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and the Poor
African American Brokers
Suing Merrill Lynch
African American brokers suing Merrill Lynch for discrimination have
terminated talks with the firm. according to the group's attorneys. The
legal case will continue to be pursued vigorously in court on behalf of the
current and former Merrill Lynch employees who will not settle their suit
until they are confident that Merrill Lynch has adopted diversity initia-
tives that will eliminate the discrimination, according to the group's
Chicago law firm, Stowell & Friedman, Ltd. according to attorney Mary
Stowell, one of the group's attorneys. "Merrill Lynch has proven over
decades that it is not up to the job itself and requires outside supervision
and enforcement of its diversity practices. While Merrill has announced
the creation of a new Office of Diversity, our clients question the sincer-
:ity of leadership that launched this program while ignoring the needed
external supervision and-audit terms brought to the negotiating table by
the African American financial advisors."
Teens Failing Financial Literacy Test
Operation HOPE released survey data demonstrating that African
American high school students have lower levels of financial literacy
compared to their VWhite counterparts. Eighty percent of African-
American high school students failed a multiple choice examination
which measures the ability to make informed financial choices, com-
pared to 54.6 percent of White students. The survey is the second annual
representation of tracking only African-American young adults as a stand
alone group. The report also states that financial literacy for African
American students is related to income and that African American stu-
dents' are better spenders then savers. Statistics showed that: African
'American students from the lowest income families had a financial liter-
icy score of 40.7 percent and African American students from the high-
est income families had a score of 50.5 percent. Africajn American stu-
dents scored 37.7 percent on Money Management, 36.6 percent on
Savings but 50 percent on Spending.
Former Atlanta Mayor Bill
Campbell Sentenced to 30 Months
Former Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell will serve 30 months behind bars
on charges of tax evasion.
U.S. District Court Judge Richard Story handed down the sentence this
week, tacking on additional punishment of a year of probation, a $6,000
fine and an order to pa, more than $60,000 in back taxes.
In addition to tax evasion, the former two-term mayor was also con-
victed of obstructing justice and accepting bribes. The jury had acquitted
Campbell of the bribery charge during the trial, where the government's
burden of proof is beyond a reasonable doubt. During sentencing, the
government burden of proof is lower, notes AJC.
Outside of the federal courthouse, Campbell called the sentencing an
"This is not justice, we will appeal," he told reporters. "I never betrayed
the public trust and the jury found that way. I think what we saw today
was an attempt to undo what the jury had done."
The judge said there was enough evidence to find that Campbell,
Atlanta's mayor from 1994-2002. accepted more than $50.000 in bribes
in 1999 from his longtime friend and golfing buddy Dan DeBardelaben
in exchange for lucrative deal to prepare the city's computers for Y2K.
Campbell's personal life was also dragged into court via the testimony
of two former girlfriends who told of romantic trips and gambling jun-
kets around the world that Campbell, who is married, paid for with wads
Probe Finds Bogus Hurricane
Aid May Top $1.4 Billion
The government doled out as much as
.- .. $1.4 billion in bogus assistance to vic-
'.: -J tins of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita,
getting hoodwinked to pay for season
S football tickets, a tropical vacation and
even a divorce lawyer, congressional
investigators have found.
Prison inmates, a supposed victim
who used a New Orleans cemetery for a home address, and a person who
spent 70 days at a Hawaiian hotel all were able to wrongly get taxpayer
help, according to evidence that gives a new black eye to the nation's dis-
aster relief agency.
Federal investigators even informed Congress that one man apparently
used FEMA assistance money for a sex change operation.
Agents from the Government Accountability Office, the investigative
arm of Congress, went undercover to expose the ease of receiving disas-
ter expense checks from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The GAO concluded that as much as 16 percent of the billions of dol-
lars in FEMA help to individuals after the two hurricanes was unwar-
ranted. FENMA paid millions of dollars to more than 1.000 registrants
who used names and Social Security numbers belonging to state and fed-
eral prisoners for expedited housing assistance. The inmates were in
Louisiana, Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and Florida.
FEMA made about $5.3 million in payments to registrants who provid-
ed a post office box as their damaged residence, including one who got
$2,748 for listing an Alabama post office box as the damaged property.
To demonstrate how easy it was to hoodwink FEMA, the GAO told of
an individual who used 13 different Social Security numbers including
the person's own to receive $139.000 in payments on 13 separate regis-
trations for aid. All the payments were sent to a single address.
Volume 20 No. 17 Jacksonville, Florida June 15 21, 2006
Violence Spreading Around the Country, Not Just Jax
FBI statistics confirmed what big
cities like Philadelphia, Houston,
Cleveland and Las Vegas have seen
on the streets: Violent crime in the
U.S. is on the rise, posting its
biggest one-year increase since
In Jacksonville, the murder rate is
over 70,ore than triple what it was
last time this year.
In Philadelphia, homicides jumped
from 330 in 2004 to 377 in 2005, a
14 percent increase, according to
the FBI. Murders climbed from 272
to 334 in Houston, a 23 percent rise,
and from 131 to 144 in Las Vegas, a
10 percent increase.
Jeffrey Sedgwick, director of the
U.S. Justice Department's Bureau
of Justice Statistics, cautioned that
it is not yet clear whether the FBI
numbers reflect a real increase, or
the ordinary year-to-year variations
that statisticians call "static noise."
Sedgwick said it is possible that
crime rates in the U.S. are
approaching a floor below which it
may be difficult or even impossible
to go. "I'm not sure it's reasonable
to expect you can always drive the
crime rate down," he said.
Some criminal justice experts said
the statistics reflect the nation's
complacency in fighting crime.
Crime dropped dramatically during
1990s, and some cities have since
abandoned effective programs that
emphasized prevention, the putting
of more cops on the street, and con-
Sam Oliver. Department of Juvenile Justice; Representative Frank Peterman. Jr.; Governor Jeb Bush;
Senator Frederica S. Wilson and Senator Tony Hill were all present atthe signing.
State Establishes Council to Study Black Men
Black legislators praised Gov. Jeb
Bush last week for signing a bill
creating the Council on the Social
Status of Black Men and Boys.
The legislation creates a 19-mem-
ber council in the office of the attor-
ney general. With a relatively mod-
est budget of $250,000, the council
is charged with studying sociologi-
cal conditions of black men and
boys in Florida, including homicide
rates, poverty, violence, drug abuse,
income and health.
Wilson, who sponsored the Senate
version, said she plans to tour the
state this summer with the Rev. Al
Sharpton to hold town-hall meet-
ings to discuss the problems that
translate to alarming statistics for
black males in Florida's inner cities
and rural towns.
Recent Florida Department of
Education figures show that while
blacks made up 25 percent of all
high-school students in Florida,
they represented 32 percent of all
dropouts in the 2004-2005 school
year. The life expectancy for non-
white males born in Florida in 2004
was 3.9 years lower than for white
males, state health statistics show.
In addition to studying the prob-
lems, the council is required to pro-
pose solutions and produce a report
for the governor and the Legislature
by Dec. 15 every year.
Sen. Tony Hill, D-Jacksonville,
said the violent deaths of five black
children in Miami-Dade County
this month point to the need for a
redoubling of efforts to fight crime
and poverty. Murders in
Jacksonvillehave past 70 this year,
Hill said. He hopes the council will
model its actions on a recent hurri-
cane commission that resulted in
sweeping changes to state insurance
and building-code laws, or the
Florida Commission on the Status
of Women, renowned for fighting
trols on the spread of guns.
"We see that budgets for policing
are being slashed and the federal
government has gotten out of that
business," said James Alan Fox, a
criminal justice professor at
Northeastern University in Boston.
Still, Fox said, "We're still far better
off than we were during the double-
digit crime inflation we. saw in the
Continued on page 5
with Police Union
by Michael Cottman, BAW
South Florida civil rights leaders
say they are angry because the Fort
Lauderdale Fraternal Order of Police
is urging its members to join the local
NAACP in an effort to vote president
Marsha Ellison out of office.
Black leaders in Florida say the bla-
tant move by the Florida FOP is an
unprecedented attempt to take over
the historic civil rights organization.
"A memo from the FOP went out
encouraging police to join the
NAACP," Beverlye Neal, executive
director of the Florida NAACP, told
BlackAmericaWeb.com. "To my
knowledge, nobody has tried to join
Neal said the Fort Lauderdale police
union has had a troubled relationship
with the NAACP since April, when
Ellison held a series of town-hall
meetings on alleged police harass-
ment, intimidation and racial profil-
ing in Broward County.
"Many people came out and made
complaints about how they were
being treated by the Fort Lauderdale
police," Neal said in an interview.
"They said one police officer made
disparaging remarks to one person,
and she [Ellison] wanted him fired."
Neal said a Florida civilian com-
plaint review board recommended the
officer be suspended, but not fired.
Since then, she said, there has been an
antagonistic relationship between the
Fort Lauderdale NAACP and the
local Fraternal Order of Police. The
police, Neal said, are retaliating
against Ellison. Continued on page 3
Classmates Raise $5Kfor Daniel
Tammie Fields, Yolanda King and Rev. Rudolph McKissick, Jr.
Fields and McKissick to
Serve as Heart Ambassadors
Channel 4 news anchor Tammie Fields and Bethel Baptist Institutional
Church Pastor Rudolph McKissick, Jr., recently joined the Power to End
Stroke movement as ambassadors to helping to deliver lifesaving mes-
sages to African-Americans, who are at higher risk of stroke than other
ethnic groups. As Power to End Stroke ambassadors, the two traveled to
California to meet with Yolanda King, who hosted an American Stroke
Association event that rallied together African American leaders from
across the country in the fight against stroke.
Mark Wright, Sharon Porter, Shawana Montgomery, and Shana Pack
from Volunteer Jacksonville's Blueprint for Leadership Class of 2006,
present a check to daniel for the money the class members gave of
their own money. The class raised a total of $5,000 for DanieL The 31
members of the Blueprint for Leadership class of 2006 turned out to sup-
port daniel on its 122nd birthday, raising more than $5,000 for the party,
and assisting the staff in everything from logistics to games to clean-up.
