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No Matching DNA in Racially
Charged Duke Rape Case
DNA testing failed to connect any members of the Duke University
lacrosse team to the alleged rape of a stripper, attorneys for the athletes
said this week. Citing DNA test results delivered by the state crime lab
to police and prosecutors, the attorneys said the test results prove their
clients did not sexually assault and beat a stripper hired to perform at a
March 13 team party.
"There is no DNA evidence that shows she was touchedby any of these
boys," said attorney Joe Cheshire, who represents one of the team's cap-
The alleged victim, a 27-year-old student at a nearby North Carolina
Central University, told police she and another woman were hired to
dance at the party. The woman told police that three men at the party
dragged her into a bathroom, choked and violated her. Because the vic-
tim. a black woman, said her attackers were White, the team's sole black.
player was not tested.
Cheshire said the report indicated authorities took DNA samples from
all over the alleged victim's body, including under her fingernails, and
from her possessions, such as her cell phone and her clothes,
District Attorney Mike Nifong has said he would have other evidence
to make his case should the DNA analysis prove inconclusive or fail to
match a member of the team.
McKinney Apologizes for
Incident with Police Officer
Rep. Cynthia McKinney, D-Ga., expressed "sin-
cere regret" last week for her altercation with a
Capitol police officer, and offered an apology to
"There should not have been any physical con-
tact in this incident," McKinney said in brief
remarks on the House floor. "I am sorry that this
misunderstanding happened at all and I regret its
escalation and I apologize."
McKinney's comments came after the case had
been referred to a federal grand jury for possible prosecution. She had
previously insisted she had done nothing wrong, and accused police of
"racial profiling." She is African-American and the police officer is
The incident in a House office building has caused a commotion on
Capitol Hill, where security in the era of terrorist threat is tighter than
ever and where authorities had to order an evacuation just Monday
because of a power outage. Capitol Police have turned the McKinney
case over to U.S. Attorney Kenneth Wainstein.
Graduation Rate Up for Black
Athletes, with Women Leading
The number of black athletes getting diplomas across all NCAA
Division I sports jumped 24 percentage points from 1984 to 2004, mark-
ing big gains for a demographic that once recorded just 35 percent grad-
uation success, according to a study released Thursday.
Black athletes were at least 15 percent more likely to graduate if they
entered college in 1998 instead of 1984, according to the report by the
University) of Central Florida's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport.
Female black athletes remained more successful than males, graduating
73 percent of the time compared with 54 percent for men. The same was
true of whites, with 73 percent of women graduating and 66 percent of
Graduation success for all whites still outpaced black athletes 66 to 52
percent, according to federal graduation rates cited in the study.
In revenue-generating sports, black men's basketball players graduated
49 percent of the time, compared with 54 percent for black football play-
ers and 71 percent for women's basketball players, according to the study.
Evacuees Return by the Busloads
to New Orleans to Cast Their Vote
Hundreds of Hurricane Katrina evacuees in Texas and other states
boarded buses and traveled to Louisiana this week to cast early ballots in
New Orleans' storm-delayed election for mayor.
The election officially is April 22, but residents scattered around the
country by the storm will be able to vote all week at satellite voting cen-
ters set up in Lake Charles. Shreveport, New Orleans and seven other
cities around the state.
"We need to be a part of the political process." said Cara Harrison, an
evacuee from the flood-devastated Ninth Ward.
By the end of the first day of voting, an estimated 1,600 had cast early
ballots, including nearly 1,000 in two New Orleans locations.
In Houston, about I110 hurricane evacuees boarded buses for a two-hour
trip to Lake Charles. Many said they wanted to vote in person, rather than
using mailed-in absentee ballots, because mail delivery in New Orleans
"This way, I know it will be counted," said Cavada Smith. 50, who lives
in a Houston apartment after being flooded out of a New Orleans hous-
Several voters said they did not expect to return to New Orleans before
the end of the year. but made the long trip because the election will deter-
mine much of the city's future.
"I would have walked to New Orleans if I had to. I would be less than
a good citizen if I wasn't out here doing this," said Elaine Stovall, 62.
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Smiley Sells Out Jax Comedy Show
Hit comedian Ricky Smiley (right) was in town to laugh the pants
off of a packed house at the Times Union Center of the Performing
Arts. Following his sold out show. Smile. signed hundreds of CDs and
autographs for fans. including that of Frank Powell (shown middle)
whose antics about his signature' derby hat" during the show brought
the house dow-n. The show was MC'd by Lady lozan (left). Following
the autograph signing, Smiley joined Powell and friends at a local
eatery for more laughs.
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Porscehia Sanford (L) and Joshua Bryant (R) hold a water balloon
slingshot at Saturday's BGCNF's Florida Fun Day. Sanford is a
member of the Beaches Club and attends Fletcher Middle School.
Bryant is a member of Woodland Acres Club and attends Arlington
150+- Youth Enjoy Florida Fun Day
Last weekend more than 150 members of Boys & Girls Clubs of
Northeast Florida (BGCNF) celebrated National Boys & Girls Club Week
during Florida Fun Day at the Beaches Club in Jacksonville Beach.
BGCNF members were invited to participate in this special event that
included outdoor activities and lunch. Participants were divided up into
teams that mixed members from the local Clubs to encourage teamwork
and learning to work with others, even those they did not know. The youth
played some mixer games along with fun team games like people
machines, extreme water balloon toss, minefield, and sponge relay.
EWC's President Bronson Puts Money
Where His Mouth is in Raising Funds
Dr. James McLean (right) presents EWC President Dr. uswala v.
Bronson, Sr., with an appreciation gift recognizing him for satisfying
his pledge of $25,000 to the "EWC Belongs to Me" annual campaign.
The Edward Waters College bers were recipients of accolades
Division of Institutional and gifts for their outstanding serv-
Advancement honored their faculty ice and contributions to the
in an Appreciation/Fundraising College. As part of the apprecia-
Luncheon. Full-time faculty mem- tion, faculty made in excess of
$10,000 in pledges to the "EWC
Belongs to Me" annual campaign.
EWC President Dr. Oswald
Bronson, Sr., challenged the faculty
and said he would match "dollar per
dollar" whatever they pledged. Dr.
Bronson has already fulfilled his
initial pledge of $25,000 to the
He applauded the faculty for their
efforts in providing an outstanding
curriculum to the students, saying
"I am grateful to you for your serv-
ice to our students. Many of you
have given above the usual; you
have become leaders in your fields.
Our students are blessed to have
you as their professors."
