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One Mother Describes
How She Sustained
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Volume 20 No. 16 Jacksonville, Florida June 1 7, 2006
Black Americans Make Greater Push for State Offices
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ew Orleans Honors Katrina
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an .re gius leaders ac.obmpanied by an did iew Onlears'bra)s -land
walked up a repaired levee and pt their hands.on a ne flood wall in a.
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:ed. 4-niei'canliags as. organizers, lso .al1ed oi the crowd'to rerrie.mber.
fallenU.. Soldiers. '
Noting all the states residents whb have fought foi- America, organizers
Said they how need Americans to fight for southern Lo6uisiana atid help
restore the legion's levees and wetlands for protection against futurii hUr-
Second ceremony itt the opposite end of the city at tlie ite of a breach
-iri the 17th Street Canal, drew a crowd of about 100 mostly middler-class
residents of the area The memorial in the devastated Lower N mthWird
drew about 150 people, few of whom have the means to rebuild \,ithou6(
-help. Near the 17th Street brechi, participant- ang "Gidd Bless Ameri.a"
aid dropped 1.557 carnations one for each'known .Lbuisiana viciin -
-into the canal to honor the dead. .
Hampton Alumni Donate.
$1.4 million to the University
z.Hampton, Va..- The National Hampton Alumni Associationr. Inc._recefitw
ly announced.that Hampton University' alumni gave the .University :a
combined giftl of $1.4 million so far-this fiscal year. Checks iverepre--
*sented to. the University during the Annual Alumni Reunion Banquet -
Many HU alumni are compel led to givti0o the Universityso other -iay,
:have the opportunities they were afforded.'Hainpton,-Va.-1rasidenit Gloria
,FPressley a member of the HU class of 1956 donated $128,000 ini hoodr
of her 50th lass reunion. -.
'"The cot .for education is spiralittg and so is thd nedd for ducbdtiot,
said Pressley, a retired teacher. "f have beet encouraged by' others and
,want to encourage others. ram endeared by l.amptori !Univerlity'-.,
Alumni and friends of Hamptot0University earmark iheir gifts fat many
different-niversity' funds includrig scholarships and:building fuinds..
Black, Hispanic Pupils
See School as Tough
WASHINGTON Black and Hisparic. students see school as a-more
rowdy, disrespectful and dangerous place than their white class'matesido,
a' poll says. ,
The findings suggest that manyy minority kids are.strdggling:-irii the
equivalent of a hostile work environment, according to- Public Agenda, a
Ikonpartisan opinion research-group,that tracks education trends.
Minority children in public middle and high schools are m'or likely
thanwhite children to describe profan- "-
tij, iruancy, fighting, weapons and
dnig abuse as "very serious" problems.
The black and Hispanic! children. ,.-.
under pressure to close their test-sdore ,,
gaps with whites also see more per-
vasive academic woes. such as lower
standards, higher dropout rates and kids "-
who advance even if they don't learn, .
"There is so much discussion about the achievement gap, and we talk
about teachers and curriculum and testing and money," said Jean
Johnson, Public Agenda's executive vice president and an author of the
"We nee4 to add-something to that list school climate. For these kids,
it has become such a distracting atmosphere," Johnson. said.
Thirty percent of black students three in every 10 said teachers
spend more time trying to keep order in class than teaching; 14 percent
of white students said the same. .
More than half of black students said kids who lack.respect for teach-.
ers and use bad language is a very serious problem, compared to less than
one-third of white students,
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Competition between Democrats
and Republicans to attract more
Black support appears to be heating
up as at least four Black
Republicans are now running for
statewide elections and Democratic
leaders sa\ they ha\e triple that
"In the 1960s and 1970s, it was all
about a place at the table. But no",.
I think we need to be talking about
a place on the ticket." says
Democratic National Committee
Chairman Howard Dean. The for-
mer Vermont governor sax s he
believes Whites will become
increasingly killing to vote for
Black candidates the more the\
relate to the issues that Black candi-
"I think, both \\lute politicians
and Black politicians have to under-
stand that there's something new
going on in the country. but wee
aren't there yet, w we're far from it."
says. Dean, once a front-runner in
the 2004 Democratic Primary for
president who was elected DNC
chairman February 12, 2005.
Having had little time to recruit
Blacks by deadlines for Democratic
primaries his first year, after 15
months, he now boasts on what he
perceives as a healthy list of
African-American candidates. "I'm
telling every chairman of .every
party that I want to see African-
Americans and Hispanics and
Asian-Americans, I want to see
diversity on your statewide tickets."
Democratic activists, while
remaining loyal to the party, have
long criticized the party as having
taken African-Americans for grant-
ed. For example, during the 2004
Democratic Primary debates, candi-
date Al Sharpton strongly rebuked
party leaders, saying, We need to
take the Democratic Party home to
our daddies and discuss marriage or
a break up."' Continued on page 5
JSO Gives Northside Drivers
a Random Sobriety Surprise
Shown above are some of the Kings and Queens who participated in
the annual parade (L-R) Diallo Sekou, Lorraine Clements and Freda
Gonzalez. ? sic? i ',
Kuumba Festival, Parade Returns
The 19th Annual Kuumba parade took off with all the pageantry and tra-
dition the annual African American heritage e'ent is known for. Held in
it's traditional location of the Clanzel Brown Communmit Center. the free
event included live performances, seminars, cultural vendors and of course
delicious food. For more photo highlights, see page 5
Over 1200 drivers received a surprise greeting and stop trom the
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office this weekend as over twenty-five officers set
up a "sobriety check" on Lem Turner Road. The cars were locked in the a
single lane after crossing the Trout River Bridge. Drivers were asked a
brief one minute verbal questionnaire before being sent on their way.
Saluting Unsung Hero Gloria Wdilliams
Publix Super Markets Inc. and the Jacksonville
Free Press is pleased to honor Mrs. Gloria Dean
Williams as the Unsung Hero this month.
Described as a "Special Angel" on the nomi-
nation form, Mrs. Williams is a born again
Christian, who is full of compassion and loves
unconditionally. Her sister, Clara L. Tremble
says that Mrs. Williams is the most un-selfish per-
son that she has known in her life.
According to Mrs. Tremble, her sister gives Gloria D. Williams
untiringly to others. She has a daily Prayer Line over the telephone,
and has worked with a Prison Ministry for over twelve years, and vol-
unteers at a nursing home. She is the author of the inspirational book
"Treasure's from My Heart Embrace A Vessel of Honor. Those that
know her say that she is on the Mission Field everyday. In this day
and time, we need more people like Gloria Dean Williams.
Congratulations, we are pleased to honor you.
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Shown above are the Dunlap Family previewing available housing options
Affordable Housing Fair
Held in East Jacksonville
The East Jacksonville Housing Alliance had an affordable housing and
community fair on Oakley Street May 20th. Alliance members, First
Baptist of Oakland CDC, Operation New Hope, Habijax and
FreshMinistries arranged a variety of activities and displays for the com-
munity to learn how they could own their own new home.
The event featured games for children and a tour of recently completed
homes in the neighborhood in addition to a design preview and informa-
tion about special financing.
The East Jacksonville Housing Alliance was formed three years ago by
the four organizations committed to restoring the glory of East
Jacksonville. With funding and support from both the City of Jacksonville
and Local Initiatives Support Corporation, the Alliance members are plan-
ning 100 new homes in the neighborhood over the next three years. The
first homeowners have already moved into their homes and additional
homes are currently under construction on the more than 30 lots acquired
by the Alliance. For more details, contact Beverly Toney, the East
Jacksonville Housing Coordinator at FreshMinistries (854-4444).
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Jacksonville Urban League and Anheuser-Busch Partner
For 22nd Year to Provide Summer Youth Employment W
Students will have an opportunity
to earn money this summer while
providing an array of community
services to improve the quality of
life for area residents through
* Operation Brightside's Green Team.
* Each summer, the Green team takes
a six-week project conducted by the
Jacksonville Urban League with
support from the Anheuser-Busch
Jacksonville Brewery. The project
provides jobs for youths from low-
to-moderate income families.
"Operation Brightside gives
these students a sense of volun-
teerism and humanitarianism that
will be instilled for a lifetime. It
shows the participants and others
around them that'here is joy in help-
ing others," said Syl.Robinson, A-B
plant manger. "Equally if not more
important, however, are the job
skills the participants learn. On the
Green Team, they are taught the
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importance of getting along with
co-workers, being punctual and
seeing a job to completion."
According to Richard Danford,
Ph.D., Jacksonville Urban League
President, the Anheuser-Busch
Jacksonville Brewery has support-
ed the Urban League program since
To be selected for the Green
Team, each student must complete a
written application and interview,
submit a copy of their transcript of
report card, write a 250-word essay
and must have personal recommen-
dations from their school or
respected members of their commu-
Team members must be at least
16 years of age. They will be paid
$6.15 per hour and work six hours a
day, Monday through Friday for six
weeks, beginning June 26, 2006.
