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Five Months After Vote, Tubskegee Airmen
StilldAwaiting Congressional Medals
'te greatest honor bestowed on any Americari'cvilian has been award-
d .,to a group of black men who will forever be appreciated, not just for
idening 'this. country, but for valiantly breaking barriers and. demon-
sating the strength and determination of an entire race. ,
Earlier this year, after much pressing by Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY)
'iMd Sen.d Carl Levin (D-MI), the Tuskegee Airmen were chosen to
biyev.the Congressional Gold Medal, with Congress unanimously vot-
ing to issue the treasured medal to the group as a whole.
"And while the bill honoring the Tuskegee Airmen:passed in Congress in
March, the medals have yet to be presented to the surviving Airmen,- and
some tiornder just how many of the men who defied all odds more than a
quarter century ago will even be around to personally adorn the medal
around their necks. Recent statistics show that nearly 1,000 Tuskegee2
Altiin were trained for duty at Tuskegee Ingtitute in '1942 at the height
f WorldWar H. Today, just fewer than 400 are alive." :
:ast medal recipients include the likes of the Rev., Dr. Martin Luther
-Ki$ig,.Corett4 Scott King, Pope John Paul .11. Jackie Robinson and the
,Wright Brothers, all who've left lasting legacies on society, nationally
alid world-wide. .
Former Mistress Claims Bin Laden
ObsessedWith Whitney Houston-_
.Sudanese poet and novelist Kola Boof, who claims to:have been.Osama
bin Laden's sex slave, has written in her autobiography, "Diary of a Lost
Girl,'rthat the al-Qaida leader was obsessed with Whitney Houston.
:Thb New York Post quoted Boof as saying bin Laden told her Houston
was.the most beautiful woman he'd ever seen.. He. even talked about,
Afendinhg a lot of money to go to the U.Si aidl meet her,
SSh&said he wanted to give Houston-a ma sion'a d'dhe'd-be willing to-
treak s' color rule an'd make her 'one of his wives.
As for Houston's husband Bobby Brown, Boof said bin Laden talked
about having him killed.
She said bin Laden believed Houston- was "truly Islamic" but had been
"brainwashed by American culture and by her husband."
Less Than 9% of Black
Women Get Proper Exercise
Eveit with all the talk about how exercise makes you healthier, only 9
percent of Black women exercise enough to make a difference, says a
riew American Heart Association study. About 85 percent of Black
women surveyed said they thought obesity, not inactivity, contributed
more to heart disease. This supports the ill notion that if you're thin you
don't need to work out, experts say. Even more disturbing, only 18 per-
c&nt of the women said good health is a goal compared to 37 percent of
White women surveyed. Those numbers become even more disturbing
when you consider that Black women are more at risk for stroke, heat dis-
ease and diabetes than Whites, experts say. Federal health experts rece
ommend all adults get up and get moving at least 30 minutes five times
a week. The benefits include lower risks for obesity, diabetes and high
Jones Shocked at Positive Drug Tests
Former triple Olympic champion Marion Jones said she was shocked
her initial drugs test from a urine sample taken in June was positive.
Jones added she had requested the testing of her second or 'B' sample
be dealt with quickly.
. The comments were the first by Jones since
she bad tested positive for the banned blood-
.boosting drug erythropoietin (EPO) at the US
championships in Indianapolis in June,
. Jones, 30, has repeatedly denied taking per-
formance-enhancing substances and had
never previously failed a doping test.
If her second sample tests positive, Jones
.would be barred froms ports for two years. *
Jones is the third American athlete to fail a
doping test in the past year. Cyclist Floyd
Landis tested positive for an elevated testosterone level during the Tour
de France and sprinter Justin Gatlin, a three-time Olympic medallist,
failed a steroid test in April,
Survey Reveals Trust declines for African
Americans, but not for Hispanics
Hispanic and African American consumers are reconnecting with their
roots more so now than at any other time in the past, according a recent-
ly released multicultural marketing study,
For Hispanics. this strong reconnection means growing the bi-cultural
segment of the marketplace: for African Americans, it means creating a
new Black renaissance. This year's study also revealed that trust in gov-
ernment and other institutions declined over the past year for African
Americans while it remained positive for Hispanics. More than ever
before, both Hispanics and African Americans place great emphasis on
keeping culture alive and staying connected to heritage. Reportedly. 67%
of African Americans and 71% of Hispanics (versus 43% of Non-
Hispanic Whites) say, "My roots and heritage are more important to me
today than they)' were just five years ago." In addition, Just over 80% of
African Americans said they feel "more and more ignored by the U.S.
FLORIL)A'b tkIRS COASi QU ALI I Y BLACK WhhKLY 5 oents
Volume 20 No. 32 Jacksonville, Florida August 24-30, 2006
Mayor Remains at Odds With Leadership Coalition Over Fire Department
The recent response by Mayor
Peyton to the Human Rights
Commission recommendation to
make serious changes in the
Jacksonville Fire Department has
been causing a serious problem for
area Black leaders, including a
coalition of ministers and organiza-
tions who have cohesively formed
the Jacksonville Leadership
From the steps of City Hall,
NAACP President Isiah Rumlin,
surrounded by other members stat-
ed that the mayor should not be
considered the Mayor of anyone
and was in total disrespect of the
Commission's findings the same
Commission he ordered to study the
Department. The study was ordered
after two Black firefighters reported
finding hangman's nooses on their
gear in February.
The Coalition alleges that the
Mayor's allegiance is partly due to a
campaign commitment and alle-
giance to the firemen's union. The
Firefighters Union campaigned
heavily for Mayor Peyton in his
first election bid. Immediately after
he won the office, Fire Chief Ray
Alfred, Jacksonville's first African-
American Fire Chief, was fired.
Closed door meetings with the
Jacksonville Leadership Coalition
seems to have fallen on deaf ears.
News reports show Mayor Peyton
has decided to consult with another
group of Ministers to answer his
problem. Pastors including George
Davis, Rudolph McKissick, Jr., R.J.
Washington, Mark Griffin and
Darryl Gilyard recently attended a
meeting this week that the other
pastors and coalition members were
not invited to. The second group of
pastors lead some of Jacksonville's
"It sounds like Willie Lynch to
me." said a Pastor in attendance
who asked not to be identified. "I
guess he thought the first group
Willie Lynch is the historic tale of
the slave owner who taught the
methodology of keeping slaves
under control by using the divide
and conquer method.
The Mayor has said that he is
keeping the Continued on page 3
Downtown Center Provides Women a New Chance at Life
When doors open last week at the
official grand opening celebration
for the Trinity Rescue Mission's
new Women's and Children's
Shelter, it wasn't a moment too soon
for Sheila Preston.
For years Preston had been living
on the streets as a result of well
developed drug habit.
"I would come to the Mission to
bathe every day, then on back out
Just about anywhere the bugs did-
n't bite too hard and she didn't have
to fear for her life was where she
called home. She eventually
crossed paths with Oprielle Smith
whose similar life struggles also left
"I adopted her as my daughter,"
Preston says. Together the two
looked out for each other and visit-
ed the shelter while still living on
the streets. Their children live with
relatives and their former habit
gave way to little or no contact.
But that was their old life.
Today the two women have a
clean, safe, stable place to live
thanks to the state of the art 14,000
square foot facility built thanks in
part to area builders, private donors
and the City of Jacksonville.
An adoptive family atmosphere is
present among the women as the
Shown above in their new home in the dorm like setting of the Trinity Rescue Mission's Women and
Children's Shelter is Oprelia Smith and Sheila Preston who are also roommates.
children who live there are trusted
in the watchful eye of their
"Aunties", bringing life to the
newly painted building.
In addition to the protective womb
of the Mission, both women have
also handed their life over to Christ
and vowed to live "his way".
Shown above at the surprise celebration is the honoree Dr. Dorothy
Young with her church pastor, Rev. Michael Mitchell.
lMEJllth District Celebrates
Birthday of Mrst Lady
The leadership and friends of the African Methodist Episcopal's 11lth
District converged last week in secret for the surprise birthday celebration
of it's First Lady, Dr. Dorothy Young, Episcopal Supervisor. Held at the
organization's historic headquarters in the old Afro-American Life
Insurance Building, each guest gave warm, sincere greetings and congrat-
ulations to the honoree. Following a very humble and gracious "thankyou"
by the honoree, she personally thanked each person for attending and
everyone enjoyed a delicious buffet and birthday cake. Dr. Young is the
wife of Bishop McKinley Young, Presiding Bishop of the Eleventh
The new facility will meet the
needs of the 1,200 homeless women
and mothers with children that are
on Jacksonville streets each year.