Daniel is Florida's oldest not-for-profit child-serving agency.
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To most Americans, your credit
rating may seem like a string of
numbers that hinges on your ability
to pay your bills on time.
But it's also a crucial tool for sav-
ing money -- something most peo-
ple don't know, according to a
According to a recent survey con-
ducted by GMAC Mortgage, 62
percent of consumers do not realize
"Unfortunately, most consumers
still do not know basic facts about
credit scores and their financial sig-
nificance," according to the
Consumer Federation of America
Executive Director Stephen
In fact, according to a recent poll
only 27 percent of consumers
uriderstand that scores measure
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.
Experts say ideally, you want your
score to be well above 620, that's a
drawing line for creditors. (The
median credit score in the U.S. is
that a score of 620 or better means
you can become eligible for getting
the best possible mortgage rate.
"It really shows how little the con-
sumer understands about what goes
into a credit score and how it affects
their home financing," said Paul
Fein, the senior vice president and
southeast divisional manager for
The survey, which polled 1,000
households during the month of
May, also showed that many mis-
conceptions about credit ratings
persist among consumers. More
than 50 percent of consumers
answered that a rise in income
means a better credit score when in
fact credit scores do not take into
account your income -- just your
ability to pay.
Your credit rating, which can
range from the worst possible score
of a 300 to a perfect 850, is deter-
mined by a number of factors.
While the timeliness of your pay-
ments counts, the number of credit
lines you might have and the length
an account has been open all have a
hand in determining that three-digit
The two factors that have the
biggest impact on your score, said
Fein, is the consistency and amount
allocated towards paying off your
debts over time and the amount of
credit outstanding relative to total
Having a low score could cost you
money when it comes to figuring
out your mortgage payments.
Let's assume you have two identical
home mortgage applicants -- one
with a score of 640 and the other
with a credit rating right at the
magic number of 620.
According to MyFico.com, a
credit information company, that 20
point difference turned into a little
over half of a percentage point on
the mortgage rate. The better credit
risk could have gotten a $150,000
1544Ways to Boost Your Credit Sc
".:Pay your bills on time. Delinquent payments can have a pi
.vm impact on your score and the longer you pay your billsob
,4b"etter your score. For example, someone with an average
of 707 can raise their score by as much as 20 points by payi.j
.t4~rbills on time for one month.
,.'-Keep balances low on credit cards. High outstanding debt
l'tour score. Maxing out \our credit cards could lower yo0
sge score by as much as 70 points.
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*accounts vill lower your average account age, which could actua
oWer'iyour score by up to 10 points.
L : .jiave credit cards but manage them responsibly. In generA
cig'cedit cards and installment loans land making timely payol
,ylUr.ise your score. Someone %w ith no credit cards, for example
,.Abe:iigher risk than someone wvho has managed credit cards r
t.C-losing an account doesn't make it go away. A closed aocot
show up on your credit report and ma\ be factored into thed
30-year fixed rate mortgage for
6.38 percent. The other guy would
have to pay 6.92 percent, or $54
more per month and $648 more per
And that disparity can only
increase as your credit score wors-
ens or improves (see table above).
How to save yourself some money
So what if you are below that 620
The first thing to do, said Fein, is
to reevaluate your notion of how to
That means trying to reduce the
amount of total debt you might be
carrying from credit cards to car
Bumping up that credit rating, he
said, also means limiting the num-
ber of inquiries into your credit his-
tory, which might involve not
applying for that new credit card for
While lenders will consider your
income and how much you have
invested for down payment when
approving your mortgage, your
credit score will .be scrutinized.
And probably the best way poten-
tial home owners can improve .that
rating, said Fein, is to plan ahead.
That means getting a sense of what
your credit rating is far enough in
advance before diving into the
He recommends checking out
your credit history at least a year in
advance even if you are thinking
about buying a home so you have
time to correct any misunderstand-
ings, show you can make payments
and trim your debt.
In the meantime, it may be worth-
while to speak with a lender or a
credit counselor about your credit
score and figure out a strategy to
secure that home.
"If you're a consumer, you need to
get with someone who works with
it everyday," he said.
While consumers may be more
knowledgeable about their credit
rating than in years past, Fein warns
that the results of the survey indi-
cate more consumers need to be
"A large of group of people pride
themselves on being more informed
than a generation before and I think
it leaves the door open to a lot of
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want. In fact, in any decision regarding rental, sales, or lending, it is
against the law to consider race, color, national origin, religion, sex,
disability, or family status. If you think you've been denied housing,
please call us. Fair Housing. It's not an option. It's the law.
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Is the Size of Beauty Changing in
the African American Community?
"No one wants a bone but a dog"
is an old-school saying in the
African American community that
affirms the traditional approval of
full-figured women by black men.
It's true. There are scores of guys
of all races who prefer big women
and choose them in the same way
others favor blonds. Anecdotally
speaking, a voluptuous woman
could represent the ideal
mother/lover image for men like
Ron, a fifty-three-year-old special
education teacher who "never, dates
a woman under a size 12" who has
"food issues" and "does not like to
Many men associate a woman who
has a passion for food with some-
one who is highly sexual and likes
to cook. Other guys admit to being
attracted to the body type they are
most familiar with from their fami-
ly of sisters and a mother who are
big-boned and fleshy.
Jerome, a middle-aged African
American grocery clerk who has
dated large women his entire life,
buys into the notion that "big
women are easier. They don't
expect much and if they reject a
brother, he does not feel as bad as if
a skinny woman disses him. "And
in bed," Jerome laughs "there is
more 'pushin' with the cushion'"
Besides, Jerome said that in his
experience "little women are evil."
A recent study published in the
'Journal Of Black Studies' reports
that one size does not fit all when it
comes to the size of beauty in the
black community. In a 2004, report
titled African American Men's
Perception of Body Figure
Attractiveness by Tammy T. Webb,
E. Joan Looby, and Regina Fults-
McMurtery, the researchers found
that African American men with
more mainstream values, perceived
women with smaller body figures
as more attractive than women with
a larger body figures. This is in
stark contrast to the long-held belief
all black American men prefer thick
women. The writers of the 2004
report attribute the influence of
movies, videos, magazine and
video games to the changing tastes
of who is considered beautiful by
African American men.
Still, men like Ron and Jerome and
many others continue to date and
marry full-figured girls. And
according to Stephanie, a single
mother and full-time student who
lost over one hundred pounds after
a gastric bypass operation, there is a
world of difference between men
like Ron and Jerome who love and
appreciates big women and so-
Enrolling Stude u
called "chubby chasers."
The latter are men with a fetish,
obsessed with fatty flesh, believes
Elizabeth, a full-figured graphic
designer, "I call those guys 'vul-
tures,' Elizabeth said. "They find
and exploit [a woman] they think
may have low self-esteem because
of her size. Chubby chasers really
don't like themselves and come to
us figuring we must also feel bad
about ourselves too. They think
we'll be a perfect match."
Stephanie agrees. "Chasers are
losers, weirdos, outcasts, secretly
gay or bisexual, too short, or other-
wise physically unattractive.
"Especially the guys who troll the
Internet chat rooms and place per-
sonal ads," Stephanie rolls her eyes.
"Those are the kinds of guys who
are really looking for weak women
to play 'mama' to them."
Juanita describes herself as large
and lovely and "a player in the dat-
ing scene." She does not see herself
as anyone's wife--ever. "There are
lots of men who like me because I
am a big woman," Juanita says. "I
have never had a problem with men
not liking me because of my
weight; my personality shines. And
men always comment on my pretty
eyes. Obviously they admire the
essence of me.
Some of the youth participating in the ACT SO Showcase are shown above. They include (L-R) Front:
Lorie Varlac, Gabriella Cenci, Jeron Fruge, Charnae Wynn, Farrin Brown, (Back) Vanessa Long, Terry
Jecoby Young, Brittany Hart, Tyrone Ponder, Jarell Harris, Jereme Raickett and Theresa Patterson.
Dynamic Youth Talent to be Showcased
The Jacksonville.BRanch NAACP will have their 2006 ACT-SO Showcase on Saturday, June24th. Participants
will display original art, sculpture, paintings and photography and a wide variety of entertainment will be per-
formed ranging from dramatics and oratory to dance and vocal. All of the youth artists are from area schools and
will be performing at the national competition in washington, D.C. in July. The showcase is a fundraiser for the
event that will begin at 6 p.m. at the Edward Waters College Adams-Jenkins Building. For more information, call
the NAACP office.
NAACP / FOP
continued from front
But Neal said Ellison is only
doing her duty as an NAACP presi-
dent, which is to report racial injus-
"That's what she's supposed to
do," Neal said. "That's her job.
Some of these police officers are
not our friends." Neal said as far as
she knows, none of the officers
have joined the NAACP.
But police are also angry and
"The F.O.P. is tired of the current
position of the president of 'the
Broward NAACP," union president
Jack Lokeinsky wrote in a flier
announcing a meeting.
"In an effort to vote out the presi-
dent and her views of the police, I
support the membership drive. A
one-year membership allows you to
make the change and get rid of this:
Don Bowen, senior vice president
of the National Urban League, told
the South Florida Sun-Sentinel he
could not recall such "a bold power
play" on a civil rights organization.
"On the surface, it's a telling
move," said Bowen, former presi-
dent and CEO of the Urban League
of Broward County. "To infiltrate it,
to silence it, doesn't do much to
engender good community rela-
tions or trust."
Ellison said the police union has
targeted her because of the hearings
and her criticism of "bad police
"It's amazing," Ellison told the
South Florida Sun-Sentinel. "How
dare they? They accused me of pit-
ting the community, against the
police, and this is exactly what they
The NAACP's national headquar-
ters will scrutinize all new member-
ship applications in -Florida tod
counter attempts by the Fort
Lauderdale Fraternal Order of
Police to join the NAACP.
