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Dr. Jim Crooks
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Digital Divide Separating Education
Gap Among American Students
Many more white children use the Internet than do Hispanic and black
students, a reminder that going online is hardly a way of life for all.
Two of every three white students -- 67 percent -- use the Internet, but
less than half of blacks and Hispanics do, according to federally released
data. For Hispanics the figure is 44 percent; for blacks, it's 47 percent,
Overall, 91 percent of students in nursery school through 12th grade
tise computers; 59 percent use the Internet.
Yet within those numbers, the digital divide between groups is a nation-
al concern. Studies have shown that access and ability to use the Internet
help improve people's learning, job prospects and daily living. Schools
have taken big steps to close the gaps. Virtually all U.S. schools are con-
nected to the Internet. The gaps in Internet usage between whites and
minorities, though sizable, are smaller during the school day.
That's not the case at home.
A total of 54 percent of white students use the Internet at home, com-
pared with 26 percent of Hispanic and 27 percent of black youngsters,
Limited access can erode a student's ability to research assignments,
explore college scholarships or just get comfortable going online.
S Army Appoints First African-
?American to Head Chaplains school
: The Army's school for chaplains has selected the first African-
American to serve as its commandant.
Chaplain Col. Clarke McGriff, 51, whose father served in a segregated
Army, was named head of the U.S. Army Chaplain Center and School.
He's a 25-year military veteran.
McGriff said he draws inspiration from the school's students, who have
volunteered to become chaplains at a time when many klow .they are@
heading into combat. -
"A g6od number of them will -be .in Iraq or Afghanistan -before
December. That's the reality of the time. They know that and they still
come," McGriff said.
The school, with its staff of 30 civilians and 73 teachers and adminis-
trators in uniform, trains civilian clergy and seminarians to serve in the
Army. It also conducts basic and advanced officer training for active
duty and Army Reserve chaplains. Enlisted soldiers and noncommis-
sioned officers may attend the school to become chaplain assistants.
In 2006, 1.27S students were trained at the school. McGriffsaid there
are 2.500 chaplains in the Army's active duty, Resene and National
Guard, representing 123 denominations.
"Denominations fade because %\e work with so many soldiers with dif-
ferent faiths." he said.
Klan Rallys at Gettysburg
About 30 Ku Klux Klan members
proclaimed hatred for blacks, Jews,
gays and Latinos as they stood
behind barricades at the Civil War
battlefield where Abraham Lincoln
delivered the Gettysburg Address.
The World Knights obtained a per-
mit in July for the two-bour demon-
stration. The National Park Service
granted it under the group's First
Amendment rights to free speech.
Several groups counterdemonstrat-
ed. Confederate re-enactors from
xrirginia protested the Klan's adop-
tion of the Confederate battle flag as
an emblem and its claim to be a continuance of the Confederate cause.
Representatives of the national Sons of Confederate Veterans also
came to protest the Klan's efforts to identify with the Confederacy. In a
nearby park. churches and other groups held a Unity Day rally.
More than 150 law enforcement officials patrolled the event, which
drew about 200 spectators, some of whom echoed the Klan's calls while
others jeered their rhetoric.
Hispanics Will Top All Minority
Groups for Purchasing Power by 07'
Hispanic buying power in the United States will draw even with
African-American buying power in 2006 at just under $800 billion -
and is projected to exceed it in 2007. according to a report on minority
buying power released by the Selig Center for Economic Growth at the
University of Georgia's Terry College of Business. "The economic clout
of Hispanics has risen from $212 billion in 1990. when I first started
doing this study, to $798 billion this year and I expect it to be almost $1.2
trillion five years friomn now." said Jeff Humphreys. director of the Selig
"Still. even as Hispanic buying po&er overtakes African-American
buying power at the national level, it is important to recognize that in the
majority of states the African-American market will continue to be much
larger than the Hispanic market." Hispanics actually surpassed blacks as
the nation's largest minority group five years ago, based on population
counts. But, in terms of spending power, 2007 will mark the first year
that Hispanics control more disposable personal income than any other
U.S. minority group. The Selig Center estimated Hispanic buying power
will be $863.1 billion in 2007. an 8.1 percent increase over 2006, while
black buying power will reach $847 billion in 2007, a 6 percent increase.
Volume 20 No. 34
The Internal Revenue informed
the National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People
(NAACP) this week that it has con-
cluded its examination of NAACP
activities and determined the
Association did not violate condi-
tions of its tax exempt status.
"We have determined that you
continue to qualify as an organiza-
tion described in IRC section
501(3)," the IRS wrote in a letter
Rep. Fields Rep. Gibson
Retain Seats in
The day was sunny and shining
bright amidst a few dismal errors
for Jacksoville voters to return all
incumbents to their seats. A 20%
voter turnout will allow State
Representatives Terry Fields and
Audrey Gibson to return to
Tallahassee while School Board
member Brenda Priestly Jackson
will also continue her governing
role. Senator Jim King will also
join them in a returning role.
Looking forward to the guberna-
torial race, Republicans over-
whelmingly chose Charlie Crist as
their candidates while Democrats
gave athumbs up to Jim Davis.
The next election in November
will decide Florida's Governor.
Meanwhile, candidates are lining
up for City Council elections next
spring. The one glitch in this years'
election were four precincts who
initially didn't have enough demo-
cratic ballots and voters had to be
turned away. Upon their return
however, all voters in line at the
closing hour were allowed to vote.
P dated Aug. 9. IRS
la A. Ramirez said
f video footage of the
nd other information
t political interven-
ched an examination
on October 8, 2004
; complaints from
lican members of
said their con-
d NAACP National
The community is mourning the sudden loss of Ms. Olivia Goldsmith
Gay Davis. The retired educator was on a trip in Las Vegas at her untime-
ly death. A Jacksonville native, Ms. Gay- Davis was active in her sorority,
Alpha Kappa Alpha, chairing the Ebony Fashion Show for many years.
She was also active in the NAACP where she currently served as Chair of
the Education Committee which has provided scholarships for countless
Jacksonville youth. She was a graduate of both Florida A & M University
and Matthew Gilbert High School where she later taught mathematics.
She is shown above (right) in a recent photo with Mrs. Mary Anne Pearson
(left) receiving the NAACP Rutledge Pearson Award. FMP Photo
At press time, arrangements have not been made.
One of the most important cases
related to affirmative action is on
the U.S. Supreme Court docket
when it starts its new term the first
Monday in October.
At issue are programs in
Louisville, Ky., and Seattle that
assign children to public schools by
race in an effort to insure the stu-
dent bodies reflect the ethnic com-
position of their cities, the
Washington Post reports.
Already upheld by federal appeals
courts, the Bush administration has
filed briefs against both plans argu-
ing race-conscious school assign-
September 7 13, 2006
Board of Directors Chairman Julian
Bond crossed the line of non-parti-
sanship in a speech at the NAACP
2004 National Convention critical
of Bush administration policies.
"It's disappointing that the IRS
took nearly two years to conclude
what we knew from the beginning:
the NAACP did not violate tax laws
and continues to be politically non-
partisan," said NAACP President
and CEO Bruce S. Gordon. "Tax-
exempt organizations should feel
free to critique and challenge gov-
ernmental policies under the First
Amendment without fear of IRS
The IRS initiated the audit of the
NAACP just one month before the
2004 presidential election and near-
ly three months before the end of
the NAACP's tax year. The IRS
refused to explain the basis of its
investigation for more than a year.
The Quaintance family at their Annual Reunion
Family Reunion Honors Legacy
of Louis and Rosa Lee Quaintance
The Quaintance Family hosted
their family reunion during the
weekend of August 25th -27th,
2006 to commemorate the life and
legacy of Lewis and Rosa Lee
Quaintance. This loving couple
gave birth to seven children in the
Eastside community who were
responsible, hardworking, smart,
honest, fair, beautiful (inward and
outward), talented, and most impor-
tantly faithful to God and their
church. Their children were Louise
Quaintance Townsend, Lewis
Community Mourns Untimely
Passing of Mrs. Olivia Gay-Davis
Quaintance, Roosevelt Quaintance,
Herbert Quaintance, and Vera Mae
Quaintance Drayton. The only sur-
viving child is Ralph Quaintance
who is a graduate of Matthew
Gilbert High School in the Class of
1956 and has made Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania his home for nearly
The reunion festivities were kick-
off on Friday, August 25th, with a
Fish Fry and Get Acquainted Hour
in the basement of Little Rock
Missionary Baptist Church.
Members of the Quaintance family
gathered to eat all the fish and trim-
mings that they could eat, fellow-
ship, and play the Quaintance
Family Trivia Game.
On Saturday, August 26, the fam-
ily picnic was held at A. Phillip
Randolph Park. The youth of the
family participated in a sack race,
played on the bounce house with a
water slide, ate hot dogs and ham-
burgers, and really had a good time
getting to know one another. The
afternoon program was held in
Centennial Towers on East 1st
Street with all the family members
present. During this program,
Ralph Quaintance shared the histo-
ry on the life of his parents and
reminisced about his childhood
days in the Eastside of Jacksonville.
A candlelight service was held to
memorialize the life of his parents
and the 6 deceased children. A slide
presentation was shown featuring
pictures of Quaintance Family
ancestors and descendants. Special
recognition was given to the Minnie
Lee Sams Thomas, the only surviv-
ing sister of Ralph Quaintance, and
Parthenier DeCoursey, the only sur-
viving sister of Rosa Lee
On Sunday, August 27th, the
Quaintance family worshipped at
Little Rock Missionary Baptist
Church with Sirderol Drayton (son
of Vera Mae Quaintance Drayton
and pastor of New Generation
Baptist Church) serving as the
speaker. This is the church where
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ment is unconstitutional.
In Louisville, which has an
African American population of
about 33 percent, officials try to
keep the number of black students
in magnet schools and specialized
programs between 15 percent and
The Bush administration calls the
policy "indistinguishable from a
In the case of Seattle, students
apply to the high school of their
choice but can be denied admission
in order to keep a particular school
Race School Case Before
the Supreme Court
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Entrepreneur Turns to NAACP After City's
Attempt to Close Chitterling Business
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Available from Commercial News Providers"
Maryland Shauna Anderson,
accountant and owner of The
Chitlin Market recently appealed to
the Black press regarding her
attempts to reveal Prince George
County Government's attempts to
close down her business and pre-
vent her from opening a Chitlin
restaurant on Ager Road in
Shauna opened her first retail
cleaned Chitlin business in Prince
Georges County in 1995. Her first
storefront was an instant success
after just one article in the
Washington Post but she soon
received a "Black Sambo" hate let-
ter and a vicious hate email threat-
ening to bomb her restaurant.
Despite an FBI investigation, a
break-in and a succession of van-
dalism, she stuck with it. An anony-
mous inquiry to the USDA put her
business under scrutiny for months
before she closed her first
Hyattsville, MD location and put
her business strictly online.
She then purchased a approved
property in 2004 intending to once
again open a new Chitlin Market.
Despite careful and thoughtful ren-
ovations of a run down property,
harassment started immediately
with warning letters, excessive and
repeated inspections, code
enforcers questioning permits
already issued Shauna had one
enforcement officer arrive during a
Chitlin Festival who questioned her
by George Fraser
As you embark on the goal of creating work and jobs for our people,
and closing the wealth gap through entrepreneurship, you will need to
understand one other thing. We need to learn how to use and leverage our
powerful purchasing power with companies that have demonstrated their
support and commitment to the betterment of our community. The ques-
tions I ask before I buy are:
Does this company employ Black people in proportion to our 13 per-
cent of the United States population?
Does its advertising talk to me?
Are there Black people featured in its advertisements?
Does it place ads in Black media?
How do the ads portray Blacks? As jocks? Victims? Entertainers? Sex
objects? Threats? Professionals? Family-oriented? Churchgoing? Law-
Has this company been active in sponsoring events or programs bene-
ficial to the Black community?
Do they support our institutions of education and/or organizations?
