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CNN Apologizes for
Obama/Osama Mistaken Headline
NEW YORK CNN apologized this week for mistakenly promoting
a story on the search for Osama bin Laden with the headline "Where's
A spokesman for Illinois Sen. Barack Obama said the apology was
The blunder came on the Monday evening news on Wolf Blitzer's news
show "The Situation Room." Both Soledad O'Brien and Blitzer offered
separate apologies during CNN's morning show Tuesday.
CNN called it a "bad typographical error" by its graphics department.
"We want to apologize for that bad typo," Blitzer said. "We also want to
apologize personally to Sen. Barack Obama. I'm going to be making a
call to him later this morning to offer my personal apology."
Tommy Vieto, Obama's press secretary, said he appreciated the bloggers
and activists who brought the error to light so quickly and helped make
sure it was corrected.
"Though I'd note that the 's' and 'b' keys aren't all that close to each
other, I assume it was just an unfortunate mistake, and don't think there
was any truly malicious intent," Vieto said.
Ella Fitzgerald Immortalized
on Postage Stamp
On Jan. 10, 2007, Ella Fitzgerald-"The First Lady of Song" who is
widely acknowledged as one ofjazz's most innovative vocalists-will be
commemorated on a postage stamp as the 30th inductee in the U.S Postal
Service's Black Heritage series. The image used for the stamp is based on
a photograph taken around 1956 by renowned illustrator Paul Davis. The
first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony takes place in New York City at
Jazz at the Lincoln Center.
HUD to Pay 300K in Public Housing
Civil Rights Discrimination Suit
Baltimore, MD The city and the federal government have agreed to
pay nearly $300,000 to lawyers representing Black Baltimore public
housing residents -- the latest installment of legal fees in a long-running
civil rights case.
The payments -- $236,744 from the city and $53,427 from the federal
government -- are being made to the American Civil Liberties Union of
Maryland and a private law firm for monitoring a partial consent decree
in the case during a two-year period from July 1, 2002, through June 30,
2004, according to court documents.bringing the total they have paid out
in the case to $1.5 million.
The legal fees stem from a lawsuit filed in January 1995 by the ACLU
on behalf of black city public housing residents against the city, its pub-
lic housing agency and HUD.
The lawsuit charged that the city and the federal government had unlaw-
fully perpetuated the segregated system of public housing they had set up
in the 1930s and 1940s. The suit alleged that their failure had consigned
public housing residents to live in the city's worst neighborhoods.
In January 2005, U.S. District Court Judge Marvin J. Garbis ruled that
HUD had violated fair housing laws by not taking a regional approach to
provide opportunities for black public housing residents to live outside
poor, segregated neighborhoods.
Louisiana Town's First
Black Mayor Elect Found Slain
Westllake, LA The body of Gerald Washington, 57, was found this
weekend in the parking lot of a former school. He had been shot once in
the chest and a pistol was found nearby according to investigators..
Washington, who served three terms as a city councilman, was sup-
posed to have taken office Tuesday, January 3rd as Westlake's first new
mayor in 24 years.
Although the southwest Louisiana town of 4,500 is 80 percent white,
Washington had no trouble winning the election in September with 69
percent of the vote.
The city council has 10 days to appoint an interim mayor. If it fails to
meet that deadline, the governor could appoint someone to lead the town,
according to Mayor Dudley Dixon, who is retiring.
50-Day Vigil Begins for Slain Groom
New York While the city recovered from its New Year's Eve excess-
es, about 40 people met in front of the 103rd Precinct January 1st to qui-
etly begin a 50-day vigil to honor Sean Bell, 23, who was shot dead by
five police officers a little more than a month ago, on his wedding day.
They plan to man the vigil 24 hours a day through what may be the
entire course of the grand jury testimony, which is set to begin in the first
weeks of this month. Sean Bell's closest friends and family members
vowed to stand beside a 12-foot banner with Bell's face and depictions of
bullet holes marked one through 50, the number of times police fired at
the car Bell was driving with two friends. Beneath, in bold, capital let-
ters, the banner reads: "Never Again."
One of several lawyers representing the Bell family, Neville Mitchell,
told the gathering that the police department's decision last week to give
the officer who in 2004 accidentally killed Timothy Stansbury a 30-day
suspension "shows that they don't even care." "As the days go along, it
may become a little more difficult to do this," he said. "But we have to
do this, because these folks don't care, and we're going to make them
A Star is Born
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Volume 20 No. 48 Jacksonville, Florida January 4-10, 2007
Health, Wealth and Safe Care:
SA 2007 Wish List for Black America
by M. Cottman, BAW
Black leaders made sense in sug-
gesting that our challenge as black
Americans is to assist low-income
people of color; help rebuild low-
income communities of color, help
folks get to decent-paying jobs,
help provide educational opportuni-
ties, high-quality affordable hous-
ing and a better way of life.
Black Americans on local and
national levels including politi-
cians, educators, financial experts
and journalists discussed a range of
issues designed to help improve the
quality of life for black Americans
from coast to coast throughout 2006
in a variety of dialogues.
Some talked about healing the
community from within while oth-
ers discussed quality education for
black students and underscored the
need for black economic empower-
ment and fiscal responsibility.
Black health care experts remind-
ed us of startling statistics: The
prevalence of diabetes among
African Americans is about 70 per-
cent higher than among white
Americans. Infant mortality rates
are twice as high for African
Americans as for white Americans.
The five-year survival rate for can-
cer among African Americans diag-
nosed for 1986-1992 was about 44
Continued on page 5
Florida Swears in Crist as 44th Governor
Gov. Charlie Christ greets 12 year old Kirby Smith Elementary stu-
dent Travis Powell following the Inauguration. FMP Photo
City Allocates $5
Million to Help
Low Income with
As part of Mayor John Peyton's
Seeds of Change: Growing Great
Neighborhoods initiative, the city's
Housing and Neighborhoods
Department approved $5 million to
enable the department to serve
about 400 residents awaiting home
repair assistance through the
"Owner Occupied Rehabilitation
Annually, the program provides
home repair assistance to about 200
low-income residents. This addi-
tional funding will allow the pro-
gram to provide various home
repair services to about twice that,
many of which are located within
the two Seeds of Change pilot
Pending City Council approval,
the program will work from a list of
established cases, assisting individ-
uals with the oldest cases first.
Currently, more than 3,500 are
awaiting assistance and until the
list has been minimized or addi-
tional funding sources, the program
is unable to accept any new cases.
Repairs may include the installa-
tion of handicap accessibility fea-
tures; roof, floor, window and door
repairs and electrical and plumbing
upgrades or overhauls. Partnering
non-profits provide licensed con-
tractors to perform the work.
Charlie Crist was sworn in as
Florida's 44th governor on Tuesday,
January 2nd and promised to avoid
partisan politics while working to
improve education, lower property
taxes and solve the state's insurance
Crist replaced fellow Republican
Jeb Bush, whose popularity
remained steady through his eight
years in office as part of an
American political dynasty. In a
speech overflowing with optimism,
Crist said the way to make the state
better is through unity.
Crist received up to 18 percent of
the black vote, which is the most of
any republican gubernatorial candi-
date, compared to just six percent
for Jeb Bush in his last go around.
Right after his speech, Crist
pledged to live up to his minority
supporters expectations, saying,
"To do everything I can to make
sure all Floridians are treated with
dignity, that are treated fairly and
they get every opportunity that they
Even democrats say so far, Crist
seems to be walking the walk.
Crist has personally reached out to
democratic leaders including state
Senator Al Lawson. "I'm very opti-
mistic that he's going to be the type
of person to look beyond party lines
and to work with individuals."
The new governor will have his
first opportunity when the legisla-
ture convenes in special session
later this month.
The inaugural ceremonies includ-
ed a prayer breakfast at Florida
A&M University, a parade through
downtown and a festival at the gov-
ernor's mansion. But Crist canceled
the traditional inaugural ball, say-
ing that he didn't feel right about a
fancy party when so many people
are struggling to pay soaring home-
owners insurance premiums and
"We were going to have a ball
tonight, but we're not. I hope you
don't mind. But we will celebrate
with our service," Crist said at the
Crist, 50, has served as attorney
general the last four years. He has
also been education commissioner
and a state senator. He defeated
Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Davis in
November to earn the seat.
Shown above are the busy "B.R.A.T.S." packing the cookie boxes, while B.R.A.T.S. Advisor Sandr
Thompson (left) samples the goodies. T Austin Photo
B.R.A.T.S. Learn the Reason for the Season
The Gamma Rho Omega
B.R.A.T.S. (Brilliant, Responsible,
Alert, Talents, Scholars) held a
holiday Cookie Swap as a part of
their "Reason for the Season"
December initiative. With the swap,
each of the BRATS, baked home-
made goodies (six dozen to be exact
each) for the firefighters of Station
24 on Lem Turner Road. The cook-
ies were then packed in decorative
boxes and delivered the goodies to
While there the B.R.A.T.S. were
treated to a guided tour of the sta-
tion by Engineer Hodge and
Firefighter Kasska. In addition to
treating th firefighters, the students
also spent their holiday vacation
collecting food and clothing for the
homeless and wrapping presents for
Each of the local high school stu-
dents who were handpicked to be a
part of the organization, are
required to maintain an honor roll
GPA to remain a part of the group,
an initiative of Alpha Kappa Alpha
Sorortiy, Inc. Each month they hold
social, volunteer and educational
activities to better prepare them for
the future and appreciation for
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by George Fraser
a Global Purpose
According to Joel Kotkin, author of Tribes: How Race, Religion, and
Identity Determine Success in the New Global Economy, there are five
global tribes--Jews, Japanese, Chinese, Indians, and British--that share
three basic characteristics that have helped them to achieve economic
success in the twentieth century and beyond.
A strong ethnic identity with a sense of mutual dependence and empha-
sis on family structure
A global network based on tribal trust that allows the group to function
A passion for technology and a belief in scientific progress.
I agree that global networks based on tribal trust are one of the best ways
for Black people to wield their collective resources. If Black people are
going to succeed, they must reach out to one another and to those who are
willing to help.
