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FLORIDA'S FIRST COAST QUALITY BLACK W
E E K L YCents
Wal-Mart Adds Diversity Unit
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is forming a panel of outside experts to advise top
executives on promoting diversity in its work force. The world's largest
retailer faces mounting pressure to change its business practices.
Wal-Mart, which also faces a class-action lawsuit alleging discrimina-
tion against female employees, named the first two members of the panel.
They are former Detroit mayor Dennis Archer, the first African-
American president of the American Bar Association, and Latina civil
rights activist Vilma Martinez. Two more will be named soon.
The announcement came two days after the Democratic National
Committee weighed in with a resolution criticizing "bare-knuckled com-
petitive practices like those Wal-Mart reportedly follows" and urged big
corporations to change those practices.
The DNC resolution contends that low-cost business models like Wal-
Mart's hurt the middle class by paying low wages. providing restrictive
health insurance and pressuring manufacturers to move jobs overseas.
Black Ministers, Union File Lawsuit
Seeking to Stop Hospital Expansion
CHICAGO Opponents of Advocate Health Care's plan to expand the
Lutheran General Hospital in suburban Park Ridge at a cost of $239 mil-
lion have filed a lawsuit in the Cook County Circuit Court to stop all con-
struction work on the site. The lawsuit has been brought by a group of
ministers and the Service Employees International Union.
The suit accuses the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board of approv-
ing the plan for expansion without seeking a detailed document on the
plans for other member hospitals. This document is mandatory under the
state regulations. "Our lawsuit is enforcing the requirement that the
Planning Board set forth," said Rev. Steve Greer, a pastor at Christian
Valley Missionary Baptist Church.
Under the plans of Advocate, Betlian)'s mental health treatment unit,
OB'GYN unit and substance abuse program will all be closed. Many
opponents of the plans have submitted their comments since Bethany
serves more than "0,000 patients annually. The lawsuit .vould cancel out
the approval to Advocate's plans until it submits a five-year proposal
detailing its investments in all hospitals.
Employees File Racial Discrimination
Lawsuit Against Eli Lilly
INDIANAPOLIS A racial discrimination lawsuit alleges Eli Lilly &
Co. paid black employees less than their white peers, passed them over
for promotions and subjected them to harassment such as epithets.
The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court also claims a LillN human
resources staffer told a complaining female employee that her managers
on the manufacturing side considered her previous corporate supervisors
to be too accepting of blacks and that they %were no longer in a position
to address her concerns.
The plaintiffs in the complaint. which seeks class-action status on
behalf of more than 1,000 black employees seeks unspecified damages.
lost compensation and an order enjoining Lilly against future discrimi-
nation. One of the plaintiffs alleges she was paid at a grade lower than
her responsibilities merited and was part of a team whose white male
members received bonuses, merit awards and promotions that were
denied to her.
Study Reveals Only 6.5% of Chicago
Public School Students Finish College
Only 6.5 percent of Chicago Public Schools freshmen earn a bache-
lor's degree by their mid-20s. according to a study by the Consortium on
Chicago School Research.
The numbers are e\en more dire for African-American and Latino
males, only 3 percent of whom get a bachelor's degree by the time they're
25. according to the study.
The stud\ also found that about 350il of CPS students who make it to a
four-year college actually graduate. The national average is 64-%.
Researchers sa;, they don't know w\hy college graduation rates are so
low for CPS students. but some educators say poverty, poor grades and
apathy all contribute to the problem.
The study did have some limitations, it tracked only students enrolled
full-time at four-year colleges and didn't include students from alterna-
tive schools. And several Illinois colleges and universities were left out.
including DePaul University and Northern Illinois Liniversity.
Rappers Urge Financial Responsibility
NEW YORK LL Cool J is urging fans to be financially responsible.
The platinum-selling rap star spoke over the weekend at the Hip Hop
Summit on Financial Empowerment.
The event, organized b,, multi-millionaire entrepreneur Russell
Simmons. mixed stars like LL Cool J. Alicia Keys Nas and T.I. with
financial experts to pro% ide advice on home ownership. budgets, credit
cards and other financial issues.
"The biggest misconception probably comes from the hip-hop commu-
nity itself ... that the money lasts forever." LL Cool J said on Saturday.
"You have to do the right thing with it."
Fellow chart-topping rapper Nas said it \as important to teach young
fans about financial responsibility.
"It's time that we do something to educate our kids." he said. "We've got
to think about our future, think about tomorrow. It's beyond the corner.
it's beyond the jails. We've got to think about growing old in this game."
Volume 20 No. 13 Jacksonville, Florida April 27 May 3, 2006
Black Joblessness Much More Than a Skin-deep Issue
by Wendell Simpson
(NNPA) Under the draconian pro-
visions of Reagan era trickle-down
economics, the Black middle class
saw its biggest upward explosion at
the same time Black poverty grew
by leaps and bounds.
Sadly, in 2006, the paradigm has
moved increasingly toward a more
desperate poverty level since those
halcyon days of upward mobility.
While President Bush consistently
asserts that the U.S. economy is on
the rebound, economists have noted
that 33 percent of the African-
American community is worse off
today than it was 40 years ago. Data
corroborate that assessment.
According to the U.S. Census
Bureau, 10 million African-
Americans, one-third of all Black
people in the United States, fit its
criteria of "poor."
It's all about jobs or the lack of the
Numerous experts agree that no
factor drives this phenomenon more
than the lack of employment oppor-
tunities in minority communities.
Segregation, discrimination and a
lack of demand for low-skilled
labor, coupled with the abandon-
ment of traditional African-
American urban enclaves by the
Black middle class, have exacerbat-
ed the deepening crisis.
"Race differences and class differ-
entials have been ground together
in this country in a crucible of mis-
ery and squalor in such a way that
few of us know where one stops
and the other begins," says Henry
Louis Gates Jr., in an article from
the Black Collegian.
William Julius Wilson, professor of
Afro-American Studies at Harvard
University and a former adviser to
President Bill Clinton, says there
are innumerable factors compound-
ing the chronic problem of Black
Continued on page 5
UNF Honors Student
Lauded for Caring Efforts
Shown above is Walter White with Ki medal and certificate
Walter White Awarded FAMU
In 1946, Walter H. White was a proud graduate of Florida A&M (FAMU)
when he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English, French and
Spanish. Education became his passion. He worked to earn a Master's
degree in admini-stration and supervision from Teachers College at
Columbia University, New York, NY, in 1958, and the rest is history.
For twenty-two years, Mr. White taught, sharing his education with
thousands of students. He was elevated to become principal of the James
Weldon Johnson Middle School, and also served as principal of the R. L.
Brown and Corrine Scott Elementary schools over a period of sixteen
years, until his retirement on July 30, 1985. Continued on page 2
Melissa O'Connor, who will grad-
uate with a bachelor's degree in
biology with honors from the
University of North Florida this
week, will be recognized as the
recipient of the Albert D. Ernest Jr.
Caring Award, while the Senior
Service Award will be presented t6
Annie Litchfield, who will receive
a bachelor's degree in criminal jus-
The Caring Award recognizes a
student who demonstrates the spirit
of caring, humanitarianism and vol-
unteerism exemplified by Albert
Ernest. The UNF Alumni
Association presents the Senior
Service Award to a graduating sen-
ior for outstanding volunteer serv-
ice to the University or community.
Both awards will be presented dur-
ing the 7 p.m. ceremony.
In addition to maintaining a 3.78
GPA and meeting her rigorous aca-
demic requirements in the Honors
Program, Melissa O'Connor has
involved herself with several vol-
unteer activities both on and off
campus since her freshman year.
Organizations where she has volun-
teered include JCL Prison Mission;
Mayo Clinic; Boggy Creek Gang
Camp; HabiJax; Clara White
Mission; Breast Cancer Society;
and the JCL New Orleans Clean Up
during her spring break in March.
O'Connor's most notable volunteer
Sixteen Young Ladies Make Journey Into Womanhood
Sixteen young ladies recently completes the rites of passage program launched by Empowerment Resources
designed to prepare them for life. The culmination of the program was held at a recent Awards Celebration.
Shown above (L-R) participating in the program is BACK ROW: Faridah Abdullah, Iva Ballou, Sanitra
Livingston, Jasmine Lewis; MIDDLE: Janay Badger, Amanda Phillips, Asia Peek (in pink dress, in the middle),
Erica Mitchell ( white dress w.tiara), Angel Johnson, Tia Hadley and Charla Hamilton; FRONT: Jasmine Harris,
Kaila White, Hamilton Graham, Elexia Moss (executive director/founder), Nikki Young and Caitlin Smith. For
more on the celebration, see page 3. FMP Photo
accomplishment has been the
organization and implementation of
symposia aimed at increasing
minority representation in the med-
ical field. As director of the
Minorities in Medicine Student
Symposium, she planned and coor-
dinated information for participat-
ing high school students wishing to
enter the medical profession. The
symposia included an exhibition
hall with participation from med-
ical and undergraduate representa-
tives; faculty from all Duval
County high schools, inspirational
speakers and local vendors.
Saying Yes to
There's a disturbing trend in high-
er education. Fewer African-
American students are enrolling in
An upcoming study says the law
school admissions test, or LSAT, is
The late Johnnie Cochran capti-
vated millions when making his
cast at the O.J. Simpson trial.
He was one of the most powerful
attorneys in the country, and he was
a man of color when less than 10
percent of all lawyers were minori-
ties. And now, the numbers could
"African-Americans' law school
enrollment is on a 10-year decline,"
said the Thomas M. Cooley Law
School's John Nussbaumer.
Nussbaumer is the author of a new
study in the St. John's Law Review
that blames what it calls the "mis-
use of the law school admissions
test" and "racial discrimination"
for, in effect, "restricting African-
American access to the legal pro-
Continued on page 2
April 26 May 3, 2006
Poop').- %M.eP.r-lT'C IrvroFree Press
accurate answers. They all have varying levels of Your credit score is a three digit number that
financial security. What's best for your sister or summarizes your credit report.. An 800 means
co-worker, may not be the best solution for you." life is good, 400 means you won't be buying a
So, how do you wade through the onslaught of car this year.
misinformation? First, many consumers confuse The following are the top ten myths about cred-
the functions of their credit score and their cred- it.
