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Holyfield's Boxing Comeback

Continues with Fight in Texas
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas Evander Holyfield
is set to fight Vinny Maddalone on March 17, the
44-year-old former heavyweight champion's
third bout since coming out of retirement.
Holyfield, ofFairburn, Ga., has won both fights
since returning from a two-\ ear layoff, improv-
ing to 40-8-2. His first comeback fight was a sec-
ond-round knockout of Jeremy Bates in Dallas in
August. In November, Holyfield won a decision
over Frez Oquindo in San Antonio.
Maddalone, 33, is a New York City native who says he's a member of
the Teamsters union. Maddalone is 27-3 with 19 knockouts.

African-American Children

Suffer Twice as Many Strokes
According to a study presented at last week's International Stroke
Conference (ISC) in San Francisco, the risk of African American children
suffering a stroke is double that for white children or for children of
Asian or Hispanic descent. Dr. Heather Fullerton reached her conclusions
by studying records from 16 hospitals in the northern California area.
The stroke rate in white children, after adjusting for age, was 2.62 per
100,000 children; the rate was 6.08 per 100,000 for blacks; 3.20 per
100,000 for Hispanic children and 3.07 per 100,000 for Asian children.
Officials think diet may be a factor. But they were unable to determine
the exact reasons for the disparity.

FAMU Financial Troubles Continue

with Unpaid Employees
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Roughly 150 of more than 400 Florida A&M
adjunct professors and graduate assistants who had gone months without
pay are still waiting for their money according to a school official.
Trustees at the state's only public historically black college had demand-
ed action from interim President Castell Bryant after word began surfac-
ing that the university's payroll and bookkeeping procedures were askew.
"It's a campus-wide issue,". "We're talking about several groups of peo-
ple. We've been focusing on those people who have not received any
Besides part-time instructors, some full-time professors who teach out-
side their disciplines have not been paid either some since September.
"Some have not received supplementary compensation for additional
classes they've taught outside their school or college," said Pam Bryant,
special assistant to the president, who is not related to Castell Bryant.
"Our goal, by the end of next week, is to get everyone paid. The empha-
sis is making sure that everyone who is affected is paid."
Earlier this month, the school's trustees selected alumnus and former
Florida A&M administrator James Ammons as president of the school.
However no date has been set for his takeover, Pam Bryant said.

Farmers Still Fighting

to End Racial Discrimination
DALLAS-More than 400 small farmers attended a February 8-10 con-
ference to discuss their fight for land and against racist discrimination by
the U.S. government, banks, and big business. Most of the participants
came from Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas. The
event was organized by the National Black Farmers Association (NBFA),
and attracted some other farmers and supporters from Florida, Iowa,
Kansas, and Virginia.
"The vault has proved empty for Black farmers," said Guy Manning Sr.,
a farmer from Texas, He was referring to the obstruction of justice these
farmers have faced since a federal court issued a consent degree in
Pigford v. Glickman, settling a class-action lawsuit by tens of thousands
of African American farmers. In that 1999 settlement, the federal gov-
ernment agreed to give each farmer who could provide minimal evidence
of discrimination between 1981 and 1996 a $50,000 tax-exempt pay-
ment, debt forgiveness, and preferential treatment on future loans.
The settlement was based on a partial admission by Washington that
farmers who are Black had faced decades of racist discrimination. This
contributed to driving them off their land in disproportionate numbers. In
1920 there were nearly 1 million African American farmers in the United
States; one in seven farms was Black-owned, compared to 1 in 100 by

Professor Ends Hunger Strike
This week, James Sherley, a 49-year-old professor of biological engi-
neering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology ended a 12-day hunger
strike he began in protest of the decision by the school to deny him
tenure. Sherely cites racial discrimination and conflict of interest as being
motivating factors in MIT's decision. Although the school has stated that
the denial of his tenure has been reviewed and the decision will stand,
Sherley is still demanding a dialogue. He posted a statement on the
school's Web site that read, "Starting today, I will in fact break my fast,
in celebration of the attention that has been brought to bear on issues of
equity, diversity, and justice at MIT and in higher education. Carefully
modified from the original, my demands are still on the table. I urge the
administration to act in good faith, to openly acknowledge and respond
to the lines of communication and negotiation that have been in place for
two weeks, and to find its way to meet these demands."
Sherely, who is a stem cell biologist, won a $2.5 million award from
the National Institutes of Health for innovative research.


Oscars Reopens


Dirty Laundry

on Black Actors
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Volume 20 No. 49 Jacksonville, Florida February 22-28, 2007

SSaviour's Day Returns Home for

Farrakhan's Final Public Address

(L-R) Shannon Melson, Lolita Hill, Eula Johnson and James Holmes
from various agencies attended the conference. R. silver Photo
Silence is Death: Visionaries Form

Thinktank to Tackle AIDS Epidemic

In the state of Florida alone, there
have been over 104,000 cases of
Aids reported since 1989, and
36,000 cases of HIV. One in 88
Blacks are living with Aids in
Duval County, ranking #1 for

African Americans with Aids in the
state. It's a huge epidemic! Last
week, the Minority Aids Coalition
in conjunction with other agencies
held its 2007 Aids Summit.
Continued on page 3

One month after undergoing a
major 12-hour surgery, Minister
Louis Farrakhan is set to deliver his
most historic message yet, "One
Nation Under God: The Confusion,
The Guidance, The Warning" in the
city of Detroit.
The convention is an annual
commemoration of the birth of the
Nation's founder, W. D. Fard
Muhammad. The convention is nor-
mally held in the city of Chicago,
headquarters of the Nation of Islam,
but this year over 60,000 will con-
vene to celebrate the Nation's 77th
Year Anniversary, in its founding
city of Detroit, MI.
"I look at this [Saviours' Day '07
Convention as a homecoming,"
Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick
said in support of the convention.
"We (the City of Detroit) are happy
to do business both economically
and spiritually with the Nation of
Islam and look forward to the
Nation of Islam coming home."

The convention kicks off on
Wednesday February 21, 2007 with
an exhibit at the Charles H. Wright
Museum. International Islamic
scholars and Muslim clergy will
gather for an interfaith dialogue
between Muslims, Christians and
Jews on Friday, February 23, along
with one of the largest Jumu'ah
(congregational) prayer services. In
addition, nationally recognized
leaders, including Reverend Al
Sharpton, Dr. Cornell West, and
other community advocates, and
ministers are scheduled to attend.
Workshops and conferences will
be held throughout the weekend on
a variety of subjects including
youth empowerment, male/female
relationships, health, financial liter-
acy, and religious tolerance. The
convention will culminate with the
keynote address at Ford Field, by
the Minister Farrakhan on Sunday,
February 25 at 2 p.m.

Tavis Smiley Imparts Wisdom at UNF Black History Luncheon

Shown above at the Black History Luncheon is Willie Gonzalez, Dr. Cornel West, Rep. Audrey Gibson, Congressional Aide Carolyn Chatman,
Tavis Smiley, Ava Parker, Sen. Tony Hill, Brenda Kelly and UNF Student Govt. Vice President Donell Briscoe. D. Maue Photo

by Dana Maule
A standing room only six hundred
plus crowd attended the recent
Martin Luther King luncheon held
at the University of North Florida.
The star of the show was guest
speaker, celebrity guest Tavis
Smiley, the host of the "Tavis
Smiley" talk show and author of
"many best selling books. The 26th
luncheon was held in celebration of
Black History Month and also hon-
ored four student winners with the
MLK scholarship.
To the audience surprise, Smiley
was accompanied by Dr. Cornel
West, philosopher and author of
"Race Matters." West had spoken at
the MLK luncheon in times past
and was welcomed with a roaring
applause. The first thing Smiley
said as he entered the conference
room full of cheering admirer's was
"Sit down I haven't even said any-
thing yet!"
The acclaimed author charismati-
cally conveyed the need for action
in the community. "Whatever hap-
pened to the notion of love in our
public discourse?" Smiley asked.
He spoke of aspirations to make
America a nation as good as its

promise. In reference to MLK,
Smiley declared that the dream is
yet to be lived.
"How are you gonna' live the
dash?" he asked provoking the
audience to do some soul searching.
"It is not where one is born or
where one dies, but what is done
between life and death." Said
He also mentioned leaders such as
Nelson Mandela, and stated that
society has a "Santa Clausification

of Mandela ...we don't want to look
at him as a freedom fighter," Smiley
said. "How can we celebrate these
men without celebrating their meth-
ods?" methods of love and serv-
"We need to be educated about
MLK and others. We still don't get
it," said Tutwiler in agreement with
Smiley's speech.
President and director of the
African American Student Union,
Rachel Tutwiler, a junior majoring

in political science, was ecstatic to
be in the presence of such a great
leader. "He spoke from his heart.
He didn't even have notes!"
Tutwiler said.
The MLK Scholarship recipients
all received $1000 scholarships for
their award winning essays on how
M.L. K. impacted their life.
Receiving the awards were Marcus
Tibbs, Jennifer McClain, Brittani
Raulerson and Stanley Robinson.
Continued on page 3

Davis, Scales-Taylor Among Poster Honorees

Davis Scales-Taylor
Longtime educator and communi-
ty trustee Madeline Scales Taylor
will be among the honorees lauded
with a poster during the 21st
Women's History Month Breakfast.
Sponsored by the Mayor's
Commission on the Status of

Women. The honoree roster also
includes Candace Moody and
LaWanda Ravoira
During the breakfast, Mayor John
Peyton will proclaim March as
Women's History Month. "I am
excited about the opportunity to
participate in this event and honor
four women in our community. I
hope you'll join me in recognizing
them for their outstanding contribu-
tions," said Mayor Peyton.
The theme of the breakfast is "Get
on your Feet and Make it Happen,"
and the keynote address will be
delivered by motivational speaker

Gwendolyn E. Boyd. Ms. Boyd is
the executive assistant to the Chief
of Staff of the Applied Physics
Laboratory at Johns Hopkins
University in Baltimore and a for-
mer national president of Delta
Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
The breakfast celebration will
culminate with the unveiling of the
commemorative poster
The breakfast program will start
at 7:15 a.m. and conclude at 9:15 at
the University of North Florida. To
make reservations, or for more
information, call the commission at
(904) 630-1650.

