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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 21, 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
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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 21, 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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Former NAACP

Kweisi Mfume

Heads Loses

Gracefully in

His Maryland

Senate Bid
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I White Celebs

Bobby Brown

Will Soon Be

Being Alone as

Whitney Files

Divorce on Her

Rehab Journey
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Families are
the Missing

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Globe Step

Up Fight

for Africa
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Princeton Announces Plan to

Expand African American Studies
PRINCETON. N.J. Princeton University has announced that it would
double the size of its faculty in African American Studies and establish a
new center on teaching and researching about race in America.
The uni' ersity's African Amencan Studies program already is star-stud-
In 2002. Princeton hired Cornel West and K. AknthonN Appiah awaN
from Harvard and tried to conm since Henri Louis Gates Jr.. the chairman
of that unihersit.'s Afro-American Studies program, to follow. Those
three men are among the biggest names in the field.
Princeton sa\ s the ne\' center \' ill increase the number of full-time fac-
ulth positions in the department from thi e to 11; more faculty members
can be involved in the program through joint appointments.
E entually. Princeton said. it %'ill offer majors in African American

Rep. Barbara Lee Bill Aims to Reduce

the Spread Of AIDS in U.S. Prisons
Oakland. CA Congresswoman Barbara Lee iD-
OaklandI announced that she has introduced legisla-
tion aimed at stopping the spread of AIDS and other
sexually transmined infections tSTIs.) in prisons.
The Justice for the Unprotected against Sexually
Transmitted Infections among the Confined and
Exposed. (JUSTICE) Act of 2006 (H.R. 6083) would
allow community organizations to provide condoms.
information and counseling on the spread of AIDS
and other STIs in federal correctional facilities. It would also require an
annual sur ey of all federal, state, and territorial correctional facilities to
determine what policies are in place regarding: testing for STI's. sex edu-
cation, counseling, neatment, and health referral services prior to re-
entrn. The suree\ is designed to provide the demographic data on STI
testing for each infection based on race, age and gender in order to deter-
mine %\ho is at risk and to help target prevention messages and behavior
Change programs.
The rate of HTIV AIDS is disproportionately high among incarcerated
persons. The Bureau of Justice Statistics found that the rate of confirmed
AIDS cases is 3 times higher among incarcerated persons than in the gen-
eral population. STD are also higher than in the general population.
Minorities account for the majoritN of AIDS-related deaths among
incarcerated persons. with African-American incarcerated persons 3.5
times more likely than W\\hite incarcerated persons and 2.5 times more
likely than Hispanic incarcerated persons to die from AIDS-related caus-
Till Center Opens in Mississippi
JACKSON. Miss. The brutal sla,, ing of Emmert Till has not been for-
gotten more than half a cenrury since his death helped expose the harsh-
ness of segregation and energized the civil rights movement.
The tin\ tow n of Glendora opened a museum in an old cotton gin ded-
icated to the memory of the black 14-\ear-old, who was accused of
w histlinii at Carolin Br ant, a white shopkeeper in the nearby\ cornuuni-
t\ of Mone:, in 1955. Four da\s later, he w\as snatched from his uncle's
home dut ring the night.
The National Conference of Black NMa\ors commissioned the Till cen-
ter as a model of re italization for other small towns.
The ne% Emmert Till Historic Intrepid Center. or ETHIC, also has
space honoring Glendora nati e "Sonin. Boy" Williamson. a blues har-
monica pla\ er.
The center's opening comes exactly 56 years after the first da\ of a trial
in which an all-w hite ilur, acquitted mro w hite men: Ro\ Bryant. the hus-
band of a '\oman Till is said to ha\e whistled at; and Bryant's half broth-
er. J \V. Milam.
The tw\o men later confessed to the crime in an interview with Look
Steele's Opponent Fires Staffer

for Calling Him "Oreo"
It seems Democratic Senate candidate Ben
Cardin has at least one staffer "i ho isn't aware of ,
how\ eas\ the blogging w orld is to monitor.
After learning of derogatoti comments the
staffer posted on her personal blog about
Cardin's opponent. Lt. Got. Michael Steele IR-
Md.,. Cardin issued a quick apology and fired
the "junior staffer" involved. He declined to M
reveal hlier name. '
"I am deeply offended and disgusted by the
blog's racial and anti-Semitic overtones."
Cardmin said. \\ ith that, he dismissed the staffer, saying she "\\ill have
nothing to do with m. campaign."
One of the comments refers to Steele mnot b\ name) as an "Oreo cook-
ie," a demeaning term used to describe a person w\ho is deemed an Uncle
Tom -- Black on the outside and White on the inside.
Melissa Sellers, a Steele spokeswoman criticized the blog and Cardin.
"It is deeply disturbing to learn that a staff member of 10-term
Congressman Ben Cardin would keep a blog chronicling racial preju-
dices toward Lt. Gov. Steele and others." Sellers said.
Steele called the comments "'ern, shocking." remembering that Oreo
cookies were thrown at him during a 2002 campaign in Baltimore.
"That it exists in a national campaign is ery disappointing." Steele told
The (Easton) Star Democrat.


Volume 18 No. 51 Jacksonville, Florida September 21 27, 2006

Cities Around the Country Face Same Tragedies as Jacksonville

by R. Perry
Read the New York Times, the
Atlanta Journal, the Times
Picayune in New Orleans, the
Michigan Chronicle, Baltimore
Afro American, or just about any
newspaper from any urban area,
and you will discover that shootings
are running rampart every where.
Where have "we" the citizens,

missed the boat? Where have
"we" as a community missed the
boat? Where have "we" as educa-
tors, missed the boat? Where
have "we" as religious leaders,
missed the boat? And, last, but far
from least, where have "we" as par-
ents, missed the boat?
"It takes a village to raise a
child," is not an invention of Hillary

Clinton, it's an old African Proverb.
It takes a village to raise a child is
the truth. However, these young
people (thugs) have emerged,
somehow, something was lacking.
The current trend is to analyze, and
come up with the theory that most
were raised in specifically, single
parent households, particularly,
headed by women.

This may be true in some
instances, but its not the number of
parents (supervisors) in a household
that counts, but the values transmit-
ted to children from the "head of the
house." What mother could find
anything "good" about a son walk-
ing around with his barely covered
behind sitting above pants barely
"hanging on". Continued on page 3

Annual Willie Gary Classic Nets

Weekend of Fun for Jacksonville

Jags Perform for Sellout Crowd
The Jacksonville Jaguars captivated a sell out crowd at Alltell Stadium
in addition to the nation during their 9-0 shut out of Super Bowl
Champions the Pittsburgh Steelers. Shown above among the throngs of
thousands were loyal Free Press readers Jimmie and Harvey Harper enjoy-
ing the game featured on Monday Night Football. FMPowell Photo

Shown above during the halftime check presentation by the Gary
Foundation to EWC and Shaw University are (L-R) Willie Gary, Dr.
Oswald Bronson, Sekou Gary, Shaw President and Foundation
Director Alvin Brown with the $25,000 checks for each school. FMP

Multi-million dollar mega attor-
ney Willie E. Gary hosted his
Annual Willie Gary Classic last
weekend featuring the traditional
match up of Edward Waters
College and Shaw University.
The event, which brought togeth-
er students and alumnus included a
bevy of activities raging from a
College Fair and battle of the bands

to a movie at the park and gala at
the Hyatt Hotel.
Shaw won the celebrated game
held at Raines High School with a
final score of 26-20. The Classic
also hosts an annual essay contest
and luncheon commemorating the
legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.
For more photos from the week-
ends activities, see page 5.


Joyce Delifus is a loving, car-
ing, giving woman, on a mercy
mission. A social worker, she has
been employed for over thirty years
with the City of Jacksonville; and is
currently working at the City's
Mental Health and Welfare, located
at the Gateway Town Center. She is
a faithful member of the Open
Arms Christian Fellowship, Pastor
Leofric Thomas Sr.
Joyce combines her love for

Marching 100 Hitting Sour Notes

Band May Be Barred From Traveling As Members Face Probation, Theft Charges

By Sakina Bowser and Carnell
Hawthorne Jr., BCW.ORG
Seventy-four members of the
Florida A&M University Marching
100 have been placed on academic
probation and, separately, the entire
band faces possible suspension
after accusations that some mem-
bers stole sheets, pillows and other
articles from a hotel after a road
game in Detroit.
"As of right now we are not press-
ing charges; furthermore, the
school has been very cooperative in
negotiations. We have not restricted
the band from returning," said
Raynard Lawler, the residential
manager of the Detroit Marriott
After the team's losing 34-14 per-
formance Sept. 2 against Delaware
State University at the Detroit
Football Classic at Ford Field,
members of the Marching 100
returned to the hotel to rest before
the long bus ride back to
Tallahassee, band members said.
Hotel officials stopped the band
members as they were departing,
alleging items were missing from
their hotel rooms, Band Director
Julian White said.
Body towels, face towels, pillows,
irons and comforters were among

me items recovered, aelaymg ineir
return by three hours, White said.
"Some of the property was recov-
ered and immediately given back,"
White said.
White said he could not give an
estimate of how much was stolen.
The incident could result in sus-
pension of the entire band from
traveling from Nov. 18, the date of
the Florida Classic, through the end
of the spring semester, White said
in a memorandum distributed to
band members and university offi-
White asked that any band mem-

ber who participated in the thefts or
had personal knowledge of any
thefts come forward. If no one
came forward, the entire band
would be subject to the travel ban,
he said. None had taken responsi-
bility by Sept. 7.
"Once the investigation is com-
plete the- band will make further
decisions and penalize those stu-
dents, and there are plans fh place to
prevent this in the future," White
After the students returned home,
the band members learned separate-
ly Sept. 6 that some of them would
be placed on probation for academ-
ic reasons.
At the start of the school year, the
division of bands gave students a
pre-drill information packet that
outlined the specific academic
requirements students must meet in
order to perform with the band.
The regulations regarding academ-
ics state that students must maintain
a 2.0 grade point average in order to
participate. Freshmen are required
to take up to 29 course hours.
Sophomores must work to complete
30 to 59 hours, juniors must work to
get 60 to 89 and seniors try to com-
plete 90 to 120 hours.
Continued on page

Ms. Joyce Delifus
Christ and her love for people with
her work with the mentally, physic-
cally, and socially misunderstood.
She works to restore and in many
instances, reveal the proof that each
person matters, and deserves to be
She earned a Bachelors Degree
in Psychology from Bethune-
Cookman College, and says, "the
mission has become a ministry to
Inve God and people." A
c. t/friend wrote, "she never
th aks about herself. She goes the
extra mile. She buys food and
sometimes clothes with her own
money, then takes them to those in
need, in her personal car......Joyce
gives 300%!"
Joyce also teaches piano to begin-
ners for FREE. She is passionate
about working with youth and says
that she couldn't imagine her life
any other way.
Truly, a person deserving this
salute, Joyce Delifus, may God's
Angels sing your praises, as you
continue your mercy ministry.
The J'jcksioivilk Free
i2f' ,. and Publix
'i.p i markets are Proud
to Salute '- k,. Delifus as
an Unsung Hero


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Frasexr NTetworking Itinute
The primary purpose of your network is to provide and get assistance.
I go to my network for help when I need investors for my business; when
I need a source of information; when I need constructive criticism; when I
want to help someone find a job; when I need to raise money for a chari-
table group. It is there to be used, not abused. But, if your network is not
being used, it's useless.
Bottom Line: Networking is not a complicated process. We complicate it
when we have to overcome our own psychological barriers and poor self-
esteem. You have to be able to admit that you need help, and this some-
times involves throwing your ego out the window.

