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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. The Westchester County Legislature declared
the "symbolic elimination" of a common racial slur, saying its use
"remains damaging, divisive and derogatory."
Referring to the slur only as "The 'N' word," the resolution passed this
week in this county north of Manhattan says it "is used in an ignorant and
derogatory fashion to demean a black person."
Legislator Clinton Young, who is black and drafted the resolution, said
in an interview, "I hear it just too much in my community and in other
communities throughout America. No matter who uses it or how they use
it, it's demeaning."
Earlier this month, New York City Councilman Leroy Comrie intro-
duced a similar resolution, which is yet to be voted on. In Washington,
Rep. Charles Rangel, a Democrat, has been talking with Congressional
Black Caucus members about taking some similar action in Congress,
Rangel spokesman Emile Milne said.
Dreamgirls" Will sing for Oscars
The trio of stars of the movie "Dreamgirls"
Jennifer Hudson, Beyoncd Knowles and
Anika Noni Rose are slated to perform
center stage at the 2007 Academy Awards.
The film's director, Bill Condon, will direct
the actresses in a musical number, and they
may perform others. "Dreamgirls" has gar-
nered eight Oscar nominations, although not for best picture.
Obama Dismisses Race as Decisive
Factor in White House Bid
Illinois Sen. Barack Obama says the fact he is African-American will
not be the decisive factor in his bid for the White House.
Speaking in an interview with CBS' "60 Minutes," Obama recognized
that his candidacy for the U.S. presidency has begun a racial debate, yet
said he does not believe it will hold him back as a candidate.
"If I don't win this race it will be because of other factors -- (that) I have
not shown to the American people, a vision for where the country needs
to go ... that they can embrace," Obama told correspondent Steve Croft.
The Democratic senator, who was born to a Kenyan father and a white
mother from Kansas, said he has no qualms regarding his race despite the
increased public interest.
"It's interesting though, that now I feel very comfortable and confident
in terms of who I am and where I stake my ground," he said. "But I notice
that ... I've become a focal point for a racial debate."
The interview of Obama and his wife, Michelle, was featured on a
recent episode of "60 Minutes,".
NBA's Ron Artest in the Dog House
for Not Caring for His Dogs
He may know how to take care of business on the court, but it looks
like Ron Artest hasn't been holding things
down as well when it comes to caring for
his pets. Northern California authorities .
say they had to put his dogs in the pound a
total of 77 nights because they hadn't been
cared for properly. So far, county records
show the Sacramento Kings forward has
had to cough up nearly $2,000 in boarding
and impound fees. Some of those in the
gated community where Artest lives say
it's well known that the NBA star doesn't
care for his dogs as well as he should.
Last week, animal control officers took his Great Dane because the ani-
mal wasn't being fed. In an e-mail to The Sacramento Bee, Artest says he
has hired a new caretaker for the dogs. He says the dog that appeared
malnourished was missing meals because another of his dogs "dominat-
ed all the food." In the e-mail, he acknowledges what some people might
think after hearing all of this that he's "horrible" at training dogs.
First Major African-American Art
Auction Totals $2.3 Million
A print portfolio by Jacob Lawrence that included an image of famed
abolitionist John Brown dangling from a hangman's noose fetched
$156,000 and received a round of applause yesterday afternoon as the top
lot at a landmark auction of African-American artworks.
A crowd of over 200 mostly black art enthusiasts packed the New York
salesroom at Swann Galleries as auction records were set for dozens of
artists considered long- neglected by the art-world establishment.
The Swann sale was the first major New York auction dedicated to
African-American artists. Results totaled $2.3 million, a notch over the
$2 million low estimate, and the mood was serious yet celebratory dur-
ing the more than four hours it took to hammer down 222 prints, draw-
ings, paintings and sculptures.
The buyer of the Lawrence set, identified by Swann as a private collec-
tor from California, also paid $64,800 for a vertical yellow 1962 painting
by Beauford Delaney, an auction record for the artist's work.
Bidding was brisk as dealers from as far away as France, Louisiana and
California vied with private collectors, including a Brooklyn lawyer and
hedge-fund manager. Only 30 lots failed to sell.
OAiS IQiL I IY BLACK hLKLY 50 Cents
Volume 20 No. 48 Jacksonville, Florida February 15-21, 2007
National Leaders Convene on State of the Black Union
by Dominique Joseph
Reclaiming our history, self-
reliance, self confidence and self
respect needs to be at the forefront
of Black America's agenda accord-
ing to Black leadership attending
the State of the Black Union
Symposium in Virginia.
"When Black America is better, all
of America is better," said Tavis
Smiley, the events host.
The host and moderator brought his
annual discussion to Hampton
University's Convocation Center in
conjunction with the commemora-
tion of the 400th anniversary of the
The day-long forum that brought
leaders from various arena together
from around the country discussed
the impact of politics, education,
public policy, religion and technol-
ogy on the agenda of "The
Covenant With Black America," a
bestselling book by Smiley detail-
ing how Back Americans can tackle
the challenges that plague us as a
people. The book lists 10 covenants
calling for improvements in a num-
ber of areas, including health care,
quality education, access to eco-
nomic prosperity and closing the
digital divide. Other key issues
examined included health care, pol-
itics, social awareness and building
unity Continued on page 5
Camilla Thompson, Hortense Gra
Charlotte Stewart served the comic
for over a decade as champions of
By Rhonda Silver
During the month of February,
exhibits, articles and programs can
be found throughout the city chron-
icling African-American's contribu-
tions both locally and nationally.
The preservation of Jacksonville's
Black History however was not
limited to just a month for three
noted childhood friends it was a
way of life. For Camilla Perkins
Thompson, Charlotte Dwight
Stewart and Hortense Williams
Gray, when they officially formed
J/.J the Circle of Three in 1991,
they brought together their
Srich history's to share with
the community's unbe-
Throughout the next
decade, the trio of retired
educators traveled through-
out the city and state at their
own time and expense to
tell everyone about a topic
^'. they were all well versed in
Jacksonville's Black histo-
ry. The profound achieve-
ay and ments they often spoke was
unity often relayed in first person
Black as each of them were the
products of trailblazing
Black Americans that have carved
their names into Jacksonville's
legacy. Their parents included a
medical pioneer, a scout innovator
and a legal eagle.
Camilla P. Thompson is the
daughter of Daniel Webster Perkins
who was instrumental in organizing
"The Colored Bar Association"
which in 1968, was renamed in his
honor. He handled several land-
mark cases which went before the
Florida Supreme Court. Her moth-
er, Camilla Continued on page 3
Soul Circus Off to a Rocky Start
The Universoul Circus got off to a rocky start for their 5 day stint in
Jacksonville cancelling their first show Wednesday evening after patrons
waited 2 1/2 hours. Shown above at the Big Top's headquarters at
Norwood Plaza, the Circus' Marketing Director Sylvestor Burton speaks to
an angry crowd of hundreds on top of a car delivering to them the bad
news. Hundreds of fans were turned away for a later date or told they
would have to wait for the show to begin at 10 p.m. which it never did -
bad news for many of the school kids in attendance.FMPPhoto.
Black History 'Left Behind'
in Educational Initiative
WASHINGTON (NNPA) -
One-hundred and forty-one years
since the Thirteenth Amendment
abolished slavery, Black history
scholars and education experts say
Casey Rembert. DCHD Community Relations Director Jocelyn Turner, City Councilwoman Mia Jones
and Correan Brown share a moment following Remembert and Brown's high energy dance-off.
Health Department Zeros in On Groovy
Moves to Motivate Community to Wellness
In the changing face of the
unhealthily growing American pop-
ulation, the Duval County Health
Department is continuing to utilize
innovative methods to reach out to
Jacksonville's diverse community
in an effort to get the population
healthy. Their latest foray to bring
attention to Wellness was a 12 Hour
Held from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. last
Friday and Saturday, the Cuba
Hunter Gymnasium and
Community Center came alive with
a variety of ages competing in
dance competitions to a variety of
Continued on page 8
elementary and high school stu-
dents across America have few or
no textbooks that fully incorporate
"Clearly there's not enough being
done on a curriculum to incorporate
African-American topics into the
day to day learning of students in
schools," says Daryl Scott, chair-
man of the Department of History
at Howard University and vice
president of the Association for the
Study of African-American History
(ASALH) at Howard. "But, when
we look out and say African-
American students are not getting
enough Black history, we could
also say African-American students
are not getting enough history of
Scott says the "No Child Left
Behind" Act, the centerpiece of
Bush's education initiatives, in fact,
leaves history behind.
"No Child Left Behind," signed
into law by President Bush on Jan.
8, 2002, calls for "strong standards
in each state for what every child
should know and learn in reading
and math in grades 3-8," a White
House citation describes. "Schools
will be held accountable for
improving performance of all stu-
dent groups, so every school will be
performing at proficient levels
within 12 years."
Scott says the act could have a
detrimental effect on the emphasis
of history in America's schools.
"The only history that many kids
are going to get White or Black -
is coming out of their community.
And so, this is the larger problem,"
Scott says. "I'm more concerned
about history in general being
restored to the classroom...I'm as
Continued on page 3
Saluting Three Jacksonville Volunteer's
Dedication to Black History Preservation
Obama is Ready
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you are in your life, each section: Healthy Diva, Wealthy Diva and Wise
Diva, will help bring more balance in your life.
Launched by Papyrus Publishing thedvnamicdiva.com takes a new
approach to African American holistic, wealth management and spiritual
healing with the black woman and mom in mind.
African American women make up 13.1 percent of all women in the U.S.,
but have the highest mortality rate than any other ethnic/racial group for
such diseases as heart disease, breast cancer and diabetes .Financially
wise, Black women head 44 percent of black families, make less than
$35,000 per year and struggle with financial management. Moreover, men-
tal health plagues close to 2/3 of black women but they do not seek pro-
fessional help compared to 35 percent of white women who do.
Elon Bomani, African Holistic health expert and self-made millionaire,
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If you are a professional woman or a work-at-home mom, you will find
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When Money's Tight: Second-Job Tips
by Kay Lorenz
Whether for money or experience,
17 percent of Americans work more
than one job. There is much to be
gained from taking on a second job.
Besides the obvious monetary
rewards, second jobs can boost your
credentials and possibly lead you
down the path to a new career.
A Church Position Can Fill
Many Voids: Larry is a fifth grade
teacher at a parochial school. In
addition to his teaching responsibil-
ities, Larry also plays the piano dur-
ing school masses each week,
accompanies students during musi-
cal competitions and directs the
school talent show. Larry also holds
a second job as the director of
music at a local church. "I play the
organ and direct the adult, children
and hand bell choirs as well as the
creative worship planning," Larry
His second job is a natural fit since
both positions involve playing
music and providing instruction.
While he enjoys teaching, music is
Use Children's Allowance to Teach Valuable Money Skills
By Jason Alderman
One of the hardest parts of parent-
ing is allowing your children the
freedom to learn from their own
mistakes. We all want to protect our
kids from harm, but if sheltered too
much, they won't be ready to deal
with real-world challenges when
they leave the nest. This is true for
managing money just as with
avoiding physically dangerous situ-
So, how to teach your kids sound
financial habits? Try setting a good
example with your own spending
behavior. If you consistently spend
beyond your means, don't set aside
emergency savings and don't use a
budget, your kids might imitate
your behavior and set themselves
up for problems down the road.
Involve your kids in budgeting for
their own expenses at an early age.
How you structure an allowance,
what expenses it should be used for
and the appropriate age to begin
will yary by family, but here are a
few guidelines my family has found.
The goal of an allowance should
be to teach children how to handle
money wisely, not to reinforce good
behavior otherwise, your kids
might think it's okay to forego com-
pleting chores, getting good grades
or treating others well, if the only
consequence is missing out on a
few dollars. It's better to link those
good behaviors to developing a
sense of family responsibility and
cooperation. Plus, when you put a
price tag on good behavior, you
might start seeing an outthrust palm
every time you ask them to answer
the phone or pass the salt.
Develop a needs-based
allowance amount. Track your
kids' discretionary (toys, candy)
and non-discretionary (school
lunches, school supplies, clothes)
expenses. (You'll be shocked.)
Then, depending on their ages and
maturity, decide which expenses
you want them responsible for man-
aging, and set a reasonable amount
for each category this will be their
allowance. For example, my wife
and I give our seven-year-old son
50 cents a week.
Start out slowly with only a few
discretionary expenses, then gradu-
ally add others and increase their
allowance as they become more
confident. Realize that they'll prob-
ably make a few mistakes that's
part of the learning process.
Stick to your guns. If your son
bums through his allowance by
Tuesday and then begs for a new
toy on Wednesday, tell him "no";
giving in sends a mixed message
about the importance of budgeting.
