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being Used by
n JBlack Youth at
a Serious Low
Minority Teen Unemployment More
than Six Times National Average
While overall unemployment remains steady at 4.6%, the munemploy-
ment rate among African American teens increased by 11% in the month
of June to the shockingly high rate of 27.8%, according to the Labor
Department's June jobs report. This bleak employment outlook for young
African Americans threatens to become much worse as lawmakers take
up the debate to raise the minimtun wage to $7.25 an hour, according to
the Employment Policies Institute. While overall teenage unemployment
continues to hover around 15%, African American teen unemployment
remains more than six times the national rate. This translates into about
244,000 African American teenagers actively seeking employment who
are finding it difficult to secure a job. Decades of economic research con-
clude that mandated wage hikes eliminate entry-level jobs. putting par-
tictuar pressure on minorities and the low skilled. A Cornell University
study found that Black young adults typically bear almost four times the
employment loss of their non-black counterparts after a minimum wage
increase. Specifically, they found that a 10% increase in the minimum
wage will result in an 8.50' decrease in employment for Black young
adults and teenagers.
Barbara McKinzie Elected National
Prexy of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
At a ceremony marked by a compelling mix of
pageantry,, pomp and ritual, Barbara A. McKinzie
ascended to the position of national president of
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. The breathtaking
spectacle took place on July 15, 2006 before an
overflow crowd of AIK4s. The gala installation,
which was held in Detroit's Cobo Hall, marked a
climactic high point of AKA's national convention
-that was held in the Motor City from July 12-16.
N cKinzie, as national president of ..Apha Kappa
Alpha Sorority, will serve a four-year term from 2006-2010. She will be
AKle's leadership face during its 2008 Centennial Celebration. Because
the historic milestone falls during her administration, she is being offi-
cially titled the "Centennial National President."
As national president, she will guide policy, develop programs and set
the leadership tone for Alpha Kappa Alpha's 200,000 members in more
than 900 chapters worldwide. NlcKinzie's administration will be driven
by the theme ESP: Economics, Service and Partnership. McKinzie's pro-
grammatic focus will center on Economics, Education, the Black Family.
Technology a nd Health. She also plans to heighten AKdA's service pres-
ence oin a global scale.
Cross Dressing Thieves Terrorize
New Orleans Stores and Boutiques
As if the bayou didn't have enough trouble, now a gang of cross-dress-
ing crooks have been giving some major diva fever along Magazine
Street in New Orleans. marching into stores wearing wigs and name-
brand pumps. stealing just about anything they cold get their manicured
Store workers along the street said it all started about three months ago
when a group of Black men dressed in drag began scoping otlt stores.
In one store, witnesses at a store next door said the. heard screaming
then saw a wave a masculine legs in designer shoes and wigs fly past the
door. Two hours later, the owner of Turncoats, another store on the same
street, said the group hit there as well, where they made off with more
than $2,000 in merchandise. New Orleans City Business reported.
So far, the fashion-conscious divas terrorized five stores, owners said.
The New Orleans Police Department describes the African-Americand
male perpetrators in height ranging from 6 feet to 6-5, who wore the same
midrift shirts and wvigs with twisted. dreadnaught hair.
Shop owners said after surviving Hurricane Katrina. looters and the
odds against them \with doing business in the city again, the last thing
they expected was a ring of transvestites to threaten their means of sur-
France Tunes in for First Black
National Television Anchor
The country of France passed a cultural land-
mark this week when a black anchor read the
evening news bulletin on the country's most
popular television channel for the first time.
The arrival of Harry Roselmack on the private
TFI station comes after a call b% President
Chirac for the media to promote members of
ethnic minorities as part of a policy of racial
Although NI Roselmack. 33, who is from
Martinique in the French West Indies. has been
appointed onl% as a stand-in during the holiday season, his rise is being
hailed as a potent s, mbol in a country unused to seeing black faces in
high- profile positions outside sporting competitions.
The burden on NM Roselmack's shoulders is heavy, with black groups
hoping that he will help to lead them from the margins to the mainstream
of French society. The black journalists' association of France described
his appointment as a "bombshell".
Although the country's ethnic minorities represent almost 10 per cent
of the population, few have prominent roles on television.
Years of Soul
FLORIDA'S FIRST COAST QUALITY BLACK
Volume 20 No. 26 Jacksonville, Florida July 20 26, 2006
Battle over Voting Rights Now Shifts to Senate
by H.T. Edney
WASHINGTON (NNPA) Civil
rights leaders are pleased that the
Voting Rights Act renewal bill has
finally passed the House, but have
vowed to place pressure on the
Senate just in case unexpected
"We're going to celebrate the
The numbers of the slain victims in
Jacksonville is rising on a weekly
basis, at press time totaling 85. Out
of that horrendous number, 62 were
youth. Many of the incidents leading
to the death by violence for the youth
(who were predominantly African-
American) were triggered in relation
to drugs, others turf wars, some were
simply at the wrong place at the
wrong time, even if that place was
studying in their own bedroom.
The Jacksonville Coalition of
African-American Pastors (JCAAP),
the brainchild of Rev. Rudolph
McKissick, Sr., hopes to help eradi-
cate the escalating violence with
united planned events from associat-
ed churches. The goal is to alert the
Christian community to the answer
that, Jesus is the key. This past
weekend featured a prayer vigil and
march through the community, other
events are on tap that will bring
together the congregations whose
combined membership number well
over ten thousand.
The event began with a prayer vigil
last Thursday at A. Phillip Randolph
Park followed by the first JCAAP
Unity March and Festival on the
EWC grounds last weekend. The
mission of the pastors to seek a
remedy to the violence with coopera-
tive belief in one God with one voice.
For their first event dubbed the pas-
tors separately prayed and planned
within their individual organization
and collaboratively pushed forward
an insightful initiative to end the vio-
lence in our community and save our
children by changing "one life at a
House, but we're going to pressure
the Senate. There's no question
about that," NAACP President and
Chief Executive Officer Bruce
Gordon, told reporters at the organi-
zation's annual conference in
Washington before leading a dele-
gation to the Hill on Wednesday to
lobby senators. "We have not
crossed the finish line.. .The Senate
has work to do. We're not going to
just sit in the rooms, but we're
going to be in the streets. We're
going to be on the Hill."
It is probably wise that the
NAACP doesn't rest on its victory
in the House. The measure was held
hostage by a group of Southern
lawmakers who objected the
extending key sections of the
Voting Rights Act. In a compromise
with House leadership, they were
allowed to offer and vote on four -
Continued on page 5
Corporate Hit List
NAACP President and CEO
Bruce Gordon warned Target and
three other major retailers that
earned F grades on the 2006
NAACP Economic Reciprocity
Initiative Report Card this week:
"We're coming after you."
Gordon made the announcement
during the NAACP's 97th annual
convention in Washington, D.C.
But Gordon didn't just take aim at
Target. Other retail giants, includ-
Sing Sears that recently merged with
K-Mart and Dillard's were also
criticized by name.
Those companies earned failing
marks because they did not cooper-
ate with the civil rights group's 10-
year-old survey measuring what the
report calls "corporate America's
financial relationship with the
African American community."
Saluting Unsung Hero Tanya Austin
Mother, entrepreneur, parental
caregiver, volunteer, devout
Christian these hats and more are
just a few worn by Ms. Tonya
Austin. All done successfully while
being a single parent raising a son.
The 1982 Raines graduate who
honed her culinary skills through
the FCCJ Culinary Program is the
chief Chef and owner of Codee's
Events and Catering Services, but
that is just what she does for fun.
Ms. Austin's true passion is work-
ing for the people.
An active member of the
Jacksonville Branch NAACP where
she sits on the Executive Board, she
also participates as a parent advisor
for the AKA B.R.A.T.S. program,
active with the MLK Foundation
and above all, uses her expertise at
various older congregations with
their culinary affairs. Often her vol-
unteer duties go on daily, not just
for a special event. Most recently,
she catered the Gamma Rho Omega
Summer Camp for two weeks.
Tanya learned her passion for
helping others at an early age.
"I owe most of my involvement to
my Girl Scout Leader when I was
eight years old, Ms. Sandra
Thompson. She always said one
needs to have as many experiences
as possible." Said Austin.
Though just a few of her involve-
ments are listed, Ms. Austin happi-
ly is a soldier in the causes that she
finds rewarding. Frequently going
without title or reward, she proudly
admits that she just 'does what is
needed to get the task done', before
moving on to the next one.
Her spare time is spent with the
Bethel Ordains New M minister Bethel Baptist Institutional Church,which hosts one of the
city's largest congregations, recently held special services to ordain Rev. Steven Young as Pastor of College and
Young Adults (Joshua's Generation). Shown above (L-R) at the special ceremonies are Rev. Steven Young and his
wife Janene being congratulated by Bethel's first lady and pastor, Estelle and Rev. Rudolph McKissick, Sr.
Ms. Tonya Austin
love of her life, her fifteen-year-old
Spoken like a true parent, Tonya
believes that anyone who brings
children into the world should be
committed to their success.
I don't understand people out
their who don't know what is going
on in their child's life. Our time
together can be as simple as a game
of basketball or watching him excel
at his swim meets."
In her solitude, you may catch
Ms. Austin with a good book.
"I do enjoy reading, but some-
thing inside tells me I need to be
doing more." She says.
Like most community volunteers,
Tanya also has her dreams of her
"I think it would be wonderful to
open a caf6 that would allow home-
less persons to come and enjoy an
elegant sit down meal from a menu
- put a little dignity back into their
lives. Soup kitchens serve one thing
to everyone, this cafe would allow
them to choose a meal. We take
going to restaurants for granted,
persons down on their luck don't
ever have a choice of what to eat."
Tonya Austin, the
Jacksonville Free Press and
Publix Super Markets is
proud to salute you as our
July Unsung Hero.
Mothers Share Pain at Unity March Shown
above is Beverly McClain and Sheila Tomlin, founders of Families of
Slained Children, Inc., both lost their children to violence. The two
were on hand to march in the JCAAP Unity March this weekend and
speak on their experiences. For more highlights from the JCAAP
events, please see back page. R. Silver photo
S1 Consumer Reports Warns Drivers About
S the Secret Score Behind Auto Insurance Rates
Shown above is City of Jacksonville Procurement Director Devin Reed
flanked by NW-CPAC Vice Chair Gadson Burgess at the NW-CPAC
City Government Answering
Citizen's Call for More Involvement
Various administrators of city
government and other entities in
Jacksonville were on hand to meet
and greet citizens of the Northwest
Quadrant for the monthly NW -
CPAC (Citizen Planning Advisory
Committee) meeting. held at the
Bradham Brooks Library.
The monthly meetings held at dif-
ferent locations on the northside is
the perfect opportunity for resi-
dents to have their questions and
concerns addressed by city offi-
cials. Questions asked ranged from
how to get youth involved in the
Mayor's Rally Jacksonville
Literacy Campaign to the proper
procedure of what to do when
drugs are being sold in your neigh-
Among the administrators pres-
ent was City Procurement Director
Devin Reed, who fielded audience
questions on business opportunities
within the city in addition to pro-
viding an update on the Mayor's
latest budget and City Hall initia-
tives. Citizen concerns were also
addressed by representatives from
JSO and the State Attorney's
Office. The next meeting of the
NW-CPAC will be on August 10th
at 6 p.m. at Ruth Upson Elementary
REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS
TO PROVIDE CONTINUING CONSULTANT
AND DESIGN SERVICES FOR
JPA AGREEMENT A/E #168
Statements of Qualifications will be received by the Procurement
Departmeilt of the Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) until
5:00 P.M. local time, on August 18, 2006, to provide Professional
Consulting Services for the Jacksonville Port Authority in
Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida. These services are required to
implement the FDOT project for improvements at SR 9A/Hecksher
and Hecksher/New Berlin Road.
A MEETING WILL BE HELD PRIOR TO RECEIPT OF ANY
STATEMENTS OF QUALIFICATIONS FOR THIS AGREE-
MENT. THE MEETING WILL BE ON THURSDAY, JULY 27,
2006, AT 10:00 A.M., IN THE PUBLIC MEETING ROOM, FIRST
FLOOR OF THE PORT CENTRAL OFFICE BUILDING, JACK-
SONVILLE PORT AUTHORITY, 2831 TALLEYRAND AVENUE,
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA 32206. STATEMENT OF QUALIFI-
CATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED FROM ANY FIRM NOT
ATTENDING THIS MEETING
Copies of the detailed REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS may be
obtained from the JAXPORT Website at
http://www.jaxport.com/about/Projects.cfm or from the
Procurement Office, Jacksonville Port Authority, 2831 Talleyrand
Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida 32206.
