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Black Colleges Starting to Recruit
Hispanic Students,t Faculty and Staff
Pressed by stiff competition fdr their traditional students, historically
black colleges are making a push to recruit Hispanics.
The campuses are hiring Hispanic recruiters, distributing brochures fea-
turing Hispanic students and establishing special scholarships for
-ispanics in an attempt to tap the nation's largest and' fastest-growing
At the historically black Texas Southern University in Houston, the
school has already started five Hispanic student organizations, including
fraternities and sororities, to help make the campus more inviting.
While the country's Hispanic population is boorniing, the number of
blacks is increasing at a much slower rate,'and other colleges are doing
more to attract them. Black colleges want to shore up enrollment num-
Clippers Owner Sued for Housing
Discrimination Against Blacks
The U.S. Department of Justice formally sued .Los Angeles Clippers
owner and real estate mogul Donald Sterling for housing discrimination,
claiming he refused to rent apartments to black citizens and families with
children. Federal prosecutors contend that Sterling, his wife, Rochelle,
and their family trust refused to rent to many prospective tenants, treated
them poorly and misrepresented the availability of apartments. to.them in
the city's Koreatown section.
In November, a federal judge ordered Sterling to pay nearly $5 million
in fees to plaintiffs' attorneys in a lawsuit accusing him of discriminating
against black and Hispanic tenants,
The case -- filed by attorneys including the non-profit Housing Rights
Center for 19 plaintiffs -- resolved with a financial settlement that thp
judge described as "one of the largest ever obtained im this type of case,"
thought terms were not disclosed, .
The 2003 lawsuit alleged that Stealing tried to drive out tenants, partic-
ularly blacks and Hispanics, at apartments he owned in Koreatown.
Grandson of Malcolm X Arrested Again
Malcolm Shabazz. 21, has been charged with reckless endangerment
after punching doughnut shop window. The troubled grandson of
Malcolm X was arrested again by New York police last week after he
allegedly punched a doughnut shop window, sending glass shattering on
two patrons, authorities said. He was picked up on charges of reckless
endangerment, assault and criminal mischief,
Shabazz just came out of prison this year after serving time for a 2002
attempted robbery conviction. He was also blamed for setting the 1997
fire that caused the death of his grandmother Betty Shabazz in her apart-
He pleaded guilty to the juvenile equivalents of second-degree
manslaughter and second-degree arson and spent time in various juvenile
centers, escaping at least twice but being recaptured.
Malcolm is the son of Qubilah Shabazz. who was 4-years-old when
she saw her father shot to death at Harlem's Audubon Ballroom in 1965.
North Carolina Struggles to
Help Black, Contractors
WILMINGTON, N.C. Black leaders across North Carolina are lob-
bying Gov. Mike Easley to veto a bill the General Assembly ratified last
week that they say could eliminate the prospect of minority-owned busi-
nesses contracting with state and local government.
The bill, one of the last pieces of legislation passed by the Legislature
before it adjourned for the summer two weeks ago, removes any mention
of specific numerical minority business contracting goals that DOT (NC
Dept. of Transportation), and in effect, any other state or local govern-
ment agency, would employ in a "good faith effort" to reach.
"The Dept. shall review its budget its budget and establish annual aspi-
rational goals, not mandatory goals, in percentages for the overall partic-
ipation in contracts by disadvantaged minority-owned and women-
owned businesses," HB 1827 states. To critics, allowing DOT or other
public agencies to decide what their own aspirational goals will be on an
annual basis is a loophole that allows them to escape any goals at all.
In previous language, a 10 percent goal was set for minority business-
es, and 5 percent for women-owned businesses, thus making DOT some-
what accountable for at least trying to reach it.
Dallas' Black Firefighters
Accuse City of Bias, File Lawsuit
The Dallas Black Fire Fighters Association has filed suit against the
city of Dallas seeking to change what it says is pervasive discrimination
against minorities and women in hiring, training, transfers, promotions
and discipline. The lawsuit, filed in state district court on July 19, seeks
a permanent injunction prohibiting "unfair discriminatory employment
policies" and demands more than $75,000 in damages for each person.
The city attorney and fire officials declined to comment on the lawsuit.
Issues surrounding race have long been contentious and litigious in
The black firefighters association filed a class action in the late 1980s,
alleging that blacks lagged in hiring and promotions. The city settled the
lawsuit for about $860,00 in the mid-1990s, The settlement mandated
numerous changes, including revamping disciplinary procedures and
added special requirements on how to conduct hiring and promotional
tests. About that time. white firefighters filed suit in federal court, con-
tending that women and minorities who scored lower on civil service
tests were promoted ahead of them.
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Shown above is Pastor McLendon with Night basketball participant
Richard Lester sharing his experience with the audience. R. Silver photo
Night Basketball League
Culminates Inaugural Season
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The Northside Church of Christ
culminated it's inaugural season of
the Night Basketball League with
festivities held in the church gym.
The League, brainchild of church
member Philip Mobley, was one of
the first programs initiated to com-
bat the chronic crime problem in
Joining in on the festivities were
Jacksonville City Councilwoman
Mia Jones and Sen. Anthony
"Tony" who helped purchase the
score board in addition to other city
officials and program partners.
Over 120+ participants from the
age of 12 25 completed the eight
(8) week program that was
designed to pro-actively reduce the
crime and murder rates by engaging
participants in basketball activities
and conflict resolution workshops
during high crime periods. The
activity essentially gave young men
a place to go four nights a week to
play basketball during the long
summer months. Completing the
public/private partnership, the
Jacksonville Sheriffs Office pro-
vided additional security during the
hours of the program.
The league's theme was "Jesus is
the Answer," with the gospel song
of the same name playing continu-
ously during games in the gym and
the phrase written on the back-
boards at each end of the court.
Some of the league's members ser-
enaded the audience with the song -
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Williams Law Nuptials
Kim Matthews Williams daughter of Mrs. Modestine Golden married
Clinton Law at Bethel Baptist Institutional Church. The ceremony was
celebrated at the church with a lavish reception for family and friends.
Following a honeymoon in Orlando, FL, the couple will reside in
Jacksonville. R. Silver photo
Masons and Eastern Stars Distribute Hundreds
of School Supplies to Youth on We Care Day
Shown above are Masons 111. Raymond Penn and Ill. Thomas Robinson.
The two men with baby in tow, canvassed the Springfield neighborhood
near their Pearl Street headquarters handing out flyers informing parents
and future students of the free school supplies being given away during the
10th annual "We Care Day". For more, see page 11.
Community Urged to
Participate in Day of Faith
Mayor John Peyton, Sheriff John
Rutherford, the Jacksonville City
Council and area pastors invite the'
entire City of Jacksonville to partic-
ipate August 12, 2006, in A Day of
Faith; Arming the Prayer Warriors.
Beginning at 2 p.m. at the
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial
Arena, the event is open to all and
is an effort to gather people of faith
and action to come together in sup-
port of a safer community.
Additional transportation will be
made available by the Jacksonville
Transportation Authority and park-
ing fees will be waived.
"With the Sheriff, the State
Attorney our City Council, and the
support of faith-based and nonprof-
it organizations throughout the
area, we are taking steps to address
the epidemic that is robbing hope
from our streets and neighborhoods
and stealing the future of our city. "
said Mayor Peyton. "These efforts
are important and they will help.
However, none of them can match
the power of prayer and the.
strength and direction that only
God can provide."
Attendees of the Day of Faith will
be given the opportunity to partici-
pate in such efforts as mentoring,
minister/JSO community canvass-
ing, establishing youth recreational
programs, making financial contri-
butions for such initiatives gun
buy-backs, gun bounty programs
and the Crime Stoppers Reward
program, as well as other grass-
roots-organized activities. Musical
performances by the Ritz Voices,
the J. W. Honeysucker Community
Choir and the H. Alvin Green
Memorial Alumni Chorale
Pastors will sponsor congrega-
tional meetings in the week follow-
ing the event to organize and equip
parishioners to do this important
work in their neighborhoods. Doors
will open at noon.
The Day of Faith follows the
announcement last week by the
Mayor's Office to spend up to $5
million in overtime pay for the
Jacksonville Sheriffs Office, pro-
viding for the equivalent of 50 new
police officers on the street in tar-
geted neighborhoods. Both initia-
tives are part of an effort to marshal
-all resources community wide to
reduce the violence the city contin-
ues to experience.
Volunteers are also urgently need-
ed. For more information or to vol-
unteer, call 630-1020.
e H Blueprint for Leadership Recruiting for Upcoming Class
Recruitment has begun for
Volunteer Jacksonville's Blueprint
for Leadership Class of 2007.
Blueprint for Leadership is a com-
munity leadership training program
inclusive of all races and ethnic
groups. It is designed to identify,
recruit, train and place potential
community leaders on nonprofit
boards and in other volunteer lead-
ership positions in Jacksonville.
The six months program (one day
per month) offers forty hours of
training beginning January 2007.
The comprehensive training covers:
- organizational management and
- fiscal management
- funding development
- legal responsibilities of nonprof-
it governing boards
Upon completion of their training,
class members will be placed as
interns on nonprofit boards for one
year. Every effort is made to select
a board that is in accord with each
student's interests. The maximum
number of class members is 35. To
receive an application download it
from volunteers acksonville.org
For more information, call Kim
Johnson, Training & Agency
Director at 332-6767. Application
deadline is Friday, September 29,
Free "Get Checking"Seminar Helps
Jax Citizens Organize Their Finances
XM Satellite Radio
Names New CEO
XM Satellite Radio has appoint-
ed Nate Davis to the newly created
position of President and Chief
The seasoned telecommunica-
tions executive, having served in
senior management roles at XO
Communications, Nextel and MCI,
takes over a company that has just
seen its subscriber base reach seven
million, making it America;s
largest satellite radio service.
Nextel Communications, Davis
was the Executive Vice President
of all technical operations which
included engineering, operations,
procurement, and IT. Davis also
served as CFO of MCI
Telecommunications, President and
COO of MCImetro, and in a host of
roles at MCI and AT&T earlier in
With kids fresh back-to-school, it's
time to review the "3 R's
ofChecking Accounts." Anita
McKinney, Extension Educator,
will be discussing these and other
money management issues in the
Get Checking seminars held this
month. The sessions are set for
August 17 and 24 (Thursdays), 5:30
to 8:30, at the Duval County
Extension Education Center, 1010
N. McDuff Ave, or on August 19
(Saturday) 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.,
at-WorkSource, 11000 Beach Blvd
According to financial education
McKinney, we should be aware of
these three checking account tips to
1. Use a check Register. Even
though we are tempted to think that
a register is old-fashioned, it's real-
ly the only way to know what we
have in the account. The bank or
credit union won't know about the
check mailed to Aunt Sally that has-
n't cleared yet, and the balance
online or at the ATM would then be
inaccurate and possibly cause a
bounced item. In class, each partic-
ipant completes a register with a
specific set of transactions to get
experience managing their money
using this important tool.
2. Reconcile your register with the
bank statement. Most people who
are having difficulties with their
account aren't in the habit of recon-
ciling their register with the month-
ly statement. In the workshop, par-
ticipants utilize a simple form to
accomplish the task, and partici-
pants are encouraged to reconcile
within five days of getting the state-
ment each month.
3. Review. Use your check regis-
ter and statement to review and
track spending by budget cate-
gories. Having a written spending
and saving plan and a tracking
method that you will use consistent-
ly are vital to taking charge of your
Anita McKinney, Duval County
Extension Educator, coordinates
and teaches the local program,
which is a part of a national effort to
improve financial literacy. "Get
Investing Guidelines for Changing Times
By. Sherman Jones
One thing remains certain when
investing: uncertainty. It's what
makes investing so difficult emo-
tionally. While the long-term per-
formance of equity markets has his-
torically been a steady up trend,
short-term direction is always
unpredictable. Amid all of this mis-
giving about the market's course,
what should investors do? Here are
Build a well-diversified portfolio
where different sectors will com-
plement each other and may not
always move in the same direction
at the same time. It should include
cash equivalents, bonds, equities,
and real estate and tangibles. Your
financial advisor will help deter-
mine how much weight to give each
category and how to sub-allocate
within each given an individual's
time horizon and risk tolerance.
Reassess risk tolerance
Amid market turmoil, investors
may realize that they don't quite
have the stomach for stock market
volatility they thought. Upon dis-
covering risk tolerance is much
lower than imagined, move incre-
mentally toward a more appropriate
investment mix. Not everyone can
withstand extreme stock market
volatility, and shouldn't have to. A
well-diversified portfolio generally
helps to offset instability and can
put investors on the path toward
achieving financial goals.
Count cash liquidity is key
In the event of a market downturn,
investors should determine how
long they could go without selling
stocks, considering income, pen-
sion, Social Security and cash and
bond holdings. This exercise can
help bring the market's short-term
swings back into perspective and
help re-focus long-term goals.
