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Black South Carolina Lawmakers

Not Interested in Slavery Apology
Many black lawmakers in South Carolina say they would rather see the
state make progress in race relations rather than apologies for its role in
the slave trade.
Lawmakers in Georgia and Missouri are discussing apologies for their
states' slave-owning pasts.
But in South Carolina, there is no such effort.
Head of the Legislative Black Caucus, Representative Leon Howard
says he would rather see the state deal with its real race issues, such
blacks state workers still making less money on average than white state
workers.
US House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn also says he would rather have
a congressman vote to maintain affirmative action programs rather than
vote to apologize for slavery. Clyburn is South Carolina's first black con-
gressman since Reconstruction.

Tuskegee Airmen Finally to Receive

Congressional Gold Medal Next Week
On March 29, the United States will honor the Tuskegee Airmen by
awarding the group the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian
award bestowed by the federal legislature. About 300 airmen, out of the
nearly 1,000 trained at Tuskegee, will attend the ceremony in the
Capitol's rotunda, along with their families.
The gold medal, equivalent to the Presidential Medal of Freedom, is
awarded to individuals or groups for singular acts of exceptional service
and for lifetime achievement. The Tuskegee fliers will join a distin-
guished group of recipients that includes George Washington, Winston
Churchill, Rosa Parks and former Secretary of State Colin Powell.
The Tuskegee program was established under social and political pres-
sure. President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered the creation of the African-
American aviation program at Tuskegee Institute on the heels of a feder-
al lawsuit. The NAACP filed it on behalf of a student at historically black
Howard University and others, seeking to force the Defense Department
to accept African-American pilot trainees.
Shattering racist stereotypes, they flew more than 15,000 sorties over
North Africa and Europe during World War II, destroyed more than 250
enemy aircraft on the ground and 150 in the air, and fiercely protected the
American and Allied bombers they escorted on missions.

Mississippi Mother Pleads Guilty

to Driving Son to Cross Burning
BYHALIA, MS -- Talk about a bad influence. A Mississippi woman
pleads guilty to driving two boys to a house in Byhalia where the boy
burned a cross on the lawn. One of the boys was her son.
Tina Looney was given a suspended sentence. She had no prior crimi-
nal record, was fined $1000 dollars and will be on probation for a year.
The cross was burned in front of the home of an African American fam-
ily. Looney's son and another teen are charged with harassment.

More Papers Filed in Duke Rape Case
Durham, N.C. The former prosecutor in the Duke lacrosse assault case
didn't violate the constitutional rights of the three charged players, his
attorneys said in a renewed effort to have some of the ethics charges
against him dismissed.
In papers filed last week, attorneys for District Attorney Mike Nifong
added to their argument that the players' attorneys received a report and
its underlying data on DNA testing well before any trial. The report was
conducted as part of the assault investigation.
The DNA tests found genetic material from several men on the 28-year-
old accuser's underwear and body, but none from any of the players.
The North Carolina State Bar has accused Nifong of breaking several
rules of professional conduct. The bar's charge that he withheld that evi-
dence from the defense is the most serious faced by the veteran prosecu-
tor, who could be disbarred if convicted.
Nifong turned the lacrosse case over to state prosecutors in January after
the bar charged him. He had already dropped rape charges after the
accuser changed a key detail of her account of the March 13, 2006, party
where she was hired to perform as a stripper.
The three players still face charges of sexual offense and kidnapping.
They have maintained their innocence.

Rosa Parks Estate Settled
Two groups who fought over Rosa Parks' estate will
have to work together to control the marketing of
her legacy. A gag order imposed in the case has been
lifted but a Wayne County probate judge sealed the
terms of the settlement earlier this week.
People familiar with the settlement told the Detroit
Free Press some of the details. A portion of proceeds
from the sale of Parks' likeness will go to her heirs
for college tuition and scholarships. The family also will represent her
during memorial and school dedications, and a Detroit nonprofit she
founded will receive outside financial oversight.
Her family sued to gain some control because they feared her legacy
would be marred.
Thirteen of Rosa Parks' nieces and nephews sued to overturn her 1998
will, which left the entirety of her estate to the Rosa and Raymond Parks
Institute for Self Development and Mrs. Parks' lifetime friend and organ-
ization co- founder, Elaine Steele.

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Volume 21 No. 1 Jacksonville, Florida March 22 28, 2007

Proposed Moritorium Could Cut Funding in Black Communities


By. Hazel Trice Edney
WASHINGTON (NNPA) House
Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-
S.C.) says a proposed moratorium
on so-called congressional "ear-
marks", unlimited amounts of
money designated for usually local


projects, could severely hurt pro-
grams in the Black community.
"There's a big move going on in
this country that we as African-
Americans have got to be very, very
careful of. And that is this whole
thing of killing earmarks. They're


trying to stop congressional ear-
marks," Clyburn told Black pub-
lishers representing the National
Newspaper Publishers Association.
"If you cut out Congressional ear-
marks, you're going to see a
screeching halt to lots of the pro-


grams that our community benefits
from. Our communities cannot
afford high-powered lobbyists.
They cannot afford very highly
sophisticated grants writers. And
they're going to miss out on this
federal funding." Cont'd on p.7


Public Private Partnership Funds Eastside

Basketball Park on Youngsters Wish List


Shown above is former WNBA Player and Olympian Carla McGhee
with Rev. Moses Criswell, WNBA President Donna Orenda and little


Kimeisha Roundtree. R.Silver Photo
By Rhonda Silver
When little Kimeisha Roundtree
told Monique Burr Foundation
President Ed Burr she wanted to be
a basketball player when she grew
up, but her dreams were inhibited
because she had nowhere to prac-
tice, the Eastside youngster had no


idea what was about to happen. The
active child advocate immediately
inquired as to where a court could
be built in the area. He soon found
out that the city had closed a crack
house on the corner and now
owned the property adjacent to one
of the Foundation's partners,


Triumph the Church.
Less than a year later, Burr a for-
mer neighbor of WNBA President
Donna Orender had joined forces
with the city, Sheriffs Office and
the Shipyards to put Kemeisha on a
journey to self fulfillment.
Together, a public private partner-
ship was formed to build a basket-
ball court benefiting "Monique's
Kids" at the Triumph the Church
Program. What was once a crack
house on Jacksonville's upper east-
side, now stands as a partnership of
hope and inspiration for the church
and area youth. This week, the
property formerly of ill repute was
converted to a basketball park next
to the church which is located 1312
Franklin St. On hand for the open-
ing was former 4-year WNBA
Veteran and Gold Medal Olympian,
Carla McGhee and WNBA
President Donna Orender merging
the gap between dreams and reality.
"This is something incredibly
important," said Orender. "It's a
priority with work, and with the
Monique Burr Foundation who has
an established relationship with
Triumph."
At the court's opening, children
were very excited to learn some
defensive moves from McGhee
who retired from the Orlando
Miracle in 2002. McGhee showed
the kids various basketball drills
and tips to help them with their
game.
The church became a partner with
the Foundation after receiving an
after school program grant servic-
ing area kids from 3:30 5 p.m. The
grant enables area children to
receive free tutoring, a hot meal and
for many, much needed attention.
The Triumph location is currently
in need of volunteers for tutoring.
For more information call 642-0210


Dr. Emma Moran
Services Set for
Dr. Emma Moran
Funeral services for Dr. Emma
Moran have been set for Saturday,
March 24, 2007 at 11:00 AM at
Greater Grant Memorial AME
Church (Gilchrest & Sibbald).
Her career in education spanned
more than 40 years including serv-
ing as chairman of the Business
Education Department at Edward
Waters College, chairman of the
Business Department and
Yearbook Advisor at Northwestern
Junior-Senior High School, chair-
man of the Business Education
Department at at Raines High
School and professor of Office
Systems Technology at FCCJ
South Campus.
She leaves to cherish her memory;
a loving daughter, Pamela M.
Dockins and son-in-law, Harold L.
Dockins, Sr.; step-mother, Rena
Ayers; grandchildren, Harold
Dockins, Jr. and Jeanette Dockins;
niece, Juanita Lewis and many
other relatives and friends.
Dr. Moran will rest in the church
for the visitation of friends on
Friday, March 23, 2007, from 5
until 7:30 PM. Interment will be in
Restlawn Memorial Park.
Professional services provided by
Holmes Glover- Solomon Funeral
Directors.


Incumbents, Veterans Reign Over Spring Elections


Challengers didn't stand much of a
chance during the poorly attended
Spring elections this week with
incumbents and veterans taking the
lead.
The big races Mayor, Supervisor
of elections and Sheriff offices,
were all retained by incumbents
returning Mayor Peyton, Sup. Jerry
Holland and Sheriff John
Rutherford back to their offices for
another four years. Many predicted
the Supervisor of Elections Race
would be much closer but incum-
bent Jerry Holland overwhelmingly
took the race with a 70% lead.
In a much anticipated return back
to City Hall, Council veteran Denise
Lee won her old seat back in
Districts 8 with former councilman
Warren Jones facing a runoff against
a republican candidate. Both Lee
and Jones had previously served
over 18 years on the Jacksonville
City Council before being forced
out for term limits. The only other
race of minority interest that will
require a runoff will be for District 7


E. Denise Lee is surrounded by many of her supporters following her election to the City Council, 'lcsday
at her Campaign Headquarters. Pictured are (L-R) : Brenda Roundtree, Mike Walsh, Diane Walsh, Rickey
Anderson, Kelvin "KC" Cardwell, Dr. Jeanetta Norman, Carlottra Guyton, State Representative Terry
Fields, Dwayne Sweet, and Debra Shaw, Jerome Brown, Marilyn Eloranta, Leah Bethel, Rose Bethel,
Raymond Williamson, and Lynn Douglas. The celebration included music and food.
between Johnny Gaffney and Leading the election with the councilwoman Mia Jones garnering
Carolyn Anderson. greatest percentage of votes was 85% of the District 10 vote.


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NAACP (Deadline April 30) $1,000
Undergrads, $2,000 graduate students. The
Lillian & Samuel Sutton Education Scholarship.
Must be full time students, U.S. Citizens.
Preference to active NAACP members with a
cumulative 2.5 GPA or C+ Average. NAACP,
Education Division, 4805 Mount Hope Drive,
Baltimore, MD 21215.
John L. Henry National Dental Assoc.
Foundation / Colgate Palmolie Scholarship
Program (Deadline May 15) $2,000, renewable
for up to 3 years based on academic eligibility.
For first-time, full-time freshman minority dental
students. Must be U. S. citizen. John L. Henry
National Dental Assoc. Foundation/Colgate
Palmolive Scholarship Program, 3517 16th St.
NW, Washington, DC 20010.
National Restaurant Assoc. (Deadline April
7) $2,000 Under-grad students in the food service
area are eligible. National Restaurant Assoc.
Education Foundation, 175 West Jackson Blvd.,
Suite 1500, Chicago, 1L 60604-2702.
George M. Brooker Collegiate Scholarship
for Minorities (Deadline March 31) for
Minorities Institute of Real Estate Management
Foundation: Brooker Scholarship, 430 N.
Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611-4090.
Graduate and undergrad minority students enter-
ing careers in real estate and real estate manage-
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by George Fraser

Networking: Volunteer To Earn and Learn


,... I \lolunit k-icer ,ork pro ide
you with the opportunity to learn a great deal
about how the world works. Their causes might
be benevolent and their tax status may be non-
profit, but volunteer organizations generally
employ some of the best and most influential
executives and marketing people.
Often, they operate on lean administrative
budgets, so the volunteers have the opportunity
to step in and do a lot of work. That is experi-
ence that will eventually mean greater salary
opportunities later, if you try to soak up as much
information and experience as you can.
The key is to treat volunteer work as a job,
because although you may get paid nothing at


.ill, here .ire sub-stantil re%\ards. You neter
know who is watching, but in charitable groups,
it can very easily be your future employer, or at
least, a future networking contact.
Before you volunteer for an organization, make
sure you know what you are getting into. So,
before you sign on, ask people you know in an
organization if they enjoy their work for it. Read
the organization's annual report and newsletters.
Action Step: It might be a good idea to attend a
meeting or two as a guest, and introduce your-
self to the group's leaders. Look for hidden
agendas in the group's activities. Is it a public
service orientation, or is it an excuse to get out
of the house?