"The national office will not
accept the memberships of anyone
who doesn't support the organiza-
tion," Adora Obi Nweze, the state
president of the NAACP said at a
recent press conference outside the
Fort Lauderdale Police Department.
Neal said that the extraordinary
move by the FOP was an attempt to
take over the local NAACP branch
and strip blacks of their voices and
But Neal said it won't happen.
"They are not in compliance with
our constitution," she said.
Meanwhile Nweze told reporters
that she supports her people.
"We support Marsha Ellison and
the Fort Lauderdale branch," she
told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
"It's very disgusting that police offi-
cers who are sworn to uphold jus-
tice would attempt'to violate 6Jis-
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Data Shows the Rich getting Richer
and Poor Continuing to Struggle
Disparity is simply defined as,
"The condition or fact of being
unequal; Unlikeness; incongruity."
Unlikeness would be an under-
statement when addressing the fact
that over the past two decades, the
income gap has steadily increased
between the richest Americans,
who own homes and stocks, and
who by the way seem to get the
bulk of the tax breaks, and those at
ithe'middle oI bottLom of the pay
And this isn't one of my "Bash
Bush" articles, but the facts will
speak for themselves. Middle-
income America is feeling the bite
of our new tax codes, while the
Oprah Winfrey wealthy reap the
benefits of some of these federal tax
According to the Census Bureau,
the wealthiest 20 percent of house-
holds in 1973 accounted for 44 per-
cent of total U.S. income. Their
share jumped to 50 percent in 2002,
while everyone else's or us poor
folk's incomes fell. For those really
poor or the bottom fifth of the spec-
trum, their share dropped from 4.2
percent to 3.5 percent.
And Republicans laughed two
years at John Kerry's notion that
there are "Two Americas." In hind-
site, there was a lot to laugh about
regarding Kerry, but he was right
about the growing income divide
here in our great country. The sta-
tistics don't lie, and the economic
pain that low and middle income
Americans are feeling is real.
With rising health care cost, out-
rageous gas prices and rapidly
climbing real estate costs, we
should all be concerned. Well,
unless you are one, of those in the
wealthiest 20 percent.
Here's more data for you to pon-
der. According to estimates by the
Brookings Institution and the Urban
Institute, households earning
between $200,000 and $500,000 in
pretax income receive an average
income-tax reduction of $5,000 as a
result of the tax-law changes enact-
ed under the current administration.
And if you think that those figures
are bad, just hold on. Households
earning between $500,000 and $1
million receive an average reduc-
tion of $17,000, and households
earning more than $1 million, on
average will see their tax bills go
OK let me attempt to break down
the problem with this income gap as
it relates to today's economy. We all
know that job growth has stalled for
the most part, leaving the unem-
ployment rate much higher than it
Then the pressure is on current
employers and John Q Citizen who
simply cannot find a job.
Meanwhile, soaring health care
costs are gobbling up much of the
gains from rising labor productivity
- further discouraging employers
So again, the poor continue to
struggle while the rich get richer.
The New Deal social contract has
been canceled, revoked and thrown
out with the trash and so have the
restraints it imposed on both indi-
vidual and corporate behavior.
Corporations and there leaders no
longer see the big picture of sup-
porting the U.S. economy and its
citizens. That's where this whole
notion of globalization comes from,
and that's why we have lost millions
of jobs to overseas third world
The income gap has widened to
the point where the lowest paid
workers no longer earn a living
wage, while the highest paid work-
ers, such as corporate executives,
board members, etc. earn excessive
wages and are able to grow their
assets through those great tax shel-
ters which greatly favor the
I certainly do not have all of the
answers and have never claim to be
an economist or fiscal guru, but
here are a few ways I feel we can
start making strides to help lower
o Raise the minimum wage: I am
as much of a capitalist as anyone,
but I think it's ridiculous that we are
having a debate in 2004 about a
federal minimum wage of $5.15 per
hour. At least the voters of Florida
got it right increasing minimum
wage to $6.15 with annual adjust-
ments. We have to provide workers
with better wages even if you are
working at a fast food restaurant.
o Strengthen indigent-worker
insurance: Again, this is a hot topic
this election season. We have to fig-
ure out a way to provide health ben-
efits for the working poor.
o Adopt tax credits for the very
poor: We have a tax credits for
everything else, why not very poor
o Repeal the tax cuts that benefit
the rich: It's amazing that the rich
get tax breaks, the poor pay very lit-
tle in taxes, so the burden falls on
middle-class America. I don't care
how much you love President Bush;
his tax cuts have not worked.
Hmmm. Speaking of
Bushanomics, I pause to think back
to President Bush's tax cuts for "us"
all. You may recall, we were told
that the "average" American (what-
ever that means) we receive some-
thing like a $10,000 tax cut. Well, I
am obviously not average because
not only am I still awaiting my two
acres and a mule, but also the other
$9,700 from my tax cuts.
Signing off from Concerned Tax
Community Needs and Should
Support New School board Guidelines
S community is at a
pivotal point. We
have the opportuni-
ty at this moment
to make decisions
that will ensure
successful futures for the children
of Jacksonville, and we must come
together to move the community as
one in the direction that will make
that success possible.
The Duval County School Board
voted last week on a redesign of
high school curriculum that will
improve the academic learning
experiences and opportunities for
all students. This important focus
on academic rigor will provide all
students with a greater variety of
choices for the future, from college
to advanced job training, by pro id-
ing them with a better academic
foundation that is rooted in a more
intense focus on core subjects such
as math, science and reading and by
increased emphasis on foreign lan-
guage requirements and preparation
for both college and work success.
Our community must support this
effort. If we do not, all of us will
pay the price. Only by preparing
students to compete in the global
workforce on a level playing field
with students throughout the world
can we hope to move from a city
where poverty, race and illiteracy
limit many of our children from
birth to one where all students grad-
uate from high school with many
options for successful futures.
The democratic republic that is the
United States has proven itself to be
the most vital form bf government
in the world, but its true strengths
are the knowledgeable participation
of its citizens and an economy sup-
ported by a skilled and educated
workforce. To provide our students.
with anything less than a world-
class education that meets the high-
est academic standards not only
deprives each of them of opportuni-
ties to be successful, but also, puts
the vitality of our city and commu-
nities at tremendous risk.
Each day, we hear about and real-
ize the increasing impact of the new
global economy in which U.S.
workers are competing-and often
losing to workers in India, China,
and other countries around the
world. The Internet and other glob-
al communications advances have
made it possible for many compa-
nies to hire workers in other coun-
tries without even having to move
offices or factories.
There is only one way our students
can compete successfully in tomor-
row's world-if we have done every-
thing in our power to provide them
today with the knowledge they will
need, whether they use that knowl-
edge to go on to higher education or
move directly into the workforce.
We must teach them that learning is
a lifelong goal and theokey to ensur-
ing that they become successful,
engaged participants in our coun-
try's future-a better future for all our
Brian Davis, Circuit Court Judge
The Plight of Black America is No Joke
Bill Cosby's remarks at the 2006 Spelman College
graduation were widely reported but not challenged by
the media. In short, Mr. Cosby wrongly told the 500-
plus female graduates that it was "their turn" to save the
Black community in the United States and that Black
men were incapable of doing this. Mr. Cosby said to the
women graduates, "It's your turn. We want you to lead
in business. We want you to lead in medicine. We want
you to lead in everything." Mr. Cosby anchored his
comments around the misstatement that most (more
than 50 percent) Black men are in jail. While I agree
with Mr. Cosby that too many Black men are in jail, a
more accurate representation of this number is between
7 and 8 percent.
This is the most perilous time for Black people in
America since slavery. By most measures -- crime, edu-
cation, employment, health and housing -- there are few
signs of improvement in much of the Black communi-
ty. The Black community is desperate for solutions. Mr.
Cosby's solution of women taking control of the Black
community over time, will only increase the suffering,
the pain, the divisiveness and the demise of the Black
community. Mr. Cosby should have recommended
research-based, viable solutions for solving the prob-
lems in the Black community, such as rebuilding.the
Black family.structure, economically...revitalizing
Black communities and taking control of the education-
al process of Black children in the home.
Mr. Cosby is wrong to saddle Black women with the
unenviable task of saving the Black community by
themselves because they can't. The major issues con-
fronting the Black community are problems of Black
men, not Black women. Improving and empowering
Black women is inarguably a good thing, however it
does not fix the problems that are plaguing the Black
community. In fact, Cosby's proposal that we should
give up on Black men and concentrate our efforts and
our resources on Black women, will exacerbate the
problem. It lowers society's expectations for Black
men, leaving them further behind a dead weight on
their community. Apparently, Mr. Cosby doesn't realize
that only Black men, with the help of Black women and
the government of the United States, can solve the prob-
lems in the Black community.
Mr. Cosby is not an accomplished social theorist. That
being the case, the media's irresponsible reporting of his
weak and inaccurate theories on improving the plight of
Black people and his humorous pronouncements on
Black people -- as if they are news -- does a major dis-
service to the Black community. Mr. Cosby is a come-
dian, but there is nothing funny about his misleading
the Black community down a path of eminent destruc-
tion. Mr. Cosby sets the Black community up for con-
tinued failure with his "It's your turn" proclamation for
Black women. Transforming the problems in the Black
community is hard work and it should not be put on the
shoulders of just one group of people. It can't be done
on the stage of an auditorium with jokes, quips, put
downs and insults. The deepening plight of Black peo-
ple in America is too serious to leave in the hands of a
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100 Black Men Celebrate 20 Years of
Accomplishments at Annual Conference
Mentor Sylvester B. Hopewell, Jr., right, of Stone Mountain, Ga., a
member of the 100 Black Men right, smiles as he talks about Paul
Fox, 18, a recent graduate of Redan High School in Stone Mountain
Fox has been mentored by Hopewell since he was 10 years old.