Use it as an opportunity to explain
the importance of saving for things
they really want and learning to live
without those that don't matter.
Nobody likes delayed gratification,
but the sooner they learn it, the eas-
ier life will be later on.
Use an allowance to teach
important life lessons. Try to
include an amount your kids can set
aside for charitable giving. For
example, my son knows he must
donate 10 percent of his allowance
to charity. Dedicate another portion
to savings. You might offer to
match savings account contribu-
tions to teach the value (and
rewards) of saving.
For more tips on how to structure
your children's allowances, visit the
"Parent Activities" section on Visa
USA's free personal finance site,
Practical Money Skills for Life,
Remember, the sooner your kids
learn how to manage their own
money, the sooner you'll be able to
concentrate on your own.
important to him and his second job
allows him to tap into his creative,
The money also is nice. "My sec-
ond job encompasses between 10
and 15 hours per week, but
accounts for over 40 percent of my
income," Larry notes.
But the benefits reach beyond
monetary. "Having two jobs pro-
vides me with two differing cre-
ative outlets which enables me to
remain fresh and not burned out. It
also has given me spiritual renewal
and allows me to provide a service
to the community by enriching their
spirituality with music."
Try Retail's Flexible Hours on
for Size: Mary was looking for a
way to add a little extra income to
the household budget to help defray
her son's college costs. Mary
already worked for the local school
district during the day, so like
many, she turned to retail where she
could work evening and weekend
She came to retail mainly for the
extra money and flexible hours, but
the store's discount was a bonus.
"The discount can be a good lure,
especially if it's at a store where the
entire family shops and would ben-
efit," said Mary. The job also
helped her hone her customer serv-
ice skills, an important tool that
Seminar Shows How
to Do Airport Biz
The Jacksonville Airport Authority
(JAA) has the goal of doing more
business with small businesses than
every before? This workshop will
feature procurement officers of the
JAA who will inform business own-
ers about bids, RFPs and minority
set-a-sides and detailing the best way
your company can secure a contract.
The workshop, "Business
Opportunities with the Jacksonville
Airport Authority" will be held
Tuesday, February 20, 2007, at 6:00
pm until 7:30 pm, at the Ben Durham
Business Center, 2933 North Myrtle
Avenue. To register, or for more
information, call First Coast Black
Business Investment Corporation at
helps her in her
Juanita works for
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degree. To supple-
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Retail often offers lucrative part-time dollars.
Department of Health job that pays
the bills, Juanita's internship truly is
a second job that will enhance her
resume and help her achieve her
long-term career goals of working
in television production.
Some Tips for Getting a Second
Job: Make sure your current
employer has no policies against
moonlighting and that your second
employer understands you also are
working at another full-time job.
Be sure you understand exactly
what hours you will be working and
what responsibilities you will have.
You don't want to sign on for a 6-9
p.m. shift only to find out that you
really won't be getting out until
after 11 p.m.
Don't let work take over your life
-- you'll bur out fast. Taking on
extra hours or covering someone's
shift occasionally is fine. But if you
overschedule yourself, your per-
formance at your primary position
Blueprint for Prosperity Holds
Community Progress Meeting
The communityis invited to join Blueprint for Prosperity for a report to
the community as the first year of Blueprint implementation concludes.
The meeting will focus on Blueprint's progress toward the nine Key
Benchmarks for Duval County residents: income, education, jobs, racial
opportunity and harmony, poverty, family stability, public safety, health
care and housing. Speakers will include Mayor John Peyton and City
Council President Michael Corrigan.
The meeting will be held on February 22nd from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. with
the program beginning at 6:30 p.m preceded by a reception. It will be
held at WJCT 100 Festival Park Ave.
For more information call 366-6600 x7624.
Black History Month Kickoff Reception Black History Month Reception and Auction
Black History Month Cultural Festival Contemporary African-American Artists
Florida's Highwaymen: Legendary Landscapes Afroprovocations Ladysmith Black Mombazo
Harlem Globetrotters 2007 Tour Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre
The Riley House. C.K. Steele Memorial. The Union Bank Building. These are only
a few of the historic homes and civil rights monuments that enrich Tallahassee's Black
Heritage. We invite you to come and join us in the capital city in celebration of Black
History Month. The Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre and the Black History Month
festival itself are merely a couple highlights of our celebration. For more information
about our Black Heritage events, call 1-866-628-2866 or go to VisitTallahassee.com.
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INVITATION FOR BIDS
Retention Pond Repairs Phase II
Blount Island Marine Terminal
JAXPORT Project No. B2006-07
JAXPORT Contract No. C-1223
February 12, 2007
Sealed bids will be received by the Jacksonville Port Authority until
2:00 PM, local time, March 22. 2007, at which time they shall be
opened in the Public Meeting Room of the Port Central Office Building,
2831 Talleyrand Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida, for Retention Pond
Repairs Phase II.
All bids must be submitted in accordance with specifications and draw-
ings for Contract No. C-1223, which may be examined in, or obtained
from the Contract Administration, Procurement and Engineering
Services Department of the Jacksonville Port Authority, located on the
second floor of the Port Central Office Building, 2831 Talleyrand
Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida 32206. (Please telephone 904/357-3018
PRE-BID CONFERENCE AND SITE VISIT WILL BE HELD ON
FEBRUARY 20, 2007 AT 11:00 am, IN THE PUBLIC MEETING
ROOM, FIRST FLOOR OF THE PORT CENTRAL OFFICE
BUILDING LOCATED AT ADDRESS STATED ABOVE. ATTEN-
DANCE BY A REPRESENTATIVE OF EACH PROSPECTIVE
BIDDER IS REQUIRED. A BID WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED
FROM ANY BIDDER WHO IS NOT REPRESENTED AT SUCH
CONFERENCE AND SITE VISIT.
Bid and contract bonding are required.
The JSEB Participation Goal established for this project is 100%.
Manager Procurement and Inventory
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JACKSONVILLE CHILDREN'S COMMISSION ACCEPTING
APPLICATIONS FOR SUMMER CAMP PROVIDERS
The Jacksonville Children's Commission is accepting applications from summer camp
providers for 2007. The Children's Commission received one million dollars from City Council
and the Mayor's Office to fund quality summer camps for youth ages 5 to 15 who have spe-
cial needs or are from low income families living in Duval County. The Children's Commission
contracts directly with individual agencies/ faith-based organizations to fund a specific num-
ber of summer camp slots.
The application packet and details can be downloaded from our web site at www.jaxkids.net.
(Click on Request for Proposals located on the left navigation bar.)
Three bidders' conferences will be held at the Jacksonville Children's Commission to
answer specifics about the application and the summer camp process:
Friday, February 16, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday, February 21, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 27, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
WHEN: Deadline for applications is March 16, 2007 at noon
WHERE: Completed applications must be delivered to the Jacksonville Children's
Commission, 1095 A. Philip Randolph Blvd., 32206
WHO: Agencies and faith-based organizations interested in providing summer camp slots
for low-income and special needs children
For further information please contact:
Russell Bloom at 630-2962 or email@example.com
Chandra Warlick at 630-7260 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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February 15-21, 2007
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Unsung Hero Salute : The Circle of Three (IJ |
Continued from front
- Bolton Perkins was a Public
School Teacher and founder of the
Barristers Wives Club. Mrs.
Thompson is also a curator for the
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
Charlotte D. Stewart is the daugh-
ter of David H. Dwight Sr., a
Railway Mail Handler who went on
to become manager of the Afro
American Life Insurance Company,
Florida's FIRST insurance company
Black or White He also made it
possible for black boys to become
Boy Scouts organizing the first
Black scout troop. Mr. Dwight was
also the 1st African American to
receive the Silver Beaver Award in
the early 1930s. Her mother,
Florida Cutton Dwight was
Jacksonville's 1st African American
The late Hortense W. Gray, was
the daughter of Dr. I. E. Williams,
who came to Jacksonville in 1913,
and served as the Medical Director
for the Afro American Life Ins. Co.
He was known for his great work in
the field of Cardiology, and
although he was denied the oppor-
tunity to take the qualifying exam;
he continued his work, attended
seminars and remained passionate,
in addition to his regular practice.
Camilla Thompson (left) and Charlotte Stewart are shown above during an
Her mother, Arnolta Williams was a
community volunteer, philan-
thropist and humanitarian who
touched the lives of many of
Jacksonville's underprivileged chil-
dren. A nursery is named in her
honor. President Reagan bestowed
a National Humanitarian Award on
"Mama" Williams for untiring vol-
unteerism and if you head north on
US 1 you will run into Arnolta
As they made their way often car-
rying visuals, pictures and artifacts
of days gone by the Circle of 3 were
simply fulfilling their destiny. Even
though they are now only two they
retell the heritage, and history while
researching the contributions of
other African Americans to
Jacksonville. Both Thompson and
Stewart continue to refresh their
data as history continues to be
made. They also are apart of local
and national history organizations.
As the contributions of our
African forefathers are continued to
be told, Mrs. Stewart doesn't
believe that enough is being done to
highlight contributions done by
those in America.
"There are attempts being made,
but there's not enough information.
We hear a lot about Africa and that's
good; but I would like youngsters to
know about African American con-
tributions here, and in this country."
Mrs. Thompson worries that the
study of history may be a dying art.
"I'm concerned that Black History
isn't being pushed enough. It's dif-
ficult to tell if it's being carried on."
Since their formation, they have
made numerous presentations to
colleges, churches, schools and
other organizations with a desire for
knowledge. Following the death of
Hortense Gray, Thompson and
Stewart retired the Circle of 3.
"We no longer do the big presenta-
tions like we used to, but we don't
rule out special occasions and
requests," says Thompson.
Having walked the walk and
talked the talk they've lived histo-
ry, made history and know history.
Camilla Thompson, Hortense Gray
and Charlotte Stewart have truly
made a significant contribution to
Jacksonville and beyond educating
thousands of all ethnic backgrounds
to the treasures within our midst.
The Jacksonville Free Press
and Publix Super Markets
are especially proud to salute
The Circle of Three in our
Black History 'Left Behind' in Educational Initiative
Continued from front
concerned about that as I am
about the Black History compo-
nent. It's a larger problem because
ultimately, you're not going to
understand African-American his-
tory if you do not understand
American History just like we also
say you can't understand American
history if you're not understanding
This is the reason that the ASALH
has started a special project with
Holt, Rinehart and Winston-a
leading publisher of textbooks and
educational materials for grades six
ASALH Executive Director
Sylvia Cyrus-Albritton, says the
organization is working with Holt
to develop a textbook that places
Black history into the appropriate
context with American history. She
says she is not certain that the book
would be a first per se, but it is nec-
"Particularly in these days of 'No
Child Left Behind' and the lack of
focus on the humanities in general,
there's a real struggle in standards
to cover all the things that are
required. And African-American
history does not always get the
attention and the amount of content
that's really required to provide the
information that we think would be
helpful to students," says Cyrus-
Meanwhile, the Black History
Standards of education are vastly
diverse from state to state; there-
fore, it has not been determined
whether any particular text book
has fit the bill for the inclusion of
Black history, says George Jackson
Sr., a spokesman for the American
Federation of Teachers, which rep-
resents 1.3 million pre-school
through 12th-grade teachers and
personnel in largely Black cities,
such as New York, Atlanta,
Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles
"One of the issues is that they
don't know that in spite of slavery
and in spite of discrimination,
Black people have achieved and
have accomplished quite a bit and
that should be a source of pride, but
not if it's avoided or eliminated
from your text book," she says.
"Teaching it brings an understand-
ing of history and teaches people
not to ignore what has happened in
the past and its affect on modem-
For African-American students,
not being taught inclusive history
can compound low self-esteem,
Upon founding Black History
week in 1926, Woodson expressed
hope that America will someday not
have to commemorate Black
That day is not here yet, says
Morrow. Without Black history in
the classroom, she concludes, "It's
a very skewed and imbalanced
Shannion Wingfield, Danzell Asberry, Artell Canady and Tyrell Andrews pose
next to a bust of James Weldon Johnson at the LaVilla Museum.
.. .-.- ---
Link Jacquie Gibbs (left) and Santhea Brown (right) share a Black history
moment with students Chante Stephens and Rashawn McMillan.
Black History 101 Explored at
the Ritz by PRAISE Students
When Bold City Link member
Ruth Waters was asked to chair the
organization's February forum for
students from Highlands Middle
School, her first thought was Black
History. In a desire to make the ses-
sion interesting and educating, she
had to look no further than
Jacksonville's mecca for Black his-
tory, the Ritz Theater and LaVilla
Museum. Under the directives of
the Program's Chair Pamela Grant
Adams, the ladies of the Bold City
Links brought over 100 youth to the
museum, many for the first time.
