermint
tea, he seemed just as home there as
he did on the stage ministering to
the masses. And it was me and Kirk
kicking it like old friends.
Part 2 with the Q & A next week.
Links' P.R.A.I.S.E. Project Brings Art to Life
Shown above at Bike Bikeweek (top and bottom) are members of
the JVille Riders, and (middle) Shigehiko "Scott" Kiyama President
of Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. Frank M. Powell and Rickey
Gadson Kawasaki Team Green Kawasaki Drag Racing FMP hoto
Bike Week 2006
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The
Florida Highway Patrol said Bike
Week 2006 is the deadliest since the
event began 65 3 ears ago, %%ith IS
motorcyclists dying in the past nine
This year's deaths surpass the 15
deaths recorded during the 2000
event -- previously the most deadly
Bike Week on record.
Authorities attributed the spike in
deaths to the sunny weather, which
caused a rise in Bike Week atten-
Authorities attribute the spike in
deaths to the sunny weather, which
causedca rise in Bike Week'atteft-
dance. F-H-P says the number of
alcohol related deaths dipped this
year, and helmet use was up.
Bike Week, which brings thou-
sands of bikers from around the
country to Daytona, ended Sunday.
Eight motorcycle-related deaths
were reported during last year's
Shown above at the Inspiration for Visual Arts Project PRAISE Program is Link Pamela Prier with Terrance Lawry. Students Orrion Wilson,
Garland Wilson and Desiree June put together their collage projects.
Project P.R.A.I.S.E., the acronym,
for Pride and Physicalf' health
Respect and Responsibility,
Academic Achievement and the
Arts, International Involvement,
Self esteem and Enrichment for
Everyone, is an umbrella project
mandated by the national organiza-
tion of the Links, Inc. It is through
this project, the local Bold City
chapter is able to utilize all facets of
its programs and focus on a particu-
lar group. This year, the organiza-
tion continued it's support of the
Team Up program of Highlands
For one hour each month of the
school year, the ladies presented
topics on different aspects under the
PRIDE umbrella. Under the guid-
ance of the Service to Youth chair-
person, Pamela Grant-Adams, the
program now in its' third year has
flourished and added new topics to
the monthly sessions. ,
v "We try.tokbeep it fresh and inter-
esting." Said Adams
In striving to keep new and dif-
ferent perspectives, each monthly
sessions are chaired by different
people and supported by everyone.
"New people provide new ideas."
That remains true. This year's
PRIDE curriculum included an
NFL football player, meeting
African ambassadors, one-on-one
with a world renowned artist and
many hands on interactive presenta-
"It's amazing the impact you can
have on a child's mind in an hour."
Said Chapter President Norma
White. Most sessions are concluded
with a recap done by the students to
reinforce their knowledge.
That presence is undisputable. On
more than one occasion, the intu-
itive :students have often told the
Links that their interaction has
sparked their interest in leaning
towards a particular profession.
At the final session, Janae
Williams, a sixth grader had the
opportunity to put together her very
first art collage.
"I've never done this before." Said
the young Williams. "But, it's so
much more creative than just paint.
I see more of myself in what I can
make." She said.
That was the goal of this year's
final project spearheaded by Judy
Batson. The FCCJ Dean and Link
member recruited an actual art
instructor to teach the children a
quick lesson about art and art histo-
ry. The informative forum was con-
cluded with an actual art making
"It really is a lot of work to get
together complete art making kits
for 150 kids," Batson admits.:Her
preparation included a "collage kit
party" with her other Link sisters
and hours of shopping in craft
stores. Following the presentations,
the youth were allowed to take
home their completed works in
addition to their supplies in hopes
that they would teach their siblings
and parents what they learned.
Batson agreed with her other sisters
that the many diverse art collages
created were well worth the effort.
"There's no greater form of flat-
tery one can give themselves than
their expression thru art." Said
Batson. "This project not only spurs
their creativity, but brings their art
to life and gives their creativity
The Project PRAISE program will
officially conclude it's program
year with an awards banquet at
FCCJ in the upcoming weeks.
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Ms. Perry's Free Press -Page 5
March 16 -22, 2006
CEERTO N C _LERAIO CLERAIONw Z -*
Sword and Shield Kingdom Outreach
Ministry 2006 Serious Praise Service
Reverend Mattie W. Freeman, Founder/Pastor and the Kingdom
Outreach Ministry invite the community to share in 2006 Serious Praise at
3:45 p.m. on Sunday, March 26th, at the Father's House Conference
Center, 1820 Monument Road.
The Praiser-cisers will perform under the direction of Ms. Kenshela
Williams. When praises go up, remember, Blessings come Down.
Mt. Ararat Missionary Baptist to host
Family and Friends Day March 26th
Mt. Ararat Missionary Baptist Church, 2503 North Myrtle Ave., Rev.
Dr. David A Lattimore Jr., Pastor; will host their Annual Family and
Friends Day at 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 26, 2006. The community is
invited to this special worship service.
St. Paul AME to hold Ash Wednesday
Lenten Services, Seminar and Concert
Saint Paul AME Church, 6910 New Kings Road, Pastor Marvin Zanders
H, 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 11th; 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 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.
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 the community; to
strengthen in evangelism by challenging with the priority of the Great
Commission, by equipping to share the Gospel, and by providing opportu-
nities for sharing with others. All events are open to the public.
St. Paul AME Holds Lenten Services
St. Paul AME Church, 6910 New Kings Rd., Pastor Marvin Zanders II;
and the members, welcome members of the community to Lenten Worship
Services at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, March 22 & 29th.
First AME to present "The Gospel"
The Women's Missionary Society of First AME Church of Palm Coast,
91 Old Kings Road, The Reverend Dr. Gillard S. Glover, Senior Paster;
will present the movie, "The Gospel" at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 18th,
in the educational complex. Free Popcorn. For ticket information, please
call the church at (386)446-5759.
