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75 Year Old Cancer Survivor

Makes History at the North Pole

Barbara Hillary, 75, shows the parka she wore on her trip to the North
Pole, as she is interviewed in New York Thursday May 3, 2007. In com-
pleting the trek to the world's northernmost point last month at the age of
75, Hillary became one of the oldest people to reach the North Pole, and
is believed to be the first black woman on record to accomplish the feat.

'Nation's Largest HBCU Suspends

System President Over Lawsuit
BATON ROUGE, La. The nation's largest historically black universi-
Ssystem suspended its president with pay last weekend and ordered him
to cooperate with an investigation into the way sexual harassment
charges against a fellow administrator %were handled.
Southern University System President Ralph Slaughter was suspended
through July 5 by the institution's Board of Supervisors during a special
Slaughter and the board were criticized last month by Baton Rouge
lawyer Mark Falcon who complained that they had thwarted his inquiry
into sexual harassment complaints made against board Chairman Johnny
Anderson by some university employees. Falcon submitted a report say-
ing he could not determine the validity of the allegations.
Slaughter has said he turned over all his documentation to a federal
grand jury. He said he withheld some material from Falcon to protect the
privacy of the alleged harassment victims.
The board instructed Southern's human resources director Saturday to
investigate the handling of the allegations.

HIV Positive IIVan Gets Life for

Enticing Teen and 130 Others
DALLAS An HIV-positive man who Texas prosecutors say secretly
videotaped physical encounters with 131 young
men was sentenced to life in prison for attempt-
ing to entice a 15-year-old boy to engage in sex
During his trial, prosecutors alleged Willie
Atkins knew of his condition yet endangered
dozens of partners by rarely using protection,
and that there was no evidence that he warned
anyone that he was HIV-positive.
Atkins was sentenced for attempting to entice
a minor, which is punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Because Atkins
had two previous felony convictions, for aggravated robbery and
firearms possession, he was eligible for the life sentence.
According to authorities, Atkins lured young men to his apartment by
offering them jobs to work for his landscaping company.
His defense attorney said Atkins was being unfairly targeted.
"They want to say Willie Atkins gave all these people AIDS, spread HIV
all over the place," Atty. Richard Franklin said. "They can't be living in
some parallel universe where they've never heard of AIDS. It can't be his
fault alone, if he has any fault at all."

Zeta Members Charged With Hazing
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) Three sorority members at Southeast
Missouri State University face charges for hazing a student by forcing
her to eat garbage, hitting her and spraying something in her face, author-
ities said.
The women, members of Zeta Phi Beta sorority, were charged with
third-degree assault and hazing, both misdemeanors.
Cape Girardeau County prosecutor Morley Swingle said he was dis-
mayed that hazing practices still continue despite university efforts to
stop it. Southeast Missouri State has had a stringent policy against haz-
ing since 1994, when fraternity pledge Michael Davis died after endur-
ing a weeklong hazing ritual of slaps, punches and body slams.
"It is frustrating that allegations like this occur, that hazing is appar-
ently still going on," Swingle said,
In addition to the criminal charges, the university will take disciplinary
action that could range from warning to expulsion, said Art Wallhausen,
associate to the president at Southeast.
"No victim came forward to us," Wallhausen said, Instead, campus
police were alerted by the sorority's national organization,
The national organization suspended the chapter, and the sorority will
not be considered a campus organization, Wallhaluen said,

Volume 21 No. 8 Jacksonville, Florida May 10-16, 2007

Suits Prove Black Americans Pay Higher Loan Rates

Blacks have been charged higher
auto loan rates than other auto buy-
ers, federal research says. But the
gap in loan rates could narrow, and
possibly disappear, as the result of
recently concluded lawsuits.
Blacks paid a typical auto loan
rate of 7 percent for new cars, com-
pared with a rate of 5 percent for
whites in 2004, according to a con-
sumer organization's analysis of the
Federal Reserve Survey of
Consumer Finances. That was the

most recent survey available.
And blacks were more likely than
auto buyers in general to have auto
loan rates higher than 15 percent.
For used car loans, 27 percent of
blacks who buy cars were charged
interest rates of 15 percent or more.
Blacks were three times as likely as
whites 27 percent to 9 percent -
to have auto loan rates at least that
Hispanics were paying a typical
rate of 5.5 percent for new car

loans, while 19 percent of
Hispanics had loans for used cars
over 15 percent, the analysis found.
Lenders' suggested quote rates
are based largely on the buyer's
credit history, but auto dealers often
raise the rate higher than that risk-
related rate without discussing the
rate with the customer, consumer
advocates said. And they question
the causes of those rate differences.
"It's hard to believe that any dif-
ferences in creditworthiness explain

all of these rate gaps," said Stephen
Brobeck, executive director of the
Consumer Federation of America.
"They size you up, the car salesmen
and finance and interest guys. They
must think African-Americans are
more vulnerable to a markup."'
But a series of legal actions
against auto finance firms seeking
fair treatment for minorities could
help solve that problem.
"We had 11 lawsuits, the last of
Continued on page 2

Community Remembers Dr. Bob Saletinh Unsung Hros JAXIOO

Brown With Event in His Memory a_ I -_A 1

Shown above are JLOC members (left to right) James Evans
Muhammad, Reylius Thompson, Raymond Stiles, Steve Jones and
Joyce Muhammad.

Dr. Robert "Bob" Brown, the popular Northside physician and com-
munity activist was remembered last week with food, fun and health
screenings at the grocery story he helped bring to a neglected community.
shown above is Raines High School senior Erica Timmons who learned
several self-defense moves from Jacksonville Sheriff's Officer Sam
Rodriguez during a one-hour crime prevention seminar offered to residents
during the Customer Appreciation Day at the Winn-Dixie store at
Moncrief Road and Soutel Drive. The interactive seminars taught crime
prevention tips including simple but effective self-defense moves. The
event, begun by the late Dr. Bob Brown in 1996, featured free health
screenings for adults, a DJ, music by the Ribault High School Chorus,

refreshments, and games for children.

Florida Black

Caucus Elects

New Leadership
Members of the Florida
Legislative Black Caucus has elect-
ed new leadership for 2007-2009.
The new officers include:
Chairman Rep. Wilbert "Tee"
Holloway of Miami; 1st Vice Chair
Sen. Larcenia Bullard of Miami;
2nd Vice Chair Rep. Ronald Bris6;
Secretary, Rep. Dorothy Bendross
Mindingall of Miami; Treasurer,
Rep.Curtis Richardson of
Tallahassee; Immediate Past Chair
Sen. Tony Hill; Parliamentarian,
Rep. Perry Thurston of Fort
Lauderdale; Sergeant At Arms,
Rep. Geraldine Thompson of
Orlando; Chaplain; Rep. Frank
Peterman, Jr. of St. Petersburg;
Member At Large, Rep. Jennifer
Carroll of Jacksonville.
"I am honored to lead such a dis-
tinguished organization consisting
of 25 African-American State
Senators and Representatives. We
will continue to be the voice on
issues surrounding access to
Healthcare, building Economic
Development, providing Criminal
and Civil justice for all, promoting
the importance of Education and
adequate funding of affordable
Housing," stated Chairman Rep.
Wilbert "Tee" Holloway.

by Rhonda Silver
Over a decade ago when min..
Louis Farrakhan made his call for
one million Black men to converge
on the Mall in the nation's Capital
for a day of rebirth and reawaken-
ing, it went down in history. Now,
nearly a dozen years later, the
words spoken on that day continue
to impact a community. Formed
locally out of individuals who

attended the historic event and the
subsequent Millions More
Movement on its 10th anniversary,
the Jacksonville Local Organizing
Committee (JLOC) continues the
mantra of self help and giving back
preached that day.
JLOC's commitment to the
Millions More Movement is
defined as a movement of inclu-
sion. Continued on page 3

Shown above are Links Pamela Grant-Adams, Margaret Johnson, Jean Aikens, Kathy Wilson, Ruth
Waters, Norma White, Roslyn Phillips and National President Gwendolyn Goldsby Lee at the $12,500
check presentation made on behalf of CSX Transportation and the Bold City Chapter of Links to the Links
Foundation to benefit historical black colleges and universities.

Links Answer the Call to Serve at Area Conference

Hundreds of members of the Links, Inc. traveled to Mobile, Alabama last weekend for a four day conference of
sisterhood, information and fun for their bi-annual Southern Area Conference. Over 500 Links from seven states
answered the call to attend the event that serves as an opportunity for the women's service organization to re-ener-
gize their efforts on a regional scale in addition to learning what their sisters are doing in other areas. Cash awards
and honors are also given for chapters with the best programs. For more on the conference, see page 3.

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Page 2 Ms. Perry's Free Press May 10-16. 2007

Hi, George, how do you like me so far?
Hi, I'm George, how do you like me so far?

-I I as reminded ofa line I heard a
not-so-nimble fellow use on a
woman in a bar one night. This is
not recommended for public use,
but I still find it amusing. "Hi, I'm Darrell," the fel-
low said. "How do you like me so far?" Needless to
say, I advise you to stay away from opening lines
that could lead to dead ends or a punch in the nose.
Questions that require only one-word answers are
a bad idea, too. Make them personal without being
nosy. It's okay to ask about someone's family, but not

someone's life:
Generic questions about the weather or sports are
generally perceived as the terrain of dullards and a
waste of time (unless, of course, a tornado has just
gone through, or you're talking to LeBron James).
The best opening questions are those that encourage
people to speak about themselves, or their work, pas-
sions, family or experiences.
Bottom Line: A sincere compliment or declara-
tion of appreciation will always be well received.
False praise never rings true.