The Green Team activity ends
August 4th, with a commemorative
luncheon and a career day that
Beaver Street Enterprise Center
Celebrates Third Anniversary
The Chamber's Small Business Center will be hosting the Beaver Street
Enterprise Center's (BSEC) third anniversary celebration on June 21, at
the BSEC, located at 1225 West Beaver St. The celebration includes a
luncheon from noon to 2 p.m., featuring a keynote address by Dr. Mel
Gravely. The luncheon is followed by a technology fair from 2 to 4:30 p.m.
An RSVP is required for admittance. For reservations, call 924-1100.
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City Council Meeting Start Time
(Jacksonville, FL) In accordance with Ordinance 2006-192-E, the start time of
regular City Council meetings will change to 5:00 p.m., effective June 13, 2006.
However, Comments from the Public will not begin before 6:00 p.m. Additionally,
the Order of Business, unless altered by the discretion of the Council President, will
be taken up in the following order:
1. Call to order
2. Invocation and pledge of allegiance
3. Roll call of the Council Members
4. Approval of the minutes of previous meetings
5. Communications from the Mayor
6. Other miscellaneous communications and presentations
7. Quasi-Judicial actions
8. Consent agenda
9. Action upon resolutions on third reading
10. Action upon ordinances on third reading
11. Comments from the public
12. Action on resolutions, emergency action
13. Action on ordinances, emergency action
14. Scheduled public hearings
15. Action upon resolutions on second reading
16. Action upon ordinances on second reading
17. Introduction of new resolutions
18. Introduction of new ordinances
19. Unfinished business
20. New business
21. Addition of addendum to agenda
A copy of the Council Agenda my be obtained, on the Friday before a meeting, from
the Legislative Services Division, in City Hall (Suite 430) located at 117 West Duval
Street, or online at www.coj.net.
Please contact Legislative Services at (904) 630-1404 for additional information.
Program Set for
First Time Check
The First Coast Get Checking pro-
gram of the Duval County
Extension Service has added a sec-
ond workshop site which will be
more convenient for those on the
east side of the river.
Get Checking is unique in that a
person who has had difficulty
opening an account will be able to
open one at a participating finan-
cial institution after taking the
class. The program is taught by
Anita McKinney, Duval County
Extension Educator, and is a part of
a national effort to improve finan-
The WorkSource Center at 11000
Beach Blvd. will host a Saturday
class every other month beginning
June 10. The classes will be held
from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Get
Checking is an educational pro-
gram for those who have never had
a bank account, those who want to
learn how to manage their money
better to avoid bounced check fees,
and for those who are having trou-
ble opening an account. The
evening series for June is set for
June 13 and 15, 5:30 p.m. at the
Duval County Extension Education
Center, 1010 N McDuff Ave. Pre-
registration is required, 387-8850.
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".-.:. Supervisor of Elections Mails Out
S.. i 522,840 New Voter Information Cards
JACKSONVILLE- All regis-
tered voters in Duval County
should have received their new
Voter Information Card with their
current polling place and precinct.
This card is very important to
review and keep as more than
200,000 voters will be voting at a
different polling location in the fall
election. The polling relocations or
reassignments are due to changes in
Florida State Election Law and the
massive reprecincting. The Primary
is September 5th and the General
Election is November 7.
As of January 1, 2006, all
polling places must become com-
pliant with the Help America Vote
Act (HAVA) to be handicap acces-
sible (previously only 8 were fully
The Jessica Lunsford Act requires
finger printing and background
checks of all poll workers assigned
io school locations. Dueto the addi-
tional cost and as an added safe-
guard to school-age children, the
Elections Office removed all
Umii1a MMe1val 2006U
Highlights of the 19th Annual Kuumba
Festival as covered b% photo journalist
Rhonda Silver included (top) one of the
many vendors, artist Terry Wilson with
his piece. Never Alone With Jesus", |
Sankofa Health CARE Representative
Michelle Gamble was onhand to discuss
her organization's healthcare resources,
(bottom) costume designer Padrica .
polling places from area schools.
Countywide reprecincting will
make voting more equally accessi-
ble by capping the number of voters
assigned to any one polling location
at 2,900 (the previous range was
By law, the card may no longer
include a signature, so it will not be
recognized as an official form of
identification. Voters must present
some other source of photo and sig-
nature identification card to cast a
ballot when voting.
Also, voters who have moved,
changed their signature or party
affiliation, need to. update the
Supervisor of Elections Office to be
assured that their voter information
If you have not received your
card or if more information about
voting, registering to vote, or the
election process is needed, please
contact the Supervisor of Elections
Office at 630-1414 or click on to
Mendez and performers Voices in
The festival %vas held over the two daN
Memorial Holiday weekend and is under
the directives of founder Shadidi Amma.
Families Rally to Support Anderson
Continued from front
"These families came here as vic-
tims of Dr. Siebert's autopsy find-
ings ... They.believe Dr. Siebert
always covers up for law enforce-
ment," said Crump.
According to Crump, as of last
Thursday all of the families have
officially filed complaints against
Siebert and believe that Siebert has
been "covering up for law enforce-
John Niesen is the brother of'
Michael Niesen, one of Siebert's
alleged "victims." According to
Niesen. his brother was in a fatal
car accident and was ejected from
the car along with a police officer
who \Nas in the.car uith him.
As a result of the accident. Niesen
said, angry officers attacked his
brother and beat him to death.
However, he said. an autops,, ruled,
that Michael Niesen died from the
Niesen showed reporters an
autopsy photograph of Michael
Niesen w ith large cuts arid bruises
on his head.
According to Niesen. during an
mnestigation of his brother's death.
Siebert officially supported the
findings of Michael's autopsy as a
cover up for police.
"These people make decisions
that affect people's lives,-and we're
just supposed to sit back and take
it,"'Niesenmsaid.& Don't.let this hap-
pen to this young man's family," he
said, referring to Anderson. "Don't
make them wait 29 years to get jus-
tice. Me and in. mom are still wait-
Joining Niesen was Mary Terry
whose daughter and husband were
killed in a 2004 tornado. According
to Terry, Siebert misidentified scjrs,
marks, health conditions and body
parts in both her husband and
daughter's autopsy reports.
In a statement issued to the media
in response to these accusations
Siebert said: "Filing baseless com-
plaints against me is completely
unwarranted ... My medical opinion
may not be popular, but it is my job
todissue conclusions rooted in ftat.',
According to Crump, the fami-
lies are also concerned that Siebert
has friends on- the Medical
Examiners Commission, therefore
action may not be taken against
him. The families are demanding
that their individual cases be
accepted as testimony and evidence
against Siebert and that when he
comes before the commission that
the public is allowed to attend the
After hearing the families' discuss
their experiences with Siebert.
Anderson's mother, Gina Jones,,
apparently was motivated to fight
e en harder. ;
"Sieben needs to be terminated,"
, she said in frustration. "The truth is...
Brown Receives Honorary Doctorate
Two hundred seventy-four students received bachelor's degrees from
Bethune Cookman College during the commencement service held at the
Ocean Center in Daytona Beach. Congresswoman Brown. who also gave
the commencement address, received one of two honorarN degrees pre-
sented b\ President Trudie Kibbe Reed and Board Chairman Irving
Matthews of DayTona Beach for her continued commitment to the ,com-
Where Jacksonville Begins.
"Serving Jacksonville's Neighborhoods:
Seeking Greater Wisdom and Prosperity"
Friday, June 23, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Prime Osborn Convention Center
EXHIBITS AND WORKSHOP SESSIONS
on grants, code and zoning enforcement,
race relations and more! '
Mayor John Peyton
Sessions and exhibits are free
$5 pre-registration required for luncheon
Luncheon registration deadline: June 9
Presented by the Neighborhood Services Division
Housing and Neighborhoods Department
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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:
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South Mandarin Regional Library
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University Park Library
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West Regional Library
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with your new polling place listed. If not, please contact our office at 630-1414.
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June 1- 7 2006
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by Jacksonville City Councilman Reginald Fuliwood
African American Enrollment Growing at Some
Colleges, But does Black Always Mean "Black?"
by Reggie Fullwood
Former rapper turned political
activist, Sister Souljah, once said,
"We are living in a world where
your color matters more than your
character." Unfortunately, that is
true at times, but as Cornell West
once said, "I am a prisoner hope."
And I am hoping that this country
and our local community will con-
tinue to improve our race relations.
However, because disparities do
exist there is still a need for col-
leges to be creative and aggressive
when it comes to attracting minori-
ty students. We all know that eth-
nicity and skin color are different
demographical categories that often
For example, there are people that
consider themselves African
Americans that are so light in skin
tone that they can pass as white
Americans. Another good example
is that there are many Hispanics
that are "dark skinned," but don't
consider themselves as black
Americans. There are also many
Indians (natives of India) that are
very dark skinned as well.
