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Enterprising Bob Johnson Now
Venturing Into Student Loans
RLJ Companies, LLC ("RLJ") controlled by 4
Robert L. Johnson, founder of BET and owner of
the NBA Charlotte Bobcats, along with a minor-
ity investment from Goldman Sachs, has created
UTB Education Finance, LLC, a business estab-
lished to help families and students finance sec-
ondary and post-secondary education. The com-
pany hopes to become the nation's premier
minority-controlled, service-oriented student
"We are thrilled to begin such an important ini-
tiative. The size and scope of our company will allow us to create student
loan products that will appeal to families and students, and the financial
aid professionals that serve them," stated Robert L. Johnson, Chairman
of the UTB Education Finance Board. "We are excited to be positioned
to create one of the first minority-controlled student loan companies that
we hope will be capable of helping millions of students in attaining high-
Williams' Ashes Spread in Africa
The ashes of Crips co-founder Stanley "Tookie"
Williams, who was executed in -December, were
spread in a Soweto, South Africa, lake to fulfill a
request he made before his death.
Barbara Becnel, a close friend who co-authored nine
books with Williams, spread his ashes in the lake in
Soweto's Thokoza Park on June 25. Williams bad
wanted to be buried in what he considered the mother-
land, said Becnel.
"We're from Africa no matter how many hundreds of years we've beeni
here," she said. "He couldn't get back to Africa alive, but he could get
back to Africa still, and this was the way to do it."
Soweto had significance for him. she said, because there was a famous
1976 student uprising that ultimately led to the unraveling of apartheid&
Becnel said there are plans under way in Soweto t6 build a library in
honor of his work.
Williams was convicted of killing four people in 1979 in Los Angeles
and maintained his innocence until he died. He was executed Dec. 13 at
San Quentin State Prison. His supporters, pointing to the many children's
books he wrote, argued that he had turned his life around in prison and
had become an anti-gang crusader.
Evander Holyfield Returns to the Ring
Former four-time heavyweight champion "
Evander "The Real Deal" Holyfield, at age 43, -
will return to the ring on Aug. 19 to fight a 10-
round match against Jeremy Bates.
"I'm very excited about it." Holyfield told
ESPN.com of the fight scheduled to take place at
the American Airlines Center in Dallas. "Beingi
able to finish what I've started means a lot. I was
sidetracked lately. but I am getting back on the
It's been 21 months since the boxer's last bout, when he lost a unani-
mous decision to Larry Donald in New York and was subsequently sus-
pended by the New York commission for "poor performance," meaning
he couldn't fight anywhere in the United States until the suspension was
Holyfield. (38-8-2, 25 KOs), protested the suspension, passed a series
of medical tests and eventually convinced New York boxing officials to
change his suspension from "medical" to "administrative," which
allowed him to seek licenses elsewhere. Last week, Holyfield was grant-
ed one in Texas.
Attorneys General Elect First Black
President with Thurbert Baker
Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker
has been elected president of the National
Association of Attorneys General, the first
African-American to hold the job in the near-
ly 100-year-old legal institution.
Baker was elected by his colleagues from
other states for 2006-2007. The announce-
Sent was made at the annual meeting of the
states' top lawyers in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
Baker, a Democrat, was appointed Georgia's attorney general in 1997.
He has twice been elected to four-year terms and is seeking his third.
Baker, a Democrat. was appointed Georgia's attorney general in 1997
by then-Gov. Zell Miller. He has twice been elected to four-year terms
and is seeking his third.
Baker has also clashed occasionally with Republican Gov. Sonny
Perdue, notably over Perdue's use of state aircraft. The two also battled
over a redistricting plan in what was widely viewed as a larger test of
wills over who has the power to call legal shots for the state.
When Baker refused to drop the state's defense of the Democratic plan,.
Perdue sued him. The Georgia Supreme Court sided with Baker 5-2.
Baker has been honored for his work on open government. Recently,
he made a high-profile appearance in the Georgia Supreme Court, sitting
next to a top aide who defended the state's constitutional ban on ga. mar-
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Volume 20 No. 24 Jacksonville, Florida July 6 19, 2006
Rights Groups Challenge Congress
to Act on Voting Rights Extension
thing and passes an extension of the
Voting Rights Act," Morial said at a
news conference Monday in front
of the Mickey Leland federal court-
Black leaders are upset that
despite ringing endorsements from
President Bush, Democratic and
Republican leaders, a small group
of Republicans in the House has
been able to postpone a vote on the
measure at what Morial calls the
12th hour, the 59th minute and the
In recent weeks, he said, "A small
group of detractors pulled a high-
noon hijacking in an effort to derail
the legislation," he stated, "Let us
by George Curry
A coalition of Black leaders,
including National Urban League
President Marc H. Morial and U.S.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas),
announced that beginning next
Wednesday, they will hold a nightly
vigil on Capitol Hill until Congress
extends key provisions of the
Voting Rights Act of 1965 set to
expire next year.
"Beginning on the 12th of July on
the steps of the United States
Capitol [a coalition of civil rights
groups] will sponsor what will be
an ongoing vigil which will contin-
ue until such time as the Congress
of the United States does the right
be clear. This group of detractors
does not have the votes to prevent
overwhelming passage in the House
and the Senate."
Sheila Jackson Lee accused the
wayward GOP members of
Congress of raising last-minute
objections that had been considered
- and rejected before.
"We had three years of hearings,"
she noted. "We gave every member
of Congress the right to petition and
to complain. We gave them the
right to be heard. We gave them the
right to sit at a hearing. We gave
them the right to engage in negotia-
Continued on page 3
Thomas Dortch Dr. Cornel West
Dream Team of Economic Success
Bringing Tour to Jacksonville
A heady lineup of national Black Author Thomas Shapiro, in "The blasting at the bad. We're doing it
leaders will open the book on their Hidden Costs of Being African with essential knowledge wrapped
successes for the "BEST" Black American," says that the 750,000 in real lives of the best of a genera-
Economic Success Training middle class Blacks in 1965 had, by tion," Jakes said. "Changes come as
Seminar, set for Friday and the mid-1990s multiplied tenfold to we take mentoring to a new level."
Saturday, August 11-12th, at the 7.5 million. But he says those gains The BEST initial speakers ros-
Times Union Center, in are undermined by a growing gap in ter includes: Earvin "Magic"
Jacksonville. inherited wealth and the "continu- Johnson, one of the "50 Greatest
This groundbreaking new semi- ing institutional discrimination in Players in NBA History", who has a
nar which will make its debut in homeownership." On the plus side, bulging business portfolio of
Jacksonville, under the aegis of stats show that between 1997 and Burger Kings, a TGI Friday's,
TDJ Enterprises can help you map 2002, according to the "Survey of Starbucks, movie theaters, 24-Hour
the route to your life's best, says T. Business Owners: Black-Owned Fitness Centers, and resident and
D. Jakes. "I am staggered at this Firms: 2002," the number of black- commercial real estate ventures, all
chance to avail the sharp minds of owned businesses in the US rose 45 aimed to help revitalize near-down-
our greatest negotiators, business percent to 1.2 million. Combined town neighborhoods.
giants, and marketing geniuses who revenue increased 25 percent to USA Today says he is perhaps the
are willing to show what to do and $88.8 billion, most successful athlete in profitable
how to do it," he said. "We're building on good news and retirement. Continued on page 2
Rev. A.B. Coleman, Jr.
Community Mourns Loss of
Dedicated Education Advocate,
Business Leader and Pastor
Rev. A. B.
Coleman Jr. has
been a familiar
name to the
many years; and
a familiar name
to students and anyone else associ-
ated with Florida Memorial College
for many years. Rev. Coleman Jr.
was an outstanding contributor to
the Florida Memorial College
Board of Directors, where he
served as chairman of the board.
Rev. Coleman, 76, passed away
Although bom in Daytona Beach,
Rev. Coleman came to Jacksonville
as a youngster in the early 1930s
when his father, the late Rev. A. B.
Coleman Sr. was called to pastor the
Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist
Church. Rev. Coleman Jr. also
served as co-pastor of Shiloh, with
,his father. He established and
became pastor of St. Andrew
Missionary Baptist Church in 1978,
and remained pastor until his recent
Rev. Coleman graduated from
Stanton High School in 1946, and in
pursuit of higher education, he
received a bachelor's degree in biol-
ogy from Benedict College in
Columbia, SC; and a bachelor's
degree from Luther Rice Seminary.
In 1970, he retired from the U.S.
Army after 20 years of service, and
worked with his uncle at his mortu-
ary in Washington, DC. He would
later found his own mortuary busi-
ness. Following completion of
training at the McAllister Institute
of Funeral Services in New York, he
returned home in 1972 and co-pas-
tored Shiloh Metropolitan with his
father. The A. B. Coleman
Mortuary, and Cremation Service
was founded in 1982.
Rev. Coleman's civic and pro-
fessional memberships include
serving as chairman of the board of
directors of the Florida General
Baptist Convention; former chair-
man of the board of Funeral
Directors and Continued on page 3
Essence "Party With a Purpose" Continues On
Forced to relocate from its long-
time home in New Orleans to
Houston due to Hurricane Katrina,
this year's event, featured the usual
power packed daylong seminars
and nights filled with top-name
musical acts. The Festival began its
12th installment over the holiday
weekend, the first year it's been
held outside New Orleans.
Essence used the weekend to
launch its Essence Cares program,
designed to promote involvement in
organizations that help children
affected by substandard education,
poverty, gang violence and natural
disasters such as Hurricane Katrina,
which swamped New Orleans last
Entertainment included Jamie
Foxx, LL Cool J, Earth Wind &
Fire, Yolanda Adams, Toni Braxton,
Mary J. Blige, Cedric the
Entertainer, and even a New
Edition reunion with Bobby Brown.
But its empowerment component -
daylong panels, workshops and
Mary J. Blige brought the crowd to their feet with her many ballads.
speeches that are free to the public Farrakhan, Shemar Moore, Jill
were the highlight of the event. Scott and Magic Johnson among
Speakers included Bishop T.D. others.
Jakes, whose speech was beamed "I think that there is a galvanizing
throughout the nation via satellite, of the spirit in this nation, in sup-
Angela Davis talking about the high port of evacuees and the pain that
incarceration of youth; rapper Nas; those people have and many still
the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Min. Louis are experiencing," said Susan
Taylor, editorial director of
Essence, the magazine geared
toward black women. "This is now
a call to action."
The Essence festival had been
held at the Superdome in New
Orleans since its inception in 1995.
But the massive structure endured
significant damage during
"We absolutely wanted to have it
in New Orleans," Taylor said, "(but)
we realized that we had to find
another home for it."
Houston was the substitute choice,
and in many ways, the natural
choice. A good portion of the resi-
dents in New Orleans, a predomi-
nantly black city, fled to Houston
after the devastating storm last
summer, and many have remained
Though Essence has long held
empowerment workshops and pan-
els during the day, Taylor says this
year they'll have an added sense of
urgency. Continued on back.
July 6 19, 2006
African Americans Call For L __ 1
Boycott of BP, Arco, and Amoco
The Rev. Al Sharpton, left, holds a microphone for The Rev. Jesse
Jackson as he recommends a boycott of British Petroleum during a
panel discussion at The National Conference and Revival for Social
Justice in the Black Church at the Friendship-West Baptist Church in
A group of prominent black lead-
ers including the Revs. Jesse
Jackson and Al Sharpton
announced a boycott last week of
BP PLC, saying the oil company
gouges customers and racially dis-
criminates in its business practices.
"One of the biggest issues of our
time is energy exploitation,"
Jackson said. "We are encouraging
people to go to other stations and to
turn in their gas cards." The
London-based company was target-
ed because none of its upper-level
executives are black and there are
no black owners among its hun-
dreds of U.S. distributors, Jackson
Continued from page 1
Henry Louis Gates has said that
Dr. Cornel West is "the preeminent
African American intellectual of
our time." West.entered Harvard at
the age of 17 and finished in three
years, magna cum laude. His
resume sparkles with Princeton,
where he currently heads Religion
and African American Studies;
Harvard, Union Theological
Seminary, Yale Divinity School,
University of Paris, and more. His
many groundbreaking books
include Race Matters.
