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Material Information

The Jacksonville free press
Running title:
Mrs. Perry's free press
Physical Description:
v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Rita Luffborough Perry
Place of Publication:
Jacksonville Fla
Creation Date:
September 14, 2006
Publication Date:


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African American newspapers -- Florida   ( lcsh )
African Americans -- Newspapers -- Florida   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Jacksonville (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Duval County (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
newspaper   ( marcgt )
newspaper   ( sobekcm )
Spatial Coverage:
United States -- Florida -- Duval -- Jacksonville
30.31944 x -81.66 ( Place of Publication )


Additional Physical Form:
Available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
Additional Physical Form:
Also available on optical disc from Ethnic newswatch.
Dates or Sequential Designation:
Vol. 4, no. 36 (June 28, 1990)-
General Note:
"Florida's First Coast only quality Black weekly."

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of Florida
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
aleph - 002042477
oclc - 19095970
notis - AKN0341
lccn - sn 95007355
issn - 1081-3349
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Related Items

Preceded by:
Jacksonville advocate-free press


Material Information

The Jacksonville free press
Running title:
Mrs. Perry's free press
Physical Description:
v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Rita Luffborough Perry
Place of Publication:
Jacksonville Fla
Creation Date:
September 14, 2006
Publication Date:


Subjects / Keywords:
African American newspapers -- Florida   ( lcsh )
African Americans -- Newspapers -- Florida   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Jacksonville (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Duval County (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
newspaper   ( marcgt )
newspaper   ( sobekcm )
Spatial Coverage:
United States -- Florida -- Duval -- Jacksonville
30.31944 x -81.66 ( Place of Publication )


Additional Physical Form:
Available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
Additional Physical Form:
Also available on optical disc from Ethnic newswatch.
Dates or Sequential Designation:
Vol. 4, no. 36 (June 28, 1990)-
General Note:
"Florida's First Coast only quality Black weekly."

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of Florida
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
aleph - 002042477
oclc - 19095970
notis - AKN0341
lccn - sn 95007355
issn - 1081-3349
System ID:

Related Items

Preceded by:
Jacksonville advocate-free press

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Table of Contents
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    Main: Faith & Spirit
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    Main continued
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        page 8
        page 9
    Main: Around Town
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        page 11
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        page 14
Full Text

Blacks Looking

to Represent

White Districts


Mixed Feelings
Page 5

Bethel Baptist


Pastor's 40th


with Week

of Festivities
Page 11

Bye Bye Mablean

Divorce Court

Has a New

Face to Deliver

Marital Justice
Page 13

1st Annual

Living Through
Giving Gala
Honors Past,
Present and

Future Leaders
Page 5
mmmmm ilmmm illum

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Schwarzenegger Apologizes For
His Comments About 'Black Blood'
SANTA MONICA, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger pub-
licly apologized last week for saying during a closed-door meeting that
,Cubans and Puerto Ricans are naturally feisty and temperamental
because of their combination of' black blood" and "Latino blood."
He said the tape-recorded comments 'made me cringe" when he read
them in the Los Angeles Times.
'"Anyone out there that feels offended by those comments, I just want
to say I'm sorry. I apologize," Schwarzenegger said. He added that if he
heard his children make similar comments, "I would be upset."
The apology was made in the confines of a south central Baptist church,
The statements about Hispanics and blacks were captured on a six.
minute tape made during a speechwriting session between
'Schwarzenegger and his advisers. On it, Schwarzenegger speaks affec-
'tionately of state Assemblywoman Bonnie Garcia and speculate about
her nationality. Garcia has.said that she was not offended.
"I mean Cuban, Puerto-Rican, they are all very hot," the governor says
on the recording. "They have the, you know, part of the black blood in
them and part of the Latino blood in them that together makes it."
Charles Barkley for Governor?
Charles Barkley insists he's serious about running for governor of
Alabama, but he's got to move back there first. 'I can't run until 2014,"
he said. "I have to live there for seven years, so I'm looking for a house
there as we speak."
And he said he is an independent, not a Democrat as previously report-
ed. "The Republicans are full of it," Barkley said. "The Democrats are
.a title les full ofit."
SAked if he had ever been in the governor's office in Montgomery,
Barkley said no, "The) don't let many black people in the governor's
mansion in Alabama," .he said, "unless they-re.cleaning." ... '
'. 1waxrt to speak for people who can't speak for themselvess" he said.
'America discriminates against poor people. America's divided by eco-
nomics. If you're born poor. whether you're white, black or Spanish,
you're going to be in a bad neighborhood and you're going to a bad
school. That's not right."
Barkley said he felt he needs to give something back.
Blacks Continue To Face Higher
Mortgage Rates Nationwide
Black and Hispanic homeowners were more likely to receive refi-
nancing loans aimed at borrowers with low credit ratings than were
whites, according to a nationwide study released by the Consumer
Federation of America.
In a survey of nearly 5 million refinanced mortgages made by 30
lenders nationwide, the consumer advocacy group found that about half
of black mortgage seekers and one third of Hispanics got subprime loans
with higher interest rates, compared to less than a quarter of white bor-
Subprime loans carry higher rates to compensate lenders for the risk
that borrowers with lower credit ratings may have trouble repaying the
loans. Interest rates on subprime adjustable-rate refinanced mortgages
rise sharply as market rates increase, generally making it harder for bor-
rowers to repay. More than 36 percent of mortgage refinancing were
made at subprime rates in the Southwest and Great Plains states versus
more than 18 percent in the Pacific and Northwest states.
First Online Library of African-
American Political History Makes Debut
The first virtual and most comprehensive library on the political histo-
ry and legislative legacy of African-Americans in the shaping of the
nation's democracy was unveiled this week during the Annual Legislative
Conference of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF),
Avoice, or African-American Voices in Congress, www.avoiceon-
line.org, is the product of a collaborative partnership among CBCF. The
University of Texas at Austin, Howard University and Dell (NAS-
DAQ:DELL). The online educational portal provides a central source of
information about historical and contemporary African-American policy
issues important to many Americans, and of particular interest to
researchers, educators and students.
Avoice offers viewers a unique collection of original Congressional and
political papers from African-American legislators. Initial content also
includes .exhibits on the Voting Rights Act, the Martin Luther King Jr.
,National Holiday Bill, the anti-apartheid movement and a history of the
Congressional Black Caucus.
Alphas to Develop National
Strategy for Black Men
Alpha Phi Alpha, Inc., the nation's largest black fraternity, has set as its
immediate goal the challenge of addressing pressing issues among
African American males.
During the Alpha's national conference in Washington this summer,
more than 10,000 members were on hand for a symposium and "town
meeting" designed to define goals for black male advancement in health,
wealth and innovation, and to develop black men personally, emotional-
ly and spiritually.
"As college men, we should increase our activity with young black
males," said Everett Ward. vice president of the fraternity's Southern
.region. He said Alphas need to urge these children to pursue a college
education. He also explained that the deficits of African American men
were already known. But instead of dwelling on them, he feels its imnpor-
tant to work toward solutions and positive endeavors for black men.

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Volume 20 No. 35 Jacksonville, Florida September 14 20, 2006

Is the Black Middle

Class Unstable?

Shown above is caregiver Emma Canyon, daughter Betty Pinkney and
honoree Ms. Pauline Brown.
99 and Countinm
Family and friends gathered last weekend to celebrate the 9th birthday
of Ms. Pauline Brown. Born in 1907 in Bowman, S.C., she has lived in
Jacksonville since the early,1900s and worked for man\ years at St.
Vincent's H.osital. The vivacious pre-centurion has one daughter. a grand-
son, two great-grands and a host of other relatives and friends % ho cele-
brated her legacy.

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A panel held at the Congressional
Black Caucus legislative confer-
ence addressed challenges facing
America's black middle class,
including the existence of higher
borrowing rates and a shortage of
assets passed down from previous
The problem is often overshad-
owed by severe urban poverty but
is something that Congress should
not ignore, said panel host Rep.
Artur Davis, D-Ala, according to
the Associated Press.
Davis and his invited speakers
said many middle-income blacks
struggle financially because they
own few assets such as real estate
or stocks and frequently pay more
for home mortgages, auto loans and
other big-ticket items.
"We have not spent nearly as
much political time and energy
talking about the significant num-
ber of Black ho got up to work,
this morning who make between

$60,000 and $200,000 a year ... and
have to still look at their bank
account every 31st to see what's
there," said Davis, a Birmingham
Democrat whose district includes
low-income urban and rural areas.
"We have got to figure out a way to
get to that next level."
Home ownership is a critical
issue, the panelists said, pointing to
government programs in the early
20th century that helped build the
country's middle class by providing
low-interest home loans requiring
little or no down payment.
"African-Americans were denied,
for the most part, the early fruits of
that legislation. That has set the cast
for segregated communities across
the country," said Melvin Oliver, a
sociologist at the University of
California-Santa Barbara. "You get
. ahead on your assets."
Asked about it by Davis, the
speakers said comedian Bill -
Continued on page

Shown above at the Festival are (L-R) Jamie Toliveris, Sean
Robinson, William Washington, Crystal Jones and Jameila Toliveris.

Carrence L. Riddle and Leroy Bass were united in Holy matrimony at Campaign Aims to 'Rally'Jacksonville Kids to Read
Winterboume in Orange Park, Florida. The bride is the daughter of Katrina Early Hundreds of Jacksonville kids accompanied by their parents
and Vincent Richards and Sylvester Jenkins and works as a Supervisor at attended the Mayor's 3rd annual Family Festival in Hemming Plaza.. The
Option One Mortgage Company. The groom, son of Betty and Leroy Bass, kick-off for Rally Jacksonville,aims to get Jacksonville youth excited
Jr. is an entrepreneur with his own electrician services company. Following about reading at the age of four. For more on the days activities or how to
their honeymoon, the couple will continue to reside in Jacksonville be get your child involved in Rally Jacksonville, see page 5.
*** It is normally Free Press policy to bring our readers nothing but 'positive news'. However, the editor found the following story so appalling, it
merited being told. These are trying times for the African-American Diaspora and if you're not part of the solution you're part of the problem.

19 Men Sought in Gang Rape of HIV Positive 11 Year Old Girl

community is an uproar after an 11-
year-old Wisconsin girl was
allegedly gang-raped by as many as
19 boys.
A 16-year-old girl, said to be an
instigator, and 15-year-old boy set
up the scenario over the labor Day
weekend, court records allege.
"Five people have been caught,
arrested and charged," Milwaukee
Alderman Mike McGee Jr. "We're
looking for 15 more inviduals, who
either witnessed it or were involved
in the physical attack."