The Jacksonville Port Authority has established a twelve (12%)
percent JSEB/MBE participation goal which shall be considered in
the selection of the Consultant for the requested services.
X Federal funds are being utilized in conjunction with this project.
Manager of procurement and Inventory
REQUEST FOR QUOTE
BUILD UP OF CELL "G" WALLS AT BARTRAM ISLAND
JACKSONVILLE PORT AUTHORITY
SCOPE OF WORK
The Jacksonville Port Authority is seeking for a qualified company
to place 20,000 cubic yards of fill into the North and South walls of
Cell "G" at Bartram Island. The material is to be take from Cell
"F", placed in 12" lifts, and compacted to 100% Proctor (test
results required). The top of the dike is to be no less than 15' wide
and side slopes to be 3 to 1. The purpose of this RFQ is to request
information about your company's abilities to provide these servic-
es and to obtain pricing commitments for the specifications. The
Required Start Date is July 24, 2006 and the Required Completion
Date is August 20, 2006.
The Jacksonville Port Authority ("JAXPORT") will receive pro-
posals on Firday, July 21, 2006 until 5:00 PM local time they will
be opened in the First Floor Conference Room, 2831 Talleyrand
Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32206.
All proposals must be submitted in accordance with specification
No. 06-CDW, which may be obtained after 8:30 AM on
Wednesday, July 12, 2006 from:
Procurement and Contract Services Department
Jacksonville Port Authority
2831 Talleyrand Avenue
Jacksonville, FL 32206-0005
Everyone knows that if you hit
another car, your auto insurer will
probably raise your premiums. But
Consumer Reports warns that even
drivers who have spotless driving
records had have never had an at-
fault accident may be faced with
higher premiums if they run into a
new breed of credit score used by
Know as credit-based insurance
scores, these numbers are computed
from bill-paying and loan data col-
lected by the major credit bureaus.
They have become as important in
determining annual premiums as
driving records and neighborhoods.
Consumer Reports' investigation
found that scores and their uses
vary among insurers and that cred-
it-based insurance scoring could
cost many drivers hundreds of extra
Credit scores used by insurance
companies weigh credit data differ-
ently form traditional lender scores.
As a result, insurance scores can
penalize even those consumers who
use credit reasonably.
No standards: Little disclosure -
Few insurers routinely disclose
scores or what role they play in set-
ting premiums. Consumer Reports
sought and obtained scoring models
filed with regulators in Florida,
Michigan and Texas used by 9 of
the 10 largest U.S. auto insurers.
CR found that there are no stan-
dards. Each company uses different
models and weighs different credit-
report information. Some big com-
panies find scoring useful only for
new customers, not renewals, while
others may use it for both.
Moreover, CR notes that the credit
data from which the scores are
derived have a reputation for being
inaccurate and out of date. Despite
such problems, most states allow
insurance scoring, and efforts to
limit or ban it have been met with
aggressive lobbying by insurers.
Advocates form Consumers
Union, the pub-lisher of Consumer,
have been urging legislators and
regulators in several states to ban
the use of credit scoring to under-
write homeowners and auto insur-
ance policies. Those efforts have
met with opposition form insurers.
This year, insurance industry lobby-
ists helped to squelch legislation to
end credit scoring in Colorado,
Delaware, and Minnesota. More
information about Consumers
Union's advocacy position on the
issue is available at
How to polish your credit score
to get a lower premium- Shop hard-
er than ever before: Each insurer
calculates scores differently so get
quotes from several insurers to find
a low rate. Use credit that insurers
favor: Scoring models prefer oil-
company credit cards. Also national
bank credit cards such as American
Express, Discover, MasterCard, and
Visa. Ask about your score:
Farmers and Progressive both give
details, but only, if asked. Ask for
exceptions: Progressive says that it
may rescore you if your score has
been adversely affected by divorce,
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, job
loss, the death of a family member,
or serious medical problems.
This and other useful informa-
tion such as: more about Family
Sedans, Credit Money, Health,
ATM charges, and Ratings abuse
can be found in the August issue of
Ephren Taylor Named Youngest African
American CEO Of A Publicly Traded Company
There's nothing unusual about a
12-year-old who doesn't have
enough money to buy a coveted
video game. But how many of those
kids are clever enough to create
their own game, instead? Of those
few, how many then find that
prospective customers are eager to
buy their creation, literally turning
the boy-creator into a successful
businessman overnight? For
Ephren Taylor, that was just the
beginning of his meteoric rise.
Today, that 12-year-old has grown
into the 23-year-old CEO of a pub-
Taylor, CEO of Amoro Corp.
(www.AmoroCorp.com) was re-
cently also elected CEO of City
Capital Corporation (OTC BB:
CCCN.OB), a business develop-
ment corporation in Mendota,
Minn. The appointment makes
Taylor one of the youngest CEOs of
a publicly-traded company., making
him the youngest Black CEO of a
While most real estate investment
companies are out trying to build
the biggest and best, so that they
can cash in on opportunity, Taylor
takes a more innovative approach.
He works closely with economic
development groups, both national-
ly and internationally, to provide
affordable housing. The vision
behind his accomplishments lies in
being socially responsible and help-
ing the average person afford a
home. His efforts also help trans-
form urban areas by providing
jobs, economic development and
"We are proving it's possible to
run a profitable corporation focused
on empowering local communities
through socially-conscious devel-
opment," says Taylor. "I want to
work with local civic leaders to
help them achieve what's best for
His companies manage residential
and commercial developments,
including the Kansas City Historic
Jazz District, a 214-unit condomini-
um complex, a 310-home subdivi-
sion near Memphis, and more than
100 homes in Cleveland. Even
international governments have
shown interest for similar develop-
ments in their countries.
After Taylor's initial business suc-
cess at the age of 12, he launched a
successful job-search portal for
teens and college students that he
grew to $3.2 million. It was recog-
nized as the fourth-ranked teen
business nationwide. Later, he
turned his attention to real estate,
developing unique investment
approaches for churches, with a
focus on urban development.
Being 23 and the CEO of a pub-
lic company turns heads. "I may be
young to have such a position,"
says Ephren, "but I bring a lot of
experience and knowledge of what
it takes to accomplish goals. I'm
focused and excited with the poten-
tial being public provides. There are
many cities needing what we do."
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July 20 26, 2006 Ms. Perry's Free Press -Page 3
Mayor Culminates Youth Summer
Employment Program with Graduation
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Shown above is student Vivian Williams filling out evaluation paper work about the program and Arthur
Bendolph a trainer for the City of Jacksonville who helped facilitate the teens through the job process.
Mayor John Peyton presented
opening remarks to over 200 stu-
dents to celebrate the successful
completion of this year's Mayor's
Summer Jobs Program.
The program included a game
show to determine what informa-
tion students gained during the pro-
gram, a cartoon character finale and
the awarding of certificates of
appreciation. Some students,
judged top in their areas by supervi-
sors, also received incentive gifts.
The summer jobs program is part
of the mayor's Seeds of Change:
Growing Great Neighborhoods ini-
tiative. In May, Mayor Peyton and
U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown called on
the local business community to
provide summer employment
opportunities for Duval youth.
The City of Jacksonville hired
approximately 200 students to work
in several departments including
parks, public works and the library.
Through this effort, nearly 350
teens had an opportunity to benefit
from the experience and will be bet-
ter equipped for the employment
process as they mature..
LISC Awards Eight Non Profits Free Staff
The program committee of LISC
Jacksonville has unanimously
agreed to award eight community
development nonprofits with
AmeriCorps members. LISC
Jacksonville funds the positions for
a period of one year beginning in
September. The nonprofits that will
receive AmeriCorps staff for 2006-
07 are Grace and Truth CDC,
Riverside Avondale Development
Organization, Grove House of
Jacksonville, Operation New Hope,
Northwest Jacksonville CDC (2
positions), Families First and
Emergency Services and Homeless
"The AmeriCorps program allows
us to stretch the staff of community
development organizations so they
can be even more successful in their
quest to revitalize their communi-
ties," said Joni Foster, Senior
Program Manager of LISC
Jacksonville. "It also provides valu-
Carolyn Jones who was a Grace
& Truth CDC LISC AmeriCorps
member for 2005-06.
able training for those who want to
be an integral part of the communi-
ty building process."
LISC Jacksonville currently spon-
sors seven full-time and one part-
time AmeriCorps members at seven
CDCs whose terms will end in
The AmeriCorps members work
in a variety of duties ranging from
assisting with acquisition and
development of properties to coor-
dination and tracking of subcon-
tractors to ensuring that neighbor-
hood associations are involved in
The next step in the process is the
recruitment of the AmeriCorps pro-
gram members. Members will
receive the training necessary to
continue in the field, a modest liv-
ing stipend of $18,000 for one year
of service, health insurance and an
education award of $4,725 at the
completion of service. Some mem-
bers may also be eligible for a lim-
ited child care benefit.
People interested in this one year
full-time service should fax a
resume to 904-353-1314 or call
Gene Montgomery of LISC
Jacksonville at 353-1300, ext. 12.
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Thompson and Bro. Andre' X at their weekend Fish Fry. R. Silver photo
Weekend Fish Fry Kicks Off JLOC Fundraiser
The Jacksonville Local Organi-
zing Committee (JLOC) is the com-
munity's local connection to the
Millions More Movement. On
Saturday, July 15th, the brothers
solicited support from the local
community with a fish fry in coor-
dination with the ongoing activities
of the Unity March.
Headquartered at 916 N. Myrtle
Avenue, JLOC stands together to
build a stronger community. They
plan to hold events each Saturday to
help bring to consciousness, "sta-
bility, jobs, education and a proper
sense of self."
"Once we develop these things, it
will help end the senseless destruc-
tive influences polluting our young
and our community." said brother
Andre X. The group plans to utilize
mentoring, tutoring and creative
curriculums in addressing the com-
munities needs. For more informa-
tion on upcoming activities or to
join forces with the innovative
group of men, call 768-2778.
South Africa Celebrates Mandela's 88th Birthday
South Africa South Africans
marked former President Nelson
Mandela's 88th birthday on
Tuesday with tributes and praise,
and the man who led his country
out of apartheid celebrated private-
ly with his children and grandchil-
dren at his Johannesburg home.
Mandela, the first black president
of South Africa, announced in 2004
that he was retiring and has made
few public appearances since then.
Staff members at his foundation
sang happy birthday to Mandela
and presented him with a cake.
Leaning on a cane and supported by
his wife, Graca Machel, Mandela
then toured an exhi-. VIC"
bition of photo- + *$"
graphs about his life
Mandela, a Nobel .
Peace Prize winner, i
was imprisoned for t A .
nearly three decades
for his fight against
apartheid. He was
released in 1990 to
lead negotiations to
end decades of racist Former South African President Nelson
white rule and was Mandela, right, blows out candles on his cake.
elected president in the country's an active role in the fight against
first free elections in 1994. He left 'poverty, illiteracy and AIDS in
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by William Reed
0 \Is Jesse Jackson
just capitalizing on
Big Oil's poor public image to get a
bigger pot of gold for his rainbow
of associates and ventures?
Rev. Jackson used the platform of
the 35th Rainbow/PUSH Coalition
Convention to return British
Petroleum's $40,000 contribution
to the conference and announced
plans to move forward with a boy-
cott of the oil giant. While damn-
ing exaggerated profits throughout
the oil industry, Jackson has set his
sights on British Petroleum. He
cites that BP has few minorities in
executive positions, few distribu-
tors and fewer than 20 of 13,000
retail stations in the US.
Some label Jackson "a shake-
down artist", but if he's correct that
African Americans comprise 30
percent of BP's US consumer mar-
ket, then equal portions of BP
budgets going to black hands and
communities would be no crime.
"We don't want charity, we want
parity," says Jackson. In regards to
distributorships, Jackson says:
"The playing field is not level. We
are free, but not equal". Jackson
contends, "Diversity is a diversion.
