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Must Rally to
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NAACP Files Lawsuit Challenging
Plan to Resegregate Public Schools
ONMLHA. NE The National Association for the Advancement of
Colored People (NAACPh has filed a federal lawsuit with the NAACP
Legal Defense and Education Fund (LDF) to block Nebraska from redis-
tricting Omaha public schools along racial and ethnic lines. The U.S.
Supreme Court ruled in the famous Brown vs. Board of Education case
more 52 years ago that government mandated school segregation violates
NAACP President & CEO Bruce S. Gordon said: "For nearly 100 years
the NAACP has fought against state imposed segregation. That's why we
stand today with the N.ACP Legal Defense and Education Fund in
opposition to this law that violates the Constitution and the Supreme
Court ruling that struck down the doctrine of separate but equal."
The Nebraska legislature voted last month to divide the Omaha school
system starting in 2008 into --one mostly black, one predominately white
and one largely Hispanic district. Go%. Dave Heineman signed the meas-
ure into law.
The Omaba school system was desegregated by court order in 1976.
The city ran a mandatory busing program from 1976 to 1999.
Congressman Holds His Ground
U.S. Rep. William Jefferson said he will not resign in the face of a fed-
eral investigation that has netted two guilty pleas from people who impli-
cated him in a bribery scheme.
Jefferson, a Democrat in his eighth congression-
H p; al term, declared his innocence during an after-
noon news conference outside the federal build-
ing in New Orleans.
L"I would take full responsibility for any' crime
t that committed, if that were the case. But I will
uot plead guilty to something I did not do, no
matter hoaw things are made to look and no matter
the risk," Jefferson said, reading from a statement.
He took no questions ,and dispelled rumors that hie \was announcing his
resignation. "Far from it," hlie said, "I hae come to declare, among other
things, my continued intention to serve."
Jefferson said if indicted he was "prepared to answer these charges for-
mally %\hen and if the rtime comes." ..
Jefferson said hlie felt compelled -to discuss the situation because he
believed his constituents deserved to hear some response to recent pub-
licity about the case.
He said the guilty pleas, made in federal court in Virginia, came from
friends w\ho succumbed to enormous pressure from the federal govern-
Coretta King's Will Filed in Court
ATLANTA In a %will Coretta Scott King drew up 30 years ago. she left
money to her family, to the church where her husband preached and to
the Martin Luther King Jr. Center. which she
founded in tribute to her husband's work shortly
after his death. The will doesn't reveal much
about the family's financial worth and doesn't
specig. what she left her children.
It does specify that King left $5.000 to the
Martin Luther King Jr. Center, 55,00.0 to
Ebenezer Baptist Church and $10,000 each to her
sister, brother and sister-in-law. The will was
written in 1976 and filed on April 28. 2006.
King also established a trust for her four grown children: Yolanda.
Bernice. Martin Luther King 1Il and Dexter.
Coretta King died Jan. 30 at 78. Her remains were placed near those of
her husband at the King Center, founded after his 1968 assassination to
can- on his work of using non-violence to resolve conflicts.
The center is now headed by Dexter King. \\ho is leading an effort to
sell it to the federal government, a sale that Bernice and Martin Luther
King Ill have opposed.
Cosby: Black America Should Work
to Fix Their Own Communities
Comedian Bill Cosby told a forum on family and education this week
that blacks should be proactive and fix their own communities.
I hat e a problem with people sitting there and say ing God and Jesus
will find a way," Cosbh said.
He also said he had a problem "with churches who allow drug dealers
to set up two blocks away." The audience cheered several times during
The sometimes controversial star was at the University of the District of
Columbia as part of his nationwide tour, "A Call Out With Cosby," which
is designed to spark debate about family and educational issues among
Cosby joined a panel of local agency officials and other experts and took
questions from the audience during two sessions, one to help foster par-
ents and grandparents who are rearing children and the other geared
toward the general public.
Cosby wasn't as biting as he \was in Washington in May 2004, when he
made headlines telling the NAACP Legal Defense Fund that blacks
spoke poor English and spent money frivolously. But lie touched on sim-
ilar themes during the panel and maintained that African Americans
shouldn't blame their problems on others.
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Volume 21) No. 15 Jacksonville, Florida May 18 24, 2006
Community Joins Forces to Combat Murder Rate
Jacksontille Sheiiff Jolut Rut-
herford unt eiled Operation Safe
Streets this week,. an effort to quell
the shadow of increased v violence in
our citr. Once labeled "The Bold
Nett Cit',". nov.w Jackson ille is on
the road to becoming known as
Florida's mnuidei capital ith si\t,-
one 1611 homicides so far this :,ear.
and more than half. fort,-nine 1491
labeled tnurders. The deaths of
innocents is jumping to the fore-
front- a young bo\ killed during an
attempted car-jacking': a junior high
Microsoft Visits EWC Campus
Rev. Mark Griffin, NAACP President Isiah Rumlin and Sheriff John
Rutherford are part of the coalition to combat the alarming murder rate.
school honor student killed as she
sat in her bedroom reading a book;
another youngster dying of gunshot
wounds during an attempted rob-
bery as his parents were attempting
to register him for summer camp.
Those were just the most recent
deaths of innocents, there have
been others, a young boy killed by
gunshot on his way to the store;
another killed by gunshot walking
home from a teen affair. These
deaths were caused by bullets
apparently meant for someone
else, but innocent children were
Religious leaders are stepping up
to the plate. Reverend Mark
Griffin has announced a program
sponsored by the AME Church
Alliance. HOPE Inc. is presenting
a youth empowerment program
with financial compensation while
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Free Press Reader Wins Free Gas
Attending the Forum were Pro.\\illiam Jackson. EL\C/(Computer
Information Systems and program moderator: Mathematics Pro. Baruti
Katembo. founder of the \\akaguzi Forum: and Jeff Allen. executive direc-
tor'\ indo"s Language Ser ices at the MIicrosoft Corporation. J.Bnaerp tin.t
The \akaguzi Fortun at Ed\\ard
\\ates College lecentl\ held a sem-
mar featuring Jef Allen. executive
director. \indow s Language
Sert. ices at the Microsoft
Corporation The Foirum. entitled
"Economlcs. Technology and
Microsoft's Kis;\.ahili Softl are
Inmiati' e" was held in the Schell-
S\\eet (Commiunit', Resource
During Allen's isit to Ed\ward
Waters College. members of the
\Vakaguzi Forum and a nwubei of
faculty members brainstormed wt ith
Allen on howl the College could
plaN a role in adv dancing NMiciosoft's
Kis 1ahili Softxraie efforts in E.ast
Africa, as -well as in assisting in the
company's future pan-African proj-
Do You Have a New Voters Registration Card?
I-Ha e on gotten \oun new others registration card? W within tmo t\ weeks, all
registered voters in Du'.al Count', should hate received their ne\v voter
information cald \\ith their cm rent polling place and precinct. More than
201.0ii, otherss ; ill be voting at a DIFFERENT location in the September
election as man', precincts hate changed due to changes in Florida's elec-
tion laits. If ,ou ha\ e no' ed. changed Nour signature or part\ affiliation.
.,ou need to update the Superv isor of Elections Office to be assmued \our
information is tLrienit.
There is such a thing as free gas and Alice Denson knows all about
it. The faithful Free Press subscriber stopped by our office to let us know
that she responded to an ad to watch Channel 12 to win free gas. After
trying for a couple of weeks, Ms. Denson was the 5th caller to win a $75
gas card. Congratulations Ms. Denson!
CBC Members Arrested for Sudan Stand
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Members of the Congressional Black Caucus, from left. Rep. Al Green, Rep. John Lewis, Rep. Barbara
Lee. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (obscured). Rep. Gwen Moore. Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton and Rep.
Mel Watt hold a press conference regarding Darfur at the Sudanese Embassy in Washington earlier this
%week. Follow ing the conference. Follow ing the conference Rep. Al Green and Rep. John Lewis were arrest-
ed b) Secret Service Uniform Division officers for blocking the entrance of the embassy.
"It's time loi the members of the
Congressional Black Caucus iCBC I
and the ,world cotmmunri, to raise
the ante on Sudan." U.S.
Repiesentatite Mel'.in L. Wart.t,
CBC Chair. said at a press confer-
ence and demonstration in front of
the Sudanese Embass'. to dramatize
the urgency\ of the crisis is Darfur
The protest resulted in the arrest of
se en members. of the CBC for dis-
orderl', conduct for obstructing the
entrance to the Sudanese Ernbass:,.
Chairman Wart was joined bN U.S.
Representatives Barbara Lee iD-
CAi. John Lewis (D-GA), Eddie
Bernice Johnson iD-TXi. Gw.en
Moore (D-\\-li Al Green (D-TXi
and D.C. Delegate Eleanoi Hlolmes
Norton in calling for an end to the
continuing genocide and the plight
of millions of people who hate
been slaughtered and displaced by
violence in Sudan.
"The situation in Darfur has dete-
riorated significantly," noted Rep.
Lee. "People are dying and are in
misery. Countless women and girls
are raped daily, there is no food,
conditions or unsanitary and an
inadequate supply of water.."