Bottom Line: Support those who see it the way we see it. Said
another way, if they are not supporting the things that are important
to us, don't support them.
it to him and
he said to
me they were
not going to
give it to
In the last
year her busi- Shauna Anderson
ness has incurred thousands of dol-
lars in personal property vandalism
with a screwdriver through her
truck radiator, tires slashed on both
her truck and trailer and she
received water bills in excess of
$1,800.00 that were usually $60.00.
After protesting the bill Shauna
then received an excessive water
bill at her residence. She then
received a tax inquiry from the
Maryland State Dept of
Assessments requesting Corporate
Tax Copies for Audit purposes.
In April of this year PG County
officials revealed their true feelings
regarding the opening of a Chitlin
restaurant in their community. After
an episode of ABC's Commander in
Chief ran portraying PG County as
overridden with crime with a scene
of the fictional President exiting her
car in front of a Chitlin and Pork
Chop restaurant, Peter Shapiro
responded to the Washington Post
in outrage regarding the portrayal
of the community and that a Chitlin
restaurant is a negative stereotype -
and that prompted Shauna to realize
how they felt about her business.
Shauna Anderson wants to know
why city officials aren't more con-
cerned with the crime rate and t
protecting children and putting
resources into crime prevention
instead of trying to run a small busi-
ness out of town. Her website is
carry four or more cards." keeping and help prevent the build
Assemble Your Financial
First Aid Kit
In addition to gathering food, water, and clothes when a hurricane
looms, you will also need a financial first aid kit. The University of Florida
IFAS has a publication that lists items and information you need to gather.
Disaster Planning: Important Papers and Documents by Jo Turner, Ph.D.,
can be downloaded from the website http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu or contact
Anita McKinney at the Duval County Extension Service, 387-8850.
Operation Hope has a free multi-page document you can fill in or check
off when you have gathered the info. You can download it from this site
Free Get Checking Class
for Those with Bad Credit
Get Checking, the educational program that helps individuals open an
account even if they have been denied in the past, has scheduled two work-
shops for September. The session on Saturday, Sept. 16, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30
p.m., will be at the Duval County Extension Service, 1010 N McDuffAve
(comer of Commonwealth and McDuff). A weekday class is set for
Friday, September 22, 9:30 to 4:30, at the WorkSource Office, 11000
Beach Blvd. Call 387-8850 to register.
Get 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. 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. Additional information is available at www.coj.net,
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September 7 13, 2006
JUL Equal Opportunity
Award Nominees Sought
The Jacksonville Urban League is sive record of contributing to the
seeking nominations for its Annual improvement of equal opportunity
Equal Opportunity Awards. among diverse groups. Nominees
Corporations and Individuals who must not have been the recipients of
have made significant efforts in the any award from the Jacksonville
areas of diversity and equal oppor- Urban League in the last three (3)
tunity will be considered. Awards years.
will be presented during the Urban Procedures
League's Annual Equal Opportunity Only one nomination can be sub-
Luncheon on October 25, 12 Noon mitted per form. Nominations
at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront must include at least a one page
Jacksonville. Nominations must be typed statement of the nominee's
received by September 29, 2006. record of efforts made to champion
Criteria the cause of equality. Nominations
The Jacksonville Urban League must be received on or before
presents four equal opportunity September 29. They may be mailed
awards two individual and two to: Jacksonville Urban League, c/o
corporate. The nominee should Equal Opportunity Awards, 903 W.
have demonstrated support, assis- Union Street, Jacksonville, FL
tance or has made significant 32204 or faxed to (904) 356-8369.
inroads in furthering equal opportu- Nominations must be submitted
nity. Individuals and corporations on the form provided and statement
nominated should have an exten- continued on one typed page.
Poverty Level Leveling Off
Four years into an economic
recovery, the number of people liv-
ing in poverty has finally stopped
climbing. Household incomes
edged up slightly in 2005, but 37
million people were still living
below the poverty line, about the
same as the year before, the Census
Bureau reported Tuesday. It was the
first year without an increase in
poverty since 2000, just before
President Bush took office.
The numbers immediately became
political fodder, with a little more
than two months to go before
midterm congressional elections
that will determine whether
Republicans continue to control the
House and the Senate. Some
Republicans blamed the stubborn
poverty numbers on immigrants
holding down wages. Democrats
blamed the Bush administration,
noting that incomes are lower and
the poverty rate is higher than when
Bush took office.
Democrats also noted that the
number of people without health
insurance climbed for the sixth
straight year, reaching 46.6 million
people in 2005.
"I know what they say about put-
ting lipstick on a pig, but I don't see
how the Bush administration can
spin these numbers in their favor,"
said Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y.
Bush's budget chief said the new
numbers show the economy's
resilience following terrorist
attacks in 2001 and Hurricane
Katrina a year ago.
"Unemployment is low, wages are
rising and there are more jobs in
America today than at any other
time in history," said Rob Portman,
Bush's budget director. "While we
still have challenges ahead, our
ability to bounce back is a testa-
ment to the strong work ethic of the
American people, the resiliency of
our economy, and pro-growth eco-
nomic policies, including tax
The Census Bureau surveyed
100,000 households in the spring
about their incomes and health
insurance in 2005. New Jersey had
the highest median household
income, at $61,672. Mississippi
had the lowest, at $32,938.
Mississippi also had the highest
poverty rate, at 21.3 percent. New
Hampshire had the lowest, at 7.5
The official poverty level is used
to decide eligibility for federal
health, housing, nutrition and child
The poverty level differs by fami-
ly size and makeup. For example,
the poverty level for a family of
four was $19,971 last year. For a
family of two, it was $12,755.
About 12.6 percent of the popula-
tion lived below the poverty line in
2005. That's down from 12.7 per-
cent in 2004, but the change was
not statistically significant, census
Pictured are six of the seven AmeriCorps graduations: (from left to right) Alphonso Hemmeain, Carolyn Jones, Marcus Smith, J.R. Davenport,
Delores Willis, and Adrianne Ligon.
LISC Graduates Americorps Members to Community
LISC Jacksonville hosted a grad-
uation ceremony/luncheon for the
sixth class of AmeriCorps members
on last week at the Jacksonville
Urban League's offices. The seven
AmeriCorps members have com-
pleted their year of national service
by working for Jacksonville com-
munity development corporations
(CDCs). The federally funded pro-
gram is administrated by LISC.
The graduates are: Pattie Lewis
Billingslea, First Baptist Church of
Oakland CDC; Joan (J.R.)
Davenport, Northwest Jacksonville
CDC; Marcus Smith, Northwest
Jacksonville CDC; Alphonso
Hemmeain, Operation New Hope ;
Carolyn Jones, Grace and Truth
CDC,; Adrianne Ligon, Families
First and Delores Willis, Grove
House of Jacksonville
LISC Jacksonville Senior Program
Manager Joni Foster said at the cer-
emony, "Vision is nothing without
follow through. Our AmeriCorps
have certainly seen what the vision
is for their community development
corporation and have actively par-
ticipated in the follow through.
That's the recipe for success."
The AmeriCorps members per-
form a variety of duties for the
CDCs during the year. These
assignments may include research
on property acquisition, tracking of
subcontractors working on projects,
as well as communicating with
members of the neighborhood. The
members receive training at the
start of their year of service and a
living stipend of $18,000, health
insurance and an education award
of $4,725 at the completion of serv-
ice. Some members may be eligible
for a limited child care benefit.
LISC Jacksonville will be intro-
ducing the eight AmeriCorps mem-
bers for 2006-2007 in early
LISC Jacksonville is the com-
munity expert that helps create safe,
affordable, family-friendly neigh-
borhoods that contribute to the local
economy. They provide technical
expertise, grants and financing to
community development corpora-
tions and affordable housing
providers. For more information
about LISC Jacksonville, log on to
www.lisc.org/jacksonville or call
Housing and Neighborhoods Department
Affordable Housing Dollars Available
On July 7, 1992, the William E. Sadowski Affordable Housing Act was signed into law by the Governor of Florida. The Act
is a comprehensive funding package for state and local affordable housing programs. Along with these new programs, this
act created the requirement that localities adopt a State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) Local Housing Assistance
Plan to be eligible to receive available program funds. Pursuant to the Act, the City of Jacksonville has a Housing Assistance
Plan for fiscal years 2006-2007, 2007-2008 and 2008-2009. Program funds are distributed on both a competitive and non-
competitive basis depending on program activity and appropriation. Direct program administration and funding distribution
is handled by the Housing and Neighborhoods Department, which has the following charge:
1. Eradicate substandard housing
2. Support affordable multi-family rental and mixed income urban in-fill housing
3. Meet the housing needs of the citizens of Jacksonville within a continuum of need from homelessness to homeownership
The City of Jacksonville/Duval County is projected to receive $7,960,100 in SHIP funds during the state fiscal year (FY) (7-
1-06 through 6-30-07). Listed below by activity or title are the programs to be funded with these dollars (a portion goes to
administrative expenses for the Housing and Neighborhoods Department and sub-recipient agencies.) Eligible applicants
must qualify under very low (0 50% of Median), low (51% 80% of Median) or moderate (81% 120% of Median) income
level requirements for each of the programs. The application period for the state FY 2006-2007 funds will commence 30
days after the publication period of this notice and will end 60 days from publication of this notice for all agencies applying
to become sub-recipients. Individual applications for home purchase, repair, counseling, etc. will be taken on a first come
- first served basis throughout the year, beginning October 1, 2006. For further program and funding information or a copy
of the Local Housing Assistance Plan, contact the SHIP Administrator, Ed Gaston of the Housing and Neighborhoods
Department at (904) 588-0172..
Program/Titles/Description Amount of Funds Estimated Amount of Estimated Amount of Eligible Applicant
FY 2006-2007 Funds FY 2007-2008 Funds FY 2008-2009
1. Acquisition/Rehabilitation or new Non-profit and For-profit
construction of homes to be owner $ 476,815.00 $ 476,815.00 $ 476, 815.00 Housing Developers
2. Second mortgage assistance with Low to moderate income
down payment, closing costs, pre- homebuyers based in income,
paids, and principal buy down for $ 150,00.00 $ 150,000.00 $ 150,000.00 family size and mortgage
very low, and low to moderate guidelines
3. Payment of security and utility Very low and low to moderate
deposits to help low income fami- income families
lies obtain affordable rental hous- $ 50,000.00 $ 50,000.00 $ 50,000.00
4. Homebuyers Counseling $ 235,685.00 $235,685.00 $ 253,685.00 Non-profit Organizations
Non-profit and For-profit
5. Rental Rehabilitation $ 634,436.00 $ 634,436.00 $ 634,436.00 Housing Developers
$ 5,599,154.00 $ 559915400Very low and low to moderate
6. Owner Occupied Rehabilitation $ 5,599,154.00 $5,599,154.00 $ 5,599,154.00 income homeowners
Very low and low to moderate
7. Hurricaine Recovery $ 0.00 $ 0.00 $ 0.00 income homeowners
Non-profit and For-profit
8. Development Subsidy $ 0.00 $ 0.00 $ 0.00 Housing Developers
Participating Jurisdiction and
9. Administration $ 796,010.00 $ 796,010.00 $ 796,010.00 Sub-recipients
John Peyton Barney Smith Michael Corrigan
Mayor Chairperson City Council President
Jacksonville Housing Commission
1 *SHIP Funds may not be used to purchase, rehabilitate, or repair mobile homes.
*The home value of SHIP funded projects may not exceed $247,500.00.
Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 3
A MIND IS A TERRIGIE THMiNG TO WASTE
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by Nick Cheolas
Deep racial fault lines were
exposed on the campus of the
University of Michigan in
September of 2005 after two Asian
students claimed that two white stu-
dents urinated on them as they
passed under an apartment balcony.
Before an investigation of the
allegations could begin, embattled
school administrators already
under pressure to prosecute and
expel the alleged offenders began
with the assumption that their cam-
pus was a "harsh" place for minori-
ty students, where "incidents... have
targeted our students based on their
Even though schools such as the
University of Michigan are awash
in the culture of diversity, they
remain tinderboxes for racial strife.
