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Actor Calvin Lockhart Dies
Calvin Lockhart, star of stage and screen
whose character name of Biggie Smalls in the
1975 film "Let's Do It Again" was used by late
rapper Notorious B.I.G., died Thursday in his
native Nassau, Bahamas from complications
of a stroke. He was 72.
The actor starred in a string of films in the
Early to mid-70s, including "Cotton Comes to
Harlem," "Uptown Saturday Night" and
"Myra Breckinridge." He also starred opposite
Eddie Murphy in 1988's "Coming To
America," and in January completed work on "Rain," an upcoming film
shot in the Bahamas.
Born Sept. 18, 1934 in Nassau, Lockhart was classically trained and
became the only black actor ever invited to be an actor-in-residence at the
Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford Upon-Avon.
Bahamian Prime Minister Perry Christie said the following about
Lockhart's passing: "Although his acting career was of relatively short
duration, Calvin's cinematic charisma and talents won him high praise
from critics and audiences alike all around the world."
Calvin produced and directed several major stage productions and
also appeared on television in London, Germany and the U.S., including
the television series "Dynasty."
He is survived by his mother, Minerva Cooper; his wife, Jennifer
Miles-Lockhart; sons Michael Lockhart and Julien Lockhart Miles.
Congressional Black Caucus Urged
to Deny Funding Due to Cherokees
Dr. E. Faye Williams, National Chair of the National Congress of Black
Women. Inc., has urged Congressional Black Caucus Chair Carolyn
Cheeks Kilpatrick to take a stand against the mistreatment of Native-
Americans with African ancestry. Williams said the Cherokee Nation of
Oklahoma was voting to disenfranchise tribe members who are Cherokee
The Five Nations of Oklahoma, which consists of Cherokee Nation,
Choctaw Nation, Chickasaw Nation, Creek Nation and Seminole Nation,
has asked that funding be restored to the Johnson O'Malley Education
Fund. Williams requested that the CBC deny full funding until the tribe
members are treated equally.
Williams also suggested that Kilpatrick and others in the CBC look
closely at the tribes with federal funding that are discriminating against
other tribe members. The tribes are allegedly disallowing African-Native
Americans to enjoy the benefits that are given to Native Americans by
the federal government, simply because they have African heritage.
Three College Students Sentenced
for Alabama Black Church Fires
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. Two former college students were sentenced
Monday to eight years each in federal prison for a rash of rural church
fires that began as a prank during a night of drinking.
A third friend, who wasn't involved in all the fires, was sentenced to
Dressed in orange jail uniforms with shackles around their feet, each
man apologized for the blazes, set during a night of underage drinking
and illicit hunting.
Russell Lee DeBusk Jr., who received the lighter sentence, said the three
decided to break into a single church on Feb. 3, 2006, and set plastic
plants on fire during a night of cruising the countryside and drinking.
"A snowball effect happened as we proceeded to set four more church-
es on fire," said DeBusk, 20. Three days later, Cloyd and Benjamin
Moseley, 20, set four more fires in a bid to throw agents off their trail.
U.S. District Judge David Proctor also ordered Cloyd and Moseley to
pay $3.1 million in restitution and DeBusk to pay $1.9 million.
Following their release, each man must perform 300 hours of communi-
ty service work at the burned-out churches.
The minister of Dancy First Baptist Church, the Rev. Walter Hawkins,
asked the judge for leniency and said his congregation has forgiven the
three. Hawkins said he hoped the men do not receive additional prison
time in state court, where they are due for a hearing later this week.
Coach Dungy to Publish Memoir
Tony Dungy, head coach of the Super Bowl champion Indianapolis
Colts, has signed a deal with Tyndale House Publishers to publish his
memoir, "Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices and Priorities of a
"Writing a book is something that I never intended to do," said Dungy.
"However, after winning the Super Bowl, I heard from so many people
who were excited about our victory. I wanted to tell each one of them that
it wasn't the victory, but the journey, and the lessons learned along that
journey that really matter.
"The biggest lesson I learned was that God's hand is not only in the
victories, but in the disappointments as well. It is my prayer that reading
my story will cause people to stop and examine what's really important
Dungy became the first African-American to coach a winning Super
Bowl team when the Colts defeated the Chicago Bears, 29-17, in Super
Bowl XLI (41) in Miami on Feb. 4, 2007. He is entering his sixth season
as the head coach of the Colts, and will mark his 12th season as an NFL
head coach in 2007.
Tony and his wife, Lauren, are the parents of six children, daughters
Tiara and Jade, and sons Eric, Jordan, Justin, and the late James Dungy.
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Volume 21 No. 4 Jacksonville, Florida April 12-18, 2007
Clinton Political Clout Among Blacks on the Line
Even in a Harlem church where
former U.S. President Bill Clinton
is revered, his wife and presidential
aspirant Sen. Hillary Rodham
Clinton has some work to do with
black women once expected to be
firmly in her camp.
"Right now, she's my front-runner,
but that may change the more I
learn about Obama," said Angela
Lago, a retired hospital recruiter
among the ranks of black women
voters looking at Sen. Barack
Obama as an alternative among
Danese Smalls, who sells jewelry
in the historic black neighborhood
of New York, said she changed her
mind after Clinton voted to support
the U.S.-led war in Iraq.
"She lost me on that. Now I'm not
convinced she's any different from
any other politician," Smalls said.
Donna Brazile, a Democratic
strategist and black woman who
managed the presidential campaign
for former Vice President Al Gore-
Continued on page 3
Jaguars on a Mission for the Homeless
Shown (L-R) Back row: Jaguars James Wyche, Dan Connolly, Greg
Estandia, Pat Thomas, Front: Co-Chair Carol Lynn, Clara White
CEO Ju'Coby Pittman-Peele, Scott Starks, Ruby Brown, Chair
Bowling fans and concerned members of the community joined forces
last weekend to raise thousands for the Clara White Mission at the 9th
Annual Alley Oop Celebrity Bowling Tournament featuring local celebri-
ties including many Jacksonville Jaguars. Held at the Phoenix Bowling
Lanes, door prizes and great food highlighted the event aimed to target
funds for the Mission's homeless clientele. Over $50,000 has been raised
since the project's inception.
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir meets with South African President
Thabo Mbeki, left, at the Republican Palace in Khartoum.
Sudan Under National Pressure
South African President Thabo Mbeki is visiting the Sudan this week in
an attempt to persuade the government of President Omar al-Bashir to
allow U.N. peacekeepers into the violent Darfur region. Al-Bashir agreed
to allow the troops to mediate in the region, but has steadfastly refused to
allow them entry since then, despite over 200,000 deaths and millions of
displaced people. An official of China, Sudan's closest and most powerful
ally, left the country on Monday after advising al-Bashir to "be more flex-
ible" in its dealings with the U.N. Later in the week, US Deputy Secretary
of State John Negroponte will visit the Sudan, and is expected to bring a
stem warning from Washington.
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Florida Felons to Regain Voting Rights
Most Florida felons who have fin-
ished their sentences will regain
voting and other civil rights more
quickly with changes approved last
week by the governor and the state
All but the most violent felons can
now avoid waiting for a board hear-
ing, a process that sometimes takes
Felon voting rights drew attention
after the disputed 2000 presidential
election when many non-convicts
were purged from voter rolls
because of rampant errors in the
state's prison database.
Under the change, which takes
effect immediately, Florida officials
will automatically begin the rights-
restoration process for felons when
they finish their sentences. People
who previously completed sen-
tences but are still awaiting restora-
tion of their rights will have to
apply on their own because most
are not tracked by the state after
their release. Continued on page 7
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Shown are parents of the bride, Diana and Willie Perry holding their grand-daughter Gabrielle Burwell,
Wil'Neishea Burwell, Bruce Burwell Jr., and the groom's parents Brenda Burwell and Bruce Burwell, Sr.
at the ceremony held at Bethel Baptist Institutional Church. Ben Solonon photo
Teary eyes of joy and smiles filled
the day celebrating the marriage of
the former Wil'Neishea Rae Perry
to Bruce McDonald Burwell, Jr.
Held in the main sanctuary of
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church,
the bride pledged her vows under
the guidance of her uncle and
grand-father, Pastors Rudolph
McKissick, Jr. and Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Sr. Pastor McKissick
Sr. read the young couple their tra-
ditional vows while pastor
McKissick Jr. broke down the foun-
dation of marriage in lay mans
terms and explained the difference
between a covenant and a contract.
He also described symbols and the
meaning of the ring.
"You don't just wear the ring to
Continued on page 7
Elected to Lead
The Rev. James B. Sampson, a
Jacksonville pastor with a reputa-
tion for social service, was elected
president late week over the
Florida wing of the National
Baptist Convention U.S.A.
The Fort Lauderdale-based elec-
tion put Sampson at the helm of the
Florida General Baptist
Convention, an association of some
500 predominantly Black churches.
The three-way campaign drew
some controversy because of the
candidacy of the Rev. Henry J.
Lyons, former president of the
national denomination. Lyons
served more than four years in
prison after being convicted of
Sampson was the clear favorite,
winning 539 of the 1,012 votes
cast, compared to 306 for Lyons. A
third candidate, the Rev. Michael
Johnson of Pensacola, received 167
"I'm young and full of energy,"
said Sampson, 47," but energy
without wisdom is a train wreck
waiting to happen. I won't turn my
senior brothers out of the way."
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That's the third highest wireless tax rate in the nation, and typically double the taxes
on general goods and services.
Fortunately, leaders in the Florida State Senate are aiming to lower excessive telecom taxes,
by reducing the state's Communications Services Tax. The Florida State House has already
overwhelmingly passed similar legislation, and recent polling shows that 87% of Florida voters
support a reduction of the CST this year.
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Jazz Brunch to Feature Youth Band PM Xperience T "
Shown above are band members Landon Griggs, Jahan Sweet,
Demario Fort, Devin Paschal, Timothy Walker, Jaren Walker, Arthur
Ward, Jeremiah Hunt and Padgett Nanton.
The 2007 Jacksonville Jazz
Festival Sunday Jazz Brunch will
feature The PM Xperience Band,
Sunday, April 15 at the Ritz Theater
and LaVilla Museum. The band is
known for their youthful talent and
traditional jazz repertoire. While
they are young, the group's musi-
cians are proficient in their studies
of Herbie Hancock, Charlie Parker,
John Coltrane and Miles Davis. The
group will perform from 11:00 a.m.
to 1:00 p.m.
"We just love to play jazz," said
tenor sax player Jaren Walker.
"Even though the music may seem
old, it always sounds fresh and new.
That's why it's so much fun per-
The PM Xperience Band is a
group of award winning youth
musicians who have taken a serious
interest in music and performing
arts. The band is made up of kids 18
years old and younger. Most of
them have been performing togeth-
er, in some capacity, for about 7
years, which has created a music
bond that has enriched their lives.
