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Volume 20 No. 45
November 23-29, 2006
Democrats Cautiously Moving Forward on Some Issues
Coretta and Martin Rest Together
Together at last. Coretta Scott King and her husband, slain civil rights
leader, Martin Luther King Jr., are finally resting together at the King
Center for Non\iolent Social Change in Atlanta. The single crypt that
housed King Jr.'s body has been replaced by a larger one to include his
wife. Their children are shown abo'e at the unveiling. Scott-King died
Jan. 30 at the age of 78 from complications from a stroke and ovarian
cancer. The ne\\ grave site opened. this week. Martin was assassinated
eBay Rejects KKK Snowmen
eBay, the largest online auction site. bounded a Staten Island vendor last
week \\ho %\as peddling Ku Klu\ Klan snowmen The seller, who eBay
refused to identify. had been trP, ing to get bids for the crude cla\ orna-
ments with removal % white, pointy hoods. "He is in his white gown (some
people like to call them sheetsi and hood, which is removable for your
viewing pleasure." read the description for the "KKK Snowmen and
Sno\w-w\omen." Bids started at $13..7".
"That listing is in fact a lolation of our offense materials police, "
Catherine England, an eBax spokeswoman, told The New\ York Post.
England said the Web site has an average of 105 million items up for auc-
tion at an\ given time. making it difficult to screen all of them for taste.
She encouraged people to contact eBa\ hen the;, see somethbig offen-
sive on ite site. which posts more than 6 million new\ items for sale each
MD Suburb Has Richest Blacks
Once home to slaves and tobacco sharecroppers. Prince George's
Country (Md.i. near Washington, D.C., is no\w occupied by America's
wealthiest African Americans. Ebon:, magazine reports, citing Census
data. From doctors to lawyers to hotel managers and restaurateurs,
African-American families, in numbers never seen before, are lik ing in
the lap of lLxuriy enjo\ ing golf courses in their back yards, Olympic-size
sw inning pools,. horseback riding stables and ice-skating training cen-
ters. At least 500,000). or so African Americans live in the countL.
Jackson Jr. Abandons Mayoral Bid
The Democratic sweep on Capitol Hill is
nnverberating in other lawmaker decisions. Rep.
Jesse Jackson Jr. I D-ll. -,a slie's changedI his
miiind about running for mayor of Chicago and
\%ill remain a congressman nou\ that the
Democrats -:re iii control. Jackson. \tho had
made nimoes to advance his mayoral campaign
last month, say s lie is "excited eager and down-
right giddy" about the prospects in W\ashington,
D.C. He said lie also decided to stay in
Congress because lie feels that \ ith Democrats
in charge he %\ill have an opportunity, to pass and influence substantive
legislation. "For me. this ieans unprecedented opportunity to help lead
this country into a ne and better direction and to better seri e m\ con-
stituents, my hometoin of Chicago. and tmi home state of Illinois, he
Hazing Charges Dropped
Against FAMU Band Members
The Florida State Attorney's Office is dropping criminal charges against
the four members of Florida A&M Universit) \' Marching 10)0 \\ho were
accused of misdemeanor hazing in October.
One of the four, James Wheeler, said that he had been publicly humili-
ated because of the arrest and faced eviction because the charges affect-
ed his financial aid. The four still are subject to a campus investigation.
The State Attorney's Office declined to prosecute Wheeler, 21, Dontay
Douglas, 21, Kenneth Sparks, 20, and Kristoffer Busby, 21, because it
said the allegations did not meet the statute's definition of hazing.
The charges were lodged in connection with the band's trip to Detroit
with the football team Sept. 1. The team played Delaware State
University at the Detroit Football Classic at Ford Field, losing 34-14.
While in Detroit, members of the band allegedly attempted to steal items
from the hotel in which they were staying. The Detroit Marriott recov-
ered body towels, face towels, pillows, irons and comforters.
State prosecutors said supporting documents did not fit the crime
charged to the students which included multiple midemeanors.
"It will not be going to the criminal case," FAMU Police Lt. Angela
Kirkland said. "However, it will be going to the judicial arena here on
by Hazel Edney
WASHINGTON (NNPA) Over
the years, Rep. John Conyers has
championed an assortment of cut-
ting-edge issues, such as repara-
tions, the elimination of mandatory
minimum federal sentences and
ending disparate treatment of crack
cocaine users. When he takes over
next month as chairman of the
House Judiciary Committee, all of
those issues will have to take back
seat to another cause election
"In every recent election, there
have been well-substantiated alle-
gations of attempts to discourage or
prevent eligible voters from voting.
There is also a widespread consen-
sus that electronic voting machines
are woefully insecure and subject to
tampering and manipulation,"
states Conyers, the senior member
of the House Judiciary Committee.
With African-Americans set to key
committee chairmanships in the
House, expectations are high. But
interviews with those new power
brokers seem to indicate while they
have not abandoned their liberal
leanings, some plan to proceed with
safer issues, such as voting reform.
But to some, voting reform is a cut-
ting-edge issue, especially the right
to have votes by African-Americans
cast and counted.
"For our democracy to survive,
we must ensure that every eligible
voter is allowed to vote and their
vote is counted correctly," Conyers
explains in a written statement. "I
look forward to working with the
Democratic Caucus and the mem-
bers of the committee both
Democratic and Republican in
developing an agenda and oversight
plan that serves the interest of the
American people... One of my
highest priorities will be election
The Judiciary Committee has
oversight of the courts, crime, por-
tions of homeland security, and
constitutional issues, which
includes voting. The committee's
hallmark legislation in the 109th
Congress was the successful renew-
al of the Voting Rights Act with bi-
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It's Official, Gilmore
Returns to the Hardwood
Internationally Acclaimed Artist Gets Up
Close and Personal with Ritz Patrons
Acclaimed visual artist Faith Ringold presented a two hour lecture
and Q &A with cultural enthusiasts at the Ritz Theater and LaVilla
Museum last week. The Museum is currently exhibiting a variety of
Ringold's work in the exhibit, "Faith Ringold's Southern Roots: A
Journey in Painting, Quilting and Storytelling", on display through
January 19, 2007. In addition to the meet and greet amidst her works,
the artist graciously signed books and autographs for her many fans
Former NBA All-Star and five-time ABA All-Star, Artis Gilmore
returned to the basketball court last week at the University of North Florida
Arena as a member of the Jacksonville Jam. Gilmore, a local resident of
Jacksonville is known by his nickname "The A-Train" and his outstanding
performance in both the NBA and ABA.He is shown above signing his
contract with the team;'s coach and owner.
Gilmore helped put basketball on the map in Jacksonville when he
played at Jacksonville University. He led the team to the NCAA champi-
onship final game against UCLA in 1970. The team won their first game
whose audience greeted Gilmore with a standing ovation. The team's next
game is August 24th.
BRATS Reflect Sorority's Embrace
with Collection for the Homeless
Their name, BRATS, sounds like
a spoil child who no one would like
to have a round. Their actions how-
ever are symbolic of their acronym
and represent any youth an adult
would love to be around. Since their
formation, the youth not only excel
in academics, but in their service to
the community as well.
Brilliant, Responsible, Alert,
Talented, Scholars), the Gamma
Rho Omega B.R.A.T.S conducted
their 1st Food Drive for the I.M.
Sulzbacher Center for the
Homeless. The group of industri-
ous youth collected non-perishable
food items and gift cards from gro-
cery stores, clothing and household
items on the Steps of the Alpha
Kappa Alpha, Sor. 8th Street House.
In collaboration with the WIN
(Women In NAACP), books were
also collected and donated to the
Children's Library at the Center.
These books will be available for
children to carry with them when
they leave the Center.
The organization is a group spon-
sored by the Education Committee
of Gamma Rho Omega Chapter of
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. The
entire Sorority supports the group
with tutoring in mathematics, read-
ing, and workshops on FCAT skills
and leadership are scheduled. In
ongoing support, they will be mon-
Shown above collecting food and articles for the needy are (l-R) Kristen Booker, AKA Eula Mayes, AKA
Mary Ann Pearson, AKA Sandra Richardson Hilary Standfier, Cody Floyd, Brandon Corbitt, AKA Mary
Madison and Sorority Basileus Beverly Shields
itored throughout the year with the This group of teens (grades 9-12) forming, the group has logged over
sorority using its diverse network to came together as volunteers at the 500 hours of community service, at
assist them in their career choices. Annual AKA Sumer Camp. Since various community events.
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by George Fraser
What do corporations and charitable groups and uni-
versities look for in selecting their board members? From my experi-
ence, the following criteria come into play when selecting a board mem-
*Public service track record. Are you a selfless doer, who has served
with distinction on boards or important committees over the years?
*Influence in the community. Do you have a successful business or
professional position or a high-profile reputation that puts you in a posi-
tion to influence the movers and shakers?
*Wealth. While it's not what has landed me on any boards, it is an
attribute that definitely enhances one's profile in the community and
*Positive profile. This is the "Mother Teresa" factor. You don't neces-
sarily need great wealth or influence; if your reputation for good works
and high moral character is strong enough, this alone can bring invita-
tions to certain board seats.
*Political savvy. Are you politically active? Do you publicly support
*Belonging to a racial minority and possessing any of the above qual-
ifications. Examples of prominent Black people in this category who
serve on many boards are Andrew Young, Earl Graves, Vernon Jordan,
Dr. Johnnetta Cole, Dr. Alvin Poussaint, and Hugh Price.
Don't be offended by being offered a minority position on a board. Be
energized by it. Being a minority-slot selection to a board is a foot in the
door. It is your opportunity to make a difference. Just don't forget how
and why you are there.
Bottom Line: If you are not serving Black interests while fulfilling
your responsibility to the organization, you are just another "spook
who sits by the door."
by Lorinda Bullock
The AFL-CIO, the nation's largest
labor organization, announced a
new nationwide initiative that will
provide job training and job oppor-
tunities for young Black men. They
also announced their "Mobilization
for Young Men of Color" initiative
would start in the predominately
Black and Hurricane Katrina-rav-
aged New Orleans.