OK, what's the point Fullwood?
Well, as I have said, today in
America colleges are getting more
and more creative as it relates to
finding ways to attract minority stu-
dents, especially blacks. And sur-
prisingly enough, some universities
are having moderate success.
But before we start praising Ivy
League schools like Harvard for
their slightly improved black
enrollment numbers, one must real-
ly look to see what's going on. What
is happening at many top tier col-
leges is an issue of interpretation.
Most school are including
Africans and other "black" students
from other countries in their catego-
ry of black enrollment to pad their
minority figures. Now some might
say that black is black regardless of
what country the black person
;* comes from, but if you remember
how I started this little piece you
may have a better understanding of
the point I was trying to make.
Is it fair to African Americans
seeking opportunities like minority
scholarship at Ivy League schools,
if those scholarships and support
are going to African students who
are black, but not black Americans?
For example, about 8% of Harvard
University's undergraduates are
black, but of those nearly 2/3 are
West Indian and African immi-
grants or their children, and a small
percent are products of biracial cou-
ples. Is that really mixrure the true
objective of Affirmative-action?
Again, it is an issue of subjectivi-
ty, because you first have to think
about the initial intent of affirma-
tive action programs. When imple-
mented the goal was to attempt to
provide opportunities to former
slaves or the. descendant of slaves
(black Americans) who had histori-
cally been discriminated against
based upon their race and color.
Mary Waters, the chairman of the
sociology department at Harvard
sums the difference between black
immigrants and black natives up.
very accurately. She says, "Since
they [black immigrants] come from
majority-black countries, they are
less psychologically handicapped
by the stigma of race."
The other advantage she noted was
that many blacks from the West
Indies and Africa arrive with higher
levels of education and professional
experience and have encountered
less discrimination in their lives.,
In America, some 40 to 50 years
after the enactment of affirmative
action programs on the college
level, African Americans have only
made marginal gains in enrollment
numbers at major universities.
While black Americans make up 13
percent of the United States popula-
tion, we are still underrepresented
at most major colleges. Now if you
throw Africans and blacks from the
Caribbean into the mix the numbers
start to look a whole lot better.
But back to the issue of fairness
and intent, typically, the African
and Caribbean students admitted
into the elite schools come from
affluent families and are often the
best of the best from their perspec-
tive countries. So colleges don't
have to go out of their way to
recruit blacks from inner city and
because their recruitment spectrum
has now gone international.
So does the phrase "Black is
Black" have any real merit in this
case? It is a tough issue to deal with
because colleges view the purpose
of minority outreach goals differ-
ently. Some,-schools focus on the
goal of diversifying their student
body, while others focus on provid-
ing opportunities for those who
have been disadvantaged.
Neither perspective is right or
wrong, and those receiving scholar-
ships and financial support for
being black don't mind being con-
sidered black when they can get a
check for it. My problem isn't with
colleges providing minority schol-
arships to Africans, but schools also
need to be more aggressive at
recruiting blacks from our inner
city and low-income communities.
African Americans can excel in
elite colleges like Harvard, but
again schools have to be dedicated
to finding those students. And this
comment may not sit well with
some, but these so called "elite"
universities have to change their
reliance on standardize test because
many studies have shown that they
correlate strongly with family
wealth and parental education.
But not everyone sees this issue
like I do. Many look at this from
that historical perspective I men-
tioned earlier and feel that these
programs are supposed to benefit
those who have suffered from the
legacy of slavery, segregation and
decades of racism, poverty and
Perhaps Anthony Marx, the presi-
dent of Amherst College, said it
best when explaining the impor-
tance of colleges taking ethnicity
into consideration. He said,
"Colleges are missing an opportuni-
ty to correct a past injustice and
depriving their campuses of voices
that are particular to being African
American, with all the historical
disadvantages that that entails."
OK, I have officially determined
that black certainly is not always
"black." Unfortunately, many in the
higher education community only
see colors and numbers.
Signing off from an undisclosed
college admissions office,
Blacks Not Needed ii
By Jasmyne A. Cannick,
The images of protests and rallies
in support of amnesty for illegal.
immigrants that beamed into the
homes of millions of people clearly
articulated the message that
Latino's are here and they are not
At the same time. those same
images told Americans that byvand
large, the movement for immi-
grants rights' belonged to, was
headed by, and was for the benefit
of Latinos only.
Having been deemed the majority
minority in America by the U.S.
Census. Latino's have elevated
their political clout and profile
within that last few weeks simply
by wielding their massive numbers.
Even though many Latino immi-
grant rights' activist cite the 1960's
Civil Rights Movement' as the
blueprint for their movement, they
are still slow to incorporate and
include immigrants of other ethnic-
ities or African Americans.
n Latino MV ement. ing i border state communities do
not have to "assimilate" into socie-
While there have been a .small ty. Throughout the years, "Spanish.
munber of well-intentioned imeet- only" 'enclaves have thrived and
ings between Black leaders .and grown to the point that without
immigrant rights' support, there knowing any English at all, many
has not been a concerted effort to. .Latino's are able to conduct, their;
reach out to .Blacks. .........'.. daily routines without any prob-
One reason for the laickof"coali- lems at all and without ever having
tion building"; between Blacks and to interface with .Blacks;
Latinos could be that Blacks inm-- Moreover, even though the 1.S,,
ply are riot needed or wanted in Senate approved aniendmenti des-
their movement.' ignating English. as the "national
Coalitions ae' often built .when language" and the 'common,.uix-
groups of people who share a con- fying .language'" of the United
mon mission and'Vision aid realize States, chances are it isn't going.to'
that together they.are stronger than..:.encourage those immigrants who.
alone. Unlike the 1960's Civil have been here for years to all 7of a-
Rights Movement where Blacks
were not the majority in the U.S.
and it was. not only necessary but
also crucial to build coalitions,"
Latinos have their substantial num-,
bers working on behalf of them so
much so that they don't really'rieed
to include other .races in, 'their
movement. Doing so -would be
nothing more than symbolicis. .
At the end of the day.'Latino's: iv-
sudden decide to learn English.
'And why should they?
. If' any lasting relationiihips
"between Blacks and Latinds are:
going to niade, Latinos need to.
respect Blacks and make' visible
.'and concerted efforts to reach out
to Blacks.and not just on immi-
grant rights issues but on issues,
that are important to Blacks as well
:and not buy into ideritity politics.'
S-,g bb \\)illiam Reed
".r ~The moral of the William J.
SS Jefferson case is to: "Never try to
.' .. I bilk a white woman wearing a wire".
The federal criminal probe of the New Orleans
Congressman is based on a telecommunications deal he
was trying to broker in Africa. The saga was destined
to become public when in March 2005 the FBI began
investigating Jefferson at the behest of a wealthy
investor by the name of Lori Mody. Mody became
wary that Jefferson and the head of a Louisville tech-
nology company called iGate Inc, which held rights to
a technology that delivers high-speed Internet service
across traditional copper wires, were swindling her.
The FBI alleges Jefferson committed crimes in trying to
arrange for iGate's technology to be used over networks
of the Ghanaian and Nigerian state-owned telephone
Mody began the process that made Jefferson a nation-
al fool when she met him at a hotel outside Washington,
D.C. After some discussions, they went to Mody's car
where the FBI videotaped Jefferson taking a briefcase
with $100,000 in marked $100 bills. On August 3,
2005, the FBI raided Jefferson's homes in New Orleans
and Washington, D.C. The world now knows that in his
D.C. residence they found $90,000 wrapped in alu-
minum foil and stuffed inside frozen food containers in
the freezer. The FBI says serial numbers on the bills
matched money Mody had given Jefferson July 30th.
Lori Mody and her late father, Win Remley, started
Signal Corporation in 1987. By 2002 Signal was a
$300 million a year government contractor. She formed
the Win-Win Strategy Foundation in honor of her dad
and brother, also named Win, killed in 1996. Her broth-
er's death made her question her own life and Mody
emerged from mourning with a commitment to use her
technology background to help close the "digital
divide" for needy kids. She became a leader of Fairfax
County's Computer Learning Centers Partnership
(CLCP), to get companies to support state-of-the-art
computer centers in poorNorthern Virginia neighbor-
hoods. For such work, she received a "Women
Opening the Pipeline Award" from the Congressional
Black Caucus Education Braintrust.
Brett M. Pfeffer, a legislative aide to Jefferson from
1995 to 1998, was hired by Mody to be the president of
her W2 Corp. investment company. Pfeffer's job was to
"seek out various investment opportunities on Mody's
behalf." In June 2004, Pfeffer introduced Mody to
Jefferson. Jefferson told Mody about iGate and its
efforts to secure a .deal in Nigeria and the need for an
investor in the deal.