McGee said that one of the boys
involved in the crime is expected to
turn himself in
Here's what went down according
to a complaint filed last Friday.
The 16-year-old alleged instigator
told the 11-year-old girl, who has
been HIV positive since birth, that
she should perform acts on a num-
ber of the boys at the house and she
agreed, the Associated Press report-
But the worst had yet to happen.
When the 16-year-old's uncle,
Freeman Gurley, got home from

work, the 11-year-old girl said that
the 16-year-old girl told her that she
should also have relations with her
uncle. The 11-year-old initially
refused but then gave in, the com-
plaint said.
At one point during the lurid
scene, the 11-year-old girl became
involved with multiple partners
atthe same time unprotected..
Chaney admitted the event to the
police and also said the 16-year-old
girl was directing the whole scene,
the complaint said.
So what did the 16-year-old girl


have to say when the fingers were
being pointed at her as instigating
the act?
She said she didn't have anything
to do with it, court records said.
McGee said that the 11-year-old
was manipulated into the 16-year-
old girl's house.
" It wasn't like she knew what she
was getting into," he said. "She was
manipulated by an older teenager,
and the teenager tried to force her to
do some things that she didn't want
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Grants Available for Minority Women
When starting a small business it can be costly, and grant that is between $100 and $5,000, and there is the
finding a grant if you're a women isn't always the eas- existing business grand that ranges from $1,000-
iest thing to do. Little do most people know, there are $5,000. You do have to apply at this site and, be
millions of dollars just waiting to be claimed for accepted, but it is worth checking this site out below:
grants from the government and other organizations. www.womensbusinessgrants.com
It is not a secret that women are beginning to own It may not seem like it, but our government does
more and more businesses everyday. Not only this, want you to succeed, and that is why there is millions
but these businesses are becoming just as successful if of dollars out there for you. Most places have ridicu-
not more then men's businesses are. If you are looking lous requirements in order to get a grant such as being
for a grant, don't be hesitant to look because of what over 65, being a minority, or even having bad credit
the business is going to be. There are literally hun- sometimes help the process.
dreds to thousands of grants out there for women There are sites out there that are specifically looking
wanting to start craft businesses, consulting, broker- for women only to give grants to. These sites are
age, record labels and more. attempting to help the women population succeed in
When looking for a grant, there is the option of entrepreneurialism and begin the road to succession.
spending hundreds of dollars to pay somebody to get The site listed just below here has a list of about ten
you a grant. However, there are other ways that are different sites that are specifically looking for women
completely free, but may be more time consuming to give grants to.
then you would hope. One site that is worth checking www.womanowned.com/Growing/Funding/Oppor
out is The Ladies Club 2000.com. It is required that tunities.aspx
you sign up and become a member, free of charge, but There is no reason to get frustrated after not having
then you will have access to grant information on how any luck finding loans. The government wants you to
you can become qualified for a grant and where you succeed in opening your small business, or help
can find grants to begin or increase your business, develop it that much more. There are a few sites list-
www.theladiesclub2000.com/grantsforwomen.htm ed above that are very much worth checking out to
There are all kinds of companies out there, and the help you find small business grants for women. Don't
type of grant that you will receive varies for place to get discouraged as this can be time consuming, but
place. On womens-finance.com, there are two differ- once you find the financial help needed, you will be
ent kinds of grants offered. There is the New Business on your way to developing your business.

Plan Ahead to Avoid the Baby Wallet Blues

By Jason Alderman
Like most new parents, mn, wife
and I felt a full range of emotions
while she was pregnant: joN.
relief, and anticipation cornbined
with nervousness, anxiety and
downright fear. '
What we probably should ha e e
been sensing, in retrospect., -as ;A
just how expensive parenting can
be: According to thie U.S.
Department of Agriculture, it \\illI
cost an average, middle-income
family more than $190.01101 t
raise a child until age 1 S.
If that figure made you pause,
you're in good company. A sir-i
vey of 1,000 new and expectant
parents conducted b' Redbook
magazine and Visa USA found that
while 76 percent of expectant par-
ents said they felt financially pre-
pared for parenthood, 41 percent of
new parents, in hindsight, admitted
that they were not. In fact, fewer
than half of expectant parents had
even created a new budget for
baby-related expenses.
Here are a few budgeting tips that
should help ease the stress of pend-
ing parenthood:
Plan for the big day. Start planning
financially for having a baby as
soon as you can don't wait until
you're on the way to the hospital to
have the 'money talk' with your
spouse. Remember, the actual birth
itself can be expensive. One-fourth
of the new parents surveyed spent
more than $2,000 out-of-pocket for
normal delivery costs they assumed
would be covered by medical insur-
ance. Call your insurance company
and find out what they will and
won't cover for your delivery.
Parental leave. Don't forget to save
money to offset maternity or pater-
nity leave for many people, that's
unpaid time off from work. Check
with your employer's human
resources department for informa-
tion about family and medical leave

Entertainment costs will likely
decrease at first, but remember
babysitter fees later on.
- A reduction in household income
(if one parent quits work or goes
part time) can significantly affect
your budget. If both parents plan to
keep working, factor childcare
expenses into your budget.
Check if your employer offers a
dependent care reimbursement
account that lets you set aside
money, tax free, to pay for licensed
day care.
The joys and rewards of parent-
hood are more than enough to offset
the sleep deprivation. Just make it
easier on yourself by planning

laws, or go to the National
Conference of State Legislatures'
Web site (www.ncsl.org), which
summarizes these laws and pro-
vides useful links.
What will it cost? Nearly half of
new parents surveyed said they
overspent on a car seat; another 36
percent overdid it on a stroller; and
25 percent spent too much on pho-
tos, a crib and clothing. Need help?
Visa USA sponsors a free Web site,
Practical Money Skills for Life
with a handy calculator called
"Budgeting for Baby." This interac-
tive tool helps you estimate one-
time and monthly expenses. Then it
compares actual average retail
prices along side your estimates,
helping you set a more realistic
Budget planning tips. You'll need
to revise your household budget to
fit your expanded family. Factor
these points into your budget:
Determine which expenses will
change. While your rent or mort-
gage will probably stay the same,
utility bills might increase if one
person plans to stay at home.

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Stores to Black Customers










groups based on what market
research showed was the best
approach for that location.
The target groups identified by
Wal-Mart's market researchers are
Hispanics, African Americans,
"empty-nesters/boomers," affluent,
suburban and rural shoppers,
according to Castro-Wright's slide
One example is a Chaicago area
store in Evergreen Park as African-

American, including offering more
urban apparel, a music selection
that is all gospel, rap and urban and
what it describes as "ethnic hair
care" products.
In Plano, Texas, new upscale store
opened aimed at shoppers in that
affluent Dallas suburb. It includes
high-end electronics, more fine
jewelry, hundreds of types of wine
ranging up to $500 a bottle, and
even a sushi bar.

UNF Hosts Annual African-

American Professionals Conference

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will retool
its 3,256 U.S. stores over two years
to give them a more customized
mix of goods and layout for six key
groups of customers, including
Hispanics, African-Americans and
affluent shoppers.
The move is the latest strategy
twist for the world's largest retailer
as it struggles to revive growth rates
that have fallen behind smaller
rivals such as Target Corp. and after
the company's first quarterly drop
in profits in a decade.
The approach, called segmenta-
tion, follows months of new initia-
tives from Wal-Mart to make sure
each store is better tailored to its
locale and to lure more affluent
shoppers, who may come to Wal-
Mart for groceries and basics but
skip the company's more profitable
aisles like apparel and electronics.
Stores will get a more specific
mix of products and layout to
appeal to one of the six target

SI Here Are lv Four

. Key Factors For
Entrepreneurial Success

by George Fraser
1. Talent. Talent refers to individuals who recognize market opportuni-
ties and then create organizations to take advantage of those opportuni-
2. Opportunity. An opportunity is customer-driven. It is rooted in meet-
ing a real need in the marketplace, or solving a real problem.
3. Capital. Capital is a critical element for every entrepreneurial ven-
ture. This may be the most elusive factor in the entrepreneurial process.
4. Know-How. Personal know-how requires skills such as leading,
communicating, listening, negotiating, and team building.
Did You Know? Research shows that those who become entrepreneurs
demonstrate a desire to control and direct, a propensity for taking calcu-
lated risks, and a problem-solving style. Could this be you?

the career goals and challenges of
the African-American community
in Northeast Florida, empowering
participants and encouraging net-
working. The event will deliver
new tools, tips and techniques to
enhance professional and personal
This year's conference features
three powerful keynote speakers.
Jim "Mr. Energy" Smith Jr., presi-
dent and CEO of IMPACT
Enterprises, Inc., will present
"From Average to Awesome;"
Deborah Covin Wilson, principal of
Wilson Associates, will speak on
"Building a Tower for Success;"
and Jacksonville-based motivation-
al speaker Jarik Conrad will discuss
"Emotional Intelligence."
Eight breakout sessions will be
offered during this one-day profes-
sional conference, including topics
that range from effective decision
making to influencing others to
maintaining personal credibility
and meeting ethical standards.
For more information go to
www.ce.unf.edu or call (904) 620-
4270. The fee includes workbook
materials, continental breakfast and

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The University of North Florida's
will host the 5th annual African-
American Professionals Confer-
ence, an educational conference for
executives, managers and profes-
sionals, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on
Thursday, Nov. 9, at the University
Center on the UNF campus.
The program is designed to meet


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September 14-20, 2006 Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 3

Minority Collegiate Attendance

Increases Slightly Statewide

increase. Additionally, state univer-
sities graduated more than 61,000
students in 2006.
Enrollment of African-American
students increased by 1.6 percent
and enrollment of Hispanic students
increased by 7.3 percent. Minority

Q: With all of the violence happening in our city, what can the schools
do to improve safety and discipline?
A: School safety and student discipline are necessary for quality teaching
and learning to occur and require the efforts of parents, teachers, adminis-
trators, staff and the entire community. Duval County Public Schools
offers numerous programs within schools to promote safety, good behav-
ior, and staff-student communication about issues. The district also part-
ners with a variety of community organizations for assistance with issues
both at school and in the home and community. The district has instituted
a zero tolerance policy, formalized in the Code of Student Conduct, for the
more serious types of behavior that intimidate or pose threats to other stu-
dents or staff. In addition, security monitoring systems have been upgrad-
ed, school bus conduct regulations have been strengthened, additional
funding has been put into truancy programs, and students are encouraged
to report to an adult any situation or behavior that presents a safety con-
Q: My son's cell phone was taken at school. Are they not allowed?
A: The possession and use of electronic telephone pagers, cellular tele-
phones, or other similar communication devices are addressed by the
Duval County School Board in the Code of Student Conduct. The policy
states that a "cellular telephone may be brought to school but must be
stored in a locker, automobile or school designated area where it is out of
sight. The telephone must be kept in an "off' mode while on school prop-
erty during regular school hours. Any student who chooses to bring a cel-
lular phone to school shall do so at his or her own risk. School personnel
shall not be responsible for loss or theft of the telephone." Please consult
the Code of Student Conduct for disciplinary action on violations of this
Q: My daughter is a fifth grade student at West Jacksonville
Elementary School. When will report cards come home?
A: Report cards will be distributed to elementary students on October 31,
secondary students on October 24th, and high schools on the 4 x 4 block
on September 13th. The complete listing for report card dates for the 2006-
2007 school year is as follows:
Elementary: October 31, January 18, April 2, May 25
Secondary: October 24, January 16, April 2, May 30
4 x 4 Block: Sept. 13, Oct. 19, Nov. 17, Jan. 9, Feb. 14, March 27, April
30, May 30
Please submit your School Talk questions by email to schooltalk@edu-
cationcentral.org, by fax at 390-2659, or by mail to Duval County Public
Schools, Communications Office, 1701 Prudential Drive, Jacksonville, FL

Governor Jeb Bush announced a
4.8 percent increase in minority
enrollment in Florida's public uni-
versities. Overall enrollment in the
State University System of Florida
increased by more than 7,300 stu-
dents, to 288,413, a 2.6 percent

students now comprise 35.7 percent
of students in the 11 institutions of
the State University System, up
from 35 percent in Fall 2005. Since
1999, enrollment in Florida's public
universities has grown by more
than 55,000 students, or 24 percent.
Last year, the governor met with
members of the Florida A&M
University Student Government
Association to discuss ways to
improve accessibility to Florida's
colleges and universities. As a
result of those discussions,
Governor Bush created, by execu-
tive order, the Access and Diversity
Commission. The 17-member
commission worked with the Board
of Governors to evaluate the issues
surrounding minority enrollment
and advocate for increased funding
of need-based financial aid and col-
lege readiness programs, as well as
the a financial aid program for first
generation college students.
Due in part to the Commission's
efforts, recently signed legislation
created the 'First Generation
Matching Grant Program and
appropriating $11.5 million for
state universities and community
colleges. Under the program, state
and private funds combine to pro-
vide $23 million in grants to stu-
dents who are the first in their fam-
ily to attend college and earn a
bachelor's degree.
During the beginning of the
Governor's tenure, he immediately
ended racial preferences as part of
the state universities recruitmen t
process under the One Florida pro-

continued from front
Cosby's high-profile criticism of
consumerism in modem-day black
culture was off the mark. The prob-
lem, they said, is more complicated.
"There's always a kernel of truth
to what he's saying but it's very
unnuanced," said the Rev. Raphael
G. Warnock, senior pastor of

Black Business Grants Available

Why do most small businesses
fail in 5 years? According to the
SBA, the #1 and #2 most common
reasons are: lack of experience and
insufficient capital.
Surprisingly though, the federal
government issues billions of dol-
lars in grant money each year.
These grants are awarded to indi-
viduals each and every day from all
walks of life.
BlackBusinessGrants.com was
recently launched to help African-

American entrepreneurs and busi-
ness owners locate and apply for
government grants.
Most small businesses fail within
the first 5 years according to the
SBA, because of lack of experience
and insufficient capital.
Surprisingly though, the federal
government issues billions of dol-
lars in grant money each year.'

Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta,
where the Rev. Martin Luther King
Jr. preached. "We have to challenge
our own people, but we have to find
a way to do that without beating
people down." "Most of us have
people in our own families that are
dealing with survival," Warnock
said, citing high rates of incarcera-
tion, HIV and unemployment
among black men. "Black folks are
dealing with so many issues, it's
hard to decide what to tackle first."
One major impediment is discrimi-
nation in mortgage lending, insur-
ance costs and other basic expens-
es, the speakers said.
"There's discrimination against
African-Americans. It's proven in
study after study," Oliver. said,
referring to mortgage lending. "It's

not something that anybody can
argue against."
Davis, a member of the House
Financial Services Committee who
has backed proposals to crack down
on high-interest mortgage loans and
predatory lending, said churches
and community groups should get
more involved in pressuring
Congress to act.
"A lot of people think the middle
class just happened because of the
strength of our economy. Yes, the
economy had a lot to do with it ...
but there were government policies
that made a difference," Davis said,
citing programs such as student
loans, the GI Bill and Social
Security. "That tells me that gov-
,ernment canbe relevant."

The City of Jacksonvifle

JEDC Sports & Entertainment


Edward Waters Colege

Shaw University Bears

Earl Kitchings Stadium/Raines High School
Saturday September 16, 2006

5:00 p.m. Kickoff
Tickets: $5 students w/ID and $5 Senior Citizens $10 General Admission
Tickets on sale @ EWC Office of the Cashier, or call 904.553.0016 or 470.8045
Tickets also available game day at Earl Kitchings Stadium beginning at 8 a.m.

College Day: 10 a.m. 2 p.m. @ Prime Osborn Center
Recruiters from 40 colleges will be available
Guests include:
Mr. Willie E. Gary Dr. Oswald P Bronson, Sr./President, EWC
Dr. Clarence Newsome/President, Shaw University
The first 500 students receive tickets to the Willie E. Gary Classic
2 p.m. Tailgate Party begins at the Stadium
Sponsored by Hardee's and the U. S. Army
Win up to $200 in food contest and enjoy playing free video games located in the U. S. Army Trailer


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Shown above (L-R) are the honoree's sister -in-law Toni Burrough, daughter Patenice Talyor, brother
Gene Burrough and Roslyn Burrough. FMPowell Photo

75 + Celebrate Burrough's Diamond Birthday
Over 75 guests gathered in the northside home of Roslyn "Auntie Roz" Burrough to celebrate the 60th year of
her life. The backyard fete' included a true 'taste of Jacksonville' complete with twelve chefs present who pre-
pared gourmet fare for any taste. Guests also enjoyed a fashion show. The multi-talented vocalist will continue
her birthday celebration next week with a trip to New York with family and friends to see "The Color Purple".

America Warned of Black Middle Class Instability

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There are "SaiI" in the Church of My Soul"

There are "Saints" in the Church of My Soul" Ps to Ponder

by Rita Perry
Since the beginning of 2006,
you may have noticed the indica-
tion that this is the twentieth (20th)
year of the Jacksonville Free Press.
True!. In fact, the first issue of this
newspaper on September 16, 2006,
published, and edited by yours
truly, Rita Perry, made its debut.
The years have passed quickly,
many people have come and gone,
but all contributed to this twenty
year venture in some way. And,
believe me, there are "Saints" in the
Church of My Soul, and in the
roots of this newspaper, the
Jacksonville Free Press.
Among those saints, are first and
foremost, my daughter, Sylvia,
who is now editor. In 1986, Sylvia
was a student at William M. Raines
High School, who had to be in class
at 7:45 a.m. But, on Tuesday
nights, this young girl was often
setting type at 1 a.m. or 2 a.m. in
the morning, but made it to class on
time. Not only did she make it to
class on time, but she also managed
to carry the duty at school of
Student Council President, and was
one of the founders of the girls
club, The Society. For two sum-
mers, she attended the Journalism
Workshop at Florida A&M
University in order to enhance her
duties at the Free Press. Weekends
she returned home to help with the
I could not continue, unless I
include the fact that in November
of this same year (1986), we also
brought my stepfather to live with
us. He had taught at Norfolk State
University since its founding, but a
year after retiring was diagnosed
with Alzheimers disease. My
mother was still working and could
not care for him. My time was
more flexible, and I did not want
him to go into a
Nursing Home. After all, this was
the stepfather who never referred to
me as a stepchild, who took me to a
Duke Ellington concert when I was
seven years old, and exposed me to
the classics, as well.
Although, hard, it was a decision
that I have never regretted.
Sylvia graduated from Raines in
1988, and entered Florida State
University, she returned home on
weekends to help with the paper.
She received her Bachelors Degree
in Mass Communications from
Florida State in 1993.
Rev. Gillard S. Glover, is among
the Saints in the Church of My
Soul. At that time, he was presi-
dent of the historical Afro
American Insurance Company.

And in exchange for advertising,
we were able to establish an office
in the Afro American Building.
Mark Little and Charles Griggs
established a public relations busi-
ness in the office across from us. A
friendship with Griggs, a very tal-
ented artist and community activist,
has lasted through the years. He
has consistently designed and
redesigned our masshead.
Mrs. Martha Cummings, who
held down the buildings reception
desk was very helpful to us in many
ways that cannot be forgotten.
Shadidi Amma, a very special
Angel, worked with us part-time,
after working all day as a chef,
often until late at night, for very,
very little pay. I cannot express my
gratitude for all that she helped us
do, as she often helped me with my
father too.
Mrs. Camilla Thompson, this
special lady expressed a desire to
write, and for years, and years, she
contributed many articles that
made the public scramble to read
the Free Press, to read her articles.
Dr. Maude Lofton, the pediatri-
cian, whose concern for the com-
munity was often expressed in the
weekly columns that she con-
tributed. A jewel.
My nephews: Bruce Burwell,
Douglas and Darrell Luffborough,
who sold the Free Press on the
street corners during summers. My
niece Tina, who added humor all
situations. Yes, our little two bed-
room contained all of us for life's

experiences, as did the 2-Door Ford
Escort. Douglas and Darrell both
achieved Master degrees from
Harvard. Bruce still comes into the
Free Press from time to time to help
Rev. Ed Dawkins, Esquire; helped
us with all matters of any legal
nature, and we advertised him.
And, of course, we could not
afford health insurance, but two
"Angels" kept us healthy, Dr.
Chester A. Aikens, made sure that
our teeth were in good shape; and
Dr. Kenneth W. Jones, took care of
the rest. In return, we advertised
for them.
When the Florida Insurance
Commission (?) took charge of the
Afro American Insurance Co. and
we had to move, that special Angel,
Dr. Akins rescued us, and we
moved to his building at 1603 West
Edgewood in 1992.
Our friend, Senator Tony Hill,
who at that time had not yet run for
state legislator, moved us from the
"Afro" in his red van. No, we don't
forget any kindness.
God's Church is full of Angels,
some are very, very special. The
Late Bishop C. D. Kinsey, of
Cathedral of Faith; Rev. Rudolph
W. McKissick Sr., of Bethel Baptist
Institutional Church, and Dr.
Landon L. Williams, of Greater
Macedonia Baptist Church; bonded
with us in the early years, and we
are grateful for their support. The
Pastors Wiggins and Evangel
Temple are special too. We are

grateful for the support from the
church community.
Then, there is the story of 903
West Edgewood. God was watch-
ing over us as Lake Forest Baptist
Church began to dissolve itself, and
we were able to purchase our pres-
ent office in 1998.
El Amin Rahman, one of the
early photo-graphers was always
on hand to help out until it was nec-
essary for him to return home to
New Jersey because of family busi-
ness. Rhonda Silver, David
Williams, Frank Powell and Aaron
Mervin have shared many photos
with us.
And those special friends and
extended family members, who
have pitched in when they realized
we needed help: Vondalee Childs,
Cestau Childs Clark, Tracie Neal
Collier, Tracie Jefferson, Tiffany
Stephens, Diallo Rabain, Eric
Gibson, and Alice Denson.
Also, Mrs. Phyllis Mack, Mrs.
Odessa Love, Mrs. Gussie
Clurkley, Ms. Tanya Tanksley, and
Ms. Marietta Lattimore.
If, I have forgotten anyone who
has helped us in any way, forgive
me, but today is Tuesday, and we
are in the process of once again
completing the Free Press this
week. We are truly grateful to our
subscribers, our advertisers, and
supporters. We will continue to
strive to meet our objective of pro-
viding a quality publication with
positive and informative informa-
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And the Band Played On


by Sylvia Perry
Jacksonville you thought we had problems.
Readers I beg your pardon in departing from our
tradition of positive news, but this week's story on the
front page caught my attention and has lingered i
there. It was so appalling I wanted to throw up. The
events surrounding the molestation of the Milwaukee 11 year old girl by
nearly 20 men sounds like some barbaric act you'd hear about in a far away
savage country. Instead it is right in here in America. Due to the graphic
details of what happened to the child, what you read has been edited for con-
tent it got much worse. I'm still in shock with disgust and for once, have
little to say. The plight of our Black males in America is startling and sad.
We've been whining about the 'more Black men in prison than in college'
scenario for over a decade yet the statistics don't change.
Driving down Union Street last week in the middle of the day I saw four
middle aged black men on a bench passed out in one way or another. I
couldn't do anything but shake my head. Forty-eight hours later I took a pic-
ture of two women with five young kids. All of the kids belonged to them -
and no one had the same last name. Okay. Maybe I am the only one who
finds the situation odd. Black women are complaining about the lack of
'good Black men". I'm beginning to wonder if it's a blessing. God knows we
don't need to be breeding anymore inmates, baby daddies or derelicts. (But
just in case you do find the endangered species, let me know). Alright. I
will get off the morality bandwagon.
Thank goodness the elections are over.
Someone had the nerve to ask me if I regretted publicly supporting
Fullwood. That sounds like a joke. Do you regret buying a season ticket to
the Jaguars because they lost? No, it doesn't even work that way in
Perryland. Amazing how things can be taken to the other level around here
unnecessarily. I had to emphasize once again just because someone is pro
one candidate, doesn't mean they are anti another. Loyalty is a big chapter
in my book, especially when it comes to relationships. My preferred can-
didate didn't win for president either but I sure wasn't about to defect. As a
constituent and a citizen, you hope that he or she elected to the office rep-
resenting you will continue to make decisions with your community at
heart. The rest is history.
For people deep seeded into state politics, interest can now turn to the
gubernatorial race. It has been a long time since a Democrat has lived in the
governor's mansion. And unless Jim Davis starts to get a lot more people
excited about voting, it's going to stay that way. Conservative Florida does-
n't mind flexing it's muscle when it comes to the Capital and unless there is
a candidate African-Americans are passionate about, the turnout is usually
Interesting enough, the escalating murder rate seemed to slow down a bit
during peak political season (knock on wood). Was it because more people
were out on the streets campaigning? Or, just maybe the power of prayer
kicked in to our beleaguered city. Who knows, but perhaps it's something
the experts need to take a look at.
Personally I think the high crime rate is just a sign of the times. We in
Jacksonville have been so sheltered here. That is why many think it's such
a great place to raise a family. Many of the social ills that are common place
in urban areas just aren't tolerated in Jacksonville. Just think, council per-
sons have their panties ruffled over gaming machines. Imagine if a long lost
Indian tribe wanted to open a casino here. If they thought the Trail of Tears
was rough they have yet to experience the power of Bible belt politics. Our
"projects" are no where near the massive structures that exist in places like
Chicago and New York. Matter of fact, our subsidized housing looks more
like a country club compared to public housing in the Northeast. My cousin
in California used to be a mailman and she had to carry a gun legally. The
buses there are also flanked by Transportation Police cars. Most metropoli-
tan areas have you talking through glass when you go to the post office. I
was in a bank at the beaches recently and couldn't believe I was face to face
with the teller. Then again... that was the beaches! We don't even want to
get into urban school systems. It goes on and on. But we have been fortu-
nate to have dealt with the issues that have risen in our community. Can you
imagine an entire city came together to pray? To God be the Glory.
Jacksonville be thankful for the small blessing we have within our city and
let's work to make it better. The world knows, it could be much worse.