To date, an estimated 450,000
Darfurians have died since the
beginning of the genocide in 2003,
more than 2.5 million have been
displaced from their homes and
nearly 3.5 million people are cur-
rently in need of assistance as a
result of the crisis orchestrated by
the Government of Sudan and its
allied Janjaweed militias.
"After Rwanda, we said 'never
again' but the genocide and rapes
have not diminished and never
again has come and gone," noted
D.C. Delegate Norton. "We have
no less an obligation here than we
had in South Africa to do much
more to heighten awareness. If
anything, the continuation of
unabated genocide and unthinkable
abuse of women and children cre-
ates an even greater urgency."
Recently, a peace agreement was
reached in Abuja, Nigeria between
the Government of Sudan and the
Sudanese Liberation Movement
(SLM). A growing number of mem-
bers of Congress are pushing for a
measure passed in the House
recently to be signed into law.
House Resolution 3127 seeks to
hold Sudanese government officials
and Janjaweed commanders
accountable for their involvement
in the genocide. U.S. Rep. Donald
Payne, CBC member and head of
the CBC African Task Force, is the
chief co-sponsor of this legislation.
May Be Far
From Home But
to the Heart
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Summer Reading School is being
offered June 19-July 14
The Duval County Public Schools is offering Summer Reading School
to 1st through 10th grade students who need intensive instruction in read-
ing prior to the beginning of the 2006-2007 school year.
Students are eligible to attend this free, 18-day, full-day program if
- Is in grade lor 2 and scored in the "intensive" range on the Dynamic
Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) test. These students
may attend for remediation only; they are not eligible for promotion based
- Is in grade 3 and scored a Level 1 on the reading portion of the Florida
Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT)
- Is in grade 4 or 5, scored a Level 1 on the FCAT reading test, and was
retained solely because of the FCAT score*
- Is in grade 6, 7, 8; 9, or 10 and scored a Level 1 on the reading FCAT
but otherwise was eligible for promotion based on report card grades*
*Students in grades 4-10 who attend in order to be eligible for promotion
may not miss more than three days of classes and must past the SAT/9 test
at the end of the session. Students in grades 4 and 5 also have the option
of successfully completing a reading portfolio.
Summer Reading School will be provided at numerous sites throughout
the district. Transportation, will be provided for students who live more
than 1.5 miles from the cluster school site serving their home schools.
If you believe your child may be eligible for Summer Reading School but
you fail to receive a letter by June 10, contact the main office at your
child's school to request information.
Please submit your School Talk questions by email to schooltalk@educationcen-
tral.org, by fax at 390-2659, or by mail to Duval County Public Schools,
Communications Office, 1701 Prudential Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32207-8182.
Mt. Vernon Mothers Day Breakfast
Choir Director Michael & Pamela Tutson and son Michael, Ttson, Jr.
New Orleans' Black voters, from
high-profile ministers to everyday
citizens, will choose this Saturday
between incumbent Mayor Ray
Nagin, a Black man elected four
years ago by receiving a majority of
the White vote and a minority of
Black ballots, and Louisiana Lt.
Gov. Mitch Landrieu, a White man
whose family has a longtime repu-
tation for reaching out to African-
In the aftermath of the racially-
charged Hurricane Katrina fiasco,
whom will they elect?
"Mayor Nagin should be in the
office to clean up what was created
during his administration," says
lifelong resident Nakia Hooks, who
is still working on home repairs
while living with relatives in the
Sisters in the
city. "Someone who knows what
happened, when it happened and
how it happened. I believe Nagin is
the right person for the position."
New Orleans Bishop Paul S.
Morton, whose 20,000-member
predominately Black congregation
was spread across the nation after
last August's hurricanes, disagrees.
"For the past four years, Mayor
Nagin has not been for African-
Americans at all," says Morton,
who has resided in Atlanta since his
home and one of his three church
sites were severely damaged.
"We've just been left out of main-
stream. I'm just not a person that
can be used. To come to African-
Americans at the end when you
have not done anything for them in
four years, I can't take that chance."
Gal pals Sylvia Perry, Vickie Brown (Cincinnati) and Tracie Collier
bravely ventured on a four day whirlwind tour of the Big Apple in cel-
ebration of Collier's Birthday. The trio plans tri-annual trips to the
location of the birthday girl's choice. This year, Ms. Collier's choice
was New York City. While in the "the City", the 'girls mastered the
subway, ate at the renowned Sylvia's, visited the Schomberg Center of
Black Culture, saw two Broadway plays, shopped on 5th Avenue and
of course visited popular tourist locations such as the Empire State
Building, Statue of Liberty, Central Park and Ground Zero and that
was just the daytime hours! To add mystery to the upcoming trips, the
honoree traditionally selects her location 30 days before take off!
Chad Hicks, 18 and Brittany Turner, 18 from Jean Ribault Senior
High School celebrate on the dance floor in front of Rock 'n' Roller
Coaster at Disney-MGM Studios.
Ribault Students Lauded
as Disney Achievers
Getting good grades has never been so rewarding! On May 12, the red
carpet was rolled out at Disney-MGM Studios for a hand-picked group of
high achieving students from Jean Ribault Senior High School and Terry
Parker High School. The inaugural Disney Academic AchievEars
Celebration recognized students selected by schools throughout Florida
with a private event and entertainment at the Disney Theme Park last
weekend. Astronaut Dr. Sally Ride, gold-medal gymnast Dominique
Dawes and sports celebrity 'Rookie' Jim Morris spoke to the students about
achievement during the event.
Disney Academic AchievEars Celebration is open to students in grades
seven through 12, chosen by their school for high achievement. Each
school will decide its own selection criteria.
12th Annual "Miracle On Ashley
Street" set for Friday, May 26th
Your chance to enjoy a top rate lunch served by some of our city's most
celebrated politicians, educators, television personalities, members of the.
business community, sports celebrities, and the religious community is
coming on Friday, May 26, 2006, when the Clara White Mission presents
its 12th Annual "Miracle On Ashley Street", the Mission's annual fundrais-
er. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. under the big white tent.
The "Miracle On Ashley Street" has become one of the Mission's most
successful fund raisers, bringing together Jacksonville's political and cor-
porate community to socialize and dine with the homeless and disadvan-
taged. Over the past 11 years, this event has raised more than
$345,000.00to aid in eliminating homelessness in Jacksonville. Last year,
over $40,000 was raised, and over 1500 community supporters enjoyed
If your company is interested in being a corporate sponsor or if you
would like to participate as a celebrity service, please call (904) 354-4162
or visit website: www.clarawhitemission.org.
The Greater Mount Vernon
Missionary Baptist Church cele-
brated it's Deaconess 9th Annual
Mother's Day Breakfast at the G. T.
McCall Annex on Saturday, May
13th. The speaker for the occasion
was Deacon Michael Thomas, also
of Mt. Vernon. This year's theme
was Mothers with compassion and
Love for Her Family. Reveerend
Dr. Kelly E. Brown, Jr., is the pas-
tor. The attendance this year set an
all time high of nearly 150!
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in job training, summer employ-
ment and employer mentoring,
This new disease affecting our
city is coming from the largely
unknowns, bullets flying through
the night from unknown sources
for unknown reasons, killing inno-
cents. Is it gangs? Is it drugs?
Federal and state law enforce-
ment have joined the Sheriff with
the definite intent to jail the perpe-
trators, but they must be found.
Operation Safe Streets will target
illegal guns, as well as, the gather-
ing places where suspects frequent;
and neighborhoods deter-mined to
be problem areas will be targeted
by well equipped task forces. First
Coast Crime Stoppers will collect
and distribute infor-mation and
anonymous tips about criminals
and those possessing guns.
Jacksonville Branch NAACP
President Isaiah Rumlin says that
the NAACP is committed to work-
ing along with the Sheriff and all
others as well as continuing its
own efforts. "However, as deaths
occur, we are made aware that our
'struggle' to achieve safe homes and
environments for children and par-
ents must continue."
Parents and the schools face
a most difficult task as they deal
with young people and do not
know what that child is involved in.
A few years ago, one of the slogans
used to harness young people was,
" It's 11 o'clock, do you know
where your child is?"
Parents, although we must allow
our children to grow up, it is our
job to help them grow up. You
must be in your child's "business".
You must know who he is, who his
friends are, where he's going and
with who, and why or what for?
REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL
JANITORIAL CLEANING SERVICES
JACKSONVILLE PORT AUTHORITY
Proposals will be received by the Jacksonville Port Authority (JAX-
PORT) until 2:00 P.M. local time on Thursday, June 15, 2006, at which
time they will be opened in the First Floor Conference Room, 2831
Talleyrand Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida 32206 for Janitorial Cleaning
Services for the Jacksonville Port Authority. A MANDATORY pre-pro-
posal conference and site visit will be held at 10:00AM on Thursday,
June 1, 2006, at 2831 Talleyrand Avenue, 1st Floor Conference Room,
All Proposals must be submitted in accordance with Specification
Number 06-11, which may be obtained after 8:30 A.M. on Friday, May
19, 2006 from:
Jacksonville Port Authority
P.O. Box 3005
(2831 Talleyrand Avenue)
Jacksonville, Florida 32206
The Mandatory JSEB/MBE Participation Goal Established for this
Project is 100%
INVITATION FOR BIDS
Develop Christmas Tree Property Clear & Grub
1593 Jessie Street
JAXPORT Project No. G2006-04
JAXPORT Contract No. C-1167
May 18, 2005
Sealed bids will be received by the Jacksonville Port Authority until
2:00 PM, local time, June 20, 2006, at which time they shall be opened
in the Public Meeting Room of the Port Central Office Building, 2831
Talleyrand Avenue, Jacksonvillel, Florida, for Develop Christmas Tree
Property Clear & Grub.