YOUR MONEY METERS

BYFNTNIA NAYT IHALSHN


The Long Lost Art of Saving


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National Medical Fellowships Inc. (Deadline
June 30) $500-$10,000 based on need for first
and second year medical school students who are
Black Americans, American Indians, Mexican
Americans or Mainland Puerto Ricans. National
Medical Fellowships Inc., 5 Hanover Square,
15th Floor, New York, NY 1004-2614.
NBNA (Deadline April 15) $500-$2,000.
Students currently enrolled in a nursing program
and in good scholastic standing at time of appli-
cation. www.nbna.org
Radio & TV News Directors Foundation
(Deadline May 9) $2000/$10,000 Full time
Electronic or Broadcast Jou-nalism undergrad in
good academic standing. Radio and Television
Directors Foundation Inc., 1000 Connecticut
Ave. NW, Suite 615, Washington, DC 20036.
Thurgood Marshall Scholarship (Deadline
April 30) $2000,"B" average, accepted or
enrolled in a degree program in criminal justice
the fall after receiving scholarship. Thurgood
Marshall Scholarship National Assoc. of Blacks
in Criminal Justice, NC Central University, P O
Box 19788, Durham, NC 27707.
Anheuser-Busch Urban Scholars Program
-Makes a dream for a college education come
true. Visit www.africanamerican bud.com for
information.


Don't Wait Until the Last


Minute to Get Taxes in Order


By Jason Alderman
When it comes to filing taxes,
some of us are ants and some are
grasshoppers. Ants methodically
file receipts all year in color-
coded folders and on January 2
they calculate their refund;
grasshoppers shove everything
into a shoebox and pull it out,
panic-stricken, the night before
the tax-filing deadline.
In case you harbor grasshop-
per-like tendencies, here are a
few suggestions to avoid last-
minute chaos:
April 17 deadline. Your tax
return should be postmarked or
filed electronically no later than
that or you risk penalties. It's
also the deadline for making
2006 IRA contributions, filing
for a six-month extension and
paying the first installment of
your 2007 estimated taxes, if
applicable.
Get your ducks in a row.
Whether you calculate your own
taxes or hire someone else to,
you're still responsible for
pulling together all relevant
information. Tax completion
software packages like
TurboTax (www.turbotax.com)
and TaxCut (www.taxcut.com)
can help you organize your
records, as can guidebooks like
"The Ernst & Young Tax Guide."
Yahoo's online Tax Preparation
Center also provides a free
checklist at
http://finance.yahoo.com/taxes/c
checklist.
While you're at it, think like an
ant and store your 2007 receipts
in the same categories to make it
easier next year. Visa USA's free
personal finance site, Practical
Money Skills for Life, features a
downloadable tool, My Budget
Planner, that can help you cate-
gorize and track your income
and expenses (www.practical-
moneyskills.com/mybudget).
People make more mistakes
when rushed. Common tax-fil-
ing errors include:
Omitting or filling in incor-
rect/illegible taxpayer ID num-
bers, filing status, dependent
names and S.S. numbers
Documentation not attached
(W-2s, supplemental forms, etc.)


Omitting income items
Tax return not signed and
dated
Information entered on the
wrong lines
Child tax credit incorrectly
calculated
Math errors. (Tax software
does the math, but you're still
responsible for entering correct
numbers initially.)
Here are a few income-tax
differences this year:
Congress extended several
due-to-expire tax benefits,
including deductions for
state/local sales tax (in lieu of
state/local income tax), higher-
education tuition and fees, and
un-reimbursed teacher class-
room expenses. Because this
legislation passed after 2006 tax
forms were printed, the IRS will
mail supplemental instructions
(or go to www.irs.gov.)
The government stopped col-
lecting federal excise tax on
long-distance or bundled tele-
phone service and most people
will be eligible for a one-time
refund. IRS 1040 forms contain
instructions. Standard refund
amounts of $30 to $60 are avail-
able for those who don't have
their old phone bills handy.
All cash charitable contribu-
tions made after August 17,
2006, must be supported by a
dated bank record or receipt
from the charity. Also, after that
date, donated used clothing and
household items must be in good
condition or better.
Standard deduction amounts
for those who don't itemize have
increased, as have standard
mileage rates for business-, char-
itable service-, medical- and
moving-related car travel.
Taxpayers may now divide
their federal tax refund among
up to three different bank
accounts a good way to ear-
mark part for savings.
The biggest tip a tax payer can
get is don't wait until the last
minute. The sooner you know
whether you'll get a refund or
owe money, the sooner you can
start planning your course of
action. Think like an ant and
enjoy the picnic.


by Michael G. Shinn, CFP
Contributing Writer
Saving money is nearly a lost art
in America. According to the U.S.
Census Bureau, the national house-
hold savings rate has fallen from
10.8% in 1984 to a negative 0.5%
in 2005. Over the past 20 years, not
only are households saving less, but
we have finally reached the point
where we are spending more money
than we are making.
It's easy to see why saving has lost
its luster in our country.
Conspicuous consumption, easy
access to credit card debt and a gov-
ernment that encourages spending
are the major culprits in a consumer
driven drama that plays every day
in the U.S. The result is too many
families that are one or two missed
paychecks from near financial
insolvency.
Now, just because the herd is
stampeding toward financial
calamity, there is no reason for you
and your family to follow. You can
setup a safety net of saving that will
help you achieve your short, medi-
um and long term financial goals.
Why Save?
Having a clear understanding of
"why" you are saving is what will
drive you and your family when
you are making alternative financial
decisions. Sit down with your fam-
ily and discuss your financial
goals? Consider the following:
- Short-term goals can be achieved
in less than one year and might
include, establishment of an emer-
gency fund, this year's vacation, or
minor home improvements.
- Intermediate goals of one to five
years might include, paying off
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down payment or making major
home improvements.
Long-term goals of more than
five years might include college
funding, retirement or a vacation
home purchase.
Write your financial goals down
and put an estimated price on each
one. Your goals will give you the
motivation and staying power nec-
essary to sustain a saving program
over the long haul.
Putting your goals into action is
the next step. Unfortunately, most
families have never set up a formal
saving plan. They will dutifully
pay their bills and hope that they
have something left over at the end
of the month to save. You still have
to pay your creditors, but meeting
your financial goals will have to be
your priority.
Pay Yourself First
The "Pay Yourself First" model
assumes that you make your sav-
ings payments first and then live off
the remainder of your income. If
you don't have a savings plan or
your plan is not working, start with
this simple model.
For purposes of illustration, let's
assume that a family has a gross
income of $72,000 per year and can
invest in employer 401k plans, with
a company match of 50% of the
first 3% saved.
- Savings goal- Start with 10% of
gross income- $7,200 per year.
- Savings allocation-
- 401k savings plan- 3% of gross-
$2,160 per year, with company
match of $1,080.
- Savings Account 7% of gross-
$5,040 per year.
Total Annual Savings- $8,380-
13% of gross income.


Because the 401k savings deduc-
tion is a before-tax payment, the
actual reduction in take home pay
will be less than the amount
deposited into the account. The
savings account payment should be
an automatic deduction from the
pay check or an automatic with-
drawal from the checking account.
Make it Happen!
There are a lot of families that are
successfully saving money towards
their financial goals. There are sev-
eral key changes that have to take
place to get started:
- Change your mindset- You have
to live below your means in order to
save money. Savings has to be your
financial priority.
- Understand where your money is
going- For the next 30 days track
your family's spending. Keep cash
receipts and use your check register
to setup a spreadsheet or ledger.
Where is your money going and
how can you better prioritize your
spending?
Reduce your credit card debt-
First, don't create any more credit
card debt and then develop a plan to
eliminate or substantially reduce it
within 12 months.
There are numerous books and
websites with tips on how to save
money. The American Savings
Education Council has an interest-
ing website at: www.asec.org.
Some might say that this seems like
a lot of work and it is! But, think of
the time as an investment. An
investment, that will help lead you
and your family down the road to
"Financial Success." If your finan-
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Longevity Gap Lessens for Black America


Whites still live longer than
blacks, but the gap is shrinking,
mainly because death rates are
dropping for causes that have his-
torically hit African-American
communities particularly hard, HIV
and homicide, researchers
announced yesterday.
Average life expectancy among
blacks rose from 69.2 in 1993 to


72.7 in 2003, while for whites it
rose from 76.3 to 78 years, accord-
ing to a study of mortality statistics
released by The Journal of the
American Medical Association.
That reduced the difference to 5.3
years, a historic low that is almost
two years less than the gap record-
ed 10 years earlier, researchers at
McGill University determined.


Black life expectancy rose in part
because of a reduction in homicides
and better therapies for those with
HIV, said Sam Harper, a McGill
epidemiologist who was the lead
author. In addition, heart disease
rates for black women dropped.
Nevertheless, Harper said, heart
disease appears to be the main rea-
son for the continuing gap between


blacks and whites.
Writing in the journal, the authors
say that narrowing the gap further
will require concerted efforts to
address all of the problems with an
emphasis on heart disease."This
suggests the need to place a lot
more emphasis on cardiovascular
disease as the major determinant in
this gap," Harper said


Local High School Bands Participate in South's Largest St Patrick's Celebration
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Over 750,000 people participated in one of America's largest St. Patrick's Day celebrations, including two of Jacksonville's finest marching
bands Raines and Ribault High School. The annual parade in Savannah, Ga was in high gear at 10 a.m. Saturday for over six hours. Crowds
of people fifteen deep lined sidewalks and spilled into the road all along the route in chilly 46 degree weather. Undeterred by but the temper-
ature, parade-goers huddled in lawn chairs and wrapped up in blankets to enjoy the festivities. FMIPPhoto


FAMU Kappas Avoid Prison for Hazing


Defendants, from left, Marcus Hughes, Brian Bowman, and Cory
Gray go over their plea of no contest to misdemeanor hazing with
attorney Chuck Hobbs, right, before appearing in court.


Three members of Florida A&M's
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity accused
in a case that tested Florida's law
against hazing avoided prison by
pleading no contest earlier this
week to a lesser charge in the beat-
ing of a prospective member.
Each received probation, including
30 days in a sheriffs work camp,
after entering the pleas to misde-


meanor hazing. Prosecutors offered
the plea deal only after two mistri-
als on felony hazing charges.
Five Florida A&M University fra-
ternity brothers were tried together.
The second jury convicted two, and
each was sentenced to two years in
prison. They are appealing.
Circuit Judge Kathleen Dekker
accepted the plea agreement but


warned Brian Bowman, 23, of
Oakland, Calif.; Cory Gray, 23, of
Montgomery, Ala., and Marcus
Hughes, 21, of Fort Lauderdale,
they still could get almost a year in
jail if they violate probation.
"This is your chance to stay out of
jail, and I hope I sincerely hope -
you do not blow it," Dekker said.
"You need to be perfect citizens."
A no-contest plea means the defen-
dant does not admit or deny the
charges, but agrees to a punishment
as if guilty.
The five Kappa Alpha Psi brothers
were the first people charged with
violating a new state law that makes
it a felony, with a five-year maxi-
mum, to commit hazing that results
in serious bodily injury.
The victim, Marcus Jones, 20, of
Decatur, Ga., was struck on the bot-
tom with wooden canes and in the
head with fists and boxing gloves
during unauthorized initiation rites
last year. A doctor operated on his
buttocks to help heal a large bruise.
Jones also suffered a broken ear
drum.
He was not present but his father,
Army Master Sgt. Mark Jones, was
in the courtroom Monday.


