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Till's Family Gets Autopsy Report
A 464-page FBI report released last week contains gruesome details
from the autopsy of Emmett Till, but it is so highly redacted that it does-
n't shed much light on the teen's killing, which helped galvanize the civil
The report found that Till, killed in Mississippi for
-. whistling at a white woman, died of a gunshot
wound to the head and that he had broken wrist
bones and skull and leg fractures.
The report is part of an 8,000-page file amassed
S during its three-year investigation into the killing,
opened at the request of the district attorney in
Greenwood, Miss. The local prosecutor recently
announced that a grand jury had declined to return
an indictment in the case.
Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam, who are deceased, were acquitted of the
crime by an all-white jury. They later confessed in a 1956 interview with
Obama Pulls in $20M in First Quarter
Democratic Senator Barack Obama reportedly
pulled in 20 million dollars in donations for his
White House campaign, only a few million shy of
front-runner Hillary Clinton.
Citing unnamed aides of Obama, who seeks to
become the country's first-ever African-American
president, the New York Times said Obama
brought in 20 million dollars in the first three
months of the race, compared to Senator Clinton's
26 million, "enough to ratchet up the anxiety in
the Clinton camp."
Clinton reported the size of her war chest as of a key fund-raising dead-
line on Saturday, while Obama has yet to officially reveal his takings on
the campaign trail.
But the Obama estimate confirmed that this race, with the Democrats
and Republicans both showing large fields of candidates for their respec-
tive nominations, is smashing all records in the arena of fund-raising.
His 20 million would put the total raised to 108 million dollars, with the
first primaries to decide the candidates nine months away, and the presi-
dential election itself 20 months down the road.
The previous record in money raised for all Republican and Democratic
candidates at the corresponding period of presidential campaigns was
30.9 million, set in 2003.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. has endorsed Sen. Barack Obama for pres-
ident, in a move that could help win more African-American voters
across the country.
Obama said in a statement that he was proud to have Jackson's support.
Howard to Establish School in Africa
Only 7 percent of Botswana's 1.6 million citizens have access to terti-
ary education. By the year 2016, Howard University and the Republic of
Botswana plan to nearly triple that number increasing access to 20 per-
cent. On March 29, 2007, Howard University President, H. Patrick
Swygert and Mrs. Festina S. Bakwena, Permanent Secretary of the
Ministry of Education of the Republic of Botswana signed a
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish the Botswana
International University of Science and Technology.
Howard University will provide technical assistance in the following
areas: 1) development of a campus plan; 2) development of undergradu-
ate and graduate curricula in science, technology, the social sciences,
humanities, business and economics; and 3) recruitment, selection, hiring
and development of an administration and a faculty for the institution,
including the provision of graduate education, mainly at the Ph.D. level
at Howard University for talented Botswana who are designated for
future faculty positions.
"When there are no more diamonds we will have our people," said
Bakwena. "It is important as a developing country for us to invest in our
human resources and there is no better way to do that but through edu-
New Undocumented Set of M.L.
King Papers to Be Auctioned
ATLANTA A faded green folder containing letters, notes and speeches
believed to be written by slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
is set to be auctioned off in two weeks, and the King estate wants the sale
Isaac Newton Farris, president and chief executive officer of the King
Center, said he had no idea the papers existed until Monday.
"There is no such thing as a separate collection," Farris said. "Unless
somebody has documentation that (King) has given them this, the King
estate owns that."
The collection had sat in the basement of a King friend for nearly 40
years. The woman, who has not been publicly identified, said she got the
papers in a debt settlement with a radio station connected to King,
according to Gallery 63 in Atlanta, which is hosting the April 15 auction.
All the documents are from the early-to-mid-1960s. They have yet to be
authenticated or appraised, though auction organizers expect them to
bring at least $250,000.
"These papers are Library of Congress stuff," said Paul Brown of
Gallery 63. "They need to be archived in a museum, in a moisture- and
light-controlled environment. Ideally, I would like to see them go to a
museum, where they can be shared."
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25 Years Later, HIV Continues to Climb Among Blacks
More than 25 years into the AIDS
epidemic, HIV continues to soar in
the black community, accounting
for more than half of the newly
diagnosed infections in the U.S. in a
recent yearly assessment by the
Gov. Charlie Crist
Gov. Lobbies to
Gov. Charlie Crist (R) of Florida
expressed confidence that he will
be successful in convincing his
cabinet to restore the right to vote
for convicted felons, according to
The New York Times.
Florida, along with Kentucky and
Virginia, are the only states in the
country to do so. Florida is the
most highly populated of the three
and has the largest number of ex-
cons who can no longer vote.
Although convicted felons can
apply to have their voting rights
restored, the process to do so is
long and complicated. Crist said
that to get the new measure to pass,
he may have to compromise by
requiring felons to pay restitution
to victims families, something
which many oppose, especially
when it comes to violent offenders.
"I believe in my heart that every-
body deserves a second chance,
and I'm hopeful that we'll have an
opportunity to restore civil rights
for Floridians and give them that
right to vote." said Crist.
While campaigning, Crist vowed
that voting restoration would be a
priority of his administration.
Centers for Disease Control.
Of the roughly 1 million people
estimated to be living with HIV in
the United States, 47 percent are
African-American, according to
the most recent statistics for which
numbers are available. Though
blacks represent only about 13 per-
cent of the U.S. population, 56 per-
cent of the newly diagnosed cases
in 2005 were African-Americans.
African-American women are dis-
proportionately affected, and
"down low" black men have a
much higher rate of infection than
men of other backgrounds who are
homosexual, Fenton said.
Continued on page 5
UF Has More Than Basketball to Be Proud Of
University of Florida is Only School to Graduate 100% of Black Athletes
bN S. Wheeler. BAW
If the NCAA college basketball
championship was decided based
on the graduation success of black
players, the Uni\ersir of Florida
Gators would get that trophy too.
The team from Gainesville,
Florida graduates 100 percent of
its black male basketball athletes,
according to analysis of NCAA
data and a report from the Institute
of Diversity and Ethics in Sport at
the University of Central Florida.
Winning the national champi-
onship for the second year in a
row, Florida was the only 2007
Final Four team with a 100 per-
cent graduation rate for black bas-
ketball players. Among others in
the Final Four, a huge gap exists in
the graduation rates of blacks and
whites. UCLA graduates 30 per-
cent of its black basketball players
and 100 percent of its white play-
ers: Ohio State graduates 40 per-
cent of its black players and 100
percent of its white players, and
Georgetown graduates 56 percent
of its black players and 100 per-
cent of its white players.
"The gap is alarming," says
Richard Lapchick, director of the
Institute of Diversity and Ethics in
Sport at the University of Central
Florida. "The good news overall.is
that there is progress, and that the
graduation rate for black male bas-
ketball players has gone up to-51
percent." Continued on page 5
Shown above is Program Chair Pamela Grant Adams, Kenneth Reddick, Shayla Cooper holding a certifi-
cate for perfect attendance and Chapter President, Norma White.
Hundreds Benefit from Links Year Long Mentoring Program
The Links Inc., a national organi- Chapter, comprised of forty-one Achievement, International
zation founded on the principles of women from a variety of arenas, Involvement, Self Esteem and
service and friendship participates have chosen the youth of Highlands Enrichment for Everyone) group
in a variety of activities throughout Middle School to embrace with the mentoring program.
the country to benefit American monthly Project P.R.A.I.S.E. Over the course of the last four -
society. Locally, the Bold City (Pride, Responsibility, Academic Continued on page 3
Tuskegee Airmen Receive Late Justice With Medal of Honor
President George W. Bush and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi join
300 Tuskegee Airmen in Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol for a photo-
graph last week. The group photo was part of the Congressional Gold
Medal ceremony honoring America's first African-American military
airmen. Photo by Eric Draper
The Tuskegee Airmen, the leg-
endary all-black Army Air Corps
unit, last week received the most
prestigious recognition that federal
lawmakers can bestow, the
Congressional Gold Medal.
It was a long time coming, and
well-deserved. To be sure, the barri-
er-breaking World War II group of
pilots, navigators and support crew
have been recognized in other cir-
Individually, they have earned
medals for their stellar wartime per-
formance. Last year, a stretch of
Interstate70 in Denver was named
in their honor. Movies have been
made about them. The airfield
where they trained in Alabama is a
National Historic Site. They even
have a special issue GI Joe action
figure made to commemorate their
But the Congressional Gold Medal
is a prestigious honor that puts the
airmen in the company of George
Washington, Gen. John Pershing,
Rosa Parks, Robert Kennedy and
About 300 of the surviving airmen
gathered in the Capitol Rotunda for
a poignant ceremony.
They heard praise from President
Bush, former U.S. Army general
and secretary of state Colin Powell,
and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi,
who noted the group's efforts to
fight fascism abroad and racism at
The Army Air Corps in the 1940s
was still very much a segregated
institution. Then-President Franklin
Roosevelt created the all-black
flight training program in the face
of a lawsuit by the NAACP. It was
widely assumed among those in the
military establishment that the
black recruits would quickly wash
out. Instead, they became among
the most feared pilots in the
Among the Jacksonville Tuskegee
Airmen were: 2nd Lt. Fighter Pilot
William Roscoe Bartley; 2nd Lt.
Bomber Pilot Eugene R,
Henderson; 2nd Lt. Bomber Pilot
Lloyd Singletary and Flight Officer
Bomber Pilot Wayman Surcey amd
mechanic William Surcey..
Lt. Simmons was killed during a
mission. He was a member of the
99th Fighter Squadron, the first
squadron of Black pilots. The other
five returned home war heroes.
Although these valiant Black ser-
vicement were denied training at
the facilities reserved exclusively
for whites, such as the Chicago
School of Aeronautics, the training
which they received at Tuskegegee
was first class.
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The Predatory Mortgage Cancer
by Michael G. Shinn, CFP
Predatory mortgage lenders are a
cancer in our community and our
country. Drive around streets in the
city or inner ring suburbs and you
will instantly be struck by the num-
ber of abandoned and boarded up
homes. The vast majority of these
properties are distressed because
they are in mortgage foreclosure.