In less than six months, Mody suspected she was
being defrauded. By February 2005, she fired Pfeffer
and cut communication with iGate. In March Mody
contacted the FBI and agreed to wear a wire. She met
with Pfeffer on March 31, 2005 under the guise of
restoring their relationship and the business deals.
From June 2004 to February 2005 Mody participated
in meetings where the iGate deal was further discussed
and Jefferson perpetrated the flim-flam. At a June 2004
meeting in his office, Jefferson proposed Mody pay
iGate $45 million for the rights to its technology and
equipment. In April 2005 Jefferson proposed plans to
obtain Export-Import Bank financing for the deal and in
July 2005, Jefferson, Pfeffer and Mody met with a
member of the Bank's Board of Directors.
By the time he got the $100,000, Jefferson was play-
ing Mody like a fiddle. He told her she needed to retain
his daughter, Jamila, to do legal work including setting
up a Nigerian company, to handle her part of the deal.
He asked that another family member be put on a
monthly retainer of $2,500 to $5,000. He then, got
Mody to give 30% of the Nigerian firm to a company
controlled by his daughters and son-in-law. He said
that an individual who lived in Maryland might need to
be bribed and that individual would require 50% of
profits from the Nigerian deal and a "front end" cash
payment of $500K. The $100,000 Jefferson stashed
was part of that payment.
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May 25 31, 2006
They Believed They Could Fly: Tuskegee Airmen
by Gordon Jackson
"This is an experiment here. They
don't think that we can fly.
"And if we can fly, they don't think
that we will fight.
"If you think that, get your hat and
Eighty-one year old Calvin
Spann's blood boiled again, like it
did back in 1944 when he applied in
Tuskegee, Ala. to be a Tuskegee
Airmen pilot. Whether his anger
was directed toward the skeptical
U.S. government or the officer who
tried to discourage him, he was
about to prove them wrong.
"Anytime you tell me I can't do
something, I'll go and do it," Spann
said with gritted teeth.
Spann got tired of being defied
back then. He had just stayed two
weeks at Keesler Air Force Base in
Biloxi, Miss. before finally being
told they don't train Black pilots
there. On the train ride through
Biloxi, he was advised by Porters to
hide away from the windows of the
dining room so that, when another
train passed by, a White passenger
wouldn't shoot him.
Fast-forward 62 years later.
Spann, a Fort Worth, Texas native,
sits with seven other former
Tuskegee Airmen pilots on May 11
at American Airlines headquarters
in Fort Worth, honored by the air-
line in a event also sponsored by
Tuskegee Airmen, Incorporated and
its Fort Worth chapter. The men,
ranging in age from 80 to 87, were
pilots, bombers and mechanics
associated with the historic all-
Black military- air squadron, who
were first treated as second-class
citizens by the armed' forces then
later respected and revered because
of their heroism during World War
II. If the government wanted to
prove that Blacks couldn't fly or
wouldn't fight, these men had
enough stories to prove their exper-
iment was a dismal failure.
Howard Baugh told his story
when German fighter planes
attacked ships at Anzio, off the west
coast of Italy, site of one of the
war's bloodiest and important bat-
tles. Over a two-day fight, he and
his Tuskegee Airmen cohorts shot
down 17 German aircraft without
losing any of their own.
"I Took a B51 38,000 feet in the
air and a jet 48,000 feet," Baugh
said, which was a first at the time.
William Wheeler spoke about tak-
ing his fighter plane and soaring
36,000 feet straight up, before
going into a vertical stall. He had a
cold and took off his oxygen mask
to wipe his nose and breath. As a
result, he lost consciousness as the
plane spun out from 36,000 feet to
when he regained consciousness at
about 8,000 feet.
"I'm wondering to this day how
the torsion of that spin from 36,000
down to 8,000 didn't tear the wings
off the plane and why the engine
didn't stop," Wheeler said. Turning
to former mechanic James
Sheppard, he asked tongue in
cheek: "Do you have any answers
for me, Jim?"
"Back then, our armed forces
were the most racist and discrimi-
natory segment of our society,"
Baugh said, "Today it is the most
integrated and fair." The inspiring
stories motivated one person from
the audience to tell the Tuskegee
Airmen: "You make me proud to be
5th African American Four Star General Pinned
Army Lt. Gen. William E. Kip Ward, center, is pinned with his
fourth star, the Army's highest rank of general, by Army Chief of
Staff, Gen. Peter J. Shoomaker, right, and his wife Joyce Ward, left,
last week at Fort Myer, Va. Ward is the Army's only African-
American four-star General and the 5th African-American to hold
this rank ever.
Gate City Welcomes Bridge Players from Across the Region The Gate City Players Duplicate Bridge Club welcomed Bridge
Clubs from across the southeast for their Annual Grad "A" Bridge Tournament. Held at the Clarion Conference Center through the Memorial Holiday
Weekend, the event included pairs and team games which resulted in the awarding of merit points and trophies as prizes with levels of competition rang-
ing from novice to advanced. The club, under the guidance of Marion Gregory, is affiliated with the American Bridge Association. R. Silver photo.
continued from front
He accused the DNC of being
more aggressive to win swing vot-
ers and Right-wingers than
Meanwhile, the Republican Party
has lagged behind when it comes to
Black support. In the 2004 presi-
dential election, only 11 percent of
Black voters supported the GORP' 1
Republican Party Chairman Ken
Mehlman acknowledged months
ago that Republicans had begun
running Black candidates with
hopes to show African-Americans
that .the party wants the Black vote.
"It is our job to continue to grow
our Party, by reaching out to new
Republicans, independents and dis-
cerning Democrats," Mehlman
declared in a speech to the annual
conference of the Conservative
Political Action Committee in
Washington, D.C. in February.
Many Black voters see little rea-
son to give the Republican Party a
chance. On the most recent
NAACP civil rights report card in
February, 98% of Republicans in
the House and Senate earned an F,
compared to only 2 percent of
Democrats. The Bush administra-
tion opposed two affirmative action
programs at the University of
Michigan, including the universi-
ty's law school program, which
was ultimately upheld by the U. S.
Supreme Court on June 23, 2003.
Also, Bush's appointment of two
far right Supreme Court nominees.
Black Democrats challenging
Black Republicans will add a new
dynamic to American politics that'
could be to the advantage of Black
voters, Mfume predicts. He says a
White Democrat running against a
Black Republican could cause
some Blacks to vote for the Black
candidate because of racial alle-
giance. But when each candidate is
Black, African-American voters
will likely follow tradition or the
issues and support the Democrat,
he says Al Sharpton.
"It doesn't mean that Democrats
who are White cannot beat Black
Republicans. It just means that the
effort to try to go into the larger
Black base of voters is neutralized
by the fact that both candidates are
Black," Mfume says.
Regardless of whichever party
that wins the races, Black voters
are likely to benefit by enlightening
White members of both parties and
increasing Black political power,
"It only serves to increase the
stature, increase the visibility of
and increase the seriousness of the
issues that are important to all
African-Americans and the coun-
try. It is a good thing. It's a posi-
USS Mason Survivor Makes Special Presentation
Shown above USS Mason veteran Lorenzo Dufau, left, the crew mem-
ber whose life was portrayed by Ossie Davis in the film 'Proud', makes
a special presentation of the film on DVD to current USS Mason com-
manding officer, Commander John V. Fuller. Dufau is one of the last
surviving crew members of the USS Mason, the only World War II
warship to be taken into combat by African-American sailors.
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Seeing beyond money
June 1 7, 2006
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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.
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.
Genesis Missionary Presenting Special
Program and Choirs in Concert
The Pastor's Aid Board of Genesis Missionary Baptist Church, 241
South McDuffAve, Sis. Lillian Graham, President; will present a spirit-
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
Choir and the Genesis Missionary Baptist Church Male Ensemble will be
rendering the "service in song." The Blessed Faith Missionary Baptist
Church Choir will join the Genesis Missionary Baptist Church Mass Choir
for a combined concert at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 11th. Pastor James C.
Fullwpod is Pastor of Blessed Faith Missionary Baptist Church.
The Genesis Missionary Baptist Church Pastor, Rev. Nelson B. Turpin.
and Rev. Calvin 0. Honors, Assistant Pastor, along with the Genesis
Missionary Baptist Church Family, extend a special invitation to the com-
munity to join them for both spirit-filled concerts.
