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Jones Makes Swimming History
Swimming history was made last weekend in
Melbourne, Australia when Cullen Jones became
the second black swimmer in U.S. history to claim
part of a world championship. Jones, along with
U.S. team members Michael Phelps, Neil Walker
and Jason Lezak, just missed setting another world
record while winning the 400-meter freestyle relay.
"It's definitely great to be one of the first African-
Americans to win a world championship," said
Jones, a native of Newark, N.J. "For me, this is a
great step." Anthony Ervin was the first U.S. swim-
mer of black heritage to claim world and Olympic
titles, but he was hesitant to discuss his back-
ground. His father was 75 percent black, his moth-
er white and the light-skinned Ervin once said, "I
don't look black."
Smugglers Toss Over 100
African Migrants Overboard
Smugglers taking illegal migrants from Somalia to Yemen forced hun-
dreds of Africans overboard in stormy seas in an effort to make a fast get-
away from security forces. Thirty-one bodies have been found and near-
ly 90 people remained missing.
Passengers who resisted the smugglers were stabbed or beaten with
wooden and steel clubs, then thrown into the water where some were
attacked by sharks, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said, ref-
erencing survivors testimonies.
It was the latest case of smuggler brutality involving boats carrying
people across the Gulf of Aden from Somalia and the Horn of Africa. It
brings the total number of dead and missing among people trying to reach
Yemen so far this year to 264.
Since January 2006 at least 30,000 people have fled violence and hard-
ship in Somalia and Ethiopia for Yemen, according to UNHCR. About
500 people have died and at least 300 are missing and believed dead.
Out of 88,000 registered refugees in Yemen, about 84,000 are Somali,
Julianne Malveaux Named
President of Bennett College
GREENSBORO Julianne Malveaux has been
named president of Bennett College effective
June 1st. Malveaux, an economist, author and
commentator, will succeed Johnnetta Cole, who
announced in 2006 that she plans to step down at
the end of this academic year.
Malveaux appears regularly on CNN and BET.
She has also hosted talk radio programs in
Washington, San Francisco and New York. As a
writer and syndicated columnist, her work
appears regularly in USA Today, Diverse Issues
in Higher Education, Ms. Magazine, Essence and the Progressive.
A native San Franciscan, Malveaux received her bachelor's and master's
degrees in economics from Boston College, and a Ph.D in economics
Bennett College for Women was founded in 1873 as a coeducational
institution and in 1926 was reorganized as a college for women.
Heckler Ejected After Making Racist
Remarks to Serena During Match
Serena Williams says a heckler bothered her throughout her match at the
Sony Ericsson Open in Fort Lauderdale, making at least one racist
remark before he was finally ejected.
"The guy said, 'Hit the net like any Negro would.' I was shocked,"
Williams said. "I couldn't believe it. I had to do a double take. I think I
hit a double fault on that point."
Williams complained late in the match to the chair umpire about the
heckler. Fans and security confirmed the heckling and escorted the man
off site immediately.
"I shouldn't have let it bother me, because growing up in Compton we
had drive-bys," said Williams, who was raised in Los Angeles. "I guess
that's what my dad prepared me for, but I'm not going to stand for it."
Despite Controversy, Obama
Continues to Denounce The Iraq War
NEW YORK -- The Iraq war, a defining issue of the 2008 presidential
race, has turned into a proxy fight between Democrats Hillary Rodham
Clinton and Barack Obama over credibility and leadership.
Obama has cast his early and forceful opposition to the war as a key test
of presidential judgment. The Clinton team has begun openly challeng-
ing his claim of political purity and authenticity on the volatile issue.
The matter came to a head Monday at a forum at Harvard University,
where Clinton strategist Mark Penn squared off with Obama adviser
David Axelrod over the Illinois senator's voting record on the war. But
beneath the squabble lay an acute recognition of the depth of voter anger
over Iraq, especially among Democratic primary voters.
Polling shows most Americans now decisively oppose the war, but the
figure is much higher among Democrats. An Associated Press-Ipsos poll
taken last month found that 61 percent of the public now believe the war
was a mistake; among Democrats, it was 91 percent.
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Volume 21 No. 2 Jacksonville, Florida March 29 April 4, 2007
The Baby Name Game: Shaping Our Children's Future
by J. Jones
Recent research has revealed that
the more creative names given to
Black children, is resulting in barri-
ers to their success.
A series of studies show that job
applicants with names that sound
ethnic to employers, such as Tyrone
and Tamika, are less likely to be
called in for interviews, and when
they are hired, they tend to make
less money than those with more
But the impact of a name reaches
even deeper than job applications.
According to University of
Florida researchers, a name has a
really powerful affect on how the
young people perceive themselves,
as well as how they are perceived."
"There are particular attributes
from a statistical perspective that
are likely to be given by more edu-
cated families, black or white, and
Tots N Teens Grad on Lion King Tour
Former Jacksonville resident Izell Blunt fellowshipped with teens and former mentors at a reception this week
sponsored by Tots N'Teens, where he was a member of the youth ensemble. Shown at the reception held at the
Karpeles Museum is Tots N' Teens Founder Sharon Coon, Izell Blunt, Artist Glendia Cooper and Production
Coordinator Samelia R. Adams. For more see page 3. R. Silver Photo
some by lower educated families,
black or white," said Dr. David
Figlio, who has created a computer
model that analyzes names in a way
that reveals the educational and
socio-economic status and the like-
ly race of the subjects' parents.
Continued on page 3
Afflict Black Men in
Cancer, Heart Disease
Men fare worse than women in
longevity, as well as in many dis-
ease categories, and African-
American men fare worse than
white men. Disparities persist
despite recent advances in health
care and outreach programs that
target inequities in race and
Life expectancy: The life
expectancy for a black male child
born in 2004 is 69.5 years, com-
pared with 75.7 years for white
males born the same year.
Prostate cancer: African-
American men are more likely to
get and die from prostate cancer
than men of any other racial or
ethnic group in the United States.
An African-American man has a
1-in-5 chance of being diagnosed
with prostate cancer in his lifetime
and a 1-in-20 chance of dying
from the disease. Prostate cancer
is the second-leading cause of
cancer death for African-
American men, behind lung can-
cer. Continued on page 3
Next NAACP President Must
Lead on Our Crucial Issues
By. Hazel Trice Edney
NNPA Washington Correspondent
The weighty issues now facing
Black people in America indicate
that the next NAACP president
must be an aggressive, energetic
leader focused on civil rights in the
21st century, says veteran civil
'I'd think they'd be looking for a
relatively young person with vision
and vigor who understands the mis-
sion of the NAACP to work to
achieve social change, to work for
increased economic opportunities
for African-Americans, to fight dis-
crimination at every level, to seek
empowerment' economic, political,
and social empowerment for Black
people 'to find ways and means of
hitting a level of global conscious-
ness, to help organize our people in
local communities around these
issues, and to rise to a new level of
dynamism and activism,' says Rev.
Joseph Lowery, 85, known as the
dean of the civil rights movement.
Lowery, who co-founded the
Southern Christian Leadership
Conference with Dr. King in 1957,
says by 'young person,' he means
someone who may have been born
inside or outside the civil rights
movement, but who is able to deal
with the high level issues of
inequality now facing America.
'I mean people who are energetic
intellectually as well as physically
energetic,' he says.
The nation's oldest civil rights
organization, about to celebrate its
100th birthday in two years, is once
again without a president after the
controversial resignation of Verizon
executive Bruce Gordon after only
19 months. Citing irreparable dif-
ferences with the 64-member
board, Gordon resigned amidst a
conflict over whether the organiza-
tion should follow his lead in doing
more social services or its stated
mission, fight for social justice.
Board Chairman Julian Bond insist-
ed that he focus on the latter.
Lowery and other civil rights stal-
warts interviewed appear to agree
with Bond that the organization
needs someone who can not only
run the organization, but also, give
strong voice to the crucial issues at
hand. NAACP general counsel
Dennis C. Hayes currently serves as
interim president as a search com-
mittee is formed to seek a perma-
nent leader. Continued on page 3
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Bethel Takes the Word to the Streets
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church officially 'took it the streets in the
first of four Evangelical Block Parties last weekend. Held at Klutho Park,
the all day event included mini sermons, food, vendors, give-aways and
fun for kids. Shown above welcoming participants are Min. Rosalind
Carter with her grandson Christian Carter. For more, see page 3
Bishop Charles Blake Serving as Interim
Presiding Bishop of Church of God In Christ
Bishop Charles Blake
Bishop Charles E. Blake of West
Angeles Church of God in Christ
has been named Interim Presiding
Bishop of the six million plus mem-
ber Church of God in Christ.
Blake's appointment comes at the
untimely death of Bishop Gilbert
Patterson last week.
In addition to presiding over his
membership of over 24,000, Blake
is the Prelate of the First
Jurisdiction of Southern California,
which oversees more than 250
churches, and personally knew
Patterson for over 50 years and had
a lifelong friendship.
"Bishop Patterson was a great
man of God. He was an anointed
preacher, visionary leader, innova-
tive in his organizational style and
approach and he brought a season
of positive vitality to the Church of
God In Christ," Blake said.
Since November 2000, Patterson,
led COGIC, which is the largest
Pentecostal congregation in the
With his death, many are assuming
that Blake, the 1st Assistant
Presiding Bishop, would be next in
line to become the next Presiding
Bishop. He has already received
calls all over the world from people
looking to him for guidance.
"He and I were young teenage
preachers that conducted revivals
together occasionally and he was
always a very serious young man
focused on his ministry," he said.
It is unclear at this moment how
COGIC, which had been planning
its Centennial Celebration, will pro-
ceed in the near future
"Whenever there is the loss of a
leader, an organization is tremen-
dously impacted. He (Patterson)
was a spiritual father and pastor to
all of us and we believe that with
the Lord's help we will be able to
move on," he said.
Black America Suffers Most In U.S. Foreclosure Surge
Barbara Anderson and her hus-
band know racism. Among the
first blacks to move into an Ohio
neighborhood 25 years ago, she
watched in horror as white neigh-
bors burned her garage nearly to
Fast-forward to 2007 and
Anderson talks of a different sort
of discrimination: brokers of sub-
prime mortgages who prey on
borrowers with weak credit histo-
ries like the Andersons, who
raised eight children in
Cleveland's Slavic Village dis-
"These subprime lenders target
you to take you through disaster,"
said Anderson, 59, who filed for
bankruptcy after a legal tussle
with a subprime lender, a "night-
mare" that she said ended four
years ago when her home was
"I was fortunate. I went to anoth-
er bank that decided to give me a
chance with a new loan. The day
that happened my headache
stopped, my blood pressure low-
ered, my sick stomach went
away, and it was because now I
could see some daylight."
Across the United States, blacks
and Hispanics are more likely to
get a high-cost, subprime mort-
gage when buying a home than
whites, a major factor in a wave
of foreclosures in poor, often
black neighborhoods nationwide
as a housing slowdown puts mil-
lions of "subprime" borrowers at
risk of default.
Even more troubling, real-estate
industry analysts say, is an alarm-
ing proportion of blacks and
Hispanics who received subprime
loans by predatory lenders even
when their credit picture was
good enough to deserve a cheaper
In six major U.S. cities, black
borrowers were 3.8 times more
likely than whites to receive a
higher-cost home loan, and
Hispanic borrowers were 3.6
times more likely, according to a
study released this month by a
group of fair housing agencies.
"Blacks and Latinos have lower
incomes and less wealth, less
steady employment and lower
credit ratings, so a completely
neutral and fair credit-rating sys-
tem would still give a higher per-
centage of subprime loans to
minorities," said Jim Campen, a
University of Massachusetts
economist who contributed to the
"But the problem is exacerbated
by a financial system which isn't
fair," he said.