All bids must be submitted in accordance with specifications and draw-
ings for Contract No. C-1167, which may be examined in, or obtained
from the Procurement and Contract Services Department of the
Jacksonville Port Authority, located on the third floor of the Port Central
Office Building, 2831 Talleyrand Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida 32206.
(Please telephone 904/630-3018 for information.)
PRE-BID CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD ON June 1, 2006 AT
2:00 PM, IN THE PUBLIC MEETING ROOM, FIRST FLOOR OF
THE PORT CENTRAL OFFICE BUILDING LOCATED AT
ADDRESS STATED ABOVE. ATTENDANCE BY A REPRESEN-
TATIVE OF EACH PROSPECTIVE BIDDER IS REQUIRED. A
BID WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED FROM ANY BIDDER WHO IS
NOT REPRESENTED AT SUCH CONFERENCE.
Bid and contract bonding are required.
The mandatory Minority Participation Goal established for this project
X Federal funds are being utilized in conjunction with this project.
Director of Procurement and Contract Services
Jacksonville Port Authority
AC luity Metin
R. L. Brown Elementary- I.B. Primary Years Programme (Implementing)
Andrew Robinson Elementary- Math/Science/Pre-Engineering
John E. Ford K-8 School- Montessori & Spanish Immersion
Brentwood Elementary- Visual & Performing Arts
You are invited to attend a community meeting about the
proposed expanded attendance area for the Il piratio s Village
schools. Several meetings will be held for your convenience.
Tuesday, May 30, 2006 Emmett Reed Center
1093 W. Sixth St Jacksonville, FL 32209
4:00 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 1, 2006 Jacksonville Children's
Commission Brewer Learning Center
1095 A. Philip Randolph Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32206
4:00 7:00 p.m.
You can come at anytime between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Representatives from each of the schools and the magnet office
will be available to answer your questions and you will be able
to view a slide presentation about the Ispirations Schools.
To learn more about the new
lngpirations Village, please call
390-2082 or visit A T
PUBUC SCHOOLS LU 0IC-C
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by Jacksonville City Councilman Reginald Fullwood
Community and Black Leaders, Must Rally
to Find Solutions to Escalating Murder Rate
With Jacksonville murder tolls
steadily increasing, the obvious
question that should on everyone's
mind is what has triggered so much
violence within a span of 4 months?
Generally, most sociologist and
those who work in law enforcement
associate crime with socio-econom-
ic conditions. It is pretty easy to tie
the recent rash of murders with
Jacksonville's struggling core city
neighborhoods. The unemployment
rate for African Americans is much
higher than whites and there are cer-
tainly other factors like the large
nutiber of single parent homes in
One could also point to the obvi-
ous connection between drugs and
violence. Regardless of what the
cause of this outbreak is, the com-
munity must rally to stop this esca-
lation of murders.
There doesn't seem to be much dis-
crimination in age either, Radarius
Jackson, a 13 year old was gunned
down in a drive-by shooting
Saturday night as he and his older
brother walked home from a club.
His death was Jacksonville's 49th
homicide of the year.
That's right 49 hibmicides in four
and a half months. I remember in
January of this year a group of
preachers had a press conference to
stress the fact that there had been 10
homicides in the city in the first 19
days of 2006. And we thought that
that figure was alarming at the time.
But whose issue is it? It is certain-
ly not just an African American
issue it's a city-wide problem. In
fact, according to Michael Hallet,
University of North Florida
Criminology professor, although
almost 56 percent of murders in
Jacksonville are committed by
black males, lower-class white men
are far more likely to commit vio-
lent crimes than middle-class black
Again, according to Hallet and oth-
ers in the field, he issue is not race,
but economics. Throughout history
there has been a strong correlation
between violent crime and poverty.
Many of the recent murders have
involved black-on-black crime in
core city neighborhoods, but the
homicides have spilled over into
predominately white communities
A white nursing student killed in a
Riverside attack, and a man was
murdered near a Westside park just
to name a couple of instances.
Last year, police reported 91 slay-
ings, which was down from 104 in
2004. Unfortunately, Jackson\ille
led other Florida cities-in, murder
rates for ,six years and this year's
influx would certainly keep that
trend alive. In fact, at the rate mur-
ders are happening in this city we
will undoubtedly have one of the
highest murder rates in the country.
Although I have said that this
issue is not just a minority issue, the
fact that many of the homicides
spawn from black-on-black vio-
lence, African American have to
take some ownership and come
together to find solutions.
That's where our black leaders
come into to play. Now is the time
to "rally the troops" and not only
begin the discussion, but start tak-
ing action. Right now, there is no
roadmap or blueprint that even
begins to properly address the
issues at hand. Sure the Sheriff has
commissioned the JCCI to "study"
the murder rate and identify factors
and potential solutions.
However, we can not afford to sit
around waiting for a report like it is
the Holy Grail. At the rate in which
people's lives are being taken away,
we need action now. Black politi-
cians, preachers and community
leaders have got to come together
and put egos and attitudes aside for
Someone once said, "One of the
tests of leadership is the ability to
recognize a problem before it
becomes an emergency." We are far
past emergency status and it is time
for our leaders to actually start lead-
Based on the current rate of incar-
ceration, 30 percent of black males
will likely serve time for a felony
conviction, a rate seven times that
for white males. We have to fight to
reverse trends of that nature.
If we are really going to help those
young black males that suffer from
a lack of guidance, we have to pro-
vide them with option other than
violence and drugs. We now live in
an age. here Hip Hop music glori-
fies the "Thug Life" image and ding
dealing. It is certainly not Hip Hop's,
problem to deal with, but ours
because we have to somehow let
our youth know that as some, of the
old timers would say, "Fast money,
ain't always good money."!'
We can not always blame the lega-
cy of slavery and racism, which are
very legitimate factors for much of
the decay of the black family, but
certainly does explain the chronic
nature of black on black crime. It's
time to result some old strategies
with new twist. Instead of marching
in the streets for change, we need to
have job and economic develop-
ment summits that trigger change.
Instead of doing sit-ins, we need to
go to businesses and ask for jobs for
disenfranchised youth so that a job
bank is created. We also have to bet-
ter educate and train our youth from
deprived areas. The only way to
stop the violence is to provide
opportunities for youth to see that
there is a better, more sustainable
way to live.
It is time for the leaders to lead.
Dr. Martin ,Luther King said it
best, "Nonviolence is a powerful
and just weapon. It is a weapon
unique in history, which cuts with-
out wounding, and ennoble the man
who wields it. It is a sword that
heals." We must work together to
stop the violence in Jacksonville.
Signing off from Kings Road,
AGAINST THE GRAIN
"An Ounce of Prevention is Worth
a Pound of Cure" Remains True
.. *by Capital Outlook Publisher
It's remarkable how% so man\
problems go unsolved because the people charged
with sol\ ing them too often address the symptoms
rather than the problems.
For example, on the national level: (1 fighting the
terrorists "over there so %%e won't have to fight them
over here," (2) wrestling with the illegal immigrants
issue, (3) high gasoline prices and (4) the No Child
Left Behind Act.
And on the state level, one is Go\. Jeb Bush's
beloved tuition voucherr program. euphemistically
called opportunity scholarships.
Terrorism and border security
A response to the events of 9-11, the "%%ar" on ter-
ror "over there" and the 12 million illegal miruigrants
in this country are not problems; they are syMptoms.
and until the problems are addressed, the symptoms
The problem that led to terrorists "over here" and
the mass influx of illegal aliens is our failure to seal
our borders. which results in our inability to know and
monitor who or what enters this country.
Thus, %while we have a nearly\ air-tight system for
planes and passenger ships, our ports and northern
and southern borders are as porous as a sieve.
Though our ports where only five in 100 contain-
ers are inspected, terrorists or w\eaporns of mass
destruction (or both) have a 95 percent chance of
making it into this country undetected.
The solution to that problem is to inspect or scan
100 of every 100 containers as they are unloaded, or
While the illegal-immigrant flow though our north-
ern border (We know of at least one terrorist who
entered this country via Canada with explosives in his
car and headed for the Los Angeles Airport.) so we
must do a better job sealing that border.
Our biggest border problem and where we are most
vulnerable to terrorists "over here" is our southern
border where Mexicans, and others, including terror-
ists when they choose, can enter this country almost at
So it is difficult for the average American whose
rationale is not contaminated b3 political bias to see
ho\w we can be so determined to fight terrorism "os er
there" while, in effect, virtually, inviting terrorists
"'over here" via our ports and borders.
