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The Jacksonville free press
Running title:
Mrs. Perry's free press
Physical Description:
v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Rita Luffborough Perry
Place of Publication:
Jacksonville Fla
Creation Date:
December 7, 2006
Publication Date:


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


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

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University of Florida
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All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
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Preceded by:
Jacksonville advocate-free press


Material Information

The Jacksonville free press
Running title:
Mrs. Perry's free press
Physical Description:
v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Rita Luffborough Perry
Place of Publication:
Jacksonville Fla
Creation Date:
December 7, 2006
Publication Date:


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


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

Record Information

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

Related Items

Preceded by:
Jacksonville advocate-free press

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Table of Contents
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    Main: Faith & Spirit
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    Main: Around Town
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Full Text

Will Smith

and Son

Team Up

for a Biopic
Page 11




Spiritually Healing
the Father Fracture
Page 7

UF Has Come

a Long Way
,. Since its

S-h Racist Past
Page 4


-:Join us as we

S2Uake a look at

aXJ!- ~some of the

Jackson, s- -mages for tht
SFree o pess
-:. past 20 years
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Howard Students Rally at Supreme Court
Hundreds of Ho. ard Universit

They're speaking out against two
cases that challenge policies that fac-
tor in race when assigning where
children go to school. Parents in
Kenntuck and Seattle brought the
cases against their public school systems.
The school policies are designed to keep schools from segregating
along the same lines as neighborhoods.
Federal appeals courts ha\e ruled in favor of both public school sys-
tems. But protesters and civil rights advocates say if that decision stands.
the lawsuits would d bar any measures that promote racial integration of
Students armed at the Supreme Court after marching from Union
Station, shouting "Segregation no. integration no%%." Supporters of affir-
mati\e action -- including students -- are gathered outside the court,
chanting. "Equal education, not segregation." and saying they "%won't go
to the back of the bus."
The crowd also includes some foes of the Louisville and Seattle pro-
grams who are hoping the court won't uphold them.

Abducted 5-year-old Found Dead
Alabama The 5-. ear-old bo i who --
was asleep on the backseat of a car
that was stolen from a northeast
Alabama convenience store was '
found dead Tuesday morning in the
trunk of the abandoned auto, accord-
ing to sheriffs deputies.
The bod( of Geontae Glass %%as
found in the car at a home in
NMountainboro along a rural stretch in Etowah Countr. according to a
report in The Gadsden Times.
Police had issued an Amber Alert Monda. morning following reports
that the boN had been abducted in nearby Marshall Countr. whichh is
about 8M miles northeast of Birmingham. Geontae's mother. Shalinda
Glass. 25. told deputies that she had left him asleep in the car while she
vwent into the store to buy luice.
Witnimesses told deputies that a pickup truck pulled up; a man got out and
entered her car, which still had the motor running. He then drove off,
while the driver in the pickup also drove off.
A store clerk told deputies that she saw Glass crying hysterically in the
parking lot. The Associated Press reported. "When I asked her what \was
wrong, she said someone had taken her child and her car." she said.

Smokey Among Kennedy Honorees
WASHINGTON -- Motown legend Smokey
Robinson, best known for classics such as "The
Tracks of NM Tears." "Tears of A Clown" and "I
Second That Emotion" received recognition last
weekend for his lifetime in the performing arts.
He \was one of fite members of the 29th class of
Kennedy Center honorees.
"This is absolutely fantastic," Robinson said as he
arrived for the private reception %with President
George \\. Bush and first lady Laura Bush. "I'm so honored and so flat-
tered to get this because it not only deals %with your craft. They attach
"what impact oui have on hiunanitr to this."
Others honored this year %were director Ste\en Spielberg. singer Doll\
Parton. composer Andre" Lloyd Webber and conductor Zubin Nlehta.
At an etenmng gala at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing
Arts. fellow entertainers and artists celebrated the careers of the five
CBS will broadcast the show at a later date.

L.A. Fire Department

Chooses First Black Fire Chief
CA Incoming Los Angeles Fire
Chief Douglas Barry pledged this
week to end a frat house culture
that has alloweed hazing and dis-
crnination to fester in fire sta-
tions, even as he insisted that thel
problems ,.ere limited in scope.
"I know that t\e can stop hazing 2
and horseplay." Barr. a 31-year
Fire Department veteran said i
during a news conference at Fire .
Station 66 in South Los Angeles.
"I kno\\ that oe can address the
department's history of discrimination and exclusion," Barry added. "I
know that we can build a department that looks like Los Angeles. I firm-
ly believe that we need to foster a culture of accountability at every
Barry will become the first African American to lead the department
when he takes over as acting chief Jan. 1. He will replace William
Bamattre, who submitted his resignation last week amid an uproar over
harassment and racial discrimination in the department, which he led for
more than a decade.

Volume 20 No. 45 Jacksonville, Florida December 7-13, 2006

Police Brutality Leaving America Black and Blue

By. Hazel Trice Edney -NNPA
Fifteen years after the Los Angeles
police videotaped beating of
Rodney King sensitized America
about police brutality, some civil
rights advocates say cops are still
out of control in Black neighbor-
hoods and the violence appears to
be increasing with the institution of
anti-terror measures.
Fortunately for those of us in
Jacksonville, police brutality has
not been a major issue with the

Supreme Court

Still Weighing

Race in Schools
More than 50 years after the
Supreme Court outlawed segrega-
tion in public schools, the justices
struggled over one controversial
outgrowth of that decision this
They are divided o\er what role
race should play, if any, in compet-
itive admissions at elementary and
secondary schools.
Some justices highlighted the ben-
efits of racial diversity in the class-
room, while others on the bench
worried about whether the volun-
tary integration programs consti-
tute illegal racial quotas.
The cases from Kentucky and
Washington state revisit past dis-
putes over race and education. The
issues stem from the landmark
1954 Brown v. Board of Education
decision ending racial separation in
public facilities.(Watch what's
coming before the Supreme Court
about race )
Louisville, Kentucky, and Seattle,
Washington, have embraced their
school-choice plans in many quar-
ters. But while local officials say
a key goal is diversity, some fami-
lies call it discrimination.
"It's very hard for me to see how
you can have a racial objective,"
said Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg,
"but a non-racial means to get
there." Continued on page 5.

exception of a death in the jail
which is still under investigation.
"The heightened so-called war on
terrorism I think that is fueling
police aggression," says Diop
Kamau, a former Hawthorne, Calif.
police detective and executive
director of the Washington, D.C.-
based Police Complaint Center. "I
think that the president's choice
with regards to torture, the attack on
habeas corpus, the kind of things
that we're doing overseas, I think,

are actually impacting domestic
police policies.
Well, they're not always fighting
terrorists, and they're not always
arresting bad guys. More often than
not they're dealing with regular
people for small and minor inci-
And they're usually Black.
"It's still mainly just us...We are
the fodder for the lion. And the bot-
tom line is that's not going to
change any time soon," says

Kamau. "I think that as African-
Americans continue to be viewed
and anticipated by police as violent
and uncooperative with all of this
negative stereotype associated with
Black youth, those are going to be
the principle victims."
The center files complaints on
behalf of victims, assists citizens
with reporting of misconduct, tests
for racial profiling and tests to
determine whether police complaint
systems work. Continued on page 5

Shown above at Amateur Night at the Ritz are judges Kezia Justice and Hermonyon Walker with Adult
winners Seven J, Ritz Director Carol Alexander and Youth Winner and Rodney Gibson.

Amateur Night Unveils Jax's Hidden Talent

The Ritz Theater and LaVilla
Museum culminated a year of talent
showcases with the recent Amateur
Night at the Ritz Finals. Youth and
young adults from around the first
coast performed a variety of talent
including singing, dancing, instru-
mentals and spoken word. The
highlight of the show, though each
contestant brought their own flavor,
were by far the winners: Rodney

Gibson and Seven J.
The young dynamo Gibson's per-
formance of Stevie Wonder's
"Living For the City" brought the
crowd to their feet and garnered
himself the Youth Division winning
title. The ten year olds' voice
reminded audience members of a
young Michael Jackson or Tevin
Campbell. Fresh off of a starring
performance on the world famous

Hall Party Kicks OffAnnual Holiday Social Season
The much anticipated holiday season of parties and and social activities kicked off Saturday, December 2nd with
the annual Holiday Soiree hosted by Sam Hall. Annually, Hall hosts a gala event at his home for a hundred of his
favorite friends. The catered event included a buffet of delicacies ranging from fresh roasted pork and seafood to
a full bar. A live DJ played old and new favorites throughout the night while guests enjoyed the specially installed
hardwood dance floor. Highlights of the evening included a champagne toast, live jazz by Gabriel Arnold and
original Afican American art on display. Shown above at the event are (L-) Goddi Ezemefi, Ju'Coby Pittman
Peele, host Sam Hall and Greg Miller.

"Showtime at the Apollo Stage", lit-
tle Rodney's win was no surprise.
Sylvester Burton, marketing man-
ager for the Universoul Circus also
revealed that the Jacksonville
native will soon be touring profes-
sionally with the circus.
Seven J, a University of North
Florida student won in the Adult
Division. A rap entitled, "Call On -
Continued on back page

Terms for Blacks

Forever Evolving
By Ismail Turay Jr., DDN
African, Negro, Colored, Afro-
American, Black, African
From the time a Dutch ship carry-
ing a group of Africans landed in
Jamestown, Va., in 1619, a myriad
terms have been used to identify
black people in the United States.
Although they weren't all deroga-
tory, many were intended to dehu-
manize. Blacks adopted some in an
attempt to devalue or dilute the
terms or show pride and their con-
nection to Africa.
Below is a timeline of how terms
used to identify black Americans
have evolved.
* Pre-1619 Since the 13th cen-
tury, blacks throughout the world
were referred to as Africans and
Ethiopians, said Yvonne Seon, dis-
tinguished visiting director of the
Bolinga Black Cultural Resources
Center at Wright State University.
Mid-1600s Slavery was in
full swing in America. Blacks were
stripped of their identity. They
weren't allowed to speak their
native languages, keep their names
or practice their religions because -
Continued on page 7



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'Color Purple' Turns Into Shade of Green

S by George Fraser

I --- Rules and Tools

of Conversation
Two of the rudest things you can do in a group conversation are: inter-
rupt a person who is speaking; and, give a long-winded monologue.
Here are a few rules to follow:
Never talk for more than three or four minutes without including
someone else in the conversation.
Ask relevant questions of other speakers and listen to their answers.
Encourage others to get involved by asking: "Do you have any ques-
tions about this?"
Acknowledge new people and invite them into the conversation.
Interrupt only when there is a give-and-take flow going.
Don't make gender or status-based power plays in conversation, or
talk condescendingly.
Relax and let the topics from your experiences and immediate envi-
ronment flow. The brain has an amazing capacity to recall and associate
words with personal experience.

