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Obama Officially Forming Panel
to Explore Presidential Bid
Sen. Barack Obama this week he is taking a
first step toward running for president next
"I will be filing papers today to create a presi-
dential exploratory committee," the Democrat
from Illinois said, adding that he will announce
his final decision February 10 from his home-
town of Chicago.
He made the announcement in a video posted
on his Web site.
The Federal Election Commission told CNN it
had not yet received the paperwork.
Forming an exploratory committee is an initial step -- but not a required
step -- in running for president or any federal office. An exploratory
committee allows potential candidates to begin quietly raising funds and
"testing the waters" on whether they should run for office.
Funds raised in an exploratory committee only need to be disclosed if
the potential candidate actually decides to run for office, at which point
he or she must go back and disclose any "exploratory" money raised.
New Orleans Is Losing Its Blackness
A year after Mayor Ray Nagin made his infamous "Chocolate City"
remark to urge African Americans to return to New Orleans, the city most
ravaged by Hurricane Katrina has lost some of its chocolate flava. Once
one of the most culturally distinct African-American cities, New Orleans,
which before Katrina had a 67 percent Black population, now is only 47
percent Black and 43 percent White. "We need the chocolate back in the
vanilla,"housing activist Endesha Juakali shouted to a crowd last month
to protest the demolition of public housing damaged by Katrina. "It will
never be the same in my lifetime," she said, but added that the longer
housing takes to be rebuilt the less likely the city's Black population is to
Sony Nailed for Racial Bias
Sony BMG, which is home to artists like Beyonce and Christina
Aguilera, was recently found to have discriminated against its Black
employees in its Manhattan office during layoffs in 2004. The New York
office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
found the company, which went through a merger and restructuring in the
summer of 2004, was guilty of discrimination against its Black employ-
ees, according to The New York Post. The EEOC found that the six.
Blacks in its Manhattan office were issued pink slips, but none of their
white counterparts. The only black worker that remained was a mail
clerk. Of the six Blacks fired, three accepted severance packages and
three were asked to leave "involuntarily." None of eight whites and one
Asian at the office was given the ax.
Naomi Campbell Pleads Guilty
to Assault with a Cell Phone
Supermodel Naomi Campbell pleaded guilty in Manhattan Criminal
Court on Tuesday to assaulting her housekeeper with a cell phone. She
was sentenced to five days of community service, fined $363 and ordered
to attend anger management classes.
Campbell threw her cell phone at Ana Scolavino, 42, during a dispute
over a pair of missing jeans. They said the phone hit the woman in the
back of her head, opening a wound that required four staples to close.
Campbell did not comment as she left court.
In June 2005, a second maid, Gaby Gibson, said the celebrity struck her
in the head. She has also filed a civil lawsuit. And in July, former assis-
tant Amanda Black, sued Campbell for verbal, physical and emotional
In February 2000, the model pleaded guilty in a Canadian court for
assaulting another former assistant with a telephone. In that case she paid
the assistant an undisclosed amount of money and attended anger man-
Campbell, 36, has blamed her hot temper on lingering resentment
toward her father for abandoning her as a child.
Slavery Apology Opposed in Virginia
Some Virginia lawmakers say you can forget about the state of Virginia
saying it's sorry for its part in slavery, adding that an apology is unnec-
essary and a sign of too much political correctness.
"The present commonwealth has nothing to do with slavery," said Del.
Frank D. Hargrove (R-Glen Allen), whose ancestors were French
Huguenots who came to America in search of religious freedom.
The issue, which is likely to spark some serious debate, is sponsored by
Black Virginia lawmakers, at least two of whom descended from slaves,
the Daily Progress reports.
"It is meant to be a resolution that is part of a healing process, a process
that still needs to take place even today in 2007," said one sponsor, Del.
A. Donald McEachin (D-Henrico County).
"No one is asking any individual to apologize, because certainly there
are no slaveholders alive today and there are no slaves alive today," said
McEachin, whose great-grandfather was born a slave.
"But Virginia is alive and well, and Virginia was built on the backs of
slaves, and Virginia's economy boomed because of slavery, and it is
Virginia that ought to apologize," he said.
Hargrove, who has asked how far apologies will go, also asked, "Are
we going to force the Jews to apologize for killing Christ?"
R1LA1 i IR-5 C1 A1 CO b l QLLI Y BLACK
Volume 20 No. 44 Jacksonville, Florida January 18-24 2007
The State of Black America: Does Race Still Matter?
by J. Jones, BAW
Race is a hot-button issue.
Whether it is debating the use of
the word "nigger" in all its forms
and intentions and by whom; deal-
ing with discrimination -- real and
perceived -- in the workplace and
the marketplace or wrestling with
immigration and its impact on the
quality of life and opportunities to
succeed in this country, when it
comes to race matters, as scholar
and author Cornel West would say,
Why is it so important, and how do
we, as black people, get to a point
where we can address inequities
without falling prey to limitations
imposed by ourselves and others?
"Racial divisiveness is ingrained
in our psyche," said David Campt, a
leading consultant and author on
diversity issues and author. Campt
said it is normal for black people to
be sensitive about race.
On average, black people have
one-eighth of the family wealth of
their white counterparts. U.S. cen-
sus data show that 30 percent of
white adults had at least a bache-
Shown above at the game are Offensive MVP Steve Mott, game organizer Ronald "Track" Elps" an
Defensive MVP Charles Nicholson at the Annual Game.
Love Abounds at Annual Old Timers Football Game
What is an Old Timer?
That depends on who you ask,
some may think of early gold min-
ers, an old man, or even someone
with traditional beliefs.
But if you were at Boobie Clark
Park on the MLK Holiday. You
would know exactly what an Old
Timer is, especially if you asked the
hundreds in attendance.
The park was a sea of brotherly
love and fun as community mem-
bers of all ages gathered for the
15th Annual Old Timers Flag
Football Game celebrating a day
"on love." The tradition that began
over 15 years ago by Ronald
"Track" Elps Cont. on page 12
Hundreds Enjoyed the Annual MLK Parade this year which was the largest to date. Shown above
are Betty Knighten, Reginia Green, Tyrone Green, Terry Dixon and Alleneisha Wooden enjoying the
parade scenes. For complete parade highlights, see page 7 FMPowell Photo
lor's degree in 2005, compared to
17 percent of black adults. The
median income for white house-
holds was $50,622, compared to
$30,939 for black households, and
three-fourths of white households
owned their homes in 2005, com-
pared with 46 percent of black
households. Continued on page 9
Years of Preaching
Pastor Ernie Murrary
St. Thomas Miss. Baptist Church
"What Shall I Preach After 50
Years? For though I preach the
gospel, I have nothing to glory of
for necessity is laid upon me; yea,
woe is unto me, if Ipreach not the
gospel." (I Corinthians 9:16) This
Biblical passage clearly expresses
Pastor Emie L. Murray Sr. as he
examined his fiftieth (50) year of
preaching in front of friends family
Pastor Murray says, "Ever since
I've known myself, I have been try-
ing to preach the gospel of Jesus
Christ." He joined the church at the
early age of nine years old.
Rev. Murray received the call
to preach on his twelfth birthday. A
member of Mt. Ararat, he recollects
the January 14th day, "Pastor
Graham lifted me up on a box and I
preached for a few minutes. When
Pastor Graham helped me down, I
began to cry. He asked why? I told
him that I wasn't finished preached
Pastor Graham told me "Not to
worry, for you will have a lifetime
to preach." I will always treasure
the memory of that day." Said
His pastoral tenure includes six-
teen year in New Jersey before
coming to St. Thomas where he
recently celebrated his 20th
Anniversary. Since his arrival, the
church has grown by leaps and
bounds including new ministries
and facilities. Most recently, the
Moncrief Road institution celebrat-
ed the opening of their Family Life
Center servicing the needs of the
church and the community.
Battle on to Remove KKK Founder's Name From Area School
By Dana Maule
named after the
Steve Moll Wizard of the
Klu Klux Klan,
Nathan Bedford Forrest, by sugges-
tion of the Daughters of the
Confederation. For the past 50
years no one has acknowledged or
expressed enough outrage toward
the blatant symbolism of hate and
racism the KKK is notorious for.
That is until a Florida Community
College professor and some of his
students embarked on a controver-
sial civil service project. Just last
week, Professor Steve Stoll and his
sociology class made a second pro-
posal at the Duval County School
Board's Advisory Counsel meeting
to change the name of Forrest High
School. The goal of the group is a
name change from Forrest to that of
Eartha M.M. White.
Originally from Ohio, Stoll has
developed a keen interest in
Jacksonville over his six years here.
When he suggested Forrest High
School as a field project, many of
his students which were of African-
American background and native to
Jacksonville were in disbelief of the
reality that much of our city has
accepted the tradition and the ideol-
ogy behind the name of Forrest
The student's research revealed
much about the school as well as
the effects of the civil rights move-
ment on the city of Jacksonville.
Students found that when the
school was founded in 1958 as a
white's only high school it disre-
garded the Supreme Courts deci-
sion made in 1954 to integrate
schools as a result of the Brown
verses The Board of Education
Continued on page 3
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Pros and Cons of Debt Consolidation
Q: I got a car loan 18 months
ago with an interest rate that's
even higher than my credit cards.
I think I might qualify for a lower
interest rate now. Can I get a new
loan and pa) off the old one?
A: Automobile refinancing, while
not as common as mortgage refi-
nancing, can lower your interest
rate, lower your monthly payment
and save you thousands of dollars
over the life of the loan. For people
who have excellent credit, the rates
are as low as 5.49 percent and there
are usually no fees involved. Visit
Bankrate.com to see how the inter-
est rates are running today.
Your best bet for finding the low-
est rates is through an online bro-
ker, such as eloan.com, or your cur-
rent bank or credit union. In most
cases the application is simple. If
you apply through an online service
you can find out in as little as a few
hours if you qualify for the lowest
Q: You might want to share with
your readers that they should
take advantage of interest free
offers from retailers. I bought
furniture recently and used the
finance plan offered by the store.
I don't have to make a payment
for 12 months. In that time I'll be
able to save enough money to pay
off the balance.
A: Buy now, pay later offers sound
like a sweet deal, but they can cost
you more in the long run.
Buy now pay later offers allow
you to take something home today
and not worry about paying for it
for sometimes as long as a year. But
during that year, interest is accruing
on that purchase, and that can be
something to worry about.
