|Main: Faith & Spirit|
|Main: Around Town|
|Table of Contents|
Main: Faith & Spirit
Main: Around Town
rin us as we
rke a look at
iome of the
rages for the
ast 20 years
FLORIDA'S FIRST COASI QUALITY BLACK
New Yorkers March Over Police's
Killing of Unarmed Groom
NE \ YORK An angry crowd demanded to know why police officers
killed an unarmed manr, on the day of his wedding, firing dozens of shots
that also wounded two of the man's friends this weekend. Some called for
the ouster of the cit 's police commissioner.
At a vigil and rall\ the day after 23-year-old Sean Bell was supposed to
have married the mother of his two young children, a crowd led by the
Rev. Al Sharpton shouted "No justice, no peace."
At one point, the crowd of a few hundred counted off to 50. the number
of rounds fired.
"We cannot allow this to continue to happen." Sharpton said at the
gathering outside Mary Immaculate Hospital. where one of the %wounded
men was in critical condition. "We've got to understand that all of us %were
in that car."
The police officers' group 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care
said it was issuing a vote of no confidence in Kellh over the shooting.
The five officers \were placed on paid administrative lea\e pending the
investigation, according to Pail Browne, chief spokesman for the NYPD.
Community leaders planned a rally Dec. 6 at police headquarters.
Hampton University to host Tavis
Smiley's State of the Black Union
TV and radio host Tavis Smiley will hold his annual State of the Black
Union symposiuni at the Hampton University Convocation Center on
Feb. 10. 2007.
The event will bring together 36 of "America's black thought leaders"
who will take part in the symposium. Educators, religious leaders, poli-
c\ makers and others % ill discuss "the impact of African Americans on
western culture as well as current issues of importance to the African-
America community." organizers said.
Participants will include the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson. Cornel \\est,
Smiley's co-host Tom Joyner. Angela Glover Black-well. the Re\. Otis
Moss Sr.. Cathy Hughes. Bruce Gordon. Michel Martin and Tim Reid.
The free sy mposium is scheduled to be broadcast live \ia C-SPAN.
This past year's State ot the Black Union was held in Houston. More
than 8.u00 people registered to attend the conference. The first such sym-
posium %\as in 1999.
For more information or to register. go to \xw\w.ta\ istalks.com or
w\\-x.jameston2(10".org -- or call 213-694-1S83.
Michael Irvin Latest Sports
Analyst to Enter Hot Water
ESPN football anal st Michael In in say s he's
sorry for his comments on Dan Patrick's national
radio show% a %week ago that Dallas Cow\boys
quarterback Tont, Romo's athletic ability must be
due to African-American heritage.
"It's clear I was joking around. But I understand
mn comments were inappropriate. I apologize for
those comments." Irx in said in a phone inter' ie%\
Sunday. after appearing on ESPN's Sunday NFL /
"Generalizations about heritage are inappropriate even in jest, and what
Michael said w\as \wrong. We have spoken to Michael about it." Soltys
Ohio Man Admits to Trying to Scare
Black Families from Neighborhood
A Cleveland man will probably\ spend two y ears in prison after admit-
ting he helped spread mercun around a neighbor's house to scare black
families out of Sla ic \Villaoe.
Joseph Kuzlik, xho is white, pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy and
twxo other charges in U.S. District Court.
Sentencing guidelines call for a prison term between 21 and 27 months
when Kuzlik is sentenced in February. Kuzlik's friend David Frederic\
pleaded guiltr to similar charges earlier this .ear.
Between 2002 and 2005. Kuzlik and Fredericy veiled racial slurs and
threatened black neighbors, including children, as part of a plan to drive
them awax from East 5tith Street, prosecutors said.
In February 2005, Kuzlik. now 57. got a syringe filled ,with mercury.
which can be toxic. Fredericy squirted the mercun on and around the
house of an interracial family that lied near the two men, prosecutors
Klansmen Speak Out
on Black on Black Crime
Nobody appreciates young Black men like Tom nMetzger, a longtime
honcho of the Ku Klux Klan.
A recent public ser ice announcement features the notorious Klansman
with a unique message about Black-on-Black crime.
The 30-second spot opens with a low-resolution medium close-up shot
of Mletzger, a KKK Grand Diagon. w\ho says. "They say I hate young
Black men. but the truth is quite opposite.... The truth is, I'm a fan of
young Black men.
"Do .ou know \\ho kills the most young. Black men in this country?
Young. Black men."
Metzger concludes his racially charged message with, "So keep buying
your guns and killing each other just the way you :are."
Volume 20 No. 46 Jacksonville, Florida Nov. 30 Dec. 6, 2006
No More Love for the N word
Black leaders challenged the
entertainment industry, including
rap artists, actors and major studios,
to stop use of the racial slur that
triggered the Michael Richards
Rev. Jesse Jackson and others said
they will meet with TV networks,
film companies and musicians to
discuss the "N"-word.
"We want to give our ancestors a
present," Jackson said at a news
conference. "Dignity over degrada-
Jackson says the Richards episode
shows the word still has the power
to hurt and belittle, even though it
has been co-opted into much of the
"We must not profit off degrada-
tion and self-hate to a music beat,"
he said. "We deserve a higher sense
of dignity and respect."
Jackson also asked the public to
not buy a DVD box set of the sev-
enth season of the TV show
"Seinfeld" that was released last
Richards, who played the wacky
neighbor, Kramer, on "Seinfeld,"
triggered outrage with a Nov. 17
racial tirade against two black men
when he was heckled during a
stand-up comedy routine at the
Laugh Factory nightclub in West
Hollywood. A patron recorded the
outburst with a video camera
phone. Continued on page 5
The Rev. Jesse Jackson, second from left, comedian Paul Mooney, left, and
Willis Edwards, right, a member of the national board with the NAACP, lis-
ten in as U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, speaks during a news conference.
Shown above, barbers Jamal Muhammad and Leslie Muhammad provide haircuts to the students.
Brothers Embrace Youth with Free Haircuts
Two local components of the Millions More Movement, From Unity to Loyalty and the Jacksonville Local
Organizing Committee provided free haircuts for over 40 needy students at Eugene Butler Middle School.
Six local licensed barbers volunteered their time and service to accomplish the project with the help of
Butler administration and parents. Participating barbers included Jamal Muhammad, Henry
McCullough, Leslie Muhammad, Lester Muhammad, Todd Muhammad and Timothy Freeman. The next
free hair cut program will be on December 18th. To become an active member of the Millions More
Movement call 355-9395 or 768-2778.
A New Hill May Represent Hope
for More HIV/AIDS Reform
By. Lorinda M. Bullock
NNPA National Correspondent
WASHINGTON (NNPA) -- When
American voters shifted the
nation's political power in
Washington to a majority
Democratic House and Senate earli-
er this month, a new hope ran
through the Black HIV/AIDS com-
munity that government attention
will be refocused to the epidemic
that has claimed the lives of more
than 200,000 Black Americans.
"One of the things we are excited
about is that a number of members
of the Congressional Black Caucus,
who have been strong advocates for
increased resources for fighting
HIV and AIDS and comprehensive
prevention, now presumably will be
in leadership positions in the new
congress," said Phill Wilson,
founder and executive director of
the Black AIDS Institute.
Wilson is referring to the 15 CBC
members who will likely become
subcommittee chairs and three CBC
members Bennie Thompson (D-
Miss.), Charles Rangel (D-NY) and
Continued on page 3
Tallahassee, FL Eight former
staff members including seven
guards and a nurse, of a Florida
juvenile boot camp have been
charged with manslaughter in the
death of a 14-year-old boy. His
beating by the facility's guards was
captured on videotape and set out a
national outcry. Following the
death of Martin Lee Anderson, all
boot camps in the state were closed
nearly 11 month ago.
Gov. Jeb Bush, who was accused
of a cover-up by Anderson's par-
ents last week, welcomed the long-
awaited results of an investigation
by a special prosecutor he appoint-
ed, and said he hoped "justice will
be served" in the Anderson case.
Anderson, arrested forjoyriding in
his grandmother's car, collapsed
during an exercise drill on January
5, a few hours after he arrived at
the detention center for young
offenders. He died at a hospital the
A medical examiner initially ruled
that he died of natural causes linked
to sickle cell, a decision that
sparked outrage from the boy's par-
ents and Florida politicians after
publication of the videotape, which
showed uniformed guards sur-
rounding him, with some holding
him against a tree while others
appeared to hit him.
A second autopsy found the boy
died of suffocation because his
mouth was blocked and he was
forced to inhale ammonia fumes,
which resulted in a blockage in his
airway. Ammonia is used in
smelling salts to revive uncon-
scious or semi-conscious people.
Continued on page 5
Fire Dept. Noose Scandal Reveals a Surprising Outcome
In a surprising twist of fate, the
Jacksonville Sheriff Office released
a report this week on their findings
of the Jacksonville Fire
Department's noose scandal reveal-
ing that the accuser and a witness
apparently failed a lie detector test
regarding the incident.
The investigation began in
February after two black firefight-
ers at Fire Station 4 reported finding
nooses on their gear. A third fire-
fighter reported a similar incident
during fire training in August 2005.
Following a Mayoral task force
and Human Rights Commission
investigation demanding the Fire
Chief be fired, the Justice
Department concluded last week
there was not enough evidence to
file charges or pinpoint blame.
Citing lack of cooperation by one
of the alleged victims and a "culture
of mistrust" within the Jacksonville
Fire Rescue Department, U.S.
Attorney for the Middle District of
Florida, Paul Perez, wrote Sheriff
John Rutherford, saying his office
could not figure out who left the
nooses at the fire station.