The knowledge hungry youth sat
patiently and attentively while lis-
tening to legal history from Judge
Henry Adams followed by a Q & A
session that included a particularly
poignant question: What did Black
people do so bad for Whites to want
to enslave the?.
The answer was simple.
"Racism and the color of their
skin," replied Judge Adams.
The LaVilla Museum, which
opened privately for the group
allowed the students to view their
signature animatronics show featur-
ing James Weldon Johnson and
concluded with a tour of the muse-
um's artifacts. Throughout the pres-
entation, Link members were on
hand to answer questions and
escort the students.
Next month the students will. get
a lesson in artistic expression. ...
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"In the shadow of the Old State
Capitol, where Lincoln once called
on a divided house to stand togeth-
er, where common hopes and com-
mon dreams still live, I stand
before you today to announce my
candidacy for president of the
United States," said Barrack
Obama this week in Springfield,
This is the exact location in
which, Abraham Lincoln stood and
gave a speech denouncing the divi-
sions caused by slavery.
Read these words closely because
they foreshadow what will be the
underlying theme of his campaign -
"common hopes and common
dreams still live."
When Obama spoke at the 2004
Democratic Convention some three
years ago, no one understood that
he was laying the foundation for
today. His message lands right in
the center of the political spectrum.
In his convention speech he
declared that there was no white or
black America, but a United States
It's a message that resonates well
with most Americans regardless of
their background. Common
dreams, hopes and love for this
great country will be the constant
sound bites from Obama. It is a
message of unity and bi-partisan-
ship that may put him in position to
Senator Obama's "One America"
message may have a little to do
with his mixed heritage. His moth-
er is white and originally from
Kansas and his father is black and
originally from Kenya.
by Joseph Phillips
I hate Valentine's Day! There. I
said it. The holiday causes me
undue stress and is filled with
unreasonable expectations that take
the fun out of seduction. And
seduction is what makes the world
go 'round, at least as it pertains to
Though I have been married for
almost 13 years, I do not claim any
expertise. Nor do I indulge in the
fantasy that my marriage is perfect
-- far from it. I work at it, but some-
how still manage to have days
where my wife's lips are poked out,
and I am left scratching my head
wondering what happened.
But neither have I sleepwalked
through the last 15 years. The ups
and downs of a decade and a half
Obama Ready to Make History,
But is the Country Ready?
I certainly don't have to say the
obvious, but I will. No black man,
better yet, no minority or woman
has ever been President of the
United States of America.
So does Obama have a chance?
Political experts will say yes. The
"experts" are saying that he is the
first legitimate African American to
run for President. Well let me
rephrase that statement. He is the
first African American to ran for
President that actually has a legiti-
mate chance of winning.
Sure Jessie Jackson ran and then
there was Al Sharpton, Alan Keys
and I think Carroll Mosley-Braun
ran in 2004, but realistically these
candidates had no creditability. No
offense to Rev. Jackson or Rev.
Sharpton, but the truth shall set you
Although the 45 year old Obama
is too young to have been apart of
the Civil Rights Movement, he
clearly appeals to most African
Americans although many may
criticize him for not being "black
Yes, it sounds crazy, and I am not
talking about his skin color. I am
talking about the fact that Obama is
not the traditional national black
leader whose platform is certainly
mostly centered around civil rights
and social issues.
Senator Obama has deliberately
focused on issues like job creation
and training and has been consis-
tent with his opposition to the war.
During his announcement speech
he said the getting our troops out of
Iraq will be priority number one.
Who can argue that notion? Well, I
guess many Republican candidates
for President will.
In a move that put pressure on
other Presidential candidates and
even President Bush, Senator
Obama recently called for a US
troop withdrawal from Iraq by
Senator Obama's inexperience
may be the factor that other candi-
dates attempt to take advantage of.
In order to get pass his lack of
executive office experience and the
fact that he is a one term Senator,
he will have to run as an outsider
who wants to change Washington
In fact, during his speech in
Springfield he said, "I know that I
have not spent a long time learning
the ways of Washington, but I have
been there long enough to know
that the ways of Washington have
Again, can Obama win? When a
USA TODAY/Gallup Poll asked
Democrats and independents who
lean toward Democratic candidates
to choose among 15 presidential
prospects about two weeks ago,
18% said they would be most like-
ly to support Obama.
That put him second behind New
York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton,
the choice of 29%, and ahead of Al
Gore, the 2000 presidential nomi-
nee; John Kerry, the 2004 nominee;
and Kerry's old running mate, John
Of course Kerry has announced
that he's not running. Gore says
that he's not interested, although
there seems to be a groundswell of
Democrats urging Gore to recon-
I think that Obama has a great
chance. He has that "rock star"
appeal that Bill Clinton had in 1996
and he certainly has the right mes-
sage, which makes him very
appealing to liberals and moder-
Is the country ready for a black
president is the more appropriate
questions? My answer today is no -
particularly in the South. Obama
would do well in traditional
Democratic states, and being from
the Mid-west would help him with
key swing states like Ohio.
He certainly could win without
actually winning a southern state,
but are people in this country brave
enough to vote for a black man for
President? That is a question that
will have to answer within the next
year and some change.
Signing off from the Obama
with the same woman have taught
me more than a thing or two about
relationships. It took several years,
but after much yelling and gesticu-
lation, I have learned that though
men may be the head of the house-
hold -- with God at the head of the
house -- men are in charge of noth-
ing. Women run the show. No mat-
ter how loud a man threatens or
how much logic he brings to an
argument, a woman is not going to
do anything she doesn't want to do,
and that is just life in the big city. It
is also why God gave men the gift
of seduction (He also gave men the
art of manipulation, but that is not
what I am talking about.). I am
referring to an honest, gentle, lov-
ing, prod a husband gives his wife
in the direction she already wants
It is a great irony to me that sin-
gle men walk around as if they
have cornered the market in seduc-
tion. When I was single, 1 was
under the same delusion. The truth
is that married men are the true
experts at seduction. Year after
year, Valentine's Day rolls around,
and a single guy can pull out the
same tired box of roses, and get
over like a fat rat. For the married
man, the bar is raised, and he must
constantly invent new ways to
seduce his wife. In my house,
doing the laundry beats a box of
chocolate any day of the week. But,
Seduction works because it is
unexpected. February 14th is a
neon sign announcing the day men
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As a single man, I dreaded
February 14th. There is nothing as
lonely as being without a date on
Valentine's Day. Even when I had a
companion, Valentine's Day was
no party. The only thing worse than
not having a date is being on a date
and wishing you were sharing
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Been there, done that. And, of
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Are flowers appropriate? Perhaps
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Black Healthcare Bad
and Getting Worse
I.by William Reed
Do you: do without a regular doctor, have
: 1 unmet health care needs, or often forego expen-
N sive medicines you need? Access to health care
" and facilities in America is directly related to
income and race and blacks are dying for need of
.' better health care. As a Black American you
S- probably get fewer operations, tests, medications
and other life-saving treatments than whites and
as a result have the nation's poorest health.
The American health system lags in activities toward improving African
Americans' health outcomes. The country spends $2 trillion $6.290 per
capital annually for health care, but denies access to health care based on
abilities to pay. More than 886,000 deaths could have been prevented from
1991 to 2000 if African Americans had received the same care as whites.
Fi'e times as many lives can be saved by correcting the disparities in care
between wh ites and blacks.
No single factor contributes more to racial and ethnic disparities m health
and access to health care than health insurance. Forty-seven million
Americans are uninsured. Forty-three percent of African Americans are
uninsured, compared to 23 percent of whites. Political proposals for uni-
versal health care are promising developments toward addressing the vast
inequities in African Americans' health status.
Although America has the highest rated equipment, medical doctors and
procedures in the world, healthcare among African Americans is at Third
World levels. Blacks remain much less likely to undergo heart bypasses,
appendectomies and other common procedures. They receive fewer mam-
mograms and basic tests and drugs for heart disease and diabetes, and con-
tinually fall even further behind whites in controlling those two major
With America's documented racial and ethnic disparities. African
Americans would benefit from universal healthcare coverage as soon as
possible. Actually, all Americans will benefit under a uni' ersal health care
system. Americans annually pay $1,821 more per capital on healthcare than
Switzerland, yet ours is the only industrialized nation that does not guaran-
tee access to health care as a right of citizenship. Twenty-eight industrial-
ized nations have single payer universal health care systems.
Universal healthcare has been almost taboo on the national stage for more
than a decade. Now, there needs to be massive movements to make
changes needed to assure all Americans get equal care. Recently execu-
tives of a number of large U.S. employers joined union leaders in calling
for "quality, affordable" health care for every American by 2012. The
coalition supports a plan such as the US National Health Insurance Act
(H.R. 6761 introduced in Congress by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI). The
business and union partnership goals include universal health-care cover-
age and boosting the value of monies spent on health care.
Get ing universal healthcare passed in Congress and statehouses requires
massive actions. As "sick and tired" as African Americans are regarding
healthcare, we need to illustrate to national and state lawmakers about just
how "sick and tired' we are with them and their lack of action on this sub-
Insurance companies represent the largest political opposition to a uni-
versal healthcare plan. They are against any regulations limiting their abil-
ities to make profits. If enacted, universal healthcare could put health
insurance providers out of business. Therefore, insurance companies
donate millions to oppose the measure.
Many health care providers feel entitled to the market value for the serv-
ices they provide and that they should not be restricted by government
intervention. Also adamantly opposed to universal healthcare are the
nation's wealthiest taxpayers. They don't feel they should be responsible
paying for healthcare for the poor. Congress relies heavily on such con-
tributors and is reluctant to support universal healthcare.
One way the U.S. Congress sidestepped the issue was by introducing ini-
tiatives onto state ballots and "letting constituents decide directly". To
date, pushing the issue to state levels and placing the burden of deciding on
a universal healthcare plan on the voters has resulted in overwhelming
Get good health care and you will live longer. All African Americans must
pursue getting universal healthcare legislation passed where they live, so
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AIDS: Not Enugh Ch nge take ownership of AIDS, and fight
AIDS: Not Enough Change this epidemic with every resource we
By. Jewell Jackson McCabe have.
It's 2007, the Speaker of the U.S. House of According to the Centers for Disease Control and
Representatives is a women. The leading candidates Prevention (CDC) Blacks comprise more than 50 per-
for president include a Black man, and a woman. cent of the new HIV/AIDS cases in the US. AIDS is
Certainly, change is in the air. Maybe not. This week the leading cause of death for Black Americans.
marks the 7th annual National Black HIV/AIDS Among women, nearly 70 percent of new HIV diag-
awareness day. noses are Black. Black girls make up 68 percent of all
Even with a woman leading the Congress and HIV diagnoses in the age group 13 to 24. Some 78
Blacks and women running for president, one of the percent of Black women who contract HIV get it
most pressing, though frequently ignored, issues for through unprotected sex. Shockingly, one-third of HI-
Black women is HIV/AIDS. In their most recent State positive Black women have no clue about their part-
of AIDS In Black America Report, the Black AIDS ner's risk factor.
Institute called AIDS in America a "Black Disease." Black women shouldn't expect anyone to throw us a
This week, Black women from all walks of life, lifeline. Already, we've waited on others for too long;
from all over the United States will attend the nation- we have to save ourselves. It is time for black women
al Black Women and AIDS conference in Los to organize a mass movement to ending the AIDS epi-
Angeles to put AIDS in our community at the top of demic. We are calling on every Black woman in
the national agenda. All of Black America must do the America to be a leader, and we are calling on those
same. Every African-American must stand with us, leaders to lead. The responsibility is ours.
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Black Leaders Make a
Call to Action at Symposium
State of the Black
"Artists now are not using
music to uplift us [like Curtis
Mayfield's "Keep on Pushing."
or Sam Cooke's "A Change is
Gonna Come"]," said the Rev. Al
Sharpton. "Back then, we wasn't
singing about "the ho's in the
back of the bus."
Propaganda is can be a good
thing, said filmmaker Tim Reid,
but be mindful of the images pro-
jected. "The three most powerful
icons in Africa," he said "are Che
[Guevara], Bob Marley, and
Tupac [Shakur, promoting "thug
"We've been [U.S.] citizens for
42 years [since the passage of the
1964 and 1965 civil and voting
rights acts], but we've been here
[400 years]." said the Rev. Jesse
L. Jackson Sr.
"Don't use history to beat up
young people. I was born in 1968
so I couldn't walk with Martin
[Luther King Jr.]." said Eddie S.
Glaude of Princeton University.
"Young people," he explained.
"must have an organic relation-
ship to history."''