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Ali Will

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SnJ MIE T4 Cancel a Card and You May

Hurt Your Credit Score

by Michael G. Shinn, CFP
Contributing Writer
Nationwide Insurance sponsors a
popular TV commercial that fea-
tures individuals merrily going
about their daily lives and then sud-
denly being involved in a serious
accident. The announcer ends the
commercial with the understate-
ment that, "life comes at you fast."
Think back to a time when you
have been involved in a serious
accident or a natural disaster or
have been informed of a serious ill-
ness for yourself or a loved one.
The reality of the situation smacks
you in the face and you are con-
fronted with the realization that
your life has changed.
Every day in America, lives are
changed by "normal" catastrophes
such as: fire, flood, theft, accidents,
illness, injury, and even death.
Each brings with it the potential for
a second tragedy--- a financial
catastrophe. A good insurance pro-
gram can help soften the impact of
some of the catastrophic events that
we all will face at sometime during
our lives.
The basic concept of insurance is
the transfer of risk from an individ-
ual to a larger group of people. In
short, the personal disaster of one
contributing individual is paid for
by the contributions of many people
to lessen the impact of loss on the
insured. A proper insurance plan
should cover all unaffordable losses
without spending money on cover-
age and extras that are not needed.
Below are some of the major areas
that most families need coverage

Insurance Planning
Disability income insurance is
simply paycheck protection. The
risks of a disabling ailment or
injury are significant. Most people
purchase disability insurance
through their employer's group
plans at extremely affordable rates.
Many planners recommend that you
carry enough coverage to replace at
least 60% of your gross income.
Life insurance is not for you; it's
for those who depend on you! The
primary purpose of life insurance is
to replace the financial support that
you provide for your dependents
and family. A general rule of thumb
is 6 to 10 times your salary, but this
will vary depending on your
dependents ages and the value and
type of your other assets. Most
employers provide group life insur-
ance with the option to purchase
additional coverage. If you do not
have anyone who is financially
dependent on you, then you only
need to consider buying enough life
insurance to cover your final estate
and funeral expenses.
- Health insurance provides cov-
erage for an illness or injury that
could deplete your assets and
destroy your financial security. As
a general rule, health insurance
should cover 80% of all medical
costs in excess of the deductible
and provide a minimum lifetime
benefit of $1 million.
- Homeowner Insurance covers
three primary areas: the dwelling,
the contents and liability. There are
a number of variations in home-
owner policies, but the minimum
coverage should be for 80% of the

Cultural Service Grant Program

Pre-Application Due February 26th
Duval County cultural organizations interested in applying for public
funding through the 2007-08 Cultural Service Grant Program (CSGP)
must submit a preapplication to the Cultural Council of Greater
Jacksonville by Monday, February 26, 2007.
Organizations must submit a preapplication as a prerequisite for com-
pleting the full CSGP application, which is due in July. Preapplication
forms are available on-line at www.culturalcouncil.org. CSGP awards are
granted based on an organization's fiscal accountability, community out-
reach and programming excellence.
For information on the Cultural Service Grant Program, or to receive
preapplication materials by mail, call the Cultural Council at 358-3600.


The Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) will receive proposals
until Friday, March 9, 2007, no later than 2:P00 PM local time at which
time they will be opened in the First Floor Conference Room, 2831
Talleyrand Avenue, Jacksonville, FL.

All proposals must be submitted in accordance with specification No.
RFP # 07-06, which may be obtained after 8:30 AM on Thursday,
February 22, 2007 from:

Procurement Department
Jacksonville Port Authority
2831 Talleyrand Avenue

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Life Comes at You Fast

author of the book "Credit Scores
and Credit Reports," canceling a
credit card potentially can hurt you
in at least two of the five categories
-- and maybe even a third.
Credit-utilization ratio is key
First, canceling a card could upset
your credit-utilization ratio, the sec-
ond most heavily weighted catego-
ry in Fair Isaac's credit scoring
algorithms. For example, assume
you have three cards with total
available credit of $20,000. Assume
further that your outstanding bal-
ances total no more than $6,000 of

Everyone knows that your credit
score is important to your financial
life, affecting the rates you get for
mortgages, credit cards and insur-
ance. Improving your score may
save you thousands of dollars in
interest. So would it help your score
if you got rid of a credit card?
"Pay your bills on time and keep
your credit expenditures under con-
trol, and you won't have to worry
about your credit rating," says
Craig Watts, spokesman for Fair
Isaac Corp., which calculates the
FICO score for consumers. "If
you're having trouble doing that,
sometimes canceling a credit card
in an effort to get your credit behav-
ior under control is more important
than your credit score."
That's the short answer. But since
virtually everything that makes up
your credit score depends on some-
thing else -- depends on your credit
mix, the number of cards you carry,
the length of your credit history,
your rate of credit utilization and
myriad other things -- there is a
longer answer.
In most cases, canceling a credit
card won't help your credit score. In
fact, it may actually hurt your score.
You see, your credit score depends
on how you shake out in five differ-
ent credit-scoring categories, each
weighted differently when calculat-
ing that score.
What counts in a credit score?
This chart shows how Fair Isaac
Corp. values the various parts of
your credit management to deter-
mine your credit score. Source: Fair
Isaac Corp.
According to Evan Hendricks,

that available credit at any one
time. Since creditors like to see a
credit-utilization ratio of 30 percent
to 35 percent or less, you're in good
shape. Now, assume that you cancel
a card with a zero balance and a
$10,000 credit limit. Suddenly,
your utilization ratio jumps to 60
percent, and your credit score
As counterintuitive as that seems,
that could happen. Impersonal cred-
it-scoring systems aren't concerned
so much with how much available
credit you have but with how you
manage that credit. And in the cred-
it-scoring world, a 30 percent uti-

lization rate is much better than a
60 percent one. "That's what scor-
ing models want to see, a good uti-
lization rate," Hendricks says.
Furthermore, he says, canceling
that card could result in a double
whammy to your credit score,
"because each card is scored indi-
vidually, and then all your cards are
scored together. (If) you've just can-
celed the card with a zero balance,
(you've) lost a great individual
score." Regardless, if you still want
to cancel a card, he says, "make
sure to pay down your other bal-

r- Payment history

SA Amounts owed

Length of credit history

New credit

Types of credit used

ances to keep that rate in line."
Older credit is better. If you do
cancel a card, you can compound
your error even further by canceling
the card that you've had the longest
period of time and on which you've
been making regular payments. By
canceling an old card, the length of
your credit history on open
accounts will grow shorter.
However, according to Watts, "that
history will finally disappear from
the formula when a credit bureau of
its own accord removes old credit
account information from your
credit file."

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February 19, 2007
Invitation to Bid

Bid # E2J08, Financial Project # 20964275201, CONSTRUCTION
Landscaping on SR 15 (New Kings Rd) from SR 111 (Edgewood Ave west) to 1-295 in Duval County (2.897
miles). There are 90 calendar days given for completion with an additional acquisition days for materials of 16.
Budget estimate is $139,000.00. The pricing will be by lump sum. Per Standard Specification for Road and
Bridge Construction, 2007 edition, section 580-3.6, a Registered Landscape Architect will act as the
Contractor's Landscape Quality Control representative to oversee and certify monthly of certain informa-
tion. Also, per section 580-5, a WarrantylMaintenance Bond is required for the establishment period (to be
submitted at the time of planting). The bonding company will have to meet a certain rating for the bond to
be accepted. These costs shall be included in the lump sum bid price.

A MANDATORY PRIBID CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD at Jacksonville Urban Training Facility, 2198
Edison Avenue, Jacksonville, FL on April 13, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. Bid packages will be issued to attendees
of the mandatory prebid conference only.

SEALED BIDS will be received before April 26, 2007, 2:00 p.m. at FDOT, Lake City District Office,
Procurement, 1109 S. Marion Avenue Lake City, Florida 32025-5874 and opened publicly at 2:00 pm local
time. For questions call Patsy Elkins, 386-758-3703.

The Small Business Initiative calls for the following and is being advertised in compliance with FDOT Innovative
Contracting authority provided by Sec. 337.025 F.S. and is reserved for bidding by "Small Businesses".
1) These businesses are classified as not having a contract awarded to them by the Florida
Department of Transportation during the past twelve months and
2) The Small Business shall be either be a Certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprise under
Florida's Unified Certification Program or must
3) Meet the definition of small business as defined by the USDOT, (49CFR part 26.65), which identifies
by size by Small Business Administration's (SBA) definition. For details, refer to:
4) and if company qualifies under #2, submit a notarized affidavit on the form provided in the bid doc-
uments attesting to meeting the requirements as defined by USDOT (49CFR Part 26.65), or
5) Bidders not possessing the certification mentioned above must submit tax returns for the three
previous years, upon request, and
6) Every company bidding must submit A BID GUARANTEE OF $500 with the bid. No other bid or
performance bond is required. The bid guarantee must be in the form of either a certified check, cashier's
check, trust company treasurer's check, bank draft of any national or state bank made payable to the FDOT. NO
Personal checks will be accepted.

1) Authorization to do business in the State of Florida and
MUST BE ON EACH INSURANCE CERTIFICATE and the FDOT shall be named as the insured and
3) a DBE AFFIRMATIVE ACTION PLAN or their plan approval letter by the FDOT DBE office and
4) Anticipated DBE Participation Statement and Bid Opportunity List.

FDOT reserves the right to reject any or all bids.

BID POSTING: Unless notified by fax or email the bid tabulation will be posted on FDOT, District Two website
and DMS, Vendor Bid System at the time and date stated on the Calendar of Events. Posting provides notice
of the Department's intent to award a contract or reject any or all bids. See DOT Rule 14-25 and Section
337.11(5)(a) Florida Statutes for questions on rights of any person filing an action protesting a bid solicitation,
a bid rejection, or an award.



February 22-28, 2007

Palle 2 Ms. Perry's Free Press

February 22-28, 2007 Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 3

Legislature Allocates 350K to Enhance

Black Museums Across the State

Tavis Smiley Keynotes Luncheon

While on the campaign trail, Gov. Cri
promised his support to Duval Count)
ailing communities in a Northside cot
munity roundtable.
by M. Vasilenda, WJGH
Charlie Crist won the Governor's
race with some 18 percent of the
black vote in the state, a number
unheard of for a Republican. His

ability to attract black voters was
due in part to his work in civil
rights as Attorney General. But,
Crist is continuing to reach out
during Black History month.
Lt. Governor Jeff Kottkamp
arrived at the Riley House, an
ist African American Museum in
,'s Tallahassee, with check in hand.
n- After 3 years of being rebuffed,
The Black Museum got a 350
thousand dollar appropriation
from the state legislature. The
money will be used to help set up a
network of 10 Black Museums in
the state.
Director Althemese Barnes says

the money is coming at a time when
the last grand-children of the slave
generation is dying. "What we have
to realize is that age ranges repre-
sent probably the last people who
talked with or knew somebody who
came out of slavery."
The Lt. Governor sidestepped a
question about continuing to reach
out to black voters, by saying the
Administration wants to preserve
history for everyone. "We have to
preserve that history. We have to let
our future generations know about
the history of this state.
The real test of the new adminis-
tration's commitment to black

Americans and the preservation of
their history will come later this
year as the 350 thousand dollars
funds just a fourth of the need.
So as Black Florida rewarded
Crist with many of their votes last
November, the new governor
appears to be setting a tone that he
is there for them as well.
Governor Crist also met this week
with the presidents of historically
black colleges in Florida, where he
was lobbied for more financial sup-
port. Crist told reporters he under-
stands the importance of providing
state dollars to the schools

Public Private Partnership Aims to Tackle Duval County AIDS Epidemic

Shown above is Rev. Moses Johnson and Rev. Williams. (RIGHT) Pat
Alexander (City of Jacksonville), Derya Williams (River Region
Human Services), Dr. Dorothy Jackson Young, Patricia Russell-
McCloud (author of A is for Attitude).