It is also difficult for rational Americans to undei-
stand how we can spend $1 billion a month fighting
terrorism in Iraq while at the same time saying a solu-
tion to two of our major problems "over here" seal-
ing our borders, particularly the southern one, to keep
out terrorists and illegal immigrants is too expen-
As Congress pretends to seek a solution for contin-
uially rising gas prices, they are at the same time try-
ing to avoid acknowledging that the administration
and Congress are the problem and that obscene gas
prices leading to obscene Big Oil profits are merely
Anyone who understands basic economics knows
that today's gas prices are reflective of the principle of
supply and demand. But while the administration and
Congress are trying to convince the public that the
supply-demand principle is the problem, they conve-
niently ignore three key factors that are the real prob-
Collusion In an early display of arrogance and
secrecy within the Bush administration. Vice
President Dick Chleney met behind closed doors with
for-profit energy advisers to craft the administration's
energy policy. And though Cheney refused to reveal
who these advisers were, it was leaked that Big Oil
and Big Electric (Remember the electricity "shortage"
early in Bush's administration?) were among them.
Fuzz) math Big Oil manipulated supply so it would
be exceeded by demand. The wvay to increase supply
is to refine more oil into gasoline, but not only has Big
Oil not built a nsw U.S. refine\ in the past quarter
century, it also has shut down some of the ones that
had been operating, resulting in reduced refinery
capacity and gasoline supplies.
Cash flow Elected politicians in Congress and the
administration tread lightly with Big Oil in order to
keep the campaign contributions flowing.
The solution to rising gas prices is for the govern-
ment to eliminate the billions of dollars in tax breaks
to Big Oil and instead tax the companies on their full
net profits and give them tax credits onl\ for invest-
ments that result in increased refinery capacity.
Leaving children behind
Instead of addressing the problem of a broken
national public school system. President Bush's No
Child Left Behind Act exacerbates the problem by
focusing on the symptom wsluch is low academic per-
fomiances of public school students.
Setting higher standards without the fniding to
repair the broken system is much like requiring an
impoverished family to move into an upscale neigh-
borhood but with little or no assistance to achieve the
better liking style
The solution to our public school education problem
is to invest sufficient funds to model failing schools
after successful ones. with modifications for the
uniqueness of each school.
Otherwise, the No Child Left Behind Act will nes er
be more than an unfunded mandate.
Jeb's illogical logic
Gov. Jeb Bush's solution to the poor schools prob-
lem is to treat the symptom by using public school
funds to pay for students from failing schools to
attend private or parochial schools.
Fortunately, that plan died in the Legislature. If pri-
vate and parochial schools are so much better, the
solution would be to invest our tax dollars to make
public schools as good as private and parochial ones.
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Club Baron Does It Again at Annual Spring Dance
Front Row: Rose Garvin, Carla Whiteside, Laura Hamilton, Standing: James
Garvin, Vernon King, Altamese King Bill Whiteside, Samuel Anderson and
Lareese Anderson Campbell.
Shown above Lula Alexander, Charles Skinner, Lucretia McBride, Jacquelyn
Stewart, Carlotta McIntosh, Williams Rousseau, Frances Bennett, James
Lloyd, Sr. and Elaine Billups.
Earlene and Randall Malpress, Mary and Denise McDougal and
and Ernest Stephens.
Jacksonville's Club Baron ele-
gantly celebrated their Annual
Spring Dance with close to 300
persons in attendance. Held at the
Riverside Garden Club, the historic
organization under the leadership
of Pres. James Holloway partied
until dawn to the sounds of a live
band and delicious food. Unlike
most other social and service clubs,
Club Baron does not charge their
guests for attending, however
attendance is by invitation only.
The Club Baron was bom out of
the hearts and minds of five
Pullman Porters who had a burning
desire to make a positive difference
in the lives of their community.
Throughout the years, the group
has grown to a full service organi-
zation with an emphasis on chil-
dren. Their outreach efforts have
included everything from donating
sports equipment to parks and
scholarship funds to area agencies
to hands on activities like taking
youth to places such as Marineland
and the Zoo.
"As members of a social civic
club, we feel it is our obligation in
our community to guide the youth
to become and encourage adults to
be worthwhile citizens." Said
However despite their hard work
for making a difference, the Barons
know how to have a good time as
exhibited by their much anticipated
and well attended social gala.
Get Free Gifts
Checks at Links
The Bold City Chapter of
Links, Inc. will be sponsoring a
free mini health fair at Gateway
Mall on Saturday, May 20th
from 10 a.m. 2:30 p.m.
Themed "A Gift to Mothers
and Her Family", the Fair will
include free Blood pressure
checks, glucose and cholesterol
testing, informational items on
women and children health pre-
vention, a story-teller comer for
kids addressing health care
issues of children in addition to
free books for the kids.
Voters will also have an oppor-
tunity to preview the new voting
machines that will be used in the
upcoming election and a voter
registration table will be avail-
able to update your information.
Come early as there will be
free gift bags including T-shirts
and corsages for the first 50
For more information call
Tracie Collier at 608-2427.
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Pamela Prier, Audrey Robinson, Standing: Randy Merrick, Melajee Harris,
Elie Buie, Ruth Carter, Paul Carter, Eric Smithson, Yolanda Blue, Broderick
Jenkins, and Lemorris Prier.
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CELEBRATIO -CEBRINE--EB RATION CE T
At If f
Annual Spiritual Revival, Monday,
Tuesday and Wednesday, May 22nd
- 24, 2006. Services will begin
nightly at 7:30 p.m.
Rev. Dr. Henry J. Lyons, re-
nowned prolific Pastor and Teacher
will be the guest speaker Dr.
Lyons currently serves as Pastor of
New Salem Missionary Baptist
Church, Tampa, FL; and is distin-
guished as former Academic Dean
of Cincinnati Baptist College,OH.
He formerly served as pastor/ tea-
cher at Abyssinia Baptist Church,
Brunswick, GA; Macedonia Baptist
Church, Thomaston, GA; and Beth-
el Metropolitan Baptist Church, St.
Petersburg, FL. He is a former
President of the Florida General
Baptist Convention and the Nation-
al Baptist Convention USA.
Hope Inc. to Present Youth Summer
Work Program for Fifty (50) Students
The Empowering Youth Summer Work Program is designed to decrease
the number of juvenile crimes and arrests in Duval County by providing
students with job education, positive life and workforce skills and job
placement during the summer. Students will be given the opportunity to be
proactive in preparing for their future by receiving classroom instruction,
on the job training, and employer mentoring.
Each student must complete two weeks of orientation to qualify for four
weeks of job training. There will be financial compensation for complet-
ing orientation and job training. Students must be 15 18 years of age. For
more information, and/or registration, please call (904) 766-7862, or in
person at Hope Plaza, 435 Clark Rd., Suite 614.
*** NOTICE: Church news is printed of charge in the
Jacksonville Free Press. Information must be submitted no later than
Monday at 5 p.m. of the week you would lie it to run. Nominal charge
for photographs. Call 634-1993 for more information.
The First Timothy Community Development Corporation and
Community Partners, invites the Jacksonville community to attend the
"Spring Forward to a New Career Job Fair". This "New Career Job Fair"
will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 23, 2006, at the
Hollybrook Homes Community Center, 104 King Street. For more infor-
mation, contact Gwen Osborne or Benita Paul at (904) 757-9878.
Real Life Abundance International
Celebrates Church & Pastor
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.
First AME of Palm Coast to Hold
"Kick-Off" for Greek Isle Cruise
First African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, of Palm Coast, the
Reverend Dr. Gillard W. Glover, Senior Pastor; will host an "Information
Kick-Off' for First AME's 12-Day Cruise in the Mediterranean and Greek
Isles aboard Carnival Cruise Line's "The Freedom". This "Info Kick-Off'
will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 20th, in the Educational Complex
at First AME. For more infor-mation, please call Diana McKie-Robinson
at (386) 793-5100; or the Church at (386) 437-5142.
New Fountain Chapel AME to Hold
Annual Leona Daniels Day
New Fountain Chapel AME Church, 737 Jessie Street; Rev. Louis
Kirkland, Pastor; invites the community to their Annual Leona Daniels
Day on Sunday, May 21, 2006.
The Annual Leona Daniels Day will begin with Church School at 9
a.m., following by Morning Worship at 10:45 p.m. Evening Worship will
begin at 3:30 p.m. Eunice Harmon, Chairperson; Helen Clemons, Co-
Love Fellowship Christian Center
Holy Flame of Fire Camp Meeting
The Holy Flame of Fire Camp Meeting 2006 convenes at 7:30 p.m.
nightly Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Love Fellowship Christian
Center (COCWIH), 918 Ionia Street. Atlas and Trina Rankin are the Host
Pastors. Prophet Stanley Roundtree, of Grace Ministries Shaback is
Thursday's guest speaker; Bishop L. M. Laney, of Greater First New Zion
Spiritual Church, will be Friday's speaker. Communion will be served.
The Destined to Prosper Christian Fellowship Workshop will being at
10 a.m. on Saturday, May 20th. For more information, call 565-1453.
CeCe Winans Concert 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.
Sword and Shield Kingdom Outreach
Ministry to Hold Praise Service
The Sword and Shield Kingdom Outreach Ministry, Rev. Mattie W.