The new Emergency Center will be
available to homeless women and
children 24 hours a day, 7 days a
week, 52 weeks a year providing
meals, clean clothing and lodging.
Preston also says she looks for-
ward to living on her own one day
which Mission programs also pre-
pare them for.
"I know I can do all things
through Christ, he strengthens me."
she says with a smile.
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August 17 -23, 2006
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Shown above L-R (TOP) Cynthia Jones of Genesis Caf6 with JTA CEO Michael Blaylock, Aaron
Ferguson with A.C. Concrete, Deborah Thompson with Deborah K. Thompson, Consulting and engineer
Lee Franklin. (BOTTOM) Padricka Wiggins with J & J Hauling, Co. (Business Manager) and Bervin
Magee are assisted by Calvin Burney of Transportation Planning Group and Sherry Trotter at the regis-
tration table, Churck Reynolds and Dr. Richard Danford of the Jacksonville Urban League. FMPPhoto
JTA Hosts Minority Networking Mixer
The Jacksonville Transportation
Authority recently hosted an invita-
tion only Networking Mixer atthe
River City Brewery. Invited partic-
ipants had the opportunity to mix
and mingle with prime contractors,
subcontractors and DBE's to learn
about JTA's 2006 -2007 programs,
goals and objectives. Many oppor-
tunities are available for enterpris-
ing stable business owners to take
advantage of. Projects brought to
the attention of attendees including
everything from pavement repairs
to plumbing opportunities with
financial impacts ranging from
$30,000 to over $13,000,000.
On hand to guide to make the con-
nection for the contractors were
JTA CEO Michael Blaylock, Chif
of Staff Jacquie Gibbs and various
members of the Board of Directors.
Giving credibility to the program's
success, testimonials were also
given by contractors who have pre-
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August 24 30. 2006
Mayor at Odds with Black Leadership
continued from front
the present Fire Department leader-
ship because their record speaks for
itself. He has also said that he is
waiting on the result from the crim-
inal investigation regarding the
noose incident for further action.
Mayor Peyton has immediate plans
in place for changes. They include:
Hiring of a diversity training com-
pany for management; appointing a
15-member internal working group
consisting of members of the Fire
and Rescue Department that will
develop a plan to address recom-
mendations of the Commission
report and a few management
changes not including the
"We can no longer sit back and
accept this unfair treatment." The
Coalition released in a statement.
"We must stand as a group, become
involved as informed citizens, and
take an active stand with our local
community groups that have been
fighting for us all of the time."
Jacksonville F.D. Problems Not Isolated
Racism within the Jacksonville FireDepartment is not an isolatedinci-
dent Throughout the United States, Black firefighters and other
minorities are stepping forward with lawsuits and incidents of racism.
New York: Firefighter Lanaird
Granger sued the Fire Department
for discrimination after allegedly
being told to 'step and fetch it' by a
white colleague, and finding a
noose draped over his firefighting
gear in his Brooklyn firehouse. The
Department of Justice is currently
investigating FDNY hiring prac-
tices after receiving allegations of
discrimination against blacks and
Latinos. The nine-year veteran
alleged in his lawsuit that the
FDNY never disciplined anyone for
the January 2005 noose incident,
instead transferring him to another
firehouse. He further claimed he
was passed over for transfers into
new positions and harassed by other
firefighters because of his involve-
ment with the Vulcan Society, an
organization for black firefighters.
Dallas, Tx The Dallas Black
Fire Fighters Association has sued
the city of Dallas claiming that fire
department policies are tainted by
discrimination against minorities
and women. The lawsuit accuses
Dallas Fire-Rescue of discrimina-
tion in hiring, training, transfers,
promotions and discipline. The
lawsuit, which was filed in state
district court last month, seeks a
permanent injunction stopping
"unfair discriminatory employment
policies" and demands more than
$75,000 in damages for each per-
son. Blacks make up about 21 per-
cent of the city's 1,600 firefighters,
with whites making up 62 percent
and Hispanics 14 percent.
Kansas City, Mo A Kansas City
firefighter who was awarded
$50,000 in a sexual discrimination
suit in 2001 has filed a new com-
plaint against the Fire Department
for what she says is a lack of suit-
able female facilities within some
Battalion Chief Kathleen Kline
filed the complaint with the
Missouri Commission on Human
Rights and the Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission earlier
this month. Besides the facilities
issue, she alleges that she was
denied a station-trade request earli-
er this summer in retaliation for her
previous successful legal fights.
She is seeking compensatory and
punitive damages and wants the
city to be forced to improve female
Denver, Colorado Top city offi-
cials have said that changes need to
be made so they can hire more
minority firefighters, but any sub-
stantial increase in minority hiring
would likely require voters to
change the city's charter. But that
move is considered a last resort.
Councilmembers said they would
like to see the Civil Service
Commission change the testing
process to include placing a higher
priority on oral interviews with can-
didates, making a heavier recruiting
effort and diversifying the firefight-
er cadet program to boost the num-
Minneapolis, Minn. A civil
rights investigation found probable
cause that Fire Chief Bonnie
Bleskachek retaliated against a
male firefighter and denied him
advancement opportunities. It also
found evidence the department
gave preferential treatment to
Black Coaches Changing Face of
Division I Schools Buffalo coach Turner
Gill watches practice with quarterback Drew Willy
(16) and Tony Paoli (7) in Amherst, N.Y The univer-
sity has emerged as the nation's athletic model for
racial diversity. It is the first Division I-A program to
have blacks heading its three most high-profile pro-
Notes Left on Aids Prayer Wall for
Loved Ones A woman walks past a prayer
wall where visitors write inspirational messages
inside World Vision African AIDS exhibit near the
site of the Sixteenth International AIDS conference
in Toronto. HIV infections are rising in black men
and women living in developed nations that have oth-
erwise made strides against the disease, said confer-
Dentist Puts 'Bling' On Cat's Teeth -
Sebastian, a Persian cat with long black hair, sports gold
crowns on his two large teeth, which grew sticking out
from his lips in an underbite similar to a bulldog's.
Concerned that his cat's exposed teeth could be dam-
aged, Dr. David Steele a dentist from Alexandria, Ind.,
had gold crowns made for his cat pet.
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Grandmother Ready to Protect Her
Country Pfc. Margie Black, 41, of West Columbia,
Texas, talks about her experiences with basic training
Friday, Aug. 18, 2006, at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.
Black, a grandmother, said she joined the Army when she
heard they had upped the maximum age for entering the
Army to 42.
The Sickle Cell Disease
Association of America, Northeast
Florida Chapter, will hold its
Annual Sickle Cell
Scholarship./Awards Banquet at 7
p.m. on Friday evening, September
8, 2006, at St. Paul AME Church,
6910 New Kings Road.
Kenneth W. Reddick, is serving as
Chairman of the Banquet
Committee, for the third consecu-
tive year. Mr. Reddick is calling on
all past supporters to continue their
support of the Sickle Cell
The Sickle Cell Disease
Association Northeast Florida
Chapter (SCDAA-NEFC) offers a
myriad of support programs in con-
junction with the Pediatric Sickle
Cell Program of Shands Jackson-
ville/Nemours Children's Clinic.
The proceeds from the annual ban-
quet will be used to: (1) promote
public awareness. (2) raise funds to
provide support services for
patients and their families, includ-
ing transportation, medication
assistance, and tutoring programs.
(3) an essay contest. (4) and pro-
vide for the back to school picnic,
breakfast with Santa, and
For ticket information, call (904)
Texas Student Suspended for Having Red Hair
A Fort Worth, Texas high school
decided not to suspend a senior
with Kool-Aid red hair after her
mother, who sported a matching
'do, challenged its policy on "unnat-
Janet Wynne, asst. superintendent
for Crowley Independent School
District said situation has cooled.
"After a meeting with school offi-
cials last Friday, Meisha was per-
mitted to return to class without
changing the color of her hair, and
the school district has changed its
interpretation of 'unnatural' hair
color," Wynne said.