If the purchase is not paid for in
full by the time that one-year grace
period is up, all the interest that has
been accruing since the day you
made the purchase will be added to
the balance of the purchase. If you
can stick to your plan and pay off
the furniture before the due date
you will have gotten a great deal
and free financing. If not, you're
going to end up owing a lot more
that the original purchase price.
In a nation where consumers have
accumulated more than $800 billion
in high-interest credit card debt, it
would be safe to say that Americans
are obsessed with plastic.
Tack credit card debt onto mort-
gages, auto loans and student loans,
and it's easy to see how regular
monthly bills can become over-
whelming. One solution: debt con-
In an effort to reduce or eliminate
debt, a consumer takes out a debt
consolidation loan at a low or fixed
rate in order to pay off additional
forms of debt at higher interest
rates. The loan used to consolidate
debt is often a home equity loan;
however, any loan or line of credit
can be used, including credit cards.
"Debt consolidation may help
some individuals and families get a
grip on their daily finances, but it's
certainly not for everyone," said
Mike Sullivan, director of educa-
tion for Take Charge America, a
Rules and Tools
Networking affairs are not places for going into detail on the finer
points of your laser printer. Save that for the sales meetings. If you can't
answer a question or describe your latest five-speed turbo widget in
under two minutes, save it for the follow-up meeting. Even nonstop
humorous monologues wear thin.
Long-winded jokes are even worse, and there is no place for blue or
sexist humor at a networking meeting. Save it for the back room. In fact,
I'd suggest that you not tell jokes at all in networking situations.
The best humor springs from real-life situations, and if you can tell a
funny story about yourself or your family that fits into the conversation-
al flow, Fine. Most "jokes," however, do little more than interrupt the
flow of networking conversation, and all too often, they are told at some-
On the occasion when I encounter a monologist, I slip in a quick ques-
tion when he or she pauses to draw a breath. Thank goodness, everyone
has to breathe.
Effective networking can only take place when there is a dialogue, or
when the conversation includes several people. If all you talk about is
yourself, then prepare to have a one-man network, which is about as
effective as a one-hand clap. R member these good conversation rules:
Never talk for more than three or four minutes without including
someone else in the conversation.
- Ask relevant questions of other speakers and LISTEN to their answers.
- Encourage others to get involved by asking: "Do you have any ques-
tions about this?"
- Acknowledge new people and invite them into the conversation.
- Interrupt only when there is a give-and-take flow going.
Don't make gender or status-based power plays in conversation, or
Bottum Line: Remember, the words you speak today are waiting
for you tomorrow.
Auto Refinancing Can Lower
Interest Rates And Payments
national non-profit credit counsel-
ing company. "If you have a friend
or family member that has success-
fully consolidated debt, it doesn't
mean the same process will work
for you. Cookie-cutter solutions
don't work when it comes to
Sullivan examines the pros the
cons of debt consolidation:
-PRO: Take Control of
Temporary Debt Debt issues are
not always associated with over-
charging credit cards. A debt con-
solidation loan can help financially
stable consumers who have
acquired a large amount of debt that
is associated with a temporary
issue, like an illness, accident or job
- PRO: Opportunity to Save As
long as the monthly payment on
your debt consolidation loan is less
than the sum of the monthly pay-
ments on your individual loans,
debt consolidation can help you
take control of your
Making one lower
payment can help a
consumer get a reality
check on the extent of
his or her credit prob-
lem. If the payment is
lower than the sum of
the payments on the
consolidated bills, it
may free up extra
money in the monthly '. )
budget to purchase
necessities, start an
emergency fund or
contribute to a college
fund, among other
Consumers who take
out home equity loans can reap
advantages at tax time. Some or all
of the interest on the loan may be
deductible. However, individuals
and families with poor credit histo-
ries or a track record of overcharg-
ing are generally advised to avoid
home equity loans.
- CON: You Can Get Deeper in
Debt Paying off your credit cards
means you have credit available. If
you keep charging, you'll just have
more debt and fewer options for
dealing with it. Consolidation only
works if you stop charging.
CON: Lower Rate Doesn't
Mean You'll Pay Less Don't be
fooled by low interest rates. If the
term of your debt consolidation
loan is longer than the terms of your
smaller existing loans, you may end
up paying more in total interest,
even if the interest rate on your con-
Putting Your Teenager's
Cell Phone to Good Use
by Jason Alderman
Many American teenagers seem
to have a cell phone permanently
glued to their ear. With more than
200 million U.S. cell phones now in
use, they're clearly not going away,
especially as cell phone manufac-
turers and service operators target
younger audiences with ever-
increasing features, including
games. Parents usually foot the
bill and many are torn between the
convenience and security of being
able to keep closer tabs on their
children and the annoyance and
expense these hunks of chirping
metal can engender. Plus, some
worry that cell phone Internet
access may allow their children to
access inappropriate Web sites.
In fact, a whole subspecies of
"kid-friendly" cell phones and serv-
ices that parents can monitor has
emerged, including products from
TicTalk (www.tictalk.com), FireFly
Common features include allowing
parents to limit who can call and be
called from the phone, limit the
number of minutes allowed each
month, set hours of operation and
even include Global Positioning
System (GPS) tracking, so they
know their kids' whereabouts.
One bit of good news is that in
addition to photos, songs and
annoying ring tones, more and
more cell phone-downloadable
educational games and software
programs are becoming available
that do everything from teach
young children basic math, phonics
and logic skills, to translate foreign
languages, to help older students
study for placement exams. While
some of these programs are free,
others charge a one-time download
or monthly service fee for use.
Financial Football combines the
structure and rules of the NFL with
financial education questions.
Players can pick the teams they
want to compete, choose the game
length and set the level of question
difficulty to make the game more or
less challenging. Gamers gain
yards and score points by answer-
ing questions correctly and lose
yardage for wrong answers.
Parents, kids and teachers can
download the free Financial
Football by texting "Visa" to
24421. The game itself is free,
though your cell phone carrier may
charge you for airtime
Remember, four out of five high
school students graduate without
taking a personal financial manage-
ment class, yet they'll soon need to
balance a checkbook, file taxes and
manage credit cards. You might as
well turn the necessary evil of cell
phones into something a little more
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January 18-24, 2007
solidation loan is lower. You won't
be saving money in the long run,
even though your monthly pay-
ments will be less.
CON: You Can Lose Your
Home If you use a home equity
loan to consolidate your debts, the
loan is secured by a lien on your
home. That means the lender can
foreclose on your home if you
default on the loan.
Before consolidating debt, Sullivan
suggests talking with a credit coun-
"There is no magic formula when
it comes to debt consolidation.
Every financial situation is unique,
and a credit counselor has the tools
to help you decide which path is
right for you," he said.
Visit the Better Business Bureau at
www.bbb.org to check out rep-
utable credit counselors.
"How to Obtain Business
Financing" in Free Seminar
Does your business need money? Did you know that developing a rela-
tionship with your bank can dramatically improve your company's ability
in obtaining loans, lines of credit and business insurance? This workshop
will feature representatives from Compass Bank who will present the type
of loan programs that are available to small businesses. If you are a small
growing business, you can not afford to miss this!
The workshop, "How to Obtain Business Financing" will be held
Tuesday, January 23, 2007, at 6:00 pm until 7:30 pm, at the Ben Durham
Business Center, 2933 North Myrtle Avenue. The workshop is a collabo-
rative effort of the FCBBIC and Compass Bank and is approved for 15
To register, or for more information, call First Coast Black Business
Investment Corporation at (904) 634-0543.
Professor Fuels Battle to Change School's Name from Founder of the Klan
Continued from the front
Some students also learned that
prior attempts had been made in the
past to change the name of Forrest
High, but were unsuccessful and
ignored. When Stoll was asked why
previous attempts to make changes
were not successful he responded,
"There was not enough support or
Stoll has met with the School
Board on many occasions and has
shared the information with other
mediums and in his opinion, has
received nothing but opposition and
"The response of the media and
the community has really made me
question the medias obligation to
inform the people with unbiased
information." He said. Stoll said he
feels that the community at large
has been insensitive by questioning
the reasoning behind the students
drive to have the name of Forrest
"It's not about black and white, it's
about what's right and wrong," said
Many have written editorials
against Stoll's efforts. Many respon-
ders criticize Stoll for his opinion of
Nathan B. Forrest and claim that
Forrest was a nice slave owner and
his greatness was evident in his
abilities as a war general. Stoll said
"If I was a survivor of the
Holocaust and wrote about the con-
centration camps, would they
search for the 'other side' of the
story to say that the Holocaust was-
n't that bad?"
Parents in attendance at the
Advisory Counsel meeting were on
both sides of the fence. Some were
nonchalant and felt no responsibili-
ty for the school name while others
were supportive of the proposed
Parents Encouraged to Attend Weekly
Magnet Programs Information Seminars
Thursday evening, parents gath-
ered to attend a convenient and cen-
trally located meeting to learn more
about the educational choices avail-
able in Duval County. Parent
Information Sessions are held on
Thursday in January and February
to provide parents with important
information about Magnet
Programs. The evening meetings
are scheduled from 6:30 8:30 p.m.
in the Cline Auditorium of the
Duval County Public Schools
Administration Building, at 1701
"Last year's weekly sessions were
very successful and we found par-
ents to be well informed," said Dr.
Sally Hague,, Director, School
Choice and Pupil Assignment.
"Making a decision about which
program and school is best for your
child is important and our goal is to
have every parent leave the sessions
armed with accurate information."
The Sedwick and Shashi families
took advantage of the opportunity
to learn about other educational
options in Duval County. The
Sedwicks shopped for a middle
school and were intrigued by pro-
gram continuity possibilities from
elementary to high school. The
Shashis, who attended with their
daughter, showed interest in the ele-
mentary programs for the academi-
"We moved here last summer and
we're just learning about *--.
magnets," said Mrs.
Shashi. "The staff has
been very helpful and
addressed all of our con-
cerns about theme
Representatives from the
Duval County Magnet
Programs will be avail-
able at each meeting to Information sessions allow one on one info for
showcase the array of parents and students with administrators.
school choices and to dis- T .
cuss program themes, transporta-
tion options, requirements and
deadlines. Families will also learn
about the new online application
process. This is the first year par-
ents can register their children
online for the magnet programs.