The last owner simply could not
afford the mortgage and since they
had little or no equity in the proper-
ty, their only choice was to abandon
The predatory mortgage cancer
has spread to Wall Street. On
March 12th, the Dow Jones
Industrial Average plunged 240
points. One of the primary reasons
given for the drop was the fact the
number two subprime mortgage
lender, New Century Financial was
nearly insolvent and close to bank-
ruptcy. New Century's problems
created a chain reaction in broader
financial markets. According to a
March 12, 2007, Bloomberg News
Report, "Bad U.S. subprime mort-
gages are at a seven-year high, forc-
ing more than two dozen lenders to
close or sell operations. Their woes
may contribute to more than 1.5
million Americans losing their
homes and 100,000 people losing
What is Predatory
Predatory lending generally occurs
in what is called the subprime mort-
gage market. Typically, subprime
loans are made to individuals with
low credit scores and poor credit
histories. For the lender, the sub-
prime loan is riskier and commands
higher interest rates and loan fees
than those offered to standard risk
by George Fra
"Enter and sign in, please."
That's a line from the old televi-
sion show, What's My Line? in
which a group of blindfolded panelists had to guess
the occupation of a guest within a short time frame.
Networking affairs are something like that.
When you enter them, people always seem to be
clustered in groups, trying to guess the importance of
people as they come in, gauging whether or not each
individual is worth their time and effort. This can be
intimidating if you are the individual walking into
the room under scrutiny.
Remember that groups of people always welcome
someone who brings fresh energy to the group. Are
they in need of a new direction? How do you
approach these groups? Here are a few suggestions
and rules of etiquette for group encounters at net-
Check the body language of a group. Do they
appear receptive to new people? Are they rolling on
To enter a group, make eye contact with a listener
or the speaker, and when necessary, touch the shoul-
der or an arm of a participant to signal that you'd like
borrowers. Subprime loans are
extended primarily by finance com-
panies that are not subject to the
same regulations as banks and sav-
ings and loan associations.
Subprime lending in and of itself is
not bad. Lenders deserve higher
returns for the risks inherent in
lending to lower credit rated indi-
viduals. However, subprime lend-
ing turns into a predatory cancer
when outright fraud and deception
is committed; when exorbitant fees
and interest rates are charged; when
lending standards are not enforced
and when unaffordable loans are
How to Avoid
If you are considering a new mort-
gage loan or refinancing an existing
one there are several steps you can
take to avoid the pitfalls of predato-
and Sign in Please
to enter the conversation.
Like a batter who takes the first pitch to get a feel
for the pitcher, don't start swinging with your com-
ments right away. Get a feel for the flow and the
topic. (I generally wait for a lull and then introduce
myself and ask a well-considered question of the last
speaker or the person next to me.)
If the conversation needs recharging, pop in an
opening line. For example, "Hi, I'm George Fraser
with FraserNet, from Cleveland. Are there any other
If you enter a group only to find the conversation
is not one you'd care to join -- say, they are dis-
cussing their secret admiration for Timothy McVeigh
or the best place to have their money laundered --
you can politely excuse yourself to get a drink, some
food, or a 357-magnum Super-Soaker, and then go
off to find a more welcoming group.
Bottom Line: Think positively. Remember, this
is not the lonely hearts club. Most of the people at
networking affairs are looking to make contact. A
very effective tactic for starting a group of your
own is to look for the smiling face of a loner and
strike up a conversation.
How Long Does Bad
Credit Stay on Your Report?
Dear Debt Doctor
A few years ago I fell on some hard times and missed a bunch of pay-
ments to my creditors before finally declaring for bankruptcy. Now
I'm dedicated to getting my financial life back on track and have paid
all my bills on time for almost three years now!
Can you tell me how long my bad history will remain on my credit
report? Do different types of information remain longer than others?
Is there anything I can do to remove these old items from my credit
report any quicker? Karen
The fact that you've been paying all of your bills on time for nearly three
years is a huge step in the right direction. Your recent good payment his-
tory won't make your past payment history disappear, but it has laid a
strong foundation for a better credit history going forward. Keep it up!
Different items on your credit report remain for different lengths of time.
Make sure to check your credit report so you'll know when the items on
your report were originally listed then you'll know when they should be
removed by the credit bureau. In general, here's how long some common
negative items can remain on credit reports:
late payments up to 7 years the late payment was reported
collections (where a creditor has turned over your delinquent account to
a collection agency) up to 7 years from the time the debt was first
assigned to a collection agency
- judgments (where a court made a ruling against you regarding a debt) -
up to 7 years from the date the court filed the ruling
- tax liens if you pay them off, they can remain for up to 7 years from
the date paid. If you don't pay them, they can remain indefinitely!
bankruptcies Chapter 7 bankruptcies can remain for up to 10 years
from the date filed. Completed Chapter 13 bankruptcies can remain for 7
years from the date filed.
Unfortunately, if the negative items on your credit report are valid, there's
nothing you can do to remove them. And don't be scammed by credit repair
companies claiming to make your credit problems disappear no one can
remove a legitimate negative item from your credit report. But if you con-
tinue to pay all of your bills on time and manage your credit wisely, the
impact of these past negative items will begin to have less of an impact on
your FICO score. Eventually, they will fall off of your credit report com-
pletely and have no impact on your score. The key to improving your score
is to continue to use your credit responsibly.
Going forward, here are some things you can do to ensure your financial
well-being. First, check your credit report at least once a year and make
sure the information listed there is correct. By law, everyone is entitled to
receive one free credit report from each of the three major credit bureaus
every 12 months. You can get these free credit reports at www.annual-
creditreport.com. Second, before applying for credit, check your FICO
score. Since you may not have a great score, it's even more important that
you know the rates you should expect from creditors before signing on the
dotted line. Last, make smart choices regarding your credit and FICO score
- this free booklet can guide you.
Remember, it may take a while to completely put your credit problems
behind you. The fact that you've been serious about taking control of your
credit is important continuing to use your credit responsibly is essential
to restoring your credit.
Be wary of the high pressure
sale- Never be talked into borrow-
ing more money than you need, fal-
sifying a loan application, signing a
blank form, or signing something
you don't understand.
Comparison shop- Approach a
variety of lenders, including banks,
credit unions, savings and loans and
mortgage companies. Compare
rates, closing costs and loan terms.
Don't be timid about negotiating.
Keep good records- Keep copies
of all signed documents, statements
and cancelled checks. Keep notes
of your conversations with lenders.
Check your budget- Make sure
you can afford the monthly loan
payment along with your other
Seek professional advice-
Discuss the loan with your attorney,
financial advisor, a counselor at a
non-profit credit or housing coun-
seling agency or someone you trust.
Know your rights- The Truth in
Lending Act provides most borrow-
ers three business days to cancel a
loan arrangement. Additionally, if
you want to file a complaint, con-
tact the Federal trade Commission
Predatory mortgage lending con-
demns the unwitting homeowner to
a vicious cycle of refinancing, bad
credit and potential bankruptcy.
When concentrated in a community,
predatory mortgage lending prac-
tices can lead to vacant properties,
deteriorating neighborhoods and
community destabilization. Be a
wise shopper and don't become a
victim of a predatory lender.
Michael G. Shinn, CFP,
Registered Representative and
Investment Adviser Representative
of and securities offered through
Financial Network Investment
Corporation, member SIPC. Visit
www.shinnfinancial.com for more
information or to send your com-
ments or questions to
Michael G. Shinn 2007.
s Fair Housing. It's not an option. It's the law.
$pring Clean Your Finances
Get to know your credit report better. Dedicate spring cleaning time
as the annual time to review your credit report, which you can get for
free at www.annualcreditreport.com or by calling (877) 322-8228. A
credit report contains information about your credit and loan history
including amounts and payment history and is used extensively by
potential lenders to evaluate your credit worthiness. Read each report
carefully as there may be discrepancies between the three credit bureaus.
Also, check for negative information such as civil judgments, tax liens
or Chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcies. If you find errors, file a dispute with
the credit bureau.
- Clean up bad credit. Fixing bad credit is about getting back on track
by paying bills on time and budgeting and using credit wisely. At the first
sign of a late or missed payment inform creditors of your present situa-
tion and how you plan to resolve your financial problems. If you have a
good payment history, you may be able to negotiate your next payment.
Pay down the credit cards and loans with the highest interest rates first.
If you can't pay off your monthly credit card balance in full, at least
resolve to pay more than the minimum while you work off the debt.
- Throw away old paperwork. You can shred ATM receipts and bank
deposits after appearing on bank statements. Pay stubs also can be shred-
ded after matching them with your year-end statement. In fact, properly
disposing of these can help prevent identity theft. You don't need to keep
your utility statements if you've already paid them. After checking to
make sure your credit card statement is accurate and you have paid the
bill, you can shred your credit card statements. To prevent identity theft
when tossing out paperwork at home, use a paper shredder, available at
your local office supply store. You also can check with your local bank
to see if they offer free shredding throughout the year.
- Go paperless. One additional way to cut down on the paperwork is to
opt for electronic bills to be sent to your password-protected email.
Decreasing the number of bills sent to your home also can help fight
identity theft. Identity theft is the nation's fastest growing crime with
about 19 people becoming a new victim every minute, according to the
Identity Theft Resource Center. Make sure to keep your passwords safe
and your online bill payment method secure. Contact the following if
you think your identity has been stolen: Equifax 1-800-685-1111,
Experian 1-800-397-3742, TransUnion 1-800-888-4213 and FTC 1-877-
- Consolidate the clutter. Not knowing where anything is can result in
multiple purchases of the same items. Keeping a place for everything
and putting everything in its place can save you time and money in the
future. Harris Interactive, the 12th largest and fastest-growing market
research firm in the world, found that 23 percent of adults say they pay
bills late and thus incur fees because they lose the bills. In addition to
substantial late fees, misplacing bills could potentially lower your cred-
- Sell it on eBay or make a donation. Consider selling the boxes of
stuff that have been collecting dust or junk that you just don't need or
want anymore. You can use the money from the sale to pay down credit
card bills or make an extra mortgage or car payment. You also can donate
the items to a local charity. One person's trash can be another's treasure.
