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Succumbs at 96
Felons Still a
Major Issue in
Prison Population Grows
by 1,000 Per Week
Prisons and jails added more than 1,000
inmates each week for a year, putting almost 2.2
'million people, or one in every 136 U.S. resi-
dents, behind bars by last summer. The total on
.June 30, 2005, was 56,428 more than a the same
.time in 2004, the government reported last week-
.m i_ end. That 2.6 percent increase from mid-2004 to.
.d-2p00.5 htranslates into a weekly rise of 1,085 inmates.
Sinorlis accounted for about two-thirds of all inmates, or-1.4 million,
wtle thebother third, nearly 750,000, were in local jails, according to the
ISeai6f JRtstice Statistics.
'Te.r.aceial tkeup of inmates changed little in recent years. In thie'25-'
29 .age group. an estimated .11.9 percent of black men were in prison or
jails, compared with 3.9 percent of Hispanic males and .1.7 percent of
'Racial Profiling Case's
Plaintiffs to Get $30,000 Each
Five African American men who sued Philadelphia's Whitemnarsh
Township and a decorated police sergeant for alleged racial profiling and
alleged civil-rights violations will each receive $30,000 as part of a set--
detpent while the law firms that represented them will get $100,000 each.
. The case stemmed from allegations brought by fellow officers against
former Sgt, Guy Anhorn. In reports to township officials and in deposi-
tions in the lawsuit,. officers accused Anhorn of targeting blacks. per-,'
.ftorming illegal searches,.and falsifying arrest affidavits, They also Said
.township officials knew about and ignored those tactics,
Their complaints sparked an FBI investigation that is still continuing
aftler early three, years. ,
Anhorn denied the accusations. He was never charged with any crimes
and retired with full benefits.
Prince Hall Masons Convene in NY
Hundreds of representatives from perhaps America's oldest African-
American organization used Rochester. NY as its location this weekend
to conduct yearly business and host speakers.
The Prince Hall Masons, a benevolent organization with 350,000 mem-
bers nationwide, held its annual conference in downtown Rochester, NY.
The four-day event hosted 400 to 500 leaders from state Prince Hall
chapters across the country, as well as representatives from Liberia,
Africa, Canada and the Bahamas.
It was the first time the Prince Hall Masons have held their conference
in New York state in 20 years.
The focus of the conference was to discuss the group's national plat-
forms, vote on appropriations for donations and listen to speakers such as
Ted Shaw, president of the NAACP's Legal Defense and Educational
Fund, and Byron Brown, the mayor of Buffalo, NY.
Rice Appearance Draws Protest
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice delivered the commencement
address on this week at Boston College to an audience that included
dozens of Students and professors who stood, turned their backs and held
up signs to protest the war in Iraq.
, A small plane fle overhead twice, pulling a sign that said, in red let-.
ters, "Your War Brings Dishonor." Outside Alumni Stadium, where 3,234
students'received diplomas, protesters marched up Beacon Street holding
sighs reading "No Blood For Oil" and "We're Patriotic Too."
Inside, however. Ms. Rice received a standing ovation when she was
introduced, and she drew applause throughout her address.
The selection of Ms. Rice has upset the campus of this Jesuit-run uni-
versity since it was announced May 1. Faculty members and students
were'angry that the university was conferring an honorary law degree on.
1Ms. Rice, saying her endorsement of the war ran counter to Jesuit prin-
ciples of pacifism and human rights.
About a third of the college's faculty members signed a letter objecting
to Ms. Rice's appearance. The campus African-American, Hispanic,
Asian, and Native American organization sent a letter to the aidministra,
tion asking that it "stop touting Secretary Rice's race and gender as justi-
fication for her invitation."
Barry Bonds Ties Babe
Ruth's Home Run Record
The agonizing wait is over for Barry Bonds. He and
the Babe are even at 714. Bonds tied Babe Ruth for
second place on the career home run list last weekend,
ending a nine-game homeless stretch with a shot into
the first deck of the elevated stands in right-center -
during San Francisco's 4-2, 10-inning victory over the Oakland Athletics.
Booed when he was introduced before the game, the Giants' star
received a long standing ovation after his home run, and the game was
delayed about 90 seconds.
"This is a great accomplishment because of Babe Ruth and what he
brought to the game of baseball and his legacy in the game of baseball."
Bonds said. "This and a World Series ring to me would be the ultimate.
He changed the game of baseball, ... It's just great to be in the same
Next up is Hank Aaron's record of 755. "This took a lot off me. It's
good," Bonds said. "A lot of relief. Well. until something else comes up."
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Mouth is to
S.... Address Pandemic
Hope Inc. and the Baptist
.l -' -Ministers Conference joined togeth-
.er financially to
-. put youth to work
in an effort to
i--" -,e. address the murder
ident, Rev. James
SSampson led the
-. .. Cco'alitio-n 'in the Rei Sampson
announcement with the, presentation
of $40,000 for the Empowering
';j $Youth Summer Work Program. The
goal is to take as many 15 18 year
folloing a--, f a 'weeolds off the streets to train and place
them in the workforce during the
af, -.rsummer months.
M: '- "We know that the record high
homicide rate is a mere surface
',symptom of the real problems that
continue to plague our entire com-
munity," said Sampson representing
the Ministerial body.
The Conference has identified four
3 "areas of 'concern which include
employment, education, economics
Shown above at their induction are new (standing) Bold City Links members Tracie Collier, LaVon and despair.
Burnett, Elizabeth Means and Brenda Thomas. Seated are Membership Chair Ruth Waters, Vice-Area "While there is no silver bullet that
Chair Pat Bivens and Chapter President Norma White who presided over the induction, will completely solve all the prob-
Bold City Concludes Program Year with "Old" Party and New Links lems the community is facing today,
we have come up with a plan to
The Bold City Chapter of Links, Inc. concluded a successful program year with the induction of four new Links make a significant difference." said
following a fanfare weekend that included a health fair and their annual "Old School Gala". For more scenes from Sampson.
the weekend's activities including the Gala, see page 9.
Nagin Re-elected as
New Orleans Mayor
Mayor Nagin is shown above at his victory party.
New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin,
whose shoot-from-the-hip style was
both praised and scorned after
Hurricane Katrina, narrowly won
re-election over Lt. Gov. Mitch
Landrieu this weekend in the race
to oversee one of the biggest
rebuilding projects in U.S. history.
"We are ready to take off. We
have citizens around the country
who want to come back to the city
of New Orleans, and we're going to
get them all back," Nagin said in a
joyful victory speech that took on
the tone of Sunday sermon.
Nagin won with 52.3 percent, or
59,460 votes, to Landrieu's 47.7
percent, or 54,131 votes. Results
showed he got black votes he need-
ed from scattered residents across
the country who voted by fax and
absentee ballots, and got a sizable
crossover vote from white districts.
More than 25,000 ballots were
cast early by mail or fax or at satel-
lite polling places set up around
Louisiana earlier in the month
5,000 more than were cast early in
Youth Trade Guns for Books The 2nd Annual Yusef Bilal:
Guns For Books Campaign, promoting literacy in our children will be held
on Saturday May 20, 2006 at the Gateway Shopping Center. Kids needed
to have a toy gun to trade in order to participate. Bilal had a host of grass-
roots activists on hand to motivate the youth in attendance in addition to
Jacksonville Sheriff Officer Tchenter Wilson who helped reinforce to the
youth that law enforcement is nothing to be afraid of. Shown above is Bilal
giving a book and bookbag filled with more goodies to Duchess Wilson at
I -c~Cl r, -~LIL~- ~ -~C J~rPI
,- Treat Urban
?ress May 25 31, 2006
Jobs. Jobs. Jobs
Shown here from left to right are: MC Lyte, Layzie Bone (Bone, Thugs 'n' Harmony), Chrysler Financial
representative Gerrod Parchmon, Wish Bone (Bone, Thugs 'n' Harmony), Fat Joe, Krayzie Bone (Bone,
Thugs 'n' Harmony), Russell Simmons, Chrysler Financial representative James Whitlow, Pitbull, Prince
Markie Dee Of 103.5 The Beat, Jha Jha from The Diplomats, Troy Hudson, Stephen Starks, Director of
Southeast Business Center of Chrysler Financial, Chrysler Financial representative Eydel Perez, HSAN
CEO/President Dr. Benjamin Chavis and Summit co-moderator Doug E. Fresh.
Hip Hop Financial Summit Brings
Financial Literacy to Urban America
On May 20th, the Hip-Hop
- Summit Action Network held its
Hip-Hop Summit on Financial
Empowerment at Florida Memorial
S- University in Miami, FL. Along
S -- with title sponsor Chrysler
Financial and presenting sponsor
Anheuser-Busch, Inc. HSAN wel-
comed the youth of Miami to the
"Get Your Money Right" National
Tour, now in its second successful
year. The Hip-Hop Summit on
Financial Empowerment is a grass-
roots effort to help engage young
people in discussions about the
importance of personal finance, like
knowing your FICO score, how to
get a car or home loan and how to
repair bad credit. The "Get Your
Money Right" workbook, which is
given to all participants, is available
in both English and Spanish and is
downloadable from www.hsan.org
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Graduates: Advice for Avoiding
the Burden of Student Loan Debt
African American Business Summit 2006 Event
Line-Up Features The Rev. Jesse Jackson
The African American Business
Summit 2006, themed P3 Power
Passion Profit today announced its
line up of dynamic speakers, pre-
senters, keynotes and workshops at
its 9th annual event to be held at the
Hotel Zoso, 150 South Indian
Canyon Road in Palm Springs,
California June 21 26, 2006.