As a young man, it was not his making up the 100 Black Men of
dad, but Sylvester Hopewell who America Inc., which is holding its
taught Paul Fox how to tie his tie, 20th annual conference in Atlanta
who chided him about cutting his this weekend.
afro and showed him how to shake The concept began in New York in
a man's hand. 1963 with a group of black men
Since Fox was a 10-year-old, who met with the mission of
Hopewell has been a constant pres- improving their communities. As a
ence in his life and brags on the 18- sign of solidarity, the group adopted
year-old like a proud father. the name 100 Black Men Inc., and
"Did you tell her you're an Eagle in 1986, nine chapters across the
Scout?" Hopewell nudged as Fox country combined to become the
a recent graduate of Redan High 100 Black Men of America Inc.
School in Stone Mountain and Among its more than 10,000 mem-
incoming freshmen at the Savannah bers are corporate executives,
College of Art and Design talked physicians, attorneys, entrepre-
about his accomplishments so far. neurs, entertainers, elected officials
Fox is one of dozens of young men and educators. The group addresses
Hopewell has influenced as a men- mentoring, education, health and
tor with the 100 Black Men of wellness, and economic develop-
DeKalb County. The chapter is one ment.
of 105 in the United States, Most important to the young men
England, Africa and the Caribbean they serve is a constant, positive
black male presence, insistent on
the boys' success. It was a presence
Fox said he was lacking growing up
in a single-parent home without his
"Being able to be around men like
Sylvester, I always have someone
to emulate, to look up to," Fox said,
looking at his mentor. "Coming
from a single parent home, my
father's not there all the time. This
is what I have."
One of the most valuable lessons
Fox said he has taken from
Hopewell is his love of mentoring.
He has worked with boys as an
Eagle Scout and with the YMCA as
a camp and after school counselor.
Putting a positive face on black
manhood is important, Hopewell
says, and he embraces the challenge
of being a role model.
"I don't think I'm unique," he said.
"Other African-American males are
out there doing what I do, but if it's
not in the media spotlight, it's like
we don't exist."
And raising more productive
black men is a mission that could
not be more urgent, keynote speak-
er Dennis Kimbro told the member-
ship at its opening session
Thursday. Getting involved early -
by the time boys are fourth-graders
- is key to ensuring their futures are
"We don't have time to pose for
pictures," said Kimbro, a motiva-
tional speaker. "Black men, you
need to take a look at your race and
the data and we need to do some-
thing about our young black males.
It's time to close the gap between
mouth and movement."
Adkins Tapped to Lead
Hong Kong Mission
Rev. Kenneth Adkins, has been
selected by Pastor Gary Wiggins at
Evangel Temple Assembly of God,
to share the message of God to peo-
ple in Hong Kong, China
During the Hong Kong Missions
Trip, "Building Storehouses to
Hold the Harvest," scheduled for
August 30-September 9, Adkins
will join 25 business leaders from
the city to physically build one of
the few Christian-based churches
in the Hong Kong area.
With extensive training in inter-
national business with a Chinese
focus, Adkins., whose second
MBA is in International Business is
extremely prepared for this trip and
looks forward to this voyage.
"I am really excited about the
opportunity to spread the message
internationally," Adkins said.
As the only African-American on
the mission team, Adkins believes
his mission work will be a blessing
to his life as well.
"This [opportunity] will help ful-
fill a void in my life," Adkins said.
"Mission projects like this is what
saved me during the challenges in
my life that I faced."
Motown's First Female Producer
Inducted Into Hall of Fame
Sylvia Moy, Motown's first
female producer, was inducted into
the Songwriters Hall of Fame in
New York ceremonies. Accom-
panied by two family members and
two of her closest friends, the leg-
endary songwriter graciously
accepted her place on the famous
Sylvia Moy's place in Motown
history is mainly behind the scenes
as a writer and producer. Moy grew
up on the northeast side of Detroit
with her eight brothers and sisters,
performing on pots and pans to
keep themselves busy and musical.
Once she reached school, she
played jazz and classical, but found
her true calling in the seminal R&B
sounds of Hitsville USA. There,
Moy was part of thecreative team
that wrote such classics as "My
Cherie Amour" for Stevie Wonder
and "It Takes Two" for Marvin
Gaye. She was the first female to
have the title of "record producer"
at the label, and was one of the
busiest and well-known songwrit-
ers of the time.
Moy went on to write the theme
songs for many television shows
like Blossom, The Wonder Years,
and Growing Pains. She was also
involved with the theme music for
the movies It Takes Two, Mr.
Holland's Opus, and Dead
Presidents. Moy has earned six
Grammy nominations and 20 BMI
awards. She made a solid invest-
ment in the future of the arts when
she co-founded the Center for
Creative Communications, a.k.a.
"Masterworks," which trains young
adults in the field of telecommuni-
cations and media arts.
Other honorees include Thom
Bell, Mac Davis, Will Jennings, and
Henry Cosby at the 37th annual
induction and awards at the
Marriott Marquis in New York City.
BC-C to hold "Rib & Roast"
of Lloyd "Tank" Johnson
Bethune Cookman College's beloved Lloyd "Tank" Johnson will be
honored with a "Rib & Roast" during the Florida Classic Football
Weekend, 6:30 p.m., at the Orange County Convention Center, which is
adjacent to the Omni Rosen Centre Hotel on International Drive in
For additional information or questions, please feel free to contact
either Artis "Jack" Hall at (954) 792-6218, or Ronald Mayhew at (954)
Continued from front
In Philadelphia, which has had
more than 160 murders this year,
the police department has respond-
ed by creating a special unit
charged with roaming the streets in
the dangerous hours between 10
p.m. and 3 a.m. The program,
.which is expectedito start;soon, will
shift 46 officers ifromiother assign-
"I think.that everybody continues
to be frustrated within the govern-
ment, within the department," said
Philadelphia police Capt. Benjamin
Naish. Philadelphia police have-
stressed that the number of killings
is still below the averages in the
mid-1990s and far below the 525
homicides in 1990.
The overall national increase in
violent crime was modest, 2.5 per-
cent, which equates to more than
1.4 million crimes. Nevertheless,
that was the largest percentage
increase since 1991.
Nationally, murders rose 4.8 per-
cent, meaning there were more than
16,900 victims in 2005. That would
be the most since 1998 and the
largest increase in 15 years.
Some big cities felt the brunt.
Murders rose from 59 to 104 in
Birmingham, Ala., up 76 percent;
from 59 to 85 in Charlotte-
Mecklenburg County, N.C., a 44
percent spike; from 89 to 126 in
Kansas City, Mo., a 42 percent rise;
from 87 to 122 in Milwaukee, a 40
percent jump; and from 79 to 109
in Cleveland, up 38 percent.
Detroit, Los Angeles and New
York were among several big cities
that saw murder numbers drop.
Theories about New York's
decline vary. Some experts point to
favorable shifts in demographics
and the economy, as well as the
crash of the crack market that
fueled violence in the 1980s.
Officials in the 36,000-officer
department, the nation's largest,
credit their crime-fighting
approach. They cite a tactic refined
over the past decade in which com-
manders use computers to track
crime patterns particularly those
involving guns and drugs and
deploy patrols where and when
criminals are most active.
Police in Houston attributed some
of their spike in violent crime to
New Orleans gang members who
The FBI figures were released on
the same day authorities announced
the arrest in Louisiana of a Katrina
evacuee considered one of the
Houston area's most-wanted
killers. Authorities said he robbed
two other evacuees of their FEMA
money and shot them, killing one.
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Mt. Sinai Male Chorus Extravaganza
The Male Chorus Ministry of Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church,
2036 Silver Street, Rev. R. L. Gundy, Pastor; invites the community to
attend the Male Chorus Extravaganza, 5 p.m., Saturday, June 17, 2006.
Deacon Ronald Smith, Chairman, Male Chorus Ministry.
Pre-Father's Dfay Celebration
O.P. St. James AME to hold All Male
Bible Study and Prayer Meeting
The Men's Ministry of St. James African Methodist Episcopal (AME)
Church, 535 McIntosh Ave., Orange Park; will hold an All Male Bible
Study and Prayer Meeting at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 17th.
Rev. Ronald Rawls, Rev. Roger Williams, Rev. F. D. Richardson, and
Rev. Marcius 0. King, all "Powerful Men of God" will be praying.
The renown Rev. G. Vincent Lewis of Antioch Missionary Baptist
Church, Miami, FL; and Rev. Joe Howard III, the Senior Pastor of 6th
Union Baptist Church of New Orleans, will, teach the younger brothers.
These men are equipped to invoke, inspire, encourage, and energize you.
You will not leave the same as you came.
These recipients of the 100 Black Men Achievement Award for
Advocacy, the FAMU Award of Merit, NAACP Awards, Theological
Fellowship Award, Who's Who Among Development of Men's Ministry,
and the Boys of Light Award; are equipped to invoke, inspire, encourage
and energize you. Don't miss this opportunity when males of all ages gath-
er to reclaim the year 2006 as their season! "It's A Man Thing!" All are
For directions, please call Davis Owens or Eric Hathorn at (904) 278-
7037 or 563-5761.
Women's Empowerment Workshop
Believers in Christ Christian Center, 11565-107 N. Main Street, will
host "Women's Empowerment 2006" Conference, beginning on Friday,
June 23rd, with a Workshop beginning at 6:30 p.m., followed by the
General Session at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, June 24th Mini Workshops
will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Hosting Church and Pastors will be The Zoe Church International,
Bishop Jerome and Lady Myra Henry. Other speakers will be: Pastor
Deborah Bernard, Believers in Christ Christian Center; and Dr. Barbara
Mims, of New St. James Holy Family Church.
For more information, please call (904) 565-9176.
Jax Native, Rear Admiral Winns to
speak at Sweetfield Baptist's Banquet
Sweetfield Missionary Baptist Chuch, Rev. Richard R. Russ, Pastor;
will hold its Annual Scholarship Banquet Sunday, June 25, 2006, at the
Wyndham on the Jacksonville Riverwalk, 1515 Prudential Drive. The
speaker for the occasion will be Rear Admiral Anthony L. Winns, Deputy
Director, Air Warfare Staff of the Chief of Naval Operations.
