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Step Back in
Time and Visit
the Last 20
IM Years of the
Do You Feel?
May Be Just
SPan Hellenic Fraternities and Sororities
Continue Lawsuit Against Converse
kS.i black -fraternities and sororities are suing Cdnverse Inc., claiming
ie-shoe company used their colors and founding dates on sneakers with-
oit permission. According to the Dallas Morning News. the lawsuit in
US .:District Court claims trademark infringement and unfair competi-
oti6Ao-ver Converse's GREEKPAK basketball shoes, which it began sell-
wg- W2003 and has since discontinued. "Converse is using our trademark
just as if they were to put Coca-Cola's marks on a shoe of theirs without
asking to use it," Michael Pegues, a Dallas patent attorney and Alpha Phi
"Alpha leader, told the newspaper. Converse has said the Greek tradition-
colors and founding years are not trademarked. A Converse spokes-
_wqom4n said in a statement that the company wants to resolve the matter
but did npot comment on the specific allegations. The original 2003 suit
ifro-' groups Alpha Kappa Alpha. Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi,
,Omega Psi Phi, Delta Sigma Theta and Phi Beta Sigma was dismissed by
U.S. District Judge Jane Boyle. In April, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of
Appeals.overturned part of the ruling arid returned the case to court.
-Entertainer Billy Preston Dead at 59
Billy Preston, the exuberant keyboardist w.ho landed dream gigs with
the Beatles and The Rolling Stones and enjoyed- his own hit singles
including "Outta Space" and "Nothing From Nothing," died this week at
39. -Presto.. had battled chronic kidney failure and received a kidney
transplant ,in 2002. But the kidney
r .failed and he was since on dialysi..'
Known for his big gap-toothed
smile. and towering-Afro, Preston
was a teen prodigy on the piano and
organ. and.-lent--his -gospel-tinged.
touch to classics such as the Beatles'
"'Get Back" and the Stones' "Can't
You HTear Me Knocking?"
He broke out as a solo artist in the
1970s, n inning a best instrumental
SGrammy in 1973 for "Outta Space."
and scoring other hits with "Will It
t-ms i Go 'Round In Circles," "Nothing
From Nothing" and "With You I'm Born Again," a duet with Syreeta
Wright that became a favorite at weddings. He also r wrote Joe Cocker's
"You Are So Beautiful."
wOther career highlights included being a musical guest, in 1975. on the
-debut-obf"Saturday Night Live"; having a song named after him, by Miles
Davis;-and appearing last year on "American Idol.'" Among his film cred-
its: "Blues Brothers 2000" and "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band."
\Young African-American Women
More at Risk for Breast Cancer
African -American omen w ho contract breast cancer before reaching
menopause are more than twice as likely as white women to have an
aggressive, deadlier form of the disease, a study said on Tuesday.
The higher rates of basal-like cancer among younger black women adds
another explanation to why blacks are at greater risk of dyNing than white
women from breast cancer despite having a lower overall risk of the dis-
ease, the study said.
"We actually don't know, why younger African-American women are
more prone to this kind of aggressive form of breast cancer. That actual-
lN is a challenge for us," said study author Dr. Lisa Carey of the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
'In the study of 500 breast cancer cases, 39 percent of black women
patients had the basal-like form of the disease, compared to 16 percent of
the white women of an\ age and 14 percent of post-menopausal black
Blacks' death rate from breast cancer is 36.4 per 100,000 women. com-
pared to 28.3 deaths per 100,000 white women, the report said.
The disparity in breast cancer mortality is more pronounced among
women younger than aged 50, the general age when menopause begins,
with block women's death rate nearly double that of whites' -- I per
100,000 among blacks versus 6 per 100,000 among whites.
Commission: State of N.C. Should
Compensate for 1898 Racial Violence
RALEIGH. N.C. A state-appointed commission is urging North
Carolina to provide reparations for the 1898 racial violence that sparked
an exodus of more than 2.000 black residents from Wilmington.
The 500-page report that was produced after six years of study also said
the violence, which killed as many as 60 people, was not a spontaneous
rior but rather the nation's only recorded coup d'etat.
The 1898 violence began when white vigilantes, resentful after years of
black and Republican political rule during Reconstruction, burned the
printing press of a black newspaper publisher. Alexander Manly.
Violence spread, resulting in an exodus of 2,100 blacks, the commission
concluded. Then the largest city in the state. Wilmington flipped from a
black majority to a white majority in the months that followed.
The commission did not provide any cost estimates, although compen-
sation advocate Larn Thomas of Chapel Hill estimated that the econom-
ic losses calculated today are probably in the billions of dollars."
Along with compensation to victims' descendants, the commission also
recommended incentives for minority' small businesses and help for
minority home ownership. It also recommended that the history of the
incident be taught in public schools.
Volume 20 No. 16 Jacksonville, Florida June 8 14, 2006
Shown above is Pastor Charlie Clendon (center) at the kickoff of the Night Basketball League at the
Northside Church of Christ. Raines student Z-Kai Patterson, 15 (inset) shoots a hoop in the exhibition.
Night League Focuses on Basketball
to Address City's Murder Epidemic
In response to the rising histori-
cal murder rate in Northeast
Florida. Jacksonville's spiritual
community is stepping up to the
plate. In a record setting year, over
50 murders have occurred in 2006.
In January, the AME Ministerial
Alliance launched Project CRIME
(Clerg\ Response to the
Indifference to the Murder
Epidemic), a grassroots campaign
that directly delivers information to
the community about unsolved
murders. They are also planning a
gun 'buy back ,program. Last
month, the Baptist Ministers
Conference pledged tens of thou-
sands of dollars to put youth to
work and get them off the streets
along with a coalition of other
organizations. The latest response.
the Northside Church of Christ's
Night Basketball League seeks to
keep youth off the streets and safe
on the basketball court.
The announcement of the pilot
program Continued on page 7
The state of Florida has eliminat-
ed the military-style boot camps
.used to discipline juveniles in the
wake of controversy surrounding
the death of a 14-year-old boy in
one of the state-run facilities.
Under a bill that Gov. Jeb Bush
signed Wednesday, young offend-
ers will be sent to a residential pro-
gram that bars physical discipline.
They'll go through a full medical
exam when they enter and leave
their programs and have a hot line
they can call in case of trouble. The
$11 million program, which coun-
ties can voluntarily join, will also
offer detainees job skills training,
community service and counseling.
"No child will have to go through
what my child went through," said
Robert Anderson, whose son,
Martin Lee Anderson, died five
months ago at the Bay County boot
camp being beat by guards.
The NAACP however has not
found Solace in the camp closures.
"The NAACP will continue to
press the state for justice- in this
case,". said National President
Bruce Gordon. "Tragically, there is
nothing that will bring back young
Anderson, but those responsible for
his death and the cover-up must be
The NAACP has asked the Justice
Department to investigate the
death and to pursue justice after
their findings. So far, a request by
the Florida State Conference
NAACP for a federal investigation
has gone unanswered.
Saving Our Young Black Men
by Gordon Jackson
"Sheriff" Earl G. Graves, publish-
er emeritus of Black Enterprise
magazine, 'deputized everyone at
the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs
"I'm deputizing all of you in my
personal crusade," Graves told the
audience during his State of the
Black Business address that kicked
off the conference.
Graves' mission: reverse the cri-
sis of young Black men in the coun-
try. The 71-year old prostate cancer
survivor added, "I plan on being
around a long time and I intend to
continue to make every day count.
I've come to the conclusion that the
best way for me to do that is to do
everything in my power to restore
dignity, hope and opportunity to the
lives of young men and boys."
Statistics give Graves good reason
for his crusade, an addition to the
company's usual business agenda.
The National Urban League State
of Black America reports that 72
percent of Black men coming out of
high school are unemployed. A
recent study found that one in four
Black men age 20-64 did not work
for 12 straight months in 2002.
While one in 20 Black men are
incarcerated, 75 percent are not
attending college, the study said.
Continued on page 5
Orange Park AKA's Celebrate 20th
Jax Soldier Among Fleet Week Honorees
Soldiers, Sailors and Marines who converged in New York City for Fleet
\eek got a real "Big Apple" greeting when their images were projected on
the Giant Astrovision Video Screen in Times Square. This annual event in
celebration of Fleet Week is a collaboration between the USO, United
States Navy and Panasonic. Shown above from L-R are Ensign Todd
Blackman (Rogers, AR); LTJG Marta Jung (Virginia Beach, VA); W2
Robert Conley (Jacksonville, FL); LT Jon Anderson (Chesapeake, VA)
Shown above (L-R) is Chapter President Jocelyn Jones with guest speak-
er Atty. Carolyn House Stewart and Program Chair Elizabeth Young.
The founding sorority sisters of Orange Park's Pi Eta Omega Chapter of
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., joined chapter members, special guests and
other sisters in celebration of the Chapter's 20th Anniversary. Headquartered
at the Baymeadows Embassy Suites, the hotel was a wave of pink and green
for a variety of activities throughout the weekend. SEE PAGE 5
*PBS Gives a
and History of
Jacksonville based Company Makes Black
Enterprise Top 100 Company with $62M "
Nine Florida-based companies are
among the nation's leading black-
owned businesses, according to the
34th annual BE 100s report issued
by Black Enterprise magazine. The
BE 100s lists are widely recognized
as the most respected measure of
black-owned business performance.
Overall, the lists total 275 business-
es: 100 industrial/service compa-
nies, 100 auto dealerships, 60 finan-
cial services firms, and 15 advertis-
ing agencies. In developing rank-
ings for 2006, the BLACK
ENTERPRISE research department
collected surveys from hundreds of
companies and culled information
from scores of government agen-
cies, professional organizations,
industry associations, business
information services, entrepre-
neurs, and corporations. The infor-
nation requested included total rev-
enues for the 2005 calendar year, a
detailed description of business
activities, historical ownership
data, and confirmation that the enti-
ty is at least 51% black-owned or
that blacks own at least 51% of its
controlling shares if the company is
Topping the list from Florida is
the Peebles Corp., which surged to
No. 10 from No. 18 on this year's
Industrial Service list, Based in the
city of Coral Gables, the real estate
development and property manage-
ment firm realized nearly $450 mil-
lion in sales for 2005.