Keep a diary
Consider keeping an investing
diary. Investors sometimes suffer
from selective memory. They may
remember thoughts of selling
stocks right before a market down-
turn, but forget that they had that
same thought many other times
prior to the market's rise. By keep-
ing a diary, investors can see how
often their instincts may be wrong.
Take advice from a financial
People have advisors for various
aspects of their life, whether reli-
gion, athletics, tax or legal, among
others. However, investing is one of
the most difficult activities many
Seek the advice of a qualified
financial advisor for coaching
through the ups and downs of the
emotional investing roller coaster
and remain focused on long-term
Sherman Jones is a Financial Advisor
with Raymond James Financial
Services. He works with individuals and
small businessmen on their retirement
plans, investments and insurance
Checking is unique in that a person
who has had difficulty opening an
account will be able to open one at
a participating financial institution
after taking the class," she notes.
Five credit unions Community
First, Florida Telco,
HealthAmerica, Jax Federal, and
VyStar and two banks Everbank
and SunTrust are Financial
Institution Partners and recognize
the Get Checking Certificate.
To register or for more informa-
tion, call 387-8850.
Are You Financially Ready for a Hurricane?
1. Take all your insurance policies, tax returns, mortgage papers, and.
other important documents with you when you evacuate. If you stay, be
sure that they are water proof.
2. Call your insurance company and the Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA) before you even see the damage and ]dg
a claim and obtain a. claim number. Also consider that phones may not
be working well in a disaster area, so be prepared to be on hold. .
3. Back up all your computer data and take your computer hard drive
with you in an evacuation if at all possible.
4. Be sure you are set up for Internet banking. You can do your bank-
ing in another city where you have Internet access. When you return to5
the-disaster area. all the banks will have long waits and limited info.
5. You will need cash, and banks will only allow a limited amount of0
-money to be withdrawn per day, so plan ahead.
6. Make sure you have enough cash or money that is easily accessible
to last you for at least 45 days. .
JCCI Forward Names New Exec Committee
The new members of the
Executive Committee for JCCI
Forward all have something in
common. They are all young men
and women who want to strive for
solutions to make Northeast Florida
a better community.
Since its inception in 2000 as an
initiative of the Jacksonville
Community Council Inc., the
organization functions as a link to
involve developing leaders and
community minded people with
important issues facing our commu-
nity. With an emphasis on develop-
ing leaders from the ages of 25 to
45, JCCI Forward provides the
information, tools and resources
needed to develop strong leadership
skills and to affect positive change
in our community.
Serving as Chair of the 2006-2007
Forward Executive Committee is
Jill Jinks. Jinks is a native of
She received a
JfJinks from Johnson
University in Charlotte, NC. She
received her Master of Business
Administration from Jacksonville
University. Ms. Jinks is currently
the Senior Accountant for Vurv
Technology. She brings a vast array
of experience in the field of
Accounting. She was the CFO for
the Housing Partnership of
Jacksonville and the Director of
Finance for WJCT, Inc. a public
broadcast TV/Radio station in
Prior to relocating to Jacksonville,
Ms. Jinks worked for Carolina
Health Care System in Charlotte as
an Accountant. Where she served as
the financial facilitator for State
funded Grants and Medical
Jordan Boss will serve as Chair-
select. Additional members of the
committee are Elexia Coleman-
Moss, Vice-chair Social; Michael
Connolly, Vice-chair Issue Forums;
Ajani Dunn, Vice-chair Leadership
Development Workshops; Brian
Fuller, Vice-chair Action Plans;
Fionnuala Geoghegan, Vice-chair
Recruitment; Jennifer Gornto,
Marketing and Communication;
and Heather McEachen, Vice-chair
Training. Kay Ehas will serve as the
Immediate Past Chair.
For information please contact
JCCI Forward planner, Karen
Kempf, at (904) 396-3052
INVITATION FOR BIDS
FY07 MAINTENANCE DREDGING
BLOUNT ISLAND, TALLEYRAND, AND DAMES
POINT MARINE TERMINALS
JAXPORT Project No. 175/176/189.5855
JAXPORT Contract No. C-1215
August 4, 2006
Sealed bids will be received by the Jacksonville Port Authority until
2:00 PM, local time, September 7, 2006, at which time they shall be
opened in the Public Meeting Room of the Port Central Office Building,
2831 Talleyrand Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida, for FYOH
All bids must be submitted in accordance with specifications and draw-
ings for Contract No. C-1215, which may be examined in, or obtained
from the Procurement and Contract Services Department of the
Jacksonville Port Authority, located on the third floor of the Port
Central Office Building, 2831 Talleyrand Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida
32206. (Please telephone 904/357-3018 for information).
MANDATORY PRE-BID CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD ON
AUGUST 14, 2006 AT 10:00 AM IN THE PUBLIC MEETING
ROOM, FIRST FLOOR OF THE PORT CENTRAL OFFICE
BUILDING LOCATED AT ADDRESS STATED ABOVE. ATTEN-
DANCE BY A REPRESENTATIVE OF EACH PROSPECTIVE
BIDDER IS REQUIRED. A BID WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED
FROM ANY BIDDER WHO IS NOT REPRESENTED AT SUCH
Bid and contract bonding are required.
The JSEB/MBE Participation Goal established for this project is 0%.
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r 1- ^ Reading Students Win a New Computer Through CRC
Dignitaries on hand for the celebration included Jim Williams from
the Duval County School Board, Roslyn Phillips from the Mayor's
Office, Councilwoman Mia Jones and State Sen. Tony Hill.
Congresswoman Corinne Brown congratulates students who have read 25 books and
written book reports for each. Each family will receive a new computer; Leon Se more.
Chairman of the Board of Directors for CRC presents a plaque to Jean Tolhert.
President of the Metro Gardens Neighborhood Association. Ms. Lynnett Dennard 1 cen-
ter), association member, accepts the plaque and Sgt.First Class Toure Breaker, his
daughter, Sydnee Breaker, and her friend, Demetria Mealer participate in the festi\ cities.
The Community Resource Center,
a community mental health center,
recently held a Back to School pro-
gram for area children. A highlight
of the festivity was the awarding of
25 computers to children who read
over twenty-five books throughout
Weekend activities also included a
staff to a cruise on the St. John's
River sponsored by Executive
Director Reginald Gaffney. It was
an opportunity for staff to interact
and get to know each other on a
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The CRC provides day treatment
services for individuals with chron-
ic and persistent mental illness, or
substance abuse or addiction disor-
ders, or those who are positive for
the HIV virus. It's headquarters are
located at 623 Beechwood St. in the
northwest quadrant of Jacksonville,
but provides transportation and pro-
gram services throughout the
greater Jacksonville area
Michael Beckett, Eric Lawrence, Rodward Lester and Ernest Bolden
sang the theme League song at the festivities a capella. R. Silver photos
continued from front
at the celebration festivities
where each participant received a
The pilot program ran from June
12th thru August 4th on (Monday,
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
nights) and was open to all males in
the community in the age range.
The program consisted of basket-
ball practices, organized basketball
games, basketball tournaments, and
Continued from front
As such, many former welfare
recipients lack the skills that could
lead to higher paying jobs, health
benefits and career advancement.
Research conducted by the Urban
Institute, a nonpartisan social and
economic policy research organiza-
tion, shows that most of those who
moved from welfare to work aren't
earning a living wage. They have to
stretch each paycheck to cover the
most basic necessities. According
to the institute, about 25 percent of
these workers didn't make enough
to pay their rent at least once during
the year; 25 percent also report
problems affording food.
Most of those leaving the welfare
rolls were women with children;
many of these women report hav-
ing been fired from their jobs
because they took time off to stay
home with a sick child. Because
they didn't have the skills to get a
job that provided sick leave and
because the welfare reform act did-
n't provide adequate childcare sup-
ports, many women are faced with
the burden of, literally, choosing
their job or their child.
The goal of wanting a self-suffi-
cient population is a noble one. But
the 1996 act fell short of that
dream. Congress reauthorized the
act, but the necessary provisions --
ones that would push for job train-
ing, provide women with quality
childcare -- weren't added. While
getting a job is important, too much
emphasis is placed on simply find-
ing work and not enough is placed
on finding sustainable work.
Perhaps a new bill should be intro-
duced -- one that considers the
needs of America's working poor.
This bill could increase employ-
ment support for people coming
out of prison, get high school
dropouts into programs that would
help them develop job skills and
create programs that truly help
bridge the gap between welfare and
For America to truly work, we
have to make sure that all of our
people can do for themselves.
Education and training is the only
way to make that happen.
"A few benefits to me from the
program was that I made new
friends and ways to resolve con-
flicts without violence," said partic-
ipant Richard Lester
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NAACP Urges Citizens to Take a Look at the Companies You Spend With
Even companies that make an
effort to work with minority-
owned businesses typically spend
barely 5 percent of their contract-
ing dollars with them according to
the NAACP report cards on several
Blacks shouldn't spend money
with companies that don't hire them
or dvertise in their communities,
NAACP President Bruce S. Gordon
"If corporations spend their
money on us, we'll spend our
money with those corporations," he
said. "It's real simple."
The NAACP has graded corpora-
tions since 1997 on how well they
work with blacks in employment,
charitable giving, advertising, con-
tracting and community service.
This year, the civil rights group
looked at the telecommunications,
lodging, finance, retail and auto
Most companies did best on char-
itable giving and community serv-
ice, and worst on hiring and con-
tracting. Gordon said the contract-
ing numbers were "totally unac-
scored best with an overall B-minus
For the second straight year,
Atlanta-based BellSouth Corp.
received the highest grade of any
company a 3.5 out of a possible
Wachovia Corp. and SunTrust
Banks were the highest-ranked
banks with a 3.17 score.
Wachovia got a perfect score on
community relations. The company
pays all employees to donate four
hours a month to local charities, and
employees volunteered for 650,000
hours in 2005, said G. Dewey
Norwood Jr., an assistant vice pres-
Of the 50 companies contacted by
the NAACP, five ignored the sur-
vey, including four retailers:
Dillard's Inc.; Kohl's Corp.; Sears,
Roebuck and Co.; and Target Corp.
All were given Fs for not answer-
ing. The other company that failed
to answer was Excel, a telecommu-
nications company; it also received
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Stem Cell Debate Becomes Personal
by George Curry
On the day I was suppose to
depart for Abuja, Nigeria last month
with the Leon Sullivan Foundation,
my cousin Audrey Livingston died
in Johnson City, Tenn. She was 47
years old and had been living with
scleroderma, a chronic connective
tissue disease, for eight years. Of
course, I cancelled my trip to Africa
to be with my family in Tennessee.
For several years, I had watched as
my cousin's extremities were
removed one by one. First, a finger,
then another finger, then one toe
and another toe and still more fin-
gers and still more toes. In the end,
she could hardly grip a fork, but she
never lost her grip on life. As much
as my cousin went through, she was
always cheering us up, not the other
way around. I've never seen anyone
go through so much without ever
complaining. But that was Audrey,
that was my cousin.
And she didn't let her illness pre-
vent her from being places she felt
she had to be. Over the past year
alone, she and I have lost three
uncles on the same side of the fam-
ily. Audrey attended every funeral
because, above all else, she was a
person with a deep love for her fam-
It took a long time for doctors to
diagnose Audrey's illness as sclero-
derma or systematic sclerosis. It is a
rare disease for which there is no
cure. According to information dis-
tributed by the Scleroderma
Foundation and the Mayor Clinic, it
is a progressive disease that leads to
the hardening and tightening of the
skin and connective tissues, the
fibers that provide the body's
framework and support.
lSHow Hip-Hop Destroys the
Potential of Black Youth
By Jeffrey Hicks
Hip-hop has grown from its inner-city roots to appeal to a diverse and
Worldwide audience. It is no longer the fad some once considered it.
Unfortunately, it is also having a profound negative impact on young
blacks. This aspect of hip-hop can no longer be tolerated.
Hip-hop is not just a style of music. It is a culture bome of poor, inner-
city life in America that has evolved into the rallying cry of those unable
to negotiate the nuances of the mainstream. It now serves to glorify for-
merly stigmatized characteristics of the lower class, preventing the impe-
ius for upward mobility.
To start with, hip-hop lyrics involve recurring themes of braggadocio to
1the extent that one can.only wonder if it is overcompensation for inade-
-Beyond the music, hip-hop culture encompasses street codes of behavior
and an overall defiance of social convention. It is this defiance of main-
:stieam life that is at the root of much of the underachievement now plagu-
Tiog black.youth. Hip-hop orthodoxy infers that young blacks who emulate
mainstream attitudes are exhibiting weakness. This, of course, is a cardi-
'nal sin within that culture.
Black youth thus feel encouraged to eschew the important concept of
deferred gratification at a life juncture most critical to future achievement.
iphopntek pnmsotes the awumnulatitonof gaudy symbols of-succesj-
and toeget'the fi t!L Whentyoigg "iier'prance ifrouud with'their ostentia-
tious "bling," they illustrate their worthiness to the opposite sex.