The band has performed for many
groups, organizations and events
including U.S. Surgeon General
Richard Carmona, Super Bowl
XXXIX Host Committee, Runaway
Jazz Festival, Art Walk and the
Northeast Florida Jazz Festival.
Their efforts are sponsored by The
Play Music Fund, Inc. Through this
support the group is able to develop
opportunities to continue to show-
case their talents, allowing their
sound to grow and reach more
The Jazz Brunch at the Ritz
Theatre & LaVilla Museum fea-
tures a catered brunch by Chef
Matthew Medure and a live broad-
cast of Na'im Rashid's "Sunday
First Cup" radio show on Smooth
Jazz 105.3 FM.
For more information call 904-
607-0660 or www.jaxjazzfest.com.
Women May be the Key to the Black Vote
Continued from front
said it was difficult to predict who
black women would vote for.
"It's a key voting block. Black
women tend to make their minds up
early, and they get involved in other
ways as well," Brazile said.
Black women register and turn out to
vote in higher numbers than the over-
all population, she noted.
"Both candidates are attractive, they
have strong civil rights records and the
experience black women most depend
on in making their selection," Brazile
said. "It's hard to guess where black
women will ultimately stand."
Research by pollster John Zogby
from February and March showed
black women supporting Clinton with
35 percent; Obama, the only black
senator, with 22 percent; former Sen.
John Edwards with 6 percent; and the
But a widely cited ABC-Washington
Post poll in February showed Obama
with 44 percent of support among
black voters and Clinton with 33 per-
cent. Earlier polls showed Clinton
ahead of Obama with black voters by
60 percent to 20 percent.
CLOSE CONTEST FOR FUNDING
In another sign of the competition
between the Democratic front-runners,
this week Obama reported raising $25
million in campaign funds, just shy of
Clinton's $26 million, in the run-up to
primary elections that will decide the
nominee who will seek the presidency
in November 2008.
Obama reported 100,000 donations,
compared with the former first lady's
"I'm torn," said New York-based film
producer Lisa Cortes, a black woman.
"This election makes you think very
differently because it's not about 'Oh,
which white man?"'
Defectors from the Clinton camp
include attorney Bacardi Jackson, who
lives in Miami and wrote an open let-
ter of support for Obama that was
widely circulated on the Internet. It
ends by saying she supports him
"without apology" to the Clintons.
"There's an expectation that the
Clintons have the black community
sewn up," Jackson said. ...
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Standing "Future" Legacy Honorees (left to right) Brittany L. Eady-Education, Jessica J. Flowers-
Employment, Jeffrey Johnson-Recreation, Alyssa R.L. Alcos-Arts and Humanities and Jaliya J. Dokes-
Health. Seated Legacy Honorees(left to right): Mozella Raines-Recreation, Andrea Giggetts-Employment,
Betty Seabrook Burney-Humanities, Estelle W. McKissick-Overall Service, Barbara Ann Darby, Ed.D.-
Education, Carol J. Alexander-Arts and Madeline Scales-Taylor-Health.
Continentals Honor Present and Future
Female Legacies at Gala Celebration
by Gayle Hardy
On Saturday, April 7, 2007 at 8:00
p.m. the Jacksonville Chapter of
Continental Societies, Inc hosted
their first Legacy Celebration.
Over 300 guests attended the dinner
at the University Center on the
That is not to say there are not plen-
ty of unflagging Clinton supporters,
like Hattie Nichols of Manhattan.
"I'm not having second thoughts
about Hillary," she said. "I don't vote
for Clinton because she's a woman. I
vote for her because I think she'll do
the best job."
Obama will not get votes because of
his color any more than Clinton will
get votes for being a woman, said
Edsel O'Conner, a retired nursing
"People think black people will vote
for a candidate because they're black,
but there's an awful lot of stupid black
people out there who voted for Bush,"
The Democratic contenders, particu-
larly Clinton, know the effective force
of black women voters, who tend to be
campus of the University of North
Florida. Each honoree was recog-
nized for her outstanding commit-
ment to volunteerism throughout
In 1972, Continental Societies,
Inc. initiated its National program
"Operation Awareness: HEER,
Health, Education, Employment
and Recreation". Each component
was chosen because of its signifi-
cance in the lives of all young peo-
ple and the need to provide projects
and activities in these areas to
organized and loyal, said Brazile.
Hillary Clinton, in her Senate races,
and Bill Clinton, in his presidential
races, were extremely popular among
All of the candidates hope to line up
as many key black women supporters
"Hillary and Barack are out there
doing it, and don't count out John
Edwards," Brazile said.
Among those who have left the
Clinton camp, Carmen Ashhurst, who
hosted a house party in support of
Obama in New York, said she backed
Clinton until a dust-up with
Hollywood producer David Geffen.
After Geffen was critical of the
Clintons, the Clinton campaign asked
Obama to denounce his remarks and
return his donations.
enhance the lives of
our youth. In 1977, a
fifth component, Arts
and Humanities was
fundraiser, A Legacy
women and youth
teers who exemplify
the spirit of "Giving
Back" to the commu-
nity. All honorees
were selected based
on their commitment
and dedication to
volunteering in the
area identified in
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Page 4 Ms. Perry's Free Press
Many people don't realize that
Florida's seaports are responsible
for over 350,000 jobs in this state.
Locally, we have the same problem
- Jaxport has become a vital eco-
nomic engine to our city and
region, but not many people realize
"We have quietly grown, and as
the port grows so do the opportuni-
ties for high paying jobs," says
Tony Nelson, Jaxport Chairman.
"The port's impact on our local
economy is tremendous consider-
ing the jobs and goods moved
through the port annually. And not
to mention the international expo-
sure we give the city."
Because Florida is a peninsular,
and most of us native Floridians
learned this in elementary school,
we have water on all sides, which
provides various economic oppor-
tunities. Our state has several
major ports that stretch around the
state from Jacksonville to
Pensacola. In fact, Florida has 14
deepwater seaports, which have
become the cornerstone to our
Nelson adds, "Because of our
location and the state's shape,
Florida has always had a maritime
industry that was vital to not only
the Southeastern United States, but
all states east of the Mississippi
Port jobs have increasingly
become more important to the
African American community. If
you look at the International
Longshoreman's Association (ILA)
you see an organization that is pre-
dominately black. A large percent-
Dmic Impact Felt Throughout the Northeast Florida
the Growing Number of High Wage Jobs it Creates
age of port jobs are ILA positions
and the other jobs are associated
with port clients who hire local
worker to run their national or
Eric Green, Jaxport Senior
Director of External Affairs, says,
"That's the story that hasn't been
told. We are one of the region's
largest employers and once the new
Mitsui project is fully underway we
are looking at hiring an additional
1,500 area workers. On top of folks
that Mitsui will hire directly, the
development will indirectly create
an additional 5,600 jobs."
With the MOL project coming to
fruition the Jaxport secret is start-
ing to get out. The problem that the
organization may face is actually
filling the jobs it's creating.
The average annual salary for
port jobs is $44,000, which is well
above the state average. Many of us
who know Longshoreman know
that they make great salaries and
often have the opportunity to dou-
ble that average salary with all of
the activity going on at the port.
In fact, where else can you make
that kind of money people make at
the port without a degree? The
answer is easy, not many places
provide the opportunities that port
jobs provide. The average wage
stated above is double the average
annual wage for all other non-
advanced degree occupations
($23,254) and $10,000 more than
the average annual wage for all
occupations ($34,420) according to
the Florida Ports Council.
With the unemployment rate
higher in the black community, port
jobs are obviously are great oppor-
tunity for young African Americans
who are not only interested in a job,
but a career with great benefits. But
much like other opportunities that
blacks have access to, we have to
get engaged and take advantage of
jobs that pay quality wages.
Too many times I have heard
young men complain about there
not being any "good jobs" out
there. How can you make that argu-
ment with the port providing occu-
pation for thousands of area work-
ers with thousands of additional
Jaxport's total economic impact
to the Northeast Florida area is $1.3
billion annually. In 2006, $72.6 bil-
lion worth of goods moved through
the states ports, which was two
thirds of the state's international
I have often written about the
need to grow the African American
middle class, and its jobs like these
that can help grow and sustain a
strong black middle class. Again, I
can't say it enough, but the oppor-
tunities provided by Jaxport are
critical our local economy.
Not only should African
Americans take advantage of the
jobs coming online, but anyone in
the community that is looking for a
career path should.
Mae Jemison, an African
American astronaut said, "Failure
to recognize possibilities is the
most dangerous and common mis-
take one can make."
So the possibilities are there, it's
now up to those in need to step up.
It's certainly not easy or quick
money, but these jobs are providing
middle class wages for individuals
and families. Between jobs at
Jaxport and programs being offered
at the Northeast Florida Builders
Association (Electrician, Plumbers,
Heat & HVAC and Carpentry)
there are so many opportunities
that exist for great paying careers
that don't require college degrees.
So how can young people com-
plain about a lack of opportunities?
"One of our major challenges as
MOL comes online is actually find-
ing people to fill the position that
will be available," added Nelson.
"In the near future we will be
aggressively going out into the
community promoting the career
opportunities at the port."
Much of what Floridians eat,
wear and use travels through our
ports. The cost of that cup of
Starbucks coffee or those shoes
from Wal-Mart would be much
higher if Florida didn't have ports.
By the way, how weird is it to have
a Starbucks on Dunn Avenue?
Anyway, it would be unfortunate
if those from the neediest commu-
nities didn't take advantage of the
port related jobs that are available,
but then again, some folks want
things delivered on a silver platter.
To those who are looking for
good career opportunities I would
suggest that you check out jax-
port.com. As Moms Mabley once
said, "If you always do what you
always did, you will always get
what you always got."
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Black College Women Deserve More Than
Being Nationally Called "Nappy Headed Ho's"
By. George E Curry
Eveiy time you think radio'
broadcaster Don Imus and one of
his long-time sidekicks, Sid
Rosenberg, have sunk as low as
possible, they find yet another way
to dish even more slime. Imus' lat-
est offense involves referring to
Black women on the Rutgers bas-
ketball team as "nappy-headed
ho's." The team, which has eight
African-Americans and two
Whites, lost to Tennessee last week
in the women's championship
The April 4 "Imus in the
Morning" program, simulcast on
MSNBC, contained this exchange:
DON IMUS: So, I watched the
basketball game last night between
-- a little bit of Rutgers and
Tennessee, the women's final.
SID ROSENBERG [Fired Imus
sports announcer filling in for
sportscaster Chris Carlin] : Yeah,
Tennessee won last night -- seventh
championship for [Tennessee
coach] Pat Summitt, I-Man. They
beat Rutgers by 13 points.
IMUS: That's some rough girls
from Rutgers. Man, they got tattoos
BERNARD McGUIRK [The
program's executive producer]
Some hard-core hos.
IMUS: That's some nappy-head-
ed hos there. I'm gonna tell you that
now, man, that's some -- woo. And
the girls from Tennessee, they all
look cute, you know, so, like --
kinda like -- I don't know.