Dayspring Baptist Church Opens Prisoners of Christ to hold Annual
Fun Summer Day Camp June 5th Crime Prevention Prayer Breakfast
Dayspring Baptist Church, 5654 Dunn Ave. (North of 295), Rev. Jeffrey The Prisoners of Christ will host crime or incarceration. The min-
K. Rumlin, Pastor; will open their Emo Fun Summer Day Camp on their 16th Annual Crime Prevention istry works to help provide re-entry
Monday, June 5th. The camp will run through Friday, July 28th. The Prayer Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. on services that can make a difference
Camp will have extended care hours at 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Camp hours are 9 Wednesday, June 7th at the such as: food, shelter, clothing, hell
a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, please call the Church office at (904) Wyndam Riverwalk Hotel. in finding a job, recovery from sub-
764-0607. Business leaders, elected offi- stance abuse, guidance and encour-
M t. Bethel M issionary to Celebrate cials, clergy and friends of the min- agement from men who have beer
istrv will he there A highlight of in their position and lots more.
Church & Pastor's Anniversaries
Mt. Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, 1620 Helena Street; will hold a
5-day celebration of the 140th Anniversary of the Church; and the 10th
Anniversary of Rev. Robert E. Herring Sr., Pastor. Celebration services
Will be held Wednesday, June 7 thru Sunday, June 11, 2006. The commu-
nity is invited to attend all anniversary observances.
Mt. Sinai Male Chorus Extravaganza
The Male Chorus Ministry of Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church,
2036 Silver Street, Rev. R. L. Gundy, Pastor; invites the community to
attend the Male Chorus Extravaganza, 5 p.m., Saturday, June 17, 2006.
Deacon Ronald Smith, Chairman, Male Chorus Ministry.
"Lifting Up The Name ofJesus" Recital
"Lifting Up The Name of Jesus," a recital, will be presented by Donna's
Praise Dance and Baton Company, Christian Emphasis Company, will
present their first dance recital at 4 pm. on Saturday, June 3, 2006, at
William M. Raines High School. The public is invited.
Old & New Stanton Faculty, Students
& Staff Planning Stanton Gala
Current class leaders of Old Stanton, Stanton Vocational, New Stanton,
Faculty and Staff of that era, will meet Monday, July 5th at 6:30 p.m., in
the conference room, 2nd floor of Bethel Baptist Institutional (First Street
Entrance). This will be a planning meeting to discuss plans for the first
"Annual Gala." For more information, please contact Kenneth Reddick at
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the event will be the Men from the
ministry, who are going through
their transition, will be testifying.
The Prisoners of Christ is a faith
based ministry that provides re-,
entry transitional services, includ-
ing housing; for men coming out of
incarceration, mainly Florida pris-
ons. For the past 16 years the min-
istry has helped nearly 1,800 men
coming out of prison to turn their-
lives around instead of returning to
Eighty-nine percent have suc-
ceeded in their efforts to live a new
way. Along with a high percentage
of success, the ministry has also
made an enormous economic
impact for taxpayers. The ministry
to this date has saved taxpayers in
excess $80 million. It costs taxpay-
ers around $50,000 per year for
each man in prison.
For more information, please
call (904) 358-8866.
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, June 25th, 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.
Abyssinia Marriage Conference
Abyssinia Missionary Baptist Church is sponsoring a marriage confer-
ence for married and engaged couples to be held at Abyssinia Missionary
Baptist Church on Friday, June 23rd.,The church is located at 10325
Interstate Circle North near Dunn Avenue and will be held from 7 p.m. to
10 p.m. The conference ill continue on Saturday June 24. 2006 from 9
a.m. to 12p.m.. The conference will conclude with a special presentation
and worship service at Abyssinia Missionary Baptist Church at 10 a.m.
Sunday June 25, 2006. All are invited to attend. Call 696-1770 to register.
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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S8:00 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.
The doors of 'Maceopia are always open to you and your family. If we may be of any assistance to
you In your spirltual-walk, please contact us at 764-9257 or via email at GreaterMac@aoLcom.
S Radio Ministry
WCGL 1360 AM
I Thursday 8:15 -8:45 a.m.
SAM 1400 Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.
.. Sunday Mornings at 6:30 a.m.
Evangel Temple Assembly of God
Lan e Ave. & I- 10
LUJune is Health Month.
Join us on Thusday JArne 15th at 6pum. along with
Bepresentatves from the Arthitis Foundation who
will be with
Thewr will be also be special music by SMozmy Ad-
kins in addition to great food and wonderful worship
Pastor Cecil and Pauline Wiggins
New Southwest Campus
Hwy 218 acios from WVlkinson Jr. High
Sunday School 9:45 am. Sun.
Morning Worship 10:45 am.
Thursday Night Revival Service 7:30 p.mn
5755 Ramona Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32205
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10:45 a.m. Service Interpreted for the Deaf
Pastor Garry and Kim Wiggins
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New Cookbook Helps
African Americans Eat
Healthy, Reduce Risk
Take your cardiovascular health
into your own hands with Soul
Food Recipes, the newest magazine
cookbook from the American
Stroke Association, a division of the
American Heart Association.
The 96-page publication offers
African Americans 43 easy-to-fol-
low, heart healthy recipes that fol-
low the American Heart
Association's dietary recommenda-
tions. Dishes like Spicy Oven-Fried
Chicken and more of the tradition-
al foods that you love can still be
delicious when prepared in a heart
Priced at just $3.99, Soul Food
Recipes will be available for a lim-
ited time at major grocery store
checkout stands nationwide begin-
ning May 30.
Soul Food Recipes was created to
help African Americans enjoy a bal-
anced, healthy way of eating and
reduce their risk for stroke and
heart disease. Cooking tips and col-
orful photographs make it easy to
serve delicious dishes like:
Creamy Corn Chowder
Sweet Country Coleslaw
Cozy Peach Cobbler
Rich and Creamy Mac and
The need for this kind of practical
help is clear: African Americans are
almost twice as likely to have a
Make Barbecue Sauce Your
Go-To Grilling Condiment
stroke as whites, and over 100.1000 i
African Americans will ha- e a
stroke this year. Low-cholesterol.
low-fat meals are part of the solu-
tion. To address African Americans'
challenges head on, the Americain
Stroke Association has also
launched Power To End Stroke, an
aggressive education and awareness
initiative that gives African .
Americans tools to help pre ent .
Soul Food Recipes supports the
Power To End Stroke initiative b,,
clearly explaining the basic stroke .
risk factors, offering personal risk-
assessment tools and recommend- .
ing personal actions to help pre\ ent
stroke. The magazine includes ,
complete nutritional information
Yolanda King, daugh- A
ter of the late Rev.
Martin Luther King,
speaks on the burden of
stroke and the experi-
ences regarding her
mother's stroke, at a
briefing sponsored by
the American Stroke
Association and the If
Congressional Black m
for each recipe so you can see
quickly how each dish can help you
Yolanda King, daughter of the late
HEALTHY SOUL FOOD61 RECIPE
Nutrients per Serving: Calories 249, Total
Saturated2.0 g, Polyunsaturated 0.0 g
Sodium 331 mg, Monounsaturatedl. 0 g, Ca
Total Sugars 27 g Dietary Fiber1 g Protei
Dietary Exchanges 3 Other Carbohydrate
Coconut Layer Cake
Serves 12; 1 slice per serving
Vegetable oil spray
18.5 oz. package white cake mix
1 1/4 cups water
: 6 oz. jar baby
r.)- food pureed
Whites of 3
S1/2 c. fat-free or
light plain yogurt
1/4 c. unsifted
c o nfectioners'
2 to 3 teaspoons
grated lemon zest
Fat 4.5 g fresh lemon juice
Cholesterol 0 mg, 1 or 2 drops yel-
arbs 47 g low food coloring
in 4 g, 8 ounces (about 3
1 Fat cups) frozen fat-
free or light
whipped topping, thawed in refrig-
3 to 4 tablespoons sweetened
Preheat the oven to 3500F. Lightly
spray two 9-inch round cake pans
with vegetable oil spray.
In a medium bowl, combine the
cake mix, water, pears, and egg
whites. Using an electric mixer,
beat according to the package direc-
tions. Pour the batter into the cake
pans, smoothing the tops.
Bake for 22 minutes, or until a
cake tester or wooden n toothpick
inserted in the center comes out
clean. Transfer the pans to cooling
racks. Let cool for 10 minutes. Turn
the cake onto the racks and let cool
completely, about 1 hour.
Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, stir
together the yogurt, confectioners'
sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, and
food coloring. Fold in 1 cup of the
whipped topping until completely
blended. Cover and refrigerate until
needed. Refrigerate the remaining
whipped topping separately.
Place one cake layer on a large
plate. Top with the yogurt mixture,
then with the remaining cake layer.
Spread the remaining whipped top-
ping over the side and top. Sprinkle
the top with the coconut.
Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Cook's Tip: It is important to thaw
the whipped topping in the refriger-
ator, not at room temperature, so the
filling and the frosting won't run.
When you want to give your
backyard barbecue that authentic
smokehouse flavor, the message is
in the bottle the barbecue sauce
bottle, that is.
We all know that barbecue sauce is
great brushed on ribs, brisket, and
chicken, or, drizzled over grilled
pork tenderloin or steak. But it can
do so much more.