In greater Boston, 71 percent of
blacks earning above $153,000 in
2005 took out mortgages with
high interest rates, compared to
just 9.4 percent of whites, while
about 70 percent of black and
Hispanic borrowers with incomes
between $92,000 and $152,000
received high-interest rate home
loans, compared to 17 percent for
whites, according to his research.
"It's a huge disparity," he said.
High-cost mortgages usually
have interest rates at least 3 per-
centage points above convention-
Predatory lenders moved aggres-
sively into the subprime mortgage
market as a housing price boom
between 2000 and 2005 cut the
risk of lending to people with
damaged credit ratings.
Many focused on minority
neighborhoods in slick sales
pitches that offered the American
dream: home ownership with no
money down and little worry
about poor credit.
"The predatory lenders reach out
to those who don't really know,
people with a lack of education,"
said Cassandra Hedges, a black
37-year-old mother of two fight-
ing to stave off foreclosure of the
Ohio home she bought three years
"One of the first things my bro-
ker asked me was 'How do you
know you are ready to buy a
house. Have you done any
research?' We said 'No'. At that
point I think he realized 'Okay I
got some people that don't know
what the heck they are doing'."
She and her husband Andre now
face a 10.75 percent interest rate
on an adjustable-rate mortgage
and monthly payments of $1,600
-- more than double the $650 she
told her broker she could afford.
Foreclosure looms after she
missed a payment.
"If you're white they overlook
the fact that your credit score is a
little too low or you have one
extra late payment," said Barbara
Rice, a community organizer at
the Massachusetts Affordable
Housing Alliance, a nonprofit
Rice, who is white, and a col-
league who is black took part in
an experiment in Massachusetts
last year to test the racial bias of
mortgage brokers. They both
posed as prospective home buyers
in a separate meetings with sever-
Rice presented a worse credit
rating and lower income than her
black colleague to brokers but
received better treatment.
"I was given more information,"
Many traditional banks do not
run branches in poor minority
neighborhoods, creating a vacu-
um often filled by predatory
lenders and unscrupulous bro-
kers, said Stephen Ross, a
University of Connecticut econo-
mist who studies lending.
by George Fraser
Don't Violate The Trust in Networking!
~Referrer: People in your
network trust, that if you
recommend or refer some-
one, she or he must be qualified and serious
about making a move. There is a trust inherent
in the networking process, and it is unfair to
violate it or to force someone else to violate it.
Your endorsement, if you are regarded as a
serious networker, gives the person you recom-
mend a competitive advantage over other candi-
dates. This often results in better job opportuni-
ties at higher starting salaries.
Referred: You should never tap into your net-
work before you have prepared yourself ade-
quately (i.e. skills and strengths; industry focus;
where geographically; level qualified; debt to
Make a list, everyone you can think of no mat-
ter what they do. Because of the sociological
connection, think black people first (but don't
limit it to any one group). Once you get a refer-
ral (set your goal at one hundred and fifty
names), use a simple thirty-second introductory
statement, spoken with enthusiasm. Here is a
format suggested by Howard Armstrong, a
training and telephone scripting expert:
"GOOD morning, Ms. Smith! My name is
Tom Allen. You don't know me, but it appears
that we have an acquaintance in common-Pete
Harris. The other day, I was telling Pete that I
was part of a recent downsizing at the XYZ
company, and to renter the job market, I had to
do considerable amount of research and net-
working in the insurance field. He suggested
that I get in touch with you. Is this a convenient
time for you to talk?"
Bottom Line: If your recommended candidate
backs out, that diminishes your effectiveness in
the future, and hurts the chances of your future
recommendations. On the other hand, those
who need a reference should carefully formu-
late a strategy before picking up the phone.
Free Tax Help Available for
Jacksonville Area Low Income Families
Tax day is getting closer, and it
may be stressful for thousands of
low-to-moderate income families in
our area who have tight expenses
and live from paycheck to pay-
check. To help these families and
individuals, employees at the
Florida Department of Children and
Families are volunteering as certi-
fied tax preparers to provide free
tax preparation to people or fami-
lies who have incomes of up to
Nearly $10 million worth of
earned income tax credit refunds
were left unclaimed here in
Jacksonville last year. Children &
Families is proud to be participating
in United Way of Northeast
Florida's Real Sense Prosperity
Campaign to help people keep more
of the money they've earned.
Employees not only help people
save money by offering tax prepa-
ration services for free, they also
help because they are trained to
show them how to take advantage
of the Earned Income Tax Credit.
Thanks to that credit, eligible indi-
viduals or families can receive up to
$4,500 this tax season. For many
individuals and families, it's like
getting a $2.00 an hour raise.
People should also beware the
"refund loans" that some companies
offer. Many places try to lure peo-
ple to file their taxes with them by
offering fast money loans. But
those loans come with a
catch...people usually have to pay
high fees to borrow what is really
their own money. These places are
really acting like predatory lenders.
In addition to paying hefty fees and
interest rates, these individuals also
have to pay to have their taxes pre-
pared. We can help people file their
taxes for free with no hidden
charges, so they can keep all of
their money. They can also get their
refund within as soon as 10 days
with Direct Deposit.
All employees who volunteer to
help people file their taxes have
completed thorough tax training
and have been certified by the IRS.
Those who wish to receive tax
preparation help must schedule an
appointment at 723-5448.
Appointments are available
Wednesday from 4:30 to 7 p.m.
and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Children and Families employees
are providing free tax preparation at
the Department's Roberts Building,
5920 Arlington Expressway.
Tips to Drive Down Your
Auto Insurance Costs I
By Jason Alderman
I hate writing checks for auto-
mobile insurance. It always
seems like money down the
drain that is, until you need it;
then, insurance can be a life-
saver. But that doesn't mean you
shouldn't try to get the best deal
possible. You wouldn't buy a
new television without compari-
son shopping, nor should you
automatically reenroll in the
same policy year after year at
least not without considering
your other options.
Here are a few cost-savings
suggestions to keep in mind:
Raise your deductible. Many
people choose a low-deductible
policy, thinking it'll cost less
should they need to file a claim.
But if you raised your deductible
from $250 to $1,000, your pre-
mium could drop 15 percent to
30 percent or more. Because you
probably wouldn't file a claim
for a minor fender-bender (for
fear your rates would rise dra-
matically), you could save that
$750 difference through reduced
premiums in a few short years.
Shop around. Insurance com-
panies are eager to win your
business, particularly if you're a
low-risk driver with a good
record, so don't be afraid to com-
pare rates. Many Web sites will
give you quotes from different
insurers online, including
gressive.com and www.insure-
one.com. Just be sure you're
comparing apples to apples,
since different companies may
package their coverage differ-
Many people prefer to buy
insurance through an agent
knowing he or she will act on
their behalf when filing claims,
negotiating rates and so on. That
doesn't mean you can't do some
research yourself and ask your
agent to match the coverage and
Ask for discounts. Most insur-
ance companies offer premium
discounts for things like low
annual mileage, a clean driving
record, taking defensive driving
courses, being over age 50 or 55,
installing an alarm or vehicle
tracking system, parking in a
secure lot, working in specific
industries, or buying your home-
owner's or renter's insurance
from the same company. And, if
your kids maintain a B average
or live more than 100 miles from
your home with no car, that's
usually good for a discount.
Watch your credit rating. Most
insurance companies use some
form of credit information to
help determine your rates,
assuming that the more responsi-
ble your credit history, the less
likely you are to cause an acci-
dent or make late payments. So,
review your credit reports peri-
odically to correct any mistakes.
If you know that your credit rat-
ing has improved, ask your
insurance company to recheck it
at renewal time.
Buy the right car. Certain cars
are far more expensive to insure
than others: Sports cars (or
rather, their owners) tend to be
involved in more speeding tick-
ets and accidents than family
sedans, SUVs typically cause
more serious and expensive
damage in collisions, and certain
models are far more likely to be
stolen. Keep these factors in
mind the next time you go car
shopping and check insurance
rates before buying or leasing.
Practical Money Skills for Life,
a free personal financial man-
agement site sponsored by Visa
USA contains a comprehensive
guide to considerations for buy-
ing a car (www.practical-
Many people save hundreds of
dollars by comparison shopping
for insurance. Shouldn't you be
one of them?
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Continued from front
The statistical computer model,
Figlio said, can look at the likeli-
hood a person came from a certain
background and can predict, fairly
consistently, the odds of success as
an adult based on the name and the
placement of certain letters in the
As an economist, Figlio said, he
looks at tangible outcomes in edu-
cation and researches their underly-
ing causes. Currently, he is on sab-
batical at Oxford University in
It was with great pride Tots 'N'
Teens, Inc. founder Sharon Coon
embraced former student, and
accomplished artist Izell Blunt
whose gained early development
and discipline during his 10 years
under her tutelage, and 2 years
attendance at Douglas Anderson
School of the Arts. On Monday,
March 26th, there was a "Welcome
England, studying how ethnic
minorities around the world are
treated in schools.
"Not every name is linguistically
alike," Figlio said. "If you were to
see a child with a K in the middle of
her name, that child is three times
more likely to have a mom who
graduated from high school than a
child with a Q in the middle of her
So, Figlio's research found, that
teachers would expect more from a
student named LaKeisha than one
Home" reception and membership
drive sponsored by TNT at
Karpeles Manuscript Museum.
Guest MC for the event was Mrs.
Tracy Gaffney, WJXT-TV4. There
was an awards presentation and a
special tribute performance by
Southside Church of God In Christ
Praise Dancers and the Tots 'N'
Teens Performing Company titled
"Make Them Hear You", and the
audience stood for the National
Negro Anthem "Lift Every Voice
If you or a child you know has a
serious interest in theatre contact
Matriarch Sharon Coon of Tots 'N'
Teens Multidisciplinary Theatre,
Inc. She is committed to sharing
African American culture and uses
a holistic approach. By fusing our
history, arts and education the
youth will learn to embrace the val-
ues of our rich history and set better
goal for the future. For more infor-
mation call (904) 353-7350.
Also, more common black names,
like Keisha, Ebony and Malcolm,
fare better than names that sound
completely made up or don't have
an easily referenced meaning.
Mister Mann Frisby, 31, an author
and freelance journalist who has
gotten more than his share of ques-
tions about his first name, said he
loved being different.
Frisby said his mother wanted him
to have a unique name, one that
would command respect. She had
been talked out of naming his oldest
brother Mister. "By the time I came
along, she decided to go for it." he
Frisby said he never caught heat
about the name from his peers,
while growing up. On the contrary,
he said. "People were fascinated by
it," he said. "Everybody was so
used to it. Teachers loved it."
He said Mister was a rather tame
name compared to some of his
neighbors and classmates, who had
such names as Pac Man (pro-
nounced "Pock Mon") and
Oceanboomie. And that having a
common name wasn't always the
best thing for some children.
"I lived in the projects with a boy
named Charlie Brown. He caught it
all the time," Frisby said.
It wasn't until Frisby arrived as a
freshman at overwhelmingly white
Penn State University that he ran
into people who thought is first
name was unusual.
"White men would say, 'What do
we call you?' I would say, 'Call me
Mister; that's my name. There's
nothing else; there's no shortcuts,"'
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Shown abve is Blease Odom who stopped by the Ready 4 Work station manned by Bro. James Robinson
and pastor Robert Brown and Rosemary Winbush (hat) gave instructions and supplies at the arts & crafts
table. R. Silver photo
Bethel Takes Evangelism Ministry to the Streets
by R. Silver Pastor Rudolph McKissick, Jr., the planned on the horizon".