The ease with which a campus can
plunge into racial turmoil raises
important questions: Why 40
years after the peak of the civil
rights movement are the most pro-
gressive environments so racially
polarized, and why is debate on
racially-sensitive issues so often
Universities have moved heaven
and earth to appeal to minority stu-
dents. Many colleges lower admis-
sion standards for them. Once on
campus, these students have access
to special minority lounges, peer
advisors and counselors, and they
are protected by hate-crime legisla-
tion, speech codes and "multicultur-
al" offices and initiatives. At many
schools, courses on race and ethnic-
ity that teach the correct way to
view race are required for gradua-
Despite all this, race relations
remain lukewarm at best. A look
around any campus cafeteria or
social event reveals self-segregation
is the norm, even in these havens of
Why have these efforts failed to
improve race relations?
Many argue diversity policies fail
because they are crafted more to
alleviate "white guilt" than truly
spur minority advancement. Black
intellectuals such as Shelby Steele,
the author of the recently-released
White Guilt, and Thomas Sowell
argue that these policies inevitably
result in the patronization of minor-
ity students particularly blacks.
What the Sowells and Steeles of
the world argue against is exactly
the sentiment pervading college
campuses. These universities and
the individuals that populate them,
Steele says, are essentially racist
until proven otherwise. Liberals
seem mired in an endless battle to
prove themselves to be tolerant and
sensitive individuals. It is not
enough to simply not be racist one
must now be able to visibly demon-
strate this fact.
Administrators use this diversity
mission to justify racial preferences
and segregation. Simply applying
equal standards to all racial groups
would not be enough to demon-
strate that universities are fair and
committed to minorities.
Administrators feel compelled to go
further, creating offices and pro-
grams tailored to minority students.
In the Michigan example, a
review of the investigation into the
alleged "hate crime" revealed seri-
ous inconsistencies. The victims
changed their stories, lab tests con-
tradicted their version of events and
witnesses failed to corroborate their
story. When the conservative cam-
pus publication reported these
inconsistencies, the campus left
fired back. "Confront the ideolo-
gies underlying hate crimes, [don't]
mock their victims," wrote one stu-
dent. This "confirms my observa-
tion that most straight white males
are ignorant about social issues,"
wrote another. Not surprisingly, the
different standards by which racial
groups are treated and judged have
done little to achieve equality, inte-
gration and racial harmony.
It's notable that the paper's report
was based on the content of police
reports, detective notes and lab
reports rather than on the skin color
of those involved. Forty years ago,
this was a liberal goal of the civil
rights era. Today, it's considered
One must wonder what these col-
lege administrators truly believe.
Do these champions of diversity
and equality believe that minority
students are incapable of surviving
when held to the same standards as
other students? Do they truly
believe that all students need to be
taught how to think about race and
how to treat their fellow man? Or
do they just sleep better at night
knowing they've proved themselves
not to be racist?
Dirty Campus, Clean Conscience
Another View for the Fire
by Jim Crooks
As a member
of the NAACP
4 as well as chair
t r o. Jacksonville
write to suggest
a slightly different perspective from
some I have read regarding the
recent report on the Jacksonville
Fire and Rescue Services.
I signed the report recommending
the dismissal of the chief and three
other top employees. I also recog-
nized that it was Mayor Peyton's
decision whether he' would follow
the recommendation, or not. He
rejected the recommendation, but
more importantly he agreed that the
culture of fire and rescue needed to
be dramatically changed. No longer
would racial and gender harassment
be permitted. There would be "zero
tolerance" (his words and the
Commission's) for racial and gender
The Mayor's initial steps were pos-
itive indicators that he means busi-
ness. He appointed an outside con-
sultant to handle diversity training.
He directed a broad based in-house
committee to review the
Commission's recommendations for
implementation. And he appointed a
new chief of training to ensure that
the directives are carried out.
Of course, the proof of his inten-
tions will be in the results of his
actions. Concerned Jacksonville res-
idents need to keep tabs on what
happens over the next nine months
to make sure the culture does change
to include and respect blacks and
whites, Hispanics and Asians, men
and women to make the fire and res-
cue services the best that it can
Jacksonville Fire and Rescue can
become a national model for diversi-
ty employment as it already is a
model for fighting fires and provid-
ing emergency services.
Cosby: Glass Houses Shoudn't Be Throwing Bricks
By B.B. Robinson, Ph.D.
Throughout my life, I have always
been an eager viewer of the televi-
sion offerings of Bill Cosby.
As a child, I remember rising early
on Saturday mornings to watch "Fat
Albert and the Cosby Kids" car-
toon. As a young adult, I have fond
memories of our Thursday evening
family ritual of gathering around
the television to watch the "The
Cosby Show" and "A Different
It is unquestionable that Bill
Cosby is a great comedian and a
creative genius when it comes to
developing television comedies. Of
late, he has become a social critic of
what he considers a breakdown of
black conimuniht values ,, ,
But Dr. Cosby and the rest of usr,
might benefit from a little intro-
spection before young black folk
and their parents are lambasted for
the abhorrent conditions in certain
black neighborhoods. Why intro-
spection? Because we must ask
ourselves what role we may have
played in generating the outcomes
that we criticize.
I fully comprehend the need for
individual responsibility. Despite
great, inspirational examples of
people lifting themselves up from
the lowest levels by their own boot-
straps, most people don't exhibit
such strength and fortitude in reali-
ty. "Nurture," therefore, plays a
very powerful e role in shaping our
behavior and our outcomes.
So, before criticizing our black
youth, Dr. Cosby should ask him-
self, "Did I provide the perfect or
even a very good nurturing envi-
ronment for young black minds?"
Black youth can see that Dr. Cosby
pulled himself up. That's very pos-
itive. But, while this is inspira-
tional, there are other aspects of his
offerings that may cause some
bla-cks t love themselves and each,
other a little less. .
For example, the lovable appeal
of Dr. Cosby's "Fat Albert" charac-
ter made it permissible for black
youth to become obese. While I
don't think he did it on purpose, I do
believe Dr. Cosby's actions created
a more acceptable environment for
childhood obesity. In 2003, black
kids between the ages of ten and 17
bested their white and Hispanic
counterparts in obesity statistics.
While this has only become a
national concern in recent years, it
would be interesting to see if there
were any spikes after the show's
premiere in 1972.
Going further, how many black
youth grew to love watching televi-
sion too much because of Dr.
Cosby? Government administered
time-use surveys and other sources
reveal that black Americans watch
more television than any other
group in America.
Dr. Cosby has only had a few -
albeit very successful and high-
quality shows amongst television's
"vast wasteland." He should con-
sider whether or not his shows were
already a "gateway drug" that fos-
tered black addiction to the boob
tube. And, since a great many
shows contain negative portrayals
of black America, it begs the ques-
tion as to how many people's addic-
tions mixed with this content -
caused them to internalize this neg-
ative imagery to their own peril and
the peril of the black community?
Could the very behavior Dr.
Cosby rails against come from neg-
ative nurturing via television an
addiction that may have been in
part due to his work? Should Dr.
Cosby ask misbehaving black youth
where they learned their values, a
likely answer might be television.
Citing individual responsibility,
Dr. Cosby would likely respond that
his programs are not responsible for
individual's behavior. But, numer-
ous studies prove television has the
power to shape behavior. The
greater the television addiction, the
greater the probability that televi-
sion will shape behavior.
Another view is that television is
simply a waste of time. The time
black youth spend watching televi-
sion would likely be better spent
engaged in more productive ven-
tures such as reading or studying,
serving the community, and learn-
ing entrepreneurial and cultural
skills. We must remember that we
have no perfect humans walking
I live in a glass house. Dr. Cosby
lives in a glass house. We all live in
glass houses. Let's take care in
deciding when and how we throw
by Bill Reed
"drastic and far-reaching change in
ways of thinking and behaving".
Revolution is sudden and drastic
change in social, political institu-
tions, culture and economy.
During the 1960s many African
Americans talked about
"Revolution". The closest the
masses of African-Americans ever
came to drastic changes in America
was the Civil Rights Movement, a
set of events and reform movements
occurring between 1954 and 1968
aimed at abolishing public and pri-
vate acts of racial discrimination.
By 1966, the Black Power
Movement emerged and lasted from
1966 to 1975. Voices of "Black
Power" eclipsed the Civil Rights
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
Movement to include concepts of
racial dignity, economic and politi-
cal self-sufficiency, and freedom
from white authority.
The civil rights leadership, and the
revolutionists, of the 1960s and 70s
became the Black Middle Class of
the 80s and 90s. The "drastic and
far-reaching change in ways of
thinking and behavior" they'd
voiced in the past became more
"mainstream," as the outsiders
became insiders. As they became
more middle-class, these blacks
started to articulate status-quo and
"integrationist" philosophy. They
embraced Establishment views and
values, which they passed on to
their children, America's current
population of Black Middle-Class
Post-civil rights, the upwardly
mobile black middle class has
assimilated and became invisible to
the issues and interests of the mass
of African Americans. Black profes-
sionals are not new; pockets of them
have existed in the US and been cat-
alysts for their communities for
more than 150 years. But today, as
a segment of the first generation not
born into segregation, hundreds of
thousands of black middle class
children live and learn in neighbor-
hoods where only decades ago their
ancestors worked as domestics.
The sons and daughters of Black
Baby Boomers are offered opportu-
nities such as enrollment in presti-
gious schools and comfortable
homes in upscale neighborhoods -
often in predominately white envi-
ronments. Children and grandchil-
dren of "the revolutionists" are still
encouraged to think of themselves
as part of a universal black family,
but the Black Baby Boomers who
bought into "assimilation" have
bred Generation X and Yers who
exhibit no interest in the advance-
ment of the masses of African
During the 1970s and 1980s
upwardly mobile African
Americans quietly integrated for-
merly all-white occupations, busi-
nesses, neighborhoods, and social
clubs. Black middle-class families
moved out of all-black urban neigh-
borhoods and into the suburbs. The
black middle class bought into
established politics and dropped off
the black policy agenda.
But, racial problems in this coun-
try still exist, even within the mid-
dle-class. Blacks' annual incomes
have increased, but having higher
incomes has not translated into real,
mass, nor personal wealth. A typi-
cal black family holds, on average,
just 11 percent of the wealth of a
white family. The typical middle-
class black family possesses an
average of 25 percent of what a
white family does. Even among
households earning $50,000 or
more, blacks possessed barely one-
half the median net worth of their
high-earning white counterparts.
Poor whites control nearly as many
mean net assets as the highest-earn-
Even though economic, residential,
occupational and wealth disparities
between the races continue, no rev-
olution of blacks is planned. Most
policy makers and citizens, black
and white, act as if race no longer
matters. The sweeping assaults on
affirmative action programs are
prime examples. Just forty years
since separate water fountains,
many Americans would now like to
proceed as if the slate is clean and
scales are balanced.
It is as if racism and racial inequal-
ities died just before Elvis, and
those who still claim that racism
exists are as misguided as someone
who regularly witnesses visitations
by the King. Even though the facts
say differently, such perceptions
rest on the progress middle-class
African Americans have made over
the last half-century. The upward
strides of many African Americans
into the middle class have given the
illusion that race cannot be the bar-
rier that some make it out to be.
Even though there is visible evi-
dence that black and white middle
classes remain separate and
unequal, revolution is the farthest
thing from the minds of middle-
class, and most, African Americans.
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Working Mo, Enjoying it Less
By. GeorgeE. Curry'. .
Although most U.S. workers were off on Labqr Day, we enjoy fewer
government holidays: and vacations thai employees in Western Europe.
Still, we remain staunchly:devQted to work, even as we grow increasing-
ly worried about job security.
"Americans believe that workers in this cotint, areworse off now than
a generation ago toiling longer apd harder for less wages and benefits,
for employers who aren't as loyal as they onde were,iii jobs that aren't as
secure, and in a global economy that'might .very well send. their work
overseas," acQording to a new study by the Pew Research Center.
Even with those general worries, the report states,'bn:An individual level,
the attitudes of U.S. workers toward their jobs have remained remarkably
consistent over the years.. -
"Most people still have positive feelings about their own jobs, and even
though many are troubled by the. way the forces of modernizations are
affecting the American workplace, the level of public concern today is not
substantially greater than ithad been a decade or two ago," the study says.-
Those findings were contained in a special Labor Day report titled:
"Public Says American Work Life is' Worsening, But Most Workers
Remain Satisfied with Their Jobs."