One Accord to Celebrate Church
and Pastor's Anniversaries
One Accord Ministries International Inc., 2971 Waller Street (at South
McDuff & I-10), will celebrate the 12th Anniversary of their ministry, and
Pastor, Bishop, Dr. Jan D. Goodman Sr.'s 27th Anniversary. The theme is
"Let's Eat and Live!". Services will begin night at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday
through Saturday, March 15-18th.
Pastor Barbara Mims, of New St. James Holy Family Church; Elder
Roosevelt Gamble, of All People, Arlington; and Bishop Don E. Bernard,
of Believers In Christ; will deliver the Word.
The community is invited to eat and live, too!
Grace Baptist of Springfield to Present
Women's Conference/Women's Day '06
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
Southside Church of God in Christ,
Holding "Spring Conference 2006"
The Southside Church of God in Christ (COGIC), 2179 Emerson Street;
continues "Spring Conference 2006" with services at 7:30 p.m., Thursday
and Friday, March 16 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 Empowerment of the Holy Spirit!"
Distinguished Gentlemen & Elite
Ladies of HOPE Workshop
A team of professional and motivational speakers will enlighten, inform,
and entertain young men and women who attend the "Generation Blessed"
Distinguished Gentlemen & Elite Ladies of HOPE (Helping Others
Prepare for Empowerment) Workshop on Saturday, March 18, 2006, 9:30
a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Workshop topics include: A Rap Session: Self Esteem/Peer Pressure;
Health & Sex Awareness; Stop The Violence-Use Your Talents; Know
Your History/Heritage & Culture; and Etiquette. Continental Breakfast and
a Lite Lunch will be served. For registration and information, please call
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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."
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, Banieado%\ s Road. A \Vestern 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.
Evan el Temple Assembly of God
Lane Ave. &I-)10
Sunday March 19th Homecoming
Homecoming &815 a.m. & 10.45 a.m.
Special Music Dinner on Grounds *"Operation Lion's Face"
30 Days Passionately Going After God
Sunday @ 6:00 p.m.
Combined Campus Revival Service Children's Choir
New Southwest Campus
Hwy 218 across from Wilkinson J. High
Sunday March 19th Homecoming
Came Erperience the Presence, Power &Anointing of the Lord
Sun. 9:45 a.m. Sunday School Sun. 10:45 a.m. Morning Worship
Thursday 7:30 p.m. Bible Study
5755 Ramona Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32205
Website: www.evangeltempleag.org Email: email@example.com
10:45 a.m. Service Interpreted for the Deaf
Pastor Garry and KimWiggins
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Bapdisi Sdreed. Jacksonville, FL 32202 4904) 354-1464
Sunday Morning Worship Mlidweek Services
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Wednesday Noon Service
Church school "'Mimcle at Midda,"
9:301 a.nm. 12 noon-I p.m.
3rd Sundav 3:30 p.m.
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8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30-7 p.m.
I FREE TUTORING FOR YOUTH IN ENGLISH, SCIENCE, HIS-
TORY AND MATH TUESDAY & THURSDAY 6:30 8 P.M.
Pastor Landon Williams, Sr.
March 16 -22, 2006
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Bethel Celebrates the "Voice, Vision and Victory"
Bethel Celebrates the "Voice, Vision and Victory"
on Pastor McKissick Jr.
The pastor and his son Joshua look proudly at his anniversary gift, a
2006 convertible BMW.
Guest speaker Rev. Tom Diamond
Guests enjoyed a sumptious buffet at the gala held at Hyatt Regency
the Pastor's brainchild, the Word & Worship Mass Choir
serenaded their inspiration.
Lady Dionne and Bishop Darryl Bister, Lady Kimberly and
Rev. McKissick, Jr and Con. Corrine Brown.
Honoree Rev. Rudolph McKissick, Jr., Rev. Eugene Diamond, Rev.
Jeffrey Rumlin and Rev. Keith Canady.
Each of Bethel's many ministries also presented their gifts.
Rev. Marvin Zanders, II
Rev. Torrin Dailey
Pastor McKissick's proudest honors came from his family Janai,
wife Kimberly, Joshua and Jocelyn while his father loks on.
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WellBETANY*omptitr'sAdvet *ed.c. Period
Rousing sermons highlighted the
above by Bishop Derek Triplett of
By Rhonda Silver
After 20 years as a preacher and
10 years as Pastor of the Bethel
Baptist Institutional Church, Rev.
Rudolph W. McKissick, Jr. was
feted in an extraordinary way.
Utilizing the theme, "The Voice,
The Vision, The Victory", Bethel
celebrated in grand style the
anniversary of their native son.
The celebration kicked off
March 8th, with Bishop Derek
Triplett, Sr., Pastor of Full
Fellowship Baptist Church,
Daytona, FL. The dynamic Bishop
Triplett preached from the book of
1st Samuel 17 the story of David &
Goliath: "Bethel, you have one of
the greatest preachers of our time,
bar none!" Rev. McKissick, Jr. has
power, passion and purpose that
identify him as the man of God,
ready for his assignment. As the
son of a great preacher and pastor,
Rev. Rudolph McKissick, Sr.,
Pastor Jr. spent his life in private
preparation for the task of shep-
herding Gods people.
On March 9th, festivities contin-
ued with Rev. Tom Diamond,
Pastor of Abyssinia Missionary
Baptist Church, here in
Jacksonville who brought a mighty
word from the book of Jude verses
four day event including the one
24 -25. His sermon was titled "The
"Now unto Him", he began,
breaking down the sentence struc-
ture from present condition and pre-
position, to the object of the prepo-
sition which is God. Before the
foundations, of the earth, God pre-
determined the fate of every being.
No matter what my right now might
suggest, 'God is able to transform
me from the creature my mama
gave birth to, to the image that
Christ gave birth to.'