Free International Trade

Workshop for Small Businesses

The Jacksonville Chamber of
Commerce will host a free interna-
tional trade workshop for Northeast
Florida small businesses.
Participants will enjoy a free lunch
while getting to know JAXPORT's
trading partners and procedures,
exploring the basics of importing
and exporting and learning about
opportunities for small businesses
to engage in international trade.

The free informative opportunity
will be held on Thursday, October
19, 2006 from 11 a.m. 2 p.m. It
will include registration, lunch and
a breakout session at the Beaver
Street Enterprise Center 1225 W.
Beaver St. Space limited to first
100 responses. To R.S.V.P., contact
the Beaver Street Enterprise Center
at (904) 265-4700 or e-mail fati-

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Mark Morley, President of The Ohmega Group

Young Company Excels During MEDWeek

MEDWeek, the week set aside
annually to acknowledge Minority
Business Enterprises brought a spe-
cial surprise for one young local
company. Mark Morley, President
of The Ohmega Group, an African-
American-owned engineering com-
pany, had an exciting and surpris-
ing day last Thursday, September
14th as he attended the MEDWeek
Awards Luncheon. Morley's two-
year old engineering firm was to
receive one of five Up and Coming
Award. At he conclusion of the
luncheon, what came next was a
surprise even for Morley. As he was
reaching for his coat to leave, they
announced one last award -
Entrepreneur of the Year and


ties. But you who you fully are,
inside, as a human being, is deep-
er. Look at your identity as a
work-in-progress that evolves
with you. Ask questions you may
have thought were answered once
and for all. Who am I? Do I mat-
ter? What can I do? New answers
yield new purposes when the old
underpinnings are pulled away.
3.Loss of work-related social
bonds. Even if you're making new
friends, a key set of relationships
with people in your life have
changed. Not facing this reality
and, as a result, not taking time
for proper closure with these rela-
tionships, can leave you feeling
rejected when former colleagues
don't call you. That isolation can
prevent you from moving forward
in your life. Build your new net-
works before you leave your job.
Find new social circles. Turn to
family and old friends for sup-
port-and to new friends and col-
leagues as well.
4. Loss of support systems. This

called Morley's name.
In the brief two and a half years
that the firm has been in existence,
Morley has expanded The Ohmega
Group's service offerings from sim-
ply providing electrical engineering
consulting services to providing
full-service mechanical, electrical,
and plumbing services to a number
of clients locally and statewide.
MEDWeek, sponsored by the
Jacksonville's First Coast Business
Alliance, was held September 11-
15, 2006. It hosted events designed
to celebrate, honor, educate and
promote small and minority-owned
businesses. The theme for 2006
was "Economic Opportunities
Through Diversity".

Whether you are a first-time
*[ homebuyer, or refinancing an
existing mortgage, consumers
should expect to pay certain
costs upon closing a home
loan. All consumers are enti-
S tied to an estimate of all clos-
ing costs. The costs should be
itemized on a Federal form
-J called a Good Faith Estimate
tFCfC6f (GFE). : .. ..
Florida mortgage brokers
must furnish the Good Faith
Estimate at the time you exe-
cute a business contract or
when you deposit application
funds with their company. It
must be received within three
days of receipt of your loan
application. The actual closing
costs will be itemized on the
closing statement known as
the HUD 1. The Real Estate
Settlement Procedures Act
allows you to inspect the clos-
ing statement one day prior to
the date your loan is scheduled
to close. Any difference
between the initial GFE and
HUD-1 costs should be ques-
fJ tioned and explained to you by
your broker/originator.
If you would like further
information on closing costs,
read the HUD Guide on
Settlement Costs, which you
receive at application.
'Brokers and lenders are not
required to provide it if you

By David Corbett
You couldn't wait to retire. Now
you've done it, and your life feels
unhinged. Your calendar and
email in-box are empty. Your
spouse wants you to do anything
that involves leaving the house.
And you feel unproductive.
Welcome to retirement. Even
those who work part-time after
leaving a primary career, as most
people now do, face major logisti-
cal and psychological challenges.
Retirees who don't anticipate
these landmines may learn about
them the hard way. But you can
prepare for them,
Here are six pockets of turbu-
lence and suggestions for how to
avoid them.
1.Where did the time go? Retired
people often say they've never
been so busy in their lives. But
there's a difference between being
busy, on the one hand, and on the
other, being engaged in doing
things that satisfy, help us grow as
human beings, or enable us to

are refinancing a currently-
owned property, but some do
so upon request.
Some closing costs you
should expect to pay include
the cost of appraisal, title
search and endorsements, an
escrow deposit for taxes and
insurance, application fee,
credit report, survey, pest
inspection, document prepara-
tion, 'administrative, process-
ing and underwriting fees.
You may also expect to pay
the cost of recording the mort-
gage, which includes stamps
and tax on the mortgage deed.
Mortgage brokers receive
fees for placing your mortgage
with a lender. The mortgage
brokerage fee will appear on
the GFE and HUD-1. Loan
Origination fees, sometimes
called points are paid to the
lender for their costs. Loan
Discount also called points is a
one-time fee paid to the lender
or broker to lower your inter-
est rate. Lenders sometimes
pay the broker for services.
These costs will be shown as
"Paid Outside of Closing"
POC on the GFE and HUD-1.
These costs are not added to
the costs paid at closing, but
law requires that you know the
amount lenders pay for bro-
kerage services. Always ask
your broker questions.

help others. You may ask, "How
did I get swept up in a bunch of
activities that, to be honest, don't
excite me all that much?" Certain
activities, considered alone, may
be good and worthwhile, but
what about other demands on
your time? Everyone has to strike
a balance between commitments
and keeping the flexibility that
lets us remain in control of our
time. A key rule is to reject
demands on your time that don't
fit your goals.
2. "I used to be ..." People often
make the mistake of allowing
themselves to be defined by their
careers. If they fail to diversify,
they pay the price-unhappiness-
when a career is pulled away. For
a driven type person who was a
top corporate executive, it might
take a while to get over the social
awkwardness of not defining one-
self by one's career. In reality, you
don't lose your identity when you
quit a job. You lose that identity;
and you shed one of your identi-

one is hard for people who had
secretaries, lots of high-tech
office tools to keep them on track
and assistants to whom they could
delegate tasks. They may lack the
discipline or support they need to
get through the day seamlessly.
Having to replace the ink car-
tridge in the printer or make their
own travel arrangements can
drive them crazy. Self-reliance is
simply the cost of leaving your
job. You have to develop these
5.Fractured households. Marital
strain often follows retirement,
which reshapes intimate relation-
ships. When both spouses are
"home alone" everyday, tensions
often arise. Work keeps spouses
apart for much of the week. But
removing a job doesn't mean that
the couple has to spend every
minute together. Discuss this with
your marital partner beforehand.
Figure out how much time you
need alone. Decide which activi-
ties will be done jointly and

Get the Right Insurance

Now Before You Need It

By Jjson Aldermnan
WVe've all been haunted by images of people who lost everything to a
huilicane, flood or other natural disaster. All too often, though. people's
lies are overturned b:, more commonplace events either because
they're uninsured. or the. find out too late that their coverage was insuf-
Heie are a feiw tips for insuring ?our property:
Buy adequate homeowner's insurance. Your home is probably) your
largest investment. so don't risk losing it and its contents through an
unforeseen disaster, accident or robberN. Review your coverage period-
icallh to accomut for inflation, home improvements, new possessions,
change in marital, family status, etc. Periodically, you may want to com-
pare the r.te \ you're LuLiienth pa. ing with w hat other insurance carriers
charge just be sure that you get "apples to apples" quotes, since differ-
ent policies mah ba% e tryingg pro\ visions.
Renters need insurance too. If you rent, the building itself is proba-
bl\ insured b\ the owner, but your contents are not. You not your land-
lord are responsible for replacing your possessions if they're damaged
or stolen. Visa USA's free personal finance site. PractiLal Money Skills
for Life, wwwpracticalmoney skills.com renters, features a how-to
guide on renters insurance.
Replacement cost insurance vs. actual cash value insurance.
Imagine if \oui 10-year-old relexision were destroyed in a fire.
Replacement cost insurance would pa;, to replace it with a new TV,
while actual cash valuee insurance v.ould deduct 10 year's worth of
depreciation (\wear and tear) from tl.ie payment amount, leaving you with
considerably. less. Replacement cost insurance usually costs 5% to 10%'
more, but can be well north it.
Insuring expensive items. Most standard policies place limits on how
much they'll pay to replace certain expensi% e items such as jewelry, art
and computers. Read \our policy carefully and consider taking out addi-
tional coverage on such valuables.
Home inentonry. Always keep an up-to-date inventor, of your pos-
sessions to help settle insurance clauns faster. verifv losses on income
tax filings, and determine sour correct coverage amounts. List every-
thing \ou own, including the make, model, receipts and purchase loca-
tion. It may also be helpful to photograph or videotape everything, and
be sure to store copies in a safe deposit box or at a friend's house. Many
personal finance software packages include an inventory program.
Liabilirt insurance. This coverage protects you against lawsuits for
bodily injury or property damage caused by you or a family member -
et en pets. Homeo\ neis and enters insurance policies usually. provide
at least $ 10.0011 min liability coverage. but you may want to add more,
especially if y ou have significant property, in estments or savings that
would be at risk.
Disaster insurance. Standard insurance policies don't cover damage
related to floods or earthquakes, although hurricane damage may be
covered. The Federal Emergeucy Management Agency (FEMA) admin-
isters the National Flood Insurance Program (ww%-.fema.gov.busi-
ness'nfipi foi homeowners and renters. FE.NL sets the rates, so you
don't hate to shop around. Keep in mind that there is a 30-da. v. ailing
period before co\ erage takes effect
-The last thing you want to worn. about when disaster strikes is how
you're going to replace \our home and possessions., so do Noutself a
favor and get the right insurance now. before you need to use it.