The school policy now reads that
full heads of primary, intermediate
and/or metallic colors are not
allowed. Some allowances shall be
given to students with subtle shades
of color and/or highlights.
"If you are going to continue to
have African-American students in
your school, you need to learn their
culture," said her mother to to
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'Anti-snitching' campaign puts Black community at risk
'Anti-snitching' campaign puts Black community at risk
by Angela Lindsey
For as long as there has been
crime in the streets, there has been
a code of silence in the streets. You
break that code, you could get hurt
or killed. Now the reach of that
code is at an alltime high (or low,
depending on how you view it),
and this once unspoken rule is
being broadcast loudly and clearly.
Lines of t-shirts that boldly state
"Stop Snitchin'," "Ditches Are For
Snitches," "Snitches Get Stitches"
and any number of similar senti-
ments have swept across America,
particularly within the black com-
munity, "encouraging" residents to
mind their business when it comes
to police investigations. Their rap-
idly growing popularity has helped
propel the anti-snitch movement, if
you will, from Main Street to the
mainstream, making the job of law
enforcement in many cities even
more difficult than before. In fact,
a judge in Massachusetts had to
ban the shirts from a courtroom
earlier this year because of the
intimidating effect they were hav-
ing on witnesses.
The widely available "snitch"
shirts can often be seen in music
videos, CD covers and hip hop
posters, and the message is often
heard in the lyrics of some of
today's hottest rappers. The plight
of some rappers lately has been a
lesson in life imitating art.
Currently, rapper Busta Rhymes,
nee Trevor Smith, is being sought
by the NYPD to disclose informa-
tion concerning the shooting death
of his bodyguard Israel Ramirez.
He has remained defiantly mute.
Another high profile case involv-
ing Brooklyn Rapper Lil' Kim
ended with the rapper being sen-
tenced to 366 days in a
Philadelphia prison for choosing to
lie to a grand jury instead of snitch-
ing on members of her entourage
believed to have been in a shootout
with a rival group.
Both Busta Rhymes and Lil' Kim
have garnered an enormous
amount of respect and street credi-
bility or "street cred" for choosing
to keep silent rather than cooperat-
ing with the legal system.
Whatever their reasons for doing
so, they no doubt realize that those
who do snitch risk being labeled a
"rat" and are routinely shunned and
threatened as a result.
Besides the fear of retribution,
there are various other reasons why
some blacks refuse to cooperate
with law enforcement. Many grow
up in culture that says blacks can
not trust the police. For some, it is
purely a matter of loyalty. Others
feel that they can handle the situa-
The adoption of a "hear no evil,
see no evil" attitude is another rea-
son. Pop culture, mobster movies
and TV shows, such as HBO's
"The Sopranos", have reinforced
and, according to some critics,
even glamorized this mantra and
the gangster lifestyle in general.
There is something to be said for
loyalty. It can be said that the nos-
nitch vow grew from the roots of
slavery. When working toward a
greater cause, black people banded
together to protect each other out
of necessity. The Underground
Railroad, for instance, may very
well have not flourished but for the
collective secrecy amongst slaves
and their desire to reach a common
goal, a successful escape. Their
silence for the most part kept that
movement from being sold out.
But what is the noble cause now?
I am not an advocate of the tat-
tletale mentality, but at some point
there has to arise a desire to battle
the forces that are keeping black
community in a self-destructive
state. Distrust of police and the fear
of retaliation by criminals are
understandable. But, what is the
alternative? The cycle of violence
and crime will not cease if people
remain silent. In fact, it will only
aid in allowing innocent people to
be victims and prove anti-climatic
when trying to rid neighborhoods
of drugs and crime.
I often hear black people complain
police do nothing about crime in
their neighborhoods, but then they
do not cooperate with investiga-
tions and even get irritated when
they see a convoy of police cars on
patrol in their neighborhoods. I
understand the apprehension.
There are some members of law
enforcement and the legal system
who may be just as dirty as the
criminals themselves, but it's hard
to have it both ways. Being unwill-
ing to testify is a frustrating hurdle
toward effectively policing the
neighborhoods that need it most.
The stop snitchin' shirts further
undermine efforts to quell violence
and do little to improve what is
often an insecure relationship
between police and some neighbor-
hoods. Despite what society and
often the media would have us
believe, there is a clear line of dis-
tinction between selling out and
seeking justice, especially in situa-
tions where people, even whole
communities, are suffering.
Working toward removing nega-
tive and harmful elements from the
community is not selling out. Not
doing so is.
Stupid Black Men (and women)
by James Clingman
Yeah, I knew that headline would
get your attention. We all chuckled
when Michael Moore wrote his
book titled, "Stupid White Men." It
was cute, made some people think,
and he made a ton of money from
it. I wonder how many of those stu-
pid White men have changed any-
thing in their lives when it comes to
politics, education, injustice, or
their economic status. Was Moore
really serious about them being stu-
pid, or was it all said tongue-in-
cheek? I don't know what his moti-
vation was, whether it was sincere
or whimsical; what I do know is
that he made money and he
received tremendous publicity for
Now, let's talk about stupid Black
men and the rising number of stu-
pid Black women, too, and see if
we can generate some money from
a change in our actions. The stupid
ones I am talking about are those
brothers and sisters who expose
themselves to the criminal "injus-
tice" system, the ones who are out
there committing crimes only to
end up at the "mercy" of a system
that hates them; those who think
they are slick and will never get
The Myths and Realities of
Crossover: The Andy Young Saga
The Reverend Andy Young
thought he was telling them truth,
but the rancor he created in telling it
v caused Wal-Mart to throw Atlanta's
former mayor straight to the curb.
It's not as if Ambassador Young
didn't know what he was talking
about when he was asked whether
he was concerned that Wal-Marts
would be displacing the smaller,
mom-and-pop stores in black
neighborhoods: "Well, I think they
O!should; they ran the 'mom and pop'
stores out of my neighborhood. But
you see; those are the people who
have been overcharging us, selling
us stale bread and bad meat and
wilted vegetables. And they sold
out and moved to Florida. I think
they've ripped off our communities
enough. First it was Jews, then it
was Koreans and now it's Arabs;
very few black people own these
stores," Young responded.
Young was telling the truth, but
Wal-Mart and mainstream media
trampled his pearls of truth beneath
their politically correct feet. While
the media contacted every Jewish,
Korean and Arab community leader
they could find for comments;
what's interesting about Young's
statements is that they accurately
reflect the sentiment of many
African Americans in major metro
areas across the country, where
resentment towards Jewish, Asian
and Arab shopkeepers is easy to
uncover. It's empirically true that
many of the corner grocery stores in
black enclaves sell meat and pro-
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tions to help get its point across. In
both Inglewood and Chicago, Wal-
Mart gave money to black church-
es, community groups and politi-
cians. In Chicago, the NAACP
chapter supported Wal-Mart in the
political battle over the South Side
store; likewise, in a similar battle
in suburban Atlanta, the NAACP
was on Wal-Mart's side.
Surely, Young's words stung. But
were they racist? Were they
wrong? Black Americans, nor their
groups or newspapers should let
Young's truth, and America's reali-
ty, get lost in discussions not to our
advantage. Blacks of conscious
should continue campaigning for
community development initiatives
to benefit us. The truth is: as a for-
mer mayor of Atlanta, Andy Young
knows that having Wal-Marts to
anchor shopping centers and com-
mercial districts can bring needed
commerce, jobs and development
to the places where we live.
caught; and those who literally
have no understanding of this
prison industrial complex and the
economic role they play as prison-
ers or even as accused.
There is one word that I think
describes a Black person who
knowingly puts himself in criminal
jeopardy. There is one word for a
Black person who complains about
how he or she is treated by "the
man" and then commits acts that
will ultimately subject him or her
to the prejudices of "the man."
There is one word that aptly
describes the Black person who
would volunteer to be a slave in
jail, creating wealth for a slave
master,, while sentencing himself to
a life of poverty. There is one word
for the Black person who associ-
ates with folks who are doing
things that may lead to contact with
police officers, many of who are
just itching to do bodily harm to a
Black person. One word: Stupid.