Did Congressman Jefferson Commit Criminal Acts?

by William Reed
As members of the Congressional
Black Caucus (CBC) convened the
group's 36th Annual Legislative
Conference (ALC), a former
Chairman of the ALC,
Congressman William Jefferson of
New Orleans was being profiled as
one involved in criminal activities.
Across the Potomac River from the
Black Caucus events a black tech-
nology executive was being sen-
tenced to 87 months in prison for
having paid $400,000 in bribes to
Congressman Jefferson. Vernon
Jackson, 54, chief executive of the
Louisville, Ky.-based telecommuni-
cations firm iGate Inc., plead guilty
to bribery of a public official and
conspiracy to bribe a public official.
Even more demeaning, the court's
records indicated Jefferson not only
took bribes from Jackson, but was

slowly trying to seize control of his
In the 1990s, Jackson had built
himself into a high-tech multimil-
lionaire whose fortune was estimat-
ed at $32 million. Jackson was a
technology whiz kid AT&T recruit-
ed out of high school. He formed
his own firm in 1994 on the strength
of a patent that would allow voice,
data and video images to be trans-
mitted across existing copper lines
without the need to install expen-
sive fiber optics. Based on his
breakthrough technology, Jackson
launched VideoLan Technologies
Inc., a company whose stock soared
from $4 a share to nearly $50, but
which struggled within three years.
Jackson was ousted from VideoLan.
Jackson believed in his product
and successfully sued VideoLan to
get the patent rights and started a

new firm called iGate Inc. Jackson
wanted to use his technology to
bring broadband communications to
people and places that otherwise
couldn't afford it. An attendee at the
33rd ALC, Jackson saw Jefferson as
his ticket back to financial success
and respectability. Jackson met and
developed a relationship with
Jefferson in 2000. Jackson saw
Jefferson as his ticket back to finan-
cial success and respectability.
It has been said that Jefferson
seemed to work as hard for iGate as
one would if he were the owner of
the company. He went to Louisville
for demonstrations; pressed the
Army to test the technology for use
by the military; introduced Jackson
to Bill Clinton and Bill Gates; and
went with Jackson to Nigeria to
help sell his product. Jefferson
even found an investor willing to

put millions of dollars into iGate.
Jackson didn't realize that Jefferson,
while appearing to help, was steal-
ing his company, piece by piece.
Jackson says that in 2001 Jefferson
demanded a cut of the business and
urged him to sign a professional
services agreement with the ANJ
Group, a company led by
Jefferson's daughter Andrea. The
deal called for 1 million shares of
iGate stock, $7,500 per month and a
5 percent share of the company that
eventually increased to 35 percent.
The FBI says that over five years,
Jackson paid ANJ $367,500 dis-
guised as consulting fees and paid
for $88,000 in travel.
iGate hoped to find a lucrative
market in Nigeria, a country with an
antiquated telecommunications sys-
tem. Through Jefferson's influence
a Nigerian firm, NetLink, agreed to

put $45 million into the deal and
fronted $6.5 million to iGate.
NetLink eventually backed out, and
Jefferson lined up a new investor,
Lori Mody, a Northern Virginia mil-
lionaire. In taped conversations
Jefferson told Mody he planned to
move Jackson aside and take over
Mody agreed to an initial invest-
ment of $3.5 million, with the rest
of the $45 million to be financed by
the Export-Import Bank. Jefferson
also required Mody give 7 percent
of the company set up to do the
Nigerian deal to his five daughters -

later increasing it to 18 percent.
Things began to unravel when
Mody suspected she was being
stiffed. She had paid $3.5 million
for the rights to iGate's technology,
but Jackson refused to sign them
over. She went to the FBI to com-
plain about fraud, a tip that hatched
the bribery probe targeting Jackson
and Jefferson.
Jefferson has not been indicted,
but the trial has made the public
more aware of just how the $90,000
got stashed in his home freezer and
ways he made Jackson his patsy.

NOTICE: Fullwood Files will return next
week. Congratulations to Councilman
Fullwood and his wife Latasha on the
birth of their first daughter Zoe Helena on
September 11, 2006


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IBUTORS: Charles Griggs, Camilla Thompson, Reginald Fullwood,
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September 14-20, 2006

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Shown above (L-R) at the event is artist Glendia Cooper whose pottery work was part of the award given to the honorees; Cheryl Houston,
sister of honoree Eddie Walker (Business) with master of Ceremonies Judge Brian Davis and (right) Community Education Manager Marretta
LeBlanc with keynote speaker Connie Payton. FMP Photo

Living Through Giving Gala Honors Past, Present and Future Leaders

When most people think of the
word Hospice, they think of
impending closure. The
Community Hospice of Northeast
Florida changed the face and image
of Hospice care recently with the
gala recognition of five community
leaders from Jacksonville's African
American community. Living
Through Giving, held at the Ritz
Theatre and LaVilla Museum,
exposed over 200 attendees to the

first hand wisdom of experience of
Connie Payton, widow of football
great Walter Payton, the keynote
Ms. Payton spoke about going
through the loss of her husband,
when he was diagnosed with can-
cer. She talked about the impact that
his death had on her and their two
children, from the time he was diag-
nosed until after his death, and how
it changed the family dynamics -

from Walter being the strong hus-
band who handled everything to her
taking charge of all aspects of their
life. Her address also included the
importance of advance directives so
that loved ones know exactly what
the sick person wants and expects
and the end of life.
Living Through Giving, A
Celebration of Works & Deeds is a
community-based event supporting
the African American community

of Northeast Florida, and recogniz-
ing those members who, through
their actions and accomplishments,
have enhanced the Jacksonville
The Living Through Giving Works
& Deeds honorees are: Dr. Robert
L. Brown, Sr., Health Care Award -
Dr. Floyd B. Willis; Education
Award: Sylvia Johnson, Principal of
Eugene Butler Middle School;
Community Service Award: Rev.

Mark L. Griffin, Wayman Chapel
A.M.E. Business Award Eddie
Walker, NAS Jacksonville and
Athletics Award Bernard Wilkes
(posthumously), former basketball
coach of Ribault High School
Scholarships were also presented
to seven African American students
in the areas of health care, liberal
arts, higher education and the arts
ranging from $250 $1000. The
recipients were: Maurice Alexander

(EWC), Andy Andre (UNF), Erika
Bolton (Douglas Anderson School
of the Arts), Kimberly Johnson
(FCCJ), Brittani Payton (UNF)
Krystal Stovall (FAMU) and Kedra
White (FCCJ).
Each of the Living Through
Giving awards were individually
designed and created by local potter
Glendia Cooper, and reflect each
winner's accomplishment.



Mayor's Book Club Rallies Kids to Read Early



'. 2 Continued from page 1
S A Hundreds of area youth took
' advantage of Mayor Peyton's early
learning initiative by attending the
third Mayor's Bok Club kick Off.
The family style festival was held at
the Main Library and Hemming
"I am so excited to welcome these
new pre-kindergartners into my
book club," said Mayor Peyton.
"The Mayor's Book Club provides a
'. great opportunity for families to
read together and prepare to read
and succeed in school."
t. Families with children of all ages
were invited to participate in the
day's festivities. The event began
with the annual Red Wagon Parade.
Each team pulled red wagon bear-

ing their group's name, decorated in
a children's book theme.
Throughout the day, hundreds of
four-year-olds registered for the
Mayor's Book Club. New members
received a backpack filled with
reading tools, along with the first
book in the series about
Jacksonville that will be mailed to
them monthly. The books and
learning tools emphasize core liter-
acy concepts and help children to
become familiar with the city.
Following the parade, families par-
ticipated in games, activities, story
times, health screenings, communi-
ty information, Voluntary Pre-
Kindergarten registration and much
more. Upon entry, attendees were
provided- were provided with a

"Passport" and encouraged to visit
four "Passport Stops" throughout
the event.
Crystal Jones, mother of four year
old twins who attend Carter G.
Woodson Elementary was ecstatic
about the event.
"I think this is great. It's just not
much to offer our children in our
neighborhood." she said.
"Everyone should take advantage
of these opportunities."
For those unable to attend the
event, Book Club registration 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.
Jax Children's Commission,
1095 A. Philip Randolph Blvd.
In its first two years, more than
16,300 four-year-olds have joined
the Book Club, and more than
740,000 books have been collected
and distributed to Jacksonville chil-
dren. In addition, 200-plus volun-
teers read to pre-kindergarteners on
a regular basis.
i To learn more about RALLY
Jacksonville!, visit the Children's
Commission online at
www.jaxkids.net or call 630-4754.

Jaguar Fans Rain or S

The entire Jacksonville community celebrated over the recent Jaguar win
against the Dallas Cowboys. 67,000 fans braved the rainy weather to enjoy
the opening game festivities. Next up for the Jags is a Monday night game
against current Super Bowl champions the Pittsburgh Steelers. Shown
above enjoying the game is Marquise Graham and Kevin Gordon. FMP photo.

From Hope to Harlem

Prominent Blacks Offer Takes on Clinton

It was Nobel laureate Toni right questions before anyone else
Morrison who dubbed Bill Clinton asked them. ... Whether it's impor-
the nation's first "blac president." tant to you or not, his legacy is tied
In a new book written by Clinton's to a great extent to many of you."
former diarist Janis Kearney, more "I don't know how Janis found
prominent people of color share some of these people and got them
their opinions of the man whose to say the things that they did,"
presidency continues to be missed Clinton said. "They're all stories of
by many African Americans. people who basically believe we
"Conversations: William Jefferson can do better and have spent their
Clinton, From Hope to 7 | lives trying to do better
Harlem" takes an and help us all."
unprecedented look at At the book's release
the Arkansas native's 4 party, Clinton joked that
eight years in office ,. he may have the distinc-
through the eyes of such tion of being in the only
leaders as U.S. Rep. band in the state's histo-
John Lewis, former ry to "provide back-
Atlanta Mayor Bill ground music for a race
Campbell and baseball riot." Clinton said in the
great Hank Aaron. jl summer of 1969, during
"I found it fascinating what some a time of racial tension in his boy-
people had to say when they didn't hood town of Hot Springs, he and a
agree with me," Clinton said at a friend formed a rock band with
recent reception for the book at his both black and white players. When
presidential library in downtown a curfew that had been imposed
Little Rock. "This is a really impor- was lifted, Clinton said the band
tant book and it gives a voice to all decided to play at a dance in a
kinds of African Americans." Kmart parking lot. While the band
Kearney, who served nearly six was playing, a white girl and a
years as Clinton's White House black boy began dancing together,
diarist, said the idea to feature what Clinton said.
other blacks thought of Clinton "Before I knew it, we were in the
took root because she didn't think third verse of this tune playing the
she could be objective about the background music for a race riot,"
former president. Clinton said. "I looked up and there
"He is a man I think who's way were police cars all around, and I
before his time," Kearney said, thought this is not what we signed
according to AP. "He asked the on for."

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Greater Grant AME to Host Mayor's
Family Strengthening Initiative
The City of Jacksonville and Greater Grant Memorial AME Church,
5533 Gilchrist Road; invited you and your family to attend the Mayor's
Family Strengthening Initiative: Family Agency Fair, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., on
Saturday, September 23, 2006. A free continental breakfast, and lunch,
will be served.
You are invited to come and learn more about: Parenting Workshops,
Education and Tutoring, Job Opportunities, Budgeting and Finances,
Abstinence Programs, Family Counseling, and much more.
For more information and to pre-register, please call (904) 764-5992.
All workshop attendees will receive a FREE T-Shirt.