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"Whatever the court wants, what-
ever the court says," the elder Jones
said afterward.
The two defendants convicted in
December, Michael Morton, 23, of
Fort Lauderdale, and Jason Harris,
25, of Jacksonville, are being held
in the county jail pending rulings by
Dekker on motions for a new trial.
Defense lawyer Chuck Hobbs,
who represented all defendants
except Harris, called the plea deal
"bittersweet." Most important for
the three defendants is that they no
longer face felony convictions and
will have clean records if they com-
plete probation, he said.
"As they mature and grow, it'll be
just a speed bump," Hobbs said, "as
opposed to something that will be a
detrimental impact on their future."


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Shown above are New York City Police Detectives (L-R) Michael
Oliver, Gescard Isnora and Marc Cooper. Two New York policemen
were charged with manslaughter and a third with reckless endanger-
ment in the firing of 50 shots at three unarmed black men that killed
a groom on his wedding day. The two indicted for manslaughter were
Gescard Isnora, an undercover detective accused of firing the first
shot and 11 total, and Detective Mike Oliver, accused of firing 31 shots
by emptying his gun, reloading, and emptying it again. Detective Marc
Cooper, who fired four times, was charged with reckless endanger-
ment.

NYPD Officers Surrender in

Groom's Wedding Day Death


Three police officers surrendered
this week to face charges in the
shooting outside a nightclub that
killed a groom on his wedding day.
Michael Oliver, who fired 31
times, and Gescard Isnora, who
fired 11 bullets, face felony
manslaughter charges, according to
a person close to the investigation,
because the results were secret.
Marc Cooper, who fired four shots,
faces a misdemeanor endangerment
charge, the person said.
Two other officers involved in the


shooting were not indicted.
The Nov. 25 shooting killed Sean
Bell and severely injured two of his
bachelor party guests. Police have
said the officers were involved in
an unrelated investigation at the
nightclub when they overheard a
conversation that convinced them
the men were going to their car to
retrieve a gun. They have said they
believed someone in Bell's car was
reaching for a gun when they
opened fire, but no gun was found.


Stanton Alumni Gala Tix Going Fast
The Alumni of Stanton High School and Stanton Vocational School
invite old friends and new to their 1st Annual Stanton Gala, Saturday
evening, April 28, 2007, at the Prime Osborne Convention Center. If you
were associated with Old or New Stanton High School or Vocational, in
any way, you're invited to the monthly planning meeting. For information,
contact Kenneth Reddick at (904) 764-8795.
Registration for Boys & Girls Clubs

Summer Camp Begins April 2nd
Parents need a safe, positive, quality atmosphere where their children
can spend their free time during summer vacation from school. All Boys &
Girls Clubs in Duval, Nassau and St. Johns counties will being registration
for Summer Camp '07 on Monday, April 2nd.
Camp activities include a summer reading program, computer classes,
arts, crafts, sports games and swimming. Also, field trips. Camps are open
from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, May 29, 2007 through July
28th. Early bird drop-off is available from 7 to 9 a.m. for a small weekly
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Voter Apathy Continues to be a Growing Problem


Especially Among Blacks in Jax and Abroad


"Nonvoting is a fruitless temper
tantrum," said Judge Bruce Wright.
I must fully agree. With turnout
expected to be low as usual for our
local Jacksonville elections, people
have to do a better job of making
voting a priority.
Over the past few weeks, I have
had several people ask me when
are the elections or better yet -
who's running for the different
seats that are open. It's a sad state-
ment on the priority that people
place on elections.
There are several city council
positions open and of course the
Mayor's race and Supervisor of
Elections races that were decided
this week. By the time this article
comes out we will know the victors
in several races and we will know
who made the run-off in others.
There are some great candidate
running for office and certainly
some folks who are not so great.
But everyone has the right to run -
it's the American way.
Unfortunately, many candidates
are running for the wrong reason,
but that's another article for anoth-
er day. What is painfully obvious
about politics today is the steady
increase of voter apathy. I was on a
television show a few weeks ago
and was asked why so many people
who are actually registered to vote
- not voting?
There's no easy answer to that
question, but it has a lot to do with


voting not being a critical priority
in people's lives. And don't let it
rain on an election day, people act
like the rain is voting kryptonite.
Plato once said, "One of the
penalties for refusing to participate
in politics is that you end up being
governed by your inferiors."
While I certainly wouldn't use the
term "inferiors," Plato's message
rings true even today. By not par-
ticipating in the political process
there are people who end up in
leadership positions who are clear-
ly not the best person for the job.
What's even more disturbing than
having 20 percent of the electorate
turnout to decide who will serve is
that fact that groups that have been
historically disenfranchised and
discriminated against are the ones
who really are not exercising the
same rights that they fought and
died for.
And yes, I am talking about black
folk.
How can anyone complain about
a City Councilmember, Mayor, or
even President of the United States
if you decided not to exercise your
right to vote? Should there be a
mandatory history lesson for folks
who "don't get it?"
African American and women
had to fight for decades to secure
the right to be treated as true citi-
zens in this country and for so
many people to decide not to vote
it's an insult to the Civil Rights and


Women's Suffrage movements.
Unfortunately, history has a way
of repeating itself. Once African
Americans didn't have a political
voice in this country and today that
voice continues to become watered
down because people simply are
not voting.
Here's what doesn't make sense
to me. Maybe some of my more
educated readers can help me. With
early voting being an option now at
regional locations and of course
absentee voting being a well estab-
lished method as well why aren't
people voting?
Candidates and churches even
give people rides to the polls, so
what's the excuse? If blacks don't
get re-energized about voting and
participating in politics we should-
n't be complaining about George
Bush or anyone else.
Four years ago, I worked very
hard to get Nat Glover elected as
Mayor of Jacksonville. Although
Northeast Florida typically votes
more on the conservative side,
many people felt that Glover had a
good chance of winning. Mayor
Peyton ran a good campaign and
won, but the race should have been
much closer.
If blacks would ever truly get
motivated and get out and vote in
large numbers, we could truly
affect change in our community.
As far back as the 1870s,
Frederick Douglas talked about the


importance of black unity. He stat-
ed, "Remember that our cause is
one and that we must help each
other if we would succeed."
And I am not purposing that
blacks always be on the same page
or support the same candidates or
even be apart of the same party.
The point I am making is that if
there is truly going to be legitimate
change in the African American
community, we have to start with
the man in the mirror.
If we are going to save the youth
who are lost, those of us who
"made it," those black profession-
als are the ones who have got to
give back through mentoring, vol-
unteering and giving financially to
worthwhile organizations.
This week's elections proved
once again that voting is not a high
priority for African Americans. So
stop complaining about gas prices,
the war in Iraq, cuts in after school
programs and bad roads if you are
not an active voter.
We should view the right to vote
as a critical obligation and not a
hassle and waste of our time.
Although we live in a representa-
tive democracy, and people elect
officials to make decisions on their
behalf in all levels of government,
the power still resides in the peo-
ple. But the people have to be will-
ing to fight for change.
Signing off from my soapbox at
precinct 9S, Reggie Fullwood


Life Has Vastly Deteriorated in Iraq Since U.S. Invasion


By. George E. Curry
In all 13 aspects of life, ranging
from security to obtaining medical
care, conditions have grown worse
in Iraq since the U.S. invaded the
country four years ago.
That's the conclusion of a survey
of 2,212 Iraqis conducted by ABC
News, USA Today, the British
Broadcasting Corp.and ARD, a
German television network.
As U.S. officials attempt to mark
the fourth anniversary of the war
this week by projecting an overly
optimistic view of life in Iraq, more
than half of the residents of the
country say they try to avoid walk-
ing by public buildings because of
their fear of suicide bombings, they
stay away from markets and
crowded places and except for the
largely independent Kurds in the
North, are not optimistic about
their future.
The opinion poll, released this
week, is extremely valuable
because traditionally, Americans
measure progress or the lack of it
by how many of its soldiers are
killed or maimed in war. This sur-
vey tells the story of the war from
the perspectives of the people most


affected the Iraqis themselves.
"When I go out, my family calls
me every five minutes or whenever
there is an explosion there are
many to see if I am still alive. It's
worry, worry all the time," Zaid
Hisham, a 29-year-old Shiite engi-
neer, told USA Today. "You can't
see your future, and you can't even
try to put an outline for your
future."
A majority of residents say life is
better for them than before the
invasion, though that margin is
slipping. By a margin of 43 percent
to 36 percent, Iraqis said life was
better than before the invasion. In
November 2005, the figure was 51
percent to 29 percent.
As optimism fades in Iraq, U.S.
public opinion has turned against
the war, largely because of initial
claims that weapons of mass
destruction the pretext for going
to war proved to be false. More
than 3,200 U.S. troops have been
killed and spending is approaching
$500 billion, with predictions that
it could exceed $1 trillion. Initially,
almost 75 percent of Americans
supported the invasion. The latest
public opinion surveys show that
opposition to the war is now at 60
percent.
In Iraq, the U.S. presence is
being viewed almost as much of a
problem as it is a solution.
According to the poll of Iraqis, 44
percent say U.S. or allied forces
have been involved in unnecessary
violence nearby.
Most do not feel safe.
"I don't feel safe, even at my
home," Munaf Mahmood Lafta, a
Sunni taxi driver, told USA Today.
"My brother was taken from his


house by people wearing Iraqi
commando uniforms. That was on
Jan. 12, 2006, and we don't know
where he is even now. My mother
died from her sadness. So where is
the safety you speak about? No
safety at all and no security not in
our neighborhood, nor in my
house."
Public opinion in Iraq is not uni-
versal, varying by religious and
ethnic affiliations.
Kurds, 15 to 20 percent of the
population concentrated in the
North, report the fewest problems,
according to the survey. Shiites,
who are about 60 percent of the
population and suffered the most
under Saddam Hussein, are hopeful
and Sunni Arabs, about 15 or 20
percent of the population and
favored by the former dictator,
expressed the most desperation,
according to USA Today.
Followed by a weekend of anti-
war protests, Iraq received
increased attention this week as the
House of Representatives considers
measures to cut funding for the war
and set a firm pullout date of Sept.
1, 2008. A $124 billion spending
bill under consideration would
appropriate $95.5 billion for the
wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Even if it passes the House, the
measure is not expected to be
approved by the Senate.
Two months ago, Bush ordered
21,000 additional troops to the
troubled war zone. On Monday, he
said: "It can be tempting to look at
the challenges in Iraq and conclude
that our best option is to pack up
and go home. While that may be
satisfying in the short run, the con-
sequences for American security


would be disastrous."
However, Democrats, who
regained control of Congress large-
ly because of voter dissatisfaction
with a seemingly intractable war,
.feel pressured to change the course.
Still, they are reluctant to move
boldly for fear of being portrayed
as not supporting combat troops.
Just how they react to Bush's threat
to veto any bill that would establish
a pullout date may well determine
whether they win back the White
House in the 2008 election.
George E. Curry is editor-in-chief of
the NNPA News Service and
BlackPressUSA.com.


