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Year of Service
Impact on a
Black Farmers Argue Many Were
Excluded From Settlement
WASHINGTON A group of black farmers rallied last week outside the
Agriculture Department to press their claim that thousands of people
were left out of the settlement of a discrimination lawsuit.
Seven years ago, the department agreed to pay farmers who could show
they were discriminated against. The settlement provided for payments
of $50,000 but allowed for unlimited payments in extreme cases.
As of January, the government bad paid around $900 million to settle
14.300 claims. An additional 8,100 claims were denied; many are under
review by a court-appointed monitor.
More than 60.000 other people submitted claims but missed the tiling
deadline. Black farmers' groups have been lobbying to let those claims
proceed. A bill in Congress would allow the claims and stall government
loan foreclosures until they are decided.
Deadline Looms for Medicare Drug Plan;
Minorities Behind in Signing Up
The deadline for seniors to enroll in the Medicare Part D prescription
drug plan is Monda;. May 15. And the message from black health care
experts is this: Don't procrastinate.
The Medicare D prescription drug program is a new initiative that offers
eligible seniors deep discounts for prescription drugs. In some cases. offi-
cials sa\, the drugs could cost only a few dollars. The plan is designed for
the elderly on fixed incomes, and federal health-care professionals are
hoping that black seniors are properly informed and take advantage of the
program. If seniors miss the May 15 deadline, they cannot enroll until
No\ ember and will likely pay much higher premiums as a result.
There are two ways to get Medicare prescription drug coverage. You can
join a Medicare prescription drug plan or you can join a Medicare
Advantage Plan or other Medicare Health Plans that offer drug coverage.
Medicare drug coverage will help seniors by covering brand-name and
generic drugs at pharmacies that are convenient for them.
State Rep from Miami Accused of
Using Racial EpithetsAgainst Supt.
State Rep. Ralph Arza of the Florida Legislature. has repeatedly used
racial epithets in English and Spanish to describe NMiami-Dade's African-
American schools superintendent, according to the schools chief himself
and four public officials from the Miami-Dade area.
"They Nwere xery disparaging remarks made in a Nery, very ugly ethnic
tone" for more than a year. Superintendent Rudy Crew said to the Miami
Herald. Four other sources, both elected and appointed officials, some of
whom are Republicans like Arza. said they had heard the lawmaker use
the language when talking about Crew.
Crew, who did not hear the remarks but relied on what he called "a
number" of reports, and the four officials said Arza has repeatedly used
the %word "nigger" in English to refer to the schools chief
In Spanish, for which there is no direct translation, they said Arza called
Crew\ a negro de mierda. using a word for excrement.
Crew. the former chancellor of New York City's public schools system-
said he knew the job in Miami-Dade was tough. But he was surprised by
Arza. "I'm basically a street kid. But I know, there are some rules you
never break." Crew said. "You don't ever cross that line. not in our
schools. not in our government, not from our elected officials."
Oil Rich Country of Qatar to Give
$60 Million to New Orleans
The nation of Qatar will give roughly $60 million in grants to benefit
the victims of Hurricane Karrina. including $1'".5 million to Xavier
Uniersirty of Louisiana. the only historically black Catholic university in
the United States. Other beneficiaries are Tulaue University. Children's
Hospital in New Orleans. Habitat for Humanity. Louisiana State
Universir, and the March of Dimes.
Nasser Bin Hamad M. al-Khalifa, Qatar's ambassador to the United
States. said the remainder of the $100 million his country had pledged
would be assigned in the coming months.
Qatar was one of several Persian Gulf nations to donate tens of millions
of dollars. Saudi Arabia, for instance, gave more than $100 million, and
the United Arab Emirates pledged $100 million.
Poor nations also donated. Less than a year after the Indian Ocean
tsunami engulfed it. Sri Lanka gave $25,000 to the American Red Cross.
Bangladesh gave $1 million. Cyprus $50,000. Ghana $15.000 and the
Dominican Republic $50,000.
U.S. Sues Black Miss. Democratic
Head on Voting Act Violation
For the first time. the .Justice Department is using the 1965 law to allege
racial discrimination against whites.
52 year old Ike Brown. head of the Democratic Party in Mississippi's
rural No\ubee Counr,, is accused of waging a campaign to defeat white
voters and candidates with tactics including intimidation and coercion.
Also named in the lawsuit is Circuit Clerk Carl Mickens, who has agreed
to refrain from rejecting white voters' absentee ballots considered defec-
tive while accepting similar ballots from black voters.
The Justice Department complaint says Brown and those working with
him "participated in numerous racial appeals during primary and general
campaigns and hai\e criticized black citizens for supporting w white candi-
dates and for forming biracial political coalitions with w hite candidates."
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Volume 20 No. 14 Jacksonville, Florida May 4 -10, 2006
Latin Community Shows How a Millenium Boycott Should Be
by George Curry
It's no secret that oppressed
groups in the United States and
abroad -- including women, the
physically challenged, gays and les-
bians and Latinos, among others -
have borrowed the tactics of the
modem Civil Rights Movement to
advance their cause. And most
groups are quick to acknowledge
that debt to Black America.
But the recent "Day of Absence"
by Latinos took it to a new level.
"Day of Absence" was the title of a
1965 play by Douglas Turner Ward,
founder and artistic director of the
Negro Ensemble Company. The
play, set in a small community in
the South, explores what would
happened if all of the town's Black
employees disappeared for a day.
When Hispanics first began dis-
cussing "a day of absence," they
had not only studied the Civil
Rights Movement, they had paid
attention to every detail. Evidently,
they know about a play that many
African-Americans are unfamiliar
Initially, the boycott was to be a
day that Hispanics boycotted work,
stayed out of school and refused to
go shopping in order show the
importance of Hispanics to the
American economy. However, that
was modified because of dissention
over whether undocumented work-
ers would risk losing their jobs and
keeping students out of school
would send the wrong message.
The League of United Latin
Americans (LULAC), one of the
key organizers, helped revamp
"We are asking individuals to keep
from spending a penny that day,"
LULAC National President Hector
M. Flores said in a statement. "We
are also asking students to stay in
school on that day and not make
any purchases. We do not want chil-
dren out of school or people miss-
ing work without permission from
their employers. We ask that people
be disciplined and responsible and
to show our respect yet make a
Monday was also International
Workers Day, a holiday that began
in the 1880s. Flores said it is cele-
brated in every country except the
U.S., Canada and South Africa.
In making the case for a sensitive
immigration policy, Latino leaders
point to a UCLA study by Raul
Hinojosa that shows the combined
value of undocumented immigrants
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Community Appreciation Day
Lauds Legacy of Dr. Robert Brown
Thousands Rally to End Genocide
In a time when America is spending millions daily to correct human
rights and terrorist threats in Iraq, thousands of Sudanese of being
murdered daily. Tens of thousands of activists descended upon the
National Mall in D.C. last weekend demanding that the Bush admin-
istration do everything in its power to bring an end to the death and
devastation in the East African nation of Sudan.
Speaking at the rally, Sen. Barack Obama (D) told the gathering, "If
we care, the world will care. If we act, then the world will follow."
"Not on our Watch!" the throngs insisted, waving flags as celebri-
ties, politicians and a cross-cut of America filed to the podium to send
out a loud and resounding message that all eyes are on Darfur, the
western region of Sudan, where militias (with the backing of the Arab
government) have been slaughtering countless Black Sudanese. Some
estimates have the death toll at nearly a half-million, with millions
more displaced from their homes.
Robert Brown, Jr. greets the crowd attending the tenth annual
Community Appreciation Day at the Winn-Dixie at Moncrief Road
and Soutel Drive on Saturday, April 29. It was the first year Brown
acted as host, following the death of his father, Dr. Bob Brown, who
had hosted the event since its inception in 1996.
Winn-Dixie customers, northside
residents, family and friends cele-
brated their pride and community
EWC Celebrates 2006 Graduation
Students rejoice on commencement day.
Celebrating 140 years of service,
86 students walked across the stage
at the newly constructed Adams-
Jenkins Community Sports and
Music Center last weekend to
receive their Bachelor Degree from
Edward Waters College.
Dr. Valdrie N. Walker, Vice
President for Academic Affairs
announced the recipient's name as
each was awarded the degree from
EWC President Dr. Oswald P.
The speaker for the graduation,
Patricia Russell-McCloud, encour-
aged the graduates to focus and be a
"warriorclass, high on hope and
choose healing over hurt and hostil-
ity." Russell-McCloud is a profes-
sional orator and author, and presi-
dent of Russell-McCloud &
Associates, a speaking association
based in Atlanta, GA.
"Mountain, Get Out of My Way"
was the topic of her commencement
address. She challenged the gradu-
ates to focus on removing moun-
tains as they assist those who are in
poverty "which is overrated by the
rich and overpopulated by the poor.
There are over two million persons
homeless; 500,000 without health
Earlier, Rev. Rudolph McKissick,
Sr, pastor of Bethel Baptist
Institutional Church delivered the
Baccalaureate Sermon which
inspired students to press forward,
which fits with the College's theme
of Excellence and Ethics.