I understand that every Black
man or woman in jail should not be
there. Some of them did nothing to
deserve being incarcerated and
should be set free. I still lament
William Mayo's situation, as he lit-
erally rots away in a Georgia prison
for a crime he did not commit. I
went to one of his hearings down in
Georgia and watched that White
racist judge dismiss the whole situ-
ation like it was an annoyance
rather than a criminal justice pro-
ceeding. I understand, as I watch
brothers like Michael Austin in
Baltimore, Maryland, walk out of
prison after serving decades for
crimes they did not commit.
I definitely understand, and I am
not talking about those who get
profiled and wrongly accused sim-
ply because they are Black. Stupid
are the ones who actually commit
the crimes, thus, volunteering to be
fodder for a corrupt, greedy, and
hateful system that has profit as its
only motive. Why would anyone
volunteer for that? Are material
items that important to risk our
lives for them? The answer is an
obvious and resounding "yes.
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Frequent Q & A's
From left to right Founder, Veronica Campbell, sister Jennifer Mack, mother Louise Smalls, sister Geraldine Foster, sister Minister Alfreda
Thompson. The Women Weight and Why Members were a bevy of beauty at the event.
Women WeiQht X Why Celebrates
Second Year Anniversary
Women from all walks of life
gathered at Eagle Harbor Golf Club
to celebrate and honor women
across the states. They came as far
as Maryland, Virginia, Georgia and
South Carolina to join in the festiv-
ities with the Florida Members.
The organization symbolizes
women that have a sincere concern
about health awareness and how
health education can play an impor-
tant role in managing the growing
needs of our families.
Festivities began with a meet and
greet and an opportunity to meet
Guest Speaker, Rachel Murphy,
Registered Nurse and Dietician
from Mayo Clinic/St. Luke's
Hospital talked to the audience
about key topics on health, nutri-
tion, balanced diet and common
health risk prone to women.
Creating a "lifestyle change" is and
should be the long term goal!
The evening proceeded with our
second speaker of the night,
Member, Starletha Cherry, with her
topic focused on "Celebrating
All mothers that were present with
their daughters were given special
honors and presented with roses.
Women Weight & Why, Inc is a
new women's organization here in
Jacksonville founded by Veronica
Campbell, resident of Jacksonville
for over thirteen years but carry
strong roots from the Carolinas.
"I just wanted to give not only
women but men as well the oppor-
tunity to support one another
through health awareness, educa-
tion and enrichment. We are com-
mitted to spreading the word about
who we are and what we do. Health
awareness is only one facet of our
mission. Reaching the community
through outreach and business part-
nerships allows us to give back with
purpose, says Ms. Campbell."
The organization started in 2004
with only seven members and has
grown to over fifty affiliated mem-
bers to date.
Q: Can't bus stops be placed
closer to students' homes?
A: Duval County Public Schools
provides bus transportation for all
students living more than 1.5 miles
from their home school. The state
requires districts to provide trans-
portation for 2-mile distances. In
addition, the location of bus stops is
reviewed annually prior to the
beginning of each school year and
on an individual basis throughout
the year. Questions or concerns
about a specific bus stop may be
directed to the Transportation
Department at 858-6200.
Q: What is being done about the
overcrowding and space issues in
A: The issue of providing class-
room space where it is needed is a
complex one that requires a multi-
pronged approach. The problem
may be a result of:
- Development and residential pat-
terns that have changed significant-
ly over the last 20 years and that are
Michigan Governor Asks Judge to Keep Affirmative Action
by Diane Bukowski, NNPA
DETROIT (NNPA) Gov.
Jennifer Granholm has thrown her
support behind a federal lawsuit to
keep affirmative action as state law.
She joins the effort to keep the
Michigan Civil Rights Initiative's
anti-affirmative action proposal off
the state ballot in November.
The lawsuit was filed by Operation
King's Dream, Detroit Mayor
Kwame Kilpatrick, two union
locals and signers of petitions for
the proposal. The Detroit City
Council, the Michigan Legislative
Black Caucus, Keep the Vote No
Takeover, anid the Arab-A.nericdn
Anti Discrimination Committee
among others have passed resolu-
tions supporting the suit.
In a brief filed Aug. 14, Granholm
asked Tarnow to conclude "that the
MCRI campaign was designed to
deceive targeted Michigan voters
- especially African American and
Latino voters into supporting an
initiative they passionately oppose .
. To allow this initiative to remain
on the ballot pollutes our voting
system and undermines the freedom
of political choice."
The MCRI has proposed to amend
Michigan's constitution to ban, all
Affirmative, action in .government
and public school hiring, contract-
ing and admissions. The group is
funded by ultraconservative
California businessman Ward
Connerly and others
Granholm noted that Michigan
courts had ruled that the MCRI ini-
tiative did not violate state law. She
asked Tarnow to rule that it does
violate the federal Voting Rights
Act, under a section which says, "if,
based on the totality of the circum-
stances, it is shown that that politi-
cal processes leading to the nomi-
nation or election ... are not equal-
lyopen to participation by members
of a class .of citizens' [protected
under the act]."
She cited the testimony of hun-
dreds of petition signers and circu-
lators at four hearings conducted by
the Michigan Civil Rights
Commission and authorized by her
office, that they were deceived into
thinking that the MCRI proposal
supported affirmative action.
She noted particularly the testi-
mony of Detroit pastor Nathaniel
Smith. Smith testified in Lansing
that he circulated MCRI petitions
because he was told they were pro-
affirmative action, until he discov-
ered that he had been.lied to.
' "I'm very politically active," said
Smith. "I started letting everybody
know the true meaning of what the
petition was about."
One United Michigan, a broad-
based coalition of business, labor,
social and religious organizations,
is campaigning across the state for a
vote against the MCRI initiative if
it remains on the ballot.
A similar initiative in California,
also sponsored by Connerly, was
successful. It has resulted in severe
drops in the numbers of minority
admissions to that state's universi-
ties, although recent census figures
show that whites are now a minori-
ty in that state.
continuing to change rapidly
- A real estate market in which the
school district must compete
against commercial developers for
school-sized parcels of land, while
developers are not required to set
aside land for the schools their
developments will require
Aging schools-75 percent of
Duval County classrooms are 50
years old or older, and were not
designed for the ways in which
much of the education of children is
District teachers and administra-
tors are committed to finding solu-
tions as quickly as possible. The
solutions include the construction
of new schools, the continued and
expanded use of portable class-
rooms on an interim basis, the iden-
tification of funding sources to pay
for the major renovation/expansion
of many older schools, the redraw-
ing of school attendance zones, and
possible changes in state legisla-
tion, among other things. The dis-
trict is committed to exploring all
areas and will keep the community
informed as progress is made.
Q: How can I transfer my child
to another school?
A: Transfers to other schools are
granted based upon a variety of fac-
tors including space availability
and random selection. For detailed
information, contact Duval County
Public Schools' Pupil Assignment
office at 390-2144.
Please submit your School Talk
questions by email at
by fax at 390-2659, or by mail to
Duval County Public Schools,
Communications Office, 1701
Prudential Drive, Jacksonville, FL
TAX IMPACT OF 2005
VALUE ADJUSTMENT BOARD OF DUVAL COUNTY
MEMBERS OF THE BOARD
Honorable Glorious Johnson, Chairwoman
City Council At Large Group 5
Honorable Daniel Davis
City Council District 12
Honorable Art Shad
City Council District 5
Honorable Betty Burney
School Board District 5
Honorable Vicki Drake
School Board District 6
The Value Adjustment Board meets each year to review complaints regarding property tax assessment and exemptions.
The purpose of the board is to enhance fairness in property taxes by correcting errors when they are found to exist.
THE FOLLOWING TABLE SUMMARIZES THIS YEAR'S ACTION BY THE BOARD
Number of Total Number Number of Total Number of Reduction in
Type of Property Exemption Requests of Exemption Assessments Requests for Taxable Value Due Loss in Dollars*
Granted by Board Requests Reduced by Board Assessment to Board Action
Homestead Disaster 4 2738 -2,482,021.00 -46, 104.78
Residential 12 226 1,491,882.00 27,752.84
Commercial 13 428 11,302,591.00 210,523.91
Church, Educational, 1 86 1,579,260.00 29,35.55
Industrial Warehouse 3
Business Machinery 3 3 138 227 10,708,942.00
Vacant Lots & Acreage 3 39 280,136.00 5,226.48
TOTALS 8 2870 166 923 22,880,790.00 425,714.38
ALL TAXPAYERS SHOULD BE AWARE THAT BOARD ACTIONS WHICH REDUCE TAXABLE VALUE
CAUSE TAX RATES APPLICABLE TO ALL PROPERTY TO BE PROPORTIONATELY HIGHER.