The stage ver-
sion of Alice
Walker's Pulitzer
novel has
recouped its $11
million invest-
ment -- less than a
year after opening
J" ,in New York, pro-
ducer Scott
Sanders said.
I~ -"The success of
_M A -.The Color Purple
,Y .... ., is a testament to
LaChanze, left,as Celie and Elisabeth Withers-Mendes as the true power and
Shug Avery act in a scene from 'The Color Purple.' universal appeal

Add The Color Purple to
Broadway's financial hit column.

Consider an Expansion to New Orleans

by Harry Alford
It seems like a decade, but it has
only been 13 months since the
major disaster known as Hurricane
Katrina struck and the subsequent
failed rescue. The city of New
Orleans looked like a bombed out
German city after World War II. But
it wasn't a piece of history or a vic-
tim of a world war. It was an
American city that experienced the
biggest administrative blunder and
mismanagement in U.S. history.
Decades of malfeasance in the
levee system and a new Homeland
Security Agency that was pitiful.
A city that had a population
approaching 500,000 was reduced
to a pile of debris and holding no
more than 40,000. New Orleans
was just about down for the count.
However, changes have been slow
but changes have come. Today,
there are more than 200,000
resilient souls bringing the city
back. Many won't return but there
are significant numbers of new peo-
ple coming to make a new start for
themselves and join in the making
of a new city. New Orleans is
becoming economically diverse
and appealing to a strong Black
middle class. Within the next
decade the city will exceed its old
population of 500,000 and \%ill
have a much smaller percentage of
poverty. Employment and opportu-
nities will be the main reasons.
Mayor Ray Nagin has so far lived
up to his pledge of opening doors
for Black-owned businesses.
Historical procurements are taking
place and it has been made clear to
the previous crew of "good ol'
boys" that the times have changed.
Diversity in the procurement
process is now real. It seems that
every educated person we meet in
New Orleans is thinking entrepre-
neurial. They either want to partici-
pate in the business infrastructure
of New Orleans or they want to
assist via their professional roles in
furthering the new environment.
In the past many minority busi-
nesses were denied growth because
they weren't bondable. Major bids
required surety bonds and they just
weren't available to deserving
minority businesses. The main rea-
son was that local insurance agents
were discriminating in how they
offered their policies. But today,
like the Delfonics, we say "didn't
we blow your mind this time". The
National Black Chamber of
Commerce and the Surety and
Fidelity Association have identified
minority agents around the nation

to work with New Orleans minority
contractors who win bids requiring
bonding. Contractors are now being
able to compare bonding rates and
quotes. They have a choice of
which company they are going to
choose to grow with. Those who are
not yet bondable are given technical
assistance so that they can become
bondable quickly.
A bonding assistance program
and a city that demands minority
participation in every project
reminds one of Maynard Jackson's
Atlanta or Harold Washington's
Chicago. Could New Orleans
become the next "Boom Town" for
Black owned businesses? I feel it
certainly can and it is unfolding
right before my eyes.
Now that the playing field is start-
ing to level the city is going to
demand a good inventory of Black
owned businesses and entrepre-
neurs. The Housing Authority of
New Orleans (HANO) alone will
let contracts worth over $5 billion
in neighborhood building. This will
have, as a minimum, 20 percent
minority participation, 5 percent
women business participation and
10 percent Section 3 (training and
employment for people living under
the po\erh le\el). Note that I said
neighborhood building not aflord-
able housing. Major projects will

require a mix of scattered single
family homes, multi-family resi-
dents, quality school availability,
retail areas and modem medical
In all, there is going to be during
the next 10 years at least $70 billion
in development and construction
alone in New Orleans. From a new
airport and Trump Towers to city
infrastructure and levee protection
this city will be humming. At every
turn Black business will be
involved. We are talking about a
new "Mecca" for Black business.
Are we ready?
Next year will be the "call" for
qualified and bona fide architects,
engineers, program managers, con-
struction managers, contractors,
realtors, investors, developers,
trucking companies, landscapers,
accountants, IT professionals, and
retail store operators. I can go on
and on. Also, and equally impor-
tant, will be the fact that there will
be an extremely high demand for
employees. There are more jobs
than workers right now and it will
become more so in the coming
years. This equates to great pay
scales and consumable dollars for
the local businesses. Business own-
ets aud hard workers New Orleans
-,%ants ) ou. 'Consider making a

of the story,"
Sanders said, "and how these char-
acters have resonated with the pub-
lic and how people are able to see

themselves up on that stage regard-
less of their race or gender. These
are real families, and these are real
family stories."
The musical, the story of a deter-
mined black woman's triumph over
adversity, has grossed more than
$60 million since opening Dec. 1,
2005, at the Broadway Theatre, one
of New York's largest playhouses.
It has been seen by almost 750,000
theatergoers. A threeyear North
American tour will begin in April in
One of the musical's strongest
selling points has been the partici-
pation of TV talk-show host Oprah
Winfrey as producer. Winfrey
invested $1 million in the show, and
her name is featured prominently in
the musical's advertising.




In an effort to reach out to black
audiences who might never have
gone to the theater, Sanders said,
the show has tried new marketing
techniques, including a Web site
with www. essence.com; promo-
tions on black radio stations; a spe-
cial Black History Month promo-
tion last winter on a New York TV
station that featured actors from the
show; and special $25 tickets.
It seems to have paid off. Sanders
said black theatergoers make up 50
percent to 60 percent of the audi-
ence at The Color Purple.
According to statistics from the
League of American Theatres and
Producers, black theatergoers pur-
chased 3.8 percent of the 11.5 mil-
lion Broadway tickets sold during
the 2004-05 theater season.


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FEMA Ordered To Resume Katrina Housing Payments

Hurricane Katrina victims won
two court battles this week but both
victories could be short-lived.
Last week, a federal judge said
the Bush administration must
immediately resume housing pay-
ments for thousands of people dis-
placed by the hurricane, heaping
more criticism on the government
for its handling of the 2005 disaster.
U.S. District Judge Richard J.
Leon's ruling sharply criticized the
Federal Emergency Management
Agency for cutting housing funding
and subjecting storm victims to a
convoluted application process he
called "Kafkaesque."
A federal judge in Louisiana said
that many homeowners might be
entitled to more insurance money
for flood damage. Insurers pledged
to appeal.
In the Washington case, Leon said
FEMA mishandled the transition

from a short-term housing program
to a longer-term program this
spring and summer.
FEMA, criticized for responding
too slowly to the storm, said in a
statement Wednesday that it sent
letters outlining the program
changes, explaining why some peo-
ple were ineligible and describing
the appeals process.
Leon, however, said those letters
contained only program codes and
agency jargon and did not explain
anything. Some evacuees got multi-
ple letters with conflicting informa-
tion, he said, leaving families
unable to understand why their aid
was being cut.
Until FEMA explains itself and
allows victims to appeal, Leon said
the government must keep making
housing payments.
"It is unfortunate, if not incredi-
ble, that FEMA and its counsel

could not devise a sufficient notice
system to spare these beleaguered
evacuees the added burden of feder-
al litigation to vindicate their con-
stitutional rights," Leon wrote.
In his ruling, Leon cited state-
ments submitted by evacuees
describing the ordeal.
"The reasons I have been given
for the termination are not what is
in the documents and/or the reasons
change each time I call," said
Carmen Handy, an evacuee whose
statement was cited. "Every time I
call back, the person answering the
call knows nothing about what the
previous person told me."
Leon's ruling came in a case
brought in August by the
Association of Community
Organizations for Reform Now,
which said more than 11,000 fami-
lies would be affected. FEMA did
not immediately have data on how

much the ruling would cost and said
it was considering its legal options.
Spokesman Charles Jackson of
the advocacy group said FEMA was
trying to spread word about the rul-
ing to the scattered evacuees, some
of whom were left homeless by
FEMA's decisions.
"Because the government didn't
do their job, we're suffering," said
Carolyn Stevens, a Katrina evacuee
in Houston. "We can't just get up
and work," she added, snapping her
fingers. "We need a place to stay
while we're repairing our home
because we're on a fixed income."
Other evacuees sided with FEMA
and said the program has been
going on long enough.
"It's really making them lazy.
They need to get back to work,"
said Lela Logan, a New Orleans
native who said she got a job and
rebuilt her life in Houston.

Jefferson Fights for Seat Despite Scandal

Embattled U.S. Rep. William
Jefferson, encumbered by a federal
bribery investigation, hunted for
votes among churchgoers and shied
away from the media as he headed
into the final week of a campaign to
hold onto his long-secure seat and
salvage his political fortunes.
FBI raids on his homes and
offices, including his congressional
office, have left Jefferson, 59, vul-
nerable for the first time since he
first won the seat in 1990. He
picked up 30 percent of the vote in
the Nov. 7 open multiparty primary,
which was considered a poor show-
ing for an incumbent.
Bernie Pinsonat, a pollster, said
Jefferson is putting all he has into
the race not just to keep his political
fortunes alive. "It's very much in his
favor to remain a congressman fac-
ing all these legal problems," he
said. "It's tougher to convict an
elected official."
The 2nd Congressional District is
a predominantly Democratic and
black district that covers most of
New Orleans and several suburbs
on the western side of the
Mississippi River. The suburbs,

Rep. William Jefferson, D- La., and his wife, Dr. Andrea Jefferson,
acknowledge the crowd at his election night headquarters in New
Orleans, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006.
which make up an area known as the king-maker," said Susan
the West Bank, have grown in Howell, a political analyst with the
importance this election because University of New Orleans.
they were not flooded by Hurricane In Saturday's runoff he faces state
Katrina and have retained their pop- Rep. Karen Carter, a well-financed
ulations, unlike many parts of New and energetic lawyer angling to
Orleans. become the first black female from
"It has never been a visible part of Louisiana to ever hold a seat in
the race, and now it is kind of like Congress.