The alleged incident led to multi-
ple meetings between the NAACP
and he Mayor's Office in addition
to a national televised appearance
on the Montel Williams Show by
the local chapter of the Brotherhood
"In the end, the evidence was
inconclusive to suggest either a hate
crime or a possible hoax," Perez
Mayor John Peyton said he was
disappointed in the Justice
Department's report and still hope-
ful to find out what happened.
"I'm disappointed that we don't
know who did it. I-would really like
to be able to hold that person up,
and demonstrate how unacceptable
that is," Peyton said. "Now, we are
not really sure if it was a hoax
planted by the alleged victims or
whether it was someone else. Not
knowing is what I think is frustrat-
I 'NEI IN 0~~~aaa~~aaa~ ~ ~ L_ -~
~ I ~-- Ir r
1 I II rlLI Ib
xau 7, M*P. Arrva F PreA% Noebe- 0- Dcme 20
by George Fraser
To overcome this Black failure to leverage our col-
lective resources for the elevation of all, my goal is
to help establish excellence as the overriding percep-
tion of Blacks and the reality for Blacks. Let me make it clear: I want to
make a distinction between excellence and personal achievement.
Personal achievement is that which is accomplished by the individual
using his or her unique gifts and talents. We spend the early part of our
life trying to identify our gifts.
Our capacity for achievement varies according to how well we iden-
tify and expand upon those gifts. It is human nature to concentrate on
personal achievement as a building block of self-esteem.
And while personal achievement among Black people has helped us
gain individual independence and confidence, so far, it has not signifi-
cantly contributed to the development of interdependency in our culture.
We must fix that!
Excellence, by my definition, is the reinvestment of one's unique gifts
or personal achievements back into the community in order to improve
the human condition within the community.
I believe true excellence comes only when you use your talents and gifts
to benefit others to a greater extent than you employ those talents for
your own personal benefit.
An example: Shaq winning the Most Valuable Player Award is a high
personal achievement, but it is not excellence, not at least by my meas-
ure. The exponential effect of Shaq's charitable foundation, however, is
up to my standard of excellence in the African-American community.
It is my belief also that our generation of African Americans must rede-
fine excellence while maintaining high standards of personal achieve-
ment. This is our role and contribution. It is also the next step in our
development as a culture.
This distinction between personal achievement and excellence is
important, because it helps us to think of our excellence in communal
terms rather than in personal terms, and this leads to another standard
for defining our success.
It also encourages Black people to create network linkages and to
work for the common good of our people.
I believe that we must have networks of:
- Professionals helping professionals
- Businesses helping professionals
- Professionals helping businesses
- Middle-class and upper-class Blacks helping the underclass
For those Blacks of means who do not reach down and lift up, and are
not philanthropic at some level, they must be socially isolated and ostra-
My point is: In the future, your caring must have more status than
your car. We are a long way from that, but I think we are moving
toward that idea.
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
Proposal Number 06-16
Installation, Maintenance and Repair Services of
Electrical Equipment for the
JACKSONVILLE PORT AUTHORITY
Proposals will be received by the Jacksonville Port
Authority (JAXPORT) until 2:00 P.M. local time on Friday,
January 19, 2007, at which time they will be opened in the
First Floor Conference Room, 2831 Talleyrand Avenue,
Jacksonville, Florida 32206. A MANDATORY pre-proposal
conference and site visit will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Friday,
December 15, 2006 at 2831 talleyrand Avenue, First Floor
Conference Room, Jacksonville, Florida.
All Proposals must be submitted in accordance with
Specification Number 06-16 which may be obtained after
8:30 A.M. on December 6, 2006, from:
P.O. Box 3005
2831 Talleyrand, Florida 32206
Need an Attorney?
.| ..."" WCompensation
," Personal Injury
U II Ji Probate
Contact Law Office of
Reese Marshall, P.A.
214 East Ashley Street
Jacksonville, Florida 32202
Over 30 years experience of professional
and courteous service to our clients
Prevent Debt During Holiday Shopping Season
Millions of consumers may find
that their open hearts will lead to
empty wallets this holiday season.
Shoppers don't need to go broke in
order to spread some holiday cheer.
"Many Americans have a miscon-
ception that the best gifts have to
cost a lot of money," said Free Press
financial analyst Les Franklin.
"You can show your love and affec-
tion without driving yourself fur-
ther into debt."
Consumers are expected to spend
an average of $791.10 each on hol-
iday merchandise this year, accord-
ing to the National Retail
Federation. Sullivan says shoppers
who charge their holiday purchases
will ultimately pay much more.
"The interest alone on credit card
purchases can become a huge bur-
den," he said. "I've seen many peo-
ple get credit-card-statement-shock
when they examine just how much
money they've accumulated in
interest all money they originally
hadn't planned to spend."
Franklin has five tips to help
shoppers stay out of debt:
1. Make a List Compile a list of
all the holiday gifts you plan to pur-
chase, and stick to the list. This can
prevent you from purchasing
extras, both big and small.
Remember, all those trinkets can
add up to big bucks. Your list
should also include your max
spending limit for every item. If
you have to ship gifts to people on
your list, be sure to consider the
size and weight of gifts as you
make your list.
2. Keep the Plastic at Home If
carrying your credit card presents
too much of a temptation to over-
spend, leave it home. If you do
bring your card, charge only gifts
you can afford to pay off when the
statement arrives. Just remember
that you will be charged interest on
any balance you can't pay off
3. Gifts from the Heart A
thoughtful gift doesn't have to
empty your wallet. Loved ones are
often touched more from gifts of
the heart. Create a scrapbook,
recipe collection or CD of special
songs. You can also volunteer your
time helping those less fortunate in
honor of someone you love.
4. It's Better to Give than Receive
- When you are holiday shopping,
don't squeeze in unnecessary pur-
chases for yourself. These items
can add up quickly. Remember to
stick to your list.
5. Go Online First Scope out
prices online before you head to the
stores. This way, you'll know
where to go for the best deals. If
you purchase your gifts online,
remember to calculate additional
shipping and handling costs into
your holiday budget.
- ~K, t
Available from Commercial News Providers"
F S,. ____ ,iw e
F .. Act .. 'K> Vi to live where you
Sin iy i sales, or !ing, it is
aw national religion, sex,
* *.- .*. .: :p anitii housing,
:e call us. Fair Housing. It's not an option. It's the law.
November 30 December 6, 2006
Page2 s. Prrv's Free Press
. do .
Elections Supervisor Appoints
New Outreach Director
Shown above are members of the Williams Family on Thanksgiving Day
Something Old to New Longtime Eastside Family
Dedicates Parent's Home to Legacy and Tradition
A Dedication Ceremony for the
renovated Eastside home of the late
Raymond and Bessie Williams was
held Saturday, November 25, 2006.
"Daddy" Raymond had the five
bedroom, one and one-half bath
home built in 1954. His family at
the time consisted of two adults and
eleven children. The Williams chil-
dren are: Raymond Jr. (deceased)
Gussie, Paul, Russell
Valarese, Shirley, Maxine, Maurice,
Henry, and Lena (deceased).
As time passed his children grew
into adults and then grandchildren
and great-grandchildren enjoyed
weekends and summers at "Mama
Bessie's" house. All describe it as
"a home that was always filled with
love and good cooking.The
Williams' were the enterprising
entreprenuers of a grocery store that
still remains today.
"people remarked at how my
grandfather would allow them to
obtain groceries on credit until pay
day so they could keep food on
their table," said grand-daughter
18th Annual Zora Neale Hurston
Festival Set for Jan. 20-28th
Zora! The 18th Annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and
Humanities, an international celebration, is set for January 20-28, 2007, in
Historic Eatonville, Florida. The Association to Preserve the Eatonville
Community Inc. (PEC) presents the festival annually. Food, Fashion and
Decor Celebrate the African Diaspora in Everyday Life. The Festival kicks
off on Saturday, January 20th to celebrate the life and work of the 20th
Century writer, folklorist and anthropologist, Zora Neale Hurston.
For vendor or other information, call (407) 599-9930, E-mail to:
email@example.com: or isit ~ \\w .zorafesti al.coinm.. '. '
Family members from New York,
Philadelphia and Tampa, joined
those here in Florida for the
Dedication Ceremony. Mount
Vernon Baptist Church Pastor Kelly
Brown provided spiritual guidance
through prayer. One of the sib-
lings, Maxine, presented the plaque
Jerry Holland, Supervisor of
Elections for Duval County, recent-
ly promoted Tracie Collier as the
Community Outreach Director, an
expanded role from her former
position as Director of
Communications. Collier, a former
Education Specialist with the elec-
tions office, will assume the duties
of strengthening partnerships
developed with neighborhood,
civic and community groups,
organizing community events,
voter registration drives and com-
"As I have stated many times,
my desire is to make the voting
experience positive and accessible
to everyone. I feel this position is
necessary for our office to continue
to increase voter registration and
awareness of elections which will
aid in educating voters throughout
In addition to promoting Ms.
Collier, Supervisor Holland named
Ms. Chinnery King to replace Ms.
Collier as the new Education
Specialist in the Education
Department. King is currently pur-
suing a degree in Education at the
University of North Florida, and
has worked for the Elections Office
since April 2004.
Ms. Collier and Ms. King will
assume their new duties immediate-
AIDS on the Hill
continued from front
and John Conyers who are expect-
ed to lead some of the most power-
ful committees, including
Homeland Security, Ways and
Means, and the Judiciary.
To guide legislators through the
multi-faceted social problems that
co-exist with the disease, the
National Minority AIDS Council
[NMAC] have drafted a five-point
plan in the report "African
Americans, Health Disparities and
HIV/AIDS: Recommendations for
Confronting the Epidemic in Black
The report recommended more
affordable housing, as well as
directing more attention to
America's prison facilities where
men are contracting and spreading
the disease through "tattooing, drug
use and high-risk sexual activity."
ROCK YOUR CAREER
Reginald L. Sykes, Sr. M.D.P.A.