This includes reaching out to the motherland of Africa, where many of
our people are looking for assistance in their struggle for economic devel-
It is a great opportunity and also our responsibility to lend our resources,
clout, and intellectual capital to those African people, as some African
Americans such as the late Reverend Leon Sullivan and Randall Robinson
have done through TransAfrica. By our building bridges back to Africa,
our people on both sides will benefit.
Either we do this or within one generation China will have more eco-
nomic influence in Africa than the Japanese now have in Hawaii.
Bottom Line: A close West African friend asked me the following ques-
tion: "350 years ago we sent to America a Trojan Horse... Why haven't they
come back to help us?"
"The Holiday Hangover"
by Michael G. Shinn, CFP
The Holiday Season presents a
wonderful opportunity to spend
time with family and friends. It is a
great time to eat, drink, exchange
gifts and end the year with a bang.
Unfortunately, too often we are left
with a holiday hangover that has
our head hurting, our belt too tight
and our wallet empty. In the
Holiday Spirit, we over indulged in
numerous ways and have to literal-
ly "crawl out" of the hole that we
have dug for ourselves.
How do we get the same hangover
every year? Now, I am not a psy-
chologist, but the Holiday Season
seems to bring out a number of
emotions ranging from excitement
and anticipation to anxiety and even
depression. The social and psycho-
logical pressure to overindulge is at
its zenith during this time of the
year. It's difficult for anyone to
avoid the holiday hangover, when it
seems that friends, family and the
media are all serving up loaded
cocktails and enticing them to "get
the holiday spirit."
If you have ever had a real hang-
over, you know that there are a myr-
iad of suggested cures, ranging
from Grandma's chicken soup to
Auntie's sauerkraut juice and even
Sister's tablespoon of pure honey.
However, if you are into pick-me-
ups, there's a Bloody Mary or even
the dreaded "hair off of the dog that
bit you." (a shot of what you had the
Whatever your method for curing
or comforting a hangover, the truth
remains that there is no quick cure.
The alcohol has to work its way
through your system and be metab-
olized. Additionally, your body is
suffering from dehydration and
until it is back in balance you'll
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Oi build relation-
peers and find
Dr. Robin Smith the unique
challenges they face in the work-
place will gather Feb. 7-10, 2007
for the second annual Black
Enterprise Women of Power
Summit hosted by Black
Enterprise. The four-day leadership
conference designed to empower
professional and entrepreneurial
women will be held at the Arizona
Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix,
The 2007 Summit features a
notable roster of keynote speakers
and session leaders. Dr. Robin L.
Smith, psychologist; author; and
frequent contributor to "The Oprah
Winfrey Show" will kick off the
Summit on Thursday, February 8
with a keynote address titled
"Designing Your Best Life." Adrian
Bracy, VP of finance for the St.
Louis Rams; Paula Madison,
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line the new session "Game On!
Knowing the Rules of the
Corporate Game & Playing to
Win!" Adriane Brown, president
and CEO of transportation systems
for Honeywell; Vicki Fuller, SVP
and director of Alliance Capital
Management; and Mary Winston,
EVP and CFO of Scholastic Corp.,
will conduct the executive leader-
ship workshop "How to Be a Power
Player: Uncovering your Roadmap
to the C-Suite."
To register for the Summit, or for
more information, visit www.black-
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have a headache, upset stomach and
generally feel bad. However, the
good news about life is that there
will be a sunrise tomorrow and
there will be a new year. Our task
is to not commit the same mistakes
in the future and end up with the
same old hangovers.
If this holiday season has created a
financial hangover for you, then
you have two major of challenges
to overcome; first, how to deal with
the indebtedness that you accumu-
lated during the holidays and sec-
ond how to get in better shape for
the next holiday season, so you
don't repeat the same mistakes.
- Sit down and add up your holiday
expenses. This would include gifts,
dinners, entertainment, decorations,
travel and all other holiday related
- How much of your holiday
expenses were charged to credit
cards or caused you to defer normal
living expense payments?
- Layout a plan to payoff last year's
indebtedness as soon as possible
and stick with your plan?
Plan for Next Year
At this point, you should know
how much you spent last year and
the big question is, "do you plan to
spend the same, more or less next
holiday season?" The key is to cre-
ate your plan for success. If you
fail to plan, then you have planned
to fail. Below are some sugges-
tions to help you avoid a financial
hangover next holiday season:
Set a holiday budget figure- This
includes gifts, entertainment, travel,
Make a prioritized gift list- Start
with those closest to you and set a
dollar figure for each person.
Start a Christmas Savings
account- Have $10 or $20 per week
automatically withdrawn from your
Buy during the year- Avoid the
holiday rush and buy some of your
gifts during the year to take advan-
tage of sales and bargains.
Be Creative- Rather than pur-
chase every gift; consider some
alternatives such as a photo album,
a recorded CD or homemade cook-
The Holiday Season should be a
wonderful occasion to spend time
with family and close relations.
This next Holiday Season, avoid
the Holiday Hangover by responsi-
bly planning your Holiday
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Obama's Toughest Sell Just
May be Black America
US political darling Barack
Obama has received enthusiastic
support for a possible 2008 presi-
dential bid -- except from fellow
African-Americans, a group many
believed would be among his
In contrast to the effusive recep-
tion Obama has received from
white Americans, many US blacks
so far have been cool, saying that
while they may share skin color
with Obama, they do not have a
common culture or history.
"Obama did not -- does not --
share a heritage with the majority
of black Americans, who are
descendants of plantation slaves,"
wrote African-American newspaper
columnist Stanley Crouch last
month in an article entitled "Barack
Obama -- Not Black Like Me."
Radio host George Wilson, whose
nationally-broadcast talk show tests
the opinions of a cross-section of
African-American listeners, said
response to the Illinois senator so
far has been "lukewarm."
But Crouch said that the first-
term US senator -- the bi-racial
progeny of a black Kenyan father
and a white American mother --
does not share with most American
blacks the painful legacy of slavery,
repressive Jim Crow laws, and civil
"While he has experienced some
light versions of typical racial
stereotypes, he cannot claim those
problems as his own -- nor has he
lived the life of a black American,"
Crouch wrote in his New York
Daily News column.
"If we then end up with him as our
first black president, he will have
come into the White House through
a side door -- which might, at this
point, be the only one that's open."
Political analyst Ron Walters said
that Obama is a black whom many
whites find reassuring, with his
Harvard pedigree and law degree
rounding out his half-European
"If you take this in almost anthro-
pological terms, there's a sense in
which whites are more comfortable
with blacks who they believe reaf-
firm them," Walters said.
He said other whites apparently
view Obama not so much as a black
trailblazer but as a multicultural
figure, with his racially-mixed
parentage and childhood spent in
Hawaii and Indonesia.
African-Americans however, who
are are accustomed to leaders who
emerge from the civil rights move-
ment, sometimes appear to struggle
to relate to Obama.
"For some African-Americans, he
has not really affirmed their identi-
ty. He has affirmed his own mixed
identity, but he has not strongly
affirmed the right and the claim of
African-Americans in this society
to equal treatment," said Walters, a
professor at the University of
If he does run, Obama would be
the first African-American candi-
date for president who does not
come out of the civil rights move-
ment. US Representative Shirley
Chisholm, was the first African-
American to run for the Democratic
presidential nomination in 1972
and Jesse Jackson was a contender
for the Democratic presidential
nomination in 1984 and 1988.
A CNN poll last week found that
60 percent of Americans said they
have no reservations about voting
for a black president. Some wonder
whether whites who now are urging
him to run will be as enthusiastic in
the voting booth.
Despite the adulation he has
received from Democrats around
the country, some blacks said it will
be nearly impossible for Obama to
win the White House in 2008 with-
out massive support from the
"The American population is not
ready -- despite of what Barack
says -- to have a black man be the
president of the United States,"
"When it's all said and done, if he
declares, then he will have to con-
vince African-Americans to support
him, and just his color alone is not
going to be enough," he said.
Patrick Seeks Old Time Religion on Inaugural Eve
Gov.-elect Deval Patrick, center, receives a laying on of hands during
a pre-inaugural prayer and worship service at Jubilee Christian
Church in Boston, Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007. Patrick will become only the
second black man elected as a governor in the United States during in
an outdoor ceremony at noon Thursday, January 4th
Jones -Drew Speaks on Goal Setting
Jacksonville Jaguar Running Back took time out of his busy practice
schedule to greet students at Kirby Smith Elementary School. The visit
with one of the NFL's best rookies was organized by Rev. John Walker of
Central CME Church.. The Jaguars recently concluded their football sea-
son with a must win game against the Kansas City Chiefs in which they
lost. During their off season and practice days, Jaguar stars can often be
found at local schools speaking to kids. D. Williams Photo
Leaders Brace for Adverse Scho(
by H.T. Edney
-Although the U. S. Supreme
Court ruled in favor of affirmative
action in the University of
Michigan Law School case three
years ago and Brown v. Board of
Education in 1954, Black leaders
say affirmative action and school
desegregation are among the most
important issues facing Black
America in 2007 both being at
"The Supreme Court is likely to
issue a devastating opinion in the
Seattle cases [this] year and it will
possibly set back the premise of
Brown v. Board of Education to
provide quality education for all
children," says Harvard University
law professor Charles Ogletree.
"And I think that it will unsettle
plans by conscientious school dis-
tricts, surveyors and educators."
The two cases heard by the
Supreme Court recently, Parents
Involved in Community Schools v.
Seattle School District and
Meredith v. Jefferson County
Board of Education (Kentucky),
could end voluntary programs that
use race in order to maintain racial
integration in public schools.
"I was at the argument and I heard
the questions," Ogletree says.
"And there was little enthusiasm
among the majority of the justices
to support a voluntary integration
plan that both Louisville, Kentucky
and Seattle, Wash. had devised to
protect the interest of children."
Successful campaigns to end affir-
mative action in Michigan,
California and Washington state
will likely spread, civil rights advo-
cates say. Conservative activist
Ward Connerly is researching pos-
sible ballot initiatives against affir-
mative action in at least nine states.
From academia to activism,
Black leaders fear 2007 could
bring an end to affirmative action,
causing a reversal in decades-old
policies established for racial and
If it happens, activist Al Sharpton
says the same way that Blacks got
equal justice programs, they will
have to fight for it again.