Questions concerning the actions taken by this Board may be addresses to the chairperson, clerk or aide at the following telephone numbers:
Cheryl L. Brown
A -....i- A n 10-20
CELEBRATIO CELEBRATION CELEBRATION CELEBRATION
Bethel Baptist Insitutional Celebrates the 40th Anniversary of
Pastor Rudolph W. McKissick Sr. With Weekend of Activities
Years with A Living
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C h u r c h' s
Rev. McKissick Celebration of the
40th Anniversary of Pastor Rudolph
W. McKissick Sr.
The celebration kicks off at 7 p.m.
on Friday, September 8, 2006, when
"The Legend's Ball" will be held at
the Alltel Stadium West Wing
Clubhouse Ballroom. It's a formal
On Saturday, September 9th, "The
Legend's Basketball Game, featur-
ing "The Original Team" formed by
Pastor Sr. versus "A Stacked Team"
formed by Pastor Jr., with both
Pastors coaching, is set for 1 p.m. at
Edward Waters College.
Worship Service on Sunday,
September 11th will be at 7:40 a.m.
and 10:40 a.m.
"A Tribute to the Legends" in
drama, song and dance, will be pre-
sented by the Children & Youth
Ministry, at 6:30 p.m. on
Wednesday, September 13th.
A live recording by the Fine Arts
Ministry of Bethel will be presented
at 7 p.m. on Friday, September
15th, in the Main Sanctuary.
"The, Anniversary Worship
Services", the Celebration Finale,
will be at 7:40 a.m. and 10:40 a.m.
on Sunday, September 17, 2006.
Friends of Bethel, as well as mem-
bers past and present, are invited to
all Anniversary events. For more
information, please call the Church
Office at (904) 354-1464.
Looking for Your
Deadline for receipt of
Church News is
Monday at 5 p.m. and
is printed free of
charge. There is a
small charge for pho-
tographs. Please fax to
765-3803 or email to
The three-day event, Friday,
Saturday and Sunday, September
15-17, 2006, "A Weekend of Ladies
Inspiration", at the Westside
Church of Christ, 23 West 8th
Street, Pete Jackson, Pastor; will
begin with a Women's Wellness
Workshop at 6 p.m., on Friday, con-
ducted by the Wellness, Health and
Awareness Ministry (WHAM), and
the American Heart Association.
SThe workshop will focus on heart
, disease and its impact on women's
e The "Ladies Day" and Seminar
speakers will provide spiritual
enrichment for women's hearts and
minds. Topics include: "A Heart
That Serves God," emphasizing
service as a Christian woman, by
Stephynie Perkins; and "A Heart
That Loves God," which explores a
Christian woman's character, by
The Honorable Janice Rogers
Brown, will deliver the keynote
address, "A Woman After God's
Own Heart', reflecting how faith is
a source of hope, strength and secu-
rity in God during life's trials and
everyday life. Judge Brown was
appointed by President George W.
Bush, to the U. S. Court of Appeals
for the District of Columbia Circuit,
a court generally regarded as a step-
ping stone to the Supreme Court.
The event will conclude with a
special Ladies Bible Class at 9 a.m.,
and Morning Worship at 10 a.m. on
Sunday, September 17, 2006.
For more information, call Linda
African American Ministries of Florida Baptist
Convention to Hold Leadership Conference
The African American Ministries
Division of the Florida Baptist
Convention, Dr. Eugene
McCormick, director; will host
their 2006 Church Leadership
Development Conference, Friday
and Saturday, September 22 &
23rd. Dr. John Sullivan, Executive
Director-Treasurer of the FBC
invite you to join them on Friday
evening at 7 p.m. and Saturday at
8:30 am., at the First Baptist
Church of Jacksonville, 124 W.
Ashley Street, Jacksonville.
The Special Guest Lecturer and
Consultant is Dr. Tony Evans,
Pastor of Oak Cliff Bible
Fellowship, Dallas Texas.
For more' information and to
reserve your space, call 596-3035;
or 1(800) 226-8584, ext. 3035.
Mrs. Felecia Bailey in Concert
The G. W. Bruton Board of Ushers at New Bethel AME Church, 1231
Tyler St., Rev. William H. Lamar, IV, Pastor; will present Mrs. Felecia
Bailey of Bethel Baptist Institutional Church in Concert. The concert will
be held at 5 p.m. on Sunday, August 20th. The public is invited.
St. Paul AME Lay Organization to
Celebrate 58th Anniversary, August 27th
The James L. Williams Sr. Lay Organization of St. Paul AME Church,
6910 New Kings Road, Marvin C. Zanders II, Pastor; will celebrate their
58th Anniversary, at 4 p.m., Sunday, August 27, 2006.
The celebration will feature "The Master and Miss Lay Organization
Pageant and Coronation". The contestants are: Tabitha Cobb, Jazmyne
Cushion, Jordan Johnson, Jayon Lesesne and LeJeremy McGhee. The
community is invited. Sis. Maria Pearson, President.
Greater New Mt. Moriah to Hold Annual
Family Conference August 24- 27th
Greater New Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, West 9th
Street, Rev. Dr. Percy Jackson Sr. and Dr. Percy Jackson Jr., Pastors; will
hold their 2006 Family Conference, Thursday and Friday, August 24 and
25, 2006, nightly at 7 p.m. Conference guests include: Dr. Bruce V. Allen
and The Church Fellowship, Rev. C. E. Preston and St. John Baptist
Church of Orange Park. Dr. Richard Johnson and New Covenant
Ministries of Orange Park, will close the conference, Sunday, August 27th
H. Alvin Green Choral & J. W.
Honeysucker Choir in Concert
The H. Alvin Green Memorial Choral and the J. W. Honeysucker
Community Choir, both acclaimed groups appeared at the "Day of Faith".
The Sons of Allen and the C. A. Gibbs Male Chorus will sponsor the
Choir and Chorus in concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 27, 2006, at
Historic Mt. Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church. The public is invit-
ed. The concert will benefit the Charles Lott Scholarship Fund.
Crusade set for Hemming Plaza
Mark your calendars now to attend the Word of Faith "Turn Back to God
Crusade" at Hemming Plaza, Downtown Jacksonville, on Saturday,
October 21, 2006. For more information, please call (904) 358-6722 or
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the beast ofthe fields, so that man could- live.
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fqod,.so that be could live.
Some started to use me the wrong waS. They
used me because of their bitterness, hatred,
aner and envy. Some of the people they killed
were innocent bystanders ....like mothers, leav-
ing crying families, and hurting nations in tor-
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because you do not want any-
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you did not give, for only the
Lord Jesus Christ can give life....
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53rd Gateway Classic
Set For Labor Day Weekend
La'Shundra Elps and Jonnathan
Stewart were married in a beautiful
summer wedding at the Titus
Harvest Dome Spectrum Church in
Jacksonville. The bride, daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Elps, grad-
uated from FAMU and UNF. She is
employed by MSC Medical
The bridegroom, son of Mr.
Johnnie and Malvenia Stewart,
graduated from FAMU and is
employed by Countrywide.
Following a honeymoon in Aruba,
the couple now resides in
Jacksonville has hosted the
Gateway Classic for more than fifty
years. The first Gateway Class was
between the Bethune-Cookman
College (B-CC) "Wildcats" and the
Edward Waters College "Tigers".
The B-CC Wildcats prevailed 46 to
0. The Wildcats and Tigers met
again in 1982. Both institutions
have a rich tradition in academics
and outstanding football and band
programs. More than 1,300
Wildcats and Tigers live and work
in North Florida.
Since that inaugural classic, the
Wildcats have returned to the first
coast for the past fifty-one years to
play teams from Georgia Southern,
Grambling State, Virginia State,
Savannah State, Southern, Howard,
South Carolina State, Norfolk State
and Texas Southern. The Gateway
Classic is the 4th Oldest Annual
Historical Black College
/Universities (HBCU) Classic.
The 53rd Annual Gateway Classic
An awards and recognition event,
Friday, September 1st at the Hyatt
Regency with a reception at 6 p.m.;
program begins at 7 p.m.