Paper applications, however, are
The Magnets & More! 2007-2008
Reference Guide, information ses-
sions, and other resources have
been developed to help families
learn about magnet programs and
school choice options. Use of these
tools and taking a school tour will
help families choose the right pro-
gram for their child to explore a
theme or focus that sparks their
interest. The largest event of the
season, The Magnets and More!
School Choice Expo will be
Saturday, January 20, from 11:00
a.m. 3:00 p.m., in the Jacksonville
Fairgrounds. ITe magnet programs
enrollment season ends February
Duval County Public Schools'
magnet programs began in 1991,
and are nationally acclaimed as a
school choice program. School
choice programs serve more than
30,000 students offering options
that include charter schools; special
academic programs; career acade-
mies and the magnet programs.
The magnet themes offered by
schools range from aviation to visu-
al and performing arts. For more
information visit the websites mag-
netprograms.com and www.duval-
Parent Information Sessions are
held every Thursday in January and
February from 6:30 8:30 p.m. in
the Duval County Public Schools
Administration Building Cline
"I don't care if they change the
name or not" and "there are bigger
problems" are some of the apathet-
ic responses to the quest said at the
According to Stoll the principal of
Forrest has not shown much sup-
port or interest in the efforts to
change the schools name when
approximately 51% of the student
body is Black.
"Principal Kirkpatrick's thoughts
were concerning expenses and costs
of changing the schools names. She
questioned how they would pay for
new jerseys etc." said Stoll.
However there were many at the
meeting in support of Stoll. In order
to make this project a success, "we
need continuous action and signifi-
cant numbers," said Stoll.
According DCSB rules, to change
the name of any school requires cer-
tair criterion including being
deceased; outstanding contributions
or service to the Duval educational
system for a period not less than 10
years and good moral character.
Stoll's research concludes that
Forrest never set foot in
Jacksonville or even the state of
Florida. He was originally from
Tennessee. Nathan B. Forrest was
not an educator. He was in fact a
slave trader. He murdered free
Black soldiers in cold blood and
was the first Grand Wizard of the
KKK which denied Blacks there
rights under the constitution.
According to the requirements the
School Board has set Stoll strongly
questions how the School Board
could not agree with the need to
change the name of Forrest High
school. "This is political pandering.
They don't want to shake the boat,"
"Where is the outrage!" comment-
ed Stoll. Forrest High "represents
hate and racism to me, Blacks and
everybody at the time it was found-
ed." "Martin would be rolling in his
grave" Stoll said in mention of Dr.
Martin Luther King. "Instead of
saying 'What Would Jesus Do' we
should be asking ourselves, What
Would Martin Do'."
Stoll speculates that a school name
that brings pride will help the stu-
dent perform better academically.
He and his students have suggested
naming the school Scott Speicher
High after the Navy Pilot that has
been missing since the 70's Gulf
War who was a graduate of Forrest
An alternative suggestion was
103rd Street High. The suggested
name that also fits the criterion of
the School Board is Eartha White
High School. She was involved
with educating in Jacksonville, and
throughout her life made enormous
contributions to the city.
The next School Board advisory
Counsel meeting will be held on
January 29 at Cedar Hills school.
An active way to celebrate the
approaching Black History month
is by supporting a cause. Participate
in a change. Stoll and his students
need numbers of faces advocating
the name change of Forrest High
school. The attendance of those
who are driven to pursue justice is
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King's Holiday Must Continue to be
a Time for Reflection for America?
Every year around this time I
reflect back on who Dr. Martin
Luther King was and what he
meant to this great nation of ours.
And every year I come to the same
conclusion. We talk a lot about "his
dream," but King's life can't be
defined by the March on
Washington and his famous "I
Have a Dream" speech.
Dr. King's life can not be defined
by those who say that he was a
womanizer and had a weakness
when it came to women. One has to
look at his life for what he fought
for and how he helped to change
the racial landscape of our country.
King certainly wasn't the only one
who fought against injustice and
inequality, but much like Rosa
Parks he was the right man at the
right place at the right time.
He was a great writer and speaker
and an outstanding diplomat. He
was the perfect man for the job.
With a bible in one hand and the
Constitution in the other, his intel-
ligence and vision were
unmatched. And more important
than all of that he was extremely
unselfish and realized that the
movement wasn't about him.
Every movement, every cause,
every organization needs a leader
and Martin Luther King embodied
what it meant to be a true leader. At
the helm of the most important
movement in this country's history
- at least in my opinion was a man
named Martin. He was a man who
wasn't perfect, but as I said earlier
was perfect for the job.
It was almost prophetic when Dr.
King spoke on April 3, 1968, and
by E.O. Hutchison
Last spring immigration r:
groups loudly demanded that
right groups take part in imm
tion rights marches and end
immigration reform bills
Congress. They branded the ir
gration battle the new civil r
movement, and insisted tha
Martin Luther King, Jr. were
he would have backed up
claim. It's risky to say what I
would have done on that score
it's almost certain that given K
passionate support of the m
Latino led and targeted farm w
ers movement in California,
his glowing praise of farm w(
leader Cesar Chavez, he w
have regarded the immigra
reform fight as a civil rights bi
And that would get him in
water today with many blacks
some civil rights groups who
great offense at comparing
immigration reform struggle tc
1960s civil rights move
That's just one glaring sign of
things have changed in the ne
four decades since King's mu
and on the anniversary of the ]
national holiday celebration.
In the 1960s, things were r
simpler for civil rights leach
Their fight was against big
sheriffs and mobs. Civil ri
leaders firmly staked out the n
high ground for the modem
said, "I have been to the mountain
top and seen the Promised Land."
He went on to say that he probably
would not be here on this earth to
see it, but he knew that blacks
would truly gain equality in this
Dr. King said, "We've got some
difficult days ahead. But it doesn't
matter with me now. Because I've
been to the mountaintop. And I
don't mind. Like anybody, I would
like to live a long life. Longevity
has its place. But I'm not concerned
about that now. I just want to do
"And He's allowed me to go up to
the mountain. And I've looked over.
And I've seen the Promised Land. I
may not get there with you. But I
want you to know tonight, that we,
as a people, will get to the
Promised Land. And I'm happy,
tonight. I'm not worried about any-
thing. I'm not fearing any man.
Mine eyes have seen the glory of
the coming of the Lord."
Or to use some of his most popu-
lar words, "I have a dream, that my
four little children will one day live
in a nation where they will not be
judged by the color of their skin but
by the content of their character."
Each year I ask myself if people
even realize that the Monday that
they got off for MLK day was big-
ger than the man? I am sure that
some do, but many do not.. Most of
us deal with the racial realities of
life in America everyday and the
reality of human nature, and those
realities don't lead me to believe
that King's dream may never be
truly realized. But then I think
about the fact that this has come so
far in such a short period of time.
Now I can have dinner with
friends of any color in any restau-
rant we choose. I can pretty much
live in any neighborhood that I can
afford. And my children can pretty
much get into any educational
institution in the country if they
have the right grades and the right
funds. Well I am probably getting a
little carried away, there are cer-
tainly educational institutions in
this country that still discriminate
based upon race.
African Americans certainly have
access to the same financial institu-
tions and get approved for loans if
we qualify almost as frequently as
whites. However, there still are
some inequalities in lending that
need to be addressed. In fact, a
study that came out in 2006
showed that blacks with the same
credit score and income received
higher interest loans than whites.
Blacks can own businesses and be
as successful as some, but we still
seem to struggle to get opportuni-
ties in numerous industries.
What about racism and hate, we
have certainly move past those
issues in this country right? Well,
not quite, but we have made
tremendous strides, but we still
have a long way to go. I always
find it interesting the way blacks
and whites view racism in
America. Studies show that for the
most part whites feel that racism is
no longer a problem in this country.
And of course, blacks feel the
opposite, most African Americans
feel that racism is still a problem in
America. Some of it is real and
some of those feelings stem from
the history of the black race in this
country. I guess if Dr. King was
alive today, he probably wouldn't
be surprised that we were dealing
with some of the same issues some
40 years after his death.
My favorite MLK quote comes
from his "I Have a Dream Speech"
when he talks about the promise of
equality given to all Americans by
the Constitution. King said, "When
the architects of our republic wrote
the magnificent words of the
Constitution and the declaration of
Independence, they were signing a
promissory note to which every
American was to fall heir.
"This note was a promise that all
men would be guaranteed the
inalienable rights of life, liberty,
and the pursuit of happiness. It is
obvious today that America has
defaulted on this promissory note
insofar as her citizens of color are
concerned. Instead of honoring this
sacred obligation, America has
given the Negro people a bad check
which has come back marked
But again, we have come a very
long way and Dr. King would be
proud of the progress that we
(Americans) have made. I can hear
him saying, "The line of progress is
never straight. For a period of
movement may follow a straight
line and then it encounters obsta-
cles and the path bends."
Signing off from the back of this
extremely long parade,
Rights Leaders Face Challenges
That King Never
civil rights movement. It was clas- ment and its le
ights sic good versus evil. The gory news Many of them
civil scenes of baton welding racist own success
igra- Southern sheriffs, firehoses, and they broke
lorse police dogs, and Klan violence restricted doo
in unleashed against peaceful black government ag
nmi- protesters sickened many white ties, middle c
rights Americans. All, except the most poor, rushed th
at if rabid racists, considered racial seg- Four decades
alive regation as immoral and indefensi- two black Ame
their ble, and the civil rights leaders and comfortab
King were hailed as martyrs and heroes Oprah Winfre
.Yet in the fight for justice. Bill Cosby,
ing's Blacks had the sympathy and Denzil Washin
ostly goodwill of millions of whites, of millionaire
rork- politicians, and business leaders, entertainers, t
and and even a president that shouted professionals.
worker "We Shall Overcome," the slogan The black Ar
would of the civil rights movement. But fragmented an
nation those days are long gone. Instead less. Lacking c
battle. civil rights leaders must confront skills and profe
ihot the indifference, even outright hos- shunned by
and utility, of many white and non-white black leaders
take Americans to affirmative action, shoved even
the increased spending on social pro- margins of An
o the grams, and civil rights marches, chronic problem
lent. They confront a Bush administra- violence, family
how tion that the overwhelming majori- abuse, the so
early ty of blacks regard as an inherent rate of young
rder, enemy of civil rights. mounting devs
King That points to another challenge AIDS disease
that King had only begun to wres- ties, abysmally
nuch tle with in his last days. That's the public schools
ders. plight of the legions of urban black even worse fo
;oted poor. As America unraveled in the middle-class c
rights 1960s in the anarchy of urban riots, times have seel
loral campus takeovers, and anti-war to get a handle
day street battles, the civil rights move- The political
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on those problems.
rise of, and soaring
influence of black conservatives,
the black evangelicals, and the furi-
ous internal fights among blacks
over gay marriage, gay rights, and
abortion have tormented, per-
plexed, and forced civil rights lead-
ers, who are mostly liberal
Democrats to confront their own
gender and political biases.