This year's event features a
keynote/reception by Rev. Jesse
Jackson, Founder and President of
Highlights of P3 Power Passion
* Chairman Danny J. Bakewell Sr.
will be on the Conversation with a
Winner Q&A discussing his career
as a successful African American
Community Activist, Humanitarian
and owner of the Los Angeles
A special keynote by the
Reverend Jesse Jackson.
The Turning Point
Magazine/Wells Fargo Living
History Makers $5,000 Award win-
ner and opening Keynote address
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by distinguished financial journalist
and best-selling author Kelvin
Boston who is also the executive
producer and host of the
Moneywise with Kelvin Boston
public television series.
* A must not miss workshop that
focuses on creating the "buzz" for
your business and/or products with
Gerry Foster President of Gerry
A General Session on the impact
of Public Policy on Minority
* A general session on how public
and private institutions provide cap-
ital for investing in small business
* An exciting panel discussion on
how a small business can be a sup-
plier to the entertainment industry.
A post Katrina New Orleans
development panel asking: "Is
There a Real Role for Minority
* An informative panel discussing
passingeyour business through gen-
erations: "Your Business or your
Money...Which do YOU want to
leave your kids?" and many moer
will highlight the conference.
The African American Business
Summit 2006, P3 Power Passion
Profit is a must not miss business
event for 2006. Additional event
features include: Wells Fargo's
How to Get Money For Your
Business Seminar, Smart Start'
Youth Financial Literacy Program,
The Business/Vendor Fair, Your
Business 15 Minutes of Fame, The
Networking Lounge, a Cyber Cafe,
Welcome Reception, P3 Noir night-
ly events including: a Wine Tasting
and Art Showing featuring the art
work of Charles Bibbs and
Cruisin's Divine Wines, a Dessert
Reception, a closing night dance.
To register and/or more informa-
tion regarding the African
American Business Summit 2006 -
please visit: www.aabs2006.com
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
Thirty-nine percent of student
borrowers are graduating with
unmanageable levels of debt with
monthly payments that are more
than eight percent of their monthly
income, according to a report by
The State PIRG's Higher Education
American Education Services
(AES) offers college funding
advice to students and their fami-
lies, helping them avoid the burden
of unnecessary debt. The national-
ly-known student aid provider
encourages students to exhaust all
possibilities of gift aid, including
scholarships, grants and work-
study, before turning to loan pro-
A federal Stafford Loan should be
a student's first consideration once
all possibility of gift aid has been
exhausted. However, the terms of
a Stafford Loan vary from lender to
lender. This could result in a
greater expense for the borrower in
the long run. Students and their
families should research the repay-
ment terms that each lender offers
There is also an additional cost
that borrowers must consider when
taking out a federally guaranteed
student loan and factoring repay-
ment. The Higher Education
Reconciliation Act of 2005 requires
all student loan guarantors to
deposit one percent of the loan
amount to cover potential costs
associated with insuring federally
guaranteed student loans. AES has
elected to pay this one-percent
default fee on behalf of the borrow-
er, which will save borrowers more
than $34 million in the 2006-07
Private loans should only be con-
sidered as a last resort. Borrowers
should research thoroughly before
signing the dotted line."
Borrowers should also look for
any additional repayment benefits
that will mean less debt in the long
run. AES' exclusive relationship
with Upromise provides a benefit to
their borrowers that no other stu-
dent aid provider can offer. The
concept is simple, but the savings
can be substantial. A borrower
with a $10,000 student loan can pay
off that loan 13 months earlier and
save more than $1,000 just by earn-
ing $10 a month in Upromise
rebates. Borrowers can establish
their free account at
Borrowers should also consider
the lender's reputation for customer
service. "Our borrowers benefit
from our knowledgeable and
friendly customer service team,
available 24 hours a day, 7 days a
week and our promise to never
sell any personal information to
third party marketers," said Willey.
CITY OF JACKSONVILLE
INVITATION TO BID
Sealed bids will be received by the City of Jacksonville, Department of Procurement, 3rd floor, City Hall until
the time and dates recorded below and immediately thereafter publicly opened and recorded in the Conference
Room "C", 3rd Floor, City Hall, 117 West Duval Street.
THE FOLLOWING IS A BETTER JACKSONVILLE PLAN PROJECT
BUYER: DIANE FARMER (904) 630-1168
OPENS: WEDNESDAY. JUNE 28. 2006
BDB-1025-06 DESIGN/BUILD SERVICES FOR THE DUVAL COUNTY PUBLIC WORKS
SCOPE OF WORK:
THE WORK IN THIS CONTRACT CONSISTS OF FURNISHING ALL LABOR,
MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT, AND PERFORMING ALL OPERATIONS
NECESSARY FOR THE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW DUVAL
COUNTY COURTS FACILITY IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROGRAM
REDEVELOPMENT REPORT PREPARED BY DAN L. WILEY & ASSOCIATES
DATED JULY, 2005.
NON-MANDATORY PRE-BID CONFERENCE:
TUESDAY JUNE 13, 2006 AT 10:00 A.M. AT THE COURTHOUSE TRAILER
OFFICE LOCATED AT 337 WEST ADAMS STREET, JACKSONVILLE, FL 32202
THE REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS MAY BE REVIEWED AND OBTAINED AT
THE PROCUREMENT DEPARTMENT, CITY HALL AT ST. JAMES, SUITE 330,
117 WEST DUVAL STREET, JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA 32202. THE RFF MAY
BE DOWNLOADED AND PRINTED AT: www2.coj.net/RFP/Chids/CBidDefault.asp
THIS PROJECT HAS BEEN DESIGNATED TO BE UNDER THE EQUAL
BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY PROGRAM AND ESTABLISHED A 25%
PARTICIPATION GOAL WITH ANY COMBINATION OF JSEB CERTIFIED
BUSINESS OR MBE STATUS.
ONE ORIGINAL PROPOSAL AND EIGHT (8) COPIES BE SUBMITTED.
JOHN PEYTON, MAYOR
CITY OF JACKSONVILLE
BY:DEVIN J. REED, Director
DEPARTMENT OF PROCUREMENT
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First Coast Graduates Look Forward to a Bright Future
First Coast High School, Jacksonville's newest public high school held it's Sixteenth Annual
Commencement at Veterans Memorial Arena with the pomp and circumstance befitting the occasion of prepar-
ing students to enter life. Shown above are graduates Vernezza Lewis (1) and Rebecca Williams (r) at the cer-
emonies. Vernezza plans to attend the University of South Florida with a major in nursing and the young Miss.
Williams is headed to Bethune Cookman College to study journalism. FMPowel Photo
Another Black, Minority
by Anthony Advincula
While a recent study by the
Manhattan Institute for Policy
Research (MIPR) claimed that only
50 percent of Black and Latino stu-
dents in the United States complete
high school with a diploma, the
Economic Policy Institute (EPI)
said that it was "inaccurate"
because MIPR used "seriously
flawed data and methodology."
In a 99-page report, "Rethinking
High School Graduation Rates and
Trend," released late last month, the
Washington-based EPI revealed
that about 75 percent of Blacks and
Latino high school students actual-
ly receive diplomas nationwide.
"Our research finds no suggestion
of a horrifyingly low graduation
rate among Blacks, Hispanics and
other minority groups in the coun-
try," Lawrence Mishel, EPI presi-
dent and co-author of the study, said
in a national telephone conference
with reporters. "In fact, we have
found out that Black-White gradua-
tion gap has shrunk significantly
over the last 40 years."
He said that the MIPR data, gen-
erated by its senior fellow Jay P.
Greene and former Urban Institute
research associate Christopher B.
-Swanson, "reflect an increasingly
used but incorrect characterization
of the rate of high school gradua-
tion," because they mainly relied on
enrollment data reported by school
districts and collected by the states
and the federal government.
"There are two fundamental prob-
lems with Greene's graduation rate
research," Mishel added. "First, he
ignored the other data available on
high school completion that are far
more reliable, far more consistent
with each other, and show signifi-
cantly higher graduation rates than
the school enrollment data. And
second, Greene's computations
show an artificially low graduation
rate because he does not fully cor-
rect for grade retention, especially
among minorities, in 9th and 10th
Between 1979 and 2004, the EPI
report also revealed that high
school completion rates (regular
diploma and GED general educa-
tion development) rose for both
White and Black students, but it
grew faster for Blacks. Over these
25 years, the Black-White gradua-
tion gap narrowed by 8.4 percent-
The overall high school gradua-
tion rate with a regular diploma,
with the data from NELS, is about
82 percent, the EPI report added.
Congressman Refuses to Resign Despite Being Videotaped Taking Bribe
A Louisiana congressman under
investigation for bribery said he
would not resign despite being
videotaped accepting $100,000
from an informant.