In response to former
Congressman Ron Dellums
Commission's latest series of
reports including "A Way Out:
Creating Partners for Our Nation's
Prosperity By Expanding Life Paths
of Young Men of Color," Its goal
was to give public and private sec-
tors recommendations on how to
reverse the negative social, eco-
nomic and educational trends hap-
pening among young men of color.
"It was an amazing moment," said
Gail Christopher, the director of the
Joint Center for Political and
Economic Studies' Health Policy
Institute. The Washington-based
think tank sponsored the commis-
"It had all these burly, robust, tall,
labor guys standing there saying,
'we have to take our country back
and it starts with young men of
color. It was amazing'," she said.
According to the Commission's
report that was also released last
week, it's going to take efforts of
large groups like the AFL-CIO and
many others to save minority males,
especially African Americans, who
account for the worst high school
graduation and mortality rates.
The commission reported, "more
than 29 percent of African-
American males who are 15 years
old today are more likely to go to
prison at some point in their lives
compared to 4.4 percent of White
males of the same age."
Christopher said a number of issues
have to be addressed in order to end
the "pipeline" to prison and the
commission recommendations try
to tackle the underlying issues hin-
der the progress and success of
young minority men.
"We've put policies in place that
exacerbate that historic problem.
We expel them now from school at
the drop of a hat through zero toler-
ance programs, we have disinvested
in mental health care so when they
have substance abuse problems or
other types of challenges, from the
standpoint of behavior and mental
health, they go to jail instead of to
treatment. We're warehousing our
young people in jails where they
learn to be criminals. That is
wrong," she said.
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What You Should Know Before
Closing That Credit Card Account
Did you know that closing a cred-
it card can actually damage your
Americans have racked up more
than $800 billion in credit card
debt, so it may seem that eliminat-
ing the temptation to charge pur-
chases would be a good thing.
Mike Sullivan, director of educa-
tion for Take Charge America, a
national non-profit credit counsel-
ing agency, says think again.
"It takes credit to earn credit," he
said. "If your goal is to increase
your credit score, canceling your
credit cards may actually work
against you in the short-term."
The majority of-Americans carry
between five and 10 credit cards,
but analysts say many consumers
have become addicted to plastic,
with dozens of credit cards, includ-
ing cards for individual stores.
"It's a fine line to walk," said
Sullivan. "Carrying too many cards
can also lower your credit score
because it increases the chances
that you will rack up larger amounts
of debt. There is no magic number
when it comes to the number of
credit cards you should have. It
depends on how much money you
spend and how much you can
afford to pay off."
However, Sullivan adds that it is
important to keep track of your debt
ratio. He suggests that ideally, you
want to keep your balance on each
card to no more than 30 percent of
your credit limit.
So, what do you need to consider
before closing a credit card?
Sullivan has seven suggestions:
Beware of the Debt Utilization
Ratio Closing out cards will
decrease the amount of available
credit you have and increase your
debt utilization ratio. For example,
if you have $50,000 in available
credit and owe $10,000, then you
owe 20 percent of your available
credit. If you close one account
with a $30,000 credit limit, you will
then owe the same $10,000 but it
will be 50 percent of your available
credit. This can lower your score.
Time is on Your Side A portion
of your credit score is based on the
length of time that you have had
specific credit lines open. That
means the longer you have a credit
card, the more credit history you
have. For instance, if you have two
cards one which has been open
for five years and another for 10
years closing the card that has
been opened for 10 years reduces
your credit history to five years.
That can lower your score, regard-
less of your total balances. A longer
credit history shows that you can
manage credit responsibly.
Risky Behavior Five billion
credit card solicitations are sent to
Americans every year, many woo-
ing consumers with low- or no-
interest rates. If you try to control
your debt by opening multiple low-
interest cards, transferring your bal-
ances and closing cards along the
way, you could be sending the
wrong signal to potential lenders.
Not only can this lower your credit
score, many lenders consider it to
be a risky credit move. It's best to
pay off your debt, rather than trans-
fer it from card to card.
Fee Overload Many credit
cards carry yearly or monthly fees.
Closing those accounts can save
you money and prevent you from
accumulating more debt. It's
important to read the fine print
when applying for credit cards.
Fees that seem small accrue over
time and can ultimately prove to be
very costly, especially when inter-
est is involved.
Tempting Fate We all have our
limits. Sometimes, just knowing
that we have available credit is a
temptation to spend. If you can't
stop spending, close the card once
the balance is paid off, regardless of
how it might impact your score.
House on the Horizon? House
hunters need to take a close look at
the number of credit cards they pos-
sess. Mortgage lenders look at
available credit as a possible risk.
If you have multiple cards, lenders
need to consider whether you will
charge up those cards and be unable
to make your mortgage payment.
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AFL-CIO "Mobilizes Young Men of Color"
November 23 30, 2006
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Operation Blessing Blesses
Thousands for Thanksgiving
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CRC Executive Director Reginald Gaffney, Rep. Jennifer Carroll
and Peter Alazero of Wal Mart at the check presentation.
Carroll Secures Thousands for CRC
By Cristin Wilson
Christmas came early for the
Community Rehabilitation Center,
thanks to retail giant Wal-Mart. The
department store shelled out a five
thousand dollar check to the center,
which assists adults with mental
disabilities living in the
"It means a lot when someone in
the community cares," said CRC
director Reginald Gaffney.
Gaffney said the money will be
distributed in the form of gift cards
to the clients at the CRC, he
believes the money will allow each
client to get at least one fifteen dol-
lar Wal-Mart gift card to do their
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Members of Conyers' staff says
the normally outspoken congress-
man is withholding public comment
on other specific plans under his
leadership until after Dec. 4, the
day committee assignments will be
But Rep. Maxine Waters (D-
Calif.), slated to become chair of
the Financial Services Committee's
Subcommittee on Housing and
Community Opportunity, speaks
freely about her hopes for the
Also a member of the Judiciary, she
agrees that election reform must be
a priority, particularly establishing a
standard for voting machines so
"That may not sound like a big
deal, but for my clients it just may
be a first," said Gaffney. According
to the Director, it may be the first
time many in the organization will
have money of their own to go
holiday shopping. A holiday ritual
many of us take for granted.
"They don't get the opportunity to
shop like us," said Gaffney.
State Representative Jennifer
Carroll was responsible for secur-
ing the check for the CRC.
"It makes the heart feel good to
know that you are helping someone
be able to do for themself," Carrol
The night may have been cold, but not cold enough to ward off
enthusiastic fans watch the Jaguars defeat the New York Giants in
Coach Tom Coughlin's return to Jacksonville. Shown above in the
stands are Deandre Spears and Biafra Thomas cheering the Jags on
Vendors Matchmake in Orlando
Operation Blessing, the 8 year collaborative between Winn Dixie,
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church and Wachovia continued this
week bringing 250 volunteers together to distribute over 40,000 lbs. of
food in Springfield to feed the needy at Thanksgiving. Shown above
are organizers Rev. Copstell Cross, Pam Erickson, Alan Dyal and Sam
Bonello of Winn Dixie and Holly Cleveland from Wachovia. Below are
the Jackson family ready to receive their 'blessing'. R. Silver photo
utiously Moving Forward on Some Issues
that they are required to have a
paper trail and eliminating state-
only voter identification require-
ments. But she lists a string of other
issues that she will be pushing,
including overturning of some leg-
islation pushed through by the Bush
Administration in its so-called "war
"He has undermined the privacy
of Americans with Patriot Act One
and Patriot Act Two," says Waters,
founder and chair of the 73-member
Out of Iraq Congressional Caucus.
She also wants to revisit bankruptcy
reform. People filing Chapter
Seven bankruptcy used to be able to
get off virtually free of legal obliga-
tions to pay debts, allowing to get
off to a fresh start. However, Bush
pushed through legislation that
required bankruptcy filers to enter a
forced repayment plan and gave
lenders and businesses new legal
means to recover debts.
"We have to see about overturning
some of that stuff and making sure
that they fall under the constitu-
tion's guarantee for privacy. We
ought to take that bankruptcy bill
back up. It was a bad bill," Waters
Waters also wants to establish leg-
islation that will curtail the spread
of predatory lending through pay-
day lenders. But she concedes some
legislation will be difficult to pass
"We can't go in thinking it's going
to be a cake walk. Some of it will
get done," says Waters. "But we're
going to have problems. We've got
diversity right in our own caucus."
Waters was referring to the Blue
Dog Democrats, 37 moderate to
conservative members who often
vote with Republicans.
Rep. Charlie Rangel, who will
become chair of the powerful Ways
and Means Committee, which deals
with a wide range of financial
issues such as the minimum wage,
taxes, social security affordable
health care and housing, says liber-
al Democrats may need to curtail
their message in order to build
While many were in Orlando enjoying the Classic, some found time
for business. Shown attending the annual Matchmakers Conference
sponsored by the State Office of Supplier Diversity is Harvey Harper
(top) and JTA representative Sherry Trotter informing minority ven-
dors about opportunities within the Transportation Authority.
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Military Draft Debate More About Principle than Reality
Have you ever done something
just to get someone's attention or
just to prove a point? That's exact-
ly what Rep. Charles Rangel,
Democrat from New York, is doing
in his proposal to re-open the draft.
Since the war with Iraq started he
has been talking about instituting
or better yet reinstituting the mili-
tary draft. Yeah, a first blush I
would agree with most of the coun-
try and say that that's nonsense, but
when you actually listen to
Rangel's position it is not centered
around the draft at all.
Here is the root of the issue. The
make up of the military is predom-
inately minorities and whites from
low income families. The men who
make the decisions in Washington
are normally white men from upper
middle to upper class families.
While some may have served in the
military, their children are not.