Dr. Valdrie Walker, vice president
for Academic Affairs, also applaud-
ed the faculty for the outstanding
work. "This is the first time since I
have been employed in higher edu-
cation that I have attended a faculty
appreciation. You are to be com-
mended for the work that you do
with our students and for Edward
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Study Your Real Estate Deductions Before Filing
Taxpayers get an extra couple of
days to file their returns this year:
April 15 falls on a Saturday, so
taxes are due Monday, April 17. If
you are a homeowner, take the extra
time to review often overlooked
real estate related tax deductions.
Most of us are well aware of the
most common home-related deduc-
tion: The interest accrued on our
monthly mortgage payments. Other
typical real estate tax breaks
include interest accrued via refi-
nancing and on equity lines of cred-
it, each based on IRS guidelines.
Apart from these savings, many
homeowners are unaware of several
other deductions due to them at tax
time. Your tax accountant, of,
course, should be well aware of all
the deductions for which you quali-
fy, as will be your real estate attor-
ney-be sure to consult with either or
both prior to filing your taxes.
Don't forget the following real
estate deductions, many that are
overlooked each April:
Fees or "points" paid to obtain a
mortgage on your principal resi-
dence. Did you buy a home in 2005
and pay the mortgage lender a loan
fee, or "points?" Be sure to include
this itemized interest deduction on'
Schedule A. Each point represents
1 percent of the amount borrowed,
so if you paid two points on your
$100,000 mortgage loan, or $2,000,
Fees or points paid when you
refinanced. Unlike those fees paid
on your mortgage, this deduction is
valid over the life of the mortgage,
rather than the year you refinanced.
Uninsured casualty loss. For
many Floridians, the past couple of
years have been particularly
destructive to our homes due to hur-
ricanes. To qualify for a casualty
loss deduction, the loss amount
must exceed 10 percent of your
2005 adjusted gross income, with a
$100 "floor" per casualty event.
These limitations are waived if your
casualty loss was due to Hurricanes
Katrina, Rita or Wilma. Other casu-
alty losses can include uninsured
damages from fire, floor, tornado,
earthquake, theft, water damage or
Moving costs. If you moved due
to a job change last year, your mov-
ing costs may deductible whether
you are a renter or an owner. The
distance from your old home to
your new job must be at least 50
miles farther than the distance from
your old home to your old job to
qualify. You also must be employed
at least 39 weeks during the next 52
weeks in the vicinity of your new
Pro-rated mortgage interest on
assumable loans. You can deduct
your share of pro-rated monthly
mortgage interest if you bought a
home and took over its existing
mortgage payments from the prior
Mortgage prepayment penalty.
Deduct this penalty as itemized tax-
deductible interest if you sold or
refinanced your home last year and
were required to pay a mortgage
prepayment penalty to the lender.
Home improvements. You can
also reduce capital gains taxes at
Free Seminar on Business
Opportunities with the City
Flip the script and let the City of Jacksonville write you a check! There
are many opportunities for small businesses to become well paid service
providers with the City of Jacksonville. First Coast Black Business
Investment Corporation (FCBBIC) will present a workshop entitled
"Business Opportunities with the City of Jacksonville." Representatives of
the City of Jacksonville will provide information on vendor opportunities
for the New Year.
The workshop, "Business Opportunities with the City of Jacksonville"'
\ ill-bd held Tuesday, April 1f, 2006, at 6:00 pm iunfil 7:30 pmr, at the Ben
Durham Business Center, 2933 North Myrtle Avenfftie. The workshop Will
be presented by the City of Jacksonville.
To register, or for more information, call us at (904) 634-0543 or visit our
website at www.firstcoastbbic.org.
Disney Interviewing H.S.
Grads for Careerstart
The opportunity to go on a
"World Tour" is coming for gradu-
ating high school seniors. But this
isn't a concert coming through town
- this is the chance to change their
futures by joining the cast of the
Walt Disney World Resort.
Disney CareerStart recruiters will
be visiting Jacksonville on
Monday April 24th at the Holiday
Inn Express on Salisbury Road
beginning at 6 p.m. They are seek-
ing qualified candidates who are
looking for a paid opportunity at
the Walt Disney World Resort near
Orlando, Florida. The program runs
from August until Mid-January and
offers high school graduates a one-
of-a-kind experience where they
can discover their true potential and
map out their next career move.
While on the Disney CareerStart
Program, participants are immersed
into a world of networking and
training opportunities from Disney
leaders. Disney's unique program
also allows students to participate
in a structured learning program
designed to enhance the student's
overall experience, and Disney has
developed relationships with sever-
al colleges and universities that
accept transfer credit for the cours-
es as part of their major programs
curriculum. Students should meet
with academic advisors or a
recruiter for more details about
receiving college credit.
Participants of the Disney
CareerStart Program gain real-
world experience in a variety of
jobs; including attractions, custodi-
al, costuming, food and beverage,
life guarding, merchandise, and
CareerStart participants live in
gated, fully-furnished 3-4 bedroom
apartment complexes just minutes
from the Walt Disney World Resort
with 24-hour security and on-site
property management to assist
them. Transportation is available to
and from work, as well as to local
areas of interest, such as the post
office, grocery store and local mall.
Participants' expenses for trans-
portation, housing, and utilities are
all covered by payroll deduction
that is determined by the size of the
Interested students must attend a
presentation hosted by a Disney
CareerStart Recruiter or an online
e-presentation to interview for the
program. The program is open to
anyone who has earned a diploma
or GED in the past 18 months, and
to high school students graduating
this Spring. Participants must be at
least 18 years of age prior to arrival
date. For more information visit
www.disneycareerstart.com or e-
mail us at
the time you sell your home by
making permanent improvements
before selling. The IRS allows
homeowners to add the cost of
many improvements to what was
paid for the home, called the "cost
basis" of the house, which is how
the feds determine capital gains.
Selling a primary residence.
Married homeowners who have
lived in a primary residence for two
of the last five years do not have to
pay taxes on the first $500,000 in
profit from selling their homes; for
single homeowners, the exclusion
Selling rental or investment
property. If you sold a rental or
investment property last year-or
plan to sell this year-and want to
avoid capital gains tax, discuss tax-
deferred exchanges with your real
estate attorney before selling.
Known as a Section 1031 exchange,
the rule requires sellers to trade
equal or up in both price and equity
for qualifying "like kind" properties
within a certain time limit.
Finally, if you work full or part time
from your home, you are also enti-
tled to significant tax deductions for
part of your household expenses.