Dr. Tonya Holinger and Dr. Reginald Sykes
WE PROVIDE TREATMENT FOR
*Evevated Cholesterol Now Accepting
*Weight Management New Patients
*Children & Immunizations We Accent All
*riabetesae Major Health Plans
*Preventive Crae "We i yo
*Women's Health "We invite you
*Impotence to select us as your
& Erectile Disfunction Provider of Choice."
Tb Schedule an appointnEnt call 768-8222
3160 Icgewood Avenue Jacksdnville, FL 32209
OFFICE HIDURS 8a.m. 5 p.m. M- T- TH- F, 2-5,
one and only IF
son a very,
I love you! Your mom,
Tonya Austin 1
HE'S GIVING HIGHER EDUCATION
A WHOLE NEW MEANING
Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 3
November 30 December 6, 2006
A aU 4t- M Pry' Ae%,esNoebe 0 .ecmer8.20
As Technology Continues to be a Driving Economic
Engine, Poor Families Don't Reap the Benefits
Advances in technology will con-
tinue to guide the development of
nearly any and every organization
in the world. Technological
advances influence our careers,
personal lives, our children's edu-
cation and even how we rent
Think about it pretty soon going
to a Blockbuster store won't make
much sense when you can simply
rent movies through your TV or
When I was seven years old I did-
n't know what a computer was, but
today it's a totally different story.
While many of us used encyclope-
dias and various books to do
reports and research papers, our
children simply need a computer
and an Internet account.
With the new digital age bound-
aries seem nonexistent. If you can
make it to a public library you can
access the Internet and limitless
information. School projects that
may have taken us a couple of
weeks to do, now only take today's
youth a couple of days.
However, while technology con-
tinues advancing many of our
minority communities remain stag-
nant. The resources that many
families have aren't available to
poor families. In fact, many
resources that private and suburban
schools have aren't available to our
In a nutshell, the digital divide
continues to grow, but at a slower
rate than before. Facts are the facts
and the gap between technology
"haves" and "have-nots" is unre-
lenting. Although computers are
getting cheaper, the overall social
problems in my poor communities
prevent the gap from decreasing.
It's more prevalent in the African
American community, not just
because we are black, but because
of the economic conditions in our
neighborhoods. Between the sim-
ple economics of owning a com-
puter and maintaining a monthly
internet account with a provider to
social issues like teenage pregnan-
cy and weak family structures,
blacks still struggle to keep up with
The Internet may provide for
equal opportunity and democratic
communication, but only for those
with access. The U.S. economy
may also be at risk if a large portion
of our society, denied equal access
to the Internet, lacks the technolog-
ical skills to keep American corpo-
rations competitive internationally.
The Digital Divide is so troubling
because we're seeing ourselves
move more into a culture where a
lot of our economic factors are
related to digital communication.
Many jobs are now being posted
solely on line. Public authorities
are posting Request for Proposals
(RFPs) and bid opportunities on
line, and many college courses post
assignments, grades and even test
via the Internet.
Black and Hispanic groups still
trail considerably behind the
national average for computer
National studies say that of white
households, 40.8 percent own a
computer. That's more than twice
the number of black households
(19.3 percent) or Hispanic (19.4
An even wider gap exists in the
statistics for Internet usage:
Roughly three times as many white
households have online access
(21.2 percent) as do blacks (7.7
percent) and Hispanics, (8.7 per-
The disparity in Internet access
between blacks and whites grew
53.3 percent between
1994 and 1999. Hispanics are
doing even worse, with the gap
between Hispanics and whites
growing by 56 percent.
An even more telling stat is that
fact that a child in a low-income
white family is three times as like-
ly to have Internet access as a child
in a comparable African American
family, and four times as likely to
have access as children in a compa-
rable Hispanic household.
Again, this isn't so much a racial
issue, but an economic one.
In fact, the difference in PC own-
ership levels of households earning
$10,000 to $14,000 and those earn-
ing $50,000 to $75,000 is nearly 50
percent, up from 38 percent in
Studies have also shown that for
household incomes under $40,000,
whites are more likely than African
Americans to own a home comput-
er, but for household incomes of
$40,000 or more, a greater propor-
tion of African-Americans own a
On the management side of the
issue, John Thompson, CEO of
Symantec, is the only black execu-
tive at the helm of one of the top
150 publicly traded tech companies
in the country. An extremely sur-
prising stat considering the large
number of major IT firms through-
out the nation.
The digital divide in low-income
communities is certainly visible,
but the corporate problem is even
scarier. Reverend Jesse Jackson's
bought stock in 50 tech firms two
years ago, and found just five
African-Americans and one Latino
among the 384 company directors.
At least the technology-based
movie, "The Matrix" had a few
Now surely there have to be more
qualified minority management
personal to fill those executive
positions. A more important ques-
tion is; as technology continues its
rapid advancement will opportuni-
ties for minorities increase, and
will small and minority businesses
bridge the ever-growing gap?
Signing off from the IT depart-
ment at City Hall, Reggie Fullwood
Democrats in Congress Will Have Limited Power
by Ron Walters
That the Democrats are about the
take over the House of
Representatives and the Senate and
there is relatively clear lineup of
Blacks and others who may control
both major and minor committees,
has set off a whirlwind of expecta-
tions. However, I believe that we
should approach this both thought-
fully and tactically. What do I
First, the thoughtfulness about
our agenda. The Democrats in both
the House and Senate are severely
hampered in whatever set of policy
proposals they may want to see
enacted by the fact that there is a
conservative Republican in the
White House who is poised to uti-
lize the veto pen during the next
two years. That brings the major
objective into focus. In the next
two years, the\ will be attempting
to use both houses of Congress as a
campaign vehicle: to run several
key issues up the flagpole and see if
they flutter with the American peo-
ple. If they do, that agenda will
become the foundation for the
party's approach to the 2008 elec-
The key to this is Nancy Pelosi's
agenda that she has rolled out a so-
called "100 hour set of issues." The
set contains: raising the minimum
wage, cracking down on lobbyists,
reducing interests rates on student
loans, permitting government
negotiation with drug companies to
reduce Medicare drug costs, sup-
porting stem-cell research and
enacting the 9/11 Commission rec-
ommendations. Like the Campaign
"on" America issues of the
Republican revolution in 1994,
some thought has been given to the
popularity of these issues and how
much flak they will attract from
Republicans. If they pass, all to the
good; but if they are opposed,
Republicans can now be labeled
With respect to tactical moves,
we should mount a "Black cam-
paign" for 2008 that would be both
autonomous and coincide with
Democrats to some extent. Blacks
were important to many of the
Democratic victories. Lets see:
Webb won in Virgina, but Whites
voted 58 percent for Allen, and
Blacks 85 percent for Webb;
McCaskill won in Missouri, but
m\\iites voted 55 percent for Talent,
and Blacks voted 91 percent for
McCaskill; Cardin won in
Maryland, but Whites voted 50%
for Steele, while Blacks voted 74
percent for Cardin; Menendez won
in New Jersey, but Whites voted 50
percent for Kean, while Blacks
voted 82 percent for Menendez.
You get the picture? Whites sup-
ported Republicans in four of the
most critically close races that gave
Democrats control of the Senate,
while Black votes made the differ-
Continued on page 5
Building the Dream
by William Reed
The Washington. DC Martin Luther King, Jr.
National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc. made
history with the Ceremonial Groundbreaking of a
Memorial to Dr. King on the National Mall.
President George W. Bush. President Bill Clinton,
I members of the House and Senate including Senator
Barack Obama and Congressman John Lewis,
,! Ambassador Andrew Young, Rev. Jesse Jackson,
Oprah W\infrey. Dr. Maya Angelou. Tommy Hilfiger.
AO' and Memorial Foundation president Harry Jolmhnson
led the symbolic "turning of soil" groundbreaking.
The event allowed three of King's children, Yolanda, Martin Luther III,
Bernice Alberrine King, and Black America's leading civil rights, church.
union and political activists to "turn the ground" for the four-acre memori-
al. If it gets the necessary\ funding. King's will be the first memorial on the
National Mall honoring a person of color. The site is at the edge of the
Tidal Basin. adjacent to the F.D.R. Memorial, and in direct line between the
Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials. In its center %\ ill be a 30-foot statue of
King called the "Stone of Hope." Visitors will pass through an entryway
cut through a massive stone symbolizing the mountain of despair and once
inside, will come upon a carved profile of King. The memorial is to be
ringed with walls chiseled with King's words that may eventually be the
base for a waterfall.
"When we finish this Memorial, w\e will have a King among presidents,"
said MLK National Memorial Foundation President, Harry Johnson. The
memorial "groundbreaking" is more than 20 ,years after it was conceived
by King's fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha in 1983. A combination of planning
disputes, fundraising hurdles and design discrepancies have impeded the
In 1996. the U.S. Congress passed Joint Resolutions authorizing its estab-
lishment. Organizers hope the King's Memorial will be completed by
2008. If actual construction starts soon, the monument can be completed
in the next year and a half. In spite of the high-profile "'groundbreaking",
the memorial's foundation only have $"2 million of the estimated $100 mil-
lion necessar- for construction in hand. Until the $100 million minimum
is raised, the Memorial's rate, and reality, of construction is in question.
Almost two-thirds of the '72 million has been raised from government and
corporate sources. Ironically,. it %%as West Virginia Senator Byrd, a key
adversary of Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement, that offered the June
2005 amendment to pro% ide S10 million in federal funding for the memo-
rial. Other individuals and organizations giving support to the Memorial
Project include: General Motors. the Tommy Hilfiger Corporate
Foundation, NBAWNBA, The Walt Disney Company Foundation, The
Coca-Cola Foundation. Procter & Gamble. GE, PepsiCo, FedEx, Exxon
Mobil Foundation, filmmaker George Lucas. State Farm Insurance,
AFLAC, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Fannie Mae Foundation. Fannie Mae
Corporation. Wal-Mart, Sheila C. Johnson. MacFarlane Partners, The J.
Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation, The Ford Motor Company Fund,
AARP, The Horowitz Family Foundation. Federated Department Stores
Foundation, Bell South. Continental Airlines. Bank of America Charitable
Foundation. Delta Airlines Foundation. The Dyer Family Foundation.
Black Entertainment Telev vision (BE T Carlos Santana. Toyota, Emerson,
and Chevy Chase Bank. Most corporate donations have been in the $1 mil-
.'The qualifier for "the dream" to become reality is "money". Despite
donations from current contributors federal appropriations, corporations,
fraternities and sororities, and celebrity endorsements the endeavor will
need public support for actually building the site. The project's organizers
are pursuing an additional and essential S30 million to start construction.
YRC \Vorldwide Inc.. a large trucking company. plans to put billboards on
three of its traveling tractor-trailers to advertise the memorial and need.
Though thousands of thoroughfares, buildings, and a site at Atlanta's King
Center, honor MLK, National Memorial advocates say having "King
among presidents" is a symbol African Americans need. The "ground-
breaking" means the memorial is closer to a reality, but there's a ways to
go before sufficient money is raised to actually "build the dream". Donors
should send contributions of $5 or more to: The National Memorial Project
Foundation, Suite 334. 401 F Street. Northwest. Washington. DC 20001.
The telephone number is 888.484.3373 and web address is
The Folly and Tragedy of Section I
By Mychal Massie
While traveling through a part of my com-
munity dominated by "Section 8" subsi-
dized housing, I came across a group of
seemingly out-of-place college students.
Approaching them, I discovered they were
performing community service by picking
up trash in front of the once well-main-
tained row houses that were converted into
While these kids from outside of the area
were hard at work, I observed many Section
8 tenants lounging on their porches and
steps, often holding a cigarette and bever-
* age of choice. They simply watched the
students work. They didn't try to help.
I asked a few of the students why the local
residents weren't helping and if that both-
ered them. Not surprisingly, one of them
said he saw no reason why they should. He
felt that it was the least that they, as privi-
leged college students from an expensive
university, could do. Two other members
of the group, however, told me they shared
It all reminded me of a short but heated
debate I once had with a friend who is a
landlord. Not surprisingly, he favors
Section 8 housing. I do not.
I see the need for some sort of housing
safety net as an option of last resort, but my
friend wanted it to be available to literally
everyone. I further believe that the focus of
any assistance program should be getting
people out of the program, and that means
homeownership in this case. People who
own property tend to take better care of
their surroundings. Ownership also gives
people a vested stake in their communities,
juxtaposed with the nonchalance of living
on the government's dime.
In today's marketplace, it seems even
dead people can get mortgages. There are
mortgage plans for people with bad credit,
no credit and with or without a down pay-
ment. But the coup de grace was when I
said I did not want Section 8 housing in my
That was all my landlord friend could han-
dle his outburst rivaled Mt. Vesuvius.
I was cast as someone who had forgotten
where I had come from that I now saw
myself as too good to be living with, or
even near, the less fortunate.
That may be partially true, but not for the
reason my friend argued. Life before my
10th birthday could be considered "cushy,"
but it became anything but that after my
mother's nervous breakdown during that
year. Yet, without fear of contradiction, I
can say my teen years were among the best
in my life.
We were poor by today's definitions, but
our family and those surrounding
us had two very important advan-
tages those on Section 8 do not.
For one thing, everyone in my
mother's family owned property and owned
their homes. Another was that no one told
us we were poor. There were no special
provisions to help smooth over poor deci-
sions and irresponsibility.
I grew up watching men take care of their
families and their homes. I grew up hearing
them talk about property taxes and other
ownership-related issues. My dreams were
always about what I could achieve based on
my ability and willingness to work. In my
mind, success or failure lay with me.
Section 8 housing programs do not inspire
ownership, even though there are programs
meant to do so. There is a stigma of
inequality, poverty, and dependence associ-
ated with it. As I saw that day with the col-
lege students, it doesn't even inspire recipi-
ents to take care of the yards and streets
around them. They simply wait for some-
one to do it for them.
Despite good intentions, Section 8 and
other government-subsidized programs do
not help people. They actually hinder them.
Section 8 may put a roof over a family's
head, but, in the overwhelming majority of
instances, a roof without incentive is a path
to becoming wards of the government.
It is a tragic indictment that, in a climate
of free schools, scholarships, five percent
unemployment and lending programs tai-
lored for any buyer, so many working-age
people would rather be government wards
and political pawns than be self-sufficient.
As for my friend's comments about me,
there were no silver spoons in my mouth.
But I was equipped with a model for suc-
cess because of how I was raised. My
response to him was, and still is: "Why
would anyone work to succeed so they
could live in an economically depressed
neighborhood? Wouldn't one measure of
self-sufficiency be working to get out of
F L 0RIDA 5 FlRt T C OAST QUA LITY BLACK WEEKLI
P.O. Box 43580
Jacksonville, FL 32203
la cksonville E.O.Hutl
k noshabe= r rComeree, Brenda E
903 W. Edgewood Ave.
Jacksonville, FL 32208
Fax (904) 765-3803
The United State provides opportu-
nities for free expression of ideas.
The Jacksonville Free Press has its
view, but others may differ.
Therefore, the Free Press ownership
reserves the right to publish views
and opinions by syndicated and
local columnist, professional writers
and other writers' which are solely
their own. Those views do not neces-
sarily reflect the policies and posi-
tions of the staff and management of
the Jacksonville Free Press.
Readers, are encouraged to write
letters to the editor commenting on
current events as well as what they
wouldlike to see included in the
paper. All letters must be type writ-
ten and signed and include a tele-
phone number and address. Please
address letters to the Editor, c/o
JFP, P.O. Box 43580 Jacksonville,
FL 32203. (No CALLS PLEASE)
Yes, I'd like to
l subscribe to the
Jacksonville free Press!
-..S EnclosedIs -:.y ; .
check __nhoney order
.... -,.,.^ for:a$35.50 .toiover my :
_'___ _. .one year su script
CITY STATE ZIP
MAIL TO: JACKSONVILLE FREE PRESS
P.O. BOX 43580, JACKSONVILLE, FL 32203,
IBUTORS: Charles Griggs, Camilla Thompson, Reginald Fullwood,
hcinson, William Reed, Bruce Burwell, Phyllis Mack, Carlottra Guyton,
3urwell, Rhonda Silver, Maretta Latimer, Rahman Johnson, Headshots
November 30 December 8, 2006
Panye 4 Ms. Pe~rrv's F'ree Press
November~~~~~~~~ 30-Dcmi6 06M.Per' rePes-Pg
Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Requires Study
Open enrollment has taen on a
more literal meaning for the
Medicare Prescription Yug pro-
gram, now in its sernd year.
Unlike last year, everyone on
Medicare-regardless of income,
health status or the kids of drugs
taken-is now eligible to change
their plan or keep thone they have.
But Medicare bejCficiaries only
have from now itil Dec. 31 to
choose from a number of plans dur-
ing the open enrollment period that
started last weeJ]
That is why alumber of organiza-
tions including the American
Association of Retired Persons
(AARP), thenation's leading advo-
cacy group for America's seniors,
have opened telephone hotlines,
created massive websites explain-
ing the program and are putting on
sessions in local communities to
help seniors pick the right program
for the right price.
"We've seen some various
research that has shown seniors are
satisfied with their current plans,
but we're encouraging all benefici-
aries to evaluate what coverage
they have," said Natalie Tucker, the
For the people who stick with their
plans, they do not have to re-enroll
or fill out new paperwork, but
Tucker suggests they contact their
current drug plan provider to make
sure the plan hasn't changed.
"They need to check out if the
drugs are still on the same formula-
ry list, (and) if the co-pays or the
deductibles will change," she said.
But choosing a program is not so
easy. According to Barbara Cebuhar
of the Centers for Medicare and
Medicaid Services, there are more
than 1900 different "free standing"
prescription programs available
across the country.
Everyone won't have the headache
of choosing from thousands of
plans because people have to pick
plans mostly in their region--cut-
ting the number drastically-but
Nancy Wood, AARP media rela-
tions manager, said the average
beneficiary still has to choose from
20-50 different plans.
To help seniors and family of sen-
iors, Medicare has a prescription
drug plan finder on their
medicare.gov website and if a per-
son doesn't have access to a com-
puter, they can get the same infor-
mation by phone.
To use the drug plan finder, bene-
ficiaries need to plug the names of
the current drugs they take, the
dosages, and their city into the web-
site and a number of plans specific
to those needs are found.
Actor Jamie Foxx, reacted
strongly to comedian Michael
Richards' use of the word "nig-
ger" at a comedy show. "If I'd
have been in the audience he
would've had to put his dukes
up," Foxx said.
The NBA and the Orlando
Magic announced that a fan who
uttered a racial slur at Houston
Rockets center Dikembe
Mutombo, seen here in April
2006, has been banned from
Magic home games and has had
his season tickets rescinded.
Seven Charged in Boot Camp Death
Helms, 50, Henry
Joseph Walsh, 35,
and camp nurse
They could be
sentenced to up to
30 years in prison
Gina Jones speaks at a news conference after it was The Anderson
announced that seven individuals had been charged case sparked
in regard to her son's death Her attorney demonstrations in
Benjamin Crump listens on the left. the state capital
Continued from front
The medical examiner said he died
"due to actions of the guards."
and a sit-in at the
governor's office. It prompted
Florida to scrap its teen boot camps,
where drill instructors imposed mil-
itary discipline on unruly youths,
and open juvenile facilities focused
on education and counseling.
