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Cong. John Lewis Petitioning
U.S. Mint for Civil Rights Coin
Congressman John Lewis of Georgia, a longtime figure in the civil
rights movement, wants to commemorate the movement with a limited-
edition silver dollar marking the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.
The Atlanta Democrat has joined with Ohio Republican Deborah Pryce
to introduce legislation calling for the U.S. Mint to produce 350,000 one-
dollar coins marking the 50th anniversary of the law's signing in 1964.
Among other things, the law barred restaurants, hotels and other pub-
lic places from denying service to blacks and outlawed employment dis-
crimination against women and minorities.
The 2014 coin would be sold with a $10 surcharge, expected to gener-
ate up to $3 million that would go to the United Negro College Fund for
scholarships and improvements at historically black colleges. The Fund
would be required to raise matching funds from private donors and other
sources before accepting money generated by the government coins.
Other past coins have celebrated Civil War battlefields, various
Olympic games and the 1994 World Cup soccer tournament, and the
Statue of Liberty.
Seattle NAACP Calls For Police
Chiefs Resignation for Bad Officers
SEATTLE The Seattle chapter of
the National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People is
calling for the resignation of Seattle's
police chief Gil Kerlikowske accus-
ing him of protecting what the civil
rights organization said are bad
The controversy concerns the arrest
last January of a Seattle man in a
wheelchair, which was captured on
tape by a camera outside a down-
town Seattle drug store. The man, George Troy Patterson, accused two
officers of roughing him up and of planting drugs. After an internal inves-
tigation, Kerlikowske exonerated the officers of wrongdoing.
The NAACP said Wednesday it has obtained a report by a video expert,
who is a former police officer, which details how the officers allegedly
lied. The group said the report is their reason for their call for the chief
to resign. In the report, the Spokane-based video expert details dozens
of discrepancies between what the officers reported and what is shown on
The Seattle police issued a statement standing by their officers and the
Billionaire Flirts with Auto Industry
With a plethora of business deals currently on
the table, you would think billionaire Robert L.
Johnson's plate was too full for anything else.
Since selling Black Entertainment Television to
Viacom Inc. in January 2001 for $3 billion, he has
formed two new B.E. 100s companies.
Nevertheless, the chairman and CEO of the
Bethesda, MD based RLJ Companies, comprises
entities that focus on financial services, real
estate, and hospitality/restaurant seems to be no
where near ready to coast. Bob Johnson
In an exclusive with Black Enterprise, prior to speaking at Black
Enterprise's 2007 Entrepreneurs Conference's opening session, Johnson
mentioned the possibly of infiltrating the automotive dealership business.
"We like it, we think we've found a unique way to enter, and we're look-
ing closely at it," Johnson said. Although he did not provide additional
specifics regarding this venture, he did say that he and his team have a
lot of ideas they are currently exploring. He anticipates announcing fur-
ther details within the next month or two.
Entertainment company debuted at No. 41 on the 2007 B.E. 100s
Industrial/ Service list with $102 million in revenues for 2006.
On the Campaign Trail
Jesse Jackson Jr. Officially
Campaigning for Obama Presidency
Montgomery, AL The Alabama Democratic Conference heard U.S.
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s appeal for their endorsement of U.S. Sen. Barack
Obama in the state's presidential primary last weekend.
The ADC, the state's oldest and most influential black political organi-
zation, will not formally endorse a candidate in the state's Feb. 5 presi-
dential primary until October.
"You can believe in Iraq and that's a whole lot to believe in,"
Jackson, D-Ill., told over 400 attendees. "But my friends, you can believe
that Barack Obama is the next president of the United States."
Instead of questioning whether a candidate is "black enough," some
people need to let go and move on, Jackson said.
Some ADC members informally surveyed Saturday favor U.S. Sen.
Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., over Obama of Illinois.
"I like them both. And if I was a betting man I'd say that Clinton will
probably win the primary, but it's going to be close," said ADC member
Willie Brown, a county commissioner. "I haven't made up my mind
between those two, but it's a choice that really divides your head and
your heart. My head says Clinton but my heart says Obama."
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QUALITY BLACK WEEKLY 5 Cents
Volume 21 No. 9 Jacksonville, Florida May 17-23, 2007
The Great Divide: Will We Ever Agree on Race?
by George Curry
The huge gap between Blacks
and Whites about whether O.J.
Simpson was guilty of
killing his wife and a
companion was in
many ways expect-
ed. But subsequent
polls, ranging from
played a part in the
Hurricane Katrina to,
more recently, was radio
shock jock Don Imus' fir-
ing fair and whether base-
Sball slugger Barry Bonds
should break Hank Aaron's major
league record of 755 home runs,
exposes a racial gulf wider than the
A poll by ESPN/ABC News
found more than twice as many
Black fans as Whites are likely to
be pulling for Bonds to break the
mark (74 percent to 28 percent).
More than three-fourths of Whites
76 percent think Bonds used
steroids, compared to only 37 per-
cent of African-Americans.
Complicating matters on both
sides of the divide, there are many
reasons to dislike Bonds that have
nothing to do with race.
"Away from AT&T Park, Bonds
is viewed mostly as a pariah, some-
one who has tainted the game and
made its most sacred statistic mean-
ingless", wrote Tim Dahlberg, a
columnist for the Associated Press.
He explained, "People liked Henry
Aaron. They still do. Bonds, by
contrast, wasn't a popular player
even before his body grew large, his
head ballooned to cartoonish size
and his home runs started splashing
in McCovey Cove. From the begin-
ning of his career, he treated fans
and the media with contempt, and
they responded with growing con-
tempt for him."
Speaking of contempt, there was
nothing like the contempt shown
for Don Imus after he expressed
contempt for the Rutgers University
basketball team, The
radio shock jock
was fired by
CBS, the distrib-
utor of his s\ ndi- .
cated radio prio-
MSNBC, the cable
channel that siniul-
casts the show.
There was a general
consensus that Imuis
got what lie deserved.
Or, was there a consen-
Continued on page 3
Blacks Nowhere on the List of
America's Growing Minorities
The nation's minority population
reached 100.7 million, according to
the national and state estimates by
race, Hispanic origin, sex and age
released by the U.S. Census
Bureau. A year ago, the minority
population totaled 98.3 million.
About one in three U.S. residents
is a minority," said Census Bureau
Director Louis Kincannon. "To put
this into perspective, there are more
minorities in this country today
than there were people in the
United States in 1910. In fact, the
minority population in the U.S. is
larger than the total population of
all but 11 countries."
The population in 1910 was 92.2
million. On Oct. 17, 2006, the
Census Bureau reported that the
overall population had topped 300
million. California had a minority
population of 20.7 million 21 per-
cent of the nation's total. Texas had
a minority population of 12.2 mil-
lion 12 percent of the U.S. total.
There were other milestones
reached as well during the July 1,
2005, to July 1, 2006, period: The
nation's black population surpassed
40 million. Hispanic however
remained the largest minority
group, with 44.3 million. Black
however were the second-largest
minority group, totaling 40.2 mil-
lion increasing only by 1.3 percent,
or 522,000, between 2005 and
With a 3.4 percent increase
between July 1, 2005, and July 1,
2006, Hispanic was the fastest-
growing minority group. Asian was
the second fastest-growing minori-
ty group, with a 3.2 percent popula-
tion increase during the 2005-2006
period. The population of non-
Hispanic whites who indicated no
other race grew by 0.3 percent dur-
ing the one-year period.
New York had the largest black
population in 2006 (3.5 million),
followed by Florida (3 million) and
Texas (2.9 million). Texas had the
largest numerical increase between
2005 and 2006 (135,000), with
Georgia (101,000) and Florida
(86,000) next. In the District of
Columbia, the black population
comprised the highest percentage
(57 percent); Mississippi (37 per-
cent) and Louisiana (32 percent)
A portrait of the black population
of 2006 was younger, with a medi-
an age of 30.1, compared with the
population as a whole at 36.4.
About 31 percent of the black pop-
ulation was younger than 18, com-
pared with 25 percent of the total
Through Our Eyes Artist Denise Cooper (right) explain
painting "Girls Playing jacks" to Natasha Spencer. Cooper's paintings ar
annual exhibit at the Ritz Museum which highlights the talent of local ar
mediums. For more sights and scenes from the exhibit, see page 12.
Mothers Celebrated at Northside
Church of Christ Annual Brunch
The First Lady of Northside Church of Christ, Mrs. Ida McClendon
(seated), joined hundreds of other mothers and daughters for a festive
morning of honor and celebration at the church annual Mothers Day
Brunch. Shown above at the celebration are sisters Melody Drayton, Bev
McClendon and Patricia Brown with their mother at the festivities.
For more photo highlights on the special day, see page 7.
k| Push Harder
i By Sherrel Wheeler, BAW
When it comes to encouraging
their children to pursue higher edu-
cation, some black women do so at
,I a rate greater than their white coun-
terparts, according to a new survey
by two popular book authors.
Paula Penn-Nabrit and Leslie
Morgan Steiner compiled the sur-
vey, "Women in Black & White."
' Penn-Nabrit is black, and Steiner is
"Mothers are the strength and
inspiration for (college) students,"
Lezli Baskerville, president and
chief executive officer of the
National Association for Equal
Opportunity in Higher Education,
"They work to prepare them, some-
times working two or three jobs to
s her source of inspiration for her amass the fortune that it takes to get
them to college and keep them
e part of the "Through Our Eyes" them to college and keep them
tists of color through a variety of there.
Continued on page 8
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Native Daughter Honored by Ebony
Ebony Magazine recently held their annual celebration luncheon honor-
ing Oustanding Women in Marketing and Communications. Sharing the
stage with innovators such as Holly Robinson Peete, Michelle Obama, and
Donna Brazile, Raines High School and Howard University graduate Dara
Marshall (right) received the Award in the area of advertising. Marshall,
who now resides in New York City is a partner in the major advertising
conglomerate of Ogilvy & Mather. She is shown above with the
Advertising Lifetime Achievement Award winner Ann Fudge (left).
Available for Seniors
More than 1.lmillion eligible
households in Florida are missing
out on "Lifeline" a telephone assis-
tance benefit that can save them up
to $162 a year on their basic local
telephone bills. Seniors can get a
credit of up to $13.50 per month to
help pay for basic local telephone
service if you qualify for:
Supplemental Security Income
(SSI), Medicaid, Food Stamps,
Temporary Assistance to Needy
Families, Public Housing, or the
Low Income Home Energy
Assistance Program (LIHEAP). If
your household income is $13,280
for a one-person household or
$17,820 for a two-person house-
hold. It costs nothing to apply for
the Lifeline program, and it can
save you up to $162 a year accord-
ing to AARP. If you should have
more questions about "Lifeline"
National Urban League Black Executive
Exchange Program Planned for Orlando
The National Urban League will
be presenting the 38th Annual
Black Executive Exchange
Program (BEEP) Conference June
13-15 at the Hilton Hotel located
within the Walt Disney World
Resort in Orlando, Fla.
This year's three-day event is
themed "From Success to
Significance," and confirmed con-
ference speakers so far include
NUL President Morial, former
Secretary of Labor Alexis Herman,
JP Morgan Chase Foundation
President Kimberly Davis and
NAFEO President Lezlie
This year's conference will focus
more heavily on leadership training
than in previous years with
Leadership BEEP, a four-day inten-
sive program sponsored by The
Goldman Sachs Foundation and BP,
which is designed to give students
the opportunity to evaluate their
leadership styles through self-
assessment tools, workshops and
interactive sessions with executives
and student peers.
Leadership BEEP is also expect-
ed to serve as a prototype for a
future training program targeted at
black executives looking to take the
next step in their career path.
In addition to two town hall
meetings, one of them addressing
the topic of leadership at HBCUs,
and numerous panel discussions
and workshops, a major highlight
of the conference is the annual stu-
dent-case competition, sponsored
by the CIA, in which students ana-
lyze, rationalize and argue cases
before an audience of their peers.
During the school year, BEEP,
which was originally developed as
a way to provide black college stu-
dents with role models from busi-
ness and government, provides a
variety of ways to engage students
in career exploration and planning.