Mix barbecue sauce, to your,
taste, with a vinaigrette salad dress-
ing and it becomes a smokehouse
salad dressing or a great marinade
for chicken, pork, or beef.
Add a little barbecue sauce to
your hamburger or meatloaf mix-
ture for a bolder, smokier flavor.
Create a signature smokehouse
burger by grilling a burger and top-
ping it with barbecue sauce, a slice
of smoked cheese, and a strip or
two of crispy bacon.
en or pork with 000W
during the last .4
10 to 15 min-
utes of grilling.
Keep turning so
the food glazes,
cue sauce as a
shrimp or oys-
isn't just about -
hot dogs, burg-
ers, and chicken
anymore," says Delicious BB(Q
Rick Browne, cookbook author and
host of the public television series
"Barbecue America." According to
Browne, with a great barbecue
sauce on hand any backyard barbe-
cuer "can bring that authentic bar-
becue taste to any dish they cook
and become master barbecuers at
home." Browne's favorite barbecue
sauce? It's Cattlemen's Barbecue
Sauce, available at your local gro-
Try this delicious Rick Browne
Memphis-style Cola BBQ Ribs
Serves: 3 to 4
1 cup brown sugar
12 ounces cola soda
1/2 cup Cattlemen's Authentic
Smoke House Barbecue Sauce
2 medium onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons soy sauce
Salt and pepper to taste
2 to 3 pounds meaty pork spareribs,
cut into 3- to 4-rib portions
1. Combine the brown sugar, cola,
barbecue sauce, onions, garlic, soy
sauce, salt, and pepper; stir until
2. Place the ribs in the sauce mix-
ture and marinate in refrigerator for
2 hours. Drain ribs, pouring mari-
nade into a saucepan. Boil mari-
nade for 12 minutes. Reserve half
Sauce can make the difference.
for basting and serving on the side.
3. Grill ribs over high heat for 1
minute per side. Cook covered over
indirect heat of grill for 1 hour or
until ribs are no longer pink near
bone, turning often and basting
with remaining sauce.
4. To thicken reserved sauce,
combine 1 tablespoon cornstarch
with 2 tablespoons water. Mix into
reserved sauce. Bring to a boil and
cook 1 minute until thickened. "*
Skillet Pork with Cornbread Stuffing
Serves 4; 1 pork chop and 1/3 0'3B.
cup stuffing per serving. ...
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon salt A
1/8 teaspoon pepper
4 boneless, center-cut pork
loin chops (about 4 ounces
each), all visible fat discarded
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 cup fat-free, low-sodium
1 medium onion, finely
1/3 cup finely chopped celery
1 1/2 tablespoons light tub
1 1/2 cups dry combread
stuffing mix the se
1/8 teaspoon poultry seasoning utes,
Preheat the oven to 350oF. ly b
In a small bowl, stir together the browr
paprika, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle Incr,
over one side of the pork. Heat a Stir th
medium nonstick skillet over medi- the sk
um heat. Add the oil and swirl to browi
coat the bottom. Cook the pork with Redui
Collard Greens with Smoked
Serves 8; 1/2 cup per serving
1 teaspoon olive oil
4 ounces low-fat smoked turkey sausage, cut
into 1/4-inch cubes
1 tsp. olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
14.5-ounce can fat-free, low-sodium chicken
1 pound frozen chopped collard greens
1 1/2 tsp.sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
Heat a large saucepan over medium heat. Add 1
teaspoon oil and swirl to coat the bottom. Cook
the sausage for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the edges
begin to richly brown, stirring frequently.
Transfer to a plate; do not drain the pan.
Add 1 teaspoon oil to the pan. Cook the onion
for 3 minutes, or until soft, stirring frequently. Stir
in the broth. Increase the heat to high and bring to
seasoned side down for 2 min-
or until just beginning to light-
rown. Transfer with the
ned side up to a plate.
ease the heat to medium-high.
ie broth, onion, and celery into
illet, scraping to dislodge any
ned bits. Bring to a boil.
ce the heat and simmer, cov-
a boil. Stir in the
Return to a boil.
Reduce the heat
and simmer, cov-
ered, for 25 min-
utes, or until the
greens are tender.
Remove from the
Stir in the
and salt. Let stand,
covered, for 10
Adding sugar does
not sweeten these
greens; it removes
some of the bitter-
ered, for 6 minutes, or until the cel-
ery is tender. Remove from the
Stir in the margarine until melted.
Gently stir in the stuffing and poul-
try seasoning to blend thoroughly.
Spread evenly in the skillet. Add
the pork with the browned side up,
pressing slightly into the stuffing.
Bake, covered, for 25 minutes, or
until the pork is barely pink in the
center. Remove from the heat. Let
stand for 5 minutes to let the pork
Cook's Tip: Covering the skillet
during baking helps trap the juices
being released from the pork and
vegetables, moistening the dress-
Nutrients per Serving
Calories 295, Total Fat 11.0 g
Saturated 2.5 g, Polyunsaturated
1.0 g, Monounsaturated 5.5 g
Cholesterol 67 mg, Sodium 635 mg
Carbohydrates 20 g, Total Sugars 5 g
Dietary Fiber 2 g Protein 27 g
Collards Nutrients per Serving Calories 55,
Total Fat 1.5 g (Sat. 0.5g, Poly. 0.0 g, Mono.
1.5 g), Cholesterol 5 mg, Sodium 263 mg,
Carbohydrates 7 g, Total Sugars 3 g,
Dietary Fiber 2 g, Protein 4 g.
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June I 7 2006
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Girls Should Have First Ob-
Gyn Visit In Early Teens
How One Mother Spirtually Survived Watching
Her Daughter be a Victim of Domestic Violence
by Rhonda Silver
Anger does not express the perfect
will of God, and fear is not of God.
You have problems and you have
purpose; but in your trials it is your
attitude that test your faith. Women
are suffering in silence. They're
keeping quiet about a most grievous
act being inflicted upon them.
Domestic Battery is alive and thriv-
ing behind the closed doors of its
victims and perpetrators. How do'
we stop, what we know is wrong?
How do we protect our loved ones
who are too afraid of being alone to
walk away from the constant and
brutal hurting? It had to literally hit
home before I truly felt it, and boy
does it (truth that is) hurt.
As one who has suffered domestic,
emotional, and physical abuse I
realized I didn't have to be a victim.
How can I stand by and watch the
fruit of my womb being bruised?
How do I convince her she has
value beyond what she's being
shown? I stopped being afraid and I
stopped being a victim. I stopped
covering up. I prayed, and God
showed me the power of the light of
His truth and it made me free.
Seeing my child with blackened
eyes and swollen cheeks brought
me to tears. She's married, preg-
nant, in love and in denial. "It's
okay mama" she told me. "He did-
n't mean to hurt me... I'm alright."
Her children heard her screams.
Her 1-year-old son was in the room
with them when his father attacked
her. His parents tried talking to him,
and to them. So, after praying about
it, I dialed 911, and God sent 2
angels dressed in police uniforms to
access the situation. Now, they've
been down this road a time or two
before, and she thought that by
Call 634-1993 or fill
out the form on Page 4.
denying he touched her, there was
nothing the police could do. They
talked to me, to them, and to the
children, and while none of us (who
could testify) actually saw the
attack, they took him to jail.
This was a bitter pill for me to swal-
low. As a mother, I saw my baby
beaten and bruised. I was afraid for
her life. I was afraid for his life.
Suddenly it came to me... As a
Christian, it's my duty to trust God
with every situation, that fear is not
of Him and that... "all things work
together for the good of those that
love Him." I also realized, that for
the sake of my soul, my family and
my peace, I have to love, respect,
forgive and move past hit, to get rid
of the pain.
In the Bible (Romans 12: 17-19) it
states: Do not repay anyone evil for
evil. Be careful to do what is right
in the eyes of everybody. If it is
possible, as far as it depends on
you, live at peace with everyone.
Do not take revenge, my friends,
but leave room for God's wrath, for
it is written: "It is mine to avenge, I
will repay," says the Lord.
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NOW A(C F Pl I I N G
With an eye on good lifelong
reproductive and sexual health, The
American College of Obstetricians
and Gynecologists (ACOG) is rec-
ommending that teenage girls first
visit an ob-gyn between the ages of
13 and 15.
This initial reproductive health
visit can focus on screening and
preventive health care and can help
teens develop a relationship with
their ob-gyn before they need to
seek care for a specific health issue.
In'these first visits, physicians can
discuss normal development, men-
struation, sexuality, healthy eating
habits, safety and injury prevention,
and date rape prevention with teens.
It also gives ob-gyns an opportu-
nity to address problems that may
require early intervention such as
eating disorders and weight issues,
blood pressure problems, and men-
tal health issues such as anxiety,
depression, and physical,' sexual,
and emotional abuse.