On Saturday, March 24th, various goal of the event held at Klutho The free event featured free food
ministries of Bethel Baptist Park was to take the ministry to the and activities ranging from a full
Institutional Church evangelized, people, instead of waiting on the day of prayer and mini sermons to
prayed saved, played and assisted people to come to the church. arts and crafts activities, skits,
the community during the first of "This is only the beginning," said praise dancing and vendors. The
four planned "Get Connected to the one of the organizers, Rev. Costell next event is set for June. For more
Source" events. The vision of Cross. "There are great things being info, call Rev. Cross, at 354-1464.
Continued from front
Scientists are studying possible
reasons for these disparities,
"including culture, environment
and differences in the biology of
the disease in African-American
men," the CDC reports.
Cardiovascular disease: About 42
percent of African-American men
have high blood pressure, com-
pared with 31 percent of white
men, according to the American
Heart Association. Cardiovascular
disease overall was also more
prevalent among black men -- 41
percent, compared with about 34
percent of white men.
Physical activity and obesity:
About 29.5 percent of black men
report regular leisurely physical
activity, compared with 33.4 per-
cent of white men, according to the
AHA. But black men fare better in
the weight category than white
men. About 63 percent of black
men were overweight (having a
body mass index of 25 or higher),
compared with 69 percent of white
men. And 27.9 percent of black
men were obese (a BMI of 30 or
higher), compared with 28.2 per-
cent of white men.
Health status: Asian and white
Americans are more likely to
report being in excellent health,
according to NCHS. In a 2005 sur-
vey, about 37 percent of whites and
36 percent of Asians reported
excellent health, compared with 30
percent of African Americans.
Next NAACP President Must Lead on Crucial Issues In Black America
Continued from front
'I think the next leader will have
to embrace the critical agenda of
civil rights and racial justice; at the
same time, develop new strategies
to create interest in the organiza-
tion among the Hip Hop generation
and those who consider themselves
outsiders,' says Harvard University
law professor, Charles Ogletree,
known for his civil rights activism.
That person should also be able to
attract people from the grassroots as
well as other leaders back to the
organization, Ogletree says.
'The biggest challenge is going to
be to convince all of our profession-
al organizations fraternities and
other groups to understand that
membership in the NAACP is not a
luxury, but a necessity. We have to
be both lawyers and active NAACP
members, both doctors and active
NAACP members, both teachers
and active NAACP members.'
The NAACP has a history of con-
flict between the executives who
execute the policy and the board
members, who make them. Lowery
says the president must be a social
justice leader, but the huge board
must also make some concessions.
'I think the NAACP needs to, in
my opinion, streamline its board
and make sure it understands its
mission in terms of making policy
and the distinction between policy-
making and program execution and
to clarify those lines so that they
don't get in the middle of the stream
and find that they are not singing in
the same key,' he says.
Without change, there will be con-
sistent public doubt, says Ron
Daniels, president of the Institute of
the Black World 21st Century, an
Africa and African-American-ori-
ented think tank.
Gordon left the NAACP three
weeks ago, saying one of his great-
est contributions had been increas-
ing the membership from 200,000
to nearly doubling it. Perhaps the
greatest asset a new leader could
bring would be the ability to enlist
even more members to fight along-
side him or her, says Ogletree.
'Given what our communities, our
children and our families are facing
in the 21st Century, we don't have
the luxury of saying no to the
NAACP,' he says. 'We have an obli-
gation to stand up and be counted
among the ranks and file and to help
the organization meet its mission
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Chronic Gas Increases Hurt Poor Folks the Most
Sometimes a columnist can get
stuck on an issue and will not let it
go. There are a few issues that I
certainly keep in rotation just
because I feel passionately about
them blacks increasing their voter
turnout, social problems in the
inner city, quality public education,
And for some reason I can not get
these gas prices off my mind.
Maybe it's because it is costing
more to provide fuel for a vehicle
these days than it cost to provide
the monthly insurance. Perhaps I
can't get gas off my mind because
there are people having to make the
decision whether to put gas in their
car or by groceries.
Better yet, some folks are forego-
ing spring vacation because gas
prices are too high.
Not that Disney World or South
Beach is feeling the impact, but the
high gas prices are definitely
affecting folks in lower income
I remember writing an article last
year about gas prices and I was
complaining about regular gas
being around $1.97 per gallon.
Now that sounds like a great deal. I
pulled into the gas station recently
and paid $2.53 for regular gas.
Man, I miss the days of having a
Honda Civic and paying around 95
cents a gallon. Funny though, that
was only eight or nine years ago. I
am very tempted to go shopping
this weekend for one of those
hybrid cars. But I may have to
loose weight to actually fit in one.
The national average for self-
serve regular unleaded gas was
nearly $2.61 a gallon on March 23,
up about 5.6 cents per gallon in the
past two weeks, according to the
nationwide Lundberg survey of
about 7,000 gas stations.
Gasoline prices have risen some
40 cents a gallon since the end of
January. That's just plain crazy.
One of my favorite Cornell West
quotes says, "I am prisoner of
hope." And we all have become
prisoners to hope because everyday
I drive by a gas station I am hoping
that prices begin to fall.
In 1999, under the Clinton
administration, with oil prices ris-
ing the White House decided to tap
into its Strategic Petroleum
Reserve (SPR) in an effort to con-
trol prices so that family in need
could purchase discounted oil to
heat their homes.
The SPR is the United States'
emergency oil stockpile, and is the
largest emergency petroleum sup-
ply in the world.
I know that I have talked about
SPR before, and maybe it's not that
simple, but the White House needs
to at least show that they care and
are aware of the burden that people
are facing even if it's only symbol-
This is oil that we pay for with
our tax dollars, and I totally under-
stand the need to have such a vast
oil reserve especially after the
1973-74 oil embargo that left the
nation crippled. But with the
largest reserve in the world, one
would think that a certain percent-
age could be released to address the
current oil crisis.
I guess that is part of the problem
now that I think about it. How
many people especially elected
folk in D.C. feel that we are dealing
with a "crisis?"
It cost the government $21 mil-
lion a year to maintain the oil
reserve and 1,150 employees,
which doesn't include the cost we
incur annually to purchase the oil.
One can only wonder if the mere
threat of the release of additional
oil would prompt OPEC to find
some "creative" solution to reduce
current gas prices.
The oil crisis is not only hurting
us here in the United States, but
countries throughout the world.
However, because we consume so
much more gas than other large
countries, we are feeling the pain a
little more. In fact, the U.S. con-
sumes about 131 billion gallons of
gas a year.
So what can citizens do about gas
prices we have to turn up the pres-
sure on lawmakers, who in turn
have to turn it up on the mega oil
companies that are making record
profits each year.
"The pleas of crying soft and
sparing never answered the pur-
pose of a reform and never will,"
said David Ruggles back in the
1800s. His words are still valid
today. We can not complain softly
about gas prices it's been a socio-
economical issue as well.
To put it plainly poor folk can't
afford to pay these high prices for
gas and make ends meet.
Back to SPR for a moment,
before you think that I am being
too harsh on our President he need
only look back to his father's
administration as an example of
how reserves can be used to stabi-
lize oil prices. During the Persian
Gulf War in 1991 to keep oil plen-
tiful and prices stable the United
States released larger amounts
from the SPR.
It was somewhat of a controver-
sial decision, but proved to be the
best option at the time. The prob-
lem with the current administration
is not what it is doing to address the
issue, but what it is not doing.
I mentioned that the release of oil
reserves may be the key to possibly
reducing gas prices, but the real
issue is the stronger-than-expected
energy consumption among indus-
trialized nations. There is certainly
not much Mr. President can do
about that, but he has to a least take
a strong stance on the issue.
I am sure that Mr. Bush has not
pulled over to a Hess, Racetrack or
BP lately, but someone in our
nation's capital has to fight for us
"little people." .I am about to
research to some bus routes to see
if JTA is going my way.
Signing off from the W10 Detroit
Mayor Ray Nagin Should Stop Being a Wimp
By. George E. Curry
New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin
has made some bold statements
about race in the aftermath of
Hurricane Katrina. Whenever sub-
sequently pressed about such state-
ments, however, Nagin keeps
wimping out. It is time for him to
either shut up or stop backing down
Nagin's latest saga involves a
speech he gave to the National
Newspaper Publishers Association
(NNPA). At the event earlier this
month in Washington, D.C., Nagin
made some clear references to race.
The Washington Post ran a story
about his comments under the
headline, 'Nagin Suspects a Plot to
Keep Blacks Away.' When the New
Orleans Times-Picayune cited the
Post's account of his remarks,
Nagin wimped out.
'I did not say anything racial," he
told reporters. '" My take on it is
that it was some young reporter in
the back of the room, looking for
some way to get a nice story out.
He jumbled everything I said up,
and brought some things in the
middleto the front, and painted this
picture that was just not what I
intended to do, nor would I say."
Rather than trying to discredit
Hamil Harris, the not-so-young
Black Washington Post reporter
covering the event, Nagin should
have told the truth. And the truth is
that he was accurately quoted .I
know because I was in the room.
And so were members of
International Business Kids, some
future entrepreneurs who video-
taped his speech.
Let's review what he said.
'It wasn't until I described my
city, y'all know the story, until
everybody in America started to
wake up and say way wait a
minute, what is he doing? Maybe
we should try and do something
different to make sure that this man
does not go any further. Because
they realized that I wasn't a person
to be controlled. I was going to
speak my mind especially when I
saw our people suffer.'
When Nagin referred to his
description of New Orleans and
said, 'Y'all know the story,' there
was no doubt that he was referring
to his getting in hot water for say-
ing that God wants New Orleans to
remain a 'Chocolate City.' Under
pressure, he ate those words faster
than he could chew a slice of
Many Blacks in New Orleans
thought that Nagin was controlled
by corporate interests during his
first term and felt that he had done
little for them after receiving 80%
of the White vote. In fact, Bishop
Paul Morton once described him as
'a White man in Black skin.'
After losing his White base,
Nagin was forced to court Black
voters. In an appearance before the
National Conference of Black
Mayors in Memphis, for example,
he referred to 'people who don't
look like us.' Rather than returning
City Hall to a White mayor, Black
voters in New Orleans held their
nose and voted for Nagin.
In his speech to the NNPA,
Nagin said: "the prognosticators
were saying there's no way you are
going to win because see they had
dispersed all our people across 44
different states with one-way tick-
ets out. They thought they were
talking about a different kind of
New Orleans. They didn't realize
that folk were awake and they were
paying attention and they weren't
going to let a plan unfold that
changed the history of what we
have fought for over many years.'
Does Nagin really think an audi-
ence that was at least 95 percent
Black didn't know he was referring
to African-Americans when he said
And in case there was any doubt,
after Nagin complimented Rep.
Maxine Waters, he said:
'And Maxine started to talk
around the country. I remember
when we went to
Memphis. She talked to Black
folks around the country and tried
to wake them up and say look at
Here's the statement that drew so
much criticism back in New
Because ladies and gentlemen
what happened in New Orleans
could happen anywhere. They are
studying this model, this model of a
dispersing a community and
changing the electoral process in
that community. We need to really
understand what's going on. When
I stood up and spoke out and they
started to vilify, I knew there was
going to be a reaction. It's a law of
physics. For every action there's a
reaction. I knew it was going to
happen, but I didn't realize how
strong it was going to happen...'
And apparently Nagin doesn't
realize that he can't run from his
words. If he believes what he says,
then he should have the courage to
stand behind his words and stop
blaming the messenger for accu-
rately reporting his message.
George E. Curry is editor-in-chief
of the NNPA News Service and
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Baseball is Dropping
Sthe Ball with Blacks
-" On April 15, 2007 Major League Baseball
(MLB) will commemorate the 60th
Anniversary of Jackie Robinson's entry into
the Major Leagues at Dodger Stadium prior to
.' 'the game between the San Diego Padres and
Los Angeles Dodgers. MLB business units
will celebrate "Jackie Robinson Day" with
special pre-game ceremonies in ballparks across the country designed to
feature Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars and activities reflecting
In 2006, MLB established a single season attendance record with more
than 76 million fans. But, the problem is that most African Americans do
not have a "MLB mindset". Since Jackie Robinson's entrance in "the
majors" there has been a dramatic decline in the numbers of African
Americans on the field or in the stands at professional baseball games.
