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Sharpton to Lead Decency March
Against Record Companies
Reverend Al Sharpton, representing his National Action Network
(NAN), is scheduled to co-lead a March for Decency in Music on James
Browns' birthday, Thursday, May 3.
The march will kick off at 55th and Madison at Sony Music and head
south to the Warner Music Group Building (75 Rockefeller Plaza), and
then on to Universal Music (49th & 8th), and then on to the Time Warner
Building (58th and Broadway). The final stop will be Columbus Circle
for a rally.
The event's focus is to protest sexism, racism, and homophobia in
music and the image that is perpetuated in the recording industry that
glamorizes misogyny. The National Action Network will call for record
companies to implement a code of conduct for artists.
"I think it is important that we make a strong appeal as consumers to
demand standards that will not offend us or dehumanize us based on race,
gender or any other category," said Rev. Sharpton.
Tuskegee Airmen Museum Being
Planned for Detroit Airport
DETROIT A $26 million museum honoring the Tuskegee Airmen is
planned for a renovated 35,000-square-foot hangar at Detroit's airport.
Full-scale models of fighter planes and bombers the all-black group
used during World War II, along with old uniforms, photos and other
items already housed in a smaller museum, will be included, retired Air
Force Maj. Gen. Lucius Theus said.
Completion is still several years away, said Theus, 85, one of a handful
of the original Airmen to become generals. Money for the museum will
be raised through a national campaign, special events and public and pri-
About $200,000 has been raised so far, said Brian Smith, director of
The hangar currently is used for flight demonstrations and educational
programs for youth, Theus said. The museum would be another way to
attract young people to flying, he said.
"We're not trying to get them there to admire us," he said. "We want to
get them interested in achieving and working hard and pursuing excel-
Doctors Who Gave Free Care
After Katrina Suing for $100M
MARRERO, La. Doctors at a hospital outside New Orleans sued the
state this week, seeking $100 million they say they are owed for provid-
ing free care to poor and uninsured patients following Hurricane Katrina.
The lawsuit, brought by 381 physicians at West Jefferson Medical
Center, says the state failed to reimburse them for treating indigent
patients since the Aug. 29, 2005, hurricane closed the state-funded
Charity Hospital in New Orleans.
"This is severely straining our area emergency rooms, and the lack of
proper outpatient care is harming these patients," said K. Barton Farris,
medical director of the Jefferson Parish hospital's laboratory.
The state Department of Health and Hospitals set aside about $120 mil-
lion last year to care for indigent and uninsured patients statewide, but
that money goes to hospitals and not to physicians' private practices,
Farris estimates that 30 percent of the patients admitted to the medical
center's emergency room after the hurricane were poor or uninsured.
Outside the emergency room, the uninsured account for 13 percent of the
hospital's patients, up from 5.4 percent before Katrina, he said.
The medical center itself is not a party in the lawsuit.
Department spokesman Robert Johannessen said the state can reimburse
hospitals, but not private physicians, for treating indigent patients.
However, he said, the state helped secure $8 million in federal money for
private physicians who provided care to the poor after Katrina.
Israel Names Forest for Coretta King
In a living memorial to Coretta Scott King's legacy of peace and jus-
tice, Israel will name a forest, comprised of at least 10,000 trees, in
northern Galilee after the civil rights leader.
The country's U.S. Ambassador, Sallai Meridor, said Thursday at a
Washington ceremony launching the initiative, that the Coretta Scott
King Forest would replace the thousands of trees that were destroyed
during a war last year with Hezbollah.
Two members of the Congressional Black Caucus said the initiative,
which includes a partnership with Black churches in the United States,
would strengthen ties between Blacks and Jews dating back to the early
Civil Rights Movement.
"Jews and Blacks share a common historical bond of persecution and
perseverance," Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., said as he and Rep. Artur
Davis (D-Ala.) helped plant a ceremonial cherry tree at Faith Tabernacle
United Holy Church near the U.S. Capitol, according to EUWeb.com.
According to Israeli officials, some 2 million trees in northern Israel's
Biriya Forest were scorched and burned by rockets launched by
Hezbollah. A section of the forest will be renamed for King, who died
in 2006, nearly 40 years after the assassination of her husband, the Rev.
Martin Luther King Jr.
Israel already has a forest named in honor of Dr. King in southern
Galilee. The Jewish National Fund, which also is backing the new forest,
began the MLK forest in 1976 by planting 39 trees one for every year
of the slain civil rights leader's life.
Volume 21 No. 7 Jacksonville, Florida May 3 9, 2007
NAACP to Hold Funeral for the Dreaded "N'Word
63 years ago, the NAACP held a
symbolic funeral in for Jim Crow.
The civil rights organization will
do the same this summer for the
"N" word at the NAACP national
convention in Detroit, Michigan
July 7 12.
"We are committed to ending hate
- word and talk," said Rev. Wendell
Anthony said, president of the host-
ing Detroit Chapter. "It doesn't do
anyone any good, whether it's a
as the new presi-
dent of Edward
Dr. Williams Waters College.
marks the first female to lead the
local HBCU stepping into the foot-
steps of interim president Dr.
Oswald President who retired after
transforming Bethune Cookman
College into a premiere institution.
Dr. Williams was elected the 28th
President by the EWC Board of
Trustees concluding a search
launched in March 2006 involving
consultation with an executive
search agency, representatives from
the offices of Mayor John Peyton
and Governor Jeb Bush, faculty,
staff, and alumni.
She was selected from a pool of
52 applicants and brings over twen-
ty-six years of higher education
experience to the College.
journalist or a rapper on the radio."
The announcement comes after a
renewed discussion nationally
about racial insensitivity, brought
on by Don Imus' derogatory com-
ments about black members of the
Rutgers women's basketball team.
Imus didn't use the "N" word in
those comments, but was fired in
early April by CBS Radio and NBC
after major companies including
General Motors pulled their adver-
"Now that corporate America has
caught up, maybe something will
happen," Anthony said. "We have to
stop investing in stuff that is killing
Jim Crow was the systematic,
mostly Southern practice of dis-
crimination against and segregation
of blacks from the end of post-Civil
War reconstruction into the mid-
Shown above accepting his plaque is event chair Kenneth Reddick, his wife Larletta and planning com-
mittee member Clarence Von Bostick at the gala affair. FMP Photo
1500 Attend Stanton All Class Reunion
In what seemed like an impossi-
ble feat the gathering of all class-
es of the historic Stanton High
School Kenneth Reddick led a
group of volunteers to the experi-
ence of a lifetime in uniting sixty-
eight years of Alumni. Spanning the
gap of gender, class age, over 1500
Shown above are three of the event's headliners: Florida Overseer
Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Jr., Bishop W. Oshea Granger and Pastor
Burdette Williams (former FL State Overseer) R. Silver Photo
Florida's Full Gospel Conference
Led by Bethel at Three Day Event
Three full days of food for the soul and spirit attendees to Florida
Conference of the Full Gospel Baptist Church. nationally acclaimed
speakers and recording artists converged on Bethel Baptist Institutional
Church and the Bethelite Center to nurture attendees spirituality to a high-
er level. For more on the conference, see page 7
Blue Devils traveled far and wide to
participate in their first All Class
Seated by classes, entertained by
classmates, the after five attired for-
mer students answered the roll call
to participate answering the call of
months of arduous planning.
For photo highlights of the event,
see page 6.
Local Youth Preparing to Compete
Nationally for Scholarships at ACT-SO
The NAACP's talentedACT-SO Youth are off and running for the gold.
The youth from area schools recently competed in a variety of artistic are-
nas for the opportunity to travel to the national conference in Detroit to
compete for scholarhsip and prizes. Shown above is third place winner
Valencia Witherspoon with the NAACP Youth Advisor Sandra Thompson.
The Stanton student placed in the Drawing category. R. Porter Photo
High Court to Rule on
The decision in a U. S. Supreme
Court case that could weaken or
overturn the favorable ruling for
affirmative action in the University
of Michigan Law School case three
years ago and Brown v. Board of
Education in 1954, will likely be
announced in coming weeks.
Civil rights advocates are bracing
for the worse.
"I think that it will unsettle plans
by conscientious school districts,
surveyors and educators," says
Harvard University law professor
Charles Ogletree, who was in the
courtroom to hear the arguments last
fall. "There was little enthusiasm
among the majority of the justices to
support a voluntary integration plan
that both Louisville, Kentucky and
Seattle, Wash. had devised to protect
the interest of children."
Parents Involved in Community
Schools v. Seattle School District
and Meredith v. Jefferson County
Board of Education (Kentucky),
could end voluntary programs that
use race in order to maintain racial
integration in public schools.
Continued on page 3
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The best advice I have read on
S '*' applying for a job was written by
Kenneth Roman and Joel
Raphaelson in their book,
"Writing That Works," to which advertising guru
David Ogilvy contributed his insights. I have bor-
rowed from them and added a few touches of my
own to come up with five important points:
Spell all names correctly. It is astonishing how
often job applicants misspell the names of the com-
panies and people they hope to work for.
Be specific about the position you are applying for.
Don't say, "Whatever you've got, I'll take it." Make it
clear at the start of your cover letter that there is a
specific position or an area in which you are inter-
ested, and state where you learned of the opening.
List your qualifications in a straightforward man-
ner. "Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound" is
not a believable or honest attribute, unless, of course,
the cape and tights fit. I've received resumes with
superhero abstractions such as "Ambition mixed
with a striving for excellence is my strongest asset."
Okay, but can you use Dreamweaver, or oversee a
staff of twenty people?
Be personal, direct, and natural. You may be des-
perate, and the interviewer may be the person hold-
ing your future in hand. But you are both human, and
you should write as one individual to another. Be
businesslike and courteous, but not stiff and imper-
sonal. Write it as
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The Best Mother's Day
By Jason Alderman
Mother's Day has been around in
one form or another since ancient
Greece. Mothers (and wives and
grandmothers) deserve heartfelt
thanks for tackling one of the hard-
est jobs on the planet. But rather
than simply taking them out for
Sunday brunch, why not give the
moms in your life a present with
more lasting meaning: the gift of
Women especially those at
retirement age often face greater
financial difficulties than men:
Women live an average of seven
years longer than men so their
retirement savings often must last
Women earn only about three-
fourths of what men do, on average.
This discrepancy can really add up,
since at retirement most people live
off the money they've accumulated
over a lifetime of work.
Because women are more likely
than men to take time off work to
raise children, their Social Security
and employer-provided retirement
benefits are often much smaller.
Women tend to invest less aggres-
sively than men so their retirement
savings grow more slowly.
Throughout a whole career the dif-
ference between high-risk and low-
risk investments can be enormous.