socially conditioned premise that
a man who is not productive is not
a man. Remember, lots of terrible
people have been very produc-
tive. And many poets, mystics and
saints who left the world better
than they found it appeared to do
nothing. If you want to feel pro-
ductive, give some full attention
to your gifts, needs and goals,
perhaps to the benefit of others.
Examine your assumptions.
Enjoy whatever you do.
People who have it toughest dur-
ing the post-career phase of life
generally did not anticipate, pre-
pare or plan for it. Sadly, people
are still deluded into thinking that
rest, leisure, and recreation will
be enough. They are at risk of
being bored and without a pur-
pose. Find a passion and live it. It
may add years to your life.
Finally, remember to introduce
change bit by bit. Challenge so-
called "facts" and be willing to
change habits. See life as new
each and every day. Be grateful
for it. Find ways to stay energized
and optimistic. The evidence
shows that such an attitude can

which individually. Sparks can
also fly when one spouse is
primed to de-emphasize work and
the other wants to keep putting in
long hours. Most women who
entered the workforce 1970 to
2000 did so after age thirty-five.
Having begun careers later,
they're not ready at the same
chronological age as some men to
dream new dreams-or cast off as
camp cook in a big RV. By being
open about your feelings and
respectful of others you can mini-
mize these strains. Recognize the
need to amend preconceived
plans and find some middle
ground when choices conflict. If
it seems tough, remember we're
dealing with essentially a new
stage of the marital relationship.
6. Guilt. You may feel as though
you are cheating your family out
of money by not working. Instead
of enjoying a movie during the
afternoon, you may feel as though
you should be at work. Among
men, guilt may be linked to a

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Closing Costs:What to

Expect When Buying a Home


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Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 3

Blacks Still Below Average in Home Ownership ,D

The NAACP and the National
Association of Home Builders
(NAHB) have issued a disturbing
joint housing policy report that
notes that although homeownership
is at the highest rate ever for black
Americans, that rate is still 20 per-
cent below the national average;
half of all black Americans live in
unaffordable, inadequate or crowd-

ed housing and discrimination con-
tinues to make it difficult for
minorities to afford a good home.
"In almost every state, overall
housing affordability is worse for
households headed by a person who
belongs to a minority group,"
according to the report. "By using
the NAHB-Wells Fargo Housing
Opportunity Index, we see that in

JCCI Forward Enlightens and

Educates at Fuseboxx Social
JCCI Forward recently held a social at Fuseboxx to recruit new members
and bring awareness to the organizations many opportunities. Shown
above in attendance discussing the latest in Jacksonville were Christin
Miley, Tamiko Mosley, Nadia Cohen.

many states, the share of homes
affordable to minorities is more
than 30 percentage points lower
than the share that is affordable to
non-Hispanic whites."
Predatory lending, geographic
steering, high loan rejection rates
and higher interest rates continue to
limit black Americans' opportuni-
ties to own their own homes,
according to the report. It also cited
a lack of affordable housing,
including rentals, across the eco-
nomic scale.
One example the report cited was
the lack of housing opportunities
for minorities in key occupations.
In Minneapolis-St. Paul, the report
said, few census tracts provide
affordable housing for minority
teacher, and those that do are in the
least expensive parts of the inner
city or in the outer suburbs, far from
most jobs. The problem, the report
said, is a typical pattern for teach-
ers, police officers, nurses and retail
sales workers in the 25 largest met-
ropolitan areas.
However, the report said, discri-
mi nation in the lending market
continues to reach across the eco-
nomic spectrum for minorities, with
high-income black Americans
being denied mortgage loans more
often than low-income whites.
Additionally, black and Hispanic
applicants are turned down tow to
three times more often than whites.

Jacksonville Not Alone in Facing Murder Dilemma

continued from front
In fact, sometimes, one hand has
to be used strictly to hold onto the
waistband to keep them from
falling down.
Now, we all know that kids will
sneak or slip and "do things" to be
like the end crowd, but most of
these young boys are buying or
paying for their own clothes. Why
would you allow your son to buy
pants two or three sizes too large,
when he was going to wear them
hanging off his behind? Now, this
responsibility belongs to the par-
ents, if they are paying for "his"
clothes. That parent can put a stop

to it. Do parents really know how
this "style" originated?
I've heard it from the pulpit, as
well as, in the "street". The story
is that the style originated in pris-
ons, and was a way of showing that
"you" were available for homosex-
ual activity. So, how did it transmit
to our young men? And, why are
parents buying these pants, and
allowing their sons, our future, to
wear them?
And, we can't blame it on the
"Rap Generation" either. Sean
"Puffy" Combs, and Jay Z, are two
of the most immaculately dressed
gentlemen in the show business

world. They are also two of the
richest men in show business, Jay Z
is reported to be worth more than
$320 million; and "Puffy" or "P
Diddy" won't disclose his worth.
Now, they have set some good
examples for achievement, legally!
And, let's not forget, Puff, or P.
Diddy, matriculated at Howard.
It's time for "The Village" to step
up to the plate, from the Churches
to the Schools. It can be stopped,
rules and regulations are one step.
But, the first and foremost, must
come from the parents, who should
just ask themselves one question,
who is in charge, me or him?

Shown above at the event are (back) FM Powell, Cong. Corrine Brown, Lt. Governor candidate Col.
Daryl Jones, Jim Davis, Democratic candidate for Governor and State Rep. Audrey Gibson (front) Evelyn
Ford, Betty Adams and Lois Mixon.

Davis Makes Meet and Greet Stop in Jax
Gubernatorial candidate stopped in Jacksonville last weekend to host a hot dog and ice cream social at the
Democratic headquarters and greet a few voters. He also took the opportunity to introduce his newly announced
running mate, Colonel Darryl Davis. Jones, the former state representative who is also a lawyer has a long mili-
tary and legislative career which included chairing the Florida Black Caucus. He is also a trailblazer in his own
right as the first African-American from Mississippi to attend any United States military academy when he was
accepted to the Air Force Academy. While in Jacksonville, they energized voters and volunteers on the campaign
trail in their quest for the state Capital.

Few Churches Receiving Faith-Based Funds

Only 2.6 percent of black church-
es have reported receiving funds
from the Bush administration's
Faith-Based and Community
Initiative (FBCI) -- not because of
any bias, but because many church-
es don't have the resources to apply
for the grants, according to a study
released Tuesday by the Joint
Center for Political and Economic
"A large proportion of these
churches just don't have the capac-
ity to apply for the grant," said
David Bositis, senior research asso-

ciate at the Joint Center and author
of the study. "You have to jump
through all sorts of hoops. In order
to write this study, I got money
from a foundation, and I had to
jump through all sorts of hoops.
There are accounting and legal
Bositis said that many black
churches don't have full-time pas-
tors or staff who can work on the
According to the study, "two-
thirds of the pastors said they need-
ed grant application training, and

55 percent said that they needed
help in forming collaborations with
others. Half of the pastors said they
needed legal advice and assistance
with program evaluations, and 52%
said they needed better access to
public policy information."
"Black churches that are more
likely to have received grants or
apply for grants are bigger churches
with staffs and bigger budgets,"
Bositis said.
The long application process itself
also kept some churches from




Thursday, September 28, 2006-5:30 to 7 p.m.
Open House Format
Presentation and Formal Hearing begin at 6:30 p.m.

Jacksonville Transportation Authority-Board Room
100 North Myrtle Avenue
Jacksonville, FL 32204

Based on extensive passenger research and detailed analysis of Jacksonville's
continuing growth, JTA is proposing changes to make the bus system more
customer responsive and productive.

The JTA invites you to attend a public hearing to discuss our first phase of
proposed changes involving system improvements and modifications including
the reduction and/or elimination of unproductive routes where applicable.
Specific information will be provided on the following routes:

Proposed Bus Service Changes
X-3 Normandy Express: to improve efficiency, reduce or discontinue service.
O I Rogero: to improve service to Regency Square Mall.
0-1 NAS: to improve efficiency and system performance.
0- I NAS: on Saturdays only to reduce unproductive service.
R- I FCCJ Kent/Regency: for faster trips to FCCJ Kent Campus.
E-2 Phoenix/Blanding-Orange Park: to improve efficiency, discontinue
service on this route to the Phoenix area. Service still available on E-5.
E-5 Phoenix: add Sunday service.

Written public comments accepted before the close of the public hearing will be
placed in the public record. All interested persons or groups are encouraged to
attend and participate. Public participation is solicited without regard to race,
color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability or familial status. This project
is being developed in compliance with Titles VI and VIII of the Civil Rights Act.

Any person requiring special accommodations should contact Fred Haley at
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the hearing.

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H r by Jacksonville District 9 City Councilman Reggie Fullwood

Stronger Families are Critical to the

Rebirth of the African American Community

There is nothing more humbling than the loss of an
election. I take that back. There's nothing more hum-
bling than the birth a child, especially a baby girl. I was
one of those people who felt like it was corny when
people walk around showing off pictures of their new-
Having a daughter last week changed all of that. I not
only find myself carrying photos of my daughter, but
showing people who have not even asked, showing pic-
tures of her from the hospital. Talk about humbling -
my 11 year old son, who doesn't get excited about any-
thing, is also overwhelmed by this new bundle of joy.
So why am I saying all of this? Because family is now
more important then ever in our community. It's impor-
tant that we continue to stress the importance of the
family structure.
Of course family values are important no matter what
race you belong, but as the African American commu-
nity continues to struggle with high crime and alarming
rates of teenage pregnancy, blacks have to begin to over
stress the importance of strong families.
In a study of the black family, Dr. Wynona Bryant-
Williams states, "The need to understand the economic
situations, cultural patterns, and socialization practices
of Black families is even greater now than it has been
in the past."
What is even more alarming than the teenage preg-
nancy stats in the black community that I just men-
tioned is the number of young black men who decide
not to take care of their responsibilities (i.e., children
they father and abandon). This gets back to one of my
favorite topics to talk about the role or lack of a role
of the black male in the African American family.
You could easily argue that if more men were involved
in their children's lives, crime would be down and more
of our youth especially young men would have more
of a sense of direction.
In fact, today in America there are more black men in
prison than college. Statistics say that half of the black
babies bom in this country are bom to single teen moth-
ers. That's important because of the "economic divide"
that blacks face in this country. "This economic divide
further separates the haves from the have-nots," says
Dr. Bryant Williams.
She goes on to say that, "This separatioht occurs edu-
cationally, financially, with accessibility to opportuni-
ties in terms of housing, professional opportunities and
political involvement. These variables impact the lives
of Black families politically, socially and personally.
I always find myself being critical of the black folk
while at the same time recognizing the hills, no the
mountains we have had to climb in this country. Yeah I
am headed there slavery devastated the black family
more than drugs, crime and poverty ever could. In fact,
one could easily argue that the break down of the black