"This feels like a brick lifted off
my shoulders," the teenager's
father, Robert Lee Anderson, said at
a Panama City press conference
Tuesday afternoon. "Tonight I
might get me some rest."
Tears welling in her eyes,
Anderson's mother, Gina Jones,
told reporters Thanksgiving had
been especially difficult without her
Asked how she would feel on
Christmas, Jones said, "just like I
felt Thanksgiving. No Martin, no
Christmas. My daughter and I went
out and dressed up his grave for
Christmas. That's Christmas for
"Today is a good day for me. I'm
finally getting justice for my baby,"
Anderson's family filed a lawsuit
against state and local agencies in
July, seeking $40 million in dam-
The case also contributed to the
resignation of Guy Tunnell, then-
commissioner of the Florida
Department of Law Enforcement,
who was criticized for sending sup-
portive e-mails to the Bay County
sheriff while his department was
investigating Anderson's death.
"We also hope that once the
process is completed that Martin
Lee Anderson's family will have the
answers to the questions that they
legitimately have," Bush said.
Democrats in Congress
Continued from page 1
Now on the basis of that record,
we should be in a strong position to
tender our own agenda. It would
consist of issues such as: Katrina,
Minimum Wage, closing racial gaps
in healthcare and HIV/AIDs, black
voter disenfranchisement in elec-
tions, jobs/poverty and other eco-
nomic goals, preventing No Child
Left Behind from robbing black
children of their diplomas, and etc.
This list could obviously be
expanded, but there is a decision
that leadership must make. Would it
be wise to play our card now which
says that because blacks made the
difference in the mid-term elections
in the Senate (and probably in the
House as well) that we push for our
whole shopping list? Or would it
wiser to tender a more selective list
of objectives that do not give
Republicans the. obvious targets
Leaders Have No More Love for the N Word
Continued from front
Richards has made several apolo-
gies, including oneon Jackson's
syndicated radio program, in which
he has said he is not a racist and
was motivated by anger.
At the news conference, comedian
Paul Mooney said he has used the
"N"-word numerous times during
performances but will no longer do
so after watching Richards' rant.
"He's my Dr. Phil," the black
comedian said. "He's cured me."
Mooney is just one of many enter-
tainers who use the word. In a
standup routine, comedian Chris
Rock declared that there are "black
people and there's niggers. The nig-
gers have got to go."
Asked about free-speech issues,
Jackson said the word is "unpro-
But not every black person feels
that the word should be banned.
they need to derail the Democratic
party for the 2008 elections
(Katrina, Minimum Wage, health
care), but that we would demand be
supported by our own choice for
president in 2008? Then, once hav-
ing played the role of electing that
person, we pull out the whole list.
This is a tactical move that lines the
community up with the Democratic
party somewhat, capitalizes on the
alienation in the country over the
r; ^i .**'i'.ii'.ii;'' a-'.UO'rr '" ;"i'
University of Southern California
professor of cinematic arts Todd
Boyd says today's black artists have
embraced the word and use it
almost as a term of endearment.
"If you listen to the way Michael
Richards used the word nigger and
then listen to the way nigga is used
in hip hop, it's clearly two different
words and it means two different
things," he told CBS News corre-
spondent Bill Whitaker.
U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters,
charged that only situations such as
the Richards incident turn main-
stream media attention to issues
involving the black community.
"This is not simply about whether
or not the black community for-
gives or forgets. This is about
understanding that this is pervasive,
that this happens in all of our insti-
tutions, one way or the other,"
war which has caused some whites
to cross-over and vote Democrat,
yet leverages our voting power to
select a candidate going into the
Of course, I would throw this all
over if I knew that there was more
serious move toward independent
politics. But it has to begin now.
Otherwise, tactical thinking is the
game of the day.
Charles E. Simmons, III, M.D.
Have your newborn or sick child seen
in the hospital by their own Doctor.
Baptist-Wolfson Children's Hospital
St. Vincents- Memorial & St. Lukes Hospital
Primary Care Hours: 9AM to 5:30PM
177 Edgewood Avenue, W., Ste I
Jacksonville, Florida 32208.
OBSTRICAL & GYNECOLOGICAL
& Gynecological Care
* Menopausal Disorders
William L. Cody, M.D.
B. Vereen Chithrikid, M.D.
St. Vincent's Division IV
1820 Barrs Street, Suite 521
SJacksonville, Florida 32204
w )W (904)387-9577
f .^ ,Wwid \
SUNTRUST ONLINE CASH MANAGER. THE ASPIRIN OF BUSINESS BANKING.
Say goodbye to your cash management headaches with the solution
ONLINE CASH MANAGER WITH A
HOST OF ADVANCED FEATURES: designed specifically for business. SunTrust Online Cash Manager
Business and personal accounts under one view includes advanced features like viewing both business and personal
Multiple users with tiered authority for security accounts at the same time, multi-tiered authority that allows you to
Free uBil Pay* delegate specific tasks to individuals while monitoring their online
Move funds to and from most SunTrust
commercial lines of credit activity, and the ability to move funds to and from most SunTrust
*Direct Deposit employee payroll commercial loans and lines of credit. SunTrust Online Cash Manager
Send tax payments electronically
relief from the daily headaches of cash management.
Call 866.867.6711, stop by your local SunTrust branch, or visit suntrust.com/cashmanagement to try our
Online Cash Manager demo.
Online Cash Manager and Online Cash Manager Plus are not intended for use by commercial or institutional clients, which in general
are defined as companies with annual sales in excess of $10 million. SunTrust's Online Cash Manager Premium and Online Treasury
Manager have a complete host of web-based services designed to meet your online banking needs. Please call 877.370.5108 for
additional information. You must have or open a business checking account to be eligible to enroll in an Online Cash Manager
product. Transaction fees may apply.
*There are fees for exceeding stated transactions, cash processing, and night bags. Refer to the fee schedule for details.
SunTrust Bank, Member FDIC. 2006 SunTrust Banks, Inc. SunTrust and Seeing beyond money are federally registered service
marks of SunTrust Banks, Inc. MKT 41718
Seeing beyond money
Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 5
November 30 Decembf 6, 2006
Hip-Hop Gospel Youth Ministry to Christian Girls Club Ministries to
Present Holiday Celebration 2006 Hold 16th Founder's Day Luncheon
Angel Calling Entertainment will present the Hip-Hop Gospel Youth
Ministry Holiday Celebration 2006, at the Wyndham Riverwalk Hotel on
Sunday, December 17, 2006, at 2 p.m. This FREE event is working
toward "Plugin Youth Up to God's Power." You are invited to come reen-
ergize your faith with inspirational gospel groups, powerful speakers,
TOY GIVEAWAYS, FREE Food, and educational exhibitors.
The Hip-Hop Gospel Youth Ministry Holiday Celebration will help to
expose the youth of Jacksonville and Northeast Florida to the Power of
God's Kingdom. Plugging into God's message via a medium that youth
can relate to, Hip Hop, is what this Holiday Celebration is all about.
The Gospel Concert will feature Gospel Hip-Hop groups, Praise
Teams, and Choirs. Exhibitor booths from inspirational to educational
organizations will provide helpful information. There will be a Bible
Study Lounge. Although this event is FREE, tickets are required for
entrance, but may be acquired from 105.7-FM. Seating is limited, so don't
not miss out on this opportunity to get inspired.
For more information on obtaining tickets, or if you or your group
would like to perform, or you would like to participate as an exhibitor,
please call (904) 224-2231.
First AME of Palm Coast to Present
Annual Christmas Cantata, Dec. 17
First African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church of Palm Coast, 91
Old Kings Road, Reverend Dr. Gillard S. Glover, Senior Pastor; invites
youth to enjoy the soulful celebration of the Christmas Cantata "Joy" at 4
p.m. on Sunday, December 17, 2006. The cantata will feature the choirs
of First AME Church. The high level of musicianship will also include
guest musicians and soloists.
The cantata is FREE and the public is invited.
Sword and Shield Kingdom Outreach
Ministry 2006 Serious Praise Service
You are invited to share in the Sword and Shield Kingdom Outreach
Ministry 2006 Serious Praise Service as we give thanks to Our Lord and
Savior. This serious Praise Service will be held on Sunday, December 10,
2006, at the Father's House Conference Center, 1820 Monument Road,
Building 2. "When Praises go up Blessings come down!
Rev. Mattie W. Freeman, Founder and Pastor, will bring the message.
Holy Communion will be served. All are welcome.
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-
7205, Sis. Annie Griffin at 765-4777, or Sis Beulah Williams.
Musical to be Held in Honor of the
late Brother Larry Ishmeal on Dec. 1st
New Creations, Nu Testaments, Rejoice, Bishop Leila Laney, Sis.
Carolyn Pittman, the Gospel Tunes, God's Spiritual Gifts, Lil Jessie and
The Miracles, Elder Robert Jackson, The New Spirit Travelers and others,
will be presented in a Benefit Musical program for Sister Beatrice Ishmeal.
The program will honor her late husband, Brother Larry Ishmeal who
passed away on November 22, 2006.
The Musical will be presented at 7 p.m. on Friday, December 1, 2006,
at the West Friendship Baptist Church, 945 Carrie Street. Come out and
support Sis. Ishmeal during her bereavement and show your love. All are
Prophet Marlin Griffin to Preach at
Temple of God Revival in Kingsland
You are invited to come hear the dynamic Preacher and Prophet Marlin
Griffin, the Revival Speaker at God's Temple of God, 358 Martin Luther
King Blvd., Marvin Young, Pastor, Kingsland, Georgia. Prophet Griffin
will be preaching Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, December 6-8th, at
7:30 p.m. Come, expecting a blessing. Come to be inspired, delivered and
filled by God. Come expecting a blessing.