Rear Admiral Winns, previously served as Commander,'Patrol and
Reconnaissance Force, Pacific and Commander Task Force 32; before
assuming his current position in September 2003. For banquet reserva-
tions, please call Sis. Marilyn Russ, no later than Thursday, June 15th, at
Old, Vocational & New Stanton
Faculty, Students & Staff Meeting
Current class leaders of Old Stanton, Stanton Vocational, New Stanton,
Faculty and Staff of that era, will meet Monday, July 5th at 6:30 p.m., in
the conference room, 2nd floor of Bethel Baptist Institutional (First Street
Entrance). This will be a planning meeting to discuss plans for the first
"Annual Gala." For more information, please contact Kenneth Reddick at
Epiphany Baptist Church to host
NAACP Juneteenth Advocacy Event
Epiphany Baptist Church, 663 South McDuffAve. (at I-10), Rev. William
Robinson, Pastor; will be the host site for the Nationwide Juneteenth
Criminal Juvenile Justice Advocacy and Outreach Event on Saturday, June
17, 2006, beginning at 9 a.m. Breakfast refreshments and a lite lunch will
be served. Historical information about Juneteenth will be presented.
The Clarence Aaron Story, a historical perspective 20 years after manda-
tory minimum sentencing is the story of Clarence Aaron, a former college
student who is currently serving 3 concurrent life sentences for a drug con-
spiracy charge. Story maintains that he has never sold or used drugs. This
documentary was produced by frontline and provided by FAMM (Families
Against Mandatory Minimums).
Guilty by Association, a movie about a middle aged nurse, who was
sentenced to 25 years for her association with a known drug dealer, will
also be shown. There will be open discussions. The public is welcome.
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 full 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, contact Mrs.
Louise Howell at (386) 446-5759.
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 direction of Ms. Kenshela
Williams. Rev. Mattie W. Freeman and Dr. Varoncia Troupe, will bring the
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 Avenmie 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
arand worship service at Abhssinia Missionary Baptist Church at 10 a.m.
Sunday June 25, 2006. All are invited to attend. Call 696-1770 to register.
or email email@example.com.
Evangel Temple Assembly of God
SPECIAL E4THERS DAY SERVICE
Sunday, June 18th
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Occupation: Tennis Coach / Manager
Parenting Report Card: The media has been hard on Williams and his
"outspoken" support of his tennis-playing daughters, Venus and Serena. In
a 2000 interview with 'Ebony' magazine he was quoted as saying: "I came
out of the worst ghetto in the world and was simply trying to prove to the
world that it doesn't matter where you come from to be good in tennis. You
don't have to be brought up in the country club to do this."
Parenting Report Card: 'Sports
Illustrated' once reported that
Washington's son, John David
Washington, is "polite to a fault."
Like his Oscar-winning father, the
recently drafted St. Louis Ram (and
former NCAA Division II
Morehouse College running back)
is serious about his ability and
humble about his success. Denzel
and wife Pauletta have there other
children, Katia, Olivia and
Occupation: Civil Rights Activist
Parenting Report Card: The Rev.
Jesse Jackson's 1984 run for
President taught an important les-
son -- that anything is possible. His
eldest son Jesse Jr. took a page
from his father's book in 1995,
when he became a card-carrying
member of Congress for the state of
Illinois. Jesse Sr. and wife
Jacqueline have 5 children.
Occupation: Record Executive
Parenting Report Card: Destiny's
Child would be a meaningless
moniker if it wasn't for Matthew
Knowles. Not only did he raise two
songbirds in Beyonce and Solange,
he and wife Tina helped raise Kelly
Rowland when her mother needed
help supporting Kelly's blossoming
Occupation: Jazz Pianist
Parenting Report Card: With
wife Dolores Ferdinand, Ellis
raised a talented tribe of musi-
cians -- Branford, Wynton,
Delfeayo and Jason. Marsalis told
'Ebony': "Sometimes Wynton will
say that I taught him how to be a
man ... Half of the time, I was try-
ing to learn that myself." Sons
Ellis III and Miboya chose non-
Joseph %%aller Jackson
Occupation: Joe Jackson Hip Hop Boot
Parenting Report Card: Joe Jackson is the
undisputed patriarch of the legendary aind
uibiquitouts Jackson fanii l -- Katherine I % ife i
'Maureen iRebbiei. Iackie. Ti o. lennaine L.-
To) a, Marlon, Michael, Raind\ and Janet. For
better or worse this former boxer and musician brought the world The
Jackson 5, the King of Pop, the uncontrollable Janet and former 'Playboy'
playmate La Toya.
Master P (Percy Robert Miller)
Occupation: Record Exec and
Parenting Report Card: New
Orleans' proto hip-hop mogul does-
n't make apologies for fueling son
Romeo's rap career, including his
self-titled show on Nickelodeon.
He even supports his son having
beefs with other teen rappers. He
was recently quoted as saying:, "If,
you wanna get in the ring and
squash it, put some boxing gloves
on and we can set up a fight."
Miller is married and has six kids.
Ken Griffey Sr.
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Griffey Jr., joined the Mariners, they were the first father and son to
major league baseball simultaneously. Senior later joined the Seattle t
making them the first father-and-son teammates. Junior shocked the v
when he left the Mariners to walk in the same footsteps as his father, g
back to his hometown to play for the Cincinnati Reds.
Parenting Report Card: When
your dad is Colin Powell, former
secretary of state and an Army gen-
eral, chances are sneaking out of
neth the house needs to be as well
play planned as a military incursion. His
eam, family consists of wife Alma
worldd Vivian Johnson, son Michael (for-
oing mer chairman of the FCC), daugh-
ters Linda (an acress) and Anne.
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Warning Signs Your Mate is Not "The One"
Black women with breast cancer
have shorter survival spans than
white women, and this may be
related to other medical conditions,
according to a new study in The
Journal of the American Medical
Association, which included about
900 black and white women with
Breast cancer is the most com-
mon cancer for American women
(except for nonmelanoma skin can-
cer). In the U.S., breast cancer is
most often seen in white women,
however, black women are more
likely to die of the disease. In a 10-
year span, more black women than
whites died but most of those
deaths were the result of health
problems unrelated to cancer, most
notably diabetes and high blood
"Although breast cancer survival
has improved over the last 30 years,
disparities in breast cancer survival
between blacks and whites have not
declined and remain sizeable,"
write the researchers.
From 1995-2002, nearly 90% of
white breast cancer patients sur-
vived for at least five years. That
percentage was smaller for blacks
(75%), the researchers note. The
reasons for ethnic gaps in breast
cancer survival aren't fully under-
stood yet. Other studies have shown
that black women are often diag-
nosed at later, harder stages of
breast cancer and have more
aggressive breast cancers.
It's a good thing fires produce
smoke, so we have some sort of
early warning system of impending
dan-ger, don't you think? Smoke
tells you there's fire, which means
you need to get out of the way, and
sooner rather than later, I might
Because fire isn't just hot -- why,
it can burn you, can't it? It can even
scar you for life and destroy eve-
rything you hold dear. I don't think
I need to hammer this home any
further, do I? It's blooming obvious,
But not when it comes to rela-
Warning signs in relationships are
no less obvious, yet we seem com-
pletely oblivious! How can it not be
obvious that something is not alto-
gether ideal in these relationships?
Perhaps it's because we don't actu-
ally see them as red flags.
You only see each other during
the week -- never on weekends.
Generally, weekends are a time for
pleasure and leisure (unless we
have to work on weekends). We
take part in our favorite activities
on week-ends, with our favorite
people. Why are you not in that cat-
egory? If you're in a real relation-
ship, you should be. You should be
his priority. Is there someone else in
that top spot? Are you comfortable
on the "B" list?
You have never been invited to
their place. What secret are they
keeping? Is it just that they are a
terrible slob, or is it because some-
one else lives there they would
rather hide? Perhaps they are just
selfish? In a give-and-take relation-
ship, you should be sharing -- and
that includes sharing their life.
Although love is professed over
the phone and you've visited, they
has never visited you. If they real-
ly, really cares, wild horses should-
Six Tactics for Getting
Your Teen to Open Up
1. Drop a secret of your own from
'way back." This suggests that
maybe you won't recoil in horror if
your child shares something per-
sonal about his private life.
2. Listen first, speak second.
Speaking first can stop all conver-
3. Consider what's not being said.
How is your child acting? Has any-
4. Ask 'open" questions. Questions
such as 'What happened when ..
?" compel your child to offer a
more detailed reply.
5. Maintain a supportive tone. This
conveys that even if you don't con-
done what your child has done,
you're at least going to try and
understand why she did it.
6. Quit while you're ahead. It's far
better to solicit frequent small bits
of information than to force long
Above all, be patient. Focus on
building a relationship with your
teen, and remind your-self that you
are probably doing a much better
job at being a parent than you
The Carbs that Wont Make You Fat
Though the Seven Wonders of the
World continue to baffle and
intrigue, there is an even weightier
enigma that mankind attempts to
uncover time and time again -- car-
Whether it's good or bad, these days
everyone has something to say
about carbs. They have become one
of the hottest topics of conversa-
tion; they ha\e taken
\ox er the front co% ers of all
our favorite products
and have sN ept the
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B! Yet% with all the
1 buzz surround-
drates and the
S behind their
tions in health
remain a mys-
the great won-
deirs of the
answer to this
great nutritional puzzle are not far
from reach. The truth is and always
has been hidden behind the mess of
nature's primary energy substrate.
Good carbs, bad carbs, complex
and simple -- what's the difference?
eDiets.com Director of Nutrition
Services, Susan Burke, MS,
RD/LD, CDE has made it her mis-
sion to separate the facts from the
fiction behind carbs.