The endorsement of an anti-gay
march by one of King's daughters a
couple of years ago was another
instance of a troubling issue that
King didn't have to deal with. She
evoked her father's name during the
march, and was gently rebuked by
Coretta Scott King. Though Coretta
almost certainly spoke for King in
championing gay rights, he still
would have been in a bind over
how to deal with a family disagree-
ment on whether gay rights is a
legitimate civil rights issue or not.
Civil rights leaders will continue
to walk a tight rope between the
competing and sometimes contra-
dictory needs of black conserva-
tives, gay rights backers, and immi-
gration reform advocates, while
still trying to be a voice for the
These are weighty challenges that
would perplex and frustrate King if
he were alive. It was so much easi-
er when the challenge was water
hoses, police dogs and Bull
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Should Black America be Mad that
"black hate" music tops Billboard Chart?
-^k- b Wi\lliam Reeed
Pop duo Prussian Blue is shocking the nation
S \\ ith sales of their End of.-A Black f]orld album.
It is the soundtrack on a remake of one of the
S nation's controversial race movies. Birth Of .
f .\ Nui. Eii o.1.4 Black IworlJ is the third and
." most successful album for 12 and 13 year old
*...; .- girls Lamb and Lynx, whose careers have sky-
rocketed b) hat seems to be a shift in openly
S. displaying open racism.
S -:"H The President of the NAACP Legal Defense
Fund said: "It really\ breaks my heart to see
those t o girls spewing out that kind of garbage". Ted Shaw. who plans
to actively protest the girls' album sa:, s. "I am shocked that an album advo-
cating the extermination of the black race could be so widely received by
Lynx and Lamb ha.e been nurtured on racist beliefs by mother April since
birth "\\e hope to bring about change in our people. "says Lamb. "We
hope that our album and the mo\ ie Bith Ot1.4 .\naion will show our people
exactly what needs to be done to make this country safe and white." In
regards to their inspiration for the album, Lk nx says: "I saw white people
hating %white people and \was afraid that America wanted to be black".
In their promotional intend ie~s L\ n. and Lamb sa\ the most important
social issue fa.icng the \\lute race "is not ha\ ing enough white babies born
to replace ourselves and generally not hating good-quality white people
being born. It seems like smart white
girls w.ho haie good eugenics are
more interested in making money n m
a career or part ing than genrtng
marned d land h ing a family.
I'-, hard loi Mr. lhas. et al. to den .
Prussian Blue's w white nationalist
peciuasion or ihat the ha\e ligh ,'- )
recording sales and a huge and J"
growing following. The real ques- '
tion is: Can ,otu dance to their
Audiences heing able to dance to--
the music should be the sole criterion Prussian Blue Members
Prussian Blue Members
for Prussian Blue to be, or not to be. in
free market system. For example. 20 years ago, N.W.A. (Niggaz With
Attitude w as known as "the % orld's most dangerous rap group" yet, mil-
lions of blacks bought and danced to their music.
N.W.A. \was formed in Compton. California in 1986 and disbanded in
1991. C)Oer the course of their fie years together. NWA popularized
gangsta lap with the groundbreaking Straight Outta Compton (1989)
album, a vicious hardcore record that became an underground hit notorious
for hardcore l\ rics and "reflection of a rising anger in that city". History
shows, N\\ A redefined hip hop in lyrical and instrumental ways and was
tfrst among groups ito achieve widespread d commercial success without
radio pla. or cont.enlional mainlstrean promotions.
With a title help from their friends. Prussian Blue's duo could be multi-
millionaires before the\ are 20. NWA's "bo\z from the 'hood" went on to
lead successful solo careers. Rolling Stone's 2004 Magazine ranked
N.W.A 83 on their list of 100 Greatest Artists of All Time". Easy-E and
Dr. Dre became successful commercial rappers and producers. Ice Cube
became kno\ n in films as an actor, writer, producer and director. "Cube"
is famous and \.ealth\ ionm successful franchises that sprouted from the
Friday ( 195 and Barbershop (20021 movies.
In 2015. recording industry\ letenues, topped S12.27 billion. Over past
years black rappers got some of that. They'\e become multi-millionaires
through art and expression celebrating: the notorious "N-word". conspicu-
ouis consumption, gunfights, misog, n\ and the crack trade. So. is it justi-
fiable to den\ Pluissia Blue lights to record and perform their genre on
today's music scene because the\ aren't enamored with African Americans
and our culture.' It ma\ be as good foi black psyches, as it is to white's, to
consider what the teenagers sa\ they're actually promoting: "Open your
heart and \oul mind l o a timo e and place in the future .\\here Pride in who
you are and liheie \ou came from. Lo\e.e for your people and Hope for the
future arc acceptable for EVERYONE".
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Shown above at the birthday event are (L-R) Bishop Holifield, III, Lavonda Richardson, Dequita Clark, Michelle Bell, Jian Holley, Honoree
Gail Holley, Ernestine Bivens, Dianne Parker and Tonya Brown.
Family and Friends Fete Gail Holley With Surprise Party
Argument Over James Brown's
Height Leads to Gunfire
A 70-year old man shot his friend after the two got into a heated argument
over the height of recently deceased Godfather of Soul James Brown,
according to reports.
David James Brooks Jr., 62, walked into police station to complain that
he had been shot and was quickly rushed to a hospital for treatment. The
shooter, Dan Gulley, later turned himself in at the police station. Witnesses
told police that after Gulley and Brooks' argument escalated, Gulley began
shooting at Brooks, hitting him twice. Brooks, already wounded in the
abdomen, went to his vehicle, got a gun and fired back at Gulley but
Both men had been at a friend's house when they argued about just how
tall James Brown was. Officers did not believe alcohol was a factor.
So exactly how tall was James Brown, who died of heart failure last
Christmas? Well, at the risk of being riddled with bullets, the Godfather of
Soul was 5 ft 6 in (168 cm) tall.
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Tributes Ray Charles at UNF
Honoree Gail Holley looks at delight at her custom decorated red vel-
vet cake while her daughter Jian lights the candles.
By D. Parker
Family and friends of Gail Holley,
retired Duval County Educator and
well known local majorette coach
secretly met on Saturday, January
13 at the home of her Aunt Mrs.
Ernestine Bivens, to attend a special
celebration in honor of her 65th
Guests were asked to gather at
7:00 p.m. to wait the arrival of Ms.
Holley who was unaware of the fes-
tivities. Ms. Holley arrived accom-
panied by her daughter Jian Holley,
who came home from Atlanta, Ga.
to help surprise her mother. When
the honoree arrived she was greeted
by family members, high school
and college friends, sorority sisters
and other well wishers whose lives
she has touched over the years.
From the moment Ms. Holley
entered the door the evening
evolved into a special event of fine
dining, champagne toasts, and a
custom decorated Red Velvet birth-
The honoree's god sister Dianne E.
Parker, daughter Jian Holley, Aunts
Ernestine Bivens and Dr. Mabel
Perry along with friends Tonya
Brown, Lavonda Richardson,
Yvonne Smith, and Altha Hines
worked meticulously over the holi-
days to plan the elegant affair that
Ms. Holley would forever remem-
ber. Guests that attended this spe-
cial birthday celebration included
Harold and Joann Buggs, Dr.
Michelle Bell, Dr. Bishop Holfield,
III, Zack Belton, Elliott Chapman,
EWC Football Coach Kevin Clarke
and his wife Dequita, Charlene
Frazier, (Jamaica NY), Irvlyn
Kennebrew, Curtis and Elizabeth
Miranda, Margaret Cummings-
Pipes, Juliet Curington, David and
Boxing Legend to Grace Line of Children's Books
Boxing icon Muhammad Ali is
lending his name to a line of chil-
dren's books designed to help moti-
vate and empower young students.
particularly boys, to become more
actively involved in learning to0
Scholastic Corp.'s "Muhamnimad
Ali Presents Go the Distance" fea-
tures books that reflect All'
philosophies and are targeted
toward socially disadvantaged sru-
dents in grades 3-8 who believe
neither reading nor education is rel-
evant to their lives, says Lonnie
Ali, the boxing legend's w ife.
"The foundation of all ediicationi
is reading," she says, according to
the Associated Press. "Books can
take a child outside of his immedi-
ate vicinity, his immediate environ-
ment, to someplace else. It makes
them learn about other communities
outside of their immediate neigh-
borhoods. That's one of the things
this particular library has been
designed to d to take children on
that next journey out."
The collection, AP reports, fea-
tures a wide range of multicultural
fiction and nonfiction books that
generally reflect the interests of
young boys in underserved class-
rooms because, on average, they
read far less than their female coun-
terparts. Some of the titles
include: "Stealing Home: The
Story of Jackie Robinson,"
"Hunterman and the Crocodile,"
a folk tale from west Africa;
"White Star: A Dog on the
Titanic," about a young boy and
a dog who bond while aboard
the doomed ocean liner; and
"Touching Spirit Bear," a story
of a young boy's journey from
self-destructive anger to for-
giveness. Of course, the
Scholastic collection also
includes "The Champ: The Story
of Muhammad Ali."
"A lot of it has to do with sub-
ject material getting the inter-
est of the child, to make them
read," Ali says. "The more you
make a child read, the more they are
motivated. The more motivation
they have, the more they seek out
books to read and the more they
become empowered by what they
read and empowered with what
they can do."
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Gail Walden Holley made her
mark in the Jacksonville communi-
ty in 1958 as the high stepping tal-
ented head majorette of the New
Stanton High School marching
band, that was recognized national-
ly for their musical superiority and
marching precision. Ms. Holley
went on to graduate from Howard
University and went on to teach in
the public schools of New York
City and El Paso, Texas. She
returned home to Jacksonville in
1970 to teach Home Economics at
New Stanton H.S. and Sandalwood
H.S. and in 1974 served as Dept.