Florida Legislature Commended for Passage

of Bill Potentially Harmful to Minorities

Auto Loan Rates Higher for Blacks

Continued from page 1
the cases settled last month," said
Stuart Rossman of the National
Consumer Law Center. "We
reached a settlement with each of
the finance firms. Our cases
involved discrimination. We
believe the terms of the settlements
will eliminate discrimination."
The first of the lawsuits was filed
in 1998 in Nashville, Tenn., against
General Motors Acceptance
Corporation and was settled in
2004. The last settlement became
final in April.
The effects of those legal actions
may not be known for some time,
The National Auto Dealers
Association questioned what

accounts for the rate differences,
but encouraged auto buyers to do
their homework before going to buy
a car.
"The question that still is unan-
swered is why," said David Hyatt, a
spokesman for the dealer's associa-
tion. "People should do their home-
work and shop around. It speeds up
the transaction, makes for a
smoother transaction and is more
likely to result in a satisfied buyer."
The lawsuit settlements against
auto finance companies call for
caps on dealer markups, opportuni-
ties for blacks and Hispanics to get
loans with no markups within the
next few years, more information
about interest rate terms and con-
sumer education for minorities.

Consumer advocates say
prospective auto buyers should call
their bank or credit union for a rate
quote to expect on an auto loan.
That could protect them from unfair
Other ways to hold down costs.
Make all loan payments on
Buy a used car, or a less expen-
sive new car.
Make loans over a shorter time.
The survey of 4,519, including
605 blacks, was analyzed by
Catherine Montalto, a consumer
specialist at Ohio State University
The survey was conducted between
May and December of 2004.

Shown (L-R): Michael Gerrity, CEO Multi-Channel Ventures;
Queen Everlenna Brown, CEO of Apparel Ism, Vincent Edwards,
CEO of Blessed Enterprises and Paula Hoisington, Video Access
Alliance Spokesperson.

Minority Consumers in Florida
have moved another step closer
toward gaining more diverse pro-
gramming, lower cable TV rates
and new innovation in television
service as the full Florida
Legislature passed the Consumer
Choice Act of 2007.
"We salute the members of the
Florida Black Caucus who helped
championed this important legisla-

tion through the Legislature, said
Paula Hoisington, Spokesperson,
Video Access Alliance.
This legislation will make it easi-
er for new minority companies to
enter into the market, bring great
benefits to consumers through more
choices, better technology infra-.
structure and reduced rates. As
competition expands, the opportu-
nities for minority artists, producers

and entrepreneurs will multiply.
This legislation will not only make
video services more affordable for
consumers, it will also give them a
much more diverse array of pro-
gramming to choose from and give
the minority viewpoint a greater
voice. In short, everyone wins.
The NAACP State Chapter also
joined forces and supported the
legislation. Tallahassee Branch
President, Dr. Charles Evans stated
"it is important to insure that televi-
sion program providers make their
technology and services available
without regard to considerations of
race, ethnic background or income
"Video choice will empower
entrepreneurs and independent tal-
ent trying to bring more choices in
programming," noted Queen
Everlena Brown, President,
Institute for Apparelism and Video
Access Alliance member. "It will
better reflect the needs of local
neighborhoods and provide more
diverse programming. Floridians
will benefit tremendously from
these important reforms as a way to
'bring opportunity to underrepre-
sented groups and to strengthen our
economy through innovative new
content and networks."

Mogul Russell Simmons New Book Offers 12 Laws to

Access the Power in You to Achieve Happiness & Success

Russell Simmons' new book "Do
You! 12 Laws to Access the Power
in You to Achieve Happiness and
Success" teaches a very simple les-
son by tapping into the power
inside you, you can not only get all
the things you want in life, but most
important, you can enjoy them too.
Entrepreneur Russell Simmons
has brought hip-hop to every facet

of business and media, not only as
co-founder of Def Jam records, but
also through his involvement with
urban clothing company Phat
Fashions. Through his efforts he
has launched the careers of numer-
ous rappers, along with well-known
comedians through HBOs Def
Comedy Jam, and even poets
through Russell Simmons Presents
Def Poetry.
Through a message of Access and
Empowerment for everyone he has
inspired urban youth to vote via his
Hip-Hop Summits, fostered finan-
cial literacy in underserved commu-
nities via his Hip-Hop Summits on
Financial Empowerment, and
launched numerous companies to
empower consumers in. the areas of
financial services through the
Prepaid Visa RushCard, mobile
communications, and entertain-
"When people ask me what busi-
ness I'm currently in, the first thing
I tell them is that I am in thc busi-
ness of Giving Back," said
Simmons. "In fact one of the laws
in my new book is that You Can
Never Get Before You Give. You
can imagine that I've either met or

personally know many of the rich-
est people in the world, many of
whom simply aren't happy. So its
important for people to understand
not only how to achieve success,
but how to enjoy it, which is what
my new book is all about."
Simmons breaks down his mes-
sage in a series of 12 Laws, includ-
ing: See Your Vision And Stick
With It; Always Do You; Get Your
Mind Right; Stop Frontin'And Start
Today; Never Less Than Your Best;
Surround Yourself With The Right
People; There Are No Failures Only
Quitters; Science Of Success, Plant
The Good Seeds; You Can Never
Get Before You Give; Successful
People Stay Open To Change; Be
Powerful, Be Heard; and Spit Truth
To Power.
These 12 Laws comprise the core
of Simmons' own message that
looks at entrepreneurship and his
own proven strategies for tapping
the power within to find and
achieve sueeess. According to
Simmons along with Giving Back
the practice that contributes the
most to his own success and happi-
ness is his commitment to daily
Yoga, which he has been practicing


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for over ten years.
"I have been fortunate to have a
number of experiences which have
changed my life for the better, and
one of the biggest has been Yoga,"
said Simmons. "Respecting the
power of diversity and being open
to new experiences even if they
seem different enables you to stay
open to new opportunities. The 12
Laws in my book may seem differ-
ent to most people, but if you're
open to them, I believe they can
change your life."
"Do You!: 12 Laws To Access
Power In You To Achieve
Happiness And Success" includes a
special forward by Donald Trump,
with rapper Nas offering a back
cover testimonial. The book hitthe
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Service is offering a basic investing- series called Investing for Your
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investment principles (e.g., diversification), and "finding" money to
invest. It then discusses specific types of investments, including stock,
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advisors, and information about types and warning signs of investment
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JLOC's Millions More Movemement Places

Community Care at the Top of Their Agenda


Racks were organized and plentiful for attendees to 'shop' with digni-
ty for items for all ages, shapes and genders.

Continued from front
and self empowerment. The group
has been working consistently in
extending a helping hand in the
Jacksonville community for more
than two years now.
They don't ask for money, instead
they ask to help by providing free
food, free haircuts for kids, free
clothes and more. Theirs is a phi-
losophy of self help through oppor-

tunity. Partnering with those will-
ing to donate food, clothing or
experience regardless of race, yet
specific to meeting the need of an
ailing society.
Showing, knowing and leading by
example, that's the Millions More
They're headquartered at Ability
Lock & Key on Myrtle, and fre-
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Eric and Pamela Johnson of Orange Park are all smiles as they start
the week out at the new club house at the Tournament Players
Championship. The golf loving couple make the annual tournament a
'must do' on their calendar. FMP Photo

lot across the street to raise funds.
They've been to Sable Palm
Apartments and could be coming to
a community in distress near you.
Most recently, they held their sec-
ond clothes giveaway on a day of
gusty winds with bright sunshine.
The constant flow of people to the
Northside site required them to
replenish their tables and racks ten
times. JLOC is never seen request-
ing donations or on the corer with
buckets wanting change, most of
their expenses come directly out of
Not a lot of talk about them; but
it's time to shine the light of hope
on a unique approach to caring by
consistent sharing and sacrifice.
The late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
once said: "I can never be what I
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Shown above is Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton with
Jacksonville native Juan Chisholm at the meeting.
Jax Financial Prodigy Bends Clinton's
Ear on Country's Minority Lending Crisis

Jacksonville native Juan P.
Chisholm and Jean Ribault Senior
High School graduate had the expe-
rience of a lifetime last month when
he participated in an exclusive
roundtable discussion panel with
U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton at the
Englewood Neighborhood Center
in Orlando, Florida.
Mr. Chisholm was invited to offer
solutions to the presidential candi-
date on the issue of subprime mort-
gages and predatory lending due to
his experience in the field of
finances and investments. Mr.
Chisholm's expertise in the finan-

March Planned in Atlanta to Protest

Atlanta activists are planning a
march for next weekend, trying to
get the attention of state and federal
law enforcement in the wake of
more police shootings of alleged
suspects and a plea bargain for offi-
cers charged with the November
killing of an elderly black woman.
Details of the march are still
developing, according to the Rev.
Markel Hutchins, an Atlanta
activist, who said he will bring
together clergy in the metro area
that have been as vocal on social

activism. He's calling for the partic-
ipation of mega church ministers
such as the Rev. Creflo Dollar of
World Changers International,
Bishop Eddie Long of New Birth
Missionary Baptist Church and
Rev. Rapheal Warnock, who pastors
the Ebenezer Baptist Church.
"We've got to do something to
allow people to express themselves
nonviolently," Hutchins told
BlackAmericaWeb.com. "There is
tension in the community. If we
don't do something nonviolently, I

cial industry began when he started
his first business, the Trojan
Investors Club, while still a high
school student at Jean Ribault
Senior High School in Jacksonville,
Florida. He went on to graduate
from Florida State University
(FSU) with a double major in
Finance and English with a minor
in Economics. Currently Mr.
Chisholm is also the President/CEO
of Chisholm Investments and
Financial Services, a full service
Central Florida financial brokerage
firm based in Orlando, Florida.

Police Shootings of
am afraid we'll see a Los Angeles-
type riot," he said, referring to what
happened 17 years ago when an
innocent verdict was returned for
officers accused of beating Rodney
"People are afraid that the police
will use unjustifiable force,"
Hutchins said.
On May 2 in separate Atlanta
incidents, a 15-year-old male who
was driving a vehicle suspected as
being stolen was shot by police and
another man was shot following a

Kuumba Fest


The 2007 Kuumba African/
African American Cultural Arts
and Music Festival announces this
years workshop schedule.
These workshops are designed to
stimulate discussion and action on
the issues facing the African
American Community today in
Jacksonville and the First Coast.
Workshops this year will be held in
the Northside Conference Center in
the Shops of Sherwood at 5045
Soutel Drive. The Center is adja-
cent to the Charles"Boobie" Clark
Park, 8739 Sibbald Road where the
three day festival will take place.
Scheduled this year are:
1:15pm: Kenya: its culture,
health and politics.
1:30pm: The Health of Black
2:45pm: The Killing of Black
4:15pm: Politics and Religion
All workshops are free and
open to the public. They will take
place on Saturday,
May 26. Plenty of seating and
parking is available.
These workshops are designed to
stimulate thought and action. The
public, civic leaders and communi-
ty activists have been invited to
participate and share their thoughts,
voices and plans.
For more information, contact
Fred Matthews at 764-3616. Or
visit the website Kuumbafestival.org.