Freeman, Founder and Pastor; invites the community to share in Serious
Praise Service at 3:45 p.m. on Sunday, May 28, 2006, at the Father's House
Conference Center, 1820 Monument Road, Building 2.
Come hear the Word and join in with the Prais-cisers, under the direc-
tion of Ms. Kenshela Williams. Rev. Mattie W. Freeman and Dr. Pat
Holliday, Ph.D., of Miracle Outreach Ministry, will bring the Word.
KeepSafe to Celebrate 20th
Anniversary with Zen Tea Party
KeepSafe Adult Day Care Center, 5626 Soutel Drive; will celebrate its
twenty (20) years of service to the Jacksonville community, Thursday,
June 8, 2006, with a Zen Tea Party at KeepSafe.
KeepSafe is unique for its longevity, and is believed to be the longest
living free standing minority-not-for-profit organization of it's kind in the
nation. KeepSafe looks forward to sharing the dream during this milestone
To adequately continue to serve the First Coast as a non-profit entity,,
support from corporations, as well as individuals, is essential. For more
information, please call KeepSafe at (904)768-6456.
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8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30-7 p.m.
FREE TUTORING FOR YOUTH IN ENGLISH, SCIENCE, HIS-
TORY AND MATH TUESDAY & THURSDAY 6:30 8 P.M.
Pastor London Williams, Sr.
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Evangel Temple Assembly of God
Sunday Service, May 21st
8:15 a.m. & 10:45 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
Just Like the Land Which Needs
Water So Our Souls Need God
Your Family Must be Led to God
Enjoy the Rain of His Spirit
Lane Ave. & I-10
Evangel Temple Southwest
Hwy 218 across from Wilkinson Jr. High
Sunday School- 9:45 a.m.
Morning Worship 10:45 am.
Thursday Night 7:30 p.m.
5755 Ramona Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32205 904-781-9393
Website: www.evangeltempleag.org Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
3rd Sunday- 3:30 p.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1 p.m.
Dinner and Bible Study
at 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
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St. Joseph Missionary Baptist to Host First Timothy Community Dev. Corp
Spiritual Revival. May 22 24th Sponsors "New Career Job Fair"-
St. Joseph Missionary Baptist
Church, 485 West First Street, Rev.
Dr. H. T. Rhim, Pastor; will host its
Jackson Grad to Receive 2nd Lieutenant
Commission in the United States Air Force
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by Rhonda Silver
Kudos to our hometown, heaven
bound mentor, sister and friend,
Rev. Beverly C. Clark, who gradu-
ated May 13, 2006, from Virginia
Union University with a Master of
Divinity Degree. In a sea of black
caps and gowns marching across
Hovey Field on campus, the more
than fifty people who travelled
from Jacksonville eagerly watched.
for the one we came to celebrate.
What a proud day for all the gradu-
ates, it was a glorious time in the
Rev. Clark received her B. S. at
Bethune Cookman College in 1974.
She heeded the call of the Lord for
her life in 1979. This beloved par-
ent and woman of God whose faith-
ful obedience has brought her
dreams to fruition, is a member and
former teacher of the Changing
Woman's Sunday School Class at
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church.
A sixty-one-year old grandmother.
CherN I Ann Cherr -Bentle', almost
stole the ho\\ from the
\aledictoiian \\hen she received
When Overton Spence was a lit-
tle boy in Sunday School at King
Solomon Baptist Church, no one
knew the little boy would one day
grow up to serve his country via
the coveted United State Air Force
The former Andrew Jackson foot-
ball star is one of three Floridians
currently in the Academy. Overton
"O.T." Spence Jr. was a standout
varsity football player in three sea-
sons while at Jackson finishing
with a record 23-8 and was recog-
nized as one of the Top 25 Prep
Football Athletes in Northeast
Florida. He also lettered in track
and wrestling at Jackson. On top of
these athletic accomplishments,
"O.T." finished Jackson with a 3.3
GPA. But that was just the begin-
His outstanding record in high
school guaranteed his appointment
to the United States Air Force
Academy Preparatory School,
where he was required to maintain
a GPA of at least 2.42, as well as,
completing many daily military
duties, and extracurricular activity
participation. Overton finished his
year at the p rep school being tout-
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Shown above is the Jacksonville contingency from Bethel Baptist
Institutional Church who went to the graduation festivities while Ms.
Clark is shown in the inset. Above, she is making her oath of spirituality.
her degree in Religious Studies School of Theology; Rev. Sharon
Cum Laude, refueling the hope of Garlington, Pastor, Singles
dreams deferred. Her life, from her Ministry, Bethel Baptist
youth, was hampered with dis- Institutional Church; Rev. Corey
paraging challenges, and whose Brown, Pastor, Providence Baptist,
graduation is a triumph for all ages. Newport News, VA; Rev. Leofric
Maureen Madaubunachukwu Uche Thomas, Pastor, Open Arms
was the Valedictorian of the Samuel Christian Fellowship, Jacksonville;
DeWitt Proctor School of Rev. Lance Watson, Dr. Jeremiah
Theology. Wright Jr., and Rev. and Bethel's
Robert J. Gray Jr., Esquire, a Dr. Rudolph W. McKissick Jr., to
partner with Hunton & Williams name a few. ;
LLP., was the keynote speaker, and Reverend Bei erli1 C. Clark wish-F
the recipient of an honorary degree. es to extend her heartfelt thanks to
Distinguinshed Alumni of VUU t her family and trIends for their lo\e
include: Dr. lohn \\. Kinne., Ph.D., and support. and sa\s. "I found
Dean. Samuel De\ itt Proctor liea\en on earth in \ou!"
Overton "O.T." Spence Jr.
ed as the most valuable Defensive
player on the football team. He
gained his coveted appointment to
the United Stated Air Force
He was also a starter on the Air
Force Academy football team dur-
ing his freshman year as defensive
lineman, a position he retained
from 2002 to 2006.
Cadets complete four years of
studies leading to a bachelor of sci-
ence degree with emphasis to aca-
demics, military training, athletic
conditioning, spiritual and ethical
The Air Force Academy is
ranked with Yale and Stanford, and
is a tough school to get accepted in.
Through his scholastic achieve-
ments, he was admitted into one of
the 890 seats in his class. Out of
the 1200 cadets that started out at
the Air Force Academy, only 890
are in the 2006 graduating class.
Cadet Overton Spence Jr. is one of
them. Charged with making the
world a better place, Overton
Spence Jr. will defend the constitu-
tion of America in the Officer Corp
of the United States Air Force.
"0. T." is the son of Thoma-
sena and Overton Spence Sr. His
grandparents are Tommy and Alice
Denson, of Jacksonville.
A proud family will be on hand
in Colorado, at the United States
Air Force Academy, on May 31,
2006, when Overton Roy "O.T."
Spence receives the Bachelor of
Social Science degree, and is com-
missioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in
the United States Air Force. His
primary field in the Air Force will
be in the area of contract negotia-
Bethel to Offer FCAT and Summer School Classes
for Students to Have Second Chance at Success
For the fourth consecutive year,
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
is partnering with Florida
Community College to offer sum-
mer school to high school students.
Six hundred spaces are available for
students needing another opportu-
nity to obtain passing grades in
order to graduate or advance to the
next grade level.
Summer classes will run for six
weeks, June 5-July 14. Registration
will be held May 31-June 2 at
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church,
123 Bethel Baptist Street.
Registration is from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
There is a registration fee of $250.
Registrants must have with them
their report card, Social Security
card and a waiver from their school.
Specialized lab courses are avail-
able at Bethel Baptist and at the
College's Downtown Campus.
Student attainment of competencies
will be verified by testing and/or
The following courses are avail-
able: Algebra I and II; Geometry;"
English I, II, III and IV; Biology;
Chemistry; Earth Science, Space
Science and Physical Science;
American and World History and
American Government. FCAT
Reading Endorsement is also
FCAT Enhancement will be avail-
able for 12th graders who failed the
FCAT but have completed all other
graduation requirements. Students
will also participate in weekly moti-
vational and study skills activities,
including presentations by guest
For more info call the church at
354-1464 or FCCJ at 632-5094.""
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May 18 -24, 2006
Ms. Perry's Free Press -Page 7
Mystery Solved: High Blood Pressure
Claimed the Life of Booker T. Washington
Booker T. Washington died of
high blood pressure, a review of his
medical records has determined,
erasing a cloud over the civil rights
leader's death left by one of his doc-
tors more than 90 years ago.
The doctor wrote in 1915 that
Washington died of "racial charac-
teristics" an often dismissive term
that included high blood pressure
but also could also refer to syphilis.
Washington's records were
obtained with the permission of his
descendants for a University of
Maryland medical conference that
looks each year at the cause of
death of a historical figure. Past
conferences have looked at
Alexander the Great, Wolfgang
Amadeus Mozart, Florence
Nightingale and Edgar Allan Poe.
Washington's records show that
his blood pressure was 225 over
145, nearly double the 120 over 80
that is considered normal.
Washington, a former slave who
taught himself to read and write,
was the first president of the
Tuskegee Institute in Alabama and
one of the most prominent black
Americans of the century, advising
presidents and philanthropists.