The Black Church an IDS
Are Our Churches Doing Enogh?
by Linda Bronner, BV community first respo ed to this
Historically, the "Black church" epidemic 25 years ago," kids Seele.
has been many things to the African "Yet, as more and mor churches
American community -- literal and faith communities stak out
refuge, political foundation, social against the disease and not jst peo-
safe harbor, economic center, and pie living with HIV and orAIDS,
unequaled spiritual base. the more the stigma decrees in
When an issue arose in or plagued that community. And that's o'e of
the community -- Jim Crow, Civil the reasons the faith community is
Rights -- more often than not, the very important in this epidemic.'
black church was at the forefront, Beginning 18 years ago with only
providing not only moral guidance, 50 churches, Balm in Gilead now
but many times, actual leadership. works with over 20,000 churches
And then, along came HIV and and faith based communities, a sig-
AIDS. Though initially not viewed nificant increase to be sure, but still
as a black disease, at present, the only about one fourth of the 85,000
rate of HIV and AIDS has reached black churches in the country. Balm
epidemic proportions in Blacks. in Gilead does everything from
While only 13 percent of the helping churches to develop HIV
American population, black people Ministries to organizing national
make up over half of all new HIV testing campaigns to working with-
and AIDS infections. There is an in existing church structures (i.e.,
obvious disconnect -- AIDS is the men's programs, women's pro-
leading killer of African Americans grams, prison ministries, and youth
ages 25 to 44, and over 82 percent fellowships.)
of African Americans belong to a Bishop Yvette Flunder, pastor of
church -- yet the black faith corn- City of Refuge Church in San
munity has been unusually muted Francisco, as well as the interna-
for far too long around this issue. tional AIDS non-profit, Ark of
Where is the black church in the Refuge, says that there is something
midst of this AIDS pandemic? positive coming from this most ugly
"We initially responded in a nega- disease, but that shame has con-
tive way," says Pernessa Seele, tribute to its rapid increase.
Executive Director of Balm In This discussion (even acknowl-
Gilead, a not-for-profit which mobi- edgment) of sexuality has recently
lizes the black church community been embraced by prominent lead-
around the virus. "It was a gay dis- ers such as the Rev. Al Sharpton,
ease; it was about drug abusers and who in August 2005 launched a
,'those people.' It was a wrath from radio-based initiative to fight homo-
God on people who didn't live right, phobia in the black community, an
"In my opinion, [the spread of] issue he says has contributed to the
HIV has its roots in how the faith spread of HIV and AIDS.
5863 Moncrief Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32209 (904) 768-8800 FAX 764-3800
^N" .Join Us for One of Our Services
Early Worship 8:00 a.m.
Sunday School 9:15 a.m.
Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.
1st Sunday 3:45 p.m.
Lord's Supper & Baptism
S..3rd Sunday 7:00 p.m.
^i ;: **. .* **
Bible Study 7:00 p.m.
Noon Day Worship
Youth Church 7:00 p.m.
Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19 20
Pastor Landon Williams
8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
'Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m.
Radio Weekly Broadcast WCGL 1360 AM
Sunday 2 PM 3 PM
**FREE TUTORING FOR YOUTH IN ENGLISH, SCIENCE,
HISTORY AND MATH EVERY TUESDAY 6:30 8 P.M.
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
Join us for our Weekly Services
Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel
3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1 p.m.
Dinner and Bible Study
at 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
Come share in Holy Communion on 1st Sunday atS .50 p.m.
WCGL 1360 AM Thursday 8:15 -8:45 a.m.
AM 1400 Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.
WTLV Channel 12 Sunday's at 6:30 a.m.
Grace and Peace
ASSEMBLY OF GOD
(1-10 & Lane Avenue)
8:15 a.m. 10:45 a.m.
Fresh fWind Fresh Fire IV 6:00 p.m.
Pastor Cecil & Pauline Wiggins These Are Days of a Fresh Anointing Pastor Garry & Kim Wiggins
SEncounter the Power of the Spirit
L Southwest Campus
Hwy 218, across from Wilkinson Jr. High
Come Experience the New Sound in Clay County!
Pastor and Mrs. Coad
5755 Ramona Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32205 904-781-9393
Website: wvw.evangeltempleag.org Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
10:45 a.m. Service Interpreted for Deaf@ Central Campus
------- -"* *
Pastor Ernie Murray
Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 7
Obesity, Lifestyles and African Americans
E AMIIGTEC REATO
Panthers Attend Senior's Funeral Killed by Atlanta Cops
in Busted Raid Members of the New Black Panther Party leave
the funeral service for Kathryn Johnston, Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2006 in
East Point, Georgia. The 92 year old Johnston was killed by Atlanta
police during a shootout in which she wounded three officers as they
tried to enter her home looking for drugs. Ms. Johnston is shown in
92 Year Old Atlanta Woman
Killed in Botched Raid
Many people on the rundown
northwest Atlanta street where
Kathryn Johnston lived fortify their
windows with metal bars and arm
themselves for protection.
Johnston, 92, was no exception.
She was waiting with her gun on
Tuesday night when a group of
plainclothes officers with a warrant
knocked down her door in a search
for drugs, police said. She opened
fire, wounding three officers,
before being shot to death, police
Assistant Police Chief Alan
Dreher called the killing "tragic and
unfortunate" but said the officers
were justified in returning fire.
"You don't know who's in the
house until you open that door,"
Dreher said."And once they forced
open the door, they were immedi-
ately fired upon.",
The officers had gone to the
woman's house with a search war-
rant after buying drugs from a man
there, police said. Dreher would not
say how the dealer knew Johnston.
District Attorney Paul Howard
said that his office is looking into
the shooting but that a preliminary
review indicates the officers had a
right to search the home.
Crime and drugs are a part of the
landscape in the rough neighbor-
hood where Johnston lived, and her
neighbors said they do what it takes
to protect themselves.
"It's the roughest neighborhood in
Georgia," said 56-year-old Allen
Pernel, who lives a few blocks from
Johnston's home. "If she thought
somebody was coming into her
house, she did what any of us
would have done."
The police chief said the officers
had identified themselves and then
forced open the door of Johnson's
house of 17 years. Johnston was
alone in her house, police said.
Bullets struck officers in the legs,
arm and face.
Johnston had no children and her
closest relative was a 75-year-pQld,
niece, neighbors said.
"She hardly came outside her
home," said Tameka Walker, 28,
who lives behind Johnston's house
and used to visit her. "She's not a
92-year-old grouchy old woman
you think she was. She's a very nice
by Makeisha Lee
Eating is one of life's greatest
pleasures. The taste, smell, the tex-
ture, how it makes us feel, can be a
great source of satisfaction for us
all. However, this very thing that is
so pleasurable can be a danger to us
if not kept in its proper place.
We can enjoy food but the primary
job for food is to nourish our bod-
ies. When we don't have the right
balance of foods and don't have
adequate exercise we end up with
"obesity". Obesity is more common
in African Americans than other
According to the CDC of Vital
Health Statistics, 60.1% of African
American males are overweight and
78% of black women lead the pop-
ulation in obesity and being moder-
ately overweight. In order to get to
a solution, we must identify the
Since we're specifically looking
into facts surrounding blacks and
obesity we must address issues
indicative to our community as we
do have some unique concerns. For
African Americans there tends to be
certain factors that play a role and
influence our food choices such as
our history, religion, our culture,
friends, family and environment.
Lets discuss three in particular.
First, is our culture. Studies show
African Americans tend to accept
larger body sizes. On one hand it's
a good thing but it ends up hurting
us more because our tolerance of
these larger sizes has lead us to be
more obese and subsequently left
us with more obesity/health relat-
ed illness. We also tend to feel less
guilty about overeating thus making
it less likely for us to diet.
Second, is our environment
including what seems to be avail-
able to us, and the cost associated
with our choices in food. In our
neighborhoods, we have these
fast food carry-outs on nearly
every corner and mini markets
that only offer us fried fatty foods
laden with sodium. Then there is
processed foods and sugar filled
drinks to wash it down with.
Third and lastly, one of the most
important culprits is our family and
upbringing. What we're taught as
children from our families sets the
tone for us in regards to our food
choices. Many of our families do
not make nutrition a top priority. So
this gets passed down generation
after generation. For us, our family
tradition as a community is "soul
food". Nothing is wrong with this
tradition in and of itself, but there is
a problem for our less active
lifestyles these days in combination
with the fact that this soul food diet
is laden with high fat content,
sugar, and sodium for flavor.
So continuous consumption of
these foods without adequate exer-
cise causes our body's nutritional
system to get clogged up, confused
and stuck in fat storing mode. But
not to fret my brothers and sisters -
we don't have to give up our tradi-
tion of enjoying soul food, we just
have to make some much needed
If we have had these unhealthy
eating habits, we must begin to cor-
rect this by cleansing our bodies to
naturally remove harmful sub-
stances and allow it to return to it's
normal metabolic function.
Cleansing will enable us to over-
come food cravings, and re-estab-
lish natural hunger so we can culti-
vate a true and balanced apprecia-
tion for food.
Once we have done this, we just
have to modify how we prepare our
food by cutting back on the fat, use
alternatives for white processed
sugar, and switch to sea salt instead
of table salt to decrease sodium.
Even these small adjustments can
make a difference and you can still
have great tasting food. In fact,
cooking with natural foods organi-
cally grown is the best option for
nutritious and flavorful food.
As a side point: Significantly
decreasing your intake of fast foods
while increasing physical activity
and exercise will be an added bene-
fit overall. So hopefully thru more
education and awareness on this
matter of obesity, this trend within
our community can be reversed and
we all can feel healthier, more ener-
gized and better equipped to enjoy
Jacksonville to Host New
Orleans Satellite Summit
Libraries in cities where there are
people displaced from New Orleans
by Hurricane Katrina will be host-
ing meetings connected by webcast
to Community Congress II, a inno-
vative town meeting of the Unified
New Orleans Plan in which thou-
sands of New Orleanians at home
and displaced will discuss and
influence scenarios for rebuilding
their beloved city. Community
Congress II will be held on
December 2nd 2006 across five
locations: New Orleans, Atlanta,
Baton Rouge, Dallas, and Houston
as well as in libraries around the
country, including Jacksonville.