"We got it through mass mobiliza-
tion and putting pressure on the
Senate and the Congress to enact
legislation that would offset it. And
that's the only way we're going to
do it this time," Sharpton says.
"The minute we start deluding our-
selves that we don't need a move-
ment, Whites will use that as a
license to stop dealing with us in
ways that are adverse to our
progress because they feel that they
What the new Democratic-major-
ity Congress will do on behalf of
Black people is yet another major
issue facing Black America, politi-
cal observers say.
"The 2006 mid-term election was
the most important story of last
year and the high water mark for all
Americans, especially people of
color," says Democratic strategist
Donna Brazile. "Voters went to the
poll to challenge its leaders to
move in a new
direction... Starting in January,
African Americans will hold key
committee assignments and will be
in a position to chart that new
Jesse Jackson Sr. is optimistic
that the progress will begin this
"Blacks have the power right now
to help determine the agenda of the
U. S. Congress. We've never had
that power before," he said. He
cited Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.)
as chair of the House Judiciary
Committee and Rep. Charles
Rangel (D-N.Y.) as chair of the
Ways and Means Committee as
potential powerbrokers on behalf
of the socially, politically and eco-
nomically disadvantaged. "We
were completely locked out of
power... Now, our point of view
matters because we can alter legis-
lation. We can have an impact now
on priorities in the U. S. Congress."
Poverty and raising the minimum
wage must be one of those key
issues this year, says Bill Spriggs,
chair of the Economics Department
at Howard University.
"Getting out of Iraq is probably
the most important issue of 2007.
It's costing us a fortune as a nation.
Already we've spent more than
$500 billion," he said.
Recalling the often-used term,
"urban agenda," Spriggs says geo-
graphic changes mean that lan-
guage must be clarified for 2007.
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Page 4 Ms. Perrv's Free Press
A Look Back at 2006
It's funny how times flies. I seem
to be using that term a lot these
days. Is it me or does it seems as
though 2006 was the shortest year
ever? A lot of great things and not
so great things happened last year.
On a personal note, while I was
unsuccessful in my bid for the State
House of Representatives, there
were several great blessings that I
received in addition to learning a
lot from my defeat.
John F. Kennedy once said, "Only
those who dare to fail greatly can
ever achieve greatly." The high-
light of my year had to be the birth
of my daughter, Zoie, on
The toughest part of my year was
leaving City Council early, and
realizing all of things I have done
and have yet to accomplish. I have
to give a sincerely thank you to
everyone that I worked with for
seven and half years and especially
those who elected me to office in
I still remember the first big bill I
passed at the age of 24 was chang-
ing the name of 20th Street
Expressway to MLK Parkway the
good old days, young and full ener-
gy and ready to save the world.
Enough about me, the last year
was a very unique year for our city
as a whole. We saw an overall
decrease in crime, but an unprece-
dented increase in murders. Why,
well there's no simple answer that
question. There were several fac-
tors that come into play.
Throughout history there has been
a strong correlation between vio-
lent crime and poverty. Many of the
recent murders have involved
black-on-black crime in core city
neighborhoods, and of course the
majority of these crimes are being
committed by young black males.
In 2005, police reported 91 slay-
ings, which was down from 104 in
2004. Unfortunately, by August of
last year had matched 2005's total
number. With one murder on New
Year's Eve our total for 2006 ended
up being 137 slaying all together.
Of my favorite NFL team and
most of yours, the mostly loved,
but sometimes despised
Jacksonville Jaguars failed to make
the playoffs. The Jags ended the
season with three straight loses and
really only needed to win one out
of three games to make it to the
While some Jaguar fans jumped
on the David Garrard bandwagon
early, others like me, were skepti-
cal and felt like Byron Leftwich
was the better quarterback. Who
knows what the Jags will do this
off-season, especially since there's
now a legitimate quarterback issue
with Garrard playing badly down
The Jags did have a couple of
bright spots. Rasheen Mathis con-
tinued to shine at cornerback and
Maurice Jones-Drew, our rookie
running back, became an instant
Speaking of sports, the Florida
Gators came out of nowhere and
won their first national title in bas-
ketball. Who would have thunk it?
Now let's see if the Gator football
team lead by senior quarterback
Chris Leak can pull off an upset
against Ohio State next week.
I know that this isn't a sports col-
umn, but I gotta mention Kobe
Bryant who scored 81 points in a
game last year. That's right 81
points, which is unbelievable in the
NBA today. Whether you like him
as a person or not, you have to rec-
ognize how spectacular that
In 2006 there was also that little
issue out at Cecil Field. After sev-
eral months of direct mail, TV
commercials, door-to-door can-
vassing, the folks fighting against
the Navy coming back won. Well,
it was technically just a straw poll
placed on the November ballot, but
still a major victory especially for
On the weather front, for the first
time in a few years there was not a
major hurricane that touched down
in the United States. Thank God,
we are still recovering from
Katrina and all of the recent storms.
As the year ended we saw the
death of the Godfather of Soul -
James Brown. Although Brown
had a few run-ins with the law, he
still maintained his impeccable rep-
utation as a great entertainer and
The end of the year also brought
us the death of the 38th President
of the United States, Gerald Ford.
President Ford was known for
picking up the pieces after Richard
Nixon's Watergate scandal. Many
people don't realize it, but Ford was
the only President never elected to
Speaking of politics, on a nation-
al level, Democrats took back the
House of Representative in a major
way and took back the Senate as
well by one seat. This is a prime
example of how politics runs in
cycles and how "absolute power
While American citizens would
like to see a pull out of Iraq,
President Bush is supposedly
working on a real game plan. But in
the mean time, the death toll of
American service members in Iraq
In 2006, Congressman Keith
Ellison, an African American, was
elected as the first Muslim United
States House of Representatives.
Ellison grew up in Detroit and con-
verted to Islam in college. The 43-
year-old Democrat took 56 percent
of the vote in his Minneapolis-area
While I could definitely go on and
on, I will let you fill in the blanks.
2006 was certainly an eventful
Signing off from my sofa as the
ball drops, Reggie Fullwood
In his third
outfit in as
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rites in the
Arena in Augusta, GA.
An African American icon, the 73-
year-old entertainer's voice, show-
manship and bold rhythms brought
funk into the mainstream and influ-
enced generations of music.
Brown's lyrics "Say it loud, I'm
black and I'm proud" opened up the
doors for black people to find pride
The "baddest" man who ever put
on a pair of dancing shoes and slide
across the stage, Brown's career
spanned more than five decades. He
was one of the most influential
musicians of the 20th Century.
James Brown was a powerful busi-
ness and political voice in the black
community. The quintessential
"Genuine Black Man", Brown com-
manded the attention and actions of
all people both big and small.
African Americans were first to
"get on the good foot" with James
Brown. A child of the segregated
South, Brown created a revolution-
ary sound that mixed funky rhythms
and staccato horns behind his own
explosive vocals. Hip-hop and rap
artists extensively used his beats as
the backdrop for their music, while
pop singers like Michael Jackson
drew on his dance styles.
Born in Bamwell, S.C., in 1933,
Brown served a reform-school sen-
tence for breaking into cars before
his musical career began. He then
teamed with Bobby Byrd's Ever
Ready Gospel Singers, which
evolved into "The Flames" (later the
Famous Flames) in 1953. The
group signed with King Records in
1956 and scored an immediate R&B
hit with: "Please, Please, Please."
Brown's work was influenced by
Little Richard and Ray Charles.
Like them, he was a stem taskmas-
ter who fined band members for
missed notes or imperfect
shoeshines. Brown's legacy
includes acts such as Parliament and
Funkadelic, which have included
former prot6ges such as Bootsy
Collins and Fred Wesley. Success
brought great wealth to James
Brown. By the 1960s, Brown was a
millionaire and ran a multimedia
empire that included TV, three radio
stations and an extensive stable of
acts. He also owned publishing and
production companies, fast food
restaurants and his own Lear Jet. In
his prime he performed 51 weeks a
Realizing that the essence of his
music could only be captured live;
in 1961 Brown personally financed
an album recording at the Apollo
Theatre. The result, "James Brown
Show Live at the Apollo," which
remains one of the most successful
and critically-acclaimed albums
James Brown embraced "black
capitalism" even before the phrase
was coined, urging blacks "to live
the American Dream". Brown gave
back, too, sponsoring food stamps
for the poor and giving money and
land to those in need, especially in
In the end, tax problems disman-
tled much of Brown's business
empire, and a 1988 PCP-related
police chase brought
notoriety and a six-year
prison sentence; which
was commuted to 15
months plus 10 months in ANAS
a work-release program.
He was jailed for drug, IUl
weapons and vehicular
charges after the vehicle
chase through Georgia
and South Carolina,
which only that ended
when police shot out his
vehicle's tires. Brown
left prison in 1991.
Even when he became
an international superstar,
Augusta his home. ii
Augusta named a street for him and
erected a statue of him in a down-
town park. The city's civic center
was named after Brown in 2006 and
was the site of his annual distribu-
tion of Thanksgiving turkeys to
The Godfather fathered seven chil-
dren. At the end of his life Brown
lived in a riverfront home in Beech
Island, South Carolina, directly
across the Savannah River from
Spike Lee will direct a feature
biopic on the life of James Brown
for Paramount Pictures and Imagine
Entertainment. Brian Grazer will
produce the film due for distribution
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Believe it or Not in America in 2007 There's A Forbidden Zone
barrier, or even
a chalk line
that marks the
zone where a
enter at the risk of grave harm. But
the zone is there, and blacks know
that if they enter it they can be beat,
shot at, or killed. The twist is that
the forbidden line is not in a red-
neck, backwoods, and Deep South
town during the rigid and violent
Jim Crow segregation era. The big-
ger twist is that the Klan, Neo-
Nazis, racist skinheads, and bikers
didn't establish the racially restric-
tive zone. Purported Latino gang
members established it. The forbid-
den zone is in a small, mixed ethnic
bedroom community in Los
Angeles. The year is 2007, not
A black family that recently fled
the community in fear for their lives
bluntly told a reporter that they left
because blacks there are scared to
death. In the past year, the hate ter-
ror escalated to the point where
blacks tell tormenting tales of being
harried when they leave their
homes, or their children walk to
school. They say that they are for-
bidden to go into a park, and a con-
This is not a bad case of racial para-
noia run amok. Blacks have been
taunted, harassed, beaten and shot at
in this community. But the tragic
murder of a 14-year-old black girl
and the wounding of two other
young blacks in the forbidden zone
sparked anguish, rage, and finally
drew some local media attention.