Myth 3: Canceling your credit
cards will improve your credit
score. If you have $50,000 in avail-
able credit and owe $10,000, then
you owe 20 percent of your avail-
able credit. If you close an account
with a $30,000 credit limit, you will
then owe the same $10,000 but it
will be 50 percent of your available
credit. That lowers your score.
Myth 4: Your credit score is the
same at all three credit bureaus.
Lenders are not required to report to
all three of the major credit bureaus,
Equifax, Experian and Trans Union.
Each agency may have different
information on your report, and
therefore, a different score.
Myth 5: Continually checking
your credit report will lower your
score. You can check your report
from the three credit bureaus as
many times are you want, and it
will not affect your credit score. To
obtain a FREE credit report, visit
Myth 6: Your salary helps deter-
mine your credit score. Your cred-
it score is based solely on the
amount of credit and debt you have,
not how much money you make. If
you receive a raise, and your credit
and debt remain the same, your
credit score will not improve.
Myth 7: Shopping around for a
loan can damage your credit
score. While inquiries do show up
on your credit report, they do not
necessarily damage your score. If
the' same types of inquiries are
made within 14 days of each other,
they only count as one inquiry on
your credit report. Keep in mind
that this applies to loans, not credit
Myth 8: Using cash for every-
thing helps increase your credit
score. Your credit score is deter-
mined by the amount of credit you
use, not cash. A steady, responsible
use of credit is the best way to build
your credit score.
Myth 9: Tying the knot means
tying credit scores. Credit scores,
for better or worse, remain separate
after you are married. If you open a
joint account, the credit information
will show up on both reports.
Myth 10: If you co-sign on a
loan, you don't owe anything on
delinquent accounts if you didn't
make the purchases. If the pri-
mary loan recipient is not able to
pay, the co-signer is responsible for
the debts, whether that person made
any purchases or not.
Want to Retire Comfortably? Build Your Financial Team Today
by C. Brown. BAW
Everyone should have a financial
plan that involves figuring out how
much money you need to produce
the cash flow that will sustain your
lifestyle for the rest of your. life, It
can be a difficult task to organize
and simplify your financial life by
yourself. A better way is to build a
team of professionals who can help
you make informed decisions that
will help achieve your financial
Before building your team, you
should have a clear understanding
of the support you'll need. For
example, if you want a CPA to han-
dle your annual tax return, a small
business accountant might not be
appropriate. Who should be on your
financial advisory team? Ideally
you should have a financial planner,
accountant, attorney/estate planner,
insurance agent, investment broker
The first person to start with is a
financial planner. This is someone
who can help assess your financial
information, such as tax returns,
investments, retirement program,
your will, and insurance policies;
review your net worth statement;
examine your cash flow and debt
structure and make appropriate rec-
ommendations; identify areas
where you need help to meet your
snort-term ana long-term goals; anti
work hand-in-hand with lenders,
lawyers, or accountants when nec-
essary. You should also review your
company's retirement plan's asset
allocation to make .ure..it works
with your overall asset allocation
You want to see a planner who has
a CFP after his or her name. That
means the person is a Certified
Financial Planner and has undertak-
en a rigorous 18 to 24 month pro-
gram in six financial areas includ-
ing insurance, retirement planning,
estate planning, taxes, and invest-
ments. A planner must also have at
least three years of experience
before he or she is certified. A CFP
must also in 30 hours of continuing
education every two years. Check
out a fee only planner versus one
who gets paid by commission based
on the products he or she sells.
With respect to other team mem-
bers: An investment advisor can
create and monitor a diversified
investment portfolio and achieve an
appropriate return over time. An
attorney can help with will and liv-
ing will preparation, estate planning
and trusts, property closing, family
law, and power of attorney. An
accountant can assist with estate
planning and tax-advantaged plan-
ning as well as self-employment
Need an Attorney?
Contact Law Office of
Reese Marshall, P.A.
214 East Ashley Street
Jacksonville, Florida 32202
Over 30 years experience of professional
and courteous service to our clients
issues. An insurance agent can
cover your needs for life insurance,
property and casualty insurance,
health insurance, long-term care
insurance, and disability insurance.
You may need to use multiple pro-
fessionals. For example, you may
find that some insurance agents are
specialized, so, you might have one
coordinate your home and auto
insurance and another handle your
long-term care coverage. Make sure
each team member you select is
experienced and trustworthy, can
provide customized services based
continued from page 1
During his distinguished career in
education, Mr. White became the
first African American to be elected
president of the (then) Duval
Teachers Association. He firmly
believes that to be, a successful edu-
cator, one must be endowed with
two fundamental qualities: to pos-
sess knowledge of subject matter,
and to have good human relations.
"That is one must know what
he/she is doing and be able to relate
well with others in order to accom-
plish the task," he stated.
On March 31, 2006, the College
of Education at Florida A&M
University inducted Mr. White into
the University's Gallery of Distinc-
tion, during the First Annual
Gallery of Distinction Gala in
The Gallery of Distinction is a
formal recognition by the College
of Education to publicly acknow-
ledge administrators, faculty, or
alumni of Florida A&M University
who have made significant accom-
plishments and/or contributions to
the profession and/or College of
Florida A&M University is a
family affair for the White family;
Mr. White's wife, Sophia Shannon
White, and son, Gaulterio T. White,
are also graduates of the FAMU.
Though retired, Mr. White con-
tinues to be very active in the com-
munity. At his church, Mount Zion
United Methodist, he serves as
Chairman of the Administrative
Council, Historian, and Pastor-
Parish Relations Committee. He
also serves as Chairman of the
Executive Board of the Ducote
Federal Credit Union.
continued from page 1
"Some schools are raising their
LSAT scores to increase their U.S.
News rankings, and that is having a
devastating effect on African-
American law school enrollment,"
The director of admissions at
DePaul University's law school
agrees that could be a factor.
"There's the temptation by law
schools to want to move up in rank-
ings," Mike Bumrns said. "And
because there's a difference in test
scores among various ethnic
groups, there's a real possibility
that that's going to have real harm-
The Congressional Black Caucus
is investigating the matter. The St.
John's Law Review will be pub-
lished next month.
on your unique circumstances and
goals, will explain the associated
pros and cons on any investment
vehicle, and can communicate
effectively whether it's in person,
over the phone or via e-mail.
The most effective way to identi-
fy professionals is through referrals
from family, friends, and col-
leagues. Another valuable referral
resource is from members of our
professional team. For instance,
your attorney may work closely
with a CPA who specializes in
estate planning. Professional asso-
ciations list members on their web
site which can be helpful. Take the
time to conduct a phone or personal
interview to gather information
about each prospective team mem-
ber's background and the services
they provide. Learn if they're will-
ing to work closely with your other
team nientibers and ask for input on
-how to make the -coordination of
these relationships to work best.
Cracking the Top Ten Credit Myths
Myth 1: Settling your debt will
remove it from your credit
report. Unfortunately, it's not that
easy. Late payments and collec-
tions generally stay on your credit
report for seven years, and they can
still affect your credit score.
However, if you have paid the debt
in full, that will be noted on the
Myth 2: Too much debt? Just
file for bankruptcy to erase it.
New bankruptcy laws passed last
fall make it harder to file for
Chapter 7, which completely erases
debt. This is forcing more people to
file for Chapter 13, which requires a
5-year repayment plan. All debtors
are also required to complete credit
counseling prior to filing.
Moreover, bankruptcy remains on
your credit report for 10 years.
A light Breakfast will be served
and seating is limited. Please
RSVP by Wednesday, May 3 by
calling (904) 265-4700 or e-mail-
Health Fair Seeks
The NAACP Youth Council and
College Division is commemorating
its 70th Anniversary as Freedom
Fighters and Community Activism
with its First Annual Health Fair
-and Community Awareness Day.
This event will be held on MAY
13, 2006, 10am 2pm, at the local
branch office, 5422 Soutel Drive,
Jacksonville, Florida 32219. The
metro Jacksonville area and sur-
rounding communities are invited.
For additional information/partici-
pation please FAX same to the
office (904) 765-7572.
NBA Internships Available
If you know of a junior or senior in college that would be interested in
working for the NBA please forward the following information.
The National Basketball Association (NBA) is interested in hiring stu-
dents for their 2006 Summer Internship Program. Students must meet
the following criteria:
Class: Junior or Senior GPA: 3.0 or above
Majors: Communications, Marketing, Advertising or General Business
The internship will be located in New York City for 10 weeks begin-
ning June 5th and ending August llth. Students must email resumes to
the attention of Roger Lord at firstname.lastname@example.org. If further information is
required, please call Roger D. Lord, University Liaison at 212-573-
Jacksonville Housing Authority
Housing Choice Voucher Assistance Program
Section 8 Rental Assistance for Very Low Income Families
Effective May 1, 2006 through May 12, 2006 the Jacksonville Housing Authority will accept
requests for applications for the Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8).
Voucher applications will only be taken over the telephone.
Beginning May 1, 2006 applications for the waiting list may only be obtained by
calling the following toll free number:
Telephone lines will be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, beginning May 1, 2006
and will close at midnight May 12, 2006.
Applicants are encouraged to call at non-peak (evening) hours for faster service. Applicants are also
strongly advised to call only once per household. Calling multiple times will result in your application
being listed with the last date and time the household called.
NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE GIVEN OUT OR RECEIVED AT 1300 BROAD STREET
Preferences shall be given to senior citizens, persons) with disabilities, veterans and families displaced by
Jacksonville Housing Authority action.
Any false information will result in denial or termination of assistance. Any eviction from a federally
subsidized unit, within the past 5 years or felony convictions of family members within 12 months of the
application may make the applicant ineligible. If you or any family member has ever been convicted of
manufacturing or producing methamphetamine on the premises of an assisted unit and/or are subject to a
lifetime registration requirement under a state sex offender registration program, you are permanently
disqualified from receiving assistance. Very Low Income is defined as follows:
Persons Per Family
Very Low Income
Federal law prohibits housing discrimination based on your race, color,
national origin, religion, sex, family status, or disability.
Notice: Individuals with disabilities requiring a reasonable accommodation to participate should contact
our office at (904) 630-3820 during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Ronnie A. Ferguson
Judge Glenda Hatchett Keynotes
Perkins Bar Association Banquet
The Daniel Webster Perkins Bar Association will hold
its Annual Scholarship Awards Banquet on Friday, May
19, 2006, at the Jacksonville Omni Hotel. The keynote
speaker will be Judge Glenda Hatchett. The banquet
starts at 7:00PM, and the reception begins at 6:00PM.