They range from two-day seminars
to semester-long courses for credit
Reach Your Goals!--The Ski Is
The Limit With Networking
S b\ George In a world d \~here access to
S Fraser infonmlanon is \ital, success of
Say your goal is to create your almost any kind is based on net-
own business importing authen- works and partnerships.
tic African art for sale to the Wherever you find success, you
Black community. Your vision, will find people working togeth-
however, is to do well by doing er toward "shared" goals.
good, that is, to earn a comfort- Remember, networking goals
able income while building pride should be specific, measurable,
among African Americans in achievable, and compatible with
their heritage. If once you start your vision for your life.
your business you discover that It's time to tap into your net-
you are unable to make a con- work. Believe it or not, you have
nection with African American one. Work your network (which
artists who do quality work, then is linked to the network of oth-
you must reconsider this goal, ers). You just may find that "the
because it does not fit your sky is the limit"!
vision of doing well by doing Bottom Line: If you follow
good. your vision to the appropriate
Or, it may be just a matter of networking event that will fuel
fine-tuning your networking your goal, you will gain access
skills. Once you have estab- to resources you thought were
lished what your goals are and unreachable; you will be given
written them down with daily opportunities to add value to
steps toward achieving them, it the people who share your
is then up to you to go after them goals; and, they will add value
with all of your determination, to fuel your vision.
Accredited Lecture Series
(ALS) -a semester-long series inte-
grated into an on-going course
delivered by a different executive
Career Awareness and Planning
Seminar (CAPS)- which consists
two days of career planning exer-
cises, workshops, counseling and
lectures that places emphasis on the
selection of realistic career choices,
the charting of career paths, resume
preparation, and the development
of good interviewing skills.
Special Business Seminar
(SBS) focuses on social and eco-
nomic issues and topical events that
affect business, industry and gov-
Innovations for Women uses a
team of female executives and pro-
fessionals to familiarize students
with the traditional and non-tradi-
tional roles of women in the work-
To register for the conference,
YOUR MQiNETY iATERI
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by Michael G. Shinn, CFP
Last year the second richest man
in the world, Warren Buffett,
announced that he planned to give
away nearly $40 billion to charity.
Most of the money will be donated
to the world's largest philanthropic
organization, the $30 billion Bill
and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Buffet's actions certainly raised the
philanthropic bar to new heights.
Now, you and I will not be able to
reach Buffet's level of giving, but
we can make a difference in our
community by first understanding
why we give and then developing a
plan to make our gifts as effective
as possible. Why does your family
give and how do you plan your
Fund Your Charitable Passions
What are your charitable pas-
sions? Are you naturally drawn to
social service agencies such as the
Salvation Army or Goodwill? Has
your family had some medical
issues that would make you favor
organizations such as the American
Heart Association or the Cancer
Society? Do you favor educational
institutions such as your alma mater
or a local college or high school?
Do you fund your local church or
religious missionary organizations?
Have you thought about funding
youth service groups such as the
Boy and Girl Scouts, Junior
Achievement or the local Y? Have
you and your family sat down and
developed a list of organizations
that you are passionate about? Your
charitable passions will fuel the fire
needed to sustain your giving and
involvement over the long term.
In most cases, effective contribu-
tors not only give their money, but
also their time and special talents to
charitable causes that they have a
passion for. Volunteers are blessed
by the mere fact that they are able
and capable of serving others. Are
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NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING
DUVAL COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD
Rule Title File
Code of Student Conduct JICDA
Purpose and Effect: The purpose of the proposed rule change is for the
School Board to amend the Secondary Code of Student Conduct for
2007/2008. The effective date of the document will be the date of adop-
tion by the board.
Subject Areas to be Addressed: Code of Conduct
Specific Authority: Section 1001.41(2), Florida Statutes
Laws Implemented: Sections 1001.54; 1006.07 (2), Florida Statutes
A PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING THIS PROPOSED RULE
WILL BE HELD AT THE TIME, DATE AND PLACE SHOWN
Time and Date:
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Board Room of the Administrative Building,
Duval County School Board,
1701 Prudential Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32207
A copy of the proposed rule and additional information regarding it can
be obtained by contacting:
General Director, Student Services
Duval County Public Schools
The cost to the Duval County School Board for implementation is the
cost to reprint the policy.
Any person who anticipates an appeal of the decision made by the Duval
County School Board with respect to any matter considered at this hear-
ing or who may decide to appeal such decision will need a record of the
proceedings, and for such purpose of appeal may need to ensure that a
verbatim record of the proceedings is made. This record will to include
testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.
you and your family involved as
volunteers with any of the charities
that you contribute to? There are
numerous opportunities to serve
others through charitable organiza-
tion in roles such as: officers, board
and committee members; coun-
selors, tutors and mentors; volun-
teer staff, such as welcome recep-
tionists, guides and instructors;
functional skills such as account-
ants, marketers and electricians;
and just a pair of hands, such as
meal servers, cleanup and parking
attendant. How many hours per
month do you and your family
donate to serving others?
Multiply Your Giving
In planning your giving, you
should consider the two values of
any gift and the tax consequences.
First, there is the donor's cost (or
basis) and the fair market value
received by the charity. A donor
can multiply the value of his or her
contribution by giving gifts to a
charity that have a low donor cost
and a higher fair market value.
Consider a couple of examples:
Donor A gives a check for
$5,000 to a charity. The donor's
cost is $5,000 and the charity
receives a gift with a fair market
value of $5,000. Donor A takes an
income tax deduction of $5,000.
Donor B gives appreciated
stock with a donor cost of $2,500
and a current fair market of $5,000.
Donor B takes the same income tax
deduction of $5,000, however his
original cost is only $2,500.
Additionally, many employers
will match a donor's gift to selected
charities. This also can multiply a
Effective charitable giving mutu-
ally satisfies the goals of the donor
and the charity; it is consistent with
the donor's overall financial plan
and provides legitimate income tax
and estate planning opportunities.
There are numerous methods of
making tax advantaged gifts.
Please consult with your financial
and/or tax advisor for recommenda-
tions that fit your situation. Below
are a few common gifting exam-
-Appreciated Stock and other
-Appreciated Real estate
Paid up Insurance policies
Charitable Gift Annuities
Bequests by will
Donor Advised Funds
You and your family can make a
big difference in your community
by following your charitable pas-
sions, giving of your time and tal-
ents and multiplying your gifts.
Start today to work on your charita-
ble giving plan.
Michael G Shinn, CFP,
Registered Representative and
Advisory Associate of and securities
offered through Financial Network
Investment Corporation, member
SIPC. Visit www.shinnfinancial.com
for more information or to send your
comments or questions to
Neither Michael Shinn nor
Financial Network provides tax
advice. Please consult aprofession-
al before implementing any strategy.
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management). Business Matchmaking with local vendors will also
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Mental Health of the Black Community ...
Focus of Two Day Workshop '
by Rhonda Silver
The Northwest Behavioral Health
Service, Inc. and Edward Waters
College recently sponsored the 25th
Annual Conference for Mental
Health and the Black Community.
Targeting family preservation and
self-sufficiency over the next 25
years was their key focus.
The conference was held on the
EWC Campus on May 10th through
12th and featured guest speakers
Angela Vickers, JD (Attorney &
Consumer diagnosed with Bipolar)
national Mental Health Award
Winner and advocate. She is the
author of Brain Bondage: The
Delay in Mental Health Recovery.
Each day was unique. Thursday
was the Family and Community
Recognition Reception which
included the participation of sen-
iors, parents and youth. Friday fea-
tured "In the Spirit of Healing the
Family" a prayer and reflective
breakfast, aimed at proactively
involving the community, concur-
rent sessions "Building & Binding
Grass Roots Coalitions", "A
Consumer Forum on Self-
Free Drama Workshop Enlightens Future Actors
The Karpeles Manuscript Museum hosted the Jacksonville Coalition
of African American Artists' Darama Workshop for interested actors.
The free class, taught by nationally and locally trained thespians cov-
ered areas ranging from blocking and breath control to voice projec-
tion and stage presence. The purpose of the open workshop was to
familiarize attendees with acting abilities and desires to recognize
basic rules and conditions of the theater.
Organizer Stuart Washington
Sufficiency" and "Preserving the
Family Unit: Managing Health and
Behavioral Health". Saturday's
Youth Rally, Parent and Teen
Symposium offered workshops on
vital topics beneficial to all atten-
Health and Sexuality, Babies
Later, HIV/AIDS & Youth, Anger
Control, Conflict Resolution,
Managing Stress and Depression,
Substance Abuse & Youth and
Understanding Parents were among
the many workshops offered.
Addressing these issues were of
vital significance to those mentally
challenged and the community as a
whole. Issues won't go away by not
talking about them. Awareness is
the key to taking charge of our fam-
ilies, our community and our
Shown above are Logan Smith, Sen. Tony Hill, Logan Walker, Rep. Corrine Brown; J'nay Brinson; Cleve
Warren, JTA Board Chairman; Alysia Johnson; Michael J. Blaylock, JTA Executive Director/CEO and
Customers and Kids Reap the Benenfits of
JTA's Transportation Week Celebration
Senator Tony Hill joined
Authority this week at the Rosa L.
Parks/FCCJ Transit Station, to
honor local winners in the National
Transportation Week (NTW)
posters contest. Over 200 fifth
graders from four area elementary
schools participated in the contest.
Five winning posters were selected
and were unveiled during the cere-
mony. The posters will now be dis-
played inside JTA buses.
In conjunction with the other
NTW events, JTA also held a spe-
cial all-day Transit Talk session at
the Rosa Parks Station. Current pas-
sengers were surveyed throughout
the day on how the transit system
can better serve their needs.
It will also be the first chance for
citizens to see JTA's new bus design
and color scheme which were on
My child attends St. Clair Evans and I heard that they will have a
new principal. Is this true?
Yes; it is true. Edward Robinson will assume the role of Principal of St.
Clair Evans Elementary School on July 1, 2007. Mr. Robinson, who cur-
rently serves as Ribault Middle School's Vice-Principal, was one of 21
administrators appointed as principals/assigned to new schools during last
week's meeting of the Duval County School Board. The current St. Clair
Evans principal, Ashton Price, has been appointed to serve as principal of
Northwestern Middle School. His post begins on July 1st as well.
I heard that FCAT grades have been released for students. How can
I get my child's results?
The Florida Department of Education recently released the FCAT read-
ing and math scores of 3rd and 12th grade students who were administered
the exam. Prior to the release of the results, schools were provided infor-
mation from the state department about a parent network that lists all stu-
dent scores. Your child's school should have issued a secure login and
password to you to access and receive your child's scoring information.
The FCAT Parent Network can be accessed at
www.fcatparentnetwork.com. If you have any questions or have difficulty
retrieving the results, please contact your child's school.
My child is an 8th grader at Highlands Middle School and I think I
would like for her to be a part of Ribault's new IB Program next year.
What is IB?
In recent weeks, Ribault High School received notification that it has
been awarded designation as an IB school. IB, an acronym for
International Baccalaureate, offers high quality programs of international
education to a worldwide community of schools. As an IB school, Ribault
will offer a challenging two-year curriculum to students, ages 16 to 19. An
IB diploma leads to a special qualification that is widely recognized by the
world's leading universities. To learn more about the IB program/enroll-
ment criteria, please contact LaShunda Allen at 924-3092.
Please submit your School Talk questions by email to
firstname.lastname@example.org by fax at 390-2659, or by mail to Duval
County Public Schools, Communications Office, 1701 Prudential Drive,
Jacksonville, FL 32207-8182.
Will we ever agree on race?
Continued from page 1
A survey by the Pew Center for
the People & the Press found that a
majority of people, 53 percent of
Whites and 61 percent of Blacks
felt that the Imus punishment was
appropriate; approximately twice as
many Whites as Blacks believe his
punishment was too tough (35 per-
cent to 18 percent).
One of the most shocking racial
comparisons was the response to
Hurricane Katrina. Both Don Imus
and Barry Bonds could be written
off as creeps. But with Katrina, a
national disaster, Blacks and
Whites failed to see eye-to-eye.
According to a CNN/USA Today
poll, a majority of African-
Americans (60%), said thegovern-
ment was slow to rescue New
Orleans residents because many
were Black. However, only one in
eight Whites shared that view.
The highly-publicized O.J.