So what can you do to help ensure
a more secure financial future for
your mother, your wife or yourself?
Here are a few tips:
Expect the unexpected. An
untimely illness, accident or death
can devastate a family's finances. If
you depend on someone else's
income especially if you have
children make sure you both carry
adequate life, health and disability
insurance. If you're self-supporting
it's particularly important to be cov-
ered against accidents or disability,
since even a brief period without
income could deplete your savings.
Practical Money Skills for Life, a
free personal financial management
site sponsored by Visa USA, con-
tains a detailed guide to anticipating
unexpected events such as disabili-
ty, loss of employment or the death
of a spouse (www.practical-
Plan ahead for retirement. Time is
your biggest ally when it comes to
retirement savings. Compound
earnings, where the interest income
NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING
DUVAL COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD
Code of Student Conduct
Purpose and Effect: The purpose of the proposed rule change is for the
School Board to amend the Secondary Code of Student Conduct for
2007/2008. The.effective date of the document will be the date of adop-
tion by the board.
Subject Areas to be Addressed: Code of Conduct
Specific Authority: Section 1001.41(2), Florida Statutes
Laws Implemented: Sections 1001.54; 1006.07 (2), Florida Statutes
A PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING THIS PROPOSED RULE
WILL BE HELD AT THE TIME, DATE AND PLACE SHOWN
Time and Date:
6:00 P.M. June 5, 2007
Board Room of the Administrative Building,
Duval County School Board,
1701 Prudential Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32207
A copy of the proposed rule and additional information regarding it can
be obtained by contacting:
General Director, Student Services
Duval County Public Schools
The cost to the Duval County School Board for implementation is the
cost to reprint the policy.
Any person who anticipates an appeal of the decision made by the Duval
County School Board with respect to any matter considered at this hear-
ing or who may decide to appeal such decision will need a record of the
proceedings, and for such purpose of appeal may need to ensure that a
verbatim record of the proceedings is made. This record will to include
testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.
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earned by your savings in turn gen-
erates additional earnings, can
make a huge difference over time,
so start setting aside savings as
soon as possible.
Many investment experts recom-
mend establishing a retirement sav-
ings account, whether an IRA,
401(k), or other plan, even before
starting a child's college fund. After
all, you can always borrow money
for college, a house or a car, but you
can't get a loan to pay for your
retirement. Check out the Practical
Money Skills for Life site's retire-
ment planning tips (www.practical-
Budget, budget, budget. It's
imperative to have a handle on how
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one of the best newspapers in the
'ere hundreds of applicants with
itials, but the editor who hired my
I took the stack of resumes home
hem in bed, and I was just about to
e they were all so dull."
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trying to write like anyone else."
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like it--or last in it for very long,
Make no mistake; people will
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planted in the mind of the person
Let Your House Pay
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nily's income. We will spend want to stay in the home and neigh-
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taking care of a house, as long as possible.
'ever, if you are a homeowner A reverse mortgage may be the
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way to let your house pay you. borrow against the equity they have
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Coast Guard Takes 366
Migrants Back To Haiti
Look Ma, I'm a Star- JasmineThomas, (on
left) agel4, and Vileshia Salley, age 14, both students at Stillwell Middle
School, say their lines for a Winn-Dixie commercial. A scene from inside
a store will be electronically spliced into the shot, making them appear to
be inside a store. The youngsters were among more than 150 students who
toured Winn-Dixie's corporate headquarters, food laboratory and video
production studio as part of the company's annual "Take Your Daughters
and Sons to Work Day." All of the participants have parents who work for
the Jacksonville-based grocer.
"Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day" is a national effort through
which adults can show girls and boys career opportunities they may have
otherwise never known existed. It also is a chance for children to have a
better understanding of their parents' work.
Minority Widows Hurt the Most
AUSTIN, Texas, May 1 U.S.
minority women widows are at a
particularly high risk of poverty in
late life, according to a study by the
University of Texas at Austin.
The study, published in The
Gerontologist, showed a substantial
financial widowhood penalty
among all ethnic groups, but minor-
ity women often have lower
incomes and fewer assets to begin
with, so they are affected the most.
Study authors Jacqueline Angel,
Maren Jimenez and Ronald Angel
questioned more than 4,500 women
over the age of 51 and found non-
Hispanic white women had more
initial wealth than their black or
Black women who became wid-
owed suffered a loss that was five
times greater and Hispanic women
a loss that was four times greater
than non-Hispanic white women,
according to the researchers.
Nearly as many Haitian migrants
were intercepted in April on their
way to U.S. shores as in all of 2006,
the Coast Guard said Monday.
A total of 704 Haitians were res-
cued from vessels in April, accord-
ing to the Coast Guard count. That
compares with just 43 in April 2006
and 769 in all of last year.
The increase was not being attrib-
uted to one single cause, but the
Coast Guard said it continually
watches for Haitian migrants
"We're seeing those boats come
over with extremely large amounts
of people," said Jennifer Johnson, a
Coast Guard spokeswoman.
While the number of migrants
was higher, it is a far cry from the
early 1990s, when tens of thou-
sands of Haitians fled to the U.S.
About 31,430 came in 1992 alone,
the Coast Guard said.
Since 2004, when 3,078 Haitians
were intercepted, the number has
SG President Rachel Tutwiler
and V.P. A.J. Souto
by Dana Maule
The University of North Florida
unofficially announced the new
student leadership for the 2007-
2008 school year. By the smallest
margin in UNF history of 0.2 per-
cent, African-American Student
Union Dir. Rachel Tutwiler and
running mate Senate President A.J.
Souto of the red party won the title
of SG president and vice president.
Tutwiler is the first African-
Andrew Robinson Opens New Engineering Lab
Andrew Robinson Elementary
will now be enabled to allow stu-
dents to explore math, science and
pre-engineering concepts thanks to
the opening of their new engineer-
ing lab. Last week fifth grade stu-
dents of Andrew Robinson
Elementary excitedly raised their
hands to identify a textbook, ruler,
calculator, and other everyday
items found in the classroom at the
Lab's opening ceremonies.
"When I was your age, I first used
these tools for math and science les-
sons," said ceremony speaker Mark
Morley, P.E., President of The
Ohmega Group. "Today, as an engi-
neer, I use these same tools when I
design a parking garage or renovate
an airport. The tools in your new
lab will enable you to see how
things work and may lead to an
Morley was joined by
Councilwoman Pat Lockett-Felder,
Superintendent Joseph Wise, Board
Members Martha Barrett and Vicky
Drake, Magnet Programs Director
Sally Hague, representatives from
UNF's School of Engineering, HDR
and school partners for the
Engineering Lab Ribbon Cutting
Ceremony. The lab features interac-
tive stations where student teams
complete missions and learn to
think in creative ways. The lab is
the only one of its kind in Northeast
Florida for primary students and
allows student magnet program
continuity with exposure to an engi-
neering lab from elementary to
middle (Kirby-Smith) to high
"With the addition of this lab,
Andrew Robinson is positioning
itself as a practice leader in the dis-
trict," said Superintendent Wise. "I
think that what they are doing is ter-
Andrew Robinson is one of seven
Inspirations magnet programs.
Duval County Public Schools' mag-
net programs began in 1991, and
are nationally acclaimed as a school
During the ceremony, fifth graders Christian and Christopher
Anderson demonstrated the earthquake simulator they constructed.
choice program. School choice pro-
grams serve more than 30,000 stu-
dents offering options that include
charter schools; special academic
programs; career academies and the
magnet programs. The magnet
themes offered by schools range
from aviation to visual and per-
forming arts. Four magnet high
schools consistently rank among
the nation's "Top 100" by
Newsweek magazine. For more
information visit www.magnetpro-
Under provisions of Chapter 101.71, Florida Statutes, notice is hereby given of a
change in polling place for the Unitary Election to be held May 15, 2007, in the
City of Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida.
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Jacksonville, FL 32225 Jacksonville, FL 32225
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9745 Gate Parkway North 3335 Tiger Hole Road
Jacksonville, FL 32246 Jacksonville, FL 32216
13V Carver Community Center Pablo Hamlet
738 4th Avenue South 1600 Shetter Avenue
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250 Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
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Jacksonville, FL 32210 Jacksonville, FL 32210
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Gospel Channel Nets Black Family Channel
NEW YORK The Black Family Channel will shut down and has sold
its space on cable systems to the Gospel Music Channel, the networks
The deal makes the Gospel Music Channel available in the nation's 10
largest markets, and it expects to finish the year with more than 20 mil-
lion subscribers, the network said.
"Gospel Music Channel embodies BFC's values, but does so on a
broader, multicultural scale," said Willie Gary, founder of the Black
Family Channel, about the shutdown.
The Gospel Music Channel is a 24-hour service that encompasses all
Christian music, from rock to gospel.
Ivly Y7, UU
s First Full
American female to hold the office
of SG president as a year long posi-
tion. Lavon Banks was the first
African-American female to be
elected SG president at UNF in
1992, but her position was only for
Tutwiler said, "I feel that one of
my strengths is my ability to work
well with others." Tutwiler
expressed her confidence in transi-
tioning from being the leader of the
African-American demographic at
UNF as AASU director, to repre-
sentation of UNF as a whole.
Tutwiler has an extensive track
record of leadership experience.
Upon her arrival at UNF she imme-
diately became involved with vari-
ous organizations on campus. In
2005 she won the Miss AASU title.
In 2006 She became the director of
AASU, implementing a number of
programs and events for the stu-
dent body and Black student body
as a whole. She is also active in the
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
May 3-9, 2007
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Sometimes you have to deal with
the reality of an issue. For example,
I would love to say that everyone
graduating from a Duval County
High School should attend college.
I agree with that notion because I
believe that education is critical to
In fact, Malcolm X said,
"Education is our passport to the
future, for tomorrow belongs to the
people who prepare for it today."
However, I am also a realist and I
fully understand and concede that
college just simply isn't for every-
one. While it would undoubtedly
be controversial, I feel that we
should target students who proba-
bly aren't going to college and
attempt to get them interested in
careers that don't involve a college
For example, you don't need a
degree to be a fireman, long shore-
man, carpenter, electrician, etc.
These are great careers that pay
high wages and provide good ben-
efits. How do we stabilize upper
High wage jobs provide so many
opportunities for individuals in
families. With a good job you can
buy a house, maintain and upgrade
the look of your home, invest in
your retirement, provide for your
family's well being, etc.
By. George E Curry
Anyone who has followed my
career knows how I feel about
Clarence Thomas. In fact, Jack E.
White, writing in Time magazine,
said, "No matter what George
Curry accomplishes during the
remainder of his journalistic career,
he will be remembered for one
thing: he was the editor who
slapped a portrait of Clarence
Thomas wearing an Aunt Jemima-
style handkerchief on a 1993 cover
of Emerge magazine."