Democratic Rep. William
Jefferson, who has not been
charged, called an FBI search of
his Capitol office "an outrageous
intrusion," telling reporters: "There
are two sides to every story. There
are certainly two sides to this story."
House Speaker Dennis Hastert
questioned whether the raid of the
congressman's office, believed the
first in history,, overstepped limita-
tions on executive powers.
"Nothing I have learned in the last
48 hours leads me to believe that
there was any necessity to change
the precedent established over those
219 years," the Illinois Republican
said in a statement.
The FBI revealed this weekend
that Jefferson was videotaped
accepting $100,000 in $100 bills
from an FBI informant, who agreed
to have her conversations with the
congressman taped. Agents later
found the cash hidden in a freezer,
according to court documents.
Asked if he took a bribe, Jefferson
declined to answer. He also
declined to talk about the videotape
or other details alleged in an FBI
affidavit presented to a judge as evi-
dence for a warrant to search his
office .Saturday night and Sunday.
Jefferson, an eight-term congress-
man who turned 59 in March, main-
tained his innocence and said he
plans to continue voting in the
House. "I expect to run for re-elec-
tion, but that's a matter that's down
the road," he said.
He called the weekend search of
his Capitol Hill office "an outra-
geous intrusion into separation of
powers, and no one has seen this in
the life of the Congress."
A historian with the Senate
Historical Office said there is no
record of any member's congres-
sional office,being searched. .
Congressman William Jefferson
The search warrant affidavit team" of prosecutors and FBI
spells out special procedures put in agents unconnected to the investi-
place to ensure the search did not gation. They would review any
infringe on privileged material. The seized items or documents and
procedures include use of a "filter determine wMhethler thedocmnents
are privileged and therefore
immune from the search warrant.
If the status of a document is in
doubt, the filter, team will give the
documents to a judge for a ruling
before giving them to case prosecu-
tors, according to the affidavit.
The government says Jefferson
received $100,000 in a leather
briefcase last July 30 at the Ritz-
Carlton hotel in Arlington, Va. The
money was delivered to Jefferson
by a northern Virginia business-
woman who is cooperating with
investigators. She was identified as
Lori Mody by a law enforcement
official who spoke on condition of
.anonymity because the woman's
name was kept confidential.
The plan was for Jefferson to use
the cash to bribe a high-ranking
Nigerian official to ensure the suc-
cess of a business deal in that coun-
try, the 100-page affidavit said.
All but $10,000 was recovered
Aug. 3, when the FBI searched
Jefferson's home in Washington.
The money was stuffed in his freez-
er, wrapped in $10,000 packs and
concealed in food containers and
Jefferson has not been charged and
has denied any wrongdoing, but
two of his associates have pleaded
guilty to bribery-related charges in
federal court in Alexandria, Va.
In January, former Jefferson aide
Brett Pfeffer pleaded guilty to
bribery-related charges, saying
Jefferson demanded money in
exchange for help in brokering two
African telecommunications deals.
Vernon Jackson, chief executive of
iGate Inc., a Louisville, Ky.,
telecommunications firm, subse-
quently pleaded guilty to bribery,
admitting he paid hundreds of thou-
sands of dollars to Jefferson and his
family members in exchange for the
congressman's help obtaining busi-
ness deals in Nigeria, Ghana and
The House Ethics Committee has
opened an inquiry into the case.
come find out where you vote at the
A i M
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 Itspiration 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 any time 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
Inspiratios Village, please call
390-2082 or visit
PUBLiC SCHOOLS n0 IC-CO
KNOW YOUR PRECINCT DAY
Friday, June 2, 2006 3:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m.
Sat., June 3, 2006 10:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m.
any of our fourteen early voting sites:
Beaches Regional Library
Bradham-Brooks Northwest Library
Highlands Regional Library
Murray Hill Library
Pablo Creek Regional Library
Regency Square Regional Library
South Mandarin Regional Library
Southeast Regional Library
University Park Library
Webb-Wesconnett Regional Library
West Regional Library
Please Note: You should have already received your new Voter Information Card
with your new polling place listed. If not, please contact our office at 630-1414.
THE DUVAL COUNTY SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS OFFICE
(904) 630-1414 http://duvalelections.coj.net
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LIVE FROM CIA'l HA1T AT.
by Jacksonville City Councilman Reginald Fullwood
Restoring Voting Rights to Convicts
Still a Major Issue in this Country
Oliver Wendell Holmes, once
wrote, "The freeman casting, with
unpurchased hand, The vote that
shakes the turrets of the land." The
right to vote should be cherished
and well guarded by us all, however
that fundamental right continues .to
be withheld from those of us who
have made mistakes, but paid a debt
for that mistake.
The Sentencing Project recently
released a study showing about 14
percent of black men in Atlanta can-
not vote because they are in prison,
on probation or on parole.
An even scarier study was released
by the Rhode Island Family Life
Center at the same time as the study
on black men in Atlanta. This study
showed that 32 percent of black
men from ages 18 to 34 could not
vote, compared with 3 percent of
white men and 10 percent of
Now those are significant num-
bers. And it not unique to Atlanta or
Rhode Island or any particular
states it's the same throughout the
country. Why is this sad, but true
information so critical?
Because traditionally blacks vote
overwhelmingly for Democrats, and
because such a large percentage of
African American men have lost
their right to vote it in essence takes
away from the strength of the black
And we all recall the impact that a
handful of votes had on the 2000
Presidential elections, so every vote
is critical. It is certainly safe to say
that the 27,000 votes thrown out in
Duval County, in which the majori-
ty of the disregarded ballots were
from predominately black commu-
nities, would have changed the out-
come of the election.
Republicans are sweating bullets
because their popularity has taken a
nose dive, primarily thanks to the
president. But the good news for the
GOP is that the Democratic Party
doesn't seem to have much of a plan
to capitalize the current "state of the
Traditionally, Republican leader-
ship has been in favor of convicted
felons permanently losing their
rights to vote. The demographics of
the felon population may explain
why. An estimated 5 million
Americans are affected by felony
voting restrictions. Black males
account for about 8 percent of the
U.S. population and 40 percent of
the prison population, studies show.
And yes, that figure is very accu-
rate. But how does a person serve
time for his or her crime and get out
and attempt to live a normal life, is
required to pay taxes and contribute
to his family, but now have the right
Not only is it not fair, but it also
teeters on the verge of violating a
persons civil rights. The Reverend
Jesse Jackson once said that revok-
ing the right to vote brings uncon-
stitutional "taxation without repre-
sentation." He also said that, "If you
don't have your vote restored, it's a
life sentence." A large part of the
problem is the inequality of the jus-
tice system, however we continue to
get our hand caught in the cookie
We can blame the states for pass-
ing these types of laws, but when do
we blame ourselves for committing
.the crimes and putting ourselves in
judicial vices that do not and never
will favor black folk.
But regardless of where the blame
is directed, it is just down right
unjust to not allow former felons
voting rights to be restored. There is
an old Haitian proverb that says, "A
stumble is not a fall."
By not restoring voting right, it
sends the wrong message about our
corrections system. We should be
encouraging felons who have
served their court mandated time to
acclimate themselves back into
society and live normal respectable
lives. Just because we stumble or
even fall, doesn't mean we do not
deserve the opportunity to get our
lives back on track.
I keep going back to the notion that
an ex-felon still has to pay taxes and
is expected to contribute to society
in a positive manner, yet their not
allowed to participate in the politi-
cal process in many states. Of
course, some progressive state and
federal leaders have successful
implemented legislation to restore
the rights of many ex-felons after a
certain period of time. But there is
certainly no consistency of laws
throughout the country.
And of course this is nothing new,
voter disenfranchisement is as old
as the Constitution, but the enforce-
ment of these felony voter laws
intensified after the Reconstruction
era, when former slaves asserted
their right to vote.
I don't think I need to say that in
South there was a tremendous effort
put fort to stop those freed slaves
from voting. One of the most
ridiculous stories I ever heard was
that the 1901 constitution in
Alabama selectively disenfran-
chised African Americans for
crimes they were supposedly prone
It almost sounds to outrageous to
be true, but it is. Coming back home
for a moment, our great Sunshine
state bars former convicts from vot-
ing for life, with permission from a
clemency board. Now that's the life
sentence that Jesse Jackson was
Besides Florida, seven other states
bar convicts and former convicts
from voting for life if they fail to
appeal. Another 33 states deny the
right to vote to ex-convicts on
parole, and 48 states place various
restrictions on felon voting. Only
Howard Dean country in Maine and
Vermont has no restrictions.
There is tremendous value in
restoring voting rights to all who
have paid their debt to society. With
mid-term elections a few months
away and another presidential elec-
tion right around the corner, I will
leave you with a quote from John F.
Kennedy, "The margin is narrow,
but the responsibility is clear."