An Old Fashioned Pep Rally will
kick of at 10 a.m. at the Regency
Hyatt, hosted by the Duval/Nassau
Alumni Chapter and the North
Alumni and fans will converge on Jacksonville for a host of activities
during the annual Gateway Classic Weekend.
Florida Booster Club.
The Family Fun Day Festival
will be a day of entertainment,
food, kids' activities, vendors, a
Health Fair to "Take Good Care of
You" and the "Tailgating Battle of
the FANS", 12 noon until 6 p.m.
Game Day: Pre-game Show at
6:30 p.m. at Alltel Stadium. "The
Pride vs. The Human Jukebox"
headline at halftime.
The Post-game Party for students
and the Post-game Victory
Celebration for Alumni and Friends
will both be held at the Regency
Hyatt, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
The Hyatt Regency is the
Headquarters. For reservations
and information, call 1(800)233-
1234, ask for the B-CC rate.
Cody Floyd, is a student in the Early College Program at Ribault and
the Trojans Swim & Dive Team.
Naysayers Ask Why Ribault,
I Tell Them Why Not
by Cody Floyd
My name is Cody Floyd and I
proud to tell you that I attend
Ribault High School, I say proud
because when I am asked what
school do I attend, everyone asks
me or my mother a resounding
"WHY?". At first, I too asked my
mother do I really have to go to
Ribault, and she gave me a firm
YES! I am also proud to say that I
am one of 53 Ninth graders in the
Early College Program 2006-2007.
Most people do not realize that hard
work went into getting in the pro-
gram; GPA's had to be on point,
teacher recommendations had to be
submitted and an essay written
describing why you want to be in the
program. When we graduate in
2010 we will have a High School
diploma and an Associate of Arts
Degree from FCCJ.
We are a handpicked special
group. Ribault High School gets a
lot of the negative attention.
However, there are very brilliant,
responsible, alert, talented, scholars
at Ribault High School on the
Northside of town. And I am proud
to say I am one of them. Spend a
day in my K-Swiss and see how we
really do it at Ribault.
Stage Aurora presents Final
Week of "Great Men of Gospel"
The Stage Aurora Theatrical Company, under the direction of Daryl
Reuben Hall, founder; will spirit the musical "Great Men of Gospel"
Spirit into Sound", August 18-20th and August 25-27,2006, at 8 p.m., at
the Ezekial Bryant Auditorium, FCCJ North Campus. Performances at 8
p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Matinees at 2 p.m. on Saturday, and at 3
p.m., Sundays. For information, please call (904) 765-7373.
"Spirit into Sound" travels through history in music that clearly shows
where the "soul" in soul music originated. The music mirrors black
history with hymns like "Follow the Drinking Gourd" and "Wade in the
Water" which both refer to escape on the Underground Railroad.
Tickets may be purchased at TicketLeap.com or call Stage Aurora at
(904) 765-7373 for more information.
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If you know the history of this
country you probably know why we
commit some of the crimes we see
so often, even the murder of our
own brothers and sisters. If you
know history, you know, as Amos
Wilson says, that much of the vio-
lence we see today is "The psycho-
dynamics of Black self-annihilation
in service of White domination."
But many of our young people don't
know history; they don't know who
they are; they don't know about the
legality of slavery in the prison sys-
tem; and they don't know about the
economic role they play in that sys-
tem. I still say it's stupid to volun-
tarily do anything that you know
will result in being locked down for
years under a hateful slave master.
It's time we stop citing the numbers
of Black men and women in jail. It's
time we start educating ourselves
about this latest way to eliminate
Black people, or at least to use us
economically. It's time we start to
change our thinking and really get
serious about the problem we face -
not just the symptoms. It's time we
stop being stuck on stupid. Why rail
against the issue if you are unwill-
ing to address it with action?
Aren't you sick and tired of know-
ing that in addition to Black folks
being the number one consumers of
goods made by everyone else in this
world, we are also volunteering in
many cases to do even more to
enrich other folks? I implore you,
don't be stupid. Stay out of the line
of fire; stay out of harm's way. It's
easy enough to get picked up for
not having committed a crime. Why
volunteer for it? The only thing
Black folks have coming from this
criminal injustice system is time.
Don't do anything that will cause
you to be imprisoned. Get involved
in the Boycott Prisons and Jails
Campaign. It's easy to join and only
takes a positive outlook on life.
Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 7
August 24-30, 2006
August 24 30, 2006
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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. Remaining show dates are
August 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.
Video Casting Call
There will be a casting call for the
music video "Stop The Violence"
featuring Jacksonville's own -
Jimmie Hill, with Tiny Lister
(Debo). We are looking for serious-
minded individuals to compliment
this powerful message. All ethnic
backgrounds, young and old, are
invited from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Saturday August 26th at the
Harvest Center at 9960 Byrnes
Road. To audition for main and
minor parts, please bring your head-
shot and resume. We are also inter-
ested in those to fill in as extras. If
you have any questions, please feel
free to call 904.997.1035.
The Jacksonville Main Library
will have their African-American
Collections Dedication on Saturday,
August 26th at 2:30 p.m. The
African American Collection is new
to the library and contains various
materials files that highlight the his-
torical, social, civic, religious, eco-
nomic, and cultural life of African
Americans. The keynote speaker
for the ceremony will be local
author and educator Bettye J.
Sessions. The public is invited to
participate in the dedication taking
place in the Main auditorium and is
free and open to the public.
NOI Community Rally
The Nation of Islam's Muhammad
Study Group of Jacksonville will be
hosting a community rally on
Saturday, August 26, 2006. The
rally will take place at 3 pm in the
parking lot of the Norwood Plaza
Flea Market. The program is
themed "A call for peace for a com-
munity in crisis." The purpose of
the program is to inspire unity
among the residents of
Jacksonville's Black community.
The program will also provide a
forum to all those who have pro-
grams that provide services to
youth, single parents and teenage
parents. Service providers are wel-
come to present their programs to
the community on that day. The
program is free to the public, there
will be musical performances and
refreshments. For more information
call 904 355 1090.
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.
Ms. Twila Miller, Founder and
Music Director of Vox Angelica, is
holding auditions for children ages
9-15 who are interested in singing
with a new Children's Chorus. The
Chorus is holding it's final audition
on Tuesday August, 29th, from
5:30-7:00 p.m. According to Miller
"Children need to bring only their
healthy voice and joy of music to
the auditions so that we can match
their musical pitch. Rehearsals
begin on Tuesday, September 12
and Friday, September 15. Two to a live band, beach games, silent
required rehearsals will be held auction, book signing for "That
each week. Tuesday's will focus on Summer at American Beach" and
vocal training and choral work. much more. For additional infor-
Friday's will be reserved for dance mation contact, J. M. Smith,
and movement. To schedule an Chairman, 904-261-7906.
audition, call the Cultural Center at:
An Anthology of
African American Music
The Jacksonville Diversity
Network will present their 16th
Diversity Network Social Night on
Tuesday, Aug. 29th from 6:30 -
9:00 p.m. The public is invited to
join them for a night of fun, fellow-
ship and discussion. The subject
will be An Anthology of AFRICAN
AMERICAN MUSIC". The event
will be heard at Nosh located at 9th
& Main St. in Springfield.
Participants will be treated to a
unique anthology of African
American music as it chronicles the
various stages of Social Change in
the American and African American
communities. Please RSVP to :
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
Labor Day Weekend
at American Beach
Launch the Labor Day celebra-
tions with family and friends on
American Beach, Saturday,
September 2, 2006 from 11:00 a.m.
8:00 p.m. at Burney Park. The
American Beach Property Owners'
Association and the A. L. Lewis
Historical Society are hosting this
annual family affair. Enjoy dancing
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
PM, College Fund. W
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. The week-
ends activities will include an
awards and recognition banquet on
Friday night, a Family Fun Day and
a post victory celebration at the
Hyatt Hotel. Call 996-7122 for
Book Author Mary Monroe will
be doing a author appearance and
booksigning on Thursday,
September 7th at Books-A-Million
in Regency located at 9400 Atlantic
Blvd, at 6:45pm. Mary Monroe is
known for insightful, entertaining
and poignant stories spun around
the complicated dynamics between
friends, lovers and family, and the
atrocious situations people, being
people, create, often despite them-
selves. Her list of titles include:
God Don't Like Ugly, The Upper
Room and most recently God Don't
2006 Heart Walk
The Heart Walk, which helps fight
heart disease and stroke will be held
on Saturday, September 9, 2006.