Judge Hatchett, a well known jurist and youth advo-
i cate, has worked tirelessly to help make a difference for
today's youth. She served for eight years as Judge of the
Fulton County, Georgia Juvenile Court becoming the
state's first African American chief presiding justice of a state court and the
department head of one of the largest juvenile court systems in the coun-
try. For tickets or more information, call Tony Peacock at 642-8313.
Business Procurement Workshop
How hard it is to erase debt collections from
your credit report? What happens to your credit
after you tie the knot? These are just a couple of
credit questions that are often answered incor-
If you have questions about your credit, see a
credit counselor or financial planner for the most
A Business Procurement
Opportunity Workshop will be
held at the Beaver Street
Enterprise Center on Friday, May
5th from 8:45 to 10:30 a.m.
Participants will have the oppor-
tunity to share information, net-
work and learn from top business
Among the topics to be covered
will be: Marketing your business
to large contractors and to the gov-
ernment; Procuring new business;
Government contracting require-
ments; Getting that contract
through joint venturing ; Growing
your business through networking
and Recognizing the opportunity
and seizing it.
Discussions will be led by:
Sylvester Frazier, Underutilized
Business Enterprise Coordinator-
Shands; Ken Middleton, Contract
Compliance Support Officer JTA
and Derrick Willoughby,
Enterprise Administrator- JAA.
Information line: (904) 630-3893
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16 Young Ladies Make Journey Into Womanhood
Shown above is FAMIU student \hitney Mllurrray. Executive Director
Elexia Coleman-Moss and guest speaker Carol Alexander.
Entertainment was provided by Z'Ryan Wilson, Stephen Williams,
Padget Nauton, Jaren walker. Jaheen Sweet and T.J. Norris.
The girl leadership program,
Journey Into Womanhood, recently.
celebrated its' 2nd Annual Journey
Into Womanhood Scholarship and
Silent Auction on Saturday, April
22, 1 p.m. at Deercreek Country
Journey Into Womanhood, a comrn-
ponent of umbrella non-profit.
Resources. Inc., awarded five
scholarships to graduating seniors--
Faridah Abdullah. I\a Ballou. Erica
Mitchell, Amanda Phillips, and:
NikkiYoung. Aside from academic
honors, the girls. showcased their
diverse talents in, the performing
arts arena during the silent auction
and reception prior to the banquet
with talents including poem and
singing. Proceeds will, fund aca-
demic and recreational program-
ming for future programs.
The instrumental program prepares
teenage girls during the most chal-
lenging times of adolescence cover-
ing a variety of topics.
"The program is a benefit to the
participants because they learn ho\\
to develop their leadership skills
and general skills. that will provide
the tools.diat are needed for their
transition into womanhood." said
Elexia Moss, Empowerment
Resources Inc., execunve director
Tana Lew is. mother of participant Jasmine Lewis with Ronald Lewis
and Marcus Lewis.
A display :was' shown chronicling the girls' experiences throughout
The banquet featured a genera-
tional address of personal journeys
into womanhood from tw9 keynote
speakers Carol Alexander,
Executive Director of the Ritz
Theatre and LaVilla Museum and
\Whimev Murray,-a Florida A & M
University Student Go\ernment
Representati e. Radio personaliN,,
Chinue emceed the afternoon.:
The program's graduating seniors
have plans to attend Florida
International University, Univ ersit
of North Florida., Uniersit ,of.
Florida, Florida State University
and Howard Univer'sitr.
Journey Into \Vomanhood pro-
motes leadership development in-
teen girls ages 12-17. This program.
%%as launched June of 2003, ard to
date has serviced over 60 girls. This
program addresses the 'issues that /
plague girls and their development
into womanhoodd. The sessions
include workshops. field trips and
community sen' ice projects. Topics
for the workshops include character
development, educational enrich-
ment; etiquette, money manage-
ment. abstinence, and a parent sup-
port group. Some workshops are
co-facilitated with, community,
agencies and businesses.
For more information on future
"Joumne's" for \oung ladies, call
Due to the numerous requests for additional information we have received
about the free, voluntary summer pre-kindergarten program being offered
this year, this week's School Talk features comprehensive facts about the
new program. We will present this in a two part series.
Understanding the Summer Voluntary
Q: What is voluntary prekindergarten?
A: All Florida counties are required by the State of Florida to provide a
voluntary prekindergarten (VPK) program designed to improve the learn-
ing readiness of preschool-age children. The program includes high liter-
acy standards, strict accountability, appropriate curricula, substantial
instruction periods, manageable class. sizes and qualified instructors. The
program is coordinated by the Early Learning Coalition of Duval, Inc.
Public, private and faith-based providers may be eligible to deliver the pro-
gram if they meet state-mandated standards.
Q:When is the program offered?
A:In Duval County, VPK is offered during the academic school-year pro-
gram through private preschool childcare providers. In addition, a summer
program is being offered this year for the first time. The summer program,
which is intended for children who did not attend the school-year program,
will be offered at designated Head Start Centers, and at private preschool
Q: What is the cost?
A:The program is free for alleligible Duval County children, regardless
of familN income. Pro% iders are prohibited from charging any type of fee,
including a registration fee, for any services, except those that are not part
of the VPK program.
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by R. Fullwood
I guess one could call me a chron-
ic complainer because I continue to
be dumbfounded by gas prices.
Maybe someone can answer this
question: how can the price of gas
go up 30 cents in a day? I have
another question, if Nou good Free
Press readers don't mind. With oil
companies reporting record profits,
why wouldn't the President or even
Congress step in and do something
about these prices'?
I am no scholar when it comes to
the powers of limitations of the fed-
era'l government. but 'I assure you
that ifithey subpoenaed professional
baseball players to come before a
Senate committee to talk about
steroids, they can certainly subpoe-
* na the big oil companies and force
them to control their prices.
Let's be real, the Senate has the
:* authority to subpoena my grandma
in order to get her secret sweet pota-
to pie recipe if they want. With reg-
ular gas prices nearly $3 per gallon
and it's onl\ the beginning of Spring
I am not looking forward to summer
prices. Wait a minute: let me say
.. that again, regular gas is priced
OK. Let me move on to a more
deserving topic. because I get more
and more frustrated every time I
pull up it the pump.
Comedian Martin Lawrence would
always say that he "Loves the kids."
Well it is time for our state legisla-
tor to show that they "Love the
kids" too. Especially, the children
who need governments help the
most the uninsured.
Legislators are finalizing the state's
.2006-07 budget and are planning
reductions of $240 to $270 million
for KidCare, which is nearly half of
the organization's current budget.
KidCare is a multi-part program
that uses state money and federal
matching funds to pro\ ide insur-
ance coverage with ery low premi-
umrs for children from families with
Today, only half as many children chicken pox that do not have a
are enrolled in the state's insurance means of getting health services.
program than were enrolled in Look at it from this prospective, we
2004. The Governor and have children in desperate need of
Legislature say that they simply healthcare, but our elected officials
plan on funding KidCare at its cur- make sure that they have insurance
rent level, which makes sure that benefits.
the children currently in the pro- The obvious question is why are
gram maintain their healthcare ben- there children not receiving health-
efits. care? What happened to Medicaid?
The problem with that philosophy Well, Medicaid takes care of those
is that because the program's out- very low-income families, but the
reach and marketing funds have working poor are often left out in
been cut over the past two budget the cold.
years hence enrollment is down. Theicityicurrently..provides over.,,
Most families who qualify' 'imnplr' $25 millioir in funding;l.-: Shands:
do not know about the prograhi. So' each year for indigent care, and that
limiting funds to the children cur-
rently enrolled only helps a fourth
of those in need.
And it's not like the state is fund-
ing the entire program. Florida
KidCare allows the state to draw
down $248 for every $100 it invests
in the program. Sounds like a deal
to me, and an excellent means of
funding the healthcare for children.
Basically, federal funds pay for 70
percent of the cost of care.
But there is another issue at hand.
since the federal contribution to
Florida KidCare depends on the
state's level of funding, next year.
when the child health insurance pro-
gram gets reauthorized by
Congress. Florida's under funded
program could receive less money
Another issue that has decreased
enrollment is the complicated appli-
cation and renewal process, which
needs to be changed because it is
frustrating families who are simply
trying to get health care coverage
for their eligible children.
And excuse me for being a bit
"Liberal" on this matter, but if there
is any group of citizens that deserve
to be taken care our children are that
group. To simply put it. children can
not control the social or economic
environment in which their born.'
* There are children with everything
from cancer to pneumonia and
is never enough to really take care
of the need. I hope you see where I
am going with this? With the state
cutting KidCare. the local munici-
palities (e.g., City of Jacksonville)
w ill have to pick of the tab as
insured children take more visits to
the emergency room.
That is why KidCare is so impor-
tant because it helps those working
poor families that simply cannot
afford the cost of providing health-
care to their children. Last year, our
state had a record-breaking year in
tax revenues, led by over $3.2 bil-
lion from property taxes. Instead of
returning that money back to us
well deserving tax payers, why not
invite a portion of it into properly
Florida is one of the wealthiest
states in the nation, yet only
Mississippi and Alabama, two of
the poorest states have a higher per-,
centage of uninsured children. What
is wrong with this picture?
I obviously do not understand, and
maybe my brand of politics is a lot
different from our state leaders
because as I liave said several times ;
already children should come first.
As Marion Wright Edelman said,'
"It's a spiritually impoverished
nation that permits infants and chil-
dren to be the poorest Americans."
Signing off from a health clinic in
District 9, Reggie Fullwood
I WP-, *PCA O H REPRS E
pline is the Missing Link
As I read the
Fullwood Files it
became obvious to me as a local
pastor, parent, and retired
Jackson% ille Sheriffs Officer of 20
)ears, that w\e are missing a major
point in the search for answers in
how to deal with the crime rate.
A lot has been said about job
opportunities or the lack there of,
racism, logistical boundaries that
tend to leave one area "forgotten" in
time while another flourishes in
economic development. All of these
are indeed factors, but for some
strange reason the most important
factor keeps getting overlooked and
that is discipline/behavior. (Keep in
mind that discipline is not about
beating your children, it is teaching
them right from wrong. setting
expectations and developing conse-
quences for their negative behav-
-Regardless of howmany socioe-
co'ri6rniic pOgranmt'Wb develop.' 'our
society will never'thrive, prosper. or
truly benefit if the very people that
these programs are designed for are
not taking advantage of them. The
lack of respect, which is a direct
result of the lack of discipline dic-
states the person's behavior. When
there is a behavior problem, we
ha\e to lool at the source.