The event will connect people
'who have been able to return with
people that are still displaced for a
true city-wide discussion. Citizens
will participate in intimate small-
group, facilitated discussions. The
latest technology will help identify
citywide priorities and ensure that
all ideas are recorded and heard.
Every effort will be made to ensure
that the diversity of New Orleans is
there black and white, homeown-
ers and renters, those just starting
neighborhood planning and those
further along. The unified plan will
be completed by January and will
be submitted to the Mayor, the City
Council, and the City Planning
Commission. Once approved by
city officials, the plan will be pro-
vided to the Louisiana Recovery
For more information about the
Unified New Orleans Plan, call toll-
free to 877-527-3284 or go to
or locally call Pamela Beaton at
Muslims Stage Prayer-in at Airport
From left are, Imam Omar Shahin; Ibrahim Ramey, Director of Civil and
Human Rights with the Muslim American Society; Rev. Walter E.
Fauntroy, with the National Black Leadership Roundtable; Mahdi Bray,
Director of the Muslim American Society; and Rabbi Arthur Waskow, of
the Shalom Center in Philadelphia walk at Washington's Ronald Reagan
National Airport, Monday, Nov. 27, 2006. Imams, ministers and a rabbi
staged a 'pray-in' demonstration at thte airport and demanded an apology
from US Airways for baring six Muslims from a Minneapolis to Phoenix
flight last week. .. '
AKAs to Partner with Liberia
With a resolve to bring help and
hope to war-ravaged Liberia, Alpha
Kappa Alpha's International
President Barbara A. McKinzie
announced that the Sorority would
mobilize its 200,000 members
worldwide to commit their treasure,
time and resources to assist the
beleaguered nation. In her call,
:McKinzie asked members to partic-
ularly focus on helping the millions
of women and children who have
been devastated by the lack of edu-
cational opportunities, and lack of
hope that the war left in its wake.
The announcement was made fol-
lowing an appeal made, to
McKinzie from Liberian president
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, who is also a
member of the AKA chapter in
The outreach represents an exten-
sion of President Johnson-Sirleaf s
vow made during her inauguration
where she made history as the first
female to be elected president of an
During the installation, which was
attended by members of her
Sorority as well as First Lady Laura
Bush and Sec. Condoleeza Rice,
Johnson-Sirleaf pledged to tackle
the pressing demands of the country
that have no easy answers nor solu-
tions. To address these challenges,
she turned to friends worldwide for
help and launched an awareness
crusade about the depths of the
"The nation's vibrant economy and
infrastructure have been demol-
ished and rebuilding them is a top
priority. The challenges are too
massive to be addressed solely
through internal funds," declared
McKinzie said that as part of the
nation-building thrust, the Sorority
would mount a multi-pronged
offensive to: Raise funds; Promote
awareness; Participate in fact-find-
ing tours and goodwill missions;
Mobilize efforts to send resources
to the region; Dispatch members to
the country whose skill sets, expert-
ise and resources will help the
country and orge partnerships with
like-minded organizations whose
missions parallel Alpha Kappa
Alpha's goals for Liberia.
We're open every day.
Injuries and illnesses can happen anytime, requiring a doctor's care
right away. Solantic is open every day of the year, providing prompt,
professional and friendly medical attention.
*Treatment for illnesses and injuries
Onsite X-rays, lab tests and prescriptions
* Physicals for school, sports or work
Come see us for the care you need to feel better now.
walk-in urgent care
November 30- D~eember 16.f2006
I~v r ~lllurl
Pae8-M.PrysFe rs Nvme 0-Dcme ,20
SWhat to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
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.
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.
Friends of Farrakhan
Join your brothers and sisters of
the Nation of Islam for two feature
movie presentations that will
inspire as well as inform you to
higher levels of consciousness. This
event will be held at the Wingate
Inn on Airport Road on Saturday
December 2nd from 12-5 p.m.
Donation is $5. Delicious Muslim
cuisine and Final Call products will
be available for purchase. Call
(904) 866-9765 for more info.
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
teacher mentoring, general knowl-
edge, subject area test and teacher
preparation. For more information
Volunteer Leaders Needed
for Hands on Jacksonville
In June, Volunteer Jacksonville launched its new program, Hands On
Jacksonville, an affiliate of the Hands On Network, a national civic action
movement bringing people together to tackle community problems
through volunteer service. Through a new interactive website, Hands On
Jacksonville connects community members to volunteer opportunities
throughout Northeast Florida.
An important role Project Leader is filled by volunteers at the local
level. Many project leaders are needed to manage and lead Hands On
Jacksonville activities. If you or your employees have leadership, event
planning or project skills, or if you are motivated with a strong communi-
ty spirit, we need you!
The next training is December 14th. Please join us for a single training
session from 9 11 a.m. or 3 5 p.m. For more information or to reserve a
seat, contact Debbie Andalora, Director of Hands On Jacksonville, by call-
ing (904) 332-6767, or by email at Debbie @volunteerjacksonville.org.
Do You Know an
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.
CITY STATE ZIP
Why are you nominating this person
SEND INFORMATION TO:
FAX (904) 765-8611
or mail to : Unsung Hero, c/o Jacksonville Free Press
P.O. Box 43580, jacksonville, FL 32203
Brought to you by
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-
email@example.com. 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
of the college's Men's and Women's
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,
A MIND IS
-Ip unlj : rl kt: e dl tAIh tF haIwt
to :hitL PINa teirt ,'. ior .: al
Give b lhe Lhnited iNegro
mw Cnllege Fund. f
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
Community Hospice to
Illuminate Tree of Life
As part of the 16th annual Tree of
Life celebration, Community
Hospice of Northeast Florida will
light more than 43,000 lights, on
Tuesday, December 12th, each rep-
resenting the life of a person the
organization has cared for in its 27
years of service. Free and open to
the public, the evening's festivities
will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the
Hadlow Center, 4266 Sunbeam
Road. In addition to the lighting,
which will take place at 6 p.m.,
refreshments and holiday entertain-
ment will be offered until 7 p.m.
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
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
Signature Gala Ball
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. Over 1,000 people expected.
Tickets are available now from a
member of any of the sponsoring
organizations. $50 in advance, $60
at the door. Formal attire.
Protect your family.
Get tested for HIV.
To learn more about HIV
and AIDS Call
1-800-FLA-AIDS or visit
FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
BUREAU OF HIV/AIDS
This is a gift subscription.
Please note that it is a one year
subscription from 4910
Yes, I'd like to swbsL'ibe to be a part of the Jacksonville Free Press Family!
Enclosed is my check money order for $35.50 (Local) or $40.50
(Out of Tow n) to cover my one year subscription. Gift subscriptions are also avail-
able and will include a welcome card with your name on it.
TY ST ZIP
Mail to: Jacksonville Free Press, P.O. Box 43580 Jacksonville. FL 32203
I II ~- -
November 30 December 6, 2006
Page 8 Ms. Perry's Free Press
Literary World Loses Author Bebe Moore Campbell at 56 .I A
Bebe Moore Campbell, whose brain cancer. She was diagnosed
many best sellers such as "Brothers with the disease in February.
and Sisters" touched on America's "My wife was a phenomenal
ethnic and social divides, died this woman who did it her way," hus-
week at the tender age of 56. band Ellis Gordon Jr. said in a state-
Campbell died at home in Los ment. "She loved her family and her
Angeles from complications due to career as a writer."
Her books, largely fiction and
based on real-life stories, included
the perspective of many ethnic
One of her first novels, "Your
Blues Ain't Like Mine," was pub-
lished in 1992 and spanned a 40-
year period. It dealt with prejudice
in the United States. The book
earned her an NAACP Image
Award for literature. She followed
the book with "Brothers and
Sisters," which focused on race
relations in the corporate world
after the 1992 Los Angeles riot.
Among her other novels were
"Singing in the Comeback Choir,"
"What You Owe Me" and "72 Hour
Hold," the latter dealing with a
mother coping with her daughter's
bipolar disorder. Her 2003 play,
"Even With the Madness," also
focused on mental illness.
She also wrote children's books,
including "Sometimes My Mommy
Gets Angry" in 2003, which won
the National Alliance for the
Mentally Ill Outstanding Literature
Award. Another children's book,
"I'm So Hungry," will be released
As a journalist, her articles
appeared in The New York Times,
The Washington Post, the Los
Angeles Times, Essence and Ebony.
Campbell, whose full name was
Elizabeth Bebe Moore Campbell
Gordon, was born in February 1950
in Philadelphia. She earned her
bachelor's degree from the
University of Pittsburgh in 1971.
Campbell is survived by her hus-
band; a son, Ellis Gordon III; a
daughter, actress Maia Campbell;
her mother, Doris Moore; and two
Girlfriends Best Guy Friend
Actor Reggie Hayes plays guy-
friend William Dent on the CW hit
series "Girlfriends." For seven sea-
sons, Hayes has starred as the dose
of testosterone on the show about
four girl-friends and their traumat-
ic, trifling and triumphant lives and
loves. However, there's a change
coming for Hayes' character:
William is getting married. The
change in dynamics will definitely
be an added focus on the show, with
William now an engaged gent shar-
ing his opinions and life lessons
with his female friends and balanc-
ing them with a demanding fiance.
And Hayes believes that the
changes made in the makeup of the
show will work quite well with the
recent change the show went
through in moving to the CW
Network from its former home at
the now-defunct UPN.