"You have already pressed for-
ward to get to this point which is
not the end but the beginning.
Maintain faith in God, in yourself
and in humanity." McKissick said.
spirit while remembering a beloved
friend and neighbor, the late Dr.
Robert Brown at the 10th Annual
Community Appreciation Day. The
family physician initiated the annu-
al "Community Appreciation Day"
in 1996. Activities throughout the
afternoon included a scholarship
presentation to Ribault Hisch
School student Kasmine Leach and
,Kenneth Wynn, who will graduate
this month from Raines High
School, trackless train rides, a
bounce house, clowns, face paint-
ing and more.
Dr. Brown, who passed away in
August 2005, was a family practice
physician affiliated with the
University of Florida, and was an
active and inspirational community
leader involved in the Boy Scouts,
Rotary and his church. He chose to
provide his care to a largely under-
served area of northwest
Jacksonville following his residen-
cy at what is now Shands-
Jacksonville Medical Center. He
worked with Winn-Dixie to build a
store to serve the neighborhood,
because the closest grocery store
was several miles away. The Winn-
Dixie opened in 1996.
Following the scholarship presen-
tation, family-friendly activities
began including lunch served by
Chef Robert and the many activi-
ties. Musical entertainment fea-
tured Coco & The Chosen Ones
gospel singers. Drawings for prizes
will be held every 15 minutes. The
event is free and open to the com-
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Look For New Card When
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sent me a letter offering a choice of
closing the account and paying off
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receive this letter. I have always
paid their bill and was never late.
When called, they said they would
not change the rate back because I
missed the deadline for the reply. Is
it legal? Can you help me close the
account at the lower rate?
A: That is quite a rate hike!
Creditors can change the interest
rate on the card as long as they give
you 15 days written notice, even on
so called "fixed rate" credit cards.
The fact that you never received the
notice doesn't really help your situ-
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Companies send out notices such
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terms of your cardholder agree-
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in interest rate.
The options included in these
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You said you have always paid
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Enterprising Local Optometetrist
Named PA Alumnus of the Year
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Derrick Artis, O.D., M.B.A.
The Pennsylvania College of
Optometry (PCO) has announced
that Derrick L. Artis, O.D., M.B.A.
has been named PCO's "Alumnus
of the Year". Artis is Director of
Professional Affairs at Vistakon, a
Division of Johnson and Johnson
Vision Care Inc., in Jacksonville.
He oversees relationships with eye
care professional organizations, and
lectures nationally and internation-
ally to physicians providing clini-
cal, technical and business insights
on contact lens technology and eye
care. PCO (www.pco.edu), is one
of only seventeen (17) accredited
optometry schools in the nation.
Artis began his professional ca-
reer in 1990, opening his first prac-
tice in downtown Washington, DC.
Partnering with a fellow PCO alum-
nae, Teresa Grillo, O.D., he opened
his second practice, Visual Eyes
Optometrists, Inc. in Hyatts-ville,
MD, in 1997.
Deciding to move into health-care
management, Artis sold both his
practices in 2000, and obtained a
Masters in Business Administra-
tion from the University of Miami
Prior to his appointment at
Vistakon, Artis was Director of
Professional Services at For Eyes
Optical Company in Hialeah, FL,
from 2000 to 2004. In this position
he was responsible for the develop-
ment of the 112 optometry prac-
tices affiliated with the company.
In his senior year at Virginia
Commonwealth University, Artis
met PCO's Dean of Student Af-
fairs, Robert E. Home, at a student
recruitment forum. He was already
interested in medicine and knew the
need for optometrists in the African
American community. He says,
"Optometry is very under-repre-
sented in minority commun-ities.
There were few African American
optometry role models, hence a
lack of awareness about optometry
in the African American communi-
ties." After meeting Dean Home, he
The National Optometric Asso-
ciation (NOA) voted Artis "Nation-
al Student Of The Year" while at
PCO, in 1989. After graduation, he
promoted optometry as a career for
minority students and has assisted
newly graduated optometrists in
finding practice opportunities.
In addition to his many achieve-
ments, Artis also received a patent
for the invention of a contact lens
case that tracks the number of days
a disposable contact lens has been
worn. He is proud of his work at his
church and other volunteer projects.
Dr. Artis provides FREE eye care
services through Project See, and
has chaired Habitat for Humanity's
building of several homes in
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. Celebrities, Activitists Rally
to End Darfur Crisis
Ben Carter and Bobbi Morgan-Jones
Donna Buchannan, Trudy Dixon, Gloria Walker, Barbara Young
Thousands of people joined
celebrities and lawmakers at a rally
urging the Bush administration and
Congress to help end genocide in
Sudan's Darfur region.
"Not on our watch!" the crowd
chanted Sunday as a parade of
speakers lined up for their turn on a
stage on the National Mall, the
Capitol serving as a backdrop.
"The personal motivation for a lot
of us is the Holocaust," said
Boston-based Rabbi Or Rose of
Jewish Seminarians for Justice.
"Given our history and experience,
we feel an obligation to stand up
and speak out."
In an interview, refugee Hassan
Cober said he was forced to leave
his family and flee Sudan four
years -ago after many were killed
and raped. He urged the U.S.and
the United Nations to act quickly,
saying he had no idea where his
family was or if they were OK.
"We need deeds, not words," said
Cober, now of Portland, Maine.
"They need to come to Darfur
today, not tomorrow, because what
is going on is a disaster."
The organizers' permit anticipated
10,000 to 15,000 people would
rally, one of several in U.S. cities
this weekend against what the
United Nations calls the world's
worst humanitarian disaster.
The U.S. Park Police, which does
not issue crowd estimates, reported
The event attracted high-profile
speakers such as actor George
Clooney, just back from Africa;
Democratic Senator Barack
Obama; House Democratic leader
Nancy Pelosi; Nobel Peace Prize
winner Elie Wiesel; Olympic
speedskating champion Joey
Cheek, who gave his bonus money
to the cause; and Roman Catholic
Cardinal Theodore McCarrick,
archbishop of Washington.
Years of fighting between ethnic
groups and Arab militias in western
Sudan have left at least 180,000
people dead and about 2 million
homeless. Bush met with Darfur
advocates at the White House on
Friday and lent his support to the
weekend rallies. "For those of you
who are going out to march for jus-
tice, you represent .the best of our
country," Bush said.
Tashana Gordy, Patricia Clark, Rev. Jenkins, Cynthia Brown and
James Taylor, David Andress, Antonette Turner, Ken Fields, and Eric
Retirement Celebration Luncheon
Held for Jackie Nash
On Saturday, April 29th,. Jackie
Nash was surprised b3 families,
friends and colleagues at First
Timothy Baptist Church with a sur-
prise retirement celebration. Derya
Williams presided over the event
with David Andress, her last super-
visor at Public Health giving the
A full buffet with dessert was
served as the luncheon progressed.
Individuals from all avenues of her
life attested to her commitment and
dedication to serve. Donna
In a year where Republicans pro-
posed spending billions more than
last fiscal year, State
Representative Terry L. Fields (D-
Jacksonville), Thursday urged his
colleagues to increase teachers'
salaries before funding unneces-
sary tax cuts or flawed ideological
Instead, the Republican-led House
voted against Democratic efforts to
increase teachers' salaries 37-72
"Creating a world-class educa-
tional environment is one of the
highest priorities," said Rep. Terry
Fields. "And that world-class edu-
cational environment for our chil-
dren begins with high-quality, well-
compensated education profession-
als leading the classroom."
Rep. Fields worked with Rep.
Bendross-Mindingall in effort to
provide our public school teachers
with a $2,800 salary increase. This
desperately needed salary increase
would get Florida halfway to the
national average teachers' salary.
Florida needs more than 30,000
new teachers just to meet the
demands for next year. Thousands
of teachers are leaving the profes-
sion each year; some of them retire,
but many leave after only a few
years. Rep. Fields feels that we
need to improve both our recruit-
ment and retention policies for
public school teachers
The low teacher pay in Florida is
partly responsible for so many
teachers leaving the state.
Democrats believe that it's time
Florida's teachers are paid like the
hardworking professionals they
Buchanan of Public Health stated it
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once she did, it was a remarkable
experience. Dr. Ella Simmons pre-
sented her with an International
Award that was signed by AIDS
pioneers in South Africa. The first
State award through the Petry
Award for the individual most inno-
vative in Prevention was likewise
presented. Brother Mark Dees of
the Usher Ministry, gave a testirrio-
ny of her commitment to the church
in all aspects of her involvement.
Dr. Barbara Young delightfully
shared her membership stories in
Jackie Killian, Mark Deas, Mary Killian, Joe Bryant and Ada Bryant
the Walking Club. Joan Thayer of
Delta Sigma Theta commended her
on her willingness to serve, present-
ed her with a gift and saluted her for
continuing to work beyond her
retirement. Sister to the honorable,
Patricia Clark dedicated "A Special
Prayer For Her" in song.