The nationally powerful 100
Black Men of America, the service
organization committed to intellec-
tual development and economic
empower-ment, is chaired by
BP spokesman Scott Dean
defended the company's diversity,
saying 15 percent of BP's U.S.
employees are black and they
account for almost 10 percent of
"It is disappointing that (Jackson)
is playing the race card against
company that has a long-standing
tradition of diversity, that has a
work force that mirrors the diversi-
ty of the American people," Dean
Dean said that while none of BP's
roughly 600 U.S. distributors are
black, the company would like to
find black-run companies to distrib-
ute gas regionally. The company
Thomas Dortch. He is the CEO of
TWD Inc., and Atlanta
Transportation Systems; a
Presidential Citation winner; recip-
ient of the Martin Luther King Jr.
Distinguished Service Award; and
founder of the National Black
College Alumni Hall of Fame.
The CEO/Pastor of a 30,000
member church, T. D. Jakes, heads
a multi-million dollar for-profit
business. His many books include
the international mega-seller
"Woman, Thou Art Loosed," 'also
the title of his movie i among- his
many other accomplishments.
To register for the BEST confer-
ence, go to www.TDJakes.com or
call 1(866)JAKES22 (1-800 525-
3722). BEST conferences are also
planned for Charlotte, NC;
Washington, DC; Atlanta and L.A.
has been sued by a black U.S. dis-
tributor who said he was unfairly
denied a contract, but Dean said BP
chose a different bidder with a bet-
Jackson's Rainbow PUSH
Coalition began weekly protests
against the company last week, and
he said there are plans to expand the
demonstrations after he gained the
support of about 100 black leaders
at a summit in Dallas that ends
Jackson said rising gas prices
have disproportionately hurt
America's poor, who travel the most
for their work and can least afford
to pay. He called for Congress to
cap gas prices and institute a wind-
fall profits tax that would redirect
oil companies' recent record earn-
ings toeducation and social pro-
BP, which runs BP, ARCO and
Amoco stations, reported almost
$5.3 billion (euro4.22 billion) in
profits in the first quarter of 2006.
Dean said high fuel prices are need-
ed to ensure a steady supply for
U.S. consumers and prevent short-
Sharpton said protesters will con-
verge on BP stations and offices in
12 major cities across the country.
Jackson said his group plans to
protest at the company's London
Sharpton said Congress and other
oil companies should take heed.
"If you give British Petroleum a
good spanking, it will send a mes-
sage to the other companies,"
** Please note, due to
office maintenance, the
Jacksonville Free Press
wil not be printing an
edition next week. **
Be on the Lookout for the Patriotic Bus
The Jacksonville Transportation
Authority is paying tribute to the
nation on its' 230th birthday with
the unveiling of its new Patriotic
Bus. The bus features some of our
nation's most recognizable symbols
of Americana including the Statue
of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, sol-
diers raising the American flag on
Iwo Jima and a soaring bald eagle.
"We wanted to show our pride in
this great country," said JTA
Executive Director/CEO Michael J.
Blaylock. "What better way for the
JTA to do that than with a bus
wrapped in some of the greatest
symbols of our way of life."
Inside the bus are ten quotes from
American presidents from George
Washington and Thomas Jefferson
to John F. Kennedy, Ronald
Reagan, Bill Clinton and George H.
The bus, which also features the
quote "sweet land of liberty,"
debuted during the city's festivities
on Independence Day.
New Book Strives to Help African-
Americans Reach Financial Freedom
When it comes to their finances,
Americans have become alarming-
ly dysfunctional the past several
years. In fact, the personal savings
rate in the U.S. is the lowest it has
been in 73 years. To make matters
even worse, credit card debt is at an
all-time high, with an average of
$9,312 per household. For African-
Americans, the numbers can be
even more daunting. A recent
report revealed that 84% of all
African-American credit-card hold-
ers carry a balance, the highest of
any ethnic group in the country.
Where do Americans begin to get
themselves onto the road to eco-
"Changing your mindset is the first
step toward financial freedom and
economic independence," says
Carla J. Cargle, noted African-
American financial expert and
author of the new book, The
Financial Truth...to Humble, Wise
and Wealthy Living (Wealth
Builders Publishing, 2006). "A per-
son's mindset determines their
future. A poverty mindset reaps
poverty, but a wealthy mindset
Recently featured in Jet Magazine,
Cargle is determined to change the
mindset of consumption and pover-
ty within the African-American
community. "I'm on a mission to
help African-Americans develop a
positive, healthy and spiritual rela-
tionship with their money," Cargle
says. She's dismayed by the com-
munity's lack of financial discipline
and its increasing focus on material
She encourages African-
Americans to think about wealth in
a different way. "Wealth is not
'bling.' It's not wearable or dri-
vable," says Cargle. "Wealth is not
in your money, wealth is in your
mind. It's measured by what you
own, not what you earn."
While most financial advisors
want you to believe that their
finances are perfect, Cargle is not
ashamed to admit that she's experi-
enced financial challenges of her
own. Cargle particularly under-
stands the bumpy path to economic
independence because she has actu-
ally been there. Her advice stems
from her own experiences. She has
lived from paycheck to paycheck
and has even been unemployed and
incapable of finding food, clothing,
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July 0 19, 2006
EWC Hosting Family
Edward Waters College (EWC)
and the Community Stakeholders
will sponsor the 1st Annual Family
Preservation Conference Saturday,
July 8 on the EWC campus. The
theme of the Conference is "Charity
Begins at Home: Stop the
The conference, which will be
held in the Student Union Building,
9 a.m. 4 p.m., will include work-
shops on self sufficiency skills,
mental and physical health, educa-
tion, social services, financial
empowerment and spirituality.
"With the increasing homicide rate
in Jacksonville, we feel it is neces-
sary to offer a program that will
assist in strengthening families to
combat violence and crime while
promoting healthy lifestyles," said
Dr. Oswald P. Bronson, Sr., the 27th
president of EWC. "Our aim is to
reach parents, family and youth,
and provide them with the tools to
remain alive, healthy, and success-
ful in life. EWC is committed to
these goals by providing the confer-
ence as well as educational oppor-
tunities for these youth who are
from affected communities."
Stewart Washington is the presi-
dent of the Community
Stakeholders, which is a group of
concerned citizens tasked with
improving the quality of life, edu-
cation and economic development
in the community. "The goal of the
conference is to teach parents, fam-
ilies and youth to achieve basic sur-
vival skills, and maintain stable and
healthy families in environments of
violence and crime," stated
The group has adopted EWC as
part of their mission to employ edu-
cation as a means to combating the
violence. Washington added, "We
are in the midst of a special enroll-
ment campaign for the College,
which started June 1 and will cul-
minate with the conference on July
For more info, call 470-825.
Shown above left are the B.R.A.T.S. from left to right: Vonn Burkes, Geornesia Moses, Malerie Redmond, Evelynne Dixon, Hilary Standifer,
Brandon Corbitt and Cody Floyd. In September AKA will honor them and the 1st 7 will become charter members. Shown right is AKA
Education Committee Chairman Sandra Thompson with Officer Lance Clower who helped escort the youth on a tour.
AKA's Educate and Enlighten Youth With Summer Program
by Cody Floyd
The Alpha Kappa Alpha
Education Committee sponsored
it's annual Summer Camp from
Rights Groups Challenge Congress to Act
continued from page 1
DAnd as we moved to the floor of
the House, we found that there were
a group of detractors out of Texas
and Georgia that have now claimed
stakeholder positions D1 not to help
us pass the Act, but to in essence
undermine and destroy it. D
Jackson Lee noted that as presi-
dent, Lyndon B. Johnson, a Texan,
leaned on federal lawmakers to pass
the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
Referring to George W. Bush, she
said, DNow is the time for another
Texan to stand up. D
The daily vigil on Capitol Hill is
the first of several efforts aimed at
pressuring Congress to act on the
voting measure this year.
On July 29, the NAACP plans to
hold voting rights rally in
Washington, D.C. The NAACP and
other groups are also organizing a
letter-writing campaign, urging
their federal lawmakers to act
quickly on the proposed measure
and avoid tacking on amendments
that would dilute the bill.
Ted Shaw, president and counsel-
general of the NAACP Legal
Defense and Educational Fund,
warned about two traps being set
up under the guise of expanding
protection for Black voters. He said
opponents are proposing that the
Voting Rights Act be broadened to
cover all states and that it be made
permanent. Because the Supreme
Court requires some showing of
past discrimination before uphold-
ing a remedy, Shaw said, the
actions would likely lead to the leg-
islation being invalidated by the
The key provisions set to expire in
2007 include forcing covered dis-
tricts to pre-clear major political
changes with the Justice
Department before putting them in
effect, proving language assistance
in certain districts where a signifi-
cant number of voters are not profi-
cient in English and proving federal
poll watchers when needed.
Shaw said the Voting Rights Act
,ihas4 not only helped underrepresent-
ed groups, but made America a
stronger, more inclusive country.
EIls only because of the Voting
Rights Act that we desegregated
Congress, state and local legisla-
tures, city councils, school boards
and legislative bodies across this
country,] he said. [And its work is
not yet done. D
The Southern Republicans who
object to extending the Voting
Rights Act say it unfairly singles
out the South, a region that has
made major improvements since
the law was first passed in 1965.
As part of its mobilization effort,
the NAACP is conducting a petition
drive. One of its observes, EAs
more than 18 extensive hearings in
the House and Senate, which
received more than 12,000 pages of
testimony have shown, however,
there are some states, local munici-
palities and jurisdictions that have
proven records of discrimination
and are still trying to use official
means to discourage racial and eth-
nic minority Americans from regis-
tering and voting. D
Morial said the arguments of the
GOP detractors have a familiar
He said, [They are 40-year-old
objections wrapped in 21st century
June 19-30, at the AKA Sorority
House, 1011 West 8th Street. The
camp was open to children, ages 6-
13, and was a huge success.
Students were primarily recruited
from the schools which were served
by the Sorority's Ivy Reading
Academy during the school year
(Longbranch, Sallye B. Mathis, and
Highlands Elementary), however
students from many different
schools were in attendance. Sorors
and volunteers gave of their time
and creativity to inspire the
Self-esteem workshops were held,
reading, math, and FCAT skills
were emphasized in daily sessions.
Campers were given etiquette ses-
sions and computer lessons.
Children published a Newsletter at
the end of the Session which was
distributed to all parents. Very use-
ful arts and crafts projects were
made by the campers which was
carried home daily.
Campers earned AKA dollars
daily for attendance, good behavior,
class participation and resourceful-
ness. These dollars allowed them to
shop at the "AKA Store" on
Friday. Campers purchased,
books, schools supplies, toys, and
other goodies. Shopping bags were
provided by the Health Committee,
which made carrying items home
Students went on a "Police
Escorted" walk to the neighborhood
McDonald's, where they were treat-
ed to lunch by the manager
Ms.Jackie. A tour of The City Hall
to see how our local government
operates was conducted. Campers
got to visit the City Council
Chamber; the Mayor's office and
Press Room, and the
A visit to the Downtown library
was a highlight for the children.
The younger children were treated
to story hour while the older
campers were adventurous in the
Teen Area. The campers had lunch
in the beautiful courtyard of the
The campers were served a deli-
cious well-balanced hot breakfast
and lunch daily catered by Codee's
Events (Ms. Tonya Austin, owner).
The children and staff were all well
fed, and used learned skills from the
etiquette class at each meal.
A highlight of this years' camp was
the use of teen volunteers to assist
the teachers. The high schoolers
are earning community service
hours to be used toward graduation
4nd,.college applications., The stu-
dents were so resourceful that they
formed a group to assist the
Sorority and the community. They
will be known as Gamma Rho
Omega's BRATS (Brilliant,
Responsible, Alert, Talented,
Scholars.) They are young people
who are willing to serve.