Be sure to keep receipts from donated items for potential tax donations.
- Decrease the plastic in your wallet. Limit the number of credit cards
you own and carry. Use just one card if you can the fewer you have, the
easier it is to remember your balance and keep track of total purchases.
April 5-12, 2007
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Offering Hope in New Orleans, a Tale of Two Cities
Ed Blakely, at podium, accompanied by New Orleans Mayor Ray
Nagin, left, speaks about his plans to spur an economic resurgence in
New Orleans last week in the city. Blakely, the man charged with lead-
ing New Orleans' recovery from Hurricane Katrina wants to put $1.1
billion toward revitalizing isolated pockets of New Orleans from
high-traffic Canal Street to the hard-hit Lower 9th Ward in a bid
to attract private investment and shore-up public confidence, 19
months after the storm.
The famed annual Essence
Festival, along with a host of other
familiar events and activities are
beginning to find their way back to
To many, those are signs, that
nearly two years after Hurricane
Katrina, the situation in the Big
Easy is progressing.
But according to Louisiana Lt.
Gov. Mitch Landrieu, the rebuild-
ing process remains "very difficult."
Howard University students took
time during recent spring break to
help rebuild homes in New Orleans'
9th Ward. "It's like the tale of two
cities: some of it is standing stead-
fast, while some of the city is not
standing. Black people, White peo-
ple, young and old people lost all of
Continued from front
years, the group has met with hun-
dreds of students on a monthly
basis to enlighten them on every-
thing from the arts and internation-
al affairs to self esteem and Black
Held at their own expense, the
organization often leave the youth
with mementos from their experi-
ences. This year, they also partici-
pated in field trips including
Edward Waters College and the
"We believe if we get them young,
we can make a difference," said
Services to Youth Chair Pamela
The program, which began in
September culminated with a
Banquet held at FCCJ for the stu-
dents. Speaking to the youth was
Jacksonville entrepreneur Kenneth
Reddick. At the request of one his
mentors, Chapter President Norma
White, Reddick tackled the topics
of attitude, seizing opportunity,
family and self determination
among other things.
"What you read, listen to and asso-
ciate with will ultimately determine
who or what you become." Said
Reddick. He challenged the stu-
dents to always remember the
acronym A.R.E. Attitude, Respect
and Enthusiasm in their daily lives
and the importance of always main-
taining a positive attitude.
In his speech, his goal was for the
students to reflect on what they
learned in the program and how to
use it to their benefit.
That reflection is invaluable. On
more than one occasion, the intu-
itive students have often told the
Links that their interaction through
the program has sparked their inter-
est in leaning towards a particular
New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin leaves the scene where a 29-year-old
man was found dead with one gun shot wound to the head, in New
Orleans Monday, April 2, 2007. This is the fourth murder in the city
since midnight, and brings the total to 54 so far this year.
"When you're down and out and your school has-
n 't reopened andyourjob's not back up, it gets to be
a little bit hard. "
their stuff, and it's going to be a
struggle for a while," Landrieu said
during a recent morning drive inter-
view on WHUR FM 96.3
"But we're really thankful to all of
the people all over the country who
sent their prayers and love down
here," he said.
"A lot of people have come down
to help. Five hundred thousand peo-
ple came after the storm and tried to
help us rebuild our houses and get
rid of the water.
The good thing is that some of the
areas that people know of, if they
came down and visit, they look
Meanwhile, Haskel Burns of
New Orleans conveyed in an online
posting dated March 27 that he
couldn't believe it has been more
than a year and a half since
Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city.
"I was down in St. Bernard Parish
over the weekend, and many of the
homes and businesses still looked
the same way they did the day after
the storm hit," Burns wrote.
"You can drive to New Orleans,
Slidell or the Mississippi Gulf
Coast and still see so much damage
Burns said the first question he
wanted to ask was, "Why haven't
these people taken the effort and
initiative to start rebuilding their
homes or at least clean up?"
Then it dawned on him, he said,
that many of the hurricane's victims
just don't have the proper resources.
In addition to longstanding and
often inadequate government assis-
tance, help has been available to
Katrina victims through the volun-
teer efforts of hundreds of nonprof-
it groups and organizations. But as
time has passed, much of their pres-
ence has begun to wane.
In March, 500 Howard
University students spent their
spring break lending assistance to
New Orleans' 9th Ward residents.
Many of the students who took
the trip by way of 10 buses, worked
with Habitat for Humanity to
rebuild homes for residents still
struggling with property losses.
Others-including 66 of Howard's
law school students -offered legal
assistance or tutored students dur-
ing the weeklong stay.
Kerry-Ann Hamilton, Howard
University communications spe-
cialist, said about 250 of her stu-
dents made the trip last year.
Hamilton, who traveled with the
At the Banquet, each child in the
program received a certificate for
their participation and two youth
received special Wal Mart Gift
Cards and certificates for perfect
The 17th Street Canal flood gates are seen in New Orleans, in this July
10, 2006, file photo. More than 18 months after Hurricane Katrina
decimated the Gulf Coast, authorities are chipping away at a moun-
tain of fraud cases that, by some estimates, involve thousands of peo-
ple who bilked the federal government and charities out of hundreds
of millions of dollars intended to aid storm victims.
students, said the resounding senti-
ment upon arrival was disbelief that
the devastation While some
Howard students who volunteered
their services during spring break in
New Orleans focused on helping
9th Ward residents with rebuilding
and providing legal assistance, oth-
ers tutored children whose schools
have yet to reopen. (Photos by
Kerry-Ann Hamilton, Howard
"The sentiment is that it was
months since the university last vis-
ited, and yet it still looked like it
had been just last week," said
"I think it was even more impact-
ful 18 months later, that there is still
so much left to be done," she said.
"People are still not living in their
homes. They're still living in trail-
ers. There are still houses that have
not been gutted and there's lots of
debris in the streets."
Nonetheless, Landrieu says come
the first weekend in July, the
Essence Festival returns.
"We're getting people back down
here to visit, and that helps us
because it puts money into the
economy," said Landrieu.
"[Sure] we've got people still
hurting. When you're down and out
We need to tell the
OK X X
and your school hasn't reopened
and your job's not back up, it gets to
be a little bit hard. So we've got a
long way to go."
Landrieu further stated that peo-
ple were upset that officials had put
so much money into rebuilding the
dome. He said they thought those
funds should have been focused on
"We were actually trying to do
both at the same time," he said.
Landrieu added that during
Katrina, the dome was the one loca-
tion where thousands of people
He said he was there for a couple
of days and that it had been a trying
"So we wanted to turn things
around and make the dome a sym-
bol of hope." Landrieu said.
"Another thing, the Essence
Festival couldn't come back if we
didn't get the dome back up and
operating," he said.
"Down here tourism is a $9.6 bil-
lion dollar economy. It's really
important to show people [that in
spite of the devastation] we can do
something good," he said referenc-
ing the dome's rebuilding. "That
[gives] people a lot of hope."
The phone companies want
to get in the cable television
business, and they're pushing
legislation that allows them
to serve only the rich.
They've done that in a lot
of states. We have to stop
them in Florida
because we know better.
This is just another form of...
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Featured in New Online Exhibit
The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation is featuring the legisla-
tive accomplishments of African-American women in Congress on a
new website, www.Avoiceonline.org,
Avoice, a virtual library, developed by the CBCF, is designed to chron-
icle the history, influence and policy accomplishments of the
Congressional Black Caucus, founded in 1970.
The special exhibit, unveiled last month, continues to track the
progress of African-American women in Congress since Rep. Shirley
Chisholm (D-N.Y.), the first African- American woman to be elected to
Congress, and the only woman among the 13 founders. Only 24
African-American women have served in Congress, including Rep.
Barbara Jordan(D-Texas), who participated in the Watergate hearings
and Cardiss Collins(D-Ill.), the longest-serving Black congresswoman
who held her seat for 23 years, the Avoice site points out.
The exhibit also features Carol Moseley-Braun's 1992 history-making
election as the first African- American woman in the U.S. Senate. The
site includes exhibits on the role of CBC members in the Voting Rights
Act, the Martin Luther King Jr. National Holiday Bill, the South Africa
anti-apartheid movement and the CBC founding.
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One of the few shows that my
wife and I agree on watching on
television is one of our all time
favorites "The Cosby Show,"
which is in heavy rotation on
Nickelodeon. This groundbreaking
show was one of the earliest
glimpses into the life of the black
middle class lhmily back in the
1980s. Sure "The Jefi rsons" were
middle class, but not in the sense of
Traditional family structure.
We all know that the Evans fami-
ly fom "Good Times" was on the
other end ofthe spectrum, and my
main maa, Fred Sanford was just
tying to surive on a junkman's
*&~m&e, So Bill Cosby decided to
introdue America to his make
believe or TV family that most of
Is atiired, Whether you were
S ma the poorest family, the work-
iig te s middle class, you loved
wateig the HRambles.
I Qaiai*aly diddtt know of any
lAttril bAly living as well as the
Ieibies -mother a lawyer and
Mllta a dmtor but I believed that
te people existed It wasn't until
I beaae a teenager that I truly
aei*a t &that hese people exist and
have ei-std for many years even
far before the Civil Rights move-
The problem in the 1980s was
that the number of Huxtable-type
families were so small that it was
hard for many African American to
be inspired by what they saw on
TV. Still today, there is debate over
whether that depiction was real.