Julia Hare of Black Think Tank
played contrarian in the second
session: "Integration is the illu-
sion of inclusion." She also said
"Everyone in this room is a black
"We've been up here for an
hour and not a word has been
said about strengthening fami-
lies," chided Stephanie
Robinson of the Jamestown
Project ... "If you are dysfunc-
tional in your family. you are
dysfunctional in this world."
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Hampton University. H.Hughes Photo
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within the black community.
About 13,000 people registered
for the day-long event, however
only 8,000 were able to get inside
the Convocation Center because of
The morning panel, which includ-
ed Rev. Jesse Jackson, Richmond
Mayor and former Gov. L. Douglas
Wilder, The Rev. Al Sharpton and
actor Tim Reid, urged the audience
to take action and help better their
"We need to stop going to others
for the things we need," radio host
and event moderator Tom Joyner
said. Many speakers echoed that
When reflecting on the past of
African-Americans in history, said
Sharpton, the past should be used to
help more blacks in the present and
future: "It's not our obligation to
make peace with the past. It is up to
us to draw strength from it and
uphold the dignity and integrity of
us as people."
Sharpton also expressed his dis-
appointment that Sen. Barack
Obama, chose instead to officially
announce his candidacy for presi-
dent in Springfield, Ill. Instead of at
the forum which he was scheduled
to make an appearance at.
He also noted it was too soon to
throw support behind any candi-
date, but that no candidate should
presume to have the black vote
Support for a candidate, Sharpton
said, "should not be based on race.
It should be based on agenda and
based on policy," adding that voters
should look for a candidate who
"stands for our interest ... what is
his embrace of our agenda?"
Judge and TV host Glenda
Hatchett talked about the ignorance
many blacks have -
especially youth about their his-
tory: "We need to fully understand
the story of our people. And we
need to hold our children account-
able for what they don't know."
Actress and co-founder of New
Millennium Studios Daphne
Maxwell Reid agreed and said,
"Children (today) don't have pride
(in the fact that) we built this coun-
The need for unity was a recur-
ring discussion among the pan-
"Unity is the greatest challenge to
the status quo," said Cathy Hughes,
founder and chairwoman of Radio
One, Inc. "As a result we have
become victims of the 'dazzling
deception' of (corporate) media."
"We need to stop the 'okey doke'
we are falling for and start support-
ing black media."
As the morning came to an end,
moderator Michel Martin, a TV and
radio journalist, asked the speakers
to offer solutions on how to best
strengthen the black community.
U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn.,
said the solution was in the choices
blacks make in their political lead-
ers. "The key is to develop coalition
politics," said the first American
Muslim elected to Congress. "We
need to work together for the same
A Wealth of Wisdom
Americans Elders Speak
Edited by Camile O. Cosby, and
Photographs by Howard L. Bingham
Up close and personal interviews
from the Late African American
Elders: Coretta Scott King, Ossie
Davis, John Johnson, Shirley
Chisholm, Ray Charles and sixty-five
others, who share their last inspiring
gift of life lessons. With insight and
often with humor, they document not
only how they survived, overcame and coped with the most formidable
obstacles, but also how they thrived and have ultimately triumphed.
A Wealth of Wisdom provides powerful voices of guidance for chal-
lenging times, especially for young people in search of hope, direction and
meaning. The elders give us invaluable perspectives into the history and
culture of America across a wide spectrum, reflecting politics (including
former Senator Edward Brooke, Shirley Chisholm, David Dinkins,
Andrew Young), social activism: Dorothy Height, Dick Gregory, Gordon
Parks, Maya Angelou, Katherine Dunham, Geoffrey Holder, Elizabeth
Catlett, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis. As well as others from the areas of
education, religion, business, journalism, the military and justice.
Hanging Captain Gordon, the story
of the only executed for slave trading
LIFE AND TRIAL OF An By: Ron Soodalter
RICE AN SLAVE TRADE I Convicted of breaking a law passed
A PA CGi N P by the U.S. Congress in 1820, a young
A P T A I N sea captain from Portland, Maine,
O n DN Nathaniel Gordon, was the first
American sent to the gallows for the
capital crime of slave trading. He also
was the only one. He was executed in
S the walled-in courtyard of New York
t City's notorious prison, the "Tombs."
H.-. le e "r s i This book is the first in-depth
account of an unconscionable criminal
who paid the ultimate price for getting
caught. The author notes that this story
is a very small part of the story of the
American slave trade in the 19th centu-
S. ry, and our government's stunning and
continuous failure to stop it.
Officials who cleared the ship for sailing suspected Gordon's mission,
and his ship was tracked over the seas. The ship was stopped thirty miles
on its return journey with 897 African men, women and children aboard.
He was arrested for slave trading. Did his death make an impact on the
slave trace? Hanging Captain Gordon makes a powerful contribution to
the understanding of slavery, as a shameful fact of America's past and pres-
Answers Sought in 1946 Georgia Killing of First Black Voter
Maceo Snipes served in the
Pacific during World War II and
returned home to make history: He
became the first black person to
vote in Taylor County.
But a day after casting his ballot,
he was mortally wounded.
Relatives say the 37-year-old was
shot in the back by four white men
in 1946 and collapsed in the door-
way of his farm house about 90
miles south of Atlanta. He died two
Even though his death certificate
lists his cause of death as "gunshot
wound by homicide," there's no
evidence of a criminal investiga-
tion into the killing and no arrests.
Now, two civil rights groups are
pushing to have the 60-year-old
unsolved killing investigated.
State NAACP officials and the
Prison & Jail Project, a prison
advocacy and civil rights group,
plan to present their request for a
federal probe to the Taylor County
Commission and ask the commis-
sioners to support the effort before
mailing their written request to the
U.S. Attorney General.
Snipes was shot on July 18, 1946,
a day after he voted in the Georgia
Democratic Primary. He died on
July 20. Fearful relatives buried
him at night in an unmarked grave
before some family members fled
the county, relocating as far north
as Ohio. Survivors say they still
don't know the location of Snipes'
BarackAnyone? Supporters of US Senator Barack Obama at
a "Yes We Can" rally at the Johnson Hall at George Mason
University, in Fairfax, Virginia last weekend. Obama has launched
"an improbable quest" to become America's first black president,
brazenly claiming the mantle of Abraham Lincoln, the US icon who
ended slavery at his announcement.
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West Union Baptist Church to
Celebrate Church & Pastor's Ann.
The West Union Missionary Baptist Church, 1605 West Beaver Street;
will celebrate the 107th Anniversary of the Church and the 3rd Anniversary
of Pastor Leroy C. Kelly, at 4 p.m. on Sundays, February 18th & 25th A dif-
ferent speaker will be presented at each 4 p.m. service. "My Grace is
Sufficient for Thee" (2nd Corinthians 12:9) is the Anniversary theme.
New Fountain Chapel Calling All Former
Participants in Leona Daniel's Day
Plans for the 60th Anniversary Celebration of Leona Daniel's Day are
now in preparation. This celebration will take place on the Third Sunday
in May. Anyone who's been involved with the Leona Daniel's Day
Celebration from the beginning is asked to please call Fountain Chapel, at
358-2258, or Sister Eunice Harmon, at 354-3021, as soon as possible. Be
a part of the 60th Anniversary Celebration.
Good Shepherd Anniversary Services
The Good Shepherd Missionary Baptist Church, Rev. Pernell Raggins,
Pastor; will hold special services in observance of the Church and Pastor's
Second Anniversary, at 4 p.m. on Sundays February 18 & 25, 2007, at 29
West 6th Street. The community is invited.
St. Nicholas to Celebrate
Church & Pastor Anniversaries
The St. Nicholas Bethel Baptist Church, 2606 San Diego Road (off
Phillips Hwy), will celebrate the 127th Anniversary of the Church, and the
14th Anniversary of Rev. Dr. Richard W. Jackson, Pastor; beginning at 4
p.m. on Sunday, February 25th. Services will continue Monday, Wednesday
and Friday, February 26, 28 and March 2nd at 7 p.m. The Anniversary
Celebrations will conclude at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 4th. The community is
invited. Rev. Earl Wynn, Chairperson; Sis. Ava Baxter, Co-Chairperson.
NOTICE: Church news is published free of charge.
Information must be received in the Free Press offices no
later than Monday, at 5.p.m. of the week you want it to
run--Information received prior to the event date will be
printed on a space available basis until the date. Fax e-
mail to 765-3803 or e-mail to JFreePress@aol.com.
Greater Macedonia Baptist Celebrates
Pastor's 31st Anniversary
The Greater Macedonia Baptist Church will celebrate the 31st
Anniversary of Dr. Landon L. Williams Sr., at an Anniversary Banquet n his
honor, at 5 p .m. on Saturday, February 10, 2007. The banquet will be held
at the Philippian Community Church Multipurpose Center. The communi-
ty is invited to celebrate with Greater Macedonia. Tickets and reservations
are available by calling Ms. Wells at 764-9257.
Pastor John Guns of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church will deliver the
Spoken Word for the Pastor Anniversary Worship Service at 4 p.m. on
Sunday, February 11, 2007. Pastor Ernie Murray Sr. of St. Thomas
Missionary Baptist Church will deliver the Spoken Word for Worship
Service at 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 18, 2007. Everyone is welcome.
Mother White to Celebrate 12th
Anniversary at Genesis Baptist
Mother Jessie M. White will celebrate her 12th Anniversary at 6:30 p.m.
on Sunday, February 18, 2007, at Genesis Baptist Church, 2415 McDuff
Ave., Rev. Calvin O. Honors, Interim Pastor.
The Fabulous White Singers will be the special guests.
Also, on program will be: Sonny Rose, the Golden Tones, the Rejoice
Singers, Bro. Al Andres, the Sister of Praise, the New Creations, the New
Testament, the Royal Spirituals, the Christian Brothers, God's Spirituals
Gifts, Jerry Cannon & The Caravans, Emanuel Church of the Living God,
and Elder Robert Jackson & The Spirit Travelers. For information, call Sis.
Wayman Chapel AME Celebrates
125th Anniversary February 23-25th
Wayman Chapel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, 8855
Sanchez Road (at Baymeadows), will kick off their 125th Church
Anniversary Celebration with a "Spirit Rally" at 7 p.m. on Friday, February
23, 2007. This rally will be filled with fun, excitement and plenty of trivia
about the history of Wayman Chapel.
This historic occasion will culminate on Sunday, February 25th. Church
School will begin at 8:30 a.m., Morning Worship begins at 10 a.m.
Reverend McKinley Young, the Presiding Bishop of the llth Episcopal.
District AME Church, will deliver the Spoken Word. Everyone is invited to
Greggs AME Dedication Service
Greggs Temple African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, 1510 West
45th Street, Rev. Roger Williams, Pastor; will hold Dedication Services at
3 p.m. o n Saturday, February 24, 2007. The community is invited.
Dayspring Celebrates First
Anniversary of Pastor Rumlin
Rev. Jeffrey K. Rumlin will be honored by Dayspring Baptist Church on
Sunday, February 25, 2007, as he celebrates his first anniversary as pastor.
Rev. Rumlin was initially called to Dayspring on February 7, 2005 as inter-
im pastor. He was installed as Pastor of Dayspring Baptist Church on
February 26, 2006. During the 10 a.m. worship service Rev. Mack Devon
Knight of Woodbine, Georgia will be the guest preacher. At 4 p.m. Rev.
Leofric Thomas and the Open Arms Christian Fellowship family will be the
guest church. For additional information, please contact 764-0303.
The Word, Signs & Wonders at 1st AME
Join First A.M.E. Church for "The Word, Signs & Wonders" as presented
in a revival by Revivalist the Rev. Dr. Henry Delaney, Jr. The services take
place at 7 p.m., on Wednesday, February 21, Thursday February 22, and
Friday February 23rd, at First A.M.E. Church. Each night will bring heal-
ing, prophecy and the other "Gifts of the Spirit."
Rev. Delaney is pastor of St. Paul C.M.E. Church in Savannah, GA, and
founder of the Haitian Mission of Port-au-Prince, which combines 47
churches and 6,000 members. He has over 4,000 members since joining the
congregation at St. Paul. He has been twice elected "Omega Man of the
Year" and featured in newspapers, books and "Ebony Magazine." Rev.
Delaney has conducted revivals in 25 states and three foreign countries.
First A.M.E. Church, 91 Old Kings Road North, Palm Coast, is the pas-
torate of the Rev. Gillard S. Glover.
The church can be reached at (386) 446-5759 for more information.
Eagle Scout Ronnie Belton to speak at
Scoutings 100th Anniversary Event
The Greater Grant African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church Boy
Scouts Pack and Troop 175 will celebrate the 100th Anniversary of
Scouting at the 11 a.m. Worship Service on Sunday, February 18, 2007. The
speaker will be Eagle Scout C. Ronald Belton.