The square footage of your work
space determines your deductions.
If you own a 1,500-square-foot
house, for instance, and your busi-
ness area is 500 square feet you can
deduct 33 percent of your house-
hold costs, including homeowners
insurance, utilities, repairs, mort-
gage interest and property taxes.
Other home-business costs are
fully deductible, including business
phone expenses and the cost of ren-
ovating or painting the business
area. Business insurance premiums
are also fully tax-deductible.
Check with your tax accountant or
real estate attorney if you have any
questions about deductions relating
to your home.
City offers Financial
The Duval County Extension
Education Center, 1010 N. McDuff
Avenue; is offering a workshop
series: "Money Smart: A Passport to
Financial Freedom", FREE. The
workshops will be held at 6 p.m. on
Wednesday evenings thru May 3rd.
Workshops will help you to set
financial goals, develop spending
and saving plans, and use credit
wisely. There will also be a focus
on how to med your bad credit To
register, please call (904)387-8850..
Confab Set for Dallas
The 2006 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference will bring
together more than 1,500 of the nation's leading corporate executives and
minority business leaders, May 17-20th at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in
Dallas, Texas. Themed: "Where Deals Are made," the event serves as the
nation's foremost Black business information and networking event..
Now in its 11th year, features three days of business, motivational, and
leadership seminars designed to empower and profit emerging and estab-
lished minority businesses," said BE President & CEO Earl "Butch"
Graves Jr. "This year's event will present outstanding opportunities for
African American entrepreneurs to further their businesses by networking
with well-known corporate executives while strategizing to compete and
thrive in today's ultra competitive business environment."
This year's conference sessions include: Getting Your Deal Financed,
Landing the Multimillion-Dollar Contract, How to Create a
Megafranchise, Surviving the Entrepreneurship Roller Coaster,
Innovative Procurement Strategies That Work, Gadgets That Will
Turbocharge Your Business, How to Protect Your Ideas and Inventions,
How to Handle a Multimillion-Dollar Contract, and How to Develop and
Manage Your Business Profile.
Other activities include the Deal Maker's Expo where attendees and
companies come together to network, make deals making and find new
business opportunities; Kidpreneur/Teenpreneur Conference: Teaches the
rudiments of entrepreneurship to children between the ages of 7 and 18;
InspirationalcConcert with CeCe Winans and more.
For more information and a schedule for the Conference, call 1(800)
543-6786 or visit www.blackenterprise.com/beec.
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Do'sand Dont's of Networking
by George Fraser
Over thirty-five years, I
have observed all sorts of
behavior on the network-
ing circuit. Some of it
good, some bad, some
funny, and some resound-
ingly ugly. As a result, I
have compiled a substan-
tial list of networking Dos
and Don'ts. It is a list that grows with every fresh
Do bring cash. In fact, don't leave home with-
out it, because the bartenders and parking-lot
attendants do not accept any major credit cards
or personal checks.
Do plan ahead for networking events, check-
i g ~hois going to be there, and wh\ .Nou are
gomg. ("Oh, h, Mr.Present, gee, I didn't knob
PGA Foundation National Mi-
nority Golf Championships, Pt.
Saint Lucie, FL. May 4-7 (888)
Consortium of African Ameri-
can Organizations, May 5th
Cleveland, OH (216) 432-9481.
HBCU Alumni Cruise, Grand
Cayman, Jamaica; May 27 June 1. ^
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity
Undergraduate Leadership '
Conf. June 3-10. Atlanta, GA
100 Black Men of America, June
7-11, Atlanta, GA (404) 688-5100. I i
National Urban League Black
Executive Exchange, June 7-11.
Orlando, FL. (212) 558-5441.
National Coalition of 100 Black
Women, June 7-11. Houston, TX, |,
Acapulco Int. Jazz Festival, June
18-25. (212) 971-1364.
you and Laura were coming.")
Do say thank you for networking assistance.
Do follow through on promises. ("Gee,
Shirley, I forgot all about picking your boss up at
the Apollo Theater last night.")
Do leave before the lights are turned off.
Do speak standard English.
Do keep one hand free to meeting folks.
Do thank and say good-bye to the host or
hostess before leaving a network event. That is,
if you want to be invited back.
Do write a thirty-second self-introduction for
networking events. ("Well, I started out as a
small black child in a middle-class family. Then,
shortly after birth...")
Do accept compliments graciously. Say thank
you without explanation.
D- Don't talk..when the .speaker is talking.
Particularly it the speaker is a former All-Pro.
Don't forget your table manners.
Don't fill your hors d'oeuvre plate.
Don't hold multiple conversations within the
group. Unless, of course, you have multiple per-
Don't give one-word answers to questions.
Two is not much of an improvement.
Don't pass out business cards to everyone.
Don't be late. Start a trend: Arrive on time.
Don't tell dirty or racist jokes.
Don't limit the conversation to male or female
topics only. Mix it up.
Don't be long-winded. Shorts gusts are much
Most importantly, Don't say, "I'll call you," or
"Let's get together," if you don't mean it. And
mean this. ,
Bottom line: Manners really do matter!
Action: Steps: Do put these dos and don't to
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214 East Ashley Street
Jacksonville, Florida 32202
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Bookshelf Must Have
Denny Wade, Shirley Ylanigan, Calvin Newborn,
The Jazz Masters Omnipharious Music,
Incorporated and Joe McCormick.
Ligel Lambert, Artist of the 2006 Jazz Poster
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African American Worship
Experience is the first photographic
book of its kind. It captures the
essence and rhythms of the black
church while also presenting a mul-
tidenominational journey into the
heart of the unique black worship
experience. The book will be avail-
able in May 2006.
Soul Sanctuary is a unique, spiri-
tual portrait of the African
American worship experience.
Organized like a church bulletin,
Jason Miccolo Johnson's moving
and inspirational photographs cap-
ture the phases of Sunday worship
in black churches as never before,
moving from "Preparation,"
"Inspiration," and "Dedication" to
"Proclamation," "Celebration," and
"Benediction." The core of the
book is formed of arresting images
of congregants' facial expressions
and body language, their church
vestments or Sunday best, and the
dignity of their worship.
Accompanying the 170 duotone
images are essays by noted church
leaders, theologians, and others in
the black church community:
Bishop John Hurst Adams, Rev.
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Hope Felder, Rev. Dr. H. Beecher
Hicks, Jr., Rev. Dr. Lawrence N.