.Materialism becomes a means for winning sexual conquests. Yet another is
cultivating one's thug factor through braided hair, baggy clothing, ghetto
diction and street reputation.
Not to be outdone, young black women play a role in perpetrating hip-
hop culture as well. By rewarding young men who accumulate the bling or
th ise who live the thug life, they maintain the appeal of this destructive
lifestyle. Considering this, is there is any wonder why crime has such a
foothold inr young inner-city life?
Talented inner-city youth who should be bright enough to realize the
importance of preparing themselves for the future too often can be demor-
alized and browbeaten into hip-hop conformity. The culture of hip hop can
cause some of our best black students to be branded with accusations that
they are "acting white" or not "keeping it real." Moreover, many teens who
aspire to normal jobs are subjected to ridicule since the hip-hop imperative
respects only fast money, regardless of legality.
Sadly, even when hip-hop devotees do take positive steps and attempt to
enter the mainstream job market, they often find themselves devoid of the
skills necessary for the best career paths. Because hip-hop is fiequeutly
the cultural norm for inner-city young blacks, it is only natural for these
young people to see no harm in applying for a job with unsightly cornrows.
baggy clothing and using less-than-acceptable English.
But what about the differences between black and white youth consumers
of hip-hop culture? Why do they seem not to be as adversely affected as
,. tr white youth, hip-hop tends to serve as little more than a medium for
rebellion, much like rock and roll was during the 1950s. Only rarely do the
children of the white middle class try to take on hip-hop as a \way of life.
Thanks to the global reach of the American entertainment industry, it is,
ino. surprise that angry and underprivileged youth in Europe, Africa and
Asia are now enthusiastically embracing hip-hop. It's important not to for-
get that hip-hop culture was intertwined in last year's violent rioting of
.black and Arab youth in France. Recall how the rioters dressed and con-
ducted themselves in a thug-like manner, as well a- the hip hop music they
blasted while torching vehicles and property.
Let's face it. Hip-hop culture deadens the drive toward civility and legit-
imizes backwardness. It is high time the general public conies to tennis
with the social damage it perpetuates. If not, we can all count on s et anoth-
er inner-city generation suffering from wasted potential.
"In addition to thickening and hard-
ening of your skin, scleroderma can
cause your skin to lose its elasticity
and become shiny as it stretches
across underlying bone," the Mayo
Essentially, the body's immune
system turns against itself by over-
producing collagen, a fibrous type
of protein that makes up the body's
connective tissue. Unfortunately,
there is no treatment to stop the
overproduction of collagen.
But if a cure is to be found, it
could well come from stem cell
research. And that's why President
Bush's decision to veto stem cell
research legislation is personal with
After doctors in Johnson, City,
Tenn. failed to accurately identify
Audrey's disease, they sent her to
the Duke University Medical
Center in Durham, N.C., where she
was finally diagnosed as having
Not surprisingly, Duke is now
leading a national study to test
whether stem cell transplants can
reconstruct defective immune sys-
tems. If successful, the study could
reverse the disease rather than
merely alleviating the symptoms. It
is funded by a $20 million grant
from the National Institute of
Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Dr. Joseph Shanahan, a Duke
University rheumatologist, told
reporters that investigators wanted
to determine whether the immune
system can be suppressed for a year
in order to take control of the dis-
ease or whether it's necessary to
repopulate the immune system with
purified stem cells.
As part of this fascinating study,
patients are given drugs that stimu-
late the release of stem cells into
their bloodstream. Stem cells are
then extracted from the blood,
processed and stored for later use.
Chemotherapy and radiation are
used to destroy the immune system,
which is then repopulated or
replaced by the patient's stored
To be fair, President Bush does not
oppose all stem research and it
appears that he might not object to
the research being done at Duke, the
kind that would have directly bene-
fited Audrey. However, he vetoed a
bill passed by both the House and
Senate his first and only veto after
more than five years in office -
authorizing certain types of stem
Although the proposed legislation
would have prohibited federal fund-
ing for the creation of embryos
solely for research, it would have
allowed research using embryos
stored at federal fertility clinics and
donated by couples who no longer
Research posted on the site of the
National Institutes of Health
reflects the excitement medical
experts have about this new
"Stem cells have the remarkable
potential to develop into many dif-
ferent cell types in the body," basic
information on the site observes.
"Serving as a sort of repair system
for the body, they can theoretically
divide without limit to replenish
other cells as along as the person or
animal is still alive. When a stem
cell divides, each new cell has the
potential to either remain a stem
cell or become another type of cell
with a more specialized function,
such as a muscle cell or a red blood
cell, or a brain cell."
For those who claim to be pro-life,
this is an opportunity to prove it. It
won't bring back my cousin
Audrey, but it might spare some
families needless pain.
George E. Curry is editor-in-chief
of the NNPA News Service and
BlackPressUSA.com. To contact
Curry or to book him for a speaking
engagement, go to his Web site,
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An Open Letter to the Disney Company
Not even the creators of real magic can make an African American fairy tale come true
Dear Disney Company,
In December 2005, I made my
first visit to Disney World with my
family. The experience was breath-
taking. Throughout our journey,
the adults were astonished by how
the themes were brought to life.
The children were fascinated and
engaged particularly by the
Princess', Minnie's House, the fake
snow that fell at night, the parade,
meeting the characters and asking
questions as well as taking pictures
with the characters. Above all, the
girls were intrigued by the
Princess' mini shows. However,
my daughter had a question. She
said, "How come there's no
Princess here like me?"
I ,asked, "What do you mean?"
She replied, "You know, a Princess
like "That's So Raven or Penny
Proud". I responded by saying,
"Unfortunately, Disney has not cre-
ated fairytales for children like
you. In other words, there are no
Princess' of African American
As the evening came to an end, I
began to ponder on her question. I
thought to myself...well, why aren't
there any African American
Princesses in such a place where
the motto is "We Make
All Dreams Come True".
I decided to write your company
to ask why. A few weeks later, I
received a surprising call. The
woman I" spoke to' reassured nme
thai'm y question and concern was
taken seriously and would be
looked into further.
During this conversation, I asked
why there aren't any African
American Princesses. The woman
stated because there aren't any
African American fairytales. She
said, "Well we have Pocahontas
who represents Native America,
Mulan who represents the Chinese,
Jasmine who represents the
descendants of the Middle East and
the African Americans have Lion
out of Africa". That reply left me
with the thought that she just com-
pared African Americans to wild
animals. After that statement, I just
laughed and respectfully ended the
One thing I realized was that I
can't blame her for her response.
Disney has not created an African
As an educator/parent, we all
know that through life experiences
what we can touch, see, feel, taste,
and hear leaves a lasting impres-
sion. Disney, you hold the power to
make life experiences become a
reality to a melting pot world,
which includes African Americans.
Disney's motto is "We Make All
Dreams Come True". Well Disney,
my child and other children like
her have a dream and through their
Disney experience, they are
depending on you to make it come
'ttie. Thank you,
Kai+iha&". Helm't and others
Is Merrill Lynch a Racist Corporation
. '.- *.^( by Williams
Is it possible
: that an African
utive is consciously presiding over
a continuously racist institution?
Merrill Lynch & Company is a
Fortune 100 company that has an
African American CEO, E. Stanley
O'Neal. Currently, there is a class
action lawsuit filed against Merrill.
It is supported by over 100 current
or past blacks that were brokers
To bring the antics at Merrill to
light, the National Black Chamber
of Commerce (NBCC) is support-
ing the suit "on behalf of all black
brokers in the investment indus-
At the end of second quarter 2006,
Merrill Lynch & Company was one
of the world's leading wealth man-
agement, capital markets and advi-
sory companies, with offices in 36
countries and territories and total
client assets of $1.8 trillion. The
92-year-old company has 56,000
Merrill has been headed by O'Neil
since 2001, the question Harry
Alford and the NBCC are asking is:
"Was he there just for symbolic
purposes?" The original brokers'
complaint said Merrill discriminat-
ed against African Americans in
hiring, promotions and compensa-
tion. It said Merrill regularly puts
black brokers on teams pitching for
business to make Merrill look
diverse, but then excludes them
from payoffs. In his statement,
O'Neal, who made $32 million last
year, said the complaint "contains
numerous factual inaccuracies ...
and distorts the record of progress
Merrill Lynch has made in becom-
ing more diverse."
The black brokers contend
O'Neal's position is to support the
status quo. Their lawyers say
Merrill's discrimination against
black brokers causes them to rou-
tinely generate lower annual com-
missions than their white counter-
parts. They say that as a result of
discriminatory practices, 70 per-
cent of African-American brokers
with more than 10 years of experi-
ence rank among the lowest 40 per-
cent of brokers when measured by
O'Neal is on the opposite side of
the table from brokers alleging dis-
crimination, but he had to know
something was wrong there before
he took the job. Merrill has had
continuing complaints of discrimi-
nation over the past 30 years. In
the mid-1970s, Merrill settled
another discrimination suit; prom-
ising that it would increase the
racial and sexual diversity of its
broker ranks, but repeatedly fell
short, saying the goals were impos-
sible to meet. Company reports
show that at the end of last year,
128 out of more than 14,000 bro-
kerage operation sales people were
Symbolically, O'Neal has been
named among Ebony Magazine's
"100 Most Influential Black
Americans", since he became CEO
at Merrill. But, his posture has
been apathetic to black issues.
Wall Street has long been seen as
an exclusive white men's club and
O'Neal has not been known to pur-
sue affirmative action platforms of
interest to blacks.
The discrimination suit against
Merrill underscores that the indus-
try is still a workplace where only
white men are comfortable. In the
past decade, the Wall Street's three
biggest brokerage firms Merrill,
Morgan Stanley and Citigroup -
have paid out more than $400 mil-
lion to settle sex discrimination
suits filed by women. Another
racial discrimination case is pend-
ing; three black brokers are trying
to press a class action case against
UBS, a brokerage operation previ-
ously known as PaineWebber.
If the black brokers' case against
Merrill is accepted as a class
action, it could lead to the first
race-discrimination trial against a
major Wall Street firm. NBCC
executives suggest the lawsuit
against Merrill could be a water-
shed, because so few racial-dis-
crimination complaints against
Wall Street firms are litigated in
public. Until recently, getting past
the industry's system of mandatory
arbitration and into court required
enough disgruntled current and for-
mer employees to form a class
action. With only about 2 percent
of all the brokers at the big firms
being black, gathering enough of
them to pursue a class action has
The NBCC President Alford says
"Racism in America in 2006 is
intolerable" and has taken on
O'Neal & Co. about the issue. The
NBCC has issued an invitation for
the public to learn more about the
case. To learn more about this liti-
gation or to support the Plaintiffs
Steering Committee call 312-431-
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Stanton Class of 44' Hold Summer Get Together
As youth of Jacksonville prepared to go back to school, members of the Stanton Class of 44' held their annual
Summer Get Together Dinner at the Moncrief Community Center on Saturday, August 5th from 4-7 PM. Members
of the Class of 44' in attendance included Eula Mayes, Vera Blakely, James Lloyd, Alphonso Pinkney, Nelson
Grant, Mrs. R. Howard, E. Cummings, N. Addison, Betty Moore, Amy Jones, Gwen Bell, L. Blue, Mrs. Exson,
Grace Monroe and Dorothy Kennebrew shown above. Chaired by Ms. Eula Malery Mayes, classmates gathered
to eat, greet and enjoy good fellowship. The group also sang their alma mater and their class song and continued
their vow to keep in touch. T Austin Photo
Strengthening Black Families
By. Gail C. Christopher
The frequency and quality of par-
ent-child interactions, as well as the
environment in those early develop-
ing years, play a major role in
shaping the personality and future
of children. When almost 70% of
African-American children are
born to single mothers, the risks for
negative outcomes are heightened.
As commissions, organizations
and the media examine the plight of
young Black males in America, the
family life aspect cannot be
ignored. In fact, its key, but often
unspoken, relationship to the devel-
opment of Black children into
adulthood is so significant that
those seeking to reverse the plight
of the Black male, should begin by
mobilizing action locally ,that
strengthens Black families.
When one looks for predictive fac-
tors that signal likely risk for school
failure, or involvement with the
juvenile justice system, being
raised in a poor single parent house-
hold emerges as the most consis-
tent. The African-American com-
munity must move past denial on
this issue, otherwise it will not be
properly addressed and serious con-
sequences will continue..
Over the years, the psychological
denial has had multiple levels.
Level One is denial of fact. Most
Black children are not raised in a
home with two parents. Sixty eight
percent of African-American births
are to unmarried parents compared
to Whites (29 percent) and
Hispanics (44 percent). Sixty-two
percent of all African-American
households are headed by a single
parent, compared to Whites (27 per-
cent) and Hispanics (35 percent);
and 61 percent of Black children
live in low-income families.
Level Two is denial of conse-
quences. As a result of these reali-
ties, the single, custodial parent -
almost always the mother must be
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the provider (breadwinner), nurtur-
er, caretaker and protector. She per-
forms multiple roles simultaneous-
ly and if young, usually faces sig-
nificant barriers in each.