M'cGlTh :'A Spike Leeithig.
McGUIRK: The Jigaboos vs. the
Wannabes -- that movie that he
IMUS: Yeah, it was a tough --
CHARLES McCORD [co-host]:
Do The Right Thing.
McGUIRK: Yeah, yeah, yeah.
IMUS: I don't know if I'd have
wanted to beat Rutgers or not, but
they did, right?
ROSENBERG: It was a tough
watch. The more I look at Rutgers,
they look exactly like the Toronto
IMUS: Well, I guess, yeah.
LOU RUFFINO [engineer]:
McGUIRK: The [Memphis]
Grizzlies would be more appropri-
Initially, he refused to apologize
for the comments, saying people
should relax and not worry about
"some idiot comment meant to be
amusing." On April 6, the idiot
finally apologized for "an insensi-
tive and ill-conceived remark."
McCord, the show's co-host, was
evidently referring to Spike Lee's
1988 film, "School Daze," not "Do
the Right Thing." In "School
Daze," there was a rivalry between
the dark-skinned "Jigaboos" and
the light-skinned "Wannabees."
Rosenberg has been "fired" a
couple of times from the Imus pro-
gram, but keeps making guest
appearances. The monitoring
group, Media Matters for America
"Rosenberg's comparison of the
Rutgers women's basketball team
recalled comments he made in
June 2001 about Venus and Serena
Williams, two African-American
female professional tennis players.
According to a November 20,
2001, Newsday article, Rosenberg
said on the air: "One time, a friend,
he says to me, 'Listen, one of these
days you're gonna see Venus and
Serena Williams in Playboy.' I said,
'You've got a better shot at National
He's also referred to PBS anchor
Gwen Ifill as "a cleaning lady" and
McGuirk referred to Barack
Obama as "this young colored fel-
According to mediamatters.org,
"On the March 6 edition of
MSNBC's Imus in the Morning,
executive producer Bernard
McGuirk said that Sen. Hillary
Rodham Clinton was 'trying to
sound black in front of a black
audience' when she gave a speech
on March 4 in Selma, Alabama..
McGuirk added that Clinton "will
have cornrows and gold teeth
before this fight with Obama is
over." Earlier in the program, in
reference to Clinton's speech,
McGuirk had said, 'Bitch is gonna
be wearing cornrows.' McGuirk
also said that Clinton will be 'giv-
ing Crips signs during speeches.'
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"Later, host Don Imus brought
up McGuirk's prior impersonations
of African-American poet Maya
Angelou asking, "[W]ho was that
woman you used to do, the poet? ...
We used to get in all that trouble
every time you'd do her." As
McGuirk launched into the imper-
sonation, Imus said, 'I don't need
any more columns. Come on.' But
Imus did not stop McGuirk, who
delivered his impression in verse:
McGUIRK: Whitey plucked you
from the jungle for too many years
Took away your pride, your dig-
nity, and your spears...
With freedom came new woes
Into whitey's world you was
So wake up now and go to work?
You can kiss my big black [butt]"
It's time to wake up and insist
that MSNBC, which claims to be a
reputable television network, and
CBS, the program's distributer,
remove such raving idiots from the
airwaves. If company officials
refuse, we should refuse to watch
their network or support their spon-
sors. You can e-mail MSNBC at
write them at: MSNBC TV, One
MSNBC Plaza, Secaucus, N.J.
07094. Telephone 201/583-5000.
By allowing Imus to pollute the
airwaves, MSNBC and CBS Radio
are the entities acting like ho's.
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b\ Williamn Reed
It's not often that Blacks back the white power
structure, but in their Southern Africa
S Development Coiniunit. (S.ADC) Summit in Dar
es Salaam. Tanzania African leaders did just that
Rall ing around Zimbab\we's President Robert Mugabe. leaders of 14
Southern African countries blatant\ ignored \\esten powers' calls for
"tougher action" against him
In recent weeks Mugabe had faced growing calls for "censure" from
Western countries for his heavy % -handed treatment" of political opponents.
But. S.ADC's leadership resoundinml\ told the United States. United
Kingdom and European Union ELUi "''ou ain't the boss of me!"
The black-white show -do\xn came because of a series of illegal demon-
strations b\ the Brinsh-funded Nlotement for Democratic Change tMDC).
When the\ were arrested. Western media chronicled MDC activists to be
the \ictims and alleged\ "sewerel\ beaten" in police custody This caused
the U.S.. U.K. and EU to demand that Mugabe's neighbors "step up pres-
sure" on his regime. A State Department spokesman said "We think it's
time for the African states. specifically\ neighboring states to make clear
that this kind of beha% tor from President Mugabe is unacceptable"
Before the summit. Western operate es assumed theN'd painted Mugabe
into a corner SADC leaders had to address. But. the\ didn't count on
SADC leaders standing firm with the icon against "terrorists backed bN
imperialist forces". The Africans urged Western countries to drop sanctions
against NMuabe's government and appealed to Britain to "honor its com-
mitments" to fund land reforms in its former colon\. His land reform meas-
ures against \ white landowners prompted the U.S and European Union to
demonize Mugabe with allegations of election rigging, human rights abus-
es, repression of political opponents. corruption, and mismanagement of
In Dar es Salaam, Mugabe's spokesman George Charamba said "The
president is here for two basic things to explain the situation on the
ground and to get solidarity from SADC in his fight against the British".
Referring to the economic sanctions Charamba told reporters: "He will
continue to tell the West to go hang as long as they undermine the so\er-
eignty of the country". Mugabe calls the MDC "Western stooges" and
accuses tile group of a terror campaign aimed at removing him from office
Charamba said "Zimbabweans should shape their own future. Whites are
the ones that the British want to protect. Africa has shown that it supports
the present Zimbabwean government. We suffered during the liberation
struggle and the British didn't support us. Now we want our land".
Southern African residents know first-hand of violence and destruction
wrought bN the MDC in Zimbabwe. As Western powers openly side ,with
them. the region's Africans see the MDC's sole purpose being to maintain
British interests and investments. Southern Africans saw that the recent
MDC campaigns were orchestrated to coincide with European Union meet-
ings to extend sanctions on Zimbabwe. They watched UK and U.S.
Ambassadors stand in solidarity with MDC leaders during their court
appearances. Routinely, Britain influenced the EU to extend sanctions
against Zimbabwe, but couldn't extend that wrath through the SADC coun-
"We are pleased that SADC leaders have again acknowledged there is
deliberate poisoning of the situation in Zimbabwe by some in the media,"
said Minister of State for Information and Publicity, Jonathan Moyo.
Moyo said his government was particularly shocked by "some Uncle Toms
in the media" and "It is obvious that the Uncle Toms want a continued
entrenchment of British interests in Zimbabwe. The way they write
reminds us of the house servant in Uncle Tom's Cabin who sees his mas-
ter's house burning and cries out 'master our house is burning'". Ironically,
Charlene Hunter-Gault, an American icon and first black women admitted
to the University of Georgia, is in the fray and supports CNN allegations
Possessing extraordinary mineral, rare earth resources and fertile agricul-
ture, Zimbabwe must be independent to develop and integrate its resources
in markets. Instead of supporting Draconian measures against Zimbabwe,
Blacks in America and Europe should hang tuff toward their social and
economic justice. Elimination of the West's sanctions and cessation of their
propaganda war will enable Zimbabweans to grow and prosper.
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April 12-18, 2007
Rutgers Angry But Will Meet Imus After Derogatory Remarks
Q: I have to request my vacation time one year in advance and would
like to know what are the dates for spring break for next year?
Spring Break for 2007-08 is scheduled March 31 through April 4. To view
the entire 2007-2008 school calendar, please visit our district's Web site at
Q: It looks like a new school is being built on Chaffee Road. When
will it open? The Chaffee Road facility, an elementary school serving
kindergarten through 5th grade students, is scheduled to open this fall.
Q: My child is a member of the Wise Guys' Book Club and was told
that she will be recognized at a reading celebration this summer. Can
you give me more information on the celebration?
Each year, student participants who have earned membership in the
Superintendent's Book Club by reading 26 books or more are invited to an
end-of-the-year summer celebration. This year's Wise Guys' Book Club
celebration will be held Saturday, June 16 at Metropolitan Park from 10
a.m. 1 p.m. Information about the event should be forthcoming from
your daughter's school. In the meantime, you can learn more about the
book club and the celebration by contacting our Instructional Media
Department at 858-3671.
Email your School Talk questions to: OliverM@dreamsbeginhere.org.
Obama Says No to
V.P. Ticket, Fox Debate
ma o t L- ow An Obama aide also veri-
fied the senator will not
be attending a debate co-
hosted by Fox News
Channel, making him the
second candidate to snub
the cable network.
The aide said Obama had
no plans to attend the
Sept. 23 debate in Detroit
that Fox agreed to co-
.sponsor with the
Obama on the Letterman Show Caucus Political
Barack Obama isn't interested in
running for vice president. The
Democratic presidential hopeful
made that clear during an appear-
ance on CBS' "Late Show With
David Letterman. "
Letterman asked Obama if there
had been any discussion of the
Illinois senator sharing the
Democratic ticket with New York
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. "No,
you don't run for second," Obama
said. "I don't believe in that. "
Education and Leadership Institute.
Obama, a member of the
Congressional Black Caucus, will
take part in a different debate host-
ed by the CBC Institute and CNN
in January. Obama's decision
comes three days after former Sen.
John Edwards, another Democratic
presidential candidate, announced
he was pulling out of the Fox-spon-
sored debate. Hillary Clinton has
also declined the invitation.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. Rutgers
women's basketball coach called
the comments radio host Don Imus
made about her team "racist and
sexist remarks that are deplorable,
despicable and unconscionable."
"These young ladies before you
are valedictorians, future doctors,
musical prodigies," coach C. Vivian
Stringer told a nationally publicized
news conference a day after the
uproar over Imus' comments led to
a two-week suspension of his show.
Team member Essence Carson
said she and the other players were
angry and disgusted but would meet
with Imus. They stopped short of
saying whether they thought he
should be fired for calling the team
"We are students first," Carson
said. "We did not do anything to
deserve his controversy."
But she said, "We all agreed the
meeting with Mr. Imus will help."
Imus started the firestorm after the
Rutgers team, which includes eight
black women, lost the NCAA
women's championship game to
Tennessee. He was speaking with
producer Bernard McGuirk on the
air when he said "that's some rough
girls from Rutgers. Man, they got
"That's some nappy-headed hos
there, I'm going to tell you that,"
The comment struck a chord, in
part because it was aimed at a group
of young women at the pinnacle of
"While they worked hard in the
classroom and accomplished so
much and used their gifts and tal-
ents," Stringer said. "We had to
experience racist and sexist remarks
that are deplorable, despicable, and
abominable and unconscionable. It
The National Association of Black
Journalists' governing board and the
National Organization for Women,
among others, have called for Imus
and his show to be canned.