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Urban Communities Lose
When Trial Lawyers Win
W.E.B. Dubois once said, "I do
not say that the only person who can
write of England must be an
Englishman, or that the Japanese
should write of Japan, but I would
insist that if a person is writing of a
group to which he is socially and
culturally alien, he must have some
extraordinary gifts of insight."
Duboiskis basically saying that if a
non'-African American writer or
reporter is going to write about
black folk then that person must
have some insight and understand-
ing of black culture and history.
Recently Jacksonville's daily
newspaper printed a story and edito-
rials about a gymnasium being built
on the Northside in a predominately
African American community. The
story was critical of the fact that
Councilwoman Pat Lockett-Felder
sponsored the bill, which gave $1.1
million in city funds to the "church"
project. That was the first mistake -
it actually is not a church project.
As many of you already know,
there are very few gymnasium facil-
ities on the Northside, and none that
are free to the public. Sure kids and
families can go to the YMCA or
PAL, but you can not simply walk
into those places and say I want to
play some basketball without a
membership or being apart of an
The concept behind the multipur-
pose gym is very simple. First
Timothy Community Development
Corporation (FTCDC), which is not
First Timothy Baptist Church, will
donate the property needed to build
the gym. The facility will be built
using city and FTCDC funds, and a
joint-use agreement has been signed
that will allow for public access for
at least 30 years.
FTCDC and the city will run com-
munity-based recreation, education-
al and workforce development pro-
grams. Again, the facility will be
available to the citizens of the area.
However, others want to paint the
picture that the city is giving money
to a church to build a private facili-
ty for its members.
I do not have problem with this
being a story, but newspapers are
supposed to practice objective
reporting. There was an obvious
slant, which made it seem as though
Councilwoman Lockett-Felder did
something inappropriate and that
because Reverend Fred Newbill has
political connections this matter
was pushed through City Council.
You know what I really dislike -
when black folk play the proverbial
"race card," especially when it is
unwarranted. However, sometimes
life is like a game of cards and you
simply, have to play the hand that is
dealt, and if it looks like manure
and stinks like manure then it prob-
Getting back to FTCDC, the orga-
nization's mission is to provide the
resources communities need to be
successful. Through their economic
development initiatives and com-
munity-based programs, the organi-
zation's goal is to be the catalyst for
spiritual and social growth.
The 11,000 square foot project will
'be a multipurpose gymnasium
designed to accommodate basket-
ball, volleyball, and other sports and
games. Additionally, the facility is
designed to provide space for com-
munity meetings, banquets, group
exercise and other neighborhood
Now one would think that a pub-
lic/private partnership of this nature
is only a win-win for the city. Well,
some have criticized the deal saying
that the city should not be giving
money to a church. Correction.
many churches and faith-based
organizations have community
development corporations that are
not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organiza-
tions that focus on social and eco-
I repeat, the city is not giving
money to the church, but the part-
nership is with FTCDC. It's funny
that during a time in this city's his-
tory where we are dealing with a
record number of murders and vio-
lence, there are peoplee that are
opposed to getting kids off the
streets by giving them a community
The economics of this deal favor
the city. Recently the Parks and
Recreation Department built a gym-
nasium and community center at
Cuba Hunter Park for approximate-
ly $4 million and some change. The
community center will be available
to the public, but citizens will have
to pay personal usage, and the gym
has limited hours of operation.
The city is investing $1.1 million
into the First Timothy CDC
gym/community center and will get
a minimum of 50 hours a week of
public access and citizens and
neighborhood groups will be able to
utilize the meeting space for free.
So all it takes is common sense to
see that the community is getting
more access for less money .from
the FTCDC facility than facilities
actually built and owned by the city.
Fortunately, we have newspapers
like the Free Press that will print the
whole story. Hopefully, those who
are criticizing the project will one
day see the roses through the weeds.
Martin Luther King, Jr., summed
it up best, "The line of progress is
never straight. For a period of
movement may follow a straight
line and then it encounters obstacles
and the path bends."
Signing off from First Timothy
Community Development Corp.,
by Deneen Moore
When trial lawyers win excessive
monetary awards in lawsuits
against doctors and health care
facilities, urban communities lose.
The number of medical malprac-
tice lawsuits has climbed steadily
over the years, contributing to sky-
rocketing medical liability insur-
ance premiums for doctors and
medical health care facilities and
massive payouts. These costs are
passed on to patients through high-
er costs and less or no services.
Some doctors and medical facili-
ties are being forced to adjust to
increasing litigation risks, and it's
not good for patients. Doctors are
moving to other states and neigh-
borhoods or closing their doors to
limit their exposure to litigation.
Because of the lack of legal
reform in the health care arena,
higher insurance premiums and dis-
appearing services are the unfortu-
nate consequences facing urban
For example, The Manhattan
Institute's Center for Legal Policy
estimates that physicians will lose
approximately one-third of the mal-
practice suits brought against them.
In an effort to limit liability, some
doctors are actively working to pro-
tect their assets and reputations
against malpractice suits. One
strategy to shield themselves is for
doctors to provide patients with
unnecessary medical referrals to
specialists. This extremely expen-
sive path not only adds to a patient's
bill (and the cost to their insurer)
but also makes things time-consum-
ing for the patient and professionals
who could be seeing others who
legitimately and urgently require
Another course is for specialists to
alter their practices so they incur
less risk. Obstetrics, neurology and
orthopedics are known as high-risk:
medical specialties, and they are
being targeted by trial lawyers.
Because of the increased risk of a
malpractice lawsuit related to child-
birth-related complications, many
obstetricians now refuse to deliver
newborns. With an average annual
insurance premium of $130,000,
many obstetricians who previously
New Orleans Stands Up
By Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.
Thousands of New Orleans residents marched on Saturday to demand the
right to vote. They marched across the Mississippi River Bridge where
Gretna police had repelled residents as they tried to escape the horrors of
Katrina. Forty years after the passage of the Voting Rights Act, African
Americans once more must march to gain the right to vote.
There's an election called for New Orleans on April 22, but the South has
always had elections. After centuries of slavery and segregation, the reason
for the Voting Rights Act was to defend the right of blacks to vote. The Act
requires the federal government clear ahead of time preclearance any
changes in voting procedures to protect against any trick or scheme that
would dilute the voting rights of minorities in those areas of the country
with a history of discrimination.
Yet in New Orleans, the letter and the spirit of the Voting Rights Act are
being violated. And the rights of New Orleans residents to vote are being
trampled. Displaced by Katrina's furies, stranded by FEMA's failures, these
citizens are now being betrayed by callous state and federal officials intent
on denying them a voice in the future of their city.