White continued, "That shocking
image outraged Thomas support-
ers, of course, but it crystallized the
disgust that many African-
Americans had begun to feel about
the ultra-conservative legal philos-
ophy of the U.S. Supreme Court's
only black member."
Given my view of Thomas, I
never thought I'd want to read a
book on the justice from Pinpoint,
Ga. However, I resisted the urge
and this week read "Supreme
Discomfort: The Divided Soul of
Clarence Thomas." The only rea-
son I read the book was because it
was written by Kevin Merida and
Michael A. Fletcher, two friends
who work at the Washington Post.
They have done a superb job
describing his many contradictions
After reading the book, I have
one regret about that famous
Emerge cover. If I had an opportu-
nity to do it over, I would tie the
Aunt Jemima knot tighter.
While criticizing Blacks for
embracing "victimhood," the book
portrays Thomas as the ultimate
professional victim, at every turn
claiming that people didn't like him
because of his dark skin, his broad
lips, or his conservative ideology.
Recounting a 1998 speech before
the National Bar Association, the
authors note, "In remarks that
veered from self-pity to combative,
he maintained" that the "principal
In order for the black middle
class to grow we have to start back
promoting trade professions as
viable options for creating strong
well paid careers.
In the late 1800s W.E.B. Dubois
and Booker T. Washington were
black leaders who both fought for
economic and social equality for
freed slaves. Although the overall
goals was the same the means in
which they suggested we achieve
the goal was very different.
Washington felt that blacks
should focus more on farming and
skilled labor, while Dubois felt that
every black should receive an edu-
cation. He also felt that ten percent
of the race would provide the lead-
ership we needed. Dubois called
this group the "Talented Tenth."
Actually, Washington was a pro-
ponent of education as well, but he
realized that in order for freed
slaves to survive economically we
had to focus on the jobs that were
available at the time.
Washington said, "Education is
the sole and only hope of the Negro
race in America."
Today, I agree with both men in a
sense. I feel that all people, not just
blacks should receive some sort of
education after high school.
However, again I realize that col-
lege is riot an option for everyone
problem" he faces could be
summed up in one succinct sen-
tence: "I have no right to think the
way I do because I am black."
As the late Appeals Court Justice
A. Leon Higginbotham pointed out
at the time, "He's got a right to
think whatever he wants to, but he
does not have a right to be free of
critique." And a critique of Thomas
shows that while; professing to'
oppose special treatment because
of his race, every job he has held,
including his appointment to the
Supreme Court, was obtained, in
part, because of his race.
"Every Thomas employer, from
Danforth, who gave him his first
job, to President George H.W.
Bush, who nominated him to the
Supreme Court, chose Thomas at
least partly because he is black.
Race is a central fact of his mete-
By. Ron Walters
The press accounts of the per-
formance of Senator Barack
Obama in the first Presidential
Debate at South Carolina State
University give him high marks for
staying in there with politicians
who have been Senators or
Governors for much longer.
In fact, one poll gave him the
winner's edge over Hilary Clinton
and the entire field. Nevertheless,
he proved that despite the fact that
he had not fielded complete posi-
tions on critical issues to high vot-
ing blocks like health care, social
security and the like, he was able
to answer crucial questions in a
substantive manner equal to his
colleagues that did him no harm.
. The primary criticisms of the
media were leveled at the fact that
he did not appear presidential
enough in his response to a ques-
tion about Iraq that asked, if two
so we should deal with the reality
of matter and aggressively do as
Booker T. Washington suggested.
It will not be popular to those in
the academic arena, but we have to
focus more of our youth's attention
on skilled trades.
With the unemployment rate
extremely low in this city, state and
nation there is no real shortage in
jobs. However, there continues to
be a shortage in high wage jobs,
especially for blacks who don't
have college degrees right?
Wrong, there are plenty of great
paying jobs for blacks, especially
black males. What jobs you might
ask those professional trades' jobs
I keep talking about. Electricians,
Carpenters, Plumbers, Heating and
Air Conditioning Technicians are
some of the jobs that are available
to everyone in the community.
The Northeast Florida Builders
Program provides great careers for
individuals. Once you become a
licensed professional in any of the
areas I just mentioned the opportu-
nities are limitless.
Many people start off working
for large companies and once they
reach the level of a master crafts-
man they start their own compa-
But just like going to college -
Thomas has alternately denied it
and resented it "all the way to the
top," the book states. To get to the
top, to the Supreme Court, Thomas
allowed his Right-wing handlers to
misrepresent his past.
"The Pin Point strategy." some
advisers dubbed it: file down the
sharp ideological edges and keep
emphasizing Thomas' personal
story of "triumph over adversity,"
the authors wrote.
"What the White House advisers
didn't know, or, perhaps, just
ignored. was that Thomas' connec-
tion to his birthplace was tenuous
at best. His family's house had
burned down when he was six, and
for most of his young life he was
raised comfortably in Savannah by
his grandfather, Myers Anderson,
one of the black community's lead-
you have to be committed to finish-
ing the program if you want to be
successful. Too many of our youth
want instant gratification in life.
That's not how you build success.
Willie Bady, Jr, once said,
"Living a life is like constructing a
building; if you start wrong, you'll
And there are definitely positions
that are available in these fields.
Another area that blacks can excel
is the maritime industry. The
Jacksonville Port Authority along
with its clients have a $1.3 billion
dollar impact on our local econo-
The average annual salary for
port jobs is $44,000, which is well
above the state average.
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 the trade pro-
fessions and Jaxport are critical our
Stevie Wonder once said, "We all
have ability. The difference is how
we use it."
Signing off from an apprentice-
ship program in Duval County,
African-Americans are not
fooled. According to a study by the
Joint Center for Political and
Economic Studies, cited in the
book, a 1998 poll showed that
Thomas had a favorable rating of
just 32 percent, the worst numbers
of any prominent African-
Judge Higginbotham said, "I
have often pondered how is it that
Justice Thomas, an African-
American, could be so insensitive
to the plight of the powerless. Why
is he no different, or probably
worse, than many of the most con-
servative Supreme Court justices of
the century? I can only think of one
Supreme Court justice during the
century who was worse than
Justice Clarence Thomas: James
McReynolds, a White supremacist
who referred to blacks as "niggers."
k Obama and the First Presidential Debate
American cities were attacked by
Al Queda how he would change
the military stance abroad to
account for it. He was criticized as
not being aggressive enough to say
that he would attack and destroy
the enemy and that he did not use
his openings to reassure Jewish
voters about his commitment to
But this was also an opening for
Obama posit that the American
people are tired with reckless mili-
tary blusters and the blunders that
it leads to by the commander in
chief, as in Iraq. It would seem to
me that if he has argued that the
reason why he has arisen like a
phoenix in the American political
landscape is that the American
people are seeking new leadership,
it is almost certainly a desire for a
leadership that is different in that it
does not seek instant military
mobilization abroad as the answer
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clearly identified and constitutes a
real target for a limited response,
that is one thing, but for Americans
to approve of another proxy war is
My beef is that this debate was
in South Carolina, where Blacks
experience high poverty rates, lack
health care, live in substandard
housing, and thirst for elementary
and higher education. Yet the
debate scarcely touched on issues
that were important to the families
of the students in the college that
was there host. I understand the
inside game of presidential debates
as someone who helped to prepare
Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. for his
debates in 1984 and 1988, and I
was appalled that the Obama let
this course of events take place. In
the 2004 debates, if issues relevant
to the Black community were not
asked by the questioners, Rev. Al
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Sharpton raised them himself,
since he was sensitive to his role as
forcing the accountability on other
candidates to those issues.
Secondly, debates have a con-
text. In this case, the Obama cam-
paign should be reaching out to an
important core constituency of the
Democratic Party. Yet, there is also
some rumbling that he was absent
at the birthday of icon Dr. Dorothy
Height where Hilary Clinton was
in attendance; Obama went into
South Carolina, the home of Rev.
Jesse Jackson and where he won
twice, yet he never called to obtain
key advice about campaigning
there, but Hilary did -- and went to
Rev. Jackson's mother's home to
The Barack Obama Campaign
seems to be following a general
election campaign strategy in the
primary elections where he is
keeping some distance from the
black community. If Florida is suc-
cessful in moving up its primary to
January 29, it will land on the same
day of the South Carolina primary.
So, there is a trend that has to be
broken if the black vote difference
translates into a policy difference.
These debates now use blacks as a
symbolic background, but ignore
them when it comes to discussing
the vital issues. This happened in
2004 in the Detroit, Michigan
debate and when it was held at
Morgan State University in
Baltimore. At both venues, Fox
News analysts promptly designed
their own debate featuring their
own concerns. The sponsors of
these debates whoever they are --
must demand black questioners
and an agenda that speaks directly
to black issues. But if that does not
happen, Barack Obama must raise
them himself, or perhaps Hilary or
John Edwards will.
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r Rap, Records,
Revenue and Refrain
S- "Rise up ye women...for the vintage shall not
fail."- Isaiah 32:9-10
by William Reed
Meetings among leaders of the rap music indus-
try has resulted in hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons
S' stepping forward to call for the ban of "b***h",
"ho" and "n****r" from all rap songs.
More than a decade after the late civil rights icon
C. Delores Tucker went from company to company complaining about the
offensive language in rap music, Simmons corralled leaders in the $2 bil-
lion industry around issues involving "hip-hop and the First Amendment."
Simmons describes the issue as "complex, involving gender, race, culture
and artistic expression".
Saying that "poets" always come under fire for their unsanitized descrip-
tions of the world, Simmons says "We're talking about a lot of these artists
who come from the most extreme cases of poverty and ignorance ... And
when they write a song, they write it from their heart, they're not educated,
and they don't believe there's opportunity. They have a right to say what's
on their mind". "Whether it's our sexism, our racism, our homophobia or
our violence, the hip-hop community sometimes can be a good mirror of
our dirt and sometimes the dirt that we try to cover up," Simmons said.
"Pointing at the conditions that create these words from the rappers should
be our No. 1 concern."
"C. Delores Tucker you's a muthaf**ka/stead of tryna help a nigga you
destroy a brotha" were the words from Tupac Shakur in the song "How Do
U Want It". It was in response to Mrs. Tucker calling rap music "porno-
graphic filth" that's demeaning and offensive to black women. "You can't
listen to all that language and filth without it affecting you," she said.
In her campaign against reprehensible rap words C. Delores Tucker
passed out leaflets with lyrics from gangsta rap and urged people to read
them aloud. She picketed stores that sold the music, handed out petitions
and demanded congressional hearings. She also bought stock in Sony,
Time Warer and other companies so she could protest at shareholders
meetings. In 1994, Mrs. Tucker protested when the NAACP, on whose
board of trustees she sat, nominated Tupac for an Image Award.