Today in America, we find that
group is not only real, but also alive
and growing incredibly creating a
true legitimate black middle and
For example, according to the
By. George E Curry
When someone mentioned base-
ball in the past, certain names
immediately came to mind: Jackie
Robinson, Satchell Paige, Buck
O'Neil, Willie Mays, Don
Newcomb, Frank Robinson, Roy
Campanella, Monte Irvin, Joe
Black, Hank Aaron, Ernie Banks,
Elston Howard, Bob Gibson, Lou
Brock, and Willie Stargell, all
The 2007 baseball season got
underway over the weekend and
this year, 60 years after Jackie
Robinson broke major league base-
ball's color barrier, there are fewer
African-Americans on the playing
field than two decades ago. Last
year, only 8.4 percent of major
league players were Black, com-
pared to 19 percent in 1995,
according to the University of
Central Florida's Institute for
Diversity and Ethics in Sports.
Meanwhile, the percentage of
Latino players has increased to
29.4 percent, Asians are 2.4 percent
and Whites are 59.5 percent.
So Just How Far Have Blacks
Come Economically in America?
2000 census, nearly a third of black
thmilies living in metro Chicago
earned more than $50,000 a year
making them, economically, mid-
Funny the difference a few years
makes I would hardly call a fami-
ly making $50,000 a year middle
class these days.
Ken Smikle is founder of Target
Market News, a Chicago-based
news and research company spe-
cializing in African American
media and marketing. His company
tallies up African-American spend-
ing and publishes "the buying
power of black America."
"In the 90s for almost every year
from 1990 to 2000, researchers saw
almost double digit growth in the
percentage of income for black
households," Smikle says.
Chicago is a microcosm of most
metropolitan areas throughout the
country. Nationwide, African-
Americans reportedly earned an
estimated $656 billion dollars in
2003. That's more than double the
amount earned a decade before.
The number of black owned
enterprises nearly doubled over the
last decade-five times the rate of
new business creation for the coun-
try as a whole. And not including
rappers and athletes, there are more
black millionaires than ever before.
But there's always a flip side or
better stated: there's always two
sides of every story. And some
would argue that blacks only have
one foot in the door of middle class
Because major league baseball
has set up training camps in Latin
America, making it cheaper toC
scout and sign budding players,
some critics, such as former Hall of
Famer Dave Winfield, says profes-
sional baseball is "outsourcing"
"There is a greater hunger among
Latin athletes in the Dominican
Republic, Venezuela, Colombia,
Panama, Cuba to make it in base-
ball," Winfield told Reuters news
service. "Baseball combs the world
for prospects and revenues. It can-
not afford to forget the fans and
prospects in the U.S."
On some teams, Black players
are all but forgotten. In 2005, for
example, the Houston Astros, was
the first team since the 1953
Yankees to play in the World Series
without a Black player.
Compare that to 1971, when the
Pittsburgh Pirates fielded the first
all-Black and Latino starting line-
up: Al Oliver, first base; Rennie
Stennett, second base; Jackie
Hernandez, short stop; Dave Cash,
third base; Manny Sanguillen,
catcher; Dock Ellis, pitcher; Gene
Clines, left field; Roberto
Clemente, center field and Willie
Stargell, right field. That was the
same year the Pirates won the
Newsday columnist Shaun
Powell wrote earlier this month:
"Come Opening Day, there might
be more blacks in the Rush
Limbaugh fan club than on the
field for both New York teams".
Powell continued, "In fact, every
time the memory of Robinson is
Many blacks have professional
and management jobs that generate
fair middle class incomes, but, for a
variety of reasons, we typically
have fewer assets (savings, stocks,
bonds, real estate, businesses) than
whites with the same income. It is
an unfortunate fact, but it's true.
We often talk about the income
gap that still exist between minori-
ties and whites, but I subscribe to
you readers that the investment gap
maybe a much larger issue. Nearly
two-thirds of black households
have zero savings or more debt
than savings. At every income
level, blacks save and invest less
than whites do.
And, at every income level,
blacks have a smaller net worth, on
average, than whites. Fifty seven
percent of black households with
annual incomes greater than
$50,000 invest in the stock market,
compared to 81 percent of whites
in the same income bracket,
according to national surveys pre-
formed over the past five years.
When giving speeches before
youth I often like to talk about how
far blacks have come and although
it may seem as if our communities
are in disarray considering where
we have come from in this country
-, we are not doing too bad. And
yes, I am talking about the legacy
of slavery and racism, which are
issues that many discount as key
factors to the decay of the black
Some may discount these factors,
but they are real. And African
honored with a ceremony, there are
more elderly black faces paying
homage than young ones.
"The enduring legacy ofRobison
is not powerful enough to convince
young black kids to stop dribbling
or put away their footballs. To
them, baseball is left to middle-
class white kids and poor Latin
That's true even for Robinson's
old team. Last year, Kenny Lofton
was the only African-American on
And even on teams that have
African-Americans, they tend to be
"stacked" in certain positions. They
are underrepresented in certain so-
called "thinking positions" espe-
cially pitcher, catcher and third
basemen. For example, only 3 per-
cent of pitchers and almost no
catchers are Black. By contrast, 28
percent of outfielders, a position
that relies on speed and quick reac-
tions, were African-Americans.
That's nearly three times the
in professional baseball.
Though few people expect
Blacks to again make up 27% of
major league baseball, many feel
the numbers can increase if more
emphasis is played on training,
recruiting and nurturing Black
players when they are young. After
all, that has been the key to attract-
ing so many international Latino
While some bemoan the loss of
African-American players, the
combination of Black and Latino
players reached 40.5 percent last
season, just shy of the 42 percent
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mighty long way, so it shouldn't
surprise anymore that we have not
truly achieved parity with whites. It
is virtually impossible when you
consider the hurdles blacks have
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"Historically, black family assets
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Signing off from a sort of middle
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As major league baseball keeps
striking out with Black players on
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Blacks and Latinos in the front
office. This season, 20 percent of
major league baseball's managers
are people of color: Willie
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Guillen (Chicago White Sox), Ron
Washington (Texas Rangers), Lou
Pinella (Chicago Cubs), Fredi
Gonzalez (Florida Marlins) and
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Of the 30 major league teams,
African-Americans were 16 per-
cent of the coaches in 2006, up 1
percent over the previous year.
Whites still dominate as team
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from 93 percent to nearly 95 per-
cent. African-Americans decreased
from 4 percent to 3 percent.
In radio and TV Broadcasting,
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cent of all positions. African-
Americans held 3 percent of those
jobs last year, down 1 percent from
There are still no Blacks serving
as CEO/President of any major
league team. Except for one Latino,
all team owners are White.
Baseball is called America's pas-
time. It is past time for major
league baseball to do a better job of
developing tomorrow's Willie
Mays, Hank Aarons and Frank
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Blacks and Jews Divest
Sb William Reed
SI I don't want the money that pa s my pension to
be invested in companies that profit from bulldoz-
ers that demolish Palestinian homes or are building'
the wall' Presbytenran member 200-4
Howard Universit recently gave acti% ists calling
for the end of America's financial support for Israel
temporary affirmation. Faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences at the
historically Black institution set in motion a call for the universit-'s board
of trustees to divest "funds being invested in 'offending' companies that
offer material support to the Israeli Occupation."
The resolution, submitted by a Howard biology professor, points out the
political di\ tde between blacks and Jews. It would have, uniquely made
Ho-oard America's initial college institution to divest from companies that
do business wlth Israel. It called for How'ard to purge its endowment,
retirement and short-term investment funds "in the hope that the resolution
spread around the country and generate action comparable to the anti-
apartheid movement of the l%0s." The Jewish petitioner said he wanted
"to see Americans and Jews taking the right position."
The resolution was quickly rejected by Ho\ard President H. Patrick
Swygert: "Without qualification, Ho'ward University and I oppose any
action calling for a di estiture of Uni ersity funds from certain U.S.-based
companies doing business with Israel." Sw')gert told the president of the
Amencan Jew'ish Committee's Washington chapter. S,)ygert's position.
opposing to that of numerous student campus publications, illustrates a
clash of issues between blacks and Jews regarding "right positions" and
actions on specific international issues. Sw)gert cited that the resolution
had not been approved according to uni\ ersirt procedures and therefore did
not represent the position of the Uni'ersirt or the College of Arts and
Sciences from which it emerged. Sw\gert stressed that the board of
trustees would ha'e to approve such a resolution.
A federal l-chartered. Ho\ward has been the center of Black'Movements
and activism since 1867. The resolution noted that Nelnri-'Mahdela and
former President Junm. Carter have "condemned the apartheid conditions
that Palestinians must endure under Israeli occupation." The document
specified actions against companies that "pro\ ide material aid to Israel in
the form of weapons, equipment. and supporting s stems used to perpetrate
human rights abuses against Palestinian ci' ilians [and] violate internation-
al humanitarian law." Companies such as Caterpillar Corporation, General
Dynamics, Northrop-Grumman, Boeing. Lockheed-Martin. Raytheon,
General Electric Capital Corp. Hone.y ell and United Tech provide Israel
\with earth movers, helicopters, jet engines. F-16 fighters. MNI-A2 tanks.
avionics control systems. aircraft missiles and rocket launchers that pro-
long the "occupation".
To date, divestment campaigns aimed at Israel have yet to gain
traction. In 200-1. the Presbuterian USA church voted to begin "phased,
selective dilestment from companies operating in Israel." In 2005, the
World Council of Churches followed suit. The Neri England Conference
of the United Methodist Church also 'cted to urge divesting of funds from
companies "that support Israeli occupation of Palestinian Territories." In
2002. faculty and students at Tufts, Har\ard. MIT and many such schools
signed petitions calling for djiestiture from Israeli companies and U.S.
arms companies. In 2005. the Green Party convention backed di\estment
from Israel. In 2006. the Presbyterians reversed their divestment resolu-
"Deception" is what some say has entailed blacks in the debate.
Ironically. the Arts & Science faculrt had already o'ted di'esture actions
against Sudan Pro-Israeli acti\ ists are at the forefront pushing di estment
from politically impotent and Muslim nations such as Sudan and Iran.
African American politicians, church leaders and students are ardent
acti ists in "Save Darfur" movements.