Carter, 37, has outpaced Jefferson
handily in fundraising but she's had
a harder time convincing the politi-
cal establishment of her worthiness
and many heavy hitters in city poli-
tics have thrown their weight
behind Jefferson despite his legal
troubles. She won 22 percent of the
vote in the primary.
For example, state Sen. Derrick
Shepherd, a rising force in West
Bank politics, has backed Jefferson
enthusiastically and campaigned
with him. Shepherd placed third in
the primary with 18 percent of the
Shepherd said the focus has been
on going. to churches, where
Jefferson has talked about "facing
god, family value issues, and his
Jefferson has tried to soften voters'
opinions of his legal troubles by
invoking stories about how he has
turned to God in these "difficult
times." In turn, Jefferson has cast
Carter in attack ads as a socially lib-
eral Democrat who supports same-
sex marriages and late-term abor-

Our America in

Black &White

Serving Our Nation
2.4 million Number of black military veterans in the United States
in 2005. More military veterans are black than any other minority
80 percent Among blacks age 25 and older, the proportion that had
at least a high school diploma in 2005. In states such as Colorado, tile
proportion was even higher 90 percent.
17 percent Percentage of blacks age 25 and older who had a bach-
elor's degree or more in 2005. In many states, the rate was higher.
Twenty-six percent of blacks this age in Colorado, for instance, had
this level of education.
1.1 million Among blacks age 25 and ol er, tne numlIM"Wrhad
an advanced degree in 2005 (e.g., master's, Ph.D., M.D. or J.D.). Tell
years earlier in 1995 only 677,000 blacks had this level of educa-
2.3 million Number of black college students in fall 2004. This was
an increase of roughly I million from 15 years earlier.
$88.6 billion -- Revenues for black-owned businesses in 2002, up
24 percent from 1997. TffF7rffMV1!M black-owned businesses totaled
1.2 million in 2002, up by 45 percent since 1997. Black- owned firms
accounted for 5 percent of all nonfarm businesses in the United
129,329 The number of black-owned firms in New York in 2002,
which led all states. New York City alone had 98,080 such firms,
which led all cities.
10,716 The number of black-owned firms operating in 2002 with
receipts of $1 million or more. These firms accounted for I percent
of the total number of black-owned firms in 2002 and 55 percent of
their total receipts, or $49 billion.
969 The number of black-owned firms with 100 or more employ-
ees in 2002. Firms of this size accounted for 2X'VFFMffM the total
revenue for biaCK-Ownea employer firms in 2002, or $16 billion.
Income. Poverty and Health Insurance
$30,858 Tile annual meuian income of black households in 2005.
In constant dollars, this is up irom $25,642 in 1985.
$33,07 The 2005 median earnings of black men 15 years old and
over who worked full time, year-round. This compares to the nledi-
$29,672 for corresponding black women.
24.2-pereeni Poverty rate in 2005 for those reporting black as their
only race. This rate was dZTMrrMTMI.3 percent in 1985.
19,Ljjerceuj.ff Tne percentage-Ti blacks (who reported no other
race) lacking health insurance in 2005. The rate was unchanged from
Po-pulation Distributijin
39.7 million As of July 1, 2005, tffZ-MffffffM population of black
residents in the United States, including those of more than one I-ace.
They made up 13.4 percent of the total U.S. population. This figure
represents an increase of half a million residents from one year eat--

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On Monday, the University of
Florida and the Gator Nation found
out that it would be playing Ohio
State University for the college
football national championship on
January 8, 2007 in Arizona. Some
who are not sports fans may not
think that it's a big deal, but any
football fan can tell you that col-
lege football doesn't get any better.
Being a Gator fan, I am somewhat
bias, but I certainly think that the
Gators, who will be considered
underdogs, can win the game.In
Jacksonville, the Florida Gator fan
base is huge. Thousands of UF
alumni live in Jacksonville, and the
fact that the school is approximate-
ly an hour away generates a local
sense of pride.
Recently, I was bragging about
the Gators chances of playing for a
national title and a good friend of
mine reminded me of UF's troubled
racial background. He reminded
me that the school still doesn't have
a large minority population of stu-
dents and of course he reminded
me that former head football coach
Steve Spurrier didn't particularly
believe in black quarterbacks.
Though I support the school, some
of his criticism was correct and
deserved to be addressed.
According to UF, between 1945
and 1958 Eighty-five Black stu-
dents applied for admission at all
levels and were all rejected.
In the year 1949, Virgil Hawkins
and five other African-Americans
were denied admission to the uni-
versity. Hawkins is a true trailblaz-
er in Florida civil rights. He was a
former faculty member of Bethune
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for admission to the University of
Florida's law school. According to
the school's qualifications he was
academically eligible and pos-
sessed appropriate life experience
Unfortunately for Hawkins and
others, Florida's Jim Crow laws in
the state university system would
prevent him from being admitted.
Hawkins knew that someone had to
fight for equality in admission for
all African Americans and he
decided to fight his battle in court.
The 1954 Brown v. Board of
Education Supreme Court ruling
ordered that public schools deseg-
regate "with all deliberate speed" .
A part of that order was a compan-
ion decision that ordered UF to
admit Virgil Hawkins. However,
Hawkins was still not admitted to
the school. He eventually went
before the Florida Supreme Court
three times and the U.S. Supreme
Court twice. Finally, the U.S.
Supreme Court ordered Florida to
immediately enroll him in 1957.
According to UF website, "In
1958, Hawkins withdrew his appli-
cation in exchange for a court order
desegregating UF's graduate and
professional schools. On
September 15, 1958, George Starke
was admitted to the College of
Law, UF's first African-American
law student. Mr. Hawkins' efforts
to desegregate UF law school led
the way for the desegregation of
the entire State University System

in Florida."
Black students today can thank
Virgil Hawkins for his commitment
and diligence. His efforts can even
be felt in my household as my wife
is a graduate of UF's School of
If you take the stance of my friend
that blacks shouldn't be interested
in attending UF because of its past
radical practices then you would
have lost sight of the struggle for
equality. You can't fight for civil
rights and justice and after receiv-
ing those rights decide not to take
advantage of them. That's like
building a dream house with blood,
sweat and tears, then deciding not
to live in the house.
Though not the model school, UF
has made efforts at rebuilding its
image. In 1973, Jacksonville's own,
Don Gaffney became the first black
starting quarterback on the Gator
football team. Currently, UF has a
black quarterback, who has broken
almost all significant offensive
records at the school and many of
the Southeastern Conference (SEC)
records. Gators have come a long
way from the days of blacks fight-
ing to simply get admitted to now
African Americans are a strong part
of the school's culture and leader-
However, even as a Gator fan, it's
hard to ignore some the recent crit-
icism of current quarterback, Chris
Leak. Because of the highly touted
freshman quarterback, Tim Tebow,

Leak is being criticized about his
toughness and some inconsistency.
Some feel that there is some degree
of racial tension associated with
this criticism, and some have said
that some Gator fans don't want to
see a black athlete hold many of the
school records that are currently
held by Danny Wuerffel, who was
like a Gator God to some fans.
Chris Leak's father, Curtis, in an
interview with Mike Freeman of
CBS Sports, said, "There are fans
who don't want Chris to break
Danny's records because Chris is
black," Curtis explained. "I can't
say it is every Gator fan. It's not.
But it's enough. I hear about that
from white friends and white fans
that support Chris. It's unfortunate
it has to be that way, but that's the
way it is."
Unfortunately, it will take some
time to completely rid the country,
the state and even Gator Nation of
racism. The college clearly has
strong minority admissions policies
and there will always be a few bad
apples in any bunch.
The solution to change is not
straying away from the problem,
but tackling it head on and being a
part of the solution. Hopefully, on
January 8th we will see Chris Leak
lead UF to its second national title
and cement his legacy in
Go Gators!
Signing off from the Black Student
Union, Reggie Fullwood

Hastings Rejected for Intelligence Post

By. Ron Walters, NNPA -
In a critical decision after her fail-
ure to elevate Rep. Jack Murtha (D-
Penn.) of Pennsylvania to chair of
the 'House Democratic Caucus,
Nancy Pelosi"has 'ejected Rep.
Alcee Hastings of Florida to be the
new chair of the House Intelligence
Committee. This was a blow, not
only to Hastings, but to the
Congressional Black Caucus which
would have won a committee
chairmanship in the sensitive state
of Florida. But it was also a blow to
black political participation.
My sources indicate that Pelosi
had real difficulties inside the
House of Representatives with the
so-called "Blue Dogs" the right
wing of the Democratic Party. They
objected strongly to the elevation
of Hastings, arguing that in this cli-
mate where Pelosi had pledged to
the American people to "drain the
swamp" and set a new standard in
ethics in the House, she could ill
afford Hastings appointment.
This was the same argument that
caused so many of the House mem-
bers to reject Jack Murtha and sup-
port Steny Hoyer of Maryland, who
had a comparatively clean record
and had campaigned for the job for
at least a decade. Nevertheless, the
tragedy in this is that a good man
has been bruised but hopefully not
battered, but in politics, perception
is often more salient than truth.
While Murtha had been brought
upon ethics charges, Rep. Hastings
was Impeached by the Congress in
1988 and removed from his post as
a federal judge in Florida on
bribery charges. However, this was
done after a federal court had

cleared him and as a consequence,
he had not been convicted of any-
thing. Indeed, Conservative Sen.
Orrin Hatch of Utah said in the
Impeachment hearing, that: "this
was the first instance in which the
judge has first been acquitted by a
jury in a trial based on essentially
the same charges" -- and where
those who Impeached him had the
same set of facts.
One of the tragedies was that
Black members, such as John
Conyers, led the charge in the
House to proceed with the

impeachment. But Hastings said
that although the Democrats had
control of the process in the House,
it was demanded by conservatives.
In a letter to his colleagues of
November 20, 2006, he continued
to charge that conservatives, led by
Newt Gingrich, Sean Hannity and
others backed up conservatives of
both parties in the House by saying
that his selection would be the
worst thing imaginable.
My concern is that if the Blue
Dogs are that powerful, what else
can they stop? I have been asked by