We want equality."
by R. Fullwood
Throughout the history of African
Americans in the United States the
struggle for freedom, equality and
justice has been at the forefront of
the "Black Agenda." Through those
struggles we have seen leadership
that has spanned the spectrum.
From the passion and dedication
of Frederick Douglas to the
strength and unselfishness of
Harriet Tubman, to the "By any
means necessary" attitude of a
Malcolm X, African American
leaders used different personalities
and strategies to accomplish one
Human nature dictates that each
person is different and has varying
nxa',s of accomplishing things.
Martin Luther King was the tactful,
peacemaker who used his written
and oral skills to inspire millions.
Malcolm also had outstanding writ-
ten and oral abilities, but he used
the condition of the black commu-
nity to motivate African Americans
not to bow down, but to stand up.
Another great example would be
the conflict between W.E.B.
Dubois and Booker T. Washington.
Washington argued the Black peo-
ple should temporarily forego
"political power, insistence on civil
rights, and higher education of
Negro youth. They should concen-
trate all their energies on industrial
DuBois believed in the higher
education of a "Talented Tenth"
who through their knowledge of
modem culture could guide the
American Negro into a higher civi-
So who was right and who was
wrong? Both men strived to
achieve the same goal, but utilized
different tactics and philosophies.
Why the history lesson? Because
there is a lot to be learned from the
past and if we are going to truly
tackle the issues facing the black
community then looking back may
help us move forward.
Here in Jacksonville we are faced
with not a lack of leaders or vary-
ing styles of leadership, but apathy
amongst those who should care the
most. I have often written about the
importance of strong leadership in
BP is a London-headquartered
global integrated energy company
operating in over 100 countries on
six continents. BP is one of six
"supermajors" in the world, along
with Royal Dutch Shell,
ConocoPhillips and Total. In the
2005 Fortune Global 500 list of
companies, BP was ranked 2nd in
the world for turnover with sales at
$285 billion. BP is the ninth-
largest company in the world. Its
2005 profits totaled $19.3 billion.
BP had $5.3 billion in first quarter
In 2005, BP's CEO was awarded
$20 million in compensation.
"Now he can add this $40,000 to
his compensation. Consumers,
businesses and whole industries
are paying too much for gas and
energy and we must begin to fight
back," said Jackson. He says his
protests will include 12 major
cities such as Atlanta, Chicago, Los
Angeles, New York and
Oil company executives say
"high prices for gasoline and other
fuels are the result of market forces
beyond their control" and not
improper behavior on the part of
industry. BP spokesman Scott
Dean says Jackson underestimates
the number of minorities employed
and contracted with the company.
"BP has been making tremendous
strides in increasing our represen-
tation of minorities in wide aspects
of our businesses," says Dean.
"Our diversity extends from the
comer gas station all the way to the
corporate boardroom," says Dean.
"Of our 36,000 U.S. employees,
almost 15 percent are African
American. Almost 10 percent of
our senior level people are African
American, according to last year's
EEOC filing," stated Dean.
While Jackson says none of BP's
nearly 600 U.S. distributors are
African American, Dean counters
that 20 percent of independent BP
Amoco and ARCO U.S. gas station
operators are minorities. Dean
added that "People could choose to
boycott any of the gasoline brands
in the country, but it would have
zero affect on the price of crude oil,
a globally traded commodity. It
would have no affect on the price
of a gallon of gas".
Many say the word "boycott" has
lost most of its meaning. It isn't
often this generation of black con-
sumers go into the marketplace
intentionally boycott a product, but
could such a social action bring
parity to black consumers and sup-
pliers? Where things go south for
Jackson's social intentions are
illustrated by his boycott of
Anheuser-Busch, maker of
Jackson launched the "this Bud's
a dud" boycott in 1982 citing its
high consumption levels among
African Americans and Anheuser-
Busch having only three black-
owned distributors nationwide.
The boycott languished for over a
decade, but received a boost when
Busch's Chicago-based River
North distributorship was accused
of denying promotions to several
African American employees.
Shortly after employees filed a
1977 EEOC suit, Jackson came to
their aid. After that, Anheuser
Busch contributed $10,000 to
Jackson's Citizenship Education
Fund, contributed $500,000 to
Rainbow/PUSH and established a
$10 million fund to help non-
whites buy distributorships. In
1998, Jackson's sons Yusef and
Jonathan purchased the River
North distributorship, with an esti-
mated value $25 million, without
disclosing what, if any, financial
contributions they made.
BP, JESSE AND ME
Fit. When Equality Plans
by Jacksonville City Councilman Reginald Fuliwood Yield Unequal Res u Its
Leadership is Emerging But Apathy
Amongst Black Youth at an All Time High
the black community, but how do
leaders lead those who don't want
to be led?
Or in other words, how do we
reach out to a: generation of young,
adults who are not listening to reli-
gious, political or social leaders?
It's quite perplexing. At one point I
felt that if you had a Martin or
Malcolm still leaving it could
inspire young adults to focus more
on their futures and get off of the
comers and stop all of the violence,
but now I am not so certain.
Last week, the Jacksonville
Coalition of African American
Pastors (JCAAP) sponsored a
series of events aimed at bringing
awareness and reform to those
committing crime in our communi-
ty. There were prayer visuals and
services as well as a "Unity
Festival" with a basketball tourna-
ment, back to school supply give-
away, entertainment, etc.
The group marched down Kings
Road and ended up at Edward
Waters College and James Weldon
Johnson Middle School. They put
their money where their mouths
were, and invested in free food,
recreation for children and cash
prizes. Pastors from large and small
churches came together to do their
part. Politicians and community
activists were also on hand.
The only problem with this equa-
tion is that the people who should
have been there were "Missing In
Action." The basketball tournament
and car show was supposed to
bring some of these folks out so
that they could see that there are
other options in life versus drug
dealing and violence.
Robert Johnson, founder of BET,
once said, "Life is a grindstone, but
whether it grinds you down or pol-
ishes you up depends on what you
are made of."
, T6' many of orit'b uthlfae allow-
ing life to grind them dowi-and box'
them into a cycle of crime and
poverty. But again, the question at
hand deals more with a broader
issue in the black community. How
do we reach those who don't want
to be reached?
I am a firm believer that a small
percentage of the population is just
going to do bad things regardless of
the opportunities presented to
them. However, a large percentage
of the people involved in criminal
activities would rather have a stable
source of income if the opportunity
was provided and the wages were
enough for them to take care of
themselves and their family.
"Many of today's problems in the
inner city crime, dissolution of
family, welfare are fundamentally
a consequence of the disappearance
of work," said William Julius
Wilson a Sociologist.
It is with this thought that
Councilwoman Pat Lockett-Felder
and I will soon make a major
announcement about an upcoming
summit aimed at providing good
paying job opportunities and work-
force training for youth who are
jobless and looking for a way out of
a life of crime.
We also need to continue reinforc-
ing the importance of education to
those looking for a way out. And
we have to start young. The term
"mentoring" maybe overused, but I
can tell you that it makes a differ-
ence in the lives of youth who have
no positive role models around
them. Pastor Gilyard at Shiloh
Metropolitan Baptist mentors a
young man and has made a drastic
" chahg ihinhis 'student's life.'" "
.' It''siffiazinig how exposure' dnd a
little love a couple hours a week
can impact a child's life. Pastor
Gilyard has also made mentoring
at-risk youth a key principle
amongst the men of his congrega-
tion. Next week, I will talk more
about the mentorship programs that
are available and how mentoring a
child can provide a free college
education to that student.
And not to discriminate, but we
desperately need to target our
young black men. I constantly use
this stat, but fact there are more
black men in jail than college is
We have to go into our elementary
and middle schools and start talk-
ing to these young men. We have
to build relationships to gain their
trust. Those of us who "made it"
have to show our children that not
only drug dealers can have nice
things, but hard work staying
focused can provide everything.
So how do we reach out to those
who don't want to be reached? It
will take a multifaceted approach,
but one of the key solutions is to
reach them before they develop this
apathy towards being responsible
Jesse Jackson once said, "Youth
are looking for something; its up t
adults to show them what's worth
Signing off from the JCAAP
Unity Festival, Reggie Fullwood
by Nick Cheolas
It's a sad fact that an achievement
gap between minority and white stu-
dents exists. The real question is
what to do about it.
For too long, affirmative action -
boosting minorities in the college
admissions process has been the
,preferred big government remedy.
.Defenders say this helps achieve
"diversity" a sacred concept in aca-
demia and makes up for discrepan-
cies in school funding and quality.
Many argue affirmative action is
needed to level the playing field for
minority students trapped in bad
schools. But what makes a school
"bad?" In Detroit, for example, the
district now outspends the state aver-
age in total and instructional per-
pupil expenditures and recently con-
structed two of the most expensive
high schools in the country. Its
teachers are among the highest paid
in. the nation, and 96 percent are
deemed "highly qualified."
Nonetheless, Detroit schools contin-
ue to boast below-average test scores
and a graduation rate under 50 per-
cent. Why hasn't money bought suc-
One reason is Detroit's large educa-
tion bureaucracy. Administrative
costs are well above the state aver-
age, drawing charges of waste and
cronyism. Public school districts also
tend to spend more for supplies and
services than their private counter-
parts. As such, fewer dollars make it
into the classroom.
Regardless, "bad" schools are more
the product of poor learning environ-
ments than inadequate funding or
teachers. In urban schools, students
often enter unprepared, fall behind
early and lose interest, leading to the
disciplinary problems that plague
urban schools. Graduation is not the
norm and expectations are low.
These factors lead to a greater num-
ber of at-risk children in urban
schools and inhibit learning.
The problem is that nearly all
schools rely on the same, one-size-
fits-all model (textbooks, many class-
es, little individual attention) to edu-
cate drastically different students.
When this fails, officials 'don't seardi
for innovative ways to improve
minority education or increase effi-
ciency. Blaming an alleged racist
conspiracy, they lower standards.
And, while lowering the bar may
help minority students enter a partic-
ular college, it may harm students
before and after the admissions
phase. High school students have lit-
tle incentive to improve their per-
formance beyond what is deemed
"good enough" for admission. Once
enrolled, these students may find
themselves overwhelmed. It's the
academic equivalent of throwing a
child in the deep end to teach him to
swim. As Justice Clarence Thomas
pointed out in Grutter v. Bollinger, it
"[helps] fulfill the bigot's prophecy
about black underperformance just
as it confirms the conspiracy theo-
rist's belief that 'institutional racism'
is at fault for every racial disparity in
Affirmative action allows those
responsible for the failures of urban
education to shirk accountability with
a simple, ineffective solution to a
complex problem. For 13 years,
urban and suburban students are
treated the same way in cookie-cutter
schools, despite their disparate char-
acteristics. In the college admissions
process, officials suddenly decide
minority students should be treated
differently. Such is the great paradox
of affirmative action one that
Michigan voters, may choose to end
in a move to try to improve minority
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coming totheir neighborhoods The sprth t Quadran t wbul
.' .oh0C ".f"ilit'y e s ial .
to hard ae. Along 'With the shopping conrenience'wo.ld also eCO jObk:
many that would.be aia1lable to the unskilled. With jobs, benefits are also.
provided. ..' .. ,." "'. "
A lttough'depicteds a crinie' ifest4ed'art .this.is ot true.-Suither
'is crime on.the North'ide, but there is also 'crime at ithe Beaches, ifcdhid g?
murders.... Crime on the Sbuthside, the Westside in' ArM-0n,i
Bavmeadows,.an&dPonie Vedra,'as well. ..
, Aothli myth abbut the Northside is thatrit is wuere the.imaj' rt.
Black folk'reside. This might have been true at one time in history bu f
no longer true. There are more Black folk scattered across this city in all.
other areas, .than on the Northside. It just happens that histori'all tey:tei;
.Northside has predortiisant Black-residehts.' Strangely enough I live on0 heW
'Nonhside and most' of.my neighbors are white, and they are not "poor'
Also,.jbree are disadvantaged persons, but there are more home-oyWners,`
"than not. -There are areas that have-sprinklings of low to moderat4e priced,
homes, but there are also areas. and I might add add, steadily increasing m
numbers with homes valued up to and exceeding the $500,000 range; It'fs
time that it be realized that the Northside Can no loilg.r be steroti.eed. '!