Imus has tried to defend himself,
saying he was a good person who
said a bad thing, but he said that the
two-week suspension by MSNBC
and CBS Radio was appropriate.
"What I did was make a stupid,
Essence Carson, a junior on the
Rutgers women's basketball
team speaks at a news confer-
idiotic mistake in a comedy con-
text," Imus said on his show
Tuesday morning, the final week
before his suspension starts.
Imus said he didn't expect for-
giveness from the Rutgers team but
wanted to apologize to them.
Three Generations of AKA Reign Supreme in the Solomon-White Family
(Standing) Sorors June Turner, Ingrid Turner, Winnie Turner,
Danielle White and Alfie Turner. (Seated) Norma White, Ruth
Solomon, Barbara A. McKinzie, International President. Shown right
is Danielle with her mother and grandmother at the last national con-
Dr. Norma Solomon White, the
25th International President of
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. -
- and first Legacy International
President of the 99 year old organi-
zation (her mother is also a mem-
ber) was on cloud 1908 when she
pinned her only granddaughter,
Danielle LaMyse White, during ini-
tiation ceremonies at Hampton
University. Also sharing in the pin-
ning initiation was Soror Danielle's
mother, Soror Alfie Turner.
Amid pomp, ceremony and a
moving ceremony conducted by the
Chapter President, Sydney Adams,
Danielle joined her Grandmother,
Norma White, and her 92-year-old
Great Grandmother Ruth C.
Solomon as a member of Alpha
Kappa Alpha. Danielle, who was
initiated at Gamma Theta chapter at
Hampton University, is now the
third generation in her family to
join the sisterhood.
A host of family, friends and AKA
dignitaries were on hand to witness
the event and to welcome Danielle
into Alpha Kappa Alpha including:
Golden Member June Turner,
Grandmother, Ingrid Turner and
Winifred Turner Aunts.
The highlight of the ceremony was
a surprise visit by International
President Dr. Barbara McKinzie
who greeted and welcomed
Danielle and the 49 other Hampton
students into the sisterhood.
/ V Where Jacksonville Begins.
Training for Neighborhood Leaders
This FREE comprehensive session presented by the City
of Jacksonville's Planning and Development Department
and Office of General Counsel will describe the city's
processes for determining land use, zoning and managing
growth, and how residents can be involved in them.
* Who are the 'players' in the development of property
* What processes occur for land use or zoning changes
* Where public meetings are held and where
the city is growing
* When the city changes physically and economically
* Why are certain types of structures and uses
allowed for property
* How residents can be notified of proposed changes
and give input
Thursday, April 19, 6 to 9 p.m.
Main Library Conference Center
303 N. Laura St.
PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED
Call now to reserve a seat: 255-8200
Sponsored by the Neighborhood Services Division
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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
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.
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
Program to be held for
Shirley & The Sons of Harmony
Philadelphia Baptist Church, 5577 MoncriefRoad, Rev. Harold LeGree,
Pastor; will host a Benefit Appreciation Program for Deacon LaVerne
Pullins, member of Shirley & The Sons of Harmony; at 6 p.m. o n Sunday,
April22, 2007 ...
"Spicial otgranfrguests will :clude: Rev.: J.7D. Sapp & the Angelic
Voices,-Elder Robert-Jackson & The Spirit Travelers, Dea. Kilpatrick & The
Soul Savers, Lil Jessie & The Miracles, the Singing Trumpets, and Rev.
Sherman Kelly. The community is invited.
Soul Remedy at Jacksonville Landing
Come get your praise on at Soul Remedy, on Sunday, April 15th, at an
All Black Attire Affair, in The Jacksonville Landing. Who says life has to
be boring as a Christian? Soul Remedy will offer live entertainment, mouth
watering food, a dance floor, photo room and much more. God has blessed
us to have a venue where Christians of all nationalities can come and show-
case their gifts and talents to glorify to God. For more information, please
call (904)813-8202 or 294-2602.
St. Paul Lutheran to Present N.S.
Community Mass Choir April 20
Saint Paul Lutheran Church, 2730 West Edgewood Avenue, Frank T.
Marshall, Pastor; will present the Northside Community Mass Choir in
Concert, Friday evening, April 20, 2007, at 7 p.m. The community is invit-
ed to the concert and to the 51 st Anniversary Service of Saint Paul Lutheran
Church, at 11 a.m. on Sunday, April 22, 2007.
Sword & Shield Kingdom to Celebrate
Church & Pastor Appreciation
The Sword and Shield Kingdom Outreach Ministry, the Father's House
Conference Center, 1820 Monument Road, Building 2; will hold their First
Church and Pastor Appreciation Day, at 3:45 p.m. on Sunday
April 22, 2007. The community is invited to attend this Spirit-filled
Worship Service and give thanks to Our Lord and Savior. Various
Churches, Pastors and Choirs from around the City will take part in this
Worship experience. Reverend Mattie W. Freeman, Founder/Pastor.
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.
NOTICE: Church news is published free of charge.
Information must be received in the Free Press offices no
later than Monday, at 5 p.m. of the week you want it to run.
Information received prior to the event date will be print-
ed on a space available basis until the date. Fax e-mail to
765-3803 or e-mail to JFreePress@aol.com.
Mother/Daughter and Father/Son
Programs Planned at St. Vincent's
April 29, 2007 will.be a special day at St. Vincent's Hospital, 1851 King
Street; when the Mother/Daughter (age 10-12) Program will be presented
from 1-4 p.m., and the Father/Son (12-14) Program will be presented from
5-8 p.m. These programs explore God's special gifts. For more information
and reservations, please call (904) 308-7474 or visit www.dcfl.org.
St. Thomas Missionary is Now
Holding Summer Camp Registration
Space is limited for the St. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church, Ernie L.
Murray Sr., Pastor; 5863 MoncriefRoad, Summer Camp Enrichment 2007,
Deacon Byron Copeland, Director. Camp will be held Monday thru Friday,
6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The first 100 children will be accepted.
The Camp includes Educational Enrichment, Games Arts/Crafts, Lunch,
Cookouts, Field Trips, and more. Registration will be held at the Family
Life Center, 2119 Rowe Avenue, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and each Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon. There are spe-
cial rates for more than 1 child.
First New Zion Women's Ministry
Holds Women of Excellence Luncheon
The Women's Ministry of First New Zion Missionary Baptist Church,
Rev. Dr. James B. Sampson, Pastor; will present the "Women of Excellence
Luncheon" at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 28, 2007, at the Hope Plaza, 6th
Floor Banquet Room. The guest speaker will be Judge Angela Cox.
The community is invited to enjoy great fellowship, fun and food in this
time of sharing. For reservations, call Debra at (904)765-3111.
St. James AME of O.P. Invites all to
Women of the Bible Program, April 15
St. James AME Church, 535 Mclnt6osh Ave., Orange Park; Rev. Alesia
Scott Ford, Pastor; invites the community to the Hospitality Committee and
Women's Ministry's presentation of "The Women of the Bible" at 4 p.m. on
Sunday, April 15th.
A Community Fish Fry is set for Saturday, April 22nd, 11a.m. to 3p.m.
and everyone is welcome. Family Fun and Friendly Games will be held on
Sunday, April 22nd, and everyone is welcome.
Evangelist Yvonne Lee of Riverside, California, will be the speaker for
the Missionary Day Observance at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on April 29th.
8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7p.m.
Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m.
Radio Weekly Broadcast WCGL 1360 AM
Sunday 2 PM 3 PM
**FREE TUTORING FOR YOUTH IN ENGLISH, SCIENCE,
HISTORY AND MATH EVERY TUESDAY 6:30 8 P.M.
Pastor and Mrs. Coad
LY OF GOD
(1-10 & Lane Avenue)
RON KENDLY IN CONCERT
Sunday April 15th 10:30 a.m.
Dove Award Winner
Southwest Campus Clay County
Hwy 218, across from Wilkinson Jr. High
Habits of a Healthy Home Part IV
"The Value of Honesty"
Sunday School 945 a.m. Morning Worship 1045 a.m. Wednesday Night 7:30 p.m.
New St. Mary's satellite Campus Th1ursdays at 7 p.m.
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
Join us for our Weekly Services
Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel
3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1 p.m.
Dinner and Bible Study
at 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
Come share in Iofly Communion on 1st Sundayat 4:50 p.m.
WCGL 1360 AM Thursday 8:15 -8:45 a.m.
AM 1400 Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.
WTLV Channel 12 Sunday's at 6:30 a.m.
Grace and Peace "i"
5863 Moncrief Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32209 (904) 768-8800 FAX 764-3800
Pastor Ernie Murray
Join Us for One of Our Services
Early Worship 8:00 a.m.
Sunday School 9:15 a.m.
Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.
1st Sunday 3:45 p.m.
Lord's Supper & Baptism
3rd Sundam 7:00 p.m.
** * ** ,
Bible Study 7:00 p.m.
Noon Day Worship
Youth Church 7:00 p.m.
Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19 20
Pastor Landon Williams
ramona Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32205 904-781-9393
Website: www.evangeltempleag.org Email: email@example.com
10:45 a.m. Service Interprftedfor Deaf@ Central Campus
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Christian TV Channels Thriving
Ten years ago TBN, CBN and BET (Bobby Jones Gospel) dominated
national Christian television programming. With the exception of limit-
ed programs airing on network TV, these channels were the primary
choices for those looking for Christian TV shows.
But a lot has changed.
While these Christian networks are thriving and BET continues to draw
huge audiences to its Gospel programs, including its annual Gospel
Celebration show, two cable channels have carved a niche for them-
The Word Network has become the TV home of urban ministries. The
24-hour cable channel airs the Christian teachings of well and lesser-
known pastors alike. TD Jakes, Paula White and Juanita Bynum have
daily half hour shows on the network. In addition, a national audience
has been introduced to pastors I.V. Hilliard, Zachary Tims and Michael
A. Freeman, among others.
The Word Network, based in Southfield, Michigan, also fills program-
ming hours with spirited Gospel specials such as concerts, Christian
comedy and behind the scene shows.
Another 24-hour cable channel, The Gospel Music Channel (GMC),
is available to those seeking Christian and Gospel music programming.
GMC is thriving in spite of a recent setback. In March, DirecTV dropped
its channel in 10 major U.S. markets. In support of the channel, Gospel
singer Kirk Franklin wrote an open letter urging Christians to contact
DirecTV to protest their decision to drop GMC in those markets.
Despite the DirecTV debacle, last month the Atlanta-based compa-
ny announced that it is now seen in more than 100 markets around the
country, representing more than 3,000 cities and towns. According to the
announcement, the network added one million subscribers in the fourth
quarter of 2006.
With the addition of these two channels and others to follow, Christians
are beginning to have the programming choices that mainstream televi-
sion viewers enjoy.
Free Family Life Class Offered
gram of the .