Coming in first in Florida is the
Tampa-based S. Woods Enterprises
Inc. moves from No. 4 to rank No.
3 on the BE Auto Dealer 100 list.
The company's $443 million in
sales in 2005 make it Florida's lead-
ing African American-owned auto
Coming in at number 68 is
Jacksonville based company Raven
Transport Co. Inc. The truckload
freight transportation company
which began in 1985, has 430
employees and more than $62 mil-
lion dollars last year.
The rest of the companies are all
automotive dealerships and include
Boyland Auto Group (Orlando),
Panhandle Automotive Inc.
(Crestview), Armstrong Holdings
(Homestead), The Matthews
Automotive Group (Daytona
Beach) and Paradise Ford (Cocoa).
The complete listing, including
eligibility requirements and criteria,
is available in the June 2006 issue
on newsstands now.
Earl Graves Immortalized in Wax Joining the ranks of notables such as the Rev. Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr., the Hon. Thurgood Marshall, and civil rights legend Rosa Parks, Black Enterprise Founder and
Publisher Earl G. Graves Sr. has become the latest African American leader to be inducted into The National Great
Blacks in Wax Museum. Committed solely to the study and preservation of African American history, the
Baltimore-based museum exhibits life-sized, lifelike wax figures, showcasing historical and contemporary per-
sonalities of African ancestry.
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.
5 Tips for Recent Grads
S Armed with diplomas, tens of
thousands of recent college grad-
uates are now entering the job
market. Landing a job, however,
is only one step to a financially
P"It's important for those enter-
ing the workforce to master the
basics of money management
whether they are making $20,000
or $100,000 a year," said credit
counselor Mike Sullivan.
He adds that one of the most
important financial decisions that
recent grads will make is already
behind them. According to the
U.S. Census Bureau, the expected lifetime earnings of a bachelor's
degree-holder is $2.1 million, whereas those with only high school edu-
cafi6s aretexpected to earn $1.2 m oiiillfdn ''
Sullivan says, "A college education really does pay off-how well-often
depends upon budgeting, debt management and investment skills."
Sullivan has five steps to help recent grads take their best financial
Pay Off Credit Card Debt Weekend road trips and late-night pizza
binges aren't quite as satisfying once you receive the credit card bills. If
you're still plagued by college credit card debt, make it a priority to pay
it off. Pushing it off longer or paying it down slowly means that you'll
be shelling out hundreds or even thousands of more dollars in interest
down the road.
Lock in Your Student Loan Rate On July 1, the Deficit Reduction
Act of 2005 takes effect. Experts say it will cause interest rates on fed-
eral education loans to change from variable rates to higher fixed rates.
That means students who don't lock in rates prior to that date could end
up paying thousands of more dollars over the life of the loan, compared
Save for Retirement Sign up for your employer's 401k plan as soon
as you are eligible. Money is taken out of each paycheck, and it will
grow tax-free. Often times, employers match your contributions.
Mutual funds and IRA's can provide an additional financial cushion, and
they do not require large sums of money to open.
Start Saving for a Home Take a fixed amount of money from each
paycheck and deposit it into an interest-bearing account to later use for
a down-payment on a home. Next to a college education, purchasing a
home is also one of the most important investments you will make.
Stash Some of It A common financial mistake among young adults
is that they don't stash away any cash for emergencies. Illnesses, car
problems and job losses are just a couple of life's unexpected turns that
require extra funds. Try to save up at least six months of living expens-
es and don't touch your stash unless it's really an emergency.
It's Never Too Late to Boost Your Credit Score
"Unfortunately, most consumers
still do not know basic facts about
credit scores and their financial sig-
nificance," according to the
Consumer Fedceration of America
Executive Director Stephen
In fact, according to a recent poll
conducted by Opinion Research
Corp., only 27 percent of con-
sumers understand that scores
measure credit risk.
The truth is, your credit score,
sometimes called a FICO score, is a
number based on the information in
your credit file that shows how like-
ly you are to pay a loan back on
time -- the higher your score, the
less risky you are.
There are three major credit
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.
A MIND IS
We are born with limitless potential.
Help us make sure that we all have the chance
to achieve. Please visit uncf.org or call
Give to the United Negro i,
orq College Fund.
Need an Attorney?
Contact Law Office of
Reese Marshall, PA.
214 Enst Ashley Street
Jacksonville, Florida 32202
Over 30ftyea experience professional
atnd coureouse Irvt'e to our dlientsr
bureaus: Experian, Equifax and
TransUnion. The credit bureaus
write up your report based on any
information they received about
you from companies that gave you
credit in the past, such as your pay-
ment history, the length of your
credit history, the types of credit
you have and amounts owed.
From that report, a credit score is
derived -- which ranges from 300 to
a perfect 850.
That score is a quick way for
lenders to assess how risky you are
as a potential borrower. The higher
your score, the less risk you pose to
lenders and the more likely it is that
you'll get their best available rates.
Consumers with scores above 700
are usually charged relatively low
rates, and those with scores above
760 are charged the lowest rates.
Consumers with scores below 600
are typically charged relatively high
loan rates, and if your credit score is
really bad, you may be not be able
to borrow at all.
Any late payments you made will
lower your score, but establishing
or re-establishing a good track
record of making payments on time
will raise your score.
Beth Givens, director of the
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, says,
ideally, you want your score to be
well above 620, that's a drawing
line for creditors. (The median
credit score in the United States. is
Credit card provider Providian
Stop Unwanted Credit Offers
Did you ever wonder why soon after you apply for a mortgage or con-
sumer credit you begin to receive unsolicited inquiries for pre-approved
credit cards or other related offers? It's because the three major credit
bureaus have sold your information to third-party marketing companies.
The good news is that you can stop this potentially dangerous exchange of
your personal information by using a simple opt-out feature.
To end them. you can contact the three major credit bureaus to opt-out
so that your name, address and personal information is not compromised.
You can make just one call to iSSN) 567-8688 or log onto www.optoutpre-
screen.com. Consumers can also contact each credit bureau individually:
- Consumer Opt-Out, Experian, 701 Experian Pkway, Allen, TX 75013
- Options, Equifax, Inc, P.O. Box 740123, Atlanta, GA 30374-0123
- Name Removal Option, Trans Union Corp., P.O. Box 97328, Jackson,
When opting-out, consumers have three options:
- A five-year Opt-Out (stops them from selling your name for five years)
- A permanent Opt-Out (permanently stops them from selling your name)
An Opt-In (tells them it's okay to sell your name)
For more information or to find a mortgage broker in your area, visit the
consumer information page on the FAMB web site at www.famb.org.
Financial estimated that consumers
with an average score would reduce
card finance charges by $76 annual-
ly if they raised their score by 30
"If [all] consumers were to raise
their credit, scores by only 30
points, on average they would save
$16 billion on lower credit card
finance charges alone," said J.
Christopher Lewis, Providian's
chief public policy officer.
Under the Fair and Accurate
.Credit Transactions Act you can
obtain one annual free copy of your
credit report. For more information
or call 877-322-8228. But you will
still have to pay a fee to get your
"Those who have obtained their
scores know significantly more
about credit scores than those who
have not," noted CFA's Brobeck.
And once you know your score,
you can follow these tips from
myFICO to improve your rating:
Pay your bills on time.
Keep balances low on credit
cards. High outstanding debt can
affect your score. Maxing out your
credit cards could lower your aver-
age score by as much as 70 points.
Don't open a number of new
credit cards that you don't need.
Have credit cards but manage
Closing an account doesn't
make it go away. A closed account
will still show up on your credit
report and may be factored into the
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
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, FLORIDA
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 RFP MAY BE
DOWNLOADED AND PRINTED AT www2.coj.net/RFP/Cbids/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 MUST BE SUBMITTED.
JOHN PEYTON, MAYOR
CITY OF JACKSONVILLE
BY: DEVIN J. REED, DIRECTOR
DEPARTMENT OF PROCUREMENT
DIANE FARMER (904) 630-1168
WEDNESDAY JUNE 28. 2006 AT 2:00 P.M.
DESIGN/BUILD SERVICES FOR THE DUVAL COUNTY
June 8 14, 2006
Pa~e 2 Ms. Perry's Free Press
June 8 14, 2006
Duke Case Victim Target of Hate
By. Cash Michaels
Special to the NNPA from the
Thanks to unrelenting attacks on
her character and credibility by
defense attorneys, the alleged vic-
tim in the Duke lacrosse rape case
is now the target of hate by many
who believe the Black woman is a
"false accuser" of three indicted
Looming doubts about the evi-
dence in the minds of some of the
public have generated hateful por-
trayals of the alleged victim in
media reports, and particularly on
Several Web sites have revealed
her name (something media organi-
zations voluntarily do not do in
order to protect rape victims from
further harm), address and other
personal information, including her
limited criminal record, in an effort
to embarrass the accomplished
North Carolina Central University
student, US Navy veteran and
mother of two.
Some Web sites have labeled her a
"sexual predator" who is lying just
so she can later sue "the rich kids"
of the Duke lacrosse team for a
Ironically, it is a community-
based Web site that was launched
Mother's Day in support of the vic-
tim, www.ourheartsworld.com, that
has attracted a fair share of hate e-
mail directed at the 27-year-old
woman after only one week.
Sixty percent of the messages sent
to OurHeartsWorld.com set up by
the N.C. NAACP, Triangle Urban
League and the Black Press, are
indeed inspiring and supportive.
"Bless you, my beloved sister,"
wrote "Soulj" from Brooklyn, N.Y.
"In times of tribulation, turn to your
God and to our Ancestors. Feel the
souls of Black folk as we embrace
you and your family. You are loved,
supported and fearless."
Other messages, coming from
Christian supporters and ministers,
have encouraged her to stay strong.
"God's Will will prevail," wrote
"Pat." "You'll get through this. My
family and I will continue to pray,
because one voice is a whisper,
[but] many [are] thunder."