many people whether the blacks
who now hold powerful chairs in
the House could bring up and fix
such things as the Katrina disaster,
could finally get some traction on
poverty elimination, could finally
bring up H. R. 40 which called'for
hearings on Reparations, could get
some action going on the condition
of the black male and etc. I remain
skeptical that any such agenda will
find the light of day, largely
because black folks have the wrong
idea about power.
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b, William Reed
7^ ^Children of the Ci\ il Rights Movement seem
B to have more "game" for profiteering than pro-
tviding enlightenment about the race. The First
Family of Cit il Rights, NILK's heirs, convert-
ed his legacy. into an ongoing profit center.
Now the "Mother of the Mov.ement's family is
seeking the profits from her estate.
0. ^ Rosa Parks. w ho died in Derroit in 2005 at 92,
did not leae a significant financial estate. Yet,
her relatives are demanding it. It's not the
money MNis. Parks left, but the "intellectual
Wi M ,B property rights" to her name and likeness the
family members seek. As a National hero. Mrs. Parks never turned her
fame into wealth but now that she is dead. "grie:. ing" relatives seek rights
so that anyone wishing to mention Rosa Parks, or display her photo in a
book or on TV. has to pay them.
Mrs. Parks, whose refusal to gite up her bus seat to a white man sparked
the modern civ il rights mot ement, died w without children of her own. Her
nieces and nephews now want to administer and control her estate. Before
she died. Parks was awarded an undisclosed amount of money to settle a
lawsuit with record companies and other parties over the use of her name
in the title of a song by rap group OutKast. Parks sued OutKast in 1999,
and the group, along \ith Sony BMG Music Entertainment and subsidiary
labels, Arista and LaFace. agreed to pay for educational programs on Parks.
including a tribute CD. and broadcast of a TV special that will be issued on
DVT) and given to schools across the country. Parks' family feels this deal
is worth "billions".
The earning power of most famous people slows considerably or stops
altogether %when they die. But for a select few,. such as recording stars
Tupac and Luther Vandross. the paychecks keep coming. Martin Luther
King, Jr. and Rosa Parks are drawing bigger paNdays for their estates in
death than they did in life. Famous dead people are earrung millions a year
through shrewd licensing, marketing and pLiblicity rights of their estates.
William McCauley, a nephewv of Rosa Parks. filed a petition in Wayne
County, Michigan, court requesting he be appointed personal representa-
tive for Park-,' estate instead of the two people appointed in her will.
McCaule\. and 12 of Ms. Park's extended family members, argue Parks
was not mentally competent arid as "under undue influence" from her
caretaker when she signed a lii ing \, ill in 2003 appointing her longtime
friend, Elaine Steele to manage her estate.
Elaine Eason Steele was a high school student \when she met Rosa Parks
at a sewing factor, worksite in the ear l 1960s. Following graduation,
Steele %oluntecred to work with Parks and became a good friend like the
daughter Parks never had. In 198". they began the Rosa and Raymond
Parks Institute for Self Development. Rosa Parks' 199S estate plan leaves
the bulk of her estate to that institute, headed b\ Ms. Steele.
For now,, the McCaule\s ma\ want to keep their day jobs. But whether
they or Steele control Rosa Parks' estate, it's expected to reap S3 million a
year from CMNG \Worldwide. a company specializing in family and estate
"intellectual property interests". lMs. Parks' memory is in good company at
CMG, the business and marketing agent for legends such as Babe Ruth,
Jackie Robinson. Florence Griffith Joyner. Joe Louis. Jesse Owens. Billy
Holida. and Malcolm X.
In light of Rosa Parks' and Steele's 40-year relationship, the question to
Parks' nieces and nephews is: "\\it\ only raise questions of capacity and I
undue influence no"t that Ms. Parks hlas died?" If Parks lacked capacity or -
-,as being unduly influenced by Steel, why didn't they do something while
she was alive? The evidence would d have been much clearer at that time
(especially regarding "capacity,"i. since Parks could have been examined
by court appointed phy sicians. If the relatives had such suspicions they
could have been addressed through guardianship proceedings, but they
waited until Paiks passed to raise the issue. And. w hy did Parks leave most
of her estate, not to Steele. but to the charity ?

Diversity on Capitol Hill: The Crazy Aunt Congress Won't Let Out of the Attic?

By Marc H. Morial
President National Urban League
*' In light of the
recent elections,
the U.S. Congress
; look more and
more like America
at least in its
African-American lawmakers are
expected to have more clout than
they have ever had before on
Capitol Hill. A total of five black
U.S. Representatives could hold
House committee chairmanships,
including New York Rep. Charles
Rangel (Ways and Means) and
Michigan Rep. John Conyers
(Judiciary). And Virginia Rep.
James Clyburn will serve in the
House leadership as majority whip.
Yet, as more and more minorities
rise to the top of the institution, their
ranks are pretty meager among con-
gressional staff members who play a
major role in crafting national poli-

cy especially at the senior level
and in the U.S. Senate.
Last August, a report by the
Congressional Management
Foundation found that only 20 per-
cent of U.S. House staffers are peo-
ple of color. But where the lack of
diversity is most evident is in the
Senate where only 6 percent of
4,100 employees nationwide are of
color, according to a June 2006
analysis by DiversityInc magazine.
That compares to nearly 30 percent
of the general population and 34
percent of the magazine's top 50
companies for diversity.
"When I leave [my office] and
walk around other offices, I find
myself, frankly, in a situation that
I'm all too familiar with, where I'm
one of the few African Americans at
the table," observed Michael
Strautmanis, chief counsel for Sen.
Barack Obama, D-Ill., whose office
is 20-percent people of color, to
The subject appears to be in the

words of 1992 presidential candi-
date Ross Perot the "crazy aunt in
the attic" who no one wants to talk
about. Unlike corporate America,
congressional lawmakers aren't sub-
ject to most labor laws. They don't
even have to divulge their hiring
practices to the public because
they're exempt from the U.S.
Freedom of Information Act. In
essence, they aren't accountable to
the American public for their inter-
nal labor policies. So, they're their
own islands to some extent. They
can hire who they want without jus-
Of senior-level staff in the U.S.
Senate, about 7.6 percent are people
of color -- 2.9 percent black, 2.8
percent Asian and 1.9 percent
Latino. This compares to 24 percent
of managers (9.7 percent black, 7.2
Asian American and 6.4 percent
Latino) and 15 percent of senior-
level executives (6.1 percent black,
4.8 percent Asian American and 3.8

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magazine's so-called Top 50 for
In the early 1990s, redistricting
paved the way for the election of 13
more African American members of
Congress, leading to an increase in
the number of employees of color. It
also expanded the pool of qualified
candidates for mid- and senior-level
positions. Still, especially in the
Senate, limited networking and can-
didate pools as well as hiring from
within have contributed to the diffi-
culty of minorities trying to shatter
the congressional glass ceiling.
The fault crosses party lines,
according to DiversityInc.
"Democrats, who historically have
considered themselves the champi-
ons of people of color, are no better
than the Republicans. With a few
exceptions, senators of both parties
refused to discuss their diversity
problem," the story stated. So, sena-
tors will still talk the talk about the
benefits of diversity but won't walk

the walk.
In her June 2006 Roll Call editori-
al, Donna L. Brazile called upon
lawmakers to take a hard look at the
example they are setting for those
they've told to clean their acts up.
Americans of color, Brazile wrote,
would "like to have a seat or even- a
folding chair at the table when
policies that impact our communi-
ties, as well as our nation, are being
brought up."
At the National Urban League,
we've made it our mission to help
Congress increase its diversity by
helping identify and place qualified
African Americans in congressional
offices. It's about time the U.S.
Congress brought its diversity prob-
lem out of the attic if not for the
sake of minorities attempting to
make a name for themselves on
Capitol Hill but for the integrity and
effectiveness of our nation's laws.
Capitol Hill should look like the
model of diversity not like a mem-
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Activists: Blacks Need to Demand HIV/AIDS Funding

by Mema Ayi
If the face of the AIDS epidemic
has changed from a gay, White
man's disease to that of a Black
woman, government funding of
prevention and treatment doesn't
appear to be keeping pace with the
trend, according to AIDS activists.
In order for that to change, they
say the Black community has to
take hold of the issue and demand
the government pay attention, just
like gay men did when the AIDS
epidemic hit their community in the
Toni Bond Leonard, president and
CEO of African American Women
Evolving, Chicago non-profit dedi-
cated to the reproductive health of
women of color, said if Blacks want
money to fight the disease, it's time
to start having very frank discus-
sions about sexuality, substance
abuse, HIV/AIDS and other sexual-
ly transmitted infections.
"When this was a gay, white man's
disease, they stood up and started
demonstrating and they got money.

We need something similar to that
to happen in the Black community,"
she said.
It will be a fight from the inside
out, Leonard said, since first
African Americans will have to get
beyond the stigmas associated with
HIV/AIDS and homosexuality.
"White, gay men grabbed it by the
horns and said, 'We need money for
prevent iSd education.' They
were showing up on the steps of
various state capitals and in
Washington, D.C. and they were
having discussions. There were
groups handing out condoms in
clubs and bathhouses," Leonard
said. "I don't see that happening in
the Black community.
State Rep. Constance Howard said
she is working to bring that move-
ment about and hopes to soon see
African American HIV/AIDS rates
drop significantly.
"We have this whole notion of
'Let's not talk about it.' We have to
get beyond the denial or we're
going to lose a whole generation of

young people," Howard said.
Howard, who serves on the board
of directors of a Chicago-based
HIV/AIDS advocacy and aware-
ness agency, said that as she saw
more Blacks were becoming infect-
ed, she thought there should be
more money coming into African
American communities for preven-
tion and treatment and recently
secured $3 million for HIV/AIDS
agencies that serve Black patients.
Half of the money will help fund
African American service
providers; the other $1.5 million
will allow the organization to assist
Black HIV/AIDS organizations in
securing grant monies.
The money will allow Let's Talk,
Let's Test to develop programs that
it knows will work in Black com-
munities and help the state's 43
Black service agencies write grants.
' In Chicago, the city added
$500,000 to its 2007 budget for pre-
vention. However, Kelly said for
the Black community, it is almost
nothing since only about 10 percent

of the city's total $2.8 million in
prevention funds will go to Black
AIDS organizations. On the federal
level, $19.7 billion was spent in
2005 on AIDS.
"That's an insult to the Black
community," Kelly said of the
amount allocated in Chicago.
"People are allowing this to happen
because they don't understand. HIV
will kill you. This is the most dan-
gerous thing to happen to Black
people since slavery."
American women will also have
to stop blaming the "down-low"
phenomenon for their growing
infection rates.
"We have to take some responsibil-
ity for how we can protect our-
selves. It has to do with risky
behavior. We have to work on how
to reduce the risk," Leonard said.
"This disease is so nefarious. You
can just do one little thing and it
ends your life as you know it,"
Kelly said. "But if everybody just
does what they can do, we can beat
this disease."

Pioneering African-American baseball player Jackie Robinson
appears in 1947 in a handout photo from the Library of Congress
I (LOC). Major League Baseball announced it will hold its inaugural
SIb W Civil Rights Game on March 31 as a tribute to one of the most signif-
icant eras of social change in US history.