Chairman of Home Economics and
Majorette Coach to the William M.
Raines Marching Band. After 32
years of dedicated service Ms.
Holley retired from the Duval
County school system in 2003.
Today, she devotes a great deal of
time volunteering in the
Jacksonville community, at
Woodlawn Presbyterian Church
and through her sorority, the
Gamma Rho Omega Chapter of
Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc., where she
Chairs the Graduate Advisory
Council, a group of college trained
women who serve as mentors to
undergraduate college women in
the sorority at Jacksonville
University, the University of North
Florida and Edward Waters College
to help them achieve their educa-
tional and professional goals.
Classic cast brings Ray Charles' hits to life.
I Can't Stop Loving You, a
music and dance sensation featur-
ing the genius of Ray Charles
comes to the UNF Fine Arts Center
on Thursday, January 25th.
The UNF Fine Arts Center pres-
ents a show directly from London's
West End "I Can't Stop Loving
You The Music of Ray Charles" is
directed and choreographed by
Gary Lloyd, one of the most suc-
cessful producers in London.
The extremely talented cast is
comprised of former Motown
artists, some of which performed
with Ray Charles as well as per-
forming and recording with artists
such as Dr. Dre', Smokey
Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Tony
Bennett and Dizzy Gillespie during
their careers. The high energy
dance ensemble is accompanied by
a live on- stage orchestra that will
take the audience on a musical jour-
ney of Charles' extraordinary.
Some hits featured in this music.
and dance tribute are Georgia, Hit
the Road Jack, Unchain My Heart, t
Got a Woman and Makin' Whoopie..
This is truly a show for anyone who
loved and appreciated Ray Charles
and his music.
"The songs are rendered by phe-
nomenal vocalists who bring a
unique flavor to Charles' unforget-
table classics. A superb chorus of
dancers, imaginatively choreo-
graphed by Gary Lloyd added color
and visual excitement to the show"-
The tickets to this "feel good;
boogie woogie" show are on sale
now for $10- $52 at the UNF Box
Office or on line at
show activities for ticketholders are
being planned for Thursday night
January 25th at 7:30pm.
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Good Shepherd M. B.
to Observe Annivesaries
The Good Shepherd Missionary Baptist Church,
Rev. Pemell Raggins, Pastor; will observe the 2nd
S Anniversary of the Church, and the Pastor's Second
Anniversary, starting January 28, 2007.
The Anniversary Celebration events will be held
at 29 West 6th St., and will continue at 4 p.m. on
Sunday, February 11, 18 & 25, 2007. The communi-
Rev. Pernell Raggins ty is invited.
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 the Church's 78th Anniversary Celebration and the Pastor's Third
Anniversary. Festivities began on January 14th and will include celebra-
tions on Friday, January 19th, and at 5 p.m. on Sunday, January 21st.
2007 Gospel Music Talent Showcase
The First Annual Gospel Music Talent Showcase of the Year will be pre-
sented by Saved Grace Entertainment on Friday, January 20th at the
Morocco Shrine Center, 3800 St. John's Bluff Road. Ministers of Music
and Church Ministries will showcase their choirs, praise teams, duets, and
soloist to grace the stage with the power of Gospel Music.
Victory Am 1360's Maria Dennis will host the event. For more informa-
tion, please call (904) 306-6453 or 306-6330.
Holsey Temple CME Invites All to
Family & Friends Day, January 21st
Holsey Temple Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church, 3484
West 1st Street, Rev. Desi Echoles, Pastor; invites the community to join
them for the celebration of "Family & Friends Day" on Sunday, February
21, 2007. Rev. Roosevelt Langford of Franklintown United Methodist
Church will deliver the message at the 4 p.m. service.
Sunday School begins at 9:30 a.m. Morning Service begins at 11 a.m.
Ms. Rontrece James, Chairperson.
Little Rock to Install New Pastor
The Little Rock Baptist Church, 1418 Van Buren Street, invites the com-
munity to the Installation Service of their new Pastor, Rev. Randy L.
Sewell, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, January 21, 2007.
Morning Worship Service begins each Sunday at 11 a.m. All are invit-
ed and welcome.
Evangelist Joann Wyatt & The Ponder
Singers Celebrate 25th Anniversary
Evangelist Joann Wyatt & The Ponder Singers invite the community to
join them for their 25th Silver Anniversary Celebration. This event begins
at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 21, 2007, at the Ephesians Baptist Church,
1841 West 3rd Street, Rev. James Merritt, Pastor.
Special Guests on program include: Billy and Wyclia Crayton, of
Orlando, FL; and Sister Gayle Moore, of Olustee, FL. Also, Dr. Gladys
Sampson & Voices of the Anointed, Dr. Hamilton & The Mighty Voices,
God's Spiritual Gifts, Nu Sound Gospel Singers, Nu Testament
The Unique Gospel Singers, Jerry Cannon and the Caravans, and more.
St. James AME of Orange Park to
hold Winter Revival Jan. 25-26th
The St. James AME Church, 535 McIntosh Ave., Orange Park; Rev.
Alesia Scott-Ford, Pastor; will host its Annual Winter Revival, Thursday
and Friday, January 25-26th. Services will commence nightly at 7 p.m. The
theme for the Revival is "Come Alive Through the Holy Spirit and be
Revived." The Revivalists are Rev. Derrick Rice of Atlanta, GA; and Rev.
John White III, of Tallahassee, FL.
A special Revival Bible Study will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday,
January 24th. All are invited to attend all services, and be blessed.
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, a time
Zion Hope Miss. Baptist Church 78th
Anniversary Concludes, January 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 The Anniversary Celebration will con-
tinue at 7 p.m. on Friday, January 19th, and will conclude at 5 p.m. on
Sunday, January 21st.
Deacon Bruce and Sister Verrse Hickson, Chairpersons; Deacon Daryl
2nd Four Seasons Tea, on Jan. 27
The Greater New Hope AME Church Musical Program will present
their 2nd Annual Four Seasons Tea at 4 p.m. on Saturday, January 27th, at
Highlands Elementary School, Multi Purpose Room, 1000 DePaul Drive.
The community is invited to come out and enjoy this special event which
will feature a Musical program.
All will enjoy a Feast of a variety of foods representative of each
Season of the year. There will also be a Grand Prize Drawing for a Trip to
the Bahamas. Tickets are available for adults and children. For more
information, please call (904) 699-5056.
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 com-
munity to share in 2007 Serious Praise Service, Sunday, January 28, 2007.
When Praises go up, Blessings come down.
Rev. Mattie W. Freeman is Founder/Pastor. Associate Pastor,
Evangelist Ethel Pritchard, will deliver the message. The community is
invited to attend.
Genesis Missionary Baptist to
Celebrate 25th Anniversary
The Genesis Missionary Baptist Church, 241 South McDuffAve., Rev.
Calvin O. Honors, Interim Pastor; will celebrate the Church's 25th
Anniversary, February 7 11, 2007. The Church Anniversary Banquet will
begin the celebration at 7 p.m. on Saturday, February 3rd, at the
Riverview Community Center, 9620 Water Street (off Lem Turner Road).
Rev. Michael Guerin, Pastor of Renewed Faith Ministries, will be the ban-
quet speaker. For more information, please call the church office at (904)
Services commemorating the anniversary will be held at 7:30 p.m.
nightly Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, February 7-9th. The observance
will conclude at 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 11th. The community is
invited to all services.
Sis. J. McCall and Sis. E. Foster are the Co-Chairpersons.
Church Step Groups Invited to Contest
Stage Aurora Theatrical Company is looking for Church, Community,
and School Step Teams to register for their Annual Step Off 2007, on
February 17, 2007. The Step Off will be held at the FCCJ North Campus
in the Ezekiel Bryant Auditorium. All teams must register by February 1,
2007. To register or for more information, please call (904) 765-7372.
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Celebrations of the Annual M.L.King Dream
by Rhonda Silver
On Saturday, January 13th, the Baptist Ministers Coners Conference of Duval '
and Adjacent Counties along with H.O.P.E., Inc. of Jacksonville spon- .. I
scored the 8th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast at the beau-
tiful, newly erected St. Thomas Family Life Center. No surprise, the event
was well attended. Community and Spiritual notables were eager to share. .,z
Highlights include soloist Kathy Williams' chilling performance of ,
"Going Home to Live with God", the awesome welcome and occasion
delivered by Dr. E. I. Norman, the words of encouragement from local dig-
nitaries, and of course the powerful message from God brought by Rev. C.
E. Preston, President of the Baptist Ministers Conference and Pastor of St.
Johns Baptist Church of Orange Park, FL. The breakfast feast will be well
remembered by all who partook. It was fit for a king. The food was not
only good, but the thought provoking wisdom that the people of God were
fed, left us with hope, pride and determination to live out the dream that
they gathered to to honor.
Some of those offering remarks were Thelma Ray, Willye F. Dennis-Past
President Jax NAACP, Hallie Williams- Bay (speaking for veterans),
Rosalyn Mixon-Phillips (on behalf of Mayor John Peyton), Pastor Odell
Smith- 2nd Missionary Baptist Church, Isiaiah Rumlin- President Jax
Chapter N.A.A.C.P., Pastor Robert LeCount- Disciples of Christ and
Pastor Thomas Moncrief Baptist Church.
The dream & the dreamer were remembered, "We Shall Overcome!"
MLK, Jr. Prayer Breakfast sponsored by- The Baptist Ministers Conference was held at St. Thomas Family Life Center
E. Denise Lee Breakfast atendees join in singing "Lift Every Voice & Sing"
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Americans in the Dark About Shingles
by Dr. Jennifer Wider
Thought you were done with the
chickenpox as a kid? Think again.
Shingles, a disease caused by the
same virus as chickenpox, affects
roughly one million Americans
each year. As people age, their risk
of getting shingles increases but
despite its incidence many people
are unaware of the disease.
"People don't really know about
shingles unless they know someone
who has had shingles, or they
develop it themselves," said
Stephen Tyring M.D., professor of
medicine at the University of Texas
Health Science Center in Houston.