Alleged Suspects
foot chase.
On April 28, a man was shot by
an officer on Memorial Drive.
In the last 15 months, police in
metro Atlanta have shot 18 people -
some fatally, Hutchins said.
The Rev. Joseph Lowery, former
president of the Southern Christian
Leadership Conference and current
leader of the Coalition for the
People's Agenda, said the people of
Atlanta want a strong police force.
"We want to make sure that it is
responsive and just," Lowery said.

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Thoughts on Mama: Always Something There to Remind Me

"I've got
myself to
remind me of
-- Happy
Beverly &
by Steven Ivory
The last time I spoke to my moth-
er, I was saying bye.
She was on the couch in our living
room one evening in seemingly
good health, enjoying the company
of her children as I headed out to a
high school basketball game.

Are Strong

Once a year a put politics and
social issues aside and talk about
relationships, and typically I focus
on African American relationships,
particularly the dynamics between
men and women.
And if you are looking to have
the hard questions answered to
some of the relationship related
issues you might be dealing with
like: Why does dating seem so easy
for some and so difficult for oth-
ers? Why is it that some people
seem to have found the right per-
son while others keep ending up
with the wrong person? Sorry, I
can't help you.
I am certainly no relationship
expert, and certainly no relation-
ship Saint. Much like most people,
I have had my share of up and
downs or better stated "ins and
outs," but I do know the impor-
tance of healthy relationships and
how they translate into healthy
marriages and families.
And healthy marriages and fami-
lies are critical to every communi-
ty, but particularly the black com-
munity because of our turbulent
past. One could argue that the num-
ber one reason the Black communi-
ty continues to struggle is because
of a lack of strong "traditional"
family structures.
We know that an overwhelming
majority of the black males in jail
are from single mother households.
Black woman have done an out-
standing job of raising children on
their own, but it is and will always
be critical for young men to have
strong father figures in their lives.
Black males often grow up
knowing how to make babies, but
not comprehending the responsibil-
ities associated with being a "real"
father. Walking around bragging
about having a Shortyy" means
nothing providing and having a
strong presence in your child's life
is something to brag about.
But let me get off of the brothers
and get back to the core of our dis-
cussion on relationships. The black
family in America has struggled
and it is primarily because of the
vestiges of slavery. We were very
rarely allowed to have real family
structure for obvious reason, and
the fact that slavery only ended
some 140 years ago makes it diffi-
cult to recover from such malicious
So as we fast forward to modem
African American relationships we
find a large percentage of black
men not being responsible
providers, young black women
between the ages of 15 to 24 are
the fastest growing group being

I next saw her in the wee hours
of the following morning, in a bed at
Oklahoma City's University
Hospital. She was attached to a res-
pirator--I can still hear its cold,
urgent rhythm in my head--having
suffered a cerebral hemorrhage
shortly after I left for the game.
Though it was her body--through
which five children had come--it
was clear to me Mama had vacated
it, taking with her everything that
made this flesh form a human being
and our mother.
It was November 28, 1971. I was
fifteen years old and I distinctly
remember declaring that Mama's

death marked the end of mi happi-
ness. Forever. Never again. I
thought, can I smile or laugh.
Nothing can happen in my life so
good that I will ever lose this pain. I
believed this.
Exactly how a child grapples
with the sorrow accompanying the
loss of a parent, I am unable to put
into words. I simply know that
somehow I did. It didn't seem that
way then, but apparently everyday
got easier. Today when life leaves
me in doubt, I consider what that 15
year old child endured, and the fact
that he came through it.
What I've discovered is that my

past life experiences are as mighty a
source of reassurance and inspira-
tion as anything else I might call on.
And those experiences needn't be as
heavy as a death in the family. Every
difficulty or hardship, no matter
how formidable or minute, comes
with its own lesson.
I know what I've gone through to
get here. And when I am flustered,
I remember that I've got MYSELF--
the victories of one week ago, of a
year ago--to remind me that I am
anything but powerless.
There is might in the tender mem-
ory of an old mission accomplished.
There is motivation in honoring past

Relationships Going the Way of the Dinosaur?

infected by HIV/AIDS, and the
divorce rate is increasing for
African American couples.
OK, that's the bleak side of the
issue, but there are numerous posi-
tives surrounding black relation-
ships and family. While popular
culture and the media sometimes
portray African American relation-
ships as being unstable that's hard-
ly the case.
Blacks normally have strong
family relationships despite the
social, political and economic
stresses that affect our lives. For
example, my grandparents have
been together for like a million
years, well actually over 50 years
or is it 60?
I guess it doesn't matter I think
they stopped counting a long time
ago, but their relationship along
with other "old school" marriages
certainly are rare these days.
I must admit most of the rela-
tionships that we "young folk" are
involved are as stable as Bobby
and Whitney's on a good day, but
the majority of my married friends
are in strong stable marriages.
Now my single friends that's a
different story.
One of the challenges that I feel
women face in relationships is
dealing with expectations and real-
ities. Sometimes you either have to
learn how to appreciate what you
have or move on. If you want a
man with a white-collar career do
not get involved with a blue-collar
brother with the attempts of chang-
ing him. And the same thing goes
for us men.

We often know what type of
woman we want, but follow the
wrong brain, if you know what I
mean, and end up with someone
who satisfies is physically, but may
not stimulate us mentally.
Zora Neale Hurston wrote once
"Ships at a distance has every
man's wish on board. For some
they come in with the tide. For
others they sail forever on the hori-
zon, never out of sight, never land-
ing until the wishers turns their
eyes away in resignation."
So we have to determine if we
are going to wait on that boat out at
sea somewhere or go ahead and
board the ship that is already at
Typically, women board the ship
that is at port, and men board as
many ships as possible until they
are ready settle down and rest their
sea legs. I hope that I didn't lose
anyone, but I am basically saying
that women look to settle down
much faster than men. There is an
old saying that women get married
when they are in love, men get
married when they are ready.
In poll taken January of 2003, 80
% of the people in the poll believed
they have soulmates somewhere in
this world, but were unable to pin-
point that person. That same study
also indicated that nearly 80 per-
cent of people in relationships
admitted that they feel that they are
not with their soulmate.
I certainly believe in the notion
of soulmates and definitely feel
that I have found mine, but that's a
totally different article as well. If I

could just get her to break up with
Jay Z, just kidding. I am sure that I
will get an earful from that joke.
The most prominent complaint I
hear from many young black
women is that there is a lack of
"good" black men to choose from.
To rephrase it the dilemma, there
are a lot of nice cars, but not
enough qualified drivers.
But what is a qualified driver?
And some women who think that
they are "all of that" really are not
and should not have such high
standards, but that's the male chau-
vinist pig in me talking.
As I review my thoughts on this
issue I once again find myself in
the familiar position of saying a lot,
but not really saying anything.
What I mean is there are no real
solutions to relationships and dat-
ing, but I do agree that black
women certainly have a much larg-
er problem than any other demo-
graphic group out there.
All I know is that it is important
to make sure that you find someone
that you feel is that genuine "soul-
mate," and has your back regard-
less. That love should be unwaver-
ing, true and unconditional. I have
learned that in relationships one
has to build a strong foundation
based upon several key principles
like honesty, trust, communication,
commitment, and understanding.
Most of this stuff I am saying I
read in a magazine or saw on
Lifetime television, so fellows just
ignore this article.
Signing off from the dog house,
Reggie Fullwood

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dreams come true, often neglected
as insignificant in the shadow of
current desires. Don't dismiss the
accomplishment of the very first
pound you shed in order to lose 20.
Before you lost that one pound, los-
ing it seemed as difficult as the great
Wall of China is long.
The thing required to quit smok-
ing is the same ingredient required
to free yourself from a job you hate.
The verve it takes to walk out of an
abusive relationship is the same
thing allowing you to pass the bar
exam or conquer the world. That
thing is an implacable faith in self
and being ever mindful of the fact
that whatever high ground you've
managed to corral was indeed cap-
tured by...you. And you possess the
capacity to do this over and again.
The triumph of the past, no matter
how small it appears, is the clay that

shapes the future. In my under-
standing of this I have also devel-
oped a certain respect for the hand
I've been dealt. Consider the notion
that somewhere, someone looks
longingly up from his predicament.
to what you call your problems.
I also now realize there is far
worse than losing a loving parent:
having parents who don't care or
who abuse; parents who cannot
bring themselves to love at all.
After losing my mother, they can
drop the bomb and I'll absorb it and
keep stepping, I was fond of saying.
I now know it is not always the
bomb, but its fallout--how a life
event leaves one feeling about one-
self--that can do you in.
I also discovered that we are
never too old to learn something
from a child. Particularly the one
inside of us.