Those surveyed were asked about eight different aspects of the world of
work and most said all eight areas had gotten worse. Yet, 89 percent said
they were either satisfied.or completely satisfied with their own job.
In 1997, 41 percent of workers felt benefits were better than they had
been a generation before. By this year, however, 45 percent say worker
benefits aren't as good as they were a generation ago.
"There a tendency to relax in Europe, to disengage from work,". says
Christian Schneider, manager of the Wharton Human.Resources Center.
"When an American finally does take those few days of vacation per year,
they are most likely to be in constant contact with the office."
That can be chalked up to the growing number of cell phones, hand-held
devices, laptops and old-fashioned workaholism. I know about this first-
hand I wrote this column in Johnson City, Tenn. 'over the Labor Day
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by Hazel Edney
Democrats' quest to regain control
of the U. S. Congress may rise or
fall on what happens to African-
Americans in some predominantly
Black districts, especially when the
vote is divided, according to some
"In the general election, they just
look at who is the Republican or
the Democrat. In the primary, if
you're going to have a White mem-
ber, it's usually one of two circum-
stances," explains David Bositis. a
senior researcher for the Joint
Center for Political and Economic
"One is that the White member is
particularly influential in the state
legislature and delivers good con-
stituent service so that people get
contracts and things that they want.
The other is you have an election in
which you have one White candi-
date and a lot of Black candidates.
And then, the Black candidates
split the Black vote and the White
candidate gets White support and
And that's happening more than
In Tennessee, a White Democrat,
State Sen. Steve Cohen, won the
August 3 Democratic primary in
the 9th House Distnct currently
held by Congressman Harold Ford,
who is running for the U. S. Senate.
He will be the first Whute
Democratic contender for the seat
in the general election in more than
Cohen had 23,515 votes (31 per-
cent), to Black labor relations exec-
utike Nikki Tinker's 19,103 votes
(25 percent i. Thirteen other
Democrats ran to succeed Ford.
who is vacating the seat he inherit-
ed from his father in1997. His
father, Harold Ford Sr., had held
the seat for 22 years. Ford's broth-
er, Jake, is considering running for
the seat as an independent, but has
not yet filed for the seat.
Similarly, the 11th Congressional
District of New York, currently
held by 24-year veteran Major
Ow ens. may also be lost to a White
Democrat on Sept. 12. Owens. who
is retiring, has anointed his son.
political activist Chris Owens, as
his successor. But Chris Owens is
trailing two other candidates in the
race. one of whom is White
New York City Councilwoman
Yvette Clarke. who is Black, had
been the slight favorite in the four-
way race until it was discovered
last week that she doesn't have a
college degree as she had claimed.
Clarke said after she was allowed
to walk in the commencement
exercises at Oberlin College in
Ohio 20 yeais ago, but that she'd
forgotten that she had been short
White City Councilman David
Yassky, in a close second behind
Clarke. now appears to be the
front-runner. Owens is trailing
Clark and Yassky, just ahead of the
fourth candidate. State Sen. Carl
Andrews, who is also Black.
"As those three Black candidates
split the vote, there is a very good
chance that the White candidate
will get the nomination," says
David Bositi,. a senior researcher
for the Joint Center for Political
and Economic Studies.
White Democrats defeating
Blacks in majonty Black Districts
are rare. says Bositis. In Congress,.
there is only one WHTite representa-
tive of a majority Black District.
That's Robert Brad\ of
Pennsylvania's 1 st District, encom-
passing Philadelphia. Brady won
the seat in a district that is 51 per-
cent Whitre after 1 7-year incumbent
Thomas M. Foglietta resigned to
become ambassador to Italy. No
Black has ever held the seal.
Though Owens could lose in New
York. Bositis sa s the Democratic
competition is healthy; especially
since theie appears to be a trend of
Black Caucus members trying to
will their seats for their sons.
Like Ford in Tennessee, U. S.
Rep. William Lac Clay, Jr. (D-
Mo.) was elected in 2001 to suc-
ceed his father. William l.ac\ Cla',j
Sr. when he retired after 32 years.
Sometimes the sons succeeded
because of their family name.
Without opposition. Meek was
elected to succeed his mother in the
majority Black 17th House Distict
toral politics work for us, whomev-
ei is elected whether it's a Black
person because we decide the
Black person is the best candidate
oi a White person or Hispanic
based on our basic needs you
need otherr registration for the abil-
it\ to vote. ou need voter educa-
tion which informs us how to vote
ourf own best interest and we need
voter participation," says Todd."
We don't usually have those things.
As a result of that, we don't make
informed electoral choices."
Indian Protest Reminiscent
of 60s Civil Rights Stand
i Black Districts
in 2003. She served for 10 years.
Because of past history of racial
discrimination in the U. S., federal
law requires that elected represen-
tatives reapportion political dis-
tricts after ever 10-year census
count, in part, to insure maximum
Black participation in federal, state
and local districts.
For example, in the recent U. S.
Supreme Court case, League of
United Latin American Citizens v.
Peiry, the court upheld the state's
redistrictng plan except
Congressional District 23. The
court ruled on June 28 that the dis-
trict was in violation of Section 2 of
the Voting Rights Act, which disal-
lows political parties to draw dis-
trict lines based on their advantage
Republicans. largely led b) then
Rep. Torn Delay (R-Texas) had
tried to create a majority of the
seats to the advantage of
Republicans. The court required
lawmakers to adjust the boundaries
to conform 'with the Court's deci-
sion. Delay is now retired.
As the Sept. 12 Democratic primar-
ies approach, Bositis says it is rare
to find a majority Black state
House or Senate district represent-
ed b) a White lawmaker.
"'There are relatively few. The
number is very. ery small," he
says. But they do exist.
Patricia Todd, a White lesbian in
NMontgomery, Alabama's 54th
House District, defeated Black
businesswoman Gaynell Hendricks
95-87 in a largely racially divided
run offt vote .IJly 18.
Todd. and AIDS acti\ ist, has
become Alabama's first openly gay
legislator after the state's
Democratic Executive Committee
overruled an earlier subcommittee
decision that disqualified both can-
didates, accusing them of having
failed to file their campaign finance
reports with the party leadership.
The ruling was reversed after
Todd's lawyers successfully argued
that the filing requirement was
superseded by Alabama law, \which
only requires candidates to file the
forms w ith the secretary of state.
Also, the law had not been
enforced in recent years.
E\en districts with highlI-educat-
ed, affluent voters have problems
electing an African-American
Re\. Bobb\ Henry. a Black trial
lawyer,. minister, and former Army
major is in a contentious battle for
the state Senate in the 63 percent
majority Black Prince George's
County in Maryland. He is running
against County Council member
Douglas J. J. Peters, a White busi-
ness consultant. The county is con-
sidered the nation's most affluent
Black county with a median house-
hold income of $55,256.
The district. majority Black only
since the 2002 redistricting, is cur-
rently represented by White incum-
bent Leo Green, who is retiring
after more than 30 years in the
Mary land General Assembly.
Voters will now have a chance to
elect its first Black representative
from a race in winch the Black and
White leading contenders appear to
care about the same issues, but
from two different perspective es.
The last NAACP Legislative
Report card showed only two
Black Caucus members receiving
Cs Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-Ga.,
and Ford of Tennessee while the
other 41 got As and Bs, indicating
that Black legislators are stronger
advocates for Black constituents.
African-Amnericans' inability to
elect candidates of their choice it is
often because of the lack of politi-
cal self-interest and strategy, says
Thomas N. Todd, a civil rights
lawyer and former president of the
Chicago chapter of SCLC and
"If we're e'.er going to make elec-
The waterhose scene above is reminiscent of 60's era civil rights protest,
instead it's last week in India. Policemen fired a water canon to disperse
protesting medical students in New Delhi, India. Police used water can-
nons to disperse hundreds of doctors protesting a government affirmative
action plan for India's lower castes in state-funded medical, engineering
and other professional colleges. Apart from the protest outside India's
Supreme Court, many doctors in New Delhi and other cities took the day
off to show their anger at the plan, which would reserve 27 percent of
school seats for lower castes.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Joins Million Pound Challenge
Two hundred thousand Alpha
Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., soror-
ity members are being encouraged
to actively join the sorority's part-
nership with the Chicago
Defender's Million Pound
Challenge that kicked off earlier
continued from front
Lewis and Rosa Lee Quaintance
met each other, married, and raised
their children. After the church
service, a full course dinner with
chicken, ham, macaroni and cheese,
greens, string beans, rice, corn-
bread, and drink was served. The
culminating activity was a dessert
contest to honor Rosa Lee
Quaintance who had a history of
being one of the best cooks in the
Eastside community. Rose
Quaintance Bradwell made a beau-
tifully decorated Pineapple Upside
Cake, Rosezeta Quaintance
Wallace entered her delicious Sour
Loann Honesty King, AKA pro-
gram chairman, said the sorority is
up for the challenge.
"Our sorority members alone will
meet the Million Pound Challenge
(MPC) halfway mark by June
Cream Pound Cake, and Quametta
Quaintance created a creamy
Banana Pudding. All of them were
presented a monetary award for
their dessert entries.
As family members were depart-
ing from the weekend of fun, food,
and fellowship, they were given a
copy of the slide presentation with
all the pictures to keep as a heir-
loom for their children to have for
the future and jar of beautifully
decorated peaches in honor of Rosa
Lee Quaintance who had a nick-
name of "Peaches".
In closing, all family members
expressed that they had a wonderful
time and really look forward to6the,
next family celebration.
2007 and the full mark by our
Centennial Celebration in 2008,"
The program was developed by
Black Press member Roland
Martin of the Chicago Defender.It
was designed to be a 12-month
health and fitness initiative to
challenge African Americans to
collectively lose one million
pounds. Participants are encour-
aged to lose weight and increase
physical fitness through develop-
ing healthy diets and exercise
Gospel Drama Mama Mi Ma.
Mama Mi Ma, a Gospel Drama/Comedy Choral Play is currently being
performed at the LaVilla School of the Arts. This play is presented from
the Bryant Buchanan Production Company on Saturday, September 9,
2006 at 7:30pm. For more information or tickets, Call Betty LeRoi at 904-
Essence Hosting Women's Leadership Summit
Essence magazine will host its third annual Women Who Are Shaping the
World Leadership Summit on Friday, Oct. 13, at the New York Marriott
Marquis. The event explores issues that most profoundly affect black
women in the workplace and in their own businesses. Participants this year
include Tony winner LaChanze ("The Color Purple") and Jacque Reid. As
part of the Summit's community; initiative, Essence will have an on-site
silent auction to benefit Dress for Success, a not-for-profit organization
that helps disadvantaged women make a transition into the workplace. The
Leadership Summit fee includes lunch, all seminars and conference mate-
rials. For more information, visit www.essence.com or call 866-903-9242.
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Black Caucus Opens Annual
Legislative Issues Conference
Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Chairman Rep. Mel Watt, D-
N.C., listens to fellow CBC member, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-
D.C., left, speak on the Iraq War, immigration and other issues during
a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington. At right
is Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, D-Mich. The press conference was
held to open the CBCF 36th Annual Legislative Conference (ALC)
with the theme, "Changing Course, Confronting Crises, Continuing
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Northside Church of Christ to Hold
Harvester's Gospel/Revival Meeting
The Northside Church of Christ, 4736 Avenue B, Charlie McClendon,
Pastor; will hold its Annual Harvester's Gospel/Revival Meeting
September 9-14, 2006. The theme: "Jesus Is The Answer".
A free Acapella Concert at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, September 9, will fea-
ture the awesome voices of Total Praise.
Brother Devin Jackson, a dynamic speaker from Huntsville, Alabama;
will speak at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday, September 10th (Bring
Your Neighbor Day). His message will spiritually motivate and uplift you.
A free Dinner and Fellowship in the Family Life Center, will follow the
The Harvester's Gospel/Revival Meeting will continue Monday,
through Thursday, September 14th with services at 7:30 p.m. nightly.
The nursery will be open, and citywide transportation is available.
Please call (904) 765-9830.