Following a tearfelt thankyou, the
festive afternoon closed with
Reverend Newton Williams of
Ebenezer United Methodist Church
providing the Benediction.
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Johnson Lends Helping Hands at Paint the Town
Rahman Johnson and Kevin Brooks were on hand in the Mixon Town
area of Jacksonville for the annual Paint the Town which provided much
needed cosmetic care to a population that could not afford physically or
financially to update their homes. The annual event sponsored by the City
and corporate Jacksonville gives entire communities a facelift and breath
of new life over the course of a week.
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by Jacksonville City Councilman Reginald Fullwood
Rap Music Wrongly Glorifying
Many of you may have read Mary
Shelly's book "Frankenstein," or
saw the movie. If so, you know that
the monster was gentle at the begin-
ning and somewhat childlike. Once
exposed to real life challenges
through several harsh encounters
with humans, the monster became
bitter and out of control.
Frankenstein's monster can repre-
sent so many aspects of today's
society, but I want to use the crea-
ture as I reference the state of Hip
This may seem a little too simple
for some and a little too complicat-
ed for others, but as a long time fan
of Hip Hop I must say that enough
is enough. The glorification of vio-
lence and drug dealing must stop. I
love listening to all forms of Hip
Hop, from up tempo dance tunes to
gospel rap and even hard core rap.
I have followed the music genre
since its early beginnings. The first
album I ever purchased was Doug E
Fresh and -the Get Fresh Crew.
Since hearing "The Show," then
falling in love with Run DMC,
Whodini, The Fat Boys and Eric B
& Rakim, I was hooked.
I was hooked like Whitney
Houston is- addicted to Bobby
Brown; well I guess one could
argue that Whitney is hooked on
more than Bobby.
In 1993, I fell in love with the
group Outkast while I was at
Morehouse College. Little did I
know that the local underground hip
hop group that everyone around the
city was talking about would
become Hip Hop giants.
I'm giving you my Hip Hop back-
ground to frame the controversial
opinion that will follow. When I say
enough is enough, I am talking
about the steady decline of a music
genre that was born on the streets of
New York City. Hip Hop is as natu-
ral to African American culture as
Jazz and Blues.
But unlike Jazz and Blues, Hip
Hop's evolution has lead to a culture
of young men who glorify drug
dealing and thuggin. Every other
rapper is talking about selling drugs
and violence in there rhymes. It is
one thing to come from a bad envi-
ronment and use your background
as a reference in your music, but to
constantly glorify violence, drugs
and the degradation of women is
Some may not be able to make the
connection, but the music that some
of our youth are listening to is fram-
ing the way they act in our commu-
nities. Today, too many young men
want to be a thug. Everyone wants
to be "hard."
It started with Tupac Shakur, who
glorified the thug lifestyle so much
that he had "Thug Life" tattooed, on
his chest. This behavior is rather
interesting coming from a man who
grew up in private schools and even
went to a performing arts school
and studied drama. In fact, many of
the rappers who glorify this thug
life have never sold a drug in their
lives. It's a business for most of
them, however many of the youth
who listen to their music have
become exactly what they hear on
the CDs they are buying.
It is hard to simply blame the
music. Shakur probably said it best,
"Before you can understand what I
mean, you have to know how I lived
or how the people I'm talking to
live." Clearly Hip Hop music is
about as real as it gets. It can be a
true reflection of the frustrations of
inner-city youth or provide insight
into the struggles that poor families
face in urban communities.
The rapper/actor Ice Cube, once
said, "Rap is the most positive thing
for black kids because it gives infor-
mation and talks about society,
about black history." Sure Hip Hop
music can be very positive and
When black-on-black crime was at
an all-time high in the lat 80s many
rappers banded together to produce
a record called "Self Destruction"
that basically attempted to motivate
youth to stop the senseless violence.
Even Shakur had very positive
songs that dealt with issues like
teenage pregnancy and welfare. So
Hip Hop certainly has not fallen so
far from its original form that it is
out of control, but back to my orig-
inal statement this glorification of
drugs and violence must stop.
Because many of our youth now
are living carelessly as "thugs" or
want to be thugs, they have little
regard for life and virtually no
respect for the law. You may recall
that when the governor instituted
this 10-20-Life initiative the
thought was that it would deter a lot
of crime in our urban communities.
That has not happened, in fact, the
murder rate in Jacksonville is
There, is simply a .grpup, of folks
out there,, who are predominately
young African American men who
simply have no regard for the law.
I was listening to a rap artist
recently and actually focused on the
words of each song on the album
and was amazed that all but two
songs on the CD referenced the sell-
ing of drugs. Think about it most
disenfranchised youth are listening
to this music and it's reinforcing
their feelings that the way to earn
quick money and be a ghetto super-
star is by selling drugs and/or rob-
It is amazing what some artists are
rapping about. Take the rapper 50
Cent for example, one of his most
recent songs says, "I put a hole in a
N_ for f with me Better
watch how you talk, when you talk
about me because I'll come and
take your life away." What is even
crazier than his lyrics is the fact that
he sold 1.1 million copies of this
album in the first week it was
As I said earlier it may seem sim-
ple to some and complicated for
others, but it is real. The music we
listen to can affect the way we
dress, the way we wear our hair and
influence our out look on life. I pro-
pose to you that Frankenstein's
monster is out of control.
Maybe it is a phase that the music
is going through. If so, I will be glad
this phase as come and gone.
Signing off from a local record
store, Reggie Fullwood
... Dear Editor:
Going to col-
lege is a life-changing experience
for most young people. It gives
them a richer understanding of our
complex world, it brings them into
contact with new ideas and people
of different backgrounds and cul-
tures, and it gives them the skills
they need to compete and prosper.
But for many Florida families,
sending a child to college is not
possible. The financial costs are too
As a member of the. Board of
Governors, I am concerned that our
public universities are not serving
as many young Floridians as they
should be. Our universities need
more resources to make college
That is why I support Gov. Jeb
Bush's initiatives on access and
'diversity in our public'iini\er;ities.
These initiatives are far-reaching.
They will make a difference. But
they require funding, and that can
only come from the Florida
The governor's initiatives include:
More need-based aid. This is
critical to many families who can't
afford to send a child to college.
The governor is recommending a
First Generation Matching
Grants. This innovative program is
for students who would be the first
in their family to obtain a baccalau-
reate degree. It provides a dollar-
for-dollar match to scholarships
created by private donations to the
Strengthening the College
Board Partnership. This outstand-
ing partnership works to enhance
the college readiness of students
who traditionally have been under-
represented in our universities. The
governor's plan calls for a 42-per-
cent increase for this program that
has already empowered many
young Floridians for the rigors of
Expanding the Stanley Tate
Project STARS Scholarships. The
project offers prepaid scholarships
to at-risk, low-income students who
r.i in drug-free afhd crime-free,
stay in school and work with a men-
tor. Governor Bush wants a 67-per-
cent increase so it can reach more
The Legislature is now in its last
weeks of work, and the success of
these access and diversity initia-
tives is in danger. Support for these
initiatives is crucial in this time of
deals and decisions. I encourage
every member of the Legislature to
lend their support to this compre-
hensiv e package during the budget
By speaking out in support of this
package and fighting to secure the
funding, our senators and represen-
tatives can help many Florida fami-
lies get the opportunities their sons
and daughters deserve.
The governor's access and diversi-
ty proposals will require $52.4 mil-
lion. That is no small figure, but
legislators recently learned that
they have an additional $960 mil-
lion in revenue to use to meet the
needs of the citizens of this state.
Certainly opening the doors to a
college education should be a prior-
The money is there. Now, the citi-
zens of our state need to make sure
that .the will is there as well. They
need to contact their lawmakers and
let them know\ that the\ expect
these initiatives to become law.
Everyone benefits if more
Floridians go to college Florida's
economy needs more highly edu-
cated workers and leaders. The
Legislature needs to take steps to
make sure that everyone has the
opportunity to enjoy these benefits
and pursue the American dream.
By Ava L. Parker
Florida Board of Governors
TV Thieves Make Opportunities Disappear
By B. B. Robinson, Ph.D.
When a law-abiding black man
automatically arouses the suspicion
of a shopping mall security guard, is
It may not be outright racial ani-
mosity, but it certainly betrays a bias
- that security guards seem to think
all blacks are potential thieves.
One reason may be the new televi-
sion show "Thief' which recently
debuted on the FX network. In it,
Emmy-winner Andre Braugher -
who is black plays a master thief.
While watching the first episode
of "Thief," I recalled an old
Southern adage: "If you lie, you will
steal, and if you steal you will kill."
Bruagher's character exemplifies
that wisdom when he lies about his
occupation, commits his crime of
high-tech cat burglary and con-
tributes to the murder of one of his
henchmen. Truly a compelling
drama, but it also perpetuates bias.