Simpson murder trial in 1996 was
the mother of all racial divides. A
CNN/USA Today Poll showed that
62 percent of African-Americans
agreed with the juryt '2S decision
to acquit Simpson. But only 20 per-
cent of Whites thought the jury was
right to acquit the former football
A 2001 Gallup Poll put all of the
polls in context: Nearly half of
whites and two-thirds of blacks
think that race relations will always
be a problem in this country."
It will certainly remain a problem
if Whites and Blacks continue to
look at major issues through their
own racial lenses.
But there is some good news
buried under all of those polls.
The Gallup survey reported,
When asked whether relations
between blacks and whites have
improved, remained the same, or
gotten worse over the past year,
similar proportions of blacks (33
percent) and whites (29 percent)
say that relations have improved.
The ESPN/ABC Barry Bonds
poll provide further cause for opti-
mism. Younger Whites are 15
points more likely than older
Whites to recognize Bonds as the
home run king and feel that he
deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.
Now, if they could only get the
old heads to catch up.
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May 17-23, 2007
Page 4-Ms Perrv's Freie Pre-ss
Elections are often like wedding
anniversaries. They come around
on a regular basis, but people still
have to be reminded about them.
Good thing I have mine written
down on a sticky note on the wall
next to my desk.
Anyway, on Tuesday of this
week the general election was held
for Jacksonville's local election
cycle. Of course, we hold our elec-
tions in the spring versus the fall
like state and federal races.
On the ballot were several city
council seats. Some were highly
contested, and others were mostly
procedural with most people know-
ing who the winner would be prior
to the votes being counted.
I am a little rusty, but will do my
best "Swami" impersonation or
should I say that I will do my best
to revive the Swamster. It's been a
while, but let's give it a try.
Starting with my old City
Council seat, it doesn't take easy
math to know who wins this one.
You have Warren Jones, who
served on the Council for some 20
years before term limits booted him
out in 1999 against a political new-
comer, Fred Engess, who just so
happens to be a Republican in a
district that is probably around 65
percent Democratic. Jones won
Let's see, the next race is the
Districtll Council seat, which
should be another easy one. Jack
Daniels, who is running is a bit of a
wild card (putting it mildly), and
Ray Holt has a lot of community-
based support. Holt wins easily
with a first round KO.
Democrat Bob Harms and
Republican Jay Jabour will square
off for the Group 2 at-large race.
Most of us know that it's extremely
hard for Democrats to win county
wide elections, and this race is
another one that probably will not
be too close. Besides Jabour is
clearly the better candidate and will
do well on Council.
The District 4 Council race is a
little tougher to call. Don Redman
has run before and was first in a
crowded field in the primary.
George Banks is a former
Councilman and seems to have a
lot of community support, but so
does Redman. I am pretty dumb-
founded on this one, but I think
Redman wins a close one. But I
wouldn't be surprised if Banks
pulled it off.
The last race that will be on the
ballot is the District 7 race. Pat
Lockett-Felder has done a good job
of "fighting for the people" over the
past 8 years, so she will be tough
act to follow. The two candidates
are Carolyn Anderson and Johnny
Gaffney. Anderson has Lockett-
Felder's support, but little money
and no real campaign organization.
Gaffney has a very popular
name, money, and a strong cam-
paign machine, which means that
his victory was pretty much
inevitable. I have worked with
some of the folks doing the get out
the vote effort for Gaffney, and
they are extremely hard workers, so
Councilman Gaffney it is.
OK, that wasn't as hard as I
thought it would be, I guess the
Swami is back. By the time this
article is printed we will see how
true my prediction are.
Going Nowhere Fast
With the recent declines in FCAT
reading scores and lack of progress
in math and writing, it is time to do
one of two things: Restructure the
test so that it is simply a measuring
stick for students, parents and
teachers or figure out a way to
motivate students in different ways.
Personally I am tired of talking
and writing about the FCAT. I am
tired of my son and hundreds of
other students stressing themselves
out every year over a test that real-
ly doesn't determine a whole lot.
For those who feel that the FCAT
can truly tell you if a child is where
he or she needs to be academically,
most times you are wrong. I'm cer-
tainly not an educator, but I know
that teachers don't like the FCAT,
and not because it holds them
accountable, but because it has
changed the teaching environment
Gone are the days where students
have this well rounded education
with civics and art getting a good
share of classroom time. Students
are not even going on field trips
like "we" used to when I was in
So far I have been impressed
with Governor Crist and how he
has tackled issues that are not tradi-
tional Republican issues like
restoring voting rights to convicted
felons. Besides property tax
reform, the Governor needs to
focus a lot of attention on education
and restructuring our current sys-
Well, I shouldn't say restructur-
ing because there needs to be a
complete overhaul. In the words of
my grandma, "everything that glit-
ters ain't gold." The FCAT stopped
glittering a long time ago, and it's
time to move on.
As former Governor Jeb Bush
packed his boxes at his Tallahassee
office, he should have been pack-
ing the FCAT up as well.
In contrast to the way the state
uses the FCAT, most private
schools rely on performance
assessment, which focus more on
what people can do and less on how
well students take tests.
Rather than addressing issues
that would boost achievement, such
as smaller classes, more time for
teacher planning, and equitable
resources for all schools, politi-
cians and policy makers have
imposed the FCAT on students
without providing any evidence
that testing improves teaching or
I have made note of this before
and I will say it again, an over-
whelming majority of the lawmak-
ers who support the FCAT have
children that attend private schools
that do not use standardize test.
I guess I am crying over spilled
milk, until the legislator or
Governor cleans it up. Until then
parents, I guess we need to stress
our kids out over "the test."
Signing off from Eugene Butler
Race and Povety No Longer Dirty Words in Democrats Mouths
by E.O. Hutchinson
In the span of twenty-four hours,
top Democratic presidential con-
tenders Barack Obama, Hillary
Clinton and John Edwards uttered
two dirty words that have terrified
Democratic presidential contenders
for more than a decade. The words
are race and poverty. The occasion
was the 15th anniversary of the
L.A. riots in late April. The three
contenders thundered in speeches
at different spotthat America had
failed the poor and especially the
It's no puzzle why top Democrats
have been closed mouth for so long
on race and poverty issues. They
haven't had to really say or do
much about it to keep the black
vote. Blacks are the most loyal of
Democrat shock troops. In every
election stretching back to Lyndon
Johnson's landslide victory in
1964, they have given the
Democrats more than eighty per-
cent of their vote. Many blacks
loudly grouse that the Democrats
practice blatant plantationism with
them, namely that they take their
votes for granted. A handful of
blacks even have made some noise
about defecting to the Republicans.
But the Democrats are secure in the
knowledge that it's just that, talk.
There's another reason the
Democrat's have had a blind spot
on race and poverty. In two failed
presidential jousts with Bush,
Democratic presidential candidates
Al Gore and John Kerry figured
that the only way they could win
was to out Bush Bush. That meant
talking and acting tough on nation-
al security, the war on terrorism,
and greater defense spending and
preparedness, adopting bland posi-
tions on health care, and social
security that appeal to the white
middle-class, and saying as little as
possible about affirmative action,
racial profiling, the death penalty,
and drug law reform. The
Democrats trembled that such talk
would only stir up white anger by
reinforcing the old perception that
Democrats tilt toward minorities.
Clinton perfected that strategy in
his election campaigns in 1992 and
1996. But Clinton also hinted that a
big part of his winning strategy was
to shake the Democrats loose from
the grip of Jesse Jackson and the
civil rights leaders.
Gore and Kerry followed
Clinton's political blueprint to the
letter. They spent most of their
campaigns avoiding appearances in
black communities. They were
mute on issues such as urban
investment, health care for the
uninsured, fixing lousy inner-city
public schools, racial profiling,
affirmative action, racial disparities
in prison sentencing, and the racial-
ly marred drug sentencing laws.
Gore and Kerry got away with
this blatant racial patronizing by
playing hard on the terror and panic
that a Bush White House win in
2000 and his reelection in 2004
stirred in many blacks. The
Democrats dangled the nightmarish
vision of a Supreme Court packed
with such avowed enemies of civil
rights and civil liberties as Supreme
Court justices Anton Scalia,
William Rehnquist and Clarence
Thomas. But when blacks scurried
to vote for Gore and Kerry out of
fear of a Bush win they gave the
Democrats another free ride.
Gore and Kerry didn't have to tell
what they would do about lack of
abortion funding for the poor, drug
reform, the glaring race iniquities
in the death penalty, the HIV/AIDS
epidemic, health care for the poor,
increased spending for housing,
business development and failing
inner city schools.
Obama, Clinton, and Edwards
have changed up for a couple of
reasons. Bush isn't running again.
So terrorism won't be the big trump
card for the Republicans in 2008.
Black and Latino political activists
have pounded on the Democrats
that immigration, inner city pover-
ty, job creation, criminal justice
reform, and the plague of dismally
under-performing public schools
are crisis issues that they can't con-
tinue to turn a blind eye too.
The Democrats can't depend on
the public's massive dissatisfaction
with Bush's failed and flawed Iraq
war polices to coast into the White
House. The Republicans have tons
of campaign cash, many fervent
media cheerleaders, and a rock
solid conservative vote constituen-
cy in the much of the South, and the
West. If Hillary is the Democrat's
nominee, Jerry Fallwell has pub-
licly vowed to turn the election into
a holy crusade against her, and by
extension the Democrats. This time
around a Democratic presidential
contender can't make like Clinton
and turn up at black churches,
preaching, praying, and belting out
"We Shall Overcome," to a gospel
beat and with a singing swaying
congregation and think that'll be
enough to fire up black voters. That
alone won't hurdle the apathy, and
resentment many blacks still feel
toward the Democrats.
The Democrat's race and poverty
talk may be little more than crunch-
ing the vote numbers and realizing
that they really need a big turnout
from blacks and Latinos to seal the
White House deal. Still, it's
refreshing to hear
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At Washington, DC's National Press Club, the
Chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial announced
a $1 million contribution to the Martin Luther King, Jr.
National Memorial Project. Arthur Ryan said his company was assisting
the project because of its "commitment to the ideals and dreams of Dr. King
for social justice and equal opportunity for all Americans".
In his comments, Ryan said. "The Martin Luther King, Jr. National
Memorial will remind us of our obligations to one another." Congressman
Donald Payne, who represents Newark, New Jersey, the national head-
quarters for Prudential, recalled how Prudential had invited Dr. King to
Newark in 1965 to speak and commended the company for "stepping up to
the plate" to support the King Memorial.
Blacks should view the contribution and the company should in the con-
text of not only its symbol for the works of MLK, but its substance toward
African American progress in the nation. Life insurance is a universal
product, applicable and useful to individuals from any race, religion,
nationality or walk of life. Such financial companies underwrite America
and its infrastructure in fundamental ways. More than 200 companies write
life insurance policies in America, but Prudential's posture toward African
Americans dates to times when MLK was more an enigma than an icon.
Congressman Payne's point that Prudential was supporting Dr. King's
efforts over 40 years ago shows the duration of the company's commitment
to our communities. "We have a long-standing commitment to diversity,
and that can be seen on many different levels," Art Ryan said.
With approximately $616 billion of assets under management, Prudential
has provided grants, loans, banking capital, and contracting to African
Americans' projects and progress. Ryan has led Prudential since 1994,
overseeing its transformation to a publicly-traded company and its listing
on the New York Stock Exchange. Concurrently, Ryan expanded
Prudential's charitable activities, with a special focus on Newark, which
was still recovering from massive disinvestment after the 1960s riots.
Helping to build the MLK Memorial is but one symbolic act toward
blacks others in the industry would do well to imitate. Prudential was one
of the car list investors in the Living Cities project, a consortium of 15 cor-
porations, foundations and government agencies that have invested three-
quarters of a billion dollars toward community development activities in 23
cities across the country. Prudential's urban investments in affordable
housing, job creation and education total over $1 billion. Since MLK went
to Newark, Prudential's support of community development projects in that
city includes mixed-income housing, retail and commercial establishments,
art galleries and the Museum of African American Music, a Smithsonian
ESSENCE magazine named Prudential to its 2007 list of the "25 Great
Places to Work for Black Women." The impetus for the million dollar con-
tribution to the MLK Memorial came from a black female senior executive.