The uplifting messages have
come from all across the country,
and indeed, the world.
"I wish you strength and encour-
agement in the coming days," wrote
a supporter who identified himself
as Brad Polk, from Beijing, China.
"The white press will not break
you. You have the legacy of black
people supporting you."
But there are those closer to home
that 'believe the alleged victim is
telling anything but the truth.
Whether Nifong is holding any
evidence back, though he's legally
not supposed to, is unclear. If there
is evidence, as it was believed, that
the victim was indeed drugged,
many observers believe it would be
a clear first step towards fleshing
out what some speculate so far to be
a weak case.
Unless the prosecutor has an eye-
witness to the alleged assault in the
house at 610 N. Buchanan Blvd.
during the time that 40 or more
lacrosse players partied, media pun-
dits, despite Nifong's ability to
secure three grand jury indictments,
have proclaimed this case dead and
buried, especially with no conclu-
sive DNA matches.
Supporters, and the family of the
alleged victim, however, say they
believe the D.A. has the evidence to
go forward with a trial. Nifong has
told the court that he wanted to try
all three indicted suspects together.
Rev. Rudolph McKissick, Sr. couldn't resist meeting his eldest granddaughter Jocelyn (3rd right) at the the
airport for her first European trip. Shown with her siblings and mom Kimberly McKissick. Shown right
are Walter and Emma Lewis with their daughter Alexis. R. Silver Photo
Parents See Teens Off for European
Tour with Ambassador Program
By Rhonda Silver
Jacksonville International Air-port
was flooded with students and their
families as the forty students select-
ed to participate in the People to
People Student Ambassador
Program prepared to embark on
their first journey. The students will
travel to London, England, and then
to Paris, France in what is called "A
Tale of Two Cities." They will also
visit Oxford, Bath, and the Beaches
Rev. Rudolph McKissick Jr.,
whose daughter Jocelyn is a partic-
ipant, says the he participated in
People to People when he was a
young lad, and that he's proud of
his baby (Jocelyn) who aced the
interview, just like her Dad.
People to People was founded in
1956 by President Dwight Eisen-
hower, and another notable who
served on its board, Walt Disney.
The. program offers two weeks of
travel and adventure, and an oppor-
tunity to share in cultural exchange
on a grass roots level.
People to People Student Am-
bassador Programs provide inter-
national educational opportunities,
and are by invitation only. For more
information about People to People
programs, visit the website,
"I'm excited about this trip. I can't
wait to see the different places and
things, then come back to talk about
it." said Jocelyn. This will be her
first trip out of the country.
Florida Black History Network Secures Funding
After a two year hunt for solid
resources, the Florida African-
American Heritage Preservation
Network recently secured funding
from the Florida Legislature.
Riley House Museum Director
Althemese Barnes took the lead in
pursuing money for the network,
which was given $350,000. The
money will be used to help organize
black historical artifacts and land-
marks at a grass-roots level
throughout the state. It also will
fund technical assistants who pro-
vide updated Web sites, direct mar-
keting and development.
The network was created five
years ago,. and it's. been sustained
Frances King Celebrates a Birthday to Remember in the Big Apple
Over the Memorial Holiday Weekend, the King Family took to the skies to New York City, where a birthday cel-
ebration was honored. The special treat of her daughter, Pilar Beatrice King, Francina Carter King and sixteen oth-
ers enjoyed the extraordinary musical, "The Color Purple" and relaxed via a Lincoln Navigator Limousine to the
fine dining restaurant "Tavern on the Green". The vacation contingent of family and friends also celebrated the
birthday with a multitude of shopping on Fifth Avenue and stayed in Times Square. Pictured left to right above are
the party group at their Tavern dinner: Joy Dennis, Pilar B. King, Francina C. King standing left to right-
Chinnery King, Lilian Dennis, and Lisa King- not shown is Gayle King Tremble.
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the Order of Business, unless altered by the discretion of the Council President, will
be taken up in the following order:
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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
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With a 30 Year Sentence, There Wil
M ebftCbW be No More Second Chances for Tate
Sby Jacksonville Cty Councilman Reginald Fullwood
What Does it Mean to be a Black Man?
As I sat in the hot sun baking
while watching my son during a
football game, I began to look
around at the folks on the sidelines
with me. Unfortunately, my son's
team was not doing well, which
made it very easy to loose focus,
but winning isn't everything. Well,
at least that is what you say when
your team is losing.
So as I worked on my tan it
dawned on me that there were very
few fathers at the football field. It
was pretty shocking that besides the
coaches there just were only a
handful of men at the park. So as
the sweat ran down my face and I
fought off the urge to go and find a
honey dripper lady, I began to pon-
der the obvious.
And for those who may be out of
touch with "Tha Hood" a honey
dripper is a frozen icee in a cup,
typically sold by a nice older lady
in the neighborhood..
Tthere were few black men at the
park because many African
American men are not taking care
of their children. Yeah, I have writ-
ten about this before, but some-
times you have to preach the same
message until it sinks in. There an
old folk saying that says, "Mothers
raise their daughters -and let their
sons grow up."
We can not afford to continue to
allowing ours sons to grow up
because too many of these are los-
ing touch with what it means to be
a man. Michael Fletcher is a writer
with the Washington Post and wrote
an article titled, "At the Comer of
Progress and Peril."
The column centered around one
important question, "What does it
mean to be a black man?" I have
asked my self that very same ques-
tion as I attempt to reach out to our
black male youth. Arthur Ashe said,
"Being a black man in America is
like having another job."
Ashe was talking about the addi-
tional life obstacles many blacks
faced during or anytime prior to the
segregation era. And sure there are
still some challenges today, but no
where near as many as faced by
people like Arthur Ashe.
So with people as far back as
Frederick Douglas, W.E.B. Dubois,
A. Phillip Randolph, Harriet
Tubman, Martin Luther King and
Barbara Jordan laying the founda-
tion for black equity and opportuni-
ty why have so many African
American men decided to take a
back seat. And I am not just talking
about taking a back seat in this
country. I am talking about taking a
back seat in their homes, and not
playing a role in their children's
lives and in essence not leading
Fletcher's article is the first in a
series that he is doing that "will
explore the lives of black men
through their experience how they
raise their sons, cope with wrongful
imprisonment, navigate the -per-
ceived between smart and cool,
defy convention again the backdrop
of racial expectations."
James Comer once said, "Being
black in America is often like play-
ing your home games on your
You can still win the game when
you play on your opponent's court,
but you have to work a little harder
to win. Unfortunately, not enough
young black males realize to the
need to work harder to be success-
ful. Too many decide to go after fast
money as my grandfather would
say, and end up in jail.
In fact, today in America there
were more black men in prison than
college. Statistics say that half of
the black babies born in this coun-
try are born to single teen mothers.
You may think that his stat has
nothing to do with black men, but I
am willing to bet that 70% of those
same teen mothers don't get any
assistance from the "fathers" or bet-
ter yet, "baby daddies."
Sometimes it hurts to turn on the
light and look at the man in the mir-
ror and that what we have to do.
Fletcher's column also talks about
"The dueling realities of our history
- steady progress and devastating
setbacks continue to burden many
black men in ways that are some-
times difficult to explain."
My editor will say, well Reggie
what can we do to fix the problem'?
I don't have all of the answers, but
we really have to figure out a why
to install a strong sense of pride
back into our black males.
Education is the key. We have to
start young. It's time for us to start
being the mentors and leaders that
we should be. And we have to stop
using the racism crutch, yes, some-
times there are discriminatory
issues, but as Arthur Ashe once
said, "Racism is not an excuse to
not do the best you can."
We have to go into our schools
and start talking to these young
men. We have to build relation-
ships in order to gain their trust.
Those of us who "made it" have to
show our children that not only
drug dealers can have nice things,
but if you work hard and stay
focused you can have anything.
Again, I certainly don't have all of
the answers, but we have to start
having positive dialogue on this
issue. Who is going to lead the
charge, well no one person or
organization can do it alone. It is
up to all of our religious, political
and social leaders, it's up to our par-
ents and youth and it's up to the
man in the mirror.
As Fletcher continues his series on
what it means to be a black man, we
will also explore what it means to
be an African American male in
Signing off from the Johnson
Branch YMCA, R. Fullwood
by Darryn Dutch
It goes without saying that 19-
year-old Lionel Tate was dealt a
bad hand in life.
In 1999, at the age of 12, Tate
became the youngest person in
modem American history to be
sentenced to life in prison. It was
for the beating death of six-year-
old playmate Tiffany Eunick. After
he served three years in a Florida
juvenile prison, however, Tate's
conviction was thrown out on a
technicality. He then plead guilty
to second-degree murder and was
sentenced to a year of house arrest,
ten years probation, counseling and
1,000 hours of community service.
Lionel Tate was given a second
In May of 2005, Tate violated his
probation. He was arrested and
charged with robbing a pizza deliv-
eryman at gunpoint (as well as
being caught by police with a knife
in his pocket). According to the
South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Judge
Joel Lazarus of the Broward
County Circuit Court told Tate dur-
ing his sentencing on May 18, 2006
that, "In plain English,... you've run
out of second chances."
Judge Lazarus then sentenced
Tate to 30 years in prison.
I have been observing and writing
about the Tate case for some time.
In 2004, I criticized the media for
ignoring the 800-lb gorilla in the'
young man's life. It is something
that unfortunately plagues the lives
of many of our nation's troubled
According to the scant news cov-
erage I could find at the time,
Lionel Tate's father John never
played much of a role in his son's
life after his divorce from Tate's
mother, Kathleen Grossett-Tate.
The following comment comes
from my previous column, and it
perfectly expresses my point about
the problem of fatherless families:
This case involves a single-parent
household, a troubled boy and the
reality that the environment in
which Lionel Tate was raised was
undoubtedly a factor in how he
came about bringing fatal harm to
Tiffany Eunick. And this is not an
isolated case, albeit perhaps the
most extreme example. John Tate's
"intermittent presence in his son's
life" [according to one news
source] is arguably the most impor-
tant element in the Lionel Tate
story, and I find it infuriating that
the press has not zeroed in on it.