I own a business -which I chose to teiocate fromL otwnoivn 'tho ti
Northside, and have been located on the Northside since 1992. ln'1097, L
made the decision that if I could work on the Northside, that I cotildlive on;
the Northside, and started searching for a hbrne. Luckily, I made that .ci
sion when I did. although I was apprehensive about leaving the htorcal
upscale Riverside community where I bad resided since 1978. Icold iot!
have made a better decision, .Property, values on, the Northside, have
climbed jusi as they have in all other,areas'of the city, and you know What?'
Whites are not moving-out, they are moving in. .
City Councilwoman Mia Jones has the foresight to realize that although
Northside residents have the "means" they do not have the amenities.. Only
Publix Supermarkets, Kmart, Winn-Dixie. and Wal-Green have tlkenj
advantage of this customer base. All are highly successful. .. ,. t
The Lonnie Miller Park is beautiful, as such. but itrhas-iot been used to-
its highest and best potential because of its ash-site status. Councilwoman
'Jones has the vision tb overcome that obstacle' while ptrviding; ne.oed6
retail services and jobs, while still providing untainted park facilities. "
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July 20-26, 2006
EWC Kicks Off Alumni
Edward Waters College Office of Alumni Affairs and EWC Alumni
Association will host an alumni membership drive on Saturday, July 22,
2006 at 10:00 a.m. in the Milne Auditorium. i .
This is the premier alumni event of the summer that will be both inform-
ative and engaging. The activities will include: Alumni Membership N
Information; EWC Staff Presentations; Campus Tours and an Alumnio
All Jacksonville area alumni and former students of Edward Waters
College are invited. For more information, call 470-8252.
i Dignitaries, from left: Bruce Gordon, NAACP President & CEO, Baltimore; Harold Stewart, NAACP past Grand Master Prince Hall Masons,
T, Charles Town, W.Va.; James Tolbert, president, West Virginia State Conference NAACP, Charles Town, W.Va.; and George Rutherford, pres-
ident, Jefferson County NAACP, Ranson, WV. stand around the Great Tablet honoring abolitionist John Brown during a reenactment ceremo-
ny Friday, July 14, 2006, at Storer College in Harpers Ferry, W.Va. Shown right is Gordon with President Bush at an event earlier this year.
a Address by President Among NAACP Convention Highlights
Attorneys for Slain Youth's Family
Files Lawsuit Against Sheriff's Office
TALLAHASSEE-The attorneys for the parents of Martin Lee Anderson
have filed suit against the Bay County Sheriffs Office and the Florida
Department of Juvenile Justice. The Bay County Sheriffs Office operated
the boot camp in Panama City where 14-year-old Anderson died in
January. Attorneys Ben Crump (right) and Daryl Parks (2nd left) held a
press conference to announce the suit. The suit came after the Bay County
Sheriffs Office rejected an out-of-court settlement. Present at the confer-
ence was Anderson's father Robert, his mother Gina Jones, and his
younger sister Startavia (13). VAUGHN WILSON-Capital Outlook/NNPA
City Council Honors Means
city council meet-
ing for her out-
that she has pro-
vided to the com-
Means munity. Mrs.
Means is Vice President of commu-
nity relations department at Shand's
Jacksonville. She has committed
her life to the health and well-being
of African-American families and
Means is known throughout
Jacksonville for her approach to
community medicine and health
education developing Shop Talk-
The Touch of Life Cancer
Awareness program a breast can-
cer awareness program specifically
designed to reach Black women.
The recipient of numerous awards,
she currently chairs the Mayor's
Health Planning Council
HIV/AIDS, Women, Adolescents
and Children Committee.
The National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People
kicked off their annual convention
last week with a tribute to aboli-
tionist trail blazer John Brown. The
week long issue oriented confab
will include the release of the annu-
al report card, a series of Town Hall
Meetings, and the biggest surprise
of all, an address by President
George Bush for the first time.
Every president for the past sever-
al decades has spoken to the group.
Until now, Bush had been the
exception who has refused for the
past five years. Each year he
declines, citing a busy schedule, but
there is also a history of bad blood
between Bush and the group.
White House spokesman Tony
Snow said Bush decided to speak to
the group because of "a moment of
opportunity" for the president to
tout his civil rights record and mend
"He has an important role to play,
not only in making the case for civil
rights, but maybe more importantly,
the case for unity," Snow said.
Bush's decision comes in a critical
midterm election year, when
Republicans fear losing control of
Congress and Bush has been work-
ing to get more votes for the GOP.
Bush received just 11 percent of the
black vote in the 2004 election.
NAACP President Bruce S.
Gordon said he was glad Bush is-.
going to speak to the group, espe-
cially with renewal of the 1965
Voting Rights Act still before the
Senate. "This is a great opportunity
for the president to express his
commitment for voting rights reau-
thorization," he said.
Some would say Bush's refusal to
attend could be because he didn't
want to venture into hostile territo-
During the 2000 presidential cam-
paign, the NAACP's National Voter
Fund ran a television ad against
Bush. The ad featured the daughter
of James Byrd, the black man
dragged to death by three white
men in a truck, blaming Bush for
refusing her pleas for a hate-crime
law when he was Texas governor.
Then, just before the 2004 elec-
tion, the IRS began looking into the
NAACP's tax-exempt status after a
speech by NAACP Chairman Julian
Bond that was largely critical of
Bush's policies. Political campaign-
ing is prohibited under the
NAACP's tax-exempt status, but
the organization called the audit a
political smear campaign. .
Bond spoke to the convention
Sunday, blasting the war in Iraq
and attacks on voting rights even as
he urged Bush to attend this year
with the convention being held
about a mile from the White House.
"Yes, they have political disagree-
ments," Snow said, but he added
, that Bush,has; a good relationship
with Gordon, who has worked on
restoring ties with the White House.
"It marks an opportunity to have a
Gordon agreed. "The communica-
tions channels between the NAACP
and the administration I feel
they're wide open," he said. "There
ought to be a constructive dialogue
between the president and the
nation's oldest and largest civil
rights organization. This is a good
Local Youth Earns Top Honors
at National ACT-SO Competition
Talented young people from a
wide array of disciplines were
named as national winners in the
NAACP's ACT-SO competitions lat
week. The Jacksonville chapter sent
a strong contingency of local win-
ners to compete for the cash schol-,
arships. Jamison Ross of Douglas
Anderson School of the Arts not
only was selected to open the cere-
monies, built also garnered silver and
bronze medals in music composi-
tion and vocal contemporary cate-
Ross received over $5000 in
scholarships for his participation
and plans to enter FSU in the fall.
ACT-SO--the Academic, Cultural,
Technological and Scientific
Olympics--is a major youth initia-
tive of the NAACP. The gold, silver
and bronze medalists were
announced during the NAACP's
97th Annual Convention being held
in Washington, D.C. through
Thursday (July 20). Actor Hill
Harper of the CBS drama CSI-New
York and actress/model Lisa Raye,
of television and movie fame,
announced this year's awardees.
ACT-SO is a yearlong enrich-
ment program designed to recruit,
stimulate, improve and encourage
high academic and cultural
achievement among African
American high school students.
Gold medalists at ithe, local level-
qualify for the national finals held
at the convention each summer.
Battle over Voting Rights Now Shifts to Senate
continued from front
amendments that would have weak-
ened the legislation.
Hilary Shelton, executive director
of the NAACP Washington Bureau,
says he has received reports that
senators may offer similar amend-
ments. Sen. John Comyn (R-
Texas), a member of the Senate
Judiciary Committee, has reported-
ly expressed concerns about the
pre-clearance clause of Section 5.
However, Comyn's staff members
said he has not yet decided whether
to propose an amendment.
Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions of
Alabama is among those who claim
the law unfairly targets the South
and is said to also be considering
whether to author an amendment.
The "Fannie Lou Hamer, Rosa
Parks, Coretta Scott King Voting
Rights Act Reauthorization
Amendments Act" is still in the
Senate Judiciary Committee, which
has yet to vote to send it for a floor
vote. The Senate, heavily debating
a bill to expand stem cell research
this week, was not expected to take
up the Voting Rights this week.
However, civil rights leaders are
hoping an unencumbered bill is
passed before the August recess..
A spokeswoman for Senate
Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-
Tenn.), said that Frist is committed
to the renewal. But she declined to
say whether he was committed to
the renewal in the same form that
the House passed it free of all
"Senator Frist, as an original
cosponsor of the voting rights
extension, does plan to bring this
important issue to the floor once the
judiciary committee completes
some work," said spokeswoman
Sen. Judiciary Committee
Chairman Arlen Specter (R-Penn.)
has said he intends to send the bill
to the House floor by July 20 with
hopes that Frist will bring it to a
floor vote before the recess. Frist
gave committee members until this
Wednesday to submit any amend-
ments. At press time, no amend-
ments had been submitted.
Bush has pledged to sign the bill
Shelton says he is comfortable that
the bill will pass with no amend-
ments. "I believe good judgment
will win over narrow-minded prob-
lematic agendas," Shelton says.
Meanwhile, Gordon and NAACP
delegates lobbied the Hill this week
to make sure the battle that hap-
pened in the House does reoccur.
The House passage came after
some of the most intense lobbying
seen by civil rights leaders since the
act was last renewed 25 years ago.
"Today we have measured cele-
bration, and not a victory," says
Jesse Jackson Sr., who witnessed
the passage from the House
Gallery. For him the arguments had
sounded like echoes of those made
by segregationists during a time
when he and others fought for the
right to vote. "I watched from the
House Gallery 41 years later as cur-
rent Confederates made eerily simi-
lar arguments for jurisdictions cov-
ered by Section 5. We must not cel-
ebrate too early."
Senate leaders have declared they
expect an easy process, but civil
rights leaders watching.
"By defeating those who ignore
the sole intent of these provisions -
-protecting minority voters from
blatant and more subtle discrimina-
tory techniques that deny or dilute
minority participation in the politi-
cal process-Congress has restored
the legislation to its original
strength," states Ted Shaw, presi-
dent and director-counsel of the
NAACP Legal Defense and
Education Fund. "Today we have
measured celebration, and not a
victory," says Jesse Jackson Sr.,
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St. Andrew Missionary Baptist to
Hold Women's Day Celebration
The Pastor, Rev. Henry Rivers, Officers and Members of St. Andrew
Missionary Baptist Church, 2600 45th Street, invites you to share with
them as they celebrate their 25th Annual Women's Day, on Sunday, July
23, 2006. "Beautiful Christian Women: Highly Favored by God" is the
theme. Sis. Martha Ann Rivers, will be the guest speaker.
The Women's Day Celebration begins with Sunday School at 9 a.m.,
followed by Service at 11 a.m. All are welcome and invited. Sis.
Dominique Mann, chairperson; Sis. Carlotta Smith, co-chairperson.
St. John Missionary Baptist of Orange
Park to hold Vacation Bible School
The St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 1920 Mound Street, in Orange
Park; invites all to join them for Vacation Bible School, Monday thru
Thursday, July 24-27, 2006.
The "Left Behind Series" will be this year's study. Dinner will be served
promptly at 6 p.m. Classes will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:15. For more
information, please call (904) 264-9880.
Abyssinia, 1st Timothy & Join Heirs to
Hold Dunn Ave. Unity Fest July 28-29
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.
Mt. Olive P.B. Holds Revival
The Mt. Olive Primitive Baptist Church, now in its Summer Revival,
invites the community to hear special Spiritual Evangelistic preaching by
Elder Benji McMiller of Nazareth Primitive Baptist Church, in Charlotte,
NC. Elder McMiller will preach the Revival's closing service on Friday,
July 21, 2006, at 7:30 p.m.
Mt. Olive Primitive Baptist Church, under the leadership of Elder Lee
Harris has been a beacon of light, hope and change in the community, join
them for this worthy summer revival.
Grace Baptist July Celebrations
Include Birthday, Special Programs
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..
The church is also hosting a special program "Let's Go to Church" with
Guest Speaker, Rev. Alvin Smith of Friendship Baptist Church, and Rev.
Bobby Sheffield; at 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 23rd. Bring a friend, a neigh-
bor, co-worker, and the Unsaved to Praise the Lord with Grace. The first
twenty (20) persons attending will receive a gift. For information, call
1st Baptist of Oakland to Hold Youth
Explosion Praise Service & Revival
The First Baptist Church of Oakland's Youth Explosion Revival will
kick off with the Youth Explosion Praise Service at 6 p.m. on Sunday, July
23, 2006. The Youth Choir will be in concert, and young people will also
showcase their spiritual gifts through other medium, including poetry and
dance. The annual Youth-led, three-day Revival, will begin on Wednesday,
July 26, 2006. at 7 p.m. Pastor Daron Dixon of Miami, will be the featured
preacher. All youth of the city are invited.