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SPoliticians Punk

Out When it Comes

by to Reparations
I by William Reed
thWhen will Black American voters figure out
: ;that they've been sold out by inept politicians?

It's no question that during 235 years of
enslavement wages not paid to African
:' Americans' fore parents total over $1.4 trillion.
Slavery was fundamental to America's evolution into a world economic
power. So, how much sense does it make for black elected officials in
Virginia, Georgia, Missouri and Delaware to let those states' inheritors of
America's wealth off with benign "apologies" for slavery and no money?
Black elected officials have become so ensconced in the system that
they've completely retreated on issues directly affecting blacks. Through
compromise and personal reward, they've bought into the "establishment"
to the point they forsake politics that advance the lives and situations of
constituents. The state cases illustrate how black politicians fail to lever-
age their access, power, and resources for us.
Declaring that, "It is time for Georgia, one of the major stake-holders in
slavery, to say it's sorry," Rep. Tyrone Brooks introduced a bill proposing
that Georgia apologize for its role in slavery and segregation. Brooks'
measure comes on the heels of Virginia's resolution, supported b\ black
legislators that expressed "regret over slavery". Though they didn't even
get a full apology, the momentum of Virginia's "success" has black legis-
lators in other states considering similar idiotic proposals.
"It's something that's very heartfelt to me as a decedent of a slave. as a
person who witnesses the residual effects of slavery," said Rep. Tajbdm El-
Amin in his sponsorship of House Resolution 26, which gets Nlissouri to
apologize for its role in slavery. El-Amin says his bill "...begins the heal-
ing process .." But how and when do we complete the process.
The I S. government's first reparations plan to compensate African-
Americans for the legacy of slavery was 40 acres and a mule. In Gen.
William Sherman's promise to former slaves shortly after the Civil War, he
gave an order that set aside land on the Georgia and South Carolina coasts
for the settlement of newly freed families. Over 40,000 freed slaves settled
there, but President Lincoln's successor Andrew Johnson rescinded the
federal government's promise and reversed the reparations. Since
Sherman's promise, the issue has been revisited time and again; sadly El-
Amin's Missouri proposal will be met with disclaimers from the state's
elite, who will finally capitulate in the form of "sorry, but no check". In
1963 Martin Luther King Jr. said Sherman's promise was "a check which
has come back marked 'insufficient funds.'"
Hopefully, Delaware State Senator Margaret Rose Henry has the sense
to pursue cash money min her state Delaware is ripe to do right. It was a
slave-holding state up to the start o the Ciil jar. It was also a "border
state," with an abolitionist movement centered in Wilmington and sla\e-
owning interest in southern farm areas In 1S61. President Abraham
Lincoln tried to use Delar are as a test case for a plan he hoped % would avoid
war. He asked Delaware's Legislature to free all the state's slaes. In
return, the federal government 'iiuld reimburse each owner '5001 for each
freed slave. Delaw\are's la\makcrs did not jct ion the offer. Lincoln's "lest
case" crumbled and the w ar began.
Before Senator HlenrN caoles the Delaware Legislature into another
apology. to that state's blacks, she should take note of what Permanent
Court of Iniernational Justice sa\ 'o freparati'nsn. "...must. .s far as pos-
sible, v ipe out all the consequence- of the illeLeal act and reestablish the sit-
uation %which would. in all probabilnt. ha\e e\isted if that act had not been
committed Restitution in kind or. if this is not possible. patient of a sum
corresponding to the \alue \hluch re-tirution in kind would bear, etc....
If black legislators are going to' do anything about reparations for sla%-
ery, at least let it Neld more thjn Ihollow apologies. .1X muinilum. the deal
proposed b. conserati\e colhunist Charles Krauthammer A one-time
cash pay ment of $1100,000 for eter black fainil. of four. to be financed
through a 75-cent gas tax over 10 1,ears. In return blacks would relinquish
all claims for programs of racial preference


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IAndrew Jackson High School Crowns New Royal Court


Robert Clark
Wrongly

Convicted Man

Faces Payday
A Georgia man imprisoned for
25 years after being wrongly
convicted of rape may get $1.2
million in restitution from the
State of Georgia, according to
The Atlanta Journal-
Constitution. Robert Clark, who
was convicted of the 1981 rape,
is getting support in his bid from
a Republican representative,
Rep. Larry O'Neal (R-Warner
Robins). O'Neal says that Clark,
who was cleared by DNA evi-
dence, was convicted and
imprisoned through no fault of
his own. Clark's initial plea to
the Claims Advisory Board
resulted in a recommendation to
pay him, but the state Legislature
will now decide the amount of
restitution Clark will receive.
The award would cover lost
wages, damages to his personal
reputation and other damages.


SI,;

Shown above is the 2007-2008 Court Kristen Fritz, Alex Finley, Jasmine Singletary, Miss Andrew Jackson
Shanequa Taylor, Mr. Andrew Jackson Cameron Frazier, Sarah Johnson and Christopher Williams.


by Dana Maule
"I just felt the presence of God
and I was so happy," Taylor said.
Her reaction to hearing her name
announced was like the response of
a newly redeemed saint being filled
with the Holy spirit, jumping and
shouting and crying "thank you."
Taylor said that the first thing she
wanted to do as Miss Andrew


Jackson is work for students to par-
ticipate in more conferences and go
on more trips. Her goal is to win
Vice-president of Student
Government and gain even more
access to decision making authority.
Frazier and Taylor both gave
credit to their parents for the suc-
cess they had gained that night.
Taylor wasn't able to speak with her


mother directly after she won due to
photographers and classmates stop-
ping her for pictures, but she new
her mother was proud.
Frazier's mother was in atten-
dance and his father was there in
spirit. Frazier's father died when he
was younger, but Frazier said he
knew his father would be very
happy as he sobbed and tried to


Harold Ford Lands FOX Gig as Commentator


Former Cong. Harold Ford
The Congressional Black Caucus


announced that it has given two of
its four presidential debates to
CNN, and is in talks with FOX
News to carry the remaining two,
reports Variety.
The CBC will host two debates
for 2008 Democratic hopefuls and
two for the Republican 2008 candi-
dates, and had been speaking with
various networks to broadcast the
events and cover production costs.
So far it said CNN will host one
of the Democratic debates, to be
held in South Carolina in January.
Meanwhile, the CBC is being


pressured not to associate with
FOX News by Colorofchange.org,
an online advocacy group with
backing from MoveOn.org. As pre-
viously reported, MoveOn success-
fully pressured the Nevada
Democrats into dropping Fox as co-
sponsor of a debate in August.
However, Fox has a history with the
CBC, sponsoring a Democratic
debate the group held in the 2004
election cycle.
FOX has been pushing hard to
carry a Democratic debate to count-
er its reputation'of being- a' right --


leaning news organization. Perhaps
the sentiment was behind the cable
channel's latest hire, former
Congressman Harold Ford, Jr.
The Tennessee Democrat will be
under contract with FOX News to
provide political commentary and
analysis on international events and
the 2008 election.
Ford is currently serving as
Professor of Public Policy at
Vanderbilt, Chairman of the
Democratic Leadership Council
and Vice Chairman of Merrill
,Lynch


wipe away tears that were falling
faster than he could catch them.
Frazier won best talent for a
poem he wrote about his father. He
spoke of the times they shared
when he was a little boy and even
used his fathers Kawasaki motorcy-
cle as a prop. Taylor's talent was a
song and dance to Dorothy
Dandridge, "I've got rhythm."
Other titles won by Frazier were:
Most number and dollar amount of
Ad's sold, Mr. Congeniality and
Highest GPA. Taylor won the titles
of Miss Congeniality and Most
photogenic.
The competition was tough. The
activities director said that this
years' pageant was unique from pre-
vious years. "This is the first year
that we combined the men and
women's pageant. It saved us time
and money by doing it on one night
with everyone here together. It is
also the first year we have a live
band play the opening number,"
Ferreira said.
The roaring Jackson Tiger march-
ing band opened the pageant with
the pledge of allegiance and
Beyonce's "You must not know


'bout me."
The requirements also changed
from previous years. For any stu-
dent to participate, they had to
maintain a 3.0 GPA and be in good
standing with code of conduct. The
contestants exemplified brains as
well as beauty.
Miss Andrew Jackson 2006-2007
Jacarie Cuyler presented the crown
to Frazier and Taylor alone in the
absence of Adrian Williams, Mr.
Andrew Jackson 2006-2007. She
made an emotional departure from
the position saying, I thank all of
the haters as well as my true
friends," in her farewell speech.
Other title winners include:
Jasmine Singletary most number
of Ad's sold, Angelica Ealy most
dollar amount of Ad's sold,
Christopher Williams most photo-
genic, Angelica Ealy highest GPA,
Jasmine Singletary best talent,
Kristen Fitz 3rd runner up,
Jasmine Singletary 2nd runner up,
Sarah Johnson 1st runner up to
Miss Andrew Jackson, Alex Finley
2nd runner up and Christopher
Williams 1st runner up to Mr.
Andrew Jackson.


White to Chair Florida's

State Commission on Women


Jacksonville's
own Norma
White has been
tapped to serve
as The Florida
0 Commission's
l on the Status of
W omen
(FCSW) as the
White chair for the
2007-2008 year.
No stranger to leadership roles, Dr.
White is a former Supreme
Basileus of Alpha Kappa Alpha
Sorority, Inc. and is currently
President of the Bold City Chpater
of Links, Inc.
Joining white on the Board is
Claudia Kirk Barto, Vice-Chair;
Susanne Hebert, Treasurer; Thelma
Crump, Secretary; Laura McLeod,
,, Member ,atLarge; and ,M Flore
Lindor-Latortue, Member at Large.


The FCSW is a nonpartisan board
consisting of 22 members appoint-
ed by the Governor, President of the
Senate, Speaker of the House, and
members of the Florida Cabinet,
statutorily created in 1991 and
administratively housed in the
Office of the Attorney General .
The Commission is dedicated to
empowering women, eliminating
barriers to achievement, and recog-
nizing women's accomplishments.
White was originally appointed
2000 by Insurance Commissioner
Bill Nelson and received her sec-
ond appointment in 2004 by
President of the Senate Jim King.
Commissioner White worked in the
Duval County School District for
37 years, serving as band director,
assistant principal, magnet coordi-
nator and musicpsupervisor.


What's about to become


Florida history?


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Join Mayor Peyron and the City of Jacksonville in celebration of the

FIFTEENTH* ANNUAL


WORLD


MARCH 30 APRIL 1, 2007
METROPOLITAN PARK Jacksonville, Florida, USA


Pack your bags and join the City of Jacksonville for an expedition to
remember with over 30 countries from around the world!

Friday, March 30 5 9 p.m.
International Parry FREE ADMISSION
7 p.m. Duval County Children's Chorus


Saturday, March 31 10 a.m. 8 p.m.
10 a.m. Naturalization Ceremony
2 p.m. Parade of Flags


Sunday, April 1 Noon 6 p.m.


Tickers are available or the following locations:
Metropolitan Park Gate (Saturday and Sunday only)
Local multicultural organizations


USA PAVILION ONCE UPON A TIME; THE OLD WEST
Experience roping demonstrations
Ride a mechanical bull
Learn how to lasso Pan for gold
Horses, western crafts and more!


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New Fountain Chapel Calling All Resurrection Baptist Church Christian St. Andrew Missionary Baptist Celebrates


Leona Daniel's Day Participants
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.