""" w by Bill
are making
m o r e
money than
ever. Each
year, tens of thousands of the
nation's top black movers and shak-
ers and money-makers make the
Congressional Black Caucus
Annual Legislative Conference
(ALC) the premier African
American conference on policy
issues. The ALC provides the 43
African American Members of
Congress a platform for their work
on legislative items and an
exchange of ideas regarding policy
issues of concern to constituents.
ALC events are times when the
most visible black leaders involved
in the health, economic, educational
and political state of Black

family is a direct result of slavery.
Frederick Douglass said it best, "Of my father I know
nothing. Slavery had no recognition of fathers, as none
of families."
If you ever read his autobiography you would get a
strong understanding of the brutality of slavery, and not
just from a physical perspective, but also from an emo-
tional and social point of view. Black women would
basically have children and raise them until they were
old enough to be sold, hence never seeing their child
Black men were encouraged to have sex with women
to create more opportunities for master to make more
money from the slave labor or potential sale of the off-
spring. I know what you are thinking it sort of sounds
like livestock being sold versus people right?
In his autobiography Douglass also speaks about his
mother, saying, "My only recollections of my own
mother are of a few hasty visits made in the night on
foot, after the daily tasks were over."
And how do you talk about the importance of strong
black families without acknowledging the strength and
dedication of African American mothers throughout the
years. Too often have black women had to the play the
role of mother and father.
One of the most prophetic statements I heard regard-
ing the strength of black women was from W.E.B.
Dubois who said, "I most sincerely doubt if any other
race of women could have brought its fineness up
through so devilish a fire."
And as I mentioned before, black women are certain-
ly unique because of all of the challenges they have
faced since the days of slavery. Working as field labor-
ers, nannies to the plantation owner's children and even
mandatory mistresses to slave owners certainly tested
the will of black women and proved that sisters have
had to go up the rough side of the mountain.
The legacy of slavery is vast and much more far-reach-
ing than many will admit to, but it basically destroyed
the black family structure. It made black women
stronger and took away the black male's responsibility
of raising their children. That is a fact that African
American families deal with today in America.
Black families are clearly a strong and viable unit in
this country because of'"dur past struggles. African
American culture is obviously alive and well too. So
what can we do as an ethic group to address the nega-
tive forces that affect the way blacks are treated and
perceived in this country?
As usual, I am good at asking the questions, but the
answers to the issues at hand will take a lot of self-
determination and education. Stayed tuned for a few
suggestions in next week's Fullwood Files.
Signing off from City Hall and the Fullwood nursery,
Reggie Fullwood

Music to Hate By

, f by E.O. Hutchinson
-L Last October ABC
News profiled 14 year-old twin sis-
ters Lamb and Lynx Gaede and their
white supremacist band Prussian
Blue. It branded them the new
musical spokes kids for white
supremacy. That ignited rage and
disgust in their hometown of
Bakersfield, California. The pair's
mother said she wanted a whiter
place to live and. moved to
Kalispell, Montana. That didn't
quiet the furor. A group of enraged
townspeople are now circulating
flyers headed, "No Hate Here" and
demand that the family pack up and
That may or may not be a good
-thing. After all as odious as their
hate message is, the twins and their
mom have the right to say and sing
what they want. But even if they
were given the swift boot from
town, their music and the influence
they may have over some impres-
sionable, and naYve white 13 to 19
year-old teens, which is their target
audience, can't easily be booted
away. Prussian Blue pumps their
music through a 24 hour Internet
Radio White, and other Internet
sites. The sites feature more than
5000 youth oriented white suprema-
cist songs on their play lists. They
market their songs through record
labels, and websites.
The twins cleverly mix personal,
introspective, giggly teen chatter in
their lyrics, along with patriotic

appeals to fight for freedom to a
stomp down, toe tapping rock beat.
That appeals to the musical tastes of
many youth. The songs can easily
be slipped into an MP3 player and
listened to away from the prying
ears of adults. In "I Will Bleed For
You," for example, they make a plea
for pride and dignity:
"Have you no pride in your her-
itage, and no pride in your name I'm
glad that I'm not like you. I know
my children are proud of me." Mine
will always stay free."
White supremacist groups quickly
spotted a good thing in Prussian
Blue. A critic on the National
Vanguard website gushed over the
release of the group's second album,
"The Stranger." He hailed it as the
first white nationalist album that
appeals to young (white) girls. The
potential tap of the mainstream
alternative rock market potentially
could translate into millions of lis-
teners and thousands of sales.
The twin's lyric deception is cru-
cial in order to sell their race baiting
-ideology. Much of the public
frowns on the' crude racism and
anti-Semitism of the old Klan.
Racial and gender slurs and assaults
against minorities, women, gays
and feminists are considered pub-
licly impolite. And white suprema-
cist groups have adjusted to the
times. They borrow the technique
politicians perfected to win white
votes. They use racial and gender-
inferred double speak, code words

Financial Literacy for Black America

Americans come together to focus
on issues challenging Black
Americans. Through its dialogues
on important issues ALC Braintrust
events equip participants with com-
prehensive information and analy-
ses along with strategies to be uti-
lized to effect positive change for
African Americans.
The Congressional Black Caucus
Foundation (CBCF) manages the
ALC Week-End and events. Over
the years, the CBCF has developed
economic development initiatives to
improve the financial status of
African-Americans through home-
ownership and other wealth build-
ing programs. The leading initia-
tives include the With Ownership,
Wealth (WOW) Initiatives and the
SHOP For Wealth Program. The
CBCF says the principle objective
of these programs is to educate
young people about the importance
of: managing money smartly; estab-

lishing good credit habits; recogniz-
ing the potential hazards of easy
credit; and building wealth through
SHOP was created in February of
2003 to assist young people with
becoming homeowners at an early
age, all the while avoiding the pit-
falls of poor credit habits and exces-
sive debt. The emphasis of SHOP
For Wealth is to help young people
focus on moving away from debt
and towards general financial prepa-
ration; in homeownership and
beyond. The CBCF says that the
goal of WOW is intergenerational
wealth based on the premise that
homeownership is way to build and
pass on wealth from one generation
to the next. The WOW Initiative's
goal is to help prepare African
Americans to buy and keep homes
of their own, which builds intergen-
erational wealth and financial stabil-

During the 36th ALC, Chrysler
Financial announced a three-year
partnership with the Congressional
Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF)
to advance personal finance educa-
tion for students at Historically
Black Colleges and Universities.
William F. Jones, Jr., Vice President
of the automotive finance company
presented $495,000 in support of
SHOP for Wealth to teach students
how to effectively manage personal
finances and build wealth.
"We are pleased to partner with the
Congressional Black Caucus
Foundation and top decision-mak-
ers in the African-American com-
munity nationwide to deliver finan-
cial education and empowerment
programs," said Jones. "This inno-
vative private- and public-sector
partnership will drive positive social
change by helping young people to
make good financial choices bene-
fiting themselves for a lifetime."

Chrysler Financial will provide
financial resources and know-how
to build on the SHOP for Wealth
curriculum. The CBCF established
the program to counter broad finan-
cial illiteracy among blacks. It
focuses on understanding basic
money management skills such as
living within a budget and properly
handling credit and debt. It helps
young people establish good credit
health, debt management and
wealth building that can lead to a
lifetime of financial success.
Starting 2007, the CBCF and
Chrysler Financial will roll out
SHOP for Wealth programs at 14
Historically Black Colleges and
Universities. Jones and CBCF
Chair, Kendrick Meek, say the pro-
grams will reach thousands of
African-American students and
assist them in leading ways to man-
age money and build prosperous

and concepts.
In the 1960's, it was law and order,
crime in the streets, rampant per-
missiveness, and out-of-touch fed-
eral bureaucrats. In the 1970's it was
high taxes, crime and OPEC. In the
1980's and 1990s it was heavy-
handed government, welfare cheats,
drug dealers and gang bangers.
The federal government is an
omnipresent force for Americans.
White supremacist groups have
transformed the government into an
evil instrument that wrings hard
earned tax dollars from the shrink-
ing incomes of the white middle-
class. The money, they rail, goes to
subsidize welfare scamming
women, crime prone-blacks and
Latinos and assorted social and gen-
der deviants. Many white males are
gripped by the ultra-paranoid delu-
sion that the government conspires
with minorities, women and the
poor to marginalize them.
Oklahoma City bomber, Timothy
McVeigh, punched all the buttons in
angry letters in 1992. He railed
against crime, high taxes, corrupt
politicians, government misman-
agement and the "eroding American
Dream." McVeigh made only a
passing comment on race and noth-
ing on gender. It wasn't necessary.
The new breed white supremacist
groups are also helped by the store-
house of dodge tactics many
Americans employ to mask racism.
They accuse blacks of always
"making an issue out of race." They
avoid having any physical or per-
sonal contact with blacks. They get
Continued onpage 7

Parental involvement is vastly
important in the financial education
and literacy of our young people.
Young people learn their money
management skills or habits at
home. Currently most African
American families are not involved
in basic wealth building processes.
Research shows that a large percent-
age of African Americans lack the
basic financial knowledge and skills
to ensure long-term stability for
themselves and their families.
It could be our time for change. By
adding asset development to rising
levels of employment, income, and
consumption, African Americans
can make great individual and col-
lective advancements. Greater
numbers of blacks engaging in
asset-building strategies, particular-
ly financial literacy, homeowner-
ship and small business develop-
ment can produce broad economic

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_E_____ic_ .Adkins Makes Life Changing Mission to China

EWC Drum Majors show they can hang with the best.

For the Rev. Ken Adkins, when he
was asked to go to China for 14
days to build a church, it seemed
like a new adventure. He had never
traveled outside of the United
States and the opportunity to make
his first international on a mission-
ary quest was a dream come true.
Little did he know the experience
would be life changing.
"It was a national geographic
experience," Ken Adkins said of his
travels to the Gwan Dong Province
in China. He was traveling with the
Assemblies of God Missions. The
group was on a "Kingdom building
quest", where in the course of the
two weeks, his contingency of
twenty-five other clergy would
erect a 2-story, 80 square foot Non-
denominational Sanctuary. It was
the duty of Adkins' group to con-
struct the four walls and the foun-
dation. Another group arrived as
soon as they left to pick up the work
they left off. The structure will
service the rural province's popula-
tion of 700-800 people.
The Assemblies of God Missions
is a twenty year old organization
that makes bi-annual trips to third
world areas to expose their popula-
tions to Christianity. Their next trip
will be early next year
What made the environment have
even more of an impact was the fact
that most of the people around him
had so little to work with.