New Orleans, once a city of 450,000, now has about 150,000 residents.
The rest disproportionately African Americans, workers and the poor -
have been scattered across 49 states in federally arranged relocations. These
are citizens, tax payers, often home owners, whose houses have been
destroyed and jobs shut down.
Katrina's survivors have remarkable spirit. They have survived the rav-
ages of nature, Suffered the catastrophic callousness of the administration.
Overcome the discouragements of deprivation and displacement. Many
have lost their homes, livelihoods and neighborhoods. But they have fought
too hard, and stayed strong too long to allow their right to vote trampled.
devoted their lives to delivering
babies now only provide gynecol-
Another target in the trial lawyers'
crosshairs are medical care facili-
ties that provide quality care to
urban communities. It could lead to
these facilities disappearing from
areas where demand is vital.
According to the Center for Legal
Policy, hospitals and medical care
facilities are estimated to lose about
half of the medical malpractice law-
suits filed against them, with the
average monetary award against
them in excess of six million dol-
lars. The closure of facilities due to
increased insurance premiums and
legal payouts create problems in
emergency situations. It threatens
to diminish the quality of life in at-
risk neighborhoods because emer-
gency medical care must be
obtained from locations that are fur-
ther away and perhaps not as acces-
Trial lawyers seek to portray
themselves as heroes of the com-
mon man, and many accept this
puffed-up image at face value. In
reality, however, it seems more trial
lawyers are motivated by personal
greed. The lack of legal reform in
the health care arena provides fer-
tile grounds for abuse.
Public misunderstanding is exac-'
erbated by the lack of critical
reporting by the media and the con-
stant barrage of advertising by law
firms seeking "justice" for would-
be plaintiffs. Meanwhile, urban
communities pay the price with
dwindling access to doctors and
While the going is good, trial
lawyers will continue to prey upon
the unsuspecting individuals and
communities to line their pockets
with millions of dollars.
Legal reform is a national issue
affecting everyone. But the prob-
lems related to lawsuit abuse are
magnified in urban communities
because these areas are likely to be
left with limited alternatives for
quality medical care. Without med-
ical-related legal reform, the losses
suffered by urban communities will
continue to be a matter of life and
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St. Joseph Missionary Celebrates
Church & Pastor Anniversaries
St. Joseph Missionary Baptist Church, 485 West First Street (at Broad
St.), will celebrate the Church's 76th Anniversary, and the 36th
Anniversary of Rev. Dr. H. T. Rhim, during the month of April.
Worship services will be held at 7 p.m. on Sunday April 23 & 30th, and
Monday, May 1st. A special service of Praise and Celebration will be
held on Monday, May 1st in honor of Pastor Rhim's 36th Anniversary as
Pastor and Teacher at St. Joseph Missionary Baptist Church. Sister
Churches and the public is invited to share in the fellowship and praise
Friendship Missionary to Celebrate
Church & Pastor's Anniversary
A majestic month-long celebration will celebrate the 100th Anniversary of
Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 7141 New Kings Road, and the
2nd Anniversary of Rev. Aloysious D. Denard; thru the month of April
2006. The Centennial Banquet is set for 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 29th, at
the Airport Clarion Hotel. The community is invited. For reservations (by
April 9th), and information, please call (904) 765-3107.
First AME of Palm Coast Hosting
Several Easter Events
Worship will follow a free Seder Meal at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April
13th. "The Seven Last Words of Christ" will be presented by the Rev.
Edwin Coffie, the Rev. William Green, the Rev. Kim Corbin, the Rev.
Walter Lassiter, Bro. Brian Bernard, Evangelist Faye Dadzie, and the Rev.
Jeffery Devoe; at 12 noon, on Good Friday, April 14th. First AME of Palm
Coast is located at 91 Old Kings Road North, in Palm Coast.
Easter Sunrise Service will begin at 6 a.m. on Sunday, April 16th, at the
Daytona Beach Community College, Palm Coast; a highlight will be First
AME's New Destiny Ensemble, and the Sermonic Presentation "Angelic
Answers before the Ascension" Part I, by Rev. Dr. Gillard S. Glover, First
AME Pastor. A breakfast feast will follow at the First AME Educational
Complex, at 7:30 a.m.
Easter'Resurrection. Service % ill begitnat.l0:45 ,a.m., featuringEFirst,
AME's UnitedVoic.es, and :"4Agelic Answers before the-Ascension Part
2, by Rev. Dr. Gillard S. Glover.
First AME of Palm Coast is located at 91 Old Kings Road North.
St. Phillip's Episcopal to Present
"The Seven Last Words of Christ"
The Chancel Choir of St. Phillip's Episcopal Church, 321 West Union
Street; will present "The Seven Last Words of Christ", a Sacred Cantata for
Soli and Chorus, by Theodore Dubois; at 7 p.m. on Good Friday, April 14,
2006. Henry A. Mack, Organist/Conductor; James P. Smith, Guest
Organist. This Cantata is free and open to the public.
St. Thomas Missionary Baptist to
Hold Early Rising Easter Service
St. Thomas will celebrate Early Rising Service at 5 a.m. on Resurrection
Sunday, April 16th. An Easter program will be presented at 4 p.m. The
Ordinance of Baptism will follow the program. Everyone is invited to
come out and share in these great services.
Glynlea Grace UMC and Woodlawn
to Present Lenten Cantata
The Combined Music Departments of Glynlea Grace United Methodist
Church and Woodlawn Presbyterian Church (USA), invite the community
to their presentation of A Lenten Cantata by Theodore Dubois on Good
Friday, April 14th at the Glynea Grace UMC, 6429 Atlantic Boulevard,
New Redeemed COGIC Celebrates
Pastor's 6th Anniversary
The New Redeemed Church of God in Christ, 2771 Mayport Road,
Atlantic Beach, FL; will celebrate "A Pastor with a Heart of Gratefulness",
the 6th Anniversary of Pastor Wayne Milliner and First Lady Gail Milliner
thru Sunday, April 16, 2006."
The New Redeemed COGIC "Where there's no side like Christ's side"
invites the community to join them for services nightly at 7:30 p.m., and
on Sunday, April 16th at 5:30 p.m.
Dayspring Church Summer Camp
Bethel Celebrates Easter
With 1 Church 2 Locations
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church will have one church two location in
celebration of the Easter holiday. Festivities will begin at 6:00 a.m. for
Sunrise Service with both pastors preaching in the old and new sanctuar-
ies. Worship will continue at 10:00 a.m. with Resurrection Worship as both
pastors will again conduct simultaneous worship. The church is located in
downtown Jacksonville behind FCCJ North Campus.