Contineud from page 1
The convergence of various
organizations brought together indi-
viduals and organizations to work
together on the results released in
the Silence is Death AIDS in
Florida report. The input of local
expertise and national experts were
merged to discuss more effective
ways to bring an end to the deadly
spread of the disease.
The statistics are riveting, while
the silence about Aids is found to be
far more deadly. Not talking about
it won't help. The Minority Aids

Coalition is taking the team
approach, seeking to enlist the will-
ing voices of pastors, coaches,
teachers, parents and supporters to
saturate the community with life
saving information.
One attendee said: "It's not the
norm to speak about aids. Families
should make it an open topic, as
they do everything else plaguing
our community."
Rev. Moses Johnson- Sr. Pastor
Simpson Memorial United
Methodist Church and Dr. Patricia
Russell-McCloud, motivational

speaker and author both addressed
the Aids epidemic.
"If you can't face AIDS, you can't
fix it," said Russel McCloud as the
luncheon's guest speaker.. Her
inspiring speech was peppered with
many quotable lines. "People want
to know that you care before they.
care what you know... Being a man
or a woman is a matter of birth.
Being a person who makes a differ-
ence is a matter of choice... Good
intentions will never suffice when a
backbone is required.... It's on us to
get involved or to stop complain-

ing... The time to act is now. No
man is an island. And guess what?
No woman is either... Duval
County, what will you do?" she
asked. The appreciative audience
gave McCloud a standing ovation.
The event was highlighted with
numerous awards being presented
to people who have been making a
difference in our community. Most
notably, the late Deadra Green, who
was the Chairperson for the AIDS
Summit for five years, was memo-
rialized for her work as an activist
in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

(L-R) are scholarships award winning essay writers Stanley Kobinson,
Marcus Tubbs, Jennifer McClain and Brittani Raulerson. D. Maute

Continued from page 1
The MLK Scholarship recipients
all received $1000 scholarships for
their award winning essays on how
M.L. K. impacted their life.
Receiving the awards were Marcus
Tibbs, Jennifer McClain, Brittani
Raulerson and Stanley Robinson.
Tibbs, a sophomore majoring in
health administration, said that the
luncheon was better than he expect-
ed. "He (Tavis Smiley) did a mar-
velous job," Tibbs said.
In order to lead someone, you
must love someone. In order to save
someone you must serve someone,"
Smiley said. The essence of King's
life was the substance of his speech.
He compelled the people to love
and serve one another.
"I liked the fact that Tavis was

humble and embraced Cornel West
as a brother. They're people just like
we are people, and they have done
so much," said Tibbs.
Many were moved by Smiley's
charismatic charm. The crowd
responded to his witty anecdotes
like a Pentecostal church responds
to a preacher. "Amen!" some
yelled, "Sho-nuff!" chimed another.
Even though Marcus Tibbs won a
scholarship on relaying King's
impact on his life, he was no less
affected by the brief encounter with
the national talk show host.
"Tavis was a tool. It wasn't what
he said, but what he didn't say"
Tibbs stated. "I was compelled to
do something ... more mentoring.
The time is now," Tibbs said.

Charges Filed in 1964 Murder
NATCHEZ, Miss A former Mississippi sheriffs deputy has been
charged in connection with the 1964 civil rights killing of Charles Moore
of Meadville.
David Ridgen, a documentary producer who has worked on a film on the
case, confirmed Tuesday afternoon that the family had been notified of
charges facing James Ford Seale of Roxie.
Ridgen was traveling with Thomas Moore, Charles' brother.
The Associated Press is reporting that officials close to the case confirmed
the existence of an indictment against Seale. The document is under court
Charles Moore and Henry Hezekiah Dee were found in the Old River
south of Tallulah, La., in July 1964. They had apparently been lured into
the woods by Klansman in May where they were tied to trees and beaten.


Mayor's Neighborhood

Matching Grants Program

To continue the City of Jacksonville's efforts to improve neighborhoods, the Housing
and Neighborhoods Department, Neighborhood Services Division announces the
opening of the 2007-2008 Mayor's Neighborhood Matching Grants Program.

Funding is expected to remain at $305,800 for next year. However, the amount is
subject to change, if the mayor or City Council authorizes a different amount.

Any neighborhood association, civic organization or other community group that has
been in existence for at least six (6) months prior to the application date and is locat-
ed in Duval County is eligible. The maximum amount is $5,000.

Application forms are available at the Neighborhood Services Division, 214 N.
Hogan Street, 8th Floor. Proposals will be accepted until April 30, 2007,
no later than 5 p.m. or postmarked by 5 p.m.

Matching Grants Pre-application Workshops are scheduled as follows:
March 6, 6 7:30 p.m.
March 13, 10 -11:30 a.m.
March 22, 6 7:30 p.m.
March 29, 10 11:30 a.m.

All training workshops will be held at:
City Hall at St. James, 117 W. Duval St., Renaissance Room (Lobby)

Workshops will include an overview of the application process, project eligibility and
assistance with application preparation.

Please remember: No applications for fiscal year 2007-2008 will be accepted
without a representative of the organization attending one of the technical
assistance workshops.

Call the Neighborhood Services Division at (904) 630-7398 to reserve a seat at the
workshop of your choice.

John Peyton, Mayor

Kerri Stewart, Director
Housing and Neighborhoods

Where Florida Begins.

Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 3

February 22-28, 2007

February 22-28, 2007

Paee 4 Ms. Perrv's Free Press

Greatness in sports is often
defined by a person or teams num-
ber of wins or looses, but some-
times greatness transcends records
and becomes more about a persons
impact on a nation or on the world.
Muhammad Ali once bragged
that he was the greatest ever. It was
apart of his showmanship and per-
sona, but as we look back most
would agree that he was correct.
Ali was much bigger than the
ring or stage in which he per-
Muhammad Ali, originally know
as Clausis Clay, said what he want-
ed to say and represented the
American dream at least for black
folk. As Cassius Clay, he won a
light heavyweight gold medal at
the 1960 Olympics and began his
ascent to the heavyweight crown.
It was 1 a.m. in the morning last
week and I was flipping through
the millions of cable channels that
most of us have and of course I
couldn't find anything to watch. I
guess that I could have gone to
sleep, but 1 a.m. is pretty early for
us night owls.
I finally found what I was look-
ing for. I had seen this documentary
at least two or three times already,
but it is like my grandmother's
sweet potato pie I can never get
enough of it.
It was the movie/documentary
"When we Where Kings." This
documentary chronicled some of
the best years of Muhammad Ali's
career in the ring and out. As I sat
there listening to Ali's words,


Muhammad Ali will be

Remembered as "The Greatest"

which were right on point in many
cases, it hit me like it hit me when
I saw Will Smith, play him in the
movie "Ali."
This man wasn't just about mak-
ing money for himself or fighting
to appease a bloated ego; he was
truly sincere about helping African
Americans. He used the boxing
ring and his successes associated
with boxing as his podium and of
course he needed no microphone to
speak his mind.
Ali would go from talking about
uplifting the Negro race to busting
a rhyme about how ugly Joe
Frazier was. He tell youth to brush
their teeth and stay away from too
much candy because he has a few
cavities then turn around and
explain how drugs were devastat-
ing the black community.
One of my favorite Ali lines was
when he told a reporter, "IfAli says
a mosquito can pull a plow, don't
ask how. Hitch him up!"
"I'm so fast I could hit you before
God gets the news," was another
one of my favorite Ali jabs he
would use to amuse fans and the
I have said it before, but Black
History Month must continue to be
a time of reflection and acknowl-
edgement of the past. Ali meant
more to blacks in America than

youth today will ever realize.
Ali was an ambassador, hero and
role model for many. He would
often say to youth, that he grew up
poor and if he could make they cer-
tainly could.
In 1964, a young Olympic gold
medalist name Cassius Clay chal-
lenged the seemingly unbeatable
heavyweight champion Sonny
Liston for his title. Ali or Clay was
a huge underdog and after surpris-
ing most boxing fans he used some
of his most infamous words, "I
shocked the world."
The Liston fight was significant
for another reason as well. After the
fight Clay announced that he con-
verted to Islam and changed his
name to Muhammad Ali.
In 1967, the after successfully
defending his heavyweight cham-
pionship several times, Ali refused
to be drafted and the US Army
because of his religious beliefs. He
was arrested, had his boxing
license suspended and then was
stripped of the heavyweight title.
Ali told government officials, ""I
don't have to be what you want me
to be; I'm free to be what I want."
Of course, he and his lawyer
would win an appeal some three
years later and Ali would return to
the ring to fight the seemingly
invincible George Foreman. The

fight was labeled the "The Rumble
in the Jungle" because it was held
in Zaire. Ali used his now famous
"Rope a Dope" strategy and
knocked Foreman out in the 8th
The Rumble in the Jungle per-
haps cemented Ali's legacy as the
best ever.
Today when you see Ali he may
look feeble and his arms may be
trembling visibly from the effects
of Parkinson's disease, but his mind
is still there. He became the not
only the boxing champion of the
world, but one of the most promi-
nent sports figures ever.
It's only fitting to end this com-
mentary with a message from Ali.
He epitomized what it meant to
have a goal and the desire it takes
to achieve his goals. If only more
youth really understood what Ali
meant to black culture.
"Champions aren't made in
gyms," said Ali. "Champions are
made from something they have
deep inside them a desire, a
dream, a vision." He continued,
"They have to have last-minute
stamina, they have to be a little
faster, they have to have the skill
and the will. Bt the will must be
stronger than the skill."
Signing off from History 101,
Reggie Fullwood