Every Boy Scout troop, and every Cub Scout pack in the city are invit-
ed to participate in this auspicious occasion. The legacy of Boy Scouting
must continue to help young boys to become men with honor, character,
Seeking the lost for Christ l il
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8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
: lTulesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
". .' Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m.
Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m.
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Sunday 2 PM 3 PM
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215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
Join us for our Weekly Services
Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel
3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1 p.m.
Dinner and Bible Study
at 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
Come share in Holy Communion on 1st Sunday at4:50 p.m.
WCGL 1360 AM Thursday 8:15 -8:45 a.m.
AM 1400 Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.
WTLV Channel 12 Sunday's at 6:30 a.m.
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Join Us for One of Our Services
Early Worship 8:00 a.m.
Sunday) School 9:15 a.m.
Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.
Ist Sunday 3:45 p.m.
Lord's Supper & Baptism
3rd Sunday 7:00 p.m.
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Feb. 21st Heaven's Gates & Hell's Flames @ 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 25th "Pocket Full of Rock" in Concert @ 10:30 a.m.
Sunday School 945 a.m.
Morning Worship 1045 a.m. Wednesday Night 7:30 p.m.
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Shown above are cast members Frank Dancy, Elliott Wimes, Eugene Lindsey and Parick Robinson all star-
ring in the play. In the inset is Hollywood actress T'Keya Crystal Keymah who stars as Miss Evers.
Stage Aurora Brings Tragic and Heroic
Miss Evers' Boys to the Jacksonville Stage
Stage Aurora Theatrical Company
Inc. will present "Miss Evers'
Boys," a theatrical play based on a
shocking true story, which creates a
whirlwind of emotions: love, anger,
rage, humor and grief. Stage
Aurora will present "Miss Evers'
Boys" in the Ezekiel Bryant
Auditorium, at the FCCJ North
Campus, February 23-25, 2007.
The play is a fictional account
based on a true government study
carried out from 1932 to 1972
known as the Tuskegee
Experiment. Reviewers have said
that "it is a warm, humane and
even, astoundingly funny."
The story centers around Miss
Evers, a nurse who tried to get med-
ical help for Alabama tenant farm-
ers convincing them to join a gov-
ernment study to treat disease. The
study was to see what untreated
syphilis does to victims, which was
not told to "Miss Evers Boys."
Instead of help, the unknowing men
were simply observed as they died
unknowingly thinking they were
Stage Aurora's Darryl Reuben
Hall will direct this heart touching
drama which will feature TV Star
T'Keyah Crystal Keymah, who
appeared in "Cosby", and "In
Living Color". She currently stars
on "That's So Raven."
The cast also features Eugene
Lindsey, Frank Dancy, Patrick
Robinson, Elliott Wimes, and
For ticket information and show
times, please call Stage Aurora at
TNT Tributes Dr. Bethune
The Friends of Tots 'N Teens
Theatre, and the JWJ Institute,
Sharon Coon, founder and artistic
director; and the Jacksonville
Public Library African American
Collection will present a presenta-
tion by Ersula Knox Odom, inde-
pendent scholar and Chautauqua
performer entitled, "Faith,
Scholarship, Service: Dr. Mary
Participants will travel back to
1954 to meet the founder of
Bethune-Cookman College in
Daytona, Florida (portrayed by
Ersula Knox Odom) sharing stories
about her life and accomplish-
ments, and her thoughts about the
Supreme Court's landmark Brown
v. Board of Education decision.
This FREE presentation will be
held at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday,
February 18th at the Jacksonville
Main Library, 303 N. Laura Street.
The Eleventh Episcopal District
Young Peoples and Children's
Division of the Women Missionary
Society of the African Methodist
Episcopal Church will present its'
20th Annual Black Heritage
Weekend (BHW) February 16-18,
2007. This spiritual, educational,
and cultural event is scheduled on
the campus of EWC at the Hurst
Adams Center and at James Weldon
Johnson Middle School. Bishop
McKinley Young, Dr. Dorothy
Jackson Young, Dr. Courtney
Lamar and Episcopal District
President Shayla Hogan will set the
tone for this outstanding program.
Over 2,700 persons are expected
to participate throughout the week-
end which is traditionally held dur-
ing the celebration of Black History
Month in America. The event pro-
Bishop McKinley Young
motes high self esteem, academic
achievement and spiritual growth
while focusing on African
American and Bahamian heritage.
Young people from ages two to
twenty-six exhibit their talents in
poetry, monologue, visual art, ora-
tory, vocal/instrumental musical
performances, dance, essay writing,
and athletic contests.
Other BHW events will feature an
awards presentation and Christian
Step Show. On Sunday, the keynote
address will be delivered by The
Reverend AnneMarie Mingo of
Atlanta, former Episcopal District
President. A Youth Choir and the
world-renowned Edward Waters
College Concert Choir will provide
music during worship.
This weekend of spiritual, aca-
demic, cultural, and athletic action
is designed to show the goodness of
Christ through these many talented
Young People. For more informa-
tion call 470-8264.
White House Celebrates Black History
To honor Black history this week,
President Bush didn't spend much
time looking back. He focused
instead on people contributing
today those who are seizing
opportunities gained at great price,
the president said. "Their stories,"
Bush said, "speak a lot louder and a
lot clearer than I could."
Like the breakthrough of
Superbowl Coaches Lovie Smith
and Tony Dungy, or the work of
astronauts who helped helped
rewire the Int. Space Station.
And then there's Tyrone Flowers, a
once aspiring basketball star who
was shot and paralyzed. Flowers
became a lawyer and teamed with
his wife to form a leadership pro-
gram for at-risk children.
"That's what we're honoring today:
ordinary citizens who do unbeliev-
ably fine things," Bush said in an
East Room ceremony honoring
Black History Month.
"Our call and our need is to con-
tinue to remember the promise
belongs to everybody," Bush said.
"And our call for this country is
never to rest until equality is real,
opportunity is universal and every
citizen can realize their dreams."
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President Bush, center, leans over to talk with Xernona Clayton,
Executive Producer Trumpet Awards, right, as they take part the cel-
ebration of African American History Month in the East Room at the
White House in Washington. At left is Bonnie St. John, silver medal
winner at the 1984 Paralympics.
Reprising a memorable scene
from his State of the Union speech,
he honored Wesley Autrey of New
York, a construction worker who
jumped onto the tracks in a subway
station to save a man who had fall-
en from a seizure. Autrey pointed
with pride to the president and blew
kisses to the audience. "We're proud
you're here again," Bush said. "We
thank you for your courage."
Bush exchanged big smiles with
Bonnie St. John, who lost a leg but
went on to win medals in downhill
skiing in the Paralympics.
"She is the kind of person that you
really want to be around," Bush
said, "and the kind of person that
shows that individual courage mat-
ters in life."
Greater Macedonia Baptist Church
Proudly announces 31st Anniversary Festivities for Pastor Landon Williams
February 10 February 18, 2007
Saturday, February 10, 2007 5:00 PM
Phillipian Conmmunity Church Multipurpose Center
Tickets: $40.00 (must be purchased in advance from the church)
Anniversary Worship Services
Dr. Landon L. Williams
Sunday, February 11, 2007 4:00 PM
Greater Macedonia Baptist Church
1880 West Edgewood Avenue
Spoken word by Pastor John Guns
St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church
Sunday, February 18, 2007 4:00 PM
The spoken word by Pastor Ernie Murray, Sr.
St. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church
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Health Department Dance-A-Thon "Busts a Move" for Wellness and Fitness
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Shown (left to right) Rose Alston, Jocelyn Turner and Delores Jones participate in Cha-Cha Slide during DCHD 12 Hour Dance-A-Thon held at Cuba Hunter Gym on February 9-10. The event was designed to pro-
mote physical activity through dancing. Dancers moved all night long and generated more than 1 million steps. That was the equivalent of one person walking from Jacksonville to New Orleans; Val Custus (right) and
Tasha Baker (left) take a moment to slow things down; Six year old Micheaila Jones shows off her moves and Correan Brown shows off his "break dance" style during one of the event's dance contest.
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Hundreds of participants came
throughout the 12-hour period and
danced the night away to different
music styles as they stepped an
equivalent of 560+ miles toward
Each participant was given a
pedometer upon registering that
monitored their steps. Participants
completed a combined total of over
1.1 million steps, which is equiva-
lent to a walk from Jacksonville to
"This is phenomenal," said
Robert Harmon, M.D., M.P.H.
Director, Duval County Health
Department, who himself danced a
total of 2,000 steps. "This event
was enjoyable, promoted good
health and allowed the entire com-
munity to participate. This is some-
thing we will certainly do again," he
Councilwomen Mia Jones and
Suzzane Jenkins participated as
judges and watched in awe as the
very young, young and old alike
"boogie oogied" for hours, non
"What a great idea this was," said
Councilwoman Jones. "You're
working out and don't even know
it," she stated. The event's various
dance styles included ballroom, hip
hop, step, swing, salsa and
merenge'. There was also a DJ and
live music, dance contests, live
entertainment, healthy food and
prizes. The purpose of the 12-hour-
Dance-A-Thon achieved its' goal of
demonstrating how dancing is a fun
and inexpensive is way for
Floridians of all ages to engage in
For more information or to partic-
ipate in the next event, call Jocelyn
Turner at (904) 630-3373.
Good Fat vs. Bad Fat: Find Out the Difference
We've all heard the news reports.
Obesity is an epidemic in American
culture, with nearly 2/3 of
American adults overweight or
clinically obese (more than 30
pounds over ideal body weight for
height). Obesity is the second most
modifiable risk factor for disease
and increases the severity of condi-
tions like heart disease, Type 2 dia-
betes, many forms of cancer and
If you're like me, you are working
to make healthy changes to your
diet and lifestyle. But following a
low-fat diet is challenging. Your
daily fat intake should be no more
that 20-30 percent of your total
calories. Yet, there are hidden fats
in some foods and not all fats are
created equal. Some fats you want
to keep and/or increase in your diet.
Food labels are confusing if you are
unfamiliar with the various types of
dietary fats. So the next time you
head out to the grocery store, take
this list along with you so you'll
know the good fats from the bad.
Let's start with the bad news first.
Saturated fats are from animal
sources and are solid at room tem-
perature. They can raise your cho-
lesterol and increase your risk of
developing heart disease.
Unfortunately, saturated fats are
found in some staples of the African
American diet such as high fat
meats (regular ground beef,
bologna, hot dogs, sausage, bacon
and spareribs), lard, fat back, salt
pork, butter, poultry skin, gravy,
cream sauces and whole milk and
whole milk dairy products. Eat no
more than 7% saturated fat (15
Trans fats are also known as
hydrogenated fats on food labels.
These fats are liquid at room tem-
perature but are artificially
processed so that they become
solids. Trans fats act like saturated
fats and increase a person's risk for
heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.
Examples of foods containing trans
fats are processed snacks and pas-
tries, margarine sticks, shortening
and many fast food items like
Cholesterol is a naturally occur-
ring molecule in the human body
and is a building block for hor-
mones and cell membranes. While
our bodies make cholesterol, most
of it comes from our foods. Dietary
cholesterol can increase our blood
cholesterol, so the recommended
daily allowance is to consume no
more than 200 mg of cholesterol
daily. Cholesterol is found in organ
meats and liver, whole milk and
high fat dairy products, egg yolks,
high fat meats and poultry skin.
But before you do a clean sweep of
your pantry,, remember, there are
some fats that you want and need to
have in your diet. These are listed
These good or "healthy" fats actu-
ally help lower your blood choles-
terol levels. The recommendation is
to increase monounsaturated fats in
your diet and to substitute them for
saturated fats and trans fats.
Sources include avocados, canola
oil, nuts, sesame seeds, olives and
olive oil, peanuts and peanut oils. A
word of caution, many oils and nuts
are high in calories, so watch por-
tion sizes if you are watching calo-
These are also called good or
"healthy" fats and should be
increased in your diet. Once again,
moderation is the key.
Polyunsaturated fats come in two
categories, omega 3 and omega 6
fatty acids. These fats are essential
fatty acids because the body needs
them but cannot make them.
Essential fatty acids prevent arteries
from clogging while also assisting
in proper brain function, normal
growth and development, bone
health, hair and skin growth, regu-
lation of metabolism and normal
Omega 3 Fatty Acids:
The typical American diet is low
in omega 3 fatty acids. To increase
omega 3 fatty acids, increase your
intake of non-fried fish such as
albacore tuna, salmon, herring,
mackerel, rainbow trout and sar-
dines. Plant sources of omega 3
fatty acids are tofu, walnuts, flax
and flax seed oil and canola oil.
Omega 6 Fatty Acids:
Most of us take in too many
omega 6 fatty acids, which equate
to 120 calories per tablespoon.