They will also be holding their Annual Health Fair and Community
Day, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 22nd, at the church located
at 1025 Jessie Street There will be free health screenings, food, prizes and
games for all ages. For information, call Chelsea Reeves at 354-5295.
Faust Temple COGIC to Celebrate
Pastor Dixon's 30th Anniversary
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-
sion. Elder Clarence Jones, Committee Chairman, Sister Elizabeth G
New Creation Gospel Singers Celebrates
Anniversary at Events, July 14-16th
The community is invited to come and enjoy the Lord with the New
Creation Gospel Singers as they 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.
Spirit of Truth Ministry Presents
Spoken Word, Spirit of Truth
The community is invited to come experience Spiritual Poetry like
never before on Saturday evening, July 29, 2006, at the Spirit of Truth
Deliverance Ministry, 5354 Verna Blvd. on the Westside.
This is a free, open Mic event. Come witness the move of God through
some of this area's most gifted poets. Refreshments will be served. To reg-
ister to perform, please call J. Reddick, at (904) 993-0467 or 378-9277.
Sword and Shield 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.
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
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Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1 p.m.
Dinner and Bible Study
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Sunday, July 23rd
8:15 a.m. & 10:45 a.m.
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8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
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Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m.
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_I No Political Party Can Contain Us
,- NT.D. Jakes Challenges Black Preachers
4 -I. to Refrain From Being Used By Political Parties:
Shown above at the installation, Bethel ministers 'lay hands' on their new colleague. Shown right is the
official presentation of the Certificate of Ordination by Pastor McKissick, Jr. to Rev. Steven Young as his
family looks on. R. Silver Photo
Bethel Ordains Rev. Steven Young as
Pastor of College and Young Adults
by R. Silver
The 4th of July was a wonderful
kickoff to the celebration that fol-
lowed July 5th, 2006 as Bethel
Baptist Institutional Church
ordained Steven Young as Pastor of
College and Young Adults.
Minister Young has served in the
Children's Ministry since 1995
developing and enlightening the
young Christians dubbed "Joshua's
The love, respect and support of
the entire Bethel family were evi-
dent throughout the entire cere-
monies. The biography of the can-
didate was given and Pastor
Rudolph McKissick, Jr. brought a
word from Heaven. Pastor
Rudolph McKissick, Sr. gave
Minister Young the "Charge",
which was followed by the sacredo-
tal "Prayer of Consecration". The
occasion was witnessed by the
young minister's wife Janene and
children Brianna and Jordan.
Steven E. Young walked in a
Minister and walked out a
When asked how he felt and
what the honor of this ordination
means, Rev. Young responded: "It
is a humbling experience, when
God aligns your Spiritual gifts with
"The Vision" He has imparted to
such stalwart men of God as Pastors
Rudolph W. McKissick Senior &
Junior. I am indeed privileged to
serve in such a manner to lead the
College & Young Adults, from
being saved to being saved and
serving in ministry excellence."
The 4th of July was a great kick
off, but it can't compare to the spark
that God ignited in the spirit of his
servant Rev. Steven E. Young,
Pastor College & Young Adults at
Black Ministers Quit Katrina
Clinton-Bush Fund Panel
Alexis M. Herman,
issued a statement
thanking Jakes and
Gray for their lead-
ership. A fund
declined to com-
ment on the resig-
nations of the oth-
ers or discuss their
The fund, created
in the aftermath of
Initially, Gray said, the committee
assumed it would make around 500
awards, each for $35,000. But as
the applications began trickling in,
staff members in New Orleans real-
ized there were far fewer applicants
than they had initially assumed.
That meant they could increase the
award amount, and the board
agreed in consultation with the co-
chairs of the fund that the grant
ceiling would be increased to
$100,000, Gray said. They also
agreed each of the churches or reli-
gious institutions receiving, the,
charity's money would first be
inspected, he said.
Numerous disagreements ensued,
but Jakes and Gray said the last
straw was the fund's decision to cut
checks to 38 houses of worship,
each for $35,000 and without first
conducting an audit to ensure the
by T.D. Jakes
Members of the black clergy face
a challenge in the upcoming politi-
cal season to refrain from being
used by any political party or ideo-
logical agenda to further their aims
at the expense of the critical issues
facing our communities.
As we approach the midterm con-
gressional elections, poverty -- at
home and abroad; economic and
educational parity -- or the lack
thereof; voting rights and accessi-
bility; reconstruction of the Gulf
Coast; and the war in Iraq are all
critical issues that African-
Americans should consider as we
head to the ballot box.
Overcoming many of the existing
challenges African-Americans face
can be achieved with a plan that
encourages a more cohesive com-
munity relationship and the spawn-
ing of entrepreneurial endeavors
and business initiatives, including
investments and a thoroughly con-
sidered community development
Many people share these concerns
and as a Christian leader committed
to the equality of all people and the
betterment of people of color, I
believe that from the most secluded
country church to the largest
megachurch, the black church as a
corporate body has and will play a
vital role in the attainment of these
I do not believe that African-
American ministers should allow
their political views to dictate the
subjects and tone of their sermons.
Some believe their calling is to con-
sistently petition society to address
its role in depriving African-
Americans of the full benefits of
citizenship. Others believe they are
called to inform, encourage, coax
and propel people of color to pro-
vide for themselves, shape their
own reality and build institutions to
better their communities.
Though the black community was
served well by ministers who dou-
bled as political leaders in an era
when the pulpit was often our only
podium, today, the African-
American community is no longer
limited to the pulpit as our primary
lecture post. We now have thou-
sands of African-American politi-
cians elected to serve our interests,
nonprofit leaders funded to lead our
communal efforts and academics
educated to research our options,
and convey their findings to the
Just as the black community is not
monolithic in its religious choices,
personal opinions, or political affil-
iations, the black clergy is not lim-
ited in its sermonic topics to one
perspective. Enforcing unanimity
of voices is a dangerous proposi-
Throughout our history, various
voices have served our communi-
ties well simultaneously. Booker T.
Washington shared the public spot-
light with W.E.B. DuBois. Ida B.
Wells worked against the lynching
of black men, while Mary Church
Terrell worked on behalf of black
women. Martin Luther King Jr.'s
voice calling for nonviolent integra-
tion echoed alongside that of
Malcolm X demanding freedom to
do for self by any means necessary.
As it is in all American communi-
ties, no one person or perspective
speaks for all African-Americans.
If we as African-American minis-
ters allow anyone to script our ser-
mons for us, where will it end? I
respect each minister's views and
recognize his right to tout them, but
it is dangerous to try to force all
members of any group to align
themselves with anyone's view-
points, including my own. Each of
us must answer the call that he or
she receives from God, not the
direction of any man.
In the final analysis, no singular
approach will end America's most
pressing problems. Rather, a multi-
ple approach that includes direct
assistance, personal empowerment
lessons and self-help initiatives as
well as speeches, marches and
organized resistance, will help to
dismantle the political and civic
structures working against us. We
are better together than we are
Free FCAT Forum
There will be a free forum on the FCAT at the EWC
- Schell Sweet Center on Saturday, July 29th
beginning at 1 p.m. This event will provide stu-
dents in Middle and High School to discuss strate-
gies to pass the FCAT. For more information call
Marie Heath at 470-8142.
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Dr. William Gray
NEW ORLEANS Nearly all the
religious leaders serving on a codm-
mittee created by the Bush-Clinton
Katrina Fund to disburse money to
churches destroyed by Hurricane
Katrina have quit their posts, claim-
ing their advice was ignored.
Four out of nine board members
have already confirmed their resig-
nations. Last week, two others --
Bishop T.D. Jakes, the prominent
Dallas megachurch pastor, and the
Rev. William H. Gray III, former
president of the United Negro
College Fund -- resigned as co-
And Gray and Jakes say they have
received the resignation letter of a
seventh board member, the Rev.
William Shaw, president of the
National Baptist Convention, USA.
Departing members of the inter-
faith advisory committee say the
fund's Washington staff disregarded
their advice, cutting checks for Gulf
Coast churches without properly
investigating the institutions.
"I've learned in life that if people
say they want your advice and then
they change it, ignore it, or under-
mine it, then they really don't want
it," said Gray, also a former con-
The fund's co-chairs, former
Commerce Secretary Donald L.
Evans and former Labor Secretary
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by former presidents George,,H.W.
Bush and Bill Clinton, has so far
raised more than $125 million, of
which approximately $20 million
was earmarked for rebuilding faith-
based organizations along the Gulf
Coast. The interfaith advisory com-
mittee was charged with determin-
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town? Leaving your
behind? Off on an import
ness trip? Whenever yoi
your diabetes comes alo
you. And while having
shouldn't stop you from t
in style, you will have to
careful planning. Here a
helpful diabetes travel tips
Plan ahead. Make sure y
Get all your immun
Find out what's required f(
you're going, and make s
get the right shots, on time
Control your ABC
Blood pressure, and Cho
See your health care provii
check-up four to six week
your trip to make sure you
are under control and in a
range before you leave.
Ask your health care ]
for a prescription and
explaining your diabetes
tions. supplies, and any a
Carry this with you at all t
your trip. The prescription
be for insulin or diabetes
tions and could help in case of
Wear identification that
explains you have diabetes.
The identification should be
written in the languages of
the places you are visiting.
S- Plan for time zone
changes. Make sure you'll
always know when to take your
diabetes medicine, no matter
where you are. Remember: east-
ward travel means a shorter day. If
you inject insulin, less may be
needed. Westward travel means a
t of longer day. so more insulin may be
ant busi- Find out how long the flight
u travel, will be and whether meals will be
ng with served. However, you should
diabetes always carry enough food to cover
traveling the entire flight time in case of
do some delays or unexpected schedule
re some changes.
'ou: Take twice the amount of dia-
izations. betes medication and supplies that
or where you'd normally need. Better safe
ure you than sorry.
S- Keep your insulin cool by pack-
s: AlC, ing it in an insulated bag with
Alesterol. refrigerated gel packs.
der for a Keep snacks, glucose gel, or
s before tablets with you in case your blood
ur ABCs glucose drops.
healthy If you use insulin, make sure you
also pack a glucagon emergency
a letter Make sure you keep your med-
medica- ical insurance card and emergency
allergies. phone numbers handy.
times on Don't forget to pack a first aid
should kit with all the essentials.
Some things to keep in mind if
you are flying:
Plan to carry all your diabetes
supplies in your carry-on luggage.
Don't risk a lost suitcase.
Have all syringes and insulin
delivery systems (including vials
of insulin) clearly marked with the
pharmaceutical preprinted label
that identifies the medications. The
FAA recommends that patients
travel with their original pharmacy
Keep your diabetes medications
and emergency snacks with you at
your seat -- don't store them in an
If the airline offers a meal for
your flight call ahead for a diabet-
ic, low fat, or low cholesterol meal.
Wait until your food is about to
be served before you take your
insulin. Otherwise, a delay in the
meal could lead to low blood glu-
If no food is offered on your
flight, bring a meal on board your-
If you plan on using the rest-
room for insulin injections, ask for
an aisle seat for easier access.
Don't be shy about telling the
flight attendant that you have dia-
betes -- especially if you are travel-
When drawing up your dose of
insulin don't inject air into the bot-
tle (the air on your plane will prob-
ably be pressurized).
Because prescription laws may
be very different in other countries,
write for a list of International
Diabetes Federation groups: IDF.
1 rue Defaeqz, B-1000, Belgium or
visit www.idf.org. You may also
want to get a list of English-speak-
ing foreign doctors in case of an
emergency. Contact the American
Consulate, American Express, or
local medical schools for a list of
Insulin in foreign countries
comes in different strengths. If you
purchase insulin in a foreign coun-
try. be sure to use the right syringe
for the strength. An incorrect
syringe may cause you to take too
much or too little insulin.
Some things to keep in mind on
a road trip:
- Don't leave your medications in
the trunk, glove compartment, or
near a window -- they might over-
heat. If possible, carry a cooler in
the car to keep medications cool.
- Bring extra food with you in the
car in case you can't find a restau-
General traveling tips.