"It's a little better for us because
UPN's market wasn't as large as the
WB's was," Hayes said of the new
TV home. "So now we're in about
20% more viewers' homes. It seems
to be pretty cool. I think the net-
work is doing good."
The show is doing well in the rat-
ings, thanks in part to the new audi-
ences it's gained, as Hayes men-
tioned. Upon arriving at the merged
network, "Girlfriends" did a stint
on Sunday nights, but was prompt-
ly moved back to their regular
Monday night slot.
Hayes explained: "We did ok on
Sunday night, but I think people e-
mailed a lot because, since we had
Monday nights sewed up for so
long, that they kind of felt like we
messed up their week. So I think
they put us back on Monday for
Breaking the consistency of
Hayes' character William's love
failings, the big change on the
show is his pending nuptials.
Something Hayes said is
apparently easier to do on-
screen than off.
show than in real life, I guess,"
The character will finally tie
the knot (though he was
engaged once before, early in
the series' history) with
William planning to marry gold-
digger-of-sorts Monica, played by
"[Our characters] were in an off-
again-on-again relationship for a
few years. But last year William
was really trying to find someone
serious and he goes to a marriage
broker, sees her picture, and they
date and now he's engaged," Hayes
said. "I think sometimes when
you're married it kind of becomes
stayed so I think they thought it was
funny for me to struggle around try-
ing to be a single man."
The wedding will no doubt take
place toward the end of the season,
Hayes said. But as for his own wed-
ding, well, the actor says currently,
there seems to be no light at the end
of the tunnel.
"I think it's a good idea for the
character. It's healthy for people to
get married. I think marriage is a
good thing, but dating is difficult in
Hollywood. Everybody's here on a
business trip. If you're an actor,
we're all pretty self-involved peo-
ple. You meet a lot of women, but
everybody's so busy. Plus, I'm 37
and I'm used to having things my
own way," he continued, "so to
have a woman come into my home,
it's difficult to cut out some habits
or start doing things the way she
wants, too. Hopefully I'll find
someone who's like myself, but as
of now I'm not really finding any-
body... sometimes it's lonely to go
back to the house, but the show
helps me afford the house."
While the Chicago native enjoys
his homey solitude, perhaps fans
will send some love or a love his
way. In the meantime, his character,
William, is making the relationship
strides on the show as Hayes con-
tinues to develop and grow his
Vibe Was the Best Part
of Dreamgirls Beyonce
Singer Beyonce Knowles said she
enjoyed working with Jamie Foxx,
Eddie Murphy and director Bill
Condon on her new movie
"Dreamgirls," and that she looks
forward to more movie roles.
"I got to work with the best actors.
They are so polished and so sup-
portive. Usually, when you have
Oscar-winning actors, sometimes
they are :friot s' supportive. But I
could just watch and learn," she
said in an interview published in
the December issue of Prestige
Hong Kong magazine.
Foxx won the best-actor Oscar for
his performance in "Ray," and
Condon won an Oscar for adapting
the screenplay of "Gods and
"It was a great vibe," Knowles
said. "Everyone was just happy to
be involved in the movie."
Knowles, whose movie credits
also include "The Pink Panther"
and "Austin Powers in
Goldmember," said she looks for-
ward to acting more.
"It's exciting to do something new
and put myself out of my comfort
zone. I hope there will be more
roles, and deeper roles, and this one
will help prepare me for the future,"
"Dreamgirls," adapted from a
Broadway musical, features Foxx
as a car salesman who worms his
way into the Detroit music scene
and becomes an impresario, orches-
trating the crossover of black music
to white mainstream culture.
Eddie Murphy co-stars as a flashy
R&B singer. Knowles, "American
Idol" finalist Jennifer Hudson and
Anika Noni Rose play the
Dreamettes, who start out as
Murphy's backup singers but
become a sensation on their own
under Foxx's character's manage-
Knowles said one similarity
between her real life and her char-
acter is that when she was part of
the singing group Destiny's Child,
like the Dreamettes, the trio once
lost at a talent show.
"Dreamgirls" is due to be released
in the U.S. on Dec. 25.
BRADLEY LEAVES BEHIND $6.5 MILLION
Widow received $5 million; in-laws split $500,000.
The New York Daily News has obtained court records that detail $6.5
million in gifts given by the late Ed Bradley to his widow, family and sev-
eral close friends in his last will and testament.
According to the Daily News, the largest portion of Bradley's estate, $5
million, went to his wife Patricia Blanchet. She also received the jewelry,
cars, sculptures, paintings and other artworks from their homes in New
York and Aspen, Colo.
Another $500,000 was divided evenly among Blanchet's parents, Jean
Marie and Michel, and her sister, Natacha, who lives in Brooklyn.
Bradley's godson Cordell Whitlock received $250,000. The son of
Bradley's college friends from his Philadelphia hometown, Whitlock is
currently a television reporter in St. Louis.
New York literary agent Marie Dutton Brown, a friend from Bradley's
days as a sixth-grade math teacher in Philadelphia, received $250,000
from the late "60 Minutes" correspondent.
A sum of $150,000 was given to former journalist Priscilla Higham, the
founder of South Africa-based nonprofit group African Solutions for
African Problems. The organization works with orphaned kids and sup-
ports projects that provide clean water to the area.
WILL & JADA BRING TWO MORE SHOWS TO TV
"All of Us" executive producers
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith ,n- __"' H
have received script commitments V
from the CW and ABC for two of ,
their comedy projects.
According to the Hollywood "f .
Reporter, CW will house their unti- .,.
tiled comedy that centers on a group "
of divorced mothers living in the '
same apartment complex, told from
the perspective of a security guard.
The stories will explore the women's romances as well as their responsi-
bilities as single mothers.
ABC, meanwhile, has picked up the Smiths' other comedy about an
odd-couple pairing of a conservative, upper-class black man married to a
liberal, lower-middle-class Jewish woman. Their lives are further compli-
cated by their rambunctious twins and their respective mothers-in-law who
move in with them.
GAYE'S HANDWRITTEN LYRICS UP FOR BID
Marvin Gaye's handwritten lyrics to 20 of his songs are among the
celebrity items scheduled to hit the auction block this week courtesy of
The Fame Bureau.
Gaye's manuscripts including his scribbled-down lyrics to "Heard it
Through the Grapevine," "Mercy Mercy Me" and "Let's Get It On" fea-
ture his notes on the side and a characteristic stamp of his name in green
,. < ink.
S" The musical sheets were originally given by
J Gaye to a friend in a gesture of gratitude for the
support he had received after reviving his career
Ji" #l in London and Europe, according to The
Independent. The manuscripts will be for sale in
four blue leather portfolios containing nearly all
of Gaye's najir ri of ic arrange&AefitS.'tW .i .'o,.
The auction, titled '"It's MoT'T1ih i Rotdkn'''
Roll," will also contain Jimi Hendrix's Fender
Stratocaster guitar from the 1960s among its 160
.241-Z 14 4 110:4'ka 4"u t '[*I & (?4tAP 41 [ '1 "14WA
-" = _-. On the Boardwalk
Li Room, Air, Transfers,
Monthly Weekend Trips
Fri-Sun on a chartered 747 from JIA
Call Casino Steve at 1-800-553-7773
Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 9
November 30-December 6, 2006
P a g e 1 0 M s P e r r s r e eN o v e b e r 3 0 D e c m b e 6 2 0 0
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.
RITZ- Judy Wells, Carolyn Ball-Pride and Carlotta Slaton are YATES- Not only friends but relatives as well,
all smiles at a Ritz function. City Councilwoman Gwen Yates shares a smile
with Hazel Yates
BURTON- Over the years the Clara White Mission has not only serviced the city's needy popula-
tion, but also provided opportunities for a little social time. Shown above at a fund raising event is
the late Mozella Burton, Camilla Thompson, Deborah Thompson and Curlue Huger.
CLINTON PARK- From the opening Dedication of the Clinton
Presidential Center Park. Former Jacksonville Native, William Rice,
now an instructor of foreign languages at Albany State College. He is
a graduate of Stanton HS and a former teacher (1963-68) there. Dr.
William Rice Class of 1949 Stanton Protege' and pupil of Alvin L.
SOJOURNER TRUTH AWARD- Former NAACP President, the late Eddie Mae
Steward is shown being presented the Sojourner Truth Award by Edith Tanksley, President
of the Jacksonville Negro Businiess and Professional Women's Club.
BILL & CAROL- The late artisan Bill Brown
strikes a pose with friend and fellow lover of the
arts Carol Alexander.
CARIBBEANFEST- Jacksonville's annual Caribbean Festival was held on the St.
John's River Bank next to the CSX Building, and hundreds attended. Shown above enjoy-
ing the cultural highlights are: Aleizha Batson, Michael Stewart, Charlotte Stewart and
HELENRIDLEY- Former Chair of the Duval County DADDY'SLITTLE GIRL- Though she's now a college
Republican Party Helen Ridley talks politics with then hometown student, Danielle White will always be father Marcel's
NFL Green Bay Packer running back Edgar Bennett. little girl.
CHANNEL 4- Former Channel 4 anchor Joyce Morgan and Tracy
Gaffney, inform participants about employment opportunities at
Channel 4 during a Community Career Fair.
WEEMS- Ritz Museum Administrator Lydia Stewart shares a
moment with Dr. Carolyn Williams, Researcher for the Weems
Exhibit held at the Ritz. Weems was a photographer who chronicled
Black life in personal photos and events during the 1940s-1960s.
INTROTAINMENT- Brenda Scantling, former publisher of
Introtainment Jacksonville Magazine which profiled the entertain-
ment happenings in and around Jacksonville, mans her booth at the
popular Kuumba Festival in the mid 90's.
Page 10 -Ms. Perry's Free
November 30 December 6, 2006