Race Matters

in America

,*,"-". U "Can you bring a brother (or sister) a plate?"
is often the refrain toward one going off to a
place or event expected to have plenty of
"greens and things".
S I Few Black Americans know that some of the
biggest plates of "greens and things" are housed at the Lynde and Harry
Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. With $706 million in
assets, the Bradley Foundation is one of the country's largest and most
influential foundations. It gives away more than $34 million a year.
At this year's 4th Annual Bradley Prize Ceremony at the John F. Kennedy
Center, a lavish buffet was preceded by stipends of $250,000 each to: John
Bolton, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations; Martin Feldstein,
Harvard University George F. Baker Professor of Economics; James
Wilson, Ronald Reagan Professor of Public Policy at Pepperdine
University; and Abigail and Stephen Thernstrom, Senior Fellows at the
Manhattan Institute. "These outstanding individuals are being recognized
for achievements that are consistent with the mission of the Foundation,
including the promotion of liberal democracy, democratic capitalism, and a
vigorous defense of American institutions," said Michael W. Grebe,
President and CEO of the Bradley Foundation.
So, the point of interest to the many African Americans who concur with
Bradley "ideals" is: Can a brother (or sister) get a plate? Actually, the
answer is "yes". Three previous Bradley Prize winners are African
Americans and each year an award has gone to individuals primarily asso-
ciated with "race issues". In 2004, Thomas Sowell received a Bradley
Prize for works in ethnicity. In 2005, Ward Connerly received the award
for similar work; in 2006 it was Shelby Steele and though the 2007
awardees, Abigail and Stephen Thernstrom, aren't black their specialty is
"race relations".
Race is a significant issue in America, yet few institutions address it. But,
the Bradley Foundation has it on its plate. Through its contributions, the
Bradley Foundation exerts important influence on key issues of public pol-
icy. Issues Bradley supports include: private school vouchers, faith-based
social services, and welfare reform.
The examples of Sowell, Connerly, Steele and the Thernstroms illustrates
that the Bradley is attuned to Black Americans. The Foundation could pro-
vide viable help and solutions toward black and urban problems, but to date
Bradley money has gone to support organizations and individuals that pro-
mote rollback of social welfare and affirmative action programs.
Much more needs to be done in regards to race and racial issues in
America, and no matter that it's from the conservative point of view; at
least Bradley has shown an interest. Yet, Sowell, Connerly et al have been
getting paid debating race and promulgating that: "racism has ended and
we no longer need to address race as an issue". Bradley money will not
help black Americans progress through debates about race that shifts back
and forth between a multicultural vision and a colorblind one. More can be
done in realistic and constructive manners.
Each year, Bradley Prize nominations are solicited from a national panel
of individuals involved in academia, public-policy research, journalism,
civic affairs, and the arts. The nominees are evaluated by a selection com-
mittee that makes recommendations to the Foundation's Board of
Directors. The African American member of the board is Brother Bob
Smith, President of Milwaukee's Messmer Catholic Schools.
Based on the influence Brother Bob can bring to bear on Bradley Prize
nominations, possibly he could bring a better brand of brother (and sister)
to the table. Blacks that illustrate Bradley "ideals" but are constructively
involved in "race issues" are: Dr. Claude Anderson, president of The
Harvest Institute, a think tank that works to help Black Americans become
a self-sufficient and competitive group of people. Another that fits the
mold is Robert L. Woodson, founder of the Center for Neighborhood
Enterprise, which trains and supports community and faith-based programs
with self-help and market-oriented solutions to social problems.
Brother Bob may not be of the mindset to get Bradley people to award
brothers (and sisters) who will better curb effects of America's racism, but
positive people can petition him at 1241 North Franklin Place, Milwaukee,
WI 53202.

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Southern Area Conference Inspires Jacksonville Links for the Community

Shown above at the Conference is one of the hundreds of Links in
attendance taking advantage of the retail fashions, Jacksonville
Chapter members Betty Cody and Gloria Dean before they cast their
chapter's ballot on the voting machine for Area Offices and Bold City
Chapter members Pamela Grant Adams and Jean Aikens prior to
their chapter's invitational presentation to the conference.

The Links, Incorporated, a
national women's service organiza-
tion with over 10,000 members,
held their bi-annual Southern Area
Conference last weekend in Mobile,
Alabama. Over 500 Links from 75
chapters in seven states, the
Bahamas and the Republic of South
Africa attended the confab.
Hosted by the Mobile Chapter,
the four day conference included a

variety of workshops and business
sessions designed to educate and
inform. Links in attendance were
brought up to date on everything
from legislative agendas and
national policies to effective ways
to make their programs work.
In addition to the business ses-
sions and workshops, the Links'
fashion style were in full effect for
various events. The diverse organi-

zation of trend setters wore uninter-
rupted white to the Opening
Ceremony, fashionable business
attire to the Plenary Sessions, hats
at anytime but especially to the
Civic Luncheon, and Denim and
Diamonds for the trip to the Beau
Rivage Casino in Biloxi,
Mississippi. Another highlight was
the Southern Area Gala which was a
spectacular showcase of the ulti-

Local Teens to Record Concert CD at the Ritz

mate Mardi Gras experience com-
plete with a parade and kings and
queens. The event culminated with
the White Rose Banquet, the Links'
signature event where all wore
white gowns.
A highlight of the Conference
was the election for Southern Area
Director, a position vacated by
Jacksonville's Margaret Johnson
due to term limits. After a three vote
process, Marie Currie of Atlanta,
Georgia was elected the new direc-
tor. Under Johnson's leadership, the

Area theme was "Setting an Agenda
for Success" and "Seizing the
Opportunity to Provide World-
Class Leadership, Friendship and
Formed under a foundation of
friendship that transcends into serv-
ice, the Links, Inc. provide a variety
of service throughout the communi-
ty and beyond. Locally, the two
Links Chapters have worked with
everyone from teen parents and
Haitian refugees to sponsoring
Black history exhibits and expand-

ing arts to the underserved. They
also have national agendas that are
met through facilitation of the
"Umbrella Progrogram" an all
inclusive program that covers all
facets of the Link's agenda.
The organization will meet for
their national conference next year
in Seattle Washington followed by
the Southern Area meeting which
will be hosted in Jacksonville, FL
by the Bold City Chapter of Links
in 2009 expecting to bring 1000
Links to the city.

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Producer Deb McDuffie
Full Circle, a group of seven
local teens studying voice at the
Community School of the Arts
under the direction of Deborah
McDuffie, will release its first CD
during a live concert at the Ritz
Theatre and Lavilla Museum on

Saturday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Full Circle is comprised of Kayla
Cummings, Andreniki Dawson,
Ashton Henderson, Tanner Lane,
Tim O'Berry, Greylyn Paluszynski
and Andre Troutman. The CD is
titled "Something Old...Something
New. Each group member is high-
lighted as a soloist, with the other
group members performing backup
vocals. The recording features
original songs and remakes of
rhythm & blues favorites such as
"Reunited" and "You're Gonna
Make Me Love Somebody Else."
"Something Old... Something
New" was produced by Deborah
McDuffie, who has composed, pro-
duced and worked with notable
artists such as Janet Jackson,
Gladys Knight, Al Green, Luther
Vandross and many more. The
tracks were recorded in New York

City by Travis Milner, who has
toured with Gerald Levert, Will
Downing, Norman Brown and
Gerald Albright, and is currently
Musical Director for Melba Moore.
"There is such an awesome
wealth of natural talent here in
Jacksonville, I wanted to develop a
vehicle to showcase it", said
McDuffie. "As each artist leaves
the group to pursue a solo career, a
new member will take their place
so the group will always remain at
seven. It will become a clearing
house for the best talent in the
south, and eventually, the country".
Full Circle: Live in Concert will
feature high energy choreography
and songs from "Something
Old...Something New." Tickets
include a Full Circle debut CD.
Call 504-2473 for more informa-

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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.
Abyssinia to Hold Pre Mother's
Day Breakfast/Fashionetta
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.
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
III'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 Missiona~ trisT'Church, Fllkston, Ga.,
will be the speaker, Sunday evening. a' u"*."*< "-?:. ..


Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19 20

Pastor Landon Williams




Central Campus
(1-10 & Lane Avenue)
Sunday May 13
8:15 a.m. 10:45 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
Special Mother's Day Services
"Honor Thy Mother is a Command

Concert: The Crabb Family May 27th

Yastor Cecil ac raullne wiggins

Southwest Campus Clay County
Hwy 218, across from Wilkinson Jr. High
Sunday School 9I45 a.m. Merming Worship 10A5 a.m. Wednesday Night 7:30 p.nL
New St. Mary's satellite Campus o1050 Colerain Rd.
Pastor and Mrs. Coad .
Southwest Campus Wednesdag at 7:00 p.m. 5undau at 6:00 p.m. Call 78 1-959- for more information
Southwest Campus
5755 Ramona Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32205 904-781-9393
Website: www.evangeltempleag.org Email: evangeltemple@evangeltemple.org
10:45 a.m. Service Interpreted for Deaf@ Central Campus

Dr. Gary Williams, Pastor, First
Baptist Church of Mandarin tells
why "A Man's Relationship with
God Mirrors His Relationship With
Social, Domestic, and Occupational
Life." Dr. Williams explains that
these times try men's soul. This past
year, we have witnessed our
beloved city journeyed down a road
less traveled, although we know that
crime in 2006 was on the rise across
the country, Jacksonville was
touched in a way that changed our
Sword & Shield

city forever.
It dawned on me that much of the
mayhem occurring in our city is in
some way, shape, or form stemming
from men. Young men committing
burglary and murder. Old men
guilty of domestic violence. It was
from this concept that "Man to
Man" was born.
Men of Jacksonville came
together for six consecutive
Monday nights in 2006 from
October 2nd thru November 6th, at
Outreach Ministry

Serious Praise Service set for May 13th
The Sword and Shield Outreach Ministry, Father's House Conference
Center, 1820 Monument Road, Bldg. 2; invites all to share in 2007 Serious
Praise Service at 3:45 p.m. on Sunday, May 13, 2007. The Rev. Mattie W.
Freeman, Founder and Pastor, will bring the message in Jesus' Name.
Remember "when praises go up, blessings, come down!
Music and Info Highlight

Palm Coast AME Workshops
New and live favorites will be the impact of three workshops and the
finale culminating into a concert on Saturday, May 12, 6 p.m., at First
A.M.E. Church, 91 Old Kings Road North, Palm Coast. Artist-in-Residence
Michael Booker is the clinician for the workshops.
The concert will be sponsored by the Anointed Voices of First A.M.E.
Church, where the Rev. Gillard S. Glover is the pastor.
For further details, contact the church at (386) 446-5759.
New Life Fellowship to Celebrate
Church and Pastor's Anniversaries
The New Life Fellowship Church invites the community to join them in
the Celebration of the Church's 19th Anniversary, and the 12th Anniversary
of Reverend Roland S. Baker Sr. The Celebration will be held at 1451 Mt.
Herman Street, at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 18th, and at 6 p.m. on Sunday,
SMay 20,.2007, at 6 p.m.