On the closing day of camp A
"Play Day" was planned by the
B.R.A.T.S. Games stations were
planned and manned by The Teen
volunteers; there was also a visit
from the Jaquar's Cool Catmobile
which provided ice cream and
Jaquar Paraphernalia to the
The Education Committee is
chaired by Soror Sandra Thompson.
Assisting in the camp were:
Gamma Rho Omega Sorors Joan
Spaulding, Betty Howard, Mary
Madison, Ada Standford, Naomi
Briggs, Nelloweze Bell, Loretta
Coppock, Saundra Brown, Myra
Reese; Pi Eta Omega Soror Vera
Sandifer; New Iota Sorors Phyllis
Murray, Toran Lott, and Amy
Williams. Assisting with the pro-
gram were community volunteers
Cezanne Cody, Yuwanga Thornton,
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The Debt: What America Owes Us
i by William Reed
Wealth is a measure
advantage or disadvantage. It is an
abundance of items of economic
value, or controlling or possessing
such items, and encompasses
money, real estate and personal
property. Wealth is a state that
eludes the majority of blacks.
The median net worth of today's
black household is $6,000. The net
worth of a white household is
$88,000 14 times the wealth. The
fact that black wealth is a fraction of
white wealth represents the nation's
long history of discrimination.
While America's racial structures
continue wealth disparities, whites
remain implacably opposed to
engaging in discussions of repara-
tions while continuing to profit
from inherited gifts from the legacy
Continuing disparities in wealth
and wealth accumulation require
realistic discussions regarding repa-
rations; but whites don't want that
discussion, the vast majority believ-
ing that their privilege and wealth
has been earned. White Americans
pretend that some malady of "cul-
ture"; rather than a legacy of
racism, holds African Americans
back. Ironically, some African
Americans believe and support
them in these deceptions.
Surveys conducted on the subject
of "reparations" revel that less than
5 percent of whites favor repara-
tions for slavery. Two-thirds of
African American respondents
favor reparations, but most do not
get involved in actions advocating
for such national legislation. The
current challenge of repairing our
needs through reparations is in
determining how to have a national
discussion toward legislation. But,
blacks fail to force the federal gov-
ernment to undertake an official
study of the impact of slavery on the
social, political and economic life
Four million Africans, and their
descendants, were enslaved in the
US and its colonies from 1619 to
1865. As a result, the US was able
to begin progress toward becoming
the world's most prosperous coun-
try. Calculations of the sum total of
the worth of all the black labor
stolen through means of slavery,
segregation, and contemporary dis-
crimination range from $5 to $24
John Conyers' (D-MI) bill, H.R.
40, to examine the effects and rem-
nants of slavery and Jim Crow have
had on African-Americans since
emancipation, has been stuck in
Congress since 1989. The bill is
labeled H.R. 40 because ex-slaves
were supposed to get 40 acres and a
mule as "just compensation" for
Emancipation freed blacks from
forced free labor, but did little for
the wealth disparity. Had the post-
Civil War federal government hon-
ored and expanded upon Gen.
Sherman's 1865 promise, or passed
the 1867 Reparations Bill, African
Americans would have had an eco-
nomic foothold before waves of
European immigrants poured into
the US during latter decades of the
An 1865 plot of 40 acres would be
worth $1.5 million dollars to each
of today's African Americans. But,
in reality, whites and immigrants
got land blacks were due. From the
1860s to the 1930s, President
Abraham Lincoln's Homestead Act
provided access to the wealth of
246 million acres of productive land
at minimal cost. Approximately 46
million of today's Americans are
beneficiaries of that Act. The vast
majority of the 1.5 million benefici-
aries of the Homestead Act were
white; only 4,000 African
Americans secured such properties.
White Americans, many of them
immigrants, received that acreage -
246 million vs. 40 million yet their
descendants laugh when African
Americans bring up "40 acres and a
African Americans that favor repa-
rations should stop allowing discus-
sions to be guided by perceptions
that: 1) reparations are unlikely ever
to be awarded; 2) reparations are
undeserved by African Americans
since all ex-slaves are dead; 3)
today's white Americans have not
injured African Americans and
should not be required to pay for
sins of their forbearers; 4) it is
impossible to determine who should
get what and how much; and 5)
African Americans must become
self-reliant and determine their own
fate and stop waiting for relief from
Don't be deceived, opponents of
reparations have benefited from a
system of white privilege that is
imbedded in American society.
Let's top acceptance of a system of
white privileges and black disad-
vantages that has accrued advan-
tages for whites for fifteen genera-
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When the New York Times disclose
Bush administration program that
global money transfers by a banking c
in Brussels, President Bush,
Republicans in Congress and the ]
talk shows unleashed a flurry of vent
Bush said: "If you want to figure 01
terrorists are doing, you try to fo
money. And that's exactly what w
And the fact that a newspaper disclose
it harder to win this war on terror."
Rep. Peter King (R-NY), chair of
Homeland Security Committee, t
Wallace on Fox network news: "...
York Times is putting its own arrogant
wing agenda before the interest
American people, and I'm callir
Attorney General to begin a criminal
tion and prosecution of the New Yo
its reporters, the editors who worked
lying the News
the publisher. We're in a time of war, Chris, and
ed a secret what they've done has violated the Espionage
consortium Conservative talk show host Melanie Morgan,
leading referring to New York Times executive editor
Right-wing Bill Keller, said she "would have no problem
om. with him being sent to the gas chamber."
ut what the There is a major problem with this professed
alloww their rage, indignation and bile directed at the New
we're doing. York Times the Bush administration has
ed it makes repeatedly and publicly boasted about its efforts
to track the finances terrorists. And now it wants
F the House to punish the media for printing information that
told Chris was already in the public domain.
. The New Media Matters, a watchdog group that is gen-
it elitist left erally critical of the press in an effort to make it
ts of the better, recounts the administration's disclosures
ng on the on its site, mediamatters.org:
1 investiga- In a September 24, 2001, speech, Bush
rk Times announced the establishment of a "foreign ter-
on this and rorist asset tracking center at the Department of
the Treasury to identify and investigate the
financial infrastructure of the international ter-
rorist networks." He added, "It will bring togeth-
er representatives of the intelligence, law
enforcement, and financial regulatory agencies
to accomplish two goals: to follow the money as
a trail to the terrorists, to follow their money so
we can find out where they are; and to freeze the
money to disrupt their actions."
In a September 24, 2001, letter to Congress,
Bush noted, "Terrorists and terrorist networks
operate across international borders and derive
their financing from sources in many nations.
Often, terrorist property and financial assets lie
outside the jurisdiction of the United States." He
affirmed his commitment to working with inter-
national agencies such as the Financial Action
Task Force (FATF) "to build momentum and
practical cooperation in the fight to stop the flow
of resources to support terrorism."
Continued on page 5
Why Blacks Don't
By. Ron Walters, NNPA Columnist
The recent votes in the House of Representatives to block reauthoriza-
rion of the Voting Rights Act and in the Senate to reject an increase in the
Minimum Wage. give powerful voice to the reason why Blacks respond by
saying no to Republican candidates. In this case, we see clearly the politics
of the economic and social wings of the party at play.
The current Republican Party \vas cleated in the Nixon landslide of 1972
when a substantial portion of the South joined it. adding to its growing eco-
nomic conservatism a group that was deeply conservative on social values.
In combined form, it constituted a political rejection of the government's
values and spending at that time which produced the War on Poverty, the
Great Society program and the changes wrought on society by the civil
The Voting Rights Act was perhaps the most successful and important
piece of civil rights legislation the country has produced by its empower-
ing affects on the Black community's right to vote. The Southern states
enacted and practiced the most oppressive measures that limited that right,
and the passage of that Act created a powerful incentive for the White polit-
ical leadership in the South to switch parties and to fight to regain their
ability to rearrange access to the franchise in ways that would have radial-
ly discrnininatory outcomes.
A recently-released book, "Stealing Democracy" by George Washington
University L.aw% Professor, Spencer Overton, indicates that in state after
state in the South where Republicans are mostly in political control, they
have attempted to enact election requirement that disproportionately reduce
the access of Blacks to the ballot box. A recent example is the passage of
onerous ID requirements to register and to vote, but there are many others.
Although the South is by no means the only region where there is an
attempt to limit the right of Blacks and Hispanics, in particular, to vote. the
ferocity of the opposinon to the reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act in
the House Republican Caucus is led by politicians from that region. This
speaks volumes about the deep and brooding attitudes toward Blacks that
persist in the South that are a carry over from that region's dominantpar-
ticipation in slavery, despite the claim that such attitudes no longer exist'in,
the "New South."
The conservative economic wing of the marriage that led to the modern
Republican part) is vexed over the demand by Democrats in the Sernateto-
increase the minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25, while demanding-thatihe
poor work, reducing its real social benefit The current minimum wage has-
not been adjusted for nine years, meaning that it now produces $10.712 of
income, raising a person just $900 over the poverty level, but a family with
two children falls S5.900 below it. In the same period. Congress has voted
itself annual increases amounting to $31,600, and the average CEO makes
821 times that le\el of wages.
At a recent convention in Gary, Ind. on the economic condition of the
Black community, there was strong support expressed for an increase in the
minimum wage. It has been a staple of the demands by groups such as the
Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, its partner the AFL-CIO, the civil.
rights community and others.
Why should Blacks vote for a party that rejects legislation that would
improve their economic condition and substitute gay-marriage in its place?
Blacks have been unusually reliant on measures like the minumum wage
and the earned income tax credit because it is a community that is dispro-
The Republican Party is approaching another moment of truth in its posi-
tioning toward groups that need a fair distribution of national opportunity
and resources that makes it real. Thinking people should understand that
the Southern wing's effect on the Republican Party's decision to reautho-
lize the Voting Rights Act and their politically powerful small business
wing's continued rejection of an increase the minimum wage, makes a
mockery of party chairman Ken Mehlman's so-called "outreach" program
Moreover, if these attitudes don't change, the record number of Blacks
competing statewide on the GOP ticket will go down in defeat.
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Muslim member of, wrote several columnns in the stu-
Congress.dent newspaper that are getting a
But Ellison is second look.
MINNEAPOLIS Keith Ellison
is hoping that this city of mostly
white Christians is ready to make a
black Muslim its next congressman.
Ellison, a state representative and
criminal defense lawyer, is the
state-party endorsed Democratic
candidate in the liberal-leaning 5th
Congressional District. That makes
him the favorite in his quest to
dogged by questions
about his faith, par-
ticularly after disclo-
sures about his past
associations with the
Nation of Islam, a
group led by Louis
While Ellison has
leaders say the candi-
date's ties to the
"For Jews, there's no
ambiguity when it comes to the
Nation of Islam," said Stephen
Silberfarb, executive director of the
Jewish Community Relations
Council of Minnesota and the
Dakotas. "It's a group that hates the
Around 1990, Ellison then a
University of Minnesota law stu-
One column defended Farrakhan
against charges of anti-Semitism; a
second suggested the creation of a
state for black residents. In 1995,
Ellison helped organize a delega-
tion to Farrakhan's Million Man
March in Washington.
Ellison, 42, said he was never an
enrolled member of the Nation. He
got involved to help improve the
lives of black men, he said, and did
not fully grasp concerns about
Farrakhan's anti-Semitism until
after the 1995 march.
"There are legitimate concerns in
the Jewish community. That's why
I'm happy to answer them," Ellison
said. But, he added, "I do also think
there are people out there who are
fear-mongering, who are trying to
scare the Jewish community and
manipulate this issue."
Last month, party delegates at the
state convention endorsed Ellison
to succeed Rep. Martin Sabo, who
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On October 10, 2001, Bush stat-
ed that the "nations of NATO are
sharing intelligence, coordinating
law enforcement and cracking
down on the financing of terrorist
During remarks at FTAT, then-
Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill
said, "[W]e have begun to act -- to
block assets, to seize books,
records and evidence, and to follow
audit trails to track terrorist cells
*poised to do violence to our com-
mon interests." O'Neill added, "We
have built an international coalition
to deny terrorists access to the
world financial system."