Obama Shouldn't Get the Anna N. Smith Treatment

By. Rev. Barbara Reynolds
NNPA Columnist
Have you noticed how the vul-
nerable, exploited, dysfunctional
Anna Nicole Smith, has been ele-
vated in death to a blond American
goddess worthy of 24-hour cable
worship. In life, she pursued wealth
and fame at all costs and became a
media darling through her promis-
cuous, hip shaking, bosom busting
antics and accusations of being a
gold-digger, yet I doubt anyone
asked if she were "White enough,"
or "lewd enough" or even
screamed "enough already, sit
In the current political soap
opera, we have U.S. Senator
Barack Obama, a presidential can-
didate, whose father is a Black
African. In 1991, Obama graduated
from Harvard Law School where
he was the first African-American
president of the Harvard Law
Review. With that on his resume he
could have commanded big bucks
from the prestigious corporate law
firms. Instead he opted to work at a
church based community center for
$10,000 yearly in a Chicago ghetto.
And now some Black pundits are
handing White pundits a club to
beat the junior senator from Illinois
over the head by their stereotypical
critique that Obama who champi-
oned the causes of the impover-
ished, maligned and marginalized
in the Illinois state legislature is
"not Black enough."
If you are blond Anna Nicole
Smith, you are deified for doing a
lot about virtually nothing. But if
you are like Barack Obama you are
denigrated for doing much about a
lot that should make folks proud.
What does "Black enough"
mean? It can mean astuteness,

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pride in one's culture and paying
one's dues for the improvement of
the Black race. But who should
decide who is in and who is out?
"Black enough" can also carry a
negative subtext and symbolize
internal oppression.
For example black Ebonics-
speaking students often deride
those who speak standard English
as "not Black enough." I have seen
how in Washington D.C., a politi-
cian who smoked crack, blamed a
Black women for his down fall and
grossly mismanaged funds is laud-
ed over a nerdy professional who
pulled the city out of financial dol-
drums. Why? The nerdy mayor
"was not Black enough."
Does the term mean as New York
Daily News writer Stanley Crouch
wrote that "other than color,
Obama does not share a heritage
with the majority of black
Americans, who are descendants of
plantation slaves."
Can you see that standard being
applied to Whites that none could
run for president unless they could
prove they were descendants of
slave masters? Do you rule out
Blacks who were indentured ser-
vants or were rescued from slavery
by Native Americans? What about
the millions of Blacks whose par-
ents or themselves were immi-
grants from Africa, the Caribbean,
Australia or other parts of the
world, such as Shirley Chisholm,
Gen. Colin Powell or Sidney
Portier? Are their contributions
When the Rev. Jesse Jackson ran
for president, he was disliked for
being "too Black" because he had
the audacity to raise issues critical
to people of color, farmers and oth-
ers locked out of the system.

What is the heritage of Black
Surely it is victimization, but it is
also bravery, fighting in many
wars, even as we were treated
worse than the enemies; of being
the moral compass of the nation
and dying for freedoms that helps
define this nation as a democracy.
Is there anything about Sen.
Obama that disqualifies him from
that heritage?
Moreover, when you look at peo-
ple like Tiger Woods, Alicia Keys,
Mariah Carey, CNN's Soledad
O'Brien, they are mere reminders
that we are seeing the rise of a
blended America. In the last
decades the growth of ethnic so-
called minorities in America has
been phenomenal. Since 1980, the
Asian American population has
almost tripled, Hispanic Americans
more than doubled, Native
Americans increased 62 percent,
and African-Americans increased
31 percent, while the non-ethnic
population has remained almost the
same. The U.S. Census Bureau pre-
dicts that by the year 2050, people
of color will comprise fully half the
U.S. population.
Obama's life experience may
have intrinsically prepared him to
represent a multi-racially, spiritual-
ly diverse America more than any
other national candidate. He spent
much of his childhood experienc-
ing the cultural diversity of Hawaii
and Indonesia with his Kansas-
born Caucasian mother before he
moved to Chicago and soaked up
the daily indignities of being Black
enough in America to be denied a
cab ride home.
Actually, I think the question of
blackness addresses the issue of
context more than culture. Every

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IBUTORS: Charles Griggs, Camilla Thompson, Reginald Fullwood,
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since Clarence Thomas, the
paragon of self-hatred, was hi-
jacked to the WSupreme Court,
lacks have been rightly jittery
about accepting Blacks that Whites
like too much. Yet, no one is accus-
ing Black representatives who are
supporting Hillary Clinton over the
Senator from Illinois as sell-outs.
Equally as important, as Sen.
Obama being a bridge for embrac-
ing cultural and racial diversity is
his ability to help the hapless
Democrats talk about religion and
values. For decades Obama has
worshipped along with his wife,
Michelle, at Trinity United Church
of Christ in Chicago, where under
his pastor, Jeremiah Wright, social
justice and reforming society are
not only preached but also prac-
It has become increasingly diffi-
cult for politicians-and preachers-
- to talk about values and morality
when both Republican and
Democratic leaders are mired in
charges of adultery, philandering
and fornication. What has been
revealed about Obama so far is a
leader who has successfully inte-
grated his public and private life.
Questions of blackness and spiri-
tually are not irrelevant. They
should be asked. But when "black-
ness" becomes a codeword for
wrong and whiteness does not sug-
gest wrong even when wrongdoing
is overwhelming, we can see the
negative consequences of double
standards and stereotypes.

Barbara Reynolds, is an
ordained minister, a professor at
Howard University School of
Communications and author of
several books.

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Automobiles in African

American History
by William Reed
The car is more than just "a ride". No indus-
try has had a greater impact on our daily lives
S than the automobile. Where we live, work and
\travel have all been profoundly shaped by the
automotive industry.
;: 'Over the last 100 years, the automobile indus-
try has played a crucial role in the history of
S African Americans. Since the early da s. blacks
'': were both producers and consumers of the car.
The car brought geographic and economic
mobility to blacks. It became a symbol of black economic aspirations and
one of Black Americans' major employers.
In 1914, Henry Ford paid workers $5 per day and prompted the move-
ment of millions of blacks to the urban north. America's first major "equal
opportunity employer," Ford reached out to African American communi-
ties, churches and newspapers to find factory workers. Automobile indus-
try wages enabled black workers to buy homes, own cars, save money and
send their children to college. In metropolitan areas \w ith big auto plants,
black auto workers were the most visible leaders of labor organizations.
churches, and civil rights groups.
Auto work provided blacks with resources that few other jobs did, in turn
they invested their resources back into community organizations and proj-
ects. As late as 1970 one in every five Big Three workers was black. By
the turn of the 21st Century, auto work became less a source of employment
for blacks. As Chrysler, Ford and GM lost market share, the industry work-
force has shrunk to drastic lows.
These days Ambrica's car manufacturers, and workers, are experiencing
aibuiipy ride. Car sales are still at historically high levels, but the Big
Three's share of sales has slumped. Each year in the U.S more than 16 mil-
lion new cars (and 40 million used cars) are sold. African Americans buy
1 in every 8 vehicles sold here and factor into the Big Three's marketplace
predicament. The reason Chrysler, Ford and GM are closing factories and
cutting jobs is that they are losing U.S. market share to foreign competitors.
Last year import car makers: Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Jaguar. Saab. Audi.
Volvo, Toyota, Volkswagen and Honda commanded 36 percent of the $1.5
trillion US auto market. Nearly half of import buyers were African
Americans. who bought luxury models in particular.
SJapanese, South Korean and German models (whether imported or made
in 17 car factories importers have in America) account for half of car U.S.
sales. Black buyers should compare and balance this consumer fact to the
emplo\ ment factor over the past century Big Three manufacturing jobs
have been the principal source of well-paid employment for African
Americans. Past years, the Big Three paid wages, health and pension ben-
efits that amounted to about $80 an hour. Japanese transplants pay half as
The current generation of African American consumers doesn't "pimp
around" in Big Three rides. Ten brands most purchased by African
Americans are: Nissan (12%), Chevrolet (11.6%), Toyota (9.5%), Ford
(9.2%), Chrysler (7.7%), Honda (5.3%), Dodge (4.4%), Hyundai (3.8%),
Cadillac (3.3%) and GMC (3.2%). The models most purchased by African
Americans are: NissanAltima (12.5%), Chrysler 300 (3.3%), Ford F-Series
(2.5%), Toyota Corolla (2.3%). Toyota Camry (2.1%), Honda Accord
Sedan (2.1%), Chevrolet Trailblazer (1.8%), Dodge Ram 1500 Pickup
(1.8%), Ford Explorer (1.8%) and Chevrolet Silverado 1500 (1.6%).
African Americans spend over $40 billion annually for cars, trucks and
motorcycles and are free to buy whatever brand they want. But if we are
productive parts of American society, we should be accountable for our
actions. We should not turn their backs to the big picture regarding what
their vehicle purchase does for American economic production. Buying
from the Big Three is better for our country.
America's automotive industry spawns millions of supplier and support
jobs that generate billions of dollars into the economy. When plants close,
people re-locate to find jobs, surrounding businesses fail, and the overall
tax base shrinks. Chrysler, Ford and General Motors are companies with
the greatest diversity of employees and supplier programs. They support a
greater number of American communities and add the most value to the
American way of life.

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February 22-28, 2007

Affirmative Action Ban Cause Michigan

College Minority Admissions to Plummet

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The acceptance rate of under-
represented minorities has plunged
since the University was forced to
stop using affirmative action in
January, according to data provided
by the University.
The numbers suggest that the
affirmative action ban passed by
state voters in November has had a
dramatic effect on admissions deci-
University officials, though, are
cautioning against reading too
much into the preliminary numbers.
Before the 6th Circuit Court of
Appeals overturned an injunction
delaying the implementation of the
affirmative action ban on Dec. 27 of
last year, the University had admit-
ted 76 percent of the underrepre-
sented minority applicants it con-
It only admitted 33 percent of
underrepresented minority appli-
cants considered after the
University stopped taking an appli-
cant's race into account a decline

of 43 percent.
The acceptance rate of non-under-
represented minority applicants to
the University also fell over the
same period, but by a less dramatic
amount. Sixty-four percent of non-
underrepresented minority appli-
cants considered before the ban
took effect were admitted compared
with about 40 percent afterwards a
decline of 24 percent.
Typically, the admissions rate
declines for all applicants as the
cycle progresses as the University
tries to admit the right number of
students to fill the freshman class.
During the 2005-2006 admissions
cycle, the acceptance rate for non-
minority students declined by 12
percent from the end of December
through early February.
In the same year, the underrepre-
sented minority acceptance rate
skyrocketed from 65 percent for
applicants considered before the
end of December to 84 percent for
applicants reviewed between Jan. 7

and Feb. 11.
This year, the picture was quite
The acceptance rate among
minorities declined at a much more
dramatic rate than the rate of the
applicant pool as a whole.
University spokeswoman Julie
Peterson cautioned against attribut-
ing too much of the drop in under-
represented minority acceptance
rate to the affirmative action ban
and said it is too early to understand
its effects.
Peterson said the affirmative
action ban is likely having some
effect on admissions, but that the
University won't be able to get the
full picture until early next fall.
Still, underrepresented minority
applicants went from being admit-
ted at a rate 12 percent above the
overall average before the ban took
effect to 6 percent below the aver-
age afterward.
Peterson said some of the decline
in the admissions rate is because the

University put a special effort into
encouraging students across the
board to apply early this year.
The University admitted more
applicants early in the cycle this
year than it did last year. Through
Jan. 7, acceptance to the
University were up by about 11 per-
cent. The Office of Undergraduate
Admissions attributed this jump to
a new paperless review system
which allowed them to expedite the
admission of qualified students.
Despite the passage of the affir-
mative action ban, there has been a
14 percent increase in the number
of completed applications the
University has received from
underrepresented minorities.
Overall applications to the
University increased by only about
5 percent compared to last year.
The decline in the minority
acceptance rate is in line with what
officials in California saw after vot-
ers there banned affirmative action
there in 1996.