March 10th was the date of the
gala celebration and banquet held at
the Hyatt Regency Riverfront. The
guest speaker for the evening was
Bishop Darryl Brister-
Pastor/Overseer of Beacon of Light
International Baptist Cathedral, for-
mally located in New Orleans, LA.
"Birds have eyes, but eagles have
vision," Bishop Brister said. "
Eagles never flock, they have great
strength, they test before they trust,
they fly while they fight, they mate
for life, they only eat living flesh
and they welcome and fly into a
storm." His tone set the pace for
the evening which lauded the cele-
brated pastor in many ways. The
evening culminated with his
anniversary surprise of a convert-
National gospel recording artist
Lexi, hostess of One on One with
Lexi on The Word Network. She
was on hand to present the hon-
oree and the W & W Choir with
a Best New Gospel Artist Award.
ible BMW from his congregation.
The grand finale began with the
morning sermon on March 13th
with Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright,
Jr. Pastor of Trinity United Church
of Christ in Chicago, Illinois and
closed with Rev. Frederick D.
Haynes, III- Pastor of Friendship-
West Baptist Church in Dallas,
Texas who preached from Mark 4:
1- 13. Celebrating the voice, the
vision and the victory we have in
the man of God over this house
called Bethel. "All you see is the
glory, he said, but you don't know
the hellified story... Appreciate
what you have." He said to a rous-
ing testimony of applause.
"I thank God foi ten years of pas-
toral ministry here at Bethel and
twenty years of preaching the
Gospel." Said the honoree.
Rev. Rudolph McKissick, Jr., who
was literally 'born into the Bethel
family' originally wanted to use his
melodious voice as an opera singer,
however, the voice of the Gospel
won. Through his directives, the
membership of the church has
grown by thousands in addition to
its many ministries and outreach
efforts. In his words, "There is
nothing else I was created to do." he
M h 16 22 2006
B-ark Reminder of Black Men's Higher Risk of Stroke
eenter for Disease Control.
' Velina Henderson, chief nursing
~.dffi'er at Howard University
'HQspital.in Washington, D.C., said
black Americans are now suffering
from strokes earlier in life and
dying more from strokes than
"Black people tend to die from
stokes at younger ages like
[Puckett]," Henderson said. "We're
not getting as old as we should.
And for black men, we're often
seeing strokes at 45."
Puckett, who died Monday, was
perhaps the most popular player
e er to play for the Twins, caring
the Twins to two World Series
According to medical experts.
approximately 2.7 million or 11.4
percent of all black Americans
aged 20 years or older have dia-
betes. which can lead to strokes.
Blacks with diabetes are at
increased risk for heart disease.
stroke and other health complica-
Strokes were more than twice as
high for blacks than for all other
racial groups. according to the
Center for Disease Control web-
Since blacks are a greater risk for
strokes. The American Heart
Association says its objective is "to
determine if differences in income,
education, and insurance, as well
as differences in the prevalence of
stroke risk factors, accounted for
the association between ethnicity
"We're more likely to become
severely incapacitated and more
likely to die from strokes."
Henderson said. "It's a mean con-
ATLANTA Last week in a rib-
bon-cutting/grand opening celebra-
tion, the Atlanta-based Association
of Black Cardiologist, Inc., named
its new international headquarters
in honor of the late Atlanta Mayor
Maynard H. Jackson. The $10 mil-
lion, 40,000 square foot
International Library, Research and
Conference Center will be the first
significant (naming) honor for
Atlanta's first African American
mayor who died in 2003, at age 65,
from heart disease.
In addition to housing the ABC's
international headquarters, the
building features an auditorium, a
banquet hall and an atrium that will
house the Cardiovascular Learning
Center, an interactive life-size
human physiological model of the
human heart that teaches the intri-
cate mechanics of the greatest
pump ever created.
Other features of the medical
services headquarters include a
Cardio-Health and Rehabilitation
Center, a clinical research suite.
The library is anticipated to become
the nation's most comprehensive
repository of published manuals,
journals and articles on cardiovas-
cular disease in African Americans
and other minorities. It will also
house a virtual database of cardio-
African-American Mothers Least Likely to Breastfeed
Even though breastfeeding has
been shown to help prevent a vari-
ety of health problems in infants,
the U.S. has the lowest rate of
breastfeeding in the world-and
African-American women have
some of the lowest rates among
Breastfeeding has been shown to
help prevent the development of ear
infections, diarrhea, respiratory dis-
eases such as asthma, pneumonia,
and bronchitis and help prevent
children from becoming obese or
Yet, in 2003, only 51 percent of
African-American mothers breast-
fed their infants in the early post-
partum period, with that figure
dropping to 24 percent at six
months. By six months, the number
of mothers breastfeeding their chil-
dren exclusively drops to 9.8 per-
According to the U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services'
Office on Women's Health (OWH),
breastfeeding offers babies many
Barbershops Serve As Source Of Health News
Long before the Internet and 24-
hour cable news, in many commu-
nities the barbershop served as a
clearinghouse for information. Men
would gather to socialize, converse
and even get a haircut.
Taking advantage of the status bar-
bershops can have as trusted news
outlets, a new digital, grassroots
effort has been announced that will
bring important health messages
directly to African-American and
Latino men in the communities
where they work and live.
Participating barbershops will
have interactive computer systems
where customers can learn about
prostate cancer, its risk factors and
treatment options-while they wait
for their haircut.
A project of The Prostate Net and
Mount Sinai School of Medicine's
Division of Educational
Technology, "Wired Barbershops"
are a complement to "Going to the
Barbershop to Fight Cancer," a
national health awareness campaign
that urges men to get checked for
Conceived by Prostate Net
founder and president Virgil
Simons, the program includes an
extensive network of barbers who
serve as "lay health motivators,"
trained at nearly 60 medical centers
throughout the country.