A December 2001 report on the.
steps the administration had taken
to combat terrorism noted that the
FATF "-- a 29-nation group pro-
moting policies to combat money
laundering L- adopted strict new
standards to deny terrorist access to
the world financial system."
A September 10, 2004, Treasury
Department statement read: "The
targeting of terrorist financing con-
tinues to play an important role in
the war on terror. Freezing assets,
terminating cash flows, and follow-
ing money trails to previously
unknown terrorist cells are some of
the many weapons used against ter-
This is not about the New York
Times. It's another naked effort to
squash dissent and intimidate the
media. Having already placed the
media on the defensive by claiming
it has a "liberal bias," conservatives
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work for weakening the First
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The district, which includes
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ring suburbs, is about the closest
thing to a Democratic certainty:
Democrat John Kerry outpolled
President Bush 71 to 28% in 2004.
It's not clear how that will play
with Minneapolis voters. The city is
65 percent white and 18 percent
black. Muslims account for 20,000
of the 2.5 million residents in the
area, although a steady influx of
Somali refugees likely has
increased that total since 2000.
Sumbal Mahmud, a corporate
lawyer and spokeswoman for the
Islamic Center of Minnesota, said
the years since the Sept. 11 attacks
have been difficult for Muslims in
America, and Ellison's candidacy is
an important sign on the road back
"Hopefully it will mobilize the
Muslim community to become
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Jacksonville-area youth were invited to train with the team's draft picks
and free-agent rookies and to enjoy dairy snacks throughout the day.
Critical Need for African-
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Children's Home Society of Florida's (CHS) Infant Adoption Program
is looking for committed families, singles or couples who have a desire
to enjoy the fulfillment of raising a child from birth to adulthood.
There is especially a need for African-American and biracial families
willing to provide a loving home to a child through adoption.
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Abyssinia, First Timothy & Join Heirs
to Hold Dunn Avenue Unity Fest July
Dayspring Baptist Church, The Truth for Living Church, and New Life
Community UMC, will join Abyssinia Baptist Church, First Timothy
Baptist Church, and the Join Heirs Christian Center to host the Dunn
Avenue Unity Fest, Friday and Saturday, July 28 & 29, 2006.
A Men's Conference at 6 p.m. at Truth for Living, 145 Clark Road;
and the Women's Conference at 6 p.m., at Abyssinia; on July 28th, will
kick off the Dunn Avenue Unity Fest.
The Youth are not left behind as the Young Adult Conference start at 6
p.m. at New Life Community UMC, Wingate Road; and the Youth Step
Show will be presented at Joint Heirs, 2100 Dunn Ave., on the 28th, also.
On July 29th, Saturday's events will begin with the Couples Conference
at First Timothy, 12103 Biscayne Blvd. at 9 a.m.; the Singles Conference
will be held at Dayspring Baptist, Dunn Ave. at 9 a.m.; and the Youth
Sports & Evangelism Conference will begin at 9 a.m. at Joint Heirs.
The Dunn Avenue Unity Fest will climax when the Food Festival,
Health & Job Fair begins at 12 noon at Joint Heirs.
The public is invited to all events, which are free to everyone.
New Creation Gospel Singers Celebrates
Anniversary at Events, July 14-16th
The New Creation Gospel Singers will kick off their Anniversary
Celebration with "Youth Night", at 7 p.m. on Friday July 15th at the New
Spirit Full Gospel Church, 4511 Soutel Drive; Drs. Forest and
Wilhelmenia Gilbert, Pastors.
On Saturday evening, July 15th, Elder Ron Walker and First Lady
Waljker, will host the New Creation Gospel Singers at 7 p.m. at the
Cathedral of Prayer Ministry, 3329 North Pearl Street.
The celebration will climax when Rev. C. E. Banks hosts the event at
the Greater Mount Salem Baptist Church, 2335 Moncrief Road.
The community is invited to come and enjoy the Lord with the New
Creation Gospel Singers, as they celebrate their anniversary.
Faust Temple COGIC to Celebrate New Creation Gospel Singers Celebrates
D, ,nc+n. lrn .r.i, nfl,1 A .f l OrQ-,v Anniversary at Events, July 14-16th
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The Faust Temple Church of God in Christ (COGIC), 3329 Moncrief
Road, will celebrate with Appreciation, the 30th Anniversary of Bishop R.
L. Dixon and Missionary Martha Dixon with services to be held nightly at
7:"30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, July 19 21st. The
Appreciation Services will culminate on Sunday, July 23, 2006, at 4:30
p.m. The public is invited to attend all services marking this joyous occa-
Elder Clarence Jones, Committee Chairman, Sister Elizabeth G.
First AME of Palm Coast holds 3-Day
Music Workshop and Seminar
Rev. Raymond Wise, Ph.D., will
be the featured guest clinician at the
3-day Music Workshop and
Seminar sponsored by the Music
Ministry of First AME Church, 91
Old Kings Road North, Palm Coast;
The Reverend Dr. Gillard S. Glover
, Senior Pastor.
You can seize the opportunity to
meet other music makers in the ses-
sions which will involve voice
technique training, music seminars
of historical and biblical perspec-
tives, beginning Friday, July 7, at
6:30 pm. Saturday, July 8th, a con-
tinental breakfast will be followed
by morning rehearsals, a lunch
break, afternoon classes and
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Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1 p.m.
Dinner and Bible Study
at 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
CneSae in OW IOMna nIa Snay: t :5Ipm
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Thursday 8:15 -8:45 amn. '
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TV Ministry l tlt! C
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Sunday Mornings at 6:30 a.m.
rehearsals. A dinner break will be
scheduled before 'evening
A live Workshop Concert will
culminate the activities at 5 p.m. on
Sunday, July 9th. For workshop
participation, please contact James
Robbins or Gwen Howard at (386)
The New Creation Gospel Singers will kick off their Anniversary
Celebration with "Youth Night", at 7 p.m. on Friday July 15th at the New
Spirit Full Gospel Church, 4511 Soutel Drive; Drs. Forest and
Wilhelmenia Gilbert, Pastors.
On Saturday evening, July 15th, Elder Ron Walker and First Lady
Waljker, will host the New Creation Gospel Singers at 7 p.m. at the
Cathedral of Prayer Ministry, 3329 North Pearl Street.
The celebration will climax when Rev. C. E. Banks hosts the event at
the Greater Mount Salem Baptist Church, 2335 Moncrief Road.
The community is invited to come and enjoy the Lord with the New
Creation Gospel Singers, as they celebrate their anniversary.
Grace Baptist Celebrates 83rd Birthday
of Pastor Emeritus, Rev. John A. Payne
Grace Baptist Church of East Springfield, 1553 East 21st Street, Rev.
John Devoe Jr., Pastor; will celebrate the 83rd Birthday of Rev. John A.
Payne, Pastor Emeritus, at 4 p .m. on Sunday, July 16, 2006.
All Saints and Friends of Grace Baptist Church are invited to help give
a man of God his flowers, while he can see and enjoy them. A Spiritual
Program has been planned, so come expecting a blessing and be a blessing
to this inspirational and legendary man of God.
Sis. Joan Daniels and Sis. Claudia Campbell, co-chairpersons.
Southside COGIC Celebrates
Bishop's 27th Anniversary
The Southside Church of God in
Christ (COGIC), 2179 Emerson St.,
will celebrate the 27th Anniversary
of Bishop Edward Robinson, Sr.
and Lady Cynthia Robinson,
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday,
July 5-7th, and Sunday,July 9,
Pastor James Sampson of First
New Zion Missionary Baptist
Church, will be the opening speak-
er on Wednesday; Bishop Virgil
Jones, of Philippian Community
Church, will be the speaker on
Thursday; and Pastor John Lump-
kin of Family Life Fellowship
Church, will be the speaker, Friday
evening. Services will begin at 7:30
The Anniversary Celebration will
conclude at the
11 a.m. Service
on Sunday, July .
nity is invited to
join the church
they honor Bishop Edward and
Lady Cynthia Robinson.
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Early Worship 8:00 n.m.
Sunday School 9:15 a.rm.
Morning Worship 10:45 man.
ist Sunday- 3:45 p.m.
3rd Sunday Baptismnn 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday. 7:00 p.m.
Weilnesday 12 Noon
Noon Day Worship
Thursday ':00 p.m.
St. Tlhtimas tissicnarv
Saptist CHlurnH JJi
5863 Moncrief Road Jacksonville, FL32209 Pastor Ernie Murray, Sr.
(904) 768-8800 Fax (904) 764-3800 Welcomes You!
I Temple Assembly of God
(Lane Ave. & I-10)
Sunday Sermon July 9th
"Operating in the
Gifts of The Spirit"
1:15 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m.
8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30-7 p.m.
FREE TUTORING FOR YOUTH IN ENGLISH, SCIENCE, HIS-
TORY AND MATH TUESDAY & THURSDAY 6:30 8 P.M.
IHie doors of Macedonia are always open to you and your family. l we may be of any assistance to
you in your spiritual walk, please contact us at 764-9257 or via email at GreaterMac@aol.com.
Pastor Garry & Kim Wiggins
Southwest Campus '
Hwy 218 across from Wilkinson Jr. High
Pastor Steve & Kristen Coad
Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
Morning Worship 10:465 am.
Thursday Night 7:30 p.m. G
Pastor Steve & Kristen Coad
5755 Ramona Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32205 904-781-9393
Website: www.evangeltempleag.org Email: email@example.com
10:45 a.m. Service Interpretedfor Deaf@ Central Campus
lost for Christ
Pastor Landon Williams, Sr.
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New Redeem Missionary Baptist to
Celebrate Youth Day on July 16th
New Redeem Missionary Baptist Church, 1614 East 30th Street, Rev.
Willie Addison Sr., Pastor; Rev. Dr. E. I. Norman, Pastor Emeritus; will
celebrate Youth Day on Sunday, July 16, 2006.
The community is invited to join in this celebration beginning with
Sunday School at 9:30 a.m.; followed by Morning Service at 11 a.m., and
closing with the Afternoon Service at 4 p.m.
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, at the Father's House Conference
Center, 1820 Monument Road, Building 2.
Come hear the Word and join in with the Prais-cisers, under the direc-
tion of Ms. Kenshela Williams. Rev. Mattie W. Freeman, Founder and
Pastor. You are invited to come be a part of this great worship experience.
All are welcome.
Stage Aurora to Present the Musical
"Great Men of Gospel" Aug. 17-27th
The Stage Aurora Theatrical Company, under the direction of Daryl
Reuben Hall, founder; will spirit the musical "Great Men of Gospel" Spirit
into Sound", August 17-20th and August 24-27, 2006, at the Ezekial
Bryant Auditorium, FCCJ North Campus. Performances at 8 p.m. on
Friday and Saturdays. Matinees at 2 p.m. on Saturday, and at 3 p.m.,
"Spirit into Sound" travels through history in music that clearly shows
where the "soul" in soul music originated. The music mirrors black his-
tory with hymns like "Follow the Drinking Gourd" and "Wade in the
Water" which both refer to escape on the Underground Railroad.
Tickets may be purchased at TicketLeap.com or call Stage Aurora at
(904) 765-7373 for more information.
The Road South
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HE ROAD SOUTH i
By Shelley Stewart with Nathan
Hale Turner Jr.
"The Road South is an incred-
ible book that really got my atten-
tion. A truly inspiring story of how
one man was able to overcome
seemingly insurmountable obsta-
cles to achieve so much. Shelley is
a living example of how the human
spirit can never be defeated. Each
page of this book shines with that
message." -Quincy Jones
This is the story of one man's
remarkable struggle to survive
poverty and the most horrifying
abuse to forge unheard of success,
and the strength to heal his life.