Hall of Fame outfielder Dave Winfield says that major league baseball "is
hurting" because of the declining number of Black Americans in the game.
In his book Dropping the Ball Winfield says the percentage of American
Blacks on MLB teams declined from 28 percent in 1975 to 8.5 percent
toda' This occurred as there was a sharp rise in the number of Latino play-
ers man\ of them Black. Latinos make up 28.7 percent of all MBL play-
ers. Winfield, now an executive with the San Diego Padres, says the MLB
can be revitalized by bringing more American Blacks back into baseball.
Blacks make up less than 9 percent of MLB attendance numbers even
though we constitute 25 percent of the population of many metro areas
\\here NILB teams play. The 60th Anniversary program is another in a
series of MLB steps to recognize Robinson's legacy and to put more Blacks
in the seats.
At the MLB's insistence, the sale of the Washington Nationals franchise
included a requirement for minority ownership. Stan Kasten, Nationals
President and partner in the $481 million ownership group, told the black-
oriented Washington Informer newspaper: "Diversity is important and crit-
ical to our sport. And, it's certainly critical in Washington, D.C., that we
have good minority ownership."
Actually to be successful the Washington Nationals need to be among the
most dit erse, if not the most diverse, MLB franchise in the country. Black
partners in Washington are: Black Entertainment Television executive
Paxton K. Baker, network football commentator James Brown, B. Doyle
Mitchell, Jr., President and CEO of Industrial Bank, the largest black-
owned commercial bank in the Washington area; Faye F. Fields, President
and CEO of Integrated Resource Technologies, Inc., a government infor-
mation management services contractor; former U.S. Secretary of
Transportation Rodney E. Slater, lobbyist/businessman Jarvis C. Stewart
and Alphonso Maldon, who had initially sought a group of Blacks to buy a
Slater says: "The initiatives in Washington will have an impact on MLB
among African Americans across the nation". Alphonso Maldon told the
Washington Informer newspaper that he "...wanted to put together a group
of minority owners that would set an example to all professional sports
teams of how a sports organization can uplift a community...."
Though many say the predominately black city's government was
"snookered" into building a $611 million stadium for the team, Maldon
says, "The minority group can be rewarding for district youth and plans to
reach out to disadvantaged children in the city and neighborhoods are with-
out baseball fields or in with fields in poor condition."
To start kids on the route to become modem Jackie Robinsons, 30 MBL
teams have operations in the Caribbean and Dominican Republic where
they invest $75 million annually to spark interest in the game. The
Nationals' franchise is pledged to provide $1 million, plus $250,000 per
year, toward inner-city youth baseball in the Reviving Baseball in Inner
Cities (RBI) program. Such RBI programs are designed to reinvigorate
interest in baseball in urban areas where facilities have been poor or non-
existent. The model RBI project is in Compton, Calif. There youth base-
ball and softball academy are designed to renew interest in baseball as well
as help battle school drop-out rates through academic tutoring and coun-
selng that emphasize the importance of staying in school, off the streets,
and away from drugs and crime.
CONTRIBUTORS: Charles Griggs, Camilla Thompson, Reginald Fullwood,
E.O.Huthcinson, William Reed, Bruce Burwell, Phyllis Mack, Carlottra Guyton,
Brenda Burwell, Rhonda Silver, Maretta Latimer, Rahman Johnson, Headshots
March 29-April 4, 2007
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March 29 April 4 2007
HOFC Youth and Young Adult 2007 rvi
Conference is a Spring Break Revolution.
Rap Group Fishers Of Men: Chavist Mack, Tyree Jordan, Gerald Bates, HOF Sr. Pastor Dr. Lewis
Williams, "What", De'Quan, and Min. Chavez Williams at the Young Adult Conference. D. Maule Photo
by Dana Maule Jones was the opening night speak- Kimberly Sharpe chose to have the
A youth explosion happened dur- er at the conference filling in for conference during vacation time;
ing spring break on Edgewood Prophetess Patsy Dixon of not only for convenient attendance,
Avenue at the Household of Faith Neighborhood Outreach but also to give the young people a
Church. While some young people Community Center in Tallahassee, different view about spring break.
were getting sun at the beach, many FL. Pastor Jones was asked to step "They already know about
freaknik in Hot-lanta, and what they
A. do in Daytona, but I wanted to give
them a different image of spring
-I .. ~break," Sharpe said. "I want them to
get excited about having fun to
build the kingdom."
Youth and Young Adult
Conference 2007 had a few changes
from last year to pull off the big
vision Sharpe had for the young
people in the community.
"I felt that the conference pro-
gressed this year in attendance and
in the change of location from the
." ministry center to the church,"
Youth of all ages filled the church
in different ways.
of Jacksonville's teens were cele-
brating the Son of God at the
church's 2nd annual Youth and
Young Adult conference.
The three-day confab was a rally
for youth all over Jacksonville, to
celebrate Christ and serving in the
church at a young age.
This years' theme was "The man
behind the mask." Many local
gospel musicians and ministers
shared in the opportunity to moti-
vate young people to "take off the
mask and be themselves without
Co-Pastor of All Peoples
International Church Arthur T.
in for Dixon three weeks before the
Attendee Brianna Williams said
that Pastor Jones was the speaker
that she remembered most. "Haters
won't get to me," she said of Jones
message, "A 10 Day Turn Around"
that compared the young people to
the biblical Hebrew boys in
Other local ministers sharing in
the spring break revolution were
Pastor Corey Williams of Life in
the Spirit Church and gospel-
recording artist Demetrius of Bethel
Baptist Institutional Church.
HOFC youth leader Minister
Stroke Victims Sought to
Participate in Local Study
University of Florida-Shands Jacksonville and 20 other research sites
nationwide are currently enrolling patients who have suffered from stroke
and have limited hand and arm function into a clinical study. This type of
therapy involves the precise delivery of low levels of electricity to the sur-
face of the brain via an implanted stimulator system that is used during
rehabilitation treatment. Cortical stimulation works on the proven theory
that electrical stimulation can help the brain form alternative pathways to
regain functions lost after stroke. Patients with hand/arm disability as a
result of stroke who are interested in the EVEREST study may call 1-888-
546-9779 to find out if they qualify for the study.
SNOW ON STAGE!
Sharpe said. Last years conference
was held at the ministries second
location, Household of Faith
Minister Chavez Williams of
HOFC was another addition to the
2007 Youth and Young Adult con-
When asked how it was to work
with her younger brother during the
conference, Sharpe replied with a
chuckle, "we have different person-
alities, but they work together."
Williams hosted the Friday night
concert, which showcased a num-
ber of gospel Hip-Hop artist such as
Fishers of Men, Amyas, rappers
De'Quan and "What."
The senior pastor of HOFC was
very proud of the conferences suc-
cess. With a warm smile, Pastor
Williams acknowledged the labor
of the Youth and Young Adult con-
ference coordinators, his own son
"I expect the youth and young
adult ministry to live what they hear
preached and listen to their spiritual
father and their parents," said
Pastor Williams as he considered
the impact the conference would
have on his church.
Sharpe said "We want the parents
to have greater interaction with the
youth workers and know that we
want to improve the youth holisti-
cally in all areas, spiritually, aca-
demically and in home life."
"I also hope that the conference
will motivate other youth ministries
to come together so that we can
accomplish our endeavors together.
Together we can win more instead
of lose more separately," Sharpe
...... ........ . ....
Q: I heard that ninth grade students have to declare majors in high
school. Is this true? They should be concentrating on educational
issues and declare their majors later in their educational career.
A: Yes; it is true. As part of the Florida Department of Education's A++
legislation, all students entering their first year of high school, during the
2007-2008 school year, will be required to select a major area of inter-
est. Please know that a high school "major" is not the same as a college
major and it is not a commitment to a lifelong decision. The "major"
provides students the time to investigate areas of interest beyond the core
requirements of high school...just as all students take elective courses as
part of their high school requirements. The high school "major" is four
elective credits, such as sequential courses in an academic content area,
fine and performing arts, or a career and technical program. The "major"
is highly academic and helps students gain deeper knowledge in a spe-
cific area of interest. In addition, a high school "major" may provide stu-
dents with the opportunity to earn additional credit toward college, a
technical program or a beginning certification in an occupation. The
"major" is designed to make the high school experience more relevant to
specific student interests and increase the value of elective courses and
the high school diploma. For additional information about high school
major areas of interest, visit the Florida Department of Education's Web
site at http://ww.fldoe.org/APlusPlus.
Q: What is the process to be followed by school administration
regarding violations of the student code of conduct?
A: Duval County Public Schools' relies on the student code of conduct
to ensure that quality teaching and learning occur in a safe and orderly
environment in all Duval County schools. Visit Duval County's Web site
at www.dreamsbeginhere.org to read the specific policies, procedures,
and disciplinary actions for elementary and secondary students.
Q: When will school grades be assigned?
School Accountability grades, which the Florida Department of
Education assigns to schools based upon student performances (grades
3-10) on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT), are
expected be issued this summer. Last year, they were released in June.
Please submit your School Talk questions by email to
email@example.com, by fax at 390-2659, or by
mail to Duval County Public Schools, Communications Office,
1701 Prudential Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32207-8182.
STATE OF FLORIDA
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (FDOT), District Two
February 19, 2007
Invitation to Bid
Bid # E2J08, Financial Project # 20964275201, CONSTRUCTION
Landscaping on SR 15 (New Kings Rd) from SR 111 (Edgewood Ave west) to 1-295 in Duval County (2.897
miles). There are 90 calendar days given for completion with an additional acquisition days for materials of 16.
Budget estimate is $139,000.00. The pricing will be by lump sum. Per Standard Specification for Road and
Bridge Construction, 2007 edition, section 580-3.6, a Registered Landscape Architect will act as the
Contractor's Landscape Quality Control representative to oversee and certify monthly of certain informa-
tion. Also, per section 580-5, a Warranty/Maintenance Bond is required for the establishment period (to be
submitted at the time of planting). The bonding company will have to meet a certain rating for the bond to
be accepted. These costs shall be included in the lump sum bid price.
A MANDATORY PRIBID CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD at Jacksonville Urban Training Facility, 2198
Edison Avenue, Jacksonville, FL on April 13, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. Bid packages will be issued to attendees
of the mandatory prebid conference only.
SEALED BIDS will be received before April 26, 2007, 2:00 p.m. at FDOT, Lake City District Office,
Procurement, 1109 S. Marion Avenue Lake City, Florida 32025-5874 and opened publicly at 2:00 pm local
time. For questions call Patsy Elkins, 386-758-3703.
The Small Business Initiative calls for the following and is being advertised in compliance with FDOT Innovative
Contracting authority provided by Sec. 337.025 F.S. and is reserved for bidding by "Small Businesses".
1) These businesses are classified as not having a contract awarded to them by the Florida
Department of Transportation during the past twelve months and
2) The Small Business shall be either be a Certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprise under
Florida's Unified Certification Program or must
3) Meet the definition of small business as defined by the USDOT, (49CFR part 26.65), which identifies
by size by Small Business Administration's (SBA) definition.
For details, refer to:
4) and if company qualifies under #2, submit a notarized affidavit on the form provided in the bid doc-
uments attesting to meeting the requirements as defined by USDOT (49CFR Part 26.65), or
5) Bidders not possessing the certification mentioned above must submit tax returns for the three
previous years, upon request, and
6) Every company bidding must submit A BID GUARANTEE OF $500 with the bid. No other bid or
performance bond is required. The bid guarantee must be in the form of either a certified check, cashier's
check, trust company treasurer's check, bank draft of any national or state bank made payable to the FDOT. NO
Personal checks will be accepted.