The murder drew gasps of disbe-
lieve that in America in 2007 in a
big, Northern cosmopolitan city,
with a Latino mayor, and that rou-
tinely back pats itself for its ethnic
diversity, there is an entire area that
blacks are banned from on pain of
injury or death at the hands of other
non-whites. And city officials seem
powerless to do anything about it.
Though two reputed Latino gang
members are charged with the
teen's murder, and were slapped
with a hate crime charge, the arrest
and the hate charge didn't calm the
jitters and fears of blacks that live
there. Even after the arrests, a num-
ber of blacks still said that they
planned to get out of the area as
soon as they could.
Latino on black (and black on
Latino) violence is hardly an aberra-
tion in Los Angeles (and other
places). According to police reports,
there have been more than a dozen
murder attempts in other parts of
Los Angeles by alleged Latino gang
members on mostly young blacks
that have no known gang involve-
ment in the latter part of 2006. A
Los Angeles County Human
Relations Commission report on
hate violence in 2005 found that
overall Latinos committed nearly
half of the hate attacks in the
County, while blacks committed
thirty percent of the hate attacks.
But when it's Latino and black vio-
lence, the figure for hate violence
soars. Latinos and blacks commit-
ted the bulk of the racially motivat-
ed hate attacks against each other.
The easy explanation for the hate
terror is that the perpetrators are
bored, restless, disaffected, jobless,
untutored, violence prone gang
members, and the violence is a
twisted response to racism and dep-
rivation. The attacks no doubt are
deliberately designed by the gang
hate purveyors to send the message
to blacks that this is our turf, and
you're an interloper. But despite
arrests, police crackdowns, gang
injunctions, assorted anti-violence
marches and rallies, and community
peace efforts, the black and Latino
low intensity battle has shown no
sign of abating.
Then there's the vehemence of the
racial hate. The dirty, and painful
secret is that blacks and Latinos can
be racist, maybe even more racist
than whites, toward each other. It's
easy to see why. Many Latinos fail
to understand the complexity and
severity of the black experience.
They frequently bash blacks for
their poverty or type them as
clowns, buffoons and crooks. Some
routinely repeat the same vicious
anti-black epithets as racist whites.
The color complex reinforces the
notion that blacks are a racial and
competitive threat, and any distanc-
ing, ostracism, avoidance, and even
violence is a rational response to
keep blacks at arms length.
On the other side, some blacks
feed the same myths and racial
stereotypes, and bash Latinos as
anti-black, and violence prone,
gangsters that are a menace, as well
as ethnic and economic competi-
tors. The warped misconceptions
and fears have so far trumped the
loud calls and efforts by black and
Latino activists and many residents
for unity and peace.
The murder of a black teen, and the
gradual dawning that racially moti-
vated hate attacks are happening
right under the noses of a slumber-
ing, maybe indifferent public, and
impotent city officials, in a modern-
day city like Los Angeles, did touch
a mild nerve of disgust and ignite
faint demands for action. But that's
not nearly enough to erase the
shame that in America in 2007 there
is a zone in a big city that blacks can
only enter at mortal peril. And that
zone isn't marked by a burning
cross or guarded by men in menac-
ing white sheets and hoods.
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U.S. talk show queen Oprah Winfrey and learners cut the ribbon at the official opening of her Leadership Academy for Girls School at Henley-
on-Klip, South Africa, Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007. Winfrey opened the world class school for poor but talented South African girls fulfilling a long-
cherished dream and a promise to her hero, Nelson Mandela (shown right).
Oprah Opens Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa
Oprah Winfrey opened a school
this week for disadvantaged girls,
fulfilling a promise she made to for-
mer President Nelson Mandela six
years ago and giving more than 150
students a chance for a better future.
"I wanted to give this opportunity
to girls who had a light so bright
that not even poverty could dim that
light," Winfrey said at a news con-
Mandela, 88, attended the opening
ceremony of the Oprah Winfrey
Leadership Academy for Girls in
the small town of Henley-on-Klip,
south of Johannesburg. Joned by his
wife, he beamed with joy and his
speech resonated with pride.
"It is my hope that this school will
become the dream of every South
African girl and they will study
hard and qualify for the school one
day," he said in a firm voice.
Mandela thanked Winfrey for the
"personal time and effort" she
devoted to the school.
"This is not a distant donation but
a project that clearly lies close to
your heart," said the anti-apartheid
leader who became multiracial
South Africa's first democratically
elected president in 1994.
Artists such as Tina Turner,
Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey,
Sidney Poitier, India Arie, Chris
Tucker, and director Spike Lee also
were in attendance. Each guest was
asked to bring a personally
inscribed book for the library.
Winfrey has said that she decided
to build her own school because she
wanted to feel closer to the people
she was trying to help.
The $40 million academy aims to
give 152 girls from deprived back-
grounds a quality education in a
country where schools are strug-
gling to overcome the legacy of
By educating girls, Winfrey said
she hoped she could help "change
the face of a nation."
"Girls who are educated are less
likely to get HIV/ AIDS, and in this
country which has such a pandemic,
we have to begin to change the pan-
demic," she said.
Many of the girls come from fam-
ilies affected by the disease, which
has infected 5.4 million of the 48
million population and hit women
Winfrey referred repeatedly to her
own impoverished childhood and
said she was grateful that she at
least had a good education, declar-
ing this to be "the most vital aspect
of my life."
"I was a poor girl who grew up
with my grandmother, like so many
of these girls, with no water and
electricity," said the talk show host,
dressed in a pink ball gown and
She vowed to make the academy
the "best school in the world" and
promised that she would continue
to support the girls so they could
attend any university in the world.
The idea for the school was born in
2000 at a meeting between Winfrey
and Mandela. She said she decided
to build the academy in South
Africa rather than the United States
out of love and respect for Mandela
and because of her own African
She said she planned a second
school for boys and girls in the east-
ern province of KwaZulu-Natal.
Many state-funded schools, espe-
cially in the sprawling townships
that sprang up under white racist
rule, are hopelessly overcrowded
and lack even basic necessities such
as books. They also are plagued by
gang violence, drugs and a high rate
of pregnancy among school girls.
Top-class study and sports facili-
ties are available but are largely
confined to private schools that are
still dominated by the white minor-
ity, since they are too expensive for
many black and mixed race South
Winfrey's academy received 3,500
applications from across the coun-
try. A total of 152 girls ages 11 and
12 were accepted.
To qualify, they had to show both
academic and leadership potential
and have a household income of no
more than $787 a month.
Eventually, the academy will
accommodate 450 girls.
The 28-building campus boasts
computer and science laboratories,
a library and theater along with a
Winfrey rejected suggestions the
school was elitist and unnecessarily
"If you are surrounded by beauti-
ful things and wonderful teachers
who inspire you, that beauty brings
out the beauty in you," she said.
Lesego Tlhabanyane, 13, proudly
wore her new green and white uni-
form at the ceremony to raise the
South African flag.
"I would have had a completely
different life is this hadn't happened
to me. Now I get a life where I get
to be treated like a movie star," she
Winfrey, who does not have chil-
dren, said she was building a home
for herself on the campus to spend
time with the girls and be involved.
"I love these girls with every part
of my being. I didn't know you
could feel this way about other peo-
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percent, compared with 59 percent
Last year, the National Urban
League released a report that exam-
ined black progress in education,
home ownership, entrepreneurship,
health and other areas. The publica-
tion forecasts social and political
trends and proposes solutions to the
community's and America's most
Katrina, for example, exposed the
world to environmental racism and
a government that was unable --
and in some cases, initially unwill-
ing -- to provide for the poorest
black residents of New Orleans.
One of the most challenging
issues, according to many black
leaders, is AIDS in America. Today,
AIDS is disease that can only be
stopped if each of us does our part;
from churches to civil rights organ-
izations, from media organizations
to academic institutions, cultural
organizations to policy making
bodies, every institution in black
America must make ending the
AIDS epidemic a top priority.
In 2007, as funding for some
social programs has been federally
dismantled, these issues will be
even more critical and demand for
solutions will be greater.
In a web based poll, black
Americans were asked to articulate
their thoughts for 2007 in the areas
of politics, social issues, education
and health care. In all, black men
and women from a variety of pro-
fessional backgrounds shared a
common sentiment for 2007: Let's
Group Sees Overthrow of Prop 2
By. Diane Bukowski
DETROIT (NNPA) Civil rights advocates are optimistic that the
voter-approved affirmative action ban will eventually be completely
rescinded. To delay the implementation of Proposal 2 at three major
state universities is considered a win.
"I think this is a tremendous victory," said George Washington, attor-
ney for the Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action By Any Means
Necessary (BAMN). "Now we must mobilize to win a stay for the rest
of the year and every year afterwards. We have an excellent chance of
winning our lawsuit against this racist law."
The agreement with Attorney General Mike Cox was reached Dec. 18
in federal court proceedings relating to a lawsuit BAMN filed to prevent
Proposal 2's implementation on constitutional grounds. U.S. District
Court Judge David Lawson is hearing the case.
Attorney General Mike Cox, an ardent Proposal 2 supporter, agreed to
delay its implementation at the University of Michigan, Michigan State
University, and Wayne State University until July 1, 2007, with regard
to admissions and financial aid for students entering school next fall.
He claimed the agreement as a victory for his side, saying that the three
universities had agreed to withdraw their claims that Proposal 2
infringed on their right to academic freedom under the First Amendment
in exchange for the delay.
However, said Washington, BAMN will continue to pursue its claims
on behalf of Blacks, minorities and women whom he said were victim-
ized by systematic voter fraud.
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72nd American Beach Anniversary
The Macedonia African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, 202 S. 9th
Street, American Beach, Florida; Reverend Patrick Sasnett, Pastor; will
host the 72nd Anniversary Celebration of American Beach, at 3:30 p.m. on
Sunday, January 14, 2006.
Bishop McKinley Young, Presiding Prelate, the 11th Episcopal District
of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME) in Florida and the
Bahamas; will deliver the keynote address.