Adkins is shown above with one of the Chinese helped

"You can tell that the clothes on
their back consisted of most of their
wardrobe. But they wore them with
pride and was holistically grateful
for our presence."
Adkins also said the experience
reminded him of how much
Americans take for granted. In
China, the masses are given nothing
by the government in public aid.
"The people there were so appre-

ciative, it made me more thankful
of this country, and the ability to
worship in freedom. It also made
me a better husband." While in
China, Adkins witnessed many tra-
ditional households.
"You got a clear picture of what
everyone's role was. Than man took
care of his family, and the wife took
care of him and their kids." Adkins
said. "You could clearly see that

ers on the project.

this was a place where divorce and
infidelity were not common place."
Other pastoral leaders participat-
ing from this area included: Rev.
Garry Wiggins, of Evangel Temple
Assembly of God; Rev. Arlie Johns,
of Hilliard First Assembly of God;
Rev. Jeul Strickland, of Faith
Temple Assembly of God; and Rev.
Eliat Aliceq, of Maranatha
Assembly of God.

White Celebs Step Up Fight for Africa

Parents and students enjoyed the up close and personal presentation
by Atty. Gary at he College Fair.


SHundreds of'students attended the College Workshops where they
-learned about t 'eer3 thing from college life to; financial aid. -i ',

*The catastrophic hardships in
Africa from AIDS to poverty to
genocide are not going away,
despite the ebb and flow of its cov-
erage in the media. Hoping to keep
people concerned with the humani-
tarian crisis in various regions of
the continent, various celebrities
are increasing efforts to keep the
issue at the forefront of public con-
Last week, George Clooney
joined Nobel Peace Prize recipient
and author Elie Wiesel to urge
members of the United Nations

Security Council to help end the
genocide in Sudan's war-torn region
of Darfur.
Clooney told the U.N.'s most
powerful body that it must send
replacements for the African
Union's 7,000 peacekeepers in
Darfur when its mandate expires at
the end of the month. If it did not,
aid workers would have to leave
and the 2.5 million displaced people
who depend on them would die.
"After Sept. 30 you won't need
the U.N. You will simply need men
,with shovels and ,bleached white

linen and headstones," the 45-year-
old actor warned.
During a press conference fol-
lowing the U.N. speech, Clooney
said he took up the cause of Darfur
because it's "the first genocide of
the 21st century."
A contingent of British celebri-
ties, including Elton John and
Annie Lennox, came together over
the weekend in hopes that their
government will help end the fight-
ing in Darfur.
The conflict in Darfur began in
early .2003 when ethnic African.

tribes revolted against the
Khartoum government.
U.N. officials have estimated the
death toll at between 180,000 and
200,000. More than 2 million peo-
ple have been driven from their
Meanwhile, actor Matt Damon
hosted a fundraiser in Toronto last
week that raised $1.8 million to
fight poverty and AIDS in Africa.
Brad Pitt, Penelope Cruz, Wyclef
Jean and John Legend also attended
the function

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Shawanne Jacobs Nerrissa Adams Martrina Wise Lavina Hodge
(back) Louis McGree and Edwin Green.






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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.
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.
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.
All are welcome.

Rev. Rudolph McKissick Sr. to Preach
King Solomon Closing Service
A "Bowling Challenge" at 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 23rd, will pit
the Single Adult Ministry against the Marriage Ministry.
Rev. Rudolph W. McKissick Sr., Pastor, Bethel Baptist Institutional
Church; will be the 26th Annual Founder's Day Speaker on Sunday,
September 24, 2006.
Dr. Clifton Davis is First AME of
Palm Coast Anniversary Speaker,
Dr. Clifton Davis, host of the Trinity Broadcasting Network "Praise
The Lord" telecast will be the speaker at the Anniversary Banquet on
Friday, September 22nd, 6:30 p.m., at the Grand Haven Golf & Country
Club. The internationally-renowned actor is best known for his five-year
fun as Rev. Rueben Gregory on the popular NBC television show "Amen".
The Rev. Gillard S. Glover is the Pastor of First AME Church. For more
information, please call (386) 437-5142 or 446-5759, reservations are nec-
essary for the banquet.
"Turn Back To God Crusade"
set for Hemming Plaza
Mark your calendars now to attend the Word of Faith "Turn Back to God
Crusade" at Hemming Plaza, Downtown Jacksonville, on Saturday,
October 21, 2006. For more information, please call (904) 358-6722 or
(904) 723-0763.
African American Ministries of
Florida Baptist Convention to hold
Church Leadership Conference
The African American Ministries Division of the Florida Baptist
Convention, Dr. Eugene McCormick, director; will host their 2006 Church
Leadership Development Conference, Friday and Saturday, September 22
& 23rd. Dr. John Sullivan, Executive Director-Treasurer of the FBC invite
you to join them on Friday evening at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 8:30 am., at
the First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, 124 W. Ashley Street,
The Special Guest Lecturer and Consultant is Dr. Tony Evans, Pastor
of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship, Dallas Texas.
For more information and to reserve your space, please call (904) 596-
3035; or 1(800) 226-8584, ext. 3035.

St. Paul Lutheran Fall Festival
Set for Saturday Oct. 7th

Friends, neighbors and the com-
munity are invited to attend the Fall
Festival at St. Paul Lutheran
Church, 2730 West Edgewood
Ave., on Saturday, October 7, 2006,
from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This inaugural Fal Fall Festival will
feature crafts, music, food and
much more. There will be a "Kids
Corner" with crafts, activities, and

face painting. There will be other
activities for all ages.
Booths and tables will be avail-
able to vendors to merchandise
their goods and provide early shop-
ping for the holidays. To reserve
your booth or table, please call
Naomi Mungin at (904) 502-9001;
or visit nmungin@bellsouth.net.

Southside Church of God in Christ
Men's Conference '06, Oct. 6 7th
The Southside Church of God in Christ, 2170 Emerson Street, Bishop
Edward Robinson Jr., Pastor; will present "Is There A Man In The
House?", Men's Conference 2006; Friday and Saturday, October 6-7th.
Workshop Topics and presenters include: "The Silence of Adam", Pastor
Cedric Johnson, Carpenter's House COGIC, Jacksonville; "Man's Identity
Crisis", Elder Donell Neal, Southside COGIC; "Bringing Home the
Bacon", Pastor Gabriel Hall, Emanuel COGIC, Jacksonville; and "Putting
God First, Getting Back to the Basics", Pastor Loverso Walker, Faith
Temple COGIC, Daytona, FL.
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 obfaii a coi6 ton le% el in sin-
glefiss,' and "Successful'Singleness," tips for avoiding the piffa1lls that can
hinder singles in their Christian walk. Information: (904)332-8831, 307-

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By. Cynthia Post
A civil rights activist recently
announced a project to involve
churches nationwide in helping
their New Orleans counterparts
recover from Hurricane Katrina.
Churches Supporting Churches,
which arose from the vision of Rev.
C. T. Vivian, one of Dr. Martin
Luther King's lieutenants and an.
icon of the.,Civil Rights Movement
in his own right, seeks to assist a
number of African-American con-
gregations in 12 areas of New
Orleans, where Katrina destroyed
or seriously damaged their facili-
ties. The project is chaired by
Several organizers are connected
to the initiative including former
Atlanta Mayor and United Nations
Ambassador Andrew Young and
Robert Franklin, presidential distin-
guished professor of social ethics at
the Candler School of Theology at
Emory University, and former pres-
ident of the Interdenominational
Theological Center.
The idea came to Vivian as he
watched coverage of the natural
disaster last year.
"As I was looking at coverage of
New Orleans' destruction, I noticed
no minister had been interviewed,"
Vivian said. "The church is the cen-
ter of the community. It must play a
major role in the rebuilding
The plan calls for 36 congrega-
tions in New Orleans to partner
with 360 local congregations

nationally on a ten to one ratio over
the next three years.
"We want a relationship between
the churches in New Orleans and
across the country," Vivian said.
The 36 ministers will be trained in
leadership development; communi-
ty organization and outreach; and
community planning and develop-
ment. .
Currently,.thelre 'are 31 ministers
involved in the project, Vivian said.
"The ministers will train a certain
percentage of people in their
churches," Vivian said. "We are
dealing with not only rebuilding
churches but also rebuilding com-

In the first 14 congregations to be
selected, the un-met need aspect of
the re-building costs will approach
$10 million.
For more information, and/or to
contribute, contact Rev. Leslie C.
Tune, National Council of
Churches, at 202-544-2305 or
email ltune@ncccusa.org .. ..,,.. I
Contributions can be sent to:
National Council of Churches, c/o
Churches Supporting Churches,
Rev. Leslie C. Tune, Washington
Communications Officer, NCC
USA, 110 Maryland Ave., N.E.,
Washington, D.C. 20002.

Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 7

September 21 27, 2006

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he grew up in a family of 13, .
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Tavis Smiley is the author of the
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Faith. This spring, his efforts to
promote the publication of The
Covenant with Black America
helped to make it a number-one
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Disaster Preparedness Director; Faythe Van Pelte, Volunteer Services Director, Volunteeer Jacksonville, John
Culbreth, Director of Parks and Recreation, City of Jacksonville; Krista Herbert, COO, Volunteer Jacksonville;
Lesley Wolfson, Development Director, Volunteer Jacksonville; FRONT ROW: Left to right- Lynn Weise Mora,
Community Relations Director, Volunteer Jacksonville; Glorious Johnson, City Council Representative at Large
and Ethel Griffin, Chase Community Association's team leader for children and member of North Citizens
Planning Advisory Committee.