Thoughts from a plus sized journalist? Not Everyone Thinks Eddie is Funny

Why Norbit Sent Me Into Orbit

Murphy dons makeup and a
body suit to play "Rasputia".
by Jasmyne Connick
Am I going to see "Norbit?"
Everyday I wake up and look in
the mirror there are several things I
The first being that I'm Black, fol-
lowed by the fact that I'm a woman.
It's usually around this time that I
realize that I don't have on my
glasses and so after reaching for
them and putting them on I'm hit
with the awful truth that I'm fat too.
So what does this have to do with
There are very few positive
images of Black women who wear
any size above a 2 out in the media.
America is obsessed with thin and
quit frankly it's still in.

Aside from Jennifer Hudson,
Monique, Queen Latifah, and Jill
Scott, positive portrayals of plus-
sized Black women in the media are
hard to come by. Oprah used to be
the President of the Big Beautiful
Women's Club and Star Jones the
Vice-President, but they've since
ditched us to get in with the thin
Eddie Murphy in 'Norbit'
So here comes Eddie Murphy and
the release of his latest endeavor
"Norbit" that has him performing
several different roles including
that of an obese mean Black
Thanks Eddie, as if Black women
don't already have an image prob-
lem. That just did wonders for my
self esteem and plus-sized Black
women all across America, not only
are we fat but we're mean too.
Being fat is no laughing matter, I
can tell you because I speak from
first hand experience. Everyday is
a constant challenge from getting
dressed to leave the house to deal-
ing with the fact that Americans
obsession with skinny people caus-
es good people with great hearts to
go unnoticed, like me. I'm a
woman and I like to shop so it's not
easy going into the mall knowing
that aside from the shoe stores,
there are very few places that I can
go into that offer anything more
than muumuu's for people my size.
And while I can hide the fact that
I'm a lesbian if I choose too, it's
kind of hard to hide the 100 extra
pounds I'm carrying.
A little known fact is that in
America, 70% of Black women are
overweight. So while we may be
piling into the theaters to see
"Norbit" and stuffing our faces full
of popcorn, the cholesterol alone is

killing us inside.
Films like "Norbit" do absolute-
ly nothing to help combat the issue
of obesity in the Black community
nor does it do anything to uplift the
Black female.
On one side we've got scantily
clad Black women prancing across
our TV screens bouncing to lyrics
too misogynistic to repeat in this
editorial from the mouths of Black
men and then there's Murphy and
"Norbit." What's a girl to do?
And in between all of this, what's
the message we are conveying to
our children about being a woman?
If obesity is an issue for Black
women, then it's definitely an issue
for our children.
At the end of the day, Eddie isn't
solely to blame for "Norbit," but he
is the face of the film. Before the
film reached theatres, it was green

lighted by a group of people, hope-
fully none of which were Black
women, who didn't care about the
affect of the film on people like you
or me, just the affect it had on their
pocket book.
And I didn't need to see Eddie
Murphy in a two piece to remind
me of what I don't need to where on
the beach. Trust me, I know.
So, what was the question again?
Am I going to see "Norbit?" No, I
think I'd rather stay in and watch
Chandra Wilson represent women
my size on Grey's Anatomy tonight
with the grace and dignity that we
So while today's it's "Norbit," in
a few weeks it will be "Reno 911!:
Miami" with Niecy Nash as Deputy
Raineesha, Williams and the big
Black booty jokes.
When will the madness stop?

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Piwe 6 Ms. Perry's Free Press February 22-28, 2007

West Union Baptist Church to
Celebrate Church & Pastor's Ann.
The West Union Missionary Baptist Church, 1605 West Beaver Street;
will culminate the celebratation of the churches 107th Anniversary and the
3rd Anniversary of Pastor Leroy C. Kelly, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, February
25th. "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. Pemell Raggins,
Pastor; will hold special services in observance of the Church and Pastor's
Second Anniversary, at 4 p.m. on Sundays February 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.
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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. The rally will be filled with fun, excitement and plenty of trivia
about the history of Wayman Chapel. The celebration 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 attend.

Greggs Temple 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.
St. Nicholas Bethel Baptist 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 25. 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.

One Accord Ministries Celebrates
13th Church and Pastor Anniversary
Bishop, Dr. Jan D. Goodman and One Accord Gospel Ministries
International Inc., 2971 Waller Street (at I-10 & McDuff); invites the com-
munity to their Church and Pastor's 13th Anniversary Celebration nightly at
7:30 p.m., February 22 24, 2007. Bishop Phillip O. Thomas, of Highview
Christian Fellowship, Fairfax, VA; will deliver the Word. The celebration
ends with a Ball on Saturday, February 24th. "We're Still Here, But We're
Not The Way You Left Us!" is the anniversary celebration theme.

The Alston Sisters & Brothers Gospel
Program at Greater Mt. Salem Baptist
The Alston Sisters of Jacksonville, and Special Guests, The Brothers
of Harmony ofAlachua, FL; will be presented in a Gospel Musical program
at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 24, 2007, at the Greater Mt. Salem
Baptist Church, 2235 Moncrief Road. For ticket information, please call
(904) 765-3237.

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.

First Missionary Baptist Church to
hold Annual Women's Conference
The Women's Ministry of First Missionary Baptist Church, 810 South
Third Ave., Jacksonville Beach; Rev. Dr. Marvin A. McQueen, Pastor; will
hold their Annual Women's Conference, February 28 thru March 2nd with
services nightly at 7 p.m. The theme: "Christian Women Ministering in
On Sunday, March 4, services will be held at 8 a.m., and 11 a.m. Various
guest speakers will deliver the message. The public is invited.

UNF Accepting Nominations for
Gladys Prior Teaching Awards
The UNF College of Education is accepting nominations for the 2007
Gladys Prior Awards for Career Teaching Excellence. The two major crite-
ria for selection of teachers for this prestigious award are sustained teach-
ing excellence and sustained inspiration of students.
To be eligible for the award, teachers must have at least 10 years of teach-
ing experience in a Duval County public or private school. The award car-
ries a $12,000 cash prize to the recipients, who are free to use the funds in
any way they wish. Up to four Gladys Prior Awards are presented annually
by the College of Education and Human Services.
Any person (colleague, administrator, student, parent or community mem-
ber) may nominate a teacher for the award. The nominee should write a let-
ter describing how the teacher inspires students through excellent teaching.
Teachers may not nominate themselves.
For more information about the Gladys Prior Teaching Awards, contact
Lynne Raiser at lraiser@unf.edu. Nomination letters (to be received no later
than Friday, March 30, at 5 p.m.) should be sent to: Dr. Larry G. Daniel,
Office of the Dean, College of Education and Human Services, University
of North Florida, 4567 St. Johns Bluff Rd. S., Jacksonville, FL 32224-2676.



I. .

Jim Raley

Pastor and Mrs. Coad

Southwest Campus Clay County
Hwy 218, across from Wilkinson Jr. High
1st Anniversary Celebration
10:30 a.m. "Pocket Full of Rocks"
Message Pastor Cecil Wiggins
Noon "Dinner on the Ground"
Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship 10-45 a.m. Wednesday Night 7:30 p.m.

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

Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Sr.
Senior Pastor

Join us for our Weekly Services

Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
Church school
9:30 a.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel
3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m.

Midweek Services
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 at 4:50 p.m.

Radio Ministry
WCGL 1360 AM Thursday 8:15 -8:45 a.m.
AM 1400 Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.
TV Ministry
WTLV Channel 12 Sunday's at 6:30 a.m.

Grace and Peace N

5863 Moncrief Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32209 (904) 768-8800 FAX 764-3800

Pastor Ernie Murray
Welcomes you!

Join Us for One of Our Services
Early Worship 8:00 a.m.
Sunday School 9:15 a.m.
Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.
1st Sunday 3:45 p.m.

Lord's Supper & Baptism
3rd Sunday 7:00 p.m.
** *****
Bible StudN 7:00 p.m.
Noon Day Worship

Youth Church 7:00 p.m.

ITeC urc ThtRac esU toGoda

Seeking the lost for Christ
latthew 28:19 20

Pastor Landon Williams

8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m.
Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m.
Radio Weekly Broadcast WCGL 1360 AM
Sunday 2 PM 3 PM

Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Jr.
Senior Pastor


Central Campus (1-10 & Lane Avenue)


Pocket Full of Rocks

& Evangelist Jim Raley
February 25th 6:00 p.m.

5755 Ramona Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32205 904-781-9393
Website: www.evangeltempleag.org Email: evangeltemple@evangeltemple.org
10:45 a.m. Service Interpreted for Deaf@ Central Campus

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S- Tuskegee Airmen Recall

Ar r'^ y Flying Unfriendly Skies

Bishop Eddie Long, right, of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, in Lithonia, Ga., looks on as Rev. Eddie Velez, a 13-year member of
New Birth who was recently appointed as a pastor to lead Spanish services. (Right) Ben Champney and his wife Annette talk together before
the start of Sunday service at Grace Chapel in Lexington, Mass. Grace Chapel is one of many megachurches altering the segregated landscape
of Sunday worship, with African-American, Haitian, white, Chinese and Korean congregants singing along with a guitar-playing pastor.