Fire Over Zion Women's Conference
Pastors Keman and Jean Williams will host The Fire Over Zion
Women's Conference, September 9 & 10th, at the Comfort Inn Oceanfront,
151 North First Street, Jacksonville Beach.
Evangelist Albert Landry, of Beaumont, TX; and Evangelist Carla
Butard of Newton, TX, will be the speakers. The public is invited.
One Accord Ministries to Present
Tribute to Survivors, Saturday
One Accord Ministries International, 2971 Waller Street (at I-10), where
Bishop, Dr. Jan D. Goodman Sr., is Pastor; will pay tribute to those that
persevered and the lives lost through "911", and Hurricane Katrina, both
life changing events that will never be forgotten.
Speakers, song, dance and encouraging words from Bishop Goodman,
will highlight the tribute at 7 p.m. on Saturday, evening September 9,
2006. The William M. Raines High School Color Guard, Commander
Sergeant Major Sellers; will open the tribute service. The Armed Forces,
Police, Fire and Rescue Department, our heroes; survivors and families of
victims of the tragic events, will attend.
This promises to be an exciting celebration of the life and strength of
our great nation. Everyone is invited to be a part of this momentous occa-
St. Nicklas Bethel Baptist "Duel Day" King Solomon United Baptist to Hold
The St. Nicklas Bethel Baptist Church, 2602 San Diego Road, will cel-
ebrate its annual "Duel Day" on Sunday, September 10, 2006. The Theme:
"Forward with Christ Beside Us and The Kingdom of God Before Us"
Dr. Priscilla Newkirk of Peace Missionary Baptist Church, will be the
speaker for the 11 a.m. Service.
Elder Michael Cobb of Open Arms Christian Fellowship, will be the
speaker for the 4 p.m. Service. The public is invited.
Sword and Shield Kingdom Outreach
Ministry to hold Serious Praise Service
The Kingdom Outreach Ministry, Sword and Shield, Rev. Mattie W.
Freeman, Founder/Pastor; invites all to share in 2006 Serious Praise
Service at 3:45 p.m. on Sunday, September 10, 2006. This Serious Praise
Service will be held at the Father's House Conference Center, 1820
Monument Road, Building 2.
When Praises go up, Blessings come down!. Rev. Levy M. Wilcox, of
Love Missionary Baptist Church, will bring the message. Come, be a part
of this great worship experience. Join the Prais-cers, under the direction of
Ms. Kenshela Williams. All are welcome.
Families of Slain Children Meeting
The Families of Slain Children Inc. holds weekly meetings from 7 to 8
p.m. on Sundays. Meetings are held at the First Timothy Baptist Church,
12103 Biscayne Boulevard; Rev. Frederick Newbill, Pastor.
Love of Christ to
Host Gospel Extravaganza
The Love of Christ Community Church, 1481 East 16th Street, Rev.
Charles Greene, Pastor; extends a welcome to you with this invitation to
get your praise and worship on. Local gospel recording artists will be pre-
sented in a Gospel Extravaganza, at 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 9,
There will be singing, dancing, poetry and so much more. You are invit-
ed o come expecting Word from the Lord, and to have a hallelujah good
time! There will also be singing, dancing, poetry, and much more. There
is no charge!
Come hungry spiritually, and physically, to get both your needs met, the
kitchen will be open.
FOunder's Day Month in September
The King Solomon United Baptist
Church, 2240 Forest Street, Dr.
William C. Barker Jr., Pastor; will
hold Founder's Day Month,
September 2006. The theme: "A
Unified Effort to Fullfill the Great
Commission of Our Lord and
Savior Jesus Christ" Matt 28: 18-
"Relationships" A Single's
Ministry Seminar will be held at 7
pm on Friday, September 8, 2006.
Revival Night beings with Prayer
Power at 6:30 p.m. Rev. Torin
Dailey of First Baptist of Oakland,
will be the speaker at 7 p.m.
The Women's Ministry will host a
Seminar, "Sister to Sister" from 10
a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday,
Rev. Steve Downey, of King
Solomon will be the speaker for
Youth Day, Sunday, September 17.
Rev. Leofric Thomas, Pastor,
Open Arms Christian Fellowship,
will be the speaker for Revival
Night at 7 pm o n Tuesday,
September 19. Prayer Power will
begin at 6:30 p.m.
Youth Night and Sleepover, will
begin at 6:30 pm on Friday,
On Saturday, September 23, at 4
pm, a Bowling Challenge between
the Single Adult Ministry and the
Marriage Ministry, will be held.
Rev. Rudolph W. McKissick Sr.
will be the speaker for the 26th
Annual Founder's Day, on Sunday,
World Christian Church to
Present Singles Seminar
World Christian Church to present
Singles Enrichment Seminar Sept.
The Light of The World Christian
Church (LWCC), will host a 2-day
singles enrichment seminar, Friday
and Saturday, September 29 and 30,
at the Renaissance Resort, World
Pastor Earnest L. Berrian of the
Light of The World Christian
Church, and Pastor Ron Walter of
the Olivet Baptist Church of Lake
City, FL; will provide four individ-
ual thought provoking sessions of
spiritual enrichment for singles'
hearts and minds. Topics include:
"It's Good To Be Alone!", empha-
sizing the positive aspects of single
life; "Singles and Their
Relationship with Others," address-
es how to obtain a comfort level in
singleness, and "Successful
Singleness," tips for avoiding the
pitfalls that can hinder singles in
their Christian walk.
For more information, please
call (904) 332-8831 or (904)307-
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.. Family Festival Kicks Off
SMayor's Early Literacy Program
Judge Janice Rogers Brown
A Weekend of Ladies Inspiration at
Westside Church of Christ, Sept. 15-17
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.
The workshop will focus on heart
disease and its impact on women's
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 U. S. Supreme
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
RALLY Jacksonville, Mayor
Peyton's early literacy initiative will
kick off on Saturday September 9th
at the Main Library. Families with
children of all ages are invited to
participate in the day's festivities.
At 10 a.m., the event will begin
with the third annual Little Red
Wagon Parade benefiting Wolfson
Children's Hospital. Each team will
pull a decorated red wagon bearing
their group's name, decorated in a
children's book theme.
Throughout the day, 4-year-olds
can register for the Mayor's Book
Club. New members will receive a
backpack filled with fun reading
tools, along with the first book in
the series about Jacksonville that
will be mailed to them each month
Following the parade, families will
have the opportunity to participate
in games, activities, story times,
health screenings, community
information, Voluntary Pre-
Kindergarten registration and much
more. Attendees will be provided
with a "Passport" and encouraged
to visit four "Passport Stops"
throughout the event. Participating
families will be eligible for a fami-
St. John Missionary Baptist of O.P.
The St. John Missionary Baptist Church of Orange Park, located at 1920
Mound Street; will present a "Gospel Musical Extravaganza" at 6 p.m. on
Saturday, September 23rd. Everyone is invited.
Kelita Smith reads to her son A.J. who is in the program.
ly literacy prize pack.
Attendees are encouraged to bring
a picnic lunch or purchase conces-
sions in Hemming Plaza.
Free parking is available at
metered spaces and in the lots on
the east side of the Main Library off
of Main Street. Families may also
park at the Prime Osborn lot and
take the Skyway to Hemming Plaza
Bethel Celebrates the 40th Anniversary of Pastor McKissick Sr.
"Celebrating 40 Years with A
Living Legend....Priceless" is the
them for Bethel Baptist Institutional
Church's Celebration of the 40th
Anniversary of Pastor Rudolph W.
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.
(35 cents/person). Free transporta-
tion will also be provided at the fol-
lowing locations: Gateway
Shopping Center (buses will load
near Walgreen's), Highlands Square
Shopping Center, Dunn Avenue at
Monaco Drive (buses will load near
the closed Winn-Dixie). Shuttles
depart both at 9:30 a.m., 10:30
a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
In addition, Book Club registra-
tion will continue at the following
locations from Sunday, Sept. 10
through Friday, Dec. 1, 2006.
Main Library, 303 N. Laura St.;
South Mandarin Regional, 12125
San Jose Blvd; West Regional,
1425 Chaffee Road S.; Pablo Creek
Regional, 13295 Beach Blvd.;
Highlands Regional Branch, 1826
Dunn Ave.; Jacksonville Children's
Commission, 1095 A. Philip
In its first two years, RALLY
Jacksonville! has garnered remark-
able community support. Since it's
inception, more 16,000+ 4-year-
olds have joined the Book Club,
and over 740,000 books have been
collected and distributed to
Jacksonville children. In addition,
200-plus volunteers read to pre-
kindergarteners on a regular basis.
To learn more about RALLY
Jacksonville!, visit the Jacksonville
Children's Commission online at
www.jaxkids.org or call (904) 630-
First AME of Palm Coast
to Celebrate 14th Anniversary
First AME Church of Palm Coast, 91 Old Kings Road North, in Palm
Coast, Rev. Gillard S. Glover, Pastor; will begin their 14th Anniversary
Celebration on Friday evening, September 15, at 6:30 pm., with an
"Evening of Symphony, Spirituals and Syncopation, featuring members of
the Jacksonville Symphony, the Voices of Edward Waters College, and the
Music Ministry of First AME Church. Singer/actor, stage and screen star
Harry Burney will be the master of ceremonies.
Rev. Henry F. Green, senior pastor of Mt. Herman AME Church,
Miami Gardens; will preach at 8 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. services on Sunday,
September 17. A Celebratory Brunch will be served in the Dining Center
at 1:30 p.m. Retired Bishop Richard Allen Hildebrand, who served from
1972 to 1988, the oldest living bishop; will deliver the message at 4 p.m.
The Anniversary Banquet will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, evening,
September 22, at the Grand Haven Golf and Country Club. The interna-
tionally renown actor, recording artist, psalmist, and the host of the "Praise
The Lord" telecast on the Trinity Broadcast Network; the Rev. Dr. Clifton
Davis, will be the banquet speaker.
Banquet reservations can be made by calling (386) 437-5142.
Register fop Mayor Peyton's BooK Club! or Pe
Four-year-old Duval County children who will enter .0
kindergarten in 2007 are invited to join Mayor Peyton's J
Book Club. Members receive a backpack filled with fun
reading tools, along with the first book in a series about
Jacksonville mailed each month. And it's all free! O C \
FREE Fun For Children OF All Ages!
Red Wagon Parade, games, activities, health screenings, community information,
storytelling, music, moonwalks, VPK registration and much more!
Free parking on-street and in the lot at southeast corner of Main and Duval Streets.
Families may also park at the Prime Osborn lot and ride the Skyway to Hemming
Plaza (354/person). Transportation will be provided at the following locations:
Gateway Shopping Center (buses will load near Walgreen's), Highlands Square
Shopping Center, Dunn Avenue at Monaco Drive (buses will load near the closed
Winn-Dixie). Shuttles depart at 9:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, and 12:30 PM.
JL. Families are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch .
or purchase concessions in Hemming Plaza.
For more information, contact the Jacksonville Children's Commission at
904.630.4754, RALLY@coj.net or visit www.jaxkids.net.
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Ignorance Invites Infection
Black Women and the AIDS Epidemic
In last week's ABC Primetime
special, "Out of Control: AIDS in
Black America", Tom Moran cited
ignorance as one of five reasons
why AIDS has reached epidemic
proportions in the Black communi-
According to infidelity expert
Ruth Houston, when it comes to
Black women and AIDS, that igno-
rance can take many forms.
Houston, founder of
"The ignorance falls into two major
categories ignorance about the
facts regarding Black women and
HIV/AIDS, and ignorance of the
circumstances in their lives that put
them at risk for HIV infection."
Within those two categories,
Houston calls attention to 8 specific
areas of ignorance about Black
women and AIDS.
8 Areas of Ignorance
1. Ignorance that HIV/AIDS is
now the leading cause of death for
Black women 25-44 years of age
and has been for the past 11 years.
2. Ignorance that almost 70% of
all newly diagnosed HIV-positive
women in the United States are
3. Ignorance that the most com-
mon method of HIV/AIDS infec-
tion for Black women is heterosex-
ual transmission-- largely due to
Black men on the down low.