Signing off from precinct 9S,
Blacks and the Immigration Issue
Do you have the Gringo attitude
regarding immigration reform leg-
"Gringos" set the tone of debate
recently exacerbating tensions
between blacks and browns. They
set the bar at "the back of the bus,"
causing some of us to parrot:
"African-Americans struggle at the
lower levels of the economic chain
because unskilled illegal immi-
grants take their jobs and drive
Actually, 80 percent of Black
Americans have favorable views of
Hispanic immigrants' work ethic
and family values. But, many
African American professionals,
academics and blue-collar workers
are increasingly uneasy as the
nation's 40 million Hispanics flex
their growing political and eco-
Tensions started when Mexican
President Vicente Fox said
Mexican immigrants in the US take
jobs "that not even blacks want to
do." This provided a mantra for the
majority media, indicating that the
comment "dissed" blacks. Nation
of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan's
view was: "Why be so foolishly
sensitive when somebody is telling
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To be accurate, it's unclear how
many Americans are really, truly
displaced by the nation's 11 million
illegal aliens. The tensions may be
a "red herring" wrought by Anglos.
The facts are: immigrants in the US
predominantly occupy jobs that
cannot be outsourced by U.S. busi-
nesses seeking to compete in the
global economy. As much as they
may want to, companies cannot
outsource jobs in restaurant, hotel,
agriculture, construction or meat-
packing industries the way they
have other jobs that used to be the
mainstay of the US worker: auto,
steel, shoes, garment, textile and
A huge wave of immigration that
began in the 1980s brought mil-
lions of foreign-born workers into
the labor force, including 8 million
unauthorized migrants 5 percent
of the total work force. Illegal
immigrants from Mexico, account
for about 5 percent of the nation's
145 million workers. Generally,
they are clustered in low-wage and
low-skill occupations in businesses
where employers frequently report
difficulty finding workers. In the
farm industry, which accounts for
only 0.5 percent of U.S. jobs,
undocumented workers make up
nearly a quarter of the work force.
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Illegal aliens account for 17 per-
cent of workers in cleaning occupa-
tions and 14 percent of construc-
Economists agree that undocu-
mented aliens reduce wages for the
least skilled native-born workers,
but most also say immigration ben-
efits the economy overall by lower-
ing prices for consumers in a sort
of Wal-Mart effect. Some studies
suggest that the 1980s influx of
immigrants boosted the average
wage of U.S.-born workers by
about 2 percent, partly by spurring
additional capital investment.
Another mainstream mantra
blacks say is they: "don't like their
tax money going to people here
illegally". Unlike Europe, which
attracts immigrants because of the
public welfare benefits, immigrants
come here to work and chase the
American dream. Economic evi-
dence suggests that immigrants,
legal and illegal, tend to give more
than they take; and are here for
work, not for the benefits.
Immigrants are an integral part of
our economy. The ones that came
over the past two decades spurred
capital investment and expanded
the economy. When immigrants
come in there are more business
opportunities and more firms creat-
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ed. They don't take away jobs
from native-born Americans
because immigrant workers gravi-
tate toward occupations largely dif-
ferent from jobs native-born work-
ers seek. Immigrant labor makes a
wide range of services more afford-
able and generally raises standards
Black and brown conflict is a ruse.
If you find yourself in a situation
where you're afraid of being forced
out of a job, or beaten out for a job,
by a low-skilled, non-English
speaking immigrant with nothing
more than a sixth-grade education;
then you have bigger worries than
television is telling you.
Recent immigrants' demonstra-
tions are part of a tradition of free-
dom marches, launched by African
Americans. Instead of following
Anglos lead on this issue, blacks
should align with a civil rights
movement that has grown, and lit-
erally and culturally, crossed bor-
ders. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s
"Poor People's March on
Washington" started a movement
that brought together issues of race
and poverty, shouldn't we consider
the immigrant rights marches part
of that continuum?
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Does the NFL Neglect Retired Players ?
by Gregory Moore
Imagine working for a company
for several years, build up that com-
pany's own financial portfolio, take
part in its foundational growth
through some lean times, even be
applauded and given great acco-
lades as a pioneer for that company
only to find out that the very com-
pany you helped grow has lied to
you for all those years.
You find out that so-called pen-
sion plan that will help you live
comfortably for years to come is
worthless by the cost of living stan-
dardsof today. The retirement fund
that allowed you to "dip" in early,
penalized you for doing so and lit-
erally has you on the bread line.
And to make matters worse, the
current employees of the company
you helped build, the very ones who
are making great salaries now
because of your hard work, don't
care about you or any of your co-
workers because you are not a part
of the family anymore.
Finally to add insult to your finan-
cial injury, the current "union" chief
at the company was a co-worker of
yours back in the day and he has lit-
erally turned his back on you and
his former co-workers saying that
it's his job to help the current work-
force; not to strengthen a workforce
long since aged. Would you want to
work for a company like that?
Well for many former NFL and
AFL players of long ago, this hor-
rific example is actually their cur-
rent nightmare. Former players are
simply not being taken care of and
what's worse is that many of these
players are not just some player
who was lucky in his day to make a
roster and have a "cup of coffee" in
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record of having received Hug's
letter, but promised that the Office
of Exempt Organization
Examinations would follow up on
the information sent from Ehrlich.
"We have forwarded the informa-
tion you provided to that office of
appropriate action," Miller wrote.
"I cannot disclose what action, if
any, we may take using the infor-
mation you gave to us."
During another heated presiden-
tial election season four years later,
the IRS launched an official probe
Oct. 8, 2004, notifying the NAACP
that, "If the IRS finds a section
501(c) (3) organization engaged in
prohibited campaign intervention,
the organization could lose its tax-
exempt status" or face a fine.
The probe focused on a speech
that Chairman Julian Bond made to
the NAACP annual convention on
July 11, 2004, that was critical of
President Bush's policies.
In the prepared remarks for that
speech in Philadelphia Bond pro-
claimed, "We know that if Whites
and non-Whites vote in the same
percentages as they did in 2000,
Bush will be re-defeated by 3 mil-
lion votes. And we know that
Blacks are increasingly angry
about the economy and the war."
He cited Black voter anger over
major job losses, unemployment
rates and the belief that Bush mis-
led America on the war.
These are voters ready to turn anger
into action, to work for regime
change here at home. But they have
to be asked," Bond said in the pre-
paired remarks in the IRS file.
"They have to be registered, organ-
ized, and mobilized. That job must
be done by our existing grassroots
organizations. We have a track
record and we have earned our
The IRS originally claimed that
the speech "condemned the admin-
istration policies of George W.
Bush on education, the economy
and the war in Iraq."
Meanwhile, the NAACP has
asked the top investigations officer
for the U. S. Treasury Department
to review the manner in which the
IRS handled the documents
requested under the Freedom of
Information Act. Despite the more
than 250 pages that the NAACP
has obtained from the IRS and
made available for review at
NAACP.org, the organization says
there are more documents that
would reveal the exact reason for
the show; we are talking Hall of
Fame players who are in a rather
precarious elite group of individu-
We are talking about former AFL
stars that helped shape that league
and then go on to be successful in
the NFL as well. We are talking
about even players of at least the
last fifteen years who are now
understanding that a union that they
once loved is so heartless, so cal-
lous in its thinking, that many of
these former players are totally
embarrassed how guys before them
are even treated.
It's the dirty little 'white lie' that
the National Football League does-
n't want to discuss openly. To them,
everything is fine for these former
players. For the players' union pres-
ident, Troy Vincent, he acts like it
doesn't exist. For Gene Upshaw, it's
not his problem; or at least that's the
portrayal that is bestowed upon
John Q. Public.
Former All Pro defensive lineman
and current Fox Sports analyst
Howie Long said in a recent inter-
view for the Charlotte Observer,
"When I went to the Hall of Fame in
2000 and was inducted, it was a
travesty the kind of carnage I saw
out of these guys who were in their
50s and 60s, who had defined and
in many ways laid the foundation
for the'NFL being what it is today."
Joe Montana was quoted as saying,
"The NFL is the worst represented
league, on the players' side, in pro
These are former players that
many of us can recognize off the
bat. Yet for this story, I contacted
several former players via e-mail
Former NFL Pro Herb Adderly Receives less than $150 monthly.
correspondence and many of them
were kind enough to send back
interview questionnaires that
depicted their plight in a small,
While the sampling may not be as
in depth as I could get it, the former
players who did send in answers
were very clear about one thing; the
union doesn't care about former
players. Some players were Hall of
Fariers who are receiving paltry
sums from the league's so-called
pension plan that was revamped
back in 1993.
' 'I am one of the 325 guys who
receive less than $150.00 per
month, I receive a below poverty
level pension of $126.00 per
month", former Green Bay Packer
great Herb Adderley confided to me
via his questionnaire on what he got
as far as a pension from the league.
Adderley isn't just some average
football player like many want to
make these players out. His accom-
plishments are many. The high-
lights of his career are as follows:
Made the most big plays for the
Packer defense during the Glory
Days 1961-69 = 5 Championships;
The first d-back to return 7 inter-
ceptions for TD's, set the record in
1969 with a pick and return for 80
yds against the Atlanta Falcons; The
first player to score on defense in
Super Bowl history and many more.
"The current union has forgotten
about the 325 guys who are receiv-
ing less than $150.00 per month.
We are not included in any of the
Collective Bargaining Agreements
for increases that the other retired
guys receive", Adderley adds in his
He's not alone. Former AFL line-
backer Stewart "Smokey" Stover
sent in his questionnaire sheet as
well and it seemed that some of the
same problem's that Adderley had,
were Smokey's concern as well.