Mega Churches Expanding Outreach

by J.York
Although African-American men
and women have been putting their
lives on the line in defense of the
United States since the nation's
very inception, their service largely
has been segregated and their his-
torical achievements severely
The nation's armed services are
now fully integrated, but it wasn't
that way during World War II, when
blacks and other minorities were
relegated to racially segregated
units based in military backwaters.
To their great credit, many units

transportation and escorted more
than 200 bombing missions.
Together the airmen racked up a
massive amount of decorations for
their combat heroism, including
one Legion of Merit, one Silver
Star, 150 Flying Crosses, 8 Purple
Hearts, 14 Bronze Stars and 744 Air
Leslie "L.A." Williams, now 87,
was a B-25 bomber pilot.
"That was one of the best experi-
ences in my life and one of the
worst experiences of my life.
Because, you'll probably hear, we
were destined to fail," Williams

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LITHONIA, Ga. Sprinkled
among the black faces at New Birth
Missionary Baptist Church,
Hispanic worshippers listen intently
to the congregation's leader, Bishop
Eddie Long.
It's an unusual scene for a pre-
dominantly African-American
church, but the area's Hispanic pop-
ulation has grown from just 1% in
2000, to nearly 9% today. And New
Birth is acknowledging its new
neighbors in a way most historical-
ly black churches haven't.
Long is trying to attract Latino
members by hiring a Hispanic band,
adding Spanish-language Sunday
services, hiring a Hispanic pastor
even by learning Spanish.
"My message has been geared to
challenging African-Americans, but
I have to be culturally sensitive,"
said Long, whose congregation
draws more than 25,000 worship-
pers. "Now, I focus on using bibli-
cal principles that are relevant to
Long's services are already trans-
lated into Spanish, among other lan-
guages, but Long wanted to do
more for Hispanics at home.
It's a challenging plan. Most
Latinos in the United States attend
churches that started in their own
neighborhoods, or they worship at
white churches with large missions
to Spanish-speaking immigrants.
But Long says black churches
have a special lesson for Hispanics.

Like African-Americans before
them, new Latino arrivals are strug-
gling with poverty, finding work,
getting a good education and get-
ting a say in public policy.
"We were there," Long said.
"Because we're beginning to turn
the corer, we can reach back to our
brother. This is about people work-
ing together and using faith to
improve themselves."
New Birth's message of personal
growth and prosperity can also
appeal to Hispanic immigrants who
came here to improve the lives of
their families. The Atlanta suburb
where New Birth is located -
Lithonia has one of the country's
highest affluency rates for blacks.
The idea of attending a black
church seemed strange at first to
Julio Alberto Rodriguez, who had
watched Long's services on televi-
sion from Florida. Still, when
Rodriguez moved to the Atlanta
area a few years ago, he visited
New Birth.
"Initially, you feel kind of out of
place because you're a Hispanic
among so many black folk. I was
like, 'What am I doing here?'"
Rodriguez said. He joined anyway,
and now works as a personal train-
er with the church's fitness ministry.
The Rev. Eddie Velez, a 13-year
member of New Birth who was
recently appointed pastor to lead
Spanish-language worship, has
been courting the new Hispanic res-

idents, spreading the church's new
motto: "Nuestra casa es su casa," or
"Our house is your house."
"We're all the same. We're all fam-
ily," said Bernardo Reyes, who
plays guitar in New Birth's Latino
band and has attended the church
for about six months. "It makes me
feel important that they're thinking
about me."
Mega Churches Desegregating
LEXINGTON, Mass. Sundays at
the evangelical Grace Chapel
megachurch look like the American
ideal of race relations: African-
American, Haitian, white, Chinese
and Korean families sing along
with a white, guitar-playing pastor.
U.S. churches rarely have this
kind of ethnic mix. But that's
changing. Researchers who study
race and religion say Grace Chapel
is among a vanguard of
megachurches that are breaking
down racial barriers in American
Christianity, altering the long-seg-
regated landscape of worship.
"Megachurches as a whole are sig-
nificantly better than other congre-
gations at holding together multira-
cial, multiethnic congregations,"
said Scott Thumma, an expert on
megachurches and a professor at
Hartford Seminary in Connecticut.
"It's absolutely clear."
A study by Thumma and the
Leadership Network, a Dallas
group that works with pioneering
churches, found that minorities

make up 20 percent or more of wor-
shippers in nearly one-third of the
nation's 1,200 megachurches. More
than half of the megachurches say
they are intentionally working to
attract different ethnic groups,
according to the 2005 study, part of
a book that Thumma and network
executive Dave Travis will publish
in July.
The question now is whether the
new diversity is just a fad or a per-
manent shift.
Although megachurches each
draw at least 2,000 worshippers a
week, they are a small percentage
of the estimated 350,000 congrega-
tions across the United States. And
leaders at Grace Chapel and other
megachurches where whites remain
the majority acknowledge enor-
mous challenges in making minori-
ties feel included.
Still, megachurches are trendset-
ters, and the change they've made is
startling considering nearly all
other American churches serve one
ethnic group. Even churches with a
large number of immigrants gener-
ally have separate English and non-
English services. For black and
white Christians, pre-Civil War
church support for slavery and the
general absence of white evangeli-
cals from the civil rights movement
continue to drive the two groups

Woodie Spears (left) and Les Williams, both Tuskegee Airmen, share
a laugh on the USS Hornet during a Black History celebration.

rose far above the expectations of
their often racist commanders -
some becoming among the most
highly decorated units in U.S. mili-
tary history.
Participating in a recent Black
history month event at the USS
Hornet Museum in Alameda, CA,
two members of the Tuskegee
Airmen presented their stories to a
crowd of who gathered on the
World War II-era aircraft carrier.
The all-black unit was credited
with destroying 261 aircraft, dam-
aging 148 aircraft, flying 15,553
combat sorties and 1,578 missions
over Italy and North Africa.
They destroyed or damaged more
than 950 units of enemy ground

said of his flight instructors and
Army Air Corps commanders in
"They wanted us to fail. But that
just made us tighter. But we made it
andthat's what's most important,"
said Williams, an attorney and San
Mateo resident.
In recognition of their amazing
military achievements 60 years
later the Tuskegee Airmen will
receive the Congressional Gold
Medal later this year.
Leon "Woodie" Spears, 83,
described himself as one of the few
remaining and youngest "original"
Tuskegee Airmen fighter pilots a
badge he still wears with pride.
Continued on page 8


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Underestimate Recurrence Risk

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breast cancer don't believe that they have a heightened risk of recurrence,
says a University of Pennsylvania study in the February issue of the jour-
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tory of breast cancer and found that 53% of them believed they had the
same or lower risk of developing breast cancer again compared to other
women, while 47% said they felt they had a higher or much higher risk.
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factors for breast cancer, and it is surprising and worrisome that most of
these women with such a history don't recognize that risk," study lead
author Dr. Chanita Hughes Halbert, assistant professor of psychiatry and
director of the Community and Minority Cancer Control Program at the
University of Pennsylvania's Abramson Cancer Center, said in a prepared

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are much healthier options.
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fat before reheating .
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butter, lard or bacon drippings.
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Tuskegee Airmen Recall Flying Unfriendly Skies

Continued from page 7
Leon "Woodie" Spears, 83,
described himself as one of the few
remaining and youngest "original"
Tuskegee Airmen fighter pilots a
badge he still wears with pride.
"I was a Tuskegee Airmen
because I wanted to fly, since I was
about yea high," said Spears, who
flew P-51 Mustangs.
Some of the worst discrimination
the Colorado native experienced
was at the hands of the advanced

training instructors at the Tuskegee
Army Air Field in Alabama, Spears
"All of our instructors were
white," Spears said. "Not only were
they white, but they were indige-
nous to that area. They were south-
ern, and boy, the n-word just flew
out of their mouths just as nice as
you'd ever want to see."
"I've wanted to attend one of these
(Tuskegee Airmen presentations)
for so long," said O'Neil, a friend of

Spears for the past 15 years. "What
I'm impressed with most is the
group of students who attend.
(Spears is) hopefully an inspiration
to a whole new generation."
Spears, speaking on behalf of the
Tuskegee Airmen for the past 20
years, agreed.
"Over that period of time, I prob-
ably have spoken to 250,000 peo-
ple," Spears said after his presenta-
tion. "You can almost count the
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by Michael Robinson
Attorney Judson Miner called
Harvard to offer a job to a graduat-
ing student named Barack Obama
and didn't expect to be showered
with gratitude. Still, he wasn't
expecting the reception he got.
"You can leave your name and
take a number," the woman who
answered the phone at the Harvard
Law Review said breezily. "You're
No. 647."
That was 1991 and even then
Obama the Illinois senator now
seeking the Democratic presidential
nomination was a hot commodity.
As the first black president of the
Harvard Law Review, Obama had
his pick of top law firms. He chose
Miner's Chicago civil rights firm,
where he represented community
organizers, discrimination victims
and black voters trying to force a
redrawing of city ward boundaries.
Like many lawyers, Obama never
took part in a trial. He spent most of
his nine-year career working as part
of a team, drawing up contracts,
briefs and other legal papers.
The firm of Miner Barnhill &
Galland, many of whose members
have Harvard and Yale law degrees,
has a reputation that fits nicely into
the resume of a future presidential
The firm offered another advan-
tage to Obama. It was close to the
political action.
Miner was Chicago's corporation
counsel under Harold Washington,
the city's first black mayor, in the
1980s when Washington was bat-
tling for control of the City Council
against remnants of the once-
mighty Machine.
Miner introduced Obama to a
number of people in politics.
Obama already knew many others,
having worked as an organizer in
the black community before he
entered law school.
Obama was part of a team of attor-
neys who represented the
Association of Community
Organizations for Reform Now
(ACORN) in a lawsuit against the
state of Illinois in 1995 for failing
to implement a federal law
designed to make it easier for the
poor to register as voters.
A federal court ordered the state to
implement the law.
Obama also wrote a major portion
of an appeals brief on behalf of a
whistleblower who exposed waste

and corruption in a research project
involving Cook County Hospital
and alleged that she was fired in
The case was settled out of court.
The county agreed to pay the feder-
al government $5 million, part of
which went to the whistleblower.
Obama was also part of a team of
lawyers representing black voters
and aldermen that forced Chicago
to redraw ward boundaries that the
City Council drew up after the 1990
census. They said the boundaries
were discriminatory.
After an appeals court ruled the
map violated the federal Voting
Rights Act, attorneys for both sides
drew up a new set of boundaries.
Obama's legal work fell off
sharply in 1997 after his election to
the Illinois Senate.
Obama agreed to work for the
firm in summer when the legisla-
ture was out of session. His law
license became inactive in 2002 as
politics took over.
For all his passion for civil rights,
Obama did have a bit of experience
working in a large firm with big
corporate clients. In 1988, he was a
summer associate at the big
Chicago firm now known as Sidley
Like most summer associates, he
worked on research projects.
It was there that he met Michelle
Robinson, a young Harvard law
graduate assigned as his mentor at
the firm. They were married four
years later.
Neither Obama lingered in corpo-
rate law. She stayed with the firm
for three years and moved on. She
is now a vice president at the
University of Chicago.
Besides his practice, Barack
Obama taught constitutional law at
the University of Chicago.
Obama's view of the law was
shaped in part by his years before
law school as a community organ-
izer working with the poor in
Chicago's housing projects.
In his 1995 book, "Dreams From
My Father," he said the law could
sometimes be "a sort of glorified
accounting that serves to regulate
the affairs of those who have power
and that all too often seeks to
explain, to those who do not, the
ultimate wisdom and justness of
their condition."
"I try to do my small part in
reversing this tide," he wrote.