Dr. Jeanette Holmes is Speaker at St.
Andrew AME Women's Celebration
The Saint Andrew African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, 125
Ninth Street South, Jacksonville Beach; will celebrate Women's Day at
3:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 24, 2006. Dr. Jeanette C. Holmes, Pastor,
Hope Chapel, will be the guest speaker. She will be accompanied by the
Hope Chapel Mass Choir.

Sword and Shield Kingdom Outreach
Ministry 2006 Serious Praise Service
Come join the Sword and Shield Kingdom Outreach Ministry in its
2006 Serious Praise Service, a Spirit filled worship service, as we give
thanks to Our Lord and Savior, at 3:45 p.m. on Sunday, September 24th.
When praises go up, Blessings come down! Join in with the Prais-cis-
ers, under the direction of Ms. Kenshela Williams. Rev. Jermaine Moore,
of the One Body Christian Fellowship, will bring the message. Rev.
Mattie W. Freeman, Sword and Shield, Founder/Pastor; invites you to
come be a part of this great worship experience. All are welcome.

Callahan Community Revival Climaxes
The Callahan Community Revival, sponsored by Greater Mt. Pleasant
Baptist Church, New Bethel AME Church, and Second Baptist Church,
will hold its closing service at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, September 15th, at the
second Baptist Church, Rev. Marion Wise, Pastor. Exodus Bible Church
Pastor, Carol Odom Jr. will be the guest Evangelist.

LWCC to Host Two-Day Singles
Enrichment Seminar, Sept. 29-30
The Light of The World Christian Church, will host a two-day Singles
Enrichment Seminar, Friday and Saturday, September 29 & 30th, at the
Renaissance Resort, World Golf Village.
Seminar speakers will be 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. Through four individual thought provoking ses-
sions of spiritual enrichment for singles' hearts and minds. The topics
include: "It's Good To Be Alone!" which emphasizes the positive aspects
of single life; "Singles and Their Relationship with God"- exploring oppor-
tunities for a closer relationship to God as a single; "Singles and Their
Relationship with Others," addresses how to obtain a comfort level in sin-
gleness, and "Successful Singleness," tips for avoiding the pitfalls that can
hinder singles in their Christian walk. Information: 332-8831 or 307-2913.
Gospel Recording Fundraiser
Supporting Deacon Willie Kirkland
Come show love to this anointed Man of God, Deacon Willie Kirkland,
at 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 23, 2006; at Angel Square (Old Skate
City), 5133 Soutel Drive.
The featured guests will be: The New Creations, The Gospel Tones, The
Gospel Caravans, Singing Trumpets, Elder Robert Jackson & The New
Spirit Travelers, Evangelist S. Session-Willis & God's Chosen Vessels,
Sister Norman Jean Davis, and A Special Surprise Guest. This is an open
door event.

St Gabliers Episcoral to

Celebrate Annual Patronal Feast

St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church,
5235 Moncrief Road W., will cele-
brate it's annual Patronal Feast at 10
a.m., on Sunday, September 24th.
This is one of the most celebrat-
ed occasions at the church in honor
of the Black Saint, Gabriel.
Members feast upon rededication,
commitment, and love for faith in
Jesus Christ.
Last year's celebration brought
Christians from all over the city of
Jacksonville, where over 300 wor-
shipers were consumed with the
love of Christ. The Covenant
Missionary Baptist Church of
Florida City, Florida; brought its
pastor, Reverend Dr. Curtis Thomas
to lead the church as the guest
speaker; and its Mass Choir, to
breathe joy through the word and
song into the walls of St. Gabriel's.
The choir was also accompanied by

instrument-alists and the usher
Last year's service also com-
menced the Memorial Wall and the
Wall of Honor at the church. These
two dedication spaces on the
church's back wall symbolizes
those loved ones who have passed
and those who are still living.
St. Gabriel's looks forward to
worshiping with Christians from
across the city of Jacksonville dur-
ing this annual celebration. Help us
reach our goal of "covering the
blue!" (This is a term used by the
members of St. Gabriel's to see a
congregation full of faces and no
empty pews; the pew seats are
blue.) All are welcome to attend the
celebration, please join the congre-
gation of St. Gabriel's for this cele-
bration, at 10 a.m., Sunday,
September 24.

A Weekend of Ladies Inspiration at Westside Church of Christ

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, conducted 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 health.
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 Tammy Cason.
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 security in God dur-
ing 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'
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 Richardson,
"Spirit into Sound" travels through history in
music that clearly shows where the "soul" in soul
music originated. The music mirrors black his-
tory with hymns like "Follow the Drinking
Gourd" and "Wade in the Water" which both
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Sickle Cell Association Presents

37th Annual Awards and Banquet

(L-R) Speaker Dr. Bruce Mitchell with event chair Kenneth Reddick and Board President Jerome Spates
with guest speaker Dr. Paul Pitel. FMPPHoto

Shown above are shower hostess (L-R) Keicia Hickson, honoree Wilneishea Perry, Dana Simmons and
Hewlett Thurston amidst the bevy of gifts presented to the expecting parents.
Childhood Friends Present a Shower to Remember
Longtime girfriends of Wilneishea Perry recently presented their best friend with a gala baby shower at the Mary
Singleton Center. Over 100 guests enjoyed the Saturday afternoon catered event which included traditional baby
games and a showering of blessings and gifts for the expectant mother. Perry a graduate of Ribault High School,
FAMU and Webster University also recently received her Masters Degree. She and her fiance', Bruce Burwell
Jr., reside in Sarasota, Florida and are expecting Gabrielle Elizabeth Renee Burwell to arrive October 6th.

Black Middle Class Instability

Scholarship recipient Jacqueline Grant with her check
and award presented by Board Secretary Selena Bass.

The Sickle Cell Disease
Association's Northeast Florida
Chapter, held its Annual Sickle
Cell Scholarship./Awards Banquet
at St. Paul AME Church last week-
end to raise funds for the minority
affecting disease.
Kenneth Reddick served as chair-
man of the event, for the third con-
secutive year which included the

Pam King accepted an Appreciation Award for her
mother, Curlue Huger who was unable to attend.

awarding of scholarships and spe-
cial presentations including one to
longtime Sickle Cell volunteer Ms.
Curlue Huger. The evening's guest
speaker were Doctors paul Pitel
and Bruce Mitchell. Dr. Mitchell,
himself a sickle cell trait carrier,
gave a first hand account of living
with the disease.
The Association offers a variety

of support programs in conjunction
with Shands Children's Clinic.
Banquet proceeds will be used to:
(1) promote public awareness. (2)
raise funds to provide support serv-
ices for patients and their families,
and provide for the back to school
For information on the associa-
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continued from front
Cosby's high-profile criticism of
consumerism in modem-day black
culture was off the mark. The prob-
lem, they said, is more complicated.
"There's always a kernel of truth to
what he's saying but it's very unnu-
anced," said the Rev. Raphael G.
Warnock, senior pastor of Ebenezer
Baptist Church in Atlanta, where
the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
preached. "We have to challenge
our own people, but we have to find
a way to do that without beating
people down."
"Most of us have people in our
own families that are dealing with
survival," Warnock said, citing high
rates of incarceration, HIV and
unemployment among black men.
"Black folks are dealing with so
many issues, sometimes it's hard to

decide what to talk about first."
One major impediment is discrim-
ination in mortgage lending, insur-
ance costs and other basic expens-
es, the speakers said.
"There's discrimination against
African Americans. It's proven in
study after study," Oliver said,
referring to mortgage lending. "It's
not something that anybody can
argue against."
Davis, a member of the House
Financial Services Committee who
has backed proposals to crack down
on high-interest mortgage loans and

predatory lending, said churches
and community groups should get
more involved in pressuring
Congress to act.
"A lot of people think the middle
class just happened because of the
strength of our economy. Yes, the
economy had a lot to do with it ...
but there were government policies
that made a difference," Davis said,
citing programs such as student
loans, the GI Bill and Social
Security. "That tells me that gov-
ernment can be relevant."

Atty. Gary to Speak at Abyssinia Missionary
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Stuart, FL; will be the guest speaker at 10:15 a.m., Sunday, September 17,
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There's Nothing "Cute" About a Fat Kid

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Dr. Deanna Washingtom
State Names

First Minority

Health Director
Florida Department of Health has
named Dr. Deanna Wathington, as
the new director of the Office of
Minority Health, effective
September 11, 2006.
"The Department of Health is
privileged to have Dr. Wathington
as the first Minority Health
Director for the state of Florida,"
said Dr. Frangois. "Her extensive
medical background, her experi-
ence in community health, and her
dedication to the improvement of
minority health make her the per-
fect candidate for this position."
Wathington, who is certified by
the American Board of Family
Medicine, is the former associate
dean for academic enrichment at
the University of South Florida's
(USF) College of Medicine. She
also was an assistant professor of
Curriculum and Medical Education
and a consulting faculty of
Women's Studies at USF before
accepting the position of DOH
Minority Health director.
This is an incredible opportunity
to address health disparities here in
Florida and improve the health of
our citizens and our communities,"
said Dr. Washington.
The Office of Minority Health
improves the health of racial and
ethnic populations through the
development of programs that
address disparities and health gaps.

When it comes to childhood mis-
eries, there is little more tragic than
the woe of the overweight child.
From the trauma of taunting and
teasing, to the embarrassment and
pain of physical limitations, illness,
disease and emotional difficulties,
children are uniquely vulnerable to
lifelong injury from excessive
weight carried in the early years.
And all the research seems to indi-
cate that it will be lifelong, because
contrary to age-old belief, heavy
children generally do not grow out
of their overweight, rather, they
grow in to it.
With two-thirds of American
adults now overweight it's no sur-
prise that the numbers among chil-
dren are skyrocketing, as well.
That's because unlike adults, who
must make their own dietary choic-
es, children are largely at the effect
of the nutritional environment in
which they are raised, in the home,
in school, in their neighborhoods
and communities.
Children are being drawn into
obesity unawares, and by the time
they're old enough to take more
control of their dietary practices,
the groundwork has long since been
laid; poor eating habits are already
entrenched, and the excess weight

has already become a fact of life.
Almost a quarter of American
children are now overweight, with
more than 15 percent of both chil-
dren and adolescents actually clini-
cally obese already.
But whether it's referred to as
obese or severely overweight, the
consequences are serious. Children
who have weight problems, even in
early childhood, are twice as likely
to be obese in adulthood, and to
have the significant health prob-
lems associated with obesity. The
odds are very poor that they'll reach
and maintain normal weight for
their lifetimes.

But their troubles start while they
are yet young. The American Heart
Association finds that 25 percent of
children aged 5 to 10 already have
the early signs of heart disease,
including elevated blood choles-
terol or high blood pressure. Other
studies indicate that as many as 10
percent of adolescents may already
have plaque buildup in their arter-
Type 2 diabetes used to be called
adult onset,but not anymore, since
more than half of new cases are
now found in children. By the mid
90s, there were ten times as many
cases of Type 2 diabetes in adoles-

cents as there were only 15 years
Asthma, sleep apnea and other res-
piratory difficulties plague the
overweight child, and there are
painful orthopedic problems from
the strain caused by chronic excess
weight on growing limbs and joints.
Some experts say that perhaps the
most tragic effects of overweight
on children are the social and emo-
tional consequences for youngsters
who are unlike their peers: depres-
sion, eating disorders, withdrawal
and low self-esteem.
In the end, the overall life
expectancy of an obese child can
be cut short by as much at 13 years
from that of a healthy-weight child.
There are specific strategies for

helping overweight children that
differ from those employed for
adults, but many medical profes-
sionals don't have any idea what
those might be.
But obesity is hard to treat at any
age, and without question, preven-
tion is the best hope for our chil-
dren, because as we age, it becomes
harder and harder to lose excess
weight. Physical changes occur that
make it physiologically more diffi-
cult, and the poor habits that led to
the initial gain become more and
more ingrained.
Yet for responsible parents and
adults, once we understand what's
really at stake for the overweight
child, it also gets harder and harder
to ignore the progressing problem.