Rangel is saying that it is easy to
start a war if you don't have any
skin in the game. Well, let me break
it down without using slang it's
easy to vote for war if none of your
offspring will fight or potentially
die in that war. So the concept of
the draft is being used more so as a
deterrent to lawmakers without
really analyzing how it will affect
the lives of families who have sol-
diers fighting in the war.
Of course, the concept has fallen
on deaf ears in D.C. Although
Rangel is a well-respected long
term Democrat, his colleagues are
not paying him much attention.
However, some national leaders
like Jesse Jackson fully understand
Rangel position. "Rising costs have
pushed college out of reach for
many of the poor," said Jackson.
"That coupled with shrinking man-
ufacturing jobs, have made it hard-
er for low-income people to find
work, leaving military service in a
time of war as one of their few
Jackson said that Rangel is at least
forcing the right debate. "Why
should a privileged body of people
benefit from national security, ben-
efit from economic gains with no
risk. Another group takes all the
risk and gets the least benefit."
In a recent interview with
reporters, incoming Speaker of the
House Nancy Pelosi of California
noted her opposition to the draft in
remarks to reporters, but apparent-
ly understands what Rangel is try-
ing to do. She said Rangel was try-
ing to underscore that the U.S. war
effort should be a "shared sacrifice"
and his legislation was "a way to
make that point."
I remember in high school once I
turned 18 I had to register for the
Selective Service and some
assumed that it was for draft pur-
poses. However, The Selective
Service System is an independent
federal agency exists to serve the
emergency manpower needs of the
Military by conscripting untrained
manpower, or personnel with pro-
fessional health care skills, if
directed by Congress and the
President in a national crisis.
So signing up for Selective
Services is nothing like a draft. In
fact, in order to implement a draft,
Congress would have to pass a law
to authorize it, and the President
would have to sign the bill into law.
Experts are saying that military
leaders aren't even interested in a
draft. From a training and morale
perspective a draft could be a
nightmare. Anyone can imagine
that it's true that motivated volun-
teers are much more desirable than
Currently, the US Military has
missed most of its recruiting goals.
After the September 11lth terrorist
attacks many patriotic Americans
joined the Armed Forces and
although the situation in Iraq has
prompted some to decide against
joining the military, the heads of
the different branches don't seem to
be worried yet.
"I oppose the war in Iraq, but I
support the military and the men
and women who serve in it,"
Congressman Rangel said. "What
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is happening now indicates to me
that the entire volunteer system is
in danger of collapse under the
weight of the burden being placed
on those who are serving."
Although Rangel's legislation has
consistently been defeated since he
first introduced a bill in 2003, you
have given him credit for raising
the issue. I also give him credit for
not being a Monday morning quar-
terback with no military experi-
ence. Congressman Rangel
received a Purple Heart and Bronze
Star as a veteran of the Korean War.
While I do not agree with the draft
in principle, I certainly agree with
the intention of trying to make sure
that we weigh value of each
American life before we go to war.
What makes this debate so emo-
tional is that many Americans now
realize that we are fighting every-
day in Iraq under false grounds.
With the death toll for U.S. sol-
diers nearing 3,000, the pressure to
get out is now higher than ever.
The question now is how do you
create an equitable situation where
all economic classes are participat-
ing in the fighting? History is not
on the side of equality and this is
one goal that may not ever be
Signing off from a Dunns Avenue
military recruiting office,
Author Down About Emerging Black GOP
- By Darryn "Dutch" Martin
It's no secret that the relationship
between black Americans and the
Republican Party is rocky.
Despite the Party's history of help-
ing end slavery and passing civil
rights legislation, the GOP's stand-
ing among blacks has fallen dramat-
ically over the past 40 years. At the
same time, the Democratic Party -
thanks in large part to today's black
leadership maintains a virtual lock
on the black vote.
Since Lyndon Johnson's defeat of
Barry Goldwater in the 1964 presi-
dential election, Democrats have
consistently won between 80 and 95
percent of the black vote. At the
National Urban League's 2004 con-
vention, President George W. Bush
pointedly asked: "What have the
Democrats done for you?" As
author, columnist and political com-
- mentator Earl Ofari Hutchinson
notes in his new book, The
Emerging Black GOP Majority, that
simple question challenged black
America to re-evaluate its decades-
long partisan allegiance.
Reverberations from that question
seemed to make an impact. That
November, black voters supported
President Bush by margins of ten to
12 percent (as opposed to less that
ten percent in 2000), with blacks
supposedly decisive in Bush's bat-
tleground win in Ohio.
Furthermore, pundits suggest
Democrats must maintain their lock
on the black vote if they want to
establish a long-term working
In his book, Dr. Hutchinson notes
that black conservatives such as
Supreme Court Justice Clarence
Thomas and Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice are not political
anomalies and that increasing num-
bers of black evangelicals, for
instance, are making our communi-
ty more aware of our conservatism.
He attempts to analyze and assess
Republican progress in appealing to
black voters, and discusses how
both parties invoke the legacy of Dr.
King. to garner support, particularly
from the black clergy.
Dr. Hutchinson, however, insinu-
ates that most blacks blame
President Bush for what happened
to the poor black residents of post-
Hurricane Katrina New Orleans,
essentially repeating rapper Kanye
West's claim that the President
"doesn't care about black people."
To him, the gains of 2004 were
washed away with Katrina's flood-
waters. This is where I disagree
with Dr. Hutchinson.
In only criticizing President Bush,
Dr. Hutchinson fails to legitimately
spread the blame. He makes virtual-
ly no mention of the incredible
incompetence by liberal politicians
such as New Orleans mayor Ray
Nagin and Louisiana governor
Kathleen Blanco before and after
Katrina's landfall. Nor does he
blame the Great Society programs
of the Johnson Administration for
creating the generational welfare
state that crippled the Lower Ninth
Ward long before 2005. In fact, with
regard to the welfare state, he con-
siders opposition to such programs
a failing of the Republican Party..
I also take issue with Dr.
Hutchinson's insinuation that
Republicans rely on "divisive racial
rhetoric" such as the 1988 Willie
Horton election ad. Horton, the
convicted killer who left incarcera-
tion on a 1986 Massachusetts prison
"furlough" to rape and beat a
Maryland couple, was used to say
Governor Michael Dukakis the
1988 Democratic presidential nomi-
nee was soft on crime. The ad,
which was not run by the Bush cam-
paign itself, did not focus on
Horton's race. Nonetheless, Dr.
Hutchinson says blacks were
offended, and Republicans must
eschew such tactics.
Again, the author is selective with
blame. For one thing, then-senator
Al Gore first raised the furlough
issue during the primaries. There is
also no admonishment for those
who would side with a convicted
killer in the name of racial solidari-
ty. Continued on page 7
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Cash N Go Stops are
Black Folks Banks
by Bill Reed
Millions of African Americans v without traditional bank accounts fre-
quently conduct their da)-to-day financial transactions at check cashing
outlets concentrated in lower-incone. minonrt and inner-city neighbor-
hoods. The debate, among many these day, s, is w whether these outlets are an
asset or blight, to our communities.
America's check cashing outlets are financial supermarkets. The industry
processes more than 180 million checks worth more than $55 billion annu-
ally. Consumers pay a percentage of each check to use these check cash-
ing services. In 2006, it cost the ax erage check casher consumers $24.45
to cash a $1.000 Social Securit, benefit check and $19.66 to cash a typical
blue collar worker's weekl', $478.41 hand-written paycheck. Typically.
Social Security recipients spend nearly $300 a year at check cashing out-
lets and workers with computer-generated pa3 roll checks more than $600
to cash 50 weeklN pa_ checks.
Beyond cashing checks, these outlets t pically make payday loans.
Payday loans allow customers to recei\ e the amount they are expecting in
their next paycheck, a week or two before they actually get paid. Over
15,000 payday advance locations across America extend about $25 billion
in short-term credit to millions of households experiencing cash-flow
shortfalls between paydays.
Check-cashing companies are increasing their bottom line profits and cus-
tomer base by also providing services such as money orders, money wire
transfers, ATMs and prepaid phone cards. Many Afnican Americans go to
check cashing places to save thenseli es from agonies they normally asso-
ciate \with going to traditional banks. Many think that it is cheaper and
saves them aggravation. Twenty million American families do not have
bank accounts. Many check-cashing companies' clients tend to be poor.
Eight of 10 families without bank accounts earn less than $25,000 a year.
Four of 10 pull in less than S10.000 in annual on-the-books income.
"If you go to a check-casher instead of operung a bank account, you are
never going to get ahead." says Edmund Mierzw inski, a consumer advocate
at the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG). He contends that
a bank account is the first step to\ ward giving low-income Americans access
to the mainsneam tools for wealth creation taken for granted by America's
middle-class. Consumer activists such as Mr. Nlierzwinski, have spun
impressions in which greed and racism conspire to deny poor blacks tradi-
tional banking services. This storN line tends to depict a glorious time in
the past when everyone conducted business at cotnnunity banks that didn't
charge the needy for such sert ices. But. the reason check cashers exist in
our communities is because banks don't. Check-cashing has been with us
since employers started paying \with checks in the I 30s and owners of
stores and bars figured out they could make money cashing payroll checks.
Once characterized by ding., iron-barred storefronts in poor neighbor-
hoods, check cashers are in the midst of a radical transformation. Check-
cashers and other low-end financial sern ice providers don't exist because of
some market failure, and didn't mo'e en masse into buildings abandoned
by banks. The\ thrive because the\ ser\e some people's needs better than
banks. They cash $55 billion %worth of checks each ear banks clear $48
trillion in annual check payments.
Assets or atrocities? While some of their sen ices overlap, check-cashers
often beat banks in services to our population. Check cashers advance
money for checks and charge fees for the service, while banks only give
customers access to their owxn money Some banks may immediately cash
governunent checks and checks draw\ n on their own accounts, they are not
in the check cashing business. If a bank customer shows up Friday with a
$500 paycheck and has $50 in an. account. they wdill get $50. At a check-
casher, they will get $490.