African Americans are at greater
risk for heart disease and stroke
with greater prevalence among
males and females compared to
other races. The Walk raisws funds
to support lifesaving research, pro-
grams and education. It also helps
people take the first steps toward a
heart-healthy lifestyle by becoming
more physically active. Activities
begin at 8:00 a.m. followed by the
Walk at 9 a.m.at Metropolitan
Park. The route is 3.2 miles or a 1-
mile survivor mile. For more infor-
mation call 739-0197.
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
Shoes Needed for the Homeless
The Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless is presenting a Walk a Day in
Their Shoes Shoe Drive., The on going drive hopes to support over 300
children, women and men. The center is asking that you donate all of your
unworn or used running/tennis shoes to one of the three 1st Place Sports
locations in Jacksonville, or you are welcome to bring them by the Center.
For more information call Ashley Bizzarri at 394-8084.
Raines Class of 81" 25th Reunion
The Raines Class of 1981 will be holding a 25 year Reunion Cruise on
November 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.
African-American students in the
areas of liberal arts, health care,
higher education and the arts. it will
be on Saturday, September 9th at
the Ritz Theatre. 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.
There will be a free Cancer
Prevention and Survival Cooking
Course (four classes), September
11 to October 9 (Mondays, no class
Sept. 25), from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The
cooking course is designed to help
Jacksonville residents prevent and
survive cancer through proper diet
and nutrition. All classes will take
place at the Lake Shore United
Methodist Church, 2246 Blanding
Blvd., To register for the free class
or for more information, contact
Mary Graves at 904-771-3670.
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 Osborne 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.
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August 24 30, 2006
SFederal Guidelines Would Revise Racial Reporting Data
Those of multiple ethnic ancestries object to being forced into 'choosing sides'
Welcomes New Director
Photo caption: Left to right: Rev. Landon Williams, Pastor, Greater
Macedonia Baptist Church, Dr. Robert Harmon, Director, DCHD,
and Dr. John Montgomery, Blue Cross Blue Shield.
The Duval County Health
Department (DCHD) recently host-
ed a community reception to wel-
come Robert G. Harmon, M.D.,
M.P.H. as it's new Director. Dr.
Harmon was greeted by well-wish-
ers from the community such as
Congresswoman Corrine Brown,
Dr. C.B. McIntosh, Dr. John
Montgomery of Blue Cross Blue
Shield, and Rev. Landon Williams
of Greater Macedonia Baptist
The newly-appointed director
comes to Duval from the Missouri
Department of Heath and Maricopa
County Department of Health
Services, where he directed 750
employees and an annual budget of
As Dr. Harmon spoke to commu-
nity leaders in attendance he noted
that the Duval County Health
Department adds value to the com-
munity through its research, health
services programs, and enhanced
public health. "We will continue to
strategically work with every cor-
ner of the community to meet our
mission." He said.
The Duval County Health
Department has an annual budget
of approximately $52 million and
employed 762 people.
Ai-Ling Jamila Malone does not
fit into a box.
Her mother is Chinese and her
father is African American, and
there's no such thing as "choosing
sides" when checking those little
race boxes on college applications
and other forms.
But it is a concept that, for the
most part, has long been problemat-
ic when collecting and reporting
racial data at schools and universi-
ties. Students like Malone are typi-
cally recorded as being of one race,
despite the boxes they choose.
A new proposal from the U.S.
Department of Education would
change that, however, and would
provide a new mechanism for
schools to collect and report racial
data from those who are of several
For the first time, students would
at Johnson YMCA
The Johnson YMCA now has an
early registration for boys and girls
between the ages of 5 12 for Flag
Football & Cheerleading. Register
now and save off of the regular reg-
istration fee between August llth
& August 31st. Regular fees are-
members $35/non members $45.
For more information call 765-
TV One to Air Programming in Recognition
of Hurricaine Katrina Anniversary
TV One will air a mix of docu-
mentary and public affairs pro-
gramming on the evenings of
Sunday, August 27 and Tuesday,
August 29 in recognition of the
one-year anniversary of Katrina.
Sunday, August 27
5 PM Survivor Stories This
half-hour documentary chronicles
survivors' stories and the rapid
response of churches that came to
the rescue by setting up shelters,
collecting donations and providing
other services in addition to the role
religious faith played in helping
5:30 PM Hope and Recovery:
After the Storm is a half-hour docu-
mentary that examines the national
recovery efforts and the impact of
the tragedy on the citizens of New
Orleans and the Gulf region
through first-hand accounts.
6:30 PM Sharp Talk with Al
Sharpton explores the federal
response to Hurricane Katrina.
7 PM TV One Access includes an
interview with Spike Lee about his
Hurricane Katrina documentary
that is airing on HBO.
8 PM State of the Black Union -
The final episode of TV One's four-
part special on Tavis Smiley's State
of the Black Union event looks at
"Memorable Moments" from the
day-long conference of black lead-
ers, and includes policy discussions
about the aftermath of Katrina and
testimony from its' victims.
10 PM New Orleans: My Home,
My Life, My Love TV One pre-
mieres this documentary which
chronicles a group of survivors and
their attempt to flee a hurricane rav-
aged New Orleans and the after-
math in the wake of the Hurricane
Katrina Gulf Coast disaster.
Tuesday. August 29
Most of the shows will be repeat-
ed from 10p.m. to 1 a.m. with the
exception of the 9.p.m. showing of
9 PM Song for New Orleans .
Andre Braugher narrates this one-
hour documentary which is a cele-
bration of the city's musical legacy
and its recovery. The documentary-
tells the story of how Hurricane
Katrina separated the Rebirth Brass
Band one of the city's most iconic
musical groups and the group's
efforts to reunite, on a mission to
re-establish the city's musical tradi-
tions and legacy
be able to check more than one race
box. Universities would report data
on those students under a new cate-
gory called "two or more races."
The proposal also changes the way
information on Latino students is
While multiracial advocates have
long called for a change to the sin-
gle-box approach, the recently
announced proposal, has received
The proposal would set up a two-
question process for collecting
racial data. Students would first
answer a yes or no question asking
if they are of Hispanic or Latino
origin. They would then select
whether they are from one or more
of five racial groups: American
Indian or Alaskan native; Asian;
black or African American;
Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander;
The Jacksonville Job Corps
Center and SIATech Charter
School are proud to amiounce the
graduation today of nearly 100 stu-
dents during the 2006 Summer
Graduation ceremony held this
afternoon in the Gyrmnasium on the
Jacksonville Job Corps Center
All graduates received certificates
of completion from the Career
fields offered at the center:
Pharmacy Technician, Certified
Nurse's Assistant. Medical
Assistant, Business Office
Technology, Computer Service
Techuician. Electrical, Carpentry,
Hearing and Air Conditioning.
Facilities Maintenance and
Material Handler. Twenty students
received their Florida High School
diplomas from SIATech Charter
High School and another 22 with a
diploma earned online or with their
Center Director Carld Rosborough
said, "As new Center Director it
was my pleasure to continue
Jacksonville Job Corps fine tradi-
tion of welcoming back our gradu-
ates. They are always amaze me
and are the .most resijient group of
young people its been my fortune
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one implemented in the 2000
Census, when respondents were
asked for the first time to select one
or more racial categories. Some 6.8
million people or 2.4 percent of
the population identified them-
selves as belonging to two or more
racial groups. About 2.8 million of
them were under age 18, according
to the education department.
Jacksonville Job Corps
Graduates enjoy the program
Jacksonville Job Corps Center.
to partner with. I congratulate
them and wish them the best in all
Guest Speaker Dave Hollingshead
shared some of the wisdom gained
in becoming a Senior Vice
President at Bank of America and a
"Never stop learning, Remember
at today's Graduation at the
where you come from and Don'1
ever give up."
Since Job Corps inception in
1964, more than 2 million students
have completed the program and
gone on to achieve great things.
We expect no, less, from Todays
graduates. j;A .- .. ..a.1 .