Everyone is pointing fingers at
evenrone else. Fingers are pointed
at Ministers: however Ministers are
called by God to present the Word
of God, not to raise everyone's chil-
dren. Law Enforcement is often
blamed, but Policemen are respon-
sible for keeping the peace that is
often broken by undisciplined, dis-
respectful individuals. Teachers are
often blamed, but Teachers are
charged with educating all of us.
However, their jobs are made
almost impossible when half of a
day is trying to maintain order in
the classroom, as they have to wvbrk
with what we send them. Why do
we expect a child who misbehaves
at home to suddenly behave in class
The missing link is the parent.
All parents and guardians need to
step up to the plate and decide not.
and I repeat not. to be afraid of their.
own children. Whether it is actual
fear or fear that their children will
not like them, they need to take
control of their children.
Yes, I said it, if the child knows
that Mom or Dad is slightly intimi-
dated by them or just wants to be
their friend that child will have the
tendency to want their own way.
This. of course is not all children.
but it is prevalent in those who are
disrespectful. Don't let the outside
appearance fool you, these children
arejust as afraid inside themselves.
As a result of their own fear they
cover it often b\ using intimidation.
Therefore, children think that they
can stay out as long as they want or
be in a place that is not in their best
interest, which. cain subsequent.
get them hurt, kidnapped or killed.
Parents need to look at this sce-
nario as an example: if we stop
going to a particular store, the store
will suffer from the loss of business
and eventually close. If we stop
supplying the drug dealers, club
/owners. and street gangs with our
children, they \ill also go out of
business. Let us take back our chil-
dren, even if it has to hurt. Show
them the many faces.of love. Show
them the ")es" face arid sometimes
the "no" face. In the end they will-
thank \ou and our society will be
the better for it.
Bishop. Dr. Jan D. Goodman. Jr.,
Pastor and Founder One Accord
Ministries International, Inc.
did, next time it will be you."
After expurgatingg" Eastside High
of the miscreants. Clark explains his
"My motto is simple: If you do not
succeed in life, I don't want you to
blame your parents. I don't want
you to blame the White man! I want
you to blame yourselves! The
responsibility is yours!
"In two weeks we have a practice
exam and a minimum skills test on .
April 13th. That's a hundred and ten
school days from now. But it's not
just about those test scores. If you
do not have these basic skills. you
will find yourselves locked out. "
Locked out of that American Dream
that you see advertised on TV that
they tell you is so easy to get.'.
For the three people who still have
not seen the movie, I won't give
away the ending except to say it was
a dramatic and happy one. After
my 2-hour movie. I knew the open-
ing game of the playoff series
between the Cleveland Cavaliers
and the Washington Wizards would
be less intense. And the basketball
game proved to be just that.
Continued on page 5
By. George E. Curry
After seven consecutive weekends
on the road, I was glad to be home
last Saturday. I decided to spend the
rainy day reading, relaxing and
watching TV. With few exceptions,
I rarely watch television. However,
when I scrolled through the cable
menu and sawv that "Lean on Me,"
starring Morgan Freeman as
"Crazy" Joe Clark, was about to be
aired on A&E, I became as excited
as someone watching the movie for
the first time
"Lean on Me" is my favorite
movie. I've seen it dozens of times
since it came out in 1989 and each
Lime, I have had to fight back tears.
. It's not that I was unfamiliar with
the ending that's always the sane.
I find the movie so touching
because with tough-love, determi-
nation and a genuine belief in the
abilities of his students, Clark turns
around a decaying, drug-infested
High School in New Jersey.
After asking instructors for a lisf
of troublemakers, the Joe Clark
character calls a school assembly.
"I want all of you to take a good
look at these people on the risers
behind me," Clark says, as the stu-
dents behind him continue to misbe-
have. "These people have been here
up to five years and done absolutely
nothing. These people are drug
dealers and drug users. They have
taken up space; they have disrupted
school; they have harassed your
teachers; and they have intimidated
you. Well,. times are about to
change. You will not be bothered in
Joe Clark's school."
The students on stage remain
unruly, but not for long.
"These people are incorrigible,"
Clark says. "'And since none of
them could graduate anyway, you
are all expurgated. You are dis-
missed! You are out of here forever!
I wish you well."
A line of security guards show
those on stage to the door, some of
Turning to the remaining students.
Clark says: "'Next time it may be
you. If.you do no better than they
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Mayor to Host Third Family Summit -
Mayor John Peyton and the
Jacksonville Network for,
Strengthening Families will host
the Mayor's Family Summit, April
28 29 at the Prime Osborn
Convention. Center. The two-day
S event will feature workshops,
exhibits and a health fair highlight-
ing resources available to
Jacksonville's families and organi-
zations that work closely with fam-
"Many of the challenges our soci-
ety faces stem from the deteriora-
tion of the family unit." said Mayor
John Peyton. "This summit pro-
vides helpful information on mak-
ing families stronger, fostering sta-
ble marriages, and increasing finan-
cial and emotional support for chil-
The summit workshops address
important topics such as father-,
hood, co-parenting after divorce.
literacy, personal money manage-
ment and healthy lifestyles.
Friday's activities target profes-
sionals and organizations that work
with families. The schedule offers a
variety of professional development
workshops, along with a special
program track for agencies wishing
to apply for African American
Healthy Marriage federal funding.
In addition to a choice of more than
20 workshops, attendees will enjoy
a continental breakfast with Pete
Jackson,, the Mayor's Chief
Community Officer, and lunch with
Mayor Peyton as the keynote
speaker. Friday's events are from
8:30 a.m. 5 p.m.
Saturday's activities are free and
open to the general public. More
than 20 workshops, 40 exhibitors
and a health fair will be available to
provide information and resources
on many' issues that parents face
every day. Elizabeth Means of
Shands Jacksonville will be the
keynote speaker. The luncheon is
free with pre-registration. There
will also be prize drawings arid
entertainment. Saturday's activities
are from 8:30 a.m. 3 p.m.
To register for the event, or for
more information, contact Robyn
Cenizal at 630-6481 or
Hundreds of Students Protest
at Capital Over Boot Camp Death
Approximately 3,000 protesters from Florida A&MI University, Florida
State University and Talahassee Community College fall in behind the
lead of a protest march in Tallahassee, Florida April 21. 2006. The
protest %was lead by, from left, the Rev. A] Sharpton, Gina Jones, the
mother of Martin Anderson. Rev. Jessie Jackson, Martin Anderson's
sister Startavia Anderson and Robert Anderson, father of the 14-year-
old Martin Anderson wtho died during an incident at the Bay County
Florida Sherrif's Department boot camp in Panama City. Florida on
January 6, 2006, march to 'the Florida State Capitol to protest the
investigation into his death, which was ruled to be a complication from
the sickle cell trait.
Hundreds of college students
joined the Revs. Jesse Jackson and
Al Sharpton for a march Friday on
the Capitol to protest the death of a
teenager after he had been repeated-
ly struck aqrd, kneed at a juvenile
boot camp in Panama City.
The protest came a day after the
state's top law enforcement officer
resigned amid criticism over the
investigation and a joke that Gov.
Jeb Bush called inappropriate."
The Miami Herald reported that
Guy Tunnell compared Sen. Barack
Obama to al-Qaida leader Osama
bin Laden and Jackson to the out-
law Jesse James at a meeting of
department heads. The newspaper
cited one unnamed source who was
at -the meeting and. another who had
spoken to a department head who
Bush said he couldn't confirm
details of the joke because he %was-
n't at the meeting.
'He made a joke that was inap-
propriate." Bush said. He apolo-
gized to Lt. Gov. (Toni) Jennings. I
don't know exactly what he said. It's
important that the agency which is a
critically important agency for peo-
ple to have confidence, move for-
ward. I thought it was appropriate
to move on."
Sharpton said the march was
about the death of 14-year-old
Martin Lee Anderson.
"We've come to Florida because
a boy was killed not because some-
body called us names," Sharpton
said in response to Tunnell's report-
College students held pictures of
Anderson and his funeral casket
and sang "justice delayed is justice
denied" and 'this is what democra-
cy looks like."
Sharpton and Jackson held hands
with his parents, Gina Jones and
Robert Anderson, as they silently
walked toward the Capitol. Jones
cried when she saw the pictures.
Anderson died in January, a day
after guards were \ideotaped beat-
ing, kicking and dragging him at
the Panama City boot camp. A med-
ical examiner ruled that the boy
died of complications from sickle
cell trait, a usually benign blood
Anderson's parents, the student
protesters and the Legislature's
black ,caucus ,dispute the, findings
and hae called,on Bush to revoke
the examiner's license. The parents
also are seeking the results of a sec-
ond autopsy, their attorney said.
The students ended their, sit-in
after Anderson's parents met with
Bush for the first time since their
son's death in January.
to Keynote EWC
Edw'ard Water College will pres-
eni their Spring Commencement
this weekend with two dynamic
speakers for their graduates to be
Approximately 130 Bachelor of
Arts and Science degrees %%ill be
awarded on Saturday. April 29th.
Ceremonies will kick off at 9 a.m.
in the Milne Auditorium with the
Baccalaureate message being pro-
vided by Rev. Rudolph McKissick.
Sr., Senior Pastor of Bethel Baptist
Institutional Church. At 1 p.m., fes-
tivities %'ill continue in the newly
built John Hurst Adams Jimmy R.
Jenkins Community Sports and
Music Center. 1859 Kings Road
with Patricia Russell-McCloud.
J.D. as the speaker.
Dr. Patricia Russell-McCloud is a
spellbinding professional orator
identified by Black Enterprise
magazine as one. of the top five
business motivators' in America.
Her dynamic oratorical style of
delivery is rooted in a foundation
of research and statistical data.
The public is invited and encour-
aged to hear the messages that will
be delivered to the graduates. For
more information call 470-8251.
Battling Edgewood Ave Crime
Shown above is Councilwoman Gwen Yates flanked by two JSO Officers
at a recent meeting of Edgewood Avenue business owners. Over the course
of the last year. EVERY business along W\est Edgewood Avenue has been
the target of a burglary or attempted burglary, including the offices of the
Jacksonville Free Press. The officers and other JSO personnel were on
hand to discuss the latest tactics used to battle the crime wave which they
noted was throughout the city. In addition to joining the Sheriff's Office
Business watch program. the business owners in attendance also decided
to form a Business Owners Association to watch out for each others enter-
prises and work together to eradicate the crime wave.