the campus of First Baptist Church
of Mandarin, and talked "man to
man". Issues dealt with included:
Man and His Mind, Man and His
Mate, Man and His Masculinity,
Man and His Mother, Man and His
Master, and Man and His Money.
There was an average attendance of
five hundred (500) men and boys
each night.
Many of these men were not reg-
ular church attendees. They came
from all walks of life, including ex-
cons, drug peddler, wife abusers, a
motley group of men. Each night
themes focused on matters that
revealed how man's relationship
with God mirrors his relationships
socially, domestically, and occupa-
tionally. When a man has a good
vertical relationship, he should have
a good horizontal relationship.
When man is in right relationship
with God, he will be in right rela-

tionship with man.
The Sociodemographics:
Education, Unemploy-ment,
Criminal Justice, Health and Health
Insurance, will be addressed, for
when "Man is strengthened, the
Family is Strengthened, and thus,
the Community is Strengthened,"
emphasizes Dr. Williams.
"I believe the explicit impact
made by Man to Man will be expe-
rienced for years to come. This year,
we look forward to making an even
greater impact in the lives of the
men and boys of our great city. "So
goes the man, so goes society."
"Man To Man 2007" designed to
"Strengthen a Man's Spirit, so that
his Body will follow," is set for
Thursday, Friday and Saturday,
September 13-15th, at the Prime
Osborne Convention Center. For
more information, please call (904)

Benefit Program for Deacon Laverne Pullins
Deacon Laverne Pullins, a member of Shirley and The Sons of Harmony
will be a focus of a benefit at St. Matthews baptist Church in Folkston, Ga..
The church is located at South 6th Street and the program featuring over 10
artists will be held on May 19th at 6 p.m. For more information, call 912-

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Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464

Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Sr.
Senior Pastor

Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Jr.
Senior Pastor

Radio Ministry
WCGL 1360 AM Thursday 8:15 -8:45 a.m.
AM 1400 Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.
TV Ministry
WTLV Channel 12 Sunday's at 6:30 a.m.

Grace and Peace

5863 Moncrief Rd. JacksonvilleFL 32209 (904) 768-8800 FAX 764-3800

5863 Moncrief Rd. Jacksonville,'FL 32209 (904) 768-8800 FAX 764-3800

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Pastor Ernie Murray
Welcomes you!

Join Us for One of Our Services
Early Worship 8:00 a.m.
Sunday School 9:15 a.m.
Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.
1st Sunday 3:45 p.m.

Lord's Supper & Baptism
3rd Sunday 7:00 p.m.
***** **
Bible Study 7:00 p.m.

Noon Day Worship

Youth Church 7:00 p.m.

ITeCurcThtRac esUtGoadOt

First Baptist of Mandarin Announces "Man to Man '07"

To Make Jacksonville Better, One Man at a Time

Join us for our Weekly Services

Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
Church school
9:30 a.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel
3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m.

8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m.
Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m.
Radio Weekly Broadcast WCGL 1360 AM
Sunday 2 PM 3 PM

Midweek Services
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1 p.m.

Dinner and Bible Study
at 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.

Come share in Holy Communion on 1st Sunday at 4:50 .m.

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Health Dept. Encouraging

All to Attend Women's Expo

The Duval County Health
Department is celebrating
Women's Health Week (May 14-
18, 2007) with a Woman's Health
Expo, May 14, 2007 in DCHD's
Smith Auditorium from 8 am to
3:30 pm. Woman's Health Week
is intended to increase awareness
about women's health issues and
encourage women of all ages to
care for themselves, make healthy
choices and become proactive
with their health by scheduling
preventive exams and screenings.
This year's theme is: It's Your
Time Pamper your Mind, Body
and Spirit.
The May 14th Expo will give
women the opportunity to pamper
themselves by offering massages,
beauty makeovers, cooking and
fitness demonstrations and more.
Mammograms, pap tests and other
free screenings will be available.
Women's health encompasses a
broad range of issues, including
physical, social and economic

concerns. Childcare, work and
family demands, caring for ailing
parents, domestic violence and
economic security can impact a
woman's health, causing them to
often neglect themselves.
DCHD's Women's Health Expo
coincides with National Women's
Check-Up Day and will empha-
size the grave importance for
women to make regular, preven-
tive doctor visits and not neglect
themselves. Through regular
screenings, many health condi-
tions can be detected early.
"Women are vulnerable to
many health issues because we
care for so many that we some-
times forget to care for ourselves.
DCHD's Women's Health Expo
will offer a forum where women
can focus on and pamper them-
selve, said Jocelyn Turner,
DCHD Director of Community
To pre-register for a mammo-
gram appointment call 630-3395.

Time to Stop "Hating" On Yourself?

Haters. Haterade. Hateration.
We all know or have come across
haters. Brothers on the corner may
be blaming the man; blue-collar
brothers may be blaming their
child's mother. We all know they're
out there and some of us constantly
complain about them. "She's hating
on me!" "All these haters out here
make me sick!" It is evident that
there is a phenomenon of "hater-
isms" out there. Even Kanye rec-
ognizes it, "hater brothers marry,
hater women and have hater kids."
But, within all of that hatred,
have you ever thought that we
could be "hatin"' on ourselves?
How so you may ask? Just by doing
or not doing little things in our
everyday lives.
Do you not return phone calls in
a timely manner?
Is your work done sloppily and
Do you not follow through with
what you say you're going to do?
Do you do only your best some-
Are you reluctant to help some-

one in need?
If you answered "yes" to the
majority of these questions, then
you might be "hatin"' on yourself!
Believe me, racism and haters are
real-I get "corporate hate" week-
ly-yet, by making some small
changes in our lives, we can erase
some of the negative energy we

The T

Black people don't eat tofu... or
do they? Maybe you've read about
it and maybe you've even seen it at
the supermarket or hanging around
the appetizer table at a party. Even
though you know it won't hurt you,
you've steered clear, but why?
Maybe you've tasted it before and
didn't like how it tasted. Maybe you
haven't tasted it, but you heard it
tastes bad so you refuse to try it.
Maybe, you just don't know enough
about it.
Tofu was invented over 2,000
years ago in China. Like many
great inventions, tofu was an acci-

Just Say Yes: You Can Still Eat Carbs and Lose Weight

Marketing campaigns can really
do a number on people who are
struggling to lose weight. Dr.
Robert Atkins truly started the low-
carb revolution. In theory, his claim
makes sense: Cut the carbs, and
your body has no choice but to dip
into stored fat for energy. Sounds
simple enough.
What it really all boils down to is
simple math: calories eaten, versus
calories burned. A calorie is a calo-
rie, be it from 300 calories worth of
bacon (zero carbs and lots of fat) or
300 calories worth of whole-grain
bread (tons of carbs but very little,
if any, fat). Bread is far better for
you than the bacon!
1) If you are overweight but don't
eat that much, there are two things
you must do. First, keep a food
journal and record every morsel
that goes past your lips. Many peo-
ple underestimate how much they
eat. Licking the spoon that you just
used, to stir the gravy counts; put it
in your journal. Do this forone
week and then see if you have been
underestimating your food con-
sumption. Secondly, start eating
more frequently, but do not increase
the amount of food. That means,
divide that huge dinner (even if it's
your only meal of the day) into
three feedings spread out with sev-
eral hours in between, but do not
increase food amount.
2) If you are overeating, do not
exclude any food groups, except -
if you've already been considering
it animal products. It's okay to
go vegetarian or only occasionally
eat meat, but do not cut out com-
plex, healthy carbohydrates from
whole foods. Cut back on foods
with added sugar and high fructose
corn syrup. Boiled potatoes with no
butter are healthy; do you really
need the fries? Whole-grain bread
is healthy; do you really need the
croissant? All-natural yogurt is very
high in carbs, but it's a great substi-
tute for ice cream.
There are good breads, and there
are crummy breads. In general, any
bread that is targeted towards kids
is pure junk. Any super-soft loaf
that can be easily squeezed to the
point where you can practically feel
your thumb against your middle


finger is garbage that even a stray
dog doesn't deserve. The heavier
and denser the loaf, the more loaded
it is with pure whole grains. If you
have kids, start feeding them
"grown-up" bread. Do away with
breads with catchy names like
"Iron" and "Wonder." Do not be
fooled by clever marketing. These
breads are highly processed and are
of little nutritional value. Your
weight loss begins with re-evaluat-
ing what the family has been eating.
Breads sold at mainstream super-
markets, almost always contain
preservatives (such as calcium pro-
pionate, "to retard spoilage") and
even hydrogenated oils. Breads
sold at health food stores have no
preservatives and are made with
"healthy" kinds of fats. Whole-
grain breads are the best. They are
often made with organic ingredi-
ents. Some whole-grain breads
have organic nuts and seeds, which
add an extra boost of healthiness
and taste..,, .
Note: Some health food stores are

now stocking regular (grocery-store
brand) bread to keep up with the
competition. Read ingredients thor-
oughly. All natural, grain-based
breads have the easiest-to-under-
stand ingredients lists.
Whole-grain or plant-based pas-
tas are available and come in organ-
ic varieties. These are found at
health food stores or "natural" sec-
tions of conventional food marts.
Forget about the highly processed
glop that comes in a can.
Complex carbs take longer to
digest, which helps keep you satiat-
ed, and are associated with lower
cancer and heart disease risk.
Wheat, barley, oatmeal, lentils,
potatoes, yams, peas and lima beans
are a few examples of complex
carbs. The rule is, if it came straight
from the earth, it's a complex carb.
These foods are high in fiber and
will help keep you from getting
If man created it, it's most likely a
simple carb. Most cereals, especial-

ly sugary kids' cereals; kiddie fruit
drinks; soda; some energy bars; and
traditional snack foods are classic
examples of simple carbohydrate,
that are highly processed foods.
Limit your consumption of these
kinds of carbs.
The best time to eat these
processed carb foods, if you must
have them at all, is after a very
intense physical workout. This is
the time that your body's metabo-
lism is in high gear. Your body will
use those carbs for much-needed
recuperative energy. Your best bet is
to include protein with those carbs
because protein helps your body
process carbs more efficiently.
An example of a good meal fol-
lowing a good workout might be a
broiled chicken breast; yogurt
mixed with fruit; and steamed broc-
coli or cauliflower. Another good
example is a turkey salad made
with raw cabbage; sliced almonds
and vinegar; 100 percent natural
grape or pomegranate juice; and a
100 percent whole wheat roll.