Omega 6 fatty acids come from saf-
flower oil (the richest natural
source), sunflower oil, corn oil,
Eating the right types of fat can
guard against heart disease.
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BLACK HISTORY EXTRAVAGANZA
The Delta Delta Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa Sorority, Inc., will present a
Black History Musical Extravaganza on Saturday, February 24, 2007 at
The Worship Place located at 2627 Spring Glen Road. The program
begins at 12:00 noon. The chairperson of this event is Olester Williams
and may be contacted at 768-0625 or 355-3353. Flora L. Parker is
APPEAL FOR YOUR EXESS CLOTHES
The Millions More Movement,Jacksonville Local Organizing
Committee Inc.,is in the process of gathering clothes for it's next 'Clothes
Give-A-Way. If you are in the process of cleaning out your closets for
spring,or have clothes you have outgrown and want to get rid of, bring
them to 900 N.Myrtle Avenue. We will make them a part of our next sched-
uled Clothes Give-A-Way.Visit our website:www.jaxloc.com for more
information about us,or contact us at 904-355-0793,904-236-2469.
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I Charles Steele Breathes New Life Into SCLC
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Steele in front of the King Center in Italy.
by George Curry
The Southern Christian raise funds f
Leadership Conference, Dr. Martin tional head
Luther King's old organization, the same bl
turns 50 this year and Charles
Steele, Jr., its president and CEO,
has already presented Dr. King with
the best possible birthday gift he
has revived SCLC.
Speaking to the mid-winter con-
ference of the National Newspaper
Publishers Association here, Steele,
a former Alabama State Senator,
recounted how he resurrected the
dying organization over the past
"When we were coming to SCLC,
the headline in the AJC (Atlanta
Journal Constitution) said, 'SCLC
is on the verge of collapse." Steele
recounted. "The sub-title was,
'Only God can resurrect the dead.'
Well, we didn't die, but we were on
There wasn't much of any other
kind of support when Steele, then a
board member, was selected to take
over SCLC. The organization was
sharply divided and some of its life-
long members were predicting a
quick death. The convention at
which Steele was elected was so
emotional, that the local police had
to be summoned to maintain order.
Steele wasn't prepared for what
greeted him upon his arrival at the
"When we got there, the lights
were off," Steele said. "The phone
was off. Dr. King's organization.
Couldn't meet payroll, inherited a
$100,000 debt from the convention
coming out of Jacksonville, Fla.,
and owed the federal government.
And now the federal government
owes us. In the last two years, we
have raised $6 million."
Steele described John B. Smith,
publisher of the Atlanta Inquirer
and chairman of the National
The Cummer Museum of Art &
Gardens features a Celebration of
Harlem Renaissance, beginning
with a reception on February 22
from 6 to 8 p.m. The celebration
includes music, poetry and a panel
discussion reflecting on the signifi-
cant poem by Langston Hughes,
The Negro Speaks of Rivers. The
poem connects Ancient Egypt to
modern African-American Art and
bridges the exhibitions, Temples
and Tombs: Treasures of Egyptian
Art from The British Museum and
The Walter O. Evans Collection of
African American Art.
The evening will consist of the-
atrical poetry readings of both old
and new works, a panel discussion
of Hughes' poem with Dr. Walter
O. Evans and other special guests,
and musical performances by The
Ritz Voices, Stage Aurora and The
Randall Haywood Trio.
A reception for New View, a show
of works from students at The
Douglas Anderson School of The
Arts will also be held during the
celebration from 6 to 7 p.m. The
exhibition features over 50 works
of art based on student's unique
multi-art forms of The Creation by
The panel discussion will be held
from 7 to 8 p.m. on the traditional
value of The Negro Speaks of
Rivers. The panel discussion
including Dr. Carolyn Williams,
UNF history professor, collector
Dr. Evans, and Chief Curator at
The Cummer Jeanette Toohey will
evaluate the poem from a historical
perspective. Dr. Evans will elabo-
rate through the eyes of the collec-
tor, Dr. Williams will address clas-
sic importance and Toohey will dis-
cuss value as an art historian.
The Celebration of Harlem
Renaissance reception is included
in museum admission of $8. For
more information, call Amy
Chamberlin at (904) 899-6034.
as a state legis-
lator to help him
or a $3 million interna-
[uarters, to be built in
ock as the old SCLC
building on Auburn Avenue in
Having placed SCLC back on
sound financial footing, Steel said
his next goal is to build an institu-
tion that continues long into the
future, far after an individual leader
of the organization dies.
"People remember Dr. King, but
they don't remember SCLC," said
Steele, who as a teenager witnessed
Dr. King coming to his hometown,
Tuscaloosa, Ala., to help desegre-
gate public facilities. He also noted
that SCLC was at the forefront of
protests that led to the passage of
the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the
1965 Voting Rights Act.
"A lot of Negroes have forgotten
that or don' t want to remember," he
told publishers. Steele said he is
meeting with hip-hop artists to
reach Black youth who were not
born when King served as head of
As a group, Blacks are younger
than other groups in the U.S.
According to the Census Bureau, 55
percent of all African-Americans
were born after the March on
Washington. At its 50th anniversary
convention in Atlanta this summer,
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progress. Steele is ever mindful that
the civil rights group rich history
was almost lost.
An undertaker by trade, Steele
said: "When I got the call, I was at
the funeral home. I got the call from
intensive care to come pick up
SCLC. I got in the ambulance.
That's not how we say it am-ba-
lance and I cranked it up and I
went to intensive care and looked
over the body,"
With a revival-like fervor, Steele
continued, "I was ready to pick up
the body, but I thought about what
my daddy had told me. He said,
'Boy, doctors are like Negroes, they
think they know everything, but
don't. Doctors make mistakes, too.'
He said, 'Before you pick the body
up, go behind the doctors to check
for a pulse -- you got to check the
"I put the body back on the cot
and I checked for the pulse. It was-
n't a big pulse, but it was a pulse. It
was a little pulse. I came to
Phoenix, Arizona to check your
pulse. Have you forgotten from
whence you come?"
Evidently, Steele hasn't.
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Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 9
Februanrv 1'5-21. 2007
THil SECRET OF SIJCCESS: TYLER PERRY
By Miki Turner, MSNBC
Even though Tyler Perry is a dude
who has gone from living in his car
to setting up camp on a posh estate
outside of Atlanta, Hollywood's
most enigmatic filmmaker doesn't
believe in fairytales.
Why? Because he believes his
steps are divinely ordered. That
means he's not lucky, nor does he
have some animated fairy following
him around sprinkling stardust on
him with her magic wand. The man
has just been blessed.
And with that blessing comes
"The Tyler Perry brand is a brand
that represents and means family, it
means forgiveness, it means God, it
means hope," said Perry during a
recent interview to promote his lat-
est film "Daddy's Little Girls."
"Whenever anyone has come to see
a play or come to see a movie, these
are the things that they know they
are buying. For this particular brand
I'm very clear of the box it has to
stay in and who created the box for
me to play in."
Considering the returns he's made
on the paltry financial investments
in his plays and movies, it's no
wonder Perry gives all credit
and glory to a higher power.
The succes-s of his first two
films "Dtiary of a Mad
B .ick Woman" and
N IMIadea" Family
Rt-union" baffled just
S J:.abouLt eerV Hollywood
e \eCeCil\e in town when
II-,he both won their
S Additionally, both films
ier minade For under $8
Iiillin and went on to
e .,rn 'i~ .ind $63 million
re..lpectIc\ The subse-
I qi,'rt C)\'D ,les of those
ifilii bioug't in even more
Beriiiriniri And even more
i'ipre.si\e s t he fact that
from his plays and
...' .... netted more
.: .' than $250
on the top
of that list.
Valentine's Day, "Daddy's Little
Girls," starring Gabrielle Union,
Idris Elba and Louis Gossett Jr., is
projected to open at No. 1 and make
tons of money for the man behind
Madea and the perennially happy
folks at Lionsgate.
Still, it's no wonder the same exec-
utives who were dazed and con-
fused by the box office returns of
Perry's first two efforts, which he
wrote, produced, directed and
starred in, are still a little perplexed
by his continual success.
Despite the fact that Perry's writ-
ing can be a little thin and his
themes boy-meets-girl, boy-has-
boy and boy-is-saved-by-divine-
intervention and girl-forgives-boy
- can be a little repetitive, Perry
has developed into a can't-miss,
money-making machine in less
time than it takes Rosie O'Donnell
to stick her foot back in her mouth
on "The View."
But when you look at the steps
Perry has taken to ensure his suc-
cess and expand his bank account,
it's not really all that difficult to
understand why he is where he is.
"You can count on him to deliver a
unique film that you haven't seen
anywhere else," says Perry's pro-
ducing partner Reuben Cannon.
"He tapped into a market that loves
and appreciates him and now he's
gaining support from other demo-
Cannon is right. Perry's work is so
relatable that he's been able to reach
a niche audience that had been
largely underserved and/or ignored
in the past by studio executives who
think that the term "urban market"
encompasses every African
American from 8 to 80 and that they
all want to see the same thing.
More than hoodies and hoochies
Realizing that African Americans
were being fed a steady stream of
films featuring hoodies and
hoochies, Perry set out to make
uplifting, empowering and inspira-
tional films that would be a wel-
come relief from the common fare.
Since his plays had been wildly
popular, he transformed his theater
productions into low-budget films,
starting with "Diary."
To get the word out, Perry and
Cannon wisely launched their ini-
tial grassroots marketing campaign
in the church. The black church has
traditionally been the pulse of the
African American community and
what's said in the church definitely
doesn't stay there. The word
spreads down main drags, through
beauty and barbershops, high
school locker rooms, nursing
homes, daycare centers and even
pops into Starbucks.
And another reason he's been able
to flourish is because Lionsgate not
only puts up the money for the
films, but also allows Perry to
maintain ownership and have com-
plete creative control.
He's free to be. And the studio has
money to burn. It's win-win.
"It's a great deal," said Perry, who
now shoots his films in a 70,000
square foot studio he built in
Atlanta. "Working in Atlanta and
away from this town has
helped me have a lot of
freedom. Plus the peo-
ple who go to my plays
- from the 30 people I
started with to the
30,000 in the theaters
now, they carried me
into Hollywood and
gave me this opportuni-
ty to do it my way. They
said 'we're here with
you. We're going to
show up and be there
Perry's plays had been
popular largely because
of the Madea character
he plays in drag. She's a
sense older woman that
embraced and seemingly can't get
enough of. Madea is so delightfully
entertaining that it's often easy to
overlook the fact that Perry's writ-
ing can be a little thin and his sto-
ries rather repetitive.
"I am not a director that likes to
put the camera in different places,"
he said. "I just think the camera
should be your eyes just observing
it. I don't believe in handheld, or
shaking it and up and down in the
corer. Just tell the story!"
And he has done precisely that.
His tales typically revolve around
African-Americans struggling to
make ends meet, surrounded by
good people with a faith in God and
each other. Oh, and his films do
have one other thing in common
that might be their most potent
ingredient: They leave you feeling
"If you've worked all day and you
are going through all this hell in
your own life, it's nice to go to the
movies for two hours and forget
about everything," Perry said. "[If I
can do that], then I feel like I've
done something that's been worth-
Madea takes a break
"Daddy's Little Girl," a film about
a devoted single father (Elba) fight-
Idris Elba and Gabrielle Union burn up the screen in
ing to regain custody of his kids and
dealing with the complexities of
falling in love with a woman
(Union) in a much higher tax brack-
et (they got issues!), represents the
first time Perry hasn't slipped into a
dress, or appeared in one of his
"Madea is on vacation," Perry said
with a smile. "She'll come back in
two or three years. I just felt like I
was over-exposed. I was every-
where. With the two movies, the
book ("Don't Make a Black Woman
Take Off Her Earrings") and the
plays and everything, I had done
every talk show there is to do. I
needed a moment to just get away
from it and get behind the camera
and do a positive story celebrating
black fathers who do right by their
kids. That's not something you ever
see on screen."
But will the absence of his iconic
alter ego affect his box office
receipts? Cannon doesn't think so.
"There's such confidence and
faith and so much brand loyalty in
Tyler Perry that they've come to
expect a film of quality, a film of
integrity and something new and
daring which is what 'Daddy's
Little Girls' is," Cannon said. "It's a
celebration of black fatherhood.
Madea will be back and when she
does it will be a major event.
But, while Madea may be on an
extended holiday Perry certainly is
Next month he'll start shooting his
next feature, "Why Did I Get
Married?" He'll start another film,
"The Jazzman's Blues" in June.
Additionally, he's scheduled to
shoot 100 episodes of his syndicat-
ed TV show "House of Payne"
before the end of the year, he's also
working on another sitcom "Meet
the Browns" and he's also penning
That pace is beyond prolific. But
again, Perry feels that it's all a part
of what he's been called to do.