4. Ignorance of your partner's sex-
ual history or his true sexual orien-
5. Ignorance that you are not in the
monogamous relationship you
think you're in because your part-
ner has one or more other partners.
6. Ignorance that you are a victim
of same sex infidelity -- that your
husband or boyfriend is sexually
involved with another man.
7. Ignorance about your own and
your partner's HIV status that he
may be HIV positive and may have
already infected you, his unsuspect-
8. Ignorance about how to tell if
your husband or boyfriend is on the
by 2 Common Myths
"Unfortunately, this ignorance
invites infection, regardless of what
form it takes." says Houston, who is
also author of Is He Cheating on
You? 829 Telltale Signs. "One of
the most prevalent forms of igno-
rance the ignorance about how to
tell if a man is on the down low
(what signs to look for) is fueled
by two common myths."
Myth #1 There are no signs to
tell if a man is on the down low.
Myth #2 You can tell by looking
at a man if he's on the down low.
Down Low Dozen Tip Sheet
Dispels the Myths
Last year, in an effort to dispel
these myths and eliminate some of
the ignorance associated with how
to tell if a man is on the down low,
Yet, it d
A few s
try a kil
MaKing Kid's school
Mornings Less Frantic
t's an average school day ahead of time on a favorite some-
like at your house? thing they'll give up if they dawdle
children, shouting par- over breakfast or don't get up on
misplaced homework, time. But also agree to your own
clothing items suddenly in consequence if you fall back into
That's typical at far too morning nagging to get them mov-
Doesn't have to be that way. Some general changes can also
simple changes can help speed things up. Turn off that
that school-morning frus- morning TV. Whatever the show,
stress and anger. it only slows things down. Instead,
ad of blaming it all on the try background music, which actu-
t them know you're not ally helps some kids focus better.
ith how you're acting. Tell Get things more organized. Give
ou want to change. Get the kids a designated place for
them on board backpacks and books, and sure
by letting them they're in place before bedtime.
see that you Having kids lay out the next day's
need their help clothes before bed avoids that
to end early morning panic over that missing
morning bat- item. Make sure hats, mittens and
ties. shoes are also ready for the a.m.
Start by giv- Try an in-box for papers that
ing your kids need to be signed, and as a place to
more time put lunch money envelopes. Make
ability. For younger chil- your child responsible for putting
ith little concept of time, the needed papers there after
tchen timer to help them school, and for remembering them
breakfast and getting in the morning. If he forgets, let
in a timely manner, him face the consequences.
ilder kids, give them an Even with a good system, some
ock and let them choose mornings will still be a 3-ring cir-
they can wake up and still cus. But help your kids take part in
for school without mak- getting organized and you'll make
yone rush. Agree on a "no- most mornings more enjoyable, as
ilarm" rule. well as give them skills that can
set consequences. Agree help throughout life.
Be Wary of Fad Diets
infidelity expert Ruth
Dozen tip sheet
know how toin ell if a man is on the
Dozen tip sheet describes a discrtch
what to look for
if they suspect their husband or
boyfriend of being on the down
Says Houston, "The Down Low
Dozen tip sheet is a protective
measure. In order to onfprotect our-
selves against heterosexually-con-
tracted HIV/AIDS, it's vitally
important that we, as Black women,
know how to tell if a man is on the
down low. It could very well be a
matter of life and death."
PartEE 1 of Houston's Down Low
Dozen tip sheet describes a discreet
3-step process for finding out if a
man is on the down atlow. Part 2
includes practical advice on what to
do if he is, how to confront your
partner about his down low status,
questions to ask, precautions to
take, and where to find help. For a
FREE copy of the Down Low
Dozen tip sheet, send an e-mail to
e-mail protected from spamr bots
(DownLowDozen at gmail.com)
with "DL Dozen-prw" in the sub-
Every year an assortment of
unhealthy, nutritionally unbalanced
diets circulate across the United
States, with most promising one
thing quick weight loss.
The American Heart Association
warns that many fad diets can
undermine people's health, cause
physical discomfort and lead to dis-
appointment when people regain
their weight soon after they lose it.
Moreover, many of these diets go
so far as to falsely claim to be
endorsed by or authored by the
American Heart Association.
You can recognize a fad diet,
according to the American Heart
Association, if it recommends:
Magic or miracle foods that
bum fat. Foods don't burn fat they
create fat when we eat more than
we need. To lose weight, you must
use more energy than you consume.
You can bum fat by increasing your
physical activities or by decreasing
the amount of food you eat.
Bizarre quantities of only one
food or type of food, such as eating
only tomatoes or beef one day or
unlimited bowls of cabbage soup or
grapefruit. These foods are fine as
part of an overall healthy diet, but
eating large quantities of them
could lead to unpleasant side effects
as well as nutritional imbalances
that could seriously impact your
Rigid menus. Many diets set
out a very limited selection of foods
to be eaten at a specific time and
day, exactly as written. Often these
limited diets don't address the wide-
ly varied taste preferences of our
diverse population. The American
Heart Association's dietary guide-
lines recommend a varied diet
emphasizing whole grains, vegeta-
bles, fruits, lean meat, fish, poultry
and fat-free (skim) and low-fat
Specific food combinations.
Some foods taste good together,
such as a soup and sandwich, but
there's no scientific evidence that
eating foods in certain sequences or
combinations has any benefit.
Rapid weight loss of more than
two pounds a week.
No warning given to people
with diabetes or high blood pres-
sure to seek advice from the physi-
cian or healthcare provider. Some
fad diets could raise blood pressure
or blood glucose, even if you lose
weight. Diets high in fat, which are
often those that overemphasize pro-
tein, can lead to heart disease and
cancer. In addition, high-protein
diets can worsen kidney or liver
function in people with moderately
advanced liver or kidney disease.
No increased physical activity.
Simple physical activities, like
walking or riding a bike, are one of
the most important ways to lose
weight and maintain weight loss.
Yet many "fad" diets don't empha-
size these easy changes.
A healthful diet rich in fresh fruits
and vegetables combined with reg-
ular physical activity can help most
people manage and maintain weight
loss for both cardiovascular health
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The Alston Fellowship Program is
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Life Changing Documentary Exposes Role Environment Plays in Youth
by Sylvia Perry
If you value our community, I
encourage you to watch this docu-
mentary. This two hour award win-
ning film singlehandedly shows the
difference and the impact made by
an environment change with our
inner city youth.
I had always thought that some-
one could easily pull themselves up
by their own bootstraps to make a
better life. However, after viewing
"Boys of Baraka", I can truly
understand how one's environment
could influence life's path.
African-American boys have a
very high chance of being incarcer-
ated or killed before they reach
adulthood. In Baltimore, one of the
country's most poverty-stricken
cities for inner-city residents, the
Baraka School project was founded
to break the cycle of violence
through an innovative education
program that literally removed
young boys from low-performing
public schools and unstable home
environments. The Boys of Baraka,
follows four boys as they travel
with their classmates to rural Kenya
in East Africa, where a teacher-stu-
dent ratio of one to five, a strict dis-
ciplinary program and a compre-
hensive curriculum form the core of
an extraordinary new journey in
their transformation to men.
The movie reveals the human face
of a tragic statistic-61 percent of
Baltimore's African- American boys
fail to graduate from high school;
50 percent of them go on to jail.
Behind those grim figures lie the
grimmer realities of streets ruled by
drug dealers, families fractured by
Richard and Romesha are two brothers who went on the journey.
When they told their mother only one could go, she asked, "How can
you make me shoose to make one a king and the other an inmate."
addiction and prison, and a public
school system seemingly surren-
dered to chaos. As eloquently por-
trayed in Heidi Ewing and Rachel
Grady's award-winning documen-
tary having its national broadcast
premiere on public television's
P.O.V., a generation of inner-city
children faces dilemmas that would
undo most adults. In this case, they
are told early on that they face three
stark "dress" options by their 18th
birthdays prison orange, a suit in a
box, or a high school cap and gown.
The four young boys featured,
despite individual talents and con-
siderable personal charms, cannot
escape the common fate expressed
by those dress options. But fate, as
documented in this film, comes to
them with a remarkable and fickle
twist-an experimental boarding
school in rural Kenya.
Devon Brown, Montrey Moore,
Richard Keyser, Jr., and Richard's
younger brother, Romesh Vance,
are just at that age-12 and 13 years
old-when boys start to become men.
On the harsh streets of a city like
Baltimore, Md., where the four
boys live, that passage presents far
more make-or-break, even life-or-
death, choices than anything faced
by their counterparts in the suburbs
or the middle-class districts of the
city. Will they succumb to the lure
of the drug trade? Will they, against
the odds, continue their education?
Or will they simply, one day,
whether the intended target or not,
stop a bullet? Given the odds
against them, do these boys have
the power to make a choice?
Richard speaks with charming
bluster about being strong, but is
troubled by his absent father's
imprisonment and about his little
brother's prospects growing up in
the projects. Romesh is already
suspicious and downbeat. Montrey
is compulsively mischievous and
contentious, fighting with other
boys and earning multiple suspen-
sions from school. Devon seems to
have found a way, preaching in the
local church with precocious confi-
dence while coping with his moth-
er's repeated bouts with addiction
The Boys of Baraka shows that
despite the most difficult circum-
stances, the boys can draw on the
traditional strengths of the black
community, church, and family.
The latter may present them with a
mixed legacy; the extended family
pulls together to make up for mem-
bers succumbing to the social
blights of poverty and the drug cul-
ture. But the enthusiastic support of
family and community are critical
when a rare opportunity comes to
the boys to join 16 other inner city
black youths in attending an exper-
imental boarding school. Their
families know instinctively that vir-
tually any educational opportunity
besides the Baltimore public
schools will offer their children a
lifeline-even if it is located in the
rural bush land of Kenya in east
Founded by the private Abell
Foundation in 1996, the Baraka
School-"baraka" means blessing in
Kiswahili, the native spoken lan-
guage of eastern Africa-was
designed to give "at risk" African-
American boys from Baltimore a
chance to learn academically and
grow personally in an environment
far removed from their troubled
neighborhoods. Without television,
Game Boys, and fast food, and
exposed to the hardworking and
socially rich life of rural Africans,
the boys are given a more disci-
plined structure and the kind of edu-
cational attention (a five-to-one stu-
dent-teacher ratio) normally
reserved for better-heeled private
The boys themselves understand
that this is a chance for them to
change their lives, but it's difficult
without fear of gunfire. Then
homesickness and discontent with
the school's discipline take hold.
Romesh even sets off in a futile
effort to drag his pack to the distant
airport. But then a transformation
begins to take place.
By the time they return to
Baltimore for summer vacation,
they share a new enthusiasm for
education and a greater confidence
in their abilities. It's a striking
flowering of hope, not only for the
boys but also for their families.
Then unexpected news comes for
Devon, Montrey, Richard, and
Romesh and their families. How
each of the boys responds to this
The boys on a hike in rural Africa with giraffes in the background.
to imagine 12-year-olds making a dramatic twist of fate may be the
leap to rural Africa without the most surprising thing about The
presence of their families and Boys of Baraka.
friends.It is, at first, both wonderful The Boys of Baraka will air
and disorienting, with the boys rev- on Tuesday, September 12th
eling in a chance to be children dis- at 10 p.m. on PBS Channel 7
covering lizards or playing pranks
Needed for Gala
Current class leaders, faculty and
staff of Old Stanton. Ne\% Stanton
and Stanton Vocational High
Schools are urged to attend a meet-
ing Nonday September 18th at
6:00 p.m. at the Bethel Baptist
Institutional Church. The planning
ineeting \ ill be held in the Ist floor
dining room to continue discussion
of the first "Annual gala" which
, i!l be held April 2S. 200".
For more information, call
Kenneth Reddick at 64-"95.
The General Membership meet-
inlg of the Jacksonm ile Branch
NAACP. for the purpose of elec-
tion of officers and at-large mem-
bers ot the e\ecuti\e committee.