Experts say prostate cancer is the
single most diagnosed of all cancers
and the second-leading cause of
cancer death in men. African-
American men have an incidence
rate 59 percent greater than white
males and a death rate 128 percent
higher than white .men.
Latino/Hispanic males have the
third highest rates of prostate can-
cer incidence and death.
Each "Wired Barbershop" kiosk
will feature interactive educational
videos and information. There will
be a voluntary survey to assist
health professionals in better under-
standing communities-at-risk, lead-
ing to more effective treatment
options and disease management.
Men who complete the -survey
receive a coupon for a free haircut.
The "Wired Barbershops" are part
of "The Knowledge Net"
umbrella health education cam-
paign that will ultimately provide
information regarding heart dis-
ease, obesity, diabetes and other
health issues. The Prostate Net's
"Wired Barbershop" program is
supported by the Fannie E. Rippel
Foundation, Celgene Corporation
and Sanofi Aventis Oncology.
To learn more, visit www.
call 1.888.4PROSNET (1.888.477.
nutritional advantages. Breast milk
contains 200 different infection-
fighting antibodies that help protect
infants from bacteria and viruses.
As a result, breastfed babies are
sick less often and have fewer doc-
While many women know that
breastfeeding is the best nutrition
for babies and are generally aware
of its advantages, fears and doubts
about their lack of success and the
perceived inconvenience often out-
weigh the benefits. Many people
are now aware that there are risks
associated with not breastfeeding.
To illustrate the risks the Ad
Council and OWH have launched a
new campaign, "Babies were born
to be breastfed."
"Like our campaign says, "Babies
were born to be breastfed,'" accord-
ing to the U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services.
"Breastfeeding exclusively for six
months is a powerful way to get a
newborn off to a healthy start in
life. This campaign will provide
mothers with the information and
the motivation to breastfeed."
The campaign includes television,
radio, newspaper, magazine and
outdoor PSAs that communicate the
importance of breastfeeding. The
television ads feature women taking
extreme risks that would not be
advisable during pregnancy and
say, "You'd never take risks while
you're pregnant. Why start after?"
All of the public service announce-
ments conclude with the campaign
tagline and direct audiences to call
1-800-994-WOMAN or visit
www.4woman.gov to learn how
they can protect their children by
The exclusive breastfeeding rate
at six months among African-
American mothers has only reached
The Perfect Body, It's All In Your Head
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Help Available for Uninsured Children
There is good news for the parents
of many of the 1.6 million African-
American children in the U.S. who
do not have health insurance.
Half of these children are eligible
for low-cost or free health care cov-
erage through Medicaid or the State
Children's Health Insurance
Parents can find out how to enroll
their uninsured children in these
programs by calling toll-free 1
Recently, Risa Lavizzo-Mourey,
M.D., a physician and the president
and CEO of the Robert Wood
Johnson Foundation, the country's
largest foundation devoted exclu-
sively to the health and health care
of all Americans, responded to sev-
eral questions about the issue.
Q. Does being uninsured really
affect a child's health?
A. Yes. Children without health
insurance are less likely to get the
medical care they need, when they
need it. According to new data,
nearly one-third of uninsured
African-American children did not
receive any medical care for an
Q. If parents work, can their chil-
dren still be eligible for coverage?
A. Yes. These programs are
designed for working families. On
average, a family of four earning up
to $38,000 a year or more may
qualify for low-cost or free health
care coverage through Medicaid or
SCHIP. Through these programs,
children have access to regular
checkups, hospitalizations, vision
and hearing screenings, and more.
Q. Are some children more likely
to be uninsured than others?
A. Unfortunately, minority chil-
dren are more likely to be uninsured
than white children. In fact, nine
percent of African-American chil-
dren and 20 percent of Latino chil-
dren are uninsured, compared to six
percent of white children.
Q. If health care coverage is avail-
able, why are so many children still
A. Often, children are not enrolled
because their parents do not realize
their children are eligible. This is
especially true of families where
one or both parents work. Parents
should call toll-free 1 (877) KIDS-
NOW to find out if their children
For far too many black women the
quest to lose weight is a never-end-
ing challenge. Think: Oprah. Our
battles are fought at the dinner
table, shopping for clothes and in
Since being healthy -- physically,
mentally and spiritually -- should
always be the ultimate wellness
goal, be wary of the size-6-for-all-
women messages that are fed to us.
Here's how you can take back your
power, love the body that you're
blessed with and celebrate your
Bust a sweat regularly. Research
shows that women who exercise
regularly feel better about them-
selves physically. And, don't forget
about the feel-good hormones
(endorphins) that are released when-
you move your body for fitness.
Think Beautiful. It's amazing the
power that you possess to be happy
or depressed on any given day.
Instead of negativity, give yourself
a daily dose of positive affirmation
and support. If you don't believe
that you're beautiful, why should
Eat Healthy. Fad diets don't work.
Read it again. Fad diets don't work!
You need to eat a moderate and sat-
isfying diet that you can stick with
365 days a year. Make eating right a
priority. Follow your healthful eat-
ing plan more often than you treat
yourself. With proper diet and exer-
cise, your body will settle into a
weight that's just right for you.
Focus on the positive. Don't
waste your time on this earth
obsessing about the perfect appear-
ance. Instead, be the best you from
the inside out. Notice how others
respond to a more positive you.
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Delta Sigma Theta Presents 33rd Annual 2006 Delta Teen Pageant
Raines Senior, Dance
Moneq Scott Whitney Harper
D. Anderson Junior, Piano Wolfson Senior, Dance
Sandalwood Junior, Vocal
Porschee' Tutson Deonna Hayes
Jackson Sophomore, Dance Stanton Junior, Dance
Jackson Senior, Vocal
Wolfson Senior, Dance
Tymara Simmons Mia Salter
Wolfson Junior, Dance D.Anderson, Sophomore Vocal
Tinareanea Burroughs Cherrelle Hayward
Douglas Anderson Senior, Vocal Mandarin Senior, Vocal
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority will is
in preparation to present their 33rd
Annual Miss Delta Teen Pageant.