Among Americans, Sudan divestment actions have fared much better
than ones to cease companies from doing business in Israel. Institutions
such as- Harvard and Yale have divested from companies doing business
v ith Sudan; and six states, and the District of Columbia, have legislation to
divest pension funds from such companies. According to the Arab
American News, Howard's resolution shows how the Sudan divestment
movement can "serve as a useful precedent for Israel divestment actions".
The publication incites the debate further commenting that: "Darfur
divestment is a red herring segments of the Jewish community cooked up
to distract from Israel's ongoing crimes against humanity"
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Carla Flipper touches a bust of Lt. Henry O. Flipper (shown left) the first black graduate of the U.S.
Military Academy at West Point, following dedication ceremonies at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., Friday,
March 30, 2007. Henry Flipper was Carla's great great uncle.
First Black West Point Graduate Honored
FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. -
Henry O. Flipper stoically endured
hate and harassment to become the
first black graduate of the U.S.
Military Academy at West Point,
only to be drummed out of the
Army after white officers accused
him of embezzlement.
He didn't see his name cleared in
his lifetime, but the Army took
another step in honoring his legacy
Friday with the dedication of a bust
of him at the Buffalo Soldier
Monument at Fort Leavenworth.
Because of rain, the ceremony was
moved inside and only photographs
of the bust were shown, although
family members later went to view
Carla Flipper, his great grand-
niece, stroked the face of the bust,
sheltered by a tent from the rain. A
concrete pedestal chronicles his
military and civilian careers.
"I'm very proud of him and admire
him for all of his perseverance and
the legacy that he left for us," she
said. "His work truly shows a man
who was truly blessed and wanted
to serve his country."
She said his courage and strength
came from his parents, an inspira-
tion generations later.
Born a slave in Thomasville, Ga.,
in 1856, Flipper was not the first
black at West Point, but he was the
first to endure four years of hard-
ships and receive his commission.
He graduated in 1877, just 12 years
after the Civil War.
"Besides having a strong academ-
ic background, someone of obvious
academic talents, he was a very
stoic individual," historian Steve
Grove said. "He didn't hit back.
Flipper would just bear it."
Grove said Flipper wrote in his
autobiography that he "was above
that kind of behavior." Despite pub-
lic ridicule and harassment from
white cadets, Flipper was known to
tutor whites in private to help them
with their studies.
"He was an amazing individual. It
was amazing how mature he was,"
Flipper served at various
Southwest posts as a scout, an engi-
neer surveyor and construction
supervisor, post adjutant, acting
assistant and post quartermaster and
At Fort Davis, Texas, in 1881,
Flipper's career took a dire turn
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when his commander accused him
of embezzling $3,792 from com-
missary funds. Flipper initially dis-
covered the funds missing from his
custody and concealed their disap-
pearance from superiors, hoping the
money would return.
He was court-martialed, acquitted
of embezzlement but convicted of
conduct unbecoming an officer, and
He would later write in a letter to
a congressman that the crime "of
being a Negro was, in my case,
more heinous than deceiving a
Georgetown, UCLA and Ohio
State have reputations for good aca-
demic support programs for ath-
letes, Lapchick said. "It may just be
that in the years included in this
snapshot, they did not do as well,"
he said. His study was based on the
graduation rates of student athletes
entering Division I schools in 1999,
allowing six years to obtain a
As for Florida, they must be doing
some things right, Lapchick said.
"They also have strong graduation
success rates for their football
team," he maintains.
NCAA officials initiated massive
changes three years ago to encour-
age colleges to focus more on aca-
demics. NCAA spokesman Erik
Christiansen said they are seeing
the benefits of some of those
changes that will punish universi-
ties with sanctions for consistent
poor academic performance.
"The overall graduation rate of
black male basketball players in
Division I schools is greater than
the rate in the general student popu-
lation," said Christiansen. "We are
concerned about the gap. It needs to
be better," he said, adding that the
graduation rate of black athletes is
better now than it was 10 to 15
The possibility of sanctions for
poor academic performance has
caused schools to focus more on the
University of Florida Gators' (L-R) Al Horford, Corey Brewer,
Taurean Green, Joakim Noah celebrate defeating the Ohio State
University Buckeyes after their NCAA Division 1 men's basketball
championship game in Atlanta, Georgia.
academic side of their athletes,
Lapchick said. "It threatens to take
away scholarships. We are seeing
more colleges recruiting students
with a chance of graduating. They
don't want to lose scholarships," he
Still, secondary education faces
the challenge of better preparing
athletes so they can compete aca-
demically, Lapchick said.
"Everyone who leaves the school
after secondary education is not on
a level playing field," he said.
Lapchick said the key to making
all black students more successful
at Division I schools is transform-
ing the culture of the colleges and
"The campuses are not as wel-
coming to students of color,
whether or not they are playing
sports," he said. "The buildings are
named after donors who are usually
white men, and most streets are
named for white men, unless there
is a Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Unless there is a concerted effort to
make students feel more welcome,
they will start with a handicap."
Aids Infection of Minority at Community at Critical Rates
Continued from front
"HIV is closely associated with
socioeconomic disparity in our
country. Poverty, poor access to
services and lack of knowledge all
factor into this," said Fenton.
"Stigma, homophobia and lack of
open conversation in the black
community have further com-
pounded the problem."
To increase early detection of HIV,
the virus that causes AIDS, the
CDC recently issued a new policy
recommending that HIV testing
become a routine part of medical
care for Americans 13 to 64 years
of age. It should be given much like
a cholesterol or blood-pressure test,
the CDC said, adding that patients
should be allowed to refuse the HIV
test if they choose.
Illinois state Rep. Mary Flowers
recently introduced a bill in the
Illinois legislature that would
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include HIV testing in routine phys-
ical examinations that Illinois stu-
dents take before entering school.
HIV tests would be administered
during school physical exams, just
as tuberculosis tests and vaccina-
tions are given.
Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
is an important part of a compre-
hensive awareness program to stop
the spread of the disease, according
to supporters, and it helps to get the
"Black people are going to have to
take responsibility for themselves
in this epidemic," said Debra
Fraser-Howze, president of the
National Black Leadership
Commission on AIDS. "We have to
make some serious decisions, a
decision to first talk about the epi-
demic and a decision to own it. It is
ours, with 56 percent of all new
While there has been progress in
confronting the disease in the black
community, Fraser-Howze said,
much work remains in getting the
subject to the forefront in churches,
schools and community groups.
And while much attention has been
given to the epidemic in Africa, not
enough has placed on the problem
in black communities in the United
States, she said.
"We are in a quandary because we
as African-Americans have to be
concerned about what is going on in
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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.
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.
Historic Mt. Zion AME Mass Choir to
Perform in Special Easter Service
The Mass Choir and Dance Ministry of Historic Mount Zion AME
Church, 201 East Beaver St., Rev. R. D. Richardson Jr., pastor; will present
"Lift Up the Cross", a special Easter Worship Service at 10:30 a.m.,
Sunday, April 8th. The Easter Message of mankind's salvation will be
delivered through song, dance and praise in this stirring performance. The
community is invited.
The Church School will present their annual Easter program at 9:15 a.m.
in the Church's lower auditorium.
St. Thomas Missionary Baptist
Continues 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 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.
The public is invited to all services.
Northside C.O.C. Easter Drama
The Drama Ministry of the Northside Church of Christ, 4736 Avenue B,
Charlie McClendon, Minister; will present "Jesus Christ, The Same:
Yesterday, Today, and Forevermore", a live production that you do not want
to miss, at 6:30 p.m. on Good Friday, April 6th. The presentation is FREE
to all. If transportation is needed, please call (904) 765-9830.
First AME of P.C. Easter Activities
"The Seven Last Words of Christ" will be proclaimed at 12 Noon on
Good Friday, by the Rev. Jeffery Devoe, pastor, Trinity Presbyterian
Church; Palm Coast; Brol Brian Bernard, the Rev. Woodrow Leeks and
Evg. Faye Dadzie of First AME Church; the Rev. Billy Wight, pastor, Palm
Coast Community Church; the Rev. Walter Lassiter, pastor, New Bethel
AME Church, San Mateo; and the Rev. Dr. George L. Champion, St., pas-
tor, Greater Bethel AME Church, Gainesville.
Sunrise Service on Sunday, April 8th will begin at 6 a.m. "An Easter
Love Story, Part 1" will be proclaimed by the Rev. Dr. Gillard S. Glover,
senior pastor First AME Church. A free breakfast for feast for visitors will
begin at 7:30 a.m. "An Easter Love Story, Part 2" will be presented by
Pastor Glover at the Resurrection Celebration at 10:30 a.m.
All services will be held at First AME Presbyterian Church, 91 Old
Kings Road, Palm Coast.
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.
King Solomon to present First
Time Home Buyers Workshop
King Solomon United Baptist Church, 2240 Forest Street, will present
a "First Time Home Buyers Workshop, sponsored by the Jacksonville
Urban League and the King Solomon Singles Ministry on Saturday, April
14th, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you would like to learn how to qualify to become
a homeowner, you don't want to miss this workshop. You will learn about
financing and other valuable topics. For more information, please call
St. James AME Easter Activities
St. James AME Church, 504 McIntosh Ave., Orange Park, Rev. Alesia
Scott Ford, Pastor; will hold Easter Sunrise Service at 6:30 a.m. on April
8th. The Youth Ministry presentation will be made at the 11 a.m. service,
followed by an Easter Egg Hunt.
The Hospitality Committee and the Women's Ministry will present a
"Women of the Bible" program at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 15th. Other
activities at St. James AME include a Community Fish Fry 11 am. to 3 p.m.
on Saturday, April 21st. Family fun and friendly games will be a highlight
of Family Fun Day, on Sunday, April 22nd.
Evangelist Yvonne Lee, of Riverside, California will be the Missionary
Day speaker at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. services. St. James AME Church invites
the community to all services and activities.
Sword and Shield Kingdom Outreach
Ministry Spirit Filled Worship Service
The community is invited to share in the Sword and Shield Kingdom
Outreach Ministry Serious Praise Service at 3:45 p.m. on Sunday, April 8th,
at the Father's House Conference Center, 1820 Monument Rd. Bldg.2
When praises go up, Blessings come down. The Rev. Mattie W. Freeman
will bring the message. Come and be blessed.