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it will hold its inaugural Civil
Rights Game on March 31 as a trib-
ute to one of the most significant
eras of social change in US history.
The game will feature the
World Series champion St.
Louis Cardinals and the
Cleveland Indians.
It will take place in Memphis -
where civil rights leader Martin
Luther King jnr was assassinated in
1968 and will be played at
AutoZone Park, home of the Class
AAA Memphis Redbirds.
"This game is designed to com-
memorate the Civil Rights
Mo\ ement. one of the most critical,
and important eras of our social his-

tory," commissioner Bud Selig said
in a statement.
"I am proud of the role that Major
League Baseball played in the
movement, beginning with Jackie
Robinson's entry into the big
leagues on April 15, 1947, and very
pleased that we have this opportu-
nity to honor the movement and
those who made it happen."
Major League Baseball also
announced that donations will be
made to several charities, including
the National Civil Rights Museum
and the Jackie Robinson fund, and
that filmmaker Spike Lee is creat-
ing a documentary showcasing the
connection bptwei: the ..Givil
Rights Movementand baseball;-


Police Brutality
Kamau says between Dec. 2005
and Dec. 2006, police misconduct
complaints he has received from
around the country have increased
by 40 percent, from 239 to 336.
Two currently high-profile cases
have sparked outrage from the
streets to the halls of Congress.
The Nov. 21 shooting death of a
92-year-old woman in her Atlanta
home by police who claimed to
have been on a drug raid is now
under investigation by the Federal
Bureau of Investigation. In addi-
tion, the Nov. 25 shooting death of
23-year-old Sean Bell by five New
York undercover police detectives
and officers. Bell was killed in a
hail of 50 bullets as he and two
friends left his bachelor party on his
wedding day. Civil rights activists
Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson Sr. and
Marc Morial have called for FBI
investigations into the case.
Kamau says federal legislation is
needed to supercede some state and
local laws. Strong police unions
also present a problem, he says.
"People don't know this, but
police unions, particularly in New
York, for example, have been lob-
bying so that officers who are
accused of misconduct don't have
to talk to their own police adminis-
trators," Kamau says.
U. S. Rep. John Conyers (D-
Mich.), the incoming chair of the
House Judiciary Committee, which
oversees matters of criminal jus-
tice, says he will use his clout to
demand more police accountability.
Conyers says he has already spoken
with New York Congressmen
Gregory Meeks and Charles Rangel
and is planning a meeting with
activists and civil rights leaders to
seek long-term solutions.
"We're looking at some new ways
and we want to hold creative hear-
ings," Conyers told the NNPA
News Service in his first press
interview since the Democrats won
control of the House Nov. 7. "I'm
going to be meeting with Meeks,
Rangel, Rev. Jackson and Rev.
Sharpton and we're going to be
looking at how we can move some
of this racial and ethnic profiling

into a more workable system."
Conyers, the senior member of
the Congressional Black Caucus,
says he will be able to say more
after the official swearing into his
new position, which will take place
in January.
"The, whole idea is that we're
beginning to see that it's just not
working. Law enforcement investi-
gating law enforcement is just
something that may need to be
changed," he says. "There's one
thing that we had said earlier.
That's getting independent systems
to deal with this and I think that
might be possible... [We will] get a
fair examination of how we
improve from some of the
deplorable situations that are now
being taken for granted and keep
Kamau has seen a change in the
way people are brutalized. Years
ago, police mainly used guns,
batons, dogs and tear gas. Now they
have tasers, stun guns and chemi-
cals, such as pepper spray.
Supreme Court
She and Justices John Paul
Stevens, David Souter, and Stephen
Breyer seemed more sympathetic
toward the diversity programs.
But judging from the questioning
in two hours of spirited oral argu-
ments, a conservative bloc led by
Chief Justice John Roberts may
have the five votes needed to over-
turn them.
"The purpose of the
(Constitution's) equal protection
clause is to ensure that people are
treated as individuals, rather than
based on the color of their skin,"
said Roberts. "So saying that this
doesn't involve individualized
determinations simply highlights
the fact that the decision to distrib-
ute, as you put it, is based on skin
color and not any other factor."
While those on both sides of the
issue agree classroom diversity is
an important goal, differences
remain over how to maintain it
without the real or perceived conse-
quence that some families may be
discriminated against or inconve-



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Hip-Hop Gospel Youth Ministry to
Present Holiday Celebration 2006
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.. "\\hen' Praises golup Blessings come down!
Rev. Mattie W. Freeman, Founder and Pastor, will bring the message.
Holy Communion will be served. All are welcome.

Dr. James B. Sampson to Preach for
Saint Nicholas Bethel Baptist Revival
St. Nicholas Bethel Baptist Church, 2606 San Diego Road, Rev. R. W.
Jackson, Pastor; will hold nightly Revival Services at 7 p.m., Wednesday
thru Friday, December 13-15, 2006. You are invited to come, hear dynam-
ic men of God, who will proclaim the Gospel.
Rev. Dr. James B. Sampson, Pastor of First New Zion Baptist Church,
will be joined by other pastors of the city, as he delivers the message. Come
and see if you will be persuaded, captivated, or motivated to be a Christian.
Come and be revived in the Name of Jesus Christ. Everyone citywide is

Prayer, Clothing, Food and Lots of
Love Give-A-Way at New Bethlehem
The Urban Ministry Outreach, Rev. Alvin Hansley, in charge; of New
Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, 1824 Prospect Street, Rev. Eric L.
Lee, Pastor; invite the community to come out on Saturday, December 16,
2006, from 10 AM to 3 PM. Ministers will be available for prayer, and
there will be Clothing, Toys, Food, and Lots of Love in the New Bethlehem
Missionary Baptist Church Christmas Give-A-Way
The New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church welcomes you to join
them for Sunday School at 9:30 a.m., Sunday Worship at 11 a.m., and Holy
Communion on First Sunday.

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.

St. Paul AME Invites the Community
to Participate in 4-F Ministry
St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, 6910 New Kings
Road, Rev. Marvin Zanders II; invites the community to their new 4-F
Ministry, 5:30 p.m. to 6:20 p.m. on Wednesdays. The 4-F Ministry is Bible
Study for the whole family, a time of renewal.

Holy Ghost Party Set for Saturday,
Dec. 9th at New Beginnings Ministries
Nu Testament, the Voices of Unity, the Gospel Tones, Sweet Inspi-ration,
the Genesis Male Chorus, New Creation, Devon Francrois, and the Sunny
Rose Gospel Singers; will be featured at the Holy Ghost Party for a new
Gospel group in town, "God's Spiritual Gifts."
The Holy Ghost Party will begin at 6p.m. on Saturday, December 9th at
the New Beginnings Ministries, 1656 West Edgewood Ave. (across from &-
Haul). It is an open door affair.
Summerville Missionary Baptist to
Host A Night of Elegance
The combined choirs of Summerville Missionary Baptist Church, 2842
Mars Avenue, James W. Henry, Pastor; will present "A Night of Elegance"
at 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 9, 2006. The community is invited to
come out and help sing unto the King, because he has done marvelous
things. Everyone is welcome.
Mt. Sinai to Present Christmas Musical
Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church, 2036 Silver Street, Rev. R. L.
Gundy, Pastor; will present a Christ Musical, "0 Holy Night" at 5 p.m. on
Saturday, December 9, 2006. The community is invited to come out and
support this benefit for the church's seniors over the age of 70 years. It will
also help a special family celebrate Christmas.
L'Arche Harbor House to Present
Annual Living Nativity
Everyone is invited to attend and enjoy the reception following the pres-
ent of "The Perfect Gift" at 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 16, 2006; at the
Holy Family Catholic Church, 9800 Baymeadows Road.
The Christmas season is a time of families, gifts, traditions and most of
all gathering together to celebrate the birth of Christ.
"The Perfect Gift" will be reenacted by Harbor House residents as their
gift to the Jacksonville community. L'Arche Harbor House is a faith based
family oriented community in Jacksonville that is home for adults living
with developmental and physical challenges.
St. Andrew AME Christmas Concert
The Gospel and Youth Choirs of the St. Andrew African Methodist
Episcopal (AME) Church. 125 Ninth Street South, Jacksonville Beach;
invites the community for a special Gospel Christmas Concert. The com-
munity is invited to join St. Andrews in the Celebration of Christ's Birth, at
7 p.m. on Thursday, December 14, 2006.

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Early Worship 8:00 a.m.
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1st Sunday 3:45 p.m.

Lord's Supper & Baptism
3rd Sunday 7:00 p.m.

Bible Study 7:00 p.m.

Noon Day Worship

Youth Church 7:00 p.m.

Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464

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 7p.m.
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7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
Church school
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The Word from the Sons
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3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m.

Midweek Services
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1 p.m.

Dinner and Bible Study
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Radio Ministry
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AM 1400 Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.
TV Ministry
WTLV Channel 12 Sunday's at 6:30 a.m.

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Central Campus
(1-10 & Lane Avenue)
Sunday Sermon
December 10th
8:15 a.m. 10:45 a.m.
*Desiring a Fresh Touch
Hungry for the Power of God to Operate?
Children's Musical 6:00 p.m. Pastor Garry & Kim Wiggii
Miracle on Main Street
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Hwy 218, across from Wilkinson Jr. High
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Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19 20

Pastor Ernie Murray
Welcomes you!

Join us for our Weekly Services

Pastor Rudolph
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Senior Pastor

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Gospel Singer

Kirk Franklin

Goes to "Church"
4 Kirk Franklin
will play him-
self in an
ical feature
he's produc-
ing called
"Church Boy."
The Lionsgate project follows the
singer from his abandonment by a
young mother to his direction of a
Texas choir at age 11, a teenage
dive into sex and drugs and his ulti-
mate redemption and success.
Franklin parlayed his millions of
album sales and tour success to
found Fo Yo Soul Entertainment,
which includes a record label, pro-
duction company, ad agency, youth
outreach initiative and youth min-
Franklin is also composing the
soundtrack to the film, which is
expected to begin principal photog-
raphy this spring ahead of a theatri-
cal release in 2008.