.Picture a cubic zirconium and a
whole diamond; they both look like
diamonds, but only one of them is
the real thing. This is the difference
between refined carbs and unre-
fined or complex carbs. "For
example, think about a loaf of
Wonder bread versus a loaf of
whole-grain wheat bread that has
some wheat berries in it. Unlike the
whole-grain loaf, which is naturally
full of different types of vitamins,
min-erals, micronutrients and fiber,
the Wonder bread has been taken
out of its natural form, processed,
then put together to make an imita-
tion of the real thing."
We eat food, not just carbohy-
drates. It's the amount of carbs and
how the body processes them that
makes the difference. Consuming
carbohydrates, especially before
and after strenuous exercise, can
help provide energy, prevent hunger
and delay fatigue.
According to Susan, when you eat
refined carbohydrates, they are
quickly digested and absorbed into
your bloodstream as glucose.
Glucose is the pure form of energy
that your muscles and cells use. The
prob-lem is that excess glucose gets
stored in your fat cells.
The best way to keep this from
happening is to avoid eating really
refined carbohydrates. Instead of
eliminating, take the time to dis-
"Fruit, for example, is a carbohy-
drate," Susan notes. "The good
carbs in the fruit department are the
part that contains the peel and the
pulp. Juice is the fruit sugar, which
is called fructose; it is removed
from the fruit; that's what you're
"Think about this: It only takes
about five seconds to swallow a
glass of juice. That means you
swal-lowed 150 calories in five sec-
onds flat. To get that same amount
of calories from an orange, you'd
have to peel and eat two of them.
"This process would take you at
least 10 minutes. This makes you
full for less calories and more nutri-
When it comes down to it, carbo-
hydrates are not nearly as confusing
as the hoopla that surrounds them.
The key is to choose isely and not
to settle for anything but the best.
Don't waste your calories on
foods that offer little nutrition for a
lot of calories. Bleached, refined
breads, rice, pasta, juices and sodas
rob you of the nutrition you
Don't settle for these cheap
imposters. Go for the natural rich-
ness and nutritional power of whole
grains. They will fuel you and keep
your waistline in check.
To point you in the right direc-
tion, Susan has provided you with
a road map of the some of the
healthiest carbs around:
Whole-grain wheat bread
n't be able to keep them away --
unless he's stationed overseas, of
course. But even if your relation-
ship has to be long distance, there
has to be some initiative on the
other part to see you -- and call
you. If it's all one-sided now, it will
NEVER get any better.
You've never met any of their
friends. If this is a person with
whom you want to share your life,
you'll want to share thier life, too. If
you're a real couple, you're integrat-
ed into each other's lives and do
things together. Sure, you do things
without each other, too, and you
may prefer to let them hang out
with their buds on their own, but
you should be able to meet them if
you want to.
Dating is limited to the bedroom
. It's true, sex is cheaper than most
other entertainment, and if you
have limited time together, it may
seem more appealing than sharing a
pizza, but a relationship with some-
one must be based on more than the
physical. You'll be living in the real
world with this person -- you need
to experience the real world with
them, too. And the real world exists
outside the bedroom. If you can't
afford dinner and a movie, take a
walk. Get to know each other verti-
cally as well as horizontally.
They are unemployed In gener-
al, we humans respond well to sat-
isfy-ing needs. After all, the cave-
men went out and hunted because
they were hungry. They discovered
fire because they were cold. If you
satisfy all your caveman's needs,
he's not going to be doing much
hunting and gathering. He has no
need. But what would he do if you
weren't there? Mooch off of some-
one else, or make an effort? And if
the only answer is he'd mooch off
someone else, why do you want to
be with someone like that?
be with someone like that?
Caring for Your Aging Pet
If 01' Blue doesn't seem too eager to fetch that stick anymore, it could be
that he's reached senior dog status and just doesn't have the energy.
The aging process for dogs and cats is much like that in humans, only it's
accelerated. The standby rule of one human year equaling seven years in
a dog or cat's life hasn't changed, meaning your 15-year-old pet may actu-
ally be 105.
Accordingly, older pets often need special care, says Dr. Deb Zoran, a
veterinarian in the Small Animal Clinic in Texas A&M University's
College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
"The conditions you see associated with older people are almost identi-
cal to those you see in older pets," says Zoran.
"These problems include arthritis, cataracts, loss of hearing, diabetes,
heart murmurs, kidney trouble and of course, cancer. Some very old dogs
and cats can also lose their potty training they've had all their lives. It's
just another symptom of old age."
Zoran says some studies have even indicated that older animals may
develop diseases similar to the human form of Alzheimer's conditions of
losing memory, cognitive abilities and becoming disoriented and confused.
Dogs or cats become middle-aged around 5-7 years of age and after that,
they are considered an older pet. The exception is larger breeds of dogs.
"A Great Dane or Saint Bernard or any of the giant breeds are considered
to be middle age at about age 4 or 5," she explains. "So the aging process
is somewhat accelerated for them."
As pets age, their owners should recognize that some adjustments may
have to be made, Zoran says.
"To begin with, when they reach age 6 or 7, it's a good idea to get some
blood work done to screen them for potential problems. The veterinarian
might also want to take an EKG (electrocardiogram) to check out the heart,
take the blood pressure and perhaps some chest X-rays," she adds.
"Any preventative measures that we can do to catch some health prob-
lems early can almost always benefit the pet."
,In some cases, a special diet may be necessary for a geriatric pet. These
contain extra nutrients and are often lower in fat content. "Just like people,
animals tend to put on weight when they get older," Zoran adds.
An exercise program may also be necessary. A brisk walk with an older
dog, done in moderation, can usually benefit the animal, both from the per-
spective of weight control as well as maintaining good cardiovascular
"But cats are a different story," she adds. "It may require more inventive
measures to keep them active. If you can get a cat to play with a toy, that's
fine," says Zoran. "But a single cat tends to become more sedate."
And watch those teeth. Older pets, like people, need good oral hygiene,
and such care needs to start early.
Zoran says aging is a natural process that occurs in pets just as in
humans. "We can't stop the aging process, but with good medical care, we
can prevent or delay some problems so their owners can enjoy their pets
for many more years," she adds.
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Over the past twenty years, many people, places and events have graced the Free Press pages. Join us as we glimpse
back at some of the events that helped shape our newspaper into the publication that it is today.
Aikens Greets Betty Shabazz Dr. Chester Aikens is shown
above with the late Betty Shabazz, widow of Malcolm X.
100 on the Move 100 Black Men could always be found on the hunt
for young boys of color to recruit and mentor. Shown at one of the first
Black Expose is Al Washington, right with two of the organization's ris-
Phelts Receives Preservation Award Marsha Dean Phelts (left),
recipient of the Florida trust for Historic Preservation Award, is pictured
during the festive reception held at the University of Florida. Also shown
in the photograph is her husband Michael and mother (seated) Mrs. Eva
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Jack & Jill Donate Book Bags Never short on philanthropy
skills, the Jacksonville Chapter of Jack & Jill presented 50 backpacks to
the HRS District One Church One Child Program. Shown at the presenta-
tion were HRS Administrator Tammy Anderson, J&J members, Pat
Mitchell, Jean Gilmore and Arnest McCarthy with two youths accepting
on behalf of the organization.
100 Welcomes Dutton The Jacksonville Chapter of 100 Black
Men's 5th Annual Banquet featured actor and director Charles Dutton. At
the event was Chapter President Marion Graham, Jr., Charles Dutton and
event chair Doug Brown.
Nubian New Orleans Shown left is Lehora Taylor and Gwen
Leaphart at the Nubian Night in New Orleans Mardis Gras Ball.
Enjoying Essence Charles Griggs, acting as a Free Press corre-
spondent for the Free Press, joins Sandra Hull Richardson and husband
James en route back from the Essence Festival in New Orleans.
P.A.L. Receives Needed Funds While Sheriff Nat Glover was
in office, he was never in shortage of being seen and available for
Jacksonville's constituents. Shown above at a check presentation to the
Police Athletic League is Sen. Tony Hill, the Sheriff, Alton Yates and the
Silver Sees Through Her Eyes Photographer and writer Rhonda
Silver is shown above at the opening of the Through Our Eyes Exhibit at
the Rita Theater. She is shown next to a prized photo she had taken of
noted drummer, the late, Adewole Omawale.
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Bold City Links Induct Janice Nelson Almost ten years ago in 1997, the Bold City Chapter of Links
held their 2nd induction welcoming Janice Nelson to their chapter. Shown above at the induction were standing
Ernestine Bivens, Francina Dunbar, Gracie Chandler, Josephine Fiveashe, Shelly Thompson, Sylvia Perry, Brenda
Miller, Louise Huey, Arlinda Adams, Gwen Mitchell, Barbara Shuman, Mary Walker and Jean Aikens. Shown
seated are Deloris Mitchell, guest speaker Bessie Canty, inductee Janice Nelson, chapter president Madeline
Scales Taylor and Kathryn Wilson.
Saluting Unsung Hero Curlue Huger Mrs. Curlue Huger was honored as an Unsung hero by jack-
sonville Free Press and Publix Supermarkets in 2003. The vivacious senior can often be seen around Jacksonville
donating her time, wisdom and money to a variety of efforts. She is shown above left striking a smile and (right)
alongside Charles Spencer and Pat Rollins at a Sickle Cell event. Additionally, she is very active in her church
Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 9
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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 crafts peo-
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
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. The tournament will help
support intensive dance programs .
For more information contact
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 info call 642-0460.
Garage Sale for
The International Machinists
Union will hold a Garage Sale for
Breast Cancer on Saturday, June
17th from 8 a.m. 12 p.m,. at the
Union Hall, 277 Tallulah Avenue.
For more information call Renell
Manns at 765-5004.
The First Coast African American
Chamber of Commerce will have
their Annual Juneteenth Celebration
at 4750 Soutel Drive (Magic City)
on June 17th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Come celebrate with food,fun and
entertainment. For more informa-
tion call 904 358-9090.