Warner Music, Roc-A-Feila Records, Universal Music Group and
Simuons' own Def Jam company have condoned, many say encouraged,
speaking of women as commodities: "bitches", "hoes" and "gold diggers".
Such s\ agger has been the status quo in popular gangsta rap music for
decades. In 1999 rap music became the most popular form of music in
The Simmons-led commitment is for all extreme curse words to be cut
from 'clean' versions of records used for broadcasting. Record companies
can choose which offensive terms to delete and many allow the B-H-and-
N-- ords to remain on tracks for broadcast because they are not considered
extreme. Now, it's up to the African American community to mo' e "the
problem" to the next level.
Among community-based groups to step forward, Rev. Al Sharpton says
he plans to follow in Dr. Tucker's footsteps and have his National Action
Network purchase stock in various companies and then use the right to
attend shareholder meetings, to voice his opinion on lyrics deemed raunch.
The organization Dr. Tucker founded, the Bethune-DuBois Institute
(BDI), provides educational and training programs for black youth. At its
21st Annual Awards Celebration where Members of Congress Charles
Rangel, Stephanie Tubbs, Danny Davis, Diane Watson, along with Lorraine
Miller, the Clerk of The U.S. House of Representatives,- supported the ban
of the three offensive,words in memory of Dr. Tucker. BDI President
Field Dukes says the group plans to continue Dr. Tucker's "legacy of
grace and courage" and renew her works. Leaders of the institute advocat-
ed national discussions and dialogue about the social responsibility of the
industry to show respect to African-American women in lyrics and images.
Resolving the problem starts with black families. Groups such as the
family-\alues oriented Kingmaker Foundation and American Clerg.
Leadership say they will call coalitions of churches, civil rights organiza-
tions to engage music, radio and television executives in dialogue regard-
ing industry lyrical and visual standards acceptable to our communities.
New Book Unmasks Clarence Thomas
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1EM. 4' I Waters Wants AIDS Test for Prisoners
LOS ANGELES -
Congresswoman Maxine Waters
(D-Calif.) has introduced bills in
the House of Representatives, call-
ing for insurance companies to
cover the cost of HIV testing and
testing for federal prisoners upon
their incarceration and release.
"We believe that when you do this
kind of testing, not only will you
[diagnose] HIV/AIDS, but you can
get people started on the kinds of
medicines that they need in order
to have long and healthy lives,"
The insurance bill, H.R. 822,
would require insurance companies
to pay for HIV testing in the same
way they cover diabetes testing.
H.R. 1943, the Stop AIDS in Prison
Act of 2007, calls for mandatory
HIV/AIDS testing for all inmates
arriving and exiting a federal cor-
Waters efforts are in response to
the growing impact HIV/AIDS is
having on minority communities.
According to the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention,
African-Americans account for
half of all new HIV/AIDS cases.
Racial and ethnic minorities com-
prise 69 percent of new cases,
according to the 2005 data released
by the CDC. According to the
Bureau of Justice Statistics,
African-Americans made up 41
percent of all inmates in the prison
system at the end of 2004.
Dr. Tony Evans explains Project Turnaround
Dr. Tony Evans, Speaks to Over 1400 at
The Greater Jacksonville Prayer Breakfast
Story/photos by Danny Murphy
Over 1400 people attended The
Greater Jacksonville Prayer
Breakfast on April 24th at the Hyatt
Hotel. Dr. Tony Evans, renowned
author, Founder of The Urban
Alternative, and Sr. Pastor of Oak
Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas,
was the guest speaker.
Dr. Evans told a story about recent
problems he has been having with
cracks in the wall of his house.
More than once, he had a painter
repair the cracks only to see them
return later. Finally, he hired a new
contractor who informed him that
the real problem was the shifting
foundation under the house. Until
that was fixed, cracks in the wall
would continue to show up.
Dr. Evans went on to say that
many of the problems we now face
in our culture, including violence,
drug abuse, and sexually transmit-
ted diseases are the result of poor
foundations in people's lives. "The
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Intermodal Steel Building Units (commonly referred to as ISBU).
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faith-based community can make a
valuable contribution to the com-
munity. We need to come out of the
closet," he said.
Mayor Peyton, Sheriff Rutherford,
and many other notables attended
the event. Over 100 people stayed
after the Prayer Breakfast to hear
Dr. Evans introduce Project Turn
Around, a school mentoring pro-
gram which "Rebuilds communities
from the inside out." The Prayer
Breakfast was hosted by First Coast
Christian Outreach under the direc-
tion of Rev. Peter Church.
Study Proves Blacks Fare Worse
WASHINGTON Black, the Justice Department.
Hispanic and white drivers are The study, released by the depart-
equally likely to be pulled over by ment's Bureau of Justice Statistics,
police, but blacks and Hispanics covered police contacts with the
are much more likely to be public during 2005 and was based
searched and arrested, a federal on interviews by the Census
study found. Bureau with nearly 64,000 people
Blacks (9.5 percent) and Hispanics (8.8 percent) were much more
likely to be searched than whites (3.6 percent).
- Blacks (4.5 percent) were more than twice as likely as whites (2.1
percent) to be arrested. Hispanic drivers were arrested 3.1 percent of
- Among all police-public contacts, force was used 1.6 percent of the
time. But blacks (4.4 percent) and Hispanics (2.3 percent) were more
likely than whites (1.2 percent) to be subjected to force or the threat
of force by police officers.
Police were much more likely to
threaten or use force against blacks
and Hispanics than against whites
in any encounter, whether at a traf-
fic stop or elsewhere, according to
age 16 or over.
"The numbers are very consis-
tent" with those found in a similar
study of police-public contacts in
2002, bureau statistician Matthew
in Traffic Stops
R. Durose, the report's co-author,
said in an interview. "There's some
stability in the findings over these
'Driving while black'
Traffic stops have become a
politically volatile issue. Minority
groups have complained that many
stops and searches are based on
race rather than on legitimate sus-
picions. Blacks in particular have
complained of being pulled over
for simply "driving while black."
"The available data is sketchy but
deeply concerning," said Hilary
Shelton, director of the NAACP's
Washington bureau. The civil
rights organization has done its
own surveys of traffic stops, and
he said the racial disparities grow
larger, the deeper the studies delve.
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Class of 1968: Seated: Linda Meriweather McSwain, Cynthia Reed, Fatima Watley Chryspan, Merriweather
Cynthia Upson, CSM Henry L Sellers, Josephine Frazier, Justine Redding. Standing: Charles Milton, Joan Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Buggs, Mr. Meeks standing
Shaw, Bobbie Miller, Sandra Bailey Miller, Theresa Lightner and Jose Harris.
Class of 1956: Betty Smith, Corley Kay McKinnon, Palmar Lewis Palmer, Clara Driggers Smith, Ethel Lamb,
A Shahab Green, Jeanette Boss, Virginia Johnson, Mildred Carter Williams and Gloria Dumas.
Jacob Johnson, Beverly Johnson, Cassandra Austin, Robert Nesmith and Shirley Nesmith.
Class of 1976: Trey Walker, Lisa Walker Lewis, Mike Hartley, Linda Smith, Mark Maddrick,
-Rickey Simon, Luther Coley, Deborah Mobley, Henry Clemmons, Gregory Pelsey, Frederick
Class of 1966: Annette Capers, Frank Williams, Patricia Williams, Arthur Brown, Genethel Reeves, Alice McHellen, Brown, Jerome Jordan, Annette Tellas, Brenda Crutchfield, William Jordan, Linda Hills, Janice
Betty Haywood, Yvonne Whitaker, Diana Robinson and Melvin Franklin. Love and Darnell Wyatt.
Clyde Jackson, Doris Taylor, Melinda Frazier, Clara Watson, Delores Clemons, Patricia Pollard Carrie
Ms, Sabdra Thompson addresses the crowd and
was also a member of the Planning Committee.
Two Stantonians enjoy a taste of tea amidst all of
Stanton Vocational: Elizabeth Collins, Am,
Patricia Gross, Hezekiah Gross and Virginial
Class of 1949 Seated: Willie J Alexander, Arn
Howard, Lauree Wilkins, Marian Simpkins aim
Old Stanton, New Stanton, Stanton
Vocational and Stanton Preparatory
Alumni, Teachers, Staff and students
joined together last weekend to preserve
the rich history of Stanton. The historical
school established in 1968 held its first
All Class Annual gala with a capacity
crowd of over 1500 in attendance at the
Prime Osborne Convention Center.
Stanton Alumni President Kenneth
Reddick '63 presided over the program,
and delivered the welcome and occasion.
Mrs. Lctha McBride lies '53, recognized
Faculty and Stafl. Others on program
included: Mrs. Ruth C. Solomon '31; Mr.
Charles T. Maxwell '52, and Mrs. Mary
B. Mitchell, who gave reflections. Rev.
Dr. Randolph Bracy Jr. '61, Pastor of the
New Covenant Baptist Church, Orlando;
gave the Invocation/Blessing.
Following dinner, Mr. Clarence Von
Bostick'49, reminisced with "Those were
the Days, Believe it or Not!" Mrs. Eula
Maycs '44, presented door prizes; and
Mrs. Gail Walden Holley '59, conducted
the "lighting of Candle Memorial
Dedication". The talented former City
Council man, and DJ, Rodney Hurst con-
ducted the Class Roll Call; and Mrs.
Charleyene Bloodworth Martin '65 gave
the appeal; Recognition and
Acknowledgements were given by Mrs.
Sandra Cummings Thompson '60, and
Mr. Reddick. School Songs followed, and
all danced until midnight to the sounds of
the Von Barlow Ensemble consisting of
Stantonians Con Barlow '62, Eugene
White '51, Lindsey Sarjeant '68 and
Lawrence Buckner. Clarence Von
Bostick '49 and Dj Rodney Hurst also
It is both fitting and proper that mem-
ories of Stanton, a revered historical icon,
be remembered and preserved. Since its
conception in 1868, Stanton has played a
vital role, not only in the lives of African
Americans, but the city as well. The idea
of a public school for Blacks in
Jacksonville was conceived and devel-
oped by the Education Society. Stanton
survived the great fire of 1901, although
it lost two buildings; and developed into
New Stanton and Stanton Vocational
Schools, both which operated until the
late 1970s. "Stanton" has always been
indicative of high academic standards
Role models such as the world famous
James Weldon Johnson, who once served
Stanton as its Principal; inspired, coun-
seled, disciplined, and directed students
to excel. Stanton Alumni include but are
not limited to: Olympians, Professional
Athletes, Harvard and MIT graduates,
Doctors, Lawyers, Artists, a Sheriff, an
Army General, Sorority International
President, numerous educators, and many
others who represent a variety of profes-
sions and occupations.