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have and really give the haters
something to hate on...success!
Here are three useful tips, to help
prevent yourself from swallowing
your own haterade:
1. Be a person of your word -
Someone that has follow through,
not only gains more respect
amongst his peers, but also garners

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dent. Legend has it that a chef,
attempting to flavor soymilk with
nigari (a crystallized salt) wound up
with curdled soymilk. The adven-
turous chef then tasted the curdles
and they, were to his liking. To
describe tofu as soybean curd turns
many people off, so try this analo-
gy: Cheese is to cow's milk as tofu
is to soymilk. Although the flavor is
not the same as cheese, a similar
process is used to make it.
Tofu is high in protein, calcium
and B-vitamins; low in calories,
saturated fat and sodium; and free
of cholesterol. More tofu in the diet
may mean fewer cancers and less
heart disease. Tofu is rich in
isoflavones, which help to reduce
risk of osteoporosis and breast can-
cer, and can reduce menopausal
symptoms such as mood swings
and hot flashes.
Now that you know the health
benefits of Tofu, you are probably
wondering about the taste. Tofu has
evolved over the many years since

more positive word-of-mouth talk
in his favor.
2. Go above and beyond.
3. Don't be afraid to speak up.
Three simple rules, one simple
philosophy: stop the hatred within.
The less haterade coming from you,
the more your thirst for success and
happiness will be quenched.

it Tofu

its discovery, branching off from
the original product into a plethora
of varieties. There are plenty of tofu
products on the market. Some taste
great and others don't taste so great.
It is a matter of personal opinion.
Just like any other food, it's not
always the taste of the food, some-
times, it's the way it's cooked. It's a
matter of finding a tofu product you
like or a chef that cooks it just the
way you like it. Maybe you can be
your own chef. Experiment with
cooking tofu. You might invent a
new recipe, but for starters, try this
easy recipe:
firm or extra firm tofu, drained
barbeque sauce, about 1 cup
-Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
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A Decade of Race-Blind College Admissions: Are Results Contagious?
A Decade of Race-Blind College Admissions: Are Results Contagious?

A fit of spring-cleaning led Eric
Brooks to a box of old newspaper
clips from 1997. That's when he
was the lone black student enrolled
in the incoming law school class at
the University of California,
Berkeley, following the end of affir-
mative action admissions.
He didn't read them. That box
doesn't hold pleasant memories.
"I felt bad for myself at the time
because of my situation, but worse
for the people who were denied
admission," said Brooks.
Ten years later, the numbers of
underrepresented minorities at UC
have rebounded at the undergradu-
ate level, although they haven't kept
pace with high school graduation
rates. But more blacks and
Hispanics are also going to lesser-
known branches of the 10-campus
system and fewer to the flagships of
Berkeley and UCLA.
Meanwhile, the movement
toward race-blind admissions is
spreading in the United States. The
states of Florida, Texas and
Michigan have rewritten their
admissions rules. Ward Connerly,
the UC regent who started it all, is
taking his campaign for race-blind
admissions to as many as five more
states next year, including
Colorado, Missouri, Oklahoma and
"If things unfold the way I am
predicting they will unfold,"
Connerly said, "I think we are wit-

nessing the end of an era."
The debate over affirmative
action begins with how you define
affirmative action.
To Connerly, it's a system of
"racial preferences" that drive a
wedge between people. To his
opponents, it's a way to recognize
that not everyone starts with the
same advantages.
The debate came to UC in 1995
when, in a bitterly contested 14-10
vote, the system's governing Board
of Regents voted to stop looking at
applicants' race, effective for gradu-
ate students in 1997 and for under-
grads the following year.
In 1996, Connerly took the move-
ment statewide with Proposition
209, which banned consideration of
race in public hiring, contracting
and education.
A similar measure passed in
Washington state in 1998, and
Texas affirmative action policies
fell in 1996 with a federal appeals
court ruling.
In Florida, Connerly launched a
campaign similar to Proposition
209. Then-Gov. Jeb Bush opposed
the measure as divisive but imple-
mented his own "One Florida" plan
eliminating the use of race or gen-
der in higher education and govern-
ment hiring.
The tide seemed to turn in 2003
when the Supreme Court, ruling in
two University of Michigan cases,
said race could be used as a limited

Eric Brooks is photographed at Boalt Hall on the University of
California campus in Berkeley, CA. Brooks was the lone black stu-
dent to enroll in the incoming law school class in 1997 at the University
of California, Berkeley, following the end of affirmative action admis-

factor in college admissions.
But Connerly and his supporters
countered with a successful initia-
tive last fall banning consideration
of race in Michigan admissions.
What has it all meant?
Florida figures released last fall
showed black students made up
13.7 percent of enrollment in state
universities, compared to 14.2 per-
cent when One Florida was imple-
mented in 1999.
At the University of Texas at
Austin, minority enrollment
dropped after the 1996 federal court
ruling, but has since rebounded.

Last fall, 1,914 black students
enrolled compared to 1,911 in 1996.
University of Michigan officials
say they won't defy the ban on race-
based admissions, but they won't
give up on diversity.
"We don't believe that we can
deliver a 21st-century education if
we're not a diverse learning com-
munity," said Julie Peterson, associ-
ate vice president for media rela-
tions and public affairs.
The year Brooks enrolled, 14
black students were admitted to
UC's Boalt Hall School of Law, but
none attended. He'd been admitted

the year before but deferred admis-
sion, making him the last black stu-
dent admitted under the old affirma-
tive action policies.
Last fall, 13 black students
enrolled, a big increase from 1997
but still below the mid-'90s totals of
20 or more.
And with more blacks and
Hispanics graduating from high
schools now than 10 years ago, the
gap between those numbers and UC
enrollment has widened.
"The bottom line on Proposition
209, from where I sit, is it has con-
tinued to suppress enrollment," said
Ed Tom, director of Boalt admis-
But does it matter if the numbers
of black students dip at elite cam-
"Not to me it doesn't," said
Connerly. "As long as all of our
kids have an equal chance to get an
Interestingly, Asians, who did not
benefit under affirmative action,
now make up 36 percent of admis-
sions, up from 33 percent in 1997.
That makes Asians overrepresented
since California is roughly 44 per-
cent white, 35 percent Hispanic, 12
percent Asian and nearly 7 percent
Connerly thinks the growth in
Asian admissions since '97 shows
they were being discriminated
against under the old system.

But Van Nguyen, a Berkeley stu-
dent of Vietnamese descent and
member of a task force studying the
impact of dropping affirmative
action, also sees discrimination in
the new system.
"I don't think it's a liberal-conser-
vative issue," he said. "It's really,
Do you believe in equality? Do you
believe in access? Do you believe in
everyone having an equal shot to
get to Berkeley? If you believe that
then we need to really rethink this
(Proposition) 209 issue."
Brooks recalls sitting on the law
school steps reading bar exam pas-
sage rates broken down by race. "I
remember thinking: 'Well, that's
going to be fun when I take the
bar,"' he said. "'It's either going to
be 100 or zero."'
In 2000, he did pass the bar. He
became active in diversity issues,
serving on the state bar's ethnic
minority relations committee.
Brooks sees a way for affirmative
action to consider merit, but he
doesn't think it's time to banish the
concept. "I think that it's useful in
that it remedies past discrimina-
tion," he said.
But Connerly thinks "most
Americans are with me. They real-
ize that this thing has probably out-
lived its usefulness and it's just a
question of how it's going to end
and when it's going to end, not
whether it's going to end."

Hip-Hop pioneer Kurtis Blow, right, responds to questions during a
news interview as Rev. Al Sharpton, center, and Yama Brown, left,
daughter of the late James Brown, look on after a march for decency
in music on James Brown's birthday, May 3, 2007 at New York.

Sharpton Marches on Record Labels

Civil Rights activist Al Sharpton
followed through with plans to
march against record labels
Thursday to protest racist and sexist
language in the music industry.
Some 400 people gathered for the
midtown Manhattan trek past
Universal Music Group and other
record company buildings, shout-
ing chants such as "Decency Now"
and "Enough is Enough."
"We're saying there must be one
standard. You can't have different
standards for different people," said
Sharpton, according to Reuters.

"Once we finish with the record
companies, we must deal with the
HBOs and others."
Warner Music Group said in a
statement: "We take issues regard-
ing the role of women and minori-
ties in society very seriously. ... We
edit explicit lyrics, including those
that are the focus of the current
public debate, from content."
As previously reported, Sharpton
had several of James Brown's chil-
dren marching with him on what
would have been the late singer's
74th birthday.