Volunteers Take on Simons-Johnson Park

Volunteers from The Home Depot
and Hands On Jacksonville brought
together more than 200 volunteers
for a Simons-Johnson Park and
Community Center restoration/
beautification project. Throughout
the day volunteers: built garbage
receptacles, five picnic tables and
two sand boxes; repaired and paint
park benches; replaced dugout
roofs and benches; painted benches

and bleachers; installed mile mark-
er signs around the track ; designed
a hopscotch area in addition to
landscaping pressure washing. F
Future enhancement of the park
include a partnership between the
Boselli Foundation and the city to
provide a full service community
center at the site that will provide
academic enrichment, character
development, educational resources

Music to Hate By

continued from page 4
angry or defensive when racial
issues are raised. They resist pro-
grams for ostensibly non-racial rea-
sons that they perceive directly or
indirectly benefit minorities.
The immigration reform battle has
created a fertile new field for white
supremacy groups to slip in their
race coded bigotry, and corral new
recruits. They plain on the,anxiety
and fears of many American, over
illegal immigration, and cloak their
message of white purity in a call to

defend the borders and halt an
alleged alien invasion. The
Southern Poverty Law Center
which tracks 700 hate groups, in its
latest Intelligence Report notes a
jump in the number of threats and
outright physical attacks on
Hispanics. The Klan, Neo-Nazi and
racist skinheads have also staged
anti-immigration rallies and march-
es.- The twins appeared at; one of
.those rallies, and sported ."Stop
Immigration" t-shirts.
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The project wa a component of the
Corporate Month of Service which
is guided by the goals of the Hands
On Campaign to increase volun-
teerism by 10 percent, engage and
train 100,000 Volunteer Leaders,
and create immediate, tangible

and soft sale marketing has touched
off warning bells among the Anti-
Defamation League and other
groups that monitor the hate
groups. They warn school officials
to be on the alert for sneaky efforts
by the hate groups to recruit youth
through catchy rock songs. The
popularity and deadly innocence of
two 14- year-old singers give the
.warning evermore urgency.
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author of The Emerging Black GOP

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Neighborhood Affects Impact Of

Messages About Race On Children

The impact of African-American
parents' messages to their children
about race differs depending on the
type of neighborhoods in which
families live, finds a study pub-
lished in the September/October
issue of the journal Child
Development. The study was sup-
ported by the National Institute of
Child Health and Development
Previous research has found that
children of African-American par-
ents who promote racial pride and
awareness have better cognitive
development and fewer behavior
problems, while parents who pro-
mote mistrust of other races often
have children with more behavior
problems. In this study, researchers

Five Easy Steps

to Slim Down Fast
Need to shed a few pounds and
don't know where to start? You
may not know it, but there are sev-
eral things that you can start doing
right this moment that can help you
move towards your weight loss
Weigh Yourself- One of the most
important parts of any weight loss
program is remaining aware of
your numbers. Select a set time and
day to jump on the scale and track
your progress
Get off the Couch Make sure to
limit the amount of TV that you
watch each day. Not only does
watching TV keep you inactive, but
a recent study also showed that
those who watched more than two
hours of TV per day actually con-
sumed more sugary snacks.
Call a Friend Some of the most
successful weight loss programs
involve the buddy system. Whether
it's a friend who is also taking part
in the diet, or just someone who is
willing to lend an ear, make sure to
gab about your weight loss plan
whenever you feel the need for
some support.
Keep a Journal A recent study
showed that obese adults who
recorded their food and exercise
habits over a 6-month period actu-
ally lost twenty pounds-nearly
twice the amount of those who did
not keep a record.
Get Enough Sleep Be sure to get
seven hours of sleep at night. Why?
A recent study at the University of
Chicago showed that people who
were deprived of their snooze time
actually had lower levels of the
hormones responsible for control-
ling appetites.

from the University of Texas
School of Public Health in Dallas,
Georgia Southern University in
Statesboro, the University of
Toronto in Canada, and Johns
Hopkins University in Baltimore
set out to learn if those findings
were consistent across the wide
range of neighborhoods in which
African-American families live.
The study sample included 241
African-American first graders and
their parents residing in varied
neighborhoods in a northeast urban
area. The parents were interviewed
in their homes and questioned about
their neighborhood, their attitudes
about parenting and the messages
they communicated to their first
grader about race. The researchers

also observed whether the home
included books, music and/or deco-
rative elements reflecting African-
American culture. Finally, the
researchers interviewed the child to
assess his/her cognitive develop-
"We found that a home rich in
African-American culture was
associated with better cognitive
development for first graders who
lived in high-risk neighborhoods,"
said lead researcher Margaret
O'Brien Caughy, ScD, associate
professor at the University of Texas
School of Public Health. "High
risk" neighborhoods were charac-
terized by high levels of poverty,
physical and social disorder such as
trash or graffiti, and high levels of

fear. Researchers also found that
promoting mistrust of other races
was associated with more behavior
problems for African-American
first graders living in low-risk
neighborhoods, but not for those
living in high-risk neighborhoods.
"Our study supports the conclu-
sion that messages about race affect
young African-American children
differently depending on the com-
munity in which they live," said Dr.
Caughy. "These results have impli-
cations for interventions developed
to support parents and their children
because they confirm that there is
no 'one size fits all' approach.
Rather," she says, "intervention
strategies will also have to consider
the community context."

Health Department Offers

Free Health Awareness Series

Jacksonville The Duval County
Health will be conducting a series
of free Health Awareness classes.
Classes will be held from 5:00 p.m.
to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, begin-
ning September 13, 2006 and end-
ing December 13th at Stanton High
Anyone who is interested in learn-
ing more about stroke, heart attack,
hypertension, diabetes, nutrition,
smoking cessation, and physical

activity is invited to attend one or
all of the classes. Program topics
include: Hypertension: It Runs in
My Family Sept. 27; Know Your
Numbers Oct. 4; Overview of
Diabetes Oct. 11 Understanding
Nutrition Oct. 18; Healthy Heart
Foods Oct. 25; Walking for Fun
and Fitness! Nov. 1; My Weight:
Body Mass Index Nov. 8 ; Moving
Against Smoking: Keeping it Real -
Nov. 29; 10,000 Steps Dec. 6 ;

Portion Control and Meeting My
Goal Dec. 13
The Stanton Community
Education program is located at
1149 W. 13th Street. Seating is lim-
ited. To register or for more infor-
mation, contact Darlene Melvin at
630-6760. The following topics
will be presented on:
To schedule one or all these free
classes at your location, call Ms.
Bealyer at 630-3337, extension 3.

Vitamin D May Prevent Some Cancers

But many blacks, elderly aren't getting enough, study suggests

Forget the fiber. You may be able
to fend off colon, breast or ovarian
cancer by simply getting enough
vitamin D, a new analysis of previ-
ous research suggests.
But if you're overweight, black,
older or live in the Northeast,
there's a good chance you're not
getting enough vitamin D in your
diet, said study co-author Cedric F.
Garland, a professor of medicine at
the 'University of California, San
And that could put you at risk, he
Garland and his colleagues exam-
ined 63 previous studies that looked
at possible links between several
types of cancer and vitamin D defi-
ciency. Their study appears in the
current online edition of the
American Journal of Public Health,
and will appear in the February
2006 print edition.
According to the researchers, the
studies -- from 1966 to 2004 -- sug-
gest that vitamin D can reduce the
risk of colon, breast and ovarian
cancers, among others, by as much
as 50 percent.
However, the debate over the
value of vitamin D isn't over, said
Lona Sandon, a spokeswoman for
the American Dietetic Association.
The new research suggests a link
between too little vitamin D and
cancer, but doesn't confirm it, she
Why might vitamin D have a pro-

tective effect in the first place?
"Vitamin D's main role is to keep
the balance of calcium and phos-
phorous in the blood, which helps
keep bones strong," Sandon said.
"However, a lesser-known role is
how it regulates cell growth and
determines what a cell becomes. A
vitamin D deficiency may allow
cells to become cancerous rather
than becoming healthy cells."
The study authors found, that sev-
eral groups of people had low levels
of vitamin D. Residents of the
Northeast made up one group, per-
haps because they miss out on vita-
min D that's absorbed during expo-
sure to the sun, Garland said. The
obese had low levels, too, perhaps
because they have trouble metabo-
lizing vitamin D through their fatty
Other groups with low vitamin D
levels include blacks -- they're five
times more likely to be deficient
than whites -- and the elderly, the
researchers found.
"As we age, we lose the ability to
convert vitamin D into its usable
form, so elderly people are at
greater risk," Sandon said.
And the increased skin pigmenta-
tion of blacks reduces their ability
to synthesize vitamin D, the
researchers said.
So what to do? The experts are
divided on that answer.
Garland urges everyone to con-
sume 1,000 International Units

(IUs) a day of the active form of
Vitamin D -- also known by its
human form, Vitamin D3 -- which
comes in yogurt, cheese, orange
juice, fatty fish and milk.
By contrast, Sandon said adults
aged 19 to 50 should get 200 IUs a
day, equivalent to two glasses of
fortified milk. People aged 50 to 70
should get 400 IUs, she said, while
those 71 and older should get 700.
But she acknowledged that "it is
difficult to get this much vitamin D
from food alone.
She recommends that people take
brief walks during lunch to get
exposure to vitamin D from the sun.
But what about seniors or those
who refuse to change their diets or
their habits? "A supplement of the
active form of vitamin D would be
the next option for those who just
will not make even small changes,
and likely to be a must in people
over 50," Sandon said.

Time for Black America to

Shake the Salt Out of Their Diet
Did you know that African American women eat more than twice the
recommended 2,400 milligrams of salt a day? It's true.
And that figure also includes those who think they are cutting the
sodium out of their diet by avoiding snacks such as chips and fast food.
However, that's not the only place that salt can be found. In fact, only
about 20 percent of your sodium intake actually comes from your salt
shaker, the rest is hidden inside your food.
To find out what foods can contain a potential salt mine, take a look
at the following:
1. Canned Soups Thought you were smart for sticking to soup for
lunch? Not always so. A single can of Campbell's Chicken Noodle
Soup contains a staggering 2290 mg of sodium. That's almost more
than the total daily recommended amount. But don't press the panic
button just yet. There are other choices out there. Just be careful, and
always remember to take in to account the serving size when checking
the sodium content.
2. Canned Vegetables Surprising, isn't it? Turns out that a mere half
a cup of canned green beans can carry up to 400 mg of sodium! The
better option? Stick to fresh whenever you can and when all else fails,
turn to the frozen aisle.
3. Cereals Not all cereals are healthy breakfast choices. Some of them
come loaded with unnecessary sodium. So be sure to check out the
sodium, along with the calorie and fat content, on your next trip to the
grocery store.