"During these years, young teens
face new issues regarding sexual
and reproductive health and devel-
opment on a.daily basis. It's impor-
tant that they develop a relationship
with their ob-gyn," says Marc
Laufer, MD, chair of ACOG's
Corimmittee on Adolescent Health
Care. "Interaction with an ob-gyn
they trust allows teens to get
answers to questions that they may
be too embarrassed or afraid to
raise with parents and friends. Ob-
gyns also can encourage teens to
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adopt healthy lifestyle habits that
they can carry into adulthood."
Parents are encouraged to get
involved. The first visit provides an
opportunity for parents or guardians
to meet the physician, alleviate
fears, and develop trust. Parents
also can encourage a positive rela-
tionship between their daughter and
Ob-gyns can greet parents and
teens together to give a thorough
explanation of the visit and confi-
dentiality issues. The exam and dis-
cussion should then continue
between physician and teen alone to
"The first reproductive health visit
is an excellent time to discuss preg-
nancy prevention and sexually
transmitted infections," says Lesley
Breech, MD, vice chair of the
Committee on Adolescent Health
Today, more than 85% of adoles-
cents become sexually active dur-
ing the teen years nearly one-third
of ninth graders and more than 60%
of 12th graders report having had
sexual intercourse, and the US has
the highest teen pregnancy rate of
any industrialized nation.
Project MALE Conference
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 Center.
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 men have participated, enhancing their par-
enting and other life skills.
Workshops for this year's conference include:Against All Odds: Dealing
with Adversity; Power of Expectations Do expectations determine who
a child becomes? and Shattered Drinking and Driving
Registration is free. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. The Schultz
Center is located at 4019 Boulevard Center Drive To register for Project
MALE, or to get more information about the event, call 359-6962.
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 certificate of completion.
The class fulfills the state requirements for marriage and entitles the
couple to a discount on their marriage license.The next class will be
held June 12th and 14th. Call 387-8855 to register.
W IC Healthy Eating for Healthy Families
YOU ma\ be eligible for free health\ food
and nutrition education.
Are you pregnant?
Do you ha\e a child under 57
Are you breastfeeding a baby less
than 12 months of age?
If \ou answer YES to any one of these questions abo\ e.
call to talk \with a Dtu\ al County WIC representative
at 904 630-3290.
WIC is a special nutrition program for
Women, Infants and Children. If you are
pregnant, breastfeeding or have just had
a baby, you may be eligible for WIC.
WIC helps families become strong and
healthy. A family of four may earn as
much as $37,000.00 per year and
qualify for the free healthy food
and Nutrition Education service.
WIC is also for infants and
children under 5 years old.
WIC promotes good health
through healthy eating.
There are several Community
Nutrition Services sites
throughout Duval County.
Income Eligibility Guidelines
Bi-Weekly Twice Monthly
Per Federal RegisterVol. 71, No. 51, March 16, 2006
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Saturday Appointments Available
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Paee 8 Ms. Perry's Free Press
June I -7, 2006
Free Press Files
Over the past twenty years, many people, places and events have graced the Free Press pages. Join us as we glimpse
back at some of the events that helped shape our newspaper into the publication that it is today.
1995 Sigma Pi Phi Boule Officer Installation The distinguished gentleman o'fSigm-a Pi
Phi, Gamma Beta Boule held their 1995 installation ceremonies at their Christmas Gala at the Ritz Carlton Hotel
on Amelia Island. The officers pictured above are (left to right) Founding Sire Archon Wendell Holmes,
Immediate Past Sire Archon Chester Aikens, Treasurer Alvin White, Archon Elect Ronald Belton, Sire Archon
Ezekiel Bryant, Grapter Rodell Roberts, Rhetoricos Bernard Gregory and Agogas Ronald Austin.
Birthday Celebration of Ruth Solomon Norma White presented a very special birthday cele-
bration for her mother Ruth C. Solomon in this circa 1990s photograph. Shown above at the festive occasion are
(front) Sandra Thompson, Martha Cummings, Ruth Solomon,.Norma White and Thelma Howard. (Standing)
Constance Anderson, Marcel White, Debra Bell, Kyla Bell, Andre Bell,' Raymond Howard, Deborah Bell and
The ladies of Phi Delta Kappa Sororit, are no strangers to community' service and outreach. The ladies of
the Delta Delta Chapter are shown above giving a musical tribute in their annual Black History Month pro-
A day at the Beach American Beach advocates and residents enjoyed the popular Evans Rendezvous up
until the mid 90s. Shown (left to right) are Tonyaa Weathersbea, Marsha Phelts, Ruth Waters and Thomas Waters.
A Circle of Friends The Hidden Hills home of husband and
wife attorney team Austin & Austin was the site of a very special reception
to introduce new Mayor John Delaney to Jacksonville's African-American
community. Shown above Carlottra Guyton, Ju'Coby Pittman and Sylvia
Perry take some time to "'catch up" at the event.
S.. ", .
Jacksonville artist in residence Daniel Wynn oversees a mural neigh-
borhood beautification project on the corner of 8th and Myrtle Ave.
School Named for Rutledge H Pearson The former
Sherwood Forest Elementary School was renamed for civil rights activist
Rutledge Pearson at a dedication ceremony held at the school. Pictured at
the occasion was School Board Member Gwendola Jones, State Rep.
Willye Dennis, Councilman C.B. Griffin, Mrs. Mary Ann Pearson,
Elementary Supt. Nancy Snyder, SAC Chair Willlie Nathan and Principal
SITS Willard Payne representing the Jacksonville McDonald's
Association (left) is pictured with Carolyn McKenzie, founder and CEO
of Soccer In The Streets kickoff at the Darnell Cookman School.
City of Jacksonville Division Chief Roslyn Phillips serves up a deli-
cious dish at the Miracle on Ashley Street.
Admiring Influential Five Pastor Jeanetta Holmes and
Gwen DeSue admire the printing of Jacksonville's Five Most Influential
African-Americans sponsored by the Jacksonville Free Press in 2000.
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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
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
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.
Free Jazz in June
Every Saturday evening in June
beginning June 3, get a jump on
summer with jazz in June along the
Northbank riverfront. Enjoy live
jazz music by local and national
artists at four outdoor riverfront
locations. CSX stage (located
underneath the Pearl Street Gazebo,
will feature such local favorites' as
*Dot Wilder, Goliath Flores, Tropic
of Cancer, and the Matt Butler
Quartet). The Landing will host
such nationally and internationally
know acts as hall of fame inductee
Teddy Washington as well as The
Von Barlow Jazz Trio. Expect a few
surprises at the Soul Pit, or listen to
the sounds of a UNF Jazz Trio on
the patio of Plaza III Steakhouse.
For more information call (904)
634-0303 Ext. 230
The Community Hospice of
Northeast Florida will host a
Volunteer Training during a Two-
day Session on Saturdays, June 3
& 10, 9 a.m .- 4 p.m. Training will
be held at the Potter's House
Christian Fellowship Church, 5732
Normandy Boulevard. Hospice vol-
unteers help improve the quality of
life for patients and families and
provide compassionate guidance at
the end of life. Volunteer opportu-
nities range from administrative
tasks and greeting visitors to direct
patient care services like visiting
patients and providing respite for
caregivers. Call 904-407-7064 for
information and to register
Po 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 ZI P
Why are you nominating this person
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.
Mingle Skate Jam
On Saturday June 4th from 8:00
- 11:30 p.m., join other singles for
the Soul Single MingleSOUL
SKATE JAM to ROOOLL,
Roll out on the largest wood floor
roller skating rink in North Florida!
Jam to the funky old school, hip
hop and R&B hits all night.
Admission includes regular skate
rental. The location is the Skate
Station Orange Park, 230
Blanding Blvd. Call 904.272.5600
for more information.
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
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
Make your way Downtown on
Wednesday June 7th for a Latin
celebration at Downtown Vision's
First Wednesday Art Walk. This
free event takes place from 5-9
p.m., beginning at Art Walk
Headquarters located in the
Jacksonville Bank, 100 North Laura
Street. Art Walk guests can visit 35
venues including galleries, muse-
ums and businesses to view and
purchase art produced by local
artists. Art Walk maps are available
at all of the participating venues.
For a complete listing of all Art
Walk venues and activities, visit
or call Downtown Vision at
904.634.0303, extension 230. This
event is free and open to the public.
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.
1st Annual Southern
Slam Dunk Contest
The Orien R Greene2 Foundation
(Of the Boston Celtics) will present
the 1st Annual Southern Slam Dunk
Contest at Raines High School on
Monday June 12th featuring
celebrity judges from around the
NBA and NFL The Contest will
consist of 3 rounds with 2 attempts.