Transplants Outpacing Rise in Organ Donations

Rockefeller Twyman had
worked tirelessly for years as an
advocate for the National Bone
Marrow Foundation to get black
Americans signed up for the bone
marrow registry.
Bone marrow transplants have
been heralded for helping people
recover from a number of dis-
eases, including leukemia and
aplastic anemia.
Twyman, a public relations pro-
fessional and event coordinator,
had received accolades and won
community service awards for his
tireless efforts in the metropolitan
D.C. area. Then in 2003, the need
for a bone marrow transplant hit
1"I had a nephe\\ who needed a
(bone marrow) transplant," he said
"and my brother-in-law and I start-

ed a search for a match."
Twyman and his brother-in-law
Columbus Geer began researching
the family tree to find relatives
who might be a match for their
nephew Franklin Geer, who lived
in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The
search took them through
Alabama, to Georgia, Maryland,
North Carolina and Pennsylvania.
By the following year, a donor had
been found.
Ironically, it was not a relative.
"What blew my mind," Twyman
said, "was he was white. It showed
me we really are more closely
related than we think."
Still, Twyman is convinced that
he did the right thing by pushing
his family to register and urges
others to do the same.
"People need to target these

drives to get their relatives out,"
Twyman said. "I tell people to use
their family reunions, do whatever
they have to do."
While black Americans have
increasingly been more willing to
sign up as organ and bone marrow
donors, the need outstrips the pace
at which they are signing up.
Why Blacks Don't Donate
- Lack of community awareness
about renal disease and trans-
- Religious beliefs/superstitions.
- Distrust of medical communi-
A fear that by signing an
organ donor card, medical per-
sonnel would not work as hard
to saue them.
- A fear that their organs would
only go to whites.

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actress Sheryl Lee Ralph. Ralph took the time out to talk a little Delta busi-
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As Many as 19 Sought in Rape of 11 Year Old HIV Positive Girl

continued from front
in order to be initiated as a
The 16-year-old girl and a 15-
year-old boy have been charged
with being party to first-degree sex-
ual assault of a child.
Gurley and Chaney have been
charged with first-degree sexual
assault of a child in the incident.
McGee, who has met with the girl,
said she feels like she was misled
by the 16-year-old girl.
"She now is trying to sort out who
to trust and who not to," he said.
A citizens-led patrol group by the
name of The Rapid Response Team
is now doing 24 hour patrol in the
11-year-old girl's neighborhood.
"This is to rid crime-related activ-
ities in the community and to pro-

40-year old charged in assault
tect the girl's family from retalia-
tion," McGee said.
As of press time, A 13-year-old
boy with no previous record was

the latest suspect to be charged in
the brutal Labor Day assault
New details revealed in the com-
plaint included:
The girl, told investigators that
"she feels unsafe, harmed and mad
about what happened and wanted to
move out of the city."
"Nobody is on my side," the dis-
traught girl told police.
Milwaukee police have identified
many of the adults and juveniles
believed to have been involved.
The 13-year-old boy was charged
with two counts of being party to
the crime of sexual assault of a
child and ordered to remain in
secure juvenile detention until his
next court date.
The revealed details came from
the girl's videotaped interview with

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Milwaukee police. They paint a pic-
ture of a typical sixth-grader who
told police that her favorite class is
art and that she enjoys drawing and
coloring. She said she went to the
house where the assaults occurred
to visit with a 16-year-old girl she
loved and thought was her friend.
A short time after arriving, the vic-
tim said, the older girl took her to a
bedroom, where she directed her to
have sex with three boys who were
already there. Later she went to the
basement, where she estimated
there were 15 boys or men. She told
police that the 16- year-old girl
encouraged her to continue having
sex with them.
"If you are my friend, you can do
this for me," the 16-year-old told
the younger girl. Later, when the

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victim tried to stop, the 16- year-old
told her that if she didn't continue,
"I'm not going to be your friend
She told police she continued to
follow the older girl's directives.
During the multiple sexual
assaults, the girl said, someone ran
to get a video camera. When the
victim yelled at someone to stop
pulling her hair, she said, she was
told, "You're not supposed to talk
on camera. You're supposed to be a
pom star."
Another person in the basement
began talking about collecting
money for the sex, some of which
the girl said was physically painful.
Meanwhile, she said, the 16-year-
old girl was watching and laughing,
records state.

"How could you let this happen?"
the 11-year-old said she asked the
older teen after the assaults were
"I don't know, but I need to go to
bed," the older teen is quoted as
telling the girl.
The girl told police she then tried
to leave the house but was stopped
by the 40-year-old man, who said
he wasn't finished with her yet. It
was then, she said, that the police
knocked on the door.
In addition to the 13-year-old, the
16-year-old girl has been charged
with being party to the crime of four
counts of first-degree sexual assault
of a child, and a 15-year-old boy
has been charged with two counts
of being party to the crime of first-
degree sexual assault of a child.

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Blacks Looking to Represent White Districts Create Mixed Feelings

by H.T. Edney
Having gained control over most
predominantly Black political dis-
tricts, a growing number ofAfrican-
Americans are campaigning to rep-
resent majority Whites districts.
Some view that trend as progress,
others worry that the Black commu-
nity may lose in the process.
"As districts begin to reflect a
broader, multi-cultural, multi-ethnic
orientation, the leadership, in order
to get elected, begins to reflect both
political realities. And there are
consequences, says U. S. Rep.
Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.). "The con-
sequences include less emphasis on
programs that directly or propor-
tionately affect African-Americans.
We start talking about programs
that affect all Americans. I'm not
saying that's necessarily a bad idea
because it requires leadership to
talk about issues that reflect all
Americans. But Black folk have got
some real needs out here that need
to be addressed."
Among those needs that need
addressing: 58 percent of African-
American children living in pover-
ty, Black unemployment almost
hovering around double digits and
crime still dogging Black commu-
nities, all issues discussed during
last week's Congressional Black
Caucus Annual Legislative
"I do believe that when you've got
African-Americans running, they
bring a certain level of sensitivity,
not only to African-American
issues, but as a whole," says

MInorty Men

Can Expect

Shorter Lives
If you are a Black man living in
urban America, expect to live 21
years fewer than an Asian
American woman. So says a new
mortality report called "Black
Middle America."
African Americans who live out-
side inner cities and the rural South
also live' ti.e :,ears less than those'
in "Middle America," where the
vast majority of urban and subur-
ban Whites live.
Those are the findings of
researchers, who looked at death in
the United States through an unusu-
al lens that groups the population
into eight demographic groups, or
"Eight Americas."
The study found that if you are a
Black man living in a crime-ridden
American city, your life expectancy
is more similar to people living in
West Africa than White American.
The researchers said that "because
policies aimed at reducing funda-
mental socioeconomic inequalities
are currently practically absent in
the US, health disparities will have
to be at least partly addressed
through public health strategies
that reduce risk factors for chronic
diseases and injuries."
The researchers findings were
based on studying 2,000 counties
or groups of counties divided into
eight groupings based on ethnicity,
race and income.
The Eight Americas were: Asians,
scattered throughout the country;
rural Whites in the Northern Plains
and the Dakotas; White Middle
America, consisting of 214 million
people not assigned to other cate-
gories; low-income Whites in
Appalachia and the Mississippi
Valley; Western Indians (the small-
est group, with 1 million people);
Black Middle America; low-
income rural Southern Blacks; and
high-risk urban Blacks those liv-
ing in places where a person
between 15 and 74 years of age has
a 1% or greater risk of being killed.
However, critics of the report have
a problem with how the researchers
grouped people together in geo-
graphical areas who may live very
different lifestyles. In other words,
it assumes that you live the same
lifestyle as your neighbor.

Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-
Md.). "When you look at the
Congressional Black Caucus, when
the Caucus has spoken out on C-
SPAN, 95 percent of the people
who call us are White. They weren't
Black people. The reason why I
think that is because African-
Americans basically tell it like it is,
give the basics, think practical, act
practical and speak practical. And
because African-Americans have
been through so much struggle in

their lives, it gives them more or
less a passport to help other people
and I think that's what happens.
And I think it's a wonderful thing."
Cummings credits U. S. Sen.
Barack Obama, currently the only
Black Senator and only one of five
Blacks who have served in the
Senate, for inspiring an increasing
number of African-American
Republicans and Democrats run-
ning statewide or in districts domi-
nated by Whites. He credits Obama

for people saying, "'If he can do it,
I can do it.'"
Congressman Harold Ford, a
self-proclaimed moderate "Blue
Dog" Democrat, who earned a C on
the last NAACP Legislative Report
Card, has left his safe 9th House
District previously held by his
father to run for a Senate seat. In
Massachusetts, Black Democrat
Deval Patrick is the front runner in
a three-way primary for governor.
In Ohio, Republican J. Kenneth

Blackwell and in Pennsylvania,
Republican Lynn Swann are run-
ning for governor in the general
election Nov. 7.
Both are trying to duplicate the
state-wide success of L. Douglas
Wilder, the nation's first and only
elected African-American governor
in 1989. Wilder won Virginia's stop
spot with less than 2 percent of the
vote. Virginia isl8 percent Black.
Many Black ministers and Black
General Assembly members round-

ly criticized Wilder for his per-
ceived insensitivity to such key
issues as the death penalty.
"You've got to run as who you
are," says U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott
(D-Va.), who represented over-
whelmingly White districts in
Virginia's House and Senate. "I
don't think that I compromised any
of my principles based on who I
was serving. You've got to run as
who you are and say what you

The report did not examine the
causes of death between groups.
Researchers aid say, however, that
high death rates in urban Black
men persist even when you
removed homicide and AIDS as
factors. The Centers for Disease
Control lists heart attack, stroke,
diabetes, liver disease and fatal
injuries as the major causes of
death for Black men.

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Jekyll Island Shrimp
and Grits Festival
The Jekyll Island Shrimp and
Grits Festival will take place
Friday, September 15th through
Sunday. Not only will the festival
feature shrimp-eating contests,
cooking competitions and family
entertainment including live music,
but now the festival will also fea-
ture shrimping industry educational
tours and more. For more informa-
tion on the Wild Georgia Shrimp
Festival and other Jekyll Island
events, please visit www.jekyllis-
land.com, or call 1-877-4JEKYLL.

WWW Girls Night Out
Women Weight & Why will have
their Networking Girl's Night Out
on Friday September 15th at The
Brick Restaurant, 3585 St. Johns
Avenue from 7 9 p.m. WWW is a
health awareness organization that
promotes unity for all women
through education empowerment
and enrichment opportunities. For
more information, call Veronica
Campbell at 631-4706.

Monthly Genealogical
Society Meeting
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)

Dream Big College
and Recruiting Fair
The 4th Annual Dream Big
Dreams College and Recruiting
Fair held in conjunction with the
Willie Gary Classic will be held on

Saturday, September 16th at the
Prime Osborne Convention Center
from 10 a.m. 2 p.m. College
recruiters from all around the coun-
try will be in attendance. Students
are encouraged to bring transcripts
for on the spot admissions and
scholarships. Attendees will also
receive a game to the Classic.

Business Opportunities
With the School Board
Are you aware of all of the vendor
opportunities with the Duval
County School Board? This work-
shop will feature representatives of
the Duval County School Board
who will inform business owners
about the wide variety of vendor
opportunities with the School
Board, i.e. Construction, Janitorial,
Landscaping, Painting, Supplies,
etc. The workshop will be held
Tuesday, September 19, 2006, at
6:00 pm until 7:30 pm, at the Ben
Durham Business Center, 2933
North Myrtle Avenue. To register,
or for more information, call First
Coast Black Business Investment
Corporation at (904) 634-0543.

Free Forum on
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.

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Jammin at JMOMA
The Jacksonville Museum of
Modem Art (JMOMA) will hold
"Jammin at JMOMA!", a Back to
School Party for Middle School
Student (grades 6 8) who enjoys
art, music, and fun. There will be
DJ's, dancing, pizza, soft drinks, art
projects, "old-school" break-
dancers and lots of fun. All stu-
dents must wear their school id for
admittance. The school with the
most students in attendance will
win an art workshop with
JMOMA's education department.
A film will be screened in
JMOMA's theatre should parents
want to be around the festivities.
Jammin will take place on Saturday
September 30th from 7:00 pm -
10:00 p.m. Call 366.6911 x 210 for
more information.