Stay comfortable and reduce
your risk foi blood clots by moving
around e\e ry hour or two.
- Tell at least one person traveling
with you about your diabetes.
Protect your feet. Never go
barefoot in the shower or pool.
Check your blood glucose
often. Changes in diet, activity.
and time zones can affect your
blood glucose in unexpected ways.
You may not be able to leave
your diabetes behind, but you can
control it and have a relaxing, safe
trip. To learn more about control-
ling diabetes \ isit
Black Women Walking Their Way to Better Health
Byllye Avery was driving to a
lunchtime appointment, when she
noticed who was crowding the side-
walk: Many African-American
women, she says -- walking, strid-
ing, hurrying to do their errands as
the lunch hour ticked by.
Seeing other black women on foot
10 years ago gave Avery the idea
for a program'thAt has grown to 25
cities nation ide and has touched
the lives of as many as 10,000
women. Called Walking for
Wellness, the program encourages
women to walk daily or several
times a week, with a partner or in
small groups. No fancy equipment
is required, and most any location
will do, including office hallways,
city streets, public parks -- even the
"It's easy for most able-bodied
people to do and it doesn't cost
much -- all you need is a good pair
of shoes," says Avery, who is also
the founder of the National Black
Women's Health Project, a group
that provides information and
resources to African-American
Such health campaigns come
amid clinical studies that show that
when it comes to exercise, African-
American women just aren't getting
as much as they need. A January
2000 study of 64,524 black women
in the journal Preventive Medicine
found low levels of physical activi-
ty among women aged 21 to 69 ,
with 57% reporting that they spent
an hour or less per week walking
for exercise. (Eighteen percent
engaged in moderate exercise, such
as gardening or bowling, for an
hour or less a week, and 67% per-
formed strenuous exercise, such as
running or aerobics, for the same
amount of time.)
Avery and the walkers who have
joined her program are trying to
beat the trend. She walks about two
miles a day ."It's a thing you can do,
if you need to do it, by.yourself,"
says Avery, 62. "And it provides a
solitary, meditative time to clear out
the cobwebs of your mind."
Avery launched Walking for
Wellness with the help of Wilma
Rudolph, the legendary black
sprinter who won three gold medals
in the 1960 Olympics and died of
brain cancer in 1995. The first walk
took place in Eatonville, Fla., a tiny
all-black town that is the home of
the writer Zora Neale Hurston.
Today, Walking for Wellness has
groups in cities such as Houston,
New Orleans, and New York.
Avery originally aimed her pro-
gram at older black women, but
recently several campuses of histor-
ically black colleges have formed
chapters Eventually,., she hopes to
widen the program to include men
The National Black Women's
Health Project provides a resource
kit with guidelines on how to form
a walking group and tips such as
stretching exercises. The kit is
available by calling the NBWHP at
(202) 543-9311 or visiting the
group's web site at
Too Much Sun Can Make
Old Blue Turn Red
It's true: Too much sun can make 01' Blue turn red.
Summer means heat and lots of sunshine, and for humans, it can mean
a great tan. But your dog doesn't want or need a good suntan.
Like humans, animals can get sunburned. The nose, eyes and ears are
particularly susceptible, as well as any other area where hair is sparse.
Also, pets with pale or light-colored fur have a greater sensitivity to sun-
Pet owners may take preventative measures, such as putting clothing or
sunscreen on the pet, but these are not always the best option.
"You have to be careful because a lot of sunscreens contain zinc, which
is toxic if the animal ingests it," says Lori Atkins, a registered veterinary
technician at the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
at Texas A&M University.
"The best thing is to not expose them to the sun for long lengths of
Atkins suggests providing plenty of shade, whether it is a ventilated dog
house, trees or another source of cover.
The summer sun poses a second threat to animals: overheating. When a
dog is overheated, it will often pant excessively, lie down or drink large
amounts of water, but these signals are not guaranteed.
"A lot of the signs are relatively subtle," says Atkins.
"Unfortunately, what happens frequently is that the owner doesn't real-
ize the dog has gone past heat exhaustion into heat stroke until the dog
has actually collapsed."
If an animal's body does overheat that significantly, several secondary
problems arise, including spontaneous bleeding, vomiting and diarrhea.
The best ways to avoid overheating are to make sure the pet is well-
hydrated and not active in the heat of the day. Atkins recommends that,
during the middle of the day, pets spend only short periods of time out-
side with limited exercise, if any.
"They are not always good at self-policing," says Atkins.
"If they are crazy about catching that Frisbee, they may not stop."
Allowing a pet a cool place to settle into the ground will help as well.
Wading pools can provide a spot for a pet to escape the heat, but it is
important to keep the water fresh because it can get hot or become a
breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Some breeds are more susceptible to heat than others. Flat-faced, or
brachycephalic breeds tend to have a more difficult time in the summer
because of constricted breathing passages. Pugs, Pekingese, Shih Tzu's,
bulldogs and Persian cats are included in this category.
Thick-coated or northern breeds with extra layers of fat
can also struggle to stay cool in the summer. Breeds of this type are the
Saint Bernard, Akita, Alaskan malamute, Siberian husky, German shep-
herd, American Eskimo, spitz, Samoyed and Great Pyrenees.
"They overheat more quickly and have a hard time releasing heat when
they do," Atkins says.
The heavy coat on these canines may hold heat in, but it also provides
a good cover from direct sunlight. Some owners choose to shave their
furry .companions to keep them from overheating, but Atkins.,cautions
that they should keep from getting the hair too short.
"We don't recommend shaving in most situations, but for some thick-
coated breeds it may be worthwhile," says Atkins.
"But you've got to be concerned about shaving down to the skin.
Instead, Atkins suggests using special coat brushes to comb out the bot-
tom layer of fur, which is shed during the summer. Older or debilitated
pets may also struggle with the heat because they may not be able to
move, and signs of overheating will be less detectable, she believes.
"No matter the breed, age or condition of a pet, they are all susceptible
to heat," Atkins adds. "As the temperature rises, knowing how to handle
the heat will help your four-legged friend keep its cool."
Consider Volunteering as a Part of Your Hurricaine Preparations
As Floridians prepare themselves
and their families for another hurri-
cane season, government and non-
profit officials are urging them also
to prepare to help others if a storm
should strike the state.
"Generous volunteers meet essen-
tial needs. Their tireless efforts help
supplement what government pro-
grams provide," said Scott R.
Morris, Florida long-term recovery
director for the Department of
Homeland Security's Federal
Emergency Management Agency
(FEMA). "Volunteers tackled the
challenges of last year's hurricane
season head on, and we encourage a
redoubled volunteer effort this
Close cooperation among federal
and state officials and nonprofit
organizations is critical to success-
ful disaster relief and recovery
efforts. For its part, FEMA uses
Voluntary Agency Liaisons to assist
voluntary agencies with federal
assistance programs, coordination
with other volunteer organizations,
donation management, and identi-
fying special needs populations.
Volunteers have proven indispen-
sable in past disaster response and
recovery efforts in Florida. Last
year's hurricane season was met
with a wealth of donations and vol-
unteerism from Florida individuals
and organizations. In 2005, volun-
teers staffed phone banks, distrib-
uted emergency food and water, and
cleared debris in response to
Hurricane Wilma and the other
hurricanes that tested Florida resi-
dents during the 2005 season.
In many cases, volunteerism that
was initially a response to
Hurricane Katrina both to the dev-
astation along the Gulf Coast and
evacuees who came to Florida after
the storm dovetailed with Wilma
response and recovery initiatives.
Volunteer efforts from past hurri-
canes, and the networks developed
to speed those endeavors, proved
vital and were strengthened even
further by last year's response.
According to statistics compiled
by Volunteer Florida, the
Governor's Commission on
Volunteerism and Community
Service, during the 2005 hurricane
season, some 112,600 volunteers
contributed 4.7 million hours of
Volunteer Florida maintains a hot-
line at 1-800-FL-HELP1 (354-
3571) which individuals can call to
receive referrals to volunteer cen-
ters in their area. www.volunteer-
florida.org, contains updates about
volunteer needs throughout the
state, as well as a list of local vol-
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of Black Women
and Their Weight
If you are an African-American
woman, chances are you are con-
sidered to be fat. Statistics show 70
percent of African-American
women are classified as overweight
Because of their genetic makeup,
very few adult African-American
women are able to wear a size 2,
and because they are constantly
compared to the skinny women
society parades before us as super-
models, their self-image is always
under attack. This constant barrage
of being subliminally reminded
they are not beautiful because they
don't have the correct body dimen-
sions is not only mentally and emo-
tionally draining, but potentially
life-threatening for Black women.
Robyn M. McGee, the director of
Women's Resources at California
State University, Dominguez Hills,
faced this fatal reality first-hand.
"My sister Cathy always loved a
good party. The last time I saw her,
she was hosting a friend's wed-
ding," McGee reveals. "With her
head thrown back in laughter,
Cathy held a champagne glass in
hand and was surrounded by end-
less bottles of wine and enough
food to feed 10 armies."
Cathy was married, had four chil-
dren, and owned her own business.
Still, Cathy was dissatisfied with
her looks. She was always con-
scious of the full bosom, wide hips
and thick legs with which most
Black women are born. Her lifelong
obsession with her weight com-
pelled her to indulge in the wrong
foods at the wrong times, all for the
wrong reasons, according to
McGee. Once she was considered
100 pounds overweight, Cathy
qualified for gastric bypass surgery.
Vigilant Grandmothers Recruit Youth
Away from Military Recruiters
Cathy's desperate quest to be thin
proved to be deadly, as she died
from complications of the surgery.
"As I look back, I realize that
Cathy's struggle was not with her
weight, but with feelings of inade-
quacy," declares McGee. "If she'd
understood that her perceptions
were obscured by the societal
norms and popular culture, she
would have appreciated the dimen-
sions that God gave Black women
and celebrated what she was rather
than chasing what wasn't."
In Hungry for More: A Keeping-
it-Real Guide for Black Women on
Weight and Body Image (Seal
Press), author Robyn McGee offers
a holistic approach to weight and
health by addressing their social
and cultural implications. With a
foreword by former U.S. Surgeon
General Joycelyn Elders, M.D.,
Hungry for More encourages read-
ers to take control of their health
and utilize practical ways they can
combat obesity and an unhealthy
lifestyle. McGee believes that with-
out first addressing the deficiencies
in our perception, no diet or surgery
can be successful.
"Unless you change what's in
your heart and mind, no amount of
surgery will make you feel whole.
Without psychological change to go
with your physical change, you
could risk gaining all of the weight
by Tiffany Jackson
DALLAS (NNPA) Women gray-
haired, some in wheel chairs and
some with canes but all moving to
the same beat. These women are not
your typical grannies. They march
to a drum beat of women with a
plan. Ranging from ages 60 to 90
and they travel all over the world,
speaking out against the right to
war. They are the Grandmothers
Against the War.
"We are universal grandmothers
who are concerned about all chil-
dren including the Iraqi children
who are being killed and we are
standing up for what is most impor-
tant because we are a humane
group," said Pat Wiley of
Grandmothers Against the War.
"We started in January 14, 2004
with only two people but now we
have 40 members and over 100 sup-
porters who come out during our
These "grannies" are on the move,
with recent trips to Philadelphia and
Baltimore. Next up they will be in
Washington D.C. holding vigils. In
fact, while they were in
Philadelphia, a few were arrested in
Times Square because 10 of them
tried to enlist at the U.S. Army
Recruiter Center. Even 92-year-old,
Lillian Willoughby was arrested in
a wheel chair. These powerful
women do not let the threat of
arrests or detainment hinder them
from marching and protesting
"We are that voice because there
are not many voices out speaking
and we feel for the future," said
Jenny Heinz of Code Pink, another
peace organization. "We plan to
take risks and put our principles to
action so that we can bring our
troops home and stop the war."
11 ANGRY WOMEN: After slipping down a hallway into tne u.S.
Marine recruiting station, Philadelphia Grandmothers for Peace's
Sonia Sanchez (right), Zandra Moberg (second from right) and their
cohorts listened intently as a civil-affairs police officer explained the
Since World War I, organizations
for peace have rallied and gathered
together to construct peace coali-
tions. From Women In Black,
Grandmothers Against the War,
Code Pink, Camp Casey Dallas
among many others, these organiza-
tions have held vigils, protests and
tried to enlist. Their goal has always
been to prevent youth from falling
into the trap of joining the Army.