1. On September 14. 20016. at
":00 PM ita the Branch Office -
5-122 Soutel Dri\ei there \\ill be
an election of the Nominating
Committee. A.ll members whose
memberships are current as of 31u
da',s prior to the meeting date
nria\ be elected to the Nominating
2 On October 12. 2(i06. at ":00
PM lat the Blanch Office 5422
Soiitel Dri\ei there %\ill be a
report of the Nominating
Conmiittee, receipt otf
Nominations b\, Petition, and
election of the Election
Superx isor', Committee. All
members whose memberships
are current as of April Ist ma\ be
nominated for office or as an at-
,arge member of the Executi\e
Committee. In order to sign a
nominating petition, or be elected
-.o the Election Super\ isor3.
C'onmnittee, a member must be
current as of 30 das prior to the
3. On No ember 9. 2006. the
election of officers and at-large
members of the E\ecuti'e
Committee \\ill take place at the
Branch Office 5422 Soutel
Dnm\e Polls \, ill open from 4-:00
PM to :1001 PI In order to 'ote
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more information, call 535-5173.
Sickle Cell Scholarship
September is National Sickle Cell
Awareness Month and as a part of
the awareness campaign, the local
Sickle Cell Association will present
their annual Scholarship and
Awards Banquet on Friday,
September 8th at St. Paul AME
Church, 6910 New Kings Road.
Proceeds will be used to promote
awareness and support activities
provided by the association
throughout the year including an
essay contest and other events. For
tickets and more info call 764-8795.
The Main Library will be the loca-
tion for a free class on "Beginning
Genealogy". Held in the Electronic
Classroom on Saturday, September
9th from 10 a.m. 12 noon, the
class will instruct students on where
to begin in studying their roots. It
will also cover how to use the basic
tools and resources available in
researching your family. Pre-regis-
tration is required. For more infor-
mation or to register, call 630-2409.
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 raises funds
to support lifesaving research, pro-
grams and education. It also helps
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
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.
Ritz Artist Marketplace
The Ritz Theater and LaVilla
Museum will present the Through
Our Eyes Marketplace featuring
specialty items created by the
exhibited artists. The event will be
on Saturday, September 9th from
11 a.m. 4 p.m. at the Ritz
Museum. For more information call
Mayor's Book Club
All Jacksonville families with
children are invited to join Mayor
John Peyton and the Jacksonville
Children's Commission to kick off
the third year of Mayor John
Peyton's literacy initiative at, the
Mayor Peyton's Book Club
Registration and Family Festival on
September 9th at the Main Library
and Hemming Plaza.The celebra-
tion will take place on Saturday,
Sept. 9, 2006 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at
the Main Library and Hemming
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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.
Concert on Diversity
One Arab. One Jew. One Stage =
Two Very Funny Guys. Rabbi Bob
Alper & Nazareth will be the hosts
of an internationally acclaimed
evening of humor, healing, and
September 14th at 7 p.m. inside
the FCCJ Kent Campus's Main
Auditorium will be the site of this
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Why Africa Matters
Johnnie Carson, former U.S.
ambassador to the republics of
Kenya, Zimbabwe and Uganda will
present a free forum on "Why
Africa Matters," Tuesday, Sept. 26,
7:30 p.m. at the University Center
at the University of North Florida.
Currently, Carson is senior vice
president at the National Defense
University and. He was responsible
for rebuilding and restoring full
diplomatic services at the U.S.
Embassy in Nairobi, following its
destruction by terrorists in 1998. All
lectures are free and open to the
public; however, tickets are
required. Tickets can be ordered
online at www.unf.edu. Click on the
Fall 2006 Lectures Link. For more
information, call 620-2102.
Black Nurses Asso.
The First Coast Black Nurses
Association, Inc. will host their 4th
Annual Dorothy Gaines Banks
Scholarship and Awards Banquet,
Saturday, September 30, 2006. The
event will begin with a vendor fair
at 6 p.m. followed by the banquet at
7:30 p.m. Festivities will be held at
the Hyatt Regency Hotel in down-
town Jacksonville. Participants can
look forward to an evening full of
information, entertainment, educa-
tion, recognition, dinner, and danc-
ing. President of the National
Black Nurses Association, Dr. Betty
Davis Lewis, will be the guest
speaker. For tickets or more infor-
mation, call Janneice C. Moore at
(904) 563 4645.
Green Cove Springs
Soul Food Festival
The 5th Annual Soul Food Festival
will be held on Saturday, October
7, 2006, at the Vera Francis Hall
Park, located on Martin Luther
King, Jr. Avenue in Green Cove
Springs, FL. The parade of pride
will begin at 12:00 noon. There will
be entertainment at the park
Amphitheater, a mens softball tour-
nament, a sweet potato pie contest,
food vendors, arts and crafts ven-
dors, voting booth, fashion show
for children and adults. For more
information, call 904-622-7903 or
Award winning vocalist Heather
Headley will be appearing at the
Florida Theatre on Thursday,
October 12, 2006 at 8 p.m. For
ticket information, call 355-2787.
National College Fair
The National College fair of
Jacksonville will be held on
Saturday, October 14th from 9
a.m. 1 p.m. at the Prime Osborne
Convention Center. Admission is
free. The Fair is an opportunity for
local students and their parents to
meet representatives from over 100
colleges and universities.
Informative sessions will be held on
scholarships, financial aid, entrance
essays, HBCU's, testing and much
more. For more information stu-
dents can contact their guidance
office or visit jaxcollegefair.com on
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The Jacksonville Urban League
will present their 32nd Equal
Opportunity Luncheon on
Wednesday, October 25th at 12
noon at the Hyatt Regency
Riverfront. For more information,
contact Linnie Finley at 366-3461.
The Ethics of Identity
One of America's leading public
intellectuals, Kwame Appiah will
present a free forum on "The Ethics
of Identity," on Monday, Oct. 30,
7:30 p.m. at the Fine Arts Center
Lazzara Performance Hall on the
Liniversity of North Florida
Campus. Appiah is a scholar of
African and African-American
studies. His book, "In My Father's
House," became an instant classic,
placing him in the forefront of the
study of African struggles for self-
determination. All lectures are free
and open to the public; however,
tickets are required. Tickets can be
ordered online at www.unf.edu.
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The Duval County extension
Service is seeking volunteers to be
trained in the CAL (Children and
Literacy) program. The program
trains community volunteers to read
to Pre-K youth and to assist young
children through 8 in developing
reading skills. Trained volunteers
will be allowed to select a site con-
venient to them to serve which will
be either an elementary school, day-
care, headstart program or church
nursery. Volunteers will be asked to
give a minimum of 4 hours a month
to the program.Training will be
held on Thursday, September 14th
from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the
programs' Westside Office at 1010
N.McDuff Avenue. To make your
reservation for training, call 387-
The Jacksonville Genealogical
Society will hold their monthly
meeting September 16th at 1:30
p.m. at the Webb-Wesconnett
Llibrary, 6887 103rd Street,
Jacksonville, Florida. We are
pleased to have as our speaker
Sabina J. Murray, who will discuss
her two published books, "Tattnall
County, Georgia, Loose Papers."
For additional information please
contact Mary Chauncey at (904)
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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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coming of^ge with the New "QueenB"
After leading the biggest girl
group of all time, Beyonc6 is now a
Grammy-winning solo artist, with a
burgeoning film career and a super-
star boyfriend. Simon Gage discov-
ers the steely ambition behind her
I would rather eat than go away
somewhere on vacation," giggles
Beyonc6 the woman who is
always said to be healthily chunky -
or "bootylicious", to quote one of
her own songs but who is really as
slim as a biscuit up close.
"If I could stay home and eat what-
ever I wanted, it would be equiva-
lent to me being on a beach and get-
ting sun." She takes it further. "I'd
rather eat than shop." The woman
has clearly lost it. "Oh, absolutely!"
You'll never meet two more differ-
ent people in your life than Beyonc6
Knowles the person, and Beyonc6
the performer. The woman dream-
ing of munching waffles in a cav-
ernous New York studio wearing
just a terry towelling robe with her
feet pulled up under her and a pil-
low on her lap, as if for extra pro-
tection, has nothing in the world to
do with the uncaged wild animal we
see in the performances of the
superstar Beyonc6. That's another
Beyonc6 entirely: one who regular-
ly enters stadium arenas upside
down attached by an ankle to the
ceiling and thrashing wildly; one
whose hips have a mind of their
own; one whose Tina Turner-style
show at a benefit for the grande
dame made the real Turner even in
her heyday look more like an
angel. On video, live on stage, on
record, to use a hip-hop expression,
Beyonc6 tears it up.
But not this Beyonce The one
cuddling the tape recorder that I've
had to put right up under her nose
just to be able to catch her little-girl
voice over the noise of the air-con-
ditioning. The one without a scratch
of make-up on, sipping some tea.
The one so kind to everyone in the
room that no one ever goes away
without a hug. This Beyonc6 is a
different breed altogether. Demure,
in an old-fashioned w\a'.
religious, coy even.
"Something else takes
over," says Beyonce -
known only as "B" to her
friends of the dispjritN
between the nice Southern
girl who loves her food and
her family and that flaming
minx with the hips and the
thighs we see or stage. She
even has a name for that
other Beyonc6: she thinks of
her stage persona as a
woman called Sjsha. and *;
tells me how inspired she's F
been by the whole drag- %:
house circuit in the States.
an unsung pan of black
American culture \\here
working-class ga.\ men
channel ultra-gla.iour in
mocked-up catwalk shows.
"I still have that in me." she -.'
says of the confidence and
the fire you see on stage.
"but there's an appropriate
place and an appropriate
time for things."
Born in Houston, Texas in l'
1981 to a medical supplies
salesman and a hairdresser.
Beyonc6 was channelling
Sasha while she %%as still in
Start-rite shoes. With her
best friend Kelly Ro~a lands -
who would eventually move
in with the Knowles family -
Beyonc6 would perform for the
ladies under the driers at her mum's
salon and was so single-minded,
spending so much time and energy
rehearsing that her parents decided
to see how the girls with friends
LaTavia Roberson and LeToya
Luckett would fare on the talent
show circuit. They fared well. So
well, in fact, that Matthew
Knowles, now one of the most
respected managers in the business,
decided to sell his house and quit
his job and put all his money and
energy into getting his teenage girl
group started. Eventually, it paid
off. After a first abortive record
contract with Elektra, Destiny's
PATTY SO BUSY SHE FORGOT HER CLOTHES
Patti LaBelle forgot to bring a change of clothes to her latest perform-
ance, a private fundraiser at the Hamptons home of Jill and Cliff Viner for
the Diabetes Research Institute. After getting off stage, she realized she
had nothing to wear on her trip back to Manhattan. "So she borrowed a
terry-cloth bathrobe from her hostess and was driven back to her hotel in
nothing but the bathrobe and stiletto heels," an amused guest told the New
ISLEY SENTENCED 3 YEARS FOR TAX EVASION
Last week, Ronald Isley was sentenced to three years in federal prison
for tax evasion.
Isley, 65, was also ordered to pay about $3.1 million to the Internal
Revenue Service, having engaged in "pervasive, long-term, pathological"
evasion of federal taxes, according to U.S. District Court Judge Dean
The sentences were handed down after Isley was convicted last October
of five counts of tax evasion and one count of willful failure to file a tax
return. During the three-week trial, prosecutors said Isley failed to make
any voluntary payments to the IRS between 1976 and 1996.
Isley's lawyer said his client had been selling his assets to pay down his
IRS debt. He had sought probation for Isley, citing his client's medical
condition, which includes the effects of a stroke and a recent bout with kid-
JANET JACKSON PLANNING 2007 TOUR
Janet Jackson says she's currently ironing out dance rou-
tines for an upcoming concert tour to promote the
September 26 release of her new Virgin Records album "20
Y.O.," a celebration of the artist's 20 years since the release -o
of her landmark 1986 album "Control." ,
According to Billboard Boxscore, Jackson is one of the
most successful female touring artists of all time. Between 1993 and her
last tour in 2002, Jackson grossed $94 million and sold nearly 2 million
tickets to just 161 shows.
According to Brad Wavra touring VP at concert promoter Live Nation,
which handled her 1998-99 Velvet Rope tour and 2001-2002 All for You
tour Janet's fan base is primarily a "white, suburban audience."