I also reported how juvenile jus-
tice experts warned that Tate never
should have been released from
juvenile prison and should have
received professional help long
ago, given his emotionally unstable
At the very least, the sad saga of
Lionel Tate offers three valuable
- Lionel Tate's family failed him.
No matter hovw \ou slice it, this
young man's parents divorced or
not neglected their primary
responsibility -to ensure that he
grew into a decent, law-abiding cit-
izen. To say that the way he turned
out is a poor reflection on them is
an understatement. In fact, if it
were up to me, Lionel, John and
Kathleen would be sharing the
same prison cell.
The local black "leadership"
failed him. I previously took the
media-hogging black community
activists/hypocrites to task for sim-
ply mugging in front of the. TV
cameras with their public "pledge"
to help Tate turn his life around
after his release from juvenile
prison. Not surprisingly, they left
this troubled kid high and dry after
the cameras stopped rolling. They
got their 15 minutes of notoriety
out of the Tate story and then
promptly left young Lionel in the
dust while he sank into even more
Most importantly, Lionel Tate
failed himself. His parents'
arguably criminal neglect and prof-
iteering community activists
notwithstanding, Lionel. Tate let
himself down in the final analysis.
He was given a second opportunity
to rebuild his life in the aftermath
of a horrible incident that left an
innocent six-year-old girl dead.
Tiffany Eunick got no second
chance. Lionel Tate did, and he
Barring any last-minute appeals
or a change of heart from the judge,
young Mr. Tate is going to have to
wait 30 years for his third chance to
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*' "-' Neighborhood Summit Brings
Residents Together to Build and
Enhance Their Communities
Founding Chapter honorees (L-R) Gwendolyn Hunter, Audrey
Washington and Coretha Oliver were honored with plaques.
Sorority sisters Ruth Waters, Carolyn House Stewart, Ernestine
Bivens, Bertha Padgett and Bettye Sessions.
Pi Eta Omega Chapter ofAlpha Kappa Alpha Celebrates 20th Anniversary
Under the theme, "Sisters Uniting
to Continue the Legacy", founding
chapter members and sister sorors
gathered over the weekend to cele-
brate two decades of success.
Chaired by Elizabeth Young and
Ingrid Burch, the weekend's activi-
ties included a keynote luncheon by
AKA National Secretary, Atty.
Carolyn House Stewart and
Ecumenical Service .by the 25th
National President, Norma S.
White. Throughout Sec. White's
address, she encouraged her sisters
to rededicate and re-energize them-
selves for the next 20 years.
Throughout the chapter's 20 year
tenure, their sponsored activities
Less than two months after
launching a citywide initiative to
enhance the livability of
Mayor John Peyton will host the
11th Annual Mayor's Neighbor-
hood Summit to bring residents and
government together. Hundreds of
neighborhood leaders from
throughout the city are expected to
attend the day-long event in the
Prime Osborn Convention Center
on June 23.
In addition to the traditional com-
munity-building workshops and
exhibits showcasing city and social
services, this year's summit will
feature. "Super Booths" that spot-
light the mayor's priorities, includ-
ing Blueprint for Prosperity, early
literacy and affordable housing.
On May 8, Peyton kicked off his
"Growing Great Neighborhoods:
Seeds of Change" initiative, which
focuses on beautification and infra-
structure, public safety and
increased homeowner investment.
It provides services to neighbor-
hoods citywide as well as special
programs for two pilot areas that
will eventually move to other com-
"I'm looking forward to the sum-
mit to spread the momentum and
excitement of these initiatives
throughout our city and to celebrate
the successes of neighborhood
organizations across Jacksonville,"
Peyton said. Peyton will speak at
the summit luncheon and present
his annual Mayor's Awards for out-
standing community service to
Tennessee Thomas entertains at
the luncheon of the 2005 Mayor's
individuals, neighborhood organi-
zations, businesses and community
partners. The 'Ritz Voices will pro-
vide luncheon entertainment.
Michael Raposa, director of the
Neighborhood Partnership Office
of the City of Sarasota, will present
a workshop on "Asset-Based
Building Communities from the
Inside Out." Other sessions will be
"Funding for Neighborhood
Projects," "Jax Parks Get Out
There!" "Neighborhood Code
Enforcement" and "Race
A fee of $5 will be charged to
attend the luncheon. Pre-registra-
tion with payment is requested by
June 9. For a registration brochure
or more information, call (904)
20 year members Letina McCullough and Dorothy Weir.
Cynthia Purdy is shown with Brenda Simmons and event committee
member Minerva Rutledge.
have included the Augusta Savage
Exhibit, Black College Tours, High
School Senior Luncheon, Senior
Thanksgiving Dinner, Voter
Education Project and a Women's
Saving Our Boys
continued from front
Graves called on his "deputies" to
be more involved in the African-
American community and raise the
expectation level of young Black
men. He repeated his orders later
during the town hall meeting enti-
tled "Crisis in Black America:
What's Happening' to Our Young.
Black Men?" The session, moder-
ated by television and radio news
anchor Ed Gordon, gravitated
toward whether the hip-hop music
and culture is the single biggest
blame for young Black men's
"Hip-hop brings a complexity
with it," Gordon said. "There is a
side that's absolutely right, that
they have played the game better
than the old generation in terms of
wealth across the board. Yet, there
is an insidious side that has caused
us to kill ourselves and continue to
do so on a day-to-day basis. How
do we try to marry the two and
extract the good without alienating
the 'niggaz,' to try and walk that
fine line and save this generation?
Sociology professor Harry
Edwards, one of the panelists,
addressed Gordon's question.
"On an individual level, every-
body can save somebody, nobody
can save everybody and there's
always somebody that nobody can
save," Edwards said. On a commu-
nity level, he said, "We're talking
about individual responses to a
substantially structural problem.
Structural problems require struc-
tural responses. The reality is we
don't want to believe that things are
as bad as they are. And the system
is geared to keep us thinking like
Another panelist, author and
social activist Michael Eric Dyson,
downplayed targeting hip-hop, stat-
ing that older generations blaming
the younger generation for their
problems is nothing new. He point-
ed out about a book written by
W.E.B. Dubois and Augustus
Steele in 1914 saying that young
Blacks at the time were "going to
hell in a hand basket and caught up
in pop culture."
More mentoring of Black youth
was also brought up. Graves then
challenged the over 1,000 in atten-
"If 700 of you get started mentor-
ing this week, we would start the
grand scheme of fixing this thing,"
Graves said. "Go home and find six
other people and start doing it
while we're standing around talk-
ing about 'woe is me.'
"We're going to have to fix this
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Mt. Bethel Missionary to Celebrate "A Flight Into Fashion" Show and
Church & Pastor's Anniversaries Dinner set for Saturday, June 10th
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.
Would you like to do something different this weekend? "A Flight Into
Fashion" will take off masquerading an air flight, featuring a fashion show
aboard FAME (First AME Church) Airlines, sponsored by the Senior
Usher Board, Rev. Gillard S. Glover, Pastor. The flight will depart from
FAME International Airport, 91 Old Kings Road, Palm Coast; when pas-
sengers board at 4:30 p.m. Take-off is set for 5 p.m. A delicious meal.will
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Mt.Sinai M aleChorus Extravaganza e served. For ticKets, please call Chairwoman Delores Hamilton, o(386)
ale xrava anza 447-0462 or (386) 446-5759.
The Male Chorus Ministry of Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church,
2036 Silver Street, Rev. R. L. Gundy, Pastor; invites the community to Genesis Missionary Baptist to Present
attend the Male Chorus Extravaganza, 5 p.m., Saturday, June 17, 2006.
Deacon Ronald Smith, Chairman, Male Chorus Ministry.
The Balm of Gilead Gears Up for
Seventy Church Lights Testing
NEW YORK The Balm In
Gilead announces the seventh
annual Our Church Lights The
Way: The Black Church HIV
Testing Campaign, .a partnership
between the Balm In Gilead, the
Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) and the Black
Churches to solicit the Black Faith
Leadership to encourage African
Americans to get tested for HIV
and to know their status.
SThis campaign,' will run the
* entire month of June, culminating
on Tuesday,. June 27th, National
HIV Testing Day. The campaign
seeks to get every African
American tested for HIV and to
help Black churches become com-
munity centers for HIV/AIDS.
Education and Information.
Of the estimated 40,000 new
HIV infections each year, more
than 50 percent occur among
African Americans. AIDS is th
number one cause of death fo
Black adults aged 25 to 44, before
heart disease, cancer and homicide
The Balm of Gilead's pioneer
ing achievements have enabled
thousands of churches to become
leaders in preventing HIV by pro
viding comprehensive education
programs and offering compassion
ate support to encourage those
infected to seek Church-based pro
grams. The organization ha
expanded its efforts internationally
to address the devastation
HIV/AIDS in African countries.
To learn more about these an
other church-based HIV testing
programs, and how your church can
participate in "Our Church Light
the Way: The Black Church HID
Testing Campaign," please call th
Balm In Gilead at 1 (888) 225-624:
or visit: www.balmingilead.org.
Special Programs and Choirs
The Pastor's Aid Board of Genesis Missionary Baptist Church, 241
South McDuff Ave., Sis. Lillian Grahm, President; will present a spirit-
filled program at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 10th. Rev. Jamell Sapp will
deliver the "Spoken Word". The Genesis Missionary Baptist Church Mass
e Choir and the Genesis Missionary Baptist Church Male Ensemble will be
)r rendering the "service in song."
e 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. Sunday, June llth. Pastor James C. Fullwood is Pastor of
Blessed Faith Missionary Baptist Church.
e 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 or both spirit-filled concerts.
- Jax Native, Rear Admiral Winns to
y speak at Sweetfield Baptist's Banquet
Sweetfield Missionary Baptist Chuch, Rev. Richard R. Russ, Pastor;
d will hold its Annual Scholarship Banquet, Sunday, June 25, 2006, at the
g Wyndham on the Jacksonville Riverwalk, 1515 Prudential Drive. The
n speaker for the occasion will be Rear Admiral Anthony L. Winns, Deputy
s Director, Air Warfare Staff of the Chief of Naval Operations.