"So many youth are being lied to
by army recruiters," said Lon
Burnam director of the Dallas
Peace Center. "We have to let them
know that they do not have to join
the army because the recruiters will
tell them that they will be able to do
whatever they want and get a better
education and when they get there it
is something totally different."
A memorable vigil for Dallas sol-
diers who lost their life was held
recently for five hours at the main
recruitment area at the Federal
Ex-Knight-Ridder Exec to join Ebony
Nearly one year after her father's
death, :Johnson ,- Publishing',
Company CEO Linda Jobh ~8olRid6
continues to put her imprint on the
world's largest Black publishing
company as evidenced by the hiring
of its first editorial director, former
Knight Ridder executive Bryan
Johnson Rice announced the hir-
ing .of Monroe- as vice
-president/editorial" director of' the'
company's flagship publications,
Ebony and Jet. He officially begins
his new position Aug. 1.
As editorial director, Monroe will
be responsible for helping unite
both Ebony and Jet to work in a
more cohesive and unified manner.
He said he will also work closely
with Johnson Publishing's Web site'
designers to help give the publica-
tions a stronger presence, more con-
tent and a better look on the
"Like many in the African-
American community, I have read
Ebony and Jet all of my life, and to
work there in some capacity has
'always been a'dream job to have,"
said Monroe, who is also president
of the National Association of
Ebony boasts a monthly circula-
tion of 1.4 million, and for Jet, more
than 950,000 weekly.
First Katrina Insurance Lawsuit Opened
MISS Attorneys carried files and
exhibits into a federal courthouse
last week for what they expect to be
a groundbreaking trial on whether
insurance policyholders who lost
homes in Hurricane Katrina are
entitled to recover losses that insur-
ance companies claim were caused
"A journey of a thousand miles
begins with one step, and this is the
first step," plaintiffs' attorney
Richard "Dickie" Scruggs said as
he arrived in court. "It's one case. If
you win it, it's a huge win. If you
lose it, you spin it the best way you
The lawsuit was filed on behalf
of police Lt. Paul Leonard, who had
taken out homeowner's insurance
with Nationwide Mutual Insurance
Co. long before Katrina pulverized
his Pascagoula house on Aug. 29.
After the storm, Nationwide
blamed the damage on water, not
wind. The insurer said Leonard's
policy didn't cover floods.
Joe Case, a spokesman for
Nationwide, downplayed the
impact one case could have on oth-
ers pending against Nationwide and
other insurance companies.
"Right now we are focused on
what this trial is about," Case said
Monday after entering the court-
house that's still surrounded by
Katrina destruction. "We look at
each claim on a case-by-case
Leonard and his wife, Julie, say
Nationwide denied their claim
without thoroughly investigating
the damage to their house, which is
several hundred yards from the
Mississippi Sound near the eastern
end of the state's shoreline.
The Leonards, who purchased
their policy more than a decade ago,
also say their insurance agent had
assured them they didn't need to
buy flood insurance for their home
because their policy would cover all
"The goal here is to make my
home whole again," said Leonard,
whose house sustained an estimated
$100,000 in damage. "If it helps
someone else, that's great. But I'm
fighting for my family's future."
Scruggs is no stranger to high-pro-
file court fights. He helped secure
the landmark, multibillion dollar
settlement with tobacco companies
in the late 1990s.
"Everyone is going to be watching
the result of this," Scruggs said of
the trial, which is expected to last a
week or two. "It won't be binding
for other cases, but the precedential
effects of this will be enormous
because it's the first one."
While Nationwide homeowners'
policies cover wind damage, the
Columbus, Ohio-based insurer
argues that damage from flood
water, including wind-driven storm
surge, is excluded from coverage.
"Essentially, the Leonards are ask-
ing the court to change their con-
tract after the fact," Case had said
earlier. "They're asking for flood
damage to be covered, and they did-
n't purchase flood insurance, regret-
Scruggs represents around 3,000
policyholders on Mississippi's Gulf
Coast, including his brother-in-law,
U.S. Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss.,
whose Pascagoula home was
demolished by Katrina on Aug. 29.
Scruggs also has filed against
other insurers, including Allstate
Insurance Co., Metropolitan Life
Insurance Co., State Farm
Insurance Cos. and United Services
Mississippi Attorney General Jim
Hood also is suing insurance com-
panies, arguing they should pay for
all of Katrina's property damage,
whether it was caused by wind or
Dr. Robert Hartwig, chief econo-
mist for the Insurance Information
Institute in New York, warned that a
victory by the Leonards would "cre-
ate chaos in insurance markets all
over the country" because it would
send a message that contracts can
be "retroactively rewritten" after a
"That creates an impossible busi-
ness environment," he said.
Scruggs and other plaintiffs' hope
that winning this and a handful of
other cases would pressure insurers
into settling 'thousands of other
Katrina-related lawsuits. "The out-
come will at least set the tone for
future cases," Scruggs said.
Hartwig, however, downplayed
that scenario. "Insurers will be
looking at every single case on its
merits," he said.
Houston Mother and Da
AShley Clayton and Margie Black joined the army together.
While U.S. Army recruiter Staff
Sgt. James Alston was putting the
finishing touches on the enlistment
of Ashley Clayton of West
Columbia, TX, her mother, Margie
Black, watched with a tinge of
"It was always my dream to be in
the military," said Ms. Black, 41.
Twenty-two years ago she planned
to join the Army, but couldn't
because she was pregnant.
Suddenly, she was vicariously liv-
ing her dream through her 21-year-
Then the scenario changed. "I was
talking to the recruiter and I made
the statement that 'Y'all better be
glad that you can't recruit older peo-
ple,'" said Ms. Black, who has two
other daughters, Natalie, 20, and
DeNa, 19, and an eight-month-old
Timing is everything. Two days
later, recruiter Alston called with
big news: On June 22, the changed
its maximum enlistment age from
35 to 42."
"When I got that news, I was so
excited," she said with a smile. "I
was ready to go. This is my lifelong
dream. I see it as a blessing from
Building. This month a group of
peace organizations plan to have
demonstrations from 3 p.m. to 5
p.m. to talk about the war. Burnam
says that "we have a president who
has started a war and he has said
that another president is going to
have to end the war."
According to the Iraq Casualty
Counter 2,549 have died and out of
that total, 2,042 of them were in
combat since the war began. More
than 18,490 have been officially
wounded and about 2,000,048,100
have been estimated as wounded.
More recruiters have been sent out
to high schools and they attend
every important event where they
know a number of people will be
present. Many of them are looking
for more brown and black faces.
According to the Associated Press,
the number of Blacks in the Army's
recruiting classes has dropped 41
percent over the past five years,
from 23.9 percent in 2000 to 14
percent last year. The number of
women has dropped 13 percent.
It seems like. more African-
Americans are choosing another
path without the assistance of the
U.S. Army. At this year's Essence
Festival, the U.S. Army was one of
the major sponsors and a number of
Black recruiters were on hand, but
many African-Americans passed
The Grandmothers Against the
War hope that more youth. So as
they continue to march and protest,
they will continue to take to the
streets with their voices of power,
love and concern.
Ford Looking for Recent
HBCU Graduates for Tour
Calling all recent HBCU
Graduates! Did you love your col-
lege experience and want to share
it with others?
Ford is seeking two passionate
Historically Black College and
University (HBCU) graduates to
participate in the 6th annual 2006
Black College Road Trip to pro-
mote Ford's hottest vehicles and its
latest community outreach efforts
at various HBCU football classics
throughout the country.
The Roadies will travel more than
8,500 miles across the U.S. in 13
weeks visiting more than 10
HBCU Football Classics games in
cities like Atlanta, Orlando and
Tennessee. While on the road,
they will meet with young people
throughout the country talking
with them about the importance of
seeking a higher education, pro-
vide community service, appear
regularly on the syndicated televi-
sion show "Inside the Game" and
travel in a decked out all-new
Roadie candidates should be
interested in learning and execut-
ing Ford's latest Bold Moves
grassroots marketing communica-
tions, public affairs and promo-
tions campaign. Roadies need to
"She said 'Are you serious? Don't
be playing with me,'" Alston
It was a recruiting coup for the
ecstatic Alston; but he was happier
for Ms. Black than himself.
"I was really excited for her
because this has always been her
dream," he said. "I was just happy
to be able to assist her in making
her dream a reality."
The pair has received national
attention for their career choice and
was recently introduced before
60,000 people Monday, July 3, dur-
ing the ESSENCE Music Festival,
which was co-sponsored by the
Many older recruits are now tak-
ing advantage of the new age rul-
ing; but a mother and daughter join-
ing at the same time might be
"I've been in the Army 30 years,"
said Command Sgt. Maj. Dennis
King of U.S. Army Accessions
Command. "And I've never seen
anything like it."
Brig. Gen. Dennis E. Rogers, the
Command's Deputy Commanding
General and Chief of Staff agrees.
"I believe these women have made
Ms. Black is now on military
leave from the Texas Department of
Criminal Justice, where she is a ser-
geant of correctional officers at the
Clemens Unit in Brazoria County.
She will leave for boot camp at Fort
be passionate about their HBCU
experiences and be willing to
share them with young people.
Passion for black college football
is a must!
Roadie Applicant Requirements
HBCU candidates interested in
making a bold move and becom-
ing a Roadie need
to do the following:
Create a 60-second video on
why you should be selected to
become a roadie VHS or Beta
Cam SP format.
- Write a one-page essay on what
your. I-BCU experience meant, to-
Supply a copy of your resume
with three references.
Supply proof of your HBCU
Candidates need to be 21-25
years of age with a background in
communications, marketing, pub-
lic affairs or related degrees.
Entry deadline is Aug. 1, 2006.
Applications can be sent to:
Urban Sports & Entertainment
Group, c/o Damon White, 19600
Catawba Ave. 301C, Cornelius,
NC 28031. You an also check out
the website at fordroad-
in the Army
Jackson, SC on July 20th and begin
training as a transportation manage-
While Ms. Black is fulfilling a life-
long dream, Ms. Clayton is looking
to build a brighter future. "I'm look-
ing forward to traveling and making
a better life for my family, if I have
one. I want to do something so that
I won't have to struggle and will be
able to accomplish one of my goals
She knew that her mom always
wanted to be a soldier, but when
asked about her mom's enlistment,
she hesitated. "I'm all right with it,"
she said with a nervous laugh. "
She's been wanting to do it so, I
support her 100 percent. It's sort of
a coincidence, but I know this is
what she has always wanted to do."
Many of Ms. Clayton's friends
weren't so pleased with her enlist-
ment, primarily because of the war
"They're still worried about the
war and things," she said. "They
keep saying that I should have
talked with them first; but they
don't have to live my life, I have to
live it. And this is what I have
decided to do. It is something I have
wanted to do since the ninth grade."
After waiting 22 years, Ms. Black
is just ready to go. "I never, ever
thought I would have this opportu-
nity again," she said. "Before, I was
living my life through my daugh-
ter's dream; now I get to live it
through my own."
July 20-26, 2006
.What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
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
Health 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.
Soul Single Mingle
Soul Single Mingle will be spon-
soring a water sports adventure on
Saturday, July 22nd, from 3 8
p.m. The event will be held at
WATERSPORTS OF ST. AUGUS-
TINE, 240 Vilano Road, St.
Augustine, FL 904-829-0006.
Soul Single Mingle is a member-
ship based social and adventure
club for African American singles.
Membership is FREE for a limited
time. For info & RSVP, visit
The Carnival Association of jack-
sonville will be hosting their annual
boat ride aboard the Lady St. Johns
Matthew Gilbert High School Alumni Meeting
Plans are currently being made for the January 6, 2007 Matthew Gilbert
High School 9th Annual Reunion Celebration. Two representatives from
each class (1952-1970) are asked to become involved. The meeting will
take place on Tuesday, August 8th and every other Tuesday following at
Gilbert Middle School. For additional information, please contact
Almetya Lodi at 355-7583.
Learn How to Shop Smart and
Healthy With a Free Supermarket Tour
There's an educational program to help consumers select foods to build
a healthy diet -- and it's free.