"Thief' isn't the only new show
causing this problem. Black thieves
are also prominently featured in
NBC's new show "Heist" another
shows..While it is great to see more
working black actors, the prepon-
derance of criminal roles is not an
In his article "Trojan Horses of
Race" in the March 2005 Harvard
Law Review, Law professor Jerry
Kang argues that broadcasters play a
powerful role in shaping our think-
ing and actions on race. Focusing
on newscasts, Professor Kang notes:
"Racial minorities are repeatedly
featured as violent criminals.
Consumption of these images...
exacerbates our implicit biases
Viewing Braugher's sympathetic
black criminal on "Thief' an enter-
tainment program undoubtedly has
an effect on viewers' attitudes.
Imagine the subliminal messages
Asians, Hispanics, Native
Americans and whites receive about
black males while watching "Heist,"
"Hustle" and "Thief." They send a
clear message that such people will
lie, steal and kill.
Consider the effect such that such
a perception has on someone who is
approached by a black man seeking
employment. Given that black
males already suffer nationally from
the highest rate of unemploy-
ment,we certainly do.not need these
shows contributing to the disappear-
ance of employment opportunities.
Fortunately, there are methods for
stopping thieves especially those
that have devastating effects on your
life that don't necessitate federal
intervention. For those on the televi-
sion, first erect barriers to entry
(don't watch the programs).
Second, contact the authorities
(send written complaints to the net-
works and their sponsors).
But the best method of all for stop-
ping theft, however, is for the
thieves to stop themselves.
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Post 197 Celebrates 3rd Annual Legionaires Commanders Ball
In Company Band, aka "Sleepy", specializing in Gospel, jazz, R&B, and old school.
Members and guests of the American Legion Post 197 converged on their headquarters to celebrate their annual "Legionaires/Commanders Ball". The evening, held solely for entertainment purposes only, featured live enter-
tainment, fellowship and spirits. A highlight of the evening was a "commander to commander presentation by Raines High School Commander Henry Sellers to Post Commander Teddy Green for the Post's continuous support of
the high school's ypihng f"fi'itary.,eaders. Over 150 people in attendance enjoyed the buffet served by their resident chef Jasper Watkins and danced the night away to true "old school" fun. The Post, in ekistencefor over forty ears'
oni Jacksonr ill e'siibrthside services the o-imnuniiy in many ways iincliiding meeting'critical needs of children and needy famiilids. The Annual Ball is the opportunity for the hardworking Legionaires to celebrate their ac bbi t"
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labor, stimulus to the economy and
taxes exceeds $890 billion a year.
According to the study, those immi-
grants use only $43 billion in public
services annually, most of it in edu-
cation and emergency care.
"Undocumented immigrants con-
tribute about $850 billion more per
year than they cost -a huge net gain
for the United States," said Brent
Wilkes, national executive director
of LULAC. "It's about time that we
provide a legal avenue for them to
come here in recognition of their
tremendous contributions to our
While Monday's modified "Day
of Absence" was met with mixed
results, there is no doubt that Latino
street demonstrations in more than
75 cities on April 10 showed that
old civil rights tactics can still be
effective. I emphasize the word can.
Sadly, on the same day at least
500,000 were marching in Los
Angeles, less than 10,000 possi-
bly less than 5,000 African-
Americans were marching in New
Orleans to protect the voting rights
of displaced residents. Even with
Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and the
heads of the NAACP and the
National Urban League present, the
turnout was a disappointment. If we
can't do any better than that, it's
time for Act II.
As we attempt to collect on this
overdue check, I guess Act II means
not waiting on another Martin
Luther King Jr., Malcolm X,
Whitney Young, Roy Wilkins,
Huey P. Newton or Stokely
Carmichael. Act II can begin by
doing what we can do as individu-
als and groups to uplift the people
who need it most. Sometimes that
might be through organized civil
rights groups and at other times it
may mean an individual act.
Whatever we do, we can't afford to
be absent from the struggle.
Children's Commission Seeking Camps, Churches,
Child Care Centers and others for Summer Luncli-Sites
The Jacksonville Children's
Commission is looking for summer
camps, churches, child care centers
and other locations to serve as
Summer Lunch Program sites.
Every summer, the Children's
Commission provides nutritious
lunches to more than 12,000 chil-
dren each day at no cost to parents
through the Summer Lunch
Any Duval County child under the
age of 18 can receive a lunch by
visiting one of the Summer Lunch
sites across the city. A "Free Lunch
Served Here" banner is posted at
each site with the meal times indi-
cated. Children do not need to be
enrolled at the site (for example, if
it is a club, etc.) to receive a lunch
or snack they just need to show up
during meal times.
To qualify as a part of the Summer
Lunch program, the site must be in
an area where there is a school
which has more than 50 percent of
its students enrolled in the free and
reduced lunch program.
This year's Summer Lunch
Program begins May 31 and ends
August 4. To sponsor a Summer
Lunch site, download a4 .applica-
tion online at wwv.axds.org
(Summer 2006) or pick lip'A appli-
cation at the ,,;K-. itdren's
Commission located -tIt095 A.
Philip Randolph Blvd.Q,
Applications are dqe*h' 12 to
Ken Reagan, Manage Nitrition
For more information :ll the
Jacksonville ,- ltdren's
Commission at (904)630!- 4t0.
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Love of Christ Community Church Ebenezer UMC to Present the Ritz Shekinah Ministries to Present
to Hold "Open-Mic Poetry Night"
The Love of Christ Community Church, 1481 East 16th Street, invites
you to share the gospel of the Lord thru the artistry of poetry at 6 p.m. on
Saturday, May 27th, 2006, and the last Saturday of each month. If you
write or just enjoy the Spoken Word, this is an event that you do not want
to miss. For information, call (904) 703-6585.
Dayspring Baptist Summer Camp
Dayspring Baptist Church, 5654 Dunn Ave.,; will offer an extended AM
& PM "Emo Fun Summer Day Camp", June 5 July 28,2006, for children,
5-14 years of age. There are a limited number of spaces. For more infor-
mation, please call (904) 764-0303.
Mother's Day Breakfast 2006
Who can find a virtuous woman? St. Andrew AME Church is sponsor-
ing a Mother's Day Breakfast at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 13th at The
Village Inn Restaurant, 200 Third Street. Neptune Beach. For reserva-
tions, please call Dr. Vallie M. Hollway at (904) 249-7624.
Family Conference 2006, "It Takes a
Church to Raise a Village" May 14-17
The Royal Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, 1320 West 21st
Street, Rev. Jeremiah Robinson Sr., Pastor; will present their Family
Confernece 2006, with the theme: "It Takes a Church to Raise a Village"
with The Sons of Royal Tabernacle, Pastors Marvin McQueen I, Eric
Campbell, Jerome Robinson, Jeffery Robinson, Donald Carmichael, Joel
Robinson, Marvin McQueen II, and Min. James Smith III. The conference
begins nightly at 6 p.m.
Classes will address: Men The Man in the Mirror; Women Elevated
but M.I.A.; and Young People Extreme Make Over to Take Over. Music
by special Guest Groups. Free Food & Giveaways for youth. Come let us
petition God to strengthen our families.
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for photographs. Call 634-1993 for more information.
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
Sunday, May 7th, in the Sanctuary of Ebenezer UMC, Rev. Newton E.
Williams, Pastor; 9114 Norfolk Boulevard, at Soutel. Ms. Deborah
McDuffie is the director; and Mr. Damien Daily is the assistant director.
The Ritz Voices, an all-city chorus composed of Northeast Florida's most
talented youth, 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, they have repre-
sented Jacksonville and Florida at many local and national events. They
have shared the stage with Bill Cosby and Dionne 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.
Genesis Missionary Baptist Honors
Pastor with Appreciation Program
The Genesis Missionary Baptist Church, 241 South McDuffAve., Rev.
Nelson B. Turpin, Pastor; and Rev. Calvin 0. Honors, Assistant Pastor;
will honor Rev. Turpin with an Appreciation Program at 7 p.m., on
Saturday evening, May 6, 2006. Mark this date on your calendar and plan
to attend a spirit-filled program, to honor this awesome man of God, who
has worked for many years for the Master's Kingdom. Rev. Honors, chair-
man; Deacon Norris Brown and Rev. Francois Sylvien, co-chairmen. The
public is cordially invited to attend.
Zion Women's Conference Cancelled
Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 4835 Soutel Drive, Dr. James B.
Sampson, Pastor; has announced that the Women's Conference scheduled
for the Church and Hope Plaza, have been cancelled. For more informa-
tion, please call (904) 765-3111.
CeCe Winans Concert set for May 28th
Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church, 1118 West Beaver Street will 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
call (904) 899-1896.