Service is offer- r'
ing a new series
of monthly fam-
ily life seminars
for parents and
The third of the
Off the TV-
Turn on the Imagination," will be
offered Tuesday, April 24, 2007,
9:30 at the Duval County Extension
office, 1010 N. McDuffAvenue. It
is offered free of charge.
The week of "TV Turnoff Week"
is April 23-29, 2007. Parents will
learn about the effects of television
viewing on children, how to make
the most posi-
fq tive impact on
i c. childhood
lines for par-
ents and the
tions to pro-
m been offering
parenting and family relations
courses to the Duval county com-
munity for 12 years. She holds a
masters degree in family and child
development and is a Certified
Family Life Educator by the
National Council on Family.
For more information or to regis-
ter, call 387-8855.
Wil'Neishea Perry and Bruce Burwell Exchange Vows at Bethel
Continued from front
show you're taken, you wear the
ring to show you are in covenant
with someone in a relationship
ordained by God." He said.
"They say you can determine
the strength of metal by how fire
passes through it", said Pastor
McKissick, Jr. "But just as there is
light there will also be fire and
while today is glorious, you will go
through many fires," he advised the
young couple and encouraged them
to always keep God first in their
Following the exchange of
rings, Mr. and Mrs. Burwell were
presented to the audience. They
made their first decision as man and
wife to participate in communion
together and concluded the ceremo-
ny with the christening of their 6
month old daughter, Gabrielle
Following the festive gospel
filled celebration, invited guests
continued the festivities at the
Bethelite Center where an interna-
tional cuisine kept a continuous line
at the buffet table. The diverse
Asian menu which is the bride and
groom's favorite cuisine included
egg rolls, fried fish, Singapore noo-
dles, fried shrimp, fried rice and
chicken wings. To accent the Asian
theme, each table was decorated
with Oriental boxes and chopsticks
for guests to use.
A live DJ played a variety of
songs throughout the evening
including the couples first dance to
"Lost With You" followed by a fes-
Shown above is the bridal party, the couple lighting the Unity Candle and (right) the bride and groom with
the officiating pastors, Rev. Rudolph McKissick, Jr. and Rudolph McKissick, Sr.
tive evening of fellowship and cele-
Members of the Bridal Party
were adorned in long chiffon and
banana dress while the groomsmen
wore coordinating tuxedos. They
included Maid of Honor: Ms.
Hewlett Thurston; Best Man:
Bruce Burwell, Sr.; Bridesmaids:
Ersula Brown, Gabrielle Burwell,
La'Kecia Hickson, Shantrell Mack,
Miaka Perry and Dana Simmons;
Junior Bridesmaid: Keyiera
Thomas; Groomsmen: Mike
Atkinson, Corey Brooks, Toccora
Dozier, Kelvin Perry
and Wil'Sean Perry; Junior
Groomsmen: Little Master Bryce
Wil'Neisha Burwell is the daugh-
ter of Willie and Diana Perry. She is
a graduate of Ribault High School
and holds a Bachelor's Degree in
Psychology from Florida A &M
University and Master's Degree in
Health Systems Management from
Webster's University she is the
Hearing Screen Coordinator for
Peditriax at Brandon Regional
Bruce Burwell, Jr. is the son of
Brenda Burwell and Bruce Burwell,
Sr. of Norfolk, Virginia. He is a
graduate of Indian River High
School and attended Norfolk State
University before relocating to
Jacksonville where he worked with
his aunt, Rita Perry at the
Jacksonville Free Press before
beginning a career at Publix
Supermarkets where he is currently
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Celebrity Dr. Ian Smith Challenges Black Community to Get Fit
According to the Centers for
Disease Control, four out of every
five Black women and three out of
five Black men are overweight.
It's no wonder that obesity-relat-
ed diseases such as diabetes, stroke,
hypertension, heart disease and
even cancer hasten blacks to early
One of African America's most
prominent health professionals,
however, has an idea to turn the
Dr. Ian Smith, best known as the
diet expert on VHl's 'Celebrity Fit
Club,' has come up with a campaign
to encourage African Americans
shed 50 million pounds over the
next two years.
Last Saturday, April 7, the 50
Million Pound Challenge kicked off
on the Mall in Washington, D.C.,
"The 50 Million Pound Challenge
is an idea I came up with to kind of
reverse this bad trend of African
Americans and obesity," Smith
said. "While all of America is hav-
ing problems with weight, we are
dying faster. So the challenge is
about everyone coming together to
lose the weight in a positive good
way and to make lifestyle changes
to help stop this."
The campaign began in
Washington D.C., then travels to 13
other cities with large African
American populations. On the Web
site, entrants can track their own
personal weight loss. Each pound
lost will be noted online with a tick-
er, which will constantly change
until the 50 million mark is reached.
More than 16,000 people have signed up online and thousands more
braved falling snow in Washington, D.C. Easter weekend to join Dr.
lan Smith, diet expert from Celebrity Fit Club & The Extreme Fat
Smash Diet, and a remarkable group of African-American celebrities
and leaders for the launch of The 50 Million Pound Challenge, an
unprecedented campaign by the African-American community to help
people take control of their health by getting fit, losing weight and
turning back the deadly rise in preventable diseases. The launch event,
which kicked off a 14-city national tour, warmed up an unusually cool
spring day on the National Mall in D.C. with live appearances by
recording stars Patti LaBelle, Doug E. Fresh, Omarion, Yolanda
Adams, radio host Steve Harvey and NY Giants star Michael Strahan.
Attendees could get a free health screening, sign up at www.50million-
pounds.com, and join Dr. Ian for a Challenge walk marking the cam-
paign's first steps. Shown above, Challenge leader Dr. Ian Smith steps
out with supporters
They are also encouraged to pick up
a free challenge kit which includes
a CD-Rom, booklet and pedometer
from over 11,000 State Farm
The campaign has already signed
up "celebrity champions" such as
Patti Labelle, Bootsy Collins,
Yolanda Adams, Steve Harvey, Biz
Markie and N.Y. Giant Michael
Daily Walk Puts Heart a Step Ahead
University of Florida's College of
Public Health and Health
Professions, noted that, "(U.S.)
National Guidelines for exercise are
based largely on studies conducted
in laboratory settings with close
supervision of how much exercise
is completed by the study partici-
But he said that in this latest
Thirty minutes of brisk walking
each day can really pump up heart
A new two-year study of 500
sedentary men and women aged 30
to 69 found that walking for 30
minutes a day five or more days a
week at either a moderate or hard
intensity, or walking at hard intensi-
ty three to four times a week, led to
significant long-term improve-
ments in cardiorespiratory fitness.
Frequent, fast-paced walking pro-
vided the largest fitness benefits as
well as moderate, short-term
improvements in cholesterol levels,
the study found.
"The bottom line is that 30 min-
utes of walking on five to seven
days a week provides substantial
health benefits," Steven Blair, of the
Cooper Institute, said in an accom-
panying editorial in the current
issue of the Archives of Internal
In a prepared statement, principal
investigator Michael Perri, associ-
ate dean and a professor of clinical
and health psychology at the
study, "We were very interested in
learning about the ways people
respond to different exercise pre-
scriptions when they are asked to
complete the exercise on their own,
in their home or work environ-
Perri's team found that high-fre-
quency or hard-intensity exercise is
crucial to achieving significant
"When exercising on their own,
people generally complete only
about 60 percent of the amount pre-
scribed. As a result, an exercise pre-
scription for moderate-intensity
walking on three to four days a
week may not generate a large
enough amount of exercise to pro-
duce a change in fitness," Perri said.
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"It's an easy sell for celebrities,"
Smith notes. "It's free to their fans
and the people who have made their
careers successful. We ask them to
incorporate the messaging of the
challenge into their own messaging
and so we're happy because the list
is constantly growing."
Dr. Ian, as he's affectionately
known, says there are two main rea-
sons that obesity related deaths
have reached epidemic proportions
in the Black community.
"First is economics. Prevention
can be expensive. Access to health
care is expensive. And when you
look at all the studies, a lot of us are
uninsured or have partial insurance
so our access to health care is not
very good," he explains.
"The second thing is our mistrust
of the medical establishment for
good reason. There's been a very
tenuous relationship between
African Americans and the medical
For the next two years, Smith
says he'll be canvassing the country
speaking at churches, corporations,
schools and community groups to
rally the masses. He just released
his fifth book, 'Extreme Fat Smash
Diet,' the follow up to his N.Y.
Times bestseller 'Fat Smash Diet.'
Smith is also featured on the fifth
season of 'Celebrity Fit Club,'
which premieres on VH1 April 22.
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Five Foods to Avoid
Breakfast Start from the top and take a look at the most important
meal of the day breakfast. If you've been starting your day the doughnut
way, you're handicapping your nutrition for the rest of the day.
A Krispy Kreme glazed doughnut weighs in at 200 calories with half of
those calories coming from fat while being rich in the most dangerous trans
and saturated fats. Additionally, donuts carry nearly no nutritional value
and are almost exclusively white flour and sugar.
If you're supplementing your sugary breakfast bun with your favorite
specialty coffee, like a 20-ounce Starbucks Venti Caff6 Mocha with
whipped cream, then you're getting an additional 490 calories and 16
grams of bad fat.
No soup for you! That college staple, the food that sustained your exis-
tence for the 4 to 7 years, ramen noodles, should be banished from your
diet now that you can afford to buy real food.
It's just noodles and broth, right? You should've paid more attention in
health class. If you eat a full pack of ramen (and who doesn't?), you're
looking at 14 grams of fat (7 of which are saturated), two-thirds of your
daily recommended sodium intake and very little nutritional value. Ramen
is cheap, but your body pays the price in the long run.
McFatty McFood Chicken nuggets are a good choice if you have to eat
fast food, right? Anything breaded and deep-fried is going to be loaded
with fat, so nuggets are the solid gold choice you might think.
Here are the facts on the 6-piece nuggets at Micky-D's: 250 calories
(more than half from fat), 15 grams of fat (including dangerous trans and
saturated) and one-third of your daily sodium.
Fry Guy Unfortunately, the most popular "vegetable" side in the US is
the French fry -- and it's hardly a vegetable at all after its trip to the fry-ala-
tor. When your fries come out of their dip in the grease Jacuzzi, they're
weighing in at 380 calories (for a medium) and 20 grams of fat with an
unhealthy dose of trans and saturated fats.
Dr. Mercola is fond of telling his patients that, "one French fry is worse
for your health than one cigarette." The only things you're super-sizing are
your waistline and risk of heart disease.
Hot Diggity Disaster Standard hot dogs are high in fat (13+ grams per
serving), loaded with sodium, and don't provide much protein or nutrients
for the calories. Plus, the starchy, white flour bun and condiments.
Mayo-now avs --Mayonnaise is good on your turkey sandwich, but just
one tablespoon of mayo has 12 grams of fat and 110 calories, so your
healthy sandwich just flew out the window. Try mustard.