When asked about whether the cur-
rent union was taking care of the
former players, Smokey's response
was, "The older players with
injuries and problems are not being
looked after by the union".
Questionnaire after questionnaire
from the sampling continues to con-
firm what Long and Montana have
already said in the Observer story;
the current union doesn't care about
those who came before them and
put the league on the map.
Yet the words that come back and
haunt Upshaw isn't anything he
may say here or to any other media
forum. It's the words that he has
uttered to the press back in January
and it is those same words that have
many of these former players irate
with their once reverenced col-
league of an age gone by: "The bot-
tom line is I don't work for them.
They don't hire me and they can't
fire me. They can complain about
me all day long. They can have their
opinion. But the active players have
the vote. That's who pays my
Despite what has now become a
glamorous lifestyle portrayed by
today's media, if you talk to many
of these former players, they will
tell you that their football salary
was not enough to sustain their
households. The median for a play-
er who was playing in the 1960s, a
salary of $15,000 wasn't uncom-
Up until the mid 1970s, salary
ranges of $20,000 to about maybe
$60,000 were usually the norm for
these players. Reports from various
news entities say that maybe thirty
years ago the average salary was
$30,000. Yet for many of these
players, it still took a second job for
many of these players to survive
and run their households.
"Back in the day, most of us had to
work during the off-season to make
ends meet", Adderley told me in an
e-mail for this article.
There are many instances of pro-
fessional athletes of all major sports
having had to take on the second
job during the off-season to make
ends meet. The luscious lifestyle
that so many of us are accustomed
to seeing today is a result the of
hard work and dedication that play-
ers like Adderley and others put
forth together through their years of
making the NFL what it is today.
It is the simple fact that for many of
these players, playing in the NFL
was a labor of love, not necessity
that had them playing the game. So
it is very disingenuous for someone
in Upshaw's position to simply
blow them off when serious con-.
cerns are being addressed in regards
to financial compensation for "a job
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The Empowering Youth Summer Work Program is designed to decrease
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filled program at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 10, 2006. Rev. Jamell Sapp will
deliver the "Spoken Word". The Genesis Missionary Baptist Church Mass
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hijacking violates trademark laws,
it requires. an expensive, lengthy
process for the legitimate owners of
the trademarks and names to
remove the hijackers.
The Safe Families Program
demonstrates that the Black Church
is leading the world in addressing
the issue of online safety. The Safe
Families website provides free soft-
ware to protect children by block-
ing objectionable material online.
TechMission's Safe Families soft-
ware represents a long awaited
update, building on the We-
Blocker.com software, which has
been the most popular free filtering
software. The website provides the
following training materials:
For parents: steps to implement
an online safety, a software ratings
guide and a family internet safety
For pastors: steps for dealing
with pornography in their churches
including church bulletin inserts
For nonprofits and schools:
training materials and curriculum
for online safety
For pornography addicts: steps
for recovery from pornography
addiction including a
covenant, questions to, test for sex
addiction and lists of counseling
and other resources
To sign up your church, visit safe-
This year's Project MALE (Men
Advocating and Leading by
;Example) Conference has been set
for Saturday June 17th from 9:00
a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at The Schultz
The program, specifically
designed to improve men's lives,
has been holding conferences every
year in June, near Fathers' Day, for
the past several years. Hundreds of
Morehouse Graduates Largest Class
Donald Washington Jr., an African American studies major and a
senior, looks over photographs of a trip to London, while in his cap
and gown after posing for senior photographs on the campus of
Morehouse College in downtown Atlanta.
ATLANTA From the first day on
campus, every one of them was told
he was destined for greatness and,
could achieve no less.
They would become Morehouse
They would be scholars and lead-
ers, compelled by their years at
Morehouse College, the nation's
only all-male historically black col-
lege, to make a difference in a
world where statistics too often
label other young black men as
drains on society.
The school graduated 540 new
Morehouse men this month; the
largest graduating class in the 139-
year history of the institution whose
alumni include- the Rev. Martin
Luther King Jr. and actor Samuel L.
"The Morehouse Man is excep-
tional because the expectation at the
school is that he is to walk on
water...," explained 23-year-old
Donald Washington, Jr. "He is sup-
posed to make the impossible possi-
Washington is familiar with the
impossible. As a high school junior,
he was homeless, living in shelters
around Washington, D.C., with his
mother, Harriet Wilkes. He wasn't
thinking about going to college, but
his morn encouraged him, telling
him he had too much talent not to
pursue an education.
It was the vice principal of his
high school who gave him the idea
of where to go.
"You look like a Morehouse Man
to me," Washington remembers him
After three years at Montgomery
College's Rockville and Silver
Spring, Md., campuses, he received
a full scholarship and transferred to
"Before, I was the lamp under the
table," he said. "Now, I light up the
whole room." The new graduate
will spend the next year working on
a project training youth near cam-
pus in King's nonviolence methods.
Many such youth face daunting
odds. A series of recent studies has
bemoaned the national plight of!
black men. One, titled "Black
Males Left Behind," detailed a stag-
gering correlation between lack of
education and incarceration and
unemployment rates, said co-author
Stephen Raphael, associate profes-
sor of public policy at the
University of California, Berkeley.
Of black men between ages 18 and
25 who dropped out of high school,
only 27 percent were employed in
2000, compared to 50 percent in
1970, the study found. Of that same
pool, 8 percent were incarcerated in
1970, versus 23 percent three
Contrast such gloomy figures
with the Morehouse motto: "And
there was light."
"There is this beacon out there that
says if you create a challenging,
demanding, yet nurturing and sup-
portive environment, if you show
these young men the possibilities
and you discipline them to realize
those possibilities, you can turn
these statistics about black men
around," said Michael Lomax,
United Negro College Fund presi-
dent and a 1968 graduate of
The high sense of self-worth typi-
cal of Morehouse Men is often
attributed to the legacy of its
Benjamin Elijah Mays, who died in
1984. The son of sharecroppers
from Ninety Six, S.C., he led the
school from 1940 to 1967, trans-
forming it from a humble college
founded soon after the Civil War to
prepare freed black men for the
ministry and teaching.
Today, Morehouse stands as the
largest private, liberal arts college
for men, and one of only four all-
male colleges in the country.
"What Dr. Mays and other faculty
members here led me and all of us
to' see was that simply because we
came from small Southern towns
didn't mean we were riot as intelli-
gent, just not as well prepared -
yet," said current Morehouse
President Walter Massey, a 1958
alumnus who came from
"He led us to believe that if you
graduate from Morehouse, there's
nothing you can't achieve."
ave participated, enhancing Power of Expectations Do Center is located at 4019 Bou
renting and other life skills. expectations determine who a child Center Drive To register for
hops for this year's confer- becomes? MALE, or to get more infor
clude: Shattered Drinking and Driving about the event, call River R
ainst All Odds: Dealing with Registration is free. Breakfast and Prevention Dept. at 359-696;
ity lunch will be provided. The Schultz
City Hosting Camps and Jobs to Keep
Summer Youth Off Jacksonville Streets
Mayor John Peyton and other
Jacksonville leaders announced
today two programs designed to
provide structured summer camp
and employment opportunities for
The Jacksonville Children's
Commission (JCC), along with
organizations such as TEAM UP
and the Rotary Clubs of
Jacksonville, currently provides
sponsorships for summer camp pro-
grams for nearly 4,400 Duval
County students in kindergarten
through eighth grade. The programs
last from June 19-July 28, operating
5 days per week from 9 a.m. to 4
p.m. The cost per person for the
program is $300. Additionally,
FCCJ offers specialized summer
programs at 23 regional camps.
Funding from corporate sponsors
will augment the existing summer
camp sponsorships, focusing on
opportunities for children ages 12
to 15. The number of additional
program attendees will depend on
the amount of private dollars con-
tributed. Donations made to this
initiative can be made to the
Foundation and are tax deductible.
The second element of the pro-
gram calls for Jacksonville busi-
nesses to sponsor summer youth
employment opportunities. Toward
that goal, the City of Jacksonville
will recruit students for 100 sum-
mer jobs while FCCJ and the Duval
County School Board have commit-
ted to 100 and 20 jobs, respectively.
To facilitate this initiative, the City
of Jacksonville will host two job
fairs to recruit students. The job
fairs will be held on Thursday, June
1, 2006, at Jacksonville University
and Friday, June 2, 2006, at Clanzel
Brown Community Center. The city
will interview applicants and main-
tain a list of those interested in and
available for employment.
For more information on the sum-
mer camp sponsorships, contact
Chad Burns at the JCC, 904-630-
6447 or via e-mail at
For more information on the sum-
mer jobs program and the job fairs
is available by contacting Kortney
Mosley at 904-630-0675 or kort-
Marriage Prep Class Offered
A wedding is a day, but the relationship is forever. Before You Tie The
Knot, a marriage preparation class, is offered every other month at the
Duval County Cooperative Extension Office. Each class consists of two
evening workshops; participants must attend both sessions to receive a cer-
tificate of completion.
The class fulfills the state requirements for marriage and entitles the cou-
ple to a discount on their marriage license.The next class will be held June
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kHot Tips to Battle the Heat
S" Mf'- Shown above (L-R) TOP Deionte Henry, 6, shows a
I room full of students at Martin Luther King Jr.