The results of a recent national
survey by the American Pain
Foundation support Trying's posi-
tion. The survey revealed that many
older adults were not aware of their
risk for the disease. More than half
of the respondents who reported
having heard of shingles were not
sure of the risk factors. And many
respondents were unaware of the
relationship between chickenpox
After a person gets the chicken-
pox, most often during childhood,
the inactivated virus can live on in
certain nerve cells in the body. In
healthy people, the body's immune
system usually keeps the virus at
bay. As people age or their immune
system becomes compromised, the
virus can reactivate and result in
The risk of shingles increases with
age. "With each decade, a person's
immunity weakens, so that by 60
years of age, the likelihood of shin-
gles significantly increases," says
Tyring. "In fact, one out of two peo-
ple who live to the age of 85 will
have had shingles." And although
seniors are at higher risk, shingles
can affect people of all ages.
The first signs of shingles may not
be visually noticeable. People often
experience tingling, burning, itch-
ing or pain. During the first few
days of symptoms, fluid-filled blis-
ters will break out in a rash, usually
on one side of the body or face. The
A rash of shingles legions
rash is often painful and will heal in
two to four weeks, in most people.
However, some people experience
post-herpetic neuralgia, or long-
term nerve pain which can persist
for months or even years after the
initial rash. Long-term nerve pain
caused by shingles can vary and has
been described as burning, throb-
bing, stabbing or shooting. The
older a person gets, the more they
are at risk for long-term nerve pain.
Men and women are affected
equally by shingles. "I have seen,
however, in my practice that
women come into the doctor's
office sooner, while men tend to
wait," Tyring said. Shingles
patients, both men and women, are
often given analgesics along with
antiviral medications for treatment.
"Antiviral medicines for shingles
may help speed up healing and
reduce pain in some patients, but if
possible, treatment should begin
within 72 hours of the onset of
symptoms," according to Tyring.
Although the disease affects the
sexes equally, its greater impact on
older adults should capture the
attention of women.
"Women make up more than 60
percent of population 85 years and
older, so any condition that is prone
to strike older people is of special
concern to women," said Phyllis
Greenberger, MSW, president and
CEO of the Society for Women's
Health Research. "Older Americans
should talk to their health care
providers about their risk for shin-
To raise awareness about shingles
and complications that can arise
from the disease, the American Pain
Foundation is sponsoring a national
education program called
"Spotlight on Shingles" that fea-
tures a Web site and a toll-free num-
ber that people can call to receive a
free informational brochure about
shingles. For more information,
or call 1-877-RISK-4-SHINGLES.
When Your Ex Finds Someone First
As if the whole breakup or
divorce process wasn't painful
enough, now you've got to absorb
the news that your ex is dating up a
storm -- or even getting remarried.
Whether you love, despise or are
just friends with your ex, seeing
him or her with someone else hurts,
especially if your breakup was fair-
ly recent. But you're strong enough
to handle it -- here's how:
Let yourself vent
Get it all out: the anger, the frus-
tration, and perhaps even some
rebel behavior. Give yourself an
hour or so a week (but no more) to
cry, have evil thoughts about your
ex's new mate, or eat way too many
nachos. It's gonna feel good!
Lean on your support network
Make sure you call upon your
close friends now to stick by your
side. Friends with whom you can be
irrational, sob or curse up a storm,
and simply call to have some fun --
well, they are just essential at this
time. Don't be shy about letting
them know you need their support.
Focus on what you can control
Your ex's new relationships are
something you can't control. And as
we all know in life, it's useless to
obsess about things over which we
have no control. You can only con-
trol your own relationships, and it's
entirely up to you whether you
choose to find new ones now or
wait. Re-align your focus along
Limit the news flashes
Decide whether or not you want
mutual friends to report on news
about your ex's dates. If third-party
news flashes only upset you, say
you'd rather not hear it.
Don't go there
Avoid places you know your ex
frequents. Who needs those miser-
able, awkward moments when you
bump into him or her on a date?
That reality of your ex on someone
else's arm will only fuel your sor-
row or fury, so stay off the beaten
path for awhile.
Stick to your own dating pace
Your ex's reaction to your split was
to jump right into someone else's
arms, but maybe that's not your
style. Everyone has a different way
of reacting after a split -- and cer-
tainly a different timetable for the
Most importantly, there's one
thing you should never forget: It is
not a race to move on after a split.
Rather, it's a marathon, and even
though it's tiring and painful at
times, it is also exhilarating. Here,
the measure of "who wins" is not
who crosses the finish line first, but
who sustains long-term happiness.
Your ex may have a head start, but
you, can win this marathon -- and
it's OK if it's not at a record-setting
I have friends and loved ones suffering from
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You can help make a difference. A major brain imaging study led by
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progression of Alzheimer's.
Please consider joining the study if you are between 55 and 90 and:
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Breast Cancer Facts Every
Black Woman Should Know
Getting tested is the easiest form of prevention.
The fact of the matter is that
minority women die of breast can-
cer at a faster rate than Caucasian
women. This is particularly true
for black women, who are routine-
ly more likely to be diagnosed
with more aggressive tumors.
Why you may ask? According to
recent studies it has been shown
that black women are less likely to
get a regular mammogram, and
most only had a mammogram
after a tumor had been detected.
Black women are also more like-
ly to be inadequately screened
when visiting the doctor. This
means that tumors in black
women are less likely to be detect-
ed in the first place.
Medical researchers also believe
there may be genetic factors link-
ing black women with high rates
of breast cancer. Certain genetic
markers found in black women
may be the key to why black
women are so greatly affected by
It is because of their high proba-
bility to get the disease that it is so
important for black women to get
regular mammograms. Women
should have a mammogram at
least once a year as well as per-
form daily self-checks.
Because they are also less likely
to be diagnosed with breast can-
cer, black women should also con-
sider speaking to a specialist about
the disease. Not only will this help
to make sure that tumors are diag-
nosed early enough for effective
treatment, but it will also help to
keep the patient informed about
the symptoms of the disease and
how to prevent it.
Some things to look for when
doing your self-exam include
lumps, bumps and discoloration.
Be sure to also check in the areas
under the arm and the underside of
the breasts. These areas are prone
to cysts and tumors because they
are often over looked.
News is also improving for those
who have been diagnosed with the
disease. New medications may
have less side effects and help
patients manage their disease.
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Does the Black Community Have Unrealistic,
Nn Unfair Expectations of the King Children?
Shown above are Frankie Faison, Sylvia Perry and Chad Coleman.
"The Wire" Actors Surprise Fan Before Sold
Out Performance of August Wilson Production
NEW YORK Free Press Editor Sylvia Perry experienced a very nice surprise recently while theater hopping
in New York City. While waiting to buy tickets for sold out performances of August Wilson's "Two Trains
Coming" held over at the Signature Theater, she noticed two of the play's actors (who also star in her favorite TV
Show HBO's "The Wire) waiting for a cab. When Perry approached them to applaud their skills, the trained
thespians invited her for coffee and an inside view of the New York Theater scene. The play, which has been run-
ning since November, is set in 1969 Pittsburgh in a diner set in a neighborhood marked for gentrification. Faced
with racial inequality, a depressed economy and the threat of violence, the local residents fight to hang on to their
solidarity and sense of community. The play runs through January 28th.
by S. Wheeler
When her father was killed April
4, 1968, Yolanda King, the oldest
child of the Rev. Martin Luther
King Jr. and Coretta Scott King,
was only 12. She witnessed first-
hand her parents' valiant efforts to
bring racial equality and serve oth-
ers, memories she still carries.
Yolanda King, now a professional
actress, also carries with her a drive
to continue helping others and to
make the world better.
Her schedule the week of the
King Holiday, and in the weeks to
come is filled with presentations
celebrating the life and legacy and
Yolanda and her three siblings -
Martin III, Dexter and Bernice,
were thrust into the spotlight as
children. As adults, the focus on
their lives has intensified as public
"It's not because there's an expec-
tation because of who you are,"
Yolanda said. "It's because this is
what I've seen all of my life in my
parents and in my grandparents."
In recent months, the King sib-
lings have faced a public debate and
criticism over the sale of the Martin
Luther King papers and the death of
their mother, long considered the
stabilizing force in the family fol-
lowing the death of her husband.
Poll Reveals Only 30% of Black Women Are Married
For what experts say is probably
the first time, more American
women are living without a hus-
band than with one, according to a
New York Times analysis of census
In 2005, 51 percent of women
said they were living without a
spouse, up from 35 percent in 1950
and 49 percent in 2000.
Coupled with the fact that in 2005
married couples became a minority
of all American households for the
first time, the trend could ultimate-
ly shape social and workplace poli-
cies, including the ways govern-
ment and employers distribute ben-
Several factors are driving the sta-
tistical shift. At one end of the age
spectrum, women are marrying
later or living with unmarried part-
ners more often and for longer peri-
ods. At the other end, women are
living longer as widows and, after a
divorce, are more likely than men
to delay remarriage, sometimes
delighting in their new freedom.
In addition, marriage rates among
black women remain low. Only
about 30 percent of black women
are living with a spouse, according
to the Census Bureau, compared
with about 49 percent of Hispanic
women, 55 percent of non-
Hispanic white women and more
than 60 percent of Asian women.
In a relatively small number of
cases, the living arrangement is
temporary, because the husbands
are working out of town, are in the
military or are institutionalized.
But while most women eventually
marry, the larger trend is unmistak-
Sheila Jamison, who also lives in
the East Village and works for a
media company, is 45 and single.
She says her family believes she
would have had a better chance of
finding a husband had she attended
a historically black college instead
"Considering all the weddings 1
attended in the '80s that have
ended so very, very badly, I consid-
er myself straight up lucky," Ms.
Jamison said. "I have not sworn off
marriage, but if I do wed, it will be
to have a companion with whom I
can travel and play parlor games in
my old age."
Among the more than 117 million
women over the age of 15, accord-
ing to the marital status category in
the Census Bureau's latest
American Community Survey, 63
million are married. Of those, 3.1
million are legally separated and
2.4 million said their husbands
were not living at home for one
reason or another.
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Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, left, speaks with Yolanda King, cen-
ter, and her brother Dexter King, at the Salute to Greatness in Atlanta,
GA last weekend.
One year ago, they were at odds
for several months over the future
of the King Center for Nonviolent
Social Change, a feud that was pro-
jected in news headlines.
The center, which includes a
library, archives and exhibits, as
well as the final resting place of
their father, is in need over $10 mil-
lion in repairs, according to pub-
lished reports. Dexter and Yolanda
King were in favor of selling the
facility to the federal government.
At a December 2005 press confer-
ence in Atlanta, Martin III and
Bernice expressed their opposition
to selling the center, which cele-
brates their father's legacy.