The Jacksonville Genealogical
Society will hold their monthly
meeting, June 17, 2006, at 1:30
p.m. at the Webb-Wesconnett
Library, 6887 103rd Street,
Jacksonville, Florida. We are very
pleased to have as our speaker, 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)
Ritz Chamber Players
Attend the Amelia Island Chamber
Music Festival on June 17th and
experience the Ritz Chamber
Players. The event will be held at
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church.
Call 261-1779 for more.
Rip the Runway
Unbreakable Ent. presents
Jacksonville's 1st Annual Fashion
Show Explosion out of Tallahassee
featuring the Faces Modeling Troop
of FAMU at Celebrations, 49
Arlington Rd. (on the comer of
Arlington Road and Atlantic Blvd).
Do you know an
Someone who is constantly doing for others and put-
ting someone else's needs before their own, a friend that
goes beyond the norm? A tireless volunteer? Nominate
he or she for the Unsung Hero spotlight and they could
win a profile in the Jacksonville Free Press and a $50
gift certificate from Publix Supermarkets.
CITY STATE ZIP
Why are you nominating this person
SEND INFORMATION TO:
Fax (904) 765-8611
Or mail to: Unsung Hero, C/O Jacksonville Free Press
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The event will be Saturday, June
17th starting at 1 p.m.For more info
Free Fathers Day
The Jacksonville Zoo and
Gardens is letting all fathers enter
free on Father's Day, Sunday June
18th. Call 757-4463 for more.
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
Coming' From Where I'm From.
Call the Theater Office for ticket
"Plant It & They Will
Come" Butterfly Class
Come learn how to attract flying
flowers to your yard. Leam which
plants attract them and how to iden-
tify different butterfly species in our
area. The free class will be on
Tuesday, June 20, 2006 from 5:30
- 7:30 pm at the Regency Square
Library, 9900 Regency Square
Blvd. Seating is limited, call 387-
8850 to pre-register.
Learn How to Do
Business With the Port
First Coast Black Business
Investment Corporation (FCBBIC)
will present a workshop entitled
"Business Opportunities with the
Jacksonville Port Authority."
Representatives of the Jacksonville
Port Authority will provide busi-
ness owners with information about
a wide variety of business opportu-
nities that are available at Jax Port.
The free workshop will be held
Tuesday, June 20, 2006, at 6:00 pm
until 7:30 pm, at the Ben Durham
Business Center, 2933 North
Myrtle Avenue. To register, or for
more information, call 634-0543 or
Abyssinia Missionary Baptist
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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
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to 12p.m.. The conference will con-
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Straight from Broadway, the
entertaining "Stomp" will be on the
stage of the Moran Theater at the
Times Union Center. The interna-
tional percussion sensation has gar-
nered an armful of awards and rave
reviews, and has appeared on
numerous national television
shows. The play will be in town
June 23 25th with nightly and
matinee shows. For more informa-
tion call 632-3373.
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,
Experience the best of Latin
America right here in Jacksonville
at the annual Fiesta Playera June
25th in Downtown Jax headquar-
tered at Metropolitan Park. Call
798-9111 for more info.
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.
ABC's of Grant
The American Society for
Concerned Citizens (ASCC) will
host a half-day grant-writing work-
shop from 9:00 am. 1:00 p.m. enti-
tled The ABC's of Grant Writing on
Wednesday, June 30 and July 1,
2006 at the Baymeadows
AmeriSuites Hotel. For more infor-
mation, contact Art Brown at (866)
PRIDE Book Club
The next book club meeting will
be held at the home of Rena Smith
on Saturday, July 8, 2006 at 2:00 -
4:30 pm. The book for discussion
will be SO YOU CALL YOUR-
SELF A MAN by Carl Weber. The
August meeting will be held on
Saturday, August 5, 2006. The book
for discussion will be -THE
COVENANT WITH BLACK
AMERICA by Travis Smiley. The
meeting will be hosted by Marsha
Phelps at American Beach.For more
information, email feliceF@bell-
Doing Business with
The Florida Minority Supplier
Development Council is hosting a
workshop on "How to do business
with the Walt Disney World
Resort". This workshop will be
given by Disney World execs and is
being held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.,
Tuesday, June 13th at the Hyatt
Regency Jacksonville Riverfront,
225 E.Coastline Drive. You must
RSVP to attend this meeting. Please
call Debbie Armstrong at 904-356-
0040 or visit www.fmnsdc.org.
Paxon Class of '91
Bon Voyage Party
Calling all Mighty Eagles! This is
the year of the Paxon Class of 91'
15 year Class Reunion and big
things are planned for you. The
class will be hosting a Bon Voyage
Party on July 15th at 7:30 p.m. at
Dave & Busters. This party is the
prelude to a the cruise planned for
July 21-24. For more information
call (904) 588-2621 and/or
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 394-8084.
Raines Class of 81" 25th Reunion
The Raines Class of 1981 will be holding a 25 year Reunion Cruise on
November 1lth. The five night celebration will goo the Grand Cayman
Islands & ocho Rios Jamaica departing from Miami. For more informa-
tion, call Cecilia at 904-766-8784.
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Gladys Shares Her Talent and Wisdom .
herald. She confesses that she
didn't even realize the how
precious her talent was.
"Over my lifetime, I've real-
ized that I've been given
something wonderful and I
didn't know it in the begin-
ning. It took me a while to
realize that I had been blessed
with something. I've been
singing for all of this time, but
the other blessing is that
every time I step out on that-
stage, it's all brand new for
me, and I just love it. I really
A standing ovation isn't new
to the singer, but Knight said
that every applause and cheer
motivates her more on stage. "You
do really feel the love [from the
audience], and I tell people some-
times I'm at the Flamingo in Las
Vegas, and sometimes folks will
come in to take a break from the
tables and I was just telling them
that sometimes it makes a differ-
ence what you bring with you, you
know? We're there to entertain you,
so when you bring that love, we
don't have a choice but to give it
right back to you."
With talent that has only been
matured and enhanced over time
like a fine wine, it's expected that
young singers might consider
Knight an influence and a model.
When advising those aspiring song-
birds, Knight laughingly replied,
"Be careful." Her words of caution
are particularly in reference to the
image of popular young singers.
"Sometimes we get into what
they're doing and what they're not
doing and then I thought about it -
as we were coming up with had this
little funky thing called the twist.
I remember our parents and our
BLackz Mvstco Movth I nspiLrat0ions
Sheet Music Explodes (1850)
Black songwriters found success in the 1850s with so-called 'Coon Songs' the
soundtrack for the minstrel shows of the day. Songwriters such as James Bland, Ernest
Hogan, Bob Cole, James Reese Europe, and Will Marion Cook (seen right) sold pop-
ular songs over the next fifty years that reflected all that was happening in their world
the abolitionist movement, the Civil War, Emancipation, Reconstruction and the
Charles Albert Tindley is Born (1851) I
'The Prince of Preachers,' Rev. Dr. Tindley, (d.1933), composed some of
the earliest gospel hymns and founded one of the largest black Methodist
congregations in Philadelphia at the turn of.the century. Tindley's 'I Shall ,. ^ 'iJ- i- |
Overcome' (1903) is considered by some to be the inspiration for the civil .
rights anthem 'We Shall Overcome.'.
West African Griots (1854)
In the initial push of European colonization of West African, the word L_ -
'griot' was coined by the French. While French general Louis Faidherbe was -
being appointed Governor of Senegal in 1854, his fellow colonists were
discovering the oral poetry of what is now mod- "
F F^ em-day Mali, Gambia, Guinea and Senegal that dates to the 14th century. Over 150
years later, we recognize the line from the griot to the blues and to hip hop.
Ignacio Cervantes In Europe (1865)
*'-. i In 1865 pianist Ignacio Cervantes, (1847-1905), left Havana to study and perform in
Europe for five years, during which he won first prize in several contests. When
Cervantes returned to Cuba he began composing music that integrated European clas-
sical tropes with Afro-Cuban rhythms foreshadowing Jazz twenty-five years ahead of
A schedule. -
Fisk Jubilee Singers Formed (1871)
After Emancipation, several universities were established for freed '
slaves, including Tennessee's Fisk University. In 1871 Fisk's Jubilee t'
Singers became the first choir to publicly perform slave spirituals *
such as 'Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.' Under the direction of George -
White they toured the country following the route of the former
Underground Railroad. The Fisk Jubilee Singers continue to delight
Gospel Music Today
F .. The legacy of the Fisk Jubilee Singers and choir based gospel can be heard in all of
today's black American popular music, but especially in the hip hop infused harmonies
of Kirk Franklin & the Family. All roads lead back to Fisk. Listen closely to Franklin's
'Looking for You' (2005).
Joe "King" Oliver is Born (1885)
Oliver, shown left (d.1938), raised on the streets of Storeyville,New Orleans' red
light district, was a mentor to Louis Armstrong who played second comet in his band,
King Oliver and his Creole Jazz Band, in the early 1920s. The term 'hot jazz' reported-
SlI goes back to oliver.
Bessie Smith is Born (1894)
The Blues' most famous daughter, Smith (d. 1937) was singing on the
street for money before. her 10th birthday and making hit records by her
thirties. She had many hits but her biggest was Down Hearted Blues.' She's
as known for her interpretation of songs as she is for being the first black
American female superstar singer. From Etta James to Janis Joplin to
Me'Shell Ndegeocello -- wherever you find the blues, interpretive singing,
and a balance between vulnerability and power you'll find the influence
Scott Joplin sells 'Maple Leaf Rag' (1899)
Reportedly Joplin (1868-1917) sold one million copies of sheet music for 'Maple Leaf Rag,' but perhaps more
importantly the song was to Ragtime what 'Papa's Got a Brand New Bag' was to Funk the spark that lit the fire.
Ragtime remained the worldwide popular music of choice up to World War I, after which Jazz took over.
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Gladys Knight is one of the leg-
endary singers known to bring the
house down. The superstar, whose
music and talent has stood the test
of time, with or without the Pips, is
a musical gem, as fans jubilantly
grandparents being so outraged
about the twist. So today, we're out-
rage by a lot of the things that they
do, but I would like to warn them
about the price that you may pay for
some of the freedoms that you
have." She continued.