Banks may be assets, safe and conemnient for higher income Americans,
who get paid regularly with direct deposit, pa\ their bills with checks, and
move infrequently. But, the cmurrencx among folks who work off hours.
have erratic incomes, and need access to their money as soon as they earn
it are check cashers.
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Singing Groups from all over Florida
Elder Robert Jackson and the New Spirit Travelers, with Evangelist
Mary Herring are sponsoring an "After Thanksgiving Celebration and
Praise Service" at 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 26, 2006. This program
will be held at Angel Square, 5133 Soutel Drive.
Special guests include: The Spiritual Harmonizers, of Evinston, FL; the
Inspirational Daughters of Faith, of Gainesville, FL; God's Chosen
Vessels, of Palatka, FL; and the Gospel Silver Tones, of Daytona Beach,
FL. Many other groups are expected. It's an "Open Door".
Charles Spencer to Keynote El
Bethel Annual Role Model Banquet
The Officers, board and members of The El-Beth-El Divine Holiness
Church will host it's Annual "Successful Role Model" Banquet on
Thursday, November 30, 2006 at 6:30 p.m. at the Fraternal Order of
Police banquet hall located at 5530 Beach Boulevard. Keynoting the event
will be Charles Spencer, ILA District Vice President. Since 1980, the
church has honored individuals from the community for outstanding
achievements, leadership and their contributions
This year's honorees are: Edye McCowan Fresh Ministries; Dr. Chuck
Ways Optimum Health Chiro-Care; Dr. Frank Hurst Hurst Chiropractic
Clinic; Lt. Bobby L. Deal Police Athletic League; Mr. Jaamal Anderson
- A.J. Construction and Attorney Reginald Estell, Jr.
For tickets or more information call 710 -1586.
Abyssinia Missionary Baptist to
Host Seminar on Medicare Part D
Abyssinia Missionary Baptist Church, Rev Tom Diamond, Pastor; will
host a Medicare Part D Information Seminar on Thursday, November 30,
2006, 12 noon 2 p.m. If you are eligible for Medicare, or have a
Medicare eligible family member, you should attend this seminar. For
more information, call Anna Matthews, (904) 764-3616.
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by A. Brooner, BV
Hip-hop soul legend Mary J. Blige
has always let it be known that God
was an important part of her life and
upbringing. From vignettes on her
album to her oft-present cross, the
born-again Christian insists that
God wants her to have nice things.
In a recent 'Blender' magazine arti-
cle, the sometimes downtrodden
"My God is a God who wants me
to have things. He wants me to
bling. He wants me to be the hottest
thing on the block. I don't know
what kind of God the rest of y'all
are serving, but the God I serve
says, 'Mary, you need to be the
hottest thing this year, and I'm
gonna make sure you're doing
Could Mary J. be a proponent of
what many term "The Gospel of
Though not an organized religion,
the prosperity gospel is an increas-
ingly-popular view commonly
found in televangelical preachings
and in Pentecostal churches; it
claims God wants Christians to be
successful in every way, especially
in their finances. Given face by
African-American television min-
sters such as Creflo Dollar and Rev.
Frederick K.C. Price (real names),
prosperity proponents state that the
true Christian has only to ask for
material wealth and it will be grant-
Yet, if a Christian is not enjoying
these benefits, then it's because they
either have not asked for them or
because they have some blockage in
their lives which is preventing God
from blessing them. Furthermore,
some critics of these individual
preachers and the movement itself
say the only ones becoming pros-
perous are the ministers themselves.
"It's materialism, it's the market-
Christian Girls Club Ministries to
Hold 16th Founder's Day Luncheon
The Christian Girls Club (CGC) Ministries will their Sixteenth Annual
Founders Day Celebration Luncheon, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., on Saturday,
December 2, 2006; at the Hyatt Regency Hotel (formerly Adams Mark), on
the St. John Riverfront, downtown. Theme from "Myself" by Edgar Allen
Guest; Scripture: "Seek You First, The Kingdom of God, and His
Righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you." (Matt: 6:33)
The Christian Girls Club Ministries was founded to assist the home and
the community to teach, train and encourage Girls to begin at an early age
and keep God fresh and alive in their lives. If you are interested in bringing
a young lady into the CGC Ministries, or a young lady who would like to
join the CBC, please contact Dr. Allen.
Brothers and Sisters in Christ, you are all invited in support of these
Christian young ladies. For reservations, and information,,please,,call, Dr.,
Anita Allen at (904) 398-8517 or 307-3264; Sis. Addie Carswell at 612-
place, it's also about the black mid-
dle class trying to alleviate its con-
science about dealing with those
who are less fortunate," says minis-
ter, author and professor for
Africana studies at the University of
Pennsylvania, Michael Eric Dyson.
"Why didn't we have the Gospel of
Prosperity during King's day? All of
a sudden, we can track it. The
expansion of the black middle class
has also created the necessity for a
theology that will justify our sta-
Dollar, 41, who is not obligated to
disclose his finances because his
church is tax-exempt, appears to be
financially fit. His World Changers
megachurch, founded in Atlanta in
1986, now has over 25,000 mem-
bers with an annual operating budg-
et of over $80 million. Dollar, who
has a multi-million dollar mansion
in Atlanta and two Rolls Royces,
flies on his private jet every
Saturday to New York City, where
in October 2004, he started a con-
He owns a $2.5 million Manhattan
apartment in the exclusive Time
Warner Center, and collects over
$345,000 a month for the New York
church, which he says stays there to
build it. Before making the physical
move to New York, the city was
Dollar's largest television market.
Packed to the rafters with people
of all ages and races, Rev. Dollar's
World Changers New York fills
Madison Square Garden's Theater
each week. Dollar's affable manner,
clever witticisms ("I'ma preach a
wig off your head tonight!") and
clear rules for living based on the
Bible make for good television and
an even larger congregation.
"To be broke means you lack,"
shouts Dollar from the stage, filled
with a modem choir and five-piece
band, including violinist. Overhead
hangs a huge "World Changers"
banner with people of all colors
looking fulfilled. There is also a
translator for the hearing impaired.
Dollar always qualifies prosperity
as not just material things, but also
love, relationships and health. "I'll
never be broke another day in my
life," he commands the audience to
say. "Turn to two people and say it."
Two offerings are taken before the
reverend began his main sermon, as
Dollar asked those who experienced
"increase this week" to bring up
their offerings. Hundreds of blue
envelopes flood the air as people
wave them madly. "If you have
experienced increase this week, and
would like to make a first offering,
Richard "Ricke" Williams, 24, a
film producer from New Jersey has
been attending World Changers
New York services since
September, 2005. "It's been great.
I've grown a lot as an individual;
I'm a different person."
"Prosperity is key, but not necessar-
ily financial prosperity," continues
Williams. "[Rev. Dollar] gets in
trouble with the media about this,
but he wants us to prosper in our
soul, health, family; mentally and
spiritually. You can have a million
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Jackie McCullough to
Headline Omega Conference
Pastor Jackie McCullough
Pastor Sharon Jones from All
People's International Church said
there's a reason why they chose to
name their conference, "Omega
Simply put the first lady believes
the conference which will be held
on December 14 will live up to it's
"We're looking for things to come
to end in people's lives.. .problems,
poverty," said Pastor Jones.
Pastor Jones said the conference
has two goals, the first, "to bring
people to the knowledge of
God...to be kingdom builders".
The second is to honor over a dozen
women who are doing Gods work
right here in Jacksonville.
"When you have women in min-
istry who are doing what GOD
The Gospel of
continued from page 6
"So now, we have a theology that
says that the the primary way God
blesses us is through having a
Mercedes or a nice Rolex or some
nice diamonds or some nice clothes
and a nice place to live," says
Dyson. "All that's great, but the
question is, is that the unalterable
sign of God's blessing? If that's the
case, Jesus was the greatest failure
as a Christian we've ever seen."
Dyson continues, "Jesus was a
revolutionary. Jesus spoke .against
the common order of the day. Jesus
spoke against the status quo. That
Jesus didn't go to the White House
to try to curry favor. That Jesus
spoke prophesy in ways that made
leaders uncomfortable," he says.
"We have to ask the question, what
are you doing? Do these ministers
speak about racism? Do they speak
about sexism or homophobia? Do
they talk out against the issues of
"[Dollar] doesn't get paid from the
church, but from writing his books,
his travels and tape sales," states
Williams. "Our tithes and offerings
stay in the church to build it. If you
think about it, he has a huge flock.
I realized that [my offerings] are for
God. At the point of giving, you
From Pusher to Preacher is Georgia Pastor's Biopic
called them to do we just need to sit
them down and say thank you,"
said Pastor Jones.
All of the women being honored
are either first ladies or pastors
themselves. They were selected
based on their hard work and dedi-
cation to their community through
The keynote speaker is Pastor
Jackie McCullough, a second-gen-
eration preacher who is the senior
pastor and founder of The
International Gathering at Beth
Rapha, in Pomona, NY.
Pastor Jones is hoping the public
will take advantage of this spirit led
event and come out and be blessed.
She knows in her heart that Pastor
McCullough is coming with a
strong "word" that will not only be
uplifting, but surely a blessing to
those who hear it.
With everything that's going on in
the world pastor Jones wants
everyone to know that now is not
the time to be complacent. She said
Christians can't afford to become
relaxed. As an organizer Jones also
hopes this well be the first semi-
annual event The second
Conference is already being
planned for next June.
"We got to pick that ball up and do
what God called us to do," said
The conference is free to the pub-
lic and everyone is invited to
give because you love God."
Williams, who says his finances
have not necessarily changed, says
his soul has in fact prospered since
becoming a member of World
Changers, and that eventually,
when he can correctly apply "the
system God works on" he will be
blessed on the material plane. As
for Mary J. Blige's quote, Williams
pretty much agrees.