St. Joseph United Methodist to
Celebrate Dual Day, March 25th
St. Joseph United Methodist Church, 925 Spearing Street, Rev. Neo
Garvin, Pastor; invites the community to join them for the celebration of
"Dual Day" at 10 a.m., on Sunday, March 25, 2007. Rev. James Graham,
Associate Minister of New Bethel AME Church will deliver the message.
Everyone is invited
Bro. Melvin Alston Jr. and Sis. Almetya J. Lodi, Chairpersons.

Second Missionary Baptist to Observe
its 20th Homecoming Celebration
Second Missionary Baptist Church, State & Davis St. (at 1-95), Rev.
Odell Smith Jr., Pastor; invites the community to share in the 20th Annual
Churchwide Homecoming on Sunday, March 25, 2007. Special friends and
family coming back home will be welcomed. "Demonstrating Our Love for
God through Actions and Attitudes" (John 15:12-13) is the theme.
The esteemed Pastor of Greater Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, Green
Cove Springs; will be the guest speaker at the 11 a.m. service.
On Saturday, March 24th, everyone is invited to a "Family Fellowship
Picnic" from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., on the Church grounds There will be fun,
games, competitive challenges for prizes, and dinner will be available for a
small donation.

St. James AME of O.P. to Observe
Family & Friends Day March 25th
The St. James AME Church of Orange Park will celebrate its Annual
Family and Friends Day on Sunday, March 25, 2007. The speaker for the
11 a.m. Service will be Channel 12 News Anchor Mark Spain. Rev. Marvin
C. Zanders II, Pastor of St. Paul AME Church, will be 4 p.m. speaker.
Everyone is invited to come and be blessed.


Center to hold Women's Conference
The women of Resurrection Baptist Church Christian Center, 6046
Moncrief Road West, Rev. Glenn F. Foreman Sr., Pastor; will host their
First Annual Women's Conference, Friday, March 23rd at 7 p.m.; Saturday,
March 24, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and on Sunday, March 25 beginning with
Church School at 9 a.m. The Closing Service will be at 4 p.m., on Sunday,
March 25th. Anointed Women of God will speak at each service.
The theme for this First Annual Women's Conference: Prayer, Praise and
Power! The Focus topic will be "Keeping It Real" for Single and Married
Women.
Sis. Renee Jordan, of Mt. Herman; Pastor A. I. Jordan, Sis. Hazel
Mitchell of First Coast Christian Ministries; Pastor Thomas Mitchell Sr.
and Sis. Charmayne Austin of Rice Bano, Georgia; will speak on Saturday,
March 24th. Lunch will be provided at no charge. Casual dress will be
appropriate on Saturday. Spring colors are invited.
First Lady Cheryl Foreman, Sis. Yo'lando Rogers Matron Chiquanda
Foreman of Resurrection Baptist Church Christian Center will be the
speakers at the 10:45 a.m. service on Sunday, March 25th. Pastor Dee Black
of Total Praise Christian Ministry.


St. Paul Palm Sunday Parade
Saint Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church will be celebrating Palm
Sunday with a Palm Sunday Re-enactment parade on April 1st beginning at
9:30 a.m. The parade will begin at the intersection of new Kings Road and
Soutel Drive and proceed down New Kings Road to St. Paul AME Church.
For more information, call Rev. Kenneth Carter at the church office.

2nd Missionary Baptist to Observe
its 20th Annual Homecoming
Second Missionary Baptist Church, State & Davis St. (at 1-95), Rev.
Odell Smith Jr., Pastor; invites the community to share in the 20th Annual
Churchwide Homecoming on Sunday, March 25, 2007. Special friends and
family coming back home will be welcomed. "Demonstrating Our Love for
God through Actions and Attitudes" (John 15:12-13) is the theme.
The esteemed Pastor of Greater Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, Green
Cove Springs; will be the guest speaker at the 11 a.m. service.
On Saturday, March 24th, everyone is invited to a "Family Fellowship
Picnic" from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., on the Church grounds There will be fun,
games, competitive challenges for prizes, and dinner will be available for a
small donation.


Church & Pastor's Anniversary
St. Andrew Missionary Baptist Church, 2600 West 45th Street, Rev.
Henry Rivers, Pastor; will close its 29th Annual Church and Pastor's
Anniversary on Sunday, March 25th at 4 p.m., and Thursday, March 29th.
The theme: "And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we
reap, if we faint not." (Galatian 6:verse 9) Churches throughout the city will
be in charge of the services. The Pastor, Officers and Members of St.
Andrew Missionary Baptist Church invite you to come share in this cele-
bration. Sis. Addie Fuse, Chairperson; Sis. Jacquline Flowers, Co-
Chairperson.

BBIC Youth Fashion Show & Brunch
The Bethel Baptist Institutional Church Youth Ministry will present "A
Walk in the Park" fashion Show and Brunch on Saturday, March 24, 2007
beginning at 11 am at the BeTheLite Conference Center, located on
Arlington Expressway. Tickets are $15 and include brunch during intermis-
sion. Contact LaToya Grant at 904-805-0802 to purchase tickets or for
more information. Proceeds benefit the Youth's Summer Mission Trip.

Singles Conference 2007
The Fellowship Of Consecrated United Singles invite the public to the
2007 singles Conference April 29-31,2007 held at the West Jacksonville
Church located at 3838 Firestone Road on the Westside. Guest Speaker will
be Sharon Riley of Orlando Fl. Workshops on Thursday & Friday begin at
6:30p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m. For more information or to register, call
904-771-1866 ext 21 or email westjaxsingles @yahoo.com.

The Seven Last Words of Christ
Saint Phillips Episcopal Church will present The Seven Last Words of
Christ, a sacred cantata for soli, chorus and orchestra by Theodore Dubis,
featured organist Henry Mack. The free concert will be held on Good
Friday, April 6th at 7 p.m. The church is located ta 321 West Union Street.
Rev. Hugh Chapman Rector.

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9:30 a.m. Sunday School


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5755 Ramona Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32205 904-781-9393
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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 Ist Sunday at 4:50 p.m.


Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Jr.
Senior Pastor


Pastor Ernie Murray
Welcomes you!


Join Us for One of Our Services
SUNDAY
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.

TUESDAY
Bible Study 7:00 p.m.

WEDNESDAY
Noon Day Worship

THURSDAY
Youth Church 7:00 p.m.


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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
**FREE TUTORING FOR YOUTH IN ENGLISH, SCIENCE,
HISTORY AND MATH EVERY TUESDAY 6:30 8 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


Central Campus
(1-10 & Lane Avenue)
Homecoming March 25th
Join us for at 10 a.m.
"Countdown to the Generations"
Music Drama *Video


*Testimonies *Dinner on Grounds Pastor Garry & Kim Wiggins

Southwest Campus Clay County
Hwy 218, across from Wilkinson Jr. High
March 25th
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a COGIC Presiding Bishop G.E. Patterson Passes


Mamie Davis and Lee Lomax enjoy the George Will VIP reception at
the University of North Florida last week.
Pulitzer Prize-winning Columnist

George Will Enlightens UNF Audience


The University of North Florida
presented Pulitzer Prize-winning
columnist and Newsweek essayist
George Will Tuesday, March 13,ib
a free lecture held on campus. He
discussed "The Political Argument
Today" to a sold-out crowd. The
lecture was part of the Presidential
Lecture Series,.
Will brings the headlines to life


for his audiences, providing pene-
trating and forthright commentary
on the current American political
and economic scene. His newspa-
per column, which won a Pulitzer
Prize in 1997, has been syndicated
by The Washington Post for over 30
years and appears twice weekly in
just under 500 newspapers across
the United States and Europe.


MEMPHIS, Tenn. G. E. Patterson,
presiding bishop of the Church of
God in Christ and a minister for
almost 50 years, died Tuesday of
heart failure. He was 67.
Patterson acknowledged in 2005
that he was being treated for
prostate cancer. At the 99th annual
COGIC Holy Convocation last
November, he said he had consid-
ered stepping down from his post
as leader of the Memphis-based
denomination, but changed his
mind after receiving an outpouring
of support.
"If my body being afflicted can


get us back to where God wants us
to be, then I'm willing to suffer,"
said Patterson, who then received a
standing ovation.
Bishop Patterson had been a
Gospel minister for over 40 years.
He founded Temple of Deliverance
in 1975 and 25 years later, the
Temple of Deliverance Church of
God in Christ has more than
13,000 members. Patterson served
as the leader of the fourth-largest
Protestant religious denomination
in the world with an estimated
membership of 6.5 million mem-
bers. He led the denomination


since November 2000.
In January, he won the traditional
male vocalist of the year honor for
his "Singing the Old Time Way
Volume 2" at the 22nd annual
Stellar Awards.
He was born in Humboldt, Tenn.,
and was ordained as an elder in the
church in 1957 in Detroit.
He was a contributing writer in
the Spirit Filled Life Bible.
Patterson was the editor and pub-
lisher of the Bountiful Blessings
Magazine with a distribution list of
more than 100-thousand individu-
als.


Bishop GE. Patterson


continued from front
Questioning whether some of the
funding is "wasteful government
spending", U. S. Sen. Robert C.
Byrd (D-W. Va.), chair of the
Senate Appropriations Committee
says he aims to place a moratorium
on earmarks until the process for
getting them is reformed.
If Byrd, an ex-Klansman now
known as a conservative Democrat,
follows through with a bill that
passes both Houses, programs such
as Boys and Girls clubs and Call
Me Mister, which provides entice-
ments to Black men to teach in pub-
lic schools, could be severely


affected, says Clyburn.
Earmarks specifically designed to
win favor with constituents or
assure reappointments to the
Appropriations Committee by satis-
fied colleagues are often called
"pork barrel politics."
"It's wasteful government spend-
ing when we earmark to the Boys
and Girls Clubs or other programs,
but it's not wasteful programs when
they use this money to put in new
water systems for their [posh] com-
munities," says Clyburn.
The non-partisan Office of
Management and Budget has not
released the number and cost of ear-


Rev. Jeremiah Wright Warned Obama of Church Ties


Continued from front
Two decades later, Obama himself
would be Wright's topic of the day
- but not for reasons either man
would have hoped.
At a recent Sunday service, fol-
lowing media coverage of Obama's
last-minute decision not to have
Wright speak at the senator's presi-
dential announcement last month,
Wright warned his flock not to
believe any reports of a rift between
him and the church's best-known
member.
"Barack and I are fine," Wright,
65, on an out-of-state trip, said in a
recorded message played to about
2,000 attendees. "The press is not to
be trusted. ... Don't let somebody
outside our camp divide us."
The erudite if blunt-speaking pas-


tor also said Obama had apologized
for withdrawing the invitation to
speak at the Feb. 10 announcement
in Springfield.
Obama had taken "some bad
advice from some of his own cam-
paign people who thought it would
not be a good idea for me to be in
front of the cameras on the day he
announced," Wright said, adding
that he and Obama had "moved on."
Wright attended the announcement,
but he did not speak.
His impassioned comments came
after some conservatives ques-
tioned Obama's links to Trinity,
which embraces what it calls a
"Black Value System." Others criti-
cized Obama for appearing to dis-
tance himself from the church and
its leader.


Obama campaign spokesman Bill
Burton said that's not the case.
"The senator appreciates the con-
tinued prayers of his pastor,"
Burton said, adding in a statement
that the invitation to Wright was
withdrawn because Obama wanted
to "avoid having statements and
beliefs being used out of context
and forcing the entire church to
defend itself."
Wright declined to comment.
But in an interview with PBS's
"Religion & Ethics Newsweekly"
recorded just before Obama's
February announcement, Wright
said he warned the senator that their
association could pose political
problems, partly because of his his-
tory of supporting Palestinian caus-
es.