Got Gum Trouble? Your

Heart Might Be Next
There's mounting evidence that bacteria from setting up h
brushing, flossing and regular den- your gums. Some tips, acco
tal checkups may be at the heart of Inge:
good cardiovascular health. Get checked. A thorou
The reason: Chronic periodontal exam will allow a dentist t
disease -- which is caused by a and diagnosis gum disease
number of oral bacteria -- appears its severity, and order app
to set off an inflammatory process treatment. Treatments inclu
that exacerbates and contributes to trial removal via scaling a
the build-up of cholesterol-rich planing, and the use of anti
plaque on artery walls. Brush and floss regular
In fact, one study published earli- more frequently food is ke:
er this year found that patients with from teeth, the better, since
high levels of gum disease bacteria cleaning robs oral bacteria
were also at high risk for athero- nutrients they crave.
sclerosis. Don't snack. Every snack
But there's lots you can do to keep a fresh meal to germs that

Don't Grieve Alone

Haven Hospice offers free grief support program
A helpful way to cope with loss is by sharing your experience with oth-
ers going through a similar loss. Haven Hospice offers a support program
for anyone coping with the loss of a loved one regardless of how that loss
has occurred. This support group offers an opportunity to express feelings
and thoughts as well as gain an understanding of grief and how it impacts
your life. Sharing is voluntary and confidential. The group will meet on
Wednesday, October 11, 18, and 25 and November 1, 8, and 15 from 5:30
to 6:30 p.m. at Haven Hospice, 8301 Cypress Plaza Drive, Suite 119.
For ore information or to register, call Regina Kujawa or Katie Altahando

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destroyed by the
storm, and more than
80 facilities across
Louisiana and
Mississippi were
significantly damaged,
with losses totaling
$65 million. In post
Katrina, 900,000
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Study Shows Long Term

Affirmative Action is Needed

Kristin Hawkins, Cavalier
A recent study found black enroll-
ment rates in higher education
institutions would decline if affir-
mative action were ended in 25
years, despite a projected decrease
in the income gap between black
and white Americans.
The study, conducted by
University Education Prof. Sarah
Turner and Princeton Economics
Professors Alan Krueger and Jesse
Rothstein, investigated a statement
by former Supreme Court Justice
Sandra Day O'Connor several
years ago, in which she claimed
that while affirmative action is jus-
tifiable in the short term, it would
not be needed 25 years in the
future, Rothstein said.
"What we concluded [is that] if
your goal is to maintain current
levels of black enrollment at selec-
tive colleges, you'll still need it 25
years for now," Rothstein said,
noting that there would be "a price
to pay" if affirmative action were
ended in the near future.
University Chief Diversity
Officer William Harvey said he
thinks O'Connor's statement was
"incredibly optimistic."
The study found that if affirma-
tive action were eliminated in 25
years, colleges and universities
would have 10 to 40 percent fewer
black students, depending on "how

optimistic your projection is,"
Rothstein said.
If affirmative action were to be
eliminated today, the number of
black students would fall by a half
to two-thirds, Rothstein added.
The study's findings are based on
the positive correlation between
income and academic success,
which Rothstein described as
"fairly high."
Students with more resources are
more likely to attend a school
which will prepare them for col-
lege and are more likely to achieve
higher scores on standardized
tests, Rothstein explained.
Rothstein said the study's predic-
tion about the future economic
well-being of blacks is based on
recent research which has shown
that the income gap between any
two groups--black and white
Americans, in this case---will
decrease by approximately 50 per-
cent every generation.
Harvey said affirmative action
addresses historical inequities and
supports America's foundation of
giving people equal opportunities.
Harvey said he hopes society will
approach proportional representa-
tion, not only in base-level jobs
but in managerial positions, before
affirmative action is eliminated.
"That would be a statement of
parity," he said. ,

night of Sept. 12, the Hippodrome
was in a frenzy as media, support-
ers, family and friends gathered to
find out if Kweisi Mfume would
represent the Democratic Party in
the race for U.S. Senate in
Despite a major lead by Ben
Cardin, spirits were high and many
supporters waved "Mfume for
Senate" signs and cheered every
time they saw their candidate's face
on television. Mfume too remained
"As Mark Twain once said
'reports of my death have been
greatly exaggerated,"' said Mfume
in an address to the audience.
Because of the statewide voting
problems, Baltimore's polls didn't
close until 9 P.M., pushing the
results back further and further. Not
giving up hope, many watched the
giant projection screen as the polls
continued to come in, while sup-
porters celebrated all their hard
work over the past 18 months. In
the wee hours of the morning,
though, the Mfume camp had to
concede defeat. And yet he did so
without allowing a negative word
past his lips.
"If we don't find that guy running
around with those 29,000 votes in
his pocket soon, then although I
wanted to be Ben's senator he
might just have to me mine and if

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Kweisi Mfume, as a candidate for the Democratic nomination for U.S.
Senate for Maryland gestures as he greeted supporters at his election
night headquarters in Baltimore last week.

he is he'll be a damn good senator,"
said Mfume about his opponent and
friend for this primary election.
Mfume said some tried to drive a
wedge between the two candidates
but it did not work.
"There may be difference and
there may not be difference, but
we're friends nonetheless. We start-
ed that way and we are going to end
that way and well be that way until
they decide to bury both of us."
Despite Mfume's loss, to many,
he has come off as a victor because
of his gracious attitude as well as
his demonstrated concern for the



That Mfume was able to garner
such a significant number of votes,
losing to Cardin by less than 10
percentage points on a shoestring
budget seems like a miracle.
"The campaign was hard because
we didn't have the funds, Kweisi

was the underdog [and] we couldn't
get on TV," said Mfume's cam-
paign manager, Mark Clack, in a
tired voice. "Much credit has to go
to Kweisi Mfume for strapping this
campaign on his back. A lot of peo-
ple underestimated his tenacity...he
did not stop fighting."
Clack went on to say that this cam-
paign has cemented Mfume's posi-
tion as a leader and will open doors
for him to continue serving in that
capacity as an elected official or
"People are going to be calling ask-
ing him how he did it," Clack said.
"This was Mfume's divining
moment not only as a political
heavyweight but also as a major
Black leader in Maryland. His lega-
cy is well intact."
William Gross, an Mfume support-
er said, "His track record speaks for
him. I think that if this doesn't work
out he'll be back doing something
else and I'll be there to support him
just like I did for this campaign."

Participants Needed for Study Circles

The City of Jacksonville is cur-
rently seeking people for participa-
tion in the "study circle" initiative
sponsored by The Jacksonville
Human Rights Commission. The
"study circle" is a dialogue program
on race/ethnic relations.
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Edward Waters College Celebrates 140 Years of Service

Betty Holzendorf Atty. Willie Gary Pres. Oswald Bronson
Edward Waters College is observ- Founders' Day Gala is planned, and
ing Founders' Day 2006 with the Attorney Willie E. Gary, a member
theme Celebrating 140 Years of
Service. The formal observance
will be held on Friday, October 6
with an 11 a.m. program on the
EWC campus in the Milne
Auditorium. Former Florida state
senator and EWC alumna, Mrs.
Betty Holzendorf, will deliver the
Founders' Day address. The cere-
monial tree planting will take place
on the Centennial Lawn immediate-
ly following the program.
Part I of the Silent Auction will
also begin on October 6 with a
viewing from 2-4:30 p.m. in the
George N. Collins Student Union
Building (SUB). The auction will
begin at 6 p.m. in the SUB, and will
feature such items as sports memo-
rabilia, cars, services, cosmetics,
art, catering, and household goods.
On Saturday, October 7, the

Free Lunch Forum
on Public Prayer
Join five of our area's influential
religious and community leaders as
they discuss the sensitivities sur-
rounding public prayer in
Northeast Florida.
Panelists include: Dr. Parvez
Ahmed, Paul Hooker, Willie
C."Pete" Jackson, Rabbi Michael
Matuson and Charlene Taylor Hill.
It will be moderated by: Bill Scheu
The forum will be held on
Thursday, September 28th from
10am-Noon at the Congregation
Ahavath Chesed, 8727 San Jose
Boulevard. The event is free and
open to the public.

of the EWC Board of Trustees, is
the master of ceremony. Live enter-
tainment will be provided by local
band, Cliche. The event starts at
7:15 p.m. at Classic Fare, 1301
Riverplace Blvd., Wachovia Bank
Building, 1st floor, and Part II of
the Silent Auction is also scheduled.
The tickets for the Gala are $70
each and funds will be used for
endowment and operations. Black
tie is required.
The Founders' Day Worship
Service is planned for Sunday,

October 8, 10 a.m., at St. Stephens
AME Church, 5th and Davis
streets; Rev. Michael Mitchell is the
pastor. EWC's 27th president, Dr.
Oswald P. Bronson, Sr., and the
world-renowned EWC Concert
Choir are scheduled to be a part of
the program.
Kicking off the Founders' Day cel-
ebration will be the culmination of
the essay contest. EWC students
are participating in the contest and
will write a 350-500 word essay on
"What does EWC Belongs to Me,

Means to Me?" The winner will
read their essay during the 11 a.m.
Chapel services on October 4.
Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd
and 3rd place.
On October 5 at 11 a.m., an EWC
History Exhibit chronicling the his-
tory of the College, is scheduled to
be unveiled at the newly construct-
ed John Hurst Adams/Jimmy R.
Jenkins Community Sports and
Music Center. The Center is locat-
ed at the west end of the campus
at1859 Kings Road at Spires Street.

Also on Saturday, october I, me
community is invited to attend an
EWC Open House from 9 a.m. 12
noon. The program will begin in
the Milne Auditorium and the com-
munity will have the opportunity to
learn about the various depart-
ments, divisions and programs of
the College. Persons will also be
given a tour of the campus.
If you have questions or need
additional information, contact the
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Continued from front
Ralph W. Turner, interim dean of
the College of Arts and Sciences,
said White submitted a list of all
329 members of the Marching 100
to the registrar's office. White was
given back a report of all the band
students who did not meet the aca-
demic eligibility requirement.
Fifty-four students were listed.
The registrar's report also showed
at least 20 more students were not
actually enrolled in classes or had
no valid student identification
numbers who were immediately
dismissed from band involvement.
"Most students are not losing
their band numbers and positions,"
Turner said. "However, they are
restricted from traveling and per-
forming. The students who have
been placed on academic probation
have the opportunity to rejoin their
band mates next semester. They
must simply work hard and pull up
their grades."
The absence of the 74 members
will require the band to rearrange
some drill formations and fill spa-
tial arrangements.
One of the affected students,
Travis Roberts, 19, a sophomore
pre-dentistry student from Fort
Lauderdale, Fla., said, "I don't
knock the university for handling
the situation, but it just seemed
kind of last minute."
Roberts said he attended two
weeks of training and practices
before he received the news.
He was told at a night practice
prior to the game against Delaware
State. He decided it was best for
him to drop the band course until
next semester, when he hopes to
"It is my intention to work with
Dr. White and others on campus to
give students ample opportunity to
pull up their GPAs," said Turner.
"We constantly emphasize their
number one priority is to get an
education and earn a degree."
Turner spoke with White about the
impact of performing with a
reduced number of members and
said he was told the band will be
able to perform at "a high level of
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Help Clean Up Fort Mose
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection will sponsor a vol-
unteer clean-up day at Fort Mose Historic State Park in observance of
National Public Lands Day. Volunteers are needed to help remove trash at
Fort Mose and around the edge of the surrounding marsh. The event will
take place Saturday September 30, 2006 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
Advance registration is NOT required and trash bags and tools will be
provided. Participants are advised to bring gloves, insect repellent, rubber
boots, and to wear appropriate clothing.
Fort Mose, site of the nation's first free African American community, is
located just north of the St. Augustine city gates on U.S. 1 at the end of
Saratoga Boulevard. For Additional information go to: www.floridas-
tateparks.org or call Stephen Carter at (904) 461-2033.