Gospel Musical to celebrate Cathedral
House of Prayer's Anniversaries
The community is invited to a Gospel Musical at 5 p.m. on Sunday, April
15th an anniversary celebration for the Cathedral House of Prayer, 3329 N.
Pearl Street, and Rev. Ronald Walker, Pastor.
The musical will feature Sis. Stephanie Vanterpool, Dec. Willie Kirkland
and Min. L. D. Murphy & Unique. Also: C. E. Laney Choir, the Rejoice
Gospel Singers, God's Spiritual Gifts, RAH Music, The Royal Spirituals,
Rev. Sherman Kelly & the Perkins Gospel Singer
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8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
Pastor Landon Williams
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m.
Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m.
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"He Arose Drama" "Living Last Supper"
* Good Friday Service Noon 3:00 p.m.
* GoodFriday Dinner Theater 7:00 p.m.
Pastor Garry & Kim Wiggins
Southwest Campus Clay County
Hwy 218, across from Wilkinson Jr. High
FREE Easter Celebration Saturday April 7th 10 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
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3rd Sunday 7:00 p.m.
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Noon Day Worship
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Sunday Morning Worship Midweek Services
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Wednesday Noon Service
Church school "Miracle at Midday"
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Easter season is
here, ushering in
and bbq season as
well. Millions of
A fr i c a n -
lies will still gath-
er at family
cues over the e
coming months to feast upon all
things great. But what most don't
realize is that instead of serving a
nutritional meal, they are slowly
killing themselves and their fami-
lies with tradition.
Watch What You Eat
Although it is common knowl-
edge that food favored by African
Americans is historically high in
salt and oil content, it still doesn't
deter the dishes popularity during
annual festivities. So why would a
race of people continue to gorge
on a deadly diet? "First of all, it
tastes great and it's comfort food,"
explains B. Smith, author of B.
Smith's Entertaining and Cooking
for Friends (Artisan). "You go into
a diner and you can have meatloaf
with mashed potatoes and gravy or
you can have a salad. What would
That choice could ultimately
change your physical make-up.
You should start with simple
changes. "Start cutting back and
adding too," advises personal
trainer Chris Sainsbury. "Let's
bring in more vegetables and fruit.
Let's start steaming instead of boil-
ing. If you can only afford a cheap
family pack from the Piggly
Wiggly, let's cut back on the fat
intake. Pull off the skin, bake it,
and throw some lemon on it -- take
away the Lawry's and change up
the diet. We have billions of taste
buds, so let's be creative with our
Change Is Easier
Said Than Done
The mistakes people make when
preparing foods come from history
and tradition recreating
Grandma's famous recipe, rather
than alteri6 g it for health reasons.
"Our diets rely on too much sugar
and too much fat, which would be
butter as well as animal fat.
Traditionally we grew up eating
the whole hog, and I think the big
thing we need to do is cut down on
things, not eliminate them from
our diet," counters B. Smith. "The
other thing about cooking these
days, when you add more spices,
you can get great flavors without
having to use things like ham
hocks. I think that smoked turkey
is a good option to replace it, but
herbs and spices really help with
flavor. Dried and fresh herbs are
readily available these days."
It's Not All Bad
Don't be confused though, not
everything we eat is killing us. A
lot of the foods we love have nutri-
tional value after all, something
you rarely see reported. "The
baked sweet potato, anything that's
orange in color has beta carotene
so it's healthy for us." says B.
Smith. "Carrot soup, as opposed to
candied carrots. Cook with stock,
and add a little bay leaf."
One of the most positive trends
on the horizon is that people are
eating less, with portion control.
It's becoming common knowledge
that we don't have to clean our
plates, like we learned as children.
"What's hard is that in expensive
restaurants you get small portions,
but in normal restaurants you get
big portions, so portion control is
the biggest change," says B.
Smith. "I like to see people take
Understanding the links between
diet and health is one of the com-
ponents that will help the black
family remain healthy for the
future. Thiik' 'mliri when feeding
your family this holiday.
Gospel Digital Tunes Gives Jacksonville a Bible Experience
by Dana Maule
Gospel Digital Tunes hosted a
community event Saturday at the
Ritz theatre and La Villa Museum
to promote the audio series "The
Jacksonville was the first city to
host a promotion of "The Bible
Experience" with GDT. Event
coordinators Troy McNair and
Tiffany Hickson invited many
community leaders to make this
event more than a promotion party,
but to make it an opportunity for
the city of Jacksonville to come
together and fellowship.
"The Bible Experience" is a com-
position of the entire new testa-
Today's New International Version
Bible. From Matthew to
Revelations, over 200 of
Hollywood's A-list African-
American entertainers and well-
known church leaders, dramatize
the message of the Bible.
The likes of Blair Underwood,
who plays Jesus, and Samuel
Jackson, who is the voice of God,
Denzel Washington and Kirk
Franklin all come together on a
project to share the power of God.
GDT is one of the distributors of
"The Bible Experience," and as a
global leader of digital distribution
for the independent gospel indus-
try, to market a product such as this
was imperative. "GDT is the next
iTunes," McNair said.
"We wanted people to know this
was the best product out there, and
let people know this product
exists," McNair said. "This is a
great project that promotes Gods'
"Soul Remedy for Christians" to be
presented at the Jacksonville Landing
Who said that life has to be boring as a Christian? A Christian affair
where the saints can go and fellowship in a free spirited atmosphere will
be presented at 7 p .m. on Sunday, April 15th at the Jacksonville Landing.
For more information, call (904) 813-8202 or 294-2602.
Greater New Mt. Moriah Missionary
to present Gospel Jamboree 2007
The Pastor's Aide Board of Greater New Mount Moriah Missionary
Baptist Church,. 1953 W. 9th Street, Dr. Percy Jackson Sr., Pastor; will
present "Gospel Jamboree 2007" at 6 p .m. on Saturday, April 28th. The
Inspirational Daughters of Joy, of Gainesville; the Memorial Missionary
Baptist Church Male Chorus, of Monticello, FL; Elder Robert Jackson &
The New Spirit Travelers, Golden Clouds and Sunny Rose Gospel Singers,
and more. For information, call (904) 713-9183.
Judge Angela Cox to speak at "Women
of Excellence" at Hope Plaza April 28th
The Women's Ministry of First New Zion Missionary Baptist Church,
Rev. Dr. James B. Sampson, Pastor; will present Judge Angela Cox as the
speaker for the "Women of Excellence Luncheon" at 11 a.m. on Saturday,
April 28, 2007, at Hope Plaza, 6th Fl. Banquet Room.
For reservations and information, please call (904) 765-3111.
Miss Teen Christian Pageant to hold Registration
Evans Exhibit Includes James Weldon
Johnson Black History 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:
Various celebrities participate in recreating the Bible.
More than 300 people gathered at
the Ritz to view the premier of
"The Bible Experience." A diverse
group of people participated in this
event, from faith-based organiza-
tions, political leaders as well as
Rahman Johnson, Jacksonville
native and former V101.5 on-air
radio personality, was the Master
of Ceremonies. Johnson enthusias-
tically declared "The purpose for
why we are here is to learn how we
can experience the Bible with our
McNair executed this vision of
bringing families together around
the word of God using "The Bible
Experience." While promoting
"The Bible Experience," he also
wanted to promote building the
Throughout the premier viewing
of The Bible Experience, inspira-
tional words were spoken to
encourage family interaction and
community involvement to
decrease violence among youth in
Jacksonville and enhance educa-
tion and spiritual growth among
Reggie Brown of the Project
Reach Foundation talked about the
FCAT and the efforts of his organi-
zation to help children academical-
ly. "Parents should let elected offi-
cials work on changing the FCAT,
but they (parents) should take the
responsibility to motivate kids.
Education is for everybody,"
City Counsel member Glorious
Johnson said, "We can no longer be
afraid of our children. It is not your
job to go along to get along."
The impact the event had on the
community was profound. "It gives
people an idea that these are God
fearing folk. I love the fact of see-
ing people in another light outside
of their job," McNair said.
The program also allowed an
opportunity for questions to be
answered by a group of panelist
including: Demtreus of Kaught
Upp Entertainment, Florida Rep.
Audrey Gibson, City
Councilwoman Mia Jones, Rev.
Rudolph Porter, Roy Campbell and
Pastor Edward Westin.
"The purpose of the panel was to
get dialog between the community
and the people in charge," said
McNair. "One room, one cause,
cats dialogin', vibein', chopping' it
up, getting' some spiritual uplift."
McNair said he asked himself as
he planned the community pro-
gram "How can we do God's busi-
ness. Hopefully people walk away
being closer to the word."
GDT is a local business in
Jacksonville, Florida. "The Bible
Experience" audio series can be
purchased online at
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Sto fr social, volunteer, political and sports activities to se enrichment and the civic scene
What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
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 Jacksonville Chapter of
Continentals Societies, Inc. will
host a "Legacy Celebration" on
Saturday, April 7th, at 8:00PM to
pay tribute to 7 women and 5 youth
who have shown exemplary efforts
volunteering in the community.
Honorees include Madelyn Scales-
Taylor, Dr. Barbara Darby, Andrea
Giggetts, Mozell Raines, Carol J.
Alexandra, Betty Seabrook-Burney
and Estelle T. W. McKissick. This
Semi-Formal event will be held at
the University of North Florida's
University Centeron on campus.
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
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.
Do you know someone who is constantly doing for oth-
ers or putting someone else's needs before their own? A
friend that goes beyond the norm? A tireless volunteer?
Nominate him or her for the Unsung Hero spotlight and
they could win a $50.00 Gift Certificate from Publix
Supermarkets and share their courageous and selfless sto-
ries with Jacksonville Free Press readers.
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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.