Level Three is denial of implica-
tions. This implies that a Black
mother often must meet all the
needs of her children, frequently
ignoring her own emotional, physi-
cal and spiritual needs. She must be
a superwoman, 24/7, and/or be
extremely effective at rallying fam-
ily and community supporters. A
study on single parent families
showed having a grandparent in the
home can buffer the risks. Clearly,
single parent families have an
urgent need for family and commu-
nity supports. The "village" idea.
The last ,leyel of psychological
denial is the level of feeling or emo-
tion. Once we face the fact, the con-
sequences, the implications, we
must individually and collectively
face the feelings that are associated
with this persistent and troubling
trend. Most often, the predominant
feelings are anger, resentment, frus-
tration and despair.
While some single mothers do
manage extremely well, far too
many are stressed, overburdened
and not happy. These emotions are
felt, often internalized by children,
Disconnected fathers are also
frustrated at the very least and
angry too. All sorts of other emo-
tions and attitudes swirl around -
judgment, perceived helplessness,
abandonment, shame, rejection and
rage. The most important positive
emotions can get buried.
A recent forum convened by the
Kaiser Family Foundation, Harvard
University and the Washington
Post, has helped focus attention on
the family structure. During the
"Paths to Success for African
American Males" forum
young Black males offered interest-
ing commentary. Two were excep-
tional academic achievers and two
were former gang leaders. Despite
the contrast in their experiences -
all made one thing perfectly clear -
it was love that motivated them to
act in positive, productive ways.
Love was the force that compelled
them to achieve their best.
There are no simple answers to the
complex, "plight of Black males."
Life options will have to increase
and all systems that are currently
failing these youth education,
mental health, health, justice, child
welfare -- labor will all need to
become more engaged in offering
solutions. We need to learn how to
listen to the calls though muffled
and sometimes hard to discern -
from these young people calls for
love, unconditional love from both
parents, and indeed, from extended
families and communities.
Every juvenile that is released
from incarceration should return to
a community that welcomes them
and commits to helping them re-
enter and avoid returning to jail.
Church can play a key role here.
Every successful African American
adult should find a way to interact
with young men-especially as
mentors, coaches, guest lecturers at
schools and churches, even as vol-
unteer CASA advocates for abused
and neglected children or as
liaisons with public defense offices,
or as parenting educators.
Every religious, spiritual or moral
leader needs to open a dialogue
about the importance of creating
stable families which can best meet
the needs of developing children,
especially African American male
children. This important level of
community and individual mobi-
lization and action must increase
now. The future of the African
American community may well
depend on it.
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St. Stephen AME to Celebrate 114 Years August 11-13th
and Davis Street, has been serving
its members and the community for
the past one hundred and fourteen
years. This significant anniversary
will be observed during a celebra-
tory weekend filled with activities.
A "Youth Night Extravaganza" at
7 p.m. on Friday, August 11lth, will
kick off the celebration.
On Saturday, "Family Fun Day"
will include a horse and dog show,
a comedic skit, games and food.
Family Fun Day will begin at 10
a.m. Saturday morning on the
Sunday's activities, centered
around worship, will begin with
Church School at 9 a.m. Morning
Worship will begin at 10 a.m.
St. Stephen's Spiritual Leader,
Reverend Michael Mitchell, Gen-
eral Chairperson, Bro. Larry Jones,
General Co-Chair Sis. Rhonda Earl,
and the entire St. Stephen AME
Church Family invite the commun-
ity to join them for all Anniversary
The Women's Ministry of Speaker Prophetess April Sister Tracy Hay of St. Thom
Rev. Michael Mitchell
"Look Where He Brought Us
From" is the theme for St. Stephen
African Methodist Episcopal
Church's 114th Anniversary Cele-
bration. Although only the spirit of
the original members prevails, there
are many long time members who
relish the history of this beloved
and outstanding church.
The Church on the comer of 5th
Wayman Chapel AME Church,
8855 Sanchez Road; Dr. Cynthia
R. Griffin, Director; will celebrate
their 7th Annual Women's
Conference, Thursday, August
17th through Sunday, August 20,
This year's conference will begin
with a "Sisters Fellowship &
Game Night at 6:30 p.m. on
Thursday, August 17th. A Prayer
& Praise Celebration with Guest
Anderson of the Titus Harvest
Dome, will begin at 7 p.m. on
Conference workshops on
Saturday will be led by such pow-
erful women of God as Sister
Sheila Thomas Upson of Miracle
Deliverance; Sister LaVon Smart
of Perez Ministries International
Inc.; and Sister Mavis Bush of
Greater Payne Chapel AME
Rev. Leofric Thomas
Missionary Baptist Church will
serve as the Guest Superintendent
of the Church School at 8:30 a.m.
on Sunday, August 20th. The
dynamic Dr. Rita V. Womack of
West Angeles Church of God in
Christ, Los Angeles, California;
will be the keynote messenger at
the 10 a.m. service.
Everyone is invited to attend all
of the conference events. For more
information, call (904) 739-7500.
Florida Central C.O.G.I.C. Announces Convocation 2006
The Florida Central Second
Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction, Church
of God in Christ (COGIC) will hold
Convocation 2006, Tuesday, Aug-
ust 15th through Friday, August 18,
2006. Bishop Edward Robinson Sr.
is PrFsjing .1Jprsi9tignal Pre-late.
Mother Mildred Eason is
Supervisor of Women; Participat-
ing Administrators include: Supt.
John Lee, Supt. Charlie Little, and
Supt. Derrick Hutchins. The
Convocation Theme: "Kingdom
Building Through The Empower-
ment of the Holy Spirit".
The Conference, head-quarter-
ed, at the Southside Church of God
in Christ,,2179 EmersontStreet; will v
kick off with Holy Communion
Celebration on Tuesday. Elder
Ricky Ross, of Fresh Anointing
COGIC, Apopka, FL; will be the
speaker for the evening.
Wednesday is "Women's Day"
with Mother Mildred Eason, of
Orlando, FL, officiating.
Elder Gabriel Hall, of Emanuel
COGIC, Jacksonville; will speak on
"The Conii oci ion Experience" on
Friday is the "Official Night"
and Bishop Edward Robinson Sr.,
will be in charge. The guest speak-
er will be Apostle Otis Lockett,
National Director of Church Grow-
th Development, of the Evangel
Word Ministries, Greensboro, NC.
The Conference will also fea-
ture Prayer, Music, Women &
Youth Educational .Workshops,
Dealing and Deliverance
Ministries. Services will begin
nightly at 7:30pm.
Rev. Fred Newbill
Area Pastors Help Celebrate 20th
Anniversary of Rev. Ernie Murray
The Saint Thomas Missionary
Baptist Church, 5863 Moncrief
Rd., will celebrate the 20th Anni-
versary of their beloved Pastor
Ernie L. Murray Sr. at 7:30 p.m. on
Friday, August 11, 2006, at the
Hyatt Regency, on the Riverfront.
Pastor Frederick Newbill will be
the banquet speaker.
The Anniversary Celebration
will climax on Sunday, August 13th
with Services at 8 a.m., 10:45 a.m.
and 4 p.m. Pastor Leofric Thomas
will bring the Spoken Word at 4
p.m. with the following churches in
charge: Open Arms Christian
Fellowship, Pastor Leofric Thomas;
Dayspring Baptist Church, -Pastor
Jeffrey Rumlin; Greater Macedonia
Baptist Church, Pastor Landon L.
Williams Sr.; Jerusaleum Baptist
Church, Pastor Brian Campbell;
and Greater Grant AME Church,
Pastor Tony D. Hansberry.
The public is invited to share in
Rev. Walter Ellis & The Country
Boys In Concert, Aug. 19th
Rev. Walter Ellis & The Country Boys In Concert, Aug. 19th
It's a summer gospel concert that \ oi do not want to miss. Rev. Walter
Ellis & The Country Boys, of Montgomery, Alabama, will be presented in
concert by B&W Productions at 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 19th.
The concert will be held at the Israel United Missionary Baptist Church,
5901 North Main Street. For information, call 254-0786.
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A Tribute To One of Jacksonville's Finest Educators
American Beach Resident Miriam
Burney Succumbs at the age of 95
LongtimeJacksonville resident Mrs. Miriam Cunningham Burney, past
away in last week in Silver Springs, Maryland at the age of 95. She was
the widow of Mr. I. H. Burney, II who served as President of the Afro-
American Life Insurance Company from 1967-1975. Burney Road and
Burney Park are named in his honor. The Burneys enjoyed their summer
home on American Beach since 1960 and treasured each and every visit,
bringing with them a battalion of family and friends. Mrs. Burney was a
member of St. Philip's Episcopal Church. The Burneys, formerly of
Atlanta, first came to American Beach in 1936 on their honeymoon. Mrs.
Burney is survived by devoted daughters and son-in-laws), Dr. Miriam
(Dr. David) Stamps, 6102 Scaring Avenue, Tampa, Florida 33617 and
Belva (Len) Pettiford, 8607 Sundale Drive, Silver Springs, Maryland .
Services will be held Friday, August 11 at Murray Brothers Funeral Home,
Inc. 1199 Utoy Springs Road, South West, Atlanta, Georgia. She will be
interred next to her husband in the old Family Cemetery.
In Loving Memory of
My Dear Husband
It's been one year since your golden heart
stop beating and you were called home to
a peaceful rest. Your name is called each
day because we still hold your memory
very dear in our talk and hearts
Thelma C. Howard & Family
By Janice Gail
Rodney B. Taylor was bom and
raised in Jacksonville, Florida. A
1969 graduate of New Stanton
Senior High School, he earned his
B. S. Degree from Edward Waters
College, and an advanced mathe-
matical credit, with honor, from
Howard University, in Washington,
DC. He passed away in June at the
Hadlow Hospice Center.
Rodney recognized his talent,
passion and love for teaching, while
working in the 1970s, at Florida
Junior College, now Florida
Community College. He particular-
ly enjoyed teaching those who
found math challenging. In 1978,
he was promoted to Professor of
Mathematics and Adult Studies.
Additionally, he taught at
Jacksonville University as a
Physic/Math Instructor for the
Upward Bound Program.
Rodney B. Taylor
He was a proud member of the
Delta Psi Chapter of Kappa Alpha
"Mr. T" as he was affectionally
called by his students and colleagues,
was also a community activist. For
many years, he initiated
Greater Mt. Vernon Missionary Baptist
Groundbreaking Ceremony Set for Aug. 19th
Pastor Kelly E. Brown Jr. and the Greater Mt. Vernon Missionary
Baptist Church officials invite the community to attend a "History in the
Making... Groundbreaking Ceremony" of the new Sanctuary. Saturday,
August 19, 2006 is the date and the location is 1462 Prince Street beggin-
ing at 11 a.m. Come out and enjoy the festivities, food and fellowship.
"We have worked very hard," said Pastor Kelly E. Brown Jr., Greater
Mt. Vernon Missionary Baptist Church. "This news is the peak of a huge
team effort by members of the church. Many city, state, and national offi-
cials have been invited to participate in the historical event.
Genesis Missionary Baptist to Hold
Appreciation for Rev. Calvin Honors
The Genesis Missionary Baptist Church, 241 South McDuffAve., will
honor Acting Pastor Rev. Calvin 0. Honors with an appreciation program
at 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 13, 2006.
A spirit filled program has been planned to honor this man of God who
has worked tirelessly for the upkeep of the Master's Kingdom. Rev. Sam
Fogle, pastor of the Fellowship Baptist Church, will deliver the "spoken
Word", and the New Community Baptist Church, of Atlantic Beach, will
render the service in song. The community is invited to attend.
Revival Services to be held Wednesday-Friday, August 16-18th
Revival will begin at Genesis Missionary Baptist Church on
Wednesday, August 16th, continuing on Thursday and Friday, with servic-
es nightly at 7:30 p.m.
Rev. Glenn Pollack, Director of African American Church Planning for
the Florida Baptist Convention, will be the Revival Evangelist. Plan to
attend this time of renewal, rededication, and recommitment to the calling
of Jesus Christ. The community is invited.
Seniorlites of Genesis to observe 4th Anniversary The com-
munity is also invited to join the Seniorlites of Genesis Missionary Baptist
Church, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 20, 2006, as they observe their 4th
Anniversary. For more information, call Sis. Erica Turner at (904) 389-
Thanksgiving and Christmas
benevolent projects. He involved
his students as recruits for the proj-
ects which benefited the
Schubacher Center, Hubbard
House, Habitat for Humanity, and
Food Banks for the homeless.
Mr. T. was recognized with many
awards, nominations, and other dis-
tinguished honors. But, the ones
that really meant the most to him
would be when he entered a class-
room or auditorium filled with stu-
dents that would jump to their feet
in applause, for he was so respected
and admired by them. Especially
those students who were striving
for higher education while enduring
family, health, peer pressure and
other prohibitive factors, yet, they
continued through the struggles. All
of which he could identify with.