UPON REQUEST THE LOW BIDDER SHALL SUBMIT:
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St. Paul AME 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.
Day of Prayer at Hemming Park, April 6
The community is invited to join Prophetess Narasha Oquenda and
Jacksonville's chuches to praise, worship, pray and intercede for the needs
of our area. Choirs, singers and poets will participate in the "Flow of the
Spirit" at 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, April 6 & 7th.
Singles Conference 2007
The Fellowship Of Consecrated United Singles invite the public to the
2007 singles Conference April 29-30,2007 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.
Greater Refuge Temple to Hold Free
Community Health Fair & Lunch
The Greater Refuge Temple, 1317 Rowe Avenue (at Lem Turner), will
present a FREE Community Health Fair and a FREE Lunch from 11 a.m.
to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, 2007. FREE Screenings will be offered
for Diabetes, Hypertension, Cholesterol, BMI, Cardiovascular Disease,
HIV/AIDS, Glaucoma & Visual Acuity, and Osteoporosis. Information will
be available on Prostate Cancer, Breast Cancer, Sickle Cell, Asthma and
Stroke. A Certified Nutritionist will present a cooking demonstration and
lecture on healthy eating. The Blood Alliance will also hold a blood drive,
and there will be FREE Physician Consultations. For more information, call
The Sound of My Soul" Live DVD St. Thomas Missionary Baptist to
Recording Concert at All People
Perez Ministries International, under the leadership of Pastor Zelma
Dickerson will present (FREE) "Winds of Worship-The Sound of My Soul"
live concert recording at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, 2007, at the All
People International Church, 1973 West Edgewood Avenue.
Special guests appearing will include Henrietta Telfair, featured vocal-
ist on "Youth For Christ (Love Comes In All Colors) and Troy Sneed's (A
State of Worship); national recording artist Leon "Timbo" Seymore;
radio/television personalities and a 200 voice Praise & Worship Choir.
This recording was transformed into an unforgettable worship experi-
ence under the skilled musical direction of Marc Dickerson who shares the
writing credits with his brother, Maurice; cousin, Leon Haynes; and his
mother, Pastor Zelma Dickerson. Marc Dickerson has written for Stellar
Award Nominee Darwin Hobbs (Beautiful to Me), and most recently, Troy
Sneed's hit song "Hallelujah" which has spent more than 10 weeks on
Billboard's Top 10 Chart.
For sponsorship and booth opportunities, call (904) 772-1490.
AME Ministers Alliance Presents
Easter Gospel Choir Program
Historic Mt. Zion AME Church, 201 East Beaver Street, Rev. F. D.
Richardson Jr., Pastor; will host The AME Ministers Alliance as they pres-
ent "The Seven Last Words of Christ" from 12 noon until 3 p.m. on Friday,
April 6, 2007. Music will be provided by the FCCJ Gospel and Concert
Chorale, and the combined choirs of Historic Mount Zion AME Church.
Live viewing on closed circuit television will also be presented in the
church's lower auditorium for those dining during their lunch break. "We
hope everyone will come out and hear the rousing preaching and inspiring
interpretive messages of Jesus Christ's last words during his crucifixion,"
Rev. Marva T. Mitchell, president of the AME Ministers Alliance. "This is
the ultimate sacrifice and mankind's salvation rendered to God's children by
his Son." For information, call 355-9475.
New Fountain Chapel Calling All
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.
Hold Annual Holy Week Revival
St. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church, 5863 Moncrief Road, Ernie L.
Murray Sr., Pastor; will hold their Holy Week Revival Monday, April 2nd
thru Friday, April 6, 2007, with services beginning nightly at 7 p.m.
Churches of the city will participate.
Pastor Rudolph W. McKissick Jr., of Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
will preach on Monday night, April 2nd.
Pastor Darien Bolden, of First Missionary Baptist Church, Fernandina
Beach, will preach on Tuesday night, April 3rd.
Pastor Timothy Coe, of West Friendship BaptistChurch, will preach on
Wednesday night, April 4th.
Pastor Darrell Gilyard, of Shiloh Metropolitan Church, will preach on
Pastor C. Eugene Overstreet of Chattanooga, Tennessee will close the
Holy Week Revival on Friday night, April 6th.
Pastor Murray and the St. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church Family
invite the community to come out and share Holy Week Revival, each
evening. St. Thomas is the Church that reaches up to God, and reaches out
Evans Exhibit Includes James
Weldon Johnson Artifacts
The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, 829 Riverside Ave., presents
the Walter O. Evans Collection of African American Art through April 17,
2007. This exhibit chronicles the achievements of African American artists
from the mid-19th century to the present. Admission charge, information:
Stanton/Stanton Vocational Alumni Gala
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 asso-
ciated 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.
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Mighty Clouds of Joy Celebrate
47th Year With New Release
Three-tiime Ganimmy Awald=
Winners and Gospel Mtuie Hall of
Famers, The Mighty Clouds of Joy,
are undoubtedly shuffling around a
few trophies to fid space fr one
of their most rcet award states,
This year, the Clouds wee named
the 22nd Annual James Cleveland
Liftifme Achievement Award
reipients by the Stellar Awards
Gospel Music Academy, This was
erly e a few hos the group
Abo tW a year, they have beem
m di .by the Nattional
Assiation of Black Ownved
Bmamse J(NMABOB) e heira
The fight Clouds of Joy plan to
keep things "Movin"' with the
ior their latest release, The
agaiini tenlited the product i on a
songritieg brilliant e of Sancheza
Harley, also producer of their criti- a
(tantea lalt spas msea"tly 4 decades
call acl aimed 36th alum In the
CHouse oafl ev, are sd8ll f-ar fLiv i
&Ile ffajiis Iinh anif, d they've in no
hanylto goettiOe.OApril 3,2007,
The Mighty Clouds of Joy plan to
keep things "Movin" with the
release oftheir 37th full-length CD.
For their latest release, The
Mighty Clouds of Joy have once
again enlisted the production and
songwriting brilliance of Sanchez
Harley, also producer of their criti-
cally acclaimed 36th album In the
,,House of.J Lote d .Live. in
your own praise) for this one. The
live album jump starts in high-
speed with the hand-clapping Jesus
Will Turn It Around and continues
with a hard hitting, up-tempo praise
anthem, appropriately titled, Bring
Your Own Praise. Additional songs
featured on the CD include the folk
guitar driven At the Foot of the
Cross and the groovy title track
Movin'. This release is packed with
praise, but it doesn't forget the wor-
ship, The track Rain on Me covers
the listener with a worshipful flood
of God's love, a feeling that's clear-
ly close to the Clouds' hearts. "It's
the rain that can only come from
heaven," Joe says, "Rain down
love, understanding, peace, joy, and
health... the rain that only our
mighty God can send." The Clouds
are more passionate than they have
ever been about their music, so one
can rest assured that Movin' is not
just another notch in their fan belt,
but a treasured keepsake from their
47 years of faithful gospel ministry.
Gospel innovators from the very
start, the Mighty Clouds of Joy
were the first quartet to transform
their stage presence with colorful
matching outfits and choreography.
They challenged the sound barriers
with live instruments such as bass,
drums, and keyboards, from the
previously traditional accompani-
ment of an electric guitar.
Forty seven years and still going
.strong....The.word.retire is asgood
,Iouston. ~9pds'dleadsinger, Joe, as foreign to this group of trailblaz-
Ligon suggests you B.Y.O.P (bring ers.
From Egypt to Trinidad: The Origin
From a purely Christian perspec-
tive, the holiday of Easter symbol-
izes the rebirth of the Christ, who
rose from the dead three days after
being crucified. The holiday also
marks the beginning of spring.
Easter is always observed on the
Sunday following the first full
moon after the vernal equinox. In,
2006, Easter is on Sunday, April
In:the U.S., Africa and the
Caribbean. children play a large
part in Easter celebrations, receiv-
ing new outfits and Easter baskets.
participating in Easter Egg Hunts
and gobbling down Chocolate
Bunnies. Although Easter is a reli-
gious holiday, most countries add
their own flavor, such as in man\
parts of Africa. where Christian
hymns are accompanied by the
beating of drums and Kigelegele.
the high-pitched sounds made by
\omen. The contemporary Easter
celebration includes some pagan
rituals as well.
Are Your Tith
The scriptural basis for tithing,
Malachi 3:10, has been erroneously
misinterpreted for years Dr.' Russell
Ear Kelly argues in his book,
Name: The fertility goddess for
the ancient Norther European peo-
ples, Eostre (pronounced East-ra),
was worshipped at the time of the
vernal equinox (the end of March).
Some historians believe the word
Easter is a variation of her name
and that invading Romans -- newly
Christianised -- merged Eostre's
mythology with Christ's resurrec-
tion. Some also see a correlation
between Easter and dawn. which
Eostre is also the goddess of. when
the sun rises m the east.
Easter Eggs: In all cultures, the
egg symbolizes life. Eggs were a
part of ancient spring festivals:
the\ were dyed and eaten in
ancient Eg)pt. Persia. Greece and
Rome. Colored eggs were e'en
given a\wa back then. Did you
know more than a billion (like,
\ ith a b) Easter eggs are hunted in
the U.S each year'?
Easter BunnN: Actually, it %was
first a hare -- not a rabbit -- that
sNmbolized Easter. Hares, long
associated with the moon, are born
with their eyes open while rabbits
are born blind. The Hare is preg-
nant for one month, the same
amount of time the moon cycles.
The first full moon after the vernal
equinox determines the date for
Easter that year.
Over the years the hare turned
into a bunny (possibly because of
the fecundity of rabbits and
Spring's association with fertilitr).
The reason the Easter Bunny is
associated w ith eggs goes back to
the Anglo Saxon goddess Eostre
and her beautiful pet bird. She. one
da\. turned the bird into a hare.
hence, the mammal continues to
build a nest basket) filled with
From a West African tradition, the
God of spring is the trickster, the
small child-god \who as a point of
light constantly runs circles around
the universe. To African
Americans, he is Br'er Rabbit, who
tricks his \ av out of trouble.
s of Easter
New Clothing: Because Christ
literally began a new life by rising
from the dead on the third day,
many partake in buying a new out-
fit for Easter Sunday. Looking
sharp on the heaviest day of the
church year is another reason.
In Trinidad and Tobago, for
instance, Easter bonnet parades are
the norm in the weeks preceding
Easter, a long-standing tradition
that grew\ from the ladies' habit of
getting a new hat for Easter
An American superstition is that
by wearing three new things on
Easter Sunday, good luck will fol-
low throughout the year.
Easter Lilies: Easter Lilies, the
fragrant white bulbs that bloom in
earl\ spring, get their name
because they blossom around the
Easter season. Whiteness is a sym-
bol of purity, innocence and
rebirth. This trumpet lily was actu-
ally brought from the nation of
Bermuda in 1900.
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ies Being ivsnanalead
Book explains misinterpretation of Malachi 3:10.
"Should the Church Teach
Tithing?" In his opinion
the storehouse referred to
in the scripture ("Bring ye
all the tithes into the store-
house") is the community-
not the temple itself. A
thorough exegesis of the
S scripture is given in the
following press release:
.. .First, the Levitical
cities must be included.
SGod never told ordinary
Israelites to bring the
whole tithe to the Temple
in Jerusalem. According to
Nehemiah 10:38 that duty
J belonged to the Levites
and priests. The Levites
lived on borrowed land
surrounding 48 cities.
After the exile they lived
in the 13 priestly cities in Judah
such as 'Jricho ard Hebron.