V Rear Admiral Winns, previously served as Commander, Patrol and
e Reconnaissance Force, Pacific and Commander, Task Force 32; before
3 assuming his current position in September ,2003. For banquet reserva-
tions, please call Sis. Marilyn Russ, no later than Thursday, June 15th, at
Palm Coast Hosts "Reclaiming Our
Children"-Pre-Father's Day Conference
The Teaching Ministry of First
Coast AME Church of Palm Coast,
91 Old King Road, Palm Coast;
will provide a forum for men to dis-
cuss issues impeding the fall devel-
opment of our children. Rev.
Gillard S. Glover, Pastor of First
AME states that "This conference
seeks to establish dialogue among
men of all races and denominations
about an issue that concerns us all,
The guest lecturer for Friday,
June 16th will be the Rev. G.
Vincent Lewis; and the Worship
Service Word will be proclaimed by
the Rev. Arthur Jackson III, Senior
Pastor of the Antioch Baptist
Church of Carol City, Fl. Music
will be provided by the Mighty
Men of Antioch and the Combined
Men's Choir of Palm Coast. The
Worship Event is open to all.
The All-Male Workshop lead-
ers and their topics include Rev.
Gene Gregory, "Being A Daddy
by Design. Dr. Johnson Akinleye,
Professor,and Rev. Marvin C.
Zanders -"Being Daddy in the
Midst of Dissension" among others.
The panel will be moderated by
the Rev. Billy Whyte, Senior
Pastor, Palm Coast Community
Church. Concurrent sessions for
youth ages 8-17, will be held in the
Educational Building at First AME.
For more information, registra-
tion and other details, please con-
tact Mrs. Louise Howell at (386)
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 will 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.
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Pastor Landon Williams, Sr.
8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30-7 p.m.
FREE TUTORING FOR YOUTH IN ENGLISH, SCIENCE, HIS-
TORY AND MATH TUESDAY & THURSDAY 6:30 8 P.M.
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Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel
Wednesday Noon Service
12 noon-1 p.m.
Dinner and Bible Study
at 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
WCGL 1360 AM
Thursday 8:15 -8:45 am.
AM 1400 Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.
TV Ministry [r M
WTLV Channel 12
Sunday Montings at 6:30 a.m.
I Temple Assembly of God
Join With Us Experience God
Sunday, June 11th
Lane Ave..& 1-10
Sunday. March 5th
8:15 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
Hwy 218 across from Wilkinson Jr. High
Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.
Thursday Night 7:30 p.m.
5755 Ramona Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32205 904-781-9393
Website: www.evangeltempleag.org Email: email@example.com
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Basketball continued from page 1
Many times, natural children were not the
choice for their parents, adopted children
should feel very special.
Granmniotheri ... -: mother 'id .her eighb only problem for
God's wery.special gito li1- wokiad osit" f -their. cha s! ... me was that as
dren, .' grandidotlers.. .'a 'i-. dnder.th itrees- in th -frt .- t ime went by I
decE-sed,'anst''foT a 'rsg, yda.' On tr wanted to adopt
nil to in iate -rn-] er d bro anOd acir we a o. them all. well,
memory is asvi id.as if he wre a tselfahdog I h .most of them,
still with me. Lizzi. Washburn I was imitating my graridg'. e anyway.
Archer was ma very secia. a i lother)-put .newspaper.fi. At that time.
Born and raised in a.sniall.Nortf:- ih'e wood burning.stoove and the board spon-
Carolina todvn,. W nt'n ; .n t then 1 added-the kerosene, sor-ed several
H ampton Institute ( it'o the.whole gallon. a activities s
University) gramt and teacher. was The explosion blew up the annually for
retired when I came along. I was. kitchen and knocked me out. Shown above is Mrs. Hazel Moy in the Center. flanked by her youngest daughter the chil-
her first grandchild, and was priv- When I came to. my eye- Anita Rita Perry on the right. dren, and
ileged to live with her during brows and hair were all over their foster
some of my young years. the place, and then I heard p are n ts.
I had a hard time reaching the that voice, my grandmother's and her only And, always open arms, for a hug, and a So, we became acquainted with many of
tender age of eight. Death concern was that I was alright. My mother listening ear, for all. the foster mothers too. As
loomed over me twice, first from would've killed me. (smiles) A sharp chess player, she wipes out all rime went by you could see
stomach problems that led to In today's society, grandmothers are challengers. and takes on the next one. the relationships forged
severe dehydration. And, when I sometimes playing an even different and Most family members don't even dare chal- between the children atnd
was seven, an emergency appen- more challenging role, raising their-grand- lenge her. their foster mothers. Many
dectomy capped with falling off children. Everyone in the family sings or plays foster mothers grew to love
the bed, busting my stitches. Godmothers instruments, at one time we operated a the children, the children
When I regained consciousness, That special breed that offers all the sp6- music studio.out of "Ma's" basement, with blossomed, and many adopt-
my Dad was standing beside my cial love that she has no obligation to give. blessings frm hr and her mate of over 62 ed the children in their care,
Hospital bed. Mine, I adopted, she was already the moth- yes, Men B. "Daddy" Moy. It was a sometimes even sibhng
At that time, he was serving in er of nine, but I sort of became no. 10. natural for the Moys. as. he had been a groups.
the Army, stationed in Germany, Hazel Ridgell Moy, is one of those very, music promoter himself, and "Ma" had Foster mothers are special,
but was flown to my bedside, very special persons that not only loved always sang in the choir at church. They too. They choose to take on
That was many years ago. But and nurtured her own children, but all the encouraged anything their children were the care of the children, and
the loving arms of my Grand- children that came into her life. Since inspired to do, as long as it was positive. when they grown. to love
mother are still remembered. we've all grown up, its astonishing to look Foster Mothers them, and choose to become
Although. I ran the sewing back and wonder where she got the energy, For almost fifteen years, I was privi- their parents, by adopting
machine needle through my fin- not to mention her sharp memory. leged to serve on the board of One them, the children are very N U
ger, she taught me how to sew, Until her health began to fail, if you Churchl1One Child. I say that it was a piv- fortunate. My moth
how to crochet, and embroidery. were going to visit her you could count on lege, because it was a delight to "get to I've always felt that adoptive Luffborou
but no-body taught me to cook. something that you especially liked to eat, know" many delightful and beautiful chil- children should really feel "special"
Summer afternoons my grand- to be cooked and waiting for you. dren in the state's foster care program. The because they know that they '%ere chosen.
Family Reunions Strengthen Biological
Families thru Ancestral Knowledge
Shown above is program creator Reggie Stargill, Councilwoman Mia
Jones, Pastor Charlie McClendon and JSO Chief VWa ne Clark.
State Sen. Tony Hill was on hand to offer his support in addition to
NSCOC member Dr. Chuck Way who plans to serve in a mentoring
Continued from front
was made at a press conference at
the League's headquarters at the
church's Avenue B. location. In
attendance were JSO officials who
pledged extra security during game
hours, city councilwoman Mia
Jones, who promised the full sup-
port of the Mayor's Office and State
Senator Tony Hill who also guaran-
teed his resources
The Night Basketball League will
be under the guidance of the
church's very strong Men's
"Many of the men you see stand-
ing around this church were in this
place thirty years ago, in a program
like this." Said Pastor Charlie
McClendon. The longtime pastor of
the 1,800+ congregation knows the
value of strong community pro-
"We've done them before, and we
know they work. Here, each one
teaches one, and a man can only
learn how to be a man from another
man." He said.
Not only will the youth partici-
pating have the opportunity to
enhance their sports skills, but they
will also be exposed to a plethora of
positive male role models.
The program's objective is to
proactively reduce the crime and
murder rates by engaging partici-
pants in basketball activities and
conflict resolution workshops. It is
open to all males in the between the
ages 12 25.
The program is the brainchild of
NSCOC member Reggie Stargill.
According to Stargill, the idea had
been in the works for over three
years, but with the homicidal epi-
demic occurring in Jacksonville,
the Church leadership all agreed the
time was now to proceed.
Games will kick off on June 12th
and run August 5th every Monday,
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
nights from 7 11 p.m. The pro-
gram consists of basketball prac-
tices, organized games, and tourna-
ments. Each youth participant will
also be required to attend work-
shops on conflict-resolution, self-
discipline and -control and respon-
sibility. Workshop attendance .is
mandatory to play. Games will
conclude August 5th with a Grand
"You learn lifelong lessons in
sports", said Pastor McClendon,
"teamwork, playing fair, leader-
ship... all of these lessons a child
can take with for a lifetime."
As of press time, around 50 youth
had already signed up. The targeted
goal for participation is 150. If you
desire more information on volun-
teering and sponsorship or would
like to participate or volunteer, call
the church office at 765-9830. All
churches, organizations, families
and youth are encouraged to partic-
By Robert Brown Jr.
The Black race has strayed away
from original strict family customs
and practices, which has severed
racial unity. This vicious cycle of
abandoning one's biological fami-
ly's system and customs was
brought on during slavery times
when slave masters would deliber-
ately separate biological families to
prevent unity. African elders were
not permitted to teach the impor-
tance of biological family order and
customs to younger generations.'-
Generations of families became lost
as they were cut off from their indi-
vidual Biological Families. Systems
and customs were lost.
Logical is a part of the word bio-
logical because it pertains to a spe-
cific or strict order of practical con-
duct. Our orderly conduct must,
with no exceptions, begin with our
Biological Family System Unity or
Together-ness which includes
extended and intergenerational fam-
ily members. Our Biological
Family systems must be tightly
sealed together physically, as well
as, customarily and spiritually.