He knew each of his students by
name and circumstances, and
taught them as such.
Rodney B. Taylor tutored on his
days off, Sundays, after church, and
some week nights Due to his ill-
ness he retired this year (2006).
It was not the weekly chemother-
apy, nor the radiation, nor the many
emergency hospital stays that he
found hardest. It was not being able
to teach that caused him great dis-
tress. He often would quote "the
hardest lessons to learn are the ones
you will never forget."
Rodney B. Taylor (Mr. T), gave
his students a great example of
endurance, commitment, and love.
His students, and others that knew
him, should keep his memory as
they too, develop into the finest of
Mr. T. is gone, but will not be
101 Things Every Black
Man Should know
From the heart of a young African
American man lays a blue print for
prosperity, maintaining self respect
and dispelling myths about man-
hood. In his debut non-fiction tome
about what it means to really be
young, gifted and black in America,
31-year-old Marvin Woodard
attempts to set the record straight
for all Black men
fighting for self
respect and a better
"101 Things A
Black Man Should
Know" explores 101
general truths and
common sense max-
ims about being
black and male in
takes us from the
necessity of reading
to being aware of
health concerns and managing
credit to understanding how stress
will kill you and the residual effects
of slavery. "101 Things A Black
Man Should Know" is a quick read
pocket guide that puts the responsi-
bility of success squarely on the
shoulders of the reader.
"I was so distraught about what's
going on in our neighborhoods. My
heart's desire is to see Black men
reach their full potential and erase
the negative lifestyles and percep-
tions we have about ourselves. I felt
it was my responsibility to share the
knowledge many successful people
have shared with me. I'm convinced
that the key to success
and happiness is using
common sense and
every chance we get."
"101 Things A Black
Man Should Know" is
a common sense
approach to a complex
and sometimes con-
fusing journey into
manhood. "The princi-
pals are simple and
force young African
American men to
think about just how valuable we
all are and how important we are to
the future of this country and our
families," says Woodard.
"101 Things A-Black Man Should
Know" is available on
Amazon.com and Black Images
Bookstore. ISBN 0977836606.
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August 10 -16, 2006
Connie Payton to Keynote Hospice's
Inaugural Living Through Giving Gala
Community Hospice of Northeast
Florida will present the inaugural
Living Through Giving celebration
on Saturday, September 9, 2006 at
6:30 p.m. at the Ritz Theatre and
LaVilla Museum in downtown
Jacksonville. Keynote speaker will
be Connie Payton, widow of foot-
Tips to Escape
Most people know that looking
after your body is essential to
maintaining health and vitality. But
in today's fast-paced world, that
idea is often more theoretical than
Stress, aging, sickness and even
daily routines can have a profound
effect on someone's energy levels
as well as on their ability to com-
plete everyday tasks.
While fatigue is bound to occur
from time to time, it doesn't have to
be chronic. Here are some tips to
help recharge your batteries and
put the bounce back in your step:
Limit sugar intake. Sugar gives
you instant energy, but a few hours
later it will only make you more
tired. Big-picture thinking also
suggests that sugar plays a large
role in weight fluctuations, which
in turn can sap your energy levels.
Hold the caffeine. A morning
cup of coffee probably does not
greatly decrease your vitality.
However, more than a cup and it
may be time to consider switching
to green tea or ginseng.
Write it down. Research sug-
gests that daily journal writing is
effective in combating depression
Schedule some time off. If you
can't schedule a week's worth of
vacation, consider taking a mental
health day (or two). And when you
do decide to take a break, don't use
the time to clean out the garage.
Instead, take a drive in the country
or explore your town or city and
stay in a hotel for a night.
Check for food allergies. Most
people with low-grade food aller-
gies and sensitivities are unaware
that they have them because the
symptoms are as subtle as feeling
lethargic and difficulty losing
ball great Walter Payton.
The community-based event will
be supporting the African American
community and recognizing those
members who, through their actions
and accomplishments, have
enhanced the quality of life
throughout the community. "Those
recognized will represent various
fields medicine and health care,
education, media and communica-
tions, community service and
involvement, business and athlet-
ics," said Marietta LeBlanc, com-
munity education manager for
Community Hospice. "We expect
Living Through Giving to be an
annual event and scholarship
opportunity," she added.
The Living Through Giving
Planning Committee assisted in the
planning of the gala, as well as
developing the scholarship criteria.
The members included: Linnie
Finley, director of community
development, Jacksonville Urban
League; Lois Gibson, Ed.D, retired
dean of health services at Florida
Community College at
Jacksonville; Karen Kincade, Delta
Sigma Theta Sorority; Flora
Feggins Peterson, community
activist and retired from BellSouth;
Patricia Sampson, executive direc-
tor, Northwest Behavioral Health
Services, Inc.; B. Juliette Thayer,
social worker, Duval County Public
Schools; Joanne Thayer, president,
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and
Shelly Thompson, M.D., Northeast
Florida Medical Society.
"Our mission at Community
Hospice is to improve the quality of
life for patients and families in
Northeast Florida and to be the
compassionate guide for end-of-life
care in our community," said Susan
Ponder-Stansel, president and CEO
of Community Hospice. "The
Living Through Giving gala gives
us an opportunity to celebrate
unique African Americans who
share our commitment to enhancing
quality of life on the First Coast."
Proceeds from this event will sup-
port the Living Through Giving
scholarship program. The 2006
scholarships will be presented at the
gala to each of four African
American students in the areas of
health care, liberal arts, higher edu-
cation and the arts.
Since her husband Walter, passed
away from cancer in November of
2000, Connie Payton has headed
the Connie and Walter Payton
Foundation that focuses on helping
underprivileged children. She also
serves as Chairman of the Walter
Payton Cancer Fund of the Cancer
Treatment Research Foundation.
. To purchase tickets call 904-407-
6790. For event information call
Marietta LeBlanc at 904.407.6176.
Women Need to Know More
About Treating Heart Disease
Although 73 percent of women
know how to prevent heart disease,
many are unaware of how to treat it
once a diagnosis has been made.
In a survey of 1,979 women over
age 35, only 55 percent said they
understand how to treat heart dis-
ease. Respondents often incorrectly
named prevention techniques such
as exercise and healthy eating as
treatment options, and less than 10
percent named actual treatments
such as angioplasty and stent place-
Hispanics and African-
Americans, both considered high-
risk groups for heart disease,
were twice as likely as Caucasian
women to say they did not know
any treatments at all.
The survey'was conducted by the
"Healthy From the Heart" cam-
paign sponsored by the National
Women's Health Resource Center
and Cordis Corp. The campaign
encourages women to learn about
treatment options for coronary
artery disease, the most common
type of heart disease, so they can
make better decisions if diagnosed.
"The good news is that women are
aware that they are at risk for heart
Books and web sites are available
to help the public educate them-
disease. The bad news is that they
are overly confident in their ability
to prevent it and treat it," said Dr.
Cindy Grines, an interventional car-
diologist with William Beaumont
Hospital in Royal Oaks, Mich.
"Women must realize that educa-
tion is the key to conquering the
threat of coronary artery disease.
There are a variety of treatment
options now available."
The most common procedure for
treating coronary artery disease is
balloon angioplasty with a coronary
stent. Angioplasty widens narrowed
arteries by threading a balloon-
tipped catheter through the arm or
groin artery to the blocked artery in
the heart. The balloon is inflated to
compress the plaque against the
artery walls, which in turn expands
the blood vessel so blood can flow
Scientific advances have led to the
development of the drug-eluting
stent, a tiny mesh scaffold that
props the artery open while releas-
ing small amounts of a particular
drug, such as sirolimus, inside the
artery over a period of time. This
helps keep plaque from reforming
arid helps prevent repeat blockage
from occurring inside the blood
Coronary bypass surgery is anoth-
er treatment option. While more
invasive, it is a safe and effective
treatment for patients who may not
qualify for angioplasty and stent
Experts recommend patients talk
with a doctor about what treatment
option is best for them.
Want Lean! Thk Green
by Jennifer Grossman
Think losing weight on an all-you-can-eat diet is the stuff of infomer-
cials? Think again.
Obese subjects placed on a vegan diet -excluding meat and animal prod-
ucts, but not limiting calories lost more weight than a control group that
followed a low-calorie, low-cholesterol diet, in a collaborative study by
George Washington University and Georgetown University.
The veg edge: approximately 13 pounds lost over 14 weeks for the vegan
dieters, versus 8 pounds for the control group.
More recently, the same researchers reviewed 87 studies on vegan or veg-
etarian diets, concluding that the high-fiber, high-water, low-fat content of
vegan or vegetarian diets not calorie counting per se was responsible for
weight loss. Indeed, overweight individuals who "went vegan" lost about
a pound per week, regardless of additional lifestyle changes made.
Other research found that vegetarian women weigh less. After evaluating
the diet and health data of 56,000 Swedish women, Tufts University
researchers found the meat eaters were significantly more likely to be
overweight when compared to their vegetarian peers: 40 percent of carni-
vores, compared to 25 percent of vegetarians and 29 percent of flexitari-
ans, or semi-vegetarians (those who avoided meat but ate fish and eggs).
If a slimmer figure isn't enough incentive to go greener, how about a
longer life? A study published in the American Journal of Clinical
Nutrition found that a low meat intake was associated with a 3.6-year
increase in life expectancy.
Yet another reason to minimize meat and make more room for plant-
based protein on your plate: A recent Mayo clinic analysis of data from
nearly 30,000 postmenopausal women found a 30 percent lower risk from
heart disease among those who ate the most vegetable protein from beans
and nuts in place of either carbohydrates or animal protein.
A large-scale analysis of dietary patterns and prostate cancer risk found
that animal products such as meat and dairy were the strongest risk factors,
while fruit and vegetable consumption had the most protective benefit.
Processed meat may be the unhealthiest of all, according to a study from
the University of Hawaii and the University of Southern California, which
found those who consumed the most. processed meat hada-67 percent
higher risk of developing pancreatic cancer. Diets rich in red meat and
pork increased the risk by about 50 percent.
If you're like most Americans, your problem isn't getting enough protein
and simple carbohydrates; your challenge (and health opportunity) is to
increase consumption of fruit, vegetables and legumes.
Little changes can make a big difference. Add more fruit to your cereal
(try frozen berries for convenience and freshness). Make a banana or a
fruit cup your morning snack.
Have a vegetable-based soup with your lunch and, research suggests,
you'll also end up eating less. Same goes for dinner: Start with salad and
you'll consume fewer calories and far more nutrients.
Catch Up On Sleep for Better Health
Counting calories? Try counting
Z's instead. Studies show that lack
of sleep can cause metabolic
changes that may lead to overeating
and obesity, according to some
A good night's sleep may seem
like a luxury in this time-starved
world. But scientists have found
that your life may depend on it.
Research shows that chronic insom-
nia can lead to health problems far
more serious than the drowsiness
and poor concentration most of us
feel after a sleepless night, and
weight gain is just one of them.
For instance, studies suggest that
sleep deprivation can compromise
the immune system. And
researchers at the National Institute
of Neurological Disorders and
Stroke say that without enough
sleep, the neurons we use when
we're awake don't have a chance to
shut down and repair themselves.
They may become so depleted in
energy they begin to malfunction.
And it's not just neurons that repair
themselves while we sleep. Sleep
also helps the lining of the stomach
repair itself, perhaps preventing
ulcers. And a good night's sleep
gives the heart some much-needed
time to rest.
Those who have trouble falling
asleep may find relief from over-
the-counter products designed to
aid in relaxation.
The National Sleep Foundation
suggests establishing a regular,
relaxing bedtime routine. A relax-
ing activity away from bright lights
helps separate your sleep time from
activities that can cause anxiety. Try
dimming the lights, soaking in a hot
bath and reading a book or listening
to music. Or, before you fall into
bed, put on a relaxation CD. Nature
sounds often encourage sleep.
However you choose to get a good
night's sleep, your body will thank
you for it.
Called for April
The all Stanton School Gala date
has been set for April 28, 2007; at
the Prime Osborne Convention
Center. All alumni, faculty and staff
from either school are invited to
meet at 6 p.m. on Monday, August
14th at Bethel Baptist Institutional
Church, 1st Street Entrance. Come
help make this a spectacular affair.
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Kenneth Reddick at 764-8795
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Barbara Moore Re-elected
to Lead Zeta Phi Beta
Barbara Crockett Moore
Barbara Crockett Moore, was re-
elected to serve a two-year term as
the International President of Zeta
Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., on July 25,
2006, during Zeta Phi Beta's bien-
nial national convention in
She leads an organization of more
In her victory speech, she pledged
her efforts to helping "Zeta contin-
ue to soar united in sisterhood and
service for the betterment of the
communities we serve."
Moore is Vice President for
Institutional Advancement at
Benedict College in Columbia, SC.