Sharon Taylor is the company's Senior Vice President of Corporate Human
Resources and Chairwoman of the Prudential Foundation. She leads the
Foundation and Prudential's Community Resources Division's initiatives
such as the Business Diversity Outreach, Minority Banking, and Supplier
Diversity Programs. Taylor says, "Prudential Financial is an enthusiastic
and steadfast supporter of the many diverse communities where we live and
Black Enterprise magazine named Prudential Financial one it's "30 Best
Companies for Diversity," as did Diversitylnc. in their "Top 50 Companies
for Diversity". The company has a record of significant African American
representation in senior management, the corporate board, workforce and
procurement. In addition to Taylor's position in senior management, for-
mer Congressman William H. Gray III is on Prudential's board of directors.
While Prudential's contribution brings the MLK Memorial total to $79
million of $100 million needed for its construction, there is a deficit in
African Americans funding the project. Most blacks applaud the project,
yet less than $5 million of funding is from African American individuals
Black-owned TV One has stepped to the fore to help build the memorial
by increasing the awareness for it among African American audiences.
Hopefully, this will raise donations from blacks who say they support the
symbol and its concept.
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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,
May 20, 2007, at 6 p.m.
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.
Enjoy Fried Fish & Trimmings at
First AME's Friday Family Fish Fry
Eat in or take out delicious fresh fried fish, and all the trimmings at First
AME Church of Palm Coast's Family Night Fish Fry, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.,
Friday, May 18th.
First AME of Palm Coast is located at 91 Old Kings Road North, in Palm
Coast. Reverend Gillard S. Glover is Pastor. Everyone is invited.
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 Missionary Baptist Church, Folkston, Ga.,
will be the speaker, Sunday evening.
6th Annual Miss Teen Christian Pageant
Registration is now open for the "6th Annual Miss Teen Christian
Pageant". Young ladies between the ages of 15 19 are welcome to partic-
ipate. For more information, and to apply, please contact Shenita Johnson
at (904) 241-9529 or (904) 953-1755.
1880 West a -ewood Avenue.
Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19 20
The United Brothers in Christ in
Concert at Greater New Hope AME
The Board of Stewards of Greater New Hope African Methodist
Episcopal (AME) Church, 2708 N. Davis Street; Rev. Mary E. Davis,
Pastor; will present the acclaimed United Brothers in Christ at 4 p.m. on
Sunday, May 20, 2007. The community is invited to come out and enjoy
"old time favorites as well as contemporary gospel". There is no admission
charge, and there will be door prizes. All are invited.
Christian Girls Club Ministries to Hold
Mother/Daughter Word & Worship
"Just Us Girls", a Mother/Daughter Word & Worship Celebration will
take place at 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 26, 2007, at the New Life United
Methodist Church, Pastor Candice Lewis, 111-Wingate Road.
All mothers and daughters in the community are invited to participate in
this inspirational celebration featuring: Evangelist Rose Marie Johnson,
Pastor Nicky Yarborough, Divine Purpose, Dajaha Tiki Pickett, Vicki
Farrie, and a special appearance by Twyla Brindle; with WCGL's Marie
Dennis serving as hostess.
Sponsored by the Christian Girls Club Ministries, Dr. Anita Carter Allen,
President; "Just Us Girls" is free and open to all. For directions or more
information, please call (904) 768-7779. All are welcome.
i)s :8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
'9:30 a.m. Sunday School
i 11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
S. Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m.
Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m.
,,R IRalio Weekly Broadcast WCGL 1360 AM
Sunday 2 PM 3 PM
**FREE TUTORING FOR YOUTH IN ENGLISH, SCIENCE,
Pastor Landon Williams HISTORY AND MATH EVERY TUESDAY 6:30 8 P.M.
(1-10 & Lane Avenue)
Sunday May 20
8:15 a.m. 10:45 a.m.
*Time for Rain of the Spirit?
Need a Refreshing?
*Need the Holy Spirit's Touch?
Pastor Garry & Kim Wiggins Concert: The Crabb Family May 27th Pastor Cecil & Pauline iggins
Southwest Campus Clay County
SBl Hwy 218, across from Wilkinson Jr. High
School is Almost Out. Keep Your Kids Busy This
-- Summer. Get Your Kids Involved in a Good Church.
Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship 10.45 a.m. Wednesday Night 7:30 p.m.
Pastor and Mrs. Coad New Location May 27 at St. Marl's Satellite Campus
Southwest Campus 901 Dilworth @ Ashle~ Avenue Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. Sunday at 6:00 p.m.
5755 Ramona Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32205 904-781-9393
Website: www.evangeltempleag.org Email: email@example.com
10:45 a.m. Service Interpreted for Deaf@ Central Campus
Believers of Christ Temple Present
Friends & Family Extravaganza
Pastor M. L. Drinks
The Believers of Christ Temple
Ministries, 5318 "C" Street, Pastor
M. L. Drinks; the Church deter-
mined to "make a difference in the
world", invites the community to
their "Friends & Family Weekend
Extravaganza, Friday at 7:30 p.m.;
on Saturday at 10 a.m. for a
Cookout and Games; and at 11:15
a.m. on Sunday, May 25-27th.
The public is invited to join in
Glorifying God Together in Unity.
Believers of Christ Temple
Ministries' doors are open at all
times. Sunday School begins at 9:45
a.m. and Worship Service is at 11
a.m. Wednesday Bible Study, 7:30
p.m., Intercessory Prayer at 7 p.m.
and Service Opportunities 7:30
p.m. on Fridays. Information: 765-
New Beginnings Baptist Church
Celebrates Anniversary May 26 & 27
The New Beginnings Baptist Church, 1656 West Edgewood Ave., Dr.
Michael J. Hawk, Pastor; will celebrate its First Anniversary Saturday and
Sunday, May 26 & 27, 2007. Enjoy two evenings of spirit filled gospel
music beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday evening, May 26 the Royal Spirituals,
Floyd Perkins, Mrs. Pittman, Rev. Calvin Honors, the Spirit Travelers, the
Grace Baptist Drama Ministry, and the New Beginnings Praise & Dance
Team, will be featured.
Sunday evening the New Creations, Dea. Willie Kirkland, Go's Spiritual
Gift, Dea. Kilpatrick & the Soul Savers, the Spirit & Truth Mimes, the
Sweet Inspirations, Touch, Sonny Rose, the Bird Singers, The Anointed
Ones, Lil Jessie & The Miracles, will be featured along with the special
guest group "Tony & The Sons of Calvary" of Tallahassee, Florida. The
community is invited.
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Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
Join us for our Weekly Services
Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel
3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m.
Come share in Holy Communion on 1st Sundayat 4:50 p.m.
5863 Moncrief Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32209 (904) 768-8800 FAX 764-3800
Pastor Ernie Murray
Join Us for One of Our Services
Early Worship 8:00 a.m.
Sunday School 9:15 a.m.
Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.
1st Sunday 3:45 p.m.
Lord's Supper & Baptism
3rd Sunday 7:00 p.m.
Bible Study 7:00 p.m.
Noon Day Worship
Youth Church 7:00 p.m.
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Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1 p.m.
Dinner and Bible Study
at 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
WCGL 1360 AM Thursday 8:15 -8:45 a.m.
AM 1400 Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.
WTLV Channel 12 Sunday's at 6:30 a.m.
Grace and Peace
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Mothers' Celebrated at Northside Church of Christ
Angela Kinney and LaShanda Kinney Jasmine Rorie with mom Dee Britt
Catherine Grant and daughter Sherry Jones Sisters Tracy Oliver and DeDe Tunsil
Senior Minister, Bro. Charlie McClendon.
Ellen Waye and daughter Gwen Douglas
Little Kaelyn Johnson held by her brother Selwn
Carrol and mom Peggy Johnson.
The congregation of the Northside
Church of Christ invited friends,
family and Christians of all nature
to join hem for their 8th annual
Mothers Day Celebration. The
brunch for "ladies and mothers"
was held in the church's dining hall
under the theme "Strength and
Honor are her Clothing".
Held the day before Mother's Day,
the Dining Hall was filled to capac-
ity for the free event.
Lynn Sherman and daughter Dionne Turner
The Hintons: Sarafina mom Priscilla and sister
Participating in the program were:
Prayer- Eddie Thompkins,
Welcome- Richard Turner, musical
salute by the New Man Ministry
and closing remarks and prayer by
senior minister Bro. Charlie
McClendon and Ronald Cuthpert.
As the ladies departed the building
with their roses and gifts in hand,
they were all given well wishes and
farewells by the men of the church
who served the meal and waited on
the ladies in attendance every need.
The event was chaired by Bro.
Stanley Shootes who oversaw all
aspects including the program,
catering and gifts for the ladies.
The Northside Church of Christ
located on Avenue B holds a variety
of events throughout the year
designed to feed the mind and spir-
it. They invite all to their regular
worship services which are held at
8 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Sundays .
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M 17-23 2007
What Women Need to Know About Stroke
by Bicole Smith, BDO
According to a British study,
African American women are at
higher inherited risk for the most
common type of stroke than
African American men.
According to HealthDay News,
the study of 806 men and women
who suffered ischemic strokes or
the minor artery blockages called
transient ischemic attacks showed
women were more likely to have at
least one close relative who suf-
fered a stroke, and that was due
entirely to an excess of affected
Ischemic stroke occurs when an
artery to the brain is blocked. The
brain depends on its arteries to
bring fresh blood from the heart
and lungs. The blood carries oxy-
gen and nutrients to the brain, and
takes away carbon dioxide and cel-
lular waste. If an artery is blocked,
the brain cells (neurons) cannot
make enough energy and will
eventaully stop working. If the
artery remains blocked for more
than a few minutes, the brain cells
Ischemic stroke is by far the
most common kind of stroke,
accounting for about 88% of all
strokes. Stroke can affect people
of all ages, including children.
Many people with ischemic
strokes are older (60 or more years
old), and the risk of stroke increas-
es with older ages. It is more com-
mon among African-Americans
than white Americans.
"The main implication for clini-
cal practice is that when you con-
sider who is at risk for stroke, it
looks like family history in partic-
ular is more important in women
than men, particularly if there is a
family history of stroke in female
relatives," said study author Dr.
Peter M. Rothwell, director of the
Stroke Prevention Research Unit at
the Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford.
The new study found that
women who had strokes were 40
percent more likely to have at least
one close relative who suffered a
stroke than were men with strokes.
Having a mother who had a stroke
was 80 percent more common in
women stroke patients than in
One of the simplest ways for
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African American women to pre-
vent stroke is by treating control-
lable risk factors like:
-High blood pressure (also called
S Diabetes (also called high
High cholesterol (high fat lev-
els in the blood)
A heart rhythm problem called
A warning stroke called a "tran-
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If you have any of these condi-
tions, talk with your doctor about
treatments that can lower your risk
Black Mothers Push Their Children Harder Than Their Counterparts
Continued from front
Baskerville, who heads the
organization that promotes the
interest of historical black colleges
and universities, knows first hand
the role mothers play in getting
their children through college and
In her second year of law school
at Howard University School of
Law, Baskerville was focused on
becoming a civil rights attorney
when she was stricken with a seri-
"I was in a coma for six weeks.
When I came out of the coma, I was
blind, and I was paralyzed," she
"The doctors said I would not
live, and if I did, I would not walk.
I wanted to give up," said
Baskerville. But her mother,
Marge, wasn't hearing it. She made
her way from New.Jersey to D.C.
and slept on a cot in her daughter's
hospital room. She assisted
Baskerville in the hospital room,
and professors from the law school
came by after class to read to her
and teach lessons.
A few months ago, Baskerville
lost her mother, and this will be the
first Mother's Day without her. As
she travels to universities for com-
mencement exercises, she said she
knows she'll see mothers like her
mom, celebrating the achievement
of their children.
Of the women who took the vol-
untary survey in November, 74 per-
cent of the black women said their
mothers had specific educational
goals for them, versus 64 percent of
The survey of 1,010 women also
showed that 31 percent of black
women expect their children to go
on into graduate and professional
school, while 20 percent of the
white women had the same expec-
A total of 717 white women
responded in the survey, and 293
black women responded.
Penn-Nabrit and Steiner said the
survey was not scientific, and the
women who participated needed
Internet access. About 80 percent of
those taking the survey had annual
household incomes greater than
$50,000, and 48 percent had annual
household incomes above
Steiner said the gap in the expec-
tations for children may be because
white women tend to take some
things for granted.