Stanton High School has a unique his-
tory as an edu
of colored peop
the Education Socit
1868, purchased tl
the Stanton School
from Ossian B., H
property was covei
to C, F. Chase, 1.1
Scott. Samuel, Spe
Randall. trustees o
for the purchase pn
It was their purpi
Charlie and Irvlyn Kennebrew
Seated: Kurt Bartos, Deanna Bartos, Ruby Dorsey, Susie Sheppard, Betty Tyson
Odum, Rosa E. Wright, Rev Bernard Wright, Sr., Standing: Frank Scantling Pat
Class of 1936: Adline Cobb
Grace Galvin, Evelyn Galvin, Cong. Corrine Brown and Ron Galvin.
Stanton Vocational: F. E. Thomas, Larry Thomas, Ruth Jones, Taylor Marionette Williams, Elnora Paulk
Haespartolic, Carol Jones Mann, Mary Benefield and Velma Aiken.
,Mandy Smith Gibson, Melinda Simmons, Bonnie
s,'Gwendolyn Brown, Theadore Leonard. Standing:
1,Reeves, Ronald West and Sandra Iszard.
Stanton Vocational: Linda Mitchell Harber, David Swearingen, Ernell Allen, Victor Davis,
Gladys Pough, Doris Bell and Jeanette Lowe.
Gala Chair kenneth Reddick holds the mike for Stanton teacher, men-
tor and friend Ruth Solomon.
Anethette Durham, Frances Bennett, Pommie Haynes, Alphonso Haynes, Lucille
Brown and Mozella Williams.
emancipation, a group
c:min the City of
ty,,And on February 8,
!e property on which
building now stands
rt arid. his wife. This
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aii gand Edwin M.
Sthe, Florida Institute
qe of $850.00.
Island intent to erect
on the property a school building to be
known as the Florida Institute. Financial
problems. however delayed progress on
the building until December of that year
when the first school was built and incor-
porated through the aid of the Freedman's
Bureau. The school was a wooden struc-
ture and was named in honor of General
Edwin McMasters Stanton, President
Abraham Lncoln's Secretary of War, He
was an ardent champion of human rights
and an advocate of free formal education
of Negro boys and children. It was the
first school of education for black chil-
dren in Jjckon', ille .and ii- irrounding
counties,. nd a.i the i ,Ai'cliool tir
black children n ilhe Stae ,I' rFliida.
For a inumbei oft',e.ars. IIic Freediman's
Bureau conducted the school. Northern
white teachers were employed until the
county leased the property for the pur-
pose of opening a public school. The first
building was destroyed by fire that
destroyed much of Jacksonville. A new
school was constructed in1902 and
remained in operation until 1917.
On May 23, 1914, the Circuit Court of
Duval County appointed nine trustees to
Imn..!._'e the school and its property. The
dcierCroating and unsafe condition of the
p,,rI', constructed school building
priimpitld the Board of Public Instruction,
the Stanton School trustees and interested
citizens of Jacksonville to jointly agree to
replace the wooden structure with a good
fire-proof building. In 1917, the building,
which stands at Ashley, Broad, Beaver
and Clay Streets, was completed. Stanton
became the main focus for the education
of clack children in Duval County and the
An equally impressive record of aca-
demic expansion has accomplished the
physical growth of Stanton. Beginning as
an elementary school with six grades
under the administration ofJ.C. Waters as
the first principal and D.W. Culp who fol-
lowed as principal, Stanton gradually
became known throughout the state for
the high educational standards which it
still maintains today. The eighth grade
was added under the principal-ship of
W.M. Artrell. Principal James Weldon
Johnson started the move toward a high
school department. The addition of the
twelfth grade made Stanton an clemen-
tary, junior, and senior high school.
Though Stanton is no longer an all
Black high school, it remains a beacon in
the community. During the focus of the
1980-81 school year, Stanton joined
Duval county's magnet program as a col-
lege preparatory school. It is recognized
as one of the nation's top competitive
academic academics in the nation.
Each participant received a souvenir
booklet complete with color pictures and
History' courtesy of Stanton Gala
Brown, Alberta Sumlar, Helen Dowdy, Theresa Harris Williams,
Mae Green, Bobbie & Bernice Watson, Juanita Bacon and Julius
rage n -'.A iv Ii'sr s. PrcM 92
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 Sunday May 20th.
Anyone who's been involved with the Leona Daniel's Day Celebration from
the beginning is asked to please call Fountain Chapel, at 358-2258, or Sister
Eunice Harmon, at 354-3021, as soon as possible.
Be a part of the 60th Anniversary Celebration.
St. Thomas Missionary is Now
Holding Summer Camp Registration
Space is limited for the St. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church, Ernie L.
Murray Sr., Pastor; 5863 Moncrief Road, 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.
Church of God in Christ to hold
"Pentecostal Explosion" May 8-12th
The Pentecostal District of the Florida Central 2nd Ecclesiastical
Jurisdiction of the Church of God in Christ, Elder W. R. Robinson,
Superintendent; Elder Edward Robinson Sr., Bishop; have announced the
"Pentecostal Explosion" Conference, Tuesday, May 8th thru Saturday, May
12, 2007; at the Southside COGIC, 2179 Emerson St.
Youth Night will open the conference on Tuesday, May 8th. There will
be choirs, dancers, steppers, and more. Pastor Cedric Johnson of the
Carpenter's House COGIC, will be the speaker.
Women's Day, Wednesday, May 9th will begin with Breakfast at 9:30
a.m., with Day Sessions from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dr. Norbice Sellers of
Norfolk, Va. will be the Evening Speaker.
Superintendent's Night, Thursday, May 10th will begin with Session
from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Dr. G. Bobby Hall, of Greater Hall Temple
COGIC, will be the evening speaker.
Bishop Edward Robinson Sr. will be the speaker on "Bishop's Night"
Friday, May 1lth.
Family Fun Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May
12th, at the Spring Park Elementary School, Spring Park Road. There will
be Fun, Food and Games. Come to all events and be blessed!
17th Prisoner of Christ Prayer
Breakfast set for Tuesday, May 8
Pastors, their Congregations, and members of the Community are invit-
ed to attend the "17th Annual Crime Prevention Prayer Breakfast" at 7:27
a.m. on Tuesday, May 8, 2007, at the Wyndham Jacksonville Riverwalk
Hotel, 1515 Prudential Drive.
The Prisoners of Christ is a faith-based ministry that provides re-entry
transitional services, including housing, for men coming our of incarcera-
tion. The Ministry works to help provide re-entry services that make a dif-
ference, such as food, shelter, clothing, help finding a job, recovery from
substance abuse, guidance and encouragement from men who hae been in
their position, and more. Eighty-nine percent hae succeeded in their efforts
to live a new way.
This year's breakfast will feature men from the ministry, who are in the
process of the transition. For information, please call 358-8866.
Abyssinia to Hold Pre Mother's
The Daughters of Zion Women's Ministry of Abyssinia Missionary
Baptist Church, invites all men, women, boys and girls to the 3rd Annual
Pre-Mother's Day Breakfast and Fashionetta, on Saturday, May 12th at the
Wyndham Riverwalk Hotel, 1515 Prudential Drive at 9 a.m. The
Fashionetta will feature fashions by Couture Designer Andrena Meeks
Morgan, of Duluth, Georgia. For more information, please call Minister
Scott at 608-2962.
Baptist Ministers Conference to Hold
City-Wide Revival, May 8-10th
The Baptist Ministers Conference of Duval and Adjacent Counties, Rev.
Dr. C. E. Preston, President; will hold a City-Wide Revival, 6:30 p.m.,
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, May 8-10, 2007, at the St. Joseph
Missionary Baptist Church, 485 West 1st. Street, Rev. H. T. Rhim, Pastor.
The public is invited to come and be blessed by the Word of God.
Dr. James B. Sampson, President of the Florida General Baptist
Convention will be the lecturer on Tuesday night. Rev. C. P. Preston,
Moderator of Florida East Coast, Miami, FL; will be the speaker.
Dr. H. T. Rhim, Pastor of St. Joseph Missionary Baptist Church will be
the lecturer on Wednesday night. Rev. M. Banks, President of the
Progressive Baptist Convention will be the speaker.
Elder Lee Harris, President of the Interdenominational Leadership
Alliance, will be the lecturer on Thursday night. Rev. Bernard Yates, Vice
President of the national Primitive Baptist Convention, USA, will be the
Northside Church of Christ to hold
Ladies Inspirational Weekend
The 27th Annual Ladies Inspirational Weekend will begin at 6 p.m. on
Friday evening, May 4th at the Northside Church of Christ, 4736 Avenue
B, Charlie McClendon, Senior Minister; Devins Jackson, Asst. Minister.
Ladies are invited to wear the colors of the Rainbow. The theme for
Saturday, May 5th's Inspirational Day Program, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. is
"Using Our Greatest Power To Conquer Our Greatest Enemy"
All Ladies are invited to this annual event designed to assist ladies in
building one another up, to re-enforce their faith and to edify one another
as they come together to celebrate their uniqueness, diversities and sister-
hood. There will be gifted speakers, the Spoken Word, song, games, prizes,
a special Health Care and Awareness Presentation and of course, good food.
All Ladies are invited to come, bring your sister, daughters, mothers,
friends, co-worker, neighbors, and come expecting a blessing and a mira-
cle. Mable Dozier, Chair; and Eva Hardrick, Co-chair. For more informa-
tion, please call (904) 765-9836.
Greater New Birth Missionary Baptist
to Celebrate Pastor's 9th Anniversary
The Greater New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, 195 Tallulah Ave.,
invites the community to help celebrate their Pastor, Reverend Levi White
Ill's 9th Anniversary. Various Churches of the city will join Greater New
Birth for services nightly at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday
evening, May 17, 18 & Sunday, May 20, 2007.
Pastor Stanley Moore of the Pine Hill Missionary Baptist Church,
Savannah, Ga.; will be the morning speaker on Sunday. Pastor Robert
Alderman, of Mt. New Home Missionary Baptist Church, Folkston, Ga.,
will be the speaker, Sunday evening.
St. John's Cathedral Partners with
Clara White for Clara's at the Cathedral
A unique collaboration has been formed between St. John's Cathedral,
256 East Church Street; in Downtown Jacksonville, and the Clara White
Mission, Ashley at Broad St., also downtown. "Clara's at the Cathedral" is
operated on Fridays at St. John's Cathedral by the students at The Clara
White Mission School of Culinary Arts.