Wright also told The New York
Times in an interview published
March 6: "When his (Obama's) ene-
mies find out that in 1984 I went to
Tripoli" with Nation of Islam leader
Louis Farrakhan to visit Libyan
leader Moammar Gadhafi, "a lot of
his Jewish support will dry up
quicker than a snowball in hell."
The roughly 8,000-member
church has often championed liber-
al causes, from gay rights to oppo-
sition to the Iraq war. It also empha-
sizes its African roots and asks
parishioners to accept the "Black
Value System," which includes
tenets such as "commitment to the
black family," "dedication to the
pursuit of education" and one critics
have seized upon "disavowal of
the pursuit of 'middleclassness."'


marks since 2005 as expected by
Congress last week. Speculation
among some members is that the
White House may have asked the
OMB to withhold the report to save
face for high-powered Republicans
who just lost control of Congress.
The earmarks issue was just one
priority brought before the publish-
ers on Capital Hill for Black Press
Week as nearly a dozen Black
Caucus members and House
Speaker Nancy Pelosi greeted the
group, whose newspapers serve
cities around the nation.
Pelosi, the nation's first female
Speaker of the House, touted her
record appointments of Black
chairs, subcommittee chairs; plus
Lorraine Miller of Texas, the first
African-American to serve as
House Clerk. "She's going to do a
job even expanding diversity in the
powerful position that she has,"
says Pelosi.
The CBC, chaired by Carolyn
Cheeks Kilpatrick (D-Mich.) has 43
members, representing more than
40 million Americans in 26 states.
CBC members serve as heads of
five committees, 17 subcommittees.
As majority whip, Clybur is large-
ly responsible for communicating
the Democratic perspective on bills
and issues so that his colleague
understands and votes accordingly.
Even when Democrats fall short
of support for the vision of the
CBC, the group of 40 voting mem-
bers now wields more power than


ever, points out Rep. Al Green.
"We really want to dispel this
myth that the Congressional Black
Caucus is the conscience of
America because it's leading
America," Green says. "You need
218 to get anything past here, but
it's a very strong 40 votes that voted
100 percent on minimum wage, 100
percent on student loans."
From legislation to help victims
of Hurricane Katrina to health care
to the "prison pipeline" (too many
Blacks in prison) pointed out by
Virgin Islands Del. Donna
Christian-Christiansen and Danny
K. Davis (D-Ill.), CBC members
and Pelosi asked the Black publish-
ers to educate their readers about
what the CBC is doing on the Hill.
"We can do this. But, we have to
win the support of the American
people. And we have to show that
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Jacksonville's
Connection to the
Harlem Renaissance
Visit The Jacksonville Public
(Main) Library on March 24th,
from 10-11:00AM for a discussion
highlighting the art of the Harlem
Renaissance presented by the
Cummer Museum of Art and
Garden in junction with the Walter
O. Evans Collection of African
American Exhibit. For more infor-
mation call 630-0731.

Young Peoples
Etiquette Workshop
Building Blocks for Your Future",
a workshop for young men and
women from 13-18 will be offered
on Saturday, March 24th from 9:20
a.m. to 3:30 p.m.at the HOPE
Center located at 435 Clark Road.
Motivational and professional
speakers will be on hand to discuss
self esteem, peer pressure, health
and sexual awareness, etiquette and
more. Breakfast and lunch will also
be served. To register or for more
information, call 766-7862.

Mayor's Book Club
Annual Museum Hop
Families with children currently
enrolled in the Mayor's Book Club
will receive free admission to four
Jacksonville Museums which will
feature literacy-themed activities,
crafts and story times throughout
the day, Saturday, March 24th, from
10:00 2:00PM.
The locations are: The Cummer
Museum of Arts and Gardens, The
Ritz Theater and LaVilla Museum,
the Museum of Contempory Art ,
and the Jacksonville Museum of
Science and History (MOSH) 1025
Museum Circle.

March Super
Health Jamboree
On Saturday, March 24th, the
Community Affairs at Shands'
Jacksonville will sponsor the March
Super Health Jamboree to enlighten
citizens about the leading health


concerns and related disparities.
The event will be held at the
Jacksonville Municipal Stadium in
the Terrace Suite from 10:00AM -
2:00PM and promises to be greater
than the 2005 Super Health Fair
hosted by Shands during the Super
Bowl festivities.

Holocaust
Remembrance Exhibit
The Jacksonville Main Library
will host a special exhibit on the
Holocaust entitled "Letters to Sala".
The event will be held on Sunday,
March 25th from 2- 4 p.m. at the
Main Library in downtown
Jacksonville. Attendees will be
enlightened and inspired by corre-
spondence that is an unforgettable
account of one Jewish family's WW
II experience set within the Nazi
labor camp system.

World of Nations
The City of Jacksonville will pres-
ent the 15th Annual World of
Nations Celebration March 29 -
April 1st at Metropolitan Park. The
event celebrates the many diverse
cultures of the First Coast and
throughout the world. For more
information call 630-3690.

College Awareness
Night featuring
Nat Glover
The University of North Florida
will be hosting a College Awareness
event for students, grades 8-12 and
their parents at The All People
International Church located 1993
West Edgewood Ave., on Thursday,
March 29th, from 6:30 8:00PM.
Former Sheriff Nat Glover will be
the keynote speaker.

Fred Hammond on Tour
Fred Hammond 25th Anniversary
Tour will make a stop at the
Abysinnia MBC on March 30th.
The church is located on Clark
Road from 7-10:30 PM. Hammond
will perform selections from his
new "Free to Worship". For more
info call (904) 962-7284.


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FCCJ Wise
Woman Series
The FCCJ Rosanne Hartwell
Women's Center will host a work-
shop, luncheon and book signing
event for author of "I Am
Beautiful", Winnie Winfrey. Her
book looks at today's standard of
beauty. This event will be held
March 30th, from 11:30AM until
3:00PM at FCCJ Deerwood Center,
9911 Old Baymeadows Rd. For
reservation information call (904)
633-8292.

2007 Masonic
Grand Lodge Session
On Friday, March 30th April
1st, The Most Worshipful Union
Masonic Grand Lodge; Most
Ancient & Honorable Fraternity of
Free and Accepted Masons, Prince
Hall Affiliated, Florida & Belize,
Central America Jurisdiction will
present the 2007 Grand Lodge
Session from 12:00PM 12:00AM
at the Masonic Temple located 410
Broad Street, Jacksonville, FL.

Miles Jaye
Performing Live
On Saturday, March 31st, The
Women's Cafe, located 2500
Atlantic Ave. in Femandina Beach,
FL will present the 21st Century
Woman "Empowered to Make
Change." Come and experience an
evening of enlightenment and
entertainment with national Jazz
and R&B recording artist Miles
Jaye with Event Hostess, Angela
Spears First Coast News Reporter
from 5:15 9:00 PM. For ticket
information contact Joyce Jones at
(904) 548-0377 or Katrina Wheeler
(904) 415-2491.

"The Bible
Experience" Event
The Ritz Theater & LaVilla
Museum will present "The Bible
Experience" a free event on March
31st. The powerful presentation


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speakers (local church leaders, city
officials and actors) is an explorato-
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Hattie Dandridge
Queen Contest
The Hattie C. Dandridge Grand
Guild of Florida PHA will have its'
Annual Queen Contest on Monday,
April 2nd at 410 Broad Street. The
public is invited to attend the free
event where dinner will be served.

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,
April 5th. Call 632-5555 for more
information.

4th Annual "All
White Boat Ride"
The Clown Unit will host the 4th
Annual "All White Boat Ride" on
Friday April 6th. All aboard The
Lady St. John (behind Chart
House), boarding time 7:00 PM,
Appropriate dress is required to
sail. Advanced ticket purchase
required. Call Lou 233-2007 or Jeff
458-6061 for ticket information.

"Voices"Stage Play
A musical stage play & comedy is
coming to The Florida Theatre on
April 6th and 7th. The theatre is
located 128 E. Forsyth St. 3-
11:00PM. This baby mamma
drama will speak to issues of moral-
ity and maturity through tears and
laughter. For more information call
(904) 355-2787.

Funk Fest
The Funk Fest is coming to
Metropolitan Park on April 7th.
Entertainment will kick off at
5:00PM- until 12:00AM featuring
MC Lyte, Frankie Beverly and
Maze, Lakeside and Anthony
Hamilton.
3rd Annual Spring
Fever Family Festival
Children and families in Northeast
Florida looking for some Easter
fun, here's your opportunity. The
3rd Annual Spring Fever hosted by
Adventure Landing to benefit the
Boys and Girls Clubs ofNE FL will
be held Saturday, April 7th, from
9:00AM 4:00PM at Adventure
Landing, 1944 Beach Blvd. 32250.
There will be an Easter Egg Hunt,
Carnival Games, a Children's
Bouncy House and more. For more
information call (904) 246-4386.

FCCJ Kent
Campus "Job Fair"
FCCJ Kent Campus Career
Development Center located at
3939 Roosevelt Boulevard, will
host a job fair April 11th, at
1:00PM. This event will be open to
job seekers, employers and


recruiters. Space for employment
recruiters is on a first come- first
served basis. For reservation infor-
mation call (904) 381-3594.

"The Wiz"
Stage Aurora presents "The Wiz"
the story of a young girl whisked
away from home to the mystical
Land of Oz. The production will be
held on April 13th, at the FCCJ
North Campus Zeke Bryant
Auditorium.

The Jacksonville
Jazz Festival
The Jacksonville Jazz Festival
opens April 13th 15th, and will
feature the dynamic talents of
Wayman Tisdale, Chuck Mangione,
Diane Reeves, George Benson, Al
Jarreau, Diane Schurr and more.
For tickets or scheduling check out
coj.net or call 355-2787.

1st Annual Fashion
Extravaganza
On Friday, April 13th Fashion
Forward KAB and UnderDAScope
Entertainment will present a festive
play and fashion show at the
Ramona Pavilion from 6:30 -
11:00PM. This evening promises a
fusion of fashion, comedy, drama
and musical entertainment. For
ticket information call (904) 894-
7128.

FAMU Alumni
Monthly Meeting
The Jacksonville Chapter of the
FAMU Alumni Association will
host it's monthly meeting at Ribualt
High School Band Room at 10:00 -
11:00AM on Saturday, April 14th.
For more information call Godfrey
Jenkins at (904) 910-7829.

ExZooberation
The Jacksonville Zoo will host it
12th annual ExZooberation Fund
Raising Gala on April 14th at 6:30
p.m.. The theme for the event will
be, "A Garden Party On the Wild
Side". The event will be held at the
zoo located at 8605 Zoo Parkway
off of Hecksher Drive. For ticket
information call 757-4463 ext. 196.

Marcus Stroud
Golf Tournament
Jacksonville Jaguar and3x Pro
Bowler Marcus Stroud invites the
community to participate in the 2nd
Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament
on April 16th at Queen Harbor
Yacht & Country Club. The event
will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Join
Stroud and his teammates benefit-
ting ongoing projects of the Marcus
Stroud Foundation. For more infor-
mation call (404) 457-6341.