Drinking Yourself to Death -with your value meal may not seem that
dangerous, but consider this: Soda can contribute to obesity and tooth
decay with one can containing about 150 calories and about 10 teaspoons
of sugar. According to one study, drinking one can per day without chang-
ing anything else in your diet, and you could gain 15 pounds by year's end.
The average fast food soda is much larger than a can of soda. Switch to
water. Your waist, heart and teeth will thank you.
It's not too late to change the way you eat, feel and live. Just avoid these
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Church of England
A Church "partly shaped
by slavery" still needs to
make amends, says the
Archbishop of Canterbury.
Amid the debate about how mean-
ingful an apology is when it's
made by people several genera-
tions distant from the suffering and
trauma inflicted another question
Should there be some form of
physical reparation for the terrible
trade in people in which Britain
had a disproportionate share?
It comes as a bit of a surprise to
some that an organization as
benign as the Church of England
might have to consider such a
But its leader, the Archbishop of
Canterbury Rowan Williams,
thinks it must.
The Church owned slaves on
plantations in the West Indies.
Properties such as the Coddrington
estate in Barbados provided the
Church's missionary wing the
Society for the Propagation of the
Gospel with about a third of its
It seems that contemporary
Anglicans were aware of the moral
problems posed by owning slaves.
They took comfort in using the
income to spread the Christian
message. The slaves were eventu-
ally freed in 1834 27 years after
the abolition of the slave trade in
the British Empire.
Government compensation for
the loss of slave labour included
almost 9,000 for the Church, a
huge sum in those days.
Now, almost two centuries later,
Dr Williams accepts that the
Church needs to consider whether
it should make reparation.
He said in a radio interview that
Anglicans needed to acknowledge
that they belonged to an institution
Katrina Claims Swamping Corps
New Orleans and Louisiana,
swamped when the city's storm pro-
tections failed during Hurricane
Katrina, are demanding the federal
government pay a damage bill that
is more than double the cost of the
Gulf Coast rebuilding effort.
So many claims have been filed
against the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers that the agency needs at
least another month to tally the
floor-to-ceiling stacks, spokesman
Vic Harris says. Among the more
than 70,000 damage claims filed is
one for $200 billion by Louisiana's
attorney general and another by
New Orleans for $77 billion.
Those two alone are more than dou-
ble the $110 billion Congress
approved for Florida and the Gulf
Coast after Katrina and two other
hurricanes struck in 2005.
Homeowners could seek damages
of an additional $200 billion or
more, says Jerrold Parker, a lawyer
whose firm is trying to organize a
class-action suit against the corps.
The damage claims allege the
corps is to blame for much of the
devastation New Orleans suffered
when Katrina overwhelmed the lev-
ees and flood walls. The water
destroyed thousands of houses and
emptied whole neighborhoods.
Louisiana's claim contends that
the corps built New Orleans' levees
improperly and kept open a contro-
versial shipping channel that
allowed the hurricane's storm surge
to hit the city more directly, says a
spokeswoman for the attorney gen-
eral. Several studies since the storm
have concluded storm protections
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what to do with themselves at
these gatherings, and so they opt
to party or to indulge in the dis-
traction of their choice.
Here are some Success Tips we
teach at the PowerNetworking
Conference for handling yourself
at major events:
Choose the event wisely.
Make yourself available to speak
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Volunteer to help out, if you have
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Remember the event's OBJEC-
Bottom Line: The true purpose
of a conference or convention is
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to motivate. If you can return
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supported events that provide
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On any given day, the plenary
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Dr Williams said the question of
reparation must be considered.
in part shaped by this history.
"We are here, where we are and
who we are partly because of terri-
ble things that our forbears did," he
"Face it. Get used to it, and, you
know, make that history your histo-
But, Dr Williams was asked, does
that mean paying reparations?
"While it sounds simple to say all
right so we should pass on the
reparation that was received [when
the slaves were freed], exactly to
whom?" he asked.
"If you are living off that kind of
historic legacy then, I think, you
have a responsibility," Dr Williams
Spend Your Tax Refund Wisely
By Jason Alderman
For many of us, the agony of filing
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But before you go out and blow
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a deep breath and consider a few
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Pay off debt. The smartest thing
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amount due each month (assuming
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could take over seven years and
cost more than $500 in additional
interest for a card with an 18 per-
cent annual rate and that's only if
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Jacksonville, Duval County School Board, Jacksonville Port Authority and
the Florida Department of Transportation.
For registration information call: (904) 634-0543.
you don't make any new purchases.
Save for emergencies. Experts rec-
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case you lose your job, incur unex-
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Consider stashing your refund in a
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account or a short-term CD. You
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Save for retirement. Put your
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Dont overpay taxes. Your primary
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basically giving the government an
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Invest in yourself. Consider
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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 FCCJ North Campus
Zeke Bryant Auditorium.THE WIZ
is Directed and Choreographed by
Roumel Reaux (from the original
Broadway production) assisting
Roumel will be Founder of Stage
Aurora Darryl Reuben Hall.
For tickets/and info call:
904.765.7373 or Visit: Web:
The Jacksonville Jazz Festival
opens April 13th 15th, and will
feature the dynamic talents of
Wayman Tisdale, Chuck Mangione,
Diane Reeves, George Benson, Al
Jarreau, Diane Schurr and more.
For tickets or scheduling check out
coj.net or call 355-2787.
1st Annual Fashion
On Friday, April 13th Fashion
Forward KAB and UnderDAScope
Entertainment will present a festive
play and fashion show at the
Ramona Pavilion from 6:30 -
11:00PM. This evening promises a
fusion of fashion, comedy, drama
and musical entertainment. For
ticket information call 894-7128.
Ladies Night Disco
Calling all ladies! It's disco night
on Friday April 13th, 20th and
27th from 9:00 PM until 2:00 AM.
Come party with DJ "Georgia Boy"
Larry Douglas at the American
Legion Post 197, located 2179
Benedict Rd., Jacksonville, FL.
The Healthy Jacksonville Cancer
Coalition, along with State and
Local sponsors will host a
Community Cancer Prevention
Expo" themed: It's a family Affair
at Hemming Plaza in Downtown
Jacksonville on April 14th,
between the hours of 10:00 AM and
2:00 PM. The goal of expo plan-
ners is to raise awareness and
encourage proactive approaches
toward early detection and cancer
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.
Freee Seminar on
The First Coast Black Business
Investment Corporation Seminar
Series will present: "Vendor
Opportunities in Northeast Florida"
on Tuesday April 17th from 6:00
PM until 7:30 PM, at the Ben
Durham Business Center, 2933
North Myrtle Ave. Vendor
Opportunities to include City of
Jacksonville, Duval County School
Board, Jacksonville Port Authority
and the Florida Department of
Transportation. For registration
information call: (904) 634-0543.
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.
Check out the hottest, hippest, lat-
est and most artistic POW!
Jacksonville's Toastmasters group
is having an 'open' invitation on
Saturday, April 21st and May 19th,
from 10:30 AM until 12:30 PM at
the South Mandarin Regional
Library, on San Jose Blvd. You
don't have to be a POW member, all
are welcomed! For more informa-
tion visit http://powl00.com and
Clothes Give Away
The Jacksonville Local Organizing
Committee, Inc., for the Millions
More Movement will have a clothes
give away Saturday, April 21st,
from 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM. The
movement strives to stop violence
in the community through educa-
tion and not incarceration. Support
this life changing outreach to be
held at 916 N. Myrtle Ave. or visit
us at: www.jaxloc.com. For more
information call (904) 355-9395.
The Jacksonville Motherless
Daughters Group Gathering will
meet Sunday, April 22nd, at 3:30-
5:30 PM to offer encouragement
and support to one another, sharing
our challenges, talking about their
seasons of sorrow and how they got
through. The gathering will be held
at the South Mandarin Regional
Library, 12125 San Jose Blvd.
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.
Junior Ranger Day
Jacksonville's National Park and
State Park will be celebrating
"Junior Ranger Day" on Saturday,
April 28th. A Timucuan Trail State
and National Parks Junior Ranger
badge can be earned when children
visit Kingsley Plantation, located
off Heckscher Dr. / A1A and
Ribualt Club and complete an activ-
ity booklet. For information and
scheduling call (904) 251-3537.
The Jax Children's
Join the Jacksonville Children's
Chorus will be holding their annual
Spring Concert on April 29th, at
6:00 PM in the Jacoby Symphony
Hall of the Times Union Center fro
Performing Arts. Special guest
artist Retum2Zero will join concert
with its award winning a cappella
quartet from Orlando, FL.
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:
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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.
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Coach Eddie Robinson Lay in .
State at the Lousiana Capital
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BATON ROUGE, La. -
Thousands of mourners passed the
open casket of Eddie Robinson on
Monday in the Louisiana Capitol,
where the famed Grambling State
football coach viewed the body of
slain political titan Huey Long
more than 70 years ago.
Robinson, who endured the indig-
nities of the Jim Crow era while
building tiny and predominantly
black Grambling into a football
power, died last week at 88.
His body was carried up a long
stretch of granite steps by dozens of
white-gloved former players,
including former Super Bowl MVP
Doris Robinson, Robinson's wife
of 67 years, sat beside the open cof-
fin during a private morning memo-
rial service for players and coaches.
She placed a football in the coffin
and rested her hand on Robinson's
"I'm doing OK," she said later. "I
already miss him so much, but I
can't keep breaking down."
An abbreviated version of the
renowned Grambling band played
the national anthem after the casket
was placed at one end of Memorial
Hall, the two-story, marble- and
bronze-trimmed space between the
Capitol's House and Senate cham-
Grambling head coach Eddie
Robinson watches from the side-
lines during his last home game
in Grambling, La., as Grambling
lost 37-35 to North Carolina
AT&T, in this Nov. 15, 1997.
Robinson is believed to be just the
fifth person to lie in repose at the
Capitol. Others include Long, the
former governor and senator, and
his brother, Earl, also a former gov-
When Huey Long died in 1935,
the coach and his wife, then teenage
sweethearts, made it a point to go to
the Louisiana Capitol, grandson
Eddie Robinson III said.
Heisman Winner Ricky
Williams Seeks to Return to NFL
Former NFL running back Ricky Williams is counting down the days
until April 27, the date his year-long suspension from the league for sub-
stance abuse will finally be complete.
The athlete, who played in Canadian Football League last season, has
officially applied for reinstatement and has sent a letter to his former team,
the Miami Dolphins, seeking employment.
Williams' agent, Leigh Steinberg, said the 29-year-old has been teach-
ing yoga in California since returning from Canada last December.
Williams, a former Heisman Trophy winner at Texas, abruptly retired
shortly before training camp in 2004, then, returned in 2005 to back up
rookie Ronnie Brown. Williams rushed for 743 yards and a 4.4 yard aver-
age that year. Last year, he tested positive for drugs and was suspended a
fourth time by former commissioner Paul Tagliabue. His previous positive
tests were for marijuana, which he has famously acknowledged using.