From the start, young Shelley
Stewart knew only hard times and
worse breaks. When he was five, he
saw his alcoholic father murder his
mother with an ax.
His stepmother fed him and his
siblings fried rat for Sunday din-
ners, and his attempts to escape led
him to a viciously abusive aunt who
swore black boys needed to be
"broken in" like mules. Even an
attempt to gain respect and justice
through military service resulted in
electroshock treatments and a med-
Up against a dysfunctionally
cruel family and the strictly segre-
gated Alabama of the 1940s,
Shelly's only refuge was education
and his talent for communicating.
He became determined to make a
better life for himself to prove he
was a person of value and dignity.
As rhythm and blues swept across
America, Shelly found his moment.
One of the first African American
radio personalities, he discovered
hot new talents while scorching the
airwaves with incendiary social
commentary and information vital
to Martin Luther King Jr. and the
rising civil rights movement.
He helped launch the careers of
now legendary artists Otis Redding,
Isaac Hayes, and Gladys Knight,
even as he faced depression and a
growing dependence on alcohol.
He eventually parlayed savvy and
experience into radio-station own-
ership, and a $40-million company.
But he would have to battle to help
his troubled siblings deal with their
past. And, he would at last have to
come to terms with his own person-
al demons to secure life's true suc-
Inspiring and moving, THE
ROAD SOUTH is about one man's
perseverance in the face of brutal
obstacles and an unforgettable tri-
bute to the healing bonds of friend-
ship, tolerance, and love.
Shelly Stewart has worked in
radio for more than fifty years. He
is the co-owner of WATV-AM in
Birmingham, Alabama, he is the
president of 02 Ideas, one of the
state's largest advertising agencies
The Community Foundation has
awarded a total of $19,300 in
grants to six artists who live and
work on the Florida First Coast.
Grants were made as part of the
Foundation's initiative to Foster
Vitality in the Arts from field of
interest funds: the Art Ventures
Endowment Fund, the J. Shepherd
Jr. and Mary Ann Bryan Arts
Endowment, and the Indepen-dent
Life Minority Arts Award Fund.
Shannon L. Estlund, $3,500 to
purchase large format photograph
printer; Lynne Alcott Funcheon,
$3,500 to self-publish children's
book of poetry with color illustra-
tions; Nancy Hamlin Volger,
$1,800 to pur-chase a tabletop
silkscreen exposure system;
Princess S. Rashid, $3,500 to create
a series of mixed media works;
Joseph Segal, $3,500 to study
wood-block and relief processes in
print-making; and Daniel R. Wynn,
$3,500 to establish an "art oasis" in
a vacant lot located at 18th and
North Davis Streets.
Due to necessary building
maintenance issues. The
Jacksonville Free Press will
not be printing an issue next
week. The next issue of the
Jacksonville Free Press will be
out June 19th. Thankyou for
your understandingin this
matter. Regular headlines will
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Rev. Coleman is shown far right holding hands in brotherhood with his Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity broth-
ers at an annual celebration.
Community Mourns Loss of Dedicated Business Leader
Continued from front
and Embalmers of Florida, founder
and president of the Florida First
Coast Morticians Association, for-
mer president of the Baptist Minis-
ters Conference of Jacksonville,
and member, the Jacksonville
Left to cherish his memory are
his wife, Ida M. Coleman; children,
Arlene B. Coleman and Andrew B.
Coleman III (Clara); sister, Andrena
C. Nickerson; brother, Rev. L. J.
Coleman (Betty); a number of other
relatives, many friends and associ-
The family suggests that in lieu
of flowers, that memorial contribu-
tions be made to: the A. B. Coleman
Jr. Scholarship Fund at Florida
Memorial University, 15800 NW
42nd Ave., Miami, FL 33054.
A Victory Celebration will begin
at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday evening,
July 6, at his church, the St. Andrew
Missionary Baptist Church, 2600
West 45th Street. Viewing will be
held on Friday, July 7th, 8 a.m. to
11:45 a.m. at Shiloh Metropolitan
Baptist Church, 1118 West Beaver
Street; where Funeral Services will
begin at 12 Noon. Entombment will
be in Edgewood Cemetery.
Arrangements entrusted to the A.
B. Coleman Mortuary Inc.
53rd Gateway Classic to Renew Rivalry
Between B-CC Wildcats & So. Jaguars
Jacksonville has hosted the
Gateway Classic for more than fifty
years. The first Gateway Class was
between the Bethune-Cookman
College (B-CC) "Wildcats" and the
Edward Waters College "Tigers".
The B-CC Wildcats prevailed 46 to
0. The Wildcats and Tigers met
again in 1982. Both institutions
have a rich tradition in academics
and outstanding football and band
programs. More than 1,300
Wildcats and Tigers live and work
in North Florida.
Since that inaugural classic, the
Wildcats have returned to the first
coast for the past fifty-one years to
play teams from Georgia Southern,
Grambling State, Virginia State,
Savannah State, Southern, Howard,
South Carolina State, Norfolk State
and Texas Southern. The Gateway
Classic is the 4th Oldest Annual
The 53rd Annual Gateway
Classic activities include:
An awards and recognition
event, Friday, September 1st at the
Hyatt Regency with a reception at 6
p.m.; program begins at 7 p.m.
An Old Fashioned Pep Rally
will kick of at 10 a.m. at the
Regency Hyatt, hosted by the
Duval/Nassau Alumni Chapter and
the North Florida Booster Club.
The Family Fun Day Festival
will be a day of entertainment,
food, kids' activities, vendors, a
Health Fair to "Take Good Care of
You" and the "Tailgating Battle of
the FANS", 12 noon until 6 p.m.
Game Day: Pre-game Show at
6:30 p.m. at Alltel Stadium. "The
Pride vs. The Human Jukebox"
headline at halftime.
The Post-game Party for stu-
dents and the Post-game Victory
Celebration for Alumni and Friends
will both be held at the Regency
Hyatt, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
The Hyatt Regency is the
Headquarters. For reservations
and information, call 1(800)233-
1234, ask for the B-CC rate.
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July 6 19, 2006
The Disturbing Health Status
by Dr. Sandra L. Gadson
Pres., Natl. Medical Association
In 1990, an article in the 'New
England Journal of Medicine'
reported that "Black men in Harlem
were less likely to reach the age of
65 than men in Bangladesh." A
recent comparison of current feder-
al health data with the '2005
Human Development Index' pub-
lished by the United Nations shows
that the poor international health
status of black men in the United
States persists in the new millenni-
um. Today, the average American
can expect to live 5 years longer
than a Palestinian -- unless that
American is a black male, in which
case he can expect to die three years
The life expectancy at birth for
black males in the U.S. (68.8) is
lower than that for males in Iran
(69.0), Colombia (69.3), and Sri
Lanka (71.5) -- populations identi-
fied by the United Nations as hav-
ilig "medium human development."
In fact, the average life expectancy
for black males is much closer to
that of Vietnam, El Salvador, and
Iraq than it is to the life expectancy
of white males in the U.S. What
accounts for this strikingly poor
international health status for black
males in the U.S.? And, most
importantly, what should we do
A reflection of racial
disparities in health
The peculiar paradox of a "Third
World" health status for a group liv-
ing in the richest and most medical-
ly advanced country in the world is
deeply unsettling. Grasping this
phenomenon requires a core under-
standing of the enduring racial dif-
ferences in men's health in the
United States. Black males have the
shortest life span of all racial or eth-
nic groups in the nation -- a fact that
has remained unchanged for at least
the past 100 years. In fact, black
men have the highest overall mor-
tality rate across all geographic
regions in the U.S. and across all
age groups from birth to age 84,
with the widest racial gaps in mor-
tality occurring in the prime adult
years, ages 25-54.
Racial disparities in men's health
exist across virtually all major
chronic diseases. For example, in
comparison to their white male
counterparts, black men have a 40
percent higher incidence of type 2
diabetes and they are 20% more
likely to die from heart disease.
Black males ages 22-44 are 20
times more likely to develop kidney
failure due to high blood pressure Root causation
than are white males in the same A tremendous and growing vol-
age group. Black men also have the ume of research identifies a range
highest overall cancer incidence of key factors that contribute to
and mortality in the country and the racial disparities in health, includ-
highest rates of hypertension in the ing behavioral, cultural, socioeco-
world. nomic, and psychological factors;
Racial disparities in men's health racism; and healthcare access and
are hardly limited to chronic dis- quality. Focusing on individual
eases. For example, black men have behavior has been our most com-
the highest HIV incidence and mon approach for addressing racial
AIDS mortality rates, the highest disparities in men's health. For
STD incidence, and the highest example, public health initiatives
homicide rates in the U.S. 5 black aimed at reducing chronic disease
disparities typically focus on
improving diet and exercise behav-
iors or increasing doctor visits
among black men. These interven-
tions often contain cultural compo-
nents that address such factors as
ethnic dietary traditions (e.g., soul
food) and male cultural attitudes
about acknowledging illness symp-
toms and putting off doctor visits.
|| However, individual behavior alone
does not fully explain the signifi-
cant racial differences in morbidity
and mortality among U.S. males. As
noted, there are many significant
factors that contribute to racial dis-
parities in health. One of the most
powerful and well-documented fac-
tors is socioeconomic status (SES) -
*! a factor that has long been corre-
lated to human health. Low SES
groups tend to have less economic
F capacity to buy nutritious foods; are
more likely to live in communities
where there is limited availability
of wholesome foods and ubiquitous
access to unhealthy foods; and are
more likely to be exposed to envi-
ronmental toxins, cigarette and
alcohol advertisements, and violent
"* crime. In the U.S., blacks are signif-
: icantly more likely to have a lower
socioeconomic status. For example,
S.. in.2002, the black poverty rate % as
S" more than 2.5 times higher, unem-
,. ployment was nearly twice as high,
and black median household earn-
ings were less than 70 cents for
every dollar earned by whites.
veterans are more likely to suffer Notably, although controlling for
combat-related post-traumatic SES has been shown to substantial-
stress syndrome. ly reduce racial differences in
In addition, black men are severe- health, these differences are not
ly over represented in the nation's altogether eliminated by taking SES
prisons, and black male inmates account, suggesting that there
have worse health, including higher are other important factors that
rates of circulatory disease, HIV, se racial health disparities. For
and dental health problems than do example, researchers have observed
white inmates. The black male that the way in which blacks men-
incarceration rate (3,457 per tally process their individual and
100,000) is 8 times higher than that collective experiences of racism
of whites, with black men compris- can powerfully influence their self
ing roughly half (47%) of the perceptions and health behaviors.
nation's 2.1 million inmates but Racism is an abnormal phenome-
only 6% of the general population. non that stimulates unnatural
Black males and females are also human behaviors that can prove
over represented among other med- self-destructive. Black distrust in
ically at-risk populations, including the medical establishment --
foster care residents and the home- whether based on past or present
Reginald L. Sykes, Sr. M.D.P.A.
racial mistreatment, can influence
whether or not a black individual
seeks medical attention or complies
with medical advice.
Indeed, perhaps the most trou-
bling root cause of higher morbidi-
ty for black men (and women) is the
phenomenon of pervasive racial
inequality in healthcare. At least 8
major studies and independent
reviews, most notably the Institute
of Medicine's 2002 report
"Unequal Treatment," have verified
that there are serious and persistent
differences in the quality of health-
care delivered to blacks versus
whites. The IOM report found that
even when you control for such fac-
tors as insurance, education, severi-
ty of illness, and compliance with
medical advice, black men and
women receive a significantly
lower quality of care than do their
Racial disparities in healthcare
exist in treatments for heart disease,
cancer, stroke, diabetes, end-stage
renal disease,, asthma, pneumonia
and AIDS. Disparities even arise
from such routine clinical proce-
dures as history-taking, physical
examination and pain management.
The IOM report found that these
entrenched racial patterns of
"unequal treatment" result in signif-
icantly higher death rates for black
men and women.