Family practices are designated for
blood family members to carry out
or exercise. For instance, naming
your own family members, which is
deemed important and crucial to a
child's spiritual well-being, this is a
sacred matter. All children should
have the family name of the biolog-
ical father, no. matter if the parents
married or he is financially support-
ing the child. This will able the child
to honor their true ancestral parents'
Family reunions and other tradi-
tional family gatherings bond the
Biological Family System that was
created by the Almighty God.
Biological Families have a special
or unique atmospheric connection
(whether we want to acknowledge it
or not) which nourishes the inner-
self of a person, which is really, the
Humans are equipped with a
desire and capability to learn their
biological family tree, the family
Order from which they were born.
Genealogy is a special kind of
knowledge. Individuals naturally
wonder who they are and where
they came from. As a social institu-
tion, the Biological Family System,
is a training ground for living; for us
to learn how to behave in other
places or with other groups. Most
people receive their greatest emo-
tional fulfillment through biological
family gatherings, celebrations,
Exodus 20:12 says, "Honor thy
father and thy mother: that thy days
may be long upon the land which
the Lord thy God giveth thee. "
That Scripture is reallytalking
about honoring or repreiting the
unique qualities and special charac-
teristics of your biological ancestral
legacy which your mother and
father should be preserving and
honoring also. Family gatherings
and reunions of remembrance
acknowledge our ancestral biologi-
cal family's legacies through
remembrance, representation and
acknowledgement. By birth, we
belong to a family of orientation,
which is our Biological Family; it is
God's way of not only keeping us in
order physically, but spiritually, as
We carry inside of us the inher-
ited genes of every generation from
our particular lineage, in history.
Without knowledge of your lineage
or participation in that lineage, you
will always be lost, no matter how
much money you have, no matter
how many college degrees you may
have, and no matter how much you
may know about your particular
We must reinforce and uphold
high standards, values and practices
that were left behind either during
slavery times or during recent times,
whether their parents or peers, like it
or not. Genealogical Societies, such
as the Daughters of the American
Revolution, not only know the cru-
cial importance of honoring their
Biological Ancestral Legacy, they
also swear by it. Our Genes not only
connect us with our biological fam-
ily physically and spiritually, but
also in other ways that are undis-
covered by man.
My mother, Christine Archer Luftborough,
is a very sweet little old lady, finally! I say
this with much love, and affection.
Remembering, growing up, I remember
my mother as a strong, no nonsense disci-
plinarian. "Do what I say, when I say, how
I say." In fact, imy Mom. bless her heart.
would've made a great army general. And,
yes, like you see in the movies, like all
black moms, she believed in corporal pun-
ishment.... to the core.
I don't think that most of us realize the
responsibility of moth-
er-hood, until we
become mothers our-
selves. tUnltke god-
^ 'mothers, who choose
Sto love children.
Mothers don't have
any choice. Neither do
they have any choice
as to the care and
responsibility of their
." Sometimes, mothers
are so saddled with
to pride for their
child's well being until
there is little time for
ngh. nurturing, unless the
gh. mother decides to
make her child her primary concern.
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Are You Looking Old or as Old as You Feel?
God's Trophy Women: You Are
S, Blessed and Highly Favored
*//by Jacqueline Jakes
A trophy is an exquisitely crafted reward
w oAN whose brilliant shine loudly declares the
..... ... .r.. "e winner of a battle. God's Trophy Women are
the survivors of life's harshest battles.
Having been tried and found true, they
gleam with God's approval, wisdom, and
In this spirited exploration of a woman's
worth and power, Jacqueline Jakes exhorts
us to carry on through trials despite fierce
opposition. By enduring, Jacqueline says,
we become showpieces of God's faithful
love. She writes of Trophy Women: "His Word has been made flesh
through their lives. They not only read about healing and provision, but
they have been healed and know that God is their Provider. These women
don't give a testimony of what God can do; these women are a testimony
of what He can do... They are women whom life has cast down but who
have risen up with fists filled with glory from real encounters with God."
Engaged in a skirmish today? Hang on, sister. You're just about to shine.
The Charismatic Century: The Enduring Impact of the
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Chist Hw fmr.i
Christian worship, music,
Azusa Street Revival
by S. David Moore and Jack W. Hayford
The most profound event in modern church
history did not occur in a cathedral or a stadi-
um or via mass media. It took place in a small
clapboard church in Los Angeles. A small con-
gregation of mostly African-American wor-
shippers embraced the concept that New
Testament signs and wonders were still avail-
able in the early twentieth century.
Their dramatic spiritual revival, which
became known as the Azusa Street Revival,
attracted believers worldwide and launched
the modern Pentecostal and Charismatic
movements. This event forever changed
and expression. In commemoration of Azusa
Street's hundredth anniversary, Jack W. Hayford and S. David Moore tell
the story, revealing how Christians are still experiencing its impact.
By. Glenn Ellis
Are you old? Now, you might
think this is a rude question. The
interesting thing is that anyone
from their third decade of life to
their hundredth decade of life will
respond differently. A 25 year-old
mother of two may think she is old
while an 85-year-old grandfather of
six may still believe himself to be
young. So I ask you again, are you
Man has devised a means by
which to keep track of time.
Chronologically, we can compare
ourselves to one another and deter-
mine who's been around the
longest, but this does not make you
"old."h By our own doing, you may
be looked upon as aged but only the
individual can decide whether they
are truly "old".
If we were to take two 45 year-old
gentlemen and place them side by
side, you would think if aging and
growing old were "normal" than the
two men would look the same age.
Most people would realize that one
would probably look "younger"
than the other would. And ask both
of them if they were "old" and
again you could get any kind of
Keeping this in mind, I would
consider aging more of a disease
than a "normal" process. Just like
with most other health care condi-
tions, the better you have taken
care of yourself the less likely you
are to succumb to any maladies. At
the same time, if you do the right
things you can keep the aging
process at a modest rate and never
grow "old". Every eight to 14
months the body is constantly
breaking down at the cellular level
To Drink or Not to Drink?
Beach bonfire or backyard cook-
out, refreshing cocktails are bound
to be part of the festivities in the
summer. But if you're not careful,
those fruity libations could add up
to thousands of hidden calories.
"Cocktails don't fill you up like
food," explains Tara Gidus, M.S.,
R.D., of the American Dietetic
Association. "If you start at noon,
it's, very easy to finish off the day
with way too many drinks, particu-
larly since women should only have
one drink a day and men, two."
Five Drinks to Avoid
Daiquiri: With 4 ounces of mix
and 1 ounce of liquor, a daiquiri
weighs in at 305 calories -- almost
all sugar! "A lot of these drinks are
served in very large quantities (12
to 16 ounces)," says Gidus. Your
300-calorie drink can boast up to
Long Island Iced Tea: Using
TGIFriday's mixer and a 12-ounce
serving adds 520 calories to your
Pina Colada: A 5-ounce glass nets
245 calories. Super-size it to 10
ounces and it's 490 calories.
Mixers: Just 1.5 ounces of 80-
proof spirits is 65 calories. Add 6
ounces of calorie-laden soda or
syrups and you're well over the
calorie count for a "light" drink.
Bartles & James Wine Cooler:
and rebuilding itself, a form of
remodeling and housekeeping. The
more you can keep up with the ren-
ovations, the more likely you are to
always feel "new."
Unfortunately, thanks to the
This seemingly harmless sparkling
concoction sports 230 calories per
12-ounce bottle. Not slimming.
Five Drinks to Try
Mimosa (1:1 champagne and
orange juice): At 130 calories, this
traditional morning libation won't
wreak havoc on your waistline.
"And you'll get 100 percent of your
vitamin C requirement from the
orange juice," says Gidus.
Wine Spritzer: With 3 ounces of
wine and 3 ounces of club soda,
wine spritzers top out at about 60
calories and zero grams of fat.
Sangria: The combination of wine,
fruit juice, club soda and fresh fruit
makes for a low-cal, refreshing
drink, about 80 calories.
Bloody Mary: A standard-size
cocktail adds up to about 120 calo-
ries and you get a serving of veg-
etables to boot.
Wine: The typical 5-ounce glass
weighs in at 125 calories. Opt for
red and you'll get a healthy dose of
disease-fighting chemicals called
W de% elop- "
mernt of[ time as ; "
',e kno%, it and thanks to
the %%a, \'.e perceive aging.
mnt.\ of us do gro%\ "old". \\ ith
a line bit of kio\\ ledge and a
lot ol choice, I belie\ e it is possible
to feel ,oung arnd staJ, ne% fore\el.
It's time \e started comibatinL' this
disease head-on, and impro\ iri our
quality of life.
Here's some information to get
your curiosity sparked:
In humans, research has shown
that those individuals who keep
their weight just below normal for
their height have the longest life
- Exercise helps to prevent cardio-
vascular disease, osteoporosis,
suppression, and high cholesterol
and is a super stress-buster;
o Dietary antioxidants help to pre-
vent damage to your tissues and are
obtained by eating foods or supple-
ments high in vitamins C & E, sele-
nium, beta-carotene, flavonoids,
sulphur-containing amino acids
and coenzyme Q10;
Project MALE Conference
This year's Project MALE (Men Advocating and Leading by E\ample)
Conference has been set for Saturda' 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. neat Fathers' Day, foi 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 \v ho
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 e\ent. 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 Cooperatie 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.
Essential fatty acids such as
linoleic acid, gamma linolenic acid,
and alpha linolenic acid (They are
found in fish oils, flaxseed oil,
evening primrose oil and pumpkin-
seed oil) help to decrease the
expression of inflammation, make
one less prone to glucose intoler-
ance and events leading to arte-
A well-balanced diet with a high
intake of fruits, veggies, coldwater
fish, and chemical free foods with
no preservatives should be a goal.
Avoid saturated fats and hydro-
genated or trans-fatty acid fats,
avoid allergenic foods, and eat
onions and garlic regularly. Eight
glasses of water per day should be
consumed and try incorporating
periods of fasting, or elimination
dieting to detoxify the body sys-'
It does involve a little bit of
effort and a lot of choice but it isn't
difficult if you don't let it get that
way. As with any other health care
problems, avoiding them in the first
place is ideal. Aging is no different.