Do Hair Weaves Tangle Black Women's Self Image?

A young obama stands in the legal library at Harvar.

Obama Got Start in

Civil Rights Practice

By Malena Amusa
by malena Amusa
As hair weaves and wigs have
become more popular among
African American women, writer
Malena Amusa finds an embrace of
femininity in their use as well as a
broader cultural rejection of natural
black beauty.
This past winter, I noticed some-
thing very unsettling while I was
visiting my family in Jacksonville.
Almost all the black women I
encountered were sporting lavishly
long hair weaves, fake locks that
can add length and volume after
being sewed or glued to the scalp.
Weaves come in straight, curly and
kinky textures. But most black
women with weaves wear them to
extend and straighten the appear-
ance of their naturally coiled and
nappy hair.
Everywhere I turned, from the
church to the mall, black women
suited up in this straight-hair uni-
form. Was I missing something? I
thought. Would my close-cut Afro
set me too far apart from other
black women?
Natural, kinky hair--which is
most associated with blackness--
has also been tied to inferiority in
the United States. We can thank
entrepreneur Madam C.J. Walker,
the late 19th century inventor of the
hot pressing comb--literally a
comb-shaped iron--for the subse-
quent years of black women burn-
ing their disobedient hair into sub-
mission. Still today among African
Americans, there exists a strata
between those with "bad hair" and
"good hair," the latter being hair
that is most in sync with the domi-
nant culture.
Walk into any pharmacy and
you'll see a deluge of harsh chemi-
cal products that promise black
women unhappy hair. Many believe
this is a demonstration of self-
The January 2007 copy of
Essence magazine I picked up did-
n't help. "Look Beautiful in your
20s, 30s, 40s, 50s... Real Women
and Celebs Share Beauty and
Health Secrets," the cover read.
Featured were three celebrities with
flowing, bouncy weaves and anoth-
er woman whose silver hair was
visibly straightened to suppress the
real curl underneath.
Essence had made it clear: There
was no way to be nappy-haired and
beautiful at any age.
Myopic Beauty Image
This perplexed me because

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around St. Louis, so
many everyday women
who have no celebrity
stakes to claim were sub-
scribing to this myopic
image of beauty
wrapped around these
hair weaves that, by the .-
way, can take hours to -4
glue onto the scalp and
cost hundreds of dollars.
I wanted to walk in .
their shoes and under- ,
stand them, so I decided
to get a long, straight wig. The wr
Without the labor-intensive
process, I achieved the luscious
locks of a weave so I could learn
what the non-celebrity woman had
to gain from emulating the straight
hair of non-African woman.
After several days of wearing the
wig and interviewing black women,
I found that the straight-hair phe-
nomenon has little to do with a need
to fit into mainstream social set-
tings. Rather, these long weaves
may reflect our desire to try on a
different feminine persona that has
historically been appropriated for
white women.
Throughout time, weaves and
wigs have served as costumes for
black women to put on when they
want to look sexy, such as in the
2006 movie "Dream Girls" that's
loosely based on the 1960s rise of
the Supremes, a Motown sensation.
In the opening scene of the movie,
before the Dreams enter their first
big show, they shift their poofy,
European-hair wigs around.
Finding a perfect fit, they then put
on a killer show. As the Dreams
become more successful and switch
from mostly black to mostly white
audiences, their hair get-ups
become longer and bigger. The
Dreams begin to look like white
women in black face. And when
one of the members gets kicked out
of the band because of her hefty
appearance, she quickly reverts to
wearing an Afro.
Buying a Wig
I knew my hair was being mistak-
en for my femininity upon entering

type of woman they
aren't otherwise expect-
ed to be. Black women
weaving up has so much
to do with our need to
feel feminine and strong
at different points in our
lives, Reese argued later
in a phone interview.
"Hair is a navigator,"
she said. "It's a negotia-
tor, it's a deal-breaker."
I'd say. In a world
where black women are
S"hair". constantly blunted by
racial and sexual discrimination, it
makes sense that we'd begin adopt-
ing counter-representations of our-
That's what the wig did for me. It
gave me the freedom to be aloof, to
flirt and to smile without fear of not
receiving smiles in return.
I made several outings with the
wig. During one trip, I went to a
mall. The weave made my confi-
dence soar. Heading there, I drove
faster than usual. And every time I
reached to pick up my cell phone, I
dramatically tossed my hair back
and said "Haloh!" roaring and
perky like a valley girl. I was ready
to explode onto the mall scene and
attract all kinds of men.
As I entered the sliding doors, my
hair swooshed about my face and I
loved it. And after some time, I
noticed that I was moving around
like a butterfly, flighty and irregu-
lar. I couldn't stop giggling like a
school girl and tossing my hair
lightly back as I rolled my eyes sen-
suously around while talking.
The wig had changed me; with it,
I felt excited to become Nikita, who
I assumed was a fun-loving white
I believed I could seduce with my
hair without thinking men wouldn't
return my vibes because I was too
black. Whatever that feeling--call it
femininity if you like--I had more
of it. And while I hated the persist-
ent itch of the wig and those fluffy
bangs scratching my eyes, for the
first time, I saw clearly the power of

the Asian-owned beauty-supply
store in my predominantly black
neighborhood where I went to buy
my wig. Perhaps because the elder-
ly Asian sales lady kept saying: "Oh
you pretty ... with the wig."
It became even clearer once I
returned home with the long, black,
straight wig in hand and saw the
label name Nikita. Even the manu-
facturers figured that by wearing
this wig, I was to transform myself
into another woman.
A few weeks later, I moved to
New York and met an actress and
professor of aesthetic studies at the
University of Texas-Dallas. Venus
Opal Reese has interviewed hun-
dreds of black women in research-
ing this hair transformation.
During the opening night of her
one-woman play "Split Ends,"
which takes an in-depth look at
black women and their historical
tangle with hair, Reese bombarded
a small stage wearing a skimpy
dress and a Tina Turner wig just as
wild as her flailing arms. Seconds
later, the wig flew off and fell to the
floor. As the crowd yelped with
laughter, Reese hurried to pick it
up, and kept waving the hair in her
hand as if still attached to her
swirling head.
"Being a woman is a perform-
ance," she said in the skit. "It's a
full-time, thankless job."
Dressing Up in Drag
Her point was to show that by
wearing weaves and wigs, black
women are dressing up'in their own*
drag, whereby they canbecome the




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Councilwoman Mia Jones

Invites you to a Community Meeting!

WHEN: Thursday, February 22, 2007
5:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m. (open house)
5:40 p.m. 7:00 p.m. (meeting)

WHERE: Pickett Elementary School
6305 Old Kings Road, Jacksonville, FL
(Principal: Elizabeth Young)
Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) Soutel Drive Project
City of Jacksonville (COJ) Public Works Department, Jacksonville Electric
Authority (JEA) and JTA Representatives

Please call 630-1684 with questions and comments.

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February 22-28, 2007


'. f^ What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene

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.

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 production will be presented
at the Ezekiel Bryant Auditorium
on February 23 25th. For addi-
tional info call 765 7372.

AA Chamber
Heritage Breakfast
The First Coast African-American
Chamber of Commerce will have
their 9th Annual Heritage Breakfast
on'Friday, February 23rd at the
BHeTlite Cioference 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.

Genealogical Society
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.

You Ought to
be Thankful
The ADATAC Theater will present
the gospel stage production "You
Ought to be Thankful". When
there's no peace in your home, do
you still know how to pray? The
show opens at 865 Townsend
Blvd.- Fri. February 23rd 7:30
PM. Other performances March

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2nd March 6th with matinee and
evening performances. For ticket
information call 726-1847.
Savion Glover
in Concert
The latest genius of tap, icon
Savion Glover who fuses modem
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.

Black History
Essay Contest
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 pwoc@aol.com.

Phi Delta Kappa Black
History Program
The Delta Delta Chapter of Phi
Delta Kappa Sorority, Inc. will
present a Black History
Extravaganza and musical Sat. Feb.
24th, at 12 noon in the Worship
Place, located 2627 Spring Glen
Rd. For more information call
Chairperson, Olester Williams at
768-0625 or Basileus, Flora Parker
at 355-3353.

Genealogical Society
The Jacksonville Genealogical
Society will hold a seminar on
February 24, 2007 at St. Paul's
Catholic Church in Riverside. The
speaker will be J. Mitchell Brown,
MA, who specializes in profession-
al genealogical research in the
south. Specific topics will be dis-
cussed at a later time. For addition-
al information please contact, Mary
Chauncey, (904)781-9300.

Operation Magnet
Application Dropoff
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.

Black Art Collection
Inspires Next Chamber
Players Performance
The Ritz Chamber Players,
inspired by the Walter Evans Art
Collection will culminate The
Cummer Museum of Art's Concert
Series on Sunday, February 25,
2007 at 3:00 p.m.. The performance
will be at the Friday Musicale locat-
ed at 645 Oak Street in Riverside.
The Ritz Chamber Players are an
ensemble comprised of accom-
plished musicians from across the
country that brings a fresh, new
energyto the classical music genre.
For more information please call

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.

Candidates Forum
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.

Free Cancer Prevention
Cooking Course
The Cancer Project is sponsoring a
free Cancer Prevention and
Survival Cooking Course beginning
March 1st 22nd, at the Orange

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Park Medical Center, 2001
Kingsley Ave. Classroom #2. This
free event will feature tips on low
fat foods, flavoring fiber, dietary
alternatives, antioxidants and more.
For registration information please
call Jill Buie at (904) 213-2601.

The Art of
Spoken Word
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
Club Meeting
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
DREAM by Barack Obama. For
more information, email

Amateur Night
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).
Admission and parking is free.
In addition, there will be more
than 100,000 other books available
from .50 cent to $2.

Septic System
The Duval County Extension
Office will have a Septic System
Workshop on Monday, March 5,
2007 from 6:30- 8:00 PM at their
offices located at 1010 N. McDuff
Avenue on the Westside. Staffers
will present a program about
Jacksonville's new septic tank
requirements and how to properly
maintain them. The will be a charge
of $2.00 for light refreshments and
handouts. Pre-register by calling

3 Mo' Tenors
The three classically trained and
multi-talented African American
"tenors" will display their versatili-
ty by using their voices as impecca-
ble instruments on the UNF
Lazzara Stage. The performance
will be on Saturday, March 10,
2007 at 7:30 p.m. For prices call
box office 620-2878.

Finding Your Way
After the Losing a Mate
There will be a free group therapy
session for those who have lost
their mate. Members will meet to
express feelings and thoughts and
to gain an understanding of grief
and its impact on their lives. The
six-week group will meet at 8301
Cypress Plaza Dr., Suite 119, on
Wednesday, March 7 April 11,
from 3:00 4:30 p.m. For more
information or to register, contact
Regina Kujawa at 904-733-9818.