She is a graduate of Benedict
College with a Bachelor of Science
degree in biology and a Masters of
Science degree from the University
Zeta women first elected her in
July 2002 at the national conven-
tion in New Orleans. During her
first term of office, Moore launched
several major initiatives. The
organization established a compre-
hensive national service program
known as Z-HOPE: Zetas Helping
Other People Excel through Mind,
Body and Spirit. The goal of Z-
HOPE is to positively impact the
lives of people at all stages of the
Truth in Black & White
Only 35 percent of the black men who enrolled in NCAA
Division I schools in 1996 graduated within six years. White men, on
the other hand, graduated at a rate of 59 percent; Hispanic men, 46
percent; American Indian men, 41 pet-cent; and black vvonien, 45
. Black men make up 41 percent of the ininates in federal state,
and local prison, but black men are only 4 percent of all students in
American institutions of hignerectucation."
28% of blaCK women said they had spent over $200 on clothes in the
past month, compared with 14%. of Latinas and 12%, of Caucasian
Black men have experienced a startling reversal of fortunes in
the span of one generation. In 1980 African American men enrolled
in higher education outnumbered those incarcerated by a quarter
million. In 2000, blaCK men Deh-17171 Dars exceeueu those on campus
U.S. Department of Justice statistics from 2001 indicate that
179,500 black men ages 18-24 are in prison and jail. Therefore, in
the 18-24 age group, the college/imprisoned ratio for black males is
2.6 to one.
Down Low Spouses Join Forces for National Tour
and honest conversation between
African-American men and women
about sex and love and the devas-
tating impacts of deception and
denial in relationships.
The tour is being presented in con-
junction with Black churches,
health organizations, women's
groups and other community organ-
izations, and a portion of the pro-
ceeds will be donated to the Lillie
Mae Foundation, a family based
foundation that provides financial
support for families impacted by
"The vision that Brenda and I have
is that our '.Conversatinn of
J.L. King Brenda stone Browder -
100,000 in the continental human life cycle. To date, more American community. In a national Reconciliation' tour will enab
d, States and abroad, in inter- than 750,000 women, men and chil- Best-selling authors J.L. King and American community. In a national use our experiences to bring
nal outreach services, public dren have participated in Z-HOPE Brenda Stone Browder are working spea ting our cale a discussion of HIV and AIDSt
y, governmental affairs, and related activities and programs. to combat the indifference toward Conversation of Reconciliatin a forefrontintheAfrican-Am
all administrative functions of HIV and AIDS within the African- foruKing and rowder reuandidte ope a community We want to m
Prolonged G rief Coforum that promotes candid, open community. We want to m
Prolonged Grief Could Lead to Serious Depression
Each year, an estimated 800,000
Americans will experience the loss
of a spouse -; one of life's most
stressful experiences, according to
the magazine Psychiatric Times.
While the grieving process is a nat-
ural part oflJife,,,people who, experi-
ence symptoms for more than two
weeks may be suffering from
Symptoms of bereavement-related
depression are like any other
depressive episode. They can
include a sad or irritable mood, anx-
iety, loss of interest in activities
previously enjoyed, feelings of
worthlessness or guilt, low self-
esteem and changes in sleeping and
As is generally the case with
depression can have a significant
impact on the health of the sufferer.
In fact, according to a study pub-
lished in the February 2006 issue of
the New England Journal of
Medicine, the risk of death may
increase by 22 percent for men and
16 percent for women following the
death of a spouse.
depression can be alleviated
through identification of symptoms
and treatment options including
medication, psychotherapy or a
combination of both. According to
a recent study that lacked a compar-
ison group, the results of Lexapro in
the treatment of depression related
to bereavement is consistent with
the anti-depressant effect of
"Without treatment, individuals
who experience a major depressive
episode after the loss of a loved one
may develop chronic depression
lasting years," said Dr. Paula
Hensley, associate professor of psy-
chiatry at the University of New
It is important for people who
may be suffering from bereave-
ment-related depression to talk to
their doctor about all of theirs, mp-
toms, and discuss potential treat-
For additional information and a
confidential depression screening,
meaningful difference in the lives
of brothers and sisters across this
country," King added.
The 90-minute presentation sheds
light on their personal struggles as a
couple with two children whose pri-
vate battles with deceit and decep-
tion quickly became public. They
detail the pain that resulted, their
individual journeys toward healing,
their fight to save their family and
how their faith played in the middle
"I truly give all credit to God and
to a tremendously supportive fami-
ly for helping me make it through
one of the most difficult times in
my life," Browder said. "Our com-
munity can't keep silent about the
HIV/AIDS epidemic. It's literally
destroying our families and now
more than ever we have to encour-
age dialogue, promote knowledge
and understanding and support
African-American women and men
who are reaching out for help."
According to the Centers for
Disease Control (CDC) the
HIV/AIDS epidemic is a health cri-
sis for African Americans. In 2002,
HIV/AIDS was among the top three
causes of death for African
American men jges'25 to 54 and
among the top four causes of death
for African American women ages
25 to 54 years.
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Women ages 50-64
encouraged to call
The chance of getting breast
cancer increases as we get
older. Many women do not
have any signs at the time
breast cancer is found.
Mammograms can find
breast cancers about two
years before they can be
felt. If it spreads to other
parts of the body, your
chance of survival lowers.
The chance of getting
cervical cancer increases as
we get older too -
especially after age 50.
Are you 50 years of age
or older, and have little or
no health insurance?
The Tomorrow's Rainbow
makes it easy to get the yearly
breast and cervical exams
The yearly exams are free
for those who meet the
A Celebration of
Works & Deeds
(f olan4, 9, 2006
6:JO 9JOf m
(ii (hI'iia/Le an, "
829 N. Davis Street
Featuring guest speaker Connie Payton,
widow of football legend Walter Payton.
Join us for this community-based event celebrating African
Americans who, through their actions and accomplishments,
have enhanced the quality of life on the First Coast. Don't miss
the presentation of the 2006 LivingThrough Giving scholarships
to four deserving African American students.
$35 per person ($25 tax deductible)
For ticket information, call 904.407.6790
Sponsored in part by
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the same for everyone regardless of race, color, national origin, sex or disability.
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August 10 -16 2006
/it1 BACK TO SCIIOOL
Q What happens to my child if he becomes ill during school hours?
A: School nurses help staff members meet the health needs of students
throughout the county. Ill children are removed from classrooms and iso-
lated until a parent or guardian is notified, or the child is returned home.
Following an absence, a student must bring an explanatory note from a
parent/guardian. Medication can ONLY be given if the medicine is in its
original container with appropriate labeling, and the school has a signed
permission note from the parent revealing that it is necessary to adminis-
ter medication as prescribed during school hours.
Q: What types of immunizations does my child need for school?
A: All Duval County Public School students must meet the requirements
for Florida certification of immunization, or possess certification of
exemption for medical or religious reasons. Various vaccinations are
required for specific grade levels. For a complete listing, contact your
child's school, physician, or the Duval County Public Health Unit at 630-
Please submit your School Talk questions by email to
email@example.com, by fax at 390-2659, or by mail to
Duval County Public Schools, Communications Office, 1701
Prudential Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32207-8182.
Keep Up Summer Reading Habits Throughout the Year
Just because your child already
has started school doesn't mean you
shouldn't continue to read to him or
her at home.
While most of us are familiar with
the benefits of reading to small chil-
dren and toddlers,m -any are not as
aware that continuing to read with
young, school-age children will
help them perform better in school.
Indeed, the National Education
Association has issued some help-
ful tips for reading at home to and
with young children who currently
attend kindergarten through -third
Keep reading to your children
even after they can read alone. Read
books together that are too difficult
or long for them to read alone.
* Begin to help them sample books
with chapters and talk about what is
happening in these stories.
Encourage your children to make
predictions about what will happen
next, and connect characters or
events to those in other books and
Talk with your kids about read-
ing preferences that are beginning
to develop. Does your child prefer
adventure stories, mysteries, sci-
ence fiction, animal stories, or sto-
ries about other children? Offer
encouragement and ask them to
explain their reasons for prefer-
Engage your children about
favorite authors and help find addi-
tional books by those authors.
Take turns reading a story with
your child. Don't ,interrupt to cor-
rect mistakes that do not change the
5 Ways to Conquering Behavior
There are all sorts of reasons
why children misbehave in school.
r;By. the time a student is reacting
,with violence, it's too late to insti-
tute a quick fix. Newspaper articles
about children whose behavior
,Rpr.oblems have turned tragic often
Wk .about missed opportunities
'id'why nobody helped. Here are
.1ve wyvs- to start dealing with
o:.rblems or potential problems
y,.hen there is still time to
chers and administra-
-school a tolerable
S V hin9teer at your child's
i.'apresence at your child's
o16 whether you volunteer at
ie.libiary or help in the lunch-
*'6oom, serve as class parent or staff
speciala l events -- pays numerous
:'2. Listen when your child talks.
In '`The Pressured Child." author
'.Michael Thompson suggests that
,kids don't answer the question
:..How was school?" because they
. know parents only want to hear
good news. He advises parents to
reconnect with what it really feels
like to be in school. Ask questions
about feelings, and really listen to
what he or she says. Don't be quick
with a pep talk and a pat on the
back. Having someone to listen,
without judging, can help defuse
some of the frustration that might
later erupt in dangerous behavior.
And if you listen closely, \ou may
ns Before They Start
be able to figure out other wvays to
lessen your child's emotional bur-
3. Be realistic about your
Pushing and motivating and
holding high expectations can
drive some children to be all they
can be, but it can drive others
straight into anxiety and depres-
sion. Would you %want to work at a
job, day in and dao out. where you
always had to be at the top of your
abilities, handling things you
weren't quite on top of and hoping
things turn out alright? Kids can't
quit, and they have very little
recourse in terms of demanding
better working conditions, but they
can find all sorts of wa s to act out
their anger and despair.
Academics are important, and it's
not wrong to make them your
biggest concern, but emotional
support and feelings of mastery are
4. Be respectful of authority
We all know how\ important it is
to fight for our children and be
strong, effective advocates. That
struggle ma,, lead us to conclude
that some teachers and some
administrators aie not %worthN of
our respect. and their judgment is
subject to doubt. But be \er. %ery
careful hotw \ou conununicate that
to \our child. You ma,, think the
message you're gi ing is that
grown-ups can be \ rong, and \ou
will always stick up for him, and
she should %value herself even when
others criticize. The message your
child receives, though, may be that
it's okay to be disrespectful to
teachers, the rules don't apply to
her, and you will clean up every
mess he makes. That is bad news.
If you teach a kid to question
authority, sooner or later he's going
to question yours.
5. Request an FBA.
If the school is sending home'
complaints about your child's
behavior -- and expecting you to
do something about it -- put the
ball back in their court by request-
ing a Functional Behavior '
Assessment (FBA). This will force ,
school personnel to really think
about your child's behavior, not
just react to it. An FBA examines '
what comes before bad behavior
and what the consequences are for
it: what possible function the
behavior could serve tor the child;
and what sorts of things could be
setting him or her off. If a child
finds classwork too hard or a class-
room too oppressive, for example.
getting sent to the hallway or the
principal or home could become a
rew ard, not a punishment.
Conducting an FBA and writing a
behavior plan based on it is proba-
bly the best way to head off disci-
pline problems. If teachers and
administrators refuse to go along
w ith it. )ou might need to do a lit-
tle behavior analysis on them.
Talk about the meaning of new
words and ideas introduced in
books. Help your child think of
examples of new concepts.
Talk with your child about sto-
ries using the notions of the begin-
ning, middle, and end of the story to
organize thinking and discussion.
* Ask why a character might have
taken a specific action. Ask for
information from the story to sup-
port these answers.
Enjoy yourself and have fun.
The most important thing you can
do to help your child become a suc-
cessful reader is communicate that
reading is valuable and enjoyable
The research is clear: children who
are read to, and who read for pleas-
ure, are significantly more success-
ful in school than children who do
For tips on encouraging reading
habits among both young and older
children, visit www.nea.org/par-
ents. \\heie you can also find infor-
mation about math, science and
other subjects, as well.
How to Develop
and Study Habits
With so many distractions tug-
ging at kids these days, it's no won-
der it's hard for some students to
develop good homework and study
Some simple tips, however, can
help parents help their children
establish better habits and work
environments for homework suc-
As such, the experts at the
American Academy of Pediatrics
are offering some homework
advice for parents and kids, alike:
Create an environment that is
conducive to doing homework.
Youngsters need a permanent work
space in their bedroom or another
part of the home that offers privacy.
Set aside ample time for home-
Establish a household rule that
the TV set stays off during home-
Be available to answer questions
and offer assistance, but never do a
child's homework for him or her.
To help alleviate eye fatigue,
neck fatigue and brain fatigue
while studying, it's recommended
that youngsters close the books for
10 minutes every hour and go do
If your child is struggling with a
particular subject, and you aren't
able to help him or her yourself, a
tutor can be a good solution. Talk it
over with your child's teacher first.