Leadership Jax
Celebration of Service
Leadership Jacksonville's
Celebration 2007 honoring
Community Trustees will honor
Bob Helms, Wachovia, Peter
Rummell, The St. Joe Company and
Madeline Scales-Taylor, Mayo
Clinic. The event will be held on
Thursday, April 26, 2007, at the
Prime F. Osborn Convention Center
from 6:15 p.m. 9:00 p.m. Master
of Ceremonies is Chamber of
Commerce President Wally Lee.
For tickets call 396-6263.

Stanton/ Stanton
Vocational Gala
The 1 st Annual Stanton Gala is set
for April 28th, at the Prime
Osborne Convention Center at
6:00PM. Come one! Come all! If
you have any former association
with Old Stanton, New Stanton or
Stanton Vocational you won't want
to miss this. For information please
call Kenneth Reddick (904) 764-
8795. No tickets will be sold at the
door.

An Evening of Taste
An evening of fine wine, food and
good times benefiting Children's
Home Society of Florida will be
held at Matthew's of San Marco
Sunday, April 29 from 5:30 8 p.m.
Guests will delight in an intimate
setting with fine wine as they sam-
ple some of Chef Matthew
Medure's most exclusive menu
items. They can also bid on silent
auction packages while enjoying
the sounds of a harpist.
Due to space limitations, please
call early to reserve your tickets.
For more information or tickets,
contact Nanette Vallejos at
493.7739.

20th Kuumba Festival
The 20th Kuumba Festival will be
held May 25-28, 2007 including a
Community Health Fair, Kick Off
at The Ritz Theater, annual Parade
of Kings & Queens, Opening
Celebration, Gospel In The Park ,
Workshops, Marketplace Vendors
& food. For more information visit
the website: www.kuumbafest.org.

Auntie Roz
Peanut Show
Auntie Roz Peanut Show will open
in Jacksonville March 26th 31st
at Edward Waters College in the
Milne Auditorium and the FCCJ
Downtown Campus on May 1st,
2007. This is a theatrical educa-
tional production integrating music
with reading, science and social
studies to highlight George
Washington Carver and his research
with peanuts. For more information
call (904) 713-0885.
or www.auntieroz.com.


Appeal For Your Excess Clothes
Millions More Movement,Jacksonville Local Organizing Committee
Inc.,is now in the process of gathering clothes for it's next 'Clothes Give-
A-Way.If you are in the process of cleaning out your closets for spring,or
have clothes ,shoesjackets etc.you have outgrown and want to get rid of
bring them to 916 N.Myrtle Avenue.,from 9:00 am to 5:00pm. Give them
to Jacksonville Local Organizing Committee Inc., we will make them a
part of our next scheduled Clothes Give-A-Way.Visit our
website:www.jaxloc.com for more information about us,or contact us at
904-355-0793,904-236-2469.


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TAMIA, GRANT HILL EXPECTING 2ND BABY
Singer Tamia, who was diagnosed
with multiple sclerosis, is expecting a
second baby with her husband,
Orlando Magic swingman Grant Hill,
according to sources. Tamia reported-
ly made the announcement on her
SMySpace page. She reportedly told
S People magazine, "I'm happy that the
S- secret is out because it was getting
very difficult to hide it. I performed yesterday, and I caught a glimpse of
myself in a reflection and I thought, 'Oh no, I'm going to have to talk about
this.'" Tamia and Hill already have a daughter, Myla, who is 5 years old.
Regarding her multiple sclerosis, Tamia added, "The baby is healthy;
everything is great."
PENDERGRASS CONCERT IN THE WORKS
The Teddy Pendergrass Alliance (TPA), a non-
profit organization founded by the R&B legend,
is behind a June 10 event at Philadelphia's
Kimmel Center to benefit spinal cord injury
survivors. "Teddy 25" will be hosted by come- Z
dienne Mo'Nique and will feature Patti LaBelle, .
Ruben Studdard and Stephanie Mills among the
performance lineup. Pendergrass, who was par-
alyzed from the waist down after a near-fatal
1982 car crash, will premiere a new song writ-
ten specifically for the occasion.
DATING BOBBY BROWN?
The National Enquirer is reporting that Bobby Brown is currently shop-
ping a new "Flavor of Love" style reality show called "Dating Bobby
Brown," in which a bevy of women would compete to be the singer's new
woman. A source tells the tabloid that Brown wants his contestants to have
skills in the kitchen before anything else. "Bobby believes the best way to
win a man's heart is through his stomach, so he's planning to have the
women cook for him while they parade around in thong bikinis," the
source said. The former New Edition singer is in the midst of a divorce
from his wife, Whitney Houston.
TERRENCE TURNED DOWN BY HALLE AND GABRIELLE
r In the new April issue of Essence
Magazine, on stands now, actor
Terrence Howard admits that he tried
S to talk to two Hollywood beauties,
and was ultimately shot down both
times.
S7 "I tried to talk to Halle [Berry] for a
Sbit. Didn't call me back," the married
man says in the cover story. "Tried to
talk to Gabrielle Union. Didn't call
me back, either."
Regarding his estranged wife Lori,
the star of new film "Pride" said:
S. '~The only woman I really love is my
wife. The hardest thing to do is to let
-., .'-r--. go of somebody you really care
about."
JENNIFER HUDSON AS ARETHA FRANKLIN?
The play hasn't even been cast yet, but already film studios are lining up
to adapt the upcoming musical about Aretha Franklin into a feature film,
and the Queen of Soul herself confirmed that Jennifer Hudson is among
the talent considered for the lead.
As previously reported, Franklin will work closely with the stage pro-
duction, which is scheduled to begin auditions this May in Detroit. During
interviews backstage at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction cere-
mony on Monday, Franklin was asked about the prospect of Hudson fill-
ing her shoes on screen.


Vanessa Williams Gets Hollywood Star


Many predicted Vanessa Williams
would fade into obscurity when she
gave up her Miss America crown
because of a scandal over nude pho-
tographs, but her star shone bright-
ly Monday.
Williams received the 2,331st star
on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Fellow cast members from the TV
show "Ugly Betty," in which she
plays a villainous magazine editor,
showed up to cheer for her at the
ceremony in front of the Hollywood
Roosevelt Hotel.


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Vanessa Williams posing on her
star in Los Angeles after getting a
star on the Hollywood Walk of
Fame.

Latifa Lobbies for

Detective Role
Queen Latifah has been public
about her love for the colorful
Alexander McCall Smith novel
"The No. 1 Ladies' Detective
Agency," but her warm feelings
may not be enough to convince
producers of the ilm adaptation to
cast her in the lead role.
According to Contact Music,
the Oscar-nominated actress is
currently in negotiations to play
the role of Botswanan detective
Precious Ramotswe in the film
from director Anthony
Minghella. But she's facing stiff
competition from the country's
health minister, Professor Sheila
Tlou, who has already portrayed
Ramotswe in two stage produc-
tions in the African country.
So far, Minghella's Mirage
production company has held
auditions for the part in Los
Angeles and London, as well as
Johannesburg, Gaborone and
Botswana. A Mirage spokesman
says: "(Latifah) has previously
spoken of her enthusiasm for the
book, saying, 'I adore the whole
series and all the characters.'"
In the meantime, Latifah, born
Dana Owens, will next be seen
opposite John Travolta in
"Hairspray," due in theaters July.


New Dolemite Film in the Works


discussions with several comedians
and rap stars, including Snoop
Dogg, according to the Hollywood
Reporter.
"(We are) giving enough respect
to the original and building on it,"
said Fishman, whose credits includ-
ed "Car 54, Where are You?" and


"Tapeheads." "We are going to use
some of the original one liners.
(Moore's) eminently quotable."
Fishman hopes the production will
begin in the fall. The film is set in
Los Angeles, but he said there are
discussions about shooting in New
Orleans.


"We were so happy to get
Vanessa," said Salma Hayek, the
show's executive producer. "She is
brilliant because she is so nasty on
the show, but in reality she is the
sweetest person."
Williams stepped down as the first
black Miss America in 1984 after
Penthouse magazine published
nude, explicit photographs of her
taken years earlier. In the years
since, she has sung on Broadway,
released Grammy-nominated
albums and acted on screens big


and small.
She thanked fellow "Betty" cast
members for attending the ceremo-
ny on their day off.
"I love working with these peo-
ple," she said. "I also want to thank
my family for allowing me to live
my dreams. The sun didn't shine
today, but my heart is shining."
Others who attended the ceremony
included "Betty" co-star Rebecca
Romijn and Williams' brother,
Chris, a cast member on the series
"The Wedding Bells."


R&B Singer-Songwriter



Luther Ingram Dies at 69


ST. LOUIS (AP) Luther Ingram,
the R&B singer and songwriter best
known for the hit "If Loving You Is
Wrong (I Don't Want to Be Right),"
has died. He was 69.
Ingram died Monday at a
Belleville, Ill., hospital of heart fail-
ure, friend and journalist Bernie
Hayes said Tuesday. He had suf-


fered for years from diabetes, kid-
ney disease and partial blindness,
his wife, Jacqui Ingram, said.
Ingram performed with Ike Turner
at clubs in East St. Louis, roomed
with Jimi Hendrix in New York and
was the opening act for Isaac
Hayes. He recorded through the
1980s and performed in concert


Naomi Campbell enters a Department of Sanitation facility, Monday,
March 19, 2007, in New York to begin community service as punish-
ment for having hit one of her employees. The 36-year-old.supermod-
el was expected to push a broom or mop at the Manhattan garage to
fulfill her sentence for community service for throwing a cell phone at
her maid over a pair of missing jeans.

Diva Naomi Campbell

Reports for Mop Duty

Model Naomi Campbell reports for community service duty cleaning
floors at a New York Sanitation building on Monday, according to The
New York Daily News. The area that Campbell will be cleaning is covered
in "muck" and has a stench that reaches outside the building, the paper
reports. Other sources claim that she was not allowed to wash the dirty
workman's vest she was to work in, a request that left sanitation officials
cracking up. Campbell was ordered to do community service because she
tossed a rhinestone-encrusted cell phone at her maid. The Daily News
quotes one worker at the Lower East Side Sanitation Department facility
as saying, "She won't like it. She'll be on her feet most of the day, with a
big broom, sweeping inside the garage dust, dirt, dirty liquids and
things that fall off the trucks in there. She'll do that for hours and if
there's nothing to sweep, she'll have to look busy, walk around with the
broom." The fact that the British beauty is reporting for maid duty seems
to be making a lot of people's day


Luther Ingram
until the mid-1990s, when his
health began declining.
"His instrument was his voice; his
heart and head were his inspira-
tion," said Hayes, a St. Louis jour-
nalist, disc jockey and author of
"The Death of Black Radio."
Ingram was born Nov. 30, 1937, in
Jackson, Tenn. He started writing
music and singing as a boy in a
group with his siblings after his
family moved to Alton, Ill., in 1947.
He had a five-year association
with Memphis, Tenn.-based Stax
Records during the height of its
success. In 1971, Ingram and song-
writer-performer Sir Mack Rice co-
wrote "Respect Yourself' for the
Staple Singers, which turned into
Stax's biggest hit.
Ingram recorded "If Loving You Is
Wrong (I Don't Want to Be Right),"
in. 1972 on Koko Records, which
Stax distributed. The song was No.
1 on Billboard magazine's R&B
chart and was later a hit for Barbara
Mandrell.
His other popular songs include
"Ain't That Loving You (For More
Reasons Than One)," "I'll Be Your
Shelter" and "You Never Miss Your
Water."
"He was a soft-spoken, quiet per-
son that I think relished peace," said
Deanie Parker, who spent her career
at Stax and Soulsville. "He was a
very intense singer; he took it very
seriously. When he was rehearsing,
he'd go over it and over it and seek
perfection."
A "musical visitation" will be held
Sunday at St. Augustine Catholic
Church in East St. Louis. He is to be
buried Monday at Mount Carmel
Catholic Cemetery in Belleville.