Job Fair
There will be a Job Fair hosted by
FCCJ on Wednesday, March 14th
from 9 a.m. 12 noon in the
Downtown Campus Lobby, 101 W.
State St. The fair is free and open to
the public. Exhibitors may also par-
ticipate for free but are required to
reserve space by Feb. 15. For more
information call 904.633.8270.

2007 Amateur
Night Auditions
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 March
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.

Four Tops &
Temps in Concert
Motown recording artist The
Temptations and The Four Tops
will be in concert together at the
Florida Theater on Sunday March
18th, 2007 at 8 p.m. For ticket
information call 355-2787.

Free Landscape Class
at Highlands Library
The Duval County Extension
Service will present a free class on
"Good and Bad Guys in the
Landscape Natives & Invasives".
The class will be held on Monday,
March 19, 2007 from 1:00 3:00
p.m. at the Highlands Branch
Library, 1826 Dunn Ave.
Participants will learn to use
native plants in the landscape and
how to identify and control inva-
sives. Hands-on activity included.
This is a free program. Register by
calling 387-8850.

Masquerade Ball
Soho's Sports Bar to host a
Masquerade Ball in the Plush
Complexon March 23rd from
9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. You're invit-
ed to a night of fun and entertain-
ment with DJ Xclusive on the 1 &
2's. For more info call 234-1912.

Tuesday, February 27
Location: Election Center, 5200-2 Norwood Avenue
Schedule of Events: 9:30 am to 11:30 am
Public Logic and AccuracyTest of voting machines
Friday, March 16
Location: Election Center, 5200-2 Norwood Avenue
Schedule of Events: 9:00 am to 10:00 am
Public inspection of unopened absentee ballots received prior
to March 16
9:00 am to 10:00 am
Logic and Accuracy testing of voting machines
10:00 am
Opening and machine processing of absentee ballots
Saturday, March 18 through Tuesday, March 20
Location: Election Center, 5200-2 Norwood Avenue
Schedule of Events: 9:00 am to 10:00 am
Public inspection of unopened absentee ballots received Friday,
March 16 through Tuesday, March 20
10:00 am
Opening and machine processing of absentee ballots
Tuesday, March 20
Location: Election Center, 5200-2 Norwood Avenue
Schedule of Events: 7:00 pm
Tabulation and canvassing of precinct and absentee election returns
Wednesday, March 21
Location: Election Center, 5200-2 Norwood Avenue
Schedule of Events: 9:00 pm
Logic and Accuracy testing of voting machines
After Logic and Verification and tabulation of provisional and
un-scanned ballots Accuracy Tests
Thursday, March 22 (if required) and thereafter until all provisional ballots are
Location: Election Center, 5200-2 Norwood Avenue
Schedule of Events: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

o (904) 630-1414 www.duvalelections.com

February 22-28, 2007

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Oscars Awaken Controversy of Race in Hollywood [ "

Will enough ballots be cast to make Oscar history? Both funny man
Eddie Murphy and Forest Whitaker nominated for both Best

Supporting Actor and Best Actor.
By Bob Tourtellotte
Is racial bias still keeping black
artists from being recognized when
Hollywood hands out its annual
Academy Awards?
On the one hand, the musical
"Dreamgirls," which features an
ensemble of black actors in the
story of an African-American
singing group, failed to earn an
expected best film Oscar nomina-
tion this year, and some Hollywood
watchers wondered if racism played
a role.

But on the other, black actors
received a record five of the 20
nominations in acting categories for
2006. And three -- Forest Whitaker,
Eddie Murphy and Jennifer Hudson
-- are favored to win.
If they do not, the question of
racism among the nearly 6,000
Academy Award voters almost cer-
tainly will be raised again. The
Academy of Motion Picture Arts
and Sciences has been notoriously
stingy to black artists at Oscar time,
with blacks having won only 10


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funny as the previous two 'Madea' bles his self to ask fo
films. It centers around newly sin- her assistance. Eacl
gle father Monte (Idris Elba) who is one has their ow
struggling with serious baby mama problems, particularly
drama. The handsome young father Monty's guilt an
of three suddenly has custody of his shame over past inci
three precocious daughters after dents and failures an
their longtime caretaker (their Julia's pride and mate
maternal grandmother) dies of can- realistic tendencies, 1
cer. In the midst of him trying to they're still basica
buy his own car maintenance shop warm and wonderfi
and increased financial responsibil- relationship along the
ities, he begins work as a part time tively critiqued by h
driver where he meets star attorney girlfriends played by
Julia (Gabrie -:nion). Union has (Steve Harvey Sho,
played this role well as she has Ross (Girlfriends).
played the domineering independ- As in all Tyler Pe
ent woman in films such as is a climactic happy
"Deliver Us from Eva", "The will see many familiar
Brothers", "Bring it On", "Two Can usual overly dramatic
Play that Game" and more. It's any given situation
almost as if she's beginning to get director and produce
typecast. The two don't initially hit themes in Black Ame
it off, but due to his need for a fam- baby mama drama,

acting Oscars since the first awards
in 1929, excluding honorary
No black person has ever been
named best director.
Race bias will affect Oscar poli-
tics as long as it plays a role in U.S.
culture, Oscar watchers said. "Race
will go away from the Academy
when race goes away from
America," said David Poland of
Poland is one of many observers
who said he did not believe race
played a part in "Dreamgirls" fail-
ing to land in the best film category
despite gaining eight nominations
overall, more than any other movie.
Since the January 23 nomina-
tions, several theories have out-
weighed racial bias when it came to
the "Dreamgirls" snub, according to
Oscar pundits, film historians and
Musicals are a hard sell to Oscar
voters, they noted. "Dreamgirls"
was also touted early on as the best-
film frontrunner, and Academy
Award voters did not want to be
told which film was best before
casting votes, some said.
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Though Perry may never win an
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most certainly continue to give us
characters and themes we can all
identify with and enjoy watching.
Next of for Perry "Why Did I Get
Married" followed by "Jazz Man's
Blues" about a jazz singer who's
posing as white.

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the movie was not among 2006's
five best. "Having seen all the other
films ... they are better films, pure
and simple," said Gil Robertson,
syndicated columnist and president
of the African American Film
Critics Association.
The five best picture nominees
are: road comedy "Little Miss
Sunshine;" crime thriller "The
Departed;" cultural drama "Babel;,"
Japanese war saga "Letters from
Iwo Jima," and "The Queen," about
Britain's royal family in a period of
Hattie McDaniel was the first
black to win an acting Oscar -- for
supporting actress in 1939's "Gone
with the Wind." The second was not
until Sidney Poitier received the
best actor nod for 1963's "Lilies of
the Field, and the third took almost
another two decades -- Louis
Gossett Jr.'s supporting actor nod
for 1982's "An Officer and a
Just a handful of supporting actor
and actress nods followed, until
2002, when Hollywood thought
that the Academy had put the race
issue behind it. That year, Denzel
Washington won best actor for
"Training Day" and Halle Berry
was named best actress for
"Monster's Ball."
It was the first time black
Americans won the top two acting
awards in the same year. Three
years after Washington's and
Berry's dual wins, Jamie Foxx
scored a best actor victory for his
role as soul singer Ray Charles in
2004's "Ray," and last year the
drama "Crash," which explores race
in America, was named best film.
"I think the color barrier is com-
ing down, but it takes a generation
or two to die off. It's a slow
process," said Robert Osborne,
Oscar historian and author of a
series of books subtitled "The
Official History of the Academy
What many Hollywood watchers
are wondering now is whether
younger voters will cast enough
votes for Whitaker as the brutal dic-
tator Idi Aminin !'The LastKing of
Scotland," anidMurphy and Hudson
playing soulful singers in

All Roads Lead Back to Church for Hudson
For Oscar nominee Jennifer Hudson, there was no
question where she'd celebrate her success in the
week leading up to the Academy Awards at her
family's church.
"I don't do clubs. I don't drink. I don't smoke,"
Hudson told a boisterous crowd at Progressive
Baptist Church on the city's South Side. "I'm not
having no club party; I better have a praise party."
Hudson headlined a gospel concert named in her
honor, "An Evening of Praise with Jennifer Hudson," accompanied by the
acclaimed Soul Children of Chicago.
After winning a Golden Globe last month, Hudson is the favorite to take
home the Oscar for best supporting actress for her performance in
S... Does Diaz Have Jungle Fever?
:. Will America soon have its own version of
14 Heidi Klum and Seal? Word has it that actress
'' Cameron Diaz, fresh from her breakup with
SJustin Timberlake, has hooked up with
T African actor, Djimon Hounsou.
Both People magazine and X17online.com
!quote witnesses who were at Los Angeles club
SHyde on and saw "Djimeron" all hugged up.
S X17onine reported that the actors were:
"all over each other ... They arrived around
1:30 a.m. and stayed for about an hour. They
cozied up to each other at a table and left together in Cameron's black
Prius. While Cameron was all smiles when they left, Djimon kept his head
down, partially hiding his face under his cap."
A rep for Diaz says the pair are just friends. "Cameron was out to din-
ner with friends, they ran into Djimon and he joined them for a drink at
Hyde," says the rep. "They are friends, nothing more."
Meanwhile, People also quotes a source who spotted Diaz leaving a
West Hollywood nightclub on Friday with ex, Timberlake, so go figure.
Trump Wants Emmitt for Miss USA Pageant
Will "Dancing With the Stars" champ Emmitt .-
Smith replace the pregnant Nancy O'Dell as the
new host of Donald Trump's Miss USA pageant?
According to the New York Post, The Donald is
looking to not only replace the blond "Access '.
Hollywood" anchor with the former NFL star, but
also change the form from two hosts to a single- I .
hosted affair. But not so fast, Trump. O'Dell is still
under contract to host the ceremony, which is
scheduled for March 23 at L.A.'s Kodak Theater.
She's due to give birth in June.
Bahamian Official Quits Over Anna Nicole Flap
The Bahamas' Immigration Minister, Shane Gibson, resigned Sunday
night in a flap over his relationship with Anna Nicole Smith, apologizing
to the Bahamian people for any embarrassment he may have caused the
country. Photos recently appeared in a Bahamas newspaper showing
Gibson in bed with the former Playboy Playmate and embracing her. Both
were fully clothed, but the pictures stoked a controversy.because Gibson
had fast-tracked Smith's application for permanent residency on the island
chain. Smith died on Feb. 8 in Hollywood, Fla. She had based her resi-
dency application upon her claimed ownership of a waterfront mansion in
the Bahamas. However, the ownership of the property is disputed.


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