Nehemiah 10:37b makes it clear
that the people were to bring the
tithes to those cities. Numb 18:21-
24; 35 all; Josh 20, 21; 1st Chron
6:48-80; 2nd Chron 11:13, 14;
31:15-19; Neh 12:27-29; 13:10 and
Second, the correct interpreta-
tion of Malachi 3:10 must include
the 24 courses of the Levites and
priests. Only the older males ate
tithes at the Temple and then nor-
mally only one week out of 24
weeks! Do the math! That is only
4% of the total work force! And
with the wives and younger chil-
dren staying at home it is only 2%
of the total work force who needed
to eat tithes in the Temple! 1
Chronicles, chapters 23-26; 28:13,
21; 2 Chron. 8:14; 23:8; 31:2, 15-
19; 35:4, 5, 10; Ezra 6:18; Neh.
11:19, 30; 12:24; 13:9, 10; Luke
Third, the word "you" of Malachi
is referring to the dishonest priests
and not the people: "Even this
whole nation of you --priests." In
Nehemiah 13:5-10 the priests had
clearly stolen the Levites' portion of
the tithe. Also, in Malachi 1:14 the
priests had stolen that portion of the
tithed animals which they had
vowed to God from their herds.
Read all of Malachi. God's anger
towards the priests and His curses
on them are ignored by most inter-
preters (1:14; 2:2 and 3:2-4).
When the Levitical cities, the 24
courses and God's anger towards
the priests for stealing are consid-
ered, then Malachi 3:10 only makes
sense when it only refers to priests
who had stolen from God. Proof-
text hermeneutics cause error.
It makes no sense to tell the peo-
ple to bring 100% of the tithe to the
Temple when 98% of those who
needed it for food were still in the
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This crimson sauce is a seasonal addition to any springtime table when
served as a glaze or alongside a serving of ham. Pur6e half of the sauce as
instructed, or leave the cherries whole for 'a more dramatic presentation.
You can make this sauce ahead and simply warm over low heat on the
stovetop until ready to serve.
Makes: 2 to 3 cups
1 package Cook's Sweet Ham Glaze and Dipping Sauce
1 pound frozen cherries
In a saucepan over low heat, combine glaze and cherries and simmer
about 8 minutes until cherries thaw and mixture begins to bubble. Remove
half of mixture and pure in a blender about 30 seconds. Return pur6ed
cherry mixture to saucepan and stir. Continue to heat on low another 3
Mango and Black-Eyed Pea Salsa
This southwest-inspired salsa will disappear when placed alongside an
Easter ham and scooped up with tortilla chips. Combine the delicious fla-
vors that complement ham and stir in some chopped fresh cilantro, if
desired, just before serving.
Makes: about 4 cups
1/3 cup olive oil
1/2 cup vinegar
Juice of 1 lime
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 15 1/2-ounce cans black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
2 mangoes, diced
3 tomatoes, diced
3 green onions, finely chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste
Combine oil, vinegar, lime juice, cumin and garlic powder in medium
bowl. Add black-eyed peas, mangoes, tomatoes and green onion; toss gen-
tly to coat. Season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate 4 hours and serve with
Cambozola, Peach and Spinach Turnovers
Cambozola is a very creamy bleu cheese that is a cross between
Camembert and Gorgonzola. Look for Cambozola in a cheese shop or sub-
stitute creamy Gorgonzola or Camembert.
Makes: 4 servings
1/4 cup milk
4 square sheets puff pastry, 5-inch square
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 ripe peach, peeled, pitted and thinly sliced
1 4-ounce jar pimiento strips, drained
1 cup baby spinach leaves, washed and stemmed
4 ounces Cambozola, or other creamy blue cheese, sliced into 4 pieces
Heat oven to 400F. Whisk together egg and milk in a small bowl; brush
mixture onto one side of pastry squares. Reserve egg wash for later use.
Combine sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over pastry squares. Layer 1/4 of
the peach, pimiento and spinach in center of each pastry square and top
with cheese. Fold dough around the filling to make triangle; sealing edges.
Brush top with remainder of egg wash; place on greased cookie sheet.
Bake 12 to 16 minutes, until golden brown. Serve hot.
Seasonal Tastes and Time Saving Innovations
For generations, American families have enjoyed the succulent taste of a smoked bone-in
ham as the centerpiece of their Easter celebration.
Today, tradition meets convenience with mouth-watering spiral sliced, slow cured ham. The eye-catching presen-
tation of a hickory smoked ham is a crowd-pleasing favorite, and with a few lively, contemporary flavors, it's easy to
create a modern twist on the traditional springtime menu.
Many spiral sliced hams are fully cooked, requiring only heating before they are ready to be served as the cen-
terpiece of a festive, holiday table. Cook's bone-in spiral sliced ham, for instance, is slow cured with natural ingre-
dients including pure cane sugar, real honey and brown sugar and includes a packet of prepared ham glaze. The
juicy, traditional taste is delivered conveniently through spiral slices for serving ease. Ham is also an excellent
source of protein. Many hams provide fewer than 200 calories per 3-ounce cooked serving, making the robust taste
of bone-in ham part of a healthful diet.
This spring, dress up your holiday ham with a deliciously sweet and tart crimson sauce. You'll invest only five min-
utes of prep time simply add the packet of prepared ham glaze to the frozen cherries and brush the sauce on the
ham about 10 minutes before it is finished baking. The end result is a sweet balance to the savory, old fashioned
taste of bone-in ham. Be sure to reserve some of the cherry sauce for dipping during the meal.
Add the flavors of spring to this festive menu with other seasonal fruits and vegetables as well. Mango and black-
eyed pea salsa served with tortilla chips adds a rainbow of colors and bright flavors to your tabletop for a contem-
porary, casual appetizer. Golden turnovers of peach, bleu cheese and spinach wrapped in flaky puff pastry are a
sweet and savory addition that makes any spring celebration special.
Spiral sliced hams are ideal for any festive gathering throughout the year because they are easy to prepare and
practically serve themselves as part of a buffet or holiday table. Plus, leftover ham is always a welcome addition to
a variety of recipes whether as a base for sandwiches, an addition to scrambled eggs, a complement to pasta or
a hearty topping for salads and soups.
For great tips for preparing and serving ham, and quick and easy recipes visit www.CooksHam.com.
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Baked Country Ham
14 lb Uncooked smoked ham 1 c Brown sugar 1/2 c Dry sherry
1/4 c Honey 1/4 c Dijon mustard
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Put ham, fatty-side up, in a foil-lined
metal baking pan. Cover with foil and bake for 3 hours. Combine
remaining ingredients. Remove ham from oven. Carefully trim away all
but 1/8-inch of fat. Score with a sharp knife in a diamond pattern, mak-
ing cuts 1/8-inch deep and one inch apart. Pour excess fat from pan. Line
pan with new foil, and put ham in pan. Spoon glaze over ham and bake
for 20 minutes. Raise oven temperature to 325 degrees, and glaze again.
Bake an additional 20 minutes. Glaze once more and bake 15 minutes.
Cool before carving into thin slivers.
Stuffed Fresh Ham
1 ea Ham fresh 12-18 lbs w/pocket -cut into it for stuffing
8 ea Or more links of Italian -sausage
1. Put ham into a roasting pan & surround with water. Cook
in oven at 400 degrees F for 2 hours. Remove. Strip casings
from the sausage and stuff the ham with the un-cased sausage.
Add more water to pan if needed. Return ham to oven and
cook for 1 hour more. When ham is done, drain offjuice from
the pan and put into a small pot. Place in refrigerator for 30
minutes, remove from refrigerator, skim off the grease that has
formed and use for a gravy base.
Peachy Pecan Ham
1 (6-lb.) ham 1 cup peach preserves, divided 1 can (ll.5-oz.) peach nectar
1 tablespoon cornstarch I teaspoon dry mustard 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 large peaches, peeled, pitted and sliced 1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted
Preheat oven to 325F. Place ham in a shallow baking pan; score ham in diamond pat-
tern with a sharp paring knife. Cover with foil and bake according to package directions,
about 3 hours. 30 minutes before ham is done, remove foil and brush with /2 cup peach pre-
serves. Baste often until done (1600F for fresh ham, 130F for ready-to-eat ham).
In a medium saucepan, combine peach nectar, cornstarch and dry mustard; stir until
smooth. Add brown sugar and remaining cup of preserves. Cook over medium heat, stirring
constantly, until thickened. Stir in peaches and pecans. Cook until warmed through, about
2 more minutes. Slice ham and serve with peach sauce on the side.
March 29- April 5, 2007
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Over the past year in celebration of our 20th Anniversary, we paid tribute to the many people, places and events, that have graced the Free Press pages. Though
our celebration is officially over, we received such overwhelming response to the "Flipping" page, we have decided to continue the page on a monthly basis as
we continue to share with you some of the many memories that have shaped our publication.
Shown above are Dr. Jimmy Jenkins, Dr. Faleese Jenkins, Atty. Ginger Jenkins, daughter, Dr. Gloria Gary City Councilwoman Pat Lockett-Felder gives
and famed Atty. Willie E. Gary. They are gathered in this celebratory pose to celebrate the Honorary greetings at the 25th Annual Sickle Cell Conference
Degree bestowed upon Gloria Gary by EWC. in 2001.
Also attending the North East Florida Chapter
Sickle Cell Conference was Sandra Bradley an
Office Manager who received the award for
State Sickle Cell Association President Barbara Bush was recognized with an award
from the N.E. Florida Sickle Cell Association Board Member and Conference Chair, Ben
Green, on behalf of the Executive Board.
Shown here are local 2001 Sickle Cell Poster Child Eric "Ricky"
Marshall, Jr. and State 2001 Poster Child Brandi Abernathy.
AKA Debutante Tia Mackey was honored with "Back to School"
Splash Party attended by other 2002 Silver Rose Coterie. Pictured
here are Janie Madry (mother), Pearl K. Mackey, Michelle Daniels,
Lisa Daniels, Tia Mackey, E. Pearl Mackey and Alma Daniels
Jennifer Carroll joins Jacksonville's 2001 Veterans Day Parade.
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Unveiling of the Abraham Linclon Lewis Mausoleum (1-r) Granddaughter of the late
A.L. Lewis Johnetta Cole,Joe McEachin (City Historian) Thelma Lewis (cousin) and Art
Robinson (Dr. Cole's Husband).
Jesse Jackson returns to the spotlight August 2001.
News that Jackson had fathered a child during an
extra-marital affair was followed by inquiries of
financial matters of his Rainbow/ PUSH Coalition.
While the clamor threatened his considerable clout,
he remains a beacon of hope for people of color, and
has not kept silent about social injustice. Political
scientist Ron Walters said of Jackson; "He's simply
determined to just out work it".
During His term as Mayor, John Delaney worked
1 day each month on different jobs in the commu-
nity. Shown here he is stocking shelves at Premier
Foods on Edgewood Avenue.
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March 29 April 4, 2007
~W_ hat to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
Connection to the
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
On Saturday, March 31st, The
Women's Caf6, located 2500
Atlantic Ave. in Fernandina 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
The Ritz Theater & LaVilla
Museum will present "The Bible
Experience" a free event on March
31st. The powerful presentation
with commentary by inspirational
speakers (local church leaders, city
officials and actors) is an explorato-
ry look into God's Word, The Bible
through an impressive all-star cast.
To RSPV contact Troy McNair
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
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
Do you know someone who is constantly doing for oth-
ers or putting someone else's needs before their own? A
friend that goes beyond the norm? A tireless volunteer?
Nominate him or her for the Unsung Hero spotlight and
they could win a $50.00 Gift Certificate from Publix
Supermarkets and share their courageous and selfless sto-
ries with Jacksonville Free Press readers.