Last season with Toronto, he ran for 526 yards on 109 carries and
caught 19 passes for 127 yards missing two months with a broken arm.
The Dolphins said they will have no comment on Williams' possible
return until he officially becomes eligible for reinstatement on the 27th.
We need to tell the
phone companies want
of states. We have to stop. .
them in Florida
'This is just another form of
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 gB *
them in Florida
because we know better.
This is just another form of...
"She told me how they walked
hand-and-hand across town just to
view the body," the grandson said.
Since his death, the man often
referred to as "Coach Rob," has
been eulogized across the nation as
a heroic figure: a patriot tested in
the segregation era; a coach who
built a football institution; a leader
who set a life's example for young
A steady stream of mourners
passed the casket, more than 5,600
by late afternoon, many pulling out
cameras or cell phones to take pic-
tures of Robinson. The casket
remained there for public viewing
until nearly 5 p.m., when it was
closed and moved to the House
Chamber for a second memorial
service attended by Gov. Kathleen
Blanco and several other political
"He used the gridiron to bring us
together and he became one of the
greatest civil rights pioneers in all
of Louisiana," said Blanco, who
presented Robinson's family with
an American flag that had flown in
the state Capitol. "Over the years,
Coach Rob leveled the playing field
both in football and in life for all of
us. He always said, 'In America,
anything is possible.'"
Williams spoke on behalf of the
"1 know there's some heavy hearts
... but today was a great day,"
Williams said. "It's been a great day
for so many people to pass by, to
take pictures and shake hands, to
see parents bring kids, because the
only way they're going to know
who Eddie Robinson is, what Eddie
Robinson is, and what Eddie
Robinson will always be, is for us
to tell them."
The body was to be returned to
Grambling for a wake and buried
on Wednesday April llth. where
large crowds turned out as well.
Robinson retired in 1997, with 57
years of coaching and 408 victories
to his name, and the majority of his
players left Grambling with
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Racial Slur on Sofa Stuns Family
Mother had to explain to daughter, 7 word origin on wrapping offurniture built overseas
Marion Barry Fights
to Stay Out of Prison
An attorney for D.C. Council member Marion Barry is urging a fed-
eral judge to uphold a recent ruling that has kept his client and former
mayor out of prison.
The lawyer, Frederick D. Cooke Jr., formally asked Chief Judge
Thomas F. Hogan on Friday to uphold the ruling after prosecutors
attempted to get it overturned so Mr. Barry's probation for failure to file
his income taxes would be revoked and he would go to prison.
The ruling, made last month by U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah
Robinson, does not address the merits of the prosecutors' argument that
Mr. Barry, Ward 8 Democrat, had voided the plea deal by not filing
annual tax returns after the deal was reached.
Instead, she said only the U.S. Probation Office, not prosecutors,
could notify her about probation violations.
The prosecutors in the March 22 appeal said that Judge Robinson was
"plain wrong" and that Mr. Barry, 71, should go to prison for ignoring
the plea deal on misdemeanor criminal tax charges.
"The magistrate judge simply is wrong in advancing the novel legal
theory that the United States attorney lacks authority to revoke proba-
tion," argued Assistant U.S. Attorneys Thomas E. Zeno.
Mr. Cooke also said in a court memo that the appeal was "highly
unusual" and agreed with Judge Robinson's assertion that the U.S.
Attorney's Office overstepped its authority.
"The Congress left that authority with the court and with its agent, the
U.S. Probation Office," he wrote. "It is very significant that there is no
statute or rule that even tangentially authorizes or obligates the United
States attorney to file a motion to revoke probation for an alleged pro-
Judge Hogan has not stated when he will rule on the appeal. But if he
overturns Judge Robinson's decision, Mr. Barry, D.C. mayor for 16
years, could return to prison.
Mr. Barry, 71, has accused federal prosecutors of unfairly targeting
him. And last month, his office issued a statement stating Mr. Barry was
"ecstatic upon hearing the news" of Judge Robinson's ruling.
"I urge the U.S. Attorney's Office to start being fair and treat me as other
American citizens," Mr. Barry said.
by J. Wilkes, Toronto Star
CANADA When the new choco-
late-coloured sofa set was delivered
to her Brampton home, Doris
Moore was stunned to see packing
labels describing the shade as
She and husband Douglas pur-
chased a sofa, loveseat and chair in
dark brown leather from Vanaik
Furniture and Mattress Store in
Moore, 30, who describes herself
as an African-American born and
raised in New York, said it was her
7-year-old daughter who pointed
out the label just after delivery men
from the Mississauga furniture
"She's very curious and she started
reading the labels," Moore
explained. "She said, 'Mommy,
what is nig ... ger brown?' I went
over and just couldn't believe my
She said each piece had a similar
label affixed to the woven protec-
tive covering wrapped around the
"In this day and age, that's totally
unacceptable," Moore said.
Douglas explained the origins of
the word to daughter Olivia, telling
how it was a bad name that blacks
were called during the days of slav-
ery in the United States.
"It was tough, because she really
didn't understand," Moore said.
"She'd never heard that word before
and didn't really understand the
concept of it."
Moore said she's heard the word
used many times, although it has
never been directed in anger at her.
"But it's a very, very bad word that
makes you feel degraded, like
you're a nobody," she said.
Moore said she called the furni-
ture store the following day and
three other times since, and feels
discouraged that no one has
returned her calls.
When interviewed by the Star,
Romesh Kumar, Vanaik's assistant
manager, passed the buck to his
supplier, Cosmos Furniture in
"Why should I take the blame?"
he said. "I'm a trader, I don't manu-
facture. I sell from 20 companies,
maybe 50 companies. How can I
take care of all of them?"
He said that he would check sim-
ilar stock and make sure other
labels were removed.
"That's terrible, that's a racial ...
something?" Kumar said. "This is
entirely wrong, but it's not my fault.
It's my job to sell good product to
ering around a new sofa set.
He said the best he could do is to
give Moore the telephone number
of his supplier, so she could take it
up with him.
The owner of Cosmos Furniture,
Paul Kumar, no relation to Romesh,
said he was upset to learn packing
labels on products he sold carried a
"I import my products from over-
seas," he said. "I've never noticed
anything like that. This is some-
thing new to me."
He passed the blame to a Chinese
company, but apologized for the
labels. He said he would contact the
furniture maker in Guangzhou and
demand they remove all similar
Moore said she's not sure she
wants the sofa set in her home.
"Every time I sit on it, I'll think of
Former NFL Running Back Jerone Davis Tackles
Question of Why Are Black Men Avoiding Marriage?
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Pastor Jerone Davison is the
author of the popular book The
Spiritual Fragrance of a Woman -
the Fragrance that Attracts the
Right Man. Pastor Jerone is a young
man who loves the people in his
church and prays that their heart's
desires will be met. He is passionate
about the futures of single women
in the church and prays to see them
"The question in our churches is
why aren't our daughters getting
married? Why aren't the men who
come to church and get saved
choosing to marry the single saved
women in the church? Are the
women doing something wrong? I
don't think so. Are all of our men
going Gay, DL, Thug Life or Crazy
Coo Coo Style? I pray not," says
The low marital statistics in the
Afro American community is not
only off the hook but off the charts,
being the lowest race to commit to
marriage. "Have we all fallen to the
hype of Hip Hop or have we just
walked away from Bible believing
values and morals? What's up?"
Davison says that one of the rea-
sons why he feels black men don't
marry is because most have grown
up in single parent or illegitimate
homes. Most have never seen a
good marriage first hand leaving no
desire for marriage. Marriage for
most of today's men is nowhere on
the list of life's priorities. This is a
major issue and is growing uglier
by the generation. Which is why the
women in our communities must be
more demanding of a marital com-
mitment from their boyfriends
before sex? Challenge them to be
responsible men by making tlhem
wait and make a decision.
Premarital sex changes everything
it changes his feelings about the
woman which is why most of the
time it's a hit and quit it situation.
Secondly, most of today's men
don't understand the spiritual or nat-
ural significance of marriage and
the impact it has on our children
thinking that marriage is only a
piece of paper. This is where the
Church comes in. We've got to
preach about marriage. After all car
registration is paper, a driver's
license is paper covered by plastic,
a receipt is paper etc and without
most of these you would be consist-
ed illegitimate just as illegitimate as
shacking up and pretending to be
Lastly, the Fear Factor. Men have
a fear of losing sexual excitement,
thinking the more the merrier; they
fear that one woman can't satisfy.
No, knowing that se\ in marriage is
the greatest love of all because
God's blessings are on marriage and
marriage has the big three love,
commitment and trust anything else
is uncivilized. Marriage is a true
gift from God and it's a shame to
see it go to waste. The Spiritual
Fragrance of a Woman the
Fragrance that Attracts the Right
Man can be purchased at
Prosecutors Seek Judges' Recusals
in Mumia Abu-Jamal Appeal
want the entire
U.S. Court of
Appeals for the
S3rd Circuit to
from the latest
Abu-Jamal appeal for
death-row inmate Mumia Abu-
Jamal because Gov. Edward G.
Rendell (D), whose wife serves on
the court, was district attorney dur-
ing his trial.
Abu-Jamal, a former radio reporter
and Black Panther, was convicted
in 1982 of killing a police officer.
In his latest appeal, his attorneys
say prosecutors practiced racial dis-
crimination during jury selection,
an allegation prosecutors deny.
A federal judge in 2001 over-
turned Abu-Jamal's death sentence
but upheld his conviction. Both
sides appealed that ruling to the 3rd
Circuit, whose members include
Marjorie O. Rendell.
Prosecutors could simply ask for
Judge Rendell to recuse herself, but
they want to avoid any possible
grounds for a future appeal.
Gay Students Struggle at Historically Black Colleges
by D. Walker
Hampton, Va So lured was April
Maxwell by the promise of the
black college experience, with its
distinct traditions and tight-knit
campus life, that she enrolled at
Hampton University in 2001 with-
out even visiting the campus.
A lesbian who is open about her
sexual orientation, she arrived eager
to join the extended Hampton fami-
ly. Instead, "I felt like I was the only
gay person on campus it seemed
like nobody was really out," said
the now 24-year-old Maxwell.
She channeled her isolation into
organizing a gay support group, but
a panel of students and faculty
denied it a charter. The panel
recently denied a second attempt at
chartering Students Promoting
Equal Action and Knowledge, or
SPEAK, headed by underclassmen
after Maxwell graduated.
It's a tug-of-war that's emerging at
other black schools, where students
say outdated rules and homophobia
block them from forming the gay
campus voice common at majority
At Hampton, where rules govern
everything from overnight guests to
student dress, officials insist they
don't discriminate against gays.
They say they're simply enforcing
the regulations on student groups,
and there isn't space for one more.
But some students see more than a
conservative approach to the regu-
lations. They, and many others at
the nation's more than 100 histori-
cally black colleges and universi-
ties, say that a broader suspicion of
homosexuality keeps gays in the
shadows at the schools.