Teaching Kids to Ride the Bus Safely
For many children, the beginning
of the school year means their first
time ever riding a school bus or get-
ting back on the bus for the first
time since summer break.
Some of the basic safety tips adults
take for granted can be entirely new
to smaller children or easily forgot-
ten after a summer playing in the
Below are some safety sugges-
tions to make the ride to and from
school a safe one:
Leave home early. When you
rush, you tend to forget traffic safe-
* Walk on the sidewalks.
When waiting for the bus, stay
away from the street. And don't
play around because you will be
distracted and may not follow traf-
fic safety rules.
Make sure children have no
drawstrings, toggles or key chains
on their clothes or backpacks. They
can get caught on bus handrails and
Grab the handrail so you don't
trip on the stairs.
* Find a seat and sit down imme-
You can talk quietly to your
friends and laugh, but do not
scream, it distracts the driver.
Do not put your head, arms,
papers or anything out the window.
Wait for the bus to stop com-
pletely before you stand up.
Take 10 giant steps away from
the bus when you get off.
If you drop something near the
bus, don't pick it up. Ask the driver
for help. If you stoop down to pick
something up, the driver may not
If you have to cross the street,
wait until the driver signals to you
that it is OK.
Stay away from the bus wheels
at all times -- especially the back
wheels where it's hard for the driv-
er to see you.
Labor Day September 4
Planning Day October 16
Weather Day October 27
Veteran's Day November 10
Weather Day November 22
Thanksgiving November 23,24
Weather Day November 27
Weather Day December 21
Winter Break December 22-Jan 3
Planning Day January 4
Inservice Day. January 5
Weather Day January 12
M.L.K. Holiday January 15
President's Day February 19
Planning Day March 16
Spring Break March 19-23
Spring Holiday April 6
Last Day of School May 25
Starting School Surviving
& Thriving Takes Planning
Starting school--whether it is pre-
school, daycare, or public educa-
tion--means an adjustment for
everyone in the family. Even after
bed times are established, morning
routines are set, and homework pat-
terns are created (remember, even
pre-schoolers sometimes have
homework), it is important to keep
a focus on healthy and happy kids
to ensure a successful year.
Here are six strategies for starting
school on the right foot and making
it a memorable and positive experi-
Limit children to no more than
two structured activities when
starting school for the year. Kids
who are involved in lessons, music,
church, scouting, dance, and sports
may seem like they are getting a
diversified and well-rounded edu-
cational experience, but the truth is
that they are over-extended and
could face burn-out and stress.
Pre-school and school-age chil-
dren should receive 10-11 hours
of sleep each night. Consider it
brain time for both them and for
parents as they start school.
Establish those bedtime require-
ments, and then stick to it. It really
is in everyone's best interest and
well-rested kids make for happier
Make a family commitment to
eat dinner together (without the
TV) at least four times each week.
If four times simply won't work in
your schedule during the start of the
school year, then consider three.
The key is to make it a priority to
hear about your child's day and take
time to enjoy each other in a stress-
Prepare the evening before for
morning routines surrounding
starting school each year. Select
clothing, including shoes and
socks, and have them laid out. Hair
accessories, backpacks zipped and
ready, lunches made or at least
decisions about what will be in the
lunch, and determining weather-
appropriate attire helps to minimize
Use a large calendar to keep
track of schedules and events to
help with adjustments with start-
ing school and throughout the
year. Some families utilize a differ-
ent color for each family member.
Others require children to write in
their own activities. Even young
children can create dots or stars on
the days they attend pre-school, for
example, and feel like they are
making a positive contribution to
the master calendar.
Designate a homework corner
and place for backpacks. Then,
stick with it. Having a set place for
backpacks minimizes lost home-
work or missing items in the har-
ried morning routine. Make the des-
ignated homework spot more
attractive by stocking it with color-
ful pencils, paper, and coordinated
ImortantNumbe s t ClfrSchoo
August 10 6, 2006
P~ap (I- s-Perrv'e Free Press
NFL Hall of Fame
Wins 50th Title
Tiger Woods won his 50th PGA
Tour title Sunday with a three-
stroke victory at the Buick Open in
Detroit. The golf star shot his
fourth straight 6-under 66 to beat
Jim Furyk. The win was Woods'
fourth out of 11 starts in 2006, and
the second since the passing of his
father, Earl Woods. Woods
became the seventh member of the
PGA Tour's 50-win club after
improving to 21-for-21 when lead-
ing by more than one stroke after
three rounds. The 30-year-old
Woods beat Jack Nicklaus' record
pace to the milestone, which
Nicklaus reached in 1973 at the age
of 33. "That's pretty cool to get to
50," Woods said. "Never in my
wildest dreams did I think I'd get to
Shown above is Reggie's widow
Sara with his bust at the event.
It was an emotional day in
Canton, Ohio last weekend as the
late Reggie White was inducted
into the Pro Football Hall of Fame
by his widow Sara. Their daughter,
Jecolia, sang the National Anthem,
and their son, Jeremy, introduced
his mother. Both crying, they
shared a long hug after unveiling
Reggie's bust before a crowd that
included members of one of his
former teams, the Philadelphia
Eagles. Fellow inductee, Warren
Moon, was the first black quarter-
back inducted into the Hall and
candidly spoke on his experiences.
Other inductees included Harry
Carson, John Madden, Rayfield
Wright and Troy Aikman.
Fund Established to Secure
Buck O'Neil's Legacy
the John "Buck" O'Neil Education
and Research Center in Kansas
City. The Education and Research
Center will be part of an expansion
,. of the NLBM to be built at the his-
.. .toric Paseo YMCA, the birthplace
of the Negro Leagues. The NLBM's
goal is to raise $15 million to reno-
vate and expand the Paseo YMCA.
Tax-deductible contributions to
Buck O'Neil the NLBM, a 501(c)3 organization,
In response to thousands of and the Buck O'Neil Education and
quests from people around the Research Center can be made by
)untry about how they can help visiting www.NLBM.com and
cognize Buck O'Neil's lifetime of clicking on the "Thanks a Million
)ntributions to the game of base- Buck" logo, or by mailing a check
all, the Negro Leagues Baseball made payable to the Negro Leagues
[useum (NLBM) has launched Baseball Museum to 1616 East
e "Thanks a Million Buck" grass- 18th St., Kansas City, MO, 64108.
roots campaign to raise funds for
Shown above (L-R) is Ill. Linnie Finley being assisted by Lola
Bowman in assembling the bags, Grand Matron Gearlyn R. Wise
helps Ill. Betty Raye and Ill. Mary Rober organize the school supplies
and (bottom) Ill. Delores Green nd Ill Chermonica Pinkney distribute
bags to students in the 9 12th grade.
Masons and Eastern Stars
Serve 400 + Youth on
10th Annual We Care Day
The North Florida Masons and Jacksonville, prior to the event wel-
Eastern Stars of Modern Free and coming students of all ages
Accepted Masons of the World Inc., Over 400 bags of school supplies
Tombs of Solomon Grand Lodge were given to all students. The well
#63, Grand Illustrious Alphonse organized event divided the various
Martin, Grand Worshipful Master; supplies into appropriate age
and Bright Morning Star Grand groups serving kindergarten sen-
Chapter #64, Order of the Eastern iors. The students were also wel-
Star, Most Illustrious Geralyn R. come to participate in activities
Wise, Grand Worthy Matron; held such as musical chairs, board games
their 10th Annual Community "We and hula hoping. The diverse array
Care Day" on Saturday, August 5, of bountiful supplies included
2006, at the Mason's Building, 2802 items such as books, book bags,
Pearl Street. Flyers were distributed lunch totes, pencil pouches, calcu-
in the Northside Neighborhoods of lators, and other school necessities.
FAMU Strikers Perform on BET
The Florida A&M University New York, it marked the group's
(FAMU) "Strikers" Dance Team second appearance on the show
performed last week live on BET's
106 & Park, "The Best of Wild
Out." When they took the stage in /
A membership drive was held
simultaneously for the Masonic
Youth Groups, "Field of Moral"
program for ages 5-12 years of age;
and the "Youth Excellence Society"
for ages 13-17.
Other highlights included free
haircuts provided by Arthur
that features a competition every
summer during their "Wild-Out
Wednesday All Stars." The group
performed a routine set to Big
Boy's "It's Off the Chain."
"It's the opportunity of a lifetime
for the Strikers and it is positive
exposure for the university," said
Shapiro Hardemon, founder and
artistic director of the group. "To be
able to have these 12 student per-
form on a nationally syndicated
program could possibly lead to
them being picked up by a variety
of industry artists.
Hardemon, a former member of
the FAMU Marching 100, started
Mitchell, owner of Success Barber
Shop, 2532 Pearl Street, free food
and a bevy of educational and
health Information was also distrib-
Illustrious Linnie Finley, Grand
Associate Worthy Matron, Pro
Tempore, chaired this annual event.
the all-male Hip Hop group that
performs urban soul dance in 1989
because of his "love of dance."
He is no stranger to dance, music
or competition. In 2003, Hardemon
choreographed the big-screen hit
"Drumline." In 2002, the Stikers
won "Showtime at the Apollo."
Kyra Hawkins, the 2006-07 "Mr.
FAMU" is a member of the
Strikers. "I saw them win
Showtime when I was a sophomore
in high school," said Hawkins, a
criminal justice major. "Even
though I played football and ran
track at my high school, I came to
FAMU to become a Striker."
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August 10 -16, 2006
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Rhat to dofrmun socia, t'Munteep, political and Sportsactivities to seIJ enrichment fand tire 4'kic -eien
Workshop with JSO
Aimed at building mutual trust,
collaboration and understanding
between residents and the Sheriffs
Office, the final city sponsored
workshops on "Protecting Commu-
nities," will be held August 15th
at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will pro-
vide a forum for residents and JSO
officers to discuss key issues and
how they can strengthen relation-
ships to build better neighborhoods.
The forum will be held at the
Bethelite Conference Center, 5865
Arlington Expressway. For more
information call 630-7377.
The Southern Genealogist's
Exchange Society, Inc., will hold its
monthly meeting on Saturday,
August 12, 10 a.m., in the SGES
library, 6215 Sauterne Drive, in
Jacksonville, FL. The subject is
"Francis Fatio and the Founding of
New Switzerland." For more infor-
mation about the Society or geneal-
ogy in Florida, visit www.sges-
Author Meet & Greet
American Beach author Marsha
Phelts is hosting an author Meet &
Greet on Saturday, August 12th
from 4 6 p.m. with Annette Myers,
author of "The Shrinking Sands of
an American Beach". Ms. Myers is
a lifelong residents of American
Beach and has a home that is regis-
tered on the National Register of
Historic Places. For more informa-
tion and/or directions, please e-mail
Marshaphelts@aol.com or call
Alpha's Sponsor MLK
The Brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha
Fraternity Inc. invite the communi-
ty to come out and show their sup-
port by continuing the Legacy in
Building the Monument for "Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr." in
Washington D.C. on the Memorial
Plaza. A FUNDRAISER will be
held at the Jacksonville Landing on
Saturday, August 12, 2006 from
12:00pm 6:00pm on the 1st floor,
suite 106. All donations are Tax
deductible and a Tax I.D. number is
available. Call 904)891-4903 for
FCCJ Literacy Fair
Florida Community College will
have their annual Family Literacy
Fair, Saturday, August 12, 2006,
from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The event, held
at the colleges north campus is free
and open to the public. The Family
Literacy Fair includes live perform-
ances by celebrity readers, story-
telling, age-appropriate reading
activities and lists, books, face
painting, prizes and surprises.
Lunch is also provided. For reser-
vations or more information call
Women, Weight & Why
Women, Weight & Why will have
their second Anniversary
Celebration Saturday, August
12th from 6:00 9:00 pm at the
Eagle Harbor Golf Club in Orange
Park. Women, Weight & Why, Inc.
will be honoring, and celebrating,
women and men in the Jacksonville
community who work to support
health education, community
awareness and outreach. The mis-
sion of Women, Weight & Why,
Inc. is to create unity for all women
through education empowerment
and enrichment opportunities.
For more information call 904-
631-4706 or visit our web site at
Workshop on Doing
Business with the D.O.T.
The Florida Department of
Transportation (FDOT) plans to
spend more than $2 billion over the
next ten years and has the goal of
doing more business with small and
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emerging business in north Florida
than ever before.
This workshop will feature pro-
curement officers of FDOT who
will introduce a new program that is
designed to ensure more small
firms in north Florida secure con-
tracts with FDOT. The free work-
shop, will be held Tuesday, August
15, 2006, at 6:00 pm until 7:30 pm,
at the Ben Durham Business Center,
2933 North Myrtle Avenue. To reg-
ister, or for more info, call the FCB-
BIC at (904) 634-0543.
Great Men of Gospel
Stage Aurora presents "Great Men
of Gospel" straight from Broadway.