Ex-Tenn. Legislator

Convicted of Bribery

Jury deadlocked on more serious extortion charge

Former State Sen. John Ford
MEMPHIS, Tenn. Former state
Sen. John Ford, a prominent mem-
ber of a politically powerful family,
was convicted last week of accept-
ing bribes in a statewide corruption
But the federal jury deadlocked
on the more serious charge of extor-
tion, creating a mistrial on that
count. It also acquitted him of three
counts of witness intimidation.
Ford, 64, was convicted of
accepting $55,000 in bribes and
could be sentenced to prison time
and a fine.
The prosecution's case depended
heavily on giving jurors an up-close

look at Ford stuffing his pockets
with $100 bills counted one by one
by an undercover FBI agent.
Ford's defense contended he
thought he was being paid as a
business consultant for a computer
recycling company called E-Cycle
Management. But the company was
a fake, created for an FBI investiga-
tion of corruption among state offi-
The sting, code-named Tennessee
Waltz, resulted in the arrest of five
sitting or former lawmakers and
several local government officials.
The jury had been deliberating
for several days in the case against
Ford, a Memphis Democrat who
served in the Legislature from the
1970s until he resigned a few days
after his arrest in May 2005.
Ford comes from a politically
powerful Tennessee family that
includes brother Harold Ford Sr.
and nephew Harold Ford Jr., both
former Tennessee congressmen.
Prosecutors evidence included
video clips of eight meetings
between Ford and undercover agent
L.C. McNiel during which stacks of
cash changed hands.
Just because Ford took his con-
sulting payments in $100 bills does
not mean they were illegal, his
lawyer argued.

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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
10:00 AM on May 12th. For more
information please call (904) 910-

UNF Holds Auditions
for 'Day of Absence'
One Act Comedy
The University of North Florida
Department of English will hold
auditions for the one-act comedy
play "Day of Absence" by Douglas
Turner Ward. Auditions will be
held at UNF on Wednesday, May
16th from6:00 PM to 8:30 PM in
Building 15. Room 1303. The
comedy play turns the minstrel tra-
dition upside down as African-
American actors wearing white
clown faces. Casting call for 12
\fric.u American actor of all ages.
For more information call Jessica
Rich at :;54~i454-6175 or e-mail

"Teening Up: Raising
Preteens and Teens"
Class Offered
The Family and Consumer
Sciences program of Duval County
Cooperative Extension Services
will offer a new series of classes
called Teening Up beginning
Wednesday, 16th, from 5:45 PM to
7:00 PM at the South Mandarin
Branch of the Jacksonville Public
Library. The series will conclude
June 13th. For more information
call (904) 387-8855.

Especially for
Seniors Talks & Tea
On Wednesday, May 16th, and
Thursday, May 17th, The Cummer
Museum of Art & Gardens will
present a "Talks & Tea" Especially
for Seniors with the theme: Roots
of Modernism at 1:30 PM. To
attend this seated gallery event
please pre-registered. For more
information call (904) 355-0630.

7th Youth Character
Awards Dinner
Character Counts, in Jacksonville,
and in Duval County Public
Schools. The 7th Annual Youth
Character Awards Dinner and Silent
Auction will be held May 17th, at
7:00 PM at the UNF University
Center. Role models of today and
tomorrow will be honored as they
celebrate the "Six Pillars of
Character". Keynote Speaker for
the event will be Jacksonville
Jaguar's Maurice Jones-Drew. For
more information please call(904)

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-

Moonlight Movies
Returns to Jax Beach
Jacksonville Beach is proud to
announce the return of Moonlight
Movies on Friday, May 18th at the
Pavillion. Everyone is encouraged
to bring their families and blankets
and chairs to be shown outside the
Seawalk Pavilion at Jacksonville
Beach. All movies are free. There
will be something for everyone.

Empower Yourself
at the Called 2
Excellence Experience
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attend "Called 2 Excellence
Experience!" On Friday, May 18th,
from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Prepare

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Mediocrity, Exposing Limiting
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Executive Networking
If you or anyone you know is
interested in learning about the ben-
efits of becoming a State Farm
Agent, the Jacksonville Association
of Black Journalists will host an
Executive Circle Networking
Reception on Friday, May 18th, at
5:00 PM. For more information
call (904) 443-4435.

Annual Miracle on
Ashley Street
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.

Workshop & Internet
Business Seminar
Register for Blacksonville's
monthly Entrepreneur Workshop to
be held at the Beaver Street
Enterprise Center, on Saturday,
May 19th, from 10:00 AM or 12:30
PM. All are welcomed to attend,
Discussion will be on Foundations
and Advancements in developing a
successful internet -based business.

Refreshments will be served. For
more information call (904) 626-
One Stroke
Painting Workshop
On Saturday, May 19th, from
10:00 AM 12:00PM the Dept. of
Environmental Protection's Stephen
Foster Folk Culture Center State
Park will offer a workshop in a One
Stroke painting. The workshop
taught by Linda Ruwe will instruct
attendees on how to paint one
stroke leaves, rose buds, daisies and
vines in White Springs, FL located
on US 41, three miles from 1-75 and
nine miles from I-10. For more
information call (386) 397-1920.

Florida Ballet
Summer Intensive
Attention dance students, auditions
will be held May 19th, at 2:00 PM
at 300 East State St., Suite E for the
Florida Ballet Summer Intensive
offering a rigorous training pro-
gram for students who wish to stay
in the area and cannot afford the
cost of travel and board. The initia-
tive will begin June 18th, and fin-
ishes with a performance at the
Florida Theatre on July 27th. For
more information call 353-7518 or
e-mail info@floridaballet.org.

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
e-mail: spglover@bellsouth.net.

15th Annual "Through Our Eyes"

Exhibit Opens May 10th
The Ritz Theatre and LaVilla Museum proudly presents the 15th Annual
"Through Our Eyes" exhibit. The artistic expressions of Jacksonville's tal-
ented best will be showcased at the LaVilla Museum 829 N. Davis St. from
May 10th, through July 20th. This year's theme "What's Going On?" will
feature 24 artists who are in vanguard of challenging traditional concepts.
In response to the question, "What's Going On?" each artist has drawn
upon his or her own emotional triggers to the world around them. Whether
positive or negative, they have created work that reflects opinion, registers
protest, reveals aspirations, ignites passion and interprets reality. For
more information call (904) 632-5555.

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Build a Bear for
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-

Society Meeting
The Jacksonville Genealogical
Society will hold their monthly
meeting Saturday, May 19, 2007,
at the Webb-Wesconnett Branch
Library, 6887 103rd Street, 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.

Purpose Conference
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.

2 for 1 Culture Evening
at Hidden Hills
A 2 for 1 evening at the Hidden
Hills Country Club 3901
Monument Rd. on Saturday, May
19th, from 8:00 PM until 11:00 PM
that will pay tribute to the legacy of
Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune,
founder of Bethune-Cookman
College, with candid reflections
from descendants, former students
and friends; and then former
"Martin" sitcom co-star Tommy
Ford will lecture youth on healthy,
spiritual and non-violent living.

Bowl-A-Thon 2007
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
Summer Musical
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.

Stories For
Your Pleasure
On Tuesday, May 22nd, from
6:00- 7:45 PM the Northside
Storytellers League will present a
program of fascinating tales for the
whole family at the Bradham
Brooks Northwest Branch Library
1775 West Edgewood Ave, in the
Community Room. Door prizes
will be awarded. For further infor-
mation call (904) 786-1949 or (904)

Pond Management
On Wednesday, May 23, at 5:30
PM, there will be a free Pond
Management Workshop at the
Duval Co. Extension Service, 1010
N. McDuffAve.
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

2007 Humanitarian
Awards Dinner
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.
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ceremony at 7:PM. To RSVP (904)
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Hank Aaron or Barry Bonds: Polls Show a Tale of Two Americas

I^ 28% of Whites hope star breaks HR mark, compared to 75% of Black Americans '

Dr. Robert Franklin
Morehouse Names

New President
Morehouse College alum and
theologian Dr. Robert Michael
Franklin Jr. has become the the
10th president of Morehouse.
He replaces Dr. Walter E. Massey,
Morehouse class of 1958, who will
retire June 30.
Franklin currently serves as presi-
dential distinguished professor of
social ethics at the Candler School
of Theology at Emory University.
He also is a senior fellow in the
Center for Interdisciplinary Study
of Religion in the School of Law.
"At a time of social crisis in
African-American communities
and throughout the nation, the edu-
cational mission of Morehouse is
more urgent than ever before,"
Franklin said. "I am both humbled
and energized by the boards' invita-
tion to serve the college that has
produced extraordinary change
agents and thought leaders such as
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,
Maynard Jackson, Julian Bond and
Spike Lee."
A 1975 Phi Beta Kappa graduate
of Morehouse with a degree in
political science and religion,
Franklin earned a Masters of
Divinity in Christian Social Ethics,
Pastoral Care from Harvard
Divinity School, and a Ph.D. in
Ethics and Society, Religion and
the Social Sciences from the
University of Chicago Divinity

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Only about four in 10 baseball
fans are rooting for Barry Bonds to
break the career home run record
and most think he knowingly took
steroids, according to a poll show-
ing stark racial divisions in how the
San Francisco Giants' slugger is
Still, most fans think Bonds
should end up in the Hall of Fame.
He has 10 homers this season and
744 lifetime 11 shy of Hank
Aaron's record, one of the most
revered in sports.

In the poll by ABC News and
ESPN. 37 percent said they are
rooting for Bonds to break Aaron's
record, while 52 percent said they
hope he falls short and 11 percent
had no opinion. Twenty-eight per-
cent of whites and nearly 75 percent
of blacks said they were hoping
Bonds succeeds.
Nearly three quarters said they
think Bonds knowingly took the
performance drugs, which he has
long denied. Just more than a third
of blacks and three-fourths of

whites shared that view.
Of those who think he used
steroids, two-thirds said that makes
him a cheater even though major
league baseball was not testing for
the drugs at the time. There was no
racial breakdown for that question.
Nearly six in 10 said Bonds
should be elected to the Hall of
Fame, including majorities of both
races. About as many said they
believe he has been treated fairly,
including a third of blacks and six
in 10 whites.

Of those who think his treatment
has been unfair, more blacks and
whites say it is because of his
alleged steroid use than because of
his race.
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Flipping Through

the Free Press File

Over the past year in celebration of our 20th Anniversary, we paid tribute to the many people, places and events, that have graced the Free Press pages. Though
our celebration is officially over, we received such overwhelming response to the "Flipping" page, we have decided to continue the page on a monthly basis as
we continue to share with you some of the many memories that have shaped our publication.

The original Old Timers and Gilbert classmates Tommy Chandler, Mildred Carter and
Ronald "Track" Elps watch over the Old Timers annual Thanksgiving Game.