"The cruel irony is that he would
be killed by a disease which is a
particular threat to African
Americans," said Fitzhugh
Brundage, a University of North
Carolina-Chapel Hill history pro-
fessor who spoke at the conference.
While it still is not known what
causes high blood pressure or why
blacks are more frequently and
severely affected, "what we do
know is we can prevent or decrease
the likelihood of its development,"
said Dr. Jackson Wright, a professor
of medicine at Case Western
Reserve University who reviewed
Washington was admitted to the
hospital two weeks before his death
at age 59, complaining of fatigue,
headaches, weight loss and vision
problems. He eventually died of
kidney failure brought on by high
blood pressure, Wright said.
High blood pressure was not well
understood at the time, and effec-
tive treatments did not begin to be
used until the 1950s.
Help For Women With Fibroids
RN Delores Standley helps Rev. Bobby Marcus set the example by having his glucose tested.
Heal Thy People to Celebrate a Year of Faith Based
Preventative Healing in the Religious Community
The Community Affairs
Department of Shands Jacksonville
will be celebrating their one year
anniversary of their Heal Thy
People initiative with the faith-
based community. The "One Year
Celebration" will highlight how the
campaign provided information
though monthly meetings and
"Health Sunday's" to Jacksonville's
religious community about healthy
lifestyles, preventative health meas-
ures, health education, and health
screenings This past year many area
churches have become "faith-based
partners". "Faith-based partners"
have access to health education,
along with hosting a church-a-
month-health fair, access to health
care through one of the local clin-
ics; Durkeeville, St. Matthew or
Eastside Family Practice, a monthly
e-newsletter, quarterly newsletters
for their congregations, leader
training on health ministries, and
many more advantages helping
individuals lead a healthy life.
Focuses this year have included;
American Heart Month, with a visit
from representative from the
American Heart Association;
National Nutrition Month, with
ideas of how to eat healthy portions
of food; Foot Health Awareness,
with information on foot screenings
in the Jacksonville community;
Stoke Awareness Month; with other
focuses in the coming months.
"Heal Thy People is celebrating
one year of successful service to
local churches. "This program is
really making an impact with our
Health Sunday events. Currently
we are scheduling for 2007 fourth
Sunday health fairs with partnering
churches". Local Pastors have also
seen the results in their communi-
ties with the Heal Thy People
Campaign by being able to discuss
with their congregation what they
learn in the monthly meetings."
Said Zelma Dickerson who helped
facilitate the program.
The anniversary celebration will
be held on June 12th at Alltell
Stadium. At the celebration pastors
involved with the program will not
only be celebrating the campaign
that has helped so many in their
communities, but will also receive a
free health screening. It is the pro-
gram's goals that more people will
have access to the free health
screeningsand health knowledge
especially in this age of underin-
If you would like more informa-
tion on how to become a "faith-
based partner" please contact
Zelma Dickerson, RN, Med. @ 655
W. 8th Street Jacksonville, Florida
32209 or by phone at 244-9305.
When osteoarthritis affects the lum-
bar or lower spine, it causes severe
back pain which often radiates
down to the legs. Approximately
one million Americans suffer
from this type of arthritis, and they
are eager for help and advice. But
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what can be done to fight this com-
mon joint ailment? How can you
ease your pain and limitations, and
what can you do yourself to support
the treatment that your doctor pro-
vides? In the new issue of "Arthritis
Info," the American Arthritis
Society offers a number of practical
tips. Written in everyday English
and clearly illustrated,"Arthritis
Info" contains interesting informa-
tion for everyone who has
osteoarthritis. For a free sample
issue of "Arthritis Info," write to:
American Arthritis Society, 28
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Medications such as Lupron
reduce levels of estrogen and prog-
As a result, menstruation stops,
fibroids shrink and anemia often
improves. During a myomectom,.
the surgeon removes the fibroids.
thereby leaving the uterus in place.
Women of childbearing age may
choose this option.
During uterine artery, emboliza-
tion, small particles injected into
the arteries supplying the uterus
cut off blood flow to fibroids.
The procedure causes fibroids to
I iterine fibroids may be present
in 25 percent of women of child-
Fibroids occur three to nine times
more frequently in Afitcan-
American women than in
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Nutrition, Duval County Health Department; Jeffrey Goldhagen, MD,
MPH, Chief, Community Pediatrics, University of Florida Health
Science Center; and Belinda Johnson-Cornett, Acting Director, Duval
County Health Department at the announcement.
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fibroids include hea3- menstrual
bleeding, prolonged menstrual
periods, and pelvic pressure ot
Rarely, fibroids can lead to com-
plications. Johnson said.
"Tihe may lead to heavy blood
loss, resulting in anemia," she said.
"Fibroids also may lead to inconti-
nence from fibroids pressuring the
"They may also put pressure on
the diaphragm, resulting in breath-
ing problems," Johnson continued.
Doctors often first detect uterine
fibroids during a pelvic exam.
Doctors may also ask about signs
and/or symptoms, order a com-
plete blood count to determine
anemia because of blood loss
and/or order blood tests to diag-
nose bleeding disorders and meas-
ure the levels of hormones in the
Women ma) have fears before
they are examined, Johnson said.
"A woman may be afraid fibroids
may prevent her from getting preg-
nant." she said. "There is also a
fear that fibroids may lead to uter-
"A woman may also believe she
will have to get a hysterectomy."
Uterine fibroids are, however.
non-cancerous that grow slowly
and usually require no treatment,
"With this in mind, even if the,
cause symptoms, women still haoe
a variety of treatment options."
Health Department Present Guide to Help
Locals Assist Youth in Fighting Obesity
Jacksonville Childhood Obesity
Prevention Poli y-Development'
Workgroup presenetd its evidence
based policy statement on child-
hood obesity last week at a press
conference at Health Dep.
Headquarters. The report presents
recommendations that provide
guidance for local community and
professional organizations, schools
and government entities to develop
policy, based on sound scientific
research and evidence-based inter-
ventions proven to prevent child-
"We have an opportunity to give
the community information that can
be used to reverse the problems
associated with childhood obesity,"
said DCHD interim director
Belinda Johnson-Cornett. "We hope
that the work our committee has
presented is received with the will
to take action."
Increases in overweight and
declining physical fitness are
threats to children's health both
nationally and locally. A 2003-2004
National Health and Nutrition
Examination Survey -(NHANES)
indicated that approximately 17
percent of children in the United
States ages 6-19 are overweight.
The financial costs of obesity to the
local community in terms of health
care costs and other indirect
expenses, such as time away from
work, are significant. Total costs of
overweight and obesity were esti-
mated at $357 million in 2003 for
The Childhood Obesity
Prevention Policy Development
Workgroup consist of members
affiliated with a variety of local
institutions including the Nemours
Children's Clinic, the University of
North Florida, the University of
Florida, Duval County Public
Schools, Head Start, the Healthy
Jacksonville Childhood Obesity
Coalition and the Duval County
Copies of the report can be
obtained May 9, 2006, online at
Dr. Chester Aikens
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Can the Government Mobilize to Save People of Color?
by Gail Christopher
Reviews of the Federal response
to Hurricane Katrina, ranging from
media critiques to investigative
reports from the White House and
Congress, have failed to build con-
fidence that victims of the next U.S.
disaster on will fare any better.
As a new hurricane season
approaches, more than 23 million
Americans live in areas where
another catastrophe is not a matter
of "if," but "when." A fifth of those
living in these locations millions
of men, women, and children are
low-income residents. Many are
people of color. If the lessons
learned from Hurricane Katrina
hold true, many will not have the
resources to save themselves.
In overly bureaucratic language,
the critiques of Hurricane Katrina
said that preparedness response
must be improved; that better com-
munication is needed among city,
state and federal officials; and that
emergency personnel need refresh-.
er courses in Crisis
Communications 101. Still, the
reality is that even if these recom-
mendations were implemented, it
would leave millions of citizens at
substantial risk because the "cultur-
al divide" has not been addressed. It
hampered rescue operations, but
goes largely unmentioned in the cri-
What is the cultural divide? Two
photo wire services inadvertently
defined it for the nation. In the hur-
ricane's aftermath, an AFP/Getty
Images photo of a white couple in
flood water had a caption saying
they were wading through water
after "finding" food at a grocery
store. A second picture sent across
the Associated Press wire was of an
African American man, also carry-
ing food in the water-filled streets.
But the caption on this picture said
he was wading through water after
"looting" a grocery store.
The stereotyping that contributed
to the two vastly different picture
captions was also present when
overwhelmingly white volunteers
and emergency personnel set out to
rescue pr'edbminantlty African
American and poor victims of the
hurricane. The problem for the
nation is that the next disaster will
likely present similar demograph-
ics: rescuers who are, white; most
vulnerable victims, who are people
of color, and poor. Yet, this may be
an unprecedented opportunity for
America. A real rebuilding of the
emergency response system can be
transformed into a positive process
that unites the nation, Black and.
White, rich and poor. The process
of optimizing disaster preparedness
can help heal some of the nation's
deepest wounds and racial divides.
We know that the lack of diversi-
ty in health care and public safety
personnel hamper response capaci-
ty within communities of color.