SEND INFORMATION TO: (904) 765-3803 Fax
UNSUNG HERO, C/O Jacksonville Free Press
P.O.Box 43580, Jacksonville, FL 32203
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creative atmosphere. The free art
forum will be held on Thursday,
April 5th. Call 632-5555 for more
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.
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
The next PRIDE Book Club
Meeting will be held on Friday,
April 6th, at 7:00 PM, at the Clara
White Mission 613 W. Ashley St.
JuCoby Pittman will be the host.
This PRIDE meeting will feature a
tour of the newly renovated facility,
and a rich history presentation. The
book for discussion will be
"Leaving Cecil Street" by Diane
McKinney-Whetstone, held imme-
diately after tour. The next book
club meeting will be held on Friday,
May 4th to discuss "Third and A
Mile: The Trials and Triumphs of
the Black Quarterback" by William
Rhoden. For more information e-
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
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On April 7th Omni Financial,
Inc. and Omni Home Realty Corp.
will hold a one stop shop seminar to
encompass all aspects of home buy-
ing at 103 Century 21 Drive, Suite
101. Realtors, Appraisers,
Mortgage Professionals, and home
inspectors will be available to
assist. Seminar will begin prompt-
ly at 11- 1 p.m. Registration
includes continental brunch. RSVP
by calling (904) 346-1198. Limited
Alley Oop Clara
White Charity Bowl
The Clara White Mission will
sponsor its 9th Annual Alley Oop
Charity Bowl- Bowling to Strike
out hunger event on Saturday, April
7th starting at 12 Noon.
"Celebrating Heroes" is the tourna-
ment theme which will again be
held at the Phoenix Lanes, 2600
Blanding Blvd. This is one of our
most anticipated fundraisers of the
year. For more information contact
the CWM at (904) 354-4162 or
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 of NE 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.
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.
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
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
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-
Beach Art Festival
Saturday, April 14th and
Sunday, April 15th, the 13th
Annual Ponte Vedra Beach Art
Festival will be held. It will show-
case 200 of the nation's talented
artist in a wide variety of etchings,
sculptures, paintings, photography
hand-crafted jewelry, pottery and
more, outside in the parking fields
of Sawgrass Village located A1A
south of JT Butler Blvd. from
10:AM to 5:PM each day.
Admission is free. For more infor-
mation call (954) 472-3755 or visit:
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.
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.
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.
On Wednesday, April 18th the
Mandarin Garden Club located
2892 Loretto Road will host an on-
site tour of their demonstration gar-
dens. You're invited to join them
from 10- 1PM as they reveal help-
ful hints to beautify your land-
scapes. For registration informa-
tion call 387-8850. Refreshments
will be sold.
Youth & Old School
Calling all Trojans. The Ribault
High School Class of 1987 is spon-
soring a Youth & Old School
Basketball Game to support the stu-
dents. This event will be held on
Saturday April 21st at 6:00 PM in
the school gym.
Marc Little will be giving the play-
by-play. For more information con-
tact Rudy Jamison at 386-8926.
On Wednesday, April 25th
Volunteer Jacksonville will present
a Celebration of Service, "Be the
Change- Volunteer" at The Times
Union Center of Performing Arts -
Moran Theatre. VIP Reception
5:30 p.m., ceremony begins at 7:00
p.m. To order tickets contact Linda
Patterson at 332-6767, ext 102, or
Celebration of Service
Celebration 2007 honoring
Community Trustees will honor
Bob Helms, Wachovia, Peter
Rummell, The St. Joe Company and
Madeline Scales-Taylor, Mayo
Clinic. The event will be held on
Thursday, April 26, 2007, at the
Prime F. Osborn 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.
The 1st 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
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
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.
Links Old School Gala
The Bold City Chapter of Links,
Inc. will host their annual Old
School Gala on Saturday, May
19th at Alltell Stadium. The annual
dinner and dance includes costume
and prizes in a festive atmosphere
surrounded to the tunes of Motown.
For more information, contact any
Bold City Links member or give us
a call at the Free Press at 634-1993.
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Whatever Happened to Freddie "Boom-Boom" Washington?
VIVICA FOX CHARGED IN DUI CASE
Actress could get jail time for recent drunk driving arrest in LA
Things just got real serious for Vivica A. Fox.
The actress is now facing a maximum of six
months in jail after the Los Angeles city attor-
ney on charged her with misdemeanor counts
of driving under the influence of alcohol and '
driving with a blood-alcohol level above the -
legal limit. -1
Fox, 42, was arrested late Tuesday after j
whizzing past a patrol car on the Hollywood -
Freeway at 80 mph and subsequently failing a ,
field sobriety test, authorities said. Breathalyzer .
tests indicated her blood-alcohol level was
greater than .08 percent, the legal limit for a driver. Fox spent a night
behind bars and was released the next morning.
Her arraignment is set for May 17. In addition to a six-month jail term,
Fox is also facing a $1,000 fine.
LIL JON'S NEW BLING SETS GUINNESS RECORD
Latest order is officially world's largest diamond pendant.
To promote his upcoming CD "Crunk Ain't Dead," producer Lil Jon lit-
erally bought his way into the
"I Guinness World Records by pur-
chasing what has turned out to be the
S i L largest diamond pendant in history.
Purchased for $500,000 at Jason
Sof Beverly Hills, the "Crunk Ain't
Dead" pendant is 7.5 inches tall, six
inches wide and one inch thick. The
piece weighs 5.11 pounds and fea-
tures 73 carats of diamonds. The total
stone count is 3,756 genuine round-
cut white diamonds, set in 18-karat yellow and white gold.
"I'm glad the Guinness World Records folks acknowledged me and my
Crunk Ain't Dead piece," Lil Jon said. "I grew up on reading and hearing
about people and celebrities who break records in the Guinness World
Records book and it always fascinated me. Now that I'm on the list, it feels
great. Let's just see how many rappers try to outdo my pendant and break
my record. They don't call me the King of Crunk for nothing!"
The album, due sometime in the fall, features guest collaborations from
Good Charlotte, Ciara, Lil Wayne, R.Kelly, Three 6 Mafia, Rick Rubin,
Green Day, and Korn's Jonathan Davis.
SIMPSONS BOOK TO HIT THE AUCTION BLOCK
judge on Friday ordered the Sacramento County Sheriffs Department to
schedule an auction of O.J. Simpson's scrapped book, "If I Did It," in
which the former NFL star explains how he .e" '
would have murdered his ex-wife Nicole Brown .
Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman.
The book was supposed to be published by t
HarperCollins, a division of News Corp, along
with an accompanying TV special in which
Simpson would discuss the book. But both proj-
ects were cancelled amidst public outrage.
As previously reported, a Los Angeles County b
Superior Court judge ordered the book rights to
be auctioned off with proceeds from the auction
and any subsequent book profits turned over to
Goldman's family, who won a wrongful death civil lawsuit in 1997 and has
been trying to collect on a $33.5-million judgment ever since.
Judge Gerald Rosenberg also ruled the rights of Lorraine Brooke
Associates, a Florida-based company that struck the book deal with
HarperCollins, be included in the auction. Goldman's father, Fred, had
accused Simpson in a separate federal lawsuit of creating Lorraine Brooke
so he could hide money from the book and TV deal and not allow the
Goldmans to seize the profits. The suit was dismissed and is under appeal.
Terry McMillan Wants $40M
From Gay Ex Husband
Exhale," is also suing for emotion-
al distress, invasion of privacy and
placing her in a "false light" to
harm her professionally and per-
sonally. She also claimed that
Plummer violated a restraining
-,_ -order by calling her to speak with
V^ r & her son.
Born in New York City on September 4, 1953, Lawrence Hilton Jacobs was the fifth of nine children hailing
from a family with West Indian heritage.
He began auditioning for acting gigs while still attending the High School ofArt and Design, and after grad-
uation, he supported himself by taking a series of menial jobs, honing his skills atAl Fann's Theatrical School
and with the Negro Ensemble Company.
Later heading to Hollywood, Lawrence appeared in a handful offeature films, Death Wish, Claudine, The
Gambler, and Cooley High, before landing the role of a lifetime in 1975 as Freddie "Boom-Boom" Washington
on a new TV series called Welcome Back, Kotter. Though fated to be associated with that lovable character for-
ever, he has, nonetheless, gone on to enjoy an enduring career, evidenced by a resume' which boasts over 50
big screen and television credits, plus work as a director, as a scriptwriter, as a composer, and as a producer.
Here, he talks about his latest movie, Sublime, recently released on DVD, a thought-provoking, sci-fi
thriller, where he plays a man with suspicious motivations who goes by the name ofMandingo.
by K. Williams
Kam Williams: Hi Laurence. The
first thing I want to ask you is
whether you remember my cousin,
Maurice Sneed, an actor who came
up around the same time as you.
Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs: Oh, man,
to death! Are you kidding me?
What a small world man! I haven't
seen Maurice in a million years.
Q: I can't wait to tell him that we
spoke, although we all call him
Brother. That was his nickname as a
LHJ: Here's just a little interesting
piece of trivia. See if you can find a
was made in
and I did that
I t's a street gang
'* : .. . movie.
Q: I'll check it
.out. Weren't you
also in the
Sduction of What
the Wine Sellers
.. Buy back in the
,. Seventies with
*"....... him? If so, I
S : might have met
Syou when he
S backstage to
., meet the rest of
LHJ: No, I
only did that
play with the
New York com-
pany. I think
actor did Wine
Sellers ... at
some point in
back then. But say "hi" to Maurice
Q: Will do. Is it true that you did
an assortment of odd jobs after high
LHJ: Yeah, I had a lot of jobs,
because I wanted to be an actor, and
I had this bad habit of wanting to
eat regularly. So, 1 had to make
some money somewhere. I was
everything from a stock worker in
an Alexander's department store to
flower delivery person to a messen-
ger to a grocery clerk to a gas sta-
tion attendant. I even worked in
Macy's dusting off fur coats for two
Q: How old were you when you
got bit by the acting bug?
LHJ: Early, just like your cousin.
Sneed was around 13 or 14 when he
started. We were both out of New
York. I bounced around then, trying
to get work while still going to
school, which is a little tough. And
then, when I became 18, I just start-
ed studying with the Al Fann
Theatrical Ensemble and with the
Negro Ensemble Company. Work
started to flourish from that.
Q: What was one of the early pro-
ductions you remember appearing ?
LHJ: Al Fann had a famous play
back then called King Heroin which
everyone who came to the ensem-
ble did. In the late Sixties and early
Seventies, as you know, the heroin
epidemic was exploding. I also did
Cora's Second Cousin, The Dean,
and The Exterminator, where I
played a guy who lands in purgato-
ry where he gets put on trial by the
bugs for trying to kill them.
Q: You made your screen debut in
Death Wish, the original vigilante
movie. Did you die in that flick?
LHJ: Yep, I was killed, shot by
Bronson [star Charles Bronson]
with a gun. It's kind of funny,
because when we were doing that
scene over by the Hudson River,
which took two days to shoot, it
was so cold I couldn't believe it.
And then some of the spray from
his blank gun hit me in the face,
man. I just sprung back from it, and
the director thought I was overact-
ing, but it had burned my face.
Q: People forget that even shoot-
ing blanks is potentially lethal. I
remember how the actor Jon-Erik
Hexum accidentally killed himself
on a movie set with a blank.
LHJ: Yeah, he put the gun to his
head and he took himself out, which
is a drag, man.
Q: Would you say that Cooley
High was your breakout role?
LHJ: Oh, big time! Yet, it's funny
how these things can overlap. Back
in those days, when a movie came
out, it might stay in theaters for a
year or even longer. So, I had done
Claudine and Cooley High, and
then Welcome Back, Kotter. And
they were all out at the same time.
So, I was all over the place.
KW: What was it like to have that
degree of fame all of a sudden?