"With an Even Hand"
Brown v. Board at 50
On Thursday, April 12th, The
Jacksonville Human Rights
Commission, and the Ritz Theatre
& LaVilla Museum will present an
evening of dialog themed: "With an
Even Hand", 50 years after Brown
v. Board of Education, the
Jacksonville Story. Museum tour
starts 5:30 PM at The Ritz Theatre
located 829 N. Davis Street, fol-
lowed by Group Discussion and
Panel Discussion. To register
please call 630-CITY.
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 weekends April 13th-
20th, at the FCCJNorth Campus
Zeke Bryant Auditorium.
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.
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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.
The Florida Community College at
Jacksonville Repertory and
Ensemble will be holding dance
auditions Wednesday, April 18th,
at 6:00PM. Intermediate dance
skill level required. Audition loca-
tion FCCJ South Campus 11901
Beach Blvd. (Nathan H. Wilson
Center, Bldg. M, Room 2110). For
more information call Professor
Rosemary Fletcher at (904) 646-
2361 or: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eddie Griffin &
Adel Givens "Live"
Join mega comedians Eddie
Griffin and Adel Givens for an
evening of side splitting laughter
Sunday, April 22nd, at the Times
Union Center for Performing Arts.
For more information contact:
Ticketmaster.com or by calling
(904) 353-3309. The show starts at
FCCJ Drama Works
On April 19th through 22nd,
The Florida Community College at
Jacksonville Drama Works is
pleased to announce the Northeast
Florida premiere of the play "Good"
is coming to the FCCJ South
Campus, located 11901 Beach
Blvd. The play is set in Germany,
at a time when Hitler is just coming
into power. Unconsciously, a well-
meaning scholar is led into partici-
pating in the hell that follows. For
ticket information, times, and or
reservations call (9904) 646-2222.
On Saturday, April 21st, the
Jacksonville Genealogical Society
will hold their monthly meeting at
the Webb- Wesconnett Library,
located 6887 103rd St. Featured
speaker will be Mr. Jerry Spinks
whose presentation theme is the
Restoration of the James E. Merrill
House. For more information call
Mary Chancey at (904) 781-9300.
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.
Celebration of Service
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. If you have any former
association with Old Stanton, New
Stanton or Stanton Vocational you
won't want to miss this. For infor-
mation please call Kenneth Reddick
(904) 764-8795. No tickets will be
sold at the door.
Bow Wow "Price
Of Fame Tour"
On Sunday, April 29th, the
Jacksonville Memorial Arena will
feature Bow Wow's "Price of Fame
Tour." The star studded line up to
include Huey, Shay, Lloyd, 3-D,
The Crime Mob and Bow Wow.
Don't miss this electrifying concert.
For ticket information contact:
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
reserve your tickets. For more
information or tickets, contact
Nanette Vallejos at 493.7739.
The Art of
Held the first Thursday of every
month, 7 p.m.The lobby of the Ritz
is transformed into a stage for poets
and poetry lovers of all ages. Show
off your own talent for verse, or
just come, listen and soak up the
creative atmosphere. The free art
forum will be held on Thursday,
May 3rd. Call 632-5555 for more
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.
Keep Tour Memoriesfor a Lifetime
-Class reunions -Church functions
-Birthdays Special events
.Family Reunion -Programs
Call "The Picture Ladv" 874-0591
April 5-12, 2007
Page 8 Ms. Perry's Free Press
Rumors Fly Regarding Identity of High-Profile
Celebrities Portrayed in Gold Diggers Tell-All
USHER OFFICIALLY ENGAGED TO OLDER GIRLFRIEND
Usher has confirmed that he will soon be a husband and instant step-
father of three after the announcement that he will marry his longtime girl-
friend, stylist Tameka Foster.
Usher's official statement followed weeks of speculation sparked by pho-
tographs of what appeared to be an engagement ring on Foster's finger.
The singer, 28, said a wedding could take place before the end of the year.
Foster, a 38-year-old divorcee and mother of three, caused a little stir last
January after she was spotted vacationing with the Grammy winner in St.
Bart's when she was still married. ..
WALTER MOSLEY SUED BY EX WIFE
Acclaimed author Walter Mosley has been sued by
his ex-wife, who claims he owes her at least $500,000,
plus interest, from earnings on 11 books as provided ,
by their divorce agreement.
In papers filed last week in Manhattan's state
Supreme Court, Joy Kellman says Mosley failed to
pay her 25 percent share of income from new editions
or movie and TV versions of the books and from new formats such as
Kellman says Mosley also did not provide tax returns, royalty statements
and other documentation about his income from 2001 through 2004, as
required in the divorce agreement, until 2006, her court papers say, and
much of the required information is still missing
Mosley and Kellman were married from Sept. 5, 1987, until June 19,
2001, and had no children. Among Mosley's books listed in Kellerman's
lawsuit is "Devil in a Blue Dress," which was adapted into a feature film
starring Denzel Washington in 1995.
J-HUD MAY JOIN WHITAKER IN 'WINGED CREATURES'
Jennifer Hudson is in talks to star opposite fellow 2007 Oscar winner
Forest Whitaker, and nominee Jackie Earle Haley
in the upcoming drama, "Winged Creatures."
But according to the Hollywood Reporter,
Hudson's recording schedule is one of the factors
at the negotiating table, as the singer is in an
S Atlanta studio working on tracks for her debut
album due this fall from Arista Records.
The film tells the story of witnesses to a murder-
suicide in a fast-food restaurant as they cope with
the aftermath of the incident and how they affect
the people who help them along the way.
Troy Garity ("Barber Shop") and Josh Hutcherson have also joined the
all-star cast, to be directed by Rowan Woods. Other actors in the project
include Kate Beckinsale, Guy Pearce and Dakota Fanning.
KING JAMES BUILD HIS OWN PALACE
Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James is building
a 35,440-square-foot house in Bath Township, Ohio
that will include a theater, bowling alley, casino and '.* -
barber shop, according to the Akron Beacon .*' "
Located 20 miles south of Cleveland, the palatial
estate on 5.6 acres of land is due to be finished next
year. It was purchased, along with an 11-bedroom 2
house, in 2003 for $2.1 million. '
The Akron native will soon enjoy a first-floor master suite, which
includes a two-story walk-in closet that runs 40 feet wide and 56 feet long;
a dining hall roughly 27 feet by 27 feet; a 34 X 37 "great room" and a big-
ger and a two-story "grand room," .
A "family foyer" off the six-car garage near the elevator will co-exist
with a "grand foyer" inside the front entrance, which includes a sweeping,
divided staircase leading to four second-story bedrooms. An outer wall
will feature a limestone sculpture a bas-relief of LeBron's head, wearing
his trademark headband.
Well in advance of its April
17th release, chatter among
gossip columnists, bloggers
and average fans is exploding
as they all try to draw connec-
tions between the characters
chronicled in Tracie Howard's
upcoming fiction tell-all,
Gold Diggers: A Novel, and
well-known celebrity counter-
parts. Because of its steamy
excerpts lifted from publisher
galleys and the author's per-
sonal blog (tracie-howard-
fueled early speculation con-
cerning 'A' list regulars whose
extra-curricular activities are
mirrored throughout its pages.
Much of the early gossip has
focused on the identity of a 'down
low' NBA superstar whose
escapades keep front-office execs
on the edge. Focus has also cen-
tered on the famous starlet whose
cheerful public persona belies a cal-
culated and 'well-slept' rise to the
top of Tinsel Town's summit. Each,
along with a conniving cut-throat
PR liaison to the stars, has the
rumor-mill among celebrity-watch-
ers and Hollywood insiders work-
In assessing why the book has
generated such a strong reaction
prior to publication, Tracie relates
it, in part, to basic male/female
chemistry or dynamics. "Men from
all walks of life have been charmed
or overtaken by the allure of a 'gold
Walt Disney Co.'s 1946 film
"Song of the South" was historic. It
was Disney's first big live-action
picture and produced one of the
company's most famous songs the
Dah." It also provided the inspira-
tion for the Splash Mountain rides
at Disney's theme parks.
But the movie remains hidden in
the Disney archives never released
on video in the United States and
criticized as racist for its depiction
of Southern plantation blacks. The
film's 60th anniversary passed last
year without a whisper of official
rerelease, which is unusual for
Disney, but President and CEO Bob
Iger recently said the company was
The film's reissue would surely
spark debate, but it could also sell
big. Nearly 115,000 people have
signed an online petition urging
Disney to make the movie avail-
able, and out-of-print international
copies routinely sell online for $50
to $90, some even more than $100.
Iger was answering a sharehold-
diggers' advances. Likewise, all
women have, at some point,
assessed a foe--or, even their
friends--using 'gold digger' radar.
'Gold diggers' are universal: either
you know one, you've been the vic-
tim of one or you are one."
"Let's keep it real," Tracie contin-
ues, in explaining why she chose
the subject, "females are competi-
tive by nature, especially when it
comes to the opposite sex. "Gold
diggers take this competition---and
how men are positioned in the mix-
--to a whole different zone." With
early chatter about the book also
focusing on a recognizable male
character who deems that 'gold dig-
ging' should not be limited solely to
women, Gold Diggers: A Novel
her's inquiry about the movie for the
second straight year at Disney's
annual meeting in New Orleans.
This month the Disney chief made a
rerelease sound more possible.
"The question of 'Song of the
South' comes up periodically, in
fact it was raised at last year's annu-
al meeting," Iger said. "And since
that time, we've decided to take a
look at it again because we've had
numerous requests about bringing it
out. Our concern was that a film
that was made so many decades ago
being brought out today perhaps
could be either misinterpreted or
that it would be somewhat chal-
lenging in terms of providing the
"Song of the South" was re-shown
in theaters in 1956, 1972, 1980 and
1986. Both animated and live-
action, it tells the story of a young
white boy, Johnny, who goes to live
on his grandparents' Georgia plan-
tation when his parents split up.
Johnny is charmed by Uncle Remus
- a popular black servant and his
fables of Brer Rabbit, Brer Bear and
should be a staple in beauty shop
conversations from across the coun-
try. Tracie concurred by saying,"
whether you're a fan of street lit or
contemporary African American
fiction, I believe there's more than
enough passion, drama, and conflict
from beginning to end to keep read-
ers riveted regardless of their age,
tastes or gender."