It will be directed by it's New York
author Elizabeth Van Dyke and cho-
reographed by Jacksonville's own
Darryl Hall. This Gospel musical
highlights the hits of yesterday and
today. Show dates are August 18,
19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 2006 at the
Ezekiel Bryant Auditorium (FCCJ
North Campus). Showtimes are at 8
p.m. with matinees on the week-
end.Purchase tickets online at con-
firstname.lastname@example.org. or call Stage
Aurora at 765-7373.
Dreamgirls at the
From Wednesday, 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.
Learn About 4H
The public is invited to join the
, Duval County' 4- '4 Youth`
Development Program on
Thursday, August 24, 2006, as 4-H
Kicks-Off a new year. Leam about
their programs and educational
opportunities. The Kick-Off will be
held at the Extension Office, 1010
N. Mc Duff Ave, at 6:30 p.m. For
more information call (904) 387-
8858 and ask for Andre Townsend.
A MIND IS
We are born with limitless potential.
Help us make sure that we all have the chance
to achieve. Please visit uncf.org or call
Give to the United Negro i
f rH College Fund.
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.
Plan ahead now for auditions for
the Florida Community College
Repertory and Ensemble Dance
Companies. Auditions will be held
on August 30 at 6 p.m. at the
Florida Community College South
Campus, 11901 Beach Blvd.in the
Wilson Center, Bldg. M, Room
2110. Intermediate dance skill level
required. For more information call
904.646.2361 or e-mail
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 families from across the country
to the popular vacation destination
for private parties and concerts as
well as special events for the entire
family such as family fitness work-
outs, a Sunday worship and gospel
service and more.
On Saturday, September 2, at
Alltel Stadium, this year's match-
up will feature Bethune-Cookman
College and Southern University.
Football tickets are on sale at Ticket
Master Outlets or online at
www.ticketmaster.com. Call 912-
353-3149 for more information.
Living Through Giving
Join Community Hospice as they
recognize Northeast Florida African
Americans who have made signifi-
cant contributions to the communi-
ty in various fields. Guest speaker is
Connie Payton, widow of football
great Walter Payton.
Awards will be presented to recip-
ients of the Living Through Giving
Scholarship Program to four out-
standing African-American stu-
dents in the areas of liberal arts,
health care, higher education and
the arts. This event will be on
Saturday, September 9th at the
Ritz Theatre & LaVilla Museum,
829 North Davis Street. For more
event information, call 407.6176.
Riverside Arts Festival
The Annual Riverside Arts
Festival featuring a variety of medi-
ums will be held Saturday and
Sunday the weekend of September
9th from 10 a.m. 5 p.m. at
Riverside Park. Bonnie Grissett at
389-2449 for more information.
The Northwest Citizens Advisory
Committee will hold the September
meeting on Thursday, September
14th at 6 p.m. the meeting will be
held at Northwestern Middle
School 2100 West 45th Street.
Call Marilyn Fenton-Harmer at
630-7024 for more information.
Dream Big College
and Recruiting Fair
The 4th Annual Dream Big
Dreams College and Recruiting
Fair held in conjunction with the
Willie Gary Classic will be held on
Saturday, September 16th at the
Prime Osbome Convention Center
from 10 a.m. 2 p.m. College
recruiters from all around the coun-
try will be in attendance. Students
are encouraged to bring transcripts
for on the spot admissions and
scholarships. Attendees will also
receive a game to the Classic.
Society set for Nov. 4
Craftemoon benefiting Children's
Home Society will be Saturday,
Nov. 4, 11 a.m. 4 p.m. at the
Jarboe Park in Neptune Beach.
Presented by Natural Life and is a
great family event for kids ages 2-
102 that features more than 10
hands-on craft stations including
tie-dye T-shirts, tile painting, cook-
ie decorating, poster painting, can-
dle holder making and more. There
will be a food stand, dance groups
and live music.
The event is free to attend, but
crafts costs $10 a punch card. Calll
Nannette Regaldo at 493-7739 for
Raines Class of 81" 25th Reunion
The Raines Class of 1981 will be holding a 25 year Reunion Cruise on
November 11th. The five night celebration will go to the Grand Cayman
Islands & ocho Rios Jamaica departing from Miami. For more informa-
tion, call Cecilia at 904-766-8784.
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, developed 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 Tours, call 387-8855.
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Move Over Paula Abdul, America's
Loving Got Talent and Judge
by Lee Bailey
Is it that nothing else is on, or is
NBC's "America's Got Talent"
really that entertaining? The show
is obviosuly no, "American Idol",
but entertaining it is.
Its' weekly dominance in the rat-
ings proves people are turning in by
the millions each week, prompting
NBC to announce the green light
for a second season. But would
those same viewers run home to
watch such acts as yodelers, grown
men placing themselves into giant
bubbles, fools laying on nails, ven-
triloquists, jugglers and Rappin'
Granny if the show aired in the fall
opposite some real (and not reality)
"My four-year-old is the biggest
fan of the show," said Brandy, one
of the show's judges, during its ses-
sion at the Television Critics
Association press tour last month.
"She loves seeing different things.
Because children, they just like new
things all the time. So she's like, at
the TV, just smiling and excited all
If anything, "America's Got
Talent" has been credited as one of
the few shows in primetime that the
whole family can watch together.
Executive produced by "American
Idol" judge Simon Cowell, it bor-
rows all of "Idol's" winning ele-
ments: a surly British judge who
tells it like it is, a warm-hearted
African American female judge
who takes a more supportive tone
when criticizing the talent, and an
affable third judge who keeps a
smile on his face and plays to the
Judges David Hasselhoff (L) and Brandy pose after the panel for the
NBC television show 'America's Got Talent' during the 'Television
Critics Association' summer 2006 media tour
Nestled in the middle chair
between judges Piers Morgan and
David Hasselhoff, Brandy says she
enjoys getting to "speak her mind"
about the spectacles that unfurl
before her that's if she doesn't
smack the buzzer midway through
to end things early.
Her strategy in judging talent? "I
just try to stay in my own lane, I
just try to stick with my opinion,"
Brandy says. "I don't want to be
influenced by anyone else. That's
really what I'm working on, just
confirming what I say and sticking
to it. Because, sometimes you do
get influenced by sympathy and
you don't want to hurt people's
The show will make one winning
act a million dollars richer, but for
Brandy who hasn't seen this
much industry interest in her since
"Moesha" went off the air in 2001 -
the experience has been priceless.
"I've had so many different things
come my way," Brandy told us after
"Talent's" TCA panel. "I'm happy
about it because it's a lot of fashion
stuff. I just did a fashion shoot with
OK magazine that I was really
excited about because I've never
looked like that before. I was like,
'Oh my God. I need to do more
fashion shoots. This is so much
While promoting "America's Got
Talent," which ends its first season
on Aug. 16, Brandy was also able to
do several talk shows, and thereby,
take further advantage of the sud-
den returning spotlight. The 27-
year-old single mom was one of the
first to sit in Star Jones Reynolds'
vacated seat on "The View" and had
a rather precarious exchange with
Barbara Walters that left many
African American female viewers
Review by Kam Wiliams EUR
If you've ever wondered what the
course American history might
have taken if the South --
had won the Civil War, 11
you might like to check
out CSA: The
Confederate States of
Written and directed by -
Kevin Willmott, this I qJ
mentary unfolds much F
like a Ken Bums PBS pro-.
duction. Willmott has I
cleverly spliced reams of
footage with some .
inspired staged fabrica- I ,
tions, editing them togeth-
er seamlessly to present a -
country where slavery W
never ended. The film also
contains present-day com-
mercials in order to con-
vey the sense that one is
actually watching televi-
For instance, the j
Insurance spot features
whites frolicking in front '
of a suburban home with a S
picket fence. That trademark
tableau is unremarkable till the very
end of the ad when a voiceover
proudly proclaims, "For over 100
years, protecting a people and their
property," while showing a slave
toiling away in the garden.
Spoofing everything from World
War II to the Home Shopping
Network, the movie presents a very
familiar country except for the fact
that slavery still exists. So, the
NAACP stands for the National
Association for the Advancement of
Chattel People, and
blacks attempting to
R escape from their con-
dition are diagnosed as
(,'[ HIsuffering from a men-
. I! tal illness referred to as
j CSA is a sophisticat-
S. i ed mind-bender which
makes a significant
; ; f social statement about
America's legacy in an
.i in-your-face fashion,
j, leaving the viewer
wondering whether the
ii i ti .f South might have actu-
ally won the Civil War
after all. For in a
telling postscript, the
picture sorts out some
of its fact from fiction,
explaining that much
of what you've just
'* witnessed, such as
S Niggerhead Cigarettes
t 4- and Coon Chicken are
r jyA real products which
T Lll were only relatively
K h-L tfl ^ recently discontinued.
Infinitely creative, CSA offers an
alternately sobering and humorous
look at America's lingering legacy
uncomfortable. Brandy had barely
taken her seat before Walters stuck
her fingers in the girl's curly shoul-
der-length locks and asked if the
hair was hers.
"I was like, 'Let me think of
something to come back with,
'cause she 'bout to ask me some-
thing that I'll have to have a come-
back,'" Brandy said, channeling the
hood ever-so-slightly. "And when
she asked me what I knew she was
going to ask me, I had a comeback
and it worked."
After a few "uh.. .uhs...," Brandy
looked at Barbara on her right,
rolled her eyes toward Joy Behar on
her left and said, "It ain't a wig.
"The audience loved it, the people
laughed and I felt good about it,"
Brandy said. But the experience
may not be enough to encourage the
McComb, Mississippi native to
take a permanent position on the
morning chatfest, should Walters
extend the offer.
"Just out of honor for the fact that
Barbara Walters is a legend, I
would really have to give that some
serious thought," Brandy said of the
hypothetical situation. "But, when I
think about it to myself, it's just
really a tough commitment to put
myself into because of everything I
want to do. I can't tour and be the
music artist I want to be if I do 'The
View.' I definitely can't do 'Got
Talent' and all of the other things I
want to do."
One thing Brandy's been dying to
do for years is nab a starring role on
the Great White Way.
"I have a great idea for a musical
that I really, really wanna do," she
tells us. "And before I retire, which
is I don't know when, I wanna do
Brandy says she's not sure when
she'll get back to doing music, but
it still ranks as her first love.
"That's what makes me happy the
most," she explains. "I can't wait to
get back into it. It would just com-
plete everything that's going on in
my life right now."
NY City Council Wants No Gangsta Rap in Hip
Hop Museum If the New York City Council has its way, the
world's first hip hop museum will not include the presence of such impor-
tant rap acts as NWA, Tupac Shakur or Snoop Dogg.
According to NME.com, council members and organizers are arguing
over whether a section on gangsta rap should be included in the overall ret-
rospective of hip hop and its roots in the Bronx.
Scheduled to open in late 2008 or early 2009, the facility has received
$1.5 million from the NY City Council. The legislative body, therefore,
feels it should have a say in what types of artists should be on exhibit.
SC Janet Poses Topless for Vibe
Janet Jackson has never been afraid to
expose some skin. The 40-year-old singer,
S newly svelte after losing some 60 pounds,
appears on the cover of Vibe magazine
wearing a skimpy bikini bottom and a
na- u necklace made of large shells. Her right
arm covers her breasts.
run. ~K i Will she ever stop posing for sexy pho-
tos? "Of course. When I'm 80," she tells
Vibe. "That's when I'll call it quits."
"a"" Jackson credits her boyfriend, 33-year-
old music producer Jermaine Dupri, for
giving her self-esteem "a little boost."
She says that with Dupri, she feels as if she's met her.match.
"When I look at Jermaine, I see myself," Jackson says. "I feel as if I'm
looking in the mirror. The connection I feel with him I have never felt with
Her new album, "20 Y.O.," is slated for release Sept. 26. Dupri produced
a few tracks, and longtime collaborators Jimmy "Jam" Harris and Terry
Lewis pitched in on the disc as well.
Vivica Wants Her Own Morning Show
Now that her Lifetime show "Missing" is gone
forever, Vivica A. Fox has been taking meetings
around Los Angeles in an effort to acquire herself
a talk show gig. According to the Hollywood
Reporter, the actress has been in talks with dis-
tributors to pitch a syndicated daytime talk show
that would be similar in tone to "The Tyra Banks
Show." In the meantime, the "Kill Bill" star will
appear in the upcoming films "Caught on Tape,"
opposite Ced the Entertainer; "Citizen Duane,"
opposite Donal Logue; and "Kickin' It Old
School," opposite Jamie Kennedy.
Gospel Music to Get a Grammy
The Grammy awards next year will arrive with the new category, Best
Rap Gospel. Introduced this week along with Best Rock Gospel, the cate-
gories address the increasing popularity of both genres. According to sta-
tistics published by the Gospel Music Association, Christian Rock/Hip-
Hop accounts for almost 2.5%,of all Gospel music sales. '-The new cate-
. gories for Gospel music are effective for the 2007 49th AnnfIal' Gam "
Awards submission window of Sunimer/Fall 2006.
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