The 12 pageant contestants are in
10th through 12th grades and attend
local high schools including
Wolfson Douglas Anderson
School of the Arts, Stanton,
Mandarin, Raines and Sandalwood.
The evening promises to be an
experience in the "Elements of
Jazz" including the various genres,
instruments and vocals. The
Pageant will be held on March 18,
2006 at 8:00 p.m. at the Florida
The Miss Delta Teen Pageant had
its began in 1972 after the sorority's
long standing event, Jabberwock,
ended. Alumnae Chapter Members
met to come up with an event to
replace Jabberwock and the idea of
a pageant for teen girls was born.
The key components for the
Pageant are personal growth and
development, increasing self
esteem, honing skills and talent and
most importantly, stressing aca-
demic success. Throughout the
pageant's rich history, several
celebrities and prominent individu-
als have graced our stage as hosts,
special guests and contestants. The
first pageant was held in Spring
1973 at the Civic Auditorium, now
known as the Times-Union Center
for, Perforing Arts., ...
A special treat at the inaugural
pageant was the presence of
Winona Alexander, one of the
national sorority's founders who
brought greetings to the 1800+
patrons who were in attendance.
She stated to the contestants and
audience: In these formative years,
yours is the opportunity and respon-
sibility to avail yourselves of the
highest attainable education and
training physical, mental and spir-
itual that will equip you to assume
positions of leadership when you,
as adults, will be the guiding light
to other teenagers...
The event has continued to devel-
op and grow since the first queen
was crowned. Founder Alexander's
charge to those first contestants and
young audience members is a guid-
ing force in training and preparing
the contestants for the pageant
today. Contestant selection was
based on: (1) 2.0 or higher GPA;
(2) recommendation from school
guidance counselor, administrator
or educator; (3) positive attitude;
and (4) talent performance at the
audition. Contestants will be judged
in four categories: (1) interviews;
(2) talent; (3) evening gown; and
(4) question and answer. Each seg-
ment will be scored on a basis of
one through ten-one being the low-
est score and ten being the highest.
The pageant winnings for Miss
Delta Teen and her Court are as fol-
lows: .Miss Delta Teen ,-
$1Q0,Q.Q.Q,,tr phy and ..other, gifts;.
First Runner Up $750.00, trophy
and other gifts; Second Runner Up
- $500.00, trophy and other gifts.
The contestants also have an
opportunity to be selected for sever-
al different awards including: Miss
Congeniality Miss Congeniality is
awarded to the Contestant who is
considered the most well rounded
and amiable by the other
Contestants. Miss Dedication -
Miss Dedication is awarded to the
Contestant with the highest com-
bined total of sponsors, ads and
tickets sales Miss Loyalty Miss
Loyalty is awarded to the
Contestant that shows the greatest
loyalty to the pageant and its
requirements. Ms. Loyalty will be
judged upon: (1) service project
participation; (2) workshop partici-
pation; (3) pageant rehearsal atten-
dance; (4) reaching fundraising
guidelines; and (5) timely comple-
tion of all other pageant guidelines
"We are excited to once again
showcase the talents of young
ladies in this community whose
performances will stimulate the
senses and soothe the soul," said V.
Joanne Thayer, President of the
Jacksonville Alumnae Chapter.
The Jacksonville chapter has been
servicing the local community for
60 years. The key components for
the Miss Delta Teen Pageant are
personal growth and development,
increasing self esteem, skills -and
talent and, academic success. : 'i,-'
Tickets can be purchased on the
night of the Pageant at the Florida
Theatre Box Office.
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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
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
Visif 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 Scholarship Party at
the Mill Cove Golf Club, 1700
Monument Road. The party will
start at 9 p.m. on Saturday, March
18th. For more information con-
tact:Danita Hurst-904-343-4366 or
Soul Release Poetry at
Soul Release Poetry, a spoken
word poetry dinner experience.
every first and third Saturday of the
month at Boomtown Subterreana
140 West Monroe Street downtown
Jacksonville. The next one will be
on Saturday, March 18th begin-
ning at 7:30 p.m. There will be an
open mic for poets and singers. Hip
hop and R&B by DJ Shotgun/DJ
Jessica. Join their email list or get
more information from their site,
Do you know an
Someone who is constantly doing for others and put-
ting someone else's needs before their own, a friend that
goes beyond the norm? A tireless volunteer? Nominate
he or she for the Unsung Hero spotlight and they could
win a profile in the Jacksonville Free Press and a $50
gift certificate from Publix Supermarkets.
CITY STATE Zi P
Why are you nominating this person
SEND INFORMATION TO:
Fax (904) 765-8611
Or mail to: Unsung Hero, C/O Jacksonville Free Press
P.O. Box 43580, Jacksonville, FL 32203
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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-
to Watch Crash
The Jacksonville Diversity
Network, a multi-cultural organiza-
tion composed of individuals who
enjoy learning about others, will
hold their monthly "free" event on
Tuesday, March 21st at 9th and
Main ( next to Henrietta's ). JDN
will host a viewing and discussion
of the newly awarded movie
"Crash" and then discuss some of
the issues raised in the movie.
There is NO fee for attending, just a
willingness to talk about the issues
raised. For more information about
the organization, visit their website
The public is welcome to partici-
pate in Edward Waters College's
March Wakaguza Forum presenting
Professor William Jackson,
Computer Information Systems
(CIS) Instructor of Edward Waters
College. His theme will be "Basic
Do You Have
an Event for
The Jacksonville Free Press is
please to print your public serv-
ice announcements and coming
events free of charge. news
deadline is Monday at 6 p.m. by
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information to be printed.