Ten Tips for Men to Live Healthier Lives
Men love to fix things, or at least they love to try. Give a man a toolbox and set him loose around the house and he will probably start looking for
things that need to be repaired. But men also need to take responsibility for their own health. When it comes to fixing things, they need to put their
bodies at the top of the list. Here are 10 tips to help men lead healthier lives:
1. Start eating healthier -- While
this is easier said than done, men
must realize that it is never too late
to change their eating habits. Start
eating fresh fruits and vegetables,
and stop snacking on those salty,
fat-filled snacks that seem to find
their way into the house.
2. Get up and get moving -- No
matter how busy you are, you can
find a few minutes here and there to
get up and get moving. Exercise
will help you live a longer and
healthier life, so make an appoint-
ment with your doctor and get some
advice on an exercise regime that is
best for you.
3. Learn how to deal with stress
-- If left untreated, stress can be a
real killer. It can lead to heart dis-
ease, stroke, high blood pressure
and a host of other ailments that are
not good for you. Take time to learn
how to deal with the stress in your
life. Find a book, surf the Web or
ask a friend for advice. Just do it.
4. Stop smoking -- If you smoke,
you are destroying your own health.
Ask your doctor for information on
how you can stop smoking. Visit
the American Lung Association on
the Web for tips and advice. You
5. Cut back on alcohol consump-
tion -- How much alcohol do you
drink each day? You might think it
is a macho thing to stop at the local
watering hole and drink a few beers
on the way home from work, but it
is not. Drinking too much alcohol
can affect your health.
6. Have your prostate checked --
Prostate problems are not fun, and
can lead to serious health problems.
Make sure your doctor is checking
your prostate on a regular basis.
7. Have your blood pressure
checked -- Thousands of men are
walking around with high blood
pressure without even knowing it. If
you cannot recall the last time you
had your blood pressure checked,
get one today at any fire station.
8. Learn how to deal with jock
itch -- You might wake up one day
and feel the urge to start scratching
your groin area. Welcome to the
world of jock itch. Stop scratching,
and learn how to deal with the prob-
lem. Over-the-counter medications
are available, and your doctor can
also help you.
9. Learn how to deal with ath-
lete's foot -- There are several
things you can do to help prevent
athlete's foot, from wearing clean
socks everyday to not walking bare-
foot in the gym. And if you do get
it, deal with it immediately. Several
over the counter creams and other
medications are available. Severe
cases may require a visit to the doc-
10. Put safety first -- Men, you
are not invincible, so start using
sunscreen, wear a helmet when you
ride a motorcycle, and fasten that
seatbelt. When you practice safety
in all areas of your life, you are pro-
tecting yourself, and your health.
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Define Agenda in Indianapolis
Girlfriends Island Getaway Gal pals Bea Moore, Ida Shellman and Alice Denson (shown above L-
R) took a break last week from their husbands and grandkids for a weekend in the Bahamas. The trio stayed
beachside at the Wyndham Nassau resort and enjoyed good food, fun and fellowship and some of their favorite
past times as they enjoyed the beautiful island weather. "The Girls" as they affectionately refer to each other, are
looking forward to their next stop.
Color of Harlem Changing with ti
When thousands of news makers
get together, they of course make
Bryan Monroe is the president of
the National Association of Black
Journalists. He said, "We're not the
largest convention but we certainly
have a lot of prestige. And with 3
thousand eyeballs on a city from the
media, it's a big deal."
A crash course at the Indianapolis
Motor Speedway served as the wel-
come for the thousands of journal-
ists in town for the NABJ's 31st
annual convention and career fair.
Monroe continued, "We speak out
for issues involving African
Americans and also to get African
Americans in newsrooms because
representation is so low."
Moving at a speed that rivals
those set at the track, the world of
news is constantly racing ahead as
the convergence of different media
changes expectations of a today and
Harlem for 10 years, patrolling the there."
streets as a cop for part of that time "I thought, that's a cool thing.
and serving on the Community Maybe I'm fitting in," Bunning
Board. He's still trying to fit in. said. Later, coming back, "A differ-
He tells how once when he was ent guy says 'You might have all
walking through the neighborhood those tattoos but you still ain't noth-
a black man called out, "There's a ing.' And I thought maybe I'm not
real light-skinned brother over fitting in."
Rev. Al Sharpton, left, comments on black leaders while Lottie Shackelford,
Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee, center, and Indianapolis
city councilman Ike Randolph listen during the National Association of Black
Journalists Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana.
In addition to the networking, and
honing of journalistic skills, the
convention offers food for thought
about a number of issues including
the complexion of newsrooms and
its impact on society.
Paula Madison, the head of diver-
sity at NBC, is concerned about
perceptions. "If, however dispro-
portionately represented, on the air
you see African Americans hand-
cuffed, hands down in the perp
walk, that gives the impression to
the non African American commu-
nity that is what African Americans
do day in and day out."
One of the convention's highlights
were the myriad of newsmakers in
thier own right. Conference presen-
ters included New Orleans Mayor
Ray Nagin,activist Al Sharpton and
even Liberian President Ellen
Johnson-Sirleaf. The diverse
forums included: Black Sports
Reporters..Black Athletes and
Coaches... Friends or Foes; and
Owning Our Own: Black Media
Entrepreneurs in the 21st Century
For a total of five days, thousands
of journalists from across the coun-
try drove in the drivers seat and are
hoping others will get on board
with diversity in the newsroom as
the future of journalism is reinvent-
Architect Nick Bunning sits on the steps of his refurbished brownstone
in the Harlem neighborhood of New York.
Nick Bunning represents either Clinton opened an office on 125th
the greatest threat or the greatest Street, the center of Harlem.
hope for Harlem, New York's SHADES OF GRAY
famous, predominantly black Gentrification of Harlem is not as
neighborhood. simple as black and white. There is
Bunning is 47 year old white construction on almost every block,
architect who restores Harlem which some neighbors welcome for
townhouses to their former improving blighted areas. Although
grandeur. His work is part of a con- working-class families have been
struction boom that is remaking forced out, so have criminals.
I4lAbii, now iie of the more desir- Substandard housing has been
able places to live in New York's improved.
hot property market. But some say safeguards for the
Therein lies the fear of many poor are under attack by landlords
Harlem residents, who say soaring seeking to bring in white-collar ten-
property values may price poorer ants.
and mainly black people out and "This is the last bastion of afford-
deprive Harlem of its heritage, able real estate in Manhattan and
going back to Harlem's great jazz there is an effort to force people
clubs of the 1920s and '30s. out," New York State Assemblyman
According to the 2000 census, Adriano Espaillat said, citing evic-
blacks outnumber whites 82,750 to tion notice data. "It devastates these
2,189 in Central Harlem. The origi- cultural enclaves which are so
nal Cotton Club may be gone, but much a part of the city."
the Apollo Theater remains. The districts of East, West and
Still, the trend is clear. Central Harlem have 145,368 hous-
From 2000 to 2005, an estimated ing units, according to city data.
32,500 blacks moved out and Some 51,216 are designated
some 22,800 whites moved in to "affordable" and reserved for peo-
the Congressional district that ple of moderate to low income. A
includes Harlem and other neigh- further 24,207 are public housing,
borhoods in the north of New York or "projects."
City, US Census Bureau data show. Raymond Russell, a retired correc-
"A lot of white folks have come tions officer, remembers when "rib
through here and really changed the joints" and black Muslim "steak
complexion of the neighborhood," and take" restaurants typified
said Bernard Moore, 51, an unem- Harlem businesses, unlike the
played black carpenter who said he sneaker stores and gold shops of
cannot find work in Harlem today.
because contractors bring in their "What made Harlem Harlem is no
own crews of largely immigrant more," said Russell, 54. "The old-
workers. timers can't live here anymore. The
"The cost of rent is so high even culture is eroding. Old people, they
churches are selling their buildings held it together as a community,"
to prospective apartment buildings His musical tastes, too, are in the
that are out of reach for most black past.
folks," Moore said. "You could walk down the block
Housing prices on the open market hearing jazz all the time. You don't
in Harlem have soared 247 percent hear that anymore," he said. "I'm a
in the past 10 years to $458 per jazz man. Hip hop's got to go."
square foot compared with a 217 Harlem was not always predomi-
percent climb in the whole of nantly black. It changed from farm-
Manhattan to $965 per square foot, ing village in the 1700s to upper
according to Miller Samuel real class redoubt in the 1800s to mag-
estate appraisers. net for blacks migrating from the
In the middle of the transforma- south in the last century.
tion, former U.S. President Bill Bunning, the architect, has lived in
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