For information as to how you can enjoy the delicious food prepared by
these unique Chefs, please call 3543-4162.
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Black Church Music
The traditional gospel choir in the audience," said gospel diva Yolanda
church, particularly the black Adams.
church, may be facing a shortage of Still, others have chosen to take
accomplished music ministers, rap to the pulpit with such groups
according to a recent report. as Dem Unknown WarriorZ infus-
Black churches throughout the ing words about Jesus with a popu-
country are finding it harder to find lar beat youths recognize.
skilled musicians to lead music an While some pastors are embracing
integral part of the worship experi- hip-hop music to draw crowds and
ence reported Religion & Ethics relate to younger believers, Dr.
Newsweekly. Glen McMillan, interim music
The main competition churches director of Concord Baptist Church
are up against is the mainstream of Christ, asks where the memo-
music industry, rable sounds of music such as
"The big money is in producing. hymns are.
The big money is in rap," said Leo Hymns like "Come Thou Fount of
Davis, Jr., minister of music at Every Blessing" and "Amazing
Mississippi Boulevard Christian Grace" live on, McMillan told the
Church, according to Religion & TV newsmagazine, while many
Ethics Newsweekly. "They're look- won't remember a hip hop line, he
ing at rappers with the million-dol- believes.
lar houses with gold ceilings, and Not only are accomplished music
why do I want to work in a church ministers becoming harder to find,
and make $30,000?" but soon, even traditional gospel
And while skilled musicians may music in the church may become a
be turning to the lucrative lifestyle rare sound.
of rap and hip hop, the mainstream McMillan wants younger genera-
industry is also taking many gospel tions to embrace the traditional
singers out of the church. songs and pass it down, but says
"Gospel music is coming to the that possibly 20 years from now,
mainstream. Singers are coming "hymnal music is going to be obso-
out of the church and introducing lete."
the gospel style to a mainstream
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Dr. Bobbie Cromartie teaching School of Ministry Class and FGBCF Youth Conference Facilitators Rev. Steven Young, Rev. Owen L. Henry
Elder Teresa Tucker and Elder Brent Brown. R. Silver photo
Three Days of Spirit Filled Workshops and Praise Services
Highlight Full Gospel Fellowship's Florida State Conference
By Rhonda Silver
The Full Gospel Baptist Church
Fellowship (FGBCF) held its
Florida State Conference for the
first time in Jacksonville headquar-
tered at Bethel Baptist Institutional
Church. Host Pastors were Rev.
Rudolph W. McKissick, Sr. and
Bishop Rudolph W. McKissick, Jr.
(newly installed FGBCF Florida
State Overseer). The 3-day confer-
ence, held April 25th -27th, 2007
featured the preaching prowess of
Bethel's own Pastor Rudolph W.
McKissick, Jr., Pastor Jamal
Harrison Bryant of Empowerment
Temple AME Church, FGBCF
Southern Atlantic Regional Bishop,
W. Oshea Granger of Mt. Calvary
MBC, and the FGBCF International
Presiding Bishop, Paul Morton of
Greater St. Stephens.
In keeping with the theme: "We're
still on high alert" each night of the
conference strategically executed a
plan of action for spiritual maturity
Godly security. Day one, "The
Secret Is Out!"- Pastor Bryant com-
ing from John 19: 38-41. Day two,
"Good Success!"- Bishop Morton
from the book of Joshua 1: 7-8.
Day three, the finale sermon deliv-
ered with Holy Ghost power, "It'll
Be All Over In The Morning!"-
Bishop McKissick, Jr. from II
Kings 7: 1.
The conference was packed night
after night with each phase bringing
attendees to new levels of prepared
awareness and spirituality. In addi-
tion to music presented by national
gospel recording artist Troy Snead,
the well rounded conference also
featured workshops for all ages.
Pastor Kim Davis of Ebenezer
FGBC presided over the
"Daughters of Promise Luncheon
and Fashion Show", and there was
also a conference workshops and, a
separate Youth Conference at the
Bethelite Christian Conference
HBCU's Slow to Embrace Divestment
Hillary has work to do A girl holds a poster supporting
presidential candidate Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) outside the
First Baptist Church where Clinton spoke in Selma, Alabama, March
4, 2007. Even in a Harlem church where former President Bill Clinton
is revered, his wife has some work to do with black women once
expected to be firmly in her camp.
As the movement to divest from
Sudan swept U.S. colleges and uni-
versities, historically black colleges
remained mostly on the sidelines of
Then last month, Hampton and
Howard universities divested fully
from companies that do business
with the African nation.
The decision by some of the
nation's best-known black universi-
ties was widely applauded, but their
late entrance into the divestment
movement, which began at Harvard
University in 2004, raises questions
about why historically black col-
leges have been slow to respond to
the genocide in the Darfur region of
"It unfortunately has not been on
the radar screen for many," said
Hampton President William R.
have been a reliable lobby for
humanitarian and political causes in
Africa. But some alumni and uni-
versity officials say most of the col-
leges are less likely to divest
because they have smaller endow-
ments than their white counterparts.
"Howard University can afford to
do it because its endowment is
among leading endowments in the
country," said Ron Walters, profes-
sor of political science at the
University of Maryland. Walters
spearheaded the anti-apartheid
movement in the late 1970s.
"You can't ask Fisk University to
join the divestment movement
when the state of their economic
situation is so bad," he said. "Those
movements are reserved for univer-
sities that have the money, that have
the valid alternatives. Most of them
can afford to follow a social invest-
Fisk University, in Nashville, has
about 800 undergraduate students
and an endowment of roughly $7.5
million, a spokesman said. In con-
trast, Howard, sometimes referred
to as the "Black Harvard," has an
endowment of just under $424 mil-
lion. Harvard University has nearly
$29 billion, according to the
National Association of College
and University Business Officers.
A graduate of Morehouse
College, Corey Richardson, 28,
agrees with Walters.
"You don't have that wide of an
alumni base, so the endowments at
many of these universities is small-
er," said Richardson, a Chicago-
based ad agency associate. "We
don't have the luxury of being able
to say, we won't invest in that mutu-
al fund, even if it has several
degrees of separation from compa-
nies in Sudan."
Some believe that the divestment
movement itself has been strategic
in its selection of schools to target.
The Sudan Divestment Task
Force "chose schools with large
endowments whose divestiture in
Sudan would have a greater impact.
Schools like Harvard, the
California university system, Yale
and so on," said Emmett Bradbury,
associate professor of philosophy at
Chicago State University.
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The next PRIDE Book Club
Meeting will be held on Friday,
May 4th to discuss "Third and A
Mile: The Trials and Triumphs of
the Black Quarterback" by William
Rhoden. The book for discussion on
Friday, June 1, 2007 will be NOW
IS THE TIME TO OPEN YOUR
HEART by Alice Walker. The meet-
ing will be hosted by Gloria and
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First Friday Mixer
Join Jacksonville's largest social
and business networking group
Friday, May 4th from 6-9:00 PM
for the kick off of First Fridays
Remix each month at Tera Nova
(New World) located on the corer
of Philips Highway & Baymeadows
Rd. First Fridays will provide an
excellent environment for presenta-
tions, trade show exposure, net-
working and happy our fun. For
vendor, sponsor or reservation
information call (904) 962-7284.
Get in the swing of things at the
Comto Golf Tournament Saturday,
May 5th from 1:00 PM. Event
activities: Captains Choice Golf,
Clubhouse, games, lessons and
awards, and a bar-b-que lunch held
at the Deerfield Lakes Golf Course.
Contact Joe Trottie at (904) 632-
5543 for reservations.
3rd Annual Youth
Journey Into Womanhood
Program will present the 3rd
Annual Youth Scholarship Banquet
on May 5th, from 1:00- 4:00 PM at
the Deercreek Country Club. The
featured speaker will address the
generational and personal journey
into womanhood. For location and
ticket information please call (904)
268-8287 before April 28th, or e-
lies.org. Tickets will not be sold at
Youth Fishing Derby
Hooked on fishing, not on drugs!
On Saturday, May 5th, from 9:00
AM until 12:00 noon Huguenot
Park (located on 3rd St. between
16th and 19th) Jacksonville Beach
is hosting a Youth Fishing Day.
Children must be accompanied by
adult. This care FREE day of fun
will include free admission, free
bait, free use of rod and tackle, free
goodie bag, raffle, prizes and more.
For more information call (904)
Mental Health and
the Black Community
On Thursday, May 10th,
through Saturday, May 12th,
you're invited to join in a communi-
ty think tank which is free and open
to the public, to address Mental
Health and the Black Community.
With the theme: "Come Out and
Take Charge of Your Family, Your
Community & Your Health" this
concerted effort will include a
reception, workshops, a youth rally
and presentations. For scheduling,
location and other information con-
tact Steward Washington (904) 840-
Linda Del Rio will emcee the
Families First Charity Luncheon
and Spring Fashion Show starring
local celebrities and other well
known personalities on Thursday,
May 10th, from noon until 1:30
PM at the Hyatt Regency on the
Jacksonville Riverfront. Proceeds
raised will help sponsor summer
camperships forl25 children living
within the community. Fashion
notables include: Kimberly
McKissick, Bishop A.C.
Richardson, Michael Stewart and
Rhodesia Butler. For more infor-
mation call(904) 358-0891, ext. 10.
FAMU Alumni Meeting
The Jacksonville Chapter of the
FAMU Alumni Association will
hold its monthly meeting at the Jean
Ribualt High School Band Room at
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Irrigation Tips &
Surviving the Drought
The Duval County Extension
Service will hold a class on irriga-
tion tips and surviving drought on
Thursday, May 17, 2007 from
10:00 am 1:00 pm at the Extension
Service located at 1010 N. McDuff
Ave. In times of drought, your irri-
gation system needs to be function-
ing. Staffers will try to all answer
all your questions at this workshop
on irrigation and also teach you
how to retrofit your system in your
landscape beds. They will also
teach you some plant survival tips
and techniques. Light refreshments
served. To register, please call 904-
Annual Miracle on
The Annual Miracle on Ashley
Street, will be hosted this year by
actor Tommy Ford featuring
celebrity Chefs and Servers to ben-
efit the Clara White Mission. The
event is located at the Mission, 613
West Ashley Street. Have a buffet
gourmet lunch prepared by jack-
sonville's finest chefs. It will be
held May 18th, from 11:00 AM to
2:00 PM. For more information
call (904) 354-4162.
Dem. Blk Caucus of FL
25th State Convention
Join the Democratic Black Caucus
of Florida on May 18th-19th, as
they celebrate the 25th Annual State
Convention to be held at the
Holiday Inn at Jacksonville Airport
14670 Duval Rd. The theme:
"Democrats Attaining Self-
Empowerment through the Black
Caucus Experience. Keynote
Speaker will be Congresswoman
Corrine Brown. For more informa-
tion about the convention contact
Sandra Glover at (904) 757-2050 or
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a Waiting Child
On Saturday, May 19, 10:00 a.m.