Elementary how to properly brush their teeth, as
dental hygenist Angela Andrews holds the over-
sized chompers and (right) Cierra Ross, 6 shows
off her loose tooth while she waits in line at Martin
Luther King Jr. Elementary on the Northside to see
a dentist. (Bottom), she is examined by Dr. Orin
Mitchell. Several area dentists examined the stu-
dents teeth making recommendations that went
home with parents.
Area Students Receive
Free Dental Screenings
A special dental initiative was launched by Affiliated
N .. Computer Services, Inc. (ACS) to provide free dental
S- throughout the State. The initiative, will educate and
B, B l screen 5,000 children each year with students receiv-
ing free toothpaste and toothbrushes for the Initiative.
The program kicked off state wide at Martin Luther
King Elemementary on the Northside.
The children all received free dental screenings and
education seminars on dental hygiene by licensed pro-
fessionals. To reinforce what they have learned dur-
ing the education seminars, students left with a gift
bag containing a toothbrush, toothpaste, T-shirts and
dental education material. In addition, all participat-
ing children received a screening evaluation and a
recommendation report to share with their parents or
Florida Gets 'B', in
Prostate Cancer Report Card
Five states failed the first-ever
prostate cancer state-by-state report
card issued by the National Prostate
Cancer Coalition (NPCC) in time
for June (Do it for Dad! Men's
Health Awareness Month).
"Many states are not doing even
the simplest things when it comes
to fighting prostate cancer," NPCC
CEO Richard N. Atkins, M.D. said.
"Early detection saves lives and far
too many states don't encourage
men to know the risks and to get
The report cards are a result of a
study by NPCC where each state is
graded based on current prostate
cancer screening rates, mortality
rates and if each state currently has
laws in place guaranteeing insur-
ance coverage for testing.
Screening and mortality rates are
calculated from raw data made
available by the Center for Disease
Control and Prevention.
Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho,
Mississippi and Wisconsin didn't
make the grade while California,
Connecticut (earning a perfect
score of 100), Kansas and New
York earned A's.
Each state that failed does not
have laws in place forcing insur-
ance companies to cover prostate
exams. Only 28 states have insur-
ance mandates compared to 49
states that require insurance agen-
cies to cover breast cancer screen-
ings a disease with a nearly iden-
tical caseload. Utah, which was
given a "D-", is the only state in the
union not to offer insurance for
both prostate and breast cancer
. Two of the failing states,.
Mississippi and Alabama rank sec-
ond and fourth respectively in hav-
ing the highest prostate cancer
death rates. Meanwhile, Idaho and
Wisconsin rank fifth and ninth
respectively in the lowest screening
Connecticut is the only state to
rank in the top 10 in highest screen-
ing rates and lowest death rates
while the other three states earned
B's in other categories. Three other
states, Delaware, New Jersey and
Rhode Island, received grades of an
Florida would have received a
perfect score if it weren't for the
absence of a screening mandate.
"There are several states that
could've scored '.Vs if only they had
screening mandates," said Atkins.
"Screening rates are already start-
ing to improve among the states
that have recently adopted screen-
ing mandates like Oregon and
Atkins added that Michigan would
have gotten an 'A' while Iowa,
Massachusetts, Montana and
Nebraska would have received
by Glen Ellis
By. Glenn Ellis
Sometimes, staying healthy has
everything to do with how you han-
dle the weather conditions. With the
exception of freezing in extreme
winter weather, no time of the year
poses a greater threat to good health
than the good old summer time.
Here is some great information to
help you do your best to get through
the summer with nothing more than
great memories and lots of fun.
Heat stress which can range
from mild to life threatening can
affect men and women, regardless
of their age. However, young chil-
dren and the elderly are most vul-
nerable. Babies and infants can't
regulate their body temperature
well; the elderly may be taking a
medicine that adds to heat stress.
Athletes are vulnerable because
they use a lot of energy and gener-
ate a great deal of heat, so they need
to stay hydrated. In its milder -
form, heat stress symptoms .
include thirst, fatigue and .
feeling hot. But if the early
warning signs are ignored,
true heat illness can develop.
Heat illnesses start with -__
cramps, progress to heat
exhaustion and can become
Heat cramps include cramp-
ing in the legs or abdomen,
usually accompanied by dizzi-
ness, thirst and rapid heart-
beat. At least a quart of water
or other unsugared drink is recom-
mended. Drinking liquids is the
most important step to keeping
healthy. Water is best, but lemonade
and iced tea are good variations.
Dizziness, nausea, headaches and
rapid heartbeat (tachycardia) are the
symptoms of heat exhaustion. At
this point, emergency medical
attention is necessary.
Heat stroke is serious and requires
medical attention immediately. It is
the result of the body's inability to
manage the heat load. The skin is
now hot but dry, and the person
may be unconscious. This is a med-
ical emergency. Call 911!
Good prevention methods are cru-
cial to staying healthy in the heat.
Here are some tips:
If working outside, try to work in
the early morning or after 6 p.m.
when it is cooler
If working in a non-air condi-
tioned area, drink a quart of water
* If your diet allows, use extra salt
* consider air conditioned places
such as a mall or library
* do not leave children or pets in the
In the summertime, many people
are rushed to the Emergency Room
with heat-related illnesses such as
heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Here are some simple tips to help
you stay cool.
Do not overexercise in hot
Wear a hat to protect yourself
from the sun.
Keep a water bottle handy to sip
so that you do not have to worry
Pace yourself if you are going to
be working outside under the sun
for a long time. Take regular breaks
so your body has a chance to cool
Remember, overcast days are just
as hot and dangerous as sunny days
Keep in mind that just the way you
go about daily activities can make
all the difference.
* Strokes can happen any season,
but is easier to miss in hot weather,
until it's too late! Know the stroke
warning signs weakness, numb-
ness or paralysis to the face, arm or
leg (especially on one side of the
body), sudden blurred or decreased
vision, difficulty speaking or under-
standing speech, dizziness, balance
or coordination problems and sud-
den or severe headache. Get imme-
Drink, drink, drink! Kidney
stones are more common during the
summer months because warmer
weather causes dehydration and
increases concentration of sub-
stances in the urine. These sub-
stances crystallize to form stones.
Increasing fluid intake (3 to 4
quarts of fluid per day) may help
keep kidney stones from forming.
Watch out for rising temperatures.
Problems related to the summer
heat are common for older persons.
This is especially true for senior cit-
izens with heart disease and other
chronic illnesses, and for people
who take certain medicines like
diuretics (water pills), some types
of antidepressants and tranquilizers.
The symptoms of heatstroke are not
specific but include dizziness,
weakness, nausea, headache and a
sensation of warmth. To avoid heat-
stroke, older people should stay in a
cool environment on hot and humid
summer days, and drink many flu-
Just as people enjoy the warm
temperatures of spring and summer,
so do bacteria. Be careful not to
leave foods out on the counter in
warm weather for any length of
time. Foods can be breeding
grounds for bacteria. These bacteria
produce toxins that may be harmful
to the digestive system and cause
food poisoning. During the warm
weather months, eat only well-
stored and refrigerated foods
and foods that are thoroughly
Avoid the midday sun if you
have heart disease and your
Doctor has prescribed an exer-
cise program for you. Do your
exercises early in the morning
- or in the early evening when it
- is not as hot.
Sunglasses with UV protection
can help enhance the eyes' abil-
ity to filter out the sun's damag-
ing rays. Choose sunglasses that
block 99 to 100 percent of UV
radiation (UV-A and UV-B). Be
careful of sunglasses that don't
specify exactly what amount of UV
rays they block.
A final note on children in the hot
In the heat, your baby will most
likely sweat more and feel like eat-
ing less. To make up for fluids lost
due to perspiration, be sure that
your child increases his or her fluid
intake. Since many infants drink
less when they are uncomfortable in
the heat, it's best to offer the breast
or bottle at frequent intervals.
-,-Older children should be given
water or diluted fruit juices between
their usual bottle feedings.
Whenever possible, allow time for
your child to cool off after coming
inside from a hot day before offer-
ing food, since the heat can stifle
their appetite. If your baby is eating
solids, it's a good idea to try feeding
your child smaller meals at more
frequent intervals. Don't forget to
pack water for yourself.
Year Round Mentors Needed for CHS Youth Program
Local research has shown youth
participating in Children's Home
Society's M.O.D.E.L. (Mentors
Opening Doors, Enriching Lives)
Program who completed their year-
long mentoring relationship
achieved higher grades in school
and improved behavior both in
school and at home.
The M.O.D.E.L. Program pairs
volunteer mentors with children
between the ages of 4 and 15 who
have a parent incarcerated in prison.
In fact, 75 percent of the children
completing one year with their
mentor in the M.O.D.E.L. Program
improved their grade point average,
had fewer disciplines and suspen-
sions in school and improved their
behavior at school and at home.
"I believe a positive influence in a
child's life sets the 'standards for
good character and gives the child a
determination to strive for the best
they can be," said Linda Foster, a
M.O.D.E.L. mentor who's been
matched with her mentee for one
year. "My mentee had not ridden a
bicycle and was struggling in
school when we were matched.
This school year I am happy to say
she has made the honor roll,
TWICE, and she can ride a bike."