When asked whether the experi-
ences in Gold Diggers extend to
any known celebrities, Tracie
Brer Fox, which are
actual black folk tales.
(An honorary Oscar to -
James Baskett for his
portrayal of Uncle
include "The Tar -
Baby," a phrase
tial hopefuls John
McCain and Mitt -
Romney have been
criticized for using to
describe difficult situa-
tions. In "Song of the
South," it was a trick
Brer Fox and Brer i
Bear used to catch the
rabbit dressing a
lump of hot tar as a
person to ensnare their
prey. To some, it's now
a derogatory term for blacks,
regardless of context.
The movie doesn't reveal whether
it takes place before or after the
Civil War, and never refers to
blacks on the plantation as slaves. It
breaks it down, "Art always has a
unique way of imitating life in liter-
ature, particularly where sex,
romance and relationships are
involved. When 'gold digger' per-
sonalities, such as Anna Nicole
Smith, Heather Mills and Robin
Givens, have shown an ability to
create headlines around the world, I
can understand how easy it might
be for readers to draw comparisons
to some of the high-profile charac-
ters featured in my book."
Hurston/Wright Foundation Seeks
Submissions for Writing Workshop
Submissions from African American Writers Needed
The Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation will accept appli-
cations for its annual Writers' Week summer workshop for Black writers
through Friday, April 20th. It is the nation's only multi-genre summer
writer's workshop for writers of African descent with a tuition-free com-
ponent for high school students. The workshop will be held on the campus
of American University in Washington, DC from July 15 to July 21, 2007.
To participate, writers must submit an application along with samples of
their work by April 20, 2007.
The week brings together Black writers from around the United States, as
well as Black writers from the Caribbean, Africa, and Europe, who create
a nurturing, safe space to discuss their work, its meaning, and unique aes-
thetics. Hurston/Wright Writers' Week is distinguished by the diversity of
the writers it attracts: published, unpublished, college students, high school
students, seniors, retirees, professionals-all chosen to participate on the
strength of their writing.
All courses are taught by published authors and include workshops on
self-publishing, nonfiction, creative writing, writing from the spirit, build-
ing a novel and poetry. Workshop leaders include publishers, writers, pro-
fessors and agents.
For more information about the Hurston/Wright Foundation and its annu-
al Writer's Week or to download an application, visit www.hurston-
wright.org or call 301-683-2134.
makes clear they work for the fam-
ily, living down dirt roads in wood
shacks while the white characters
stay in a mansion. Remus and other
black characters' dialogue is full of
"ain't nevers" "ain't nobodys" "you
tells," and "dem dayses."
Comedian Eddie Griffin crashed
a rare Ferrari Enzo worth $1.5 mil-
lion into a concrete barrier while
practicing at a racetrack, destroying
the car but escaping uninjured.
The 38-year-old actor-comedian
was practicing for a charity race to
promote "Redline", his upcoming
movie, when he drove too fast
around a curve at the Irwindale
Speedway. Video footage shows
the red sports car screeching before
it ricocheted off the barrier with
heavy damage to its front.
"Undercover Brother's good at
karate and all the rest of that, but
the Brother can't drive," said
Griffin, referring to his 2002
movie, after the accident.
The film's publicist, Wendy
Zocks, said Griffin was "doing
The Enzo was owned by
"Redline" executive producer
Daniel Sadek, whose exotic car
collection is featured in the movie.
Sadek said the Enzo was damaged
"I'm glad Eddie came out of the
crash OK, but my dream car got
destroyed," Sadek said. "I went to
my trailer for about 15 minutes and
I thought,'There's people dying
every day. A lot of worse things are
happening in the world."'
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April 5-11 2007
Pae1 s er' rePesArl51,20
trend experts offer tips for
saluting couples in style
n recent years, wedding traditions have changed dramatically, and the bride and groom aren't
the only ones affected. People postponing marriage until later in life and more couples living
together before tying the knot are just a few of the recent social changes impacting today's
weddings. Gift-giving trends and pre-wedding rituals, like showers and bachelorette parties,
have also become more sophisticated and complex.
One could say that modern wedding celebrations are more reflective of reality. As one card from
American Greetings points out, today's couples have a bond that transcends any ceremony. The front
of the card, adorned in Tiffany blue simply reads, "Cherish," in silver. The inside greeting reads,
"Congratulations on your forever friendship and your promise of love."
Celebrating a marriage today is similar to making any relationship work. It requires understanding,
tho htfulness and patience.
Trendy colored wrap and bags make it easy to complement any couple's taste. Fresh
new card designs allow shoppers to celebrate a wedding in style. American Greetings
and Carlton products pictured here are available in all Target card departments.
While friends and family have been influenced by changes Innovative gfts
in today's weddings, no group has seen more challenges are m e ra even
than the bridesmaids. Celebrating established relationships more memorable
and more independent brides is a difficult task. To assist with stylish presen-
these loyal friends, here are a few suggestions for bachel- teatis. distplaruid i
orette party themes: tea set display could ?
orette party themes: double as a scene
Friends and family from a catalogue.
The traditional bachelorette party doesn't have to be so ... Add frosted 4'
traditional. One of the key elements of any-good bachelor- cellophane
ette party is the location, so choose a spot that everyone wrap and
will appreciate. ribbon to
An area such as an outdoor shopping center will allow accentuate
everyone to come together for a manicure or spa treat- the overall look.
ment, go off on their own to shop and then reunite for a while maintaining
casual group dinner, the focus on the
A night on the town beautiful
For those who like to celebrate, a night on the town or a presentation.
wine tasting at a local winery is a perfect option. Another. -
activity that can include everyone is a progressive dinner.
You start out at a trendy location for drinks and appeti-
zers, move to a favorite restaurant for dinner and end at
a fun little spot to enjoy dessert.
No matter what option you choose, be sure that there.
is no evidence left behind the next day. One Amencan
Greetings card, perfect for any bachelorette par .
guest of honor, is a reminder of this lesson. i
The card features a pink color scheme '
"A night to remember," the inside
greeting continues, "and the pictures
to prove it."
Road trip or spa day
A growing trend is for the bridal
party to come together with the bride .
for a day trip or a day at the spa to
unwind from all of the planning just
before the actual wedding. This is a
great way to be alone together as a group
one last time.
Finding the perfect wedding gift has
never been more difficult. With the need
for the traditional "starter" gifts mini-
mized to some extent by many couples
choosing to live together before they
marry, and a desire to choose something
that really represents the couple, is
there even such a thing as the "perfect
Shedding gift" anymore?
'The key to finding the perfect gift is
to try and match the couple's taste, and
to celebrate what makes the relationship
special," said Angela Thompson Every-
day Cards Product Manager for Target
at American Greetings. "In design-
ing cards, wrap and accessories
for weddings, we strive to
create products that are appro-
priate for a wide range of
brides, grooms and their
Thompson offers the
following gifting tips:
a Let them know who
it is from Be sure
to add a little bit of
yourself to the gift.
a Give them a scrap-
book with photos
and keepsakes that
reflect times that
you have spent
a Celebrate their relationship -
A gift that comes from the heart will
mean a great deal to them, so take
some time to really think about the
couple when selecting a gift.
a A gift certificate for an experience
that they can enjoy together is a
terrific idea. With health on the top
of everyone's mind, many couples
might enjoy a gift certificate for
yoga or a cooking class.
In addition to being more health
conscious, many couples today are
more socially aware. A gift in the
couple's name to a charity that
means something to them is a won-
derfully thoughtful gesture.
a Have some fun In the end, you
want the couple to enjoy your gift, so
take some time to enjoy the process
of selecting one.
a Instead of getting them an item for
their kitchen, create a basket of
spices, fun cooking utensils and a
homemade recipe book. They will
have as much fun using everything
as you did picking it all out.
a Pair a gift with a gift certificate
to show thoughtfulness, and flexi-
bility. Pick out a frame that would
go with their d6cor and give them
a gift certificate from their photog-
rapher for a favorite print to include.
C 'e/A <41"
The colors of today's weddings make a statement about the bride and groom.
Guests who want to make an impression can coordinate cards and gifts with
the chosen color scheme of the wedding.
With many people today waiting longer
before they marry, weddings have
begun to reflect more matured styles.
To keep up with these fashionable
weddings, guests are striving to impress
with the presentation of their gifts.
Thompson says to be creative in pre-
senting your gift, and if you are having
trouble coming up with ideas, let the
gift itself act as your inspiration:
Since every bride has her own style
and taste in color, guests shouldn't feel
limited by the traditional wedding
palettes. "Brides take a great deal of
time in coordinating the colors or tone
of their weddings," said Thompson. "The
colors in a wedding reflect the bride and
groom's personality, so matching your
gift wrap and accessories to their color
scheme will ensure a presentation more
aligned with their tastes and styles."
Weddings are a fun occasion and the
gifts should reflect that. One easy way
to accentuate any gift is to embellish it
with a thoughtful or fun accessory.
"Accessorizing your gift can add a little
personality, which is perfectly in line
with modem wedding trends," said
One easy suggestion is to add a simple
yet elegant fabric flower as a beautifully
unexpected "bow" for the top of your
Think outside of the box ...
While gorgeous paper and accessories
are always fashionable, a new trend in
Wedding shower traditions have evolved to incorporate more vibrant color schemes.
gifting is for more personalized presen-
tations that reflect the gift-giver, the
couple or the ceremony.
"Weddings today are very personalized
and guests are also getting into the
spirit," said Thompson. She suggests
using the gift itself as part of the pre-
sentation to show off your own style.
"You can actually use the gift as a
centerpiece or container to create a look
that really stands out. For example, if you
purchase a magazine rack, use it to hold
the rest of your presents, such as a cozy
blanket or other items for the couple's
living room. This will make your prepara-
tion much simpler and the result more
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April 5-11, 2007