Our nation's capacity to eradicate
racial disparities in men's health --
and thereby abolish the "third
world" health status of black men,
depends significantly on our ability
to acknowledge all of the root caus-
es of health inequality and to put
into place effective policies and
interventions to address them.'
Rising to this challenge requires a
vigorous, sustained, and multidi-
mensional national commitment.
Several important lessons emerge
from the evidence base to inform
First, disease prevention and
health promotion must be the main-
stay of our intervention. Seven of
the top ten leading causes of death
for black men in the U.S. are treat-
able and preventable diseases.
However, we must shift the para-
digm from a behavior-only preven-
tion model to one that addresses
black male behavior in a broader
and more meaningful structural
context. How people act and live
are in no small part shaped --
though not necessarily dictated, by
the larger cultural, environmental,
and socioeconomic circumstances in
which they exist.
Health disparity policies and
interventions for black male popu-
lations must establish a realistic
balance between promoting behav-
ior change and significantly altering
the structural and environmental
factors that interact with behavior.
Thus, in addition to the micro-level
prioritizing of basic health promo-
tion and disease prevention, there
must also be a macro-level focus on
improving the socioeconomic status
of black men.
Second, we must close the racial
gap in healthcare. It is unacceptable
that despite our extraordinary
advances in medicine, our health
system continues to grapple with
the fundamental task of how to
deliver equitable, high-quality
health care to all of our nation's cit-
izens regardless of race or ethnicity.
In 2004, the Sullivan Commission,
a multi-racial body of national lead-
ers in healthcare, business, and law,
chaired by former health secretary
Louis Sullivan, put forth a viable
and promising dual approach for
addressing racial inequality: (1)
increasing diversity and (2) improv-
ing cultural competence in the
Indeed, our nation must move for-
ward with greater speed in produc-
ing an ample supply of minority
health professionals at all levels of
the healthcare system, including
clinical care, research, public health
and the academia. We must also
ensure that the general healthcare
workforce -- and the academic
pipeline leading to the workforce --
provide comprehensive opportuni-
ties for training in cultural compe-
Third, we must address the access
problem wherein minorities are dis-
proportionately over represented
among the nation's 45.8 million
people "xho ha\e no medical insur-
ance. Racial and ethnic minority
groups comprise one-third of the
nation's population but over half of
the uninsured; one out of five
blacks compared to one out of ten
whites utilize Medicaid for medical
coverage. The uninsured are more
likely to postpone or forgo care,
which increases their chances of ill-
ness, disability, and premature
death. Consequently, the uninsured
are less likely to receive needed
services for life-threatening health
problems, including heart disease,
diabetes, hypertension and cancer.
The ongoing health crisis of black
men in the U.S. is a multidimen-
sional problem that requires a mul-
tilevel remedy. Raising the overall
health status of our black male pop-
ulation to that of a western nation
requires addressing the dynamic
root causes of health inequality,
while upholding the highest stan-
dards of disease prevention and
healthcare access and quality.
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2'K Flipping Through
Over the past twenty years, many people, places and events
back at some of the events that helped shape our newspaper
Judge Henry Lee Adams, the late Bob Ingram and James
Richardson speak during a local reception.
ee Press 1
have graced the Free Press pages. Join
into the publication that it is today.
us as we glimpse
Jacksonville business members converged on the capital steps to rep-
resent the interests of the city. Shown kneeling front is Tony Nelson.
Kierce Leads New Beginings Ms. Vermell Kierce (center) Education Specialist at the A.L. Lewis Center
poses with recent grads from one of the (-enter's successful programs.
Making Every Vote Count Before he was the Governor, Jeb
Bush stopped at Nails Exclusively to personally ask for the vote of it's
owner Andrea Martin and her client.
Gone but Not Forgotten: Former Jacksonville residents Marya Randolph and investment banker Max
Anderson were very active in the civic community. They are shown above with Liz Riley.
Movers & Shakers Make Time for Fun Too Port Authority Exec Ron
On the Campaign Trail Attorney Al Barlow made an ardent Baker is not always about budgeting and maintaining millions of dollars.
effort at a State House Seat against Jennifer Carroll. The two are shown Shown above in the mid 90s, the busy executive was taking a moment to
above at a candidates forum held at Edward Waters College. attend a National Brotherhood of Skiers event.
Honorable Presentations Shown above in May of 1999, Ronald Belton, who has been at the helm of
DCSB' Roy Mitchell Makes Parent Contact a Priority Principal at large Dr. Roy Mitchell talks many philanthropic deeds around Jacksonville, presents a $1,000 check to Pop Alexander of the Johnson Branch
to to concerned parents during an outreach effort to bring northside parents up close and personal with Duval YMCA on behalf of the Eagle Forum.
County School Board administrators and faculty.
Gamma Rho AKA members LaVonne Burnett and Jackie Lee for
their Coat initiative providing needed clothes for the homeless.
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July 6 19, 2006
H 7rat to )do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
On Saturday, July 8th at 9:30
a.m., the Worship Place Church will
host the Annual Mad Dads
Membership Breakfast. The church
is located at 2627 Spring Glen
Road. Join the organizations as new
and old members are welcomed.
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 Tavis.Smiley. The
meeting will be hosted by Marsha
Phelps at American Beach.For more
information, email feliceF@bell-
N.W. Jax CDC Banquet
The Northwest Jacksonville
Community Development Cor-
poration will have their first Annual
Banquet on Saturday, July 8th at 5
p.m.at Philipian Community
Church Multipurpose Center, 7540
New Kings Rd. The NJCDC is a
non-profit organization dedicated to
promoting affordable housing and
economic opportunities in the
northwest quadrant of Jacksonville.
Contact 764-1805 for more infor-
Class leaders of Stanton, New
Stanton, Stanton Vocational and
faculty and st.ff-'of that era, % n\ill
meet Monday July 10th at 6:00
p.m. in the 2nd floor conference
room of Bethel Baptist Institutional
Church. This is a planning meeting
for the first Annual Gala. Call Ken
Reddick at 764-8795 for more info.
with Walt Disney
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.fmsdc.org .
Spyro Gyra in Concert
Spyro Gyra will be in concert on
Friday, July 14th at 8 p..m. at the
Florida Theatre 128 East Forsyth
Street. Spyro Gyra is an American
jazz fusion band that was originally
formed in the early 1970s. With
over 20 albums released and 10 mil-
lion copies sold, they are among the
most prolific as well as commer-
cially successful groups of the
scene. Call 904-355-2787 for tick-
MMM Fish Fry
The Jacksonville Local
Organizing Committee Inc. for the
Millions More Movement will
sponsor 'A Fish Fry', selling fish
dinners, sandwiches and cold can
sodas The fry will take place on
Saturday, July 15, 2006 ,from 11:00
am 7:00pm on the comer of
Myrtle Avenue and State Street.
Come out and enjoy a tasty, clean
well cooked, healthy meal.
Proceeds will help prevent crime in
our communities through education
and self help .If you need more
information call 904-355-9395 ,
904-768-2778 or e-Mail:axn@bell-
Paxon Class of '91
Bon Voyage Party
Calling all Mighty Eagles! This is
the year of the Paxon Class of 91'
[OMT *SIOME O ON3 *ODI Y
PDo 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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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
There will be an important meet-
ing for all graduates of Florida
Memorial College, which is now
Florida Memorial University. The
meeting will be held on July 17th
at 6 p.m. in the EWC Schell Sweet
Center. For more information, con-
tact Delaney Williams at 745-5434.
with the JEA
The First Coast Black Business
Investment Corporation will be pre-
senting a free seminar on how to do
business with the JEA. This work-
shop will feature procurement offi-
cers of the Jacksonville Electric
Authority who will inform business
owners about bids, RFPs and
minority set-a-sides and will also
detail the best way your company
can secure a contract.
The workshop will be held
Tuesday, July 18, 2006, at 6:00 pm
Durham Business Center, 2933
North Myrtle Avenue. To register,
or for more information, call us at
Free Class on
Branch Library, 10599 Deerwood
Park Blvd will be the location for
"E-Z Color for the Landscape" and
"What's Bugging Me Out There".
The class will cover How to choose
plants for continuous color and easy
care, proper temperature and pests.
Learn to identify the good bugs
from the bad bugs and how to treat
them. Call to register 387-8850.
This is a free program.
Love, Sex & the I.R.S
The ALhambra Dinner Theater
will open Love Sex & the IRS on
Wednesday, July 19th August 20,
The play is a wild farce with twists
of fate, sight gags, mistaken identi-
ties and hilarious lines.. Call 641-
1212 for ticket information.
Teddy Washington, a local leg-
endary trumpet player formerly
with James Brown and BB King, is
performing a benefit to raise money
for foster children to have lessons
in the arts on July 20th, 7:30 pm, at
the newly refurbished 5 points
Theatre, 1028 Park Street. Also
performing is an 18-piece big band,
The St. Johns River City Band, and
guest artist Terry Myers doing a
Benny Goodman Tribute.
Omar Tyree will be signing his
latest book WHAT THEY WANT
on Thursday, July 20th at 6:00 pm
at Wal-Mart, 12100 Lem Turner Rd.
For more information go to
Halth Screening and
Food Basket Give Away
On Saturday, July 22nd from 11
a.m. 2 p.m., Lutheran Social
Services 4615 Philips Highway,
will be hosting a day of health
screenings and food baskets. Over
25,000 pounds of food will be dis-
tributed to local families to take
home. Health Screenings will also
be provided at no charge. Call 730-
8284 for more information.
The Carnival Association of jack-
sonville will be hosting their annual
boat ride aboard the Lady St. Johns
on Saturday, July 22nd sailing at 11
p.m. dockside next to the Chart
House. For more information, con-
tact: 904-465-1989 or 904-654-
Jax Housing Auth.
Annual Talent Show
Calling all public housing and
Section 8 residents in grades 1 -
12th. The Jacksonville Housing
Authority & The Resident
Advisory Board will be hosting the
Annual Talent Show Competition
on Saturday, July 29th at the Times
Union Center for the Performing
Arts. Participants are asked to sign
up to show their talents and win
cash prizes. Call 366-6096 or 786-
9433 for more information.
Project in Concert
On Thursday, August 3rd at 8
un luesaay, Juiy lain irom p.m., The Florida Theatre will wel-
5:45pm-7:45pm' the Southeast coming two musical greats as
g P- Rn ..... .g .UJL'V .- ae' : .
Stanley Clarke and George Duke
come together to bring the
Clarke/Duke Project to the stage.
For more information call 904-355-
Dreamgirls at the
FromWednesday, August 23rd -
Sunday, October 1, Dreamgirls the
musical will be on stage at the
Alhambra Theater. Theater goers
will laugh and cry at the price of
fame and its effect on all involved.
Dreamgirls is soon to be released as
a major film musical. Call 641-
1212 for more information.
Plan ahead now for auditions for
the Florida Community College
Repertory and Ensemble Dance
Companies. Auditions will be held
on August 30 at 6 p.m. at the
Florida Community College South
Campus; 11901 Beach Blvd.in the
Wilson Center, Bldg. M, Room
2110. Intermediate dance skill level
required. For more information call
904.646.2361 or e-mail
On Saturday, September 2, at
Alltel Stadium, this year's match-
up will feature Bethune-Cookman
College and Southern University.
Football tickets are now on sale at
all Ticket Master Outlets and may
be purchased online at
912-353-3149 for more informa-
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Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 11
REVIEW: Getting It Wrong:
How Black Public Intellectuals
Are Failing Black America
Q & A with Mo'Nique on
Being Sexy at Any Size
The star of 'Phat Girlz' reveals her advice on feeling sexy at any size --
and the surprising benefits of being big.
Q: In 'Phat Girlz,' you play an aspiring fashion designer who's look-
ing for love. Why do you think plus-sized women have more trouble
A: We have trouble with everything. We live in a society that says we
should have problems if we're overweight. But we love food -- because it's
good! When we go on a first date, we get a little too nervous to really eat,
so we won't get the appetizer or dessert. We'll get an entr6e because we're
trying to impress the guy -- and then go home, mad as hell because we're
still hungry! There are men who judge us and point fingers at us when
we're getting food at the supermarket, getting popcorn at the movies --
society does a lot of damage. And that's really difficult.