"I tend take for granted that all of
my three children will go on to col-
lege," she said.
But in black families, the mother
often is there, drumming in con-
stantly what goals you must pursue,
said Penn-Nabrit. The Ohio State
University Law School graduate
home-schooled her three sons and
wrote a book about. Now, they all
have completed college.
"We live in Columbus, Ohio,
where members of my mother's
family have been since the 1890s. I
knew my maternal great-grand-
mother, and my grandmother-and
mother still live heir', she said.
They instilled certain attitudes and
values. And when she's sees her
foremothers and their friends regu-
larly, those values are reinforced.
"That makes a difference."
The survey examined several
topics in addition to motherhood.
The two writers came up with the
idea after striking up a conversation
at a forum. They developed a
friendship and talked often about
the differences in being a black
mom and a white mom in America.
"We began to wonder if anyone
else was having this kind of conver-
sation," Steiner said.
They decided to go put the invi-
tation to participate out via the
Internet, and in 24 hours, more than
1,000 surveys had been completed.
The survey reflected other infor-
mation on gaps between black
women and white women that have
been discussed in recent years,
"There were a high number of
black women in the survey who
were divorced or never married,"
she said. "Sixty-five percent of the
white women were married, versus
36 percent of the black women."
When it comes to marital status,
55 percent of the black women said
they were divorced or never mar-
ried, compared with 25 percent of
the white women.
Black women in the survey
seemed to have the edge on money
matters, with 95 percent of the
black women having checking
accounts in their own names, versus
83 percent of the white women.
"There's something to be said in
having your own financial history,"
In the future, the survey may
become the topic of a book, the
writers said. "We just wanted to
start the conversation and see what
happens,". according .to Steiner.
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The Truth About Fibroids
by Dr. Kenneth Noller
As women age, they are at
increased risk of developing uterine
fibroids, noncancerous growths that
occur most often in women in their
30s and 40s. Fibroids affect
between 25.50% of women, and are
more common among black
women than white women. The
cause is unknown.
The size, shape, and location of
fibroids can vary. Some are about
the size of a pea, while others can
grow large enough to fill a woman's
pelvis or abdomen. They can form
inside the uterus or within its walls,
on the outside of the uterus, or
attached to the uterus by a stem.
Not all fibroids cause symptoms,
and many symptoms that appear to
be related to fibroids can be signs
of other health issues.
Talk to your doctor if you experi-
. Menstrual changes such as heav-
ier, longer, or more frequent periods
. Vaginal bleeding at times other
than during your period
. Pain during menstruation or sex
. Lower abdominal or pelvic pain
or abdominal cramps
. Difficult or frequent urination
. Constipation, rectal pain, or dif-
ficult bowel movements
.An enlarged uterus and abdomen
SMiscarriages or infertility
In some instances, a woman and
her doctor will decide not to treat
fibroids if they are not causing any
problems. Older women may also
decide to forgo treatment because
fibroids generally shrink after
Surgery may be needed in women
who experience severe discomfort,
excessive bleeding, fibroid-related
infertility, or in cases in which it is
unclear whether the growth is a
fibroid or another type of tumor
(such as ovarian cancer).
Medication is sometimes used to
temporarily shrink fibroids before
surgery or in women who are near-
Three main treatment options
A mvomectomy surgically
removes fibroids, but the uterus is
left intact. This can be a good
option for women who still want to
Uterine artery embolization is a
method that injects tiny, sand-sized
particles into the two uterine arter-
ies, blocking the blood supply to
the fibroids and causing them to
shrink. UAE is effective even if you
have more than one fibroid. Since
UAE's effects on fertility are
unknown, women who want to
have children may want to consider
a different form of treatment.
Hysterectomy removes the uterus
and the fibroids along with it.
Women who have hysterectomies
can no longer conceive. This option
is usually considered if the fibroids
are very large or after other forms
of treatment have failed.
For more information on fibroids,
the ACOG Patient Education
Pamphlet Uterine Fibroids is avail-
able at www.acog.org/publica-
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Page 8 Ms. Perry's Free Press
May 17-23, 2007
Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 9
Ex-P.O.W. Shoshana Johnson's Book Deal Axed
said now retired talk-radio host
Mary Mason on WHAT-AM. "It's
ridiculous and complete racism."
For many people, the book deal
fallout will only confirm this belief.
In a statement released to
McClatchy Newspapers last week,
Kensington officials said, "All of us
at Kensington were disappointed
that Ms. Johnson failed to deliver
the materials she had agreed to
deliver for the book. We had signed
her with high hopes and enthusi-
asm. This is not about non-accept-
ance, it's about non-delivery."
Johnson said she and her co-
writer worked on the project for
two years and worked with
Kensington for about a year. She
said she didn't know there was a
problem until shortly before
Christmas. She, her agent and co-
writer did not go public because
they hoped to work it out.
"As I look back, I remember we
disagreed on the cover of the book,"
Johnson said of her relationship
She said the publishing company
asked her to find a photographer to
take pictures of her for the cover.
"We were supposed to get reim-
bursed but we never did," Johnson
said. "Looking back, I think they
had already made up their mind at
that point not to do the book."
There was, however, a compro-
mise on the book cover.
"I hated the cover," she said. "It
had a big, close-up picture of me. I
thought they should use the rescue
photo. People would identify with
it, and see it and know what the
book was about."
By: Patrice Gaines, BAW
Right about now, Shoshona
Johnson, American's first black
female prisoner of war, expected to
be celebrating the publication of
"I'm Still Standing," the book about
captivity and recovery. But
Kensington Books has cancelled it
and asked for the return of the
advance, saying Johnson has not
fulfilled contractual obligations.
Johnson, 34, maintains she and
her co-writer, Paul Brown, did
everything they were legally sup-
posed to do. "We think they are
wrong. I don't plan to give back the
money. At this time, we have not
settled anything with Kensington."
In 2003, Johnson, then an Army
specialist, was held for 22 days by
Iraqi forces. Four other soldiers in
her 507th Maintenance Company,
including Jessica Lynch, were held.
Lynch, who is white, became a
national hero; her life became a TV
movie, and she quickly received a
million-dollar advance for her
book, which never became the best-
seller publishers had hoped for.
Johnson fought the captors and
sustained serious injuries, including
being shot in the ankles. Her story,
"I'm Still Standing," was expected
to be on book shelves this summer.
Johnson and Brown received an
advance, which she will only say is
an amount "significant to some
people, but not that much."
Since their return to the states, the
public has discovered from Lynch
and others that much of what was
written about her heroic rescue was
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ing kindergarten this fall to jump-
start their education. In its second
year, VPK program enrollment has
increased by 20.5 percent -- that is
19,180 more students this year
compared to last year's enrollment
at the same time.
The VPK program gives children
a head start in school by helping
them develop the skills to become
good readers and successful stu-
dents. Children who enter kinder-
garten able to recognize shapes and
colors; clearly express their
thoughts and ideas; and identify
letters from the alphabet are at a
greater advantage. The VPK pro-
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damentals of letter sounds, num-
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learn important social and emotion-
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the structure of school and a class-
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ers as figures of authority, which
makes the transition to kinder-
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The summer program is open to
all 4-year-olds who have not previ-
ously participated in the VPK pro-
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300 hours of instructional time,
including mealtime, but not includ-
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fiction, spun by an overzealous mil-
itary public relations campaign.
Johnson and her story, meanwhile,
have been ignored by many
Americans and much of the media.
Many blacks believe it is because of
the Panamanian-American's race.
In late 2003, shortly after it was
reported that she received less dis-
ability pay than Lynch, a story in
The Philadelphia Inquirer noted
that a local radio station was bom-
barded with callers complaining.
"Shoshana is getting the shaft,
and people are outraged about it,"
-EeS -py wit t -F -e
Johnson said Kensington came
up with a new cover using the res-
cue photo with a small current
photo of her in the comer.
Then, a few days before
Christmas, her attorney called her
to say they were dropping the deal.
Her agent approached other pub-
lishing companies, but so far no
other company has accepted the
"People kept asking me about the
book," said Johnson, who decided
to go public this month.
A story in Publishers Weekly said
Kensington Books claims Johnson
"violated her contract by failing to
obtain proper photo releases."
Johnson said, "That doesn't make
She wonders if the real reason for
the book's cancellation is because
she fought to write the only story
she believed she could write, the
only story she knows, she said.
"They wanted more religious
overtones," Johnson said. "It had
some, because faith is important to
me. But I live in a glass house. They
basically, wanted me to throw
For now, Johnson remains in El
Paso with her family and her seven
year old daughter. The former sol-
dier is a community college student
who hopes to study culinary arts in
The wounds and scars she bears
are both physical and mental. Her
ankles still bother her. But Johnson
is upbeat, repeating her motto,
which is still the name of the book
she hopes will be published: "I'm
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beating the odds in the face of
adversity in a keynote speech dur-
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Conference and Luncheon on May
18 at the Prime Osborne
The conference includes a panel
discussion regarding the need for
cultural competence, cultural com-
petence in health care, the business
case for diversity and multicultural
Registration and networking
begin at 9:30 a.m., with the pro-
gram commencing at 10:30 a.m.
Gardner will be speaking at 1:45
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may call (904) 632-1051.
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In full swing, The Tournament Players Championship brought
throngs of sports enthusiasts to Ponte Vedra for the annual golfing
event. The major sports tourney featuring some of the world's best
golfers such as Tiger Woods and winner Phil Mickelson would not
have been carried out with the the help of many of its volunteers.
Shown above lending a helping hand are Terry Parker students Grace
Kayinamura, Marguise Parker and Camri Young. FMP Photo
Chris Gardner to Keynote
Diversity Leaders Luncheon
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L What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
Returns to Jax Beach
Jacksonville Beach is proud to
announce the return of Moonlight
Movies on Friday, May 18th at the
Pavilion. Everyone is encouraged
to bring their families and blankets
and chairs to be shown outside the
Seawall Pavilion at Jacksonville
Beach. All movies are free. There
will be something for everyone.
at the Called 2
Kairos International invites you to
attend "Called 2 Excellence
Experience!" On Friday, May 18th,
from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Prepare
to participate in this workshop
designed to bring out the best in you
and start you on your path to a life
of excellence; addressing Pitfalls of
Mediocrity, Exposing Limiting
Beliefs, The Power of Modeling,
Calculating the Cost of Greatness
and more at the Bethelite
Conference Center 5865 Arlington
Expressway. To register visit
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.
on Ashley Street
The Annual Miracle on Ashley
Street, featuring celebrity Chefs and
Servers to benefit the Clara White
Mission. The event will be held at
the Mission, 613 West Ashley
Street. Have a buffet gourmet lunch
prepared by jacksonville's finest
chefs. It will be held May 18th,
from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. For
more information call 354-4162.
On Friday, May 18th, the
Jacksonville Diversity Network
invites you to join them at Carl's
Main Street Restaurant located
1748 N. Main St. as they host the
2nd Annual Gala "Celebrate the
World" from 7:30 PM -11:00 PM.
For ticket information contact
Lucius Leverette at (904) 339-1760,
Fax (904) 381-1267 or:
Gateway to India
On Saturday, May 19th, from
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Jacksonville
will come alive with the sights,
taste and sounds of India at the
brand new Hindu Temple located
4968 Greenland Rd., India Fest
aims to build awareness in the
Northern Florida communities
about cultural diversity.
Workshop & Internet
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) 626-6206.
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
Do you know someone who is constantly doing for oth-
ers or putting someone else's needs before their own? A
friend that goes beyond the norm? A tireless volunteer?
Nominate him or her for the Unsung Hero spotlight and
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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
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
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-
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
Chauncey families, and her topic
will be, "Planning a Family
Reunion." For additional informa-
tion please contact, Mary Chauncey
at (904) 781-9300.
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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.
The COMTO Jax Bowl-A-Thon
2007 event is for all ages. It will be
held at Bowl America located
11141 Beach Blvd. on May 19th,
and will begin at 1:00 PM. This
activity is hosted by the Conference
of Minority Transportation Official
Jacksonville Chapter. There will be
door prizes and bowling team
awards. For more information con-
tact Endya M. Cummings at (904)
Links Old School Gala
The Bold City Chapter of Links,
Inc. will host their annual Old
School Gala on Saturday, May
19th at Alltell Stadium. The annual
dinner and dance includes costume
and prizes in a festive atmosphere
surrounded to the tunes of Motown.