Images from Katrina projected far
too few persons of color among
early responders and volunteers.
Such racial disconnects undoubted-
ly hampered evacuation and recov-
ery efforts. Local and state govern-
ments have a renewed imperative to
ensure more diverse health care and
public safety workforces, people
who can speak to the victims and
help them understand what course
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of action is required.
To be sure, the needless loss of
life and property in New Orleans
demonstrated that far too many
African Americans were ill-pre-
pared and unable or unwilling to
heed instructions from authorities.
Furthermore, many of those who
did follow official instructions
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turally responsive emergency
We need strong guidance from the
frontlines, from the people who
know the neighborhoods, know the
culture and can communicate with
the residents. These community
health and civic leaders must be
appointed to play important roles in
creating and implementing new dis-
aster response plans. And those
restructuring the plans must find
ways to field rescue teams that look
more like the disaster victims. In
New Orleans, a community of
African American women ignored
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women packed up and moved out
when an African American rescue
worker offered the same advice.
How many lives can bridging the
cultural divide save in the future?
Disasters, both natural and man-
made, reveal the best and the worst
of our society. Governments, infra-
structures, regions, communities,
families, and individuals are relent-
lessly challenged during such tur-
bulent times. Our nation's leaders,
particularly those representing
communities of color, must take the
lead in addressing systemic weak-
nesses and vulnerabilities in order
to effectively plan for the next dis-
aster and minimize the loss of
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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
Benefiting Martin Center
There will be a Motown Hitsville
Review benefiting the Jacksonville
Beach Elementary Preservation
Fund for the Rhoda Martin Cultural
Center at Jacksonville Beach. The
event, which will take place on
Friday, May 19th will begin with a'
VIP reception at 6:30 p.m., fol-
lowed by the show at 8:30 p.m. It
will be held at the Wilson Center at
the FCCJ South Campus. For more
information, call Atty. Walter Bell
Links Old School Jam
The Bold City Chapter of Links,
Incorporated 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 fellow-
ship. 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.
On Saturday, May 20th the
Jacksonville Local Organizing
Committee Inc., for the Millions
More Movement will host the 1st
Annual Hoodstock 2006 at 900
N.Myrtle Avenue(Between the cor-
ners of State and Union Streets.),
from 12:00 pm til 6:00 p.m. The
event will feature live musical per-
formances, poetry by Noktumal
Escape and vendors for a peaceful
day of free music, inspiration and
education. For more information or
to reserve vending space call 904-
Members and the general public
interested in public skills and
improving their skills are invited to
participate in the monthly
Toastmasters meeting. This month's
meeting will be held on Saturday,
May 20th at 10 a.m. at the
Mandarin South Library, 12125 San
Yusef Bilal: Guns for
The 2nd Annual YusefBilal: Guns
For Books Campaign, promoting
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
Alumni Association will hold their
College Alumni Round Up Family
Fun Day featuring free bowling,
networking, socializing, reconnect-
ing and big fun. Festivities will be
held at Archer Lanes, 10850 Harts
Road on the Northside from 2 4
p.m. For more information call
Peggy Turner at 254-8761.
S.A.S. Single and Sexy
Magazine will present a Male
Bachelor Auction on Saturday, May
20th starting at 9 p.m.Come enjoy
and live music while women bid on
the hunk of their dreams. The event
will be held at the Soho Bar & Grill
located in the Town & Country
Shopping Center on University
Blvd. For more information email
Majesty of African
"The Majesty of African Women:
Ishangi Women's Workshop" will
transport participants into the art
Do you know an
Someone who is constantly doing for others and put-
ting someone else's needs before their own, a friend that
goes beyond the norm? A tireless volunteer? Nominate
he or she for the Unsung Hero spotlight and they could
win a profile in the Jacksonville Free Press and a $50
gift certificate from Publix Supermarkets.
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Brought to you by
and science of womanhood on the
continent of Africa. This gathering
of women will explore the practical,
cultural and spiritual connections of
day-to-day activities often consid-
ered "women's work". Topics
include nutrition and healthy food
preparation, hair braiding and bead-
ing, the relationship of dance and
fitness to reproduction, drumming
as healing, basics of natural skin
care and discussion on how these
elements reflect the roles of women
in African and African American
communities. The program is May
20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Ritz
Theatre & LaVilla Museum. For
more information call 632-5555.
The Jacksonville Genealogical
Society will hold their monthly
meeting, May 20, 2006, at 1:30
p.m. at the Webb-Wesconnett
Library, 6887 103rd Street,
Jacksonville, Florida. We are very
pleased to have as our speaker, Ms.
Holly Beasley, who will be present-
ing a slideshow entitled "500 Years
at the Beaches." The program will
figuratively walk the listener
through history; beginning with an
overview of northeast: Florida--the
Timucua, the coming colonial pow-
ers, and the fledgling state govern-
ment, to a candid look at each of the
six communities we represent
today. For additional info contact,
Mary Chauncey at (904) 781-9300.
D.C. Curry at
the Comedy Zone
He played Uncle Elroy on "Next
Friday" & "Friday After Next".
You've also seen DC Curry on
HBO, BET and Comedy Central.
,Now see him in Jacksonx ille at the
Comedy Zone May 25 27th. Call
242-HAHA for tickets and or more
The Annual Kumba Festival of the
Arts will be May 26th and 27th at
the Clanzel Brown Center from
10:00 am 7:00 pm (Saturday fol-
lowing the Kuumba Parade) and
12:00 noon 7`00 pm (Sunday)
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Health Fair on Saturday, May 27,
2006, 10 am 3:00 pm. The
Kuumba Festival is a community
event designed to bring a whole-
some and entertaining gathering for
all that will educate the community
about African/African American
culture. Visit Kuumbafestival.com
Henderson & Carne
Headline Jazz Lounge
On May 20 at 8 p.m., Ritz Theatre
& LaVilla Museum will present 'old
school' R&B recording artists
Michael Henderson and Jean Came.
The event is part of the Ritz Third
Saturday Jazz and Blues Lounge, a
caf6 style concert series featuring
local and national recording artists.
Tickets are available at Ritz
Theatre & IaVilla Museum box
office. more information, call 904-
JCA Sunday to
Remember for Seniors
Join your friends Sunday, May 28
at 2 p.m. as the Jewish Community
Alliance (JCA) welcomes The
Synergy Chamber Ensemble, North
Florida's premier chamber ensem-
ble presenting a unique program of
music for flute, violin and piano
featuring Jacksonville Symphony
Orchestra concertmaster Philip Pan
and flutist Rhonda Cassano with
pianist Mary McKee. Sunday to
Remember" are a perfect way to
enjoy a Sunday afternoon and are
free of charge. Refreshments will
be served. The JCA is located at
8505 San Jose Blvd. For more
information, call Elizabeth Dorsey-
Culkeen 730-2100 ext. 223.
River City Band Free
Come out and enjoy the sunshine
and patriotic music by the Brass
Band of the River City! The free
event is fun for the whole family.
Festivities will be held on Sunday,
May 28th from 3 4:30 p.m. at
PRIDE Book Club
The next PRIDE book club meet-
ing will be held on Friday June 2.
2006 at 7:00 pm at the home of
Judy Williams, 2418 Dolphin St.
Jax. 32218. The book for discussion
will be A DREAM DEFERRED:
THE SECOND BETRAYAL OF
BLACK FREEDOM IN AMERI-
CA by Shelby Steele. The book for
discussion on July 7, 2006 will be
SO YOU CALL YOURSELF A
MAN by Carl Weber. For more
information, email felicef@bell-
Raines Class of '96
High School Reunion
After a decade of growing and pur-
suing individual goals, William M.
Raines Class of 1996 is reuniting to
share and network experiences
from all walks of life. The culmina-
tion of this reuniting will take place
on June 2 4, 2006 in Jacksonville,
FL. Events are open to all! Please
for all the details and a complete list
of events or call: Lawrence Vereen
The Ribault Senior High Trojan
Band is looking for students inter-
ested in becoming part of our Band
Program June 5th 30 at the
school. Summer Band Camp pro-
vides the opportunity to teach
beginning band members the funda-
mentals of playing. As a part of the
Trojan Band, students are exposed
to many types of leadership skills
designed to promote integrity and
character within the band and pro-
vide students with useful skills they
can apply in the classroom and
beyond. All interested students and
parents, please contact: Mr. Clifford
Buggs, Director of Bands for more
information, at 924-3092 ext. 140.
Verizon Kids Carnival
On Saturday, June 10, 2006 from
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the
Regency Square Mall lot will be the
site of the MaliVai Washington
Kids Foundation fifth annual
Verizon Wireless Kids For Kids
Carnival. This day is filled with
family fun and offers excitement for
both the young and young at heart.
Activities include the Kellogg's
Junior Olympics, tennis activities,
bounce houses, games and prizes,
entertainment, arts & crafts, a rock
wall, and more! Admission is free!
.Call 301.3786 for more informa-
Garage Sale for
The International Machinists
Union will hold a Garage Sale for
Breast Cancer on Saturday, June
17th from 8 a.m. 12 p.m,. at the
Union Hall, 277 Tallulah Avenue.