"She's using very worldly words,"
he qualifies. "But if you think about
it, she's recognizing Him. If they
always see you broke, and not pros-
pering and depressed, why would
they try to understand
[Christianity]? I can see why God
wants to see her at her best."
Harvey Williams Jr. shares the
unbelievable true story of his jour-
ney from substance abuse coun-
selor to crack addict and drug push-
er to preacher in his new book
From Pusher to Preacher (By the
Grace of God) Pt. 2.
Raised in a good, Christian home,
Williams' life began with promise
and opportunity. After completing a
training program, he became a cri-
sis intervention counselor and was
promoted to drug and alcohol
counselor. He was studying psy-
chology at Palm Beach Junior
College, and was married with
three beautiful children. All of that
changed when Williams became
addicted to crack cocaine.
After escaping from the Christian
teachings of his mother in Georgia,
Williams relocated to Florida and
immersed himself in a world of
drugs and sin. He lost his marriage,
his job, his children and even his
home. With nothing but his crack
addiction, Williams sunk even
lower. He began trafficking mar-
ijuana, hash, crack
a n d
tain his A N
ing was a
found himself ,' .
living in the lap
of luxury, driv-
ing a customized
vehicle and del',-
ing deeper irto
attempts to reco:icile
with his family iand \ ]
get his life straighi.
Williams continued to
revert to his drug addiction to fill
the emptiness in his life. Crack
Stantonians Prepare for Spring Grand Gala
Shown above (1-r) Gail Holley (back of head) James Tippins, Larletta Reddick, Sandra Thompson, Kenneth Reddick (chair), Julie Boulware
and Claude Hunter strategizing at the meeting. R. Silver Photo
The call went out a year ago for past alumni and faculty of Stanton, New Stanton and Stanton Vocational to participate in the planning for a first joint
annual gala. Since then, a cohesive, diverse group of over 22 individuals have been meeting consistently to make sure the gala is representative of the
Blue Devil legacy. The latest meeting, under the directives of Chair Kenneth reddick, wa held at Bethel Baptist Institutional Church and discussed items
rangingfrom budget and food to entertainment and the-roll eall. paving the way foria well planned event.. The gala is scheduled for or April 28, 2007.
For additional information or to participate, contact any planning committee member or call Ken Reddick at 764-8795 or Charleyne Martin at 353-
6359.Members not shown: Clarence V Bostick, Charleyene MartinDoris Wigging, Henry Newman, Henry Clemons, Jacquelyn Odol, Linda Henry,
Charles Reddick, Joyce Smith, Sandra Jones, Nathaniel Farley, Jr., Charlie Kennebrew, Jr., Benard Wright, Carl Johnson and Eula Mayes.
Emerging Black GOP
Duval County Facts on AIDS
Duval County ranks 6th in the state of Florida for HIV/AIDS.
HIV/AIDS has reached crisis proportions in the African-American
community. In the Jacksonville area, African-Americans comprise
roughly 65% of new HIV infections. AIDS remains one of the lead-
ing causes of death for African-Americans ages 25 to 44. While one
in 456 Caucasians in Duval County has HIV, one in 88 African-
Americans in Duval County has the virus, an enormous disparity
that events such as World AIDS Week seek to address.
Now, after 20 years of sobriety,
Williams is an accomplished
preacher who has vowed to share
his story and educate the public
about the evils of crack. His story
lets readers into the dark depths of
the mind of a crack addict. This
honest depiction of rock bottom is
an eye-opening view of the darker
side of humanity.
Williams currently lives in
Willacoochee, Ga., where he
served as a preacher at House of
Deliverance Church. He and his
first wife were formally divorced in
1990. He and his wife, Brenda,
were married in 1991. He is a
father of three children with his
first wife and another child with his
current wife. He currently serves as
presiding elder of the Union
Holiness Church of Faith Inc. From
Pusher to Preacher (By the Grace
of God) Pt. 2 is his first book. More
information is available at
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November 23-30, 2006
Jax Patients Needed for Alzheimers Study
Mayor Peyton gets a flu shot from a Solantic nurse Judi Revels.
Mayor Peyton Leads by Example
During Flu Awareness Month
In an effort to reduce potential
lost work days this fall, Mayor John
Peyton put his best arm forward
yesterday morning and received a
flu shot. Judi Revels, R.N., Director
of Occupational Health for
Solantic, was at City Hall to admin-
ister the shot. Prior to his vaccina-
tion, Mayor Peyton officially pro-
claimed November as, "Flu
Awareness Month" in Jacksonville
and Duval County.
The flu is a contagious infection
of the nose, throat, and lungs
caused by the influenza virus that
usually begins abruptly, with a
fever between 102 to 1060F.
Common symptoms include a
flushed face, body aches and lack
of energy. The flu virus can settle
anywhere in the respiratory tract,
producing symptoms of a cold,
croup, sore throat, bronchitis, ear
infection or pneumonia.
What people may not know, how-
ever, is that between 10 20% of
Americans get the flu annually
while 200,000 people are hospital-
ized and approximately 36,000 die
each year resulting from the flu.
In addition, the flu is responsible
for 70 million lost work days each
year with employees' averaging
three days away from work and suf-
fering 7 15 days of illness.
The CDC indicates the best way
to prevent influenza is by getting a
flu shot. The shot is 70 90% effec-
tive in preventing the flu in healthy
people under 65 years of age. "No
vaccination is 100% effective, but
one thing that people can do that
will give themselves the best
chance of surviving the flu season
unscathed is the influenza vaccina-
tion," added Dr. Sood.
"We appreciate the Mayor taking
the time to sign this proclamation,"
said Dr. Ajay Sood, Chief Medical
Officer for Solantic. "Our main pur-
pose is to raise awareness of how
serious influenza can be. Whether
we simply reduce the severity of
the illness or stop someone from
getting the flu altogether, lost work
days are prevented in the communi-
ty and trips to the doctor averted,"
Chiropractor Sees Northside
as Prime Location for Business
E' Dr. Mark
T Taylor had a
v decision to
Dr. Mark Taylor he worked
was going out of business, so he
had to decide whether to stay on the
north side or pack up and move to
I know they've got a need for
healthcare services," said Dr.
Since King Chiropractic opened
it's doors on Edgewood Avenue
back in July, Dr. Taylor hasn't
regretted his decision. He believes
strongly that quality healthcare
should be available all over
Jacksonville and not just in certain
He said many of his patients are
surprised to learn that problems
other than back pain are associated
with spinal injuries, such as
headaches, tingling in the arms or
with children there have been cases
where realignment has stopped bed
Randal Wilson has been coming
to Dr. Taylor for months now, and
he says each visit is like coming to
see an old friend, as opposed to
paying a visit to the doctor.
"Combination of professionalism
and bedside manner...you get the
feeling he actually cares," said
Dr. Taylor said he decided to pur-
sue medicine after a neck injury he
sustained during a football game.
The pulsating pain forced Dr.
Taylor to see a chiropractor, and he
said, "it was amazing."
Taylor said he couldn't believe
how much better he felt after
Realizing how much he was
helped gave Taylor the desire to
He admits even though the office
hours are from 9-6, if someone has
an emergency he'll be there
The National Institutes of Health
(NIH) has embarked on a major
research study that hopes to help
close the gap in racial disparities in
Alzheimer's disease. Minority
populations, especially African
Americans, are at a higher risk
for the disease unless prevention
and treatment strategies are discov-
The 5-year project, called the
Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging
Initiative (ADNI), was begun by the
National Institute on Aging (NIA)
at the NIH and is supported by
more than a dozen other federal
agencies and private-sector compa-
nies and organizations, making it
the largest public-private partner-
ship on brain research underway at
the NIH. Fifty-eight local sites
across the United States and
Canada are involved.
While participant enrollment has
reached the halfway mark, minority
recruitment is lagging. Only 18 of
the current 492 participants
enrolled are African Americans.
Researchers are looking for African
American men and women between
As the holiday season approach-
es, we think of celebrations with
family and friends, and of food!
Whether it is turkey and stuffing,
ham, pumpkin pies, potato latkes or
Christmas cookies, food is an inte-
gral part of the holiday season.Yet
for millions of Americans who
worry about their weight, anticipat-
ing this myriad of delights creates
How can I go to all of those parties
and not overeat?" or "Why do I get
through the whole evening without
cheating and then find myself
overeating at home?" are two of the
common concerns expressed by
dieters. While the ability to avoid
fattening foods often leads to feel-
ings of deprivation, indulging in
these forbidden foods usually leads
to feelings of guilt and weight gain,
which interfere with the joy of the
season. Here are five ways to enjoy
eating the season without worry:
1. End the deprivation
When you tell yourself that you
can't have certain foods because
they are "too fattening," you set
yourself up to overeat those very
foods. It is human nature to want
what we can't have. Eliminating
"forbidden" foods in order to lose
weight for the holidays frequently
leads to overeating at parties and
gatherings. By incorporating all
types of foods into your diet
throughout the year, you can avoid
the overeating and holiday weight
gain that results from deprivation.
2. Become an attuned eater
Attuned eaters use internal, phys-
ical cues to tell them when, what
and how much to eat. This way of
feeding yourself helps you to tune
into hunger and satiation, rather
than eating something just because
it's there. Becoming an attuned
eater allows you to feel in charge of
your eating when you are at holiday
parties and celebrations.
the ages of 70 and 90 who are in
good general health with no memo-
ry problems, or between the ages 55
and 90 who are in good general
health but have memory problems
or concerns, or have a diagnosis of
mild cognitive impairment or early
"Age is a key risk factor for
There are three steps to attuned
eating. First, learn to recognize
when you are physically\
hungry. This requires ...
tuning into your lam
stomach and ,
noticing how -
hunger. In order "
to match >our
hunger with tie food
that will satisfy onu. have a
variety of foods a\ ailable and uith-
hold judgments about \\hat )ou are
supposed to eat. When you are at a
party, try to pick the food(s) that
comes closest to what your body
craves. Finally, pay attention to
your fullness in order to know how
much to eat. If you begin with a
sensation of physical hunger, you
will be able to identify a feeling of
satisfaction when you have eaten
enough. Honoring your hunger will
keep you eating the right amount
for your body and prevent weight
gain due to overeating.