For more information, contact any
Bold City Links member or give us
a call at the Free Press at 634-1993.
Casting Call for FCCJ
Attention actors, singers, dancers
and musicians, auditions for FCCJ's
South Campus Summer Musical
Theatre Experience will be held
May 20th-22nd, in the production
of "Once Upon a Mattress". No
experience required; but partici-
pants must be entering the 8th grade
or higher in the 2007-08 school
year. The FCCJ South Campus is
located 11901 Beach Blvd. in the
Nathan H. Wilson Center for the
Arts, for scheduling information
call (904) 646-2222.
Hughley at the Zone
On Tuesday, May 22nd, and
Wednesday, May 23rd, one of the
original kings of comedy, D.L.
Hughley will be performing 2-sets
nightly in Jacksonville at the
Comedy Zone, located in the
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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)
On Wednesday, May 23, at 5:30
PM, there will be a free Pond
Management Workshop at the
Duval Co. Extension Service, 1010
This free workshop is for
Associations, farmers, ranchers,
general public, pond owners and
managers. Some of the subjects that
will be covered are: Pond permit-
ting, planning, design and construc-
tion, types of fish to stock, stocking
rates and sources, pond uses and
management, aquatic weed control
and other services and benefits
available in the city. Call 387-8850
The 2007 Humanitarian Awards
Dinner will be on Thursday, May
24th, at the Hyatt Regency
Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel.
Black Tie Optional- Ethnic
Heritage Formal Dress Encouraged.
Reception begins 6:PM, dinner and
ceremony at 7:PM. To RSVP (904)
354-1jax or: firstname.lastname@example.org.
20th Kuumba Festival
The 20th Kuumba Festival will be
held May 25-28, 2007 including a
Community Health Fair, Kick Off
at The Ritz Theater, annual Parade
of Kings & Queens, Opening
Celebration, Gospel In The Park,
Workshops, Marketplace Vendors
& food. For more information visit
the website: www.kuumbafest.org.
The Jacksonville Canning Center
will be offering a hands on class in
canning fresh blueberries on
Thursday May 24th, and Friday
May 25th, from 9:00 AM to noon.
Class size is limited. Register
before May 18th, for information
call (904) 387-8860.
There will be a free Diabetes
Screening held at K-mart, located
9459 Lem Turner Road on
Thursday, May 24th, and Friday,
May 25th, from 10:00 AM- 5:00
PM. No appointment necessary.
For more information call 1-800-
Gate City Players
Grade A Weekend
The Gate City Players Duplicate
Bridge Club invites you to attend
their Annual Memorial Grade A
Weekend May 25th, through 27th,
at the Clarion Hotel Airport
Conference Center located 2101
Dixie Clipper Dr. Open Pair kick-
off at 2:00 PM Friday. For registra-
tion information call GCP- Marion
Gregory (904) 645-7780.
Experience During the
Civil War Explored
On May 26th, from 10:00 AM to
noon, renowned Story Teller Mary
Fears will present a story of Blacks
during the Civil War. The story will
also include re-enactments, and is
brought to you by the Florida
Humanities Council and the
Kuumba Festival. The event will
be held at Karples Manuscript
Library Museum 101 W. 1st Street.
The Rutledge H. Pearson Honor
Guard Luncheon will be held on
Saturday, May 26th, 12:00 noon at
the Wyndham Hotel (formerly
Radisson Riverwalk Hotel), 1515
Prudential Drive. The speaker will
be Mrs. Adora Obi Nweze,
President of the Florida State
Conference, NAACP Branches.
The Life Membership was named
after the late Rutledge H. Pearson, a
civic leader and former President of
the Jacksonville Branch. For ticket
information call (904) 764-7578.
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Through Our Eyes Exhibit Opens at the Ritz Highlighting the Best in Local Artists
Haitian artist Overstreet Ducasse explains the inspiration behind his
piece Picquing Interest to interested art lovers.
Museum and exhibit curator Lydia Stewart with Allen Raye who high-
lighted the event with a bongo exhibition and spoken word.
Sharon Coon with artist Glenda Cooper in front of her work Faces of
Going Around in Circles, a quilt made for the wall or a king size bed
The group of dynamic artists gather for a group picture.
The Ritz Theater & LaVilla
Museum recently opened their 15th
Annual Through Our Eyes Exhibit.
The multi-media show features a
variety of artists of color displaying
many multi-media formats. Artists
who have been part of the 15 year
Through Our Eyes movement have
come to use the annual exhibit as an
opportunity to explore new territo-
ry, experiment with techniques and
materials, take risks and engage the
public in unique ways. This year's
exhibit, themed Through Our Eyes
2007: What's Goin' On? runs from
May 10-July 20, and features the
work of twenty-four artists who are
in the vanguard of challenging
many of the traditional conceptions
of the role ofthe artist and changing
the nature of the gallery experience
by Karen Richardson
Cabbage was 150 a head and a
loaf of bread cost a quarter one hun-
dred years ago in 1907, the same
year in which Mrs. Queen Esther
Brown Roberts was born. Alert and
spry as one thirty years her junior,
Mrs. Roberts gives all praises to the
Lord for her longevity. "God has
always been the head of my life, in
my life and the sustainer of my
life," states the humble centenarian.
'He [was] all we had to depend on."
Bnrn May 7, 1907 in Leesburg,
Florida, Mrs Roberts family moved
to the eatside of Jacksonville while
she was a young girl. She and her
three siblings attended Oakland
School, where she says most of her
education was administered. Her
siblings and parents are all dead,
Ufnertain if any of bhr classmmate
are still living, Rberts recalls folnd
ly how proud and important flram-
ing was ffor he, especially during
thow time#, "It wasn't grand, but it
was Oakland school and I won't
forget it," she says with a smile,
Roberts is a retired domestic work-
er, divorced wife and mother of one
son, Hugh, also deceased,
Roberts is a lifelong member of
Greater Grant Memorial AML
Church, and continues to worship
every Sunday possible. She has
worked on numerous auxiliaries
throughout her membership. The
church honored Roberts with a spe-
In response to the question,
"What's Goin On?", each artist has
drawn upon his or her own emo-
tional triggers to the world around
them. Whether positive or nega-
tive, they have created work that
reflects opinion, registers protest,
reveals aspirations, ignites passion
and interprets reality. Subject mat-
ter includes Fabielle Georges'
mixed media works depicting the
evolution of women; Traci Mims-
Jones' life-sized figural sculptures
confronting the crisis in public
education; Marsha Hatcher's paint-
ings superimposed over newspaper
headlines underscoring violence in
our communities; Salogo's precise
geometric abstract pen and inks
exploring personal responsibility
cial presentation during Sunday's
worship service along with gifts
and flowers. To be remain active
and committed in her faith epito-
mizes such a virtuous woman as the
one referenced in Proverbs 31,"
remarks her pastor Reverend T.
DeMarco Hansberry. "Sister
Roberts has labored in love for God
and others, always doing so with
kindness. She is a phenomenal
woman whose life is truly a testa-
ment of exceptional belief and for-
titude." After the morning service,
the honoree was treated to a special
dinner at the Northside Conference
Center sponsored by her class
leader, Viviloria Frazier, which
included family members and her
church school class. When asked to
name a great moment in her life,
Roberts smiles and replies it is the
church because it brings her such
P.i-i quite independent and in
fairly good physical condition made
way for Roberts to take her daily
ix blocks stroll to the (lanzecll
Brown Communlitiy C'enter, her
f-17 great pleasure, "I've slowed a
li title aind the trip walk] is ;a hit
more difficult so thei bus picks me
up now." says Robert,i "I just love
the center and my fellow seniors.
They are wonderthl lflk."
AllhII.i Roberts has received
acknowledgements from President
Bush, state and local officials, and
and its creator, Billy McCray.
and self discovery; Rootman's
mixed media mosaics depicting the
poignant innocence of impover-
ished children in South Africa;
Laurence Walden's approach to
addressing environmental abuse
through artistic recycling of found
objects; Billie McCray's thought
provoking large-scale wall hang-
ings condemning the apathy and
low expectations in our schools;
Christopher Buie's stark look at the
role of the media in transmitting
information and shaping public per-
ception; Annelies Dykgraafs visual
commentary on abortion, infant
mortality, malnutrition and waste,
and Keith Doles' symbolic portray-
al of the impact of cancer and the
casualties of the war in Iraq.
Innovations and collaborations
many well-wishing friends, she
exclaims that nothing is better than
God finding favor in her to experi-
ence 100 years of living. So Queen
Esther Brown Roberts will do some
of her favorite things today: have a
steak- she likes it rare, sport one of
are part of Through Our Eyes 2007,
among them, a joint project
between Overstreet Ducasse and
Adrian Rhodes (originators of the
recent Deepressionist movement).
Also new to the venue a documen-
tary on the phenomenon of
American Africans in America. The
Nappy Headed Souls" is the inven-
tive offering of Yuwnus Asami
chronicling the trauma and ordeals
Black women go through with their
hair. Gil Mayers, a veteran of past
shows whose work is always punc-
tuated with satirical wit, uses comic
book art as a graphic medium to
introduce his concerns. Tiffany
Rodriguez, a student at the
Savannah College of Art and
Design, has created an interactive
installation consisting of miniature
her fancy hats, dress pretty and see
what's going on at the community
center. And on Sunday, she'll be
right in her spot seated in the right
side pews of the church. This is all
done she says if God's willing.
Happy 100th to a true Queen!
time capsules containing messages
for future generations. Daniel
Wynn's larger-than-life stainless
steel sculpture reveals yet another
dimension of this visionary artist.
Paintings paired with original poet-
ry are presented by newcomers
Aida Correa and Denise Cooper. An
unexpected element for a visual art
exhibition is the inclusion of the art
of poetry from "The Cheff" Allen
James and Tonya Smart. Their
work will be featured in live per-
formances during the many open
gallery activities scheduled
throughout the show. Gallery talks,
workshops and an artists' market-
place will no doubt generate active
contemplation of the question,
"What's Goin' On?" The Ritz the-
atre & LaVilla Museum is located at
829 N. Davis Street, Jacksonville,
FL. For more information, call
Some Say Illegal Immigration's Impact on Black
Employment Should be Focus of Civil Rights Groups
by Brian Debose
The head of Miami's Urban
League chapter and a Texas
Republican congressman are chal-
lenging civil rights groups to
address the effect. that increased
illegal immigration has had on
"All we are saying is that there
needs to be a conversation about it,
and I don't understand how an\
organization that claims to be in
existence to champion the better-
ment of African-Americans. their
employment, education and civil
rights would not address this issue."
said T. Willard Fair, president of the
Create Miami Urban League.
I I testified recently before the
I house .1 judiciary Committee's
immigration subcommittee and
quoted heavily from researchers
who have concluded that illegal
immigration has cut wages of
American men with no high school
by $1,800 a year.
"Immigration isn't the whole rea-
son for the drop in employment for
black men; it's not even half the rea-
son, but it is the largest single rea-
son, and it's something we can fix
relatively easily," Mr. Fair said.
The testimony was part of a let-
ter sent to the presidents of the
National Urban League, the
National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People.
the Leadership Conference on Civil
Rights and the Southern Christian
Leadership Conference by Rep.
Lamar Smith. Texas Republican.
ranking member of the House
"You have probably heard that
[the Department of Homeland
Security] has recently conducted
raids on several businesses that
were employing large numbers of
illegal immigrants. In every case,
those jobs were almost immediately
filled, largely by African-
Americans, at higher wages than
the illegal immigrants were mak-
ing," Mr. Smith said in the letter
dated May 14.
He said that despite the raids and
the "positive" outcomes for black
workers, the Senate is still working
to pass a "mass amnesty" for illegal
aliens and urged the civil rights
groups to take a stand.
"If you agree with me, please join
me in speaking out against the
Senate's proposed mass amnesty for
illegal immigrants," Mr. Smith said.