At the time, leaders said that their
feud was similar to other family
fights, but because Martin III,
Dexter, Yolanda and Bernice are the
children of a world icon, their dis-
agreements draw more attention.
"This is a family feud," said
Charles Steele, national president
of the SCLC, an organization
founded by King and others in
1957. "All families disagree at one
point or another."
David S. Gutterman, a political
scientist who studies Christian
social movements and American
democracy, said "Trying to live up
to the figure the Rev. Martin Luther
King was is a daunting task for any-
one," including King's family and
others who seek to lead social jus-
"We tend to lose track of King as
a 26-year-old preacher in
Montgomery thrust into leader-
ship," Gutterman told
BlackAmericaWeb.com. "We don't
realize that he grew through his
The biological children of King,
and those who came of age in the
years following, also will grow
through their experiences, he said.
Quietly, in the months since his
mother's death, Martin III has been
building the nonprofit organization
Realizing the Dream, which he said
will provide conflict resolution,
nonviolence and youth leadership
training and help communities with
economic development -- especial-
ly on thoroughfares around the
country named after his father,
many of which are in economically
"I felt compelled to begin an
organization that would work more
diligently toward the goals of my
father, and now, my mother,"
Martin III told Associated Press
While the King siblings are not
involved regularly in joint projects,
Yolanda King stresses that they all
work toward similar goals.
"There is still so much to be
done," she said. "All of us in our
own respective ways, through the
King Center and through individual
efforts, will continue to work to for
change." '::" .
Continued from front
Still, Campt told said "We would
be ridiculous to say nothing has
changed. There has been a change
in perceived safety in what used to
be no-go areas," neighborhoods in
which black people were not
allowed to travel safely or without
demonstrating a reason to be there.
"The social ethos has changed. It is
not easy to just verbally degrade
us" and expect no outrage, Campt
Pointing to the unraveling of
Michael Richards' career after the
comedian hurled the N-word at sev-
eral black audience members he
believed were hecklers, Campt said
there was a time when Richards
would have suffered no conse-
quences for his behavior. Society is
now less tolerant of blatant racist
behavior, Campt said.
However, in a country where the
black unemployment rate is high
and statistics say that despite the
progress made since the civil rights
movement, black people continue
to lag behind their white peers, it is
hard for many blacks to feel sub-
stantially better off than their par-
ents or grandparents.
A recent web based survey
revealed that 29 percent of respon-
dents said they were denied a job
because of their race, while 27 per-
cent said they probably were denied
a job because they were black, and
36 percent said they were denied a
promotion because of race.
"It's a terrible testimony that a
third of black people feel they've
been denied a job or promotion
because of their race, but in 1970, it
would have been four out of five or
seven out of eight. The impact of
racism on the average black person
now compared to 40 years ago is
substantially less," Campt said.
So how do you keep the feeling
that black folks are still behind the
8-ball from overwhelming you and
filtering down to your children?
"It doesn't serve us to have a dis-
cussion about whether it is as bad
as it was," Campt said. Instead, he
said, it is important to record the
stories of harder times for the next
generation so that progress is meas-
ured more visibly. He suggests
recording the stories of family eld-
"You can't change what you don't
know, and you can't change what
you don't question," said Joy
DeGruy-Leary, an assistant profes-
sor at Portland (Ore.) State
University and author of "Post-
Traumatic Slave Syndrome," which
suggests that centuries of slavery,
followed by systemic racism and
oppression have resulted in multi-
generational adaptive behaviors,
some of which have been positive
symbols of resilience and others
that are detrimental to the black
"You have to create a positive peer
pressure," said DeGruy-Leary.
"You have a generation and the
social problems that exist any-
where. The pattern of materialism
and individual anarchy exacerbates
an already injured people."
DeGruy-Leary said that she held
workshops in her home every
weekend in which she involved her
children and their friends in cre-
ative activities to give them a sense
of options. Everyone doesn't have
the resources and wherewithal to do
that, DeGruy-Leary acknowledged,
but she said black people can begin
to change the language they use
with each other to become more
DeGruy-Leary said her research
was driven in part because "there
were things I heard as a child"
about hair, skin color, etc., among
black people that seemed to still be
part and parcel of the black experi-
ence, even after the gains following
the civil rights movement.
"I wondered why am I still hearing
it? This is being transmitted intra-
culturally, inter-generationally, this
whole idea of being less than
human," she said. "What is the
impact of all that?"
She said slavery may have ended,
but the trauma to black people per-
sisted because of a history of dis-
crimination, including the disman-
tling of Reconstruction and the
institution of the black codes and
Jim Crow laws. There was institu-
tional racism, "so the playing field
was never leveled."
Part II Next Week
State of Black America
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20th MLK Breakfast
The 20th Annual Martin Luther
King Jr. Breakfast, hosted by the
Jacksonville Chamber of
Commerce and other organizations
will be held on Friday, January 19,
2006, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Prime
Osborne Convention Center.
Featured speakers include Bill
Bond, co-founder of the Martin
Luther King Jr. Breakfast, and Dr.
Jarik Conrad, executive director of
Blueprint for Prosperity at the
Chamber. For tickets or more infor-
mation call 366-6600 x 7620.
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 guest speaker will be author
Flo Rush-White, who has two
books in the Library of Congress
and is currently working on a third
book. Her talk to the society is
titled, Discovering Our Roots:
African-American Genealogy." For
aaamdonal info contact Mary
Chauncey at 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.
Free Safety in the
There will be a free two part pro-
gram focusing in the community on
Tuesday, January 23rd at 10:00
a.m. at the Duval County extension
Office located at 1010 N. McDuff
Avenue. The 2 1/2 hour program
will have two topics. The first, done
in conjunction with the Jacksonville
Sheriff's Office, will focus on tech-
niques for protecting yourself from
crime whether at home or in the
community. The second presenta-
tion will deal with issues of home
safety related to aging issues.There
is no charge for the program but
reservations are necessary. For
more information call 387-8855.
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
Do you know someone who is constantly doing for oth-
ers or putting someone else's needs before their own? A
friend that goes beyond the norm? A tireless volunteer?
Nominate him or her for the Unsung Hero spotlight and
they could win a $50.00 Gift Certificate from Publix
Supermarkets and share their courageous and selfless sto-
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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 tix or more info ,
contact Levon Burnett at 272-4055.
Auditions for Disney's
High School Musical
Stage Aurora Theatrical Company
is having open auditions for their
main stage production of Disney's
High School Musical for youth 8-
18. The auditions will take place on
Saturday, January 27, 2007, from
12-6pm at FCCJ North Campus in
the Ezekiel Bryant Auditorium
4501 Capper Road. Disney's High
School Musical production will be
held on March 10-11, 2007 at the
North Campus. For more informa-
tion please call Stage Aurora at
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.
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.
Free Class on
The Duval County Extension
Service will offer a free class on
landscaping entitled, "Good and
Bad Guys in the Landscape" -
Natives & Invasives. The class will
be held on Wednesday, January
31st from 1 p.m.- 3 p.m. The class
will be held at the Argyle Branch
Library, 7973 Old Middleburg
Road. Participants will learn to use
native plants in the landscape and
how to identify and control inva-
sives. Hands-on activity included.
Call to register at 387-8850.
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Jamie roxx in Concert
Actor, singer, comedian Jamie
Foxx will be in concert for one
night only on Wednesday, January
31st at the Times Union Center. The
show starts at 8 p.m. and the multi-
faceted artist will be joined by
Fantasia. For tickets call 353-3309.
for the 2007 Step Off
Stage Aurora Theatrical Company
is looking for community, school,
and church step teams to register for
their annual Step Off 2007 to be
held February 17, 2007 at FCCJ
North Campus in the Ezekiel
Bryant Auditorium. All teams must
register by February 1st. To reg-
ister or for more information please
contact Stage Aurora at
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.
Own a Picasso
The R. Roberts Gallery will be
holding a charity auction benefiting
Habitat for Humanity on Thursday,
February 8th from 7-9 p.m. The
auction preview begins at 6 p.m.
The special auction will feature
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original works by Pablo Picasso,
Marc Chagall, Joan Miro and
Georges Braque. The gallery is
located in the shops of historic
Avondale, 3606 St Johns Avenue.
For more info, call 388-1188.
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 Jacksonville Chapter
Links member, or email thewestern-
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
The world famous Universoul
Circus will be in Jacksonville on
their annual tour at the Gateway
Shopping Plaza, February 13-19.
For tickets and showtimes, call 353-
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
Learn to Can Your
The City of Jacksonville Canning
Center will offer a workshop on
Thursday, February 22 from 9 AM
to Noon. Learn how to make straw-
berry preserves and take some
home for the family to enjoy. The
cost is $20.00 per person which
includes all materials. You will
take home approximately 3 2 pints.
Space is limited. Call 387-8860 to
register or for more information.
Stage Aurora Presents
Miss Evers Boys
Stage Aurora brings to life the
shocking true story that exposes a
40-year government backed med-
ical research effort on humans
which led to tragic consequence.
The historical Tuskegee
Experiment always was made into a
movie. The production will be pre-
sented at the Ezekiel Bryant
Auditorium on February 23 25th.
For additional information please
call 765 7372.
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.
Celebration of Service
Celebration 2007 honoring
Community Trustees will honor
Bob Helms, Wachovia, Peter
Rummell, The St. Joe Company and
Madeline Scales-Taylor, Mayo
Clinic. The event will be held on
Thursday, April 26, 2007, at the
Prime F. Osborn III Convention
Center from 6:15 p.m. 9:00 p.m.
Master of Ceremonies is
Jacksonville Chamber of
Commerce President Wally Lee.
For tickets or more information,
Youth Wanted for Stage
Aurora's 100 Youth Voices
Stage Aurora Theatrical Company is looking for youth ages 8 18 to
join the 100 Youth Voices Musical Theatre Program, a community out-
reach activity. Its mission is to nurture the development of performing
arts and music education through a series of workshops, classes, and
public performances. Through the program, the youth perform concerts
and skits at several venues in Jacksonville. Events are scheduled up to
April 2007 including a main stage production of DisneN's High School
Musical in March. For additional information call 765 7372.