Q: The film espouses that women can feel and dress sexy no matter
their size. Do you agree?
A: Let me ask you: When you get your hair done and you have makeup
on and are wearing pretty clothes (with lingerie underneath), how does it
make you feel?! You feel damn good. I'm no different. I love playing dress
up. When we look in the mirror and we like what we see, our swag is a lit-
tle different. We walk confidently and that is very sexy!
Q: What's the craziest thing you've ever done for love?
Oooh! I can't tell you! I have done so much! I like to be a world travel-
er! And sometimes I like to go where it is ... thank God I have the money
to do so. So I've been known to book a flight at five that leaves at eight and
then come back the next day! You know, go and get it and leave! You don't
have to spend too much time. But at least you have the next few hours!
Q: Tell me about your fiance, Sidney Hicks. Was it love at first sight?
A: I've actually known him since I was fourteen. We've been best friends
for as long as we've known each other. So it's different for us. Back then,
Getting It Wrong: How
Black Public Intellectuals
Are Failing Black America
by Algernon Austin
Review by K. Williams
This book tries to replace false
stereotypes with real evidence. We
cannot effectively analyze and
solve problems facing blacks in
American society until we disrupt
the cultural reflex to think in stereo-
types about blackness and white-
ness." -- excerpted
Last year, Michael Eric Dyson
wrote "Is Bill Cosby Right? Or Has
the Black Middle Class Lost Its
Mind?" a book in which the author
launched into a vicious personal
attack on Cosby rather than debate
the merits of the comedian's contro-
versial remarks about the dire state
of black America.
In my review of that trashy tome
entitled "Has Michael Eric Dyson
Lost His Mind?" I pointed out that
his woeful work left the issue
essentially unaddressed. I subse-
quently even went so far as to
request an interview with Professor
Dyson on the same subject several
times, but apparently he's been too
busy with more important matters
such as making cameo appearances
in brainless blaxsploitation flicks
like Waist Deep to concern himself
with the cultural debate he claims to
have addressed and dispensed with.
Fortunately, another professor,
Algernon Austin, decided to exam-
ine the question in a fair and serious
manner, and the upshot of his
efforts is "Getting It Wrong: How
Black Public Intellectuals Are
Failing Black America." Austin,
who has taught sociology at DePaul
and Wesleyan Universities, takes
not only Cosby, but even Dyson and
other members of the African-
American intelligentsia to task,
including Harvard's Henry Louis
Gates, TV talk show host Tavis
Smiley and NYU's Derrick Bell.
The author's primary contention
is that ivory tower blacks, who have
lost touch with the community, now
feel comfortable indicting less for-
tunate black folks they left behind
for exhibiting symptoms simply
long-associated with poverty. Such
blaming of the victims is destruc-
tive, Austin suggests, because it
relies on a stereotyping which
makes it convenient for Middle
America to see skin color rather
than a racist, exploitative economy
as the explanation for the plight of
the least of their brethren.
He goes on to indict the legal sys-
tem as "the most anti-black institu-
tion" in the country arguing that it
defines "criminality as an inherent
characteristic, as a trait, of black-
ness." As proof, he points out its
relatively hands-off treatment of
white-collar criminals, a category
white perpetra- G ng It W
crooks are rarely
police, and even
tend to get sent ,,
to country club "
penitentiaries, despite the fact that
their thefts typically wreak many
magnitudes of economic hardship
on their unfortunate victims.
Consistently separating myth
from fact in this fashion, Getting It
Wrong is an excellent opus in that it
deliberately deconstructs the unfair
and color-coded stereotypes which
the both the black bourgeoisie and
the white mainstream culture have
come to resort to when referring to
Is Algernon Austin right? He makes
a persuasive case, and he certainly
hasn't lost his mind.
Jakes: Missing Fathers Is 'Generational Curse'
Bishop T.D. Jakes isn't giving up
on the nation's black youth, and at
this year's Essence Festival, he
implored the black community to
adopt the same mind-set.
Jakes, a televangelist, best-selling
author and minister of the 30,000
congregation Potter's House in
Dallas, spoke to a crowd of about
5,000 as part of the annual Essence
"I think the older we get and the
more we become involved in our
community, the more we realize
that children are an investment and
that we have a responsibility to give
something back to the next genera-
tion," Jakes told The Associated
Press after his speech. "Even when
the stats are not good and we've not
seen the results we would like to
see, I feel like we have a responsi-
bility to become involved and
engaged with every age level."
Jakes' almost 45-minute address,
delivered in his trademark dynamic
manner, often brought the crowd to
its feet and had its members chanti-
ng cheering and shouting "Amen!"
The father of five encouraged peo-
ple to nurture their own children,
and he also asked them to reach out
to unrelated children that are in
need of guidance.
"You don't have to be related to be
connected to somebody to make a
difference in their life," he said.
"We need to empower the next gen-
While the focus was on helping
children, the message, sent via
satellite to 350 prisons across the
country, also touched on the impor-
tance of families and the problems
that absent fathers present.
He called absent fathers black
America's "generational curse" and
said they have to figure out a way to
break that curse, starting with
teaching boys the importance of
fatherhood and about taking
responsibility for their actions.
"Fatherhood is not optional,"
Jakes said. "Rather than focusing
on the father's that left, we
need to focus on the one's
The Essence Cares cam- a
paign is being promoted in "; ..-
a short video featuring ,
celebrities such as Oprah i
Winfrey, Danny Glover,
Mariah Carey and Harry
Belafonte. It was played
before Jakes' address.
Jakes thinks that this proj-
ect could affect change.
"One of the mistakes we I I
have made historically is...- .
to think that there's only
one way to attack an -
issue," he said. "But .-
through a multiplicity of .
ways I think we really can "Rather than focusing on the father's that
make a difference. I'm anleft, we need to focus on the one's who
optimist." stayed." said Jakes at the free forum.
He shared with the group seven value of education.
steps for helping get the most out of Saturday's seminars also featured
children that included exposing Mary J. Blige, gospel singer
them to many different things, con- Yolanda Adams, Michael Eric
necting with them and stressing the Dyson and activist Angela Davis.
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From left: Shrimp-in-Shell on
the Barbie, Grilled Marinated
Steaks & Summer Vegetables
and Rosemary-Garlic Chicken
a the grilling is easy!
When it comes to grilling, there's
one flavor that offers something for
everyone. It's exotic, yet familiar.
Bold, yet subtle. Centuries old and
more popular than ever. What's the
secret of teriyaki's universal
It began as a simple cooking
sauce hundreds of years ago in
Japan a mixture of soy sauce,
mirin (a sweet rice wine) and sake.
Those ingredients, blended in just
the right proportions, create an
extraordinarily appetizing balance
of salty, sweet and tangy flavors
that enhance almost any food -
especially when it's cooked over the
So, what makes it so tasty? For
starters, naturally brewed soy
sauce is rich in umami, the "fifth
flavor" often described as "savory"1
or brothyy," or just plain "deli-
cious. Think of the flavor of
sautied mushrooms, Parmesan,
slowly simmered pot roast these
are all foods rich in umami. So
when you use teriyaki sauce for
marinating and grilling, you give
any food an instant umami flavor
The sugars in mirin are the per-
fect balance to the saltiness and
tanginess of the soy sauce and
wine. As foods prepared with
teriyaki cook, the sugars
caramelize, becoming even richer
and deeper in flavor and sizzling
And then, of course, there's "the
glaze effect." Those caramelizing
sugars cause teriyaki to thicken
and take on a beautiful sheen in
fact, the name "teriyaki" comes
from the Japanese words for luster
(teri) and broil (yaki).
With its mouthwatering flavor,
sweet-savory appeal and appetizing
glazed appearance, it's no wonder
teriyaki is one of America's best
loved grilling sauces. And for more
than 30 years, one company has
made teriyaki both easy and excit-
ing for home cooks all over the
United States. Kikkoman intro-
duced the nation's first bottled
teriyaki marinade and sauce the
product we've all come to think of
as the definitive teriyaki.
Today, Kikkoman offers nine
teriyaki products from the origi-
nal Teriyaki Marinade & Sauce to
a lower sodium version, pre-thick-
ened brush-on glazes, and a line of
20-minute Quick & Easy
Marinades all designed to make
big-flavored grilling, broiling and
basting as easy as "open and
As barbecue season heats up,
these sauces make for foolproof
grilling all summer long. Made
with premium ingredients, they
taste fresh and authentic, so you
can use them as is, right from the
bottle. But the sauces also blend
beautifully with other seasonings
and flavors, making them a great
starting point for creating all kinds
of barbecued foods from Asian-
style dishes to Mexican, Italian or
down-home American just by
adding a few ingredients from your
Try these easy grilling recipes and
you'll be amazed at how much fla-
vor teriyaki brings to the party -
and you might even be inspired to
create a few easy teriyaki grilling
traditions of your own.
on the Barbie
Makes 4 servings
1 pound fresh or thawed large
shrimp or prawns (21 to 25 count),
2/3 cup Kikkoman Toasted
Sesame or Honey Mustard Quick
& Easy Marinade
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
4 (12-inch) metal or bamboo
Leaving shell on, devein shrimp.
Combine next 2 ingredients;
remove and reserve 2 tablespoons
mixture. Pour remaining mixture
over shrimp in large plastic food
storage bag. Press air out of bag;
close top securely. Turn bag over
several times to coat pieces well.
Marinate 20 minutes, turning over
Thread shrimp on skewers, leaving
space between pieces; discard mari-
nade. Place skewers on grill over
hot coals. Cook 1 to 2 minutes on
each side, or until shrimp turn pink,
brushing once with reserved mari-
*Soak bamboo skewers in water
30 minutes to prevent burning.
Grilled Marinated Steaks
& Summer Vegetables
Makes 2 to 3 servings
2 large zucchini
2 boneless beef rib-eye steaks,
each about 1 inch thick
2 medium-size red or yellow bell
3/4 cup Kikkoman Roasted Garlic
& Herbs Quick & Easy
Carefully cut each zucchini length-
wise into quarters. Place in large
plastic food storage bag with next 2
ingredients; pour in marinade. Press
air out of bag; close top securely.
Turn bag over several times to coat
all pieces well. Marinate 20 min-
utes, turning bag over once.
Grill steaks and vegetables over
hot coals 8 to 10 minutes (for medi-
um-rare), turning pieces over once
and brushing steaks with additional
Makes 4 servings
2/3 cup Kikkoman Teriyaki
Marinade & Sauce
4 cloves garlic, pressed
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves,
4 lamb shoulder arm or blade
chops, each about 3/4 to 1 inch
Combine first 3 ingredients;
remove and reserve 2 tablespoons
mixture. Pour remaining mixture
over lamb in large plastic food stor-
age bag. Press air out of bag; close
top securely. Turn bag over several
times to coat lamb well. Refrigerate
1 hour, turning bag over once.
Place lamb on grill 4 to 5 inches
from hot coals. Cook 6 to 7 minutes
on each side (for medium-rare), or
to desired doneness, brushing occa-
sionally with reserved sauce mix-
Glazed Teriyaki Pork
Makes 4 to 6 servings
2 pork tenderloins, about
1 pound each
3/4 cup Kikkoman Teriyaki
Baste & Glaze or Teriyaki Baste &
Glaze with Honey & Pineapple
1 tablespoon finely grated onion
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves,
Butterfly pork lengthwise, being
careful not to cut all the way
through; press open to flatten.
Combine remaining ingredients;
brush both sides of each tenderloin
Place tenderloins on grill 4 to 5
inches from hot coals. Cook 18 to
20 minutes, or until meat ther-
mometer inserted into thickest part
registers 155F, turning over and
brushing frequently with mixture.