First New Zion Missionary Baptist to
Present Seven Last Words of Christ
First New Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 4835 Soutel Drive, Rev. Dr.
James B. Sampson, Pastor; will present "The Seven Last Words of Christ"
at 7 p.m. on Good Friday, April 14th The "last words" spoken by Christ
on the cross are full of divine wisdom, human emotion and suffering.
The public is cordially invited to experience this beloved work of
anointed preaching, singing and narration of the gospel account of the
Passion Story of Jesus' last words spoken from the cross at Calvary.
Greater Macedonia Schedules Special
Easter Week Preparation Services
The Greater Macedonia Baptist Church, 1880 West Edgewood Ave.,
Rev. Dr. Landon L. Williams, Sr. Pastor; invites all Christians to partici-
pate in the observance of the commemoration of the death and resurrection
of Jesus Christ. Prepare yourself for a special Spiritual Healing Service at
7 p.m. on Good Friday, April 14th, by reading Psalm 51 every day, and fast
from midnight until noon. Join the Greater Macedonia Church Family for
Worship Services each Sunday, at Early Worship, 8 a.m.; Sunday School,
9:30 a.. and Morning Worship, at 11 a.m.
Sisters United in Faith
to Present "Sister's Day"
Former News Anchor at Channel 4, Joyce Morgan will be featured at
"Sister's Day" on Saturday, April 29th at the Sydner National Guard
Armnnory, 9900 Normandy Blvd. "Sister's Day will be fun, fellowship and
DayspringBaptistChurch, ,5654,DurmiAve.,;willpffertan-extendedAM .. inspiration featuring local artists, and area ;vendors., The communityods,
& PM "Emb Fun Summer Day Camp", June 5 July 2'8, 2006, for children, invited to come and network, and make new contacts in an atmosphereiofr
5-14 years of age. There are a limited number of spaces. For more infor- inspitatiotial sisterhood and unique fellowship. There will also be a grand
mation, please call (904) 764-0303. prize drawing. For more information, please call (904) 908-5867 or 997-
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3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m.
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Easter Egg Hunt
The P.H.A.T Ryders along with the
Ladies of Unique Distinction will
present their 2nd Annual
Community Easter Egg Hunt on
Saturday April 15th, 2006 starting
at 1 p.m., at the Emmet Reed
Community Center Park. The occa-
sion will feature an afternoon of
free family fun.
The Jacksonville Genealogical
Society will hold their monthly
meeting at the Webb-Wesconnett
Library, 6887, 103rd St.,
Jacksonville, Fl., at 1:30 p.m. on
April 15, 2006. The guest speaker
will be Ann Staley, professional
genealogist and lecturer. Her pro-
gram will be "Genealogical
Research--Online." Rescources dis-
cussing search engines, mail lists,
on-line libraries, and primary
search sites for genealogists with
emphasis on free web sites avail-
able. For more information contact
Mary Chauncey at 781-9300.
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 event will be
on Saturday, April 15th starting at
7:30 p.m. Open mic is available for
poets and singers. Hip hop and
R&B by DJ Shotgun/DJ Jessica.
Bowling to Strike Out
IHunger- Charity Bowl
The Clara White Mission is hold-
ing there 8th annual "Alley Oop!
Charity Bowl Bowling to Strike
Out Hunger" This years theme is
"Jazz'in it up for charity". The tour-
nament will be held on Saturday,
April 15th at noon. For more infor-
mation/applications Contact Ruby
Brown: (904)778-1983 or Phoenix
Lanes on Blanding blvd.(904)387-
Jon Lucien at Third
Saturday Jazz Lounge
Contemporary jazz recording artist
Jon Lucien will be presented at the
Ritz Third Saturday Jazz and Blues
Lounge, a new caf6 style concert
series featuring local and national
jazz recording artists. Peppered
with Caribbean and Brazilian
rhythms, Lucien's acoustic
melodies weave poetic tales of
affection, hope and endless devo-
tion. The concert will be on
Saturday, April 15th at 8 p.m. For
more information, call 632-5555.
Leadership Jacksonville's lth
Annual Celebration of Leadership
Dinner will honor A. Hugh Greene,
Ju'Coby Pittman-Peele and William
Scheu for their dedication to our
community. The event will be on
Thursday, April 20, 2006 from 6:15
p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Radisson
Riverwalk Hotel, 1515 Prudential
Drive. Tickets can be purchased by
calling Leadership Jacksonville at
904.396.6263 or by visiting the
The public is invited to participate
as Edward Waters College's
Wakaguzi Forum presents Ms.Lori
Brownell,a Microsoft representa-
tive .Her talk will be on Microsoft's
Kiswahili Software Initiative. The
free forum will take place on
Thursday, April 20,2006 on the
campus of EWC's 2nd floor
Computer Lab, Schell-Sweet
Community Resource Center, from
7 9:00 p.m. If additional informa-
tion is needed contact Wakaguzi
Director Baruti Katembo at 634-
1561 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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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
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When the Gourd
Speaks: Gourd Arts
and Craft Workshop
The Ritz Theater will host a work-
shop on the Gourd on Saturday,
April 22, 10a.m. 2 p.m.Explore
the amazing possibilities of gourds
in a hands-on workshop in the art of
decorative gourds. Participants
learn to paint, bum or carve gourds,
as well as how to grow them. Ages
7+. Advance registration required
for more info call 632-5555.
The 12th Annual Ponte Vedra
Beach Art Festival will bring more
than 150 artists from throughout the
country to Sawgrass Village on
Saturday, April 22 and Sunday,
April 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Visitors will enjoy a wide variety of
art created in different mediums
including sculptures, hand-crafted
fine jewelry, pottery, original paint-
ings and photography. All works on
exhibit are original and one-of-a-
kind pieces ranging from $15 to
$20,000. Sawgrass Village is locat-
ed on A1A, south of J. Turner
Butler Blvd. The event is free and
open to the public. For more infor-
mation call (954) 472-3755.
Movement Health Fair
The Jacksonville Local Organizing
Committee for the Millions More
Movement is sponsoring 'a free
community health fair'. On
Saturday, April 22, 2006, from
10:00 a.m. 4:00p.m. at Emmett
Reed Community Center located on
the comer of 6th and Payne Street,
participants will be exposed to a
variety of information and free tests
all done by health care profession-
als. For more information call 904-
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Girls Only Career Fair
Girl Scouts Inc. will be holding a
"Girls Only" Career Fair on
Saturday, April 22, 2006 from 10
a.m. 2 p.m at Fidelity National
Financial, 601 Riverside Avenue.