Continued from front
"Some of the problems are racial
in nature." Wilson said at a sympo-
sium on African-American males
held at the Unixersity of
Pennsylvania last %week.
"Others issues demonstrate that
the fate of African-Americans and
other racial groups is inextricabl.
connected with changes across the
Wilson cites globalization, the
decimation of the industrial base
and a shift toward a service-orient-
ed economy as three of the non-
racial factors affecting the jobless.
"There is no question that global-
ization has made capital increas-
ingl! mobile," says Wilson. "It has
pitted low skilled in the U.S.
against low-skilled labor overseas.
"Studies have demonstrated that
substantial numbers of jobs have
been lost in the industries in which
workers average less than 12 years
of education, while those indus-
tries requiring more education
"As Blacks represent a dispropor-
tionate percentage of the low-
skilled labor force. they are dispro-
portionately affected by the
demand forworkers," he says.
According to Wilson, the move-
ment of employment from the
cities to the suburbs is another ele-
mnent affecting Blacks.
"The growing suburbanization of
jobs have aggravated the employ-
ment woes of inner-cit- workers."
Wilson says. "In many cases, this
demands that workers have access
to a car. But too many poor work-
ers are unable to afford automo-
biles. Thus, they are unable to
reach these jobs."
"Every segment of society has a
stake in this issue." Wilson says.
"The schools have to begiq,9to
include a job placement corppp-
nent. the corporations have to com--
mit to training and investment and
the government most begin to fund
the efforts that will improve the
conditions for the chronically
"We need an economic Marshall
Plan for the inner city."
Leaning on ...
Contd. from page 2
The only real question was how
well LeBron James would perform
in his first playoff game. In retro-
spect. that question should not have
been raised, given James' stellar
It was the half-time profile of
Wizards Star Gilbert Arenas that
tugged at the heart. Best known for
throwing his jersey into the stands
after each game, Arenas has a ten-
der side. The captain of the Wizards
has become the self-appointed big
brother of Andre McAllister, a 10-
year-old and sole survivor of a fire
last December in Washington that
killed the boy's mother, twin sister,
great-grandfather and cousin.
Arenas spends time with
McAllister, got him a job as a ball-
boy for the basketball team and
remains devoted to helping shape
his future. He has already made
plans for the youth to attend college
and says McAllister is the brother
he never had.
Watching "Lean on Me" and the
clip about Arenas brought back
memories of Robert L. Glynn, the
head of McKenzie Court. my hous-
ing projects in Tuscaloosa. Ala. He
spent countless days telling me and
others that we could accomplish
anything that we set our mind to.
He told us of his poor upbringing,
letting us know in the process that
we, too, could overcome that barri-
er. I'll always remember the stories
he told me about filling holes in his
shoes with newspapers and how he
worked his way through what is
now Alabama State University.
Sometimes we forget just how
much of an impact we as individu-
als can have on the lives of our
youth. And if there were ever a time
to exert that influence, it's now.
George E. Curry is editor-in-chief of
the NAR ANei's Service.
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CHURCH AND PASTOR ANNIVERSARIES
St. Joseph Missionary Baptist
St. Joseph Missionary Baptist Church, 485 West First Street (at Broad
St.), will celebrate the Church's 76th Arwuiversarn, and the 36th
Anniversary of Re\. Dr. H. T. Rhunm, during the month of April.
Worship sern ices %w ill be held at 7 p.m. on Sunday April 30th. A spe-
cial ser ice ofPraise 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 invit-
ed to share in the fellowship and praise services.
Friendship Missionary Baptist Church
A majestic month-long celebration w ill 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) 765-310 7.
Love of Christ Community Church
to Hold "Open-Mic Poetry Night"
The Love of Christ Communitr Church, 1-181 East 16th Street, invites
you to share the gospel of the Lord thru the artist, of poetry at 6 p.m. on
Saturday. April 28. 2006. and the last Saturday of each month. If you write
' or just enjoy the Spoken Word, this is an etent that you do not'want to
miss. For information, call 19041 703-6585.
Dayspring Baptist Summer Camp
Da\ spring Baptist Chutrch, 5654Dunn A\e..; will offer an extended AM.I
& PM. "Emp Fun Summer Da\ Camp", June 5 Jul\ 28. 2006. for children.
5-14 ears of age. There are a limited niunber of spaces. For more infor-
S ation, please call (9041 764-0303.
Mother's Day Breakfast 2006
Who can find a \ irtuous woman? St. Andre%\ AN E Church is sponsor-
ing a Mother's Da\ Breakfast at 8 a.m. on Saturday. May 13th at The
Village Inn Restaurant. 200 Third Street. Neptune Beach. For resena-
tions, please call Dr. Vallie N Hollw ay at (904) 249-7624..
Ebenezer UMC to Present the Ritz
. Voices in Spring Concert May 7th
The Ebenezer United Methodist Women, Ms. Denise Morrell, President;'
will present the Ritz Voices in a Grand Spring Music Concert at 4 p.m. on
SundaN, May 7th, in the. Sanctuary of Ebenezer UMC, Rev. Newton E.
Williams, Pastor;, 9114 Norfolk Boulevard, at Soutel. Ms. Deborah
McDuffie is the director: arid Mr. Damien Dail\ is the assistant director.
The Ritz Voices, an all-city choruscomposed of Northeast Florida's most
talented outh. 10-21 years of age; who bring an electrifying performance
of jazz, contemporary gospel and spiritual art forms. Highly,recognized as
one of the most dynamic and talented youth choruses, the\ have repre-
sented Jacksonville and Florida at many local,and national events. They
have shared the stage with Bill Cosby and Dionrie Warwick, and the Ritz
Voices won First Place Honors in the "Out of Town" category at the 2003
McDonald's Gospelfest in New York City.
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 S\dner National Guard
Armory, 9900 Normandy Blvd. "Sister's Day will be fin, fellowship and
inspiration featuring local artists and area vendors. The community is
invited to, come and network, and make new contacts in an atmosphere of
inspirational sisterhood and unique fellow ship. There \%ill also be a grand
prize drawing. For more information, please call (904) 908-5867.'.
First New Zion M. B. Holding Annual
Women's Conference, April 30th May 6
First New Zion Missionary Baptist Church. Re\. Dr. James B. Sampson,
Pastor: \ ill present their 9th Annual Christian Women's Conference begin-
ning w\%ith "Zion's Night" at 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 30, 2006, in the church
sanctuary, at 4835 Soutel Drive.
The conference is FREE and open to the public, with the theme:
"Christian Women Rooted and Grounded by Faith" (Ephesians 3:17).
Praise and Worship will kick off the conference at 7 p.m. in the Church
Sanctuary on Friday. May 5th. '
The Conference Workshop and Luncheon will be held at the Hope
Plaza. 435 Clark Road, tqpm 8 a.m. to. 12:30 p.m. on Saturay. Nlay 6th.
For reservations and information, please call: (904) 765-3111.
CeCe Winans Concert set for May 28th
Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church, 1118 West Beaver Street \\ill pres-
ent the Incomparable CeCe Winans in concert, at 6 p.m.. Sunday. May 28.
2006. Seating is general, one price for all. For ticket information, please
Youth Character Awards Dinner
Character Counts! In Jacksonville and the Duval County Public Schools
will present the 6th Annual American Youth Character Awards Dinner at 7
p.m. on Thursday, May 18, 2006, at the UNF .University Center. The
Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Joseph Wise, Duval Public Schools
Superintendent. To reserve your table, call (904) 724-5566.
NAACP Presents Community
Using a pro-active approach working to save children and families and
empower our community against violence; the Jacksonville Branch
NAACP, Project REACH Inc., the Jacksonville Sheriffs Office,. City of
Jacksonville, Duval County Public Schools, HOPE Inc., and the Florida
Community College at Jacksonville (FCCJ), have joined forces to save the
youth and families of our community.
The Forum, will convene at 8;30 a.m. and will proceed until 3:30 p.m.
onrFriday. April 28, 2006, at the FCCJ Downtown Campus.
A Pre-Forum Reception will be held on Thursday evening, April 27th,
,6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Faith Based Career Transition Workshop
Career Transition Workshop is a twelve-week program that presents a
faith-based approach to help job seekers searching for the next career or
next job. It is open to the public and targeted at'anyone currently search-
ing for a job. or.anyone who might need to look for ajob in the future.
An effect i\ e job search requires specific skills that must be learned. The*
CTW program offers a step-by-step process that begins with choosing the
right job or career, preparing a verbal and written resume, search manage-
ment, networking. interview\ ing. negotiating and more. Tuition is free.
CTW runs for 12. weeks and cycles repeatedly so that newcomers can
begin on any week. Each weekly segment features its own presenters
di 'erse various business areas with specific expertise and experiences.
Career Transition Workshop begins Monday. May 1, 2006. at 6:30pm
registrationt at Fruit Coxe Baptist Church._,50. State Road.13 in Fruit
Cove. For directions, call the church office at 904-287-0996.
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Wednesday Bible Study 6:30-7 p.m.
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Thursday Night Revival Service 7:30 p.m.
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There's something irresistible about cooking and
eating outdoors. Fresh air, lively conversation, beef
sizzling on the grill and great wine all add up to
Think about the smoky flavor of grilled steak,
paired with a crisp green salad. Add crusty bread
with olive oil for dipping and the meal is no-fuss,
delicious and totally satisfying. Pour favorite wines
and it's time to dine.
Keep dessert simple and seasonal. Marinate fresh
fruits and berries in a dessert wine such as moscato
and chill before serving. It's alfresco perfect!
Italian Marinated Steak with
Total preparation and cooking
time: 45 to 50 minutes'
Marinating time: 6, hours or
Makes 6 servings
1 beef top round steak, cut 1 inch
thick (about 1-1 2 pounds)
I small eggplant. cut crosswise into
l/2-inch thick slices
2 large red or yellow bell peppers,
cut lengthwise into quarters
1 mediumL zucchini, cut length ise
1 medium yellow. squash, cut
lengthwise in half
1-1/2 cups chopped fresh tomatoes
1/3 -cup lightly packed chopped
Salt and ground black pepper
1/2 cup Colavita Extra Virgin
Olive Oil ,
1/2 cup Sutter Home Sauvignon
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice .
4 cloves garlic, minced
1,2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black
1. Combine marinade ingredients:
in small bow I. Place beef steak and
1/2 cup marinade in food-safe plas-
tic bag; turn steak to coat. Close bag
securely and marinate in refrigera'-
tor 6 hours or as long as o\emight.
turning occasionally. Cover and
reserve remaining marinade in
2. Remote 2 tablespoons of
reserved marinade for ratatouille;
set aside. Brush eggplant, bell pep-
pers, zucchini and yellow squash
wNith some of remaining reserved
3. Remove steak from marinade;
discard marinade. Place steak in
center of grid ouer medium, ash-,
covered coals; arrange vegetables
around steak. Grill steak, uncov-
ered. 16 to 18 minutes for medium
rare doneness; turning occasionally.
(Do not overcook.) Grill eggplant
and bell peppers 12 to 15 minutes;
zucchini and yellow .squash S to 12
minutites or until tender, turning
occasionally' and basting with
remaining reserved marinade.
4. To prepare ratatouille, cut
grilled vegetables into 1-inch
pieces. Combine with tomatoes,
basil and reserved 2 tablespoons
marinade in large bowl: toss to coat.
Carve steak into thin slices. Season
ratatouille and steak with salt and
black pepper, as desired. Serve rata-
touille with steak.
Wine Pairing: Serve this flavorful
Italian-inspired dish with Sunter
Home red or white wine. Rich,
spicy Zinfandel can hold its own
with grilled foods. For a softer
approach. Merlot, with its ripe fruit
flavor and velvety 'red texture, is
perfect. And if you're a white wine
fan, try a crisp Sauvignon Blanc or
lightly oaked Chardonnay.
Ribeye Steaks With Blue Cheese
Butter & Mushrooms
Total preparation and cooking time:
35 to 40 minutes
Makes 4 servings
4 well-trimmed beef ribe\e
steaks, cut 1 inch thick (about 12
2 tbsp. chopped fresh thyme
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon pepper
4 medium portobello mushrooms,
stems removed (about 14 ounces)
2 tablespoons Colavita Extra
Virgin Olive Oil'
Chopped fresh parsley\ optionali
Blue Cheese Butter: until well blended. Baby Greens With Shallot,
2 tbsp crunibled blue cheese
2 tablespoons butter, softened
2 tablespoons chopped rehydrated
sun-dried tomatoes (not packed in
1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley
1. Combine thyme, garlic and pep-
per in small bowl; press evenly onto
beef steaks. Set aside.,
2. Brush mushrooms with olive oil.
Place steaks in center of grid over
medium ash-covered coals; arrange
mushrooms around steaks. Grill
steaks, uncovered, 11 to 14 minutes
for medium rare to medium done-
ness, turning occasionally. Grill
mushrooms 16 to 18 minutes until
tender, turning occasionally.
3. Meanwhile combine Blue Cheese
Butter ingredients in small bowl
, 4. Coarsely chop mushrooms;
divide evenly among 4 plates.
Spread Blue Cheese Butter evenly
over, each steak. Carve steaks into
slices; arrange evenly over mush-
rooms. Season with salt, as desired.
Garnish with parsley, if desired.
Cook's Tip: To rehydrate sun-dried
tomatoes, cover with boiling water;
let stand 10 minutes. Drain well
Wine Pairing: The classic pairing
with beef is Sutter Home Cabernet
Sauvignon, excellent with tender,
juicy ribeye steak. Or open PinQt
Noir. It's a bit lighter in style,, but
has a subtle earthiness which mir-
rors that of the portobello mush-
Orange & Red Wine Dressing
Total preparation and cooking time:
Makes 4 servings
3 tablespoons Sutter Home
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1 small shallot, finely chopped
1 tsp freshly grated orange peel
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup Colav ita Extra Virgin
6 cups mixed baby salad greens
1. Combine wine. orange juice,
shallot, orange peel, salt and pepper
in large bowl; gradually whisk in
olive oil until blended.
2. Add salad greens to bowl: toss to
Fresh Ground Beef
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Sanderson Farms Whole
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Experts Share Their Tips
The Beef & Veal Culinary Center provides guidelines
for perfect steaks:
-Grill steaks over medium coals. Wait until the flames
subside and the coals are covered with gray ash. If the
grill is too hot, steaks can char on the outside before the
interior reaches the desired doneness. Charring is not
-Use an instant-read thermometer inserted horizon-
tally into steaks to determine doneness -1450F for
Enrico Colavita, a fourth generation olive oil produc-
er, recommends extra virgin olive oil for salad dress-
ings, steak rubs and marinades because of its superb
flavor and aroma.
-Extra virgin olive oil is produced from freshly har-
vested olives pressed without the use of chemicals or
-Straight from the bottle, or combined with coarse salt,
crushed peppercorns or fresh herbs, extra virgin olive
oil makes a superb dipping oil for bread.
Sutter Home Winery's executive chef Jeffrey Starr
shares his best advice: Drink the wine you like with the
food you like. Offer a selection of wines so guests can
discover their own favorite pairings.
-One 750 ml bottle of wine will yield approximately
five 4-ounce glasses.
-Serve red wines at 550 to 65F. White wines are best
well-chilled at 450 to 55F. Avoid over-chilling it sub-
dues a wine's aromas and flavors.
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African American Women Challenged to Confront Deadly Disease 1111 II
Despite having the greatest risk
of developing and dying from col-
orectal cancer (CRC) of any gen-
der, race or ethnicity, an astound-
ing 96 percent of African
American women do not consider
themselves to be at high risk for
the disease, according to a new
Harris poll. This alarming misper-
ception has resulted in deadly inac-
tion, with 70 percent of African
American women over the age of
45 not getting potentially life-sav-
ing' screenings for CRC. One year
after the American College of
Gastroenterology (ACG) issued
updated guidelines' for African
Americans. to begin earlier CRC
screenings at age 45,\African
American women have not gotten
Responding to this significant
health threat, the Black Women's
Health Imperative (Imperative) and
the National Women's. Health'
Resource Center (NWHRC) have
joined forces to launch African
American Women" Dire to be
Aware. An educational initiative
designed to uniquely address the
needs of African American women,
the African American Women Dare
to Be Aware initiative confronts the
issues preventing African American,
women from getting screened and
seeking treatment by daring them to
recognize their heightened risk and
Many African American women
are not aware of the benefits of
early detection. In fact, if colorectal
cancer is detected while still in the
localized. stage, the five-year- sur-
vival rate in all African Americans.
is 83 percent. However,, according
to the survey, a mere six percent of
women over 45 discussed CRC the
last time they saw their health care
provider, because the\ didn't think
they were at particular risk (27%),
their doctor didn't bring it up (15%)
or they didn't think there was a rea-
son to (16%).
Many theories -- some supported
by research*-- attempt to explain the
disparity in screening habits for
African Americans, ranging from
health care access, to socioeconom-
ic factors, to cultural beliefs, to
inadequate patient education. Fear
and lack of awareness of their
heightened risk surfaced as major
obstacles to screening for survey
respondents; most African
American women over age: 40
would be more likely to get
screened for cancer if they believed
they were at risk (94%); if they had,
,symptoms (95%) -- which do not
present until the: disease is
advanced; if they were not afraid to
find out the. results (70%); if the
tests were not so unpleasant (71%);
and if the side effects of cancer
treatment were not so bad (73%).
Yet only 36 percent of respondents
are even aware of treatment options
including oral chemotherapy, which
may. have less severe side effects
than intravenous therapy.
"African, American women face
many barriers to screening, detec-,
tion and treatment of colorectal
cancer, but gening beyond our own
fear and learning the facts can go a
long way in improving our survival
and quality of life," said Dr. Edith
When screening reveals the pres-
ence of colorectal cancer, there are
viable treatment options available
depending on the stage of the dis-
ease, including surgery, chemother-
apy, monoclonal antibodies, and
radiation. The field of colorectal
cancer therapy continues to
advance, and chemotherapy drugs,
including oral chemotherapy, have
been effective in eradicating and
shrinking tumors and delaying
tumor growth. Oral chemotherapy,
in particular, is an option that may
help some patients continue going
to work or spending time with fam-
ily and friends because they are
spending less time in the clinic for
- African American women need to
learn about their heightened risk for
CRC and take 'steps to prevent or
detect it. Consult your doctor about
Barriers to Success: Why We're Not Losing Weight
We're just about half way through
2006 and how many of us stuck to
that New Year's resolution of losing
weighit? If you are reading-this, it is
safe to assume you want to lose
weight: Anxiously we are always
looking for tips "to do" and a diet to
"go on," which are essential to suc-
cessful weight loss, but those aren't
the only things that you need to
Why? Many women have spent an
average of 20 years
"dieting." so another safe
,', assumption is that we
know a lot about what
to do right.
i'" ." attention is usu-
ally' given on
% hat not to do.
-.list of things
NOT to do to
of the pitfalls
that derail most
1. Having a
n e g a tive
tude. If you
think there is
no way that you are going to' suc-
ceed this time, lose the weight and
keep it off, then you will be right!
However, if you think positively
and believe that change is at hand,
you will empower your journel,
and you will reach your goals!
2. Going on any diet that is NOT
a manner of eating that you can
adhere to for the rest of your life.'
Be careful when deciding' what
nutritional plan you want to follow,
as it should be a manner of eating
that matches your tastes. budget and
lifestyle. You should model all of.
your future nutritional plans closely\
after how you -lost the weight to
keep that weight lost for good!
3. Believing that you will eat cab-
bage soup or any other low-cal,.
monotonous fare everyday for the
rest of your life. If a particular odd
"diet" is something 'that you can
barely stomach, it isn't realistic to
think .yu will eat that way for the
entire time it takes to lose all the
weight. It certainly won't teach you:
much about how to live healthfully
for the long-term. Just say NO, to
cabbage soup and other such funky
4. Weighing in too frequently, let-'
ting the scale rule your mood and
actions. Up to this point. have you
been fixated on the scale? Well, if
so, it hasn't really helped you lose
weight. has it? Otherwise, you
wouldn't be here, looking for yet
another "diet." So do us both a
favor, and pack the scale up, put a
big red' bow around it, and unwrap
it after six months of consistent
healthful living. It might actually
show you something you want to,
5. Not drinking enough water. You
MUST drink at least 64 ounces of
water everyday, and for the over-
achie\ers, drinking up to 62 your
body weight in fluid ounces a day is
recommended! Early man packed
up all his belongings when his
water supply dried up, moved and
relocated to another area where
water was plentiful. They knew
they couldn't like without it. Yet, we
modem men haye water in our
kitchen faucet, and ignore it all day.