FOXX'S 'MIAMI VICE' A FINANCIAL FAILURE
Universal Pictures could lose as much
as $30 million on its $235 million film
adaptation of "Miami Vice," which has
grossed only $63 million at the U.S. box
: office since opening this summer.
The film shoot was plagued with prob-
lems, including hurricane delays, a
bizarre shooting and friction between
director Michael Mann and co-stars
Jamie Foxx and Colin Farrell.
Ultimately, the biggest problem was
the film's cold reception among critics and young action fans. On the open-
ing weekend, more than 62% of the audience was older than 30 people
who remembered the TV show but do not traditionally drive box-office
grosses. By the second weekend, ticket sales had dropped a deadly 60%;
they never recovered, reports the Los AngelesTimes.
Studio executives hope the film can make up for the domestic financial
woes by generating sales overseas, where the picture has grossed $65 mil-
lion so far. In addition, they are betting that the DVD will play well with
action fans, blacks and Latinos, the leading purchasers of home videos.
I -r l
Child were signed to Sony and
teamed up with a production team
that including Fugee Wycleff Jean
for their self-titled debut, released
in 1998. Their second album, The
Writing 's on the Wall, came out the
year after and sold 12 million.
Then, amid accusations and law-
suits, Roberson and Luckett left the
band (Luckett has, incidentally,
recently had a number one album in
the States, meaning that when
Beyonc6's new album B'Day is
released the two former band mates
will be going head to head).
Michelle Williams joined the band
with Farrah Franklin to replace
Robertson and Luckett but, when
Franklin failed to live up to the
Knowles's notoriously strict work
ethic, she was asked to leave, mak-
ing Destiny's Child the highest-pro-
file trio since The Supremes (they
have since outstripped their 1960s
counterparts to become the biggest-
selling girl group of all time).
It was in part these "changes" in
personnel that earned Matthew
Knowles a reputation for being a
rather hard-nosed businessman a
trait that is perhaps not too surpris-
ing in a manager who has risked his
family home and security, to look
after an artist who is also his eldest
daughter (he also launched a solo
career for his younger daughter
Solange but, after one album, she
settled down to start a family).
It was Knowles that drove the
band into contracts with brands
such as Pepsi, McDonald's and
L'Or6al, and Knowles who has sup-
ported Beyonc6 and her
mother/stylist Tina's move into
fashion with their label House of
Dereon, a venture that has attracted
more lawsuits, still pending, with
designers who claim to have helped
on the first collection. But it was
Matthew Knowles' single-minded-
ness and his daughter's growing
confidence that eventually led to
clashes and rumours that she had
fired her father from his role as
"My dad was never fired," laughs
Beyonc6 doing an impression of
Donald Trump in the reality show
The Apprentice. "But it took
him a while to realise I was
getting older. It was when I
turned 19, and I started say-
Sing 'no' to things. It took him
a second to adjust but if we
hadn't gone through that
phase, then something
would be wrong."
Ask her if she felt she
owed a debt of gratitude to
him tfor risking his shirt on
her teenage band and she
shakes her head.
"That was his decision,"
she says, matter of factly. "I
feel like we've been suc-
cessful and I don't feel like I
ome hi in anything. He did it
because he loved me and I
%\ork \ith him because I
loe him. And because he
does a great job. Not
because I feel obligated."
Now. very nearly at the
age of 25 (it's her birthday
tomorrow, which is why her
ne\\ album, released on the
;same dab, has been called
B'DaN i Beyonc6 is asserting
her independence. She has
just bought her first home in
New York, which she's dec-
orating with modem
African-American art; she's
Just filmed her first starring
role, in the musical
Dreamgirls, which was enthusiasti-
cally received by the critics at
Cannes, and she can certainly han-
dle herself if you ever step into ter-
ritory she's not comfortable with.
Ask her about her relationship
with the rapper Jay-Z, with whom
she has collaborated over the years,
and she steadfastly refuses to go
there. The pairing of arguably the
most respected rapper in the world
and the most beautiful R&B star is
clearly commercial dynamite, and
the paparazzi can't get enough of it.
But Beyonc6 has refrained from
capitalising on it A la Posh and
Becks. There are no his and hers
fragrances yet; in fact, she has
never even admitted to dating Jay-
Z, though the relationship is now
Her reasoning, she tells me, is that
if she gives one person a little
insight then the next person she
speaks to will want a little more,
until her whole life will be out
there. And she employs the same
stonewall treatment when it comes
to controversial issues. She was
Entertainers Still Contributing to Katrina Effort In this image made available by Habitat
for Humanity, rapper Darryl McDaniels, known as DMC, hammers on the frame on a Habitat for Humanity house
in New Orleans and boxer Roy Jones, Jr., cuts the wood, following a check presentation ceremony during which
Michael Jordan's 'Jordan' brand donated $450,000 to Hoops for Homes, an organization created to aid Habitat for
Humanity's Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.
Tracey Edmonds Has Stories to Tell
stories to tell, bu
about her life as
the high profile
TraceyEdmonds T r a c e y
Edmonds, the woman behind BET
reality shows "College Hill" and
"Lil' Kim: Countdown to
Lockdown," has been named presi-
dent and chief operating officer of
Our Stories Films, the production
company launched last month by
BET founder Robert Johnson's RLJ
Cos. and the Weinstein Co. to create
family-friendly features for urban
In the new gig, Edmonds will be
responsible for acquiring new proj-
ects and shepherding them through
development and production. As
previously reported, Our Stories
plans to release features mainly in
the $10 million-$15 million budget
range via Weinstein Co's genre
arm Dimension Films and on DVD
through the company's Genius
"For a long time, the African-
American creative community has
wanted to have a studio where
greenlight authority rests with an
African-American," Johnson said.
"I'm happy that Harvey and Bob
(Weinstein) have joined me in mak-
ing this vision a reality."
Films are to begin production
"around the end of this year or the
beginning of next," said Johnson,
who plans to start with two pictures
a year, increasing to three and pos-
sibly four eventually.
"I'm not necessarily looking for
'positive' or 'negative' type movies,"
Johnson told Variety. "I'm looking
for funny -- that's it," simply
because comedies are cheaper to
produce and usually make more
money than dramas. To keep pro-
duction costs low, Johnson plans on
asking top talent like Denzel
Washington or Danny Glover to
accept backed payment deals.
Edmonds' resume as a film pro-
ducer goes back to the 1997 movie
"Soul Food," which she later turned
into a successful television series
for Showtime. Through her film
production company e2 Filmworks,
Edmonds produced Patrik-Ian
Polk's "Punks" and executive pro-
duced Christopher Scott Cherot's
"When looking for someone to
lead Our Stories, we identified an
executive who has a track record of
innovation and success, the respect
of the industry and a strong under-
standing of, and relationships with,
both business and talent," Harvey
recently ambushed by a protester
from anti-fur campaigners Peta
(People for the Ethical Treatment of
Animals) who bid in an auction for
lunch with the star and then secret-
ly filmed herself haranguing
Beyoncd for using fur in her new
fashion line. "I don't want to talk
about it," she says flashing a "move
on" kind of smile.
After first solo album Dangerously
in Love (which she not only sang on
but also co-wrote and co-produced)
won five Grammies, the pressure
was obviously on for that notori-
ously tricky second outing. But,
rather than spend months on it,
Beyonc6 went into the studio and
did the whole thing in just a couple
of weeks, without the knowledge of
her father or her record company.
Maybe it's like the fur thing: she
doesn't want to discuss it. She wants
to do what she wants to do and
doesn't want to waste energy
defending it to third parties.
Beyonc6 says her quickfire
recording was inspired by the char-
acter she played in Dreamgirls. The
character in question is supposedly
based on Diana Ross while she was
in The Supremes, and plays up what
is generally thought to be the
manipulative, aggressively ambi-
tious side of Ross (she was famous-
ly unhappy about the portrayal
when the show opened on
Broadway in the 1980s, but gave
her blessing to Beyonc6 playing the
role when she called her during
So has Beyonc6 had to be manip-
ulative like the character of Deena
Jones in order to get where she is
today? She is shocked by the sug-
gestion. "Absolutely not!" she says.
"I know people like that, definitely.
But I'm not. It's difficult for me to
Perhaps she has perfected the art
of getting what she wants without
having to resort to anything as
crude as that.
Beyonc6's new album 'B'Day'
came out this week to coincide with
the celebration of her birthday.
a Vegas Act
Sn tourists to
And so it has
come to this.
t Tyson The once
mighty Mike Tyson, who amassed
more than $300 million throughout
his boxing career before losing it
all, is now earning a living these
days as a side show on the Las
According to the Associated Press,
the former heavyweight champion
works in a makeshift boxing ring
inside of the Aladdin hotel. His job
is to throw a few punches into the
mitts of his "trainer" Jeff Fenech as
tourists take pictures.
"I'm looking to make a buck like
anyone else," Tyson explained to
an AP columnist.
Tyson says he's uncomfortable
going out in front of people mas-
querading as the fighter he once
was when he knows it's all really a
charade. oBut with creditors breath-
ing down his muscled back, he
feels he has no choice.
"I truly hate fighting," he said.
"I've got a bad taste in myth mouth."
The re's talk of a series of three-
round exhibition fights to earn the
former boxer some extra cash. It's a
time-honored tradition in boxing,
where no one gets hurt and the for-
mer champ who is down on his
luck gets a small taste of the money
he used to make.
Tyson still manages to drive a
BMW, but is quick to add that he
used to roll in Bentleys and
Ferraris. He says he doesn't want
anyone's sympathy, and isn't quite
sure why many fans are still con-
cerned about his well being.
"I had a great life. I had 20
lives. No way should they be sym-
pathetic to me," Tyson said.
"People truly believe and support
me. I realized that over time. I don't
know if it's for sympathetic reasons
or just something that they can
relate to me in life."
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ILA Raises Scholarship Funds with Motorcyle Ride
Shown above at the brunch is former B-CC President and current
EWC President Dr. Oswald Bronson with current EWC President Dr.
Trudy Kibbie-Reed and B-CC Board Chairman Irving Matthews.
Davises Continue Tradition
as They Honor B-CC President
International Longshoremen Association (ILA) Local 1408 President
Vince Cameron promised union members a big celebration Labor Day
2006. The celebration began at Metropolitan Park on the St. Johns
Riverfront at 10 a.m. with a Motorcycle Ride to raise scholarship funds.
Cameron led the Motorcycle Ride, and members of the various clubs, who
paid to ride, raised over $7,000 for scholarships.
ILA members and their families enjoyed the beautiful park complete
with Music and onstage entertainment and the special privilege of motor
carts, complete with driver, to ride them over the vast park areas. Over
1500 persons including ILA retirees and their families enjoyed the day.
Jacksonville, FL B-CC Alumni,
Drs. Nathaniel and Vera Davis,
entertained an elite group of educa-
tors, alumni and supporters on
Saturday afternoon at the Omni
Hotel, during the Gateway Classic
Weekend. The occasion, a lunch-
eon, honored Bethune-Cookman
College President, Dr. Trudy Reid.
This tradition began when the
Davises honored the late Dr.
Moore, with a luncheon at their
home, but the annual affair soon
outgrew their home, and the affair
was moved to the Omni Hotel.
It was an occasion where "pres-
idents" rose to the occasion to
honor the "newest" among them,
Dr. Reid. On hand were: Dr.
Oswald Brunson, interim president,
Edward Waters College (EWC);
who is the retired president of B-
CC, after 29 years of service; Dr.
Ezekief Bryant, retired'presidenit
FCCJ North Campus; and Dr.
Robert L. Mitchell, retired presi-
dent EWC, and their spouses.
Alumni and other guests were
delighted to hear from these distin-
guished guests, well as alumni
chapter presidents, the national
alumni president, and the Bethune-
Cookman College Board
Chairman, Irving Matthews, and
his wife. Distinguished in his on
right, Mr. Matthews was named one
of Black Enterprise (BE) maga-
zine's "Top 100 Entrepreneurs". He
is the owner of three automo-bile
Matthews is devoted to B-CC,
but amazingly is an alumni of
Southern University who played B-
CC in this year's classic. Dr. Reid,
in a light moment explained that B-
CC was "allowing" Matthews to sit
on Southern's side of the field.
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