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Shown above are Jennifer Hudson (best Supporting Actress), Eddie Murphy, (Best Supporting Actor), Forest Whitaker (Best Actor) and
Shonda Rhimes (R) creator and writer of the drama television series 'Grey's Anatomy' poses with the Golden Globe she won as the series won
best drama series, with cast member Sandra Oh
African-Americans Garner Key Golden Globes
If you've already seen it, you can't
be surprised at the wins for
"Dreamgirls" at this week's Golden
Globes Awards. The acting honors
for the flick went out to Eddie
Murphy and big screen newcomer
Hudson won the award for best
supporting actress in a movie musi-
cal or comedy for her powerful per-
formance as a singer scorned.
Hudson,dedicated her award to
Florence Ballard, one of the singers
from the Supremes on which
"Dreamgirls" is based.
"Oh, my God. Thank you so
much," she said. "Wow. I have
always dreamed but never, ever this
big. This goes far beyond anything
I could ever have imagined."
Murphy took the Golden Globe
for Best Supporting Actor in the
film and the movie itself won the
Golden Globe in the Best Musical
or Comedy motion picture category
With this win, Murphy has final-
ly received a major film honor after
25 years in the business. The actor
had been nominated for a Globe
honor three times before. On the
other hand, "Dreamgirls" marks
Hudson's film debut.
Additionally, Forest Whitaker
stood speechless as he took best
actor as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin
in "The Last King of Scotland."
"Grey's Anatomy" creator
Shonda Rhimes took center stage to
grab best television series over "24"
and the new favorite "Heroes."
Prince, held up in traffic or some-
thing, missed his chance to shine,
but walked away with best original
song for the diddy he wrote for
blockbuster hit, "Happy Feet."
In addition, Andre Braugher,
Michael Ealy and Chewitol Ejiofor
all lost best actor nominations to
Bill Nighy who won for "Gideon's
With the Golden Globes consid-
ered the runner-up to the Academy
Awards, the Oscar buzz is only get-
ting louder for the young starlet.
As Hollywood's second-biggest
film honors, the Globes are some-
thing of a dress rehearsal for the
Oscars, whose nominations come
out Jan. 23. The Oscar ceremony
will be on Feb. 25. Nominations for
the Oscars closed Saturday, so the
outcome of the Globes cannot
affect who gets nominated.
The awards, which are voted on
by nearly 90 members of the
Hollywood Foreign Press
Association, are a major stop on the
road to the February 25
Academy Awards because winners
here often go on to compete for
Oscars -- the film industry's top
LL COOL J: Bringing Sexy Back -- For Everybody
Next week, hip-hop superstar LL
Cool J turns 39 and goes one step
closer to the big 4-0.
But judging from his sex symbol
looks, one would never tell.
He actually looks 19.
Although there were rumbling
about plastic surgery, the soon to be
former DefJam Records rapper has
always stood forthright that his
physique was man-made, not man-
To drive this point home further,
the Hollis, Queens reared lyricist
and actor has released a fitness
book, titled 'LL Cool J's Platinum
Perfect timing considering the fact
that many people take their fitness
routines into high gear once the car-
bohydrate-induced haze known as
the holiday season is over.
And with a career --and body-- that
seems like it's built to last, he's most
likely the only ones that true uban-
ites can trust to get brolic.
LL Cool J didn't always have a
diesel body-he chiseled it the old-
fashioned way, with hard work and
discipline," states the accompany-
ing press materials that come with
the coffee-table sized hardcover
book.. "Together with his longtime
trainer, Dave "Scooter" Honig, LL
developed a revolutionary workout
system that not only burns away
body fat, but also built the amazing
muscle and flawless physique you
see in his music videos."
"So many people were wondering
how I got in shape when I came
backin 2002," he revealed of his
decision to share his secrets now.
"Was it plastic surgery? Was it
steroids?" he said. "I felt my
response to that should be to put out
a book so that people could see and
learn how I did it, and discover
how to do it."
So LL wrote the
workout book with
"He pushes so
hard that every-
thing grows and
comes down lean
at the same time,"
Honig said of LL.
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Family Wants James Brown's
Home to Become Museum
James Brown's home to become museum
The children of late American soul singer James
S Brown are planning to turn his home into a
SGraceland-like museum and build a mausoleum
S on the site for his body, a lawyer for Brown said.
The plans for the Beech Island, South Carolina,
site are being discussed by Brown's children,
several close friends and the singer's trustees, said lawyer Debri Opri, an
attorney for Brown. The group wants to consult with Elvis Presley's fam-
ily to see how they did Graceland, Opri said.
"Mr Brown was a great fan and truly, truly cared about Elvis Presley,"
The Godfather of Soul died of heart failure on December 25 at age 73.
I'he entertainer's body lies in a sealed casket in his home on Beech Island
until his children choose his final resting place.
Jazz Pianist Alice Coltrane Dies
Alice Coltrane, a jazz performer and compos- -1 e-
er and wife of the late saxophone legend John
Coltrane, past away last week at the age of 69 of
respiratory failure in Los Angeles.
For nearly 40 years, Coltrane managed the
archive and estate of her husband, a pivotal fig-
ure in the history of jazz. He died of liver dis-
ease in 1967 at age 40.
A pianist and organist, Alice Coltrane was
noted for her astral compositions and for bring-
ing the harp onto the jazz bandstand. Her last recording, "Translinear
Light," was released in 2004. Her last performances came in an abbrevi-
ated tour last fall with her saxophonist son, Ravi. Coltrane, a convert to
Hinduism, was also a significant spiritual leader and founded the
Vedantic Center, a spiritual commune now located in Agoura Hills.
Being Bobby Brown Officially Cancelled
Bravo says it has officially canceled its top-rated reality series "Being
Bobby Brown" because not enough viewers were tuning in without the
presence of his soon-to-be ex-wife,
..* .i,; According to gossip columnist Janet
Charlton, Brown's attempt to con-
vince Bravo to film a new season fea-
turing his exploits with Mike Tyson
fell on deaf ears.
Meanwhile, Brown is keeping com-
pany with his pregnant girlfriend, for-
-. mer video vixen Karrine Steffans,
while Houston just had belongings
from her abandoned storage unit in New Jersey sold at an auction.
Among the items unloaded were a set of 16 awards Brown won
throughout his music career. A magician from New Jersey reportedly
paid $25 a piece for the trophies and plans to sell them on eBay.
SLOCUMB ENDS CHRISTIAN COMEDY CAREER
With a straight face, comedian Jonathan
Slocumb announced in the Stellar Awards press- '
room his departure from Christian comedy.
Wasting no time, he tore into the Christian corm-
edy circuit citing money issues and being disre- -
spected and taken advantage of. He made it clear
that he is not embittered by the gospel industry at
large, but is severing ties with the Christian
Comedy Association and the like.
Slocumb, a pioneer in the Christian comedy
genre, went on the record saying his frustrations
escalated when Steve Harvey, a King of secular comedy made offensive
comments about him at Megafest, he said.
This incident elevated his discontent. Pioneering contributions from
Christian comedians like him and Broderick Rice were overlooked.
The funny fella will continue to make the masses laugh with his own
brand of comedy dubbed L.I.F.E. -- laughter is for everyone -- with
numerous projects planned for television.
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Steve Miller, Janice Dasher and Charles Jenkins.
Original Old Timer Willie Jackson, Sr. poses with his family.
Representing the ILA are Michiel Walker and Robert Mills.
Willie Trapp, Larry Newman and Truck of the Youngbloodz Team.
Carolyn Brown, Shaquana Hawkins and Rebecca Reddick.
Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Holmes, Robbie (Tuck) Jennings and Aaron Finn.
Clayton Carter, Felicia Guy, Alonzo Davis, Jr. and Latasha Curtis.
Continued from front
and Mildred "Mickie" Carter, to
bring together comrades from their
Gilbert High School Years, has
evolved into an all out community
extravaganza. Complete with free
food, barbecue and T-shirts, the
semi-annual event is a time for
renewal of friendships and an ongo-
"It used to be just for the old foot-
ball players," said Elps. "However,
as we have gotten older, we found
the need to bring in the younger
That wasn't hard to do. Many of
the youth who grew up watching
the game that originated at Simonds
Johnson Park now play on the
teams that pit the "Old Timers" vs.
the "Youngbloodz". Due to the
large amounts of people who now
attend, the event is now held at the
Boobie Clark park This year the
Old Timers were defeated in a 12 -
0 shut out and promised a 'whip-
ping' on their next meeting during
the Thanksgiving season.
Offensive Most Valuable Player
for the second year in a row Steve
Mott looks forward to the rivalry.
The 1990 Sandalwood graduate
played high school football, but no
competition is more anticipated
than the Old Timers game.
"I've been watching this game
since I was a youngster," said Mott.
While Elps is primarily in charge
of organizing the officials and mak-
ing sure the game is in order, his
partner Mildred Carter makes sure
the refreshments are in order. For
years, the two have single handedly
sponsored the game which provides
free food for all the kids in atten-
dance which number in the hun-
dreds. Now they encourage every-
one to bring their own grills and
participate in the giving process
while many others participate in the
planning process. In addition, spon-
sorships are available but never
"We're still here for all who are
hungry," says Carter.
The event is open to anyone and
everyone regardless of age who
wants to attend and it doesn't mat-
ter if you attended their alma mater
or not. All that is required for par-
ticipation is a fun attitude and
"We don't ever have any mess out
here,"said Elps. Trouble makers are
Big Lil, Shorty Cool, Burt Brown, Stanley Oglesby, and (kneeling) Dre
Pickett and Tony Finn.
not tolerated and never expected...
"If that's what on your mind, you
best stay home." he said.
The two are very proud of the
expansion of their social project. At
first it was just a few friends get-
ting together, now it includes com-
munity organizations, clubs and a
roster of organized activities. First
timers can smell the barbecue a
mile away and be amazed at the sea
of cars, campers and motorcycles
that encircle the park. The highlight
of the event is the coveted awarding I
of the MVP trophies, chosen for
both offensive and defensive teams.
Carter, who is recovering from an s j
illness looked over the sea of cars
and people with pride as she remi-, .
nisced on the simple vision and. ,.,
what it has become. As the sun set
on the northside park, close to 1000
people of all ages and socio-eco-
nomic statuses participated in an
event devoid of crime, outbursts
and other pariahs that often plague official John "JuJu Cohen"
the African-American community. official John
the African-American community. shows off his shirt at the event.
"By the grace of God," says Cohen has been involved with the
Carter, "all things can happen." founders since the games incep-
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