There are no short cuts and there
are no magical ways of doing it, but
by following a natural path and
believing in the knowledge that
exists regarding the issue you may
stay younger longer than you could
have ever imagined. To top it all
off, the most amazing thing is shar-
ing this with someone before they
think they're getting old. Our chil-
dren should be exposed to the truth
that they never need to get "old" if
they don't want to. Share these
ideas with them, get them on the
right track, and help them choose
the right viewpoint. Society will
benefit as we all "age" together.
Remember, I'm not a doctor. I just
sound like one.
Take good care of yourself and
live the best life possible!
Glenn Ellis, author of Which Doctor?,
is a syndicated health columnist and
radio commentator who lectures
around the country on health issues rel-
evant to the African-American commu-
nity. He can be reached at glenn@glen-
Men's Health Month to Include Free Symposiums, Screenings
The Duval County Health
Department (DCHD) and Healthy
Jacksonville: Healthy Men will host
Men's Health Month during the
month of June. The purpose of
Men's Health Month is to increase
awareness of preventable health
problems and to encourage the
early detection and treatment of dis-
eases among men and boys. The
month's events will include a Town
Hall Meeting, Men's Health
Breakfast, "Boys 2 Men" Health
Symposium, "Boys 2 Men"
Basketball Challenge, and a City-
wide Preventive Screening Event.
Deep disparities exist in our
health care system for 30 percent of
the male population in the US -
African Americans and Latinos are
among this group. Men die younger
than women, but men of color have
the lowest life expectancy of all:
75 years for Caucasian males, 67.7
years for African American males,
and 69.6 for Latino American
males. The failure of men to
become actively engaged in the
health care system at an early age
takes its toll. Healthy Men is work-
ing to provide men with proper edu-
cation, screening services, and
unique means of entering the health
In Duval County, the leading
causes of death for men are heart
disease, cancer, diabetes, and
stroke, all of which could be suc-
cessfully managed and treated if
caught early enough. If the .guide-
lines for proper diet, exercise, and
screenings are followed, many of
these leading causes of death could
be avoided all together.
Thursday, June 15, 8:30a.m. -
1:30pm: "Boys 2 Men" Health
Symposium Shands Learning
Resource Center 655 West Eighth
Street. This symposium will
address the unique needs of African
American teenage boys and how
health care providers can better
meet these needs.
Saturday, June 17, 5:00 p.m:
"Boys 2 Men" Basketball
Challenge and Outreach Andrew
Jackson High School 3816 Main
Street. Area community organiza-
tions and churches will participate
in a basketball game that pits local
celebrities against local youth.
Sunday, June 25, 8:00a.m. 1:00
p.m.:3rd Annual City-wide
Screening Event. The Prostate
Awareness Program will provide
free prostate cancer, diabetes, heart
disease, body mass index and cho-
lesterol screenings to men 18 and
up at 17 local churches. Each site
will have at least one local physi-
cian from the Northeast Florida
Medical Society on hand to answer
medical questions and address any
medical needs. Call 632-5347 to
see if your church is participating.
OBSTERICAL & GYNECOLOGICAL
& Gynecological Care
* Menopausal Disorders
William L. Cody, M.D.
B. Vereen Chithriki, M.D.
St. incent's Division Iv
1820 Barn Street, Suite 521
Jacksonville, Florida 32204
Reginald L. Sykes, Sr. M.D.P.A.
Dr. Tonya Holingtr and Dr, Reglnald Sykes
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FOR ALL YOUR DENTAL NEEDS
8:30 a.m. 5 p.m.
Saturday Appointments Available
Dental Insurance & Medicaid Accepted
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the Free Press Files
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Over the past twenty years, many people, places and events have graced the Free Press
back at some of the events that helped shape our newspaper into the publication that it is
Nefertiti Book Signing Nasema, proprietor of Nefertiti's Books and Gifts is pictured (second left)
with TV anchor Russell Motley and authors who appeared at the Nefertiti's book signing. Shown 3rd is Naseema
Matt, author of Lolita Files and Victoria Christopher Wilson, author of Temptation as they greeted fans.
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Jacksonville Negro League Autograph Signings Negro League Baseball player Herb
Barnhill signs the uniform of 11 year old Marquez King. Barnhill played centerfield, right field and 1st and 2nd
base for the Red Wings.
Join us as we glimpse
Jaguar's Ben Coleman Hosts NCNW Reception Jacksonville Jaguar football Star Ben
Coleman, shown 2nd left and his wife Krista hosted a reception for the National Council of Negro Women's New
Life Members and Volunteers. Following the award ceremony and the Gladys Knight concert. Shown in the pic-
ture with the Colemans are NCNW Florida Section Executive Director Gertrude Peele and Mr. and Mrs. Donavin
The NAACP Youth held a Back to School Rally at the Jacksonville Landing. The event included prizes, enter-
tainment and a $50 shopping spree.Youth shown above are left to right: David Hallback, Advisor Ms. Anna
Matthews, Taryn Flowers, Patrice Cummings, Meagan Baker, Taj Matthews and David Stevens
*** AWARDS & HONORS **** AWARDS & HONORS ***
Betty Holzendorf congratulates Mt. Calvary Baptist Mary Ann Pearson presents Michelle Daniels with her
Church Pastor John Newman. NAACP Lifetime Membership Plaque.
Northwest Council Lauds Presidents The Northwest Council of the jacksonville Chamber of Commerce honored all past presidents of
the Cou icil at a reception preceding their-annual banquet. The past presidents in attendance receiving the honor were (L-R) Rudolph Murray, George
Barnes, Arnette Greene, Randy Lockett, Bernard Gregory and Dr. Orrin Mitchell.
AWARDS & HONORS ***AWARDS
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George Carter receives his Presidential Plaque from the late Art Teele
for his work with the National Business League.
Old Timers Football Old Timers Football Game sponsors Ronald
"Tank" Elps and Mildred Carter join former NFL Pro Tommy Chandler
along with other high school and college team mates for their annual flag
football game on MLK Day. The events draw hundreds and provide free
food for youth.
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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
Jazz in June along the
Get a jump on summer with Jazz
in June, every Saturday in June
from 6 9:00 p.m. along the
Northbank riverfront! This exciting
new event will feature live jazz
music at four out door riverfront
locations, including The
Jacksonville Landing, Plaza III
Steakhouse, the Hogan Street gaze-
bo and the Pearl Street gazebo adja-
cent to CSX. Artists and craftspeo-
ple from the Ponte Vedra Cultural
Center, the First Wednesday Art
Walk and the Hemming Plaza
Farmers' Market will set up dis-
plays and exhibits along the river
between each location, and there
will be two outdoor bars positioned
to quench your thirst. For more
information call (904) 634-0303
Mayor's Book Club members and
their families are invited to the
Mayor's Book Club Graduation
Festival at the Duval County Public
Schools Reading Celebration to cel-
ebrate literacy and a successful sec-
ond year of the program. The grad-
uation will be held on Saturday,
June 10th from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at
Metropolitan Park in downtown
Jacksonville. The Mayor's Book
Club area will be located behind the
pavilion (white tent). School-age
area located on the large field.
Parking is FREE. To learn more
about RALLY Jacksonville and the
Book Club, call (904) 630-4754.
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 Davenport (904)525-5491.
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
The Oversight Committee of
Ribault Full Service School is hold-
ing a meeting that is open to the
public on Tuesday, June 13th from
6 8 p.m. The meting will be held at
the high school, 3701 Winton
Drive. For more information, call
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
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the Resource Center at 924-1680.
Jax Centre of the Arts
The Jacksonville Centre of the
Arts will be hosting the 1st Annual
Golf Tournament on Friday June
16th at the Windsor Park Golf Club
For more information please con-
tact Phillip Holder 904-334-2290.
Single Soul Mingle
Battle of the Sexes, the greatest liv-
ing feud known to mankind, is com-
ing to a bowling alley near you! It's
the ultimate showdown -- Men vs.
Women! Can the lovely ladies take
down the gentlemen and claim vic-
tory? We are polishing our balls
(bowling balls, that is) and we are
ready. Men, bring it on! This
evening will be full of jive-talking,
. laughter & good, clean fun! Join
other chocolate singles on Friday,
June 16th at Bowl America -
Southside, 11141 Beach Boulevard,
The cost includes 3 games and shoe
rental. For more information call
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
Mannms 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.
The Jacksonville Genealogical
Society will hold their monthly
meeting, June 17, 2006, at 1:30.
p.m. at the Webb-Wesconfett
Library, 6887 103rd Street,
Jacksonville, Florida. We are very
pleased to have as our speaker, Mr.
Ed Mueller of the Jacksonville
Maritime Museum Society, Inc. He
will give a slide presentation titled,
"Steamboating on the St. Johns."
For additional information, please
contact Mary Chauncey at (904)
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
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 will continue on
Saturday June 24, 2006 from 9 a.m.
to 12p.m.. The conference will con-
clude 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. register contact
the church office at 904-696-1770
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark your calendars for Learn to
Read's 2nd Annual Alphabet Affair.
The "Barnyard Bash" will be held
on Friday, June 23rd at 6:30 p.m.
at the Haskell Company. 111
Riverside Avenue. Guests will
enjoy food, fun & all the extras. The
event is LTR's annual fund raising
event that raises funds as well as
community awareness about adult
illiteracy. For more information,
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.
or visit www.dangerouscurvesjack-
Pro Bowl Tackle, Marcus Stroud
of the Jacksonville Jaguars and
Kiwaukee Thomas, invite the com-
munity of Jacksonville to partici-
pate in their 5th Annual Celebrity
ALL-STAR Weekend, June 22 -
25, 2006. The festivities will start
on Thursday, June 22nd with a
FREE skating party for the entire
family and climax with a celebra-
tion of Stroud's 28th birthday. The
itinerary of the entire weekend can
be found online at www.mar-
from this event will go to benefit
the Marcus Stroud Foundation
SLocal Hip Hop Symposium Seeks to
Mend the Generational View on Music
Among the many panelists will be Rahman Johnson and Charles
Griggs representing the media, Sen. Tony Hill and Rev. Torin Dailey.