"We have lost some things along
So I would caution them about
that and [to] keep certain things in
place your moral levels, your con-
science, how you treat other people.
All of those things need to be in
place while you're doing your own
Just check her repertoire and you'll
find that Gladys can master any
genre, but as of late, the singer has
returned to her gospel roots. Was
this an abrupt musical transforma-
"I didn't just do gospel, gospel is
me. I am so grateful for the plan my
heavenly father had for me because
he gave me the parents that I had.
They were God-fearing and they
didn't groom us for the business.
They just believed in keeping us
busy doing the things we loved to
do, and we loved to sing. I was born
and raised in the church. We'd be on
the bus singing gospel; we'd be
behind the stage singing gospel.
Every album we had, just about, we
put an inspirational song on it
because that's who we are and that
's where we come from," she said.
"Now I'm full force into it because I
can kind of do what I want. And
plus I've matured spiritually. I can
stand flat-footed and say that I need
to give back to him for what he's
done for me."
Currently, Knight is lighting up
Las Vegas, where she headlines five
nights a week at the Flamingo. As
she offered her advice for young
singers, Knight was asked what she
thought about Michael Jackson
making the move to perform in Sin
City, also. Knight, who is credited
with discovering Jackson, simply
said, "[Vegas] would be a good
place for him to play. Michael is
multi-talented. I don't know what
his next step will be, but I hope that
talent doesn't die within him."
Janet's Coming in September
Janet Jackson's forthcoming album "20 Years
Old" will drop Sept. 26 from Virgin Records. The
company released a teaser statement, promising
the new set will be just as hot and groundbreaking
as the singer's landmark 1986 album, "Control."
| ~The first single from "20 Years Old" will be
"Call on Me," featuring Nelly. Barring any pre-
mature leaks, radio stations will begin playing the
Stune next week.
Of the new album, Jackson's beau, Dupri, says: "Jimmy Jam and Terry
Lewis are musical powerhouses. Our individual successes have been
unparalleled and have kept music fans bouncing to our beats and singing
our songs for years. The world has no idea what they are about to experi-
ence -- Janet has the best production trio possible -- and I guarantee, we
Lionel Stays Clear of Daughters Feud
Days before Paris Hilton told "Live With
Regis and Kelly" Tuesday that she and her for-
mer best friend Nicole Richie will "get back
together one day," Richie's famous dad was
telling a Boston radio station the same '
thing...as if the whole feud had been choreo-
graphed from day one. Hmmm.
"They have been having arguments since they
were three," Richie said during the interview.
"My mother gave me some good advice: 'As
parents, if we can just stay out of our kids' argu-
ments, nine times out of 10 it will take care of itself.'"
Poor Richie can't even promote his own music without being asked about
Nicole's mess, whether it's her falling out with Paris or her frightening
When asked if he even knows the source of his daughter's tiff with the
hotel heiress, Richie replied: "We may never know what it is and you know
what? Certain things we just don't want to know."
Johnson Ventures in Cafeteria Food
Earvin Magic Johnson has added the
food service industry to his expanding
portfolio of business ventures.
This week, the NBA legend announced
plans to partner with food preparation
giant Sodexho to open cafeterias branded
with his name and image on college cam-
'r-. puses, at sports arenas, in schools and
inside health facilities.
"We want to change the cafeteria-going
experience for young people," Johnson
told USA Today. "It shouldn't feel like
you're in a cafeteria even when you're
With 51% ownership of the new SodexhoMagic joint venture, MAgic
hopes his presence can spice up the food service industry with friendlier,
non-cafeteria-like design and better food. ibices. T -.'-'....
"If the food isn't good, my image won't make a difference," he says.
--9, Denver Teacher Wins $100K for Teaching Excellence
Felicia P. Fields, left, and LaChanze perform a number from the
Broadway Musical 'The Color Purple. In the inset is LaChanze who
garnered the best actress honors at the Tony Awards.
Color Purple Drawing Diverse
Crowds and Major Awards
Though Broadway's The Color
Purple took home only one Tony
Award for its star LaChanze -
the exposure on the national broad-
cast brought the musical a bump in
According to a production
spokesperson, the show took in
double its regular single ticket sales
on June 12, the day following the
June 11 televised Tony Award cere-
The musical nabbed 11 nomina-
tions for Best Musical, Best
Performance by a Leading Actress
(LaChanze), Best Performance by a
Featured Actress (Felicia P. Fields
and Elisabeth Withers-Mendes),
Best Performance by a Featured
Actor (Brandon Victor Dixon),
Best Choreography (Donald Byrd),
Best Original Score (Brenda
Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen
Bray), Best Book (Marsha
Norman), Best Scenic Design (John
Lee Beatty), Best Costume Design
(Paul Tazewell) and Best Lighting
Design (Brian MacDevitt).
Audiences for the Tony Award-
nominated play, on view at the
1,718-seat Broadway Theatre, are
evenly divided between blacks and
whites an anomaly in a business
where four out of five' customers
are typically white;
"We felt strongly that we had a
unique opportunity to do something
Broadway rarely does: to bring
African-Americans to the theater,"
said Scott Sanders, the show's pro-
ducer. "We knew if we told the
story honestly and truthfully, we
really had an opportunity to do
The crowd contradicts the statis-
tics complied by The League of
American Theatres and Producers,
Inc., between June 2004 and June
2005. Of the 11.53 million tickets
sold over those 12 months, only
3.8 percent were purchased by
blacks. Latinos accounted for 5.7
Things are different at "The
"When we started to put together
our marketing plan, we were hop-
ing for African-Americans to make
up 10 or 15 percent of the audi-
ence," Sanders said. "The fact that
we're drawing about 50 percent of
the audience, a diversified audience
of people who have not been to
Broadway, that's really, really excit-
Five months after its opening,
"The Color Purple" was grossing
more than $1. million a week, mak-
ing it one of the top five shows on
Broadway. The show's backers
should recoup their $11 million
investment in less than a year.
DENVER A Denver teacher has
won the first $100,000 Kinder
Excellence in Teaching Award,
which was presented this week at a
ceremony in Washington, D.C.
In Linda Alston's classroom,
math, science and reading aren't the
only things the kindergartners are
expected to learn. Grace and cour-
tesy are just as important, and
everything in Alston's Fairview
Elementary School class -- the
plants, the china teacups, the pitch-
er and bowl used to wash tiny hands
-- has been placed there to foster
"It's not enough that they are
smart and can read and write and do
well on tests," Alston said. "If they
have not operated, lived, moved
and had their being in a space
where they learn to treat each other
with respect, dignity and empathy,
all of that education will not serve
The award's creators, Houston
philanthropists Rich and Nancy
Kinder and the nonprofit KIPP
Foundation, say it is the largest
unrestricted award for a K-12
teacher in U.S. history -- and they
hope it brings some attention to
what they say is low pay for teach-
ers. A study by the American
Federation of Teachers showed the
average teacher made $46,597 in
2003-04, an increase of 2.2 percent
from the previous year.
"A doctor, a lawyer, they can earn
$100,000. Why can't a teacher?"
Nancy Kinder asked.
To be eligible for the award,
teachers must have worked in a
school with at least 50 percent of its
students qualifying for a free or
reduced lunch program. Alston
works in the Sun Valley neighbor-
hood, which has one of Denver's
highest crime rates.
Schools associated with the KIPP
Foundation on average do pay
teachers more than public schools,
but also require them to work some
Saturday and summer weeks and
make themselves available to stu-
dents and parents when they're not
in school. KIPP -- the Knowledge is
Power Program -- has schools in 15
states and Washington, D.C. Its
Linda Alston, a teacher at Fairview Elementary SchooL, talks about
winning the National Kinder Excellence in Teaching Award. It is the
largest unrestricted award for a K-12 teacher in U.S. history.
teachers were not eligible for the
Alston, however, doesn't worry
about making money or earning
"I strive to do my work in my
classroom with" kindergarten chil-
dren so well that the living, the dead
or the unborn could not do it bet-
ter," she said. "And when I put forth
that kind of excellence and all that I
have, I know that I will be taken
The 56-year-old teacher designs
her lessons around high expecta-
tions, from reading assignments
that feature Robert Frost or the Rev.
Martin Luther King Jr. to tea parties
complete with handwritten invita-
tions and cloth napkins.
Even the simple task of washing
hands has been broken down into
more than 50 steps in an effort to
promote skills her students will use
in more academic pursuits.
"I think that high expectation has
then been communicated at a very
deep level to them," she said.
"There's an indirect message there
that I trust you and I know who you
She hopes to use the money to
travel to South Africa and learn
about education there. But the big-
ger prize, she said, was knowing
that the Kinders want the best
teachers to be able to make as much
as a lawyer or doctor.
"The earth moved, the planet
shifted and my heart rocked gen-
tly," said the Howard University
graduate who began teaching in
Denver public schools in 1989.
Black Holocaust Museum Founder Dies
Milwaukee James Cameron, 92,
who survived an attempted lynch-
ing by a white mob and went on to "
found America's Black Holocaust
Museum, died Sunday in
In 1988, he opened the museum
in a small storefront room in down-
town Milwaukee. Six years later, he
took over an abandoned 12,000-
square-foot gym the city sold him
for $1. The museum explores the
history of the struggles of blacks in
America from slavery to modem
day and was considered one of the
first of its kind in the country.
Cameron said in interviews that "
he was inspired to create the muse- '
um by a 1979 trip to Israel and Yad
Vashem, the Holocaust memorial. James Cameron stands in the Black Holocaust Museum in this file
"The museum is his legacy," said photo. Cameron, who founded the museum, died Sunday June 11,
Marissa Weaver, chair of the the injustices that African- ly, providing an opportunity to
Museum's Board. "That was his Americans have suffered while at repair bridges that have been suf-
life's work to share with the world the same time, and most important- fered because of our history."
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