Prophetic Breakfast Conference
Under the Leadership of Pastor/Prophetess Mascareen Cohen, the
Shekinah International Ministries invites the community to attend their
Prophetic Breakfast Conference at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 6, 2006, at
the Clarion Airport Hotel. The Special Guest Speaker will be Debra
Winans, President of Contact Leadership Service, Nashville, Tenn. She has
also served as Business Operation Administrator, Program Director,
Counselor, and Public Relations Director; for Agape Christian Fellowship,
Arlington, Texas; and Mercy Ministries of America, Inc; as well as
Regional Director for the CEO Network, Nassau, Bahamas. The Guest
Vocalist will be Evangelist Sabrina Walker. "Don't stay in the dark, come
and get your prophetic word." For reservations and information, please call
Abyssinia Missionary to Host
Medicare Part D Seminar May 8th
Abyssinia Missionary Baptist Church, 10325 Interstate Drive, off Dunn
Ave., will host a Medicare Part D Seminar from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, on
Monday, May8th. A representative from Humana will be on hand to
answer questions, lunch will be served. For information, please call Mrs.
Anna Matthews at 764-3616.
Real Life Abundance to Celebrate
Church & Pastor's Anniversary
The Real Life Abundance International Church, 6644 Arlington Rd.,
Bishop Roderick Jones, Senior Pastor; Minister Gayle Jones, First Lady;
cordially invites the community to join them in the celebration of their
Second Annual Pastor and Church Anniversaries. Services will be held
nightly at 7 p.m. on Tuesday thru Saturday, May 16-20, 2006. You are
invited to a Holy Ghost good time. Missionary Mary Henry, and
Missionary Jacqueline Young, chairpersons.
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 tablecall (904) 724-5566.
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Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m.
The Word from the Sons
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Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1 p.m.
Dinner and Bible Study
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St. Thcmas Missi oaryc.
5863 Moncrief Road
Jacksonville, FL 32209
Pastor Ernie Murray, Sr.
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Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30-7 p.m.
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Mom on her special day, host-
ing a friend's bridal or baby
shower, honoring the graduate,
or simply gathering the family
for a sunny Sunday brunch,
occasions abound in springtime
for easy and elegant entertain-
ing at home. Denise Vivaldo, a
celebrity caterer who has host-
ed more than 10,000 parties,
cites that the most important
element to successful entertain-
ing is to ensure that as much
prep work as possible is done in
advance. "Professionals can
cook for large groups quickly
because they have sous chefs
doing the prep work. When
entertaining at home, my meal
magician is this gadget called
the Magic Bullet it chops,
dices, purees, whips and grates
my ingredients so I can prepare
meals quickly while limiting
Vivaldo's Springtime Party
Menu, adapted from her latest
book "Do It For Less! Parties"
offers up four mouth-watering
dishes that take advantage of
spring's bounty of fresh ingre-
dients and are appropriate for
any midday party. These
recipes serve 12, but can easily
be cut down or multiplied
based on party size.
Timesaving Tips in the Kitchen
Entertaining can be relaxing and
rewarding, especially if you stream-
line the cooking process, which can
allow you time to socialize with
guests. The Magic Bullet a sleek,
compact, all-in-one food-process-
ing machine can help eliminate
time-intensive prep work. It is also
helpful in preparing a multitude of
-Grinding coffee beans, spices and
-Dicing vegetables for soups
-Pureeing beans or veggies for
salsa, dips, soups and sauces
-Whipping cream for delectable
desserts or to top coffee
-Blending smoothies, eggnog and
-Chopping nuts or creating home-
made breadcrumbs for breading
Strawberries and Chantilly
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 pints large strawberries,
cleaned, hulled, and sliced
1. Place cream, sugar and vanilla
in tall bullet cup. Pulse until sugar
2. Continue beating mixture until
cream forms soft peaks. (Dip can be
made up to 1 hour in advance.)
3. Serve with strawberries.
Helpful Hint: Chantilly cream is
lightly sweetened whipped cream
flavored with vanilla or liqueur. For
best volume, chill bullet cup in
refrigerator or freezer at least 30
minutes before whipping the cream.
1 cup water
2 cups granulated sugar
1 (10-ounce) package frozen
1/4 cup orange liqueur, chilled
3 cups peach nectar, chilled
2 (750-ml) bottles champagne,
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1. To make simple syrup, bring
water to boil in small saucepan.
Gradually pour in sugar, stirring
until dissolved. Skim any foam
from surface and set aside to cool.
2. Place half of cooled simple
syrup, peach slices and orange
liqueur in large bullet cup. Puree
until smooth. Spoon into large glass
pitcher. Process a second batch with
remaining simple syrup, peach
slices and orange liqueur. Spoon
into another large glass pitcher.
Chill until ready to serve.
3. Just before serving, add cham-
pagne to each pitcher and pour into
chilled champagne flutes.
Pecan-Crusted Halibut Fillets
12 (4-ounce) halibut fillets,
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
7 ounces pecans
1 3/4 cups plain breadcrumbs
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1. Preheat oven to 3500F .
2. Combine flour, salt and pepper
in mixing bowl.
3. In another bowl, whisk eggs and
4. Using the Magic Bullet, finely
chop pecans in small bullet cup.
5. In third bowl, combine chopped
pecans and breadcrumbs.
6. Set the 3 bowls in a row, with
baking pan at end for placing fillets.
First dredge each fillet in flour,
shaking excess back into bowl.
Then dip fillet in egg mixture to
coat, and place in pecan mixture.
Press lightly to coat both sides of
fillet with nuts and place fillet on
baking sheet. Repeat with remain-
ing fillets. (Fillets can be refrigerat-
ed up to 2 hours before sauteing.)
7. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in
large saut6 pan over medium heat.
Add as many fillets as will comfort-
ably fit in pan. Cook about 3 min-
utes per side, or until light brown.
(Fillets can be drained on paper
' towels and refrigerated up to 6
hours before baking.)
8. Arrange saut6ed fillets on bak-
ing sheets and bake 10 to 15 min-
utes, or until cooked through. Serve
with Dijon Cream Sauce.
Helpful Hint: To make chopping
nuts easier, add a little sugar to bul-
let cup. Pulse to keep from grinding
nuts too finely.
Dijon Cream Sauce
1 1/3 cups heavy whipping
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons Dijon
Salt and black pepper to taste
1. Combine cream and mustard in
bullet cup and process until com-
2. Pour mixture into large
saucepan; heat on low until warm.
3. Season sauce with salt and pep-
per to taste and ladle over fillets.
Baby Greens With Champagne
2 1/4 ounces Champagne vine-
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
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1. Combine vinegar, mustard,
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3. Using tongs or hands (wear dis-
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Allowing Health Disparities to Guide Lifestyle Choices
According to the 2000 U.S.
Census, African Americans make
up about 12.9% of the U.S. popula-
tion, or 36.4 million individuals.
Even though we comprise a rela-
tively small percentage of the popu-
lation, as a minority group African
Americans often suffer a greater
percentage of incidence of many of
the leading health conditions in the
United States. Why is this? One
potential answer to that question is
According to the National Center
for Minority Health and Health
Disparities a division of the
National Institutes of Health, the
concept of health disparities is
defined as differences in the occur-
rence, death rate, and burden of
health conditions that exist among
specific population groups in the
Although the statistics are high
regarding the state of African
American health, there is still good
news! Many of the conditions that
impact the health of African
Americans can be reduced today by
making changes in our lifestyle.
What you can do now
According to Healthy People 2010
(a series of documents which pro-
vide a guide for improving the
health of our nation's people) by
following some of these recommen-
dations, we as African Americans
can significantly reduce the threat
of some of these illnesses. Healthy
People 2010, is focused on two
Increasing Quality and
Years of Healthy Life and
Eliminating Health Disparities.
To measure the health of the
United States over the next 10
years, a series of Leading Health
.Indicators have been developed
reflect the major health concerns in
the United States at the beginning
of the 21st century. The Leading
Health Indicators were selected on
the basis of their ability to motivate
action, the availability of data to
measure progress, and their impor-
tance as public health issues.
Some key health
Overweight and Obesity
Responsible Sexual Behavior
Injury and Violence
Access to healthcare
These health indicators can be
turned into action steps that will
improve your health dramatical-
ly if you will consider:
Increasing Physical Activity
Reducing Overweight and Obesity
Eliminating Tobacco Use
Eliminating Substance Abuse
Responsible Sexual Behavior
Reducing Injury and Violence
Seeking Access to healthcare
The State of African
American Health Today
According to the National Center
for Minority Health and Health
Disparities, over the last twenty
years, the overall health of our
nation has improved significantly,
however there are persistently high-
er rates of disease and death in
African Americans as well as other
minority populations. Some of the
reasons why health disparities exist
are lack of access to health care,
poverty, discrimination and cultural
Some examples of health dispari-
1. Infant Mortality
According to the Office of
Minority Health, infant death rates
among African Americans occur at
a rate of 14.1% of deaths per live
births. This is a rate of double that
of White Americans.
2. Heart Disease and Stroke
African Americans have a higher
risk of death from heart disease and
strokes than White Americans.
According to a National Center for
Minority Health and Health
Disparities report, African
Americans have a 20% higher
chance of dying from heart disease.
In addition, African Americans
have the highest rate of high blood
pressure than any of the other
African Americans have a higher
overall incidence of suffering and
potentially dying from cancer.