Rudy Ray Moore
Dolemite," the 1975 blaxploitation
film to end all blaxploitation films,
is about to get a 2007 upgrade.
The remake rights to the film, cre-
ated by comedian-writer-producer
Rudy Ray Moore as a parody of the
blaxploitation genre, were pur-
chased by filmmaker Bill Fishman
and will include Moore as an exec-
utive producer.
The title character is an ex-con
who joins a crew of "kung-fu fight-
ing girls" in an attempt to regain
control of his nightclub. While in
jail on false charges, Dolemite's
nemesis Willie Green took control
of the venue. In his quest to reclaim
the nightspot, Dolemite has run-ins
with the bumbling detectives, who
not only framed him, but are trying
desperately to get him back behind
bars.
"I think there is a certain sinceri-
ty in the original that is kind of
undeniable," said Fishman, who
will also direct the film. "(Moore's)
a cult figure and a luminary ... He's
an original."
Moore created the Dolemite char-
acter during his years as a stand-up
comic. The alter-ego appeared in
several of his comedy albums.
Fishman's Fallout Entertainment
company is about to begin casting
for the movie, and has already had


TV One Brings Roots Back to Television April 8th


TV One is bringing Roots, the epic mini-series
that 30 years ago changed the face of television,
to a new generation of viewers when the network
debuts the 12-hour award-winning television
event beginning Easter Sunday, April 8.
The Emmy, Golden Globe- and Peabody
Award-winning miniseries, which follows several
generations of an enslaved family from Africa in
the 1700s to emancipation during the Civil War,
will air in six parts from 8-10 PM Sunday, April
8-Thursday, April 13, repeating each evening at
10 PM and the following day at noon, with the
finale airing on Sunday, April 15, at 8 and 10 PM,
repeating on April 16 at noon (all times ET).
This historic series, based on the late Alex
Haley's best-selling book about his ancestors,
begins with the harrowing story of Kunta Kinte
(LeVar Burton), a young West African who is
captured by slave traders in 1750 and sold into
slavery in America, and the saga continues
through the emancipation of Chicken George
(Ben Vereen), Kunta Kinte's grandson.
Still the top-rated mini-series of all time, Roots
in its initial airing on ABC was watched in full
or in part in 85 percent of U.S. homes, a stag-
gering number even in an era when there were
only three television networks. The mini-series
captivated the American television audience and
became a social phenomenon unlike any other
program of its time. Roots served as a catalyst for
national discussions about race, the legacy of
slavery, African American history and launched a
new passion for family history and genealogy,
especially among African Americans.
Aside from its social impact, Roots established
the mini-series as a format and featured a distin-
guished cast, many of whose careers were


launched by the mini-series. Featured in the all-
star cast are LeVar Burton, Ben Vereen, Louis
Gossett Jr., Leslie Uggams, Ed Asner, John
Amos, Maya Angelou, Cicely Tyson, Georg
Stanford Brown, Moses Gunn, Richard
Roundtree, Olivia Cole, lan McShane, Lorne
Greene, Lloyd Bridges and Todd Bridges, among
others.
An award-winning producer and director,
Burton, who portrayed Kunta Kinte in the mini-
series, has signed on to work with TV One on
developing original content to support TV One's
telecast of the mini-series, including interstitial
vignettes, online elements for www.tvoneon-
line.com and content designed for the education
community.
"I'm thrilled that TV One has become the new
home for Roots," said Burton. "Roots is part of
our common history, and is as relevant today as
when it was first broadcast 30 years ago."
"Roots was landmark television for all of
American society, but especially for African
Americans, for we had never before seen our
story on television, and rarely even seen our-
selves portrayed as multi-dimensional individu-
als," said TV One President and CEO Johnathan
Rodgers. "While a lot has changed in 30 years,
Roots continues to be powerful television and an
important lesson in our country's history. We are
delighted to bring it back to viewers who remem-
ber it as children and young adults, as well as
introduce this groundbreaking saga to a whole
new generation of viewers of all ethnicities."
TV One will repeat the first two episodes on
Friday, April 14 at 8 and 10 PM, and will air an
encore of the first five parts of the series on
Saturday. April 14 from 2 PM midnight.


Twenty years later, Roots remains the number one watched
mini-series of all time.


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Councilwoman Issues Proclamation as Acting Mayor


Slavery's 'Door' in Ghana Open to Tourists


Shown above is Aide Brenda Kelly with Acting Mayor, Cwmn. Gwen
Yates in the Mayor's Office as she issues a proclamation.


Due to the absence of the Mayor,
and three council members,
Councilwoman Gwen Yates was
the Mayor for the day as Vice Chair
of the City Council Rules
Committee.
As acting Mayor, the council-
woman proclaimed Thursday,
march 15th as Individual
Mediation Day. Through the
proclamation, she encouraged all
interested citizens "to meditate and
focus on the opportunity to pro-
mote, implement and encourage
personal human compassion and
sharing; family revitalization,
togetherness, cohesion, and love;
community harmony, understand-
ing, tolerance, volunteerism and
positive action; and local, state,
national, and worldwide support
for dignity, equal rights, and the
pursuit of happiness."


Continentals Hold Memorialfor Slain Teen Shenice Holmes


Shown above are Continental members presenting a plaque toShenice's mother Tina Williams.


By G. Hardy
The Jacksonville Chapter of
Continental Societies, Inc. held a
special memorial for Shenice
Holmes, a young girl who was shot.
and killed while reading in her bed-
room one evening last May. The
event was held on Tuesday, March
13, 2007 at Highland's Middle
School, where Shenice attended
before she was killed by a stray bul-
let. Ms. Tina Williams, Shenice's
mother, members of Continental
Societies, Inc., Ms. Kathy Dannell


from victim's services from the
Jacksonville's Sheriffs Office were
in attendance.
A plaque was given to the school's
media center in memory of the for-
mer student that read, "In memory
of Shenice Holmes. May her love
for reading inspire others".
Continental Societies, Inc.,
Jacksonville Chapter, March 13,
2007. Also donated were several
books entitled, "If These Chains
Could Talk" by Mrs. Betty Burney.
Mrs. Burney took the time to


inscribe a special note in each book
to help inspire all young people.
Ms. Tina Williams, the mother of
Shenice Holmes spoke to the group
thanking them for the opportunity
to say thank-you to all of Shenice's
classmates for their love and sup-
port and to say thank-you to the
staff at Highland's Middle School.
Ms Williams addressed the students
by telling them to always do what is
right. "Be a leader, not a follower,"
she said.


ELMINA, Ghana For many, it
was their last glimpse of Africa.
Pushed through the "door of no
return," millions of Africans were
shipped from places like the white-
washed fort in Elmina, Ghana, to a
life of slavery in Brazil, the
Caribbean and America.
A band of light from that same
door now cuts through the air in a
small, dank room crowded with
about 30 tourists.
"We are very lucky. Today we can
go back out of this room the way
we came," says Robert Kugbey,
their soft-spoken guide.
As Britain marks the bicentennial
of its abolition of the slave trade on
March 25, Ghanaians are still com-
ing to terms with slavery's impact
on their country's development and
the role Africans played in the cap-
ture and sale of fellow Africans.
The view from Elmina, built by
the Portuguese in 1482 and later
held by the Dutch and the British, is
picturesque with fishing boats bob-
bing in the sea off a white sand
beach lined with palm trees.
But Elmina has a brutal history --
shared with other slave forts on
West Africa's coast, ports in
Western Europe and what was then
known as the New World, the
Americas -- in a triangular trade
that fueled Europe's colonial
empires.
Sometimes sold into slavery by
rival tribes, or captured during
communal conflicts, African slaves
could face a long forced trek to the
coast or weeks in a coastal dungeon
before a lengthy sea voyage packed
in the hold of a European ship.
Choosing a female
Estimates vary widely, but some-
where between 10 million and 28
million Africans are believed to
have been shipped across the
Atlantic between the 15th and 19th
centuries.
Many died on the way. Those who
survived endured a brutal lives on
sugar, tobacco and cotton planta-
tions.
At modern-day Elmina, the ocean
thrashes under a clear blue sky, the
breeze blows and in the airy heights
of what was once the governor's
chambers, Kugbey tells a rapt audi-
ence stories that never lose their
power to horrify, no matter how
often told.


Stepping onto
his balcony in
the evening,
the governor
would choose a
female slave
from the yard
below, he said.
"Any time he
wanted to rape
one of the
slaves, he
looked through
and picked
one," Kugbey
said.
About 150 of
the castle's A man is silhouetted against the "Door of No Return"
1,000 inhabi- at the House of Slaves on Goree Island near Senegal's
tants, of which capital Dakar.
400 were
o 0 were farmer visiting Elmina for the first
women, lived in this dungeon, the
only ventilation provided by a sin- me e e a
ge porth ,Some people say the loss of gen-
e covere ee, rations of men and women to slav-
vomitery is partly to blame for the eco-
urine and menstrual blood, today n
the stone floor is quiet but for the ment of modemnAfrica.




menas practiced by Africans was less
tourists' shuffling feet. harsh than under Europeans.
Yet Africans too played a role in


"When they died they were throws, above ht te s y, y
slavery, a trade which existed

into the bodisea. They said if they governor tae oehere, ou oul
them good food, they would fight. a e he d




and his soldiers prayed in a chapel. killed, raped or even tortured," he
After buying and selling human idslavery
beings, they came at, there and preferred r any Afrn t it was
as practiced by Africans was less






to God. Where was God at that s q o mny
to die," said Kugbey.






? ae ". We were enticed. You can take
harsh than under Europeans.
On the fort's upper floors, above hd


g cn That type of slavery, you can r efuse. We
the bodies involvement with the governor ,
taken somewhere, you could be







trade did not end overnight with the aook-te 1mone," sacer.
and his soldiers prayed in a chapel. d eer



killed,1807 abolition and raped or even tortured," he.
"After buying and selling Even today, Ghanaian children are




o lw f e i 1 trafficked to fishermen, sold by
beings, they came here and prayed-



For manpoverty-stricn traders, it was a
to God. Where was God at than slavery, Kugbey




Governments of countries most added.of money.
eei c p t For"We wert e enticed.sh tourists that make




skirted around the prickly chapter here, Elmina is a reminder of a time
Seeking compensation









of their history, wary of strengthen- when the British empire stretched
ing the case for huge financial como far and wide, fueled by trade, colo-
Briensatish involveme say they should payve
1807 abolition and a more stringentxploitation.




Eventhe descendants today, Ghanaian children are
abolition law followed in 1833.








trafWe felt we had to come, it is part
tSlavery continued in other coun-
ey owe us an aooy, the of their poverty-stricken pare, not a pleas-
e to o o ant part of our histolavery," said Anne
Governments of countries most a.









our men, those who were gifted, Wilkins, a British teacher on a short
who could learn. If it were not for exchange with a Ghanaian
responsthe slave trade, thec have sFor the British tourists that make it
skirted around the prickly chapter E t
of their history, wary of strengthen- when the British empire stretched
ing the case for huge financial com- far and wide, fueled by trade, col-


stayed and improved things here. It of thelps put thingstory we share, not is pleas-





s a bn-d s A A to think people wertre treated in this
S a aolant part of our history," said Anne
have to compensate us. They too Wilkins, a British teacher on a short
our men, those who were gifted, exchange with a Ghanaian




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