LHJ: It was like an explosion. You
just don't get ready for it. I don't
even know how you can, because
you just don't expect it. For me, up
until that point, you would do a gig,
and then you'd go out and try to find
the next job.
So, I had no idea what effect
something blockbustering would
have. To me, it was just a job that I
was trying to do the best I could.
We had shot the first five shows
before it went on the air. Then, it
was this firecracker hit, and people
were recognizing me, so it was just
nuts. It was overwhelming, insane,
wonderful and scary all at the same
time. It's really peculiar that people
see you on television and then think
they have a personal relationship
with you. So, they want to touch
you, and grab you, and sit down and
have lunch with you. It's strange,
and you never get used to that.
KW: I guess they know who you
are, but they don't really know you.
Did you have a hard time handling
that aspect of fame?
LHJ: You learn to roll with it. I'll
talk to anybody and everybody. I
learned that from Jack Albertson
years ago. When he was doing
Chico and the Man with Freddie
Prinze, we were doing Kotter right
next-door to them. We all used to
hang out on the lot together. And
Jack, Red Foxx and Scatman
Crothers were like the elder states-
men, telling us the vaudeville sto-
ries from their early days. But Jack
is the one that told me, "Larry, you
should talk to everybody, that's how
you learn life." It was a simple thing
to say, but I got it. It's also a way of
keeping yourself down-to-earth.
Cosby Turns to Youtube to Raise Funds for Slavery Museum
A new YouTube-inspired cam-
paign is allowing Web surfers to
create homemade videos featuring
entertainer Bill Cosby soliciting
donations toward the building of a
$200 million slavery museum in
Amateur videographers are
encouraged to visit www.eight-
bucks.org to download a video of
Cosby and later insert their own
backgrounds, pictures and sound
effects. They can use links to post
the finished product on
YouTube.com, which in turn helps
to promote the museum.
"We've been trying to get every-
body in the United States of
America to send in $8. Everybody
didn't," Cosby deadpans in the
video. "So we're asking again."
The "Bill Cosby Green Screen
Challenge" uses chroma key video
compositing, a Hollywood device
that allows directors to separate
performers from their background.
Later, they can replace the back-
ground with something else -- put-
ting actors amid exploding wreck-
age or on battlefields, for instance.
"I keep my fingers crossed that
people will see it as something that
is very, very serious," Cosby, a key
fund raiser for the museum, told
The Associated Press. "We need
people to think seriously that their
donation is crucial."
The 290,000-square-foot muse-
um, spearheaded by former Virginia
Gov. L. Douglas Wilder, will fea-
ture more than 5,000 historic relics
of slavery, galleries and a full-scale
replica of a Portuguese slave ship.
In September, organizers launched
the campaign that urged every
American to donate $8 -- a number
symbolizing slave shackles. The
effort raised $50,000 in one week-
end, but so far has yet to reach its
target of a half million. Cosby
blamed the lack of donations on
apathy among black Americans.
"When you try to go out and get
$8 from every African American,
you do the math and you come up to
this whopping millions of dollars,"
Mcmillan and Plummer in hap-
Author Terry McMillan, the
woman who famously went on
"The Oprah Winfrey Show" with
her ex-husband to discuss their
divorce in the wake of his revealed
homosexuality, has just sued him
for $40 million claiming he tried to
ruin her reputation.
McMillan, 55, filed the papers
Wednesday in Contra Costa County
Superior Court against Jonathan
Plummer, the 32-year-old whom
she met while vacationing in
Jamaica. He inspired her best-sell-
ing 1996 novel, "How Stella Got
Her Groove Back."
The lawsuit claims Plummer, a
Jamaica native, married McMillan
in 1998 only to get U.S. citizenship.
After admitting to McMillan that he
is gay, the couple went through a
nasty divorce and settled for an
undisclosed amount. Plummer's
lawyer, Dolores Sargent, is also
named in the lawsuit.
"The defendants conspired and
formed a plan to threaten to humil-
iate and embarrass Terry
McMillan," the lawsuit said, "and
violate her privacy and place her in
harm's way, and threatened to dam-
age her professional and personal
standing in an attempt to extort
monies from her."
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Woman of Color Chosen as New Miss U.S.A.
The Miss USA tiara has seen
some rough days in the past 12
months. But it all came to an end
Friday as the crown waived buh-
bye to the sex scandals, club hop-
ping and rehab stint endured under
the reign of Tara Conner and found
itself atop the coiffed hairdo of
Rachel Smith, a bi-racial journal-
ism grad from Clarksville,
Tennessee who beat out 50 other
contestants to win the annual com-
"I'm speechless at this point, I real-
ly am," said the 21-year-old alum-
nus of Nashville's Belmont
University after the pageant, which
included contestants from all 50
states and the District of Columbia.
In the final stretch of the compe-
tition at Hollywood's Kodak
Theatre, Smith edged out African
American fmalist Meagan Yvonne
Tandy of California; Cara Renee
Gorges of Kansas; Helen Salas of
Danielle Lacourse of Rhode Island,
who was named the first runner-up.
When asked whether she was
ready to take over for Conner,
The Passions of Mava
For dinner the other night, Maya
Angelou cooked this:
"I made some eggplant parmi-
giana, some sauteed green beans
with portobello mushrooms and a
mix of steamed vegetables.
"I'm not as mobile as I once was,"
she said by phone from her home in
Winston-Salem, N.C., "so I have a
housekeeper who cooks for me
when I choose. She becomes my
Even so, cooking remains one of
her passions. In her essay collection
"Hallelujah! The Welcome Table,"
she weaves stories around food and
Cooking and writing: Those are
the two things she says she loves
And that she cooks well illustrates
this: Whatever she does -- writing,
editing, directing, acting, teaching,
singing, dancing or cooking her
dinner -- she tries to give it her best.
"My mother encouraged me to try
my best, to shoot my best shot all
Her biography runs seven printed
pages. Just hitting the literary high-
lights requires room: Her best-sell-
ing memoir "I Know Why the
Caged Bird Sings" remains popular
today, 37 years after publication.
Her poetry collection "Just Give
Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I
Diiie" earned a Pulitzer Prize nom-
ination. She recited her poem "On
the Pulse of Morning" at President
Bill Clinton's inauguration in 1993.
More important than a long list of
accomplishments is this: She's fig-
ured out how to live the richest of
rich lives. "I'm living a long life, I
Smith admitted it would "be a little
bit of a challenge," but quickly
added she was up to the task. "I'm
excited to see what this vear will
hold," she said.
Smith also praised the way Conner
handled her various challenges.
"I definitely learned a lot," Smith
said of Conner's tenure as Miss
Asked how she would behave dur-
ing her reign, Smith said: "I'm
going to be honest and open."
The 5-foot, 11-inch tall daughter
of African American and Caucasian
parentage was a "military brat" who
was born in Panama and raised in
Clarksville after her parents were
reassigned to Fort Campbell.
While studying at Belmont, she
served an eight-month internship at
Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Productions
in Chicago. In January 2007,
Winfrey chose her to volunteer for
one month at her newly-opened
Leadership Academy for Girls in
Black Merchandising Moving to the Front of the Shelves
should," she laughed. "Yes indeed.
"My grandmother who raised me
told me, I guess, 10 times a year,
'Sister, if you see something you
don't like, do everything you can
do, that's right to do, to change it.
And if you can't change it, change
the way you think about it.' Over
the years, I learned how absolutely
right she is."
Her mother's encouragement to
give life her best shot stuck with
her, too. "I don't think that there's
anything that any human being can
do that I can't try."
OK, maybe not everything: "I'm
not going to look my best in clothes
meant for a size 2 blonde or Asian
or African-American, for that mat-
ter, of 21. But what I can do, I can
look grand in what I do have, when
I respect myself and respect the art
of dressing and the art of presenta-
And these days, "I would look sad
if I was trying to be a certain kind
of athlete with my knees, which
both deny they belong to me."
As the size and spending power of
minorities in the United States
grow, beauty companies are creat-
ing new lines of shampoos and
skin-care products aimed at
American and Hispanic women.
Celebrities such as Eva Longoria
and Beyonce Knowles and a bevy
of multicultural models have been
hired to promote new products by
companies that have traditionally
targeted white women and their
Analysts say the strategy is a per-
manent trend that could drive
growth across the many fashion and
"It's a natural growth opportunity
for companies," said Roman
Shuster, an analyst with
"With the minority population slat-
ed to grow, and as economic condi-
tions improve, this is where you
want to be."
In recent years, Procter & Gamble
has introduced a line of shampoos
targeted at "women of color" under
its popular Pantene brand.
This year, it is boosting distribu-
tion of its CoverGirl Queen
Collection, a makeup line launched
in 2006 in partnership with singer
and actress Queen Latifah.
In January, the company also held
a casting call for minority women
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Women try on bridal gowns in New York for their upcoming weddings.
As the size and spending power of minorities in the United States grow,
beauty companies are creating new lines of shampoos and skin-care prod-
ucts aimed at African-American, Asian-American and Hispanic women.
interested in modeling for the
brand, spokeswoman Anitra Marsh
"As cosmetic offerings for women
of color in the mass channel
improve, we feel very optimistic
about the growth of this segment,"
For Alberto-Culver Co Inc., which
makes V05 shampoos and the Pro-
Line range of ethnic-specific hair
care, the minority demand for high-
quality hair products could drive
double-digit growth in many prod-
uct categories, said Sheryl Adkins-
Green, vice president of multicul-
MORE SHADES, MORE SALES
French cosmetics company
L'Oreal runs a research institute in
Chicago dedicated to the study of
ethnic skin and hair. Its roster of 15
spokespersons uses six nonwhite
celebrities, including Knowles,
Longoria and Indian film star
Aishwarya Rai, in its American ad
Avon Products Inc., which uses
Mexican actress Salma Hayek as a
spokeswoman, has expanded its
cosmetics line to include more
shades. Kao Brands' Jergens has
launched a self-tanning moisturizer
for darker skin.
Executives at CVS/Caremark
Corp. and Walgreen Co. also said
they see some growth in this area.
Walgreen markets an exclusive line
of skin-care products priced under
$15 -- including the best-selling
skin lightener and a trendy micro-
dermabrasion kit -- under the Dr.
Jan Adams Women of Color Total
Skincare label, a spokeswoman
"The perception of the ethnic-spe-
cific aisle is about to change," said
Timothy Dowd, a senior analyst at
market research firm Packaged
Facts, who wrote a 2006 report on
the U.S. ethnic hair, beauty and cos-
Minorities, who make up nearly a
third of the U.S. population, are
expected to have combined spend-
ing of about $3 trillion by 2011,
according to the University of
Georgia's Selig Center for
Currently, the market for ethnic-
specific products is about $2 bil-
lion, according to Packaged Facts
research, and is expected to surpass
$2.5 billion in the next five years.
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Couple Sues Fertility
Clinic for Black Baby
NEW YORK A couple can proceed with a lawsuit against a fertility
clinic they filed after the wife gave birth to a daughter whose skin they
thought was too dark to be their child, a judge has ruled.
Thomas and Nancy Andrews, of Commack, N.Y., sued New York
Nledical Services for Reproductive Medicine. accusing the Manhattan
clinic of medical malpractice and other offenses. They claim the Park
Avenue clinic used another man's sperm to inseminate Nancy Andrews'
Three DNA rests confirmed that Thomas Andrews was not the baby's
biological father. The couple sa s that they have been forced to raise a
child who is "not even the same race, nationality, color ... as they are,"
the judge said in the ruling.
The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages, came to light after the
judge issued a decision that allows them to proceed with parts of the law-
suit while dismissing other parts.
They say that "while \we love Baby Jessica as our own. we are remind-
ed of this terrible mistake each and every time we look at her: it is sim-
ply impossible to ignore." the judge's decision said.
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