- Everyone in the Jacksonville-area
is encouraged to help Build-A-Bear
Workshop stuff bears with extra
hugs and love for children in need
of permanent, safe and loving fami-
lies. Beginning at 10:00 a.m. on
Saturday, May 19, the first 200
Guests at stores worldwide are
invited to participate in Stuffed with
Hugs: Hugs Sweet Hugs and make
a bear for free that will be sent to
children awaiting adoption. The
Jacksonville store is located in The
Avenues Mall on Southside Blvd.
Call (504) 840-7620 for more infor-
The Jacksonville Genealogical
Society will hold their monthly
meeting Saturday, May 19, 2007, at
the Webb-Wesconnett Branch
Library, 6887 103rd Street,
Jacksonville, Florida, at 1:30 p.m.
The society is proud to have our
President, Mary Chauncey, as
speaker for this meeting. Mary is
the Coordinator of Reunions each
year for the Stone, Griffin and
Chuancey families, and her topic
will be, "Planning a Family
Reunion." For additional informa-
tion please contact, Mary Chauncey
at (904) 781-9300.
2007 Birthing Destiny
On May 18th-19th, Get ready to
hear a prophetic word from Gods
messenger, Dr. Cindy Trimm. The
conference will be held at the
Bethelite Christian Conference
Center on Arlington Rd. from 7:00
PM Friday, to 2:00 PM Saturday.
For details call 1-(877)-642-2962.
The COMTO Jax Bowl-A-Thon
2007 event is for all ages. It will be
held at Bowl America located
11141 Beach Blvd. on May 19th,
and will begin at 1:00 PM. This
activity is hosted by the Conference
of Minority Transportation Official
Jacksonville Chapter. There will be
door prizes and bowling team
awards. For more information con-
tact Endya M. Cummings at (904)
Links Old School Gala
The Bold City Chapter of Links,
Inc. will host their annual Old
School Gala on Saturday, May
19th at Alltell Stadium. The annual
dinner and dance includes costume
and prizes in a festive atmosphere
surrounded to the tunes of Motown.
For more information, contact any
Bold City Links member or give us
a call at the Free Press at 634-1993.
Casting Call for FCCJ
Attention actors, singers, dancers
and musicians, auditions for FCCJ's
South Campus Summer Musical
Theatre Experience will be held
May 20th-22nd, in the production
of "Once Upon a Mattress". No
experience required; but partici-
pants must be entering the 8th grade
or higher in the 2007-08 school
year. The FCCJ South Campus is
located 11901 Beach Blvd. in the
Nathan H. Wilson Center for the
Arts, for scheduling information
call (904) 646-2222.
On Wednesday, May 23, at 5:30
PM, there will be a free Pond
Management Workshop at the
Duval Co. Extension Service, 1010
This free workshop is for
Associations, farmers, ranchers,
general public, pond owners and
Some of the subjects that will be
covered are: Pond permitting, plan-
ning, design and construction, types
of fish to stock, stocking rates and
sources, pond uses and manage-
ment, aquatic weed control and
other services and benefits avail-
ablein the city. Call 387-8850 to
20th Kuumba Festival
The 20th Kuumba Festival will be
held May 25-28, 2007 including a
Community Health Fair, Kick Off
at The Ritz Theater, annual Parade
of Kings & Queens, Opening
Celebration, Gospel In The Park,
Workshops, Marketplace Vendors
& food. For more information visit
the website: www.kuumbafest.org.
Sportsfield Renovation Grant Available
The national nonprofit organization KaBOOM is looking for Jacksonville
area football fields in need of refurbishing. The one day renovation
includes laying sod/grass seed, painting lines, and goal posts, installing
fencing, and constructing a variety of side projects utilizing 120 volun-
teers. For qualifications, applications and information contact Alejandro
Cardemil at (202) 464-6066, or email@example.com.
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The 2007 Humanitarian Awards
Dinner will be on Thursday, May
24th, at the Hyatt Regency
Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel.
Black Tie Optional- Ethnic
Heritage Formal Dress Encouraged.
Reception begins 6:PM, dinner and
ceremony at 7:PM. To RSVP (904)
354-ljax or: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Jacksonville Canning Center
will be offering a hands on class in
canning fresh blueberries on
Thursday May 24th, and Friday
May 25th, from 9:00 AM to noon.
Class size is limited. Register
before May 18th, for information
call (904) 387-8860.
Come hear Mrs. Mary Fears, a
professional storyteller, genealogist
and author of "Civil War and Living
History: Reenactments about
People of Color." In a special per-
formance Friday May 26th, at
10:00 AM in the Karpeles
Manuscript Library Museum locat-
ed: 101 W. 1st Street (across from
Bethel Baptist Institutional
Church). This program is free and
open to the public, and is part of the
20th Annual Kuumba African/
African American Cultural Arts and
Music Festival. For information
call Carolyn Williams at 620-1866.
On Saturday, May 26th, the
Jacksonville's Veteran Memorial
Arena will showcase a comedy
show deemed "The Funniest Damn
Comedy Tour Ever." The tour will
feature 6 of the most sought after
comics in the country. The no hole
barred humor of Arnez J, Anthony
Anderson, Sommore, Earthquake,
Kevin Hart and Rodney Perry.
Show starts at 8:00 PM. Tickets are
available at Ticketmaster. For more
information call (904) 353-3309.
for Adult Literacy
Learn to Read will host
Jacksonville's Third Annual
"Alphabet Affair" on Friday, June
8th, at the Haskell Company (111
Riverside Avenue). The Cinema is
presented by NELNET, Inc. and
promises to be fun and exciting for
the after work crowd, all to support
adult literacy. Come dressed as
your favorite cinema celebrity and
win the costume contest. Event
highlights include food, a silent
auction, live music games and
more. For more information call
(904) 399-8894 or h.corey@LTR-
3rd Annual Puerto
The Third Puerto Rican Parade in
Jacksonville will be held Saturday,
September 22nd, at Metropolitan
Park. Their looking for Queens,
Princesses, Volunteers and Groups
to participate. For more informa-
tion call (904) 291-3101 or elcon-
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Dr. Cornel West Wants the Healing to Begin
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SLATIFAH TO REMAKE STEVE
Queen Latifah has signed on to executive pro-
J duce and star in a remake of the Steve Martin-
Lily Tomlin comedy, "All of Me," for New Line
The original 1984 film followed a dying
.. spoiled heiress (Tomlin) whose soul ends up in
the body of a successful lawyer (Martin). She
controls the right side of his body while he con-
trols the left, which causes friction and comedy.
S Latifah's version is set in the world of poli-
tics, where a female Jesse Jackson-type finds herself in the body of a
TOMI RAE GETS TO CHOOSE SON'S GUARDIAN
A judge has allowed Tomi Rae Hynie,
the woman claiming to be the fourth wife -.,.
of entertainer James Brown, to select the '.
special legal guardian she wants appoint-
ed for her son. Wednesday's decision is
the first step toward determining whether
the late Godfather of Soul is the child's
A DNA test proving Brown's paternity
could not be done without appointing the
guardian, Hynie's attorney Robert Rosen .
said. But, he added, the judge had yet to
order a paternity test.
"It's not a foregone conclusion that a DNA test is going to be done,"
Rosen said. "The issue of his paternity is not even before the court because
he hasn't made a claim against the estate."
PENDERGRASS PREPARING FOR GALA CONCERT
After a near fatal car accident changed his life dramatically nearly 25 years
ago, Teddy Pendergrass, is using his voice to help improve the quality of
life for survivors of spinal cord injuries (SCI).
The Teddy Pendergrass Alliance (TPA), a non-profit organization which
helps people with SCI rebuild their lives, has announced an elaborate star-
studded extravaganza the premiere Black Music Month event, "Teddy 25
- A Celebration Of Life, Hope, and Possibilities" to be held 4 p.m. June
10 in Philadelphia's Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for The
Performing Arts (260 South Broad Street on Avenue of the Arts).
Hosted by actress/comedienne, Mo'Nique, "Teddy 25" celebrates his life,
music, and legacy honoring celebrities, industry executives, medical per-
sonnel, organizations, and personal friends & family who have contributed
over the 25 years to his well-being.
Patti La Belle, Ruben Studdard and Stephanie Mills are among the per-
formers confirmed along with Teddy himself who will premiere a new
song, written specifically for Teddy 25.
Along with the honorees, invited celebrity guests include Stevie Wonder,
Eddie LeVert, Kindred, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Jill Scott, Musiq, Vivian Green,
and Jaheim. Proceeds from the black tie gala will be donated to The Teddy
Dr. West is a well respected leg-
end in both academic and enter-
by Ricardo Hazell
The phenomenon of Hip-Hop
music has been the proverbial
scapegoat for all things despicable
within urban centers across the
nation since at least the late 70s.
At the time, block parties were
all the rage in cities up and down
the east coast from New York City
to Philadelphia to Baltimore and all
stops in between. Even then com-
munity activists felt this form of
music was detrimental because its
only discernable attribute was the
celebration of the party atmosphere.
But the foundation of Hip-Hop
was more than just that. It was
about peace, unity, love and having
fun. Back then there was no talk of
guns and drugs. No one can say for
certain why, but perhaps it was
because Hip-Hop is another form of
poor people music like jazz and
rock and roll before it.
The sad truth is that sex sells and
has sold since the time of guy
whose work you may have read,
William Shakespeare. Talk about
violent! But unlike some record
labels, Hidden Beach Recordings is
always ahead of the curve. The
label's top artist Jill Scott is suc-
cessful and is plenty positive and
creative in an R&B genre where
"take off ya draws" is considered
poetic. But can Hidden Beach's
Steve McKeever inject the same
amount of energy into Hip-Hop?
Star Explains Her New Look Sans Surgery
If you haven't seen Star Jones
Reynolds lately, she's sporting a
fresh bob haircut, black-framed
glasses and a figure even more
slimmed-down than when she left
"The View" last year.
The former prosecutor never fully
disclosed how she was able to drop
all of those pounds so quickly, leav-
ing many to speculate that some
sort of surgery was involved.
Reynolds is deliberately vague
about her weight-loss methods, but
she continues to stress one thing -
she has not gone under the knife.
"I exercise. I've never exercised
before. I play tennis. I do aerobics.