Both male and female mentors are
needed in Duval, Baker, Clay,
Nassau and St. Johns counties to
match with children on a growing
waiting list. There is a significant
need for male mentors. Training
and ongoing support are provided
and the commitment is only one
hour a week for one year. Mentors
must be at least 21 years old and
complete an interview and back-
To become a mentor, please con-
tact Christine Small at (904) 493-
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Gala, Induction Culminate Bold City Links Program Year
Shown above are costume contest winners Thomas and Darlene Anderson, Ezekiel Bryant, Jacqie and Karen Patterson, Chrysia Fowler, Antoinette Jenkins (Standing) Karen Jenkins, Godfrey Jenkins, Sandra
Wendell Holmes. and Barry Brown.
Participating in the Bid Whist Tournament were Ron King Before their induction, Link Candidates Tracie Collier, Brenda
, Link Pam Adams, Connecting Link Batson who served as Thomas and Elizabeth Means (LaVon Burnett not shown) presented a
a judge, Connecting Link Tony Nelson and Link Ruth Health Fair at the Gateway Mall. Shown assisting are (left) providing
Waters. King and Nelson went on to win the tournament, diagnostic tests for Ella Turner.
Connie Armound, Jackie Holmes and Karen Blutcher.
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Cynthia Baker and Cheryl Houston
Derrick Willoughby, Seabon Dixon, J.C. Sims and Shedrick Corbin.
Connecting Link Craig and Link Jacquie Gibbs
Wendy and Jeryy Hinton
The Bold City Chapter of Links
concluded a successful year of
friendship and service with their
annual Old School Gala. The event
culminated their program year and
highlighted the addition of new
members to their impressive roster.
Throughout the year, the Links
support and participate in a variety
of activities including their signa-
ture program Project REACH
which mentors life skills to middle
school students. The celebration
weekend also included a Health
Fair at Gateway Mall which provid-
ed free diagnostic tests, corsages
and gift bags at Gateway Mall. The
Fair was produced by candidates
for membership Tracie Collier,
LaVon Burnett, Brenda Thomas and
Elizabeth Means. The four women
were later inducted into the chapter
in a private ceremony at the Hyatt
Regency presided over by Vice
Area Director Pat Dixon.
The affair, held in the Terrace
Suites of Alltell Stadium was the
perfect backdrop of old school
music, fun and camaraderie as the'
links and guests partied until mid-
night in the End Zone Luxury Suite.
The Old School Gala, now in it's
fourth year is an event that is grow-
ing by reputation ad popularity.
Over 400 attended the event who
donned their favorite styles of the
70s and relax in the atmosphere of
smooth groves and soul food. There
is also a dance and costume contest
in addition to a multitude of door
prizes. This year the chapter added
a Bid Whist Tournament where
players vied for an all expense paid
trip to Atlantic City.
M~s. PPerry's Free Press Page 9
May 25 31, 2006
What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
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 Jacksonville at the
Comedy Zone May 25 27th. Call
242-HAHA for tickets and or more
The 100 black Men of
Jacksonville will present a
Women's Health Symposium on
Saturday, May 27th from 9 a.m. to
3 p.m. at the Wyndham Riverfront
(formerly the Radisson on
Prudential Drive) Hotel. The free
event will include breast, colorectal
and cervical cancer screenings, flu
and hepatitis B shots, bone mass
screenings, physical exams, glauco-
ma and diabetes on site testing.
There will also be pedicures, mani-
cures, facials, make-up, and more.
Treat yourself to some pampering
and learn fun and easy ways to bet-
ter your health care. For more
information call 924-3035, ext. 29.
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
at the Ritz
The Ritz Theatre & LaVilla
Museum will present it's next
"Amateur Night at the Ritz",
Jacksonville's talent competition
where the audience decides, on
June 2, 7:30 p.m. Amateur Night at
the Ritz promises to present some
of the hottest talent in Jacksonville!
Showtime is 7:30 p.m. and tickets
are available at the door. For more
information call 904-632-5555 or
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
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
SEND INFORMATION TO:
Fax (904) 765-8611
Or mail to: Unsung Hero, CIO Jacksonville Free Press
P.O. Box 43580, Jacksonville, FL 32203
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for all the details and a complete list
of events or call: Lawrence Vereen
Meeting for former
Roosevelt Apts. Residents
A planning meeting is scheduled
for a Neighborhood Reunion of res-
idents who lived in the neighbor-
hood of Roosevelt Apartments/
Venus, Mars Court area from 1950
thru 1975 The "Neighborhood" for
this reunion is between Myrtle Ave.
and Boulevard, from 8th Street to
21st Street (Martin Luther King
Expwy). The meeting will be held
on Saturday, June 3, 2006, at 3:00 -
p.m. at the Agape New Life
Christian Center, 2030 Phoenix
Avenue. For additional informa-
tion, call (904) 608-6902 or (904)
at the Cummer
Bring the entire family and enjoy
a day of the art, gardens, education
and fun at Cummer Museum of Art
& Gardens on Sunday, June 4th
from 12 to 5 p.m. Participants will
enjoy live music, special art making
activities, scavenger hunts and
more. The museum is located at 829
Riverside Avenue. For more infor-
mation please call 904-356-6857.
Current class leaders of Old
Stanton, Stanton Vocational, New
Stanton and Faculty and Staff of
that era will meet on Monday, June
5th at 6:30 p.m. in the 2nd floor
conference room of Bethel baptist
Institutional Church (1st Street
entrance) to discuss plans for the
first "Annual Gala" For more infor-
mation, contact Kenneth Reddick at
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
Kuumba Festival 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 following the Kuumba Parade) and 12:00 noon 7:00 pm
(Sunday) Health Fair on Saturday, May 27, 2006, 10 am 3:00 pm. The Kuumba Festival is a community event
designed to bring a wholesome and entertaining gathering for all that will educate the community about
African/African American culture. Above were last year's king and queens following the parade. Visit
Kuumbafestival.com for updates.
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.
Learn How to Care
For Your Lawn
A four hour workshop on "How to
Water Efficiently, How to Check
Your Sprinkler System, How to
Install Low Flow & Drip Irrigation,
and How to Harvest Rainwater"
will take place on Wednesday, June
7, 2006 from 10:00 2:00 PM at the
Duval County Extension Service,
1010 N. McDuffAve. Come experi-
ence the ease of installing low flow
irrigation and learn how to trou-
bleshoot your in-ground system
through hands-on activities. Call to
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 all free!Call 301-
3786 for more information.
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.
The First Coast African American
Chamber of Commerce will have
their Annual Juneteenth Celebration
at 4750 Soutel Drive (Magic City)
on June 17th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Come celebrate with food,fun and
entertainment. For more informa-
tion call 904 358-9090
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. Call 537-1600 for more.
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.
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African Womanhood Explored in Ritz Workshop
The Ritz Theater was filled with knowledge and learning as women of Jacksonville made the journey of dis-
covery and celebration into the many facets of womanhood as experienced in African culture. Presented by the
women of the Ishangi Family Dance Company, the gathering of women explored the practical,.cultural and spir-
itual connections of day-to-day activities often considered "Women's Work". Topics covered included nutrition
and healthy food preparation, hair braiding and beading, the relationship of dance and fitness to reproduction,
drumming as healing, basics of natural skin care and how all of these elements reflect the roles of women in
African and African American communities. The activities included demonstrations and participation from atten-
dees in addition to traditional African food tasting (shown above).
Trailblazing Dancer Katherine
Dunham Dies at the age of 96
Katherine Dunham, the dancer,
choreographer, teacher and anthro-
pologist whose pioneering work
introduced much of the black her-
itage in dance to the stage, died
Sunday at her home in Manhattan.
She was 96.
Dunham also had homes in East
St. Louis, Illinois, where she had
run inner-city cultural programs for
decades, and in Haiti.
By creating popular and glam-
orous revues based on African and
Caribbean folklore, Dunham
acquainted; audiences, both on
Broadway -and around the world,
with the roots of black dance.
In the late-1930s she founded the
country's first self-supporting black
modern- dance troupe, one that vis-
ited more than 50 countries on six
continents. Her achievements came
at a time of racial discrimination,
which she fought against, refusing
to return to segregated theaters in
the South. "We weren't pushing
'Black Is Beautiful,' we just showed
it," she once wrote. One of her
works, "Southland," depicted a
Dunham also became attached to
Haiti and its culture, first arriving
there as a young anthropologist.
She later became a priestess of the
Vaudun religion. In 1992, at the age
of 82 and suffering from arthritis,
she staged a much-publicized 47-
day hunger strike to protest repatri-
ation of Haitian refugees.
In East St. Louis, she found tal-
ented young people living in one of
the country's most destitute areas
and turned them into dancers.
Describing her work there, she said
her aim was "to make the individual
aware of himself and his environ-
ment, to create a desire to be alive."
Dunham was a recipient of some
of the most prestigious awards in
the arts, including the Presidential
Medal of the Arts, the Albert
Schweitzer Prize, presented at
Carnegie Hall, 'Kennedy Center
Honors and decorations from the
French and Haitian governments.