Black Nurses Asso.
Annual Banquet
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.

Does My Vote Count?
A free forum and panel discussion
on the subject "Does My Vote
Count?" will be hosted by Mary
Wilson, newly elected national
president of the League of Women
Voters. A panel of local officials and
journalists is being invited to partic-
ipate. Co-sponsored by the League
of Women Voters and the Florida
Community College Rosanne R.

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Hartwell Women's Center, the free
forum will take place on
Wednesday Oct. 4th at 6:30 p.m. at
FCCJ Kent Campus, Main
Auditorium, Room D-120. For
more information call 633-8311.

Green Cove Springs
Soul Food Festival
The 5th Annual Soul Food Festival
will be held on Saturday, October
7th 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 entertain-
ment at the park Amphitheater, a
mens softball tournament, a sweet
potato pie contest, food vendors,
arts and crafts vendors, voting
booth, fashion show for children
and adults. For more information,
call 904-622-7903.

Dot's Fall Fashion Show
Dot's Fashions inside Gateway
Mall will be presenting it's 2006
Fashion Show on Saturday,
October 7th at 2 p.m. The show
which is free and open to the public
will feature the hottest trends,
prizes and discounts. For more
information Call 904-764-8909.

Heather Headley
in Concert
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.

B.E.T. Gospel
Comedy Explosion
The B.E.T. Gospel Comedy
Explosion featuring Chocolate,
Dexter T, World Famous Jacko, and
Willy and Woody Saturday
October 14th at the Prime F.
Osborn III Convention Center.
Contact Cory Harvey at 904-338-
4269 for more info and tickets.

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
the web.

Sapelo Island
Gullah Festival
Cultural Day at Sapelo Island, Ga.
is an annual festival celebrating
Gullah / Geechee heritage. Events
include storytelling, African dance,
cultural demonstrations, food, arts
and crafts and more. It will be held
8:30 a.m. 5 p.m., on Saturday,
October 21, 2006. Tickets must be
purchased in advance. For more
information on the annual event,
call (912) 485-2197. You can also
visit Website: www.sapeloislandgeor-

32nd JUL Equal
Opportunity Luncheon
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
University 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.
For more information, call 620-

NAACP Freedom
Fund Dinner
The Jacksonville Branch NAACP
will host it's 41st Annual Freedom
Fund Dinner, Thursday, November
2, 2006, 7:00 p.m., at the Wyndham
Hotel (formerly the Radisson
Riverwalk), 1515 Prudential Drive
(Southbank), Jacksonville, Florida.
For ticket information, call (904)
353-5199 or 764-7578, FAX 764-
7572 or e-mail flossyl4@aol.com.

An Evening with
Teddy Washington
An evening of elegant music hon-
oring area unsung heros and enter-
tainment pioneers will take place on
Thursday, November 2nd at the
Florida Theater. Festivities will
include Teddy Washington and the
15 piece "Point After" Band a VIP
reception and a silent auction.For
more info, visit www.jacksonville-
follies.com or call 230.2629.

Crafternoon Benefiting
Children's Home
Society set for Nov. 4
Crafternoon benefiting Children's
Home Society will be Saturday,
Nov. 4, 11 a.m. 4 p.m. at the
Jarboe Park in Neptune Beach.
The event is for kids ages 2-102
that features more than 10 hands-on
craft stations including tie-dye T-
shirts, tile painting, cookie decorat-
ing, poster painting, candle holder
making and more. in addition to
food, dance groups and live music.
The event is free to attend. Call
493-7739 for more information.

Pearl and
Cufflinks Gala
The "Pearls and Cufflinks," Gala
to benefiting the Clara White
Mission will take place on Friday,
Nov. 10, 2006. The evening begins
with a reception at 6 p.m., followed
by dinner and entertainment at 7
p.m. Festivities will be held on the
Citi Cards Campus, 14000 Citi
Cards Way in Baymeadows. The
fundraiser celebrates the Clara
White Mission's 102nd anniversary
For more information, call the
Mission at (904) 354-4162.

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Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
recently kicked off a week long cel-
ebration of activities commemorat-
ing the 40 years of pastoral leader-
ship of Rev. Rudolph McKissick,
Sr. and his wife Estelle. Themed,
"Celebrating 40 Years with A
Living Legend....Priceless", the
well planned activities spanned
generations of Bethelites to honor
the acclaimed pastor.

Rev. Rudolph McKissick, Sr.
began his pastorate on April 1,
1966. He is known to many as a
"Father of the Ministry", inspiring
50+ young men and women to
answer the ministerial call.. The
Jacksonville native is also a gradu-
ate of Edward Waters College and
recipient of an honorary doctorate
from Bethune-Cookman College.
In addition to more than forty new
ministries initiated by the trailblaz-

ing pastor, he also implemented the
church's educational program aid-
ing students academically. Serving
as a summer school site, it is the
only one of its' kind in the state.
Alltell Stadium's Stadium Club
was the backdrop for the Legends
Ball. The formal event brought
together hundreds of the historic
church's congregation (over 8000
members), family, friends and
local dignitaries. The elegant

evening included a welcome and
occasion by Oliver and Gloria
Hawkins, greetings by the Mayor, a
solo by Helen Wright and live com-
edy by Terry Harrison. The event's
anniversary committee also pre-
sented the honorees with silver cuff
links and a ruby to commemorate
the occasion. The event concluded
with live dancing to the tunes of the
FAMU Jazz ensemble and a bene-
diction by Pastor McKissick, Jr.

The celebration continued
Saturday afternoon at the basket-
ball Game held at Edward Waters
College. Teams coached by Pastor
McKissick Sr. (Original Team ) and
Pastor McKissick, Jr. (Stacked
Team ), battled on the hardwood
with the Stacked winning the brag-
ging rights honor of being the
Legends Basketball Champs.
The celebration continued
Wednesday with "A Tribute to the

Legends" in drama, song and dance
by the Children & Youth Ministry,
at the church. Forty year celebration
festivities will wind down with a
live recording by the Fine Arts
Ministry of Bethel on Friday,
September 15th7 p.m., in the Main
Sanctuary. The grand celebration
will conclude with "The
Anniversary Worship Services", at
7:40 a.m. and 10:40 a.m. services
on Sunday, September 17, 2006.

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JBCl Classic Schedule

8th Down East Viking Football Classic
Fayetteville State vs. Elizabeth City State Rocky Mount, NC 4:00pm
Willie Gary Classic
Shaw vs. Edward Waters Jacksonville, FL 5:00 p.m.
Southern Heritage Classic
Jackson State vs. Tennessee State Memphis, TN 6:00 p.m.
The Classic
Bowie State vs. Livingstone Charlotte, NC 4:00 p.m.
New York Urban League Classic
Hampton vs. Morgan State East Rutherford, NJ 4:00 p.m.
Toyota Heritage Classic
Central State vs. Kentucky State Lexington, KY 5:00 p.m.
Masonic Bowl
Saint Paul's vs. Fayetteville State Fayetteville, NC 6:00 p.m.
Joe Turner Classic
Liberty vs. Savannah State Savannah, GA 6:00 p.m.
Community Youth Bowl
Johnson C. Smith vs. Virginia Union Richmond, VA 7:00 p.m.
6th Annual Steel City Classic ESPNU
Stillman vs. Miles Birmingham, AL 5:00 p.m.
3rd Prince Georges Classic
NC Central vs. Bowie State Bowie, MD 2:00 p.m.
Atlanta Football Classic
Florida A&M vs. Tennessee State Atlanta, GA 3:00 p.m.
13th Annual Gateway Classic
Tuskegee vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff St. Louis, MO 4:00 p.m.
Fish Bowl Classic
NC A&T vs. Norfolk State Norfolk, VA 4:00 p.m.
State Fair Classic
Prairie View A&M vs. Grambling State Dallas, TX 6:00 p.m.
71st Annual Morehouse-'Skegee Classic
Tuskegee vs. Morehouse Columbus, GA 2:00 p.m.
Circle City Classic
Central State vs. Hampton Indianapolis, IN 4:00 p.m.
Gulf Coast Classic
Jackson State vs. Alabama State Mobile, AL 7:00 p.m.
Delta Classic for Literacy
Arkansas-Pine Bluff vs. Grambling State Little Rock, AR 1:00 p.m.
Battle of the Bay Classic
Norfolk State vs. Hampton Hampton, VA 1:30 p.m.
14th CSRA Classic
Morehouse vs. Savannah State Augusta, GA 2:00 p.m.
NABB Biker's Classic
Tennessee Tech vs. Tennessee State Nashville, TN 6:00 pm
Gold Bowl CIAA TV Network
Virginia State vs. Virginia Union Richmond, VA 1:00 p.m.
Magic City Classic
Alabama State vs. Alabama A&M Birmingham, AL 2:30 p.m.
CIAA Championship Weekend (Bowling & Volleyball)
Livingstone vs. Fayetteville State Fayetteville, NC 1:30 p.m.
17th Fountain City Classic
Albany State vs. Fort Valley State Columbus, GA 1:30 p.m.
CIAA Championship
West Champion vs. East Champion Durham, NC 1:00pm
27th Annual Florida Classic
Florida A&M vs. Bethune-Cookman Orlando, FL 4:00 p.m.
Capital City Classic
Jackson State vs. Alcorn State Jackson, MS TBA
83rd Annual Turkey Day Classic
Tuskegee vs. Alabama State Montgomery, AL 1:00 p.m.
State Farm Bayou Classic XXXII NBC
Grambling State vs. Southern New Orleans, LA TBA
Pioneer Bowl IX ESPN Classic or Plus
SIAC Representative vs. CIAA Representative Charlotte, NC 1:00 p.m.
SWAC Championship
West Champ vs. East Champ Birmingham, AL TBA

Blake is Back on Top of His Game

by M. Cobb
You can call James Blake the
"Comeback Kid." Two years ago
Blake broke his neck and lost his
father, also his best friend, to can-
cer. Now, in 2006, he's back on the
court, back in top form and is one of
the top top ten ranked American
players in the world. His recently
win at the RCA Championships in
Indianapolis was his third major
victory this year, and served notice
that he was ready for his time in the
spotlight. The RCA was the first
tournament in the U.S. Open Series,
leading up to the end-of-summer
grand slam in New York. And Blake
says he is ready to to compete for
the title at the U.S. Open.
"I already won the first tourna-
ment of [the series] and that means
I am playing some pretty good ten-
nis. I feel great right now and very
healthy," says Blake.
On a scorching Saturday morning
at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New
York, he spoke candidly about the
tough regimen it took to survive a
broken neck and become the fifth
ranked player in the world. He also
discussed his RCA victory over for-
mer American No. 1, Andy
Roddick, and how it feels to finally
be on top of his game and getting
recognized for it.
My perspective on tennis has
changed," he said, "I put a lot of
pressure on myself when I was
younger. Many people saw my abil-
ity and saw my talent but I wasn't
reaching my potential right at the
beginning. I didn't know how to
react to it and now I am putting a

James Blake

little less pressure on myself. It has
given me a much more comfortable
feeling on the tennis court."
The new maturity and greater
comfort level may have to do with
some of his off-court success as
well. Blake has just inked an
endorsement deal with bottled-
water giant, Evian. In the upcoming
ads for the company, Blake will
capitalize on his newly minted sex-
symbol image fostered by appear-
ances in publications like People
Magazine. The Saturday event was
in part a shoot of one of those com-
mercials. And there was a little
blush in Blake's stroke that day.
"I think of it as kinda laughable at
times because I wore a back brace
in high school and I was scared to
talk to girls," he said. "It is just pret-
ty funny and I don't have the same
confidence as most sex symbols
have because I really do think of
myself as that high schooler who

was self conscious."
Shrugging and laughing, Blake
adds, "I get brought down to earth
pretty quickly by my family and
other players in the locker room."
Most of his off-court time is spent
with close friends. Often seen at
matches cheering him on, the group
is affectionately referred to as the
"J-Block." Blake also takes time out
to hang with a tight-knit group of
young tennis players, which
includes Roddick, Mardy Fish and
Robby Ginepri.
Blake knows he is living a truly
charmed life and is thankful for it.
"I am fortunate that I get to do
what I love for a living and have
thousands of people cheering," he
says. "I realize how few people get
that opportunity and how lucky I
am now."
Blake, most recently lost to Roger
Federer in the U.S. Open quarterfi-
nals and slid from No. 7 to No. 8.