Scores will be based on creativity
and degree of difficulty. First prizes
$500. Registration will be held June
12&14 at 6:00pm in the Jackson
High School Gymnasium. For
more information contact the League
Office at (904)537-9287 or Ben
On Tuesday, June 13th there will
be a Landscape Design Workshop
from 5 8:30 p.m. at the Mandarin
Garden Club, 2892 Loretto Road.
This workshop will include drought
tolerant plans and low flow irriga-
tion. You will learn how to create a
garden room or develop an eye
catching spot in the landscape.
Learn which plants to choose for
sunny, shady, wet and dry areas.
Also learn to convert the flower
beds to low flow irrigation. Seating
in limited. Call to pre-register at
Jax Centre of the Arts
The Jacksonville Centre of the
Arts will be hosting the Ist Annual
Golf Tournament on Friday June
16th at the Windsor Park Golf Club
For more information please con-
tact Phillip Holder 904-334-2290.
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,funim and
entertainment. For more informa-
tion call 904 358-9090
Anthony Hamilton at
the Florida Theater
Sunday June 18th the Florida
Theater will be the place to be as
R& B crooner Anthony Hamilton
returns to Jacksonville. Showtime is
at 7:30 p.m. Hamilton is an talented
singer and songwriter who rose to
fame with his 2003 debut album
Comin' From Where I'm From. Call
the Theater Office for ticket info.
Abyssinia -Missionary Baptist
Church is sponsoring a marriage
conference for married and engaged
couples to be held at Abyssinia
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Janet Jackson Successfully
Goes from Flab to Fab Again
Boyfriend on a
Diet In Touch
weekly is report-
ing that Beyonce
has put him on a
diet to shed some
The singer, who
reportedly went on
a water and
cayenne pepper diet to slim down quickly for
"Dreamgirls," has the rap mogul eating lean proteins
and vegetables, and steering clear of candy, his favorite
food. The effort has already resulted in a loss of about
15 pounds, the magazine reports.
A source tells In Touch: "Beyonce likes a little meat
on his bones, but not too much ... [and Jay Z] was get-
Jay Z, 36, was reportedly thirty pounds lighter when
he and Beyonce began dating in 2003.
ICE Cube Joins Anti-Oprah Brigade
Producers for "The Oprah Winfrey
Show" may want to pitch the idea
of having September's season
premiere feature guests-.,,
Ludacris, 50 Cent and Ice Cube es
so that the four can discuss their : .. -
opposing points of view on a
very topical issue hip hop
Cube, born O'Shea Jackson, has
now joined Luda and 50 in speaking out against the TV
mogul and her unwillingness to feature rappers whose
lyrics are riddled with the N-word and derogatory
terms for wonien.
"I've been involved in three projects pitched to her,
but I've never been asked to participate," the rapper-
actor tells FHM magazine in its July issue, on news-
stands June 6. "For 'Barbershop,' she had Cedric the
Entertainer and Eve on, but I wasn't invited. Maybe
she's got a problem with hip-hop. ...She's had rapists,
child molesters and lying "authors on her show. And if
I'm not a rags-to-riches story for her, who is?" Cube
also produced the hit reality series "Black/White" on
which Oprah had the entire cast.
Last month, 50 voiced his frustration with Winfrey's
Prince Panics Idol Before Performance
Minutes before Prince was scheduled to perform live
during the "American Idol" season finale, he and his
people where nowhere to be found.
According to host Ryan Seacrest, producers were in
a panic trying to figure out how to fill that extra time,
as the audience at the Kodak Theater and millions of
TV viewers (30.2 million to be exact) looked on.
To cover the show's back, in case Prince didn't show
up, Seacrest told the audience there would be "No more
surprises" before announcing the winner. But suddenly,
the curtain lifted, the staccato keyboard notes of
"Lolita" pumped through the sound system, and His
Royal Badness took the stage with his two dancers.
Seacrest recalls, "We're in a commercial break just
before the surprise of Prince and he wasn't at the Kodak
Theatre, so what do we do?
"He walked on the stage 30 seconds before he was
to go live, sings and was in his. car before I toss to the
next commercial break. He was there for a total of five-
Broadway's "Raisin in the Sun" Cast
to Make Television Network Debut
Rap mogul-Sean Combs,and his
co-stars in the 2004 Broadway
revival of "A Raisin in the Sun"
will reprise their roles for a two-
hour television movie version to air
Phylicia Rashad, Audra McDonald
and Sanaa Lathan will join Diddy in
the jump from stage to small
screen. Cameras are scheduled to
begin rolling in Toronto this
December for a 2007 premiere.
Paris Qualles ("The Tuskegee
Airmen") will pen the script based
on Lorraine Hansberry's original
play and feature screenplay. Kenny
Leon, who earned a Drama Desk
nomination for his staging of the
"Raisin" revival, is set to direct the
Diddy will supervise the sound-
track as well as executive produce
the film via his Bad Boy World
Wide Entertainment Group, along
with Craig Zadan and Neil Meron
of Storyline Entertainment. Three
of the Broadway producers -- Carl
Rumbaugh, Susan Batson and
David Binder are also executive
The 2004 "Raisin" earned four
Tony nominations and won a best
actress honor for Rashad, making
Sean Combs and Phylicia
Rashad will continued their roles
her the first African-American
woman to win in the category; and
a featured actress win for
McDonald. The play itself was
nominated for best revival, and
Lathan received a nomination for
Combs told Variety that bringing
Hansberry's work to a new genera-
tion was the motivating factor for
"There are so many things the
younger generation can get out of
this," Combs said. "It's an American
story of overcoming obstacles that
still rings true. It's important for
people of color, especially younger
ones, to see this."
Janiet Jackson. re" 'l\ s' eie alc t c
losing 60 pounds, says she gained
weight for a role in the upcoming
movie "Tennessee," which she ulti-
mately had to pass on because of
her new album.
"They (the producers) wanted to
see me in a different light, as a
heavier woman," the 40-year-old
singer, who weighed about 180
pounds at her heaviest, tells Us
magazine in an issue on newsstands
"The timing didn't quite work with
trying to finish my album, and
unfortunately I wasn't able to do the
film," she is quoted as saying. (The
role went to Mariah Carey .)
"So I found myself having to take
this weight off a lot quicker than I
Jackson says she packed on the
pounds by eating whatever she
"'Ooh, that looks good, give me
that whole, li.e of cake" That was
the fun part," she says.
"(Eventually) I would look in the
mirror and I not recognize myself."
The 5-foot-4-inch Jackson says
Janet's road back to being lit and sex\ in\ol\ed dails
exercise. prearranged meals berteen 10(1001) 14100 calories
and loads of discipline.
back into shape in four
by eating "nice, balanced
and working out with a
Her longtime boyfriend,
music producer Jermaine Dupri ,
was a motivation.
"I've never had someone love me
for me, so unconditionally, the way
he does, regardless of my size," she
says. "He was never any different
When asked about reaction to her
plus-size body, Jackson says,
"People didn't treat me differently
to my face, but I'm sure they had
their whispers behind my back. But
I didn't feel bad about myself at all.
It was part of my job."
Her latest album, "20 Years Old,"
is slated for release Sept. 26.
"I feel good," she says. "It wasn't
until I saw my picture just recent-
ly, actually, that I thought, 'Wow,
you really did lose a lot of weight!"'
She .i.d "Foi now, it's just nice,
for me to get back down to where I
feel more comfortable with me."
Janet's secret is not lipo, not star-
vation, not gastric bypass. A few
months back,she also signed up for
a healthy gourmet delivery service
called Fresh Dining, a company
that is becoming Hollywood's new
Sources tell us that Fresh Dining
customized the meals to maximize
a quick result, emphasizing foods
low in carbs and high in protein.
Janet's breakfasts ranged from
buckwheat pancakes to scrambled
eggs with a side of turkey bacon.
Her lunches came with an emphasis
on salads -- seared tuna with fresh
greens is a favorite. She also
chowed down on cranberry salad
with fresh greens, toasted walnuts
and blue cheese.
For dinner the singing icon feast-
ed on filet mignon, as well as seared
line-caught salmon with lentils and
fresh baby vegetables in addition to
low carb pasta suppers.
Meals range between 1000 and
1400 calories per day.
Fresh Dining would not comment
about their clients. But take. it to the
bank -- the stars are dropping tons
of weight by using the service.
Supreme Diva Ok
Following reports last week that singer Mary
Wilson had suffered a heart attack and was sched-
uled for bypass surgery, the former Supremes mem- ,
ber has released a statement denying both stories.
"Mary is NOT having bypass surgery," her state-
ment began. "In the past week Mary experienced .)
chest pains at her home and did NOT have a heart
attack. After many tests and talking with her doctors over the last week she
is now scheduled for an Angioplasty procedure and will continue her
extensive tour schedule, after a brief period of recuperation."
Wilson thanked well-wishers in her recent statement: "Mary would like
to thank all of her friends and family for your prayers and concern over
the past few days."
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