A reception to meet and greet Bishop Young and his wife, Dr, Dorothy
Young; in the Fellowship Hall, will follow the program.
Dimension of Praise Ministry to
Present 25th Silver Pre-Anniversary
The Dimension of Praise Ministries, 580 Ellis Road, Dr. Carol Baker,
Pastor; will present a 25th Silver Pre-Anniversary Concert at 6:30 p.m.,
Saturday January 6, 2007.
The Concert Special Guests will be: The Sisters of Praise, The Singing
Trumpets, Pure Gold, Royal Trumpets, Pure Gold, Royal Spirituals, Jerry
Cannon & The Caravans, and other guests. The public is invited to attend
this spirit-filled concert.
Sister Beatrice Ishmeal to Celebrate
18th Anniversary at West Friendship
Sister Beatice Ishmeal will celebrate her 18th Anniversary at 6 p.m. on
Sunday, January 7, 2007, at the West Friendship Baptist Church, Rev.
Timothy Cole, Pastor; Rev. Richard L. Wilson, Senior Pastor.
Special guests on the program will be the New Creations, the Nu
Testament, the Golden Clouds, Brother Al Andres, the Sister of Praise, the
Sunny Rose Singers, God's Spiritual Gifts, Dea. Willie Kirkland, the
Florida Gospel Travelers, Shirley and the Sons of Harmony, and Lil Jessie
& The Miracles. The community is invited.
Saint Thomas Missionary Baptist to
Host 8th Annual Prayer Breakfast
The Saint Thomas Missionary Baptist Church, Rev. Ernie Murphy Sr.,
Pastor; will host the 8th Annual Baptist Ministers Conference Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 13,
2007. The Prayer Breakfast will be held in the King David Banquet Hall at
the Saint Thomas Family Life Center, 2119 Rowe Ave. corerr Moncrief
Road). For reservations, and ticket information, please call (904) 766-7862
Baptist Ministers Association to Hold
King Day Celebration at 1st New Zion
The Baptist Ministers Conference of Duval and Adjacent Counties will
hold their Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration at 4 p.m.
on Sunday, January 14th at the St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 1920
Mount Street, Orange Park, Rev. C. E. Preston, Pastor.
In Jacksonville, the Annual Celebration will begin at 7 p.m. on Monday,
January 15th at the First New Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 4835 Soutel
Drive, Rev. Dr. James B. Sampson, Pastor.
The community is invited to attend all celebrations in honor of Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr.
San Jose Church of Christ to Host
UCOM/Douglas Alumni MLK Banquet
Judge Henry Davis
Fourth Judicial Circuit Court
Judge Henry E. Davis will be the
banquet speaker for the 22nd
Annual Martin Luther King
Memorial Banquet, in conjunction
with UCOM's 28 years of "A Vision
in Faith", on Saturday, January 13,
2007. Judge Davis, a product of the
Southside community is a member
of the Douglas Anderson High
School Class of 1966. He was
appointed Judge by Governor
Lawton Chiles in March, 1992. The
Douglas Anderson High School
Alumni and the Southside
Community Churches, along with
the United Community Outreach
Ministry (UCOM) are sponsors of
The banquet will be held in the
Fellowship Center of the San Jose
Church of Christ, 6233 San Jose
Boulevard, Rev. Calvin Warpula,
Pastor; will serve as host.
The community is invited to
come out and support this annual
commemoration banquet that hon-
ors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.. All
the proceeds will be used toward
improving the life of Southside res-
idents with concentration on the
education of the children. For ticket
information, please call (904) 764-
St. Paul AME Hosting 4-F Ministry on
Wednesday for the Entire Family
St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, 6910 New Kings
Road, Reverend Marvin Zanders, II, Pastor; invites all families in the com-
munity to attend their new 4-F Ministry, 5:30 p.m. to 6:20 p.m. on
Wednesday. The 4-F Ministry is Bible Study for the whole family.
Rev. Al Sharpton to Deliver Keynote
Address at Daytona King Banquet
Nationally hailed leader, the Rev. All Sharpton, will deliver the keynote
address at his year's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Banquet, which is sponsored
by the Daytona Beach, Halifax Area Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
The Banquet, Parade, and other activities to celebrate the holiday will
be held. For more information. Please call (386) 316-1867, or you may
email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zion Hope Missionary Baptist to
Celebrate 78th Ann. Jan, 16-21st
The Zion Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 2803 West Edgewood
Avenue, Rev. Clifford J. Johnson Jr., Pastor; invites the community to share
in Zion Hope Missionary Baptist Church's 78th Anniversary Celebration;
and the Pastor's Third Anniversary, at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 14,
2007. The Anniversary Celebration will continue at 7 p.m. on Tuesday,
January 16th; Friday, January 19th, and will conclude at 5 p.m. on Sunday,
January 21 st.
Deacon Bruce and Sister Verrse Hickson, Chairpersons; Deacon Daryl
Sword & Shield Kingdom Outreach
Ministry 2007 Serious Praise Service
The Sword and Shield Kingdom Outreach Ministry, the Father's House
Conference Center, 1820 Monument Road, Building 2; invites the commu-
nity to share in 2007 Serious Praise Service, Sunday, January 14, 2007.
When Praises go up, Blessings come down.
Rev. Mattie W. Freeman, Founder/Pastor, will deliver the message. Holy
Communion will be served.
5863 Moncrief Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32209 (904) 768-8800 FAX 764-3800
Pastor Ernie Murray
Join Us for One of Our Services
Early Worship 8:00 a.m.
Sunday School 9:15 a.m.
Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.
1st Sunday 3:45 p.m.
Lord's Supper & Baptism
3rd Sunday 7:00 p.m.
Bible Study 7:00 p.m.
Noon Day Worship
Youth Church 7:00 p.m.
Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19 20
Pastor Landon Williams
8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m.
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Sunday 2 PM 3 PM
**FREE TUTORING FOR YOUTH IN ENGLISH, SCIENCE,
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215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
Join us for our Weekly Services
Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel
3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m.
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"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1 p.m.
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Pastor Cecil & Pauline Wiggins
Pastor and Mrs. Coad
(1-10 & Lane Avenue)
8:15 a.m. 10:45 a.m.
The McGruders in Concert
*Anointed Singing *Powerful Healing Testimony
6:00 p.m. Evening Worship
"Hungry for His Presence"
Pastor Garry & Kim Wiggins
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What They Don't Tell You About MSG
MSG is a very popular
flavor enhancer in many
iat O c foods (foreign and
American). Some manu-
facturers place "NO MSG
Si Added" labels on their
products, and many
assume that this is safe.
However, the reality is that
these companies are still
hiding MSG in their foods
.-" by calling it something
For instance, when refer-
ring to soy sauce and other
Processed flavor enhancers
that already contain MSG,
the label will read
and/or "Glutamic Acid".
S By listing these ingredi-
ents, it is legal for these
A little Accent will shake on more than just companies to claim that
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iavor to your meals.
by Mekeisha Lee
We have been mislead into think-
ing that various foods are safe to
consume on a regular basis. Just
because the labels say they are fresh
or natural, doesn't mean it's healthy
for you. The truth is that there are
chemicals deliberately being placed
in our foods that are causing us to
be obese and very sick. One of
these is MSG or Monosodium
there is no added MSG in
the product. They know it's in there,
but you don't!
But why should this be a cause for
Well, the food industry continues
to make billions at the expense of
our health. The use of MSG in food
has been linked to obesity and
countless illnesses. The first
researcher to find evidence of such
was Dr. John Olney of the
Washington University Medical
School in St. Louis, MO. In 1968,
he found that MSG injected in mice
resulted in serious brain damage
and obesity. Since then, MSG has
been found to produce the same
effect on humans.
Authors of the published book
entitled "The Slow Poisoning of
America" found evidence that MSG
is in fact very addictive and leaves
you asking for more of the same,
thus contributing to weight gain.
The FDA even admits that MSG
has been proven to induce asthma
attacks. Hence, we still have the
cover-up attempts with "MSG
Replacers" being manufactured as
The next wave of hastily approved
additives are being produced by a
company called Senomyxs. In a
recent New York Times article, the
CEO of Senomyxs was quoted say-
ing, "We're helping companies
clean up their labels." This deceit is
precisely what we as consumers
need to watch out for.
This is all designed to keep us
physically addicted to the foods, so
that we can keep buying and they
can keep making money.
A new European study conducted
at the University of Liverpool, con-
cluded that MSG and Aspertame in
combination with food colorings
causes even more harm to nerve
cells, than each of the additives
alone. This was later published in
the Journal of Toxicological
Sciences. Despite these findings,
the FDA does not accept that
adding these substances to our food
poses a health risk. So what does
this mean to us?
It means that we have to take the
initiative and become aware of the
importance of healthy nutrition, and
avoid foods that have been manipu-
lated and transformed to mimic nat-
ural flavors, colors (added for
attractiveness), and preservatives.
Read your labels, paying particu-
lar attention to the terms "artificial
flavoring or coloring" because
MSG is being grouped under that
Also, here are a few items to
watch out for that have MSG in
them: many restaurant soups, most
sausages sold at supermarkets,
instant soup mixes, most
McDonald's foods (including the
salads), KFC fried chicken and
most of their products, Doritos,
Pringles, Accent (the spice), med-
ications in gelcaps (which have glu-
tamic acid in the gelatin), and many
Black Families Being Snubbed by Nannies
If it's not one setback it's another.
As African Americans continue to
climb the socioeconomic ladder,
there are still unforeseen barriers to
African American professionals in
need of nannies are finding it diffi-
cult to secure them, due to sweep-
ing generalizations about the black
race, reports the New York Times.
Agencies that provide the services
of nannies are reporting that those
of various races they represent --
black and Caribbean nannies
included are more and more
requesting to be passed over for
assignments in black households.
The perception is that low wages,
dangerous neighborhoods, and
excessive duties, to name a few, are
synonymous with black employers.
"We've attained whatever level
society says is successful, we're
included at work, but when we need
the support for our children and we
can afford it, why do we get treated
this way?" asked Tanisha Jackson,
an African-American mother of
three in a Washington suburb, who
searched on and off for five years
before hiring a nanny. "It's a slap in
While there are many successful
black family/nanny relationships to
report, interviews with dozens of
nannies and agencies that employ
them in Atlanta, Chicago, New
York and Houston turned up many
nannies who avoid working for
families of those backgrounds.