"I'm very, very careful about the
Tyler Perry brand," he said. "I get a
lot of offers to do other things, but
I'm very careful about this audience
and my relationship with them.
There's a level of expectation.
Everyone else is the sex and the
booty shaking and the this and the
that and the niggas and the hos and
the bitches. It's very important for
me to stay away from that. If every-
body else is doing it, why do it?
Everybody else is doing it and
they're doing it well, so let me
show that there's a whole other side
to black people that most of the
world does not get to see."
A MIND IS A TERRIBLE THING TO WASTE.
Page 10 Ms. Perry's Free Press
February 15-21, 2007
Black Panther Founder Explains Group's Motives .
--.. detailed ho%\ his eeperi-
ences as a Noung man led
to the creation of the
Black Panther Part) for
Self Defense m 1966.
While he was a student
at Merritt College in
Oakland, Calif., Seale
began to research the his-
tory of African
"I knew nothing about
my African American his-
tory in 1962," Seale said.
SFollowing the death of
Malcolm X in 1965,
Shown above is Seale talking to students today and the panthers in their prime (r). Malcolm X in 1965,
The Black Panther Party's impact tory event in Ohio. Seale joined forces with
on society is an important part of Seale said he has spoken at more Huey Newton, a law student, to
history, the co-founder of the party than 2,000 colleges and universities form what would become the Black
said. since 1967. Panther Party for Self-Defense.
"It's a part of human history in He said his speeches serve to "Some think the Black Panther
America," Bobby Seale said speak- defend and explain the Black Party developed out of Marxist-
ing to students at a recent Black his- Panther Party. Leninism," Seale said. "It did not."
Seale said the Black Panther Parr
\\as putting ci\il right s on the cut-
ting edge Prior to the death of
Martin Luther King. Jr.. the organi-
zation had -41I) members, aher
King's death the Black Panther
Party grew to more than 5,000
members in 29 chapters across the
"The Black Panther Party was
about coalition politics," Seale said.
The party was affiliated with 38 dif-
ferent organizations, including
many different minority organiza-
tions such as the Young Lords, a
Puerto Rican-Hispanic activist
group, and the Brown Berets, a
Chicano activist group.
Seale closed his speech be reiterat-
ing his motto, a common theme
throughout his speech.
"It was about all power to all the
people," Seale said. "They were my
H azing in B lack Fraternities Nathaniel Abraham is shown walking out of jail in a white and pink
tailored suit. He is shown in the inset at his initial trial.
Why Jail Time is Necessary to Stop the Longstanding Tradition First "Child" Charged with Murder
Despite consequences and actions, hazing continues to cause a dilem-
ma among fraternities and sororities.
by Topher Sanders, B.E.
"Chapters get suspended over and
over again," says Ricky Jones,
author of Black Haze: Violence,
Sacrifice, and Manhood in Black
Greek Letter Fraternities (State
University of New York Press;
$21.95). "The people in those chap-
ters see those suspensions as badges
of honor. 'We off campus cause we
pledge hard,'" he mocks. "The haz-
ers don't really think that they are
doing anything wrong. They see
themselves as the keepers of the
sacred flame. They really believe
that if they stop that type of behav-
ior then all of our organizations will
go to hell in a hand basket. Hazing
is a threat to black life, but in their
mind to cease hazing is a threat to
Realizing that hazing can't seem to
be stopped at the college level, leg-
islatures across the country are get-
ting involved. After two Florida
A&M University students were
sentenced to two years in jail for
their role in the hazing of a fellow
Kappa Alpha Psi brother last week,
many are calling for stiffer punish-
ments in all 50 states.
California and Florida adopted
felony-hazing laws in 2005 and
2006, which allows for sentencing
of up to five years for hazing.
Hazing is a misdemeanor in all
"The reason these things continue
to happen is because the penalty (on
campus) isn't great enough to deter
people," says Walter Kimbrough,
author of Black Greek 101: The
Culture, Customs, and Challenges
of Black Fraternities and Sororities
(Fairleigh Dickinson University
Press; $23.95). "This new case real-
ly moves in that direction where
people are going to have to start
thinking before they haze," contin-
ues Kimbrough who is a member of
Alpha Phi Alpha.
The National Pan-Hellenic
Council, the umbrella organization
for the largest historically black
sororities and fraternities, says their
internal penalties for hazing are
already strong enough.
"There are already very stiff penal-
ties in our organizations and I pre-
dict that because of the Florida law
there will be stiffer penalties in the
law of the land," says Samuel
Hamilton, chairman of the Council
of Presidents for the NPHC.
When asked if he would support
all states adopting felony hazing
laws, Hamilton says he would sup-
port consistency. "That's a tough
question," he says. "I'm supportive
of the fact that I believe it's wrong
to injure anyone. And I believe that
we should be consistent. If crimes
against a person are a felony then I
believe that there shouldn't be a dif-
ferent standard held to things that
occur under the label of hazing."
of Not Being Hazed
Black Greek organizations
removed pledging as a necessity for
membership in 1990. An organiza-
tion's requirements typically
include paying an initial member-
ship fee and passing a history or
knowledge exam. But students who
don't take part in pledging risk
being labeled "paper," a derogatory
term used among black Greek
members to describe someone who
didn't go through the "process."
"Being called 'paper' is not just
walking around and people talking
about you," says Kimbrough, who
has served as an expert witness in
eight hazing court cases. "In some
places those people will get
jumped, they will have their letters
stripped off of their body, they will
be physically assaulted because
people will say 'you're paper and
you don't deserve to wear letters.'"
Young people are being manipu-
lated by the use of terms like
'paper,' Hamilton says.
"It's being used to entice young
people to do things that are totally
counter to what the organization is
really about," he says. A 'real'
member of Greek organizations
gets up on Saturday morning and
heads to a tutorial program or takes
time off from work and lobbies
Capital Hill to increase Pell Grants
for students. A 'real' Greek member
wants to raise a family, vote, and be
a productive member of society.
That's what the 'real' tenants of
Greek letter organizations involve."
While the basis of these Greek
organizations is to promote com-
munity service and brotherhood,
some say the leaders at the national
headquarters for the Pan-Hellenic
organizations are not stepping to
the plate and taking responsibility
for what's happening on campus. "I
think that they are being absolutely
disingenuous," says Jones. "They
are lying when they consistently
say these cases are the consequence
of a few renegades in these different
chapters. The reality is that this
stuff is a deep seeded cultural form
in black Greek letter organizations.
We are only tipped off to it when
somebody gets hurt or somebody is
unwilling to continue in that
process and is made public."
While touring for his book,
Kimbrough says he was approached
by several students who asked if
writing letters to their national
organizations asking to be removed
from their chapters would protect
them fromhazing practices.
"They aren't brave enough to chal-
lenge the hazing that's going on but
there are people who are opting out
and saying 'I know they're doing
that, but I'm not going to be any-
where near it.' You are going to see
more kids doing that and saying 'I
am not going to throw away my
career for some foolishness.'"
In December, presidents for the
nine historically black Greek organ-
izations met to discuss hazing. "We
decided to do a complete review
and analysis to revisit where we are
and to see if we have actually done
everything that we could possibly
do," Hamilton says. "...to see if we
can make our message clearer and
make it stronger, because we don't
want to carry this type of legacy
forward." Hamilton expects the
NPHC's analysis to be completed
by September, but hopes to have it
Leaves Prison in Style After 10 Years
Michigan A convicted murderer
who was just 11 when he shot a
man with a rifle was released from
state supervision last week, a day
before his 21st birthday.
Nathaniel Abraham was the first
person charged with murder to be
prosecuted under a 1997 state law
that allowed children of any age to
be prosecuted as an adult in a seri-
ous felony case. Though convicted
as an adult, Abraham was sentenced
to juvenile detention with the
expectation that he would be
released when he turned 21. More
than nine years later as he stood
before Oakland County Probate
Judge Eugene Moore for his final
status hearing, Abraham bore little
resemblance to the scared boy
whose feet couldn't touch the
ground while he sat at the defense
table during his 1999 murder trial.
"Show us all that you have become
a caring, productive member of
society," the judge said in granting
Abraham's release. Abraham has
been living in a halfway house in
Bay City, 70 miles north of his fam-
ily in Pontiac. His attorney, Daniel
Bagdade, said Abraham has an
apartment in Bay City, where he
plans to work in maintenance for a
manufacturing company and attend
classes at Delta College. "I'm going
to make the best of it," Abraham
told the judge.
Abraham was convicted of second-
degree murder in the 1997 death of
18-year-old Ronnie Lee Greene.
Prosecutors at the time said
Abraham had hidden the rifle, told
people he intended to kill and
voiced worry about gangs coming
after him. The defense argued the
shooting was accidental and that he
was aiming at trees and not at
Greene. Abraham's release follows
years in a maximum-security facili-
ty and a short stay at a medium-
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Black Art Collection
The Walter O. Evans Collection of
African American Art will be on
display at The Cummer Museum of
Art & Gardens through April 17th.
The Museum is located at 829
Riverside Avenue. For more infor-
mation, call (904) 356-6857.
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-
Audition for your 15 minutes of
fame for Ritz Theatre & LaVilla
Museum's talent competition
Amateur Night at the Ritz. The
next audition will be on February
15th from 5 6: 15 p.m. There are
spots open in the adult and youth
categories for all upcoming shows.
The Ritz is looking for singers*,
musicians, dancers, actors, poets,
rappers, comedians and other tal-
ents to compete in the upcoming
Amateur Night shows. Please bring
your Sound Track or accompani-
ment. No viewing public.
For more info, call 632-5555.
Learn About Caring
for Your Landscape
Learn to use native plants in the
landscape and how to identify and
control invasives in this hands-on
activity class. Called"Good and
Bad Guys in the Landscape" -
Natives & Invasives, the UF spon-
sored horticulture class will be on
Thursday, February 15, 2007,
5:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m. at the
Highlands Branch Library, 1826
Dunn Avenue. Call 387-8850 to
Civil War Heros
Olustee Battlefield Historic State
Park will host the 143rd anniver-
sary of Florida's largest civil war
battle on February 16-18. The
event will highlight the role of
African-Americans in the Civil War
and feature more than 2,000 actors
portraying the roles of civilian and
military life. The Saturday battle
begins at 3:30 p.m. and Sunday's
battle will be at 1:30 p.m. the week-
end of February 16th-18th. For
more information call (850) 245-
2501. Olustee Battlefield Historic
State Park is located on U.S. 90, 15
miles east of Lake City, 50 miles
west of Jacksonville.
Tavis Smiley Keynotes
UNF MLK Luncheon
Tavis Smiley, author, political
commentator and talk show host,
will be the guest speaker at the 26th
Annual UNF Martin Luther King Jr.
Scholarship Luncheon. The pro-
gram will be held on Friday, Feb.
16, from noon to 2 p.m. at the
University Center Banquet Hall on
the UNF campus. Tickets can be
purchased at the UNF Ticket Box
Office at (904) 620-2878.
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
on Wellness Tour
The National Urban League
Wellness Tour Bus will bring free
screening services and better health
awareness to the Jacksonville area
at Walgreens located at 11
University Blvd. on February 19th
from 11 a.m. 5 p.m.. Each visitor
is invited to take all five screenings,
which include bone density, total
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-
ries with Jacksonville Free Press readers.
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cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure
and body mass index screenings.
EventLocation = Walgreens 11
University Blvd. No appointment is
A free seminar, Effective
Strategies for Personal Financial
Management, is set for Tuesday,
February 20, 6:30 p.m., at the
Mandarin Regional Library, 3330
Kori Rd. Many people make reso-
lutions to get out of debt or save
more money. This workshop will
help them go about it in an organ-
ized way. Participants will set
SMART goals, benchmark their
credit use, and find ways to stop
money leaks. For more information
Meeting at City Hall
Character Counts in Jacksonville's
(CCIJ) Task Force will hold its sec-
ond meeting on Tuesday, February
20th at noon at the Renaissance
Room in City Hall to discuss spe-
cific ways task force members can
do their part to help this initiative
move forward in its effort to help
fight crime through building char-
acter. The first CHARACTER
COUNTS training session will be
held February 28th. Lunch will be
provided by Chick-fil-A, but
RSVPs must be received no later
than Friday, February 16th. The
public is invited to attend. Please
call 388-5501 for more information.