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18. A variety of careers will be rep-
resented. There will also be work-
shops on how to dress for success,
develop your resume, make a great
first impression and interview for a
job. To register or for more infor-
mation call 388-4653, ext. 1149.
Journey to Womanhood
The Journey Into Womanhood
Second Annual Scholarship
Banquet & Silent Auction will be
held on Saturday, April 22, 2006
beginning with a Reception and
Silent Auction from 1 2 p.m. at the
Deercreek Country Club. The
Luncheon will feature a genera-
tional address on the topic of a per-
sonal journey into womanhood
from: Carol Alexander, Executive
Director of the Ritz Theater & La
Villa Museum and Whitney
Murray, College Student For tick-
ets or information call (904) 268-
8287 or e-mail Elexia@empower-
the Color Lines
From education to business and
industry, the work of women has
changed conditions for the better in
the African American community.
This program highlights the contri-
butions that women made to
Jacksonville in the face of racism
and sexism. This program will take
place at the Clara White Mission,
613 W. Ashley Street on Saturday,
April 22nd at 1 p.m..
Learn to Read is currently prepar-
ing volunteers to tutor in the
Jacksonville Reads Adult Literacy
Program. 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, from 9:00 a.m. 3 p.m. at
the LTR Headquarters, 917
Children's way in San Marco.
Registration is required. For more
info 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 25th at 8PM. For
more information call the Florida
Theater Box Office at 355-2787.
The public is invited to see "An
Evening with Sinbad" non
Thursday, April 27th at the Florida
Theater. Showtime is at 8 p.m. The
performance will benefit the
Community Asthma Partnership.
For more information, contact
Jeanne Torbett at 765-7938.
Madea Goes to Jail
Super producer Tyler Perry will
bring his ultra funny Madea antics
to the Jacksonville stage for
"Madea Goes to Jail". The play will
be held April 27 30 at the Times
Union Center for the performing
Arts. For ticket information and
showtimes, call 353-3309.
The Jacksonville NAACP using a
pro-active approach to working
with children and families with a
focus on community empower-
ment, will sponsor a free forum to
address issues relating to a diverse
range of topics including ranging
from gangs and violence preven-
tion, to churches community,
police, and the criminal justice sys-
tem The agenda is designed to help
prevent violence and highlight dis-
parities and successful programs
and promote a positive exchange.
Presenters from across the country
will join local experts for the forum
at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday April
27th and Friday April 28th start-
ing at 8:30 a.m. It will be held at
FCCJ Downtown Campus. For
more information cal Richard
Burton at 904-786-7883.
Crowns the Musical
Stage Aurora will present Crowns,
a stand up and testify musical writ-
ten by Regina Taylor. The play will
be performed in FCCJ's ezekiel
bryant Auditorium April 28 May
14th on the weekend only. Based
on the book by Michael
Cunningham, Crowns is a soul stir-
ring tribute to the unique cultural
phenomenon that fuses faith with
fashion and celebrated African-
American women and their church
hats. Showtimes are Fridays at 8:00
p.m., Saturday at 2:00 p.m and 8
p.m. and Sundays at 3:00 p.m. For
tickets, call the Stage Aurora Box
Office at 765-7373.
While in town performing in his
latest hit play, Tyler Perry will be
signing his first book, "Don't Make
a Woman Take Off Her Earrings"
featuring the famous quips of
"Madea", the sharp tongued, world-
ly-wise, pistol-packing sixty-eight-
year-old grandmother Madea
Simmons that made Tyler famous.
His upcoming appearance will be
on Saturday, April 29th signing
at Books A Million, Regency Park
9400-015, Atlantic Blvd 805-0004.
Raines Class of 81" 25th Reunion
The Raines Class of 1981 will be holding a 25 year Reunion Cruise on
November 11th. The five night celebration will go to the Grand Cayman
Islands & ocho Rios Jamaica departing from Miami. For more informa-
tion, call Cecilia at 904-766-8784.
YMCA Summer Camp Registration
It's Summer Camp registration time at the Johnson Family YMCA. Slots
are now open for Kiddie Camp kids ages 4 through 6 at the Johnson
YMCA. Adventure and Explorer slots for kids ages 7 12 at Raines High
School and Frank H. Peterson Academies are now open. To register at
these locations call 765-3589 or stop by the Johnson YMCA at 5700
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Teen Scream Couple Calls It Quits IMDB reports that the artist had been meeting with
It's overT for Bo Wow "Idol" producers to discuss the idea of his participation
and Ciara. After nearly a in the show, but there were several issues that stood in
year of dating, the the way of a deal being finalized.
When asked about the negotiations between Prince
announced a joint desire and show producers, and the possibility of seeing His
to move on. "Ciara and I Royal Badness rock Hollywood's Kodak Theater,
have parted ways," Bow Lythgoe said: "I don't think so. He did not want to talk
with the kids and did not have the time."
Wow said in a state-
ment. "I wish her all the
best." The news follows Kimberly Elise Cast Opposite
reports last week that Howard in Latest Blackbuster
Bow Wow was hanging Kimberly Elise has been cast as
out with a stripper in L.A. A rep for Ciara, 20, says the female lead opposite Terrence
"Ciara and Bow Wow have been broken up for a while, Howard in Lionsgate's "P.D.R.,"
but their parting was amicable." reports Variety. The actress, last
Bishop Morton Planning Recording seen on the big screen in Tyler
Bishop Paul S. Morton, pastor of Perry's "Diary of a Mad Black '
New Orleans-based Greater St. Woman," also joins co-stars
Stephens Full Gospel Church, Bernie Mac and Evan Ross in the
will record his first post- drama based on the true story of
Hurricane Katrina album on Philadelphia swim coach Jim Ellis. Ellis recruited
May 26 at Mt. Zion Baptist black youths in a tough Philly inner-city to join his
Church in Nashville, TN, with swim team, which went on to win the state champi-
Kurt Carr tapped as a producer. onship.