The difference is that they didn't
have soft drinks, coffee, sugar-filled
drinks and diet soda. YUCK! Water
is all that you need to drink, and
you MUST drink at least 64 ounces
of it a day!
6. Drinking sugar-laden drinks --
including "fruit" ,drinks Fruitopia
is neither a fruit nor a Utopia! Try
putting your favorite nonwater bev-
erage in your pet's bowl, and see if
they will drink it. For us sweet iced
tea is a big no no. a large sweet ice
tea from a fast food restaurant can
have asmuch as 500 calories.
7. Consuming processed foods
more: often than fresh foods. Again.
think how Early Man lived and
what he ate. Eating as close to natu-
ral is the best way to ensure that
sour body is as healthy as possible.
8. Not having a plan. Leaving your
actions up to cfiance in life is never
a good idea. "We never plan to fail,
we fail to plan." Get a plan and stick
with it, but make sure each step is
realistic and change is gradual!
9. Not being aware of the nutri-
tional benefits or detriments of
what you consume. Lettuce is a
great choice to eat, but spinach and
other darker lea' es have more
nutritional benefit than the iceberg
variety. If you are going to eat, get
the most bang for your buck!
10. Finishing every last bite of a
iheal, even after' you are- full.
Mother was wrong! Don't clean
your plate, let the dishwasher do
11. Going back for seconds at
meals. Does the word "glutton"
sound like something you want to
describe )ou? There is no reason
ever to have seconds! If you 'like it
that much, have it as a leftover, the
next day! Too much of even a good
thing is no longer a good thing!
12. Skipping breakfast. Mother
was right on this one. It is the most
important meal of the da\!
More tips next week on how to
stay on your target!
While compiling stats on acci-
dents caused by driver distraction,
the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration (NHTSA)
discovered eating was a bigger dis-
traction than using a hand-held cell
phone. According" to NHTSA, 26
percent of all traffic fatalities
among America's 185,500,000
licensed drivers are. caused by driv-
The revelation led to the develop-
ment of Hagerty's list of the "10
Vorst Foods to Eat While Behind the Wheel
Most Dangerous Foods To Eat
While Driving." Hagerty's
researchers then rated common
foods eaten in cars according to the
degree of distraction, degree of dif-
Sficulty in eating with only one hand
on the wheel, and the food's popu-
larity. They ranked the top 10 foods
from bad to worst:
10. Chocolate! Whatever you,
touch -- steering wheels, .gear shift,
clothing, hair -- will get, stained.
Drivers' instinctive reactions are to
clean up immediately and that dis-
tracts them from the road ahead.
9. Soft Drinks! Suddenly soaking
up your soda as you pull out to pass
could be a deadly distraction. Open
containers of hot or cold liquids can
cause a lack of concentration when
spilled across a shirt or lap.
8. Jelly or Cream-Filled Donuts!
Imagine the disaster as messy jelly
oozes onto a driver's shirt or lap.
7. Fried Chicken! Greasy hands
are a major distraction. And grease'
on a steering wheel is almost
impossible to get off.,
6. Barbecued Food: Always keep
in mind, "If it can drip,: don't eat it
while you drive!" .
5. Juicy Burgers! A $5 hamburger
deluxe could turn into $5,000(worth
of repairs if dripping condiments,
special sauces or greasy meat juices
distract the driver.
4. Chili! Steering chili-covered
foods to your mouth while steering
a car around a comer requires more
dexterity than many of us are
3. Tacos! It's tough enough to
cleanly eat a crispy shelled taco at
home., One good road bump and the
seat of your car will look like a
2. Hot Soups! Eating soup while
trying to shift and steer can land
you, in hot water quick. It's the
equivalent of a circus juggling act.
1. Coffee! Uncovered drinks are
the worst offenders for distracting
splashes and spills. Hot coffee is
often served, at lava-like tempera-
tures. If it burns your mouth, you
can imagine how badly it will feel
as it rains down in your lap.
Additional food for thought:
More food-related accidents hap-
pen in the morning. Why? Mainly
because people are concerned about
their appearance on the way to
work. That little spill can easily dis-
tract and cause evasive actions that
can lead to accidents.
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O wev :ree Press Files
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Over the past twenty years, many people, places and events have graced the Free Press pages. Join us as we glimpse
back at some of the events that helped shape our newspaper into the publication that it is today.
Miss Padrica Mlendez (center) accepts the Pinnacle award from
Bethune-Cookman College Board of Trustees Chairman Dr. Wendell
Architectural Engineer Thomas Waters enjoys a tropical beverage Holmes (left) and B-CC president (now E" C president) Oswald Longtime NAACP President llye Dennis strikes a pose rith Mrs.
with Angela Spears and JuCoby Pittman at a Luau in the late 90s. Bronson in celebration of the college's 90th anniversary. REPRINT Correa Scott King on one of her many Jacksonville visits.
Award from Edith Tanksley. President of the Jacksonville Business ., .
o C i MlaVsnne "Beach Lady Betsch admires a photo of her s.st-r,
and Professional omen's Club in the mid 80s. Charles Sencer lead the International Longshoreman's Association
for over a decade, bringing the rights and needs of the local's dock
workers to the forefront of attention.
At the premiere party of a "Photos by Weems" exhibit at the Ritz are
Brenda Kelly, fiance Bill Brown who past last year and Ritz Director
Carol Alexander. .
Spelmans Grst female president, Dr. Johnetta
it at the Ritz Theater and Lal'illa liluseum.
Following one of the Black college football classics in 2000, Rep. Terry Fields hosted a party where guests include Wendy Hinton, rep. Fields,
colleague Denise Lee, the late Taye Brown and Carlottra Guyton.
Sylvia Perry and Jocelyn Turner make a selection at the Northside's
The Late Congresswoman Tillie Fowler with then Chamber employ- store, Nefertiti's Books and Gifts. The store is
ee and now BBIC President Tony Nelson in this mid 80s photo. n ow close ed after b ringing years of book signing and Gifts. The storms.
now closed after bringing years of book signing and cultural forums.
Shown above at a Private Industry Council Event in the early 90s
are William Sweet, Brenda Scantling, Linda Reddick (standing)
unidentified and Leo Dennis.
Pa-e! 10 s-.--'-Fee res A ri 27- ay-,I 00
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 tare now open. To register at
these locations call 765-3589 or stop by the Johnson YMCA at 5700
OM]TSOEOE]IDeA1 O Oi
Do you know an
Someone who is constantly doing f6r 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.
Why are you nominating this person
Links Old School Jam
The Bold City Chapter of Links, Incororporated will present their 3rd
Annual Old School Jam on Saturday, May 20, 2006. The event will be held
at Alltell Stadium with all of your favorite jams from the 60s and 70s
including a best attire/costume contest, bid Whist Tournament, food, fun
and fellowship. The fun kicks off at 7 p.m. and sells out every year. No
tickets will be sold at the door. Tickets for the event are $50 and can be
purchased from any Bold City Link member. E-mail
BoldCityLinks@aol.com or call 634-1993 for more information.
The Ritz Theatre & LaVilla
Museum will give the audience an
opportunity to experience the dance
and majesty of the continent of
Africa with the Chuck Davis
African American Dance ensemble.
Soar to the beat of ancient rhythms
with this dynamic ensemble, and
witness the blend of artistry, ath-
leticism and explosive energy. The
performance will be on Saturday
April 29th at 7:30 p.m.- For more
information call 632-5555.
Winn-Dixie customers and resi-
dents in northwest Jacksonville's
Moncrief/Soutel area will celebrate
pride and community spirit while
remembering the late Dr. Robert
Brown. The family physician initi-
ated the annual "Community
Appreciation Day" in 1996. The
afternoon will include scholarship
presentations, trackless train rides,
a bounce house, clowns, face paint-
ing and more. The celebration will
be held on Saturday, April 29, 10
a.m. 1 p.m. at the Winn-Dixie
store #194 at 5250 Moncrief Road
and Soutel Drive.
Chorale in Concert
Woodlawn Presbyterian Church,
3026 Woodlawn Road, will present
The Don Thompson Chorale! In
Concert at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday,
April 30, 2006. Admission is Free
For more information about this
and future concerts, contact the
Chorale office at 904-358-0196
Evening of Taste
An evening of fine wine, spectacu-
lar food and good times benefiting
Children's Home Society will be
held at Matthew's of San Marco
Sunday, April 30 from 5:30- 8 p.m.
Guests will delight in an intimate
setting with fine wine as they sam-
ple some of Chef Matthew
Medure's most exclusive menu
items. They can also bid on exciting
silent auction packages and enjoy a
wonderful social setting where they
can learn more about the organiza-
tion. For more information or to
purchase tickets, contact Nanette
Regalado at 493-7739.
Show and Brunch
A Summer Fashion Show and
Brunch will be hosted by the
Atlantic Beach Women's
Connection on Wednesday, May
3rd, from 9:30 to 11:00AM at the
Selva Marina Country Club located
at 1600 Selva Marina Drive,
Atlantic Beach. Child-care is free
and reservations are requested by
Monday, May 1st. Please call Susan
at 904-714-9962 or email
further information. This program
is presented by the Atlantic Beach
Women's Connection, a non-
denominational group, with no
with Master Gardeners
Staffers and Master Gardeners
I I I I
from the Duval County Extension
Service will present a program
about native plants in our landscape
and how they attract butterflies.
Also easy care flowers for our
warm weather and how to build a
rain garden. The forum will be held
onWednesday, May 3, 2006, 10
a.m.- 1 p.m. at the Mandarin
Garden Club, 2892 Loretto Road
There will be garden tours and "liv-
ing" door prizes. Call to register
Comedian Arnez J at
the Comedy Zone
Comedian Amez J will be appear-
ing atthe Comedy Zone throughout
the weekend May 4 6. Many
African-American comedians of his
generation have idolized the outra-
geous, X-rated humor of Richard
Pryor. Amez J, however, mined his
physical comedy from the politely
clean, physical antics of Carol
Burnett, Flip Wilson and Red
Skelton. For tickets or more infor-
mation call 292-4242.