Educators from the University of Florida will conduct Smart and Healthy
Nutrition Tours in selected Publix supermarkets in Duval County. During
the class, which lasts about three (3) hours, consumers will study how to
choose foods that are nutrient dense and lower in fat, salt and sugar. This
course, de eloped by the University of Florida Cooperative Extension
Service Family and Consumer Sciences Program, will provide participants
with skills they need to make good food decisions.
Class sizes are limited. For registration information on dates and times
and location of the Smart and Healthy Nutrition Supermarket Tours,
call the University of Florida Cooperative Extension Service Family and
Consumer Sciences Program at 387-8855.
Do you know an
Someone who is constantly doing for others and put-
ting someone else's needs before their own, a friend that
goes beyond the norm? A tireless volunteer? Nominate
he or she for the Unsung Hero spotlight and they could
win a profile in the Jacksonville Free Press and a $50
gift certificate from Publix Supermarkets.
CITY STATE ZIP
Why are you nominating this person
SEND INFORMATION TO:
Fax (904) 765-8611
Or mail to: Unsung Hero, C/IO Jacksonville Free Press
P.O. Box 43580, Jacksonville, FL 32203
Brought to you by
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-
Great Men of
Stage Aurora Theatrical Company
is holding auditions for the GREAT
MEN OF GOSPEL: Spirit into
Sound by Elizabeth Van Dyke.
Male powerhouse gospel singers
are urgently needed. This romping
gospel musical highlights the music
of Kirk Franklin, James Cleveland,
The Five Blind Boys From
Alabama, and many more! The
next audition will be on July 23rd
from 1 5 p.m. at FCCJ North
Campus. For more information, call
(904) 765 -7372.
There will be a free forum on the
FCAT at the EWC Schell Sweet
Center on Saturday, July 29th
beginning at 1 p.m. This event will
provide students in Middle and
High School to discuss strategies to
pass the FCAT. For more informa-
tion call Marie Heath at 470-8142.
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
p.m., The Florida Theatre will wel-
coming two musical greats as
Stanley Clarke and George Duke
come together to bring the
Clarke/Duke Project to the stage.
For more information call 904-355-
100 Black Men
White Linen Affair
100 Black Men of Jax will present
"SUNSET IN THE GARDEN"
white linen event at the Riverside
Garden Club on Friday, August
4th, from sunset to 12 a.m. To pur-
chase tickets contact Kevin Cotton
PRIDE Book Club
The next book club meeting will
be held on Saturday, August 5th
from 2:00 4:30 p.m. The meeting
will be hosted by Marsha Phelts at
her home on American Beach. The
address is 5400 Ocean Blvd.,
American Beach, Fl. The book for
discussion will be THE
COVENANT WITH BLACK
AMERICA by Tavis Smiley.
Participants are welcome to bring
beach attire and enjoy the beach
after the meeting. Call 904-261-
0175 for more information or direc-
County Extension Service. The
class will be held on Saturday,
August 5, 2006 at the Mandarin
Library, 3330 Kori Road from
11:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. This program
covers drought issues, what to do
with weeds, how to handle pests,
plus trees and their troubles.
September and October landscape
maintenance schedule also includ-
ed. Get answers to plant and tree
problems by bringing in a sample of
a disease or pest. Call to register
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.
How to Start
a Fall Garden
Choose a date to learn about start-
ing a fall garden on either Saturday,
August 26 or Tuesday, August 29
from 10:00 AM NOON at the
Urban Gardening Field Office on
Superior Street, one block West of
the Duval County Extension Office
The cost of the class is $5.00 at the
door, which will include some take
home seedlings. Call 387-8850 to
pre-register. Seating limited to 25.
Landscape Ensemble Auditions
Learn how to troubleshoot your Plan ahead now for auditions for
lawn problems before they start Plan ahead now for auditions for
with a class sponsored by the Duval
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
Tom Joyner will join Mickey
Mouse over the Labor Day week-
end when he hosts "The Tom Joyner
Family Reunion" at Disney World.
This event brings hundreds of fam-
ilies from across the country to the
popular vacation destination for pri-
vate parties and concerts as well as
special events for the entire family
such as family fitness workouts, a
Sunday worship and gospel service
The celebrity lineup of entertain-
ers will include Aretha Franklin,
Sinbad, LL Cool J, Chris Brown,
Ne-yo, Keyshia Cole -- and more!
For more information about the
events and to book specially priced
packages, log onto blackameri-
caweb.com or call 1-888/TJ-FAMI-
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 or online
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India Arie Says Positive Outlook
Took Years of Soul Searching
When India.Arie broke
up with what she thought
would be her lifetime love,
she was sad, angry, con-
fused and hurt and spent
the next four years
unleashing her emotions
through her songs.
But those who pick up
her latest album,
"Testimony, Vol. 1: Life
& Relationship," won't
hear any of the bitterness
she once harbored.
Instead, in what has
become India.Arie's phi-
losophy, she manages to
find the positive, even in a
devastating split. Instead
of songs about a no-good
man or falling into despair,
India sings about the
power of forgiveness, the
appreciation of a past rela-
tionship and even learning
to love being alone.
"If you don't learn your
lessons, then you are only
hurting yourself," says the
30-year-old singer, sport-
ing a newly shorn haircut.
Usher Takes on Broadway
with Chicago Role
export to star in the six-time Tony-
winning show, currently celebrating
its 10th year on Broadway.
Of course, this isn't the first time
the acting bug has hit the "Yeah"
Usher has a surprisingly long
resume when it comes to thespian
gigs, with the song-and-dance man
having had prominent roles in a
slew of otherwise forgettable films,
including The Faculty, Light It Up,
and In the Mix. He also had a small
part in the teen comedy She's All
Forget molding himself after
Michael Jackson. Usher's latest
career move is more in line with
The five-time Grammy winner
will make his Broadway debut as
slickster lawyer Billy Flynn in the
long-running musical Chicago for a
six-week run beginning Aug. 22.
"This is a very exciting time in my
career," the Confessions singer
said. "I have always admired
Broadway actors for their show-
manship, dedication and focus that
goes into performing live on stage
"Being on Broadway allows you
to connect to audiences in a whole
new way that's different from music
and movies. When they asked me to
play Billy Flynn in Chicago, I
jumped at the chance to be a part of
such an amazing production."
At the very least, the 27-year-
old's turn in the musical will bring
new energy, and perhaps a younger
audience, to the show, which has
maintained its popularity over the
years thanks in large part to its
Usher is just the latest Hollywood
That, as well as guest starring roles
in a handful of television shows,
including Moesha, 7th Heaven and
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.
Even before his stint on Broadway
was announced, Usher had a busy
fall ahead of him.
Earlier this year, music producer
and frequent collaborator Jermaine
Dupri said he expected to be back
in the studio recording with Usher
by the end of the year.
Usher's Chicago run will go
through Oct. 1.
"For the sake of being a better
person, I took that relationship and
relationships in general and just
looked at it from every angle for
three years, and wrote a whole
bunch of songs about it," she says.
"I think when people write those
songs that are really bitter and peo-
ple are bitter, it's because they're
dealing with the surface."
India's ability to dig deep paid off
big commercially it earned the
Grammy winner her first No. 1
album debut last week, with sales of
more than 160,000. In addition,
"Testimony," her third album, has
garnered mainly positive reviews.
Still, even some of the most glow-
ing notices about her album contain
a familiar dig that she's a bit too
In a particularly negative review,
New York Daily News critic Jim
Farber complained that "you can't
get through a single stanza of her
lyrics without being harangued with
some lesson or encouragement,
served up for our own good."
Meanwhile, a recent article in
Essence magazine pondered
whether India was too uplifting.
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"I keep reading these reviews of
my album and they're saying that its
optimistic and 'How does she come
out unscathed' and they're like, real
cynical, sarcastic about it," says the
singer, visibly annoyed.
"I keep trying to explain to peo-
ple, it's not about being unscathed.
I'm not unscathed. That's the dumb-
est thing I ever heard. Obviously
I've been heartbroken. We all know
what that feels like," she says. "But
the thing about it is that I chose to
take the time to dive really deep to
understand the lesson instead of sit-
ting on the surface and blaming. I
don't want to be bitter. I want to
learn how to love better and better
Understanding life's lessons has
been a focal point of India's music
ever since her debut album,
"Acoustic Soul," in 2001. It earned
her seven Grammy nominations
and eventually went double plat-
inum, while the second album,
"Voyage to India," went gold and
earned her two Grammys.
India's success has been a gradual
one. Songs like "Video" and her
latest single, "I Am Not My Hair,"
have garnered some radio play, but
she's definitely not the kind of artist
who gets heavy attention from
mainstream outlets which is fine
Besides, what drives India are the
things that are not trendy, but last-
ing. It's one of the reasons why she
didn't put any anger ito her album,
even though she was feeling it. Her
frustration was temporary; the les-
sons she learned were permanent,
"I want my music to be a contri-
bution and I want the people who
love me on Earth and in heaven to
be proud of who I am, and I want to
be proud of myself, and I don't want
to look back and say, 'Oh God, why
did I say that?'" she says. "I want to
always be classy and honest and I
always want to have fun with
music, and if I can't really express
who I am through my music, then
it's not really fun anymore."
FANTASIA'S FANTASTIC VOYAGE: ?
American Idol's story coming to Lifetime .%
"American Idol" star Fantasia Barrino is taking her
story to Lifetime. The cable channel picked up her
life story and had to convince the 2004 winner to
play herself in the movie, titled "Life is not a Fairy .
The TV movie premieres Aug. 19 on Lifetime, and
is based on the singer's biography about dropping
out of high school, becoming an unwed mother at a
young age, dealing with rape, and finding herself and stardom.
"I didn't think it was going to be tough going back playing myself, but it
was because I had to relive those moments," Barrino told the Television
Critics Association. "At the end, I began to cry and I said, 'I went through
all those things, but I know why I share my life.' I'm thankful that I was
able to do it," she said.
MONTELL WILLIAMS TYING THE KNOT AT 50:
Talk show host proposes to girlfriend just
before joining his 50th birthday celebration.
Talk show host Montell Williams did it 'old
school' style by dropping to one knee and pro-
posing to his girlfriend Tara Fowler in front of
both their families. The couple were headed to
a party in honor of Williams' 50th birthday, but
he took care of that order of business just an
hour before their arrival. Williams and Fowler
mat a year and a half ago in Florida.
After saying, "yes," the American Airlines flight attendant reportedly
received a sizeable "rock," which made for the perfect accessory for walk-
ing the red carpet for the bash. She flaunted her new ring and her new
fiancee' with pride. This will be the third marriage for Williams, who has
two children from each of his previous marriages.
The double-celebration took place at Pacha in New York restaurant
"Tavern on the Green" .
BOB JOHNSON OUGHTA BE IN PICTURES:
BET founder teams to start film studio
Bob Johnson and his RLJ Cos. are teaming with Miramax founders, Bob
and Harvey Weinstein, to create an urban entertainment company. The two
parties plan to create a film company to produce African-American fami-
ly comedies. The company, called Our Stories Films, will be based in Los
Angeles with an additional office in New York. Johnson will serve as the
company chairman and run the company, i.e. has the controlling vote to
produce, acquire and finance the films.
"Never before has an African-American had 'green light authority' at a
studio combined with this quality of financing and a distribution partner
that has a proven track record of successful urban films," Johnson said in
BET CANCELS "UNCUT"
X-rated R&B/rap videos must now find another outlet.
After a six-year run, the network has decided to cancel its late night
uncensored music video show, "BET Uncut." The last episode aired Friday
on July 8 featuring guest host and notorious strip club-fiend, Jermaine
Dupri. "BET Uncut" showcased hip, hop and R&B videos that were
deemed too sexually explicit to air in the network's regular rotation. The
program had a TV-MA rating, barring viewers under the a -gef L7.Bit the
series still drew criticism from women who felt th depictions \ere
demeaning and unsuitable for any show on basic cable.
Unity March Hits the Streets to End Community Violence
Shown above at the event is Rev. Torin Dailey, Rev. H.T. Rhim,
JCAAP Founder Rev. Rudolph McKissick and Ms. Thelma Jackson.
Area pastors lead the front line of the Unity March on Myrtle Avenue Saturday. Each of the pastors carried a cross as did other marchers, bear-
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Rev. Trey Wright of St. Joseph's Missionary Baptist Church led the Jack Morgan plants the crosses on Myrtle Avenue symbolizing all of
prayer vigil in song. the lost lives needlessly murdered in 2006 alone.
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