Information can be sent via
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Technology Skills:Today's Survival
101" The free symposium will be
held on Thursday, March 23, 2006,
7:00-9:00 p.m. in the 2nd Floor
Computer Lab of the EWC Schell-
Sweet Community Resource Center
.This event is free and open to the
public and will include a Q & A
period .If additional information is
needed contact Wakaguza Director
Professor Baruti Katembo at 904-
with Nikki Giovanni
The public is invited to participate
in an "Evening with Nikki
Giovanni on Friday, 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 will
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 Vernon 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.
The Jacksonville Fiversity
Network will host their First
Annual Diversity Gala on Saturday
April 1st. The public is invited to
enjoy food, fun and fellowship.
Attendees will be exposed to a
diverse variety of events such as
having someone read your fortune,
learning a Russian Dance, or per-
haps meeting your next best-friend
who will be from a completely dif-
ferent culture. The event will be
held at Carl's on Main Street. For
more information, visit the organi-
zation's website at
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.
Learn to Read is currently prepar-
ing volunteers to tutor in the
Jacksonville Reads Adult Literacy
Program. Potential tutors will be
required to attend all class sessions
in each series, he next training
classes will be held on Saturday,
April 22nd and 29th, 2006 from
9:00 a.m. 3 p.m. at the LTR
Headquarters, 917 Children's way
in San Marco. The training cost is
$15 for materials and supplies and
registration is required. For more
information call 399-8894.
BB King in Concert
The legendary B. B. KING,
America's undisputed King of the
Blues will be in concert on
Tuesday, April 25 at 8PM. For
more information call the Florida
Theater Box Office at 355-2787.
Volunteers Needed for Florida First
Coast Writers' Festival 3/30 4/2
The Florida First Coast Writers' Festival, scheduled for March 30-April
2 at the Radisson Riverwalk Hotel in Jacksonville is recruiting volunteers.
Volunteer duties may include introducing speakers, distributing and col-
lecting workshop critiques, staffing the registration table or assisting atten-
dees with directions and information.
In its 20th year, the Writers' Festival brings in published authors, editors
and agents to conduct workshops on writing fiction, non-fiction, poetry,
playwriting, and screenwriting. Like many popular events in the
Jacksonville area, volunteers are the key to success.
Interested parties may e-mail Dougherty at wfd firstname.lastname@example.org and
include name, telephone number and e-mail address.
For detailed information about the Florida First Coast Writers' Festival,
including workshops and speakers, go to www.fccj.org/wf.
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Jones Focusing on Letting Her Own Star Shine A |
Star Jones Reynolds may as well
have her own section in some news-
It seems the newspaper and other
tabloids are reporting on some
aspect of her world at least once a
week. Gossip about her marriage to
Al Reynolds, the rumors surround-
ing his intimate past, the relation-
ship with her co-hosts on ABC's
"The View," her weight loss
method she refuses to discuss and
her persona as a diva are all regular
headlines. But the North Carolina
gal swears that none of it affects her
day-to-day living because she
rarely comes across it.
"I end up getting more informa-
tion about myself from you guys
when you tell me about it, because I
don't read it at all. I never have,"
the former lawyer and prosecutor
tells Lee Bailey. "Well that's not
true, I used to until about two
months before my wedding when
my husband and I decided that we
wouldn't define our lives through
media. So I don't read any gossip
columns, any Internet stuff about
myself, the good, the bad, the indif-
ferent. None of it."
Ironically, the reason for her
tabloid sabbatical is also the source
of material craved the most by gos-
sip columnists her wedding to Mr.
Reynolds. It didn't help that the
Southern Belle spoke often some
would argue too often about the
November 2004 nuptials on "The
View" and in the press. For this,
WE Women's Entertainment
crowned her Bridezilla of the Year
Her pursuit of wedding hookups,
or the procurement of free services
from companies in exchange for
mentions on the air and in inter-
views, also added fuel to the tabloid
fire. All of this, combined with a
dramatic weight loss she chooses
not to explain, made for a raging
tabloid inferno that continues to be
stoked from time to time the latest
being quiet rumors of a desire to
leave "The View."
"That's silly, we've been together
for nine seasons. It's the best chem-
istry on television," Reynolds said,
dismissing the talk. "Everybody
wants to duplicate it, and they've
tried many times and failed. I'm not
even concerned about that."
Reynolds says she isn't concerned
with any of her numerous tabloid
stories. The candid talk show host,
who received her B.A. at American
University in Washington D.C. and
J.D. degree from the University of
Houston, adds: "I never even deal
with it. I find, even though the
media talks about what's on the
Internet or in the magazines, that
it's not what real people [engage
in], so it doesn't really matter to
What matters, Reynolds says, are
the fans who send her e-mail by the
hundreds at "The View" or write
letters seeking her advice. Her latest
book, "Shine: A Physical,
Emotional, and Spiritual Journey to
Finding Love," outlines the steps
she used to clear a spiritual path for
a future life partner. The journey
has landed her a side gig as a "love
coach" for America Online's Black
"The love coach is different from
the marriage coach," she explains,
sensing some raised eyebrows.
"Cuz how could I be a marriage
coach, I've been married 22 min-
utes. A love coach is simply some-
one who says to you, 'These are the
things that worked for me when I
was looking for love and allowing
love to look for me.' It's a big dif-
ference from a marriage coach. See,
a marriage coach tells you how to
get through your marriage. I go to
those coaches for help."
Jones, who turns 44 on March 24,
is one of several AOL coaches on
standby to give out advice in such
areas as health, fitness and psychol-
ogy. The coaches are mostly best-
selling authors who have written
books in their area of expertise, and
therefore, are reasonably qualified
to give out advice.
"[AOL] has partnered with cer-
tain authors to be the, shall we say,
jump start for your life," she adds.