Hurricane season is just around the
comer, are you prepared ? Florida
Community College at
Jacksonville, partnering with area
agencies will offer a free" work-
shop on May 6 from 8 a.m. to 3
p.m. on emergency preparedness.
The six-hour workshop will teach
how to Prevent, Prepare for,
Respond to and Recover from
emergencies, such as the hurricanes
that devastated parts of Florida over
the last few years. Call (904) 381-
3785 for registration information.
Current class leaders of Old
Stanton, Stanton Vocational, New
Stanton and faculty and staff of that
era will meet on Monday, May 8th
at 6:30 p.m. in the 2nd Floor
Conference Room of Bethel Baptist
Institutional Church to discuss the
first "Annual Gala" For more infor-
mation, contact Kenneth Reddick at
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E New Reality Show Takes Behind Scenes
R mI J IJj Ji[J JI'J I Look at Black College Band Life
TIGER TAKING A BREAK
Tiger Woods announced last week
that he's taking a break form the PGA
Tour to be with his father, Earl, who
suffers from cancer. While in New
Zealand attending the wedding of his
caddie Steve Williams, Woods said he
may not play in another tournament
until the U.S. Open in June. "It's kind of up in the air
with the situation back home, so I don't know what's
going to happen," said Woods. "I'm taking time off. I'm
here for this event and for Steve, and to enjoy time off
and be with my father, so I won't play for a while."
WHITNEY RETURNS TO REHAB
Whitney Houston is report-
edly giving rehab another try. ife
The superstar, who has had
details of her drug addiction
splashed across tabloids in
recent months, was said to
have checked into the Sierra .
Tucson clinic in Tucson,
Arizona to get clean once and J
for all, reports the entertain- "
ment news show Extra.
According to the National Enquirer, her husband,
Bobby Brown, was "kept in the dark about Whitney's
whereabouts for several days."
Brown's sister Tina, who last month supplied the
Enquirer with an interview and pictures of Whitney's
bathroom full of drug paraphernalia, says that Bobby
returned to their home from a concert on April 14 to
find that Whitney was gone.
"At first he thought she was just off on another drug
binge," Tina told The Enquirer. "It took a few days for
him to find out from Whitney's family that they had
talked her into going into rehab and a few more days
to get an answer about which treatment center she was
EDDIE AND NICOLE STRIKE A DEAL
After 12 years of marriage, Eddie and Nicole Murphy
are now officially divorced. Court papers obtained by
People magazine confirm that the split became final on
last week in Los Angeles.
has a son, Christian, from a previous relationship.
"The welfare of our children is our main concern and
their best interest is our first priority," Murphy said last
year in a statement.
Meanwhile, Murphy is currently shooting the film
adaptation of Broadway's "Dreamgirls," due in theaters
Dec. 21 with co-stars Beyonce Knowles and Jamie
He is also set to star in the comedy "Norbit," play-
ing a meek man forced to marry an overbearing lady
(also played by Murphy) only to find the woman of his
dreams (Thandie Newton). As reported yesterday,
Newton, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Eddie Griffin have
recently joined the project.
O'S LEGENDS BALL HITS PRIMETIME
On Monday, May 15, more behind-the-scenes footage
from Oprah Winfrey's historic "Legends' Ball" will be
featured in a two-hour ABC special to air before the
season finale of "Grey's Anatomy."
About a year ago, Winfrey hosted a white-tie ball,
luncheon and gospel brunch to honor 25 African
American women deemed most influential to her life
and American culture, including the late Coretta Scott
King, the late Rosa Parks, Aretha Franklin and Tina
Turner. Winfrey also invited dozens upon dozens of
other influential black women, including Halle Berry,
Mariah Carey and Mary J. Blige.
The one-hour special,
titled "Oprah Winfrey's
Legends' Ball," begins at
8 p.m. and will feature
.original interviews with
T participants reflecting on
their experience at the
:.a. .. .. .- The two-hour "Grey's
-. ,Anatomy" finale will
.move from its regular 10
p.m. Sunday timeslot to
SMonday at 9 p.m. for the
B.B.S PARALLETLED DEDICATION
The New York Daily News is reporting that blues leg-
end B.B. King drove all night from Mississippi to New
Nicole, a former model, York last Monday to make a schneamea concert despite
filed divorce papers last having just buried his son on Sunday, and learning that
Aug. 5 citing irreconcilable one of his grandsons had been shot and killed last
differences. week. According to the newspaper, King's son Leonard
As part of the arrange- lost his battle with colorectal cancer, and the musician's
meant, the actor has agreed to 14-year-old grandson was reportedly gunned down in a
pay Nicole child support for store. At his own BB King Club & Grill in Times
ther five children- Bria,.Square Monda~t night, the musician was able to per-
y.'es, Shae, -Zolf an ,riorm a selection of hits ati-a celebration marking'hlij
Bella Zahra. Murphy also 10,000th performance. He performed in Jacksonville
this week for another sold out performance.
Madea Taking Over the Literary World
*BET flew the entire
Grambling State University drum
line to California in January to help
promote its new program, "Season
of the Tiger," a reality series set at
Louisiana's Grambling State
University that follows members of
its Mighty Tiger marching band and
champion football team.
After the drum line opened BET's
session at the bi-annual Television
Critics Association Press Tour in
Pasadena, the network's President
and CEO Debra Lee told the
reporters, "Consider what you just
heard a wake-up drumbeat to a new
day at BET."
In the shows previews, BET
makes it known that it sees "Season
of the Tiger" as a departure from
programming that depict today's
black youth as bling-obsessed indi-
viduals looking for the easy route to
"Black kids are often criticized for
being low achievers or materialis-
tic," Reginald Hudlin, BET
President of Entertainment, said in
a statement. "But in this show, we
see them trying to measure up to the
exacting standards of two great
black institutions, Grambling State
University football team and
When asked about the motivation
behind the show, executive produc-
er James Dubose looked toward the
drumline and said, "I think what
you saw right there, that's why they
get up in the morning. They're not
trying to please their boss. They're
not trying to climb the ladder.
They're not trying to make money.
They love music. They love being
a part of the Grambling marching
band. The football team, too. Most
of these kids aren't going to make a
million dollars. They're not going
to go to the NFL. But they get up
every day because they love the
game of football and they love their
teammates. So I think that passion
is something we really thought was
important to show."
m. Premi ring Tl rsay I, 9;a,
p.m., the program zeroes in on
issues facing three musicians and
two athletes over the course of six
half-hour episodes. Shunnie, the
band's master drill sergeant, goes
after her dream of being the first
female drum major in HBCU histo-
ry. Eva, a homesick freshman and
the only girl on the drumline, wants
a rap career and is secretly carrying
on a relationship with another
drumline member. Mancel is a
white sax player who has been
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kicked out of the band over a pos-
session bust. Bruce, the star quar-
terback of the football team, deals
with a knee injury, a jailed father
and a home destroyed by Hurricane
Katrina. Blue, a junior walk-on run-
ning back, is the team's practical
joker and the father of a newborn
who lives with his baby's mother.
"What you get an opportunity to
see is these young kids and the pas-
sion that they have for what they
do," said Dubose. "I think that's the
light that we're trying to show them
in. It's a different light that what
we normally get an opportunity to
see our young adults in, and this is
an opportunity to say they have pas-
sion. They love what they do. And
this is sort of their life outside of
what we think is their normal
atmosphere, if you will."
According to BET, viewers will
also get to see Shunnie pursue her
dream r i9ording a, sg; Eva.
struggle with acadefiic issues;'
Mancel face jail time if he can't
come up with the cash to pay his
fine; Blue and his family facing
eviction; and Bruce confronting his
weight issues, having gained 30
pounds while on bed rest recuperat-
ing from his injury.
Meanwhile, both the band and
football team are "going in for bat-
tle every Saturday and they both
work hard," says co-executive pro-
ducer Jesse Scaccia. "They both
have times when they're waking up
at four in the morning, both have
times where they stay until mid-
night. Ask any football player,
they'll claim (the band) works just
as hard as the football team, dedica-
tion on both sides."
Echoing BET's desire to pro-
mote the show as a rare positive
depiction of young urban adults,
Debra Lee stated to critics, "These
are kids who just want to be great at
what it is they're doing. They're in
institutions that have set the bar
really high. And over the course of
the series, we get to see whether
they can match up to the standards
they're being held to."
Dubose adds: "The kids in our
show are role models. There are not
enough out there. But if the people
who watch 'Season of the Tiger'
emulate the pride and the passion of
these characters, I think we all have
*a good future ahead f us"
Viewers can caich encore telecasts
of each Week's episode on
Thursday at 1:30 a.m. (ET/PT),
Saturday at 7:30 p.m. (ET/PT) and
Tuesday at 10 p.m. (ET/PT).
*Bookstores are just now getting
a taste of what theaters and movie
houses have come to learn the hard
way when Madea enters the
room, it's just best to get out of her
Following the huge successes of
Tyler Perry's plays and films star-
ring the gun-toting grandmother,
his new book, "Don't Make A Black
Woman Take Off Her Earrings:
Commentaries on Love and Life,"
has just debuted at No. 1 on the
New York Times Hardcover
Nonfiction Bestseller List.
The title, which shares Madea's
observations, advice, and beliefs, is
also the No. 1 selling nonfiction
hardcover title at retail chains and
independent bookstores across the
U.S. and tops sales lists on both
Amazon.com and bamesandno-
Perry personally thanks fans via
his Web site, stating: "I've been
0QM MENTA R ItlC
ON LOVE AND L 'I
7 ,lke a
reading the message board for the
last few days and I got all the com-
ments about the book and how
much you all have been enjoying it.
I know the book signing have been
crazy, but I'm thankful that all of
you stayed calm and waited patient-
ly. I know that I signed over a thou-
sand books at most of these places.
I couldn't get to everyone, especial-
ly in Atlanta, although I wanted to,
God knows I did."
He continues: "The stories that I
heard first hand from people in that
line moved me so much. Like in
New Jersey, the very last lady in the
line told me that my shows had
helped her get through the death of
her son. And this lady was very
young. When I tell you I'm glad that
Madea has bought so much joy to
so many, I thank God for the bless-
ings and the burden of this charac-
ter. Just thank you."
Perry recently held successful
autograph sessions at Barnes &
Noble on Fifth Avenue and Hue-
Man bookstore in New York City,
and the Borders bookstore just out-
side of Washington, D.C. Other
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