The result is that many black par-
ents do not have the same child care
options as their colleagues and
neighbors. They must rely upon
illegal immigrants or non-English
speakers instead of more experi-
enced or credentialed nannies, rely
on day care or scale back their pro-
fessional aspirations to spend more
time at home.
"Very rarely will an African-
American woman work for an
African-American boss," said Pat
Cascio, the owner of Morningside
Despite becoming more upward-
ly mobile, Black families often
have to depend on family mem-
bers for nurturing support.
Nannies in Houston and the presi-
dent of the International Nanny
Many of the African-American
nannies who make up 40 percent of
her work force fear that people of
their own color will be "uppity and
demanding," said Ms. Cascio, who
is white. After interviews, she said,
those nannies "will call us and say,
'Why didn't you tell me'" the family
In several cities, nanny agencies
decline to serve certain geographic
areas not because of redlining,
these agencies say, but because the
nannies, who decide which jobs to
take, do not want to work there.
Agencies represent only a small
slice of nannies; most work through
informal arrangements, further out
of reach of civil rights and labor
laws. (Because so many nannies are
illegal, no one can say with certain-
ty how many work in this country,
let alone work for black families.)
Viola Waszkiewicz, a white sitter
in Chicago, has cared for black chil-
dren, but explained that many fel-
low Eastern European nannies
"We come here, and we watch TV
and the news, and all we see is
black people who got hurt, got mur-
dered," she said. Most of the nan-
nies she knows "think all black peo-
ple are bad," she said. "They're
afraid to go to black neighbor-
hoods." Pamela Potischman, a
social worker in Brooklyn who spe-
cializes in parent-nanny relation-
ships, said, "You rely on what's
familiar, so you're going to rely on
these vast generalizations to be self-
protective." She added, "The nan-
nies talk, and they say, 'This is
what's O.K. and what to watch out
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Anthony Hamilton Robert Cray Band
Diverse Lineup Highlights
Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival
The 2007 Air Jamaica Jazz and
Blues Festival, to be held in
Montego Bay, Jamaica, January 25
to 27, promises to be the best ever
according to festival organizers.
The Music line-up for this year's
event would include Michael
Bolton, Cyndi Lauper, Kenny
Rogers, Monty Alexander, Pieces
of a Dream, Christopher Cross,
Juan Areco and a host of others .
This year DVDs of select per-
formances from the 2006 event,
including Byron Lee and Friends
and Shaggy featuring John Legend,
will be made available for sale to
Tuesday January 23, 2007
Wednesday January 24, 2007
*Roy Ayers *Robin Banks
Thursday January 25, 2007
Arrival "Abba The Tribute"
Pieces of a Dream
* Roy Young Joe Baione Sextet
* Peter Lloyd
Friday January 26, 2007
The Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues
Festival began in October 1996 on
the lawns of the Rose Hall Great
House in Montego Bay, with some
3,000 persons in attendance.
Following a successful 2006 event
that entertained over 40,000 music
fans, it will return to Montego Bay
for its 10th Anniversary.
International acts that have been
featured over the past decade
including Bo Diddley, George
Benson, Air Supply, Patti Labelle,
Al Jarreau, Alicia Keys, Kenny
Rogers, Mary J Blige, James
Ingram and Nancy Wilson. Visit
www.airj amaicaj azzandblues.com/
* The Robert Cray Band
* Christopher Cross Newa
>>>The Art of Reggae<<<
* Shaggy Sanchez
* Freddie McGregor
* Wayne Wonder
Saturday January 27, 2007
Earth Wind and Fire
Russell Thompkins Jr. and The
New Stylistics Juan Areco
New African-American Weight
Loss Program Launched
The Rennix Weigh, co-founded
by Dr. Bobbie Rennix and her
daughter nutritionist Annie Rennix,
is helping more and more people of
all backgrounds, and especially
African Americans lose weight
with their soul food inspired
recipes, mother/sister style motiva-
tion and comprehensive program
for nutrition and weight loss.
The Rennix Weigh is now hailed
as one of the best kept secrets in the
world of weight loss for many
African Americans and some
Latinos who struggle to find weight
loss programs that truly include the
very tasty Southern-inspired and
Latino-influenced food combina-
tions and recipes that they enjoy in
their household and culture.
Annie was recently featured in
Looking Good magazine for her
dramatic loss of 115 pounds. The
Rennix Weigh plan includes
healthy recipes from salmon cakes
and baked chicken to smothered
cabbage and savory collard greens,
sweet potato pie and more.
The Rennix Weigh program, now
offered nationally via www.theren-
nixweigh.com, is building even
more momentum and excitement
with the release of its much
requested Mobile Plan and also is
known for its motivational games
focusing on self esteem and teach-
ing of nutritional and health facts.
This new Rennix Weigh program,
with online information and phone
support, offers people on the go a
new support system and an alterna-
tive method to traditional walk in
You sign on and register for the
program by calling (413) 478-3894
or by sending an email to:
firstname.lastname@example.org Also go
to www.UnityFirst.com for the full
Please join us as we continue
to Celebrate"Our 50th Year"
of Exemplary Service to the
Wendell P. Holmes, Jr., FDIC
Jacquelyne S. Holmes, Assistant
Tonva M. Austin, Assistant
2719 West Edgewood Avenue Jacksonville, Florida 32209
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Miles Jaye & Alyson
Williams in Concert
National recording artists, Miles
Jaye and Alyson Williams will be in
concert on Saturday, January 6th,
at the Ritz Theatre & Museum.
Also performing will be
Jacksonville's own, Natural Truth.
Tickets are on sale now at all
Ticketmaster locations. Show starts
at 7:00PM Call 904-316-9733 for
Forrest High School
Name Change Meeting
The official process to change the
name of Forrest High School from
the Founder of the Ku Klux Klan to
that of Jacksonville humanitarian
Eartha M. White is under way.
There will be a school Advisory
Council meeting on Monday,
January 8th beginning at 6 p.m.
Forrest High School in the
Resource Center. The school is
located at 5330 Firestone Rd. For
more information call 614-6422.
Yolanda King to Host
Gary MLK Luncheon
The Willie Gary Classic, Inc. will
host the 4th Annual Willie E.
Gary/Martin Luther King, Jr.
Luncheon Tuesday January 9,
2007 at 11:45am at the Be The Lite
Conference Center. The honorable
Ms. Yolanda King, eldest daughter
of the late Dr. and Mrs. Martin
Luther King, Jr. will be the keynote
speaker for the event. Tickets for
the luncheon are $25. For informa-
tion and ticket sale locations call
African Fashion Show
An African Fashion Show spon-
sored by the First Baptist Church of
Mandarin Malawi mission ministry,
will be held on Friday, January
12th at 7 p.m. Come enjoy fash-
ions, entertainment, and sample
food from Africa. Call  268-
2422 for ticket purchases. The
event will be fun, informative and the Performing Arts. For tickets or
door prizes for ticket holders. more information, call 354-5547.
The American Beach Property
Owners' Association will hold their
Annual Meeting on Saturday,
January 13th at the Peck Center,
516 S. 10th Street in Fernandina
Beach beginning at Noon. The
meeting will feature a tribute to the
late Marvyne "Beach Lady" Betsch,
a champion of the preservation of
American Beach. For more infor-
mation, call 904-261-0175.
There will be a charity bowling
fund raiser on Saturday, January
13th with proceeds benefitting the
Martin Luther King Memorial
Foundation and Scholarship Fund.
The event will take place at the
Bowl America San Jose location.
The event begins at 2 p.m. Contact
Gene Logan at 904-476-4836 for
Annual MLK Parade
The Annual MLK Parade will be
held on Monday January 15th. It
begins at Water and Jefferson
streets; heads east on Water to
Newnan St.; North on Newnan to
Bay St; East on Bay to Gator Bowl
Way; ends in parking lot J.
Following the parade, there will be
a Holiday Celebration at
Metropolitan Park begins at Noon
and ends at 5 p.m. For more infor-
mation call 476-4836.
Players MLK Concert
The Ritz Chamber Players will
have their annual MLK concert
themed "In Remembrance of the
Dream". The classical concert will
be a Humanitarian Award and
Concert honoring Dr. Johnetta
Cole. The concert will be held on
Wednesday, January 17th at 7:30
p.m. at the Times Union Center of
Do You Know an
Someone who is constantly doing for others and put-
ting someone else's needs before their own, a friend that
goes beyond the norm? A tireless volunteer? Nominate
he or she for the Unsung Hero spotlight and they could
win a profile in the Jacksonville Free Press and a $50
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Caring for Your
Staffers at the Duval County
Extension Service will be offering a
workshop on "Caring for your
Edible Landscape" on Thursday,
January 18th from 10:00 12:30
pm. It will be at the Urban Garden
Field Office which is directly
behind the City Traffic Engineering
Dept. at 1006 Superior St. Come
learn how to prune Muscadine
grapes, learn what cool season
herbs to grow and how to propagate
them. Also the workshop will cover
recommended fruits for North
Florida and worm composting. The
cost is $5.00. Please pre-register by
calling 387-8850. You can pay at
Phi Beta Sigma State
Conference in Jax
The Phi beta Sigma State
Conference will be held in
Jacksonville January 19-21, 2007.
The Nu Beta Sigma, Gamma Pi and
Beta Beta Kappa Chapters will all
be hosting. For more info email sig-
email@example.com or visit
Arbor Day Program
There will be an Arbor Day
Program on Friday, January 19th
from 10-12:30 p.m. at the Duval
County Extension Service, 1010 N.
McDuffAve. The program will fea-
ture speakers on pruning trees,
planting trees, invasive species and
the recommended trees for planting
under power lines. Redbud and
Ashe Magnolia seedlings will be
given out after the program. Call
387-8850 to register.
The Jacksonville Genealogical
Society will hold their monthly
meeting Saturday, January 20,
2007, at the Webb-Wesconnett
Library, 6887 103rd Street,
Jacksonville, Florida, at 1:30 p.m.