The former Payless pitchwoman,
Inown for her admiration of the
more expensive Manolo Blahniks
and Jimmy Choos, says if AOL ever
needs a shoe coach, "I can do that.
They don't have that yet. When
they get it, I think I'll be that, too."
Black WhiteAlters TV's Realidies
"Wet Paint's" Michael Wellington and Maurice Jasper.
New Reality Siefs Will Take Viewers'
Inside the World of Urban Art
TV One unveils a new type of:
lifestyle series March 30 at 8:30
PM with the premiere of Wet Paint,
which offers an inside glimpse into
the lives and livelihood of artists
and entrepreneurs Maurice Jasper
and Michael Wellington. Together
they own "Maurice's Pieces" a
West Oakland custom spray paint
shop that transforms into fierce
pieces of art everything from cus-
tom Harleys, classic cars, competi-
tive snowboards, motorcycle hel-
mets and nightclub mural walls.
Each half-hour episode of this
limited series will follow the entre-
preneurs through the evolution of at
least one new project, and capture
the drama that ensues from tight
deadlines, sky-high customer
expectations and a partnership
between a playful artist and a
Pressure also mounts as the two
married fathers of small children
try to grow their business while tak-
ing on increasing family responsi-
In the premiere episode, the two
business partners and best friends
tackle two projects with one three-
day deadline creating a mural for
one of the area's hottest nightclubs
and a makeover for the prized
Fender guitar of R&B legend
Dwayne Wiggins, who will be per-
forming in the nightclub when the
new mural makes its debut.
Subsequent episodes feature
Maurice and Michael as they trans-
form a Harley for a former member
of the German Special Forces
while Maurice plans the ultimate
princess birthday party for his
soon-to-be three-year-old daughter;
the two recreate the Mona Lisa on a
tiny Fiat for an obsessed restaurant
owner amid the mayhem of caring
for their three-year-olds; and the
entrepreneurs move outside their
comfort zone with a new client, an
extreme snowboarder whose
approval of their work could blow
their reputation wide open.
The series will also repeat on
Thursday nights at 12:30 AM and
on Saturday at 10 AM ET.
T ne SparKs
It's the kind of TV show an
anthropologist would dream up.
Two families, one black, one
white,' indve' ih together "U' g" g '
advanced make-up techniques, they
change their appearances and go
out into the world to learn how the
other race thinks, and then come
together to relate their experiences.
The show is called Black. White.
It premiered last week at 10 on
cable's FX network, and it demon-
strates the potential of reality tele-
vision to go beyond determining
who can eat the most worms or
scream the loudest, to illuminate
important social and cultural issues.
"I believe race is a defining issue in
what America is," said executive
producer R.J. Cutler.
Cutler, along with Ice Cube and
Matt Alvarez, produced the show,
but FX President John Landgraf,
who earned a degree in anthropolo-
gy and was headed into the social
sciences before he took a detour
into television, had the idea for
Black. White. nearly two years ago.
"'We were excited about the possi-
bilities of the form, to use real peo-
ple as your stars, to not be about
winning, to be about going on com-
plicated, challenging, funny, dra-
matic journeys." said Landgraf.
Black. White. succeeds beautiful-
ly on that personal level, as the
families lived together for six
weeks last summer in a house in
Los Angeles', but it also works in a
much larger arena.
Ice Cube, a prominent hip-hop
artist and successful movie actor
and producer (Friday, Barbershop),
said one of the show's goals was to
induce viewers of all colors to
"pull back the layers of racism,
look inside themselves and hope-
fully become better people."
Cutler said he ran through hun-
dreds of families -- requirements:
two adults, one teenager, middle
.class, self- dentifying as) racially!
tolerant -- before settling on the
black Sparks family from Atlanta
and a white family from Santa
BOBBY BROWN ARRESTED AGAIN
Singer Bobby Brown attended his daughter
LaPrincia's cheerleading tournament in Webster,
Massachusetts last weekend then drove to the local
police station to turn himself in on a 14-year-old war-
The arrest-prone singer, 37, was charged in 1992
with the unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and
an uninsured motor vehicle trailer, said Police Chief
After being held in custody for about an hour, Brown reportedly paid $40
for bail and was released.
"He was very forthright in wanting to clear this up," Bent said. "He prob-
ably didn't know he had this."
The Massachusetts system is familiar territory for Brown, who hasbeen
in and out of court for failing to pay child support to ex-girlfriendKim
Ward, the mother of LaPrincia and his son Bobby Jr.
Mr. Whitney Houston was sentenced to 90 days in prison in 2004 for
missing three months of child support totaling $63,500, but the sentence
was suspended after he came up with about $15,000 in back payments.
STEVE HARVEY ON BOARD THE DIVORCE TRAIN
Steve Harvey has briefly mentioned the big D-word on his syndicated
radio show and used it as the butt of some self deprecating jokes at a recent
performance, but he's giving up the juciest details of the December divorce
from his wife Mary in the latest issue of Jet magazine.
"I'm divorced now after 17 years (of dating and marriage) with the same
girl," he says in the cover story. "But we're still friends. It was nothing
volatile, or about anybody else involved, or anything like that. We're still
friends and all; and I still love her."
S. Harvey and his wife were married for
nearly 10 years. He continues: "She's the
mother of my son [Wynton], one of my
greatest gifts, and she helped me to get to
t' where I am, so I will never say anything
negative about her. Ever."
As for moving on and jumping back into
the dating scene, he says he isn't seeing
anyone at the moment, but wouldn't rule
it out if the right woman crossed his path.
"I'd be open to having a relationship,"
FUQUA CHOSEN FOR B.I.G BIOPIC
"Training Day" director Antoine Fuqua has been
chosen by the mother of slain rapper Notorious --
B.I.G. to direct a film that will detail his life story.