The concert album, from the
Artemis Gospel label, will pay tribute to the New Jada Comes Clean on Will
Orleans and Gulf Coast area and include many special Jada Pinkett Smith talks about her relationship with
guest appearances. Under Bishop Morton's leadership, husband Will Smith in the upcoming 36th anniversary
Greater St. Stephen has recently become "One Church May issue of Essence which features the actress on
In Two States," hosting four services weekly in New the cover. "People think I'm kidding when I say Will
Orleans and two services weekly in Atlanta. saved my life," she says in the interview. "But he did. I
Marching Tigers in New Reality TV was literally killing myself when we started dating ten
i. "WRI BET will premiere a years ago. I was doing drugs, drinking alcohol, and
new half-hour series that sleeping around. I was on the verge of a nervous break-
follows the Grambling down. I was trying
State University football to off myself
team and marching band. because I just had-
t Season of the Tiger," pre- n't found a way to
miering 9:30 p.m. April cope with the
27, chronicles some of the things we all go
players and musicians on through in life. But
the respective squads, and explores their challenges en Will gave me the
route to game day each week. comfort zone of
knowing that I had
Prince Turns Down Idol a relationship that
According to "American Idol" executive producer was solid and was
Nigel Lythgoe, Prince was definitely in talks to make going to be there.
an appearance on the show next week. Executives at Pinkett leads Essence's second annual list of The Bold
his label, Universal, were hoping that a visit to the top- and the Beautiful, celebrating 25 of the world's most
rated program would keep his new album "3121" near courageous, powerful and inspiring women. Included
the top of the charts following its No. 1. this year are Oprah Winfrey, Robin Roberts, S. Epatha
Merkerson and Raven-Symone. p .
Radio Documentary Explores Life
of HIV Positive South African Teen
"- ,. eight Future Planned
ost Idol for Mandisa
year." Later, [girl and] have a good time on the
%\ hen Paula stage. I thought that song did that."
said that When asked whether themed-
M a n d i s a weeks are biased against contest-
reminded her ants whose voice favors a different
of former music genre, she says: "I recognize
contestant that 'American Idol' is a TV show
Frenchie, first, and in order to have an inter-
C o w e 1 1 testing TV show you're going to
cracked that a have to do different genres. In the
better com- end, I don't think that it plays a role
p a r i s o n into the kind of record that the win-
would be to ner will make but it makes for a
France itself. good TV show."
During final Meanwhile, fans of "Idol" have
auditions in certainly taken notice of Mandisa's
SA Hollywood sense of style since beginning her
A- -A- months after run in Chicago. The singer says
_- the audition she's lost about 30 pounds over the
taping after course of the series, telling
Nandisa and reporters: "I exercise, eat healthy
Everyone else and try not to let food dictate my
--i-- in America life."
Black America was stunned last
week after the elimination of
Mandisa last week from "American
Idol" last week. For week's the plus
sized songstress had delighted
viewers of all colors with her melo-
Following her performance of
Shania Twain's "Any Man of
Mine," Idol judges Paula and
Randy weren't feeling the song
choice, and Cowell warned that it
may lead to her early exit from the
competition. America voted, and
Mandisa soon found herself doing
interview after interview about how
it feels to be booted off premature-
ly, and more importantly, what
Simon had to say to her after the
"He told me he really liked me, I
had a great voice and that it's all
about the song," the 29-year-old
Her special relationship with the
British judge goes back to his infa-
mous comment following her audi-
tion in Chicago, when he made a
disparaging remark about her
weight. After Mandisa left the
room, Simon asked if "Idol" was
goingg to have biggerr stage'this;
comment, the singer addressed him
directly, stating that his comments
were hurtful, but that she forgave
him, adding, "you don't need some-
body to apologize to you to forgive
somebody." Cowell told Mandisa
he was "humbled" and apologized.
She recalls the moment as the
biggest highlight of her "American
Things were looking pretty good
for the contestant after making the
final 12. She breezed through early
rounds singing songs by Stevie
Wonder ("Don't You Worry 'Bout A
Thing"), Dinah Washington ("I
Don't Hurt Anymore") and gospel's
Mary Mary ("Shackles") all
genre-friendly offerings for the
power-singer. But last week's coun-
try-themed show brought problems,
according to the judges and fan
bloggers, who mostly thought her
song choice was a mistake.
"I love that song and, and I sing
background for Shania and just fell
in love with her," she said of her
decision to belt Twain's "Any Man
of Mine." "I just thought this is a
fun song and what I wanted to do
after the week before wasshow my.
personality, be that. joyful, bubbly
"My style changed a lot," adds
the Sacramento, CA native. "I think
in the very beginning I was wearing
lots of loose fitting clothes thinking
I was hiding something. I wasn't
hiding nothing and so I realized that
I just have to be more comfortable
with who I was. People knew I had
curves and I shouldn't have been
scared to show them."
In addition to "singing, acting
and modeling" as possible post-
"Idol" career options, Mandisa says
she'd also like to launch a clothing
line for plus size women.
"I used to think that there was not
a lot of clothing for plus size
women that really wanted to look
hip and cool and also look very
classy at the same time, so I'm rec-
ognizing now after being on the
show that there are," she says. "I
would just love to be able to pull a
bunch of different things together
and show there is a line of clothes
that can accentuate, any body form."
"There's, a lot of different
options," she notes. "In fact, I can't
wait to hear all about [them].
Ultimately, though, I'm going to
'have to get with the Lord and say
okay which route should I take?
You've not seen the last of me." "
NPR afternoon newsmagazine
All Things Considered will broad-
cast a new half-hour documentary
capturing the year-long audio diary
of a 19-year-old South African liv-
ing with AIDS on the Wednesday,
April 19 edition.
South Africa has the largest num-
ber of people with HIV/AIDS in the
world, with young women between
16-25 years old counting as 75 per-
cent of all new infections. Thembi
Ngubane, who lives in the township
of Khayelitsha, tells this story from
the personal side from breaking
the news to her family, receiving
drugs at a local clinic, being ostra-
cized by friends and neighbors and
building her relationship with her
Ngubane was among a group of
South African teenagers inter-
viewed about AIDS in 2004 and-
later chosen by producers who were
struck by. her "charisma, offbeat
take on the disease and her hones",
to undertake the diary project.
Working with producer Joe
Richman,, Ngubane recorded more
than 50 hours of tape for her diary
over a year, which were ultimately
edited into the half-hour documen-
tary. Ngubane notes, "I feel like if
a person is listening to my story,
that person is with me everyday.
Every time she hears the dog bark,
it's like she is waking up in my
yard. I've taken that person to
South Africa, into my shack, into
my township, into my everyday
routine." She adds, "AIDS is not
going to bring me down. It's only
something that is inside my blood.
Outside, I'll be the boss."
The show will air on April 19th
from 4 6 p.m. on Jacksonville
public radio 89.9.
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