Healing the FI
By Pastor Gregor) Dickow, father who %%ill give us the confi-
StreamingFaith.com dence and
Every one of the problems in affirmation,
your life -- weaknesses, shortcom- securiRt and c
ings, personality flaws, emotional acceptance
conflict -- all stem from what I call we long for.
a "father fracture." We see the
Your relationship with our earth- father frac-
ly father impacts ever area of Nour rure in peo-
life. Whether he was good or bad. pie's lives
no earthly father is perfect. The w h e n
way he raised ou. or didn't raise t h e N re
you, results in hurts and fractures a n g r y,
that can lead to many problems. mean, nega-
leaving you feeling empts and far ti\e, pes-
away from God. Human lo'e is simistic and
never enough to satish our hearts. sarcastic.
Human love is never enough to We see the
heal the wounds that each of us damage in 'Ii"
collect as we grow up in a fallen, their hearts
sinful world. Our lies are frac- when they're filled with hatred,
tured when our earthly father is not murder, en\\, jealous,. e il
able or willing to be everything thoughts and desires. We see it
that we need him to be for us. \when theN boast and strike to be
The father fracture is where dark superior o\er others because the\
forces of insecurity and inferiority feel inferior in their souls.
are fertilized and find soil to grow. We can see the father fracture in
Many of us learn to live with scars our own lies at times.
and damaged souls. The cr\ of Do Nou feel insignificant, uninm-
every human heart is for a father, a portant or inferior? Do \ou live

father Fracture

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self-conscious --
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God is affected by the father frac-
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pra.\, go to church, but \ou still feel
God \\ants to heal the father frac-
ture in \ our life toda\ In that same

way that He will heal a fracture in
your bones. He wants to heal the
fracture in your soul.
Your healing begins as you for-
give the human father who failed
you. Even if your father is gone,
just forgive him and get it out of
your life. Bury the past and look to
God as 'your only source.
God wants you to know that He's
Nour Hemaenly Father. He will
more than make up for whatever
has been broken in your life. He
w''ill heal whatever has been
destroyed and devastated in your
life. He will restore whatever has
been missing in your life. He will
provide whatever your earthly
father didn't provide for you.
Your earthly father may fail you,
but your Heavenly Father will
never fail you. If you feel there
may be damage in 5our soul from
the \\a\ you were raised, I encour-
age you to meditate on God's Word
and seek Him by faith. You will
find the secret to satisfaction and
purpose in your life-knowing
God as your Father!

Terms for African-Americans Have Evolved Since Our Arrival

continued from front
doing so would imply independ-
ence, said Paul Cook, a Central
State University history professor.
"If you allow them to define them-
selves, they would no longer be
slaves," he said.
In an attempt to further dehuman-
ize the slaves, whites gave them
derogatory names. The term
African and the Spanish and
Portuguese word negro, meaning
black, were used as insults.
The Spanish and Portuguese, the
earliest African slave traders, used
negro as an adjective to refer to
African men and women they sold
into slavery, according to the book
Americans form Africa: Old
Memories, New Moods, edited by
Peter I. Rose.
Soon, Americans used negro as a
nonadjective, and it became negars,
then negra and eventually nigger. It
was a dominant term among
derogatory labels for blacks, said
Valena Randolph, an adjunct pro-
fessor at Central State University
who also is on staff at the National
Afro-American Museum Cultural
Center near the university.
Scholars aren't sure how negro
subsequently evolved into nigger,
Randolph and Seon said.
"Words sometimes are so far from
the events that they are related to
that we don't know how they came
about, but you know the tone when
it becomes derogatory and when it's
hurled at you," said Seon, who is
- 1700s to early 1800s When it
became apparent to slaves that
they'd lost their identity they
were unaware of their native coun-
tries in Africa, tribes, languages and
the like they reverted to calling
themselves Africans to define
themselves in African terms and
promote pride.

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They incorporated the term
African in many of their organiza-
tions and churches' names. For
instance, the Free African Society
or the African Methodist Episcopal
Mid-1800s As white men
fathered black children, "Colored"
became the official label of blacks
in America. Most blacks and whites
accepted it because Colored includ-
ed "mulatoes and other people of
mixed racial ancestry as well as
those with complete black ances-
try," according to the article
Changing Racial Labels: From
Colored to Negro to Black to
African American, by Tom W.
Others were opposed to Colored
because it was not used exclusively
for blacks. So Afro-American was
also used although Colored was
more popular.
Late 1800s to, early 1900s
Black leaders such as Frederick
Douglass, Booker T. Washington
and W. E. B. DuBois led a move-
ment to replace Colored and Afro-
American with Negro. Proponents
argued that Negro was a term of
militancy with a deep philosophical
meaning, while opponents said it
was a "white man's word" intended
to make blacks feel inferior.
Still, Negro prevailed. The demise
of the term Colored came just after
the birth of the National
Association for the Advancement of
Colored People in 1909, according
to Rose. By 1919, the Negro Year
Book reported that "There is an
increasing use of the word Negro
and a decreasing use of the words
Colored and Afro-American to des-
ignate us as a people," Smith wrote.

Mid-1950s to 1970s As the
Civil Rights Movement got under
way and black Americans fought
for human and democratic rights,
they also sought a new identity in
terms of pride and independence,
Cook said. As a result, the term
Negro came under fire. Just as
opponents of the word argued more
than 50 years earlier, some blacks
said "Negro was imposed on blacks
by whites, denoting subservience,
complacency and Uncle Tomism,"
Smith wrote.
They preferred black. It was asso-
ciated with racial pride, militancy,
power and rejection of the status
quo, according to Smith. Negro was
used to described blacks who were
well established and identified with
the status quo, he wrote.
But like earlier terms identifying
black people, the word caused con-
troversy. "It was difficult for some
people, even blacks, to use the term
black," Cook said. The term was
favored more by radicals and mili-
tants such as the Black Panthers,
Black Muslims and young people.
Sixty-one percent of those bom
after 1942 preferred black, accord-
ing to Smith.
By the late 1960s and early 1970s,
there was a re-emergence of Pan-
Africanism and black gained popu-
larity. The Black Power Movement
and the phrase Black is Beautiful
came about, Cook said. Even the
James Brown song, Say it Loud
(I'm Black and I'm Proud), became
somewhat of an anthem in the black
1980s and 1990s A group
headed by the Rev. Jesse Jackson
launched a campaign in 1980 to
replace black with African

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your employer organize resources and focus them where they're
needed most. Especially fighting to keep kids away from drugs. If
you're in a community group, ask if you can do more by teaming
up with a community coalition. It's really simple. Just go to
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American. "Just as we were called
'Colored,' but were not that, and the
'Negro,' but not that, to be called
'black' is just as baseless," Jackson
told Newsweek magazine in 1989.
The term African American was a
way for blacks to connect their her-
itage he said. The phrase people of
color is also used when referring to
blacks, although it's not limited to
people of African descent. The
euphemism, which dates back to the
1700s and was revived in the late
1900s, according to the Web site
www.answers.com, refers to non-
Suburban white males who desired
to be a part of the hip hop culture
adopted the term wigger, a variation
of the n-word, according to the Web
site www.urbandictionary.com.
2000 to present Use of the
"N" word and variations of it by
whites has caused controversy -
although some were unjust in

recent years. In 1999, a
Washington, D.C., mayor's aide
caused an uproar over his use of the
word "niggardly" in describing how
he would manage public funds. He
was initially fired, then rehired after
officials realized that niggardly is
another word for miser.
In January 2006, a white English
teacher at a Kentucky high school
said he used the term nigga to feel
more comfortable with black stu-
dents. He was branded a racist and
slapped with a 10-day suspension
without pay.
Actor/comedian Michael Richards'
use of the "N" word during a come-
dy routine Nov. 17 prompted black
leaders, including Jackson, to call
for a ban on the racial epithet. Two
years earlier, several New York
friends launched the Web site
www.banthenword.org in hopes 'of
ending the use of the word.

Rev. Rudolph McKissick, Sr.
McKissick Among

Onyx Honorees
Onyx Magazine continues to
make an impact on the global
health issue of the Sickle Cell dis-
ease by hosting its' annual Onyx
Community Awards next month.
The awards event, which is a
black tie gala, will be held January
27, 2007 at the Hyatt Regency
Riverfront Hotel, and will honor
several outstanding community
leaders and recognize two of the
leaders with distinguished awards.
Mrs. Delores Barr Weaver will be
recognized for her charitable
efforts and will receive the
Humanitarian Award. Dr. Rudolph
McKissick, Sr. will receive the
Lifetime Achievement Award for
his work in the ministry.
Dr. McKissick's longtime history
of community involvement is the
foundation of his receipt as the
Lifetime Achievement Award
recipient. As Senior Pastor of
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church,
he has become known as the
"Father in the Ministry", and has
ushered over 50 young men and
women into the call of ministry.
Mrs. Weaver is Chair/CEO of the
Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation,
and along with her husband Wayne,
owner of the NFL Jacksonville
Jaguars. Her track record including
a personal goal to help level the
playing field of life for women and
minorities, lead to her receiving the
Humanitarian Award.
The event benefitting Sickle Cell
takes place at the Hyatt Regency
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Yuletide Swing
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.

Leadership Workshop
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 includes a year long membership
in JCCI Forward. Space is limited.
Please RSVP by calling 396-3052
or email sandra@jcci.org. For more
info call 396-3051.

Ritz Holiday
The Ritz Theater and LaVilla
Museum will present their Annual
Holiday Spectacular on Friday,
December 8th at 8 p.m. The
Fabulous Ritz Voices will present
an evening of music, dance, and
other holiday wonderment in addi-
tion to other special guests. The
concert begins at 7:30 p.m. For
more information call 632-5555.

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,
Main Stage. For more information
call Wayne Bailey at 646-2364.

Ribault 50 Year
Anniversary Carnival
Jean Ribault Senior High school is
celebrating 50 years of education to
be kicked-off in a carnival-style cel-
ebration at the school on Winton
Drive. On Saturday, December 9th
from 12 p.m. 4 p.m., the student,
parents, faculty and staff along with
the Ribault community will have a
celebration of with food, games and
prizes. Elementary and middle
schools in the area are invited to
attend. The carnival-style celebra-
tion will begin the year long com-
memoration in which the achieve-
ments and credits of Ribault will be
highlighted. Call the school's main
number at 924-3092 for directions
and other general information.

FCCJ Winter Festival
Florida Community College's
North Campus is hosting a neigh-
borhood winter holiday festival on
December 9th from 2-6 p.m. This
family-friendly event is free and
open to the public. The festival
includes entertainment, food,
games, face painting, holiday deco-
rations and displays and a visit from
Santa Claus. In addition, there's a
free gift for every child who
attends. North Campus is located at
4501 Capper Road. For more infor-
mation about the festival, call 904-

Masons and Eastern
Star Party
In the spirit of Christmas, the
SONS OF SPENCER # 155 will be
having their Christmas Party on
Saturday, December 9th and invite
the community to join them. The
party will be held at the Scottish
Rite Cathedral located at 6th and
Main St. There will be a live DJ,
free food and door prizes will be
raffled off. This is an BYOB affair
and dress to impress For more
information contact Gina at

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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
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Jaguars vs. Colts
The much anticipated match up
between the Jacksonville Jaguars
vs. the Indiana Colts will be on
Sunday, December 10th at 1 p.m.
at Alltell Stadium. For ticket infor-
mation call 633-2000.