According to the Office of Minority
Health, Black women have higher
rates of breast and cervical cancer
even though breast cancer deaths
have been reduced in other popula-
According to the National
Diabetes Education Program, over
2.2 million African Americans have
diabetes, the prevalence of Type 1
Diabetes in African Americans
accounts for 5-10 percent of all the
newly diagnosed cases; however,
the prevalence of Type 2 Diabetes
in African Americans accounts for
90-95 percent of all the cases.
According to the Centers for
Disease Control, HIV infection
which generally leads to AIDS is
the leading cause of death for
African American men between the
ages of 25-44. Additionally, Black
women are 18 times more likely to
be diagnosed with HIV in 2003
than white women.
STRAIGHT TALK. i i
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your phone is ringing, your voice mail IiAfuhtflqa ji'p
ignoring your overcrowded e-mail inbox o 6work on '.ps oh
ou willbe giving imn 10 .wites Fee;I^,fit
some tips to help you control that swell ofi t htsee
you around all day at work. '. ., '.. ,, .,.
Stop and take a deep breath., need isQ"r-zbi.
"When you're stressed, you tend to but yowj l: .' ,
*take very; shallow breaths. Taking 4. WalkCt.hiueo MI&
slow, deep breaths through your. luntchtime. jamt.a.aeg .feaie.
nose not only force you to calm' your day
down. but it also gives your body thing to look1forwarvdt pecia-l
extra oxygen to maintain 'your ly on those'ldaVs'Wb*hen yof 6 e,
focus and energy. b you xzould. pulfl vo.ir hiq'.
2. Take a quick break. Get up 5. Learn to laugh 'ior.
out of your chair and stretch, walk Everyone needs' ,mIWlas&. 1
down a few flights of stairs or just you stomp around the office and
meander out in the hallway. This complain, or VwiTl' .u ',pibat
will give you a much-needed emno- those stores. bo oeniola ith '1
tional and physical break from a hearty: Trelasef:e' of ''dorhi"
stressful situation. throughjlaugniter? Ws~& iO .
3. Organize your workspace. Read the coiAics. or tell a joke
Come in a few minutes early one: .6.Ma :i 0.iK4h I:
*day and clear the clutter off your work-frIendly..;Do: VD. e,h -
desk and file the project folders; glare on yo'dotik.,opui9ri.g.r;
appropriately so you won't have to it:too hotinmi4yur ~b tTrro
search through heaps of paper the" these exterti fal' oNC to' ia e,
next time you're looking for a par-. your work. eiviro.eW'thl"
ticular document. Nothing is more comfortable and comdgiQve;ci pt '"
frustrating than knowing whatyou ductivity. :
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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
weight? If you are read-
"W ing this, it is safe to
assume \ou \%ant to lose
% eight Axn\iously
."t .. \\e are always
looking for tips
.. "to do" and a
S diet to "go on,"
i" \% which are
U C ucc es ful
I aren't the
ual s j*" only things
that \ou need
from last week,
we willpick up
\\ith the top
reasons we are
not osing that
13. Starving all day. When you
finally get around to eating, it is
usually something unhealthy and it
gets stored as energy later, rather
than burned as energy now! You
totally mess up your metabolism if
you do this!
14. Bingeing after "falling off the
wagon," and waiting until "tomor-
row" to get back on track. Admit
now that you will stumble on this
journey. Make it your goal to
lengthen the amount of time
between stumbles, and shorten the
time it takes to "get back on track."
This way, you may only blow it
once a year, and will get back on
track quick! You get to that point,
and there will be no problem!
15. Thinking you are genetically
destined to be fat. The only fat gene
is the one left hanging in your clos-
et after you lose your weight! You
may be predisposed to a condition,
but HOW you live determines how
great its effect on your life will be!
16. Treating "fat" as a personality
trait. Fat is NOT a personality trait;
it is a physical condition. Blond
isn't a trait, either; it is a hair color!
Do not allow yourself to be branded
by ANY physical attribute or deter-
ment! YOU are many things, but fat
is not one of them. Identify some
things you love about who you are,
and focus on those. They will help
you realize the body you want.
17. Not living each day to the
fullest ... thinking that it will come
when you are thinner. BE, DO and
then you will HAVE! BE a healthi-
er person, DO the things a healthier
person DOES and soon, you will
HAVE a healthier life!
18. Thinking pills, powders or
potions are more powerful than
they really are for achieving weight
loss. I bought diet pills after Anna
Nicole Smith's weight loss. I really
thought they would work! $48 later,
30 days of pills swallowed and
NOTHING! Not one pound of lost.
If those things really worked, no
one would be overweight!
19. Thinking of exercise as a chore
instead of a way to improve your
health and life. Not scheduling
exercise as a vital part of your day
and week. If today, you were in an
accident, paralyzed and could never
walk again, do you think you would
long to be able to go for a walk?
Exercise is a "GET TO", not a
"HAVE TO." It is a joy to move
your body and get your endorphins
flowing. They truly are nature's
reward for demanding physical fit-
ness of ourselves. PUSH yourself;
you will be amazed at how it feels!
20. Indulging excessively in alco-
hol. Bottom line: When you drink,
you suck down excess calories,
alter your mind and let down your
guard. Too many calories, too
much food and too many regrets.
Live in control and live freely!
21. Watching sports rather than
participating in sports. Would it be
more fun to watch the Super Bowl
or be the MVP of the game?
Sunday football is a tradition, but
playing a game of it in your own
front yard will provide memories
lasting long after the season is over!
22. Watching too much televi-
sion. New rule: NO TV viewing
unless you have walked for 30 min-
utes! My rule is that I get on my
Octane Elliptical machine and stay
on it until whatever show I want to
watch is over! One night I made the
mistake of watching a two-hour
show! I did 90 minutes on the
Elliptical before throwing in the
towel! "Must-see TV," means
"want-to-see" body for me!
23. Thinking that "dieting" sprees
-- and not a lifestyle change -- will
garner lasting results. If you aren't
changing your life, you aren't mak-
ing lasting changes! Add a lifestyle
makeover to your plan. Visit
www.lifechanger.us for more infor-
It's been close to five years since,
his rabid fan base has had a new
work to read, but E. Lynn Harris is
back with a vengeance. The best-
selling author --of Invisible Life,' 'If
This World Were Mine' and a mem-
oir 'What Becomes of the
Brokenhearted'-- returns to true
form with his newest novel, 'I Say
A Little Prayer,' in stores now.
In 'Prayer,' small business owner
Chauncey Greer's unknown past
collides with his promising future
when government politics enter his
Atlanta church. Published by
Doubleday, the book takes a topical
approach on the controversy of
homophobia in the black church,
and the popularity of mega-church-
"I write about those things I'm
interested in or that are bothering
me," Harris says. "My perspectives
are generally in line with those of
my peers and the overall message is
that there is a lack of 'welcome' for
Gays and Lesbians when it comes
to the church."
The forty-something Arkansas
native, has never shied away from
controversial fare -- his first book,
1992's self-published 'Invisible
Life,' was the first modem novel
delving into the subject of secret
bisexuality among black men, now
labeled "the down low."
"Hopefully, [the new book] will
spark the same kind of dialogue
about what's going on in the
church," he says. Harris, who is a 4
visiting professor at the University
of Arkansas in Fayetteville, adds, "I '
;think now is the time for black gay,
lesbian and transgender African)
Americans to ask the question 'If
I'm not welcome here then w here "1
do I go to celebrate and strengthen ,
my faith in God?'" '
With his tenth book, Harris is '
embarking on a 35-date tour visit-
ing cities such as Bowie, MD (May,
2), Dallas (May 24), Charlotte
(June 4), and San Francisco (June
8). About the cross-country trek he ;
says: "Although the travel can be a :
pain, I am so looking to reconnect-
ing with my readers and rekindling
old friendships." He adds that while I
a large segment of his fan base are
black women, he's noticed that
diversity has increased in recent
years among straight black men. "I
think they want what their women
And Tinseltown has taken notice,
too. "There has always been
Hollywood interest in my work,"
Harris says. "I'm currently in nego-
tiations with a major producer and
hopefully, I'll have big news within
the next few weeks."
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Free Press Files
Over the past twenty years, many people, places and events have graced the Free Press pages. Join
back at some of the events that helped shape our newspaper into the publication that it is today.
us as we glimpse
Men in Christ Cycle for MS The Men in Christ Bicycle Club based at First Timothy Baptist
Church challenged the nature's elements during the Multiple Sclerosis 150 Mile Ride. The ride required a
two day round trip endeavor from St. Augustine to Daytona Beach. Shown above participating are (L-R)
Kevin Cotton, Daniel Rhodes, Eugene Jefferson, Larry Lindsey and Al Barlow.
E WC Duped by Imposter Jrez EWC has endured it's
rough moments, but nothing more embarrassing than that of the
tenure of its 46th president, "Dr." Jesse Burns, shown above right
bestowing a Doctorate of Humane Letters to then Sheriff Nat Glover.