According to allhiphop.com, Fox/Searchlight is
funding the untitled project from Biggie's mother,
Voletta Wallace, and his former managers, Wayne
Barrow and Mark Pitts.
"The film [will be] directed by Antoine Fuqua -
a very nice director. He's very talented. Who is
gonna play Biggie? I don't know yet. Who is
,gonna p la me, I don't know yet; But we are in the
process of casting now," Mrs. Wallace told the website.
Biggie, a.k.a. Christopher Wallace, was shot and killed in Los Angeles
on March 9, 1997. His murder is thought to be linked to the killing of
Tupac Shakur in Las Vegas, however, both murders remain unsolved.
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Ham is the Star of Easter Celebrations
Easter conjures up images of baskets, bunnies, egg hunts and a holiday favorite ham. A new survey by
the National Pork Board found that ham is the star of the Easter feast for two-thirds of Americans, yet half
of cooks admit they need help picking the perfect ham.
For a meal that adds flare to any holiday, below is a ham recipe that will have your guests raving year-
round. Baked Ham With Mojo Sauce, topped with Papaya Salsa, brings a unique, savory flavor to the table.
Baked Ham With Mojo Sauce
4 cups Mojo Sauce (see recipe)
1 bone-in ready-to-eat ham (about
14 to 16 pounds)
About 16 whole cloves
2 to 4 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/4 cup (packed) brown sugar
1 1/2 cups dry white wine
Papaya Salsa, for serving*
P repare Mojo Sauce ahead of
time. Set aside 2 cups for serving.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Place ham in shallow roasting pan.
Score diamond pattern about 1/8-
inch thick into upper surface of
ham. Insert a clove at crossed
points of diamonds.
Brush ham with mustard and
~jsph le with brown sugar.
Pout 1 cup reserved Mojo Sauce
over top. Bake in center of oven 2
hours or until instant-read ther-
mometer inserted in thickest por-
tion (not touching bone) registers
140 degrees F (about 15-18 minutes
per pound). Baste every 20 to 30
minutes, alternating with 1/4 cup
each white wine and remaining
Transfer ham to platter. Let stand
15 minutes; slice and serve with
reserved 2 cups Mojo Sauce and
Papaya Salsa. Serves 20 to 25.
16 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 cup finely slivered onion
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 cup fresh orange juice (from 3
to 4 oranges)
1/2 cup fresh lime juice (from 2 to
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
Salt and freshly ground black pep-
per, to taste
In medium bowl, combine garlic,
onion, cumin, salt and pepper.
Heat olive oil in medium
saucepan over low heat. Add onion
mixture and cook, stirring, until
softened, about 10 minutes.
Add orange juice, lime juice and
vinegar; cook another 5 minutes for
flavors to blend. Cool to room tem-
perature. Makes 4 cups.
To view video demonstrations on
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Pork Tenderloin Diane 1 teaspoon Dijor
1 whole pork tenderloin, cut into 8 1 tablespoon mit
crosswise pieces Cooking Directioi
2 teaspoons lemon pepper between 2 pieces
1 tablespoon butter between 2 pieces
1 tablespoon lemon juice Flatten slightly w
1 tablespoon lemon juice Sprinkle surface
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce rlemon p epper. He
lemon pepper. He
Italian-Stuffed Pork Tenderloin
2 whole pork tenderloins, about 1 pound each
2 tablespoons butter
1 8-oz. carton fresh mushrooms, chopped
1/2 cup sliced green onions
1 6-oz. package long-grain and wild rice mix, ..
cooked according to package directions and cooled
1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 10-oz. container refrigerated low-fat Alfredo
sauce OR refrigerated Alfredo sauce
3 tablespoons Chardonnay OR other dry white
Heat oven to 425 degrees F. Cut lengthwise slit in
each pork tenderloin, cutting to but not through the
other side. Set pork aside. Melt butter in large
saucepan over medium heat. Add mushrooms and
green onions; cook until tender. Remove from heat.
Stir in cooked long grain and wild rice mix, pecans
and parsley. Set aside 3/4 cup of the rice mixture.
Spoon remaining rice mixture into 1 1/2-quart
casserole; cover and set aside. Divide 3/4 cup rice
mixture between slits in pork tenderloins, spreading
evenly in slits. Close slits; secure with toothpicks.
Stir together Italian seasoning and salt in small
bowl. Sprinkle evenly over top of pork tenderloins.
Place pork tenderloins on rack in shallow roasting
Roast tenderloins, uncovered, for 25-30 minutes until
internal temperature is 160 degrees F. Bake casserole of
rice mixture alongside tenderloins. Meanwhile, for
sauce, combine Alfredo sauce and Chardonnay in
ece of tenderloin
of plastic wrap.
ith heel of hand.
s of pork with
at butter in heavy
nonstick skillet; brown pork evenly,
about 3-4 minutes on each side.
Remove to serving platter, keep
warm. Add lemon juice,
Worcestershire sauce and mustard
to skillet. Cook, stirring with pan
juices, until heated through. Pour
sauce over medallions, sprinkle
with parsley and serve.
Nothing could be easier--or more
elegant-than this French prepara-
tion for sauteed steak, borrowed
here for pork tenderloin. Quickly
sauteed filet medallions are finished
with a Worcestershire sauce and
mustard pan sauce. If it's a special
occasion, pair with truffled mashed
potatoes and steamed asparagus. If
it's Wednesday night, mashed pota-
toes and green peas with fit the bill.
Add a green salad with vinaigrette
and warm dinner rolls.
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medium saucepan. Cook and stir over low heat until
bubbly. To serve, spoon rice mixture onto serving plat-
ter. Remove toothpicks from tenderloins. Cut pork ten-
derloins into 1-inch-thick pieces; arrange on rice mix-
ture on platter. Serve sauce with pork afid rice mixture.
Serves 6 to 8.
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