Ishama "Ish" Monroe is the only African-American to win on the
Bassmaster Elite Series which is the major leagues of U.S. fishing.

by H. White, BV
As a boy growing up in California,
Ishama "Ish" Monroe learned to
fish from his father and grandfather.
Soon, it became his life's calling.
Ish has always been about fish.
"My first job was at Hyde's Tackle
Box in San Francisco," Monroe
says. "Then I was a deckhand on a
boat, but that doesn't give you much
opportunity to fish."
Monroe has plenty of time to fish
now. He is one of the country's top
bass anglers, and recently improved
his high profile as the first and only
African-American to win on the
Bassmaster Elite Series, the major
leagues of U.S. fishing.

A professional for 14 years,
Monroe, 32, is the only African
American on the Elite tour, where
he made angling history in March
with a win at the Battle of the
on Lake Amistad, Texas. Aside
from the $103,000 winner's purse,
the victory put Monroe in rare com-
pany. He has earned more than
$334,879 with 10 career top 10 fin-
ishes and 17 top 20s.
"Winning that tournament
changed my life," he said while
preparing for the Bassmaster
American at Lake Wylie, N.C., one
of the series' three major tourna-
ments. The prize money at Lake

wylie is a whopping $250,000.
"Once you win a tournament, it
changes everything, from a career
perspective, a sponsorship perspec-
tive.", : -
Monroe, who lives "ini Hughson,
Calif., hopes to parlay this season's
success into more wins. "When you
win once, you can win again," he
Anglers are competitive, but not
necessarily with each other. Fish
are the ultimate challenge, and
anglers must study the water condi-
tions to maximize their catch,
which is weighed and returned to
the water alive.
"Everybody is very competitive,
but we're all friends," Monroe said.
"We help each other. Overall, the
competition is between the fisher-
man and the fish, not between fish-
Monroe is particularly excited
about the next season, which
includes a couple of California
stops near home. Those sites -
Stockton and Lakeport, Calif.,
afford a familiarity that he didn't
have this year. "I feel like with the
schedule we have for '07, I think I
can get that second win, not that
I'm writing off the rest of this year,"
he said. "The Delta and the Clear
Lake, those are close to home."
Monroe also wants to expand
beyond competitive angling while
building his resume. At 32, he has
no immediate plans to cut back on
fishing, but he's got some ideas on
how to spend his time away from
the water. As outdoor sports like
hunting and fishing grow in popu-
larity, Monroe wants to promote
them to a wider demographic. After
he's won a few more tournaments,
of course.
"There are guys over 60 years and
they are still competitive," he said.
"My plan is by the time I'm 50 years
old to be retired and doing a show
on ESPN."


Black Man Fishing

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about Hurricane Katrina and its
sobering aftermath, filmmaker
Spike Lee is developing a scripted
drama for NBC set in New Orleans..
Titled "NoLa," the drama will
feature a multi-cultural cast and "" -
explore the lives of New Orleans
residents from various social and
economic backgrounds in the wake
of the disaster.
Like his HBO documentary,
"NoLa" will include humor and
some of the more colorful folk .
from "Levees" -- like Phyllis
Montana LeBlanc -- as supporting ..
characters or fictional versions.
The pilot will be shot on location in "
New Orleans with minimal set .
design needed. Lee explains: "We
don't have to build sets. Things Queen of Soul Performs for the King of Radio
there still look like the city's been
bombed out." Legendary singer Aretha Franklin performs at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort as part of the Tom Joyner
"It's a show about the city trying Family Reunion at Walt Disney World. Tom Joyner, host of the nation's No. 1 urban morning radio show, hosted
to rebuild itself and the people who a Labor Day weekend celebration at the Walt Disney World Resort, treating his "extended family" of listeners to
are trying to put their lives togeth- performances by some of the country's best-known musicians, comedians and gospel acts.
er." says Lee.

Malinda Williams Keeps it Straight in Idlewild

The Robertson Treatment
Beginning with her early work on
"The Cosby Show," to films like
"The Wood," "Dancing in
September" and "A Thin Line
Between Love and Hate," actress
Malinda Williams has been one of
America's most enduring sweet-
heart. Effervescent and spunky, the
pint-size actress is definitely hard to
resist. Best known for her starring
role on the long running Showtime
family drama "Soul Food,"
Williams has since
added entrepreneur to
her resume with the
introduction of her
Modern Goddess
clothing line.
Currently a co-star of
the NBC show
"Windfall" and the
highly anticipated film
"Idlewild" opposite Big Boi
and Andre 3000, \\illinms
recently met with the Robertson
Treatment to give us insights on her
upcoming projects.
Robertson Treatment: \\hat \. as
life like for you after Soul Food;'
Did you go through a3in s-oul
searching moments, apprehension
or anything like that?
Malinda Williams: No. I didn't
because we were shooting in ,/
Toronto and so I was really, 1.'-
separated from my friends and
family. I was excited to be coning
back home. Career v.i-e. I hale
worked fairly consistently, so I ijstI
thought it was a chance for me to
take some time off. I have a son and
he was entering the 1st grade and so
it was important for me to really be
there to keep a close eye on him and
stay on top of the teachers and see
that the whole thing went smoothly.
No, I didn't' have any misgivings
about leaving the show and plus I
still keep in touch with all my co-
stars so it's not like I felt I was
missing anyone. The only thing I
did miss is seeing the crew every-
day for we got to know each other
pretty well. I was happy to be clos-
ing that chapter and moving onto
something else.

RT: There's a strong buzz around
"Idlewild" and just judging by the
cast it sounds like there must of
been some great times on set?
MW: We had Faison Love,
Terence Howard, Paula Jai Parker
all together on one set, which is a
recipe for fun. There were lots of
great people that worked on that
project and the fact that it's a period
piece made things a lot more inter-
esting. I had a lot of fun.
The boys from Outkast are very
interesting because you
SIe't er ki no i hat it's
going to be like \work-

i-t .. ith-

m musical i C I it
artists, but it was a great time.
Working with them made me real-
ized what they do on a performance
level is pretty much the same as
what actors do. They are stepping
into a character when they step on
stage and perform their songs.
They were very receptive in terms
of watching and listening and
knowing that they were stepping
into somewhat of a new arena.
RT: Would you say this movie is a
somewhat black version of the film
MW: I would say that's somewhat
accurate since Idlewild is a period
piece presented as a musical. Like

Chicago, our film has huge and lav-
ish production numbers and lots of
action. I feel like people have been
waiting for this type of movie for a
long time. Visually, it's absolutely
stunning, with a great story line and
a cast full of very engaging person-
alities. And then you have Outkast
who definitely bring a special
magic to the film. I am excited for
it to come out because even if I
wasn't in the film I would be fight-
ing to see it.
RT- You have been in the industry
for a er,. long time at least 20
'ears lhat made you get into act-
ing in the first place?
MW: I started off
modeling when I was
a little girl probably
S about 8 or 9 years
old. My parents took
me to a modeling
agency and I started
doing adve like Mac, s
or Bradley's just ciat-
alog stuff. The same
agency I belonged to
for modeling also did
commercials and the-
atricals bookings and
I think it was just nat-
urally that I segued
into it. One thing I
have always had the
ability to do is
mimic. I can do voic-
es and I've always
had a natural curiosi-
ty about how people
act and what makes them tick?
RT: How do you see yourself hav-
ing evolved as an actress?
MW: I won't necessarily separate
myself the actress from myself per-
sonally. The two definitely go hand
in hand. As you evolve as a woman,
you naturally have to evolve as an
actress because you take on your
experiences you see different things
and you learn more. So as you learn
and grow as a person those are
things that you are then able to
apply to characters, because they
are just characters. I've evolved a
lot. Malinda has evolved a lot. I
mean I've had lots of personal

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my life that contributed to my evo-
lution as an actress.
RT: Let's talk about your NBC
show "Windfall" at 31 it's got to
be great to still be able to play a 22-
year old character.
MW: You know it's funny because
when people say that, that never
occurs to me because I don't think
of people in terms of their age or
how old they are. I mean I take it
into consideration when developing
the character for different traits, but
I just think here is a women, a sin-
gle women with a child, and then I
just apply those attributes and it's
not necessarily how old she is. I
mean I do look young, but it never
really came into play for me exact-
ly how old she was.
RT: So what would you doif you
won $386 million?
MW: Oh my God! I would proba-
bly I would faint! I would imme-
diately call everybody I knew just
to make sure that I am still living in
reality. I would call my parents and
say 'okay, quit your jobs for you're
moving out here to California and
we are going on a family vacation',
I would probably buy a home in
Bermuda and a boat and fly all my
family and friends out there and we
would have a party.

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Divorce Court

Has a New Face

*If you happen to tune into the
new season of "Divorce Court,"
you'll notice that there's a new
judge on the bench. Judge Lynn
Toler is taking over as the diva of
"Divorce Court," taking the helm
from the Judge Mablean Ephriam
for the new season.
Toler has had an illustrious career
as a municipal court judge in
Cleveland for a number of years,
and is now brandishing her justice
for the 6th season of "Divorce
Court." Even though the judge is
moving to the TV studio, away
from the real courtrooms of
Cleveland, Toler says the cases she
faces aren't really new news.
"When you've been on the bench
as long as I have and you've seen
the kind of nonsense that I've seen
funny helps; a sense of humor
really does help," she laughed.
Toler's humor and wit are some of
the characteristics that fans of the
show will pick up on quickly her
no-nonsense human sensibilities
are another. Something very
endearing about the judge is her
perceptive nature for the different
types of issues and people that
come through her studio court-
room. Toler said that it's her years
on the bench in Cleveland that have
prepared her for anything the tele-
vision litigants could bring.
"I wouldn't believe it if I hadn't
been in a municipal court and seen
people just as ridiculous if not
worse. I had one guy who contend-
ed that he was Jesus ... I've had
people fight neighbors in the back-
yard; I've had baby mamas fighting
in the Wal-Mart; I've seen a guy
who paid $75 to sue his ex-girl-
friend for the return of a $19 watch
you see it all. Every once in a
while I'm a little taken aback.
Nothing that I haven't seen in some
shape or form before," she said.
In addition, her experience has
helped teach her just how to handle
odd and incredulous situations. ,
"On the bench in municipal court,
I met a lot of people. They weren't
criminals, they were regular people
who got caught in irregular circum-
stances, and that's the kind of thing
I saw, and you learn how to talk to
people," Toler explained. "You
learn how to talk to a guy who was
educated at Harvard, you learn how
to talk to a guy who didn't finish
the 9th grade, you leam how to talk


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to women, angry people, scared
people and it helps so much to learn
how to communicate and pick out
people where they are and under-
stand them and be able to start
where they are and walk with them
slowly to where they need to be."
Like the draw of most television
judges, Toler is quite direct in her
judgments. She says that she's tried
to actually become a bit less "bot-
tom line" on her television show,
but her innate responses to be quite
to-the-point are at times over-
"I don't waste time," she said.
"I've always been an impatient per-
son. What I had to learn on the
bench and especially on TV is to
slow down a little bit and not be so
direct all the times because that's
sometimes not the approach to take
with some people. But I am basical-
ly a no-nonsense kind of woman -
let's just get to it, let's not play. I
just didn't have time on the bench.
I had 25,000 cases a year; I had the
busiest municipal court in Ohio."
Toler says that her brand ofjudg-
ment is very personable. As she
mentioned that her years of experi-
ence have taught her how to read
people and how to communicate
with them, she says that even the
toughest people can be worn down
once you understand where they are
coming from.
"Usually there is a place at which
you can find common ground with
anyone even if they don't hear
what you're saying, you go as close
to their point of view as you can,"
she explained. "Don't make them
take huge steps from the dark to the
light, kind of just lead them in, and
often times, you can pull them into
your direction even though they are
not going to make that that huge
leap all at once."

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