3. Remind yourself that you can
have it later
Who says you can't make your
sweet potato time any time you
want? If you believe that you can-
not have a special holiday food for
another whole year, you are likely
to have it whether you are really in
the mood for it or not. Instead,
promise yourself that you can make
turkey and mashed potatoes any
time of year, and that special
desserts can be baked or bought
when you desire. Knowing that
these foods can be available to you
will reduce the need to eat some-
thing at a holiday celebration you
don't really want at that moment.
Alzheimer's disease among all
racial and ethic groups," said Dr.
Thomas Obisesan, a principal
investigator at Howard University,
which is one of the ADNI study
sites. "But a hard look at the num-
bers clearly shows that African
Americans age 65 and over will
more than double by 2030 putting
4 *'. -
Avoid becoming too hungry
It can be tempting to "save up"
your hunger for parties and special
events. However, when you go
without food for a long period of
time, you become ra- enous. At this
stage of physical hunger, you are
likely to eat anything and every-
thing in sight, leading to that out of
control feeling and weight gain.
Instead, eat in accordance with
your physical hunger throughout
the day. If you want to ensure that
you have a good appetite when you
arrive at an event, try to eat enough
to take the edge off before you
5. Stay compassionate with
Just about everyone overeats
sometime, especially during the
holiday season. If you yell at your-
self for your transgression, you are
likely to create anxiety, which fuels
overeating and weight gain. You
are also likely to fall into the trap of
telling yourself that you might as
well eat whatever you want right
now because as of tomorrow -or
next week or January 1 you will
have to restrict your eating. This
an estimated 7 million African
Americans at a substantially higher
risk for the disease."
For more information about the
study and how to participate, please
contact the NIA's Alzheimer's
Disease Education & Referral
(ADEAR) Center at 800-438-4380
or visit www.alzheimers.org/imag-
The Importance of Recognizing Diabetes
As the holiday season approach- Brooks Biagini "Knowing the immediately. Early diagnosis goes
es and sweet buds are at their peak, warning signs can change a life." a long way toward preventing seri-
people need to be aware about the These symptoms may occur sud- ous problems and premature death.
symptoms and health effects of the denly: T-ype I diabetes usually strikes in
devastating and unpreventable dis- Extreme thirst childhood or adolescence, and is
ease that affects as many as three Frequent Urination often diagnosed before the age of
million Americans. E\ery year, Sudden vision changes 30. To stay alive, people vwith type
more than 13,000 young children Sugar in urine 1 diabetes must take multiple
are diagnosed with trpe 1 diabetes, Fruity, sweet or wine-like odor insulin injections daily or continu-
a chronic autoimmune disease in on breath ally infuse insulin through a pump
which a person's pancreas stops Increased appetite and test their blood sugar. Insulin is
producing insulin -which enables Sudden weight loss not a cure nor does it prevent the
people to turn food into energy. Drowsiness. lethargy debilitating complications associat-
Knowing the symptoms of type 1 Heavy, labored breathing ed with the disease which can
diabetes is critical because the dis- Stupor. unconsciousness include kidney failure, blindness,
ease can be mistaken forcommon If your child exhibits one or more nerve damage, amputations, heart
illnesses, such as the flu." said Dr. of these symptoms, call a doctor attack and stroke.
I Ptu d % will
increase your sense of guilt
and feeling out of control, and guar-
antees that you will eat more food
,than your body needs.
Instead, remain gentle with your-
self. Attuned eaters notice when
they feel too full, and then naturally
wait for their next sign of physical
hunger to eat again. Acknowledge
the discomfort you feel from
overeating, and promise yourself
that you will do your best to wait
for the next cue of internal hunger
to let you know that it is time.
Focus on family and friends,
rather than on food.Although food
is an integral part of holiday events,
the real purpose of getting together
is to celebrate with people who are
important to you. Eat for satiation
and pleasure, and then turn your
attention to connecting with others,
rather than continuing to eat. By
learning to feel in charge of your
eating, you can break the diet/binge
cycle and prevent weight gain from
holiday overeating. Instead, as you
greet the New Year, enjoy the sense
of calm and hope that comes with
this healthy attitude toward eating
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Remembering Ruth Brown
The Girl with a Tear in her Voice" dies at the age of 78
Ruth Brown, known as "The
Original Queen of Rhythm &
Blues" and a pioneer in the fight for
royalty reform, passed away Nov.
17 in a Las Vegas area hospital from
complications following a stroke
and heart attack. She was 78.
Also known as "The Girl with a
Tear in her Voice" and "Miss
Rhythm" the nickname given her
by Mr. Rhythm, Frankie Lane -
Ruth Brown was credited as the
first star made by Atlantic Records.
Her string of hits from 1949 to the
close of the 50s helped to establish
the New York label's predominance
in the R&B field, a track record for
which the young label was referred
to as "The
Sh during the
such hits as
"5 1 0 1 5
s i. "(Mama) He
in the 60s,
Broe w n 's
flavor was suddenly out of step
with the direction in which Atlantic
was heading. In 1961, her relation-
ship with the label ended and she
was forced to take jobs as a maid,
school bus driver, and Head Start
teacher to support her two sons as a
However, things turned around
significantly in the mid-70s, as
Brown returned to recording blues
and jazz material for a variety of
labels and even toured overseas,
where audiences are usually more
appreciative of black music pio-
After returning to the U.S. in the
early 80s, she starred in Allen
Ohio Councilmen Propose
Street in Leverts Honor
The Cleveland Plain-Dealer is reporting that two councilmen are push-
ing to have a street in Cleveland renamed for late singer Gerald Levert,
who was born in Canton, yet raised in the city.
According to the paper, councilmen introduced a resolution Monday to
designate East 25th Street between Superior and St. Clair avenues as
Gerald Levert Lane.
The particular street was selected because it is located near Cleveland's
Radio One stations, which keep Levert's songs in steady rotation. Since
Levert's passing, fans have come to the area to pay homage.
Shown above at his emotional homegoing, Eddie Levert, a member of the
O'Jays, and father of Gerald Levert, sings to a picture of Gerald Levert dur-
ing a memorial for the R&B performer at Public Hall in Cleveland on
Friday, Nov. 17, 2006. Levert died Nov. 10 at his suburban Cleveland
home at 40.
Toussaint's off-Broadway musical
"Staggerlee" and made a spectacu-
lar splash in the film "Hairspray" as
Beginning in 1985, Ruth hosted
the Harlem Hit Parade series on
National Public Radio and in 1989
won a Tony Award for Best Actress
in a Musical for the Broadway
revue "Black and Blue."
In 1989 Ruth Brown received a
Grammy Award for the album
"Blues On Broadway." In 1993, she
was inducted into The Rock and
Roll Hall of Fame. Ruth was recog-
nized in 1999 with a Lifetime
Achievement Award from The
Blues Foundation, in addition to
receiving two W.C. Handy Awards
from the organization. Her autobi-
ography, "Miss Rhythm," received
the Ralph Gleason Award for
Brown was given a Pioneer Award
from the Rhythm and Blues
Foundation, an organization which
was founded as a direct result of her
efforts to foster wider recognition
and provide financial assistance to
R&B musicians of any stature.
"The Foundation is deeply sad-
dened by the loss of not only our
beloved co-founder of the organiza-
tion but also by what will now
become a glaring absence in the
fight for Pioneer R&B Artists to
achieve recognition, dignity and
support of their work," said Kendall
Minter, Chairman of the Rhythm
and Blues Foundation. "The
Foundation, its Board and Staff cel-
ebrate Ruth and her life and hope
that others will now pick up her
Brown's friend and blues col-
league Bonnie Raitt said: "Ruth was
one of the most important and
beloved figures in modem music.
You can hear her influence in
everyone from Little Richard to
Etta (James), Aretha (Franklin),
Janis (Joplin) and divas like
Christina Aguilera today. She set
the standard for sass, heartache and
resilience in her life as well as her
music, and fought tirelessly for roy-
alty reform and recognition for the
R&B pioneers who never got their
due. She taught me more than any-
one about survival, heart and class.
She was my dear friend and I will
miss her terribly."
The firstborn of seven children in
a family with deep religious roots,
Ruth Weston's father worked on the
docks at the seaport in Portsmouth,
VA and was choir director at
Emmanuel AME Church. Ruth is
survived by her two sons, Earl
Swanson and Ron Jackson, and sib-
lings: Leonard Weston, Delia
Weston, Benjamin Weston and
The Rhythm and Blues Foundation
will be planning a public memorial
to honor Ruth Brown and celebrate
her contribution to Rhythm and
Blues in New York City.
BET Documents High Profile
Criminals in American Gangster
Real life gangsters including
Tookie Williams (1) and Leroy
Nicky Barnes will be profiled.
J American Gangster," a new six-
part primetime series premiering
Nov. 28 at 10 p.m. on BET, profiles
the notorious crime figures Leroy
"Nicky" Barnes, "Freeway Ricky"
Ross, Lorenzo "Fat Cat" Nichols,
Troy and Dino Smith, and the
Narrated by actor Ving Rhames,
the show's intent is to "explore
without glorifying and investigate
without celebrating these criminal-
minded personalities," BET said in
a statement. "In the course of each
episode, their wrongdoing will be
put in the context of black history
as we see how their actions both
reflected and corrupted the values
of their community."