It was later revealed that Burns was no doctor and didn't even have
the credentials he listed on his resume. Burns' brief administration
was followed by a complete turnaround by Dr. Jimmie Jenkins.
Bethel Walks for Education In 1997, Bethel Baptist Institutional Church held a "Walk for
Education" with thousands of participants. Shown above in attendance are Bethel members Camilla
Thompson, with Pastor Rudolph McKissick, Sr., the late Bob Ingram and Steven Ellis joining hands in sol-
WHelpingthe Help Center Literally Speeding many tie- Essence of New Orleans New Orleans was the scene to be
less hours bringing the needs of the city's addicted to the forefront of over the fourth of July Holiday weekend for hundreds of thousands
the community was Clifton Coleman. Coleman, a retired executive, for over a decade including many from Jacksonville. Shown above at
worked tirelessly as a volunteer for The Help Center as it's Executive one of the many events are Eddie and Lorraine Baggs with the late
Director. Under his guidance, the Center has grown with expanded Mack Freeman and Brenda Roundtree.
services and facilities.
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Tots N' Teens trained urban youth in the arts for many years on the First Coast. Shown at the annual James Weldon Johnson Festival are
Rev. Newton Williams (Festival home church pastor) father James Bodie, and actress Anna Maria Horsford being presented an award by
Festival Director Sharon Coon.
Ron and Cynthia Austin began instilling the importance of commu-
nity service early in their children. The family is shown above volun-
teering serving breakfast to the homeless at the Clara White Mission.
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Circle of Leadership Whoever said Jacksonville was part
of the good ol' boy network, must not have been around in the early
90s. Shown above (L-R) were four very powerful men in the city of
Jacksonville. Community philanthropist Dr. Chester Aikens, EWC
President Dr. R.L. Mitchell,, Mayor Tommy Hazouri and UNF
President Dr. Adam Herbert.
Leadership of the Bob Hayes annual track meet began at the top and
was headquartered at the African-American Chamber of Commerce.
Shown above are Rev. Joseph Carswell, Bob Hayes, Lewis Siplin and
Leon Surcey, Sr. announcing details of an upcoming Meet.
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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 thru May 14th
on the weekend only. Based on the
book by Michael Cunningham,
Crowns is a soul stirring tribute to
the unique cultural phenomenon
that fuses faith with fashion and cel-
ebrated 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.
Comedian Arnez J at
the Comedy Zone
Comedian Arnez 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. Arnez 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.
B-CC Alumni Meeting
The Jacksonville Bethune
Cookman College Alumni
Association will hold a meeting on
Thursday May 4th at 6 p.m. at the
Bono's near Gateway, 5903
Norwood Avenue. For more infor-
mation call 254-8761.
Project Reach "Families
Make a Difference"
The public is invited to join the
Title I Parent Center, Auntie Roz
"The Peanut Show and the
Honorable Betty Burney for
"Families Make a Difference"
event. The event is designed to pro-
mote and strengthen families. The
event will be held from 6:00 p.m. -
8:00 p.m. on Friday, May 5th at
William M. Raines High School
(Doors open at 5:30 p.m.).This is a
collaborative effort to restore fami-
lies and celebrate the accomplish-
ments made during the school year
within our community. Please
RSVP Mae Brown at 721-0042.
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.
Raines Class of 81" 25th Reunion
The Raines Class of 1981 will be holding a 25 year Reunion Cruise on
November 11th. The five night celebration will go to the Grand Cayman
Islands & ocho Rios Jamaica departing from Miami. For more informa-
tion, call Cecilia at 904-766-8784.
YMCA Summer Camp Registration
It's Summer Camp registration time at the Johnson Family YMCA. Slots
are now open. for Kiddie Camp kids ages 4 through 6 at the Johnson
YMCA. Adventure and Explorer slots for kids ages 7 12 at Raines High
School and Frank H. Peterson Academies are now open. To register at
these locations call 765-3589 or stop by the Johnson YMCA at 5700
Cleveland Road. Scholarships are available.
Do you know an
Someone who is constantly doing for others and put-
ting someone else's needs before their own, a friend that
goes beyond the norm? A tireless volunteer? Nominate
he or she for the Unsung Hero spotlight and they could
win a profile in the Jacksonville Free Press and a $50
gift certificate from Publix Supermarkets.
CITY STATE ZIP_
Why are you nominating this person
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
The Cultural Council is offering a
lunchtime workshop for individual
artists who are interested in apply-
ing for the FDCA's Fellowship
Grant. The workshop will be on
Friday, May 12th from 11a.m. to 1
p.m. at the Balis Community Center
at the San Marco Library, 1513
LaSalle Street. The grant is avail-
able to artists working in literature,
interdisciplinary, theater, dance,
folklife and music. For more infor-
mation and eligibility requirements,
visit www.florida-arts.org. Call
358-3600 to reserve your space.
Community Health Fair
For their on-going Adopt-A-
Block Campaign the Jacksonville
Branch National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People
Youth Council and College
Division will sponsor its First
Annual Community Health Fair and
Community Awareness Day on
Saturday, May 13, 2006, 10:00am -
2:00 pm, at the Branch Office
YCCD. For more information, see
any Branch Office or contact the
Celebration of Women
Mother's Day Retreat"
With the theme, "It's a Family
Affair", Do something different
with your Mother or that special
female in your life this year for
Mother's Day. Take her to the
beach, for dinner and live entertain-
ment for a Mothers Day
Celebration. The evening will
include the C1 Jazz Band, Poet
David Girard, skits and much more.
On Sunday, May 14th, at 5 p.m. be
at The Atlantic Theatre (751
Atlantic Blvd) For more informa-
tion call: 765-8488 or 786-1504.
14th Annual Job Fair
FCCJ is presenting their 14th
Annual Job Fair at the College's
Downtown Campus on May 15
from 9 a.m. 2 p.m. There will be a
wide variety of employers attending
the fair, seeking workers looking
for full-time, part-time, permanent
or summer employment Job-seek-
ers are encouraged to dress for and
be prepared to interview with
employers. Employers will conduct
on site interviews and accept
resumes from prospective employ-
ees. For more info call 633.8268.
Seminar onHow to do
Business with JTA
Is your business on the move with
the Jacksonville Transportation
Authority? First Coast Black
Business Investment Corporation
(FCBBIC) will present a workshop
entitled "Business Opportunities
with the JTA." Representatives of
the JTA will provide information
about a variety of vendor opportu-
nities and their procurement
process.The workshop will be held
Tuesday, May 16, 2006, at 6:00 pm
until 7:30 pm, at the Ben Durham
Business Center, 2933 North
Myrtle Avenue. To register, or for
more information, call us at (904)
634-0543 or visit our website at
Staffers at the Duval County
Extension Service will teach a class
on the different methods of com-
posting,,including womi bins. They
will teach you what makes the -best,.
compost, it's not just leaves and
grass. Hands-on activitiesare
included. The class will be on
Thursday, May 18, 10am-lpm
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Yusef Bilal: Guns for
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For Books Campaign, promoting
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
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literacy in our children will be held
on Saturday May 20,2006 at the
Gateway Shopping Center (Inside
of the Mall). Kids must have a toy
gun to participate. The campaign
will be held from 11 6 p.m.
B-CC Alumni Roundup
Family Fund Day
On Saturday May 20th, the B-CC
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Fun Day featuring free bowling,
networking, socializing, reconnect-
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held at Archer Lanes, 10850 Harts
Road on the Northside from 2 4
p.m. For more information call
Peggy Turner at 254-8761.
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meeting, May 20, 2006, at 1:30
p m. at the Webb-Wesconnett
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overview of northeast Florida--the
Timucua, the coming colonial pow-
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six communities we represent
today. For additional info contact,
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Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett
Reunite for Akeelah and The Bee
Film explores what would happen if lower
class blacks were given their own state.
Consider the plot of the forth-
coming 10-hour miniseries
being developed by actor
Charles S. Dutton for HBO:
African Americans in a black
separatist movement are given
their own state within the U.S.
I under a multibillion-dollar repa-
The new state must only take in the poor, imprisoned
and downtrodden blacks in the U.S. The theme of the
series is supposed to ponder the possibility of blacks
prospering in an environment where there is no white
man to blame for their predicament.
"HBO seems a little afraid of it; it's very provoca-
tive," the actor tells entertainment columnists Marilyn
Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith. The cable network report-
edly wants Dutton to write the story as a novel first
before moving forward with a miniseries.
Dutton says that other networks have expressed inter-
est in airing the project as is, and he will soon decide
whether to stay with HBO or move on.
"With this, I'm holding up a mirror to society, and
every aspect of the story actually has a historical prece-
dent," Dutton said of the project.
Shaq and Kobe wives give birth at same time
We all know that former teammates Shaquille O'Neal
and Kobe Bryant have a lot in common. Like 3 NBA
championship rings, an on-going love-hate relationship
and now, babies. Yep, that's right. The two superstar's
wives gave birth to baby girls early Monday morning.
Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant was born at 2:03 a.m.
in Orange County, Calif. Kobe and Vanessa Bryant are
already parents to 3-year-old Natalia.
Shaquille and Shaunie O'Neal became parents for the
sixth time when Mearah Sanaa O'Neal was born at 4:57
a.m. in a South Florida hospital. Mearah joins sisters
Taahirah and Amirah and brothers Myles, Shareef and
Shaqir, who turned 3 last month. Both mothers and
their new babies were said to be doing well.
Denzel's son is a St. Louis Ram
B Denzel Washington isn't the only
big breadwinner in his family any-
more. One day after Saturday's NFL
draft ended, the actor's son, John
David Washington, was one of 10
players signed by the St. Louis
The 5-10, 200-pound running
Back from Morehouse College had a
school-record 1,198 yards with a 5.6-yard average and
nine touchdowns. He added 10 receptions for 69 yards
during his senior year, and ended his career as the
school's single-game (242 yards) and career (3,699)
Latest flick has Halle back in psych ward
Three years after playing a psychiatrist who becomes
a patient in her own mental asylum in the thriller
"Gothika," Halle Berry is reportedly set to star again as
a psychiatrist in a mental ward. But this time, the
patient is Moran Freeman in
director Jean-Claude La
Marre's next film, "The
W La Marre told MTV: "It's
S.like 'One Flew Over the
',.Cuckoo's Nest' meets 'K-
"Pax.'... Freeman plays a
patient at a Harlem hospital
psychiatric ward who believes
himself to be Santa Claus. And Halle Berry plays the
psychiatrist who's evaluating him."
When Freeman's character escapes the ward and ends
up at a Toys R Us, Berry's character thinks he may be
telling the truth.
Shooting is set to begin this summer, with Christmas
as a target release date.
Will Star Jones and Rosie get along?
Not even a month ago, Rosie O'Donnell was telling
anyone who would listen how irritating it is for Star
Jones Reynolds to openly discuss her recent breast lift,
yet refuse to discuss the way in which she dropped 150
pounds over the past two years.
With news of O'Donnell replacing Meredith Vieira as
a co-host on "The View," one has to wonder if
Reynolds harbors any resentment, or if Roie's arrival
lends credence to old rumors that Star wa& about to
Just last month, on her rosie.com blog, she even
penned a poem about Star's mystery weight loss:
"Star jones had weight loss surgery/ she had part of
her stomach bypassed/ that is how she lost 1/2 herself.
... she refuses to say this/ which is her right/ but we do
not have to pretend/ we do not know. ... so star shrinks
b4 our eyes/ we know the truth/ but nod as she talks
about/ pilates and will power," she added. "I am sure
star jones/ beneath the beyonce bravado/ is a scared lil
girl/ who grew her bddy'bii Jtri6fg a1ii safe." ",':vr ,,
Dave Chappelle's Show
Moves on Without its' Star
Looks like Comedy Central is \ill be a ratings winner.
making good on its promise to We wouldn't be putting this
air a third season of "Chappelle's stuff on the air if we didn't
Show" featuring new, unseen believe in it," says Lou Wallach,
sketches that host Dave the network's programming
Chappelle left behind in his sud- executive. "The stakes with this
den departure last year. material are just too high."
According to the New York TIhe wraparounds, filmed at
Post, an invitation-only audience Sony BMG's midtown studios,
was on hand as the network were performed by the show's
staged four tapings of the wrap- "Tyrone" the addict, one of many zany weekly co-creator, Neal Brennan, and
around the monologues used characters Chappelle brought to life. cast members Charlie Murphy
to introduce each sketch for On the other hand, audience mem- and Donnell Rawlings. Among
the show's pieced-together third ber Sheldon Sampson of Brooklyn the new sketches is a parody of
season due to premiere in July. told the Post: "It was all hysterical. MTV's "Cribs," which features a
"It was definitely funny," says Alex I would say they were just as good wealthy Chappelle making an
Smith from Blue Bell, Pa., who as anything from the other seasons, omelet using 4 million-year-old
attended two tapings. "But com- even the controversial stuff." dinosaur eggs and sprinkling dia-
pared to his other seasons, it wasn't Comedy Central says it actual- monds on his food instead of salt.
as good. I guess because with the ly has enough material to produce The controversial final sketch
other seasons, everything seemed four new episodes, but at this point, Chappelle filmed before walking
so new. They really weren't as is only planning three shows. The away will also be included, accord-
funny as his older stuff." network believes each new episode ing to the Post.
Moviegoers are in for quite a
cinematic treat when Oscar-nomi-
nated duo Larry Fishburne and
Angela Bassett return to the big
screen for the feel-good drama,
Akeelah and The Bee. Last we saw
the actors on-screen together, they
were cementing themselves in cel-
luloid history with What's Love Got
to Do With It. That was 1993.
With Akeelah and The Bee,
Fishburne and Bassett and seam-
lessly breathe life into their charac-
ters, yet don't allow their talent to
overshadow that of their 12-year-
old co-star, KeKe Palmer, who
shines in the title role and sings on
the soundtrack. Written and direct-
ed by Doug Atchison, the film fol-
lows the trials and triumphs of 11-
year-old Akeelah Anderson, a gift-
ed student trapped within the con-
fines of a lackluster education sys-
tem. Along with skipping class, she
hides her scholastic ability in an
effort to fit in, but things really heat
up when her middle school's princi-
pal, Dr. Welch (Curtis Armstrong),
hears the news about her aptitude
Playing against type this go-round,
Fishburne eases into the role of Dr.
Larabee, Akeelah's stem, yet vul-
nerable word coach with a haunting
family past. "Dr. Larabee is an edu-
cator who loves language," he
notes, "but he's taken a sabbatical
from teaching for personal reasons.
When he meets Akeelah, he's
reminded of the past."
Bassett plays Akeelah's recently-
widowed, hard-working mom,
Tanya, who's raising four kids and a
grandchild on a nurse aide's salary.
Curt and quick to temper, she is a
no-nonsense disciplinarian who
frowns on back-talk. "Tanya is still
grieving the loss of her husband,"
Bassett says of her character, "and
although she may seem to only
have sharp, rough answers, she's
just really wants the best for her
Though her intentions are
admirable, young Akeelah trips her-
self up while journeying from her
South Los Ajigeles neighborhood to
the regional and national spelling
competitions. Along the way, she
endures her mother's wrath and the
burden of ascending beyond her
peers while learning life's lessons
about honesty, dedication and self-
actualization. "Just think when
was the last time we've seen a
movie about a pre-adolescent,
African-American girlchild?" pon-
Atchison, who began crafting the
script in 1994, searched for (and
found) Palmer to star, Bassett was
busy soaking up the script. "When
I read the script for the first time,"
she notes, "I thought it was a true
story. Doug crafted such a beautiful
tale and took such care of the image
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Tanya (Angela Bassett) and Dr. Larabee (Laurence Fishburne) in
AKEELAH AND THE BEE. SaeedAdyan,
Passing The Torch
Debunking that old adage of being
upstaged by kids and animals, the
veteran stars beam when discussing
their pre-pubescent co-star.
"What's so wonderful about this
film is that it's not all about us it's
about this young girl," Fishburne
"When I saw KeKe's audition
tape, I just got teary-eyed," Bassett
remembers. "I thought, 'Oh, look at
this beautiful, little girl. She was so
feisty and talented and she just
made me feel proud." Palmer, an
Illinois native, took her first step
onto the big screen as Queen
Latifah's smart-mouthed niece in
Barbershop 2: Back in Business.
She's also been in Madea's Family
Reunion, Palmer and TV's Cold
Case, ER, Strong Medicine and
Law & Order: SVU.
Back Together on the Big Screen
Upon reading the script for
Akeelah and The Bee in 2002,
Fisbhurne "fell in love with the
story and attached myself as an
actor and producer," he recalls. "I
thought the script was really well-
written, tender and sensitive and I
felt it was important that the film
got made." While writer/director
and personage of a little Black girl."
The big screen story of Fishburne
and Bassett dates back to 1991
when the pair starred as custody-
sharing parents in John Singleton's
Boyz n The Hood. The film was the
first for Bassett, a Yale School of
Drama alum while Fishbourne was
Two years later, they made a slam-
dunk with What's Love Got to Do
With It. Bassett, who won a Golden
Globe for her portrayal, whipped
herself into tip-top physical shape
to bring Tina to life, while
Fishburne, eerily, captured the mer-
curial essence of Ike. Not surpris-
ingly, both earned Academy Award
nominations for their efforts.
"Working with Angela on this
film has been wonderful," notes
Fishburne. "It's been 14 years since
we did What's Love Got to Do With
It, so any opportunity to work
together again is always a good
thing." When asked about her past
work with Fishburne, Bassett
reflects aloud, with a chuckle, "Has
it really been 14 years? Laurence
and I connect, artistically, and I
love him as an actor becausewe
share the same belief system about
the craft we honor it and keep it in
a place of honor and dignity."
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