The Society is proud to have as our
guest speaker, Flo Rush-White,
who has two books in the Library of
Congress and is currently working
on a third book. Her talk to the soci-
ety is titled, Discovering Our
Genealogy." For additional infor-
mation please contact Mary
Chauncey at (904) 781-9300.
Men College Fair
The 100 Black Men of
Jacksonville, Inc. will present the
4th Annual College Fair on
January 20, 2007 from 9:00 a.m. -
3:00 p.m.at the Wyndham
Riverwalk Hotel. Over 50 college
representatives will be on hand and
scholarships will be awarded on
site. In addition, information on
financial aid and other resources
will be available. S Students need to
pre-register online at infiniteschol-
ar.com for a pass to the event. For
more information call 616-7727.
Musical and Dance
Tribute to Ray Charles
The UNF Fine Arts Center will
present, "I CAN'T STOP LOVING
YOU" a dazzling tribute to the
genius of Ray Charles direct from
London. The performance features
a cast of soulful singers, sassy
dancers and electrifying musicians.
The performance will be on
Thursday, January 25th at 7:30
p.m. at the UNF Fine Arts Center.
For more info call 620-1921.
Ebony Fashion Fair
The 49th Ebony Fashion Fair will
be held on Friday, January 26th at
the Florida Theater beginning at 8
p.m. Proceeds from the fashion
extravaganza will benefit commu-
nity projects of Alpha Kappa Alpha
Sorority's Gamma Rho Omega
Chapter. Every ticket price includes
a choice of a one-year subscription
to Ebony or Jet and other raffle
opportunities. For Ticket informa-
tion contact: Levon Spradley-
Burnett (904) 272-4055.
Once again, Jacksonville is in the
spotlight with the annual Onyx
Community Awards sponsored by
Onyx Magazine. Beginning at 5
p.m., on Saturday, January 27th.
Keep Your Memories for a "
.Parntess Clss Chc h ficaurf tcti s
-Specil Occasion -Birthdays Special even ts
-Retirement -Family Reunion -mpogfnreS s.
-Banquets -Ann ersares LunchAeons
Call "TIhe Picture Lady" 874-05S1
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Th evening is a night of high
recognition for local leaders. The
event will be held at the Hyatt
Regency Hotel. For more event
details, call (904) 254-7230
Black Art Collection
The Walter O. 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)
PRIDE Book Club
The next meeting of the year for
PRIDE Book Club will be on
Friday, February 2nd at the home
of Marie Carter. The book for dis-
cussion will be A SIN AND A
SHAME by Victoria Christopher
Murray. In it's 14th year, PRIDE is
the city's oldest and most active
ethnic book club. Friday February
2nd at the home of Marie Carter.
The book for discussion will be A
SIN AND A SHAME by Victoria
Christopher Murray. For more
information call 389-8417.
Links Western Gala
The Jacksonville Chapter of Links
will have their annual Western Gala
- "a celebration of country soul" on
Saturday, February 10th, 7:30
p.m. at the Jacksonville
Fairgrounds. For more information,
Contact any member of the
Jacksonville Chapter of The Links,
Inc. or email thewesterngala@hot-
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
American Beach Tea
The Peck Center, located at 516 S.
10th Street in Femandina Beach
will be the site of the American
Beach Association's Silver
Anniversary President's Day Tea
beginning at Noon. The February
19th Tea will honor the
Association's past presidents
including founding president Ben
Durham, Frank Morgan, Sr., Bobby
Dollison, Henry Lee Adams, Jr.,
Annette Myers and Carlton Jones.
The organization received a charter
from the State on February 26,
1982. For more information, call
The First Coast African-American
Chamber of Commerce will have
their 9th Annual Heritage Breakfast
on Friday, February 23rd at the
BeTheLite Conference Center
beginning at 7:30 a.m. The theme
for the event is "Continuing the
Legacy of a Dream". For tickets or
more information, call 652-1500.
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
Four Tops &
Temps in Concert
Motown recording artist The
Temptations and The Four Tops
will be in concert together at the
Florida Theater on Sunday March
18th, 2007 at 8 p.m. For ticket
information call 355-2787.
World of Nations
The City of Jacksonville will pres-
ent the 15th Annual World of
Nations Celebration March 29 -
April 1st at Metropolitan Park. The
event celebrates the many diverse
cultures of the First Coast and
throughout the world. For more
information call 630-3690.
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please to print your public serv-
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events free of charge, news
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Page 8 Ms. Perry's Free Press
jenvLfer H-udsovn: A Star is Born
TH OBRSN RAMETITEVE
film in Hollywood. Watching the
buzz grow around a new talent is
always exciting, however, given the
precarious nature of the industry,
what's far more interesting is
watching that career---will grow up
against the pressures of stardom or
super nova back into oblivion?
Which bring us to Jennifer
Hudson. Last seen as a runner-up
on the popular TV show "American
Idol", the -year old Chicago native
has nevertheless gone on to catch
the real top prize when she won the
coveted role as "Effie" in the much
sought-after and long-awaited
screen version of the seminal
Broadway musical "Dreamgirls".
With boundless raw talent and per-
sonality, Hudson is the best reason
to see this film, which recently was
awarded Best Picture top honors
from the African American Film
Critics Association (AAFCA).
The Robertson Treatment recently
met with this amazing talent to find
out how she's coping under
Robertson Treatment: Can you
talk a little about your preparation
for this role? Did you speak to any
of the Broadway folks behind the
Jennifer Hudson: No, I didn't
have a chance to speak with any of
them, but I researched the
Supremes and read books about
them and footage and watched the
DVDs of their old performances. I
had a billboard of the Supremes bill
put in my room. And I would sit and
study Florence Ballard, who Effie is
RT: Was this a nerve-wrecking
experience for you given that it's
your first film and so much of the
weight was placed on you?
JH: Well, I didn't realize how
much weight was on my shoulders
until after I saw it. Thank God I did-
n't know because then I think I
would have been a nervous wreck.
But I was so excited and so happy
to be a part of the project that it
never occurred to me that Oh God,
you have a lot to do here and this is
your first film and in it with all of
these all stars. It really never
occurred to me.
RT: Did you think you'd be winning
Grammys before Oscars?
JH: Yeah! I thought I would have
an album out. I don't know if I even
thought of myself as an actress. And
I didn't pursue acting actually to be
honest. I've always been following
a musical path. And to get my big
break in acting and then to hear
that, it's like omigod! So, I can
never get used to hearing that.
RT: What challenges does fame
present for you?
JH: Well, to whom much is given,
much is required-you know what I
mean? I don't think of it like that-
like Oh My God, what am I going
to do next-I don't put limits on God.
But, I feel like my main problem is
how am I going to balance both
worlds because I've been thinking
that I am just going to sing for
years. And then now I'm in between
both industries. So now my main
issue for myself is to decide on
making the right next decision, the
right move and how am I going to
go between movies and music and
balance them out. That's my biggest
RT: Everyone is talking about you
and the golden boy. All of this
Oscar buzz. How's that make you
feel internally-excited, nervous?
JH: I can't believe it! I'm like are
they serious?! People are really
serious, they're not joking! I feel
very honored because that's such a
high accolade to receive and to
think back to last year when I just
got the part, it never crossed my
mind. So, to be here today and hear
that, I can't even grasp it all.
RT: What is your next move?
What do you want to do next?
JH: Record my album will be next
because I did just sign my record
deal, which is very fresh and we
haven't started the whole process
and know what kind of material I
have. But my album is next and
then I'd like to do another movie
behind it. I don't know what that
will be yet, but that's how I feel.
Even in death, James Brown had
three outfit changes in three days of
funeral services, befitting a man
whose nickname was "The Hardest
Working Man in Show Business"
and whose impact on American
music is unparalleled.
Brown, who died of congestive
heart failure on Christmas Day at
the age of 73, began his final tour in
an electric blue suit and matching
tie for Thursday's public viewing at
the World Famous Apollo Theater
Another wardrobe change preced-
ed his private viewing in Augusta
on Friday, while Saturday's rollick-
ing sendoff at the city's James
Brown Arena saw the musician at
rest in a bejeweled black suit and
gloves with a ruby red shirt.
Some 9,000 people were on hand
to witness the ceremony officiated
by the Rev. Al Sharpton and attend-
ed by such famous faces as Jesse
Jackson, M.C. Hammer, Bootsy
Collins and Michael Jackson -
whose rare public appearance since
a June 2005 acquittal of child
molestation charges threatened to
overshadow the service.
"I don't care what the media says
tonight, James Brown wanted
Michael Jackson with him here
today," Sharpton told the crowd. "
He said ... 'I love Michael.' He said,
'Tell him don't worry about coming
home. They always scandalize
those that have the talent. But tell
him we need to clean up the music
Michael Jackson (C) sits with the Reverends Jessie Jackson (R) and Al
Sharpton (L) at the funeral of soul singer James Brown, during what is
described as a "Homecoming" at the James Brown Arena in Augusta,
Georgia, birthplace of the singer.
and I want Michael and all of them
that imitated me to come back and
lift the music back."'
Jackson, who has lived out of the
country since his acquittal, called
Brown "my greatest inspiration."
"When I saw him move I was
mesmerized," said Jackson. "I've
never seen a performer perform like
James Brown and right then and
there I knew that that was what I
wanted to do for the rest of my life.
.James Brown, I shall miss you and
I love you so much. Thank you for
As expected, the funeral felt at
times like one of Brown's high-
energy concerts. The Soul Generals
played a steady stream of Brown
hits including "Soul Power," "I Feel
Good" and "It's a Man's World" for
a crowd that clapped, cheered and
danced in the aisles.
Brown's politics and his advocacy
of civil rights, punctuated by his
1968 anthem "Say It Loud (I'm
Black and I'm Proud)," was also
acknowledged during the service.
Comedian and civil rights activist
Dick Gregory reminded the audi-
ence of the oppressive racial envi-
ronment of Brown's early life rather
than simply focusing on his music.
"We didn't get this (civil rights)
out of the goodness of America's
heart," he said. "We didn't get this
because they sent the Marines in ...
We got this because with love and
willing to die we said, 'We gonna
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Golfer and wife expecting their first child
Tiger Woods has ended his roller coaster
S2006 with news that he and his wife, Elin
Nordegren, are expecting their first child
S together in the summer.