Executive produced by Nelson
George and Frank Sinton (Asylum
Entertainment), along with Mark
Rowland and BET, the series will
profile an infamous crime figure
each week through the use of
archival footage, photographs and
interviews with people familiar
with the various cases. Featured
experts include ex-members of
these polarizing criminals' organi-
zations, police officials from the
time period, attorneys that repre-
sented the criminals and crime his-
"Crime is a cancer that eats away
at our communities," said Reginald
Hudlin, BET President of
Entertainment. "But for a genera-
tion that grew up thinking greed is
good -- whether on Wall Street or
Martin Luther King Boulevard --
they're not quite so sure whether
crime pays or not. We wanted to
take an honest look at the criminal
life, demystify thit \orld and show
,'what it does to our community." .
OJ BOOK AND TV SPECIAL CANCELED
Rupert Murdoch has spoken, and now no one will read
the O.J. Simpson book "If I Did It," or see the two-part -
TV special that was to promote it... at least not via his
"I and senior management agree with the American -
public that this was an ill-considered project," said
Murdoch, the chairman of News Corp, which owns both .
FOX and the book's publisher through HarperCollins.
Early Monday, when the book and TV special were still scheduled to
run, nine FOX affiliates had decided not to air the interview because of the
outbreak of criticism surrounding the subject matter.
O.J. was acquitted of the double murder in 1995, but was found liable
for the killings two years later in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the
Goldman family. He has yet to pay any of his $33.5 million judgment.
BRAXTON EXTENDS VEGAS RUN
Those hoping to catch Toni Braxton's show in Las Vegas now have some
extra time to get tickets before her run comes to an end.
Flamingo Las Vegas has announced that it will extend the live show, Toni
Braxton: Revealed, through August 2007. Braxton's show is described in
a press release as "a sexy, entertaining and intimate evening with the
woman who interprets the emotional essence of a song as no other artist
ANGELA AND COURNTEY WRITE A BOOK
In January, Angela Bassett and her husband
Courtney B. Vance will release a nonfiction
romance book that details their real-life love
S",Co-written with Hilary Beard, "Friends: A
Love Story" features separate recollections of
the actors on their humble beginnings, past
relationships and the busy careers that ulti-
mately led their paths to cross.
"Told in alternating he said, she said chap-
ters, the book takes a realistic but entertaining
look at how friends can live parallel love lives and experience the typical
male-female misunderstandings on their way to discovering and falling in
* love with each other," according to publisher Kimani Press.
"Friends: A Love Story" also includes personal photos that chronicle the
couple's experiences, along with photos of their young twins.
Kimani Press states; "This compelling memoir offers a rare peek into
their lives, which have previously been private, and offers the reader valu-
able lessons for relationships and life."
RICK FOX DENIES RELATIONSHIP WITH STONE
Although Rick Fox has been photographed around
Tinsel Town with actress Sharon Stone on his arm, the
former NBA star is denying rumors the two are an item.
"I wouldn't say we're dating. We're just friends," he
explains to People magazine.
Adding fuel to the rumors were reports of the two
allegedly snuggling at various night clubs around Los
"I think we all should be so lucky and fortunate to
be in a romance with Sharon Stone," Fox, 37, told People at the seventh
annual Make-a-Wish Foundation Wish Night gala in Beverly Hills last
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Tour of Homes
The Neighborhoods of World Golf
Village presents the sixth annual
Nutcracker Tour of Homes, a free
holiday home tour featuring beauti-
ful homes decorated in themes
inspired by The Nutcracker ballet.
The homes on the tour will be open
to the public through Dec. 3, 2006
from 12-4 p.m. daily. For informa-
tion, call (904) 940-5000.
See the Play "I Just
Wanna Be Right"
Harvest Fields Entertainment will
present the play "I JUst Wanna Be
Right" starring recording artists
Sabrina Walker and Vickie Farrie.
Show dates are November 26, 27
and 28th at 7:30 p.m. nightly at the
Karpeles Manuscript Museum, 101
West 1st Street in Springfield. For
more information, call 356-9292.
Network Social Night
The Jacksonville community is
invited to join the Diversity
Network for a night of fun, fellow-
ship and discussion for the 18th
Diversity Network Social Night.
The event will occur at Ninth &
Main St. (Nosh) on Tuesday, Nov.
28th, from 6:30-9:00 p.m.The event
will include a social and appetizers
from 6:30-7:00 and the program
starts at 7:00. The subject is
"Cultures of Middle East: The cur-
rent tenants of the Cradle of
Civilization". For more info email
National AIDS Quilt on
Display at City Hall
In observance of National AIDS
Day, once again at Noon the AIDS
Memorial Quilt ceremony will be at
the City Hall. Come at 11:30 and
participate in the ceremony or come
at noon to observe on Wednesday,
November 29th. Quilts will be
hung from the balcony and placed
on the floor by volunteers to com-
memorate the lives of those who
have died of AIDS. World AIDS
Day Memorial Service scheduled
for December 1, 2006.
Teams Sought for
The 2006 Scrabble Soiree Letters
for Literacy event consists of teams
of six to eight players competing
against each other as well as the
clock, to achieve the highest scor-
ing Scrabble Board. The event, ben-
efitting Learn to read, will be held
on Thursday, November 30th from
6 9 p.m. at St. John's Cathedral in
Downtown Jacksonville. For more
information or to register call
Heather Corey at 399-8894.
PRIDE Book Club
The next PRIDE bookclub meet-
ing will be held at the home of
Felice Franklin on Friday,
December 1, 2006 at 7:00 pm. The
book for discussion will be FOR-
TUNATE SON by Walter Mosley.
PRIDE is the city's oldest and most
active ethnic book club. For more
information call 389-8417.
Post 197 Fish Fry
The American Legion Post 197 is
sponsoring a fish fry to support
their annual Children's Christmas
Party and Toy Give-away on
Saturday, December 2, 2006 from
12 2 p.m. The Fry will be held at
the Post located at 2179 Benedict
Road. For more information contact
Joann Miller at 962-7904.
Phi Deltas Hosting
Phi Delta Kappa Sorority, Inc.
will be hosting a Teacher's
Professional Seminar on Saturday,
December 2nd at Andrew Jackson
High School from 11 p.m. 1 p.m.
Brunch will be provided for all in
attendance. The program will be
conducted by certified specialists
and will included topics such as
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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
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edge, subject area test and teacher
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The Human Services Council
hosts a Brown Bag Mini Workshop
series to bring information about
programs and services for clients to
front line staff. Sessions are free
and open to all. "Holiday Blues:
Dealing with Seasonal Depression"
is the topic of the December 6th
Brown Bag Workshop. Seating is
limited so please RSVP to 396-
3052. The event begins at noon.
Those attending are encouraged to
bring a brown bag lunch. For more
information call 396-3051.
The St. Johns River City Band
"Big Band" will present their annu-
al Yuletide Swing on Friday,
December 8th at 7:30 pm. at the
Times Union Center. For more
information call 355-4700.
Jacksonville Community Council
Inc. Forward is holding a
Leadership Development Workshop
on Friday, Dec. 8 called "River
City's Revolution: Through and
Around Jacksonville Government."
The workshop will be held from
noon until 4:30 p.m. at the
Renaissance Room in City Hall in
downtown Jacksonville. There is
no charge for all JCCI and Forward
members. The fee for non-members
is $50, which includes a year long
membership in JCCI Forward.
Space is limited. Please RSVP by
calling 396-3052 or email san-
firstname.lastname@example.org. For more info call
FCCJ "Sounds of
the Season" concert
FCCJ will present the Seventh
Annual "Sounds of the Season"
Concert on Friday, December 8th
at 8 p.m. The free concert consists
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Chamber Choir. The free concert is
full of holiday music. The concert
will be at the FCCJ South Campus
in the Wilson Center for the Arts,
Main Stage. For more information
call Wayne Bailey at 904.646.2364.
Jaguars vs. Colts
The much anticipated match up
between the Jacksonvile Jaguars vs.
the Indiana Colts will be on Sunday,
December 10th at 1 p.m. at Alltell
Stadium. For ticket information call
Mayor John Peyton will host the
annual Holiday Open House for the
city on Thursday, December 14th
from 5 7 p.m. The free event for
local citizens includes refresh-
ments, entertainment, carriage and
sleigh rides and luminaries. There
are also full activities for kids
including Santa, cookie decorating
and story times all free to the pub-
lic. For more info call 630-3690.
The Jewish Community Alliance
(JCA) is hosting a free Kaplan's
College Admissions Seminar from
6 to 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 14. The free
forum will cover the ins and outs of
the college admissions process. A
Kaplan representative will show
you how to maximize your poten-
tial in each area of the application
process. You will also get an inside
look at the SAT exam and Kaplan
SAT strategies. Students in grades
9-12 may register by calling 642-
7741, 1-800-KAP-TEST or online
at www.kaptest.com.The JCA is
located at 8505 San Jose Blvd.
How to Use Plants
for the Holidays
The Duval County Extension
Service, located at 1010 N. McDuff
Ave, will host a workshop on
Friday, December 15th from 1 to 3
p.m. on how to use plants for the
holidays. Staffers will present a
program on Entertainment Tips
using plants in your landscape to
create beautiful arrangements. will
receive a new Florida Yards and
Neighborhoods handbook and learn
how to select plants for their home.
Call 387-8850 to register. Cost
to attend is $5.00. Light snacks will
be available. A raffle will be held to
win arrangements and some plants.
Eastern Star and
Mason Cristmas party
The LADIES OF PEACE along
with FAITHFUL MOORE will be
having their joint Christmas party
on Saturday, December 16th at the
Scottish Rite Building on 6th and
Main. Cost is $7.00, dress for the
occasion, free food, BYOB.
Everyone is invited. For more info.
contact Pam 504-9595.
Ribault Holiday Party
Ribault High School will present
the 6th Annual Holiday party on
Saturday, December 16, 2006 at the
Clarion Hotel at the Airport. For
tickets or more information, contact
Ver Lana McCombs 904-868-0528.