"You've got to recognize the histo-
ry of HBCUs," said Larry Curtis,
vice president for student affairs at
Norfolk State University, where
students recently formed a gay-
straight alliance. "Most of them
were founded by religious organiza-
Church leaders are often cited as
setting the tone regarding homosex-
uality across the black community.
Nationwide, black pastors have
opposed gay marriage and shot
down comparisons between the
struggles for civil rights and gay
rights; others have attacked "down
low" bisexual men for contributing
to the rising AIDS rates among
black women, though the topic is a
matter of debate in the public health
On historically black campuses,
those tensions make life uncomfort-
able for gay students.
"It's kind of hard to be out on cam-
pus and still be successful," said
Vincent Allen Jr., head of Safe
Space at Atlanta's Morehouse
College. "As an out gay man, if I
wanted to pledge, that door is pret-
ty much shut to me. That's just the
way it is."
But just as gay students can right-
fully request campus inclusion, so
too can black college administrators
deny it, argued the Rev. William
Owens, an HBCU graduate and
head of the Coalition of African-
American Pastors in Memphis,
Those administrators may cite the
Bible, or simply personal beliefs -
and they don't have to be politically
correct, Owens said.
"They can say 'no' and I don't think
they have to give a lot of reasons,"
said Owens, who joined other black
pastors worried that, along with dis-
mal marriage rates, socially accept-
ed homosexuality "is a threat to the
The Black Gay Network, a coalition of 16 grass-roots organizations,
has started an ad campaign hopes to quelch homophobia in black
communities. Set on basketball courts, in churches, and on the
stretheir movement seeks to not only depict gays as both "black" and
"gay," but begin a healthy dialogue in various communities.
In 2002, the issue of gays on black
campuses grabbed the attention of
the Human Rights Campaign, an
advocacy group that organizes
annual "coming out" clays.
"We would send out information
to all the colleges and universities
about getting national coming out
packets, and for some reason the
only institutions they were not hear-
ing back from at all were the
I-BCUs," said the group's diversity
manager Brandon Braud, who
began calling campuses.
He learned of gay groups at two
historically black schools:
Washington's Howard University,
and Spelman College, in Atlanta.
Administrators elsewhere denied
having gay students, or said that
while gays attended, "they're very
underground," Braud said.
He later spoke to students alleging
outright hostility. Some were
required to find an adviser to form
gay groups unrealistic on many
small campuses, Nashville AIDS
educator Dwayne Jenkins said.
Through his Brothers United
Network, Jenkins mentored upstart
groups at Tennessee State and Fisk
"Finding an adviser was always
hard because nobody wanted to be
associated with the gay-straight
alliance it was the thinking that
'Oh my god, are they going to think
I'm gay?'" he said.
Formed mostly across the segre-
gation-era South, historically black
colleges emerged as academic train-
ing grounds and finishing schools
for blacks entering white society.
The most esteemed schools
earned a reputation for students
with impeccable manners and
"So much of our campus is
focused on this ideal of 'the
Hampton man' and 'the Hampton
woman,'" said Michael, a transfer
student and SPEAK member who,
like the group's president, is closet-
ed and refused to let his last name
be printed. "Men walk women
home Southern values."
But students are changing.
The Gay, Lesbian and Straight
Education Network counts more
than 3,000 gay-straight alliances at
American high schools. Those
youth will apply to colleges that can
ensure their safety and will provide
support, said Kevin Rome, v.p. for
student services at Morehouse,
where a student was beaten in 2002
for an alleged same-sex pass.
"Society is changing," Rome said.
"Students aren't coming here exper-
imenting with their sexuality,
they're coming here knowing.
"Our schools have to accommo-
date. It's inevitable."
Gay students have enjoyed far
greater visibility at Virginia's large,
majority white institutions.
Virginia Tech's gay alliance group
hosts support meetings and social
outings. The University of Virginia
recently hired a coordinator for its
gay resource center, a hub for 2,000
gay students at the Charlottesville
At historically black schools,
change is gradual. Braud has
nudged along groups at 20 schools
through a special black college-
aimed Human Rights Campaign
At state-supported institutions
such as Norfolk State, Curtis said
it's easier to prompt change because
other state universities in Virginia
already have gay support groups.
At private Hampton, April
Maxwell said she knew lots of gays
and found support among pockets
of students, regardless of sexuality.
"The people who are in charge, I
really don't think they're for it,"
But school officials say competi-
tion is stiff on campus, where a
moratorium has limited the number
of student groups to 90 and
unchartered groups can't meet. New
groups are chartered when other
groups become inactive.
Only four spots were available
during the 2006-07 school year.
Forty-four organizations have
applied for charters over the last
two years, and 11 received them.
"No organization is given any
type of special treatment," said
Assistant Vice President for Student
Affairs Barbara Inman. "The uni-
versity doesn't have a position on
gay and lesbian faculty and staff
Doris Moore's 7-year-old daughter, Olivia, spotted this label on cov-
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WHITNEY GRANTED CUSTODY OF DAUGHTER
Things are moving forward in
the Whitney Houston/Bobby
Brown divorce case.
The latest action came
Wednesday when an Orange
*. County, California judge ruled
it that Houston will get full custody
S of their daughter Bobbi Kristina.
The couple's 14-year-old Marriage will also end this month on the 24th
as ruled by Superior Court Judge Franz E. Miller. Brown was a no-show
at the hearing.
The singer, reports AP, dabbed her eyes with a tissue to hold back the
tears. She testified that she did not need spousal or child support and that
14-year-old Bobbi Kristina, could not depend on her father.
"He's unreliable," Houston told Judge Miller. "If he says he's going to
come, sometimes he does. Usually he doesn't."
Ram Cogan, the attorney representing Bobby Brown, said his client
will seek to overturn the judge's decision.
Houston filed for divorce in October, citing irreconcilable differ-
ences. She and Brown wed in 1992. During their highly publicized mar-
riage, Brown was arrested numerous times and Houston twice entered
drug rehabilitation programs.
BERNIE MAC TO PRODUCE NBC PROGRAM
New show based on movie 'Guess Who..'
Actor-comedian Bernie Mac has signed on to produce a
new reality show for NBC.
He's teaming up with producer Ben Sil\erman i"The
Office," "The Biggest Loser") to work on the un-scripted
pilot called "Welcome to the Family."
The series, "Guess Who," will follow cou-
pies from different religions or ethnic groups .-
who are meeting each other's families for the .
Mac's movie, which also starred Ashton ,,
Kutcher, was itself a remake of the 1967 film
"Guess Who's Coming to Dinner." The actor \\as
asked to join the project by Marc Abrams and
Michael Benson, who wrote for "The Bermle -
Mac Show" and now work for Silverman's pro-
duction company, Reveille.
MO'NIQUE'S SHOW READY FOR NEW SEASON
Open casting calls are set for the third season of Miss F.A.T.
(Fabulous and Thick), the beauty competition for plus-sized women that
is the brainchild of actress-comedienne Mo'Nique.
The show will air for a third season on the Oxygen Network with Time
Warner and Mo'Nique as host.
The first casting call will be held on Saturday, April 14 in Los Angeles
from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Marriott Los Angeles Airport. Other audi-
tions are scheduled to take place in Chicago and in Dallas. View the
complete schedule and more details at the Oxygen Web site:
Mo'Nique said her show will help redefine beauty in the world's fash-
ion capital. So she's flying five curvy and fabulous finalists to Paris,
France where one grand prize winner will be selected.
ARNELLE SIMPSON TRYING TO BLOCK DAD'S
O.J. Simpson's eldest daughter Arnelle Simpson has reportedly joined
the fight to prevent the rights to her father's cancelled book, "If I Did
It," from being auctioned off on April 17th.
Amelle, 38, is president of the corporation that signed the book con-
tract with publisher HarperCollins, but claims she was never notified of
the legal moves by Ron Goldman's family to force the sale, reports the
New York Daily News. Any profit would help satisfy the $38 million
wrongful-death judgment O.J. owes the family for the murder of
Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson.
The $1 million book deal was signed last May between HarperCollins
and Lorraine Brooke Associates Inc., the Florida company headed by
Arnelle and shared by O.J. Simpson's three other kids, Jason, Sydney
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Idris Elba Doing Much Work After
Idris Elba just can't stay out of the
theater; the movie theater, that is.
The actor, fresh from his run in
"Daddy's Little Girls," can be seen
on the screen again in "The
Reaping," which opens today
(Friday) in theaters nationwide.
The film stars Hilary Swank as a
former Christian missionary, and
Elba, who investigate a small town
that appears to be suffering from the
10 biblical plagues.
"I had a very interesting charac-
ter, Ben, with a very interesting arc
and I enjoyed playing it; I enjoyed
exploring it as we were filming,"
Elba said and described his charac-
ter as a religious man with an inter-
"He's a religious man that debunks
miracles and the reason for him
doing that is to prove scientifically
that God exists. So Hilary's charac-
ter and Ben have a very interesting
dynamic there. She's an atheist and
he's a man that wants to prove that
God exists," he explained. "We did-
n't overplay that dynamic, but it
was definitely underlying in all our
Elba, the Londoner who made his
stateside mark as Russell "Stringer"
Bell on HBO's "The Wire" told
reporters that while his character is
religious, he considers himself sim-
ply spiritual though he can see
how his character could become
passionate about proving God.
"I would love to prove there is a
higher being. I would love to prove
scientifically that God exists. I am
not a religious man, but I am a spir-
itual being," he said.
The film is described as a thriller
and categorized, at the behest of
director Stephen Hopkins, as a hor-
ror. Hopkins, along with the actors
didn't want the film to take on such
a title, as it conjures up "B-movie"
images. Furthermore, some critics
were weary that the film might also
be a barrage of special effects.
However, Elba said that the horror
title and superfluous effects were
not a part of making the film
"While we were making this,
Stephen wanted to make us very
aware that we were not making a
horror movie. So we were staying
away from the horror cliches."
And in reference to the use of
special effects, Elba assured audi-
ences of the film's authenticity, say-
ing that the locale the Louisiana
Bayou was pretty much what you
get on screen. And he described that
the sequence involving the plague
of locusts, leaned a lot on reality,
"The Bayous that's what it looks
like. There wasn't much in terms of
green screen. And the most horrific
part was the locusts. We shot that in
this big 'container', but that was
horrific for me because I can't stand
bugs and these bad boys are huge."
Speaking of the Louisiana Bayou,
the locale had suffered some major
2 0 0 5 s
film was in pro-
duction at the
time and filming
had to be inter-
"Here we are
doing this film
about acts of
God, and it just
the way we saw
what we were
doing," Elba said
of returning to
Louisiana and, in
ing with locals
who had lost
Katrina. "It real-
ly gelled us
was a sense of
'I'm really glad
I'm alive' and
the characters in the forefront to the
background. I think we all really
had a good time making this film.
As dark as this film is and as com-
plex as it is, it was a real bonding
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