Northeast Florida Builders Association Apprentice Program grad-
uates Clarence Brown and Lacy Sinclair are shown here with their
Journeymen's status certificates. The women participated in grad-
uation ceremonies held at FCCJ downtown campus. Brown, earned
his on the job hours working for Don Harris Plumbing and Sinclair
was employed by Air Systems. The NEFBA introduced the program
in 1973 and has accredited students in Sheet Metal, Plumbing,
Carpentry and Air Conditioning.

Dr. Chester Aikens has an opportunity to meet and
greet the late Betty Shabaz, widow of Malcolm X.

Al Washington and sons register new youth and volunteers for 100
Black Men at the annual Black Expo.

Shown Above (L-R) is Stetson Kennedy and Alton Yates
greeting each other following a MLK Breakfast. Both
men marched together during Jacksonville's infamous
Ax Handle Day during the Civil Rights Movement of the

Negro League player Art Hamilton signs T-shirts for young fans at a
local event honoring the historic players in 2002.

Former Florida State Rep. Willye F. Dennis with campaign supporters
then FL State Rep Tony Hill and Congresswoman Corrine Brown.

Rev. & Mrs. T. H. Rhim "The greatest of these is love!"

Negro Baseball Leagues Harold "Buster" Hair and
Herbert Bunhill.

Annual Black Bikers Week 2002 witness 250,000 held at Myrtle Beach, SC

Art Robinson, Arnett Green, MaVynee Betch (The Beach Lady), Jeanetta Cole and
Bonita Haley.

Dr. David Stacher- Dir. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, President Bill
Clinton and Vice President Al Gore are pictured standing with 5 of 8 Tuskegee
Study Survivors Herman Shaw, 95, Fred Simmons, 110, Charlie Pollard, 91,
Frederick Moss, and Carter Howard, 93, following the private meeting held in the
oval office. Simmons, who was 110 took his first plane ride to attend the ceremony.


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S" Morris Chestnut will executive produce and
star in the upcoming film "Not Easily
Broken," a faith-based drama based on a
-B book by Bishop T.D. Jakes.
SE'. Bill Duke will direct the picture, which
revolves around a couple whose strength and
--- "-2..J l faith are tested after the wife is injured in a
S car crash and the husband becomes attracted
to another woman.
Shooting is scheduled to begin June 11 in
Los Angeles, after Chestnut wraps his lead
role in the David E. Talbert stage play "Love
in The Nick of Tyme"
The actor, who made his feature film debut in the 1991 John Singleton
debut "Boyz N the Hood," will next appear on the big screen opposite
Queen Latifah and Terrence Howard in "A Perfect Christmas." Chestnut
plays a department store Santa who tries to help a little girl find a new
husband for her divorced mother, played by Gabrielle Union.

British soul sensation Jamelia said she
was aware of the rumors surrounding actor
Robert De Niro and his preference for I .. ,
black women, but she never thought she'd
encounter the phenomenon face to face.
The singer, who is currently dating soc- .
cer star Darren Byfield, told Britain's Daily
Mirror she met the Italian star after her per-
formance at a celebrity-studded private ..
"I'd heard he's got a thing for black -
women, but I thought it was just a rumor. '
So I was amazed when he told organizers at this party that he wasn't
leaving till he met me," she told the paper.
"At the end of the night we were finally introduced, but he was so full
on, straight away -- talking about how I was a delicious chocolate
thing," she added. "Then he started to chum out more chat-up lines, like,
'Don't you want to be my leading lady?' and, 'Come on, I'm not taking
no for an answer.'
"He was very persistent, but I had to put a stop to it. I was flattered but
I told him in no uncertain terms that it was not going to happen. I said I
had a boyfriend."
Jamelia and Byfield share a daughter, Tiana, born in Oct. 2005.

it P. Diddy is doing big things on the
small screen. The rap mogul, born Sean
Combs, says he'll enter the record books
INK : ."u "- this spring and summer as the first
SAfrican American producer to have four
-s.~... .f. shows airing on television in the same
SIn addition to his current MTV pro-
ductions "Taquita & Kaui" and "Run's
House," and a second season of "P.
Diddy Presents: The Bad Boys of
;" ; '"".- Comedy" on HBO, the artist will pre-
miere a fourth season of "Making the
Band" on MTV in June.
"When I do something, it's got to be the biggest and the best," Diddy
said in a statement. "I'm really proud to be one of TV's leading produc-
ers right now and am working hard toward achieving a television lega-
cy like Aaron Spelling."

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Actor Blair Underwood (center) teams up with authors Steven barnes
and Tanarive Due for their book "Casanegra".
Actor Blair Underwood is bring- up with husband and wife writing
ing sexy back to novels. According team Tananarive Due and Steven
to Publishers Weekly (PW), the tel- Barnes to pen a new detective novel
vision and movie star has hooked called Casanegra.


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women what they think ab
Hop or Rap lyrics and m(
likely say they are degradii
some Black men express
emotions on the issue.
"It's freedom of speech
shouldn't be trying to tell
what to rap about. It's just n
isn't hurting anyone," sa
Silsbee, 20, a self-proclaim
rap listener, part-time DJ a
dent at the University of Ma
On the other hand, Silsbe
while he will continue to 1
rap music with questionable
and defend the artists' free
speech, he doesn't necessary

Feams Up for New Novel

Underwood, Due and Barnes met
when the actor-turned-producer
bought the film rights to Due's 1998
novel, My Soul to Keep. The film is
currently in pre-production but the
three artists kept in touch and even-
tually developed an idea that
became Casanegra.
The novel tells the story of
Tennyson Hardwick, a gorgeous
actor and gigolo who wants to
redeem the seedy history that
estranged him from his father, a
decorated LAPD captain. In the
wake of his father's sudden illness,
Hardwick has to save himself from
taking the fall for a murder.
According to PW, the book will
likely become a movie with Blair
being the prototype for Hardwick.
This isn't Underwood's first foray
into the literary world. In 2005, he
edited a collection about the wis-
dom of children called BEFORE I

RAP MUSIC: 'It's Degrading

and It's Nasty, But I Love It'

\ ith the message the music sends.
"When I was in Spain last year,
people thought the 'N-word' was
.- ceptable because of rap music, I
think that's terrible," Silsbee said.
.. A large majority of rap music's
.. fan base is made up of young
Black men. Clinton White, 21,
from Sarasota, Fla., said as a young
Black man he knows he is promot-
ing the bad message by just listen-
ing to it.
"I know it's degrading and I don't
necessarily agree with what is said,
but it's still good music and I still
like to jam to it," White said.
When radio host Don Imus called
lent the Rutgers women's basketball
st Black team, "nappy-headed hos," the crit-
out Hip ical eye of Black America turned
ost will not only on him but on the rap
ng. But, industry as well.
mixed Following the Don Imus situa-
tion, rap music is being targeted
ch. We more for its degradation of women.
rappers Instead of just focusing on White
nusic. It people who degrade Black women,
ys Ben Black leaders and organizations are
ied avid beginning to also go after Black
and stu- people who degrade Black women
iryland. and Blacks in general.
ee says, Anwan "Big G" Glover, from the
isten to Backyard Band and the serried
e lyrics "The Wire," spoke to University of
-dom of Maryland students about the nega-
ly agree tive messages in rap songs and

videos. A clip was shown of a rap-
per sliding a credit card in a
woman's butt. And this kind of
graphic was not uncommon for a
rap video.
"It's disgusting, the videos, the
songs, but it's the music I listen to.
It's what's popular," says Darian
Scott-Carter, a young Black man
from Baltimore who listens to rap
music regularly.
Scott-Carter said everyone knows
it's wrong and degrading, but
everyone continues to listen to it
regardless. He said he doesn't usu-
ally even listen to the lyrics. For
him it's all about the music behind
the lyrics.
"I love rap music. It's degrading
and it's nasty but I love it," says Ain
Welmon of State College, Pa. "I'm
not saying what they rap about is
right or anything. But I'm not going
to go around signing any petitions
to clean it up either."
Welmon says he's been listening
to rap music since he was a teenag-
er. And while he's noticed the music
getting dirtier, that hasn't stopped
him from enjoying it. He said rap-
pers use songs to express them-
selves and there's nothing wrong
with that because it's just music.
Rapper Snoop Dogg was quoted
recently defending rap lyrics in an
MTV interview in which he said

that rappers are not talking about
women who are doing things with
their lives, but rather "'hos" who
aren't doing anything.
In that case, no woman should be
degraded, says John Smith, chair of
the National Newspaper Publishers
Association. He says the young
Black men appear to have little
knowledge of the sacrifices and
contributions that Black women
have made to the progress of the
race and to the support of Black
men. But, he says, Black women
must also stand against degradation
of themselves.
"The Black females have to stand
up just like C. Delores Tucker and
the ladies at Spellman College and
stop allowing money, in particular,
to dictate to them and their sexuali-
ty. They need to withdraw from
allowing these people to utilize
them in these videos. The almighty
dollar ought not to dictate to them
their values," says Smith. "The rap-
pers don't understand the impor-
tance of Black females and their
being...Yet, all of a sudden, they
started degrading them."
Even women appear duplicitous
on the topic, says Silsbee: "If
women are willing to shake in front
of cameras for rap videos, then they
can't complain about the lyrics of
the songs."

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GOT HERE. Currently, he's shoot-
ing his feature directorial debut, an
independent drama called Bridge to
Nowhere that stars Ving Rhames
and is the story of four blue-collar
twenty-something men who team
up with a prostitute to establish an
escort service. The film follows
their rise and subsequent fall.
Sounds, uh, weird. You can also
catch Underwood starring in HBO's
anticipated new drama series, In
If you're unfamiliar with the
award-winning work of Due and
the bestselling-work of Barnes,
check out their books Joplin's Ghost
and Great Sky Woman, respective-
ly. Both writers were inspired by
the late, great Octavia Butler.
Casanegra drops in July and
Underwood along with Due and
Barnes will make select author
appearances around the country.

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