In her dance technique, Dunham
emphasized the isolation of individ-
ual parts of the body. Some of her
concepts continue to be taught at
modern-dance schools across
America. Her work was an impor-
tant influence on Alvin Ailey,
among other contemporary chore-
George Balanchine cast Dunham
in a major role in "Cabin in the
Sky," a Broadway musical starring
Ethel Waters, which he staged and
choreographed in 1940. She then
went to Hollywood and danced in
and choreographed the movies
"Carnival of Rhythm" in 1941,
"Star-Spangled Rhythm" in 1942
and "Stormy Weather" in 1943,
among others. It \\as inthe '4ijs that''
Dunham developed the fast-paced
shows for which she was celebrat-
ed. "Tropical Revue," successfully
produced on Broadway in 1943,
also toured the nation to much
Dunham attended Joliet Junior
College and the University of
Chicago, where she received her
bachelor's degree, going on to a
doctorate in anthropology there. In
1933, Dunham establish the
Chicago Negro School of Ballet
and a company, the Negro Dance
Group, which evolved into the
Katherine Dunham Dance
Company. She did her anthropolog-
ical field work in the Caribbean as a
graduate student in 1935, receiving
a Rosenwald Fellowship to study
traditional dances in Jamaica,
Martinique, Trinidad and Haiti. In
1961 she established a medical clin-
ic in Haiti.
In the United States, she worked
with the Federal Theater in
Chicago, where she met John Pratt,
an artist and designer to whom she
was married from 1941 until his
death in 1986. He also managed her
career. Their daughter survives her.
MAN CHARGED WITH TRYING TO
An Indianapolis man claiming
to be the illegitimate son of
Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds'
allegedly tried to extort $9 mil-
lion from the singer/producer
by threatening to go public with
the details, authorities said.
John T. Clark, 23, was arrest- 4
ed Friday on one count each of
felony theft and misdemeanor intimidation after
accepting a bogus $9 million check from one of
Edmonds' attorneys and signing what turned out to be
fake nondisclosure agreement.
Authorities accused Clark of contacting attorney
William Briggs and demanding millions of dollars
from Edmonds to "keep his mouth shut," according to
"The story was that he was going to ruin Babyface's
reputation by claiming to be Babyface's illegitimate
baby," said Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi.
LOPEZ 'MOVES' NEW REALITY
SHOW TO MTV:
MTV has given a
green light to "Moves,"
a new reality show from
Jennifer Lopez and her
partner Simon Fields
that will shadow six
dancers as they attempt
to earn a living in the
T he show is from
Lopez's Nuyorican production company and the enter-
tainer herself played an integral role in selecting and
auditioning the dancers. She'll also make cameo
appearances throughout the eight-episode season,
which is scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of this
Lopez, who started out as a Fly Girl dancer on Fox's
"In Living Color" sketch comedy series, says the show
will tell the interconnected stories of the six dancers as
they struggle to pay rent, and eventually dance before
30,000 screaming fans.
OPRAH'S BOOK DEAL SETS NONFICTION
The talk show host has received an advance from
Simon & Schuster for a new fitness book that exceeds
the previous 2004 record of $12 million given to
President Clinton for his autobiography, "My Life".
The deal, announced at the annual Book. Expo
America in Washington, is said to be the biggest signed
for a non-fiction work though the amount \ as not dis-
n a ," .'
Winfrey's personal fitness trainer, Bob Greene, will
co-write the book to be published in January 2007.
Greene is already a published author of such health
and fitness books as "Bob Greene's Total Body
Makeover" and "The Get with the Program! Guide to
Good Eating: Great Food for Good Health."
A film chronicling the life of reggae legend Bob
Marley is in the works from North African producer
Rachid Bouchareb, reports Daily Variety.
BIOPIC ON MARLEY IN THE WORKS
The script will follow
the singer's life before his
music catapulted him
onto the world stage.
"I've always liked the
story of what made
Marley the man. I want to
look at him as a child
through to a young man,
and how he became inter-
ested in Africa," he said,
according to Variety.
Bouchareb expects to
finish the script by the end of the year and begin shoot-
ing in 2007.
ANDRAE CROUCH CELEBRATES
40 YEARS IN GOSPEL:
To mark his fourth decade uplifting spirits with gospel
music, singer/producer Andrae Crouch is releasing his
first new studio album in eight years on May 30th.
Titled "Mighty Wind,"
the disc was produced and
recorded by Crouch on his
own before he signed with
"I just wanted to do
what I felt the Lord was
telling me to do without
anyone giving me (direc-
tion) as to what the indus-
try wanted," Crouch tells
The only living gospel
artist with a star on
Hollywood's Walk of Fame, Crouch's album reflects
his role and influence in the genre. Throughout his 40
years, he has gained worldwide acclaim as a song-
writer, producer, arranger and minister.
"Mighty Wind" was produced by Crouch and Luther
"Mano" Hanes, and recorded live at New Christ
Memorial, however studio-recorded songs are mixed ih
as well. The album features such guests as Crystal
Lewis, Marvin Winans Sr., Karen Clark-Sheard and
Fred Hammond. ,
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Eta Phi Beta Presents Junior Debutante Coterie
Six young ladies have been selected and will be presented to society by Eta Phi Beta Sorority on Saturday, June
3, 2006 at the Bethelite Conference Center.
With hurricane season fast
approaching, a new report from
AARP finds that in disasters, older
adults face challenges that are dif-
ferent from the rest of the adult
population. The searing images of
older Americans during Hurricane
Katrina made this very clear and
revealed significant weaknesses in
how prepared we are to protect our
most vulnerable citizens.
To help decision makers at all lev-
els better understand how to better
protect this population, AARP
released a report: We Can Do
Better: Lessons Learned for
Protecting Older Persons in
Disasters. The report focuses on
three areas including planning and
communications, identifying who
needs help and what kind of help,
and evacuating older people.
One of the overarching conclu-
sions of the report is that integrating
the needs of vulnerable older peo-
ple and people with disabilities in
existing emergency planning efforts
is paramount. The report also iden-
tifies critical challenges that need to
be overcome. They include:
- More clearly defining, "who
should do what when" among to the
array of organizations that have
responsibilities during a disaster sit-
- Providing education and pre-
paredness information to older peo-
ple and those with disabilities
appropriate to their needs and in
- Building relationships among
organizations before disaster strikes
to improve coordination and com-
munication in emergency situa-
- Improving identification and
tracking methods of both people
and health information.
Hurricane Katrina resulted in
1,330 deaths, many of whom were
elderly. In Louisiana, roughly 71
percent of the victims were older
than 60, and 47 percent of those
were over 75 years of age.
The report, We Can Do Better,
and Dealing with Disasters Guide
are available online. To view this
information and learn more about
AARP's efforts to address the needs
of older people in the face of a dis-
aster, please visit
Beatles Memorabilia Gives Black Music Just Due
Shown above, a member of staff displays a letter from John Lennon to a
journalists justifying The Beatles early cover records which were inspired
by black American music, while wearing a black felt hat worn by Lennon
on the last official Beatles photo shoot, at Bonhams auction house in
London. The letter and hat are up for auction at Bonhams in a sale of Rock
n Roll & Film Memorabilia on May 24, with an estimated price of
$22,747-$28,437, and the hat is estimated at $28,437-$37,917.
Multi-Million Dollar African History Theme Park Being Developed in Nigeria
Tourism in Africa
and particularly in
Nigeria is about to
get a boost with the
construction of an
Theme Park in the
Heritage City oth-
erwise known as
Parks and Resorts
is designed to showcase Africa's
rich history, enhanced with modem
technology to produce a total expe-
rience in learning, entertainment
and relaxation for tourists and visi-
According to project planners--
U.S.-Africa Technology Council,
Inc based in Washington DC--the
Heritage City Theme Park Project
represents the best initiative to date
to present all ofAfrica's diverse cul-
ture and history to tourists and visi-
tors in one spot. That spot is a
15,000 acre site on the outskirts of
Nigeria's Federal Capital City,
Abuja, which has been earmarked
by Nigerian authorities for the proj-
ect and for other tourism related
developments such as a wildlife
park and safari, hotels, vacation
homes, retail and movie theaters.
The park will feature the normal
rides plus re-creations of ancient
African Kingdoms and Empires
such as Oyo, Egypt, Songhai,
Nubia, Ashanti, Kanem Borno and
the Kings and Queens who presided
over them such as Queen Nefertiti,
King Jaja of Opobo, Queen Amina,
the great Zulu warrior, Shaka Zulu
The project will also bring to life
themes from African movies, festi-
vals, legends and folklore. A pre-
view of the master plan reveals for
example, the Yemaya Water Park
named after the ancient Yoruba leg-
endary figure and the Iri-Ji
Amphitheater whose, design incor-
porates themes based on the New
Yam Festival celebrated by the
Igbos of eastern Nigeria.
There will be monuments honor-
ing the heroes of the African
Independence struggle and a show-
case featuring scientific discoveries
of the origins of life in Africa.
The project is being financed
jointly by Heritage City Parks Ltd,
a Nigerian-based development
company, and a consortium of inter-
national investors. The first phase
of the theme park is expected to be
complete in 2007. Well-known
sources familiar with the project
master plan describe it as bold and
imaginative and could further
impact the growth of tourism in the
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