Mr. Fair, a renowned civil rights
activist for equal education in the
state of Florida and recently elected
chairman of the State Board of
Education, has been working for
more than two years to get the
Urban League's national leadership,
including President Marc Morial, to
engage in a dialogue with the mem-
bership and local chapters on the
affect illegal immigration has on
the wages and employment of
"Everybody in the League loves
me, except for Marc Morial,
because they know I have devoted
my life to the Urban League move-
ment, and I went to him first," Mr.
Fair said. "I understand his position,
but we cannot continue to ignore
this issue and not have this discus-
Mr. Morial was unavailable for
Other recipients of the letter,
including Wade Henderson of the
Leadership Conference on Civil
Rights and Ron Woods of SCLC,
did not return calls seeking com-
Queen Esther Roberts Celebrates 100th Birthday
Shown above is the honoree Queen Esther Roberts with Greater Grant Memorial A.M.E. Pastor T. Demarco Hansberry and her presentation
of flowers from the church by Vivian Porter and Faye Diamond.
Judge Recommends Revival
of C. Delores Tucker Lawsuit
A judge recommended the revival of a lawsuit C.
Delores Tucker filed against Interscope Records,
Suge Knight, Death Row Record and lawyers Daid
Kenner, Charles Ortner and Geoffrev Thomas.
Tucker. who passed away in Oct. 2005. founded
the National Political Congress of Black Women.
She focused on the negative lyrics of gangsta rap,
most notably, releases from Death Records.
The labels sued Tucker in 1995, claiming that she was engaged in
racketeering, extortion, unfair business practices, to injure the music
The lawsuits \Nere eventually dropped, but Tucker filed two malicious
prosecution suits, in 1998 and 1999.
Tucker's cases were eventually dismissed by The Pennsylvania
Supreme Court, stating that rhymes written about Tucker by Tupac
Shakur had no proof of actual malice
Tucker's widower appealed the ruling and on Friday (May 12). judge
said that jurors should consider reopening the case, because the suits
against Tucker appeared "to be an attempt to destroy" her political
organization, rather than to collect damages for the original charges
claimed in the original lawsuits.
According to Los Angeles' Metropolitan News. Lawyers for
Interscope countered and urged the judges not to be influenced by their
\ leMs of gangsta rap.
They alleged that Tucker admitted to instigating an FBI investigation
into the world of gangsta rap, while at the same time working with for-
mer Compton Mayor Omar Bradley to encourage Death Row to end its
relationship with Interscope and participate in a black-owned Hip-Hop
In related news, rapper Suge Knight is shooting a reality series titled
Unfinished Business in Compton, CA. According to reports, the reality
series will follow the record mogul as he exits the music business for a
time, to focus on acting and/or coaching football.
Photographer and artist Tone' Watson with his works.
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American Legacy Ends Relationship with Forbes Magazine |:
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American Legacy magazine, the
quarterly publication devoted to
African-American history and cul-
ture, is ending its partnership with
Forbes Inc. and going off on its
RJR Communications Inc.,
under its new division RJR
j Media Group, will now be the
sole owner of the brand, which
also produces television specials
and spinoffs American Legacy
Woman and American Legacy
Jr. Rodney Reynolds, the
S founder and publisher of the
Magazine and now president of
L RJR Media, brought in private
t investors to help him acquire the
Forbes-owned portion of the
business. He made the move in
order to operate independently
as a minority-owned business.
Terms were not disclosed.
"Forbes was probably one of the
best partners to have, but there are
advantages to being a minority
owned company," Mr. Reynolds
The magazine has a guaranteed
circulation of 500,000 copies, 80%
of which are distributed free
through African-American church-
es, as well as through schools and
organizations. The American
Legacy TV specials are distributed
Mr. Reynolds, who has been
working with Forbes since the mag-
azine's first issue in 1995, is look-
ing at moving American Legacy to
a six times a year frequency in
2009. He also wants to expand the
television division and invest in
other new products, including an
African American history guide.
Last year, Forbes received new
backing from private equity group
Elevation Partners. American
Legacy was not part of that deal.
Mr. Reynolds says he had been in
conversations with Forbes about
buying out the publisher's stake
before Elevation entered the pic-
ture, but that the private equity deal
sped up the process.
He feels that on his own, with
new investors, he can take a more
"We have more to offer our
advertisers now," Mr. Reynolds
says. "We can go into General
Motors and Colgate-Palmolive and
Wachovia and sell them not only
the magazine but our television
The deal will be closed in the
next 30 to 60 days.
Oprah Adds "Dr." to her Roster of Titles
Graduating student Andre Samuels, left, Oprah Winfrey, and pres-
ident of Howard University, H. Patrick Swygert hold hands during the
singing of the school song at the end of the commencement ceremony
for the historically black college in Washington, on Saturday, May 12,
2007. Winfrey was given an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree.
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Big Crowds Greet End
of King Papers' Exhibition
VMiitvs at the Atlanta History Center get a final viewing of the exhibit of the Martin Luther King Jr. doc-
wiewat and books, Sunday, May 13, 2007 in Atlanta. The exhibit has been on display since January and
d~sedl alter the Sunday viewing
ATIANTA An exhibit featuring
tlie wrintin s and documents of the
Re, Martin Luther King Jr. closed
last weekend after drawing record
crw Js. officials said.
Another big turnout at the Atlanta
History Center Sunday to the four-
month exhibit on the city's most
famous native boosted the total
attendance to about 65,000.
"By far, this is the most popular
exhibit we've had," said Sean
Thorndike, vice president of opera-
tions for the center.
The "I Have A Dream: The
Mbrehouse Cdllege Martin Luther
King Jr. Collection" exhibit gave
the public a rare opportunity to see
King's original writings and ser-
mons, many handwritten.
The exhibit which included
550 documents, 127 books and
many rare photographs provided
viewers the chance to go behind the
scenes of some of King's most
famous sermons and speeches.
"So many people have been
moved to tears. It's one of those
things that I guess is a spiritual
experience as well as an education-
al experience," Thomdike said.
The papers were stored for years
in the basement of the home of
King's widow, Coretta Scott King,
before the King family planned to
sell them in New York through
Sotheby's auction house.
Before the auction, the papers
were instead bought for $32 million
by the city of Atlanta.
The full 10,000-piece collection
will be stored at the civil rights
leader's alma mater, Morehouse
College and the college's Woodruff
Library in Atlanta.
There are no plans for another
public availability of the original
The descendants of African-American slaves, called the Cherokee
Freedmen, are still fighting for their rights to the tribe. Some of the
Freedman protested at the federal courthouse in Tulsa Friday. Since
losing their battle here in Oklahoma, the Freedmen say their only
option at this point is appealing to the federal government.
The descendants of African-
American slaves, called the
Cherokee Freedmen, are still fight-
ing for their rights to the tribe.
Some of the Freedman protested at
the federal courthouse in Tulsa last
week. Since losing their battle here
in Oklahoma, the Freedmen say
their only option at this point is
appealing to the government.
It was a small, peaceful demon-
stration in downtown Tulsa.
Descendants of Freedmen say
they've found new support through
other tribes and just people driving
"There are people who support
the Freedman, both inside the
Cherokee Nation and other nations
and people of all races creeds and
colors," said Marilyn Vann of the
Descendants of Freedmen
They lost their battle to stay in the
Cherokee Nation as Cherokee peo-
ple. Tribal members voted in March
to amend the tribal constitution lim-
iting citizenship to descendants of
"by blood" tribal members. The
vote removed descendants of the
tribe's freed slaves from tribal rolls
and denied them tribal benefits. But
these descendants say there is still
hope that their rights as Cherokee
people will be restored.
"This is a day when the Freedman
have been legally citizens for more
than 140 years, and we continue on
to fight for our right to celebrate our
rights," said Vann.
This week their band filed for an
injunction within the federal courts,
to stop the Cherokee's upcoming
June election. They've asked the
court to not recognize the election
as long as they are not recognized
as Cherokee people. They've also
asked the federal government not to
recognize the tribe at all, including
for funding, until they're rights are
restored. It's a move they say they
were forced into.
"The Freedmen people, we never
wish to harm anyone. We came on
the Trail of Tears just as other
Cherokee people," said Vann.
And like Cherokee people who
voted against them, they say they'll
continue to fight this.battle,.,untiL,
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including the potluck picnic? Getting
soaked in a water balloon toss ... stum-
bling across the ball field with your
ousin in a three-legged-race ... and spit-
ting watermelon seeds at each other .... Well, a lot has
changed since you were a kid, including family
reunions. With many families scattered across the
country and the world, the trend in reunions these days
is gathering for destination vacations.
An afternoon with your relatives in a local public
park has morphed into multi-day or even week-long
trips. Destinations range from a convenient central
location to places with special family significance or a
vacation hot spot, such as Washington, D.C., Orlando,
Fla. or Phoenix, Ariz.
With the average reunion populated by 50 relatives,
according to Reunions Magazine, a destination reunion
can become a huge undertaking and quite expensive if
you don't plan ahead. Ask anyone who has done it; it's
a real labor of love. Fortunately, some hotels and other
destinations provide reunion planning assistance and
offer group discounts. For example, the moderately-
priced lodging chain Country Inns & Suites By Carlson
provides "virtual concierge" resources on their web site
at www.countryinns.com to help reunion planners
select a destination and plan their events. The site also
profiles area attractions, restaurants, events, shopping
and maps for many top destinations. "Another resource
for reunion planners is the 20 great destination reunion
Reunion Planning Tips
Because planning destination family reunions is not
easy, it has become the subject of many how-to books,
web sites, magazines, newsletters and even big screen
comedies. Longer distances and stays require more
planning, activities and funds. To survive planning a
family reunion, organization, checklists and plenty of
help are needed. Country Inns & Suites offers tips on
how to get started:
Start at least a few months to a year in advance,
depending upon popularity of the destination and time
of year for the reunion.
-Recruit a planning committee.
-Assign small groups or individuals to handle:
Dates, destination and lodging research and making
Communications to build contact address, phone
and e-mail lists; survey attendees regarding date and
destination preferences; send out reunion invitation
packets and tally responses.
Finances to create a budget and manage a special
Activities to plan the itinerary and arrange for keep-
sakes like special T-shirts.
Photo and information collection to display and hand
out to attendees.
When choosing a destination, consider the time of
locations we're highlighting at
countryinns20years.com in honor of our 20th anniver-
sary," said Steve Mogck, EVP and Brand Leader for
Select Service Hotels.
If you book your reunion lodging at a Country Inns
& Suites location, they will create a customized web
page for you and provide you with a link to send to your
reunion attendees. Attendees can visit the customized
web page at their convenience to preview event details
and area information, get driving directions, as well as
make room reservations. More information about book-
ing rooms for large groups is available by calling toll-
free 1-800-964-7905 or visiting their web site. The
hotel chain is also offering a special sweepstakes for the
reunion crowd. From May 14 through August 31, 2007,
people can enter to win a grand prize trip for 20 to any
of the 20 featured reunion destination locations.
Sweepstakes details are available at www.coun-
Agreeing on the location, date and accommodations
are just the beginning. In most families a planning
committee works together, sharing responsibility for
planning and executing this large-scale event. Web
sites and books on the subject recommend dividing and
conquering in handling the details, research, com-
munications and financial responsibilities of a large
group event like a destination reunion. The good news
is that once a family has its first reunion under its belt,
it becomes much easier to plan the next get together.
and potential co
instance, spring break means big cror
rates and long lead times to make reser
- When choosing a hotel, look for one
ety of family-friendly amenities like
ness area to ensure that everyone
when the day's official activities are ov
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Keep those family reunion memories alive with a scrapbook. It's a fun and relaxing way to create a col-
lective memory. Creating a reunion scrapbook could even be one of the group activities planned for the
last day of the reunion.
Here are a few tips to get started on a family reunion scrapbook:
Save items of interest like ticket stubs, brochures and maps.
Sort your memorabilia and photos by days, activities and other logical cat-
Add a few old photographs to represent
Keep a journal of daily activities, funny
moments and highlights of your activities. Even
jolting down a few notes on a scrap of paper will
make transferring the story to your scrapbook eas- \
Keep it simple. Let the pictures and the written
v memories tell the story.
One of the bonuses of scrapbooking is that it
helps photos last longer if the correct materials are
used. Look for albums and paper that are photo safe,
acid- and lignin- free. Also, use pens and adhesives
that are tested for photo safety and archival quality.