Remove from grill and let stand 5
minutes before slicing.
Makes 4 servings
2/3 cup Kikkoman Roasted
Garlic Teriyaki Marinade & Sauce
1/4 cup dry red wine
1 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves,
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast
Combine first 3 ingredients;
remove and reserve 3 tablespoons
mixture. Pour remaining mixture
over chicken in large plastic food
storage bag. Press air out of bag;
close top securely. Turn bag over
several times to coat chicken.
Refrigerate 1 hour, turning bag over
Place chicken on grill 4 to 5 inch-
es from hot coals. Cook 12 to 15
minutes, or until chicken is no
longer pink in center, turning over
and brushing occasionally with
reserved sauce mixture.
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Star Jones' Shine
Fades From the View
BET Awards Lands Title of the Most Watched Cable
Telecast in History Among African Americans
Star Jones Reynolds
Less than 24 hours after saying
she was leaving "The View," Star
Jones found herself scrubbed right
out of the show's opening credits.
And, if she was listening, she heard
her former boss Barbara Walters
trash her on live TV.
Walters challenged Jones' state-
ment that she was leaving the show
on her own, saying it was ABC that
decided against renewing her con-
In fact, Walters said the decision
was made months ago and produc-
ers were willing to let Jones
announce it on the show but not
until later this week.
Walters says she felt betrayed by
Jones, who scooped her own show
by announcing it on Tuesday, then
telling People magazine she felt she
was fired. Walters says she hoped
Jones would "leave with dignity"
but that Jones "made another
Meanwhile, the show is bringing
in Rosie O'Donnell in September,
even as it searches for a replace-
ment for Jones.
In an interview, Walters says that
audience members had cooled on
the former prosecutor who had
been with the show since it first
Kimberly Jones, also known as rapper 'Lil Kimi' (L), waves as she sits
with her mother Ruby Jones Mitchell in the back seat of a Rolls Royce
after her release from the Federal Detention center in Philadelphia
July 3, 2006.
The rapper, who was sent to
prison for lying about a shootout
outside a New York radio station,
walked out of the jail looking glam-
orous in sunglasses and an all-
white, cleavage-baring outfit.
Carrying a balloon and a bouquet
of white roses, she waved to dozens
of cheering onlookers some car-
rying signs that said, "Welcome
Home, Queen Bee" before get-
ting into a silver Rolls-Royce. The
car pulled into a nearby parking lot
where she re-emerged to greet the
"I love you," she said, blowing
Some fans stayed up all night to
ensure they made it downtown in
time for her 6 a.m. release.
"It was worth it," said Shakiyla
Williams, 16. "She was the same
aired nine years ago. Walters says
audience members were put off by
Reynolds' dramatic weight loss and
her wedding to banker Al Reynolds
For her part, Reynolds says both
TV ratings and her book sales indi-
cated that she still had fan support.
Hindsight must lead to 20/20 for
the fired host. Last week, she also
apologized to fans for getting
"caught in the euphoria" of marital
bliss when she planned her lavish,
freebie-filled wedding in 2004 by
plugging companies on the show.
"I don't think I took the viewers
on the right journey with me, and I
want to apologize for that," she
said. "I was a 40-year-old who,
according to urban legend, had a
better chance of being kidnapped
by a terrorist than getting married.
And I was caught in the euphoria.
And I think I used, and some would
say abused, my celebrity in plan-
ning the wedding."
If she had it to do over again,
Reynolds added, "I would be more
humble, and I would allow them to
see the genuine character of who I
Sources say actress/entertainer
Brandy is up to replace her.
A few weeks ago, Jay-Z
announced he was boycotting
Cristal at his clubs after the cham-
pagne company's president indicat-
ed that he wasn't thrilled about the
brand's association with hip-hop
culture comments the rapper
But what about the many other
high-end brands whose names con-
stantly appear in rap lyrics? Do they
embrace the free publicity or cringe
at it? It depends on which company
Mercedes-Benz the most-men-
tioned brand in last year's top songs
Throwing Beyonce's hips at an
audience right off the bat proved to
be genius for BET, who got word
from Nielsen that its 2006 BET
Awards telecast live last week
drew 4.1 million households and
the most African American viewers
(6.6 million) of a broadcast in tele-
"Have Prince and Stevie Wonder
ever performed together in public
before? No. Has Janet Jackson
ever reunited with her Good Times
cast before? No. Has Eminem ever
rapped an exclusive verse just for a
television show? No. These are
just a few of the historical
moments that happened on the
BET Awards," noted BET
President of Entertainment
Winners from the Awards fea-
tured a mix of superlatives in
music, film, sports, philanthropy
and accomplishment. R&B legend
Prince captured his first-ever BET
Award in the category of Best Male
R&B Artist; as did newcomer
Chris Brown as Best New Artist;
rapper T. I. for Best Male Hip-Hop
Artist; and Kirk Franklin as Best
Gospel Artist. Familiar favorite
Mary J. Blige was a two-time win-
ner for Best Female R&B Artist
and for Video of the Year (Be
Without You) in a tie with rapper
Kanye West's collaboration with
actor Jamie Foxx on Gold Digger.
The West-Foxx tandem also picked
up BET hardware for Gold Digger
in the Best Duet/Collaboration cat-
Hosted by actor/comedian
Damon Wayans, the night also fea-
tured songstress Chaka Khan as
BET Lifetime Achievement Award
recipient; and actor/activist Harry
Belafonte as recipient of the BET
Humanitarian Award. BET also
unveiled the first-ever BET 'J'
Cool Like That Award, named for
the re-launched channel formerly
named BET Jazz. R&B crooner
Anthony Hamilton was the inaugu-
ral winner of that honor.
d Luxury Brand Names an Odd Mix
- says the car's popularity in hip-
hop circles certainly didn't hurt
sales growth over the last dozen
Cadillac, which lost some luster in
the 1980s and '90s, credits its turn-
around, in part, to the popularity of
the Escalade among rappers and
other celebrities. Moet Hennessy
USA said the wine and liquor com-
pany was "thrilled" about its affilia-
tion with hip-hop.
Bentley Motors and Louis Vuitton
- also among the most name-
checked brands in music were
more reticent on the subject.
While some companies may shy
away from being associated with a
culture often marked by misogyny
and violence, it is undeniable that
hip-hop wields immeasurable
power and influence in business.
Aspirational in some respects and
now synonymous with youth cul-
ture in many comers of the world,
hip-hop has long been credited with
- or criticized for having an
impact on everything from clothing
But periodically, hip-hop's chief
arbiters like Jay-Z turn on
brands because of slights, real or
perceived, to the culture.
Pepsi agreed in 2003 to give $3
million to charity after Def Jam co-
founder Russell Simmons threat-
ened a boycott because the soda
company dropped an endorsement
deal with rapper Ludacris following
complaints from conservative com-
mentator Bill O'Reilly.
Designer Tommy Hilfiger was
dogged for years by rumors that he
didn't want minorities buying his
clothes. His company, which denied
the entire episode ever happened,
never quite regained the same pop-
ularity in hip-hop.
Lucian James, an executive with a
branding agency that tracks men-
tions of products in Billboard's Top
20, warned that in a fast-changing
marketplace luxury brands in par-
ticular must capture relatively
"new" customers while maintaining
"traditional or old" customers.
James said Cristal put itself at
serious risk of losing the new clien-
tele because of the comments made
by Frederic Rouzaud, the president
and chief executive of Champagne
Louis Roederer a 230-year-old
French company that makes the
In a recent issue of The Economist
magazine, Rouzaud said the compa-
ny viewed the affection for its
champagne from rappers and their
fans with "curiosity and serenity."
Asked by the magazine if the
association between Cristal and the
"bling lifestyle" could be detrimen-
tal, Rouzaud replied:
"That's a good question, but what
can we do? We can't forbid people
from buying it. I'm sure Dom
Perignon or Krug would be delight-
ed to have their business."
Jay-Z, who has made numerous
references to Cristal throughout his
career, pulled the champagne from
his sports lounges, where bottles
sold for $450 and $600. And, at a
concert this week at Radio City
Music Hall, the Def Jam
Recordings president omitted
"Cristal" from some oi'his lyrics.
"What they don't seem to have
been interested in is seeing the pop-
ularity of Cristal in hip-hop cul-
ture," James said of executives at
Cristal, which ranked No. 8 in men-
tions in songs last year. James' com-
pany, Agenda Inc., compiles the
"I can't imagine Cristal recovering
very quickly. It (hip-hop loyalists)
was a huge part of their market,"
Noel Hankin, vice president of
multicultural initiatives at Moet
Hennessy USA, said his company,
which markets Hennessy, Dom
Perignon and Belvedere, among
other drinks, said his company wel-
comes the association.
"We appreciate that business. We
want it. It's critical to our business
success," Hankin said. "We've
never had any hesitation or reserva-
tion about embracing the hip-hop
Louis Vuitton, which tied with
Cristal at No. 8 on the list, declined
to comment on the association. So
did No. 2 Nike.
After Jay-Z announced the boy-
cott of Cristal, Rouzaud issued a
statement to "set the record straight
and express our gratitude that peo-
ple from a diversity of cultures and
countries have enjoyed our wine."
Rouzaud characterized Jay-Z's
accusations as "unjust." Moreover,
Rouzaud said, the company has
been "a little bit dismayed at seeing
our wine sprayed around in celebra-
tion instead of being savored in a
glass," in reference to scenes in rap
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Queen Bee fabulous."
The 4-foot-11 entertainer, whose
real name is Kimberly Jones, began
serving her time in the detention
center Sept. 19. She was sentenced
to a year and a day in prison, but
was released early for good behav-
There seemed to be no hard feel-
ings from the rapper. In a statement
released Monday, Lil' Kim thanked
the city and federal corrections offi-
cials as well as her fans for
the support she received while
"Today is a joyous day for me and
my family," she said. "I am
extremely grateful and happy to be
She stopped to visit with her
parole officer in Newark, N.J., and
then returned home, where she was
greeted by friends, family and a
catered spread including barbecue
chicken, macaroni and cheese, and
salmon pasta salad.
Though several high-profile rap-
pers including Beanie Sigel and
Tupac Shakur have done jail
time, Lil' Kim is the first prominent
female artist to serve a prison sen-
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The annual awards included delights and surprises. Shown above (L-R) is Lifetime Achievement Award winner Chaka Kahn, honorees
Danny Glover and Harry Belafonte and a special performance by Prince and Stevie Wonder on stage for the first time together.
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Essence Festival Continues Sans New Orleans
Min. Louis Farrakhan
New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin and Essence New Edition members Ralph Tresvant and Bobby -r Jm
Editorial Editor Susan Taylor Brown reunited for one night only. World class entertainer Jamie Foxx.
Steve Harvey and Majic Johnson at a seminar.
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"I have to tell you, if not for the
tragedy of Katrina, we probably
would have done the empowerment
seminars very much like we would
in the past," Taylor said.
"This is now a call to action. We
have gathering over those three
days, free and open to the public, Reliant Park was just a temporary for a larger movement to lift up the Nagin were in town to vehemently
the strongest voices, the top leaders move or more permanent. black community and thinks peo- stake their claim for the festival to
from the grass roots to the national "We don't know yet. We have to ple will be talking about the mes- return to New Orleans.
level in black America." see what happens in New Orleans sages long after the music stops.. "Consensus says it needs to go
Though the Superdome is expect- and what happens in Houston," she "It's a new day for black America," back to New Orleans. Houston is
ed to be ready for business some said. she said. good for a rodeo, but if you want to
time this year, Taylor wasn't ready But Taylor does hope the festival New Orleans officials, including party, you come to New Orleans,"
to say if the move to Houston's in Houston will serve as a catalyst their recently re-elected Mayor Ray said New Orleans Councilman
Oliver Thomas. "Houston has been
so good to us. This is one of our
gifts to let the
Nagin said the festival belongs in
"The spirit of New Orleans just
brings it up a bit," he said. "It's just
not the same."
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