For more information call Renell
Manns at 765-5004.
This one-of-a-kind Fashion event
is for curvy girls who want more
than what the Jacksonville land-
scape has to offer in the realm of
plus size clothing. This show will
thrill and excite. The event will be
held on Sunday, June 25th at 5p.m.
at the Ritz Theatre & Lavilla
Museum For More Information
and Tickets Call 904-537-1600 or
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.
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And so it is written. Spring turns
into summer. Cool winds become
warm. Cobwebs get brushed off the
grill. Shorts and flip-flops are
donned. The sun bakes us. We seek
refuge in air-conditioned movie
So what's up at the movies this
Well, we're having a heatwave.
Black actors and filmmakers strut
their stuff in indies, action movies,
musicals, romances and comedies.
It's gonna be a long hot summer!
X-Men: The Last Stand is also the
third in a movie series. Tom's a
hero but these characters possess
superpowers. And no one puts the
chill on a villain's day faster than
Halle Berry as Storm, who rejoins
co-stars Hugh Jackman and Famke
Janssen in this highly-successful
franchise that focuses its storyline
on a new cure that could change the
X-Men back into just-plain people.
Is being normal all it's chalked up
to be? (May 26)
Halle isn't the only Black actress
in film this May. Comedienne
extraordinaire Wanda Sykes lends
her considerable talent, timing and
distinctive voice to Stella the Skunk
in the animated feature Over The
Hedge (May 19), a
DreamWorks/Pixar release. RJ, a
raccoon (Bruce Willis), talks a few
wild life critters into crossing the
hedge to see how the human species
thrive. Think Shrek, and then add
Tyrese in Waist Deep
While big-budget blockbusters
like Superman fill movie screens
during this joyous wedding month,
Black actors and filmmakers will
work their magic in medium-budg-
et, low-budget and indie/art films.
Keep a look out for Bow Wow in
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo
Drift (June 16). The high-octane
series travels to the Far East, Japan,
and is a star vehicle for Lucas Black
and Mr. Wow.
Producer Lee Daniels (Halle
Berry's Monster's Ball) tries his
hand at directing with the artful,
erotic thriller Shadowboxer, star-
ring Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Helen
Mirren. Gooding Jr., in a departure
from the wholesome characters he's
played lately (Snow Dogs, Radio),
portrays a stepson whose mom has
very lecherous eyes. Both are con-
tract killers. Someone, please call
If your child was kidnapped and
held for ransom, would you rob
banks to get the money to free him?
Any hesitation means you might.
That is the provocative question
posed in the urban thriller Waist
Deep (June 23), which headlines
Tyrese, a soul singer whose acting
career has skyrocketed. Do you
Jamie Foxx and Colin Farrell recreate Tubbs and Crockett in the hit
remember him in John Singleton's
Baby Boy? Larenz Tate co-stars,
Vondie Curtis-Hall (Gridlock'd,
The Heart of the Game (June 14),
chronicles the true story of a young
African-American girl, Darnellia
Russell, who joins an all-White
girls' basketball team coached by a
middle-aged man whose style is
reminiscent of Phil Jackson's Zen
technique. He turns the team into a
pack of wolves hungry for its next
victory. Although Darnellia is from
the other side of town, rival high
school territory, the team rallies
around her in times of crisis. If
Kobe and Shaq had seen this movie
maybe they'd still be together and
the Lakers might have made the
finals. But that's another story.
Don't drag out your 1980s white
Armani linen suits just yet. Yes,
Miami Vice (July 28) is back, but
Philip Michael Thomas and Don
Johnston have retired. Jamie Foxx
and Colin Farrell step into their
soft, summer loafers and fashion-
able threads with the guidance of
home of two loving parents, played
by Shawn Wayans and Kerry
Washington. In the trailers, Marlon
seems a bit too eager to try breast-
Samuel L. Jackson, the hardest-
working man in show business
since Sammy Davis, Jr. passed
away, is in a film that focuses on
two of our greatest fears. The title
says it all Snakes on a Plane
(August 18) and the film has
already built an audience on the
Internet. Jackson is a U.S. Marshall
accompanying a mob witness from
Hawaii to L.A. A crate of venomous
snakes is released on the flight. The
serpents don't have tickets, and
they don't care. The thought of
those reptiles slithering up a pants
leg or down a dress on a crowed
jumbo jet a mile above earth is
enough to make anyone hit the
Originally made for HBO,
Idlewild (August 25) is being cata-
pulted to the big screen for a sum-
mer debut and Outkast couldn't be
happier. Andre "Andre 3000"
Oscar nominee Terrence Howard joins RnB duo Outkast for Idlewild.
the TV show's original
Mann. Crockett and Tubbs rock
South Beach like a hurricane as two
undercover agents sorting out the
bad guys from the innocent party
The Wayans Brothers had their
way with White Chicks, and they
are still on a comic roll with Little
Man (July 5), directed by Keenan
Wayans. Marlon plays a dwarf who
goes on the lam after stealing a dia-
mond. When he masquerades as a
toddler child he winds up in the
Benjamin and Antwan A. Patton
star as boyhood pals who have
grown up amid Prohibition-era
gangster life. Writer/director Bryan
Becker (who directed Outkast's
Hey Ya! video) guides the musical
proceedings, which feature chore-
ography by Hinton Battle, music by
Benjamin and Patton. Ben Vereen,
Patti Labelle, Terrence Howard,
Cicely Tyson and Macy Gray are
among the cast. An Outkast CD is
scheduled for release with this
1930s period film. Hey Outkast, "I
like the way you move!"
Summer Kicks Off Well
Anticipated Movie Season
was good for me it helped me get away."
In 1994, the country watched live as A.C. Cowlings
drove the white Bronco carrying his famous passenger
in a slow-speed police chase that preceded Simpson's
arrest for murdering his ex-wife, Nicole Brown
Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman.
Goldman's father, Fred, told "Inside Edition" he
found Simpson's comment "morally reprehensible."
Simpson was acquitted of murder, however, a civil
jury later held him liable for the deaths and ordered him
to pay $33.5 million to the Brown and Goldman fami-
lies. So far, only small portions of the judgment have
The hour-long program is airing on pay-per-view this
month, and a DVD offering uncensored material will
be made available soon, "Juiced" executive producer
Rick Mahr told The Associated Press.
Other practical jokes on the show include Simpson
disguised as an Elvis impersonator, a vagabond selling
oranges for money and an elderly man leading a Bingo
Mahr said Simpson received no money for the show.
The daughter of Richard Pryor filed a petition in Los
Angeles Superior Court last week seeking to remove
her father's wife as a trustee of Pryor's estate and
accusing her of "elder abuse."
Pryor's Kid Wants Wife Removed as Trustee
According to TMZ.com, the late comedian's daugh-
OPRAH'S LEGEND'S PUSHED BY BUSH
With absolutely no respect for
May sweeps, President Bush
chose to address the nation on
his immigration proposal last
Monday night at 8 p.m., the
start of prime time television ,.
and the timeslot where ABC ,.,
had scheduled Oprah's .
"Legend's Ball" special. .
Unwilling to compete with the
leader of the free world, ABC chose to scrap last night's
scheduled airing and move the special back a week, to
May 22 at 8 p.m.
As previously reported, "Legends" chronicles
Winfrey's 2005 event that honored 25 black women
who have inspired her throughout the years. The three-
day celebration at her California estate included Rosa
Parks, Maya Angelou, Coretta Scott King, Aretha
Franklin, Toni Morrison and Ruby Dee.
ROCK HAS NEW SHOW IN TOW
Chris Rock will step into the director's chair for his
next film, "I Think I Love My Wife," a comedy that
.. stars the comedian along-
side Kerry Washington and
&,W- -- -A remake of Eric
Rohmer's 1972 French
comedy "Chloe in the
Afternoon," the film centers
on Richard Cooper (Rock),
a professional who is mar-
ried to Brenda (Gina
Torres), with whom he has a
young daughter. When his
old girlfriend (Kerry
Washington) enters the picture, Cooper soon discovers
he is in way over his head.
"I Think I Love My Wife" marks the second time
Rock has directed a film, following 2003's "Head of
State," in which he co-starred with Bernie Mac.
RETURN OF THE WHITE BRONCO
O.J. Simpson thought it'd be a hoot to pull a prank
involving the infamous white Bronco for his new can-
show, "Juiced." But the fami-
lies of the victims he was
accused of murdering don't
S fi nd the idea funny at all.
In the show, patterned after
Ashton Kutcher's MTV series
.. "Punk'd," Simpson attempts to
sell the vehicle at a used car
lot, usiing- the sales pitch: "It
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of mentally abusing her father, who suffered from mul-
tiple sclerosis and died in December just days after his
Elizabeth claims Jennifer kept Pryor away from his
family and friends, and limited family visits to once a
month for no more than 40 minutes at a time.
According to the petition, the alleged abuse caused
Pryor "depression, despair, agitation, and other extreme
"Given Mr. Pryor's utter dependence on Jennifer for
his personal and financial welfare, her actions were
reckless, oppressive, fraudulent and malicious," the
Jennifer Lee and..Richard Pryor.,were, divRpTi jn
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