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.

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.

Annual Black Expo
The Prime Osborne Convention
Center will be showcasing black
owned businesses and over 200
exhibitors for the annual Black
Expo the weekend of September
30th. There will be live entertain-
ment by national recording artists,
youth activities, food vendors and
more. For more info call (904)727-

Do you know an

Unsung Hero?

Someone who is constantly doing for others and put-
ting someone else's needs before their own, a friend that
goes beyond the norm? A tireless volunteer? Nominate
he or she for the Unsung Hero spotlight and they could
win a profile in the Jacksonville Free Press and a $50
gift certificate from Publix Supermarkets.

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7451 or 1-800-419-2417. To volun-
teers call (904)249-6561.
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.
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.

African American
Chamber Mixer
The First Coast African American
Chamber of Commerce will host a a
Network Mixer and Membership
Drive on Friday, October 6th
beginning at 5 p.m. Existing and
prospective new members are invit-
ed to take this opportunity to learn
how membership with the
FCAACC helps to develop and
implement programs, partnerships
and strategic alliances for all busi-
nesses. The Mixer will be held at
Club Endo Exo, 1224 King
Avenue. Call 396-7733 for more

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.


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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.

Haven Hospice offers
grief support program
A helpful way to cope with loss is
by sharing your experience with
others going through a similar loss.
Haven Hospice offers a support
program for anyone coping with the
loss of a loved one regardless of
how that loss has occurred. This
support group offers an opportunity
to express feelings and thoughts as
well as gain an understanding of
grief and how it impacts your life.
Sharing is voluntary and confiden-
tial. The group will meet on
Wednesday, October 11, 18, and
25 and November 1, 8, and 15 from
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Haven Hospice,
8301 Cypress Plaza Drive Suite
119. For ore information or to regis-
ter, call Regina Kujawa or Katie
Altahando 904-733-9818

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 FamousJacko, and
Wilym:. aad ,. Woody Saturday
October 14th at the Prime F.
Osbom 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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By Jackie Jones, BAW
The announcement of the separa-
tion of entertainers Whitney
Houston and Bobby Brown was the
stuff of oddsmaker's dreams, some
say. The question, for many, was
not whether they would break up,
but when.
Together, Houston and Brown
were a tabloid editor's dream. When
Brown was released from a stretch
in jail a few years ago, an ecstatic
Houston greeted him by jumping
into his arms and throwing her arms
and legs around him before a throng
of fans and media.
In a 2002 ABC interview with
Diane Sawyer, an erratic-sourdring
and wan-looking Houston, with a
profusely sweating Brown by her
side, admitted dabbling in drugs but
denied using crack, then uttered the
now famous phrase: "Crack is
wack." Houston later entered a
rehab center for drug treatment ii
2004 and again in 2005. Brov. n N
was arrested numerous times for
drugs and alcohol, and once foi
hitting his wife.
Lawyers for Houston filed a
request in Orange Couit, ,
Superior Court last week request-
ing a legal separation from her hus-
band of 14 years on the grounds of
irreconcilable differences. Access
Hollywood Online reported that
Brown was served with the papers
this week.
When the couple wed in 1992 the
union seemed to outsiders to be a
mismatch. Houston had the reputa-
tion of being a squeaky-clean ice
princess. Brown, who rose to fame
as a member of the boy band New
Edition before launching a success-
ful solo career, was a sometimes
coarse R&B singer with a more
streetwise image.
But as the years wore on, it would
become hard to determine which
one was more troubled.
"People who have holes, stuff
missing from their lives, will pick
people they think will make them
whole," said Caniille Clak,"rimefnttal
health therapist who specializes in
couples counseling.
Many couples in conflict, Clay

said, have what she calls "intercon-
necting crazies." "They each have
things that are problematic for
them, and their problems fit aston-
ishingly well into the hole that the
other person has."
For example, women who appear
needy often attract men who like to
be rescuers.
"The attraction is the neediness of
the woman, and the man feeling he
wants to be that Prince Charming,"
Clay said. Over time, however,
"that gets to be more of a burden
than (the man) can handle. It gets to
be a bottomless pit. The woman
becomes a bottomless

It's now splitsville
for the for Black Hollywood's
number one d sl'unctional couple
her needs."
But becoming more self-suffi-
cient can be problematic for women
in these kinds of relationships.
Their behavior may be seen as a
drain "if they continue to be needy
or appear needy or use it as a come-
on to get a man," Clay said. "Once
they exhibit more assertive behav-
ior, the man may see it as manipula-
tion and he feels the game has
Houston and Brown did separate
for a'time a few years ago, but their
marriage 'endured; despite rumors
and speculation. Their life was put
on display last year with the reality
series, "Being Bobby Brown" on

President Celebrates Jazz at the White House
President George W. Bush thanks jazz musicians after a performance to
celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz in
the East Room of the White House in Washington last week. The musi-
cians (L-R) are Herbie Hancock, Helen Sung, Clark Terry (seated) and
Anita Baker.Among the dozen or so performers on hand at the black-tie
event were singer Baker, who belted "My Funny Valentine," and
Hancock, who played the jazz tune, "Watermelon Man." Other perform-
ers included George Duke, Nnenna Freelon, Terri Lyne Carrington, Ron
Carter, Greg Diaz, Alan Hampton, Danilo Perez, Roy Hargrove, Wayne
Shorter, Helen Sung, Clark Terry and Bobby Watson.

cable's Bravo network. The show
actually made Brown look like a
stable influence, while a jittery
Houston was on display; the couple
often crudely talked about their
marriage and love life.
A source who knows the couple,
but asked not to be identified, says
there appears to be some truth to the
Internet rumor that Brown has
taken up recently with Karrine
Steffans, author of "Confessions of
a Video Vixen," in which she
recounted affairs with rappers, ath-
letes and celebrities, including
Bobby Brown.
r. .


"She dogged him
out in the book, but recently they
reconnected," the source told
BlackAmericaWeb.com, adding
that Brown and Steffans have been
spotted occasionally in restaurants
in the L.A. area. "There's talk that
they're living together. Now, I
haven't been to Karrine's house and
seen his toothbrush on the bath-
room counter, but that's what I'm
The New York Daily News report-
ed last month that Steffans denied
0 rumors 'of- an, affair with ,Brown.
"Look,'there are way bigger things
in the work than a romance. I'm a
businesswoman," the Daily News
quoted her as saying. "Bobby and I
are working together on some
things." She also said that she and
Brown were in a "tricky situation."
A source in the Atlanta area who
requested anonymity said Brown
and Houston had lived apart for
months and that Brown had report-
edly bought a house for himself and
his parents in Forsyth County, just
north of the city. "They haven't
been together since the show
ended," according to the source.
Earlier this year, the speculation
of a possible split intensified after
Brown's sister made headlines
when she alleged in a National
Enquirer interview that Houston
was addicted to crack. She also sup-
plied photos of what she said was
Houston's bathroom, littered with
garbage and evidence of drug use.
Therapist Clay, who said she
watched the couple on "Being
Bobby Brown," said she was struck
by how needy they both seemed to
be, but also by how in control
Houston appeared to be of the rela-

"It looks, based on what we saw
on TV, that Whitney was as much
directing what was going on in the
relationship as Bobby Brown was.
She seemed manipulative and
demanding, really, and she was
directing what happened in that
relationship," Clay said.
"They were the example," she
said, "of people who come to mar-
riage with the hope that it will help
them see the fantasy of themselves.
It was fraught with problems
because it was built on fantasy."
Recently, Houston has made
attempts to clean up her public
image. She recently attended a pub-
lic e ent ii' h cousin Dionne
Warwick and mogul and
mentor Clive Davis in
BeerIl Hills. And she is
working on an album
of new material, her
first since 2002.
Brown recently
reunited with
New Edition for
i a sho\ at July's
Essence Music
Festi al.
... Asked what she
V.' ld say to the
pair if they
S. ^ ,.. approached her for
Counseling, Clay said, "I
\.0U" ',old o1 k with the two of
Stem so that they would get
:some sense of the issues facing
thdiem indi% iddajll, and a sense of the
needs they w eie t ying to fulfill that
masqueraded as love and led them
to marriage in the first place."
Additionally, she said, "they
would both have a lot of individual
work to do to become two whole
people coming together, instead of
two pieces of people trying to
become whole.
"I would try to help them recog-
nize what needs they were trying to
have met in each other and help
them come to deal with that need
individually so that they could
come to each other whole. ."


Being Bobby Brown Now Meane Being

Alone as Whitney Files for Divorce

". : .

Singer Monica has a very rich fan overseas who
requested her presence last month at his extravagant
24th birthday bash.
Prince Azim of Brunei, the son of the $40 billion
Sultan of Brunei, reportedly flew in the Atlanta
artist to attend the party, which also included R&B
crooner Omarion among the guests.
"It was one of the most memorable experiences of
my entire career," Monica told Vibe.com. "As an

entertainer we get to see things when we travel but we don't often get to
experience them. You just never know how far our music makes it."
The flight to Brunei took 21 hours, but Monica tells Vibe that it was worth
every minute.
"I surprised Azim by performing at his party," she said. "For the next
three days we just walked through the Empire and took in the experience."
Monica's new album, "The Makings of Me," is scheduled to arrive in
stores on Oct. 3.
Eddie Murphy and his girlfriend
Melanie "Scary Spice" Brown
brought their romantic relationship to
Hawaii recently, staying at the same .
$10,700-a-night luxury suite atr
Maui's Four Seasons Hotel where he
has vacationed in the past with ex- ,
wife, Nicole, and their five children.
According to People.com, Murphy and his kids, ages 4 to 16, joined Mel
B. and her 7-year-old daughter Phoenix Chi at the beachside resort for a
week in late August. During the excursion, the blended clan was spotted
poolside in private cabanas and out on the town at the restaurant Spago.
On one occasion, Brown took all of the kids to the beach for an afternoon
of body surfing and boogie boarding.
"There was a lot of togetherness between the families," a source told
Murphy's big brother Charlie of "Chappelle Show" fame told the mag-
azine: "(Eddie) seems very happy with her, and that's what's important to
me. He's ifin a good place. If she does that (for him), ihen that's great "-
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occupy the top slots on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-
Hop and Hot 100 singles charts respectively this
Jackson jumped 7-1 with "Call on Me" featuring
Nelly, the first single from her album "20 Y.O.," due
Sept. 26 via Virgin. The feat ties Janet with R. Kelly
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began using Nielsen SoundScan in 1992.
According to her label, Janet has now topped the 64-year-old R&B chart
more times than any other singer since 1984.
Timberlake's "SexyBack" remains atop the Hot 100 for a second week,
holding off Fergie's former chart-topper "London Bridge" at No. 2.
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