The Ritz Theatre & La Villa (downtown Jacksonville) starting at
Museum will present The Grind 2 10:30a.m. sharp to 4 p.m.
Shine Symposium 2.0. This second The unique forum will provide
symposium seeks to build upon the not just music, but exhibits on
success of the first town hall meet- health, finance, wealth building,
ing which was held in March and to hip hop economics, entrepreneur-
attract broader audience participa- ship and other related topics.
tion. The event is designed to bring Topics discussed included: Media,
together political leaders, media, positive and the negative of Hip
professional athletes, religious Hop community, Hip Hop votes,
scholars, musicians, artists, and all Hip Hop in the church & Stop
other professionals within the com- Hatin', an anti-violence campaign.
munity to spur serious discussion The event will continue on
and allow networking opportunities Sunday with the Grind 2 Shine
for attendees. It will be held on Church Service on June.11th at the
Saturday June 10th at the Ritz .10.45a.m.service of Bethel Baptist
Theatre located at 829 N Davis St Institutional Church.
Shoes Needed for the Homeless
The Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless is presenting a Walk a Day in
Their Shoes Shoe Drive., The on going drive hopes to support over 300
children, women and men. The center is asking that you donate all of
your unworn or used running/tennis shoes to one of the three 1st Place
Sports locations in Jacksonville, or you are welcome to bring them by the
Center. For more information call Ashley Bizzarri at 394-80.84.
Raines Class of 81" 25th Reunion
The Raines Class of 1981 will be holding a 25 year Reunion Cruise on
November 11lth. 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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Clifton Brown (1.), Matthew Rushing and Dwana Adiaha Smallwood, pictured here in "Love Stories," are
featured in Dance in America's BEYOND THE STEPS: ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER.
Beyond the Steps: Story Behind the
Alvin Ailey Dance Theater on PBS
"It's always good to remember
where you came from," says Alvin
Ailey American Dance Theater
dancer Dwana Adiaha Smallwood.
"That spirit, that raw energy is why
I'm here. Sometimes I go into
rehearsal and I just want them to
press Play. No notes, no correc-
tions, no talking just press Play!
Let's dance! Hit it!"
"As Love Stories evolved, I real-
ized I wanted young people to rep-
resent what was going on now, and
what could possibly go on in the
future," Jamison says. "That's why I
divided it into past, present and
future, and that's why I chose
Rennie Harris for present and
Robert Battle for future." Noting
The show features AAADT Artistic Director Judith Jamison (shown
here with company members Clifton Brown [1.], Dwana Adiaha
Smallwood and Matthew Rushing.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, in
the heart of Bedford-Stuyvesant,
the dynamic Smallwood is a key
player among the vibrant company
dancers, choreographers and staff
who share the spotlight with famed
Artistic Director Judith Jamison in
the cinema-verit6 performance doc-
umentary Beyond the Steps: Alvin
Ailey American Dance Theater,
premiering Wednesday, June 21 at 8
p.m. (ET) as a Dance in America
special on Thirteen.
Beyond the Steps takes an engag-
ing look at a company that is thriv-
ing today and moving forward, tak-
ing their founder's legacy with
them. It follows the dancers to
Russia after an absence of nearly 20
years, observes as the company
moves into a state-of-the-art cus-
tom-built facility on Manhattan's
West Side, and is on hand for the
creation of a new ballet, Love
Stories, choreographed by Jamison,
with hip-hop pioneer Rennie Harris
and modem dance maverick Robert
that her section, set to. Stevie
Wonder's "If It's Magic," represents
the past, she adds that she picked
Harris and Battle "because of the
way they move...their choreograph-
ic intent, and their sense of theater,
and just plain old talent."
Plain old talent, indeed, is the leit-
motif running through Beyond the
Steps, which takes its cue from the
past/present/future concept. The
past revolves around the creation of
Love Stories and Jamison's contri-
butions to the company. Classically
trained, she joined the troupe in
1965 and soon became one of its
leading dancers. Ailey choreo-
graphed the famous solo Cry for
Jamison in 1971, establishing her
international reputation. Upon his
death in 1989 she was appointed
It is the dancers who provide
many of the documentary's most
lasting images. One performer, told
that her broken toe is on the mend
and that soon she would be walk-
ing, exclaims: "I don't want to walk,
I want to dance! Who cares about
The company's triumphant tour to
Russia in 2005, capped by its
resounding success at the
Mariinsky Theatre, cradle of
Russian classical ballet, comprises
the present, and reveals the great
love worldwide that the troupe
engenders. It is also on the
Mariinsky's mammoth stage that
Love Stories is performed, before a
rapturous Russian 'audience.
Recalls dancer Guillermo Asca,
"We were'told that if people don't
like it, they leave. They stuck
The future, of course, is' the com-
pany's new eight-story home at
55th St. and Ninth Avenue, a
dream-come-true facility to nurture
and stimulate current and future
Ailey artists. The largest of its kind
in the nation dedicated to dance,
complete with its own 300-seat
black box theater, it now houses the
entire Ailey organization, including
Ailey II, The Ailey School, Ailey
Arts in Education & Community
Programs, and The Ailey
Extension. Says Denise Jefferson,
director of The Ailey School, "The
ceilings are so high you never have
to worry about a lift or a jump. The
sky's the limit in terms of what you
do, in terms of how you dance."
FORMER VANDELLA IN PROPERTY
DISPUTE F .
Detroit City Councilwoman t,
and former Motown star T
Martha Reeves has been a
strong advocate of stricter --
housing code enforcement,
but a newspaper says it dis-
covered multiple violations at 7.
her own properties.
Inspectors found 25 code '* *
violations at one two-unit rental property, include two
emergency infractions for lack of maintenance of fire
doors, The Detroit News reported.
Ten of Reeves' 15 vacant lots are deep in overgrown
weeds, grass and trees, the newspaper said, and three
contained dumped electronic equipment, clothing, fur-
niture and construction debris.
In a written response, Reeves said she acquired most
of the properties "sight unseen" at a state land auction.
Reeves, 64, said she recently hired a new management
company and that "improvements are forthcoming."
She was elected in November to a four-year term on
the nine-member City Council.
GREY'S" CREATOR SIGNS $10 MIL-
LION DEAL THROUGH 2009
Shonda Rhimes, the master-
mind behind television's
hottest show, "Grey's
Anatomy," has just become
one of the biggest players in
"1. *Hollywood after signing a
new three-year pact that is
.< a lp. reportedly worth $10 million.
The 36-year-old former
"' I screenwriter is a valuable
asset to the company as it moves the hot ABC medical
drama from its successful Sunday, 10 p.m. timeslot to
Thursday at 9 p.m., where it will attempt to put a rat-
ings dent in CBS' "CSI." Rhimes also has a new unti-
tled drama on deck for Touchstone, a pilot for ABC
about a group of female journalists.
Rhimes' resume includes penning the screenplays for
"The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement" and
Britney Spears' "Crossroads" as well as HBO's biopic
"Introducing Dorothy Dandridge," which earned Halle
Berry an Emmy and a Golden Globe.
ED BRADLEY UPSET OVER CONTRACT
That clock ticking over at "60 Minutes" could be the
time it takes before anchor Ed Bradley loses his cool.
The 64-year-old is reportedly in a battle with CBS
executives over his contract. According to the New
York Daily News, Bradley is not pleased with the
. amount of money he's being offered, .and has gone on
an unofficial "strike."
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Bradley insists that he is still showing up faithfully
and doing what is asked of him around the office.
"I have a contract with CBS, and I'm honoring it," he
tells the Daily News. "We're in reruns right now, so no
one is shooting much. But I just taped a new opening
for a piece on illegal immi-
Bradley's contract dilemma
comes as CBS chief Les
Moonves and news head Sean
McManus are signing up .. i_
Among next season's contribu-
tors will be incoming "CBS
Evening News" anchor Katie Couric, 49, and CNN's
Anderson Cooper, who turned 39 Saturday (and who's
rumored to be getting around $500,000 for up to five
ESPN CANCELS BOND'S SHOW
Having already placed Barry Bonds' reality show on
hiatus last month, ESPN has now decided that it does-
n't want the series back on the air at all.
"Bonds on Bonds" has officially been cancelled by
the sports channel in the wake of a creative conflict
with the athlete's personal camp. ESPN said Friday that
"Bonds' representatives wanted creative control for the
final episode, which Tollin/Robbins Prods. and ESPN
have been unwilling to give throughout the project."
The show was placed on an indefinite hiatus follow-
ing its May 30 episode due.to low ratings. It didn't help
that critics began questioning the journalistic integrity
of ESPN's news operation for choosing to collaborate
The series shadowed Bonds this
season as he attempted to surpass
Babe Ruth on the career home run
list. The next episode was to have
P offered a behind-the-scenes look
-" Z :' at Bonds hitting his 715th home
run that accomplished the feat on
May 28. The San Francisco Giants
player is. now 41 homers away
from breaking Hank Aaron's
HENDRICK'S STATUE OFFENDS BRITISH
The folks living in the Dimbola Lodge estate on the
U.K.'s Isle Of Wight don't mind that a life-sized statue
of rock legend Jimi Hendrix was built in his honor;
they just don't want it in their neighborhood.
Residents on the island, located off the south coast of
England, are protesting last week's placement of the
statue in their town to commemorate his Isle Of Wight
performance there in 1970. They argue that the figure
disrupts the town's picturesque landscape of Victorian
surroundings that overlooks Freshwater Bay. ,.'.0 -
Chevrolet Sponsors Scholarships for Deceased
Artists in Black Music Month Tribute
To celebrate Black Music Month, Chevrolet has launched a new cam-
paign that pays tribute to' late musical artists Ray Charles, Lisa "Left Eye"
Lopez and Jam Master Jay. "The campaign features musicians that have
passed on, but whose spirits live on in the youth of today," the company
said in a press release. As part of the venture, a number of Chevy
Excellence in Education Scholarships are being specifically designated for
students pursuing a major in music. For more, information, visit
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