I walk," Reynolds, 45, told People
last week at a Washington, D.C.,
reception for First Star, a group
Star Jones Reynolds
dedicated to helping abused and
"And I take exercise classes that
kick my butt, which was not some-
thing that I was ever confident
doing," she continued. "Because
when you're a really overweight
person, you're not very comfortable
being in a classroom environment. I
think being in a classroom moti-
vates me now."
Reynolds participated in a con-
gressional briefing last Tuesday to
announce First Star's finding that
nearly half of U.S. states fail to pro-
vide legal representation for foster
children. It's a topic she plans to
discuss on her new daytime talk
show on Court TV, which debuts in
"Got to get back to work five
days a week," she said. "This is the
first time since I'm 17 years old that
I haven't been working every day."
If Princeton University intellectu-
al Cornel West and his brother
Clifton have anything to say about
it, yes! The West brothers, along
with Nas, Prince, dead prez, the late
Gerald Levert, Krs-One, Talib
Kweli and others, are trying to plant
a seed. A seed of positive creativity
that has long been choked by the
weeds of big business. Titled
"Never Forget: A Journey of
Revelations," the work, scheduled
to be released this June (Black
Music Month), actually delves into
R&B as well as Hip-Hop. Since one
of the CD's major contributors
named his recent album "Hip-Hop
Is Dead," we asked Dr. West what
he felt the state of the often
maligned genre is.
Unlike so many other Black
intellectuals, Dr. West refuses to let
lazy artists off the hook. He told
EUR's Lee Bailey that he is doing
this because Black music, the very
salt and pepper of American cul-
ture, is too important. He feels this
work may be just the elixir needed
for Black music.
"It is a significant awakening
with a number of Black voices
across the generations coming
together and saying that Black
music is too important for us to
allow it to be bastardized in this
way. 1 hope that awakening will
then generate a whole host of CDs.
What 1 would like to see is like 50
CDs coming out in the next year
that are wrestling with these same
issues. Taking it to higher levels in
their own way. I think this music
has a chance of being quite his-
Will "Never Forget: A Journey of
Revelations" go platinum? You
never know, but hopefully the offer-
ing with spark that ethereal flame
that lies in wait deep inside some
aspiring artist. Perhaps it can set in
motion the idea that it is cool to
love humanity or perhaps it can be
a great addition to an expansive
album collection. Popular Black
music in general, Hip-Hop in par-
ticular, is not dead, but it is on life
support. The West brothers and
their incredible list of musical col-
laborators hope to begin the heal-
ing. How does one do that?
"The healing is all about remem-
bering. When you're dismembered
the body is broken apart and shat-
tered. Remembering means simply
to put it all back together to pro-
ceed. It is a very concrete aspect,
people believe it is abstract but it's
not," said Dr. West. "Never give up
because you never know who is
watching you. You never know
where your purpose will lead you if
you stay true to your purpose."
Ed Bradley Honored with "2nd Line Parade"
in New Orleans During Annual Jazz festival
The Rebirth Jazz Band leads a parade through the crowd at the New
Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, Friday, April 27,
2007. The band was leading a parade for the late television journal-
ist Ed Bradley, who was a regular attendee at the festival.
The spirit of late CBS journalist
Ed Bradley was alive and kicking
last week during the New Orleans
Jazz and Heritage Festival, which
honored the late music lover with
an opening day jazz funeral proces-
sion, complete with two brass
Bradley, who died in November,
had wanted to be remembered at the
festival with a "second line" parade,
so-called because bystanders fall in
to form a second line ofparaders.
"He put it in his will. He wanted
a second line and a New Orleans
brass band and Quint Davis to put it
all together," said his widow,
Davis, the festival producer, intro-
duced performer Jimmy Buffett as
the person responsible for first
bringing Bradley to the festival in
the 1980s, and the first to invite him
onstage and hand him a tam-
"Bless you Father for bringing us
a really bad tambourine player but a
great friend," Buffett said Friday,
while also taking credit for giving
Bradley the nickname "Teddy
Badly." About 45 of Bradley's
friends participating in the parade
wore small green pins bearing the
During the event, Davis unveiled
two portraits of Bradley painted on
large pieces of wood one a larg-
er-than-life picture of his face, the
other showing Bradley in a golf cart
that he used to drive to get from
stage to stage at the festival. The
portraits were included in the festi-
val's annual "ancestors" exhibit fea-
turing likenesses of people impor-
tant to the festival and its musical
Choked with emotion, Davis said:
"We are happy to be sad and say,
'You will always be here at Jazz
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SAlpha Kappa Alpha Conducts Legislative Session at the Capitol
New Orleanians March to Reclaim Land
The Rev. Jesse Jackson and Mayor Ray Nagin led hundreds of
marchers Saturday to the crumbling houses that still dominate the
Lower 9th Ward to draw attention to the area's slow recovery from
Hurricane Katrina. Jackson said the Bush administration and much
of the nation had largely forgotten the working class and mostly black
hurricane victims in the Lower 9th, while areas that draw tourists and
more affluent sections recover more quickly.
by G. Andrews
Tallahassee-Members of Alpha
Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. from
around the country attended the
2007 session of AKA Day at the
Capitol. One hundred-forty mem-
bers of the Greek sorority con-
verged on the Florida Capitol for a
day of political activity patterned
after the Opening of the Florida
Legislature. AKA Site Committee
Chair for AKA Day at the Capitol,
Dr. Patty Ball Thomas said, We
had a wonderful agenda. It epito-
mized our commitment to Every
Soror Participating in the political
South Atlantic Regional Director
Ella Springs Jones participated in
the program and congratulated
sorority sisters in attendance for
having an exciting effort that rein-
forced the national agenda.
Florida Governor Charlie Crist,
addressed attendees and promised
to support the AKA agenda that
emphasizes economic development
issues later holding a press confer-
ence with AKA Senator Mandy
Dawson on the resolution of the
Kidcare program that ensures
health insurance and direct pedi-
atric care for poor children.
Governor Crist was escorted onto
the Florida Senate floor for his
address by the world famous
Florida A & M University
Marching 100 as exited lobbyists
and capitol visitors looked on.
AKA's enjoyed lunch at the
Governor's Club which has hosted
presidents, ambassadors and world
renowned celebrities. The mock
legislative session was held at the
House Chambers of the Old
Capitol. Dr. Freddie Grooms -
McClendon presided over debate
and discussion of legislation pre-
sented by AKA lawmakers Senator
Frederica Wilson, Rep. Jenifer
Carroll and Rep. Geraldine
Gov. Charlie Crist was led onto the Senate Floor not only by the
FAMU Marching 100, but Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorpority member
Rep. Jennifer Carroll who also represents Jacksonville in Tallahassee.
Black Immigrants Filling the Collegiate Quotas of Minority Students
NEW YORK Something in the
crowd made Shirley Wilcher won-
der. As a college graduate in the
early 1970s, her black classmates
were like herself born in the
United States, to American parents.
But at an alumni reunion at Mount
Holyoke College last year, she saw
something different and asked for
admissions data to prove it.
"My suspicions were confirmed,"
said Wilcher, now the executive
director of the American
Association for Affirmative Action.
She found a rise in the number of
black students from Africa and the
Caribbean, and a downturn in
admissions of native blacks like her.
A study released this year put num-
bers on the trend. Among students
at 28 top U.S. universities, the rep-
resentation of black students of
first- and second-generation immi-
grant origin (27 percent) was about
twice their representation in the
national population of blacks their
age (13 percent). Within the Ivy
League, immigrant-origin students
made up 41 percent of black fresh-
Wilcher would like to know why.
She asks if her cause has lost its
way on U.S. campuses, with the
goal of correcting American racial
injustices replaced by a softer ideal
of diversity as if any black stu-
dent will do.
The study, published in the
American Journal of Education,
found no definitive answer as to
why the change is happening.
However, "folks I know personally
who have worked in admissions
have told me that they weren't sur-
prised," said Camille Charles, a
University of Pennsylvania profes-
sor who wrote the study with three
Princeton University professors.
The researchers looked at data
from a national survey of 1,028
freshmen at 28 top colleges and uni-
versities in 1999. The eight-year-
old material was used because it
was specially designed to help find
reasons for underachievement by
minorities at colleges and universi-
In terms of student background, it
found few differences, noting only
that far more black immigrant stu-
dents had fathers with college or
advanced degrees than did other
But the authors suggested that the
reason for high proportion of immi-
grant students may lie in how the
Jason Lee, 21, president of the Harvard Black Students Association, poses
in front of the Widener Memorial Library at Harvard University,
Monday, April 23, 2007 in Cambridge, Mass.Within the Ivy League,
immigrant-origin students made up 41 percent of black freshmen. Lee is
holding a copy of 'The Black Guide to Life at Harvard,' which the student
organization is updating for a new edition.
students are perceived.
"To white observers, black immi-
grants seem more polite, less hos-
tile, more solicitous, and 'easier to
get along with,'" the study said.
"Native blacks are perceived in pre-
cisely the opposite fashion."
That idea immediately found
"I can't speak for white people,
but that's crazy," said Adoma Adjei-
Brenyah, a Columbia University
student with college-educated par-
ents from Ghana.
The director of public policy for
the National Association for
College Admission Counseling
agreed. "I reject the notion that
admissions officers are somehow
deliberately doing this," David
One legal expert explained the
bump in black immigrants by say-
ing that now, decades since the civil
rights movement's peak, college
diversity is aimed less at correcting
American racial injustices and more
at creating a variety of perspectives
Besides, "how many colleges and
universities are looking to stand up
and say, 'I'm continuing not to cure
the problems of the past?'" said
Arthur Coleman, a lawyer who co-
wrote "Admissions and Diversity
After Michigan: The Next
Generation of Legal and Policy
Students agreed the subject of
native vs. immigrant background
Last month, a Harvard Black
Students Association message
board asked, "When we use the
term 'black community,' who is
included in this description?" A
lively debate ensued, with some
posters complaining that African
students were getting an admissions
boost without having faced the his-
torical suffering of U.S. blacks.
Jason Lee, the Harvard group's
president, echoed another thought
in the discussion. "There's a histori-
cal sense that black Americans are
disrespected by immigrants," he
said. "Parents don't want their kids
to play with them, don't want bad
habits rubbing off on them. There's
a bit of tension there."
But Adjei-Brenyah, the president
of the African Students Association
at Columbia, argued that drawing
an admissions distinction based on
suffering under slavery is false. "If
you're going to make a slavery case,
people from the Caribbean were
also displaced and enslaved. How
do you begin to differentiate?" he
In part because of the issue,
native black alumni have distanced
themselves from Harvard, Lee said.
That means fewer are conducting
admissions interviews with
prospective American-born black
students, Lee said, so interviewers
from other backgrounds, including
immigrant backgrounds, step in.
"I think in that situation, percep-
tions could come into play," Lee
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