Fla Jax Dance
The FlaJax Club willhost their
annual Christmas dance on
Tuesday, December 26th. Contact
any member of Fla Jax for more
6th Annual Signature
Join Delta Sigma Theta, Kappa
Alpha Psi and Omega Psi Phi for
their annual fundraiser ball on
Friday December 29th from 9 p.m.
- 2 a.m. The event will be held at
the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville
Riverfront Hotel. Elite band will be
performing and there will also be a
DJ. This is always one of the
biggest events of the year with over
1,000 people expected. Tickets are
available now from a member of
any of the sponsoring organiza-
tions. $50 in advance, $60 at the
door. Formal attire.
PRIDE Book Club
The first meeting of the year for
PRIDE Book Club will be on
Friday, January 5th, 2007 at the
home of Debra Lewis. The book
for discussion will be 40 MILLION
SLAVES: THE RISE, FALL and
REDEMPTION OF THE BLACK
ATHLETE by William Rhoden.
PRIDE is the city's oldest and most
active ethnic book club. For more
information call 389-8417.
Men College Fair
The 100 Black Men of
Jacksonville, Inc. will present the
4th Annual College Fair on
January 20, 2007 from 9:00 a.m. -
3:00 p.m.at the Wyndham
Riverwalk Hotel. Over 50 college
representatives will be on hand and
scholarships will be awarded on
site. In addition, information on
financial aid and other resources
will be available. S Students need to
pre-register online at infiniteschol-
ar.com for a pass to the event. For
more information call 616-7727.
Musical and Dance
Tribute to Ray Charles
The UNF Fine Arts Center will
present, "I CAN'T STOP LOVING
YOU" a dazzling tribute to the
genius of Ray Charles direct from
London. The performance features
a cast of soulful singers, sassy
dancers and electrifying musicians.
The performance will be on
Thursday, January 25th at. 7:30
p.m. at the UNF Fine Arts Center.
For more info call 620-1921.
Johnson Branch Registering for Youth and
Corporate Basketball and Cheerleading
The James Weldon Johnson Family YMCA is currently registering for
basketball and cheerleading and youth basketball registration for boys and
girls between the ages of 4 to 15 until November 30th. Registration is also
open for Corporate League Basketball. This league is designed for com-
panies and local businesses who would like to incorporate fitness and fun
among it's employees. The YMCA encourages restaurants, grocery stores
and also major corporations to participate. Registration is currently open
and will end Dec. 8th. If you have any questions, call 765-3589.
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Over the past twenty years, many people, places and events have graced the Free Press pages. Join us as we glimpse
back at some of the events that helped shape our newspaper into the publication that it is today.
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A road designation ceremony was held in honor of Mrs. Johnnie Mae Chappell, the
Jacksonville mother killed more than forty years ago during the March 1964 riots. Following
a 10+ year crusade by her youngest son, Shelton Chappelle, formal acknowledgement now
mark a stretch of USI, the location where she was killed while looking for her wallet in 1964
in a random act of violence. The four men who were charged with the crime are still alive.
Shown above at the marker ceremony are Alonzo Chappell, Senator Tony Hill, Shelton
Chappell, Paula Barnes Catherine Walker, Jacqueline Williams, Ernest Chappell, Ruth
Monteroy, Willie Jr., Chappelle Rep. Terry Fields and former State Representative Daisy
Black at the dedication.
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Elder Lee Harris, a part of a coalition of pastors
protesting Head Start Centers on contaminated
land, leads an early morning protest in front of
the Forest Park Head Start Center. The Center
was eventually closed.
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Jacksonville Links Present Crowns Book signing Crowns, the off-
broadway hit play written by actress and director Regina Taylor
graced the stages of Jacksonville thanks to local director Darryl Hall.
The play is a lively and soul stirring musical portrait of African-
American women and how they define themselves through the hats
they wear. Preceding a performance at the FCCJ Ezekiel Bryant
Auditorium, Michael Cunningham who wrote the book the play is
based on, joined the Jacksonville Chapter of Links and others for a
book signing and discussion. Shown above at the signing is Wanda
Montgomery, author Michael Cunningham and the play's director
Darryl Hall of Stage Aurora.
City Councilman Reggie Fullwood spent his Saturday morning reading
to young kids at a literacy festival held at FCCJ North Campus.
Robin Gundy and Dennis Wade enjoy a moment at an informal
reunion event thrown by Carlottra Guyton and Brenda Roundtree for
past presidents of the Jacksonville Urban League Auxiliary. Lively
conversation and fond memories were exchanged recalling the many
years of dedicated volunteer service given to the Jacksonville Urban
Shown above is ILA #1408 President Vincent Cameron, Hiroyuki
Sato, deputy president of Japan based shipping giant Mitsui O.S.K.
Lines Ltd., Rick Ferrin, Port director, Dr. Massey, Jaxport board
chair, and Nathaniel Gardner, Local #1408 Vice President. Japanese
shipping giant Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. recently closed the deal with
Jacksonville based International Longshoreman Association that
will ensure the local Port Authority's place in the top echelons of the
nation. The deal, which would not be sealed without labor support,
will create over 1,800 additional jobs with average salaries around
Shown above is Joan Hartfield, Patricia Wallace, Rometa Porter and Pat LaRone Graham at the gala cel-
ebration in honor of Rometa Porters 65th Birthday. River City Brewery was the background for the cel-
ebration of Jacksonville entrepreneur and community volunteer Rometa Porter. over 100 family and
friends celebrated the honoree with accolades and well wishes ranging from custom made jewelry to
Caribbean vacations. Guests dined on catered hor de' oeuvres and danced till 1 a.m for the festive occasion.
State Rep. Terry Fields and Sen. Tony" Hill, Sr. hosted a Road Designation Ceremony in honor of the late
Taye Brown in August of 2005. Brown was the former Project Manager for the Better Jacksonville Plan
team which oversaw the construction of the Arena and the planning and construction of the Equestrian
Center & Sports Complex at Cecil Commerce Center. Legislation passed during the 2005 Session desig-
nated a portion of New Kings Road (U.S.1) between Division Street and 25th Street in Jacksonville to com-
memorate Mr. Brown's memory. Shown above at the dedication are (L-R) Rashad Shabazz, Sandra
Shabazz, Sen. Tony Hill, Manetti Layner, Taye' B. Brown, Jr., Bill Brown (father), Rep. Terry Fields, Hazel
Brown (mother) and Councilwoman Mia Jones.
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SRattlers Tame Wildcats 35-21 in Florida Classic XXVII
Rattlers Tame Wildcats 35-21 in Florida Classic XXVII
The game's MVP's are Jacksonville native Albert Chester for FAMU
and Jarod Rucker for B-CC.
Clifford Buggs, Miriam Buggs, Dessie Mathews, Karen Jenkins,
Anita Richardson, Godfrey Jenkins and Leon Richardson.
No Classic is complete without representating Marching Bands. As
usual the FAMU Rattlers set it off in the stands and the field.
B-CC Royalty Irving Matthews Chair of the Board of Trustees,
College President, Dr Trudie Kibbe Reed and her husbandEd, and
Lawrence Kibbe uncle of the President.
By Vaughn Wilson, Outlook
The drama never materialized.
The outcome of the Walt Disney
World Florida Classic XXVII pre-
sented by State Farm was never in
the balance as it had been the last
few years. Florida A&M University
dominated the game from start to
finish and seemingly broke the spir-
it of the Bethune-Cookman College
Wildcats in the fourth quarter.
After being knocked out of the
game against Hampton University
on Nov. 11, FAMU quarterback
Albert Chester II wore a boot on his
foot Monday and Tuesday of this
week and hobbled around practice
on Wednesday. This week he also
had minor outpatient surgery.
Miraculously, he was razor sharp
throwing five touchdown passes
and for 339 yards. It was a spectac-
ular display of domination as the
offensive line put a protective shell
around the ailing Chester, while the
defense with the return of injured
Tyrone McGriff, Jr. wreaked havoc
on the Wildcats.
Carter never doubted that Chester
would play. "There was no doubt in
my mind that Albert would
play...This is BCC," Carter said.
Chester echoed the comments.
"Man it felt like everything was
hurting, but it was the classic and I
had to go," Chester said.
BCC head coach Alvin Wyatt
couldn't answer the Rattlers'
onslaught. The one-two punch of
running backs Demetric Henry and
Dr. Randolph Bracy, Kenneth Reddick, Elizabeth Williams, Dr.
Anthony Edwards rushed for 112 reunion. With so many families
yards on 22 carries. McGriff and split between FAMU and BCC,
linebacker Vernon Wilder had 6 there is never any real animosity,
tackles each, while Jason Beach led just a fierce desire to win for those
the Rattlers with 8 tackles. 60 minutes. After the game, every-
The dapper Wyatt, dressed in all one goes back to the tailgating and
black with a shiny silver belt buck- partying together that they were
le the size of Texas, didn't disap- doing before kickoff.
point those who yearly check out This was the first year under the
his risk-taking fashion trends. The new Florida Classic Consortium
battle of the bands was quite fierce developed by FAMU interim presi-
as well. BCC band announcer dent Dr. Castell Vaughn Bryant and
Glenn "Horatio in Stereo" Walker BCC president Trudie Kibbie Reed.
and FAMU's Joe "The Almighty" It was devised to maximize the
Bullard were in mid-season form financial gain both institutions
exchanging barbs like a heavy- derived from the annual classic.
weight fight. They received over $630,000 in
The Florida Classic is always so sponsorships. FMP PHOTOS
much more than the game though.
It is the ultimate class and family
Future Rattler Landon Griggs of Jacksonville combs through the
thousands at the Vendor Village in search of his travel partners.
On Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23, we will be closed so
that our associates may spend time with their families and friends.
However, all Publix stores will resume regular hours on Friday,
November 24, 2006.
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