Free Workshop on
Doing Airport Business
The Jacksonville Airport Authority
has the goal of doing more business
with small businesses than every
before? This workshop will feature
procurement officers of the
Jacksonville Airport Authority who
will inform business owners about
bids, RFPs and minority set-a-sides
and detailing the best way your
company can secure a contract. If
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you are a small business owner, you
can not afford to miss this! It will be
held Tuesday, February 20, 2007,
at 6:00 pm until 7:30 pm, at the Ben
Durham Business Center, 2933
North Myrtle Avenue. To register,
or for more information, call First
Coast Black Business Investment
Corporation at (904) 634-0543.
West African Dance
Show at UNF
Mande! The Evolution from Bare
Feet to Blue Jeans, a west African
dance production featuring
Jacksonville based dance troupe,
Culture Moves 101, and Guinean
drum group, Bassikolo, will be in
performance on Thursday,
February 22nd at 7 p.m. at the
UNF Robinson Theater. For more
information, call Christa Sylla at
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 V pints.
Space is limited. Call 387-8860 to
register or for more information.
Ritz Griot Festival
The Ritz Theatre & LaVilla
Museum will hold a Griot Festival
for storytelling Feb. 22-24. This
performance is three days of inter-
active education and performances
featuring internationally known sto-
rytellers. The night of the Griot is
Friday, Feb. 23, 2007 for $15. The
Tales and Rhythms, family gather-
ing, takes place on Feb. 24, 2007 at
2 p.m. for $10, and the "Jali to
Jazz" featuring Fred Johnson with
Kala JoJo and Valerie Tutson will
be on Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. for $15.For
more info call 632-5555.
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.
Starring in the play will be national
actress T'Keymah Cristal Keymah.
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 info 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 their 2007 Spring
Genealogical Seminar on February
24th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m at St.
Paul's Church Hall, 2609 Park
Street. Registration begins at 8:30
a.m. The event's speaker is J.
Mitchell Brown, Genealogy lectur-
er, author and researcher. For addi-
tional information please contact
Mary Chauncey at (904) 781-9300.
The latest genius of tap, icon
Savion Glover who fuses modern
tap with the passion and elegance of
classical music, will be in perform-
ance on Saturday, February 24,
2007 at 7:30 p.m. at the UNF
Lazzara Performance Hall. For
prices call box office 620-2878.
The Prominent Women of Color
will hold their 4th Annual Essay
Contest & Black History
Celebration on Saturday, February
24, 2007 beginning at 12:00 p.m. at
the Emmett Reed Center, 1093
West 6th Street. For more informa-
tion, call firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 the
south. Specific topics will be dis-
cussed at a later time. For addition-
al information please contact, Mary
Operation Magnet Application
Drop-off will be held on Saturday,
February 24, 2007 from 8 a.m. -
12 p.m. Parents can drop off appli-
cations in person as the application
deadline is February 28th. The
Magnet staff will be available to
accept applications or answer ques-
tions at the central administration
building, 1701 Prudential Drive.
For more information, contact
Carmen White at 739-2338.
Starting and Growing
Your Vegetable Garden
The Duval County Extension
Office" is hosting a one day semi-
nar on "How to Start and What to
Grow in your Spring Vegetable
Garden" on Thursday, February
27th from 10:00 a.m. Noon. The
office is located at 1010 N. McDuff
Avenue. Call 387-8850 to register.
There will be a free candidates
forum sponsored by Abyssinia
Missionary Baptist Church on
Thursday March 1st at the church
located at 10325 Interstate Center
Drive beginning at 7:30 p.m. For
more information, contact Anna
Matthews at 764-3616.
The Art of
Held the first Thursday of every
month, 7 p.m.The lobby of the Ritz
is transformed into a stage for poets
and poetry lovers of all ages. Show
off your own talent for verse, or
just come, listen and soak up the
creative atmosphere. The free art
forum will be held on Thursday,
March 1st. Call 632-5555 for more
The next PRIDE meeting will be
held on Friday March 2, 2007 at
the home of Priscilla Williamson
on the northside. The book for dis-
cussion will be THE AUDACITY
OF HOPE: THOUGHTS ON
RECLAIMING THE AMERICAN
DREAM by Barack Obama. For
more information, email
at the Ritz
Amateur Night at the Ritz will be
held this Friday, February March
2nd at 7:30 p.m. Patterned like the
Apollo's show in Harlem, contest-
ants compete for cash prizes and the
cheers or jeers of the audience
decide who goes home with the
cash. Tickets are available at the
Ritz Theatre or you can purchase
them online at http://www.ticket-
Book Sale Has Great
Black Titles Cheap
The Friends of Jacksonville Public
Library have a special section of
over 1000books identified as being
of interest to African-Americans.
These books are offered at the
annual booksale at the Jacksonville
Fairgrounds on March 2 from 10
a.m. to 8 p.m., March 3 from 10a.m.
to 6 p.m. and March 4 from Noon to
6 p.m. (half price day). There is no
admission and parking is free.
In addition, there will be more
than 100,000 other books available
from .50 cent to $2.
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HUDSON JOINS RANKS WITH OPRAH & HALLE
First it was Oprah Winfrey. Then it was Halle
Berry. Now, it's Jennifer Hudson. The nouveau
Effie White has landed herself a cover of
SVogue. Winfrey and Berry are the only other
African-American actresses to grace the cover
of the magazine.
Hudson will appear on the cover of the mag's
annual Power Issue. It's one of the biggest issues
of the year because it includes a spring fashion
preview. Hudson was shot for the magazine by
iiber-celeb shutterbug Annie Leibovitz at Harlem's famed Apollo
Theater. In addition to the cover, there are three more portrait pics of her
inside the magazine to go along with her seven-page story.
PRESCRIPTION COCKTAIL KILLED LEVERT
A coroner in Geauga County, Ohio said the death of Gerald Levert last
fall was due to an accidental combination of pre-
scription narcotics and over-the-counter drugs.
The drugs found in his bloodstream included
a fatal mix of the narcotic pain relievers Vicodin,
Percocet and Darvocet, along with anxiety med-
ication Xanax and two over-the-counter antihista-
mines. The official cause of death was acute
According to family spokesperson Andy
Gibson, Levert had been taking the pain medication because of chronic
pain from a lingering shoulder problem and surgery in 2005 to repair a
severed Achilles tendon. Levert took Xanax for anxiety attacks. The
report revealed that Levert also had pneumonia at the time of his death.
Levert, son of O'Jays singer Eddie Levert, died Nov. 10 in his sub-
urban Cleveland home at the age of 40.
SMILEY TO HOST PRESIDENTIAL FORUMS
The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) has selected Tavis Smiley to
moderate two live presidential forums at Historically Black Colleges
later this year: a Democratic forum on June 28 at Howard University in
Washington, D.C., and a Republican forum on Sept. 27 at Morgan State
University in Baltimore.
O.J.'S BOOK MONEY FROZEN BY JUDGE
Simpson barred from spending $1 million advance
A Los Angeles Judge barred O.J. Simpson from
going anywhere near the money he received as an
advance on his aborted book "If I Did It," or its
companion television interview about the murders
,of his ex-wife and her friend, new order stops
., Simpson from "transferring, conveying, expend-
ing, liquidating, encumbering, hiding, concealing
J.IB or otherwise disposing" of proceeds from book,
media or movie deals. He made an exemption for
the payment of "ordinary living expenses."
"I can't stop Simpson from selling his book rights
to the Martians, but if he does, the money lands in Judge Rosenberg's
court," Goldman's lawyer David Cook said after the ruling.
MIKE IN REHAB
It has been confirmed that Mike Tyson's attorney that the former boxer
has checked himself into an inpatient treatment program for "various
addictions" while awaiting trial on drug charges. The 40-year-old plead-
ed not guilty on Jan. 22 in Arizona to felony drug possession and para-
phernalia possession counts and two misdemeanor counts of driving
under the influence of drugs. A patient at the Wonderland Treatment
facility in California earlier this week who said Tyson is there, and has
been one of the "humblest, sweetest, and most genuinely considerate
celebrities" they've ever met. Tyson is due back in court for a pretrial
hearing on Feb. 26.
Out Former NBA Player
Stunned by Attention
Days after becoming the first
NBA player to acknowledge his
homosexuality, former centre John
Amaechi said the spotlight has been
Amaechi, whose "Man in the
Middle" memoir will be released
this week, said he has been deluged
with phone calls and e-mails from
friends and supporters, but Boston
Celtics coach Doc Rivers, who
coached Amaechi in Orlando, has
been the only one from the league
to reach out to him.
"I've just been caught up in the
whirlwind at the moment,"
Amaechi said in an interview.
He said he hoped his coming out
would be a catalyst for intelligent
discourse and took a measured
approach to NBA players' reac-
"I think they illustrate the diversi-
ty of opinion," Amaechi said.
"Some of them illustrate a great
deal of naivete, and an oversimpli-
fication of the issue, and some of
them don't speak with much
thought at all, but there are some
really well-spoken, provocative
things that people have said that are
positive and they should be added
to the conversation."
Amaechi's also listened to some
criticize him for coming out now,
rather than when he was a player.
"I know that perhaps may have
been more impactful," he said, but
added he was afraid to have his
dream of playing in the NBA taken
"I was a fat kid that sat in the cor-
ner of the library, and six years later
I was starting for the Cleveland
Cavaliers. I left my family, my
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mother, when she was very sick
with cancer, to do this thing. I
thought I deserved to have my full
shot at being a part of the NBA."
Amaechi, 36, who was raised in
England, competed for Penn State,
then played in 301 NBA games
over five seasons. The six-foot-10
centre averaged 6.2 points and 2.6
rebounds. He began his career in
Cleveland, spent a few years play-
ing in Europe and rejoined the
NBA in 1999. A starter for the
Orlando Magic from 1999-01, he
then played two seasons for the
Utah Jazz. The team then traded
him to Houston, which traded him
to the New York Knicks. When the
Knicks waived him in January
2004, he retired.
Now, Amaechi said he hoped to
inspire high-level personalities to
come out as straight allies.
"I don't think it's realistic to
expect that but I think if we work
with them they will," he said.
Eddie Murphy, left, star of the new film 'Norbit,' poses with his
daughter Shayne at the premiere of the film in Los Angeles.
Murphy Riding High with "Norbit"
Movie fans couldn't pass up three Eddie Murphys for the price of one.
Murphy's comedy "Norbit," in which he plays three wildly different roles,
opened as the top weekend movie with $33.7 million.
Murphy had not had a starring role in a movie since 2003's "The Haunted
Mansion," but "Norbit" benefited from huge acclaim and publicity he has
received for "Dreamgirls," for which he is expected to win the supporting-
actor Academy Award.
"Norbit" was the 14th No. 1 opening for Murphy.
Ike Turner Wins First Grammy Since 1972
Rock 'n' roll pioneer Ike Turner,
whose musical achievements
were largely overshadowed by
the notoriety he received after his
former wife and recording part-
ner Tina Turner said he had
abused her, won his first
Grammy Award since 1972 on
The 75-year-old R&B veteran
took home the traditional blues
album award for "Risin' with the
Blues." He won his only other
Grammy -- shared with Tina
Turner -- in 1972 for their cover
of "Proud Mary." ;
Also nominated were Tab :
Benoit with Louisiana's Leroux, ;
Dion, James Hunter and Duke
"I'm scared to death," Turner said
in accepting the award, accompa-
nied by his son, Ike Jr.
Turner helped pioneer rock 'n' roll
in 1951 when his band the Rhythm
Kings recorded the song "Rocket
88," a tune widely regarded as the
first record in the nascent genre.
Ike Turner with his Grammy
(The Chess Records release was
credited to the band's saxophone
player Jackie Brenston "and his
As a guitarist and pianist, Turner
played with the likes of B.B. King,
Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters and
Willie Dixon in the 1950s. He mar-
ried Annie Mae Bullock. in:1958,
she changed her name to Tina,
and they enjoyed such hits as
"River Deep, Mountain High,"
"Proud Mary" and "Nutbush
After their 1976 divorce, he
was crippled by a cocaine addic-
tion and was widely vilified in
the mid-1980s as Tina Turner
mounted a huge comeback and
said she had suffered abuse and
humiliation at his hand.
While contemporaries such as
Chuck Berry, Little Richard and
Bo Diddley crossed over to
white audiences, Ike Turner
never made the jump and was
Confined to the less-lucrative
The Turners were inducted into
the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in
1991, but he was serving a two-year
prison sentence at the time for
The 49th annual Grammy
Awards, the music industry's high-
est honors, were handed out at the
Staples Center in Los Angeles.
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What's for dinner?
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Guess what? My Grandpa told me some of the
dishes we enjoy are also a way to honor the
part of our heritage found in recipe books,
not school books. Like the tasty spices
used in Mom's specialty, Curry Chicken.
Grandpa says curry powder has been -...
adding the right flavor to African and .
Caribbean meat, fish and vegetable .
dishes longer than he can remember.
That's something I'll never forget. ..
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