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.

Annual Holiday
Open House
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.

Free College
Admissions Seminar
The Jewish Community Alliance
(JCA) is hosting a free Kaplan's
College Admissions Seminar from
6 to 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 14. The free
forum will cover the ins and outs of
the college admissions process. A
Kaplan representative will show
you how to maximize your poten-
tial in each area of the application
process. You will also get an inside
look at the SAT exam and Kaplan
SAT strategies. Students in grades
9-12 may register by calling 642-
7741, 1-800-KAP-TEST or online
at www.kaptest.com.


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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.
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 Christmas party
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 will host their
annual Christmas dance on
Tuesday, December 26th. Contact
any member of Fla Jax for more

6th Annual
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.

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.

PRIDE Book Club
The first meeting of the year for
PRIDE Book Club will be on
Friday, January 5th, 2007 at the
home of Debra Lewis. The book
for discussion will be 40 MILLION
ATHLETE by William Rhoden.
PRIDE is the city's oldest and most
active ethnic book club. For more
information call 389-8417.

100 Black
Men College Fair
The 100 Black Men of
Jacksonville, Inc. will present the
4th Annual College Fair on
January 20, 2007 from 9:00 a.m. -
3:00 p.m.at the Wyndham
Riverwalk Hotel. Over 50 college
representatives will be on hand and
scholarships will be awarded on'
site. In addition, information on
financial aid and other resources
will be available. S Students need to
pre-register online at infiniteschol-
ar.com for a pass to the event. For
more information call 616-7727.

Musical and Dance
Tribute to Ray Charles
The UNF Fine Arts Center will
YOU" a dazzling tribute to the
genius of Ray Charles direct from
London. The performance features
a cast of soulful singers, sassy
dancers and electrifying musicians.

The performance will be on
Thursday, January 25th at 7:30
p.m. at the UNF Fine Arts Center.
For more info call 620-1921.

Black Art Collection
The Walter 0. Evans Collection of
African American Art will be on
display at the February 1st
through April 17, 2007 at the The
Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens
located at 829 Riverside Avenue.
For more information, call (904)

NCNW Presents Sweet
Honey in the Rock
The National Council of Negro
Women will present Sweet Honey
in the Rock in concert on Saturday,
February 10th at 10 a.m. at the
Florida Theater. Proceeds will ben-
efit NCNW programs. For tickets or
more information, call 634-0367 or

Genealogical Society
The Jacksonville Genealogical
Society will hold a seminar on
February 24, 2007 at St. Paul's
Catholic Church in Riverside. The
speaker will be J. Mitchell Brown,
MA, who specializes in profession-
al genealogical research in
Alabama, Georgia, and Florida.
Specific topics will be discussed at
a later time. For additional informa-
tion please contact, Mary
Chauncey, (904)781-9300.

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Flipping Through

the Free Press Files

Over the past twenty years, many people, places and events have graced the Free Press pages. Join
back at some of the events that helped shape our newspaper into the publication that it is today.

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M Deborah Thompson, Emma Morgan, Tonyaa Weathersbea and Emma
Wachovia executives Eloise Adamss and Debbie Moran attend the annual Urban League Equal Opportunity Luncheon
Spencer attend a community together. where Board member Ralph Christian was the Master of Ceremonies.

us as we glimpse

Martha Barrett strikes a pose with Doug Brown and
Felice Franklin at a civic luncheon.

Priscilla Wiliamson and Georgia Lewis attend an
annual holiday luncheon for BBIC seniors.

Hattie Mills and Sarah Potts

also attending the holiday luncheon, with Thelma Jones and
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Alma Daniels all smiles.

Phi Delta Kappa Sorority Salutes Black History with the theme: "Afro American
Celebrating Their Rich Heritage Inherited In The 20th Century."

Negro League players, including the late Buck O'Neil, gathered for ceremonies at James
P. Small Ball Park on Myrtle Avenue where many of them once played.

Dara, Reese and Kemba with dad, Reese Marshall. The The Bold City Chapter of Links held their first induction
successful attorney's offspring include an ad executive, a in 1996 by adding 2 "Heir-O-Links" to their clan, Gwen
future lawyer and a veterinarian. Mitchell and Sylvia Perry (front seated).
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Marc Little and Rev. Joe Carswell attend a community
meeting together.
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S-v rHow Being Black Affects Your Blood Pressure
How Being Black Affects Your Blood Pressure

(Top) Zulu dancers perform during World AIDS Day celebrations at
Kwa Nyamazane stadium in Nelspruit, South Africa. Below, Ugandan
AIDS activists march through the Mbuya district of the capital
Kampala in an event to commemorate World AIDS DayTwo ethical
controversies flared into life on World AIDS Day as the U.S. and South
Africa backed abstinence in their mix of programs to fight AIDS and
British leader Tony Blair lashed at religious bans on condoms.

Turn your Debate or Dance talent into

tuition with Talent Grants at FCCJ

It's not too late to enroll for class-
es for Florida Community College's
Spring term, and you may be able
to talk your way or dance your way
into generous scholarship money.
Talent grant auditions are being
held in mid-December for students
with debate skills and for students
with intermediate dance skills.
Debate auditions will be held Dec.
12 with Professor Kristopher
Copeland (904.646.2338) from 3-5
p.m. in Room M-2161 at the South
Campus' Wilson Center for the
Dance auditions for the FCCJ
Repertory and Ensemble Dance

Companies, under the direction of
Professor Rosemary Fletcher
(904.646.2361), will be held Dec.
13 at 6 p.m. in Room M-2110, also
at the Wilson Center.
Current and prospective students
may audition. Auditioning does not
guarantee the awarding of a grant,
but enrollment at FCCJ is required
for talent grant eligibility. Talent
grant auditions for the fine arts,
including Theatre, Technical
Theatre, Instrumental Music and
Choral Music are generally held in
the Spring for Fall Term admission.
South Campus is located at 11901
Beach Blvd.

If you're black, pay special atten-
tion to your blood pressure even
if you think you're healthy.
That's because high blood pressure
(hypertension) affects certain
groups of people differently than
others. And for black people in the
United States, high blood pressure
often occurs earlier in life, is more
severe and has more complications.
If you're black and living in the
United States, you're more likely
than a person of another race to
develop hypertension, and to devel-
op it earlier in your life. And once
you have the disease, you're more
likely to have severe complications,
such as stroke, kidney failure and
heart disease. In addition, blacks
often don't get treatment until their
blood pressure has been high for so
long that vital organs have already
started to suffer damage.
Researchers are still studying pre-
cisely why blacks are at greater
risk. The issue boils down to the
age-old nature vs. nurture debate.
Genetic susceptibility (nature).
Genetics has historically been
blamed for a higher rate of hyper-

tension among blacks.
Environment (nurture).
Worldwide, the rate of hypertension
among blacks is not unusually high
compared with that of whites.
A healthy lifestyle is important
regardless of skin color
For researchers, resolving these
issues is important because doing
so can help improve the prevention
and treatment of high blood pres-
sure among blacks in general.
While researchers continue to grap-
ple with these issues, you can take
steps today to care for yourself and
your family members.
No matter what your skin color,
certain unhealthy lifestyle habits
can increase your risk of develop-
ing high blood pressure or interfere
with your efforts to lower your
blood pressure when it's too high.
You can minimize your lifestyle-
related risks by following these
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Exercise regularly.
- Eat a healthy diet.
- Reduce sodium in your diet.
-Limit alcohol consumption.

- Avoid tobacco products and sec-
ondhand smoke.
- Cope with stress in a positive way.
In addition, talk to your doctor
about how often you should get
your blood pressure checked.
Although most healthy adults need
a check-up only every two years, if
you're black, you may need to have
your blood pressure checked more
frequently perhaps annually -
since you're at a higher risk.
Following these kinds of healthy
habits can also benefit black young-
sters because of the increased risk
of hypertension they face. If you're
concerned about your child's health,
talk to his or her pediatrician about
age-specific blood pressure goals.
Treating high blood
pressure when you're black
Anyone can develop dangerous
complications from high blood
pressure. But if you're black, these
complications tend to be more
severe, often resulting in death.
Complications include:
Heart attack Stroke
Kidney disease Blindness

Treating your high blood pressure
effectively can help reduce your
chance of these complications.
Living a healthy lifestyle is the cor-
nerstone of treating high blood
pressure. But many people also
must take blood pressure medica-
tions (antihypertensives).
Your doctor may recommend that
you first try a thiazide-type diuretic
. Your doctor may also suggest tak-
ing a calcium antagonist (calcium
channel blocker), either by itself or
along with a diuretic.
If you have severe high blood
pressure or complications, you
might need additional medications.
Although you may be more like-
ly to develop high blood pressure
and face a greater risk of complica-
tions, don't get discouraged.
The good news is that if you fol-
low a healthy lifestyle and stick
with your treatment regimen, your
blood pressure is likely to respond
well. And you'll reap the same
rewards for controlling your blood
pressure that anyone would a
longer and healthier life.

Magic Vows to End AIDS In Black Communities

Earvin "Magic" Johnson, who
announced he was HIV-positive in
Nov. 1991, launched a campaign on
World AIDS Day that aims to elim-
inate the disease from the black
community, where it affects people
in alarming numbers.
"I Stand with Magic: Campaign
to End Black AIDS," a joint effort
between the Magic Johnson
Foundation and Illinois-based HIV
research leader Abbott
Laboratories, Inc., has set a goal of
reducing new HIV infections in the
black community by 50 percent
over five years.
"I have seen the numbers of HIV
infections continue to rise in the
minority community and the time is
now to take action in helping to
lower those numbers," said
The program "encourages

Former basketball star Earvin
'Magic' Johnson speaks at a news
conference on World AIDS day
Friday, Dec. 1st in Los Angeles.
Fifteen years after disclosing he
was HIV-positive, Johnson
unveiled a campaign to end the dis-
ease within the black community

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stand with me and fight HIV/AIDS
by getting tested, getting test results
and encouraging at least four
friends or family members to do the
same," Johnson said.
As for Magic's own health, "He's
doing wonderful. He's been
blessed," Towalame Austin, presi-
dent of the Magic Johnson
Foundation, told The Associated
Press. "The key is that he takes his
meds and exercises regularly."
"The virus is undetectable in his
system, meaning that it's just asleep.
He takes three medications, includ-

ing Kaletra. He has been on Kaletra
since 1991," she said.
Abbott developed the first
licensed test to detect HIV antibod-
ies in the blood and is investing
$100 million in developing coun-
tries to advance HIV testing, treat-
ment and support services, accord-
ing to the press release.
"HIV is now having a dispropor-
tionate effect on the African-
American community, which
accounts for more than half of all
new HIV infections," said Abbott
CEO Miles D. White. "Getting peo-
ple tested is the first line of defense.