Since scrapbooking is such a popular hobby, there are many resources available in stores and online.
S Digital or online scrapbooking is an easy way to share the reunion scrapbook with all attendees. You
can download free digital scrapbooking software by visiting www.creativememories.com and click-
.i^.. ing on StoryBook.
Breaking the Ice
Haven't seen your 15 cousins for a decade, and now you'll be together
r" for 72 hours? Here are a few ideas for breaking the ice:
Dress up. Don't forget the matching shirts. Cheesy? Maybe. But outfitting everybody in
brightly colored Johnson Family Reunion T-shirts promotes a united front and makes for a great
S- Book it. Collect photos, info, contact numbers and e-mails, and have everything bound
inexpensively at a copy center a great memento.
year Or put together a cookbook of family recipes or memories. Ask for them in advance, bind them and
onflicts. For voila! A keepsake with everybody's favorite dishes or stories.
wds, increased Plan a "meet and greet" welcome event at your hotel and play family trivia. Reserve a hospitality suite or
vations. small meeting room for the event, and then collect stories, fun facts and obscure history to create family
that has a vai- trivia questions, and give prizes to the winners. Or select the couples who have been married the longest
l ad and play "the oldlywed game." The couples who are best at guessing their spouse's answers will be win-
a pool and fit-
Set up a pool party. Aside from the other scheduled activities, pick an afternoon to have everyone meet at
the hotel's pool so both the kids and adults can relax and get refreshed for more family fun.
The Family reunion Committee
- it's a family thing!
If you are planning a small reunion (25 people or less?), then it can
be one person. You. If it's bigger, then make the committee bigger.
The committee should create a planning binder with lists of subcom-
mittees, guests, assignments, resources, financial status, and anything
else that seems important at the time. Here is a family reunion check-
list to help get you started.
Family Reunion Committee Chairperson
Every organization has to have a leader, and the family reunion commit-
tee is no exception. The committee chairperson (chairperson is politically
correct talk for "can be a man or woman") is responsible for:
Scheduling meetings and notifying the members of those meetings
Presiding over meetings and maintaining the peace
Making a list of volunteers and their job assignments
Keeping a calendar of finished tasks and unfinished business
Motivating people to follow through (candy, food, money, fame, guilt...)
It is good if the committee chairperson is someone that everyone respects
and will listen to. If nobody in your family matches that description, select
someone that everyone is afraid of (and will listen to).
Family Reunion Subcommittees
Unless you want to do all the work yourself (call me lazy, but I don't),
you will find it necessary to assign subcommittees to handle various
aspects of the reunion. Subcommittees can be a single person as well, for
small reunions, but if not, each should have a chairperson of its own to
report back. You know, just in case they're slacking off and not getting the
job done, the chairperson overall can crack down on them. That's Mister
Spiffy's favorite part of being overall chairperson of any reunion.
Helpful Hints When you're getting organized, don't expect that you
can do everything. If you have the authority to dish the responsibilities out
on somebody anybody else, why do everything yourself? Take advan-
tage of it and laze around! Haven't you seen those movies with the evil
stepmother lying and tanning on a lawn chair while the servants / children
slave about the yard? There's a real-life lesson here.
May 17-23, 2007
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May 17 23 2007
WIo Stax Records Revving Up for 50th Anniversary
Is 50Cent Dating Victoria Rowell?
Based on his fling with Vivica A. Fox, we
already know 50 Cent has a thing for older
women. Has the 31-year-old rapper turned
his attention toward yet another 40-some-
In Touch Weekly claims the G-Unit gen-
S eral is dating Victoria Rowell, who met the
/ Artist on the set of their recent military
drama, "Home of the Brave." Apparently,
sparks flew and the two have been a couple
"Victoria loves the edge that 50 Cent has,"
a friend of the actress tells In Touch.
Rowell, who has an 11-year-old son by ex-boyfriend Wynton Marsalis,
is best known for her former role as Drucilla Barber Winters on the CBS
soap "The Young and the Restless." The character was recently killed off
(or was she?) by falling over a cliff and into a river. The body was never
Tavis to do New Orleans' Documentary
Filmmaker Jonathan Demme will team with
PBS's Tavis Smiley to present a week-long series
on post-Katrina New Orleans called "Right to
Return: New Home Movies from the Lower 9th
Ward." The series consists of five short "portrait"
documentaries charting the efforts of a disparate
group of New Orleanians who braved adversity to
reclaim their homes, their neighborhoods, their
shattered lives and livelihoods. "Right to Return"
will air nightly beginning Monday, May 28th on the "Tavis Smiley" late-
night PBS program. The full-length film version of "Right to Return" is
expected to be released theatrically later this year.
Master P Vows to Go Profanity Free
Master P says he will no longer use profanity
I- and negative lyrics in his music and is co-launch-
ing a record label with his son, rapper Romeo,
That will sign only artists with profanity-free
"Personally, I have profited millions of dollars
through explicit rap lyrics," Miller said in a state-
ment. "I can honestly say that I was once part of
Sthe problem and now it's time to be part of the
; solution. I am ready to take a stand by cleaning
up my music and follow my son's footsteps and make a clean rap album."
"Al Sharpton and Oprah Winfrey are absolutely right. It's time for us to
take a stand and be responsible for our own actions," P said. "I am willing
to accept my responsibility. Hip-Hop is about our neighborhoods, the real-
ity of what is going on within them, and dreaming big."
Mayweather/DeLaHoya Fights Set Record
Not only did Floyd Mayweather Jr. deliver on his promise to emerge vic-
torious over Oscar De La Hoya Saturday night, but the fight itself lived up
to its hype as possibly becoming the most lucrative boxing event in the
According to HBO Sports, the "battle for the ages" is now the top event
in Pay-Per-View history. The spectacle collected 2.15 million pay-per-
view buys and $120 million in revenue, which bests previous PPV records
of $106.9 million in revenue (for Lennox Lewis-Mike Tyson on June 8,
2002) and 1.99 million PPV buys (for Evander Holyfield-Tyson II on June
Despite losing to Mayweather in a split decision, De La Hoya, who made
an estimated $25 million for the fight, also becomes the highest-grossing
boxing attraction in PPV history with $612 million in revenue generated
from his 18 PPV fights.
In the 1997 book "Soulsville
U.S.A.: The Story of Stax Records,"
author Rob Bowman called the sto-
ried Memphis soul label a "grand
Now the "accident" that gave the
world Otis Redding, Sam & Dave,
Isaac Hayes and many others,
which began as Satellite Records in
1957 and folded 18 years later, has
been reactivated, beginning with an
ambitious 50th-anniversary cele-
The renaissance includes CD
reissues, the signing of new artists,
DVD and digital-only releases, and
a PBS documentary, and is
designed to drive home the social
and musical importance of Stax, a
multiracial marvel at a time when
segregation still ruled in the South.
"There's a line we've been using
regularly -- that soul began with
Stax," Robert Smith, the vice presi-
dent of strategic marketing for the
Concord Music Group, says.
Smith's company acquired the Stax
catalog in 2004. "The celebration
of the 50th anniversary of Stax is,
very broadly speaking, a celebra-
tion of soul music itself."
Out already are a two-CD box
containing 50 Stax hits spanning
the duration of the label -- the first
such comprehensive collection,
Smith says. Included are a reissue
of Carla Thomas' 1969 album, "The
Queen Alone"; the release of a 1972
Johnny Taylor performance, "Live
at the Summit Club"; and
"Interpretations," a new all-star
tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire's
Maurice White (not a Stax artist,
but a native Memphian).
Coming attractions include
Just when it seemed all would be
calm and quiet between Bobby
Brown and Whitney Houston fol-
lowing their April 4th divorce, the
"King of R&B" snapped out of a
self-proclaimed haze and realized
he was not happy with his custody
Brown is now suing his ex-wife
in an effort to change the custody
terms for their 14-year-old daughter,
Bobbi Kristina. Houston was grant-
ed sole legal and physical custody
after she requested an expedited
divorce and Brown failed to
respond by the court-appointed
In documents filed Apr. 26 in
Orange County Superior Court, the
"R e s p e c t
Yourself," a two-
hour PBS docu-
mentary due in
August that also
will be released on
tions on Stax
artists; and a
There also will be
albums of new
music from return-
ing hero Isaac
Hayes and three
Stone and Lalah
Hathaway, and the jazz-soul-funk
Former Stax singer, songwriter
and publicist Deanie Parker, who
remains one of the most passionate
champions of a label that was the
grittier and funkier counterpart to
Motown, senses the time is right for
this project to flourish.
"I don't know if the marketplace
would have appreciated this
before," Parker says, pointing to the
various musical trends that have
come along since Stax filed for
bankruptcy in 1975, from disco to
"this godawful rap and hip-hop."
And one good thing about it hap-
pening now, she says, is that many
of the original artists are still alive
to be appreciated anew.
Parker was president of
Soulsville, a nonprofit agency that
aims to revitalize Stax's South
Memphis neighborhood and that
earlier this decade established the
Stax Museum of American Soul
'50 Years of Stax: A Concert To
Benefit the Stax Museum of
American Soul Music' will fea-
ture Isaac Hayes, Booker T &
The MGs, Eddie Floyd, William
Bell, Mavis Staples, Mable John,
The Soul Children and Angie
Stone. The Reddings, the chil-
dren of Otis Redding, will per-
form to honor their father.
Other acts will soon be added.
Stax Records was resurrected
recently by Concord Music who
are now embarking on a massive
Stax was founded by Jim
Stewart and Estelle Axton in
1957. Stewart contributed the ST
to the name, Axton the AX.
The newly revived Stax
Records features new acts Angie
Stone, Souihe, Lalah Hathaway
and Leon N\are.
starts with a song, a good song.
Then you have to have an artist who
can deliver that song with convic-
tion. So all the artists I was looking
for were artists that were not only
able to cut well in the studio, but
able to reproduce that live onstage."
To Parker, that touches on what
she sees as the label's greatest lega-
"The music is indelible. It is time-
less. ... It was not contrived. It was
an art form that emanated from peo-
ple who enjoyed being together,
creating the sound. ... It's kind of
like love -- real love. You can't
design it, you can't kill it, you can't
redo it -- real love. ... It's almost
Music and the Stax Music
Academy; both are at the site of the
old Stax studio in a converted
movie theater at 926 E. McLemore
Ave. The museum celebrates the
label's past, while the music acade-
my looks to give local youngsters
the same musical opportunities that
Parker and her fellow artists had at
William Bell, a key Stax singer
and writer responsible for such hits
as "You Don't Miss Your Water,"
echoes Parker's sentiments. He
points to the crucial role that the
camaraderie of black and white
music people played in the label's
"It was more an adventure than
work," he says from Atlanta, where
he still records and runs his own
label, Wilbe. "We were just young,
and it was like going to university
because we learned our craft and
created a whole new music genre."
The main lesson he took into his
own business, he says, is that "it all
for Custody, Child and Spousal Support
40-year-old former New Edition
member says that financial and
emotional problems kept him from
responding to Houston's divorce
petition in time.
"It was no secret that I (as well as
Whitney) had financial commit-
ments which we could not meet,"
the suit reads. "Additionally, after
Whitney and I had separated, I had
no where to go and very little
money to live on. 1 was, for all
intents and purposes, homeless. My
marriage had fallen apart, I was
without a home, I had no money,
and I was experiencing legal prob-
lems associated with my child sup-
port obligations. It is no wonder that
by the end of 2006 I had become
distraught and depressed."
Brown also said he was unable
to afford a plane ticket to Boston to ;
appear at a contempt hearing on
the delinquent child support for his "'
two other kids, which landed him
behind bars for four days and inca-
pable of fighting for custody of
Bobbi Kristina. He said Houston
told him she'd give him six months
to respond to see if they could _
reach common ground. Bobby Brown Whitney Houston
Brown is seeking shared cus-and daughter Bobbi Kristina in
tody, child support and spousal happier times.
support, and says he doesn't excludes spousal support, but he
believe that Houston has provided a says he doesn't have a copy of the
copy of their prenuptial agreement document.
to the court. He admits that Houston A court date for Brown's new
verbally told him that their prenup case was set for June 15.
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Rally participants heard Florida civil rights icon, Rev. H. K. Matthews, describe parental choice in
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