S"... today is my 31st birthday," Woods wrote
on his Web site. "I'll spend it quietly with fam-
ily and friends, but Elin and I have more exciting news to share: We are
expecting our first child together this summer."
"Obviously, we couldn't be happier and our families are thrilled,"
Woods continued. "I have always wanted to be a dad. I just wish my
father could be around to share the experience."
Woods, whose 2006 saw eight PGA Tour victories including a stretch
of six in a row that took him from the British Open to the beginning of
October also buried his father, Earl Woods, in May following his death
O.J. BOOK MAY BE RELEASED AFTER ALL
Rights to material revert back to Simpson in Nov. 2007.
Some 400,000 copies of O.J. Simpson's cancelled
book "If I Did It" were printed and are reportedly
collecting dust in warehouses, however, the cob-
webs could be removed by this time next year
when rights to the material are reverted back to the
former NFL star.
According to Time magazine, a source close to
Simpson says he will get the rights to his story
returned in 12 months, which means he could resell ,
it toward the end of 2007. -.
The book, which featured Simpson describing
how he would have killed his ex-wife Nicole
Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman had he committed the mur-
ders, was halted by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. in mid-November just
as it was scheduled to hit the bookstores.
Several European publishers have expressed interest in printing the
material in their respective territories, Time reported.
As previously reported, Ron Goldman's father Fred Goldman has sued
News Corp. for the $800,000 he says News Corp. paid Simpson; he also
wants legal rights to the book.
TYSON ARRESTED AGAIN ON DUI CHARGES
For Mike Tyson it's d6jA vu all over again. The ex-boxing champ was
arrested ... again early Friday on suspicion of driving under the influence
and possession of cocaine after police stopped him shortly after he left a
Apparently Iron Mike was so snockered, he almost ran into a deputy
sheriffs vehicle while leaving the club around 1:45 AM, said Sgt. Larry
Hall of the Buckeye (AZ) Police Department.
"He showed signs of impairment and voluntarily submitted to field
sobriety tests," said Hall, who was working in the area as part of a holi-
day DUI task force. Tyson, 40, was placed under arrest after "showing
more signs of impairment" during the field sobriety tests.
TMZ.com reports'that'after he was stopped, Tysoi hdnitted t'bcops
that he had been using illegal drugs over the last few'aays. Cops say they
found cocaine in his car and on his person.
According to Sheriff Arpaio, Tyson has also been a guest at the jail talk-
ing to juvenile offenders about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.
"The irony is he did a great job with these kids stay away from drugs,
don't drink, stay out of trouble," the sheriff said.
James Brown Has Lively
Public Send Off in Hometown
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Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 9
Top African-American Headlines of 2006
children tells Durham, N.C., Police
that she was beaten, raped and
called racial slurs by three White
members of the Duke University
Lacrosse Team. The alleged victim,
a local stripper, had been hired by
1/16/2006 Ellen Johnson
Sirleaf, the first woman to lead an
African nation, is sworn in as pres-
ident of the troubled West African
nation of Liberia as throngs of her
countrymen and women, and digni-
taries from around the world look
on. After a brief oath, the Harvard-
trained Sirleaf pledged a "funda-
mental break" with Liberia's violent
1/23/2006 The NBA record
books shake a little as Kobe
Bryant scores a staggering 82
points, second only to 7-foot Wilt
Chamberlain's 100-point effort in
1962. Bryant's scoring frenzy
comes as the L.A. Lakers beat the
Toronto Raptors 122-104.
2/2/2006 -Three Six Mafia, the rap
group that penned the theme song
from the award-winning movie
"Hustle & Flow" (which featured
Terrence Howard) sends shock
waves through the music world by
winning a Oscar for "It's hard
Out Here For a Pimp." The song is
chosen as best original score writ-
ten for a motion picture.
2/23/06 Chi-Town Brother Skates
Into History Speed skater Shani
Davis races to Olympic Gold,
despite complaints from fellow
Olympic speed skaters that he is not
a team player. With the victory, he
becomes the first Black athlete to
win an individual gold metal in
Winter Olympic history.
3/1/06 Youngest Death Penalty
Convict Back Behind Bars -
Lionel Tate, 19, who pleaded guilty
of robbing a pizza delivery man at
gunpoint is sentenced to 30 years in
prison for violating probation. Tate
was sentenced to die for the 1999
killing of 6-year-old Tiffany
Eunick, a family friend who died
after a severe beating. But after an
avalanche of public outcries about
the inhumanity of condemning such
a young convict to death, his sen-
tence was commuted. Ever since
being released two years earlier,
though, Tate remained in trouble
with the law.
3/13/06 Black Exotic Dancer
Says White Duke Lacrosse
Players Raped Her A 27-year-old
Black woman and mother of two
New Orleans Ray Nagin
the team to dance at a party at an
off-campus house. Following
racially charged marches and accu-
sations, the case and all charges
against the Duke students were
4/10/06 Big Props for First
Black Naval Academy Grad The
U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis
gives Wesley Brown an honor befit-
ting its first African-American
graduate, a $45 million facility in
his name. Brown, 78, graduated
from the Naval Academy in 1949, a
time when it was particularly tough
being a Black officer candidate. He
went on to serve 20 years in the
Navy's Civil Engineering Corps,
rising to the rank of lieutenant.
5/19/06 Autopsy: Guards
Smothered Boot Camp Teen -
Despite guards' claims to the con-
trary, a second autopsy finds that
14-year-old Martin Anderson died
when guards punched and kicked
him, then suffocated him by cuffing
his mouth and forcing him to inhale
ammonia fumes. Guards originally
said Anderson died as a result of a
rare blood disorder, a claim sub-
stantiated by the county medical
examiner. However, a renowned
physician hired by the victim's fam-
ily concludes that the beating was
the cause of death, not sickle-cell
traits. Anderson had been sent to the
camp for violating his probation by
trespassing at a school after he was
charged with stealing his grand-
5/20/06 Delayed Justice for
Mother Rosa Alabama lawmak-
ers pass a bill that pardons Civil
Rights matron Rosa Parks and any-
one else who was arrested and con-
victed of violating the state's "Jim
Crow" laws. Thus, the convictions
were nullified of civil rights work-
ers in the 1950s and 1960s who
were arrested for challenging segre-
gation laws with public lunch
counter sit-ins, marches and other
acts of non-violent civil disobedi-
5/20/06 -NOLA's Nagin Regains
Throne Shaken but not stirred by
Hurricane Katrina and challenges to
his leadership, New Orleans Mayor
Ray Nagin rallies support among
the masses of Blacks and just
enough White folks to win a run-off
election against fellow Democrat
Mitch Landrieu. Ironically, he later
takes the oath for a second term in
the same convention center where
thousands took refuge from Katrina
nine months prior and criticized his
leadership in the crisis.
6/12/06 A Tony for 'Color
Purple' Lead Actress Broadway
veteran LaChanze wins her first
Tony Award for her portrayal of the
Color Purple earns a Tony.
character Celie in the Broadway
musical that Oprah Winfrey
brought to the stage. The play is an
adaptation of the Pulitzer-Prize-
winning book by famed writer
Alice Walker. LaChanze also
starred in Ragtime.
6/16/06 Black Woman Explores
Final Frontier NASA Mission
Specialist Stephanie Wilson
becomes the nation's third African
American to soar into space.
Wilson, a native of Boston who
majored in aerospace engineering at
the University of Texas, is part of
the 12-day Discovery July launch,
which was the first flight since the
Columbia broke up during re-entry
in 2003. concerns relevant to people of
6/16/06 Air Jordan Returns to color.
Tarheel State NBA great Michael 9/19/06 Miss. Town Honors
Jordan, the gravity-defying former Emmett Till More than a half-
guard for the Chicago Bulls, returns century since the brutal lynching of
to the NBA as part owner of the 14-year-old Emmett Till, the
Charlotte Bobcats. Resuming his Mississippi Delta town of
career in the state where it all began Glendora, Miss., opens a memorial
for him, Jordan strikes the deal with museum in his honor. Among the
the'Cats majority owner and BET items on display at the Emmett Till
founder Bob Johnson.
7/19/06 Shock & Awe:
Bush Addresses NAACP
Convention After five
straight snubs, President
Bush decides to address the
convention of the nation's
oldest civil rights organiza-
tion. He takes advantage of
a captive audience of thou-
sands of African Americans
to give his side of the story
about his administration's
civil rights record. Not even
NAACP Chairman Julian Hardcore rappers Three 6 Mafia show Oscar
Bond's pre-convention snipe audiences 'pimpin' can be easy as they accept
at the president's Iraq war the award for Best musical score.
policies and record on enforcing
voting rights was enough to keep
Bush away from the 97th annual
7/28/06 Voting Rights Act
Renewed President Bush signs a
25-year extension of the 1965
Voting Rights Act and vows to "vig-
orously enforce" the law, which
outlawed racist voting practices in
the South, such as poll taxes and lit-
eracy tests. Some conservative
Republicans fight unsuccessfully to
have language stricken that requires
states with a history of voter dis-
crimination to seek pre-approval
from the federal government before
changing voting practices or proce-
dures. A move to remove bilingual
voter assistance from the act also
8/9/06 IRS Clears NAACP In
Tax Dispute After a two-year
investigation, prompted by
Republican complaints about
Chairman Julian Bond's criticism of
President Bush at its 2004 conven-
tion, the IRS sent the NAACP a let-
ter clearing the civil rights group of
violating tax laws against nonprof-
its engaging in political partisan-
ship. Bond argues that freedom of
speech does not preclude the centu-
ry-old group from speaking out on
Historic Intrepid Center, housed in
a converted cotton gin, are oral his-
tories, an audio-visual archive and a
series of photographs. Some of the
artifacts are from the sight where in
1955 Till was beaten beyond recog-
nition and shot in the head for
whistling at a White woman.
12/09/06 Blacks Conquering
Space Joan Higginbotham and
Robert Curbeam's 12-day mission
launches another era in space. Their
launch aboard shuttle Discovery is
the first mission with two African-
American astronauts. Higginbo-
tham, 42, the third Black woman in
space, is the primary operator of the
International Space Station's robot-
ic arm. "Personally, it means I have
this really unique opportunity to
serve my country," sghe says.
Curbeam, 44, is one of the space
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