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Will Smith and Son Team Up for Biopic

Just how did Oscar-nominee Will
Smith connect with the story of
Chris Gardener, whom he portrays
in "The Pursuit of Happyness,"
opening Dec. 15?
"I connected to Chris' story as
being in the spirit of the very design
of America," he said before his
scheduled walk down the red carpet
at a screening of the film in Detroit
Gardner' tale is that of a strug-
gling salesman in 1980s San
Francisco who competes for an
unpaid stockbroker's job while
sleeping in homeless shelters and
subway station bathrooms after he
and his son are evicted from their
"All you have to know to under-
stand how brilliant Thomas
Jefferson was (is) the promise he
wrote to Americans: Life, liberty
and the pursuit of happiness. He
didn't say we deserved happiness,
or that the government could pro-
vide it. It's the pursuit that matters,
the opportunity to make that pur-
suit. That's what makes America
unique. People like Chris Gardner."
Gardner's story came to Smith's
attention after it was told on ABC's
"20/20" in 2003. Gardner, now a
millionaire, tells his story in "The
Pursuit of Happyness," released in
Directed by Gabriele Muccino, the
film, which also stars Thandie
Newton and Dan Castellaneta, is

m star Sanja Latrian .iTec
something new as a character in the
film "Something New" last year,
but now the actress is trying a little
something new in her career.
The star is now on the critically
acclaimed F/X original series
"Nip/Tuck" where she plays
Michelle Landau a savvy business
woman who purchases the
McNamara/Troy medical practice
becoming everybody's boss.
"I was such a Nip/Tuck fan," she
confessed. "I have TIVO and I only

true to "He prom-
Gardnere's g ised us he
story except could, so
for one Jada took
detail: His q him to the
son was 2 S I first round,
when he w h e r e
accepted the there were
internship, about 100
but in the kids being
movie, he is looked at
5. He is by the
played by b-- director
Jaden Smith and cast-
- Will Iwo- ing direc-
Smith's 8- tor and
year-old son producers.
with his They whit-
actress wife, Ntled it
Jada Pinkett down to 50
Smith. and he
"Jaden was made the
lying in Will Smith and Chris gardner who he cut, and after was
between Jada .that he was
will portray in the new movie opening unshakable
and me when I unshakable. I
was reading the next wee. was in his cor-
script, and he asked me what the ner, but I didn't have his back. He
story was about. I told him, and he earned the job himself, and that's
said, 'Daddy, I could do that, I could the way it's supposed to be."
play that boy.' I said, 'Oh, really?' Smith says Jaden soon learned that
But he was serious. So Jada and I the job isn't all fun. Jaden had diffi-
talked about it, and we told him culty, Smith says, in finding his
look, maybe you can, but you don't motivation for one of the film's
just get the job because you're my most emotional scenes, which
kid. involves the loss of his character's
"You'll have to audition like every- only toy. "His parents have money,
body else, and you may not get it, he's got all kinds of toys, he could-
that's how it works. Can you handle n't understand why this was such a
that? big deal he had to cry," Smith says.


h orn.

Gr e y s
Anatomy' and
one \\as 'Nip Tuck'. I started
watching it in the second season
with the Famke [Janssen] storyline
and I just fell in love. I think it's so
- it has that you know, it has that
guilty pleasure feel that keeps you
on the edge of your seat and keeps
you wanting to watch it from week
to week and yet it's always about
something deeper. And that's what
I love, he's dealing with real moral
issues and I think that that's what
makes it so great and special"
Though known to play roles as

_the girl-next-door, on
"Nip/Tuck" Lathan gets
to peruse the cunning
and aggressive side
I of omanhidiood in
the role. Her char-
acter is described
Ias a strong, savvy
and a tough
S super- isor.
"As an
.actress. I've done
a lot of kind of you
knoNN, good girl
;0 ingenue roles and I
al,,a\s find the bad,
girl roles are more
challenging and fun to
plaN because there's just
more colors and she defi-
nitelk has a lot of juice, a lot
0 of juice in her storn line."
Lathan stars opposite famed
TV legend LarrN Hagman as his
half-his-age %\ ife. She said she real-
l enjoN s starring w ith Hagman
\\ho she said is surprisingly eager
about working on the series after
such an illustrious TV resume.
"You would d neter knot that he's
been doing this as long as he has in
that he is so enthusiastic and ener-
getic and curious and you know,
just it's like lie's a kid coming onto
the set and that's always refreshing
to be around."
The series has been heralded as
"one of the best shows on televi-
sion" with an amass of television
awards and nominations, and has
drawn some serious talent. Just this
season, the show has seen such stars
as Brooke Shields, Rosie
O'Donnell, Richard Chamberlain,
and Melissa Gilbert as guest stars.
"It's so well written," Lathan
said as one of the reasons she thinks

When it was over, the young actor
made a declaration: "He said, 'Dad,
from now on, I think I'll just make
Speaking about the film on "The
Oprah Winfrey Show" recently,
Gardner said his daughter summed
it best when they learned Will
Smith was going to portray his life
in a movie. She said, "Pop if he can
play Muhammad Ali, he can play
President and CEO of Gardner
Rich & Co., a Chicago-based bro-
kerage firm that he started in 1987,
Gardner says, "I'm having the time
of my life and I'm doing exactly
what I want to be doing. It's an
absolute blessing."
His son, Christopher, says of the
time spent living on the streets as a
child with his dad, "I didn't know
we were homeless. I just knew that
when I looked up he was there," he
says of his father.
Gardner says more important than
trying to better his life, he wanted to
break the cycle of men who were
not there for their children.
And even though it was 15 years
ago, Gardner says, "Those days (of
being homeless) will be with me
Says Smith, "The very thing that
sparks one person can break anoth-
er. For Chris Gardner, defeat only
made him work harder and believe
in himself more. And that's a posi-
tive thing."

the show attracts such great guest
stars. "It starts with the writing and
you know, I am mainly focusing on
films and you know, the scripts that
were coming to me last year you
know, I felt like were not taking me
to the next level and so Nip/Tuck
came along and I just jumped at it
because I think that the writing in is
actually better than a lot of movies
we see. It's so exciting."
The series is built around plastic
surgeons Sean McNamara and
Christian Troy who run a partner-
ship in Miami Florida andhave,
two very different takes on life and
success. It airs Tuesday at 10 pm
E/P on the FX Network.

Seinfeld's" Michael Richards will finally get his
requested sit down with the so-called hecklers who ,
bore the brunt of his headline making racist rant at the '
Laugh Factory in late November.
Three black men, a black woman and their attorney .
Gloria Allred are to meet with a retired judge who will
serve as a mediator in recommending any further A ".
action, Reuters reports. 5-A
"I am very happy that Mr. Richards has agreed to meet with me and my
friends so that we can tell him how his words made us feel and that he can
apologize to us," said Kyle Doss, 26, one of the men in the audience.

Determined to release a scathing tell-all book detailing his relationship
with ex-wife Jennifer Lopez, Ojani Noa told a judge that he's willing to
battle "to the end" for his right to publish the
During a recent pretrial hearing Noa told a
S'- judge that he regrets agreeing to a June 30 pre-
liminary injunction that prohibits him from
.j "criticizing, denigrating, casting in a negative
light or otherwise disparaging or causing dis-
paragement" to Lopez.
"I want to fight this thing to the end," he said,
according to the Associated Press. "My life has
not been the same since this lawsuit was filed. ... "This was to be about my
life story, coming here from Cuba. She was only a part of my life, but I was
going to talk about my other girlfriends, as well."
Lopez, now married to singer Marc Anthony, filed her lawsuit April 10
and obtained a temporary restraining order barring Noa from publishing
his memoir, which was to include intimate details of their sex life. The two
were married in Feb. 1997 and divorced 11 months later.
The judge gave Noa, 31, until Jan. 17 to hire a lawyer or represent him-
Cue up the "Axel Foley Theme." Eddie Murphy is moving forward with
a fourth installment of his successful film franchise,
"Beverly Hills Cop."
According to Variety, the actor is working closely
with Paramount Studios and producer Lorenzo di
Bonaventura to reinvigorate and update the film .:
"Axel Foley is one of the great action-comedy i
characters, a character that Eddie loves. I'm lucky
enough to help bring it back," said di Bonaventura,
who has a producing deal at Paramount. "This
genre is missing from the landscape."
The first two "Cop" films were produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and his
former partner Don Simpson. The 1984 original grossed more than $234.7
million domestically and another $81 million overseas. The next install-
ment, released in 1987, took in more than $153.6 million in the U.S. and
another $146 million overseas. "Beverly Hills Cop III" ran into a little
challenge with the audience, only grossing $44 million domestically.
In the meantime, Murphy can next be seen in the Christmas da\ release
of "Dreamgirls." He's in post-production \ ith "Norbit," and is set to
reprise the voice of Donkey in the upcoming "Shrek the Third."

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Ritz Theater Culminates a Year of Talent with Amateur Night Finals

Desirea James Selena Rhodes

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contestants each watched tleir competition. Snown above watching is
Brothers in Christ, Dominique Harkins and Brian Harris.
U5 .. "2

Ritz Director Carol Alexander received a big surprise when all of her sons descended on the stage. Shown
above are Kevin Baker, Gibran Washington, Garrett Washington and Akeem Washington.

Continued from front
U" brought many audience mem-
bers to tears and earned him a
standing ovation. The self penned
lyrics recreated many of the atroci-
ties that occurred in Jacksonville. It
encouraged listeners to "call on
God!! instead of Ilooking every-
where else for solutions to the city's
The evening kicked off enthusias-
tically with a rousing welcome by

Ritz Executive Director Carol
Alexander. The always dynamic
Alexander got the crowd dancing
and even brought up young audi-
ence members to assist her.
A highlight of the evening was a
special tribute to Alexander by her
son Gibran Washington and his sib-
lings. It was quite a surprise for the
hostess when her kids descended on
the stage and asked her to take a
front row seat for their tribute.
The Amateur Night Finals con-

vened the twelve winners of each of
the Amateur Night's monthly
shows. The show which sells out
every month is patterned after the
famous "Showtime at the Apollo"
in Harlem, NY. Amateur talent
graces the stage to the delight of the
audience and local and national
judges. There is even a "sand man"
to take away booed guests. The next
Amateur Night at the Ritz will be
held in January. For tickets or to
participate, call 632-5555.



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